eNews: Friday 8th November 2019

From the Head

I trust that you were able to have an enjoyable and relaxing half term holiday and that your children have enjoyed the busyness of their first week back. We congratulate Ishwar Sharma on becoming European yoga champion over the holidays at the European Championships in Bordeaux.

It will be good to come together at the end of it today to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Night with a spectacular firework display and time to catch up in relaxed surroundings.

There has been more debate this year in the press and on social media about the cruelty of letting off fireworks in relation to pets and we very much hope that your pets have been kept safely inside at the appropriate moments if you have known about displays near to where you live.

Having offered all the children in the school a reminder of their responsibilities within families to look after younger children and pets and guidance about how to keep safe when handling and watching fireworks, I would not wish to be part of any movement that said that fireworks are no longer allowed in this country and our celebration draws people together in one place at one time to share a fantastic professional display and we hope that this will be instead of many smaller parties where pets nearby might get stressed.

The senior team are looking this week at what’s going on in Year 7 and, by the time you are reading this, we will have popped in and out of quite a few lessons to enjoy the full extent of what is being offered to our pupils and will come together on Monday to discuss this in detail. I’ve also enjoyed some funky fungi work in two and three dimensions from Y6 .

On Monday the school will come together to pay respects to those who fell in all world wars and again we will hold our celebration outside around our Tommy sculpture. Parents who would like to join us will be most welcome on the terrace from 10. 45 and we will aim to mark our two minutes’ silence along with the rest of the nation at 11 am midway through our service.

We hope that whatever you’re doing, you have a relaxing weekend .

Jill Aisher

Staff News

We extend a warm welcome to Laura Phillips, our new Learning Support Assistant in Pre-Prep.

Laura studied Geography at Durham University and left her first career in commercial property to pursue a second in Early Years education. With experience as a Teaching Assistant, gained whilst her own children were young, she has latterly specialised in Learning Support. Working at a local school she supported a lovely child with special educational needs. For that role she learnt Makaton signing and other communication techniques to build confidence and independence.

More recently Laura has also worked in Nurseries and Early Years settings. As a sportswoman ( tennis , golf, cricket and sailing) and an artist, Laura brings a very visual and kinaesthetic approach to learning – always with a sense of fun. She values kindness and patience.

Laura looks forward to joining the team at St Michael’s and will be taking a keen interest in art being produced around the school and cricket being played in the lovely grounds.

Laura will join us on 11th November.



News from Pre-Prep

• Poppies for sale in school in Pre-Prep reception for Remembrance Day Assembly on 11.11.19
• Tuesday 12th Parents’ Evening 3.45pm to 6.15pm
• Thursday 14th Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 8pm
• Thursday 15th Year 2 trip to Horniman Museum
• Friday 15th Children in Need – wear spots or a onesie for a donation to the cause. (Pre-Prep only)

At the time of writing I am looking forward to St Michael’s firework night. This is always a special event and the fireworks are spectacular.

On Tuesday and Thursday next week we have our November parents’ evenings. This year Nursery, Kindergarten, PE and Music will be based in the dining room for 10 minute appointments and Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be in the Pre-Prep Hall for 15 minute appointments. Please use the main Pre-Prep doors for access. A bell will be rung at the end of your appointment time, so please help us to keep appointments on time by moving on at the end. If you wish to see teachers for longer about a specific issue, then you are welcome to see them after school at a mutually convenient time.

Year 2 will be going to the Horniman Museum on Thursday. Please ensure children are smart in their school uniforms and send them in with blazers.

Friday next week is Children in Need day. I understand that children (and staff) are desperate to come to school in their onesies, therefore Pre-Prep will be happily attired in spots or onesies for the day. Please bring a donation for Children in Need if you are not wearing school uniform! Please note that siblings in Prep will be wearing school uniform on this day.

I would like to remind you all that children’s snacks in both the morning and afternoon are fruit, vegetable, plain rice cakes or plain breadsticks. Please don’t send in anything that looks like a bag of crisps or a cereal bar; this is not fair on the other children in the class.

Overheard: Child to parent – When I go to school do you go to Mummy school?

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:

• P&F Pantomime – last tickets available now!
• Winter Carol tracks from the Music Department

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.

Pre-Prep Awards

Gold Stars

Thomas A for fantastic addition with dice
Mia Y for wonderful cursive writing
Marianne B for excellent effort with her reading
Theo B for excellent effort in phonics
William M for making some really sensible choices in class
Marina N for a huge effort and positive attitude in reading and writing
Myla B for careful work in mathematics, checking she has written her numbers correctly
Kim V for an enthusiastic start back to school
Hans Emil for working with enthusiasm and being very helpful
Benji S for trying hard with his handwriting
Abigail S for using some lovely expression in her reading
Finlay S for carefully interpreting recorded data about Guy Fawkes night
Xavi N for learning a given poem off by heart, adding expression where necessary
Alexander H for doing a fantastic job of learning off by heart The Owl & The Pussycat
Olivia G for excellent work on tally charts and bar graphs, completing lots of work very quickly

Music Awards

Music Practice Cup: Rayaan G
Music Practice Award: Finley S
Star Violinist Cup: Anna W

House Point Cup

Windsor House with a total of 110 points
Amelia N collected the Cup on behalf of Windsor House

Times Tables Certificates

Bronze – Jake L

Players of the Match, week commencing 4th November 2019

Team Name Given for: –
1st Football K Cameron For displaying incisive attacking play and a fantastic left foot half volley goal!
2nd N Staples For scoring a hat-trick!
3rd O Goodwin For displaying great energy and effort
Colts A J Moore For a strong defensive display
Colts B B Cosgrove & L Bowen For good defensive play
Colts C C Hunter

J Pathiwill

For strong defending

For good mid-field play

Colts D R Browne & S Ward For an outstanding defensive display
Colts E N Dandeniya For making a great effort
Colts F E Crane For excellent play and for never giving up
U9 A T Warren For brilliant all-round play
U9 B G Dulski For being great in attack and defence
U8 A R Stevens For showing calmness on the ball and keeping his head up trying to find the right pass
U8 B C Thornhill For fantastic defensive play
U8 C G MacIntosh For great defending
U13 A Hockey T Vafai

E Ward

For showing tenacity on the pitch

For chasing back to make a second tackle

U13 B E Jones For displaying great tenacity on the pitch
U13 C H Pope

C Sturges

Voted for by the opposition

For having a “never giving up” attitude.

U11 A A Ogle

L Blincoe

Voted for by the opposition for great play

For good attacking play

U11 B M Noorpuri Voted for by the opposition for great play
U11 C No Match
U10 A G Owen

E Bingham

Voted for by the opposition

For making a great effort for the whole game

U10 B A Stevens For showing great attacking play and scoring 3 goals.
U10 C No Match
U9 A Netball M Pape For great all-round play
U9 B S Cameron

E Wood

Voted for by the opposition

For great play in all positions

U9 C No Match
U8 Green Netball No Match
U8 Black No Match
U8 Blue Alice Pink For great all-round play and scoring 4 goals

Senior School Open Days

These can now be found on our Senior School page. 

Upcoming events include Bromley High School, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Sevenoaks School, Skinners’ School, Whitgift School and Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.

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!