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Junior 21/12/12

21 December 2012

Dear Parents,

I am pretty sure that this is the latest finish that we have ever had in the Autumn term.  Staff and children are tired but numbers and morale have stayed very high on both sites. The big advantage of the late finish is that we have been able to spread out the Christmas events and spend more time absorbing the wonder that is Christmas.

Two events have been real highlights this week; Carols ‘round the Tree at the infants and our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church for years Two to Six, Both were moving and meaningful events which in child’s language put across the great truth:

‘The Maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on Earth for me’

In fact, John Betjeman’s Christmas poem was quoted on both occasions.  Year Two children wrote our prayers which concentrated on our duty of love and care for others and Class 6C put together their joint ideas on Jesus’ birth to form the culmination of the Carol Service.

This morning at the juniors as well as the staff spoof on Scrooge and the final part of the Royal History series, we shared Michael Morpurgo’s Christmas Story of the shepherds who was left behind.  At the infants, we had an impromptu nativity with our Reception children acting out the main parts.  The simplicity was beautiful and we hope will continue to make good memories of happy school Christmases.

I do wish you all a very happy Christmas.  Thank you so much for all your cards and presents.  Have a great time and we look forward to meeting you again on Tuesday 8th January.

With best wishes, Richard

Events Early Next Term:
Term begins on Tuesday, 8th January at 8.40 a.m.
Judo Club after school begins on Tuesday, 8th January
Parents’ Information Meeting (sex ed.) on Thursday, 10th January at 2.30 p.m.
Sex Ed. Week for Year 6 beginning on Monday, 14th January
House Chess Challenge for Years 3 - 6 on Monday, 14th January
Deadline for applications for primary schools (to SCC) on Tuesday, 15th January (HTPD forms to Holy Trinity for Year 3 and Pewley Down for Reception class)
Swimming sessions for 3MG and 4N begin on Wednesday, 16th January

Christmas Art Competition - Winners
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Art competition:
1ST prize    ISABELLA DE FERRARS & JESS BILOVODSKA 6C (joint entry)  
2ND prize   CAMERON ALLAN 4M  
3RD prize   ALEXANDRA LUTHER 4N
4TH prize   AOIFE RUSSELL-MOORE 6M 
‘There were an excellent number of entries, and we were impressed by the effort and thought that had gone into the children’s work.  We had some interesting celebrities with very colourful and creatively designed houses!  All of the entries are now displayed in our shop window opposite the G-Live.  Please come and take a look over the Christmas period.  Well done to all the winners.’  Curchods Prizes are Waterstones’ Gift Vouchers to the tune of £75, £50, £25 and £25 respectively, and can be collected from Curchods, 4 London Road, Guildford (01483 458800) from Thursday, 20th December.

Lost Property
When you are emptying bags or organising your children for coming back to school, can you please check that they do not have another child’s uniform items by mistake.  This is an excellent time to help all those items of lost property find their way back to their owners.

Spring Term
Please remember that we have a staff inset day on the 7th January, so first day back for children will be Tuesday 8th |January 2013 at 8.40am.  All term dates for the rest of the year can be found on the website.

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