Infant 31/1/14

31 January 2014

Dear parents

Yesterday, Isla my three year old granddaughter went to her first ballet. She was quite nervous about it and suggested that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go anymore. However, it was a great success and she came out absolutely beaming and couldn’t stop dancing, curtseying and taking up positions for the rest of the day.

I wonder what opportunities we give our children and how much we should do and what we should choose for them. There are so many possibilities and things on offer from beavers to ballet and from vaulting to the violin. There are so many businesses and organisations which are offering great experiences and skills, often at quite hefty fees.

At school we try to give children a no or low cost opportunity to try a variety of sporting, musical, language and drama clubs. Perhaps this is a good way of thinking whether a child will want to take it further. Children who have taken up clubs at Holy Trinity Pewley Down have now reached county or national level in hobbies as diverse as chess and kayaking.

So introducing your child to a club or hobby is a great gift. The best advice we received as rooky parents was to also leave children to have free, unstructured time to just be and hangout. The greatest gift we can give our children is of course our unconditional love, and this is followed closely by a hard gift to give – the gift of our time. Just spending precious moments with our children, either as a group or individually makes all the difference. The concept of making memories is a great idea.

I do hope you all have a good weekend even in the rain! We have Isla(3) and Lois (1) to stay for the weekend so it will all be ballet with Isla, while Lois takes part in her favourite hobby – eating!!

And wish all of you especially our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year.

With best wishes, Richard

Bedtime Story, Thursday 6 February, 5.00 – 5.45pm
All children are invited back to school in their pyjamas to be read a bedtime story by their teacher. They can also bring a blanket, pillow, teddy etc to make it nice and cosy in the classrooms. FOPS will be providing cocoa and biscuits for the children, as well as tea and coffee in the hall if parents would like to stay. There will also be a second hand uniform sale in the hall. We would ask that children do not start going to the classrooms until 5.00pm.

Eco Team Book Swap, Friday 7 February
We will be collecting books throughout next week ready for the Book Swap in the hall on Friday when all children will be able to choose a ‘new’ book. Please could children bring in a book that they would like to swap and give it to their class teacher. Thank you – the Eco Team.

Fluffy Friday, 14 February
Hopefully you have received the letter about our next Fluffy Friday. Please note that this term Reception year children are also included. Please make sure you return your (named) list of choices by next Wednesday 5 February.

Parents’ Consultations, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 March

Letters about Parents’ Consultations will go out next week. Please check your child’s book bag as letters will need to be returned before half term.

This week we are focussing on the spirit of Faithfulness and will be trying to be faithful and kind to each other particularly at playtimes when we will also be making a big effort to stick to the playground rules.

Do you play a musical instrument?
As part of our broad and rich curriculum we would really like to introduce our children to as wide a range of musical instruments as possible. If any parents or grandparents play an instrument and would be prepared to come and play it in assembly, either this term or next, that would be fantastic. You could just play as children come into the hall or talk about the instrument as well. Please email Nicola:


Second Hand Uniform Sale - Thursday 6 February
There will be a second hand uniform sale from 5.15pm to 5.45pm during the Bedtime Story on Thursday. Get ready for summer - as well as the usual uniform, there are lots of summer dresses available for 50p each or a donation to FOPS. If you have any unwanted uniform in good condition, we would be grateful for donations for the sale. Please hand any donations into the School Office.

Summer Fair
Here’s a date for your diaries. The Summer Fair will be held on Sunday 8 June at 12pm.

Shellac Manicure with PG Nails
Are you going to the Mad March Ball? Why not book in for your Shellac manicure and pedicure at PG Nails. Email Pippa at to book your appointment for beautiful nails that last and shine with mirror finish for 2 weeks.

Year 1 Coffee Morning, Friday 14 February
At Jo McGee’s (Mum to Josh, Oak) at 21 Pewley Bank from 9.00-11.00am. Bring a love-themed cake if you wish!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2014
You may have noticed that this year’s Active Kids scheme has just started. Please collect the vouchers and bring them into school; the collection box is just outside the hall. This is a very worthwhile scheme and makes a massive difference to our PE provision. With the tokens collected last year we were able to buy PE equipment including new gym mats, balls, table tennis kit and cheer-leading pompoms as well as cooking and gardening equipment.

Road Works

We have been advised that Southern Gas Networks will be replacing some of the old gas mains in the area during February. This is likely to cause some disruption to traffic and we will let you have more details once we have them.

Menu for week beginning Monday 3 February