Infant 23/5/14

23 May 2014

Dear parents

The importance for children to know about the international dimension to life has been wonderfully shown on our latest visit to Spain. I am writing this from a very damp Santander waiting for our return flight. The children's names were drawn by lot.

They have been outstanding ambassadors for the school and will feed back to others about their experiences. All the children and staff stayed with delightful Spanish families who warmly welcomed us to their homes. The children participated in lessons as did the teachers. I walked into my first class and was told that I was required to teach a lesson on storytelling and writing. It is a bilingual school and by the time the children are in year six they all speak English well, although their parents do not.

There was a visit to local caves and to some of the stunning mountain scenery. By the way, the weather was so cold with maximum temperatures of 7 degrees one day. We were caught out climbing down from a hilltop in a rainstorm - the heaviest I have ever experienced with gale force winds. There was snow just 35 km away.

The school is in many ways similar to HTPD with a warm family approach - it is a church school. Teachers are called by their first names and there is a happy air of friendship and cooperation. Two of their teachers, Peio and Lydia are joining us in July and we look forward to the partnership going from strength to strength.

Trips like this teach us how precious and vital European relationships are. We are not just a little isolated island but part of a much wider entity. What I learn from a visit like this is that it would be tragic to sever links with Europe and to become ' little Englanders'. Close links with people of different languages, creeds and ethnic roots provide us all with a rich and diverse diet.

With best wishes, Richard

Fluffy Friday:
We have had a fantastic time today. The children have been really busy doing lots of different activities ranging from outdoor activities (painting murals, den building on the downs, pond dipping, ball games in the front playground and cricket on the field) to indoor activities such as cup-stacking competitions, indoor hockey, making windmills, hama beads, construction and i-pads!

Additional dates for the summer term:
Friday 4 July: Year 2 Dinosaur Museum
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 July: Year 2 transition days at HT
Friday 11 July: Year R to Look Out Centre
Wednesday 16 July, 9.15am: Sports Day
Monday 21 July: Open Afternoon (YR & Y1); Year 2 beach trip & BBQ
Tuesday 22 July, am: Leavers’ assembly

Year One:
Oak and Beech classes are starting their new Pirate Topic with a pirate dressing up day on the first day of term (Monday 2nd June). Your children can wear a full pirate outfit or even just a pirate patch, a hat or a stripy t-shirt. Mufti will be fine too. Thank you. Year 1 team. (PS: the teachers will be dressed up too!)

Front Playground:
Thank you to Adriana (Stefan’s mum, Willow Class) for weeding the steep bank in the front playground. Now that the ground has been cleared the eco-team will be planting some red geraniums in the gaps. Please could we ask for your help in keeping children off the bank so that the plants have a chance to grow.

Year 2 Leavers’ Yearbook:
Please could all those who wish to receive a copy of the Year 2 Leavers’ Yearbook ensure they have filled out their permission slips and order forms together with payment as numbers will need to be confirmed to the printers very soon.

HTPD Prayer Group:
The next meeting is for lunch together on 3 June at 1.00 pm at Natalie Savage’s house. All welcome! Contact Emma for details

Milli Westlake has lost her red school fleece and jumper (Nightingale) – both items are named.
Harry Norris has lost his white trainers – they have a velcro fastening.
Libby Thomas has lost her blue, Olympic logo hat.
Ona Cashmore has lost her school jumper (Keller) which is named ‘Ethan Cashmore’.


FOPS Meeting - 2 June 2014: The next FOPS meeting will be held on Monday 2 June at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Summer Fair - 8 June 2014

Donation Day - 2 June 2014: We would be very grateful if donations for the Summer Fair could be brought into school on Monday 2 June. Please donate bottles of any kind and good quality second had books and toys as well as those Booty Bags. If you’re not sure what a Booty Bag is please see "Help! What's a Booty Bag?" on the PTA section of the school website.

Raffle Tickets:
You will have received two books of raffle tickets in your child's book bag this week. The raffle usually raises a lot of money for the school and we have some fabulous prizes this year. Please try to sell tickets to your family and friends. Extra tickets are available from the School Office. Please return all money, counterfoils and unsold raffle tickets in the envelope provided by 3pm on Friday 6 June. Thank you to Ati Dalgard for her hard work and resourcefulness in getting together such a great selection of prizes and also huge thanks to those who have kindly donated.

Learn to drum at the Summer Fair! Advance booking are now being taken in the School Office for the drumming workshop at the Summer Fair ( Come along and try out the drums, build a song and create a story about the Rainbow Tree! The cost is £2 for a 20 min session (advance booking necessary) and is open to all ages. Each 20 minute workshop can accommodate 24 children, so come along and make some noise!!!!
.....finally, your class reps will be asking for help to run the stalls at the Summer Fair. There are lots of slots to fill (almost as many as the number of children in the class) so please volunteer if you possible can to spread the workload.

Year R Coffee Morning - Friday 13 June: Jo McGee is hosting a coffee morning for Year R parents at her house (21 Pewley Bank) on Friday 13 June after drop-off.

Serbia needs your help
We have been asked by the Mashanovich family (Militsa, Year 6 and Stefan, Year 3) to highlight the state of emergency in Serbia and Bosnia after the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began. Three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in just a couple of days, causing rivers to burst their banks and sweep into people’s homes. Whole cities have been cut off while landslides have buried houses. The town where Militsa and Stefan spend their summer holidays with family has been seriously affected. Please help by donating via PayPal at

Menu for week beginning 2 June 2014

Guildford Borough Council – Half Term Fun for all the family
: Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here! Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the May half term; play schemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more!
Just visit our website:

Family Fun Day this Sunday
- petting zoo, live band, bar and BBQ, face painting, tombola, raffle - prizes include holiday in Nice! Great fun for a great cause. This Sunday 25th May at the Parrot Inn, Shalford from 3pm. Free entry and parking, All proceeds to Pancreatic cancer charity.

G Live ticket offers:
Scooby-Doo! The mystery of the Pyramid, Fri 30 May – Sun 1 June, £10* tickets when quoting the promo code: ScoobyAdventure.
Science Musuem Live: The Energy Show, 5-7 June, Save 30% on tickets when quoting the promo code: EnergySaving. Other offers on the website: