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Infant Newsletter 21/9

21 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed our ‘meet the teacher’ evenings. They are an important part of our on-going opportunities to improve our relationship and communication with you. It is a part of our pledge to make the school as open, friendly and helpful as possible to you as parents. We do try and test every new thing we do by saying ‘how will this affect parents’ and also ‘how will this affect single parents’?  Please let us know if there is any part of our systems or communications that isn’t working well for you.
It was the juniors’ meeting last night. I took the opportunity of going around all the year groups with Tracey explaining just why we had made the move to whole class teaching of maths. It was important to share this information with you as it is a significant change that some disagree with. It was good to have time to lay out our reasons and to give examples of how some maths might now look. I am grateful for Tracey’s insightful contribution. We had planned a 10 minute talk and five minutes questions and I am sorry that the question time was squeezed out.
I am keen to see how all children throughout both sites are progressing by the time of parent meetings in November. We are particularly looking for improved progress in maths at HT and boys’ writing at PD.
I would like to thank you for your trust in our great staff at HTPD. They willingly take on new initiatives and all give of their best to keep your children safe and happy and provided with the best possible education.

With best wishes, Richard

Year 1 sculpture walk around town, Monday 24th
If anyone else would like to help with the sculpture walk on Monday please contact your child’s teacher.  They will be leaving at 1.00pm and returning before the end of school.  Year 1 also need some more parent helpers in order to be able to go to the Wild Place on Thursdays.  If you could help with this please contact the Year 1 teachers.

Dates for your diary
New parent helper meeting, 26 September, 2.30 pm
If you haven’t helped in school before and think you might at some point this year,  Richard would like to invite you to a ‘New parent helper’ meeting on 26 September.  Please could you let the office know if you will be coming along.
Maths curriculum information evening for years R – 2, 11 October, 7-8 pm

Teacher-led clubs
Clubs will start next week (from Monday 24th) and letters went home in book bags earlier this week.  Children can be collected from their clubs as follows: 
Cooking from Oak Class side door;   Lego and Binca from the side gate (by the pond);
Film and Karaoke from the main downstairs double doors; Art Club from the upstairs (reception) entrance.

Wild Place
A big ‘thank you’ to Fin Morrish’s dad for strimming the paths at the Wild Place.  Thanks also to Caitlyn Durrant’s dad for his hard work in starting to clear the raised beds.  However, as this is quite a big job we could do with some more help if anyone else is willing and able. Please contact Nicola or the office.

Breakfast Club
Michaela is stepping down from the Breakfast Club from 1st October and Irma will be taking on her role.

Year R
Reception Year classes need to replace their computer screens, so if anyone has any spare (working) flat screens we would be very grateful. 

Bulbs for the school grounds
It would be lovely to have a really colourful spring display of bulbs next year.  Therefore, if you are buying daffodils, tulips etc over the next few weeks please consider buying a second bag for the school.  Please bring any bulbs to the school office or Sarah McKenzie in Hazel Class.   

This is the last week for paper copies of the newsletter.  It will be available on the website on Fridays and we will send a ParentMail reminder.  Please let the office know if you need a paper copy. 
Pupil Premium
Please look at our website for up to date information about the additional funding we receive annually from the government to ensure our children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) make progress in line with all other pupils. At HTPD this important source of income is used in a variety of ways. If you think your child might be entitled to receive free school meals, please ask at the school office for confidential advice about how to apply.


Don’t forget the FOPS Meeting on Monday 24 September at 8.00pm in the staffroom.  All are welcome.  We will be planning the events for the year so come along to find out what FOPS does and how you can get involved.

Christmas Cards to raise funds for Pewley Down
Last Autumn, our children designed Christmas cards and our orders (which also included gift wrap and gift labels) raised over £400 for our school, so we are repeating the project for Christmas 2012.  Our children will soon be designing their Christmas cards in class.  These will then come home in book bags for us to place our orders.  Please return the artwork (which will have the order form on the back) immediately together with payment ... cheques payable to FOPS please.  We will let you know exactly when to expect the artwork & order form but the absolute latest deadline for artwork is Monday 8 October.   You’ll be pleased to know that all products ordered will be in school by Monday 3 December latest and they will be despatched via book bags.  Thanks for your support, Natalie Savage (Elias in Walnut).

Vacancies at HTPD:
Please click here to view our vacancies.

Spanish Club
There are still some spaces in Spanish Club, Tuesdays 3-4pm. Further information is available from the office or contact Sonia Maskell (who runs the club) direct at smask_elclubespanol@hotmail.com.

Halla Alfaiz has lost her (named) navy blue, John Lewis cardigan. 
Oliver Newell has lost a (named) Nightingale sweatshirt.

Menu for week beginning Monday 24 September
Mon: Chicken or Vegetarian Burger with Salad, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Fruit Crumble & Custard
Tues: Cowboy Hotpot or Bean Hotpot, Peas, Cauliflower; Fruit Jelly
Weds: Roast Turkey or Vegetable Plait, Roast Potatoes, Broccoli, Baby Carrots; Fruity Flapjack
Thurs: Sausage or Quorn Sausage & Mash, Baked Beans, Mixed Vegetables; Chocolate Mousse
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Nuggets, Chips, Peas, Sweetcorn; Lemon Curd Tart

Play Kenya Craft Fair, Saturday 22 September, 10am to 3.00pm, Lord Pirbright Hall, Pirbright Village
25 stalls selling a variety of handmade items plus, weather permitting, a BBQ, home made cakes, coffee/tea and also games for  the children and a face painter.  Julia Sears, who used to work in the HT office, volunteers on the Play Kenya committee which raises money for a safe house in Kenya for girls aged 4 to 12 who have been sexually abused.  Contact: therapy@playkenya or www.playkenya.com

Classes for 7 -12 year olds have started again this term.  Fridays (4 - 5.30pm) & Saturdays (12 – 1.30pm) in Guildford, now 8 weeks of the term left.  These 1 ½ hour classes cost £14 for drop-in classes. £100 for the remaining 8 lessons.   One hour classes also available. (2 hour classes now full). We will be using Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, Sketching & doing 3 Dimensional work.  For more information please text Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) 07796 780042 or e-mail  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .  Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you are considering the drop-in classes in order to enable us to prepare the lesson for your child.