HTPD 5/4/19

05 April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a busy end to the term we’ve had! Just last week, over 40 children took part in the annual primary music festival which was a wonderful spectacle of talented music-making, then on Tuesday we all enjoyed a day spent at a slower pace, with our annual Easter Pause Day. It was amazing to see how many of Guildford’s churches joined in and helped out! Huge thanks go to St Saviour’s, Emmaus Road, Christ Church, Guildford Family Church, Guildford Baptist Church and King’s Church. Together they helped us tell the story of Easter. Then on Wednesday, we celebrated our end of term service at Holy Trinity. It is always a lovely opportunity for the whole school, Year R to Year 6 to be in one place. The singing was just fantastic as we reminded each other that because Jesus overcame death, we can live life to the full!

Thanks to the generosity of our local town councillors who gave us a grant of £1000, we’ve been able to invite SATRO (an organisation that exists to inspire children and young people into science, technology, engineering and maths careers) into school. They ran exciting sessions for the children in Year 5, teaching them all about the world of energy.

Meanwhile, seeing the Year 4 exhibition of crazy inventions, the high quality topic work from children across the school, and the beautiful Easter gardens created by children at both sites, I think our children are definitely the entrepreneurs, designers and engineers of the future!

As the holidays begin, I wish you all a restful break and a very Happy Easter! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 24th April for the start of the summer term!

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: The Magic of Easter – is Jesus alive in your heart?

Whole School Notice

Please note Summer term starts on Wednesday 24th April (Tuesday 23rd is an Inset Day).

Infant

Year 2 swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 2 start again on Wednesday 24 April. The last lesson will be
Wednesday 17 July.

Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs will start week commencing Monday 29 April.

Found
Navy ‘Fruit of the Loom’ joggers age 7-8 (left behind after football on Thursday).


Menu: (Week 3 beginning 22 April)
Mon: School closed (Easter Monday)
Tue: School closed (Inset Day)
Wed: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Chocolate Cake
Thu: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Fri: Fish Fingers & chips or Homemade Pizza; Crispy Cake
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Junior

Breakfast Club
Please note that Breakfast Club only opens at 8am. Prior to that children should not be in school. It is really important that children only arrive once staff are available.

Forthcoming dates for your diary:

MONDAY 29th April Phil the Bag
THURSDAY 30th April Evacuee Day for Year 3
WEDNESDAY 1st May Swimming lessons begin for Year 3C & 4S
13th- 16th May SATS Week
14th – 17th May Yr 5 Residential Trip to Brenscombe Farm
FRIDAY 17th May Yr 6 at the Lido

School Clubs 

All school clubs start week commencing 29th April - download the Summer Clubs here.

Please note that Girls’ Rugby will begin on Wednesday 24th April – please see the school clubs timetable for details.

There will be no Chess Club or Creative Writing next term. Children who want to play chess can do so at Board Games on a Monday. Both these clubs will resume in September.

Lost
Honey in Yr 5 has lost a cut crystal bud vase which was part of her Easter Garden. Of great sentimental value. Please check to see if it has come home with you by mistake.

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


FOPS

We have reached the end of a fantastic Spring term and would like to thank all of you for the wonderful support and help you have given us this term. Lots of money has been raised and it would not be possible without the support of the Pewley Down School community.

There are plenty of events coming up in the Summer Term and we can’t wait to share them with you all.
Have a peaceful Easter Break!
FOPS Team x

FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!
 
HTPD Fun Run
Remember to sign up for the 2019 HTPD fun run on Sunday May 19th at Sutherland Memorial Park.  Applications need to be in by the 12th April to guarantee a T-Shirt for the children.

To register please complete the online application form:  https://goo.gl/forms/68i2VVUhJj2FQFRA2 for each applicant.  To help reduce the admin requirements for the team and to use less paper we request you complete the online form if possible. Paper copies are available at the school receptions if needed.

Further details are on
http://www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/PTA/HTPD-Fun-Run-2019.aspx
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you on the day!!!

Year 2 Reminder
Log-in details for the Y2 leavers book have gone home in book bags or can be found on the FOPS noticeboard. Please use these to create a profile for your child as soon as you can. Ana and Kayleigh can then get on with editing and putting it together in time for the printing deadline which is fast approaching. Please contact one of them if you are unsure of what to do.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the tine and start collecting your unwanted textiles!
 
Reminder 
The Summer Fair is Saturday 6th July so please save this date in your diaries!
 
EASYFUNDRAISING - 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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
 
Social Dates for you Diaries
Reception 

Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1

Thursday 2nd May – Coffee Morning @Cafe Nero on North Street
Thursday 23rd May – Drinks Night @ TBC


HTSC

Congratulations to all the prize winners from the library crowdfunded. Your prizes are at the office. Thank you again for everyone who contributed and Cavenders for the prizes.

You should find a leaflet about the Sainsbury’s scheme lurking in your child’s bag! Please consider using it. It’s super simple, free to you and free money to us! Sainsbury’s gives us 4% of everything you spend. You pay it onto a gift card that has to be used in store, even if you save it up for Christmas goodies, it all helps!

Smarties Challenge - your child should have received a tube of smarties from us recently. This is the perfect size to collect 20 pence pieces. If you can, please fill this over the Easter break and return it to school (any change or paper money is welcome!). All monies raised will go towards replacing the class IPads.

And how about registering for the fun run and run off those Easter chocolates? Registration is still open and it’s a great family day out!

Next HTSC meeting is on Friday 10th May in the staff room after drop off. Come and say hi, chat summer fair and generally catch up. It’s open for everyone and we really appreciate your input and support.

And finally don’t forget while you’re enjoying your Easter break, Phil the bag will take any clothes/sheets/towels you sort out, and the Plant Stall at the fair any seedlings or divided plants

Happy Easter 🐣


Free to a good home - TP climbing frame with slide. Contact Fiona on 07949490511 to arrange collection.

HTPD 29/3/19

29 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday, our Year 6 children visited Wintershall, a beautiful park just outside of Guildford where we walked together along a path that helps visitors to reflect on the events of the Easter story. The painful journey of Jesus to the cross, the grave and then the miracle of resurrection is depicted in several moving sculptures as the path leads uphill to a wonderful open view at the summit. I was so impressed by all of the children’s thoughts and, as we emerged into the spring sunshine, we experienced the hopefulness of love conquering all! It started off our Easter period so well – and next week we anticipate a wonderful time together at our Easter service on Wednesday morning (please let your child’s classteacher know if you are available to help walk the children to and from Holy Trinity Church at 9.15am). Before that, on Tuesday, we’ll have our annual Easter pause day which gives children across the school chance to hear the Easter story. We’re delighted that we’ll be joined on that day by people from several of the town’s churches. It’s so good to have time to ponder on what Easter means for us today.

I’m very pleased to be able to share with you the results of this year’s parent survey. As well as the recent questionnaire, which many of you completed before the half term break, I’ve also summarised the results of the survey completed at the junior school for our Ofsted inspection in December. Taken together, the results have been so encouraging for staff to see the impact of their efforts. Thank you for your responses; please do let me know if you do have any feedback at any time. We are always keen to work in partnership with you to be the best that we can be!

I was sad this week to hear from a local resident that they had been disturbed by children on their walk home. It appears that some children have been knocking on their front door and windows. Can I ask that you speak to your children about being kind and respectful to our neighbours; I have also mentioned it in assembly at the juniors.

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to our library crowd-funding scheme. Geraldine has plenty of brilliant ideas about how to spend the money, which totalled over £3000! She’ll keep you updated with what she purchases. The raffle will be drawn next week and the winners notified. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of children’s learning to read! It’s great to be part of such a vibrant reading community!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Peace – what helps you to stay calm?

Infant & Junior

School closes for the Easter holiday on Friday 5 April (1.30pm at the infants; 1.45pm at the juniors). Summer term starts on Wednesday 24 April (Tuesday 23rd is an Inset Day).

Road Closure, Thursday 4 April
Pewley Hill will be closed between Semaphore Road and Harvey Road on Thursday 4 April from 7:30am to 5:30pm for remedial works.

Lost Property
We have huge amounts of lost property at both sites which will be set out next week - at the bottom of the forum at HT, and on a table outside the lower entrance at PD. Please have a look through if you are missing any uniform. Please also NAME all items and, if named in pen, check that it hasn’t washed off.

Crazy Sock Day
We raised a total of £437.43 over both sites at last week’s Crazy Sock Day in aid of Stepping Stones DS!

Infant

Holy Trinity Church Service, Wednesday 3 April
If you would be able to help walk the children to and from the church on Wednesday morning please let your child’s teacher know.

Data Collection Sheets
You should have received a data collection sheet earlier this week. Please check the contact details, make any amendments and return them to the school office by next Friday 5 April.

Cooking Club
Just to confirm the dates for the cooking club groups next term:
Group 1 – 30 April to 4 June; Group 2 – 11 June to 9 July.

Menu: (Week 2 beginning 1 April)
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tue: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Wed: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thu: Hot Dog or Vegetarian Hot Dog; Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Sauce
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

Breakfast club
Please note that Breakfast Club only opens at 8am. Prior to that children should not be in school. It is really important that children only arrive once staff are available.

Easter Gardens
Please bring in materials to make Easter Gardens on Monday at lunchtime outside. Children can work in pairs or 3's. No sweets please. Instructions available here.There will be prizes for the best gardens.

Cancelled Clubs
There is no Year 3&4 Book Club next Wednesday 3rd April - This will be available to book into for next term from 15th of May.

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab - coming soon!


FOPS News

FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!

BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD
A HUGE thank-you to all the wonderful families who joined us last Sunday for the Bake & Stroll! We had fabulous weather and even better cooking entries.

Congratulations to all the winners on the day:

  • Pewley Scrumptious Snacks – Eleanor, Aidan, Phoebe and Darcy
  • HT Kids’ Tasty Treats – Amber and William
  • Mums’ and Dads’ winners – Tulsi, Kayleigh, Bruno and Paul.

It was a fabulous day out which would not have been possible without the tireless help of the FOPS committee, so a massive thank-you to those who turned up early and stayed late to put on an amazing day for the HTPD families.

Brand New recycling scheme
Please remember to keep collecting your used printer cartridges for our new recycling scheme. We are partnering with a scheme called ‘Empties Please’. It is a simple green way to make money for the school and save the environment. Collect your ink cartridges from home, work, friends etc and fill your green bag. When the bag is full return it to the school and we will put them in the recycling bin (Please check their website for compatibility list).

When our bin is full the company will collect it and pay us a cash amount for each of the printer cartridges. We can also raise ‘Green Points’ for every £1 raised, which we can use to buy eco-friendly items for the school.

Year 2 Reminder
Log-in details for the Y2 leavers book have gone home in book bags or can be found on the FOPS noticeboard. Please use these to create a profile for your child as soon as you can. Ana and Kayleigh can then get on with editing and putting it together in time for printing deadline which is fast approaching. Please contact one of them if you are unsure of what to do.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder: The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6 July so please pop this date in your diaries!

EASYFUNDRAISING
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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

Social Dates for you Diaries:
Reception Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues


HTSC News

Can we just reiterate Clare’s huge thank you for the library crowd funder, what a fabulous result! Big hand to Sue W who organised all of this and to Cavenders who donated the prizes. 

The children will have come home with a tube of Smarties (or equivalent) today; it is Friday after all! These are to be eaten at your discretion (leisure) and then if you can fill the tube up with 20ps (or indeed any money) and send them back to school after Easter it will all go towards helping replace the iPads which are an essential tool for learning in school. Thank you.

Phil The Bag is just after Easter so if you’re having a sort out during the holidays please put aside anything that could go towards Phil!  We get paid on the weight of our donations. All to be dropped at school week commencing 29 April for collection on 3 May. 

Looking ahead to the Summer Fair; if you are dividing anything in the garden or sowing seeds this Easter please would you consider putting up a few things for the plant stall. So lovely to share things around and think of all those flowers blooming all over Guildford

Enjoy the sunshine, perhaps some Fun Run training. Still time to sign up! Details here



Wanted
If anyone has an unwanted bunk-bed that is in good condition and needs a new home please get in touch with Lucy Cray: lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk Thank you!

Piano Recital
Students of Jie Li (mother of Tian Cheng, 4N) will be performing a Spring Piano Recital at 3pm this Sunday 31st March at the United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford. Tian Cheng and fellow Year 4 pupil, Dan Dan, will be among the performers. If you would like to attend, ideally text Jie Li in advance on: +65 9653 7496 or just turn up!