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No. 264 - 17 June

Dear Parents and Carers,

Phew! That was a warm one! I hope your child wasn’t too exhausted from the heat today; we worked hard to keep things cool, reminded everyone to stay in the shade and to drink lots of water. It looks like next week won’t be quite so hot!

I’m delighted to be able to announce our teaching teams for the new academic year ahead. Firstly, you’ll notice that we have two new teachers joining us at HTPD; Andrew Whitall has worked previously at Longacre School in Shamley Green, bringing with him extensive sporting expertise and moving into Year 3, and Joanne White completes the Year 6 team, having moved from teaching in London for a number of years into the Guildford area. You will also spot that Tom and Helen move into Year 5; the whole teacher team are excited and “embracing the future with hope and confidence”. Claire Cruddas will be leaving us at the end of term; she’ll be very much missed. And JJ will imminently begin her maternity leave; we can’t wait to meet Baby Walker and wish both her and Nick a safe and happy delivery – we’ll keep you posted! The new teams look like this:

  • Year R Catherine Finniear Beccy Lee
  • Year 1 Hayley Esselen Sarah MacKenzie
  • Year 2 Georgie Furlonger Jo Pillay/ Lilja Helgadottir
  • Year 3 Sheena Preston Alison Tester Andrew Whitall
  • Year 4 Abigail Allen Emily Russell/ Laura Hanley Nick Walker
  • Year 5 Kayleigh Ashraf Tom Everard/Helen Campbell Toby Strutt
  • Year 6 Sarah Jackson Danni Weston Joanne White

We will also continue to have a number of part time staff working across the school. We will now begin the important task of choosing a new teacher for each child. Please allow us to consider the best fit for each individual, taking into account the huge number of important factors in ensuring a smooth transition in September. If you do have serious concerns, any comments should be directed to me rather than to your child’s current teacher. Thank you for your understanding in giving us the opportunity to consider the whole picture rather than making decisions from just one perspective. The children are always so adaptable and ready to embrace change!

On Thursday this week, I was glad to welcome Matthew Purves, the newly appointed regional director of Ofsted (the schools’ inspection organisation) on a visit. He was getting to know his schools across the south east. He joined the Diocesan director of education, Alex Tear and enjoyed some time in Year 6 talking to the children about their time at HTPD; he was really impressed by their knowledge and by their attitude to learning. He enjoyed meeting Geraldine, our librarian who inspired him with her passion for children’s reading, and he felt that our values meant that children were both able to flourish holistically and reach high standards academically. It was a really encouraging visit. We spoke together for an hour or so and he listened to me describe our hopes for the future at HTPD; like me, he felt it was important to hear from you about how the school could continue to improve. Do email me if you have ideas for next year’s school development plan!

Also on Thursday, it was Clean Air Day, and it was just lovely that so many of our families managed to travel to and from school on foot or by bike and scooter. The roads seemed so much safer – it was brilliant. Hopefully it’ll mean that lots of us will start to change to green travel more regularly; how about “On foot Fridays”? Or “walking Wednesdays”?

With love,


Thought of the Week: Coping with hurt. Parable – The Prodigal Son: Who do you need to forgive?

School is closed on Friday 24 for INSET and Monday 27 June for our mid summer holiday.

Whole School Notice


On our new website the year group JTLYK pages (“Just to let you know”) can be found in the curriculum section of our website in the relevant year group. You might want to favourite this page so that it’s easy to find each week. We’ll be adding more information to this part of the website over the coming weeks.

Mission Enabler Job

The Parish Church of St Nicolas Guildford and Guildford URC, who are coming together to appoint a new Mission Enabler (Families and Children worker) from September. Please see the attached advertisement below for job description and contact information.

Family Zone (Surrey Youth Games)

Please see poster (download below) for Family Zone which is free activities where children and young people age 6-16 years can attend and participate in free activities, this Saturday 18th June. You can find more information about what is happening on the day in terms of activities on the website: Specsavers Surrey Youth Games ( It looks like a good, free day out!

No jewellery in school please

Please remember that children should not wear jewellery or smart watches in school (apart from small earrings which must be removed for PE). This helps us to keep precious possessions safe, but also is a health and safety concern as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can easily get caught.

Catering Assistant vacancy

Harrison Catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the Pewley Down catering team. You will assist with the preparation of our fresh food offer and serving pupils as well as setting up and clearing down. The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of a team. Full training will be provided along with uniform. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week, term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to Philip Stockwell.


Parking in Pewley Bank

Please remember that the residents of Pewley Bank, just adjacent to the school ask that we don’t use their road for parking. It is a private road, and not for general traffic. As well as being inconvenient for residents, it is extremely hazardous as so many pedestrians walk to school this way. Please find another place to park. Thank you for working together to keep the roads around school safe.

Friendship Forms

Please remember to complete your child’s Friendship Form (on ParentMail) by Monday 20 June.

Year 2 swimming

Swimming lessons for the next two weeks (21 & 28 June) will focus on drowning prevention and keeping safe in and around water. All children should bring in clothing for these sessions – a long sleeved top and long trousers (please avoid any heavy items such as jogging bottoms and jeans).

Beep Beep Day, Wednesday 22 July

We would like everyone to come to school in bright coloured clothing for our road safety day next Wednesday. Children will be taking part in various road safety activities including learning to cross safely. We will also be talking about green modes of travel.

Sports Day, Wednesday 6 July, 9.15 am

Parents are invited to join us for Sports Day. Please wait on the field after drop-off. We aim to start at 9.15am and expect to be finished before 11.00am. Children will be competing in their house groups and these will be clearly marked. Please stand at the outside edges of the field to watch your children.


Don’t forget to have a look at the FOPS News below – lots of information about the Summer Fair this week, and the tidy-up at the Wild Place this Sunday 19th, 10.00-12.00. Bring your own tools (there is no electricity at the Wild Place)

Menu: Week 3 beginning 20 June. (Beef Chilli will replace Beef Tacos on Tuesday)


Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 22 June – Y6 Leavers’ Service

Clubs Cancelled

  • Monday 20 June – Hockey Club Cancelled due to District Sports practice
  • Tuesday 21 June – Athletics Club Cancelled due to District Sports practice


We have a big fixture next week with over 75 children out. If you have a blue competition t-shirt at home, please can you return it before next Tuesday, even if your child is competing. Thank you.

Holy Trinity fixtures and Clubs w/c 20/06/22

Tuesday 21st June - District Sports Athletics competition

The teams have been sent out on Parent Mail.  Pick up between 4-4.15pm at the Spectrum track.

Lunch - Week 3 Menu week beginning 20 June.


Summer Fair plans are well underway, but first a reminder that this Sunday 19th June there is a small group of people going to tidy the Wild Place from 10-12. If you can help, please sign up here.

A ParentMail has gone out today about the Summer Fair so the highlights only are below in case you missed it. If you can help on the day, please volunteer here. We really need people who can help us to tidy up, please!

Summer Fair – donations needed

Please bring in any of the below on Tuesday 28th June and place in the labelled boxes in the front playground.

  • Books – any type of book for secondhand book stall (clean, no marks or writing inside).
  • Small toys - good condition and clean for the small toy tombola.
  • Full and empty wine bottles – we need donations of wine bottles for a game for the adults. Either full or empty but the empties need to be screw-tops and must still have the lids.

Summer Fair – raffle tickets

Today the children will be bringing home books of raffle tickets. Please sell as many as you can to friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, yourself... but note that tickets cannot be sold to anyone under 16.

Please ensure all stubs of sold tickets are filled in with a name and contact number. Stubs and any unsold tickets must be returned to the PD school office by Wednesday 29th June. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to FOPS) and returned to the office in an envelope with your stubs.

If you want to pay with card a FOPS rep will be in the playground by the wooden train at 3pm on Tues 28th & Wed 29th with the card machine. We will collect your stubs when you make the payment.

There are some excellent prizes to win:

  • £400 cycle shop voucher donated by our main sponsor Knight Frank
  • A term at MultiSports Guildford
  • Hogsback Brewery tour tickets
  • Tour of Heart Studios and Global HQ
  • 4 ball at Clandon Regis Golf Club
  • Tickets for a Guildford Flames Ice Hockey match
  • £50 voucher for The March Hare
  • Vouchers for Craggy Island, Bocketts Farm, Painshill Park
  • Plus more!

Happy weekend all! Kate


Summer Fair

This will take place on Saturday 9th July from 2pm. Each year group is taking a section of the fair to organise and support. Your class reps will be in contact with you to let you know how you can support.

In the meantime, if you, or someone you know, has a business that would like a stall at the fair, please get in touch for more details.

Please look out for an envelope containing raffle tickets and donation day letter which will be coming home with your child/ren on Thursday 23rd June.

Summer Fair – call for entertainers!

We would love to have some live musicians playing small sets throughout the fair. We are keen to hear from anybody that feels they could perform, solo instrumentalists, singers, bands or DJ’s all would be fantastically received! It is so lovely for the children to hear live music! If you are interested please get in contact with Hannah Hayden (Year 4,2&1 mum).

Second Hand Uniform

If you need any school branded second hand uniform, or have school branded uniform to donate, please contact Simone Chidlow. There will be a uniform stall at the Summer Fair where all the uniform we have will be available to choose from. If you are donating uniform, please ensure it is clean, no stains and that there are no holes or frayed edges.

HTSC Committee – positions vacant

Myself (Chair), Claudine Nel (Secretary) and Tom Day (Treasurer) will be stepping down from HTSC at the end of this school year as our children will be moving into their last year at Holy Trinity. It would be great if we could have a team in place to handover to before the end of the school year. If you are at all interested in one of these roles (they can be shared), please do get in touch by emailing Without these positions being filled, the criteria for the Charity Commission will not be met and it will be difficult for the school to generate fundraising activity to support our children’s learning. The model for how events could be organised in future can be altered to a rotating year group approach to reduce the level of input currently required by the Chair role.

Dates for your diary

  • Thursday 23rd June – Raffle tickets and letter coming home with children.
  • Friday 1st July – Summer Fair donation day
  • Saturday 9th July Summer Fair from 2pm

Many thanks

Helen, HTSC Chair

Other Notices

Gadgeteers – Summer Reading Challenge 2022 from Saturday 9 July The Summer Reading Challenge is being launched in Surrey Libraries on 9 July and runs until 17 September. This annual event for 4-11 year olds is designed to keep children reading during the summer. This summer’s theme is Gadgeteers and has been developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group and will be a celebration of reading and science. Children have to be a library member to take part, but participation is completely free, and they can collect special stickers and rewards including a certificate and a medal along the way.