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

Infant 22/5/15

22 May 2015

Dear Parents

In a couple of year’s time we will be asked to decide whether or not we stay in the European Union. Whatever we decide will have a great effect on all of us. Do we perceive ourselves as partners with the countries of continental Europe or an isolated island making a broad range of alliances across the world? There will be much discussion I am sure.

This week we have seen European partnership in action with our twelve brave student ambassadors along with Helen, Mary and myself visiting our friends and colleagues at the Colegio San Gregorio in Aguila de Campoo. The small town of nine thousand is exactly one hundred miles south of Santander. The children did an amazing job of courage, independence and friendship – all of which are key values we espouse. All except for two were saying on their own with a Spanish family and judging by presents, hugs and tears at the farewells this morning, all the children formed good relationships with their hosts. The Spanish teachers and parents are so warm and welcoming and the school is similar to HTPD in terms of friendly, family approach with everyone using first names. It is also a Christian school. The lessons are rather more relaxed and less pacey than at HTPD but children still achieve good success at the 3-18 years school.

Do have a look at our website to see what happened and the success of this particular part of European partnership. A big highlight for the children was sharing reading books with the infants. “Do you like custard on your cornflakes?” was a huge hit!

Gillian Rodgers and Rachel Downey have both decided to leave the school at the end of this school year and Mary Booth is dropping to part time. There will be an opportunity to thank them properly later in the term. However, I did not want this moment to pass without saying what a great contribution they have made. Gillian has been tireless in her enthusiasm to help children enjoy and excel in games and Rachel has given many years of children a good start in French. Heather Havermans has announced the thrilling news that she is expecting a baby in November. She will probably be with us for September and then be on maternity leave for the rest of the year.

Clare and Debbie, along with the governors, have made some new appointments this year. Helen Campbell, who is a parent at HT and has worked and supplied for us, is coming as a part time teacher as is Frances Clixby. Frances is a parent at PD and worked at the school till 2008. Joining them is Sarah Mistry who will be a newly qualified teacher. I’m sure these are going to be great teachers and we all wish them well.

We hope you all have a great half term.
With best wishes, Richard

Have a lovely half term break. School re-opens on Monday 1 June.

Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Thank you for bringing in your £2.00 donations today for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. So far we have raised £135. If you would still like to contribute, please bring your donations in after half term.

New books
Thank you so much to all the parents who contributed so generously to our Book Drive. The books have now arrived and the children were delighted to be presented with them by Emily Bourke, representing FOPS, during a whole school assembly this week. We know that all the books will be treasured by the children for years to come. Thank you again.

Working Party & BBQ at the Wild Place, Saturday 30 May
Following their exciting landscaping project at the Wild Place, Skipton Building Society would love to invite parents and children to a gardening working party and barbeque at the Wild Place on Saturday 30 May from 1.30 pm. Please come and support this great initiative (bringing secateurs and garden shears if you have them).

Ballet Boyz
The visit from the Ballet Boyz on Tuesday this week was inspirational. The children watched mesmerised as two professional dancers wowed us all with their talent and strength. Keep an eye on the Surrey Advertiser for a photograph. Thanks so much to Michelle O’Keeffe for promoting boys’ dancing and giving us this excellent opportunity.

Recycle Challenge
This week Recycle Man has challenged Hazel class to use cardboard to create something fun or useful. Please bring your creations into school after half term on Thursday 4 or Friday 5 June.

Year R Trip
Apologies, but the cost of the Year R trip to the Look Out is in fact £14.85 (and not £7.25 as quoted in last week’s newsletter).


HTPD Summer Ball – Saturday 6 June 7pm – 1am
Tickets for the ball have been sent home with the children over the last couple of days. If you were expecting tickets and have not received them please email caroline@swifts.me.uk.
Are you able to donate a prize for the auction or are you a local business or know of a local business that might be able to help support the Ball? If so, please contact Carrie Witts,carriewitts@gmail.com.
Thank you for your support for what promises to be a wonderful event.

Last chance to get tickets for the ball - we still have some tickets available, so if you are thinking of joining us you need to get your ticket forms in to either HT or PD for the attention of Carrie Witts by Monday 1st June.

Please follow this link to the Ticket order form to be printed off.

Lucia Nightingale, Willow Class, has lost her (named) shorts.

Family Classics, 3pm, Sunday 24 May, G Live (with free instrumental workshops from 1pm)
Southern Pro Musica present an introduction to live classical music specifically for the young, but with plenty for the experienced music-lover to enjoy. Audience members for Family Classics are encouraged to join in the fun from 1pm when Surrey Arts presents a series of informal workshops around G Live offering the opportunity to try a huge range of musical instruments. Workshop places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and no pre-booking is required.
Tickets for everyone under 18 are FREE but please book tickets for the full number in your party (adults £12). G Live Box Office 0844 7701 797 or www.glive.co.uk.

Milo Goodchild’s mum (Rachel) is running the Stockholm Marathon on 30 May in aid of the Unicef Earthquake Appeal. If you would like to support her, please follow the link below: https://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Goodchild1

For Sale
- 10 foot trampoline in excellent condition with enclosure nets - £90
- girls 18" Apollo blue & white bicycle - £20
- blue & silver Giro helmet - £10
Please call Bev on 892712

Trail Gator, unused, allows child’s bike to be attached to adult bike (like a tag along)
Any offer considered. George 07792 645978

Menu for week beginning Monday 1 June
Mon: Chicken & Leek Fricassee or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous, Roast Potatoes; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Freshly Baked Roll; Apple Crumble & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit