• Pewley Christmas Fair Tomorrow - Saturday 3-5.30pm

No 161

29 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been another busy week in school. On Monday, Year 2 had a wonderful day out at St Paul’s Cathedral, marvelling at the architecture and the beauty of the place. Across the school, children are learning songs and scripts for our Christmas shows and our sporting calendar seems very full with hockey and cross-country competitions taking place, even in the dark! Well done to all those who played!

I’m looking forward to the first of our school Christmas events tonight! It’ll be great to enjoy the Christmas fair together 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.

Then, next week, we’ll be marking the start of Advent. As well as plenty of celebrations and fun, we also use this season to remind one another of how to bring light and happiness into the world. Each class will again be working together to make a Christmas hamper to support the work of Besom. This Guildford-based charity supports many disadvantaged local families throughout the year. At Christmas, they deliver hampers to these families to help them to celebrate this wonderful time of year as a way of showing God’s love. You’ll hear details from your child’s year group about how to support this initiative. Thankyou in advance for your kindness to those in need!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Those who are sure of themselves, do not talk all the time,” Proverbs 17, v27. Silence is golden!

WHOLE SCHOOL

Consultation - St Peter's Secondary school is formally consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for 2021/22. Please see https://www.st-petersschool.co.uk/page/?title=Admission+Policies&pid=281 for full details.

INFANT

Parent Helper Thank You, Thursday 19 December from 10.30
Parents who help out in school are very warmly invited to join us for mince pies and mulled wine in the hall on Thursday 19 December.

Y2 swimming
Next Wednesday 4 December will be the last swimming session for this term.

Club cancellation
Multi-sports with Andy is cancelled on Wednesday 4 December.

Ballet Club Show
Parents are invited to the ballet show on Thursday 5 December at 3.30pm.

Teacher-led clubs Years 1 & 2
Letters with club choices for next term are coming home in book bags today. Please complete and return by next Friday 6 December.

Teacher-led clubs this term will finish on Friday 13 December.

Pewley Christmas Play
Please return your ticket orders to the school office as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Lost: Sebastian O (Beech) has lost his named red trainers.

Lost Property
The lost property has been sorted and is now on a table at the lower entrance. Please check if you have items of uniform missing.

Spare clothes

We are running very short of spare clothes in the school office. Please return any clothes that your child may have borrowed. Also, if you have any outgrown or no longer needed clothes, we could definitely make use of them – especially boys’ trousers (smaller sizes) and boys’ and girls’ pants and socks.

Menu: Week 1 commencing 2 December.

JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 4 December - Last Swim for 3A + 4N
9 –12 December - Christmas Play “A Christmas Carol”
Thursday 19 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church
Friday 20 December - School Finishes PD at 1:30 pm ; HT at 1:45pm

Cancelled clubs this week:
Monday - Year 4 Netball, Tag Rugby
Thursday - Year 5 & 6 Football
Clubs now finished this term:
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Wednesday - Basketball Club
Thursday - Basketball Club

Christmas Play

If you've not already booked your tickets, please do so as soon as possible. Some of the evenings are already quite full!

Please see all details on the parentmail that was sent on Tuesday. If you don't get parentmail, please contact the Office for assistance. Please click on the this link to access the system. Each family is allocated 3 tickets across all.

Payments
School invoices were sent out last week, please settle your accounts and ensure lunches and clubs are in credit. Thank you. 

HT Sport this week from Laura S

Fixtures
Y5 & Y6 Barrow Hills Cross Country
Date: Monday 2nd December
Time: Leave school at 1pm, races start at 2pm, approximate finish and pick up from Barrow Hills at 3.00pm. Parents to help with lifts.
Venue: Barrow Hills School, Roke Lane, Witley, Surrey, GU8 5NY
Teacher: JJ & Laura

Y5 & Y6 Football v Boxgrove
Date: Thursday 5th December
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Nick


FOPS News

Happy Friday again, and we will start with a thank you for the efforts of the year 1 cake sale last week and also the pewley dad's beer drinking club for their fundraising efforts this past week. It’s a busy weekend and week ahead too with the HT Christmas Fair tonight (Friday 29th), our Elf afternoon on Sunday (1st December), and wreath making on Thursday 5th.

We still have plenty of opportunities for you to help out on Sunday, here, and whilst pre-order food is no longer available we will have snacks and drinks on the day (plus limited hot food) so bring yourselves, your family, your friends, your Christmas jumpers (optional), and beanbags (optional) and lots of change.

Christmas Fair 14th December, 3-5.30pm

Wanted - Santa’s grotto helper…... If you, or someone you know, wants to construct the Santa's Grotto please please please contact Jo joannamarkwell@yahoo.co.uk, Santa needs somewhere luxurious to sit!

Volunteers for the Christmas Fair: As with previous years, each year group have rooms/stalls allocated which we need volunteers to cover for. All slots are on the sign-up sheet (here) together, so please do have a look and prioritise the ones for your year group, but you also have the chance to help out on stalls designated to other year groups. And don’t worry, if you can’t make the fair you can always help with the setup :)

Raffle tickets will be in the book bags next Wednesday or Thursday.

Donations Days - Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th December: Most of our stalls depend on your generosity. Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th there will be boxes outside the school entrance for ‘stuff for stalls’ and we’d love you to bring in the following:

Bags or boxes of sweets - We are going to be bagging the booty bags this year to make things easier for parents, so please being in bags of unopened sweets for us to repack

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any unopened bottle from ketchup to bubble bath, shampoo to champagne. The more the merrier!

Chocolate Tombola - Absolutely anything chocolatey BUT NUT FREE PLEASE.

Soft Toy Tombola - Good quality, clean, second-hand soft toys.

Christmas jumpers – any size in good condition.

Toys - this is a great excuse for a clear-out! Please make sure toys are complete and don’t have pieces missing!

Please bring your stuff on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th or Friday 7th December and leave it in the appropriately labelled box near the front door of the playground.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Shopping online this Christmas? Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Waitrose & Partners, Sainsbury's, eBay a percentage of the money you spend can come to the school at no extra cost to you! Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs us nothing! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

DATES FOR THE DIARY
Last cake sales for this term: 6th December – Willow; 13th December - Hazel

Year R, these ones are for you! Please drop off donations for cakes in the morning and also think about fruit donations and popcorn donations. All - please remember small change on Friday to make purchases.

Other dates

School Disco - 1st Feb

Year 1 Drinks Social - 5th December 7.45pm, hosted by Cath and Ron Shrimplin’s house (1 Poyle Road). BYO drinks and there will be a form shared on WhatsApp for food.

Year 2 Coffee Morning - 18th December at Cafe Nero, North Street

Year 2 Evening Social - 31st Jan, venue tbc

Have a great weekend and week ahead. Thanks, Sam and Jo


HTSC News

Soon...


St Nicolas' Church Seasonal Swap Shop - 14 December 10.30-2pm 
Extinction Rebellion Families Guildford - download flyer here.
 

No 160

22 November 2019

 Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been really interesting this week to have hosted two visitors from Goldsmiths and Southbank Universities in London. They’ve been in school compiling a case-study around the impact of our ethos and values on children’s educational outcomes. It’s been great to see confident, happy children discussing really challenging issues in class with respect and empathy, kindness and tolerance. This has also been really evident when I’ve recently taken groups of prospective parents around both sites – and in fact, it’s the thing many parents have spoken about at our recent parent consultation evenings. How lovely to see that our “Learn to Live” vision is being lived out across the school!

One area of school life that I’ve been concerned doesn’t always reflect our ethos is the WhatsApp communities that I believe have been set up by the different year groups and classes. I can see that these groups are a useful forum for checking out details that might not have made it home, but I worry when I hear about criticisms and concerns being made so publicly, especially when individual children, staff or families are identifiable. Please do make sure that everything that is said is kind, respectful and compassionate; often rumours and hearsay aren’t helpful. These groups aren’t run by the school, but I do hope that they live up to the respectful approach that we are so keen to live by. Remember not to post photos other than those of your child – other people’s children may not have consented to their image being shared. Please do feel able to email me if you have any concerns about any area of school life and let’s set a really positive example to the children in the way that we all communicate, both face to face and online.

There’s been a lot going on in school this week – with the end of Road Safety Week at the infants being marked by superbly bright colours and hi-vis! Then Year 5 have had a wonderful Tudor Day with a visit from Queen Elizabeth herself; I’m glad to report that she seemed very pleased with the entertainments this year and didn’t threaten too many court jesters, musicians or cooks! Earlier in the week, the infants had their first house assemblies, finding out about their house heroes and at the juniors, the annual music medley gave many of our expert musicians chance to perform. Finally, I really enjoyed the Year 3 production of “Splash” this afternoon. It was a marvellous show and really highlighted how well our Year 3 children have settled in and are confidently taking part in the life of the school.

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “It is your true self that you see in your heart” Proverbs 27, v19. God loves you – so love yourself!

INFANT

Beep Beep Day
Thank you all for dressing up in such bright colours today. It’s been a great day of road safety learning with everyone practising crossing the road using the Green Cross Code.

Club cancellation
Multi-sports with Andy is cancelled on Wednesday 27 November.

Pewley Christmas Play
Order forms for Christmas play tickets will come home in book bags on Monday.

Lost:
Geetanjali (Willow Class) has lost her pink/blue unicorn wellies, missing for a week or so.
Alex M (Willow Class) has lost his named and very much loved woolly Gruffalo hat.

Menu: Week 3 beginning 25 November


JUNIOR 

Dates For your Diary
Friday 29 November - HT Christmas Fair
Wednesday 4 December - Last Swimming Lesson for Years 3A + 4N

Year 6 Christmas Drinks are on Thursday 5th December from 8pm onwards in the Cosy Club. It would be lovely to see as many as possible .

School Invoices
Just to let you know school invoices were processed yesterday and are being sent home today. Apologies, if you are receiving a bill, if you have already settled your child’s account.

For those not yet settled, we look forward to your child’s account being settled. Thank you, finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

HT Sport this week from Laura S

On Thursday Year 5 had their House netball competition showcasing everything they have learnt this term. The games were umpired by our Year 6 House Captains and with 16 teams playing and every team playing 6 games of 10 minutes a lot of netball was played! Well done to Keller who were crowned Year 5 netball champions.

We are so pleased that we are seeing fewer watches, Fitbits and and jewellery in school and that hair is being tied back for PE. Now we are in the winter months please make sure your child has appropriate winter PE clothes to wear. Leggings or tracksuit bottoms are a good investment and a long sleeved top to go underneath house PE t-shirts, or a house fleece are very useful to have in school at all times.

Fixtures

Y5 & Y6 Quicksticks Hockey tournament
Date: Tuesday 26th November
Time: 12.15pm - 4.00pm - (Registration from 12.45pm) Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Rd, Guildford GU2 7AD
Teacher: JJ

Guildford Primary Schools XC at Send Junior School
Date: Tuesday 28th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Send
Venue: Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS
Teacher: Laura & Nick

Guildford Primary Schools Y6 Indoor High 5 Netball Tournament
Date: Friday 29th November
Time: 12.20pm - 4.15pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Rd, Guildford GU2 7AD
Teacher: Laura

Menu - Week 1 


FOPS News

Happy Friday (again). It feels like these come round a bit too quickly when writing the newsletter but not quickly enough when dealing with tired children and having to get up for work! Please brace yourselves, this is a long one. We have dates for the diary, some information about easy ways to support the school just by doing your usual shopping, and a start to the serious begging for Christmas volunteers and support with donations etc this week so here goes…...

FOR ACTION
Elf and pizza, 1st December 3-5pm. There are still a few days to get your pre-order hot food orders (here) in ready for our Christmas film afternoon a week on Sunday. Please do bring friends, families, prospective parents, HT parents - the more the merrier. We do also need some help on the day - and it’s genuinely not too strenuous. The sign-up sheet to offer some of your time for a great cause is here.

Christmas Wreath Making, 5th December 7-10pm. We have extended the booking for this until Tuesday of next week to give people a bit more time to get their forms in, but if you would like to attend and aren’t at the school to hand over paper, please do email Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com and she will save you a place!

Christmas Fair

Wanted - Person with artistic flair…......If you or someone you know who is artistic and wants to lead the Santa's Grotto please contact Jo: joannamarkwell@yahoo.co.uk

Donations Days - Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th December

Most of our stalls depend on your generosity. Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th there will be boxes outside the school entrance for ‘stuff for stalls’ and we’d love you to bring in the following:

Bags or boxes of sweets - We are going to be bagging the booty bags this year to make things easier for parents, so please bring in bags of unopened sweets for us to bag.

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any unopened bottle from ketchup to bubble bath, shampoo to champagne. The more the merrier!

Chocolate Tombola - Absolutely anything chocolatey BUT NUT FREE PLEASE.

Soft Toy Tombola - Good quality, clean, second hand soft toys.

Christmas jumpers – any size in good condition.

Toys - this is a great excuse for a clear-out! Please make sure toys are complete and don’t have pieces missing!

Bits and pieces for crafts - odd (clean) socks (ideally children’s), toilet roll holders, felt.

Please bring your stuff on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th or Friday 7th December and leave it in the appropriately labelled box near the front door of the playground.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Shopping online this Christmas? Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Waitrose & Partners, Sainsbury's, Ebay a percentage of the money you spend can come to the school at no extra cost to you!! Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs us nothing! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
:

Last cake sales for this term:
29th November – Beech; 6th December – Willow; 13th December - Hazel

This year’s cakes sales have been a phenomenal success so far (we have raised approx £175 in two sales!). We think this may be in part to the addition of fruit and popcorn options. Please do remember small change on a Friday to make purchases, and when it is your class’s week to provide the cakes please also think about fruit and popcorn options.

HT Christmas Fair 29th Nov 6-8pm - HTSC would like to invite all Pewley Down families to this year’s Christmas Fair. There will be a raffle, mulled wine, hot food, Santa’s Grotto and games, as well as a variety of external stalls to get some Xmas shopping.

Pewley Christmas Fair - 14th December, 3-5.30pm - The sign-up sheet for volunteers is here, and raffle tickets will be in the book bags soon. If you haven't already then please do get this date in the diary - if you hadn't noticed we are very keen that people come.

School Disco - 1st Feb

Yr 1 Drinks Social - 5th December 7.45pm, hosted by Cath and Rob Shrimplin (1 Poyle Road). BYO drinks and there will be a form shared on WhatsApp for food.

Year 2 Coffee Morning - 18th December at Cafe Nero, North Street.

Have a great weekend and week ahead.

Thanks, Jo and Sam


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you – “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!”

Christmas Fair
Thank you for all the donations you’ve sent it so far! Amazing collection of goodies this morning at school. Don’t worry if you have forgotten today, you can keep donating to the bottles, chocolate, Christmas jumpers and Jolly Jars etc. until Thursday 28th November.

There will be a whole school sign up sent out via ParentMail this weekend for volunteers for the stalls. We will need help all day on the Friday to label up the tombola prizes and set up of the fair is from 3.30pm. If you can drop in for 10 minutes or an hour, any length of time you can give makes such a difference and there is always something to do!

Santa – anyone willing to take on the role of a lifetime? We need 2 Santas for our Recycling themed Grotto. Please contact helen@thomasday.co.uk if you can help.

Wreath making workshop at Pewley Down Infant School
FOPS are hosting a festive wreath making workshop on Thursday 5th December from 7pm -10pm in the school hall. The event will be run by Kayleigh Ashraf (Aiden’s mum in Year 3) and costs just £25 (includes drinks and nibbles). Please email Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com to book a place.

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Weds 27th Nov – Year group hamper donations deadline
Thurs 28th Nov - final donations and returned raffle tickets deadline
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair!!
Fri 6th December 8pm - Year 4 Christmas drinks (now being hosted by James and Laura Phillips)
Mon 9th Dec – 12th Dec – Christmas Play week (we will need a few volunteers to serve mulled wine/mince pies before the play – further details will follow)
Thurs 12th December 8pm @ The Albany – Year 3 Christmas drinks

If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC

No 159

15 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

The whole school marked Remembrance Day during our assemblies on Monday, silently praying for peace and thinking about the impact of war both on those who serve in the armed forces and those who are made homeless by conflict. At both the juniors and the infants I was so pleased to see how respectful all the children were. We then introduced the week’s theme of being peacemakers, helping to solve arguments, stand up to unkindness and controlling our tempers. In a week that is marked nationally as Anti-Bullying Week, these themes were especially powerful, although I was very keen to tell the children that at HTPD, every week is anti-bullying week!

It was just great to catch up with so many of you at our junior school parents’ evenings. I hope that you enjoyed hearing about all that your child has achieved already this term. I look forward to next week’s conversations at the infants. If you’ve missed out on booking an appointment, do get in touch with either the office staff or your child’s class teacher. These consultations are so important and one of the ways that we make sure our home-school partnership stays strong.

Finally, we were delighted to have been nominated for a new Guildford Borough Council award for the school which has contributed most to sporting success in the town. Nick Walker, our sports leader, attended a celebration evening just last night at the cricket club in town at which we were thrilled to hear that we had won! Along with our sport coordinator, Laura Sutton, he gladly accepted the trophy as the leading Active School in Guildford – and may appear in the Surrey Advertiser shortly! The winner of this local award is now entered into a similar Surrey wide competition. What a great encouragement to our dedicated staff, and to our wonderfully active children! Well done everybody!

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “If you are sensible, you will control your temper.” Prov 19, v 10. Be strong inside!

WHOLE SCHOOL

All parents/ carers are reminded that long hair needs to be tied up for school. This is especially so for PE, but as every day involves physical activity, hair should always be tied up. Also, please keep novelty hair decorations (such as large bows, added ears, or dangly bits!) for special occasions and not for school.

INFANT

Parent Consultation meetings, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. Please try and keep to the 10 minute time slots, but do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library / office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week owing to the parent consultations.

Multi-sports with Andy is cancelled on Wednesday 27 November (as well as Wednesday 20th).

Transfer to Junior School
Prospective Parents’ Evening, Wednesday 20 November, 7.00pm

We look forward to seeing Year 2 parents at Holy Trinity next Wednesday; this is a really good opportunity to meet the team and get to know the junior school. Although pupils at Pewley Down are guaranteed a place, you do need to complete the Surrey County Council on-line application before 15 January 2020: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/primary-junior-and-infant

As well as a Supplementary Information Form (available on the website or from either school office).

Beep Beep Day, Friday 22 November
This is our Road Safety day when we ask children to come to school wearing brightly coloured clothes. We will be focussing on road safety and how to cross the road safely using the Green Cross Code.

Pewley Christmas Play ‘Children of the World’ - performance dates
Tuesday 10 December, 9:30am - dress rehearsal; Wednesday 11 December at 9:30am and Thursday 12 December at 9:30am. More information on tickets to follow.

Active Surrey Award
Pewley has been awarded an amazing two stars in Active Surrey's KS1 Star Mark Award. This celebrates our commitment to outstanding PE provision, school sport and physical activity during 2018/19. We already have ideas on how we can achieve three stars for this current year - keep up to date with @HTPDSport on Twitter!

Ballet Club Show
Parents are invited to the ballet show on Thursday 5 December at 3:30pm.

We have copies of ‘Family Grapevine’ magazine (local information for babies to teens) available in the school office if you would like to pick up a copy.

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 18 November
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Weds: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Gammon & Vegetable Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Club Updates
There has been a few changes to the Autumn Term Clubs, new list available here.

Cancelled Clubs
Monday - Y4 Netball
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Thursday - Y5&6 Football
Thursday - Dodgeball
No Badminton or Shakespeare Club for the rest of this term

Dates For your Diary
Fri 22nd Nov : Year 5 Tudor Day
Fri 22nd Nov : Year 3 “Splash” performance at 2:00pm
Fri 29th Nov : HT Christmas Fair
Wed 4th Dec : Last Swimming Lesson for Years 3A + 4N

Tempest Photographs
The closing date for submitting the FREE postage and delivery orders to the School was 14th Nov. If you have already placed an order for photographs thank you, if not or you wish to order more photographs, simply enter your image reference number and website access code (found on your original order form) at www.tempest-orders.co.uk

Lost & Found
If anyone found a grey and red Alpkit torch near the entrance to the bonfire, last Friday – please let the office know.

Menu - Week 3

HT Sport this week from Laura S

We're in the middle of a busy couple of weeks of school sport. Last Friday the Y6 football team played in the the Guildford Primary School tournament held at King's College against 12 other schools. After a disappointing start the team had some tough games but slowly built momentum and finished the day with an emphatic win against Northmead. On Friday it's the girls chance to shine in the same competition. The Y4 dodgeball team tasted victory on Tuesday at the Guildford Y4 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill school, all returning with gold medals around their necks. After many false starts with bad weather the Y5 netball teams finally got to play their first matches against Rydes Hill and QE last Tuesday. Everyone played really well and are looking to improve their match skills against Tormead and QE next week.

Next week it's the turn of the Y6 Dodgeball team to see what they can do at the Y6 Dodgement competition at Bushy Hill. The Y5 and Y6 football teams have a home match against QE on Thursday and the Y5 & Y6 netball teams have an away match v Send on Monday. Please note the following clubs will be cancelled because of these fixtures:
Monday - Y4 Netball
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Thursday - Y5&6 Football

Fixtures

Y5 & Y6 Netball v Send
Date: Monday 18th November
Time: 3.20pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Send
Venue: Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS
Teacher: Laura & Millie

Y5 Netball v QE & Tormead
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts to Tormead
Venue: Cranley Rd, GU1 2JD
Teacher: Laura & JJ

Y6 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill Junior School
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Bushy Hill
Venue: Bushy Hill, Sheeplands Ave, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Boys Football v QE
Date: Thursday 21st November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: HT
Teacher: Nick

FOPS News

It is certainly starting to feel like the Christmas season now, with Christmas events being organised and mince pies now all over the shops. Even with that in mind, this week’s newsletter might feel a bit too festive bearing in mind it is only mid-November…..

FOR ACTION
Elf and pizza, 1st December 3-5pm. We will be showing Elf to properly kick off the Christmas run up and so parents can socialize whilst children are entertained (or watch the film themselves). We will be organising pre-order pizza (form here), so please do complete the form before the end of the day on Thursday 28th Nov, and come along for the afternoon. There will also be a licensed bar! As usual, we need volunteers, and the sign-up sheet is here.

Christmas Wreath Making, 5th December 7-10pm
Join FOPS for a festive evening of wreath making. Order slips are in the book bags and if you are missing one then there are spares at reception. These replies must be with the team by Thursday 21st Nov.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dates for the diary:

Next two cake sales:
22nd November – Oak
29th November - Beech

HT Christmas Fair 29th Nov 6-8pm - HTSC would like to invite all Pewley Down families to this year’s Christmas Fair. There will be a raffle, mulled wine, hot food, Santa’s Grotto and games, as well as a variety of external stalls to get some Christmas shopping.

Pewley Christmas Fair
- 14th December, 3-5.30pm - The sign-up sheet for volunteers will be out soon as well as raffle tickets in the book bags and also details of our collection day. In the meantime though, do get this date in the diary.

School Disco - 1st Feb

Yr R Drinks Social - 22nd November, venue tbc

Yr 1 Drinks Social - 5th December 7.45pm, hosted by Cath and Ron Shrimplin’s house (1 Poyle Road). BYO drinks and there will be a form shared on WhatsApp for food.

Year 2 Coffee Mornings at Cafe Nero, North Street: Thursday 21st November, Wednesday 18th December

Have a great weekend all!
Sam and Jo


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you – it’s a bit longer than usual so please bear with us!

Bonfire night – thank you to everyone who came to the fireworks and for all the volunteers that helped with the event and the clear up afterwards– we really appreciate it. Thank you also for remembering your Keep cups – there was a lot less rubbish left on the field and hope your drinks stayed warmer for longer.

Lost on bonfire night – if you found a grey and red Alpkit torch/lamp near the bonfire please can you contact the school office to return it to Zac Williams.

Christmas Fair
We are busy planning the Christmas Fair. Your child(ren) should receive an envelope with a donation letter and raffle tickets this afternoon with all the details. Class reps will be in touch separately regarding donations for the Year Group hamper prizes. As usual we are taking the theme from the school’s Christmas play (A Christmas Carol). Year 3 – The Past, Year 4 – The Present, Year 5 – The Future and Year 6 – Christmas Day.

2nd Hand Uniform
If you have any uniform age 7 years and upwards that you no longer need, please contact Simone Chidlow at simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange collection/pick up. Please do not bring to school as we do not have anywhere to store it. We will be selling uniform at the Christmas fair.

Local business fundraising
Present Bunny, a local online gifts company, was started as a family project by two of our Holy Trinity parents and have kindly offered to donate 10% of sales to HTSC and FOPS using discount codes below.
Ordering is simple:
1) Visit www.presentbunny.co.uk
2) Place an order,
3) In the comments field please add your child's class (not your child's name)
· Any colour requests (please note we cannot guarantee colour but will do our best)
· the word Santa if the gifts are Christmas presents for your children, and you don't want your child to bring the delivery home.
3) Add the code PDNov19 or HTNov19 (depending on your child's school) during the checkout.
4) Receive confirmation email.
The code will discount the delivery charge as all orders placed using the code will be delivered to you via your child's class, unless Santa is stated in the comments. It also determines which PTA will receive the donation (10% of your purchase).

Closing date for orders is 22:00 Monday 18th November. Orders will be dropped to the school for delivery via your child's class either Thursday or Friday that week.

Present Bunny was started as a family project to learn about business, and what is involved. After a very memorable family meeting about the name and many discussions about the products that would be popular, the Present Bunny website was born. It has been fun learning and working together and we hope you like Present Bunny's products. Any queries, please contact Katie at presentbunny@gmail.com

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Fri 22nd November – Christmas Fair Donation Day
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair
Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Christmas drinks
Thurs 12th December 8pm @ The Albany – Year 3 Christmas drinks If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC

 

No 158

08 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, I’ve been really struck by the richness and variety within our curriculum. It was just great to show prospective parents around both schools and to describe to them everything that the children at HTPD experience. It was good to explain again how we encourage a lifelong love of learning in such a vibrant way! Do encourage other parents with younger children to come and look around over the coming weeks before the deadline for choosing their children’s school.

Yesterday, the junior school was alive with the sound of a marching Roman army, with the visit of John Eagle, an expert Roman historian bringing the children’s topic to life. We were also delighted to be able to talk about Diwali in several year groups, thanks to the expertise of both members of staff and a visiting parent. In Year 2 and Year 5 there have been exciting science investigations going on, and today Year 6 are experimenting with an augmented reality sandbox; moving the sand around a sand tray and seeing contours, valleys and mountain peaks was just excellent! We’re so grateful to the River Wey Trust for their expertise and for loaning us this amazing technology! I do hope that your children have told you all about the different activities they’ve enjoyed this week – and even more importantly that you’ve been able to see them making connections in their learning!

Next week, we start our parent consultations, first at HT and then the following week at Pewley. It’s always such a good opportunity to communicate specific details about your child’s progress and to celebrate together their attitude and commitment to the wider life of the school. Do remember that each appointment is only for ten minutes; we really try to keep to time so if you need further discussion, please make another appointment at a later date.

As you probably know, my favourite night of the year is this evening! After celebrating my birthday yesterday, firework night is a great way to end the week. Your children were so kind in wanting me to have a lovely day. We’re working hard to remind them of the importance of kindness and empathy – they showed me plenty of both! Do come along this evening; tickets are available on the gate. Remember to bring an eco-cup so that we don’t have to use disposable ones. And with the temperature dropping, it’ll be time to find the winter layers! I’ll see you on the field!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Can anyone say that their conscience is clear?” Proverbs 20 v9. Choose to be the best you!

lHTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.30 am
All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited to the coffee morning at Pewley Down on Wednesday hosted by our Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity). This time there will also be a talk on friendships. If possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

INFANT

Parent Consultation meetings, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November
Please return your completed parent consultation form by Monday 11 November if you have not already done so.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 11 November.

JUNIOR 

We have a very busy week ahead at Holy Trinity!

Please take a moment to look at the information below so that you know what is happening… and when! If you have any queries please do contact the office.

Parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 12th November & Thursday 14th November

Nasal Flu Vaccinations
Are taking place on Thursday 14th November & Friday 15th November. If you missed the online booking portal, you will have to contact the vaccination team to arrange a separate appointment – the office will advise you of the contact details.

Book Fair
Will be open after school through the week.

Tempest Photographs

Please ensure that you return your order forms by the end of Thursday 14th November

Cancelled Clubs
With Parent Consultations next week teacher-led clubs will not be running. The following clubs will be cancelled:
Monday – Yr 4 Netball
Monday - Board Games
Tuesday - Morning Running Club
Tuesday – Yr 3 & 4 Football Club
Tuesday – Yr 6 Netball
Tuesday – Yr 6 Making a Meal of it
Tuesday - Chess
Wednesday - Origami
Wednesday - Cartoon Drawing
Wednesday – Knitting
Wednesday - Book Club
Thursday – Yr 5 & 6 Football
Thursday - Creative Writing
Friday – Yr 5 Netball
Shakespeare and Badminton Club cancelled for the rest of this term

HT Sport this week from Laura S

I'm so pleased to announce that we have filled up our Aldi poster and now sent it off! Many thanks to everyone who has supported the school by shopping at Aldi and collecting stickers. We should now receive a new sports kit and also go into a draw for a chance to win £20,000 to spend on our sports legacy.

Fixtures

Y5 netball v QE & Rydes Hill
Date: Tuesday 12th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts to Rydes Hill
Venue: Aldershot Rd, GU2 8BP
Teacher: Laura & Millie

Y4 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill Junior School
Date: Tuesday 12th October
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Bushy Hill
Venue: Bushy Hill, Sheeplands Ave, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Girls Football Tournament
Date: Friday 15th October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Kings
Venue: Kings College, Southway, GU2 8DU
Teacher: JJ

Menu - Week 2 

Lost/Found
A 2019 Black Leavers Size XL 12/13 hoodie found in lost property at the end of the summer, belonging to a last years’ Y6 child, please speak to the office if you know whose it is.


FOPS News

We hope everyone is settling back in after half term and you are looking forward to a fun fireworks display at HT tonight. For those of you who haven’t pre-ordered, tickets are available on the night and there will also be food available.

FOR ACTION
Elf and pizza 1st December 3-5.
We will be showing Elf to kick off the Christmas run up and so parents can socialize whilst children are entertained (or watch the film themselves). There will be pre-order pizza (form here) and a licensed bar. As usual, we need volunteers, and the sign-up sheet is here.

Wool!
Emma and Naomi are doing such a sterling job with all of the wool that has been donated that they are nearly out. They could do with some more wool and also some help making it into something now and would also value some support with the knitting. If you, your friends or family members knit or crochet and would like to help with this mammoth effort then please get in contact with FOPs (or Emma and Naomi directly). 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
As a registered charity, FOPs are able to take advantage of payments through CAF. Many of you will have employer-matched donation programmes through CAF, so why not put that extra towards facilities for your school? Click here for the link on the CAF website.

Teddies, Christmas Jumpers, Bottles and Chocolates
We will be collecting teddies, Christmas jumpers, bottles and chocolates for the school Christmas Fair - these should be bought to the school the week before the Fair - further details to follow.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Dates for the diary:

Next two cake sales:
15th November - Walnut
22nd November - Oak
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes
‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Thursday 21st November
Yr R Drinks Social - Friday 22nd November, venue tbc
HT Christmas Fair - Friday 29th November 6-8.00 Support the junior school with their Christmas festivities 
Elf and pizza - Sunday 1st December, 3-5
Wreath Making - Thursday 5th December
Yr 1 Drinks Social - Thursday 5th December
Christmas Fair - Saturday 14th December, 3-5.30
Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Wednesday 18th December
School Disco - Saturday 1st Feb

Have a great week, Jo and Sam


Wintershall Nativity 18-22 December - Please download flyer here.

Chantry Wood Campsite
The council are once again consulting on the use of the Chantry Wood Campsite. Parents are encouraged to take part and preserve its use for the school and local community. They are asking for feedback by November 30th. Please see the press release issued by #SaveChantry here: https://savechantrycampsite.home.blog/ 
Here's the survey https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=157080160522 

Emmaus Rd Kids – Club for Years 3 – 5
Club each week to prepare and cook a healthy meal chatting and eating around the dinner table discussing topics like Kindness, Generosity & Courage. https://www.emmausrd.com/events/category/kids/

Charlotteville Heritage Trail and Remembrance Service, Saturday 9 November, 3.00pm
All are welcome to a Remembrance Service at the Charlotteville War Memorial in Addison Road on Saturday 9 November. It will be led by Rod Pierce of Holy Trinity and followed by tea in Addison Court Lounge with an exhibition of Charlotteville history. You can also follow a self-guided Heritage Trail in Addison, Cline and Cooper Roads with posters that tell some history of Charlotteville and the contribution by local men and women during both world wars. The posters will be up for a couple of weeks and are also available at www.tinyurl.com/charlottevillememorial