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

Junior 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

Events for next week
Monday 16 December - Years 3 & 4 Christmas Parties (during school) and Years 5 & 6 Disco 6-7.30pm
Tuesday 17 December - School choir visit Mount Alvernia Hospital at 1.30pm
Thursday 19 December
- End of Term Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm
- Year 3 sing Carols around the Christmas Tree 5.00-6.00pm
- Parent Helpers Thank You 12.30pm
Friday 20 December - School closes for the holidays at 1.45pm
There are no library clubs next week.

Christmas Parents Thank You
To all our parent helpers, you are warmly invited to Mince Pies and Mulled Wine next Thursday 19 December at 12.30pm to celebrate the end of another successful term, please let your child’s class teacher know if you can come and thank you once again for all your support.

Future dates for your diary
School re-opens on Monday 6 January at 8.40am
Elena’s Art Club begins Monday 6 January
Judo Club begins Tuesday 7 January
French Club begins Wednesday 8 January
Boogie Pumps begins Wednesday 8 January
Amazing Art Club begins Tuesday 14 January
Further information on the above clubs can be obtained from the office.

School Play Photographs
There are still some photographs available of all house performances, if you do not have a chance to have a look at them, please come to see Sheila before Tuesday 17 December. Commission received from sales will go to the school fund. Thank you.

Missing since before half term – navy blue Keller Sweatshirt and navy blue HT Cagoule – both clearly named – Archie Jones.

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.


Mad March Ball – Save the Date - Saturday 8 March 8pm-1am, Black Tie
Radisson Hotel, Guildford
• Music and Live band
• Auction and lots more
• Tickets will be 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

Years 5 & 6 Disco - Monday 16 December
We need a couple of helpers serve drinks and crisps during the disco. If you are able to help please contact Karen Butler at atfc1992@ntlworld.com

Dates for the Diary
Year 4 Christmas Drinks - Thursday 19 December 8pm at MKB
Mad March Ball - 8 March 2014

Art class with Elena Andreeva. We have a place in our Monday art club. The 1.5hr sessions run on Mondays 3.30-5pm. We learn to draw and paint from life and imagination. If you wish your child to attend, please contact Elena on 01483 560385.

Amazing Art Club - Next term's theme is 'Circus' - please see today’s Parentmail for more details. If you would like to book a space (limited to 12), please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com.

Family Christmas Concert at G Live, Sunday, 15th December at 3.00 p.m presented by Guildford Choral Society and featuring an ex-pupil of ours, Anna Gillingham. as Guest Soloist. Guildford Choral Society (Guildford's oldest amateur choral society and one of the oldest in the country, too) will be joined by the children of St Catherine's, Bramley, Preparatory School Choir and the Brass and Percussion of Southern Pro Musica, under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks. There will be plenty of audience participation, too! Tickets are half price for children, students, the disabled and ES40.

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 19 to Sunday 22 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!

Week 3