Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 34 - 22nd September 2017


From the Headmaster:

It is always important to reward perseverance and just a little perspiration. It seems that we shall be doing both over the approaching week. Unusual as it may be to start the Deerstalker with details about the coming week, I am rather fearful that if I don't yet another seven days will fly by.

We are holding our first School Council (Great Park Hill) Bake Sale this evening and to ensure that we don't overindulge, the slices of cake that we are all obliged to enjoy can be balanced with our very first Health and Activity Week starting on Monday.

I have provided details within this edition but I would like to thank Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym here in Kingston for being most generous in their help with the week long celebration of being physically active. Do please scroll onwards and downwards for further details.

As much as we are looking ahead it has been quite an extraordinary week. In addition to clubs starting (for the record Miss Dixon and Miss Renfrew make a rather good Fridge Cake) and various trips not just to Richmond Park but also to Asda and KGS Ditton Field (we have a rather impressive group of athletes here at Park Hill) the Year 3 and Year 4 children 'enjoyed' a quite an exceptional Science lesson at the Science Labs at Canbury School.

For those of you who are unaware, whilst we continue with our plans for our new build, we were keen to ensure that our prep school children get the scientific opportunities that few others of their age enjoy. With the 'A' Level standard science teaching facilities at Canbury School laying vacant on a Thursday afternoon I am delighted that Mrs. Louise Clancy, Headmistress of Canbury, kindly agreed to allow us to use the laboratory. It is important that I thank not just Louise for her generosity, but also her colleagues and students, Margaux and Oscar for allowing us to descend and give our pupils the opportunity.

It is perhaps as important that I note that the expertise and knowledge all of our children enjoy courtesy of my colleagues. As just one example, Mr. Stevenson and his ability to engage and ignite scientific curiosity amongst the children is remarkable to behold. Again, further details of just what they discovered (it involved donning gloves) can be found by scrolling through this edition of the Deerstalker.

Charity Bike Ride

Well, the day is nearly upon us. Do spare Mr Clarke and I some thought tomorrow as we wend our way down (and I do keep telling myself that it is all downhill) to Brighton. A good training run last weekend and a few midweek short laps around Richmond Park means that we are hopeful our un-shaved (and therefore proudly hairy), non-lycra clad, old legs will propel us succesfully to the finish line.

I would like to thank those of you who have so kindly supported us and donated to the British Heart Foundation. I would also like to thank those of you who have made such encouraging comments and can only apologise for any dropped skittles...

We are aiming to raise £500 towards the charity and would be most appreciate of your support. I hasten to add that whilst we would appreciate your kind sponsorship there is no obligation to do so. However, should you be able to support our 71 mile ride I would be most grateful if you could follow this link to the fundraising page.

I am hopeful that I shall not only enjoy the range of cakes guilt free next week but also the first social event of the year next Saturday. I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable BBQ and a chance to relax after what will be a very active week. Whilst I am putting my trust in my Brooks saddle (an example of fine engineering from my home town) I might prefer not to sit down a great deal next week....

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


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.

Adventure School

You may not have noticed but there is some rather unusual wildlife in Richmond Park. In fact, Adventure School this week were faced with a task of navigating some rather large 'spider webs', requiring the children to work as team. As you can see from the images, the children completed various challenges on how to thread themselves through the web without disturbing the spider, how to thread large objects through the gaps and then how to pass a body through the web. The focus was on developing the key skills needed to work successfully as a team. In short, leadership, a plan and communication (a little simplistic and I know many people have written many books about the subject, but I think that just about sums it up...)


We always do what we can to recover and return lost items to their rightful owner, if we could ask that all items are labelled and named it would be most appreciated. We do have a healthy selection of used uniform that can be arranged through a Facebook page.

Please follow this link to access the page -

I would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring the children are wearing the correct uniform to school. Black school shoes should be worn, white socks for girls and grey socks for boys. Children from Reception to Year 4 are required to wear a blazer. Our school uniform is a source of great pride and I would be grateful for your assistance as we remind the children of the need to ensure shirts are tucked in and that they leave the school as smartly as the arrive.

School Councillors

I would like to congratulate our newly elected school councillors. They meet to voice their thoughts and opinions on what we can do to further improve our school -

Year 4 - Kerem Akoglu & Alexa Bond

Year 3 -James Coyne-Lown & Sarah Bakhouche

Year 2 - Ella Akoglu & Zac Warner

Year 1 - Gbeminiyi Ibiyemi & Harris Kane

News from the Classes

First Steps

First steps would like to welcome Klaus and Artin, who are settling in well with lots of encouragement from their teachers and peers.

First steps have had a fun week leaning about Harvest, especially different fruits and what they taste like, incorporating colour and texture into their language.

Our music lesson with Mrs Baillie in the music room was very loud and full of lots of dancing & singing. The children especially enjoyed taking turns on the piano.

Next week is fitness week. We will be having lots of sporty energetic fun. If you would like to bring a ball into school on Tuesday so we can play lots of different games ball games you are very welcome to do so.

Second Steps

Second Steps have been learning about Harvest and how not only where we go to get our food but also the process of how the food gets to the shops. The children absolutely loved going into the Music Room this week and had such a great time exploring how different musical instruments are played. We have used the interactive board to learn numeracy and quantity as well as learning shapes. Second Steps continues to learn about their senses and the importance to why we use them. We have been exploring the sense of smelling this week and with the lovely aroma coming from the kitchen we enjoyed using our sense of smell.


Well this week has been full of cooking and getting messy. Reception made a glittery blue jelly at the beginning of the week, where we spoke about the changes for each stage and then ate it for a special treat as our afternoon snack!

We also made a fridge cake for the bake sale on Thursday and we were lucky enough to go to Asda to buy our ingredients. We looked at the prices of our ingredients and the money we used to pay. Within Literacy we have focussed on our topic The Human body, we did a great activity where the children worked in teams to draw around one of the children and then placed the bones in the correct place. We then labelled the bones and these are now on display in our classrooms for you to have a look at.

Year 1

On Wednesday the 20th of September Year 1 were delighted to virtually welcome author Jonathan Emmett for a Skype visit. Year 1 were joined by the Nursery children (from First and Second steps) who listened and behaved beautifully.

Mr Emmett read 'Monsters: An owners guide' - an imaginative information book about owning and caring for a monstermatic toy. The reading prompted a wonderful discussion about toys from the future and what it would be like to own a monster toy. It was a good introduction for Year 1 to information texts.

The children have been tasked to design their own robotic monster toy for homework and I am very much looking forward to seeing the results on Monday.

In class we have been learning about prepositions of place words such as in, on, under, over and through.

In addition, we have been recognising and counting coins and working on our knowledge of time (days and hours).

This week in computing we will be using the iPads to practise our logging on skills and then using software such as iBooks and notes to draw and label pictures of monster characters based on Mark Oliver’s fabulous illustrations.

Year 2

Story writing has been a big focus of year 2 this week. We have been working hard on our work based on the story of ‘Dogger’. After designing characters, the children have written short stories about their characters losing one of their favourite toys. A lot of effort has gone in to thinking about how the characters feel, as well as how they look.

Mathematics this week has been all about number bonds. The children expertly completed our work on number bonds to 10, before moving to 20. We then worked on spotting number bonds in 3 and 4 digit sums. The children were surprised how easy it became when they knew their number bonds.

Science this week involved carnivores and herbivores. We looked at the features of both and created a list of things to look out for when figuring out the diet of animals.

Guided reading has been a fun feature of this week, with the children enjoying sharing stories with each other.

Well done Ela Akoglu and Zac Warner who are our new school councillors.

Year 3 & Year 4

It has been another exciting week of new experiences for Year 3 & 4 this week.

In Adventure School the children learnt first hand the importance of communication when working as a team to succeed. They worked on a few different challenges, working there way through the spider web of rope.

In Science we continued our work on the respiratory system. The highlight of the lesson was being able to see a real (animal) respiratory system for those who wanted a real look! It was optional, but they all really enjoyed looking closely and now have a far greater understanding thanks to Mr Stevenson's hard work and organisation. It certainly was a fantastic opportunity for our children.

In Art we have been looking at Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and working with real papyrus, with our cartouche name plates. The challenge has been set to find out how we cracked the code to understand what the hieroglyphics actually meant!

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.

Prep School Science

I have carefully selected the images from the science lesson that our Year 3 and Year 4 children enjoyed yesterday. As you can see they are currently studying the respiratory system and it seems that we have a number of aspiring medics. Having explored the respiratory system through virtual reality (Google Expeditions App) on the iPads, they then discussed and viewed a 3-D model of the lungs and diaphragm. They then calmly and with natural curiosity explored a 'real' system.

I cannot underline enough just what an extraordinary scientific opportunity the children enjoyed and will continue to enjoy thanks to these lessons. I am in no doubt that many of you have heard from your children all about the lesson.


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 and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

Parent Social - 30th September

As a reminder, I would like to remind you that we have a social event on 30th September. I very much hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. BBQ, quiz, good company and refreshments all guaranteed and provided....

Health and Activity Week

I am delighted to provide you with further details regarding our first Health and Activity Week. Each day, the children will be exploring various aspects of health through their lessons in addition to enjoying a emphasis on enjoying being physically active.

On Monday and Tuesday, we shall be joined by our friends from Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym who will be providing our children with a fun circuit training session to get the pulse rate raised. They will be joining us again on Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday and Thursday afternoon we will enjoy a whole school aerobic/dance class led by Miss Georgina and some able assistants here at Park Hill.

Friday (having had time to recover myself) I would very much like to encourage you to leave work early, bring your bikes to Richmond Park for a 4pm Great Park Hill Bike Ride! We shall provide logistical details nearer the time but I very much hope that you will all be able to join us whether you ride skinny tyred bikes through to those of us who enjoy fat bikes!

The highlight of the week will be on Thursday morning where we will be joined by Great Britain athlete Ezekiel Ewulo. A long jumper, who holds a number of indoor national records, he will not only join us for our normal assembly but he will also deliver athletics clinics with the children following the assembly.

Ezekiel Ewulo in action

After School Activities

Please note: all activities, clubs (including after- school and breakfast clubs and trips will be charged through schoolmoney.

Please follow this link to access the booking forms for after school club and for teacher led activities. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th September.

Happy Birthday!

Eliza Obaidullah and Mrs Kemp!

Certificate Winners

Well done to all of our certificate winners. Mr Kemp is there for a reason. A rather impressive performance at the Duathlon last weekend and a 10km time of 48minutes. The standard has been set....

Dates for the diary...

22nd September - School Council Bake Sale

25th - 29th September - Health and Activity Week

28th September - Special Assembly GB Athlete Visit and coaching sessions

28th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning prior to the assembly

29th September - Parent Workshop - Reading with your children

30th September - Parent Social - Evening BBQ and refreshments

All events can be downloaded to your outlook calendar through the school website.

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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Alistair Bond

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