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No. 284 - 6 January

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! It’s been so good to gather the school community together again after a holiday, and the classrooms are alive with the buzz of curiosity and determined learning. Thank you so much for getting the children into school on time, and encouraging them to make the most of every opportunity. They seem well rested and excited to be back!

My favourite time this week involved an hour spent with Year 4, demonstrating some interesting science, and teaching them to ask questions, work things out together and not just drift along through life without spotting things that are interesting.

As a scientist myself, I’ve also had a marvellous week introducing the children to this term’s assembly series, “It’s a kind of magic!” which is all about one of our school values: “seeing Heaven in the moment,” - making sure that every day is full of awe and wonder as we notice the wonders of our world. As the weeks unfold, we will be hearing about the miracles of Jesus and asking questions about how they bring hope and display God’s love for the world. We will be contrasting God's supernatural power to work miracles with the wonder of science, and also enjoying some whizzy conjuring tricks! As the weeks go by, we'll also be learning the Lord's Prayer a phrase at a time so that we really understand what Jesus meant when He said "This is how to pray". We hope to learn from Jesus about loving the world, how to show compassion and how to act with justice and mercy.

With clubs starting next week, we’re looking forward to seeing children find new interests and make new relationships. For the juniors, do encourage your child to look at the list of available clubs.

With love,


Thought of the week: The Magic of the Moment – how will you make the most of your life? How will you make the most of this moment?


The deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2023 is Sunday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website:


Teacher-led clubs

The teacher-led clubs start next week beginning 9 January.

Decorating the Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room at Pewley is soon going to be decorated. In order to paint the high walls and ceilings safely, we're wondering if any parents/friends of HTPD have a painting tower that the painting team would be able to borrow whilst we're decorating. If this is something you could help with, please email Catherine (, who will be able to give you more details. Thank you!


Dark grey t-shirt with the wording ‘Everyday Noise Maker Everytime’! (possibly part of a costume for the Christmas play).

Menu: Week 1 beginning 9 January


Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.

We have started the year by beginning to plan lots of fun events. Firstly, the quiz and curry night is on Friday 3rd February at the school.

On Friday 27th January there will be an after school bake sale in the playground, organised by the reception reps. If you are a reception parent and able to bake or buy cakes, please let one of your reps know.

Have a great weekend, Eleanor and Sally

Dates for your diaries:

  • Playground bake sale Friday 27th January
  • Quiz and Curry Night Friday 3rd February


Dates for the Diary

  • Monday 9 January – 3S Swimming starts
  • Wednesday 11 January - 4N Swimming starts
  • Friday 13 January – Y3&Y4 Film Night, forms going home with children today

Teacher Led Clubs will start week commencing Monday 9 January. Follow this link for an updated Clubs List.

Clubs with limited availability – registration confirmation emails will be sent on Monday evening.

Data Sheets

We will be sending out Data sheets with the children next week – please look for them in their bag. Please could we request you check all the contact information and return them to the office with any updates?

Lunch – Week 1 menu week commencing Monday 9 January.

Other News

Complete Active Surrey’s survey on physical activity for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher Active Surrey would like to hear from parents and children about how we can improve physical activity opportunities and the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. Here is the survey link. Active Surrey has asked Magenta Research to run this survey on their behalf to; explore families preferences for taking part in physical activity; how parents/children find out about activities in their area; and how Active Surrey could provide improved ways for children to be more physically active.

We really want to hear your views if you haven’t heard of the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, which offers children the chance to try sports and activities they haven’t done before, for FREE!

Thank you very much for your help.

The Active Surrey Team

Guildford Nursery School, Hazel Avenue – community cupboard

The community cupboard is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15am - 3:15pm, during term time. It can be accessed by anyone as a way to share or collect food and hygiene products, and is located by the buggy park at the front of the building.

To donate to the Community Cupboard, items can be left in the box located in reception Monday – Friday. Staff will sort the donations and put them on display for people to collect. We are able to accept sealed shelf-stable foods that are within the use-by date, such as cereals, tea, biscuits, fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned and jarred foods; and toiletries. We are currently unable to accept items that require refrigeration, cooked foods or foods that are unlabelled or out of date.

If this new venture is a success, we will start a Community Cupboard at York Road too.