Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 12 - 14th december 2016

From the Headmaster:

In addition to it being the season to be jolly, it is also the time of year to reflect on the many successes and achievements of the term. This edition of the Deerstalker includes images from 'day to day' life at Park Hill from the term.

In many ways the last three months seem to have gone by extraordinarily quickly; it seems like just yesterday that I was opening the gate back in September welcoming you all to the start of the academic year.

Judging by the comments made in all of the end of term reports, our children have made excellent progress and are clearly flourishing under the care and attention of my colleagues. There is an absolute sense of purpose at Park Hill; staff room conversations are about the latest achievement or success they have just enjoyed with their children or about strategies to promote learning. I would like to thank them for their for energy, stamina and, dare I say it, resilience this term. Our children are in very good hands.

The Older Years....

I am absolutely delighted to confirm that I am now in a position to provide you with full details of not just the drawings of the new building development due to take place at the rear of the school but also how we will ensure that, as our children continue up to Year 6, we will provide them with the curriculum and co-curricular activities demanded at this age. The necessary elements for sport, performing and musical arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Mechanics are now in place in addition to the architectural plans for the new buildings.

As you will be aware, our oldest class (currently Year 3) will lead the way as we expand each year up to Year 6. As critical as providing the necessary resources, specialist teachers and teaching rooms is the need to ensure the schools that our children will ultimately go on to are working closely with us so that the curriculum and planning can be adjusted and refined accordingly. This process is already taking place, with a clear strategy set to ensure the transition and options are provided for at 11+ and increasingly for schools happy to offer places for Year 7 at 10+.

I would like to invite you all to attend an information meeting on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 8am and, for those of you unable to attend this meeting, again at 7pm so that I can provide you with the details and so that you can ask the necessary questions to be accordingly reassured.

As much as this is a time to celebrate the achievements of the term, it is also a time where we unfortunately bid farewell to some members of our school. Mrs Martinez has been with the school both as a teacher and parent for some time. She has been working part-time with the school since the start of term, supporting the lead teachers Miss Meade and Mrs Guniz. Following major surgery surgery last year and with First Steps being in such capable hands, Mrs Martinez has taken a very difficult decision and will very sadly be leaving Park Hill at the end of this term.

I am in no doubt that you will join me in thanking her for all she has done for the children and for the school. On a personal note, Mrs Martinez provided me with much assistance this term, particularly during the first few weeks in September when I first joined the school. Whilst she will be missed as a colleague and teacher, I am in no doubt that she will visit us regularly and join us for assemblies and large school events. I would like to wish her a thoroughly well deserved rest!

We shall also be bidding farewell to Miss Kilpin and Mr Mick Anker. Mick has certainly enthused a number of children with a love of guitars since he joined us. With increasing demands on his time from his own tour dates he is finding it increasingly difficult to commit to the regular lessons. I am pleased to confirm that Mr Tim Patrick will be taking over his lessons and filling very large shoes! Miss Kilpin has also been with the school for a number of years in a variety of guises, most recently as a teacher in Year 2 & 3. She has been very flexible during this time and in particular demonstrated considerable support to the school when studying for her PGCE last year. We would like to wish her every success in the future. Mr Knight-Stevenson will be joining the school and working closely with Mrs Bond in these year groups. With a strong background in science and ICT in addition to a keen interest in chess, martial arts and physics, he is a tremendous addition to the school.

I do hope you enjoy this edition of the Deerstalker; you are in for a treat tomorrow. The Nativity promises to be a most enjoyable event. I look forward to seeing you and hope that you will all be in good voice for the carols.

Merry Christmas!

Alistair Bond

PS - Don't forget, term starts again on Tuesday 10th January 2017

Christmas Lunch

Chef Igor and Catia spoiled us with a rather splendid Christmas Lunch. Crackers were pulled and the obligatory paper hats worn by all.

When it was a little warmer...

It is always a pleasure to walk around the school site. We do enjoy such a quiet part of London (except at 2pm when the Emirates flights thunders overhead); it is a pleasure to pause and enjoy seeing the woodpeckers or parakeets going about their business. I really shouldn't complain about the weather. As I type, the sky is blue and the sun is out; it seems implausible to think that it just wasn't too long ago that we were complaining about the heat!


In addition to themes regarding the values of resilience, kindness and perseverance, the other theme seems to have been the regular technological challenges that I have enjoyed with videos not streaming or projectors not following instructions.

I have enjoyed all of the assemblies but perhaps the happiness assembly was my favourite. The sight of so many shoulders swaying and smiles spreading was a real treat.


As you will be aware, our Nativity will be taking place on Thursday 15th December at 11am. The children and staff have been very busy behind the scenes preparing for the performance.

If you would like to order a video, the order form can be accessed here -


The playground is a fascinating environment. A chance for all children to 'let off steam' and have a break from the classroom. We have been lucky this term, I don't recall a single wet break.....

In the classroom

As enjoyable as listening to conversations at break time is visiting classrooms and hearing about the progress our children are making.


Walking seems very much part of Park Hill life; many people comment on just how well behaved our children are, particularly when holding hands crossing over the road. Drivers are always patient and allow themselves a smile at the sight of the children wearing their high visibility jackets carefully making their way to an assembly or music lesson.

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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