Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 29 - 16th june 2017

From the Headmaster:

I do hope that you are all looking forward to Sports Day. Judging by the competition during our preparation at games on Tuesday, it promises to be a closely fought event.

I am afraid that I did receive somewhat disappointing news just this morning. It seems that there has been a significant issue with the running surface this week and that St. Mary's have had to implement some unexpected and significant work to replace the surface. As such, we were given the option of either postponing our Sports Day or to hold it on the grass pitch adjacent to the track. I felt that with many of you having cleared calendars and diaries to enjoy this coming Saturday afternoon it would cause significant disruption and inconvenience to postpone the event. Therefore, and only after contacting alternative venues, that I felt it was the prudent option for the athletics to still take place on Saturday but it will be on the grass surface, one marked with running lanes for our use.

Whilst our Sports Day will still be a wonderful occasion, I would still like to provide the children with an opportunity to experience running on a track (especially on what will now be a brand new surface...) I have therefore provisionally booked the track for next Saturday, 1st July from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like your child to enjoy an athletics lesson on the track please let Mrs. Blower know through email and I will take a group of children for an athletics lesson at the track. This lesson will include a range of running, jumping and throwing events. We will arrange transport from school to the track as I am aware that the Year 2 and Year 3 children will be enjoying a social event here at school from 2pm. There will not be a charge for this opportunity. The meeting point will be 12.30pm here at school next Saturday, returning for 2pm, children should wear their PE kit.

Immediately prior to the start of Sports Day, we will be holding our Prize Giving presentation, taking place by the side of the running track. The Prize Giving will take place at 1.45pm and the Sports Day itself will begin immediately at the conclusion of the awards. We anticipate the whole event (Prize Giving and Sports Day) being completed by 3.15pm.

There are changing and toilet facilities at the venue and a cafeteria that overlooks the track. I would strongly recommend that you bring with you refreshments and a picnic or camping chair for the afternoon.

Children in First and Second Steps should arrive wearing their normal maroon school uniform (shorts/running bottoms/sweatshirt) and running shoes. Children in Reception to Year 3 should arrive wearing school uniform (including blazer) and then change into their PE kit immediately at the conclusion of the Prize Giving.

Prize Giving

My colleagues and I have given considerable thought to the awards that are to be presented at Prize Giving, with all members of staff having been involved in the lengthy process. I would like to stress that the majority of awards are for the whole school, regardless of age. We are seeking to recognise those children who have impressed us with their abilities and strengths across every year group.

The following prizes will be presented -

Spiritus Scholae

Mastroianni Trophy (Park Hillian Award for the child who embodies the school values)

Headmaster’s Service to School Award

Chairman’s Award

Adams Personal Development Cup (Early Years)

Metcalf Progress Cup (Year 1 and above)

Cusack Citizenship Cup (School Council Member)

English Cup

Kadhim Cup for Reading

Kingsley Cup for Maths

Blake Science Cup

Victor Ludorum

Victorix Ludorum

Freeman Cup for Sporting Potential (Male and Female)

McCartney History Cup

Lusty Geography Cup

Natalie Crozier Computing Cup

Roy Art Cup

Cirillo Cup for Languages

Anker Cup for Design and Technology

Shirley Spoonley Music Cup

Cooke Ballet Cup

Thompson Singing Cup

Melina Amin Performing Arts Cup

Form Prizes -

One child from each class will receive a Class Achievement Award and one child will receive a Class Values Award.

First Steps -

Each child attending First Steps will receive an award for their considerable efforts and to celebrate their progress this academic year.

Summer Performance

I am pleased to confirm that the summer performance will take place at St.Paul's Church on the final day of term, Thursday 6th July at 10am. It promises to be a performance to be remembered and a little different....

Immediately following the performance at 11am, the children will then return to school. I would like to invite you to then join us for tea/coffee and cake at school before then collecting your children at 12.30pm.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Chessington Trip - First & Second Steps

Judging by the number of children who were either dozing or asleep on the bus as they returned from Chessington it was clearly a much enjoyed trip on one of the hottest days of the year if not since 1976!

I was delighted to present all of the children in First and Second Steps with a certificate for their exceptional behaviour, of which I understand many members of the public and teachers of other schools commented on.

Information from Year Groups

First Steps -

This week in First Steps we went to Chessington World of Adventures! We were such good boys and girls and our teachers were very proud. We had a huge picnic for lunch under an enormous tree which we very much enjoyed. Also this week, as it has been oh so hot, we have had lots of water play activities going on and we even dipped our feet in whilst having snack. It was very exciting and cooling.

Second Steps -

Despite the hot weather, Second Steps have enjoyed a busy, varied week; coping well by keeping in the shade and drinking lots of water!

On Monday we were pleased to welcome Dr Rao, Samika's mum into our classroom where she told the children all about keeping safe in the sun. The children listened and participated well and learnt lots of important facts. This was obviously, perfect timing considering the hot weather we have had this week. On Tuesday we had a lovely day at Chessington. We managed to see an amazing variety of animals from skunks to tigers. It was also great to be able to end our topic of Under the Sea by visiting the Sea Life section. The children were a credit to the school and we had lots of positive comments from Chessington's staff as well as members of the public about the good behaviour of our children. We have also been preparing for Sports Day and our end of term production.

Reception -

Wow what a heat wave! This week we have been writing about Year 1 and the things we are excited to do in the new year. In Maths we have been continuing sharing and have even started to dip into division which is fantastic to see.

For our boat trip on Wednesday 28th those who have not ordered food from our kitchen please make sure your child has a packed lunch and please can parents bring food for yourself. We will be eating on the grass area in Hampton Court so if you wish to bring a blanket please do. If parents could arrive at school for 9:30am for leaving school at 9:50am.

Year 1 -

Year 1 have been actively exploring plants this term learning all about seeds and how plants transform and grow into adult plants. The hot weather has really helped our plants to germinate quickly and to grow at an incredible speed. As Zachary noted 'they are getting lots of energy for the sun, and making lots of food’. We have learnt how to care for plants as well as experimenting to see what might happen to a plant without light or water or a plant with water but no light!

Fox class are very proud of their bean and pea plants and looking forward to bringing them home to harvest their own vegetables during the summer.

Linking to our science topic we have been looking at the traditional tale the Princess and the Pea. We decided that for a modern princess the ending was not wholly appropriate and so Fox class changed the character or the ending. In our imaginations the princess rejects the prince and goes to find someone who will treat her more kindly or it is a prince who turns up seeking shelter.

Year 1 are extremely intrigued about our transition lessons where the children get to meet their Year 2 teacher! So this week we wrote messages to let them know what we are most looking forward to. The children came up with so many interesting sentences … some are looking forward to increased responsibility as House Captains, others are excited about their outdoor learning opportunities whilst others are keen for more maths challenges. What a fantastic class they are.

Year 2 and Year 3 -

Year 2 and 3 are working hard on writing their first chapter book. Each chapter we introduce as we go along, and they write, draw or make something. The children are not sure how the book will end at the moment as we reveal the story chapter by chapter. This makes the story very exciting! So far they have written about meeting a magician, looking in his most unusual house, looking for clues, travelling to Treasure Island to try and track down the dragon’s egg. The question is where will it be?

Well, you will have to ask the children to see their stories at the end of term. This project is a superb way for children to write extensively and have the time to enjoy the process of writing a book.

Calling all cyclists....

It does seem that we have a few cyclists (however, we definitely do not have any MAMILs or MAWILs) amongst our staff and parent body. Being one myself (cyclist, that is) I am delighted to provide you with details of two opportunities to pull on the lycra and shout 'chapeau' at the top of your voice...

The first is an invite to join the fledgling Park Hill Parents Cycling Club who meet immediately after drop-off on a Friday to then complete a pleasant lap of Richmond Park (along with photo stops and a drinks break). If you would like to join Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Field please bring your bike next Friday and join the peloton.

The second opportunity is also cycling related.

Mr. Clarke has kindly provided us with information regarding this charity bike ride. Please follow the link indicated in the image to gain more details but If you would like to join a number of us to complete a lap of Richmond Park or, if you are feeling energetic two or three laps, a rendezvous has been planned for Kingston Gate car park at 9am on 25th June.

Summer Camp

I am pleased to confirm the details of our Summer Camp, organised by Premier Sports.

We have received very complimentary and positive feedback following all three of the holiday camps we have hosted thus far. The range of activities provided and the quality of their staff have ensured that the camps are increasingly popular.

In addition to the time they spend with us, Premier Sport deliver curriculum PE lessons at an increasing number of state schools in the area. With their staff involved with this provision until these schools finish, the dates of the camp are as follows -

Monday 17th July - Friday 21st July

Monday 24th July - Friday 28th July

Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August

Monday 21st August - Friday 25th August

Tuesday 29th August - Friday 1st September

The link to book your place on the camp can be found below -

The times will be as per previous camps, 9am - 5pm and 9am-1pm or 1pm to 5pm for children aged 3. I regret that the insurance policy used by Premier Sport does not permit them to offer full day sessions for children aged 3. I can confirm that the option of booking half days for children aged 4 years and above is available. Similarly, I can also confirm that we are able to accept siblings and children who do not attend Park Hill to also join the camp.

Due to our positive relationship with Dan, Lewis, Max et al, I am pleased to offer you the special offer of enjoying one free day for every five days that your child attends the camp. This will be calculated at the time of booking and reflected in the price charged.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information.

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 be aware that the amended uniform list is now available on the school website, with the stock of new tracksuit and games wear due to be in stock at Lester Bowden towards the end of July.

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 -

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 -

Certificate Winners -

Happy Birthday!

Yusef Ozkan & Mrs. Bond.

Dates for the diary...

24th June - Prize Giving and Sports Day 1.45pm - 3.30pm

28th June - Reception Class Boat Trip to Hampton Court

28th June - Second Hand Uniform Sale - 2.30pm - 3.45pm

29th June - Year 2 and Year 3 Overnight Camp

6th July - Summer Performance, St. Paul's Church 10am-11am.

6th July - End of term 12.30pm

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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