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

Infant 9/11/12

09 November 2012

Dear Parents,

Several parents have spoken to me about the letter requesting funds for the school. I am really sorry that some of you were upset by the tone and content of the letter. We had based it on a letter sent out from one of the secondary schools and on reflection I can see that it wasn’t our style. I do understand that education is supposed to be free and that parents are already very generous. Please accept this apology. We have covered the cost of the basic chapel/hall through capital grants and savings. The extras, including links to the school, flooring and seating are highly desirable, but even without these we will be able to use the new building by February.

On a different subject our residential conference was very successful. This is always a time where we work together to ensure that we all share the same vision. This is the key to a united school, where everyone is playing their part. We specifically looked at the writing process and learnt and shared ways to enable our boys to become as successful writers as our girls. Another theme was the need to treat children as individuals who have personal learning styles and multiple intelligences. I am confident that as a result of this in-service children will be inspired to achieve at an even higher level.

With best wishes, Richard

Parent Consultations (Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November)
You should have received your appointment time via book bags today and we look forward to seeing you all next week.  Apologies for the typo on the form, the evening session from 6-8pm is on Thursday and not Wednesday.  If this causes a problem when you receive your appointment please see your child’s teacher. Consultations will be taking place in the following rooms:

Wednesday afternoon (1.30-3.00pm)   
Oak Class - Richard’s office
Walnut Class - PPA room
Chestnut Class - Bursar’s office
Hayley  -  Star Room

Thursday afternoon (1.30-3.00pm)
Beech Class - Richard’s office
Hazel Class - PPA room
Willow Class - Bursar’s office
Hayley  - Star Room

Wednesday afternoon/evening (3.30-6.00pm)   
Oak Class - Richard’s Office   
Beech Class - Year 1 quiet room   
Walnut  - PPA room    
Chestnut - Year 2 quiet room   
Willow Class - Star Room    
Hazel Class - Year R quiet room   

Thursday evening (6.00-8.00pm)
Beech Class - Richard’s office
Oak Class - Year 1 quiet room
Hazel Class - Star Room
Willow Class  - Year R quiet room
Chestnut Class  - PPA room
Walnut Class  - Year 2 quiet room

Teacher-led clubs

Owing to the parent consultations, there will be no Lego, Binca, Karaoke, Film or Art Clubs on Wednesday (14th) and Thursday (15th) next week.  Cooking will still take place on Tuesday (13th).

MUFTI, Friday 16 November
Next Friday will be a mufti day (children come to school in their home clothes) in line with Holy Trinity who will be collecting donations for their Christmas Fair.  There is no need for children at Pewley to bring anything in.

We have had a few requests from children who would like to get involved in Blue Peter’s ‘Go Pyjamas’ appeal for Children in Need.  Although we are not doing this as a school, if children want to raise funds independently we are happy for them to come to school in pyjamas that day as well.


School Disco – tickets are selling fast for the School Disco on Saturday 17 November.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet, there are still some available (application on website).  Whether it’s your first school disco or your first for a long time, join us for a fun evening in the school hall.

Phil the Bag – There will be a Phil the Bag collection next Friday 16 November.  Please bring in any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and textiles to school in the morning.  For more details of the scheme please see www.philthebag.co.uk.

Micro Scooter - We are participating in a fundraising scheme offered by Micro Scooter.  The school will receive 10% commission on any Micro Scooter products ordered through FOPS.  All orders will be delivered in time for Christmas.  The brochure is available on the school website.  Please ask at the School Office for an order form.

Christmas Fair - The fair will be held on Sunday 2 December from 12 until 2pm.  Look out for details coming home in book bags next week

Book Fair 13-19 November
The Book Fair will be running in the hall after school next week from Tuesday (13th) to Monday (19th) inclusive and will also run during the parents’ evenings on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please come and have a look – there are lots of titles to choose from and every book you buy helps to earn free books for the school.

Home School Link Worker
We are very sorry to be saying ‘goodbye’ to Sam Allan who has done a wonderful job as home school link worker at Holy Trinity Pewley Down for the last three years.  Sam is now leaving to set up her own business and we wish her every success.  The home school link worker role will be taken on by Lucy Cray who was previously at Shawfield Primary School in Ash.  Lucy will be working at the infant and junior sites and may be contacted by email:  lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or phone:  07525 324070. 

Cake Sale
Thanks to FOPS for organising the cake sale this afternoon; all the children enjoyed choosing (and eating) their cakes.  If your child didn’t bring in their 50p please could you drop this in at the office.

Operation Christmas Child
It’s a very busy time of year but please don’t forget the Samaritan’s Purse appeal where shoeboxes filled with small gifts are sent to children in need overseas.  Leaflets with further details went out before half term – ask the office if you need another copy.  The deadline for collection of shoeboxes is Monday 26 November. Last year we sent 70 boxes and are hoping to equal or better that this time.

Tempest Photos:   Please return your photo orders to the school office by Wednesday 14 November.

Phoenix Cards & Northbrook Gift Wrap:   If you ordered Phoenix cards or Northbrook gift wrap, these are now ready for collection from the office.

Kitchen Vacancy:   We are looking for a kitchen assistant to join our friendly kitchen staff, 11.00am – 2.00pm daily.  Please contact Iris in the kitchen or the school office if you are interested. 

Eliana Taylor, Hazel Class, has lost her named M&S navy cardigan.
Matthew Jones, Chestnut Class, has lost his named purple fleece.
Sparkly pink Nintendo DS – found in the hall.