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Infant 4/4/14

04 April 2014

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to let you know that one of our parents, Helen Learoyd, who was the mother of Emma (Year 1), Heather (Year 3), and Daniel (Year 6), died on the 23 March. We do extend our heartfelt sympathy and love to the children, to Kevin her husband, and the wider family. Many parents were present at a celebration and burial at the Clandon Natural Burial site last Monday. I know all of you will want to be supporting this lovely family as is appropriate.

This has been a hardworking and productive term for all of us, the children have continued to make great progress and enjoy learning. Schools never stand still and we continue to move forward, never resting on our laurels or becoming complacent.

This has been a particularly busy and exciting week. We have appointed two new teachers; Jessica Newman (who was previously a maths TA here) and Julia Blackstock (JJ) who joins us from Exeter University with science and sport as her specialisms. They will be replacing Mel Burgess and Henry Vincent who are moving on in July. There will be an opportunity to thank them properly and give more details of their future activities later during the term.

We are excited that our stained glass windows for the Chapel are now nearly finished and they are going to be a wonderful inspiration for all of us. Stained glass fever has broken out at Holy Trinity with the group of outstanding artists giving their designs for the windows and with Year 3 producing special Easter stained glass windows as well. In the penultimate week of next term we hope to have the official opening of the Chapel with the windows installed and some inscriptions on the walls as well as the list of subscribers to build the Chapel. This will be a great school day with Year 2 joining the juniors and parents and friends for the opening service and later that day, Year 1 and Year R having their own special service when they can see exactly what the new building is all about.

The whole school met together yesterday in one of our rare meetings. This was at Holy Trinity Church for our Easter service. It was a great celebration of the Christian hope of sins forgiven and new life in Christ. Each year group from Year 2 – Year 6 contributed in a moving way from what they had been learning about Easter in their RE lessons. Particularly moving to me was Year 2’s interpretation of the burdens of worry, pain, fear and sadness. When they laid these burdens down at the foot of the Cross and turned round, these words changed to say Love. It is the sacrifice and love of Jesus that brings hope to us all at Easter.

Some parents have asked us for resource material to help explain bereavement and loss to their children. We have found that the information on a website called Winston’s Wish to be particularly helpful, a short book called Waterbugs and Dragonflies gives an excellent picture of death, separation and new life (this was read at Helen’s ceremony). I would also encourage you all to talk about the Christian hope that we have and it may be a great time to hear about this by visiting your local church for a family service on Easter Day. Can I wish you a very happy Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, 22nd April.

I am also enclosing in this Newsletter an update on our progress since the Ofsted report last May - download here.

With best wishes, Richard


Year 1

Children in Year 1 should come to school on Tuesday 22 April (the first day back) dressed as a gardener eg wearing jeans, trainers/wellies and an old top and bring in a raincoat. They will be spending the day outside exploring, gardening and using maps.

Year 2
Chestnut and Walnut classes will be going to the Wild Place on Tuesday afternoon (22 April) and will need to bring wellies or trainers. Also a reminder that PE and swimming will revert back to a Wednesday after Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt
The children had a wonderful time searching for Easter Eggs this morning. Thanks to FOPS for organising this as well as the kind Easter Bunny helpers.

Note from Clare Brunet:
I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at Pewley Down getting to know the children and staff. Parents have also been quick to introduce themselves and make me feel very welcome. We are looking forward to hearing news from Nicola soon!

Music Lessons
Leaflets about Surrey Arts music lessons went home earlier in the week. Charlotte, who comes in to teach violin, does have some spaces for the summer term.

Lost:
Archie Collins, Chestnut, has lost his school shoes (named, black Start Rite) after football on Thursday.
Ashley Minoo, Chestnut, has lost his named Nightingale sweatshirt.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 21 April
Mon: School Closed – Easter Monday
Tues: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff with Pasta or Vegetable Risotto, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Golden Flake Tart
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Glamorgan Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Broccoli; Strawberry Fruit Jelly
Thurs: BBQ Beef Burger or Veggie Burger, Bread Roll, Cucumber, Grated Carrot; Apple & Raspberry Crunch & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips, Peas, Baked Beans; Flapjack

FOPS NEWS

Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April
We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 28 April. Why not have a clear out over Easter and donate any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles to Phil the Bag? Donated clothing should be in a wearable condition as the it is mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices. The school receives money for every kilo donated. If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see http://www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html.

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April
The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Year 1 Coffee Morning - Friday 25 April
At Suzanne Walsh's House (Thomas from Oak's Mum) after drop off at: 63 Lancaster Ave, GU1 3JR.
If anyone is able/willing to host on another day in the summer term, please let Debbie, Emily, Jo or Jill know.


Christ Church on Waterden Road are holding a GOOD FRIDAY All-age Interactive Service at 9.30am on Friday 18th April followed by hot cross buns (if you haven’t already had enough by then!)
This is an opportunity for all the family to come and take part as we take time to remember why Jesus died and what it means to us today. All welcome!

Then on Easter Sunday morning (Sunday 20th April), a free breakfast is being served in the church hall from 9am followed by our Family Celebration Service at 10am. Again, all welcome!
For any further information, please contact the Parish Office on 567072 or office@christchurchguildford.com

Free Family Fun Day - Monday 21 April (Easter Monday)
from 10.30am-4.30pm at St Martha's-on-the-Hill, Chilworth, Guildford.
All welcome to join in free crafts, open church and free refreshments served all day, plus lots of activities for kids during the afternoon from 2-4pm, including treasure hunt and face painting. The church is in a unique location on the ancient Pilgrims Way, only accessible by foot.
Parking at Halfpenny Lane, Guildford Lane, Newlands Corner and Chilworth car parks. Enquiries: Christ Church Guildford Parish Office 01483 567072 or at www.christchurchguildford.com

Premier Tennis is offering £30 off its holiday camps for 5-15 year olds over Easter (Mon 14th-Thurs 17th April), May half term and the summer holidays at The Charterhouse Club near Godalming. Led by qualified and engaging coaches, the camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and offer drills, team games, individual challenges and lots of fun! Early drop-off and late pick-up is available, as well as indoor back-up in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up!

Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting paintings along with the Surrey Sculpture Society & loads of other artists at Appart Easter Art Exhibition at Priors Field School Saturday 5th - Friday 18th April daily 10am-4pm. Free entry. www.facebook.com/AppArtSurrey