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No. 230 - 8 March

Dear Parents and Carers,

As always, there’s been plenty going on in school this week. Lots of children have loved taking part in the Sportshall activities at Guildford Spectrum – with all of Year 1, a super Year 4 team and a winning Year 6 squad representing the school splendidly! Year 6 also had a wonderful day out, visiting the Natural History Museum in London. Following on from my science lessons with them this term, teaching them about evolution and the impact of Charles Darwin on scientific thinking, the children were glad to experience this amazing place…and come face to face with his giant statue towering over the staircase. It’s such an inspiring building and it really brings their learning alive.

School trips, whilst sometimes seeming like a lot of effort for teachers to organise and a big cost to families, really consolidate learning and enrich our curriculum. When we talk to children about what they remember from previous topics, it’s often the days out that are the highlights. I hope you share our belief that they’re worth every penny. Please do consider contributing to our school fund on Parentpay so that we can make sure they continue; thanks to generosity from parents and staff, we can afford to include everyone even if their circumstances mean they can’t afford to contribute themselves. It’s part of looking after our whole school community and “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps.”

I’ve really enjoyed meeting all our Pewley parents this week at the parents’ evening appointments. It’s been good to show everyone the temporary classrooms, and lovely to hear your positive feedback after all the efforts to get them set up. The Diocese have this week presented to the DfE a costed estimate of works and we’re hopeful that we’ll soon be able to get started on fixing the ceilings at Pewley. The next step is to be given approval for funding from the DfE for this process and I’ll let you know as soon as there’s any progress.

Another highlight this week was World Book Day. At HTPD, we focus on enjoying books rather than dressing up. This is so much more positive for some children (and parents!) who find costumes rather stressful! The book swap was brilliant – I hope your child came home with a good new read! And some children from Y5 and Y6 visited EYFS and Y1 to share stories together. It was a lovely time when we were all very glad to be on the same site.

Wishing you a great weekend, hopefully full of reading new books together!

With much love,


Promise of the week: “Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation!” 2 Corinthians 5 v17. Nicodemus is face to face with Jesus – what’s your potential for change?

Whole School

Red Nose Day

Next Friday 15 March we will be marking Red Nose Day in school by doing 'Something Funny for Money' with the aim of fundraising for this marvellous charity. As many of you will know, Comic Relief supports incredible organisations that are making a difference for people across the UK and around the world. The school council has overwhelmingly voted in favour of having a pyjama day in school! The suggested donation to take part is £1, but if you are able to be more generous, please do so and help us hit our fundraising target of £500. Donations can be made in cash on the day or via Parentpay. The children will also take part in a range of games and quizzes on the day and are welcome to wear a red nose if they have one. Please do ensure the children have suitable footwear and warm enough layers so that they can still enjoy their break times outside. We look forward to a fun-filled day!

After-School Clubs

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


Easter Service, Wednesday 27 March

All HTPD children will be attending the Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church on 27 March. We will need some extra parent helpers to walk the children to and from the church. Please let your child’s teacher or the school office know if you are able to help with this. We will be leaving at 9.15am to walk down to the church and returning at 10.30am.

Football club with Toby

  • A reminder that football club is cancelled next Tuesday 12 March.

Menu: week 2 beginning 11 March.


Dates for the Diary

  • Thursday 14 March – 4SJ RGS Science visit
  • Thursday 14 March – Y6 Summer Term Information Briefing for Parents 6-7.30pm
  • Friday 15 March Red Nose Day. Please see the whole school notice for details.
  • Tuesday 19 March – Y4 High Ashurst Information Evening at 7pm
  • Wednesday 20 March – Guildford Primary Schools Music Festival at GLive
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March – HTSC and FOPs Quiz and Curry nights

Cancelled Club

  • Tuesday 12 – Y5 Football

Lunch Week 2 beginning 11 March.

Sports Fixtures Update

Monday 11 March

  • Y5 Netball Tournament at George Abbot. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.

Tuesday 12 March

  • Y5A &B Boys Football v QE at Holy Trinity. The teams have been sent out on ParentMail.

Wednesday 13 March

  • Y5 Netball Tournament at St Catherine's. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.

Thursday 14 March

Y6 Football Festival at Weyfield. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.  


Talking Teens Workshop: Please click here for more information regarding a course for parents of teens or pre-teens.

Flyers: Holy Trinity Church Mothering Sunday (see below).


Quiz & Curry Nights - 2 weeks to go!

Only 2 weeks to go until the Annual HTPD School Quiz & Curry Nights on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March! 

There are still tickets available! £20 a ticket for a brilliant evening, including a delicious curry.

This year the Quiz Nights are being held at Christ Church Waterden with our friend of the school and professional Quiz Master, Michael! Can't choose which night you want to come to? Don't worry, there is a different set of questions for each night - do both! 

Please arrive from 7pm. The quiz will start promptly at 7:30pm and finish at 10:00pm.

Join in teams of up to 8 or we can assign you a team on the night!

Delicious curries, rice and naan will be supplied, as well as a bar selling beer, wine, prosecco and soft drinks.

Friday 22 MarchBOOK HERE!


Saturday 23 March BOOK HERE!

We can’t wait to see you there!