No. 292 - 10 March
Dear Parents and Carers,
I’m so thrilled to be able to announce that our Year 5 and 6 Sportshall Athletics team have been crowned as County Champions! This is such a great result. So many children from across the school have really enjoyed taking part in these events, and then to win the final is the icing on the cake. I’m so grateful to our sports teachers for their coaching, and to Laura Sutton who has worked so hard to organise it all. Most of all, congratulations to our athletes!
Next Wednesday and Thursday are scheduled to be the next of the National Education Union’s strike days. Unless there is a change before then, I anticipate that we will need to restrict attendance on this occasion for those classes that don’t have a teacher. The industrial action is likely to only affect Pewley. Covering two consecutive days isn’t possible. I know that, despite many of you supporting the teachers’ decision to strike, it will also be inconvenient; I will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible about the classes that will be affected. Thank you again for your patience, understanding and continued support as we navigate our way through some difficult decisions.
Thank you as well to you all for taking the time to meet with your child’s class teacher over the past two weeks. It was great to see our Pewley parents enjoying sharing in their child’s recent progress at this week’s consultations. Do let us know if you haven’t yet managed to arrange an appointment – we really do want to make this a priority and can work around your availability. Just email your child’s teacher or the office team.
I’m sure, like me, you were surprised on Tuesday to see the world covered in white! We loved seeing the joy that a sudden fall of snow brought to the children. It was great to be able to enjoy the snow together – for many of our international families, it was even more exciting, with it being the first time that they’d experienced playing in the snow, making snowmen and “seeing heaven in the moment”. In assembly, we talked about the beauty of a world transformed and blanketed so suddenly overnight; I spoke to the children about how in the Bible, forgiveness is described as being like white snow. It’s a great metaphor - I hope you enjoyed it too, although I’m glad it didn’t stay around too long!
Thought of the week: The Magic of Faith. Do you have faith in yourself? Miracle: Jesus walks on water
Whole School Notice
Important notice to dog owners:
Please remember that, apart from trained therapy dogs, we are unable to allow dogs to come onto the school site. Even the most friendly of dogs can be a risk to children that are unfamiliar with them and, in crowded places, dogs can become distressed and aggressive. We've also noticed dog mess on the grassy area by the Cline Road school gate, so please make sure that you clean up if your dog does make a mess. It's a health hazard for the children - and gets all over the carpets in school! Dog owners, thank you so much for your support.
Surrey Family Learning
Free courses and workshops for parents and carers to help create a better family life. Courses available on English as an additional language, maths, literacy and cookery. http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/familylearning
- Clay Club with Catherine is cancelled next Tuesday 14 March.
Ballet Club show, Thursday 16 March
Parents are invited to come and watch the ballet show at 3.30pm next Thursday. The following Thursday, 23 March is the last ballet session this term.
Comic Relief Red Nose Day, Friday 17 March – talent show and funky socks
Children can come to school wearing their most colourful and crazy socks, and talent shows will be taking place in each classroom. We are requesting a £1 donation for Comic Relief.
- Alice M (Chestnut Class) has lost her named Keller fleece.
- Pale pink mini (Nubwo) speaker – possibly left behind after the quiz night.
Lunch - amended menu for Week 3 beginning 13 March - see PDF below.
We hope you’ve had a good week and are ready for the weekend!
Sponsored Bunny Hop
As mentioned last week, on March 31st there will be a sponsored bunny hop during the school day. Sponsorship forms will be sent out next week for those who would like to sponsor their ‘bunny/bunnies’ on the number of laps completed or for completing the course. The children will get a small prize and a certificate for completing their hop about!
Bake and pre-loved uniform sale
Also on March 31st, there will be a playground bake and second hand uniform sale, organised by year 2. So bring your cash and Tupperware ready for some tasty treats!
More news on the Coronation party will be shared next week!
Have a great weekend everyone.
Eleanor and Sally x
Dates for the diary:
- 31st March – Sponsored bunny hop and bake/uniform sale
- 22nd April – Groundforce Day
- 29th April – Coronation party
Dates for the Diary
- Monday 13 March – Drop off for Turkey Earthquake Fundraiser, details below
- Wednesday 15 March – Y4 Science Exhibition
- Wednesday 15 March – Y6 Summer Term and Preston Montford information meeting for parents 6pm
- Wednesday 15 March – Y5 Brenscombe Farm Information meeting for parents 7pm
- Friday 17 March - Red Nose Day, see details below
- Friday 17 March - Y3&Y4 – HTSC Film Night; Y5&Y6 – HTSC Cake Sale
Red Nose Day Friday 17 March
We will be celebrating Red Nose Day in school and raising money for Comic Relief to help people going through the toughest times in their lives, in the UK and around the world. Following the work of our school council in collecting ideas from their classes, we’re planning a range of fun activities through the day including:
- Allowing the children to wear something red for the day (or everything, but clothing only – no red hair or faces!)
- A variety of silly competitions in class
- A “whose nose?” quiz
- A Red Nose scavenger hunt around the school grounds
The suggested donation to take part in all the fun is £2.50, although if you are in a position to be more generous, we’d welcome that generosity in attempting to reach our fundraising goal of £1000. We’ll be out on the Friday morning with buckets at the gates for any cash donations and you can also make your donation on Parentpay.
Lunch - Week 3 beginning 13 March. On Friday, the Sausage Rolls will be swapped with Bacon & Cheese Turnovers.
Sports Updates - Clubs and fixtures
- Monday 13 - Hockey Club
- Tuesday 14 – Y5 Football Club
Saturday 11 March - Y5 & Y6 Surrey School Athletics Association Primary School XC at The Priory, Reigate. The teams have been sent out on Parent Mail.
Saturday 11 March & Sunday 12 March - British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships - Abbey Stadium, Redditch. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
Monday 13 March - Y5 & Y6 Guildford Hockey Tournament at Charterhouse. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail. Pick up at Charterhouse at 5pm.
Tuesday 14 March - Y5 Boys Football and Y5&6 Girls Football at HT. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail. Pick up at HT at 4.30pm.
Wednesday 15 March - Y6 Netball Tournament at St Cat's. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail.
Thursday 16 March - Y6 Boys Football Festival. The team has been sent out on Parent Mail. Pick up at Weyfield at 5pm.
Thursday 23 March - Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 XC at St Joseph'. The teams will be sent out on ParentMail. Please collect from Rydes Hill Common at 4.30pm.
Wednesday 29 March - Y4 Netball Tournament at HT. The teams will be sent out on Parent Mail. Pick up at HT at 5.15pm.
Fundraiser for Turkey Earthquake
The Surrey Turkish Community we are organising a full-day donation campaign in Guildford on March 18th, 9am-5pm at Guildford Rotunda, Opposite Friary Shopping. You can help by donating preloved/nearly new items at HT on Monday 13 March by pick up time. Please see the attachment below for details.