Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 18 - 3rd march 2017

From the Headmaster:

The sight of Harry Potter (all seven of them), Iron Man (I recall at least two), Matilda (two), Alexander, Red Riding Hood as well as numerous other characters, dragons and dinosaurs all crossing the road, whilst bringing much amusement to traffic and pedestrians alike, will linger long in my memory. As amusing to me was the complete indifference to the whole scene from motorists who clearly had seen this all before and were used to seeing a green hairy beast crossing the road in front of them.

We continue to receive positive feedback as we are nearly half way through our one month trial with schoolmoney. I will be including a questionnaire in the next edition of the Deerstalker to help determine the success or otherwise of schoolmoney.

There are a number of key dates that I would like to draw to your attention. The parent meetings are taking place on 15th and 16th March (the online booking portal will shortly be live through our website) and a number of inter-house competitions that you are most welcome to support - this coming Tuesday, 7th March 10.30am we will be holding our inter-house cross country relay (Years 1, 2 & 3) and on Tuesday 21st March we shall be holding the inter-house hockey tournament at Kingston Grammar School all-weather hockey pitches at Ditton Field from 10.30am to 12pm. Do please scroll through this edition to the calendar to ensure you are also aware of the parent workshops we have planned over the coming weeks.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


World Book Day

As those of you who were able to attend the assembly on Thursday witnessed, it could be suggested that some members of staff look forward to the day as much as the children....

A most extraordinary array of characters and costumes spent the day engaged in a wide variety of story related activities. The Year 2 and Year 3 children were most enthusiastic in finding unusual places to read a book, I understand that Yash was most inventive...

I do hope that you enjoy the selection of images from the day.

Year 2 and Year 3 reading in unusual places...

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.

Year 2 and Year 3 Reading

It was a delight to witness the mature and sensible way in which the Year 2 and Year 3 children shared their stories and read to First Steps.

Year 2 and Year 3 reading to children in First Steps
Year 2 and Year 3 reading to children in First Steps - Sully doesn't look very interested....


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 and the new games kit (Year 1 upwards) 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.


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.

Don't forget, this weekend…

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

Inter-House Cross Country - Years 1, 2 and 3 at Richmond Park Tuesday 7th March, 10.30am.

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

24th February - Reception Class to The Holly Lodge Centre

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

2nd March - World Book Day

7th March - Second Steps visit to The Crafty Cafe

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

7th March - Inter House Cross Country Relay (Y1, Y2 & Y3) Richmond Park 10.30am - 12pm

8th March - Headmaster's Coffee Morning, 8.30am

8th March - First Steps and Reception visit to The Crafty Cafe

10th March - Parent Workshop - Phonics (2nd Steps), 8.30am

15th March - Parent Workshop - ICT @ Park Hill, 8.30am

15th March - Parent Teacher Meetings

16th March - Parent Teacher Meetings

21st March - Inter House Hockey @ Ditton Field 10.30am - 12pm

21st March - Giant Wiggle Walk - 1st Steps, 2nd Steps and Reception

22nd March - No swimming - pool closed

23rd March - Mother's Day Assembly

24th March - Red Nose Day

27th to 30th March - School Photography Club Exhibition

30th March - 12.30pm Easter Holiday

Certificate Winners

Congratulations to: Ethan Zhang, Molly Sutterby, Ava-Mary Soobrayen, Luke Barker, Samika Sharma, Christina Meouchi, Leo Jabourian, Theo Butcher, Zara Field, William Pawsey-Persaud, Gabrielle McLean, Harris Kane, Robert Felton, Zara Nelson, Barnaby Salmon, Audrey Tse & Rachel Lewis

Happy Birthday!

Joshua Field, Marlon Fisher & someone else who is yet another year older....(and no longer counting)

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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