• Children back on Tuesday 20th April

No. 206

08 January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Little did I realise on Monday morning when we began our INSET day thinking about the term ahead quite what would be required of the whole school community in the 24 hours that followed! As a staff, we started the morning considering what were the most important words and attitudes that we hoped to teach the children as they moved through the school before finally leaving in Year 6. I think you’ll be glad to see the word cloud that resulted. It’s shaped into a bird silhouette to remind us all of the hope that we have to soar above whatever situation that we find ourselves in. The Bible reminds us that “those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength and soar on wings like eagles”, Isaiah 40 v31. It was just what we needed to tackle the challenges ahead!


Thank you for your patience and encouragement as the week has gone on. It’s been amazing to see how many children have managed to engage so well with our online provision – and I’m so grateful to those of you that are making huge sacrifices to keep the numbers in school as low as possible. With both my daughter and husband working in the NHS, I take very seriously the challenge to keep people well and help prevent our health service being overwhelmed. For those children that do need to be in school, we are delighted to be able to look after them and support their families in this way.

One idea that was shared with me earlier in the week is worth passing on. If you have any old smart phones in a drawer (even without a SIM card), or a games console that connects to your Wifi, you can use them to enable children to access Zoom. This might be helpful, especially for families with several children all wanting to join in with remote learning, and for those juggling work demands at home too!

Do email your child’s class teacher, or a member of SLT if you need any support with home learning; we are so keen to continue looking after the whole school community. If your circumstances are challenging, just let us know and we’ll try to help and adjust our expectations accordingly. Remember too that Lucy and Bridgit, our home-school link workers are available if you need a listening ear (email lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk).

On the theme of looking out for each other, our assembly series this term is based on St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in the new testament, in particular the words in chapter 13 about love. It will give us the opportunity week by week to think about different aspects of God’s perfect love, explaining to the children that love is patient, kind, not proud, selfish or rude and eternal. We’ll even be rewriting our motto for the term, from Learn to Live to “Learn to Love”. I’ll be leading the children in a weekly assembly a year group at a time; if you’d like to pause in your day and join us, you’d be really welcome. I think it will be a very helpful theme at this most challenging of times.

With love,

Thought of the Week: Love is eternal – who will love you forever?


Whole school

Online safety
With the children needing to spend time online to meet with their classteacher and their friends each day, we want to remind you to ensure their safety. Please do supervise their internet access, talk to them about what to do if they access inappropriate material on the internet and make sure they are chatting with school rather than on another app or website. If you have any online safety concerns, please let Tom Everard know; he is our e-safety lead and will be able to advise you with up to date information about children navigating the online world (tome@htpd.surrey.sch.uk). The following useful websites will also support you:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/help-me-out-staying-safe-online https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Closing date for primary applications - 15 January 2021
A final reminder that the deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2021 is Friday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/primary-junior-and-infant/apply

Roadworks in Harvey Road
The work on replacing the gas mains in Harvey Road has been delayed and will now start on Monday 11 January and last approximately five weeks. Please note, the road closure on Chesham Road will now be implemented on Monday 25 January for approximately two weeks.

NHS Advice Line
Central Surrey Health have set up an advice line for questions re 0-19 year olds. This is a really useful resource for parents and is staffed by Health Visitors and Community Nursery Nurses. They deal with any questions relating to health (such as enuresis, development concerns), and also provide an advice line for professionals. https://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/services/advice-line

Guildford Family Centre virtual courses (January – February 2021)
The Family Centre is offering various advice sessions and virtual courses. All sessions are free. Bookings are essential, as places are limited. Telephone 01483 510570.

  • Family Advice - one-to-one telephone session with Family Support Worker
  • SENDsory Advice – concerns regarding children’s development (one-to-one phone session)
  • Freedom – for women living with or who have left abusive relationships (11-week virtual course starting 24 Feb)
  • Parenting Puzzle – nurturing programme to help get the best out of family life (4-week course from 21 Jan)
  • Little Chatterboxes – concerns regarding children’s speech & language development (4-week course from 22 Jan)
  • Welcome to the World – for new and expecting parents (4 week course from 19 Jan).

Emmaus Road, one of the churches in Guildford that love to support our school have put together a new resource for families. You might like to take a look at their YouTube page


Shoes for Nicaragua and The Philippines
Thanks so much to everyone who sent in children’s shoes. We collected an amazing 9 huge bags! Janice, who volunteers for The Peace and Hope Trust, the charity responsible for distributing the shoes, was overwhelmed by the response. Your support will make an enormous difference to children who may not be able to access education if they don’t have shoes.

A message from Gillian Trumble
Thank you very much for the super Chilly’s drink bottle which will be very useful when day trips out are allowed again and also for the John Lewis voucher which I have put towards a reading lamp which has just arrived at my house. I’m looking forward to doing lots more reading now I am a retired lady! Many thanks for your very generous gifts.


See Whole school notices above.


Happy New Year from HTSC. Thank you for your generous donations to our funds last term – the GoFundMe campaign will remain open until July. We’ll update you with our plans for later this term once we’ve settled back into balancing home school and working from home.
Take care and stay safe, HTSC.




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