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

HTPD 20/11/15

20 November 2015

Dear Parents,

With the tragic events taking place in France last weekend, it was very moving to see how the children at both sites responded so sensitively. In both assemblies on Monday, we prayed for peace, for kindness and for anyone who was sad.  We reminded each other of our school values – imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding and respecting all. I feel so fortunate to be part of such a loving community, where every individual is treasured and loved.

Meeting with you as parents helps that community to be even further strengthened. Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher over the last two weeks, and please do keep in touch so that we can support your child’s learning. If, for any reason, you missed out on a parent consultation, please do get in touch and we can make arrangements.

It was just great to enjoy a cup of tea and some delicious cake with some of our Year 5 and Year 6 parents on Thursday afternoon, served admirably by some of the children. Thanks to Ginnie for arranging this lovely event and for providing such a wonderful way for us to be community together.

Another part of our community is Holy Trinity Church, with Robert Cotton as their rector also serving as our chair of governors. I met with HT church’s parish council earlier this week, and was thrilled to receive a generous donation from the congregation towards the work of the school. Ensuring that we build links with the wider community is so vital – it reminds the children of how they fit in and belong.

With best wishes


Pewley Down Christmas Fair, Sunday 6 December, 1-3pm.
Come and visit Santa's Grotto and enjoy festive favourites; mince pies and mulled wine or try and win a prize on the booty bag, tombola and many other fun stalls.

House Poetry, Tuesday 24 November
Our house poetry event is taking place on Tuesday next week.  This is a lovely, low key event which gives all the children at Pewley a chance to read, perform and share with their house mates.  If your child would like to choose a poem to read or recite to their house they will all have the chance to do so.  We would love lots of children to join in so, even if it is just a short rhyme, all poems will be very much appreciated.  The poems don't need to be learned - they can be read.

Prospective Y3 parents evening, Wednesday 25 November
Parents of children in Year 2 are welcome to attend an evening meeting at the junior site, in the Chapel at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers from the juniors, hear about the exciting KS2 topic-based curriculum and find out about the various extra-curricular activities on offer. There will also be the chance to have a look around the school. Please phone 539033, or book in by email on hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Christmas Play: “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, 7-10 December
There will be three performances of the Christmas Play, all at 9.30 am, on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December.  The dress rehearsal will take place on Monday 7 December at 9.30.
Please look out for letters coming home next week about tickets for the play. 

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
If any children who usually have a packed lunch would like to have the school Christmas lunch on Thursday10 December, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child
We have collected well over 100 boxes over both sites for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.  Many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill a box to be sent to Syrian refugees.

We have had a number of cases of head lice (nits) in school recently, particularly in Year 2.  Please could we ask you to check your children’s hair thoroughly and to treat if necessary.


Thank you to everyone who came to Action Sunday and joined in our autumn clear-up and filled over forty bags of leaves!

Following on from the FOPS meeting, the following requests for expenditure by the school have been approved. The children’s downstairs toilet are planned for refurbishment with an application for funding from the Diocese, To qualify for this grant, 10% needs to be raised by the school, so FOPS has pledged to raise the £2500 required. In the meantime, to improve the boys toilets FOPS has agreed to pay for the repair of the extractor fan controller which is £400.00. The decking on the front playground amphitheatre needs to be replaced, so £500 has been allocated for resurfacing of this seating area. In the New Year staff have requested teaching resources for both maths and music, so £1000 has been allocated to each subject.

In addition to the above the school, with financial support from FOPS, is pursuing the possibility of rejuvenating the year 2 garden into a science and music area for the children to explore.

Key to all these plans is school fundraising and your support. The Christmas Fair is one of our main fundraisers and money generated from this event will go some way to achieving the above plans. So any help or support you can give in the preparations and on the day of the fair are greatly appreciated at this busy time of year.

Christmas Fair
Grotto Plea
Emily Murdoch (Mum of Ethel in Hazel class) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair. She desperately needs the loan of as many fake green (minimum 4ft tall) Christmas Trees as possible. The trees will not be permanently altered in any way and returned straight after the fair! Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on: emilymurdoch3@icloud.com

Reception Year Coffee Morning at Harris & Hoole, North Street, Thursday 3 December after drop-off.

Blackheath Christmas Vintage & Craft Fair
, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2015, 10am – 3pm. Venue: Blackheath Village Hall.  Tea, coffee, bacon rolls, cakes and mulled wine.  Further information / book a table: contact Kathy 07825 769409, klawsonccc@gmail.com

For Sale:
Phil and Ted's "Explorer", 3 wheel, double buggy (2012 version).  Complete with:  "double kit" for carrying two toddlers, Double storm cover, Double sun cover and Spare inner tubes.  Around £500 new.
Folding ‘commuter’ bike (Pinnacle, “Journey 2” model). Well loved. Open to offers with proceeds to be donated to the school.  Please contact the school office.

Infant Menu


There is still time to telephone the Holy Trinity office (01483 539033) if you would like to attend the prospective parents’ meeting  on Wednesday, 25th November at 7.00pm, when you will have the opportunity to meet the junior team and find out what happens in each year as well as more about our sport and other extra-curricular activities. 

Table Tennis
By popular demand! From next week, we have been able to arrange a daily lunchtime Table Tennis Club.   The rota for this will be as follows:
Mondays Year 6 run by Helen Pronger
Tuesdays Year 4 run by Helen Campbell
Wednesdays Year 3 run by Toby Strutt
Fridays Year 5 run by Sarah Mistry

Year 3 Coffee Morning on Tuesday 24 November - All Year 3 parents / carers are invited to our first coffee morning on Tuesday 24 November at Giraffe, Guildford.  The Class Reps will be there and look forward to seeing anyone who can make it. Come along any time after drop off till 11. We would also like to hold coffee mornings for each class, so if anyone would like to host one then please let your Class Rep know.  Thanks!  Alice, Eve, Jeanette, Jo, Farah and Miranda.

Girls Rugby - Free Coaching with England International Player
Guildfordians RFC are delighted to offer 3 one hour introductory training sessions for girls aged u7 up to u12 led by England's Leanne Riley. Sessions will be held on Stoke Park and will start at 10am on 22/11, 29/11 and 6/12. Studded boots ideal.  Please email club.treasurer@grfc.co.uk for more information and to book your daughter a space on this free and exciting course. 

Can you check your child’s name in any Shackleton sweatshirts that you might have at home please?  The Gover family (Felix, Milo and Orlando) have lots missing!  Thank you.
Leo Claydon has lost a bright blue rain jacket , make is “Name It” .Please check if it’s been taken home by mistake. Thank you.

Week 3


HT Christmas Fair - Friday 27 November 6-8PM
Many thanks for your donations for the HT Christmas Fair next Friday. We have had a great response but would still welcome additional donations next week - so please keep them coming!

We still need volunteers for help on the day of the Fair. Please email your class reps (list available here) if you can help with any of the following next Friday:
    •    Help set-up on Friday morning from 10am
    •    Help set-up after school on Friday
    •    Help on a stall for 45 minutes at the Fair (time slots are: 5.45-6.30pm, 6.30-7.15pm and 7.15-8pm)
    •    Help clear up at the end of the fair (8-9pm).

Christmas Decoration Competition - Deadline 24 November
Don’t forget the Christmas decoration competition deadline is next Tuesday (24 November). Children are invited to design a kite or umbrella – the bigger and bolder the better! All designs and creations will be hung up around the school. Prizes for the best, most creative design. Good luck everyone!

Northbrook Wrapping - orders through school now finished
Orders through school have now closed but it is still possible to order directly from Northbrook at www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk and nominate HTPD.

Other dates for the diary:

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 23 November
The final Christmas Fair planning meeting will take place on Monday (23 November) in the staff room straight after drop off. All welcome.

Thirsty Thursday - Thursday 3 December at Rogues from 8pm
The final Thirsty Thursday of 2015. Let’s make it a good one! All-year parent drinks at Rogues from 8pm on Thursday 3 December. You could combine it with making a Christmas wreath at Pewley which is also taking place that night (see below).

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Pewley - Thursday 3 December 7.30-9.30pm
Relax and get in the festive mood and make your very own Christmas Wreath. Under the expert tuition of florist and Pewley mum Marie Trignon you can enjoy mellow tunes, nibbles and even a glass of mulled wine or two along with the chance to make a substantial fresh foliage wreath.

There is a limited number of tickets still available (£30 per ticket - includes all materials). Forms are available from HT reception or alternatively email: jillmorgan@f2s.com (Co-Chair FOPS) directly. FINAL DEADLINE FOR RESERVING YOUR PLACE IS MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER.

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.