HTPD 8/6/18

08 June 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the Year 4 campers return home from their wonderful time away, and as Healthy Week comes to an end at the infants, I’m sure this weekend will be one of rest and relaxation! It was great to share the campfire singing with the Y4 children and as they reflected on their day, their over-riding thoughts were of community, team work, relying on one another and finding joy in every moment. The staff have worked so hard this week, together with plenty of sporty visitors and parent helpers to ensure a broad, full curriculum where children are given so many opportunities to “Learn to Live”. Huge thanks go to Julia Brown, our sports leader at Pewley for organising Healthy week so well. Sadly, she has decided to move on at the end of the term, pursuing an exciting career move - we are all so grateful for her boundless energy and organisation skills. She will be hard to replace!

I’m excited to announce next year’s teaching teams. The reception and the Year 3 teachers are already getting to know the new children, spending some time at our feeder infant schools and nurseries. Next year will look like this:

Year R Sheena Preston, Frances Clixby/ Hayley Esselen
Year 1 Claire Cruddas, Georgie Furlonger
Year 2 Sarah McKenzie, Abigail Allen
Year 3 Alison Tester, Clare Giles, Toby Strutt
Year 4 Emily Russell, Nick Walker, Sarah Jackson
Year 5 Laura Hanley, Catherine Finniear, Sue Miller
Year 6 Tom Everard, JJ Blackstock, James Wyatt

Clare Giles is currently working at HTPD as a SCITT trainee and will join the Y3 teaching team as an NQT in September, and Abigail Allen joins us from Bristol where she has previously been working in Year 2. We will also continue to have a number of part time staff working across the school. Please allow us to consider the best fit for each child, taking into account the huge number of important factors in ensuring a smooth transition in September. Any comments should be directed to me rather than to your child’s current teacher.

Following on from our E-safety update in last week's newsletter, it saddens me to have to bring to your attention an incident which has taken place this week which confirms our concerns about the game 'Fortnite'. A number of Year 6 pupils were recently contacted via a chatroom that is part of the platform and were subjected to unsuitable content by an unknown individual. Whether a real person or a phishing bot was behind the attack is questionable, but it is clear that a nefarious individual was responsible and should the incident not have been reported, the outcome could have been considerably worse. As such, I would like to reiterate that we consider that children should be supervised at all times when online and that Fortnite is not age-appropriate for primary school aged children.

Have a lovely weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Whole School Notice

Accommodation needed
We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.

Sports Day on Tuesday 26 June
All school families are welcome to come and cheer for the children.

Vacancy – Clubs+
We are so sad that Amalfy will be leaving Clubs+ at the end of this term. She has been amazing as the Deputy Manager of Clubs+. We are now looking for a motivated After Schools Club Deputy to lead and develop Clubs+ from Monday to Friday between 3.00 and 6.00 pm (15 hours per week) at our Junior Site reporting to the Manager After Schools Club. Ideally we would like a teacher who is looking for a change or new challenge or an experienced Playworker (Level 3 qualified with at least a year’s experience) to plan interesting activities, provide a range of activities daily including outdoor play and opportunities to relax or do homework. Please see the job description and details of how to apply under "Vacancies" on the school website.

Vacancy – Catering Assistant (immediate start)
Harrison’s catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the team at HTPD. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week (10.00am – 2.00pm daily), term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to paul.thorne@harrisoncatering.co.uk.

INFANT

Golden Boot Challenge
Over the next four Fridays (8, 15, 22 and 29 June) we will be asking the children how they travel to school. Their usual mode of travel was recorded on the baseline day before half term, and we are hoping that they will try out ‘greener’ ways of travelling such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will win the Golden Boot trophy.

Friendship letters
Please return the form listing your child’s friends by next Friday, 15 June if you have not already done so. This information is used to help sort children into their classes for next year.

Club cancellations
There will be no Lego or Cup Stacking club on Tuesday 19 June owing to the Y2 trip.

Sports Day, Tuesday 26 June, 9.15am
Parents are invited to wait up on the field after morning drop-off on the 26th, and we aim to start the races at 9.15am. More details to follow.

‘Run to Rio’ update
In week 6 we ran 215 miles.


Menu: (week 2 beginning 11 June)
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: Gammon & Vegetable Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; 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.
Also available here.


JUNIOR

Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 12 June: Tempest Photography in for class photographs for Years 3 – 6
Monday 18 – Friday 22 June: Year 6’s residential trip to Preston Montford
Monday 25 June: School is closed for Mid-Summer Holiday
Tuesday 26 June: Sports Day (Please see Whole School notice below)
Wednesday 27 June: Year 6 Leavers’ Cathedral Service
Friday 29 June: World Cup Summer Fair 6 – 8pm

Tuesday 12 June - Class photographs
Please come to school in White Polo Shirt (or School Summer dress for girls)

Tuesday 26 June Sports Day
Year 3 and 4 races start at 11 to 12pm
Year 5 and 6 races start at 1.15 to 2.15pm
Year 3 to 6 relays start at 2.15 to 3pm

Cancelled clubs next week:
Drama club (Thursday 14 June and Thursday 21 June) 

Sport

Years 3 & 4 Mini tennis competition with HT Year 6 Young Leaders assisting
Date: Thursday 14 June
Time: 3.45pm - 6.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Shalford Tennis Club, Kings Road, Shalford, GU4 8JU

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


Lost
Vladi Dimitrov (5L) has lost an Adidas silver grey t-shirt and black jogging pants. Please look through your PE kits and let us know if you have picked them up in error. Thank you.

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


FOPS News

SUMMER FAIR, SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3-6pm – PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS!

MONDAY (11th) is STUFF FOR STALLS DAY
Please bring in the following and place in the boxes in the playground. If you can’t make Monday, we will leave the boxes for a few days.

  • pre-loved toys, books and DVDs for our second-hand stall (in good condition without pieces missing!)
  • bottles (anything from ketchup to Cava) for our bottle tombola
  • bags of sweets and small toys for our ‘booty bag’ stall
  • goodies for raffle hampers as agreed with your class reps.

RAFFLE
For your chance to win an Annual Family MERLIN Pass (and plenty of other great prizes), please return completed stubs and cheques to the school office with payment.

Don’t forget to mark your food preferences for our delicious Brazilian BBQ (gluten and nut free) or Indian vegetarian dish on the Board in the bottom playground asap or email laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk No name, or payment needed until the day but we need to gauge quantities. Please note that the BBQ is nut and gluten free.

ON THE DAY
Have you signed up to help on the day? Your class reps will have circulated lists. Please try to do a slot on one of the stalls if you can so that we can share the work and the fun! Unless you are involved with the bar or hot-food, children are usually able to accompany you and demonstrate the games!

We are still looking for:
someone to run an informal workshop for the children to enjoy such as music, circus skills, drumming! Please let us know if you know anyone who might be able to help: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.
some foolhardy types who might fancy having a sponge gently thrown at them!
some keen footballers to help with Beat the Goalie!

But it’s not all about work! MOST OF ALL we want you just to come along and enjoy the afternoon. Bring a picnic blanket, your family and friends and some cash!
Let’s have fun and raise lots of money for our fantastic school!

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Reception
Weds 13th June – evening drinks at The Britannia
Thurs 5th July – evening drinks at The Britannia
Monday 18th June – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)
Tuesday 17th July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Friday 8th June (TONIGHT!) – drinks at The Albany Pub from 8pm
Friday 6th July – evening drinks, details to follow
Tuesday 10 July – Coffee morning at G-live straight after drop off

Year 2
Thursday 12 July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Next playground sale will be Chestnut – Friday 15 June!

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


HTSC News

WORLD CUP SUMMER FAIR – FRIDAY 29 JUNE 6-8PM.
Plans are well underway for the HTSC World Cup Summer Fair! This year the Fair promises to be a summer “round the world” extravaganza, with bottle and chocolate tombolas, jolly bags, delicious bar-b-q, bar serving Pimms and lemonade plus football games, lucky dip, candy wheel and lots, lots more.
To make all this happen we really need your HELP! Please look out for the parentmails about the Fair next week which will have sign-up details for volunteering on stalls and all the information about donations. This is our last major fundraiser of the year, so please sign up if you can - we can’t do it without you!

HT FILM NIGHT (YEARS 3-6) -THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - THURSDAY 14 JUNE
The Year 6 fundraising team are organising a film night next Thursday 14 June straight after school. Tickets are £4 each and include popcorn, a drink, plus a raffle ticket for the chance to win the Greatest Showman on DVD.

Sign-up forms were distributed to the children this week and need to be returned to the HT office by Tuesday 12 June. Pick up will be from the HT main hall at 5.20pm.

HTPD FUN RUN – DEADLINE FOR SPONSORSHIP FORMS – FRIDAY 29 JUNE
Just a reminder for those of you who took part in the HTPD Fun Run that the closing date for submitting your sponsorship is Friday 29 June.
Sponsorship can be sent in via the following link: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc or by sending your sponsorship form and money in to HT or PD receptions in an envelope marked 'HTPD fun run.'

SUMMER FAIR – EXTERNAL STALLS
There are still several slots free for the external stalls at the Summer Fair. If you would like a stall at the Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

MATCH FUNDING – CAN YOU HELP?
Are you a parent who works for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at the Summer Fair. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

OTHER DATES FOR THE DIARY:

Ice lolly sale - Friday 15 June
Year 3 Summer Drinks – Friday 15 June - from 8pm – Ye Olde Ship Inn

HTSC SPONSOR
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So, if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.



"Castle Quest!" - Christ Church's Castles and Dragons and Knights themed Holiday Club for 2018 is now open for bookings. The usual fun, crafts, bible stories, games and the famous water balloon sacrifice is back for another year! It runs from Wed 25th July to Sat 28th July, 10am to 1.30pm.
The big difference this year is that because we are doing building work at Christ Church, we are going to be based at Tormead Junior school who have very kindly let us take over for the week! Just £15 for all four days, open to all children YR to Y6. Go to www.christchurchguildford.com/holidayclub to find out more and sign your children up online. Any questions please do get in touch. 
Michael Tame  michael@christchurchguildford.com

HTPD 25/5/18

25 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Just a brief note from me today to wish you all a very happy half term break! I’m going to hand you over shortly to the group of 7 children who, as part of today’s Fluffy Friday, are seeing how it feels to be headteacher for the day. As part of their responsibilities, I’ve asked them to write today’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to the second half of the summer term which is jam-packed with different activities, residential visits, Sports Day (see the important junior school notice from Nick, our sports leader below) and end of year celebrations. I’ll see you all on Monday 4th June.

With best wishes,
Clare




Over to our heads for the day:

Hello! This is two of the seven responsible headteachers today. We’re just going to tell you a bit about how much fun your kids have been having. As we walked around Holy Trinity Pewley Down we saw many happy faces and smiles! We visited both sites and a lot of fun and laughter and shouts of joy were heard. I’m sure your child had a great time. Do ask them about their brilliant day (from Jimmy and Zi).

Today at Holy Trinity, the children have been doing so many different things: board games, weaving, movies, mask making and racket sports. All the children we asked really enjoyed their day. They were making new friends, and learning new things. Most would recommend their activity to others and would do the same activity again next time! We would love to tell you more, but we can’t fit it all on this page! (from Jemima and Nathalie).

Hello, it’s Thew and Tomas here. We’ve been looking at other people’s Fluffy activities. As we walked and asked questions, we saw a lot of happy faces and joy filled the air. After that, we went to Pewley and asked the children some questions. We saw the Pewley Playmates, our Y6 friends, helping out the younger ones. The children were really entertained by a Tom and Jerry film while they ate their fruit snack! (from Thew and Tomas).

Some of the children I met had a great time at Fluffy. At Pewley, their favourite things were to play in the sand pit, play on the iPads, play football, painting and dancing! At HT, the people at iMovies were enjoying making films and having fun. When I went to Mad Masks, they enjoyed showing me their masks and they were learning drama skills, as well as working with new people. At Racket Rallies I interviewed Jake and he said that he’d learnt that lots of people played differently. He’d had a great time! I hope that everyone enjoyed this Fluffy and had a fabulous time. Enjoy your half term holiday (from Toby).

Whole school news

School is closed for Half Term next week (28 May to 1 June).

Tick information
We have had a couple of reports of ticks being found on children. It’s that time of year and most patches of long grass can pose a problem. Please ask children to wear long trousers in long grass, and if a tick is found, seek medical advice so that it can be removed safely to avoid long term problems. Do take a look at the NHS guidance found here (www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease) and if your child was out and about for Fluffy Friday, make sure you notice if they’ve picked up any ticks!

Accommodation needed
We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.

INFANT

Healthy Living Week, 4-8 June
A reminder that Healthy Living Week starts straight after half term and children should wear their PE kit to school every day that week (trainers, house t-shirt, shorts or joggers, jumper).

Golden Boot Challenge 
We are again taking part in the Golden Boot Challenge designed to encourage greener ways of travelling to school such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking. The children’s usual mode of travel was recorded on the ‘baseline day’ last Friday, and we will now be asking them how they come to school on Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 June. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will win the Golden Boot trophy.

‘Run to Rio’ update: Last week (week 5) we ran 554 miles.

Lost:
Marcus Spicer, Beech Class, has lost his green, dinosaur print raincoat and his Nightingale school jumper – both items are named.


Menu: (week 1 beginning 4 June)
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.
 


Junior

Dates for your diary:
Monday 4 June: School re-opens
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 June: Year 4’s residential trip to Bentley Copse
Thursday 7 June: Sleepover meeting for Year 3 Parents
Tuesday 12 June: Tempest Photography in for class photographs for Years 3–6
Monday 18 – Friday 22 June: Year 6’s residential trip to Preston Montford

Cancelled clubs week commencing Monday 4 June:
Wednesday 6 June: Shakespeare Club for Years 4, 5 and 6

Exciting news about Sports Day!
After much consideration we have decided to change the way in which Sports Day will run this year. Year 3 and 4 will have their running races from 11 – 12 and Year 5 and 6 will have their races from 1.30 – 2.30. We will then bring out the Year 3 and 4 children again to take part in the relays and tug of war with the rest of the school at 2.30. After that we’ll have the results presentation with all of the children together. We understand that this may make the day longer for parents with children across the school, but we do believe that it will offer the children a better experience of the day. If you have any questions regarding this you can contact Nick at nickw@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Bikes in school
We’re enjoying seeing some of our older children arriving at school on a bike. Would you please remind them however to dismount from their bikes before cycling into the school carpark. It’s a very steep slope to come down at speed, the surface is loose and difficult to navigate, and it would be dreadful to collide with any cars or delivery vehicles that aren’t expecting to see cyclists as they turn in through the gates.
 
Online safety advice:
I am sure that you noticed the attention that the computer game ‘Fortnite’ has been gaining from media outlets across the UK at present. Concerns have been raised about the suitability of the content for primary school children, the addictiveness of the gameplay and the possibility of contact with unknown individuals. At school, we too have observed some alarming trends linked to those children playing the game over the last month. Players are regularly attending school noticeably more tired than usual, hampering their ability to focus on lessons. In addition, those children are struggling with creative thinking, even to the point where they find it challenging to join in with conversations about other topics, instead seeking to steer dialogue back towards Fortnite. Ultimately Fortnite has a PEGI 12 rating and this fact, combined with the concerns detailed above mean that as a school we strongly suggest that you do not allow your child to play. Please get in touch with Tom, our online safety lead if you have any questions or concerns.

Sport
No fixtures currently.

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

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


FOPS NEWS

Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
When we get back from half term, preparation for the fair will be in full swing and we’d love your help with the following:

  • gathering any toys, books and DVDs for our second-hand stall
  • providing bottles (anything from ketchup to Cava) for our bottle tombola
  • putting together bags of sweets and small toys for our ‘booty bag’ stall

We will also be asking you to sign up on our BBQ boards to indicate your food preferences so we can get an idea of quantities needed.

We are still looking for:
someone to run our drumming workshop or another fun workshop for the children to enjoy such as music, circus skills ….. Please let us know if you know anyone who might be able to help.
some enthusiastic teenagers to run our tattoo and nail bar.
If you have any ideas please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.

HTPD Family Fun Run
Thanks to everyone who supported the Fun Run. It was wonderful to see such a large Pewley contingent! Congratulations to everyone who made the effort to run on such a warm day. You were fantastic! Thanks to all those who helped in any way, particularly the dedicated team selling cakes and manning the bouncy castle.

GDPR – (General Data Protection Regulations) Important, action required
In order to comply with new data regulations we would be so grateful if you could opt-in to the recent email sent out by class reps. This will enable your class reps to send you emails about social, fundraising and community events and activities and other things you might like to get involved with such as end of term collections. Please, please opt in!! Thank you.

YEAR GROUP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Reception
Weds 13 June – evening drinks at The Britannia
Thurs 5 July – evening drinks at The Britannia
Monday 17 June – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)
Tuesday 18 July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Friday 8 June - Evening drinks, The Albany Pub 8pm
Friday 6 July – evening drinks, details to follow
Tuesday 10 July – Coffee morning at G-live straight after drop off

Year 2
Thursday 12 July - End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Cookie and lolly sales will start after half term, kicking off with Walnut class on 8 June.

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


HTSC News

Coming soon...



BEC-Art Workshops for 7-12 year olds
run once a month in Guildford on Saturdays in term time from September. 9.30am class (approx 9-12years), 11.45am (approx7-10years) and 2.30-4.30pm (approx7-12years) 1 space available at 9.30, 4 spaces at 11.45 ansd 2 spaces available at 2.30pm (max 9 in each class) . 5 one hour workshops cost £55 or 5 two hour workshops cost £85 (this includes January 2018).  All quality materials included & one and half hour classes also available. We will be using watercolours (8 Sept), 3D paper books (6 Oct), using acrylic and acetate(3 Nov), gilding (24 Nov) & acrylics(5 Jan).  Please contact Becca Clegg (mum of Izzy in 6J) becca.clegg@ntlworld.com for more info. www.facebook.com/BecArtGroup shows recent work and the itinerary for the rest of the academic year.

Sunday l July - HTAG (Holy Trinity Amenity Group)
are holding a Teddy Bears Picnic on the Downs.  Bring your own picnic and if you have one, a game or toy to share.  Meeting at midday by the trig point/lookout.  There is also a Butterfly Walk and Talk led by Peter Curnock on the same day at midday, meeting at the same place.  A short walk and an opportunity to hear about the butterflies and plants in this area and also the conservation work carried out by the Pewley Volunteers.  Any questions about the picnic or talk, please contact Kate on 07981 814917.