Infant 15 June 2012

15 June 2012

Dear Parents

It’s been a great week for trips and journeys this week. In fact only Year 2 and Year 5 have not been out!

Our Reception went to see ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ at GLive and have followed it up with lots of great activities.

At the other end of the school Year 6 have been away for the week at Preston Montford in Shropshire. This involved studying the history and geography of this area, which was the cradle of industrialisation.

All of these visits add so much to our children’s education as do all the experiences you do with them. We used to talk about ‘making memories’ when our children were young. We continue to do so even though they are now adults!

There are always two types of benefits to these trips. The first is the actual focus and secondly all the added benefits for the children which are the side effects. These included such things as courage; in taking part in the first place, socialisation with friends and other peers, dealing with difficulties in a safe situation. A good example of this is Year 4 who were faced with a very wet night when they were camping out at Shere. Rising to challenges which seem very hard is another benefit. Years 3 certainly rose to the occasion today and coped with strong winds and wet weather and yet were able to continue with their programme at Newlands Corner.

Year 1 went further a field this week with a great visit to Painshill Park.

All in all the children have been outstanding both in their behaviour and in their ability to cope with new situations. Thank you so much for your continued support of school journeys.

We will be sad to lose Thabo Metcalfe as a teacher at the end of term. Thabo trained with us and has had two excellent years in Year 2. He and his family are off to Cambodia, where Thabo will work in an International School.

With best wishes
Richard

Closure at End of Term
Many parents have requested an earlier finish in order to attend the Olympic Torch event. We will therefore finish at 1200 at the Infant School and 1215 at the Junior School on Friday 20th July. There will not be school dinners.

Mufti, Monday 18 June:  
In line with Holy Trinity (who have a mufti day on Monday for their summer fair) children at Pewley Down should also come to school on Monday in their own clothes.

Year 2:   Please could all Year 2 children bring in a packed lunch next Thursday 21 June and on Thursday 5 July when we have the new Reception children visiting and staying for lunch.
Also, if you have a child in Year 2 transferring to Holy Trinity in September please ensure you return the Year 3 paperwork to either the HT or PD office by Monday 18 June – if you haven’t already done so.  Thank you. 

School Council Sweet Shop, Friday 22 June:   The School Council are running a sweet shop in the hall next Friday afternoon to raise money for re-doing the playground markings.  We would like to ask each child to bring in 30p so they can buy some sweets in the afternoon – just as they would for a cake sale.

The Big Golden Boot Challenge:   Along with many Surrey schools we are encouraging ‘green travel’ during the summer term.  From today, Friday 15 June, and then on Friday 22,Thursday 28 and Friday 6 July  we will be  asking the children how they came to school. We are encouraging walking, car sharing, park a little way away from school and walk, cycling and using scooters.   We will enter the data together onto the online chart and the children will be able to see how everyone comes to school. We will award the class with the highest number of ‘green’ travellers at the end of the challenge with the ‘Golden Boot’!

Dads’ Day, 3 & 4 July:   Please make sure that dads see the letter coming home in book bags today.

Olympics week 9-13 July:   Letters went out earlier in the week about our Olympics week when children will be working in their houses and learning about different aspects of the Olympics.  We will be creating a ‘Wall of sporting fame’ for children to bring in any special certificates, photos or medals and there will also be a Competition to design and make an outfit for one of the toys representing the Olympic events.

Colourful Plants Please!   Our playground doesn't have many colourful plants in it at the moment. The Eco team are keen to change this and would be very grateful for any donations of bright bedding plants.  Please bring any colourful plants or cuttings you can spare to your child's teacher. Thank you very much.

School Trips (Year 1 and Year R):   Thank you for returning consent forms for the trips to Painshill Park (Y1) and GLive/The Look Out (YR).  We did receive a number of forms without payment and would appreciate it if payment could be made as soon as possible.  If this is a problem for you please let the office know.

A reminder that school is closed on Friday 29 June (Inset) and Monday 2 July (mid-summer holiday). 


FOPS News

Midsummer Bash - 23rd June:   We realise some of you may have missed the deadline for ordering food so we are now offering "disco and bar only" tickets for this event. Come along from 8.30 PM onwards, claim your free drink from the bar on arrival and dance the evening away to live music from great local band "One-Eyed Dog"  - all for just £7 !!  Tickets available until Wed 20th June - please hand in £7 to school office in an envelope clearly marked "DISCO" and with your child’s name and class so we can get tickets to you in time so you dont miss out on the fun!

Last FOPS meeting of the year - Monday 18th June at 8 PM in the Staff Room.

A big thank you to Suzie Turner (Mum of Aidan in Y1) for volunteering to be FOPS Secretary next year. We are still in need of a Chair - this is not a complicated role - largely a coordinating role - but FOPS cannot function without one and the school will lose out on a lot of much needed funding for lots of lovely extras for your children. Please consider if you could take on this role - any questions, please contact Louise (louise.keiller@gmx.com).

Still looking for sponsorship for bouncy castle and Punch and Judy at the Summer Fair (a total of £315 needed but any contribution towards these costs gratefully received). Again, please let Louise know if you can help. Thank you.
 


Ballet Club:   Ballet is cancelled next week (21 June) owing to Olympic rehearsal!  An extra week has been added to make up for this.  The performance and final week of ballet is on 5 July.

Drumming Club:   Jack, who leads the drumming club, has been offered an amazing opportunity to play with the show bands on cruise ships.  It is an opportunity he feels he has to take and, therefore, won’t be able to continue his drumming class.  Jack sends his apologies and would like to thank you for the wonderful time he has had teaching the children.

Lost:  Chloe Atkinson has misplaced her Hello Kitty (named albeit a little faded) wellies

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Going for Gold:   Olympic-themed Holiday club for 5-11yr olds at Christ Church, Guildford GU1 2AZ. Get to know God through crazy games, creative crafts, lots of silly fun, drama and a live band. Wed 25-Sun 29 July, 9.30am-1.30pm, £10 per child, booking line opens on Monday 18 June, call Louise on 01483 301 927.

Don’t be bored this summer:   Are you looking for exciting things to do during the summer holidays? The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13.  Journey through space with the Astrodome; practise bushcraft; enjoy a trip on the river.  Try football,ice-skating, diving, cycling and even go-karting.  Crafts, cooking, golf, science – all this and much more in our programme on our website http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/ or pick up a paper copy in the school office or in Guildford Library's children’s section. Booking night is Tuesday 26 June - don't miss it!

Team Keiller (Louise, Emma (Y4) and Katie (Walnut)) will be running the Tesco 5k Race for Life in Stoke Park this Sunday in aid of Cancer Research in memory of Louise's sister and the girls' lovely Auntie Fi. Please sponsor us if you can. Thank you. www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/louisekeiller

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in YrR & Georgia in Yr4) will be opening her house & studio on Fri 15, Sun 17, Tues 19, Fri 22, Sat 23 & Sun 24 June from 11am – 5pm displaying abstract & semi- abstract paintings from the past year at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. Phone 01483 870127 / 07796 780042 or e-mail becca.clegg@ntlworld.com for more details or just drop in. Prices from £15 - £300, sizes from 30cm square to 80cm square. Cards also available.