Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 20 - 17th march 2017

From the Headmaster:

Well, what a week this has been! In reverse chronological order Red Nose Day, Mother's Day Assembly, a two day Regulatory Compliance Inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Wiggle Walk and Inter-House Hockey tournaments all in addition to normal school life.

Someone once said that a busy school is a happy school and I think we can be justifiably delighted with a most enjoyable week in a super school.

My opening paragraph doesn't do justice to the efforts and energy that not only go into daily life here at Park Hill but are also unquestionably and tirelessly applied to leading and organising events such as the Wiggle Walk, sporting tournaments and preparing for a critically important inspection. These are but three examples.

We have an exceptional team here at Park Hill who justifiably earned the praise of the inspection team. I was delighted to hear the comment 'There is a strong sense of community....' and phrases like 'high quality teaching and learning' a 'hands-on curriculum.' 'Polite, confident and exceptionally well behaved children who look out for one another.'

Fabulous stuff.

So, I would like to express my thanks to the whole team: Noah, John, Igor, Catia, Linda, Max, Lewis, Dan, Alison, Brad, Sam, our friends at CJM, Mr Patrick, Mrs Guerro, Mrs Bond, Mr Stevenson, Mrs Gardner, Miss Gurd, Miss Renfrew, Mrs Hanif, Miss Dixon, Miss Menon, Mrs Burn, Miss Meade, Miss Finch, Mrs Akoglu, Mrs Patel, Miss Georgina, Mrs Baillie, Kim and Kate as well as the many, many others who help and support Park Hill (present, past and future) for all of their hard work; particularly this week! The staff room was a very happy place on Thursday.

We received very thoughtful messages for good luck this week from many of you. They were very well received and appreciated by us all. As much as I have emphasised the role played by the school team I cannot underestimate just how much the inspectors praised the whole sense of community that exists, that includes you, our parents.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

PS - Apologies for the late publication of the Deerstalker. I am sure you will understand....

Easter Camp

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting an Easter Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for nine days in total. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

Inter-House Hockey

The two inter-house hockey tournaments proved to be highly competitive as the four houses battled to be crowned champions on Tuesday.

The Reception/Year 1 tournaments, using plastic sticks and ball was a most enjoyable event. The sight of children sprinting in full flow was a delight. Following the same format as the Y2/3 tournament, the four teams played each other once and then the teams played off in a final match to decide the final results. I am delighted to confirm that St. David's ended victorious at the conclusion of the tournament.

The Year 2 & Year 3 tournament was equally as hard fought, this time employing the skills developed over the term from Mrs McLean, Director of Sport (KGS) who has been teaching the children. Using 'real' sticks and balls the matches flowed from one end to the other as the children tackled hard and counterattacked time after time. The final game to decide 1st and 2nd was between St. George's and St. David's. The ultimate victors (and a repeat of the rugby on Saturday) were St. Patrick's.

Many congratulations to all of the teams, the standard of hockey was impressively high. I very much look forward to next term where we will be enjoying cricket and athletics at KGS.

St. David's - Reception/Year 1 Champions
St. Patrick's - Year 2/Year 3 Champions

Readathon

Thank you for World Book Day. It was a truly magical event made possible with your support.

The Readathon was launched in the week leading up to World Book Day to generate a sense of excitement and motivate our Park Hill children to read for a good cause.

Readathon’s simple but brilliant idea to inspire reading in children whilst fundraising to provide books and storytelling for hospitalised children works.

We would like to know how well it has worked for Park Hill. Please could you send in your completed sponsor forms and money for the end of term.

The money will be collated and the results published in the Deerstalker.

Mrs. Gardner

News From First Steps

This week in First Steps there has been a lot happening as always! Our class Caterpillars have cocooned, we performed at the Church for our Mother’s Day assembly, we created lovely Easter bonnets and then celebrated Red nose day! Those are just a few things we have enjoyed doing.

Our teachers were super proud of our performance in Church and thought that we were very brave. We look forward to our Easter performance next week and we are practicing our song a lot in school. Also, we are looking forward to our Easter Hunt on Monday and our Easter parade!

News from Second Steps

Second Steps have had an amazing week! We first started off by having an Art day, we created different art work using a variety of materials and textures. On Tuesday Second Steps came dressed as something from 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. During our Wiggle Walk we formed a Conga line and did the Conga and danced to some great music. We learnt a dance and how to dance to rhythm as well as the beat to the music. On Wednesday we had a messy day, using our senses to explore different textures. We also learnt about still life painting and painted daffodils. Thursday we preformed in assembly for Mothers Day, we had worked so hard in learning to sing in Malay (Ibu Engkulha). Friday was a much enjoyable day, where we painted the school red in our mufti and red noses.We engaged in different games and explored different ways to move our bodies to the beat. We also enjoyed singing nursery rhymes while Miss Menon played the flute.

News from Reception

Reception played hockey amazingly well this week in our inter-house competition. They worked well in their teams communicating with each other and working hard to tackle and keep the ball. This week in Maths we have been looking at estimating. In our food topic we have been making our own smoothie recipe, we spoke about what ingredients we wanted to use and how this linked to being healthy. We have even looked at how exercise effects our bodies and what it does to our heart rate.

News from Year 1

A busy week in Year 1 full of lots of practical hands on learning and investigations. We wanted to learn how you could describe movement clearly and correctly.

First we learnt about left and right and worked systematically to find all the possible ways for Jack to climb the beanstalk.

Then we used the Bee Bots and maps to write instructions and develop our understanding of coding.

Finally, we learnt about clockwise and anticlockwise. Clockwise means moving in the direction of the hands on a clock. We practised by following instructions from our partners and explored whole, quarter, half and three quarter turns.

In Literacy, we explored speech marks for direct speech and wrote numbered list instructions.

We also had an amazing DT focus this week and developed our knowledge of pop up mechanisms and how to make 3D models in paper. We designed and made Easter Rabbits and baskets.

“If your rabbit falls over and will not balance you stick some card underneath …as a weight.” Zac.

News from Year 2 & Year 3

Years 2 and Year 3 started the week continuing their work in time in Mathematics, as well as trying to solve various word problems associated with time intervals. We have since moved onto data handling, looking at drawing and interpreting bar charts.

In English, we have been writing humorous epitaphs following a rhyming pattern. Red noses galore on Friday made us think about those less fortunate than us.

In preparation for Mother's Day, the children have thoroughly enjoyed making their paper flower sculptures, taking great pride in their creations. Happy Mother's Day!

Inspection

We have been waiting for our compliance inspection for some time and significant effort has been applied to ensure that all of our policies and procedures reflect the very best practice.

From the call on Monday, 9am advising us of their visit to their actual arrival at 7.40am on Wednesday, you may have noticed a heightened sense of expectation amongst the teachers and an absent Headmaster from the gate!

The two day inspection involved meetings with me covering safeguarding and my role as the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Health and Safety processes including risk assessments, building certificates including appliance testing, gas safety and water temperature checks. They assessed supervision, recruitment checks (DBS checks and the Single Central Register) as well as holding meetings with staff and children to ensure that policies were being followed and were known.

The inspection also requires the inspectors to visit classrooms, observe lessons and spend considerable time with Heads of Subject to ensure that the curriculum we deliver is also compliant (British Values).

There is also a strong emphasis on governance and leadership, to ensure that I, as Head, am being held accountable whilst being empowered to lead the school effectively.

It is is a somewhat gruelling process with the emphasis being on the school to ensure an impressive amount of information and documentation is loaded on to the ISI inspection portal well in advance (and renewed each term) and then respond quickly to requests for documentation and evidence during the two days to prove our compliance in the eight areas. This is in addition to ensuring that everyday practice is complaint and follows what we state in our policies; you cannot simply make this up for just two days whilst the inspectors are in!

The final report will be published in three to four weeks time. There is no grading with this type of inspection. There will simply be a paragraph for each of the eight standards stating whether we have met or not met that particular standard. I very much look forward to sharing the report with you once we receive it.

Red Nose Day

A rather fun way to end the week was enjoyed by all as we joined in with the spirit to Red Nose Day. As you can see from the image below, it was a very colourful occasion!

Easter Camp - Premier Sport

I am delighted to confirm that we shall be hosting an Easter Camp with Premier Sports once again using Park Hill as their base. The camp will run for nine days in total. Numbers will be limited to 30 children per day. If you would like to confirm your place in advance please complete this Google form -

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.

Uniform

Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. This time of year, with increased layers being worn, we do what we can to return lost property. We would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring that items are labelled.

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.

Mother's Day Assembly

What an assembly! Whatever words I choose to describe the assembly on Thursday will not do it justice. The First Steps children truly stole the show with a most endearing performance, only for each class to step up to produce a performance of equal quality. We don't recognise enough just how naturally confident our children are. I know of no other school that empowers children of all ages to stand up and sing, speak or perform with such aplomb. We just need to remember the tissues next year. I noticed a few slightly teary but proud mums (and dads, but it wasn't about us on Thursday, our turn is in June) in the assembly. I also hope that those of you qualified to earn them also enjoyed the small gesture of daffodils to celebrate the occasion.

Momentum Charity - Uniform Sale

I would very much like to thank those of you involved in the uniform sale on Thursday. I am delighted to confirm that £132.15 was raised to support the charity. Your support is very much appreciated.

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.

Don't forget, this weekend…

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - Collection box by the side gate.

Easter Assembly - Thursday 11.30am

School finishes for Easter Holiday - Thursday 12.30pm

After School Activities

The link to apply for a place on the various current activities can be found here -

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club, 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. Places for after school club are restricted to children who are at least 3 years old.

Dates for the Diary -

30th March - 11.30am - Easter Assembly

30th March - 12.30pm Easter Holiday

Certificate Winners

Congratulations to: Josh Fry, Max Salmon, Barnaby Salmon (the double) Ela Akoglu, Kerem Akoglu, (the double) Jessica Blackburn, Henry Blackburn, (the double) Pascal Barikor, Bemi Ibiyemi, Krisha Karavekar, Layton McCormack, Adrius Parchment, Stella Pirola Fasson, Yash Shoor, Evie Stamp, Hayden Von Liechtenstein, Felix Warner and Second Steps!

Happy Birthday!

George Johnson, Mrs Gardner and Eva Liu.

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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