HTPD 28/4/17

28 April 2017

Dear Parents,

With the summer term properly underway, we have now begun our new assembly series which this term is based upon John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. In the book, Christian, a traveller, journeys through the countryside on a quest for a perfect place – God’s heavenly city. We have asked the children each week, taking a class at a time, to describe a special place that they love to visit. This week it was the turn of Walnut class and 6T. It’s interesting how all ages of children, and in fact adults too, seem to find most peace in the outdoors. I’m hoping the weather is slightly warmer this weekend to take a trip out into the woods. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

As well as finding our destination, we’re looking at how to get help along the way. This week, Christian was met on the road by a friend who gave him a map. It’s inspiring to talk to the children about their own life plans and to help them make great choices about how to get there.

Talking of plans, we’re looking forward to Wednesday’s Stay and Play events (starting at 2.45 at the infants, and at 4.30 at the juniors) when we’ll be sharing our ideas about developing both playgrounds and enriching the children’s experiences of play. Do come along if you can. There’ll also be a Ground Force Day at the infants on Sunday 14th May (anytime from 10 until 3) – on this occasion there will be opportunities to get busy with some gardening, clearing, bench building, pruning…all willing hands welcome! During the week before “Action Sunday”, the children will be getting involved in the fundraising for this project with a sponsored sandcastle build in Years R-2! Watch out for sponsorship forms coming home soon.

We are so grateful to you for all the different ways you support the school. It is exciting to be able to continue to develop and improve the opportunities we offer to the children, thanks to your generosity!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT & JUNIOR

Admissions 2017 – Year R and Year 3
A reminder that if you are applying for a place in Year R or Year 3 for September you must accept (or decline) the place offered by Tuesday 2 May.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs start next week commencing 1 May.  Club letters have been returned home with the child’s allocated club circled.  We have two un-named forms (one is from someone in Hazel Class). Owing to the large number of applications some of the clubs (Dancing, Drama and Lego) have been split into 2 groups each doing 5 sessions.

Please note that Chloe’s lunchtime Drama club will start on Wednesday 10 May rather than Wednesday 3 May.

Club cancellations
Andy’s clubs (Multi Sports and Ball Games) are cancelled on the following dates:
Wednesday 3, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Class Photo orders
Next Tuesday 2 May is the very last chance to return orders for class photos.

Parking
Just a reminder to parents to take care to park safely and respectfully on neighbouring roads. Please don’t park on the pavement and be careful not to block driveways.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids
This is the last week to collect Active Kids vouchers.  Last year we collected 8662 which enabled us to orders lots of lovely equipment for the children to enjoy. It would be great to collect even more vouchers this year!  Please bring in your vouchers as soon as possible.


Menu for week beginning Monday 1 May

Mon: May Day Bank Holiday

Tues: Shepherd’s Pie or Butternut & Leek Tart with New Potatoes; Apple Strudel

Weds: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Lentil Curry with Rice; Jelly with Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Jerk Chicken with Vegetable Pilaf or Salmon Crunch; Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers with Chips or Vegetable Frittata; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

See below for FOPS news …..


JUNIOR

Junior School dates for the first half of May:
Monday, 1st May – School closed for the Bank Holiday
Monday, 8th May – Year 6 SATs exams
Monday, 8th May – 3A visit Henley Fort
Tuesday, 9th May – 3T visit Henley Fort
Wednesday, 10th May – 3S visit Henley For t
Tuesday 9th May to Friday 12th May -Year 5 residential trip to Brenscombe Farm.
Friday, 12th May – Year 6 to Guildford Lido (9.00 – 11.00 a.m.)

All clubs are now running - before, during and after school. Download schedule here.

Year 4 High 5 Netball Tournament
Date: Tuesday 2nd May
Time: 3.15pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Thomas's, Horseshoe Lane West, Merrow, GU1 2SX

Years 5 & 6 Tag County Finals
Date: Wednesday 3rd May  
Time: 12 - 4.30pm Registration is from 12.30pm, play starts at 1pm  - Parents to help with lifts
Venue:  Guildford RC, Guildford rd, Godalming, GU7 3DH
Approximate finish time: 4.30pm

Guildford Primary Schools Swimming Gala
Date: Saturday 6th May
Time: 5.45pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Spectrum Leisure Centre, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP

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


Art Competion
Our Year 5 teacher, Laura Hanley, who is running our After School Art Club, has invited the children to enter her “Art in Heaven” competition. All the details are on our website or on posters around the school. Go and have a look or download the flier for information!

Menu - Week 3 - click here


FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Bake n’ Stroll:
Thank you to everyone who baked, walked, hunted for Dragon eggs and helped clear up last Sunday. We were thrilled to see so many yummy cakes and happy strollers. Thanks also to our Baking judge Ally Molyneaux, Head Teacher from Tante Marie Culinary school (www.tantemarie.co.uk) in Woking who did a fabulous job awarding prizes to our brilliant bakers: 1st Harry Grey; 2nd Toby Houghton; 3rd Millie Jones; HT winner: Tom Birkett; Mum’s Charlotte Houghton; Dad’s Daniel Trignon.

There’s still time to register for the Fun Run!
With over 206 entries this year’s Fun Run is looking to be bigger and better than ever! Although it may be too late to guarantee a T-Shirt you can still enter online, up to and on the big day itself. Click on this link: https://goo.gl/lWVDZR and complete the online form. Entry fees can be given in to the school office.
 
Ground Force Day – 10-3pm Sunday 14th May:
Come along on and help rejuvenate Pewley’s outside play areas. Next Sunday we are getting started on the supersize sandpit and other key play areas and need YOUR help to make these exciting plans a reality. Find out more at Wednesday’s Stay and Play event 2.45-3.15pm and add YOUR name to the sign up sheets - available at the meeting and throughout the week at the school office. On Sunday afternoon there will be a film showing in the school hall to keep children occupied and tea, coffee and biscuits available.
 
Phil the Bag Collection - Friday 5th May: 

A great reason to have a clear out and raise money for the school! Phil the Bag are coming to HTPD once again! 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.



Next FOPS meeting – Wed 10th May: 

This term is a busy one with two joint school events: Fun Run and Summer Party plus our own Pewley Summer Fair and possibly the return of the Summer Festival. Please get involved by coming along to our next FOPS meeting on Wed 10th May 8pm in the Pewley staffroom. Wine and nibbles provided!!



SAVE THE DATE:

Fri 5th May - Phil the Bag collection at HTPD
Wed 3rd May - Stay and Play at Pewley 2.45-3.15pm

Wed 10th May - FOPS meeting 8pm in the Pewley staff room
Sun 14th May - Ground Force Day 10.00-3.00pm

Sun 21st May - HTPD Fun Run at Shalford Park
Sun 11th June - Pewley Summer Fair 1.00-3.00pm


Sat 17th June - HTPD Summer Party 7.00-12.00pm at Weybourne House, Guildford


HTSC (Junior PTA) News

HTPD FUN RUN – SUNDAY 21 MAY - REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!
It is still possible to register for the HTPD Fun Run (although we cannot guarantee the availability of fun run t-shirts).

This year the Fun Run will take place at Shalford Park on Sunday 21 May and will include three races:
1pm - 5k run for parents, carers and teachers;
2pm - 1k run for Reception to Year 2;
2pm - 2k run for Year 3 to Year 6.

Entry is £10 and all money raised goes to the school. Download your online entry form here: https://goo.gl/lWVDZR or complete and return the paper version sent home this week.

PHIL THE BAG NEXT WEEK - TUESDAY 2 MAY (COLLECTION FRIDAY 5 MAY)
A great reason to have a clear out and raise money for the school!

Phil the Bag are coming to HTPD next week! All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding. Please leave your items at the bottom of the ramps. Phil the Bag no longer provide bags so please use ordinary bin liners.

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.

SAINSBURYS GIFT CARD SCHEME - VACANCIES - URGENT HELP NEEDED!
We have two immediate vacancies to run the Sainsburys' gift card scheme. One vacancy is for the Sainsburys' scheme administrator - a role which involves approximately 1-1.5 hours per month to maintain the scheme with a few extra hours to finalise accounts at the end of the year. The other vacancy is for a person to manage the scheme accounts (including checking payments made on a monthly basis).
Please contact Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com) or Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk) if you are interested in taking on either of these roles.
The Sainsburys' scheme raises around £2,000 for HTSC each year and is a HUGE fundraiser for the school, so please help if you can – the scheme will have to close if we can’t find anyone to take it on.

SUMMER PARTY – 17 JUNE - AUCTION PRIZES
Plans for the joint Summer Party at Weybourne House are now well under way! Once again it will be a relaxed, fun filled evening with good food, dancing and a well-stocked bar at this local riverside location. For extra fun and funds we will, again, be holding a SILENT AUCTION but we need a team of people and prizes to make it happen. Would YOU be willing to source and co-ordinate prizes? Or do YOU or your company have a suitable prize to offer? These could be event tickets or passes to a ‘behind the scenes’ experience, a weekend away, a case of bubbly or similar. Have an idea? Please contact Ros (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk) or Carrie (carriewitts@gmail.com).


HTSC SPONSOR
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings 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. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk

DATES FOR THE DIARY:
HTPD SUMMER PARTY – Saturday 17 June - Weybourne House, Guildford.
HT SUMMER FAIR - Friday 30 June (6pm - 8pm)



Christine Slater, who taught here at HTPD for about 15 years, now tutors Maths, mainly years 3 to 6 but also to Years 2 and 7.  We gave out contact details for Christine at the end of last term but her details have changed. If you would like to make contact, please call 07815 200959 or email her on: christineslater@btinternet.com. Thank you.