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

HTPD 25/5/18

25 May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Just a brief note from me today to wish you all a very happy half term break! I’m going to hand you over shortly to the group of 7 children who, as part of today’s Fluffy Friday, are seeing how it feels to be headteacher for the day. As part of their responsibilities, I’ve asked them to write today’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to the second half of the summer term which is jam-packed with different activities, residential visits, Sports Day (see the important junior school notice from Nick, our sports leader below) and end of year celebrations. I’ll see you all on Monday 4th June.

With best wishes,

Over to our heads for the day:

Hello! This is two of the seven responsible headteachers today. We’re just going to tell you a bit about how much fun your kids have been having. As we walked around Holy Trinity Pewley Down we saw many happy faces and smiles! We visited both sites and a lot of fun and laughter and shouts of joy were heard. I’m sure your child had a great time. Do ask them about their brilliant day (from Jimmy and Zi).

Today at Holy Trinity, the children have been doing so many different things: board games, weaving, movies, mask making and racket sports. All the children we asked really enjoyed their day. They were making new friends, and learning new things. Most would recommend their activity to others and would do the same activity again next time! We would love to tell you more, but we can’t fit it all on this page! (from Jemima and Nathalie).

Hello, it’s Thew and Tomas here. We’ve been looking at other people’s Fluffy activities. As we walked and asked questions, we saw a lot of happy faces and joy filled the air. After that, we went to Pewley and asked the children some questions. We saw the Pewley Playmates, our Y6 friends, helping out the younger ones. The children were really entertained by a Tom and Jerry film while they ate their fruit snack! (from Thew and Tomas).

Some of the children I met had a great time at Fluffy. At Pewley, their favourite things were to play in the sand pit, play on the iPads, play football, painting and dancing! At HT, the people at iMovies were enjoying making films and having fun. When I went to Mad Masks, they enjoyed showing me their masks and they were learning drama skills, as well as working with new people. At Racket Rallies I interviewed Jake and he said that he’d learnt that lots of people played differently. He’d had a great time! I hope that everyone enjoyed this Fluffy and had a fabulous time. Enjoy your half term holiday (from Toby).

Whole school news

School is closed for Half Term next week (28 May to 1 June).

Tick information
We have had a couple of reports of ticks being found on children. It’s that time of year and most patches of long grass can pose a problem. Please ask children to wear long trousers in long grass, and if a tick is found, seek medical advice so that it can be removed safely to avoid long term problems. Do take a look at the NHS guidance found here (www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease) and if your child was out and about for Fluffy Friday, make sure you notice if they’ve picked up any ticks!

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.


Healthy Living Week, 4-8 June
A reminder that Healthy Living Week starts straight after half term and children should wear their PE kit to school every day that week (trainers, house t-shirt, shorts or joggers, jumper).

Golden Boot Challenge 
We are again taking part in the Golden Boot Challenge designed to encourage greener ways of travelling to school such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking. The children’s usual mode of travel was recorded on the ‘baseline day’ last Friday, and we will now be asking them how they come to school on Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 June. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will win the Golden Boot trophy.

‘Run to Rio’ update: Last week (week 5) we ran 554 miles.

Marcus Spicer, Beech Class, has lost his green, dinosaur print raincoat and his Nightingale school jumper – both items are named.

Menu: (week 1 beginning 4 June)
Mon: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Bolognese; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Wed: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thu: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Dates for your diary:
Monday 4 June: School re-opens
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 June: Year 4’s residential trip to Bentley Copse
Thursday 7 June: Sleepover meeting for Year 3 Parents
Tuesday 12 June: Tempest Photography in for class photographs for Years 3–6
Monday 18 – Friday 22 June: Year 6’s residential trip to Preston Montford

Cancelled clubs week commencing Monday 4 June:
Wednesday 6 June: Shakespeare Club for Years 4, 5 and 6

Exciting news about Sports Day!
After much consideration we have decided to change the way in which Sports Day will run this year. Year 3 and 4 will have their running races from 11 – 12 and Year 5 and 6 will have their races from 1.30 – 2.30. We will then bring out the Year 3 and 4 children again to take part in the relays and tug of war with the rest of the school at 2.30. After that we’ll have the results presentation with all of the children together. We understand that this may make the day longer for parents with children across the school, but we do believe that it will offer the children a better experience of the day. If you have any questions regarding this you can contact Nick at nickw@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Bikes in school
We’re enjoying seeing some of our older children arriving at school on a bike. Would you please remind them however to dismount from their bikes before cycling into the school carpark. It’s a very steep slope to come down at speed, the surface is loose and difficult to navigate, and it would be dreadful to collide with any cars or delivery vehicles that aren’t expecting to see cyclists as they turn in through the gates.
Online safety advice:
I am sure that you noticed the attention that the computer game ‘Fortnite’ has been gaining from media outlets across the UK at present. Concerns have been raised about the suitability of the content for primary school children, the addictiveness of the gameplay and the possibility of contact with unknown individuals. At school, we too have observed some alarming trends linked to those children playing the game over the last month. Players are regularly attending school noticeably more tired than usual, hampering their ability to focus on lessons. In addition, those children are struggling with creative thinking, even to the point where they find it challenging to join in with conversations about other topics, instead seeking to steer dialogue back towards Fortnite. Ultimately Fortnite has a PEGI 12 rating and this fact, combined with the concerns detailed above mean that as a school we strongly suggest that you do not allow your child to play. Please get in touch with Tom, our online safety lead if you have any questions or concerns.

No fixtures currently.

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

Menu - Week 1 
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Summer fair and festival SATURDAY 16 JUNE, 3 – 6pm
When we get back from half term, preparation for the fair will be in full swing and we’d love your help with the following:

  • gathering any toys, books and DVDs for our second-hand stall
  • providing bottles (anything from ketchup to Cava) for our bottle tombola
  • putting together bags of sweets and small toys for our ‘booty bag’ stall

We will also be asking you to sign up on our BBQ boards to indicate your food preferences so we can get an idea of quantities needed.

We are still looking for:
someone to run our drumming workshop or another fun workshop for the children to enjoy such as music, circus skills ….. Please let us know if you know anyone who might be able to help.
some enthusiastic teenagers to run our tattoo and nail bar.
If you have any ideas please email Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk.

HTPD Family Fun Run
Thanks to everyone who supported the Fun Run. It was wonderful to see such a large Pewley contingent! Congratulations to everyone who made the effort to run on such a warm day. You were fantastic! Thanks to all those who helped in any way, particularly the dedicated team selling cakes and manning the bouncy castle.

GDPR – (General Data Protection Regulations) Important, action required
In order to comply with new data regulations we would be so grateful if you could opt-in to the recent email sent out by class reps. This will enable your class reps to send you emails about social, fundraising and community events and activities and other things you might like to get involved with such as end of term collections. Please, please opt in!! Thank you.


Weds 13 June – evening drinks at The Britannia
Thurs 5 July – evening drinks at The Britannia
Monday 17 June – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)
Tuesday 18 July – coffee morning at Caffe Nero (House of Fraser)

Year 1
Friday 8 June - Evening drinks, The Albany Pub 8pm
Friday 6 July – evening drinks, details to follow
Tuesday 10 July – Coffee morning at G-live straight after drop off

Year 2
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, kicking off with Walnut class on 8 June.

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


Coming soon...

BEC-Art Workshops for 7-12 year olds
run once a month in Guildford on Saturdays in term time from September. 9.30am class (approx 9-12years), 11.45am (approx7-10years) and 2.30-4.30pm (approx7-12years) 1 space available at 9.30, 4 spaces at 11.45 ansd 2 spaces available at 2.30pm (max 9 in each class) . 5 one hour workshops cost £55 or 5 two hour workshops cost £85 (this includes January 2018).  All quality materials included & one and half hour classes also available. We will be using watercolours (8 Sept), 3D paper books (6 Oct), using acrylic and acetate(3 Nov), gilding (24 Nov) & acrylics(5 Jan).  Please contact Becca Clegg (mum of Izzy in 6J) becca.clegg@ntlworld.com for more info. www.facebook.com/BecArtGroup shows recent work and the itinerary for the rest of the academic year.

Sunday l July - HTAG (Holy Trinity Amenity Group)
are holding a Teddy Bears Picnic on the Downs.  Bring your own picnic and if you have one, a game or toy to share.  Meeting at midday by the trig point/lookout.  There is also a Butterfly Walk and Talk led by Peter Curnock on the same day at midday, meeting at the same place.  A short walk and an opportunity to hear about the butterflies and plants in this area and also the conservation work carried out by the Pewley Volunteers.  Any questions about the picnic or talk, please contact Kate on 07981 814917.