HTPD 14/6/19

14 June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m sure I’ll be seeing many of you this evening at the junior school summer fair. It’s always so good to spend time together celebrating our wider community life, seeing the children supporting their school! Thank you so much in advance for your generosity and time-commitment to what is always a fantastic fundraiser! I especially like catching up with you about your child’s enjoyment of school, meeting parents and sometimes grandparents, welcoming new families to the social life of the school and being encouraged by our Year 6’s entrepreneurial skills coming into play as they host some of the sideshows and stalls.

Can I just remind parents to take responsibility for their children’s safety at this event. Please do go over our expectations about looking after our school site, and remind the children not to go into taped-off areas such as the woods, classrooms or adventure trail.

You may have seen on Twitter a photograph of some children enjoying a set of new iPads and laptops. These were purchased by HTSC, thanks to your generosity already this year! Our next instalment of funds will make sure that our design and technology resources and tools are fit for purpose. Toby, our DT leader, has great plans for next year’s curriculum and it would be exciting to see the DT cupboard well equipped! Thank you for giving so much to improve the children’s experience at HTPD!

The much anticipated school trips for Year 2 (to the Natural History Museum) and Year R (to the Lookout at Bracknell) were thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to parent helpers for making these days out run so smoothly. Getting out of the classroom, exploring the world brings so much joy and interest to school life. Next week, two of our teachers, Georgie and Laura are heading off to Madrid to learn from two of our e-twinning partner schools. They’re excited to ask about the curriculum and teaching approach to art and geography, hoping to bring back exciting ideas. Also next week, it’s Year 6’s turn to head off on their residential trip to Preston Montford in Shropshire – this week long adventure really brings the topic on the Industrial Revolution to life and the children come back with a much deeper understanding of the impact of invention and technological advance. It’ll be good to see the fully restored iron bridge after the last couple of years when it’s been shrouded in scaffolding - let’s hope the weather improves so that the sun shines on the new paintwork!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: It’s rubbish…feeling sick! Are you a healer or a hurter?

Whole school notice: Sadly, again this week, we have received complaints about parents parking in ways that infuriate our neighbours. Please do not block driveways. We always teach the children to think about the needs of others and it’s sad when adults end up being disrespectful.

School is closed on Monday 24 June for the Mid-summer holiday.

National Bug Buster Day - June 15
Calling all parents to synchronise and check for headlice on the same day, knocking headlice on the head across the whole school community. So please all check for headlice this weekend and with a united effort we’ll wipe them out! Please see link


With so much going on this term, here is a reminder of dates (more details to follow):

Friday 28 June - Summer Fair donation day - children to come to school in mufti (home clothes).
Monday 1 July - Year 1 trip to Painshill Park
Wednesday 3 July - Move-up day & new Year R visiting
Saturday 6 July - Summer Fair (3.00 – 6.00pm)
Tuesday 9 July - Sports Day (9.15am)
Wednesday 10 July - Move-up day & new Year R visiting
Friday 12 July - Year 2 dinosaur museum (morning)
Friday 19 July - Year 2 Fun Day
Monday 22 July - Celebration Afternoon
Tuesday 23 July - Year 2 Leavers’ Assembly (9.00am)
Wednesday 24 July - End of term (PD 1.30pm)

Club cancellation
Badminton Club with Georgie is cancelled next Thursday 20 June.

Golden Boot challenge
We are continuing with the Golden Boot Challenge today and over the next two Fridays (21 and 28 June) and recording how children travel to school, ideally by ‘greener’ ways such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking.

Menu: (Week 1 beginning 17 June)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tues: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Cancelled Clubs
Tuesday – Frisbee
Wednesday – Hockey
Friday - Tennis

Week 1 Menu
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab - soon.


With the summer fair less than a month away preparations are ramping up. Raffle tickets have gone out in book bags today. You should have received two booklets to sell to family and friends (aged above 16 years old), more can be found in the school office if needed. There are some great prizes this year including the luxury hampers put together by each year group and the star prize this year is a Nintendo Switch kindly donated by our sponsors Cavender.

You will be hearing from your class reps soon with donation requests for your year group raffle hamper as well as for summer fair volunteers. Events like the summer fair are vital fundraisers for the school, and without your amazing support they cannot be successful. Last year we were able to refit the entire school with brand new interactive whiteboards thanks to these events. This year we are hoping to raise funds for a class set of iPads and playground upgrades. So please do sign up and donate what you can, even one shift makes all the difference!

Mufti Donation Day - Friday 28th June: This year we will be having a mufti donation day to kick off the donations for the summer fair. On Friday 28th June your child is welcome to come to school (PD site ONLY) in mufti in exchange for summer fair donations. The labelled boxes will be downstairs on the ramp outside the entrance on Friday, but will remain outside for the following week for any other donations. Please see the letter that went home in book bags today for more details, as well as messages from your Class Reps.

Volunteering for the Summer Fair: To make the fair a success, we need your help. There are all kinds of ways to get involved and even a small amount of time either on the day or beforehand will make a huge difference. Signups will be sent out shortly, but if you know you are around to help with setting up please contact your class rep and they can give you more details.

Match Funding: Do you or your partner work at a company that offers match funding? This is a scheme where companies will match money raised at a certain event/stall that you volunteer at. Most large companies offer this and if you are planning on volunteering for events like the SUMMER FAIR (6th July) we would love to hear from you! Please contact or

New FOPS Committee needed for 2019/20: We are starting to think about the FOPS committee next year. If you are interested in being a committee member or class rep next year please contact your current class rep or Kayleigh ( and we would be happy to have a chat. This is a perfect time to join us and get a feel for what we do. You could even shadow a current committee member as we organise the upcoming Summer Fair. The vacant committee positions for 2019/2020 academic year are; Chair (or co-chair), Treasurer, Secretary and Class Reps for each class. We have a short document outlining each of these roles which we can email to you if you would like.

Playground Sales – ice lollies or cookies
Friday 21st June – Oak Class
Friday 28th June – Beech Class
Friday 5th July – Hazel Class
Friday 12th July – Willow Class

Open Air cinema equipment needed: Do you or someone you know have access to projection and sound equipment? FOPS are planning a new event for the Autumn term which will see the back field turned into an open-air cinema. If you are able to or know someone able to lend us some of the equipment needed please contact Kayleigh ( and Ana (

EASYFUNDRAISING: Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school.

FOPS notice board: There are items for sale and notices on the board outside Oak class (next to the ramp downstairs) so do remember to have a look. If you would like to advertise something yourself, cards are in the office with Ruth and Jane (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free), so if you have something to sell let us know!

Social Dates for you Diaries
Monday 17th June – Coffee Morning after drop off @ Zoe’s house, 5 Sydney Place
Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC

Year 1:
Friday 19th July – End of term drinks @TBC

Year 2:
Friday 19th July – End of an Era drinks – Tania & Adam are hosting the Year 2 Summer Social. Bring a bottle and nibbles.


Coming soon