Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 20 - 17th march 2017

From the Headmaster:

We have been very lucky with the weather this week. The sun shone brightly as the children celebrated Holi on Monday. As you can see from the images, the children thoroughly enjoyed creating the most impressive artwork. (I would like to assure you that their feet were thoroughly washed once they made it to the end of their walk!)

Easter Camp

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting an Easter Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for nine days in total. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

Mother's Day Assembly

I would like to remind you that we are holding a Mother's Day assembly on Thursday 23rd March. The children have been working hard to ensure that the day is appropriately celebrated - I would like to encourage as many of you as possible to attend, 9am at St. Paul's.

A very busy week ahead; Inter-House Hockey; Wiggle Walk; Mother's Day Assembly and Red Nose Day (Mufti for everyone who arrives at school sporting a red nose on Friday....)

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


PS - I have an early morning meeting in North London on Monday morning and will return to Park Hill for midday.


Much fun was had on Monday when the children joined in with great enthusiasm as we celebrated Holi. In addition to face painting, part of the afternoon was spent creating a rather impressive piece of art. Paint was mixed and children carefully rolled up their trouser legs, took off their socks and carefully walked up the sheet of paper, leaving behind them colourful footprints. Definitely worthy of display in the Tate Modern!

Inter-House Hockey

We shall be holding our inter-house hockey matches on Tuesday 21st March, 10.30am-12pm. The Year 2 and Year 3 children will need to remember their mouth guard as they will not be permitted to participate for safety reasons.

Children in Reception and Year 1 will also be competing in the competition. As has been the case this term, they will be using plastic sticks and will not require mouth guards.

Judging by the lesson this week, it promises to be a very competitive event. You are more than welcome to join us. The first matches will start at 10.30am and the trophies presented at midday.

Reception children will need to arrive to school wearing their Games kit and bring with them their Hungry Caterpillar costumes for their Wiggle Walk later in the afternoon.

News From First Steps

This week in First Steps we have had so much fun! We enjoyed celebrating the Festival of colour called Holi. We joined Second Steps and explored painting with our hands and feet outside. We also continued looking at our Caterpillars and talking about how much they have grown. We enjoyed predicting when we think the Caterpillars might cocoon and when they might turn into beautiful butterflies. They are huge now! On Friday we celebrated St Patricks day and took part in Irish dancing and decorating cakes. What a wonderful week it has been.

News from Second Steps

This week, Second Steps have been very busy this week with lots of celebrations. We learnt about 'Holi' which is an Indian Festival Of Colours which is celebrated the return of Spring and the end of Winter. The children had great fun using bright coloured paint to make foot prints while walking on a large piece of paper. They also learnt Bhangra too! Today we celebrated St. Patricks Day, which is about St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. The children created crowns using a rainbow template and green paper. We all went up to the top playground to learn River dance with the whole school. They also had their face painted with shamrock.

News from Reception

Reception have been gearing up for our inter-house hockey completion next week as they have been working extremely hard during their sports sessions. In the classroom, we have been learning all about time. We looked at different periods of the day and then moved on to making our own clocks and learning O’Clock! Some of us during our choosing time even made our own watches. On Monday we celebrated Holi which is the Indian festival of colour. We painted our faces and made a beautiful picture along side Second Steps and First Steps, we used our hands, feet and even did some splash painting. In Science we carried out an experiment on celery in different coloured water. We looked at what predictions mean and then observed the changes on the celery throughout the day. We found that the red water worked the best as the leaves of the celery turned red!

News from Year 1

This week we have been writing information pages about giant animals and would like to share a few facts with you.

Did you know?

Elephants are found in Africa on the Savannah. It is the biggest land animal. They feed on grass and leaves. Elephants have scaly skin which is wrinkled and grey. - Elena

The Anaconda is the biggest snake. It lives in the Amazon rainforest. The body is very wide and thick. It can grow to 7 metres long. It eats fish and deer, squeezes to kill. they are killers. they curl their tail around … and squeeze tightly and its tall than a person and its ginormous! - Zac

We took a traffic survey on Tuesday to assess how much transport and which types pass our school every day. It was surprising to see which types of transport came past.

We have begun a new Maths focus on position and direction. We practiced our descriptive language using words like between, next to, above and below. It would be useful to practice recognising left and right at home.

News from Year 2

Year 2 have had another busy week writing in their personal diaries. Daily evaluations are helping the children become more refective about their day. In ICT, the children have been building further on their substansial coding skills and introduced to touch typing. Mathematics this week has been time; telling the time in analogue and digital, as well as even looking at the 24 hour clock! We are now moving onto time intervals and word problems. In Geography, Year 2 are studying weather in different parts of the country - we have been designing make believe towns that we will be using to make weather predictions. In addition, we have designed wind turbines to thing about how we can use the weather to our benefit.

News from Year 3

The Mayans have arrived in Year 3 this week as the children learn about life in ancient times and how shocked the Spanish were when they stumbled over the beautiful Mayan ruins. In ICT, Year 3 have been learning how to touch type and are continuing to build up their coding skills. Investigating how magnets forcefields work has been our Science investigation this week, predicting outcomes and comparing the strength of the different magnets.

Instrumental Lessons

I am delighted that so many more children are now benefitting from a more flexible approach to the delivery of instrumental lessons. We now have double the number of children attending lessons during the school day, with Mr. Tim Patrick and Mrs. Baillie offering Piano, Voice and Guitar lessons throughout the week.

Please contact Miss. Georgina if you would like your child to experience a taster session or to book lessons.

Easter Camp - Premier Sport

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting an Easter Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for nine days in total. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

There will be a Uniform Sale on Thursday 23rd March, immediately following the Mother's Day assembly. With the summer term just around the corner, what better time for a spring clean of uniform?

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. This time of year, with increased layers being worn, we do what we can to return lost property. We would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring that items are labelled.

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.

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.

Don't forget, this weekend…

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - Collection box by the side gate.

Wiggle Walk - Tuesday 21st March, 11:15am. 1st and 2nd Steps Parents welcome.

Inter-House Hockey - Tuesday 21st March, Kingston Grammar School, Ditton Field, 10.30am - 12pm. Parents welcome.

Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March. Mufti if you wear a red nose to school!

After School Activities

The link to apply for a place on the various current activities can be found here -

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club, 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 who are at least 3 years old.

Dates for the Diary -

21st March - Inter House Hockey @ Ditton Field 10.30am - 12pm

21st March - Giant Wiggle Walk - 1st Steps, 2nd Steps and Reception

22nd March - No swimming - pool closed

23rd March - Mother's Day Assembly

24th March - Red Nose Day

27th to 30th March - School Photography Club Exhibition

30th March - 12.30pm Easter Holiday

Certificate Winners

Congratulations to: Amelie Blower; Kevin Dong; Marlon Fischer; Elena Greenaway; Alex Lin; Zara Nelson; Aidan O'Gorman and Audrey Tse.

Happy Birthday!

Alexa Bond (and Mrs Oliver who didn't tell anyone and was conspicuous by her absence from the assembly...)

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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