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

HTPD 15/12/17

15 December 2017

Dear Parents,

What a fantastic week it’s been! I’ve really enjoyed seeing the children at both the infants and the juniors performing their Christmas shows. There were so many children who surpassed expectations and who stole the show with their remarkable stage presence. How lovely to see children’s self-confidence grow and the pleasure that they gained from creating something so enjoyable. I’m sure you’ll agree, the applause was well earned! I was also delighted to see how much money we will be able to donate to Shooting Star Chase – once expenses have been covered, it looks like we will be able to give over £1,600 away this year! Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s optional late start gave some a much needed rest, but those who arrived on time at the juniors were treated to our annual “late start assembly” with Christmas stories, songs, and readings accompanied by teachers treating children to a hilarious re-enactment of Jesus’ Christmas party, Dr Seuss’ Grinch, Good King Wenceslas and a very amusing building of some snowmen.

Next week, we will be walking to St Mary’s (for the infants carol service on Tuesday morning) and Holy Trinity Church (for the juniors on Wednesday afternoon). Do join us if you’d like to share in our Christmas celebrations. We will be ending a term of thinking about “both sides of a story” by considering the mystery of the incarnation, where King Jesus, God’s son, was born in poverty in a manger. I’m hoping we’ll all experience the wonder of “God with us” at Christmas time.

We’d love to invite our parent helpers into school for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as a small token of our gratitude to the team of people who have made such a difference this term. At Pewley this will take place on Tuesday straight after returning from St Mary’s and at the juniors it will be at Wednesday lunchtime, just before we set off to Holy Trinity church. Please let your child’s class teacher or the office staff know if you are planning to come.

And then finally, next Thursday we will come to the end of a super term. I do hope you enjoy your Christmas celebrations!

With best wishes, Clare


Term finishes on Thursday 21 December (1.30 pm at Pewley Down and 1.45 pm at Holy Trinity).
The Spring term starts on Friday 5 January.

Infant & Junior school applications September 2018
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2018 entry is 15 January 2018. Surrey County Council encourage 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:

In addition to the Surrey application form, there is also a supplementary information form for Reception and Year 3 available on the website or from the school offices.

Parent volunteers

In line with our Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy and procedures, Clare would like to meet with parent helpers to discuss volunteers’ roles in terms of this policy. This will be an annual update going forward. We will also be introducing a badge system so that helpers may easily be identified within the school. These meetings are very important, please try to attend one of the times below: 

Pewley Down: Tuesday 16 January – 9am and 2.30pm 

Holy Trinity: Wednesday 17 January - 8.45am and 2.45pm.


Tuesday 19 December

  • Carols round the Tree: On Tuesday morning Years R, 1 and 2 will all be walking down to St Mary’s church for the carol service at 9.30am. If you can help with walking the children down and back up please let your child’s teacher know.

  • Parent helper ‘thank you’: Parents who help out in school are invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall after the carol service (10.45am). Please let the office know if you are planning to come.

  • Pied Piper Theatre: On Tuesday afternoon the children will be enjoying a performance of ‘Hare and Tortoise’ kindly funded by FOPS.

Pewley Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards is Tuesday 19 December.

Jacob Foster, Beech, has lost his whole PE kit and (separately) a pair of navy named joggers (age 6).

Small black Radley purse and a red drawstring purse with a gingerbread man design (containing some cash) – both found at the Christmas Fair.

Please see FOPS News below …..

Menu: (beginning 18 December)
This menu is available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Forthcoming Diary Dates:
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

Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy this year.
The Royal British Legion has confirmed that HT raised £118.

Menu - Week commencing 18 December

Lost: A pair of reading glasses in a pink case have been mislaid. If you know where the case might be, please let the office know. Thank you.

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the school by coming along to our Christmas Fair on Sunday. We really hope you and your children enjoyed the afternoon.

We would particularly like to thank all of you who came and helped, whether taking a turn (or two or three!) on a stall, helping set-up, tidying up afterwards or fetching, folding tickets, carrying and wrapping in the weeks before! We were overwhelmed with all the offers of help and it was fabulous to have so many of you there on Friday evening and Saturday. This could not happen without you.

Thanks especially to all the class reps for cajoling everyone, taking on the sticking duties, organising the rotas and helping every step of the way.

We are still waiting for a final few costs to come but we hope to be able to give you the total raised very soon!

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and silent auction. See the separate ParentMail for details.

Christmas play film and photos
If you have not yet ordered your copy of the film, Monday will be the very last chance to do this. Please send £8 (payable to FOPS) to the office together with your name, child’s name and email address. We will send you a link so that you can download the film by the end of term.

Stunning photographs of your children in action are available to purchase for just £3.50 per digital image and all proceeds go to the school. Visit: https://www.hesterbphotography.com You can find Baubles in the Buy Images tab and then key in the password Pewley123.

Last minute Christmas shopping?
Don’t forget to sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) before shopping online 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 you and us nothing! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

The FOPS team


Autumn Term Round-up
Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to HTSC’s activities this term. We have had a very successful few months. As always, we couldn't have done it without your input and help, so THANK YOU!

HT Tea Towels
The HT Tea Towels have arrived and should be coming home via the children today. If you have placed an order, please look out for them. Many thanks to all of you who supported this project – we had a brilliant response.

If you have any queries, please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Cat Allan (catrionaallan@yahoo.co.uk) in the first instance.

Easy Fundraising
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.

Christmas Donation to HTSC
If you have missed out on the various HTSC Christmas activities this festive season, you can always make a Christmas donation to HTSC's fundraising pot by clicking on this link: mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc.

Friday 5 January 2018 – 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 and catch-up. To be held at the bottom of the ramps.

HTSC Sponsor
A huge 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 www.cavenders.co.uk.

Dates for the Diary:
Year 5&6 Disco - Monday 18 December

For your Christmas Diary - St. Saviour’s Church, Guildford, are continuing their Christmas services on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 December, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For further information on times etc., please call 01483 455333 or visit: st-saviours.org.uk/Christmas

Sharp Shots Photography Club will be with us again next term to run their After School Club. The Club will run for 9 weeks (16 January – 20 March) from 3.15 – 4.15pm each Tuesday for Years 4 and above. The fee, to be paid on booking, is £72 (£8 per week). Please email: info@sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk

Energy Kidz are taking bookings for their Winter Wonderland Holiday Club at Boxgrove School. For more information, please call 0333 577 1533 or visit: www.energy-kidz.co.uk