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

HTPD 30/11/18

30 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, we enjoyed showing four Danish teachers around the school on a visit as part of our European link with schools in Denmark, funded through Erasmus+. They were particularly looking at how we support children in their learning, and we were pleased that they noted how inclusive our approach is. They loved seeing our philosophy of “learning to live” in action; they were keen to tell the children how impressed they were by their courtesy, respect and love of school. Some of the children also enjoyed hearing from them about life in Denmark, and how Christmas is celebrated in Aalborg.

With the busy-ness of the Christmas season about to begin, it was wonderful this week to spend time during assemblies thinking about being still, reminding each other about how to relax, and also considering how our well-being improves if we take a regular break. God’s good idea of taking a rest day each week seems even more important in the frenetic Surrey lives we sometimes get caught up in – I hope you all take some time this weekend to pause and unwind! I’m determined to turn off my emails, spend time with my family and forget about my to do list, even if it is just for one day!

Before that though, it’ll be great to enjoy the Christmas fair tonight at the junior school. Thank you so much to the HTSC committee for getting it all ready, and thank you as well for your generous donations – it’s sure to be a great event! Can I ask you to please take responsibility for your children during the evening – it’s not safe for children to wander outside or play in the dark.

And then next week we welcome all of you to be our audiences for the Christmas shows. This year at all of the performances, once we’ve covered our costs, we’ll be raising money for Shooting Star Chase once more. This is a wonderful local charity that provides respite care for children who are profoundly ill with very complex conditions, so I do hope you will feel able to help support our fundraising. It’s always a very special week, but the children do get extremely tired. Please make sure that they get enough sleep! At the juniors, although after school clubs are still on, I’d recommend children head home at 3.15pm if that’s possible – it’s a long week of late nights.

On Friday 7th we have our optional late start. The children can come into school anytime up to 10.30am. At the juniors, they should come straight into the hall for a candle-lit Christmas assembly, and at the infants they can go to their classrooms as usual. It allows for a bit of a lie-in for any children who are worn out after a week of being on stage!

Finally, a reminder that we will be enjoying Christmas dinner at both sites next week (Thursday at the infants and Friday at the juniors). If your children are not having a school lunch, they might like to have a festive theme to their packed lunch…and they’d all be welcome to wear a Christmas hat, jumper or sprig of tinsel too! After all, Advent begins next week and so the Christmas preparations can begin!
With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week:
God at work – Helping us relax! How do you like to relax?


Christmas Plays: Photographs
A reminder that during the performances we ask that parents refrain from taking photographs of the children. This is in line with our safeguarding policies and helps to keep children safe. Official photographs will be available for you to purchase.

Optional late start, Friday 7 December
After the Christmas play performances next week there is an optional late start (up to 10.30 am) on Friday – more details in Clare’s letter above.


Christmas play, 4 & 5 December
Tickets: Tickets have now been sent home in book bags. The Wednesday morning performance is extremely full. Please contact the office if you have tickets for this performance and are able to swap to another day; you will get a much better view. Please also contact the office if you have not yet ordered tickets or would like an additional ticket for a grandparent (Tuesday pm or Thursday pm).
Buggies: During performances we would ask for buggies to be left at the front of the school (near the scooter park) in order to leave stairs and corridors free for the audience and children to move round the school.

Teacher-led Clubs, 4 & 5 December
Lego (Tuesday), Ping Pong (Tuesday) Film Club (Wednesday) and Multiskills with Andy (Wednesday) are all cancelled next week owing to the Christmas play.
The following week (commencing 10 December) is the last week of teacher-led clubs this term.

Year 1 trip to the Toy Museum, Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 December
Oak Class should bring a packed lunch from home on Monday.
Beech Class will need a packed lunch on Tuesday.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 6 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school lunch on Thursday 6th. Please let the office know if your child would like a lunch that day and confirm whether they have any allergies.

Ballet Club Show
Parents are invited to the end-of-term show on Thursday 6 December at 3:30pm.

Parent Helper Thank You, Tuesday 18 December from 10:30am.
Parents who help out in school are invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall.

Y2 swimming
Lessons have now finished for the autumn term; they will resume on Wednesday 9 January.

Edward Tulloch-Morales (Beech) has lost his Mandela (purple) fleece.
Isabella Dewhirst (Chestnut) has lost her blue Nightingale cardigan (missing for about 3 weeks).

Navy Abercrombie & Fitch cardigan with ruffle – left behind after the wreath-making workshop.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 3 December)
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Wed: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Thu: Christmas Lunch: Roast Turkey etc or Squash, Spinach & Chickpea Filo Pie; Christmas Shortcake Slice
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


3 - 6 December Christmas Play Week

Oliver – HT Christmas
Monday 3 December - 1.20pm & 7pm Shackleton (Green) and Nightingale (Red)
Tuesday 4 December - 1.20pm & 7pm Keller (Blue) and Mandela (Purple)
Wednesday 5 December - 7pm Shackleton (Green) and Nightingale (Red)
Thursday 6 December - 7pm Keller (Blue) and Mandela (Purple)


Y5 Cross-Country at Barrow Hills
Date: Tuesday 4 December
Time: 12.45pm - 3.00pm - Leave school at 1pm, parents to help with lifts
Venue: Barrow Hills, Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NY
Teacher: Laura 

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Special Christmas Menu 2018 (3–7 December 2018)
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


One week to go to the - Pewley Christmas Fair on Saturday 8 December (3pm - 5pm)
We will have Santa's grotto, games, craft, tombolas, raffle, silent auction, hot food, mince pies and mulled wine and much much more! So please come and have fun with your family and if you want bring your friends too!

RAFFLE TICKETS - please keep selling these through friends and family (not to under 16 year olds), fill up the stubs and bring them back to school in envelope provided together with the correct money (stubs can be folded) by Friday 7 December.

Monday 3 December is DONATIONS DAY! Please leave all your donations in boxes provided at the lower entrance to the school. We need:

  • BOTTLES (any bottle from champagne to shampoo)
  • CHOCOLATES (no nuts please) 
  • TEDDIES (washed if possible) 
  • Outgrown SCHOOL UNIFORM in wearable condition 
  • BOOTY BAGS (sweets and dinky toys in a little bag tied up with a ribbon) more information here.
  • second hand DVDs, BOOKs, TOYs and unwanted gifts!

We will be setting up the fair on Friday 7 December from 7pm and Saturday from 10am, if you have 30 min or more time to spare then please come to the School, many hands make light work :) 

YOUR TIME - we will need you to help us to run the stalls, more volunteers means shorter slots so please please do sign up if you can! 
Reception parents please sign up here.
Year 1 parents please sign up here.
Year 2 parents please sign up here.

Easyfundraising - did you know you can raise money just buying Christmas present or doing any kind of online shopping? Just sign up to Easyfundraising (it's free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause and start shopping. You just need to remember to go through the Easyfundraising browser to make it count! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk 

Match Funding - Can you help? Do you work for a company which  supports this fund raising scheme? Please get in touch! Email marketachester@gmail.com

Social dates for your diary
Year 2 : Wednesday 12 December - 7.45pm Christmas  Night Out @ March Hare bar area down stairs 


Year 6 Christmas Drinks - Monday 17 December
Calling all parents/carers of Year 6 children.  We're going to get together for Christmas drinks and nibbles, so please pop in and join us!  All welcome.
When: Monday 17 December, from 8pm
Where: The March Hare, 2-4 South Hill, Guildford, GU1 3SY (lower bar area)