No. 267 - 8 July
Dear Parents and Carers,
Many of you will have already heard that Nick and JJ have had their baby! Orla Emily Walker was born on Monday 4th July and we’re all delighted to welcome her to the HTPD-family! I’m sure you’ll want to join me in congratulating them on this lovely news.
I hope you enjoyed Sports Day this week! It was so good to have enormous numbers of parents and carers at both Pewley and HT, and the children loved showing off their athletic talents in front of a crowd. Thank you for making it such a wonderful occasion and thank you for your understanding when we over-ran at the juniors; it was trickier than we expected keeping to time! I hope you weren’t too inconvenienced by the delay.
As I write, the children in Year 3 are heading back to school for their sleepover in the Chapel; they’ve had a glorious time walking back from Newlands Corner after a whole day of fun. This is the last of this year’s residential visits; we’ve been so glad to be able to run these again. Starting off with just one night away from home in Year 3 is a great first step to building independence, ready for the longer trips in Year 4, 5 and 6. Hopefully they’ll all be tired enough for a good night’s sleep tonight!
Also this week, it’s been great to welcome back our first international visitors – we’ve enjoyed hosting two Spanish teachers, together with their own four children, at HT. We’ve partnered with their school for a long time, and it was good to see them again in person. During the week, they’ve taught us all about Tres Cantos, their home-town in Spain, as well as sharing Spanish traditions and culture. My impromptu castanet lesson in assembly was lots of fun – and the accompanying Year 5 dancers were very professional! We were so thrilled to see how well bridges were built again; the children were all so welcoming to our guests, and our visitors had a great time. Hopefully, this will have been the first of many shared experiences; it’s good to practise living out our school value of “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps”.
Looking ahead, we have lots still to do in the final two weeks of the term; the children receive their end of year reports next Thursday, and Year 6 are excited about the Trinity Trek next Friday, as well as their leavers’ service at St Mary’s on Wednesday 13th. Year 2 will also be marking the end to their time at Pewley with a special assembly and a fun-day.
I want to let you all know about the details for Celebration Afternoon which takes place on Wednesday 20th July in the final week of term. This is another event that hasn’t happened for two years - we would love to invite all our school families to call into school anytime from 1.30 at Pewley, 1.45 onwards at HT. You’ll have the chance to celebrate all the work that your child has completed this term, follow up on any questions after reading your child’s end of year report, and even visit their new classroom and say hello to your child’s new teacher. At the juniors, the choir and orchestra will be performing at 2pm.
Finally, tomorrow is the summer fair at HT! With the temperatures rising, I’m sure the cold-drinks stall will be very popular! I’ll see you there!
With love, Clare
- HTSC Summer Fair - TOMORROW - Saturday 9 July
- Y6 Leavers Service @ St Mary's - Wednesday 13 July
- Y2 Fun Day - Friday 15 July
- Y6 Trinity Trek - Friday 15 July
- Celebration Afternoon - Wednesday 20 July (1.30 at PD, 1.45 at HT)
- Y2-Y6 HT church - Thursday 21 July at 9.30
- End of Term - Friday 22 July (1.30 at PD, 1.45 at HT)
We are recruiting new TA's. Please see our website or ETeach for more information.
Catering Assistant Pewley Down School
Harrison Catering Services is one of the UK’s leading independent catering companies, serving high-quality, freshly-cooked food to thousands of people in schools and workplaces every day. We are looking for a Catering Assistant to join Pewley Down School catering team. The position will assist with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving Pupils, as well as set up and clear 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher-led clubs - Autumn Term Year 1 & Year 2
Please complete your club choices via ParentMail (forms) by next Wednesday 13 July.
Data Collection Sheets
Data collection sheets were sent home earlier this week. Please check the contact details, make any changes, sign and return by Friday 15 July. Thank you to everyone who has already returned their form.
- Jasper (Oak Class) has lost two Mandela purple fleeces (one named Jasper and the other Jools).
- Alek (Walnut) and Sammy (Hazel) have both misplaced their sun caps –blue with a darker peak, named on the tag inside the sweatband.
- Ray-Ban glasses case – left behind after summer fair.
- Gold coloured hoop earring with star – found on the field (possibly lost after the fair or sports day).
Dates for the diary
Last Swimming lessons for 3C on Monday 11th and 4A on Wednesday 13th
Teacher led Clubs
- Monday Hockey Club finished for the term
- Tuesday and Wednesday morning Athletics Clubs finished for the term
Please download an updated Clubs List here.
Entrepreneurship Club SALE!
On Tuesday 12th July, the Year 6 Entrepreneurs will be hosting a sale at lunchtime and after school to launch their products or services! They will be selling a range of items, from hand-crafted, bespoke bookmarks to colourful Paracord keyrings. We are asking that the children bring in between £1 - £3 (in change) to spend at the sale at lunchtime. Then, the stalls will be open again after school for parents and carers to browse too. The Year 6 children have worked incredibly hard on their projects and have even invested start-up costs for their businesses, so it would mean a lot to them for the rest of the school to celebrate their efforts.
The summer fair on Saturday was fabulous! We've definitely raised lots of money for the school - final figures to follow. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and who came along, and special thanks to Sally Cullum and Liz Birtles for organising the whole thing!
The FOPS committee will be meeting on Thursday 21st July at Rogues Bar at 8pm. We have a couple of new members, so we will be talking about future roles, as well as debriefing on the summer fair and planning for the Autumn term, including the return of the D.I.S.C.O! All are welcome to attend, but please let me know if you can so I know how much space to reserve. Email email@example.com if you would like to come along.
Happy weekend! Kate
Parent Carer Survey and Surrey Schools SEND Survey
Surrey County Council is conducting a survey to inform the Additional Needs and Disabilities Partnership Self Evaluation. We welcome feedback from parents and carers via the Parents’ Voices Matters Survey.
The survey runs until the 31st July – we look forward to hearing your voices! For queries relating to Parents’ Voices Matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Edition of Guildford Family Centre newsletter
The Guildford Family newsletter contains information on community events, health and well-being and the current cost of living for families in the SW Surrey area.
The Family Centre are also offering free family sessions at the Community Garden, Guildford Nursery School, Hazel Avenue. These sessions are free but do have limited availability and families will need to book. More details here.