Feb 092016

On Friday the 5th of February, school friends from year 4, 5 and 6, five teachers and some mums and dads, went to watch some football: Brighton (the Seagulls) VS Brentford.

We had to go to the Brighton Community Stadium, which meant a ride on the school bus. This was going to be a very important match because the Seagulls had not lost many matches this season so far.

We were at school waiting for the bus to arrive, and I wondered if Mr Skottowe was really nervous. Brighton is his favourite team. I pictured him in my head with butterflies in his stomach and teeth chattering like mad: I would be like that if my favourite team was playing!

When we arrived at the stadium we went straight to our seats and then the players came on the pitch for kick off. There was a crowd of 24,060 supporters who were cheering and singing. The first half went really well with Brighton scoring 2 goals although Brentford got a yellow card. I didn’t see what their player did but the referee was not happy!


In the second half Brighton scored another fantastic goal and that confirmed the final result: 3-0 to Brighton. I wonder if Mr Skottowe would have jumped up and down if we hadn’t been with him. It is great to watch your favourite team win and it was a fun evening to spend with my friends.


Dylan, Year 5


 Posted by at 4:41 pm
Jan 272016

Why Me?

Why is it always me? What a boring first sentence, I know! But, later that day something weird happened.

I was in the science lab and we were making “potions” with chemicals, when something went BANG. I guess I wasn’t paying much attention because the thing that went BANG was my test tube exploding!!! Suddenly, the room was full of smoke; the next thing I knew, the whole school was lining up outside. A figure of a man was coming out of the science lab, but it wasn’t a teacher, he was too tall. It was a ZOMBIE!!!   

Maddie, Year 5

This is a piece written for the weekly 100 Word Challenge (100WC.net), a writing challenge on a given prompt each week and it has to be EXACTLY 100 words. This week’s prompt was:

…but later that day…

Well done, Maddie!

 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Dec 142015

UnknownIn Paris, there was a bad terrorist attack three weeks ago. I have friends there but they are alright. I feel sad for the people in Paris: will they get a nice Christmas? I think the Parisians don’t feel safe to go out in the evening when they should be enjoying a nice dinner in a restaurant with their family and looking at the beautiful Christmas lights.

One hundred and thirty people died during that Friday evening. A football match was being played between France and Germany at the Stade de France. Everybody had to go on the pitch and the security guards were making sure that there were no terrorists near them. Luckily nobody got hurt on the field.

It is difficult for me to understand why something like this would happen and it is everywhere in the news.

I want to eat Jerry’s scrumptious food, give presents, have fun with my family and my friends and you should do the same.

I think everybody should be friends and support each other during scary, angry and sad times. That is also what Christmas is all about.


Dylan (Year 5)

 Posted by at 4:03 pm
May 032015

On the 28th April Year 6 went to Verulamium (St Albans) Museum. Verulamium was the third biggest city in Roman Britain after Londinium (London) and Camulodunum (Colchester).

When we arrived at the museum, everyone was placed into groups. I was in the workshop group. We went into a room with some tables with Roman artefacts on them. The artefacts were excavated from the city and these were different types of objects that would be found inside a Roman villa. Some of the items were used for cooking, dining, cleaning as well as materials from the villa like roof tiles and builders’ tool. Some of the objects that I found fascinating were a ‘strigil’ which people used to scrap the oil off their skin when they were washing; a small terracotta oil lamp which didn’t give out much light; a very large Roman mug that had a hunting scene on it; and a Roman ruler that was used in the building of the house.

Next we had a talk on what Romans wore. A man wore a knee length tunic called a ‘chilton’. As England is very cold, they wore also a long cloak that looked like a shawl with a hood on it. Rich, Roman men wore togas and would get their clothes dyed or embroidered with colours such as purple. Women wore longer tunics that went down to their ankles and a ‘stola’ which was an extra layer to keep them warm. Rich woman wore long tunics made from silk or cotton. They had lots of jewellery like earrings, wore strong perfumes and had elaborate hairstyles that the ‘ancilla’ (slave girl) would do. A Roman slave didn’t have very good clothes. It would be a tunic made from wool that went down to the knees and was tied together with a belt.


After the talk we went to take a look around the galleries. Inside the galleries were lots of different Roman objects such as mosaics, games, coins, and pottery. I found a shell mosaic very interesting because on the outline there is a deliberate mistake. It could be the artist’s signature or the mistake was placed there to please the gods by saying humans are perfect, unlike gods. I enjoyed as well looking around the rooms that were decorated like Roman houses. I found a model of a carpenter’s workshop very vivid.

After lunch we went into a park and went into a tiny building that contained a Roman mosaic. The mosaic was in a room that was thought to be a reception room. The Romans called it the ‘tablinium’. We could also see how the Roman’s underfloor heating system, called the hypocaust, worked.

Finally we went to see the remains of a Roman theatre. It was very impressive even though you could only see the standing structure. You could see how the seats were put on a sloped hill so everybody cold see the stage. The theatre could hold up to 2,000 people. The stage was held up by five pillars. The theatre reminds me of modern theatres today because it had a dressing room, a large amount of acting space and wings. One of the differences was the Romans had a wooden platform for religious festivals, on which they would sacrifice animals. The theatre would show plays, dancing shows, wrestling and animals fighting each other like bear baiting.

Thank you to all the staff who prepared it because it was very enjoyable.

by Anna (year 6)

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Mar 092015

Who is Clare Derry?

Clare Derry is my mother’s mum (my Grandma).She was also one of 5% of Doctors who were women in 1952. By 2008 50% of doctors were women. Clare went to Ireland to graduate as a doctor; this was because only a few medical schools accepted women and there were a large number of men discharged from the forces who were applying for places. When Clare graduated, the NHS had recently been founded by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. Clare graduated as M.B. (Bachelor of Medicine) B.Ch. (Bachelor of Surgery.) She did junior jobs in hospitals including obstetrics, in which she obtained a Diploma. Later she specialised in Dermatology (skin diseases).  In 1963 she married John Derry and had two children: Catherine Whitlock, aged 50 and Thomas Derry, aged 46. She retired aged nearly 65- in 1994. She is still living in Ashtead, Surrey, with her husband.



Questions for Clare Derry:

What or who made you want to be a doctor?

There were Doctors in the family and I was impressed by the doctor that visited the family (the family doctor).

At what age did you decide you wanted to be a doctor? Was this a dream you had had all of your life?

In my earlier days of Mayfield, or, a bit earlier than Year 8’s at Rose Hill.

Was there a time when you just wanted to give up? If so when and why did you think this?

Yes! When I was sent to medical school in Ireland two weeks early, by my father, who had made a mistake in the date! I had little money and knew nobody.

When you finally graduated in 1952 did you feel as though a life of work had come to this day?

No. I felt that it was the beginning of a lot of work, not the end!

Which of your various different jobs as doctor did you enjoy the most? Which was the most interesting?

My later jobs were more interesting as I was more experienced.

When you were at Mayfield did your teachers disapprove or encourage the fact that you wanted to be a doctor?

My teachers discouraged me; I had to go to a different school for sixth form because Mayfield would not let me do three Sciences.

Was there a time when you regretted graduating as a doctor? If so when and why was this?

One had a great responsibility as a junior doctor and pressure-work was very hard. Also, in Obstetrics there was no limit to the work. I was all alone over the weekend and things happened quickly. This does not happen these days.

Do you approve of modern medicines and technology used in hospitals?

I think there is a little too much emphasis on diagnosis by machines rather than by physical examination. However on the whole diagnosis and treatment are vastly improved by machines.

by Mary (Year 8)

 Posted by at 1:28 pm
Feb 092015

Everyone seems to be going to Smiggle. There has been the recent arrival of Smiggle in Tunbridge Wells. It opened on 16 November 2014 and since then Smiggle has been a massive hit.

Smiggle was an idea by Stephen Meurs

Smiggle was originally an Australian based shop selling stationary and related accessories. Its retail stores are in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

In October 2013 Smiggle had 150 stores in Australia,

23 in New Zealand ,17 in Singapore ,and 12 in the U.K.

This is one of the many popular pencil cases in Smiggle:smiggle

Sophie, Year 5

 Posted by at 1:27 pm
Feb 092015

This year in 2015 the Uk is celebrating 800 years since the magna carta was signed by King John on the 12th June 1215 at Runnymede.  The Magna Carta was made because the barons of England weren’t happy about how King John was ruling. He was taxing people very hard pretending there was a war on but there wasn’t so he could get money. The Magna Carta said that any man could step forward and tell the King what to do or to stop doing something. Also the King has to abide by the laws.

Why is the Magna Carta so important?

Most people forgot about the Magna Carta but in the Stuart Era a MP called Edward Cook challenged Charles I about it. Then in America a rich aristocrat found out about the Magna Carta and used it as their start their  Democracy. After WW2 we issued a act by looking at it. It was the Human Rights Act in 1998. The Magna Carta has helped Democracy all over the world by kind of saying that every man is equal and has a right to tell the Monarch if they are doing something wrong.

Anna, Year 6


 Posted by at 1:25 pm
Feb 092015

I am happy to announce that Rose Hill will be taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 23rd February – 8 March 2015. Year 5 has been studying Fairtrade in RS and we want to make the school and parents aware of what Fairtrade is and how we can support the cause. There will be a Fairtrade bake-sale, an assembly and information going home about why it is so important to buy Fairtrade.

More information can be found in the RS room below the 5 foot banana!


Fairtrade is a organisation that helps small farmers get a fair price for their products.

For example, bananas. Everyone buys them at some point but not everyone knows where they come from.

The Windward Islands in the Caribbean are a well-known banana grower. Before they had the help of Fairtrade, they were not getting a fair price for their products so that’s why they had the help of Fairtrade.” Sophie, Year 5.


 Posted by at 1:22 pm
Jan 192015

On Thursday 1rd January I went to see Spurs vs Chelsea, I had an hour long journey to the Spur’s stadium called White Hart Lane. We got there with 10 minutes to spare the atmosphere was amazing with all the fans singing songs. Like when the” Spurs go marching in.” There were more fans that were Spurs than Chelsea. It was ridiculously loud in the stadium, the floor was rumbling.

There was a strong line up from Spurs and Chelsea with Harry Kane, Christian Erikson and Hugo Llioris for Spurs and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa for Chelsea.

For the first 10 minutes nothing much happened, apart from songs changing, but in the 18th minute Diego Costa scored for Chelsea, it dampened the fans spirits but they tried to encourage the players to equalise. In the 30th minute Harry Kane scored a spectacular goal.  It went into the bottom left corner of the goal from on the edge of the 18 yard box. The Chelsea supporters stopped singing songs, or if they did I didn’t hear them. Spurs got better and Danny Rose scored in the 44 minute. Christian Erikson shot but it hit the post and Danny Rose got the rebound too fast for the goalie to save it. In extra time Spurs got a penalty and Andros Townsend took it, the crowd weren’t happy about this.  Andros scored making it 3-1 to Spurs at half time.

After half time Chelsea started fighting back a lot there were desperate to draw. It didn’t go too well as Harry Kane scored again in the 52 minute. Chelsea responded by scoring in the 61 minute by Eden Hazard. Things got tight as Chelsea wanted another goal, but Spurs wanted to lengthen their lead. Spurs extended their lead in the 78 minute. Nacer Chadli scored  inside the 18 yard box. Spurs started to relax, now it was 5-2, but Chelsea scored in the 87 minute by their captain John Terry. After that nothing much happened, Chelsea came close to another goal but didn’t score. I was so happy at the full time whistle it was 5-3 to Spurs.  harrykane


This is Harry Kane.

By Anna (Year 6)

 Posted by at 1:28 pm