No 163

13 December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fantastic week it’s been! It was wonderful to see the children at both the infants and the juniors performing their Christmas shows. When the country has been so absorbed by politics, it was great to experience such exuberance, joy and hope. I’m sure you’ll agree, the applause was well earned! I was also delighted to see how much money we will be able to donate to the Surrey Mental Health Fund – once expenses have been covered, we’ll be giving a sizeable sum to this much needed cause! Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s optional late start gave some a much needed rest, but those who arrived on time at the juniors were treated to our annual “late start assembly” with Christmas stories, songs, and readings accompanied by teachers treating children to a hilarious re-enactment of Jesus’ Christmas party and the final visit from Sue Prano, our opera expert! Both sites also enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner – with raucous singing of We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Next week, we will be walking to Holy Trinity Church for the infants carol service on Thursday morning and for the juniors on Thursday afternoon. Do join us if you’d like to share in our Christmas celebrations. We will be ending a term of looking for wisdom by considering the mystery of the incarnation, where Jesus, God’s son, was born in poverty in a manger. I’m hoping we’ll all gain a better understanding of heavenly wisdom as we contemplate the wonder of “God with us” at Christmas time.

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 Thursday straight after returning from Holy Trinity and at the juniors it will be at 12.30 on Thursday lunchtime, just before we set off. Please let your child’s class teacher or the office staff know if you are planning to come.

I’m sure I’ll see many of you tomorrow at the Pewley Christmas Fair. Have a great weekend!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Be wise. Those who find me, find life!” Proverbs 8 v35. Immanuel – God with us!


Term finishes on Friday 20 December (1.30 at Pewley Down; 1.45pm at Holy Trinity). The spring term starts on Tuesday 7 January.

Infant and Junior school applications September 2020
A reminder that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2020 entry is 15 January 2020. 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 available at:

Nativity Service at Holy Trinity Church, Sunday 15 December, 10.00 am
Everyone is warmly invited to the Nativity service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning. There will be costumes at the back of church if children would like to dress up and join in (fancy dress from home is fine too – the Christmas message is Everyone is Welcome!) No lines, nothing to prepare, just come along and be part of the greatest story of them all! Drop me a line at with any queries or just come along! Pippa


Thursday 19 December

  • Carols at Holy Trinity Church – on Thursday morning we will be walking down to Holy Trinity 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 mince pies in the hall from 10.30 am.
  • Pied Piper Theatre Company – on Thursday afternoon the children will be enjoying a performance of ‘Star in a Jar’ kindly funded by FOPS.

Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs have now finished for this term. You should receive notification of which club your child will be doing next term in book bags today.

Free to a good home
We have a large colourful shelving unit which we no longer need. Please contact the school office if you are interested.

Menu: week 3 beginning Monday 16 December


All clubs and Clubs + are running as normal Monday - Thursday

Clubs that are not running are:
Tuesday - Y6 Netball and Chess
Wednesday - Book Club yr 3&4 and basketball club
Thursday - Basketball club
Friday there are no clubs and no Clubs + due to 1.45pm finish

Dates for the diary:
Thurs 19th at 1.45pm - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church
Friday 20th - 1.45pm - end of term.

Menu - Week 1

HT Sport this week from Laura S

The Spring clubs list will be published on the school website before the end of term. Most clubs start back on the first week of term unless stated on the clubs List. Among the teacher led clubs not running on the first week are:

Tuesday Y6 netball
Friday Y5 netball

Year 3 children who are currently playing Dodgeball with Paul on a Thursday will continue for the first half of the Spring term and so parents do not need to re-register. The club is now full and if your child no longer wants to take part please email me so I can offer places to other children.

If your child is taking part in the Sportshall competitions in January please don't forget that Y3&4 will be having a practice on Wednesday 8th Jan and Y5&6 will be having their two practice sessions next Tuesday 17th Dec and Friday 10th Jan.

I've been watching 4N and 3A take part in their school swimming lessons this term and I've been interested to learn more about the new curriculum. Swim England have lots of information about what is taught in school swimming and there is a whole section of their website just for parents. They advise that all children should be swimming outside of school as well as taking part in school swimming.

If your child is not currently swimming outside of school and you would like some advice about where to book please contact me on:

Spectrum Leisure Centre and Surrey Sports Park are two local venues that offer swimming lessons after school and at the weekends. Both run excellent swimming schools for primary aged children.


We seem to have started a race to the top with the cake sales, so a huge thank you to year R who had another record-breaking sale last week, and we will see how this week goes. Year 2 - you are back up next term so let's keep on pushing!

We also made £463 from the wreath making event, so we will tot up the fundraising efforts for the first term over Christmas and let everyone know where we are in the new year.

And thank you again to everyone who continued to contribute this week to the collections and to those who have packed sweets, wrapped presents, ticketed, shopped and done any other vital preparation.

Christmas Fair Tomorrow (14th December) 3-5.30pm
Volunteers for the Christmas Fair - we are still short of people for the final slot including help to clear up and could really do with more people otherwise we will have to shut stalls early. Please sign up here

Raffle tickets - Please do try and sell your raffle tickets and bring the money and the completed stubs in for the start of the fair tomorrow, and also return all unsold tickets. There will tickets available for sale tomorrow.

Food and drink - There is a fully licensed bar open from 3pm along with soft drinks, teas/coffees, hot chocolates, mince pies and snacks. Hot food is served from 4pm and will be available to buy on the day - first come first served. We have not had any communication about special dietary requirements yet and it is now very late for us to get shopping, so if you do want gluten free etc then please get in contact tonight (, and we will see what we can do.

At 3.30 the choir from HT will be singing for us
From 4.00 hot food will start being served.
At 5.00 we will be drawing the raffle, with the top prize a child’s Giant bike and accessories worth up to £300.


Dates for the diary:

Cake sales for next term:
25th Feb - Chestnut pancake sale; 28th Feb - Walnut cake sale
6th March - Oak cake sale; 13th March Beech cake sale
20th March - Willow cake sale; 27th March - Hazel cake sale

Other dates
School Disco - 1st Feb. If you are a DJ in your spare time and would be free to
Year 2 Coffee Morning - 18th December at Cafe Nero, North Street
Year 2 Evening Social - 31st Jan, venue tbc

Happy last week of term, Sam and Jo

‘The Wind in the Willows’, 19 to 21 December 2019 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm, The Electric Theatre, Guildford. Box Office: 01483 501200,

Eco Friendly Family Fun Day
With the aim of celebrating our community life and reducing waste and unnecessary consumption, XR Guildford invites everyone to join us in a free family fun swap and eco friendly festive day. Toy, Book and Jumper Swap, Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Station, Festive Clothing Upcycling ...and much more! For more information and to RSVP: