Merton Court Preparatory School

Well done indeed to all of our current S4 children for their effort and hard work, with very strong academic results so far this year. At our end of term prizegiving, ten pupils were recognised with scholars’ ties, for very high scores in the Bexley, Bromley Super-selective and Kent procedures.
We were very pleased also to see our strong academic position confirmed again this year, achieving 31st place in the Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Prep Schools (best in Bexley Borough).

Congratulations to S4B & S4Ba for winning this national competition in the 3D Group Textiles Category, for their ‘Tudor Rose Tapestry’. S1T were runners-up in the 2D Art Group for their ‘Carnival Galore’ piece.
Well done indeed to Theo Panteli (S4) who was part of a very successful tour of Paris by the Bromley Boy Singers and very excitingly Chase Collard (S3) is performing as young Cosette in the West End production of ‘Les Mis©rables’ " break a leg, Chase!

Well done to our Senior Swimming Squad (Y3-Y6) who were undefeated in inter-school galas against Breaside, Colfe’s, Eltham College and Farringtons last term and they continue to swim to a very high standard.
Our top squads are now in training for the Kent Championships which take place at Hartsdown Leisure Centre, Margate. Individual events on 10 March and Relays on 24 March. Good luck to them!
Merton Court School, along with fifteen schools, took part in the ISA Swimming Gala at JAGS Sports Club on 18 November 2017. Merton Court were the overall winners and will go through to the ISA Finals on 21st January 2018 at the Olympic Pool. Seven children achieved 1st Place in individual events: Demi Alli (50m Breaststroke), James Belton (50m Backstroke), Kevin Cao (50m Freestyle), Ciara Carroll (50m Backstroke), Jack Eagle (50m Butterfly), Tom Eagle (50m Freestyle) and Leo Jayasinghe (50m Breaststroke). Year 6 Boys and Girls Freestyle Relay Teams and Year 4 Boys Freestyle Relay Team will represent London South in this National Competition.
Our school swimming championships had 333 entries covering ten events with pupils from S1-S4 competing for individual medals and the Junior and Senior championship trophies. Well done to Jack Eagle (who also broke two school records) and to Anjola Pratt for winning the championship trophies; and also to James Belton who won the Junior Swimming trophy. Emily Summers was Most Improved Swimmer for the term.

Particular sporting mentions need to go to the S2 rugby teams in their first year of contact rugby; they managed to stay unbeaten for virtually the whole season with a number of passionate performances along with scintillating rugby being played.

The S4 football team competed in a two-day football tournament against all Bexley schools and managed to come away with the runners-up medal. A fantastic achievement - we look to build on this in the Spring term.

The Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships was held at Detling on Saturday 18 November. Thirty-one children represented Merton Court with over one hundred schools taking part. Exceptional performances were given by Oliver Delamain (S2M) who was 3rd, Emily Summers (S3S) 4th and Charlie Holland (S2C) 5th. In the team competitions, out of one hundred schools, S1 Boys were 12th, S1 Girls were 15th, S2 Boys were 3rd, S3 Boys were 9th, S3 Girls were 10th, S4 Girls were 16th and S4 Boys were 4th.
Emily Summers has qualified for the National Primary Schools, Cross Country Championships, to be held on Saturday 24 March at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire.

Well done also, to House Cross Country winners in school:
S1 Joseph Brady, Hannah Da Costa
S2 Charlie Holland, Evie Gannon
S3 Harrison Brookes, Emily Summers
S4 Demi Alli (Pochin Cup Winner) and
Niamh Cartwright (Pochin Plate Winner)


Maths: Merton
Cross Country: School
Rugby: Merton
Merit Shield: Modern
Chess: Merton

Chess Winners:
J3 Freddie Kite
S1 Joseph Brady
S2 Herbie Smith
S3 Samuel Pang
S4 Adam Sameen (King’s Trophy Winner)

The St Ledger Most Improved Rugby Award went to James Carroll.

New Responsibilities in school this term:
Football Captain is Reis Ketenci, Hockey Captains are Tahlia Rakshie and Kevin Cao; and Dance Captains are Niccolo Cavasino and Aariya Khosla.

Our charities for this academic year, chosen by our School Council, are ‘Hedgehog Haven’, ‘Lord’s Taverners’ and ‘Ghost Fishing’.
The Autumn Term charity was ‘Hedgehog Haven’. Donations from the Junior Production ‘A Christmouse Tail’ was £540.22. ‘Wear a Christmas Jumper Day’ raised £512.90 along with the S4 cake sale and knitted hedgehog sale which raised an amazing £651.25. This means our grand total for Hedgehog Haven amounted to £1,704.37 and this will go towards a ‘Hedgehog Hotel’ to house over thirty injured hedgehogs and hoglets. If you would like to see pictures and read stories about the hedgehogs in their new home you can find them on facebook @ Hedgehog Haven North Norfolk.
We also had a collection for Children in Need with children bringing in round pounds and £298.00 was raised.
Thank you so much for your continued generosity!

S3 (Yr 5) were fantastic company on our trip to the World War One battlefields. They led our Annual Remembrance Service in a thoughtful and moving way to help our school community to better understand why we wear our poppies on Poppy Day.
Following the service, Amber Moore was awarded the ‘Shipmates’ Remembrance Cup for her contribution to the Remembrance Service and Claudia Shaffie was awarded the British Legion Diamond Jubilee Poppy Project Award for her beautiful project.
Thank you once again for your donations to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with donations totalling £463.98.

Well done to all of the children who took part in our Festival of Speech and Drama last term. Particular commendations were awarded to the winners of the Form Poem Sections (Seniors - S2C and Juniors - J2H). James Ellershaw won the Price Silver Jubilee Cup for Original Verse along with the Massey Mime Cup. He, therefore, also was awarded ‘Best of Festival’.

As usual all children in S4 entered the National Primary Maths Challenge, organised by The Mathematical Association, with excellent results. Gold Award winners were Demi Alli, Kevin Cao, Jacob Da Costa and Hari Kumarappan. James Ellershaw, Arnav Kadirehally, Gunit Kaur and Anjola Pratt all gained Silver Awards. All Gold Medal winners go through to the Primary Maths Challenge Bonus Round on the 7 February " we wish them the best of luck!

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