Head’s Blog 15th November Friday 15th November 2019

In today’s world it is not unusual to wake up and be told “you have a memory”. Social media delights in re-sharing something significant from times gone by and I don’t know if you feel, as I do, pleased to be reminded of these largely happy times that we’ve chosen to share but I also think it contributes to a stronger sense of the ways in which the past contributes to the present.

From a well-being point of view of course all our past experiences shape who we are and it is particularly interesting to see how the emotional response to an event can significantly change its impact.

But the memories do, I confess, help me to feel a sense of achievement as well as pleasure and pride. What is also remarkable in being presented with these moments from the past, is the reminder of how quickly children change and how amazing that growth and development is. Every day at school we enjoy being a part of this journey .

Being told to remember is perhaps a new phenomenon. But the act of remembrance both in the church’s year, remembering those who have died, and in the secular, and national life, where we pause to remember service men and women who have given their lives for their country, families who have been bereaved and soldiers whose lives have been irrevocably changed by war, is, I believe, our duty.

We have to teach our children how to remember. I think giving them pointers of what to think about as well as modelling respectful silence creates strong social bonds as well as marking this season of remembering.

I thank all of you who engaged with our act of remembrance on Monday and as we meet and talk about the growth and development of your children in the weeks of parents‘ evenings to come, I hope that we can strengthen the bonds between us that help all children to grow and flourish and make many more memories for the future.

Have a great weekend,

Jill Aisher

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Congratulations to Year 3 pupil, S Johnson, who came 1st in the Papercourt Firefly Open on Saturday, crewing for her dad in the adult competition. They sailed 3 races against a variety of other teams, including two national champions!

She was the youngest sailor in the competition, won two of the three races and came second in the other, comfortably winning the event overall.

Having started sailing when she was just 3 years old in Singapore, she now sails an optimist dinghy on her own and races with her family in double handed dinghies like the Firefly and Feva.

A fantastic achievement and we look forward to following her future ocean adventures!

On what was a gloriously sunny Sunday morning at Queens College in Taunton, the Colts A team began the challenge of the IAPS National Football Finals; it is the second time the school has qualified in 4 years and a fabulous achievement by the Year 6 boys

The team started the first game against Hall Grove School (Surrey) and it took a while for them to hit their stride. There was some superb defending from the team, but Hall Grove were clinical in front of goal and took the victory 2-0.

Our second game against Eaton House The Manor (London) ended in a 0-0 draw but the team were unlucky not to take the 3 points, as they were superb in attack and showed some fantastic individual moments of magic. Eaton House The Manor are a very good team, who also played some magnificent football and a 0-0 result was a fair reflection on the game, by now though the boys were firing on all cylinders and were ready for the next group game.

St Christopher’s were our third game in the group and the boys started the game at a furious pace with T Smith scoring the first goal. The team kept looking for the second goal and we were caught napping on the counter attack which allowed St Christopher’s to score a goal in the dying moments.

Next up for the team was King Edward’s (Bath) and a victory was needed to give us hope of moving on in the competition. At this point, up stepped A Goodwin with a crucial goal and H Richmond in goal who, with some brave heroics, managed to keep the ball out of the net after a head clash that allowed us to take the much needed 1-0 victory.

On to our final group game against Ardingly (Sussex) and the group was very close with any of 4 teams able to take the 2nd spot in the group which would allow us to progress to the main competition cup Quarter Finals. H Richmond was injured after the head clash, so L Selvey-Clinton went in goal for the team and performed admirably. The team had 90% of possession and T Smith scored a fantastic goal, which allowed us to play some expansive football. Ardingly managed to counter attack on few occasions and scored a good goal to make the final score 1-1.

After a short wait, the team found out that they had finished second in the group, which meant they progressed to the Quarter Finals of the main Cup competition – a massive achievement, as every team at the finals was justifiably the best of the best in the country, with St Michael’s being one of them.

Royal Russell were our opponents in the Quarter Final and they have a fabulous and impressive footballing history. The boys were very disciplined and having H Richmond back in goal gave the team confidence which allowed us to play some solid football. It was a very even match until the final 3 minutes of the game, where Royal Russell scored 3 fantastically quick goals which effectively ended the game for us. The team never gave up and played until the final whistle in true St Michael’s spirit, giving their all to the very end. Congratulations to Royal Russell who went on to claim the overall title of IAPS National Champions.

The team were a credit to themselves, the school and parents and it was lovely to see four years of hard work for the team, with targets set out by themselves as a team a long time ago met and achieved. I hope memories were created for the boys on a fantastic day for everyone involved.

Mr Lopez

We were delighted to hear that Year 5 pupil, I Sharma, has brought home another gold medal for Great Britain!

He represented his country in the European Yoga Championships 2019, in Bordeaux and won the gold medal in the 9 to 11 Year category.

The competition was organised by the International Yoga Sports Federation and 55 athletes from 17 countries took part in the event. For more information please click here.

By winning this, he qualifies automatically for the World Championships in Mexico next year. We look forward to following his progress there!

A warm welcome to our delightful Breakfast Club children. It’s so lovely to see so many happy smiling faces first thing in the morning.

In preparation for our fast approaching Christmas Bazaar at the end of next month, both the After- School Club and the Breakfast Club have been busy little bees helping to make a wide variety of exciting crafts to sell on our stall. The Breakfast Club children have helped to make felted wreaths, pom-pom snowmen and pipe cleaner bumble bees, and the After-School Club children have been enthusiastically painting stones, twigs and wooden slices of tree bark, transforming them into cute little bird table-top decorations. Children have also started to make some gorgeous felted Christmas trees and reindeer pom-poms. In between all our lovely craft work, we have also found time to sponge paint a tree, make some hand-printed leaves and construct a couple of beehives for our next wall display.

Once again children have been enjoying a spot of gardening and have loved pulling up and taking home the last of our homegrown carrots and tomatoes. Spring bulbs have now been planted and hopefully next month our parsnips and marrows will be ready for picking.

The Foosball table and Didi cars have been a favourite this month, with many children participating in road traffic control and car maintenance.

Groovy footwork has also been taking centre stage both in the Breakfast Club and the After School Club as children have had loads of fun dancing and playing musical statues.

Our beautiful butterfly pom-pom rug is now finished and will hopefully be fluttering its way onto one of our walls shortly.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term!

Mrs Smith and the Wrap Around Care Team

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