Good afternoon,

On Thursday we held our annual Remembrance Service in the playground of the Pre-Prep, which this year commemorated the centenary of Armistice Day. Elspeth, 6C, played a lovely solo on the trumpet to mark the occasion and a two-minute silence was observed. Mr Staplehurst played the Last Post and Reveille on his bugle.

Other highlights of the week are:


Perform Circus Themed Workshops: On Wednesday all children in the Pre-Prep from Nursery to Year 2 took part in drama workshops. The children were encouraged to use their imagination and act out a number of characters that you would find in a circus. The children were engaged and animated throughout and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.

Year 1 visit to Hyde Park Environment Centre: On Friday Year 1 enjoyed a fantastic autumnal visit to Hyde Park Educational Centre. They made leaf headbands, hid conkers like squirrels and created nature pictures. The children also enjoyed a scavenger hunt and learnt lots of new exciting information. They were engaged during the workshop and loved answering questions about Autumn. Thank you to the parent helpers who accompanied this visit.

Year 2 visit to Tate Modern: On Friday Year 2 visited the Tate Modern Gallery. They travelled by train and caught sight of some iconic London landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way. Inside the Tate the children were challenged to a scavenger hunt, which they completed with gusto. They were impeccably behaved and a fantastic time was had by all. We could not have done it without the help of all the parent volunteers, so a big thank you to them.

 House Points: This week Blyton gained 2 house points, Forester gained 3 house points, Shackleton gained 5 house points and Shelton gained 1 house point. Congratulations Shackleton.


 Commemorating the Centenary of Armistice Day: On Thursday the children took part in different activities relating to World War One. Lunchtime was themed to give the children experience of typical food from the period. During the afternoon there was a fascinating talk by local historians Carol Harris and Mike Brown. They spoke about the history of the poppy and the different types of poppy that exist. They told the children about Jack Cornwall and his bravery and how many young boys were sent to the Front Line. The children were amazed that the scouts helped in the war effort by keeping watch and passing messages, and that young teenagers worked in factories making bombs. They also found out about how the local area was damaged by bombs. There were lots and lots of questions and general interest in World War One which was wonderful.

 House Points: This week Blyton gained 5 house points, Forester gained 2 house points, Shackleton gained 3 house points and Shelton gained 1 house point. Congratulations Blyton.


 Under 11 Football v Alleyn’s: On Monday Rosemead travelled to Alleyn’s to play three matches, one of which was a SEL League game.

Tommy W captained the league game and in his team were: Jewell, Jimi, Kieran, Luke C, Oliver S, Theo McL, Thomas L.

Alleyn’s had not lost a match all season so the team knew they were in for a tough battle. Alleyn’s managed to just squeeze one past Oliver. We immediately took the counter attack with three attempts at goal. At one point there was some confusion as to whether the ball had crossed the line or not, but in the end, it was deemed not to have. We kept up the attack and came close again and again through Jewell on the right wing, Thomas in middle, Jimi around the back and finally Tommy from a free kick. Unfortunately, it would not be our day and the match finished with a 2-0 scoreline to Alleyn’s. A really hard fought match with some stunning end to end play. The hugely proud and vocal supporters congratulated our boys off the pitch at the end. Player of the match – the captain, Tommy who did not stop running, tackling, rallying and shooting.

In the Black team were: Daniel, Emre, James, Luke, Zachy.

With the match being 5-a-side but on a 7-a-side pitch there was plenty of space which allowed for an astonishing end to end encounter. After a slow start, we found ourselves 3-0 down from some clinical Alleyn’s finishing. Emre and James combined beautifully all through the game with lots of one-twos and through balls to one another with both players scoring a handful of goals. We brought the score back to 4-4 but by half time Alleyn’s led 6-5. Luke was outstanding at the back, winning tackles and turning defence into attack in a split second. Zachy worked tirelessly in his role in midfield to support both the defence and the attack. Further goals by James and Emre meant Alleyn’s were leading by just one goal (9-8) with 5 minutes to go. Aided by Daniel, who came off his line well and was a presence in goal, despite the number of goals which were going in at either end. As we pushed for an equaliser Alleyn’s hit us on the break and scored several late goals when really the final result should have been a lot closer. The final score ended up being an extraordinary 14-9 to Alleyn’s; with Emre scoring 6, one of which must be a goal of the season contender that arrowed into the top corner on the half volley, and James notched up 3. The five boys can be immensely proud of their efforts. Player of the Match was Emre, for not only his splendid double hat-trick. but also his work rate and his desire to win and to help his side all through the game.

In the Purple team were: Joseph, Ned, Rafferty, Theo H-D, William.

As with the Black team the boys started slowly and Alleyn’s flew into a 3-0 lead as we failed to support Rafferty in defence. For the remaining half of the match the score remained even, in no part thanks to the impeccable tackling of Rafferty in defence who kept their talented striker quiet for the remainder of the game. With their confidence and belief growing the boys started the second half the much better team and deservedly pulled 2 goals back with William scoring both with precise finishing. Alleyn’s hit back quickly to make it 4-2 before Joseph who had terrorised the Alleyn’s defence all game with his pace, deservedly got his goal. Theo was everywhere in the second half running from box to box, making tackles and playing key passes. Alleyn’s were beginning to take command again of the game and only a number of stunning saves from Ned in goal kept us in the game going into the final few minutes. Unfortunately, Alleyn’s could afford to rotate players with their bigger squad and as we tired we conceded 2 late goals to make the final result 6-3 to Alleyn’s. Player of the Match – Rafferty, who made an incredible number of goal saving tackles which he made look so easy.

Under 10 and Under 11 Netball v Oakfield: Well done to our Under 10 and Under 11 netball players for playing so well against Oakfield on Monday. Both teams did extremely well in all of their matches showing great team work and exceptional skills. Our shooting throughout the afternoon improved progressively. Our Under 10 team drew one match, winning the remaining three. Our Under 11 team were unlucky not to win a game but played extremely well drawing all of their matches. Well done to all the children involved for their continued hard work and the sportsmanship they show.

Under 10 team: Anoushka, Florence, Hennie, Iris, Jasmine M, Maisy, Poppy L.

Under 11 team: Alice, Bea M, Coco K, Eloise, Eva P-A, Jessica, Zara.

Under 10s Football match v. Alleyn’s: On Thursday Rosemead fielded three very strong team against Alleyn’s.

Purple team: Emre, Jack C, Jewell, Jimi, Luke C, Max A, Shea, Thomas L.

We made a good start against a very strong team which would push us for the whole 40 minutes without respite. There was a real back and forth for the first ten minutes with both teams struggling to get that opener. Alleyn’s had the better of the chances in the late stages of this half and ended it with a 3-0 lead. Shea came on in the second half as Max had to come off due to the sheer number of tackles he had taken. We pushed hard from the outset and it was not long before we had pegged them back to 3-2 with Jewell scoring. Jimi, who had tirelessly controlled the midfield throughout, got his well-earned goal. We kept pushing right to the end and on the last kick of the day Shea surged up from defence and was in the right place at the right time to put in the equaliser. Player of the match – Jimi.

The Black team: Cian, Felix, James, Max, Rafa, Ronny, Shea (first half), Zain.

The game started with Rosemead dominating possession and creating multiple scoring chances inside the Alleyn’s box, but the ball just did not seem to want to go into the goal, either due to good goalkeeping or near misses. Eventually, the game opened up as Shea smashed the ball into the top of the net. After that it was plain sailing, as goals from Rafa and James made the score 3-0 at half time. Whilst Alleyn’s played a far more competitive game in the second half, really testing Cian in goal, the score at the end was 4-2 thanks to a fantastic chip shot from Felix. Joint players of the match – James and Felix.

The White team: Gabriel, Hassan, Nicholas, Max H, Max Mo, Salim, Zishan.

We played outstanding football, passing with accuracy and covering the entire pitch. Although Alleyn’s put up a good battle but they were unable to fend off Zishan’s outstanding assists, Hassan’s determination, Gabriel’s fearlessness, Max H.’s physical game and Nicholas’ clinical finishes. On the counter-attack, Alleyn’s were unable to get past the wall of defence that is Salim, nor past Max Mo’s capable goal keeping. Goals scored were as follows: Nicholas 7, Max H 5, Zishan 3 and Hassan 1; making it 16-0 to Rosemead. An amazing display of football from all our boys and a really great atmosphere from parents. Thank you to Mrs Lenz and Mr Baron for the fantastic coaching of their teams.

Under 11s Girls Football at JAPS: On Friday Rosemead attended this annual JAGS tournament.

Bea M captained the side, with Evie L as deputy, alongside: Coco I, Eloise, Elspeth, Eva M, Georgie, Hennie, Jessica, Rose M.

Rosemead finished third in their group just needing one more point to make it through to the finals. The first game was against Blackheath and they scored right on the last kick of the game. Our second was against Dulwich Hamlet which we won through some tenacious play resulting in a goal by Eloise. We drew our next two matches against Honeywell and hosts, JAGS. We played our fifth and sixth playoff against Hourton School. They scored early but we applied pressure throughout and drew level with minutes to go through some individual brilliance by Hennie. This meant we went to penalties. Rose stopped the first penalty by impressive athleticism, Eleanor then stepped up and calmly slotted hers in. Rose was again too good for their striker. Their goal keeper managed to save a good strike from Rose and when the final striker put it wide we were through to play Alleyn’s. Alleyn’s scored two early goals in the first half. After that we dominated the game through Hennie, Eloise, Jessica and Georgie. We hit the post and were saved twice but could not find the back of the net. We were in the toughest group by far, as Blackheath and Honeywell went on to be winner and runner up of the entire tournament. Players of the tournament – Eloise and Rose. A great fighting effort in a very competitive tournament. Thank you to all the parents who cheered our girls throughout.


Music Examinations; ABRSM examinations are on Tuesday 4th December. The Trinity Rock and Pop examinations will be on Monday 10th December. You will be notified if your child is taking an examination.


 Road Safety Week: Bike Smart is the message at the heart of this year’s Road Safety Week, focusing on the safety of those on two wheels. Taking place between 19–25th November and coordinated by Brake, Road Safety Week seeks to raise public awareness over road safety, acting as the driver for positive change on our roads.


 Barbershop Singer: During half term Miss Wilson competed with her barbershop quartet at the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers annual convention, which is attended by 2000 people each year. Her quartet Avalon achieved first place, winning them a national gold medal. Miss Wilson is very excited to represent the country at international events during Avalon’s winning year as the national champions. Their winning performance can be found here .

MoVember: A message from Mr Harrison: November has started with a Bang (mainly due to the fireworks being the same week) and a downy fur on the lip of many a man in Rosemead. For the eighth year we are once again helping out the massively important cause of men’s health and awareness by growing a Mo for November. If you would like to be involved it is not too late to join up, and this year ladies, you too can join the team, just ask Mr Harrison who is team captain this year. We have a movement pledge, where you set a distance target for the month and people can sponsor you to achieve that goal. We are nine days in and already you have donated a massive £210!! If you would like to donate, find a man and give him some money or Or if you would like to join our team for the growing part or movement part it is Huge thanks to those who have already donated and a rallying cry to those who haven’t yet.

 Ice Hockey: Ms King will be captaining her team, Streatham Storm, in an important match against Kingstone Diamonds on Saturday at Streatham Ice Rink. This also happens to be where Ida, 4B trains for Streatham Juniors and this Saturday she will be Streatham Storm’s mascot. Ida along with her brother, Emil (former Rosemead pupil) are both keen skaters and have many years of skating behind them. I am sure that Ida will enjoy the match and hopefully Ms King’s team are triumphant.


 Sunday 11th November Armistice Day at Herne Hill Market: The Herne Hill Society has been working on an HLF-funded project to identify all Herne Hill’s First World War casualties. The Society will commemorate this anniversary with two minutes’ silence at 11am – this will be followed by a choral performance from The Friends’ Musick. Location: Herne Hill Market Time 10.45-12.00.

Sunday 18th November an afternoon with Jaqueline Wilson: Tickets £10/£7 available from

Location: JAGS School, East Dulwich Grove Time: 3.00pm


Visiting Heads of Senior Schools: Parents are most welcome to attend assembly when we have a visiting Head speak and afterwards to join Mr Soutar for coffee. This is the programme for the remainder of the term:

Monday 19th November – Dr Joe Spence, Headmaster of Dulwich College
Monday 26th November – Mrs Angela Drew, Headmistress of Bromley High School
Monday 3rd December – Mr Alasdair Kennedy, Headmaster of Trinity School

Class Assemblies: Parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday 22nd November – 5G
Thursday 29th November – 5B
Thursday 6th December – 5W


 On Monday the children are invited to wear ‘odd socks’ to show respect for differences as part of Anti-Bullying Week. On Friday it is the School Council Charity Day; this is a non-uniform day in exchange for donations over £1 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

A reminder that as part of the Rosemead Wellness programme, and following on from the Year 6 Wellbeing Day, parents of children in Year 6 are invited to attend a Wellbeing workshop on Thursday at 4 o’clock.

Good luck to our swimmers who are representing Rosemead in the ISA regional swimming competition at Beckenham Spa this Sunday.

Have a lovely weekend.

With my best wishes,

Lesley Kastoryano


It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the second best set of results on the last 5 years for number of offers, after our record breaking results of last year.

More information can be found by following the link below.

Best Wishes

Phil Soutar

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