HTPD 3/11/17

02 November 2017

Dear Parents,

I’m looking forward to seeing most of you at our annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night this evening. Do come along even if you haven’t bought an early bird ticket. It’s always such a fantastic whole school event! I love to see the children having such a lot of fun with their families. It’s an opportunity for a really important memory-maker! I still remember watching fireworks as a small child, huddling up with my grandmother and can still imagine her “Oohs” and “Aahhs” of excitement as the sky lit up with colour. Do make sure that your child/children are supervised while at the event – it’s easy to get lost in the dark! Talk to them about what to do if they can’t find you. I will be standing at the gate at the top of the steps up from the car park, so that makes a good rendezvous.

I had the privilege this week of taking part in a headteacher’s away-day led by the Bishop of Dorking who reflected on the importance of teachers finding wisdom to sustain us in our roles in school. She challenged us all to look both outwards to the school communities in which we work, as well as upwards to God, to find vision and strength. Events when the whole school community gathers together, like we will on Firework Night, inspire me and give me great encouragement. I’m reminded of the African proverb that it takes a whole village to raise a child.

I do hope you’ve all received information about our parent consultations which begin next week at the infants, and the week after at the juniors. They always provide an opportunity for us to share with you the educational journey that your children are on. Do let us know at the meetings any information that might help us better to support them, both academically and in their wider development. Please do ask questions if there’s anything you’re not sure about, and let us know if we can help with ideas about supporting learning at home. Contact either office if you haven’t received the letter.

Hope to see you up on the field this evening!

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT

Parent Consultations – Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 November
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. We would encourage you to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but please do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library/office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs, including Andy’s clubs (Ball Games and Multi-sports), next week owing to the parent consultations.

School photographs
A reminder that photograph orders should be returned to the school office by Monday 6 November.

Pewley Family Disco - Saturday 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm, last chance to buy tickets.
Please see FOPS section at the end of the newsletter for more info.

Poppy Appeal
We have poppies for sale in the school office (as well as wrist bands, reflectors etc).

Pushchairs
Now that the term is well under way it is advisable to leave your pushchairs or buggies in the playground at drop-off rather than try and navigate the crowded corridors.

Run to ‘Rio’ update
Week 5 – 164 miles, week 6 – 161 miles (total 914 miles).

Lost Property
Our lost property box at the lower entrance is overflowing. Please have a look especially if your child is missing some items of uniform.

Lost:
Dhilan Foat, Hazel Class, has lost a named, yellow ‘minion’ lunch back pack containing a red Thermos and sandwich container.
Christos Theodorou, Beech Class, has lost the hood of his Spiderman coat (possibly lost after Football Club on Thursday).

Vacancy: Catering Assistant, Holy Trinity Pewley Down, Guildford – immediate start
Harrison’s Catering are looking for 3 Catering Assistants to join the catering teams at Pewley Down Infant and Holy Trinity Junior. 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 for working 20 hours per week (4 hours a day), term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to paul.thorne@harrisoncatering.co.uk.


Menu – beginning 6 November
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
Mon: Cottage Pie or Vegetable Cottage Pie; Jam Sponge served with Custard
Tues: Meatballs with Pasta or Butternut, Pepper & Leek potato-topped pie; Fruit Jelly
Weds: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes and Gravy; Chocolate & Banana Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Thurs: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Margarita Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

TEMPEST Photography
Please note that the deadline for handing in your TEMPEST photography orders is Monday 6 November.

HT CANCELLED CLUBS NEXT WEEK:
ALL Library Clubs are cancelled for 2 weeks from Monday 6  – Friday 17 November.  Library clubs will resume from Monday, 20th November.

Book Fair next week and there are lots of great titles, come and have a look ☺

Drama Club is cancelled next Thursday 9 November. Drama will resume on Thursday 16 November.

Dates for your diary: November 2017 
Monday 6 November (for 2 weeks) Book Fair
Friday 10 November Year 3’s production of ‘Wackadoo Zoo’ in the Chapel at 2.00pm.
Tuesday 14 November Parents’ Evening at HT 6-8.30pm.
Thursday 16 November Parents’ Evening at HT 4-6.30pm.

Sport

CANCELLED CLUB:
There is no Year 5 Netball Club on Tuesday 7 November due to a match v. Tormead

Year 5 & Year 6A Football v. Send
Date:  Tuesday 7 November
Time: 3.30-5pm - Parents to help with lifts 
Venue: Send Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS 

Year 5A, B & C Netball v. Tormead
Date: Tuesday 7 November
Time: 3.15 pm - 5pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD

Guildford Primary Schools Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Race
Date:  Thursday 9 November
Time: 3.30-4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Joseph's Catholic School, Aldershot Road, GU2 8YH

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport


Menu - this lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab
Monday: Chicken Korma with Onion Rice and Mango Chutney or Vegetable Pasta Bake, Seasonal Vegetables; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tuesday: Shepherd‘s Pie or Butternut & Leek Tart with New Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar; Apple Strudel
Wednesday: Gammon with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Green Lentil Curry with Rice, Season Vegetables, Jacket Potato; Jelly and fresh fruit salad
Thursday: BBQ Chicken served with Vegetable Pilaf or Salmon Crunch, Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar; Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Friday: Fish Fingers served with Chips and Homemade Tomato Sauce or Vegetable Frittata, Beans or Mushy Peas, Jacket Potato Bar; Ice Cream
Available Daily: Salad Bar, Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar, Fresh Fruit Platter, Freshly Baked Homemade Bread, Yoghurt 


FOPS News (Infant PTA)

We are excited to let you know that we now have our very own FOPS Facebook page! So get online this weekend and 'Like' us on www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/
The page has details of all the events, activities and initiatives that help us come together as a community and raise valuable funds for our school!
Do join us to find out what’s going on and how you can help make a difference! 

There is also a linked closed group which allows us to share more private material (i.e.photos from events or school activities) so don't hesitate to 'ask to join' on there as well!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Pewley Family Disco - Saturday 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm
. Thanks to all those who have already filled out their booking forms for this fun-filled evening. If you haven’t got round to it yet, don’t miss out! If you have mislaid your form just ask at the office.

Phil the Bag - Thursday 9 November. You should have received details in your book bag about how to turn your unwanted clothes and linen into cash for the school! Don’t forget to ‘phil’ those bags and bring them in on morning of 9th. 



FOPS meeting – date change: Wednesday 15th November (8pm Staff Room)
. Please come along to help us plan the Christmas Fair. Everyone welcome.



Action Sunday – Sunday 19 November
- grab a spade and your gardening gloves and help us make Pewley look spick and span! Details to follow soon.



Christmas Fair - Sunday 10 December (1-3pm)
. Save the date – this is the event not to be missed! 

Wanted: wreath-maker or florist! If you know anyone who might want to help us with our festive wreath-making social in the run-up to Christmas please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk



YEAR GROUP ACTIVITIES
Reception - Wednesday 29 November – coffee morning
after drop-off at Suzie’s house (Eleanor’s Mum), 25 Addison Road 


Year 1 - Thursday 7 December - evening drinks
at The Albany

Year 2 - Monday 6 November - coffee morning after drop off at Rebecca's (Isla Coakley's mum, 42 Pewley Way) 

Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! The Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road. Time TBC.

And… Oak class will be having their playground sale on Friday 10th so don’t forget some change!


HTSC News

BONFIRE NIGHT TONIGHT – 6-8PM!
We are looking forward to a fantastic Bonfire Night tonight!
The gates will open at 6.00pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. The BBQ and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate - adults £5.50, children £3.00 (under 5s free).
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

PHIL THE BAG – COMING TO HT NEXT WEEK
FINAL DROP OFF FOR ITEMS 9AM THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Don’t forget that Phil the Bag is coming to HTPD next week! Please drop your bags at the bottom of the ramps from Monday morning (6 November) until 9am on Thursday (9 November)
All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding. The school receives 35 pence for every kilo we manage to collect, that’s £350 per tonne - so every item of clothing counts! Please note that Phil the Bag do not accept blankets, duvets, bric-a-brac, pillows, sleeping bags, rugs, carpet, offcuts of fabric, any WET items, tent canvas, soft toys and no ripped or stained clothing. Please also bear in mind that the clothing is for re-use so should be in a wearable condition.

CHRISTMAS FAIR - EXTERNAL STALLS
There are still several slots free for the external stalls. If you would like a stall at the Christmas Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

HTSC SPONSOR
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please do get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Dates for the diary
Christmas Fair Meeting - Monday 13 November - HT Staff Room straight from drop off
Year 5 & 6 Film Night - Friday 17 November – Swallows and Amazons
Christmas Fair - Friday 1 December 6pm-8pm



A Christmas Concert in aid of Young Epilepsy, Weds 20 December, 7.30-9.30pm, Guildford Cathedral
Join us for an evening of festive music with an all-star line-up, including Soprano Dame Felicity Lott. Tickets (ranging from £12 to £40) available form Guildford Cathedral box office, telephone 01483 547881. Young Epilepsy is the national charity (based in Surrey) supporting children and young people aged 25 and under with epilepsy and associated conditions, as well as their families. We exist to improve the lives of children and young people with the condition to enable them to fulfil their potential and ensure they have the best quality of life. More information at www.youngepilepsy.org.uk