No. 225 - 26 January
Dear Parents and Carers,
At last, the crane has arrived and the next stage of our building plan is underway. It’s going to be a big project, but we’re all excited to see the temporary infant classrooms being installed. Hopefully we can look forward to moving in a couple of weeks from now. The extra space will be amazing!
Meanwhile, I know that many of you are feeling frustrated by the lack of progress at Pewley. I’m afraid I have no new information. I spoke to the DfE again today, and have no updates to pass on. I have told them that the lack of progress is infuriating! As soon as any news comes my way, I will let you know. I can reassure you that the children are still thriving – they are on track in their learning and embracing every opportunity. The staff are really enjoying seeing this term’s progress and are excited about the focus and effort that children are demonstrating in every lesson!
It was lovely today to show our new rector, Simon Butler around the school. He came to the Year 1 and 2 assembly, visited many different lessons and chatted to staff and children at breaktime. He’s already realised how special our school community is – he’s taking a real interest in the recruitment of a new headteacher and making sure that he understands the essence of HTPD. I’m sure the children will now recognise him when you’re out and about in town, so do say hello if you bump into him and welcome him to Guildford!
I know that the governors were thrilled with the superb parental response to their questionnaire. They met earlier this week to consider the comments and to plan the recruitment process. Thank you to those of you that thought hard about their questions and took time to write your ideas for the future of the school. It’s another sign of the fantastic partnership that we share; I’ll keep you posted about the next steps and let you know when the headteacher role is advertised.
Promise of the week: “Become like a child and you will see God’s kingdom.” Twelve-year-old Jesus meets the teachers in the temple. How do you find God?
Congratulations to Abigail (our lovely Year 2 teacher who is now on maternity leave) and James on the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter, Olivia. They are all doing well and enjoying getting to know each other!
If your child attends after-school clubs, do check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.
From our friends at St Nicolas' Church: New for the Spring 2024 term is our Toastie Tuesdays youth group for children in school years 3-6 on the last Tuesday of each month (see poster below for full details.) This is a relaxed group where children can come and play board games, computer games, get involved with crafts and just generally enjoy hanging out in a safe environment with friends. Our mission enabler, Nicky, and curate, Fr Ali, will be on hand to help children feel welcome and get involved. As the name suggests, there will be toasties available to order from our tuck shop, and other food and drink items all priced at 50p each. So please send your children with pocket money and make sure we are aware of any allergies. This will be a nut-free zone. If your child would like to come along, please contact Nicky by email at email@example.com. Dates for the term ahead: January 30th, February 27th, March 26th.
Dates for the diary
- Monday 29 January – Y5 Winchester Science Museum visit
- Tuesday 30 January – 3G Greek Day
- Monday 29 January - Hockey Club is cancelled for Y5&6
- Tuesday 30 January - Y5&Y6 Football Club Cancelled
- Friday 2 February – Kickstart football club is cancelled.
Sports Update for Week beginning 29 January
HOUSE XC - whole year-groups running on Pewley Downs. Please bring PE into school and a change of shoes and trainers that are ok to get muddy.
- Monday 29 January - Y4
- Tuesday 30 January - Y6
- Wednesday 31- Y5
- Thursday 1 - Y3
Monday 29 January - Hockey Club cancelled for Sportshall practice on after school until 4.15pm
Tuesday 30 January - Y5&Y6 Football Club Cancelled
Y5&6 Girls Football v Boxgrove at HT
The teams have been sent out on ParentMail
Wednesday 31 January - Y6 Netball v QE
The team has been sent out on ParentMail
Thursday 1 February - Y5&6 XC at Rydes Hill Common, St Joseph's
The team has been sent out on ParentMail
Friday 2 February - KickStart is cancelled for Y5&6 Sportshall practice until 4.15pm
FOPS & HTSC
At last week’s joint PTA meeting we shared a summary of fundraising totals for the autumn. Please see the PDF below for the total money raised and all the wonderful and enriching things the school has been able to fund/buy. This is all thanks to you and your support - thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time or given money. Every penny counts!
February half term sponsored read
- More details to come next week! Books at the ready!
The Great Annual School Quiz & Curry Nights
As we continue to be one school on one site, we are hosting our annual Pewley Down and Holy Trinity Quiz Nights at Christ Church, Waterden Road (a big thank you to Rev Nick Williams for facilitating).
The HT Quiz & Curry night - Fri 22 March:
The PD Quiz & Curry night - Sat 23 March(this replaces the old March date due to the venue change)
You can start to gather a team or else we can put you in a team on the night. Tickets will be on sale very soon!
If you would like to help organise or volunteer with set up / drinks on the night, please get in touch with your class rep. It’s always great fun and a good way to meet other parents.
Save the Date: HTPD School Fun Run
- Saturday 8 June, 1.30pm at Shalford Park. More details to come!
Have a great weekend!
HTSC and FOPS teams x
Clandon Park - invitation to share your thoughts and ideas on the designs: We are conducting research around Clandon House, what happens there, and the way that we present objects and tell stories. This independent research is conducted by Flow Associates and designers Pimental and Partners, for the National Trust. The project is early in the design process and we want to ask people who might potentially visit, or who may not have thought of visiting at all, about what would interest them. What would excite you? How could Clandon House be the best experience it could be when you visit? We will be inviting people to join us for a focus group in Guildford or an online / phone interview between 19th February and 1st March. As a thank you for taking part, we are offering £30 PayPal credit or Amazon Voucher to participants. We would love for you to be involved in the conversation around the future of Clandon Park. If you are interested in taking part, let us know by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClandonPark