From the Head
At the end of our first full week of term there has been so much to enjoy around the school and I was lucky that with my companion Lucy for her day as Headteacher, I have been able to walk around the site and enjoy what the children have been learning and my colleagues have been offering.
In many quiet maths lessons around Prep this morning there were industrious children working with number lines, negative numbers, doubling, rearranging and discussing the methods for all of the above. From my window we spied children plotting the distance of the planets outside using streams of toilet paper as the visuals for the distance!
I was amused that Mr Powell asked the new Headteacher for an afternoon off and was firmly told that this would not be possible. Lucy chatted to a prospective parent about what it was like to be a pupil at the school, helped me and Mrs Dodd on lunch duty, made conversation with the teachers over lunch and wrote her own newsletter article which appears below.
It was fun to have the photos emerging from the Year 8 trip this week, which seems to have been a resounding success. I know that the quality of the work undertaken has been impressive and I thank all the staff involved in this extremely well-designed experience.
Mr Wiseman seems to have had more than his fair share of campfires in the last seven days as on Friday night, prior to leading the walk through the woods in the dark with Year 7, he was toasting marshmallows with them on a brazier and yesterday evening in Bore Place with Year 8 they built an impressive wood fire and sat around it.
These are the things that children remember about their school days and we love making these memories for them.
Next week I look forward to meeting some Pre-Prep parents at their coffee mornings where these don’t clash with my own teaching. We will also welcome Year 7 parents to their evening on Wednesday and some of you may also be at the Parents and Friends inaugural meeting on Tuesday at 8pm in the library in Prep. We wish Oliver Schneider the very best of luck as he takes over as chair alongside his full-time work and again congratulate Claire Soper and Sadie West for their fantastic term in office as co-chairs.
I look forward to seeing some of you on Saturday at the football tournament and wish you all a restful time as a family this weekend.
My Day as Headteacher
My name is Lucy and I am going to tell you about my day as the Headteacher . I was very curious because I didn’t know what a Headteacher did but now I know. First I got a staff badge, it was very smart and I had a look at the timetable of a Headteacher’s week. It was VERY busy . Next it was assembly; I sat on a teacher’s chair . In assembly we said prayers and sang songs, inside I felt very jumpy and happy. After that I looked around part of the school. Every time I walked into a room everyone stood up! I felt very important, then I went to the staff room it wasn’t that messy. I had a drink and a biscuit YUM. Then we had a few meetings; this was all very new because I had never been in a meeting before – I was having a very busy day. Then I had break. After break I took a PSHE lesson I was having such a fun time . The next thing I did was finish the tour of the school, everyone was very confused they didn’t know why I was not in my own lesson. Then we had early lunch . I used a china plate like a teacher. Then I was on lunch duty I felt like a grown up. After that I had my break. That was quite fun. In the afternoon I wrote my newsletter article. In conclusion I think I would like to be a Head myself because I get to help people.
News from Pre-Prep
Coffee Mornings from 8.45am in the Pre-Prep dining room
• Year 2 Monday 17th September
• Year 1 Tuesday 18th
• Reception Wednesday 19th
• Kindergarten Thursday 20th
• Nursery (Mon/Wed/Fri) 21st
• Nursery (Tues/Thurs) Tuesday 25th
Our first full week of term and it’s as though we have never been away. Miss Rawlinson has taken games lessons in the sunshine. Children have quickly become used to their new teachers and have begun to realise the expectations of being in the next class up.
Our Harvest Festival this year will be on Friday 28th September. As in previous years, our Year 1 children will lead this assembly, so if you are a Year 1 parent you are welcome to join in our assembly.
We will be continuing to support the Trussell Trust by collecting as much food, cleaning products and toiletries as we can, to supply their food bank in Swanley. If you wish to donate, please bring food into Pre-Prep from Monday 17th and leave it with Jane or TJ in the office. Please see the list of items that Trussell Trust particularly need further in our newsletter.
I hope to see as many of you as can make it at the coffee mornings next week. There will be time for you to ask any questions and for me to pass on any additional information to your year group. I would like to set up some dates for parent workshops so I will be interested in your views as to the topics you would like covered.
Child: Where have you been?
Teacher: On a training course
Child: Did you actually get to drive the train?
Have a lovely weekend.
Whole School News
Looking for Stall Holders – St Michael’s Xmas Bazaar
The St Michael’s Christmas Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday 1st December from 12-3pm. As always, we will be looking for stall holders to come and join us to sell their products.
If you know of a family member, friend or acquaintance who may like to book a stall, please have them email us at email@example.com and we will make contact with them.
St Michael’s P & F
Prep and Pre-Prep collecting for Harvest Festival
We are collecting for the Harvest Festival and would be grateful for any donations of dry food, tins, packets and non-perishables.
These can be brought in at any time and deposited at the Prep School reception.
The following items would be much appreciated:
Fruit juice (not chilled)
Dried Milk Powder
Cooking Sauces (tins/packets or jars)
Instant Porridge Oats
Amelia N for wonderful singing in our performances
Isabelle D, Lottie E, Jessica H, Amelia Rose B, Chloe S, James L, Reuben P & Gideon M
for settling into St. Michael’s so well
Spirit of Judo Award
Awards from Trinity Term 2018
100 House Point Certificates
Rochester – Mojola A
The ASA Learn to Swim Award – Stage 1
More news from Pre-Prep
Nature investigations with Year 2 and friendship painting in Kindergarten combined with fantastic football fun for Year 1! See our Twitter page for photos
News from Prep
Headteacher’s Stars – awarded for work completed in Trinity Term 2018
||For a fabulous presentation about James Stanley
||For an amazing presentation about Croatia, largely in Croatian!
||For an excellent magnet game
||For a fantastic Egyptian pyramid
||For a wonderful wooden pyramid game
||For an inventive and creative Egyptian game
||For your amazing pyramid cake
||For a wonderful Welsh presentation
||For a super homework challenge, teaching us about the London Underground
Sailing success for Year 5 pupil
Congratulations are in order for Year 5 pupil I Johnson, who competed in the Firefly National Sailing Championships this summer and was the youngest competitor in a very windy, challenging week.
She was sailing with her Dad and they managed to win a special trophy race called the Marlow Cup and also the overall team Trophy. She has also passed her stage 4 sailing in her Optimist.
Well done! We’re very proud of you.
Reminder to parents from Mr Powell
I thought it would be useful to re-send some information posted last year with regards to dramatic performances in the school. We work on a three-year rota as follows:
Full School Productions-The School Play
First Year: Large musical ( all who audition will be cast)- This was Guys and Dolls
Second Year: Serious play ( small- subject to casting post audition)- This was Lord of the Flies
Third Year: Comedy/Adventure ( medium-subject to casting)- This is Emil and the Detectives
(All school plays are open, by audition, to Year 5-8 only)
The Year 3 pupils have the Christmas Play in the Michaelmas Term- all are involved.
The Year 4 pupils perform scenes from their Mask scheme of work in the Trinity term ( may be open to parents -calendar permitting; all involved)
Mr Powell- Head of Drama
Prep School Play 2019
We are delighted to announce that the School Play, Emil and the Detectives, has been cast and rehearsals kick off this Friday at 4pm. It was once again a difficult process to cast, with only 23 speaking parts available from 56 children who auditioned from Years 5-8.
Mr Powell- Head of Drama
Ida Tischbein: S Edwards-Matthews
Mrs Wirth : A Moore
Mr Snow : J Crossley
Grandma Tischbein : E Ward
Miss Zeittel: C Cogan
Man from the 177: O Goodwin
Miss Closs: T Elliot
Mrs Gans: A Anglin
Mr Tuesday: R Friis
Mrs Tuesday: O Crane
Station Master: T Sales
Emil Tischbein: T Bulley
Pony: I Davies
Toots: H Soper
Professor: R Landgrebe
Tuesday: L Blincoe
Hilde: E Collins
Helga: E Jones
Arnie: F Smith
Archie: H Plank
Silent Isaac: E Hudson
Petzold: S Parker Swift
Gerda: S Friis
Berlin Street Kids:
Film Crew on site on 25th September
We are in the process of updating our school film and a film crew will be on site on Tuesday 25th September.
Some general filming in Prep School classrooms will take place; please email Mrs Voce on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer your child not to be filmed. The wishes of those parents who have told us they do not want their children to be photographed will, naturally, be respected.
We’re looking forward to sharing the updated film with you once it’s available.
Pre-School running club for Years 4-8.
St Michael’s mum and Sevenoaks Tri-Club coach, Penny Bulley, runs a running club before school on a Tuesday morning at 7:30am. Anyone in Years 4-8 is welcome to attend. It is a 7:30am prompt start.
Children should wear their own clothes and bring their uniform to change into after the club. It will finish in time for registration.
Children also need to supply their own breakfast to have following the club and before heading to registration. This club is free of charge.
For further details, please email Penny on email@example.com
Year 8 fieldwork and foraging
Olympics, urban surveys, organic gardens and pizza … Year 8 have begun their geography Common Entrance fieldwork!
Click here to read our article and see our photos.
More news from Prep
Year 8 have been travelling from World Gardens, via the Olympic Park and Stratford to campfires and organic vegetables in Bore Place.
Year 5 have opened Pandora’s box – but with a difference and Year 6 have been expressing their opinions in French!
See our Twitter pages for photos.
Congratulations to St Michael’s Colts A team, who got their season off to a great start by winning the plate at the Haileybury football tournament this week!
Players of the Match – week commencing 10th September
||Given for: –
|1st X1 Football
||Scoring 2 great goals.
||Being an excellent leader, having a great heart when he got injured.
||Good “no-nonsense” defending.
||Scoring 2 great goals-1 a volley and 1 direct from a corner.
||Great effort in different positions.
||He gave his all!
||Excellent effort and tackling.
||Good performance and scoring 2 goals.
||Very good defending.
||Good effort all round.
||The whole team
||Won all 3 games.
||Scoring 3 goals.
|U13 A Hockey
||D Stephens & I Davies
|U9 A Netball
||Great shooting, movement and passing.
||P Malin & T Parkinson-Bonard
||Great shooting and good all-round play.
||Great work in both defence and attack.
Senior School Open Days
These can now be found on our Senior School page.
Upcoming events include Brighton College, Dover College, Eastbourne College, Kent College Pembury, Radnor House and Whitgift School.