HTPD 15/6/18

15 June 2018

Dear parents and carers

Today, several of our school governors together with senior leaders have met to bring together initial thoughts about next year’s school development plan. It’s been an inspiring and motivating day, distilling ideas from children and staff to start to make decisions about our key priorities for the next academic year. Whilst this year we haven’t conducted our biennial parent questionnaire (the next one is due in 2019), I did want to gather thoughts from you. Please do email if you have any suggestions for ways to improve the school ( Feedback is always welcome and I so appreciate the good relationships that form an important part of our school community. It’s always great to catch up with you at the school gate, in the playground, along the corridors or even on the High Street! It makes me smile when our younger children seem so surprised to see me out and about in town! They must think I live in my office!

With the lovely weather, many of the children have been enjoying time outdoors. Year 4 spent a day at Dapdune Wharf, learning about the River Wey and really understanding some local geography. Meanwhile, Reception took part in their first full day trip with a visit to the Lookout in Bracknell. Next week, Year 6 head off to Preston Montford in Shropshire and we’re all hoping the sunshine continues for our long walk across the Stiperstones.

The children in Year 2 headed up to the juniors to explore, ahead of next week’s Year 2/3 transition days. On Wednesday, we were also delighted to welcome 40 children from infant schools other than Pewley. They were so well looked after by a group of Year 5 children, and went away looking forward to being together as a whole year group next week.

Do pop along to the summer fair tomorrow afternoon at Pewley, anytime from 3. It’s sure to be a really fun time, a chance to raise some school funds, and enjoy each other’s company! Do remember to pass on those good ideas for September – you can always chat to me up on the field!

Have a great weekend.

With best wishes,


Term and Inset Dates for 2018/19:

Autumn Term: Thursday 6 September (Y1 to Y6) to Wednesday 19 December
Half Term: 22 to 26 October
Inset Days: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September
Wednesday 17 (from 12.00 at PD and 12.15 at HT), 18 and 19 October

Spring Term: Thursday 3 January to Friday 5 April
Half Term: 18 to 22 February

Summer Term: Wednesday 24 April to Wednesday 24 July
Half Term: 27 to 31 May
Inset: Tuesday 23 April


Club cancellations
Apologies, but there are several club cancellations next week:
Tuesday 19 June: Cooking, Lego and Cup Stacking Clubs
Wednesday 20 June: Film Club

Golden Boot Challenge
We are continuing with the Golden Boot Challenge for the next two Fridays (22 and 29 June) and recording how children travel to school, ideally by ‘greener’ methods such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking.

‘Run to Rio’ update:
In week 7 we ran 342 miles.

Annalisa Young (Oak) has lost her named M&S summer dress (8-9 years) – missing since Boogie Pumps on Monday.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 18 June)
We will be making some changes to the menu over the next few weeks to tie in with the Football World Cup – details to follow.
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Pasta Carbonara or Mac’n’ Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
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.


Dates for your diary:
Monday, 18th – Friday, 22nd June: Year 6’s residential trip to Preston Montford
Thursday, 21st June and Friday, 22nd June: New Year 3 Transition Days
Monday, 25th June: School is closed for Mid-Summer Holiday
Tuesday, 26th June: Sports Day (Please see Whole School notice below)
Wednesday, 27th June: Year 6 Leavers’ Cathedral Service
Friday, 29th June: World Cup Summer Fair 6 – 8pm

Whole School: Sports Day on Tuesday 26th June
All school families are welcome to come and cheer for the children

Tuesday 26th 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:
Monday : Years 3 & 4 Netball
Tuesday : Year 5 Netball
Wednesday : Year 4 Athletics and Lunchtime Newspaper Club
Thursday : Drama and Creative Writing (for Years 3 and 4)


Girls Cricket - Surrey Finals
Date: Wednesday 20th June
Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Epsom College, College Rd, Epsom, KT17 4QJ

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. 

World Cup Special Menu
In celebration of the FIFA World Cup 2018, our fabulous kitchen team will be serving traditional dishes from various countries taking part in the tournament in addition to the normal lunch menu above with no extra costs, a great opportunity to try something delicious and new


Kottbullar (Meatballs)

Yassa Chicken

Tortilla Espanola

Cassoulet (Sausages)

Brigadeiros (Chocolate Truffles)


Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Bring your friends and family and enjoy our tombola, raffle, lucky-dip, ice-cream factory, bouncy castle, cream-teas, Pimm’s and so much more. At 5pm our stalls will close but please bring a picnic blanket and enjoy our licenced bar, and delicious Brazilian BBQ and Indian vegetarian dish while listening to live music!

RAFFLE – your chance to win a Family Merlin Pass for whole year!
If you haven’t managed to complete your raffle tickets, please bring them along on the day or you can buy more until 4.30pm! There are plenty more fabulous prizes too as well as a silent auction with a range of exciting prizes and experiences.

Let’s have fun and raise lots of money for our fantastic school!

Reception 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 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 Oak class – Friday 22 June!

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook:



Raffle Tickets
Please look out for the Summer Fair raffle tickets which should have come home with your children this week. There are great prizes to be won including the top prize of an Apple watch kindly donated by our Summer Fair sponsor Cavenders.

Donations day – Friday 22 June

  • Please bring in the following next Friday:
  • Bottles - Any type of bottles for the Bottle Tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup!
  • Jolly Bags or Jars - Decorated jars/bags filled with small toys/sweets.
  • Chocolate – Any type of chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola (no NUTs please)
  • *New for this year* School Uniform – Any secondhand HTPD uniform
  • Teddies - Any unwanted teddy bears in good condition for the teddy tombola/hook a teddy stall.
  • Hamper donations - Please see separate parentmails from your class reps about what is needed

Year 6 donations can be brought in anytime during the week before the Fair (Tuesday 26 June onwards) if it is not possible to drop them next Friday due to the Preston Montford trip.

Help – we need you!
Please look out for emails from your class reps with sign up rotas for stalls at the Summer Fair.

We also need lots of help with the Summer Fair preparation and clear up:
Donations Day (Friday 22 June) - to help sort and organise donations (straight after drop-off - 8.40am).

Summer Fair (Friday 29 June) - to help during the day, setting up the Fair, decorating the school, helping on the allocated stalls for your year group and clearing up.

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 Ros Vickerman ( or Carrie Witts (

A huge thanks to those of you who have sent in your Fun Run sponsorship money.
Sponsorship can be sent in via the following link: or by returning your sponsorship form and money in to HT or PD receptions in an envelope marked 'HTPD fun run.' The deadline is Friday 29 June.

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.


The Pewley Down Summer Fair is taking place tomorrow afternoon from 3pm to 6pm and will be a fantastic afternoon of fun, food and music. The HT choir are performing at 5pm so why not come along and support them whilst enjoying all the PD Summer Fair has to offer!

Year 3 Summer Drinks -TONIGHT - from 8pm – Ye Olde Ship Inn

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 £250 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

Children’s choir
A new friendly children’s choir aged from 4 years upwards has just been launched in Guildford and is for children who enjoy singing. We meet on a Sunday at St. Nicolas church in Guildford at 5pm (this may change to 4pm in September) and rehearse for 35-40 minutes. Once a month we sing at an informal family service in the church at 10am (this is not compulsory but support is much appreciated). We normally meet during term time and have half-term and holidays off. Once a term we also have a party. We are located over the bridge from Debenhams, next to the river and the George Abbot and White House pubs. GU2 4AW.
The children get free singing and musical tuition and we often have some fun musical games at the end of a rehearsal. It is a great chance for children to learn how to sing and make new friends outside of school. It is completely free to join and the children even get paid for singing!  It is also a chance for parents to make new friends as well!

HTPD 18/5/18

18 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

A huge well done goes this week to our Year 6 children who have proved themselves to be determined, resilient and optimistic individuals in the way that they have tackled this year’s SATS tests. They coped magnificently with four days of tricky questions and remained calm and cheerful throughout. As I write this newsletter, they are celebrating with their friends at Guildford Lido. They really do deserve to have a fun time. They’ll surely need to have a good rest though this weekend. Next week, some of them are heading off to visit our Spanish partner school in Aguilar de Campoo. We wish them Bon Voyage! The rest of the year group will be excited to get properly stuck into this term’s topic focusing on the industrial revolution and the changes that resulted from it, taking on Victorian characters and looking ahead to their residential trip to Shropshire later in the term.

The children in Year 5 have also had an exhausting time, visiting Brenscombe Farm in Dorset for an action-packed residential visit. I had such a wonderful day with them earlier in the week, feeling almost like royalty as they welcomed me on to the site! It really made the long drive worthwhile – they were so pleased to see me and were full of all that they had already experienced! Huge thanks must go to all the staff that accompanied them. I know that they’ll definitely appreciate a weekend of catching up on sleep!

There have also been trips for the children in Year 1 and Year 3 this week heading off to Wisley Gardens and Henley Fort respectively – what a superb way of bringing about a “zest for learning and a love of life”. Thank you for the ways in which you support us in providing these opportunities for the children. I know that many of you have given so generously to support those that would otherwise not have had this chance. Thank you! The impact on the children’s lives is immeasurable.

I hope the good weather continues through to Sunday for our annual school fun run! If you haven’t already booked, just come along on the day. There are so many taking part this year – it’ll be a super event and there’s lots going on throughout the afternoon on Shalford Park. See you there!

With best wishes,


Some of you may remember Di Balchin, a talented teacher who worked at Holy Trinity back in the early ‘90s. She sadly passed away just recently, and Richard Rowe (our previous headteacher) asked me to let the school community know. Di served the school for over 25 years and was well loved by generations of children who especially enjoyed her passion for science and her consistent kindness.

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.


HTPD Prayer Group, Monday 21 May
The prayer group will be meeting on Monday at 2.00pm in the staff room at Pewley Down. Please contact Suzie Speed if you would like any more information ( Everyone is very welcome.

Club cancellations next week
Cup Stacking and Lego Clubs will not take place on Tuesday 22nd and Film Club is also cancelled on Wednesday 23rd. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fluffy Friday, 25 May
A reminder that children should come to school next Friday in mufti (home clothes) and bring in a £1 donation to help cover the cost of materials. If there are any particular clothing requirements for your child’s activity we will let you know beforehand.

Healthy Living Week, 4-8 June
The first week after half term will be our Healthy Living Week when we have sports experts coming in to run some exciting workshops (skipping, cricket, hockey, golf and circus skills) with the children.

Children should wear their PE kit to school every day that week (trainers, house t-shirt, shorts or joggers, jumper).

Ballet Club
This term’s Ballet show will be on Thursday 5 July and parents are invited to come and watch from 3.30pm. This will also be the last session of the term.

‘Run to Rio’ update
Last week (week 4) we ran 346 miles

Tomas Bubenik (Oak Class) has lost his Nightingale PE T-shirt.
Yan Liang (Hazel Class) has lost his light blue, sea creature print, sunhat.

Lost Property
Our lost property box (at the lower entrance) is overflowing again. Please have a look through if your child is missing any items of uniform.

Week 2 beginning 21 May (available under the Weekly News tab).



Dates for your diary:
Sunday, 20th May HTPD Fun Run
Monday - Friday (21st - 25th May) Year 6 Spanish Exchange Trip
Friday, 25th May Fluffy Friday
Monday - Friday (28th May - 1st June) School closed for Half Term
Monday, 4th June School re-opens

No cancelled clubs next week

Kwik Cricket Tournament
Date: Monday 21st May
Time: 12.10pm - 4.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Normandy C.C., Hunts Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford GU3 2AH

Girls Athletics Meeting
Date: Wednesday 23rd May
Time:  - 9am - 3pm. Parents to drop off and pick up from Spectrum
Venue: Spectrum Athletics Track, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1UP

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Lilien in 3T has lost her second PE kit, missing from her peg in the cloakroom. The kit consisted of black/pink Nike trainers, a pair of black trousers and a black t-shirt. Please check your own kit and if you know where the missing kit might be, please let the office know. Thank you.

Menu - Week 3 
This lunch menu is available on the website under the 'Weekly News' tab.

FOPS NEWS – Summer FUNdraising

Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
Please, please save the date for our key fundraising event of the summer! We will be starting off with games, stalls, bouncy castle, cream teas, ice-cream and Pimm’s and then relaxing to enjoy a Brazilian BBQ, music and drinks! We know it’s a very busy time of year but this is our key fundraising event for this term so please come and have fun!

We need you to help run our fair! The success of our fair depends on willing volunteers.

Class reps will soon be sending out a call for volunteers to help on stalls so have a think about how you and your family can get involved. If you have any secondary aged children who would like to run a game or stall with some friends, please email

We are also looking for people to help immediately after drop-off w/c 11 June to fold raffle tickets/sort donations etc. If you could spare half an hour any day please join us in the staffroom straight after drop off any day w/c 11 June.

Wanted - singers and musicians!
Are you or your children in a band, choir or orchestra? Or do you have older children or friends who are involved with music? We’re looking for musicians of any age to sing/ play during the summer fair (while people are enjoying the food and drinks). If you have any ideas or would like to find out more, please email Laura –

HTPD Family Fun Run (plus NEW toddler race) – this Sunday, 20 May, Shalford Park
It’s great that so many Pewley Families have signed up for this. We look forward to seeing you in Shalford Park from 12.30 for running, bouncing and fun! Please bring a picnic blanket to sit on. The parent and teacher race starts at 1pm so come along and cheer! There will be coffee, soft drinks and cakes to buy but please bring a picnic if you need something more substantial!

Easy fundraising – do it now! You can raise money for the school every time you shop online with your favourite retailers (at NO cost to you and it takes seconds)! Don’t do it later – log on now!! Once set up you can use it every time you shop and it takes no time at all:


Reception Evening drinks – date to follow

Year 1 Friday 8th June – Evening drinks, venue tbc

Tuesday 10 July - Coffee morning at Eloise’s house (Oliver’s Mum)

Year 2 Thursday 24th May – Coffee morning in the castle grounds after drop-off. In case of adverse weather conditions we will meet at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser). Check email the day before for confirmation.

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!

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook:


We are looking forward to the third annual HTPD fun run on Sunday at Shalford Park. We have a new record of 300 people taking part which is simply brillinat!

There will be a bouncy castle, a team of professional face painters, cakes and ice-creams for sale plus the weather is looking set fair, so it promises to be a fantastic afternoon.
We do still need volunteers to help on the day so if you are able to volunteer some time, please fill out the form here:

For all runners who have already signed up, don't forget to ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for sponsorship using the sponsorship form that was distributed last term. Additional forms are available at the HT or Pewley offices.

Alternatively just go to and click on the 'Donate Now' button to make a donation.

We are holding a meeting at Rogues on Monday 21 May at 8pm to kick off the planning for the annual HT Summer Fair. Why not come along to help choose the theme and plan the stalls - it is always good to hear new and fresh ideas!

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 our summer events. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman ( or Carrie Witts (

HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm

Vacancy at Addison Court, Addison Road – Part time Cleaner/Support Worker required for Independent Living Scheme. For further details including job description and salary etc., please call Katie Rooke on 01483 569533 or email:

The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School, for boys and girls aged 7–13 who love to sing, has organised a further two courses for August and December. Designed for children aged 7-13, both courses include a combination of whole group singing, singing lessons in small groups, music history based on the theme of the course, music appreciation and music theory in the form of games and exercises, a broad schedule to engage and inspire young minds during the holidays. The course director is Dr Edward Wickham, Music Fellow and Director of Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
Summer Course:  29th - 31st August - Holy Trinity Church, Guildford (top of the High St), 9.30-3.30 pm, registration from 9am
Christmas Course:  20th & 21st December - St Nicolas' Church, Guildford, (bottom of the High St), 9.30-3.30 pm, registration from 9am

For more information and to book, please