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Infant 21/6/13

21 June 2013

Dear Parents

I have just been reading an article about Jack Andraka, you may have heard the name. He is a fifteen and has discovered a near 100 per cent accurate test for pancreatic cancer that diagnoses early enough to ensure an almost 100 per cent chance of survival. Currently this form of cancer has only a five per cent chance of survival. Apparently the test is 400 times more sensitive, 168 times faster and 26,000 times cheaper costing only 2 or 3p a time!

It is a great story and he describes himself as an ‘ordinary kid’ from Crownsville, Maryland. After a chequered primary school career based around soaking his teacher with a water bomb, he became a ‘straight A’ student at secondary school – a ‘bad’ state school on the city borders. He had a passion for science and something else: “I guess it’s how you use information. It’s about creativity rather than facts. I’m a creative thinker. My parents never told me answers. They told me now to think not what to think. I disagree with our bulimic education system: learning by rote and then puking up all the facts in an exam”.

It reminds me of a letter from a former parent I received urging us not to be deflected from our creative curriculum. He has just been awarded an MBE for services to further education. His daughter received History and Gladstone prize from Cambridge University. She now has an MSc from the LSE and is working for the radical think-tank Demos. His son is in the middle of a Cambridge degree but took time out to work for the Obama campaign and is now heading to Geneva as an intern for the WHO.

He told me that they considered Holy Trinity School to be one of the most profound influences on the education of both children.

I’m hoping that in future years we will hear of more great young people doing great things like Jake Andraka. I also hope that like Josephine and Phelim some of them will be from Holy Trinity Pewley Down where we aim to teach how to think and not what to think.

At the end of this school year we will be saying goodbye to two of our teachers. Rosie Welch and Tracey Dowse are both leaving us to take up promotions in other schools. Rosie is going to be Deputy Head in a church school in Norfolk and Tracey is going to be second in charge in an infant school in the Dorking area. We will write much more about their great contribution later in the term.

I thought you would like to know the class teachers for 2013/14:
Reception – Sian Stanley & Sarah McKenzie
Year 1 – Hannah Blakemore & Emily Russell
Year 2 – Sheena Preston & Maggie Burgess/Gillian Trumble
Year 3 – Ginnie Gregory, Nick Walker & Claire Cruddas
Year 4 – Sheila Manson, Julia Morrison & Mel Cassidy
Year 5 – Alison Tester, Henry Vincent & Heather Havermans
Year 6 – Mary Booth, Sarah Davies/Clare Brunet & Cheryl Brace (maternity cover for Rebecca Plaistowe)

With very best wishes, Richard


MUFTI, Monday 24 June
The juniors are having a mufti day on Monday for their summer fair. It will therefore also be mufti for children at Pewley Down although obviously no donations are required.

Move-up days
Next Wednesday 26 June is move-up day for Year R and Year 1 when children find out which class they will be in next year. Year 2 will go swimming as usual. Walnut class should bring a packed lunch on the 26th.
The second move-up day is Thursday 4 July when Chestnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch.

Perform Workshops
The children enjoyed some taster sessions with Perform Workshops today. They had a fantastic time following Phileas Fogg off on an adventure to Australia and I am sure they will tell you all about the crocodile.

Year R trip to the Look Out Discovery Centre
The children had a very happy day at the Look Out Centre on Wednesday. They were particularly excited to be going on their first coach trip and had great fun exploring all the learning zones. Particular highlights were the water zone and the giant Lego building site where they worked together as a team and tiled a whole roof! Look out for photos on the website.

Year 1 trip to Painshill Park
Year 1 had a very busy but exciting day at Painshill Park on Wednesday. The children were thrilled to meet a real pirate called Captain Adam who played games with them. They also went on a hunt for buried treasure. Thank you to everyone who helped on both our trips this week.

Long weekend
School will be closed on Friday 28 June (Inset day) and on Monday 1 July (midsummer holiday).

Golden Boot
Thursday 27 June is the last day for the Golden Boot challenge. Please make an extra special effort that day to travel to school in greener ways.

Year 2 Dinosaur Museum
If anyone has any dinosaur cookie cutters we could borrow for the Dinosaur Café we would be very grateful. Please contact the Year 2 teachers or the office.

FOPS NEWS

Phoenix Cards
Phoenix Cards are offering 30% cash back to the school on any orders placed before 4 July. You should have received a flyer in your child’s book bag.

Second Hand Uniform
If you have any school uniform in good condition which your child has outgrown, we would be very grateful for donations for use at school and to sell at the second hand uniform sale for new entrants on 4 July.



Found:
We have found some money in the trays in Hazel Class. Please contact the office if you think this may belong to you.

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Guildford Holiday Fun
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.
Baking, bushcraft and bowling; diving, donutting; golf and go-karting and many more activities, such as archery and a trip on the river. The full programme can be downloaded from our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/. Or pick up a paper copy from Pewley or Holy Trinity office or in Guildford Library children's section. Booking night is Tuesday 2nd July - don't miss it!

For sale
• Aquarium - Fluval Vicenza 260 (248L) complete with cabinet, filtering pump (305), strip canopy lights, heater and accessories £150 o.n.o. Call Julia 01483 449866. Please note this item is large and heavy and will need 2 people and transport to remove it.

• TP double giant swing frame with 1 swing seat and 1 skyride seat £30. Call Julia 01483 449866.

• 2-seater solid oak double futon sofa bed. £400 o.n.o. Bought less than 1 year ago from Futon Company. Almost identical to their Oke model on www. futoncompany.co.uk. A few minor scratches, in need of a quick sale. £700 when bought new. Contact Gemma on 01483 856285.