HTPD 15/9/17

15 September 2017

Dear Parents,

It was just great to see so many of you at one or both of our Meet the Team evenings. It reminded all of us on staff how much we value our supportive home/school partnership. Thank you for your interest, positivity, energy and enthusiasm about the year ahead. It is a real privilege to be sharing in the education of your children.

We started our term’s assembly series this week. We'll be looking at the story of King David from the Old Testament. He was the Israelites' most loved king and known as "a man after God's own heart". He shows us so many Christ-like attributes, but was also fallible and made mistakes. The term's theme also uses traditional tales to encourage us all to look at things from different points of view (what if the Big Bad Wolf was actually trying to check the three little pigs' dwellings for strength to withstand a storm, or if the little red hen had a helpful team right from the start of the story?), together with a weekly punctuation mark which connects the Bible theme with the children's grammar lessons! The theme goes right up to Christmas time, linking in with the Christmas nativity carol "Once in Royal David's city". Do keep a look out for the assembly slides that are published each week on the website if you would like more information about the theme.

Our sporting calendar got underway as well with a phenomenal triumph! The girls’ cross country squad from the junior school were the highest placed team in all year groups (as well as winning many individual medals!) competing against over 9 other schools! What a great start to the year! Do encourage your child to take part in one or more of our extracurricular clubs and thank you in advance for supporting the children’s participation in a huge number of fixtures in the weeks to come. Here’s to many more victories!

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Inset dates for this academic year (school closed for staff training):
Wednesday 18 October, school closes at 12.00 (infants), 12.15 (juniors)
Thursday 19 October
Friday 20 October
Thursday 4 January
Monday 25 June (midsummer holiday)
Monday 23 July

September Dates for the Diary
Monday 18 September – Year 4 visit Butser Farm
Monday 18 September – Year 5C to RGS – Tudor Days
Monday 25 September – Year 5L to RGS – Tudor Days
Wednesday 27 September – PD Phonics Evening at 7.00pm
Friday 29 September – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

HTPD prayer group
A group of parents from both infants and juniors meet regularly to pray for the school, teachers, staff, students, parents, sporting events etc. If you'd like to know more or join the email group please email suziespeed@gmail.com. Our first meeting of this term will be on Wednesday 27 September straight after drop off until 10am in the Staff room at the Infants. Join us for coffee and cake, younger siblings welcome.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs (Years 1 & 2)
Teacher-led clubs start week commencing Monday 18 September, except ‘Writing for Fun’ which starts on Wednesday 27 September.

Flu Immunisation
Parents should have received a Nasal Flu Immunisation Consent form this week. Please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.

Newsletter
For the first few weeks of term we are producing paper copies of the newsletter. Next Friday will be the last day for paper copies and the newsletter will then be available on the website. Please let the school office know if you still require a paper copy.

Uniform
If you have recently ordered school uniform, orders are now ready for collection from the school office. We would be very grateful if any outstanding payments for uniform could be made as soon as possible.

PUPS reminders
Please collect children from PUPS via the back playground and hall door. The front door will be locked after 4.00pm.
If you no longer require a booked session please contact Sam Andrews on pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk as soon as possible. If we do not have 24 hours’ notice you will be charged for the session unless we are able to fill the space on the day.
If you are unable to pick your child up by 6.00pm due to an unexpected delay, please contact Sam Andrews as soon as possible. Late collections are charged at £15 for every 15 minutes or part thereof.

Lost:
Daniel Delves, Chestnut Class, has lost a named polo shirt, Shackleton sweatshirt and socks after Football Club on Thursday evening.
Milhan Chauvin, Beech Class, has lost a dark blue Next hoodie following Thursday’s Football Club.
Found:
Child’s blue and red Tikkers watch. Found by one of the Football club coaches and possibly missing for some time.

See FOPS News below …


Menu for week beginning Monday 18 September

Mon: Chicken Korma with Onion Rice or Vegetable Pasta Bake; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tues: Shepherd’s Pie or Butternut & Leek Tart with New Potatoes; Apple Strudel
Weds: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Green Lentil Curry with Rice; Jelly & Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Jerk Chicken with Vegetable Pilaf or Salmon Crunch; Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers with Chips and Homemade Tomato Sauce or Vegetable Frittata; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Current Year 6
This is a little reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. All of the secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks. Please check the respective schools’ websites for dates and details so that you can arrange to attend them.

Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/secondary-applications/secondary-school-admissions. Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 0300 200 1015.  Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2018 is Tuesday, 31st October 2017 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Breakfast Club Change
As part of our safeguarding responsibilities, if your child arrives on site before 8.30am, they will need to go to Breakfast Club where they will be looked after until 8.30am when they may go to their classrooms or outside to play (this is supervised by the teacher on duty). This has been happening since we returned to school last week. A register is being kept so that we are aware of who is on site.

As a result, we have reviewed our pricing for breakfast club at Holy Trinity and from Monday, 18th September it will be run on similar lines to that at Pewley. The prices will be as follows
:
The charge for children arriving at Breakfast Club from 08h00 will be £4.00 and will include breakfast.
The charge for a drop-off at/after 08h15 will be £1.50.
ParentPay will be updated early next week to reflect this change. You’ve probably noticed that Breakfast Club for the past 2 weeks hasn’t appeared on the ParentPay statements yet – this will be updated this weekend. Thank you for your assistance! Bev

Allergens
This is to advise you that Harrison Catering has provided the School with a file listing all allergens on the school menus. This file is available in both school offices. If your child has allergies, please do pop in to see the menus. Menus are rotated termly – the file will be updated each term.

After School Clubs
Not all After School Clubs will be on next week so please look out for the Timetable which should be available here. Judo Club (run externally) begins next Tuesday, 12th September.

Sport

Year 4 Tag Rugby Tournament
Date: Tuesday, 19th September
Time: After school - 5pm - Parents to please help with lifts
Venue: St Peter's Catholic School, Horseshoe Lane East, Guildford, GU1 2TN
 
Year 4 Football Tournament
Date: Friday, 22nd September
Time: 12pm - 3.30pm - Parents to please help with lifts
Venue: Cranleigh Prep School, Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, GU6 8QH

Year 6 Netball Match
Date: Wednesday, 20th September
Time: 4pm - 4.45pm (Year 6 netball club is still on)
Venue: HT

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport


Knitting Club
If you have any old balls of wool, or knitting needles, may we have them please? There will be a Knitting Club when After School clubs begin, and all resources would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Judo costume for sale: Barely worn judo costume and belt. Would fit age 9-12. £10 ono. Please contact Louise Hallam 07799 858734

Menu - Week 3


FOPs News (Infant PTA)

FOPS AGM
Thank you to everyone that attended the FOPS AGM on Tuesday. This year’s committee members are as follows:

Chair/Co Chairs: Vacant Position
Treasurer: Helen Day
Secretary: Simone Chidlow

We are still looking for a new chair or a small group of chair persons to take over running FOPS from September. Can YOU help? It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the school community, raise funds, organise social events and make great changes for all our children a reality. With educational budgets tightening the fund-raising role of the PTA is becoming more and more vital so please consider it carefully. To find out more please email Jill, Nicci or Sue or nab us for a chat.

Class Reps
Thank you to all those who have volunteered as class reps this year, they are as follows:

Reception Willow Class: Susie Speed, Mel Beskin.
Hazel Class: Catherine Fowler, Emily Walker.

Year 1 Oak Class: Laura Saharwal , Karen Auckland, Kayleigh Ashraf.
Beech Class: Ioanna Koronaiou, Marketa Chester.

Year 2 Walnut Class: Emily Murdoch, Rebecca Sami.
Chestnut Class: Hilary Gray, Emily Young.

Year 1 coffee morning after drop-off on Wednesday 27 September at 5 Abbot Road


HTSC News

Many thanks to all of you who came to the HTSC AGM yesterday evening. We were delighted to have such a positive reception and look forward to another great year.

The HTSC Committee for 2017/8 is as follows:
Co-chairs: Jane Rosie, Ros Vickerman and Carrie Witts
Treasurer: Andrea Dundas
Secretary: TBA.
Class Reps
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to be a Class Rep for this year. We are still urgently looking for volunteers in ALL YEARS. Please contact Ros or Carrie if you can help - rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com or carriewitts@gmail.com. We cannot do it without you!

Bingo! - Saturday 7 October - 6pm - 8pm
We are holding a family BINGO night at HT on Saturday 8 October from 6pm to 8pm. This is a great fun event for all the family, so please support it if you can.

There will be a fish and chip supper and a fully stocked bar will also be available. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening.

Tickets will be on sale from next week – more details to follow.

HTSC Meeting – Monday 25 September
Our first committee meeting of the year will take place at 8pm at Rogues. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do. We will be discussing our plans for this year and would really welcome new faces and ideas.

Other dates for the diary:
Bonfire Night - Friday 3 November
Save the date for what promises to be another fabulous evening, complete with bonfire, fireworks and delicious bar-b-q.

HTPD 8/9/17

08 September 2017

Dear Parents,

How exciting to welcome so many new families into our school community! I do hope that you are starting to feel at home if this was your first week with children at either of the two sites. What a lovely first week of term! Across the whole school, I’ve been so impressed by the children’s approach to their new classes; they have been so keen to get to know new friends as well as wanting to impress their new teachers. It bodes well for an excellent year ahead!

We spoke to the children in assembly about the importance of making a good start and encouraged them, with God’s help, to have a positive attitude to any future challenges. One thing we focused on was being smart - they’ve looked fantastic in their new school uniforms and shiny shoes. Thank you for helping them be ready for the year ahead. We’ve reminded those with long hair that it should be tied up (it should reduce the annual head lice explosion around October time!) as well as asking for jewellery to be left at home. All the children have begun to write class charters for their new classes and the respect and empathy that they are determined to demonstrate is just wonderful. They are already keen to live out our school values.

I’m looking forward to meeting with you all at the “Meet the Team” evenings coming up next Tuesday and Thursday (see below for details). It will give me a chance to update you on school news and hopefully inspire you with ways to partner with us this coming year. You’ll also hear more detail from the teaching teams about the curriculum your child will be taught this year, as well as ways that you can support them in their learning. Do try and come along if you can.

Please can I remind you that both sites are nut free to make our school safe for any children with allergies. To that end, all snacks brought into school should be either fruit or vegetables. This is also really healthy – and reduces litter around school as there aren’t any wrappers. Thank you for your support in this.

Finally, a big thank you once again for the generous presents and cards received at the end of last term. All the staff really appreciated your kindness and good wishes.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Meet the Team evenings
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evenings next week. This is a chance to meet your child’s teacher and hear about the exciting year ahead:
Infants (Pewley Down) – Tuesday 12 September:
7.00pm Please go straight to your child’s classroom on arrival.
7.30pm Drinks in the hall and welcome talk from Clare (the head teacher)
7.40pm FOPS AGM (FOPS is the infant PTA)

Juniors (Holy Trinity) – Thursday 14 September:
7.00pm Please go to the Chapel on arrival.
Welcome talk from Clare and HTSC AGM
7.30pm Meet the Team in individual classrooms

Website
Please keep an eye on the school website for weekly newsletters and ‘Just to Let You Know’ information for each year group as well as other announcements.

ParentMail
Can we please remind everyone that important messages regarding the school are generally sent via ParentMail. It is important that we have at least one family contact using this service. Please download the PMX app to your phone if possible. New parents should look out for the verification email.

INFANT

Year R coffee morning, Monday 11 September
New Year R parents are warmly invited to a coffee morning in the school hall after drop-off on Monday. This is a great opportunity to meet other reception parents and your class reps.

Year 2 swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 2 start next Wednesday 13 September. The last swimming session for this term will be on 13 December.

Traffic and Parking
A few reminders (especially for parents new to the school):

  • We try and operate a one-way system from Pewley Hill DOWN Semaphore Road to Pewley Way. This is to try and ease congestion at drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Please park safely and considerately around the school, not on the yellow zig-zag lines outside school or blocking our neighbours’ driveways.
  • Pewley Bank adjacent to the school is a private road and not a parking zone. There are more parking spaces around the corner on Pewley Hill.

Vacancy: Catering Assistant, Pewley Down School, Guildford – immediate start
Harrison’s Catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the catering team at Pewley Down. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week (4 hours a day), term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to paul.thorne@harrisoncatering.co.uk.

Please see FOPS News below …….

Menu for week beginning Monday 11 September

Mon: Chilli con Carne with Basmati Rice or Chickpea & Vegetable Crunch; Jam Sponge with Custard Sauce
Tues: Chicken Tandoori & Saffron Rice or Cheese, Leek & Pepper Pie; Chocolate & Banana Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Weds: Steamed Gammon with Roast Potatoes or BBQ Vegetable Wraps; Fresh Fruit Salad

Thurs: Chicken or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potato; Eve’s Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Fri: Fish Fingers with Chips and Homemade Tomato Ketchup; Fruit Jelly
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

JUNIOR 

Dates for your diary - September 2017
Monday 11 September – Year 5N to RGS – Tudor Days
Tuesday 12 September – Meet the Team Evening at PD
Wednesday 13 September – Years 3A and 4R start swimming lessons at the Spectrum
Thursday 14 September – Meet the Team Evening at HT at 7.00pm
Monday 18 September – Year 4 visit Butser Farm
Monday 18 September - Year 5C to RGS – Tudor Days
Monday 25 September – Year 5L to RGS – Tudor Days
Wednesday 27 September – PD Phonics Evening at 7.00pm
Friday 29 September – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

After School Clubs
Not all After School Clubs will be on next week so please check the New Clubs Timetable here.

Badminton has been cancelled on Tuesday 12 September

Outside Judo Club begins next Tuesday 12 September.

If you have any old balls of wool, or knitting needles, may we have them please? There will be a Knitting Club when After School clubs begin, and all resources would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Sport

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Girls XC Race
Date: Tuesday 12th September
Time: from 3.30pm - 5.30pm (Parents to help with lifts to St Cat's please)
Venue - St Catherine's, Station Road, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0DF

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter @HTPDSport

HTSC News

Welcome back to everyone and a warm welcome to all new parents and children joining HT.

We have an exciting year planned and are looking forward to lots of fun events including Bingo Night (7th October), Bonfire Night and our fabulous Christmas and Summer Fairs not to mention the return of the brilliant HTPD Fun Run.

Hot off the press - we are also organising a Spring Ball (date to be confirmed) - watch this space!!

We are kicking off the year with our HTSC AGM on Thursday 14 September straight after the HT Meet the Teacher evening where we will be electing the new committee members and approving last years accounts.

Class Reps
Thank you to all who have volunteered to be a class rep for this year. We are still urgently looking for volunteers in all years, please contact Ros (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com), Carrie (carriewitts@gmail.com) or Jane (janerosie@icloud.com) if you can help. Thank you!

Looking forward to another fun packed year!

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Hello and welcome to all new parents joining FOPS and existing members.

FOPS AGM
This year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 12th September in conjunction with the ‘Meet the Team’ meeting, so please come along and enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink.
This year’s proposed committee members are as follows:
Chair/Co Chairs: Vacant Position
Treasurer: Helen Day
Secretary: Simone Chidlow

We are looking for a new chair or a small group of chair persons to take over running FOPS from September. Can YOU help? It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the school community, raise funds, organise social events and make great changes for all our children a reality. With educational budgets tightening the fund raising role of the PTA is becoming more and more vital so please consider it carefully. To find out more please email Jill, Nicci or Sue or nab us for a chat.

Class reps
Thank you to all those who have volunteered as class reps this year, they are as follows:
Reception:
Willow Class: Susie Speed, Mel Beski
Hazel Class: Catherine Fowler
Year 1:
Oak Class: Laura Saharwal
Beech Class:
Year 2:
Walnut Class: Emily Murdoch, Rebecca Sami
Chestnut Class: Hilary Gray, Emily Young
We are still looking for another rep for Hazel and Oak class, and two for Beech. Please contact Susanne if you are interested, smw555@hotmail.com