• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior 14/12/12

14 December 2012

Dear Parents,

The Infant Nativity was a huge success. The weather was very cold, crisp and dry. Turquoise travellers, green shepherds and shiny angels shone out from the hillside behind the school. ‘Away in a Manger’ was sung at the crib and parents and grandparents smiled with real joy at the wonder and beauty of the scene. But why is this experience being shared right across the country and in most schools and churches? It is even at the heart of the film ‘Nativity’ - which our children watched as part of their Christmas treat. Well it is a tradition of course and we all remember back to our faltering or confident performances when we were the third king or a humble shepherd or even a dancing sheep! I hope and believe that it is also because it celebrates and reminds us of the greatest event in history when God became a person and lived amongst us so that we could restore a right relationship with God.

So we look forward to more Nativities and Christmas celebrations, which are always one of the most important things we do in our annual calendar.

This week we also welcomed Comenius guests from Iceland, Turkey, Spain and Italy. All, except Italy, also bought students with them. They joined in our Christmas celebrations and joined our families for accommodation. This continues to be a great way of bringing different cultures together. All our children now realise much more that we are part of a global family. I hope that this co-operation and programme will long continue.

With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week
• Monday 17th – Year 6 Choir singing at Mount Alvernia at 1pm
• Monday 17th - Christmas Disco – Year 5 & 6 only – 5.30-7pm
• Tuesday 18th Winter Walk – please wear suitable footwear and a coat and bring a bag for muddy shoes
• Wednesday 19th, Carol Singing at Tunsgate – HT Choir, leaving school at 9.30am
• Thursday 20th - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church. Drop-off at Church from 9.00am (children at breakfast club will be walked to church), Thursday 20th
• Thursday 20th - Year 5 Tudor Fair 2.15pm on Thursday 20th December – Games, Christmas gifts and presents, please bring £2-3 to buy gifts
• Friday 21st, School ends at 1.45pm. No Clubs Plus.

There will be no clubs next week, unless your child has been specifically told that their club is running. Clubs Plus will run as usual, but not on Friday.

Winter Sickness Bug
Please remind your children of the importance of handwashing after using the toilet and before eating.

Year 4 Walk
On Monday afternoon Year 4 will be going out on a walk to The Chantries (this was cancelled Friday due to weather). They should wear school uniform on their top half and suitable home clothes on the bottom half with sturdy shoes. Please bring a carrier bag for them to collect items for their Christmas project.

It’s great to see so many using Mathletics, please would you send in your £5 donation as soon as possible.

Polite Reminder
Please do not drop your children off in the school driveway. Many thanks for your cooperation.


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Dates for the diary
• Year 3 drinks at Starbucks, Market Street - Tuesday 18th  December
• Year 4 drinks at The Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18th  December from 8pm

• One of our girls has lost a shoe!  Would you please be kind enough and search your bags to see if you have picked it up in error.  The shoe is black with a strap over the foot, size 2½ and made by Start-rite.  Thank you.
• Natasha Hemsley Thompson’s pink brace, last seen in the brace box on her chair in 4M.  No longer in the box.  Please look through your bags.
• Sophie Jones (6ST) has lost a black sleeveless Hollister gilet, lost during the school play.

Menu - Week 1

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios “Art For Christmas”, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie-Oak & Georgia -5R) will be opening her studio on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th  December from 11am – 4pm displaying abstract & semi-abstract paintings at 8 Sells Close, Guildford GU1 3JY. See www.becart.co.uk for more details or to contact. Prices from £45 - £300.  (size approx 30cm to 80cm square). Cards and small textile items also available.