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Junior 31/1/14

31 January 2014

Dear parents

Yesterday, Isla my three year old granddaughter went to her first ballet. She was quite nervous about it and suggested that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go anymore. However, it was a great success and she came out absolutely beaming and couldn’t stop dancing, curtseying and taking up positions for the rest of the day.

I wonder what opportunities we give our children and how much we should do and what we should choose for them. There are so many possibilities and things on offer from beavers to ballet and from vaulting to the violin. There are so many businesses and organisations which are offering great experiences and skills, often at quite hefty fees.

At school we try to give children a no or low cost opportunity to try a variety of sporting, musical, language and drama clubs. Perhaps this is a good way of thinking whether a child will want to take it further. Children who have taken up clubs at Holy Trinity Pewley Down have now reached county or national level in hobbies as diverse as chess and kayaking.

So introducing your child to a club or hobby is a great gift. The best advice we received as rooky parents was to also leave children to have free, unstructured time to just be and hangout. The greatest gift we can give our children is of course our unconditional love, and this is followed closely by a hard gift to give – the gift of our time. Just spending precious moments with our children, either as a group or individually makes all the difference. The concept of making memories is a great idea.

I do hope you all have a good weekend even in the rain! We have Isla(3) and Lois (1) to stay for the weekend so it will all be ballet with Isla, while Lois takes part in her favourite hobby – eating!!

And wish all of you especially our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year.

With best wishes, Richard


Cancelled Club: Please note that Tuesday Football Club for Years 3&4 and Tuesday Netball has had to be cancelled due to fixtures.

Fluffy Friday – 14 February 2014
If you are able to offer an activity for our Fluffy Friday, please email alisont@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

Netball
All of our Year 5 netballers played matches this week at Queen Eleanor's. The girls all showed real spirit playing in very soggy conditions but it did not dampen their enthusiasm and they got two draws and one narrow loss. Sorry, there will be no netball club on Tuesday due to a fixture. If any of the Year 6 girls not involved in the matches on Tuesday would like to come on Monday they are most welcome.

Football
Well done to the boys were also undeterred by the rain at Boxgrove, where Year 6 won 4-2 and Year 5 lost 4-6 in two great games.

Swimming
The boys had a friendly match at Cranmore this week with a three way match with Boxgrove. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the Year 6 boys who looked after the younger boys and helped out during the fixture. Good luck to our boys and girls who are taking part in the ESSA relay gala this Saturday.

Aquathlon
Holy Trinity is entering 20 children for the first time in the St. Teresa's Aquathlon on Sunday morning. They climb straight out of the swimming pool and into their running gear so it will be an exciting challenge! Good luck to everyone involved.

School Sports Kit
We have four fixtures next week including 90 children so please could we ask that all of the kit is returned to school first thing next week. We really appreciate your help with this, thanks.

ParentPay
After 3 weeks in operation, around 20% of Holy Trinity children have had lunches paid on ParentPay. Just a reminder, you can use your account to check when your child is taking meals and see your lunch account balance at any time. Contact Lesley in the Finance Office with any queries, or if you need another printout of your login details.

Road Works
We have been advised that Southern Gas Networks will be replacing some of the old gas mains in the area during February. This is likely to cause some disruption to traffic and we will let you have more details once we have them.
 

HTSC (PTA) News

Mad March Ball
We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 06 Feb so please could any offers be made by then.

Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

Shellac Manicure with PG Nails
Are you going to the Mad March Ball? Why not book in for your Shellac manicure and pedicure at PG Nails. Email Pippa at pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk to book your appointment for beautiful nails that last and shine with mirror finish for 2 weeks.

Phil the Bag
Save all those unwanted items of Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Belts, Hats & Towels – Phil The Bag is coming to HT on Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February. All the above items are accepted in ANY condition - NO curtains, pillows, duvets, sleeping bags or tent canvas please.

Bags will be sent home with the children over the next few weeks – do please fill these with your unwanted textiles and leave them at the bottom of the atrium. Black bin liners can also be used. The more we collect, the more we raise – HT receives 50 pence for every kilo we manage to collect - so every item of clothing counts! We managed to raise almost £500 from the last collection – can we beat that this time? Phil that bag!

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 Coffee Morning - Wednesday 12th Feb at Cafe Nero at 9:14am
Phil the Bag - Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February
Mad March Ball - Saturday 8th March


Listening for Life
When we listen to someone, we give them value and acknowledge their worth. Listening is not second best to speaking, and the beauty of listening to someone carefully (including our children), is that we give them space to express what is going on within. The Listening for Life course (developed by the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation) is for those who'd like to tune in and listen in life, by giving time and space to further develop listening skills at home, at work or with friends and neighbours. This course will run at St Saviour's Church on 2 Monday evenings (24 Feb and 3 Mar) and all day Saturday (15 Mar). All welcome. Cost £36. For more information contact Natalie Savage (nataliesavage@me.com). Booking forms available from the St Saviour's Church office or email annettesieg@fastmail.fm

St. Peter’s Catholic School
in Guildford is holding a Ladies Pamper and Shopping Evening, “the ultimate Girls Night Out”, on Friday, 28 February between 7.30–11.00pm. For further details please either email Tania Cantoni – tcantoni@st-peters.surrey.sch.uk or telephone the Booking Hotline on 01483 557578 to book your tickets and/or treatments. All proceeds from the evening will go to St. Cecilia’s Theatre.


Vacancies - There are currently 5 vacancies advertised (plus one voluntary role) on the website for Guildford Diocese. www.cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesan-life/recruitment/. If you would like further information, please visit their website or call Jane Baker on 01483 484900.

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Infant 31/1/14

31 January 2014

Dear parents

Yesterday, Isla my three year old granddaughter went to her first ballet. She was quite nervous about it and suggested that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go anymore. However, it was a great success and she came out absolutely beaming and couldn’t stop dancing, curtseying and taking up positions for the rest of the day.

I wonder what opportunities we give our children and how much we should do and what we should choose for them. There are so many possibilities and things on offer from beavers to ballet and from vaulting to the violin. There are so many businesses and organisations which are offering great experiences and skills, often at quite hefty fees.

At school we try to give children a no or low cost opportunity to try a variety of sporting, musical, language and drama clubs. Perhaps this is a good way of thinking whether a child will want to take it further. Children who have taken up clubs at Holy Trinity Pewley Down have now reached county or national level in hobbies as diverse as chess and kayaking.

So introducing your child to a club or hobby is a great gift. The best advice we received as rooky parents was to also leave children to have free, unstructured time to just be and hangout. The greatest gift we can give our children is of course our unconditional love, and this is followed closely by a hard gift to give – the gift of our time. Just spending precious moments with our children, either as a group or individually makes all the difference. The concept of making memories is a great idea.

I do hope you all have a good weekend even in the rain! We have Isla(3) and Lois (1) to stay for the weekend so it will all be ballet with Isla, while Lois takes part in her favourite hobby – eating!!

And wish all of you especially our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year.

With best wishes, Richard


Bedtime Story, Thursday 6 February, 5.00 – 5.45pm
All children are invited back to school in their pyjamas to be read a bedtime story by their teacher. They can also bring a blanket, pillow, teddy etc to make it nice and cosy in the classrooms. FOPS will be providing cocoa and biscuits for the children, as well as tea and coffee in the hall if parents would like to stay. There will also be a second hand uniform sale in the hall. We would ask that children do not start going to the classrooms until 5.00pm.

Eco Team Book Swap, Friday 7 February
We will be collecting books throughout next week ready for the Book Swap in the hall on Friday when all children will be able to choose a ‘new’ book. Please could children bring in a book that they would like to swap and give it to their class teacher. Thank you – the Eco Team.

Fluffy Friday, 14 February
Hopefully you have received the letter about our next Fluffy Friday. Please note that this term Reception year children are also included. Please make sure you return your (named) list of choices by next Wednesday 5 February.

Parents’ Consultations, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 March

Letters about Parents’ Consultations will go out next week. Please check your child’s book bag as letters will need to be returned before half term.

Assembly
This week we are focussing on the spirit of Faithfulness and will be trying to be faithful and kind to each other particularly at playtimes when we will also be making a big effort to stick to the playground rules.

Do you play a musical instrument?
As part of our broad and rich curriculum we would really like to introduce our children to as wide a range of musical instruments as possible. If any parents or grandparents play an instrument and would be prepared to come and play it in assembly, either this term or next, that would be fantastic. You could just play as children come into the hall or talk about the instrument as well. Please email Nicola:  nicolab@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

FOPS NEWS

Second Hand Uniform Sale - Thursday 6 February
There will be a second hand uniform sale from 5.15pm to 5.45pm during the Bedtime Story on Thursday. Get ready for summer - as well as the usual uniform, there are lots of summer dresses available for 50p each or a donation to FOPS. If you have any unwanted uniform in good condition, we would be grateful for donations for the sale. Please hand any donations into the School Office.

Summer Fair
Here’s a date for your diaries. The Summer Fair will be held on Sunday 8 June at 12pm.

Shellac Manicure with PG Nails
Are you going to the Mad March Ball? Why not book in for your Shellac manicure and pedicure at PG Nails. Email Pippa at pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk to book your appointment for beautiful nails that last and shine with mirror finish for 2 weeks.

Year 1 Coffee Morning, Friday 14 February
At Jo McGee’s (Mum to Josh, Oak) at 21 Pewley Bank from 9.00-11.00am. Bring a love-themed cake if you wish!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2014
You may have noticed that this year’s Active Kids scheme has just started. Please collect the vouchers and bring them into school; the collection box is just outside the hall. This is a very worthwhile scheme and makes a massive difference to our PE provision. With the tokens collected last year we were able to buy PE equipment including new gym mats, balls, table tennis kit and cheer-leading pompoms as well as cooking and gardening equipment.

Road Works

We have been advised that Southern Gas Networks will be replacing some of the old gas mains in the area during February. This is likely to cause some disruption to traffic and we will let you have more details once we have them.

Menu for week beginning Monday 3 February

 

Infant 24/1/14

24 January 2014

Dear Parents,

Greetings from a rainy and chilly Holland. I am here on a two day visit to The British School of the Netherlands to set up a partnership and look carefully at what makes them a highly successful school. The BSN is a school from Foundation 1 - three years plus - to the end of year six. There is also a secondary school. It has been a real privilege visiting every classroom and making suggestions and gleaning good practice. So far I have seen very high quality work in year six, where iPads are widely in use. Creative writing is submitted to teachers who then can make a mini video as means of response marking. One boy had made an outstanding film bringing together his creative writing and film skills to create a great piece of work. It took him three months! There is excellent practice throughout the school and I am sure that there will be a great deal to be gained by children, teachers and parents alike as we start to share in a variety of ways. One early initiative would be to have the school councils having a video linked meeting. This is something we cannot do with our Comenius partners due to
language difficulties.

The school also enjoys working closely with parents as we do. There is coffee morning once a week after drop off and parents are encouraged to popularise any causes or initiatives they are involved in. That reminds me of an exciting initiative we are hoping to do soon. We are going to invite dads to come in for ten or twenty minutes after drop off and read with the children. We hope this will be a good role model, especially for boys, and further increase the love and joy which we find in reading.
Right, I am off now to visit years 1 to 4 and see what else I can find out. The very occasional visit such as this always makes me excited at the good and creative things I find out, but also makes me aware of what an enthusiastic and excellent school we have in HTPD with great staff, responsive children, wise governors and partnership with parents. Thank you for the vital part you all play in this and look out for those coffee mornings coming up soon!
With best wishes, Richard


Cup stacking
Next week we are having a fun, cup stacking activity which will take place in year groups. The children will compete against the clock to find out who is the speediest cup stacker in each house.

Assembly
This week we are focussing on the spirit of Peace and will be concentrating on creating a calm and peaceful environment as we move around the school and in our classrooms.

Sports funding
Every primary school in England has been given some money to spend on increasing participation in sport.
We have planned a range of different things, from improving teachers’ coaching skills, extending the tarmac area in the front playground to give us more usable space, offering more after school clubs, buying new equipment, visiting sports centres or having visitors come to us so the children can try a range of different activities, to participating in organised events with other schools. We will publicise events through the newsletter and on the website. We will endeavour to ensure every child is included over time, but please be patient as we will have to space out the events!
Things to watch out for - swimming, tennis and yoga clubs after school; a visit to the Spectrum for a day in April for all 60 year 1 children and some year 1 and year 2 children taking part in a Sports Hall festival with other schools in February.
Star Diving Club will also be coming in to look for potential diving talent by running a special activity session during PE with year 2 before half term.

Bedtime Story, Thursday 6 February, 5.00 – 5.45pm
This is an opportunity for children to come back to school in their pyjamas and have a bedtime story in their classroom with cocoa and biscuits provided by FOPS.

Parking
Please can we remind parents driving to school to be mindful of parents who are walking to school,and not to park on the pavements, the zig-zag yellow lines or across neighbours’ driveways.

FOPS NEWS

Wine Vouchers for Bill's
We have nine vouchers for a premium bottle of wine (up to the value of £24) when two people order a main in the evening at Bill's in Guildford. bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/guildford/. The vouchers are valid until 31 January 2014 and can be bought for £5 each. All profits to FOPS/HTSC. If you would like to buy one, please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com / 07956 664028).

Cake Sale - 31 January 2014 - Hazel
Hazel class will be running the first playground cake sale of term next Friday. Please bring a few pennies and break your new year diet.

"Call the Midwife" DVD
We have one spare copy of the DVD of the Christmas production, "Call the Midwife". If you didn't order a copy and Christmas but would like one, please contact Emily Bourke. The DVD costs £8.

Mad March Ball
Thanks to everyone who requested tickets for the ball, we sold out in record time. We are still finalising the numbers with the hotel so will confirm to everyone who requested tickets in the next few days including those on the reserve list.

Auction Items Needed
We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then. Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

Year 2 parents’ contact details
Please would you email Helen Burgess with your up-to-date contact details (helenburgess@doctors.org.uk) or speak to one of the Year 2 reps. We plan to be in touch soon about planning the year book. Thank you.

Year R Coffee Morning - Friday 31 January
Come along after drop-off to Caffe Nero in North Street. Ali, Lucie, Sarah & Sandra (class reps)

PUPS
We are pleased to welcome Ellen Whitehead who has recently joined the PUPS team. Ellen has plenty of experience having worked in other child care settings.  Also, just to let you know that PUPS will be running during the half term holiday; reservation forms are available to download from the school website.

Lost: Joe Naysmith has lost his blue LandsEnd coat – the coat is named.

Found: A ‘Polo’ sleeveless pullover, navy blue, age 5.

Menu for week beginning Monday 27 January
Mon: Salmon & Pasta Bake or Mixed Bean Wrap, Cauliflower, Green Beans; Orange Drizzle Cake
Tues: Pork or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potato, Baked Beans, Mixed Vegetables; Chocolate Krispies
Weds: Roast Chicken & Gravy or Butternut Squash Bake, Carrots, Broccoli; Vanilla Ice Cream & Pear Sauce
Thurs: Margarita Pizza or Ratatouille Risotto, Cucumber Slices, Fresh Coleslaw; Oaty Apple & Pear Crumble
Fri: Fish Fingers or Sweet Chilli Vegetable Noodles, Chipped Potatoes, Peas, Sweet Corn; Jam Tart

Reflexology
Pippa Godsill (Dan & Daisy's Mum) is learning Reflexology and needs some female volunteers to practice on. If you have a spare 1.15 hrs over the next few months during school hours or on a Saturday and fancy a visit to her beauty room in her house for some relaxing reflexology then please email Pippa at pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk with some dates and times when you are free.

Junior 24/1/14

24 January 2014

Dear Parents,

Greetings from a rainy and chilly Holland. I am here on a two day visit to The British School of the Netherlands to set up a partnership and look carefully at what makes them a highly successful school. The BSN is a school from Foundation 1 - three years plus - to the end of year six. There is also a secondary school. It has been a real privilege visiting every classroom and making suggestions and gleaning good practice. So far I have seen very high quality work in year six, where iPads are widely in use. Creative writing is submitted to teachers who then can make a mini video as means of response marking. One boy had made an outstanding film bringing together his creative writing and film skills to create a great piece of work. It took him three months! There is excellent practice throughout the school and I am sure that there will be a great deal to be gained by children, teachers and parents alike as we start to share in a variety of ways. One early initiative would be to have the school councils having a video linked meeting. This is something we cannot do with our Comenius partners due to language difficulties.


The school also enjoys working closely with parents as we do. There is coffee morning once a week after drop off and parents are encouraged to popularise any causes or initiatives they are involved in. That reminds me of an exciting initiative we are hoping to do soon. We are going to invite dads to come in for ten or twenty minutes after drop off and read with the children. We hope this will be a good role model, especially for boys, and further increase the love and joy which we find in reading.

Right, I am off now to visit years 1 to 4 and see what else I can find out. The very occasional visit such as this always makes me excited at the good and creative things I find out, but also makes me aware of what an enthusiastic and excellent school we have in HTPD with great staff, responsive children, wise governors and partnership with parents. Thank you for the vital part you all play in this and look out for those coffee mornings coming up soon!


With best wishes, Richard

A poem written by Luca Turville (6C)
There’s a wolf in the fields, its fur shimmering in the sun.
It stalks its prey silently, the hunt has begun.
Its fur grey like stone, its teeth white as snow.
It stares at you with its eyes aglow.

Events for week beginning Monday 26 January
Wednesday 24 January – Sainsbury’s Vouchers are available
Friday 31 January – Years 3 and 4 Cake Sale (Please make sure there are NO NUTS in your cakes!)

Fluffy Friday – 14 February 2014
If you are able to offer an activity for our Fluffy Friday, please email alisont@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

Lost Property
We have a mountain of unnamed lost property at the bottom of the stairs in year 4. Please come and collect any items you might have missing as we will be clearing it out of school next Friday. Please remember to name all clothing. Thank you.

The BBC Radio 500 Word Story Competition has been launched this week. If anyone is interested in entering go to https://500words.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/1 to find out more. I am happy to help during Creative Writing on Thursdays, or if there is sufficient interest to run a dedicated writing group on Monday lunchtimes. If interested contact Geraldine.

ParentPay
After 2 weeks in operation, around 20% of Holy Trinity children have had lunches paid on ParentPay. Don’t forget, you can use your account to check when your child is taking meals and see your lunch account balance at any time. Contact Lesley in the finance office with any queries, or if you need another printout of your login details.

All school lunches taken are being logged using the online ParentPay system now, which has necessitated some reorganising of the dining room queues. Children taking school lunch queue alphabetically in their classes and the alphabet is followed in ascending and descending order on alternate days for the sake of fairness. Overall, the queuing is much quicker and more orderly. Children having packed lunches do not queue.

Cross-country
What a great challenge our runners had last Saturday in the mud at Reigate Priory. We had some cracking races and all of our runners made a fantastic effort. Congratulations to the boys team of Charlie Kefford, Michael Naisby, Joe Fuller and Finn Doyle who as a team secured 1st place out of 21 teams in the Year 4/5 race. The girls team of Eliza Sutton, Freya Clift, Ayla Darcy and Hebe Poole also achieved a top 3 place out of 22 teams.

Netball
Two great matches at St. Catherine's this week saw some great playing by our year 6 girls. The first team won 12-2 and the second's lost in the last quarter 3-6. Great teamwork! Good luck this Saturday to the Year 5 girls at the Rydes Hill Tournament.

Apologies, there will be no netball club this week after school on Monday and Tuesday due to fixtures. Please could all of the school netball kit be returned next week, thanks.

Swimming - Well done to the swimmers who took part at the Guildford and District Schools Swimming Association Gala.

House Music – There will be a performance to Houses on Tuesday 28 January.

HTSC (PTA) News

Mad March Ball
Thanks to everyone who requested tickets for the ball, we sold out in record time. We are still finalising the numbers with the hotel so will confirm to everyone who requested tickets in the next few days including those on the reserve list.

Auction Items Needed
We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then.

Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

Years 3 & 4 Cake Sale
We will be holding a cake sale for Years 3 & 4 on Friday 31 January 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 Sharon Craigie at sharoncraigie@hotmail.com.

Dates for the Diary
Cake Sale Years 3 & 4 - Friday 31st January
Phil the Bag - Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February
Mad March Ball - Saturday 8th March

Lost: Oliver Newell’s (3C) Nightingale sweatshirts are missing. One is aged 7/8 and one is aged 9/10. Both shirts are named. Please check your uniforms and if found, please bring them to the office. Thank you.

Part time, Assistant House Manager, Addison Court (opposite the school) 15 hours per week over 3 days. An enthusiastic, practical and approachable individual is sought to assist with the day-to-day running and administration of this sheltered housing scheme. The role is initially 6 months fixed term but is likely to become permanent. Salary £24570 (actual £10,530) For further details and how to apply, email addison.court2@virginmedia..com. Any questions, call 07703 569031. Closing date: Thurs 6 February

Free Piano – antique piano, good for beginners. Need to get rid of it as moving abroad. Call Ros 01483 546487.

Menu - Week 1

 

Infant 17/1/14

17 January 2014

Dear parents

This week year 6 have been looking at the subject of relationships and sex as part of their topic on the human body. This afternoon they will have the joy of meeting Rebecca Plaistowe and her new baby Monty! He is a great little boy and I am sure he will perform well for his first big audience. We are looking forward to Bec re-joining us at half term, next term.

The main purpose of this letter is to talk about the arrangements for Pewley Down when Nicola goes on her maternity leave in March. We are all very excited for Nicola and can’t wait to see the new baby.

Clare Brunet currently working in year 6 will be taking Nicola’s place as Head of School on a temporary basis on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Helen Pronger and I will be the leaders present on Wednesday and Friday. Clare is a highly effective leader who has completed a leadership course at a high level and has had considerable experience of leading at Holy Trinity. She will be spending an increasing amount of time at Pewley over the next couple of months to work alongside Nicola. Please feel free to contact me as soon as she takes over with any concerns you have about your child.

There will be slight changes at Oak Class and 6SC. I will send a Parentmail to the parents of these two classes early next week.

I do hope you have a good weekend.
With best wishes, Richard

Teacher-led clubs
Letters about teacher-led clubs went out in book bags earlier in the week. Clubs start on Tuesday 21 January.

Assembly
This week we are focussing on the spirit of goodness and will be trying really hard to be quiet in assembly.

Spare clothes
We are running very short of spare tights and boys’ and girls’ socks. If your child has borrowed clothes from the office please could you return them and if anyone has any spare or outgrown tights or socks we would love to receive them.

Lost
Ona Cashmore has misplaced her Keller sweatshirt – named ‘Ethan Cashmore’. She has also lost her white plaited headband (not named).

Menu for week beginning Monday 20 January

Goldfish – free to a good home
Three small goldfish (Ringo, Paul and John – sadly George is no more) are looking for a new home. They are available with their small tank including filter, gravel etc or alternatively could be added to your own aquarium or pond. Please contact the school office: 01483 570038.

FOPS

 

***Mad March Ball Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 21 January!***


Mad March Ball, Saturday 8th March @ Radisson Hotel, Guildford, Black Tie
7pm - Champagne Reception
7.30pm - Three Course Dinner
9.30pm - Live Auction - Silent Auction all evening
10pm - Dancing to 'One Eyed Dog'
1am - Carriages

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday on a first come, first served basis at £45 each. Previously, tickets for this event have sold out very quickly, so if you would like to go, don't delay and hand in your ticket application (with payment) to the School Office quickly. (Application forms will not be accepted before Tuesday). The application form was sent by Parentmail this week or is available to download from the school website. You can purchase single tickets or, if you prefer, put together a table of 10. If you have bought individual tickets and would like to sit on a table with other parents from your class/year, please contact your class reps once you have your tickets and they will try to ensure you are seated with friends.

Auction Items Needed
At the Mad March Ball on 8 March, we will be holding an auction. If it is to be as successful as the last auction in 2011 (which raised £10,500 for the school), we NEED YOUR HELP! We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then. Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

Are you booking your summer holiday?
Please think about booking via easyfundraising.org.uk and choosing Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford as your cause to support. Most the big travel companies, airlines and car rental companies (Thomson, First Choice, Virgin, Haven, Easyjet, Eurocamp, Premier Inn, Disneyland, Cottages4you etc.) will donate a percentage of your holiday price to your chosen cause. Ferry companies and airport parking seem to offer particularly generous donation rates of up to 8%. This is a hassle free way to raise significant amounts of money to support school projects.

Spring Term Cake Sales
Here are this term's cake sale dates for your diaries:
31 January - Hazel class
14 February - Willow class
28 February - Chestnut class
14 March - Children's Cake Sale organised by Year 1
28 March - Walnut class
Your class reps will remind you when it is your class' turn nearer the time.

FOPS Meeting - 24 February
The next FOPS meeting will be held on Monday 24 February at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome.

Year R Coffee Morning - Friday 31 January
Come along after drop-off to Caffe Nero in North Street. Ali, Lucie, Sarah & Sandra (class reps)

 

Junior 17/1/14

17 January 2014

Dear parents

This week year 6 have been looking at the subject of relationships and sex as part of their topic on the human body. This afternoon they will have the joy of meeting Rebecca Plaistowe and her new baby Monty! He is a great little boy and I am sure he will perform well for his first big audience. We are looking forward to Bec re-joining us at half term, next term.

The main purpose of this letter is to talk about the arrangements for Pewley Down when Nicola goes on her maternity leave in March. We are all very excited for Nicola and can’t wait to see the new baby.

Clare Brunet currently working in year 6 will be taking Nicola’s place as Head of School on a temporary basis on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Helen Pronger and I will be the leaders present on Wednesday and Friday. Clare is a highly effective leader who has completed a leadership course at a high level and has had considerable experience of leading at Holy Trinity. She will be spending an increasing amount of time at Pewley over the next couple of months to work alongside Nicola. Please feel free to contact me as soon as she takes over with any concerns you have about your child.

There will be slight changes at Oak Class and 6SC. I will send a Parentmail to the parents of these two classes early next week.

I do hope you have a good weekend.
With best wishes, Richard

Events for week beginning Monday 20 January
Tuesday 21 January – Year 5 visit Winchester Science Centre (INTECH)

Snacks – would parents please note that we have children in school who are allergic to nuts. Please do not send in snacks/packed lunches with any food whatsoever containing nuts. If in doubt, please check all food labels. Thank you.

ParentPay
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Poole who were the first to top up Hebe’s lunch money within the hour of the login letters going out! They were closely followed by a number of others so we have got off to a very good start. Hebe’s lunch account has been credited with 2 free lunches by way of a first past the post prize.

We will be including some tips on using ParentPay in the newsletters, so as parent users, if you have any useful tips to contribute do email them to Lesley on finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

This week’s ParentPay tip: as parent users, you can set up text alerts re your account balance, as well as when new items become payable for your child. These are currently charged at 6 pence each, with a minimum text balance of £2.40. Happy online paying!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers will be available to collect between 29 January and 20 May. Please remember us when you shop and let’s try to collect more than last year!

House Music
There will be a performance to Houses on Tuesday, 28 January.

HTSC (PTA) News

Mad March Ball - Auction Items Needed
At the Mad March Ball on 8 March, we will be holding an auction. If it is to be as successful as the last auction in 2011 (which raised £10,500 for the school), we NEED YOUR HELP!

We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then.

Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

STOP PRESS - Mad March Ball Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 January!
Tickets for the Mad March Ball go on sale this Tuesday on a first come, first served basis. Previously, tickets for this event have sold out very quickly, so if you would like to go, don't delay and hand in your ticket application to the School Office quickly. (Application forms will not be accepted before Tuesday). The application form was sent by Parentmail this week or is available to download from the school website. Due to limited availability the event is for parents/partners and teachers of children currently at the school. You can purchase single tickets or, if you prefer, put together a table of 10. If you have bought individual tickets and would like to sit on a table with other parents from your class/year, please contact your class reps once you have your tickets and they will try to ensure you are seated with friends.

Years 5 & 6 Cake Sale
We will be holding a cake sale for Years 5 & 6 on Friday 24 January 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 at uniform@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Dates for the Diary
Cake Sale Years 5 & 6 - Friday 24th January
Cake Sale Years 3 & 4 - Friday 31st January
Phil the Bag - after half term


Looking for something to do on Wednesday evenings? If you are in Years 3-6 come along to Interact at Christ Church, Waterden Road, Guildford from 6.30-8.00pm and join in with a church group full of fun, games, craft and cookery activities - brilliant value at 50p per session. Term started this week and ends Wednesday 26 March (half term 19 February). For more information contact Michael Tame on michael@christchurchguildford.com

Lost: Jack Norris (4J) has lost his PE kit, including trackpants, green Shackleton t-shirt, all in a royal blue drawstring bag embroidered with “Jack’s Stuff”. Please check your bags just in case. Thank you.

Chelsea Soccer School at Guildford Spectrum during February Half Term.
This is great opportunity for players of all abilities to learn new skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. Each day players will have the chance to try new skills in themed challenges and sessions. All sessions will be delivered by our Chelsea FC Foundation staff with a high level of enthusiasm and professionalism maintained at all times. The course runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm over three days. The price for this is just £48. If you would like to book please go to www.chelseasoccerschools.co.uk or you have any other queries please contact Steve Shipp at steve.shipp@chelseafc.com

Infant 10/1/14

10 January 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year. I do hope this will be a good year for you and your family. We have had a great start at HTPD. The children have come back refreshed and keen to work and I have already seen them fully engaged in their lessons. Finally the rain and the winds have ceased and the children are thriving in the winter sunshine.

This morning I told the juniors the story of St. Paul’s conversion and early life. We are basing our assemblies at both schools on his writings to the Galatians and Ephesians. Both schools will be thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit, those lovely nine attributes which Paul tells us should be growing in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The juniors will add to the Whole Armour of God, which tells us how we can live life to the very best. I think that it is going to be a great series.

As I often do, I received an email this week from a former student. This particular girl was telling me about her journey from Holy Trinity to Trinity College, Cambridge. I am going to start an Alumni section of the newsletter where we can put this information. If you are a former student of the school or friends or relatives were, please email me with news and we will be able to give HTPD family news and help people to keep in touch.

Laura, one of our mums at Pewley, has asked me to give details of a petition she is organising – see below. She is part of a group attempting to save Gosden House special school in Shalford/Bramley. Gosden House is a unique facility which does outstanding work with young people with learning difficulties. Please read what Laura has written and sign the petition.
With best wishes, Richard

PE
We are delighted to welcome the FA from next week. They are sending in one of their coaches to teach football skills to every class for 6 weeks. This is funded by the National Lottery, Tesco and the FA. Year 1 will go first, starting on Tuesday in their normal PE time. Year 2 will start after half term and Year R after Easter on a Monday afternoon. Please can you make sure your child have both their indoor (shorts and house t shirt) and outdoor (trainers - no plimsolls please, the field is too muddy and slippery - joggers, t shirt and sweatshirt) PE kits in school as usual so they don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Assembly
This term our assemblies will focus on the Fruits of the Spirit (see Richard’s letter above). Each week we will be taking one as our theme and translating it into something we can do to make our school a better place. Next week it is love and we will be showing ‘love’ to our cloakrooms by keeping them really tidy. Children who are spotted keeping these values will receive a fruit sticker. Please support us by talking to your children about this. We will keep you up-dated about the themes each week.

Closing date for primary applications: Wednesday 15 January
A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2014 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Wednesday 15 January.

Lunch money
Please bring your lunch payments for this term up to the school office: £69 for the half term and £138 for the full term (cheques should be made payable to Pewley Down Infant School).

Nuts
A reminder that we are a nut-free school; please could you ensure that lunchboxes, as well as snacks brought in for clubs, do not contain nuts.

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Was your child adopted from care?
Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child may be able to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme and help in making an application. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many other ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential.

Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner but choose to send in packed lunches, there are educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. This needs to be registered immediately as we have to send returns off on next Thursday 16 January.

A new category for receipt of pupil premium has been introduced: those children adopted from care. If your child falls into this category, please contact the school office before Thursday 16 January.
 

FOPS

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 15 January at 8pm
The next FOPS meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 January at 8pm in the Staff Room. All welcome!

Mad March Ball - Save the Date - Saturday 8 March 8pm-1am, Black Tie
Radisson Hotel, Guildford
• Music and Live band
• Auction and lots more
• Tickets will be available to purchase mid-January
If you are able to offer sponsorship, donate a prize for the auction or know of a local business that might be able to help support the ball please contact Ros Vickerman at jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk

Are you booking your summer holiday?
Please think about booking via easyfundraising.org.uk and choosing Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford as your cause to support. Most the big travel companies, airlines and car rental companies (Thomson, First Choice, Virgin, Haven, Easyjet, Eurocamp, Premier Inn, Disneyland, Cottages4you etc.) will donate a percentage of your holiday price to your chosen cause. Ferry companies and airport parking seem to offer particularly generous donation rates of up to 8%. This is a hassle free way to raise significant amounts of money to support school projects.

Save Gosden House School
Please could you take a few seconds to help save an incredible special needs school which our daughter has the privilege of attending: Gosden House School in Bramley. The school has been providing an outstanding education to children with learning difficulties and complex special needs for over fifty years, with life-changing results, yet, if the council’s current proposals go ahead, the school in its current form will be lost. Please help save it by visiting the parents’ website and clicking the link to sign the petition. It takes seconds but means so much. Thank you. Laura (Mum to Rohan, Oak Class)

Lost:
Milli Westlake (Walnut Class) has lost her Nightingale cardigan, sweatshirt and fleece – all named.
Ben Richmond (Beech) has misplaced his named Nightingale fleece.
Eddie Hay (Hazel) has lost his (named) Keller fleece.
Dylan Mavani (Chestnut) has lost his J2LYK book.

Found: Grey ‘AllSaints Spitalfields’ scarf – left at the Year 2 night out on Friday 6 December. Please contact the office.

Menu for week beginning Monday 13 January

Parking space
Mandy Shenton (mum to Tilly in Reception) is looking for a parking space to rent due to starting a new job on 20/1/14. The space is need near to the school, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm. Please contact: 07966 547067. Thank you.

Yoga
The New Year is a good time to tune into yourself and get both your body and mind back in shape with some yoga. My classes start again this week: Mondays 19.45-21.15, Fridays 10.00-11.15 and Saturdays 08.00-09.15. All at central Guildford locations with free parking. Try your first class for free as well as special intro offers for HTPD parents and staff. See www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk for full details and contact me to book your free class. Hope to see you soon! Gunilla Hartman (mum to Hanna in 3G) gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk, 07732 550 699

Junior 10/1/14

10 January 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year. I do hope this will be a good year for you and your family. We have had a great start at HTPD. The children have come back refreshed and keen to work and I have already seen them fully engaged in their lessons. Finally the rain and the winds have ceased and the children are thriving in the winter sunshine.

This morning I told the juniors the story of St. Paul’s conversion and early life. We are basing our assemblies at both schools on his writings to the Galatians and Ephesians. Both schools will be thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit, those lovely nine attributes which Paul tells us should be growing in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The juniors will add to the Whole Armour of God, which tells us how we can live life to the very best. I think that it is going to be a great series.

As I often do, I received an email this week from a former student. This particular girl was telling me about her journey from Holy Trinity to Trinity College, Cambridge. I am going to start an Alumni section of the newsletter where we can put this information. If you are a former student of the school or friends or relatives were, please email me with news and we will be able to give HTPD family news and help people to keep in touch.

Laura, one of our mums at Pewley, has asked me to give details of a petition she is organising – see below. She is part of a group attempting to save Gosden House special school in Shalford/Bramley. Gosden House is a unique facility which does outstanding work with young people with learning difficulties. Please read what Laura has written and sign the petition.

With best wishes, Richard

Safety of our children during drop-off and collection times - a message from Governors:
I am sure that you will all agree that many of the stories we see on television and in the newspaper about children banned from playing conkers unless they wear goggles or flying paper aeroplanes because they have been deemed too dangerous by adults are simply funny.

But governors on our Every Child Matters Committee, who monitor the safety and wellbeing of our children and promote children walking to school, believe firmly that school rules about car driving outside of our school gates should be accepted without question. Having witnessed several near-accidents involving cars and children, can we appeal to you to adopt the following rules?

  • To protect children crossing our school entrances, please do not drive into the car parks to drop children off.
  • Please do not park on the road markings outside of the schools that prohibit parking or waiting, in order to drop-off or collect children.
  • Please think carefully about where you stop your car at the beginning and end of the school day; your vehicle could have an impact on our children’s ability to see approaching danger, especially when they are crossing the roads.

Please consider parking a little distance away from the school where you can safely stop your car and more importantly your child can safely alight, and walking the rest of the way. Nobody wants to be told to adopt silly health and safety rules, but we think these are vitally important. Thank you for your support.

Events for week beginning Monday 13 January
Sex Education Week for Year 6
15 January – Swimming starts for 3C and 4S

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Was your child adopted from care?
Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child may be able to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme and help in making an application. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many other ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential.

Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner but choose to send in packed lunches, there are educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. This needs to be registered immediately as we have to send returns off on next Thursday 16 January.

A new category for receipt of pupil premium has been introduced: those children adopted from care. If your child falls into this category, please contact the school office before Thursday 16 January.

Spring Term 2014 After School Clubs Timetable
Our new Spring Term Timetable is now on the website. All ‘paid for’ clubs are marked with an asterisk.

ParentPay – online payments
As announced last term, we're going live with ParentPay - the online school payment service - initially for lunch payments only at Holy Trinity. HT parents will be sent activation letters next week with login details for you to set up as a parent user. There are online user guides on the ParentPay website – with links from the HTPD website Payments page - and, of course, do call Lesley in the finance office with any queries.
We will continue to take offline payments at school in the usual way as well, but the online facility should prove most convenient for both parents and school.

Lunch payments continue to be by advance credit in multiples of £2.30 with lunches taken being deducted from your balance. ParentPay transactions attract a fixed fee, as well as % fees, charged to the school, so the more you pay each time the less the school has to pay in fees. Some examples:

12 weeks (full term approx) £138.00
6 weeks (half term approx) £69.00
20 days £46.00
10 days £23.00
Minimum payment £11.50 - 5 days

Once we have ironed out teething problems with lunch payments, we will extend the facility for all school payments, including trips and clubs. We will also then launch at Pewley Down.

Fairtrade Snacks - Will be available every break time costing 50p per item.

Lost Property - Please ensure that all clothing is named so it can be returned.

Biathlon
Congratulations to Tilly Gough, Agatha Houston, Eliza Sutton, Freya Clift, Joe Fuller, Charlie Kefford, Seb Arnold and Ayla Darcy who all qualified for the National Schools Biathlon Finals which take place in the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Schools’ Biathlon Championships was chosen above many others as the first event to be held at this iconic venue when it opens to the public in April.

Closing date for primary applications: Wednesday 15 January
A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2014 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Wednesday 15 January.

Gosden House
Please could you take a few seconds to help save an incredible special needs school which our daughter has the privilege of attending: Gosden House School in Bramley. The school has been providing an outstanding education to children with learning difficulties and complex special needs for over fifty years, with life-changing results, yet, if the councils' current proposals go ahead, the school in its current form will be lost. Please help save it by visiting the parent's website www.save-gosden-house-kids.info and clicking the link to sign the petition. It takes seconds but means so much. Thank you. Laura (Mum to Rohan, Oak).

Lost:
Frankie Brown’s (5A) entire Mandela PE kit (all named “FB”) has been missing since before Christmas, including a named bag, plus a pair of Clarks’ trainers size 4. Would you please check to see you have the correct kit? Thank you.

HTSC (PTA) News
Happy New Year. We are looking forward to another busy term with our big event being the Mad March Ball.....
Saturday 8th March, Radisson Hotel, Guildford - 8pm-1am, Black Tie + Music and Live band + Auction and lots more
Tickets £45 each, available to purchase Tuesday 21st January. First come first served. More information next week on how to purchase tickets.

We are hoping to have a fabulous auction at the Ball and if it is to be as successful as the last auction in 2011 (which raised £10,500 for the school), we NEED YOUR HELP! We have had some fantastic offers of help from parents so far but if you are able to donate a prize for the auction or are a local business or know of a local business that might be able to help support the Ball please contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then. Many thanks for your support

Dates for the Diary
PTA (HTSC) Meeting Thursday 16th January - Staff room 8pm
Cake Sale Years 5 & 6 - Friday 24th January
Cake Sale Years 3 & 4 - Friday 31st January
Phil the Bag - after half term
Quiz night date tbc

Do you have a parking space for rent? We have been approached by a parent who wishes to rent a parking space in this area (approximately 15/20 minutes’ walk away from the Odeon), 5 days a week between 9am–5pm. If you are able to help please call 07966 547067 for further information.

The new year is a good time to tune into yourself and get both your body and mind back in shape with some yoga. My classes starts again this week: Mondays 7.45-9.15pm, Fridays 10.00-11.15am and Saturdays 8.00-9.15am. All at central Guildford locations with free parking. Try your first class for free as well as special introductory offer for HTPD parents and staff. See www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk for full details and contact me to book your free class. Hope to see you soon! Gunilla Hartman (mum to Hanna in 3G) gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk, 07732 550 699.

Afterschool Ballet Club for ALL Girls – every Friday starting 17 January from 3.20 – 4.20pm in the Chapel, £60 for 10 weeks with 10th week being a costumed performance. To book a place please contact Kate Webster PDTD RTS on 07825 368 737 or via email kate@tiptoesandtutus.co.uk

Menu - Week 2