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HTPD 29/3/19

29 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday, our Year 6 children visited Wintershall, a beautiful park just outside of Guildford where we walked together along a path that helps visitors to reflect on the events of the Easter story. The painful journey of Jesus to the cross, the grave and then the miracle of resurrection is depicted in several moving sculptures as the path leads uphill to a wonderful open view at the summit. I was so impressed by all of the children’s thoughts and, as we emerged into the spring sunshine, we experienced the hopefulness of love conquering all! It started off our Easter period so well – and next week we anticipate a wonderful time together at our Easter service on Wednesday morning (please let your child’s classteacher know if you are available to help walk the children to and from Holy Trinity Church at 9.15am). Before that, on Tuesday, we’ll have our annual Easter pause day which gives children across the school chance to hear the Easter story. We’re delighted that we’ll be joined on that day by people from several of the town’s churches. It’s so good to have time to ponder on what Easter means for us today.

I’m very pleased to be able to share with you the results of this year’s parent survey. As well as the recent questionnaire, which many of you completed before the half term break, I’ve also summarised the results of the survey completed at the junior school for our Ofsted inspection in December. Taken together, the results have been so encouraging for staff to see the impact of their efforts. Thank you for your responses; please do let me know if you do have any feedback at any time. We are always keen to work in partnership with you to be the best that we can be!

I was sad this week to hear from a local resident that they had been disturbed by children on their walk home. It appears that some children have been knocking on their front door and windows. Can I ask that you speak to your children about being kind and respectful to our neighbours; I have also mentioned it in assembly at the juniors.

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to our library crowd-funding scheme. Geraldine has plenty of brilliant ideas about how to spend the money, which totalled over £3000! She’ll keep you updated with what she purchases. The raffle will be drawn next week and the winners notified. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of children’s learning to read! It’s great to be part of such a vibrant reading community!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Peace – what helps you to stay calm?

Infant & Junior

School closes for the Easter holiday on Friday 5 April (1.30pm at the infants; 1.45pm at the juniors). Summer term starts on Wednesday 24 April (Tuesday 23rd is an Inset Day).

Road Closure, Thursday 4 April
Pewley Hill will be closed between Semaphore Road and Harvey Road on Thursday 4 April from 7:30am to 5:30pm for remedial works.

Lost Property
We have huge amounts of lost property at both sites which will be set out next week - at the bottom of the forum at HT, and on a table outside the lower entrance at PD. Please have a look through if you are missing any uniform. Please also NAME all items and, if named in pen, check that it hasn’t washed off.

Crazy Sock Day
We raised a total of £437.43 over both sites at last week’s Crazy Sock Day in aid of Stepping Stones DS!


Holy Trinity Church Service, Wednesday 3 April
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.

Data Collection Sheets
You should have received a data collection sheet earlier this week. Please check the contact details, make any amendments and return them to the school office by next Friday 5 April.

Cooking Club
Just to confirm the dates for the cooking club groups next term:
Group 1 – 30 April to 4 June; Group 2 – 11 June to 9 July.

Menu: (Week 2 beginning 1 April)
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tue: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Wed: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thu: Hot Dog or Vegetarian Hot Dog; Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Sauce
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.


Breakfast club
Please note that Breakfast Club only opens at 8am. Prior to that children should not be in school. It is really important that children only arrive once staff are available.

Easter Gardens
Please bring in materials to make Easter Gardens on Monday at lunchtime outside. Children can work in pairs or 3's. No sweets please. Instructions available here.There will be prizes for the best gardens.

Cancelled Clubs
There is no Year 3&4 Book Club next Wednesday 3rd April - This will be available to book into for next term from 15th of May.

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


FOPS notice board
Please keep an eye on the FOPS notice board (next to the ramp downstairs) for any new events or news. The selling and service section is ready to go (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free can be found in office), so if you have something to sell let us know!

A HUGE thank-you to all the wonderful families who joined us last Sunday for the Bake & Stroll! We had fabulous weather and even better cooking entries.

Congratulations to all the winners on the day:

  • Pewley Scrumptious Snacks – Eleanor, Aidan, Phoebe and Darcy
  • HT Kids’ Tasty Treats – Amber and William
  • Mums’ and Dads’ winners – Tulsi, Kayleigh, Bruno and Paul.

It was a fabulous day out which would not have been possible without the tireless help of the FOPS committee, so a massive thank-you to those who turned up early and stayed late to put on an amazing day for the HTPD families.

Brand New recycling scheme
Please remember to keep collecting your used printer cartridges for our new recycling scheme. We are partnering with a scheme called ‘Empties Please’. It is a simple green way to make money for the school and save the environment. Collect your ink cartridges from home, work, friends etc and fill your green bag. When the bag is full return it to the school and we will put them in the recycling bin (Please check their website for compatibility list).

When our bin is full the company will collect it and pay us a cash amount for each of the printer cartridges. We can also raise ‘Green Points’ for every £1 raised, which we can use to buy eco-friendly items for the school.

Year 2 Reminder
Log-in details for the Y2 leavers book have gone home in book bags or can be found on the FOPS noticeboard. Please use these to create a profile for your child as soon as you can. Ana and Kayleigh can then get on with editing and putting it together in time for printing deadline which is fast approaching. Please contact one of them if you are unsure of what to do.

Phil the Bag
Phil the bag returns on the 3rd of May so look out for more information closer to the time and start collecting your unwanted textiles!

Reminder: The Summer Fair has been moved to Saturday 6 July so please pop this date in your diaries!

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/

Social Dates for you Diaries:
Reception Friday 29th March - 8pm - End of Term Drinks @ Rogues


Can we just reiterate Clare’s huge thank you for the library crowd funder, what a fabulous result! Big hand to Sue W who organised all of this and to Cavenders who donated the prizes. 

The children will have come home with a tube of Smarties (or equivalent) today; it is Friday after all! These are to be eaten at your discretion (leisure) and then if you can fill the tube up with 20ps (or indeed any money) and send them back to school after Easter it will all go towards helping replace the iPads which are an essential tool for learning in school. Thank you.

Phil The Bag is just after Easter so if you’re having a sort out during the holidays please put aside anything that could go towards Phil!  We get paid on the weight of our donations. All to be dropped at school week commencing 29 April for collection on 3 May. 

Looking ahead to the Summer Fair; if you are dividing anything in the garden or sowing seeds this Easter please would you consider putting up a few things for the plant stall. So lovely to share things around and think of all those flowers blooming all over Guildford

Enjoy the sunshine, perhaps some Fun Run training. Still time to sign up! Details here

If anyone has an unwanted bunk-bed that is in good condition and needs a new home please get in touch with Lucy Cray: lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk Thank you!

Piano Recital
Students of Jie Li (mother of Tian Cheng, 4N) will be performing a Spring Piano Recital at 3pm this Sunday 31st March at the United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford. Tian Cheng and fellow Year 4 pupil, Dan Dan, will be among the performers. If you would like to attend, ideally text Jie Li in advance on: +65 9653 7496 or just turn up!