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

Infant 8/11/13

08 November 2013

Dear Parents,

At both schools we are all enjoying the lessons to be learnt from the story of King David in the Bible. His life was certainly up and down with huge successes and dark times of disappointment and failure. The important fact was that he was God’s person for that time. 

The infants and the juniors are a week out of sync with stories so this week the infants thought about David’s kindness to his enemy’s grandson and the juniors looked at the story of his outrageous celebrations as he returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

David’s kindness reminds me of our school value which highlights our attitude to others “Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding, respecting all”.

We continue to live as a family community both in our individual respectful relationships and in the way we impact as an organisation with others. This is an important partnership as you give the same messages. Children are genuinely caring and respectful and we see this in practice everyday. We also, through the means of our Parent Focus Group, seek to develop the interface between home and school.

Secondly the whole idea of celebration is important to us as a community and perhaps at times we have been too reticent at celebrating individuals or whole school achievements. For example this week we were presented with a magnificent trophy for being the best sports school in Surrey for the juniors. There were four main sporting events and we achieved the gold medal in hockey, netball and cricket and the silver for dodge ball. This made us the overall winners. So we were able to celebrate our success and congratulate the children who did so well and thank Gillian our games teacher and the teachers who did the coaching.

There are four other points I would like to bring to your attention:

  1. Shoeboxes – Please can I remind you to take part in this great appeal which can make such a great difference to a deprived child.

  2. Alumni – If you are a former pupil of Holy Trinity or a parent, friend or relation of one and you and they would be willing to share a little of their life now, please email me. I am hoping to set up a section of our website to give this information.

  3. School Journeys – Now is the time of year when we start to tell you about our summer journeys. The year 5 letter has already gone out. These are great trips and add a great deal to the holistic education of our children. We are pleased we have been able to hold the year five trip at last year’s price. The price of this year’s year six trip needs to rise as not enough was charged last year to cover costs. These trips can only go ahead of course if enough parents pay for their children to go.

  4. Money – I am hoping to see many of you at the parents’ evenings over the next two weeks. At those meetings we will be giving you forms for giving regularly to the school fund. Please read this appeal letter carefully and help if at all possible.

With best regards, Richard

The leaves drop slowly, falling from the old oak tree. It was Autumn time. Josie Price, 3N


Playground Rules
The School Council have been re-writing the playground rules which are displayed on the lower entrance door. We would particularly ask for your support with a couple of the rules that say ‘we don’t climb on trees or over walls’ and make sure that your children stick to the rules before and after school as well.

Year 1 and Year 2 school trips
Please return your permission slip and payment, if you have not already done so, for the school trips next week:
• Year 1 visit to Guildford Museum on Thursday 14 (Oak) or Friday 15 November (Beech) - Year 1 children should wear school uniform and a waterproof coat; they will return to school in time for lunch.
• Year 2 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, Friday 15th - children should wear school uniform and bring a coat as well as a packed lunch, a couple of snacks and a water bottle in a small rucksack.

Parent Consultations - 20 and 21 November
If you haven’t already done so, please return your appointment form for the parent consultations as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child
Many thanks for the filled shoeboxes received so far. However we are hoping to receive a few more to send to children who have very little in countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. There is still time to fill a shoebox for this very worthwhile cause and bring it in to school by next Tuesday 12 November. Leaflets with further details went home before half term but we have more copies in the office if you need one.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 12 November: 9.00-9.30am at Emma Laporte’s house. All welcome – contact Emma for details emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Spring Bulbs 
We will be having a major bulb planting session next Wednesday with volunteer students from Surrey University. We would be very grateful for any bulbs or small plants you might be able to donate to perk up the playground. We are looking forward to a host of golden daffodils next spring!

Wild Place
A really big ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have been helping to clear up the Wild Place this week so that the children can continue to enjoy their weekly visits.

Second Hand Uniform sale, Friday 15 November
FOPS will be organising a sale of second hand uniform after school next Friday in conjunction with the weekly cake sale in the playground (or in the hall if wet).


Thank you for your donations to the Phil the Bag collection. We will let you know how much we raised shortly.

Family School Disco - 16 November 2013
Tickets for the Family School disco which will take place on Saturday 16 November from 5.30pm until 8pm in the School Hall are selling fast. The ticket application form is available on the school website or from the School Office. (Family ticket - £10, adults - £4, children - £2, pre schoolers - free). It's a guaranteed good night out for everyone (and still home in time for the X Factor!). We hope you will join us for a drink and a boogie. If you are able to help on the day with setting up, the bar or clearing up afterwards, we would love some help. Please let your class reps or Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know.

If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Toys R Us, Currys and many more. The website also has a handy price comparison tool to help you get the best deal. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 68 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can! We are currently ranked 230th of the PTAs registered in terms of funds raised. Let's see if our Christmas shopping can push us up the list!

Christmas Fair - 8 December 2013
Our School Christmas Fair will be on Sunday 8 December from 12pm to 2pm. This is a traditional event to kick off the Christmas season. We will have a Santa's Grotto, Christmas craft, hot food, coffee and mince pies, games, shopping and lots, lots, lots more so please put the date in your diaries. An early warning that the date for donations to the fair will be Monday 25 November. You will receive information about the items we are collecting shortly however you may want to start collecting your used jars for jolly jars.

Christmas Play - Film maker required!
In previous years we have produced a DVD of the School Christmas Play for parents to buy so that you can sit back and enjoy the show on the day (and also raise money for the school). We are looking for somebody to film the play and produce the DVD this year. If you have the time and the expertise to help us with this project, please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com). (The School Christmas Play will be on 10, 11 and 12 December).

Home School Link Worker coffee morning, Monday 18 November, 9.30 am 
This time we are pleased to invite Mark Matthews, founder of the Sunflower Trust in Guildford, who will be talking about the work they do providing therapy for children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and many other challenges. If you would like to know more about the work of the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link www.sunflowertrust.com We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you! Paula and Lucy.

Please take care when parking either side of the Pewley Heights exit (the flats next to the school). Residents are having difficulty getting out when parents’ cars are parked too close to the exit. We would also ask that parents park safely and with consideration for all our neighbours. If necessary please park round the corner on Pewley Hill where there is usually more space.

Year R 
Just a reminder that this year’s Reception Class Picture Supplement will be in this week’s Surrey Advertiser out on Friday 8th November.

Menu for week beginning Monday 11 November

NCT Nearly New Sale, tomorrow Saturday 9th November 11am - 12.30pm, St.Joseph's Church Hall, York Road. Toys, books, clothes and equipment for babies to 7 year olds all in excellent condition.