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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 68 - 7th decemBer 2018

From the Headmaster:

It seems only yesterday that I was typing the first Deerstalker of the year, albeit under a blue sky and long forgotten warm temperatures...

Whilst the Christmas music started in the shops several months ago and the general atmosphere in the shops this weekend was perhaps less than festive, more frenetic (couldn't resist the alliteration there) I would defy anyone not to be moved by the rather splendid atmosphere on Thursday. A superb Christmas lunch prepared by Chef Lee and Linda (more on whom later) followed by the clattering of hooves and jingling of bells on the school roof as Santa himself arrived to spread some more cheer.

I will let the images tell their own story. The smile didn't leave my face that day.

The final Deerstalker of the term, I hope you enjoy the images and stories from across the school and that you and your extended families are able to join us on Thursday morning for (I am going to use the expression again) an absolute Bobby Dazzler of an end of term performance, along with House Trophy; who will it be?

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

PS - Please do not think of me as a Scrooge or anything worse on Thursday. Linda has quite understandably asked that 'no fuss' is made and that we celebrate her time with the school in a discreet manner and not publicly. I think the best way to celebrate her time at Park Hill is simply to enjoy the performance and to allow her the opportunity to enjoy the performance herself.

Father Christmas

Now, do enjoy these images. I don't think words can possibly do justice to the delight on young (and old-er) faces...

First Steps

Second Steps

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4 and Year 5

There are also some wonderful images from our Little Adventurers available through their own instagram page -

Please note: the school council expressed (very clearly!) that they found the school water bottles to be unsuitable (leaking over homework and desktops) and that they prefer to be allowed to bring in their own bottles.

Please note: If your children arrive late to school, please ensure you visit the school office to sign them in. This is for safeguarding purposes and is a requirement for schools. (Some of the reasons provided have been refreshingly honest...!)

Apple Store Workshop and Carols

It seems that our children are developing a reputation. We received a rather splendid invitation to work with a music producer at the Apple Store Bentalls Centre on Thursday. I felt it only appropriate to reciprocate the kind offer by suggesting our children sing carols and spread some festive cheer at the end conclusion; a fantastic start to Friday. I will be sharing the music that they produced as well as the rather creative piece of music from our own Mr Papps.

Carols at London Waterloo

I had the very good fortune to walk through London Waterloo last month on my way to my inspector training course when my 'commuter disciplined rush' was interrupted by the Band of the Coldstream Guards as they rather appropriately played the James Bond Theme. I accepted my fate of being late but felt it worthy of stopping and enjoying. It sparked a thought, with smiles on faces all around me, that it would be rather fun if our talented children also performed in the lead up to Christmas; over to Miss Georgina and Mrs Baillie. What a morning we all enjoyed and what a delight it was to see the smiles brought to weary shoppers faces by our children.

Christmas at Park Hill

Wednesday 12th December - Choir singing at Galsworthy House 1.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 13th December - 11am - 12midday Panto Pandemonium at St Pauls Church (all children involved) parents, grandparents and extended family very welcome to join us for our end of term production.

Thursday 13th December - 12.30pm School and Nursery closed for INSET.

Friday 14th December - School and Nursery closed for INSET.

Monday 17th - Friday 21st - Nursery open, reopening on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Monday 7th January 2019 - Spring Term begins

I am delighted to confirm a date for our Spring Fayre, Friday 22nd March, 4pm-6.30pm. We very much hope that by moving our fayre from December to March we will not only enjoy warmer weather but that we will enjoy more stalls and stands with far fewer demands on time during March. We can also ensure that all of our children can enjoy the fayre and will be able to contribute themselves by organising and manning many of the stands.

How can a bird born for joy sit in a cage and sing?

Second Steps, singing...

Mulled Wine and Carols

What a splendid early evening we enjoyed courtesy of our children spreading even more festive cheer, as well as carols in Latin. Praeclarus!

News from Year 5 and Year 4

A long, tiring but very rewarding week in year 4 and 5 came to an end on Saturday. In a week of many performances across school, church and Kingston, pupils finally met their Waterloo. Of course this was at Waterloo Station where they succeeded in delivering another great singing performance which, like all their other performances, was met with a chorus of approval.

Year 4 and 5 pupils have been rehearsing their lines rigorously and all the hard work paid off with an excellent dress rehearsal on Thursday. Avoiding all superstition, they will certainly be putting on a great performance this Thursday. There were no errors on Friday’s excellent choir performances in Rose Theatre where they bloomed. At the Apple store it was a great discovery for shoppers who listened and enjoyed the gala of golden singing and the jazz hand action. Pupils loved the hour before too, where they spent time creating their own tunes sampling sounds from around the store using the Garage Band app.

Great performances were seen on the football pitch too in their penultimate sports lesson. Small games have helped pupils with consolidating their: communication skills, tactical awareness, skills and sportsmanship. It has been very pleasing to see how they have taken on all the coaching and been able to apply them to competitive games.

In the classroom we are wrapping up topics before the Christmas break. Pupils have enjoyed and benefited from the extra time spent on fractions and decimals and are now able to recognise tenths and hundredths of decimals and order them whilst recognising the fraction equivalent. Our safari adventure travels to South Africa will finish this week as we complete our travel guides detailing trips to Table Mountain and Kruger national park. We have been very impressed with their excellent descriptive and persuasive language in this unit and look forward to harnessing this writing in the New Year. On a healthy note, pupils have been concluding their findings on the effects of cigarette smoke and we have been educated too on the effects of Caffeine with some imaginative home work presentation. One fact we learnt is that if you drank between 15-20 strong coffees from a coffee chain that is named after a Moby Dick character, it may be your last. Gulp!

A final thank you to all parents who supplied food, drink and table ware for the pupils Christmas party. A fun time was had by all and there was an amazing amount of healthy food, drink and treats, which thankfully we were able to share some with teachers too.

News from Year 3

A very busy week in Year 3, with rehearsals for our production, Apple workshop and Singing carols around Kingston. We even managed to fit in our Christmas jumper day with lunch and a party!

Alongside multiple activities we began writing a letter to thank Mrs Lewis and David for the fascinating talk on the Sopwith Camel. We have looked at the layout for letters and vocabulary to use.

In Mathematics we have been looking at data handling and how to read pictographs and the importance of looking at the key.

News from Year 2

An incredibly busy week, for a change, where the Year 2 children thoroughly impressed me with their 'go for it' attitude and really seizing the time on the stage.

We enjoyed working with Year 3 on our creative writing using the story cube app to develop structure in our writing.

We also enjoyed #hourofcode on Friday. Now, who can work out what this code is for?

Lots to look forward to next week, not least the performance on Thursday and a few rehearsals between now and then....

News from Year 1

Christmas draws ever closer and Year 1 have begun to create festive decorations and crafts. In French, they created beautiful ‘Sapin de Noel’ using pine cones collected at Woodland school.

Our class has been visited by kindness elves, magical friends who are inspiring and encouraging the girls to carry out daily acts of kindness for others.

Our focus in Maths has been skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In Literacy, we have been exploring poetry and learnt about the features of a poem such as verse and rhyming couplets. Once we had explored the features we began to write our own rhyming and nonsense poems.

News from Reception

Reception are certainly feeling very festive with Christmas themed activities this week. The children have been spreading their Christmas cheer! Our class advent calandar has proved fantastic number recognition and measure of time. Chef Lee cooked us a delicious roast dinner, which followed onto our Christmas class party, everyone enjoying games, and eating even more food that you generously brought in - thank you. The Elf left us an unusual present which has a hidden a surprise inside. They have been guessing what it could be; “mints, chocolates, Pokemon, Lego.. a note from Santa?” I wonder what it could be? Not to mention that FATHER CHRISTMAS did come to visit us! A magical moment for all. A very exciting week and we are looking forward to the next four days. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

News from Second Steps

What an extremely busy week yet again in Second Steps. We had an amazing time at Woodlands school, working together as a team to create a deer. We even went for a walk and saw some really big Stags! We had a surprise on Wednesday when Alicia’s mum Mrs Arnatutovic came to talk about St. Nichlas Day which is celebrated by Germans on the 6th of December. It was great fun as we had a face painter come to face our paint in many different Christmas designs. We also had to clean our shoes for the next day we had to search for some gold coins which where hidden by the teachers.

On Thursday it was such a busy and exciting day filled with lots of fun, games, music and laughter. We had an amazing Christmas lunch with all our teachers and had a great time talking and singing Christmas songs. In the afternoon we had our Christmas party where we got to spend time with the Reception class playing games with them. However the biggest excitement was when we saw a very special person. It was Father Christmas! We got to talk to him as well as got a special present from him!

Within our outdoor area there has been a sensory room created, we enjoyed going into the sensory room and relaxing in the room with the lights and calming music. Outside we created an area where we were pretending it was our workshop and we were pretending to make toys and prepare the bags for Father Christmas.

This week during our P.E sessions which our in the afternoon, we have been learning to do somersaults and shoulderstand. We have had great fun trying to learn these two really hard moves, Miss Adamidou was very proud of us. We absolutely loved Story Stalks, Mrs Lewis came in to tell us a story about “St. Nicholas” and how he helped three poor children to have a happier and safer life. We listened attentively and participated within the story and group. We had great fun singing and acting throughout the story. On Friday afternoon we had a quiet time doing some Yoga and mindfulness activities.

News from First Steps

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way. Oh what fun being in First Steps at Christmas time!! Hey!! First Steps children have been thrilled participating in all Christmas activities this week. We started making Christmas cards at the beginning of the week. The children chose different ways to create their cards. Decorating with stickers, making baubles with potato prints were children’s favourite ones. Even some of our children practised their name writing in their Christmas cards. The children haven’t forgotten to send their cards, they have posted them into our mailbox.

In Woodland School, the children collected sticks then turn them into carrots to feed the red nosed reindeer in First Steps.

We have asked our parents to supply us with party foods, thank you to all our parents for their delicious food, but we didn’t forget to cook our very own mince pies. The children grated apples then added sugar, cinnamon and raisins to make our filling. We cut circle dough shapes then added the filling. When they have cooked, we shared them with our friends.

On the party day, the children enjoyed eating the party food, dancing with friends and teachers. Santa was so happy with First Steps children and has brought presents for each child. Thank you Santa!!

Last day of the week, we have hosted Storystorks and watched a great play by Sarah Lewis.

Picture Gallery

I found myself with my camera in hand at various intervals this afternoon; hopefully a selection of images from different times and perspectives on Park (Hill) life....(sorry for that pun...!!)

Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

Certificates

Many, many congratulations to our very first Gold Handwriting Certificate recipient, Gabriel! Exceptional achievement.

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