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

Infant 9/2/15

06 February 2015

Dear Parents,

This is the end of another momentous week in school. There I was sitting in my office with the senior leaders during Monday lunchtime when a knock came at the door and Sue announced, “I think this is the call you have been waiting for.” So it was Ofsted and the school swung quickly into final preparation mode. Children and staff were told, all the teachers from PD joined to help in the preparations and already good lessons for the next two days, were shined up a little more.

Tuesday morning came and so did the snow, but no lead inspector – he was stuck in the snow on the
A3. It was too hazardous for years 3 and 5 to go on their day trips so these had to be postponed. Eventually all the inspectors arrived and started inspecting!

The whole two day experience was a positive one. The inspectors told us they were not looking to catch us out. They approached each observation, interview, meetings with children and staff with humanity and a smile. They were constantly busy; observing and meeting people and all of us were pretty exhausted by the time they left.

The results and report will be sent out to you as soon as we have it. However visitors to the school will probably notice staff with smiles and a palpable sense of relief.

Thank you so much for your contribution – the parent view scores were amazing 96% positive for all categories. Thank you also for lovely cakes, cards, prayers and good wishes. Lastly a big thank you, once again, for having such wonderful children who behave so well, work so hard, play happily and make the heart of the school beat joyfully.

Have a relaxed weekend – we all deserve it!

A reminder that next Friday 13 February is an Inset day. School will close for half-term on Thursday 12 February (3.00pm) and re-open on Monday 23 February.

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 10 February, 5.15 - 6.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Bedtime Story on Tuesday. Children (wearing pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and with a cuddly toy) should go to their classrooms for a story with their teacher. Parents are very welcome to wait in the hall where there will be tea and coffee available.

2016 Admissions Consultation
Please take a moment to look at the proposals on the HTPD website to significantly alter the admissions arrangements for HTPD: this is particularly relevant if you have a child who is due to start at school from September 2016 onwards. A summary of the changes, together with the full text of the proposed criteria, can be found on the HTPD website at the following link:
A note was sent out to parents in December 2014 to launch consultation on the proposed criteria, and the governors ran a consultation meeting for parents on Wednesday 4 February 2015 to go through the proposals, and the thinking behind them, as well as looking at what effect the proposals would have had on admissions based on several previous admissions years. A copy of the slides from the consultation meeting can be found at the link above for those who were unable to attend.
The consultation closes on 1 March 2015: we strongly encourage you to send any comments you wish to make on the proposals to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, at janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Written comments do not have to be in a formal letter - please feel free to simply email with any comments you wish to make, whether short or detailed, before the end of the closing date for the consultation, so that your views can be taken into account in reaching a decision about any changes to admissions criteria.

Snow: A big ‘thank you’ to the parents who helped clear the snow on Tuesday morning.

Lost property: We have lots of lost property in the boxes outside the lower entrance. If you are missing any items of school uniform please have a look in the boxes next week. Any un-claimed items will go to a charity shop at half-term.

Spare clothes: We are desperately short of spare pairs of boys’ pants as well as girls’ tights for the medical room. Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed, and we would be very grateful for any spare, outgrown pants, socks or tights.


Bedtime Story
We need some help making and serving hot chocolate at the Bedtime Story on Tuesday. If you are able to help between 5.00 and 6.00pm, please contact Nicci Holliday: nicciholliday2012@gmail.com

Pewley Bake 'n' Stroll - Sunday 22 March 2015 - 2pm - 4.30pm
A chance to exercise your baking skills and your leg muscles by joining Pewley's answer to the The Great British Bake Off and an Easter Treasure Hunt up on the Downs. More details to follow.

• A pair of blue/grey Zoggs fins size 1-2 were left at St Catherine's after the HT swimming club. If anyone has found them could they please return them to Sam (year 2) or Tabitha Hill-Price (year4).
• Lucy Brooke, Chestnut, pink Jo Jo Maman mittens (name written on inside label).
• Sam Brooke, Walnut, 1 yellow Sondico football glove - (name written on inside label) blue and green Speedo goggles (not named).

February Half Term & Easter holiday tennis
Dear Parents, Happy New Year to you all!
With February half term just around the corner and the Australian Open trophy on Djokovic’s mantle (shame L), our mornings only camp at the Charterhouse Club might be just the trick to perk us all up. The camp will take place 9:30am-12:30pm each morning between 16-20 February for children from 4-8 years. This is the perfect opportunity to fast track progress on all aspects of the game with loads of fun drills, guaranteed indoor tennis with the best coaching team in town! The camp costs just £30 per morning or £120 for the entire week. Weekly bookings can be made on the Premier Tennis website while individual days can be reserved by calling 0845 475 1147. If you're looking further ahead to the Easter holidays, full week bookings made before 14th February will receive a £20 discount per child. Enter the voucher code ECHART20 and follow the booking process. See you on court soon! The Premier Tennis Team

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 February
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Vegetable Pasta Bake; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles; Pear Semolina
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Flan, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fruit Puree
Thurs: Fish Fingers or Jacket Potato with Cheese; Jam Tart
Fri: School closed – Inset day
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.