HTPD 1/12/17

01 December 2017

Dear parents

With the Christmas fair happening tonight, and with the first of December arriving, I can officially celebrate with you the start of Advent. The children are working hard to rehearse the Christmas plays at both sites and the schools are starting to look festive! Do make sure you arrange tickets to come along to our productions. They’re sure to be really fun! Advent is a favourite season of mine – I enjoy the “looking forward to” almost as much as the actual festival of Christmas. We will be marking the Advent season in assemblies by lighting candles on an Advent wreath with each candle representing different aspects of the Christmas story – we start on Monday with hope. This follows this past week when we have reminded the children of the hope that comes after forgiveness.

During Advent we will be attempting to twin our remaining toilets! It’s a good time to remember that there are many people in the world not as fortunate as us. Those of you that were here last year will remember that our Advent charity supported an amazing charity which raises funds to build toilets in the developing world by “twinning” toilets in this country. We raised an amazing amount last year, but we do still have a way to go! Do take a look at the website, and send donations into either office. The children may also like to think of ways to raise money at home by helping out around the house, organising a cake sale for friends and neighbours or raiding their piggy banks. Every penny will make a real difference. I’ll keep you posted about how close we are to twinning the last remaining toilets!

It’s great to see how much the children are enjoying their topics. Year 5 today are enjoying Tudor day, with jesters, musicians, artists and cooks preparing a banquet for Queen Elizabeth 1. These special days make the learning throughout the term really purposeful and the children’s subject knowledge about different aspects of the national curriculum is really impressive. Do ask your child what they know now that they didn’t know at the start of the term. Throughout the school, children have become real experts, whether it’s Viking life in early Britain, toys through the ages, or the challenge of preserving the natural splendour of Antarctica. We’re so proud of all that they have learned.

Hope to see you at the junior school fair tonight.

With best wishes


Angels Family Fun, Sunday 3 December 1.30 – 3.30pm, Guildford Cathedral
Year R have been working hard on the Pewley angel which is now on show at the Cathedral along with over 100 others from local schools. On Sunday afternoon there will be angel themed crafts and activities. More details at:

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that next week (commencing 4 December) is the last week of teacher-led clubs this term including Andy’s clubs (Ball Games and Multi-sports).

HTPD Prayer Group
We will be meeting on Monday 4 December at 12.30 for a soup lunch at Suzie Speed's house (25 Addison Road). We will be praying for the next month at both schools, younger children welcome. If you would like to be on the prayer email list or want more information or would like us to pray for you then please email

Year 1 visit to Guildford museum (4 & 5 December)
Thank you to everyone who has returned their permission slip. If you have not yet made your payment, please bring it to the office as soon as possible.

Christmas Fair, Sunday 10 December, 1-3 pm
There is lots of important information about the Pewley Christmas Fair in the FOPS section which can be found if you scroll to the end of this newsletter, after the junior section. Please take the time to read this.

Christmas Play, 11-14 December
Please contact the office if you have not yet ordered tickets for the Christmas Play.

Christmas lunch, Thursday 14 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school lunch on Thursday 14th. Please let the office know if your child would like a lunch that day and confirm whether they have any allergies.

Parent helper ‘thank you’, Tuesday 19 December
Parents who help out in school are warmly invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies on Tuesday 19th at 10.45 am.

Warm Coats
Now that the weather has turned so much colder, please ensure that children have a warm coat, gloves and hat in school every day. We do go out at playtime and lunchtime in (almost) all weathers.

Breakfast Club
We need to ensure that children are delivered safely to Breakfast Club in the mornings. Please would parents bring their children right into the school hall and ensure that staff know they have arrived, rather than dropping them off in the road.

Run to ‘Rio’ 
Please complete and return your Run to Rio questionnaire – even if you did not enjoy it! Thank you to everyone who has completed them so far.

Football Club
Please sign up on-line for Football Club next term – just a few spaces remaining.

Lost: Beau Stableford, Oak, has lost one pale grey Nike trainer (yellow/green tick) with velcro fasteners.

Menu: (beginning 4 December)



Forthcoming Diary Dates:

Monday - Thursday 11-14 December - Play Week
Monday 11 December at 1.30pm and 7pm - Keller, Mandela
Tuesday 12 December at 1.30pm and 7pm - Nightingale, Shackleton
Wednesday 13 December at 7pm - Keller, Mandela
Thursday 14 December at 7pm - Nightingale, Shackleton
Children need to arrive between 6.30 – 6.40pm for evening performances

Wednesday 6 December – Year 6 to Bugsy Malone at RGS, pick up from HT at 4.30pm.
Friday 15 December – Optional late start by 10.30am.
Friday 15 December – Christmas Lunch
Monday 18 December - Christmas Disco for Years 5 & 6 from 5–6.30pm.
Wednesday 20 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm
Thursday 21 December - School closes for the Christmas holidays at 1.45pm.

SPRING TERM starts at 8.40am on Friday 5 January 2018.

Christmas Play Tickets
This is a reminder to all parents who have not submitted forms for play tickets. Please get your forms with an envelope with child's name and class (for return of tickets) as soon as possible. To make life a bit easier I have left some hard copies of the form with some envelopes and a pen on the Office counter so that you can fill them in during the fair this evening. There will be a labelled box to put the forms into. I will collect over the weekend. For those waiting for spare tickets I will issue these on Thursday next week.

Creative Writing
The time of Christmas parties is drawing near. As we are a huge group I am going to split the club in two for the last weeks of term. Next week there is a session for children in Nightingale and Shackleton during which we will have a “bring and share” party. The theme will be any Christmas story. This will be the last session of the term. For children in Keller and Mandella their party will be the following week (play week). To participate in these sessions you will need to have been turning up regularly this term.
Because of the large numbers attending Creative Writing I am dividing the club next term. For the first half term Creative Writing will be only for Years 3 and 4. After half term only years 5 and 6 will be allowed. If there are siblings who would be split by this then you can choose which half you want both to come to, so that they can stay together; but they can only do one.


Year 5 Girls Hockey Tournament
Date:  Monday 4 December
Time: 1.15pm - 4pm - Parents to help with lifts 
Venue: Top Astro, Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford GU2 7AD
Year 6 Multi-skills Festival
Date: Tuesday 5 December
Time: 10am - 12.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford GU2 7AD

Year 6B and Year 5B Football Match v Send Junior School
Date:  Thursday 7 December
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Send Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSpor

Owen Price 3A has lost his school bag. It is a grey rucksack with black Batman logo. Please check in case you have taken it home by mistake.

Menu - (4 December) This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

CHRISTMAS FAIR – SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER (1-3pm) Come and join the fun! There is only just over a week to go until our Christmas Fair. It’s a very busy time and we would really love your help, your time or just you! You will have received a lot of information over the past week or so – here’s a summary!

Stuff for stalls MONDAY 4th December – as outlined in the letter sent out this week please bring in plenty of bottles, booty bags, chocolate, soft toys, books, DVDs and toys. There will be boxes outside the front playground doors to leave these in. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Raffle! There are some FABULOUS prizes to win from an Apple Watch to family panto tickets, meals, days out, toys and more… Look out for how to bid for some extra special prizes on a silent auction coming soon. As there was a mix-up with the distribution, do make sure you have tickets and, if not, please pick some up from the office. Please sell as many as you can and send back in the envelope provided with money and the counterfoils plus any unsold tickets by Friday 8th December.

Fun family photography – our photographer will be taking professional festive family shots at the fair. Book your slot today! See the flyer circulated earlier in the week for booking information or pick one up at the office.

Help on the day and setting up – if you haven’t already signed up for a slot, please consider doing so as it is an enormous help. Your class reps have sent information. Or come along to set-up Friday 8 December (7pm until 9.30pm) or Saturday 9 December (2pm until 4.30pm). We will also need people to help clear away on Sunday 10th from 3pm.

First aider?
We are looking for two or three qualified first-aiders to be on a first-aid rota at the fair. This doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun, it simply means we need to be able to contact you by telephone should someone need first-aid. Please let us know if you can help.

Shredded paper – thanks to everyone who has donated so far but we need more! You’ll see why at the fair. If you have any you need to get rid of please bring it to the school office.

Can your company or business help? Some larger companies will match funds made by employees who give their time at community events. This means that if you help out on one of our stalls, the company could match the funds raised by that stall! If you think your organisation might do this please mail Laura:

Shopping online this Christmas? Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Amazon, a percentage of the money you spend can come to the school at no extra cost to you!!
Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs us nothing!

Year group activities
Year 1: Thursday 7 December - Year 1 Christmas drinks and pizza at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road at 7.30pm
Year 2: Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road at 7.30pm
and finally… Hazel will be having their playground sale on Friday 1 December so don’t forget some change!

You can find out more about what’s happening and what’s happened, by visiting our new FOPS facebook page:


HT Christmas Fair - Tonight 6-8pm!
Looking forward to seeing you at the HT Christmas Fair tonight. Doors open at 6pm. There will be all the usual festive stalls and tombolas, Santa in his grotto, mince pies and mulled wine plus lots and lots of the ever popular jolly jars.

Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

Christmas Decoration Competition
Many thanks for all the fantastic entries for the Christmas Decorations competition which are now displayed in the Chapel. The standard has been really high and the winners will be announced next week.

Match Funding – Boosting our Fundraising - Can you help?
Do you work for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, please contact Ros ( or Carrie (

Easyfundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year - Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

HTSC sponsor
A big thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth 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

Other dates for the diary:
Year 5 Christmas Drinks – Thursday 7 December at Ye Olde Ship Inn from 7.30pm
Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Friday 8 December at the Horse & Groom Merrow from 7.30pm
Year 4 Parent & Carer Christmas Drinks: The Albany, on Monday 4th December, at 8pm