HTPD 11/11/16

11 November 2016

Dear Parents,

This week our assembly hero has been Martin Luther King. We told the children his story and explained how he dreamed of a world where no one experienced prejudice or injustice. We have reflected on our school value of “everyone knowing they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God”, and increased our efforts to treat each other respectfully and with kindness. The children are hopeful that together we can make our school a beacon of light.

I do hope that your meeting with your child’s class teacher (either for the juniors in the past week, or for the infants in the week to come), as well as giving an update on their academic progress, gives you a summary of their developing character. I so often find myself speaking with the children about our motto, “Learn to Live” and am always encouraged to hear them reflect on what it means. They often describe times when they have seen children in school showing respect for others, acting with kindness and compassion, understanding one another and learning from each other.

Today, as we marked Remembrance Day at 11am, pausing for a minute’s silence and praying for God’s peace in the world, I felt proud to be part of such a school where our values are lived out each day and where respect for all is key.

With best wishes

Performance dates for our Christmas plays:
Infant - “Hey Ewe!”
Monday 12th (dress rehearsal), Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December.
All performances start at 9.30 am and will last approximately 1 hour.
Junior – “The Sound of Music”
Monday 12th – afternoon and evening, Wednesday 14th December – evening: Mandela & Keller houses
Tuesday 13th – afternoon and evening, Thursday 15th December – evening: Nightingale & Shackleton houses
Afternoon performances start at 1.30 pm and evening performances at 7.00 pm.
More information on tickets to follow.

Road Safety Week, 21 – 25 November
We will be focussing on Road Safety during the week culminating in Beep Beep! Day on Friday 25 November when children will need to wear brightly coloured clothes to school. More details to follow next week.


Parent Consultations, Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 November
On arrival please come to the library / office area where there will be a list showing where consultations are being held. Do have a look at your child’s work prior to your appointment (it will either be in the classroom or the library). Should you find that 10 minutes is not enough to discuss any concerns you may have, please make another appointment with your child’s teacher as we will make every effort to keep to time.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week (commencing 14 November) owing to the parent consultation meetings.  However, Andy will run his clubs (Ball Skills and Multi Sports) as usual.

House Music Activities, Friday 2 December
As part of our regular House activities we are giving the children the chance to showcase their musical talents in the supportive atmosphere of a House Assembly! If your child plays a musical instrument (or sings) and would like to play to a small group of children then please let us know. All of the children will be given the opportunity to take part in fun musical activities, listen to classical music and experiment with percussion instruments.

Year 1 trip to Guildford Museum
Beech and Oak classes had a lovely trip to Guildford Museum this week and really enjoyed playing with old toys and learning what school would have been like 100 years ago.

Run to Athens update week 6: 1,110 miles (total).

Found: A grey dress (Tu, 5 years, not named) was found in the hall after Boogie Pumps on Monday.
Lost: A grey dress (M+S, brand new, not named) went missing at Boogie Pumps on Monday.  Could everyone please check their bags in case it was packed away by mistake – thank you.
Jake McLaughlin, Chestnut, has lost a green Gap parka with a furry hood, missing since Thursday.

Infant Menu


Thank you to everyone who came to the Pewley Disco - just before half term. We are delighted to say it raised an amazing £1450 and has helped to pay for renewing the seating at the Wild Place and renovating the Year 1 garden. Thank you all!!

Action Sunday - Sunday 27th November 2-4pm
Please join us for a Parents’ Action Sunday, for a much needed clear-up of all of the fall leaves, a general tidy-up for winter.  We will be providing a movie to help occupy the children. Thanks so much for considering any amount of time helping out; it’s always rewarding to see what can be accomplished, when we work together!  More information to follow, as the date grows closer.

Christmas Wreath Making workshop - Thursday 1st Dec at 7.30pm, School Hall
Just 7 places left!!! Come and join us for another fun filled festive evening where Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Nora in Yr 1) will help you create a stunning fresh Christmas wreath to take home. Booking forms were sent home in book bags last week. Please return them, along with payment of £35 (cheques made payable to FOPS) to the school office ASAP to reserve your place.

Other dates for your Diary:

Friday 25th November - Year 2 coffee social, straight after drop off at Cafe Nero in House of Fraser.

Thursday 1st December - Year 2 Christmas party at Carol's house from 7.30pm. Bring a bottle and food to share. 

Saturday 3rd December - Year 1 Christmas Party at Marisa’s (bring a dish) from 7.30pm.

Wednesday 7th Dec - Year R Christmas Drinks at Rogues from 8pm
Sunday 11th December - Pewley Christmas Fair

The next Friday Cake Sales are on: 

18th November – Hazel, 25th November – Willow

The next Second hand Uniform Sale is at:
3pm on Friday 25th of November.


Please note that Year 5 Netball After School Club next Tuesday (15th November) and Dodgeball After School Club on Thursday (17th November) are cancelled. Parent Consultations are still going ahead.

Tempest Photographs
Please note that the last day for handing in your orders is Monday, 14th November.

Dates for your Diary for November:
Week commencing 21st November - Bikeability training for Year 6 all week
Thursday, 24th November – Weights and Measures School Nursing Team in for Year 6 at 9.30 a.m.
Performance by Year 3 of “Splash” at 2.15 p.m. – parents welcome!
Week commencing 28th November - Bikeability training for Year 6 all week

Dates for the Christmas Play Infant Performances are as follows:
Monday afternoon: Mandela and Keller
Monday and Wednesday evenings: Mandela and Keller
Tuesday afternoon: Nightingale and Shackleton
Tuesday and Thursday evenings: Nightingale and Shackleton

Admission Consultation 2018/19
HTPD is consulting on its 2018/19 Admission Arrangements owing to a minor revision to the way distance to the school is measured for the purposes of ranking within a category. A summary of the proposed change together with the full Admissions Criteria are available on the website. If you have any comments, please send them to Jane Bennett by email ( or post (Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT) by 2 December 2016.

Year 5 & Year 6 A Football v Send Church of England First School
Date: Tuesday 15th November 
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: Send Barns Lane, Send, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7BS (formerly known as St Bede's)
There is limited on-site parking so please consider car sharing there and back. 
Approximate finish time: 4.45pm
Offers to help with transport would be much appreciated

Year 6 A & B Netball v. Tormead and Queen Eleanor’s
Date: Tuesday 15th November 
Time:  3.30pm
Venue: Tormead School, Cranley Road, GU1 2JD 
Approximate finish time: 5.15pm 
Offers to help with transport would be much appreciated,
Years 5 & 6 Guildford primary schools’ cross country
Date: Wednesday 16th November
Time: after school
Venue: St. Joseph’s Primary School, Aldershot Rd, Guildford, GU2 8YH 
(everyone meets at Rydes Hill Common, which is approximately 400 metres from the school up Rydes Hill Road. There is a bus lay-by at the top of Rydes Hill Road, which marks the entrance to the common. Parking is available on Rydes Hill Road, Byrefield Road and Belmont Avenue. Please don’t try to park at St. Joseph’s)
Approximate finish time: 4.30pm
Offers to help with transport would be much appreciated

Guildford primary schools football tournament
Date: Saturday 19th November 
Time: Arrive 9am - matches start at 9.15am
Venue:  Boxgrove Primary School, Boxgrove Lane, GU1 2TD 
There is limited on-site parking so please be considerate when parking on the road as there are also other events happening on the school site that day.
Approximate finish time: 12 - 12.30pm

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

Junior Menu - Week 3


Bonfire Night – Thank you!
The rain held off and Bonfire night was again a huge success raising approximately £3,000 for the school. A fantastic effort!  A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event and also to those who came along and helped, from the bonfire building, stall manning, hot drinks serving and barbecuing to clearing up on Sunday morning, it was a great team effort!

Christmas Fair – External Stalls

There are still several slots free for the external stalls. If you would like a stall at the Christmas Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford (

HTSC Sponsor

Thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third 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 do get in contact with them

Dates for the diary:
Christmas Fair Meeting - Monday 14th November - HT Staff Room straight from drop off
Christmas Fair - Friday 2nd December 6pm-8pm

Piano Lessons
Our Surrey Arts Piano Teacher, Lis, has spaces for piano at both HT and Pewley Down. Please contact her on 01276 20095. 

Alive ‘N’ Kicking Programme – Surrey County Council: Surrey County Council’s Alive ‘N’ Kicking weight management programme for children and young people aged 1-19 is currently enrolling families who want to eat healthily, be more active and have fun doing this together. Helpful resources for parents and children, recipe challenges and free activity clubs! For more information call: 01483 600524 or email:

Sunday 27th November 2016
- In memory of Marc Blanco, a former pupil of Holy Trinity and Pewley Down schools, there will be a concert and reception on the 10th anniversary of his death on 27th November 2016 at Westminster Cathedral Hall, London SW1P 1QH. The evening will include an eclectic choice of music including a premiere commission by Guildford composer, Will Todd, and will begin at 5.00pm followed by reception at 6.30 - 8.00pm. Tickets are available online:
Info: tel: 01483 565210

Beautiful by Hand - Friday 18th November, 9.15am - 2pm at 5, Abbot Road, Guildford. Please join us for coffee, cake and the chance to indulge in beautiful art, crafts and gifts, all hand-made by local Mums (some from HTPD)! Small people welcome! Donations for coffee in aid of Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association.

Cherry Trees, who provide home from home respite care for children and young people with severe disabilities who live, or are educated in Surrey, is holding a Christmas Concert. The venue is Cranmore School and will take place on Friday, 16th December. If you would like further information about tickets, please call 01483 222507 or email: