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

Infant 13/12/13

13 December 2013

Dear parents

Yesterday we presented Bibles to all of the juniors and will do the same with year 2 next Wednesday. They were a gift from Bibles for Children – a charity which does just that. Now we have registered with them they will continue to give bibles to year 2 every year. It is a great gift for each child and we made an event of it.

You will know that we have a buddy system at HTPD where year 6 buddy year 3 and year 4 buddy year 5.Year 5 also buddy year 2. So for the Bible presentation children joined up with their buddy, wrote on each other’s presentation slips and then swapped books. They then looked at them together before everyone joined together in the Chapel.

In the Chapel we told a little about the Bible and explained how it had come to us. Then a variety of teachers explained why the Bible was important to them and read a favourite part or a story. This was followed by Robert Cotton, our Chair of Governors and Nick Williams a parent and Vicar Of Christ Church, Waterden Road sharing their favourite passages. This taught us that we all can be made whole through the gift of one truly good man, Jesus. Year 6 received a complete Bible in a modern inclusive translation and everyone else an excellent Bible story book.

These will be theirs to keep and from time to time teachers will use them in RE lessons. Just yesterday I watched a great year 6 lesson about temptation as seen in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was great for the children then to be able to turn up the Matthew passage on the temptations of Jesus to compare them with what happened to Edmund.

So it was a great occasion and lovely to walk into year 3 and see five or six children reading the Bible for their reading book. It’s great to receive special gifts at Christmas time and I hope this will be a gift to the children that they will remember for a long time.

With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Play

We really hope that you have enjoyed ‘Call the Midwife’ this week. We would like to say a really big ‘thank you’ to parents for your support, to the children who performed brilliantly and to the staff who put it all together.

Carols Round the Tree, Wednesday 18 December, 1.45pm
Please come and join us for a carol sing-along next Wednesday.

“Care of Henry”, Thursday 19 December
Thank you to FOPS for funding The Pied Piper Theatre Company’s performance of ‘Care of Henry’ which the children will be watching next Thursday afternoon.

End of term
School closes next Friday 20 December at 1.30pm and re-opens on Monday 6 January.

Closing date for primary applications: Wednesday 15 January 2014
If you have a child due to start school in September 2014 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 January 2014. Even though Pewley Down is federated with Holy Trinity it is still necessary to complete an application form for entry to Year 3. If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application form:
www.surreycc.gov.uk/learning/schools/school-admissions. In addition, applicants to Reception should complete the Pewley Down supplementary form and applicants for Year 3 should complete the Holy Trinity supplementary form (available on the website or from the office) and return these to the relevant school office.

Milk Bottle tops
Thank you all for donating the milk bottle tops for the ‘One Big Step for Daniel’ campaign. The final day for donating bottle tops is Thursday 19 December.

One way system
A reminder that we do try and operate an unofficial one-way system down Semaphore Road (from Pewley Hill to Semaphore Road) to help ease congestion in the morning and afternoon.

Milli Westlake has lost her named Nightingale fleece.


Christmas Fair - THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for supporting the Christmas Fair on Sunday. We hope you and your children enjoyed it. We are still doing the final totting up but we estimate we have raised about £3,000 which is a fantastic effort.

The fair is a huge undertaking which wouldn't happen without all the parent volunteers. Thank you to those who helped set up and clear away at the weekend and helped on stalls during the Fair. Thanks also to the Class Reps who do a huge amount behind the scenes to have stalls prepared and manned. Particular thanks go to the Grotto Team: our santas, Nick Mercer and Ian Durrant; the wonderful elves from the junior school (Tilly Mercer, Eloise May, Olive Wickham, Phoebe Ship and Rosie Priest-Jones); and Cherrie Gluyas and Ros Vickerman for creating the truly amazing grotto in Mr Terry's cupboard! Thanks also to Ati Dalgaard and Debra Banks for sourcing the huge selection of items for the raffle and tree of promises.

Please check if you were a winner on the Tree of Promises and collect your items from the School Office before the end of term. (Andy Fowler: Jo Clark’s voucher; Anna Williams: Glutton & Glee voucher; Idit Lewis: Essensuals Hair voucher; Chris Young: Haircut at Maverick; Lorraine Parnell: Haircut at Mavericks and Touchline Fitness classes; Laura Booty: Red Hot Yoga membership.) Cheques payable to FOPS.
There are a few items still available if you would like to bid, please email emilybourke@msn.com :
Lulamoon 50% off a children’s birthday party – estimated value £75
2 game family voucher for Laserhub – estimated value £35
SCL (football) holiday course credit (x2) – estimated value £23

Saturday 8th March, Radisson Hotel, Guildford, 8pm-1am, Black Tie
Music and Live band - Auction and lots more - Tickets available to purchase mid-January.
If you are able to offer sponsorship, donate a prize for the auction or know of a local business that might be able to help support the ball please contact Ros Vickerman at jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk

Easyfundraising: Don't forget to use easyfundraising.org.uk for that last minute on line Christmas shopping and select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your good cause.

Call the Midwife DVD: If you have ordered a copy of the fantastic school play, "Call the Midwife", on DVD it will be available for collection from school on Friday 20 December. Please collect your copy from your class rep.

Menu for week beginning Monday 16 December
Mon: Vienna Steak in a Bun or Macaroni Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Salad Bar; Syrup Sponge & Custard
Tues: Italian Chicken & Rice or Cheese & Onion Flan, Cauliflower, Peas; Chocolate Chip Sponge
Weds: Meatballs or Veggie Balls in Tomato Sauce, Pasta, Green Beans, Sweet Corn; Rice Pudding
Thurs: Fish Fingers or Veggie Nuggets, Chips, Baked Beans, Peas; Apricot Flapjack
Fri: Christmas Party Lunch

EXCALIBER! Come to the Electric Theatre next weekend to see a brilliant new play based on the legends of King Arthur. The show runs from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd December and the cast includes our own year 5 pupils Finnan and Tom as well as an amazing dragon! To see them in the show you need to watch Blue team - Thurs/Sat evenings or Fri/Sun matinees. Tickets from only £7! Please come and support your school mates - it will be a great show!

Christmas Fun For All The Family! Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here! Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the Christmas holidays; playschemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Anybody requiring made to measure curtains, blinds, cushions and other soft furnishings and/or interior design guidance, please contact Jessica Callanan at jessicacallanan09@gmail.com or on 01483 532658 / 07780 683600 to arrange a consultation. Availability from mid-January. Jessica has quite a few HTPD parent customers already who would be happy to provide a good reference.