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

HTPD 17/5/19

17 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

With this week’s assembly theme being based on friendship, I was delighted to take a day-trip to Dorset to visit our Year 5 children on their residential visit to Brenscombe Farm. It was absolutely fantastic to see them supporting one another, sharing laughter, coaxing each other through various challenges (especially on the high ropes!) and just loving being together. We all reflected just before bedtime on the qualities of a good friend, reminded each other of the friendships threaded throughout life at HTPD, and also pondered on God’s love for each one of us.

Then returning to school the next day, I was happy to see those same quality friendships in place across the school. In Year 6 especially this week, as the children have worked hard to take their SATs tests, it seemed that friendship, encouraging words, and kindness meant that all the children rose to the challenge. They certainly deserve some fun time together at the Lido today! Please pass on my thanks to all of them for their cheerful, resilient and determined approach to the week. Next week, some of them are heading off to visit our Spanish partner school in Aguilar de Campoo. We wish them “buen viaje”!

Also next week, it’s Fluffy Friday – another chance for children to work together with different friends, across different year groups, and with different staff. Do please remember to send in our requested £1 donation so that we can keep offering this amazing opportunity.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our annual Fun Run on Sunday at Sutherland Park – do make sure you go to the right venue; it’s not where it was last year! If you haven’t already booked, just come along on the day. It’s always such a great event to see the whole school community having fun together. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!

With best wishes,

Thought of the week: It’s rubbish…breaking up! Are you a good friend?


Fluffy Friday, 24 May
Thank you for bringing in your completed choice forms for Fluffy next Friday. Please remember to bring in your £1 donation to help cover the cost of materials.

Healthy Week, 3-7 June
The first week after half term will be our Healthy Living Week when we have sports experts coming in to run some exciting workshops (skipping, kwik cricket, football, circus skills and tennis).
Children should wear their PE kit to school every day that week (trainers, house t-shirts, shorts or joggers, jumper).

Menu: (Week 1 beginning 20 May)
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tues: 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.


Cancelled Clubs - w/c 20th May
Monday - Y4 Netball. Laura at football
Tuesday - Y6 Newspaper Club. James in Spain
Tuesday - Y3 Basketball Club. Peio in Spain
Wednesday - Y4 & Y5 Basketball Clubs. Peio in Spain
Wednesday - Y6 Tennis - Football. James in Spain
Thursday - Y5 Athletics. James in Spain

Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament
Date: Tuesday 21st May
Time: 8.00am - 3.30pm 
Venue: Molineux Staduim, Waterloo Rd, Wolverhampton
Teacher: JJ

Cancelled Clubs - w/c 3rd June 
Wednesday - Y5 Basketball - Peio at Bently Copse
Wednesday - Y5 & Y6 Shakespeare Club.  Sarah at Bently Copse
Wednesday - Tennis
Thursday - Football Y6

Change of Club
After half term Y4 Netball is changing to Girls Cricket.
Y3&4 Cricket Club already runs a Monday and Laura will be joining Peio and Paul on the astro to run a girls club 

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

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


HTPD Fun Run
The Fun Run is Sunday May 19th at Sutherland Memorial Park. You can still sign up on the day so please come even if you haven’t signed up before, it is a fantastic family day out. FOPS/Pewley Down will be running the cake stall on the day. We would appreciate any donations of cakes, fruit or snacks and/or time to man the stall. To Signup click HERE. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you on the day.

It may seem far away, but summer fair planning is well under way and will no doubt soon be upon us.

  1. Calling all DIY enthusiasts! 
    We have had a look at our usual summer fair games, and some are looking a bit tired and well used. For this year we would love to hear from anyone who would be willing to create any new ‘festival’ themed games (coconut shy, Strongman etc) for us. We could reimburse you for materials, though please contact us before spending anything. Please email Kayleigh (Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and Ana (anaxreithsmith@gmail.com) if you think you can help us out, any ideas or suggestions welcome!

  2. Match Funding
    Do you or your partner work at a company that offers match funding? This is a scheme where companies will match money raised at a certain event/stall that you volunteer at. Most large companies offer this and if you are planning on volunteering for events like the SUMMER FAIR (6th July) we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com or anaxreithsmith@gmail.com.

  3. Volunteers and Donations
    After half term letters will go out from your Reps with details of volunteering or donations that are needed for the fair so please keep an eye out for those.

Open Air cinema equipment needed
Do you or someone you know have access to projection and sound equipment? FOPS are planning a new event for the Autumn term which will see the back field turned into an open-air cinema. If you are able to or know someone able to lend us some of the equipment needed please contact Kayleigh (Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and Ana (anaxreithsmith@gmail.com).
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/

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!
Social Dates for you Diaries:
Reception: Monday 17th June – Coffee Morning after drop off @ Zoe’s house, 5 Sydney Place
Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC
Year 1: Thursday 23rd May – Drinks Night @ The Albany 8pm
Friday 19th July – End of term drinks @TBC
Year 2: Thursday 23rd May – Coffee Morning @Millmead Playpark after drop off BYO coffee! (Claudine’s house if raining)
Friday 19th July – End of an Era drinks – Tania & Adam are hosting the Year 2 Summer Social Bring a bottle and nibbles.


What a lovely sunny week we’ve had - great for Brenscombe, probably not such fun for the SATS, but they’re all over now!  Let’s hope it holds for the Fun Run on Sunday.

Fun Run - If you still want to enter, you can just turn up and pay on the day.  There is a bouncy castle, face paints, cake stall and refreshments.  So do come along even if you aren’t running.  Thank you to everyone who has helped put on this brilliant event.  And to all those who have volunteered to man stalls, marshall and generally get stuck in! If you haven’t got your fun run t-shirt (year 5) they will be there on the day, at the induction tent.

Summer Fair is fast approaching so please look out for requests for help from your class reps - for stalls and hampers.  There is a great raffle prize of a Nintendo Switch, thanks to Cavenders Estate Agent, who once again have supported this event. Please let us know if you can help getting the raffle tickets and letters collated so they can go out to the children in time for half term.

Thank you to those that have volunteered their time already to deliver letters to the local residents.  It is really important we maintain good relationships with the community, so thank you.

HTSC Communication 
We have sent out letters to the last few people we would like to collect contact details for.  We would really appreciate you returning them.  It will make an enormous difference to the HTSC Committee and next year’s class reps having full class lists in September.  We are still struggling and it’s May!  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and service this year - we know it hasn’t been easy with scant communication channels!

Have you considered being a Class Rep or on the Committee next year?  There are a few people leaving the school and a few who have held the same position for a few years. If you could volunteer some of your time, whether as a secretary, treasurer, Chair, Sainsbury’s co-ordinator, Class Rep, do please let us or the school know.  It would be great to share the responsibilities with more people. 

Dates for your diary:
Friday 7th June (Mufti) – Donations day (we know Year 4 are away, they can bring donations in all the following week)
Friday 14th June 6pm - 8pm – Summer Fair        

May Half Term activities:

Guildford Borough Council has collected useful information on activities for children and young people taking place in Guildford over the May half term. Details of play-schemes, arts and crafts, sports activities, family days out and much more can be found on our website:  www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities 

Surrey County Show, Stoke Park, Guildford, Bank Holiday Monday 27 May
Fantastic entertainment (monster trucks, BMX Olympic team, show jumping), animal magic (cows, pigs, sheep, horses etc), food and much more. Tickets from www.surreycountyshow.co.uk or from the show office at Stoke Park.

Family Fun Day at Guildford Cathedral
, Stag Hill, GU2 7UP, Wednesday 29 May, 10.00 to 12.30pm. A free family event including craft activities, art, and an opportunity to explore the Cathedral. Email: familyengagement@guildford-cathedral.org

Go Wild at Guildford Museum, Castle Arch, Quarry Street, GU1 3SX, Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June (closed Sunday). Free event for children 3 to 12 years – find out more about local wildlife (match the footprints to the animals, make a bird to take home). Email: heritageservices@guildford.gov.uk.