eNews: Wednesday 11th December 2019

From the Deputies

As we were approaching the end of term we took some time out, sitting on the blue mats in the corner of the sports hall (where all good conversations take place) and attempted to sum up the experience of the last few months. One of us is currently training for a marathon and, whilst reflecting, we realised that the running journey is a great metaphor for the Michaelmas Term. It takes you to new places, it’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. There are moments when you want to cry, moments where you do cry, and moments when you feel simply awesome! You learn new things about yourself, spend time thinking about others and sometimes the best experiences are when you when you share them with someone else, encouraging each other along the way. There’s been improvement and progress, although it hasn’t always been smooth. Some weeks don’t go to plan but at the end of it all there is a pride in what’s been achieved and rightly so. Hard work, dedication and commitment made it happen and now we’re ready for a little rest before we go again!

We loved celebrating the end of term and the festive season in the Carol Service last night. Beautiful singing, confident readings and excellent music sparked that magical feeling of warmth and community. Thank you to Mr Baird, Mrs Shield, Rev Di and all those who worked so hard to create such a special evening at Shoreham church.

Thank you to you all for your support and commitment to St Michael’s. We wish you all happiness and peace over the Christmas break. Here’s to 2020 and all that it brings.

Mrs Bridges and Mr Wiseman

Staff News

A warm welcome to Anna-Marie Mottram, who will be joining the Prep school in January as a Teaching Assistant.

Anna-Marie worked in Investment Banking before leaving to care for her growing family. She has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as a parent helper in Prep and is excited about becoming a formal member of staff!

Having four children does not afford her much free time, but when she does have some, she enjoys reading, going to the theatre and spending time with friends and family.

News from Pre-Prep

• Return to school Tuesday 7th January

We’ve had a fun couple of days with the Cat’s Grin Theatre Co entertaining the children on Monday followed by all our Christmas parties on Tuesday. Thank you for providing plates of food for your children. This really does make life easier for the Pre-Prep staff.

Christmas jumpers were making Tuesday a very festive day together with Christmas lunch served at Prep school. I wish to thank our catering team who work incredibly hard to provide delicious meals all year long.

Thank you for the many cards and gifts you have sent in. It is really very kind of you. I know all the St Michael’s staff are very appreciative of all your best wishes and support.

It is always a joy to get the whole school together at the end of each term to review the achievements of the last term. Our last assembly of 2019 was joyous and full of brilliant musical offerings. Thank you to all our Music Department colleagues.

Overheard:

“Who knows what baby goats are called? It begins with K.”
Child: “Kangaroos!!”

Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Zerrin Leech

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:

  • Drama trip to Disneyland Paris
  • Online safety at Christmas
  • Christmas Hockey Club – spaces still available

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 Musical Assembly

Pre-Prep enjoyed a wonderful piano and recorder assembly this week with fantastic performances from Mrs Mumford’s pupils.

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Special Award

M Noorpuri For a beautifully crafted book detailing key moments in history, with personal reflection

Headteacher’s Stars

E O’Dwyer For an excellent presentation about Ellen MacArthur
E Moriarty For an interesting project about the moon landing
M Macedo For a fabulous project about Laura Dekker
E Bax For a wonderful diary of a ship’s cook
S Bailey For an inventive response to Science homework through the creation of an impressive Lego pylon, with additional information
C Prongué For an engaging presentation about how you designed and made a feather wreath
J Bashford For a thoughtful and interactive presentation about Malala
T Gage For an excellent PowerPoint presentation which was very engaging
G Kelly For a well-presented and creative video documenting your own experience of Japanese culture and society
S Andrade For an engaging presentation and poster and diary about the Titanic
B Walker For an amazing video documenting the rescue of Feathers the Owl

 

 Sports Awards

Hockey

Most Improved Player of the season
U13 Hockey E Torrison P Parker-Swift &

E Powell

U12 Hockey L Summers

 

E Collings

 

U11 Hockey S Andrade A Ogle
U10 Hockey I Pennington Legh

T Bax

E Bingham
U9 Netball R Romero A Clapham
U8 Netball A Pink U Osunwa

Football

Most Improved Player of the season
U13 J Cosgrove T Adesanya & K Cameron
U12 H Soper J Maloney
U11 (from Colts) J Wiseman M Cameron
U10 (from Colts) C Hunter & O West B Cosgrove
U9 G Dulski C Wilson
U8 C Thornhill & W Noble W Pennington-Legh

Sports Colours & Half Colours

Hockey

   

Football

 
Half Colours Full Colours   Half Colours Full Colours
R Gray J Sales T Adesanya
A Mourgue-D’Algue E Powell M Blincoe K Cameron
E Ward P Parker-Swift X Prongué J Fryer
E Collings S Edwards-Matthews H Soper J Cosgrove
T Vafai J Maloney E Hudson
O Bowen
O Stinson

Inter-House Sport

House Football and Hockey Results

Junior House Football (Y3&4 comb.)

 

Colts House Football (Y5&6)

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

Senior House Football

 

Middle House Hockey (Girls)

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

Senior House Hockey (Girls)

 

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

Junior House XC

 

Middle House XC

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

Senior House XC

 

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

 

Swim Stage Certificates

Stage 3

M Macedo
C Zheng

 

Stage 4

T Staples
X Staples
A MacRae
E Bakharevski
H Haaxman
J Osborne

Stage 5

O Court

Stage 7

M Cameron

Achievement Certificate

E Wood

 

Swimming medals for Year 4 pupil

Congratulations to Year 4 swimmer,  A Ashton, who took part in the Medway gala last Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th December.

She swam brilliantly and came away with 1 Gold Medal in the backstroke event, 2 Silver Medals, 1 Bronze and 2 Finalist Medals in the U9 age group. Not only did she come away with this wonderful medal haul, she also achieved three Kent consideration times in the 10/11 age group category. Brilliant swimming!

Mrs Denton

ICT Awards

Digital Leader Technical Support Prizes

• 1st Place – J Bomphrey
• Runner Up – L Poracchia

Bebras Challenges

The Bebras Challenge is an annual event which takes place in November. The challenges are based on Computational Thinking. Pupils complete the challenges in a set time frame and, if they finish in the top 10%, they are invited to sit another set of challenges in February 2020. They compete against pupils in their age category all over the UK. All pupils in Years 3-8 were entered into the first round this year. The following pupils finished in the top 10% of their age category and are invited to sit the challenges in February:

• R Mayhew
• M Lewis
• C Prongue
• T Gage
• A Green
• Y Binning
• A Goodwin
• R Landgrebe
• L Shi
• O Goodwin

The following pupils received ‘Best in School’ certificates:
• A Lutzow
• C Selvey-Clinton
• T Staples
• L Lutzow
• E Schwark
• R Mayhew
• O Goodwin

Well done to all who participated.

Miss Booth

100 House Point Badges

Name Year House Grand Total
G Owen 5 D 109
F Merralls 6 D 135
A Goodwin 6 D 120
O Scott 3 L 108
P Mahil 3 L 102
H Brown 4 L 104
T Warren 4 L 114
V Medlen 6 L 112
M Noorpuri 6 L 115
A Madgett 5 R 100
Y Binning 6 R 117
N Dandeniya 6 W 102

Top Star Scorers

Surname Year House HP Total
Michaelmas 2019
O Scott 3 L 108
P Mahil 3 L 102
W Noble 3 R 71
A Ashton 4 D 158
E Wood 4 W 92
L Winter 4 D 88
A Jassi 5 L 99
G Owen 5 D 109
E Williamson 5 D 89
F Merralls 6 D 135
Y Binning 6 R 117
E Harrison 6 D 131
C West 7 R 75
N Staples 7 D 47
L Griffiths 7 D 91
E Ukwu 8 D 56
J Cosgrove 8 W 83

Senior Prefect Badges

T Bulley
E Powell
J Cosgrove
E Torrison

New Heads of School

Deputy Head Boy – J Fryer
Deputy Head Girl – R Gray

Head Boy – F Smith
Head Girl – S Edwards-Matthews

Latest News

We are delighted to announce that former St Michael’s pupil Jess Haynes has selected to join the Loughborough Lightning Superleague Netball team.

Jess, who attended St Michael’s between 2008 and 2014 and returned as a GAP Student in 2019, made her Superleague and Sky Sports debut on Saturday 5th June against Celtic Dragons at the Copperbox Arena in London, after which she was officially announced as Loughborough Lightning squad member No. 102.

Lightning are currently in second place in the Superleague behind Team Bath and have already secured their place in the playoffs.

Jess, whose matches with Lightning will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports Netball platforms, said: “I feel so honoured and excited to be given this opportunity. It has been a bit of a whirlwind over the last couple of weeks so it was great to get on court and make my Superleague debut at the Copperbox . I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season with such an amazing squad. I always love coming back to St Michael’s to coach the current pupils, to share my love of sport and to show that dreams do come true!”

Jess joined Loughborough Lightning U21 NPL Squad from London Pulse in September 2020 when she started studying at Nottingham Trent University where she is part of their Performance Sport Programme.

And it was St Michael’s where her passion for netball began. Jess’ mum, Clare, said: “Jess’ year group team were a strong squad who enjoyed a high level of success at both local and national IAPS level. Jess played all sports during her time here where she achieved a great deal of success across the board . She left at the end of Year 8 to continue her education at Kent College Pembury with a Sports Scholarship. Her place in the Loughborough Lightning Super League is a huge opportunity for her.”

Mrs Wade, who coached Jess during her time at St Michael’s, added: “We are extremely proud of Jess and all she has achieved since leaving St Michael’s. I had the delight of watching Jess’ netball skills grow tremendously during her time with us and it is no surprise that Jess’ dedication to the sport has landed her this incredible opportunity. We look forward to hearing about her future successes and seeing her on Sky Sports!”

A swarm of bees, pride of lions and bloom of ladybirds could be seen roaming the school grounds on Friday 28th May as the Prep school celebrated Go Wild Day in aid of local charities Kent Wildlife Trust and Otford Hospices of Hope.

The action-packed charity day, organised by the School Council to raise awareness of the local causes, raised an amazing £727.04.

Mr Baird, Acting Deputy Head, said: “It was amazing to see so many staff and pupils dressing up for this brilliant fundraising event. A big thank you to the School Council and Year 8 prefects who played a key part in the success of the event, and to the pupils for putting so much effort and energy into the activities.”

Throughout the day, pupils took part in fundraising activities including an exotic bring and buy sale where pupils exchanged good quality toys and games. The afternoon events also included a face painting session for the children led by the senior Art Scholars group.

Fundraising & Communications Manager at Otford Hospices of Hope, Jessica McKechie added: “We were delighted to hear that St Michael’s Prep School chose to fundraise for Hospices of Hope with their Go Wild Day. Being supported locally is so important for our charity and we are really grateful to all the children and staff who took part. The funds raised will help us to support our patients with vital care, some of whom are children too and will love to hear about the activities the school arranged in order to help them.”

St Michael’s Go Wild Day forms part of its longterm plan to improve the wildlife around their 90-acre site as well as increasing the school community’s awareness of the importance of conserving nature.

Delighted by St Michael’s efforts, Acting Head of Education and Lifelong Learning at Kent Wildlife Trust, Lee Mason-Baldwin said: “Wow, what a brilliant effort and superb, heart-warming achievement, thank you so much! We love the gorgeous colourful activities and the fun you’ve had to help animals, plants, bugs and birds which is crucial for developing a life-long love of wildlife. Your support will help us on our quest for a wilder Kent, rich in wildlife for everyone to enjoy, forever.”

For more information about St Michael’s Prep School please visit their website: https://www.stmichaels.kent.sch.uk/

 

We are hugely proud to announce that past St Michael’s pupils L Bingham and A Faulstich have been selected for the England Under 16 Hockey Squad.


The Year 10 pupils, who currently attend Weald of Kent Grammar School and Tonbridge Grammar School were announced as members last week following many months of training and assessment.


Congratulating the girls on their achievement, Mrs Wade, who taught them PE during their time at St Michael’s, said: “We are extremely proud of Lottie and Anna and all they have achieved since they left St Michael’s. They were extremely hardworking in all their sports at school and it is great to hear that they have taken their hockey to such a high level. We look forward to hearing about their future success.”


A huge congratulations to both girls on this amazing achievement.

St Michael’s Prep School, Otford was delighted to welcome concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy as the special guest for its Scholars’ Day on Thursday 20th May.

Mr McCarthy, who was the first left-hand-only graduate of the Royal College of Music in its 130-year history, hosted a music masterclass with the school’s Music Scholars, before joining the wider Scholars group for an evening of food and entertainment.

Nicholas said: “It has been so wonderful to work with the pupils today. The performance standard of the Scholars is fantastic and their personalities came across in their performances. It was lovely to see.”

During his visit, the talented musician shared his story with St Michael’s including his performance with band Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Nicholas also offered words of encouragement for overcoming setbacks and barriers. He said: “At my first audition I was turned away because they just didn’t believe I could play the piano with one hand. I had to dig deep and find that resilience to carry on achieving my dream. Very quickly that fire built back up and I was determined to prove them wrong.”

Commenting on the success of the event, St Michael’s Deputy Head Mary Bridges said: “We were delighted to host a special event for our current scholars, incoming scholars and our Year 8 pupils who have achieved scholarships at their senior schools. Nicholas words inspired all of us and his performance was absolutely stunning. It was a true mark of excellence.”

To view a highlights reel of the event or watch the full interview with St Michael’s Head Nik Pears and Nicholas McCarthy please visit their YouTube page.