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