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

HTPD 22/1/16

22 January 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s great to be part of such a healthy community! This week we hosted a major cross country event as eight other schools joined a large team of children from Year 4, 5 and 6 in running on Pewley Down. It was fantastic to see the children competing so keenly, but also supporting each other and laughing uproariously as the course became quite muddy! Events like this happen because of the enthusiastic commitment of our sports’ teachers – as well as being so efficiently organised by Laura, our sports coordinator. I’m particularly grateful to Nick, our sports’ leader for his hard work in making this happen.

Another way we encourage the children to make healthy choices, is at snack time. Can I remind you that it is our policy only to have healthy snacks like fruit or vegetables. One of the problems with the unhealthy options is the wrappers which inevitably seem to get dropped all around the school grounds. We’ve been talking to the children about this and would really appreciate your help. It’s great at the infants to see children enjoying the carrots, apples or pears which are provided every day – let’s try and keep these good habits going right through the school.

Of course we also emphasise having a healthy mind – we really got the children thinking this week by asking them in assembly to come up with big questions. Jesus at twelve years old astounded the teachers of the Law when he asked and answered their questions. Like Him, we hope that at HTPD, the children learn to ponder life’s mysteries. I’m looking forward to hearing the assembly feedback tomorrow. I wonder what they’ll have thought about.

With best wishes


Bedtime Story, Wednesday 10 February, 5.15 - 6pm
Another date for your diary, this is a lovely annual occasion when the children return to school at the end of the day for bedtime stories with their class teachers. They can wear pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and bring a cuddly toy if they would like to. Children should go straight to their classrooms on arrival. Parents are invited to come and chat with Clare in the hall about different ways of helping with reading at home. Tea and coffee will also be available.

Parking in Pewley Bank
Just to respectfully remind parents that Pewley Bank is a private road which requires access at all times and we would therefore ask that you find alternative places to park.

Rainbow Room
Can we please ask all parents to keep an eye on children at the end of Football Club. We've reminded the children not to use the Rainbow Room at this time as it needs to be set up for the next day's learning. It would be really helpful if everyone could help us with this. Thank you!


As there is so much pressure on places at Pups, we would be grateful if you would let Sam (pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or the Office know as soon as possible if you no longer need a pre-booked space (e.g. change in arrangements or illness). If you do this with more than 24 hours notice, you won’t be charged for the session. If we do not have 24 hours notice or any notice, you will be charged unless we are able to fill the space on the day. Thank you.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2016
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme will be starting quite soon (27 January) and we are looking for a parent volunteer to help us co-ordinate the scheme this year. In previous years we have been able to buy lots of PE and other equipment with the vouchers collected. Please contact the school office if you would be able to help.

Baby News
Those involved in cello lessons might like to know that Amanda, the cello teacher, gave birth to a baby boy on 15 January.


Save the Date:
Year 1 Coffee Morning, Wednesday 3rd February after drop off at Café Nero in House of Fraser
Year 2 Coffee Morning, Thursday 4th February after drop off at Café Nero in House of Fraser

Esther Mitchell, Oak Class, has lost most of her PE kit (joggers, shorts and trainers) all of which is named.

Seb Charraudeau, Beech Class, has lost his Mandela house t-shirt which is named. 

January Collection Day for Refugees, Saturday 23 January, 11am-3pm, Guildford Borough Council Woking Road Depot, MOT. Requested items include emergency clothing for refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, and food and baby items for Syria. More information here: www.guildfordpeople.org, and on the Guildford People to People Facebook page.

Menu for week beginning Monday 25 January


To ease administration, please could we ask that if you need to contact the Clubs+ staff after 5.00pm, that you use the following number - 01483 451 227. For ease of reference, small cards will be sent out next week with this phone number. Please do watch out for them!

Book Week
We are looking forward to our Book Week, filled with fantastic opportunities for learning through some great books. As part of my planning, I am trying to source 14 pop-up tents; if there is anyone who is willing to lend us one, or more, please do contact Geraldine.

To mark the end of the week’s activities, we will be holding a “Curry and Quiz Night” on Saturday, 5th March. This will be a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a Raj Doot curry and an entertaining “pub quiz” style evening. Mark the date in your diaries!

Carrier Bag Request
If anyone has any spare, clean carrier bags at home that are not needed, would you bear us in mind please? We are always being asked for these, i.e. for wet swimming kit, or even models made at school, books etc. and now that they cost 5p each, we only have the odd one or two spare. Thank you.

Milo Derham, 5N, has lost a new navy Mandela sweatshirt (named). Milo only wore it for 1 day so please check your uniform to see that you haven’t picked it up by mistake! Thank you.

Menu - Week 1


Spring Term Cake Sales
The spring term cake sales are now underway - kicked of by Year 6 today - thank you!

There will be three more sales this term (one per year group for Years 3, 4 and 5), so 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 5 - Friday 5 February
Year 4 - Friday 26 February
Year 3 - Friday 11 March

Other dates for the diary

Thirsty Thursday – 4 February
Quiz and Curry night – 5 March

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.

Maths Tutor
Christine Slater, who left us at the end of last term, has several hobbies which are keeping her very busy indeed. However, Christine is very interested in Maths tutoring so please give her a call on the number below if you are interested. Christine’s talents don’t end there!

Christine also designs and paints her own cards and has left assorted packs in Reception for you to look at. The cards (2 per pack) cost £3.50, and 25% of the cost will go to HTPD school funds.

Finally, Christine also provides a curtain making service. She is happy to make alterations to existing curtains as well as making them from scratch. Take advantage of her very competitive prices!

Christine Slater is based in Chilworth - mobile: 07815 200959, home 01483 893410.