HTPD 2/12/16

02 December 2016

Dear parents

The school is “alive with the sound of music”! With rehearsals now well underway for the junior school production and the infants preparing for their show too, the sound of singing is in the air. Both shows are going to be so much fun – for the audiences, but even more so for the children.

On top of that, today we have enjoyed our annual Music Medley. Earlier in the week, each house at the juniors was entertained by a whole range of musical talent with a small selection of children being asked to perform in front of the whole school today. Meanwhile at the infants, the children will today meet in their house groups to enjoy a concert together with time to explore percussion and sing. Performing in front of others is such a positive learning experience – it builds self-esteem, helps to overcome nervousness and instils a sense of pride in bringing so much pleasure to others. It also makes all the hard work of learning an instrument or practising a song worthwhile!

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the junior school Christmas fair tonight – as I write there is a happy buzz in school with parents busily getting things ready. We really are lucky to have so much support and I’d like to say a huge thank you for the HTSC committee who generously give of their time and talents. Every pound raised impacts on the children’s experience here at school and makes such a difference, but the sense of community created by events like this is also very powerful.

Finally, do please send in your “Toilet Twinning” (contributions
www.toilettwinning.org), marking the envelope with your child’s year group. The children are showing such empathy and concern for our Advent charity and are excited to see which year will twin the most toilets.

With best wishes, Clare


Clubs+
As you know, parents are requested to collect their children by 6pm. Late collection causes unnecessary anxiety in your children as they worry about what’s happened and our staff experience difficulties in staying late unexpectedly. Due to a rising number of late collections recently, we have reluctantly come to the decision to charge late collections from Clubs+ at £15 per quarter hour. This will be effective immediately. In the event an unexpected delay, please do contact the school immediately so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Extended Schools – Breakfast Club, Clubs+ and PUPS
In line with continuously rising costs, it is with regret that we announce that the costs of our extended schools provision will increase from the 1st April 2017 as follows:

Breakfast Club – Infants - £4.50 or £1.50 for a drop-off (from 8.25 am)
Breakfast Club – Juniors - £4.00 with breakfast or £3.00 with no breakfast (from 8.00 am)
PUPS – Infants - £6.50 for the 1st Session (3.00 – 4.30 pm, including a healthy snack) and £5.50 for the 2nd session (4.30 – 6.00 pm) with a £15 late collection penalty per quarter hour

Clubs+ – Juniors
£5.50 for the 1st Session (3.00 – 4.30 pm) and £6.50 for the 2nd session
(4.30 – 6.00 pm, including a healthy snack) with a £15 late collection penalty per quarter hour

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs 
Teacher-led clubs have now finished for this term, apart from Andy’s clubs (Ball Skills and Multi Sports) which will finish next week (Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December).

Christmas Play, “Hey Ewe!”, 12-15 December
If you have not yet ordered your tickets for the Christmas play, please contact the school office on Monday.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 15 December
If any children who usually have a packed lunch would like to have the school Christmas lunch, please let the office know as soon as possible. Menu: Roast Turkey, Pigs in Blankets, Stuffing Balls, Roast Potatoes, Broccoli & Carrots; Iced Triple Chocolate Cake (Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Lasagne).

Carols Round the Tree, Tuesday 20 December, 9.00am 
Please come and join us for Carols round the Tree in the school hall on Tuesday 20 December. Following the carols we would like to thank parents who help out in school by inviting them to join us for mulled wine and mince pies.

Thank you 
We are very grateful to the parents who took the time to come in and tidy the school grounds on Sunday – and to the parents who between them took 65 bags of leaves to the tip!

Run to Athens update week 9 
1519 miles (total). Very well done everyone, we have reached our goal (1500 miles)! We will choose another destination to run to when the weather improves.

Ballet Club
The Ballet Show will take place on Thursday 8 December at 3.30pm. All welcome. The children will be performing the Nutcracker.

Lost
Jonas Spicer, Hazel, has lost a Nightingale sweatshirt (age 5-6 years), missing since PE on Tuesday. Please check at home in case it has gone home in the wrong PE bag by mistake.

Vacancy
Catering Assistant, Holy Trinity School, Guildford: Harrison’s Catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the catering team at Holy Trinity. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, hours to be confirmed, term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to: Jon Bendle at Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT.

Menu for week beginning Monday 5 December
Mon: Chinese Style Chicken or Chickpea & Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles; Oat & Apple Crumble with Custard
Tues: Cumberland or Quorn Sausage with Onion Gravy, Mashed Potato; Jam Tart
Weds: Roast Pork with Apple Sauce or Cauliflower & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Pasta Bolognese or Mexican Wrap; Steamed Pear & Syrup Vanilla Sauce
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana & Date Slice
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

FOPS News

Action Sunday
Thank you - A huge thank you to everyone who helped with Action Sunday last week. Together an amazing 65 bags of leaves were gathered and disposed of – with fantastic efficiency – and have really made a difference to pupils and staff negotiating slippery paths and steps. We really do appreciate all your help!

Christmas Fair – Donations Day – Monday 5th December
One of our biggest fundraising events of the year is here and we need your help to make it a success!
Monday morning we will be collecting:
Bottles – for the Bottle Tombola,
Anything chocolatey – for the Chocolate Tombola (nut free please)
Soft Toys – for the Toy Tombola
Unwanted Books, Toys and DVDs.
As many Booty Bags as possible – simply fill a small plastic sandwich bag with wrapped sweets, party bag toys, stickers etc and tie with a ribbon. Further details on ‘What is a Booty Bag?’ can be found on the back of the letter sent home last week with the raffle tickets or on the FOPS page of the website.
Please bring donations into school on Monday 5th December and place in the boxes in the front playground.

Hey Ewe – last call for all sheep pictures!
Please encourage your children to decorate the ‘ewe’ in their book bags and bring them to school on Monday morning. We are rounding them all up ready for judging on Tuesday morning – and there will be a prize for 13 lucky winners. We also need as many as possible to decorate the hall for the Christmas festivities! Thank you to all those who have entered so far.

Raffle tickets
Please return any raffle tickets – sold or unsold – to the school office as soon as you can. Extra tickets can still be bought from the School Office or will be on sale at the Christmas fair. The draw will be made at 2.45pm on Sunday 11th December in the school hall.

Christmas Fair Set Up
There’s a lot to do so please help! We will be setting up the Christmas Fair on Friday 9th December (7pm until 9.30pm) and Saturday 10th December (2pm until 4.30pm). Please come along and lend a hand – even half an hour is a big help!

There’s also plenty to do during the coming week, such as folding Raffle tickets, labelling Tombola’s, Booty Bags etc. Please head to the staff room from 9am-10am Monday, Wed and Fri mornings to lend a hand!

Christmas Fair Rota
A huge thanks to everyone who has signed up so far to help at the Christmas Fair, however there are still some slots left to cover. This year it is possible to sign up online and you have received an email with the relevant link, but if you are unsure how please contact your class reps.



Match Funding – Can you help? 
Are you a parent who works for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (Mum to Issy in Reception and William in Yr 1).

Other dates for your Diary:
Saturday 3rd December - Year 1 Christmas Party at Marisa’s from 8pm. Bring a bottle and food to share. 

Wednesday 7th Dec - Year R Christmas Drinks at Rogues from 8pm.


JUNIOR

House Football and Netball
Please can all children remember their PE kit next week as it is House Football and Netball during PE. Children will not be able to participate without their PE kit and appropriate footwear.

After School Clubs
Badminton and Year 6 netball have now finished for the year.
All other clubs will be running for the week starting 5th December, but please look out for Parentmails about clubs being cancelled due to cold weather.

There are NO STAFF-RUN CLUBS from the week commencing 12th December, except for Clubs Plus.

Sport
Girls’ Football Round Robin Tournament:
Date: Monday 5th December 
Time: Leave school at 3.10 p.m. 
Venue:  Send Church of England First School, Send Barns Lane, Send, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7BS (formerly known as St Bede's) 
Finish: Approximately 4.30 p.m. Collection from Send C of E First School
Parents to help with transport. Please be at school by 3pm.
There is limited on-site parking so please consider car sharing there and back

We have lost a lot of competition kit, the entire netball kit has gone missing!  Please can all football and netball kit and well as the blue HT competition T-shirts be returned before the end of term. Thank you.

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


Please bring in your coloured-in Christmas Jumper posters soon. The closing date for the Burns and Webber Competition is Friday, 9th December.

Lost
Jarod Simoes 6J - lost his belt and trousers from his Judo kit
Ethan Simoes 3A - lost his jacket from his Judo kit, as well as his PE bag and his PE clothes

Menu - Week 3

HTSC News

HT Christmas Fair - Tonight! - 6-8pm
Looking forward to seeing you at the HT Christmas Fair tonight. Doors open at 6pm. There will be all the usual festive stalls and tombolas, Santa in his grotto, mince pies and mulled wine plus lots and lots of the ever popular jolly jars.

Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

A huge thanks to Cherrie Gluyas and team for their hard work decorating the school and also to Davina Mcaleely for her great effort creating Santa's grotto. It all looks wonderfully festive!

Christmas Decoration Competition
Many thanks for all the fantastic entries for the Christmas Musical Notes competition which are now displayed in the Chapel. The standard has been really high and the winners will be announced next week.

Match Funding – Boosting our Fundraising - Can you help?
Do you work for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (mum to Jack in 4JW) helen@thomasday.co.uk.

Easyfundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year www.easyfundraising.org.uk - Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

HTSC sponsor
A big thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Other dates for the diary:
Wednesday 7 December – Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Rogues from 8pm
Tuesday 20 December - Year 3 Christmas Drinks - The March Hare from 8pm


Holy Trinity St Mary's Special Christmas Services
Download flyer here.

Christmas Services at St. Saviour’s
An open invitation to the Holy Trinity Pewley Down parents, children and staff to attend any or all of the services this Christmas:
Saturday, 10th December: 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Choir led Carols
Sunday, 11th December: 4.00 p.m. (for all the family) and 7.00 p.m. Contemporary Carols
Sunday, 18th December: 10.30 a.m. Big Family Christmas Special (followed by a festive picnic, BYO)
Christmas Eve: 4.00 p.m. Christingle (for all the family) and 11.00 p.m. Midnight Communion
Christmas Day: 8.00 a.m. Christmas Communion and 10.30 a.m. Christmas Celebration.
Further details are in Reception