No. 301 - 26 May
Dear Parents and Carers,
What a glorious week of spring sunshine! With the weather set fair for the next week too, it looks like our half term break will give us all plenty of opportunity for being outdoors. That’s certainly been a theme today as well, with lots of Fluffy activities taking place in the school grounds, and further afield, with children enjoying golf, the Guildford history trail, fun on the Downs, and lounging at the Lido!
Another theme this week came from our assembly series where we focused on the importance of friendships; being able to bear with one another, forgiving one another and repairing broken relationships has stimulated plenty of discussion across the classes. It’s great to be part of a community that’s founded upon these ideas. And Fluffy provides a secure platform on which to forge new friendships, fostering respect and empathy across the whole school. I do hope your child had a fantastic day.
At the juniors on Wednesday morning, we thanked all the children who had participated in the House music medley, also recognising the efforts of the music teachers and the encouragement of their parents for nurturing so much talent. With around 1/3 of the school taking part in this house event, selecting just a few performers from each house for the final concert was a tall order. Our house captains managed this brilliantly and the standard of performance was truly astonishing. One particular piece, performed on the piano by Heidi in Year 6 left many of the staff and children lost for words, moved to tears and spellbound. Her remarkable voice and heartfelt music-making will stay in our memory for many years to come.
I’m so thrilled to be able to share some lovely school family news with everyone. Many of you may have already spotted that Catherine Finniear, our much-loved reception teacher, is expecting a baby later in the year. She’ll be taking her maternity leave from the start of next term. I also wanted to let you know that Sarah Mackenzie, who teaches in Year 1, will be retiring at the end of July, taking a well-earned rest from the classroom. She has taught at Pewley for around 25 years and throughout that time, been an inspirational role model for both children and adults alike. Her kindness and skilful teaching will be sorely missed – nearer to the end of term, we will be celebrating her remarkable contribution to the profession and thanking her for her wonderful commitment to children’s learning.
With other part-time teachers adjusting their hours and JJ coming back part-time after her maternity, we are excited to let you know that three new teachers will be joining the school in September. I’m delighted to welcome Ben Stackhouse (one of our own trainee teachers), Scarlett Close, and Emma Williams to the teaching team for September. I have every confidence that all three will be superb additions to the school.
Have a super half term break and see you all on Monday 5th June for the final action-packed weeks of this academic year!
Thought of the week: It's rubbish - breaking Up. Are you a good friend? The power of forgiveness.
Whole school notice
If your child attends after-school clubs, do check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.
A reminder for parents/carers to login to their child/ren’s www.parentpay.com account/s and settle any monies owing for activities, trips and after-school care. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who brought in their used batteries in support of the Eco Team’s battery recycling initiative. We were lucky to be one of the first 50 schools in the country to fill a whole box of batteries and have been awarded a £50 book voucher. The Eco Team enjoyed choosing some books today and these will be added to the library when they arrive.
Year R Trip to the Lookout Centre, 20 June
A reminder to make your payment (£21.30) via ParentPay if you have not already done so.
Found: Blue and white sequin purse containing butterfly mirror etc – possibly belongs to someone in Beech or Oak Class.
Menu: Week 3 beginning 5 June.
We hope you’ve had a good week and you are ready for the bank holiday weekend.
For the past few weeks FOPS has been busy planning for the summer fair. We have some amazing raffle prizes (thank you to Claire McSherry, who’s put so much hard work into sourcing the prizes), the bouncy castle is booked and we are now making final decisions about game and crafts.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out at the fair - we really do appreciate it and would love some more people please!
If you’re keen to help out on a stall, help clear up or be involved in another way, please get in touch with your rep or us. Also, the sign-up sheet is still open and here are the links for each class:
1. Hazel https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sXBY84rneW1i6wNexeVaj6CP7RehWjvWhObPjripqd4/edit
2. Willow https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hl-paDkhtzP95HmM7r1ELydecuiM4fkgwdhFF_73lpY/edit
3. Oak https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eVjkf63FyElxTL7VqZILt_2hOCqlurXZMwHA07wRbJQ/edit
4. Beech https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-z_MS497EHEExLfJi_eRMSEJKwqheu5rwrthcljSows/edit
5. Walnut https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nl6RRhr6I206MOu1wu9q4JtIx83UXqHsBPUPShazWWw/edit
The week after half term (wc 5th June) is donations week! We’re looking for the following items:
- Good quality toys (no soft toys please as we are storing everything in the shed)
- Small toys for the lucky dip (no comic toys please)
- Clean glass jars with lids - preferably with the labels removed
- Bottles of wine
Please have a look in your children’s book bag as you should have received two books of summer fair raffle tickets attached to a letter. We have a fantastic range of prizes on offer including a £150 gift voucher for John Lewis, a free term at Multi Sports and 4 tickets to GLive’s Jurassic Earth show….plus lots more!! Please return ticket stubs and payment to the office by Friday 9th June.
Joining the FOPS committee
We are looking for new members to join the FOPS committee from September, as some of the team will no longer have children at Pewley. We have personally really enjoyed being part of the committee and would be happy to have a chat with anyone who is keen to get involved. Please get in touch with your class rep if you’d like to find out more about the ways you could be involved or email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a lovely weekend!
Eleanor and Sally x
Dates for the diary:
- w/c 5th June – Donations week
- 17th June - Summer Fair
Dates for the Diary
- Monday 5 June – Catch Up Swimming for Y5 and Y6 children
- Tuesday 6 June – District Sports
- Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 June – Y4 Bentley Copse residential visit
Childcare Vouchers, HMRC and TFC payments
These can only legally be used to pay for extended schools services in our setting here at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School. These cannot be used as a substitute form of payment to pay for lunches, activities or school trips.
Teacher Led Clubs
Please follow this link for the Second Half Summer term Clubs list. Please note the changes to the clubs highlighted in blue.
Menu: Week 3 beginning 5 June
Cancelled Clubs week beginning 5 June
- Monday 5 May - Hockey Club
- Tuesday 6 June – Laura’s Art Club (Y4 staff away at Bentley)
- Wednesday 7 June – Origami (Y4 staff away at Bentley)
- Wednesday 7 June – Basketball (Y4 staff away at Bentley)
- Friday 9 June - Y6 Netball Club (Home Match)
Sports Fixtures and Updates
- Monday 5 June - Y5&6 Catch up Swimming
- Monday 5 June - District Sports Team practice - pick up in the playground at 4.15pm
- Tuesday 6 June - District Sports Athletics at Spectrum - 12.30 - 4.30pm -The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
- Friday 9 June - Y6 B & C Netball v Boxgrove at HT, pick up at 4.30pm. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
- Monday 12 June - Y5&6 Catch-up Swimming
The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
Thursday 15 June - Y4 Tennis Competition- 4 - 6pm Shalford Tennis Club. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
Friday 16 June Y5 Cricket Skills Workshop - Duke of Kent School. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
- Wednesday 14 June - Y4 Tennis Festival - 1 - 3pm Shalford Tennis Club.
Christ Church Holiday club is an amazing fun and exciting 3 days for children from YR to Y6. It runs from Monday 24 July to Wednesday 26 10am to 1.30pm each day at the church in Waterden Road, and is just £10 per child. This year the theme is Pirates and we are going all out with games, drama, crafts and bible stories. For more information and to book online go to www.christchurchguildford.com
Home - Christ Church Guildford
Family Spring Crafting at Tunsgate Quarter shopping centre, Friday 2 June
Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford are excited to host a FREE crafting session for families on Friday 2 June 10am – 1pm – an easy way for parents and carers to keep the kids entertained over the half term break.
Led by experts in children’s creative events, Creation Station, children will have the opportunity to create 3 different spring crafts to take home with them. Families are able to drop in at any time during the session and stay for as long as they like. Tunsgate Quarter - Event Information
Progressive Football Coaching camp at George Abbot School – see below for details.