Infant 14/12/12

14 December 2012

Dear Parents,

The Infant Nativity was a huge success. The weather was very cold, crisp and dry. Turquoise travellers, green shepherds and shiny angels shone out from the hillside behind the school. ‘Away in a Manger’ was sung at the crib and parents and grandparents smiled with real joy at the wonder and beauty of the scene. But why is this experience being shared right across the country and in most schools and churches? It is even at the heart of the film ‘Nativity’ - which our children watched as part of their Christmas treat. Well it is a tradition of course and we all remember back to our faltering or confident performances when we were the third king or a humble shepherd or even a dancing sheep! I hope and believe that it is also because it celebrates and reminds us of the greatest event in history when God became a person and lived amongst us so that we could restore a right relationship with God.
 
So we look forward to more Nativities and Christmas celebrations, which are always one of the most important things we do in our annual calendar.
 
This week we also welcomed Comenius guests from Iceland, Turkey, Spain and Italy. All, except Italy, also brought students with them. They joined in our Christmas celebrations and joined our families for accommodation. This continues to be a great way of bringing different cultures together. All our children now realise much more that we are part of a global family. I hope that this co-operation and programme will long continue.

With best wishes, Richard

Thank you
A very big ‘thank you’ to parents for your support with the Christmas play this year whether it was helping with the costumes, music and lighting, ferrying children to and from school or attending several performances if your children were in different groups.  We wanted to do something different this year and hope you all enjoyed it.  We raised £386 at the collections taken after each performance in aid of Chase, the local children’s hospice.

Thanks are also due to Iris and her team in the kitchen for the delicious Christmas lunch yesterday.

Last but not least, many thanks to FOPS for funding the Pied Piper Theatre production of “My Big Little Sister“ which the children will be watching on Thursday afternoon.

Reception
On Tuesday Reception classes will be having a yoga taster session with Beth Peak who is aiming to start a yoga club for all years in January (after school on Thursdays).

Year 2
Walnut and Chestnut classes will be joining the juniors at the Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday morning. 

Reminders
Please have a look round at home and return all library books before the end of term.  Also, please could all PE bags be taken home for the holiday.

Teacher-led clubs
Next term we will be running the following teacher-led clubs:
Tuesday: Cooking & Cultures
Wednesday: Film, Lego, Binca, Cartoon Club
Thursday: Art, Drama.
A letter will come out at the start of next term with more details.

School closes at 1.30pm on Friday 21 December and re-opens on Tuesday 8 January.

FOPS News

Thank you for supporting the FOPS fundraising projects and events this term.  We are pleased to announce that the Christmas fair raised £2,300 which is a fantastic effort.  This means that this term we have raised more than £3,500 for the school from events (the disco and Christmas Fair) and other projects such as the IQ Christmas cards, the Northbrook Wrapping Paper and the Pewley Calendar.  Next term we will give you details of how some of this money will be spent. 
 
Lost  
Ashley Minoo, Oak Class, has lost his named navy PE shorts. 
Eliana Taylor, Hazel Class, has lost her navy M&S cardigan (named).
Max Lewis, Willow, has lost a colourful, stripy knitted scarf.

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As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios “Art For Christmas” Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie -Oak & Georgia -5R) will be opening her studio on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December from 11am – 4pm displaying abstract & semi-abstract paintings at 8 Sells Close, Guildford GU1 3JY. See www.becart.co.uk for more details or to contact. Prices from £45 - £300.  (size approx 30cm to 80cm square). Cards and small textile items also available.