Merton Court Preparatory School

Thank you to everyone for making 'Prom on the Pitch' such a huge success again this year. Belle and the Dots were a great act and all the year groups and staff enjoyed lovely weather with barbeques and gazebos everywhere! Thanks again to 'NSM', our official Prom sponsor who provided the fabulous rides and entertainment.
It was lovely to see Jordon Adesina (OM) at Summer prizegiving, to present their family's donated Senior and Junior trophies for 'Indomitable Spirit'. Prizegiving itself was made particularly special by our guest of honour, Dr Simon Good, from Imperial College, London, who talked about the importance of Science in schools and who kindly presented our cups and awards.

School Development:
We have been continuing with our refurbishment plan over the Summer and have made some wonderful improvements to our school. Air conditioning was installed into our school hall, along with exciting new equipment for the J1 play area. The new amphitheatre on the Junior playground, donated by FOMC, looks fantastic and gives the children an additional outside classroom as well as a play area. New staff and Senior children's toilets were also completed over the summer break, as well as a paved and tarmac area at the end of the swimming pool, which allows better access to J1 and the Hall and also serves as an ideal viewing platform for the Astro.


We welcome our new families who have joined us this term along with new staff too. Mr Luke Barley (S4) replaces Mrs Jean Jones as Assistant Head. Mrs Jean Jones has been appointed to the newly- created post of 'Director of Studies'. We welcome also Mrs Joanna Meehan (S3), Miss Maya Patel (S2) and Miss Charlotte Woollard (J2) as class teachers. Mr John Woodhall joins us as our new Boys Games Coordinator. New responsibilities in school include Mrs Claire Walsham as Swimming Coordinator and Mr Afzal Sadikali as Maths Coordinator. Mr Stuart Cunningham will be supporting our IT and Computing lessons and Miss Isabelle Clifford joins us as part of our EYFS team.
A huge well done to Mrs Tanya Warner (EY) on achieving a First Class, in-service, BA(Hons) degree in Early Years.

Well done
to our S4 leavers who achieved very strong results at Secondary School Entrance (including 6 scholarship awards to local Independent schools) and also very impressive results in KS2 SATS, with 92% achieving AS (at expected standard) in Reading, 51% were deemed to be working at greater depth within the expected level (GDS) in Writing, 100% AS in Maths and 100% AS in Science. This is well above the National average.
For further details of our school leavers and their school destinations please see our school website. We wish them every future success!
A really big well done to our S3 Maths team of Patricia Hordiychuk, Michael Kidby, Toby Barenbrug, Elizabeth Tran & Max Capamagian who were runners-up in the Eltham College Maths Blast, out of fifteen teams.

Music, Dance & Art achievements:
Our S1 Violin Initiative, where all our Year 3s have the opportunity to experience free violin lessons, courtesy of our Music Department, continues to be a huge success. This will continue for S1 this academic year. This is in addition to complimentary recorder lessons in J3. Should you need to contact Mr Reece for any reason or to enquire about instrumental and/or singing lessons his direct email is:
Well done to James Ellershaw who gained a Merit award for Debut-Electric Guitar. Great news too that Ella Cheshmejoui-Walford, Lucy McNulty, Amber Moore, Ruby Moore, Alice Pritchard and Olivia Rowe were awarded certificates in recognition of dancing for the Patron's Lunch in Trafalgar Square, as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in June.
Well done also to Rebecca Kidby for being runner-up in the 2D Art section (KS1) and to S3B & S3L for achieving First Prize in the Textiles Group (KS2) section of the ISA 'London South' Art competition.

Congratulations to all children who represented school in teams last term. It was, again, a really successful year for sporting achievements. In the Kent School's Ski Championships at Brentwood dry ski slope, silver medals were awarded to the primary boys' team (Adam Grecula, Joshua Cook, Toby Barenbrug, Nico Barenbrug). They finished in third place overall and Adam Grecula also received an individual silver medal.
Swimming Team achievements were particularly evident last term. In the Kent County Championships at Gillingham, our team members; Jaipreet Ladher, Apostolos Kapatos, Dillon Jayasinghe, Deren Chakarto and Kevin Cao, finished fourth in the mixed medley relay and third in the freestyle relay. A big well done to Kevin Cao who came third in the 50m backstroke
At the Bexley Borough Schools Championships (Crook Log Pool), Merton Court were winners of the Boys' Freestyle relay (Apostolos Kapatos, Dillon Jayasinghe, Lattah Tandau, Deren Chakarto), Mixed Medley relay (Apostolos Kapatos, Jaipreet Ladher, Dillon Jayasinghe, Deren Charkarto), Girls' Freestyle relay (Scarlett Brady, Jaipreet Ladher, Isabelle Leather, Mia Delamain) and Mixed Freestyle relay (Gianna Du'Bell, Anjola Pratt, Nico Cavasino, Demi Alli).
Individual Gold medals were awarded to Apostolos Kapatos (Freestyle 50m), Scarlett Brady and Kevin Cao (Backstroke), Anjola Pratt and Dillon Jayasinghe (Butterfly), Jaipreet Ladher (Breaststroke and Individual Medley). Individual silver medals were awarded to Deren Chakarto and Jaipreet Ladher (Freestyle), Lattah Tandau and Isabelle Leather (Breaststroke) and Jack Eagle (Butterfly). Individual bronze medals were awarded to Isabelle Leather (Freestyle and Individual medley) and Gianna Du'Bell and Michael Tobbit for Back stroke. Merton Court were the overall championship winners for the third consecutive year.
Teams also took part in the Regional South East Championships and the National Schools Swimming Championships at Guildford. In the National finals, the mixed freestyle team came seventh and the mixed medley team came ninth well done to all of our fantastic swimmers.

Congratulations also goes to the children that took part in the twenty-four school ISA Athletics championships at Norman Park. Ruby Burrowes was awarded a Gold medal for long jump and a silver medal in the 60m and Jake Chea won a silver medal for the 150m. The boys Year 4 4 x 100m relay came 4th.
Merton Court hosted our own biathlon last term and the S4 Girls' team (Scarlett Brady, Jaipreet Ladher, Ella-Rose Lawless, Olivia Rowe) came first and the overall winner was Jaipreet Ladher well done girls!

Inter-house School sports competitions:
Well done to everyone who took part in our breaktime leagues last term. Team C (The Cheesy Crackers) won the J3/S1 football league (Mahaan Lidder was top scorer with 23 goals) and Team D (The Delicious Doughnuts) won the S1-S4 netball league.

House events winners:
Athletics - Modern
Cricket - Modern
Merit Shield - Merton
Relay - Modern
Rounders - School
Tug of War - Modern
Science - School

A huge thank you
to our school community for raising £3,152.40 for 'Make a Wish Foundation UK' and £3,152.40 for 'Cancer Research UK' an amazing amount of money for two worthy charities. £515.00 of this was raised by S4 for their 'Business Challenge' in their Leadership and Challenge fortnight - a fantastic effort from them.

Sincere thanks to our S4 (Year 6 Leavers) who presented school with a legacy gift of a willow arch (which they crafted themselves) at the entrance to our Forest School 'Base Camp'.

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