HTPD 2/2/18

01 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m writing this week’s newsletter on the way back from a conference up in London run by the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. It was a super day full of inspiring talks and discussion about what makes for an excellent education. Amanda Spielman, head of Ofsted was one of the keynote speakers and, encouragingly, she spoke of the value she places on school ethos and an emphasis on promoting wider outcomes which ensure children flourish as members of society. She was particularly critical of primary schools where the children in Year 6 focus intensively on SATS preparation rather than on a broader curriculum. I’m glad to report that our Year 6 children are fully immersed in this term’s topic, as well as this week taking part in a science challenge at Glebelands secondary school (together with teams from years 1-5) and winning the Sportshall athletics event at the Spectrum! They have also covered another aspect of the curriculum this week with a focus on relationship and sex education. Their week will culminate in Fluffy Friday which as usual has been excitedly anticipated across the whole school. Our curriculum is certainly broad and well balanced!

Another theme of the day was reading for pleasure and we’re looking forward to putting this into practice with next week’s Bedtime Story at the infants on Wednesday at 5.15pm. A love of books runs through much of what we do!

Thank you as always for the ways you continually support us in providing a rich and varied life at school. The £1 donations mean that we can continue to offer Fluffy Friday activities that are exciting and worthwhile, and extra pairs of hands mean that we can staff such a long list of different opportunities.

This week’s webinar about e-safety and our joint responsibility for protecting children in the online world provided a stark reminder of the importance of up to date information which will help keep children safe. It came to my attention this week that some parents were unaware that the app, Roblox has a social component. This means that strangers can interact with the children when they are playing the game. Please do ensure that you are aware of this danger and also that this app, along with many other social media, is intended for over 12s.

Please feel very welcome to come along to our school chapel on Sunday morning. Holy Trinity Church are meeting there this week at 10am for their morning service as the church is being used for Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. I will be speaking and we’ll actually be singing some of our school assembly songs too so the children will feel very at home!

Finally, I look forward to our coffee morning at the infants next Thursday at 9am where we are especially keen to invite those of you who speak English as an additional language. These events are such a good way for us to hear from you about how we can support your child and you at HTPD. We love our links with international communities; this week we have welcomed a group of Chinese children to the school and Helen Pronger is looking forward to an imminent trip to our partner school in Spain where she will deliver letters from our Spanish club children who are eagerly anticipating hosting their Spanish penpals in March.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

School will be closed for Half Term 12 – 16 February.

Science Week, 19-23 February
Science Week for all year groups begins the week after half term and we are planning lots of exciting activities for the children to take part in. The children will be working in their houses during the morning from Monday 19th till Thursday 22nd. Each day the children will find out about different famous scientists and their discoveries and then take part in some hands on investigations related to the scientific theme.

On Friday 23rd February (from 1.30pm at the infants, and from 2.30pm at the juniors) we would love to invite parents, grandparents and carers to their child's classroom. There will be lots of science investigations for your child to show you, and you may like to visit other classrooms too so that you get an idea of all the fun and science learning that your child has been part of during the week.

INFANT

Bedtime Story, Wednesday 7 February, 5.15-6.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Bedtime Story on Wednesday. Children (in pyjamas, onesies etc) should go straight to their classrooms on arrival for a story with their teacher. Parents are invited to the hall where refreshments will be available and second hand uniform will also be on sale (see FOPS notice below).

Spring Term Languages Coffee Morning, Thursday 8 February, 9.00–10.00am in the school hall
If you or your children are bi-lingual, multi-lingual or speak English as an additional language, please join us in the hall on Thursday morning for coffee and a chat. Maths and English teaching resources will be available for you to look at, and you will also be able to find out more about how children learn at Pewley Down. If you don’t speak another language but would like to come along you are very welcome.

Ball Games with Andy
There are a few places available in Andy’s club (Ball Games) which takes place on a Tuesday 3.00-4.00pm until the end of this term. Please contact Julia or the office if your child would like a place.

Lost:
Marcus Spicer (Beech Class) has lost a brand new, named Nightingale sweatshirt.
John Birkett’s (Walnut Class) swimming goggles (clear frames with blue lenses) have been missing since Wednesday.


Menu: (week 2 beginning 5 February). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
Mon: Cottage Pie or Vegetable Cottage Pie; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tue: Meatballs with Pasta or Butternut, Pepper & Leek Potato-topped Pie; Fruit Jelly
Wed: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Chocolate & Banana Sponge
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Margherita Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association will release tickets for their concert on 21 March, 2018 on Thursday 8 February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Chinese Club Tuesday 6 February 3.15-4.15pm
We have been so fortunate to host a group of Chinese children in school this week and next. They have been enjoying time in the Y4 and Y5 classrooms and today took part in Fluffy Friday. Next Tuesday the group (together with their Chinese teacher) have offered us an opportunity to learn some Chinese in an after school club. This will take place in 6T from 3.15-4.15pm and Gillian Trumble will also be there. Do encourage your child to take part!

Diary Dates for February:
Monday 5 February Year 5 visit Winchester Science Centre (INTECH)
Monday 12 - Friday, 16th February school is closed for Half Term
Monday 19 - February school re-opens
Monday 19 - Friday 23 February Science Week (NO SWIMMING)

Sport

Year 4 Boys Football Tournament
Date: Monday 5 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Send C of E Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS

Year 5 Girls Hockey v St Hilary's
Date: Tuesday 6 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Hilary's, Holloway Hill, Godalming, GU7 1RZ

Year 6 Boys Football v Weyfield
Date: Wednesday 7 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Weyfield, 8 School Close, GU1 1QJ

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Menu 2 - week beginning 5 February 2018

Found
We have an XBOX 360 “Soul Calibur V” game in the office, which has been unclaimed for several weeks. If you think this might belong to you, please come to the office. Thank you. 


FOPS News

Why we need your support!

We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using easy fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We will soon have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

Save the date: March 25, afternoon – Bake ‘n’ Stroll goes international
To celebrate the arrival of spring, please bring the whole family to enjoy a sociable walk on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition. We want to encourage our international families to get involved so that we can celebrate the diversity of our school with food and crafts from around the world. We hope you will bring in some tasty family favourites from your country to enter into the cook and bake competition on the same afternoon. When families return from the walk they will be able to sample different foods and cakes in return for a donation to the school! There will also be some fun crafts for the children and we’d love your ideas for these too. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags after half term.

If you are an international family and would like to get involved with this event, please come along to the EAL coffee morning this Thursday, 8 February at 9am, or contact your class teacher or class rep or email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.

7th February – Bedtime story
(with refreshments for parents and second hand uniform sale)
While your children are enjoying story-time with their teacher, please join us in the school hall for tea and coffee while your wait. There will also be a sale of second hand school uniform, so if you want to stock up on kit at a fraction of the cost of new, then bring along some cash.

Masquerade Ball
Thank you to those who have bought tickets or donated a prize for our auction! If you have something you can offer – be it a music lesson, a Birthday party, a cake, a therapy session, a tour of your work place (emergency services would be fantastic) or anything else that someone could bid on, please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Playground sales/cake sales
Beech class have a playground sale on Feb 9th.

Year Group Social Events
Reception: Friday 9 February: Coffee morning, venue tbc
Year 1: Friday 23 February: drinks evening, venue tbc
Year 2
Tuesday 6th February: Tapas night at All Bar One (£20 for 4 plates of tapas and a bottle of wine), 7.30pm
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/


HTSC News

HTSC Fundraising so far….

We have just crunched our numbers and are excited to report that we have raised just under £10,000 this year so far – well done everyone! Particular highlights were the tea towels which raised a whopping £960, not to mention the ever brilliant Christmas Fair which raised just over £4,500!
We have been able to buy 8 interactive whiteboards this year (thanks to all this year and last year's fundraising). These are heading to the classrooms at HT right now. We would like to buy another 4, so please keep supporting us – THANK YOU!

Cake Sales
These have been going really well this term – over £200 raised so far! There will be four more group cake sales this term, so please keep supporting them.
Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.
The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.
Cake sale dates:
Year 4 - Friday 9 February
Year 3 - Friday 23 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.

THE HTPD Great Masquerade Ball
We are STILL LOOKING for auction prizes! The type of things you can’t usually buy are often the best, so please have a think if you have a skill you could contribute. Think outside the box – private tuition, music lessons, personal training, a holiday home, doing someone’s odd jobs, behind stage tours, celebrity signed shirts, a special cake, providing a Birthday party, a beauty treatment, chauffeuring, tour of fire/police station or other interesting place of work….

Please contact Claire Tellegen if you think you might be able to help (clairetellegen@gmail.com).



On-line safety workshops for parents, Wednesday 7 February, 9.30-10.30am, Bushy Hill School

O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help children and their families stay safe online and, as part of this mission, they are running free online safety workshops for parents and carers.  They will be hosting a workshop at Bushy Hill Junior School (Sheeplands Avenue, Merrow, Guildford GU1 2SG) on 7 February.  Bushy Hill are kindly inviting parents and carers of children from other schools.  If you would like to attend please RSVP by 26 January by contacting the office at Bushy Hill – 01483 598544 or office@bushyhilljs.net.

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 21, 28 February & 7 March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6-week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life.  It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour.  Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old.  The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre.  There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions.  Please sign up at the Church Information Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.
 

HTSC 26/1/18

26 January 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week I have had to remind some of the older children about our policy on mobile phones. Whilst as a staff we are big fans of technology, we also prioritise children’s safety and for that reason we ask that no personal devices (or in fact any electronic toys) are brought into school. If there are exceptional reasons for any child to bring a mobile in, we would ask parents / carers to write to their child’s class teacher seeking permission. That device must then be handed in at the start of the school day and collected when the child goes home. We will be reminding the children in Year 5 and Year 6 about this, but would ask for your support as well.

Next Wednesday evening at 6.45pm, there will be an interesting opportunity for parents to learn more about online safety (both mobile phone technology, iPads, tablets and other internet devices). Ofsted, working together with the Breck Foundation will be presenting a live webinar and we have registered to take part. The webinar will be screened in the Chapel at the juniors and it will apparently highlight the dangers and risks posed by children’s use of the internet. Lorin Le Fave, founder of the Breck foundation, whose son’s tragic story I’m sure you’ll know, will be providing guidance to schools and parents about keeping children safe online. The webinar should last around an hour. It is not aimed at children so I’m afraid you’ll need to organise childcare should you wish to attend. Please email hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to let us know if you are intending to come. I do hope that working together we can protect our children and ensure they learn to navigate this tricky technological world.

On another topic, I do want to say how pleased I am that so many children are taking part in our vast number of extracurricular clubs! Every evening, and every lunch time, and sometimes even before school begins there is something different to choose from. I’m sure you’ll want to join me in thanking our dedicated teachers who willingly go the extra mile every week! It’s great to see new skills being learned, confidence being found, new friends being made and bridges across year groups being built. Can you believe we had 84 children playing hockey last night? Amazing!

Today also marks the end of our house music celebrations. At the infants, the children have enthusiastically taken part in a range of different musical activities working in their house groups. Meanwhile at the juniors, the children enjoyed superb house performances earlier in the week, with a small selection of musicians then selected to play today in front of the whole school. We were all impressed by every performer’s skills and musicality. Thank you for encouraging those that took part, helping them to practise and giving them confidence to overcome their nerves. What a great end to the week!

And then, next week we’re looking forward to Fluffy Friday! Please do remember to send in £1 (or £3 for those doing the Boogie Pumps activity) so that we can continue to fund this great day each term, as well as permission slips for offsite activities. Do come along and lend a hand, especially for the offsite options, for either all or part of the day. We can’t do it without you!

Enjoy the weekend.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Staff Car Parks
Please could we remind parents not to use the staff car parks at either the junior or infant site. Our car parks are only just large enough to accommodate staff cars and are particularly busy in the morning when staff are arriving. Thank you for your cooperation.

INFANT

Bedtime Story, Wednesday 7 February, 5.15-6.00pm
Children are invited to come back to school in their pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and bring a cuddly toy if they would like to. They should go straight to their classrooms on arrival where they will be sharing bedtime stories with their class teachers. Parents are very welcome to come to the hall where FOPS will be providing refreshments.

Spring Term Languages Coffee Morning, Thursday 8 February, 9.00–10.00am in the school hall
Many languages are spoken at HTPD. If you or your children are bi-lingual, multi-lingual or speak English as an additional language, please join us in the hall on 8 February for coffee and a chat. We will have maths and English teaching resources available for you to look at, and you will be able to learn a bit more about how children learn at Pewley Down. If you don’t speak another language but would like to come along you are very welcome.

Year R
A reminder to bring in your £5 donation towards the Egg Hatching Experience if you have not already done so.

Lost
Dan Delves’ school shoes (named, Clarks with ‘goal’ logo) are still missing. Last seen at Football Club last week and possibly taken home in error.

Please see FOPS News below …..


Menu: (week 1 beginning 29 January).
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


JUNIOR

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association will release tickets for their concert on 21 March, 2018 on Thursday 8 February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Diary Dates for February:
2 February - Fluffy Friday
Monday 3 February Year 5 visit Winchester Science Centre (INTECH)
Monday 12 - Friday 16 February school is closed for Half Term
Monday 19 February school re-opens
Monday 19 - Friday 23 February Science Week (NO SWIMMING)

Cancelled Clubs
Tuesday - Years 3 and 4 Football Club due to Years 5 and 6 football match at home
Mondays - NO TAG RUGBY UNTIL 29 JANUARY & NO YEAR 4 NETBALL UNTIL 29th JANUARY

Years 5 and 6 Sportshall
Date: Monday 29 January
Time: 9.00am - 11.30am - Parents to help with lifts there and back.
We will meet in the Chapel and leave at 8.30am
Venue: Spectrum Leisure Centre, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP

Year 6 A & B Netball v Queen Eleanor’s and Tormead
Date: Tuesday 30 January
Time: 3.15pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD

Years 5 and 6 A Football v Burpham
Date: Tuesday 30 January
Time: 3.15pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Home

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Menu - Week 1


FOPS News

Why we need your support!
We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. These cost close to £3000 each but will benefit every child in the school. Thanks to your generosity so far, we have raised enough for three whiteboards. By contributing to our playground sales and taking part in our events you will help us buy them for every class.

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball (Saturday 3 March)
Don’t forget tickets will go on sale on Friday 2 February. Hand in your ticket application forms as soon as possible after 8.40am on that date at either Pewley or HT office. Tickets will be issued strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis and are likely to go very quickly.

It’s fine to purchase individual tickets or groups. We will try to match you up with other people from your year group.

Thank you to those who have so kindly donated a prize for our auction! We need more. Do have a think if you have a skill you could contribute. Think outside the box – private tuition, music lessons, personal training, a holiday home, doing someone’s odd jobs, behind stage tours, celebrity signed shirts, a special cake, providing a Birthday party, a beauty treatment, chauffeuring, tour of fire/police station or other interesting place of work…. Please contact Laura if you think you might be able to help: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

NEW event – calling all international families!
To celebrate the arrival of spring we are planning an event for the last weekend of term. The format of the event is still being finalised but we would love to celebrate the diversity of our school by inviting some of our international families to bring in some food items or run some craft activities that remind you of spring time at home! If you would like to get involved, please contact your class teacher or class rep or email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.

Christmas play DVDs
Thanks to everyone who ordered a copy of the DVD. These have raised a fantastic £332 for the school!

Playground sales/cake sales
Walnut class have their cake sale on Feb 2nd - please remember to bring in some cash to support the sale

Year Group Social Events
Reception
Friday 9 February: Coffee morning, venue tbc
Year 2
Tuesday 6th February: Tapas night at All Bar One (£20 for 4 plates of tapas and a bottle of wine), 7.30pm
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/


HTSC News

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball (Saturday 3 March) – Tickets on sale next Friday 2 February!
Don’t forget that tickets will go on sale for this fabulous evening from 8.40am on Friday 2 February!

The tickets are priced at £55 each to include:
7pm – Drinks reception with a welcome glass of prosecco
7.30pm - Three Course Dinner
9.30pm - Live Auction (Silent Auction all evening)
10pm - Disco
Midnight - Carriages

Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Guildford
Dress code: Black Tie (masks optional!)

The ticket application form was distributed earlier this week via Parentmail and is also available HERE. On previous occasions, tickets for this event have sold out very quickly, so make sure that you hand in your ticket application (with payment) to either Pewley or HT offices in good time. Application forms will not be accepted before 8.40am on Friday 2 February. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can purchase single tickets or, if you prefer, put together a table of 10. If you have bought individual tickets and would like to sit on a table with other parents from your class/year, please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

Great Masquerade Ball – Auction Prizes
We are looking for auction prizes! The type of things you can’t usually buy are often the best, so please have a think if you have a skill you could contribute. Think outside the box – private tuition, music lessons, personal training, a holiday home, doing someone’s odd jobs, behind stage tours, celebrity signed shirts, a special cake, providing a Birthday party, a beauty treatment, chauffeuring, tour of fire/police station or other interesting place of work…. Please contact Claire Tellegen if you think you might be able to help (clairetellegen@gmail.com).

Cake Sales
There will be four more group cake sales this term, so please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.

Cake sale dates:
Year 4 - Friday 2 February
Year 3 - Friday 9 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.


On-line safety workshops for parents, Wednesday 7 February, 9.30-10.30am, Bushy Hill School
O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help children and their families stay safe online and, as part of this mission, they are running free online safety workshops for parents and carers.  They will be hosting a workshop at Bushy Hill Junior School (Sheeplands Avenue, Merrow, Guildford GU1 2SG) on 7 February.  Bushy Hill are kindly inviting parents and carers of children from other schools.  If you would like to attend please RSVP by 26 January by contacting the office at Bushy Hill – 01483 598544 or office@bushyhilljs.net.

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 21, 28 February & 7 March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6-week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life.  It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour.  Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old.  The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre.  There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions.  Please sign up at the Church Information Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.

Half Term Fun For All The Family!
Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? .…..Well help is here!
Guildford Borough Council has collated some useful information on activities for children and young people taking place in Guildford this half term. Details of play-schemes, arts and crafts, sports activities, family days out and much more can be found on our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities