Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 29 - 16th june 2017

Before I start this edition of the Deerstalker I think it is essential that I thank you for the remarkable generosity and decency shown by members of our community in donating items to those people and their families whose lives have been affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. I would like to thank Mrs. Lee Walsh in particular for her efforts in organising and spearheading the collection. I have been receiving updates throughout he last twenty four hours from Mrs. Walsh. You will all hopefully have seen the following message -

I wanted to update you on the donations collected yesterday It was an amazing effort from everyone with such short notice and all the bags were labeled which helped us to sort and organise everything.

It's also worth noting that the effort and idea were shared equally within first steps parents and not solely me. I was just the messenger.

All the receiving centres put donations on hold while they work out what they need. We have stored all the clothing and toys and are ready to deliver what is needed when the call comes.

Vicky (Ava-Mary's mum) has taken the nappies, formula and toiletries to a hospital where some casualties are being treated.

It is possible that the clothes may need to go to an alternative charity so we will look at that and of course let you know what happens.

Thank you all once again to the whole school Kindness is infectious and I'm sure acts like this will have a positive impact on our children and parents alike. Lee

I know that Mrs. Soobrayen has indeed handed over the nappies and wipes and that her colleagues who work in paediatrics were delighted to receive the items, not least as many other children in the immediate area are also affected through smoke inhalation.

I can only (and quite simply) agree with the sentiment that was contained in the email/message from Mrs. Walsh -

Thank you all once again. Kindness is infectious and acts like this will have a positive impact on our children and parents alike....


From the Headmaster:

I am pleased to be able to provide you with more specific details regarding Prize Giving, Sports Day and the end of term performance.

We were very keen to ensure that both Sports Day and Prize Giving received the attention deserving of two important events. I am sure, like me, you have clear memories of your own school sports and prize giving and that you look forward to seeing your own children creating their own such memories. We are fortunate to enjoy a wide range of sporting facilities and resources in the immediate area of the school. I was keen to ensure that the two events are held in the suitable location and that as many of you as possible are able to join us in celebrating the performances of our athletes and the success of all of our children. By holding the events on a Saturday, we hope that work commitments won’t impact on you being able to enjoy the two key events of the school calendar.

After overcoming some challenges in confirming a suitable location I am delighted to inform you that the children will be competing in the rather magnificent Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham.

I am sure you will agree that this is a wonderful arena and a wholly appropriate setting for us to hold the first of our ‘larger scale’ sports days as we grow up to Year 6.

All children, from First Steps to our current Year 3 children will be competing in a variety of age appropriate athletic events. First and Second Steps children will be taking part in a series of relay style events in the centre of the track. Children in Reception to Year 3 will be representing and competing for their houses in a variety of track and field events that will contribute towards their overall team totals. We shall be recording and measuring each performance to enable us to begin compiling school records for each year group. We would like to encourage you to support your children and either follow them as they take part in the relay style events or to cheer the older children on from track side. You may also want to wear/bring appropriate footwear for the re

Immediately prior to the start of Sports Day, we will be holding our Prize Giving presentation, taking place by the side of the running track. The Prize Giving will take place at 1.45pm and the Sports Day itself will begin immediately at the conclusion of the awards. We anticipate the whole event (Prize Giving and Sports Day) being completed by 3.15pm.

I do hope that the adjustment in time does not cause too much inconvenience. It has been quite a logistical challenge. I did feel that being able to use such a superb venue for our Sports Day would provide us all with quite an outstanding opportunity.

There are changing and toilet facilities at the venue and a cafeteria that overlooks the track. I would strongly recommend that you bring with you refreshments and a picnic or camping chair for the afternoon.

Children in First and Second Steps should arrive wearing their normal maroon school uniform (shorts/running bottoms/sweatshirt) and running shoes. Children in Reception to Year 3 should arrive wearing school uniform (including blazer) and then change into their PE kit immediately at the conclusion of the Prize Giving.

Prize Giving

My colleagues and I have given considerable thought to the awards that are to be presented at Prize Giving, with all members of staff having been involved in the lengthy process. I would like to stress that the majority of awards are for the whole school, regardless of age. We are seeking to recognise those children who have impressed us with their abilities and strengths across every year group.

The following prizes will be presented -

Spiritus Scholae

Mastroianni Trophy (Park Hillian Award for the child who embodies the school values)

Headmaster’s Service to School Award

Chairman’s Award

Adams Personal Development Cup (Early Years)

Metcalf Progress Cup (Year 1 and above)

Cusack Citizenship Cup (School Council Member)

English Cup

Kadhim Cup for Reading

Kingsley Cup for Maths

Blake Science Cup

Victor Ludorum

Victorix Ludorum

Freeman Cup for Sporting Potential (Male and Female)

McCartney History Cup

Lusty Geography Cup

Natalie Crozier Computing Cup

Roy Art Cup

Cirillo Cup for Languages

Anker Cup for Design and Technology

Shirley Spoonley Music Cup

Cooke Ballet Cup

Thompson Singing Cup

Melina Amin Performing Arts Cup

Form Prizes -

One child from each class will receive a Class Achievement Award and one child will receive a Class Values Award.

First Steps -

Each child attending First Steps will receive an award for their considerable efforts and to celebrate their progress this academic year.

Without wishing to tempt fate, we are hopeful that the skies will be blue and we shall enjoy a perfect afternoon. We do have a contingency plan in place should the weather not permit us to hold the event outside. In the lead up to the 24th June, if the forecast is set for wet weather then we have access to the Mayo Hall in Kingston town centre, starting at 2pm. If this is needed, I will contact you with details towards the middle of next week. Sports Day would then be held on the following Tuesday at Ditton Field.

Summer Performance

I am pleased to confirm that the summer performance will take place at St.Paul's Church on the final day of term, Thursday 6th July at 10am. It promises to be a performance to be remembered and a little different....

Immediately following the performance at 11am, the children will then return to school. I would like to invite you to then join us for tea/coffee and cake at school before then collecting your children at 12.30pm.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


P.S. - We will be holding a Summer Camp thanks to our friends at Premier Sport. Please look out for the information via email on Monday.

Calling all cyclists....

It does seem that we have a few cyclists (however, we definitely do not have any MAMILs or MAWILs) amongst our staff and parent body. Being one myself (cyclist, that is) I am delighted to provide you with details of two opportunities to pull on the lycra and shout 'chapeau' at the top of your voice...

The first is an invite to join the fledgling Park Hill Parents Cycling Club who meet immediately after drop-off on a Friday to then complete a pleasant lap of Richmond Park (along with photo stops and a drinks break). If you would like to join Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Field please bring your bike next Friday and join the peloton.

The second opportunity is also cycling related.

Mr. Clarke has kindly provided us with information regarding this charity bike ride. Please follow the link indicated in the image to gain more details but If you would like to join a number of us to complete a lap of Richmond Park or, if you are feeling energetic two or three laps, a rendezvous has been planned for Kingston Gate car park at 9am on 25th June.

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.

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 and the new games kit (Year 1 upwards) are now available from Lester Bowden. All items can be ordered directly through their website.

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 3 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.

Science at Richmond Park

The Year 2 and Year 3 children enjoyed a local habitat survey at the Park earlier this week, making the most of the weather....

Chess Club

Chess Club went al fresco earlier this week, again enjoying the rather pleasant we have been rewarded with. Fingers crossed it will stay fine for Sports Day....

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.


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.

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 -

Certificate Winners -

Hadi Racz; Alexi Stratis; Beth Walsh; Yusuf Bakhouche; Gbeminiyi Ibiyemi; Harris Kane; Jessica Blackburn; Barnaby Salmon; Elliot Gay; Joshua Field; Luce Pirola; Rachel Lewis; Theo Butcher; Leo Jabourian; Matilda Bergefall; Annabel Rose; Sophie Felton; Abi Lewis; Eliza Obaidullah.

Happy Birthday!

Molly Frost; Elliot Gay & Alexi Stratis.

Dates for the diary...

20th June - 1st and 2nd Steps to Chessington World of Adventures

24th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day 1.45pm - 3.30pm

28th June - Reception Class Boat Trip to Hampton Court

28th June - Second Hand Uniform Sale - 2.30pm - 3.45pm

29th June - Year 2 and Year 3 Overnight Camp

6th July - Summer Performance, St. Paul's Church 10am-11am.

6th July - End of term 12.30pm

We have a very talented team here at Park Hill, as demonstrated by Miss Renfrew who will be taking orders for adding bling/improving other hi-vis jackets ...

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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