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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 77 -22nd march 2019

From the Headmaster:

I do hope that you enjoyed the Spring Fayre as much as we all did. I would like to thank you all for your support with the event, and for your generosity both financially and also with your time in the lead up and during the fayre. I am conscious that such events rely on good will and kindness from every quarter of our community. Thank you for your significant part in ensuring it was enjoyed by everyone.

The target, established by the school council, is a tree house at the rear of the school. Rather appropriate, if you ask me, given that it can be enjoyed by all of our children. Estimates for resources etc come in around £1000. The splendid news is that we raised over £800 at the fayre which, along with previous bake sale contributions means that the school council can indeed see their dreams become reality! Watch this space (or more accurately the space at the top of the playground) for developments.

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...

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 pleased to be able (finally) to provide you with details regarding our own celebration of performing arts at the Rose Theatre on Friday 29th March. The event will start at 10.45am and be completed by 12.15pm. We have various performances for you to enjoy, including drumming, pianists, choir, soloists and two rather special Shakespeare monologues. Children from Second Steps to Year 5 will be taking part, with the youngest children performing first between 10.45am and 11am.

Sometimes fate or serendipity plays a gentle guiding hand in life. Whilst this edition just missed the mark of being released on time by a few days, it does mean that I can share some very good news with you all.

As you know, we are a member of the Independent Schools Association, an association of over 500 independent schools across the UK. You will be aware that we regularly take part in their regional and national events and have enjoyed much success recently in the Art competition as well as sporting pursuits such as triathlon and athletics and swimming. Well, now we can add drama to that list. Two of our many talented children took part in the Shakespeare monologue competition, Rachel and Sarah. I have included their performances below for you to enjoy. The judges described Rachel's performance as follows "Great stuff from Rachel as Macbeth, who gave a truly creepy performance." The judges then went on to describe Sarah's performance as a 'standout performance, both in staging and execution. A really dramatic, convincing performance as Macbeth. Loved this one!"

So standout, I am delighted to inform you that Sarah achieved first place in the national competition! Many, many congratulations!

You cannot have failed to notice the large skip in the driveway and evidence of a bit of a spring clean. We have recently finished landscaping work in the garden and a fairly significant clean out of the basement and, frankly, rubbish that has accumulated over the years. Good for the mind, or so I am told.

I do hope that you will be able to join us for our celebration of the performing arts on Friday.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Uniform

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 am delighted to confirm that after a long search girls in Year 3 and above, will have a new pink and white summer blouse available to them. I am aware has been long awaited after we consulted with the school council over one year ago. AlleyCatz expect to have the new stock in for the start of the summer term.

Naming Uniform

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.

ILG Football Tournament

One of the biggest strengths of being part of a group of schools is the infinite opportunities for collaboration, professional development and, most important of all, is to provide our children with tremendous opportunities to take part in sporting and cultural activities. We hosted the ILG football tournament at Grasshoppers Rugby Club on Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As you can see from the images below, the sight of over 70 children playing sport is a truly splendid sight. Mr Papps is quite right (please refer to his splendid writing in this edition) I enjoyed myself as much as anyone, if not more! Hearty congratulations to all of our players and many thanks to our vocal supporters!

Inter House Cross Country

Our now traditional inter house cross country relay competition was highly competitive on Monday as the children applied their energy and strategy to the event. The children have the choice to run a variety of distances earning points for their house. The eventual winners, St Andrews!

Hockey vs Westbury House

With an emphasis on enjoying the game and putting into a game situation all of the skills and hard work built up over the term, the Year 2 and Year 3 children enjoyed their first 'competitive' game of hockey against Westbury House on Tuesday. Honours were even with all four sides enjoying the round robin tournament.

Social Media

There are also some wonderful images from our Little Adventurers available through their own instagram page -

Notices and Reminders

Park Hill Performing Arts Festival (29th March)

Interhouse Hockey (2nd April)

MISSING ITEMS

Molly Frost Black sports jacket

Black boot bag with MF initials

Single ballet shoe! 13.5 size

School pink and white striped hairband

Beth Walsh - Book Bag

News from Year 5 and Year 4

On a fair Spring evening on Friday, our teaching week concluded and the fate of Year 4 and 5 pupils entrepreneurial endeavours determined as they feted customers at the Park Hill Spring Fayre; charging various fares for their services and goods. The desire to succeed was painted on their faces, and other peoples too. There were some real gems on sale as pupils saddled up and were in gear for the big day. The hopes for rising profits reflected in their baking, but no spongers please! (Apart from that Victoria one). Jewels, cakes, pictures of faces and scrubbed bikes made great fun for pupils as they competed for profits. It was great to see them succeed as they all made profits on top of their initial investments. A great start to business!

Before the Fayre (Fair) or Fete, our week had been punctuated by: inter-school football tournaments; various methods for multiplication; Michael Rosen biographies; Hockey practice; Rose Theatre preparations; Colons and Semi-Colons.

The football tournament on Thursday at Grasshoppers Rugby ground was a wonderful event and amazing experience for all as ILG pupils swarmed and hopped around the premises. Pupils were very brave and gallant as they faced much taller and older opposition. At some points some of our Year 4 and 5 pupils felt a little bruised and battered by footballs striking them as if they were bumpers on a game of pinball. Despite this tilt, they managed to pick themselves up carry on and put up spirited displays with great organisation.

Staff enjoyed the day too: Mr Bond revelled with the rugby backdrop refereeing in the centre of the pitch with his socks pulled up high; Mrs Bond loved sounding the hooter; Mrs Adamidou implementing her tactical nous; and I (Mr Papps) enjoyed a keeping fit, continuously running up and down the pitch as referee too (forgetting the score constantly). I need a rest!!

The scores were not important at the end of the day. We loved being in a competitive environment in the professional setting, running around playing football against friendly opposition schools and showing off our great attitude to fair play and perseverance (please note Mr Bond).

We must mention work completed in class this week. Our biographies on Michael Rosen have developed and it is very encouraging to see how they continue to develop their grammar and punctuation skills whilst writing a complicated text that summarises the experiences and achievements of the famous writer. Using relative clauses and parenthesis seem to be second nature to pupils now, and it is encouraging to see how their writing style is maturing with excellent structure to their biographies.

Additionally in English we have also been focussing on what comes out of a colon. To my surprise, we had some very sensible answers as we understand how a colon can introduce a list as well as separate two independent clauses. The use of a semi-colon has only been half introduced so far, and we shall investigate them next week. The biological colon will be left for Mr Stevenson to teach some time later hopefully.

As for our English, we shall be finishing off work this week, and begin writing a short story using key grammar and punctuation taught so far.

For Maths we have been using methods to solve multiplication of 3 or more digits using grid method and short multiplication. Grid method is an important method to use as it cements their knowledge of place value of numbers. We will be using our knowledge of place value and multiplication next week as we estimate answers of large multiplication questions. This is a vital method to use to ensure our answers are correct, using accurate place value.

Around the core subjects we have been practicing hard for our Rose Theatre performance this coming Friday. Miss Mayle joined us on Thursday morning to see how the show is progressing and we are sure you will love it. Lots of powerful singing, great choreography and hands waving in the air. Miss Georgina and Mrs Baillie have produced a great show and we hope you come to see us perform.

Tuesday will offer Year 4 and 5 another competitive competition as we face Westbury House in the Hockey. Pupils had a great final practice on Tuesday, and without getting too competitive, we hope to succeed against our friendly foe. Good luck Year 4 and 5! Work hard and perseverance (2nd time) and we will Conquer!...sorry I meant, give Westbury House a great game!

A great week and another ahead of us in our penultimate week before Easter. Keep it going Year 4 and 5.

News from Year 3

Another busy week in Year 3 building up to our Spring Fayre, Year 3 took their responsibility very seriously planning out, preparing and running their stalls responsibly. We also managed to fit in more work on word problems and punctuation. In PSHCE we learnt that you can’t take back words said, after trying to put shaving foam, tomato paste and fairy liquid back in the bottle! Therefore it is really important to think before you speak!

Cross country was a real team event, with all the children working together was a joy to see.

News from Year 2

A busy week. We started this week with poetry, learning how to create rhyming and repeating poems based on a trip to the seaside. The children even took a ‘trip’ to the beach, burying their hands and feet in sand, listening to the seagulls, and watching the “motion of the ocean”. Maths has all been about arrays, with children creating arrays to solve division and multiplication problems. The bones are our topic, and this week we looked at joints. We created our own joint of the arm using bands and straws. We also said goodbye to our student teacher, Miss Holden, this week - She will be missed.

News from Year 1

At Woodland school this week Year 1 searched for signs of spring and seasonal change. They were intrigued by blossom and identified many trees and shrubs by their flowers. Once we had completed our investigation we applied skills learnt through the term creating dens, and using our developing woodwork skills.

Our curiosity was further intrigued during PSHCE where we learnt about healthy and unhealthy choices. Year 1 conducted an egg investigation to see what would happen if a white egg was placed into a sugary carbonated soft drink. The results were very surprising. We then investigated to see what would happen if we cleaned the egg using a toothbrush and toothpaste. They learnt how to care for their teeth by making healthy choices and cleaning carefully.

In maths we looked at capacity, the amount that something can hold which usually relates to volume. We looked at comparing containers using greater than and less than as well as comparing ml.

Our literacy focus has been SPAG with a review of phonics skills. I am happy to report that Year 1 are making excellent progress.

Our trip on Friday was a fantastic success, many thanks to Mr Cresser for introducing us to modern building design and inspiring the engineers and architects of the the future

News from Reception

Reception have had a fun week as always. In Science, the children experimented colour change and water absorption using daffodils and kitchen roll. The children experimented using colourful water which we left over a period of time to see the changes. It appears that the tissue soaked up more blue water, “This means it’s the strongest,” Timothy observes. The children were able to write up this experiment using clear steps; “First, Next, Then” using clear sentence structure. Also, the children explained their hypothesis and drew a picture too.

When we arrived to school on Thursday, our clock was missing. It appears a time thief has taken our classroom clock. He left a letter behind explaining he has taken it because we haven’t been using our clock to tell the time and until we learn our o’clock times then he will bring it back. It has been difficult not being able to look at our clock to find out when snack, playtime and lunch time is. With all the excitement and astonishment, the children have made maps, written letters and created posters to gain our clock back. Reception practised making their own clock faces. If you see the time thief pease do return it back in one piece.

Please can I encourage all parents to upload home observaruions of ‘wow’ ‘proud’ moments including you and your child’s voice. Can I encourage you to comment or like posts from our school learning to ensure you are involved with your children’s targets and their learning journey. Please see homework for a Child/Parent Star challenge which I am introducing as part of the children’s homework. Thank you.

News from Second Steps

This week has been another fun packed week, filled with many activities and exciting experiences. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their learning throughout the week. We asked the children what they enjoyed the most about their week.

“I enjoyed creating my 3D model of Jack and the Beanstalk ”- Benjamin

“I exploring the sounds that were hidden in the dinosaur tray” - Gisele

“I liked working in the stop motion story .”- Rameez

We are continuing to read “Jack and the Beanstalk” as part of our topic. The children enjoyed acting out the story and pretending to be the giant. The children created their own scene of Jack and the Beanstalk for Show and Tell. They worked really hard on their homework and they were all very proud of their creations.

“I really like my Beanstalk, I worked hard on it at home with mummy”- Zachary

“ I liked working on the story and I did this model all by myself.....it’s really cool and I’m proud of my work .”- kit

Throughout the week the children have been working on their stop motion story. The digital leaders came to help when the children (as well as Miss Menon) needed help on recording their voice in certain clips. The children worked as a team to think of ways they could record their voices and tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

“ I think kit can be the voice of the giant and I can be Jack.”- Rameez

“ ok so James how do we record our voice here?” -Gisele

“ yes but guys we need to make sure we are doing this right because last time it did not work.”- Kit

For phonics this week, the children have been learning how to blend simple words and read them. They are also learning to read tricky words in order to prepare them to read simple sentences. The children have also been practicing and learning letters and sounds as well. Within the dinosaur tray there were letters/sounds hiding the children had to look for them and say what started with that particular sound.

“ look I found a t.....t for tank ”- Aiden

“ c......for car and cat.”- Christian

For maths we have been working on simple additions us jig the numicons, the children read the sum, got the correct numicon and then had to find out the total. Some children were able to write the answer next to the equal sign without any help. The children also matched the numicons to the correct numeracy. The children had to look for the correct number and then count the correct numicons which were hiding under a table cloth and other areas of the classroom.

“ if I have five and then four, that means I now have...nine” - kit

“ oh no where is the numicon with seven holes in it?”- Christopher

In outside area the children had great time exploring their environment, they used different tools measure different amount of water. They had great fun exploring measurements using different sized jugs and containers. They came up with strategies on how they could transfer the water across to the other tray.

“ Oh no you got to help me, quick let’s fix the problem .”- Arthur

“ I think we can use the pipe to transfer the water”- Gisele

Second Steps have had an amazing week back at school with lots of fun activities. They have had many learning experiences as well as opportunities. Well done Second Steps!

News from First Steps

The First Steps children had have so much fun during their time in the school. They improved their fine motor skills tearing papers in the messy tray and some of the children really really enjoyed it and we brought more and more paper.

As part of the children’s planning in the moment interests and we had lots of Birthday parties this week. On Monday we painted and decorated our boxes and then they turn into a birthday cake for our home corner. After having our birthday cake we decided to celebrate Mrs Guniz’s birthday every single day! Lucky lady.

We visited our mud kitchen for our Woodland School and made our very own mud mixing soil and water with our hands, sticks and big spoons. Then of course the mud became mud cakes. And then it was Ms Finch’s turn to celebrate her birthday of course with a mud cake.

First Steps children love parties!

We wrapped different presents for our party with wrapping paper and ribbon and gave them to our friends. Kian made his for his new baby sister.

The children had really creative ideas for their presents. You really amazed your teachers with your imagination! Well done everybody!

The children looked at different sized boxes and sorted them out by size, colour and patterns.

For our parties we blew up imaginary balloons, counting how many we had and letting them fly up to the sky. Following them to see which way the wind was blowing them.

The children have played in our garden a lot this week. Water play has been the most popular, with the children pouring water into different sized containers, comparing the weight of the different containers, water down the drainpipe, making more mud to splash in which was even more fun.

We made a class birthday cake. Measuring and mixing the ingredients together. It was Miss Vari’s job to use the electric whisk to whisk the egg whites. After chef Leon cooked out cake for us we decorated it with strawberry jam and chocolate chips.

It was very tasty and there was even enough to take a little piece home.

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