• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Infant 25/4/14

25 April 2014

Dear Parents,

It is always exciting to hear about the success of our former pupils and this week we celebrate and congratulate two from the leaving class of 2008. They have been made head girl and head boy at their schools, Faye Rodgers at Tormead and Laurie Mitchell at Guildford County School. This is a great honour and I am sure they will both do the job very well. I will ask them to come and speak to our current year 5 at some point. Coincidentally both have Mums who work at HTPD. Gillian Rodgers is the games teacher at Holy Trinity and Pippa Mitchell is a year two TA at Pewley Down. Congratulations to them too on having such successful children.

The really big news this week is that Nicola’s baby has arrived. Connie Rose was born last Saturday afternoon. She weighed in at 7lbs13oz. We wish Nicola, Matt and of course Connie all the very best.

At the start of term children are always interested to know what will be the new format for assemblies. This term the theme is based around the parables which Jesus told. These stories are so important and special in our understanding of God and life. We do hope that the parables will speak into the lives of all our children. Sometimes Jesus explained what the parables meant but more often left the disciples to work it out for themselves. We will be doing the same. As well as dramatizing the parables from time to time I intend to tell the story in the format of Godly play. I use models and figures to tell the story and then move into a wondering stage where we think together about the meaning and where we fit into the story. I do hope many of you will join in the theme by asking about the parable of the week and what it means to your child. Along side this we will be talking about traditional fables.

With best wishes, Richard 

Nicola: We are delighted to let you know that Nicola gave birth over the Easter holidays to a beautiful baby girl who has been named Connie Rose. Both mother and baby are well and enjoying getting to know each other! We are looking forward to a visit from them both later in the term and have sent our congratulations from the whole school community.

The front playground: Thanks to the extra government funding for PE, we have been able to extend the front playground. We hope you agree it looks great! We have been putting it to good use already for PE lessons and more active playtimes with some newly purchased equipment. Please could you remember that your child will need trainers in school every week as we will go outside whenever possible. We would also really value your support before and after school to help your children remember our new playground rules:

Be careful with our toys so they last a long time and share them so everyone has a turn.

Only use our toys at playtime (not before or after school) and on the new 'square' part of the playground.(The rest of the playground will be a quieter area).

Leave the bark on the bark area.

Look after our trees, shrubs and flowers by not climbing on them or picking their leaves or flowers.

Use the seating area for sitting on - not climbing over the wall.

Tennis Club: You may have noticed that our new tennis club has started on a Thursday after school. It would really help if you could move away from the new 'square' part of the playground as soon as possible when you have collected your child so that tennis can start without too much delay. Many thanks.

Pedometers: We have bought some pedometers with our PE funds. Over the summer term every class will be introduced to them during PE sessions.   Everyone will also have a chance to use them for a week. You will receive a letter with more information when it is your child's turn. Chestnut class have received letters today.

Year R: The Football Association are coming back to teach Year R on Monday afternoons starting next week, 28 April. Please ensure that children have their full PE kit in school including trainers. They will be coming home in their PE kit after the football sessions as there will not be time to change, but please bring their kit back the next day if possible.

School Lunches: A reminder to pay for lunches for this term: £52.90 for the half term, £133.40 for the full term.

Teacher-led clubs: The letter with choices for teacher-led clubs this term will be going home today via book bags.  Completed forms should be returned to the office by Wednesday 30 April.

Admission to Year R and Year 3: A reminder that if you have a child moving to Year 3 in September or a younger sibling joining Reception you will need to accept or decline the place offered by next Wednesday 30 April either online or by returning the reply slip (depending on how you applied originally).  


Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April:   We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday.  Please drop off any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles by the school car park at drop off on Monday morning.  Donated items must be in wearable condition as they are mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices.  The school receives money for every kilo donated.  If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see http://www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html
FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April:   The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room.  All welcome!
Summer Fair:   We are still looking for a couple more prizes for the raffle for the Summer Fair.  Please contact Ati Dalgaard (ati.omar@gmail.com) if you know of anyone who might donate a prize. 
We have a few stalls left at the Summer Fair.  If you would be interested in taking a stall for your business, please contact Emily Bourke.
IQ Christmas Cards & Northbrook Wrapping Paper:   We are looking for some volunteers to take on two fundraising projects in the autumn term.  IQ Christmas cards and Northbrook Wrapping paper raise a significant amount of money and are always popular.  If you could spare a few hours in October /November to help with either of these, please let Emily Bourke know (emilybourke@msn.com)

Parenting Puzzle: Last term our Home School Link Workers Lucy Cray and Paula van der Meulen ran their first Parenting Puzzle 10 week course at Holy Trinity Pewley Down.  The feedback from parents has been fantastically positive and we are really pleased at how helpful they found it. Paula and Lucy were joined for the 10 weeks by Dr Samantha O'Reilly, a psychologist who works with parents on family and parenting issues.  Next term Samantha is running a number of one-day workshops at her private practice in Puttenham.

May 6th   9.30am - 2.30pm   Understanding Your Spirited Child

May 13th 9.30am - 2.30pm   Update Your Parenting

June 3rd  9.30am - 2.30pm   Keep Calm and Carry On .... With Your Kids

More info on her website: www.beyondsupernanny.com or contact her direct: samantha@beyondsupernanny.com  


Lost: Joshua Parker-Perryman, Beech, has lost his new Sainsbury’s Tu grey shorts (with pockets) and bright green socks - missing since football on Wednesday. 

Sam Hill-Price, Beech, lost a school shoe after football on Wednesday – possibly taken home in error.


Menu for week beginning Monday 28 April

Mon:            Cumberland Pork or Quorn Sausage , Bread Roll, Mixed Vegetables, Green Beans; Blackcurrant Sponge & Custard

Tues:            Cottage Pie or Roasted Butternut Squash & Pepper Bake, Peas, Cauliflower; Creamy Rice

Weds:            Roast Turkey & Gravy or Glamorgan Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Broccoli; Fruit Jelly

Thurs:            Two Cheese Pizza or Vegetable Bake, Sweetcorn, Cucumber; Syrup & Cornflake Tart

Fri:             Fish Fingers or Vegetables Basmati, Chips, Baked Beans, Peas; Fruit Salad & Cream



Holy Trinity Choir - 'Open' choir practice for potential new boys:   Holy Trinity choir will be holding an 'open' choir practice for potential new boys aged 6-12 between 6.30-7.30pm on Thursday 1st May. This is an opportunity for parents to bring along sons who might be interested in joining the choir and finding out more. Contact Martin Holford mholford1966@gmail.com if you need any further information.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:   Carrie Witts (Mum of Ollie in 6SC and Maddie in Walnut) and Fiona Mavani (Mum of Hari in 6M and Dylan in Chestnut) are cycling 280 miles from London to Paris to raise awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This charity is close to their hearts as they both have friends with children who suffer from type 1 diabetes.  If you would like to sponsor them on this gruelling mission then please visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Overthehillandroundthebend. Any donation is very much appreciated.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 26 April  2014 for 9 weeks.  1 space left in each class 9.30 – 11.30am (approx 9 -12 years) and 11.45am-1.45pm, (approx 7-9 years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145. 9 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £95.  All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing on paper & fabric, & doing 3 Dimensional work  - jewellery & “buildings” finishing with silk painting.  For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 6C & Issie in Chestnut)  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .


Ladies Night fundraiser for Autism Awareness, Monday 28 April, 7.30-10.30pm, Stoughton Social Club, 172 Worplesdon Road, Guildford GU2 9UY. An evening of gorgeous styling, shopping and indulgence in aid of Guildford Challengers, an independent charity that provides inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people locally.