• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

HTPD 28/9/18

28 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, I wanted to let you know the excellent news that Tom, one of our Y6 teachers became a proud father this week – we pass on our congratulations to the family and are looking forward to meeting little Benjamin Thomas Everard very soon!

On Thursday evening the first governor’s meeting of this academic year took place. This group of individuals work together tirelessly as volunteers to develop and strengthen our whole school community. It was so encouraging to see the passion and commitment as well as expertise seated around the circle gathered in Pewley hall. As I introduced the themes of our school improvement plan for the year, I really appreciated the hard work and determination shown by this wonderful group of just under twenty people. I’m sure you’ll agree that they deserve our thanks for their support of the school.

You might also be interested to know the areas that we are keen to focus on this year. They come under 5 main priority areas:

  • Learning to live life to the full (with an emphasis on wellbeing and PSHE, learning behaviours and our values-rich approach to education impacting on us all).
  • The Power of the Word (building vocabulary and a love of story across the curriculum – don’t be surprised to see children’s vocabulary being extended week on week!).
  • Knowledge and reflection for excellent teaching (as we continue to strive to be even better teachers, determined to provide the very best curriculum for your children – for example just this week six teachers took part in a day’s PE training and came back enthusiastic to try out some new ideas!).
  • Be part of the pride (as we continue to work hard to respect each other and our school building, we know we’ll all feel a deeper level of pride and satisfaction in what we are part of at HTPD).
  • Linking up with others (we’re keen to learn from what’s going on at other local, national and international schools, as well as making sure our partnerships with parents and the local community are as strong as ever).

If you’d like a reminder of these themes, you could print out the attached document (PDF link) for the fridge – but hopefully you’ll see the impact of what we are doing in school as the weeks go by.

Another important meeting I attended this week was my first “Drink and Donuts” for Year 6. For a long time now, the children in Year 2 have been invited to “Tea for two” where we chat about how they’re getting on in school. I decided over the summer that I wanted to hear more from our older children so have set up this new initiative. Ten children at a time will be treated to a drink and a doughnut, as we take the opportunity to discuss what’s great about life in Year 6….and what we could do even better! This week’s group were fantastic – they gave me so many good ideas ranging from how to improve playtimes, to suggestions for involving children in running assemblies, and even ideas about how to make the school a more peaceful and prayerful place. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversation and am looking forward to next month’s gathering!

With best wishes, Clare

 

INFANT & JUNIOR

Reading volunteers
With a whole school focus on reading this year, we’d love to increase our bank of reading volunteers. Year 3 in particular would love to have more adults available to support children reading – maybe even consider it, if your children have moved on from HTPD (parents, please pass the invitation on to your contacts) or are in older or younger year groups! Just get in touch with Alison (alisont@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) if you’d like to help. Or speak to your child’s class teacher.

INFANT

School Photos, Friday 5 October
The photographer will be in school next Friday to take individual photographs of the children so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Football Festival
Some of our Year 1 and Year 2 children took part in a football tournament at Aldro School last Friday. We were proud of the way they represented the school and stepped up to the challenge playing as a team and showing good sportsmanship throughout. Well done everyone!
If your child was involved, please return the pale blue team t-shirts to school as soon as possible.

Thank you
We are very grateful to Dave Williams who spent an afternoon this week tidying up our pond area.

Lost:
Heidi Grundy, Beech Class, has lost her (fairly large) monkey key ring.
Darcy Reith-Smith, Beech Class, has lost a named school skirt and Nightingale cardigan (missing since Ballet on Thursday).
The key from our uniform cupboard (downstairs next to Oak Class) is missing – in case anyone has seen it?

Menu: week 1 beginning 1 October

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/apply-for-a-school-place   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 2019 is Wednesday, 31st October 2018 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Dates for your diary:
Friday, 5th October -Year 6 Crown Court Service, leaving HT at 10.00 a.m.
Tuesday, 9th October -Year 3 visit Marwell Zoo
-Years 4 and 5 Nasal Immunisation morning
Thursday, 11th October -Tempest Photography in school for individual photos
Friday, 12th October -Fluffy Friday

Cancelled Clubs for next week: 
Tuesday, Year 5 Badminton

After School Clubs:
Rugby on a Monday is now open to Year 3's as well as Year 4's.
Sport
Year 6 Netball v Rydes Hill
Date: Tuesday 2nd October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.15pm - (Parents to help with post game tea please)
Venue: HT

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


 

FOPS NEWS (Infant PTA)

Thanks to everyone who attended the FOPS meeting on Tuesday, it was great to see so many of you. The planning for the year is under way and we are getting excited to get the season started with our School Disco on Saturday 10th November, so please put the date into your calendar and start shining those dancing shoes! We have also found dates for our other events which you can find in the Save the Date section below.

IQ Christmas Cards
Please look out in the book bag for the beautiful Christmas card designs your children created and place your order by the end of next week if possible! Please remember that for every purchase we will receive money for the school so why not to ask Grandparents if they would like some too? Last year we made £193. Let’s do better!

Save the date:
Tue 30th October - FOPS meeting 

Social dates for your diary
Reception 
Thursday 11th October - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ The Albany
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Rebecca's house  (42 Pewley Way)  
Friday 23rd November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road) 

Year 1
Thursday 4th October - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Cafe Nero on North Street (opposite Decathlon) 
Thursday 29th November - Christmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)

Year 2

Friday 28th September - 8pm - Drinks & Pizza @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road)

Playground Sales for this term are as follows:
Friday 5th October - Chestnut
Friday 12th October - Walnut
Friday 2nd November - Oak
Friday 9th November - Beech
Friday 16th November - Willow
Friday 23rd November - Hazel


HTSC News

BINGO - you will have had a flyer in your bags this week. We are looking forward to seeing you all next weekend for our first fundraiser of the year. We are not issuing tickets this year, but will have your names on a list on the door - saves paper and envelopes and less chance of them getting lost between us and home! Let us know what you think of that . .

Class Reps - please please please can you consider volunteering for this vital role. Maybe buddy up with someone and share out the work? We really need reps to help us with the organisation of the year’s events

First Meeting of the year
- is at Rogues 10th October 8 pm. We would love to see as many of you as possible, class rep or not. Come along and say hello, share a glass of wine or two, and let us know what you would like us to do for the school this year. Do you have any ideas on what could be done differently? What you don’t like? What you’d like to see more of? What else we can do for the school?

HUGE congratulations to Katie who completed the Surrey Hills Challenge in an amazing 7 hours and 27 minutes with a 1300 metre elevation. There is still time to contribute to her fundraising page - all the funds are going to the HTSC to support the school. Just follow the link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ditastaton1. Every pound counts! Thank you

DIARY DATES
13th October Bingo
2nd November Bonfire Night
30th November Christmas Fair





Junior parkrun
This Sunday 30th September, come and join in the weekly 2km junior parkrun for children age 4-11. Walk, jog, skip or run your way round (on your own, or mum and dad can run too!). Meet at 9.30 at the playground end of Stoke Park. It's free to register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/. Print off your barcode and bring it with you to receive your result. We'll go to the Daisy Chain cafe (in the Bowls Club) afterwards too. Hope to see you there! 

HTPD 21/9/18

21 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Now that all the “Meet the Team” meetings have taken place, the school year seems to be well underway. It was excellent to welcome our new Reception families into school on Wednesday evening and I was delighted to see how many conversations were taking place between parents from different year groups. It’s so helpful when families with younger children are encouraged and supported by those with children who are a little further along. I think that the African proverb that “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is being lived out in our school community – wise words, shared stories, and a feeling of others having done it before can really help, especially when you’re facing something tricky. Also though, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher for support and ideas if you would value their input. Or book a time to speak with me. We might not always have all the answers, but sometimes a listening ear can help.

I’ve really enjoyed handing out the first of this year’s headteacher awards. These are given to children when they’ve done something exceptional. Sometimes the work itself is outstanding, sometimes teachers recognise the effort that’s been put in, and sometimes the award is given because your child has demonstrated our school values in their attitude or behaviour around school. If your child comes home with one of these awards, please do take the opportunity to find out why it was awarded! This year, as a staff we are working hard to instil a “zest for learning”. We’re making sure that children have opportunities to reflect on how they’ve completed tasks. We’d like them to be proud of particular pieces of work, as well as to spot when and how they could have done even better. We’re keen to help children think about being even more effective students. At home, you could help by talking about which lessons they were most focused in, what they found most interesting and what they’re feeling they’ve achieved or learnt as the days and weeks go by. Hopefully when you take a look at their books, you’ll be able to see the progress they’re making!

It’s also been wonderful to see how much support you are giving in helping the children learn to read. The reading records at the juniors, and “just to let you know books” at the infants really are impressive! Thank you for sharing our passion for books; making sure that children have regular opportunities for reading at home is so important.

With the weather forecast for lots of rain this weekend, it’ll be a perfect time to get everyone enjoying a book!

With best wishes, 
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Free School Meal Eligibility
If you believe you may be eligible for free school meals and have not yet registered please contact the school office as soon as possible. All enquiries will of course be treated in complete confidence. If you do meet the eligibility criteria the school may then be able to claim some additional funding called Pupil Premium. At the infants, where all children receive a free meal at lunchtime, it is still really helpful if you can let us know if you are eligible so that we can claim the funding.
 

INFANT

Year R Phonics evening, Tuesday 25 September, 7.00 pm
Don’t forget the Phonics Evening on Tuesday. Although mainly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also very welcome to attend.

Teacher-led clubs
Ping Pong and Puzzles starts on Tuesday 25 September.
Group 1 Cooking starts on Thursday 27 September – if you are able, a donation of £5 to cover the cost of ingredients would be very much appreciated.

Year R Picnic, Friday 28 September, 1.30 – 2.15pm
Reception parents are invited to celebrate their children’s first two weeks in school with a picnic on the school field (or in the hall if it rains). More details in Year R Just to Let You Know.

Flu vaccination
Thank you to everyone who has returned the ‘nasal flu’ letter.  If you haven’t already done so, please return the letter by Friday 28 September. 

Changes to school and packed lunches
A reminder that we do need a week’s notice if your child is changing from a packed lunch to a school lunch or vice versa. Unfortunately, it is not possible for children to swap between packed lunch and school lunch throughout the week.

Newsletter
This will be the last week for paper copies of the newsletter. It will now be available on the website and we will send a ParentMail reminder on a Friday. However, please let the office know if it is difficult for you to access the newsletter on-line and we will provide you with a paper copy.

Lost:
Tom Hughes’ (Chestnut Class) entire school uniform (grey shorts, white polo shirt and Shackleton sweatshirt) has gone missing following football on Thursday. Please check football kit bags in case it has been taken home in error.
Found:
Pandora bracelet (small size) found on the steps outside the upper entrance.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 24 September)
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Gammon & Vegetable Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thu: 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 potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Current Year 6
This is a 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/apply-for-a-school-place.

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 2019 is Wednesday, 31st October 2018 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Harvest Festival
At Holy Trinity Church this Sunday, 23rd September, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with an All Age service, starting at 10am.  Don’t forget, if you’re a regular, and do come and visit us if you haven’t come before!  You will be very warmly welcome.  There will be crafts for the children and we will be decorating a tent!  We have a dedicated corner in church in St Luke’s Chapel especially for families with very little ones.  Coffee and refreshments after the service. 

Dates for your diary:
Monday, 24th September – Year 5S visit The Royal Grammar School
Friday, 28th September – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

Cancelled Clubs: 
Tuesday – Year 6 Basketball (Netball fixture)
Wednesday – Year 5 Netball
Thursday – Years 5 & Y6 Football
Please see the updated HT Autumn Clubs list here.

Sport
Year 6 Netball v St Cat's
Date: Tuesday 25th September
Time: 3.30pm - 5.15pm - (Parents to help with post game tea please)
Venue: Home
Guildford Primary Schools Cross-Country
Date: Thursday 27th September
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm (Parents to help with marshalling)
Venue: Pewley Downs

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


 Menu - Week 3


FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Thank you to everyone that attended the FOPS AGM meeting on Wednesday. We were delighted to have such a positive reception and look forward to another great year!

We are pleased to welcome two new co-chairs to the committee! Thank you!
Chair/CoChairs: Marketa Chester, Ana Reith-Smith, Kayleigh Ashraf
Treasurer: Helen Day
Secretary: Simone Chidlow

Thank you as well to our new volunteers for class reps, updated list is as follows:
Reception:
Willow Class:  Carrie Masson & Louisa Curl
Hazel Class:  Tania Piper & Zoe Jeffries
Year 1:
Oak Class:  Claire Hassan & Amy Cashmore
Beech Class:  Emily Walker & Lucy Radcliffe 
Year 2:
Chestnut Class:  Eloise Campion & Claudine Nel & Lydia Foster
Walnut Class:  Samantha Gaskell & Becky Chuter & Rachel Okesola

The first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 25th September at 8pm in the school staff room (for reception parents that will be after the Phonics Evening). All parents, carers and teachers are invited to these informal meetings. They are always a great opportunity to find out how and where FOPS can support the school. There will be wine and nibbles to aid our planning! 

The dates for the Playground Sales for this term are as follows:
Friday 5th October - Chestnut
Friday 12th October - Walnut
Friday 2nd November - Oak
Friday 9th November - Beech
Friday 16th November - Willow
Friday 23rd November - Hazel 

Social dates for your diary
Reception 
Thursday 11th October - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ The Albany 
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ TBC
Friday 30th November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House 
Year 1
Thursday 4th October - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Cafe Nero on North Street (opposite Decathlon) 
Thursday 29th November - Christmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)
Year 2
Friday 28th September - 8pm - Drinks & Pizza @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road)


HTSC News (Junior PTA)

Hello to everyone

And welcome back to a new term, and a new year of fundraising for the HTSC. Steph (Harry 5S) and I (Charlie 5C and Ruby 3C) have foolishly agreed to fill the enormous shoes of Ros and Carrie who are retiring from their monumental fundraising efforts and HTSC chairing of the past few years.

We are excited about the year ahead, if a little (well quite a lot) nervous about the roles we are taking on. But we hope you will join us and have some fun along the way. Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce ourselves so you can get to know us a bit better.

We may as well start as we mean to go on, by asking for your help! We need Class Reps in quite a lot of the classes. It is brilliant role, not to arduous and great way to get to know your fellow parents and the school. It is the vital connection between the class, the school and the HTSC to pass information up about what parents want us to do, and for us to send information (and requests for help!) to the parents.

The key things are
Organising social events for your year (usually one or two a term)
Helping ‘recruit’ parents/carers/grandparents/anyone to run stalls and other fundraising events – the Fairs, Christmas Plays, Bonfire Night, Quiz nights to name a few
Cajoling your year group to contribute prizes and donations to the Christmas and Summer Fairs
Coming to the committee meetings when you can

We need reps (preferably two) in the following classes
Year 4 4N and 4S
Year 5 5S and 5C (we have one in each) and 5L
Year6 We have one in 6S, totally appreciate you probably have all done your bit in the preceding years, but we will need your input for fundraising for Y6 events and Year Book

Please, please, please volunteer – we will do our best to make it fun, and as easy as possible. You can let us know on HTSC@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

We also need to collect your contact details so we can ‘talk’ to you. Please look out for a form next week.

In other news, fund raising has been kicked off by Katie in Year 5.
Walking 26 miles to raise money for HT – Surrey Hills Challenge
Katie going to walk the full marathon (26 miles/42.2 km) organised by the Surrey Hills Challenge on Sunday 23rd September. It will be a long and hilly trek with 1272.8 metres of climb and Katie has to finish within ten hours. You can show your support for Katie on the following link. And we’d personally like to say thank you for your huge effort. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ditastaton1
Every pound counts! Thank you

Bingo is on 13th October – forms for tickets with fish & chips coming very soon

SAVE THE DATE – Christmas Fair is Friday 30th November



Guitar/Ukulele Tuition
Professional musician and songwriter, Keith Ryder, offers lessons in contemporary guitar and ukulele at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School and has spaces available for new pupils in September. Beginners are very welcome. Keith may be contacted on 01483 414874 / 07958 534458 or email keithryder@btconnect.com

HTPD 14/9/18

14 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m writing this just after the Meet the Team evening at the junior school and I am buzzing with the excitement of being part of such a vibrant community. Thank you to all those who came along – how encouraging to see so many families represented and to share with you in the anticipation of a great year ahead. If you were unable to attend, please don’t worry. Keep an eye on the JTLYK pages on the website and you should find out everything that you need to know week by week, and your child’s class teacher will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. One important aspect that all year teams spoke about is our online safety message. We ask you to support your child in navigating this tricky area by closely supervising their use of the internet and by not allowing them to bring phones or other devices into school, unless special permission is sought. Do speak to Tom Everard (tome@htpd.surrey.sch.uk), our online safety lead, if you would welcome further information or advice.

Our assembly series for this term got underway this week. As the months go by, we will be discovering the story of the Old Testament hero, Moses as he leads his people out of captivity in Egypt towards the Promised Land. It’s a great story of Moses discovering his leadership qualities, building a relationship with our heavenly Father and learning to live in community. By looking at Moses’ example, I hope that all of us are inspired! As the journey through the desert unfolds, we’ll be using various road signs to explore how God helps us along the road of life. Then on Fridays, Nick and Abigail will be contemplating taking on a different career – introducing the children to a whole range of people who help us, from doctors to police officers, to life-boat crew members and the AA roadwatch. Let me know if your own career is in one of the caring professions – we might like to have you visit! Do take a look at the
assembly slides each week to prompt some discussions at home about the themes that we cover.

Finally, I wanted to share with you my highlight of the week. It was just great to see our Year 6 children work together with their new Year 3 buddies to explore the meaning of our school values, out in the beautiful late summer sunshine on the Chantries’ Campsite. Seeing them talk together, laugh and share ideas certainly filled me with a week’s worth of joy!

Have a great weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

INFANT

Year R coffee morning, Monday 17 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.

Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 19 September, 7.00 pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening next week. Please go straight to your child’s classroom on arrival. At 7.45 pm there will be drinks in the hall and a welcome talk from Clare (the head teacher) followed by the FOPS (infant PTA) AGM.

Phonics evening Year R, Tuesday 25 September, 7.00 pm
Please join us to find out how we will be teaching your children to read and write, and how you can support their phonics learning at home. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also very welcome to attend.

Teacher-led clubs, Years 1 and 2
Choice forms for teacher-led clubs are being returned today with your child’s allocated club circled.  All school clubs start week commencing Monday 17 September with the exception of Ping Pong and Puzzles which starts week commencing Monday 24 September.  Cooking Club – Group 1 runs from 27 September to 8 November (5 weeks) and Cooking Club – Group 2 runs from 15 November to 13 December (5 weeks).

Parking in High Pewley
Just to add to Clare’s comments on parking last week, please can we remind all parents that High Pewley (opposite the top end of Semaphore Road) is also a private road. Please avoid parking there and use the bays along the top of Pewley Hill instead.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 17 September


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/apply-for-a-school-place 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 2019 is Wednesday, 31st October 2018 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Dates for your diary:

Monday, 17th September – Year 4 trip to Butser Farm. Year 4 team would like children to wear a ‘simple’ Celtic type costume for this trip and letter with more details about this trip to follow next week

Monday, 17th September – Year 5C visit The Royal Grammar School

Wednesday, 19th September – 3A and 4N begin their swimming lessons at the Spectrum

Monday, 24th September – Year 5S visit The Royal Grammar School

Friday, 28th September – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

After School Clubs
There have been a couple of minor changes made since last week so please make sure you check your particular preferences.

May we remind you please that should you choose a club marked with an asterisk (*) the club is run privately, at school, and has to be paid for. Please liaise with the person running that club. All the other clubs are teacher-led and free of charge. Please note that this applies to Photography Club and that further details of the club can be found below.

Sport

Girls’ Cross-Country Date: Time: Venue: Tuesday 18th September 3.30pm – 5.15pm (Parents to help with lifts, please meet in the Atrium at 3.25pm) St Catherine’s, Station Road, Bramley, GU5 0DF

Laura Sutton HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Menu - Week 2


FOPS NEWS (Infant PTA)

This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th 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.


Class reps

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

Reception:
Willow Class: Carrie Masson & Louisa Curl
Hazel Class: Tania Piper & Zoe Jeffries

Year 1:
Oak Class: Claire Hassan & Amy Cashmore
Beech Class: Emily Walker & Ana Reith-Smith

Year 2:
Walnut Class: Samantha Gaskell 
Chestnut Class: Kayleigh Ashraf & Eloise Campion & Ana Reith-Smith

Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 25th September - 8pm - Fops meeting in staff room @ school

Reception:
Monday 17th September - coffee morning in the school hall after drop off
Y1: 
Thursday 4th October - coffee morning @ Nero on North Street (opposite Decathlon)
Thursday 29th October - Xmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)
Y2:
Friday 28th September- 8pm - Drinks & Pizza @ 5 Jenner Rd, Guildford
 


HTSC News

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

The HTSC Committee for 2018/9 is as follows:
Treasurer: Claudia Camargo
Secretary: Tillie Williams and Nik Badain

We also have two new potential co-chairs – watch this space!

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 3T (one more needed), 3A, 4N, 4S, 4E (one more needed), 5S, 5L and ALL classes in Year 6. Please contact Stephanie Maynard (steph@theeventcrew.co.uk) if you can help. We cannot do it without you!

Bingo! - Saturday 13 October - 6pm - 8pm
We are holding a family BINGO night at HT on Saturday 13 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.

Watch out for the ticket release date – this event has sold out for the past three years, so do get those ticket requests in quickly!


Sharp Shots Photo Club - photography club designed to inspire & teach students how to take a great photograph Each term the students learn a different set of photographic skills that improves their camera knowledge and develops their eye to take well-composed images. For the Autumn term themes include Light drawing, Black and white, Capturing Autumn and loads more! Students view famous photographers' work to demonstrate each weekly skill set. At the end of the term each student receives a professionally printed 40 page bespoke photo journal showcasing their amazing images. The cost for each week of club is £8, and can be paid for termly. For the Autumn term there are 11 weeks of clubs, and the fee is £88. The club starts 25.09.18 and ends on 11.12.18. For further information contact us at info@sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk

Guitar/Ukulele Tuition - Professional musician and songwriter, Keith Ryder, offers lessons in contemporary guitar and ukulele at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School and has spaces available for new pupils in September. Beginners are very welcome. Keith may be contacted on 01483 414874 / 07958 534458 or email keithryder@btconnect.com

Guildfordians Rugby Club: Open Day, Sunday 16 September, 10 am – 1.00 pm, Stoke Park
Girls and boys aged 3 upwards are invited to the Guildfordians Open Day on Sunday including BBQ, bouncy castle, fun games and skills challenges. No previous experience or knowledge of the game is required, but please do take boots if you have them. Guildfordians are located at the North end of Stoke Park. www.grfc.co.uk

HTPD 7/9/18

07 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a superb start to the year! A very special welcome to all the new families and children joining the school across both sites. It’s been lovely to see so many smiling, excited children, full of hope and confidence!

As a staff, we spent Tuesday, our first INSET training day, considering our school values and also our vocation. We walked together in the beautiful countryside, completing challenges, working together as teams and getting ready for the year ahead. It was excellent to see how enthusiastic, supportive and professional the staff are – they are all determined to provide the very best education that they can!

Now that the children have arrived too, the school is alive with the buzz of learning. One of the first tasks has been to design class charters; together with their teachers, the children have considered how to make the most of the year ahead. They’ve thought about the kind of behaviours, attitudes and organisation that will ensure they have a happy class. Ideas included determination to be punctual in the morning, arriving with the right equipment, being respectful to others, completing work to the best of their ability, joining in with opportunities offered, and being kind. We’ll be sending these home this year so that you can take a look at what they intend to do, and share in their determination to make this a really successful year. Maybe pin it to the fridge and chat about how they’re getting on every now and then.

One of the trickier aspects of life at HTPD is the drop off and pick up situation in the roads around the school. It’s always very busy and can be dangerous. In order to make things as safe as possible and to respect our neighbours who live nearby, we ask you to do the following:

  • If you can, park a bit further away and walk (older children in Y5 and Y6 love the independence of walking to and from school on their own)
  • Avoid parking in either staff car parks (there aren’t enough spaces for parents and it makes the driveway dangerous for children if people drive in at drop off and pick up)
  • Only park in marked parking spots (not on the zig zags, on pavements, or blocking driveways)
  • Use our informal one-way system (at the infants, driving down Semaphore Road towards Pewley Way, and at the juniors, driving along Pewley Way and onto Addison Road)
  • Avoid parking in Pewley Bank which is a private road, or in Cline Road which is too narrow for two way traffic (and definitely keep the turning circle clear)
  • Avoid leaving engines running so that the air around school stays free of petrol fumes

Thank you for your help with all of this which is greatly appreciated.

I’m looking forward to meeting up with all of you at the upcoming Meet the Team evenings (Yrs 3-6 7pm, Thursday 13th September and YrR-2 7pm Wednesday 19th September), but I’m sure I’ll see many of you before then in the playground or on the drive. Do get in touch, either with your child’s teacher, with me, or with another member of the leadership team if you have any concerns or worries about the start of the year. We really do value your partnership in your child’s education and thank you in advance for what promises to be an excellent year!

With best wishes, Clare 

INFANT AND JUNIOR

Meet the Team evening
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening. This is a chance to meet your child’s teacher and hear about the exciting year ahead:
Holy Trinity (Years 3 - 6): Thursday 13 September at 7.00pm.
Pewley Down (Years R - 2): Wednesday 19 September at 7.00pm.
 


 

INFANT

Swimming Year 2
Swimming lessons for Year 2 start next Wednesday 12 September. The last swimming session for this term will be on 5 December.

Year R coffee morning, Monday 17 September
New Year R parents are warmly invited to a coffee morning in the school hall after drop-off on Monday 17th. This is a great opportunity to meet other reception parents and your class reps.

Phonics evening Year R, Tuesday 25 September, 7.00 pm
Please join us to find out how we will be teaching your children to read and write, and how you can support their phonics learning at home. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also very welcome to attend.

Teacher-led clubs, Years 1 and 2
Forms with choices for teacher-led clubs this term will come home early next week. Clubs will start week commencing Monday 17 September, apart from Board Games and Cooking clubs which will start week commencing Monday 24 September.

Menu: week 1 beginning 10 September 
Monday: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tuesday: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Wednesday: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thursday: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Friday: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available Daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


 

JUNIOR

Dates for your diary
Tuesday, 11th September - Years 3 and 6 Trip to the Chantries/Downs
Thursday, 13th September – Years 3 to 6 Meet the Teacher Evening for parents
Monday, 17th September – Year 4 trip to Butser Farm - Year 4 team would like children to wear a ‘simple’ Celtic type costume for this trip and letter with more details about this trip to follow next week.
Wednesday, 19th September – 3A and 4N begin their swimming lessons at the Spectrum

Details for ParentPay
We've had lots of enquiries about ParentPay our on-line payment system. It's a slightly tricky situation in that we need to leave all the old year 6's now and then add the new year 3's who will only be properly brought onto SIMS when they are admitted so it takes a little while to do it.   You ought to receive a letter from the Finance Office in the next 10 days or so with instructions of how to set up your account and logon. Your unique code that you need to use to get into your account will be included so please do look out for it. If you have any queries relating to ParentPay, please do speak with Flora in the Finance Office or contact her by email on florab@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Your child will be able to have their school dinners regardless so please don't worry that you are in credit to start with - you can make a payment when you log on for the first time. Please do try to keep your lunch account topped up. We encourage parents to pay for dinners at least monthly and all other trips promptly. A small discount is available on school dinners if you wish to pay termly in advance or for the whole school year - please refer to the Parents' Handbook that you should have received from the school at the end of last term at the Parents' Evening. Do speak with Sheryl or Sue in the Front Office if you don't have one or if you have misplaced it!

After School Clubs
Please see the attached After School Clubs List which gives all the information you need as to when and where. May we remind you please that should you choose a club marked with an asterisk (*) the club is run privately, at school, and has to be paid for. Please liaise with the person running that club. All the other clubs are teacher-led and free of charge.

Book Club will start on Wednesday 19th September, please email geraldinet@htpd.surrey.sch.uk if you wish to join. Look forward to seeing you there.

Sport

Holy Trinity Pewley Down Swim Club (HTPDSC)
We offer one hour lessons at St. Catherine’s School pool in Bramley on a Friday afternoon from 4.30 p.m. onwards, term time only.  

If your child can swim 10-15m+ or ASA Stage 4 and above they will be eligible for our 4.30-5.30 p.m. Technique group. 

We also offer a 5.30-6.30 pm. Squad training session for children able to swim 50m and above.  Both sessions cover stroke technique and endurance work as well as diving and give the swimmers the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to potentially represent their School in swimming galas.

Due to our Year 6 leavers, there will be vacancies in the HTPDSC from September 2018.  Please contact Jan Griffiths, Swimming Coach, on 02392 351425 or email janharley@msn.com for further information or to arrange a free trial.  

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator


Menu Week 1 - This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


 

FOPS NEWS

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

Hope you all had a great summer and are ready to get involved and help out in this year’s school fund raising activities and social events.

Firstly and urgently 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. 

Also we still need class reps for most of the classes so please, if you feel you are the one who could take on this position please get in touch with Ruth in the school office.


HTSC NEWS

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

We are looking forward to another exciting year of HTSC fun, kicking off with a family Bingo night on Saturday 13 October. This was a total sell-out last year, so watch out for the ticket release date!

The HTSC AGM is next Thursday 13 September straight after the HT Meet the Team evening. We will be electing the new committee members and approving last year’s accounts.

Wanted - new Chair or co-chairs!!!
We are still seeking a new chair or co-chairs to take over running HTSC. Can you help? It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the school community, raise funds, organise social events and make a real difference to the educational possibilities offered by the school.
If you think this is a role you would be interested in taking on, please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) for more details.

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 3T (one more needed), 3A, 4N, 4S, 4E (one more needed), 5S (one more needed), 5L and ALL classes in Year 6. Please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) if you can help. Thank you!

Looking forward to another fun packed year!