As we look back on the events of last half term and forward to the Lent Term, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year (indeed decade) and trust that you have had a restful Christmas. Many of the events referred to in this letter are available in more detail on our social media platforms.

It was certainly an eventful Michaelmas Term for the Performing Arts which included two Informal Concerts. These concerts have been very well attended and have offered an opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to perform in a relaxed setting, being supported by their parents. ‘The Last Post’ was beautifully played for our Remembrance Day Service. Several pupils competed in the Music section of the Eisteddfod, with some performances coming away with winners trophies. I’m delighted to report that two of our musicians have also been awarded coveted Music Scholarships to Wells Cathedral School.

Our pupils worked hard in preparing for ABRSM and Trinity music exams, resulting in a very good set of results, with several Merits and Passes as well as 5 Distinctions. Pre-Prep had a lovely Harvest Assembly and sang their hearts out. Later on in the term they also held a week of Nativity performances, including ‘The Nursery Rhyme Nativity’ performed by the children from Nursery, ‘Everyone Loves a Baby’ by Reception children and  ‘I’m Gonna Shine’ by Years 1 and 2. The Chamber Choir took to the streets of St Helier, carol singing outside M&S for the late night shoppers and raised £180 for Healing Waves. The term culminated with the most wonderful Carol Service, which, in marking our 70th anniversary, was held in St Thomas Church, St Helier. This was a magnificent setting, with beautiful acoustics and the children delighted us with carols and readings.

Early next term some of our musicians will be taking part in the Jersey Young Musician of the Year competition. Chamber Choir are looking forward to performing in the matinee concert at the Opera House in January for the Oscar Maclean foundation. The Juniors are preparing for their production, ‘Hoodwinked’; Years 7, 8 and Shell are looking forward to their performances of the popular musical ‘Grease’ at the Arts Centre in March.

On the sporting front, the girls have enjoyed a very successful Michaelmas Term season in all areas of competition. Both the U11 A and U11 B netball teams have won their respective leagues winning all of their games in the Pre Christmas League.The U11 Island Netball Trials saw 7 girls selected to train in the U11 Island Netball Squad and girls in years 7 and 8 were selected to train with the PWC netball academy.

The Y7 and Y8 hockey teams were both tournament winners with the Y7 girls completing the double and also winning their league. The Y8 girls were deserving runners up of the Secondary Schools League. Success also in the U14 Island Hockey trials with five girls being selected in Y7/8/Shell.

One of the highlights of the term is undoubtedly the Y5 girls winning the Team competition at the Primary Cross Country Event as it is the first time ever that St  Michael’s have been placed first in any of the four team competitions. The Year 6 girls also performed very well indeed and were positioned third out of 24 Primary Schools.

I am very pleased to report that one of our talented girls has been awarded a Sports Scholarship to Rugby School.

The boys sports this season has focussed on football but also included Cross Country. The Colts A football team has had a strong start to the season winning the ESFA tournament and will now go on to be one of 4 school teams representing Jersey against Guernsey Schools in January for the chance to represent the Channel Islands. St Michael’s are also sending five Year 6 boys to Island Football trials. For the remainder of the season we have several football league and cup fixtures planned and an early season rugby match vs Jersey Reds.

In the Jersey Primary Cross Country competition the boys ran well and recorded some great results. St Michael’s Year 5 boys came 5th out of 24 schools and Year 6 boys came 2nd out of 26 schools.

The Y7 and Y8’s football teams have had 1st team and 2nd team fixtures and two successful football tours. The 1st team have produced good performances and results this year to date with the most impressive being the tournament win where we beat 6 other secondary schools on the island. Next term we have a very busy fixture list involving Colts and senior Indoor Hockey, Rugby fixtures, Football games and touring groups to Guernsey and the UK.

I wish the Year 8 Common Entrance candidates all the best as they begin their mock exams this side of half-term with the listening / speaking exams and mental arithmetic papers. In a similar vein I express my best wishes to the cohort of scholarship candidates who embark on their assessments this half-term.

Specific information for all school events can be found on the online calendar and please note that the sports fixtures always indicate the ‘kick off’ time.

After careful consideration Mrs Sangan has decided to resign her position at St. Michael’s Preparatory School at the end of the Academic Year. Fiona will be starting a small business and takes with her our very best wishes as she undertakes this exciting venture. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Fiona for all she has given to St. Michael’s over her many years of service (in many different positions) to the school.

I’m delighted to be able to bring you news of another member of our staff expecting the birth of their second child. Mrs Allow will be leaving us for maternity leave at the end of the Lent Term and she takes with her our very best wishes over this exciting time.

We bid a fond farewell to Miss Leatherbarrow as she embarks on her travels and we welcome Emma Moss to the Pre-Prep Department in her role as a teaching assistant. Mrs Moss joins us from Janvrin and I’m sure you’ll all join me in welcoming her to St. Michael’s Preparatory School.

In the event of heavy snowfall, you are advised to check our social media platforms and website for information. You will also receive a text message advising you of the situation. We will follow the advice given to the state schools in the event of severe weather. Please be aware that our Lent Term activities timetable will begin on the first day back for the pupils, namely Tuesday 7th January.

I hope you’ve had a restful break and I look forward to a busy and productive term ahead.