• Preston Montford expected at 5.30 but will tweet nearer the time

Infant 1/5/15

01 May 2015

Dear Parents,

Being in my last term is, in some ways, a tricky situation. Everything becomes tightly focused and my personal targets need to be achievable and short term. I am working really hard to continue to make a difference to the children and whole school community. Here are some of the issues which I am addressing:

• Children’s handwriting - I believe that this could be better throughout the school and so we have started a handwriting revolution. This includes everyone being well aware of our handwriting style: cursive, all letters join except capitals and a particular form for f, x, z and s. Letters formed carefully always starting with lead-in strokes from the bottom of the line, numbers starting from the top. We will encourage some children in Year 2 to use a pen and more in Years 3 and 4. By Year 5 all children will be using handwriting pens and we will introduce fountain pens to Year 6.

• Introducing laptops for some children with particular needs.

• Working on stress reduction throughout the school community. Nationally, 64% of teachers have visited their GPs with stress or stress-related illnesses. I am passionate as head about making teaching an enjoyable and fulfilling job at HTPD. I am therefore, pleased that the stress levels are much lower than in most schools. This leads to happy teachers and in turn to children with an enjoyment of school and learning. I will be doing more work with staff on this area and attempt to enable them to achieve a good work/life balance.

Another of my targets this term is to help Clare put in place more elements of our Christian distinctiveness.For the rest of this term, please come to see me if you want to discuss any current issues, secondary schools or your child’s learning ,health and welfare. Please see Clare if you want to talk about any matters pertaining to your child’s future from next term onwards.

Have a great long weekend! I am going on a pilgrimage along the St. Swithuns Way - Winchester to Farnham.

With best wishes, Richard


Bank Holiday
Please remember that the school is closed next Monday 4 May for the May Day Bank Holiday. We hope the sun shines and that you enjoy a lovely time with your children.

Thank you
An enormous ‘thank you’ to Hana Simpson (Liam’s mum, Y2) and Skipton Building Society for all their hard work at the Wild Place last Saturday. Year 2 had a fantastic time on Tuesday exploring the new sensory garden, admiring the tidy paths and designing dinosaur habitats in the sunshine. Skipton Building Society have been extremely generous in supporting this project. They will be hosting another working party on Saturday 30 May with the added incentive of enjoying a barbeque afterwards. Please put the date in your diary as many hands make light work!

Perform Workshops

The children have been inspired by a visit from Emily of Perform Theatre Workshops this morning. Emily encouraged them to join in with her circus theme and they had lots of fun going on an adventure to save the Perform circus.

Election
We will be talking to the children about the General Election, and the Year 6 candidates are hoping to visit Year 2 and explain their election manifestos before the children get a chance to vote. We will let you know the result once the votes are counted.

Recycle Challenge
This week Recycle Man has challenged Beech Class to use plastic bottles to create something useful or beautiful as part of our assembly series this term. Please bring in your creations on Thursday or Friday next week.

Lost property
We have a quantity of un-named lost property, mainly from Year 2, on the benches near the lower entrance. Please re-claim any lost items.
 

FOPS

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 6 May - The next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 6 May at 8pm in the staff room. All are welcome. We will be starting our planning for the Summer Fair so do come along if you are interested in getting involved.

HTPD Summer Ball – Saturday 6 June, 7pm – 1am
…..Further Tickets on sale now
Thanks to everyone who sent their ticket request forms in for the ball. As expected we have had a huge response and have so far sold 200 tickets so it’s looking like it’s going to be another fantastic evening.
Due to the larger venue & higher allocation of numbers, we still have tickets available, so if you are thinking of joining us, it’s not too late to get your ticket forms in to either HT or PD for the attention of Carrie Witts.

Please follow this link to the Ticket order form for the HTPD Summer Glitter Ball to be printed off and completed (paper copies available in Reception @ HT @ Pewley).

This year the Ball is being held at The Mandolay Hotel in Guildford, recently awarded a Michelin Star. The format for the evening will be, Welcome drinks, 3 Course Meal & Coffee, Auction/Fundraising, Raffle & of course plenty of Dancing! Tickets are priced at £50/head.
Those who have already sent their forms in tickets will be sent home with children in 2/3 weeks time.



HTPD Prayer Group:
Our next meeting is on Friday 8th May at 9am at Emma Laporte's house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details. All welcome!

Lost

Stefan Lawson-Foia, Oak Class, has lost his named dark blue GAP fleece, possibly taken home by another child by mistake.
Ethan Simoes, Oak Class, has lost his grey school shorts and shin pads - both are named.

Menu for week beginning Monday 4 May