Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 26 - 19th may 2017

From the Headmaster:

As I type, the sunlight is flooding through the window, however the weather has been impressively wet this week. Despite the monsoon conditions, we have enjoyed a very creative week with a very musical theme for the assembly on Thursday and the first day of our art exhibition today. Don't worry if you weren't able to visit school, the art exhibition will be 'open' all day on Monday for a chance to peruse the rather splendid artwork on show.

The assembly was a most musical affair. Two soloists, Tristan and Isabel starting the assembly off with a piano performance to remember. It never fails to impress me that our children exhibit such confidence (I wonder whether comfort is a better description) to perform in front a such an audience. The wonderful sound of the piano gave way to the rather different sounds of ELO and Mr Blue Sky. Those of you fortunate to know it will hopefully agree that it is a most cheerful song, "Sun is shining in the sky, there's not a cloud in sight.." Not necessarily appropriate for this week, but that wasn't the point. The theme was cheerfulness. Whether it is singing loudly in the car (to ELO, Stevie Wonder or One Direction...) it is to be recommended to cheer us up. We discussed other activities that cheer us up that included playing Minecraft, cycling, singing, dancing, homework (yes, that was a suggestion) and being kind. Random acts of kindness bring about cheerfulness and the challenge was to be kind to bring cheer.

I would also hope that celebrating a birthday brings cheer, regardless of how many you may have enjoyed!

Year 3 - Year 6 Curriculum Information

Do please read through this newsletter to read some important and hopefully interesting information about the content of the curriculum for our Year 3 and Year 4 (Prep) pupils next year. With 1:1 iPad provision for these children, additional time for Science, ICT and separate Art and DT lessons a great deal of thought has gone into ensuring the children not only receive the highest standard of teaching and learning but also enjoy activities and lessons that will challenge and develop their self esteem and confidence. A unique addition to the curriculum will be a weekly Outdoor and Adventurous Learning lesson - Microadventures will be a part of the curriculum. Do read the document to learn more.

Finally, looking slightly further ahead, Max, Dan, Lewis, Sam et al from Premier Sport will be holding a holiday camp this half term, a link for booking can be found directly below.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


P.S. - Don't forget. The first ever Park Hill Inter-House Shout will take place on Thursday 25th May 9am. When You're Happy....and, We Will Rock You....

May Half Term Camp

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting a Half-Term Holiday Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for four days in total - 30th May to 2nd June. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

Art Exhibition

Art worthy of the Tate Modern or Musee D'Orsay was exhibited in quite some style. Each of our artists had their artwork admired from all of you able to attend today. Many of you enjoyed making your own art, some I suspect (not judging by the quality) having not done any artwork since your own schooldays....

I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in preparing the exhibition, it was a real Park Hill team effort.

To view the images in full screen please click on an image and scroll away!

The exhibition will be open on Monday for those of you who were unable to make it today.

Prep School - Year 3 to Year 6 Curriculum

You will have read in a previous edition of the Deerstalker the World Economic Forum Report on the Future of Education. Critical skills such as collaboration, communication, emotional intelligence and resilience will become increasingly essential for children leaving education.

With this in mind and as part of the growth of the school, we have conducted a complete review of the curriculum across the school. Updated planning, topics and approaches to ensure we continue to improve and challenge all that we do. As part of this we have reviewed the planning for Prep School (Year 3 - Year 6) to ensure consistency and to ensure that we provide our children with a curriculum that will excite and challenge them.

I would like to draw your attention to one aspect in particular. All children will be studying a weekly lesson of Outdoor and Adventure School, everything from celestial navigation, GPS navigation, shelter building, mountain biking and micro adventures. Please follow this link to learn more -

Breakfast Club

In order to ensure we can obtain accurate numbers for Breakfast Club each day we have adapted the form currently used to book a place for the after school club. If you wish to apply for a place for breakfast club for the next day or coming week, these requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements. These bookings will need to be made each week and will be 'online' from 3pm each Friday afternoon for the consecutive week.


Please ensure that all items of clothing are named.

Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can request, post, sell and even donate spare items of uniform. Please follow this link to access the page -

Boot bags and the new games kit (Year 1 upwards) are now available from Lester Bowden. All items can be ordered directly through their website.

I would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring the children are wearing the correct uniform to school. Black school shoes should be worn, white socks for girls and grey socks for boys. Children from Reception to Year 3 are required to wear a blazer. Our school uniform is a source of great pride and I would be grateful for your assistance as we remind the children of the need to ensure shirts are tucked in and that they leave the school as smartly as the arrive.

Drop off and Collection Arrangements

The side gate is open each day from 8.00am - 8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am - 8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.

If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast Club

You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session.


Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.

Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.

Woodland School

Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips will be charged through schoolmoney.

Please follow this link to access the booking forms for after school club and for teacher led activities -

Dates for the diary...

19th & 22nd May - Art Exhibition

20th May - Pre-Prep School Football Festival at Shrewsbury House

25th May - Inter House Shout, 9am School Assembly

25th May - Start of half term holiday

5th June - Term resumes

6th June - Race for Life

7th June - Reception Information Meeting

20th June - 1st and 2nd Steps to Chessington World of Adventures

24th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day

6th July - End of term

Certificate Winners - Jago Jones, Aidan O’Gorman, Pascal Barikor, William Pawsey-Persaud, Oscar Young, Elena Greenaway, Alex Lin, Christina Meouchi, Layton McCormack, Rosie, Walsh, Amelie Blower, Robert Felton, Jessica Blackburn, Joshua Fry

Headmaster's Certificate - Gabriel Clarke & Elena Vasilikostas

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you would like to obtain a copy of an image of your child that is included in the newsletter.

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Alistair Bond

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