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.

Overheard
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

Prep pupils treated classmates and music teachers to a variety of musical performances this week in their half termly concert.

Performed in three instalments within their bubbles, the musicians showcased a variety of pieces, varying in both genre and instrument.

And although parents were unable to attend the concerts due to Covid-19 restrictions, the pupils’ families received a recording of the event.

Gordon Baird, Director of Music, said “We were delighted by how these first concerts of the academic year went despite the absence of the children’s parents. It was a lovely intimate experience for the children to play or sing to their friends and we heard some confident, accomplished performances.

Mr Baird added: “For some, it was their first time playing in a concert in the Prep school and we look forward to organising many more opportunities for them to perform throughout the year.”

A montage of the three music concerts can be found on the St Michael’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/Bj_Wx4P9heg.

Spooky spiders and plump pumpkins sparked Halloween fun at St Michael’s this week.

Supported by the school’s Parents and Friends association, pupils enjoyed two games which offered great prizes to winners.

Coordinator of the Halloween competitions and P & F committee member, Kelly Downey said: “Given the restrictions currently in place, the P&F are focusing on strengthening the school community for parents and children this year.

“The competitions are a simple way for the children to have some fun in the week before half term, while raising some funds for the P&F.”

Children in Pre-Prep were tasked with guessing the number of spooky spiders in the jar, while Prep children were asked to guess the weight of a pumpkin. Pupils made a donations to the P & F in exchange for each guess they made.

And the winners of the games, Herbie W (Pre-Prep) A Ward, M Little, L Lutzow and H Owen (Prep), were awarded Halloween hampers which will help them celebrate this year’s festival in spooktacular style.

Kelly added: “The funds raised for the P&F will go towards funding activities and facilities for the children to enrich their time at the school.”

For more information about St Michael’s P & F association visit stmichaels.kent.sch.uk/parents-friends

 

Strawberries and sunflowers were just some of the items celebrated in last week’s harvest assemblies.

 

The annual Pre-Prep event, performed as three instalments this year, saw Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils sing, dance and give prayer for the harvest while learning about the festival from their music teacher, Mrs Raveyeh.

 

 

Reflecting on the success of the events, Louise Raveyeh said: “I am quite moved by the children’s enthusiastic singing in our harvest celebration.

 

“It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to realise that there is joy in giving and sharing what we have and happiness for those who gratefully receive it.

 

“Their singing and eagerness to share with others was heartwarming.”

 

 

During the assemblies pupils sung songs about harvest time, nature and the variety of fruit and vegetables grown in this country.

 

Louise said: “I wanted the children to be thankful for what they have by realising what an amazing rainbow variety of food we have, created with individual characteristics just like them.

 

“I wanted them to realise the sense of joy that there is in sharing what we have.

 

“The songs reflect our celebration of what we have and realisation of the process of planting, harvesting and sharing.”

 

 

And it wasn’t just songs that helped the children express their thanks. Helped by their generous parents, Pre-Prep donated hundreds of food items and household essentials to the Swanley branch of Trussell Trust food bank.

 

 

Head of Pre-Prep at St Michael’s, Zerrin Leech, said: “We had tables, cupboards and bags festooned with food last week as our families gave very kind donations of food and other items.

 

“A huge thank you must go to the pupils’ parents for their wonderful generosity once again this year which will be gratefully received by the Trussell Trust.

 

“Thank you also to Mrs Ravayeh for leading our three harvest assemblies. They have been lovely with lots of new songs as well as my all-time favourite, Cauliflowers Fluffy.”

 

 

 

 

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.”