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

As Y5 pupil, C Hunter, explained during Monday’s assembly, Sevenoaks School has organised weekly food/supply collections for those in need during these very uncertain times.  The collections have benefited local organisations such as One Big Family: Helping the Homeless, Friends for Families, The Hygiene Bank, Sevenoaks Food Bank: Loaves & Fishes, Community Cupboard, area primary schools and others.  Miss Cat Davison, the School’s Director of Service and Social Impact, updates its online social media feeds (@sevenoaksimpact on Twitter and Instagram) with the items needed each week.  We hope that you will consider helping with this effort.  Together we can make a huge difference for those living right here in our community!
The details of the collections are provided below.  If you do wish to participate, please ensure that items are unopened and handled with washed or sanitised hands, and that social distancing is strictly adhered to on delivery.
What: Food, Supplies (check social media links for current needs)
When:   Every Tuesday, 9am – 12pm
Where: Outside Claridge House, Sevenoaks School,TN13 1HU
(Claridge House is just to the right of the main entrance of Knole Park on High Street)
On Monday our community-minded pupil also discussed a book collection which took place earlier this year for children in Ghana.  Below are photos of EduSpots centres where the books are available for local communities throughout Ghana.

We’ve been amazed by the phenomenal success of the Art Department’s recent challenge “Painting without Paint”. Set as part of our remote learning programme, children were asked to select a work of art of their choice and to recreate it at home – but without using paint!

The Art Department has been overwhelmed by submissions, which Miss Rodwell, described as “creative, humorous and inventive”. She added “Staff have been impressed by submissions that showed how carefully the children have looked at their chosen artworks in order to create such brilliant responses.”

Posts on our Twitter account have received positive responses from prestigious art galleries, such as the Tate and the National Gallery, with The Lowry in Manchester commenting “Wow, we love this!!” on T Neville’s version of L S Lowry’s “Man Lying on a Wall”. But it’s not just art galleries in the UK, who have responded to the children’s art; their work has been liked by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden and the Mauritshuis in Den Haag. One Year 3 pupil, who was inspired by artist Aja Trier, even reached New York, as permission was sought to post an image of one of her paintings. She was delighted to allow us to feature her work and on seeing J Gagg’s interpretation commented “Oh my gosh that is precious! Please tell the artist I love it! I will post on my Instagram and Facebook. Thank you!” She went on to tell us “I am always so humbled when kids are inspired by my work, but this is next level!”

In order to show you all the wonderful work our pupils have done, we’ve put together an online gallery of the work. Talking about the project and the reaction, Mrs Barratt declared “This is wonderful!” and reactions from other schools included the comment “Excellent work St Michael’s Art Department this is a really fun activity”.

Mrs Bridges told us “I am absolutely delighted, and inspired, by the way that the children have responded to these challenges. Creativity is keeping us connected, not only within our own community but across the world too!”

We can’t wait to see what the department comes up with next. Miss Rodwell is keeping us in suspense “I’ve been working on a new one today …”. We’re sure that our pupils will have even more opportunity to excel!

Click here to view our online gallery of more ingenious images.

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!