Park Hill Preparatory School the deerstalker issue 3 - 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016

From the Headmaster:

It was the first day of autumn this week and it clearly decided to announce its arrival with a sharp shower on Thursday and, judging by the cold hands I was shaking this morning, a reminder that winter is around the corner.

We had a most enjoyable assembly on Thursday, with a very pleasing number of you also able to join us. Despite the fact that I have seen the video of Derek Redmond being helped over the finish line by his father many times, I still find it rather difficult to view. The children, judging by their answers to my questions, will follow his example and persevere with any challenges or tasks that they find difficult.

I would like to remind you that I will be holding a coffee morning on Wednesday 28th, 8.30am-9.30am. My previous morning was extremely informative as we discussed communication in addition to a range of other topics raised by those present. Discussion next week will be about upcoming school events and what we can do to further improve the start to term. I do hope that you will be able to join me.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards,

Alistair Bond

Harvest Festival

I very much hope that you will be able to join us for our Harvest Festival on Thursday. The children have been busy learning a number of songs over the last few weeks ready for Thursday.

Each class will be designing and decorating their own Harvest Box next week and we would be most grateful if you could contribute two or three items (tins, rice/dried food) for the class box. These items will then be included within each box and displayed at the Harvest Festival. As has happened in the past we will then ensure these items are delivered to a suitable cause. We would welcome additional suggestions should you know of a charity or organisation who would benefit from these items.

Woodland School

As I sit here and type, the sky is blue and it promises to be a wonderful weekend. Unfortunately, we weren't quite so lucky as the children were due to go to Woodland School yesterday. A most impressive rain shower descended that rather curtailed our plans. 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 the wonderful resource.

Thursday Church Assembly

Perseverance was the focus of the assembly on Thursday. I would hope that many of you recall the sight of Derek Redmond at the 1992 Olympic Games, hobbling to the finish line. This perfect example of perseverance was used to illustrate to the children that we should all keep trying and that it is more than acceptable to ask for help if we find something challenging. We shall be introducing a Headmaster's Award to recognise one of our children who epitomise this trait each week. I very much look forward to awarding the first award next week.

I was delighted to see so many parents attending the assembly and enjoying the tea and coffee which is being served from 8.30am, allowing you to drop-off your children and head straight to the church. This may be particularly welcome in the cooler months.

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 to be paid on the day.


Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.

Don't forget, this weekend...

Haircuts (or is it hair styling?) for individual portrait photographs (Monday 26th September)

Shopping - 2/3 items for the Class Harvest Box to be brought in from Monday.

Second Hand Uniform

I would like to thank Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Field, Miss Pace, Mrs Fassone & Mrs Tasche for organising the impressive amount of second hand uniforms in the basement; a job that was in urgent need of attacking!

The various treasures they have now organised can be viewed and purchased at the upcoming Harvest Festival. In addition, Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can post/share/sell/donate spare items of uniform -

House Captains

St. Andrew - Danny & Josh; St. David - Rachel & Audrey; St. Patrick - Alexa & Bianca; St. George - Fred & Yash.

As a rule, I attempt to remain impartial when it comes to the serious matter of house competitions, however being English (apparently we have a weakness for the underdog) I will be quietly hoping that St. Patrick House will break their duck this year and be crowned champions for the very first time. No doubt that our new Vice and House Captains for St. Andrew, St. George and St. David will have something to say about it...

Congratulations to the newly appointed leaders who explained in a most articulate manner how they propose to ensure that their house is crowned as the winners in July. We will be enhancing the house competition with regular events taking place throughout the year.

Information from First Steps

This week in First Steps we have been very busy! We have been learning more about our new friends and about how to select the resources we would like to use in our classroom. We have been exploring the indoors and the outdoor area. Our teachers have been teaching us some of our routines which aim to develop independence and we can all now pour our milk by ourselves. We enjoyed doing music and dance with Miss Georgina and Mrs Baillie. Our favourite songs to move to were ‘Hop little bunny, hop hop hop’ and ‘Following the leader’. We also took part in lots of arts and crafts, creating folding butterfly prints and painting rainbow fish onto bubble wrap. What a wonderful week!

Information from Second Steps

In Second Steps this week, we have been focusing on the sense of sight. The children enjoyed ‘Whats in the box’ activity which put the children’s guessing skills to test. They all took turns to explore familiar and unfamiliar objects to describe what the object looks like describing its colour, texture and then drawing it. Within Woodland School, the children used their sense of sight by using the binoculars and magnifiers to search for hidden mini-beasts. They have had continuous fun in our ‘Opticians’ role play area too. Next week we will be looking at our sense of hearing.

Information from Reception

This week, Reception have continued to look at their senses. We have played a tasting game where we even tried lemons! In Mathematics, we have been learning all about measuring. We drew around our hands and feet then used cubes to measure them. The children loved seeing who had the biggest hands and feet! As part of our human body topic we learnt all about x-rays. We looked at what they do and who uses them, we then had a go at making our own!

Information from Year 1

We have been exploring portraits and investigating how objects are used to tell a story in art. We created digital portraits using the iPads which was great fun! In Mathematics, we have been looking at money and time and recognising the British coins from 1 penny to 1 pound. We created money spiders to work out different ways to make a total. In Literacy, we read Bears in the Night and used preposition words to write our own stories.

Information from Year 2 and Year 3

It has been a very exciting week in Owl class. You may not have noticed, but a satellite crashed into the school playground! Following a discussion about the unexpected appearance and some powerful descriptive vocabulary that could be used in the report. The children then produced the most impressive independent story writing during our Literacy lesson. In Mathematics, we have been tackling some rather challenging addition questions using a blank number line. The children are particularly enjoying our Topic lessons. This week we have been exploring the work of Orville and Wilbur Wright and had the opportunity to create our own airplanes. We clearly have some budding aircraft engineers and designers! During French, we have been revising the colours of the rainbow and applying our knowledge by singing the rainbow song.

The crashed satellite

After School Activities

The After School Activities are clearly going well, particularly pleasing to see the children enjoying their ballet and, although not strictly an after school activity, the Choir were in good voice following their early start on a Thursday morning. The link to apply for a place on the various activities can be found here -

If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next 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.

Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.

Our proud certificate winners from this week.

Certificate Winners

Aidan Stockham - Fantastic problem solving with coins.

Zachary Laramee - Being fantastically independent when changing for woodland school.

Adrius Parchment - Beautiful blending in phonics.

Leo Jabourian - Excellent communication and language in group activities

Samika Sharma - Always trying hard and having a positive attitude.

Felix Buss - Excellent hand and eye coordination and going to the toilet independently

Sarah Bakhouche - Excellent perseverance when playing netball.

Danny Prichard - being a fantastic mathematician.

Zahraa Alyacoby - fantastic passing and footwork when paying netball.

Dates for the Diary -

Monday 26th September 2016 - Individual Portrait Photographs. Please contact the school office if your child does not normally attend school on a Monday to arrange a suitable time.

Wednesday 28th September 2016, 8.30am-9.30am - Coffee Morning.

Thursday 29th September 2016, 9am at St. Pauls Church - Harvest Festival.

Monday 3rd October - Flu Vaccination (Years 1-3, optional).

Tuesday 11th October - Year 1 Visit to Kingston Museum.

Wednesday 12th October 8.30am-9.30am - Coffee Morning.

Thursday 13th October - Year 2 and Year 3 Visit to Madame Tussauds.

Wednesday 19th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.

Thursday 20th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.

Friday 21st October - Staff INSET. School closed for half term.

Monday 7th November - Term Resumes.

Monday 7th November - Year 1 Visit to the National Gallery.

Thursday 10th November - Future Schools Evening - Shrewsbury House & Notre Dame.

Wednesday 16th November - First Steps & Reception Class Visit to Chessington Garden Centre.

Wednesday 16th November - 6.00pm-7.00pm - Coffee Evening.

Thursday 17th November - Second Steps Visit to Chessington Garden Centre.

Monday 28th November - Football vs Westbury House (A)

Wednesday 30th November - No Swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 1st December - Choir singing at Galsworthy House.

Saturday 3rd December - Christmas Fayre.

Wednesday 7th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.

Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term.

Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Happy Birthday!

September 17th - 23rd - April Williams; Oscar Young & Dylan Jones.

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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