Infant 16/5/14

16 May 2014

Dear Parents,

I think SATS are celebrating their twentieth birthday this week, although I don’t think anyone is celebrating. At Pewley the children are working through the tasks and all is quite relaxed, though most of them have cottoned on to the fact that these are important. There is something special in doing printed tests – a mixture of excitement and concern, which increases to dread when we in later years approach exams for which we are ill-prepared. At HTPD the children are well prepared without being drilled in exam practice. A huge thank you is due to our Year 2 and Year 6 teachers, who have all done so well to create a curriculum and climate where children can succeed and thrive.

I oversaw the Maths tests at HT and it was great to see the application and effort. Every single child gave of his/her best. It is wonderful that they have had great weather at the Lido to celebrate finishing the tests.

Year two are in the middle of their amazing dinosaur topic and we all look forward to seeing their version of the Natural History Museum. Year six will now really get down to some self-guided study of the Victorians. This will culminate in the forum being transformed into the Crystal Palace in order to house the Great Exhibition.

As these children are moving towards their transfer to secondary school it is interesting to see how they have matured and grown into self-confident, independent and caring young people. I hope that school has been part of the partnership which has achieved that. Their resilience and application added to the love of life and empathy for others is just a great mixture and far more worth celebrating than another year of SATS!

With best wishes, Richard


What is the role of a Governor anyway?

It occurred to me at the new Governor induction meeting this week that last May I didn’t have a clue what the Governing Body at HTPD did or who they were. A year later I am now a Governor myself! In a short period of time I have enjoyed gaining insight into how the school plans for the future and deals with current challenges, while remaining a unique and wonderful place to learn.

Apparently I was not alone in my lack of understanding of the role of Governors and so it was decided at our recent meeting that we would take turns, perhaps fortnightly, in sharing our thoughts and progress with the parent body through the school newsletter. If you have any suggestions for topics or questions you’d like answered about the role of a Governor at HTPD please let us know.

Our induction meeting was a time for the new Governors to meet as well as get to know Rev. Robert Cotton (Chair of Governors), Deborah Pepper (Vice Chair of Governors), Helen Murray (Foundation Governor), and of course Richard Rowe, our Headteacher. Deborah chaired the meeting at her lovely home and after introductions we heard about the history of the schools from Richard, which fascinated me and made me so proud to be a part of HTPD! Did you know that Holy Trinity was established as a primary school in 1812? If I recall correctly, Richard told us that it was only the 8th Church of England school to be established (there are now several thousand CofE schools in the country)!

We also learned what our roles would entail, which include:
• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• contributing to the school’s self-evaluation
• challenging and holding the Headteacher and other senior leaders to account for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and quality of leadership

We had the opportunity to share what committees we would be most interested in joining. Each Governor belongs to at least one of the 5 committees: Learning, Staffing, Finance, Every Child Matters and Admissions.

There were also brief but interesting discussions about the ethos of the school and the religious component of the school, future admissions criteria, succession planning, the state of schools in Guildford, Ofsted inspections and more.

Despite the late hour, I left the meeting feeling energised and excited about being part of this team. It is incredible to me that some of the “senior” Governors have been in the role for almost 2 decades and yet they still ooze passion, a positive and inclusive attitude, and a clear vision of the school’s direction.

No doubt many of you parents also have passionate opinions and ideas about what makes Holy Trinity Pewley Down School great and what could be improved upon. Feel free to contact a member of the Governing Body with your thoughts. We value your feedback. Susen Anderson

Class Photographs, Monday 19 May

Please try and arrive on time (in smart school uniform) on Monday as the photographer is coming in to take class photos and will start promptly at 9.00 am.

Year 1 open afternoon, Thursday 22 May
Don’t forget the Year 1 garden party (open afternoon) on Thursday 22nd at 2.15pm. Please come along and have a look at the children’s work in the classrooms. You will be able to take your child home after you have finished looking round.

Golden Boot
Today was the baseline for the Golden Boot. We are taking part in the Golden Boot Challenge which is designed to encourage children to try out coming to school by scooter, walking, car share etc (a green mode of travel). If you do drive then please try parking a little way down the road and walking; this counts as ‘park and stride’. We will be asking the children how they come to school on 6, 13, 20 and 25 June. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will be awarded with badges and the golden boot.

School sandwich lunch

We will be offering a sandwich lunch option (in place of the cooked school lunch) from Monday 2 June. If you are interested in this please contact the school office by next Tuesday 20 May as there is limited availability.

Playground toys
A reminder that the toys and equipment in the playground are to be used at playtime only (and not at drop off and pick up times). This was one of the new playground rules introduced after Easter when we bought the new equipment.

Front Playground
The steep bank in the playground is getting very overgrown. If there are any kind parents who would be able to give it a weed and a dig over, please talk to Sarah (or let the office know). The Eco Team are hoping to plant some summer flowers on the bank. Thank you for your help - Sarah and the Eco Team.

Year R
We are looking for remnants of stripy, bright or spotty wrapping paper for one of the Fluffy activities. Please bring any you might have to Year R (Claire or Sue).

Lost

Thomas Birkett (Oak Class) has lost his named Nightingale sweatshirt.
Please check that your child has not taken the wrong uniform home by mistake. Many thanks.

FOPS NEWS

Second Hand Uniform Sale - 23 May: There will be a second hand uniform sale in the playground at pick up next Friday 23 May.

FOPS Meeting - 2 June:
The next FOPS meeting will be held on Monday 2 June at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Summer Fair - 8 June

• Donation Day - 2 June 2014: We would be very grateful for donations for the Summer Fair on Monday 2 June. You will receive a letter in your child's book bag next week telling you the items we will be collecting. *** STOP PRESS *** This year we are asking for Booty Bags instead of Jolly Jars! More details will be in the letter.
• Raffle Tickets: You will also be receiving two books of raffle tickets in your child's book bag next week. The raffle usually raises a lot of money for the school and we have some fabulous prizes this year. Please try to sell tickets to your family and friends. Extra tickets are available from the school office.
• Learn to drum at the Summer Fair!: (http://drumrunners.org/) will be offering drumming workshops at the Summer Fair! Come along and try out the drums, build a song and create a story about the Rainbow Tree!
The cost is £2 for a 20 min session and is open to all ages. Advance booking is required for this fantastic workshop opportunity. Please book at the school office to enrol for a slot and pay. Bookings open on Monday 19th May and are on a strictly first come first served basis. Please note: exact change only.
Each 20 min workshop can accommodate 24 children, so come along and make some noise!!!!
The following times are available - see master list held at the school office for availability:
12.00-12.20, 12.20-12.40, 12.40-13.00, 13.00-13.20, 13.20-13.40
Drum runners will also have a massive relaxation mat near the workshop which will have lots of percussion instruments for children to try out for free on the day. This means plenty of fun to keep siblings/parents entertained while the workshops are running.

Menu for week beginning Monday 19 May


London to Paris: Hi all, Myself (mum of Olly 6SC & Mads, Walnut) & Fiona Mavani (mum of Hari 6SC & Dylan, Chestnut) together with our trusty little team are mid-cycle to Paris as you are reading this. We are cycling from Blackheath, London to Paris in aid of Juvenile Diabetes - JDRF. Should you be kind enough to donate, our donation page is: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Overthehillandroundthebend Thanks everyone who has already sponsored us. Carrie & Fiona

Tennis Camps: Premier Tennis Camps are coming to Charterhouse, Godalming! If you have children aged 5-15 years old who would like to improve their tennis skills this May half term, please go to www.premiertennis.co.uk/holiday-camps/ then click on venues or call us on 0845 475 1147. Individual day or weekly booking available. Camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and early drop-off and late pick-up is available, as well as indoor back-up in the event of bad weather. Hope to see you there!

Surrey Arts – Come and play with our orchestras
– Open Rehearsal, Wednesday 21 May 2014, Tillingbourne Junior School, New Road, Chilworth GU4 8NB. Great opportunity for String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players of all ages and levels of experience. 5.15 - 6.30pm: Prima Strings (beginner strings - grade 1), Opus String Training Orchestra (grade 1 - 4), South West Winds (woodwind, brass & percussion: beginner - grade 4). 6.45 - 8.45pm: South West Surrey Youth Orchestra (strings, wind, brass & percussion - grade 5 & above). Free taster session. Cost of membership is £48 per term.
For more information contact Alison Harding: 07968 832413 alison.harding@surreycc.gov.uk