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No 169

07 February 2020

Dear Parents & Carers

I’m so looking forward to next week in school. The teachers have put together a whole range of exciting and creative learning opportunities, all as part of this year’s Curriculum Week which, for 2020, has an eco-theme. This year, because it’s the centenary of Pewley Down open space being gifted to the people of Guildford by the Friary Brewery, we’re basing all the learning on this unique piece of beautiful countryside. During the mornings, the children will be working with their house group instead of their class; it’s a chance for them to mix across year groups, for some to work with their siblings, as well as to get to know other teachers and be inspired by older children. Each day will have a different focus, whether it’s local history, geography, science habitats or art and poetry. I’m sure that the week will bring huge benefits to all of us – we’ll be reminded of the importance of open spaces, how essential they are for our wellbeing, how they support wildlife and conservation of habitats, and how lucky we are to be so close to such a beautiful spot!

Then later in the year, we’ll be joining in with a community event and exhibiting some of the children’s work from this week. Save the date in your diaries now; on Tuesday 7th July, we’ll be marking the 100 years of Pewley Down with a special open-air assembly, and an exciting showcase of the best work from across the school. More details to follow.

For next week, the children can wear their house t-shirts and usual uniform. Keep an eye on year group information as many of the classes will be making use of the school’s proximity to this area of outstanding natural beauty with a walk to Pewley Down and a chance to enjoy the view from the sundial!

For years 2-5 there is an author visit to look forward to on Wednesday afternoon. We’re so grateful to Geraldine, our librarian for arranging this sort of extra opportunity. It will introduce the children to the work of Sam Copeland (which is sure to be full of laughs!), as well as hopefully inspire another generation of writers. Please do consider buying one of his books – he’ll be signing them at the end of the session.

Also next week, we’ll be welcoming children from our partner school in Aguilar da Campoo, Spain. We’re hugely grateful to our host families for volunteering to look after our visitors, but hope that all of the children at HTPD will benefit from this project, getting to meet children from another country and welcoming strangers into our midst with open-hearted kindness.

Then on Friday, it’s our second Fluffy of the year. Do come in and join us if you’re able to help out, and remember to send in £1 to cover the costs of running this event. It’s always such a highlight, and a fantastic way to round off an excellent half term! It promises to be an exciting week!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Whoever follows me will have the light of life,” John 8 v12. Whose paces do you pursue?


World Thinking Day, Monday 24 February
In celebration of World Thinking Day, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are all invited to wear their (brownie/guide) uniforms to school on Monday 24 February if they would like to.

Infant School Notices

Curriculum Week, 10 – 13 February
All year groups will be taking part in curriculum week (more details in Clare’s letter above).

Children should come to school in their house t-shirt with school uniform from Monday to Thursday.

They will also need to have a coat and wellies in school every day.

Year 2 will not be swimming on Wednesday 12th.

Bedtime Story, Wednesday 12 February, 5.15 – 6.00 pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Bedtime Story on Wednesday. Children (wearing their pyjamas, onesies etc) should go straight to their classrooms on arrival for a story with their teacher. Parents are invited to the hall where FOPS will be providing refreshments (see below).

Fluffy Friday, 14 February
Children may come to school in their own home clothes (mufti) for Fluffy Friday and bring in a £1 contribution towards resources for the day.

Club cancellations
There will be no Handwriting with Bridgit all next week (commencing 10 February).
Football Club with Georgie is cancelled next Tuesday 11 February.

Lost: Levi (Walnut) has lost his blue Sonic the Hedgehog hat.

Found (at the disco):
Black IA t-shirt – size 7-8
Girls’ bracelet – lots of pretty charms including a unicorn and rainbow cloud
Very small torch on a lanyard.

Menu: Week 3 beginning 10 February.

Junior School Notices

Dates for the diary
Monday 10th February - ECO Week & Year 6 Bikeability Group I (Mon - Fri)
Wednesday 12th February - No swimming 
Wednesday 12th February - Sam Copeland Author visit
Friday 14th February - Fluffy Friday - Please bring £1
Monday 17th February - Half Term (Mon - Fri)

Missing bag
Please do check that your child hasn’t picked up Harvey's bag (black Adidas 3 gold stripes with Real Madrid logo) from the Year 6 cloakroom. It is currently missing. 

French enrichment suggestion:
Louise, our KS2 French teacher, wanted to pass on her idea for a half term day out. During the break, ferry prices to France are quite reasonable as it’s off peak. You can get to Calais, spend a day in France (there is a great beach 20 minutes from Calais at a village called Wissant), have lunch in a French cafe/restaurant and do some shopping in Carrefour supermarket at Cite d'Europe. It’s a great day out and provides a terrific learning experience for children (return for 3 with car £45).

Author Visit
On Wednesday afternoon we are having a visit from Sam Copeland, author of three books the latest being"Charlie Morphs Into a Mammoth". Please remember to send in money if you want your child to get a book. We have secured a discount for this event, books are £5.60 each. All the titles will be available. Please see earlier parent mail for pre orders.

Menu - Week 1

HT Sports

There are a couple of changes to the clubs after half term.
Y5&6 tag rugby on a Monday will be replaced by Y3 & Y4 tag rugby
Y3 dodgeball on a Thursday will be replaced by Y4 dodgeball.
Please email me (lauras@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) if you would like to add your child's name to Y4 dodgeball as there are only 24 spaces available.

Y5 & Y6 Football v Bushy Hill
Date: Tuesday 11th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (Parents to help with lifts)
Venue: Bushy Hill Junior School, Sheeplands Ave, Merrow, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Toby

Guildford Primary Schools XC
Date: Thursday 13th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (parents to help with lifts)
Venue: St. Joseph’s Primary School, Aldershot Rd, Guildford, GU2 8YH
(everyone meets and collects at Rydes Hill Common, which is approximately 400 metres from the school up Rydes Hill Road. There is a bus lay-by at the top of Rydes Hill Road, which marks the entrance to the common. Parking is available on Rydes Hill Road, Byrefield Road and Belmont Avenue. Please don’t try to park at St. Joseph’s)
Teacher: Nick & Laura


Most of this newsletter is dedicated to thank yous, and particularly related to last week's disco and this afternoon's Pewley knit stall.

Number 1) Thank you to all of the children who were at the disco last week, and a particularly a huge thank you if your parents were helping out - we recognise that you also have to share your family time. Without exception, the feedback from us/FOPs and also everyone who has spoken to us was that everyone was so well behaved, and made the event fun and really enjoyable.

Number 2) Thank you to the volunteer army! Thanks to those who set up, lent equipment, DJed, helped on the bar, cleared up, stood by the doors, and generally helped ensure everyone’s safety and entertainment.

Number 3) Thank you to everyone who spent money - we raised £1311 profit, which we believe is a record, and we limited the ticket numbers this year.

Number 4) Thank you to Pewley knit for your amazing efforts at crafting again - this time for our Valentine’s sale.

Bedtime Story: Wednesday 12th February 5.15pm-6pm
We look forward to seeing you at the bedtime story this Wednesday! Children (dressed in pyjamas / onesies) are invited to their classrooms at 5.15pm for a bedtime story with their teacher. Children at PUPs will be joining in the fun too, just make sure they bring in their pyjamas. Hot chocolate and a biscuit will be served by the Class FOPs Reps for all children (allergies will, of course, be catered for). Parents, should they wish to stay, are welcome in the hall for hot drinks and biscuits. There will also a second-hand uniform sale in the hall.

Other dates for the diary:

6th March - Phil the Bag, please do start putting aside clothes and textiles when you are clearing out. The collection is now booked so this is a confirmed date and we will send further details out soon.

29th March - Bake and stroll

Next cake sales:
25th Feb - Chestnut pancake sale
28th Feb - Walnut cake sale

Next coffee mornings/drinks:
Yr 2 Coffee: Monday 24th Feb at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)


Hi Everyone,

Cake Sales
Cake sales are back for this term. Please donate cakes for your year group on the dates below (no nuts please). Your class/year reps will be in contact on your WhatsApp groups for volunteers for helping on the day.

Quiz Night
Our infamous quiz night hosted and compiled by the brilliant partnership of Geraldine (school librarian) and her husband, Michael, will be on Saturday 29th February. This event is for grown-ups only, so start gathering your teams together and brush up on your general knowledge. That thing your saw on Reddit might score you a point! There will be a fully stocked bar and a delicious curry will be provided by Raj Doot in Burpham. An order form will be sent via Parentmail this weekend. Numbers for this event are limited so please get your booking form in as soon as possible.

Outdoor Cinema Equipment
Does anyone have access to equipment that could be used as an outdoor cinema in the Summer term?

Reminder - dates for your diary:
HTSC Quiz Night – Saturday 29th February (school hall) from 7pm
Cake sale (Year 4) – Friday 6th March
Cake Sale (Year 3) – Friday 13th March
Fun Run – 2nd or 3rd May (TBC)

Summer Fair – Friday 12th June 6-8pm
If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC

Passion of Jesus plays - 11 April 2020 @ Wintershall
The Passion of Jesus Guildford 11 April 2020 - download flyer

FISH Playscheme Job Opportunities
Guildford Borough Council have job opportunities for the FISH playscheme during the Easter holidays. Please download information here.

1st Merrow Scout Group - Table Top Sale 
Table Top sale as a fundraiser on the 29 February 2020, download flyer here.