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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 106 - 14th February 2020

From the Headmaster:

Well, that call on Monday morning caused a little bit of excitement...

Three days of lesson visits, interviews with children and staff and then rigorous book sweeps and evidence, evidence, evidence. Like any audit or inspection, a frankly gruelling three days and long nights.

We anticipate that the report will be published in approximately five weeks, and until that time it is expected that I say very little about any outcomes. I will carefully say that I am rather pleased with the feedback from the Reporting Inspector, in particular the aspects that we value and promote - self esteem, confidence and self-worth. There may have been mention about perseverance and resilience too...

Naturally, I will write to you all once we have a copy of the report.

So, forgive this shorter edition of the Deerstalker. Collective attentions were diverted to the last three days and exhausted bodies and minds need some rest.

I do hope that you all enjoy a very good half term, safe travels and let’s hope that spring has indeed sprung.

Alistair

All you need is love...

What an assembly! In theory it was supposed to be about kindness, but the children certainly stole the show. So, for your viewing pleasure over to the children.

IMPORTANT NOTES AND DATES

Monday 24th February - Inter House Cross Country 2pm - 3pm (Rec - Y6)

Thursday 27th February - Early Years Assembly, St Paul’s Church

Thursday 27th February - Surbiton Hockey Festival (Y5&6)

Swimming

As a reminder, Year 3 and Year 4 will start their swimming lessons immediately after half term on Monday 24th February.

Parent Teacher Consultation Meetings - 26th and 27th February

You are now able to book your Parent Teacher Consultation Meetings.

Please ensure you use your CHILD’S NAME on the form.

Please only make one booking for your child.

It is important that we keep to the allocated time slots during the evening. If you require further time with the teacher please make a separate appointment.

Unfortunately, this booking system will not send you a confirmation email once a booking has been made so please take note of the slot before you submit your response.

If you require confirmation of your slot or if any amendments need to be made please contact Kate Blower (kate.blower@parkhillschool.com).

IMPORTANT REMINDER - there will be no After School Care* or After School Clubs on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February for children in Reception - Year 6 with the exception of those attending Drama Club which will still run on Wednesday 26th February.

The made up session for Coding will be on Wednesday 25th March and the made up session for Construction, Debate and Art & Design will be on Thursday 26th March.

Unfortunately we are unable to care for children while the meetings are taking place. Please ensure alternative childcare arrangements have been made.

* This does not apply to those children in First Steps and Second Steps who have already signed up for After School Care on Wednesday and Thursday *

Please check your email from Mrs Blower dates Monday 10th February to book your appointment.

E-Safety - A (very) Timely Reminder...

It can be difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they are doing online or who they might be speaking to. But talking regularly, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed and mean that when they do have any worries, they’re more likely to come and speak to you.

As a school we work very hard with our children to make them aware of how to protect their identity and how to be safe online.

This is certainly one area of school life where the partnership between school and home is of paramount importance.

Listed below are some incredibly helpful links for parents to access to support the essential conversations and approach to take with e-safety.

NSPCC - talking with your children

Net Aware - Apps

Roblox - Advice Net Aware

Mr Peter Cowley is the Lead Advisor for Online Services and Safety, Achieving for Children and worked with our Year 5 and Year 6 children on Thursday and discussed with them how to keep safe online. He also passed on some additional websites that will be of interest to you -

Can you trust everything you read on the internet?

London Grid for Learning

And then one more for you. This resource is used in school to encourage children to read information carefully. The dangers of DHMO (read it carefully...)

♻️ Empties Please!

Park Hill are working towards achieving the Green ECO schools award. We currently hold the silver award.

Our ECO committee autumn recycling scheme is collecting empty printer cartridges. Please collect your bag from school and bring back when full to add to our brown collection box.

We are paid for each cartridge received. Alongside raising funds for our chosen charity we also earn green points which can be redeemed for ‘green goodies’ such as bulbs, hedgehog houses, toad hides and gardening tools, even sponsoring an endangered species of out choice and rain forest conservation projects.

Punctuality

The start of the school day is crucial.

It sets the tone for the day and teachers view the start of the lesson as critical in ensuring learning objectives are achieved and realised. Arriving late to school is incredibly disruptive for all. I appreciate that buses and trains and traffic all play their part but we do need your help in ensuring the children gain the most from their school day and that they arrive by 8.30am. Late children must be signed in through the school office.

Lost Property

Harris - Waterproof coat

Gabriel - Waterproof coat

Dominic - Maroon fleece

Illness

We would like to remind you that if your child is absent from school due to sickness (vomiting, diarrhoea and temperature) they must be clear for at least 48 hours prior to returning to school. You must inform the school office directly on 020 8546 5496 if your child will be absent that day.

Uniform

The full uniform list can be found here.

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Alistair Bond