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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 41 - 1st december 2017

From the Headmaster:

I am not quite sure how we have suddenly arrived in December. The first clues started a few weeks ago with children and Mrs Baillie gearing up with the new songs that need learning and lines and roles being distributed for the end of term performance by Miss Georgina.

Judging by the ‘mini’ performance at the assembly on Thursday we are in for a treat on 14th December. I thought the quality of the singing and flute playing (or more accurately, toot playing) was exceptional.

In addition to the normal end of term and ever expanding list of jobs to do, we have enjoyed access to high quality professional development for our teaching staff. Last Friday four of us were fortunate to attend an Apple training day for Apple Distinguished Schools, Regional Training Centres and Distinguished Educators. We were extended a most generous invite to the day from Apple Education. Needless to say we came back very excited about the many techniques and tools that were shared and explored on the day.

I have been involved in two ILG events with colleagues from our other schools and nurseries. The first was our routine termly Head’s meeting where we shared current best practice and explored further opportunities to develop the quality of teaching and learning. On Tuesday, we received training on a new group wide management information system that will allow us to work even more efficiently as a group.

Looking ahead, we are all excited about the Christmas Fayre tomorrow, 12pm-2pm, Christmas Jumper and party day on Thursday and then the big performance on 14th December 11am. Please note that school closes at 12.30pm on Thursdday 14th December. This also applies to the full time nursery children. The full time nursery is open as normal on Friday 15th to Wednesday 20th December and then again from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

To whet your appetite, Chef Leon is going to be busy next Thursday -

In advance of the fayre tomorrow, I would like to thank all of you who have exerted such energy to ensure the day is enjoyed by all.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Inter House General Knowledge

When planning the calendar for this academic year, we were keen to further promote our inter house competition and to provide a balance to sporting vs non-sporting events. We were also keen to coincide these events with the actual saints days during the year,

Yesterday, 30th November, was Saint Andrew’s Day and saw us enjoy our very first Inter House General Knowledge Quiz.

Competitive? Just a little...

Each section of the quiz was designed for the different age groups. First up to ‘hit the buzzer’ were the Reception and Second Steps children who were very quick with their answers and impressed us all with their knowledge. They were followed by the Year 1 and Year 2 children. Equally as impressive with their quizzing prowess, they answered the questions with great confidence.

The Year 3 and Year 4 children were challenged with some very difficult questions involving planets, Ancient Egyptians and deserts.

Finally, and most competitive of all, were the parents. The initial reluctance to step forward was clearly a masquerade as can be seen from the images below - as we saw at the sports day last year, we have a competitive group of parents!

The ultimate victors were Saint Patrick House. The questions are provided below should you wish to have a go yourself!

Christmas Fayre

Please make sure you have the Park Hill Christmas Fayre firmly in your diary.

There will be delicious food and mulled wine, craft stalls, face painting, a nail bar, a Pie-Face challenge, karaoke, a VR experience, scrumptious home-made cakes and of course Santa in his Grotto.

The School Council gets to choose how the money we raise is spent and they always have interesting and innovative ideas. In the past, they’ve bought robots to programme, toys for the playground and lego. We would love to raise as much money for them as possible.

This year we have a first! - The Pamper Room for all those hard-working Mothers. (And for the fathers....?)

Or, to have your nails polished by one of our expert volunteers, with a free glass of Prosecco.

Invite your neighbours, friends and family to Park Hill for what promises to be a wonderful start to your Christmas celebrations.

Let’s make this year’s Park Hill Christmas Fair the best one ever!

Music at Park Hill

The quality of music being performed by our children is most impressive, and with new instruments being introduced the breadth an depth of musical provision is becoming more and more impressive.

The performance on Thursday is just one illustration of the standard of music at Park Hill; I am delighted to provide you with a repeat of the performance below -

News from the Year Groups

First Steps

First Steps would like to welcome Jackson Sawyer to the class. This week we have been exploring Christmas.

Our home corner is becoming a santas grotto wrapping presents with paper and ribbon building on our fine motor skills. Our classroom is becoming very festive with snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees and, oops, Santa got stuck in our chimney.

The children have been making scented play dough, this week we made coffee play dough. The children have had lots of fun using it to make food for their friends to have a tea party.

We have been learning number 4, using our finger gym time to count on our fingers and sorting small objects into groups of four.

As winter is now firmly in its stride, could you please supply a pair of named plastic soled slippers to be kept at school. Thank you.

Second Steps

Second Steps started off a busy week by making pink play dough to go with our letter of the week, letter P. All of the children helped to measure and mix the dough and each child chose a different coloured glitter to add to their little piece. The children squeezed and rolled it into different shapes.

We made lots and lots of Christmas decorations to decorate our room in time for the Christmas Fayre. We hope you like them!

We also managed to fit in our number work with games and activities to practice number recognition and matching quantity to numerals.

On Friday we iced ‘snowball’ cookies complete with edible glitter, and enjoyed eating them for our snack.

The children particularly enjoyed the quiz in the church too!

Reception

Reception have been busy this week getting ready for the Christmas Fayre. The children have been working hard decorating both classrooms and making them look extra festive for our seasonal event on Saturday morning. The children have been fantastic little helpers organising the prizes for the Tombola stall, looking at even and odd numbers on the raffle tickets. Thank you.

Wednesday was a successful Woodland School session making ‘snow storms’ in a jar. The children were able to make predictions, observe and make a conclusion on the experiment. Well done.

Year One

A tremendous week for Fox class. We have been getting very excited about our Christmas production, learning our song, ‘where did Rudolph go’ and singing it all the time.

On Thursday we had a very chilly time at Woodland school on our expedition to the ‘lightning tree’. Although cold we were able to create lots of descriptive words to add to our adventure story writing.

Our multiplication skills continue to improve through daily practice. “I got them all right!” Rhea.

We have been developing our pottery skills, learning how to mould clay and how to add texture using our fingers. Next week will be painting our Foxy creations for display.

Year Two

What a busy week, Year 2 have had. Mathematics has involved huge amounts of measuring, estimating, and rounding, with the children finding out, not only the length of objects in the classroom, but the length of the entire corridor outside our class - It was about 692cm long. The children have been working with circuits this week, learning the symbols that represent parts of a circuit and designing their own circuit. Coding in Year 2 is going very well, and the children are beginning to understand how to sequence their commands.

Year Three & Year Four

Alongside other lessons, Year 3 and 4 have thoroughly enjoyed developing their ideas for their character description of The Tear Thief using beautiful descriptive vocabulary. The story is about a character that visits houses looking for peoples tears to fill her sack, which also then stops the children crying, leaving them happy.

You will have to ask the children or read the book to see how the story ends! Here is a sample of some of their work:

She has spiky, short and glittery hair. Joshua

She is invisible, but only in the light of a shimmering puddle could reveal her. Sarah

Her hair is as spiky as a hedgehog. Yash

She slithers down the chimney like a drop of rain. Kerem

She has amber, orange silk slippers that make no sound as she pounces, hops and glides around...Rachel

She has wide, grey eyes, like a thundercloud and is as old as joy and sorrow. Alexa

Silently, she crept around town listening for crying. Kiran

She lives on the shimmering moon in the dark reflective sky. Gabriel

She silently crept around town searching for wet, white, silky tears... Zahraa

Her dress is as smooth as silk. James

The Tear thief has a silvery water proof sack. Luce

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 in January 2018.

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.

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips) will be charged through schoolmoney.

Please follow this link to access the booking forms for after school club and for teacher led activities.

Happy Birthday!

Gabriel Clarke; Rhea Bahri & Yousef Bakhouche!

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Certificate Winners -

CERTIFICATE WINNERS

Credits:

Alistair Bond

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