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No. 229 - 1 March

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday, I spent the morning with 4SP, one of the Year 4 classes, at the Royal Grammar School. It was such an exciting opportunity to visit their chemistry labs – and, thanks to Tom Shimmel, one of their superb science teachers, the children were able to use the Bunsen Burners to investigate what happens when you heat up ice, melting it and then evaporating it to make steam. The children were mesmerised! I’m looking forward to taking the other two classes over the next couple of weeks. We’re really grateful to our local secondary schools – they all provide such fantastic opportunities for enriching the primary curriculum. Next week, George Abbot students are visiting to lead some of our PE lessons for children in Year 2 and Year 4. It’ll be great to welcome them to HTPD.

The infants have been making the most of the outdoors this week, in spite of the rain! With the Wild Place still out of action at the moment, due to an illegal camper, it’s been lovely to see the Reception and Y1 children enjoying the woods on site at HT. We’re looking forward to starting to develop the outdoor spaces for the younger children in the next few weeks, and I know they’ll love the adventure trail once it dries out. Huge thanks to FOPS for agreeing to fund some of our ideas!

I’ve really enjoyed the HT parents’ evenings this week – thank you so much for partnering with us and being so keen to find out about the progress of your child. I hope you heard plenty that made you proud – and that you were able to pass some positive feedback on if your child didn’t join you for the meeting. Next week, it’s the turn of the Pewley parents. Please come into school via the Addison Road gate, and then down past the office to the playground. We’d love for you to enjoy being in the new classrooms, waiting for your appointment in the lobby areas of each cabin - we’ll help you find your way if you’re not sure which one is which.

House Chess has been another highlight this week for the juniors; we’re part way through the competition and I have been astonished by how many matches have been played. There are some really advanced experts, and some who are only just learning how the pieces move – all the competitors earn points for their house, and we’re excited to find out who is this year’s Chess Champion once we progress through to the winners’ rounds. Perhaps it’ll inspire everyone to play a bit of chess over the weekend – I love a game, but sadly, Martin, my husband is too good a player, so I’ll have no chance of winning! Maybe I’ll challenge him to Scrabble instead!

With much love,


Promise of the week: “I will be with you always,” Hebrews 13 v5. Jesus is face to face with a paralysed man and his friends - how can you be a perfect pal?

Whole School

If your child attends after-school clubs, check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.


Parent Consultation Meetings, Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 March

The parent consultations next week will be held in the new classrooms. Please come into school via the Addison Road gate and the school office (see Clare’s letter above).

Teacher-led clubs

There will be no teacher-led clubs next week owing to the parent consultations.

Menu: week 1 beginning 4 March.


Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 5 March – 3N Parents Evening appointments 18:00 – 20:30
  • Wednesday 6 March – Y6 to Natural History Museum

Lunch – Week 1 beginning 4 March.

Please note there will be a slight change to the menu next week:

On Wednesday the Ratatouille will be replaced with Spanish Omelette and on Thursday the Cottage Pie will be replaced with Chilli Con Carne and Rice.

Clubs and Sports Update                                           

Cancelled Clubs

  • Monday 4 March – Hockey
  • Tuesday 5 March – Advanced Chess
  • Wednesday 6 March – Early Morning Running

Please note if a child is not collected after we have published the cancellation of a club, we will need to send them to Clubs+ and you will be invoiced for the same. 

Monday 4 March

  • Hockey Club is cancelled
  • Sportshall practice for the Y4 team and the Y5&6 team on Monday 4 March after school until 4.15pm.

Tuesday 5 March

  • Y5&Y6 Sportshall County Finals - AM. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail.

Thursday 7 March

  • Y4 Sportshall at Spectrum - AM. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
  • Y5 Football  v Burpham at HT. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail.

Friday 8 March 

  • Y4 Netball Tournament at St Catherine's - 1 - 4pm. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.

Saturday 9 March

  • Y6 Netball Tournament at St Catherine's - 9 - 12pm. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.



The Great Annual School Quiz & Curry Nights - only 3 weeks to go!

Tickets on sale now! 

This year our annual Pewley Down and Holy Trinity Quiz and Curry Nights will be held at Christ Church, Waterden Road, sponsored by local estate agent Hill Clements. 

  • The Holy Trinity Quiz & Curry night - Friday 22 March - BOOK HERE!
  • The Pewley Down Quiz & Curry night - Sat 23 March - BOOK HERE!

Teams of 8, or we can assign you a team on the night. Everyone welcome!

It will be mostly HT parents on Friday night and mostly Pewley parents on Saturday night - but you are welcome to attend whatever evening suits you best.

We need volunteers to help with setting up, selling drinks, serving food and pack down. It’s always great fun and a good way to meet other parents. Please get in touch with your class rep if you are able to help. 

Bake sales - dates for your diary

  • Fri 8 March - Year 6 doughnut sale 
  • Fri 22 March
  • Fri 26 April
  • Fri 17 May

Save the Date: HTPD WHOLE SCHOOL Fun Run!

  • Saturday 8 June, 1.30pm, Shalford Park. More details to follow. 

HTSC and FOPS teams x