HTPD 23/2/18

23 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

I do hope that your children have been coming home enthused by science this week! It’s been a truly wonderful time in school, with so much to be inspired by! Back in 1996, when I left academic research, I was disappointed by the lacklustre approach from some of the undergraduates coming through education back then. They seemed to have a narrow view of what a science education could be, with a focus on passing exams and knowing the pre-rehearsed answers. I had a hope that one day I’d provide opportunities for children to be captivated by genuine scientific discovery. This week, I’ve been so encouraged and delighted by all of the children’s excitement and love of scientific learning. I’m so grateful to our teaching teams for crafting such fantastic learning opportunities – with each day linked to an amazing scientist who hopefully captured the imagination of what is possible when the human mind asks how things work.

We were also delighted to be joined by parent experts, as well as those from the University of Surrey and the Royal Grammar School. Hearing from them will no doubt have inspired many of our children to look forward to science education at secondary school and beyond.

Some of my favourite moments from the week included the following: seeing children making balloons static and their laughter as they electrified their hair as well, conducting electricity around a circuit of children (don’t worry – only very low power), rolling balls down our purpose-built ramp at the juniors (it’s like having a Hadron Collider on site!), space scientists wearing space suits and proving that space really is out of this world, Benjamin Franklin perfecting his Bostonian accent as the days progressed, and just hearing the number of times these words were uttered, “Wow! Look at that! How does that work?”

I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to come into school this afternoon to hear about all the different activities, to see the children’s lab books and to try out some of the science for yourselves!

Finally, I’d like to thank HTSC and FOPS for your amazing generosity in funding the purchase and installation of 12 new interactive screens in the classrooms over the half term break. It was perfect timing, with a focus on science and technology, to be able to use them this week and they are an absolutely cutting edge teaching resource. We are so lucky to have them. Thank you!

With best wishes
Clare

Whole school notice

Parking around school
Following concern from some of our local neighbours in Cline Road and Pewley Bank, please can we ask parents to park respectfully, considerately and drive carefully around both sites. Be careful not to block driveways or park illegally and please do take extreme care to watch out for pedestrians. Thank you.

INFANT

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 1 March
Appointment times for the parent consultations next week are coming home in book bags today. We would encourage you to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but please do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library/office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week owing to the parent consultation meetings. However, Andy’s clubs (Ball Games, Tuesday; Multi-Sports, Wednesday) will run as normal.

HTPD Prayer Group
This term the group will be meeting at 9am Monday 23 March and at 8pm on Tuesday 27 March. Please contact Suzie Speed on 07780 677151 or suziespeed@gmail.com for more details and venue.

Dogs
Please can we ask parents who own dogs to tie them up away from the school gates so that children who might be anxious can arrive at school without having to worry. Can we also remind you that we are a dog-free site and therefore dogs are unfortunately not welcome in the playgrounds.

Parking
A reminder that Pewley Bank is a private road and we would ask that you find alternative places to park.

Lost
Elijah Okesola has lost his (un-named) Next grey hoodie, last seen on Fluffy Friday. 

Menu: (week 1 beginning 26 February)
 
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
 


JUNIOR

Book Fair
Please note: Owing to the Book Fair arriving on the 6 March, there will be no library clubs from the 6th until the 12th March. Chess will happen on the 5 March but not on the 12 March.

World Book Day
To mark this day we will be holding a “Big Book Swap” on Thursday, 1st March. Please bring in well-looked-after children’s books (no adult books) on the day.

We will also be hosting a ‘Travelling Books’ Book Fair the following week at which you will be able to use your World Book Day voucher to get £1 off any book.

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association will release tickets for their concert on 21st March, 2018 on Thursday, 8th February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Cancelled Clubs for week commencing Monday, 26th February:
Years 3 & 4 Football on Tuesday, 27th February due to a Years 3 & 4 Girls’ Football tournament
Years 5 & 6 Football on Wednesday, 28th February due to a Year 6 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills
Hockey on Thursday, 1st March due to a Year 4 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills

Years 3 & 4 Girls’ Football Tournament
Date: Tuesday, 27th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Holy Trinity

Years 5 & 6 Pairs Cricket Tournament
Date: Wednesday, 28th February
Time: 12.15pm - 3pm – Parents to help with lifts and pick up from Broadwater School at the end of the tournament.
Venue: Broadwater School, Summers Rd, Godalming GU7 3BW

Year 6 Hockey Match v Barrow Hills
Date: Wednesday, 28th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Year 4 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Thursday, 1st March
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity

Cranleigh School have offered us some hockey goals but we need a way to transport them. If there is anyone who has a large vehicle and a few hours to spare, we would be so very grateful for your help. Please contact school on hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or Mary direct on maryb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

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

Lost – 4J

Ona Cashmore lost her named Green Parka with Pink Fur, please take it to the office if you have seen it or taken it home by mistake. Many thanks.

Menu - Week 1
Please see Menu under Weekly News Tab


FOPS News

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using Easy Fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We now have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 25 March, 3 – 5pm
To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re planning a sociable family walk and trail on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition at school, with seasonal crafts for the children. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags next week. Everyone is welcome and we would particularly love some of our international families to join us. Perhaps you can enter something you eat at home into the competition or you could help organise a craft activity that’s popular in your country. To find out more please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

YOUR CHILD’S PORTRAIT ON A TOTE BAG!
Our children have been busy drawing beautiful self-portraits, which we have printed on to some tote bags. These are both beautiful and practical and make fantastic gifts. What’s more, proceeds go to the school! If you haven’t already ordered yours send in your form early next week.

PLAYGROUND SALES/CAKE SALES
Oak class have their sale on 2nd March. Remember to bring some cash!

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Reception

Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser
Monday 12 March
Tuesday 17th April
Wednesday 16 May

Year 2
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

The FOPS team


HTSC News

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball - Tickets
Many thanks again to everyone who is supporting what promises to be a spectacular evening next weekend. Tickets will be coming home next week via your children.

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Silent Auction – Live launch next week!
A huge thanks to Claire Tellegen for putting together an amazing silent auction for the Ball next Saturday. To give everyone an opportunity to take part, we are launching it via parentmail next week and it will be open to all parents, relatives, friends etc who would like to place a bid. More details next week.

Cake Sales – Three more this term
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! There will be three more group cake sales this term, so please keep supporting them.

Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.

Cake sale dates:
Year 3 - Friday 2 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 9 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 16 March.

New whiteboards at HT!
And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the eight new interactive white boards which have now arrived at HT and were purchased as a result of all our fundraising last term. Thank you!

We are currently fundraising for an additional four white boards so all twelve classrooms can benefit from this great resource – please keep up your support!


UK-China, a cultural and educational company, is hosting an upcoming event with the help of Guildford Borough Council to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018. The event is happening on Saturday, 24th February in The Village, Commercial Road, GU1 4SU. It is a public event that will be fun for children and their families and entry is free so everyone is invited to join the festivities on this day. Special features include traditional Chinese food, music, lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy and knots, and so much more. For more information, please call Carl Charlesworth, Deputy Manager of UK-China Culture and Education Centre, on 01483 685373.

Guildford Borough Council have announced that their Easter FISH Activity Scheme (for 10 – 16 year olds) is now open for bookings. Activities range from Animal Encounters to Zorbing! The scheme runs from 9th – 13th April. For further details, please call Gill Paddington, Administration Officer, on 01483 444769 or visit: www.guildford.gov.uk

Burpham Church (New Inn Lane, GU4 7HW), is hosting a “Let’s talk about Teen Mental Health” evening on Wednesday, 28th February. Please arrive at 7.45 p.m. for coffee; the talk begins at 8.00 p.m. The guest speaker is Suzette Jones MSc RN, a Health and Well Being Adviser for Guildford Diocese. 

 

HTPD 9/2/18

09 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week’s Safer Internet Day gave us a great opportunity to partner with you in helping all the children stay safe online. We were encouraged by how well the children could explain in an age-appropriate way how to stay safe when using the internet or playing games online. We were though concerned to hear how many children had experienced something online that they’d found upsetting and that many of these children didn’t talk to an adult about this. We’ve reassured them that they can always talk to staff here, and reminded them to talk to you too! Some of our parents attended a really informative NSPCC event held at Bushy Hill on this subject and they were keen to pass on some key messages:

  • Communicate and talk openly to your child about how to use the internet safely.
  • Access the free practical service offered in O2 shops (or over the phone) by an 'O2 guru' who will provide free safety checks, advice and installation of parental controls on all your home devices if you bring them in.
  • Look for information on the NSPCC's or CEOPs websites (www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware and www.thinkuknow.co.uk) which has excellent cartoons children can watch as well as advice for all the family and a joint website with O2 (www.net-aware.org.uk) which offers a practical guide to using social networks and gaming.

I’m so looking forward to Science Week which takes place immediately after the half term break. We’ve planned such a fantastic array of science investigations for the children to carry out and it will be really good to see children working in their houses, outside of their usual class groups, spanning the age range across the school. There is plenty of evidence to suggest how powerful it is to learn from a peer and working in houses gives children lots of opportunity to be inspired by those older than themselves, or to support the younger children in their learning. Then in the afternoons, the children will head back to their usual class for more science activities with their usual teacher. The times for the school day and before and after school clubs run as usual throughout the week.

On Friday 23rd in the afternoon, we’d love to invite you into school to give the children a chance to talk about all that they have done and to show you various experiments (from 1.30 at the infants and from 2.30 at the juniors). It’ll be a great way to end the week.

Thank you for a brilliant first half of the Spring term – it ended so well this week, with Bedtime Stories at the infants, international visitors from Guildford College joining in with Year 2’s topic, Year 5’s trip to the Winchester Science Centre and lots of excellent topic-based learning across all year groups. Maybe use half term for a trip to the library to do some topic-linked research, or head outside for a dose of spring sunshine. Whatever you get up to, I do hope you have a good break!

With best wishes
Clare
 

WHOLE SCHOOL

School will be closed for Half Term 12 – 16 February.

Parking around school
Following concern from some of our local neighbours, please can we ask parents to park respectfully and drive carefully around both sites. Be careful not to block driveways or park illegally and please do take extreme care to watch out for pedestrians. Thank you.

INFANT

Year 2 Swimming
Owing to Science Week, there will be no swimming for Year 2 on Wednesday 21 February.

Girlguiding Guildford – Thinking Day, Thursday 22 February
As part of World Thinking Day, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are all invited to wear their (guide/brownie/cub) uniforms to school on Thursday 22nd if they would like to.

School Uniform
Please ensure that all school uniform is clearly named. If it does goes astray we can then re-unite it with its owner more easily.

Lost:
Lily Carter, Beech Class, has lost her named Nightingale house t-shirt.
Sophia Pentikainen, Oak Class, has lost a Polarn O Pyret green and white stripy, pompom hat (un-named).

Please scroll down for FOPS News ……


Menu: (week 3 beginning 19 February). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


JUNIOR

Reminders
The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17th, 24th, 31st January, 21st, 28th February & 7th March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6-week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life.  It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour.  Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old.  The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre.  There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions.  Please sign up at the Church Information Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association
will release tickets for their concert on 21st March, 2018 on Thursday, 8th February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Diary Dates for February
Monday, 12th to Friday, 16th February school is closed for Half Term
Monday, 19th - February school re-opens
Monday, 19th - Friday, 23rd February Science Week
Wednesday, 21st February no swimming for Years 3 and 4

Cancelled Clubs
Year 5 Netball Tuesday, 20th February due a Year 6 match at Holy Trinity
Years 5 and 6 Wednesday, 21st February due to a fixture at Northmead School

Sport

Year 6 Netball V Queen Eleanor’s and Send Primary Schools
Date: Tuesday 20th February
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm
Venue: Home

Year 3 & Year 4 Cross Country
Date: Thursday 22nd February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, 155 Aldershot Road, GU2 8YH

Guildford High School
would like to invite pupils to compete in their first GHS Schools Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) on Saturday, 5th May, 10.00 am – 12.00pm. The event is aimed at Year 3 – 10 boys and girls of all abilities. For further details please use the link below:
https://app.lap.io/event/2018-guildford-high-school-triathlon

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


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


FOPS News

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using Easy Fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We now have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL GOES INTERNATIONAL - March 25, afternoon
To celebrate the arrival of spring, we’re planning a sociable afternoon family walk on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition at school, with seasonal crafts for the children. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags after half term.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the EAL coffee morning this week. We are delighted that so many of you want to get involved and add an international feel to this lovely event. If you couldn’t make the coffee morning but would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk or contact your class rep or class teacher.

MASQUERADE BALL
Thank you to those who have bought tickets or donated a prize for our auction!
There are still a few seats left so if you feel tempted please let the office know. It promises to be a great evening and a chance to socialise and meet people. Additionally, if you have something you can offer for the auction, please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

PLAYGROUND SALES/CAKE SALES
Oak class have their sale on 2nd March. Remember to bring some cash!

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Reception
Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser
Monday 12 March
Tuesday 17th April
Wednesday 16 May

Year 1
Friday 23 February: drinks evening, venue tbc

Year 2
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

HAVE A VERY HAPPY HALF TERM
The FOPS team


HTSC News this week.....

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball
We had an overwhelming response on sales for tickets to the Great Masquerade Ball. THANKYOU to everyone who is supporting this event - we are all looking forward to a fabulous night.

Everyone who applied have secured tickets and these will be sent home week commencing 26 February.

We are STILL LOOKING for auction prizes! The type of things you can’t usually buy are often the best, so please have a think if you have a skill you could contribute. Think outside the box – private tuition, personal training, a holiday home, doing someone’s odd jobs, behind stage tours, celebrity signed shirts, a special cake, providing a Birthday party, a beauty treatment, chauffeuring, tour of fire/police station or other interesting place of work….

Please contact Claire Tellegen if you think you might be able to help (clairetellegen@gmail.com).

Cake Sales
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! There will be three more group cake sales this term, so please keep supporting them.

Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.
Cake sale dates:

Year 3 - Friday 23 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.

Year 4 Coffee Morning - Friday 23 February
The Year 4 class Reps have set a date for parents of all 3 classes to meet up and get to know each other over an informal social coffee. If you are free, please join at the House of Fraser cafe (Nero on 1st floor) on Friday 23 February at 9:30-or as soon after drop-off as you can. They look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it as possible.

And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the new interactive white boards currently making their way to some of the classrooms. These were as a result of the fundraising from last term. Again, a huge thanks to you all.



Girlguiding Guildford – Thinking Day, Thursday 22 February
- As part of World Thinking Day, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are all invited to wear their (guide/brownie/cub) uniforms to school on Thursday 22nd if they would like to.