Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 28 - 9th june 2017

From the Headmaster:

As you can see from the image above, we managed to dodge the majority of the showers this week and complete our two charity runs, albeit a little later in the day than planned...

I would like to thank you for your support and generosity with our Race for Life. So far, our total stands at £475. A very impressive amount.

Do read through this edition for more images from the two runs.

We are able to track the number of visits each edition of the Deerstalker receives. Over the space of three hours of the publication our previous edition achieved over 200 views and as of this morning it has gained over 480 views. Excuse the pun, bit if you feel like a room without a view I have included the video in this edition for your enjoyment....

We are in the final stages of planning the whole school end of year performance. It will involve the whole school and we are just waiting for confirmation from the host venue before we can confirm dates and times. I hope to have this confirmed by early next week. The Speech Day and Sports Day will take place from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 24th June. The speeches and presentations will be completed by 11.45am, followed by a family picnic before the athletics starting at 1pm.

We held our own General Election on Thursday. Whilst we await the outcome of the 'adult' one, I am pleased to confirm the outcome of the Park Hill election. Thanks to a very well written and child friendly presentation, the children were able to understand essentially what each party stood for (no mean feat...)

Voting then took place in Year 1 throughout the day. In a rather interesting outcome, the children voted for the Green Party. Quite what Jon Snow or Mr. Paxman would make of it I am unsure, however without a 'swingometer' I would like to suggest that the environment is an issue that is very important to our children and not necessarily something I heard discussed a great deal during the General Election.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


P.S. - There is a Year 1 - Year 2 Transition meeting on Friday 16th June at 8.30am with Mr. Stevenson, Mrs. Bond and myself that will be of significant interest to those parents, particularly concerning the enhancements planned to the curriculum next year.

Race for Life

A most enjoyable afternoon (fortunately also dry) saw the First and Second Steps children take part in their race around the school site, aided and abetted by the Year 2 and Year 3 children. We clearly have some middle and long distance athletes in our midst as they completed lap after lap with some very vocal and spirited support from their parents.

The remainder of the school, Reception to Year 3, had planned to complete their race at Ditton Field as part of their normal games lesson. The horizontal rain did put pay to that. With a break in the weather later in the day we ventured to Richmond Park to complete the race there.

There is still time to donate, please follow this link -

Prep School - Year 3 to Year 6 Curriculum

You will have read in a previous edition of the Deerstalker the World Economic Forum Report on the Future of Education. Critical skills such as collaboration, communication, emotional intelligence and resilience will become increasingly essential for children leaving education.

With this in mind and as part of the growth of the school, we have conducted a complete review of the curriculum across the school. Updated planning, topics and approaches to ensure we continue to improve and challenge all that we do. As part of this we have reviewed the planning for Prep School (Year 3 - Year 6) to ensure consistency and to ensure that we provide our children with a curriculum that will excite and challenge them.

I would like to draw your attention to one aspect in particular. All children will be studying a weekly lesson of Outdoor and Adventure School, everything from celestial navigation, GPS navigation, shelter building, mountain biking and micro adventures. Please follow this link to learn more -

Chess Club

Now. Time for a challenge.

Mr. Stevenson has set those of you who enjoy playing chess a bit of a test. Below you will find five images. Four images of a chessboard where just one move will result in Checkmate. The fifth image is of the two children who were able to work out the key moves required. Many congratulations to Zac and Luce!

Answers, please, on a postcard to Mr Stevenson. First correct answer wins a prize.....

The children have now completed their chess examination with certificates due to be awarded at the next assembly on Thursday.

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.

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 -

Dates for the diary...

16th June - Year 2 Information Meeting

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

28th June - Reception Class Boat Trip to Hampton Court

29th June - Year 2 and Year 3 Camp

24th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day 11am - 2pm

6th July - End of term

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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Alistair Bond

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