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Infant 15/11/13

15 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This afternoon I had an extended phone call with Matthew Haynes who is our attached HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector). His call was to monitor our progress against the Ofsted judgement at Holy Trinity. He has taken into account our full results for last year. He was generally very pleased with our overall progress as well as the progress made by special groups. We continue to hope Ofsted will return again next autumn and reverse their previous decision.

Pewley Down have their parents’ evenings next week. I do hope that this is a really useful exchange of views. In this first term we hope to have the opportunity to find out more about what makes your child tick! A child’s progress is so dependent on a strong parental partnership and we hope that these meeting will help to cement these relationships. Today our year two are having their visit to St Paul’s cathedral as part of their topic on the Fire of London. What a great day for those views of London from the top of the dome!

We had a good Maths evening at Pewley before half term even though it was England’s qualifier for the world cup! In the event both were successful and I managed to see the recording without finding out the result of the match!

This Thursday it is the Junior’s turn for the Maths evening. We are aware it is the switching on of the Christmas lights in Guildford at 7pm so we do hope parents will be able to join us at 7.45pm. The meeting is scheduled to just over an hour. It should be a great opportunity to find out the what, why and how of your child’s maths journey.

With best wishes, Richard


Christmas Fluffy, Friday 22 December
Fluffy Friday will be slightly different this time with all children (YR – Y2) working in their house groups on various Christmas activities during the morning. Children can come to school in their own clothes (mufti) as usual, but should wear a top in their house colour (which could be their PE T-shirt).

DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Instead of the usual £1 donation towards the Fluffy costs, we have decided to donate the £1 to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Please bring your £1 on Friday.

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November
You should now have received your appointment time via your child’s book bag and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week,18-22 November (Drama, Just to Let You Know, Binca, Construction, Film, Newspaper and Recorder clubs.) The last week for teacher-led clubs will be the following week, commencing 25 November.


FOPS NEWS

Family Disco – Saturday 16 November: Tickets will be available on the door for the Family Disco tomorrow. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Come and join in the fun. Tickets: Family - £10, Adults - £4, Children £2.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Toys R Us, Currys and many more. The website also has a handy price comparison tool to help you get the best deal. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 68 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can! We are currently ranked 230th of the PTAs registered in terms of funds raised. Let's see if our Christmas shopping can push us up the list!

Nurturing Programme: A ParentMail went out last week about the Nurturing Programme which aims to help parents towards having a happy and calm home life. Building on existing parenting skills, it looks at things such as why children behave as they do and different approaches to discipline. It will run at Holy Trinity from January on Mondays, 9.30-11.30am (term time only) for ten weeks and is open to parents and carers from Holy Trinity and Pewley Down. Please contact Lucy, the Home School Link Worker (07525 324070), lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk) or Paula (07525 324067), paulav@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk) to register or if you have any questions. 

Home School Link Worker coffee morning, Monday 18 November, 9.30 am: Mark Matthews, from the Sunflower Trust in Guildford, will be talking about their work providing therapy for children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and other challenges. To find out more about the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link
www.sunflowertrust.com. We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you!

Lost: Thomas Birkett (Oak) came back from football last Wednesday with a pair of M&S Age 6 trousers, identical to his own, but without his name label. If anyone has a pair with Thomas' name, happy to do a swap.

Menu

Parish of Wonersh & Blackheath Women’s Group Christmas Evening, Thursday 21 November,
7.30-10.00pm, Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. Free entry. Come along for an evening of shopping, while enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. There’ll be stalls galore, as well as the chance to book in for pampering in our beauty room. Any queries please contact:
wonershwomen@gmail.com.

RASASC Winter Fair, Sat 7 December, 10.00am-4.30pm, Guildhall (under the clock in the High Street)
Tea/coffee and cakes will be provided for the weary shopper, also fantastic GIFT STALLS AND GAMES. The ideal place for those last minute stocking fillers! In support of RASASC (Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre). Further info on the website:
www.rasasc-guildford.org or email vivien@rasasc-guildford.org.

Anyone for Tots Tennis? This new and exciting programme for 3-5 years olds is getting under way on Fridays at 2pm and 3.30pm in Christ Church Hall, Waterden Road. Please do contact us if you are interested in other days/times as this can be arranged according to demand. The Premier Tennis Tots programme has been designed by former professional players (including Pewley Dad, James Auckland) to develop physical skills, teach the foundation for correct tennis technique and build confidence in a fun environment. Find out more at
www.premiertennis.co.uk/tots or call 0845 475 1147.

Pre-Christmas Treats from G Live: Zoe Kay (Hugh’s mum in Chestnut) has become a parent ambassador at GLive and would like to pass on details of their latest special offers:
2-4-1 Tickets to see Buddy – The buddy Holly Story, Thurs 28-Sat 30 November. Simply enter the promo code buddycompany when booking tickets at
GLive.co.uk, or via the Ticket Desk on 0844 7701 797.