Merton Court Preparatory School

Well done indeed to all of our current S4 children for their 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 Supa-selective and Kent procedures.
We were very pleased also to see our strong academic position confirmed again this year, achieving 42nd place in the Top 100 Sunday Times Independent Prep Schools (best in Bexley Borough) and 102nd nationally in the top 600 Primary Schools.

Congratulations to S4B & S4Ba for winning this national competition in the 3D Group Textiles Category, with a beautiful piece telling the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Well done to our Year 5 boys' team who remain unbeaten and are swimming to a very high standard.
Last term our Year 3 & Year 4 teams were winners at the Colfe's Swimming Gala and our Year 5 & Year 6 teams were runners-up.
Our top squads are now in training for the Kent Championships which take place at Gillingham on Saturday 11 March. Good luck to them!
Our school swimming championships had 285 entries covering 10 events with pupils from S1-S4 competing for individual medals and the Junior and Senior championship trophies. Well done to Jack Eagle and Isabelle Leather for winning the championship trophies and also to James Belton who won the Junior Swimming trophy, also breaking the Year 3 Back stroke record (21.37). Talia Moore was Most Improved Swimmer for the term.

In an excellent term of competitive rugby, S3 (Year 5) were runners-up at the St Dunstan's Rugby Festival and S1 (Year 3) went one better by finishing first out of seven teams at the St Dunstan's Rugby Festival, beating St Dunstan's A, Hawesdown, Colfe's A, Babington House, Braeside and St Christopher's. So a big well done to the winning team of James Belton, Theo Cappaert, Oliver Delamain, Tom Eagle, Archie Hall, Charlie Holland, Zain Pala and Herbie Smith, who were unbeaten all term.

The Kent Junior Schools Cross Country Championships was held at Detling on Saturday 20 November. Twenty children represented Merton Court on a very cold and wet day. Exceptional performances were given by Max Capamagian (S4) who was 9th, Luca Cambden (S3) 26th and Nathan McCreedy (S4) 26th. In the team competitions, out of a hundred schools, S1 Girls were 7th, S3 Boys were 10th and S4 Boys were 5th.

Well done also, to House Cross Country winners in school:
S1 Charles Holland, Evie Gannon
S2 Max Postlethwaite, Amber Moore
S3 Luca Cambden, Niamh Cartwright
S4 Max Capamagian (Pochin Cup), Gabrielle Odey (Pochin Plate)


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

Chess Winners:
J3 Daniel Lambin
S1 Herbie Smith
S2 Luca Ellis
S3 Callum Ho & Adam Sameen
S4 Michael Truong (King's Trophy)

The St Ledger Most Improved Rugby Award went to Jonathan Bassi.

New Responsibilities in school this term:
Football Captain is Zeka Enver and Hockey Captains are Mariya Alli & Jake Chea.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Macmillan Afternoon Tea last term, which raised a total of £300 for this worthy charity.
Thank you once again for your generosity to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with donations totalling £369.87.

Our charities for this academic year, chosen by our School Council, are 'Heart UK', 'RNIB' (Guide Dogs) and the 'Simone Cowland Trust' (Cystic Fibrosis). All of these worthwhile charities provide help and support to children, adults and families.
Proceeds from our annual carol singing around the shops and High Street in Sidcup raised an excellent £174.50. Donations from the Junior production 'Super Heroes Save Santa' was £594.29. 'Wear a Christmas Jumper Day' raised £537 along with the S4 cake sale (£127.35) and £791 was raised by members of staff for 'Movember' (this amount was 5th in the national schools fundraising section). This means our grand total for these charities currently stands at £1,432.84. Thank you so much for your continued generosity!

S3 (Yr 5) experienced a unique and amazing trip this year, staying at the Chateau d'Ebblinghem. 2016 was the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, where eight of our past pupils fell all within 15km of each other, serving King and Country. In memory of these brave young men, we visited their graves, laying wreaths and paying our respects. S3 had an action-packed itinerary visiting many cemeteries and memorials including; Le Trou Aid Post, The Christmas Truce Football Memorial, Plugstreet and the Lochnagar mine crater, to name a few. S3 particularly enjoyed unfurling our Standards at Thiepval Memorial and meeting serving non-commissioned officers and men, from the Royal Engineers, including a really scary Sergeant Major!
As planned we also visited the excellent Nausicaa Sea Life Centre in Boulogne, with its amazing performing sea lions.
It was with great pride that S3 led our most moving Annual Remembrance Service, showing great understanding of the reasons why we wear our poppies.
Following the service, Ruby Burrowes was awarded the 'Shipmates' Remembrance Cup for her contribution to the Remembrance Service and Katie-Rose Moore was awarded the British Legion Diamond Jubilee Poppy Project Award for her beautiful project.

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-S3M and Juniors-J2W). Mihir Popat won the Price Silver Jubilee Cup for Original Verse and Michael Truong was winner of the Massey Mime Cup. 'Best of Festival' was awarded to Elizabeth Tran (Seniors) and Tom Ellershaw (Juniors).

As usual all children in S4 entered the National Primary Maths Challenge, organised by The Mathematical Association, with excellent results. Gold Award winners were Max Capamagian and Elizabeth Tran. Mariya Alli, Toby Barenbrug, Isabelle Bissmire, Zeka Enver, Michael Truong, Ella Cheshmejoui-Walford, Joshua Cook, Mia Delamain and Ethan Osei-Bonsu all gained Silver Awards. All gold receiving medal winners go through to the National Final in February we wish them the best of luck!

Please do check our up-to-date website for any dates and future events throughout 2016 and beyond. If you wish to access some great photos of last term's and this term's events along with S4's virtual newspaper, visit the secure 'Parents' section. Please email or telephone the school office if you require the password.

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