Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 6 - 14th october 2016

From the Headmaster:

I was a little trepidatious in advance of the assembly as to what I might be handed following the rock assembly last week. Fortunately I was able to enjoy seeing various images of animals as we celebrated the wonderful world of animals. It seems that the children have enjoyed watching the news about the escaped gorilla at London Zoo. It would be a concern if Reverend Coupland had captured a photograph of a gorilla in his back garden....

We are holding our Parent Consultation Meetings next week, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October, 5.45pm-8pm. I would like to remind you that if you have not done so already, there are times available which can be booked through this link -

In a small change to the normal procedure, you will be provided with a copy of the topics and content covered during the meetings by the class teacher. As the meetings start from 5.30pm I would like to request that children are collected from After School Club by this time.

We received a visit from our new IT service company, RIKA on Tuesday. They upgraded various elements of our network and will be returning during half term to complete various other outstanding items. We are keen to develop and improve our IT provision at Park Hill, this is an important first step to allow us to develop our capacity.

Finally, you can read more about the Christmas Fayre meeting at The Albert later in the Deerstalker, but I very much hope you will be able to offer your support and help for what promises to be a very enjoyable Christmas Fayre on 3rd December.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond

Wonderful World - Animals...

Reverend Coupland continued his theme by exploring the wonderful world of animals. In addition to now knowing what a Cardinal bird looks like we also enjoyed seeing the wildlife that inhabits Richmond Park and the garden of Reverend Coupland. I am a little jealous that he captured an image of a woodpecker although having been woken by foxes this week I am less envious of him recieving these visitors.

We have enjoyed a month of assemblies led by Reverend Coupland as he is due to go on study leave next week. I shall be leading assemblies for the remainder of this Autumn Term. The theme/value on Thursday will be resilience.

Information from First Steps

It has been an enjoyable and busy week in First Steps. The children have had great fun cooking and baking rock cakes that Mary Berry would be proud of! They are continuing make good strides towards independence, particularly when tidying up after each activity and also showing increasing control when mark making. Mrs Martinez passed on her considerable experience on how to make play-doh, stirring the mixture and adding the colour before then manipulating and shaping it into various objects and creatures to further develop finger strength.

Information from Second Steps

This week Second Steps have concentrated on learning the letter name and sound ‘i’. They have tried hard to think of things that begin with the letter and recognised who has the letter ‘i’ in their name. The children learnt that the letter ‘y’ can represent the ‘i’ sound too, such as ‘fly’ and ‘eye.’

Supporting our letter ‘i’ focus, Second Steps made ‘insects’ such as spiders and ladybirds. We incorporated our mathematical skills to count the legs and spots.

On Monday, within Woodland School, the children had a great time making crowns - one of their favourite activities! They went on a hunt to look for natural objects such as feathers, stones and leaves to stick on their crowns. We had some beautiful prince and princesses. Some children made a wonderful wand too by winding colourful wool around a stick.

During topic work, focusing on the sense of hearing, the children played a game of whispers which they found hilarious. Whispers is a great game to test for good listeners! A busy and great working week.

Information from Reception

This week, Reception have been really busy. We have been talking all about the different seasons and how our outside environment is changing. We had a very enjoyable big talk discussion about autumn and the different things we see. In Woodlands School, we enjoyed using the leaves that have fallen from the tress to make different leaf rubbings, we also experimented with bark rubbings! In Literacy this week, we have been focusing on what makes a good friend and we even wrote about why our friends are special to us.

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

We held a very enjoyable and productive meeting at The Albert on Wednesday evening. The main focus of the meeting was to arrange the key components to then 'get the (snow) ball rolling..' Your respective class representatives will be in touch in due course to explain more but we would very much like parents from each class to be responsible for organising a stall for the day in addition to a stall being run by the class teacher/teachers. We felt that a start time of 2pm would make the event more accessible and help those of you who may have a number of other events to attend on the same day.

In order to participate in the various games and stalls, tickets can be purchased on the day which can be cashed in for an attempt/go at the stalls. This will allow children to enjoy the activities without worrying about carrying/losing money during the afternoon.

A raffle will be held. We have started the process of approaching local businesses and shops to offer prizes. So far, we have had generous offers of vouchers for free bike servicing, meals for two and various other vouchers for food and refreshments. I will keep you posted on the raffle prizes over the coming weeks.

We are very keen to ensure that our entire community support and enjoy the afternoon. I would be grateful if you could either volunteer your time to help with the event. It has been very pleasing to have so many of you already kindly offer your time, it promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon.

Information from Year 1

On Tuesday, Year 1 became adventurers travelling back in time to learn about the history of Kingston. We had a wonderful visit to the Kingston museum, followed a Saxon trail through the town to the Coronation stone and went to All Saints Church.

“We were learning about the king and his crown was made from gold. The first king of England was Athelstan.” Elena

“I learnt there were seven kings in Kingston.” Barney

“My favourite moment was how Saxons were fighting with swords and one new thing I learnt was mammoths lived in Kingston …” Avery.

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

This week in Owl class, as part of our 'Big Write' Miss Kilpin received a golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Unfortunately, the rest of Owl Class were not fortunate enough not receive one. As part of the discussion leading up to the write, the children developed the story line whereby they wanted to visit the factory so much that they broke in and stumbled across a locked door. The children created some lovely ideas using lots of descriptive language and their senses to create and describe a new room for the chocolate factory. We will continue with this theme for our Big Write next week. In Mathematics, we have been learning about measure. We have been estimating and comparing lengths of different objects and testing our accuracy. In SPaG we have been learning to use connectives to extend our sentences. During Woodland School, we created some wonderful tree faces using clay. We explored how to create 3D textures, using natural found resources to create features and enjoyed telling stories about our faces.

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 Morning

The third coffee morning proved to be as informative and helpful as the preceding two. As we approach the half term holiday, we discussed what has been successful and what we can do to further improve. I was pleased to be able to unveil the planned games kit and talked about a potential new system for being able to pay for trips/visits/fees through a parent portal; one that even allows you to pay for a trip through a unique barcode whilst completing your weekly shopping. The benefits are numerous and would greatly improve the accounting process here at Park Hill. The next coffee morning is in actual fact a coffee evening - 16th November. I do hope that you will be able to join me.

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…

Parent Consultation meetings - Wednesday 19th and Thursday 21st November

Last day for children is Thursday 20th. School returns on Monday 7th November.

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

Kevin Dong - Great effort with his writing

Zara Field - Excellent independent name writing

Oscar Young - Writing his name beautifully

Adrius Parchment - Excellent 3-D shape work

Amelie Blower - Amazing writing in Literacy

Zoe Han - Fantastic autumn writing

Henry Blackburn - Being so positive and partaking in all activities

Audrey Tse - Excellent 2-D and 3-D shape work

Zahraa Alyacoby - A great improvement in her comprehension in class

Creative Writing

As promised, I will confess it was supposed to feature in our previous Deerstalker, I would like to share with you a rather wonderful piece of writing from Tristan in Year 2. I think you will be rather impressed -

Woodland School

A wonderful time was had by all at Woodland School on Thursday. Following the theme of 'Animals' the children discussed the texture and appearance of the trees and, using clay, designed their own 'tree faces' using the clay and their own animals incorporating acorns and bark found in the bark. As you can see from the images below, the results were quite outstanding.

Dates for the Diary -

Wednesday 19th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.

Thursday 20th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.

Friday 21st October - Staff INSET. School closed for half term.

Monday 7th November - Term Resumes.

Tuesday 8th November - Reception Class Phonics Workshop 9am - 9.30am.

Thursday 10th November - Future Schools Evening - Shrewsbury House & Notre Dame.

Friday 11th November - Art Workshop with your Year 2 and 3 child 2pm-3.30pm- With limited places, please contact Mrs Blower if you would like to attend.

Wednesday 16th November - 6.00pm-7.00pm - Coffee Evening.

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.

Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term.

Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Happy Birthday!

October 14th - 20th - Avery Barikor & Oscar West.

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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