Infant 24/3/13

24 May 2013

Dear parents

I would like to start by thanking all of you who have written expressing your support following the Ofsted report. Your emails mean a tremendous lot to all the staff and go a long way to encouraging and re-energising people who need this following the inspection. Can I reiterate the importance of the parents’ meeting on June 5th at 7.45pm. This will give us a chance to talk all the issues through.

Today was Fluffy Friday with great activities at Pewley including Country Dancing, an adventure run across the downs and making a pop video. I took a group of juniors bird watching. It was just great in the drizzly wet weather. We saw twenty four species with high points being a cormorant drying its wings on a pylon and 60 or so Swifts plus a few House Martins swooping low all around us at Stoke Lock. In the afternoon, Helen had organised Tennis and Crazy Golf for the children and even though it was raining and cold the children played with great enthusiasm and declared it the best fluffy ever! It was so good to be with children and out of the office and difficult meetings for a day.

I do hope you have a really happy half term. I am off to Ireland for Ollie, my twenty seven year old son’s wedding. I have been asked to give the address at the wedding service. I am speaking from Colossians chapter 3 which tells us to put on compassion, kindness, humility and patience, to be tolerant, forgiving and over all of that, to put on love which binds us all together. A great message for young people embarking on married life together and also for us as a family community together. My hope and prayer is that we continue to work together in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

With very best wishes, Richard

Jeremy Strong event, Tuesday 4 June 

We are pleased to be able to welcome Jeremy Strong to our School on June the 4th. Jeremy will be talking to Years 1-4 about his life as an author and his new book, ‘My Brother’s Famous Bottom gets Crowned!’ during the afternoon and then signing books afterwards. There is no charge for this event but if you would like your child to purchase a book and have it signed please ensure he/she brings £6.00 into school on the day. Owing to the large numbers of children attending, we are unable to allow the children to phone parents to bring money, or to advance copies without payment. The book sales will be handled by Waterstones and if you are sending a cheque please could you make it payable to them. For further information email geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.  (If you have already sent a cheque in to the Pewley Down office we will organise payment to Waterstones.)

Golden Boot, Friday 7 June
The Golden Boot challenge will be starting on Friday 7th.  Children are encouraged to travel to school in ‘greener’ ways – walking, cycling, using scooters or park and walk – and the travel information will be recorded on the online chart.  The challenge continues on Friday 14, 21 and 28 June and the class with the highest number of ‘green’ travellers will win the Golden Boot.   

Year 1 pirate dress-up day, 3 July 
A reminder that year 1 classes are dressing up as pirates on Monday 3 July as part of the launch of their new topic.  Come along in full pirate costume or just with an eye patch, hat etc.

Sainsbury’s ActiveKids vouchers
The ActiveKids scheme has now ended; please bring in any vouchers you may still have at home.

Lost
James Gluya, Oak Class, has lost his name Nightingale sweatshirt (named Ben Gluyas).


FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Thank for all the donations of jolly jars and bottles we received on Monday and a big thank you to Jill Morgan (mum of Isla) for making the beautiful summer fair sign outside the school.

Set Up for the Fair:  We are looking for volunteers to help on the weekend of 7-9 June with setting up the Summer Fair.  Many hands make light work and there are lots of jolly jars to be numbered, gazebos to put up and stalls to set up.  If you are able to help, please let your class rep or Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know.  We need helpers on  Friday evening (7pm to 9pm), Saturday afternoon (3pm to 5.30pm) and Sunday morning (10am -12pm).  We would also be very grateful for help clearing up after the fair finishes.

Raffle Tickets:   Please remember to return all money, counterfoils and unwanted raffle tickets to the school office by Friday 7 June.  Additional raffle tickets are available from the School Office if you would like more.  Computer Game Auction:  We also have 9 copies of “Most Wanted” (age rated 7) for the X Box, PC & PS VITA which retail at £22.99.  We will be accepting sealed bids up until the raffle draw on 9 June with the games going to the highest bidders.  If you would like to bid for a game, please write your name, telephone number, format required & bid amount on a piece of paper and leave it in an envelope marked “Most Wanted” at the School Office.

Phil the Bag
Are you having a wardrobe clear out over half term?  If you are, please consider donating all your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, hats, bedding and towels to the school.  We will be having a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 17 June.  FOPS will receive cash for every kilo donated which will be put towards school projects. The textiles are then sold on and distributed to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries, which at the same time saves our environment from the burden of further resources going to landfill. If you would like to know more about the scheme please see the website:  http://www.philthebag.co.uk/about.html


Menu Week Commencing 3 June

Half term jazz concert for children - Don't worry what the weather is doing, turn off the TV and come to a cool cat jazz concert  with the Will Todd Ensemble and vocalist Bethany Halliday 2.30-3.30pm on Wednesday 29th May. Tickets £4. Also adults evening jazz at 8.00 - 10.30 pm.  Tickets £10. Booking essential call 01483 453227 or email info@bardesarts.co.uk