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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 53 - 4th May 2018

From the Headmaster:

Well, where to start? I think I need to begin with some rather splendid news. You will be fully aware that our children and staff enjoy using technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning with great success. Perhaps not as well known is just the reputation we enjoy for our use of technology at a national level, certainly amongst our friends at Apple Education.

It is extraordinary just how confident children are with using the iPad to share, collaborate and communicate information in a variety of ways and, more importantly, to choose how to present this information. Our children will be entering employment and work environments where the ability to use technology confidently and to gather information quickly will be essential skill sets. They are already doing this in their learning.

I am delighted to confirm that we have been invited to submit our final document to become an Apple Distinguished School. Having already visited the school and seen first hand just how we use technology as well as lengthy conversations with a number of us, this invite is essentially a recognition that we are ready for the award.

What does this mean? Well, we will be one of only 28 other schools in England and just 400 world wide to be recognised as -

‘...centres of leadership and educational excellence ​that demonstrate our vision of exemplary learning environments. They use Apple products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.​ Leaders in recognised schools create cultures that inspire students, foster curiosity, and provide learning experiences that engage every individual.’

To say that we are all delighted would be a slight understatement.

It has been a busy few weeks with visits to Heathrow, Legoland, Primark and lots of athletic endeavor in advance of a busy sporting term.

If I may remind you of our art exhibition which will be on display from Tuesday 8th and then the interactive art day on Friday 11th where we have colleagues from Kingston Grammar and Surbiton High Secondary Girls joining us, in addition to the Mayor of Kingston enjoying a variety of workshops and hearing from our children how they created their own art. Those of you able to join us you are very welcome to make your own art and join in with the exhibition from 8.30am.

I am keen to draw your attention to a number of key dates for this half term. Please read through this edition of the Deerstalker, as usual, the dates can be accessed and downloaded to your personal device or phone through our website, which I promise is very close to being updated!

Linda Garnett - Celebration

Safe in the knowledge that Linda won't read this edition of the Deerstalker I would like to invite you all to join us for a dual celebration on Wednesday 9th May at 2.30pm.

We shall be hosting a surprise party for Linda to celebrate her fortieth year working at Park Hill and to celebrate a rather auspicious birthday (a clue: she joined the school when she was thirty years old) taking place on 9th May. Chef Leon has already started the cake, the children will be leading the chorus and there will be plenty of refreshments to toast her dual celebration. It will start at 2.30pm and is planned to be a surprise, so don't say anything!

I hope you are looking forward to the numerous events and activities taking place this term and that this perfect weather remains for as long as possible!

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Digital Leaders Trip to Heathrow Airport

A most unique trip to Heathrow was enjoyed by our Digital Leaders as we shared how we use technology with their IT Services team and learnt more about the role technology plays in keeping the airport running.

With security clearance provided we enjoyed an access all areas opportunity to explore the security scanning equipment, business lounge, viewing gallery and then a unique perspective on ‘leaving the airport through the boarding gate and then turning around and arriving through the arrival gates and passport control. This was then followed with a fascinating afternoon at the Compass Centre where we enjoyed lunch and then a board meeting with the Year 3 and 4 children joining through Skype and the marvels of the rather clever Microsoft Surface Hub where we ‘played’ on what is essentially a giant iPad.

Our friends at Heathrow extended the invitation as they had heard about our innovative approach to technology and wanted to hear more. A brilliant trip, one that will be long remembered by us all.

Triathlon Team - National Triathlon Championship

Well a slightly disappointing bout of wet weather has caused the postponement of the triathlon to 13th June. Whilst a little frustrating it does mean we have even more time to prepare!

Reception Class trip to Legoland

We were certainly fortunate with the weather on Friday as our Reception children took part in a variety of STEM activities at Legoland (as well as a few rides...)

The children were given a variety of challenges requiring them to communicate effectively and design a variety of structures to withstand earthquakes and dragons. A super trip with the children immaculately behaved as ever.

Uniform

Our children regularly receive comments on their appearance and manners from the wider community. We do enjoy a rather smart uniform and encourage the children to take pride with all they do. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that all items of uniform are labeled so that we can help in the return of lost items and also in ensuring that our children continue to take pride with their appearance.

Key Dates for the Diary - Half Term

8th - 11th May - Art Exhibition

9th May - Linda Garnett Surprise Party (2.30pm)

11th May - Art Exhibition and Interactive Workshops - Visit by Mayor of Kingston (9am)

11th May - ILG Athletics Championships - Sir Mo Farah Stadium, Twickenham (2pm)

12th May - Open Morning

17th-18th May - Year 2, 3 & 4 Camp Out

23rd - 25th May - Year 3 and Year 4 Residential Trip - Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast

25th May - 3rd June - Half Term

School Council

The school councilors enjoyed a trip to Kingston to purchase a variety of items for classrooms that children had requested. With spreadsheets calculating expenditure and a keen eye for a bargain they came back not only with a variety of cushions and items, they came back with unspent money too!

Information from the Year Groups

Year 3 and Year 4

This week in Mathematics we have continued our work on time, then moving on to area and perimeter. In Adventure School we learnt the importance of layers, merino, midlayer down and a waterproof shell to keep us comfortable in a variety of climates. In preparation for the art exhibition we have studied the life and works of Monet and reproduced one of his many famous ‘Monet’s Garden’ paintings from his garden in Givernay. In English we have looked at redrafting and up leveling part of our extended writing to further improve the quality of our work.

Year 2 -

This week the children have been busy preparing for the art exhibition and producing some stunning printed artwork using ink and polystyrene sheets.

In History, the children have been learning about the Stone Age and enjoyed making their own stone carvings into soap.

We have been particularly pleased with the progress they have all made in cricket and would encourage them to practice with a tennis ball at home to ensure even greater confidence in underarm bowling.

Year 1 -

Year 1 have been learning about the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe who painted nature in a way that showed how it made her feel. We have created some large scale flowers using complementary colours for the Art exhibition.

The children really enjoyed working with colour, form, light and dark and learning about composition on canvas.

Georgia O’Keefe believed that “colour and shape makes a more definite statement than words”. An idea that Year 1 have really taken to heart.

In addition, following our trip to Kingston to explore our locality, Year 1 have been learning more about human and physical features. We have been exploring an aerial perspective, looking at satellite maps and then cratering our own maps of the school locality.

Sport

We have a variety of events to look forward to in the coming weeks.

We are hosting the first ILG Athletics Championships on Friday 11th with each of our six sister schools bringing teams of 16 children to compete at the Sir Mo Farah Track at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham. This is closely followed by the ISA Regional Athletics event at the Thames Valley Stadium on 6th June where the top performers will then go on to compete at the National Finals in Birmingham.

We have a number of cricket fixtures over the coming weeks for various age groups as well as a second triathlon on 3rd June and our own sports day on 30th June.

It is an absolute delight to see our sporting calendar develop.

Information from the Year Groups

Reception -

Following on from our Construction topic, Reception have looked at some famous buildings and learnt the names of them, which they painted in Art. Matilda was intrigued by the Taj Mahal and painted a beautiful painting, Stella painted the O2 arena, Krisha painted The Leaning Tower of Pisa and others chose to paint some UK iconic buildings such as ‘Tower Bridge.’

Within Science and Literacy we focused on ‘floating and sinking’ activity whereby children predicted whether their boat would float or sink. Results were made and were produced in a table. It was very interesting to see. This also resulted in the children counting how many seconds it took for their boat to sink which reinforced their counting skills. Well done Reception.

Second Steps -

Second Steps have had a wonderful opportunity to become artists for the week. They have created and designed some amazing art pieces for the Art Exhibition which well beheld next week on the 11th of May. The children enjoyed getting very messy as well as exploring the different textures and colours created by mixing different colours. We have also been learning about Asia this week and have enjoyed travelling to different countries. Second Steps have enjoyed using their fine motor skills to manipulate clay to create different animals from the continents they have currently learnt. This week for yoga we paired up and helped each other to do different poses, we needed the session with a short meditation time, where we listened to so calm music. We had a lovely singing time while Miss Menon played her flute. This week we have been practicing our writing skills during our focus time. Mrs Patel showed us a quick video of little black birds babies that have recently hatched! There is one egg left to hatch and we look forward to watching the fledglings grow over the Summer Term. What a busy and eventful week we have had!

First Steps -

This week first steps have been busy exploring the Jack and the bean stalk story further.

We have been measuring the size of the giants foot prints, counting how many steps it would take to get to the top of the beanstalk, seeing the magic beans we are growing sprout their first shoots and creating patterns with bean they painted.

This week we have been focusing on the letter C using the words cat, car, caterpillar, cake to reinforce the letter sound.

Which leads us nicely on to our home corner bakery. We have had lots of fun making salt dough donuts and cakes for the bakery and playing shop keeper. Alfie has spent a lot of time playing in there and handing out cakes in little bags to his friends and teachers. He even took one home for his daddy to have after work.

The children have shown an interest in the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’. We have been doing lots of crafty activities and practicing using scissors correctly and safely to make long grass.

School Money - Update

School Money has been updated. We hope these step by step instructions will help.

Login in to schoolmoney.co.uk > Sign In (blue button) > schoolmoney parent login

You will then be presented with the login information page requesting your mobile, email, password and child’s first name.

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 very shortly.

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.

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