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Infant 25/01/13

25 January 2013

Dear Parents,

The snow delayed the handover of the Chapel by a few days and this will now take place on Monday afternoon. Everyone is so excited and can’t wait to use it. From Tuesday do have a look in. We are still waiting for the bridge link to the year 6 corridor and the glass building around the lower entrance and the music room.

We hope very soon to put the school development plan (SDP) on the website. This is a key document written each year in June. It sets our main priorities for the year. This year’s SDP highlights two curriculum areas for special attention; these are boys writing and maths. We are working very hard in both of these areas to maintain and then improve our progress. We are also thinking hard about how precisely we work with children with special needs and learning difficulties. Over the next few weeks I will write more about these subject areas and school departments.

With best wishes,
Richard
 


Dear Parents/Carers
Had you ever wondered who the school’s governors are and what we do? If so, read on. We are a group of 22 people - all of whom are staff, current parents or past parents – with a real commitment to working together to help Holy Trinity Pewley Down give our children the best possible start in their primary education. Have a look on the website to find out more about us and the range of experience and interests we bring to our role.

Governors’ responsibilities fall into 3 main areas:

  • To provide strategic direction to the work of the school
  • To support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
  • To hold the school to account for standards achieved and the quality of education

We carry out our role through the main governing body and a range of sub committees covering key areas – Learning, Staffing, Finance, Every Child Matters and Admissions. Governors visit the school regularly and many contribute their specialist professional skills to the life of the school as well. We’re planning some brief reports in subsequent newsletters on what we’ve been doing this term. You’ll see that we are fortunate enough to have a schools’ architect, a surveyor and a health and safety specialist amongst our governors – to name but a few!

Elections for parent governor vacancies do come up from time to time – we let you know when they do. If you have any queries about the work of the governing body, please drop me an email at ukpeppers@msn.com.
Yours sincerely
Deborah Pepper, Vice Chair
 



Cooking and Culture Club
A reminder for those children doing Cooking and Culture Club to bring in their £3 to the office.

Key rings
The number of key rings on children’s book bags seems to be increasing rapidly. Although the children love to have them, they can make it difficult to close the drawers and can also be quite a distraction. If this applies to you, please could you have a word with your child and agree to limit the number of key rings on their book bag to allow their drawer to close easily. Many thanks.

 

FOPS NEWS
 

The next FOPS meeting will be on Monday 28 January at 8.00 pm in the staff room. All very welcome!


Lost:
Thomas Edwards, Walnut, has lost his black school shoes size 12 1/2 G with 2 velcro straps. They are named on the tongue and on a sticker on the base. Thomas came home wearing a similar pair of shoes in size 12H. Please could parents in Year 2 check that their child is wearing their own shoes.

Tabitha Hill-Price, Walnut, has lost one black ‘Parallel’ ski glove. She has 2 left hand gloves, so someone must have the right hands.

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For sale
Owing to house move on 8 February I have a nearly new pool table, a hamster cage, outdoor all weather rabbit run and a pine wardrobe available for sale. Any offers appreciated. If you are interested please contact Lisa Berg: lisa.berg1@ntlworld.com
 

Junior 25/01/13

25 January 2013

Dear Parents,

The snow delayed the handover of the Chapel by a few days and this will now take place on Monday afternoon. Everyone is so excited and can’t wait to use it. From Tuesday do have a look in. We are still waiting for the bridge link to the year 6 corridor and the glass building around the lower entrance and the music room.

We hope very soon to put the school development plan (SDP) on the website. This is a key document written each year in June. It sets our main priorities for the year. This year’s SDP highlights two curriculum areas for special attention; these are boys writing and maths. We are working very hard in both of these areas to maintain and then improve our progress. We are also thinking hard about how precisely we work with children with special needs and learning difficulties. Over the next few weeks I will write more about these subject areas and school departments.

With best wishes,
Richard

 



Dates for the Diary:
Friday 15th February - Fluffy Friday (Mufti)
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February - Half Term

A BIG thank you to Hannah Belsey and her parents, Ella Cox and her mum, and Peter Cowne for all their help clearing the snow from the playground on Wednesday. The children are delighted to have the playground back in operation.

Netball Club on Monday
There will be no netball club on Monday as there is a swimming gala.
 



Dear Parents/Carers
Had you ever wondered who the school’s governors are and what we do? If so, read on. We are a group of 22 people - all of whom are staff, current parents or past parents – with a real commitment to working together to help Holy Trinity Pewley Down give our children the best possible start in their primary education. Have a look on the website to find out more about us and the range of experience and interests we bring to our role.

Governors’ responsibilities fall into 3 main areas:

  • To provide strategic direction to the work of the school
  • To support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
  • To hold the school to account for standards achieved and the quality of education

We carry out our role through the main governing body and a range of sub committees covering key areas – Learning, Staffing, Finance, Every Child Matters and Admissions. Governors visit the school regularly and many contribute their specialist professional skills to the life of the school as well. We’re planning some brief reports in subsequent newsletters on what we’ve been doing this term. You’ll see that we are fortunate enough to have a schools’ architect, a surveyor and a health and safety specialist amongst our governors – to name but a few!

Elections for parent governor vacancies do come up from time to time – we let you know when they do. If you have any queries about the work of the governing body, please drop me an email at ukpeppers@msn.com.
Yours sincerely
Deborah Pepper, Vice Chair
 



 

HTSC News
 

Phil the Bag extended until 31st January

Due to the snow disruption earlier this week the deadline for Phil the Bag has been extended until Thursday 31st Jan.

This is a fantastic event that allows you to clear out your wardrobes and shoe cupboards whilst helping the school raise funds. Curtains, sheets, towels, leather handbags etc are also accepted. Please note that if you have not received a bag - or have lots to donate, you can use normal bin bags. Bags should be left at the bottom of the ramps before the end of Thursday 31st Jan. Thank you for your support.

Year 4&5 Cake Sale – Friday 1st February
It is the Years 4 & 5 Cake Sale next Friday so please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. At recent cake sales we have been short on cakes so please do try and send cakes in on Friday so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. Each cake costs 25p so we suggest you send your child in with 50p - £1.00.

If you want your container returned please mark clearly - they will be left at the bottom of the ramp for collection.

We are also looking for helpers on the day, from 1:15 we need a few people to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to Lesley Wood Lesley@revalia.co.uk


Missing - Navy blue sweatshirt with Keller colour logo. Clearly named Archie Jones. Missing since 10 January, please can you check in case you have it in error.

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Infant 18/1/13

18 January 2013

Dear Parents,

I’m writing this newsletter on Monday as we were rather overtaken by snowy events on Friday.

It was so good that everyone was picked up by 2.30 p.m. by the latest and most by 1 p.m. I’m pleased that the website, email and texting proved a good way to cover everyone. It also shows how important it is to keep us up to date with mobile numbers and email addresses. 

We continue in our quest to be excellent in communication, and to this end we have opened a Twitter account this weekend. Our Twitter address is @HTPDSchool. We hope that this will develop into a really useful and fun way to keep in touch. It will probably take a couple of weeks to bed-in, but keep looking. We hope many parents will follow us!

The really exciting news is that the Chapel is very nearly finished and due to be handed over on Wednesday afternoon, (this may be put back till Friday due to snow delays). Although it is called the Chapel, it will also be a theatre, a dance studio, a year group meeting room, a dodge ball court, a cinema, a concert hall, a gymnasium and many other things! We also hope that it will be used by churches and by the community. The space will be useable immediately, but we still have several important extras to be funded. The first of these is a sprung wooden floor. The HTSC have kindly offered to collect funds for this. We are looking for some people to join a group to put on an opening event. This could be a ball or something similar. We hope this will be in May. Please let know if you can help.

With best wishes,
Richard


Mathletics

Hopefully over the holidays you have had a chance to look at the Mathletics website; it really does help children develop their maths skills. Yesterday we also had an exciting Mathletics assembly, so ask your child what they discovered about it. If you haven’t already done so, please send in your £5 (in a marked envelope to the office) to cover the cost of Mathletics. All the children are subscribed for the year but should you not wish to be involved please let Tracey know (traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk). Also, please let your child’s teacher know how it’s going and if you have any questions.

New dates for your diary:
Thursday 7 February, 5.15-6.00pm – Bedtime Story
Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 March, mornings – Curriculum Trail (11th – Year 2, 12th – Year 1, 13th – Year R)
Information about these events will follow nearer the time.

Parents’ Evening change of date
The Parents’ Evenings will now take place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March (and not on 5 March as previously advised).

Sickness
We have already had few cases of sickness in school this term. If your child is suffering from a tummy bug please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last incidence of vomiting or diarrhoea to ensure that they are well enough to return and to help stop the spread of infection.

FOPS NEWS

The next FOPS meeting will be on Monday 28 January at 8.00 pm in the staff room.  All very welcome!

Lost

Thomas Edwards, Walnut, has lost his black school shoes size 12 1/2 G with 2 velcro straps.  They are named on the tongue and on a sticker on the base.  Thomas came home wearing a similar pair of shoes in size 12H.  Please could parents in Year 2 check that their child is wearing their own shoes.


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An evening with Jonny H-B and the Santiago Quartet  Monday 28 January 2013, 7-11pm. 
Contemporary Latin music.  ‘Making music, helping others’.  10% of profits to HTPD. Bar des Arts, opposite Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3YA www.bardesarts.co.uk, info@bardesarts.co.uk, tel: 01483 453227. 


Charity Opera Gala concert in aid of Children's Cancer Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital.  On Saturday 9th February, English National Opera soprano Bethany Halliday,  (Rowan, Petra 4J and Aidan Todd's mum) will be performing a concert of ‘love-inspired’ songs at St. Mary’s Church in Guildford with mezzo soprano Bridget Hardy and pianist Ralph Woodward. Tickets cost just £20 for the evening which also includes wine and canapés. Concessions £10.  Children welcome.  ALL profits will be going to the Hascombe Oncology Ward (for children and teenagers with cancer) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. To purchase tickets contact Beth at  bethany@bethanyhalliday.com or 07932 627862.

 

Junior 18/1/13

18 January 2013

Dear Parents,

I’m writing this newsletter on Monday as we were rather overtaken by snowy events on Friday.

It was so good that everyone was picked up by 2.30 p.m. by the latest and most by 1 p.m. I’m pleased that the website, email and texting proved a good way to cover everyone. It also shows how important it is to keep us up to date with mobile numbers and email addresses.

We continue in our quest to be excellent in communication, and to this end we have opened a Twitter account this weekend. Our Twitter address is @HTPDSchool. We hope that this will develop into a really useful and fun way to keep in touch. It will probably take a couple of weeks to bed-in, but keep looking. We hope many parents will follow us!

The really exciting news is that the Chapel is very nearly finished and due to be handed over on Wednesday afternoon, (this may be put back till Friday due to snow delays). Although it is called the Chapel, it will also be a theatre, a dance studio, a year group meeting room, a dodge ball court, a cinema, a concert hall, a gymnasium and many other things! We also hope that it will be used by churches and by the community. The space will be useable immediately, but we still have several important extras to be funded. The first of these is a sprung wooden floor. The HTSC have kindly offered to collect funds for this. We are looking for some people to join a group to put on an opening event. This could be a ball or something similar. We hope this will be in May. Please let know if you can help.

With best wishes,
Richard


Health and Safety

Following their recent Health and Safety meeting, Governors from our Every Child Matters Committee have asked for parents/carers to be reminded that all tops of drinking bottles should be sterilised/washed thoroughly regularly to avoid the possibility of contamination.

House Events
We have two exciting House events coming up. Monday, 21st January is the House Chess finals, with one boy and one girl from each house, from each year, competing against each other.

Music Medley
Next Thursday, 24th January, is the Music Medley performances within houses. Anyone who would like to perform a piece of music or a song to their house, will have the opportunity to do so in the House Assembly. Following that, 3 - 4 performers from each house will perform in front of the whole school during the Music Medley celebrations on the 5th and 6th February.

Second Hand Uniform
We have a selection of second hand uniform available at the office, please drop by and have a look if you would like some.

HTSC News

Phil the Bag Friday, 25th January. Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again; bags will be sent home but remember you can use ordinary bin bags too.

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Charity Opera Gala concert in aid of Children's Cancer Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital. On Saturday 9th February, English National Opera soprano Bethany Halliday, (Rowan, Petra 4J and Aidan Todd's mum) will be performing a concert of ‘love-inspired’ songs at St. Mary’s Church in Guildford with mezzo soprano Bridget Hardy and pianist Ralph Woodward. Tickets cost just £20 for the evening which also includes wine and canapés. Concessions £10. Children welcome. ALL profits will be going to the Hascombe Oncology Ward (for children and teenagers with cancer) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. To purchase tickets contact Beth at bethany@bethanyhalliday.com or 07932 627862.

GLive is starting a monthly Comedy Club 4 Kids, with three stand up comedians per show, aimed at six to eleven year olds and their grown ups. They have signed up some of the best comedians from  across the UK. Tickets are £10 per person. Dates confirmed so far are Saturday, 16th February and Saturday, 16th March at 3pm. For more information or to book tickets, call GLive on 0844 7701 797 or visit www.glive.co.uk.

Junior 11/1/13

11 January 2013

Dear Parents,

I do hope you all had a happy Christmas and enjoyed the holidays. It was all a bit of a rush beforehand but we enjoyed the long break afterwards. It has been a really good start of term with the children, who seemed so exhausted a few weeks ago, now well rested and getting straight down to work.

This is a shorter term but a hugely important one for children’s learning. It is an uninterrupted time for concentrated effort and we know the children are capable of that. Actually, that’s why it is such a shame if families have to take time out of school during this term. In a very real way the children miss out a key part of the learning year. It seems to have a greater effect than just missing a few days of school.

This term our assembly series is based on 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 in the Bible; St Paul’s great poem about love. So our school motto will be changed for the term from ‘Learn to Live’ to ‘Learn to Love’! Each week we will hear a story from Winnie the Pooh at the Infants and our own soap opera ‘Doris and Douglas’ at the Juniors. These will illustrate all the facets of the beautiful diamond which is love. A class will learn and recite a love poem from poets as varied as Shakespeare and Roger Mcgough. All of this will show our value that ‘Everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God’.

With best wishes for a loving weekend!
Richard

Thought for the Week: Love is Eternal

Thank you
Just to thank everyone once again for the lovely Christmas cards and presents received at the end of term. Your kind wishes and generosity were really appreciated by the whole staff team.

Events Next Week
Swimming sessions for 3MG and 4N begin on Wednesday, 16th January

Clubs
Clubs start next week for the Spring term, please download a list here.

Rounders
Unfortunately, it is not possible to start Rounders club this half term as the lower playground is too crowded. We will start after half term (Tuesday 26th Feb) as we will have access to the lower playground as the new Chapel will be almost finished.

Gardening Club
Weather permitting, we will start both lunch time and after school gardening clubs the first week after half term (w/c Mon 25th Feb).

Start of School Day
Please remember that the school day starts at 0840, children may come in to the class from 0830. We would appreciate it if all children could be sat in their class for 0840 when teaching begins. This is a valuable time for teaching. If your child arrives before 0830 they should go to breakfast club.

Illnesses
We have a child at school with a very low immune system. Please do not send your child into school if they have chicken pox/shingles, measles, tonsillitis, sore throats, tummy bugs; vomiting; diarrhoea etc. or fever and other illnesses including bad chest / respiratory infections. Please make sure that they are clear of all symptoms for 24 hours before they return to school. Thank you.

Closing date for primary applications:  Tuesday 15 January 2013
If you have a child due to start school in September 2013 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Tuesday 15 January.  Even though Pewley Down is federated with Holy Trinity it is still necessary to complete an application form for entry to Year 3.  If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application form: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/learning/schools/school-admissions .

In addition, applicants to Reception should complete the Pewley Down supplementary form and applicants for Year 3 should complete the Holy Trinity supplementary form and return these to the relevant school office.

Headlice
Unfortunately we have heard from families across the school that headlice have been found in their child’s hair. Please check your child every day and treat as appropriate. See NHS website for treatment information.

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Dates for the Diary

  • HTSC Meeting, Wednesday 16th January 8pm Staff Room
  • Year 3&6 Cake Sale - Friday 18th January
  • Year 4&5 Cake Sale - Friday 1st February
  • Phil the Bag 25th January Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again; bags will be sent home but remember you can use ordinary bin bags too.

 

A free trial class is available at the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Guildford. If you would like further information please call 02392 258 256.
   
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Infant 11/1/13

11 January 2013

Dear Parents

I do hope you all had a happy Christmas and enjoyed the holidays. It was all a bit of a rush beforehand but we enjoyed the long break afterwards. It has been a really good start of term with the children, who seemed so exhausted a few weeks ago, now well rested and getting straight down to work.

This is a shorter term but a hugely important one for children’s learning. It is an uninterrupted time for concentrated effort and we know the children are capable of that. Actually, that’s why it is such a shame if families have to take time out of school during this term. In a very real way the children miss out a key part of the learning year. It seems to have a greater effect than just missing a few days of school.

This term our assembly series is based on 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 in the Bible; St Paul’s great poem about love. So our school motto will be changed for the term from ‘Learn to Live’ to ‘Learn to Love’! Each week we will hear a story from Winnie the Pooh at the Infants and our own soap opera ‘Doris and Douglas’ at the Juniors. These will illustrate all the facets of the beautiful diamond which is love. A class will learn and recite a love poem from poets as varied as Shakespeare and Roger Mcgough. All of this will show our value that ‘Everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God’.

With best wishes for a loving weekend!

Richard


Thank you
Just to thank everyone once again for the lovely Christmas cards, presents and hampers received at the end of term.  Your kind wishes and generosity were really appreciated by the whole staff team.

Closing date for primary applications:  Tuesday 15 January 2013
If you have a child due to start school in September 2013 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Tuesday 15 January.  Even though Pewley Down is federated with Holy Trinity it is still necessary to complete an application form for entry to Year 3.  If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application form: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/learning/schools/school-admissions .  In addition, applicants to Reception should complete the Pewley Down supplementary form and applicants for Year 3 should complete the Holy Trinity supplementary form and return these to the relevant school office.

Snow
If we do get some snow over the next few weeks please remember to look at the school website and listen to Eagle Radio for information on school closure.

Also, in order to keep the school as dry as possible on snowy days, we would ask that children wear boots to school and bring shoes to change into.  We will put some chairs outside the lower entrance to make changing easier. Please could parents also remove their boots or shoes before entering the building. 

Can you help?
We are looking for nuts and bolts of any size, children’s tin money boxes and spinning tops (the small ones that come out of a cracker).  Please bring them along to the office.  

FOPS NEWS

The next FOPS meeting will be on Monday 28 January at 8.00 pm in the staff room.  All very welcome!

Lost
Jessica Bell (Oak Class) has lost her purple, leopard print willies which are named.

For sale: Gymnastics Factory leotard – size 26”, suitable for 4-6 years approx. £15. Call Michala 07855 496044.


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