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Infant 6/12/13

06 December 2013

Dear Parents,

Today is a sad day for all of us at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. Nelson Mandela is one of our HTPD Heroes and of course a name for one of our school houses. At the juniors we have already talked through his life with the school at our big assembly this morning. I will be talking about him with the infants on Monday. We will then have a full assembly celebrating his life next week. This is a key moment in all our lives and the children will remember the death of Nelson Mandela at Christmas time throughout their lives.

Why is he so important to us as a school? The two main reasons are forgiveness and goodness. He showed both these attributes so clearly in his life and that is why I personally see him as a role model and offer that to our children. In a world which is so often marked with a blame culture, it is wonderful to see that transformed into the beauty of forgiveness. In a world which often, even at government level, seeks to belittle and insult those of different opinions, his goodness raises us to a different plane of interaction with others. I work hard to promote these virtues in the school, sometimes against an attitude to fight back which is prevalent in our national culture.

So his life is relevant to all of us and we will continue to remember him and all he has taught us.

I do hope you have enjoyed the Christmas play at HT and are geared up to see the infant’s play next week. It is such a special time for all the children. These next two weeks are going to be a great time of learning along with all the fun of a proper primary school Christmas.

I hope you all enjoy your preparations.
With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Decoration Competition
We had some fantastic entries in the FOPS baby-gro competition. They will all be on display in the hall, so see if you can spot yours. Very well done to the winners:
Year R: Alexi (Willow), Honey (Hazel)
Year 1: Daisy (Beech), Ivy (Oak)
Year 2: Aidan (Chestnut), Maddie P (Walnut).
Overall winner: Claudia (Willow).

Carols Round the Tree, 18 December, 1.45pm
Don’t forget to come and join us for a carol sing-along on the last Wednesday of term.

Christmas post
The Christmas post boxes have arrived – one at the bottom of the stairs and one in the library. Please include the child’s name, surname and class on the envelope to help the Year 2 Pewley postmen. Last delivery will be 20 December.

Christmas Play tickets
There are still tickets available for the Wednesday 1.30pm performance (and a few for Wednesday at 9.30am and Thursday at 9.30am) if you would like one for a grandparent. Please contact the school office.

Christmas Play collection
There will be a collection at the end of each performance in support of two local charities: CHASE (the children’s hospice) and Challengers (who provide vital play and leisure facilities for local disabled children and young people).

Many thanks also for your recent donations to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal (£141.08) and the Poppy Appeal (£43.22).

HTPD Prayer Group, Monday 9 December
Meeting at 9.00/9.30am on Monday 9th at Emma Laporte’s house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details. All welcome!

Surrey Advertiser
Look out for us in the Surrey Advertiser who will be photographing a group of children on Tuesday as part of their nativity series.


Christmas Fair – This Sunday
We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Fair on Sunday: lots of festive fun and treats, including Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Crafts, hot food, homemade mince pies, mulled wine and games. Don’t forget to visit the Tree of Promises and bid for some of the great items on offer. We also have some fantastic external stalls, such as Bill’s, Little Bean and fabulous handicraft stalls, so bring your cheque book.

Please return all raffle tickets and money before the draw at 1.45 pm on Sunday.

We will be setting up at the following times:
Friday 6 December: 7.00 pm – 9pm
Saturday 7 December: 9.00 am – 12.00pm
Please come and help if you can.

There will be no home produce stall at the Fair, so you can turn off the oven!

‘Call the Midwife’ DVD
If you would like to order a copy of the DVD of the school Christmas play, “Call the Midwife”, please do so by Monday 9 December. The DVD will be available for collection on the last day of term.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 December