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

 

 

 

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