• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

Junior 19/4/13

19 April 2013

Dear Parents,

A new term, the first signs of some warmer weather and a real feeling of expectation at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We are looking forward to an exciting summer with many trips, visits and summer experiences planned.

On a school level we are excited that both Rebecca and Henry’s wife, Juliette are expecting babies and Hannah, Nick and Mel are all going to be married to their respective partners. 2013 is also proving to be a momentous year for me with a lovely new granddaughter, Lois, in January and Ollie and Esther are both getting married in May and August.

School should be a real mix of social community where everyone works for the good of each other along with precise and solid hard work and clear lessons which enable children to make rapid and sustained progress. These two functions could be seen to be in tension in some schools or out of balance. At HTPD we work very hard to give our very best to our family feeling as well as working as true professionals in our teaching.

It has been good to observe happenings in our Spanish partner school this week. Wonderful families warmly welcoming our children and innovative ways of delivering an exciting curriculum. Our children were outstanding ambassadors for our school, right down to being willing to learn to use some Spanish phrases to communicate.

So the message is that we will strive to continue to run a well-balanced school. Where we happily celebrate each other’s joys and share in their sorrows, where we enjoy each other’s company and fun together all of this alongside rigorous and meaningful learning firmly based in creativity and child centred. Some political leaders whose knowledge and direction of thinking is based on their own experience of highly privileged schools in the 1960s would have us believe that we cannot do both – we know better!

Enjoy the summer term.
With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing Monday, 22nd April:
• Monday 22nd – Year 3 Evacuation – drop off 9.30am at London Road Station in 1940’s clothes
• Wednesday 24th - Swimming lessons begin for 3S and 4J

Parent Questionnaire
Please look out for the parent questionnaire going out in book bags today. We do welcome your comments, so please take the time to complete this.

School Clubs
In addition to the clubs that we sent out at the end of last term, we are adding Girls Cricket on Thursdays after school 3.15-4.15pm.

There is also a great opportunity for Girls Cricket in the Surrey Youth Games on Friday evenings at Sutherland Memorial Park. The coaches have coached girls at all levels of cricket. The sessions start today (19th April) from 6-7.30pm at Sutherland Memorial Park, Clay Lane, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7JU.


Year 5 Netball
Apologies but netball will be cancelled on Monday due to another fixture.

Please could we enlist your support to ensure that when we are running clubs on the courts that all of the young children are well supervised as we want to take care that everyone is kept safe, thanks.

HT Swimming club starts again next Friday 26th April.

School Sports Kit
We have a busy term of fixtures so please could we ask everyone to check that all school kit has been returned to school, thanks

Surrey Youth Games
Don't forget to look out for all of the fantastic opportunities associated with the Surrey Youth Games. The final weekend of competition will be held at the Surrey Sports Park on the 15th and 16th of June across a wide range of sports. Free coaching for all of them is currently available so if you are interested please enroll online at www.guildfordgov.uk/syg

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next meeting is Thursday, 25th April, 12.30pm at Cecilia McNair-Scott’s house. We will enjoy lunch together and children are welcome! Contact Emma Laporte for details on 07947 712542.

PTA (HTSC) News

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May
This should be a great evening, music for those who want to dance and plenty of beer to taste for those who don’t want to dance! Please put the date in your diary.

Year 5 Night Out
Thursday 16th May, venue to follow.

Next Meetings:
Tuesday 23rd April
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Sainsbury's Vouchers
Please note that the new contact for the Sainsbury's Voucher scheme is Rosalind Moss. If you wish to become a part of this fantastic fund raising scheme for the school, or simply want to amend your existing order, please call her on 01483 546487 or email her at simbil@btinternet.com. Thank you.


Lost
• Missing - since week of last term, Blue Mandela PE shirt clearly named Archie Jones
• Missing - Navy Blue coat clearly named Archie Jones missing since Tuesday
Both items last seen in Year 3 cloakroom

London Marathon 
I'm running (or attempting!) the Virgin London Marathon this weekend and raising funds for Shooting Star Chase, a local children's hospice that supports my daughter Evie. All contributions gratefully received. Carrie Witts. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/aliandcarriemarathonattempt

Mike Warrington (Father to Sophie 6C, Isabella 4N and Jamie in Hazel) is running the London Marathon this Sunday. He’s running for 2 amazing local charities, Brain Injury Group (http://www.braininjurygroup.org.uk/Pages/HowardsStory.aspx) and Shooting Star Chase (http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/) and would be thrilled if you were able to help them by donating using the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mikewarr, every little bit will make a difference. Thank you!

Measles
If you would like to read Surrey’s current guidelines on measles, please log onto this link: parentspages@surreycc.gov.uk

Notice for dog walkers
We have received a report that a dog was taken very poorly after being exercised around the Chantries area. It appears the dog ate something that may have been contaminated. Please take care.

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