No. 219

30 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m delighted to explain to you the packet of sunflower seeds that your child should have brought home today. It’s part of a project called “Sending you some sunshine.” Guildford Friary have donated the seeds in the hope that Guildford is made more colourful in the coming months, improving our environment and also making the town look cheerful for Guildford in Bloom’s 40th year! It also coincides with the UK’s mental health awareness week. Do take a read below for more information – and send us your photos once the sunflowers start flowering! It’s especially good timing for Year 4 with their “growing things” topic, but everyone can join in.

It’s been just lovely that our after-school clubs have started up this week; I’m so pleased that so many children stayed after school to try something new. Do remember to talk to your children about after school arrangements – and for those in older years, if you arrange to meet them somewhere off site, rehearse with them what to do if those plans go awry. Please tell them to come back to the office if their arrangements haven’t worked. We can then give you a ring.

This week, the Year 4 and Year 5 teachers have shared with parents via Zoom on their activity days planned for later in the summer term. It’s exciting to think about all the fun ahead. Hopefully, we’ll be able to end the year enjoying the outdoors together! Once again, we were so encouraged that so many of you were able to attend. Whilst we do of course still miss seeing you in school, it’s great to be able to keep in touch. Remember that if you need to communicate with us, send us an email and we’ll be happy to talk, either on the phone, via Zoom or, with the better weather, teachers can meet with you outside.

With the summer term properly underway, we have now begun our new assembly series which this term is based upon John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. In the book, Christian, a traveller, journeys through the countryside on a quest for a perfect place – God’s heavenly city. With so much beautiful countryside on our doorstep, I’m hoping the weather is slightly warmer this weekend to take a trip out into the woods. Hope you enjoy the bank holiday on Monday!

With love,

Thought of the Week: Follow the light. How do you know which way to go in life? What footprints do you want to leave behind?

Whole School Notices

Bank Holiday Monday
Remember that school is closed on Monday for the May Day Bank Holiday. See you on Tuesday 4th May.

Sending you some sunshine!
Next month is UK Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is Nature. It’s clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, especially the younger generation, so The Friary, Guildford have very kindly provided us with packets of sunflower seeds for your child to bring home and plant. This fun activity will help them connect with the natural world and experience the mental health benefits. The Friary Guildford would love to see the progress of your child’s homegrown sunflowers, so be sure to share photos and tag them on social media: Facebook & Instagram @thefriaryguildford and Twitter @TheFriaryCentre.

Infant School Notice

Emily Greenaway has lost her named Shackleton pom-pom hat.

Pair of red-rimmed glasses with stripy red, grey and black arms.

Menu for week beginning Monday 3 May
Mon: School closed - bank holiday
Tues: Pasta with Tomato Sauce & Cheese; Flapjack
Weds: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Vegetarian Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage, Mashed Potato; Cheesecake
Fri: Crispy Fish Fingers & Chips or Cheese & Tomato Pizza; Chocolate Crispy Cake
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.

Junior School Notice

Lost Property
On fine days, any lost property will be left out on the picnic tables in the lower playground so please do take a look there. Better still, ensure that all items are named. We return all named items to their owners.

Dates for the diary
Monday 3 May – Bank Holiday
Monday- Wednesday 17-19 May – Year 3 Henley Fort Trip (One Class each day)
Friday 28 May – Fluffy Friday

Menu - Week 3 - Starting Tuesday 4 May
Please note slight changes to the menu due to the Bank Holiday:
Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wednesday – Cumberland sausages, gravy and roast potatoes


Not this week


Not this week

Other notices

Surrey County Council is promoting the following free yoga sessions for parents in May. Please see the below links for further details about the courses and to enrol.

No. 218

23 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the summer term! What a lovely week of sunshine for our first week back. It’s been great to see the children mixing outside and reconnecting with their friends across the year group again, as they are now able to play together beyond their class bubble; I was delighted to see how smoothly this change was made. Once again, the children have reminded us how flexible they are; they were full of joy, celebration and excitement as they were given the freedom to meet up with old friends, and make new ones. It was certainly my “seeing heaven in the moment” opportunity this week!

We’re excited that our free, staff-run clubs start up again at both sites next week. At Pewley, you should already know which club your child is attending. At the juniors, children can choose from a huge and varied selection. See below for more information. Clubs are such a great way for the children to try out new activities, to reconnect with friends, widen their social circle and get to know other teachers too.

Year 4’s start to their summer term topic also brought plenty of joy. Visiting the Chantries’ bluebells, one child was heard to say, “I don’t know why, but just being here makes me feel happy.” What a super tonic to the weeks of lockdown where we’ve been so restricted, and hopefully it’s the start of even more freedom ahead. If you haven’t yet been to see the annual spectacle, do take a walk this weekend for a feast for the senses!

Thank you so much for quickly adjusting to our new start and finish times. We’re really glad that morning lessons are starting promptly across the school. Do make sure that your child doesn’t arrive too early – we’ve had a few early arrivals at the juniors. Remember that the children shouldn’t be in school before 8.30am; if your child does arrive early, they will be sent to breakfast club. Early drop off at the junior school breakfast club is now available again and is charged at £2 each day (just email Sam on if you need to book a place). For a cheaper option though, perhaps instead the children could walk in from slightly further away; that would also help with the traffic at the school gate.

Thank you for driving carefully around both schools; with lots of children leaving at the same time, we all need to be really vigilant for pedestrians crossing the roads. Please limit your speed to less than 15mph as you drive past the school gates.

We’re really delighted that this week we’ve offered places to a brand new cohort of Reception families for the new academic year, and also to children for a transition into Year 3. With numbers lower than expected across the town, it’s great to be part of such a successful school. This means that we can be confident in our funding which is determined by pupil numbers. Right now, we seem to only have one spare place left available in Year 3!

With love,

Thought of the Week: Are you ready for the road? How does Jesus’ resurrection fill us with hope for the term ahead?


Admission to Year R and Year 3 September 2021
If you have been offered a school place for Year R or Year 3 for September 2021 you should accept / decline the place by next Friday 30 April


Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs start next week (beginning 26 April). All clubs finish at 4pm – see below for pick up locations.

Arts and Crafts with Beccy - pick up from the car park
Clay with Claire (Group 1) - pick up from the front playground
Gardening with Hayley (Group 1) - pick up from the Year 1 gate in the front playground
Nature Club with Sarah - pick up from the car park
Potions, Perfumes and Games with Frances - pick up from the upper entrance

Forest School with Catherine - pick up from the car park

Football Year 1 with Georgie (Group 1) - pick up from the front playground
Football Year 2 with Lilja (Group 1) - pick up from the car park

Class photographs, Monday 26 April
The photographer will be in school on Monday to take photos of the children in their class groups, so please send children in in smart uniform.

Sports Day
Sports Day at the infants has now been fixed for Thursday 1 July (with Friday 2 July as a reserve date).

Star Wars BB8 white/orange watch. Please contact the office.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 26 April


Healthy snacks
Please remember that children should only bring healthy fruit or vegetable snacks for their morning break (no crisps, chocolate bars or anything with a wrapper to reduce litter and stay healthy). Remember that we are a nut-free school – please check that packed lunches don’t contain nuts of any kind.

Dates for the Dairy
Tuesday 27 April - Year 3 Evacuee Day
Wednesday 28 April – Year 4 Zoom Meeting for Bentley Copse at 7pm (please see parentmail for login details)
Monday 3 May – Bank Holiday - School closed

Summer Term Teacher Led Clubs - Starting Monday 26 April
Please see the website or download a copy of the PDF here.

Outdoor Clubs – children need to be collected from the lower playground.

Indoor Clubs – children can be collected from the designated pick up location for their class. Please note the 3 week rotation dates for the indoor clubs.

Breakfast Club at HT
Starting from Monday 26th April, there will be the provision for an early drop off from 8:20am, for a cost of £ 2.00. This has to be pre- arranged with Extended Schools Manager Sam Andrews at, as we are still restricted by the government guidelines and can only have 15 children from one year group in a bubble. Arrangements for the 8am pre-arranged drop off remain unchanged.

Lunch Menu - Week 2

Surrey Arts
Please see the letter from Surrey Arts with information about Woodwind Lessons provided at the school.

Kelly’s Cycle Challenge, Sunday 9 May, Alice Holt.
Kelly’s Storage are thrilled to be able to host a socially distanced but very much live event again this year. There are 3 distances and all routes go on quiet roads through the beautiful countryside of Surrey & Hants. Kelly’s have hosted this cycle challenge since 2014, raising thousands of pounds for Challengers, who improve the lives of disabled children and their families by providing safe play spaces. Full details of the event can be found here.

No. 217

01 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had such a fantastic end to the term. The children were so creative and imaginative throughout pause day on Tuesday – their beautiful Easter gardens, poetry, prayers and paintings were truly inspirational!

The whole school celebrated the end of term with a Zoom Easter assembly. We were treated to contributions from across the year groups, with an outstanding dance performance by 6D and thoughtful dramatic readings from 6S and 6T, stunning artwork from Year 5 and Year 2, prayers were lead by Year 4, poetry read by Year 1 and Year 3, and there was even an hilarious staff orchestral rendition of “All you need is love”. Being joined by Robert Cotton who brought us an Easter message live from St Mary’s church was also just great. Hopefully, the palm crosses that the children brought home reminded them to tell you about the message of love that we wanted to pass on to all our families. It’s been good to celebrate that even in the most challenging of times, God’s love never gives up.

Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and kindness in recent weeks. We’ve been delighted to be back, the children have been so joyful and glad to be together again. We look forward to an even better summer term! See you all on Tuesday 20th April!

With love,

Thought of the Week: Love never gives up! Who keeps on loving you no matter what? What does Easter teach us about God’s love?


Inset Day
The school will be closed on 19 April for staff training.  Summer term starts on Tuesday 20 April.
HT Summer Term Arrangements - download here
PD Summer Term Arrangements - download here

Digital Safeguarding Research Survey
Surrey County Council is supporting research that is being undertaken by Praesidio Safeguarding (on behalf of the Government), to understand the impact of legal and policy changes coming into force over the next year that will require internet-based services such as gaming and social media sites to establish the age of their child users with a greater degree of confidence. They have asked us to share the surveys below, which aim to gather the thoughts and feelings of young people and their parents/carers on different methods that can be used to establish children’s ages online. The research is aimed at finding out if any of the suggested methods pose a risk of exclusion to children. 

The information they are collecting from the survey will be anonymous and will help the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to establish the most appropriate ways to help protect young people online.

Please share your thoughts and feelings by clicking on either the ‘Child’ or ‘Parents’ survey link below
Children (over 16):

For more information contact   
The closing date for the surveys is Tuesday 6 April 2021.


Teacher-led clubs
The teacher-led clubs will now be starting in week commencing 26 April (and not week of 19 April).

Menu: Week 1 beginning 19 April


Dates for the Diary
Tuesday 20 April - Back to School
Thursday 22 April – HT Class Photographs
Tuesday 27 April – Year 3 Evacuee Day

Lunch Menu
Week 1 Menu starting with the menu for Tuesday.


Hello all,

Thank you to everyone who attended the quiz on Saturday. It was brilliant fun and we raised £200 to go towards the HT pitch and upgrading the Rainbow Room.

Easter Trail starts tomorrow! You should have received a ParentMail to download the trail sheet if you haven't already picked one up from outside the office. Alternatively, please email and Kate will send you a copy.

Have a fantastic Easter break!
The FOPS committee.

Other Notices

Family Connexions Course
One of our parents is offering a heavily discounted family skills and connection course. If you're interested, please see the flyer here and contact them directly.

Surrey History Centre (SCC)
We would usually welcome families into the Surrey History Centre to make crafts for Easter but this year we have gone virtual. 
The video explains how to make a pop up honey bee. Make a pop up flying honey bee with Surrey Heritage - YouTube.  

REMINDER - Rapid Testing for Households & Childcare Bubbles
Schools may wish to use the following in their end of term communications with parents to encourage participation during the holidays in preparation for the start of the summer term:

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a school pupil, college student or of a staff member, you can get twice-weekly symptom-free tests.

The symptom-free tests for households are not available from schools or colleges. Households can get a test by booking an appointment online at a symptom-free testing site, or by collecting a home-testing kit from a designated collection point, or if unable to travel to a site, by ordering a kit online. You can find out more at

Please remember if your child or a household or bubble member develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free testing.  Book a free test at or call 119. 


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