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

HTPD 16/12/16

16 December 2016

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week of Christmas shows! I’ve loved seeing all the children perform so enthusiastically – and I am overwhelmed by your generosity; we have raised over £1200 for Shooting Star Chase. Our school values have been shining brightly from the stage as the children performed so brilliantly – a real zest for learning and love of life, as well as that hope and confidence to embrace the future!

Now that the plays are over, we are enjoying celebrating the joy of Christmas – we’ve enjoyed Christmas dinner and then next Tuesday all the children will be taking part in their carol services, with “Carols around the Tree” in the morning at the infants and the juniors at Holy Trinity church in the afternoon. You would be welcome to join us at either occasion.

It does now feel as if the term is close to an end. We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Sian – and of course do wish her every success in her future adventure. She has been such a creative star at Holy Trinity Pewley Down working across the whole school, bringing so many artistic and musical talents to her role, but above all overflowing with kindness and love, influencing so many children’s lives for good. We say a huge thank you to her.

As the countdown to Christmas gets into single figures, I do wish you all a very happy time of celebration and pray that you each find deep meaning from the story of God being born as a baby…as the curious sheep found out and exclaimed through each of the Pewley nativity performances, “That’s not curious, that’s wonderful!” I hope you share that wonder.

Happy Christmas!
With best wishes, Clare

End of term, Wednesday 21 December
School closes next Wednesday (1.30pm – Pewley Down, 1.45pm – Holy Trinity) and re-opens on Wednesday 4 January.

Infant & Junior school applications
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2017 entry is 15 January 2017. Surrey County Council 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.


Carols Round the Tree, Tuesday 20 December, 9.00am
Please come and join us for Carols round the Tree in the school hall on Tuesday 20 December. Following the carols we would like to thank parents who help out in school by inviting them to join us for mulled wine and mince pies.

Pied Piper Theatre, Tuesday 20 December
The children will all be watching a performance of ‘Burglar Bill’ on Tuesday afternoon. We are very grateful to FOPS for funding this performance.

Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards in the Pewley post is Monday 19 December. Please make sure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class.

Year 2 swimming
Swimming re-starts on Wednesday 4 January – the first day back after the Christmas holiday.

Lost Property
There is a large amount of lost property at the lower entrance. Please have a look before the end of term if you are missing any items, as it will be cleared away over the holidays.

John Birkett’s (Beech Class) much-loved, orange and black scooter has gone missing from the scooter park. Please check that it hasn’t been taken home in error.
Nassia Koukoutisidou (Walnut Class) has lost her named pinafore dress – M&S, size 7-8, grey, flower zip.
Mary Bate (Chestnut Class) has lost her school book bag – named and last seen at HT.

Blue/mauve party dress with net skirt and flower decoration (age 3-5 years) found in Sainsbury’s bag in downstairs cloakroom.

If anyone else would like to sign the card and contribute to the leaving gift for Iris, please come along to either school office on Monday. Iris was the Catering Manager at Pewley Down until the end of the summer term; she does still work at the after-school club, PUPS.

Menu for week beginning Monday 19 December
Mon: Pasta Bolognese or Mixed Vegetable Bean Wrap; Sponge Cake
Tues: Chicken or Chickpea Curry; Rice Pudding & Pear Sauce
Weds: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Jacket Potato with Cheese & Beans; Ice Cream
Thurs: Christmas holidays
Fri: Christmas holidays
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Pewley Christmas Fair
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Fair last Sunday - it was great to see everyone have such a great time and truly get into the festive spirit! The success of the fair really depends on the whole school community coming together, and tackling jobs such as labelling tombolas, folding raffle tickets to tirelessly cooking chips, sausages and running stalls on the day. The event always has a real buzz about it as a result! This year, we’re delighted to say that we raised an amazing £2,650. Thank you so much!!

Silent Auction
We are also delighted to say that the Silent Auction alone raised in excess of £450 - a brilliant result and massive thanks goes to the hardworking team that pulled the prizes together and all who bid so generously!! Items are available for collection from Ruth and, just in case you are not sure, our successful bidders were:

Mini mooley - Martin Grey; Denbies tour - Martin Grey; Kickstart - Ati Dalgaard; Christmas Wreath - Catherine McAulay; Aveda - Rebecca Sami; St Paul's Cathedral - Claire Hassan; Aladdin Yvonne Arnaud - Ati Dalgaard; Andy & Jamie Murray - Laura Sabharwal; Dick Whittington - Serena Kow; Wild learning - Louisa Curl; Multi sports - Hester Barnes; Lingfield park - Jonathan Young.

Other dates for your Diary: 
Wednesday 18th January 2017
Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room.


Junior School Notices
Monday 19th December 5- 6.30pm Christmas Disco for Y5 and Y6
Tuesday 20th December 12.30 Mulled wine and mince pies to thank all our fantastic parent helpers for a wonderful term’s support
Tuesday 20th December 1.15. Any offers of help to walk with the children to Holy Trinity Church for our annual carol service would be much appreciated. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available.

Parents are requested to collect their children by 6pm. Late collection causes unnecessary anxiety in your children as they worry about what’s happened and our staff experience difficulties in staying late unexpectedly. Due to a rising number of late collections recently, we have reluctantly come to the decision to charge late collections from Clubs+ at £15 per quarter hour. This will be effective immediately. In the event an unexpected delay, please do contact the school immediately so that appropriate arrangements may be made.
Extended Schools Breakfast Club, Clubs+ and PUPS
In line with continuously rising costs, it is with regret that we announce that the costs of our extended schools provision will increase from the 1st April 2017 as follows:
Breakfast Club - Infants £4.50 or £1.50 for a drop-off (from 8.25 am)
Breakfast Club - Juniors £4.00 with breakfast or £3.00 with no breakfast (from 8.00 am)
PUPS – Infants PUPS - Infants £6.50 for the 1st Session (3.00 – 4.30 pm, including a healthy snack) and £5.50 for the 2nd session (4.30 – 6.00 pm) with a £15 late collection penalty per quarter hour
Clubs+ – Juniors Clubs+ - Juniors £5.50 for the 1st Session (3.00 – 4.30 pm) and £6.50 for the 2nd session 
 (4.30 – 6.00 pm, including a healthy snack) with a £15 late collection penalty per quarter hour

Thank you to those parents who have returned competition kit.  Unfortunately there are still football and netball tops/shorts missing, as well as the blue HT competition T-shirts. Please return any items still at home or in sports bags before the end of term. Thank you.
Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Junior Menu 
Monday: Chicken Korma, Lentil Bean Wraps or Homemade Soup, Carrots, Rice, Sweetcorn; Eve’s Pudding with Custard
Tuesday: Cumberland Sausages and Bean Casserole, Vegetable Quiche or Homemade Soup, Cauliflower, Mashed Potatoes, Whole Green Beans; Oat Fruit Crumble with Custard
Wednesday: Steamed Gammon, Vegetable and Lentil Moussaka or
Homemade Soup, Cabbage, Carrots, Roast Potatoes; Mandarin Sponge with Custard


HTSC summary for this term
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to HTSC’s activities this term. We have had a really successful few months - our initial figures show we have raised just under £8,500. As always we couldn't have done it without all of your input and help so THANK YOU!

Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas shopping this year and also your online shopping in general for the future. It’s quick and easy at www.easyfundraising.org.uk. Choose either: Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford as your chosen causes.

HTSC Meeting 2017
The first HTSC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Monday 16 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Friday 6 January – Coffee morning
Why not come along to the first coffee morning of the year. Looking forward to seeing as many faces as possible for a warm new year’s cuppa & catch-up. To be held at the bottom of the ramps.

Other dates for the diary:
Year 3 Christmas Drinks – Tuesday 20 December at the March Hare from 8pm
Year 4 New Year Drinks - Thursday 19 January at the Albany from 8pm

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk

Friends of the Saxon Church, Albury, (Albury Park, New Road, GU5 9BB), are performing "A Christmas Carol" (based on Charles Dickens' story) THIS Saturday at the Church. There are 2 performances, a matinee which will include the arrival of a special guest during the interval, and an evening performance. All proceeds will help preserve this historic building. Tickets are available from Harry at the Post Office or on-line. There is a poster up in Reception for your information.

Fostering and Adoption – If you would like to find out more about this, please contact Linda Johnson Recruitment Officer Tel. 01483 518894 Mobile. 07580 834288 Tuesday-Friday 8.30am-5pm or the Fostering and Adoption Line: 08000 96 96 26