Head’s Blog 10th March 2017 Friday 10th March 2017

It’s been trip week at St Michael’s this week, although there are still some trips to come and we have been getting reports from Jersey from Year 8, the PGL centre in Surrey from Year 4 and tweeting updates and photos all week. The complex logistics of taking fifty four 8 and 9 year olds or twenty two teenagers away take months of thought and preparation and I would extend the warmest of thanks to my colleagues who have planned these fine adventures which will live in the memories of all children long after their time here.

We enjoyed showing round Russell Matcham,  i/c Prep Schools liaison from Haileybury, www.haileybury.com where, as weekly boarders at this co-educational school, outstanding relationships exist between pupils and staff,

Haileybury

and Giles Smith, Director of Marketing from Benenden  www.benenden.kent.sch.uk which welcomes applications from girls who want boarding on a beautiful site full of rich experiences.

Benenden

I commend these two schools to those parents who would consider the benefits of boarding to simplify logistics, enrich time spent with your children and enable pupils to have a clear divide between home and school to the benefit of both, quite apart from their fine environments and excellent outcomes for students.

We can also put you in touch with families from St Michael’s whose children are there now. Do pay them a visit if you would like to explore this further.

I enjoyed listening to the strumming of guitars after school on Monday when Mr Connell’s pupils delighted their parents and friends with some assured performances, revealing at times their inner selves! Lots more parents joined us on Wednesday to learn of their children’s progress at Parents’ evening. It’s always good to see the level of engagement of parents with us to ensure the very best for their children and to support them in what they are doing.

I’m beginning to think about Easter and the holidays ahead. I’m sure I’m not alone in that! Year 8 are expected to do some work over the holidays and I recommend one week completely free and the remaining time doing about four hours’ work a day. We look forward soon to publishing news of our next group of scholars for 2017 and beyond and showcasing their skills over Years 7&8.

I hope you are able to enjoy a restful weekend.

Jill Aisher   

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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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