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HTPD 9/10/15

09 October 2015

Dear parents,

Our Mr Men series is proving very popular, and with next week’s character being Mr Greedy, it will be a perfect link to our Harvest Celebrations. Hopefully, we will explore the themes of being thankful for what we have, being generous to those less fortunate, and being able to “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps” – another of our school values. The school council has been planning the year’s charity events and carefully considering how best to fundraise. This begins with our annual harvest offering so please do talk to your children about the importance of generosity and kindness, as they bring in their harvest gifts.

At both sites, I’ve been so encouraged to walk around the school right at the start of the day. The children are making the most of every minute in the classrooms. At the infants, it’s a super time for the children to chat to the teacher, settle to an exciting activity or catch up with friends.  At the juniors, where school actually starts at 8.40, the first session of the day is also really purposeful. It’s often the time when children read their teacher’s comments on the previous day’s work and put into practice suggestions for taking their learning forward. I am so proud of the teaching team who invest so much time and effort into giving individual feedback to all the children.

I do want to pass on my congratulations to our sporting teams. We’re always delighted to hear about their successes, as well as the wonderful attitudes they display. This week we competed in a netball tournament and a cross country event, with plenty of medals and certificates awarded! On Sunday, our biathlon team have entered a major competition – good luck to all involved! Do keep an eye on our new HTPDsport Twitter account which will soon be going live for minute by minute updates (see below for details). Thank you again to our phenomenally dedicated sports teachers as well as parent helpers who make these excellent opportunities a reality.

With best wishes, Clare

Harvest Festival, Wednesday 14 October
Harvest Festival is being celebrated at HTPD on Wednesday 14 October, at the infants at 9.00am and at the juniors at 10.00am.  Katie Thomas, the curate from Holy Trinity Church, will be leading both assemblies and encouraging the children to think about being thankful and generous.  Please bring in tinned or dried goods which on this occasion will be given to Guildford Action to support their work with the homeless and refugees.  Any parents who would like to join in with our harvest celebration are very welcome to attend, but please note that this will not be a performance. 

Fluffy Friday, 16 October
Next Friday is our first ‘Fluffy’ of the year, so please bring in your £1 contribution and remember that children can come to school in mufti.  For Years 1 and 2, Fluffy activities will be just in the afternoon with children choosing which activity they would like to join in with.  Reception Year children will stay in their own classrooms as usual for the afternoon, but can also come to school in mufti (home clothes).

HTPD Prayer Group

Our next meeting is on Friday 16th October @12.30pm at Sue Williams' house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details, all welcome!


Prospective Parent Tours at Holy Trinity
Please do book onto one of the tours for prospective parents at the junior site on:
Wednesday 14 October at 2.00pm        
Thursday 15 October at 2.00pm
Wednesday 11 November at 2.00pm
Tuesday 24 November at 11.00am
and come along on Wednesday 25 November at 7.00pm to meet the junior staff team.

Languages Coffee Morning
Thank you so much to all of our parents who speak another language at home who came along to our Languages coffee morning yesterday.   It was wonderful to meet you and think of ways that we can support your children in their learning.  A big ‘thank you’ to Emily, Louise and Ruth for organising this.

Spare clothes
We keep a supply of spare clothes in the office, but have completely run out of boys’ pants and socks!  If you have any socks or pants (smaller sizes) we could use we would be very grateful.  
Also, please could you return any clothes which your child may have borrowed from the office.  

Myla Hall, Hazel Class, has lost her new navy cardigan (with pockets), un-named.  Please check that your child has not brought it home by mistake.

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 12 October
Mon:    Chicken & Leek Fricassee with Pasta or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues:     Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds:    Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs:    Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Bread Roll; Apple & Cinnamon Crumble with Custard
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana Cake
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

Violin Lessons

Would your child like to learn the violin?  Mrs Bradley, from Surrey Arts, now has spaces for new violinists.  It is open to all years.  You can find more information about Surrey Arts music lessons and apply online at- www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/surrey-arts/music.


IQ Cards Fundraiser:   Thank you for the whopping 109 orders!
A big thank you to the staff for preparing Christmas cards with the children, so early in the year, and Helen Day for collating the IQ Card order for us. The early placement of the order means we will gain an additional 10% on this fundraiser.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee mornings are a great opportunity to meet parents and to have a good old chat! They can be arranged at a coffee shop or at someone's home. If you would like to or be willing to be a host, please contact your class reps to set a date.

Calling All Bakers (….and shoppers):   Hot on the heels of the Bake Off finale, FOPS will be recommencing it's Friday playground cake sales after Half Term. Each class will be allocated a date to bring in nut free goodies (homemade or bought) to sell at 3pm pick up. Dates coming soon.

Save the Date
Family School Disco – 17th October 2015
:   There are still some tickets. Forms are available from the school office, if you did not receive one in your book bag.

Phil the Bag – 12th November 2015

Extra bags can be picked up in front of the FOPS notice board, in the front playground.

Reception Christmas Drinks
– Thursday 26th November at The Three Pigeons.

Year 2 Christmas Drinks – Thursday 3rd December from 7:30 onwards at The March Hare

Christmas Fair – 6th December 2015
Update on fundraising for the Christmas Fair
As you are aware, the Pewley Down Christmas Fair is on the 6th December only 8 weeks away and we are collecting prizes for the main raffle and silent auction. We have already had fabulous donations such as a 12 month family membership to Surrey Sports Park, handmade birthday cake of your choice, vouchers for beauty, cosmetics, games, toys but we still need lots more.
We are hoping to raise even more money than ever before to support some wonderfully ambitious projects your children will benefit from directly. These enhancements include music, drama, science, maths, outdoor gardening among other things.  Please help us by donating generously from any links, associations, family or friends you may have. We're looking for: days worth of activity, sports tickets, a company box, voucher for games, clothes, meal for two/four, days out, accommodation - plane tickets, a week in a villa.....
For any questions, information or to kindly donate please contact:
Ati a.dalgaard@yahoo.com OR Debbie wawadeb@hotmail.com 


A timely reminder, please not to give your children any mid-morning/lunch snacks that contain nuts.  We have several children in school with severe allergies and who would suffer serious consequences if they were to come into contact with any form of nut.  Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

Individual photos at the juniors on Monday 12 October.
Can we please remind you that Year 5’s Netball After School Club on Wednesday, 14th October, has had to be cancelled due to another fixture.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Please pay outstanding balances

We’re coming up to half term and would like to see accounts settled before then. Please check your balances on ParentPay and pay any outstanding amounts, including topping up your lunch credit if necessary. We will invoice anyone with amounts outstanding next week, but it would be good to keep that to a minimum. For those who took advantage of the annual and termly lunch discount offer, you will see the relevant premium added to your lunch account today that uprates your payments to the full meal price. Thanks.


We have had a fantastic couple of weeks of netball. Our Year 5’s and 6’s kicked off the season with some evenly matched friendlies against Tormead, and on Saturday 3rd October a Year 5 and a Year 6 team took part in the Versatility tournament at Tormead playing seven other schools during the afternoon.

‘Versatility’ means that each player has to rotate their position in-between each match, to show competence and skill in every position. It was with great excitement that the Year 6 girls came first and the Year 5’s came second! Well done to all the girls and a big thank you to all the parents who turned up to support the teams.

We encourage as many children as possible to come to netball club as we have lots fixtures lined and so there will be an opportunity for all of them to play in matches.

Photos of the team with their medals and informative match reports written by members of the team are now displayed on the sports noticeboards.

COMING SOON: Please look out for our new HTPD Sports twitter account where you can keep up with all our latest news.

Cross Country Report - Wednesday 7th Oct at St Joseph's, by Meg Miller

On Wednesday afternoon, the HT X country team travelled to Rydes Hill where St Joseph's school we're hosting a X Country competition. We were all ready for a soggy run after so much rain at the start of the week.  Laura and Tom met us all there, and Tom led us in a great warm up. We did our 'Hakka' and maybe this was one of the things that helped us!

The course was challenging with steep hills and slippery turns. Ayla led the way from the start, with Meg staying just a few paces behind. Ayla finished strongly in first position, Meg second, and Katie was in position to come third, but got pipped in the funnel, coming fifth. So HT had 3 runners in the top 5!

Lana finished tenth, With Imogen right behind in eleventh position. There were great performances from Zoe and Chloe.  Our runners have had a great start to the year- remember to come to running club so we can keep it up!
A big thank you to Laura and Tom for organising and training us, and to all the parents who gave us lifts to the competition.


Ellis Hall is still looking for his brand new Mandela sweatshirt.  The name inside is “E & M Hall”.  Could you please check your cupboards and drawers!
Sam Rapley (4J) has mislaid his blue raincoat (labelled, Mountain Warehouse). We've checked the cloakroom and lost property.  If parents could check at home we'd be really grateful to have it back before it gets rainy again!

Menu - Week 1


Bingo Night – Saturday 10 October 6-8pm - SOLD OUT!!!
Looking forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great fun evening!

Could you please bring a small, wrapped prize for each ticket purchased costing no more than £1 (chocolate or sweets are ideal).
Class Reps – Please help!
Many thanks also to those of you who have already volunteered to be class reps this year, however we still have NO class reps in 4JM or 5N.
If you have a child in these classes, please consider acting as class rep this year, we can’t do it without you!
Please email Caroline caroline@swifts.me.uk, Carrie carriewitts@gmail.com or Rosjrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk if you are able to help.

Dates for the diary

HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 13 October
This will take place at Rogues at 8pm. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do. We will be discussing our plans for this year and would really welcome new ideas.

Bonfire Night - Friday 6 November
Save the date for what promises to be another fantastic firework extravaganza.

Phil the Bag – week commencing 9 November
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 9 November (final collection day Thursday 12 November). Bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.
HT Christmas Fair – Friday 27 November
With only 11 weeks to go until Christmas, don’t forget to put the date of the HT Christmas Fair in the diary – it’s a great start to the festive season!

Maddie is in 4JW and training for the Loseley 5k on October 18th to raise money for Disability Challengers in Guildford. www.kellystore.org/guildford-2015/sponsor/maddiewitts.php

Amsterdam Marathon
Rachel Goodchild (Milo’s mum, Oak Class) is taking part in the Amsterdam Marathon 2015 on 18/10/2015 to raise money for Save the Children and would really appreciate your support.  Donating to the JustGiving page is easy - just follow this link and click Donate: 
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Save the Children so it’s a quick and safe way to donate.
Thank you, Rachel