HTPD 15/3/18

15 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We thought this week about the miracle of Jesus walking on water. I love how in the story, Peter sees Jesus coming towards the boat and is then desperate to recklessly climb out onto the water too! All goes well all the time he has his eyes fixed on Jesus, but then he looks down, notices the wind and waves and starts to sink. It’s such a great metaphor for all of us – when we focus on someone who we can trust and who cares for us deeply, we can achieve the impossible! But if we focus on the problem, doubts crowd in, we panic…and start to drown.

Parents evenings provide a great opportunity for us to tell the children what they’ve achieved and the hurdles they’ve overcome. Over the last couple of weeks at both the infants and the juniors, it was lovely to overhear children being praised by the people that they love. Even if they didn’t join you for the appointment, I know you’ll have encouraged them by talking about all the things that they’ve done to make you proud.

Red Nose Day today has been a fun occasion – and it was certainly very colourful. Thank you for your generous donations. We’ll let you know how much the school has raised as soon as it’s all counted! We have explained to the children how the money is used in lots of different ways to look after children all over the world who don’t have things quite as easy as us. I hope they feel that they’ve made a difference.

Next week, we’ll be raising awareness of another important cause. Millie and Ben, two children at the juniors, are going to speak in assembly about Downs’ Syndrome – many of you know their brother, Josh. They’ll be asking children to come to school on Thursday next week (World Down Syndrome Awareness Day) with odd socks on (and to bring in a donation to support the local Downs’ Syndrome charity – Stepping Stones!).

Finally, the governors would be really keen to hear from any parent with experience in IT networks, managing IT security and data. We are so fortunate to have fantastic ICT support at HTPD; it would be helpful to be able to audit our provision in an informed way so if you are an expert and you have some time available to help the school, please do get in touch with me.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Faith – do you have faith in yourself?


Parents and carers are respectfully reminded to switch off their engines when they're parked up near the school at the start and end of the day. This recent article on the Newsround website explains why. Let's look after the children's developing lungs!


Cancelled Clubs
Y5 Netball 
Y3 Basketball (the playground is open to cars for the XC)
Y6 Football 

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 & Y6 Sportshall County Finals
Date: Tuesday 19th March
Time: Leave school at 12.10pm, approx finish 3.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at Spectrum
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: JJ & Laura

Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Tag Rugby Tournament 
Date: Wednseday 20th March
Time:  3.30am - 5.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at GRC
Venue: Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Rd, Godalming GU7 3BU
Teacher:  Tom, Peio, Toby & Paul

Guildford Primary Schools XC  
Date: Thursday 21st  March
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm 
Venue: Pewley Downs
Teacher:  Nick & Laura
Guildford Primary Schools

Y5 & Y6 Netball Tournament
Date: Saturday 23rd March
Time: 8.20am - 12.00pm
Venue: Tormead, Cranley Rd, GU1 2JD
Teacher: Nick & Catherine

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Please check for a named Mountain Warehouse blue waterproof coat, with a light blue strip down each side with a hood size 10-11.

Week 3 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Class photographs, Tuesday 19 March
Tempest photographers will be coming in next Tuesday to photograph children in their class groups, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Thursday 21 March
Children are invited to come to school next Thursday wearing odd socks and to bring in a donation for Stepping Stones (the local Downs’ Syndrome charity) if they would like to. More details above in Clare’s letter.

House Art Competition
Don’t forget the House Art competition - the deadline for entries is Wednesday 27 March. Please check Just To Let You Know information for your child’s year group for more details.

Y2 Swimming
A reminder to Year 2 parents to pay swimming invoices as soon as possible.

Ballet Club
The Ballet Club show will take place on Thursday 28 March and parents are invited to come and watch at 3.30pm. The last ballet class this term will be Thursday 4 April.

Pandora-type charm ‘Best Mum’ found in the playground.
Black/gold ‘San Francisco’ key ring.

Menu - Week 3
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Flapjack
Tue: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thu: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!
BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm
Our annual spring time celebration is next weekend! Bring your family and friends to celebrate our amazing multicultural school by taking a stroll around the beautiful countryside surroundings followed by sampling all the wonderful cooking entered by the talented HTPD families.
Perhaps you or your children would like to enter the cooking competition (savoury and sweet) and win one of our special prizes!
1. Pewley pupils’ scrumptious snacks*
2. HT kids tasty treats*
3. Mums’ Amazing Masterpieces
4. Dads’ Delicious Delicacies
*with minimal help from a grown up
Booking forms went home in book bags or can be found in the office, please return these by Friday 22nd March.
Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!
Reminder – The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6th July so please pop this date in your diaries!
Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school
Next Playground Sale will be:
Willow Class Cake Sale – Friday 22nd March
Social Dates for you Diaries:

Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues

Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1
Thursday 21st March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Cafe Nero (North Street)
Year 2
Thursday 28th March – 8pm Drinks at the Ship Inn


Thanks to those who came to the meeting. The next one will be after drop off on Friday 10th May. Location TBC but hopefully at school. Please do come along. There have been lots of ideas put forward about how to rally the school community feeling - it’s not just about raising cash! And we’d love your input.

Fun Run is gearing up. You should have had letters, ParentMails, posters and sign ups. Please sign up and encourage your kids to take part in the t-shirt competition and the event on the 19th May 2019.

Phil The Bag is back after half term and collection day is 3rd May. Please bring things in all that week and leave them at the bottom of the ramp!

Y4 coffee morning Monday 25th March at Cafe Nero, 1st Floor, House of Fraser from 9am. Please put it in your diaries! Class reps hope to see many of you there.

Happy Weekend

POSTPONED - Festival of Fun for young carers at Clandon Park, Sunday 7 April
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to postpone the young carers’ event. We are currently looking at new dates and will be in touch once we have a new date.
Guildford Borough Council.

‘Semi- Toned’ Acappella Group
The acappella group Semi-Toned are delighted to be bringing their UK tour show to the Electric Theatre in Guildford on the 14th of April!

Acappella, for those who don’t know/haven’t seen the Pitch Perfect films, is a nine man group who perform music entirely constructed from voices. Even the drums are made by a beatboxer. It is performed with full choreography and is quite a spectacle. With music from the 60’s right up to the present day, there is bound to be something you like in the show.

The lead is from Guildford and is proud to be bringing the show to their home town. They first started singing when they were a pupil at Holy Trinity and since then singing has become a central part of their life. Semi-Toned have performed on TV, sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and performed in venues across America.

They would love to share their love of singing and performance to the people of the school that started it all – there are a few tickets left so come and join them!

HTPD 8/3/19

08 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many of the children enjoyed celebrating Pancake Day on Tuesday – Year 4 especially so, as they were invited to take part in the town centre Pancake Races on the High Street. There were some fantastic photos of the event captured by the Surrey Advertiser. Do take a look on Twitter if you didn’t see them.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, ushers us into the period in the Christian calendar known as Lent. At the juniors we marked the start of the forty days of Lent with an assembly on Ash Wednesday where we reflected on what this season is for. I’m certain that it’s more than just choosing something to go without. One organisation which seems to help provide a deeper focus is “40 Acts” where each day throughout this season, Christians are encouraged to do something kind and make a difference. Some teachers are using this idea in their classes and if you’d like to join in at home, follow the link to some ideas.

Thank you very much to everyone who has already so generously supported our Crowdfunding campaign for the Holy Trinity library. Please can we encourage you to check out the page if you haven’t already, and support us if you can. At HTPD we believe reading is such an important part of every child’s development and are keen to be able to fully resource our library. To donate, or for more information, please click the link here

We were so encouraged by the buzz of conversation at our online safety information session last Friday afternoon. It was great to see so many of you there, and we’ve received really positive feedback about the material covered by Emily and Tom. Similarly, I know that many of you have been grateful to Lucy and Bridgit, our home-school link workers, for their recent workshops. It has been suggested by some parents and carers that there may be interest in running a monthly event along similar lines; a parent-led discussion forum covering different topics relevant to parenting. Do let me know if you’d be interested in setting this up. We just need a couple of people willing to co-ordinate the sessions.

With best wishes,

Thought of the week: The Magic of Forgiveness – who needs your forgiveness today?

Infant & Junior

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day!

At the infants children can come to school wearing something red, and we are requesting a £1 donation. Each year group will be taking part in different fun activities during the day.

The children in Year 4, 5 & 6 can dress in something red for Red Nose Day and bring in a pound for charity. Year 3 will be enjoying their Greek Day so will be wearing their Greek costume, but can also bring in something red to put over their costume for break and lunch if they would like to.

During the day there will be talent shows for Year 4 & 5, cakes on sale for everyone at break time (Yr 3 are baking these in school the day before) and some stalls/games that Year 6 are leading in the afternoon for Year 4 & 5 to participate in. The children will need some change for cakes and the stalls or games (small silver change is much better than notes please).


Parent Consultations, Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 March
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. Please try and keep to the 10 minute time slots, but do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library / office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week with the exception of Multi-Sports with Andy on Wednesday. Clubs will run right until the end of term. Choice forms for teacher-led clubs in the summer term will be sent home next week.

Pewley Bank
We would like to remind parents that Pewley Bank, adjacent to the school, is a private road and we would ask you to find alternative places to park. For the time being the residents will be closing the gate. It is very important that we work together with local residents so that we continue in good partnership with them. It is therefore essential that we treat residents respectfully at all times.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 11 March


Cancelled Clubs:
There is a netball match at HT on Tuesday 12th March and so Y5 Basketball is moving to Wednesday 13th March.

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 A & B Netball v Send
Date: Tuesday 12th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher:  Laura & Catherine

Girls XC at St Cat's
Date: Tuesday 12th March
Time:  3.30am - 5.15pm
Venue: St Catherine's , Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 ODF
Teacher:  Nick & JJ

Y6 A High 5 v Guildford Primary Schools
Date: Thursday 14th March
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm 
Venue: George Abbott School, Woodruff Ave, Guildford GU1 1XX
Teacher:  JJ & Laura

British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships
Date: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March
Venue: Crystal Palace
Teacher: No teachers attending

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Lunch Menu
Week 2 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Newly Updated notice Board!
The FOPS noticeboard (found next to the ramp at the lower entrance) has had a refresh and revamp! We’ve brightened it up, added useful info and left space for something new!

We are adding a new Preloved & Services section. Hopefully this will be useful for any Pewley parents and carers with items or services (i.e. prams, clothes or even babysitting) they would like to sell or offer. There will be cards in the office and for £1 you can place an ad on the board for up to a month. If you have a free item you would like to giveaway, you can place the ad for free. We hope you will find this useful, and even if you have nothing to sell keep your eye on the board for a bargain!

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm
Our increasingly popular annual spring time celebration is just around the corner! Bring your family and friends to celebrate our amazing multicultural school by taking a stroll around the beautiful countryside surroundings followed by sampling all the wonderful cooking donated by the talented Pewley families. Perhaps you or your children would like to enter the cooking competition and win one of our special prizes!

Booking forms went home in book bags this week so please keep an eye on them!

Phil the Bag – Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the tine and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder – The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6th July so please pop this date in your diaries!

EASYFUNDRAISING - Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school.

Next Playground Sale will be on:
Beech Class Cake Sale – Friday 15th March

Social Dates for you Diaries
Reception Monday 11th March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Debenhams main restaurant overlooking the river. Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC

Year 1 Friday 1st March - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ Rogues Bar Thursday 21st March - 9am - Coffee morning @ Cafe Nero (North Street)


A huge thank you to all of Y3 for baking, bringing and manning (womanning - it is International Women’s Day!) the cake stand. We’ll let you know how much was raised. Last week’s Y4 cakes sale made a staggering £160.

Next Wednesday there is a HTSC meeting at 8pm at Rogues. We are extremely short of volunteers this year and we are looking at distributing different events to individual years to lead. So please do come along and choose which events you’d like your year to run. It’s not just up to the reps and your experience and talents are really needed! 

Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for the library crowdfunding drive. Every donation you make gets a raffle ticket and you could win a Kindle Paperwhite or some Amazon vouchers. And whatever happens, Geraldine and the library win with new books!! Posters are up around school and there has been a Parentmail.

The annual Fun Run is organised for us by some amazing parents. We are exceptionally grateful for their support and enthusiasm and of course to those who take part.

The Run is taking place on Sunday 19th May at Sutherland Memorial Park (up by Sainsbury’s). Last year 300 children and adults took part, with supporters making it a fun family day out. We raised £3,000! Watch out for a Parentmail with details of how to sign up!

Other important dates:
Sunday 19th May - Fun Run Sutherland Memorial Park
Friday 14th June - Summer Fair 6-8 pm at school

Have a fun weekend!