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

Infant 10/7/15

10 July 2015

Dear parents

John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist Church and during the eighteenth century rode his horse around the country bringing the good news of Jesus to towns and villages.His brother Charles wrote thousands of hymns many of which are still sung, perhaps the most well-known being “Hark the herald angels sing”. The interesting thing is that every single day their mother Sussanna prayed that her children would make a difference to the world. God answered her prayer and not only were many people brought into the family of faith but the whole country was said to have changed to a fairer, kinder and more generous place.

It’s a good prayer to pray for ourselves and for our children. I would like to highlight one of our children who is determined to make a difference. Sebastian is in class 6SR, he has an older brother Josh, at George Abbot and a younger brother Leon who goes to Send Infant School. Their mother Louise works in our admin department and is responsible for our great website. Leon has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a degenerating disease where muscles weaken and disability increases. There is currently no cure.

As soon as Sebastian became aware of his brother’s illness he has been working tirelessly to help. He has organised several fund raisers at school and suggested that we give other money raised by our charity giving, to the Duchenne Charity which seeks a cure for the dreadful disease or ways to slow it down. The charity is called ‘Harrison’s Fund’. Sebastian has organised a cake sale and a film night and raised a large amount of money. Josh has done similar things at George Abbot. So like the Wesleys, we have two brothers who are seeking to make a difference, not just for Leon but for everyone with Duchennes – we are so proud of them. See today’s Surrey Advertiser page 5.

Over past twenty five years that has been my prayer too. I thought it would be right to base the philosophy of the school around St. Paul’s list of fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience , kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The other facet was that everyone who was a part of the school should work as a united team. When I ripped up the rules on the first day, I was asked how we would now keep “them” down. I replied there was no us and them – only us!! Of course I and all of us have not always lived up to those high ideals but I was thrilled that our most recent Ofsted inspection called the School “extraordinary” and praised the team spirit and the fact that the values were lived out in practice.

Now what are we all going to do to make a difference to our world from now on.

With best wishes, Richard

Open Afternoon, Monday 13 July, 1.30pm

Everyone is invited to pop into the classrooms from 1.30 pm on Monday to enjoy all the children’s hard work this term. Please feel free to sign your child out with their class teacher when you are ready to go home.

Second Move-up Morning, Tuesday 14 July
On Tuesday the children will have a second opportunity to get to know their new class teacher. You should have received a letter confirming which class your child will be in together with a list of their class mates. A reminder that Chestnut Class will also need to bring a packed lunch from home on Tuesday.

HTPD Celebration Picnic, Wednesday 15 July from midday
All children and parents are invited to the Celebration Picnic on Wednesday. A school picnic lunch will be provided for the children, and parents and any younger siblings are invited to bring their own lunch. Parents can either walk to the downs with class groups or meet us up on the downs. The picnic will be followed by tea in the Chapel at Holy Trinity for parents from about 2.00pm. Please do come to the school office if you would like to sign Richard’s leaving book or make a contribution to his leaving gift.

Year 2, Friday 17 and Monday 20 July
Chestnut and Walnut classes are looking forward to their trip to the beach and barbeque on Friday.
On Monday 20 July all Year 2 parents are very welcome to attend the Leavers’ Assembly at 9.30am in the hall. Year 2 will also be walking to Holy Trinity Church on Monday afternoon for the 1.30pm service together with children from the juniors.

End of term
Term ends on Tuesday 21 July at 1.30 pm.

Library Books
As we are nearing the end of term, please have a good look round at home and return any school library or reading books.

Data Collection
Data collection sheets for Year 1 and Year R have been sent home this week. Please sign and return them to the school office as soon as possible, marking any amendments or missing details (especially contact details).


Summer Fair
Thank you for supporting the Summer Fair. It was a glorious afternoon which raised £2,000 for the school.

Class Reps for next year
We are looking for class reps for September. We really can't manage without them! The role involves putting together a contact list, arranging occasional coffee mornings and nights out, co-ordinating rotas for the fairs and being a link person between your class and FOPS. You don't have to host coffee mornings at your home - a coffee shop is just as good. It is also not necessary to attend every FOPS meeting. Over the course of your child's time at HTPD, 14 parents from your child's class will have to volunteer for this role so please think about taking a turn if you haven't already. If you can send an email and arrange to meet friends for a coffee you have all the necessary skills! If you would like to become a class rep or get involved in FOPS in any other way, please speak to Nicci, Jill or Emily (emilybourke@msn.com).

Reception Social, Thursday 16 July, Rogues from 8pm – all welcome.

• Ocean O’Keefe, Hazel Class, has lost the hood (blue) to his jacket.
• Evie McClung, Hazel Class, has lost a checked summer dress, age 5/6, missing since Boogie Pumps on Monday.

Piano Lessons
Piano Lessons available from September at Pewley Down and Holy Trinity. Please contact Liz van Eykenhof on 07856 578885 if you are interested.

Holiday Club: SPACE 2105 Wed 29 July – Sun 2 August
Christ Church, Waterden Road, Guildford, is looking forward to welcome over 100 local children to five days of amazing fun at their annual Holiday Club, with drama, music, games and crafts – only £10 per child, 10am-1.30pm. Open to all children currently in Reception to year 6. Visit www.christchurchguildford.com to find out more about our Space themed adventure, where you can register and pay on line – spaces still available. Enquiries to Louise 01483 301927

Blackheath Vintage & Craft Fair,
Sunday 12 July, 10am – 3.00pm, Blackheath Village Hall
Further information / book a table: contact Kathy: 07825 769409, klawsonccc@gmail.com

Menu for week beginning Monday 13 July
Mon: Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues: Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Fruit Jelly
Weds: School packed lunch – Celebration Picnic
Thurs: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Fri: Hot Dog or Veggie (Quorn) Hot Dog; Pear & Oaty Crumble
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.