HTPD 9/3/18

09 March 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Spanish visitors have had a super week, working in school with their Year 6 hosts, visiting other classes and exploring Guildford. They also had an exciting day out in London. Thank you to all the host families for looking after them so well. They’ve had a brilliant visit and we’ll look forward to taking a group of own Yr 6 children to Aguilar in Spain next term.

I spoke to the children at the juniors on Monday about how happy I was to see them working away at 8.40am. Most children started bang on time this week, having already hung up coats, and found their way to their seats; every minute of their school day was used well. Please do make every effort to deliver children on time – a few minutes late in the morning does make such a difference and adds up to several hours or even days over the course of a year. Arriving late also means that children are flustered and not as ready to make a good start to the day. Thank you for your support in this.

On Wednesday I spent a happy time in 4R hearing their delightful kennings (a poem made up of a string of figurative expressions). It reminded me of one that JJ had written on a staff training day a couple of years ago so I read it to them and thought I’d include it here along with some of the best of theirs. JJ’s kenning really does encapsulate so much of what HTPD hopes to provide:

HTPD by JJ
Happiness producer,
Opportunity generator,
Life teacher,
Curiosity stimulator,
Confidence builder,
Friendship giver,
Love provider.

Hamster by Abby
Loud-squeaker,
Food-muncher,
Cute-beggar,
Quiet-sleeper,
Hay-eater,
Carrot-nibbler,
Harmless-biter.

Dogs by Robin
Cat-chaser,
Face-licker,
Tail-wagger,
Shoe-eater,
Ear-flapper,
Food-stealer,
Sock-sniffer.

Snow by Julian
Cold-bringer,
Water-freezer,
Ground-coverer,
School-closer!

With all the parent consultations now completed, I hope you’ve enjoyed having a good read of your own child’s work. Their creativity and determination to learn is so impressive! Do get in touch if you didn’t manage to speak with your child’s teacher; we can arrange another opportunity. It’s such an important part of our working together.

Have a good weekend.
With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

GDPR update
Some of you may be aware that there are big changes planned to the Data Protection and Privacy laws. This is as a result of new legislation known as General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May. The school is wanting to ensure that we are fully compliant with these changes and also to reassure you that we are taking all the new guidelines very seriously.

INFANT

Sport Relief, Friday 23 March
This year we are planning a sponsored Stepathon to help Sport Relief achieve their target of 1 billion steps! Children will be wearing school pedometers during their PE lessons and will be given challenges to do as many steps as possible. On Friday 23rd they may also come to school dressed up in sportswear. We are hoping that everyone will take part to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Please see the letter coming home in book bags today with more details including the sponsorship form.
Sport Relief wristbands will also be available to buy (£1 with at least 50p going to Sport Relief) from the school office from Monday 12 March.

Home School Link Worker
We were sad last week to say goodbye to Sam Allan who is re-locating overseas with her family. However, we are also very pleased that Bridgit Beynon will be taking over the Home School Link Worker role at the infants. Bridgit has worked at HTPD for a number of years and will already be known to many of you.

Lost
Frankie Nightingale, Willow, has lost her navy blue M&S cardigan, missing since Ballet on Thursday.
Found
We have a black Allen-type key with Cofidis key fob in the school office. Also, an Eon Gascard found by the school gate this morning.


Menu: week 3 beginning 12 March.
Please see menu under the Weekly News Tab.


JUNIOR

Please can we ask parents to collect their child/ren promptly from the playground and leave the site before 3.30 p.m. so that Clubs Plus and our after school activities can use the playground safely. It is very difficult to do this if children are playing with their friends when they should be heading home. Thank you.

LAST CHANCE – please note Monday will be the last day for the Book Fair. Please come to the fair in the library after school to choose your books.

Cancelled Clubs:
MONDAY - No Chess
TUESDAY - No Boardgames
Years 5 & 6 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 due to the recent bad weather.

Hockey After School Club (for all) on Thursday.

Sport

St. Catherine’s Girls’ Cross Country
Date: Tuesday 13th March
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm - We aim to leave at 3.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Catherine's, Station Road, Bramley, GU5 0DF

Years 5 & 6 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Wednesday 14th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Years 5 & 6 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Thursday 15th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Years 3 & 4 Guildford Schools’ Cross Country
Date: Thursday 15th March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Boxgrove Primary School, Boxgrove Lane, Guildford GU1 2TD

British Modern Schools’ Biathlon Championships 
Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 
Venue: Crystal Palace

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Menu - Week 3 



HTSC News

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball – Thank you!
A big thank you to all those who supported the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball on Saturday night. It was a brilliant evening and a HUGE £10,000 has been raised so far! Absolutely amazing!
A massive thanks in particular to Claire and Chris Tellegen for collecting and putting together a fantastic auction. If you have any queries in relation to the auction, please contact Claire at htsc.guildford@gmail.com

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball - Photos
Don't forget you can still order any of the photos taken on the night by the very talented Hester Barnes. For every order placed, Hester is very kindly contributing 50% to the HTPD Ball fund.
To place an order all you need to do is head to: www.hesterbphotography.com and click on the ‘buy images’ tab. Select ‘formal’ or ‘informal’. Find your images and then click to purchase.
You can pay via Paypal or if you prefer to pay via bank transfer please email contact@hesterbphotography.com

The 2018 HTPD Fun Run – Applications now open!
Applications for the 2018 HTPD Fun Run on Sunday 20 May at Shalford Park, Guildford are now open!
There are three events again this year as follows:
1.00pm - Adults - 5km
2.00pm - Year R to Year 2 - 1km
2.20pm - Year 3 to Year 6 - 2km

To register, please complete the online application form here: HTPD Fun Run online application form
Paper application forms will also be available early next week from either HT or Pewley receptions. To reduce admin, these are not being sent home in school bags.

Costs are £10 for children and £15 for adults and to guarantee your custom designed Fun Run t-shirt, please apply by Thursday 19 April.

2018 HTPD Fun Run - T-Shirt design competition
The Fun Run organisers are also holding a Fun Run t-shirt design competition. Forms and details are available at Pewley and HT receptions.

The winner will be announced before the Easter holidays, so please encourage your children to submit to their designs as soon as possible. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 28 March.

HT Cake Sales – Date changes
These have been going really well this term – over £400 raised so far! Due to various school events and the snow(!), we have had to reschedule the dates of the remaining sales this term, so please watch out for emails from your reps to confirm the dates of your year group’s next sale.

Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day. 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!


FOPS News

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 25 March, 3 – 5pm
Please join us to celebrate the first day of spring by taking part in our family walk, treasure hunt and cookery competition. Everyone is welcome (and feel free to bring friends and grandparents too). We would particularly like some of our international families to bring some tasty specialities from your home country or to help set up some crafts you enjoy. To find out more please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

SAVE THE DATE!
This year’s SUMMER FAIR will take place on Saturday 16th June from 3pm. Details coming soon!

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 25 April at 8pm in the staff room. Please join us to help plan the summer fair. We’d love your ideas!

PLAYGROUND SALES/CAKE SALES
Willow will have their sale on Friday16 March. Please remember some cash.

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Reception
Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser
Monday 12 March
Tuesday 17 April
Wednesday 16 May

Year 2
Thursday 22 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: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

The FOPS team