Infant Newsletter 28/9/12

28 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I do hope you will be able to come to some of the events for the 200th birthday of the school.  I am really excited about this event which is very unusual for a primary school.  Please look at the leaflet your child will be bringing home shortly.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful log books from Victorian times.  They are addictive and portray a very human couple, Joseph and Helen Ball, who were heads of the Boys and Girls schools which were separate at that time.  Their real humanity comes through all the time, which is unusual in these type of reports.  Their concerns and pleasures still ring true, though their description of children can be harsh. Joseph Ball describes William Cooper as ‘a poor soulless boy without the semblance of a spark of honour in his whole body’ and this for missing one day of school.

Mrs Helen Ball felt much as we do at the Juniors about our next Ofsted inspection, she writes ‘I think that the sooner we have the inspection the better, not that we are completely ready as regards proficiency but we have worked at such high pressure that we feel fairly worn out, both teachers and children’.  Well it’s not as bad as that but I do have certain sympathies.  

The bicentenary gives us all a real sense of our heritage and teaches us to continue to give of our very best during the time that we as staff have stewardship of Holy Trinity Pewley Down.

With best wishes, 

Harvest Assembly, Friday 5 October, 9.00am
This year we are collecting for Surrey Youth Support Service who support vulnerable teenagers who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  If you would like to contribute, year groups are collecting the following items:
Year 2: donations of toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, towels). There are more boys than girls using the service so please bear this in mind when buying toiletries.  
Years 1 & R: donations of non-perishable food (tins, packets etc).  

There will be a collection box at the office from Monday (1st).  Parents are very welcome to attend the harvest assembly on Friday.

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.

Year R Home School Agreement 
Please remember to return your signed home/school agreement to the school office if you haven’t already done so.

Playground markings
Thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money for the new playground markings:  the School Council who held a sweet sale, the Dads for their sponsored activities and FOPS for donating the balance.  The playground markings will be done during the October half term holiday.

Thank you very much to all the very kind parents who have brought in bulbs for planting in the school grounds.  We are looking forward to a colourful display in the spring.


Sainsburys scheme
The school is part of a brilliant scheme offered by Sainsburys to raise money just by doing your weekly grocery shop or filling up with petrol.  There is no additional cost to you.  You simply agree to put an amount on a “gift card” each month which you then spend in store.  This can be as little or as much as you like.  For every pound you put on the “gift card”, the school received 4% cash back.  Application forms for the scheme are available on the school website under the PTA FOPS section.  Please speak to Emily (Rufus, Hazel) or Jane (Jessica, Oak) if you would like more information.

Jessica Callanan has lost a black raincoat (North Face).  If you have seen it, please call 01483 532658


Childcare / Nanny wanted for Mondays and Tuesdays.  Three children aged 3, 5 and 7.  Please contact Anna Williams for more details (07880 882416), mother of Rebecca (Year 1) and Joseph (Year 3).

Swimming Lessons at Boxgrove School: Mondays between 4-6pm (during school term).  All abilities taught, non-swimmers or advanced.  Qualified, patient and experienced teachers.  Contact Claire on 07715 324306 or 01276 509640 (evenings).  

Arts and Crafts @ The Old Fire Station, Godalming, Saturday 27th October, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Kid's Halloween Sugar Skulls Workshop (£10 per child)
This October Half term why not visit us and celebrate the Mexican Tradition of 'Día de los Muertos'(Day of the Dead) by making some beautiful Sugar Art! Surrey Based confectionery artist Gina McAdam will be back once again to host this popular and diverse workshop aimed at children aged 4-12. Learn how to mould Sugar and then get busy decorating from a range of Piped Icing, Glitters and paints. Help will be on hand for the younger children although parents are welcome by previous arrangement. Book early and Dress for Mess! Suitable for kids aged 4-12, All materials and refreshments are provided. For further details or