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HTPD 2/2/18

01 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m writing this week’s newsletter on the way back from a conference up in London run by the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. It was a super day full of inspiring talks and discussion about what makes for an excellent education. Amanda Spielman, head of Ofsted was one of the keynote speakers and, encouragingly, she spoke of the value she places on school ethos and an emphasis on promoting wider outcomes which ensure children flourish as members of society. She was particularly critical of primary schools where the children in Year 6 focus intensively on SATS preparation rather than on a broader curriculum. I’m glad to report that our Year 6 children are fully immersed in this term’s topic, as well as this week taking part in a science challenge at Glebelands secondary school (together with teams from years 1-5) and winning the Sportshall athletics event at the Spectrum! They have also covered another aspect of the curriculum this week with a focus on relationship and sex education. Their week will culminate in Fluffy Friday which as usual has been excitedly anticipated across the whole school. Our curriculum is certainly broad and well balanced!

Another theme of the day was reading for pleasure and we’re looking forward to putting this into practice with next week’s Bedtime Story at the infants on Wednesday at 5.15pm. A love of books runs through much of what we do!

Thank you as always for the ways you continually support us in providing a rich and varied life at school. The £1 donations mean that we can continue to offer Fluffy Friday activities that are exciting and worthwhile, and extra pairs of hands mean that we can staff such a long list of different opportunities.

This week’s webinar about e-safety and our joint responsibility for protecting children in the online world provided a stark reminder of the importance of up to date information which will help keep children safe. It came to my attention this week that some parents were unaware that the app, Roblox has a social component. This means that strangers can interact with the children when they are playing the game. Please do ensure that you are aware of this danger and also that this app, along with many other social media, is intended for over 12s.

Please feel very welcome to come along to our school chapel on Sunday morning. Holy Trinity Church are meeting there this week at 10am for their morning service as the church is being used for Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. I will be speaking and we’ll actually be singing some of our school assembly songs too so the children will feel very at home!

Finally, I look forward to our coffee morning at the infants next Thursday at 9am where we are especially keen to invite those of you who speak English as an additional language. These events are such a good way for us to hear from you about how we can support your child and you at HTPD. We love our links with international communities; this week we have welcomed a group of Chinese children to the school and Helen Pronger is looking forward to an imminent trip to our partner school in Spain where she will deliver letters from our Spanish club children who are eagerly anticipating hosting their Spanish penpals in March.

With best wishes


School will be closed for Half Term 12 – 16 February.

Science Week, 19-23 February
Science Week for all year groups begins the week after half term and we are planning lots of exciting activities for the children to take part in. The children will be working in their houses during the morning from Monday 19th till Thursday 22nd. Each day the children will find out about different famous scientists and their discoveries and then take part in some hands on investigations related to the scientific theme.

On Friday 23rd February (from 1.30pm at the infants, and from 2.30pm at the juniors) we would love to invite parents, grandparents and carers to their child's classroom. There will be lots of science investigations for your child to show you, and you may like to visit other classrooms too so that you get an idea of all the fun and science learning that your child has been part of during the week.


Bedtime Story, Wednesday 7 February, 5.15-6.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Bedtime Story on Wednesday. Children (in pyjamas, onesies etc) should go straight to their classrooms on arrival for a story with their teacher. Parents are invited to the hall where refreshments will be available and second hand uniform will also be on sale (see FOPS notice below).

Spring Term Languages Coffee Morning, Thursday 8 February, 9.00–10.00am in the school hall
If you or your children are bi-lingual, multi-lingual or speak English as an additional language, please join us in the hall on Thursday morning for coffee and a chat. Maths and English teaching resources will be available for you to look at, and you will also be able to find out more about how children learn at Pewley Down. If you don’t speak another language but would like to come along you are very welcome.

Ball Games with Andy
There are a few places available in Andy’s club (Ball Games) which takes place on a Tuesday 3.00-4.00pm until the end of this term. Please contact Julia or the office if your child would like a place.

Marcus Spicer (Beech Class) has lost a brand new, named Nightingale sweatshirt.
John Birkett’s (Walnut Class) swimming goggles (clear frames with blue lenses) have been missing since Wednesday.

Menu: (week 2 beginning 5 February). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
Mon: Cottage Pie or Vegetable Cottage Pie; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tue: Meatballs with Pasta or Butternut, Pepper & Leek Potato-topped Pie; Fruit Jelly
Wed: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Chocolate & Banana Sponge
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Margherita Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Guildford Primary Schools Music Association will release tickets for their concert on 21 March, 2018 on Thursday 8 February. Prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee for adults.

Chinese Club Tuesday 6 February 3.15-4.15pm
We have been so fortunate to host a group of Chinese children in school this week and next. They have been enjoying time in the Y4 and Y5 classrooms and today took part in Fluffy Friday. Next Tuesday the group (together with their Chinese teacher) have offered us an opportunity to learn some Chinese in an after school club. This will take place in 6T from 3.15-4.15pm and Gillian Trumble will also be there. Do encourage your child to take part!

Diary Dates for February:
Monday 5 February Year 5 visit Winchester Science Centre (INTECH)
Monday 12 - Friday, 16th February school is closed for Half Term
Monday 19 - February school re-opens
Monday 19 - Friday 23 February Science Week (NO SWIMMING)


Year 4 Boys Football Tournament
Date: Monday 5 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Send C of E Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS

Year 5 Girls Hockey v St Hilary's
Date: Tuesday 6 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Hilary's, Holloway Hill, Godalming, GU7 1RZ

Year 6 Boys Football v Weyfield
Date: Wednesday 7 February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Weyfield, 8 School Close, GU1 1QJ

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Menu 2 - week beginning 5 February 2018

We have an XBOX 360 “Soul Calibur V” game in the office, which has been unclaimed for several weeks. If you think this might belong to you, please come to the office. Thank you. 


Why we need your support!

We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using easy fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We will soon have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised.

Save the date: March 25, afternoon – Bake ‘n’ Stroll goes international
To celebrate the arrival of spring, please bring the whole family to enjoy a sociable walk on Pewley Down followed by an international food sampling competition. We want to encourage our international families to get involved so that we can celebrate the diversity of our school with food and crafts from around the world. We hope you will bring in some tasty family favourites from your country to enter into the cook and bake competition on the same afternoon. When families return from the walk they will be able to sample different foods and cakes in return for a donation to the school! There will also be some fun crafts for the children and we’d love your ideas for these too. Please save the date and look out for booking forms in your book bags after half term.

If you are an international family and would like to get involved with this event, please come along to the EAL coffee morning this Thursday, 8 February at 9am, or contact your class teacher or class rep or email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.

7th February – Bedtime story
(with refreshments for parents and second hand uniform sale)
While your children are enjoying story-time with their teacher, please join us in the school hall for tea and coffee while your wait. There will also be a sale of second hand school uniform, so if you want to stock up on kit at a fraction of the cost of new, then bring along some cash.

Masquerade Ball
Thank you to those who have bought tickets or donated a prize for our auction! If you have something you can offer – be it a music lesson, a Birthday party, a cake, a therapy session, a tour of your work place (emergency services would be fantastic) or anything else that someone could bid on, please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Playground sales/cake sales
Beech class have a playground sale on Feb 9th.

Year Group Social Events
Reception: Friday 9 February: Coffee morning, venue tbc
Year 1: Friday 23 February: drinks evening, venue tbc
Year 2
Tuesday 6th February: Tapas night at All Bar One (£20 for 4 plates of tapas and a bottle of wine), 7.30pm
Friday 2nd March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards

Don’t forget you can find out more about what’s happening by visiting us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/


HTSC Fundraising so far….

We have just crunched our numbers and are excited to report that we have raised just under £10,000 this year so far – well done everyone! Particular highlights were the tea towels which raised a whopping £960, not to mention the ever brilliant Christmas Fair which raised just over £4,500!
We have been able to buy 8 interactive whiteboards this year (thanks to all this year and last year's fundraising). These are heading to the classrooms at HT right now. We would like to buy another 4, so please keep supporting us – THANK YOU!

Cake Sales
These have been going really well this term – over £200 raised so far! There will be four more group cake sales this term, so please keep supporting them.
Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.
The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.
Cake sale dates:
Year 4 - Friday 9 February
Year 3 - Friday 23 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.

THE HTPD Great Masquerade Ball
We are STILL LOOKING for auction prizes! The type of things you can’t usually buy are often the best, so please have a think if you have a skill you could contribute. Think outside the box – private tuition, music lessons, personal training, a holiday home, doing someone’s odd jobs, behind stage tours, celebrity signed shirts, a special cake, providing a Birthday party, a beauty treatment, chauffeuring, tour of fire/police station or other interesting place of work….

Please contact Claire Tellegen if you think you might be able to help (clairetellegen@gmail.com).

On-line safety workshops for parents, Wednesday 7 February, 9.30-10.30am, Bushy Hill School

O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help children and their families stay safe online and, as part of this mission, they are running free online safety workshops for parents and carers.  They will be hosting a workshop at Bushy Hill Junior School (Sheeplands Avenue, Merrow, Guildford GU1 2SG) on 7 February.  Bushy Hill are kindly inviting parents and carers of children from other schools.  If you would like to attend please RSVP by 26 January by contacting the office at Bushy Hill – 01483 598544 or office@bushyhilljs.net.

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 21, 28 February & 7 March, 7.30-9.30pm
A 6-week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life.  It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour.  Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old.  The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre.  There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions.  Please sign up at the Church Information Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.