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Infant 30/11/12

30 November 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so pleased with the progress in the building of the Chapel. Lampard’s, our builders and BPG, our architects and project managers are doing a great job and we are hoping to be finished before our due date of mid-March. We can’t wait to start using it.  Some people ask why we need a Chapel, well in reality it is a second hall and that is something we have great need for. Our present hall is out of use for two hours a day, 11.30-1.30, for serving lunches, so we need a hall at those times for curriculum and club purposes. Secondly, there are numerous occasions when more than one class needs to use the hall at the same time. Nearly all Guildford Primary/Junior schools have two halls for these reasons.
 
It is to be known as the Chapel to give it a name. I don’t want it known as the new hall or second hall, but more important than that I want it to be known as the Chapel because part of its use will be assemblies and worship. Also I hope it will be a real centre of artistic excellence with great dance, drama and gymnastics taking place, so I am sure the Chapel will be in use nearly all the school week and maybe used by local organisations and churches as well.  As a Christian school I do hope it will be a place where in very many ways people can bring praise to God through what they do. There will be three beautiful stained glass windows at the front, these have been donated by Guildford Churches and are on the theme of the Holy Spirit. We hope that they will be made by an artist in residence at the school, next summer. The artist is of Maori extraction and comes from New Zealand. She has produced really thoughtful, stunning work. I hope these windows will also be a real inspiration to our children and future generations. A good theme for the Chapel is some verses from Psalm 150.

Praise the Lord, praise God in his sanctuary
Praise him with sounding of the trumpet
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing
Praise him with the violins and flutes
Praise him with the clash of cymbals
Praise him with the loud resounding cymbals
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Praise you the Lord!

With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Play:   Look out for a letter coming home in book bags today with information on the Christmas play.  Also, we need a lightweight wooden doorway which the children can walk through - if anyone could help us with this please contact Rosie or Sheena in Year 2.

Christmas Play tickets:   We have tried to ensure as far as possible that siblings are in the same performance groups but there are a few families where this wasn’t possible.  If your children are in different performance groups you will be able to order four tickets in total.  Tickets will come home in book bags next week. 

Year 2, Monday 3 December:   Children in Year 2 will be the watching the Christmas play at Holy Trinity on Monday afternoon and should be collected from the lower playground at HT at  3:15pm.  Any children who usually go to PUPS will be walked back to Pewley.
 
PUPS 11 and 12 December:   We have listened to the concerns raised by some parents over the proposed cancellation of PUPS during the Christmas production and have therefore decided that PUPS will now run as usual on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December. 

Christmas Post Boxes:   Next week the Christmas post boxes will be appearing in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends.  Please ensure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for Pewley postmen.

Christmas Lunch:   If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to have a school Christmas lunch on Thursday 13 December please let the office know.  School lunches are £2.20.

Bunting Competition:   The winners of the Christmas Hats and Gloves competition are:   Lewis Dean and Isla Morgan (YR), Eve Mitchell and Freddie Kay (Y1), Phoebe Grimshaw and Emily Vickerman (Y2).  The overall winner was Heather Learoyd.  All the entries will be on display in the hall and look amazing. 

FOPS News

Christmas Fair:   Thank you for all the donations towards the Christmas Fair and for the offers of help both on the day and with setting up.  We appreciate that this is an expensive and busy time of the year and your support is very much appreciated.  This Christmas Fair is one of the biggest fundraising events in the school year as well as a lovely community event.  We look forward to seeing you on the day from 12pm-2pm.  There will be games, tombolas, hot food, mulled wine & mince pies and Christmas craft as well as an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto.

We will be setting up for the Fair on Friday evening (7pm to 9pm) and Saturday (10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm). If you can spare an hour to help, please just turn up.  Any donations towards our home produce stall, can also be dropped at school on either Saturday or Sunday morning. 

A final reminder that the Fair will be the last opportunity to order Micro Scooter products, if you wish to.  Please also make sure that any raffle ticket counterfoils and money are returned to the raffle stall at the Fair before the draw at 1.45pm.  
   
Pewley Calendar:   A copy of the Pewley Calendar is available for viewing in the School Office.  Any order (together with payment) must be received by Wednesday 5 December.  Unfortunately we are only able to do one print run so, if you would like one, don't miss the deadline.  
 
IQ Christmas Cards:   The children's IQ Christmas card orders are coming home in book bags this week.

Cold Weather:   As the weather is getting colder it is essential that every child has a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves in school every day.  Apart from break and lunchtimes a lot of learning also goes on outside and it is important for children to be warm.  If the weather turns even colder and we get some snow please remember to look at the school website and listen to Eagle Radio for information on school closure.

Spanish Club:   Unfortunately the last session of Spanish Club (Tuesday 4 December) is cancelled as Sonia has had to return to Spain owing to family illness.

Operation Christmas Child:   Thank you to everyone who brought in a filled shoebox for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal.  40 boxes are now on their way to Kyrgyzstan.

Prayer Group:   The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Wednesday 5 December, 9.15 am at Emma Laporte’s house – children welcome!  Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information.

Jolly Jar amnesty:   Please could you bring your jolly jars back into school, once they have been emptied of sweets, as we need them for the Christmas play.

Girls’ tights and socks:   We are running out of girls’ tights and socks in the office so please could you return any that your child may have borrowed.  Also, if you have any which are no longer needed we would love to have them. 

Lost:  Mat Luther, Chestnut, has lost some H&M skinny jeans, size 5-6 (not named) missing since last Friday.

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