Infant 20 April 2012

20 April 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so grateful to those of you (about  60%) who responded to the questionnaire. If you click here you can see the results. Next week we hope to send out a digest of all the additional comments that were made. The information we have gleaned from the survey is very useful to us in moving the school forward. I will be holding focus groups on the areas which have substantial disagreement. I am so pleased that only two students were not happy, but very concerned about the results for bullying and behaviour. The focus groups plus staff and governor discussion will lead to action in some of these areas.

I am particularly grateful to the group of parents who came to a meeting about self esteem and participation. I am sorry that I have not previously reported on the changes that have been made as a result of this. One big change is that all teachers are now keeping a record of Headteacher awards and times when children are chosen for events. Another change is that when we need a team for a special sporting event, e.g. this week’s Olympics team, a group of children who are not in our first football, netball or hockey squad were chosen to represent our school. We also plan to change the last day of school awards so that children in Year 6 receive a certificate which reflects their virtues and contributions to school life. All children will receive this award. We will continue to cut down on the number of sporting and other awards to individuals. The drama club held a small production at the end of last term; this was only for members who had come to that club. These are just a few of the changes which have occurred. We will continue to seek to improve in this way.

At Holy Trinity Pewley Down we really strive to be constantly listening and acting to make our school better for children and parents. Please continue to give us feedback as we pursue this task.

Best wishes, Richard

Teacher-led clubs
Letters about teacher-led clubs for the summer term came home in book bags earlier this week.  Please return these by Wednesday 25 April, remembering to name your form. 

Flag project
You should also have received a letter about the 2012 Olympic Games flag project this week.  If you would like your child to go into the draw for a chance to hold a flag at the Torch relay event at Stoke Park on 20 July, please come up to the office and put their name in the box by Monday morning, 23rd.

Year R refurbishment
A big ‘thank you’ to FOPS who have funded the refurbishment of the Year R classrooms which took place over the Easter holidays.  Please do pop in and have a look as it has really made a difference to the children’s learning environment. 

Eco Team
This week the eco team met to talk about 'Earth Day 2012' which is on Sunday April 22nd. We thought about ways in which we can help to look after our planet Earth. The eco team's ideas were that it is good to recycle our paper and plastic, we try to remember to turn off the lights when we leave a room and turn off the taps after we have used the water. We thought about how we can continue to look after our school garden and do our best to encourage lots of creatures and insects to live in our school grounds.  We then enjoyed planting potatoes in the eco house vegetable garden and we gave the eco house a good tidy. We decided that our next project would be to build a log and stone home for insects. If anyone would like to contribute any sticks or small logs for this project then please bring them to Beech Class.

Sainsbury’s vouchers
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme has now finished for this year.  Please have a rummage in your bags and pockets and bring any vouchers into school.

Year 2
Just to let you know that we have two student teachers, Holly and Nicky, doing their teaching placements in Year 2 this term.

Rachel Alderman
Congratulations to Rachel Alderman, our music teacher, who had a baby boy in the Easter holidays – mum, dad and baby all doing well. 

Lunch money
Please come up to the office if your child owes lunch money:  £10.50 for one week, £42 for 4 weeks, £71.40 for the half term or £136.50 for the full term.


Next FOPS meeting is on Monday 23rd April at 8 PM in the Staff Room.

Phil the Bag will be returning to Pewley on Friday 27th April so please have your bags of unwanted textiles/shoes ready. Thank you.

Dates for the diary for this term:
Saturday 23rd June (evening event without kids!) - Midsummer Bash
Sunday 8th July (12-2 PM) - Summer Fair

Monty Steer-McBain, Chestnut Class, has lost a (named) navy anorak with a hood.
Luke Pomeroy, Beech Class, has lost a named (Keller) sweatshirt.
Hannah Bird, Willow Class, has lost her ballet shoes

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London Marathon:

Oak Class teacher Sheena says "my daugher Lucy is running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care.  They provide free complementary therapies for cancer patients and counselling services for their families.  She would really appreciate any donation you feel able to give.  Please follow the link to donate.  Many thanks!"

Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr 2) is running the London Marathon on 22nd April for AbleChildAfrica.  AbleChildAfrica specialises exclusively in advocating for and supporting disabled children and disabled young people in Africa and works with partner organisations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.To celebrate Fiona's achievements and to raise money for AbleChildAfrica we are holding a cake and book sale with tea and coffee at 3 Cranley Road, on Saturday 28th April from 2 - 4.  If you have any books you would like to donate then please drop them off in the School Office OR at 3 Cranley Road OR give them to one of us at school.   And, most importantly, please do come and buy some cakes and books all for a great cause.  Thanks very much indeed, Clare Twigger-Ross (Hattie Yr 3, Alice Yr 6), Susanna Hoar (Martha Y4, Elspeth Y2) and Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr2).

Rowan Todd's (formerly Beech Class) amazing Auntie Jess  will be running the London Marathon on 22nd April for The Neuro Foundation, wearing a pair of bunny ears and a t-shirt that says ‘Auntie Jess’. As most of you are aware Rowan has neurofibromatosis (NF1), a neurological condition caused by a ‘spelling mistake’ in the genetic code. She recently finished 18 months of chemotherapy for a tumour on her optic nerve. The excellent news is that, after lots of hospital visits, the tumour is stable. The sight she has lost will not come back, but she is an amazingly confident little girl despite it all. If you are able to sponsor Auntie Jess to help The Neuro Foundation raise awareness to this common, but little known, condition, we would be really, really grateful. Any amount, little or large, will be appreciated to help us reach our target of £2000. The sponsorship page is Thank you!

Table Top sale at The Spike, Warren Road, Sunday 29 April 10am.   Time for a good spring clear out - come and sell your unwanted things! Tables for hire at £6/£8 (£5 for children’s tables) then keep the proceeds of your sale .   To book a table phone Anne on 577247. Donations also gratefully received and can be dropped at 120 Addison Road any time or bring on the day.   Sale is fundraising for Charlotteville Trust Diamond Jubilee Street Party on BH Monday 4 June, a community event to which all local people and friends are welcome. Tickets for a great day’s celebration £8 available in advance from Gina on 598420