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HTPD 18/3/16

18 March 2016

Dear Parents,

The term seems to have flown by! And here we are approaching the final week before the holidays. Next week, we will be bringing our assembly series to an end by reflecting on the events of Holy Week. Our final characters to come “face to face” with Jesus were those who witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection, and who realised the transforming power of God’s sacrificial love. We will be celebrating with a service for the whole school at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday at 9.30am – parents who would like to join us could help by walking down with the children from school at 9am. This will be the first time this year when the whole school gathers in one place, as we are joined by our youngest reception classes.

With the political news focusing on the future of schools working together, it was great to be part of a Guildford event where this already happens – the annual primary school music festival at G-Live was attended by 12 local primary and infant schools, and our choir and orchestra represented HTPD so well. Congratulations to all those who performed and thanks to Lauren for rehearsing with them so brilliantly! We’ve also seen success on the netball court at a town wide tournament at which our Year 5 and Year 6 teams excelled, and a Surrey cross-country event last weekend where our runners pitted their stamina against the county’s elite.

Another area of the curriculum has also been accentuated this week at the juniors with the children taking part in the first school spelling competition. The children competed in their classes to find qualifiers for the year group challenge, with the winners then taking part in a final round in front of the whole school. Nightingale won in both Y3/4 and Y5/6 with Marcus and Ritvik being our school spelling champions!

Year 1 meanwhile enjoyed a super trip to Guildford castle, made all the more enjoyable by the spring sunshine. Likewise, Sports’ Relief taking place today has meant plenty of different opportunities to get outdoors with every year group either running or scooting to raise money for this good cause. Thank you so much for your generous contributions – we’ll let you know how much we raised.

With best wishes

End of term
Term ends next Thursday 24 March (1.30pm at Pewley Down and 1.45pm at Holy Trinity). There will be no PUPS or Clubs+ after school that day.


Teacher-led clubs
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week as they have now finished for this term. Forms with choices for next term will be sent out at the end of the first week back after the Easter holidays.

Sport Relief at the infants
Thank you for completing all the sponsor forms for Sport Relief. We will let you know how many laps your child has completed so that sponsor money can be returned next week.

Class Photographs
The school photographer will be coming in to take class photos on Thursday 14 April.

Isla Coakley (Hazel class) has lost her mouse ear headband (unnamed) which she wore for the dressing up day in Book Week.


A massive thank you to everyone who helped out to make Super Sunday such a success.

There was a great response to the Movie Afternoon, which the children enjoyed greatly and many thanks for the effort that went into providing the film and snacks, which freed up parents to participate in the Action Sunday

The feedback we have had from parents and staff alike is that they are amazed at the transformation of the Reception and year 2 areas, as well as the front of the school and just how hard everyone worked!

Next term’s FOPs meeting is on Wednesday 13th April. We are always looking for new ideas for fund raising and social events. If you are not able to join us, tell your class rep and it will be discussed at the meeting.

Save the Date
13th April - Next FOPS Meeting
14th April - Phil the Bag
23rd April - Bake ‘n’ Stroll
12th June - Summer Fair
16th July - Summer Festival

Tennis Club
Premier Tennis will be delivering a series of Mini-Tennis sessions for years 1 and 2 at Pewley Down offering pupils both an introduction to the sport with some great quality coaching. These sessions will run on Thursdays for 13 weeks from 14th April - 14th July and the full programme costs just £104. Bookings must be made either online via the following link premiertennis.co.uk/pewleydown or alternatively you can call the Premier Tennis office on 0845 475 1147. Places are limited.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 March


Easter Hop
We have arranged our Easter Hop – this will be on Wednesday, 23rd March.  Years 3 and 4 will be from 4.30–5.30pm.  Years 5 and 6 will be from 6.00–7.30pm.  The cost is £1 which includes a drink.

End of term
Term ends next Thursday 24 March (1.30pm at Pewley Down and 1.45pm at Holy Trinity).  There will be no PUPS or Clubs+ after school that day.

Easter Gardens
On Wednesday 23rd we will be making Easter Gardens at the junior school. Please bring your items to make your garden (no sweets) in on Wednesday morning and leave them in the classroom. We will then be walking down to Church and making the gardens at lunchtime in groups of 3 or less. Please click here for instructions on making an Easter Garden.

Fish and Chips will be served on Thursday (last day of term) next week instead of Friday.

Invoices coming home – please settle accounts for the financial year end
If you had any amounts outstanding on Wednesday morning, then a yellow invoice will be coming home with your child. Please settle your accounts before the Easter holiday – our financial year end is 31 March. Thanks, Lesley and Flora


Wednesday 23rd March
Years 3 and 4 Boys Tag Rugby Festival at St. Peter’s (Away) - approximate finish time 5.30 p.m.
We will leave HT at approximately 3.00 p.m. Collection is from St. Peter’s

Wednesday 23rd March
Year 5 and 6 Hockey Tournament at Barrow Hills – We will leave HT at 1pm after lunch.  They will play from 2 – 3.30pm and parents are welcome to watch.  Barrow Hills has kindly arranged transport for the participants to and from the venue.  They should be back to school at approximately 4.15 – 4.30pm.  Please refer to Mary’s recent letter.   

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

Film Night – Monday 21st March
Film will be finished at 5pm approximately, please collect children from their year group


The Marvellous Maytime Bash - Saturday 21st May - 7pm -12pm
Get your party shoes on and let your hair down for this year’s HTPD Maytime bash! This year’s Party will be held at the magnificent Masonic Hall in Guildford on Saturday 21 May with BBQ, fully stocked Bar, DJ and of course dancing until Midnight!

The Masonic Hall boasts enviable views of the fabulous River Wey, has a gorgeous outside decking area for that last bit of evening sunshine and a great dance floor. So book your babysitter and watch out for the ticket release date, tickets always sell out fast!

Easter Hop – Wednesday 23rd March
Don’t forget this year’s annual Easter Hop Disco for all children.
Years 3&4 from 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Years 5&6 from 6pm - 7.30pm
Entry is £1.00 which will include a snack and a drink.


Phil the Bag is back! Why not have a clear out over Easter and raise money for the school?
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 11 April (final collection day Thursday 14 April). All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding (no ripped or stained items please). Phil the Bag no longer give out bags, any types of bin bags/plastic bags are fine.


HTSC MEETING – Tuesday April 19th – 8pm in Rogues
Our next HTSC Planning meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th April, where we will be planning all the Summer Term events - Hope to see you there.

THIRSTY THURSDAY – 5th May, 8pm Rogues

Junior Menu for Week commencing 21 March

Ollie Newell 5S Named (inside bag) Red ‘Smiggle’ Lunch Bag

Amazing Art Club: Engaging, Creating, Inspiring!

Come along and have fun making and doing: from printing to mini books, painting, drawing, charcoal, 3-d and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. This popular club has been running since 2013.  Maximum 12 spaces so book early: THURSDAY 14th April - 7th July  (no class half term 2nd June) £168  for 12 x 2 hour workshops.  THURSDAYS  3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com

Energy Kidz
With just over a week to go before the Easter Holidays, Energy Kidz are celebrating by giving away 2 Standard Holiday Club Day Passes as part of an Easter Egg Hunt competition. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to hunt down as many Easter eggs as you can in the picture featured on the website (www.energy-kidz.co.uk) or facebook page (www.facebook.com/EnergyKidz)  – it’s a cracking challenge! Entries must be submitted before Sunday 20th March.   Find out more about Energy Kidz Holiday Clubs and book online: www.energy-kidz.co.uk/holiday-club