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

HTPD 15/6/18

15 June 2018

Dear parents and carers

Today, several of our school governors together with senior leaders have met to bring together initial thoughts about next year’s school development plan. It’s been an inspiring and motivating day, distilling ideas from children and staff to start to make decisions about our key priorities for the next academic year. Whilst this year we haven’t conducted our biennial parent questionnaire (the next one is due in 2019), I did want to gather thoughts from you. Please do email if you have any suggestions for ways to improve the school (
clareb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk). Feedback is always welcome and I so appreciate the good relationships that form an important part of our school community. It’s always great to catch up with you at the school gate, in the playground, along the corridors or even on the High Street! It makes me smile when our younger children seem so surprised to see me out and about in town! They must think I live in my office!

With the lovely weather, many of the children have been enjoying time outdoors. Year 4 spent a day at Dapdune Wharf, learning about the River Wey and really understanding some local geography. Meanwhile, Reception took part in their first full day trip with a visit to the Lookout in Bracknell. Next week, Year 6 head off to Preston Montford in Shropshire and we’re all hoping the sunshine continues for our long walk across the Stiperstones.

The children in Year 2 headed up to the juniors to explore, ahead of next week’s Year 2/3 transition days. On Wednesday, we were also delighted to welcome 40 children from infant schools other than Pewley. They were so well looked after by a group of Year 5 children, and went away looking forward to being together as a whole year group next week.

Do pop along to the summer fair tomorrow afternoon at Pewley, anytime from 3. It’s sure to be a really fun time, a chance to raise some school funds, and enjoy each other’s company! Do remember to pass on those good ideas for September – you can always chat to me up on the field!

Have a great weekend.

With best wishes,


Term and Inset Dates for 2018/19:

Autumn Term: Thursday 6 September (Y1 to Y6) to Wednesday 19 December
Half Term: 22 to 26 October
Inset Days: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September
Wednesday 17 (from 12.00 at PD and 12.15 at HT), 18 and 19 October

Spring Term: Thursday 3 January to Friday 5 April
Half Term: 18 to 22 February

Summer Term: Wednesday 24 April to Wednesday 24 July
Half Term: 27 to 31 May
Inset: Tuesday 23 April


Club cancellations
Apologies, but there are several club cancellations next week:
Tuesday 19 June: Cooking, Lego and Cup Stacking Clubs
Wednesday 20 June: Film Club

Golden Boot Challenge
We are continuing with the Golden Boot Challenge for the next two Fridays (22 and 29 June) and recording how children travel to school, ideally by ‘greener’ methods such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking.

‘Run to Rio’ update:
In week 7 we ran 342 miles.

Annalisa Young (Oak) has lost her named M&S summer dress (8-9 years) – missing since Boogie Pumps on Monday.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 18 June)
We will be making some changes to the menu over the next few weeks to tie in with the Football World Cup – details to follow.
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Pasta Carbonara or Mac’n’ Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thu: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Dates for your diary:
Monday, 18th – Friday, 22nd June: Year 6’s residential trip to Preston Montford
Thursday, 21st June and Friday, 22nd June: New Year 3 Transition Days
Monday, 25th June: School is closed for Mid-Summer Holiday
Tuesday, 26th June: Sports Day (Please see Whole School notice below)
Wednesday, 27th June: Year 6 Leavers’ Cathedral Service
Friday, 29th June: World Cup Summer Fair 6 – 8pm

Whole School: Sports Day on Tuesday 26th June
All school families are welcome to come and cheer for the children

Tuesday 26th June Sports Day:
Year 3 and 4 races start at 11 to 12pm
Year 5 and 6 races start at 1.15 to 2.15pm
Year 3 to 6 relays start at 2.15 to 3pm

Cancelled clubs next week:
Monday : Years 3 & 4 Netball
Tuesday : Year 5 Netball
Wednesday : Year 4 Athletics and Lunchtime Newspaper Club
Thursday : Drama and Creative Writing (for Years 3 and 4)


Girls Cricket - Surrey Finals
Date: Wednesday 20th June
Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Epsom College, College Rd, Epsom, KT17 4QJ

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

Menu Week 3
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab. 

World Cup Special Menu
In celebration of the FIFA World Cup 2018, our fabulous kitchen team will be serving traditional dishes from various countries taking part in the tournament in addition to the normal lunch menu above with no extra costs, a great opportunity to try something delicious and new


Kottbullar (Meatballs)

Yassa Chicken

Tortilla Espanola

Cassoulet (Sausages)

Brigadeiros (Chocolate Truffles)


Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Bring your friends and family and enjoy our tombola, raffle, lucky-dip, ice-cream factory, bouncy castle, cream-teas, Pimm’s and so much more. At 5pm our stalls will close but please bring a picnic blanket and enjoy our licenced bar, and delicious Brazilian BBQ and Indian vegetarian dish while listening to live music!

RAFFLE – your chance to win a Family Merlin Pass for whole year!
If you haven’t managed to complete your raffle tickets, please bring them along on the day or you can buy more until 4.30pm! There are plenty more fabulous prizes too as well as a silent auction with a range of exciting prizes and experiences.

Let’s have fun and raise lots of money for our fantastic school!

Reception Thurs 5th July – evening drinks at The Britannia
Monday 18th June – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)
Tuesday 17th July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1 Friday 6th July – evening drinks, details to follow
Tuesday 10 July – Coffee morning at G-live straight after drop off

Year 2 Thursday 12 July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Next playground sale will be Oak class – Friday 22 June!

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



Raffle Tickets
Please look out for the Summer Fair raffle tickets which should have come home with your children this week. There are great prizes to be won including the top prize of an Apple watch kindly donated by our Summer Fair sponsor Cavenders.

Donations day – Friday 22 June

  • Please bring in the following next Friday:
  • Bottles - Any type of bottles for the Bottle Tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup!
  • Jolly Bags or Jars - Decorated jars/bags filled with small toys/sweets.
  • Chocolate – Any type of chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola (no NUTs please)
  • *New for this year* School Uniform – Any secondhand HTPD uniform
  • Teddies - Any unwanted teddy bears in good condition for the teddy tombola/hook a teddy stall.
  • Hamper donations - Please see separate parentmails from your class reps about what is needed

Year 6 donations can be brought in anytime during the week before the Fair (Tuesday 26 June onwards) if it is not possible to drop them next Friday due to the Preston Montford trip.

Help – we need you!
Please look out for emails from your class reps with sign up rotas for stalls at the Summer Fair.

We also need lots of help with the Summer Fair preparation and clear up:
Donations Day (Friday 22 June) - to help sort and organise donations (straight after drop-off - 8.40am).

Summer Fair (Friday 29 June) - to help during the day, setting up the Fair, decorating the school, helping on the allocated stalls for your year group and clearing up.

There are still several slots free for the external stalls at the Summer Fair. If you would like a stall at the Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

A huge thanks to those of you who have sent in your Fun Run sponsorship money.
Sponsorship can be sent in via the following link: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc or by returning your sponsorship form and money in to HT or PD receptions in an envelope marked 'HTPD fun run.' The deadline is Friday 29 June.

Are you a parent who works for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at the Summer Fair. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman.


The Pewley Down Summer Fair is taking place tomorrow afternoon from 3pm to 6pm and will be a fantastic afternoon of fun, food and music. The HT choir are performing at 5pm so why not come along and support them whilst enjoying all the PD Summer Fair has to offer!

Year 3 Summer Drinks -TONIGHT - from 8pm – Ye Olde Ship Inn

A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £250 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So, if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Children’s choir
A new friendly children’s choir aged from 4 years upwards has just been launched in Guildford and is for children who enjoy singing. We meet on a Sunday at St. Nicolas church in Guildford at 5pm (this may change to 4pm in September) and rehearse for 35-40 minutes. Once a month we sing at an informal family service in the church at 10am (this is not compulsory but support is much appreciated). We normally meet during term time and have half-term and holidays off. Once a term we also have a party. We are located over the bridge from Debenhams, next to the river and the George Abbot and White House pubs. GU2 4AW.
The children get free singing and musical tuition and we often have some fun musical games at the end of a rehearsal. It is a great chance for children to learn how to sing and make new friends outside of school. It is completely free to join and the children even get paid for singing!  It is also a chance for parents to make new friends as well!