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

Infant 30/1/15

30 January 2015

Dear Parents,

Here is a poem which Olive in Year five wrote.

It is January
The leaves have turned brown lifeless almost sleeping
The sun beaming gently, leaving little droplets
Where the ice was melting
The cold trees rustled trembled
Speaking a beautiful language
Unheard of by humanity
The grass gleaming like sunfilled crystals
Walking through the cloudless sky
Drawing me to heaven

It beautifully describes the month with its bright sun and crystal grass. She finishes by writing that all of this grasped our value of “seeing heaven in the moment”. Many people have favourite months and seasons but if we grasp that value we will have our eyes open to see the beauty of nature or our child’s smile, observing or receiving an act of kindness or thrilling to a poem, film or painting.

Our values which are on the opening page of our website, in the chapel and the upstairs corridor of HT were carefully formed about eight years ago. Clare was part of that group so I know that they will be retained for the future too. The government, with its fear of radicalisation is encouraging us to teach what it calls ‘British Values’. Many teachers feel that this is some way, sounds xenophobic and verging on racist.

When we teach this we use the term British Values as this is what our lord and masters, Ofsted, will want to hear; however we always link this to international values. So these values comprise: Fairness

These four sum up the way we treat others. It is really all included within our phrase; 'imagining the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing understanding, respecting all.'

I think our tried and tested values plus our new British values makes for a great mix of well-educated, caring and happy individuals.

With best wishes, Richard

2016 Admissions Consultation – Open Meeting, Wednesday 4 February, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Chapel

A reminder that there will be an Open Meeting next Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed changes to the 2016 Admissions Arrangements for Holy Trinity Pewley Down. All are welcome. The full consultation and summary of changes was circulated by ParentMail on 19 December and is also available on the website: www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 10 February 5.15-5.00pm
Don’t forget the Bedtime Story when children return to school in their pyjamas with cuddly toys etc to enjoy a story with their teacher. FOPS are providing cocoa and biscuits for the children, and parents are very welcome to wait in the hall where there will be tea and coffee available.

For parents who use our after school care (PUPS and Clubs+), we would encourage you to phone the school should you be unable to pick up your children before 6pm. As you know the clubs close at 6pm, and most parents manage to arrive in plenty of time. In the event of an emergency however, it is vital that staff are aware that children will still need care after 6pm.

One-way system
Parents are reminded that in order to keep traffic flowing smoothly in the mornings and at the end of the school day, we operate an informal one way system on Semaphore Road, joining at the top from Pewley Hill and driving down the hill to meet Pewley Way at the bottom. It makes things so much easier for everybody! Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Junk Modelling

If you have anything we could use for junk modelling (eg cardboard boxes) we would be grateful. Please bring it to the school office.


Paperback book, ‘Hero’ by Sarah Lean, found in the front playground. Possibly belongs to an older sibling.


FOPS have lots of exciting plans for the New Year. Here are a couple of dates to put in your diary:

Pewley Bake 'n' Stroll - Sunday 22 March 2015 - 2pm - 4.30pm

A chance to exercise your baking skills and your leg muscles by joining Pewley's answer to the The Great British Bake Off and an Easter Treasure Hunt up on the Downs. More details to follow ......

Summer Fair - Sunday 7 June 12pm - 2pm

Half Term 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 February half term; playschemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Half Term Holiday Club - Creation City, 19th - 22nd of February, 10am - 1.30pm

Only £10 per child for 4 days!! Reception - Year 6. At the Church of the Holy Spirit (New Inn Lane).
Holiday club is back! Join us this February half term for a week of exciting drama, crazy games, creative crafts and most importantly, a lot of fun! This year we are calling all creative sparks to join us in our quest to build the legendary “Creation City” - will you join the adventure?
Booking is now open. Contact the parish office (parishoffice@burphamchurch.org.uk) or phone us on 01483 825533 for more information. We have limited spaces, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Menu for week beginning Monday 2 February
Mon: Cumberland Pork or Quorn Sausage, Warm Bread Roll; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Cottage Pie or Roasted Butternut Squash & Pepper Bake; Creamy Rice Pudding
Weds: Roast Turkey & Gravy or Glamorgan meat-free Sausages, Roast Potatoes; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Two Cheese Pizza or Vegetable Bake; Syrup & Cornflake Tart
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Basmati; Fruit Salad with Cream
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.