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PARK HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL THE DEERSTALKER ISSUE 55 - 18th May 2018

From the Headmaster:

With the colourful art exhibition still vivid in our memories, this week has been just as enjoyable with numerous reasons to celebrate the success of our children.

In addition to the camp out, tea party and flying blackbirds, we enjoyed a particularly splendid start to the assembly on Thursday. It was very pleasing to see our very capable Year 1 children leading the event -

At risk of repeating my comments from last week, it is important that I once again thank all of the staff here at Park Hill. From Leon baking/preparing the BBQ and tea party through to colleagues willingly giving up their beds to give our children a wonderful experience; the kindness boomerang was in full action this week.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Monday 21st & Wednesday 23rd: Mrs Blower and Mrs Watts will be absent from school on Monday and Wednesday next week. They will be receiving training on our new management information system (MIS) on both of these days and will have limited access to their emails. We would ask, therefore, that wherever possible you ring the school should you need to pass on information.

Tuesday 22nd: Chess Club will take place on Tuesday rather than its usual Wednesday.

Wednesday 23rd-Friday 25th May - Mrs Bond, Mr Bond, Mr Stevenson and Mrs Patel will be joining the Year 3 and Year 4 children on their residential trip to Lulworth Cove.

Thursday 24th May - No squad training.

Camp Out

The Year 2 enjoyed their first night under canvas here on the school grounds. Photo orienteering, bbq a rather egg-citing egg challenge and (some) sleep before rising for breakfast ensured that both they and the Year 3&4 children had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. As you can see from the images, they were fortunate with the weather although somewhat cool overnight. They were very kindly joined by Mrs Bond, Miss Renfrew, Mr Stevenson, Miss Menon, Mrs Patel and Miss Dixon.

With a splendid tray bake from Mrs Bagri (sometimes caring isn't sharing) and a strong cup of tea with home baked artisan bread courtesy of Mrs Coyne at Red Gate Bakery we were well looked after.

The egg drop challenge was a particular highlight, where children had to design and build a suitable receptacle to protect an egg being dropped from a height equivalent to Miss Renfrew standing on the climbing logs and her arm raised to shoulder height....

I cannot think of a more perfect use of slo-mo recording...

You were only waiting for this moment to arise....

Many of you will be aware that we have been closely following the arrival of a blackbird nest above the kitchen/Second Steps area.

Well, we were delighted on Monday to be able to witness the first faltering flight of the young birds. Well worth watching. I am pleased to report that they did make successful start to their flying careers and all made it safely into the air.

Art Exhibition - iBook

As a lasting memory of the recent art exhibition I trust you will enjoy the iBook we have made containing images of the rather splendid artwork on display last week.

Royal Wedding Tea Party

As you can see from the images, the children in our early years enjoyed a very British tea party to celebrate the royal wedding taking place tomorrow. Not quite sure what the Queen would make of the guest of honour, although I am in no doubt that she would have enjoyed the cakes and sandwiches.

Uniform

Our children regularly receive comments on their appearance and manners from the wider community. We do enjoy a rather smart uniform and encourage the children to take pride with all they do. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that all items of uniform are labeled so that we can help in the return of lost items and also in ensuring that our children continue to take pride with their appearance.

Year 2, 3 and Year 4

The highlight of the week for Years 2, 3 & 4 was our camp out in the school grounds. The evening started with setting up camp in the playground after setting the ground rules for the evening. We then moved onto a ‘Photo- Orienteering’ challenge where close up photos of places around school were air dropped to each team’s iPad, then they to had to search for the image to reveal a letter. Ten photos later, and a great deal of a discussion in their teams they worked it out!

A BBQ followed with steak burgers, coleslaw, salad etc. Which was devoured. Dessert included a tasty ice cream cone (with thanks to Mrs Akoglu) and a wonderful chocolate fudge tray bake kindly made by Mrs Bagri. Fruit was left out at all times for those who like to graze.

We then swiftly moved onto our evening challenge, ‘The Egg Drop’. Working in teams the children had to work out how to protect an egg dropped from a height. Using recyclables and tape, some designed containers for the egg and other groups created a nest like structure for the egg to land in. After a discussion about fair testing, we moved onto our predictions for each group. This then led onto analysing each container to see how it worked. During this time, the children all had a short rest to drink hot chocolate and marshmallows!

After a super evening, the children prepared for bed and settled quickly. A thoroughly enjoyable experience was had by all. A big thank you to all the teachers who helped make the opportunity a fabulous experience for our children.

Year 1

Year 1 have been investigating capacity to gain a better understanding of millilitres and litres. We have been reading scales and comparing the capacity of different containers. It is surprising how 100ml can seem a lot in one container and very little in another! “It’s the same amount! “ Teymur

“Capacity is how much a container can hold, it is hollow and then filled up” Adrius

We continue to develop our understanding of space and have been looking closely at the stars to find out more.

Did you know that a star is a sphere of hot gas held together by its own gravity, stars are born and grow old!

We learnt that there are 88 named constellations, or groups of stars and looked closely at the Northern hemisphere and the third largest Ursa Major (the great she-bear).

Local Elections

Park Hill School held their own local election this May.

The results were surprising:

Lib Dem 2 votes (3rd)

Labour 7 votes (2nd)

Green Party 18 votes (1st)

Reception

Reception have had a wonderful week! We began the week with investigating capacity. The children explored different measurements of water by using cylinders and containers to identify ‘half full,’ ‘empty,’ ‘nearly full,’ ‘nearly empty,’ and so on. Reception drew diagrams and labelled them applying their phonics skills. The children have been super excited about the Royal Wedding by writing letters to Prince Harry and made crowns/tiaras for our ‘Tea party’ this afternoon. During Science we have looked at the lifecycle of a butterfly. We were lucky enough for Stella to share her ‘real life butterfly garden’ with us. The children studied their beautiful colours and patterns by drawing them. We then released them and watched them fly into the open. Abbie said: “I think they will land on a flower.” Stella: “I think the butterflies will fly together and find somewhere to live.” Molly: “They will make habitats for themselves.” Krisha: “I hope they find each other again.” Well done.

Second Steps

Second Steps have had a busy week yet again! We started by preparing for your Tea Party on Friday. We created and made table cloths, flags, crowns and bunting. We have been doing some lovely art work on the iPad called Finger Painting. Using our fine motor skills we created different effects on the page using different brushes. Second Steps have enjoyed having snack in the outdoor area due to the lovely weather we have had. This week we have been learning about the continent South America, we went deep into the rainforest to explore the plants and wildlife. We also had fun learning to dance to South American music and learnt some words in Portuguese and Spanish. Second Steps have enjoyed the lovely weather and have spent a lot of time exploring nature. We have also enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen. On Thursday we did some lovely South American cooking. Friday was a great day, we had a lovely Tea Party with lots of fun and games. This week we have been focusing on our fine motor skills as well as learning about the world in which we live in.

First Steps

First steps have had a great week discovering the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children have had so much fun dressing up and taking turns being little red riding hood. They have been using the salt dough cakes from the bakery to put in the basket to take to grandma.

Once grandma had eaten all the cakes the children decided that she needed sandwiches. So we made real cheese and ham sandwiches. The children spread their own butter and choosing the filling. We even had a sneaky taste. They were yummy.

This week we have been discovering the letter sound ‘H’.

Hadi said “that’s me, H for Hadi”.

Also H for Harry, hat, house, hand.

We had fun with Miss Georgina practicing our miming. We were pretending to be bunnies looking for crunchy carrots, hopping and tip toeing around the classroom.

School Money - Update

School Money has been updated. We hope these step by step instructions will help.

Login in to schoolmoney.co.uk > Sign In (blue button) > schoolmoney parent login

You will then be presented with the login information page requesting your mobile, email, password and child’s first name.

Games

We enjoyed perfect weather at Ditton Field this week and indulged ourselves with some hurdling work and plenty of cricket.

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

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.

Second Hand Uniform

For your information, we are no longer hosting sales. If you wish to request some second hand uniform please complete the Google Form:

Website

We are in the process of developing a new website. We are hoping to reveal our new site very shortly.

The grid calendar is back up and running, although we are still trying to publish 2018-2019 term dates and remove the 2016-2017, however they are in the grid calendar.

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, Wellington boots and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.

Certificate Winners

Birthdays

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Alistair Bond

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