Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 9 - 25th november 2016

From the Headmaster:

We shall start with a question this week. What links Ken Dodd with Pharrell Williams? Perhaps a clue, 'the greatest gift that I possess...'

Much to the surprise of children, staff, parents and grandparents rather than being welcomed to the assembly by the musical talent of Mrs Baillie, she was rudely interrupted with the sound of Mr. Williams and his rather well known song - 'Happy.'

The effect was rather instantaneous. Shoulders started to move. Miss Renfrew and her Reception Class children were clapping and singing along as were, by this stage, the rest of the assembly. Perhaps the most enjoyable sight was the smiles that started to spread across the assembled faces.

The rather unusual start to my assembly was for reason. For those of you still unsure about messrs Dodd and Williams, they both sang about happiness, something I hope was a natural progression from the previous assembly topic of kindness.

As you will be able to read in this edition of the Deerstalker, it was a rather enjoyable assembly as we also (and there is a link) explored the multitude of languages we are fortunate to enjoy here at Park Hill and how many different ways we can say hello to each other. My favourite remains 'Jambo' although I also learnt how to say hello in Afrikaans and Polish amongst other languages...

This time next week we shall be in the final throes of preparing for our Christmas Fayre. I am pleased to confirm that plans, thanks to the considerable efforts of our community, are well advanced. This includes the raffle prizes. Tickets are on sale at the beginning and end of each day, £1 per ticket. Please contact Mrs Blower if you would like to take a book of tickets to your place of work.

Raffle Prizes -

Phase Eight

Voucher for £125

thisworks modern natural beauty -

Deep Sleep Gift Box -

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray,

Deep Sleep Shower Gel,

Deep Sleep Night Oil,

Deep Sleep Salts,

Deep Sleep Stressless

The Albert Pub and Dining -

Two main meals and a bottle of wine at The Albert, Kingston Hill

Roz-Ana - Fine Regional Indian Cuisine -

£40 voucher towards food and beverages

Kingston Lodge Hotel -

Meal voucher for Sunday Lunch for four people

Bike Clinique Mobile Bicycle Pro Shop (Mobile bike shop fully equipped with all the tools, parts, part washer and electrics to service your bike) -

Voucher for a general service of any type of bike worth £70

Rocktails -

Mix your cocktail kit (alcohol free)

Scale Model Audi R8 Gulf Collectible Car

Scale Model McLaren F1 GTR Gulf Collectible Car

Mavericks Barbers, Ealing-

Voucher for a free blow dry

Memory Gate Studio Portrait Vouchers at Eddie Catz Wimbledon

3x Vouchers (Studio Portrait Session, Mounted Print and 50 off any package

Monster iSport Headphones

I hope you have a very happy weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond


As Monday 21st November was International Hello Day we explored the myriad of ways in which we can say hello to each other in different languages. This led on to how that makes us feel when we smile and say hello - spreading happiness.

We also discussed what makes us happy which apparently can include unloading the washing machine as well as going to the park with parents and extended family. I hope a little more happiness was spread as the parents and grandparents present joined in with 'When you're happy and you know it.' I did detect a little spring in steps as we made our way back to school.

As well as spreading happiness we discussed what we can do to make sure we are happy. These ideas included - Smile; Be kind to yourself (paint, sing and dance); learn a new skill; Surprise - pass a kind word, compliment and be helpful or thoughtful; Be content; Be a hero and, listen to someone with all of your attention.

Information from First Steps

This week in First Steps we have begun our Christmas celebrations. We have made a giant chimney, Christmas stockings and a tree made up of our handprints.

We have also been doing lots of singing and number work. We are really enjoying our learning!

Information from Second Steps

Second Steps have had a busy week as usual and enjoyed lots of fun activities to build Phonics and Maths skills.

In Maths, we have been finding missing numbers, both inside and in the playground, then putting them in the correct order.

The children have also matched numbers of objects to the correct numeral.

In Literacy, we have worked hard to learn the letter Gg in writing and reading, while other writing activities have focussed on the topic of 'What would I do if I had wings? The children have also made some wings in the art area.

We have had a lot of fun with learning about prepositions and guessing where objects are hidden; under, behind, on top etc.

The children have been so excited to help set up our Post Office role-play in the outdoor area, where they have made some super signs.

In Music, we have been learning some of the Christmas songs for our forthcoming Nativity service. Next week we are looking forward to beginning to make our classroom look festive as Christmas will soon be here!

Information from Reception

This has been a busy week in Reception. In Literacy, we wrote about what it would be like to suddenly grow wings, where we would travel to and of course, what colour they would be.

In Woodland school, we all got rather creative with the seasonal debris and made some spectacular crowns with leaves and twigs. We continue to make excellent progress with our phonics, Mr. Bond even joined us for Phonics this week!

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

With just one week to go until our Christmas Fayre many people are working to ensure that the fayre is as enjoyable as possible. Offers of support can come in the form of your time on the day, even just 15-30minutes behind a stall would allow everyone to get the chance to enjoy the event. I would be most grateful if you could offer your time on the day.

Tokens will be sold in £5 and £10 packs on the day which can be redeemed for the many stalls and activities that can be enjoyed.

Please note that parents are responsible for the safe supervision of their children on the day.

We are also still in need of the following -

1. Offers of time on the day to run stands and stalls - only half an hour is needed to allow others to enjoy the fayre themselves. Please speak with your class rep.

2. Christmas Trees - in order to further decorate the site, we are looking for 2/3 more trees to add the extra festive spirit. Please bring them to school on Wednesday 30th November.

3. Tombola prizes - DVD's, books, toiletries or other similar items would be greatly appreciated for additional prizes for the tombola.

Cakes can be brought to school on Friday 2nd December. Please ensure that the plate is disposable as we are unable to return dishes.

Father Christmas

Despite being incredibly busy at this time of year, I am delighted to confirm that Father Christmas will be joining us. If you would like your children to visit the man himself in his grotto, please follow this link -

After School Club will finish earlier on Friday 2nd December - 4.45pm in order to allow members of staff to assist with the preparation of the Christmas Fayre.

Many thanks to Elinor Olisa for kindly designing the poster

Information from Year 1

Our Science topic is ‘Animals’ and we have been finding out how scientists classify and group animals according to their characteristics.

We learnt that there are two main groups vertebrates and invertebrates. Can you think of an invertebrate? Why not ask Year 1 they should be able to name several…

This week we have been thinking about pets and finding out how to care for domestic animals by following the RSPCA 5 needs guidance.

We designed a pet care leaflet to teach others facts about animals. Some of which are;

“Pets need clean fresh water all the time.” Zara

“Animals need company otherwise they get lonely.” Zac

“Pets need care, love and repect, they have an owner to keep them safe.” Robert

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

This week in Owl Class we have been writing about what it would be like to have wings. The children have produced some wonderful independent stories. In our SPaG lesson we have been exploring how to use a belonging apostrophe. In Mathematics, we have been bridging numbers on a blank number line. We have been exploring world habitats and looking in more depth at why animals are suited to their habitat. We will be continuing this further next week and exploring food chains. During our Woodland School session we explored for natural found resources which we will use to make some wonderful Christmas decorations during our Art lesson.

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 -

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.


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…

More help is needed for the Christmas Fayre. Please offer just 30 minutes of your time to ensure the event is a success.

Cakes - bake a cake for the cake stall.

Tombola - prizes would be very gratefully received (please pass on to Miss Renfrew).

No swimming on Wednesday for the remainder of this term - Christmas Nativity Rehearsals are scheduled due to pool closure.

After school club will have an earlier finish time on Friday 2nd December - 4.45pm to allow for the preparation and organisation of the Christmas Fayre.

After School Activities

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

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.

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

Certificate Winners

Ella Akoglu; Matilda Bergefall; Fred Gosland; Bemi ibiyemii; Jennifer Kemp; Rachel Lewis; Aidan O'Gorman; Barnaby Salmon; Aadhrith Sarvesh; Genevieve Stamp; Ali Taha Oelcer & Oscar Young.

Headmaster's Award - Oscar West.

Dates for the Diary -

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.

Friday 9th December - Christmas School Lunch

Monday 12th December - Christmas Class Parties

Monday 12th December - Christmas Jumper Day - Save The Children Charity fundraiser

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.

Happy Birthday!

Jennifer Kemp; Yash Shoor; Willa Holmes and Rosie Walsh.

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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