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HTPD 29/3/19

29 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday, our Year 6 children visited Wintershall, a beautiful park just outside of Guildford where we walked together along a path that helps visitors to reflect on the events of the Easter story. The painful journey of Jesus to the cross, the grave and then the miracle of resurrection is depicted in several moving sculptures as the path leads uphill to a wonderful open view at the summit. I was so impressed by all of the children’s thoughts and, as we emerged into the spring sunshine, we experienced the hopefulness of love conquering all! It started off our Easter period so well – and next week we anticipate a wonderful time together at our Easter service on Wednesday morning (please let your child’s classteacher know if you are available to help walk the children to and from Holy Trinity Church at 9.15am). Before that, on Tuesday, we’ll have our annual Easter pause day which gives children across the school chance to hear the Easter story. We’re delighted that we’ll be joined on that day by people from several of the town’s churches. It’s so good to have time to ponder on what Easter means for us today.

I’m very pleased to be able to share with you the results of this year’s parent survey. As well as the recent questionnaire, which many of you completed before the half term break, I’ve also summarised the results of the survey completed at the junior school for our Ofsted inspection in December. Taken together, the results have been so encouraging for staff to see the impact of their efforts. Thank you for your responses; please do let me know if you do have any feedback at any time. We are always keen to work in partnership with you to be the best that we can be!

I was sad this week to hear from a local resident that they had been disturbed by children on their walk home. It appears that some children have been knocking on their front door and windows. Can I ask that you speak to your children about being kind and respectful to our neighbours; I have also mentioned it in assembly at the juniors.

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to our library crowd-funding scheme. Geraldine has plenty of brilliant ideas about how to spend the money, which totalled over £3000! She’ll keep you updated with what she purchases. The raffle will be drawn next week and the winners notified. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of children’s learning to read! It’s great to be part of such a vibrant reading community!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Peace – what helps you to stay calm?

Infant & Junior

School closes for the Easter holiday on Friday 5 April (1.30pm at the infants; 1.45pm at the juniors). Summer term starts on Wednesday 24 April (Tuesday 23rd is an Inset Day).

Road Closure, Thursday 4 April
Pewley Hill will be closed between Semaphore Road and Harvey Road on Thursday 4 April from 7:30am to 5:30pm for remedial works.

Lost Property
We have huge amounts of lost property at both sites which will be set out next week - at the bottom of the forum at HT, and on a table outside the lower entrance at PD. Please have a look through if you are missing any uniform. Please also NAME all items and, if named in pen, check that it hasn’t washed off.

Crazy Sock Day
We raised a total of £437.43 over both sites at last week’s Crazy Sock Day in aid of Stepping Stones DS!

Infant

Holy Trinity Church Service, Wednesday 3 April
If you would be able to help walk the children to and from the church on Wednesday morning please let your child’s teacher know.

Data Collection Sheets
You should have received a data collection sheet earlier this week. Please check the contact details, make any amendments and return them to the school office by next Friday 5 April.

Cooking Club
Just to confirm the dates for the cooking club groups next term:
Group 1 – 30 April to 4 June; Group 2 – 11 June to 9 July.

Menu: (Week 2 beginning 1 April)
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tue: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Wed: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thu: Hot Dog or Vegetarian Hot Dog; Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Sauce
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Junior

Breakfast club
Please note that Breakfast Club only opens at 8am. Prior to that children should not be in school. It is really important that children only arrive once staff are available.

Easter Gardens
Please bring in materials to make Easter Gardens on Monday at lunchtime outside. Children can work in pairs or 3's. No sweets please. Instructions available here.There will be prizes for the best gardens.

Cancelled Clubs
There is no Year 3&4 Book Club next Wednesday 3rd April - This will be available to book into for next term from 15th of May.

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab - coming soon!


FOPS News

FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD
A HUGE thank-you to all the wonderful families who joined us last Sunday for the Bake & Stroll! We had fabulous weather and even better cooking entries.

Congratulations to all the winners on the day:

  • Pewley Scrumptious Snacks – Eleanor, Aidan, Phoebe and Darcy
  • HT Kids’ Tasty Treats – Amber and William
  • Mums’ and Dads’ winners – Tulsi, Kayleigh, Bruno and Paul.

It was a fabulous day out which would not have been possible without the tireless help of the FOPS committee, so a massive thank-you to those who turned up early and stayed late to put on an amazing day for the HTPD families.

Brand New recycling scheme
Please remember to keep collecting your used printer cartridges for our new recycling scheme. We are partnering with a scheme called ‘Empties Please’. It is a simple green way to make money for the school and save the environment. Collect your ink cartridges from home, work, friends etc and fill your green bag. When the bag is full return it to the school and we will put them in the recycling bin (Please check their website for compatibility list).

When our bin is full the company will collect it and pay us a cash amount for each of the printer cartridges. We can also raise ‘Green Points’ for every £1 raised, which we can use to buy eco-friendly items for the school.

Year 2 Reminder
Log-in details for the Y2 leavers book have gone home in book bags or can be found on the FOPS noticeboard. Please use these to create a profile for your child as soon as you can. Ana and Kayleigh can then get on with editing and putting it together in time for printing deadline which is fast approaching. Please contact one of them if you are unsure of what to do.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder: The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6 July so please pop this date in your diaries!

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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

Social Dates for you Diaries:
Reception Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues


HTSC News

Can we just reiterate Clare’s huge thank you for the library crowd funder, what a fabulous result! Big hand to Sue W who organised all of this and to Cavenders who donated the prizes. 

The children will have come home with a tube of Smarties (or equivalent) today; it is Friday after all! These are to be eaten at your discretion (leisure) and then if you can fill the tube up with 20ps (or indeed any money) and send them back to school after Easter it will all go towards helping replace the iPads which are an essential tool for learning in school. Thank you.

Phil The Bag is just after Easter so if you’re having a sort out during the holidays please put aside anything that could go towards Phil!  We get paid on the weight of our donations. All to be dropped at school week commencing 29 April for collection on 3 May. 

Looking ahead to the Summer Fair; if you are dividing anything in the garden or sowing seeds this Easter please would you consider putting up a few things for the plant stall. So lovely to share things around and think of all those flowers blooming all over Guildford

Enjoy the sunshine, perhaps some Fun Run training. Still time to sign up! Details here



Wanted
If anyone has an unwanted bunk-bed that is in good condition and needs a new home please get in touch with Lucy Cray: lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk Thank you!

Piano Recital
Students of Jie Li (mother of Tian Cheng, 4N) will be performing a Spring Piano Recital at 3pm this Sunday 31st March at the United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford. Tian Cheng and fellow Year 4 pupil, Dan Dan, will be among the performers. If you would like to attend, ideally text Jie Li in advance on: +65 9653 7496 or just turn up!
 

HTPD 22/3/19

22 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m so thrilled to be able to let you know how much money the school raised at last week’s Red Nose Day – in total we collected £1300! And with over £500 being made by Year 6’s entrepreneurial sideshows, we’re just delighted to be sending off such a large donation to Comic Relief this year. Thank you so much for your generosity and well done to the School Council for helping to organise this superb event.

Thursday’s crazy sock day has also reminded us all of the importance of thinking about others. We loved hearing from Millie and Ben in assembly on Monday as they told us about their brother, Josh. They really encouraged the whole school community to support people with Downs’ Syndrome. Everyone’s odd socks have made us all smile and it gave us a wonderful opportunity to “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps”. After that, hearing from our young carers group at the juniors in another assembly, we were all inspired with their positivity and resilience as they “embrace the future with hope and confidence”!

The final race of this season’s cross country events proved an excellent occasion after school on Thursday. Ten local schools gathered on Pewley Down; it felt like Spring had arrived with perfect weather for a brilliant run. We were joined by the town Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons who started each race and spoke to all the competitors about keeping on running – he really encouraged them all to prioritise living healthy lives. You could tell how much he enjoyed the occasion! We were delighted with all the individual successes – and very happy to be awarded this year’s overall trophy.

Thank you so much to those who have so generously donated to our Library Crowdfunder so far. The fundraiser will close next Thursday so this is a last reminder for any of you who would like to donate. Reading is such a huge part of what we do at HTPD and all the funds raised will help us keep the library well stocked on an ongoing basis to encourage the children to develop their love of reading. Every donation received will be entered into a raffle to win a waterproof Kindle, among other prizes. Here is the link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/htbookdrive. Any amount you can give, small or large, will be hugely appreciated. With so much already given, we’re excited to know that the library will be well stocked for years to come. Thank you!

We’re looking forward to our House Art entries coming in next week – it’s sure to make an excellent exhibition of creative talent! Have a great weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Truth – what are you certain of?

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Thank you
A big ‘thank you’ from Ben and Millie for joining in with crazy sock day yesterday and donating to Stepping Stones DS.

INFANT

House Art Competition
A reminder that the deadline for entries to the House Art Competition is next Wednesday 27 March. Please check Just To Let You Know information for your child’s year group for more details.

Ballet Club
The Ballet Club show will take place on Thursday 28 March and parents are invited to come and watch at 3.30pm. The last ballet class this term will be Thursday 4 April.

Lost
Zac Grant, Oak Class, has lost his PE bag and all the contents.
Molly Crawford, Willow Class, has also lost her whole PE bag.
Theo Merry, Beech Class, has lost two pairs of school trousers.

Spare pants and socks
Our supply of pants and socks (girls and boys) is running low. Please wash and return any your child may have borrowed. Also, if you have any children’s outgrown pants and socks you no longer need we can make good use of them in the office.


Menu: (Week 1 beginning 25 March)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tue: 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.


Junior

A polite reminder for parents not to drop children at school before 8.30am. Children should not be left unaccompanied for their own safety. If they are on the school premises before this time they will have to go to Breakfast Club.

Music Festival - G Live Wednesday March 27 7pm – Final arrangements
ORCHESTRA ONLY – arrive at G Live at 3.30pm
CHOIR ONLY – arrive at G Live at 4pm
All the children need to be wearing smart school uniform (white polo shirt with the school logo).
End of the performance – circa 8.30pm the children will be given specific instructions for leaving the hall.

Class photographs – Thursday 4 April
Tempest Photography will be in for class photographs. Please ensure your child is in full school uniform.

Creative Writing Update
As of next week, Creative Writing club will be open to all year groups

All teacher lead clubs will run up until Thursday 4 April.

Cancelled Clubs: Thursday 28th – Y6 Football

Sporting Fixtures:

Y6 Ultimate Frisbee competition
Date: Wednesday 27th March
Time: Leave school at 12.30pm, approx finish 3.00pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at Guildford Grove
Venue: Southway, Guildford GU2 8YD
Teacher: Tom

Y6 Guildford primary school football tournament
Date: Thursday 28th March
Time: 3.30am - 5.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up from Weyfield
Venue: School Close, Woking Rd, Guildford GU1 1QJ
Teacher: Nick & James

Y4 Netball v Tormead
Date: Friday 29th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm Parents to help with lifts. Pick up from Tormead
Venue: Tormead, Cranley Rd, GU1 1QJ
Teacher: Laura

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


Film Night
Year 5 and 6 Film night will take place on Monday 1st April. The film is "Johnny English Strikes Again" (PG), and the timing will be 3.25-5.55pm in the school hall. The tickets will cost £5 and include popcorn, a drink and a chance to win the DVD. More information to follow.

Lost
Sophie H (6T) has lost her winter coat (brand: Joules). It is dark blue, fur on the hood and a floral lining. It is clearly named.

Menu - Week
Available on the website.
 


FOPS News

FOPS Notice Board
We have our first advert in the pre-loved section of our board so do have a look, and if you have something to sell the cards are in the office.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm

The Bake and Stroll is upon us! We are really looking forward to seeing all our lovely HTPD families at the Bake and Stroll this Sunday.  The weather is looking good and the food is going to be fabulous! 
Things to look forward to:

  • An international themed treasure trail around the downs with small prizes for finishing
  • Free Easter crafts
  • Free hot drinks on your return
  • Great home cooked food and baked goods (please remember your cash)
  • Exciting prizes for the winning chefs entering the cooking competition

With all that and more you have all the ingredients for a perfect day out with your families!
You can still buy tickets for £5 for the whole family on the day.
 
Brand New recycling scheme
You may have noticed some bright green recycling bags that have gone home in book bags today. These are for our brand-new printer ink cartridge recycling scheme.

We are partnering with a scheme called ‘Empties Please’. It is a simple green way to make money for the school and save the environment. Collect your ink cartridges from home, work, friends etc and fill your green bag. When the bag is full return it to the school and we will put them in the recycling bin (Please check their website for compatibility list).

When our bin is full the company will collect it and pay us a cash amount for each of the printer cartridges. We can also raise ‘Green Points’ for every £1 raised, which we can use to buy eco-friendly items for the school.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder
The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6th July so please pop this date in your diaries!

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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

Next Playground Sale will be on: Willow Class Cake Sale – Friday 29th March

Social Dates for you Diaries
Reception 
Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues

Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 2

Thursday 28th March – 8pm – End of term drinks @ Ye Olde Ship Inn


HTSC NEWS

It’s the last push for library lottery! Remember every one who contributes to the crowdfunding is entered to the prize draw - Kindle Paperwhite and Waterstones vouchers up for grabs kindly donated by Cavenders And books for Geraldine and the children!

Phil The Bag coming after Easter 3 May

Sainsbury’s are sending us new gift cards so watch this space for that

Coffee morning for everyone who wants to come along in the staff room after drop off 10 May

Fun Run registration is open and don’t forget the t-shirt completion. And if you would like to help run an ice lolly or soft drinks stand on the day, good way to do your bit for the school, let us know!

Smarties challenge coming soon!



Saturday 23rd March, 10-4, Guildford Fire Station Family Open Day
Come along to Guildford Fire Station this Saturday and meet your community fire fighters, see live demonstrations, explore the fire engines and squirt some hoses! The Police and Ambulance services will also be attending with their vehicles. A refreshments stand will be serving lots of cakes and a BBQ – so you can make a day of it!

Selfish Giant – Yvonne Arnaud Mill Hall Studio
A lovely Easter play at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre with HT student’s performing. Tickets available; Thursday 28th, Friday 29th March 5pm and 8pm and Saturday 30th March 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Hurry before they are all sold out!

Photographic Treasure Hunt Hatchlands Park
Please click on the link to see the flyer: https://sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/hatchlands-park-surrey/

HTPD 15/3/18

15 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We thought this week about the miracle of Jesus walking on water. I love how in the story, Peter sees Jesus coming towards the boat and is then desperate to recklessly climb out onto the water too! All goes well all the time he has his eyes fixed on Jesus, but then he looks down, notices the wind and waves and starts to sink. It’s such a great metaphor for all of us – when we focus on someone who we can trust and who cares for us deeply, we can achieve the impossible! But if we focus on the problem, doubts crowd in, we panic…and start to drown.

Parents evenings provide a great opportunity for us to tell the children what they’ve achieved and the hurdles they’ve overcome. Over the last couple of weeks at both the infants and the juniors, it was lovely to overhear children being praised by the people that they love. Even if they didn’t join you for the appointment, I know you’ll have encouraged them by talking about all the things that they’ve done to make you proud.

Red Nose Day today has been a fun occasion – and it was certainly very colourful. Thank you for your generous donations. We’ll let you know how much the school has raised as soon as it’s all counted! We have explained to the children how the money is used in lots of different ways to look after children all over the world who don’t have things quite as easy as us. I hope they feel that they’ve made a difference.

Next week, we’ll be raising awareness of another important cause. Millie and Ben, two children at the juniors, are going to speak in assembly about Downs’ Syndrome – many of you know their brother, Josh. They’ll be asking children to come to school on Thursday next week (World Down Syndrome Awareness Day) with odd socks on (and to bring in a donation to support the local Downs’ Syndrome charity – Stepping Stones!).

Finally, the governors would be really keen to hear from any parent with experience in IT networks, managing IT security and data. We are so fortunate to have fantastic ICT support at HTPD; it would be helpful to be able to audit our provision in an informed way so if you are an expert and you have some time available to help the school, please do get in touch with me.

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: The Magic of Faith – do you have faith in yourself?

INFANT & JUNIOR

Parents and carers are respectfully reminded to switch off their engines when they're parked up near the school at the start and end of the day. This recent article on the Newsround website explains why. Let's look after the children's developing lungs! www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47453923

JUNIOR

Cancelled Clubs
Thursday:
Y5 Netball 
Y3 Basketball (the playground is open to cars for the XC)
Y6 Football 

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 & Y6 Sportshall County Finals
Date: Tuesday 19th March
Time: Leave school at 12.10pm, approx finish 3.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at Spectrum
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: JJ & Laura

Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Tag Rugby Tournament 
Date: Wednseday 20th March
Time:  3.30am - 5.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at GRC
Venue: Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Rd, Godalming GU7 3BU
Teacher:  Tom, Peio, Toby & Paul

Guildford Primary Schools XC  
Date: Thursday 21st  March
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm 
Venue: Pewley Downs
Teacher:  Nick & Laura
Guildford Primary Schools

Y5 & Y6 Netball Tournament
Date: Saturday 23rd March
Time: 8.20am - 12.00pm
Venue: Tormead, Cranley Rd, GU1 2JD
Teacher: Nick & Catherine


Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Lost
Please check for a named Mountain Warehouse blue waterproof coat, with a light blue strip down each side with a hood size 10-11.

Week 3 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


INFANT

Class photographs, Tuesday 19 March
Tempest photographers will be coming in next Tuesday to photograph children in their class groups, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Thursday 21 March
Children are invited to come to school next Thursday wearing odd socks and to bring in a donation for Stepping Stones (the local Downs’ Syndrome charity) if they would like to. More details above in Clare’s letter.

House Art Competition
Don’t forget the House Art competition - the deadline for entries is Wednesday 27 March. Please check Just To Let You Know information for your child’s year group for more details.

Y2 Swimming
A reminder to Year 2 parents to pay swimming invoices as soon as possible.

Ballet Club
The Ballet Club show will take place on Thursday 28 March and parents are invited to come and watch at 3.30pm. The last ballet class this term will be Thursday 4 April.

Found
Pandora-type charm ‘Best Mum’ found in the playground.
Black/gold ‘San Francisco’ key ring.

Menu - Week 3
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Flapjack
Tue: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thu: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


FOPS News

FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!
 
BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm
Our annual spring time celebration is next weekend! Bring your family and friends to celebrate our amazing multicultural school by taking a stroll around the beautiful countryside surroundings followed by sampling all the wonderful cooking entered by the talented HTPD families.
Perhaps you or your children would like to enter the cooking competition (savoury and sweet) and win one of our special prizes!
1. Pewley pupils’ scrumptious snacks*
2. HT kids tasty treats*
3. Mums’ Amazing Masterpieces
4. Dads’ Delicious Delicacies
*with minimal help from a grown up
Booking forms went home in book bags or can be found in the office, please return these by Friday 22nd March.
 
Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!
 
Reminder – The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6th July so please pop this date in your diaries!
 
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 https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
 
Next Playground Sale will be:
Willow Class Cake Sale – Friday 22nd March
 
Social Dates for you Diaries:
Reception 

Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues

Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1
Thursday 21st March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Cafe Nero (North Street)
Year 2
Thursday 28th March – 8pm Drinks at the Ship Inn


HTSC News

Thanks to those who came to the meeting. The next one will be after drop off on Friday 10th May. Location TBC but hopefully at school. Please do come along. There have been lots of ideas put forward about how to rally the school community feeling - it’s not just about raising cash! And we’d love your input.

Fun Run is gearing up. You should have had letters, ParentMails, posters and sign ups. Please sign up and encourage your kids to take part in the t-shirt competition and the event on the 19th May 2019.

Phil The Bag is back after half term and collection day is 3rd May. Please bring things in all that week and leave them at the bottom of the ramp!

Y4 coffee morning Monday 25th March at Cafe Nero, 1st Floor, House of Fraser from 9am. Please put it in your diaries! Class reps hope to see many of you there.

Happy Weekend



POSTPONED - Festival of Fun for young carers at Clandon Park, Sunday 7 April
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to postpone the young carers’ event. We are currently looking at new dates and will be in touch once we have a new date.
Guildford Borough Council.

‘Semi- Toned’ Acappella Group
The acappella group Semi-Toned are delighted to be bringing their UK tour show to the Electric Theatre in Guildford on the 14th of April!

Acappella, for those who don’t know/haven’t seen the Pitch Perfect films, is a nine man group who perform music entirely constructed from voices. Even the drums are made by a beatboxer. It is performed with full choreography and is quite a spectacle. With music from the 60’s right up to the present day, there is bound to be something you like in the show.

The lead is from Guildford and is proud to be bringing the show to their home town. They first started singing when they were a pupil at Holy Trinity and since then singing has become a central part of their life. Semi-Toned have performed on TV, sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and performed in venues across America.

They would love to share their love of singing and performance to the people of the school that started it all – there are a few tickets left so come and join them!

HTPD 8/3/19

08 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many of the children enjoyed celebrating Pancake Day on Tuesday – Year 4 especially so, as they were invited to take part in the town centre Pancake Races on the High Street. There were some fantastic photos of the event captured by the Surrey Advertiser. Do take a look on Twitter if you didn’t see them.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, ushers us into the period in the Christian calendar known as Lent. At the juniors we marked the start of the forty days of Lent with an assembly on Ash Wednesday where we reflected on what this season is for. I’m certain that it’s more than just choosing something to go without. One organisation which seems to help provide a deeper focus is “40 Acts” where each day throughout this season, Christians are encouraged to do something kind and make a difference. Some teachers are using this idea in their classes and if you’d like to join in at home, follow the link
www.40acts.org.uk to some ideas.

Thank you very much to everyone who has already so generously supported our Crowdfunding campaign for the Holy Trinity library. Please can we encourage you to check out the page if you haven’t already, and support us if you can. At HTPD we believe reading is such an important part of every child’s development and are keen to be able to fully resource our library. To donate, or for more information, please click the link here
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/htbookdrive.

We were so encouraged by the buzz of conversation at our online safety information session last Friday afternoon. It was great to see so many of you there, and we’ve received really positive feedback about the material covered by Emily and Tom. Similarly, I know that many of you have been grateful to Lucy and Bridgit, our home-school link workers, for their recent workshops. It has been suggested by some parents and carers that there may be interest in running a monthly event along similar lines; a parent-led discussion forum covering different topics relevant to parenting. Do let me know if you’d be interested in setting this up. We just need a couple of people willing to co-ordinate the sessions.

With best wishes,
Clare


Thought of the week: The Magic of Forgiveness – who needs your forgiveness today?

Infant & Junior

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day!

Infants
At the infants children can come to school wearing something red, and we are requesting a £1 donation. Each year group will be taking part in different fun activities during the day.

Juniors
The children in Year 4, 5 & 6 can dress in something red for Red Nose Day and bring in a pound for charity. Year 3 will be enjoying their Greek Day so will be wearing their Greek costume, but can also bring in something red to put over their costume for break and lunch if they would like to.

During the day there will be talent shows for Year 4 & 5, cakes on sale for everyone at break time (Yr 3 are baking these in school the day before) and some stalls/games that Year 6 are leading in the afternoon for Year 4 & 5 to participate in. The children will need some change for cakes and the stalls or games (small silver change is much better than notes please).
 


Infant

Parent Consultations, Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 March
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. Please try and keep to the 10 minute time slots, but 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
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week with the exception of Multi-Sports with Andy on Wednesday. Clubs will run right until the end of term. Choice forms for teacher-led clubs in the summer term will be sent home next week.

Pewley Bank
We would like to remind parents that Pewley Bank, adjacent to the school, is a private road and we would ask you to find alternative places to park. For the time being the residents will be closing the gate. It is very important that we work together with local residents so that we continue in good partnership with them. It is therefore essential that we treat residents respectfully at all times.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 11 March
 


Junior

Cancelled Clubs:
There is a netball match at HT on Tuesday 12th March and so Y5 Basketball is moving to Wednesday 13th March.

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 A & B Netball v Send
Date: Tuesday 12th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher:  Laura & Catherine

Girls XC at St Cat's
Date: Tuesday 12th March
Time:  3.30am - 5.15pm
Venue: St Catherine's , Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 ODF
Teacher:  Nick & JJ

Y6 A High 5 v Guildford Primary Schools
Date: Thursday 14th March
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm 
Venue: George Abbott School, Woodruff Ave, Guildford GU1 1XX
Teacher:  JJ & Laura

British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships
Date: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March
Venue: Crystal Palace
Teacher: No teachers attending

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Lunch Menu
Week 2 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


FOPS News

Newly Updated notice Board!
The FOPS noticeboard (found next to the ramp at the lower entrance) has had a refresh and revamp! We’ve brightened it up, added useful info and left space for something new!

We are adding a new Preloved & Services section. Hopefully this will be useful for any Pewley parents and carers with items or services (i.e. prams, clothes or even babysitting) they would like to sell or offer. There will be cards in the office and for £1 you can place an ad on the board for up to a month. If you have a free item you would like to giveaway, you can place the ad for free. We hope you will find this useful, and even if you have nothing to sell keep your eye on the board for a bargain!

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm
Our increasingly popular annual spring time celebration is just around the corner! Bring your family and friends to celebrate our amazing multicultural school by taking a stroll around the beautiful countryside surroundings followed by sampling all the wonderful cooking donated by the talented Pewley families. Perhaps you or your children would like to enter the cooking competition and win one of our special prizes!

Booking forms went home in book bags this week so please keep an eye on them!

Phil the Bag – Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the tine and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder – The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6th July so please pop this date in your diaries!

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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

Next Playground Sale will be on:
Beech Class Cake Sale – Friday 15th March

Social Dates for you Diaries
Reception Monday 11th March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Debenhams main restaurant overlooking the river. Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC

Year 1 Friday 1st March - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ Rogues Bar Thursday 21st March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Cafe Nero (North Street)


HTSC

A huge thank you to all of Y3 for baking, bringing and manning (womanning - it is International Women’s Day!) the cake stand. We’ll let you know how much was raised. Last week’s Y4 cakes sale made a staggering £160.

Next Wednesday there is a HTSC meeting at 8pm at Rogues. We are extremely short of volunteers this year and we are looking at distributing different events to individual years to lead. So please do come along and choose which events you’d like your year to run. It’s not just up to the reps and your experience and talents are really needed! 

Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for the library crowdfunding drive. Every donation you make gets a raffle ticket and you could win a Kindle Paperwhite or some Amazon vouchers. And whatever happens, Geraldine and the library win with new books!! Posters are up around school and there has been a Parentmail.

The annual Fun Run is organised for us by some amazing parents. We are exceptionally grateful for their support and enthusiasm and of course to those who take part.

The Run is taking place on Sunday 19th May at Sutherland Memorial Park (up by Sainsbury’s). Last year 300 children and adults took part, with supporters making it a fun family day out. We raised £3,000! Watch out for a Parentmail with details of how to sign up!

Other important dates:
Sunday 19th May - Fun Run Sutherland Memorial Park
Friday 14th June - Summer Fair 6-8 pm at school

Have a fun weekend!

HTPD 1/3/19

01 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had such a fantastic week in school learning about our school values! The sunny weather certainly helped, but I do think that spending time in Houses considering our school values meant that everyone had a good time! It’s been wonderful to hear playground and lunch queue conversations focused on respect, empathy, kindness and living well together. And especially lovely to hear children exclaiming, “That’s heaven in the moment!” I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about all of the different learning that’s been going on each day. I’m also sure that the children have benefited in ways that are hard to measure - working outside of your usual class group across the age range, meeting other staff and pondering difficult questions. It was also excellent to share the week with twelve Spanish children and their two teachers visiting from our partner school in Aguilar – huge thanks to the parents who hosted our international visitors. It was a very successful trip!

You may have noticed some wonderful changes to the school grounds at both sites. Being a church school gave us access to some funds from Guildford Diocese. We’re so grateful for this source of income which had to be spent improving our school’s capacity to teach children about being healthy. It’s going to help us live out our values even more fully. At the infants the new playground markings are really superb and the work around the back of the school has extended the use of the top of the bank and the music garden. Meanwhile at the juniors, the adventure trail has been given a new lease of life, and two wooden framed tepees will extend our creative play opportunities enormously. We really are so fortunate in this time of shrinking school budgets to have ways to generate income to improve our school.

I’ve enjoyed reading your comments about the benefits of HTPD being a church school – if you haven’t yet had time to complete our online parent survey it will be open for just one more weekend. Just follow this
link. All your comments are really welcome – it will be good to hear about your views on our values-based approach to character education.

Next week at the juniors, and the week after at the infants, we have our parent/teacher consultation evenings. Do check your child’s bag for a letter if you haven’t yet booked an appointment, or email your child’s class teacher. It is so important at this mid-year point to join in a conversation about your child’s progress. As well as you finding out how best to support the next steps in their learning, you’ll be able to hear about what’s been going well. It’s always lovely to see children basking in their parents’ affirmation and pride as their teacher comments on something that they have achieved in recent weeks. Please do use the ten minute chat to update your child’s teacher if there is anything that might help in understanding your child’s needs even more effectively. And if you feel a longer conversation is necessary, please ask; we really do try to keep to time so that later appointments don’t suffer. I look forward to catching up with you all around school in the coming days.

With best wishes,

Clare


Thought of the week: Learn to Live – which of our school values do you find most helpful in living life to the full?

Change of Date
Sports Day will now be on Tuesday 9 July and not Tuesday 2 July as previously announced – in the morning at Pewley Down and the afternoon at Holy Trinity.

INFANT

Parent Workshops
A reminder that next week will be the final parent workshop (in the hall at Pewley Down):
Wednesday 6 March 9.00 – 10.30am: Helping your child name and cope with feelings

Parent Consultations, Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 March
Please return your form for the parent consultation meetings by next Monday 4 March if you have not already done so.

Club Cancellations
Dance Club with Frances is cancelled on Tuesday 5 March
Fitness and Film with Sheena is cancelled on Wednesday 6 March
There will be no teacher-led clubs week commencing Monday 11 March owing to the parent consultations, with the exception of Multi-Sports with Andy.

Handwriting with Bridgit (Year 2)
There will be no handwriting with Bridgit on Monday 4 March. Handwriting sessions will be back to normal on Tuesday.

Menu: (Week 1 Beginning 4 March)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: 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.


JUNIOR

Red Nose Day is approaching on Friday the 15th March. The School Council will be selling a small supply of noses from the office this week at break time. Sales are limited to one nose per child and each cost £1.25.

Cancelled Clubs
Due to Parents Consultations and the Book Fair - all teacher led clubs listed below are cancelled next week:
Monday
Board Games - Geraldine
Tuesday
Making a Meal of it - Alison
Badminton - Tom
Newspaper Club - James
Y3 & Y4 Football - Toby
Chess - Geraldine
Wednesday
Art Club - Laura H
Knitting - Sue
Shakespeare Club - Sarah
Book Club - Geraldine
Thursday
Early morning running - Nick
Y6 Football - Nick 
Creative Writing - Geraldine
Friday
Y6 Netball - JJ
As there is a hockey match on Wednesday 6th March Mary is moving hockey club to Thursday after school.

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 & Y6 Hockey v Guildford County
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher:  Mary

Y5 & Y6 Surrey Schools XC
Date: Saturday 9th March
Time:  9.45am - 1pm
Venue: Reigate Priory Park
Teacher:  Nick

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

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


FOPS News

Welcome back everyone after an unexpectedly beautiful half term. Please see below for some of the exciting things we have planned in the upcoming weeks!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Sale – Tuesday 5 March
FOPS will be selling pancakes topped with sugar and/or lemon in the playground after school on Tuesday to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. They will be £1.50 each, so please remember your change.
 
Bake ‘n’ Stroll Around the World – Sunday 24 March, 2-4pm

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. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags shortly. Everyone is welcome (please bring your friend!) 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 fops@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on 3 May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder 
The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6 July so please pop this date in your diaries!

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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/.
 
Next Playground Sale will be on:
Pancakes – Tuesday 5 March
Beech Class Cake Sale – Friday 8 March
 
Social Dates for Your Diaries
Reception 
Monday 11 March - 9am - Coffee Morning @ TBC
Friday 29 March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ TBC
Friday 12 July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1
Friday 1 March - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ Rogues Bar
Thursday 21 March - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Cafe Nero (North Street)


HTSC News

Year 6 Fundraising Get Together - next Wednesday 6th March
We are having a meeting and drink next Wednesday, 6th March at 8pm at The March Hare (2-4 South Hill, GU1 3SY).  All Year 6 parents and carers are welcome to come along, have a drink and find out what's being planned and how they can get involved.  Hope to see you there!

Quiz Night:
Good luck to everyone taking part in the quiz and a big thank you to Claire T and Steph for organising.  I am sure it will be a fun (if slightly competitive!) night.

Sainsburys Scheme
A quick question - do you shop in Sainsburys?  Or could you shop in Sainsburys once a month/quarter/year?  Holy Trinity is one of the lucky schools to belong to the Sainsburys Scheme.

Currently there are only 19 active members and it makes us £100 a month. IMAGINE what we could raise if we all signed up.

We will send out a flyer in book bags in the next week or two, but basically you are issued with a card, it acts like a gift card that you top up with a monthly standing order.  That standing order could be £10 or £200 or any amount you want.  It gets credited to your account and you use your card in store. The brilliant thing is we get 4% of every pound you put on.

Y3 Cake Sale is next Friday

Lastly, we have an exciting fundraiser raffle starting next week which is specifically raising money for the library. Cavenders has very generously donated a Kindle Paperwhite as first prize and Waterstone vouchers as runners up prizes.


NOTICES

Update on Chantry Woods Campsite:
It has come to our attention that the council are making plans to lease the Chantry Woods Campsite. Some parents have suggested that it is important that local people express their opinion on this change. Please follow the link to learn more (http://savechantrycampsite.home.blog).

Innovate Guildford Science & Arts Festival is back: Saturday 23 March 2019 at GLive.
Innovate Guildford is a free one day Science & Arts Festival, exploring the link between creativity and innovation.  Brought to you by Guildford Borough Council, this festival is free to enter and boasts a variety of exhibits relating to health, the environment, automotive technology, virtual reality, computer gaming plus talks, performances and workshops. See more at: innovateguildford.co.uk