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

Infant 22 June 2012

22 June 2012

Dear Parents

A really great part of my job is the variety that each day brings. Today started with an inspection of the long jump pit at Holy Trinity to make sure it was safe for all the Pewley Down children. It was, so I was able to briefly join the staff breakfast before Assembly. Assembly is always a high point of the day in both schools. This week we have been thinking about our talents and why we should use them. Children had written in to us about their own talents and how they can be used. This was all based around our theme of Joseph. This week featured his organisational skill in saving and rationing during the famine in Egypt.

Another change of gear saw me head off to a headteachers’ meeting of five local school heads at George Abbot. We had been called together to discuss the best way to help and support local schools which get into difficulty. There is a really close relationship between local schools and their headteachers’ as we work together to bring the best education to the children of our area.

Back to school for an hour long meeting with our new bursar, Lesley. I enjoy spending money, but not the real nitty gritty of accounting for each penny, which is why we employ experts. We have a budget approaching £2 million and employ about a hundred people, so it is quite a job.

At lunch time I was sorting in-service training for the rest of the term, as well as phoning several parents.

After lunch a high point was working with some year three children, including listening to some excellent readers from 3G and looking at some geography work from 3S. It is just great to see children making real and measurable progress.

And now it’s a really happy Friday afternoon in school. Parents working towards tonight’s fair, children working hard in so many ways always being encouraged and led by our committed staff.

So another great day, no dramas or problems, just solid good quality learning, caring and living together in our sharing community. I feel humbled and proud to be able to work for and lead such a great school.

With Best Wishes

Events to the end of term:   We are aware that the summer term is a particularly busy time and are therefore listing the dates to the end of term below - we hope that you find this useful.

Mon 25 JUNE: Year R to the Look Out (children to wear uniform and bring a packed lunch and raincoat)

Tues 26: Mufti (children to wear their own clothes and bring in donations for the School Fair)
Year 2 Dinosaur Exhibition and cafĂ©, just after 9.00 am – Year 2 parents are invited

Weds 27: Year 2 children at Holy Trinity (drop off at lower playground in Cline Road between 8.40 and 9.00am and collect from the lower playground at 2.30pm).  Don’t forget your water bottle and rain coat / sun cream and hat (depending on the weather).

Thurs 28: Year 2 to Holy Trinity again.  We will be welcoming Year 3 to Pewley while Year 2 are at HT and look forward to seeing them all again.

Fri 29 & Mon 2 JULY : SCHOOL CLOSED (Inset Day and mid-summer holiday)

Tues 3 & Weds 4: Dads’ Day (please sign up on the sheets outside the classrooms)

Thurs 5:  Move up day for Year R and Year 1.  Year 2 to bring a packed lunch.

Sun 8: FOPS Summer Fair (12.00-2.00pm)

Mon 9 – Fri 13: Olympic Week (children to wear their PE kit all week).  Don’t forget to bring in any special sporting certificates or medals, and the competition to design an outfit for an ‘olympic’ toy.

Weds 11: Pewley Sports Day, 9.15am – parents are invited

Mon 16: Curriculum Evening, 2.30-3.30pm at Pewley (come along and see what we have been doing in Olympic Week)

Tues 17: Freddie Fit (there will be a charge for this and we will advise the exact amount later)
 Year 2 trip to the beach and barbeque.

Thurs 19: Year 2 Leavers Assembly, 9.15am – Year 2 parents are invited

Fri 20: End of term, 12.00 at Pewley


We are being environmentally friendly and are not printing tickets for this event. Please arrive at the front door of the school to collect your voucher for a free drink at the bar on arrival. Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun evening!

You should have received raffle tickets and a letter about the Summer Fair in bookbags this week. Please support the Raffle - it is a major fundraiser for the school. Please also read carefully the accompanying letter outlining how you can help/contribute to the Fair. Thank you! MUFTI DAY for donations for the Fair is next TUESDAY 26TH JUNE.

Please be thinking about whether you could be a Class Rep next year (or Year rep, we generally have 4 per year). It would be great to have a new Committee signed up early so that you can hit the ground running in September !! We are still in need of a Chair for next year. Please feel free to email/speak to me (louise.keiller@gmx.com) if you are considering this role - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the FOPS files to help!

New classes:   Following the ‘move up’ morning yesterday we hope your children have told you which class they will be in next year and who their new teacher will be.  

Olympic Pentathlon:   Today we launched our pentathlon with an exciting visit to Holy Trinity to take part in the long jump. We are looking forward to our other pentathlon races on Sports Day.

Sweet Sale:   We had our sweet sale this afternoon and all children were able to choose sweets with their 30p. If your child did forget the 30p we would be grateful if you could drop it into the office next week. The Sweet Sale was organised by the School Council to raise money for new playground markings. 

Class photographs: If you would like to order a class photograph, please return the form to the school office by next Wednesday, 27th. We have examples of the full size photographs in the main office area.


School trips (Year 1 and Year R):   Thank you for returning consent forms for the trips to Painshill Park (Y1) and GLive/the Look Out (YR). We did receive a number of forms without payment and would appreciate it if payment could be made as soon as possible. If this is a problem for you please let the office know.


Guildford in Bloom:   We have won a prize in the Guildford in Bloom competition again this year; a huge thank-you to all the staff and children who have been busy in the outdoor areas, particularly Pippa and her Gardening club. 


Kitchen vacancy:   We require a Kitchen Assistant in the Pewley Down Kitchen for 2 hours (12h00 till 14h00) every day starting asap! Training will be given as required by our friendly team in the Kitchen. Please contact Bev Reed (bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or ring 01483 539033) if you are interested or know someone who is interested.


PUPS:   The PUPS Holiday Playscheme will be running for the first three weeks of the summer holidays. Booking forms will be available on the website or from PUPS.


Queen’s Jubilee Jewellery competition: As already mentioned, Abi McNair Scott’s design was the winner of the Simon Pure competition. Phoebe Ship and Tabitha Hill-Price were also highly comended.


Lost: Mathilde Nusbacher (Chestnut) has lost her pink and white butterfly fleece and a pink hooded ‘Roots’ sweatshirt (it has a beaver on it). Sebastian Bennett (Walnut) has lost a blue Bench jacket.