eNews: Wednesday 10th July 2019

From the Head

As the academic year hurtles to a close, it is almost time to take a step back and have a well-earned rest. We have, all of us, worked so hard this year.

Our last few days have been spectacularly enjoyable, complex to create but beautifully simple to enjoy.

The Prep Sports Day on Friday ran like clockwork, with stunning weather to match the superb organisation. The houses marched out in style and competed with ambition and mutual support and respect. It was exciting to see some new records set, equalled and old ones broken:

Year 7&8 1500m     P Parker-Swift – (from 6.29.35)

Year 6 High Jump   S Newton – 1.49m (from 1.41m)

Year 5 High Jump   M Cameron – 1.38m (from 1.37m)

Year 5 100m              J Wiseman (=record 14.19)

Congratulations to all the winners and to all who pushed themselves to their own limits.

Thank you and congratulations too, to Cal Wade, whose immaculate organisation triumphed on the day and all staff who worked hard to make it happen and to be such a fun day.

The evening celebrations and the gorgeous weather led to a convivial evening of barbecue, sizzled and served by a strong staff team, time to play freely, chat, enjoy a drink and then the excitement of the all-night camp out. It was good to see children playing and laughing in mixed age groups, enjoying the space and the warm summer sun. An enormous debt of gratitude is owed to Fraser Wiseman, who masterminded the logistics and the practicalities of the camp out, plotting pitches, shopping for food and drink, cooking, cleaning and staying awake to look after everyone. A merry band of colleagues joined him to serve and clear and to each person involved a very warm and heartfelt thank you.

On Monday we were treated to the talents of Pre-Prep, when they performed their “Plastic Pirates” songs for us. I later very much enjoyed the whole environmentally on-message show, with not only plenty of opportunity for solo and ensemble work, but also the sea of underwater creatures colourfully bedecked. It was great that Zerrin Leech is fit to return to work to congratulate the pupils and staff on an excellent year in Pre-Prep. I’m proud of each and every one of them.

Alongside our super sports day, we held a magnificent Old Michaelians’ Day and met, for the first time in one case, some interesting former pupils who have lead very successful lives in different professions and regard the school with fondness and a deep connection, born of the fact that they boarded here. One of our Old Michaelian visitors explained that when he transferred to his fine independent senior school he struggled to not be boarding and felt that there was something missing.

Today’s struggle I think, for pupils, and particularly today, the last day of term, is to actually say goodbye. But of course this isn’t ultimately necessary because although they won’t be with us every day, all staff and pupils will always have a place at St Michael’s. We want to be in touch. We want to hear your news we want to engage on social media and we want to follow the careers of our spectacularly successful and varied cohort of leavers as they go out to make their mark on their next schools and the world beyond.

It was easy to detect how splendid our pupils are at last night’s Prize Giving. It was utterly delightful to welcome Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to the stage and he certainly showed us the art of feeling comfortable performing.

Laurence’s nephews attend St Michael’s and we were absolutely thrilled that he agreed to come and present the prizes to our lucky winners this year. From the moment he arrived, Laurence was bubbling with humour and quips that put the children on stage very much at their ease. Having declared that our marquee was quite retro and suggesting that perhaps we had too much fabric around the window apertures, he went on to talk with some passion about the charity MERU which his father set up to assist severely disabled children with the simple tasks of life by making and engineering tools to support their independence. Laurence kindly waived his appearance fee (phew!) and instead asked the school to make a donation to MERU to continue the good work. Laurence made us laugh and gave us food for thought about creativity and following your dreams, about being unconventional and passionate and he certainly demonstrated that being funny gets you places. If there are parents that would also like show the measure of their enjoyment of last night’s occasion they would be most welcome to do so at the following link https://fundraising.qef.org.uk/donate/donate-qef. Please be generous .

I shall be writing to you all towards the end of the summer to send you my Head’s Review of the year and update you on the progress of Stable Court and the Astroturf.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy summer holiday.

Jill Aisher

News from Pre-Prep

• Return to school: Thursday 5th September 2019

My thank you list

To all of you for the good wishes, messages of support and kind words you have offered me over the last few weeks and days.

To the Pre-Prep staff who have had another great year and given the children such an exciting educational experience.

To all the staff who support Pre-Prep, the Estates team, our cleaning staff and our catering staff.

To all our volunteer parents who come in and hear children read, walk up to swimming, and run Déjà vu.

To the Prep staff who also join us at Pre-Prep Mrs Aisher, Miss Cook, Rev. Diane, Mrs Andrade, Miss Booth, Mr Wiseman, Mrs Ward, Mrs Newton and Mr Baird.

Last but by no means least; your children, who are a joy to teach!

Overheard: I’m going to Spain in the summer.
Is that where aliens live?

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in September,

Zerrin Leech

Déjà-Vu Summer Opening Hours

St Michael’s second-hand uniform shop will be open as follows during the summer holidays:

Tues 16th July                2-4pm

Tues 20th August          2-4pm

Mon 2nd September     3-5pm

On this week’s Message Board

Please log into our Parents’ Portal and click into the Message Board to see new important information as follows:

  • Déjà-Vu Summer Opening Hours
  • Spaces still available on the summer hockey, football and activity week courses

On this week’s Community Events page

Please log into our Parents’ Portal and click into the Community Events page to see important community information.

Pre-Prep Awards

Prize Giving

The Music Award: Priya M & Oliver S
The Singing Award: Holly G
Drama Cup: Ethan W
Performance Award: Jonathan O

Physical Education Prizes

All Rounder Shield: Elodie O’D
Fastest Swimmer Shield: Chloe S.C. & Sophia J
Pre-Prep Boys’ Sport – Victor Ludorum Cup: Sebastian M
Pre-Prep Girls’ Sport – The Billings Cup: Emily J & Sophie S
Marchetti Cup: Joe G
Duckett Cup: Alice P

Effort Cups

1FD Herbie L
1FD Amelia N
1W Irena
1W Finlay S
2B Pearl
2B Sam W
2S Anouk
2S Phoebe

Achievement Prize

1FD Alice O
1FD James L
1W Eva V
1W Seth V
2B Priya M
2B Rory S
2S Mikayla
2S Ethan

Gold Star

Viggo for speaking so clearly in our play rehearsal

100 House Points Certificate

Leeds – Genevieve M

Times Tables Certificates

Platinum: Oliver S/ Sophia
Silver: Emily J/ Ethan W
Bronze: Millie B/ Elodie/ William N

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Prep Test – Piano
Belinda B / Sophia / Mikayla /Sebastian M

Swimming Certificates
ASA Learn to Swim Awards

Level 2 – Eric V
Level 3 – Eva V / Lev / Hugo H / Clara / Finlay S

Click here to see our gallery of prize winners

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Stars

L Bowen For a fantastic and thoughtful project, designing a model house of the future
A Stevens For a creative and explosive model of Vesuvius
M Lewis For a remarkable presentation about the development of Portuguese
A Clapham For a creative way to make a pyramid and an informative way of sharing your experience
E Gage For an informative Powerpoint on plants and great stop motion animation
G Gagg For an ingenious pyramid model made of sugar cubes
C Merralls For a very entertaining video on the making of a sarcophagus
M Pape For confident presentation of your plant project
B Tovey For a well created sarcophagus and mummy and an interesting video presentation
S Bendle For a fabulous song about plastic for your Homework Challenge
A Goodwin For an excellent and interesting video about the history and development of Norwegian
A MacRae For a superb mummified cat model and PowerPoint
I Gascoyne-Day For a fantastic Homework Challenge sweet shop and information sheet
E Jones For a fantastic Homework Challenge sweet shop and information sheet
L Watson For an excellent model and presentation of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
J Murray For an outstanding Homework Challenge project and presentation on how to make the perfect Chocolate Brownie
S Friis For wonderful Morse Code machine and PowerPoint presentation

Prep School Awards

Year 7 Trip to Paris

Best Trip Diary Prize – J Fryer
Runners up – R Gray & E Ukwu

Sports Awards


Most Improved Player of the season
U13 Cricket E Torrison H Roderick
U11 Cricket E Summers & O Neave M Winter
U10 Cricket M Noorpuri L Blincoe
U9 Cricket B Hayward & P Malin N Stinson & I Pennington Legh
U8 Cricket E Soper A El Alami


Team Most Improved Player of the season
U13 F El Angbawi J Crossley
U12 E Ukwu E Hudson
Year 6 Colt H Smith W Deacon
Year 5 Colt A Green L Selvey-Clinton
U9 E Green L Bowen
U8 S Taylor M Little

Sports Colours and Half Colours


Half Colours Full Colours   Half Colours Full Colours
I Sinclair J Fryer G Schooley
E Osborne E Hudson Re-Awarded-J Crossley
H Roderick
P Parker-Swift
E Powell
T Vafai
R Gray


Athletics Awards

Victor Ludorum

Junior (Y3&4) Middle (Y5&6) Senior (Y7&8)
S Taylor J Wiseman K Cameron & T Adesanya

Victrix Ludorum

Junior (Y3&4) Middle (Y5&6) Senior (Y7&8)
M Murray I Gascoyne Day E Powell & P Parker-Swift



Sports Day Results

1st Leeds
2nd Windsor
3rd Dover
4th Rochester

Inter House Sport

House Cricket Results

Junior Girls’ Cricket     Junior Boys’ Cricket  
1st Rochester   1st Leeds
2nd = Dover   2nd Windsor
2nd = Windsor   3rd Rochester
2nd = Leeds   4th  Dover
Middle Girls’ Cricket     Middle Boys’ Cricket  
1st = Leeds   1st Leeds
1st = Windsor   2nd Dover
3rd = Dover   3rd Rochester
3rd = Rochester   4th Windsor

House Swimming Results

Junior Swimming     Middle Swimming  
1st Dover   1st Rochester
2nd Rochester   2nd = Dover
3rd Windsor   2nd = Leeds
4th Leeds   4th Windsor
Senior Swimming        
1st Leeds      
2nd = Rochester      
2nd = Windsor      
4th Dover      


Prep School Sports Day

A wonderful Sports Day, organised by Mrs Wade and made possible by all the staff!

It’s impossible to convey the day in words, so do take a look at our gallery for a taste of the atmosphere. Thank you to Miss Rawlinson, Mrs Davies and Mrs Winter for their fantastic photography!

Click here to see the gallery.

Music Lesson Awards

  Trinity 2019   Trinity 2019
Ms Balcombe

Effort & progress



L Shi

S Bendle

Ms Fooks

Effort & progress



M Cameron

G Owen

Mr Bennett

Effort & progress



J Murray

E Harrison

Mr Maslin

Effort & progress



F Giannakis

G Kelly

Mr Garside

Effort & progress



O Goodwin

S Newton

Mrs Mumford: Recorder

Effort & progress



E Newton

J Fryer

Mr Connell

Effort & progress



O Maltarp

M Batchelor

Mrs Mumford: Piano

Effort & progress



N Staples

S Cook

Mr Millard

Effort & progress



A Paizes

L Lutzow

Mr Tanner

Effort & progress



P Parker-Swift

F Foresti

Mrs Dennett

Effort & progress



T Maltarp

A Stevens

Mrs Eno

Effort & progress



A MacRae

G Wall

Mrs Llyr

Effort & progress

Effort& progress


B Hayward

A El-Alami


House Point Badges of the Year

Name Year House Grand Total
T Gandy 6 D 108
W Sherry 7 R 101
C Denny 8 W 102
Name Year House Grand Total
M Lewis 5 D 203
B Welland 6 D 203
S Newton 6 D 209
V Medlen 5 L 281
E Mackay 3 R 210
B Tovey 3 R 202
A El Alami 3 W 200
L Fraser 5 W 200
J Maloney 6 W 205
Name Year House Grand Total
A Stevens 4 L 301
A Ulens 6 L 303
F Smith 7 W 305
Name Year House Grand Total
L Lutzow 4 R 402
E Ward 6 R 416

House Point Competition for Trinity Term

Name Year House HP Total
Trin 18
A Ashton 3 D 105
M Pape 3 D 90
A Brown 3 R 71
O Gasson 4 W 169
A Jassi 4 L 96
T Parkinson-Bonard 4 D 77
V Medlen 5 L 102
A Goodwin 5 D 112
L Poracchia 5 R 113
S Friis 6 L 127
R Saini 6 W 119
E Ward 6 R 154
F Smith 7 W 99
S Edwards-Matthews 7 R 62
I Sinclair 8 R 17

House Shield

1st Leeds (637pts)
2nd Rochester (581pts)
3rd Dover (549pts)
4th Windsor (471pts)

House Captains

Dover T Vafai
Leeds K Cameron
Rochester T Adesanya
Windsor O Bailey

New Prefects Awards

J Fryer

Deputy School Captains

J Cosgrove
E Torrison

School Captains

T Bulley
E Powell

Senior School Open Days

These can now be found on our Senior School page. 

Upcoming events include Bethany School, Bromley High School, Cobham Hall, Haileybury, Sevenoaks School and Whitgift School.

We’re delighted to announce that our Senior Schools Fair will return to St Michael’s on Thursday 17th October 2019. Keep an eye on our Senior Schools Information page for details.

Latest News

Well done to M, J and S Murray, who have raised money for the Marine Conservation Society by baking and selling cakes in their local village hall. They advertised their event in the village newsletter and put posters up at bus stops, the local pub, the school and the church; Mrs Murray also advertised it on social media.

She told us “The children are very aware of the problem that has been created by the overuse of plastic. Mrs Aisher talks about it at school, they see it in the media and we talk about it at home. They are saddened by the impact it has had on wildlife.”

The children raised an amazing £360.00.

We think it was a fantastic effort for a very well-deserving cause and those cakes look delicious! We’re very proud of you!

Our Old Michaelians arrived to the sound of cheering and tannoy announcements this year! Sports Day was in full flow and they took a moment to sit on the terrace and enjoy the view of St Michael’s competitiveness, friendship and support.

A lovely lunch, tour of the school, afternoon tea in the gazebo on the sports field and drinks with the staff were accompanied by spellbinding stories and laughter as we heard about their time at St Michael’s and beyond.

Current staff and parents took the opportunity to be regaled, while our OMs loved to hear about life at St Michael’s now. Our Estates Team were particularly delighted to be able to learn about the buildings and grounds in past years and to give our guests an insight into their work and the wildlife they come across every day!

Our more recent “graduates” joined us later for the evening barbecue and games.

It’s always a pleasure to welcome back our OMs and we very much look forward to seeing everyone again next year.


Congratulations to Year 4 pupil, I Sharma, who has won gold in the athletic yoga section of the World Yoga Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. Competing in the 8-12 year age group, he faced tough competition.

Well done!

Congratulations to Year 7 pupil, K Cameron, whose football team, Tunbridge Wells Ridgewaye, competed in the U12’s Tunbridge Wells Youth and Ladies tournament on Sunday.

All the teams participating were of a high standard, including an academy team!

The TW Ridgewaye team won their first game, drew the next 2 and won the last.  They made it to the quarter finals, then beat the academy team to reach the final, which was against Bearsted, who are top of the league.

It was a thrilling final, which ended up with Tunbridge Wells winning the cup.

Well done to K Cameron and his team mates!