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Infant 18/10/13

18 October 2013

Dear Parents,

I wonder if your job gives you some great highs and lows or whether it is a constant and consistent task which you perform. Teaching can certainly have great moments, for example when a child eventually grasps a principle in maths when the teacher has tried in five or six ways without success. A similar moment can occur in writing when somebody unexpectedly writes a piece of creative writing full of sensitivity and style. We are fortunate at HTPD that these times occur frequently and that your children put in great effort to achieve as well as they do.

There are however times of great serendipity when something happens which is such a wow moment you know that you will always remember it and want to share it with everyone. Well, I had one such event which happened this morning. I was leading nineteen boys and one girl with Helen and Sarah Jackson on a bird watching adventure. We were in Guildford’s water meadow park – behind Spectrum. There was an information board which showed various forms of wild life, I was pointing out the picture of a kestrel and telling the children its habits and features, when Marius said “stop”, followed by “look”. We raised our eyes and there was a kestrel in the sky; still with wings vibrating and tail feathers splayed and quivering. We watched it drop ten metres and hover again and then a further ten metres. Then it fell like a stone to the pasture and a mouse or vole became its mid morning snack! It was a stunning moment and everyone was amazed. I think one or two of the children wondered if somehow we had laid it on specially! It was just a great morning talking to Jonah who at just eleven has a phenomenal knowledge of British birds, of talking with Toby and Abhirup who were just so excited and happy to be really looking at birds closely. So all in all just a great time, but Marius and I will never forget our kestrel.

This week we have celebrated with Olcay Tokunaga. She was officially installed as a British citizen on Tuesday. She works as a TA in year six and always gives of her very best. We are so pleased to have her achieve this important milestone.

At Pewley Down we are continuing to have some parking issues. Please everyone try to operate to our unofficial one way system at morning and afternoon drop off/pick up time. Secondly if you could refrain from using the double yellow layby outside the school gates – you are in serious danger of getting a ticket – I did recently and also it means parents and vehicles with disabled stickers can use this rather than block the main part of the road. Thank you for your help with this.

With best regards, Richard



Teacher-led clubs, Tuesday 22nd
Owing to the short week, there will be no Drama or J2LYK clubs next Tuesday 22nd.

Half Term
Don’t forget that school closes early at 12.00 next Wednesday 23 October and re-opens on Monday 4 November. PUPS will run from 12.00-5.00pm on Wednesday 23rd and then at half term, 28 October to 1 November.

Operation Christmas Child
Leaflets for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal went home this week following the super assembly on Tuesday with Mungo the bear; have a look at the pictures on the website. The shoeboxes filled with small gifts are sent to children in need across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Please bring filled shoeboxes in to the school office by Friday 8 November. If you did not receive a leaflet we have more copies in the office.

Year R photo
A group photograph of the Year R children will appear in the Surrey Advertiser on 8 November.

Maths Evening
If you were unable to attend the Maths Evening this week there are copies of the booklet available at the office. Please do pick one up to find out what your child will be covering this year in school. The presentation from the evening is also now available on the website, click here.

Dogs
A reminder to parents that dogs are not allowed in the playground. Please could you also avoid leaving them tied up too near the school gates.

Yoga
Someone (possibly a Reception parent) completed the ‘How active are you?’ form and was offering to run a yoga class but unfortunately did not name the form. Please contact the office if it was you.


FOPS NEWS

The Wild Place Open Day - Sunday 20 October
We are having an autumn clear up at the Wild Place this Sunday afternoon (1pm to 4pm). At the moment, the forecast looks rather "changeable"! If it is wet, we will postpone, in which case your class reps will send out an email on Sunday morning. We have a long list of jobs to make sure the Wild Place can continue to be used through the winter so we need many pairs of helping hands. Please come along with your gardening tools (shears, pruners, strimmers, wheelbarrows) and a flask of tea! Children are welcome too but are the responsibility of their parents. The Wild place is on the far side of the allotments at the end of Pewley Hill.

Start your Christmas preparations early:

Northbrook Wrapping Papers - deadline Wednesday 23 October
There are now only a few days to get your Northbrook orders in to the office as they need to be back before half term. Northbrook's beautiful wrap & cards help the school to raise funds. They also produce very reasonable birthday cards which work out at less than 20p per card. Every item purchased at £3.50 provides 77p for the school. If you have not received a brochure & would like one please text Becca Clegg on 07796 780042 or email becca.clegg@ntlworld.com.

IQ Christmas Cards - deadline Wednesday 23 October
If you wish to order cards, labels or gift wrap in your child's design from IQ Christmas cards, please return the completed order together with the correct payment to the School Office by before half term. The school receives commission on every order. Last year we raised almost £500.

Phil the Bag Collection - Wednesday 6 November
If you are clearing out your wardrobe this half term, please donate your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and textiles to our Phil the Bag Collection on Wednesday 6 November. The school receives commission for every kilo collected and the clothes and textiles are then sold on and distributed to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries, which at the same time saves our environment from the burden of further resources going to landfill. There will be a "Phil the Bag" bag coming home in your child's book bag before half term. There are more available from the School Office if you would like them but any bin bag will do.

School Disco - Saturday 16 November
Back by popular demand, the Family School Disco is returning on Saturday 16 November 2013 in the School Hall. Please join us in the school hall from 5.30pm until 8pm for a boogie. A ticket application form will be coming home in your child's book bag before half term.


Lost:
Halla Alfaiz (Chestnut Class) has misplaced her named, Shackleton jumper.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 October
Mon: Pasta with Tomato Sauce & Salmon or Cheese, Cauliflower, Peas; Biscuit with Chocolate Sauce
Tues: Breaded Fish or Veggie Nuggets in a Bap, Sliced Green Beans, Sweet Corn; Sponge Cake