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

We are delighted to announce that Freddie in Year 6 is one step closer to the British Kart Championships after coming 2nd place in the final of his latest race at PFI International. The weekend long event, which took place from Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May, saw Freddie compete in two heats and one final race.

Commenting on his win, Freddie said: “It was a really fun weekend and I enjoyed taking part in the different races. I faced challenges including a tangle with another kart in the last lap of the final, but I was pleased that I still managed to come second.”

He added: “Although we couldn’t have an awards ceremony due to Covid, I took home a trophy which is now sat on my desk with the others.”

Supporting Freddie at the event was his family who are hugely proud of his success. Freddie’s mum said: “This is an unbelievable achievement racing against children who have years more experience than Freddie. We are really proud.”

Mr Pears, Head, echoed this praise for Freddie when he said: “A huge congratulations to Freddie for doing so well in his races at the weekend. Freddie has clearly worked very hard to get where he is and we look forward to seeing him achieve many more trophies in the future.”

And with more than eight years karting experience behind him, it is no surprise that Freddie will be competing in the British Kart Championships in two weeks time.

Freddie said: “I’m feeling nervous about the Championships, but am looking forward to it at the same time. I am really aiming for the Top 10 seed.

“My dream is to become a world champion like my brother Alex.”

Congratulations to Daniel in Year 6 who won 1st place in the Bromley Junior Parkrun on Sunday 2nd May. Competing the 2km race in just 8 minutes 28 seconds, Daniel ran incredibly well and soared past 141 other runners to gain the top title.

Commenting on his win, Daniel said: “It was a great race and I was really happy to finish first. I love competing in the parkruns and have been trying hard to win the race since they restarted after lockdown. This was my 20th parkrun so it felt really good to win.”

Daniel, whose sister Mikayla also ran in the race, added: “It was a very rewarding run and a good challenge. Our parents were there to cheer us on and as we were celebrating Lithuanian Mother’s Day on Sunday, this made it even more special.”

Since winning the run, Daniel has used his experience to inspire others to give running a go. He said: “It would be great to see more people coming to the runs and trying their best. I didn’t used to be sporty, but I now really enjoy taking part in the events.”

Mr Bridges, Director of Sport, who is a very keen runner himself, praised Daniel for his success. He said: “We are very proud of Daniel’s achievement and how well he ran on Sunday. Competing against a large group of people can be daunting, but Daniel conquered this challenge. We look forward to hearing about Daniel’s future successes.”

Accordion has been added to the list of instruments pupils can learn to play at St Michael’s. The unique instrument, which will be offered as part of the school’s lessons delivered by the peripatetic music teachers, combines the use of various musical skills and has many wonderful attributes.

Commenting on the new addition to the school’s music programme, Director of Music, Mr Baird, said: “We are excited to include the accordion as part of our instrumental offer in the music department as it can offer many benefits to young musicians in developing their musicianship, aural skills, physical coordination, and understanding of harmony and tonality. We look forward to future ensembles and concerts featuring the accordion”.

Mr Guy, one of St Michael’s peripatetic teachers who will be leading the accordion lessons, also added: “The accordion is an amazing instrument now available for lessons at St Michael’s. It’s lots of fun to play and I’m really looking forward to teaching it to everyone who is interested.”

For more information about music at St Michael’s or to view performances by some of our musicians, please visit our website.

A Sevenoaks food bank is 318 kilos heavier following a donation from St Michael’s.


The school surprised charity The Community Cupboard with the generous donation on Monday, February 1 following a Christmas collection for the cause.


In total, £965 was raised from parent and staff donations throughout December, which St Michael’s Parents and Friends Association (P & F) used to organise a Sainsbury’s shop of food and toiletries for the charity.


Commenting on the school’s motivation to help the food bank, Co-Chair of St Michael’s P & F, Kelly Downey, said: “Delivering our donation to The Community Cupboard was an amazing and uplifting moment. Being able to bring the school together to contribute to a cause which plays such an important role in our community during this time was very rewarding.”


Greeted with three car loads of canned foods, long-life products and toiletries, Kelly also describes how delighted the charity were with the school’s generosity. She added: “The team were really blown away by our donation and thankful for the time we’d taken to raise the money and organise a delivery.


“It was a great feeling to be able to put an initial idea from a St Michael’s parent into action, and to see the impact we would be having on the local community.”


Kelly added: “We recognise that this is a very difficult time for everyone, especially those who can’t afford to put food on the table for their families. We hope that our donation can be a small step in making a difference for those people.”


Since the start of January alone, an additional 22 local families have registered for The Community Cupboard’s support, reflecting the increased pressures caused by the ongoing pandemic across the country. And it is only thanks to generous donations that the charity can continue to provide help to those who need it most.


Trustee at The Community Cupboard, David Carter said: “We would like to express our extreme gratitude to St Michael’s for their wonderful donation. We are very lucky to receive regular donations from local groups, but they are rarely to this scale.


“The food and toiletries kindly given to us by St Michael’s have allowed us to fully restock our shelves as well as putting plenty of stock on standby for new referrals. The size of this donation will allow us to give substantial food packages to the 22 new families who were referred to us in January. St Michael’s help is invaluable to us and will make a huge difference.”


Since its launch in January 2020, The Community Cupboard has continued to help families in Sevenoaks, and has extended its help to cover a 20 mile radius including Edenbridge, Westerham, Surrey, Sidcup, Rochester and Ashford, due to the pandemic.


The Trustee added: “We began as a small group of people determined to make a difference locally in an area where food banks were lacking. Little did we know, a global pandemic was on its way and our efforts would be needed tenfold. To say we hit the ground running would be an understatement.”


Run by four members and six volunteers, The Community Cupboard works tirelessly to deliver parcels to families, and in January alone distributed 3.1 tonnes of food, toiletries and essential items.


David said: “We began the charity on the foundation that ‘if we can help, we will’, and with the community’s help, I’m proud to say we are doing just that. We see a lot of hardship and sadness in doing what we do, but it really opens our eyes to the incredible hard work various organisations and charities do in our community. Thanks to generous groups like St Michael’s, we can confidently say ‘yes, we can help you’.”


The Community Cupboard are currently taking donations of tinned and long-life food products, as well as toiletries and essential items. Monetary donations are also welcome and will be put towards bulk orders for the charity.


The charity is based at The Garage, Gamcock meadow, West Kingdown where a covid secure donation drop off process has been put in place.


For more information about The Community Cupboard, or to donate to the charity visit www.thecommunitycupboard.co.uk.