HTPD 20/9/19

20 September 2019

Dear Parents & Carers,

Now that both “Meet the Team” evenings have taken place, I hope that you feel well informed about the school routines for each individual year group. Do remember though to keep a close eye on the “Just to Let You Know” pages of the website (use the JTLYK tab). It’s where you’ll find really helpful reminders about special events, curriculum, homework and specific news about your child’s week. If English is your additional language, do ask in the office for support in translating if that would help. We have plenty of parents happy to help out. There is also a google translate button on our website home page.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s lovely autumn sunshine – it’s been delightful at playtime, with children on the field at Pewley and in the woods at the juniors having so much fun. I think we’ve all “seen heaven in the moment” outside in the fresh air. With the theme of the week focusing on being still and recognising life’s important priorities, we’ve all found that much simpler out in the open! I hope you all manage some outside relaxation this weekend.

Do take a read of the important notice below about the school prayer group. This is such a vibrant group of parents that meet regularly to pray about our school. They ask God for His continued blessing and protection on all that we seek to do at HTPD, praying for the staff and children that we’d experience what Jesus meant when He said that He’d come to bring life in all its fullness. If you’d like to join them in praying, please take a look.

Next Friday 27th we’ll be encouraging the children to take part in a special mufti day. This isn’t to raise funds on this occasion – instead we’d like to encourage the children to wear something that’s either been handed down by an older brother or sister, or bought second hand from a charity shop or elsewhere. Hopefully this will raise awareness of the importance of recycling. We’re calling the day “Preowned and Proud” and hope to use it to remind children of the importance of looking after the earth’s resources. The staff will be joining in too. I’m looking forward to hearing all the stories of who owned various garments first!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: ‘Choose understanding, not gold or silver’ (Proverbs 16 v 16). Be still and enjoy the moment!


HTPD Prayer Group
Tea, coffee and cake 27 September 9am, Pewley Down staff room

We would love to invite praying parents across both sites to join us this term praying for our schools. This is a great opportunity to join with other Christians in praying for the students, staff and leadership. Our first meeting will be at Pewley Down on 27 September, meeting in the staff room after drop off at 9am. There will be tea, coffee and cake and we will chat about our plans for the term. If you would like to be added to our WhatsApp group or for more information please email, or see Gracie Southcombe/Lydia Foster/Claire Haynes.

Holy Trinity Church
As HTPD families you are automatically a part of the Holy Trinity Church community. You are all warmly invited, along with your families and friends, to our All-Age service for Harvest Festival on Sunday 29 September, 10am at Holy Trinity Church. Children’s Corner for tinies, craft and activities for children and coffee and cake for all! Any questions contact Pippa at


Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
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 primarily intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also welcome to attend especially if they are new to the school.

Pre-owned and proud, Friday 27 September
Next Friday we would like children to come to school wearing home clothes – preferably pre-owned (eg belonging to an older sibling, cousin or friend). See Clare’s letter above.

Eco Team
The Eco Team have had their first meeting and come up with lots of super ideas. The first is for every class to have a light monitor responsible for switching off the lights when everyone leaves the room. Another suggestion is to take more care of the school grounds, and the eco team has decided that they will be picking up litter. Future ideas include re-vamping the eco-house on the field, and finding out what creatures live in the pond.

Erin in Beech Class has lost her named Shackleton cardigan.
Chloe in Oak Class has lost a pink ‘LOL’ water bottle.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 23 September.


Dates for your Diary
23rd September : RGS Visit Year 5T
27th September : Preowned and Proud Mufti 
4th October : Crown Court Service Year 6
8th October : Visit to Marwell Zoo Year 3

School Trips September 2019
Please log into the following trips, payment due now: Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019 New Year 3’s activation letters were sent home last week- please ensure that you have received the log in details and created your account. This is our preferred method of payment. Thank you.

Carlota (3S) has lost 2 new navy Zara cardigans with pearl buttons. Please bring them to the office if you find them. Many Thanks.

Menu - Week 1 commencing 23 September 2019.

Sports & Clubs

All after school sports clubs are running next week.

Spaces are full for the Year 4 Dodgeball on Thursday with Paul.
Year 3 parents can add their child's name to the list for Dodgeball club after half term, just email Laura S :

We hope that 3A and 4N are enjoying their swimming lessons. It was lovely to see so many children wearing swimming hats and goggles. The swimming teachers have pointed out that wearing large baggy board shorts really slows children down in the water and wearing thin swimming trunks makes it much easier for the children to learn how to swim.

If your child is not currently swimming outside of school now is a great time to enrol them in swimming lesson so they consolidate what they are learning in PE time and become confident swimmers.

Y5 Netball v Tormead
Date: Tuesday 24th
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Tormead
Venue: Cranley Rd, GU1 2JD
Teacher: JJ & LauraGold-(1).png
Laura Sutton, Sports Co-ordinator


Welcome back everyone to a new term, and a brand-new year of fundraising for FOPS. We start by thanking everyone who attended our AGM on Wednesday prior to the Meet the Team evening. We were thrilled to have such a positive reception and are looking forward to a fabulous year.

We officially voted in a new committee, who are as follows:
Co-Chairs: Sam Ludlow Taylor and Jo Markwell
Treasurer: Sophie McGill
Secretary: Rachel Okesola

Filled with fresh ideas and enthusiasm we are sure they are going to be fantastic! They will need lots of support from the PD families. Even if it is just 30 minutes here or there it all makes a difference.

Another way to support us is to be a Class Rep. We have heard from a couple of people, but we still need class reps for every class in the school. If you feel you could fill this essential role, please contact Ruth in the office.

The first meeting will be in the next few weeks once those rep roles are filled, every parent is welcome to these meetings so please do keep an eye out for that date.

Match Funding
Do you or your partner work at a company that offers match funding? This is a scheme where companies will match money raised at a certain event/stall that you volunteer at. Most large companies offer this and if you are planning on volunteering for events like the disco or Christmas fair we would love to hear from you!

Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school.

FOPS notice board
There are items for sale and notices on the board outside Oak class (next to the ramp downstairs) so do remember to have a look. If you would like to advertise something yourself, cards are in the office with Ruth and Jane (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free), so if you have something to sell let us know!

Social Dates for you Diaries: (to follow)


Hi Everyone,

Hope you’ve all had a good week and getting back into the swing of the school routine!

There are a few important dates below but first we’d like to introduce the new HTSC committee for 2019/2020.

Chair – Helen Day (Issy in 3A, William 4E)
Treasurer – Kirsty Terracotta (Daniel 6T, Charlie 6L)
Secretary – Tillie Williams (Bee in 6L)

We hope that all the new Year 3s are settling in well and welcome to all the new families that are joining us from other infant schools. Our initial priority is to make sure that every class has at least 1 class rep, but 2 is ideal to help spread out the tasks and to give support to each other. If you would like to know more about what it entails, please email

So far, the below have volunteered to be class reps, however if this is incorrect, please let the office or Helen know on the above email address.

3A Jen Wills; Houria Chauvin; Lucy Donald
3C Laura Hinton
3S Alice Hughes; Viktora Savchenko; Sophie Bickford-Smith

4E Lou Curl; Kim Phillips
4A Rebecca Harney; Helen Harris
4N Susie Blume, Gulsen Ozturk

5JJ 5T 5S

6T Ang Katryniak 6L 6S

Our first HTSC meeting is on Monday 23rd September from 8pm at Rogues in the conservatory. Everyone is welcome whether you can pop in for 15mins or stay for the whole meeting. We’ll be asking for any new ideas you may have and looking to the first few events that we have booked for this term. If you are unable to come but have an idea or an issue you would like us to discuss, please email by Monday.

Dates for your diary:
Mon 23rd September – HTSC meeting at Rogues bar from 8pm
Sat 12th October from 6pm – Bingo night!
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair

Wishing you a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC 


HTPD 13/9/19

13 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for such a good first full week of the term! I’ve loved getting to know our new children – they have really impressed me with their confidence and hopeful attitude to so much that is new! I’m sure they’ll appreciate a rest this weekend; getting into a routine after a long summer break tires all of us out and we’ve commented today that it’ll be good to have time to stop. The junior school “Meet the Team” evening seemed to go very well with such an enthusiastic turn out and plenty of offers of help for the year ahead. Thank you! I look forward to seeing our infant school families next Wednesday 18th – we’ll start in the hall at 7pm before spending time in the classrooms hearing about each year groups plans.

Can I remind you all to make sure that if you drop your children at school before 8.30 in the morning, they need to go to Breakfast Club. No staff are on duty in the playground and we have to ensure that they are supervised so that everyone is safe.

It’s been fun getting started with our assembly series. This term, we’re thinking about Wisdom. The Book of Proverbs in the Bible is a good place to start with its wise and varied sayings – each week, I’ll highlight one in the newsletter. It will have been the backbone to all the discussions, drama and stories in assembly. You might like to chat about the theme at home. The children have amazed me with their insight already. I’ll also put in the link to our assembly slide show. There’s always plenty of laughter included too – at the juniors we were joined today by an opera expert, Sue Prano. And at the infants we took part in an episode of Ready Steady Cook!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: 'The Word of the Lord gives life.' (Proverbs 4 v 22) Where do you get your wisdom from?



The roads around school are always very busy at drop off and pick up times and can be dangerous. In order to make things as safe as possible and to respect our neighbours who live nearby, we ask that you:

  • Only park in marked parking spaces (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 parking in either staff car park (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).
  • If you can, park a bit further away and walk.


Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 18 September, 7.00pm in the hall
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening on Wednesday.

Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
Although this is intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also welcome to attend especially if they are new to the school.

Nasal Flu vaccination (all year groups)
You should have received a ParentMail earlier this week with information on the nasal flu vaccination and an e-consent form. The deadline for completion is Tuesday 22 October. Please let us know if you did not receive the ParentMail or if, as a new parent, you have not received a registration email for ParentMail. It may be that we don’t have your correct details in our system.

PUPS (after school club) changes
A reminder that there has been a change to the timing of the PUPS tea which is now served in the second session. The charge for the first session (3.00 – 4.30pm) is £7.00 per day, and for the second session (4.30 to 6.00pm) it is £8.00 (including tea).

Aldi’s Kit for Schools
We’re collecting Team GB stickers with Aldi’s Kit for Schools. If you spend £30 in any Aldi store you will receive a Team GB athlete sticker. Help us collect 300 stickers to complete our poster and we’ll receive an exclusive sports kit plus a chance to win £20,000.

Birthday Treats
Many children like to bring in treats for their class mates when it is their birthday. However, we would ask that these treats are limited to fruit rather than sweets or chocolate.

We have printed paper copies of the newsletter for the first two weeks of term, but from next week the newsletter will just be available on the website and we will send out a ParentMail reminder with the link on Friday afternoons. Please let the office know if you do still require a paper copy.

Beau in Chestnut has lost her pink sparkly key ring with iridescent horn and eyes.

Menu: Week 3 starting 16 September - soon


September Dates for your Diary
Monday 16th - Year 4 visit to Butser Farm
Wednesday 18th - Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years R – 2
Wednesday 18th - 3A and 4N start Swimming lessons
Friday 20th - Year 6 Visit to RHS Wisley

School Trips September 2019
Please log into the following trips, payment due now:
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
New Year 3’s activation letters sent home this week, please check school bags.This is our preferred method of payment. Thank you.


All after school sports clubs are running next week. Updated timetable available here.

Changes to the Clubs List: Paul's tag rugby is for both Y5 and Y6 throughout the whole term.
Tom's badminton club on Tuesday will now be Year 6 this half of the Autumn term and Year 5 after half term.

Spaces are full for the Year 4 Dodgeball on Thursday with Paul. Year 3 parents can add their child's name to the list for Dodgeball club after half term by emailing

It has been great to see children come to school with their correct PE kit all ready for PE and clubs. We have reminded the children that spare PE kit is only to be borrowed in exceptional circumstances and if a child is borrowing spare kit more than once then the office will be sending a reminder email home.

St Catherine's XC - Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Girls
Date: Tuesday 17th
Time: 4.00pm - 5.15pm - Parents to help with lifts to St Catherine's
Venue: St Catherine's , Station Road, Bramley, GU5 0DF
Teacher: Laura & Nick

Menu Week 3
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab - soon.


Guildford United Reformed Church has a vacancy for a part-time Community Worker
You will drive forward our programme of work in the local community, including a cafĂ© and a choir for dementia sufferers and carers, a community film club, a support group for new parents and other initiatives. Salary in the region of £26,000 pro rata. About 18 hours per week. For full details see our website Closing date: 11th October 2019. Interviews: 22nd October.

Surrey Arts
would like to invite all young musicians to come along and try out some of the local ensembles at our open evening on Wednesday 18th September.
5.15- 6.30pm
South West Winds - Woodwind, brass and percussion players (beginner to grade 4)
Prima - String players (beginner to grade 2)
Opus - String players (grade 2- 4)
6.45 - 8.45pm
South West Surrey Youth Orchestra - Strings, Wind, brass and percussion (grade 5+)
All rehearsals take place at Tillingbourne School and the open rehearsal and first term is free. Expert tutors will be on hand to help, just bring along your instrument! For more information, please contact Alison Harding -

There is also a wind and brass "Come & Try" session on Saturday 14th September, where pupils who are considering learning a wind or brass instrument can have a go, under the supervision of Surrey Arts tutors. See attached flier.

Guildford Big Draw

We are happy to announce that we are hosting a number of FREE family friendly arts activities in Guildford this October, as part of the national Big Draw festival.

DofE Volunteering to help students with Maths/Science
A student at the Royal Grammar School, Nathan Page, is starting his A levels this year and he is interested in volunteering in the local community offering additional help in Maths/Science. He is available for two 45-minute sessions per week. If you would like him to help your child please email me at


HTPD 6/9/19

06 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been fantastic today to visit all the children in their classrooms and to see them so excited to be back in school. For our new children, I’ve enjoyed seeing how quickly they’ve looked at home - those initial feelings of apprehension replaced with smiles and a sense of belonging. Thank you to all our parents and carers for preparing your children so well to take that bold step of independence into their new classes. With all the older children well equipped with pencil cases this year, their attitude to learning seems even more impressive! And they all look really smart in their uniforms too!

As the term gets underway, I’m really excited to be able to share with you all the
final report from the church school inspection that took place just before the summer break at the junior school. The overall judgement was that Holy Trinity is an excellent school! Do take a look – it’s a great summary of the impact of our school values being lived out. I’m so delighted that our ethos made such an impact on the inspector. She states that our vision results in “an inclusive and joyful school where pupils and adults thrive as they together develop their God-given potential”. I love too how much the report celebrates our team philosophy, with governors, parents, staff and children all working together to ensure that we “Learn to Live”.

Over the next fortnight, we’ll be holding our “Meet the Team” evenings (Thursday 12th September at 7pm in the Chapel for those in Year 3 to Year 6, and Wednesday 18th September at 7pm at Pewley for those in Year R to Year 2). Please do try to be there – you’ll hear all about the year ahead, find out how best you can support your child, and meet your child’s class teacher. This strengthens our home-school partnership, helping your child to feel settled and reassured because you’ll know more about how things work.

Finally, can I remind everyone that, as a healthy school, we request that children only bring in snacks of fruit or vegetables. This keeps litter to a minimum, and is also the healthiest option. Remember that we’re a nut-free school…including in packed lunches. This helps keep those children with severe allergies safe. We are working hard this year to consider our impact on the environment, so I’ll also encourage you to use refillable water bottles rather than single-use plastic ones. With the eco-teams being chosen across both sites in the coming days, I’m sure they’ll have other reminders that they’ll want me to include in future weeks. So watch this space!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” What are your plans for the term?


Teacher-led clubs Years 1 and 2
Most of the teacher-led clubs will start next week (commencing 9 September). However, Creative Clay with Claire C and Ball Skills with Catherine (both on Thursday) have been cancelled next week.

Swimming Year 2
Swimming for Year 2 starts next Wednesday 11 September so please remember swimming kits that day. Invoices will come home in book bags today.

Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 18 September, 7.00pm
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.

Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
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 welcome to attend.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 9 September


Dates for your Diary
9th Sept: 5S Visit to RGS ( 5JJ Visit on 16th Sept ; 5T on 23rd Sept)
10th Sept : Years 3 and 6 Visit to the Chantries
12th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years 3 – 6
13th Sept : Years 4 and 5 Visit to the Chatries
16th Sept : Year 4 visit to Butser Farm
18th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years R – 2
18th Sept : 3A and 4N start Swimming lessons
20th Sept : Year 6 Visit to RHS Wisley

FAO of New Parents
We are working on user names and passwords for your ParentPay account. They will come out in the bookbags towards the end of the week. In the meantime, your child’s lunch account will go into credit – please don’t worry about it for the moment as you can make the payment once the accounts are up and running. Any queries regarding ParentPay should be directed to Flora in the Finance Office. Thank you!

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 Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail 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 2020 is Thursday, 31st October 2019 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.


After School Clubs : will start on Monday 9th Sept. Please download the Autumn term Clubs List here. You can also find the Clubs list on the website.

Aldi's Kit for Schools
Get collecting for the Aldi's kit for school prize of an exclusive sports kit for Holy Trinity plus the chance to win £20,000! Every time you spend £30.00 in any Aldi store, you will receive a Team GB Sticker. We have until the 3rd November to collect 300 stickers.

There is a box at the office for you to deposit all the stickers you collect. Let's get collecting!

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.

Guildfordians Rugby Club
We are a friendly rugby club based in the centre of Guildford at Stoke Park providing rugby for everyone from the age of 3. We have junior, senior, Touch and Walking rugby all of which are great team sports to be involved in. Rugby for the kids (which is mixed) is on Sunday morning (starting back this Sunday 1st September at 10:00am). Please visit our website for further information.

Guildford Symphony Orchestra: Medieval Magic -The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 21 September, 3.30pm, St Catherine’s School, Bramley

Family concert with narrator David Leonard and Michael Copley’s Medieval Woodwind. Exciting music to fire the imagination inspired by the Pied Piper, swords, witches, fairies, fireworks and more ... More information from GSO Box Office: 01483 415847 or

XY Strings - Please see the attached flier (coming soon) about XY Strings which is a community string group - just in case you may be interested.