HTPD 2/11/18

02 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for your generous donations to our Harvest appeal this week. It was just magnificent to see the display of food at both our infant and junior Harvest celebrations and to count up the money sent in for the Indonesian Disaster Fund. We’ve raised at least £200 (with the final total still going up!) as well as stocking up the Salvation Army food bank for the people of Guildford who find themselves in a time of need. It was so good to see the children wanting to make a difference. The joy expressed in song and prayers in both assemblies was just great with children talking about it all in the playground for the rest of the week. A visit to Pewley from Robert Cotton, our chair of governors made it all the more memorable as he described his attempts to grow his own mint for his wife’s mint tea!

Next week, we begin a fortnight of parent-teacher meetings (do get in touch with your child’s class teacher if you have not yet made an appointment). Come along ready to share in an update of your child’s learning journey, do take a look at their work and find something great that they’ve done to celebrate with them. I read this week that praise in childhood is an important protective factor against poor teenage mental health – it’s so important to let the children hear how proud we are of them. 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.

You may have seen on our website earlier in the year the exciting news that we have been awarded the International Schools Award. Thanks to Helen Pronger’s hard work and determination, our international links have been recognised as a strength of the school. It’s been wonderful to see the impact of our international families on school life. We are so grateful to those of you that have made a contribution to the children’s learning, to those that have shared with the classes an understanding of life overseas and brought an international flavour to our curriculum To give you a taste of some of the different activities that we’ve been involved with, we’ve compiled a photo-story board; you’ll be able to take a look at this when you come in for your parent-teacher meeting. At the juniors it’ll be on display at the school entrance at the top of the ramp, before moving up to the infants for the following week.

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. Please 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’m sure it’ll be a fun evening; it’s always such a fantastic whole school event!

With best wishes, Clare

INFANT

Photograph orders
The very last day for returning photograph order forms is Monday 5 November

Parent consultation forms
Parent consultations will be taking place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November. If you haven’t already done so, please return your form by Monday 5 November.

Poppy Appeal
We are again supporting The Royal British Legion by selling poppies, wristbands, friendship bracelets, reflectors and snap bands - all available from the school office.

Lost
William Redelbach Gaisford, Willow, has lost his blue, named Polarn O Pyret jacket.
Jacob Foster, Chestnut, has lost his (probably named) Nightingale fleece.
Imogen Thomas, Willow, has lost her named Nightingale cardigan. It has been missing for some time so please check that it hasn’t been taken home in error.
Found: Small child’s silver bracelet.
Tortoiseshell glasses (adult size) found in the front playground.

Looking for a Pre-School?
Christ Church Pre-School Playgroup opened in 1973 and has long been a part of the local educational community.  It is strongly supported by a lovely network of parents and carers. We are looking for more families to join us and are warmly welcoming children, from age 2 1/2 yrs onwards, to start with us this educational year and next. We are located on Waterden Road in Christ Church Hall, a bright, large hall with plenty of indoor space, plus a garden and outdoor play area.  We are open four mornings and one afternoon per week. For an informal chat, please speak to Zoe Jeffries (Mum of Lexi - Hazel), Susie Grundy (Mum of Heidi - Beech) or Hannah Hayden (Mum of Emme - Beech). To arrange a visit directly please contact manager Jo Smith on 07867 918877 or email christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com.

Menu: week 2 (beginning 5 November)


JUNIOR

Dates for your diary
Tuesday, 6th November - Music Medley
Tuesday, 6th November - HT Parent Consultation Evening (6.00 - 8.30 p.m.)
Thursday, 8th November - HT Parent Consultation Evening (4.00 – 6.30 p.m.)
Friday, 16th November - Year 3’s production of NOAH at 2.00 p.m.

School Photographs
Please check your child’s bookbags as order forms for the recent Tempest Photographs were sent home this week. Please return to the Office asap and note that they MUST be brought to the Front Office by Monday, 12th November.

Cancelled Clubs
Due to Parent Consultations next week, some of the teacher led clubs, including all Lunchtime clubs are cancelled.

The following teacher lead clubs will operate as normal:

Monday – Year 4 Netball
Tuesday – Years 5 & 6 Basketball
Wednesday – Hockey
Thursday – Year 4 Early Morning Basketball Y4
– Year 5 Netball
– Year 4 Dodgeball

All other teacher led clubs after school are cancelled:
Tuesday – Years 3 & 4 football / Making a Meal of It / Badminton / Newspaper Club
Wednesday – Art Club / Knitting / Shakespeare 
Thursday – Early Morning Running / Years 5 & 6 Football 
Friday – Year 6 Netball

All paid (externally run) clubs will run as normal.

Music Medley on Tuesday
Children should have signed up with their House Leader and will need to remember their music and instruments. If they are using a backing track, they should give it to their House Leader as soon as possible on Tuesday. Good luck to everyone taking part.

Poppy Appeal
We are again supporting The Royal British Legion by selling poppies which are available from the school office.

Sport

Due to very low numbers, from W/C 12th Nov Y3 & Y4 Tag Rugby on a Monday after school has been cancelled. We have split Year 5 and 6 football – Year 5 football will be on a Monday and Year 6 will be on a Thursday will be Year 6 only. Please see the updated Clubs Timetable for details of other clubs running during the week.

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


Lost:
Louisa Mackie (6T) has mislaid her blue hoodie with “Eat Sleep Dive Repeat” on it. It means so much to Louisa so if you know where the hoodie might be, please come to the office and let us know. Thank you.

Looking for a Pre-School? 
Christ Church Pre-School Playgroup opened in 1973 and has long been a part of the local educational community.  It is strongly supported by a lovely network of parents and carers. We are looking for more families to join us and are warmly welcoming children, from age 2 1/2 yrs onwards, to start with us this educational year and next. We are located on Waterden Road in Christ Church Hall, a bright, large hall with plenty of indoor space, plus a garden and outdoor play area.  We are open four mornings and one afternoon per week. For an informal chat, please speak to Zoe Jeffries (Mum of Lexi - Hazel), Susie Grundy (Mum of Heidi - Beech) or Hannah Hayden (Mum of Emme - Beech). To arrange a visit directly, please contact manager Jo Smith on 07867 918877 or email - christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com.

Menu Week 2 - This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


HTSC News

Welcome back to what is a slightly crazy half term HTSC wise! We know we ask a lot from you this term and we are very grateful for all your support. We will send a ParentMail out next week with everything for the term on it and I am sure your class Reps will keep you up to date (4N have you got anyone to take on this vital role yet?)

Really looking forward to one of (if not THE) best night in the school calendar tonight. The Bonfire Night and Fireworks display is always a brilliant night out and with burgers, sausages (and veggie ones!) drinks, donuts and glow sticks, what’s not to like? And the weather forecast is for it to be dry!
We always need helpers on Sunday to clear up the metal debris so, if you can spare an hour on Sunday at 11 am, we’d be really thankful (if you have a wheelbarrow all the better!). Big shout out to Ben Simmons who has bought us lots of wood and pallets! Thank you, Ben!

Phil The Bag is next week - they will take things in any state - even if it’s not good enough for the charity shop, it’s good enough for Phil. Pants, socks, towels, sheets, shoes. You name it. Great opportunity for a pre-Christmas clear out - make room for the obligatory novelty socks, jumpers and hankies! The more you get rid of, the more money we make!! So bring in your bags from Monday to Wednesday and leave them inside the atrium at the bottom of the ramp. Please do not bring them after Wednesday evening as school have no way of disposing of items that miss the collection.

Last call for Tea Towel Orders! Our order needs to go off on Monday for Christmas delivery. We may have a few spares at the Christmas Fair - which is 30th November!

Talking of Christmas
- thank you to the three people who turned up to the first meeting. The next one is on 13th December at Rogues - 8 pm. Maybe the thought of wine will entice some more of you - we really could do with the support!

Important Dates

5 November - Tea Towel last order
30 November - Christmas Fair
4-6 December - Play Week


FOPS NEWS (Infant PTA)

Tea towel booking forms should be in by next Monday the 5th November. They will make great Christmas presents, so why not order a few extra! If you didn't find the form in your child's book bag this week please bring money with you on Monday and order with Ruth. They are £4 each or £10 for 3. 

Phil the Bag is on Wednesday 7th November! If you haven't cleared your cupboards over the half term then there is still time to do it this weekend. Please bring your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, hats and household linen in regular bin liners and leave them at the school on the grass verge in front of the staff room by 9am. The heavier the bag, the more we raise!

School Disco, Saturday 10th November 5.30pm - 7.30pm. We have ordered the sweets, the glow sticks and the DJ is compiling your requested play list! Thank you to all who have done their booking forms already. Your names will be on a VIP list at the door. If you haven't done so there is still time to do it next week. The most popular song request is Shot Gun and we will be playing Baby Shark too :) 

! Disco help needed. We have created SignUp links through which you can pick your preferred time slot. This system is very easy to use and doesn't need you to register, just enter your name and email address. SignUp doesn't share your email with anyone!

Please sign up for Pewley Down DIsco - Reception Rota:

http://signup.com/login/entry/185757776072 

Please sign up for Pewley Down Disco - Year 1 Rota! 
http://signup.com/login/entry/1037006848575888016 



Please sign up for Pewley Down Disco - Year 2 Rota! 

http://signup.com/login/entry/795824576067 

Save the date:
Sat 10th November - SCHOOL DISCO (5.30 - 7.30pm)
Sat 8th December - CHRISTMAS FAIR (3pm -5pm)
Sun 20th January 19 - Action Sunday
Sat 23rd March 19 - Bake & Stroll
Sat 11th May - new social event - more info to follow 

Social dates for your diary

Reception 
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Rebecca's house  (42 Pewley Way)  
Friday 23rd November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road) 

Year 1
Thursday 8th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Cafe Nero on North Street
Thursday 29th November - Christmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)

Year 2
Tuesday 6th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Eloise's house (8 Pewley Way)
Friday 30th November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ TBC

Playground Sales for this term are as follows:
Friday 9th November - Beech
Friday 16th November - Willow
Friday 23rd November - Hazel