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HTPD 9/12/16

09 December 2016

Dear Parents,

We are now drawing near to the end of our assembly series on heroes. One of the key messages has been to encourage us all to think of others and make a difference in the world, “To imagine the journey in another’s footsteps”. Looking forward to Christmas, we will consider how God the Father gave the world His Son, Jesus, and how Jesus himself lived a life of self-sacrifice. Thinking about this is having a profound impact on the children and having a practical outworking too; I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that we have raised enough money to twin another six toilets. This is thanks in part to the successful sale of Tim Burgess’ hero poems that we’ve enjoyed him reciting each week during assembly at the juniors. Do keep sending in your donations so that the final total is something the children can feel very proud of.

With next week being “play week” at both sites, we are very aware that the children will become tired. To provide an opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep, we have arranged an optional late start next Friday morning (16th). If it is convenient for you, the children can arrive in school any time up to 10.30am. At the juniors we will have an extended Christmas assembly in the hall, and at the infants the children can go straight to their class rooms.

Every year at our Christmas shows, once we have covered costs, we also raise money to give away to a good cause. This year, in memory of Gill Barraclough, our much loved school cook, we will be performing to support the local children’s hospice, Shooting Star Chase. This was Gill’s chosen charity and one that provides amazing care for local children. If you want to look up more details about what they do, check out their website www.shootingstarchase.org.uk – many local families, including some of our own, benefit from their wonderful work. We don’t charge for tickets to watch the show, but we are always delighted by your generosity at the performances. Thank you in advance – the rehearsals have been going well and both shows are going to be a fantastic memory maker. I look forward to seeing many of you in the audience!

With best wishes
Clare



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

Christmas Play
“Hey Ewe!”: You should now have received your tickets for the Christmas Play next week. There are a few left for Wednesday 14 December if you would like another one for a grandparent.

Christmas Post
The Christmas post boxes are in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends. Please make sure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

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 on Monday. 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.

Lost Property
There is a large amount of lost property at the lower entrance. Please have a look before the end of term if you are missing any items, as it will be cleared away over the holidays.

Menu for week beginning Monday 12 December


FOPS News

Christmas Fair THIS Sunday 1-3pm
Join us this Sunday between 1-3pm for our Christmas Fair. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained from Festive Craft, favourites games such as Feed Santa, Bash the Reindeer, Lucky Dip and mulled wine, mince pies, hot food to help satisfy the biggest of appetites. Santa will be in his grotto, welcoming visitors and there’s plenty of opportunity for some Christmas shopping whether with Secret Santa, on our Silent Auction or at many of the wonderful visiting stalls.

To make the fair a success please help us with the following:
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 and clear 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! When it comes to clearing up it’s really a case of the more the merrier – please stay and help, we all want to get home!! 



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.

Hey Ewe – Play week:
This year FOPS will be selling tea, coffee and mince pies in the front playground after drop off, on each morning of the Christmas play Hey Ewe, including Monday’s dress rehearsal. If you have a spare 30 mins and can help please contact Nicci Holliday on nicciholliday2012@gmail.com.

Hey Ewe – Competition: Many thanks to everyone who entered our Decorate the Sheep competition. We had an amazing response and the thirteen lucky winners each received a prize in dress rehearsal this week. All the entries will be on display in the school hall ready for the Christmas Fair and play.

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:
Wednesday 18th January 2017 Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room.


JUNIOR

Friday 16th December Christmas lunch at the juniors
Please check that you have returned the menu slip if your child would like to take part. Those children bringing a packed lunch might like to bring something festive to supplement their usual sandwiches! Children are welcome to wear Christmas hats, jumpers, or other seasonal apparel for this occasion!

Monday 19th December
5- 6.30pm Christmas Disco for Y5 and Y6

Tuesday 20th December 12.30
Mulled wine and mince pies to thank all our fantastic parent helpers for a wonderful term’s support

Tuesday 20th December 1.15
Any offers of help to walk with the children to Holy Trinity Church for our annual carol service would be much appreciated. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available.

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 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 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.

Sport

We still have a lot of competition kit missing, including the entire netball kit!  Can all football and netball kit, as well as the blue HT competition T-shirts, be returned before the end of term please? Thank you.
Laura Sutton, HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Lost:
Please check your sports bags as Ethan Simoes’s PE kit and bag are still missing. Thank you.
Found:
We have a Topps Match Attax Trading Card football sticker book and a tin containing lots of spare cards in the office. Please come to collect the items if they are yours. Thank you.

Menu - Week 1


HTSC News

HT Christmas Fair - THANK YOU!

Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic Christmas Fair last Friday. Our initial figures show that we raised approximately £4,200 which is a brilliant effort and couldn’t have been achieved without all the help and support from so many parents. Many, many thanks to all of you who helped set up and clear up, ran errands, served on the stalls and, of course, shopped!



Use 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.



Christmas Play - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies plus Tree of Wishes
There will be mulled wine, beer, soft drinks and mince pies for sale before each performance of the Sound of Music next week so don’t forget to bring your purses/wallets if you wish to buy any refreshments.
Also the Christmas Tree of Wishes will be open for anyone who would like to buy a wish for the teachers and their classes. The wishes will be delivered to the children in 2017.
 


Other dates for the diary:

Year 3 Christmas Drinks – Tuesday 20 December at the March Hare from 8pm
Year 4 will be meeting in the Albany Pub for New Year drinks - Thursday 19 January, 8 pm

HTSC Sponsor
A huge 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.


A Hot Latin Christmas Concert in aid of Cherry Trees, Cranmore School, Friday 16 December, 7.30pm: Join the Santiago Quartet for an alternative Christmas concert! The programme features sultry, rhythmic Latin American music by composers including Piazzolla and Classic FM Hall of Fame’s Will Todd along with ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ musician, Julian Rowlands on Bandoneon. A wonderful fundraising event with complimentary drink and canapes on arrival. For details contact 01483 222507 or email events@cherry-trees.co.uk.