Weekly Newsletter Friday 26th April 2024

Friday 26th April 2024A year at St Michael's banner

From the Head

Dear Parents,

Our week has been filled with immersive learning opportunities as French Day, Earth Day, Maths Challenges and a lamb experience have brought joy and adventure to every corner of St Michael's. 

On Monday Kindergarten explored all things global as blue and green paint together with exciting play activities introduced the children to the meaning of Earth Day. 

Our World focus continued into Tuesday as pupils and staff across the school celebrated French Day which coincided with St George's Day this year. We began the day with a special assembly to mark St George’s Day in Prep led by Mrs Shield. French cultural delights in all forms were also enjoyed, from accordion playing to themed lessons and of course, an amazing French lunch prepared by our talented Catering Team. Merci to the Languages Department for hosting another unforgettable French Day which is a true celebration of their passion for the subject and dedication to your children's language learning. 

Maths was the theme of Wednesday as Year 2 joined Year 3 in the Prep building for a morning of exciting maths challenges as part of their transition programme. Thank you to the Year 2, Year 3 and Maths Teams for organising an engaging carousel of maths activities which kept the children entertained (and competitive) throughout the event! It was also fantastic to see many children signing up for the first of our Prep Maths Countdown Competitions this afternoon. 

Pre-School were delighted to welcome Farmer Robbie from Wilkins Farm on Wednesday along with his four adorable three week old lambs. The smiles on the children's, and staff's, faces as they watched the lambs play with each other, were beaming. 

We have ended the week with an Open Morning which we were delighted to welcome so many families to. Your children were the perfect ambassadors for St Michael's and showed so much pride in their school and the community that we have here. 

Wishing you a brilliant weekend,

Nik Pears

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From the Head of Pre-Prep

Zerrin Leech

Dear Parents,

Despite the cold we have had a lot of fun in Pre-Prep this week. Nursery and Kindergarten had a visit from some lambs and tested out some new bikes that can transform into scooters!

French Day on Tuesday was a riot of red, white and blue. The singing of Frère Jacques in two parts was the best I have heard. Snail tasting was very popular and the baguettes with ham and cheese at playtime were very welcome. A huge thank you to Madame Buttery who masterminded the day including organising the competitions and taking assembly.

Year 2 loved joining Year 3 on Wednesday for a Maths Challenge morning and staying at Prep for lunch. 

This morning we showed lots of prospective parents around St Michael’s for Open Morning. I am sure they all experienced the things that also drew you to the school, for themselves.

Next week we will have some marketing photos taken on Monday. You will have been contacted if we need your child to bring in particular kit such as a ballet outfit.

On Wednesday, Year 2 will be heading to Chatham Dockyard for the day as part of their oceans and seas topic. We are always mindful of coaches holding up traffic in Pilgrims Way; as usual this one should be on site at about 7.30am. Returning to site at about 3pm may be a little more difficult as we also have some Prep Sports fixtures going on. Please allow yourself a little more time to collect from school. Don’t worry if you are stuck in traffic, you won’t be the only parent!

Parents of Year 2 children will be welcome to join Mr Davies and me for a talk about going to Stubbers. This will be on Thursday 2nd May at 8.45am. Coffee will be available in the Dining Room from 8.30am. Please don’t feel you have to attend if you have been before and are reassured about the two-day trip.


Overheard in Pre-Prep:

Teacher: "Does anyone know what 'Comment t'appelles-tu?' means?"

Child: "Will you marry me?"


Have a lovely weekend,

Zerrin Leech

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Staff News

We are looking forward to welcoming the following individual to St Michael's next week:

Bingham Henderson

Prep Teaching Assistant/ Learning Support Assistant 

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Bingham has worked in education in London for 20 years in various teaching roles as well as supporting student wellbeing. 

She is married and has three children. Teaching is Bingham’s passion; at other times you will find her having fun with her family, running in the woods with her dog or playing her cello. 

She is excited to be joining the Learning Development Team and becoming part of St Michael's. 


St Michael’s Adults’ Couch to 5k Running Club

Keen to start running but struggling to find the motivation? Looking for a way to keep fit over summer?

St Michael’s Adults’ Couch to 5k Running Club is the perfect opportunity for beginners to build up their running strength and stamina in a supportive and inclusive environment.

The Running Club will meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning (7.15am to 7.45am) for 10 weeks on St Michael’s bottom pitch, concluding with Tonbridge parkrun on Saturday 6th July 2024. The first sessions are on Tuesday 30th April and Thursday 2nd May 2024. Please park in the gravel car park next to the gate overlooking the Astro turf pitch and make your way to the Cricket Pavilion where the group with meet.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Laura Andrade at landrade@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk. Please note, you must register your interest prior to the first session in order to complete a short questionnaire.

Please wear something that you can comfortably run in to the sessions including proper exercise trainers. Please also bring a water bottle.

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Tennis at St Michael’s

St Michael’s is delighted to maintain its partnership with LoveSport Tennis Coaching this year. We are seeing more and more pupils wanting to learn and play tennis and the Trinity Term's Tuesday School of Sport tennis sessions have once again proved very popular. Lee Friend, a Level 3 LTA Coach, still has spaces available in our Saturday morning coaching sessions. Please refer to the LoveSport flyer below for Lee’s contact details.

The mental and physical advantages of tennis for children are profound. It's an exceptional sport that encourages camaraderie among friends and family. Beyond being incredibly enjoyable, it offers remarkable health benefits that extend into adulthood. In addition to its physical advantages, tennis provides children with a workout that enhances memory, learning, social skills and behaviour. Moreover, it fosters various transferable physical skills such as coordination, flexibility and balance.

Mr Brightman, Director of Sport

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Better Body Group partnership 

Dear Parents,

The St Michael’s PE Team continues to explore new ideas to promote sports and activity for all of our pupils. Recently, we have engaged in discussions with the Better Body Group in Sevenoaks regarding an opportunity to provide our pupils with access to their Young Athlete Development Program. As a result of these discussions, we are excited to announce that our Years 7 and 8 Sports Scholars will be embarking on a ten-week programme aimed at educating young athletes on correct training techniques, while focusing on developing strength, flexibility and mobility to support overall sports development. These sessions will be led by experienced Better Body specialised strength, conditioning and exercise coaches.

Furthermore, the Better Body Group would like to extend an offer to all St Michael’s Prep School pupils (please note this is applicable for Year 3 and above) for a free 30-minute 'Kids Personal Training Session'. Please refer to the below flyer for contact details.

We sincerely appreciate all your support.

Best regards,

St Michael’s PE Team

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School News

All things français for French Day!

French Day

French Day, c’était super! We had another fun and successful French Day! 

It was a chance to fire up our pupils’ passion for language learning and their curiosity about all things French and the Entente Cordiale. From Pre-Prep all the way to Prep, the children were dressed in bleu, blanc et rouge and so was the school!

Everyone had the opportunity to explore new aspects of French culture by listening to an accordion concert, dressing up like a French person and having their picture taken at the photo booth. We also discovered some delights of French cuisine with boeuf bourguignon, baguette, saucisson and profiteroles, speaking French and playing games with Year 8 as well as attending Mme Buttery’s amazing assembly about the Paris Olympics in Pre-Prep, listening to a French prayer during Chapel, visiting our grenadine bar run by our Year 7 pupils in Prep and much more. Teachers across the school added a French touch to their lessons, Merci! As you can see, it was a very busy day.

It was also a chance to admire the beautiful menus designed by Year 2 showcased around the Dining Rooms and to celebrate the winners of our French Bunting Competition. The quality and creativity of the entries was incredible! Please find photos and results below.

A l’année prochaine (Let’s do it again next year). 

The Languages Department 


Pre-Prep Bunting Competition Winner:

Ilse A, Year 2

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Pre-Prep Menu Competition Winners:

Arius G, Year 2

Runner-up: Zara Autumn H, Year 2

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Prep Bunting Competition Joint Winners:

Sofia F, Year 3

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Peter S, Year 4

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Runners-up: Theia H (Years 3 to 5 category) and Amelia A (Years 6 to 8 category)

Story competition winners

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St Michael's hit the slopes!

This year's Family Ski Trip was an extraordinary journey with 125 of us flying from Gatwick to Chambéry in the French Alps before making a short transfer to Les Menuires. The trip was a phenomenal success, selling out within hours of its release. With 85% of families returning from last year's trip, anticipation was high for the week ahead.

Upon arrival, Hotel Piolet greeted us with warm French hospitality, setting the tone for the week ahead. After a swift ski fitting, we were ready to hit the slopes on Sunday. 

On Sunday, the children were split into seven groups, with instructors meeting us outside the hotel to kick off the day's adventures. Parents formed their own groups, while the youngest children enjoyed the hotel crèche. Lunchtime brought everyone back together for a well-deserved meal.

In the afternoons, skiing continued with parents joining the children for some post-ski refreshments and snowball fights at the main resort. Evening activities included visits to the 'fun park', movie nights, talent shows and awards night; ensuring fun for all.

Despite a few surprises, the trip ran smoothly, leaving us with cherished memories. Plans for next year's trip are already underway and details will be released in the coming weeks, promising another exciting adventure in the mountains.

Mr Thomas, Head of Boys' Games

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Years 2 and 3 enjoy a mathematical safari!


On Wednesday morning, our excited and confident Year 2 children joined forces with our experienced and mature Year 3 pupils in the Prep School for a fun morning of Maths activities as part of our transition programme.

The children took part in 10 different tasks within a mixed aged group - each named after an animal.

It was an action-packed morning with different groups taking the lead throughout the event but the Iguanas were victorious by a large margin mainly due to their ability to collaborate well as a team. However, all the children showed  fantastic levels of engagement and everyone had a great time.

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The morning concluded with an exciting lunch in the Prep Dining Room and playtime on the adventure playground! Well done to all our amazing mathematicians and a huge thank you to all of the staff members who made this event run so smoothly.

1st place: Iguanas

2nd Place: Leopards

3rd Place: Bears 

Mrs Perkins, Head of Year 3

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Lambs visit Pre-School!


Four beautiful lambs surprised Nursery and Kindergarten on Wednesday morning as Farmer Robbie from Wilkins Farm visited St Michael's with his 3 week old animals. 

Joy and excitement beamed from the children as they watched the lambs walk around their trailer and interact with each other. 

During his visit, Farmer Robbie also answered Pre-School's questions about his lambs and farm, teaching them about the animals' diet, how many sheep dogs he has and that the lambs can sometimes be cheeky!

An amazing experience enjoyed by all!

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Times Tables Rock Stars!

Thank you to the 268 pupils who participated in the Times Tables Rockstars Battle of the Bands over the Easter Break!

Mrs de Belder would like to congradulate the top ten rock stars for this competition.

Look out for the next one over the May half term break!




Year group


Lucia A

Year 6


Sebastian G

Year 5


Grace L

Year 4


Daniel B

Year 3


Adam O

Year 5


Dylan H

Year 4


Chisomebi O

Year 5


Tara C

Year 5


Amelia B

Year 6


Edgar B

Year 4


Kindergarten discover Earth Day!

Earth DayKindergarten celebrated Earth Day on Monday and joined in with lots of activities to help them understand how we can look after our planet. They sorted items of recycling into paper, plastic and metal categories as well as creating Earths of their own using cotton wool balls with green and blue paint.  

Mrs Dodson, Deputy Pre-School Manager




This week in The Hive we’ve enjoyed making seahorses, angler fish and jellyfish from paper plates. Meanwhile in the Breakfast Club, table foosball and card games have been a firm favourite.

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Pre-Prep Gold Stars

Zohan A for his super monkey facts booklet

Daniel A for a lovely and informative holiday diary

Rihaan S for trying hard with his reading and beginning to make good progress

Peter C for a great Bog Baby story map and super independent writing

Harry W for fabulous writing with enthusiasm about the day the Bog Baby came to school

Caspar H for a wonderful story map and beautiful, independent writing

Jasper D for using his fantastic imagination when writing his own Bog Baby story 

Phoebe D for super work in Maths this week, especially with measuring capacity and mass

Iona H for lovely use of expanded noun phrases in your work describing Traction Man in our English lesson

Grace F for making excellent cross-curricular links when reading

Ivan K for making good choices and always being ready to learn

Martha S for excellent focus and thinking in our Maths lessons

Charlie C for carefully using all four operations to solve problems involving mass in Maths

Zara Autumn H for a beautifully drawn and painted underwater picture

Mason T for excellent effort and improved focus

Billy C for fantastic effort in his reading


House Point Certificates 

Leeds: Reis N and Eliza C

Rochester: River R and Eren E


Times Tables Certificates 

Bronze Times Tables Certificate: Ella M; Willow C; Evelyn T; Reis N and Benji A

Silver Times Tables Certificate: Frank P


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Players of the Match – week commencing 22nd April







U13 Senior 1st Team

Xander S

Three wickets and 13 not out to see the team home to a win!

U13 Senior 2nd Team

Amelia A

Accurate bowling and top scoring with the bat

U13 Senior 3rd Team

William C

Matilda M

For excellent bowling

For brilliant communication and running between the wickets

Colts A

Adam J

George W

For 30 not out

For three very good wickets

Colts B

Robert M

Leo H

Both for brilliant bowling and a couple of wickets each

Colts C

Finlay S

Accurate bowling

Colts D

Nik B

Amazing wicket keeping and getting two stumpings

Colts E

Silas C

Felix H

Excellent bowling

Scoring 15 runs

Aces A

Amelia B

Amelia N

Alex S

Scoring 17 off the bat

Good batting and good communication

For only 3 runs being scored off her over

Aces B

Grace P

Olivia G

Sofia V

Good batting

Good bowling

Good fielding

Aces C

Scarlett M

Chisombei O

Voted by opposition for best bowling

Voted by opposition for best batting

U9A Boys

Oliver A

Accurate and controlled bowling

U9B Boys

Louis L

Arthur N

Great bowling

Consistent batting

U9C Boys

Jonas S

Accurate bowling and some good fielding

U9A Girls

Elodie B

Voted for by opposition

U9B Girls

Araya J

Ayla A

Isla B

Good batting

Great bowling

Voted for by opposition

U8A Boys

Ben C

Great batting and bowling

U8A Girls

Nzu O

Evelyn T

Voted for by opposition

For great bowling



Shoot for the stars

Hockey cup hat-trick for Adam and Hugo!

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Congratulations to Adam J and Hugo M in Year 5 whose team were crowned the winners of the South East Regional Hockey Cup last weekend!

Hosted at Christ's Hospital School, the boys played as part of the Sevenoaks Hockey Club U10 boys' team in the Area Finals against Guildford, Old Georgians, Lewes, East Grinstead and Canterbury clubs. 

There was tough competition from five strong teams across Kent, Sussex and Surrey with Sevenoaks topping the table and making it through to the Final. 

The Final ended in a draw followed by nail-biting, sudden death penalty shots which Sevenoaks won!  

A fantastic end to a very successful season for the boys' team winning the Canterbury Cup, Kent Cup and the South East Regional Cup.

Well done Adam and Hugo and good luck for the 2024/25 season!


Louis' winning Judo streak!

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Congratulations to Louis L in Year 4 who has received a series of Judo awards for his continued efforts in the sport.

Louis won the Student of the Month award at the end of March for his commitment and dedication to Judo. This was followed by two silver medals awarded at the Nakmas Kent Club invitational competition hosted in Biggin Hill on Saturday 23rd March 2024. 

Louis has been a student at Biggin Hill Judo Club for the past 6 years and in the last year his dedication to the sport has really begun to show. 

Keep up the fantastic work, Louis!

Pictured: Louis and his Sensei, Bob Marshall


Nathan and Dylan prepare for charity swimathon!

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Good luck to Nathan H (Year 5) and Dylan H (Year 4) who will be taking part in a 5k swimathon this Saturday, raising money for charities Cancer Research, Marie Curie and the Swimathon Foundation. They are part of a team of four called the 7OaksSC Rapid Racers, taking on this mammoth challenge.


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St Michael's Coffee Cart launch -

Friday 3rd May 2024

The St Michael’s Coffee Cart will launch next Friday 3rd May 2024 from 7.30am. Stop by and enjoy a well-deserved coffee during drop-off and a treat from Eat 'n' Mess. The cart will be located near the Pre-Prep building. 

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P & F Ball Auction 2024

In May, the St Michael's P&F Carnival Ball auction will raise money for three important causes. The auction will support the P&F's two chosen charities Friends for Families and the Emily Ash Trust. It will also raise funds for an exciting plan to install new play equipment in the school playground. There will be an online and a live event auction.

Please have a think if there is anything you could donate to make this auction a success. We are relying on the generosity of the St Michael's community. Prizes aimed at an experience of a child could do particularly well. Perhaps your network includes a successful sportsperson, author, musician or politician who could offer an experience or a lunch meeting? Perhaps you have a holiday home you could offer for a long weekend? Or tickets to a sporting, theatrical or musical event? We are looking for a range of auction lots, including smaller items for the online auction. 

If you have any ideas or would like to discuss further a possible donation, please drop the P&F a note on stmcharities@yahoo.com.

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Midsummer at Archbishop's Palace, Otford

Girls' Cricket at Holmesdale 

Dulwich Cranbrook Triathlon 

How to spot an Asian Hornet 

Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club

Charity performances at the Stag Theatre

Otford Spring Celebration


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