HTPD 18/11/16

18 November 2016

Dear Parents,

Next week we will be taking part in National Road Safety Week. Alongside the usual curriculum, we will be teaching the children some very important lessons about road safety. They will all learn and try out the Green Cross Code, as well as consider how best to keep themselves safe as they arrive and leave school. One of our biggest concerns is the number of children who get out of vehicles roadside. They are sometimes spotted opening car doors as traffic passes by. Please would you support us in this key message and make sure children get out directly onto the pavement.

To make the week even more memorable, on Friday the children can wear Mufti with something really bright. It’s another useful lesson to make sure on dark evenings we make sure drivers can see pedestrians. If you would like to make a donation to the road safety charity Brake, that would be great. They have donated some prizes to us and we will be awarding these to the children for the most eye catching posters at the end of the week. At the juniors on that day we will also be collecting donations for the fast approaching Christmas Fair (Friday 2nd December).

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all of our Year 2 parents along to a meeting in the Chapel at 7pm on Tuesday 22nd where they can meet all of the junior staff. It’s amazing to think that we’re already at that point in the year when we start to plan for our new intake next September! Please do come along and meet the team.

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 other arrangements.

With best wishes,  Clare

Transfer to Junior School - September 2017 (current Year 2):
Prospective Parents’ Evening, Tuesday 22 November, 7.00pm, Holy Trinity Chapel
All the teachers will be speaking about the inspiring curriculum and extra-curricular activities as well as our transition programme. Please also feel free to book onto a daytime tour by calling the HT office (01483 539033).

Please note that even though Pewley Down and Holy Trinity schools are federated, it is still necessary to apply for entry to Year 3.
You will need to complete a Surrey County Council on-line application: as well as a junior Supplementary Information Form (available on the website or from the school office). The deadline for applications is 15 January 2017

Admission to Year R – September 2017

If you have a child due to start school in September 2017 (children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) you will also need to complete the Surrey County Council application (as above) by 15 January 2017 as well as an infant Supplementary Information Form.

Dates for your Diary
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.

HTPD Prayer Group
The HTPD prayer group meet once each half term to pray together for the school staff and pupils in their work and play. Between meetings we also share prayer needs via a prayer chain. Our next meeting will be on Monday 21 November at 2.00pm in the Pewley Down staff room over coffee and cake. For more information or to join the prayer chain please contact Suzie Speed on 07780 677151 or


House Music Activities, Friday 2 December
Don’t forget the House Music assembly, and please let your child’s teacher know if your child would like to sing or to play an instrument at the assembly.

Thank you
We are very grateful to everyone who provided the delicious cakes for the parent consultation meetings this week – all very much enjoyed by the teaching staff.

Run to Athens update week 7: 1,315 miles (total).

Lost Property
There is a large amount of (un-named) lost property in the box outside the lower entrance. Please have a look through especially if you have school uniform items missing.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 November 


Match Funding – Can you help?
Are you a parent who works for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (Mum to Issy in Reception and William in Yr 1)

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.

Winter Wonderland
Do you have any light-up Penguins, Polar Bear, Ice Blocks that could give Pewley’s Santa’s Grotto that extra festive sparkle? If so please contact Emily Murdoch (Ethel’s mum in Yr 1)

Christmas Wreath Making workshop - Thursday 1st Dec at 7.30pm, School Hall

Only a few places left!!! Come and join us for another fun filled festive evening where Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Norah in Yr 1) will help you create a stunning fresh Christmas wreath to take home. Booking forms have been sent home but are also available from the school office. Please return them, along with payment of £35 (cheques made payable to FOPS) to the school office ASAP to reserve your place.

Northbrook Orders – you should now have received any Northbrook gift wrap which you may have ordered.

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 from 7.30pm. Bring a bottle and food to share. 

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

The next Friday Cake Sale is on 
25th November – Willow

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


Club Changes
From Monday, there will be a second Chess Club which will run during lunch from 12.30pm. This will be for children who already know how to play, but might benefit from some tactics and strategies!

From next Tuesday, children from Years 3 and 4 are welcome to come to Board Games Club,

Sport - Guildford Primary Schools’ Indoor Netball Tournament
Date: Friday 25th November 
Time: Leave school at 12.30pm - matches start at 1.25pm
Venue:  Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Rd, Guildford GU2 7AD
Approximate finish time: 4pm
Parents to help with transport

Due the high volume of girls going to netball club on Wednesdays, as from next week, Year 5 netball club will move to Tuesdays after school and Year 6 will continue on Wednesdays.

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

Alice Williams (4JW) has lost her purple Mandela fleece. Please check you have the right fleece please!
Victor Dalgaard (3A) has lost his complete PE kit, all named, and all in a bag which is also missing. Please check your own kits please. Thank you!

Menu - Week 1


Phil the Bag – Thank you!
Many thanks for all your donations for Phil the Bag. We collected a brilliant 410kg at the HT site, raising £143.50.

HT Christmas Fair – Friday 2 December – 6pm-8pm
The preparations for this year’s Sound of Music Christmas Fair are in full swing! Please look out for the raffle tickets that came home with the children this week. The top prize this year is an Apple Mini iPad (kindly donated by Cavenders), plus the fabulous Sound of Music themed HT hampers. Please ensure all stubs are returned by Thursday 1 December to the HT office so they can be included in the draw.

Please also volunteer your services to your Class Reps to help on a stall at the Fair, they will be sending out emails requesting help.

HT Christmas Fair Donations Day - Friday 25 November
Next Friday 25 November is donations day for the Christmas Fair and mufti day for the children. Please bring in your donations that day and leave them at the bottom of the ramps.

On 25 November we need:
Bottles – bottles for the bottle tombola champagne to tomato ketchup
Unopened gifts - for parents, girls or boys and any new unwanted toys.
Jolly Jars or Bags – decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
Chocolate – anything chocolatey for the chocolate tombola.
Teddies - good condition for the teddy tombola.

Plus your hamper donations for your year group’s raffle hamper. Please look out for emails from your class reps with requests for these donations.

Christmas Musical Notes - decorations competition

Calling all budding artists!
We are running a Christmas decoration competition for the children to design and make a musical note - the more colourful, bold and musical the better! The notes will be displayed around the school and so ideally need to be big - A3 size or larger would be great. Let your imaginations run wild and create a note filled with your favourite things!
Please bring all your decorations into school by Tuesday 29 November at the latest. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

HT Christmas Fair - Grotto Plea

Davina Mcaleely (Year 3) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas Fair. She desperately needs large pieces of cardboard (from packing boxes etc.) to complete her design. She also needs to borrow a fake Christmas tree for the grotto (minimum 4ft tall). Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on:

Match Funding – Boosting our Fundraising - Can you help?
Do you work for a corporate company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Helen Day (mum to Jack in 4JW)

Easyfundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

Other dates for the diary:
Thursday 24 November – Year 5 & 6 Film Night – The BFG
Wednesday 7 December – Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Rogues from 8pm

Want to learn how to repair items yourself? Want to receive practical help and advice? The Park Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, GU2 8JH, open a “Repair Café” on Saturday mornings. The next session is on Saturday, 10th December 10 a.m. – 12 noon. If you would like further details, please call 01483 444509 or visit

Guildfordians Rugby Club are hosting a ‘Recruitment Day’ on Sunday 11th December, 9:30-12:30. Come down to Stoke Park and join in our Taster Day for all ages, boys and girls are welcome. We will have visiting Harlequins coaches and England and Ireland International players. For siblings not wanting to take part in the rugby, bring them down for Christmas arts and crafts in the clubhouse ! Fun for all the family. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to: with your name, gender and age group