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HTPD 4/9/15

03 September 2015

Dear Parents,

It is with great excitement and slight trepidation I write today’s letter to you all. After 25 years of wonderful wisdom from Richard every week, I feel honoured at the prospect of picking up the Friday pen! I will endeavour to keep you abreast of all that’s happening at HTPD, as well as giving you a flavour of what your children are experiencing. As well as that, I’d like to regularly communicate how much we value you as part of the school community, sharing with you ways that parents can be part of all that we are.

Early September has always been an exciting time in my family, coming as I do from a long line of teachers, and this year has beaten them all. Becoming head of HTPD is a privilege, a dream and an adventure. I will do my very best to continue to put your children at the heart of the school – helping them to “Learn to Live”. In fact this term, during staff training, assemblies and in classes, we will be revisiting all of our school values, making sure that they are lived out in the daily life of the school.

I’m sure that our new staff in particular share my excitement at the start of a new school year. We welcome lots of new faces – Frances Clixby in Year R, Jo Marsden and James Wyatt in Year 4, Sarah Mistry in Year 5 and Tom Everard and Helen Campbell in Year 6, together with a superb group of teaching assistants that will support your children in so many ways. At the “Meet the Team” evenings coming up over the next fortnight (Thurs 10th September at PD and Thursday 17th at HT) you’ll have the chance to get to know them and put faces to names. I will also be speaking on these two occasions, sharing with you some of my hopes for the future. I do hope you are able to come.

It has been great to see the new children settling in so quickly this week, as well as children moving successfully up into their new year groups. Thank you for getting them into school on time, dressed in HTPD uniform, for encouraging them and for supporting them in their education.

Finally, thank you for your words of encouragement to me. I feel very supported as I embark on this new role. I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to continue to make HTPD a beacon for all that’s best in primary school education.

With best wishes, Clare


The Infant & Junior Newsletters have now been combined on the website, please scroll down to see each individual school news. Combined News will be listed at the beginning.

Term and INSET Dates for 2015/2016 (Click to view/download PDF)

INFANT

Meet the Team evening, Thursday 10 September, 7.00pm
We would really love to see you at Pewley Down next Thursday evening when we will be introducing ourselves to you and explaining everything you need to know about your child’s current year group. Please go straight to your child’s classroom on arrival. This will be followed by the FOPS AGM at 8.00pm in the hall (see below).

Phonics Evening, Wednesday 16 September, 7.00pm
Parents in Year R are invited to the Phonics Evening on 16 September. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are very welcome to attend if they would like to.

Year 2 swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 2 children start next Wednesday 9 September. Please ensure that your child comes to school on Wednesday wearing their PE kit including trainers, and brings their swimming kit – towel, swimming costume (not baggies), hats for girls and goggles (optional).

Thank you
Thank you all so much for the lovely presents and cards received at the end of last term. Your generosity and good wishes were very much appreciated by all the staff.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 September

FOPS News

FOPS AGM, Thursday 10 September, 8.00pm
The Annual General Meeting of the school PTA, called the Friends of Pewley Down School (‘FOPS’), will follow on from the ‘Meet the Team’ session and start with wine and nibbles in the hall. All parents, carers, teachers and staff are automatically members of FOPS and are very welcome. At the AGM you will be able to find out more about FOPS and our plans for the year and how you can get involved.
 


JUNIOR

PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS WILL BEGIN WEEK COMMENCING 14TH SEPTEMBER. A copy of the timetable will be published next week and will be available on our website. There will be Clubs Plus and Breakfast Club as usual.

ParentPay for new HT Parents
Welcome to new Holy Trinity parents. Our preferred method of payment at Holy Trinity is the secure online website ParentPay. We will be sending your ParentPay activation code letters home with your child today so please look out for it. Activating your account is pretty straightforward but we are happy to help if you have a query – speak to Lesley or Flora or email finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

For more information, do also look at the ‘Payments’ page on the school website and in the Parents’ Handbook. We don’t do monthly invoices at Holy Trinity, but ask parents to keep track of their balances on ParentPay. Please keep lunch accounts in credit (see next item) and Clubs Plus / Breakfast Club paid up at least monthly. You can set up free ‘low balance’ email alerts on ParentPay.

Lunch discounts
The basic lunch price at Holy Trinity is £2.40 each, but there are discounts available for bulk credit purchases. If you buy a whole year by 28 September, the meal price is £2.30 or if you buy a full term in advance the meal price is £2.35. Please see the lunch price table on the school website ‘Payments’ page for the amounts you need to pay for each year group (days out are taken into account).

For those not taking advantage of the discounts, please buy credit in multiples of £2.40 and keep your child’s lunch account in credit. Credit is only used when meals are taken and any remaining credit will be refunded to leavers.

Menu - Week 2

HTSC – PTA

Welcome back to everyone and a very warm welcome to all new parents to HT. As always HTSC (HT PTA) has an exciting year planned. The first major HTSC event will be our family Bingo night to be held on Saturday 10th October. This is always a very popular evening for all the family with a fish & chip supper, prizes and a fully stocked bar – Details to follow.

Other major events this term include Bonfire night on Friday November 6th and the Christmas Fair – Date TBC.

Last year the HTSC team raised £20,000 for the school. This year we are hoping to raise a similar amount and are therefore looking for a new team to help make this happen. If you are an existing parent or new to school, this is a fantastic way to meet & get to know other parents, have fun, whilst helping to raise much needed funds for the school.

As part of this team we also need Class Reps for each class.

Class Reps

There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class & the PTA. The support from this team of volunteers is particularly important when it comes to organising our main events, as the PTA really wouldn’t function without them. We always love to see new faces & hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents coming in, who were involved in their previous school PTA. It is also a great way to find out about the school, how it works and meet other parents. In each Year Group, we aim to have 6 Class Reps - ideally at least 2 per class. The Class Reps in each Year Group work together as a team sharing the Class Rep responsibilities & organising socials for each Year Group as a whole.

We are also urgently looking for a new Treasurer:

Treasurer - The role would suit someone with a good financial background possibly an accountant but this is not essential. They do need to be pretty comfortable with accounting, keep records and be well organised. They also need to be able to commit the time required. Main areas:
Managing the cash for the PTA (banking and payments) - they would be the signatory
Directly support the three main events Bonfire, Christmas and Summer Fair
Prepare the year end accounts
Keep a track of the profits and cash flow over the academic year
Support Sainsbury's voucher team

If you would like further information on joining the team, please contact Caroline Swift, caroline@swifts.me.uk, Carrie Witts, carriewitts@gmail.com Ros Vickerman jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk
 


Pewley Down Mini-Tennis Club: Years 1 & 2
We’re delighted that the Mini-Tennis after school club will continue until ½ term. This popular 7 x week course will start on Thursday 10th and is available to book on a 1st come basis through Premier Tennis at www.premiertennis.co.uk/venue/pewley-down-infant-school. For more information please call 0845 475 1147

Amazing Art Club

Come along and have fun making and doing: from printing to mini books, painting, drawing, 3-d and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. This popular club has been running since 2013. Maximum 12 spaces so book early: THURSDAY 17th September - 3rd December (no class half term 29th October. £154 for 11 x 2 hour workshops. THURSDAYS 3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price. For more details, to express an interest or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com