Head’s Blog Friday 3rd March 2017

I have to say I did not think I would ever be writing to say how enjoyable and exciting an Inspection would be but here it is in black and white; it was a wonderful week. I suppose a school week here is always intrinsically exciting and it certainly felt as though the inspectors caught the spirit of engagement and energy that is transmitted through the corridors and classrooms wherever children are busy and engaged.

The week held much to be excited about. Representatives from Gideons bibles started off the week telling pupils about their work and handing out their special theme based bibles for those who wanted them. A working group met to start to think about planning a Performing Arts development, Parents and Friends met to plan the support they are offering to the community life of the school. Their big project is the Summer Festival on May 20th, which is a day-long music and entertainment extravaganza that will get toes tapping and bring the community together in a relaxing and creative way. Once you are on site, a huge array of children’s activities is available at no extra cost. The only additional items are food and drink. Do plan your diaries to be sure to be there.

In Pre-Prep there were pancake races for Shrove Tuesday and children in the Prep school, using the metaphor of choosing nice fillings for pancakes, were encouraged to think about what nice things they wanted to fill Lent with and the good choices they could make.

On Thursday we celebrated Book Week with assemblies in both parts of the school. In Prep, the assembly team of staff shared their favourite childhood book and a photo of themselves when young. It was a special time when we learnt about the important place of books in the lives of all sorts of staff, with some moving moments which brought us closer to one another. That was followed by Literary Library Café in Prep offering refreshments and quiet reading time for all parts of the school, whilst in Pre-Prep there was much rejoicing in the costumes sported by pupils and staff representing their favourite book character and their assembly had them sharing extracts of books and enjoying being read to.

It was fabulous this morning to receive a handwritten invitation from Oliver N in Reception J to visit his classroom “wun day”.  I took Oliver up on this today and enjoyed looking at all his writing, as well as being shown around the classroom.  What a lovely surprise.

Reception letter to Mrs Aisher

The outcomes of the Inspection will be officially announced once the report is released to us by ISI. In the meantime thank you to all parents who replied to the survey and chatted to inspectors. I’m looking forward to the report.

Have a great 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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