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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 58 - 22nd june 2018

From the Headmaster:

I doubt that anyone who witnessed our kite festival at Richmond Park this afternoon could fail to have the broadest of smiles on their faces as our children scampered and weaved around the park as they towed their kites behind them.

Could there be a better way to spend the afternoon?

With less than two weeks to go before the end of term I would like to remind you that our Sports Day and Prize Giving will start at 10.30am at the Sir Mo Farah Running Track, St. Mary's University, Twickenham on Saturday 30th June. I would ask that you inform the school office if your child is unable to attend the event. Each house will be competing for points on the day and, judging by previous inter-house events, it promises to be a hotly contested event. I anticipate it will be completed by 1.30pm.

I would also like to remind you that the children are busy rehearsing for the end of term production 'Sally's Great Big Atlantic Adventure' Opera, 11.00am - 12.00pm. on Thursday 5th July. It promises to be quite exceptional.

The forecast for the coming week looks to be very warm. I would ask that the associated sun/heat precautions are taken; as the thermometer rises we will allow the boys to remove their ties during the day.

Although we do have many events to look forward to in the coming fortnight, the many events already planned for the 2018 Autumn Term are on the website in the calendar - please feel free to download those dates onto your devices.

I hope that you are all able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Kite Festival

Although we managed to choose a less than windy day, we still managed to have a superb time at Richmond Park flying quite an assortment of kites. As you can see from the images below, the smiles on the faces tell a thousand words...

Holiday Camp - West End Theatre Workshop

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting a holiday camp, 23rd - 27th July and 30th July - 3rd August. Organised by Gemma MacLean and Amy West, the first week will involve the children working towards performing their own production of We Will Rock You. The second week will see the children working towards their own performance of Annie.

Gemma is a professional actress and has appeared in numerous West End shows including Annie Get Your Gun, High Society, We Will Rock You, Annie and Saturday Night Fever. Amy has a similarly impressive resume including assistant choreographer for Annie Get Your Gun and dance captain for Annie.

Full details and a Google Application Form will be distributed on Monday.

Nursery (Full Time) Manager

After a very challenging recruitment process I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Miss Emily Whelan as our new nursery manager for the full time nursery. Emily, who is a qualified teacher and experienced nursery manager, will be joining us from Monday. She will be responsible for and lead the nursery provision for those children who attend the full time nursery. I am delighted that Emily will be joining our team. Miss Dixon and our Early Years team will be working very closely with her in the coming weeks and days to ensure she is made to feel very welcome. I am in no doubt she will develop the very best relationships with the children and you all.

Assembly

We were most impressed with the musical start to our assembly this week. Choir, followed by piano, flutes and a solo singing performance that was quite exceptional.

Art Exhibition - iBook

As a lasting memory of the recent art exhibition I trust you will enjoy the iBook we have made containing images of the rather splendid artwork on display.

Year 3 and Year 4

Another action packed week at Park Hill. Years 3 & 4 have been expanding their knowledge on fractions and learning how to add fractions with the same denominator and converting improper to proper fractions if needed. We then moved on to simplifying fractions at the end of the week.

In Science we have been continuing our work on circuits, in DT the children have thoroughly enjoyed making their chocolate bars which followed on from their persuasive writing in English.

The end of the week led into the kite festival, with some rather fabulous kites being made from household materials for homework being flown on a sunny afternoon in Richmond Park.

Year 2

This week, the children have worked on their fractions of amounts using cubes pictures. They learnt what each digit meant and how to find out a fraction of any amount up to 50. Poetry work has continued and we have created some excellent poems using rhyming couplets about people and items (including and avocado). The children enjoyed the kite festival and brought in a spectacular array of different sized and decorated kites. They also moved up to meet their new teachers this week, completing tasks in preparation for next year.

Year 1

What an incredible week in Year 1 ending with a fantastic event in the brilliant sunshine - our Kite festival.

Year 1 this week have been focusing on a mini topic about health, hygiene and safety. We have learnt the difference between safe and unsafe places and what to do if we feel unsafe on line or in real life. We have discovered all about healthy foods, how they affect our fitness and energy and how to design a healthy lunch box in order to promote healthier eating habits. I was so proud of their imaginative and delicious designs.

We carried our food surveys to see what children around the school preferred to eat and have discovered that a healthy meal should include “whole grains, fruit, vegetables and dairy.”

The children were taught about the four S’s for fitness - Speed, stamina, suppleness, and strength. In our Outdoor learning sessions we experimented to see who was the fittest and strongest in Year 1. I was astonished and impressed by their determination and perseverance with sporting tasks especially Rosie who would not give up!

Reception

This week Reception have been busy making lava lamps. We mixed alka-seltzer with food colouring, water and baby oil and watched as the chemical reaction came alive. We then independently wrote about our experiment and some amazing vocabulary came from the children. “Fizzing” “bubbling” “foaming” “sparkling” “popping”. The week was rounded off with a beautiful kite festival. Thank you so much for working so hard on your kites, the children loved running around Richmond park attempting to get them to fly. It was great to see them persevering when their kites broke and problem solving with their friends to find the best spot to start running.

Second Steps

We have enjoyed the fine weather this week with lots of outdoor learning such as Investigating with the water tray for pouring and measuring quantity. On Monday we focussed on technology, finding out how to operate different toys and objects. We found out that we could, press, push, lift and squeeze various objects to make a sound or movement. This was to consolidate our recent Technology homework. On Tuesday we said goodbye to our long term weekly student, Margot with a lovely tea party in the lower playground. It was so exciting to see so many kites coming into our classroom for the Kite Festival. This was such an amazing end to our week and any children who did not come to school on the Friday demonstrated their kites to us on Thursday.

Ice Cream Treat

One of the many traditions that are being made that we all look forward to is the end of year ice cream treat provided by Kingstonian Ice Cream. For those of you with children in First and Second Steps and whose children do not normally attend on a Monday afternoon, you are welcome to join us for the ice cream treat. The ice cream van will be with us at 1.30pm, with the nursery children lining up first (with ice creams being consumed very shortly afterwards!)

Uniform

Our children regularly receive comments on their appearance and manners from the wider community. We do enjoy a rather smart uniform and encourage the children to take pride with all they do. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that all items of uniform are labeled so that we can help in the return of lost items and also in ensuring that our children continue to take pride with their appearance.

Key Dates:

Tuesday 26th June - Inter House Cricket at KGS Ditton Field

Tuesday 26th June - End of year HM's treat - Ice cream cone for all children!

Friday 29th June - Second Steps Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday 29th June - GarageBand Workshop for children and parents Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4.

Saturday 30th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day 10.30am -1.00pm. Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track, St. Mary's University, Twickenham.

Thursday 5th July - End of Year Production - 'Sally's Great Big Atlantic Adventure' Opera. 11.00am - 12.00pm.

Thursday 5th July - End of term - 12.30pm

School Money - Update

School Money has been updated. We hope these step by step instructions will help.

Login in to schoolmoney.co.uk > Sign In (blue button) > schoolmoney parent login

You will then be presented with the login information page requesting your mobile, email, password and child’s first name.

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

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.

Second Hand Uniform

For your information, we are no longer hosting sales. If you wish to request some second hand uniform please complete the Google Form:

Website

We are in the process of developing a new website. We are hoping to reveal our new site very shortly.

The grid calendar is back up and running, although we are still trying to publish 2018-2019 term dates and remove the 2016-2017, however they are in the grid calendar.

Parking

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, Wellington boots and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

Certificate Winners

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Taymur and Mrs Bond!

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