From the Headmaster:

Certainly no rest for the blessed as we enjoyed the three day weekend before heading straight into a remarkable week. I am sure no one will mind if I place the emphasis on images this week and allow colleagues a week off from their normal round up. It is no mean feat creating the art with our children, collating it and then the actual creativity that is then required to display it all. There have been a few late nights this week and last!

So, athletics, swimming for Reception, resilience, school colours, Tate Modern (images next week) Mayor, first school swimming lesson for Reception and just a little art exhibition to enjoy.


A busy two weeks ahead of us. Second Steps are heading to the stables on Wednesday, Years 2 to 5 are heading to the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Tuesday, an 11+ Coffee morning on Wednesday, a STEAM day on 22nd May and the transfer of the art exhibition to the Rose Theatre to squeeze into the twenty-fifth hour of each day...

Neighbours and your help!

If I may ask for your help with a small number of things I would be most grateful.

We do enjoy good relationships with our neighbours but a significant frustration expressed to us is the parking in the neighbouring driveways and across exit points. Please help us by not parking either in the drive of Dean Court or in the parking spaces of Belvedere Court directly opposite the school.

We have addressed various elements of our after school provision to make collection as straight forward as possible but would be grateful if you might note the following -

Collection of children attending after school activities should be from the side gate at 5pm

Collection of nursery (full time) children should be from the main entrance

Serving the evening meal is quite an involved process, as I am sure you can appreciate! In order to provide a detailed 'hand over' about the day and adventures enjoyed as well as supervising the evening meal, we would be most grateful if you could avoid collection 5pm-5.10pm, if at all possible!


Finally, and I know it is one of the many things that you already know, but please don't feel that I only stand at the gate to 'simply' welcome you and your children into school each day.

I am also there to speak with.

It may be the weather, the weekend rugby score or even to double check dates or events with, but I also hope that you feel able to speak with me about any aspect of school life.

We, as a staff, are simply here to give our children the best.

If you are unsure about anything please speak with me; it will only ever be taken in the spirit of making Park Hill even better.

Do take your time and scroll through the many images in this edition of the Deerstalker. Share them with your children as the art on display is so bright and vibrant and they have every reason to feel very proud of their efforts.

Yours sincerely,



I am hoping that those of you who have already had the need to contact AlleyCatz have been very happy with the service received.

I am delighted to confirm that after a long search girls in Year 3 and above, will have a new pink and white summer blouse available to them. I am aware has been long awaited after we consulted with the school council over one year ago. AlleyCatz expect to have the new stock in for the start of the summer term.

Naming Uniform

We do our very best to return lost property but we do come up against the challenge of nameless items. We would be grateful if you could please ensure that every piece of clothing (including shoes) are clearly labelled, ideally with a sewn in name tag. If possible, please ensure these labels are attached in the neckline of tops/ coats and in the back waistband of bottoms to help with easy identification.

Collection Arrangements - Safeguarding

We would be most grateful if any messages regarding collection are passed at the gate with Mrs Watts or Mrs Blower, emailed or called through to the office and not left with the teacher.

Similarly, we would also be grateful if any last minute changes to collection (from 2.30pm) are called through to the School Office and not emailed to ensure the message has been received.

Art Exhibition 2019

Such a fabulous event to hold, although it takes some considerable energy from every member of staff to organise, it is clearly getting better and better each year. Every child in the school can proudly state that they have had their artwork exhibited, how many of us can boast that?

As last year, we will be publishing an iBook that can be downloaded from the Apple Book Store that will contain images and information from the exhibition. The link will be provided in due course.

ILG Athletics

The second such time that we have organised the ILG Athletics Championship at the splendid Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track at St Marys University.

What a pleasure it is to see our own team running faster, jumping higher and throwing further (cities, altius, fortius for the Latin scholars). Well done to all involved and to our own athletes and helpers who ensured the event went so well. Particular congratulations to our own U9 Girls who retained the title of U9 Girls Champions. It bodes well for the ISA Regional Athletics on 5th June.

I am gradually ploughing through the various times and distances to add to the overall list of school records. I am pretty sure that at this stage we have a new boys long jump record (James can jump) and girls U11 ball throw record. The target is to add the list of records in the edition next week.


What a privilege it is to recognise the many endeavours and achievements our children make (as well as a few birthdays). The weekly assembly is a constant reminder of just how hard our children work and how they eagerly seize the many opportunities presented to them and by them.

Many congratulations to all of the children who received a certificate on Thursday, to Kerem and Luce for being so deserving of their school colours and to the twenty children who had the 'look of resolve' and committing to making the triathlon team next year. I am already fretting about how I will fit that many bikes into the minibuses...not a bad fret to have!

As promised, and the right way around, the rather splendid stop motion Secodn Steps creation of Jack and the Beanstalk, Steven Spielberg be aware!

Social Media

There are also some wonderful images from our Little Adventurers available through their own instagram page -

Notices and Reminders

Monday 13th May - Phonics Workshop for Early Years

Tuesday 14th May - Year 2- 5 Chiltern Open Air Museum Visit

Tuesday 14th May - Games as normal for Reception and Year 1

Wednesday 15th May - 11+ Coffee Morning (8.30am)

Curriculum Meetings

The following dates are for those of you who would like to understand more about the curriculum content and expectations for the class your children are entering into for the coming academic year.

Second Steps: Wednesday 12th June 8.30 - 9.15am

Reception: Monday 10th June 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 1: Tuesday 21st May 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 2: Friday 24th May 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 3: Monday 3rd June 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 4: Tuesday 4th June 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 5: Year 4: Tuesday 4th June 8.30 - 9.15am

Year 6: Year 4: Tuesday 4th June 8.30 - 9.15am

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Alistair Bond

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