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

HTPD 12/7/19

12 July 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another fantastic week! But we are all, children and staff, ready for a holiday – with this week’s wonderful Sports’ Days, the fantastic Year 3 World War II tea-party, the amazing Year 2 dinosaur exhibition and an inspection, there’s a feeling of tiredness in the air this afternoon as the weekend begins.

I’ll share the report from the inspection as soon as I’m able to; for now, suffice to say that we’re all really pleased with the outcome. The inspector worked hard all day to capture the evidence that we live out our school vision of “Learn to Live”. She visited RE lessons and assembly, looked around the classrooms, talked to children, staff, governors and parents before summing up at the end of the day. She only has a few hundred words to describe what she found in a SIAMS report which will be published in a couple of weeks. I think you’ll enjoy reading it.

Next week, we begin our countdown to the summer break, with Year 6 marking the end of their time with us at a special service just for them on Monday morning at 10am. Sadly, with ongoing work still to be completed at St Mary’s church, we’ll be holding this event in our own Chapel this year. It’s sure to be a moving occasion, however...and perhaps the familiar surroundings will be even more poignant. Year 6 parents are all invited to join us – but do bring a tissue!

I’m hoping to have a rest this weekend, although first I have to collect my daughter’s belongings from Birmingham as she moves to Oxford after five years at medical school. Her graduation next week will also be a special occasion! Finishing well is so important. For all of us, as the year draws to a close, we can hopefully look back with satisfaction on all that we’ve learned and lived.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: It’s rubbish…being impatient! How do you stay calm?


Music Assembly, Monday 22 July, 10.00am
In assembly on Monday 22nd we will be showcasing the talents of children learning piano and cello at school. Parents are very welcome to come and watch their children.

Celebration Afternoon, Monday 22 July, 1.30pm
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the children’s work in the classrooms on Monday 22nd. Children can be taken home early that afternoon, but please let your child’s teacher know when you are ready to leave. Year 2 have already had their Dinosaur Museum, but parents are still welcome to come and take books home at 1.30 and have a look around.

Year 2
Friday 19 July, Fun Day – more details in JTLYK.
Tuesday 23 July, Moving On Assembly – Y2 parents are invited to attend at 9.15 am in the hall.
Tuesday 23 July, 1.45pm – Y2 will be joining children from the juniors at the service at Holy Trinity church. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are able to help walk the children down to the church.

Outstanding payments
We would be grateful if any outstanding money for trips and swimming lessons could be paid by next Monday 15 July.

Ballet Club show
Parents are invited to the Ballet Show on Thursday 18 July at 3.30 pm.

Found (left behind after summer fair)
Purple / white sequinned purse containing small amount of change; Puma yellow / black adult sunglasses.

Menu: Week 2 beginning Monday 15 July 


Year 6 Leavers Service 15 July at 10.00
Will now be held in the Chapel at school and parents/carers are welcome.

PE Kit
As we approach the end of term we would be really grateful if parents can have a look around at home for any HT sports kit your child may have borrowed. This may include:

  • Royal blue athletics t-shirts
  • Baby blue competition t-shirts
  • Royal blue swim squad t-shirts
  • Royal blue football kit
  • Navy blue netball kit, especially skorts

This year the PE department bought over 20 pairs of trainers for children to borrow so they could still take part in PE if they didn't have their PE kit with them in school. We also allowed children to borrow spare House PE t-shirts and spare shorts which, along with the trainers, are meant to be brought back to the office after their lesson.

We now have under half the amount of trainers and almost no spare PE kit left. If your child has come home with a pair of trainers that you haven't purchased, please can you return them to the office before the end of term.

We would really appreciate any spare house t-shirts and PE kit that your child has grown out of, or you would like to donate if your child is leaving this year.

Sporting Fixtures:

Tri-counties Sportshall
Date: Tuesday 16th July
Time: Coach pick up at HT at 7.00am
The children will require a packed lunch and a drink
Venue: Polo Farm Sports Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, CT3 4AF
Approximate finish time: Coach will drop back at HT at approx 5.15pm

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Year 6 drinks - Thursday, 18 July at 8pm in Harry's Boathouse at The Weyside (https://www.theweyside.co.uk/) There’s an outside kitchen so if anyone wants to eat, they can order food there.

Week 2 - This lunch menu is on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


A huge thank-you to all of the wonderful families and companies that supported this year’s summer fair. We hope you agree that it was a roaring success, raising roughly £3000 through the amazing generosity of our local businesses and Pewley community! 

With that comes the end of another amazing year of fundraising for FOPS. Ana and I have had a wonderful time leading the FOPS committee this year but will be stepping down in September. We would love to hear from anyone that would like to take up the reigns next year of this rewarding role! 

Enjoy the summer holidays and we will see you back in September! We will hold our annual AGM meeting after the meet the team meeting on Wednesday 18th September, you are all members of FOPS and are welcome to attend.

New FOPS Committee needed for 2019/20
Many of our current members of FOPS are having to step down this year due children moving on to HT, and personal or professional reasons. With this in mind, we would love to have a prepared committee to hand over too in time for September. If you or a group of you are interested in becoming committee members, chairs or class rep next year please contact your current class rep or Kayleigh (kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and we would be happy to have a chat.
The vacant committee positions for 2019/2020 academic year are; Chair (or co-chairs), Treasurer, Secretary and Class Reps for each class. As per Clare B’s email last week these roles are vital for both school fundraising as well as bringing our school community together.
Open Air cinema equipment needed
Do you or someone you know have access to projection and sound equipment? FOPS are planning a new event for the Autumn term which will see the back field turned into an open-air cinema. If you are able to or know someone able to lend us some of the equipment needed please contact Kayleigh (Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and Ana (anaxreithsmith@gmail.com).
EASYFUNDRAISING - Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
FOPS notice board
There are items for sale and notices on the board outside Oak class (next to the ramp downstairs) so do remember to have a look. If you would like to advertise something yourself, cards are in the office with Ruth and Jane (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free), so if you have something to sell let us know!
Social Dates for you Diaries
Year 1: Friday 19th July – End of term drinks 8pm @ Esmee’s house
Year 2: Friday 19th July – End of an Era drinks – Tania & Adam are hosting the Year 2 Summer Social bring a bottle and nibbles from 8pm

Shoes for Nicaragua
In Nicaragua, children are often not allowed to attend school if they can't afford shoes.  We are collecting used children's shoes, any kind (but especially black school shoes) to send out to Nicaragua. So, if your child needs new shoes for the next academic year, this is the perfect opportunity to do something great with the old ones. Just send them into school, between now and early September and leave in the box at the lower entrance. Many thanks Laura (Ben, Walnut Class)

Holy Trinity Brownies
Holy Trinity brownies meet on Friday afternoons 5.15 - 6.45pm in the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church. We have some spaces available from September for girls between the ages of 7 & 10. If you are interested, please contact me on hmllee@ntlworld.com. Brownies is part of Girlguiding, a thriving organisation offering girls and young women lots of activities and opportunities both indoors and out; and we have an exciting new national programme.