• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

No 172 6/3/20

06 March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers

The giving towards our new pitch has continued apace this week – our target is getting closer and soon we’ll be able to secure a company to do the work over the summer break. I spoke to Mary, our passionately sporty Year 6 teacher and national hockey expert about her memories of the pitch over the last twenty years. She listed all the children that started off their hockey career at her after school hockey club and have since gone on to play county hockey or even for England! It’s quite a legacy! One way to thank her for her years of hockey coaching is to top up the pitch fund - just think it might be your child who ends up playing in tomorrow’s squad! Do remember to visit the website and take a look at the inspiring sporty comments.

The governors and school leaders really enjoy consulting with both our pupils and their parents to ensure that HTPD can be the best school that it can be. Many of you email with helpful feedback and comments – thank you. Our school council also provide excellent information about how the children feel about life at school. I wonder if I can ask you to complete this quick parent questionnaire so that we can analyse how we’re doing on a range of school issues from your perspective. In particular this year, we’re keen to find out your views about our relationship and sex education curriculum in response to newly published government guidelines. We have written a draft policy and curriculum plan (Appendix 1) that you can access here and on the website. The survey will be open up until the end of term. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us really valuable feedback.

Finally, I was upset this week to receive calls from some of our neighbours about parking at drop off and pick up. Please can I remind you to park respectfully, not blocking entrance ways or on the yellow lines. Unfortunately, on one occasion a bus wasn’t able to drive around the Addison Road bend because cars were parked and unattended on the double yellow lines, on another occasion a child was nearly run down because a car was parked on the zigzags, and an Addison Court resident sadly missed a hospital appointment because the ambulance couldn’t access the driveway. We talk to the children about “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps” – let’s make sure that they see adults living out our values and not just speaking about them. It’s always so inspiring to see other people being kind – it motivates all of us to make kind choices.

Of course, be assured that I’ll let you know if I receive any advice or information about our current situation regarding coronavirus. In the meantime, stay well everyone.

With Best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “I will be with you always,” Hebrews 13 v5. How can you be a perfect pal?.


Sport Relief
There is going to be sporty mufti (non uniform day) on Friday 13th + £1 donation for Sport Relief and, at Pewley, Y6 Young Leaders will be visiting throughout the week to help with playground activities at lunchtime.


Class photos, Monday 9 March
Tempest photographers will be coming in on Monday to photograph children in their class groups, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Parent Consultations, Tuesday 10 & Thursday 12 March
Most parents have now booked an appointment to see their child’s teacher next week. If you have not yet booked, the on-line system will be live until 5.00pm on Saturday. Any problems, please contact the school office.

Club cancellations
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs (including Multisports with Andy) next week.

Year 2 swimming
A reminder that swimming fees for the term are now due. As we are approaching year end prompt payment would be very much appreciated.

Book Swap
Thank you very much to everyone who joined in with the book swap on Wednesday. Children had great fun swapping their books and went home with a new book to read.

Cory (Chestnut) is missing his named Shackleton fleece, and 2 water bottles (one silver and one blue).

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 March
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Flapjack
Tues: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Weds: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thurs: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


March Dates 
13th Year 3 Cake Sale
17th Year 3 Greek Day Workshop
24th Year 6 Parents Meeting for SATS and Preston Montford 7pm
26th Year 5 Brenscombe Farm Parent Meeting Parent Meeting 7pm
27th Year 3 Greek Open Afternoon

Cancelled Clubs
Origami on Wednesday
Restore, Relax, Repeat Club on Friday will return on 20 March

Outstanding Balances
As we approach the school's financial year-end, we would be very grateful if you could settle all outstanding balances by logging into your ParentPay account. All outstanding balances should be settled, but particularly those balances relating to Breakfast Club, Clubs+ and Lunches so that payments are recorded in the correct period.

Menu - Week 1

HT Sport

Y5 & Y6 Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country Races
Date: Saturday 7th March
Venue: Reigate Priory Park

Y3 & Y4 Tag Rugby Festival
Date: Wednesday 11th March
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm (Parents to help with lifts)
Venue: Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Rd, Godalming, GU7 3BV
Teacher: Toby & Paul

Y6 Quicksticks County Final
Date: Thursday 12th March
Time: 12pm - 4.00pm (Parents to help with lifts. Leave school at 10.50am, registration at 11.30am)
Venue: Surbiton Hockey Club, Sugden Rd, Thames Ditton, KT7 0AE
Teacher: JJ

Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Guildford Primary Schools XC
Date: Thursday 12th March
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: Laura & Nick


A very short newsletter this week. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to Phil the Bag - whilst writing this I am hoping the collection has all gone smoothly and the bags are off on their way to be sorted for sale.

Dates for the diary:
29th March - Bake and stroll
Sunday 3rd May - The HTPD Fun Run 2020 at Sutherland Memorial Park. Please save the date for this important fundraising event for the school. More information will follow in due course.

Year 2 Only
Year 2 are planning an afternoon picnic and overnight camp for your families at the Chantry Wood campsite. The Council are not be able to confirm until April, but we have asked for the 27th June and we are first on the list so watch this space

Next cake sales:
13th March - Beech cake sale
20th March - Willow cake sale
27th March - Hazel cake sale

Next coffee mornings/drinks:
Yr 1 Coffee: Friday 20th March at Catherine’s house (after drop off)
Year 1 would also like to organise a summer term coffee morning and a summer drinks evening. If anyone is willing to host these events then please let Jenny Kingcome (Finn in Oak class’s mum) know.


Hi Everyone,

Crowdfunding for Pitch 2020
Thank you for the huge amount of support you have shown for our Crowdfunding campaign (special thanks to Sue Williams (Abby’s mum 6S) for putting it together for us). So far this week we have over doubled the first week’s donations and have raised £6,685 which is just incredible! If we can get to the £10K in the next 2 weeks, Clare will be able to book in the work to take place in the summer. If you would like to read more about the pitch and donate you can do so here. Please feel free to share with family members, friends or any ex-parents that you think may like to support the school. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/htpitch2020

Quiz Night – Sat 28th March
Tickets are £12.50 per person – please drop in exact cash or cheque payable to HTSC to the school office in an envelope with your email address/number of tickets by Friday 20th March. There will be a fully stocked bar and a delicious curry will be provided by Raj Doot in Burpham. We hope the new date is more popular and we can give the teacher team some serious competition!

HTPD Fun Run – 3rd May 2020 @ Sutherland Memorial Park. Please see below message from the Fun Run Team

Applications for the 2020 HTPD fun run on Sunday May 3rd at Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham, Guildford are now open!

Last year 250 children and adults took part, with many more cheering on. Families made the most of a lovely day, relaxing on picnic blankets and playing games, with the PTA selling food and drinks, and we raised c£3,000 for the school. This year the focus is on raising money for the new multi-use games area pitch, so we really hope you can make the event to raise as much money as possible. All the money you contribute will go to the pitch fund, so it is a huge help to the school.

Event times are:
1.00pm - Adults 1km to 5km run (do as many laps as you want this year!!)
2.00pm - Pewley Down 1k run
2.30pm - Holy Trinity 2k run
2:45pm - Toddler Dash
To register please complete the online application form. To help reduce the admin requirements for the team and to use less paper we request you complete the online form. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper application form can be collected from the school reception.

Second Hand Uniform
If you have any logo uniform, summer dresses, shorts etc. in age 8+ that you no longer need, please contact Simone Childlow (Maisie Year 3, Finn Year 5) via email simonechidlow@googlemail.com who is collecting it and storing it on our behalf for a uniform sale after Easter (please do not bring into school - we have no room to store it on site).

Matched Funding
If your company has a matched funding scheme for giving your time to support a charity, please do get in touch. We can provide our charity number and letters of proof of volunteering and funds raised for a particular event or stall – each scheme is different so please email me if you think your company can match any of our fundraising this year to reach our fundraising target.

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Cake Sale (Year 3) – Friday 13th March
HTSC Meeting – Thursday 19th March @ 8pm Rogues Bar
HTSC Quiz night – Saturday 28th March
Fun Run – Sunday 3rd May @ Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham.

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