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

HTPD 28/6/19

28 June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week I went with Year 6 to the annual leavers’ service at the Cathedral for all the children who attend Guildford’s church schools. It’s the first of several events which mark their move on to secondary school and is always a memorable occasion. Seeing our children reflecting on their time at HTPD with such warmth and happy memories, I felt a sense of satisfaction that our school’s vision is so clearly lived out.

Back in school, the children wrote a summary of what HTPD has meant for them. I want to share with you some words from one of our students, Hana as she looked back on the last few years:

Children thrive in joy, freedom and when challenged to accomplish. Our school values are of great importance; so is equality, positivity and respect.

Schools not only educate us, but teach us how to be successful people and citizens – they teach us the fundamentals of life. We should also learn how to cope under pressure, how to have courage and always persist and persevere.

Our school values tell us that we are all equal and unique in our individuality.

Everyone who is willing to respect everyone, show enthusiasm, follow our values and do what is right is welcome into our community.

Also this week, we were delighted to take part in District Sports. Competing against some great opposition this year, we were thrilled to come away with the trophy! Every point won by our larger than ever team contributed to the win – so well done to everybody who took part.

With best wishes,

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


Sports Day, Tuesday 9 July, 9.15 am
Parents are invited to join us for Sports Day. Please wait on the field after drop-off; we aim to start at 9.15am and expect to be finished before 11.00am. Children will be competing in their house groups and these will be clearly marked. Please stand at the outside edges of the field to watch your children.

Year 2 packed lunches
New Year R children will be coming to the move-up days on 3 and 10 July and staying for lunch, and we would therefore request that: Chestnut Class bring in a packed lunch on Wednesday 3 July, and Walnut Class bring a packed lunch on Wednesday 10 July.

Key Rings
We are having trouble closing the trays in the classrooms and therefore, reluctantly, have to ask that children remove any key rings from their book bags.

Gabriella Detomaso, Willow Class, has misplaced her blue M&S cardigan which is named.

Menu: Week 3 beginning Monday 1 July.

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 at Pewley Down. Many thanks, Laura (Ben, Walnut Class)


Dates to remember
Monday 8th – Guildford Junior Citizens child safety event – Year 6

Tuesday 9th – Sports Day
  • 11.00am to 12.00pm – Year 3&4 races – Parents can start arriving at 10.45
  • 1.15pm to 2.15pm – Year 5&6 races
  • 2.15pm to 3.15pm – relay’s, tug of war and presentation
  • Parents can start arriving at 1pm
  • You can park in the playground/basketball court.Children will be given a lolly at the end of the day back in class (thanks to HTSC). Please do not buy other refreshments for the children during the session.
  • Refreshments will be on sale for parents/carers.
Week 3 - This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


Thank-you for all the amazing donations today! Please keep them coming, the boxes will remain outside all week. We still need lots more booty bags, bottles and chocolate please. Please also check your year group hampers and where possible fill any gaps in these much sought after raffle prizes. Remember to keep selling your raffle tickets to family and friends (aged above 16 years old), more can be found in the school office if needed. There are some great prizes this year including the luxury hampers put together by each year group and the star prize this year is a Nintendo Switch kindly donated by our sponsors Cavender. Return sold and unsold tickets with any cash to the office by 5th July please.

Games bands: These have proven popular but there are still a few left so if you are interested please drop your reply slip and cash off at the office. For £5, the wearer gets unlimited goes on all the games at the fair, as well as one go each of the very popular lucky dip and Panning for Gold stalls

Volunteering for the Summer Fair
: To make the fair a success, we need your help. There are all kinds of ways to get involved and even a small amount of time either on the day or beforehand will make a huge difference. Signup is below to help your year group run one of its allotted stalls.

Sign up for "Summer Fair Rota"! Click here now: https://signup.com/go/USCZiKL

Match Funding: Do you or your partner work at a company that offers match funding? This is a scheme where companies will match money raised at a certain event/stall that you volunteer at. Most large companies offer this and if you are planning on volunteering for events like the SUMMER FAIR (6th July) we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com or anaxreithsmith@gmail.com.

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. This is a perfect time to join us and get a feel for what we do. You could even shadow a current committee member as we organise the upcoming

Summer Fair. The vacant committee positions for 2019/2020 academic year are; Chair (or co-chairs), Treasurer, Secretary and Class Reps for each class. We have a short document outlining each of these roles which we can email to you if you would like.

Playground Sales for next term – ice lollies or cookies
Friday 5th July – Hazel Class; Friday 12th July – Willow Class

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
Reception: Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1: Friday 19th July – End of term drinks @TBC
Year 2: Friday 19th July – End of an Era drinks – Tania & Adam are hosting the Year 2 Summer Social bring a bottle and nibbles


It’s nearly the end of term and for the HTSC the end of the fund raising year. We’d like to thank each and everyone of you for your help, support, generosity and just generally all round good egg-ness! We’ve had a phenomenal year - you have helped raise around £20,000 which has already funded a set of new iPads! Kirsty (our interim treasurer) is still counting all the money and will have a grand total soon.

We will submit the accounts at our AGM, which will be held at School on Thursday 12th September. We hope you can all make it - you are all members of the HTSC and are welcome along! Lastly, please all have a think about being active in the HTSC. We need class reps for next year, committee members, treasurers, admin and Chairs to help manage and organise the year’s programme. Do please let the office know if you think you can help out. Steph and I have had a brilliant time this year running the HTSC and can certainly recommend it as a great way to get involved in the school community.

‘Meet the Team’ date for the next academic is Thursday 12th September. Have a brilliant summer! Sally & Steph.