Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 17 - 10TH february 2017

From the Headmaster:

A most enjoyable evening was had by all last Friday, as we hosted our first social event of the year - the Wine Pairing Evening. Many of you have kindly expressed how much you enjoyed the evening and that we must hold another one. I would gladly receive suggestions on what the next event should be. I am delighted that it was so enjoyed by us all.

Whilst I am not entirely sure where this last half term has gone, we have included a number of key dates for the second half of the Spring Term in this edition of the Deerstalker. Do please read through this edition for this information.

We shall also be holding a number of inter-house competitions next half term, again details can be found in the calendar section of this newsletter.

I very much hope that you have an enjoyable half term break and that those children who are attending our holiday camp have a most enjoyable time - the equipment has been delivered including some rather interesting inflatable table tennis tables as well as archery sets and fencing equipment. I am pleased to confirm that bookings can be made on the day if needed.

Yours sincerely,


School Council Bake Sale

I couldn't resist featuring just some of the extraordinary selection of cakes that were so kindly baked and brought in for the first School Council Bake Sale. Ably assisted by the school councillors themselves, Mr Stevenson was inundated with buyers at the end of yesterday afternoon. I am delighted to inform you that the final total raised was £108. On behalf of the School Council I would like to thank you all for kindly supporting this event - following the next council meeting I will write to you again with their plans for the money.

School Money

I am delighted to confirm that we will be in a position to offer the facility for you all to make payments online for school activities such as school school trips, after school clubs and school photos, to name but a few immediately after the half term holiday.

It is no small administrative task collecting and keeping track of what payments have been received for the many events and trips that take place throughout the academic year. This, combined with the challenge that you may experience in either finding the correct change or writing a cheque to pay for your child’s activities can at times be frustrating.

Our new facility will enable us all to experience a more streamlined, secure and efficient payment collection system.

Those of you who attend After School Club or Breakfast Club will receive a text message and email informing you of the amount to be paid for that week. You then follow the link, set up your account (the clubs/activity/trips will already be listed) and then you can make the payment with your debit/credit card. The details of your card will not be stored on the system. The booking of clubs will remain through the Google Documents. Likewise, when you are notified of a trip, you will also receive a text message and email informing you of the cost and the link to pay through SchoolMoney.

We shall be asking for your feedback on the system within the first month as it is important that you all find the system easy to use and more efficient. I will be writing to you again at the beginning of next half term with further details.

Great Fire of London!

Please don't worry, there was no emergency on Thursday...

Following on from their visit to the Monument and their topic on the Great Fire of London, the Year 2 children designed their own London street. With houses packed closely together, made out of wood (in our case cereal boxes), dry conditions (we couldn't quite manage that yesterday) and a strong wind, the Great Fire was recreated in very controlled conditions. The St. Paul's dominated skyline we all enjoy now grew out of the ashes from 1666; if you have time during the half term holiday, do take your children to the Monument and Museum of London.

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.


Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. This time of year, with increased layers being worn, we do what we can to return lost property. We would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring that items are labelled.

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 -

Boot bags are now available from Lester Bowden. All items can be ordered directly through their website.

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.

Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school 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.

Photography Club and Chess Club

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be holding a Photograph Exhibition of images taken by the members of the club, 27th to 30th March. The images will be on display throughout the school.

I would like to confirm that both clubs have a finishing time of 5pm, children should be collected from the side gate.

Don't forget, this weekend…

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - Collection box by the side gate.

Half term starts on Thursday 9th February - school is closed on Friday 10th and reopens on Monday 20th February.

After School Activities

The link to apply for a place on the various current activities can be found here -

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club, 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 who are at least 3 years old.

Dates for the Diary -

23rd January 2017 - Reception trip to Porter's Grocers

30th January 2017 - Years 1, 2 & 3 trip to The Monument and Museum of London

3rd February - Wine tasting & food pairing evening with Wined Up Here (a social event to celebrate the end of 'Dry January' - details to be provided in due course.7.30pm

9th February - School Council Bake Sale

10th-17th February - Half Term holiday (10th February school is closed for staff INSET)

13th - 17th February - Half Term Holiday Camp

28th February - Headmaster's Coffee Morning, 8.30am

23rd February - Open Evening 5.30pm-7pm

24th February - Reception Class to The Holly Lodge Centre

2nd March - World Book Day

7th March - 9am-12pm Reception Class to Pizza Express

9th March - Headmaster's Coffee Morning, 8.30am

15th March - Parent Teacher Meetings

16th March - Parent Teacher Meetings

22nd March - No swimming - pool closed

24th March - Red Nose Day

27th to 30th March - School Photography Club Exhibition

30th March - 12.30pm Easter Holiday

Certificate Winners

Congratulations to: Amber Bodycombe, Pascal Barikor, Ali-Taha Oelcer, Jago Jones, Aadhrith Sarvesh, Layton McCormack, Gbeminiyi Ibiyemi, Jessica Blackburn, Ela Akoglu, Zara Nelson, Elena Vasilikostas, Yash Shoor, Bianca Shuber.

Happy Birthday!

Sarah Bakhouche; Felix Warner; Ali Taha Oelcer; Luce Pirola; Daniel Prichard; Gavin Clarke & Jane Lloyd....

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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