eNews: Friday 22nd November 2019

From the Deputies

It does seem like we’ve nearly had four seasons in one week. As the children are preparing for Nativity plays, Christmas concerts and, for some, the less seasonal delights of senior school exams, their unflagging levels of effort and endeavour never fail to impress us. All the delights of Christmas ahead are obviously keeping them going.

We pride ourselves, not only on the personal expectations the children take responsibility for, but also their thoughtfulness towards others. Following our ‘Wear Red Instead’ school-wide charity day before Half Term, we are very pleased to let you know this raised £970.74. This is a phenomenal amount and all the children should be very proud of their efforts with this worthwhile cause.

If any of you read the recent Sevenoaks Chronicle, you might be forgiven for thinking the back three pages were a marketing ad for St Michael’s! Page 54 had Old Michaelian Michael Hennessy talking about his fourth professional boxing win of his fledgling career, swimming success with Sevenoaks Swimming Club for current pupil I Pennington Legh and ex-pupil, J Hudson who achieved Silver in 200m breaststroke. Page 55 then had the fantastic news of L Bingham who has been selected as the youngest ever for England U16 Hockey, at only 13! Carrying on the hockey theme, the back page had a large photo of the Sevenoaks U14A Boys team, with OM’s D Bassett, H Scott & G Schooley. Our congratulations go to all and the excitement for the completion of our own Astroturf to develop further hockey success remains high!

We wish you a happy and restful weekend.

Mr Wiseman and Mrs Bridges

News from Pre-Prep

• Tuesday 3rd Dec. Kindergarten Nativity Concert 11am
• Wed 4th Dec. Reception Nativity 9am
• Wed 4th Dec. Year 1 Nativity 2.30pm
• Thurs 5th Dec. Yr 2/3 Christingle Service 9am (Prep school)
• Thurs 5th Nursery Concert (Tu/Th) 11am
• Thurs 5th Year 2 Nativity 2.30pm
• Fri 6th Nursery Concert (M/W/Fr) 11am

Only two more weeks before our Nativities take place! Please take note of the times and dates above or in the calendar. There are lots of songs coming out of the hall and classrooms and drifting down the corridors every day. Children are busy telling me their lines at lunchtime. Staff are champing at the bit to get the decorations out, but we are resisting until our Christmas tree arrives!

I would like to say a big thank you to all the parent helpers that we have working at St Michael’s. It’s great that some of you can come and hear our children read. I now have more offers of help than we can actually fit in our school week, so for the time being we don’t need any more parent readers. If you wish to be involved more then I know times like Christmas and the end of the summer term are times when we value your help to sort costumes and props for productions. Please keep in touch with your form reps who will let you know where and when you can help the school.

Overheard: A long, long, time ago were you in your mummy’s tummy?

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:

  • Dogs on site
  • Mrs Grayland’s Christmas Netball Camp
  • Mr Thomas’ Christmas Hockey Camp

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:

  • First Aid for Ethiopia
  • Mrs Grayland’s Christmas Netball Camp
  • Mr Thomas’ Christmas Hockey Camp

Pre-Prep Awards

Headteacher’s Star Award

Eva V H for a wonderful Portugal jigsaw puzzle with facts

Gold Stars

Theia H for wonderfully enthusiastic explanations and engagement in all our learning
Emily P for speedy addition and subtraction
Isla B for always having a go and being a super star
Monty A for enjoying problem solving in maths and staying focused on the task
Henry W & Walter M for listening carefully and being enthusiastic about our learning on measures
Silas C for speaking clearly and loudly when practising his lines in our production
Niamh G for really trying hard and practising her handwriting
Cleo B for improved effort with reading and learning her lines
Rayaan G for encouraging his friends and setting a good example
Chloe S for learning her lines and speaking them clearly and confidently
Lottie E for learning her lines for our production and saying them clearly and confidently
Eva F for writing an imaginative “own verse” based on The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Cole D for identifiying vertices and faces on different 3D shapes
Lev V for fantastic maths work on 3D shapes
Nia P for writing an excellent poem innovated from The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Music Award

Music Practice Cup: Raven S
Music Practice Award: Eva F
Star Violinist Cup: Elizabeth A

House Point Cup

Leeds House with a total of 135 points
Amelia collected the Cup on behalf of Leeds House

Swimming Certificates

Learn to Swim Level 1
Silas / Sylvia / Jonas / Henry M / Elizabeth W / Espen / Mia Y / Cleo B / Charlie C / Theia / Sebastian G
Learn to Swim Level 2
James L / Viggo / Ruaridh / Elodie / Tara / Max H / Chloe S
Learn to Swim Level 3
Tom K / Amelia N / Irena / Sophie F

Times Table Certificates

Silver: Elisa F / Eva V H / Kayla / Florence
Bronze: Elizabeth A

Musical Assemblies

In Assembly on Tuesday Eva F played “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (the whole Assembly sang along) and Alexander played the “Pathétique Symphony” and “L’ll Liza Jane”. Well done to you both.

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Stars

M Amure Headteacher’s Special Award – For the publishing of your book ‘Stories My Grandmother Told Me & More’
H Palmer For excellent perseverance in developing your reading
T Bax For representing the school at the Poetry Live! Competition
I Sharma For representing the school at the Poetry Live! Competition
L Blincoe For representing the school at the Poetry Live! Competition and winning the Year 6 group
S Ward For representing the school at the Poetry Live! Competition


House Point Awards

Name House Total House Points
E Harrison Dover 101
A Ashton Dover 113
L Andrade Leeds 105
A Sharp Rochester 100
M Elliott Rochester 111

Players of the Match, week commencing 18th November 2019

Team Name Given for: –
1st Football J Cosgrove For stoic defending and leading the back line
2nd F Smith For showing a terrific attitude and work rate
3rd O Goodwin For making great saves in goal
Colts A The whole team For making a great effort
Colts B The whole team For a good all-round team performance
Colts C K Loukham & A Green Both scored 3 goals
Colts D E Green For controlling the game well
Colts E A MacRae For making a great effort on the pitch
Colts F J Hull For making a great effort on the pitch
U9 A M Little For superb energy on the pitch
U9 B G Dulski, J McDonnell & H Brown For showing great energy on the pitch
U8 A W Pennington Legh For tireless running and excellent attacking play
U8 B G MacIntosh

W Noble

For good defending

For good goal-keeping

U8 C J Gagg & O Epps For making a great effort
U13 A Hockey E Ward

A Mourgue D’Algue

For tackling back really well

For displaying great energy on the pitch

U13 B S Melamed

L Summers

Voted for by the opposition

For being involved all the time in the match and for good defending

U11 A A Ogle

C Prongué

Voted for by the opposition

For tenacious defending

U11 B G Schneider-Price For good defending
U11 C B Walker

J Bashford

Voted for by the opposition

For great work in mid-field

U10 A G Owen Voted for by the opposition
U10 B D Singh

M Amure

For good spacing and hitting the ball well

For making good clearances of the goal

U10 C T Bax Voted for by the opposition
U9 A Netball No Match
U9 B No Match
U9 C No Match
U8 Green Netball S Johnson For great attacking play
U8 Black P Mahil For superb marking and defending
U8 Blue A Rehbein For good intercepting

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!