Infant 4/7/14

04 July 2014

Dear Parents,

I wonder if you got a chance to see the dinosaur museum at Pewley Down this Morning? It was fantastic! The children had put a great deal of effort into their models, videos and writing. The art gallery in the hall was also a highlight. A big thank you to all the staff in year two who have led such an imaginative and exciting presentation which not only teaches the children about dinosaurs but also about a wide variety of presentation skills.

School always seems at its very best on warm summer days – as of course we all remember from our own school days. One of my big memories from my primary school, Busbridge in Godalming, was taking part in district sports with a broken arm. I was in the 80 yards, relay and sack race in which I managed an amazing first place. This unfortunately proved to be the pinnacle of my athletic career, the sack now having been dropped from the Olympics!

Yesterday our children took part in the district sports for Guildford at the Urnfield in Merrow. We were victorious in Years 3, 5 and 6 and of course overall winners. I believe we have won the sports every year I have been here – since 1990. This is due in large part to our two games teachers during that time, Nicky Cavalero and Gillian Rodgers.

Gillian recently gained an award for being an inspirational leader of sport in Surrey and it is richly deserved. Her outstanding contribution is not just seen in winning competitions, but also in every child being inspired to participate in sport and form great habits for life.

Best wishes, Richard

Chestnut Class, Tuesday 8 July: A reminder that Chestnut Class need to bring a packed lunch on Tuesday owing to the move-up mornings.

Year 1 Trip to Painshill Park, Wednesday 9 July: Please return your permission slip and payment as soon as possible. Please could you also ensure that your child has a water bottle in their back pack as well as a drink in their packed lunch.

Year 2 transition days at HT, Thursday 10 & Friday 11 July:
If any Year 2 children are going to Ballet Club (Thursday) or PUPS (Thursday or Friday) please let Ruth in the school office know and we will arrange for them to be walked back to Pewley Down.

Year R trip to the Look-Out Centre, Friday 11 July:
Year R are looking forward to their trip to the Look Out on Friday. Don’t forget your packed lunch. If you haven’t already done so, please return your permission slip and payment.

Outdoor Working Party, Saturday 12 July, 10.30 am: We are planning to hold a working party on Saturday 12 July to spruce up the Wild Place and the outdoor areas at school. If you could help with some gardening and tidying up for an hour or two please contact Hannah (Beech Class) Please bring tools if you have them and we will also have some available. We would ask that you don’t bring children along for safety reasons owing to the tools we will be using.

Sports Day, Wednesday 16 July, 9.15am
: Parents are invited to our Sports Day on 16 July which should last about an hour. Please meet us on the field after the children have been registered in their classrooms. Children will be racing in their houses and parents will sit around the edge of the field. Children should come to school that day in their PE kit (house t-shirt, shorts and trainers).
NB: Children need to have their trainers in school every day as we are doing a lot of outdoor PE.

Open Afternoon YR & Y1, Monday 21 July, 1.30 – 3.00 pm: Parents are invited to come along to our informal open afternoon on Monday 21st. Please meet your child in their classroom and they will show you around. It is also an opportunity to look at your child’s new classroom for next year. If you have children at both sites there will be time to get to the HT Celebration Afternoon which runs from 2.30 pm onwards.

For parents of children in Year 2 the Dinosaur Exhibition today provided an excellent showcase of the children’s learning this term and they will be enjoying their trip to the beach on the 21st.

Teacher-led clubs: Teacher-led clubs (Outside Fun, Science Club, Binca, Construction and Creative Drawing) have all now ended for this term.

Ballet Club:
There will be a ballet show for parents on Thursday 17 July at 3:30pm.


Class Representatives & FOPS Committee - next academic year
I am sure you will all agree that your class reps have done a fantastic job this year. Now you know which class your child is in next year, perhaps you might consider taking on the role of class rep next year. If you would like to know more about what the role involves or volunteer your services, please speak to your current class rep or Emily Bourke.

We are also looking for parents to join the FOPS committee next year (including a new Chairperson). If you would like to get involved there are a number of roles which need filling - some big, some small - please speak to Emily Bourke.

Year 1 Summer Party
Liz van Eykenhof has kindly offered (again!) to open her garden to us lucky year 1 parents for a bring & share get together on Friday 18th July at 8pm : 69 The Street, Shalford, GU4 8BU. It's really important for Liz to have a good idea of numbers in advance so that there are enough cups/plates etc. Please sign the attendance list outside Oak/Beech before Wednesday 9th July. A food contribution list will then go up on Thursday 10th July outside each class - please sign up for something ASAP....bring your own booze!

Northbrook gift wrap
have a sale on. Please visit their website: and look in the bargain basement section. Please select Pewley Down Infant School then 22% of each purchase will go to FOPS.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 July
Mon: Lamb & Bean Cowboy Hash with Rice or Filled Jacket Potato, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower; Chocolate Cake
Tues: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Glamorgan meat-free Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli; Flapjack
Weds: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff with Pasta or Vegetable Risotto, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Golden Flake Tart
Thurs: BBQ Beef Burger or Veggie Burger in a Bun, Cucumber, Grated Carrot; Apple & Raspberry Crunch & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips, Peas, Baked Beans; Fruit Jelly

CHRIST CHURCH GUILDFORD HOLIDAY CLUB: for all children from Reception to Year 6, 10am-1.30pm, Wed 30 July – Sun 3 August – five days of amazing fun, games, crafts, drama, water balloons, boomerangs and kangaroos , cost only £10 per child. To find out more visit or phone Louise 01483 301927

Summer Fun For All The Family!
Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here! Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the summer holidays; play schemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website:
Tue 12 - Thu 14 August, Merrow Methodist Church, Bushy Hill Drive, Guildford GU1 2SH (other performances at Redhill, Tadworth and Walton). Full details on the website.
Interactive, multi-sensory performance based on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Once again, this event will be free for children with special needs (ages 4-19) and their accompanying carer. All other members of the party will be charged £5 each.
Morning slots: 10.45am – 1pm
Afternoon slots: 12.00 – 2.30pm
During each 50-minute session the young people (with siblings and carers) will explore the venue, discovering scenes and meeting characters from the story. If weather permits, some of the action will take place outdoors. Whatever the weather, we will also provide games, a sensory tent and an eating area, so bring along a picnic to enjoy before or after your booked session. Each venue offers plenty of parking spaces and accessible toilet facilities (hoist available at some venues). Please have a look at our website and, if you are interested, contact us as soon as possible as we expect TOAD ON THE ROAD to be extremely popular:
Tel/Fax: 01372 278021 Mobile: 07519 747 290Email:

Large guinea pig (small rabbit) hutch -
free to a good home. Please phone 01483 539332.

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