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

Infant 12/12/14

12 December 2014

Dear Parents,

It is too easy to be cynical at Christmas and talk about commercialisation and missing the real meaning. At school we have the privilege and responsibility of delivering a really happy school Christmas. This is all about centering on the coming of Jesus and the happiness and joy which that brings us. We have school traditions and different ways of being age appropriate at each part of the school.

One of my favourite events is carols around the tree at Pewley Down. It is a warm and friendly event with a simple retelling of the Christmas story and everyone joining in the singing. This is by no means a performance, just an opportunity to be together sharing a common joy. You would also be welcome at the school carol service at 9.45 a.m. on Thursday 18th for Year 2 - 6. This is a great occasion where we look at what each year group in the juniors have been learning about Christmas. We deliberately don’t pubicise this much as there are only about fifty seats for parents and friends – but we never turn anyone away.

The magic of Christmas is present everywhere from the massed Christmas jumpers to a year three child thrilled with three marbles in his crackers. Next week at the infants we have a group of actors putting on a pantomime and at the juniors Debbie and I are producing a Christmas trail throughout the school grounds, which gives the children an interactive Christmas experience. I am just hoping the gold, frankincense and myrrh arrive before Tuesday (seriously!)

Have a lovely pre-Christmas weekend – I am doing our tree and making presents for my children
With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Play

Thank you so much for your support during the play this week and for your help with the costumes. The children really loved performing and singing the songs. Thank you also for your generous donations to Shooting Star Chase; we raised £554.78.

Carols round the Tree, Tuesday 16 December, 2.00pm
Please come and join us for a carol sing-along in the hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Year 2 swimming, Wednesday 17 December
There will be a last swimming session for Year 2 on Wednesday 17th. Swimming resumes again on Wednesday 7 January.

Christmas Service (Year 2), Thursday 18 December, 9.45 am
Year 2 children will be attending the service at Holy Trinity Church next Thursday morning along with Years 3 to 6. Unfortunately there is not enough space in the church for parents to attend the service as well.

Pied Piper Theatre, Thursday 18 December
Thank you to FOPS for funding The Pied Piper Theatre Company’s performance of ‘Robin’s Winter Adventure’ which the children will be watching next Thursday afternoon.

End of term
School closes next Friday 19 December at 1.30 pm and re-opens on Tuesday 6 January (Monday 5 January is an Inset Day).

The children enjoyed a cello demonstration in assembly on Thursday and should have brought home a letter with details of the Surrey Arts ‘Cellobabies’ programme.

Dental Survey
The Dental Survey originally scheduled for 24 November will now take place on Thursday 19 March.


A big thank you for your support at the Christmas Fair.
We raised about £2,500, which is a fantastic effort!

Admission applications (closing date 15 January 2015)

If you have a child starting school in September 2015 or transferring to junior school, please remember to apply for a place at your chosen school before the 15th January 2015. SCC especially welcome 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 www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. Applications received after the closing date without good reason are treated as late applications and will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may jeopardise the chance of parents/carers being offered one of their preferred schools for their child.

If you are applying for a place at either Holy Trinity or Pewley Down, it's most helpful if you complete the relevant Supplementary Information Form which is available on the school website under Admissions. Please return completed forms to the School Office.

Jasmine Turton Oak Class, has lost her named Shackleton cardigan

Charlotte (Toby’s mum in Hazel) has lost a pair a woolly, purple/pink gloves (with the hoods you fold over the fingers) – probably left at the dress rehearsal last Thursday morning.

Arabian Nights

For an end of term treat come to the Electric Theatre for a new play based on the stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba. Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st December. Thurs and Fri at 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Sat and Sun at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £7.50. Suitable for all age 5+. Cast includes past and present HTPD pupils.

For sale

3/4 cello, including well-padded bag - £100; red and white wooden doll's house including furniture for all rooms and a family - £70; 18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25. Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Menu for week beginning Monday 15 December
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Veggie Pasta Bake, Bread, Peas & Sweetcorn, Carrots; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower; Pear Semolina
Weds: Italian Meatballs & Rice or Mixed Bean Wrap, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Lemon Sponge
Thurs: Fish Fingers & Chips or Jacket Potato with Cheese, Baked Beans, Peas; Jam Tart
Fri: Christmas Party lunch