eNews: Friday 15th November 2019

From the Head

In today’s world it is not unusual to wake up and be told “you have a memory”. Social media delights in re-sharing something significant from times gone by and I don’t know if you feel, as I do, pleased to be reminded of these largely happy times that we’ve chosen to share but I also think it contributes to a stronger sense of the ways in which the past contributes to the present.

From a well-being point of view of course all our past experiences shape who we are and it is particularly interesting to see how the emotional response to an event can significantly change its impact.

But the memories do, I confess, help me to feel a sense of achievement as well as pleasure and pride. What is also remarkable in being presented with these moments from the past, is the reminder of how quickly children change and how amazing that growth and development is. Every day at school we enjoy being a part of this journey .

Being told to remember is perhaps a new phenomenon. But the act of remembrance both in the church’s year, remembering those who have died, and in the secular, and national life, where we pause to remember service men and women who have given their lives for their country, families who have been bereaved and soldiers whose lives have been irrevocably changed by war, is, I believe, our duty.

We have to teach our children how to remember. I think giving them pointers of what to think about as well as modelling respectful silence creates strong social bonds as well as marking this season of remembering.

I thank all of you who engaged with our act of remembrance on Monday and as we meet and talk about the growth and development of your children in the weeks of parents‘ evenings to come, I hope that we can strengthen the bonds between us that help all children to grow and flourish and make many more memories for the future.

Have a great weekend,

Jill Aisher

News from Pre-Prep

• Thurs 21st November Year 2 parents Stubbers Information meeting 8.45am

It’s been a happy week in Pre-Prep with congratulations and best wishes going to Miss Elsey who is getting married tomorrow and will return on Monday as Mrs Bayliss. Congratulations also go to Miss Martin who got engaged this week. Year 2 were excited to go on their trip to the Horniman Museum on Thursday, the History Troupe came to do an assembly for us on Wednesday and Children in Need topped the happiness charts with children in onesies and spots! Thank you all for your kind donations which at the time of writing total £354.86.

It was a busy week also as we commemorated all those who served in wars to keep us safe with 2 minutes silence. I am always proud of the way 142 young children can stand still and quiet for 2 minutes! It was lovely to see you all at parents’ evening and thank you for the many compliments about St Michael’s and the staff.

Next week we will move into rehearsal mode as the children begin to learn their lines for their Nativities and the words to their songs. Anything you can do to help this process at home is greatly appreciated by the teachers.

Child: How old are you?
Teacher: I am very old.
Child: Don’t worry because Heaven is really nice.

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:

  • P&F Christmas Bazaar
  • New Swim School brochure with class details

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 Awards

Gold Stars

Max S for coming back from the holidays enthusiastic and ready to learn
Henry M for fantastic independent word writing
Bram T for persevering to write words independently
Oliver A for brilliant sentence writing
Grace L for her positive attitude towards learning
Elodie B for listening and working hard
Bonham B for excellent effort in phonics
Adam J for working hard in every lesson and asking interesting questions
William P for enthusiasm and determination to produce work of a high standard in every task
Charlie C for good contributions during our practical maths session
Robert M for great effort in describing his imaginary friend during English
Leo H for excellent illustrations
Hugo M for fantastic effort with his handwriting
Lily M for a fantastic illustration showing part of The Owl & The Pussycat poem
Irena G for an amazing effort learning all of her lines for the Nativity
Sophie F for fantastic work on The Owl & The Pussycat
Eliza M for great work on interpreting pictograms

Music Awards

Music Practice Cup: Alexander H
Music Practice Award: Zi Chen G
Star Violinist Cup: Scarlett M

House Point Cup

Dover House with a total of 138 points
Jake L collected the Cup on behalf of Dover House

Times Tables Certificates

Bronze – Sophie F

Raven played “Angel Trumpet” perfectly to Pre-Prep during our Celebration Assembly this morning.

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Stars

G Schneider-Price For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
E Harrison For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
M Lewis For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
K Loukam For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
A Scott For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
A Ogle For fantastic presentation of fabulous fungi facts
F Rutherford For a fantastic and creative review of the Roald Dahl trip
M Murray For a wonderful half term diary

Congratulations to E Ernoult, who was confirmed at St John the Evangelist in Bromley by the Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas in a service led by Revd Andrew McClellan.


Players of the Match, week commencing 11th November 2019

Team Name Given for: –
1st Football E Hudson For making outstanding saves throughout the game and keeping his team in the game
2nd N Staples

C Mottram

For scoring a hat-trick

For scoring 2 goals

3rd E Ukwu For scoring a hat-trick and having good communication.
Colts A M McLaughlin For giving a very disciplined defensive performance
Colts B L Bowen For great defending and reading of the game
Colts C F Rutherford For great goalkeeping
Colts D J Bomphrey

I Premachandran

For great all-round play

For scoring 2 excellent goals

Colts E A MacRae For having great goalkeeping positioning
Colts F E Crane For great defending
U9 A J West

C Wilson

For displaying great communication

For making a superb effort

U9 B G Dulski For having a great work ethos
U8 A A Lutzow For reading the game brilliantly from defence.
U8 B W Noble

J Osborne

For fantastic goalkeeping

For scoring a goal

U8 C E Nash For trying really hard
U13 A Hockey No Match
U13 B No Match
U13 C No Match
U11 A A Bowyer

A Ogle

For scoring 2 goals

Voted for by the opposition

U11 B K Fryer & I Johnson For good all-round play
U11 C S Andrade Voted for by the opposition
U10 A E Bingham & I Pennington Legh For having a great work rate and skills
U10 B T Bax

A Madgett

For good attacking play

For tenacious tackling and displaying a high rate of energy

U10 C I Mannsberger & R Bedzrah Voted for by the opposition
U9 A Netball N Ogle For great attacking play and shooting
U9 B E Wood Voted for by the opposition
U9 C K Rutherford For good defending
U8 Green Netball E Julio & E O’Dwyer

U Osunwa

For great passing of the ball down the court

Voted for by the opposition

U8 Black B Batchelor & G Cheetham For good shooting and attacking play in the circle
U8 Blue M Walker Voted for by the opposition

Senior School Open Days

These can now be found on our Senior School page. 

Upcoming events include King’s Rochester, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Sevenoaks School, Skinners’ School and Whitgift School.

Latest News

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

Well done to our doubles girls, E Julio and S Savidge, who also played in last weekend’s Junior Orange Ball Tournament in Sevenoaks. They played four matches, won two, beating Sevenoaks Prep and Lady Boswell’s and lost two to the eventual finalists Amherst and Granville.

This was a great performance by the girls, particularly in the light of little experience of Orange Ball competition.

Well done!

With around 20 pairs competing, representing 9 schools, pupils S Taylor, D Booth, J Vanderlanh-McKeown and J McDonnell were proud to represent St Michael’s at the Sevenoaks Junior Orange Ball Doubles, held at the Sennock Centre in Sevenoaks on Saturday 7th March.

S Taylor and D Booth started their Orange Ball tournament well with a win against Lady Boswell’s, before losing to a very strong team from Sevenoaks Primary. They followed with a close match against Amhurst Primary which they lost 7-6 and needed two wins from their remaining games to make the final stage. They won the first quite easily against Russell House and then had a tight match against Sevenoaks Prep. It was neck and neck throughout, but they kept their cool and won 7-6.

Their tally of three wins to two losses saw our Year 4 pair through to the play-offs. They had two games against a Year 5 pair from Sevenoaks Prep and New Beacon. They lost both games narrowly, 7-6 and 7-5, finishing 6th overall, which was a good performance given they’re at the younger end of the Orange grouping and the standard of the competition was high.

J Vanderlanh-McKeown and J McDonnell both demonstrated strong teamwork, good sportsmanship and skills. They came up against some strong competition from the other schools but never gave up and kept competing to the end with some great saves, serves and volley. The boys also showed respect towards others and maintained a positive attitude at all times. Both boys really enjoyed the tournament and look forward to improving their position at the next one.
It was great to see both pairs supporting each other throughout the games! Very well done, keep up the good work!