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

Infant Newsletter

24 February 2012

Dear Parents

During this week various classes throughout the school have made pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day.  Year 4 children represented the school in the traditional annual pancake race in Guildford High Street and their picture is on the front page of the Surrey Advertiser!

On the following day we marked Ash Wednesday where juniors had the option of receiving the Mark of the Cross on the back of their hands as a symbol of being sorry for the wrong in our lives and being thankful for God’s love and forgiveness.  This day marks the beginning of Lent when the church remembers Jesus’ time in the wilderness where he was tempted.  It’s a good time for thinking about ourselves and what is important.

Children at HTPD are very good at thinking in this way and excellent at being meditative.  Our weekly thoughtful class times really encourage the children to take time out to consider the big questions of life and its meaning.

Our hero this week was Eric Liddell, the champion Olympian of Paris, 1924.  This story was told in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’.  Liddell refused to bow to pressure to compete on a Sunday as it went against his desire to treat Sunday as a day of rest.  The children thought about what is important to them and what they would like to achieve.  Our Bible story this week was about Isaiah and his writings.  We linked this with what Eric Liddell preached about in Paris.  “Even young people tire and become exhausted, but those who honour God get fresh strength.  They spread their wings and soar like eagles.  They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t faint”.  Great verses to take into Lent, whether we are attempting to give up chocolate once again or not.

Best wishes, Richard

Parent consultation evenings, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March

  • Please return your parent consultation form by next Monday 27 February, if you haven’t already done so. 
  • Geraldine Tame, our librarian, will be running reading clinics in the library during the parent consultation afternoons and evenings.  She will be demonstrating the new library system and will also have lots of information and advice on all aspects of reading.
  • As a result of the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs (Drama, Binca, Lego, Science and Cartoon Drawing) in the week beginning 5 March. 

Unusual reading competition

Thank you to everyone who got involved with the 'unusual reading' competition - do make sure you have a look in the hall as there are some brilliant entries.  Winners will be announced in Monday's assembly.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be taking place in the hall every day after school from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 March.  It will also be open during the parents’ evenings on 6 and 7 March.  Do come along and have a look at the books on offer; we receive commission on all sales which enables us to buy more books for the school. 
Tokens for World Book Day will also be coming home in book bags on Thursday 1 March and these can be used at the Book Fair as well as at Waterstones where a selection of £1 books is available.

Drumming Workshop (Year 2) 

The after-school drumming workshop with Jack for Year 2 will now start on Tuesday 28 February, 3-4pm.  There are still a few places available if anyone is interested (£6 per session).

Sainsbury’s vouchers

We are taking part in the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme again this year, so please hang on to your vouchers and bring them in to school  - the collection box is at the upper entrance near the office.


  • Izzy Dickinson (Hazel Class) has lost her blue tights and joggers both of which are named.
  • Olive Wickham (Chestnut Class) has lost a named Keller cardigan.


Next Friday 2nd March will be the Children's Cake Sale in the School Hall.
Please could you send your child in to school that morning with cakes (maximum of 6, NO NUTS PLEASE) and 50p, with which they will be able to purchase 2 cakes. Any leftover cakes will be on sale in the Hall from 2.45pm onwards. Thank you.

HTSC Quiz Night, Friday 16 March at 8pm

Can you name the Captain of the Titanic? What is the highest mountain in Europe? Who won x-factor? Who directed Inception? Pit your wits against Michael Tame (Geraldine's husband) who has put together one of his famous quizzes and come and outsmart mightiest brains in Guildford, or just come along for a bit of fun, there are themes for everyone. 
The format is bring your own food, and there will be a bar where you can buy beer, wine, soft drinks and nibbles. £5 a head, teams of 8 - invite your friends and family, tickets on sale in the office from Monday.

Childen’s Nearly New Bazaar, Saturday 25 February, 10.3 -12.00, Tillingbourne School, New Road, Chilworth. Clothes 0-10 years, equipment, prams, toys etc.  Admission £1 and free parking on site.  To sell at this sale or for general enquiries phone Sue: 01483 202113 sue@homevilla.co.uk.  Come along and pick up some bargains!

What will you do at Easter?

Are you looking for exciting things to do during the Easter holidays? The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13. Animal lovers can visit a vets’ surgery or see the small animals at Merrist Wood. If you’re looking forward to this summer’s sporting event, try our mini Olympics, or tennis, archery, fencing or climbing, amongst others. We have crafts and cooking, science at the University, even a trip to London. All this and much more in our programme which can be seen on our website http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/ or pick it up in the school office or in Guildford Library's children section. Booking night is Wednesday 7th March - don't miss it!