Junior 6/9/13

06 September 2013

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new year at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We have had a very good start in all areas of the school. It has been great to see the children in Year R and 3 settling so well into their new environment. We thank all the staff who made these transitions so good. We have tried to think of all situations which may arise and how children and families will cope with them. Please let me know how the process of joining the school for the first time or moving on to the junior school has been for you, as we are always seeking to improve. We welcome three new full time teachers to the school: Claire Cruddas is in Year 3, Heather Havermans changes her role and becomes a teacher in Year 5, Cheryl Brace is working in Year 6.

Talking about new beginnings some parents will be interested to know that Victoria Reiblein has had a baby boy – Toby who the staff met at a party yesterday. Henry’s wife Juliette is due to have a baby anytime and Bec is leaving today to start maternity leave. I will let you know as soon as we have news!

It’s been a productive time for the school buildings. At Pewley Down the roof is being replaced as is all the guttering. This £170,000 project has been ninety per cent funded through the Diocese with most of the remaining ten per cent generously donated by FOPS (Friends of Pewley School). At Holy Trinity the Chapel floor is now in place – again thanks to your giving through HTSC (Holy Trinity School Community). I am so grateful to our two PTAs for all their hard work which makes such a difference. Further fundraising is very important to continue these and other projects.

Please can I draw everyone’ s attention to the Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 10 September at Pewley Down and Tuesday 17 September at Holy Trinity. These are key meetings which set out the programme for the year and give a lot of vital information. On this occasion I will be speaking about our way forward with homework.

All the staff our very excited about the challenges of this next year and we look forward to working closely with you.

With very best wishes, Richard

PS. We are very keen to obtain a piano for the Chapel. This could be either a standard upright or a high quality electric piano. Please let us know if you are able to make this donation and we will arrange transport. Thank you.


Dates for your diary for September
Monday 16 - Year 5 visit RGS; Year 6 visit to Wisley Gardens
Tuesday 17 - Curriculum Evening 7pm
Wednesday 18 - Years 3 and 4 begin swimming lessons at the Spectrum

Newsletter
This week we will be producing a paper copy of the newsletter. After that we will revert to putting the newsletter on the website on Fridays and sending out a ParentMail reminder with a link to the website. If anyone is unable to access the internet please let the office know and we will provide a paper copy.

Help please!
Would you please write on the back of any cheques for Holy Trinity your child’s name and what the cheque is for? Thank you. It helps enormously!

Finance Officer
We are recruiting for a Finance Officer to assist in the busy Accounts Office for 20 hours per week. Details will be on the website next week and sent by Parentmail.

Reading Journals
This year we will be using a new reading journal to record every aspect of your child’s reading journey. These are very important books and will be used for guided reading, individual reading and comprehension activities within the classroom as well as reading with you at home. Please help your child to look after their journal and ensure it is returned to school each day.

After School Clubs – begin on Monday 9 September, unless stated otherwise. Please see attached.

Dangerous Book Club – there is only limited spaces for this club and unfortunately it is now full.

Free School Meals
If you feel you may be entitled to Free school meals, please contact the office in confidence.

Medical Conditions
Please would you speak to the school office if your child has any medical conditions we need to be aware of.

Fairtrade Snacks The Eco Team will be selling Fairtrade snacks for 50p at break time from Monday.

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There are 2 tortoiseshell, female, 9 week old kittens looking for a happy and loving home. Sadly, both sets of people who initially wanted to take them have been unable to do so for different reasons. They are very playful, healthy, had their initial 9 week injection and have been de-wormed. All ready and set to go. Please could any interested party contact Liz on 07880 700800. Thank you.

Free Family Fun Day – Sunday 8 September, 11-3pm, Christ Church Guildford, Waterden Rd
Free face painting, bouncy castle, informal games & crafts for children, book stall – pop in for Family Service at 10am in the Church, coffee served from 11am in the hall; BBQ starts at 12 in gardens. All welcome, do join us! For more information contact Michael Tame 07795 173161

ART CLASS with Elena Andreeva starts again on Monday the 23rd of September. The class runs at HT on Mondays 3.30-5pm. Children learn drawing, painting, composition and create artwork from direct observation, as well as from imagination. The cost is £110 for 10 sessions. If you would like to book a place for your child, please contact Elena on 01483 560385, art.elenaandreeva@googlemail.com

Amazing Art Club: Engaging, Creating, Inspiring!
Come along and have fun making and doing: from mono printing to mini books, painting Pop Art portraits and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. Maximum 10 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops. Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. 24th September - 3rd December (half term 29th October). All materials included in the price. For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com

BEC-Art Classes start again on Saturday 7 September for 9 weeks. One place remaining in the 9.30am slot for a child aged 8 plus. All 7 plus slots in the 11.45am class now filled. We shall be using watercolours, acrylics, printing, creating in 3 dimensions finishing with gilding. www.becart.co.uk for more details or to book the last place.