Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 10 - 2nd december 2016

From the Headmaster:

Despite the thermometer dropping quite impressively this week, a great deal of warmth has been generated by the actions and maturity exhibited by our children and by the generosity of our community.

I was fortunate to accompany our Year 1, 2 and 3 children to Galsworthy House on Thursday where they sang various carols to get us all into the festive spirit. In addition to receiving several very kind comments from fellow bus passengers about the behaviour of our children, the response from the residents and staff at Galsworthy House were very kind and deserving. Perhaps most impressive was the mature and considered manner in which all of the children went and spoke and engaged with the residents. Their behaviour was absolutely impeccable and deserving of the praise received. It cannot be underestimated just what pleasure our visit brought to the assembled former barristers, lawyers, accountants and even a member of the French Resistance. What stories deserve to be told I can only imagine.

Schools across the country will all be gearing up to enjoy their own fayres and events over the coming weeks. Each one will be relying upon the good will and community spirit of their staff, parents and relatives. It cannot be understated just what effort goes in to organising such events. I am very conscious that many of you will have contributed in a variety of ways, with donations, prizes, time and energy. The planning for this event started back in September and, judging by the number of boxes and bags around the school, will be an occasion to be remembered. I would like to thank all of you who have worked so hard for our children. It is quite extraordinary that the various elements and kind offers of help are now coming to fruition for the fayre tomorrow. It is very much appreciated.

Raffle Prizes -

Phase Eight

Voucher for £125

thisworks modern natural beauty -

Deep Sleep Gift Box -

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray,

Deep Sleep Shower Gel,

Deep Sleep Night Oil,

Deep Sleep Salts,

Deep Sleep Stressless

The Albert Pub and Dining -

Two main meals and a bottle of wine at The Albert, Kingston Hill

Roz-Ana - Fine Regional Indian Cuisine -

£40 voucher towards food and beverages

Kingston Lodge Hotel -

Meal voucher for Sunday Lunch for four people

Bike Clinique Mobile Bicycle Pro Shop (Mobile bike shop fully equipped with all the tools, parts, part washer and electrics to service your bike) -

Voucher for a general service of any type of bike worth £70

Rocktails -

Mix your cocktail kit (alcohol free)

Scale Model Audi R8 Gulf Collectible Car

Scale Model McLaren F1 GTR Gulf Collectible Car

Mavericks Barbers, Ealing-

Voucher for a free blow dry

Memory Gate Studio Portrait Vouchers at Eddie Catz Wimbledon

3x Vouchers (Studio Portrait Session, Mounted Print and 50 off any package

Monster iSport Headphones

Mini Rugby Ball signed by England and British Lions player Lawrence Dallaglio

Traditional Sweets Hamper

I very much look forward to seeing you at the Fayre tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond

New Developments

You will all be aware that we are all keen to ensure that Park Hill continues to go from strength to strength. Plans for a purpose built development at the rear of the school are advancing and I very much hope to be able to provide you with plans and details very shortly.

During the Christmas holiday a smaller development will be taking place on the green court/lawn area directly opposite our current First Steps classroom. The Lodge, which will be clad in cedar wood and feature floor to ceiling height windows, will provide us with much needed additional space. The First Steps children will be making the short journey from their current classroom and will be enjoying the additional space that The Lodge provides (along with brand new furniture and additional resources). The current First Steps classroom will accommodate one of the Second Steps classes and, during the half term break in February, we plan to move the office from its current location to the downstairs front room which will greatly assist Mrs Blower and Mrs Watts.

During the upcoming holiday I will keep you posted on the progress of the installation. I am delighted that this first development is taking place so quickly and, with the building being clad in cedar wood that will age to a very attractive colour, it will enhance the wonderful natural environment we all enjoy. The garden immediately in the vicinity will also be tidied.

Information from First Steps

It has been yet another busy week in First Steps. Preparations for Christmas were just some of the activities we explored - our advent calendar, Christmas tree decorations and in between all of the festive activities we even looked at our new letter - 'h.' We also had lots of fun making Christmas cards for our mums and dads.

Information from Second Steps

This week Second Steps have been busy making our classroom look very festive!

The children have enjoyed lots of fun Christmas activities using lots of glitter and sparkle - such as making Christmas decorations and cards.

In Literacy, we have worked hard to learn the letter Oo in writing and reading, while other writing activities have focussed on writing letters to father Christmas. The children have been so excited to post their letter in our Post Office role-play area. Some of the children have been lucky enough to receive a letter back from Father Christmas too! There will be lots more to come!

The fun Christmas activities have continued to build Phonics and Maths skills. For our letter /o/ sound the children have made ‘Octopuses.’ The children counted 8 legs and identified the correct amount of ‘o’ stickers to match the corresponding numeral. The octopus then got decorated with a Santa’s hat and rather a lot of glitter!

In Music, we have been learning our Christmas song for our forthcoming Nativity service. Next week, we are looking forward to even more christmas celebrations as Christmas will soon be here!

Information from Reception

Reception have been busy with lots of Christmas activities this week. In Literacy, we have written to Father Christmas with our Christmas lists and we also wrote him a letter asking him what his favourite food was!

In Maths, we have been looking at adding numbers in two groups together. We used different strategies such as using teddy bears, Numicon and number lines. Reception have really enjoyed making our classroom look very festive by making baubles, Christmas wreaths and paper chains.

Christmas Fayre - Saturday 3rd December, 2pm - 4pm

Judging by the volume of prizes and gifts that have been very kindly donated in the last few weeks, our Fayre tomorrow promises to be a very enjoyable occasion. There have been various sightings (or hearings at the very least) of sleigh bells on the school roof as the children eagerly await the arrival of Father Christmas tomorrow. We have have a most impressive range of prizes for the raffle and tombola that I am sure will be of great interest to everyone.

In order to keep the event more enjoyable for all, tokens will be sold in £5 and £10 packs on the day (at the entrance and within the grounds) which can be redeemed for the many stalls and activities that can be enjoyed.

The Fayre will start at 2pm; the children will be singing carols at 2.45pm and the raffle will be drawn at 3.30pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the afternoon.

Please note that parents are responsible for the safe supervision of their children on the day.

Father Christmas

With very few spaces left available, If you would like your children to visit the man himself in his grotto, please follow this link -

After School Club will finish earlier today, Friday 2nd December - 4.45pm in order to allow members of staff to assist with the preparation of the Christmas Fayre.

Many thanks to Elinor Olisa for kindly designing the poster

Information from Year 1

In Maths this week we have been exploring Ordinal numbers. The numbers that tell the position of something in a list. We had lots of fun exploring position through talk and games and then testing our understanding through comprehension activities.

In Literacy, we learnt how to structure a story by using just five sentence openers, it was tricky but all children worked hard. We also experimented with punctation for effect and can now use the ellipsis in our stories to add drama and excitement ...

In Science, we learnt about animal diets and examined lots of animal bones to discover which animals were herbivores, carnivores or even omnivores just by looking at the shape of the teeth!

I was incredibly proud of Year 1 on Thursday when they performed at Galsworthy House, for our community elders, a medley of Christmas songs complete with Makaton actions. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were all confident performers. Well done Foxes!

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

This week in Owl class, we went on an exciting excursion to Hampton Court Palace to learn about Christmas in the past. We discovered that they would celebrate for 12 days in Henry VIII time and that Oliver Cromwell stopped Christmas for 12 years. We also discovered that William III decorated his walls with used weapons to scare off his opposers.

On Thursday we had a wonderful visit to Galsworthy house. We sang a medley of Christmas songs to the residents to applause and shouts of bravo. They were extremely well behaved and a credit to the school.


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 -

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.

Don't forget, this weekend…

Our Christmas Fayre - 2pm - 4pm Saturday 3rd December

Christmas jumper shopping for Monday 12th December Save the Children fundraising.

After School Activities

Please note, all clubs, with the exception of After School Club, will not take place in the final week of term.

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

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next 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.Places for after school club are restricted to children attending Second Steps through to Year 3.

Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.

Certificate Winners

Yusuf Bakhouche; Rachel Lewis; Tristan Oliver; Aadhrith Sarvesh; Ela Akoglu; Pascal Barikor; Luke Barker; Robert Felton; Josuha Fry; Harris Kane; Layton McCormack; Zara Nelson; Sade Odewale; Annabelle Rose; Yash Shoor; Genevieve Stamp; Molly Sutterby; Lucas Tasche; Holly Yap; Eva Liu; Willliam Motigin; Leopold Craigen-Chubb & Elena Greenaway.

Dates for the Diary -

Saturday 3rd December - Christmas Fayre, 2pm - 4pm.

Monday 5th December - The Forgotten Christmas Elf (Story Storks Theatre Show) at All Saints Church (Confirmed).

Wednesday 7th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 8th December - No assembly, rehearsal for Nativity.

Friday 9th December - Christmas School Lunch.

Monday 12th December - Christmas Class Parties

Monday 12th December - Christmas Jumper Day - Save The Children Charity fundraiser.

Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term. School closes at 12.30pm.

Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Happy Birthday!

Layton McCormack; Yusuf Bakhouche; Zoe Han; Kevin Dong; Gabriel Clarke & Hayden von Liechtenstein.

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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