Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 24 - 5th may 2017

From the Headmaster:

The Year 1, 2 and 3 children went on their own micro adventure on Thursday. They enjoyed a sensory walk up to Isabella Plantation and then undertook various art and science based activities whilst enjoying the extraordinary blossom that has erupted to life in the last few weeks.

I have been told that the children were excellent ambassadors for the school, gaining many positive comments from the surprisingly large numbers of people also enjoying the colours. Judging by the photos included within this edition, the children, staff and parents who accompanied the trip clearly enjoyed the adventure. I have also been told that there wasn't a single complaint about the walk (please use this to your advantage should any of our children ever complain about being too tired to walk ever again....)

We do seem to have fitted five days worth of learning and activities into just four. The weather was a little kinder to us this week as we enjoyed the appearance of the sun for our games session win Tuesday and for the walk to Isabella Plantation.

I would like to draw your attention to the book fayre taking place up to Tuesday 9th May. There is a wide selection available with a special offer of three books for the price of two. The books can be purchased from 8am to 8.30am each day and also from 3.30pm - 5pm.

Please follow this link for further information -

We also have a date for the next parent/staff social in the calendar section of this edition.

Finally, looking slightly further ahead, Max, Dan, Lewis, Sam et al from Premier Sport will be holding a holiday camp this half term, a link for booking can be found directly below.

I hope you have an enjoyable long weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

May Half Term Camp

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting a Half-Term Holiday Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for four days in total - 30th May to 2nd June. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

Isabella Plantation Micro Adventure

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.

Games

Hockey has made way for the summer sport of cricket with the children enjoying somewhat warmer conditions than last week. As you can see from the images, the children have learnt the key elements on how to hold and swing the bat and are now developing their awareness of stepping towards the ball and swinging with a straight bat, finishing with a high elbow (I will show my age now, but think of a David Gower-esque cover drive).

I had the good fortune of attending a cricket coaching conference several years ago where Bob Woolmer was explaining his philosophy to coaching children. Sensibly he encouraged us all with the following advice - 'Children just want to hit the ball hard. Show them the basics of the technique and then let them hit the ball, hard. Don't get too caught up with the technicalities.' Well, they certainly did that on Tuesday and again on Wednesday evening in the cricket club. Balls were fizzing around with increasing velocity and ferocity as the children took their skills into a game situation. We will be holding an inter-house tournament towards the tale end of this term that you will be most welcome to attend.

Uniform

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 -https://www.facebook.com/groups/159726614471426/

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.

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 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 -

Richmond Park Film

Some of may have already seen the rather fascinating film presented by Sir David Attenborough about Richmond Park but, thanks to the link provided by Mrs. Walsh, I thought it should be shared. Please follow this link -

Assembly

David Bowie sang about them and I am pretty sure that we can all name someone that we admire/respect/look up to. The theme was the shared qualities of people we admire. With messrs Bond, Bond, Bailey, Field, Walker and Renfrew having selected the people that they admire, we then discussed their reasons for their choices. Despite the selections covering everyone from the grandmother of Miss Renfrew (determined, kind and always cheerful), the Dalai Lama for his desire to spread happiness and peace (Mrs Bond) and all the way to Sir Ranulph Fiennes (ex-SAS, 7 marathons on seven different continents on seven consecutive days, climbed Everest aged 65 etc etc). Perhaps the most popular choice was from Mrs Field of Miss Dixon for her care, kindness and desire to provide each child with the best education.

The consensus was that whoever it is that we admire, we should aspire to their qualities of kindness, compassion, cheerfulness and determination.

Regulatory Compliance Inspection

All independent schools throughout the country are required to receive a regulatory compliance inspection, conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. There are eight standards against which each school is judged -

  1. Quality of education provided (Curriculum & Teaching)
  2. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  4. Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  5. Premises and accommodation
  6. Provision of information
  7. Manner in which complaints are to be handled
  8. Quality of leadership in and management of schools

For each of the eight standards, there are an additional 34 subcategories (broken down into another 150+ descriptors) that inspectors are required to satisfy themselves that the school is fully compliant with.

In addition to lesson observations, interviews with members of staff (teaching and administrative), interviews with the children and a detailed interview with Governors a considerable amount of time was spent with me in my guise not just as Head but also as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

A peculiarity of the report is the relative brevity of detail for standard 4 - Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors. This standard concerns the recruitment process and ensuring that members of staff possess a current DBS Check, are aware of the relevant protocols for safeguarding, (Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), PREVENT) and that the school has a complete and up to date Single Central Register. The succinctness of language in the report relating to this standard does not necessarily reflect the demands and importance placed on this particular aspect.

Some aspects of the regulations are quite specific. There are, for example, specific school policies that must be available to parents on the website. There must be a paper copy of the Health and Safety on display for parents. There must be signage prohibiting mobile phone usage on site and the prohibition of smoking on site, to name but a few.

It is all well and good having a policy but the inspectors must satisfy themselves that the policies are actually being followed. Registration, signing in procedures, absentee checks, supervision and the adherence to health and safety regulations (including COSHH) again, to name but a few, are observed. Staff and children are also quizzed to ensure that they know and follow these policies and regulations.

I am delighted to confirm that we were successful in meeting each of the eight standards and that we are fully compliant against the Independent Schools Standards and Regulations as judged by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

You are welcome to read the report by following this link -

News from First Steps

This week in First Steps we have been very busy and creative. We have had fun making and learning about our own Incy Wincy spiders and have been building our fine motor skills by using tweezers to catch the plastic spiders through the webs in our messy tray. We have also been working very hard on learning our numbers by going on number hunts around our classroom and counting all of our classmates. We are very much looking forward to what next week brings us!

News from Second Steps

This week, Second steps have been busy pretending to be pirates, exlopring the deep sea and going to the ends of the Earth in search of treasure. We found some lovely colourful treasure and hid it in a unknown Island. Second Steps have been learning number sequencing and problem solving. We have done lots of different types of exercises and counting up to 100 in 1's,5's and 10's! Great work, Second Steps!

News from Reception

This week, Reception have been looking at the artist Jackson Pollock and have been experimenting with different tools and techniques to create our own splash paintings. We have also experimented with straws and blowing the paint around the paper which we found very funny and very difficult! In Maths, we have been looking at doubles all the way up to 10 which we are becoming very fluent in. Reception are looking forward to their trip to Brooklands Museum next week where we will even get the chance to walk around Concorde.

News from Year 1

A week in which I was incredibly proud of Year 1 for many reasons. …

Impeccable behaviour was displayed by all during our recent trip to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. Their good manners and listening skills were commented upon by several members of the public who were impressed.

At the plantation we were followed by some rather friendly Mallard ducks whilst we walked around the park much to the delight of the children and teachers! We learnt what a plantation is and identified plant species. We learnt about the redwood, acer, silver birch, weeping willow and magnolia trees. The Azalea bushes were dazzling especiialy a pure white buch which seemed “too have been made of snow leaves”.

The Still Pond was a highlight of our day found by following a hidden stream, we discovered a romantic riot of colour and a sweet little waterfall.. wonderful. Year 1 were fascinated by the Moorhens, Mandarin ducks and the water which seemed to have been made from clear glass.

Our computing lesson this week was remarkable - Year 1 have a very good understanding of computers around the home . This week we learnt that the CPU is the “computer brain” and that the screen is an ‘output device’ whilst the mouse and keyboard are ‘input' devices.

Our Space topic continues to delight and we have been working to complete our rockets and planets for display. We learnt about meteorites, comets and why we have day and night.

In addition, I have been observing the children during group work and partner work to assess their team work and cooperation skills. I am happy to report that I have seen excellent peer support and explanations as well as kind spontaneous acts of helpfulness, sharing and kindness. Well done, Foxes!

News from Year 2 and Year 3

Year 2 and 3 have been busy this week. In Mathematics, we have been looking at multiplication and division. We practised our House Shouts in our house assembly and are looking forward to performing them in assembly. In Art, we have painted mud-roc fish which are beginning to take shape.

We had fabulous day out in Richmond Park yesterday. Linking in with our Woodlands school we set out on an adventure walking to Isabella plantation, looking at all the wildlife and plants on the way. We had picnic lunch and then explored all the beautiful colours and secret waterfalls following a sensory walk around the plantation. We stopped to spend time to write about what we could see and hear which followed on from our descriptive writing from last week. this is what the children came up with -

The beetles are as camouflaged as an army.- Max Vedult

Stones as bright as silver sit bathing in the sunlight.- Fred Gosland

The magnificent trees sway in the gentle breeze and the leaves flutter.- Alexa Bond

The ground was filled with emerald grass and pretty flower buds.- Audrey Tse

There are thousands, maybe millions of chocolate brown trees, ancient Oak and Ash, over eight hundred years old.- Rachel Lewis

The flowers are a blazing carpet of bluebells, the stones like rare rubies.- Isabel Fielding- Smith

Dates for the diary...

8th May - Second Steps visit to Kew Gardens

10th May - Reception Class visit to Brooklands Museum

12th May - Year 1 to a Creative Workshop at Rowan Preparatory School with award winning children’s author and illustrator, Petr Horacek.

15th May - Year 3 & Year 4 Curriculum Information Meeting

15th - 19th May - Art Exhibition and Art Week

20th May - Pre-Prep School Football Festival at Shrewsbury House

20th May - Parent & Staff Social BBQ

23rd May - Race for Life

25th May - Start of half term holiday

5th June - Term resumes

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

24th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day

6th July - End of term

Certificate Winners

Certificate winners - Jennifer Kemp, Evie Stamp, Aidan O'Gorman, Felix Buss, Robert Felton, Leo Jabourian, Theo Butcher, Felix Warner, Krisha Karavekar, Aadhrith Sarvesh, Adrius Parchment, Bemi Ibiyemi, Isabel Fielding-Smith & Kerem Akoglu.

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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