Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 35 - 29th September 2017


From the Headmaster:

I have enjoyed this week. Plenty of exercise. Plenty of inspiration and plenty of use of my favourite word - perseverance!

Amongst many memorable moments I think the assembly will last in my memory. I was in the fortunate position to be looking out over the assembly and witness the absorbed expressions on all faces as we learnt more about athletics and the discipline required to compete at the highest level. Ezekiel Ewulo will be closely followed by a loyal and enthusiastic part of south west London from now on!

What has stood out to me this week has been the attitude and approach of the children towards all the activities that have taken place. Their enthusiasm and inquisitiveness has impressed us all and reinforces that we must continue to provide them with opportunities to bring their learning alive.

Other events this week have included a reading workshop, Macmillan Coffee Morning and a bike ride that was perhaps the start of things to come.

Some of our teachers have also been busy this week with Messrs Dixon, Bond and Menon attending a course today at the British War Museum on techniques to incorporate iPads further in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.

After a busy week of activity I am looking forward to our first social event of the year. Our BBQ will be fired up ready for 6.30pm with plenty of refreshments available, along with a rather fiendish quiz to take us through the evening set by Mr. Stevenson.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening.

Yours sincerely,


PS - Details for the nursery provision (October half term) I am pleased to say will be released on Monday.

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.

Ezekiel Ewulo - Special Athletics Assembly

An assembly to remember. When arranging for the visit of Ezekiel Ewulo I was a little unsure as to whether it would live up to my hopes. Those of us fortunate to have been present enjoyed a very interactive, engaging and revealing assembly about life as a professional athlete, the sacrifice required and about what motivates someone who can jump 8metres in a single leap. Perhaps of particular interest was how 'Zekes' came to athletics relatively late at the age of 15.

It is important that I note just how impressed I was with the intelligence of the questions asked by the children. Wholly considered and thoughtful, without any preparation in advance. We shall be sending our very best wishes to Ezekiel as he aims to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, only an 8.15m jump needed to qualify....

Immediately prior to the assembly, we also held a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research. I would like to thank everyone involved in raising £31.65.

October Half-Term Camp

I am pleased to confirm that we will be holding a holiday camp this half term. I do regret, however, that as the members of Premier Sport are committed to delivering PE curriculum lessons during the day at local schools we will only be able to hold a camp from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, the second week of our half term. We have explored a variety of options to provide a camp for the first week as I fully appreciate that this would have been well received. The price for each day has been lowered to £35 per day and £20 for a half day. Please follow this link to sign up for the camp -


We always do what we can to recover and return lost items to their rightful owner, if we could ask that all items are labelled and named it would be most appreciated. We do have a healthy selection of used uniform that can be arranged through a Facebook page.

Please follow this link to access the page -

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 4 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.

School Council (Great Park Hill) Bake Sale

As you can see, the array of cakes and bread were a sight to behold as we held our first bake sale of the year. I can wholeheartedly recommend Miss Renfrew's chocolate cake, the fairy cakes and Mrs. Coyne's bread and the cookies and....

Mary Berry clearly has some stiff competition.

Mr. Stevenson informs me that over £140 has been raised for the School Council which I know the children are delighted with.

London to Brighton Off Road Charity Bike Ride

Well, we made it. Although a little sore and very fatigued we completed the 74 miles or approximately 115km in a respectable time and somewhat respectable condition. Although I will confess that I did indulge in a little 'Steve Redgrave' moment when, having somehow made it over the finish line, I vowed never to sit on a bike saddle ever again, ever, ever again....

Other than this temporary moment (obviously brought on by over exertion) Mr Clarke and I were able to leave Kempton Race Course promptly at 7.15am last Saturday morning before then crossing the river at Hampton Court along to Weybridge and then down through Shere, Cranleigh and then, as we discovered over the next three hours, quite literally up the Downs...

The view down into a very sunny and picturesque Brighton made the labour worth it as we descended rapidly to the coast and along to the finish (with a headwind for the last 5km as a final reward...)

At time of publish today, I am utterly delighted to inform you that we have a total of over £500 raised thus far.

Many of you took the time in addition to a generous donation to pass a kind comment of congratulations or encouragement that are most appreciated. I can assure they that they helped enormously! We are most grateful for your donations as I am sure the British Heart Foundation will also be.

In contradiction to my Sir Steve Redgrave 'if you ever catch me near a boat again...' moment (do 'Google it' if you are unsure what I am referring to) after a lengthy sleep I did wake up the following day and committed to the ride for 2018. Mr. Clarke and I will be looking for additional members of the team over the next few months.

You have been warned!

News from the Classes

First Steps

A very active and busy week has seen First Steps settling into their routine and making very encouraging progress with their 'first steps' in phonics.

We have been very impressed with the models the children have been making with the Play-Doh and the developing vocabulary when describing their work.

We have also made the most of the improved weather by enjoying the bark area and making patterns and shapes with the bronze coloured leaves that are now falling.

Second Steps

Second Steps have begun the week with exploring Richmond Park during Woodland School. The children made different shapes, Stick Men and formed shapes using nature objects in the park. We have been using our senses (sight, smell and touch) by exploring the large sensory tray. Second Steps have been learning 2D shapes this week and have used the interactive board to match shapes. Outside we have been exploring what objects are able to roll down the pipelines, we did this in groups with a number of different objects. We finished of the week with a cooking class, using different measurements. What a great and busy week Second Steps have had!


This week it has been lovely to see Reception settle fully into the class routine. They have been full of excitement and enthusiasm enjoying 'Health and Fitness’ week, participating in varied active sessions. Especially meeting Ezekiel Ewolu, a professional Long Jumper. The children enjoyed jumping jacks, mountain climbers and press ups. They quoted: "I liked meeting Zeeks,” Eliza. “My favourite part was star jumps," Abbie. In continuation with our health week, the children have been learning a dance routine to the ‘Skeleton song.’ I am sure you will get to see children perform the song very soon.

In Maths, the children have been looking at 2D shapes and thoroughly enjoyed a shape hunt around the classroom. This learning continued into a ‘shape challenge’ applying their knowledge, understanding and vocabulary to build a shape dinosaur. I must say, there were some fantastic looking shape Stegosaure’s and Triceratops. Well done Everyone!

In PSCHE, the children discussed ‘the qualities of a good friendship.’ As a class, we made a ‘friendship recipe’ and decided we needed a pinch of happiness, 1 handful of kindness, 1 cup of sharing, a teaspoon of helpfulness, lots of laughter and most importantly all of our love. When you mix them all together you have a ‘perfect friend.’ In Literacy, the children wrote their own recipes which we have put onto Tapestry for you to see.

Year 1

Health and Activity week has been a wonderful experience for Year 1 - they throughly enjoyed; circuit training with Nuffield Health on Tuesday, aerobics on Thursday and daily brain breaks to music in class when we practised our counting skills in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

The children have learnt how to stretch before exercise and practiced running with their knees up high and jumping with toe flexed when going over a hurdle.

During PSHE circle times we have been reflecting on our strengths and uniqueness to continue to build the children's sense of self worth and self esteem.

In our RE lessons we are looking at nature and recognising how people are thankful for the Earth’s resources. We also answered the question ‘Why is the sky blue?’ both creatively and factually.

In Maths this week we are measuring length and learning about millimetres, centimetres and metres.

Well done Year 1!

Year 2

This week we have been looking at poetry, particularly at Spike Milligan and his nonsense poems. The write have worked hard to create poems for the end of this week - and, inspired by Milligan, nonsense they certainly are. In Mathematics we have looked at equals and money, working out amounts and then comparing them. There were so many pound coins and the new ones provided temporary confusion - quickly overcome. Food chains were the order of the day in science and we learnt to create them using animals from our country.

We also had the pleasure of having Elena and Henry read to us this week, learning to show and express themselves to make a story exciting and interactive.

Year 3 & Year 4

We have certainly had a focus on health and fitness this week. With lots of extra exercise thanks to Nuffield, Zekes and games. In Science, we were very lucky to be able to experience listening to our heart with a stethoscope and measuring our pulse with an oximetor. In groups the children have planned their own investigations to effect heart rate for next week.

In D.T. the children have made real life shaduf’s from Ancient Egyptian times and are hoping to test them in the Thames during our next games session to see how well they were made!

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.

Prep School Science

The Year 3 and Year 4 children are clearly benefitting from their time at the Canbury School Science Labs. Moving on from the heart and lungs exploration last week, the children made good use of the specialist equipment available to measure heart rate levels pre-exercise. This data will then be compared against their readings post-exercise next week.


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.

Parent Social - 30th September

As a reminder, I would like to remind you that we have a social event on 30th September. I very much hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. BBQ, quiz, good company and refreshments all guaranteed and provided....

Health and Activity Week

It has been a very active week. The bike ride this afternoon was rather special, in addition to the assembly yesterday the children have circuit trained, had their core well and truly put to the test, danced, stretched and star-jumped like never before.

Our friends from Nuffield Gym visited on Monday and Tuesday to lead two sessions for the children. Do please refer to the offer of a free visit to the gym below. Miss Georgina led a dance session in addition to lessons exploring the importance of activity and health. As you can see from the images below, we did our best to exhaust the children!

Bike Ride

What better way to finish the week than to go for a ride?

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. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th September.

Happy Birthday!

Rachel Lewis, Gabrielle McLean, Sophie Felton, Zahraa Al Yacoby and Miss Dixon!

Certificate Winners

Well done to all of our certificate winners.

All events can be downloaded to your outlook calendar through the school website.

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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