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Park School Clubs

Clubs at Park School run daily and range from chess to art and include a wide spectrum of clubs for sports and music. Some activities, for example Karate and Dance, are taught by qualified visiting instructors. Most of the clubs are run by our own enthusiastic staff.

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Park School Notifications

Matches against Buckholme Towers cancelled

Buckholme Towers have contacted us to say that they are unable to play today’s Year 3 netball at Dean Park. Children will be training instead.

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Reminder – No After School Clubs this week

Due to Parent Teacher week there are no clubs after School this week, apart from After School Care Club.

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Netball Club cancelled

Due to the rain we have cancelled Netball Club tonight. Parents can collect their children from School at normal time or they will be looked after in the ICT Suite until 4.30pm.

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Schoolwear Solutions visiting Park

Schoolwear Solutions will be visiting Park School at the end of this term so that you can purchase new Summer and Junior School Sports Uniform direct from them. They will be in the Dining Room on Friday, 29 March from 3.10pm until 5.00pm and on Saturday, 30 March from 9.00am until 3.00pm.

They will also be at the School to sell Winter Uniform on Saturday, 29 June (9.00am to 5.00pm) and Sunday, 30 June (9.00am to 2.30pm). As usual, the Saturday will be appointment only for new parents and Sunday will be open for all parents and no appointment is required.

Lower School PE kit is available from the School Office throughout the term.

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Buddy Party for Reception and Year 6 cancelled

Due to the bad weather and forecasted snow this evening we have cancelled the Buddy Party tonight. We will send you information on a new date as soon as possible.

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School and Nursery Closure – Tuesday, 5 February

An email has been sent to parents to confirm that we are having to close the School and Nursery on Tuesday, 5 February due to Emergency Water works in the local area.

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Year 4 Netball Match cancelled today – 29 January

Due to the forecasted heavy rain, Yarrells have cancelled today’s Netball Match. Children will stay on site this afternoon.

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U11 Tag Rugby Tournament cancelled today – 23 January

Due to frozen ground at Dean Park we have had to cancel today’s Tag Rugby Tournament.

All children will be onsite at Park this afternoon and can be picked up at normal time.

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Netball Match vs St Lukes today cancelled – 22 January 2019

The netball match against St Lukes tonight has been cancelled. Children can be picked up at normal time or will be looked after until 4.30pm.

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Y5/Y6 Training is onsite at Park today

Year 5 and Year 6 fixtures are going ahead as planned but Year 5 and Year 6 training is at Park today.

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Park School Music

We have a strong musical tradition at Park with teaching led by a qualified team of specialist music teachers.

As well as the pupils’ weekly class music lessons, the children may go on to join our School Orchestra or Jazz Band. There is also a flourishing Training Orchestra.

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All children are encouraged to play a musical instrument. Specialist individual lessons are available in woodwind, brass, strings, piano, recorder, guitar, percussion and singing.

Children from Year 2 upwards can join one of our popular School Choirs. Our choirs perform in concerts at local venues and provide musical input at all kinds of school events. We have a specialist peripatetic singing teacher who offers coaching for those children who like to sing simply for pleasure and for those who wish to obtain their singing grades.

The Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band perform at outside venues across the year. The children also form their own ensembles and small groups to perform to parents at School events.

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Park School Sports and Dean Park

Dean Park, a beautiful 6.5 acre sports ground situated in the middle of Bournemouth, is Park School’s dedicated Sports facility. A few minutes’ drive from the main site, our pupils are transported there for Games lessons and competitive fixtures in the school’s fleet of minibuses. In the past academic year alone, over 800 children have competed at Dean Park in sports ranging from Tri Golf to Athletics and rounders, netball, football and rugby. We have also installed a series of all-weather training pitches to enable Games and fixtures to be held all year round, regardless of weather conditions.

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Sports and team games are an important and integral element of our school’s curriculum. In addition to competing against other preparatory schools, we take part in many local maintained school leagues and competitions. We actively encourage the children to participate in team and individual events. Park School children achieve success at town, county and national levels.

We believe that sport for all children develops skills, self-esteem and social interaction. It also helps them learn to cope with disappointments.

Park School offers a broad and balanced programme of physical education and sport. From Reception to Year 6 all children have one PE lesson per week, during which they focus on gymnastics, dance, table tennis, core strength and balance. Children in Years 1 to 6 enjoy an additional two games sessions per week.

During the winter, boys and girls play football, tag rugby and hockey and the girls also play netball. In summer, boys and girls play cricket, rounders and athletics.

We make occasional use of the nearby high class venues at the Littledown Centre, Sir David English Centre and Kings Park Athletics stadium which provide large astro pitches, netball courts and specialist athletics facilities.

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Park School Drama

Drama is a flourishing aspect of life at Park School. Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate their talents at class assemblies and performances.

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Each year the Year 6 pupils perform a Summer play for the entertainment of both parents and pupils.  Reception classes perform in nativity shows while Years 1 and 2 take part in annual Christmas Stories and Year 5 take the starring roles in the Christmas Show put on at the Salvation Army Hall.  Years 3 and 4 alternate a show in the Lent term each year.

Many pupils enter for LAMDA and Drama examinations with great success.

The children also take part in the Bournemouth Speech and Drama Festival. Many of our children perform with local theatre, ballet and dance groups.

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Dean Park Day Nursery

Dean Park Day Nursery, in association with Park School opened at Dean Park Cricket Ground in September 2016.

This Nursery is open 51 weeks a year and welcomes babies and children.

To find out more, please have a look at the website or contact Kelly Yates, Nursery Manager (01202 297275).

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How we teach maths

We know that the teaching of Mathematics has undergone significant developments over the years and parents sometimes tell us that they are unsure of the methods currently being used to teach their children. We have therefore created this new section on our website.

Below, you can access documents outlining the path that pupils take in learning the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as they move up through each year group.

Progressions for Addition
Progressions for Subtraction
Progressions for Multiplication
Progressions for Division

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Free Squash Festival at West Hants on Saturday, 21 January

On behalf of The West Hants Club I would like to welcome your child to our “Free Squash Festival” taking place on Saturday 21st January between the times of 2:00pm till 3:30pm.

The idea of this festival is to promote squash with young children who hopefully by the end of it will be inspired to take up the game and continue playing in the future, ideally within a coaching programme we offer here at the Club.

The session will be run by fully qualified, DBS checked coaches and offered to Year 1 and 2 Park School pupils only. All equipment will be provided on arrival. Participants will receive a full coaching session that focuses on the key aspects of squash but most importantly, a session packed full of fun!

At The West Hants Club we have a real commitment to getting more children trying, playing and enjoying the game of squash. The West Hants Club is recognised nationally as one of the leading clubs in the country for its facilities programme and quality of delivery. We are organising this free squash festival as part of this commitment and your school has been specifically targeted as a school we would like to offer this programme to.

All the pupils who take part in these sessions will be invited for another FREE OF CHARGE session.

If your child is interested, please sign up via email at: bev.vatcher@dorsetsquash.org.uk

I hope this letter covers all the salient points and if I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact me at any time via email or by calling me on 07740 816009.

We hope that you will be part of this exciting schools squash festival initiative. We are hoping to see large numbers and give children the opportunity to play the game, for some of them their first ever experience of the game of squash on a squash court!

Kind regards,

Bev Vatcher
West Hants Squash Coach ES Level 3
Dorset Junior Squash Development Officer
www.dorsetsquash.org.uk

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