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

HTPD 4/11/16

04 November 2016

Dear Parents,

I attended a seminar this week on time management run by Guildford Diocese and, amongst other things, I was reminded of the value of marking the changing times and seasons in the school calendar. We spoke about the importance of key events in the school year and for me, Bonfire Night is a highlight. It reminds me of how valuable our partnership with families can be as we all enjoy an evening together. So I do hope you’re getting wrapped up warm and putting on the welly boots as you read this newsletter. I’ll see you up on the field.

Another key moment is marking Remembrance Day which we will do together next Friday in assembly at both sites. Poppies are for sale at both school offices and in fact, Year 6 will be going around the junior school classrooms next week so please send children in with donations if you would like them to support this good cause.

Our school value of “Seeing Heaven in the Moment” encourages us all to slow time down and take notice. One way that the children do this is when learning is brought to life with real experiences. This week Year 4 enjoyed meeting John Eagle, a historian whose knowledge about the Romans is legendary! They donned armour and became Roman centurions forming the “tortoise”. Meanwhile Year 2 lit the “Great Fire of Pewley” and watched the flames destroy their model houses and Year 6 wrote genuine letters to real companies enquiring about their eco-ethics. We hope that these memories will stay with the children for a long time.

Our HTPD hero this week was Mother Teresa and she reminds us all about the value in doing what’s right. She knew that her vocation was to care for those that had no one to care for them. She was willing to sacrifice so much. We reflected on the idea of your soul shining out as we each do what God would have us do in our lives. Again we reminded each other to ask “Is it sensible, is it kind?” – asking these two questions is helping to keep the school a happy place to be!

With best wishes

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 here.
If you have any comments, please send them to Jane Bennett by email (janeb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or post (Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT) by 2 December 2016.


School photographs
A reminder that photograph orders should be returned to the office by Monday 7 November.

Writing Club, Tuesday 8 November
Unfortunately Writing Club with Emily is cancelled next Tuesday.

Flu immunisation, Thursday 10 November
The nasal flu vaccinations (Years 1 and 2) will be taking place on Thursday.

Run to Athens update week 5: 791 miles (total).

Lost: Zara Reith-Smith, Willow, has lost a rope-effect belt with a big flower on the end – missing since Fluffy Friday, 14 October.

Found: Small grey/blue rucksack containing joggers, t-shirt, mac and trainers – left behind on Fluffy Friday.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 November
Mon: Beef Chilli & Rice or Vegetable & Bean Wrap; Carrot Cake & Vanilla Sauce
Tues: Ham & Pineapple or Mixed Pepper Pizza; Fruit Crunch & Custard
Weds: Roast Turkey & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Quiche, Roast Potatoes; Orange Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Pasta Bolognese or Lentil Cottage Pie; Rice Pudding & Pear Sauce
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Chickpea Curry & Rice; Apple Tart
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

Ballet Club: The Ballet Show will take place on Thursday 8 December at 3.30pm. All welcome. The children will be performing the Nutcracker.


Phil the Bag Collection: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Phil the Bag collection on Thursday. It was great to see such a mountain of bags. We'll let you know how much raised for the school within the next few weeks.

FOPS and Christmas Fair planning meeting - Wednesday 9th November at 8pm in the staff room: The next FOPS meeting is nearly here and we'll be getting festive and planning the Christmas Fair. Come and join us on Wednesday evening for wine and nibbles - we'd love to hear your ideas! 

Calling all External stallholders: Our Christmas Fair is one of our biggest and busiest events of the year and we love to invite independent companies - particularly those involving HTPD parents - to have a stall. If you are interested please email jillmorg72@gmail.com.

Action Sunday - Sunday 27th November, 2-4pm: Please join us for a Parents’ Action Sunday to clear-up all the fallen leaves and generally 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 December at 7.30pm, School Hall: 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 this week. Please return them, along with payment of £35 (cheques made payable to FOPS) to the school office by 7th November to reserve your place.

Other dates for your Diary:

Friday 11th November - Year 1 walk and talk for those parents who enjoy a more active coffee morning, meet at PD after drop off.

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.

Sunday 11th December - Pewley Christmas Fair

The next Friday Cake Sales are on: 
11th November – Beech,
 18th November – Hazel, 25th November – Willow

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


Dates for your Diary for November:
7-11th Scholastic Book Fair all week
8th - Parent Consultation Evening (Years 3-6) between 6.00-8.30pm
10th - Nasal Flu Vaccinations for Year 3
10th - Parent Consultation Evening (Years 3-6) between 4.00-6.30pm
21st Bikeability training for Year 6 all week
24th - Performance by Year 3 of “Splash” at 2.15pm – parents welcome!
28th Bikeability training for Year 6 all week

For those selected to take part in the GHS Netball Tournament, details are:
Date: Friday 11th November         
Time:   12.30pm (we will aim to leave school just after noon)          
Venue:  Guildford High School, London Rd, Guildford GU1 1SJ
Approximate finish time: 4.30pm
Please bring warm clothing and some protection from the rain just in case it is a little damp! We will give out the netball kit beforehand but would appreciate it if they could bring hair bands and clips. Also, could the girls bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and a snack. Any help with lifts would be greatly appreciated.

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

Lost and Found
Named Green Shackleton fleece - Charlotte Stradling of 3T has lost her green Shackleton fleece, it is named and please check your child’s bag if they have got it by mistake, many thanks.
Named New John Lewis hooded black wax effect coat with a furry lining – Jo/Zi Naysmith (5L/5N) It is age 9 yrs and has a 'NAYSMITH' name label inside.

Menu - Week 1


We are looking forward to a fantastic Bonfire Night tonight!

The gates will open at 6.00pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. The BBQ and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate - adults £5.00, children £2.50 (under 5s free).
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

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 (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

A huge 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 www.cavenders.co.uk.

Dates for the diary

HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 8th November - 8pm Rogues
We will be continuing our planning for the Christmas Fair as well as discussing other plans for the rest of this term . All welcome.

Christmas Fair Meeting - Monday 14th November - HT Staff Room straight from drop off

Christmas Fair - Friday 2nd December 6pm-8pm

Recently renovated ski chalet available for rent in Morzine, France, from 24 December to 2nd January 2017 for 7, 8 or 9 nights. Sleeps 6/7 people.  Self catered or catered. If you are interested, please see the website www.chaletmizou.com or contact Penny Cannings via email: chaletmizou@gmail.com. 10% discount for HTPD parents/staff.

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: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/10th-anniversary-of-death-of-mark-blanco-tickets-26864799338. Info: www.justiceformark.com tel: 01483 565210