Acting Head’s Blog 19th June Friday 19th June 2020

We’ve reached the end of another successful week; well done to everyone both at home and at school! I continue to be impressed and inspired by the superb engagement of our pupils. I thank everybody involved in embracing the learning with ambition and creativity. Those of you that joined the whole school assembly zoom on Monday will have seen our Year 5 pupils share their recent poetry work. It was wonderful. Not only were the poems beautifully written, but the pupils performed with sensitivity, confidence and flair. Thank you also to our two young pianists who played beautifully. Well done to you all.

We were delighted earlier this week that the government acknowledged the importance of including Year 7 & 8 in their guidance for primary schools, enabling Prep Schools to invite their seniors back before the summer break. We are excited that we can enjoy the final few weeks of term with many of our pupils back together in the company of friends and teachers. Preparations have been in full swing; we have new timetables with staggered breaks and lunches, white lines painted on the grass banks to identify group areas and lots of exciting outdoor activities planned. It will be new and different, but our aim is for the children to feel happy and connected and have a positive end to the school year. You may have noticed that we’ve also arranged for the weather to be amazing! Please ensure that your children come in with sun lotion already applied so that we can enjoy the beautiful grounds and time outside together.

 

For those children coming into school, there will be a lot of change and need to adapt, and for those remaining at home, there may be different feelings as well. I will be moving my zoom assembly to 9am on Monday morning just for those children at home, and I look forward to starting the week with them all.  There will undoubtedly be mixed feelings for those staying at home, and the most important thing is that we keep communicating. Form teachers and co-tutors are here to help and support the children through the emotions of change and new routines so please do keep us informed if there is anything we need to know to support the children over the final few weeks of term.

 

Mr Wiseman is busy pulling all of the Prep School logistics together, and it will be essential to look out for communications from him over the weekend. He aims to keep the number of messages to a minimum, but please be aware that, if you do receive a few different emails, this is simply to enable you to be fully informed. I will be out at drop off on Monday morning and cannot wait to see many familiar faces. Until then, have a fabulous weekend.

 

Mary Bridges

Latest News

The governors of St. Michael’s Prep School take pleasure in announcing the appointment of Nik Pears as our new Head Teacher with effect from January 2021.

Nik was educated at St Dunstan’s College, London and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He is currently Head of Prep at Kent College Pembury, a post he has held since 2016. Prior to that, he was Headmaster of the Junior School at Sevenoaks Prep for 5 years. Nik is also an ISI inspector and a governor at Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook. We believe that he has the experience and qualities required to lead St Michael’s into the next chapter of its history.

Nik represented Kent U18 group at rugby and has a love of all sports. He is an accomplished musician and has performed at The O2 and Wembley Arenas. He is an Ambassador for “We See Hope”, a charity working with orphans and vulnerable young people in sub Saharan Africa. Nik devised The Social Entrepreneurs Project an initiative that challenges young people to turn £10 seed capital into £100 or more with their profits going to support the work of the charity.

We feel very fortunate to have secured Nik’s headship and welcome him and his wife Emma and two children, Jessica and Josiah into the St. Michael’s family from the start of next year. Nik has said

“I am delighted to have been appointed the next Head of St Michael’s Prep. Having lived in the area for the past twenty years, it is a school I have known and long admired for its ambitious and child-centred approach to learning. There is a very special atmosphere in the school and I am excited to become a part of the community, getting to know the children, parents and staff over the months and years ahead. St Michael’s is privileged to have an experienced and committed Senior Leadership Team and I very much look forward to working together with them as we embark on an exciting future for the school.” 

Some of our super St Michael’s Swimmers have won an array of silverware at recent events.

At the Sevenoaks Swimming Club presentation evening, I Pennington Legh was presented with the Kingsbury Cup for U10 girls; A Green was awarded the Kingsbury Cup for U10 boys; E Green received runner up plate for the best U9 boy; S. Taylor was awarded the Mike Radford Trophy for most improved U9 boy; A Ashton was presented with the U9 Individual Medley Cup and U9 trophy for most improved swimmer; B Tovey and J Taylor were both awarded plaques with their positions from the recent Sevenoaks Club Championships.

At the Black Lion Gala, Gillingham, at the start of March our swimmers again came away with medals. A Ashton won three gold, one bronze, one fourth and one sixth medal; A Green three gold and two silver medals; E Green four silver and one bronze medal; S Taylor one silver and one fourth medal and J Taylor a fourth position medal. V Medlen also came away with a medal from the gala.

Well done to all those swimmers; your hard work and dedication is certainly paying off!

Mrs Denton

Swim School Manager

Well done to our doubles girls, E Julio and S Savidge, who also played in last weekend’s Junior Orange Ball Tournament in Sevenoaks. They played four matches, won two, beating Sevenoaks Prep and Lady Boswell’s and lost two to the eventual finalists Amherst and Granville.

This was a great performance by the girls, particularly in the light of little experience of Orange Ball competition.

Well done!

With around 20 pairs competing, representing 9 schools, pupils S Taylor, D Booth, J Vanderlanh-McKeown and J McDonnell were proud to represent St Michael’s at the Sevenoaks Junior Orange Ball Doubles, held at the Sennock Centre in Sevenoaks on Saturday 7th March.

S Taylor and D Booth started their Orange Ball tournament well with a win against Lady Boswell’s, before losing to a very strong team from Sevenoaks Primary. They followed with a close match against Amhurst Primary which they lost 7-6 and needed two wins from their remaining games to make the final stage. They won the first quite easily against Russell House and then had a tight match against Sevenoaks Prep. It was neck and neck throughout, but they kept their cool and won 7-6.

Their tally of three wins to two losses saw our Year 4 pair through to the play-offs. They had two games against a Year 5 pair from Sevenoaks Prep and New Beacon. They lost both games narrowly, 7-6 and 7-5, finishing 6th overall, which was a good performance given they’re at the younger end of the Orange grouping and the standard of the competition was high.

J Vanderlanh-McKeown and J McDonnell both demonstrated strong teamwork, good sportsmanship and skills. They came up against some strong competition from the other schools but never gave up and kept competing to the end with some great saves, serves and volley. The boys also showed respect towards others and maintained a positive attitude at all times. Both boys really enjoyed the tournament and look forward to improving their position at the next one.
It was great to see both pairs supporting each other throughout the games! Very well done, keep up the good work!

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