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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 55 - 15th june 2018

From the Headmaster:

Following a slight technical issue last week with the publication of issue 56, we have a great deal to include in this Deerstalker. With residential visits, athletics events, triathlon, trips and visits and a most enjoyable summer BBQ to celebrate a busy and happy term (so far) it is quite remarkable what the children have managed to fit in to the last fortnight.

The images and stories will speak for themselves but I would like to thank all of you who were able to attend the summer BBQ. It was a superb atmosphere and we were quite rightly spoiled with the delicious food prepared by Chef Leon and Linda.

We have just under three weeks to go until the end of term. Key dates are included within this newsletter as a reminder to the calendar on our website.

There does seem to be a slight ice cream theme running through Park Hill particularly after exercise; just desserts for enjoying sport...

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

Independent Schools Association Athletics

A most beautiful day at the Thames Valley Athletics Track saw our children compete for the very first time at this regional athletics event. It was also their first time enjoying the full experience of electronic timing with officials from UK Athletics.

Events included 60m sprint, 600m, long jump and ball throw in addition to the relay.

With over 850 children taking part it was quite the experience and a critical step on the athletics learning curve. The plan is very much to increase the team size next year and to prepare the children for the additional events that will include high jump and triple jump.

Daniel Lewis GB Athlete Visit

Rather appropriately we enjoyed a visit from GB triple jumper Daniel Lewis last week. He helped the children complete various activities and circuits before then taking time to talk to us about his training, diet and (without prompting) resilience.

He very kindly took additional time to study various slow motion videos of some of the children in action. To have such input from someone so qualified proved insightful and incredibly helpful.

You will have received a sponsorship form following his visit. The children took part in a variety of activities during the afternoon with the intention being that you may wish to sponsor your child for having completed the circuits. Further information can be found on the forms should you wish to contribute.

Art Exhibition - iBook

As a lasting memory of the recent art exhibition I trust you will enjoy the iBook we have made containing images of the rather splendid artwork on display.

Lulworth Cove Residential

The week prior to half term saw the Year 3 and Year 4 children head to the south coast for a two night trip away to Dorset. Staying at the Lulworth Cove Youth Hostel, the children took part in a variety of activities including art, science, geography, STEM and, probably the highlight of the trip, coasteering.

Those of you not familiar with this activity it is essentially a combination of climbing, scrambling, caving and throwing oneself off rocks into deep water...

Enormous fun and superbly led and managed by our friends at Lulworth Adventures it was a real hit with everyone (especially Mrs Patel who clearly enjoyed herself!)

Following the coasteering the children went on to enjoy fossil hunting (Luce brought most of the Jurassic Coast back with her) and making their own rock art. The final day saw us stop via the Tank Museum at Bovington where the education team worked with us on devising how to make a floating tank and overcome a variety of obstacles. We also explored life in the 1st World War trenches and just what soldiers endured.

A superb three days away made all the more enjoyable by the attitude and enthusiasm shown by our children. I would like to thank messrs Bond, Stevenson and Patel for providing such a rewarding experience for the Year 3 and Year 4 children. Our current Year 2 children have much to look forward to when they enjoy the same trip next year.

Uniform

Our children regularly receive comments on their appearance and manners from the wider community. We do enjoy a rather smart uniform and encourage the children to take pride with all they do. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that all items of uniform are labeled so that we can help in the return of lost items and also in ensuring that our children continue to take pride with their appearance.

ISA National Triathlon

Well, what a fantastic first experience for our team of triathletes. A long but smooth trip to Leominster on the Tuesday enabled us to stay overnight before the actual event. Held at Lucton School in Herefordshire, the event was officiated by two senior judges from the British Triathlon Federation, indeed they were the two senior officials that judged the World Championship that took place in Leeds just three days earlier. With chip timing the children wore ankle bracelets so that their overall time and transitions could be kept.

First out was Alexa who was competing in the U9 age group. 150m swim, 2.4km bike and a rather arduous uphill 1.2km run, no mean feat for just nine years of age.

It is a strange event, in that you are not necessarily in direct competition with another athlete as each person has an individual start time. Whilst out on the course you will target another athlete but it is challenging to gain an idea of how quickly you are actually moving in relation to the rest of the field.

The Under 8 race involves 50m swim, 1.2km bike and a 800m run. Our five athletes, Yash, James, Joshua, Elena and Gabby were very impressive and took the transitions in their stride and made their way quickly and confidently around the course.

Perhaps most encouraging, in addition to our own team performance, was the approach of the organisers. A child from another school struggled in the pool having swallowed water. The officials stepped in, helped him out of the pool and allowed him to walk the remainder of the swim distance before then completing the bike and run sections of the course. The attitude of 'lighting the spark' and encouraging children to enjoy being physically active, the camaraderie and making new friends is what sport is about and how wonderful it was to see it in action at a national event.

Without meaning to stray into potential hyperbole, it was frankly inspiring to witness and to be a part of.

Again, judging by the look of resolve in the eyes of the children in the assembly this week, we will take more children next year and light more fires....

It would be wrong of me not to mention the reception we received upon our return...

Key Dates:

Friday 22nd June - Kite Festival. Children to design and make their own kites to then fly at Richmond Park during the afternoon, parents very much welcome to join in.

Tuesday 26th June - Inter House Cricket at KGS Ditton Field

Tuesday 26th June - End of year HM's treat - Ice cream cone for all children!

Friday 29th June - Second Steps Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday 29th June - GarageBand Workshop for children and parents Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y4.

Saturday 30th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day 10.30am -1.00pm. Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track, St. Mary's University, Twickenham.

Thursday 5th July - End of Year Production - 'Sally's Great Big Atlantic Adventure' Opera. 11.00am - 12.00pm.

Thursday 5th July - End of term - 12.30pm

Science

In Science this week Years 3/4 were investigating the properties of materials with a focus on electrical properties. The children Recapped what conductors and insulators are and tested various materials in their own circuits.

As well as making predictions about similar materials, the children have decided that more materials are needed to prove their hypothesises and so the investigation continues...

School Money - Update

School Money has been updated. We hope these step by step instructions will help.

Login in to schoolmoney.co.uk > Sign In (blue button) > schoolmoney parent login

You will then be presented with the login information page requesting your mobile, email, password and child’s first name.

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

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.

Second Hand Uniform

For your information, we are no longer hosting sales. If you wish to request some second hand uniform please complete the Google Form:

Website

We are in the process of developing a new website. We are hoping to reveal our new site very shortly.

The grid calendar is back up and running, although we are still trying to publish 2018-2019 term dates and remove the 2016-2017, however they are in the grid calendar.

Parking

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, Wellington boots and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

Summer BBQ

I would like to thank all of you who joined us for a most enjoyable afternoon just yesterday. How Chef Leon and Linda managed to produce such a range of dishes is quite beyond me. I do hope that you enjoyed the afternoon as much as I did.

Certificate Winners

The image of certificate winners will be entered here by midday Monday.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Molly!

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Alistair Bond

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