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

HTPD 11/5/18

11 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a really good four-day week! I do hope you enjoyed the summer weather over the May Day weekend. We managed to squeeze our usual assembly theme in, despite there being one day less than usual. The parable this week spoke about a man with two sons, one of whom said he’d help in the vineyard, but in fact was distracted and never actually came. The other said he couldn’t help, but later turned up anyway. Who did the farmer most appreciate? It raised some interesting questions about actions speaking louder than words, as well as the importance of promises. It also helped us to reflect on respecting our parents and those that have lived for longer than ourselves. We see the benefit of having older role models all the time in school. Returning past pupils, children on work experience, our Clubs+ and PUPS young staff, student teachers and even activities between year groups give younger children opportunities to learn from those that are just a bit older and wiser. Do take a look at our assembly PowerPoint each week if you’d like some more information about this term’s series.

I’m sure some of the children in Year 3 will have told their parents about a problem that occurred this week in their toilets. I had to speak to all of the Year 3 children about it. Unfortunately, we had to spend a large sum of money unblocking a pipe that had become blocked. It seems that one of the children has been putting the remnants of their packed lunch into the toilets, and over several days, this had blocked up the plumbing, leading to a flood downstairs. There were whole eggs, sweetcorn, sandwiches and several plastic bags in the drain. It would really help if parents could support us by having a conversation at home about looking after school property. We explained to the children that money spent on plumbing means that less is available for more exciting things. Thank you for your support in talking about respect for our school.

With Fluffy approaching fast, we’d love to have some more parent volunteers helping out on the day (Friday 25th May), especially if you find out that your child is taking part in an off-site activity. Do get in touch with either office or your child’s class teacher. Thank you so much in advance – it’s sure to be a great day!

I hope that this lovely weather continues over the weekend. It’ll be a good way to relax to spend time outdoors – especially for our Year 6 children who will take part in the national SATS tests next week. We know that they’ve worked really hard and are ready for these; I do hope that they stay calm and confident. We’re very proud of all the children as they tackle the challenge ahead and hope that they actually enjoy the chance to shine!

With Year 5 getting ready for their residential trip to Brenscombe Farm in Dorset next week, we could do with the good weather lasting just a bit longer! They should probably pack warm clothes and waterproofs just in case!

Have a good weekend all.

With best wishes,

Whole school notice

Accommodation needed
We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.


Pewley Bank
A reminder that Pewley Bank, adjacent to the school, is a private road and we would ask you to find alternative places to park. Now that the sun is shining, perhaps you could park further away and walk into school. It is so important that we work together with our local residents so that that we continue in good partnership with them. Please therefore park respectfully all around the school and taking care not to block our neighbours’ drives.

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Monday 14 May
Thank you for returning your permission slips. Please bring in your payment if you have not already done so.

Royal Wedding Picnic Lunch, Friday 18 May
If any children who normally have a packed lunch would like to join in with the picnic lunch next Friday, please let the office know.

PUPS & Breakfast Club
We are really sorry but, due to staff illness, the invoices for PUPS and Breakfast Club have not yet been prepared. If you have any questions please let me know. Bev Reed.

‘Run to Rio’ update
Last week (week 3) we ran 378 miles

Beau Stableford, Oak Class, has lost two new Mandela jumpers, named in biro. 
Kacy-May Arnold, Willow Class, has lost a Sainsbury’s pale blue checked summer dress (un-named), following Ballet yesterday.
Please check: Ben Sabharwal, Oak Class, came home from Football yesterday with two odd shoes – one correct size 10G and one larger size 12F (Start Rite black shoes with football motif inside the heel).

Menu: (week 1 beginning 14 May)
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Mexican Beef or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Fresh Fruit Salad
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Mac ‘n’ Cheese; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Thu: Fish Fingers & Chips or Neapolitan Pasta; Rice Pudding
Fri: Egg & Cress Mini Rolls, Hummus or Cream Cheese with Cucumber Sticks, Royal Sausage or Vegetable Rolls, Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts, Wedding Toast (Orange Squash)
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Dates for your diary:
Monday 14th May: Class 3T visit Henley Fort
Monday 14th –Thursday 17th May: Year 6 SATs
Tuesday 15th May: Class 3S visit Henley Fort
Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th May: Year 5’s residential trip to Brenscombe Farm
Wednesday 16th May: Class 3A visit Henley Fort
Friday 18th May: Year 6’s fun swim at Guildford Lido

Whole School:

Accommodation needed - We are hoping that a Spanish teacher from our partner school in Aguilar de Campoo is going to join our staff for a year from September. He is keen to live fairly locally and is ideally looking for some kind of self-contained accommodation. Please email Helen Pronger if you think you could help.

Cancelled Clubs this week:
Monday - Years 3 & 4 Netball
Tuesday - Year 3 Athletics
Wednesday - Years 5 & 6 Art Club
Friday - Years 5 & 6 Girls’ Cricket

Year 4 Cross Country at Barrow Hills School
Date: Tuesday 8th May
Time: 3.45pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NY

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

David Agbaje 4J lost his named tennis racket (Red, White and Black), please bring it to the office if you have seen it.

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

FOPS NEWS – Summer FUNdraising

Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
Please, please save the date for our key fundraising event of the summer! We will be starting off with games, stalls, bouncy castle, cream teas, ice-cream and Pimm’s and then relaxing to enjoy a Brazilian BBQ, music and drinks! We know it’s a very busy time of year but this is our key fundraising event for this term so please come and have fun!

We need you to help run our fair! The success of our fair depends on willing volunteers.
Class reps will soon be sending out a call for volunteers to help on stalls so have a think about how you and your family can get involved. With a few exceptions (hot food and bar!!), most stalls and games can be run with a child in tow and many like helping hand out prizes! If you have any secondary aged children who would like to run a game or stall with some friends, please email laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk. If you can’t help on the day but can spend half an hour or so the week before the fair (folding raffle tickets/sorting tombola prizes etc) then please come along to the staff room straight after drop off any day w/c 11 June.

Wanted - singers and musicians! Are you or your children in a band, choir or orchestra? Or do you have older children or friends who are involved with music? We’re looking for musicians of any age to sing/ play during the summer fair (while people are enjoying the food and drinks). If you have any ideas or would like to find out more, please email Laura – laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

HTPD Family Fun Run (plus NEW toddler race) – 20 May, Shalford Park
Come and enjoy a run, jog or stroll or just chill out and cheer! Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it!

Easy fundraising – do it now!
You can raise money for the school every time you shop online with your favourite retailers (at NO cost to you and it takes seconds)! Don’t do it later – log on now!! Once you’ve set up you can use it every time you’ve shop and it takes no time at all: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/


Reception Friday 18 May
Coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Friday 8th June – Evening drinks, venue tbc
Tuesday 10 July - Coffee morning at Eloise’s house (Oliver’s Mum)

Year 2
Thursday 24th May – Coffee morning in the castle grounds after drop-off. In case of adverse weather conditions we will meet at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser). Check email the day before for confirmation.
Thursday 12 July – End of term food and drinks at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road

Cookie and lolly sales will start after half term!

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


With huge apologies to those people who purchased tickets for the quiz tomorrow night, we have had to postpone this event due to low ticket sales.

If you did send a cheque or money in to school to buy tickets, this can be collected from HT reception.

We have had a lot of interest from people who could not attend the evening due to prior commitments, so we are trying to find a date to reschedule the quiz before the end of term - watch this space!

We hope you are looking forward to the fun run next Sunday 20 May at Shalford Park. We have a new record of 280 participants and we need your help to make it go smoothly.

To volunteer please fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/e9MYFu4Md0sQY78k2

For all runners who have already signed up, don't forget to ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues for sponsorship using the sponsorship form that was distributed last term. Additional forms are available at the HT or Pewley offices.

Alternatively just go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/htsc and click on the 'Donate Now' button to make a donation.

We are holding a meeting at Rogues on Monday 21 May at 8pm to kick off the planning for the annual HT Summer Fair. Why not come along to help choose the theme and plan the stalls - it is always good to hear new and fresh ideas!

Are you a parent who works for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our summer events. If you think you can help, or require more information please contact Ros Vickerman (rosalindvickerman@yahoo.com) or Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com).

HT Summer Fair – Friday 29 June – 6pm – 8pm

Rock 4 Refugees - 19 May, 3pm-late, The Boileroom
Come and join us for a mini family-friendly festival raising much needed funds for Dorking Refugee Support and Refugee Community Kitchen. There will be an array of bands/musicians, some fun activities including an art area, raffle, face painting, a screen showing the FA Cup Final and new this year a speakers corner featuring various local speakers/performers. This event is family friendly, tickets for age 14 and under are free. Suzanne Evans (mum to Chris HB, 4S) will be performing with the Palatine Quartet at 5:15- contact her for more info. Tickets available here www.goldengiving.com/event/R4RMiniFest