HTPD 15/12/17

15 December 2017

Dear Parents,

What a fantastic week it’s been! I’ve really enjoyed seeing the children at both the infants and the juniors performing their Christmas shows. There were so many children who surpassed expectations and who stole the show with their remarkable stage presence. How lovely to see children’s self-confidence grow and the pleasure that they gained from creating something so enjoyable. I’m sure you’ll agree, the applause was well earned! I was also delighted to see how much money we will be able to donate to Shooting Star Chase – once expenses have been covered, it looks like we will be able to give over £1,600 away this year! Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s optional late start gave some a much needed rest, but those who arrived on time at the juniors were treated to our annual “late start assembly” with Christmas stories, songs, and readings accompanied by teachers treating children to a hilarious re-enactment of Jesus’ Christmas party, Dr Seuss’ Grinch, Good King Wenceslas and a very amusing building of some snowmen.

Next week, we will be walking to St Mary’s (for the infants carol service on Tuesday morning) and Holy Trinity Church (for the juniors on Wednesday afternoon). Do join us if you’d like to share in our Christmas celebrations. We will be ending a term of thinking about “both sides of a story” by considering the mystery of the incarnation, where King Jesus, God’s son, was born in poverty in a manger. I’m hoping we’ll all experience the wonder of “God with us” at Christmas time.

We’d love to invite our parent helpers into school for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as a small token of our gratitude to the team of people who have made such a difference this term. At Pewley this will take place on Tuesday straight after returning from St Mary’s and at the juniors it will be at Wednesday lunchtime, just before we set off to Holy Trinity church. Please let your child’s class teacher or the office staff know if you are planning to come.

And then finally, next Thursday we will come to the end of a super term. I do hope you enjoy your Christmas celebrations!

With best wishes, Clare


Term finishes on Thursday 21 December (1.30 pm at Pewley Down and 1.45 pm at Holy Trinity).
The Spring term starts on Friday 5 January.

Infant & Junior school applications September 2018
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2018 entry is 15 January 2018. Surrey County Council encourage online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey's website at:

In addition to the Surrey application form, there is also a supplementary information form for Reception and Year 3 available on the website or from the school offices.

Parent volunteers

In line with our Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy and procedures, Clare would like to meet with parent helpers to discuss volunteers’ roles in terms of this policy. This will be an annual update going forward. We will also be introducing a badge system so that helpers may easily be identified within the school. These meetings are very important, please try to attend one of the times below: 

Pewley Down: Tuesday 16 January – 9am and 2.30pm 

Holy Trinity: Wednesday 17 January - 8.45am and 2.45pm.


Tuesday 19 December

  • Carols round the Tree: On Tuesday morning Years R, 1 and 2 will all be walking down to St Mary’s church for the carol service at 9.30am. If you can help with walking the children down and back up please let your child’s teacher know.

  • Parent helper ‘thank you’: Parents who help out in school are invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall after the carol service (10.45am). Please let the office know if you are planning to come.

  • Pied Piper Theatre: On Tuesday afternoon the children will be enjoying a performance of ‘Hare and Tortoise’ kindly funded by FOPS.

Pewley Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards is Tuesday 19 December.

Jacob Foster, Beech, has lost his whole PE kit and (separately) a pair of navy named joggers (age 6).

Small black Radley purse and a red drawstring purse with a gingerbread man design (containing some cash) – both found at the Christmas Fair.

Please see FOPS News below …..

Menu: (beginning 18 December)
This menu is available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Forthcoming Diary Dates:
Monday 18 December - Christmas Disco for Years 5 & 6 from 5 – 6.30pm.
Wednesday 20 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm.
Thursday 21 December - School closes for the Christmas holidays at 1.45pm.

SPRING TERM starts at 8.40am on Friday 5 January 2018

Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy this year.
The Royal British Legion has confirmed that HT raised £118.

Menu - Week commencing 18 December

Lost: A pair of reading glasses in a pink case have been mislaid. If you know where the case might be, please let the office know. Thank you.

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the school by coming along to our Christmas Fair on Sunday. We really hope you and your children enjoyed the afternoon.

We would particularly like to thank all of you who came and helped, whether taking a turn (or two or three!) on a stall, helping set-up, tidying up afterwards or fetching, folding tickets, carrying and wrapping in the weeks before! We were overwhelmed with all the offers of help and it was fabulous to have so many of you there on Friday evening and Saturday. This could not happen without you.

Thanks especially to all the class reps for cajoling everyone, taking on the sticking duties, organising the rotas and helping every step of the way.

We are still waiting for a final few costs to come but we hope to be able to give you the total raised very soon!

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and silent auction. See the separate ParentMail for details.

Christmas play film and photos
If you have not yet ordered your copy of the film, Monday will be the very last chance to do this. Please send £8 (payable to FOPS) to the office together with your name, child’s name and email address. We will send you a link so that you can download the film by the end of term.

Stunning photographs of your children in action are available to purchase for just £3.50 per digital image and all proceeds go to the school. Visit: You can find Baubles in the Buy Images tab and then key in the password Pewley123.

Last minute Christmas shopping?
Don’t forget to sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) before shopping online and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs you and us nothing!

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook:

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

The FOPS team


Autumn Term Round-up
Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to HTSC’s activities this term. We have had a very successful few months. As always, we couldn't have done it without your input and help, so THANK YOU!

HT Tea Towels
The HT Tea Towels have arrived and should be coming home via the children today. If you have placed an order, please look out for them. Many thanks to all of you who supported this project – we had a brilliant response.

If you have any queries, please contact Ros Vickerman ( or Cat Allan ( in the first instance.

Easy Fundraising
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas shopping this year and also your online shopping in general for the future. It’s quick and easy at Choose either: Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford as your chosen causes.

Christmas Donation to HTSC
If you have missed out on the various HTSC Christmas activities this festive season, you can always make a Christmas donation to HTSC's fundraising pot by clicking on this link:

Friday 5 January 2018 – Coffee morning
Why not come along to the first coffee morning of the year. Looking forward to seeing as many faces as possible for a warm new year’s cuppa and catch-up. To be held at the bottom of the ramps.

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So, if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them

Dates for the Diary:
Year 5&6 Disco - Monday 18 December

For your Christmas Diary - St. Saviour’s Church, Guildford, are continuing their Christmas services on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 December, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For further information on times etc., please call 01483 455333 or visit:

Sharp Shots Photography Club will be with us again next term to run their After School Club. The Club will run for 9 weeks (16 January – 20 March) from 3.15 – 4.15pm each Tuesday for Years 4 and above. The fee, to be paid on booking, is £72 (£8 per week). Please email:

Energy Kidz are taking bookings for their Winter Wonderland Holiday Club at Boxgrove School. For more information, please call 0333 577 1533 or visit:


HTPD 8/12/17

08 December 2017

Dear parents

I hope you’re looking forward to next week as much as I am! All the rehearsals are over and play week is around the corner. We are so looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy the performances of Baubles and Lion King. This year, once we have covered the costs, we will be raising money for Shooting Star Chase. This amazing organisation provides respite care for families of children who have life-limiting conditions to contend with and we have experienced first-hand how much support our local hospice gives. The children here are keen to sing, dance, act and smile their way into encouraging your generosity – so thank you in advance for coming ready to give!

Because next week is often so tiring for the children, we would ask you to consider making their week as restful as possible. Teacher-led clubs at the juniors will still be running, but we would encourage you to arrange to pick them up at 3.15pm if you can so that they can enjoy a rest before the evening performances.

On Friday morning we have an optional late start. The children can come into school anytime up to 10.30am. At the juniors, they should come straight into the hall for a candle-lit Christmas assembly, and at the infants they can go to their classrooms as usual. It allows for a bit of a lie-in for any children who are worn out after a week of being on stage!

With the infant school Christmas fair on Sunday, I’m sure I’ll see many of you over the weekend. Thank you so much for your generous support of both FOPS and HTSC events. We were so pleased with the amount raised last Friday night at the HT fair, and I’m sure Sunday will also be a great occasion. If you missed the “Christmas Tree of Wishes” for maths equipment, ask Tom about it at the Lion King performances. We’re looking forward to equipping all of our KS2 classrooms with great maths resources – and we can’t do it without your support. Thank you so much!

Finally, a reminder that we will be enjoying Christmas dinner at both sites next week (Thurs at the infants and Friday at the juniors). If your children are not having a school lunch, they might like to have a festive theme to their packed lunch…and they’d all be welcome to wear a Christmas hat, jumper or sprig of tinsel too!

With best wishes


Holy Trinity & St Mary’s Christmas Services
Please follow the link here for details of the special Christmas services at Holy Trinity and St Mary’s Church.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced SEND Teaching Assistant to work with a child in Year 3 to support them with behaviour and the curriculum. Training will be provided, but previous experience would be advantageous. We offer a supportive working environment in pleasant surroundings with parking and hot meals available on-site. This is a full-time position (term time only) which is remunerated at Surrey Pay grade 3. Working hours would be every day from 8.30am to 3.15pm, totalling 31¼ hours per week. Please see our school website (under Vacancies) or follow link here for further details and an application form.


Christmas Post
The Christmas post boxes are now in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends. Please make sure the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

Christmas Play, Monday 11 to Thursday 14 December
We have a few tickets available for the Wednesday and Thursday morning performances if you have not yet ordered your tickets, or would like an extra one for a grandparent. There will be a collection at the end of each performance in aid of Shooting Star Chase, the children’s hospice.

Christmas lunch, Thursday 14 December
If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like a school Christmas Lunch on Thursday, please let the office know by Wednesday 13th.

Optional late start, Friday 15 December
After the Christmas play performances next week there is an optional late start (up to 10.30 am) on Friday – see Clare’s letter above.

Thank you
We are very grateful to Jenny and Jeremy Kingcome for organising the Years 1, 2 and 5 Christmas party at Ye Olde Ship Inn yesterday (and donating the pizza) which raised £252.25 for the school.

Sport Relief
We have just heard that we have been recognised by the charity as a ‘super school’ for the amount of money we raised last year (£827.36).

Kezia Blume (Walnut) has lost a black school shoe, missing since Ballet Club two weeks ago.

Dark blue and yellow Adidas football boots (size 12) – left behind after Football Club yesterday.
Greyish blue scarf with different coloured foxes – left behind at the Y1, 2 and 5 drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn.

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 21, 28 February & 7 March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6 week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour. Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old. The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre. There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions. Please sign up at the Church Info Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or

Infant Menu: (beginning 11 December). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Forthcoming Diary Dates:

Monday - Thursday, 11-14 December - Play Week
Monday 11 December at 1.30 p.m. and 7p.m. Keller, Mandela
Tuesday 12 December at 1.30 p.m. and 7p.m. Nightingale, Shackleton
Wednesday 13 December at 7p.m. Keller, Mandela
Thursday 14 December at 7pm   Nightingale, Shackleton
Children need to arrive between 6.30 – 6.40pm for evening performances

Dates for your diary:
Friday 15 December - Optional late start by 10.30 a.m.
Friday 15 December - Christmas Lunch
Monday 18 December - Christmas Disco for Years 5 & 6 from 5 – 6.30pm.
Wednesday 20 December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm.
Thursday 21 December - School closes for the Christmas holidays at 1.45 p.m.

SPRING TERM starts at 8.40 a.m. on Friday 5 January 2018.

No Sports Fixtures next week

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

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Please come along and join the fun from 1pm until 3pm. Here are some of the things you can look forward to:

LUNCH – delicious homemade soup and bread are on offer as well as hot dogs and fries.

PLUS: Games, gifts, family photos (book ahead of time if you can), crafts, biscuit decoration, mulled wine, mince pies, lucky dip and of course, SANTA!

If you haven’t already handed in your raffle tickets please do so on the day! Don’t miss your chance to win one of our many fabulous prizes including an Apple watch!

You don’t have to wait to start bidding on our silent auction. See Thursday’s parent mail for how to get involved today!


Christmas play DVD – order soon!
So you can treasure memories of the Christmas Nativity forever, we will be filming the production. DVDs will be available to buy, with a percentage of the proceeds coming to the school. Please look out for the order form coming home in your child’s book bag today.

Shopping online this Christmas?
Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Amazon and John Lewis, a percentage of the money you spend can be donated to the school at no extra cost to you!! Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs you and us nothing!

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook:


HT Christmas Fair - THANK YOU!

Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic Christmas Fair last Friday. It was a great festive evening and couldn’t have been achieved without all the help and support from so many parents. Many, many thanks to all of you who helped set up and clear up, ran errands, served on the stalls and, of course, shopped!

A special thank you to Davina for a fabulous Santa's grotto and to Cat Allan and the decorations team for all the wonderfully lion king themed decorations.

Use EasyFundraising for your Christmas Shopping

Please consider signing up to EasyFundraising for your Christmas shopping this year Choose either: Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

Christmas Play - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies plus Tree of Wishes
There will be mulled wine, beer, soft drinks and mince pies for sale before each evening performance of the Lion King next week so don’t forget to bring your purses/wallets if you wish to buy any refreshments.

Also the Christmas Tree of Wishes will be open for anyone who would like to buy a wish for the teachers and their classes. The wishes will be delivered to the children in 2018.

HT Tea Towels
Many thanks to everyone who ordered a year group tea-towel. We had a fantastic response and are expecting the order back on Monday 18 December.

Boogie Pumps After School Club
will be back again at HT in January, 2018. BP offers upbeat, energetic dance clubs where your child can learn street dance in a safe environment, grow in confidence and make new friends. Bookings can be made through BP’s website:, call 07391 695207 or email:

Computer Explorers will be running a new Saturday morning Computer Club for 8 – 11 year olds from January, 2018 at Onslow Village Hall, Guildford. The club will run from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. The cost is £79 for 10 sessions. Please visit, call 01483 600272 or email: for further information.

Koosa will be running their Christmas Holiday Club
for one day only on 22nd December, at St. Joseph’s School, Aldershot Road. To find out more or book: or call 0845 094 2322