HTPD 13/7/18

13 July 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we completed our transition visits, with the children at Pewley enjoying a second morning meeting their new classmates, and the junior school children finding out who they’d be working with next year. All of the children have impressed me by their ability to “embrace the future with hope and confidence.” Smiling, they headed off to meet their new teachers and next year’s learning partners. It was great to witness their relaxed, optimistic and calm approach to change.

Next week we will be sharing with our Year 2 and Year 6 families the joys and poignancy of moving on. It’s always a special time as children say goodbye to their infant and junior school; we’ll be looking back as well as looking ahead to their exciting futures. Parents, do come along if you can to their leaving services (10am on Tuesday at St Mary’s for Y6; 9.30am on Wednesday at Pewley for Y2). For some families, it marks the end of an era with final children heading off to secondary school – some have been part of our school community for around 15 years! We’ll also be saying our farewells to some long-serving staff next week. Julia Brown and Rebecca Plaistowe have been part of the place for a very long time! We’re so grateful to them both, and to others who leave us at the end of term.

As well as the special assemblies next week, we’d love to see all of you at Celebration Afternoon (Monday 1.30pm at PD, 2pm at HT). It’s a chance for you to see what the children have been working on this term as well as popping along to visit your child’s new classroom. In addition, if you have any questions following your reading of your child’s report, do speak to their current teacher if you’d like. Having read all the reports, I must congratulate the children on a superb year. I especially enjoyed hearing how well our school values are lived out, and how so many children have flourished since last September, definitely “Learning to Live”!

With Year 6 currently taking part in this year’s Trinity Trek, the stunning success at this year’s District Sports, and the Year 3 tea party just taking place earlier in the week, I’m reminded of how many different opportunities each child is given to live life to the full. Please do join me in thanking the staff for making this possible!

Enjoy the weekend!
With best wishes, Clare


No Nuts Reminder
Please do remember that both schools are nut-free to keep those children with nut allergies safe. It came to my attention this week that some parents had forgotten to check that snacks and packed lunches were nut free. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Whole School Dates
Monday 16 July Celebration Afternoon starts at 1.30 at PD and 2.00pm at HT
Friday 20 July End of Term (PD 1.30pm and HT 1.45pm)


Teacher-led clubs:
Teacher-led clubs have all now finished for this term.

Golden Boot Challenge:
Well done to everyone for taking part and making an effort to come to school in greener ways; there was a big increase in walking. Chestnut Class were awarded the Gold Boot trophy and everyone in the class received a Golden Boot badge.

Celebration afternoon, Monday 16 July, 1.30 pm:
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the children’s work in the classrooms on Monday 16 July. Children can be taken home early on Monday, but please let your child’s teacher know when you are ready to leave.

Year 2:
Tuesday 17 July: Y2 Fun Day (more details in JTLYK).
Wednesday 18 July: Y2 Parents are invited to the Leavers’ Assembly, 9.15am in the hall.

Parent helper ‘thank you’, Thursday 19 July, 10.15 am:
Parents who help out in school are warmly invited to join us next Thursday for coffee and cake in the hall.

‘Run to Rio’ update: In week 11 we ran 333 miles.

Lost property:
Please do have a look through the rather large pile of uniform at the lower entrance before the end of term, especially if your child has misplaced any uniform items.

New uniform:
We now have new stocks of school uniform available to buy.

Menu: (week 1 beginning 16 July)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Fruit Crumble with Custard
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.


Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 17 July Year 6 Leavers’ Service at St. Mary’s at 10am. Parents are welcome to join the Service
Thursday 19 July End of Term Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm.
Year 6 BBQ and Disco 5.30–7pm.

Cancelled Clubs next week:
Years 3 and 4 Scottish Dancing at 12.15 p.m.
Years 3 and 4 Netball
Sticky Art Club
Computer Explorers have now finished


"A large blue freezer box with a white lid belonging to Zilla Baker (Zeb's mum, 6T) has gone missing from the cupboard by the outside toilets. Please return to the cupboard or office."

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


We hope you’ve all had a great year at Pewley Down and would like to thank you for all your support and encouragement. Next week will be the final newsletter of the year and we’ll be giving you the total we have raised from all our playground sales and fundraising events and initiatives.

Due to other commitments some of the existing committee (including the current chairs) will have to step down next year. If we are to continue raising money for our school and providing vital resources as well as some lovely ‘extras’ for our children, then we urgently NEED:

A chairperson or chair-people! Please have a think if you and some friends can take on this incredibly rewarding role. The current committee have promised to be on standby to answer questions and help out as much as possible. If you’d like an informal chat about what the role involves, please contact Laura: (ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE!!)

Class reps: thanks to those who have already been in touch about being class reps next year but we need more across all classes. This is a great way of meeting new people and getting involved with our events and activities. Most people will want to have a turn at being rep at some point during their time at Pewley so make this your year! No previous experience needed!

Tuesday 17th July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)
Year 1
A huge thanks to Cath and Rob for hosting Beech and Oak class at their home last week and raising yet more money for the school. Thanks too to Annette for hosting the final coffee morning.
Year 2
Year 2 have had a very busy time preparing their beautiful Year Book and organising the exciting leaving events for your children. Thank you to Emily and Rebecca and everyone else involved with making this such a special experience for our young graduates.

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook:


A huge thank you to all for your support again this year. We have had some brilliant events - a sell-out Bingo evening, a spectacular Bonfire Night, a Lion King themed Christmas Fair, a World Cup Summer Fair, a record breaking HTPD Fun Run not to mention the fabulous Masquerade Ball. You have bought tea-towels, filled Smarties tubes, baked cakes and "Philled" the bag, as well as coming along to offer your time to make all our events run as well as they have done. THANK YOU!

We are adding up all the money raised this year and hope to have what promises to be a dazzling 2017/18 total for next week's final newsletter.

Now you know which class your child is in next year, perhaps you might consider taking on the role of class rep? The support from this team of volunteers is particularly important when it comes to organising our main events, as HTSC really wouldn’t function without them. We are looking for volunteers from ALL year groups and need at least 6 reps per year.

If you would like to know more about what the role involves or volunteer your services, please contact Ros Vickerman

We are looking for a new chair or co-chairs to take over running HTSC from September. Can YOU help? It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the school community, raise funds, organise social events and make a real difference to the educational possibilities offered by the school. If you think this is a role you would be interested in taking on, please contact Ros Vickerman for more details.

HTSC’s AGM will take place in the Chapel on Thursday 13 September straight after the HT meet the team evening. We will be receiving this year’s accounts and electing the new Committee members for the next academic year.

Katie Ealden, 4R, is going to walk the full marathon (26 miles/42.2 km) organised by the Surrey Hills Challenge on Sunday 23rd September. It will be a long and hilly trek with 1272.8 metres of climb and Katie has to finish within ten hours. The main aim is to raise money for whiteboards so every class can have one. Please support Katie Every pound counts! Thank you

Year 4 End of Year Drinks– Tonight - The Harbour Hotel from 8pm
Year 5 End of Year Drinks – Wednesday 18 July - Rogues from 8pm

A huge thanks to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford, our major sponsor now for the fourth year running. Cavender will donate £250 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. If you are thinking about doing either, please do get in contact with them

Art & Craft Club Exhibition, running at Guildford Library for the whole of July – please do have a look when you’re next in to see the incredible prints the children have produced this term.

Guitar/Ukulele Tuition: Professional musician and songwriter, Keith Ryder, offers lessons in contemporary guitar and ukulele at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School and has spaces available for new pupils in September. Beginners are very welcome. Keith may be contacted on 01483 414874 / 07958 534458 or email

Piano Tuition: Music reading and ABRSM examinations taught as well as simply playing for fun! Beginners also welcome. Please contact David Hyde on 07810 875885 or via email:

Albury Produce Show and Fair will be held on Saturday 21 July 2018 on Albury Heath (Albury cricket ground) from 2-5 p.m. There is a main marquee which displays all the show class entries, e.g. vegetables, fruit, flower arranging, photography, children’s projects and handicrafts. Outside there are a range of side shows, stalls and attractions.  For more information please contact the show secretary via email:

Energy Kidz are running a Summer Holiday Club this summer at Boxgrove Primary School in Guildford. For more information and to book a place, please visit:

HTPD 22/6/18

22 June 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been so exciting this week to welcome 96 children and their families to the junior school for their Year 2 to Year 3 transition days. What a fantastic start they had – making new friends, meeting their new teachers and thinking about our school motto of “learning to live”. I was so thrilled when one girl said that for her it meant learning to think about others! I’m looking forward to getting to know them all.

Meanwhile Year 6 are having a fabulous time on their school journey to Preston Montford in Shropshire.
I spent a couple of days with them, particularly enjoying being a very strict Victorian headteacher! At the end of their time at HTPD, the week away has given them a wonderful chance to enjoy time with their friends, to learn about the industrial revolution and life in the past, and also to build on their growing independence ready for secondary school. Choosing how to spend their Victorian pocket money at Blists’ Hill Victorian town, having to make their own lunch, make their beds and pass a military-style room inspection all contributes to a sense of achievement at the end of the week. We look forward to having them back and hearing all about it later this afternoon.

Year 2 also enjoyed a journey of their own earlier in the week with a trip to the Natural History Museum dinosaur exhibit. I’ve heard that their behaviour and eagerness to learn was exceptional! It bodes well for their own dinosaur museum at the end of term.

Do remember that next Monday the school will be closed for our Midsummer Holiday. I hope this lovely weather continues and that we can all enjoy a pause in the middle of this busy term! With Sports Day taking place on Tuesday next week, we’ll get straight back into the excitement after the break (YR-Y2 at 9am at Pewley, Y3-4 at 11am at HT, Y5-6 at 1.15pm with the final junior school relays just before home time at 2.15pm; the children can come in wearing their PE kits if they have them at home). I look forward to seeing many of you there

With best wishes,


School will be closed next Monday 25 June for the mid-summer holiday.


Sports Day, Tuesday 26 June, 9.15 am
Parents are invited to join us for Sports Day. Please wait up on the field after drop-off; we aim to start the races at 9.15am. Children will be sitting in their house groups and these areas will be clearly marked. Please stand at the outside edges of the field to watch your children.
Children will need their PE kit (house T shirt, shorts and well-fitting trainers) on Tuesday.

  • Year R and Year 1 PE kits have been sent home, and children should come to school wearing their kit on Tuesday morning.
  • Year 2 will keep their PE kit in school and get changed on arrival at school.

Please ensure that your child has a water bottle and sun hat in school that day.

Teacher-led clubs
Film Club is cancelled next week (Wednesday 27 June).
Tuesday 3 July will be the last Lego Club and Cup Stacking Club of this term.

Year 2 dates:

  • Packed lunches on 4 and 11 July. As the new Year R children will be coming to the move-up days on 4 and 11 July and staying for lunch, we would request that:
    Children in Walnut Class bring a packed lunch from home on Wednesday 4 July. Children in Chestnut Class bring a packed lunch on Wednesday 11 July. 
  • Dinosaur Museum, Friday 6 July, 9.30am (more details in Just to Let You Know).

  • Leavers’ Assembly, Wednesday 18 July, 9.30am.

‘Run to Rio’ update: In week 8 we ran 441 miles.

Lost Property
Our lost property boxes at the lower entrance are overflowing again. Please check them if your child has lost any items of uniform.

Menu: (week 1 beginning 25 June)
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
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.


Dates for your diary:
Monday, 25th June: SCHOOL IS CLOSED for Mid-Summer Holiday
Tuesday, 26th June: Sports Day (Please see Whole School notice below)
Wednesday, 27th June: Year 6 Leavers’ Cathedral Service
Friday, 29th June: World Cup Summer Fair 6 – 8pm at Holy Trinity (all welcome)

Whole School: Sports Day on Tuesday 26th June
All school families are welcome to come and cheer for the children

Juniors: Tuesday 26th June Sports Day: Year 3 and 4 races from 11 to 12pm
Year 5 and 6 races from 1.15 to 2.15pm
Year 3 to 6 relays from 2.15 to 3pm

Men's shirt donations please to be used for Art aprons to make sure your lovely children are squeakily clean when they come home after a fun filled Art lesson ☺ Thank you very much.

Menu - Week 1
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World Cup Special
In celebration of the FIFA World Cup 2018, our fabulous kitchen team will be serving traditional dishes from various countries taking part in the tournament in addition to the normal lunch menu above with no extra costs, a great opportunity to try something delicious and new
Tuesday - Australia - BBQ Snags (sausages)
Wednesday - Mexico - Enchiladas (Chicken)
Thursday - Belgium - Stoemp (Potato and Vegetable)


Summer Fair 2018
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came along and supported our social event of the term. We really hope you enjoyed it. Thanks especially to the many people who helped out in any capacity, without whom the event could not have

We would also like to thank all the staff for running two stalls, delivering emergency gazebos and allowing us to take over the staff room and more! Particular thanks to Ruth and Jane for supporting us with the communications and so much more and to Active Andy for being the recipient of the wet sponge almost solidly for two hours!! Thanks too to Rachel and the wonderful HT choir and our other talented musicians who really enhanced the afternoon.

Finally we would like to thank the many parents and local businesses who were so generous to support us.

Cavender Estate Agents – The Ship Inn - Silverado – Birdworld – Bockett’s Farm – Fisher’s Farm – Godstone Farm Park – Caffe Nero – Café Krema – Carne no Carvao – The Entertainer – RHS Wisley – Craggy Island – Wintershall Estate – Jayda – Silent Pool Distilleries – The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – The Rajasthan – Guildford Spectrum – Corkage Wine Shop and Bar – The Albany – Partisan Cheese Shop – Wagamama’s – Beauty Concept – Hobby Craft – Multisports – Guildford Model Engineering Society

Congratulations to all the lucky raffle winners and those who won prizes in the silent auction. If you have not already done so, please collect your prize from the school office as soon as possible. There are a few tickets that were unnamed or were winners from outside the school community so do check you ticket numbers in case that’s you or one of your friends!


Reception Thurs 5th July – evening drinks at The Britannia
Tuesday 17th July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1 Friday 6th July – end of term drinks at Cath and Rob’s. Please bring a bottle and £5 donation for the school. Football will be on (!). Address to follow.
Tuesday 10th July – Coffee morning at G-live straight after drop off

Year 2 Thursday 12th July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Next playground sale (ice lollies) will be Beech class – Friday 29 June!

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook.



Many thanks for all the fantastic donations that were brought in today for the Summer Fair. We still need LOADS MORE of EVERYTHING so please, please keep them coming. We still need:

· Bottles - Any type of bottle for the Bottle Tombola (at least 100 more needed!)

· Jolly Bags or Jars - Decorated jars/bags filled with small toys/sweets (at least 200 more needed!)

· Chocolate – Any type of chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola (no NUTs please) (at least 100 more needed!)

· *New for this year* School Uniform – Any secondhand HTPD uniform

· Teddies - Any unwanted teddy bears in good condition for the Teddy Tombola (at least 100 more needed!)

Help – we need you!
Please look out for parentmails from your class reps with sign up rotas for stalls at the Summer Fair. There are still LOTS of slots that need to be filled across all year groups. Please sign up – we can’t run the stalls without you!

We also need lots of help next Friday with the Summer Fair preparation and clear up:

From 8.40am - Fair preparation - If you can spare half an hour of so we really need help organising everything in the morning
3pm – 6pm – Setting up the Fair - Lots of help needed setting up the stalls, decorating, lighting bar-b-qs etc

8pm onwards - Clearing up the Fair - Lots of help needed clearing away the Fair

Raffle Tickets

Don't forget to return you raffle tickets to HT reception to have a chance of winning an Apple Watch (kindly sponsored by Cavenders) or one of the four internationally themed HT hampers!

There are still several slots free for the external stalls at the Summer Fair. If you would like a stall at the Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Ros Vickerman ( or Carrie Witts (

A huge thanks to those of you who have sent in your Fun Run sponsorship money.

Sponsorship can be sent in via the following link: or by returning your sponsorship form and money in to HT or PD receptions in an envelope marked 'HTPD fun run.' The deadline is Friday 29 June.

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 the Summer Fair. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman


Katie Ealden, 4R, is going to walk the full marathon (26 miles/42.2 km) organised by the Surrey Hills Challenge on Sunday 23rd September. It will be a long and hilly trek with 1272.8 metres of climb and Katie has to finish within ten hours. The main aim is to raise money for whiteboards so every class can have one. Please support Katie Every pound counts! Thank you!

Guildford Fun Day between 12.00 – 3.00 p.m
. - a free event, held at Guildford College, with live entertainment, inflatables, food, etc.  The event is put on by Love Guildford and Family Church Guildford, and more information about the day can be found at: