• HT Christmas Fair Donations Day - Friday 24 Nov - Mufti for HT

HTPD 3/11/17

02 November 2017

Dear Parents,

I’m looking forward to seeing most of you at our annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night this evening. Do come along even if you haven’t bought an early bird ticket. It’s always such a fantastic whole school event! I love to see the children having such a lot of fun with their families. It’s an opportunity for a really important memory-maker! I still remember watching fireworks as a small child, huddling up with my grandmother and can still imagine her “Oohs” and “Aahhs” of excitement as the sky lit up with colour. Do make sure that your child/children are supervised while at the event – it’s easy to get lost in the dark! Talk to them about what to do if they can’t find you. I will be standing at the gate at the top of the steps up from the car park, so that makes a good rendezvous.

I had the privilege this week of taking part in a headteacher’s away-day led by the Bishop of Dorking who reflected on the importance of teachers finding wisdom to sustain us in our roles in school. She challenged us all to look both outwards to the school communities in which we work, as well as upwards to God, to find vision and strength. Events when the whole school community gathers together, like we will on Firework Night, inspire me and give me great encouragement. I’m reminded of the African proverb that it takes a whole village to raise a child.

I do hope you’ve all received information about our parent consultations which begin next week at the infants, and the week after at the juniors. They always provide an opportunity for us to share with you the educational journey that your children are on. Do let us know at the meetings any information that might help us better to support them, both academically and in their wider development. Please do ask questions if there’s anything you’re not sure about, and let us know if we can help with ideas about supporting learning at home. Contact either office if you haven’t received the letter.

Hope to see you up on the field this evening!

With best wishes


Parent Consultations – Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 November
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. We would encourage you to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but please 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 cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs, including Andy’s clubs (Ball Games and Multi-sports), next week owing to the parent consultations.

School photographs
A reminder that photograph orders should be returned to the school office by Monday 6 November.

Pewley Family Disco - Saturday 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm, last chance to buy tickets.
Please see FOPS section at the end of the newsletter for more info.

Poppy Appeal
We have poppies for sale in the school office (as well as wrist bands, reflectors etc).

Now that the term is well under way it is advisable to leave your pushchairs or buggies in the playground at drop-off rather than try and navigate the crowded corridors.

Run to ‘Rio’ update
Week 5 – 164 miles, week 6 – 161 miles (total 914 miles).

Lost Property
Our lost property box at the lower entrance is overflowing. Please have a look especially if your child is missing some items of uniform.

Dhilan Foat, Hazel Class, has lost a named, yellow ‘minion’ lunch back pack containing a red Thermos and sandwich container.
Christos Theodorou, Beech Class, has lost the hood of his Spiderman coat (possibly lost after Football Club on Thursday).

Vacancy: Catering Assistant, Holy Trinity Pewley Down, Guildford – immediate start
Harrison’s Catering are looking for 3 Catering Assistants to join the catering teams at Pewley Down Infant and Holy Trinity Junior. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week (4 hours a day), term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to paul.thorne@harrisoncatering.co.uk.

Menu – beginning 6 November
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
Mon: Cottage Pie or Vegetable Cottage Pie; Jam Sponge served with Custard
Tues: Meatballs with Pasta or Butternut, Pepper & Leek potato-topped pie; Fruit Jelly
Weds: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes and Gravy; Chocolate & Banana Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Thurs: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Margarita Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


TEMPEST Photography
Please note that the deadline for handing in your TEMPEST photography orders is Monday 6 November.

ALL Library Clubs are cancelled for 2 weeks from Monday 6  – Friday 17 November.  Library clubs will resume from Monday, 20th November.

Book Fair next week and there are lots of great titles, come and have a look ☺

Drama Club is cancelled next Thursday 9 November. Drama will resume on Thursday 16 November.

Dates for your diary: November 2017 
Monday 6 November (for 2 weeks) Book Fair
Friday 10 November Year 3’s production of ‘Wackadoo Zoo’ in the Chapel at 2.00pm.
Tuesday 14 November Parents’ Evening at HT 6-8.30pm.
Thursday 16 November Parents’ Evening at HT 4-6.30pm.


There is no Year 5 Netball Club on Tuesday 7 November due to a match v. Tormead

Year 5 & Year 6A Football v. Send
Date:  Tuesday 7 November
Time: 3.30-5pm - Parents to help with lifts 
Venue: Send Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS 

Year 5A, B & C Netball v. Tormead
Date: Tuesday 7 November
Time: 3.15 pm - 5pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Tormead School, Cranley Road, Guildford GU1 2JD

Guildford Primary Schools Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Race
Date:  Thursday 9 November
Time: 3.30-4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Joseph's Catholic School, Aldershot Road, GU2 8YH

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

Menu - this lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab
Monday: Chicken Korma with Onion Rice and Mango Chutney or Vegetable Pasta Bake, Seasonal Vegetables; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tuesday: Shepherd‘s Pie or Butternut & Leek Tart with New Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar; Apple Strudel
Wednesday: Gammon with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Green Lentil Curry with Rice, Season Vegetables, Jacket Potato; Jelly and fresh fruit salad
Thursday: BBQ Chicken served with Vegetable Pilaf or Salmon Crunch, Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar; Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Friday: Fish Fingers served with Chips and Homemade Tomato Sauce or Vegetable Frittata, Beans or Mushy Peas, Jacket Potato Bar; Ice Cream
Available Daily: Salad Bar, Seasonal Vegetables, Jacket Potato Bar, Fresh Fruit Platter, Freshly Baked Homemade Bread, Yoghurt 

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

We are excited to let you know that we now have our very own FOPS Facebook page! So get online this weekend and 'Like' us on www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/
The page has details of all the events, activities and initiatives that help us come together as a community and raise valuable funds for our school!
Do join us to find out what’s going on and how you can help make a difference! 

There is also a linked closed group which allows us to share more private material (i.e.photos from events or school activities) so don't hesitate to 'ask to join' on there as well!

Pewley Family Disco - Saturday 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm
. Thanks to all those who have already filled out their booking forms for this fun-filled evening. If you haven’t got round to it yet, don’t miss out! If you have mislaid your form just ask at the office.

Phil the Bag - Thursday 9 November. You should have received details in your book bag about how to turn your unwanted clothes and linen into cash for the school! Don’t forget to ‘phil’ those bags and bring them in on morning of 9th. 

FOPS meeting – date change: Wednesday 15th November (8pm Staff Room)
. Please come along to help us plan the Christmas Fair. Everyone welcome.

Action Sunday – Sunday 19 November
- grab a spade and your gardening gloves and help us make Pewley look spick and span! Details to follow soon.

Christmas Fair - Sunday 10 December (1-3pm)
. Save the date – this is the event not to be missed! 

Wanted: wreath-maker or florist! If you know anyone who might want to help us with our festive wreath-making social in the run-up to Christmas please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Reception - Wednesday 29 November – coffee morning
after drop-off at Suzie’s house (Eleanor’s Mum), 25 Addison Road 

Year 1 - Thursday 7 December - evening drinks
at The Albany

Year 2 - Monday 6 November - coffee morning after drop off at Rebecca's (Isla Coakley's mum, 42 Pewley Way) 

Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! The Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road. Time TBC.

And… Oak class will be having their playground sale on Friday 10th so don’t forget some change!


We are looking forward to a fantastic Bonfire Night tonight!
The gates will open at 6.00pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. The BBQ and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate - adults £5.50, children £3.00 (under 5s free).
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.


Don’t forget that Phil the Bag is coming to HTPD next week! Please drop your bags at the bottom of the ramps from Monday morning (6 November) until 9am on Thursday (9 November)
All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding. The school receives 35 pence for every kilo we manage to collect, that’s £350 per tonne - so every item of clothing counts! Please note that Phil the Bag do not accept blankets, duvets, bric-a-brac, pillows, sleeping bags, rugs, carpet, offcuts of fabric, any WET items, tent canvas, soft toys and no ripped or stained clothing. Please also bear in mind that the clothing is for re-use so should be in a wearable condition.

There are still several slots free for the external stalls. If you would like a stall at the Christmas Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

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 do get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Dates for the diary
Christmas Fair Meeting - Monday 13 November - HT Staff Room straight from drop off
Year 5 & 6 Film Night - Friday 17 November – Swallows and Amazons
Christmas Fair - Friday 1 December 6pm-8pm

A Christmas Concert in aid of Young Epilepsy, Weds 20 December, 7.30-9.30pm, Guildford Cathedral
Join us for an evening of festive music with an all-star line-up, including Soprano Dame Felicity Lott. Tickets (ranging from £12 to £40) available form Guildford Cathedral box office, telephone 01483 547881. Young Epilepsy is the national charity (based in Surrey) supporting children and young people aged 25 and under with epilepsy and associated conditions, as well as their families. We exist to improve the lives of children and young people with the condition to enable them to fulfil their potential and ensure they have the best quality of life. More information at www.youngepilepsy.org.uk

HTPD 13/10/17

13 October 2017

Dear parents

I am so delighted to be able to share with you the fantastic outcome of an inspection at Pewley that took place a couple of weeks ago. Every five years, church schools are inspected for Christian distinctiveness and how well they live out their values across all aspects of school life, for the impact of assemblies and class reflection times, for the quality of RE teaching and for the effectiveness of the leadership and management. I’m pleased to say that we achieved the highest grading of outstanding. The inspector was so thrilled to spend the day with us; she was delighted by all that she saw and experienced, meeting with staff, governors, parents and children as well as watching lessons and taking part in assembly. The
summary report is such an encouraging read – I do hope you enjoy it. I’d like to say thank you to the whole school community for working so hard to ensure that the children here really do “learn to live.” We were particularly pleased with the following comment:
“The curriculum is exceptionally well planned and the well-being of every child is at the forefront of all school developments.”

I also heard news this week of many past pupils who left in 2010 beginning their university studies. It is always great to find out where the Holy Trinity Pewley Down education leads to, with several from that year group being extremely successful and achieving the highest A level grades! We wish them all well.

Thank you to all those families who contributed to our Harvest offering this week. We enjoyed special assemblies at the infants and the juniors – with Robert Cotton inspiring us to really notice God’s creation around us. The food donations will make a very welcome addition to Guildford’s food banks and helped us all appreciate what we have. Thank you for your generosity.

Today has been another very successful Fluffy Friday with children across both sites enjoying making new friends, learning something new and making lifelong memories. Thank you to all our parent helpers for making such an excellent day possible. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

With best wishes

Whole School

Half term and inset training
School closes at midday on Wednesday 18 October (12.00 at Pewley Down, 12.15 at Holy Trinity). We start back again on Monday 30 October.

Dates for your diary: October/November 2017:
Wednesday 1 November Years 3 and 4 Nasal Immunisation at HT
Thursday 2 November Years R – 2 Nasal Immunisation at PD
Friday 3 November Roman Day for Year 4
Friday 3 November Bonfire Night
Wednesday 8 November Parents’ Evening at PD (1.30-3pm and 6-8pm)
Thursday 9 November Parents’ Evening at PD (1.30-3pm and 3.30-6pm)
Friday 10 November Year 3’s production of Whackadozoo in the Chapel at 2pm


Teacher-led club cancellation, Tuesday 17 October
Lego, Writing and Cooking clubs are cancelled next Tuesday. However, Art Club with Georgie will still take place.

Parking in Pewley Bank
A reminder to parents that Pewley Bank is a private road, and it is important to keep access clear for emergency vehicles. While we understand that it is difficult to park around the school, please try and find alternative parking spaces.

Run to ‘Rio’ update
Week 4: we have run 209 miles.

Isaac Sayeed, Hazel Class, has lost a Keller jumper, size 3-4 (not named).
Set of keys (possibly front/back door key and 5 smaller keys) found on Pewley Bank after school on Monday.

Catering Assistant vacancy
We are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the team in the kitchen at Pewley Down. Please see the ‘Vacancies’ tab on the website for details.

Please see FOPS News below ……..

Menu for week beginning Monday 16 October
Mon: Spaghetti with Meat or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tues: Mild Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Fruit Jelly
Weds: No lunch - school closes 12.00

Thurs: Inset day
Fri: Inset day
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


End of day playground safety
Please do make sure that children are kept safe after school. We do need to make sure all the children are met promptly and taken home at the end of the day rather than being allowed to play in the playground or on the adventure trail unaccompanied by any adults. We do not have staff on duty after 3.30 and it is not safe for children to stay on site after this time, unless they are attending after school clubs. This also makes it easier to look after children at Clubs+ when the site is cleared quickly. Thank you for your cooperation.

Current Year 6
This is final a reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. On-line applications are preferred by SCC, and are available on their website www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/secondary-applications/secondary-school-admissions. Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 0300 200 1015. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2018 is Tuesday 31 October 2017 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.


CANCELLED CLUBS - w/c 16 October
Tuesday 17 October – Year 5 Netball - There is a Holy Trinity XC after school
Tuesday 17 October – Years 5 and 6 Football AND Badminton - There is a Holy Trinity XC after school

Guildford Primary Schools Year 5 & Year 6 Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country
Date:  Tuesday 17 October
Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30pm - We needs lots of help with course marshals 
Venue: Holy Trinity - Pewley Downs

CANCELLED CLUBS - w/c 30 October
Monday 30 October – Year 4 Netball

Year 6A & Year 5A Football v Queen Eleanor’s
Date:  Tuesday 31 October
Time: 3.15 pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Queen Eleanor's School, Queen Eleanor's Rd, Guildford, GU2 7SD

Year 5A, B & C Netball v Queen Eleanor’s
Date: Tuesday 31 October
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Holy Trinity

Year 6A & Year 5A Football v Boxgrove
Date:  Thursday 2 November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Boxgrove School, Boxgrove Lane, GU1 2TD

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

5L Hana Elazab’s PE kit has been missing since last Thursday, last seen in the Year 5 cloakroom. Her bag is named, has red and yellow reflective tape on it. Also in the bag was her trainers, shorts and top. If you see it or know where it is, please come to the office.

Menu for week beginning Monday 16 October
Mon: Spaghetti or Vegetable Bolognaise with Garlic Bread; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tues: Mild Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Fruit Jelly
Weds: No lunch - school closes 12.15
Thurs: Inset day

FOPS (Infant PTA) News

Dates for your diary

Pewley Family Disco - Saturday 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm. This promises to be a fun-filled event for the whole-family! Look out for booking forms in your book bags early next week and make sure you book tickets early!

Phil the Bag - Thursday 9 November. Having a clear out? Phil the bag makes money for the school by recycling your old and unwanted clothes/bedlinen etc. The heavier the bag, the more we raise! Full details to follow after half-term.

FOPS meeting - Wednesday 8 November (Staff Room). Please come along to help us plan the Christmas Fair

Action Sunday – Sunday 19 November - grab a spade and your gardening gloves and help us make Pewley look spick and span!

Christmas Fair
- Sunday 10 December (1-3pm). Save the date – this is the event not to be missed! 
Wanted: wreath-maker or florist! Sadly the lady who led our wonderful Christmas wreath-making workshop has moved overseas. If you know anyone who might want to help us with this creative social evening in the run-up to Christmas please contact Laura - laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Year group activities

Tuesday 31 October - coffee morning, venue TBC 

Wednesday 29 November – coffee morning, venue TBC 

Wednesday 1 November – Evening drinks, The Brittania, Millmead at 7.30pm
Year 1
Tuesday 31 October - coffee at Ana's house (Zara's Mum) after drop off
Friday 17 November - evening drinks at The Albany
Year 2 

Monday 6 November - coffee morning after drop off at Rebecca's (Isla Coakley's mum, 42 Pewley Way) 
Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! The Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road. Time TBC.

HTSC (Junior PTA) News

Thanks to everyone for such a fantastic response to our annual bingo night being held tomorrow night. Tickets have been sent home with your child, please look out for them. Don't forget to bring these with you together a small wrapped prize for the prize table. Please park in the lower playground and entry is via the hall fire exit door. Looking forward to a fabulous night.

Phil the Bag are coming to HTPD ! A great reason to have a clear out over half term. Phil the Bag no longer provide bags so please use ordinary bin liners.

Sainsbury’s scheme
We still have one immediate vacancy for a person to help manage the Sainsbury’s scheme accounts (including checking payments made on monthly basis). Please contact Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com) or Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) if you are able to help.


Planning for the Christmas Fair is already underway! If you would like a stall at the Christmas Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford as there are still some slots available (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

Christmas Fair kick off meeting: Monday 30th October, 8 pm Rogues
Bonfire Night - Friday 3 November 6pm - 8pm. Please save the date for what promises to be another fabulous evening, complete with bonfire, fireworks and delicious bar-b-q.
Christmas Fair – Friday 1 December 6pm - 8pm

Year 6 Boys & Girls - Guildford City Football Club Under 11's Team is looking for three new players. Training is at Stoughton Recreation Ground every Saturday (9.15am-11am) and matches are most Sunday mornings. You are welcome to come and see the team and coaches - it is a friendly and successful team. Contact Mark Lampard on 07799 474647 or Mark.Lampard@abingdonflooring.co.uk

Chit Chat re-starts 21 September
Chit Chat is a place for foreign residents to: practise English conversation, find out about life in Guildford, ask questions, make friends and enjoy refreshments. Meetings take place in the friendly surroundings of St Mary’s, Quarry Street, Guildford. Young children welcome. Wednesday mornings in term time 9.20 – 11.00 am. For further information contact: snashallsusan@gmail.com or 07885 116161.