Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 7 - 11th november 2016

From the Headmaster:

I found myself looking back at the first Deerstalker of this academic year, how quickly the warmth of the summer has been forgotten. I am shaking gloved hands more regularly as the temperature is starting to drop. I also noted, looking back through the issues, that the state of the weather is a recurring theme....

Those of us fortunate to attend the Remembrance Day assembly will certainly not forget the moving performance from the Year 2 and Year 3 children. "Make me a channel of your peace" was well chosen by Miss Georgina and was sung by each child most beautifully. We felt it only appropriate that we record them in their classroom so that more of you can enjoy their performance.

I did encourage the children to watch the service at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning on television, judging by the quality of their writing and the high standard of the poems that I have seen this week, they are fully aware of the significance of the occasion.

I would be very grateful if you could spend a precious few minutes completing a questionnaire that will support our efforts to further improve all that we do at Park Hill. Please follow this link to complete the survey -

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond

Governance

It has been, and I am reluctant to use this expression, a busy week 'behind the scenes.' I have had three demanding days meeting with colleagues from other ILG schools and with Mr Mehta, undertaking a review of the various policies, procedures and protocols as required by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This has included a very detailed review of our Single Central Register (SCR), the School Self Evaluation Form (SEF), School Strategic Action Plan and School Improvement Plan (SIP).

The SCR is amongst the most critical of elements in ensuring the school is fully compliant. The register is a complete record to ensure that the correct recruitment, training and safeguarding protocols are followed and evidenced. As and when we receive our own compliance inspection, it will be the very first document that the inspectors will ask to see. Needless to say, a tremendous amount of time and energy has been applied, not just recently but also historically, to ensure that all aspects of our SCR are compliant.

The SEF forms the foundation of school improvement. It is a document which gives a clear picture of just where the school judges itself to be against eight standards, ranging from quality of teaching, quality of curriculum, safeguarding and leadership and management. Following the completion of this document, schools would then complete a school improvement plan, drawing through key elements as identified in the SEF through to the SIP.

Any effective school should be constantly reflecting and reviewing how to continuously improve. We ask that of the children and therefore it is only right that we lead by example. Mr Mehta, as the Chairman and Governor, ensures that the targets contained within the SIP are appropriately challenging and that the SEF is a fair reflection of the school. The Inspectorate clearly define what their expectation is of the Governor/owner of a school. My time spent with both Mr Mehta and colleagues has strengthened my understanding that we are in very good health and in good state to receive a compliance inspection. I hasten to add, the journey of school improvement is one that is never completed. The term 'a restless school' is very apt. Should you wish to read further do please search for Roy Blatchford 'The Restless School.'

Information from First Steps

It has been a busy and exciting first week back in First Steps! First of all we welcomed our new children who have settled well and have made lots of new friends. This week also consisted of painting firework pictures, creating our own poppies for Remembrance Day and helping our teachers decorate our huge new tree for our ‘In the night garden’ themed conservatory area. Our teachers are very happy with how helpful we have been.

Information from Second Steps

It was lovely to see everyone, refreshed and raring to go, after the Half Term holiday. Monday afternoon was fun at Woodland School where the children collected bunches of leaves then labelled their bunch. We have been busy this week, working on letter M for phonics with letter recognition and writing. In Maths we have been concentrating on ordering numbers up to ten and practising number formation. We introduced our new topic of 'Celebrations' and talked about ways that the children have celebrated during the holiday. In Art sessions the children enjoyed printing firework patterns and making poppy paintings.

Mrs Patel gave a lovely talk about Diwali to all EarlyYears on Wednesday for our assembly. This incorporated storytelling and dancing.

The children particularly enjoyed our cooking session on Friday as we made breadstick 'sparklers' with melted chocolate and sprinkles.

Information from Reception

It has been a lovely first week back. We hope you all had a wonderful half term. This week the children have been getting back into the routine of school life. In phonics, we are still working on our independent writing and learning our new sounds everyday. Next week we will be starting to learn our tricky words to improve our fluency when reading.

In Maths, we have started using the number lines when doing addition and subtraction sums. The children have loved them and have even started to use the 100 square! We have celebrated Remembrance Day and produced some amazing writing.

Christmas Fayre - Saturday 3rd December, 2pm - 4pm

Many thanks to Elinor Olisa for kindly designing the poster

With just three weeks to go until our Christmas Fayre we held a meeting this morning with our hard working class parents to prepare for the event. We are keen to ensure that the fayre is as enjoyable as possible. Offers of support can come in the form your time on the day, even just 15-30minutes behind a stall would allow everyone to get the chance to enjoy the event. Your class reps will be in contact, but I would be most grateful if you could offer your time on the day.

A raffle will be held. We have started the process of approaching local businesses and shops to offer prizes. So far, we have had generous offers of vouchers for free bike servicing, meals for two and various other vouchers for food and refreshments. I will keep you posted on the raffle prizes over the coming weeks.

Information from Year 1

It has been a very busy week in Year 1. We enjoyed success with adding to 10 and in using coins to help us with our addition. I was very impressed with their knowledge and discussion about Remembrance Day and what we can do to ensure the world is a more peaceful place.

We will publish photographs next week of our wonderful hedgehog houses - some rather impressive designs!

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

This week in Owl Class we have been focusing on Remembrance Day. This has enabled us to create some wonderful acrostic poems. We also looked at the story of Rose Blanche and created some of our very own war letters. In Art, we created Poppy wreaths for display around the school. On Friday, we had a wonderful Art workshop which some of our parents attended. We looked at Gustav Klimt and created some wonderful paintings using oil and watercolours.

During our SPaG lesson we have learnt how to use the Prefix ‘un’, next week we will be looking at suffixes. In Mathematics, we have been looking at fractions and fraction addition. The children really enjoyed their new Science topic of Living things and their habitat. We have been exploring the differences between things which are living, dead and never alive.

Second Hand Uniform

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 -https://www.facebook.com/groups/159726614471426/

Coffee Morning (Evening)

As I explained in the first Deerstalker, I am conscious that many of you are unable to attend the recent coffee mornings due to work commitments. In order to ensure that as many of you as possible are able to join me for what I hope are interesting conversations he next coffee morning is in actual fact a coffee evening - 16th November. The focus will be on the above mentioned School Improvement Plan and just what is involved in preparing for an ISI Compliance Inspection. I do hope that you will be able to join me.

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 to be paid on the day.

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.

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.

Don't forget, this weekend…

Pupil Individual Photographs - please return the photograph if you would not like to order one, or the payment if requested.

After School Activities

The link to apply for a place on the various activities can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/KKIVxldDMvPPCTti2

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next 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.Places for after school club are restricted to children attending Second Steps through to Year 3. https://goo.gl/forms/2KxdpmMIGgE6fICV2

Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.

Certificate Winners

Alex Lin - Excellent scissor skills

Krisha Karavekar - Accurate counting and number writing

Felix Warner - Participating fully in music

Jago Jones - enthusiasm in group time

Max Verdult - demonstrating kindness and initiative in assisting another pupil

William Pawsey-Persaud - excellent listening and singing skills

Oscar West - Fabulous homework, a perfect hedgehog house

Avery Barikor - Fabulous homework, an excellent photo journal

Joshua Field - Exceptional manners

Bianca Shube - Fabulous fraction work

Kerem Okoglu - Having a super first week at Park Hill

Jason Vu - Trying really hard when writing his name

Rosie Walsh - Fantastic Remembrance Day writing

Adrius Parchment - Amazing addition work

Constance Li - Excellent counting, number recognition and number writing

Stella Pirola - Excellent number formation

Reception Mathematicians

I was delighted to spend time in Reception this week and enjoying hearing all about the remarkable progress they are making with their Maths. I felt it appropriate that their work should be shared for you all to enjoy -

Dates for the Diary -

Wednesday 16th November - 6.00pm-7.00pm - Coffee Evening.

Thursday 17th November - 1.30pm-3.30pm - Scooter training (Y1 and Reception)

Monday 28th November - Hampton Court Palace Visit (Year 1, 2 and 3) (Confirmed)

Wednesday 30th November - No Swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 1st December - Choir singing at Galsworthy House.

Saturday 3rd December - Christmas Fayre. (Confirmed)

Monday 5th December - The Forgotten Christmas Elf (Story Storks Theatre Show) at All Saints Church (Confirmed)

Wednesday 7th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term. School closes at 12.30pm.

Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.

A kind gift from parents in Year 2 and Year 3 wishing Mrs Argent our very best wishes as she starts her maternity leave - we will keep you posted on any news we receive!

Happy Birthday!

Bianca Shuber & Molly Sutterby

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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