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 .
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,
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.
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 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
Sports News & Players of the Match
Match reports and Players of the Match can also be found in the News section of SOCS. Please log in to see the nominations or click this link: http://www.stmichaelsprepsport.co.uk/News.asp?Id=982.
Players of the Match, week commencing 4th November 2019
||Given for: –
||For displaying incisive attacking play and a fantastic left foot half volley goal!
||For scoring a hat-trick!
||For displaying great energy and effort
||For a strong defensive display
||B Cosgrove & L Bowen
||For good defensive play
|For strong defending
For good mid-field play
||R Browne & S Ward
||For an outstanding defensive display
||For making a great effort
||For excellent play and for never giving up
||For brilliant all-round play
||For being great in attack and defence
||For showing calmness on the ball and keeping his head up trying to find the right pass
||For fantastic defensive play
||For great defending
|U13 A Hockey
|For showing tenacity on the pitch
For chasing back to make a second tackle
||For displaying great tenacity on the pitch
|Voted for by the opposition
For having a “never giving up” attitude.
|Voted for by the opposition for great play
For good attacking play
||Voted for by the opposition for great play
|Voted for by the opposition
For making a great effort for the whole game
||For showing great attacking play and scoring 3 goals.
|U9 A Netball
||For great all-round play
|Voted for by the opposition
For great play in all positions
|U8 Green Netball
||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.