• Friday Fun available now available

HTPD 12/2/16

12 February 2016

Dear Parents,

You might have noticed the new giant television screen at the juniors which is now up and running in the forum. It has been generously provided by HTSC and replaces one that has been in place since that part of the school was opened! HTSC have also bought a wonderful set of Djembe drums which are being very well used as part of our music curriculum. At the infants, FOPS have been working with Julie, our site manager, to help fund improvements to the grounds, and we’re excited to be purchasing some more iPads to ensure there are enough to go around! Thank you so much to all of you for your energy in fundraising, generosity in giving and fantastic commitment to improving the children’s learning environment.

The highlight of my week was the Bedtime Story session at the infants. All the classrooms were filled with children snuggled up together with their teddies in their pyjamas and onesies, listening to their teachers read to them. The flickering firelight from the interactive whiteboards added to the atmosphere – but it really was magical to see how much everyone enjoyed themselves. Reading for pleasure is such a vital ingredient in learning to read. I hope you all have some time over the half term break to enjoy a good book together.

Today of course marks the end of this half term with a Fluffy Friday. The Surrey Advertiser heard about one of our activities run by St John Ambulance – and they sent along a photographer to capture the occasion on camera. It’s great to see that our wider curriculum, which focuses on the whole child enjoying learning in many diverse contexts, is being noted. It’s certainly been a busy day with activities at both the juniors and infants, some in school and some off site. Thanks to all our parent helpers who ensure that Fluffy Fridays provide such a fun way to learn. Have a chat with your child about what skills they’ve developed today – I asked some of them and had the following replies: “Getting along with others”, “Trying out something I’ve never done before”, “I didn’t think I’d make it, but I did. I learnt not to give up”, “I’ve learnt how to save a life”, “I’ve made new friends”….certainly a worthwhile day!

I do hope you all enjoy a super half term break. See you on Monday 22nd February.
With best wishes,



Save the Date:
5th March - HTSC EVENT
Tickets for the Quiz Night are now available. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an entertaining quiz and a wonderful Rajdoot curry. The price at £10 a head is the best value night you will get all year! Put together a table of up to 8, or come along and join a team, but get your tickets while they are available as places are limited.
13th March - Action Sunday in conjunction with Movie Sunday.
13th April - Next FOPS Meeting
23rd April - Bake ‘n’ Stroll

14th May - FOPS and HTSC Event -BOND THEMED EVENING AT THE RADISSON, GUILDFORD Saturday 14th May 2016 - 8pm to 1am:
The organisation of this year’s HTPD event is now well on the way and is promising to be yet another fantastic evening. This year we are planning a bond themed evening with welcome drinks, canapés, entertainment and lots of dancing. More details to follow but meanwhile book your babysitter for what is going to be a fantastic evening. Everyone welcome!

12th June - Summer Fair
16th July - Summer Festival

Ladies’ black sunglasses, missing since Tuesday.  Please contact Filipa (tel: 07977 141382).

For sale
Ikea boys’ bedroom furniture in blue, solid wood:  single high bed with play area underneath and matching chest of drawers; small single bed and chest of drawers.  Please contact Isabel (tel: 0777 0631855).

Menu for week beginning Monday 22 February


Sports fixtures for the week starting 22 February:

Tuesday 23rd February
Year 6 A and B netball match v QE (Away) - approximate finish time 4.45pm
We will leave HT at 3.30pm and collection is from QE.

Wednesday 24th February
Year 6 B & C netball v Tormead (Home) – approximate finish time is 4.45pm
We would appreciate it if parents could assist by preparing the tea and biscuits for after the match – please let Laura know if you can help.

Thursday 25th February
Girls Football Tournament at Weyfield (Away) – approximate finish time is 5.00pm
We will leave HT at 3.30pm and collection is from Weyfield.

Saturday 27th February
Tormead Netball Tournament - Year 6 B team (Away). The Tournament is scheduled to run from 12.15 – 4 pm.

If you are able to offer lifts or if your child needs a lift back to school, please let Laura know.  Thank you.

CANCELLED CLUBS – The following sports clubs are cancelled due to matches:

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

Board Games
Owing to the consistently high number of children attending Board Games I have reluctantly taken the decision to split the club in half. Beginning after half term Board Games will be for Years 3 and 4 only. For the first half of next term it will be for Years 5 and 6. I am sorry to have to do this but the children who do come along will have a better experience.



Don't forget to order your tickets for the chance to pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our annual Quiz Night!
Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and will also raise money for the school.
Tickets are £10 each to include a delicious curry from Rajdoot in Burpham and there will be a fully stocked bar. Get your team together or come along and make up a team on the night - maximum of 8 people per team, everyone welcome.
To order tickets please send in cash or cheques made payable to HTSC in an envelope to the HT office. On the envelope please specify how many tickets you require and if you have any specific dietary requirements, together with the name and class of your child.

The organisation of this year’s HTPD event is now well on the way and is promising to be yet another fantastic evening. This year we are planning a James Bond themed evening with welcome drinks, canapés, entertainment and lots of dancing. More details to follow but meanwhile book your babysitter!
Cake Sales
Many thanks to Year 5 for a great cake sale last Friday. So far we have raised just over £200 from both the Year 5 and 6 sales which is fantastic.

Next cake sale dates:
Year 4 - Friday 26 February
Year 3 - Friday 11 March

Alice Williams (3C) has mislaid her PE kit.  Please check your bags! Thank you.

Several children are missing named items of uniform and PE kit – during Half Term could you please check that your child has not brought home someone else’s items by mistake.

Week 1