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No. 231 - 15 March

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today has been a fun Red Nose Day, with all of us wearing our pyjamas and dressing gowns to raise funds to donate to Comic Relief. Thank you for your generosity; we’ve raised over £700 so far and you can still donate on ParentPay. It’s been a good way to highlight how we can look after others less fortunate than ourselves, and it’s followed on from this week’s theme of caring for those in need beautifully.

In assembly, we’ve explored the story from the Bible of the woman pouring expensive perfume over Jesus’ head, and weeping her tears over His dusty feet. It helped us to think about ways to look after each other – realising that even God’s son appreciated gentle, kind actions that make everything feel better. With a superb performance from the juniors recorder groups and some calming piano music too, we relaxed and enjoyed being still! We talked about our individual ways that we like to be cared for and pampered, as well as realising that both giving and receiving love is a blessing. Many of the children said that they loved kind words, hugs and quality time with their families. I’m so pleased that they noticed how inexpensive these things are! And that so many of them are surrounded by such affirming, supportive families.

In school, we love noticing each unique child and feel so fortunate to share in your family life. After some training this week highlighting the numbers of people who live with domestic abuse, I do want to remind you that we are always here to help if you need us. Please do speak to our home-school link workers, Lucy and Bridgit, or to me or any of our staff if you ever need any support, and especially if home doesn’t feel safe.

Together with Alex Tear, the Guildford Diocesan Director of Education, I showed Angela Richardson, Guildford’s MP, around the new temporary classrooms today and emphasised how much we need her support to speed up the funding approval. She seems almost as determined as we both are to get things moving and fix the Pewley ceilings as quickly as we can and she was astonished at how brilliantly the children have settled in to life in the cabins.

Another visitor to school this week was our school improvement partner, Matthew Rixson from Surrey local authority. He spent two days looking at our curriculum, talking to children and staff and enjoyed finding out about life at HTPD. He was delighted to commend us on our teaching of reading, as well as our well-stocked library and how much the children enjoy books. He was also pleased to see that our curriculum is ambitious and sets high expectations for the children’s learning. As well as highlighting our strengths, he supported us as a staff team to plan our next steps. Making sure that children remember all that they’ve learned is something that we’ll keep working on – perhaps you’d like to help us with this? Just by asking your children questions about what they’ve done in school will help to secure things in their long-term memory; even if it’s really hard, it’s worth struggling to bring things to mind. Feel free to use the JTLYK pages to prompt these conversations each week.

Finally, I’m excited to announce the return of the HTPD Fun Run! Join us on Saturday, June 8th at Shalford Park for a fantastic day of exercise and fundraising. See below for more information and make sure it’s in your diaries now.

With much love,


Promise of the week: “He lets you rest and renews your soul!” Psalm 23, v 2. The woman with the alabaster jar of perfume face to face with Jesus. Will you let yourself be pampered?

Whole School

Thursday 28 March – End of Term early finish 1:30 PD; 1:45 HT

HTPD Fun Run - Saturday 8 June 

Ready to Run for Fun? See the flyer below and look out for a ParentMail with all the details!

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.

Menu: week 3 beginning 18 March.


Dates for the Diary

  • 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
  • Monday 25 March – Y4 Science Exhibition 2pm
  • Wednesday 27 March – Author visit, Mo O'Hara, for comic workshop Y5 and Y6
  • Thursday 28 March – Early finish at 1.45pm

HTPD Fun Run

Ready to Run for Fun? See the flyer below and look out for a ParentMail with all the details!

Cancelled Clubs

  • Thursday 21 March – Y3 & Y4 Dance Club (due to cross country fixture)

Menu: week 3 beginning 18 March

Important notice: Thursday 28 March menu will be changed to Fish Fingers (Friday menu).

Sports Fixtures

Thursday 21 March – Y5&Y6 XC at Holy Trinity. The team has been sent out on ParentMail. 

  • Dance Club cancelled so that teachers can help at XC.

 Friday 22 March -Y6 Netball Tournament at Surrey Sports Park. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.


Holy Trinity & Pewley Down Quiz & Curry Nights - NEXT WEEKEND! 

Only one week 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! 

For Friday - arrive from 7pm, the quiz will start promptly at 7:30pm and finish at 10:00pm.

For Saturday - please arrive from 7.30pm, Quiz to start at 8pm.

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.

We can’t wait to see you there!



Flyers below:

  • HTPD Fun Run
  • Boogie Pumps Easter Camp
  • Guildford Family Centre Newsletter
  • Active Surrey are running free, fun and local weekly activities for children (7-16 years) in Surrey. Activities will start after Easter and include Dance, Judo, Tennis and more. Booking is open from 1 March – see flyer below.
  • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are running Easter holiday workshops as well as a free family Fun Day on 3 April – see flyer below.