From the Head
On Tuesday we returned to school feeling refreshed from the bank holiday weekend and ready to embrace another week of opportunities at St Michael’s.
A key highlight of this week was the return to competitive fixtures which saw our Prep pupils play cricket against other schools for the first time since 2019. For some children, these were their first ever matches for the school, which is a very exciting milestone for them. It was a real joy to witness some wonderful cricket from all of our girls and boys during these events; our pupils are superb ambassadors for the school and displayed such pride in representing St Michael’s.
Elsewhere in the school, I have had the pleasure of visiting various classrooms and seeing the tremendous hard work our pupils are committing to their lessons. I never fail to be impressed by the engagement and interest shown by St Michael’s children and the rapport that exists between them and their teachers. This sense of community was likewise echoed by our Virtual Open Morning on Wednesday where we listened to speeches by pupils in Year 2 to Year 8, Jessica, Thomas, Herbie, Millie, Jaylen, Oliver and Alix, as well as two past pupils, James and Olivia. The way the children spoke about their time at St Michael’s, from how amazing the school lunches are, to the huge family they feel part of; each pupil shared unique memories and ways that the school is special to them. A huge thank you to all staff and speakers involved in this event, and our superb musicians Silas, Eve and Alex who gave spectacular performances to our prospective families.
I would also like to express a heartfelt thanks to all of those who have sent messages of support and thoughtful gifts to Mr Wiseman who, as you know, is currently unwell. Your response is a testimony to the sense of family which can be felt at St Michael’s.
In this week’s newsletter, we are delighted to share some excellent achievements including those from our Year 6 pupils Freddie and Daniel who performed brilliantly in competitions at the weekend. I hope you enjoy reading our interviews with them.
Finally, a huge thank you to the Estates Team for keeping our grounds and buildings looking so stunning throughout the year. They do such an excellent job and work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep everything safe and fully functioning for us.
Have a great weekend.
A message from Mr Pears:
From the Head of Pre-Prep
There is much excitement as the teachers are starting to plan to take the children on school trips for the first time. We have a limited amount of Trinity Term to fit in a trip but it looks like Reception will go to Godstone Farm, Year 1 will go to Shoreham and Year 2 will finally get to Stubbers. There is a huge amount of organisation involved in each trip; risk assessments, medication, food, staffing and transport to name but a few of the considerations, so I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and enthusiasm in trying to get these arrangements completed in limited time.
Open Morning was virtual again this week. The Admissions and Marketing Department did a great job on Wednesday and I was extremely proud of the children who were filmed as part of our Open Morning for prospective parents. The achievements of our pupils as they move through the school are incredible and hearing them speak so enthusiastically is a joy. It is always tricky to show off our amazing school via a small screen, but everyone involved did so well.
Another thank you goes to Parents & Friends who have funded outdoor tables and benches for Stable Court. The children are excited about using them for some outdoor lessons and they are looking forward to being able to read outside as the weather warms up.
Overheard in Pre-Prep: To the teacher
“When you die, I’ll take over the class.”
Have a lovely weekend
Pre-Prep Gold Star Winners
Silas C for an outstanding result for his Grade 5 Piano exam
Zack E-A for fantastic writing about Lost and Found using descriptive vocabulary and imaginative ideas
Chloe S for working hard on counting in halves and quarters
Elizabeth S for an excellent piece of narrative writing
Jessica H for using fantastic language when writing a narrative
Thomas G for carefully solving problems involving mixed and top-heavy fractions
Anna W for sculpting a very accurate clay penguin character
Elodie B & Ellie S for excellent effort in Maths, adding 1 digit numbers to 3 digit numbers
Isabelle P for persevering to complete her maths tasks
Conrad B for trying hard to form all his letters correctly
Espen A for good mathematical calculations, applying his knowledge of addition and subtraction facts
Sam S for always making a super effort in our English lessons
Times Tables Certificates
Bronze – William P
100 Housepoints Certificates
Dover – Charlie C/Zi Chen G/Jessica H
Leeds – Rayaan G/Robert M
Rochester – Isla B
Ellie S for fantastic work in Maths
Elodie B for fantastic work in Maths
H Forest (Year 3) for a fantastic open morning speech
M Blincoe (Year 4) for a fantastic open morning speech
E Schwark (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
A Ulens (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
J Pathiwill (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary AND for a fantastic open morning speech
A MacRae (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
O Court (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
G Owen (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
E Green (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
I Pennington Legh (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
B Costrove (Year 6) for writing an amazing Slave Diary
E Newton (Year 6) for writing a great story for homework where she had to include a change in the weather to reflect emotions
M Amure (Year 6) for being of invaluable support in the library and helping with library duties
B Tovey (Year 5) for her amazing descriptive writing in English
F Lloyd (Year 6) for an unbelievable achievement in racing at PFI International, gaining 2nd place in the final
D Macedo (Year 6) for a fantastic interview about his parkrun success
A Scott (Year 7) for a wonderful open morning performance
E Ward (Year 8) for a wonderful open morning performance
O Maltarp (Year 8) for a fantastic open morning speech
A Mourgue D’Algue (Year 8) for a fantastic open morning speech
Whole School News
A welcome return to fixtures
St Michael’s welcomed the return of competitive fixtures this week, as The Hawthorns School, Solefield School and Radnor House were among the first groups to compete with our Prep pupils following a year break due to Covid-19. Excited to be playing against different teams again, pupils enjoyed an afternoon of cricket matches against a backdrop of ferocious clouds apprising the approaching thunderstorm.
Mr Bridges, Director of Sport, said: “It was fantastic to see competitive fixtures resume against other schools this week following a long break. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the matches and the atmosphere on the pitches was great. We look forward to enjoying many more fixtures in the coming weeks.”
Ski Trip 2022 – sign up now!
Bookings are now open for the 2022 Ski Trip to Alpe d’Huez in France. Open to children currently in Year 4 and above, the trip will see pupils spend a week at the popular resort, and stay in Clubhotel Vallee Blanche where excellent facilities and entertainment are on offer. For more information or to book your child’s place on the trip please click here.
Come and see The Elephant Man!
After what has felt like an eternity, theatres are finally opening their doors and at St Michael’s Prep we are delighted, and excited, to say our drama space is once again going to echo with the voices of thespians performing their craft. The School Play is back!
Normally, our play is presented by Years 5 to 8, however the restrictions of the pandemic and the enforced bubbles have meant that this year, only students from Years 7 and 8 have been able to get involved.
Nevertheless, we would be delighted to see all students, as well as their families and friends, at one of the performances. The cast has worked incredibly hard since September to bring this show to you; please do come along and give them your support. We recommend the production for Years 6 and above, although this is not exclusive.
Doors open at 6pm. There will be a paid bar available.
Grab your tickets via the QR Code below, or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk.
Shoot for the Stars!
Daniel’s Parkrun Victory
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.”
Freddie’s kart wins 2nd place
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.”
Send us your stories!
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Senior School Information
Knole Academy is now taking bookings for its Year 5 taster sessions for 2021. During the taster sessions, which will take place between 22nd June and 9th July, children and parents will have the chance to find out more about life and lessons at the school.
To book you preferred subject session please visit: https://www.knoleacademy.org/463/open-events. Further information about the events and the admissions process please click here.
Please note, Knole Academy has asked that you only book one session in order for them to accommodate as many children as possible. and to inform their school of the booking they have made. Please also book early to avoid disappointment.
For those parents who would rather not attend a Taster Session during this time or have been unable to book a place, we are pleased to offer a ‘virtual experience’ where children are able to take part in a number of Taster lessons in English, Maths, Science, Design Technology and Food Technology. There is also a virtual tour of our school from our Headteacher, Mr Collins.
Join King’s Rochester for their Open Morning on Saturday 26th June from 9am to 1pm. The event will be an opportunity to meet with the school’s staff and pupils as well as seeing their beautiful grounds, nestled within the Cathedral precinct of historic Rochester. King’s is a proud broad-ability School which offers a variety of Scholarships in Academia, Sport, Music, Drama and Art.
Principal Mr Ben Charles will welcome all visitors to King’s at 9:15am in the School Hall where breakfast will be available and after which families can tour the school.
Pre-booking is essential and can be done here.
Join Bethany School for their virtual Open Morning on Wednesday 12th May 10am to 11am.
Bethany School’s virtual Open Mornings have provided parents with a very worthwhile first experience, not only of the range of facilities and the expertise of teaching staff, but also of the atmosphere at Bethany. One prospective parent who attended a recent e-Open Morning commented: “It was great to see the School, hear from pupils and have my questions answered in real time.”
For more information please visit www.bethanyschool.org.uk/visit.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Follow us on social media!
It’s important that we stay connected as a community during this time, so make sure you are following St Michael’s social media channels for important updates and content throughout the Trinity Term.