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

HTPD 4/12/15

04 December 2015

Dear Parents,

This week’s character in assembly was Little Miss Sunshine, who, together with the arrival of Christmas trees, decorations and play rehearsals, brought smiles to all of our faces. We reminded each other that bringing peace and goodwill into someone else’s life gives each of us a purpose. One of the favourite benefits of my job is being greeted every morning so cheerfully by all of the children!

Debbie has done her bit too to bring joy into the life of the school. She has lovingly made the staff at both the infants and the juniors a bespoke Advent calendar. Behind each door is an instruction to share the goodwill with a specific part of the HTPD team…so far the SEN team, Year 6, and the Clubs+ staff have been treated to kind words, cups of tea and encouragement.  It’s great fun seeing what each day’s Advent window reveals.

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about the charity that we have chosen to support this year from the generous donations given at the Christmas productions. Every year, once we have covered the costs of staging two spectacular shows, we like to support a charity which has links with the school. This year, we are planning to give “Jigsaw Southeast” a sum of money. This organisation works with children (including some of our own) who are facing family upheaval due to someone becoming seriously ill, or dying. They help the children remember special memories they have, start challenging conversations and look at how to deal with difficult feelings. They help families try and put the pieces back together. Little Miss Sunshine would really love the work they do! I do hope you feel able to support them – Mary Poppins, and Mary and Joseph, will be passing around their hats after the shows!
If you would like to know more about Jigsaw Southeast, you can look them up at

Looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic set of performances next week! I’m sure I’ll see many of you in the audience.

With best wishes,

Optional late start, Friday 11 December
Following next week’s Christmas play performances, there will be an optional late start on Friday (up until 10.30am) for children at both sites.

Infant and Junior school applications
Please note that the closing date for Reception and Junior (Year 3) applications for September 2016 entry is 15 January 2016.  Surrey County Council especially welcome online applications, however paper applications may be requested via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey's website at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions


Pewley Christmas Play
There are still a few tickets available for the Christmas play on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December (9.30am).  Please contact the school office if you would like one for a grandparent.
There will be a collection at the end of each performance in support of Jigsaw Southeast.

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that all teacher-led clubs have now finished for this term.

Christmas Post
Next week the Christmas post boxes will be in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends.  Please ensure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 postmen.

Carols round the Tree, Wednesday 16 December, 9.15am
Please come and join us for Carols round the Tree in the school hall on Wednesday 16 December.  Following the carols we would like to thank our parents who help out in school by inviting them to join us for mulled wine and mince pies.


Thank you for all the donations for the Christmas Fair that were delivered to school on Monday.

Christmas Fair
Preparations for the Christmas fair are underway and many hands make light work. If you can help in anyway please contact either your class rep, Susanne smw555@hotmail.com or just turn up.

We will be decorating the school hall in preparation for the festive period and setting up the Christmas Fair on Friday 4 December (7pm until 9pm) and Saturday 5 December (10am until midday and 2pm until 4pm). There is a lot to do, setting up the stalls and hanging Christmas bunting, so please volunteer to help set up or clear away at the end of the Fair.

Class reps have now prepared stall rotas for the fair that can be found near your child’s classroom. Please support the reps and the school by signing up to help run stalls. Each year group is looking for about 24 people, so we need your help.

Raffle Tickets
You should have received 2 books of raffle tickets in book bags last week with amazing prizes on offer. Please try to sell as many as possible to family and friends. Please re-use the envelope the raffle tickets came in to return all money, completed counterfoils and unsold tickets to the school office by Friday 4th December. If possible please fold each counterfoil in quarters.

Christmas Performance DVD
A letter will be going in your book bags regarding the school performance DVD with details of how this can be ordered for delivery before the Christmas holidays. It makes a great stocking filler for family and friends that are not able to attend.

Christmas Movie Sunday.
Sunday 13th December 2 – 4 pm Admission is free, but it is essential that popcorn and squash £2 are pre ordered as we don’t want to run out. Sally Rolton, Leanna Donkin and Ali Fairbank will be selling tickets next week in the playground before and after school. Parental supervision for children at all times is required during this event. The movie will be Paddington.

Friday 4th December               Raffle ticket money, counterfoils and unsold tickets returned.
                                                Christmas Fair preparations and setup 7 – 9 pm.
Saturday 5th December           Christmas Fair preparations and setup 10 am – 12 and 2 – 4 pm.
Sunday 6th December              Pewley Down Christmas Fair, 1.00 – 3.00pm
Sunday 13th December            Christmas movie afternoon.

Please note that the Reception Year cake sales have been postponed until the New Year.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 December
Mon:    Spaghetti with Bolognese or Margarita Sauce, Date Sponge with Custard
Tues:    Chicken or Vegetable Paella, Semolina with Peach Sauce
Weds:    Homemade Vegetable Pizza; Apple Crumble with Custard
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Curry & Rice; Carrot Cake
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


After School Clubs – please note that there are no more teacher led after school clubs from now on until the end of term.  The outside clubs, e.g. Judo and Art, will be running as usual.

Christmas Play Tickets - There is no charge for tickets, but we can only give you 3 per family.  If you need more tickets, please tell Ginnie and we will try to see if there are any extras that we can share with you.

If you still need tickets please send an email to hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk detailing your child’s name, class, house and the performance for which you would like tickets.  These will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis and sent home with your child.

Performance times are as follows:
Monday 7/12       
1.30    Keller & Mandela        (Dress Rehearsal)
7.00    Keller & Mandela
Tuesday 8/12       
1.30    Nightingale & Shackleton    (Dress Rehearsal)
7.00    Nightingale & Shackleton   
Wednesday 9/12       
7.00    Keller & Mandela
Thursday 10/12    
7.00    Nightingale & Shackleton

Children will need to arrive at school at 6.30 p.m. for the evening performances. All information regarding your year group will be in this week’s JTLYK.

Christmas Lunch Order Form - You should, by now, have received your Christmas Lunch order form.  Even if you normally have a school lunch, it would help the catering staff enormously if you could complete and return the form to school, latest on Monday, 7th December.  Thank you.

Please pay outstanding balances - If you have any amounts outstanding, a yellow bill will have come home with your child yesterday. Please settle accounts, including topping up lunch credit at least to the term end (next Friday’s Christmas lunch counts as a normal lunch). You can also add credit to your clubs account if you are a regular user as this will only be debited as and when you use the facility. Thanks to all who monitor their accounts on ParentPay and keep them paid up – it helps a lot. Merry Christmas from Lesley and Flora in the finance office.

Collecting tokens – We have been made aware of a recent offer of touch-screen tablets in exchange for tokens from Flora Margarine tubs.  Sadly it is too late to take advantage of the offer this time but if you see them next year, please start collecting!

Penelope Nicholson in 3J left her pink GAP hoodie (size is for age 8) in the Hall last Wednesday after Boogie Pumps. If you know of its whereabouts, please let us know.
Erin Haresnape in 3A has lost her whole PE kit.  Please check your kits, just in case.

Menu Week 2


HT Christmas Fair - THANK YOU!
Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic Christmas fair. We raised just under £4,500 which is a brilliant effort and couldn’t have been achieved without all the help and support from so many parents. Many, many thanks to all of you who helped set up and clear up, ran errands, served on the stalls and, of course, shopped!

Use EasyFundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas shopping this year. www.easyfundraising.org.uk Choose either:
Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford as your chosen causes.

Christmas Play - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies plus Tree of Wishes
There will be mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies for sale before each performance of Mary Poppins next week so don’t forget to bring your purses/wallets if you wish to buy something.
Also the Christmas Tree of Wishes will be open for anyone who would like to buy a wish for the teachers and their classes. The wishes will be delivered to the children in 2016.
Other dates for the diary:

Year Group Christmas Drinks
Year 3 – Wednesday 16 December at the March Hare from 8pm
Year 4 - Thursday 10 December at the Albany from 8pm
Year 5 - Thursday 10 December 10 from 8pm at Amor Amora

HTSC Meeting

The first HTSC meeting of 2016 is scheduled for Wednesday 13 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.
HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second 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.

For sale: a half size violin, including shoulder rest and bow, in very good condition, for £60 ono.  Please contact us for details.

Amazing Art Club - Come along and have fun making, inventing and doing:  painting, drawing, paper engineering, puppets, 3-d and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. This popular club has been running since 2013.  Maximum 12 spaces so book early: THURSDAY 7 January 2016 - 17th March  (no class half term 18th February).  £126 for 9 x 2 hour workshops - THURSDAYS  3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price.  For more details, to express an interest or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com

Art class with Elena Andreeva - We have a place in our art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition”. The art class runs on Mondays at Holy Trinity School between 3.30-5.00pm (90 min sessions.) The cost is £120 for 10 sessions, the new block of sessions starting on the 30th of November. The children learn drawing and painting skill, and work from observation and imagination.  If you would like your child to join, please contact Elena at 01483 560385.

Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here! Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the Christmas break; playschemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Prestige Gymnastics Academy
, run by International Performance Coaches Plamen & Milena Lichev, are pleased to announce the opening of new gymnastics centre at St. Catherine’s School. The classes are open for Pre-School, KS1 & 2 and 10 years+ and initially will run every Saturday from 9:30am onwards.  Our first session is free of charge and will take place on Sat 9th Jan 2016.  For more info or how to book your free session please contact us - Email: info@prestigegymnasticsacademy.co,uk - Mobile: 07906 993046 or 07504117298.  Join us and give your child a boost of self-confidence, develop their strength, power, coordination, balance and core stability. Learn the sport of Gymnastics in safe, positive and yet challenging environment.

Addison Court Christmas Faye!  The Fayre will be held in Addison Road on Saturday, 12th December between 3.00 – 6.00 p.m. Go along if you can.

Calling all mums and dads! - There will be a Danceathon on Saturday, 23rd January 2016 between 10.30 – 12.30 p.m. at Broadwater School.  It is only £10 if you book in advance or £12 on the door.  2 hours of dance fitness fun!  Zumba, Fitsteps, belly dance and just JHoom Bollywood!  It is being organised by Heidi Harris who runs our Boogie Pumps after school class. Please call 07717 575955 or email Heidi-harris@hotmail.co.uk to book.

Tickets are now available for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Electric Theatre in Guildford. Several children from HT are in the cast of this Man in the Moon youth theatre production. Performances are from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 December at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Box office: 01483 444789.

Christmas Fun For All The Family!
Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here!
Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the Christmas break; play schemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

An interesting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Schools and Family Learning at Guildford Cathedral.  This part time post requires the candidates to have QTS and  an interest in working with families in a cathedral education context. Please note it’s not the same as a children and families worker in a church or parish setting.  If you would like more information about this post, please direct your questions to Helen Ellis Helen@guildford-cathedral.org