eNews: Friday 11th October 2019

From the Head

It’s been good to get back to St Michael’s at the end of this week as I’ve been away inspecting a school in central London. Driving the 9 miles to their playing fields I had plenty of opportunity to go past lots of schools in London and it brought home to me how fortunate we are to have so much space and everything on hand. Of course facilities aren’t everything but the offer here is exceptional. The beating heart of the school of course is the pupils and the staff and the community of parents and carers around our pupils.

It was good to meet prospective parents at our Open Morning on Tuesday and the children always bubble with enthusiasm showing round a prospective parent. Next week our Year 8 will be sharing their views on St Michael’s with the senior leaders representing their senior schools at the senior schools fair. The next fair will be in three years’ time so do please come along. You will marvel at the buzz and hopefully save yourself a lot of time in choosing the next stage of education for your children.

Have a great weekend wherever you are.

Jill Aisher

News from Pre-Prep

• Break up for half term Friday 18th October
• Tuesday 15th Oct. Year 1 trip to Knole House
• Wednesday 16th Oct. Reception trip to Godstone Farm
• Friday 18th Oct. Charity day for Air Ambulances: Wear Red Instead

It has been another busy week of learning in Pre-Prep. I have been privileged to watch two Maths lessons in Year 5 this week, as our senior leadership team focus on one year group at a time throughout the year. The teaching was dynamic and the children were totally engaged in their learning. It was wonderful to see the progress of our former Pre-Prep pupils.

Next week our Year 1 children will be going to Knole House and our Reception children will be going to Godstone Farm. These trips are tried and tested and I know the children will have a lot of fun while learning all sorts of new things.

On Friday we will be wearing something red for our charity day. This year we are supporting our air ambulance crews. On Monday a member of the local air ambulance team will be coming to tell the children all about their work. If your children wish to wear red instead of school uniform on FRIDAY then they are welcome to do so as long as they bring a donation for the air ambulance. As usual on these occasions red football kits will not be allowed during the school day.

At the time of writing the Year 2 children are awaiting their first cross country as a whole year group alongside Somerhill and Hilden Grange schools. I am sure this will prove to be exciting and many thanks to Miss Rawlinson for organising this event.

Overheard: Learning colours in French, when the class got to “blanc” the teacher was asked “As in Sauvignon blanc?”

Have a lovely weekend.

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:

  • Senior Schools Fair
  • Wear Red Instead – Air Ambulance Charity Day
  • Drama department plea for old wooden ladders
  • P&F Christmas Fair
  • P&F Pantomime – Aladdin
  • School Uniform Shop half-term opening times
  • Young Voices Music Room link

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 as follows:

  • Reminder – Half term sports courses open for booking: football, hockey and netball

Pre-Prep Awards

Gold Stars

Olivia S for wonderful word writing in phonics
Espen A for speedy and accurate completion of ‘one less’ activity
Edward Z for beautiful cursive writing
Isabelle P for following our golden values and helping others
Henry W for listening so well during carpet time
Ellie S for excellent team work at Forest School
Kieran P for huge efforts with his writing
Nathan H for 100% effort in every lesson and making great progress
Lana C for being super helpful even when no one is watching
Rayaan G for thoughtful contributions to class discussions
Ruaridh O for fantastic effort with his reading
George W for his enthusiastic approach to mathematics
Raven S for an impressive improvement in all areas of the curriculum
Luca C for persevering when reading tricky words
George W for fantastic research on sloths, working hard to put the information in his own words
Maria C for working really hard on her reading and adding more expression
Sebastian G for perseverance in swimming and putting his face in the water to blow bubbles
Archie B for brilliant jumping in gymnastics

Music Award

Music Practice Cup: Elodie B
Music Practice Award: Elizabeth W
Star Violinist Cup: Genevieve M

House Point Cup

Leeds House with a total of 198 points
Herbie F collected the Cup on behalf of Leeds House

Times Tables Certificates

Bronze: Kayla K

 

Wiegenlied soothes in assembly

Well done, Clara, who played a beautiful rendition of Wiegenlied (Lullaby) by Brahms in Pre-Prep’s Celebration Assembly this morning in preparation for her Grade 1 exam.

 

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Stars

I Johnson For an excellent piece of writing about slavery
G Kelly For an excellent piece of writing about slavery
K Loukam For an excellent piece of writing about slavery
A Mottram For an excellent piece of writing about slavery

Players of the Match, week commencing 7th October 2019

Team Name Given for: –
1st Football J Sales & H Soper For relentless perseverance
2nd H Smith For giving a solid defensive performance and for scoring a great goal
3rd W Sherry For scoring 2 goals
Colts A J Moore For following instructions
Colts B A Goodwin For scoring 2 goals, 1 being a very strong header
Colts C L Bowen

C Bowyer

For excellent defensive work

For scoring 2 very good goals

Colts D N Brown & J Bomphrey For displaying a great work rate and general play
Colts E I Premachandran For giving 100% effort
Colts F R Mayhew

E Crane

For making an outstanding effort

For fantastic passing

U9 A No Match
U9 B No Match
U8 A R Stevens For scoring a hat-trick
U8 B C Thornhill For displaying great energy throughout the game
U8 C E Wilcox For good running with the ball
U13 A Hockey No Match
U13 B Hockey F Griffin

 

C Pape

For showing great determination and speed on the pitch

Voted for by the opposition for great defending

U13 C Hockey S Davis

 

H Pope

Voted for by the opposition for showing great skill on the ball

For showing good skill and making some accurate passes

U13 A Netball S Edwards-Matthews

 

E Powell

Voted for by the opposition for good defending

Voted for by the opposition for controlling the centre of the court

U13 B Netball R Gray & E Jones Voted for by the opposition for good play in the centre
U11 A Hockey A Ogle For excellent all-round play
U11 B I Johnson For excellent tackling and voted for by the opposition
U10 A G Owen

I Penningotn Legh

For showing great distribution of the ball and skills
U10 B A Jassi

E Schwark

For good defending

For good attacking

U10 C R Bedzrah

A Madgett

For trying really hard throughout the whole game!
U9 A Netball No Match
U9 B No Match
U9 C No Match
U8 Green Netball U Osunwa For displaying great tenacity and defending
U8 Black P Mahil For good defending
U8 Blue A Carton O’Regan For good defending

Senior School Open Days

These can now be found on our Senior School page. 

Upcoming events include Bromley High School Christ’s Hospital, Haileybury, Kent College Pembury, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Radnor House, Sevenoaks School, Skinners’ School, Tonbridge Girls’ Grammar, TWGGS, Whitgift School and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.

Don’t forget, next Thursday, our Senior Schools Fair for St Michael’s families. See our Message Board to book your tickets!

Latest News

Mr Bridges is on a mission to keep St Michael’s motivated with his latest exercise plan designed to make exercise fun.

The Director of Sport at St Michael’s, who is a very keen runner himself, has created a beginner to 5k plan for anyone wanting to keep fit this lockdown.

The six-week plan, featuring workouts, running challenges and rest days, covers a range of exercises aimed at strengthening all parts of the body.

Mr Bridges said: “I have created this training programme for the St Michael’s community to help anyone who wants to have a go at running during lockdown and safely get to 5k by the time we return to school. The plan is suitable for Prep-aged pupils, parents and staff, including absolute beginners.”

The teacher, who has 15 years’ training as a running and triathlon coach, added: “The programme is designed to build a body capable of running 5k at the end of the six weeks, and what better time to have a go than during lockdown.”

The detailed plan, organised into weeks and week days, follows a key where the letters W (walk) and R (run) appear alongside the number of minutes the activity should take place for. For example, 6 x 1:30w/2:30r represents a 1 minute 30 seconds of walking followed by 2 minutes 30 seconds of running, repeated six times.

Mr Bridges said: “The programme includes progressive long runs from week 3 onwards, the only day where the running is based on distance rather than time.

“On Mondays I will also be sharing a different workout on the St Michael’s PE YouTube channel which pupils can take part in.”

To share your experience of the programme, including photos please email tusher@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk. By sharing this information you give consent to it being shared on St Michael’s social media channels and publications.

 

On Tuesday 15th December, St Michael’s hosted a fun-filled charity day for Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA).

Organised by Year 7 pupil Lucy, whose life who saved by the emergency team last Christmas, the school partook in a range of fundraising activities including a fun run, Christmas jumper day, and brain-teaser quizzes.

Lucy said: “With Mr Wiseman’s help, I planned activities to raise some much-needed money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and increase awareness of their work.

“A lot of people don’t realise what a great charity they are, and I hope our fundraising day has changed that.

“Not only do they save people’s lives in moments of crisis, but they provide long-term support to families who undergo medical emergencies.”

Amanda McLean, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: “A big thank you to the staff and pupils of St Michael’s for coming up with creative ways to involve everyone in fundraising. In sharing her story, Lucy has helped us spread awareness of what Thames Valley Air Ambulance does. We can only do what we do because of the imagination and generosity of our wonderful fundraisers. We hope you had a lot of fun on your fundraising day!”

Lucy, whose story recently featured in the TVAA’s Christmas appeal, said: “Thames Valley Air Ambulance helped me at a time when my parents couldn’t. When I was seriously injured, the team stepped in and became my heroes.”

“It means so much to me that St Michael’s have come together to support this cause.”

The highly successful events saw pupils spread festive joy while raising an impressive £2556.60 for the charity which relies wholly of public donations.

Mrs Bridges, St Michael’s Acting Head, added: “Yesterday was amazing! The whole school had such a great time, and pupils were very excited to take part in a different fundraiser which meant they could enjoy the outdoors, whilst raising money for such an important charity. Everyone gave their all in the sponsored run and it was a brilliant event to watch.”

 

Mrs Wade, Head of Girls’ Games also said: “The children did remarkably well considering the conditions, and ran superbly for Lucy’s cause.”

 

 

And Lucy’s family echoed this gratitude for St Michael’s support. They said: “We wanted to say a huge thank to the St Michael’s community for supporting Lucy’s appeal for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance this Christmas. We’re so grateful to you for getting behind this amazing charity to whom we owe so much. We know from experience that your donations really do save lives. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021!”

For more information about the Thames Valley Air Ambulance or to donate visit: www.tvairambulance.org.uk/support-us/donate

 

 

This Tuesday 15th December, St Michael’s will host a fundraising day for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA), organised by Year 7 pupil Lucy.

Determined to help a cause very close to her heart, Lucy has organised a series of events aimed at raising money for the charity-based emergency service.

Throughout the day pupils will be invited to participate in a range of activities including wearing a Christmas jumper, doing a sponsored run, and completing brain teaser quizzes in exchange for donations to the TVAA which relies wholly on public contributions.

Lucy said: “With Mr Wiseman’s help, I’ve planned activities to raise some much-needed money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and increase awareness of their work.

“A lot of people don’t realise what a great charity they are, and I hope our fundraising day will change that.

“Not only do they save people’s lives in moments of crisis, but they provide long-term support to families who undergo medical emergencies.”

And Lucy’s charity day is driven by her own bond with the charity who saved her life following an accident last Christmas.

She said: “Thames Valley Air Ambulance helped me at a time when my parents couldn’t. When I was seriously injured, the team stepped in and became my heroes.”

Since her accident, Lucy has remained close with three of TVAA’s critical care paramedics, Jo, John and Clare.

Lucy said: “Not only did the team come and visit me in hospital during my recovery, but in February this year my family and I were invited to their base to see their helicopters and learn more about their work.

“Since then, we’ve kept in close contact with them and have been given the exciting opportunity to take part in their Christmas campaign.

“One morning, my mum received a phone call from the TVAA asking if we’d like to tell our story as part of their fundraising appeal.

“Despite the accident still being quite fresh, we were keen to get involved as it’s such an amazing charity.”

Earlier this year, Lucy and her family were invited to Oxfordshire to talk about their experience in front of the camera.

The filming day, which involved interviews with both Lucy and her parents, aimed to raise awareness of the charity’s impact.

Lucy said: “It was such a fun day and really made us feel part of the TVAA community.

“Afterwards, we were sent several cuts of the video, including a very cool animation of my story which was very realistic.

“They kept us in mind throughout the whole process and made us feel very special.”

A full breakdown of the fundraising events can be found below. For more information about the TVAA or to view Lucy’s video visit: www.tvairambulance.org.uk/appeal/.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance Fundraising Activities 

  • Christmas jumpers – In Prep and Pre-Prep, we are inviting the children and staff to sport their best Christmas jumper and make a donation for the privilege of wearing it! The 15th  is the day of the school Christmas lunches, so this would be a good time to wear them. As with the last charity collection, the donations for Christmas jumpers can be deposited in the buckets at the doors into the buildings as the children arrive in the morning.
  • Sponsored run (Prep) – we are going to be inviting the children to run in teams of (up to) 4 around the shortest XC route on the fields. They will have a set time to complete as many laps as possible in that time. The children can look to have their team sponsored per lap, or have a donation from their sponsor. Sponsorship money raised will need to be brought in the following day.
  • Brain teaser quizzes – there are two quiz sheets that can be purchased for 50p each and you can take them home and try to solve the puzzles as a family. I’m afraid the only prize on offer is the glow of self-fulfilment upon having completed them. Answers will be shared on the last day of term. As parents cannot be in the school buildings at the moment, the quiz sheets can be purchased via homework diaries (please send the 50p/ £1, depending if you want one quiz sheet or both).

 

 

A former St Michael’s pupil has been awarded an Honorary Academic Scholarship for her excellence across all subjects.

Grace Goodwin, who attended St Michael’s between 2014 and 2019, has received the honour from Sevenoaks School.

Commenting on Grace’s success, her mother Marianthe Goodwin said: “Grace joined Sevenoaks in Year 7 and has really thrived from day one.

“We all knew Grace was doing very well academically as she was awarded the Academic Prize in Year 7 and Year 8. However, just before half term we received a letter awarding Grace an Honorary Academic Scholarship, one of only four which was awarded.

“Grace was delighted and extremely surprised as she had absolutely no idea that she was going to receive it. As an Academic Scholar, Grace is invited to attend the Schickler Society with the other scholars in which they discuss lots of different world issues both current and past, such as gun control and the Cold War.”

Mrs Goodwin added: “Grace had a wonderful and very happy time at St Michael’s and the decision to leave was  a hard one, but we felt it was the right time for Grace.  At St Michael’s she enjoyed all her subjects, especially English and Science.

“She found all the teachers very encouraging and approachable, and felt the growth mindset attitude and community spirit of St Michael’s gave her the confidence to hit challenges head on and not give up.

“Mrs Bridges among others was particularly encouraging of Grace during her time at St Michael’s and offered amazing pastoral support to pupils.”

And it isn’t just Sevenoaks School that spotted Grace’s academic potential. St Michael’s teacher Mrs Baisch, who taught Grace during her time at the school, said: “Grace is an incredibly creative pupil who loves reading and writing, and produced some beautiful work. The words flew off her pen.

“Grace was also a very good speaker which was shown by her victory in the poetry live senior competition which she won with her reading of Dulce et Decorum est. For a Year 6 pupil, her performance was very impressive.

“Grace’s scholarship is of no surprise and is something she should be very proud of.”