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HTPD 23/2/18

23 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

I do hope that your children have been coming home enthused by science this week! It’s been a truly wonderful time in school, with so much to be inspired by! Back in 1996, when I left academic research, I was disappointed by the lacklustre approach from some of the undergraduates coming through education back then. They seemed to have a narrow view of what a science education could be, with a focus on passing exams and knowing the pre-rehearsed answers. I had a hope that one day I’d provide opportunities for children to be captivated by genuine scientific discovery. This week, I’ve been so encouraged and delighted by all of the children’s excitement and love of scientific learning. I’m so grateful to our teaching teams for crafting such fantastic learning opportunities – with each day linked to an amazing scientist who hopefully captured the imagination of what is possible when the human mind asks how things work.

We were also delighted to be joined by parent experts, as well as those from the University of Surrey and the Royal Grammar School. Hearing from them will no doubt have inspired many of our children to look forward to science education at secondary school and beyond.

Some of my favourite moments from the week included the following: seeing children making balloons static and their laughter as they electrified their hair as well, conducting electricity around a circuit of children (don’t worry – only very low power), rolling balls down our purpose-built ramp at the juniors (it’s like having a Hadron Collider on site!), space scientists wearing space suits and proving that space really is out of this world, Benjamin Franklin perfecting his Bostonian accent as the days progressed, and just hearing the number of times these words were uttered, “Wow! Look at that! How does that work?”

I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to come into school this afternoon to hear about all the different activities, to see the children’s lab books and to try out some of the science for yourselves!

Finally, I’d like to thank HTSC and FOPS for your amazing generosity in funding the purchase and installation of 12 new interactive screens in the classrooms over the half term break. It was perfect timing, with a focus on science and technology, to be able to use them this week and they are an absolutely cutting edge teaching resource. We are so lucky to have them. Thank you!

With best wishes

Whole school notice

Parking around school
Following concern from some of our local neighbours in Cline Road and Pewley Bank, please can we ask parents to park respectfully, considerately and drive carefully around both sites. Be careful not to block driveways or park illegally and please do take extreme care to watch out for pedestrians. Thank you.


Parent Consultations, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 1 March
Appointment times for the parent consultations next week are coming home in book bags today. We would encourage you to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but please do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library/office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week owing to the parent consultation meetings. However, Andy’s clubs (Ball Games, Tuesday; Multi-Sports, Wednesday) will run as normal.

HTPD Prayer Group
This term the group will be meeting at 9am Monday 23 March and at 8pm on Tuesday 27 March. Please contact Suzie Speed on 07780 677151 or suziespeed@gmail.com for more details and venue.

Please can we ask parents who own dogs to tie them up away from the school gates so that children who might be anxious can arrive at school without having to worry. Can we also remind you that we are a dog-free site and therefore dogs are unfortunately not welcome in the playgrounds.

A reminder that Pewley Bank is a private road and we would ask that you find alternative places to park.

Elijah Okesola has lost his (un-named) Next grey hoodie, last seen on Fluffy Friday. 

Menu: (week 1 beginning 26 February)
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Book Fair
Please note: Owing to the Book Fair arriving on the 6 March, there will be no library clubs from the 6th until the 12th March. Chess will happen on the 5 March but not on the 12 March.

World Book Day
To mark this day we will be holding a “Big Book Swap” on Thursday, 1st March. Please bring in well-looked-after children’s books (no adult books) on the day.

We will also be hosting a ‘Travelling Books’ Book Fair the following week at which you will be able to use your World Book Day voucher to get £1 off any book.

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association will release tickets for their concert on 21st March, 2018 on Thursday, 8th February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Cancelled Clubs for week commencing Monday, 26th February:
Years 3 & 4 Football on Tuesday, 27th February due to a Years 3 & 4 Girls’ Football tournament
Years 5 & 6 Football on Wednesday, 28th February due to a Year 6 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills
Hockey on Thursday, 1st March due to a Year 4 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills

Years 3 & 4 Girls’ Football Tournament
Date: Tuesday, 27th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Holy Trinity

Years 5 & 6 Pairs Cricket Tournament
Date: Wednesday, 28th February
Time: 12.15pm - 3pm – Parents to help with lifts and pick up from Broadwater School at the end of the tournament.
Venue: Broadwater School, Summers Rd, Godalming GU7 3BW

Year 6 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills
Date: Wednesday, 28th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Year 4 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Thursday, 1st March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Cranleigh School have offered us some hockey goals but we need a way to transport them. If there is anyone who has a large vehicle and a few hours to spare, we would be so very grateful for your help. Please contact school on hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or Mary direct on maryb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Lost – 4J

Ona Cashmore lost her named Green Parka with Pink Fur, please take it to the office if you have seen it or taken it home by mistake. Many thanks.

Menu - Week 1
Please see Menu under Weekly News Tab


We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using Easy Fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We now have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 25 March, 3 – 5pm
To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re planning a sociable family walk and trail on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition at school, with seasonal crafts for the children. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags next week. Everyone is welcome and we would particularly love some of our international families to join us. Perhaps you can enter something you eat at home into the competition or you could help organise a craft activity that’s popular in your country. To find out more please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Our children have been busy drawing beautiful self-portraits, which we have printed on to some tote bags. These are both beautiful and practical and make fantastic gifts. What’s more, proceeds go to the school! If you haven’t already ordered yours send in your form early next week.

Oak class have their sale on 2nd March. Remember to bring some cash!



Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser
Monday 12 March
Tuesday 17th April
Wednesday 16 May

Year 2
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

The FOPS team


The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball - Tickets
Many thanks again to everyone who is supporting what promises to be a spectacular evening next weekend. Tickets will be coming home next week via your children.

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Silent Auction – Live launch next week!
A huge thanks to Claire Tellegen for putting together an amazing silent auction for the Ball next Saturday. To give everyone an opportunity to take part, we are launching it via parentmail next week and it will be open to all parents, relatives, friends etc who would like to place a bid. More details next week.

Cake Sales – Three more this term
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! There will be three more group cake sales this term, so please keep supporting them.

Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.

Cake sale dates:
Year 3 - Friday 2 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 9 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 16 March.

New whiteboards at HT!
And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the eight new interactive white boards which have now arrived at HT and were purchased as a result of all our fundraising last term. Thank you!

We are currently fundraising for an additional four white boards so all twelve classrooms can benefit from this great resource – please keep up your support!

UK-China, a cultural and educational company, is hosting an upcoming event with the help of Guildford Borough Council to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018. The event is happening on Saturday, 24th February in The Village, Commercial Road, GU1 4SU. It is a public event that will be fun for children and their families and entry is free so everyone is invited to join the festivities on this day. Special features include traditional Chinese food, music, lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy and knots, and so much more. For more information, please call Carl Charlesworth, Deputy Manager of UK-China Culture and Education Centre, on 01483 685373.

Guildford Borough Council have announced that their Easter FISH Activity Scheme (for 10 – 16 year olds) is now open for bookings. Activities range from Animal Encounters to Zorbing! The scheme runs from 9th – 13th April. For further details, please call Gill Paddington, Administration Officer, on 01483 444769 or visit: www.guildford.gov.uk

Burpham Church (New Inn Lane, GU4 7HW), is hosting a “Let’s talk about Teen Mental Health” evening on Wednesday, 28th February. Please arrive at 7.45 p.m. for coffee; the talk begins at 8.00 p.m. The guest speaker is Suzette Jones MSc RN, a Health and Well Being Adviser for Guildford Diocese.