Loading

PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 110 - 20th march 2020

From the Headmaster:

Well. A certain word that I apparently use a great deal brought a very welcome smile to my face yesterday.

I will not repeat what I have already written to you all earlier, but we must not be daunted, we must and will persevere.

When there is a problem, it is a problem to be solved and our desire for creativity breeds ingenuity.

The most remarkable team and community surrounds our school and I know that all of us will come through this together.

I am simply humbled by the many and hugely complimentary comments we have received regarding our provision for teaching and learning for this time.

We are delighted that we are in such a position to deliver lessons in a confident and able manner, appreciative that children must be able to engage with their own learning without disrupting your ability to also manage your own time when working from home.

No loss of learning, maintaining and extending a smooth and continuous provision of learning. Ingenuity and creativity will abound.

As an avid reader of biographies and more than a passing fascination with the ingenuity and bravery of both SAS and SBS I found myself using one or two of their phrases this week: ‘control the contollables’ and ‘proper planning and preparation...’ (I won’t continue).

So, in addition to the full timetable and busy children enjoying their lessons, expect a weekly Deerstalker celebrating and highlighting the achievements and progress our children will continue to make every week courtesy of our teaching and learning delivered through our platforms of Showbie, Tapestry and Zoom. It will contain anecdotes and images as it always does to ensure we celebrate the previous five days and set ourselves up for the weekend. Please find the time to sit down as a family to share what all of our children have been learning and exploring, our children will need this time.

Expect continued celebration through our social media of the moments and good news as we immerse ourselves into a world that will breed ingenuity and creativity from both children and teachers.

Expect an assembly next Thursday, albeit not in the normal setting and expect numerous references to perseverance, resilience, creativity and ingenuity. Expect birthday celebrations and certificates of achievement.

Expect your children to be excited and enthralled with their learning and listen in on excited conversations about their latest discovery and challenge.

In addition to all of this, really look forward to seeing you all at the gate in the very near future.

The storm will pass.

Alistair

PS - do please refer to the various emails this week, not least the keyworker information emailed to you all today.

Happy Mother’s Day Assembly

Moving? Yes, tissues ready?

Someday I wish upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where trouble melts like lemon drops....

Finally, the Park Hill blessing.

Images from the week

Despite it being a slightly (I am sure you will forgive me for not asking the teachers to write their normal sections just for one week) briefer edition than normal, some images to lift spirits.

Birthday Celebrations

Illness & Medical

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Please be assured that in advance of any new families joining our school, we obtain clear evidence of their recent travel and whereabouts to ensure that the above advice is strictly adhered to.

School Uniform

Message from AlleyCatz - With the health of all of our lovely customers and staff in mind, this will hopefully help to protect us from this horrible virus.

The website remains open for business! We will be manning the warehouse two days a week (Tues/ Wed) with a skeleton staff but we will happily ship orders (and with personalisation if required!). All online business during this tough time is very much appreciated and, from today until the end of April, we will be applying a very encouraging 10% discount to all products on our website.

We have extended our exchange policy from 28 days to four months until September. So you can take advantage of the 10% discount now and, if they grow, it is no problem to exchange.

Please note that the phones will be unmanned but we are contactable daily by email (info@alleycatz.co.uk). If you are a new starter for the summer term, please refer to the school to see if they will be reopening after Easter and, if so, we will be delighted to arrange a fitting for you. It is our intention to reopen the store in June. We will be monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and, should things miraculously improve, we will open earlier! We’ll let you know via the website and also inform the school directly so they can mail out the news.

Social Media

#confidentcurioushappy

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

Useful Links -

Created By
Park Hill
Appreciate

Credits:

Alistair Bond