• Due to last minute changes, places available in Year R - get in touch for info.

Infant 20/9/13

20 September 2013

Dear Parents,

I do hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some late summer sun; a great chance to get outside. My big event is moving a double bed including mattress from my daughter’s house in Enfield to my other daughter’s in West Horsley (on top of my wife’s car!) So if you see bits of bed littering the M25 you’ll know it was not too successful!

We have had a very good week in school. We’ve now had both of the meet the teacher/curriculum evenings. I would like to thank you for your great support for your children’s learning by coming to these meetings. It makes a great and measurable difference to a child’s progress if their parents get involved. Thank you to all who offered to help in school, this provides us with an array of people who work with children who in turn make rapid progress.

At both evenings we had the AGMs of the Parent Teacher Associations. As the two schools have worked closer and closer together we keep these separate so that parents can really see the difference they are making at their part of the school. I would like to thank both groups for stunning work and a real commitment to the school. FOPS have enabled the roof work to be completed by providing the extra 10% on top of the grant from the diocese. HTSC provided the floor for the chapel which has finished the main part of the building. These big donations were in addition to many other smaller donations which have made such a difference for children. A special word of thanks to Emily Bourke and the triumvirate of Karen, Stephanie and Caroline who led the two groups with great verve, imagination and enthusiasm. FOPS are still in need of a Chairperson for this coming year – please consider this carefully and give Ruth a ring if you can help out. Emily has said she is willing to ‘show you the ropes’ and help you settle into the task.

The ‘Every Child Matters’ committee of the governors will shortly be writing to you all about the problems of cars dropping off and picking up. There have been several near miss accidents recently. Please be extra careful at this time. As an experiment we are now allowing drop-off at Holy Trinity from 8.20 instead of 8.30 to produce a more staggered number of cars arriving.

With best wishes, Richard

Year R going home times: 
Reception Year classes (spring and summer born children) will continue to go home at 1.15pm (Willow) and 1.25pm (Hazel) for the time being. The first group of children to stay full-time (autumn born) will need to be collected at 2.45pm from Monday 23rd until further notice. 

Photos, Tuesday 24 September: Don’t forget smart school uniform on Tuesday when the photographer will be in school to take individual photos of the children. 

CHANGE to meeting for new parent helpers, Monday 30 September, 2.30pm: Apologies but we have had to change the date of the information meeting for new parent helpers to Monday 30 September (previously 25th). Please come along to the Pewley Down staffroom if you are thinking of helping out in school (all year groups). 

Clubs: A reminder that teacher-led clubs start next week (beginning 23 September). Teacher-led clubs include Drama and Just to Let You Know on Tuesdays; Binca, Construction, Film and Newspaper Club on Wednesdays and Recorder Club on Thursday lunchtime.

School Council: We are pleased to announce the members of the 2013 School Council:
Year 2: Orla Williams, James Laporte, Archie Collins and Lola Ingham.
Year 1: Rohan Sabharwal, Isla Morgan, Stanley Ingham, Mabel Boissiere.
Reception year will join in the summer term.

HTPD School Prayer Group, Thursday 26 September, 7.45 – 8.45pm: We are a friendly group of parents who meet to support the school prayerfully and practically! We celebrate the start of the new school year on Thursday 26th in the Holy Trinity staff room with Richard Rowe. All welcome! If you are unable to come but are interested in learning more about the group, please email emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Home School Link Worker Coffee Morning, Monday 7 October: Our next coffee morning will be on 7 October at 9:30 am. Debbie Bell from Surrey Young Carers is coming to give a chat and give out information. This will be about how they can help support children who have members of their family that have a mental or physical illness, including syndromes such as ADD, ADHD or ASD. Any parents or carers from Pewley Down or Holy Trinity are welcome, and it will be held in the staffroom at Holy Trinity. Best wishes, Lucy and Paula.

Newsletter: This is the last week for paper copies of the newsletter. From next week it will be available on the website and we will send a ParentMail reminder on Fridays. Please let the office know if you still require a paper copy. If you are not receiving ParentMails please also let the office know. 
 


FOPS NEWS

FOPS Meeting - 30 September, 8pm
The next PTA meeting will take place on Monday 30th at 8pm in the Staff Room. We will be discussing exciting events and fundraising ideas for the year. All are very welcome.

IQ Christmas Cards – Co-ordinator Needed!
Do you have a few hours spare this half term to co-ordinate a small fundraising project? We would like to run the IQ Christmas Card scheme again this year which raised over £450 for the school last year. This offers parents the chance to buy packs of Christmas cards with their child’s design on. If you could help with this one, please speak to Emily Bourke.

FOPS Chair
We are still without a chairman for the FOPS Committee this year. If you think you might be able to get involved (even in a small way) please speak to Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com). 

Reception night out – Tuesday 1 October, 8.30 onwards
Come along to the Albany, everybody welcome.



Library: If anyone has a bit of free time to come and help in the library we would love to hear from you. It’s not a big job - 20 minutes once or twice a week. Also, if anyone is interested in helping with Year 2’s library session on Friday afternoons we would love to hear from you too. Please contact the school office. 

Scooters: Guildford Day Nursery have been in touch to ask that children who walk or ride their scooters to school stay on the pavement and do not walk or ride through their car park. They are concerned that someone will get hurt soon as there have already been a couple of near misses with cars.

Found: One black Clarks school shoe size 13½G.

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One big step for Daniel – Family Fun Trail, Sunday 22 September, 2-4pm: Daniel is a little local boy with spastic cerebral palsy whose parents are trying to raise £55,000 for an operation to help him walk. As part of the fundraising they are collecting milk bottle tops and we have a collection bin in the office area. Please try and remember to bring them in before they go in the recycling!

Also, this Sunday afternoon there will be a Family Fun Trail starting and finishing at the Holy Trinity lower playground (Cline Road). The cost is £5 per family and there will be treats and fun along the way as well as tea, coffee and cakes at the end. To find out more go to www.onebigstepfordaniel.co.uk 

Want to Give Football a Try? If you have a boy or girl aged between 6 and 10 who wants to play football on Saturday mornings, come to St. Francis Sports and just give it a try. 2 trial sessions remaining: this Saturday 21st September and Saturday 28th 9.15 - 10.30 am, only £40 for the whole season. Further details from minisoccer@stfrancissports.co.uk. Training at King's College, Southway, Guildford, GU2 8DU (near the Royal Surrey Hospital and Tesco).

New Players wanted for local Boys & Girls Under 7 Team: Guildford Saints Boys & Girls FC is a friendly club based in the Merrow area of Guildford. We are currently recruiting boys and girls for our Under 7 Sunday league team – players should be 6/7 years old and in Year 2 at school. Training takes place on Saturday mornings with matches played in a friendly league on Sunday. For further information:http://guildfordsaints.org/ or contact Alan Byrne: aieero.byrne@ntlworld.com