HTPD 18/5/18

18 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

A huge well done goes this week to our Year 6 children who have proved themselves to be determined, resilient and optimistic individuals in the way that they have tackled this year’s SATS tests. They coped magnificently with four days of tricky questions and remained calm and cheerful throughout. As I write this newsletter, they are celebrating with their friends at Guildford Lido. They really do deserve to have a fun time. They’ll surely need to have a good rest though this weekend. Next week, some of them are heading off to visit our Spanish partner school in Aguilar de Campoo. We wish them Bon Voyage! The rest of the year group will be excited to get properly stuck into this term’s topic focusing on the industrial revolution and the changes that resulted from it, taking on Victorian characters and looking ahead to their residential trip to Shropshire later in the term.

The children in Year 5 have also had an exhausting time, visiting Brenscombe Farm in Dorset for an action-packed residential visit. I had such a wonderful day with them earlier in the week, feeling almost like royalty as they welcomed me on to the site! It really made the long drive worthwhile – they were so pleased to see me and were full of all that they had already experienced! Huge thanks must go to all the staff that accompanied them. I know that they’ll definitely appreciate a weekend of catching up on sleep!

There have also been trips for the children in Year 1 and Year 3 this week heading off to Wisley Gardens and Henley Fort respectively – what a superb way of bringing about a “zest for learning and a love of life”. Thank you for the ways in which you support us in providing these opportunities for the children. I know that many of you have given so generously to support those that would otherwise not have had this chance. Thank you! The impact on the children’s lives is immeasurable.

I hope the good weather continues through to Sunday for our annual school fun run! If you haven’t already booked, just come along on the day. There are so many taking part this year – it’ll be a super event and there’s lots going on throughout the afternoon on Shalford Park. See you there!

With best wishes,


Some of you may remember Di Balchin, a talented teacher who worked at Holy Trinity back in the early ‘90s. She sadly passed away just recently, and Richard Rowe (our previous headteacher) asked me to let the school community know. Di served the school for over 25 years and was well loved by generations of children who especially enjoyed her passion for science and her consistent kindness.

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.


HTPD Prayer Group, Monday 21 May
The prayer group will be meeting on Monday at 2.00pm in the staff room at Pewley Down. Please contact Suzie Speed if you would like any more information ( Everyone is very welcome.

Club cancellations next week
Cup Stacking and Lego Clubs will not take place on Tuesday 22nd and Film Club is also cancelled on Wednesday 23rd. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fluffy Friday, 25 May
A reminder that children should come to school next Friday in mufti (home clothes) and bring in a £1 donation to help cover the cost of materials. If there are any particular clothing requirements for your child’s activity we will let you know beforehand.

Healthy Living Week, 4-8 June
The first week after half term will be our Healthy Living Week when we have sports experts coming in to run some exciting workshops (skipping, cricket, hockey, golf and circus skills) with the children.

Children should wear their PE kit to school every day that week (trainers, house t-shirt, shorts or joggers, jumper).

Ballet Club
This term’s Ballet show will be on Thursday 5 July and parents are invited to come and watch from 3.30pm. This will also be the last session of the term.

‘Run to Rio’ update
Last week (week 4) we ran 346 miles

Tomas Bubenik (Oak Class) has lost his Nightingale PE T-shirt.
Yan Liang (Hazel Class) has lost his light blue, sea creature print, sunhat.

Lost Property
Our lost property box (at the lower entrance) is overflowing again. Please have a look through if your child is missing any items of uniform.

Week 2 beginning 21 May (available under the Weekly News tab).



Dates for your diary:
Sunday, 20th May HTPD Fun Run
Monday - Friday (21st - 25th May) Year 6 Spanish Exchange Trip
Friday, 25th May Fluffy Friday
Monday - Friday (28th May - 1st June) School closed for Half Term
Monday, 4th June School re-opens

No cancelled clubs next week

Kwik Cricket Tournament
Date: Monday 21st May
Time: 12.10pm - 4.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Normandy C.C., Hunts Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2AH

Girls Athletics Meeting
Date: Wednesday 23rd May
Time:  - 9am - 3pm. Parents to drop off and pick up from Spectrum
Venue: Spectrum Athletics Track, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1UP

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Lilien in 3T has lost her second PE kit, missing from her peg in the cloakroom. The kit consisted of black/pink Nike trainers, a pair of black trousers and a black t-shirt. Please check your own kit and if you know where the missing kit might be, please let the office know. Thank you.

Menu - Week 3 
This lunch menu is 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. If you have any secondary aged children who would like to run a game or stall with some friends, please email

We are also looking for people to help immediately after drop-off w/c 11 June to fold raffle tickets/sort donations etc. If you could spare half an hour any day please join us in the staffroom 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 –

HTPD Family Fun Run (plus NEW toddler race) – this Sunday, 20 May, Shalford Park
It’s great that so many Pewley Families have signed up for this. We look forward to seeing you in Shalford Park from 12.30 for running, bouncing and fun! Please bring a picnic blanket to sit on. The parent and teacher race starts at 1pm so come along and cheer! There will be coffee, soft drinks and cakes to buy but please bring a picnic if you need something more substantial!

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 set up you can use it every time you shop and it takes no time at all:


Reception Evening drinks – date to follow

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:


We are looking forward to the third annual HTPD fun run on Sunday at Shalford Park. We have a new record of 300 people taking part which is simply brillinat!

There will be a bouncy castle, a team of professional face painters, cakes and ice-creams for sale plus the weather is looking set fair, so it promises to be a fantastic afternoon.
We do still need volunteers to help on the day so if you are able to volunteer some time, please fill out the form here:

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 and click on the 'Donate Now' button to make a donation.

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!

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 ( or Carrie Witts (

HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm

Vacancy at Addison Court, Addison Road – Part time Cleaner/Support Worker required for Independent Living Scheme. For further details including job description and salary etc., please call Katie Rooke on 01483 569533 or email:

The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School, for boys and girls aged 7–13 who love to sing, has organised a further two courses for August and December. Designed for children aged 7-13, both courses include a combination of whole group singing, singing lessons in small groups, music history based on the theme of the course, music appreciation and music theory in the form of games and exercises, a broad schedule to engage and inspire young minds during the holidays. The course director is Dr Edward Wickham, Music Fellow and Director of Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
Summer Course:  29th - 31st August - Holy Trinity Church, Guildford (top of the High St), 9.30-3.30 pm, registration from 9am
Christmas Course:  20th & 21st December - St Nicolas' Church, Guildford, (bottom of the High St), 9.30-3.30 pm, registration from 9am

For more information and to book, please

HTPD 2/3/18

02 March 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

So this is rather strange, to be sat at home writing the newsletter and the school is closed! Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused today and thank you for your ongoing support. It’s been so difficult this week to make a good decision – yesterday we stayed open, despite many of the other Guildford schools closing, and had a super day in school. One of my highlights was being pulled around the pitch on a toboggan by a team of Year 4 boys! Later in the afternoon, Year 6 were mesmerised by surgeon Ian Jourdan’s expert dissection skills, as he showed them how our heart pumps blood around the body. Meanwhile, the children in Reception marvelled at the loveliness of our very own newly-hatched chicks. I’m so glad we didn’t miss that because of the weather. It’ll be exciting on Monday to see how much they’ve grown.

It was also great to be able to go ahead as planned with our parent consultations at Pewley. These discussions with you about your children’s learning are so vital and, with a lot of preparation beforehand, the teachers were delighted to be able to keep to the schedule. But then, last night the weather worsened. The roads around the school became impassable and several of us decided to walk home! It was then that I decided to close the school today following warnings from the Met Office and Surrey education authority. In fact this morning, it doesn’t seem too bad. I do hope though that you’ve managed to make arrangements for looking after the children.

Snow days come around so rarely and they are often an amazing memory maker. I hope you all managed to enjoy an unexpected break from the routine with some fun outside in the snow, or perhaps inside in the warm with books, board games and indoor play. I’m looking forward to hearing from the children what they did with the day.

Next week it’s the turn of our junior school parent consultations. Do get in touch if you haven’t yet arranged an appointment. At this halfway point through this academic year, it’s such a good chance to build on our home-school partnership. And let’s hope for the arrival of Spring! See you all on Monday!

With best wishes



Our ‘Travelling Books’ Book Fair begins next week from Tuesday, 6th March, when you will be able to use your World Book Day voucher to get £1 off any book.

Please note that owing to the Book Fair arriving on the 6th March, there will be no library clubs from the 6th until the 12th March. Chess will happen on the 5th March but not on the 12th March.

Cancelled Clubs for week commencing Monday, 5th March:
The following clubs will not be going ahead next week due to Parents Evening consultations:
MONDAY – Y4 Netball
TUESDAY -  Y3 & Y4 Football / Y5 & Y6 Badminton / Making a Meal of It / Knitting / Y5 & Y6 Art Club / Shakespeare Club
WEDNESDAY -  Y6 Netball / Y5 & Y6 Football / Y3 & Y4 Dodgeball
THURSDAY - Early Morning Running Club / Drama

Advanced Warning - Y5 & Y6 Football will not be running on Wednesday 14th March and Wednesday 21st March due to re-scheduling of fixtures that have had to be cancelled this week due to the bad weather.


Date: Friday 9th March
Time: 12.45pm - 3.30pm - We aim to leave at 12.15pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Catherine's, Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 0DF
Teacher: JJ, Laura & Amanda

Date: Saturday 10th March
Time: 9.45am - 1.30pm 
Venue: The Priory, Bell St, Reigate, RH2 7RL
Teacher: Tom

Cranleigh School has offered us some hockey goals but we need a way to transport them. If there is anyone who has a large vehicle and a few hours to spare, we would be so very grateful for your help. Please contact school on or Mary direct on Thank you.

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

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



Cup Stacking club cancelled, Tuesday 6 March
Unfortunately, Emily’s cup stacking club is cancelled on Tuesday. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yan Liang, Year R, has lost his un-named GAP fleecy hoodie.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 5 March.
Please see menu under Weekly News Tab.


Masquerade Ball 
If you’ve booked a ticket, have a great night! If you haven’t you can still place your bid on some of the fantastic auction prizes! With your help this could be THE fundraiser of the year for HTPD, so PLEASE place your bids TODAY. It takes two minutes to register and start bidding. 
Feel free to send the link to friends and family who may also be interested in bidding.

Go to:

This will open the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Auction Home Page.  Click on the ‘View All Items’ green button to see the auction lots available. To start bidding, complete the registration form. You will then be sent a verification email and you are off! 

Bake 'N' Stroll, Around the World, Sunday 25 March, 3 – 5pm
Booking forms for our fun family walk and cookery competition will be coming home on Monday. Everyone is welcome and we would particularly love some of our international families to join us. If cooking isn’t your thing but you could help organise a craft activity, or if you want to find out more please email Laura:

Your Child's Portrait on a Tote Bag

Thanks to everyone who has placed an order. We will let you know when the bags are available for collection! 

Playground Sales/Cake Sales
Hazel will have their sale on Friday 9 March. Please remember some cash. 

Year Group Social Activities
Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser 
Monday 12 March, Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 16 May 
Year 2 
Friday 9th 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 

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. 

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

The FOPS team


Many thanks again to those supporting what promises to be a spectacular event tomorrow evening. The Ball organisers have worked really hard to ensure we all have a fabulous night. Don't let the snow and freezing temperatures put you off. The Ball is going ahead and there will be a warm welcome waiting for everyone attending!

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Silent Auction!

The auction for the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball is now open! ANYONE associated with our school community is welcome to place a bid (irrespective of ball attendance). There is a fabulous selection of exciting and unusual lots.

It takes two minutes to register and start bidding.

Go to:

This will open the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Auction Home Page. Click on the ‘View All Items’ green button to see the auction lots available. To start bidding, complete the registration form. You will then be sent a verification email and you are off!

With your help this could be THE fundraiser of the year for HTPD, so PLEASE place your bids TODAY. Feel free to send the link to friends and family who may also be interested in bidding.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated towards our auction and to those who have started bidding!

HT Cake Sales – Date changes
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! Due to various school events and the snow(!), we have had to reschedule the dates for these as follows:
Year 3 – Friday 9 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 16 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 23 March

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 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.

New whiteboards at HT!
And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the eight new interactive white boards which have now arrived at HT and were purchased as a result of last term's fantastic fundraising. Thank you!

We are currently fundraising for an additional four white boards so all twelve classrooms can benefit from this great resource – please keep up your support!

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesday, 7th March, 7.30-9.30pm
The last session of 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