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

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


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


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.


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:
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.


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.