From the Head
It was particularly nice to welcome all our scholars in Year 6, 7 and 8 and their parents, together with our governor Mark Weatheritt, to a special celebration dinner last night. We commended them on the work they have done and wish them well for the work they will do in the future and we thanked them for the contribution they have made to St Michael’s Prep. The pursuit of excellence is an exciting endeavour and as we focus on drawing out the best in every child, we find that focusing on the very top raises standards for all. The opportunities for excelling in music, art, drama and sport are equally important to us as is the chance to love learning, work hard and strive to put our knowledge to the best use we can. But above and beyond that, there is a strong sense of the value of consideration, courtesy, manners, curiosity and as another group of children set off today for their Curiosity Curriculum convention, the excitement will continue right up to the weekend. And excitement there was a-plenty as Bruno won the individual challenge competition and our boys then went on to win the Senior School performance challenge. Many congratulations to everyone who went to take part today.
Out in the wilds of Essex, a whole cohort of Year 2 pupils today woke up to perhaps their first night away from home. Experience of travel, change, challenge and collaboration is an important way in which we build resilience, co-operation and communication, all of which are life skills.
Sports this week have been extremely damp but pretty good by all accounts. We were delighted to hear that H Martin won the silver medal in his fencing tournament at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield.
Many congratulations to our Under 8 tennis team, who became the Kent Champions this week.
As the school looks forward to a weekend of celebration and music at the festival, I am only sorry that a significant birthday takes me away from this wonderful event which I hope everyone will enjoy. I am proudly sporting my St Michael’s festival friendship bracelet, crafted by Syrian refugees in Istanbul working for Empathy Action. This morning, we enjoyed a superb assembly presentation on Brunei from the Friis family which opened our eyes and our minds. With the appointment this week of Ali Chugg as Global Dimension Leader for St Michael’s, we formally acknowledge through this role, the fundamental importance of our wish to look out on the wider world, understand it better and play our part in keeping it beautiful and making it a fairer place.
I hope that the festival is a wonderful and happy occasion.
Whole School Notices and News
All this year, many of our Year 7 children have given up their Tuesday lunchtimes to hear children in Year 1 read. In the past few weeks, Year 6 children have been invited to join them and to share books with both Reception and Year 1 children. All involved agree that it’s one of the highlights of the week!
~ Guys & Dolls ~
Tickets on sale at the Stag Theatre!
Tickets are on sale – and selling fast!
Family and friends all welcome.
Please note Pre-Prep children are not expected at the evening performance.
Please head to the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks or to this page to purchase your tickets.
French Day will be on Tuesday 23rd May. Please make sure to dress up in the French colours (bleu, blanc et rouge!), and bring £2 for a croissant and a grenadine (French squash).
After-School Swimming Lessons
Please be aware that children attending after-school swimming lessons from 4.30pm should now attend Late Room and not Prep.
Egg Boxes Required
Reception are collecting egg boxes to decorate their starfish costumes that will be worn for the Pre-Prep performance of Pirates v Mermaids. Please can you put any egg boxes you have in the yellow box in the Pre-Prep office by Monday 5th June.
A Note from the International Club
Pre-Prep Sports Day 26th May – International Food Table
The International Club will once again sell savoury dishes from all over the world for the Pre-Prep Sports Day on Friday 26th May. No need to bring a picnic, why not sample a few of our dishes? There will be dishes from America, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Sweden & Thailand and many more cuisines to choose from. Most servings (except for a few items) will be sold for £2 each and the proceeds go towards a new World Map for the school and the Piano Fund.
Sal’s Shoes – Shoe Collection
The International Club is also supporting Sal’s Shoes and will be organising a Shoe Collection. The collection will be for used or new shoes that are in good condition, paired, tied together and banded please. Sal’s Shoes is a wonderful organisation that crosses continents to make sure that your used, loved (and barely worn) outgrown children’s shoes are delivered straight from you to those in need globally. Please learn more here.
We will collect them for the next month starting Monday 15th May at Pre-Prep (there will be a collection box near pick-up area) and also we will have a collection box at the International Food Table at the Pre-Prep Sports Day – please do bring along your used shoes!
Chair International Club
And for those who don’t know us… The St Michael’s International Club is a support and social group for parents who have come to Britain as non-British citizens, or British citizens who have lived abroad for at least one year. Parents of all nationalities meet to share in an informal way their experiences of living abroad and in Britain. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am writing this before Year 2 go on the trip of a lifetime to Stubbers. It won’t matter if the sun doesn’t shine, the Year 2 children always have an awesome time. They come back exhausted but more grown up. The staff come back exhausted but exhilarated by what the children have achieved; I am sure this year will be no exception.
Next week is our final week before half term. We have Year 1 on their trip to Leeds Castle on Tuesday 23rd May while the rest of the school enjoys French Day. In Pre-Prep our French Café will be open for business in the morning, serving everything you would expect, and patrons will be seated at tables with traditional red, white and blue check tablecloths.
On Friday Pre-Prep Sports Day will be a joyous day. Reception start at 9.15am, followed by Nursery and Kindergarten at 11.00am. Years 1 and 2 have a 1.30pm start on the Sports Field.
On Thursday and Friday lost property will be displayed outside the main doors of Pre-Prep. Could you please check to see if any of the items belong to your children? Anything left at the end of Friday will be bagged and sent to Déjà-Vu, the second hand shop, or put in the St Michael’s Recycling Bin.
The Prep School performance of Guys and Dolls will be at The Stag Theatre on Tuesday 20th June; if you would like to take siblings or any performers out of Pre-Prep to watch the performance that afternoon then please complete a Request for Absence Form which I will be happy to endorse.
See you at the Festival!
Head of Pre-Prep
Enlightening Assembly: Brunei
Children in Pre-Prep were treated to an enlightening assembly by Dr and Mrs Friis about Brunei. We learned that Brunei is a beautiful place to live with fabulous birds and animals. Brunei has a hot and sunny climate and the land is mainly rainforest. The country is 17 hours away from the UK, via two flights. We saw pictures of beaches, forests and the royal palace. Decades ago Brunei became a wealthy country through oil and now has an opulent palace, with 1800 rooms, where the Sultan of Brunei lives. We would like to thank Mrs Friis and Sophie for coming in typical Brunei dress, and to Dr Friis for his excellent, interesting and interactive presentation.
Year 2 Cake Sale
We are delighted to report that the Year 2 Cake Sale for the Kent Association for the Blind raised the sum of £130.90.
Thank you so much to the Year 2 parents for providing such delicious cakes!
Gold Stars were awarded to:
Samuel B-N for great odd and even work
Xander S for fabulous mathematical problem solving
Millie B for fantastic doubling and halving work
William N for excellent understanding of number bonds
Max B & Elliott L for amazing work on capacity
Lincoln M & Aran S for good work on capacity
Wian B for sharing his excellent knowledge of plants in our science lesson
Teresa W for a detailed and imaginative Quest story
Ben C for independently writing a fantastic Quest story
Music Practice Cup: Alexandra S
Music Practice Award: Max B
Star Violinist Cup: Anya J
Anouk C-O for completing Level 2
Genevieve B, Sebastian M & Belinda B for completing Level 3
Florence D, Samuel B-N & Nicholas W for completing level 4
Erica W for completing Level 5
Alexander S for completing level 7
Ava M for completing level 12
100 House Point Certificate
Windsor – Cooper P
Leeds – Abigail U
House Point Cup
Awarded to Dover House with a total of 134 points
Kit G collected the Cup on behalf of the House
In Monday’s Assembly, Daniel (above) played an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ to his sister.
In Tuesday’s Piano Assembly Bronwyn played ‘One, Two, Three, Four, Five’ and Wian played ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ in a duet with Mr Davies. Well done to both.
|H Richmond||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|A Moore||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|T Bulley||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|H Sayers||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|A Parker-Swift||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|E Brewer||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|O Maltarp||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|S Stokes||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|A Porter||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|C Brindley||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|S Pryal||For making a wonderful speech at Open Morning
|H Martin||For winning the Silver Medal for the Under 12's Boys Sabre at the British Youth Championships
|P Rabe||For a wonderful story about the Lady of Shalott
Congratulations also goes to…
H Martin who qualified for and competed in the British Youth Championships in Sheffield. He won the Silver Medal for the Under 12 Boys’ Sabre.
[Photo credit to Isobelle Cooper (Isobelle Cooper Photography), an Old Michaelian]
L Watson who completed a 30km walk last weekend for the Volunteer Youth Project. L Watson completed his walk in 6 hrs 25 mins, and was the youngest to get involved.
E Ward and L Weir who were awarded a trophy for their duet at the Tunbridge Wells Festival.
N Brown and I King who performed in the Spotlights Production of Hairspray, and received the Spotlights Dramatic Arts Medallions.
L Bingham and A Faulstich who with their Sevenoaks Hockey Team, took part in the Nationals in Nottingham on Saturday and won!
C Mottram who on Saturday 13th May took part in the Sevenoaks Town U10 Tournament at Wateringbury.
A Scott for completing a 3km run at Knole park in Sevenoaks.
X Prongue and R Saini – winners of the Great Yarmouth U9 Tournament playing for Sevenoaks RFC. Their team scored the most tries and were 1 of 5 Sevenoaks U9 teams on tour.
~ Summer Sports Activities Week ~
10th – 14th July 2017
Open to Current Years 1-8
Friends of the school
Please contact Mr Van Schalkwyk at email@example.com for further information.
Forms will be available in the Prep School reception as of next week.
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Thurs 8th June – U9 A&B rounders v Granville (H) 2.30pm
|Date – 17th May 2017 Rounders Matches||Player of the Match
|U13 A||A Parker-Swift for great bowling
|U11 B||I Gascoyne-Day & F Tosh
|U11 C||No match
|U10 A ||P Parker-Swift
|U10 B||S Ross
|U9 A||Matches cancelled
|U9 B||Matches cancelled
|U8 A||Matches cancelled
|U8 B||Matches cancelled
|Date - 17th May 2017 Cricket||Player of the Match
|1 st Team ||M Fry (52 runs)
|2 nd Team||M Jezia
|Colts A ||J Crossley (42) & H Scott
|Colts B ||S Benjamin
|Colts C ||H Wall & G Hull
|Colts E||B Wright
|Date - 18th May 2017 Cricket||Player of the Match
|U9A ||O Maltarp
|U9B ||J Sales
|U8A ||J Wiseman
|U8B ||M Cameron
|U8C ||M Bathelor
IAPS National Championships
Crawley K2 Swimming Centre hosted the IAPS National Championships on Saturday 6th May 2017 where two of our top swimmers qualified. J Benjamin in under 13, 25 metre butterfly with a qualifying time of 16.44. He had a tremendous swim, finishing 7th in the first heat with a personal best time of 16.15. Once the heats were finished he came 14th overall in UK, an outstanding achievement.
Our second swimmer was J Hudson in Under 12, 50metres breaststroke who qualified with a time of 38.88. He really pulled it out of the bag in the heats to qualify for the finals in first place with a time of 36.16, a personal best. Our knees were shaking as J Hudson took to the blocks in Lane 4 in the finals. Although he was not leading in the first 12 metres he steadily moved up the field with a controlled stroke. In the last 25 metres J Hudson smoothly powered to the front to achieve a magnificent first place in a time of 35.37.
Retired British Olympic medallist Michael Jamieson carried out the presentations. Jamieson won a silver medal in the 200 metres breaststroke 2012 Olympics and broke the British record three times in the process twice in the qualifying heats and once in the final.
The IAPS Championship gave us a fabulous opportunity to demonstrate what talent we have in the pool. J Hudson and J Benjamin should be congratulated on being counted amongst the best prep school swimmers in the country.
The fun at The Hive continues, with the skipping competition record now at an impressive 114 consecutive skips!
When they weren’t skipping, the children got creative designing and painting their own space pictures and baking savoury muffins.
To find out more and to see pictures, please click here.
May Half Term Netball Courses at The Sennocke Centre
Tuesday 30 May – Thursday 1 June
• Ages 8-10, all abilities welcome
• £75 per child
• Sennocke Centre, Sevenoaks School
• Come and play with an England U21 and U23 player
Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2 June
• Off season training to work on strength and conditioning and skill
• £25 per day or £80 for all four days
• Sennocke Centre, Sevenoaks School
• Come and play with an England U21 and U23 player
Senior Schools Information
Ardingly invitation to Boarding Experience days – open to all Year 5 & 6 children
Ardingly are offering a boarding experience to children currently in Years 5 and 6 during the May half term. The event is open to any and all children who may be interested in boarding at senior school, they don’t need to be registered at Ardingly or even be looking to go to the school. The purpose is to give potential boarders and their parents an insight into the benefits that boarding could have for them.
Booklets about the event are available in our leaflet stand near the white doors. The event is supported by the BSA, who will participate in a Parent Boarding Forum on Saturday 3rd June.
The leaflet is also available as a digital copy via this link: http://www.ardingly.com/boardingexperience
For more information please contact Alicia Frankland at Alicia.Frankland@ardingly.com. There is a nominal fee of £25 to cover all activities, accommodation and food.
Bromley High School
Bromley High School will be holding Year 5 Taster Days on 15th June.
For more information, please call Lisa Clarke, Admissions Registrar, on 020 8781 7000 or visit http://www.bromleyhigh.gdst.net/.
Eastbourne College will be holding their Open Evening on Thursday 22nd June. Please aim to arrive from 5.00pm and book online through the College’s website www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Visiting-the-College
Kent College Pembury
Kent College will be holding a Year 5 activities day on Saturday 10th June 2017. The day gives the girls a great opportunity to get to know the school before sitting Kent College’s entrance examination in November. They will also be offering a boarding taster evening on Friday 9th June. For booking and further information, visit www.kent-college.co.uk .
King’s School Canterbury
King’s Canterbury will be holding their next Open Morning for 13+ entries on Saturday 17th June. The morning is an opportunity for families to see the school in action with a guided tour with one of their pupils. To book a place or for more information please call 01227 595772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sevenoaks School Open Morning
Sevenoaks School’s next full school Open Morning is on Saturday 17th June, for which bookings can be made online now. They also see parents on an individual basis every morning from Monday to Saturday during term time. Parents can book a visit via the Registrar, Mrs Fenella Cournane, on 01732 467703 or email@example.com.
Tonbridge School Admissions 2019 entry
The entry lists for both day and boarding applicants remain OPEN but we anticipate that both lists will close soon and we therefore encourage any remaining applicants to register with us as soon as possible.
Candidates for entry to Year 9 in 2020 should register for the Year 6 Autumn assessment by the end of their time in Year 5. Please ensure that you register before the end of this academic year if you would like your son to participate in the assessment this year.