Infant 15/5/15

15 May 2015

Dear Parents,

We really do choose great venues for our school residential journeys. This week I visited Year 5 at Brenscombe Farm. We walked about 1km up from the centre and were right on top of the downs with views to Bournemouth in one direction, Swanage in another and Corfe Castle just ahead of us nestled in the valley.

I do think this is a great strength of the school and hope your children will be able to take part in such exciting visits in the future. I was thrilled to climb three hard parts of the Dancing Ledge cliffs and Clare managed to get to the top platform of the high ropes course – so you can see that it was all about getting on together and joining in.

At both schools we are looking at the ups and downs in the life of St Paul and linking that with recycling and caring for our environment. We took our main theme this week as being cheerful in adversity as Paul and Silas demonstrated in prison in Philippi. The children at Swanage certainly showed this in great measure when the heavens opened yesterday after two days of beautiful weather.

Most of you will know that for the last ten years we have had great European partners and colleagues. Next week we are taking a group of twelve children and three staff to Spain. This will be a good opportunity to say goodbye to them.

With best wishes, Richard


Fluffy Friday, 22 May

We will be collecting for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal on Fluffy Friday so, instead of collecting the usual £1 to cover the cost of materials, this time we are requesting a donation of £2 - all of which will be sent to the appeal.

PUPS+

Unfortunately, due to a lack of demand, we are not running PUPS+ during May half term. We will be running in the summer holidays from the 22nd July until the 14th August provided that we have sufficient bookings. To be viable, we need to have at least 10 children each day. The forms will be available on the website from Monday next week, but it would be great if we could have an early indication if you are interested. Please email Sam on pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

Goodbye
At the end of this week we will be saying goodbye to Irma who has worked at Pewley Down for five years as a learning support assistant, currently in Oak Class, as well as in the Breakfast Club. Although we will all miss Irma’s cheerful and hard-working support, we wish her the very best of luck at her new school in Bookham.

Golden Boot Challenge

This year we are again taking part in the Golden Boot Challenge which is designed to encourage children to try greener ways of coming to school, such as walking or scooting. Today is the ‘baseline day’ and children’s usual mode of travel has been recorded. We will then be asking the children how they come to school on Friday 5, 12, 19 and 26 June. If you do drive to school, please consider parking further away and then walking; this counts as ‘park and stride’. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will be awarded with badges and the golden boot.

Recycle Challenge

This week Recycle Man has challenged Willow Class to use milk bottles (including soya or almond milk bottles) or tops to create something fun or useful. Please do not use glass bottles. Bring your creations into school on Thursday or Friday next week.

Year R Trip

Please ensure that you enclose your payment (£7.25) when you return the permission slip for the Year R trip to the Look Out Centre on 6 July.

FOPS

Glitter Ball – Saturday 6 June
The HTPD Glitter Ball is fast approaching and we are hoping to have a fabulous auction at the Ball and, if it is to be as successful as the last auction in 2014, we NEED YOUR HELP!

Are you able to donate a prize for the auction or are you a local business or know of a local business that might be able to help support the Ball? If so, please contact Carrie Witts, carriewitts@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of what promises to be a wonderful event.

Summer Fair - Sunday 5 July

Our Summer Fair will be on 5 July from 12pm until 2pm. It is always a fun, family afternoon with games, music, food and lots more. Please put the date in your diaries.
If any parents or local businesses would like a stall at the fair, please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com).

Year R Coffee Morning - Monday 18 May in Caffe Nero in HOUSE OF FRASER after drop off.

Year 2 Coffee Morning
- Monday 18 May after drop-off at Caffe Nero in NORTH STREET.


Football lost property
Please would parents whose children attend the Football Club check the lost property box in the Rainbow Room before the half-term holiday. Thank you.

Lost

George Hetherington, Hazel Class, has lost an olive green, John Lewis coat, age 5 years – un-named.

Super Hero Run on Sunday Louise (HTPD Web Admin and mum of Seb, 6SR) will be taking part in a run on Sunday dressed as Super Girl to raise money and awareness to help find a cure/treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which her youngest son, Leon, has. You can read her story and sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/SuperHeroLou/

May Half-Term Tennis camps – special offer
Did Andy Murray’s 1st Master Series win on a clay court last week inspire you to get on court?
Buy 3 Days - Get 1 Free worth £35 off our up-coming May 1/2 Term Tennis Camps at The Charterhouse Club & Feltonfleet School. Use discount code: MAYHT15_CH at checkout. Camps run over 4 days from 10am - 4pm. Every day is action packed with team games, tennis drills & matches. Score points for your team through the week and help them to become champions on the last day by competing in our Davis Cup tournament. Prizes are awarded through the week and friends are made along the way. Mini-Camp PLUS for the u10's also allows these players to development tennis specific skills by enjoying other sports on two afternoons and includes: Athletics, Football, Netball & Rounders.
www.premiertennis.co.uk, tel: 0845 475 1147.

OPEN MORNING at Rosamund Community Garden
, off Longdown Road, Pewley Downs GU4 8PP, on Thursday 28 May 2015, at 10.30 – 12.30
As it is the Year of the Soil we will look at living creatures in the soil, learn how to improve the soil, put seeds in the soil, manure the soil, story-telling etc. Please bring some lunch. We will provide the drinks. Also bring any gardening tools that kids can handle. Children have to be accompanied by an adult who is also responsible for them. Contact us via the website: www.rosamundgarden.org or phone Joanna on 078678 03871.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 18 May
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Margarita Sauce, Date Sponge & Custard
Tues: Chicken or Vegetable Paella; Semolina with Peach Sauce
Weds: Roast Pork or Leek & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Homemade Mixed Pepper Pizza; Apple Crumble & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Curry & Rice; Carrot Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.