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

HTPD 8/12/17

08 December 2017

Dear parents

I hope you’re looking forward to next week as much as I am! All the rehearsals are over and play week is around the corner. We are so looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy the performances of Baubles and Lion King. This year, once we have covered the costs, we will be raising money for Shooting Star Chase. This amazing organisation provides respite care for families of children who have life-limiting conditions to contend with and we have experienced first-hand how much support our local hospice gives. The children here are keen to sing, dance, act and smile their way into encouraging your generosity – so thank you in advance for coming ready to give!

Because next week is often so tiring for the children, we would ask you to consider making their week as restful as possible. Teacher-led clubs at the juniors will still be running, but we would encourage you to arrange to pick them up at 3.15pm if you can so that they can enjoy a rest before the evening performances.

On Friday morning we have an optional late start. The children can come into school anytime up to 10.30am. At the juniors, they should come straight into the hall for a candle-lit Christmas assembly, and at the infants they can go to their classrooms as usual. It allows for a bit of a lie-in for any children who are worn out after a week of being on stage!

With the infant school Christmas fair on Sunday, I’m sure I’ll see many of you over the weekend. Thank you so much for your generous support of both FOPS and HTSC events. We were so pleased with the amount raised last Friday night at the HT fair, and I’m sure Sunday will also be a great occasion. If you missed the “Christmas Tree of Wishes” for maths equipment, ask Tom about it at the Lion King performances. We’re looking forward to equipping all of our KS2 classrooms with great maths resources – and we can’t do it without your support. Thank you so much!

Finally, a reminder that we will be enjoying Christmas dinner at both sites next week (Thurs at the infants and Friday at the juniors). If your children are not having a school lunch, they might like to have a festive theme to their packed lunch…and they’d all be welcome to wear a Christmas hat, jumper or sprig of tinsel too!

With best wishes


Holy Trinity & St Mary’s Christmas Services
Please follow the link here for details of the special Christmas services at Holy Trinity and St Mary’s Church.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced SEND Teaching Assistant to work with a child in Year 3 to support them with behaviour and the curriculum. Training will be provided, but previous experience would be advantageous. We offer a supportive working environment in pleasant surroundings with parking and hot meals available on-site. This is a full-time position (term time only) which is remunerated at Surrey Pay grade 3. Working hours would be every day from 8.30am to 3.15pm, totalling 31¼ hours per week. Please see our school website (under Vacancies) or follow link here for further details and an application form.


Christmas Post
The Christmas post boxes are now in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends. Please make sure the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

Christmas Play, Monday 11 to Thursday 14 December
We have a few tickets available for the Wednesday and Thursday morning performances if you have not yet ordered your tickets, or would like an extra one for a grandparent. There will be a collection at the end of each performance in aid of Shooting Star Chase, the children’s hospice.

Christmas lunch, Thursday 14 December
If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like a school Christmas Lunch on Thursday, please let the office know by Wednesday 13th.

Optional late start, Friday 15 December
After the Christmas play performances next week there is an optional late start (up to 10.30 am) on Friday – see Clare’s letter above.

Thank you
We are very grateful to Jenny and Jeremy Kingcome for organising the Years 1, 2 and 5 Christmas party at Ye Olde Ship Inn yesterday (and donating the pizza) which raised £252.25 for the school.

Sport Relief
We have just heard that we have been recognised by the charity as a ‘super school’ for the amount of money we raised last year (£827.36).

Kezia Blume (Walnut) has lost a black school shoe, missing since Ballet Club two weeks ago.

Dark blue and yellow Adidas football boots (size 12) – left behind after Football Club yesterday.
Greyish blue scarf with different coloured foxes – left behind at the Y1, 2 and 5 drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn.

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 21, 28 February & 7 March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6 week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour. Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old. The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre. There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions. Please sign up at the Church Info Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.

Infant Menu: (beginning 11 December). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Forthcoming Diary Dates:

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

Dates for your diary:
Friday 15 December - Optional late start by 10.30 a.m.
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 1.45 p.m.

SPRING TERM starts at 8.40 a.m. on Friday 5 January 2018.

No Sports Fixtures next week

Junior Menu -  This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Please come along and join the fun from 1pm until 3pm. Here are some of the things you can look forward to:

LUNCH – delicious homemade soup and bread are on offer as well as hot dogs and fries.

PLUS: Games, gifts, family photos (book ahead of time if you can), crafts, biscuit decoration, mulled wine, mince pies, lucky dip and of course, SANTA!

If you haven’t already handed in your raffle tickets please do so on the day! Don’t miss your chance to win one of our many fabulous prizes including an Apple watch!

You don’t have to wait to start bidding on our silent auction. See Thursday’s parent mail for how to get involved today!


Christmas play DVD – order soon!
So you can treasure memories of the Christmas Nativity forever, we will be filming the production. DVDs will be available to buy, with a percentage of the proceeds coming to the school. Please look out for the order form coming home in your child’s book bag today.

Shopping online this Christmas?
Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Amazon and John Lewis, a percentage of the money you spend can be donated 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 you and us nothing! www.easyfundraising.org.uk

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


HT Christmas Fair - THANK YOU!

Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic Christmas Fair last Friday. It was a great festive evening and couldn’t have been achieved without all the help and support from so many parents. Many, many thanks to all of you who helped set up and clear up, ran errands, served on the stalls and, of course, shopped!

A special thank you to Davina for a fabulous Santa's grotto and to Cat Allan and the decorations team for all the wonderfully lion king themed decorations.

Use EasyFundraising for your Christmas Shopping

Please consider signing up to EasyFundraising for your Christmas shopping this year 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 Play - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies plus Tree of Wishes
There will be mulled wine, beer, soft drinks and mince pies for sale before each evening performance of the Lion King next week so don’t forget to bring your purses/wallets if you wish to buy any refreshments.

Also the Christmas Tree of Wishes will be open for anyone who would like to buy a wish for the teachers and their classes. The wishes will be delivered to the children in 2018.

HT Tea Towels
Many thanks to everyone who ordered a year group tea-towel. We had a fantastic response and are expecting the order back on Monday 18 December.

Boogie Pumps After School Club
will be back again at HT in January, 2018. BP offers upbeat, energetic dance clubs where your child can learn street dance in a safe environment, grow in confidence and make new friends. Bookings can be made through BP’s website: www.bookgiepumps.co.uk, call 07391 695207 or email: info@boogiepumps.co.uk

Computer Explorers will be running a new Saturday morning Computer Club for 8 – 11 year olds from January, 2018 at Onslow Village Hall, Guildford. The club will run from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. The cost is £79 for 10 sessions. Please visit https://westsurrey.computerxplorers.co.uk/what-we-do/weekend-computing-clubs, call 01483 600272 or email: info@westsurrey.computerexplorers.co.uk for further information.

Koosa will be running their Christmas Holiday Club
for one day only on 22nd December, at St. Joseph’s School, Aldershot Road. To find out more or book: www.koosakids.co.uk or call 0845 094 2322