No. 226 - 2 February
Dear Parents and Carers,
If you came along last weekend to enjoy the spectacle of the cranes lifting our new cabins over the school into the playground, you’ll understand how relieved I am that the installation went ahead smoothly and that the wind was calm! What a feat of engineering! Already, the heating is working, the light fittings are connected up, and the toilets are plumbed in. We’re really looking forward to the internal fitting being completed sometime next week, the steps arriving, the carpets being laid, and the furniture being moved across. I showed some of the Pewley teachers around on Wednesday for a first look so they can plan the set up for their new classrooms; there was a huge sense of relief and it was really quite emotional – I think you’ll be pleased to see how much space the children will now have. I know it’s only temporary, but it’s really special to be able to enjoy moving in at last!
I know that several parents have offered to help out when we do move in; we’ll let you know next week about exact timing, but I’m so grateful to those who have volunteered.
We’re still waiting for the structural surveyor to provide us with a design for the work at Pewley – then the Diocese will invite contractors to tender for the work. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything about the next steps. I’m speaking to the Diocese every day to hurry this along.
In school, it’s been a busy time. Year 5 had a marvellous trip to Winchester Science Centre – several staff commented on their excellent behaviour and their wonderful “zest for learning”. Meanwhile, I was impressed by the children in Year 6 as I demonstrated a sheep’s heart dissection as part of their Wonderful Life Topic. They were fascinated and asked such brilliant questions. The final year three class enjoyed their Greek drama workshop too!
One exciting new initiative that I’m delighted to talk to you about is led by a wonderful group of Year 6 children who have trained as peer mediators; they now support other junior children at playtimes to resolve any disputes or conflict. They work through a carefully scripted meeting, mediating and calming things down. It’s already been so successful and the children are loving their new role, complete with bright yellow “peer mediator” caps so that they’re easily spotted in the playground. This project is thanks to the hard work of Lucy and Misa who are part of our wellbeing team, working alongside an external trainer with experience in setting this up in schools. Do talk to your child about it if they seem to find playtime problematic!
Year 4 took part in a new project run by an amazing organisation, “The Flying Child” that is working nationally to help survivors of child sexual abuse to speak up about their experiences. We agreed to pilot this new project that follows up a presentation with an art workshop – The Blossom Tree Project. Obviously for these young children the content of the presentation was carefully prepared and age-appropriate, and it explored how important it is to share any worries with trusted adults. Some children then volunteered to join in with an art workshop creating beautiful paper flowers which The Flying Child are making into an art installation of “blossom trees”. Do take a look at the flyer that The Flying Child have prepared to encourage us all to be allies and speak up about child sexual abuse, thereby reducing its stigma. They were so pleased to pilot the project with us, and were so grateful for our feedback and suggestions.
Remember that next Friday is our second Fluffy of the year. We’re all excited to see so many imaginative activities on offer! Please remember to send in £1 on the day (or make a payment on Parentpay) so that we can keep this running each term. When we asked the children about the desirable qualities of a new headteacher, the importance of Fluffy Friday came out as absolutely vital! Do have a read of the important message below from Deborah and Helen, our co-chairs of governors. They’ve been really busy this week preparing the job advert for my successor, and their favourite part was talking to the children! Please thank your children for their insight, clarity and understanding of our school’s ethos and values – they are such a credit to you!
A message from the Co-Chairs of Governors:
A big thank you to everyone - parents, staff and especially the children - who have taken part in the consultation about our new headteacher. There are some consistent messages about what everyone loves about the school and the qualities they'd like to see in our new headteacher and we'll ensure these are incorporated in the recruitment pack. Adverts for the post will start appearing next week and interested candidates will be asked to contact “Emmaus Leadership” for an initial discussion and to arrange to visit the school. Applications close on 18 March and interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned for the last week of term. We will keep in touch as the process moves ahead.
Meanwhile, as governors we continue to work closely with Clare and the staff team on the things that matter in school - most importantly the safety and education of all the fabulous children at HTPD - and of course we all look forward to seeing the infant children in their smart new temporary classrooms, as we wait for decisions about the Pewley building from the DfE.
With best wishes
Deborah & Helen
Promise of the week: “My power is greatest when you are weakest”. John the Baptist face to face with Jesus. What are you passionate about?
If your child attends after-school clubs, check the notices below by clicking on the junior or infant section.
Fluffy Friday is next week, 9 February. We request a £1 contribution to help cover the costs and this can be paid via ParentPay.
Year R and Year 2 will be taking part in Sportshall Athletics next week - Wednesday 7th (YR), Thursday 8th (Y2). The £3 contribution can also be paid via ParentPay.
Teacher-led clubs after half term
Look out for the clubs list coming out shortly via ParentMail or on the Clubs page.
Menu: week 2 (Pewley at HT) beginning 5 February. Next week the Tuesday and Thursday menus will be swapping round (Tuesday - chicken curry or sweet potato stir fry; Thursday – pizza).
Harry in Hazel Class has lost his Shackleton (green) fleece, missing since PUPS on 18 January.
Dates For the diary
- Thursday 8 February – Parents Evening appointments booking system will go live at 18:00
- Friday 9 February – Fluffy Friday, please remember to send in £1
Parents Evening Meetings Tuesday 27 (1800-2030) and Thursday 29 (1600-1830) February: ParentMail with booking information will be sent out on Monday 5 February. Appointment booking will go live on Thursday 8 February 18:00.
3N will have appointments on Thursday 29 March and Tuesday 5 March.
Please note there will be no teacher led clubs during parents evening week.
Please find the clubs list for the second half of the Spring Term here.
Y3 Almost Science – registration for the new group will go live on Monday 5 February 6pm.
Please note the following changes (highlighted in blue on the clubs list):
- Y6 Entrepreneur Club will be on Monday afternoons after half term.
- Tuesday Football club will be for Y5 only after half term.
- Thursday Football club will be for Y3 only after half term; please note the first session will be on 7 March (due to a home match and parents evening appointments).
HTSC & FOPS
February half term sponsored read
Ready, steady, read!
We are holding a whole school sponsored read over February half term! All money raised will go towards books for both the infant and junior pupils. Please watch out for the ParentMail in the coming days with all the details of how your child can take part.
The Great Annual School Quiz & Curry Nights - save the date!
Tickets on sale tonight! Look out for the parentmail later today!
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 (thank you to Rev Nick Williams). And this event has been generously sponsored by local estate agent Hill Clements - thank you!
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)
Everyone welcome! It will be mostly HT parents on the Friday night and mostly Pewley parents on the Saturday night - but you are welcome to attend whatever evening suits you best.
You can start to gather your own team of 8 people or else we can put you in a team on the night.
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 can help.
Save the Date: HTPD WHOLE SCHOOL Fun Run!
Saturday 8 June, 1.30pm, Shalford Park
More details to follow.
Year 3 coffee morning
Friday 9 Feb, 9.15am, Harbour Hotel lounge. Everyone welcome.
Year 3 book club
Debbie Smith has set up a book club for Year 3 parents. If you’d like to join, please get in touch with Debbie through WhatsApp.
Have a lovely weekend!
HTSC and FOPS teams x
Celebrate Lunar New Year at GHK's Vibrant Market, 10 February, Guildford Cathedral
As the Lunar New Year festivities approach, we at Guildford Hongkongers are excited to invite you to join us for a celebration of cultural diversity and traditions at our annual Lunar New Year Market!
- Over 60 stalls: Dive into delicious food, explore handcrafted treasures, discover stunning clothing, and find playful toys – something for everyone to be inspired by! * Exhilarating performances: Prepare to be enthralled by traditional and contemporary cultural performances that will entertain and spark curiosity. * Cultural immersion: This vibrant market serves as a portal to Hong Kong's unique traditions and customs, fostering understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity. See flyer below and Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghk-lunar-new-year-market-2024-tickets-706363370857
Volunteer Recruitment Officer for Home-Start Surrey - Surrey Home-Start are a charity that gives weekly in-home support (2-4 hours) to local families who have at least 1 child under 5 years of age and are encountering challenging times. They cover the whole of Surrey and are divided between 8 local branches. All our volunteers are fully trained and DBS checked and also given ongoing support. If you are interested in finding out more please visit their website: https://homestartsurrey.org/
Boogie Pumps - Please see the flyer below for their February half-term activities club.