eNews: Friday 30th June 2017

From the Head

We all recognise that the summer term and particularly the end of that, is a very busy time for everyone in schools, whether it is children making preparations for transition, meeting new people and teachers and bidding farewell to their friends, or staff collecting their thoughts and expressing their views on the performance of children in reports. Whether it is parents attending concerts and shows and prize-giving and picnics or whether it’s governors feeling satisfaction at another successful year. Whatever your experience of the end of this academic year at St Michael’s, I hope it has been special. I have the privilege of a front row seat at some of the best shows in town. The nursery singsong on Tuesday was a happy occasion on which children enjoyed in many different ways, not all of them forward facing, the songs they have been taught this year. No-one can have failed to be impressed at the words and actions they have mastered. On Wednesday we were treated to the Pre-Prep performance of “Pirates versus Mermaids”, a feisty and funny show which played to the strengths of so many children and revealed a new dimension to others. With a stylish set created by Mrs Halfacre and amazing costumes supplied by parents, the shimmering mermaids and the fearsome pirates had to come together to solve the problem of Pirate Scarypants’ fear of water. Who better to show them and teach them how to swim then the elegant mermaids?


The children without exception enjoyed their moment. There was some fantastic shimmying from the reception crabs complete with clawed headdresses and from the splendid starfish, the scary sharks and from the huge array of octopi. Hats off (and there were a lot of hats) to Mrs Beesley, Miss Salmon and the staff in the Pre-Prep for an inspired choice and an excellent production.


Today’s Kindergarten concert made those of us who had been at both Nursery and Kindy’s concerts aware of just how much progress is made in those first two years. The children presented songs on the theme of the growth and development of a butterfly, including some impressive scientific words and displayed great rhythmic skills, as well as fine voices and wonderful memories. With words and actions, they entertained us beautifully for half an hour this morning and it was a wonderful end to a happy year in Kindy.


Of course Thursday evening saw us gathered together formally for the Prep school prize-giving. We welcomed former teachers including former headmaster Paul Cox, who saw the first recipient of his newly offered prize for cross country and we celebrated the talents of the many other successful people to be rewarded in public on this occasion. Each year I have a few communications on the subject of how prize-giving fits in with an inclusive agenda. I am absolutely clear about the value of such an event in the calendar of the school. This year we added awards for cross country, global citizenship and separated effort and progress to be two separate prizes for each year.

In the variety of awards made, the whole spectrum of talent is included and those who leave us at the end of Year 6 and Year 8, it is fitting that they receive our good wishes and a small gift.

Fuzz Caan, international Olympic coach was an entertaining and fascinating speaker.  He spoke eloquently of the synergy between his beliefs about the five “P”s: Planning, Preparation, Process, Permission, Passion and our school motto “Perseverance, Wisdom, Gratitude”.  We were delighted that he could join us.

It is always fun to see the film review of the year. This is a relatively new tradition in the school and falls to the gap student to make each year. I think you will agree that this year’s set new standards.

And as I write my final lines this week, Sports Day is playing itself out. At the end of this day new records will have been set and new children will glow with pride.


Last week on our field the happiest night of the year, the 24-hour event campout was attended by so many parents and children and there was a great deal of warmth, both from the weather and from the warm atmosphere of sharing a special evening together. My grateful thanks to Rhys Morgan and Joel Thomas who organised the daytime and Fraser Wiseman and Steve Wade who organised the night time.

For many children and parents this was the absolute highlight of the year.


This is the final newsletter of the school year as next week we break up on Wednesday. During the holidays I will send you an update with the achievements of the children in their final week and the Head’s Review. This is a formal document that summarises all the achievements of the past academic year and gives parents an analysis of the school’s performance and the direction in which we travel. Can I remind you that next week, when there are no clubs, children are collected from three different doors: Year 3 come out of the main front doors, Years 6 and 7 come out of the chapel doors and Years 4, 5 & 8 come out through the white doors. For those of you with children in lots of years you will have to walk up and down the path! We hope you understand that this keeps all the children safe as the whole school is dismissed simultaneously. On the last day of term, we finish before lunch and the school field is hired in the afternoon. We hope that all parents will be able to pick the children up and there is no Hive on the last day. I wish you the happiest of summer holidays and wherever you go, safe travels and a safe return. For those of you leaving St Michael’s as parents, children or staff, thank you for all you have given to the school and come back and see us soon.


Jill Aisher


Whole School Notices and News

Personal Accident and Fees Refund Schemes

Marsh Pupils’ Personal Accident Scheme

All pupils are covered under this scheme and the premium is included in the termly fees.

To view the “Scheme Details and Key Facts” document which gives information about cover and terms and conditions from September 2017 please click here.


Marsh Fees Refund Scheme

This is a scheme whereby fees can be refunded if a pupil is absent from school because of illness or injury, provided certain conditions are satisfied.

The cost of joining this scheme from September 2017 is 1.05% of the termly fee.

To view the document with information about the scheme please click here.

For those parents who currently participate in the scheme and who wish to continue in September, no action is needed.

If you wish to discontinue your participation in the scheme, please send an email to kchristen@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk

If you would like to join the scheme, please complete the application form here and return to Kim Christen

School Uniform Shop

School Shop Summer Opening Hours

11th & 12th 10.00am – 12.00 noon
20th 11.00am – 1.00pm
21st 11.00am – 1.00pm
24th 11.00am – 1.00pm
25th 10.00am – 12.00 noon

31st July – 4th August SHOP CLOSED



7th & 9th 9.00am – 11.00am
14th  & 16th 9.00am – 11.00am
21st  & 23rd 9.00am – 11.00am
30th & 31st 11.00am – 1.00pm



4th 10.00am – 12.00 noon
5th 10.00am – 1.00pm
6th 9.00am – 12.00 noon





Normal Shop hours resume when new term Starts 7th September


Appointments available on request please email:





Déjà Vu – Summer Opening Hours

30th August 10.30 – 12.30
31st August 10.30 – 12.30
4th September 10.00 – 12.00
5th September 10.00 – 12.00
6th September 09.00 – 11.00

Important – The Hive will not be open on Wednesday 5th July

All children should be collected at the specified time on the last day of term: Pre-Prep at 12.00 noon and Prep at 12.30pm.

Items for Newsletter

We are always delighted to receive news about our pupils and their achievements outside school and to feature these in our newsletter.

From September we would ask you to let us know about these achievements via email to Mr Wiseman (fwiseman@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk) and to Mrs Voce (kvoce@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk), so that an announcement can be made in assembly and a piece can be put in the newsletter.

The email should contain full details of who, what and where, as well as a photograph in jpeg format, if you have one you’d like us to include.
We look forward to hearing your news!

Mr Wiseman and Mrs Voce

Summer Sports Activities Week

10th – 14th July 2017

Open to Current Years 1-8


Friends of the school

Please contact Mr Van Schalkwyk at dvan@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk for further information.

Forms are available in the Prep School reception or by clicking here.

ball sports

Summer Netball Course for 8-10 year olds at the Sennocke Centre

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Summer Netball Course for 11-13 year olds at the Sennocke Centre

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Family and Friends Ski Trip 2018


There are still places available for the 2018 Family and Friends Ski Trip to Passo Tonale in Italy.  We need to have final numbers in very soon, so if you are interested, please do contact Miss Booth or Mr Cobb as soon as possible.

Once the form has been completed, please return to the Prep school office to secure your place.  First deposits are required by Monday 3rd July 2017.


Please ensure you include all names and relevant details of your party on the form. 

 Mr Cobb and Miss Booth

The Hive

From bath bombs to sport and fond farewells, The Hive has been buzzing with fun and laughter.  Click here to read our article and see our photos.

Pre-Prep News

What a week! I am bursting with pride at the effort that the children have put into to their end of term productions. Nursery knew so many words to all the songs they sang on Wednesday and Kindergarten were wonderful as they threw in lots of actions as they told us about the life cycle of a butterfly. It was just wonderful to see how much Kindergarten children have achieved in the last year. They are really ready to move to Reception.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 excelled in their “Pirates and Mermaids” performance. They were brilliant! The costumes were beautiful and the props and set looked the part. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of the mums who have worked so hard organising the costumes. A huge thank to all the Pre-Prep staff and especially to Mrs Beesley and Miss Salmon who mastermind the production.

Please note that next week there will be no activities so please collect your children at 3.20pm. Our final day is Wednesday 5th July and Pre-Prep will be finishing at 12.00. Please ensure you collect your children at this time as the Hive will not be running.

I would like to thank everyone for all their cards and gifts and kind words to all the staff at Pre-Prep. They have been much appreciated. Thank you also to the Year 6 parents for the lovely end of year book. There are so many beautiful pictures of the leavers and so many lovely memories. It is something that I will treasure.

For those of you leaving St Michael’s I would like to wish you well and hope that you look back on your time with us fondly.

Overheard: What do you want to be when you grow up?


Have a wonderful Summer Holiday!

Zerrin Leech

See photos of our shows in our gallery

Pre-Prep Awards

Pp awards 30 June

Gold Stars were awarded to:

All RJ & RM for wonderful behaviour on their trip to Tyland Barn

Alice R for excellent butterfly writing

Joe G for beautiful cursive letters

Beatrice R for a wonderful description of the butterfly life cycle

Oliver E & Samuel W for accurate measuring in maths

Florence L & Lexie G for enthusiastic contribution to our play rehearsals

Charlotte S for reading with lovely expression

Cristian H-G for quick mental arithmetic skills in our ‘Around the World’ challenge game

Music Awards

Music Practice Award: Max B

House Point Certificates

Dover – Cissia R

Leeds – Rory S

Rochester – William N

Windsor – Jack C & Genevieve B


Lexia Certificates

Theodore S for completing Level 2

Edward N for completing Level 3

Aran S, Alex C & Samuel B-N for completing Level 5

House Point Cup

Awarded to Rochester House with a total of 142 points

Alexander S collected the Cup on behalf of the House

Pre-Prep Trophies

The following Performance Prizes were awarded to:

Music Cup – Jaylen P

Singing Cup – Emily N

Drama Cup – Georgina O

The following Physical Education Prizes were awarded to:

Fastest Swimmer Shield Ethan G & Georgina G

Victor Ludorum Cup – Lucas Bowen

Billings Cup – Georgina O

Marchetti Cup – Raife B

Duckett Cup – Holly H



The following Effort Cups were awarded to:

RJ – Anouk C-O / Oliver N

RM – Priya M / Jack C

1S – Lucas K / Kitty R

1W – Lincoln M / Connie M

2FD – Olivia C / Otto W

2S – Ben C / Tess C



The following Achievement Prizes were awarded to:

RJ – Sophia J / Xander S

RM – Belinda B / Rory S

1S – Lucy A / Bronwyn T

1W – Alexander S / Evie S

2FD – Theo M / Annabelle S

2S – Teresa W / Kit G

Prep News

Headteacher’s Stars

Headteacher's stars 30th June  
A MartinFor a superb 3D flower
I LeoneFor a fantastic 3D flower
I ThomsonFor a fabulous 3D flower
Y LappinFor a wonderful 3D flower
G GoodwinFor a fabulous collage to show the parts of a flower
K PathiwillFor a fantastic collage showing the parts of a flower
G WilliamsFor a beautiful collage to show the parts of a flower
A ToveyFor a wonderful collage showing the parts of a flower


Library Books

Please could you ask your child to return all library books to the library before the end of term. There will be NO fines for late books returned by July 4th: any books not returned by this date will be marked as ‘lost’ and we will need to charge for a replacement. Children are very welcome to come to the library at lunch or break time to check if they have any current loans. Thank you.

Mrs Davies

Global Ambassadors raise awareness in assembly


On Monday, the Global Ambassadors put on an assembly to raise awareness about the issues they have been researching – the environment, animals, poverty and refugees. The children bopped to ‘We’re Going Green’, a song that teaches about reducing, reusing and recycling, they answered questions on Oxfam’s refugee quiz  and gained other interesting insights.

You can find the powerpoint written by the global  ambassadors by clicking here . Alternatively, you can find out more by following these links:


The Environment – https://climatekids.nasa.gov Refugees – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/global-citizenship/youth-ambassadors/refugee-quiz

Poverty – http://www.kidsforkids.org.uk

Endangered Animals – http://www.wwf-adopt-a-animal.co.uk


Year 8 Trip to Bedgebury

Year 8 enjoyed an exhilarating day cycling at Bedgebury Pinetum on Tuesday.

Despite the forecast the weather was mostly fine. The guides were really helpful and took us safely through the trails. There was much fun and laughter and we had time for a stroll through the Pinetum after lunch which was glorious.

Thank you to Mr Wade and Mr Fuller for assisting.


Mrs Sue Billings

Year 8 Bedgebury

Year 8 Picnic

Thank you Year 8 parents and pupils for the delicious picnic and the kind gifts. It was a lovely surprise.

The Year 8 Teachers

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Year 8 picnic (1)

Year 8 picnic (2)


Sports News

Players of the Match – cricket and rounders

Players of the Match 28th & 29th June - Rounders  
U13 AA Griffiths
U13 BK Edwards & H Taylor
U11AL Bingham & P Pottier
U11 BF Tosh
U11CJ Allen
U10 A C Kern & G French & G Williams who was picked by the opposition
U10 BP Rabe
U9 AI Gascoyne Day & E Jones
U9 BM Elliott
U8 AN Dolton & S Andrade
U8 BE Harrison
Players of the Match 28th & 29th June - Cricket    
1st TeamF Bailey
Colts ATeam (fantastic team win in final game of the term)
Colts BH Sayers
Colts CJ Beesley
Colts DO Stuart
Colts EN Brown & R Gallagher
U9 AJ Sales
U9 BH Smith
U9 CF Watkins
U8 AJ Wiseman
U8 BF Rutherford
U8 CL Clapham

Congratulations to J Henderson, who competed in the IAPS Golf Tournament


The IAPS Golf Championship took place at Hill Valley Golf Course in Shropshire on 13th June, with 94 pupils from 37 schools across the UK taking part.  The competitors played the Sapphire Course, an 18-hole parkland course measuring just over 4000 yards.  He did very well, finishing about mid table in the U11 age group in this, his first experience of IAPS golf.  IAPS declared the standard of golf to be exceptional, so this was a great achievement.

He has developed a passion for golf and plays regularly at Chelsfield Lakes Golf Club, where he has gained his men’s (adult) handicap of 27.


J Henderson IAPS golf 3

J Henderson IAPS golf 2

Summer Soccer and Netball Camps

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Soccer Camp 29th August—1st September

The Archway Summer Soccer Course will run from 10am to 3pm. There will be pure football training, competitions and matches all day. All courses ae delivered by our qualified, talented football coaches.  Head Coach, Carlos Lopez worked for Arsenal F.C in their Academy, as a coach and scout, for 8 years.


The course will be structured as follows:

Morning – First touch, team play, individual skills, finishing/defending/support play and games.


Afternoon– Tournaments, skill tournaments, penalty shootouts, small-sided games.

The course costs £120 for the four days. Spaces are limited, so book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Booking forms will be available next week from both school offices and is downloadable here.

If you require further information please contact Carlos on 07429 065067 or email archwayfootballacademy@hotmail.co.uk

Netball Camp 29th August—1st Septembernetball-clip-art-515390

Miss Rawlinson will be running her netball course for girls who will be in classes from Year 1 to Year 4 in September.

With practice in netball skills, matches competitions and fun, the course will run from 10.00am – 3.00pm each day and costs £120 for the four days.

Booking forms are available from the Pre-Prep office or by clicking here.

August Hockey Camp – spaces still available


Mr Thomas and Richard Young will be running a week’s hockey camp in the summer on Monday 21st,   Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August at Hollybush. The course will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm and will run similarly to previous camps.  For further information, please email Mr Thomas during the holidays on jnthomas88@outlook.com.

Latest News

Card games have dominated indoor activities in The Hive this week and we’ve enjoyed playing Rummy, Old Maid, Patience, Snap and Cheat.

Skipping games have expanded to include the long skipping rope, with two people holding either end while children skip in the middle.  Laughter was the name of the game as lots of children attempted to skip at the same time.  Well done to everyone who has taken part, it was such fun!   In other sporting fun, Connie has been wowing us with her gymnastic talents.   She has also impressed us with her one handed cartwheel.  Amazing, Connie, well done.

Two of our Pre-Prep children presented Mrs Aisher, Mrs Leech and Mrs Birmingham with their end of term presents from The Hive.  The children have been really busy over the last couple of weeks, making lots of lovely soaps and bath bombs, not only for themselves but also for some of the teachers. We hope you like our gifts and enjoy using them as much as the children have.

In cooking this week the children enjoyed making their own pizza. They added lots of different toppings: cheese, tomatoes, ham, chicken, pineapple and sausages.

Finally, we say a fond farewell and good luck to all the Year 6 and Year 8 children who have attended The Hive over the last year or two. We wish you every success in your new schools and hope that you have enjoyed your time with us as much as we’ve enjoyed spending time with you.

Mrs N Smith




Last week, after a tough week of exams the Year 8’s headed off to Tregoyd House, Wales, for PGL. This was a trip that brought the adventurous side out of everyone. The mornings were spent in the lake on canoes, kayaks or building rafts. We knew that all hope of staying dry was lost, as was evidenced by the fresh batch of wet clothes at the end of each morning in the drying room.


The dry activities in the afternoon were filled with heights, harnesses and targets. We sure found out who our friends were…luckily they’re a trustworthy bunch who would have caught us if we fell! My favourite activities included, but were not limited to, the trapeze, archery and rifle shooting. Adam, our group leader, helped us with anything we needed to know at the site and planned our evening activities and games, although any free time we had on the site turned quickly into water fights kindly supplied by the stream running through Tregoyd.


The nights were filled with more activities such as ‘Ambush’ and camp fire night. The tuck shop was among people’s favourite places to waste their money, trying to fit the most sweets in the cup from the pick ‘n’ mix.


If we didn’t already know our Year 8 friends well enough by now, we certainly did after this trip! PGL was among one of my favourite trips at my time at St Michael’s.


A huge thanks to Mr T, Mr Cobb… and Mrs Shield for putting up with those two (and us!!)


J Benjamin 8W


Keep an eye on our website as we add more photos in our Year 8 PGL gallery during next week

The Hive has been buzzing with fun and laughter again this week, as the glorious weather allowed the children to take part in a variety of different garden activities.

We’ve also been drawing treasure maps and hunting for treasure, setting up and taking part in obstacle and relay races and even having a proper game of badminton.  Skipping games and limbo also continue to be a hit with the children.  Well done to Hazel who is currently our best limbo dancer!

The children have also helping each other complete their Monsters Inc “Sulley” wreaths, while others are still enjoying making their coloured soap and bath bombs.

Continuing our summer theme in cookery, we made a raspberry trifle, which went down a treat and tasted delicious!

Well done to everyone who took part in our many wide and varied activates this week, it’s been great fun!

Mrs N Smith




Our Paris Trip

By Lucy, Scott, Matthew and Teddy


Last week, Year 7 went on their biggest trip of the year. Off to Paris and its surroundings!

On Monday, we had to wake up at 5:15am to meet at school at 6:15pm. We drove to Folkestone to take the Shuttle to Calais and then we drove for 3 hours to the centre of Paris. En route, we watched the French DVD “Un monstre à Paris” and we stopped for a picnic. Once in Paris, we went to a bakery. We were only allowed to order in French and the baker kept asking us questions in French, such as “sur place ou à emporter (eat here or take away)?”. We were so good that he gave the teachers chaussons aux pommes for free. After that, we walked all the way up to the bottom of Montmartre where we got onto the famous merry go round thanks to the money we raised on French Day. We visited the church, which is huge and beautiful and walked to the Place du Tertre with lots of artists. We stayed there to have dinner at “Cadet de Gascogne” where we had the best steak-frites ever and we drank Orangina. We finally arrived at our Novotel hotel quite late. The hotel was clean and modern.


On Tuesday, we woke up at 6:50am to have breakfast of pains au chocolat and croissants. We drove to France Miniature where we saw mini models of famous French monuments and places. Then we managed to skip the long queue to enter Versailles. Our favourite room was the Hall of mirrors, full of gold and glass. We even saw the King’s room. That day, we were 22 of the 32,000 visitors. Later in the afternoon, we went to the gardens. There were lots of fountains and music displays. We ate dinner by the lake, at the end of the garden. Lucky us!


On Wednesday, we went to central Paris. We walked up the 1,669 stairs to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower where we had astonishing panoramic views of Paris. We ate our picnic on the other side of the bridge, after buying lots of mini Eiffel Towers. Some of us got very good deals! Afterwards we went on a bateau-mouche trip and finally got the chance to see Notre-Dame. Later, we went to Musée d’Orsay to view the impressionist paintings and sculptures. Some of us were too tired and did our diary instead! Back at the hotel, we played rounders and cricket in the huge field.


On Thursday, we got the chance to swim in the hotel pool before heading to Parc Astérix because it was a very hot day. According to us, the best rides were Zeus, Vikings and Osiris. We also watched a sea lion and dolphin show, as well as a fight between “romains” and “gaullois”. Teddy could not go on the rides but managed to win a huge dog called Zeus. That evening, we had a yummy dinner at a pizzeria. There was even a farm outside the restaurant with a big fat pig and kids (baby goats). We were so good that the waiter gave us a glass bottle of Orangina to take back to England.


On Friday, we drove to Stade de France. We learnt lots of facts about the stadium, we visited the players’ changing rooms and ran out of the tunnel and we sat in the president seat, like Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday when England played against France. Luckily it was a friendly because we lost! Then we drove back to Calais where we headed to the supermarket. There we had to do a treasure hunt and also bought our own dinner. Just before we arrived back at St Michael’s, we were all given a funny French nicknames and some of us won prizes:

Best bedroom (after 2 inspections!): Zach, Matthew and Charlie

Nice friends: Henry and Lucy

Sun queen: Amber

Frenchman of the week: Zach

Star of the week: Charlie


“It was an awesome trip!”

“It was the best trip I have ever been on!”

“Merci Mrs Chugg, Mr Wade and Mme Poracchia.”


See more of our photos in our special gallery