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Infant 23/1/15

23 January 2015

Dear Parents,

Huge congratulations to Ayla who was first in the County Cross Country race. There were almost 280 girls competing in the run and it was a fine achievement. Many other of our years 4, 5 & 6 also did very well with good placings. Ayla is part of a young athletes group and trains hard to be so successful – she also has a great attitude to her success – happy to talk about it and also modest.

I’m reminded of St Paul’s words when he wrote to the Christians in Rome. He said suffering (training) produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I have been thinking about character this week. My Oxford Dictionary defines it as strength and originality, but I guess it goes much deeper than that. The government have made five million pounds available for the promotion of character in schools (I would guess that money is a gift from an anonymous donor). A little of the money is going into a competition where schools and other educational institutions can nominate themselves as centres of character excellence. The bulk of the rest is for training institutions to bid for long grants to develop teaching materials and trial them with children. I am considering writing a joint bid with Guildford Diocese for the training grant and entering the school for the competition. This school shines with individuals and groups who have great character, perseverance and hope.

With best wishes, Richard


Bedtime Story, 10 February, 5.15 – 6.00pm
This is a lovely annual occasion when the children return to school at the end of the day for bedtime stories with their class teachers. They can wear pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and bring a cuddly toy to snuggle down with and enjoy sharing a story with their class mates. 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.

House Music
We enjoyed fabulous house music activities this week with all the children taking part. Some children made instruments, others conducted their friends and everyone made lots of noise! Some children brought in instruments to play to their friends. Well done to everyone for taking part.

After-school clubs
Just to clarify that the teacher-led clubs (Ukelele, Film, Drama, Lego and Binca) are just for Years 1 and 2 this term, but will be on offer to the Reception children during the summer term.
Year R children can attend clubs provided by outside agencies which currently are: Boogie Pumps (Monday), Football (Tuesday), French (Wednesday) and Ballet (Thursday).

Holiday PUPS
For PUPS+ (at Half Term) to be a viable proposition for the school, we need to have at least 10 children booked in each day. Please let Sam Andrews (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) know on or before 30 January if you wish to book a place. If we do not reach 10 on a particular day, we will be forced to cancel that day. A decision will be made on Monday 2 February and parents will be contacted to advise them that the session has been cancelled and cheques will be returned.

Illness
If your child is unwell please phone the school office (01483 570038) on the first morning of illness and bring in a note on their return to school. In the case of stomach bugs children should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last incidence of sickness or diarrhoea.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2015
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme will be starting on Wednesday 28 January. If you could help us to co-ordinate the scheme (counting the collected vouchers etc) we would love to hear from you. Please contact the school office.

FOPS

Playground Cake Sales
30 January - Chestnut
6 February - Walnut
27 February - Oak (children’s cake sale in the hall during the afternoon)
6 March - Beech
13 March - Hazel (all proceeds to Comic Relief - it's Red Nose Day)
20 March - Willow

Year 2 coffee morning
Wednesday 28 January, straight after drop-off at Katie Larkin’s house.

Lost
Viktor Koch, Walnut Class, has lost the face of his watch which is blue in colour (he still has the strap).

Returning to primary teaching
Are you a qualified teacher looking to return to teaching in the primary classroom? South Farnham Teaching School is delighted to be delivering a two-week Return to Primary Teaching course for qualified teachers looking to update their knowledge of the educational landscape and regain confidence in the classroom. Please contact the Pewley Down office for more details

Guildford Cricket Club – free under 10 training
For the next three Sundays Guildford Cricket Club have set up an hour long session under the guidance of our Junior Head Coach and his assistants to offer a taste of the great game that is Cricket. We are offering these taster sessions to any boy or girl under the age of 10 on 1st September 2014. They are running between 11am and 12pm at the indoor centre at RGS in the centre of Guildford and no kit is required to participate. We look forward to welcoming any existing or new cricketers to the sessions. Please contact Neil Garrett, Junior Chairman of GCC, on 07557 847171 for more information.

Runners - Do you have a place or are you thinking of running the Surrey Half Marathon or Kid’s Race? If so how about running for Harrison’s Fund – fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For more information go to the website or email louisec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thanks for your support.

Menu for week beginning Monday 26 January
Mon: Lamb & Bean Cowboy Hash with Rice, or Jacket Potato with Cheese & Beans; Chocolate & Orange Sponge
Tues: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff with Pasta Spirals, or Vegetable Risotto; Golden Flake Tart
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy, or Glamorgan meat-free Sausages, Roast Potatoes; Strawberry Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Homemade BBQ Beef Burger or Veggie Burger in a Warm Bread Roll; Apple & Raspberry Crunch with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne, Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.