HTPD 9/2/18

09 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week’s Safer Internet Day gave us a great opportunity to partner with you in helping all the children stay safe online. We were encouraged by how well the children could explain in an age-appropriate way how to stay safe when using the internet or playing games online. We were though concerned to hear how many children had experienced something online that they’d found upsetting and that many of these children didn’t talk to an adult about this. We’ve reassured them that they can always talk to staff here, and reminded them to talk to you too! Some of our parents attended a really informative NSPCC event held at Bushy Hill on this subject and they were keen to pass on some key messages:

  • Communicate and talk openly to your child about how to use the internet safely.
  • Access the free practical service offered in O2 shops (or over the phone) by an 'O2 guru' who will provide free safety checks, advice and installation of parental controls on all your home devices if you bring them in.
  • Look for information on the NSPCC's or CEOPs websites (www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware and www.thinkuknow.co.uk) which has excellent cartoons children can watch as well as advice for all the family and a joint website with O2 (www.net-aware.org.uk) which offers a practical guide to using social networks and gaming.

I’m so looking forward to Science Week which takes place immediately after the half term break. We’ve planned such a fantastic array of science investigations for the children to carry out and it will be really good to see children working in their houses, outside of their usual class groups, spanning the age range across the school. There is plenty of evidence to suggest how powerful it is to learn from a peer and working in houses gives children lots of opportunity to be inspired by those older than themselves, or to support the younger children in their learning. Then in the afternoons, the children will head back to their usual class for more science activities with their usual teacher. The times for the school day and before and after school clubs run as usual throughout the week.

On Friday 23rd in the afternoon, we’d love to invite you into school to give the children a chance to talk about all that they have done and to show you various experiments (from 1.30 at the infants and from 2.30 at the juniors). It’ll be a great way to end the week.

Thank you for a brilliant first half of the Spring term – it ended so well this week, with Bedtime Stories at the infants, international visitors from Guildford College joining in with Year 2’s topic, Year 5’s trip to the Winchester Science Centre and lots of excellent topic-based learning across all year groups. Maybe use half term for a trip to the library to do some topic-linked research, or head outside for a dose of spring sunshine. Whatever you get up to, I do hope you have a good break!

With best wishes
Clare
 

WHOLE SCHOOL

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

Parking around school
Following concern from some of our local neighbours, please can we ask parents to park respectfully and drive carefully around both sites. Be careful not to block driveways or park illegally and please do take extreme care to watch out for pedestrians. Thank you.

INFANT

Year 2 Swimming
Owing to Science Week, there will be no swimming for Year 2 on Wednesday 21 February.

Girlguiding Guildford – Thinking Day, Thursday 22 February
As part of World Thinking Day, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are all invited to wear their (guide/brownie/cub) uniforms to school on Thursday 22nd if they would like to.

School Uniform
Please ensure that all school uniform is clearly named. If it does goes astray we can then re-unite it with its owner more easily.

Lost:
Lily Carter, Beech Class, has lost her named Nightingale house t-shirt.
Sophia Pentikainen, Oak Class, has lost a Polarn O Pyret green and white stripy, pompom hat (un-named).

Please scroll down for FOPS News ……


Menu: (week 3 beginning 19 February). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


JUNIOR

Reminders
The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17th, 24th, 31st January, 21st, 28th February & 7th 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.

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

Diary Dates for February
Monday, 12th to Friday, 16th February school is closed for Half Term
Monday, 19th - February school re-opens
Monday, 19th - Friday, 23rd February Science Week
Wednesday, 21st February no swimming for Years 3 and 4

Cancelled Clubs
Year 5 Netball Tuesday, 20th February due a Year 6 match at Holy Trinity
Years 5 and 6 Wednesday, 21st February due to a fixture at Northmead School

Sport

Year 6 Netball V Queen Eleanor’s and Send Primary Schools
Date: Tuesday 20th February
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Home

Year 3 & Year 4 Cross Country
Date: Thursday 22nd February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, 155 Aldershot Road, GU2 8YH

Guildford High School
would like to invite pupils to compete in their first GHS Schools Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) on Saturday, 5th May, 10.00 am – 12.00pm. The event is aimed at Year 3 – 10 boys and girls of all abilities. For further details please use the link below:
https://app.lap.io/event/2018-guildford-high-school-triathlon

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


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


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 now have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL GOES INTERNATIONAL - March 25, afternoon
To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re planning a sociable afternoon family walk on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition at school, with seasonal crafts for the children. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags after half term.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the EAL coffee morning this week. We are delighted that so many of you want to get involved and add an international feel to this lovely event. If you couldn’t make the coffee morning but would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk or contact your class rep or class teacher.

MASQUERADE BALL
Thank you to those who have bought tickets or donated a prize for our auction!
There are still a few seats left so if you feel tempted please let the office know. It promises to be a great evening and a chance to socialise and meet people. Additionally, if you have something you can offer for the auction, please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

PLAYGROUND SALES/CAKE SALES
Oak class have their sale on 2nd March. Remember to bring some cash!

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Reception
Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser
Monday 12 March
Tuesday 17th April
Wednesday 16 May

Year 1
Friday 23 February: drinks evening, venue tbc

Year 2
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/

HAVE A VERY HAPPY HALF TERM
The FOPS team


HTSC News this week.....

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball
We had an overwhelming response on sales for tickets to the Great Masquerade Ball. THANKYOU to everyone who is supporting this event - we are all looking forward to a fabulous night.

Everyone who applied have secured tickets and these will be sent home week commencing 26 February.

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, 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
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! There will be three 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 3 - Friday 23 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.

Year 4 Coffee Morning - Friday 23 February
The Year 4 class Reps have set a date for parents of all 3 classes to meet up and get to know each other over an informal social coffee. If you are free, please join at the House of Fraser cafe (Nero on 1st floor) on Friday 23 February at 9:30-or as soon after drop-off as you can. They look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it as possible.

And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the new interactive white boards currently making their way to some of the classrooms. These were as a result of the fundraising from last term. Again, a huge thanks to you all.



Girlguiding Guildford – Thinking Day, Thursday 22 February
- As part of World Thinking Day, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are all invited to wear their (guide/brownie/cub) uniforms to school on Thursday 22nd if they would like to.

HTPD 19/01/18

19 January 2018

Dear Parents,

We’re starting to make plans for this term’s Fluffy Friday which is on Friday 2nd February. Thank you to all the parents who have already been in touch to offer to run activities or help out. It promises to be an excellent day! Do put the date in your diary and consider joining us for some or all of the day. Just let your child’s teacher know if you can come along. There’s a whole range of different ways to help out.

I was so encouraged to meet with many of our parent volunteers this week. Over the course of 4 meetings, I spoke with over 50 helpers. How fantastic to have such an amazing team of willing people who help improve what we can offer each and every day to all the children at HTPD. We talked through the ways the school ensures that children are safe and well cared for. Do look at the child protection section of our website if you have any questions about this vital area of school life.

Year 5 today have visited the Neasden Hindu Temple as part of their RE curriculum. It’s an amazing place and the hospitable welcome extended to visitors is admirable. The beauty of the place always provokes a response of awe and wonder. Similarly, Year 2 walked to the Wild Place earlier in the week and considered things that made them say “Wow!” – the teachers were delighted by the children’s detailed pondering! Noticing the markings on a twig, feeling the cold wind on their faces, and scrunching through fallen leaves all led to exclamations of joy. It was a great way to see “Heaven in the moment.” How lovely to find beauty in such simple things!

With best wishes
Clare


INFANT

Decathlon Competition
Thank you to everyone who voted on-line for our entries in the Decathlon competition. We were very pleased to win the 1st prize of sporting equipment worth £500 and a sports event!

Cooking Club
A reminder that cooking for Group 1 will start on Tuesday 23 January.

Fluffy Friday, 2 February
Look out for choice forms for Years 1 and 2 coming home in book bags on Monday. They should be returned by next Friday 26th. Year R will be doing their own special activities in their classrooms.

Lost
Dan Delves, Chestnut, lost his school shoes after football yesterday. They are named, Clarks black school shoes with ‘goal’written on them.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 22 January).
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.

Please see FOPS News below ……


JUNIOR

Reminders:

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.

RGS Maths tutoring
The pupils from RGS will commence their maths tutoring on Monday, 22nd January.

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

Diary Date for January:

Tuesday, 23rd January Year 4 visit London Science Museum
Please refer to the website or updated copies of the Spring Clubs List available at the office.

Cancelled Clubs


No Drama Club on Thursday 25th January

Mondays - NO TAG RUGBY UNTIL 29th JANUARY & NO YEAR 4 NETBALL UNTIL 29th JANUARY

Year 4 netball on Monday, 22nd January – XC
Year 5 netball on Tuesday, 23rd January – Fixture

Sport Fixtures

Years 5 & 6 XC at Send Junior School
Date: Monday 22nd January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.15pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Send Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS

Year 5 A & B Netball v Queen Eleanor’s

Date: Tuesday 23rd January
Time: 3.15am - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Queen Eleanor's, Queen Eleanor's Road, GU2 7SD

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


FOPS News

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball (Saturday 3 March)
Tickets on sale from Friday 2 February – Application form below!
We are excited to announce that tickets will go on sale for this fabulous evening from 8.40am on Friday 2 February. In the past tickets have sold out on the day so make sure you bring it on time!

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
1am - Carriages 

Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Guildford
Dress code: Black Tie (masks optional!)
 
The ticket application form is available HERE and was also sent out via Parentmail earlier today. Please hand in your ticket application (together with payment) to either Pewley or HT offices from 8.40am on Friday 2 February. Forms will not be accepted any earlier than that time. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is also possible to pre-order wine for the evening, please also indicate this on the form.
 
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).  

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 Laura if you think you might be able to help: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Christmas play DVDs
Thanks to everyone who ordered a copy of the DVDs. Look out for these in your book bags next week.

Playground sales/cake sales
Chestnut class have their cake sale on January 26th - please remember to bring in some cash to support the sale

Year Group Social Events
Year 2
Tuesday 23rd Jan: Coffee morning at House of Fraser Caffe Nero, straight after drop off
Tuesday 6th Feb: 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

Year 1
Friday 26th January: Coffee morning at Eloise’s (Oliver C mum) house, after drop off

Reception
Thursday 25 January tbc – evening drinks (check class email for full details)
Friday 9th Feb: Coffee morning,venue tbc

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 from Friday 2 February – Application form below!

We are excited to announce 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
1am - Carriages

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

The ticket application form is available HERE and was also sent out via parentmail earlier today. 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. It is also possible to pre-order wine for the evening, please also indicate this on the form.

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).

HTSC Meeting
The first HTSC meeting of 2018 is scheduled for next Thursday 25 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Cake Sales
The spring term cake sales are now underway - kicked off by Year 6 today - thank you! There will be five more 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 from the relevant year group 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 5 - Friday 26 January
Year 4 - Friday 2 February
Year 3 - Friday 9 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.