HTPD 14/12/18

14 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve really enjoyed this last full week of the term. The children across all the different year groups have been learning about the fulfilment of God’s promise in the events of the Christmas story. In Reception, the role-play corner became the stable; in Year 1 and Year 2 the children put together the key events. Further up the school, Year 5 children have been writing poems about Jesus bringing light to the world, in Year 4 they’ve looked at classical paintings of the Nativity, Year 3 thought about why we give gifts, and in Year 6 they’ve considered the allegorical stories of Narnia. Our carol services next week (Tuesday 9.30am at St Mary’s for the infants and Tuesday 1.45pm at Holy Trinity church for the juniors) will be all the more special with this thorough understanding of the good news of Jesus’ birth. Do come along and join us for our end of term celebrations. The singing should be wonderful!

We’d love to invite our parent helpers into school for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as a small token of our gratitude to the team of people who have made such a difference this term. At Pewley this will take place on Tuesday straight after returning from St Mary’s and at the juniors it will be at 12.30pm on Tuesday lunchtime, just before we set off to Holy Trinity church. Please let your child’s class teacher or the office staff know if you are planning to come.

Remember next week we finish for the term at 1.30 PD and 1.45 HT on Wednesday afternoon. All the children and staff are ready for the holidays – it’s been a busy term! With Christmas parties and discos happening next week, the excitement levels are rising! I hope you have a restful weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: God at work – Keeping His Promises. Do you keep your promises?


Term finishes next Wednesday 19 December (1.30pm at Pewley Down; 1.45pm at Holy Trinity).
The spring term starts on Thursday 3 January.

Infant and Junior school applications September 2019
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2019 entry is 15 January 2019. If you have a child in Year 2 or a child due to start Reception in September, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application as well as a Supplementary Information Form for Year R and Year 3 (available on the website or from the school offices).
Surrey County Council encourage online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey’s website at:

Donations for Shooting Star Chase
Thank you for your generous donations following the Christmas plays at the infants and juniors. We raised a total of £1,196 for Shooting Star Chase (the children’s hospice charity).


Tuesday 18 December

  • Carols Round the Tree: On Tuesday morning we will all be walking down to St Mary’s Church for the carol service at 9.30 am. If you are able to help walk the children to and from the church please let your child’s teacher know.
  • Parent Helper Thank You: Following the carol service, parents are invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall from 10.30 am as a thank you for all your help and support this year.
  • Pied Piper Theatre: On Tuesday afternoon the children will be enjoying a performance of ‘The Big, Enormous Present’ kindly funded by FOPS.

Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards in the Pewley post is Monday 17 December

Ben Sabharwal, Walnut Class, has lost his named Keller jumper and polo top - last seen at Football Club last week.

Menu: (week 2 beginning 17 December)
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Swedish Chocolate Cake
Tue: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Chocolate Star Biscuit
Wed: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Fruit Jelly
Thu: School closed
Fri: Christmas holiday
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Swimming will be for 3T & 4E next term and lessons will begin on Wednesday 9th.. Please make sure that you return your consent form and medical form as soon as possible.

Please note that there are no clubs after school next week. Clubs Plus will be running on Monday & Tuesday only.

The new timetable for clubs in the Spring Term is now available on the website.

Year 3 & 4 Creative Writing
There will be a Yr3/4 Creative Writing Christmas session on Tuesday. We will have a few goodies and some time to write a Christmas story. Bring something to share (no nuts). Any queries contact Geraldine

Year 3/4 Book Club
This club will begin again next term, If you would like your child to come along please email me on There is a limit of 10 children per term.

Cancelled Clubs Next Term
Monday 7th January - Y4 Netball 
Thursday 10th January - Y6 Football

Y5 & Y6 Football v Burpham
Date: Thursday 10th January
Time: 3.15pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Nick & James

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Thank you so much to everyone who supported the school by coming along to our Christmas Fair on Saturday. We really hope you and your children enjoyed the afternoon. 

We would particularly like to thank all of you who came and helped, whether taking a turn (or two or three!) on a stall, helping set-up, tidying up afterwards or fetching, folding tickets, carrying and wrapping before the fair. This could not happen without you. 

We are still waiting for a final few costs to come but we hope to be able to give you the total raised very soon! 

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and silent auction. 

Winners of the Pewley Down Xmas Fair RAFFLE for 2018 are as follows:
Lot #1 - N. Madden, Lot #2 - R. Sabharwal, Lot #3 - M. Stephen Ingle, Lot#4 - S. Woodfin, Lot#5 - Z. Reith Smith, Lot#6 - A. Webster, Lot#7 - J. Kingcome, Lot#8 - Gonet's family, Lot#9 - G. Lancaster, Lot#10 - G. Williams, Lot#11 - A. Vrusia, Lot#12 - Kingcome family, Lot#13 - A. Greig, Lot#14 - E. Hughes, Lot#15 - J. Madden, Lot#16 - Stewart family, Lot#17 - Kingcome family, Lot#18 - G. Lancaster, Lot#19 - M. Welch, Lot#20 - M. Chauvin.

Winners of the Silent Auction 2018 are as follows:
Lot#1 - N. Azimian , Lot#2 -  E. Campion, Lot#3 - J. Kingcome, Lot#4 - R. Sami  ,Lot#5 - J. Merry , Lot#6 - L. Sabharwal, Lot#7 - N. Azimian , Lot#8 - D. Chadwick, Lot#9 - C. Brunet , Lot#10 - T. Piper, Lot#11 - M. Chester, Lot#12 - none, Lot#13 - R. Busby, Lot#14 - S. Pentikainen , Lot#15 - C. Shrimplin, Lot#16 - none, Lot#17 - C. Fowler, Lot#18 - none, Lot#19 - none. 

Please don't forget that the Silent Auction has been reopened for Lot #12, 16, 18 & 19 and will be closed on Sunday at 11pm. See our Parent Mail for more information. 

Last minute Christmas shopping?

 Don’t forget to sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) before shopping online 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 you and us nothing!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

The FOPS team


Well as a very, very busy term draws to a close it just remains for us to extend a very big thank you to everyone who has helped us on this crazy journey - from HTSC committee, those who’ve come before us, the class reps, the school staff, parents, children - everyone!  We couldn’t do any of it without you! 
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

HTPD 7/12/18

07 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a week! We were all enjoying the Christmas shows – “Oliver” at the juniors had started off well and everything was ready for the first performance of “Follow the Star” when I received a phone call at lunch time on Tuesday to say that we were about to be inspected by Ofsted. It was a one day monitoring inspection to check that standards have been maintained since our last full inspection in 2015. Of course, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s shows had to go on, and staff worked even harder than they already were to be fully prepared for the day ahead.

So it’s been rather busy! Due to the confidentiality of the report until it is approved, I’m not able to tell you much about it all just yet, although I can tell you how wonderful has been the support of parents, and how the children were just great!

Thank you to all the junior school parents who so quickly completed the online survey and gave such resounding support to all that we endeavour to do here at HTPD. I will let you know as soon as the report is published so that you can have a read.

I find myself now very much looking forward to a weekend of sleep, although I’ll see many of you at the Pewley Christmas fair on Saturday afternoon. Happy weekend!

With best wishes,


Thought of the week: God at work – Defeating death! What happens when you die?


Term finishes on Wednesday 19 December (1.30pm at Pewley Down; 1.45pm at Holy Trinity).
The spring term starts on Thursday 3 January.


Teacher-led Clubs
Next week (commencing Monday10 December) is the last week for teacher-led clubs this term.

Parent Helper Thank You, Tuesday 18 December from 10:30am.
Parents who help out in school are very warmly invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall on Tuesday.

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 the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

Christmas Play photographs
A reminder, if you have ordered official photographs of the play, that we are asking for a suggested donation of £2.50.

Fantastic news! Pewley Down has achieved a 3 Star in Active Surrey's KS1 Star Mark Award for 2017/18. The award - which is tough to achieve - is in recognition for improving sporting commitment, engagement and provision in our school. Well done to both staff and children for your continued enthusiasm for sport. We are very proud!

Carlota Moreira-Carmona, Walnut Class, has lost a black fabric hairband with sparkly leaf decoration (left behind at disco).
Gabriella Detomaso, Willow Class, has lost her navy M&S jogging bottoms (named).

We still have a navy Abercrombie & Fitch cardigan (left behind at wreath making workshop), and two girls party dresses (pink with black net; cream/beige lace) left behind after the disco.

Name the bear competition
Mr Harrison-Bear (part of our catering team) needs a first name – can you help? All the children will have the chance to choose a name for him next week. The winning name will then be drawn out of a hat with the winner receiving a festive Harrison Bear soft toy.

Next week we will also be going around Europe at lunchtime – see menu below:

Menu: (week 1 beginning 10 December)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Vasilopita (orange cake) - Greece
Tue: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Kladdkaka (chocolate cake) - Sweden
Wed: Roast Beef, Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Blarney Stone Bar (sticky toffee cake) - Ireland
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Basler Brunsli (chocolate cookie) - Switzerland
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; La Dame Blanche (ice cream sundae) - Belgium
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Menu Week 1
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


We look forward to seeing you at the Pewley Christmas Fair this Saturday 8 December (3-5pm)
We will have Santa's grotto, games, craft, tombolas, raffle, silent auction, hot food, mince pies and mulled wine and much much more! So please come and have fun with your family and if you want bring your friends too!

Raffle tickets – if you have not yet returned your completed raffle ticket stubs and payment, please bring them to the fair on Saturday.

Silent auction – on-line bidding ends at 11.00pm tonight, and re-starts (in the traditional way) at 3.00pm tomorrow (see ParentMail sent yesterday).

We will be setting up the fair on Friday 7 December from 7pm and Saturday from 10am, if you have 30 min or more time to spare then please come to the School, many hands make light work! 

YOUR TIME - we will need you to help us to run the stalls, more volunteers means shorter slots so please please do sign up if you can! 
Reception parents please sign up here.
Year 1 parents please sign up here.
Year 2 parents please sign up here.

Easyfundraising - did you know you can raise money just buying Christmas present or doing any kind of online shopping? Just sign up to Easyfundraising (it's free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause and start shopping. You just need to remember to go through the Easyfundraising browser to make it count! 

Match Funding - Can you help? Do you work for a company which  supports this fund raising scheme? Please get in touch! Email

Social dates for your diary
Year 2 : Wednesday 12 December - 7.45pm Christmas  Night Out @ March Hare bar area down stairs


Thank you to everyone who came and made the Christmas Fair a big success and a huge great thank you to everyone who helped put it together. It’s a big team effort behind the scenes and we couldn’t do it without all the brilliant people who volunteer to get these things ready, buy the food & prizes, run the stalls and tidy up! And to the class reps for a brilliant job in rallying the troops for the fair and play week - thank you!

As we draw to the end of a busy, busy HTSC term, we’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions of what you think would be good fund raising activity for the rest of the year - we’re always open to new ideas.

We hope to have an update on the fundraising total so far this year soon. Claudia is just collecting all the expenses and then we should have a figure.

If anyone would like to look through and pledge anything from the musical tree of wishes - it is in reception for you to look through. There’s all sorts of things at a range of prices, and you can always part pay for something or club together with some friends!

And finally don’t forget the Guildford Community Lottery - a fun and easy way to support the school. We’ve raised over £200 already. It is a GBC initiative designed to support local good causes like us! You sign up to buy a ticket a week/month/bi-monthly - and if you match six numbers in one ticket to win the jackpot prize of £25,000 . And, 50p of every ticket goes to us. It’s Win Win!