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Infant 15/3/13

15 March 2013


Dear Parents,

Well it’s the end of Comic Relief Day at HTPD and it has been great day for everyone involved. I am so grateful to the staff at both sites for making it such a fun and enjoyable day for all the children. We have also remembered those children in the UK and Africa who will benefit from the large amount of money we have raised it has been a great effort. There are many pictures that remain in my mind and I live of fear that some of them will appear on the website, in fact I hear they are already there!

School should always be seen as a community where we learn together in so many different ways. Today new lessons were learnt, not just in cake decoration or belly dancing, but in being a group of people who can have fun and enjoy working together for a worthwhile cause.

I hope you enjoy watching some of the Comic Relief television this evening and contributing still more to this great cause.

Thank you very indeed.
With best wishes, Richard

Comic Relief:   A very big ‘thank you’ for everything today:   the donations, fancy dress costumes and the cakes.  The children have had a great day taking part in different activities to raise money for Comic Relief; the total so far is £500 and counting … Special thanks for the videos which were brilliant fun and the children obviously enjoyed making them.

Music:   It has been a very musical week with the curriculum trails and house music carousel. ACM (Guildford Academy for Contemporary Music) visited us on Thursday morning for a workshop where the children learnt about the different instruments in a band and played games related to rhythm and working as part of a team.  

Fluffy Friday, 22 March:   Letters with activity choices for next Friday’s fluffy are coming out in book bags today.  Please return them on Monday, 18th. 

Easter Church Service, Wednesday 27 March:   If you can help with walking the children down to Holy Trinity church please let your class teacher know.  We will be setting off after registration.    

Year 1 tree houses:   The Pop Up Tree House Company visited Year 1 on Wednesday and the children enjoyed making miniature tree houses with them.  They also make full size tree houses for schools or gardens, see their website at: www.popuptreehouses.co.uk. 

Teacher-led clubs:   Next week (18-22 March) is the last week of teacher-led clubs this term (Cooking, Binca, Lego, Film, Cartoon, Drama and Art).

Mathletics:   We are really pleased so many children are enjoying the Mathletics website.  If you still haven’t managed to have a go, why not log on this weekend and let Sheena (Walnut Class) know how you are getting on.  

Start of the school day:   It has been very chilly this week and understandably some of you have kept warm in the library in the mornings.  However, please remember that children must not be left alone in the library before school; staff are not available to supervise them until the doors open at 8.40 am.  


Spring Barn Dance, Saturday 23 March, 5.30-8.00pm:   A reminder that tickets are on sale until next Friday 22 March.  Application forms for tickets (£2.50 children, £5.00 adults) are available on the PTA section of the website and from the school office.  It is no longer possible to pre-order fish and chips. 

Reception coffee morning, Friday 22 March:   Reception and Year 2 parents are invited to a coffee morning on Friday 22nd, straight after drop off, at 21 Pewley Bank (second house on the right).  Next week is Downs syndrome awareness week and tea/coffee, cake and biscuits will be available in exchange for donations to Stepping Stones DS (the local support group for children in this area with Downs syndrome and their families).  Please let Jo McGee (Josh, Willow Class) or your class rep know if you would like to come to give an idea of numbers. 

Year 2 swimming:   Next week, Wednesday 20 March, is the last swimming session for this term. Swimming letters came out last week and fees are now due for this half term.  

Will Toone (Walnut) has lost his named swimming kit (bag, towel and trunks).  Missing since last week.Max Lewis (Willow) has lost a plain blue M&S jumper (named).

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Spanish Club:   The last Spanish Club session this term is on Tuesday 26 March.  Spanish will start again on Tuesday 23 April.  There will be a couple of places available next term; please contact the office if you are interested.

Pied Piper Parade, Saturday 16 March: As part of Guildford Music Festival, there will be a FREE Pied Piper Parade and craft workshops at G-Live this Saturday. Workshops start at 10.00am and children can make costumes or instruments. They can then join in the parade, led by the mayor, which starts from G-Live at 11.00am and then down the High Street to the Electric Theatre.  Sian’s ukulele group will also be playing!

Violin Recital:  There will be a Charity Violin Recital taking place on 24 March at 3:00 pm in the Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church. It will benefit the Guildford RASASC. £10 voluntary donation, refreshments to follow. For more details contact: suzannekevans79@gmail.com.

World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March:  Local Down Syndrome support group, Stepping Stones DS, is auctioning on ebay a Real Madrid football signed by the La Liga winning squad, including Cristiano Ronaldo.  The auction is being held to promote awareness of World Down Syndrome Day and raise vital funds for the group which supports children with Down syndrome and their families.  http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/steppingstonesds/m.html

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 20 April  2013 for 10 weeks. Classes available Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford.  10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100.  All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with making mosaics.  For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak)  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk 

Hamster babies:   Our lovely Syrian hamster has had 10 babies.  They are now five weeks old and available free to good homes!  Please call/text Carolyn on 07760 262987 if interested.