No. 222 - 5 January
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year! And I hope that you all had a good Christmas break. What a super first week back – the children have so impressed me with their cheerful New Year positivity! If we carry on like this, it’s going to be a great term of learning and focus. Everyone is well rested and ready for all that lies ahead – we’ve all spent time pondering on what 2024 will be like describing our hopes and dreams and making plans for being kind, respectful and full of empathy, making a difference to the world. It’s so encouraging how well the children understand and live out our school values.
The excitement of Christmas often brings new technology into children's lives. Please note that if your child has received a smartwatch over the holidays, these are not allowed to be worn in school. Specifically, any device which connects to the internet, sends or receives messages or can take photographs is not suitable for use in school. It’s so important that we all help to keep children safe online – you might like to have a look at the top tips attached below for filtering and monitoring internet usage and setting up parental controls on new devices. Do get in touch with Tom Everard, our online safety lead if you’d like any support with this important aspect of family life (email@example.com). There is also a second parent focus group meeting on Wednesday 10 January at 5pm when this will be the topic for discussion – let Tom know if you’d like to come along.
Our building project for the temporary Pewley classrooms is on track – over the Christmas holiday the water, electricity, drains and internet supply were plumbed in, ready for the arrival of the modular classrooms later this month. The crane will now be arriving on Friday 19th, a week later than originally hoped, but still encouraging. I’ll let you know as the weeks go by about our plans, including any news about Pewley as the DfE make decisions about next steps.
Wishing you all the very best for 2024!
Promise of the week: “Seek and you will find.” What is your life’s purpose? Jesus – face to face with the three wise ones.
CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS – 15 January 2024
The deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2024 is Monday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/primary-junior-and-infant
After School Clubs
If your child attends after-school clubs, please check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.
Christmas Fair raffle prizes
There are still many uncollected raffle prizes from the Christmas Fair. If you won a raffle prize at the Christmas fair and have not collected it yet, please could we request you to collect it from HT office.
We are hoping that the teacher-led clubs will start after half term. A choice form will be going out shortly.
Menu: week 2 (Pewley at HT) beginning 8 January.
Dates for the Diary
- Monday 8 January – 3N start swimming lessons
- Wednesday 10 January – 4SP starts swimming lessons
- Wednesday 10 January – E-Safety focus group meeting at 5:00pm
- Thursday 11 January – Y4 Science Day
Spring Term After School Clubs
Please find the updated club list here. Most clubs start next week but some clubs may be starting later – please note the start date on the club's list.
Due to the building works, there will be no Netball club (Y6 on Monday and Y5 on Friday) till further notice.
Lunch – Week 3 menu from Monday 8 January.
Sport Fixtures Update
Tuesday 9 January - Y5 & Y6 Sportshall trials on the pitch - 3.15-4.15pm
Thursday 11 January - Y6 Dodgeball Tournament - 1-3pm at Merrow Junior School. The team has been sent out on ParentMail.
FOPS & HTSC News
Happy New Year! We hope you and your family have come back refreshed after your Christmas break.
A huge thank you again for all your support during the Autumn term. The two wreath-making evenings, our Christmas Tree event, the Pewley Christmas Fair and the joint HTPD raffle, together raised over £9,000 for our schools. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered, attended and donated. We appreciate every contribution - big or small.
Some of this money has already been put to good use - we have funded the Pied Piper Christmas show for the Infants, a samba drum set for the Juniors, desktop stoves for Year 1 and contributed towards the Juniors orienteering package. There are still more funds left; more details of how that will be used to come.
Two dates for your diary:
- Thursday 18 January - All HT parents and carers are welcome to the HTSC planning meeting for the term ahead. If you want to be involved then please come along to the March Hare at 7pm!
- Saturday 16 March - PD Quiz night at St Mary’s Church - with curry! Tickets will be released in due course.
Love, FOPS & HTSC x
Andys Man Club
Four school dads are opening the Guildford branch of Andys Man Club starting on Monday 8 January. The club would be working towards eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health and creating a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives. There will be weekly, free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups for men aged over 18. Please see the flyer below for more information.
CHIPS Playscheme Vacancies
Please see the flyers below for the Co-ordinator and Playworker vacancies. CHIPS is a small community-based charity that provides quality, inclusive school holiday play provision for children currently in Years 1-6 in the Guildford wards of Westborough and Stoke as well as, more recently, in the Ash/Ash Wharf and Tongham wards.
We run for four weeks during the summer holidays and for one week at Easter from 9am until 4.30pm and offer a safe, fun and stimulating play environment where the children direct the activities that they take part in.
At least one-third of the children joining us do so for free, based on the needs of the child and their home. These children join us via referral from their school, social services or via self-referral in response to our advertised free places. The activities we offer are based on feedback from children, their parents/carers and the particular issues in our area but all are designed to increase the children's long-term confidence and self-esteem, raise their aspirations, get them active and support improved communication skills and better mental health and well-being. We offer arts, crafts, cookery, music and dance to develop the children's social and communication skills, self-expression, self-esteem and confidence.