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

 

 

 

Sunsets and sizzling sausages set the tone for the new term last Friday as Year 7 pupils celebrated the start of their senior education journey.

The annual event, traditionally held as a Camp Out, was delivered as a fun-filled barbecue night which the children enjoyed with teachers including St Michael’s Acting Head, Mrs Bridges.

Throughout the evening pupils tucked into dinner cooked by Deputy Head Mr Wiseman, and toasted marshmallows on an open fire.

And to make use of their new term energy, games and group bonding activites were carried out, followed by a walk up the school’s famous Warren where the sunset was relished in all of its glory.

Reflecting on the sucess of the event, Head of Year 7 and 8, Mrs Shield, said: “Unfortunately, we were unable to camp this year, but that did not dampen anybody’s spirits.

“One of the highlights of the evening was our twilight walk to the top of the Warren where we marvelled at the beautiful site that our school occupies.

“We viewed the bats swirling the skies in the dusk of late summer and ended the evening with a well-deserved hot chocolate – not forgetting the squirty cream and yet more marshmallows.

“Life-long friendships were made and re-established after the long summer break.”

This month St Michael’s Prep is celebrating the opening of its new Astro Turf pitch.

Completed during Summer 2020, the state-of-the-art facility will provide a huge boost to the school’s sporting facilities and allow it to offer a broader range of activities including boys hockey and football to its pupils.

Its floodlights will also enable St Michael’s to host sports matches during evenings, as well as inviting external schools and clubs to enjoy the new pitch throughout the year.

Ben Bridges, Director of Sports at St Michael’s, said: “We’re really excited to use the Astro Turf for the first time this month.

“We feel extremely lucky to be able to offer this to our pupils in both Prep and Pre-prep and are thrilled about the benefits it will bring to our sporting curriculum.

“As well as hockey, the new pitch will allow us to offer many other sports to pupils and will prevent the children from missing lessons due to inclement weather.”

Planning for the Astro Turf began in 2014 and has seen St Michael’s grounds undergo a significant transformation since construction began last summer. During this time pupils were fascinated by the diggers, dumpers and bulldozers which visited the school, while nursery and kindergarten children were treated to close-up views of the machinery.

Mr Bridges added: “Although it was a slightly delayed start due to the poor weather we faced, this feels like the perfect time to put the incredible space to good use.

“This is really going to move sport at St Michael’s to the next level, as well as providing us with opportunities to engage with the local community. We’re excited all round.”

 

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