Infant 12/9/14

12 September 2014

To parents and all associated with Holy Trinity Pewley Down School

I have received this week a letter from Richard Rowe announcing his retirement from the school after 25 years as head teacher, with effect from the end of this academic year. By next summer, Richard will also have completed 42 years’ service as a teacher within Surrey. Now is not the time for farewell speeches – we will do that in full in July. But I cannot let this moment pass without acknowledging publicly how much this neighbourhood of Guildford owes to Richard. He is a man of exceptional talent: a visionary leader, a brilliant educator, a man who is always worth listening to, and a charismatic leader who loves to draw out the talents of those he is with. It has been a delight and a privilege to know Richard for so long, and to have benefitted from his immense skill and friendship over many years.

The governors are meeting on Monday 15th September to set in motion the processes that will lead to a new appointment. We will be wanting to listen carefully to parents, children, staff and the community, about what is required to continue the excellence of this school and to take us forward into the next phase of our life together. We will be in touch with you all soon and look forward to your involvement soon. Please be ready to celebrate Richard in July 2015.

Best wishes
Robert Cotton
Chair of Governors


Year R:
We look forward to seeing Year R parents at
• the Information Evening on Phonics & Reading, Tuesday 16 September, 7.00pm, and
• the Picnic, Friday 19 September 1.15pm

Assembly:
This term’s assembly series is based on the bible story of Moses journeying through the wilderness. As part of the theme, we would like the children to meet a range of people who help us on our journey through life. If you or a relative has one of the following jobs and you would be free to visit on a Friday at 10am for assembly, please let us know (clareb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk):
Traffic warden (19/9), Police officer (26/9), Fire office (3/10), Doctor (10/10), Lifeboat man/ rescue service (17/7), Soldier (7/11), Referee (14/11), Physio (21/11), Vicar (28/11), Astronomer (5/11)
Thanks in anticipation!

School lunches: A reminder that we do need one week’s notice if you want to change from school lunches to a packed lunch (or vice versa). This is to allow enough time for the kitchen to adjust their ordering. Many thanks.

Newsletter:
The newsletter is available on the school website on Friday afternoons and we send out a ParentMail reminder as well. For the first few weeks of term we are also producing paper copies. If you do not have access to the internet please let the office know and we will continue to provide a paper copy.

Lost:
Max Lewis, Walnut Class, has lost a green Sistema water bottle (named).

Ballet Club: There are still spaces in Ballet Club, Thursdays 3-4pm in the hall. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact Kate Webster kate@tiptoesandtutus.co.uk or 07825 368737.

Yoga Club for years 1 & 2:
If your child would like to take part in the Yoga Club this term please look out for the separate letter coming home in book bags today. Yoga is on Wednesdays and will start next week, 17 September.

Swimming Club:
A reminder, for those children involved in the Swimming Club, that it starts tonight, Friday 12th. If you cannot attend please let Jan know direct.

Pewley Down Mini-Tennis Club
– starts Tuesday 16 September: Due to popular demand, Premier Tennis are proud to continue the PDTC for Years 1 and 2 for this half-term only. Players of all abilities are welcome. To register interest, please email james.auckland@premiertennis.co.uk. Tuesdays - 3.15-4.15pm. 6 Week programme from 16 Sept – 21 Oct. Playground (indoor back-up in Rainbow room).
 

FOPS

FOPS Committee and Class Reps: The FOPS AGM was very well attended on Tuesday evening. This year's committee members are:
Co-Chairs - Emily Bourke, Nicci Holliday & Jill Morgan
Treasurer - Sarah Bird
Secretary - Sam Ingham

Many thanks to all those who have volunteered to be class reps this year. The class reps are as follows:
Walnut - Lucy Dolling & Helen Day
Chestnut - Susanne Birkett, Niki Covington & Vanessa Taylor
Beech - Stephanie Henley
Oak - Isabel Castro, Steph Devers & Sharon Turton
Willow - Cat Allan, Nicci Holliday & Layla Johnson
Hazel - Linda Britain & Davina McAleely
It would be great to have another rep for Beech class. Please speak to Stephanie if you are able to help out.

A huge thanks to all those who did a great job as class reps last year.

FOPS Meeting - 24 September 2014:
The first FOPS meeting of the year will be held on 24 September2014 at 8pm in the staff room. All parents, carers and teachers are automatically members of FOPS and all are very welcome at the meeting. Please come along and help us plan events for the Christmas term.

Save the Date - Family School Disco - 18 October 2014:
Back by popular demand, FOPS will be hosting a Family School Disco on Saturday 18 October from 5.45pm to 8pm in the School Hall. This will be great fun for all the family. Ticket application forms will come home in your child's book bag the end of September.

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 £400 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, Nicci or Jill.

Playground Cake Sale Dates - Autumn Term:
The Autumn term is here again, which means Friday afternoons see the return of our ever-popular playground cake sales. As usual each class gets the chance to show off their baking (or buying) skills by selling cakes at pick up. The list of dates is below, please check out the date for your class and get involved. Last year our cake and lolly sales raised an amazing £724 for the school - and the children got to enjoy an regular extra end of week treat too!
Walnut: 3rd Oct; Chestnut:10th Oct, Beech: children's cake sale 17th Oct, Oak: 7th Nov,
Hazel: 21st Nov, Willow: 28th Nov

Year R Coffee Morning, 15 September

Further to the leaflet you would have received in your children’s book bag, a coffee morning will be held on Monday 15 September, after drop-off till 10h30.
Linda Britain (Nicole’s mum) will be hosting Hazel parents at her home (linda.britain@btinternet.com or 07866 186975 for further details) and Cat Allan (Joshie’s mum) will be hosting Willow parents (catrionaallan@yahoo.co.uk or 07817 085366).

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Need a good home
Grey Maclaren Quest pushchair with raincover, Britax black Hi-Liner Booster seat (with high back) and Britax Cosy Tot Car seat Universal 0-13 kg with Isofix. Grey, beige check cover. It would be greatly appreciated if you made a donation to school for any of the items. Please contact Sari on 07808 986640.