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HTPD 25/11/16

25 November 2016

Dear Parents,

What a super week it’s been! Thank you for supporting our Road Safety Week – I’ve been so encouraged by the number of families who have been practising the safety tips on the way in and out of school. Talking to the children, it’s been great to hear them explain what they’ve learnt and their posters were great. I do hope the impact of this week is felt long after it’s over, and that the children keep safe when out and about on the roads. Please do help them with this by driving really carefully on Addison Road, Pewley Way and Semaphore Road particularly. Thank you!

Year 3 proudly presented their musical “Splash” earlier this week. It was such a colourful, cheerful production with superb singing and acting on show. When year groups work together on a project like this, it’s fantastic to see how much confidence and enthusiasm is generated.

At the production, we launched our Advent charity, Toilet Twinning www.toilettwinning.org. This year instead of filling shoeboxes to send overseas, we are raising money for something different. Year 3 parents got the collection off to a great start with more than £270 being raised! We will be fundraising to link as many of our toilets as we can to provide toilets for children in the developing world. Every £60 enables the charity to build a toilet overseas in a place where it is really needed. For £240 a whole toilet block can be built! At both the infants and the juniors, there are more than 40 toilets – I wonder how many of them we will be able to twin? For every successful twinning, we receive a framed photo of the toilet that we’ve funded, to remind us all of the impact of our generosity every time we visit the loo! I think it will also be a really good reminder to the children of how lucky they are to have clean school toilets and hopefully it will help keep them well looked after too! As the funds come in we will let the children know how many toilet twinnings we have funded. If you are able to support this great cause, please send the money in to school in a labelled envelope. Thank you!

I also want to let you know that after working at HTPD for over ten years, Sian Stanley who currently teaches in Year 3, will be leaving at Christmas to move to London. We are looking forward to welcoming Sue Miller who will be joining us in 3S. I’m sure many of you will want to wish Sian well, so please do pop in and perhaps make a contribution to her leaving gift. She has influenced so many children’s lives and her kindness, creativity and sparkle will be missed.

With best wishes, Clare

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (commencing 28 November) will be the last week of teacher-led clubs for this term.

Christmas Play
“Hey, Ewe!”: Look out for letters coming home on Monday about tickets for the Christmas play on Monday 12th (dress rehearsal), Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December. All performances start at 9.30 am and will last approximately 1 hour, and all children will be taking part.

Year R
Hazel and Willow classes need extra helpers for their trip into town on Tuesday morning (9.15–11.15am). If you are able to help (and have not already signed up) please let Sheena or Frances know.

Warm coats
Now that the weather has turned so much colder, please ensure that your child has a coat in school every day as well as gloves and hat as needed. We do go outside every day if at all possible.

Run to Athens update week 8: 1,519 miles (total).

Found: Blue/mauve party dress with net skirt and flower decoration (age 3-5 years) found in Sainsbury’s bag in downstairs cloakroom.

Menu for week beginning Monday 28 November
Mon: Chilli Bean Chicken & Rice or Mixed Vegetable Wrap; Carrot Cake & Vanilla Sauce
Tues: Pasta Bolognese or Lentil Cottage Pie; Rice Pudding & Pear Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Quiche; Orange Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Ham & Pineapple or Mixed Pepper Pizza; Fruit Crunch & Custard
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Chickpea Curry & Rice; Apple Tart
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

FOPS News

Action Sunday - Sunday 27th November 2-4pm - Please join us this weekend for a clear-up of all of the fall leaves, and a general tidy-up of the school grounds for winter. Thanks so much for considering any amount of time helping out; it’s always rewarding to see what can be accomplished, when we work together!  We will be providing a movie and refreshments in the school hall to help occupy the children.

Christmas Fair - Donations Day - Monday 5th December - One of our biggest fundraising events of the year is nearly here and we really need your help to make it a success!. You should have received Raffle tickets and list of the fantastic prizes to be won in your book bags this week, along with a request for bottles, anything chocolatey, Soft Toys, unwanted Books, Toys and DVD's. We also would like as many Booty Bags as possible - details are listed on the back of the letter and on the FOPS page of the website. Please bring donations into school on Monday 5th Dec and place in the boxes in the front playground. Thank you!!

Christmas Fair Rota - Year 2 are conducting an online sign up to help on the stalls at the Christmas fair. If anyone hasn't received the email with the link to sign up, please contact Charlotte.houghton@yahoo.co.uk and I'll forward it on.

Phil the Bag - A big thank you to all those who contributed to our mini mountain of bags just after half term. Together Pewley collected 170kg raising a useful £60.

Match Funding – Can you help? - Are you a parent who works for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (Mum to Issy in Reception and William in Yr 1) helen@thomasday.co.uk





Winter Wonderland - Do you have any light-up Penguins, Polar Bear, Ice Blocks that could give Pewley’s Santa’s Grotto that extra festive sparkle? If so please contact Emily Murdoch (Ethel’s mum in Yr 1) emilymurdoch3@icloud.com 



Christmas Wreath Making workshop - Thursday 1st Dec at 7.30pm, School Hall
- Final few places left! Come and join us for another fun filled festive evening where Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Norah in Yr 1) will help you create a stunning fresh Christmas wreath to take home. Booking forms have been sent home but are also available from the school office. Please return them, along with payment of £35 (cheques made payable to FOPS) to the school office ASAP to reserve your place.




Northbrook Orders – you should now have received any Northbrook gift wrap which you may have ordered but if you missed out, don't worry you can still order direct using the following link and 15% of the total will come straight back to FOPS: www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk/beneficiary/index/id/989/school/pewley-down-infant-school 



Other dates for your Diary:
Thursday 1st December - Year 2 Christmas party at Carol's house from 7.30pm. Bring a bottle and food to share. 

Saturday 3rd December - Year 1 Christmas Party at Marisa’s from 8pm. Bring a bottle and food to share. 


Wednesday 7th Dec - Year R Christmas Drinks at Rogues from 8pm.


Fri 9th and Sat 10th Dec - Christmas Fair set up - please help!



JUNIOR

Christmas Play Tickets
This year we are trying a new way of distributing the tickets for the Christmas Play. Your child will be bringing home a blue letter which explains how you can get tickets. Please be careful to ask for the correct performance for your child’s house. There is no charge for the tickets but numbers are restricted to 3 per family and these are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Please be aware that we will be unable to admit you without a ticket.

Clubs
Early morning Football Club each Wednesday 8.00 – 8.30 a.m. - Parents please note that from next week, there will be early morning football training for GIRLS only. The club is open for all years. The boys will continue with their after school football clubs as usual.

Lego Club has finished for this term (Thursdays, 12.30 – 1.00 pm) today until the end of term as staff will be helping with the Christmas Play production.

Changes to Creative Writing Club this term from Geraldine: As we head towards the end of term I am planning our Christmas Creative Writing party. The numbers attending this club are so big that I have decided to do two parties:
Year 4/5 - we will have a session just for Years 4/5 next week
Year 3/6 - the following week will be for Years 3/6 only
Please bring a little something to share. The theme of the week will be "A Christmas Adventure".  These two sessions will be the last of the term, and are only open to those children already attending Creative Writing.

Menu - Week 2 - coming soon

HTSC News

HT Christmas Fair – Friday 2 December – 6pm-8pm
Many thanks for all your fantastic donations so far for the Christmas Fair. We still do need lots more, so please keep them coming! We need:
 
Bottles – bottles for the bottle tombola champagne to tomato ketchup
Unopened gifts - for parents, girls or boys and any new unwanted toys.
Jolly Jars or Bags – decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
Chocolate – anything chocolatey for the chocolate tombola.
Teddies - good condition for the teddy tombola.
 
HT Christmas Fair – Friday 2 December - Help still needed!
 
We still need volunteers for help on the day of the Fair. Please email your class reps if you can help with any of the following next Friday:
 
• Help set-up on Friday morning from 10am
• Help set-up after school on Friday from 3.15pm
• Help on a stall for 45 minutes at the Fair (5.45-6.30pm, 6.30-7.15pm and 7.15-8pm)
• Help clear up at the end of the fair (8-9pm).
 
Christmas Musical Notes - decorations competition
Calling all budding artists! Don’t forget that entries for the Christmas decoration competition must be in by Tuesday 29 November at the latest. The challenge is to design and make a musical note - the more colourful, bold and musical the better! The notes will be displayed around the school and so ideally need to be big - A3 size or larger would be great. Let your imaginations run wild and create a note filled with your favourite things! Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.
 
Match Funding – Boosting our Fundraising - Can you help?
Do you work for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (mum to Jack in 4JW) helen@thomasday.co.uk.
 
Easyfundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year www.easyfundraising.org.uk - Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.
 
Other dates for the diary: 
Wednesday 30 November – Year 5 Christmas Drinks – Albany from 7.30pm
Wednesday 7 December – Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Rogues from 8pm

Friday 2nd December 6pm - 8pm – Christmas Fair
Wednesday 7th December – Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Rogues from 8pm


Vacancy
Catering Assistant, Holy Trinity School, Guildford: Harrison’s Catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the catering team at Holy Trinity. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, hours to be confirmed, term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to: Jon Bendle at Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT. 

Surrey County Council Fostering Service 
There are over 880 children in care in Surrey and around 40% of them are placed outside of Surrey because we haven’t got enough foster carers. We are looking for foster carers for children aged 0-18, for supported lodgings providers for young people aged 16-21, and Short Breaks carers for disabled children. Whether you are married or single, male or female, are straight or gay, do or don't have your own children, rent or own your home, work or don't work, we would love to hear from you. You can meet foster carers for an informal chat at cafes around Surrey, more info at http://bit.ly/2d9zjpc, or book a home visit to chat to us about fostering, either call us on 0800 0969 626 or email fostering.recruitment@surreycc.gov.uk

Cabbage White England are having a Christmas studio sale on Thursday 1st December and Friday 2nd December 10.30 - 2.30. Pop along for a mince pie and 25% discounts across our whole range. Come and see us at - New Cottage, Chestnut Ave, Guildford GU2 4HD

Amazing Art Club by Sophie Artemis Pitt
 
Engaging, Creating, Inspiring! Come along and have fun learning a mixture of drawing skills, painting techniques and how to construct in 3-d (puppets/mechanical objects/ paper engineering) whilst looking at artists and applied artists for inspiration. Key to the sessions is that your child develops their own voice, sustains focus, finds solutions, explores ideas and ways of working that they find interesting whilst learning new skills and a context for their work. It is stealth learning! For more information, please visit www.sophieartemispitt.com