eNews: Friday 7th February 2020

From Graham Malcolm, Interim Executive Head

Life at St Michael’s is always busy. Highlights of the week for me were the Confirmation Service in the chapel for four pupils, visiting the Astro Turf site with one of the Reception classes and visits by the Chair of Governors.

The Confirmation Service was particularly poignant for me as it demonstrated that the ethos of the school has remained the same and it was a special moment for some of our pupils to be confirmed by the Bishop of Rochester.

The Astro Turf visit by Reception on a beautiful, sunny day was both exciting and informative. Ian, the builder, told us that the rubber was going down to ensure a smooth run of the ball and that the “carpet” of green Astro would be going down next week, weather permitting. As you drive into school each day, you will hopefully see the black surface become green.

Our Chair of Governors, Mr Robert Turner, visited classes in both Prep and Pre-Prep to see what the pupils were doing and to discuss their work with them. He had lunch with some of our staff and pupils and toured the grounds. It is Robert’s intention to come into school regularly to engage with the children and staff, so that he can keep himself up to speed with what goes on at St Michael’s.

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend, although weather forecasters are predicting strong winds, so please stay safe.

Graham Malcolm

BEd, MA (IAPS)

From the Acting Co-Heads

Oh, what a week! Monday night was the new Friday as many of our Year 3 and 4 pupils, teachers, parents and siblings sang, danced and partied at Young Voices at the O2. The atmosphere sounded electric and the theme was set for a lively and fun-filled week. On Wednesday we were treated to a theatrical feast in the Drama Duologues finals, this year judged by Thomas Dennis of War Horse and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time fame. Another fantastically organised event and superb, skilled performances all round. Well done to everyone who has played a part in the rehearsing, planning, performing, organising and supporting of these two huge events. Working quietly in the background are all of the staff helping out by covering lessons, duties and offering extra support in order to allow these extraordinary things to take place. We wrote about the wonder of team work at the end of inspection week but in reality it’s part of everyday life at St Michael’s. The kindness shown between colleagues and pupils alike sits quietly behind everything we do and props us all up when we need it.

Today we topped the wonderful week off with a charity day in aid of Gush Gush. This is a charity (linked with a larger charity) that was set up by the cousin of two of our children, Euan and Olivia C, in Years 6 & 8 respectively. It aims to aid in the access to fresh, clean water for more people around the world. To date, their cousin, Lula, has raised in excess of £18,000 for this charity. We look forward to hearing about the projects being supported by this charity.

Don’t forget that on Friday next week there is a staff development day, so no school!

Have a fantastic weekend.

Mrs Bridges and Mr Wiseman

News from Pre-Prep

• Wednesday 12th February 9am Valentine’s concert. Parents of performers by invitation only
• Cake sale in aid of The Royal Marsden: Mrs Rose’s Brighton Marathon Thursday 13th
• Half term starts on Friday 14th February. Return to school Monday 24th February
• Fri 28th Feb Reception parents’ Maths Workshop 8.45-9.30am

Thank you to Miss Rawlinson for organising an exciting Benchball tournament. The children and parents all had fun in the Prep hall this afternoon.

On Wednesday we will be holding a concert for parents of some of our musical performers. Coffee will be served from 8.45am in the dining room. I know lots of your children have been working hard on their performances, so it will be lovely to hear the progress they are making.

It was good to see so many Year 2 parents familiarising themselves with Year 3 and Prep school on Wednesday. If your child is in Year 2 you should have all collected or been sent a booklet about transition into Year 3.

Year 1 had a wonderful day for their trip to Shoreham on Thursday. The sun shone brightly and they were amazed at how many different styles of building they could spot. Well done, Year 1, for such good behaviour on your trip.

Mrs Rose will be running in the Brighton Marathon this year and is running for The Royal Marsden hospital. She will be holding a cake sale after school next Thursday so if you wish to make a donation for some delicious cakes, please come along to the playground at 3.20pm

Please see the dates above, or our calendar, for the remaining Reception Maths Workshops for parents. Coffee will be served in the dining room from 8.45am

I’m afraid staff and children are still suffering from coughs, colds and chest infections this week. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. Give them time to recover before returning them to school and hopefully we can reduce the spread of the germs.

Reminder that the last day of school is Thursday 13th so half term starts on Friday 14th. We will look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 24th February.

Overheard: If you eat your food too quickly, you’ll get injections (meant indigestion!)

Have a lovely weekend,

Zerrin Leech

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Pre-Prep Awards

Gold Stars

George W for good explanations of his working in mathematics
Olivia S for remembering facts about hyenas
Amelie G for great work during our lesson on time and for creating a lovely clock
Isabelle P for having a positive attitude and giving 100% effort in all her work
Marianne B for trying really hard to stay focused during lessons
Cian C-O for excellent effort in our writing about Barn Owls
Iris L for checking her numbers are written correctly in her calculations
Taran M for consistently working hard in every subject and producing work of a high standard
Misha B for excellent independent maths work, counting in 10s from any number
Jessica H for being a very kind and supportive learning partner
Zack E-A for excellent perseverance with his reading
Chloe S & Tara C for confident counting on and back in 10s
Eva V H for creating an accurate and imaginative treasure map
Finley S for always setting a good example and being a good friend
Genevieve M for a beautifully presented Antarctic diary
Maria C for always working hard and being a good friend to others

House Points Cup

Windsor House with a total of 195 points
Hervie L collected the Cup on behalf of Windsor House

100 House Points Certificate

Dover: Elizabeth A

Music Awards

Music Practice Cup: Alice O
Music Practice Award: Florence B
Star Violinist Cup: Eva V H

News from Prep

Headteacher’s Stars

L Blincoe For an inspiring piece of writing about your special telescope
K Fryer For an inspiring piece of writing about your special telescope
E Harrison For a superb homework challenge, including an interview with a famous cricketer!
E Ward For an outstanding science project and presentation about dark energy and dark matter
L Winter For completing all of your times tables and division cards
E Bakharevski For completing all of your times tables and division cards
E Wilcock For delivering a fantastic speech at the Year 3 event
M Blincoe For delivering a fantastic speech at the Year 3 event

Drama Duologue Results

Well done to all Houses, congratulations to everyone who took part in a fantastic night. The winners are:

JUNIORS

GOLD-ROCHESTER
(S Mottram and S Wallace)

SILVER-DOVER
(O Nathan and E Julio)

BRONZE- DOVER
(D Booth and S Taylor)

SENIORS

GOLD-DOVER
(C M Pape and A Moore)

SILVER-LEEDS
(R Landgrebe and T Bulley)

BRONZE- DRAW–ROCHESTER AND LEEDS
(N Brown and S Ward and L Clapham and A Scott)

 

Players of the Match, week commencing 3rd February 2020

Team Name Given for: –
U13 Rugby J Cosgrove For scoring and for being most improved
U12 X Prongué

J Maloney

For great all-round play

For scoring a great try

U11 A L Poracchia & T Neville Nominated by the opposition coach for good play
U11 B F Rutherford & D Little For impressive attacking play
U10 A No Match
U10 B No Match
U9 A D Booth & A Saini For intelligent play making
U9 B J McDonnell For showing good pace and scoring 2 tries
U8 A A Lutzow & S Mottram For great supporting play
U8 B T Staples

O Epps

For strong running

For tenacious defence

U8 C S Doyle For great running with the ball
U13 A Netball H Pope For showing great skills and sportsmanship in the tournament
U13 B C M Pape For showing great skills and sportsmanship in the tournament
U13 C No Match
U11 A A Ogle

G Schneider-Price

Voted for by the opposition

For great defending

U11 B A Mottram

S Cook

Voted for by the opposition

For great defending

U11 C No Match
U10 A G Owen Voted for by the opposition for good centre court play
U10 B M Amure For great defending
U10 C T Ward For great defending
U9 A S Cameron For showing great skills all round
U9 B L Andrade Voted for by the opposition for good play
U9 C No Match
U8 A S Johnson For strong play in many positions
U8 B P Mahil

G Cheetham

For tidy defending

Voted for by the opposition

U8 C No Match

Senior School Open Days, Scholarships and Events

These can now be found on our Senior School page. 

Upcoming events include Oakwood Park Grammar School, Roedean School and Skinners’ School.

Latest News

We are delighted to announce that former St Michael’s pupil Jess Haynes has selected to join the Loughborough Lightning Superleague Netball team.

Jess, who attended St Michael’s between 2008 and 2014 and returned as a GAP Student in 2019, made her Superleague and Sky Sports debut on Saturday 5th June against Celtic Dragons at the Copperbox Arena in London, after which she was officially announced as Loughborough Lightning squad member No. 102.

Lightning are currently in second place in the Superleague behind Team Bath and have already secured their place in the playoffs.

Jess, whose matches with Lightning will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports Netball platforms, said: “I feel so honoured and excited to be given this opportunity. It has been a bit of a whirlwind over the last couple of weeks so it was great to get on court and make my Superleague debut at the Copperbox . I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season with such an amazing squad. I always love coming back to St Michael’s to coach the current pupils, to share my love of sport and to show that dreams do come true!”

Jess joined Loughborough Lightning U21 NPL Squad from London Pulse in September 2020 when she started studying at Nottingham Trent University where she is part of their Performance Sport Programme.

And it was St Michael’s where her passion for netball began. Jess’ mum, Clare, said: “Jess’ year group team were a strong squad who enjoyed a high level of success at both local and national IAPS level. Jess played all sports during her time here where she achieved a great deal of success across the board . She left at the end of Year 8 to continue her education at Kent College Pembury with a Sports Scholarship. Her place in the Loughborough Lightning Super League is a huge opportunity for her.”

Mrs Wade, who coached Jess during her time at St Michael’s, added: “We are extremely proud of Jess and all she has achieved since leaving St Michael’s. I had the delight of watching Jess’ netball skills grow tremendously during her time with us and it is no surprise that Jess’ dedication to the sport has landed her this incredible opportunity. We look forward to hearing about her future successes and seeing her on Sky Sports!”

A swarm of bees, pride of lions and bloom of ladybirds could be seen roaming the school grounds on Friday 28th May as the Prep school celebrated Go Wild Day in aid of local charities Kent Wildlife Trust and Otford Hospices of Hope.

The action-packed charity day, organised by the School Council to raise awareness of the local causes, raised an amazing £727.04.

Mr Baird, Acting Deputy Head, said: “It was amazing to see so many staff and pupils dressing up for this brilliant fundraising event. A big thank you to the School Council and Year 8 prefects who played a key part in the success of the event, and to the pupils for putting so much effort and energy into the activities.”

Throughout the day, pupils took part in fundraising activities including an exotic bring and buy sale where pupils exchanged good quality toys and games. The afternoon events also included a face painting session for the children led by the senior Art Scholars group.

Fundraising & Communications Manager at Otford Hospices of Hope, Jessica McKechie added: “We were delighted to hear that St Michael’s Prep School chose to fundraise for Hospices of Hope with their Go Wild Day. Being supported locally is so important for our charity and we are really grateful to all the children and staff who took part. The funds raised will help us to support our patients with vital care, some of whom are children too and will love to hear about the activities the school arranged in order to help them.”

St Michael’s Go Wild Day forms part of its longterm plan to improve the wildlife around their 90-acre site as well as increasing the school community’s awareness of the importance of conserving nature.

Delighted by St Michael’s efforts, Acting Head of Education and Lifelong Learning at Kent Wildlife Trust, Lee Mason-Baldwin said: “Wow, what a brilliant effort and superb, heart-warming achievement, thank you so much! We love the gorgeous colourful activities and the fun you’ve had to help animals, plants, bugs and birds which is crucial for developing a life-long love of wildlife. Your support will help us on our quest for a wilder Kent, rich in wildlife for everyone to enjoy, forever.”

For more information about St Michael’s Prep School please visit their website: https://www.stmichaels.kent.sch.uk/

 

We are hugely proud to announce that past St Michael’s pupils L Bingham and A Faulstich have been selected for the England Under 16 Hockey Squad.


The Year 10 pupils, who currently attend Weald of Kent Grammar School and Tonbridge Grammar School were announced as members last week following many months of training and assessment.


Congratulating the girls on their achievement, Mrs Wade, who taught them PE during their time at St Michael’s, said: “We are extremely proud of Lottie and Anna and all they have achieved since they left St Michael’s. They were extremely hardworking in all their sports at school and it is great to hear that they have taken their hockey to such a high level. We look forward to hearing about their future success.”


A huge congratulations to both girls on this amazing achievement.

St Michael’s Prep School, Otford was delighted to welcome concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy as the special guest for its Scholars’ Day on Thursday 20th May.

Mr McCarthy, who was the first left-hand-only graduate of the Royal College of Music in its 130-year history, hosted a music masterclass with the school’s Music Scholars, before joining the wider Scholars group for an evening of food and entertainment.

Nicholas said: “It has been so wonderful to work with the pupils today. The performance standard of the Scholars is fantastic and their personalities came across in their performances. It was lovely to see.”

During his visit, the talented musician shared his story with St Michael’s including his performance with band Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Nicholas also offered words of encouragement for overcoming setbacks and barriers. He said: “At my first audition I was turned away because they just didn’t believe I could play the piano with one hand. I had to dig deep and find that resilience to carry on achieving my dream. Very quickly that fire built back up and I was determined to prove them wrong.”

Commenting on the success of the event, St Michael’s Deputy Head Mary Bridges said: “We were delighted to host a special event for our current scholars, incoming scholars and our Year 8 pupils who have achieved scholarships at their senior schools. Nicholas words inspired all of us and his performance was absolutely stunning. It was a true mark of excellence.”

To view a highlights reel of the event or watch the full interview with St Michael’s Head Nik Pears and Nicholas McCarthy please visit their YouTube page.