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

HTPD 2/3/18

02 March 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

So this is rather strange, to be sat at home writing the newsletter and the school is closed! Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused today and thank you for your ongoing support. It’s been so difficult this week to make a good decision – yesterday we stayed open, despite many of the other Guildford schools closing, and had a super day in school. One of my highlights was being pulled around the pitch on a toboggan by a team of Year 4 boys! Later in the afternoon, Year 6 were mesmerised by surgeon Ian Jourdan’s expert dissection skills, as he showed them how our heart pumps blood around the body. Meanwhile, the children in Reception marvelled at the loveliness of our very own newly-hatched chicks. I’m so glad we didn’t miss that because of the weather. It’ll be exciting on Monday to see how much they’ve grown.

It was also great to be able to go ahead as planned with our parent consultations at Pewley. These discussions with you about your children’s learning are so vital and, with a lot of preparation beforehand, the teachers were delighted to be able to keep to the schedule. But then, last night the weather worsened. The roads around the school became impassable and several of us decided to walk home! It was then that I decided to close the school today following warnings from the Met Office and Surrey education authority. In fact this morning, it doesn’t seem too bad. I do hope though that you’ve managed to make arrangements for looking after the children.

Snow days come around so rarely and they are often an amazing memory maker. I hope you all managed to enjoy an unexpected break from the routine with some fun outside in the snow, or perhaps inside in the warm with books, board games and indoor play. I’m looking forward to hearing from the children what they did with the day.

Next week it’s the turn of our junior school parent consultations. Do get in touch if you haven’t yet arranged an appointment. At this halfway point through this academic year, it’s such a good chance to build on our home-school partnership. And let’s hope for the arrival of Spring! See you all on Monday!

With best wishes



Our ‘Travelling Books’ Book Fair begins next week from Tuesday, 6th March, when you will be able to use your World Book Day voucher to get £1 off any book.

Please note that owing to the Book Fair arriving on the 6th March, there will be no library clubs from the 6th until the 12th March. Chess will happen on the 5th March but not on the 12th March.

Cancelled Clubs for week commencing Monday, 5th March:
The following clubs will not be going ahead next week due to Parents Evening consultations:
MONDAY – Y4 Netball
TUESDAY -  Y3 & Y4 Football / Y5 & Y6 Badminton / Making a Meal of It / Knitting / Y5 & Y6 Art Club / Shakespeare Club
WEDNESDAY -  Y6 Netball / Y5 & Y6 Football / Y3 & Y4 Dodgeball
THURSDAY - Early Morning Running Club / Drama

Advanced Warning - Y5 & Y6 Football will not be running on Wednesday 14th March and Wednesday 21st March due to re-scheduling of fixtures that have had to be cancelled this week due to the bad weather.


Date: Friday 9th March
Time: 12.45pm - 3.30pm - We aim to leave at 12.15pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: St Catherine's, Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 0DF
Teacher: JJ, Laura & Amanda

Date: Saturday 10th March
Time: 9.45am - 1.30pm 
Venue: The Priory, Bell St, Reigate, RH2 7RL
Teacher: Tom

Cranleigh School has offered us some hockey goals but we need a way to transport them. If there is anyone who has a large vehicle and a few hours to spare, we would be so very grateful for your help. Please contact school on hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or Mary direct on maryb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

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

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



Cup Stacking club cancelled, Tuesday 6 March
Unfortunately, Emily’s cup stacking club is cancelled on Tuesday. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yan Liang, Year R, has lost his un-named GAP fleecy hoodie.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 5 March.
Please see menu under Weekly News Tab.


Masquerade Ball 
If you’ve booked a ticket, have a great night! If you haven’t you can still place your bid on some of the fantastic auction prizes! With your help this could be THE fundraiser of the year for HTPD, so PLEASE place your bids TODAY. It takes two minutes to register and start bidding. 
Feel free to send the link to friends and family who may also be interested in bidding.

Go to: www.32auctions.com/HTSCBall2018

This will open the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Auction Home Page.  Click on the ‘View All Items’ green button to see the auction lots available. To start bidding, complete the registration form. You will then be sent a verification email and you are off! 

Bake 'N' Stroll, Around the World, Sunday 25 March, 3 – 5pm
Booking forms for our fun family walk and cookery competition will be coming home on Monday. Everyone is welcome and we would particularly love some of our international families to join us. If cooking isn’t your thing but you could help organise a craft activity, or if you want to find out more please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Your Child's Portrait on a Tote Bag

Thanks to everyone who has placed an order. We will let you know when the bags are available for collection! 

Playground Sales/Cake Sales
Hazel will have their sale on Friday 9 March. Please remember some cash. 

Year Group Social Activities
Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero, House of Fraser 
Monday 12 March, Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 16 May 
Year 2 
Friday 9th March: Coffee morning, venue TBC, straight after drop off 
Thurs 22nd March: Drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn (Jura's parents' pub) on Portsmouth Road, 7.30pm onwards 

Why We Need Your Support
We are currently raising money to buy fantastic new interactive WHITEBOARDS for each of our classrooms. Thanks for helping us by supporting our playground sales, using Easy Fundraising when you shop and by coming along to our fairs and events. We now have a fantastic thermometer so you can see how much we have raised. 

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

The FOPS team


Many thanks again to those supporting what promises to be a spectacular event tomorrow evening. The Ball organisers have worked really hard to ensure we all have a fabulous night. Don't let the snow and freezing temperatures put you off. The Ball is going ahead and there will be a warm welcome waiting for everyone attending!

The HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Silent Auction!

The auction for the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball is now open! ANYONE associated with our school community is welcome to place a bid (irrespective of ball attendance). There is a fabulous selection of exciting and unusual lots.

It takes two minutes to register and start bidding.

Go to: www.32auctions.com/HTSCBall2018

This will open the HTPD Great Masquerade Ball Auction Home Page. Click on the ‘View All Items’ green button to see the auction lots available. To start bidding, complete the registration form. You will then be sent a verification email and you are off!

With your help this could be THE fundraiser of the year for HTPD, so PLEASE place your bids TODAY. Feel free to send the link to friends and family who may also be interested in bidding.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated towards our auction and to those who have started bidding!

HT Cake Sales – Date changes
These have been going really well this term – over £300 raised so far! Due to various school events and the snow(!), we have had to reschedule the dates for these as follows:
Year 3 – Friday 9 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 16 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 23 March

Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children from the relevant year group during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.

New whiteboards at HT!
And finally, if you are in school, take a look at the eight new interactive white boards which have now arrived at HT and were purchased as a result of last term's fantastic fundraising. Thank you!

We are currently fundraising for an additional four white boards so all twelve classrooms can benefit from this great resource – please keep up your support!

The Parenting Puzzle, Wednesday, 7th March, 7.30-9.30pm
The last session of a 6-week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. It offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn how to manage both their feelings and their behaviour. Suitable for parents with children 3-12 year old. The course takes place at Riverside 3 & 4 at The Millmead Centre. There are a limited number of places, so it will be necessary to book your place and attend all the sessions. Please sign up at the Church Information Point or contact the Church Office on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org.