Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 8 - 18th november 2016

From the Headmaster:

I shall spare you the details of just how I managed to take a tumble off my bike last weekend, but I was heartened by the actions of a fellow competitor who kindly stopped and offered his assistance. This was the theme of my assembly on Thursday, although disrupted thanks to a minor technological issue. We spoke about any kind acts we may have performed that morning and about the act of kindness performed by Gandhi. He lost a sandal off a moving train and promptly removed his other one and threw it alongside the lost sandal to ensure that someone poorer could benefit from his loss.

The technological challenges prevented me from showing this video exemplifying a more recent act of kindness -

I would like to think that this is a perfect example of how kind acts can multiply. The subsequent actions by the International Olympic Committee were just as kind.

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 (kind filled) weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond

Scooter Training

We were joined by colleagues from the Cycling Team at Kingston Council who very kindly trained a number of our children on how to scoot safely. Melissa Gregory and Stuart Lacey spent over two hours with two groups of children covering such skills as scooter etiquette, braking and handling. I did manage to witness some of the most considerate road (pavement) users, politely informing Stuart that they were approaching and then just as politely thanking him for moving to one side. Both Stuart and Melissa were effusive with their praise of our children and are very keen to return should more of you like your children to benefit from the course. Please contact Mrs. Blower if you are interested.

Information from First Steps

This week in First Steps we had a visit from the Zoolab. We met a bearded dragon, a snake, a cockroach and a rat! Also, this week we made our own kites as we explored the ‘k’ sound during phonics. During the week we also explored some books including ‘Who sank the boat’ for our Big talk session. We liked talking about what we could see and how many animals we could count. We have had lots of fun!

Information from Second Steps

Second Steps have enjoyed a wonderful week doing lots of hard work.

Monday afternoon was fun at Woodland School where the children developed an understanding of how to observe natural plants and animals and care for the living things in the environment. They were excellent explorers and found slugs, worms, a toad and a mouse.

Tuesday afternoon the children had a really exciting visit from Zoo Lab where they had the opportunity to touch and hold animals. Spike the bearded dragon and squeak the rat was their favourite.

We have been busy working on letter D for phonics with letter recognition and writing. In Maths we have been concentrating on counting and ordering numbers 1-10 and naming 2D shapes within our environment. In Art we have made shape pictures using different materials and collage. The children particularly enjoyed our cooking session on as we decorated biscuits with coloured icing and sprinkles.

Information from Reception

This has been a busy week in Reception. In Literacy, we wrote about our fantastic ZooLab visit. The children loved seeing all the animals and being able to touch them. They saw a rat, a bearded dragon, a hissing cockroach and a corn snake! We have also had topic times about Children in Need and why we need to help to raise money for children who need help.

In Mathematics, we have started looking at complex patterns and have created our own 2 and 3 step caterpillar patters.

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

With just two weeks 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. 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.

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

4. Cakes - I am in no doubt that we are fortunate to have many skilled bakers in our school community - donations of cakes are still more than welcome!

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, a link will be provided to you on Monday in order to book a visit.

Raffle Prizes

We have been receiving a very encouraging flow of rather exciting raffle prizes over the last week. The full list of prizes will be in the same correspendence on Monday. Tickets will be on sale starting next week from 8.15am and 3.30pm priced £1 each.

Many thanks to Elinor Olisa for kindly designing the poster

Information from Year 1

What a busy week Year 1 have had ...

On Monday we learnt basic first aid skills. We now know how to help some one who is hurt and how to place someone into the recovery position.

On Tuesday we had a wonderful experience with Zoolab examining a range of animals which linked nicely to our Science topic. We were able to closely examine insects, mammals and reptiles and discover their similarities and differences.

On Wednesday we created a class book full of information about Bearded Dragons.

Jess received a certificate for her excellent writing:

“A dragons beard is black when it is cross and pink when it is happy. Interestingly the beard dragon is a reptile and he is cold blooded! They flick their tails to show that they are cross."

On Thursday we had a wonderful afternoon developing our Scooter skills learning how to use the emergency brake, how to pass people safely and the Green Cross Code.

What will next week be like?

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

This week in Owl Class we had a fantastic visit from the Zoolab. All the children thoroughly enjoyed handling the different creatures and we were very proud of some children overcoming their fears. In Literacy, we have been looking at suffixes. We know that they are added to the end of a word to change the meaning. In Mathematics, we have been looking at rounding numbers to the nearest ten.

This week is Anti-bullying week. In Circle Time, we created our own recipe for how to make a good friend.

The children are really enjoying their Science topic of Living things and their habitat. We have been exploring microhabitats in the school grounds. We compared these with microhabitats in Woodland school and why mini beasts are suited to these habitats.

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 -

Coffee 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. Therefore, we held our first coffee evening on Wednesday. During the evening I explained just what documentation we are required to have in place in advance of our Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) compliance visit. This included our Self Evaluation Form (SEF), School Improvement Plan (SIP) and an explanation of just what is required for our Single Central Register (SCR). Preparing for any inspection or audit is no small feat. However, in preparing for the inspection, it serves as an opportunity to reflect as a staff on our strengths and to identify areas and elements that we can further improve and enhance.

This is an aspect of school life that isn't necessarily often articulated to parents. Those of you able to attend I hope found it to be of interest. During the course of the evening, it was abundantly clear just how much hard work goes in to preparing the many, many documents for an inspection. Much credit needs to go to all of the staff here at Park Hill for all of their hard work.

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).

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

Pascal Barikor; Jessica Blackburn; Felix Buss; Theo Butcher; Gabriel Clarke; Kevin Dong; Isabel Fielding-Smith; Joshua Fry; Zoe Han; Leo Jabourian; Jennifer Kemp; Mario Pearce Kulyk; Luce Pirola; Ayoub Rahman; Audrey Tse; Max Verdult; Rosie Walsh; Zachary Warner; Eliza Obaidullah & Abigail Lewis.

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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