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

Infant 7/4/14

07 March 2014

Dear Parents,

We are now in the middle of the parents’ evenings at the school with those at PD completed and those at HT taking place next week. These meetings are a big commitment for yourselves and the teachers and I was wondering how we can best use the time to make it the most worthwhile for children, parents and the teacher.

I do consider it to be a really important time for dialogue where both parties learn from each other. The teachers certainly want to know how you feel your child is doing at school and how they are coping with home tasks. In the first parents’ evening of the year they will also want to know about your child’s personality and their strengths and challenges.

The school day is a long one for children, though at times it might seem quite short for parents. You will therefore want to know if your child is happy and confident, how they cope socially and whether they have friends. Academically it is good to have a clear understanding of how things are progressing in the main subjects. Teachers will be prepared to give a clear understanding of your child’s progress as measured by national levels and also approximately where they are, in ability, within the class. As important are their attitudes to learning, their resilience and creativity.

We do understand that children do not progress in a straight line, but in many ways have spurts and plateaus. So we would also like to discuss with you what type of learner your child is.

The next steps and longer term targets are also important so that children and parents’ evening will give you a good connection with your child’s teacher so that if an issue does occur you would feel comfortable to phone, email or visit them to discuss these. I enjoyed meeting with many parents from PD this week and hope to do the same at HT in the forthcoming week.

With best wishes, Richard

Sport Relief, Friday 21 March
We are supporting Sport Relief again this year. Please check the information coming home today as we would like everyone to get involved. All the children will be taking part in a sponsored event: Year R – cycling or scooting, Year 1 – running, Year 2 – swimming. Sport Relief wrist bands will be available from the office from Monday (£1 each).

House Music, Wednesday 12 March
On Wednesday the children will be experimenting with different ways of using their voices, instruments and general music making. Please have a look on the house board to find out what they have been up to.

Next week we will be focussing on the spirit of Kindness and trying hard to be especially kind to each other.

World Book Day
The World Book Day vouchers were distributed to the children yesterday. These can be exchanged at book shops (Waterstones, WH Smith) for one of the special £1 books or used to get £1 off a full price book.

Parent Governor Election
Next Wednesday 12 March is the deadline for return of nomination forms for the parent governor vacancies. Forms and information are available from the school office or the website.

If your child has been booked into PUPS but will not be attending, please let us know either by phone or text (07742 292097), email (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) or by leaving a note in the PUPS communication book in the office. Many thanks.


Children's Cake Sale - 14 March 2014
Next Friday, we will be holding the Children's Cake Sale. Please, if possible, bring in no more than six cakes or biscuits on Friday morning. Please remember that we are a nut free school. Children may bring in 50p in a named envelope to buy two cakes during the afternoon with their class. (They eat one with their friends and take one home.) Any leftover cakes will be sold at the end of school. The sale will be run by the year 1 classes and these class reps will be in touch requesting help.

Mad March Ball
If you are coming to the Mad March Ball on Saturday evening, here's a few last minute tips for the evening. The evening starts at 7pm. There will be a wine table organised by the hotel for you to order your wine for the meal, payment is by card or cash. The hotel has changed the seating arrangement slightly and we are now seated in tables of 12. We have tried to keep people together in the groups that they requested and have kept changes to a minimum.

The dress code for the event is 'Black Tie' however if you are coming along after dinner smart dress is fine but no jeans please.

And as you've made all that effort, why not have a professional photo taken of you and your partner or group of friends? There will be a photographer available to take photos during the drinks receptions. Photos will be available to buy and take away on the night for £10 each (cash, cheques and card payments accepted).

Finally don't forget your cheque book for the auction.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Reception night out (Hazel and Willow classes), Tuesday 18 March
Meet at The Albany from 8pm. We hope you will join us, all welcome.

Menu for week beginning Monday 10 March

Becca Clegg (mum to Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting her latest paintings at the Prism Spring Exhibition at Harvey Gallery 10 -22 March. Mon -Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 12noon (Closed Sundays) www.harveygallery.co.uk. Prism brings together local artists & makers across several disciplines www.prismartistsandmakers.wordpress.com/artists will re-direct you to their individual websites.