Infant 19/9/14

19 September 2014

Dear Parents,

Last week it was Meet the Teacher and I hope you were able to come along. It is so important to get to know this person who will be spending 7 hours a day, 5 days a week and 38 weeks a year with your child. It is up to parents and teachers alike to forge a good working relationship with each other for the child to continue to make good progress within a happy and caring environment. The environment for learning is so important and we often talk about the ‘feeling tone’ within a classroom at any particular time. I think I have now visited all 18 class bases whilst they were in session and I am pleased to report the tone was positive in all of them.

At the meeting for all the staff I stated my thoughts about the three conditions which enable children to gain the very most from their school experience: The first is that the children are enfolded in love. They are unique, special, cared for and valued. Secondly that in what we say and do we strive to build up and not to put down. The vast majority of our children are bright, confident and have a high level of self-esteem, and this enables them to succeed. The third condition is that we seek for children to reach their personal best in all aspects of their work and other activities. You can and do play a huge part in the whole process. It is clearly the school’s responsibility to teach grammar, tables and the zones within the Amazonian Rain forest. It is for you to support, encourage and practise. We do also hope many of you will volunteer to help within the school. Both sites desperately need helpers in many areas and you will be welcomed with open arms. Remember the games makers from the 2012 Olympics and their enormous contribution towards making the games a success, well the same is true for school. You can make a real difference.We now try to offer many activities for their lasting value and those which involve parent helpers are right up there at the top of the list.

We are sad that Hannah who is a teacher in year 2 will be leaving us for Australia at the end of term. This will be a prolonged stay for her and we wish her all the best – she has made a great contribution to the school. We will be appointing a new teacher in October. The job is advertised on the school website and Eteach.

Thank you for your help.
With best wishes, Richard

A message from the Governors:
Dear Parents and Carers,
At the governors' meeting on Monday, a timetable and list of actions were agreed in order to start the process of appointing a new headteacher for when Richard retires. One of the key points agreed was the need to keep parents and carers informed, and ensure that they had an opportunity to put forward their views. The governors are therefore holding a meeting to provide information on the appointment process and seek parents'/carers' views, and all parents/carers are very welcome to attend. In order to accommodate as many parents and carers as possible, two identical meetings will be held on:
Tuesday 30th September at 9am in Pewley Down hall and
Wednesday 1st October at 7.45pm in Holy Trinity Year 6 area.
Parents and carers from either school are welcome to attend whichever meeting is most convenient for them.
At the meetings we will explain the process of appointing a new headteacher and also seek parents'/carers' views on what qualities they consider to be important in the new head of Holy Trinity Pewley Down School.
HTPD Governing Body

School Photos, Tuesday 23 September:
The school photographer will be coming in to take individual photos of the children on Tuesday, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Assembly: Thank you to the parents who have volunteered for our Friday assemblies so far, but we are still looking for: Police Officer (3/10), Doctor (10/10), Lifeboat man/rescue service (17/10), Soldier (7/11), Referee (14/11), Vicar (28/11), (Astronomer 5/12). Please contact Clare ( if you or a relative has one of thse jobs and would be able to visit us on a Friday at 10.00 am for assembly.

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

As you know all infant school children are now entitled to a free school lunch regardless of income. However we still need to know which children meet the ‘normal’ benefit criteria for free school meals (Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance etc) as this brings significant funding for the school from the government. This funding supports your child’s education in many ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors (£5,643 per child for those on the October census). Please contact the school office for more information on which benefits qualify and the evidence we need to see. This information is of course entirely confidential. Speak to Jane or Ruth in the school office or email We need to have this information as soon as possible and definitely by October 1st to receive the funding for this academic 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.

Year 2 coffee morning:
Advance notice that we will be meeting up for coffee on Tuesday 7th October after drop off at Café Nero on North Street. Hope to see you there!

Wild Place: With the beautiful weather continuing we would like to make as much use of the Wild Place as possible but can only go if we have sufficient parent helpers. If you are able to help, please sign up on the sheets outside the classrooms or talk to your child’s teacher. Due to a change in safeguarding policies, please could you also sign in when you arrive, even though you are going off-site. Many thanks.

Newsletter: This is the last week for paper copies of the newsletter. From next Friday the newsletter will only be available on the website and we will also send out a ParentMail reminder. Please let the office know if you do require a paper copy.

Uniform Shop
: We are looking for someone to take over the running of the school uniform shop (currently 8.45 – 9.00 am on Wednesdays). If you might be interested but would like to find out more please contact the school office or email Sarah William ( We are very grateful to Sarah (Zac’s mum in Oak Class) who has organised school uniform sales for us over the last year.

• Vana Tsitsonis, Willow Class, has lost a named Keller sweatshirt. This may have been taken home in error as Sian has an un-named Keller sweatshirt in the classroom.
• Ethan Simoes, Oak Class, has lost his Nightingale sweatshirt.

Menu for week beginning Monday 22 September
Mon: Lamb & Bean Hash & Rice or Filled Jacket Potato, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower; Chocolate & Orange Cake
Tues: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff & Pasta or Vegetable Risotto, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Golden Flake Tart
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Glamorgan (meat-free) Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Homemade BBQ Beefburger or Veggie Burger, Bread Roll, Cucumber, Grated Carrot; Apple & Raspberry Crunch
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne, Peas, Baked Beans; Flapjack

Pewley Down Mini-Tennis and New October Half-Term Camp:
Premier Tennis would like to thank all of those who had shown interest in joining the Pewley Down Mini-Tennis Club. These sessions are now full but all HTPD children who were unable to join these sessions will be offered a free trial membership at Merrow LTC. There are still a few remaining spaces on the academy sessions. Parents can sign up and book at

New for 2014! Half-term Mini-Camp PLUS at Charterhouse
. These new 5-day tennis camps for 5-10yr now offer two afternoons of additional sports to focus on skill development and include: Football, Athletics, Netball and Rounders. All HTPD friends and families have a special early-bird discount of £30 by using the code: HTPEWLEY30 when booking. For more information please visit

Surrey Hills Chamber Choir is
an award winning local choir, looking for new singers in all parts, especially sopranos. Music reading is not vital, but an ability to hold a part in mixed harmony and memorise music is a gift! Two Pewley mums are already long standing members and have enjoyed fantastic experiences as part of the choir. So if you're looking for a new outlet for your vocal talents, why not give it a go? We rehearse on Wednesday nights at the URC in Guildford. See