From the Head
We have enjoyed a brilliant second week of the Trinity Term filled with countless opportunities for the children. It really is so good to all be together again in school! As ever, around every corner there is something fun and engaging happening. In our Pre-School, children have been studying caterpillars, Year 3 have been dyeing daffodils blue, and Year 7 and 8 have been working hard in their weekend rehearsals for The Elephant Man.
This week, I have engaged in some exciting discussions about our Trinity Term events, including many activities for our pupils to look forward to. Events in the calendar for the next few weeks include our Roman Day, French Day, Prep Music Concerts, Years 2 and 3 trip to Stubbers and the first of our Prep exam weeks. From Wednesday, we will also recommence our sports fixtures programme and enjoy our first school cricket matches since 2019! As per previous correspondence, at present we are unable to allow spectators but are hopeful that we may be able to welcome supporters on site before the end of term. We will keep you informed of this.
Continuing last week’s theme of music, I would like to give a special mention to Silas in Year 2 who recently took his Associated Board of the Royals Schools of Music Grade 5 piano examination and was awarded a Distinction! This is a superb achievement and we are all very proud of his success, the fruit of dedication and practice. Many congratulations, Silas!
Lastly, I am delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Camp Beaumont to St Michael’s this summer. They will be running activity weeks for children using our wonderful grounds and facilities. You will be pleased to know that they offer a discounted rate to pupils from St Michael’s!
St Michael’s Prep School | Day Camps in Sevenoaks | Camp Beaumont
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend – let’s hope the sun continues to shine!
A message from Mr Pears:
From the Head of Pre-Prep
Thank you to the Parent Reps who I have met with this week. They do a great job of collating your questions. I know several of you are thinking about the year ahead for your child. We will have a Move Up Morning on Tuesday 29th June where your children will spend their morning with their new class teacher and the classroom that they will be in when they return in September. Parents are told the new class teachers the week before this. Please rest assured, there will be plenty of exposure to their new classroom and teaching staff in the Trinity Term so your children will feel quite comfortable about the move.
I understand from the children that a few of them have visited our Forest School out of school hours with their parents. Could I please respectfully ask that you don’t visit this area in the evenings or at weekends or without the supervision of St Michael’s staff. As you will appreciate, it is an outdoor classroom for us and one that is carefully maintained with huge risk assessments attached, for the safety of your children. We expect and must rely on everything to be left safe, secure and ready for the next session. Thank you for your understanding in this important matter.
During drop off and pick up some staff choose to wear face masks outside as they are in close proximity with other adults. Please note that there is no requirement from St Michael’s or any directive from Government for staff or parents to wear a face mask, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Please feel free to do as you are comfortable with and, as always we continue to respect one another’s boundaries and sensitivities in this area.
Congratulations to Silas who has achieved his Grade 5 piano award with distinction! That’s a lot of hard work and many hours of playing the piano in lockdown. Well done, Silas.
Overheard in Pre-Prep: Whilst a teacher was sitting on a plastic car and a child was trying to push it.
Child: “You are too heavy.”
Teacher: “How could you move me?”
Child: “I think we will need a crane.”
Teacher is now on a diet!
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, see you all on Tuesday.
Pre-Prep Gold Star Winners
Bethan & Charlotte D, Edward & Mollie H & Thea L for settling so well into Pre-Prep
Nathan H for writing an incredibly descriptive Underwater Adventure story
Grace P for writing an excellent prediction about a chosen Oliver Jeffers book
Misha B for writing excellent predictions about chosen Oliver Jeffers books
Robert M for showing a great understanding of unit and non-unit fractions
Olanna E for fantastic effort in her work on fractions, especially during whole class discussions
Leo H.B for working hard in all subjects and thinking of great ideas in English
Daniel B for wonderful book writing during the holidays
Isla P.A for fantastic independent writing about the holidays
Noah L for his perseverance and creativity when making a model at Forest School
Elizabeth A for great contributions in all our lessons and for always working hard
Max S for his enthusiastic approach to reading
Siena L for trying hard to read with more expression
Ayla A for excellent effort and achievement when finding 10 more and less than numbers to 100
Gabrielle O for persevering when finding 10 more and less than numbers to 100
100 House Point Certificates
Leeds – Dylan H / Beatrix T
Windsor – Thomas A
We are delighted to announce that the following individual will be joining the St Michael’s team in September 2021:
Jasmine Cole- GAP Student
Jasmine is currently a student completing her A levels in Art, Business and Childcare. She is excited about starting at St Michael’s as a gap year student, meeting the children and working alongside the staff team. She brings with her a passion for supporting and inspiring children as a result of her time on various work placements in schools and settings around Tonbridge. Jasmine will be starting her Primary Teaching course in 2022 to gain her Qualified Teacher Status. Her favourite sport is cheerleading and she was a part of a cheer and dance team for around six years where she competed in arenas around the country. Jasmine is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport with St Michael’s pupils in September.
Whole School News
St Michael’s welcomes the accordion
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.”
To sign your child up for a taster session, please complete the taster session form on the Parent Portal before Friday 28th May. If you have any questions, please email Tracey Scott our Music Administrator.
You can also view a short introductory video to the instrument by Mr Guy on St Michael’s YouTube page.
Pupils raise £175.93 for the WWF
We are delighted to announce that St Michael’s has raised £175.93 for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) charity from loom band sales in the Prep school last term. A special mention must also go to Year 4 pupils M Murray, L Bakharevski, L Turnbull and E Gage who raised a proportion of the funds during the Easter break.
Camp Beaumont comes to St Michael’s
St Michael’s is very pleased to be collaborating with Camp Beaumont during the summer holiday. The children’s activity programme, which will run from 19th July to 27th August, is designed to help children keep active, challenge them mentally, build new life skills and most importantly, help them grow in confidence. Activities will include a wide range of games, music, sports and creative workshops.
We are also delighted to announce that St Michael’s parents will receive a 10% discount off full weeks, 5% off days and 50% off extended days when parents use the code HS20. For more information please click here.
Senior School Information
Clarement Senior School
Join Claremont Senior School for their Open House Week from 17th to 22nd May.
In the Community
Mrs Grayland’s Half Term Netball Camp
Mrs Grayland will be running a netball camp during half term. This is a great opportunity to practice your skills, play some fun games and develop your game alongside your friends.
The camp will run on: Tuesday 1st June for Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 2nd June for Years 5 and 6
Thursday 3rd June for Years 7 and 8
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your place.
Mr Thomas’ Half Term Hockey Camp
Mr Thomas will be holding his Half Term Hockey Camp at Hollybush Hockey Pitch on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June.
As Mr Thomas’ Easter camp sold out very quickly, please sign up early to avoid disappointment. To reserve your space, please email Mr Thomas on email@example.com.
Please note the following from the organisers: We are hoping that all Government restrictions will be lifted by then. We will be following all England Hockey guidelines and may have to limit the numbers. Please sign up early to avoid any disappointment.
Send us your stories!
Has your child won an award, passed an extra-curricular exam or accomplished something exciting recently?
We love celebrating our pupils’ amazing achievements and want to showcase them in our weekly newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your child’s achievement.
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