Head’s Blog 17th March 2017 Friday 17th March 2017

As we head towards Eastertide and the holidays that beckon there has been a great deal of new life about the school. The pupils and staff waited with bated breath for the Chickens to hatch, which they mostly did on Monday night. It is utterly amazing to see them pecking their way out, drying off and becoming fluffy, practising walking (and pecking each other) and making their way to independence so quickly. I suppose inevitably one draws a comparison with the rather longer growth and journey of our own children towards independence but the miracle of growth and development is just as much of a joy to us as educators and I’m sure to you as parents however long it takes.

 

As I read the pages of our e-news each week, I’m excited by the huge variety of opportunities for growth afforded through the planned activities.  In the same way that Zerrin Leech has captured in her column, the joyful experiences of children at play, I am delighted by the everyday “extraordinary” that permeates the calendar at St Michael’s; competing in sport, music, maths, story writing, trips to theatre, and mask and drama workshops to stimulate young minds. The senior students took part in the national BBC School report day. Nursery went for a walk up the Warren. There was a project to creating books about Owls with blurbs and actual barcodes in Y2 and they were doing a bird food experiment on the terrace. The inspiring array of whacky science stuff emerging in all years from the Science department was hugely enjoyable and of course the live feed hatching chicks on screens around the site was where the week began and ended. The circle of life. It’s all over the place at St Michael’s.  

 

The evenings have also been quite full this week, a fabulous music concert on Monday evening which prevented me from attending the also fabulous swimming gala. Wednesday was a chance to meet parents of Year 6 and discuss progress whilst Thursday night saw the governors meet to review, plan and decide.

 

I’m sorry that my family commitments this weekend keep me from joining in the Comedy evening and attending the Brighton finals of our talented trio in Pro Corda competition. I shall be thinking of those of you who can be there and wishing you fun and success in equal measure.  

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Jill Aisher

 

 

 

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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