HTPD 14/12/18

14 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve really enjoyed this last full week of the term. The children across all the different year groups have been learning about the fulfilment of God’s promise in the events of the Christmas story. In Reception, the role-play corner became the stable; in Year 1 and Year 2 the children put together the key events. Further up the school, Year 5 children have been writing poems about Jesus bringing light to the world, in Year 4 they’ve looked at classical paintings of the Nativity, Year 3 thought about why we give gifts, and in Year 6 they’ve considered the allegorical stories of Narnia. Our carol services next week (Tuesday 9.30am at St Mary’s for the infants and Tuesday 1.45pm at Holy Trinity church for the juniors) will be all the more special with this thorough understanding of the good news of Jesus’ birth. Do come along and join us for our end of term celebrations. The singing should be wonderful!

We’d love to invite our parent helpers into school for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as a small token of our gratitude to the team of people who have made such a difference this term. At Pewley this will take place on Tuesday straight after returning from St Mary’s and at the juniors it will be at 12.30pm on Tuesday lunchtime, just before we set off to Holy Trinity church. Please let your child’s class teacher or the office staff know if you are planning to come.

Remember next week we finish for the term at 1.30 PD and 1.45 HT on Wednesday afternoon. All the children and staff are ready for the holidays – it’s been a busy term! With Christmas parties and discos happening next week, the excitement levels are rising! I hope you have a restful weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: God at work – Keeping His Promises. Do you keep your promises?


Term finishes next Wednesday 19 December (1.30pm at Pewley Down; 1.45pm at Holy Trinity).
The spring term starts on Thursday 3 January.

Infant and Junior school applications September 2019
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2019 entry is 15 January 2019. If you have a child in Year 2 or a child due to start Reception in September, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application as well as a Supplementary Information Form for Year R and Year 3 (available on the website or from the school offices).
Surrey County Council encourage online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey’s website at:

Donations for Shooting Star Chase
Thank you for your generous donations following the Christmas plays at the infants and juniors. We raised a total of £1,196 for Shooting Star Chase (the children’s hospice charity).


Tuesday 18 December

  • Carols Round the Tree: On Tuesday morning we will all be walking down to St Mary’s Church for the carol service at 9.30 am. If you are able to help walk the children to and from the church please let your child’s teacher know.
  • Parent Helper Thank You: Following the carol service, parents are invited to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the hall from 10.30 am as a thank you for all your help and support this year.
  • Pied Piper Theatre: On Tuesday afternoon the children will be enjoying a performance of ‘The Big, Enormous Present’ kindly funded by FOPS.

Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards in the Pewley post is Monday 17 December

Ben Sabharwal, Walnut Class, has lost his named Keller jumper and polo top - last seen at Football Club last week.

Menu: (week 2 beginning 17 December)
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Swedish Chocolate Cake
Tue: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Chocolate Star Biscuit
Wed: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Fruit Jelly
Thu: School closed
Fri: Christmas holiday
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Swimming will be for 3T & 4E next term and lessons will begin on Wednesday 9th.. Please make sure that you return your consent form and medical form as soon as possible.

Please note that there are no clubs after school next week. Clubs Plus will be running on Monday & Tuesday only.

The new timetable for clubs in the Spring Term is now available on the website.

Year 3 & 4 Creative Writing
There will be a Yr3/4 Creative Writing Christmas session on Tuesday. We will have a few goodies and some time to write a Christmas story. Bring something to share (no nuts). Any queries contact Geraldine

Year 3/4 Book Club
This club will begin again next term, If you would like your child to come along please email me on There is a limit of 10 children per term.

Cancelled Clubs Next Term
Monday 7th January - Y4 Netball 
Thursday 10th January - Y6 Football

Y5 & Y6 Football v Burpham
Date: Thursday 10th January
Time: 3.15pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Nick & James

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Thank you so much to everyone who supported the school by coming along to our Christmas Fair on Saturday. We really hope you and your children enjoyed the afternoon. 

We would particularly like to thank all of you who came and helped, whether taking a turn (or two or three!) on a stall, helping set-up, tidying up afterwards or fetching, folding tickets, carrying and wrapping before the fair. This could not happen without you. 

We are still waiting for a final few costs to come but we hope to be able to give you the total raised very soon! 

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and silent auction. 

Winners of the Pewley Down Xmas Fair RAFFLE for 2018 are as follows:
Lot #1 - N. Madden, Lot #2 - R. Sabharwal, Lot #3 - M. Stephen Ingle, Lot#4 - S. Woodfin, Lot#5 - Z. Reith Smith, Lot#6 - A. Webster, Lot#7 - J. Kingcome, Lot#8 - Gonet's family, Lot#9 - G. Lancaster, Lot#10 - G. Williams, Lot#11 - A. Vrusia, Lot#12 - Kingcome family, Lot#13 - A. Greig, Lot#14 - E. Hughes, Lot#15 - J. Madden, Lot#16 - Stewart family, Lot#17 - Kingcome family, Lot#18 - G. Lancaster, Lot#19 - M. Welch, Lot#20 - M. Chauvin.

Winners of the Silent Auction 2018 are as follows:
Lot#1 - N. Azimian , Lot#2 -  E. Campion, Lot#3 - J. Kingcome, Lot#4 - R. Sami  ,Lot#5 - J. Merry , Lot#6 - L. Sabharwal, Lot#7 - N. Azimian , Lot#8 - D. Chadwick, Lot#9 - C. Brunet , Lot#10 - T. Piper, Lot#11 - M. Chester, Lot#12 - none, Lot#13 - R. Busby, Lot#14 - S. Pentikainen , Lot#15 - C. Shrimplin, Lot#16 - none, Lot#17 - C. Fowler, Lot#18 - none, Lot#19 - none. 

Please don't forget that the Silent Auction has been reopened for Lot #12, 16, 18 & 19 and will be closed on Sunday at 11pm. See our Parent Mail for more information. 

Last minute Christmas shopping?

 Don’t forget to sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) before shopping online and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs you and us nothing!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

The FOPS team


Well as a very, very busy term draws to a close it just remains for us to extend a very big thank you to everyone who has helped us on this crazy journey - from HTSC committee, those who’ve come before us, the class reps, the school staff, parents, children - everyone!  We couldn’t do any of it without you! 
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing you all in 2019.