HTPD 12/1/18

12 January 2018

Dear Parents,

It has been great this week to see the focus and enthusiastic learning across all the classes. The children have been really working hard and making the most of every lesson. Do talk to them about what they have been doing – take a look at the JTLYK pages to help the conversation along.

I met with the Surrey educational welfare officer this week for a termly update and she was pleased to see how many children across the school have good attendance. It’s so important that the children are in school whenever they can be – it’s much harder to catch up with lessons missed. She notices every child whose attendance drops below 90% which is actually quite a small number of absences. I really appreciate how good our attendance figures are. Thank you so much for your support in this.

We’re looking forward to another term of house events. At the juniors, the children heard today about a new house challenge. Each week they will be collecting gold tokens when they are spotted living out our school values in all sorts of different ways. For example they might have been polite, especially helpful, tidied up or supported a class mate. I wonder which house will be the first weekly champions. Also later this month, we will be enjoying music medley, where the children at the juniors volunteer to perform to their house group (Wednesday 24th January). It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn performance skills and we are always impressed by the children’s musical talents. Do encourage them to get practising if they are keen to play. At the infants the children are given the opportunity to try out some different musical activities and the annual cup-stacking competition is also hotly anticipated!

I hope you have a good weekend.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT AND JUNIOR

CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS – 15 January 2018
A final reminder that the deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2018 is Monday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.

IS YOUR CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
Please register by Wednesday 17 January. Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child is eligible to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme. Free school meals are available for any child whose parent/guardian is in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance or, in certain circumstances, Child Tax Credit. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential - speak to Sheryl at HT hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or Jane at PD info@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner, or your child is receiving free infant meals, there are educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. Further details and an application form are included in our Parentmail.

Parent volunteers
A reminder that meetings for parent volunteers will be taking place next week.  It is very important that you attend one of the sessions when Clare will be discussing volunteers’ roles in relation to the Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy and procedures. 
Pewley Down - Tuesday 16 January 9.00am and 2.30pm
Holy Trinity - Wednesday 17 January 8.45am and 2.25pm
If you help out in school and are unable to attend any of the above sessions please let either of the school offices know.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs, Years 1 & 2
Teacher-led clubs (apart from Cooking Club) will start next week commencing 15 January. You should now have received confirmation of your child’s club via book bags. We do have one un-named form in the office with one choice marked (Running Club with Rebecca).
As so many children wanted to do Cooking Club, the group has been split into two with each group doing 4 weeks. (Group 1: 25 January, 1, 8 and 22 February; Group 2: 1, 8, 15 and 22 March).

Bedtime Story, Wednesday 7 February, 5.15-6pm
Children are invited to come back to school (in their pyjamas) on 7 February for a story with their class teacher. More details to follow.

Lost Property
Please claim any lost property from the box outside the lower entrance by pick-up time on Monday.

Found
Small black Sondico glove – left behind after Year R football on Wednesday.
Wedding ring found on 11 December at the evening performance of the HT school play. Please contact the Pewley Down office 570038.

Menu: (Week 2 - beginning 15 January). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.

FOPS:
Next meeting is on Wednesday 17 January, 8pm at Ye Olde Ship Inn. Please scroll down for more FOPS News.


JUNIOR

Diary Dates for January:
Friday 19 January - Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Tuesday 23 January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum

Mondays - NO TAG RUGBY UNTIL 29 JANUARY & NO YEAR 4 NETBALL UNTIL 29 JANUARY

Please refer to the website or updated copies of the Spring Clubs List available at the office.

Also, the pupils from RGS will commence their Latin tutoring on Monday 15 January and Maths tutoring will start on Monday 22 January.

Guildford Primary Schools Music Association
have released sales information regarding tickets for their concert on 21 March 2018. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 8 February and prices will be £8.50 + 50p Booking Fee - £9.00 to parents

  • Tickets will be sold from 8th February - at 4 tickets per family (The Box Office can only interpret this as 4 tickets per phone call/ internet booking – but hopefully it gives a message that we need to share around tickets fairly.)
  • From 23 February all remaining tickets can be sold freely to anyone.
  • There are 24 ‘accessibility seats’ in the auditorium - some at stalls level and some at balcony level. They are intended for people with mobility problems, or who need a carer, or for people with a condition that would necessitate them sitting in these seats. Any of the audience who feels that they need one of these seats, should apply by telephone or in person to the Box Office for an accessibility seat. If the person requires a carer, the carer can also sit in an accessibility seat and is provided with a free ticket. The accessibility seats will only be put on general release when all other seats have been sold (excluding seats that are being ‘held’ for VIPs and for the Schools staff).
  • Those with visual or hearing impairment, or people with autism, may also be eligible for these seats
  • Further information and details about arrangements will be sent out later. Please ask if you have any queries.

Found
A piece of jewellery was found on the 11 December after the evening performance of The Lion King at HT. If you would like further details, please call Ruth at Pewley Down on 01483 570038.

HELP! If you have any spare egg boxes, please save them and bring them in for Sue Miller for a Year 3 project. Thank you.

Menu - Week 2



FOPS News

Happy New Year and thanks for your continued support.
The money you have helped raise by coming along to the disco, the Christmas Fair and buying cakes is already being put to good use. Some fantastic science resources have been purchased including outdoor thermometers, temperature probes, timers and a whole lot more. Your children will be using them soon!

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball (Saturday 3 March) 

We are excited to announce that tickets will go on sale for this fabulous evening from 8.40am on Friday 2 February!  The tickets are priced at £55 each to include:

7pm – Drinks reception with a welcome glass of prosecco

7.30pm - Three Course Dinner 
9.30pm - Live Auction (Silent Auction all evening) 

10pm - Disco

1am – Carriages

Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Guildford; Dress code: Black Tie (masks optional!)

The application form will be distributed next week via Parentmail and will also be available to download from the school website. On previous occasions, tickets for this event have sold out very quickly, so make sure that you hand in your ticket application (with payment) to either Pewley or HT offices in good time. Application forms will not be accepted before 8.40am on Friday 2 February. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can purchase single tickets or, if you prefer, put together a table of 10. If you have bought individual tickets and would like to sit on a table with other parents from your class/year, please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com). 

FOPS meeting:
Wednesday 17 January, 8pm at Ye Olde Ship Inn on Portsmouth Road. All welcome! If you haven’t been before, please don’t be daunted. There’s no pressure to sign up to anything but it’s lovely to have fresh faces and new ideas! Please come along if you can! If you can’t make the meeting but would like to discuss anything, please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk or find me in the playground.

Christmas play film and photos:
Thanks to everyone who ordered a copy of the film. If you asked for a link you should have received that by now. I’m burning DVDs as I write so these should be with you soon. Thanks for your patience! Thanks also to everyone who ordered photographs.

Playground sales/cake sales will be up and running soon.
Thanks for supporting these as they raise a huge amount. The festive cake sale before Christmas raised over £100!
Dates for this term are:
Friday 26 Jan – Chestnut; Friday 2 Feb – Walnut
Friday 9 Feb – Beech; Friday 2 March – Oak
Friday 9 March – Hazel; Friday 16 March – Willow

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


HTSC News

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball (Saturday 3 March) – Tickets on sale from Friday 2 February!
We are excited to announce that tickets will go on sale for this fabulous evening from 8.40am on Friday 2 February!
The tickets are priced at £55 each to include:
7pm – Drinks reception with a welcome glass of prosecco
7.30pm - Three Course Dinner
9.30pm - Live Auction (Silent Auction all evening)
10pm - Disco
1am - Carriages

Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Guildford
Dress code: Black Tie (masks optional!)

The ticket application form will be distributed next week via Parentmail and will also be available to download from the school website. On previous occasions, tickets for this event have sold out very quickly, so make sure that you hand in your ticket application (with payment) to either Pewley or HT offices in good time. Application forms will not be accepted before 8.40am on Friday 2 February. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can purchase single tickets or, if you prefer, put together a table of 10. If you have bought individual tickets and would like to sit on a table with other parents from your class/year, please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

HTSC Meeting
The first HTSC meeting of 2018 is scheduled for Thursday 25 January at Rogues from 8pm (this is a week later than originally planned). We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Cake Sales
There will be six year group cake sales this term, 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 6 - Friday 19 January
Year 5 - Friday 26 January
Year 4 - Friday 2 February
Year 3 - Friday 9 February
Year 5/6 – Friday 2 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 9 March.


The Parenting Puzzle
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.

Surrey Arts Orchestras - open rehearsals, Wednesday 17 January
Surrey Arts would like to invite all young musicians to come along and try out some of the local ensembles at our open evening on Wednesday 17 January. All pupils are very welcome even if they don’t have music lessons with Surrey Arts. 
5.15- 6.30pm
South West Winds - Woodwind, brass and percussion players (beginner to grade 4)
Prima - String players (beginner to grade 2)
Opus  - String players (grade 2- 4)
6.45 - 8.45pm
South West Surrey Youth Orchestra - Strings, Wind, brass and percussion (grade 5+)
All rehearsals take place at Tillingbourne School and the open rehearsal and first term is free. Expert tutors will be on hand to help, just bring along your instrument! For more information, please contact Alison Harding -Alison.harding@surreycc.gov.uk

Guildford Cricket Club – Junior Winter Training
FREE TASTER SESSIONS will run 11am-12pm on Jan 28th, Feb 4th & 11th for all those who would like to give cricket a try. Royal Grammar School (Sports Hall), High Street, Guildford GU1 3BB. 
The main winter training sessions will also start on Sunday 28th January as follows:
Timings: 12-1pm – Women & Girls; 1-2pm – U6-8; 2-3pm – U9-10; 3.30-5pm – U11-12; 5-6.30pm – U13; 6.30-8pm – U14-15.
Dates: Sunday 28th Jan; Sunday 4th Feb; Sunday 11th Feb; Sunday 18th Feb; Sunday 25th Feb; Sunday 4th March; Sunday 18th March; Sunday 25th March
For more information or for queries, please contact Matthew Finnegan at mfguildfordcc@hotmail.com.

HTPD 5/1/18

05 January 2018

Dear parents,

It was great to have the children settled back into their classes today; they seemed very happy to be back and were enthusiastic to get straight on with learning, many of them setting ambitious targets and aspirational goals for 2018. Can I wish you, as I wished them in assembly this morning a very Happy New Year! January is always a good time for a fresh look at life, a blank page, a new start. I particularly enjoy a poem called “The Gate of the Year” which has the following opening lines:

 

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” 
And he replied: 
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. 
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”


I love the idea that whatever lies ahead we can trust God that He will guide us and will walk beside us. This term’s assembly series picks up similar themes of His constant support and provision. We will be taking inspiration from two key passages in the New Testament where we are encouraged to live as God intended us. From Ephesians 6 we look at the idea of putting on the full armour of God to face each of life's challenges. Meanwhile, alongside this idea each week, a different fruit will help us to look at what living life to the full might be, as we consider the fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians 5; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Linking the fruit of the Spirit to different delicious fruits each week will also help us to think about being healthy in body, mind and soul! Which reminds me to reinforce our healthy snack rules at the juniors. Please ensure that your child only brings in fruit or vegetables for morning break – it was good to see that the national news recently picked up on this healthy eating message as they publicised the concerns around sugary snacks. Take a look at the assembly slides each week on the website if you’d like to follow our fruit of the week ideas!

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT & JUNIOR

CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS – 15 January 2018
A reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2018 (Year R) or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school, the deadline for applications is Monday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. If you wish to make a paper application please telephone 0300 200 1004.

Parent volunteers
In line with our Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy and procedures, Clare would like to meet with parent helpers to discuss volunteers’ roles in terms of this policy. This will be an annual update going forward. We will also be introducing a badge system so that helpers may easily be identified within the school. These meetings are very important, please try to attend one of the times below:
Pewley Down: Tuesday 16th January – 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
Holy Trinity: Wednesday 17th January - 8.45 a.m. and 2.45 p.m.

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 Info Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.

Decathlon Drawing Competition
To celebrate their new store opening in Guildford, Decathlon has been running a drawing competition with the chance for schools to win sports equipment worth £500 and a sports event. The results will be announced on Wednesday 17 January at 5pm, but it is still possible to vote for Holy Trinity Pewley Down at: www.decathlon.co.uk/drawing-competition-guildford.html

INFANT


Menu: (beginning 8 January)
This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Mild Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Fruit Jelly
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes and Gravy or Mac ‘n Cheese; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Thu: Mexican Beef or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Neapolitan Pasta; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

JUNIOR

Diary Date for January
Friday 19 January - Year 5 visit NeasdenTemple
Tuesday 23 January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum
Swimming Swimming this term is for 3T & 4J and begins on Wednesday 10 January.

Teacher-led Clubs
We are delighted to let you know that our school clubs will be starting next week. There are a few, however, that will not begin immediately or are cancelled due to previously advised fixtures:
Monday NO TAG RUGBY UNTIL 29 JANUARY & NO YEAR 4 NETBALL UNTIL 29 JANUARY
Tuesday NO YEAR 3&4 FOOTBALL OR YEAR 5 NETBALL THIS WEEK (Due to Sports Hall Training)

Please refer to the website or updated copies of the Spring Clubs List available at the office.

Spring 2018 Clubs

Also, the pupils from RGS will commence their Latin tutoring on Monday 15 January and Maths tutoring will start on Monday 22 January.
 


HTSC News

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas. After a very successful Autumn term, we have exciting plans for 2018 - watch this space for more details...

HTSC meeting
The first HTSC meeting of 2018 is scheduled for Thursday 18 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

HTPD Spring Ball – Saturday 3 March 2018
Plans are well underway for the Spring Ball. Watch out for the ticket release date in the next few weeks - tickets will sell fast and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Cake Sales
We will be holding year group cake sales this term on Fridays. Dates and details to follow.


Sharp Shots Photography Club – your child will learn how to take a great photograph through understanding camera mechanics and composition. Each week they will learn a different and inspiring photographic skill, along with looking at famous photographers images and putting the knowledge into use, photographing outdoors together. Every term has different topics, helping our students to build on their photographic knowledge. Students have access to a digital camera each week, and a bespoke 40 page photo journal showing off their amazing images at the end of the term. Weekly cost is £8 (£72 in total for the Spring Term). Please contact info@sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk to book or visit our website sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/holy-trinity-primary-school/ for more info.