No 162

06 December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

How lovely to be celebrating Advent at last! In assembly, our Advent candles shone out in the early morning gloom and reminded us all of the hope brought into the world at Christmas time! The children have been thinking about shining God’s light in really practical ways – sharing a smile, being kind, using nice words and spotting when someone needs our help.

Next week we welcome all of you to be our audiences for the Christmas shows. This year at all of the performances, once we’ve covered our costs, we’ll be raising money for a new charity,
The Surrey Mental Health Fund . This is providing such an excellent resource to primary schools where early intervention for anxiety and poor mental health is known to help support children and young people before things get to a crisis. Also, at our evening performances at the juniors, do take a look at this year’s HTSC “Tree of Wishes” which has an art and DT theme. We’d love to re-equip our art room in time for a new term.

It’s always a very special week, but the children do get extremely tired. Please make sure that they get enough sleep! At the juniors, although most after school clubs are still on, I’d recommend children head home at 3.15pm if that’s possible – it’s a long week of late nights.

On Friday 13th we have our optional late start. The children can come into school anytime up to 10.30am. At the juniors, they should come straight into the hall for a candle-lit Christmas assembly, and at the infants they can go to their classrooms as usual. It allows for a bit of a lie-in for any children who are worn out after a week of being on stage!

Finally, a reminder that we will be enjoying Christmas dinner at both sites next week (Thursday at the infants and Friday at the juniors). If your children are not having a school lunch, they might like to have a festive theme to their packed lunch…and they’d all be welcome to wear a Christmas hat, jumper or sprig of tinsel too!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Smiling faces make you happy!” Proverbs 15, v30. A smile costs nothing.


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Harrison Catering Services looking for a Cook to join the Pewley Down catering teams. The position will be responsible for preparing and cooking food for lunch service.
The ideal candidate will have proven craft skills and a real passion for fresh food. Qualified to NVQ level 2 in Food Preparation / Professional Cookery or equivalent, you will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 32.5 hours per week, term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to Paul Thorne at Please see the Harrison Catering website for more information at


Christmas Play
Tickets for the Christmas Play are coming home in book bags today. If you have not yet ordered tickets, please contact the office as soon as possible.

A reminder that during the performances we ask parents not to take photographs. Official photographs will be available for you to purchase.

School Christmas Lunch, Thursday 12 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch next Thursday. Please let the office know if your child would like a lunch that day and confirm whether they have any allergies.

Optional late start, Friday 13 December
After the Christmas play performances next week there is an optional late start (up to 10.30 am) on Friday – more details in Clare’s letter above.

Christmas Post
The Christmas post boxes will be at the upper and lower entrances from Monday for children to post Christmas cards to their friends. Please make sure envelopes are addressed with name, surname initial and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

Handwriting Club
There will be no Handwriting Club with Bridgit next week commencing Monday 9 December.

Teacher-led clubs Years 1 & 2
Next week (9 – 13 December) is the last week of teacher-led clubs this term.

Parent Helper Thank You, Thursday 19 December from 10.30 am
Parents who help out in school are very warmly invited to join us for mince pies and mulled wine in the hall on Thursday 19 December.

Free to a good home
We have a large colourful shelving unit which is no longer needed. Please contact the school office if you are interested.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 December
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Cheesecake
Weds: Chicken or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Christmas Lunch: Roast Turkey with all the trimmings or Butternut Squash Risotto; Apple & Mincemeat Pie
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Diary Dates
9 –12 December - Christmas Play “A Christmas Carol”
Friday 13 December - (Optional) late start on Friday at both sites and Christmas Dinner at HT
Thursday 19 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church
Friday 20 December - School Finishes PD at 1:30 pm ; HT at 1:45pm

Clubs now finished this term:
Tuesday - Y6 Netball and Chess
Wednesday – Book Club for Yrs 3 & 4 and Basketball Club
Thursday - Basketball Club

Christmas Play Information 
Children will need to be in school at 6.30pm to enable them to change into their costume. There will be 2 members of the Year Group team with the children each evening. Children should be dropped off to their classroom area prior to the performance and may be collected at 7.30pm if they are not staying for the finale. If your child is staying for the finale they will need to be collected by 8.15pm. Performances for your child’s House are as follows:
Monday 9th Dec – afternoon and evening – NIGHTINGALE AND MANDELA
Tuesday 10th Dec – afternoon and evening – SHACKLETON AND KELLER
Wednesday 11th Dec – evening only – NIGHTINGALE AND MANDELA
Thursday 12th Dec – evening only – SHACKLETON AND KELLER

Menu - Week 3

HT Sport this week from Laura S

Please take the opportunity over the Christmas holidays to check your child's PE kit still fits them, especially their trainers. Children need their PE kit with them in school all week and during the spring term they will also benefit from a house fleece and a pair of tracksuit bottoms or leggings as well as their regular PE kit.

Sports fixtures have now finished for the year. This term over 150 Holy Trinity children have taken part in 23 fixtures, competing against other schools in hockey, dodgeball, football, netball and cross county running.

Next term we are looking forward to Sportshall athletics for all year groups and also playing in some tag rugby tournaments and hockey matches.

We'd like to thank all the parents who have helped with lift shares to fixtures and for all the support you have given school sport, we really could not give these opportunities to children without your help.

Please can I remind everyone who has borrowed kit to return it before the end of term, the cupboard is looking quite bare!


The first thing this week is a number of thankyous, so here goes:

Last Friday year 1 had a record breaking cake sale making over £100 for one sale - we believe this is the first time this has ever happened (though are happy to be proven wrong!)

Thank you to everyone who helped out at Elf, and to everyone who came and made it such a successful afternoon - it was very busy in that school hall which was excellent and we think we made around £400 profit.

Then thank you to Ana and Kayleigh for the successful wreath making evening yesterday, and for everyone who came along to get creative.

And lastly, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the collection days for the Christmas Fair over the past few days. We are still short on sweets for the booty bags but are happy for them to be donated as ready made up booty bags this week too…..

Christmas Fair 14th December, 3-5.30pm
STILL Wanted - Santa’s grotto helper…... Santa is going to be really really uncomfortable in his grotto this year. Please can someone help him by making up his lovely grotto - let know if you can help…...

Volunteers for the Christmas Fair - we are not even a third of the slots full :( As with previous years, each year group have rooms/stalls allocated which we need volunteers to cover for. All slots are on the sign up sheet (here) together, so please do have a look and prioritise the ones for your year group, but you also have the chance to help out on stalls designated to other year groups. And don’t worry, if you can’t make the fair you can always help with the set up :)

Raffle tickets are in the book bags, please sell sell sell as this will be the single biggest earner for the event.

Timings - On the day we have a couple of treats for you:

At 3.30 the choir from HT will be singing for us From 4.00 hot food (Christmas rolls and sausage/veggie sausage baps) will be served, please pre order here so we have an idea of numbers. If you have special dietary requirements please contact us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.

At 5.00 we will be drawing the raffle, with the top prize a child’s Giant bike and accessories worth up to £300.

Foreign Currency
The collection pot in reception is looking really positive and hopefully we can send it off in the New Year for turning into pounds. It would be amazing if we could make one a term …..

If you, friends or family are away over Christmas please do remember to keep your left over coins and bring them into the school for us to use towards school facilities.


Dates for the diary:

Last cake sale for this term: 13th December - Hazel,
Please all remember small change on a Friday to make purchases.

Other dates
School Disco - 1st Feb
Year 2 Coffee Morning - 18th December at Cafe Nero, North Street
Year 2 Evening Social - 31st Jan, venue tbc
Only two weeks of term to go til the holidays!

Happy Friday, Jo and Sam


Hi Everyone, here’s our update for you this week. We are nearing the end of term but there’s still a few things happening in the next 2 weeks.

Christmas Fair
Thank you for all your help with donations and support with the Christmas Fair last Friday. Despite some issues outside of our control (kitchen ovens broke, bad traffic) we had a very well attended event and raised a considerable amount for the Pitch fund.

Christmas Play Week Monday 9th Dec – Thursday 12th Dec
We would like 3 helpers each evening before the Christmas play to sell mulled wine and mince pies from approx. 6.15pm (to turn the urn on) until the start of the performance at 7pm in the entrance area by the School Office. If you can help on the night below for your year group, please contact your Class Rep. In the spirit of fairness, they are allocated by year group. Everything will be in place for you in the entrance area by the school reception.

Year 3 – Monday evening
Year 4 – Tuesday evening
Year 5 – Wednesday evening
Year 6 – Thursday evening

The Tree of Wishes, which this year is supporting the Art and Design/Technology syllabus, will be in place should you wish to make a donation.

Mince Pies
If you have any spare boxes of mince pies or are happy to pick up an extra box or two with your shopping this weekend, please could you consider donating a box to Christmas play week to replenish our stocks - please drop them off in the crates at the school reception entrance.

Easy Fundraising

If you are doing your Christmas Shopping online, please consider clicking through to your favourite retailers through the Easyfundraising site and select Holy Trinity School Community Guildford as your charity. We get a small amount per transaction, but it all adds up at the end of the year.

Teacher Christmas cards/gifts
All the cards for the teachers and TAs for each class will be available at the School Office for you to sign and donate to (if you wish) from Monday 9th December until Monday 16th December (to allow the class reps time to purchase gifts).

Thank you to Hill Clements for their support with donating to the funding for Bonfire night and the Christmas Fair (including providing the main raffle prize) this term.

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Fri 6th December 8pm - YEAR 4 Xmas drinks (now being hosted by James and Laura Phillips). Please message James if you are planning to come along.

Mon 9th Dec – 12th Dec – Christmas Play week – please volunteer for your Year group’s designated evening and bring Keep cups if you can (keeps your wine warmer for longer!)

Thurs 12th December 8pm @ The Albany – Year 3 Xmas drinks

Saturday 14th December – Pewley Down Christmas Fair

Monday 16th December – deadline for signing teachers Christmas cards/donating to gift collections. If you have any questions, please email and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC


No 161

29 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been another busy week in school. On Monday, Year 2 had a wonderful day out at St Paul’s Cathedral, marvelling at the architecture and the beauty of the place. Across the school, children are learning songs and scripts for our Christmas shows and our sporting calendar seems very full with hockey and cross-country competitions taking place, even in the dark! Well done to all those who played!

I’m looking forward to the first of our school Christmas events tonight! It’ll be great to enjoy the Christmas fair together at the junior school. Thank you so much to the HTSC committee for getting it all ready, and thank you as well for your generous donations – it’s sure to be a great event! Can I ask you to please take responsibility for your children during the evening – it’s not safe for children to wander outside or play in the dark.

Then, next week, we’ll be marking the start of Advent. As well as plenty of celebrations and fun, we also use this season to remind one another of how to bring light and happiness into the world. Each class will again be working together to make a Christmas hamper to support the work of Besom. This Guildford-based charity supports many disadvantaged local families throughout the year. At Christmas, they deliver hampers to these families to help them to celebrate this wonderful time of year as a way of showing God’s love. You’ll hear details from your child’s year group about how to support this initiative. Thankyou in advance for your kindness to those in need!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Those who are sure of themselves, do not talk all the time,” Proverbs 17, v27. Silence is golden!


Consultation - St Peter's Secondary school is formally consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for 2021/22. Please see for full details.


Parent Helper Thank You, Thursday 19 December from 10.30
Parents who help out in school are very warmly invited to join us for mince pies and mulled wine in the hall on Thursday 19 December.

Y2 swimming
Next Wednesday 4 December will be the last swimming session for this term.

Club cancellation
Multi-sports with Andy is cancelled on Wednesday 4 December.

Ballet Club Show
Parents are invited to the ballet show on Thursday 5 December at 3.30pm.

Teacher-led clubs Years 1 & 2
Letters with club choices for next term are coming home in book bags today. Please complete and return by next Friday 6 December.

Teacher-led clubs this term will finish on Friday 13 December.

Pewley Christmas Play
Please return your ticket orders to the school office as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Lost: Sebastian O (Beech) has lost his named red trainers.

Lost Property
The lost property has been sorted and is now on a table at the lower entrance. Please check if you have items of uniform missing.

Spare clothes

We are running very short of spare clothes in the school office. Please return any clothes that your child may have borrowed. Also, if you have any outgrown or no longer needed clothes, we could definitely make use of them – especially boys’ trousers (smaller sizes) and boys’ and girls’ pants and socks.

Menu: Week 1 commencing 2 December.


Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 4 December - Last Swim for 3A + 4N
9 –12 December - Christmas Play “A Christmas Carol”
Thursday 19 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church
Friday 20 December - School Finishes PD at 1:30 pm ; HT at 1:45pm

Cancelled clubs this week:
Monday - Year 4 Netball, Tag Rugby
Thursday - Year 5 & 6 Football
Clubs now finished this term:
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Wednesday - Basketball Club
Thursday - Basketball Club

Christmas Play

If you've not already booked your tickets, please do so as soon as possible. Some of the evenings are already quite full!

Please see all details on the parentmail that was sent on Tuesday. If you don't get parentmail, please contact the Office for assistance. Please click on the this link to access the system. Each family is allocated 3 tickets across all.

School invoices were sent out last week, please settle your accounts and ensure lunches and clubs are in credit. Thank you. 

HT Sport this week from Laura S

Y5 & Y6 Barrow Hills Cross Country
Date: Monday 2nd December
Time: Leave school at 1pm, races start at 2pm, approximate finish and pick up from Barrow Hills at 3.00pm. Parents to help with lifts.
Venue: Barrow Hills School, Roke Lane, Witley, Surrey, GU8 5NY
Teacher: JJ & Laura

Y5 & Y6 Football v Boxgrove
Date: Thursday 5th December
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Nick


Happy Friday again, and we will start with a thank you for the efforts of the year 1 cake sale last week and also the pewley dad's beer drinking club for their fundraising efforts this past week. It’s a busy weekend and week ahead too with the HT Christmas Fair tonight (Friday 29th), our Elf afternoon on Sunday (1st December), and wreath making on Thursday 5th.

We still have plenty of opportunities for you to help out on Sunday, here, and whilst pre-order food is no longer available we will have snacks and drinks on the day (plus limited hot food) so bring yourselves, your family, your friends, your Christmas jumpers (optional), and beanbags (optional) and lots of change.

Christmas Fair 14th December, 3-5.30pm

Wanted - Santa’s grotto helper…... If you, or someone you know, wants to construct the Santa's Grotto please please please contact Jo, Santa needs somewhere luxurious to sit!

Volunteers for the Christmas Fair: As with previous years, each year group have rooms/stalls allocated which we need volunteers to cover for. All slots are on the sign-up sheet (here) together, so please do have a look and prioritise the ones for your year group, but you also have the chance to help out on stalls designated to other year groups. And don’t worry, if you can’t make the fair you can always help with the setup :)

Raffle tickets will be in the book bags next Wednesday or Thursday.

Donations Days - Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th December: Most of our stalls depend on your generosity. Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th there will be boxes outside the school entrance for ‘stuff for stalls’ and we’d love you to bring in the following:

Bags or boxes of sweets - We are going to be bagging the booty bags this year to make things easier for parents, so please being in bags of unopened sweets for us to repack

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any unopened bottle from ketchup to bubble bath, shampoo to champagne. The more the merrier!

Chocolate Tombola - Absolutely anything chocolatey BUT NUT FREE PLEASE.

Soft Toy Tombola - Good quality, clean, second-hand soft toys.

Christmas jumpers – any size in good condition.

Toys - this is a great excuse for a clear-out! Please make sure toys are complete and don’t have pieces missing!

Please bring your stuff on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th or Friday 7th December and leave it in the appropriately labelled box near the front door of the playground.

Shopping online this Christmas? Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Waitrose & Partners, Sainsbury's, eBay a percentage of the money you spend can come to the school at no extra cost to you! Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs us nothing!

Last cake sales for this term: 6th December – Willow; 13th December - Hazel

Year R, these ones are for you! Please drop off donations for cakes in the morning and also think about fruit donations and popcorn donations. All - please remember small change on Friday to make purchases.

Other dates

School Disco - 1st Feb

Year 1 Drinks Social - 5th December 7.45pm, hosted by Cath and Ron Shrimplin’s house (1 Poyle Road). BYO drinks and there will be a form shared on WhatsApp for food.

Year 2 Coffee Morning - 18th December at Cafe Nero, North Street

Year 2 Evening Social - 31st Jan, venue tbc

Have a great weekend and week ahead. Thanks, Sam and Jo



St Nicolas' Church Seasonal Swap Shop - 14 December 10.30-2pm 
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