HTPD 11/5/18

11 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a really good four-day week! I do hope you enjoyed the summer weather over the May Day weekend. We managed to squeeze our usual assembly theme in, despite there being one day less than usual. The parable this week spoke about a man with two sons, one of whom said he’d help in the vineyard, but in fact was distracted and never actually came. The other said he couldn’t help, but later turned up anyway. Who did the farmer most appreciate? It raised some interesting questions about actions speaking louder than words, as well as the importance of promises. It also helped us to reflect on respecting our parents and those that have lived for longer than ourselves. We see the benefit of having older role models all the time in school. Returning past pupils, children on work experience, our Clubs+ and PUPS young staff, student teachers and even activities between year groups give younger children opportunities to learn from those that are just a bit older and wiser. Do take a look at our assembly PowerPoint each week if you’d like some more information about this term’s series.

I’m sure some of the children in Year 3 will have told their parents about a problem that occurred this week in their toilets. I had to speak to all of the Year 3 children about it. Unfortunately, we had to spend a large sum of money unblocking a pipe that had become blocked. It seems that one of the children has been putting the remnants of their packed lunch into the toilets, and over several days, this had blocked up the plumbing, leading to a flood downstairs. There were whole eggs, sweetcorn, sandwiches and several plastic bags in the drain. It would really help if parents could support us by having a conversation at home about looking after school property. We explained to the children that money spent on plumbing means that less is available for more exciting things. Thank you for your support in talking about respect for our school.

With Fluffy approaching fast, we’d love to have some more parent volunteers helping out on the day (Friday 25th May), especially if you find out that your child is taking part in an off-site activity. Do get in touch with either office or your child’s class teacher. Thank you so much in advance – it’s sure to be a great day!

I hope that this lovely weather continues over the weekend. It’ll be a good way to relax to spend time outdoors – especially for our Year 6 children who will take part in the national SATS tests next week. We know that they’ve worked really hard and are ready for these; I do hope that they stay calm and confident. We’re very proud of all the children as they tackle the challenge ahead and hope that they actually enjoy the chance to shine!

With Year 5 getting ready for their residential trip to Brenscombe Farm in Dorset next week, we could do with the good weather lasting just a bit longer! They should probably pack warm clothes and waterproofs just in case!

Have a good weekend all.

With best wishes,
Clare

Whole school notice

Accommodation needed
We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.

Infant

Pewley Bank
A reminder that Pewley Bank, adjacent to the school, is a private road and we would ask you to find alternative places to park. Now that the sun is shining, perhaps you could park further away and walk into school. It is so important that we work together with our local residents so that that we continue in good partnership with them. Please therefore park respectfully all around the school and taking care not to block our neighbours’ drives.

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Monday 14 May
Thank you for returning your permission slips. Please bring in your payment if you have not already done so.

Royal Wedding Picnic Lunch, Friday 18 May
If any children who normally have a packed lunch would like to join in with the picnic lunch next Friday, please let the office know.

PUPS & Breakfast Club
We are really sorry but, due to staff illness, the invoices for PUPS and Breakfast Club have not yet been prepared. If you have any questions please let me know. Bev Reed.

‘Run to Rio’ update
Last week (week 3) we ran 378 miles

Lost
Beau Stableford, Oak Class, has lost two new Mandela jumpers, named in biro. 
Kacy-May Arnold, Willow Class, has lost a Sainsbury’s pale blue checked summer dress (un-named), following Ballet yesterday.
Please check: Ben Sabharwal, Oak Class, came home from Football yesterday with two odd shoes – one correct size 10G and one larger size 12F (Start Rite black shoes with football motif inside the heel).


Menu: (week 1 beginning 14 May)
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Mexican Beef or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Fresh Fruit Salad
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Mac ‘n’ Cheese; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Thu: Fish Fingers & Chips or Neapolitan Pasta; Rice Pudding
Fri: Egg & Cress Mini Rolls, Hummus or Cream Cheese with Cucumber Sticks, Royal Sausage or Vegetable Rolls, Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts, Wedding Toast (Orange Squash)
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Junior

Dates for your diary:
Monday 14th May: Class 3T visit Henley Fort
Monday 14th –Thursday 17th May: Year 6 SATs
Tuesday 15th May: Class 3S visit Henley Fort
Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th May: Year 5’s residential trip to Brenscombe Farm
Wednesday 16th May: Class 3A visit Henley Fort
Friday 18th May: Year 6’s fun swim at Guildford Lido

Whole School:

Accommodation needed - We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.

Cancelled Clubs this week:
Monday - Years 3 & 4 Netball
Tuesday - Year 3 Athletics
Wednesday - Years 5 & 6 Art Club
Friday - Years 5 & 6 Girls’ Cricket

Sport
Year 4 Cross Country at Barrow Hills School
Date: Tuesday 8th May
Time: 3.45pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NY

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

LOST
David Agbaje 4J lost his named tennis racket (Red, White and Black), please bring it to the office if you have seen it.

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


FOPS NEWS – Summer FUNdraising

Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
Please, please save the date for our key fundraising event of the summer! We will be starting off with games, stalls, bouncy castle, cream teas, ice-cream and Pimm’s and then relaxing to enjoy a Brazilian BBQ, music and drinks! We know it’s a very busy time of year but this is our key fundraising event for this term so please come and have fun!

We need you to help run our fair! The success of our fair depends on willing volunteers.
Class reps will soon be sending out a call for volunteers to help on stalls so have a think about how you and your family can get involved. With a few exceptions (hot food and bar!!), most stalls and games can be run with a child in tow and many like helping hand out prizes! If you have any secondary aged children who would like to run a game or stall with some friends, please email laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk. If you can’t help on the day but can spend half an hour or so the week before the fair (folding raffle tickets/sorting tombola prizes etc) then please come along to the staff room straight after drop off any day w/c 11 June.

Wanted - singers and musicians! Are you or your children in a band, choir or orchestra? Or do you have older children or friends who are involved with music? We’re looking for musicians of any age to sing/ play during the summer fair (while people are enjoying the food and drinks). If you have any ideas or would like to find out more, please email Laura – laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

HTPD Family Fun Run (plus NEW toddler race) – 20 May, Shalford Park
Come and enjoy a run, jog or stroll or just chill out and cheer! Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it!

Easy fundraising – do it now!
You can raise money for the school every time you shop online with your favourite retailers (at NO cost to you and it takes seconds)! Don’t do it later – log on now!! Once you’ve set up you can use it every time you’ve shop and it takes no time at all: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Reception Friday 18 May
Coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Friday 8th June – Evening drinks, venue tbc
Tuesday 10 July - Coffee morning at Eloise’s house (Oliver’s Mum)

Year 2
Thursday 24th May – Coffee morning in the castle grounds after drop-off. In case of adverse weather conditions we will meet at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser). Check email the day before for confirmation.
Thursday 12 July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Cookie and lolly sales will start after half term!

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


HTSC News

SUMMERTIME QUIZ AND CURRY NIGHT – POSTPONED!
With huge apologies to those people who purchased tickets for the quiz tomorrow night, we have had to postpone this event due to low ticket sales.

If you did send a cheque or money in to school to buy tickets, this can be collected from HT reception.

We have had a lot of interest from people who could not attend the evening due to prior commitments, so we are trying to find a date to reschedule the quiz before the end of term - watch this space!

THE 2018 HTPD FUN RUN - CALLING VOLUNTEERS!
We hope you are looking forward to the fun run next Sunday 20 May at Shalford Park. We have a new record of 280 participants and we need your help to make it go smoothly.

To volunteer please fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/e9MYFu4Md0sQY78k2

For all runners who have already signed up, don't forget to ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for sponsorship using the sponsorship form that was distributed last term. Additional forms are available at the HT or Pewley offices.

Alternatively just go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc and click on the 'Donate Now' button to make a donation.

HTSC SUMMER FAIR KICK OFF MEETING - MONDAY 21 MAY 8PM
We are holding a meeting at Rogues on Monday 21 May at 8pm to kick off the planning for the annual HT Summer Fair. Why not come along to help choose the theme and plan the stalls - it is always good to hear new and fresh ideas!

MATCH FUNDING – CAN YOU HELP?
Are you a parent who works for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our summer events. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

DATES FOR THE DIARY:
HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm



Rock 4 Refugees - 19 May, 3pm-late, The Boileroom
Come and join us for a mini family-friendly festival raising much needed funds for Dorking Refugee Support and Refugee Community Kitchen. There will be an array of bands/musicians, some fun activities including an art area, raffle, face painting, a screen showing the FA Cup Final and new this year a speakers corner featuring various local speakers/performers. This event is family friendly, tickets for age 14 and under are free. Suzanne Evans (mum to Chris HB, 4S) will be performing with the Palatine Quartet at 5:15- contact her for more info. Tickets available here www.goldengiving.com/event/R4RMiniFest

 

HTPD 4/5/18

04 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

One of my favourite moments of the school year took place this week. The children in Year 5 walked to the infant site to join with Year 2 to present them each with a Bible. Thanks to Holy Trinity Church, we are able to purchase a beautiful storyteller Bible for each child. Seeing the older children read so carefully to their younger peers is always so heart-warming and it is the first taste of junior school life! We really try hard to build both the excitement and an awareness of a good level of support right from the start of the transition period; knowing that your Y6 buddies will be on hand makes those first September days even more enjoyable.

With numbers in the town surprisingly low this year, we do currently have some places in Reception for September. Perhaps if you have friends with younger children you might encourage them to get in touch with the Pewley office (570038) to come and have a look around. I so often hear people saying they’d have loved to come to Pewley, but that they thought they lived too far away – not this year!

Talking of September, I do want to tell you of some staff changes. We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Rebecca Plaistowe, Helen Campbell and Rachel Tolhurst. All three of them are wonderful teachers who have given so much to life at HTPD and they will be greatly missed. For different reasons, each of them is taking a step into a new adventure. I’ve told them all that the door will always be open for their return!

We are thrilled to announce that we have appointed two new teachers. One of them, Abigail Allen is relocating from Bristol and we know she’ll bring lots of good ideas. The other is our own SCITT trainee, Clare Giles who is already part of the team.

Can I remind everyone that as a healthy school we ask that the junior school children continue the good habits set at the infants and only bring healthy snacks in for playtime. This means just fruit or vegetables. It keeps the school site free of litter, and is so much better for everybody! Thank you for your support in keeping HTPD crisp and chocolate free!

It seems hard to believe that we are already at the May Day bank holiday. I hope the promised weather forecast is accurate and that we all have some time to enjoy a relaxing long weekend.

With best wishes,
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Monday 7 May – school closed for May Day Bank Holiday

INFANT

Fluffy Friday, 25 May
Letters with choices for the next Fluffy Friday have gone out today to all year groups. Please return your completed form by next Friday 11 May.

Club cancellation
There will be no Cup Stacking or Lego Club on Tuesday 22 May. Apologies for any inconvenience.

‘Run to Rio’ update
Last week (week 2) we ran 425 miles.

Found
Pair of Start Rite black velcro boys shoes, size 12F (probably left behind after tennis club).
One turquoise/navy Nike trainer (has been in the Y2 area for a while).


Menu: (week 3 beginning 7 May) – available under the Weekly News Tab
Mon: Bank Holiday
Tue: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Fruit Jelly
Thu: Jerk Chicken with Vegetable Pilaf or Salmon Linguini; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza Margherita; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 7 May - Bank Holiday
Monday 14 May: Class 3T visit Henley Fort
Monday 14 –Thursday 17 May: Year 6 SATs
Tuesday 15 May: Class 3A visit Henley Fort
Tuesday 15 – Friday 18th May: Year 5’s residential trip to Brenscombe Farm
Wednesday 16 May: Class 3S visit Henley Fort
Friday 18 May: Year 6’s fun swim at Guildford Lido

No cancelled clubs this week

Sport

Year 4 High 5 Netball Tournament
Date: Tuesday 8 May
Time: 3.45pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Horseshoe Lane West, Merrow, GU1 2SX

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Menu Week 1 - This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


FOPS News - Summer FUNdraising

Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
Please, please save the date for our key fundraising event of the summer! We will be starting off with games, stalls, bouncy castle, cream teas and ice-cream (and of course, Pimm’s) and then relaxing to enjoy a Brazilian BBQ, music and drinks! PLEASE PLEASE save the date for this great fun family event. We know it’s a very busy time of year but this is our key fundraising event for this term so if at all possible please try to avoid booking your child’s Birthday party for this day as we’d really love as many of you as possible to attend!

Wanted - singers and musicians!
Are you or your children in a band, choir or orchestra? Or do you have older children or friends who are involved with music? We’re looking for some musicians of any age to sing/ play during the summer fair (while people are enjoying the food and drinks). If you have any ideas or would like to find out more, please email Laura – laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

HTPD Family Fun Run (plus NEW toddler race) – 20 May, Shalford Park
Spring into your trainers and join us for this great afternoon of running, jogging, cheering or just relaxing on the grass! This year there will also be a bouncy castle, coffee van and TODDLER RACE so make an afternoon of it! Complete your online applications soon. Toddlers can enter on the day!

Easy fundraising – do it now! You can raise money for the school every time you shop online with your favourite retailers (at NO cost to you and it takes seconds)! Don’t do it later – log on now!! Once you’ve set up you can use it every time you’ve shop and it takes no time at all: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Reception
Wednesday 16 May: Coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Tuesday 10 July - Coffee morning at Eloise’s house (Oliver’s Mum)
Friday 11th May – Evening drinks, venue tbc
Friday 8th June – Evening drinks, venue tbc

Year 2
Thursday 24th May – Coffee morning in the castle grounds after drop-off. In case of adverse weather conditions we will meet at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser). Check email the day before for confirmation.
Thursday 12 July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Cookie and lolly sales will start after half term!

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


HTSC NEWS

SUMMERTIME QUIZ AND CURRY NIGHT – SATURDAY 12 MAY 7PM - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
A reminder that tickets are now on sale for HTSC’s Summertime Quiz Night. Come along to HT and enjoy a fun night of fantastic quizzing. As always, the questions have been set by the master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half).
Tickets are £12.50 each to include a delicious curry from Rajdoot in Burpham. There will be a fully stocked bar and post curry chocolate, together with a fun raffle.

Get your team together or come along and make up a team on the night - maximum of 10 people per team, everyone welcome.

To order tickets, please send in cash or cheques made payable to HTSC in an envelope to the HT office. On the envelope please clearly specify how many tickets you require, if you have any specific dietary requirements, together with the name and class of your child.

THE EASTER SMARTIES CHALLENGE
Last call for any remaining tubes of smarties. Please bring them in to the office ASAP so they can be included in the count.

THE 2018 HTPD FUN RUN
It is still possible to apply to take part in the HTPD Fun Run (although the organisers cannot guarantee that they will be able to supply you with a t-shirt) https://goo.gl/forms/WmG2ZCT34rxU1PHq1

For all runners who have already signed up, don't forget to ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for sponsorship using the sponsorship form that was distributed last term. Additional forms are available at the HT or Pewley offices.

Alternatively just go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc and click on the 'Donate Now' button to make a donation.

HTSC SPONSOR
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So, if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

DATES FOR THE DIARY:
HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm



Guildford in Bloom ‘Picnic in the Castle Grounds’, Saturday 2 June, 12.30 to 3pm

The Guildford in Bloom Committee would like to invite you and your family to a ‘Picnic in the Castle Grounds’ on Saturday 2 June. The Mayor of Guildford will officially open the Guildford in Bloom Competition and unveil the colourful Castle Grounds summer flower beds. There will also be entertainment from the bandstand, showcasing acts from Guildford Summer & Guildford Fringe Festival. Keep up to date with event details on Twitter. Various refreshment options will be on offer including teas served by the Castle Green Bowling Club and, of course, you are welcome to bring a picnic! We look forward to seeing you there.

Guildford Borough Council has collated some useful information on activities for children and young people taking place in Guildford over the May half term. Please visit their website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities or call Gill Paddington on 01483 444769

Lisa and Gemma in the kitchen will be running Guildford’s Race for Life on Sunday, 29th July in aid of Cancer Research UK in Stoke Park. If you would like to donate to this amazing cause, please use this link: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/lisas-race-for-life-5546. Thank you.