HTPD 5/4/19

05 April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a busy end to the term we’ve had! Just last week, over 40 children took part in the annual primary music festival which was a wonderful spectacle of talented music-making, then on Tuesday we all enjoyed a day spent at a slower pace, with our annual Easter Pause Day. It was amazing to see how many of Guildford’s churches joined in and helped out! Huge thanks go to St Saviour’s, Emmaus Road, Christ Church, Guildford Family Church, Guildford Baptist Church and King’s Church. Together they helped us tell the story of Easter. Then on Wednesday, we celebrated our end of term service at Holy Trinity. It is always a lovely opportunity for the whole school, Year R to Year 6 to be in one place. The singing was just fantastic as we reminded each other that because Jesus overcame death, we can live life to the full!

Thanks to the generosity of our local town councillors who gave us a grant of £1000, we’ve been able to invite SATRO (an organisation that exists to inspire children and young people into science, technology, engineering and maths careers) into school. They ran exciting sessions for the children in Year 5, teaching them all about the world of energy.

Meanwhile, seeing the Year 4 exhibition of crazy inventions, the high quality topic work from children across the school, and the beautiful Easter gardens created by children at both sites, I think our children are definitely the entrepreneurs, designers and engineers of the future!

As the holidays begin, I wish you all a restful break and a very Happy Easter! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 24th April for the start of the summer term!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Easter – is Jesus alive in your heart?

Whole School Notice

Please note Summer term starts on Wednesday 24th April (Tuesday 23rd is an Inset Day).


Year 2 swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 2 start again on Wednesday 24 April. The last lesson will be
Wednesday 17 July.

Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs will start week commencing Monday 29 April.

Navy ‘Fruit of the Loom’ joggers age 7-8 (left behind after football on Thursday).

Menu: (Week 3 beginning 22 April)
Mon: School closed (Easter Monday)
Tue: School closed (Inset Day)
Wed: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Chocolate Cake
Thu: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Fri: Fish Fingers & chips or Homemade Pizza; Crispy Cake
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Breakfast Club
Please note that Breakfast Club only opens at 8am. Prior to that children should not be in school. It is really important that children only arrive once staff are available.

Forthcoming dates for your diary:

MONDAY 29th April Phil the Bag
THURSDAY 30th April Evacuee Day for Year 3
WEDNESDAY 1st May Swimming lessons begin for Year 3C & 4S
13th- 16th May SATS Week
14th – 17th May Yr 5 Residential Trip to Brenscombe Farm
FRIDAY 17th May Yr 6 at the Lido

School Clubs 

All school clubs start week commencing 29th April - download the Summer Clubs here.

Please note that Girls’ Rugby will begin on Wednesday 24th April – please see the school clubs timetable for details.

There will be no Chess Club or Creative Writing next term. Children who want to play chess can do so at Board Games on a Monday. Both these clubs will resume in September.

Honey in Yr 5 has lost a cut crystal bud vase which was part of her Easter Garden. Of great sentimental value. Please check to see if it has come home with you by mistake.

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


We have reached the end of a fantastic Spring term and would like to thank all of you for the wonderful support and help you have given us this term. Lots of money has been raised and it would not be possible without the support of the Pewley Down School community.

There are plenty of events coming up in the Summer Term and we can’t wait to share them with you all.
Have a peaceful Easter Break!
FOPS Team x

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!
HTPD Fun Run
Remember to sign up for the 2019 HTPD fun run on Sunday May 19th at Sutherland Memorial Park.  Applications need to be in by the 12th April to guarantee a T-Shirt for the children.

To register please complete the online application form: for each applicant.  To help reduce the admin requirements for the team and to use less paper we request you complete the online form if possible. Paper copies are available at the school receptions if needed.

Further details are on
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you on the day!!!

Year 2 Reminder
Log-in details for the Y2 leavers book have gone home in book bags or can be found on the FOPS noticeboard. Please use these to create a profile for your child as soon as you can. Ana and Kayleigh can then get on with editing and putting it together in time for the printing deadline which is fast approaching. Please contact one of them if you are unsure of what to do.

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!
The Summer Fair is Saturday 6th July so please save 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.
Social Dates for you Diaries

Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1

Thursday 2nd May – Coffee Morning @Cafe Nero on North Street
Thursday 23rd May – Drinks Night @ TBC


Congratulations to all the prize winners from the library crowdfunded. Your prizes are at the office. Thank you again for everyone who contributed and Cavenders for the prizes.

You should find a leaflet about the Sainsbury’s scheme lurking in your child’s bag! Please consider using it. It’s super simple, free to you and free money to us! Sainsbury’s gives us 4% of everything you spend. You pay it onto a gift card that has to be used in store, even if you save it up for Christmas goodies, it all helps!

Smarties Challenge - your child should have received a tube of smarties from us recently. This is the perfect size to collect 20 pence pieces. If you can, please fill this over the Easter break and return it to school (any change or paper money is welcome!). All monies raised will go towards replacing the class IPads.

And how about registering for the fun run and run off those Easter chocolates? Registration is still open and it’s a great family day out!

Next HTSC meeting is on Friday 10th May in the staff room after drop off. Come and say hi, chat summer fair and generally catch up. It’s open for everyone and we really appreciate your input and support.

And finally don’t forget while you’re enjoying your Easter break, Phil the bag will take any clothes/sheets/towels you sort out, and the Plant Stall at the fair any seedlings or divided plants

Happy Easter 🐣

Free to a good home - TP climbing frame with slide. Contact Fiona on 07949490511 to arrange collection.

HTPD 22/3/19

22 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m so thrilled to be able to let you know how much money the school raised at last week’s Red Nose Day – in total we collected £1300! And with over £500 being made by Year 6’s entrepreneurial sideshows, we’re just delighted to be sending off such a large donation to Comic Relief this year. Thank you so much for your generosity and well done to the School Council for helping to organise this superb event.

Thursday’s crazy sock day has also reminded us all of the importance of thinking about others. We loved hearing from Millie and Ben in assembly on Monday as they told us about their brother, Josh. They really encouraged the whole school community to support people with Downs’ Syndrome. Everyone’s odd socks have made us all smile and it gave us a wonderful opportunity to “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps”. After that, hearing from our young carers group at the juniors in another assembly, we were all inspired with their positivity and resilience as they “embrace the future with hope and confidence”!

The final race of this season’s cross country events proved an excellent occasion after school on Thursday. Ten local schools gathered on Pewley Down; it felt like Spring had arrived with perfect weather for a brilliant run. We were joined by the town Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons who started each race and spoke to all the competitors about keeping on running – he really encouraged them all to prioritise living healthy lives. You could tell how much he enjoyed the occasion! We were delighted with all the individual successes – and very happy to be awarded this year’s overall trophy.

Thank you so much to those who have so generously donated to our Library Crowdfunder so far. The fundraiser will close next Thursday so this is a last reminder for any of you who would like to donate. Reading is such a huge part of what we do at HTPD and all the funds raised will help us keep the library well stocked on an ongoing basis to encourage the children to develop their love of reading. Every donation received will be entered into a raffle to win a waterproof Kindle, among other prizes. Here is the link Any amount you can give, small or large, will be hugely appreciated. With so much already given, we’re excited to know that the library will be well stocked for years to come. Thank you!

We’re looking forward to our House Art entries coming in next week – it’s sure to make an excellent exhibition of creative talent! Have a great weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Truth – what are you certain of?


Thank you
A big ‘thank you’ from Ben and Millie for joining in with crazy sock day yesterday and donating to Stepping Stones DS.


House Art Competition
A reminder that the deadline for entries to the House Art Competition is next Wednesday 27 March. Please check Just To Let You Know information for your child’s year group for more details.

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.

Zac Grant, Oak Class, has lost his PE bag and all the contents.
Molly Crawford, Willow Class, has also lost her whole PE bag.
Theo Merry, Beech Class, has lost two pairs of school trousers.

Spare pants and socks
Our supply of pants and socks (girls and boys) is running low. Please wash and return any your child may have borrowed. Also, if you have any children’s outgrown pants and socks you no longer need we can make good use of them in the office.

Menu: (Week 1 beginning 25 March)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tue: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


A polite reminder for parents not to drop children at school before 8.30am. Children should not be left unaccompanied for their own safety. If they are on the school premises before this time they will have to go to Breakfast Club.

Music Festival - G Live Wednesday March 27 7pm – Final arrangements
ORCHESTRA ONLY – arrive at G Live at 3.30pm
CHOIR ONLY – arrive at G Live at 4pm
All the children need to be wearing smart school uniform (white polo shirt with the school logo).
End of the performance – circa 8.30pm the children will be given specific instructions for leaving the hall.

Class photographs – Thursday 4 April
Tempest Photography will be in for class photographs. Please ensure your child is in full school uniform.

Creative Writing Update
As of next week, Creative Writing club will be open to all year groups

All teacher lead clubs will run up until Thursday 4 April.

Cancelled Clubs: Thursday 28th – Y6 Football

Sporting Fixtures:

Y6 Ultimate Frisbee competition
Date: Wednesday 27th March
Time: Leave school at 12.30pm, approx finish 3.00pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up at Guildford Grove
Venue: Southway, Guildford GU2 8YD
Teacher: Tom

Y6 Guildford primary school football tournament
Date: Thursday 28th March
Time: 3.30am - 5.30pm. Parents to help with lifts. Pick up from Weyfield
Venue: School Close, Woking Rd, Guildford GU1 1QJ
Teacher: Nick & James

Y4 Netball v Tormead
Date: Friday 29th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm Parents to help with lifts. Pick up from Tormead
Venue: Tormead, Cranley Rd, GU1 1QJ
Teacher: Laura

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

Film Night
Year 5 and 6 Film night will take place on Monday 1st April. The film is "Johnny English Strikes Again" (PG), and the timing will be 3.25-5.55pm in the school hall. The tickets will cost £5 and include popcorn, a drink and a chance to win the DVD. More information to follow.

Sophie H (6T) has lost her winter coat (brand: Joules). It is dark blue, fur on the hood and a floral lining. It is clearly named.

Menu - Week
Available on the website.


FOPS Notice Board
We have our first advert in the pre-loved section of our board so do have a look, and if you have something to sell the cards are in the office.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 24 March, 2 - 4pm

The Bake and Stroll is upon us! We are really looking forward to seeing all our lovely HTPD families at the Bake and Stroll this Sunday.  The weather is looking good and the food is going to be fabulous! 
Things to look forward to:

  • An international themed treasure trail around the downs with small prizes for finishing
  • Free Easter crafts
  • Free hot drinks on your return
  • Great home cooked food and baked goods (please remember your cash)
  • Exciting prizes for the winning chefs entering the cooking competition

With all that and more you have all the ingredients for a perfect day out with your families!
You can still buy tickets for £5 for the whole family on the day.
Brand New recycling scheme
You may have noticed some bright green recycling bags that have gone home in book bags today. These are for our brand-new printer ink cartridge recycling scheme.

We are partnering with a scheme called ‘Empties Please’. It is a simple green way to make money for the school and save the environment. Collect your ink cartridges from home, work, friends etc and fill your green bag. When the bag is full return it to the school and we will put them in the recycling bin (Please check their website for compatibility list).

When our bin is full the company will collect it and pay us a cash amount for each of the printer cartridges. We can also raise ‘Green Points’ for every £1 raised, which we can use to buy eco-friendly items for the school.

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!

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 on: Willow Class Cake Sale – Friday 29th 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 2

Thursday 28th March – 8pm – End of term drinks @ Ye Olde Ship Inn


It’s the last push for library lottery! Remember every one who contributes to the crowdfunding is entered to the prize draw - Kindle Paperwhite and Waterstones vouchers up for grabs kindly donated by Cavenders And books for Geraldine and the children!

Phil The Bag coming after Easter 3 May

Sainsbury’s are sending us new gift cards so watch this space for that

Coffee morning for everyone who wants to come along in the staff room after drop off 10 May

Fun Run registration is open and don’t forget the t-shirt completion. And if you would like to help run an ice lolly or soft drinks stand on the day, good way to do your bit for the school, let us know!

Smarties challenge coming soon!

Saturday 23rd March, 10-4, Guildford Fire Station Family Open Day
Come along to Guildford Fire Station this Saturday and meet your community fire fighters, see live demonstrations, explore the fire engines and squirt some hoses! The Police and Ambulance services will also be attending with their vehicles. A refreshments stand will be serving lots of cakes and a BBQ – so you can make a day of it!

Selfish Giant – Yvonne Arnaud Mill Hall Studio
A lovely Easter play at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre with HT student’s performing. Tickets available; Thursday 28th, Friday 29th March 5pm and 8pm and Saturday 30th March 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Hurry before they are all sold out!

Photographic Treasure Hunt Hatchlands Park
Please click on the link to see the flyer: