Friday 6th October 2017

I have found myself again this week marvelling at the maturity of our children when interacting with their peers and visitors to the school. As we come to the close of another busy and full week, I reflect on another successful Open Day that saw 36 visiting families join us for a taste of the St Michael’s experience. The feedback from our visitors was warm and generous and they reinforced what we feel about our school.  I am delighted to share the following comments with you:

“It was such an uplifting experience to see St Michael’s yesterday and the pupils genuinely seem to enjoy their learning experience there.”

“I came out very impressed and enthusiastic about the opportunity of our son joining your school next Sept in Year 5.”

“My husband and I absolutely loved St Michael’s and both agree that it is our first choice school for our son (and our second child – due to be born in February 2018).”

“My tour guides were wonderful and they gave me a good idea of their schedule and work spaces. The art room and swimming pool were really impressive as were of course the grounds. The junior school looked well organised and I loved speaking to the teachers, hearing their view and seeing the children in their normal routine.”

My thanks go to Jane Thornton, Sara Martin and Karen Voce for flawless organisation, Laura Shield for assistance with our guides and to our speakers from Years 3 to 7 who so eloquently put into their own words what being at St Michael’s means to them. I would also like to thank Mary Bridges for stepping in and being my ‘voice’, as I had carelessly lost mine over the weekend and Mr Wiseman for picking up several areas of my work behind the scenes! Our splendid new prospectus, which was distributed to our visitors on Wednesday, seamlessly linked to the reality presented on the tours around both the Pre-Prep and Prep school. Please do look at a copy when you are next in either part of the school. We are very proud of it. Congratulations to K Denny, whose drawing of the school has been selected for the envelope.

Last weekend, under another morning of glorious sunshine, the Games Department hosted their second annual 5-a-side football tournament, this time for the U10 age group. Both the St Michael’s A and B teams reached finals, with the A team sharing the spoils with Sutton Valence in the Plate final, finishing on a draw, and the B team losing 1-0 in a closely contested B team cup final against Russell House. My thanks to Mr Thomas and Boys Games Department for a well-run tournament and to Mrs Wade for running the scorer’s table.

On Monday and Tuesday, Years 3 and 4 respectively, were visited by Making Mini Medics to learn the basics of first aid. Starting these essential life skills early will give all the children the confidence to react positively when faced with what can be a frightening situation, at any age.

On Tuesday evening, we hosted both current and prospective parents for our senior years’ information evening. Mrs Shield, along with current and past pupils, delivered an engaging and informative presentation about life in Years 7&8, including the opportunities for scholarship, responsibility and personal growth. It is always an enriching experience to see our children grow and thrive as they reach the senior years at St Michael’s and then to also invite them back to share their experiences once they have made that confident stride to senior school at 13. An e-book was created by Darryl Edwards, whom I also thank, for the evening and this will soon be available from iTunes to download for any parents, who missed the presentation.

I do hope to see many of you at the evening talk about Mental Health by Natasha Devon MBE on Monday at 7.00 pm. We are lucky to have her here and I’m really looking forward to how she will kick-start our renewed focus on mental health.

Jill Aisher

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The International Club has been busy this term, organising events to welcome new families to St Michael’s and introduce them to the current families. We had a coffee morning and a cookery workshop.

 

The coffee morning was held on Thursday 14th September to welcome new families and introduce current families. Eleven new families joined the International Club and we were delighted to meet them.

 

On Tuesday 10th October, we organised a Raw Chocolate Cookery Workshop, run by Naomi Buff, a parent from the International Club who just joined St Michael’s this year. We haven’t set a date for the next workshop yet but I’m sure Naomi wouldn’t mind running more of these workshops in the near future! Proceeds were donated to the International Club fund. To those who are interested, please email your interest to naomi@naomis.kitchen.  The Raw Chocolate Cookery workshop was absolutely amazing! The Raw Chocolates, Raw Chocolate Mousse and Healthy Hot Chocolate were absolutely divine…and importantly, very healthy and nutritious! (Gosh, just looking at the pictures is making me crave for those chocolates!  Will give them a whip now!)

 

We have also donated £250 to the piano fund.

 

Waty Friis, Patricia McCall Ogle & Marina Whitelaw

Co-chairs

International Club, St Michael’s Prep School

 

If you would like more information about the International Club please see our website or email them on intclubstm@gmail.com, they’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

The Global Ambassadors are a group of children representing each class from Year 3-Year 7. Over the last few weeks we have been getting to know each other, for instance playing Global Citizen bingo – attached here. We have signed a contract about the ways we want to work as a team and our responsibilities. We have lunched together on Mondays and we have learnt more about what global citizenship means. We have identified what some global issues are and shared our ideas about what concerns us most. Some of the issues we have identified are:

Environmental damage and lack of sustainability

Endangered animals

Homelessness

Lack of access to education

Malnutrition

Water shortages and lack of access to clean water

 

We have thought about some of the actions that individuals, groups and organisations can take to address these issues. Over the year, we will build teams to try and take action to make a difference with some of these issues.

 

Annabel in Year 5 said, ‘I like that we are going to work together to take action like writing letters to important people like our MP.

 

Mrs Chugg

Head of Geography

Year 3 are learning about explorers in their topic work. They were delighted to welcome Kit and Tom’s dad, Mr Gandy, on Tuesday. Mr Gandy is a mountaineer and explorer and he shared his experience, knowledge and some hair-raising stories in a fabulous presentation.

 

The children were mesmerised by his photos of mountain environments, past and present, and learnt so much. A highlight was seeing a huge range of Mr Gandy’s equipment and even getting to try some of it on. The children’s engagement was evident through their many questions such as Olivia’s, ‘Is the new equipment better than the old?’ and Lucas, who asked ‘Who inspired you to be an explorer and a mountaineer?’

 

Mr Gandy certainly inspired a new generation of climbers on Tuesday and we are very grateful to him for giving up his time to enrich our curriculum in such a multi-sensory way. 

Mrs Chugg

Head of Geography

 

On Wednesday 11th October, Year 2 visited the Horniman museum in Forest Hill.  We had a fun-filled day linked to our topic of ‘Amazing Animals’.  We took part in a workshop where we found out how different animals have adapted to their habitats around the world – as part of this we got to handle real, stuffed animals.  Next we explored the galleries and aquarium, where we saw all kinds of weird and wonderful animals, including a model of a dodo!  We explored the mechanics of animals in the ‘Robot Zoo’ which had all kinds of hands on things for us to have a go at.  We ended the day in the musical play area, which was fantastic and a little noisy! 

Miss Salmon

Take a look at more of our photos in the gallery.