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HTPD 23/3/18

23 March 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

We’ve just this week completed our assembly series for the term. As you know, week by week we’ve considered each of the fruits of the Spirit and as we move towards Easter, we’ll be thinking about how Jesus lived out these same qualities. This theme also helps us to reflect on the events of the Easter story with Jesus treating people with kindness as he approached the cross, being patient and full of peace in the face of suffering and ultimately rising again from the dead showing that love conquers all.

We’ve hosted another three teachers this week from a school in Madrid. They visited lots of the classes and explained how Easter is celebrated in Spain. It was interesting for the children to realise that Christianity is a worldwide faith and is the same, but different around the world. I hope their visit helped us to “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps”.

Next Tuesday all the children will be taking part in our Easter pause day. This day gives each of us the opportunity to take time to slow down, to pray for each other and the wider world, and to see “heaven in the moment”. Then on Wednesday 28th the whole school will be celebrating Easter together at Holy Trinity Church. We would appreciate parent helpers to walk to and from the service which starts at 9.30am. We will be leaving from both sites just after 9am. I’m afraid there won’t be much room in church for visitors – just standing room at the back. It’s the one occasion in the year when all seven year groups are together and every seat is filled!

I’d like to congratulate the choir and orchestra for their exceptional performance at this year’s primary school music festival at GLive on Wednesday evening. It’s so good to come together with the other Guildford schools to showcase such wonderful musical talent and it reminded me again of the importance of the creative arts. Thank you to all our musical children for practising, persevering and showing such joy in making music! Do encourage your child to consider playing an instrument or taking part in school singing opportunities.

Congratulations too to our cross country team for their stunning results in the final event of the year, running on the Downs. Again it was brilliant to see so many local primary and junior schools enjoying an opportunity to meet together and to compete. My thanks go to the whole staff team for ensuring these extracurricular events happen!

With best wishes


School closes for the Easter holiday on Thursday 29 March (1.30 at Pewley Down; 1.45 at Holy Trinity). Summer term starts on Monday 16 April.


Holy Trinity Church Service, Wednesday 28 March, 9.30 am
If you would be able to help walk the children to and from the church on Wednesday morning please let your child’s teacher know.

American-themed lunch, Wednesday 28 March
Please let the school office know if your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to join in with the school lunch on Wednesday (Hot Dogs, Mac ‘n’ cheese, Knickerbocker Glory).

Data Collection Sheets
You should have received a data collection sheet earlier this week. Please check the details, make any amendments and return them to the school office by next Wednesday 28 March.

Teacher-led clubs
Teacher-led clubs have now finished for this term. If you completed a choice form for clubs next term, this will be returned via book bags next week with your child’s allocated club circled.

Lost property
We have quite a lot of lost property (in the box at the lower entrance). Please have a look through before the Easter holidays if your child is missing any items.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 27 March
The Prayer Group will be meeting on Pause Day next Tuesday at 8pm at Suzie Speed's home. For more information suziespeed@gmail.com or 07780 677151. All welcome to join us to pray for all aspects of our school community.

Riddhi Kedia, Oak, has lost her named black Nike trainers (with a pink tick) – missing since last Wednesday.

Menu: (week 2 beginning 26 March)
Available under the Weekly News Tab


As is often the case in schools, we have had a few cases of head lice reported recently. We would be very grateful if you could take a little time over the Easter break to check your child’s hair. Regular checking does make a significant difference to the spread of these unwelcome visitors. If you need further advice on treatment please ask your pharmacist or refer to the information at this link (coming soon). Many thanks for your support.

Cancelled School Clubs:
Monday 26th March – Year 4 Netball / Chess
Tuesday 27th March – Year 5 Netball / Board Games

Boogie Pumps show
A group booking for parents attending this event at GLive in June is being arranged. Please contact Suzie Speed on 07780 677151 or suziespeed@gmail.com if you wish to be part of the group.


Years 5 & 6 High 5 Netball Tournament
Date: Tuesday 27th March
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm - We aim to leave at 3.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: George Abbott, Woodruff Road, GU1 1XX

Years 5 & Y6 Sportshall Practice
Date: Wednesday 28th March
Time: 4pm - 5.45pm - We aim to leave at 3.40pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP

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

Holy Trinity Pewley Down Swim Club 
HTPD Swim Club offers one hour lessons at St. Catherine’s School pool in Bramley on a Friday afternoon from 4.30-5.30pm and 5.30-6.30pm, term time only, for Holy Trinity Pewley Down boys and girls. Both sessions cover stroke technique, build towards endurance work and are delivered by ASA qualified coaching and teaching staff. Swimmers are taught to dive and all the skills necessary to take part in and represent their School in Swimming Galas. We also cover life-saving skills and present ASA achievement awards on distance swims.

Swimmers from ASA Stage 4 and upwards are eligible to apply and we offer a free taster session to see how you get on.

If you would like to come along for a trial please email me at janharley@msn.com. Alternatively, if you would like to have a chat about the Club please call Jan on 07973 548477.

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


The 2018 HTPD Fun Run - Sunday 20 May - Applications open
A reminder that applications are now open for the 2018 HTPD Fun Run at Shalford Park.

To register, please complete the online application form here: HTPD Fun Run online application form. The cost to enter is £10 for children and £15 for adults. To guarantee your Fun Run T-shirt, please apply by Thursday 19 April.

2018 HTPD Fun Run - T-Shirt design competition – Deadline Wednesday 28 April!
Final call for entries for the Fun Run T-shirt design competition. Forms and details are available at Pewley and HT receptions.

Phil the Bag - Week beginning 23 April – Final Collection day Friday 27 April
Phil the Bag are coming back to HTPD after Easter! A great reason to have a clear out over the holidays. Phil the Bag no longer provide bags, so please use ordinary bin liners.

*New for 2018* The HTSC Easter Smarties Challenge
We are running a Smarties challenge for HT children over the Easter Holidays. The Smarties will be given out to the children next week and, once the Smarties have been eaten, the aim of the challenge is to fill as much of the empty Smarties tube as you can with 20ps - smaller change is also welcome! All money raised will go towards the purchase of interactive whiteboards for the classrooms at HT, so please support this challenge if you can.

HTSC Meeting – Monday 23 April – 8pm Rogues
It’s hard to believe but the Summer term is around the corner and therefore so is the next HTSC meeting! We will be discussing all our plans for the Summer term including starting to plan for the HT Summer Fair. All welcome.

Other dates for the diary:
HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm


BAKE ‘N’ STROLL AROUND THE WORLD – Sunday 25 March, 3pm
(remember clocks change that day!)
Celebrate the arrival of spring with our fun family walk and cookery competition. Bring your or your children’s home-made treats to the school hall for 2.45 on Sunday, (optional) then at 3pm go out and hunt for flags on Pewley Down. When you get back to the school hall you’ll be able to enjoy hot drinks and sample the homemade treats! There will be seasonal crafts for the children to enjoy. If you haven’t entered, don’t worry – just come along on the day! Bring some cash to purchase treats from around the world.

HTPD Fun Run – 20 May, Shalford Park
This is a fantastic afternoon for everyone with fun races for children and adults. Check out the recent parent mails for details of how to register online.

This year’s SUMMER FAIR will take place on Saturday 16th June from 3pm. It’s one of our main fundraising and social events of the year. So please keep the date free. This year we are planning a few changes so watch this space!

The FOPS Team meeting will be on Wednesday 25 April at 8pm in the staff room. We have some changes afoot and we’d love some fresh ideas. It would be great to see some new faces along with our committed class reps! Getting involved is a good way of meeting new people and doing something amazing for our school.

PHIL THE BAG – Friday 27th Apri
If you are having a clear out, please save all your unwanted clothes and linen and bring them (in bin liners) to the area outside the staffroom at drop-off. The autumn collection weighed 220kg and raised us £77. Let’s try to beat it!

Coffee mornings at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser):
Tuesday 17 April, Wednesday 16 May

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: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

The FOPS team


Boogie Pumps show
A group booking for parents attending this event at GLive in June is being arranged. Please contact Suzie Speed on 07780 677151 or suziespeed@gmail.com if you wish to be part of the group.

Amazing Art - Engaging, Creating, Inspiring!
Come along and have fun learning a mixture of drawing skills, painting techniques and how to construct in 3-d (including paper engineering/book art and modelling) whilst looking at a range of artists and applied artists for inspiration. Key to the sessions is that your child develops their own voice, sustains focus, finds solutions, explores ideas and ways of working that they find interesting whilst learning new skills and a context for their work. It is stealth learning!

Sessions are run by artist Sophie Artemis www.sophieartemis.com. See website for gallery of children's work or instagram sophie.artemis.  Sophie has 2 sons and loves making artist's 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 10 spaces so book early:  19th April - 5th July.  THURSDAYS £15 per session.  All materials included in the price. For enquiries telephone 07855 622303 or email 2sophieartemis@gmail.com

Sharp Shots Photo Club will return for the Summer Term and the club will meet every Tuesday from 3.15 - 4.15 p.m. There is a total of 11 weeks and will cost £8 per week or a one-off payment of £88. Please contact info@sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk but full details have been sent via ParentMail.

Chanelle Wright
(5N), and her family, are fundraising for a children’s charity, Manna Ministries, by climbing Mount Snowdon this Summer (31st August). Preparation will be climbing Pen y Fan over Easter. All donations for completing the climb will go directly to Manna. If you are able to support this charity, or would like to know more, the TotalGiving page link is: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/climbeverymountainformanna

Holiday News
Chertsey Museum Education Service will be running an Easter Holiday Fun Club on Tuesdays, 3rd and 10th April and Thursdays, 5th and 12th April. Booking is required so or more information, please contact Chertsey Museum on 01932 565764 or visit their website: www.chertseymuseum.org