Neighbours and your help!
If I may ask for your help with a small number of things I would be most grateful.
We do enjoy good relationships with our neighbours but a significant frustration expressed to us is the parking in the neighbouring driveways and across exit points. Please help us by not parking either in the drive of Dean Court or in the parking spaces of Belvedere Court directly opposite the school.
We have addressed various elements of our after school provision to make collection as straight forward as possible but would be grateful if you might note the following -
Collection of children attending after school activities should be from the side gate at 5pm
Collection of nursery (full time) children should be from the main entrance
Serving the evening meal is quite an involved process, as I am sure you can appreciate! In order to provide a detailed 'hand over' about the day and adventures enjoyed as well as supervising the evening meal, we would be most grateful if you could avoid collection 5pm-5.10pm, if at all possible!
Finally, and I know it is one of the many things that you already know, but please don't feel that I only stand at the gate to 'simply' welcome you and your children into school each day.
I am also there to speak with.
It may be the weather, the weekend rugby score or even to double check dates or events with, but I also hope that you feel able to speak with me about any aspect of school life.
We, as a staff, are simply here to give our children the best.
If you are unsure about anything please speak with me; it will only ever be taken in the spirit of making Park Hill even better.
I am hoping that those of you who have already had the need to contact AlleyCatz have been very happy with the service received.
I can confirm that all items of school uniform are now in stock. These include the Prep School summer blouse, new soft shell fleece jacket, games kit, school bag and games haversack.
We are naturally proud of our uniform and are delighted that we are in the position with AlleyCatz to have the confidence that all items are in stock and available.
I would like to confirm that for the summer term-
Girls from Year 3 must wear the grey skort, pink stripe blouse, grey v-neck sweater, blazer with plain white socks.
Girls in Reception to Year 2 must wear the pink striped summer dress, white cardigan, blazer and plain white socks.
Boys from Reception through to Year 6 must wear grey shorts, white shirt, school tie, blazer and grey socks (Year 3 and above - school black cap for sun protection; Reception to Year 2 - maroon sunhat with crest).
Children are welcome to wear the new white summer games t-shirt from this term but as we did not anticipate this being in stock so soon, it will not be compulsory until next academic year.
By popular demand the unwieldy book bag is not being reordered and is being replaced by an ergonomic backpack that is, quite simply put, better for Reception children through to Year 6.
We have been alert to the bulging rucksack on swimming and games days, with items somehow wedged in with all the necessary garments for the day.
This was quite a concern for young spines and shoulders. A more durable haversack for games kit that can fold away when not in use is now in stock for when your child's current maroon rucksack needs replacing. The bootbag remains available, along with a vastly improved waterproof swimming bag which is also now in stock. All these items will be personalised by AlleyCatz when ordered.
Please follow this link to access the order form for AlleyCatz and to view the uniform items for the summer term.
We do our very best to return lost property but we do come up against the challenge of nameless items. We would be grateful if you could please ensure that every piece of clothing (including shoes) are clearly labelled, ideally with a sewn in name tag. If possible, please ensure these labels are attached in the neckline of tops/ coats and in the back waistband of bottoms to help with easy identification.
Collection Arrangements - Safeguarding
We would be most grateful if any messages regarding collection are passed at the gate with Mrs Watts or Mrs Blower, emailed or called through to the office and not left with the teacher.
Similarly, we would also be grateful if any last minute changes to collection (from 2.30pm) are called through to the School Office and not emailed to ensure the message has been received.
Everyone Can Create
You may well be aware that we appreciate the role technology can play with creativity and enhancing and extending the quality of teaching and learning, but I thought I should share this with you. A recent update to KeyNote allows the creator to move objects around the screen for, in our case, story telling purposes. As you can see below, some of our children in Second Steps enjoyed this new feature and brought a story from under the sea to life.