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

Infant Newsletter

03 February 2012

Dear Parents,

At both schools this week, we have been thinking about the life and work of Helen Keller, one of our four house heroes.  All four have been chosen as people who symbolise some virtue which we would wish our children to aspire to.

Helen was a normal little girl until she contracted scarlet fever or meningitis at the age of nineteen months.  This left her deaf and blind. 

At the age of seven, through the inventor Alexander Graham Bell, she met Annie Sullivan.  Annie was to be her tutor, mentor, companion and friend for the next forty nine years.  Through Annie’s skill and patience and Helen’s perseverance, Helen learnt signing for words on her hands.  This gave her language and the ability to communicate.
Later, after obtaining a university degree, she learnt to speak and to understand what people were saying by touching their lips, Braille was a great help to her.

She spent her life making speeches and supporting various causes.  She was an advocate for people with disabilities and also spoke about pacifism, woman’s suffrage, birth control and radical socialism.

She wrote books, met presidents and kings and led a full life which made a real difference to others.

Her faith, drive, perseverance and trust of others drove her life forward when others might have given in faced by such difficulties.

Helen is truly a hero and we hope our children will take on board her strengths and become people who’s lives make a positive difference to others.

With best wishes, Richard

Book Week
·          Bedtime Story, Wednesday 8th
Don’t forget the Bedtime Story on Wednesday (5.30-6.15pm). Children can come back to school in their pyjamas with teddies, blankets etc to hear a story in their year groups. FOPS will be providing refreshments for parents in the hall.
·          Teacher-led clubs, Wednesday 8th
Owing to the Bedtime Story on Wednesday there will be no teacher-led clubs that day (Lego, Binca and Science).
·          Children’s books and magazines
Please have a sort out over the weekend for any good quality children’s books for our Bedtime Story sale. They can be brought into the school office any time up to and including Wednesday. Also, thank you very much for the children’s magazines that have come in so far, but please keep bringing them in as well.
Fluffy Friday, 10th
A reminder that all children should come to school in their own clothes (mufti) for Fluffy Friday and bring in £1 to help cover the cost of materials.

Stars of the Week
Caracoli is offering a special treat for our Stars of the Week. From this Friday each Star of the Week will receive a voucher for a free visit to the Caracoli coffee shop, located on the top floor of the Steamer Trading Cookshop, 168 High Street, Guildford. The prize includes a drink and a piece of cake of the Star’s choice as well as a complimentary hot drink for one accompanying adult. 
Snow Clearance
Just in case the gritsalt lorry doesn't manage to come down Addison Road in time and there is lying snow on our roadways, you may like to know that the Charlotteville Snow Team is firmly established and gritsalt has been distributed evenly throughout Charlotteville, the grit spreader is ready to spring into action and there should be a clear WALKING route from Harvey Road to both schools (download here) ready for Monday morning. To follow the snow team's progress parents can twitter on @jubileetrust. If there are any parent volunteers willing to come and help on Sunday (if it snows) then could they please contact Gina Redpath 01483 598420.

Bedtime Story Evening - Wednesday 8th February 5.30-6.15 PM - please come along to the Hall and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit while your children are having stories read to them in the classrooms.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - please keep Saturday 23rd June free if you can, as we will be having a Midsummer Bash (food, bar and live band) at Pewley. This will be an evening just for the grown-ups !

Breakast Club
Breakfast Club runs from 8.00-8.40am everyday (£4.00 including breakfast) with Early Bird Drop Off from 8.25-8.40am (£1 per day). If you arrive within these times there is an expectation that you will pay the appropriate fee for the session regardless of exactly when you arrive.
PUPS Holiday Playscheme
PUPS will be running over half term as usual and booking forms are available here.
Spare clothes
If your child has borrowed any spare clothes from school please could you return these to the office. Also, if anyone has any boys’ or girls’ pants, socks or tights which they no longer need we would be very grateful as our supplies (especially of girls’ tights) are running low.
Jonathan Giles, Beech Class, has lost his black GAP scarf (named).
Spanish club
There are still a few spaces available for Spanish Club on a Tuesday afternoon. If you are interested more information is available from the School Office.

Valentine's Day Movie Night
Stuck for somewhere to go this year, or perhaps finding it hard to afford a night out in these troubled times - look no further! Christ Church in Waterden Road is hosting a romantic evening out on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th. For just £2 per couple come and watch a movie on the big screen - this includes a glass of wine each and nibbles. Film is "Midnight in Paris" (tbc). Doors open at 7.45 for 8pm film start. Tickets on sale from the Church (Box) Office, G. 567072 - email office@christchurchguildford.com, more details from Michael Tame (Geraldine's husband) on 07795173161, michael@christchurchguildford.com. Numbers are limited so first come first serve.
Boogie Pumps, Wednesday 15 February, Chilworth Village Hall
Come and spend the whole day with the Boogie Pumps team at Chilworth Village hall!  We will have fun learning dances, songs, making  crafts, face painting and acting  with the chance to show your parents everything you’ve done at the end of the day! 9am – 3pm Cost £20 / Siblings £15. Suitable for ages 4 – 12. We are only releasing 30 places for this day and will sell out quickly. To book your place ring Hannah on 07769645741 or email hannah@boogiepumps.co.uk
Praise Party, Saturday 25 February, 4.00pm, Christ Church Hall, Waterden Road, Guildford GU1 2AZ Aimed at under 11s and the young at heart! Tickets available now! Child under 11 - £3, Adult over 11 - £1, Family (1 adult, 2 children).