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

HTPD 29/1/16

29 January 2016

Dear Parents,

As a staff this week during our weekly training session, we considered the government-imposed requirement to teach British Values in all schools. We reflected on how well HTPD’s values enable the children to develop as fully mature members of society. “Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding and respecting all” seemed to encapsulate much of what we are being expected to teach, with its emphasis on tolerance and respect, fairness and empathy.

Our school councils at both the infants and juniors model democracy to the children. We explain to all the children that by speaking to their class councillors their individual voices can be heard and so they contribute to important aspects of school life. We endeavour to give the children opportunities to change things for the better. I hope that each of our children feels able to speak to me about anything that concerns them. In fact, that’s one of my most favourite roles as head teacher. Sitting with the children as we ate lunch together earlier in the week, reminded me quite how unique and individual all of our children are!

Speaking of individual voice and making a difference to our community, I’m sure you’ll have been following the local news story about the threatened future of the Electric Theatre in Guildford town centre. As a school, many of our children have benefited from the community use that the theatre provides, particularly as part of the “Man in the Moon” youth theatre activities, as well as enjoying regular child-friendly productions. Please do consider responding to the consultation online (https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145347097574) ensuring that the theatre remains a resource for the whole community to access.

Finally, the quality of musicianship at this year’s junior school music medley was just great. All of the performers in each individual house assembly deserve to feel very proud of their achievement. Performing in front of over one hundred listeners is quite something – and to those who then performed to the whole school today, we say thank you!

With best wishes


Bedtime Story, Wednesday 10 February, 5.15 - 6pm
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. Parents are invited to come and chat with Clare in the hall about different ways of helping with reading at home. FOPS have kindly offered to serve tea and coffee and there will also be second hand uniform on sale in the hall.

PUPS early finish, Wednesday 10 February
Owing to the Bedtime Story, PUPS will finish early at 5.15 pm on 10 February.

Fluffy Friday, 12 February
Forms with choices for Fluffy Friday will come home on Monday for Years 1 and 2. Year R will be doing their own fluffy activities this time.

Year 2 swimming
A reminder that swimming fees for the spring term are now due – prompt payment would be much appreciated.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2016
We are very grateful that Sharon and Carrie (Willow class mums) have kindly offered to administer the Active Kids scheme for us this year. The scheme has just started and runs until 3 May. Vouchers can be earned by shopping in store, online and at Sainsbury's petrol stations. Please start collecting and drop your vouchers off at the school office where there is a Sainsbury's post box ready and waiting in the reception area. It really is a great way to earn sports and cooking equipment, all of which benefits each and every child at Pewley Down. You can find out more by visiting https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk or chat to Sharon or Carrie (Willow class).


Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last week’s FOPS meeting. We had lots of great ideas for future events and feedback on current projects.

Last term FOPS, at the request of the teaching staff, assigned £1000 for mathematics resources. At the meeting a detailed list of requirements for the school was presented, which FOPS approved.
The successful introduction and use of iPads, funded previously by FOPS, was reported and a request made, by the school, for a further ten iPad minis for use by the children in class. After a review of last term’s fantastic fundraising the request was approved.

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
Reception Coffee Morning, Monday 8th February after drop off at Harris & Hoole

10th February Bedtime Story in conjunction with a Second Hand Uniform Sale
13th March Action Sunday in conjunction with Movie Sunday.
13th April Next FOPS Meeting
23rd April Bake ‘n’ Stroll
14th May HTSC and FOPS Summer Event
12th June Summer Fair
16th July Summer Festival

Lachlan Barnes, Hazel, has lost his named polo shirt (Mandela) – missing after football on Tuesday.
Poppy Donkin, Willow, has lost a grey, jersey M&S pinafore dress (named) – missing after Boogie Pumps on Monday.
Maiz Ahmed, Oak, has lost her named cardigan (Nightingale) – missing since ballet last Thursday.

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 1 February
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Margarita Sauce; Date Sponge with Custard
Tues: Chicken or Vegetable Paella with Rice; Semolina with Peach Sauce
Weds: Roast Pork or Leek & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Homemade Vegetable Pizza; Apple Crumble with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Curry & Rice; Carrot Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


A reminder for Clubs Plus users 
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!

Please settle accounts
We will invoice anyone with outstanding balances next Thursday. Please settle your accounts preferably before then to minimise the exercise – and please add on lunch credit if needed. Thanks very much to those who monitor their accounts and keep them paid up! Lesley and Flora.


Tuesday 2nd February - Year 6 Surrey Schools’ Girls Hockey Tournament @ Woking Hockey Club
Parents to drop off at WHC at 9am or lift shares to leave HT at 8.30pm.
Approx finish time: 2.30pm - Return to school
Teacher : Mary

Wednesday 3rd February - Year 4 Netball v Tormead - HOME x 2 teams. Play starts at 4pm - 4.45pm
Teachers: JJ, Laura, Anna (Netball coach for Year 4)

Thursday 4th February - Years 3 and 4 Sportshall @ Spectrum - 20 Year 3’s and 20 Year 4's.
Coach to arrive at school approx. 9.05am, departing at 9.15am. Coach returning to school approx. 12.30pm.
Children to then eat home-brought packed lunches when back at school
Teachers: JJ, Ben (1 parent needed to help JJ on bus)

Year 6 Sportshall final @ SSP - 30 Year 6's. Leave school at 12pm - Parents to offer lifts
Approx finish 3.30pm - Parents to collect from venue unless have prior arrangement to RTS (Renee, Leonie, Alistair Durrant)
Louise Keiller will RTS with children and Ben
Teachers: Ben, Laura, Vicky

Laura Sutton, HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next meeting is Friday 12th February, 9 - 10am at Emma Laporte's house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information. All welcome.

Menu - Week 2


The spring term cake sales are now underway - kicked off last Friday by Year 6. Thank you to everyone who contributed with cakes or helped on the day. It was a great success.

There will be three more sales this term (one per year group for Years 3, 4 and 5). The next being year 5 on Friday 5th February.  As always we will be looking for helpers. If you can spare an hour to help on the day, Please contact Su Anderson on susenanderson@hotmail.com.

As a reminder, 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 - 8pm in Rogues
Quiz and Curry night – 5 March (more details to follow)


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.

Guitar Workshops
If your child would be interested in learning and playing the guitar, in a fun and collaborative way, Surrey Arts are running 2 workshops. Please call Sue Barnard, Business Assistant, Tel: 01483 519672 for more info. The workshops available are:
Woking Youth Arts Centre, Trinity Road, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY School years 4 ‐ 6 (8-11yrs old) 10.00am ‐ 11.00am £70 (7 sessions) School years 7 ‐ 11 (12-16yrs old) 11.15am ‐ 12.15pm £70 (7 sessions). NO WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY.
The Focus Youth Centre, 9 Depot Road, Epsom, KT17 4RJ School years 4 ‐ 6 (8-11yrs old) 10.00am ‐ 11.00am £70 (7 sessions) School years 7 ‐ 11 (12-16yrs old) 11.15am ‐ 12.15pm £70 (7 sessions) NO WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

Out of Egypt Musical: Christ Church Guildford invites you & your friends to a premiere performance of a musical retelling the inspirational life of Moses. Thurs 18 & Fri 19 Feb, 7.45pm, Sat 20 Feb, 5pm. To buy tickets, only £10 (£7 concessions) please visit our on-line box office, groups can “book a pew” before 7 February, after this date all seating will be unreserved. Contact Louise 01483 301927 for more information. www.christchurchguildford.com

Fostering – could you make a difference to a child’s life?
For more information on fostering or adoption call us on: 0800 0969 626 or 01932 794199; visit: surreycc.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption; find us on facebook.com/surreyfostering, or tweet us@Surreyfostering. Monday 29 February 7-9pm at Esher High School, More Lane, Esher KT10 8AP
Come along to a fostering open evening where foster carers, fostered young people and care leavers will talk about what it is like to foster and be fostered with Surrey County Council's fostering service. There is no need to book, you can just turn up. There is no obligation to take your interest further. 

Please sponsor me
I'm taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon 2016 on 13/03/2016 to raise money for WaterAid and I'd really appreciate your support. Donating to my JustGiving page is easy - just follow this link and click Donate: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Rachel-Goodchild8 JustGiving sends your donation straight to WaterAid so it’s a quick and safe way to donate. Many thanks.
Rachel Goodchild (Milo, Oak Class).