No. 244

17 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for all your Christmas greetings, kind words, as well as generous gifts, both to me and to the whole staff. We’re so grateful! With the holidays starting today, it’s lovely to reflect on how well the whole school community has worked together for the good of the children over the last few months. I hope you feel, as I do, that it’s been a great term of learning! I’m also so appreciative to everyone for following all the guidance around covid - every child that’s stayed at home when it was required, every test that’s been taken, every family that’s helped to keep the whole school safe, every little sacrifice that’s been made, it’s really helped. It’s been wonderful this week to celebrate Christmas together, lighting all four candles on the Advent wreath, singing together (albeit outdoors!), sharing presents and having Christmas fun. Despite not being able to visit Holy Trinity church for our annual Christmas carol service, children from Year 2 to Year 6 took part in a memorable assembly on Zoom. I thought you might like to read one of the prayers that was written by a child in Year 4:

Dear God,
Thank you for the life that we have here. Thank you for the world, for enough food, for shelter. Thank you for friendship and especially thank you for our pets! We all appreciate what you have done for us. Every day, you look after us and make us happy. We thank you.

The children in Year 5 read poems that they’d written about light, reflecting on Jesus being “The Light of the World”:
Light is the wonder of the world.
It smells like freedom, it tastes like Christmas Day.
Light is joy. It sounds like laughter.
Light is the hope that unlocks the door to happiness.
It feels like life has come.

On that note, I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas – and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year. Children start back on Wednesday 5th January, with it being likely that our current restrictions and year group bubbles remaining in place. If that changes, I’ll be in touch – but I’m pretty confident that schools will be kept open if at all possible.

With love and prayers for a safe, healthy and Happy Christmas,

Thought of the Week: “Brand new start!” How can you make Christmas different this year?

Spring Term – School starts on Wednesday 5 January


Menu for week beginning Monday 3 January
Mon: School closed
Tues: Inset day
Weds: Pork or Vegetarian Sausages, Mashed Potato & Gravy; Fruit Flapjack & Apple Wedges
Thurs: Beef Ragu Pasta Bake or Root Vegetable Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread; Vanilla Ice Cream with Peaches
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetarian Nuggets, Chips; Berry & Lemon Cupcake

Pink plastic Disney purse found in the downstairs green room.


Dates for the Diary
3S Swimming starts 10 January
4N Swimming starts Wednesday 12 January

Teacher-lead clubs
will start in the week commencing Monday 10 January. Some of the clubs will be restricted to a fixed number of children that can attend – look out for a Parentmail coming out on the first day back (Wednesday 5th at 6pm) to book your child’s place.

Please find attached the after school clubs list for the first half of the spring term, itt can also be found on our website under Parents/Clubs. See the Parentmail dated 15 December for detailed information about the clubs.

Chantries & Pewleys Window Winners
A huge thank you to those very talented children who entered our window competition – it was SO difficult to choose out of all the amazing entries. We have now chosen the winners now and they can come down and collect their prizes whenever they are ready. Thank you so much to you all for being involved.
The winners are :
1st place – Lila – 3A
2nd place – Laura – 6S
3rd place – Roliana – 5JJ
4th place – Katy - 4EL
We have 4 runners up too:
Roksana – 4EL
Sofia – 5T
Ethel – 6S
Tabitha – 3A
We are going to be putting the winners up in the Guildford office window and the rest spread between the Shalford and Merrow office. The prizes will be kept in our town office which is just behind St Mary’s Church in Mill Lane. Can’t wait to congratulate the winners!

Lunch Menu – Week 1
Please see the revised Menu for the first week back.

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