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Infant 22/11/13

22 November 2013

Dear Parents,

When I was ten years old I was a very keen pupil at Busbridge School in Godalming. A highlight of our top year was learning gardening with the headmaster. Mr Smith taught us to dig, rake, sow, weed, water and harvest. Of course the clever thing for him was that he lived in the school house and it was his own garden so it was win-win; we learnt gardening skills and he had a year long supply of fresh vegetables and flowers! I often think of John Smith when I’m digging my garden and grateful for what he taught me and also of what an inspiring person he was.

So I learnt by doing – we really like to work in that way too. The old Chinese saying says:
I hear – I forget
I see – I remember
I do – It becomes part of me
Two great examples of this have happened at school this term. In year two at PD the children have been thinking about the great fire of London. The culmination was the great fire of Pewley where the children had made very large cardboard houses, painted them in Stuart style, set out Pudding Lane and the roads around it and then set fire to it in the car park! So much expected and unexpected learning: how quickly the fire took hold, how wind affected the fire and how the houses were utterly destroyed. So much more information than just hearing about it or seeing pictures.

This afternoon year 4 and some year 6 have been up on the Downs re-enacting the Roman Soldiers’ defending Hadrian’s Wall. The year 4 children formed squares of 8 soldiers in the towers with other soldiers marching between the towers. Suddenly out from behind the bushes and to the amazement of the year 4 children, the Picts and the Scots played by year 6, attacked with great whoops, roars and ferocious faces. The surprising thing was the towers and soldiers stayed firm and consequently the attack was not successful. Once again the children have learnt a little more about what it might have meant to have been a Roman soldier longing for warm Italy, bored with marching up and down and with sudden moments of fear of an attack.

So learning by doing is really important to us and will remain so. We learn in many other ways too, but this method is a very important part of our broad creative, child centred and cross curricular curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard

Mufti, Monday 25 November

Monday is Donation Day for the Christmas Fair. Children can come to school in their own clothes (mufti) and bring in a donation for the fair – further details in the FOPS section below.

Home time
As the fencing has now come down, Year R will finish school at the normal time (3.00pm) from Monday 25 November. Please note that Willow Class will come out from the left hand gate in the playground and Beech Class will continue to come out of the lower double doors.

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that next week (25-29 November) is the last week for teacher-led clubs: Drama, Just to Let You Know, Binca, Construction, Film, Newspaper and Recorder clubs.

Christmas Play tickets and DVD
A letter about tickets for the Christmas play is coming out in books today. Owing to space constraints we do have to limit tickets to two per family. Please return order forms by Friday 29 November. An order form for the Christmas Play DVD is also coming home today and must be returned by Monday 9 December.

We are very grateful to the students from Surrey University who came in and helped Year R with the bulb planting in the playground last week.

Operation Christmas Child
Many thanks for all the filled shoeboxes which were collected last week and will now go off to children in Eastern Europe.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 26 November, 12 noon
Come along to the next Prayer Group at Elaine’s house for lunch, prayer and social! Contact epfitzwater@gmail.com for details. Future dates are: Monday 9 December @ 9.00am, Thursday 9 January 2014 @ 8.00pm, Thursday 23 January @ 9.00am and Tuesday 11 Febuary @ 12noon. All welcome!

Lost: Annie Brook has misplaced her pink & white striped trainers – last seen at Boogie Pumps on Monday.
Jude Clifford-Breen (Hazel Class) has lost his named school trousers. They were last seen at soccer training two weeks ago.


PLAYGROUND CAKE SALE: All proceeds from today's playground cake sale will be donated to the DEC Philippines Appeal.

YEAR R CHRISTMAS DRINKS (Tuesday 10 December, Bar des Arts) REMINDER : If you would like to come to the Christmas Drinks, please bring your money on Monday 25 November. We need confirmed numbers by Monday in order to reserve a good seating area at Bar des Arts. Really hope you can come!

Donation Day is MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER - MUFTI

Please bring in any donations for stalls and leave them in the boxes in the playground on Monday morning. We are collecting the following:
1. Jolly Jars – These are very popular so please make as many as possible. Jolly Jars are standard sized jam jars, filled with sweets, chocolates and small toys. Please make sure that they are unisex and do not contain nuts or anything which could be dangerous for small children such as boiled sweets or marbles. If you are new to Jolly Jars and want to know more please see Jolly Jar instructions
2. Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any bottle from ketchup to bubble bath to champagne. The more the merrier!
3. Chocolate - Absolutely anything chocolately for the chocolate tombola.
4. Good quality second hand books and toys.
Children are invited to come to school in MUFTI on this day.

Raffle Tickets: Raffle tickets will be coming home in your child's book bag shortly. Please sell as many as you can to family and friends. There are some great prizes on offer. Thank you to all the parents and local businesses who have donated so generously.

FAMILY DISCO: Oh, what a night! Thank you for coming along and making it so much fun. We raised £900 and went home with some nicely tired children. Special thanks go to our DJs, Katie Larkin, Charlie Larkin and Milo Derham. Thanks also to the parents who staffed the bar, Fiona Durrant for crowd control at the Tuck Shop and to all the parents who helped set up and clear away at the end of the night.

IQ CHRISTMAS CARDS: The IQ Christmas cards will be coming home in your child's book bag this week.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. If lego is on your child's Christmas list, Lego are offering to donate 2.5%. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 67 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can!


George Abbot School's Christmas and Craft Fair, Sunday 24 November 2013 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Entry £1 - children under 16 free. 60 gift and craft stalls, and stalls for children. Delicious food and drink all day! Meet the Guide Dog puppies at 11am and 2pm. Great value, hassle free Christmas shopping. Bring your friends and family!

Lightbox Art & Craft Fair, Woking, Saturday 30 November 10.30-5pm: Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie Y2 & Georgia Y6) will be at the Lightbox Art & Craft Fair, along with 30 other stalls of artists & makers -  with smaller abstracts, prints, cards, felted pictures, felt jewellery & Xmas decorations. https://www.facebook.com/BecArtPaintings She will also be at Guildford Craftacular on 7 December in St Mary’s Church.