Infant 26/6/15

26 June 2015

Dear parents

One thing I have discovered in life is to always take opportunities which are presented to you. As parents we try to give our children great experiences as well as a stable and loving home. When we lived in America with our two girls, we first came across the concept of ‘making memories’ and we have continued to do that throughout our children’s lives. Tomorrow (Saturday) for my 63rd birthday treat my son Ollie and I are climbing Sharp Edge and Blencathra in the Lake District – a challenge for me and hopefully a happy memory for us both.

Children at HTPD are given lots of memory-making activities from a day at West Wittering in Year 2 to a week in North Shropshire in Year 6. The children so enjoy these and they learn important lessons for life. Our children as individuals also take part in a wide variety of activities representing their town and county at tennis, skating and diving. Next week I am hoping to see Petra Todd as she appears in Carmen at the Coliseum Theatre with the English National Opera. It will be a great experience and I will even try to get her to sign my programme!

Next year Clare may well introduce a list of experiences which we have been considering which children will have the opportunity to have from Year 1 to Year 6.

So this weekend, I do hope you can all get outside and make some memories and I will let you know how it went at Blencathra.

With best wishes, Richard

Congratulations to all our school gardeners for achieving Silver in “Guildford in Bloom”.

School will be closed on Monday 29 June for the mid-summer holiday.

Pewley garden tidy-up, Sunday 28 June
A reminder that this will now take place on Sunday from 10.00 am (and not Saturday 27th owing to the Armed Forces Day). We are hoping that parents will be able to come along for an hour or two to help tidy-up the outside areas before the Summer Fair. Please bring brooms, secateurs, bin bags etc. If you bring the children with you (to help or just play in the playground) they will need to be under your supervision.

Walnut Class packed lunch, Tuesday 30 June
A reminder that Walnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch from home on Tuesday owing to the move-up morning. Chestnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch on Tuesday 14 July.

Class photos
The absolute deadline for return of photo orders to the school office will be first thing next Tuesday 30 June.

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (commencing 29 June) will be the last week for teacher-led clubs.

Year 2 swimming
Wednesday 1 July will be the last swimming session for Year 2. Pease bring in your payment for swimming this term if you have not already done so.

Year 2 Leavers’ Assembly, Monday 20 July
Year 2 parents are invited to attend the Leavers’ Assembly on Monday 20 July at 9.30 am

Recycle Challenge
This week Recycle Man has challenged Willow Class to use old toys to create something fun or useful. Please bring your creations into school on Thursday or Friday.

HTPD Prayer Group
We end the year with a Celebration together, at Bec Clift’s house on Thursday 2nd July at 7.45pm. All welcome! Contact Emma Laporte for details

Ballet Club Show, Thursday 2 July
Parents are invited to the end-of-term Ballet Show on Thursday and should arrive at 3.30pm. This will be the final ballet class this term.

Calling for an accounts examiner
The school needs to appoint an ‘independent examiner’ to review the voluntary funds accounts annually. This could be a parent as long as the person is not operationally involved with managing those funds and activities. It should be someone qualified to review accounts who has approximately two or three days available annually to complete this work. Please speak to Lesley in the finance office or to Richard or Clare. Thanks.

Eliana Taylor (Chestnut Class) has lost a pink child’s watch with a velcro strap (initials E.T. inside the strap) – missing since February!

FOPS - Summer Fair - Sunday 5 July 12pm - 2pm

Donations - Thank you for all your donations of booty bags, bottles, books & toys. If you haven’t donated, but would still like to, please feel free to bring in donations any day next week.

- We hope you have enjoyed decorating a flag for our school bunting this week. The bunting will be up at our Summer Fair - look out for your flag.

Class Rotas - Your class reps will be asking you to sign up to help on your year group stalls at the Summer Fair. There are almost as many time slots as there are children in each class, so please volunteer a little of your time so our Summer Fair can run smoothly and everyone gets a chance to enjoy it.

Raffle Tickets
- You will have received two books of raffle tickets in your child’s book bag together with a list of the fabulous prizes on offer. Please sell as many tickets as possible to friends and family and return all monies, counterfoils and any unsold raffle tickets in the envelope provided by 3pm on Friday 3 July. The draw will be held at 1.45pm on the day of the fair.

Setting Up- Help needed please!
- We will be setting up for the Summer Fair on Friday 3 July (7pm-9pm) and Saturday 4 July (3pm-5pm). There’s lots to do …. booty bags and bottles to number, gazebos to be put up etc - so please come along and help if you are able to. Many hands make light work. There sure be some “refreshments” as it’s thirsty work!

First Aid – volunteers needed – if you have some first aid experience and would be able to cover a half hour slot at the fair please contact Claire Hassan (Oliver & Amelia’s mum)

What’s On …..
Fancy Dress Parade - This year we will be holding a Fancy Dress Parade in the “arena”. The theme is “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be …..”. Children of any age (not just Pewley pupils) are very welcome to join in. Simply come along to the Summer Fair in your fancy dress outfit and join the parade at 12.20pm. There are no winners or losers, just a lot of fun.

Scottish Country Dancing
- Our Scottish Country Dancing Club will be performing in the arena at 12.40pm.

Drumming -
We had so much fun drumming last year that we had to do it again. Come and have a go. There’s no need to book just turn up. There are 15 minute time slots throughout the day.

There will also be hot food, an ice cream factory, bouncy castle, traditional games, face painting, cream teas, Pimms and local ale, and much more.

Menu for week beginning Monday 29 June
Mon: School closed – midsummer holiday
Tues: Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds: Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Thurs: Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit