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

HTPD 18/9/15

17 September 2015

Dear Parents,

Introducing the children to “Mr Slow” in assembly was a perfect start to a busy week! The story reminded all of us to live each day carefully, noticing our world, making time for the important things and not rushing so much that we aren’t there for each other. Then we marvelled at Abraham’s patience in waiting for God to fulfil His promise. An interesting contrast to our hectic world.

Hearing the reception teachers explain how we teach children the first steps in reading and writing at their annual introduction to phonics, reminded me how fortunate we all are to be surrounded by books and able to enjoy a good story. Whether it’s a film, a good novel or a daily newspaper, stories help us to relax and unwind. And then meeting so many more of you at our junior site this Thursday evening, it was good to hear how supportive you are of all that we hope to do – real partners in the journey towards giving children a love of reading and the skills to communicate with the written word.

I’m hoping the weather settles down this weekend – not least because of our building work at the juniors. Julie Batt, our site manager has been a real HTPD star this week, coping as she has with rain pouring in through the ceiling. Also Claire and her class deserve special mention as they moved without complaint into the Chapel until 3Cs carpets dried out. It brought a whole new meaning to the cardboard Noah’s ark.

So whatever you do this weekend, take time to enjoy it, and even if it does rain, you could always read a story.

With best wishes

Saturday 26th September 10am-Midday Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street.
Holy Trinity and St Mary’s are holding a RefuTEA to collect food for sending out to Calais, to sort food into individual parcels (children can write a tag to go with their parcel) and to sell food (cake, coffee and juice) in aid of refugees. Money raised from the event will go to the Refugee Council and to fund a “Guildford Tent” in the Jungle. Each town is being asked to fund one tent - these are expensive but durable and will make much more comfortable temporary homes especially in the Winter months.
The church team would love the school to be involved – and for parents to bring their children. There will also be a children’s activity corner and a thoughtful meditation area where you can light a candle and say a prayer.

If people would like to bring their own gifts of food to send out we are asking for: rice; tea; coffee; kidney beans; tuna; tinned meat; UHT milk; tinned fruit and vegetables; stock and spices; oil and biscuits. We would also encourage people to bring plastic bags which we can use to make individual food parcels.

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/GuildfordAction/ or on the Holy Trinity Church website.


School Photos, Wednesday 23 September
The school photographer will be coming in to take individual photos of the children on Wednesday, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Monday 28 September
Beech Class are in need of more parent helpers to accompany the class to Wisley on Monday 28 September. If you are able to help please contact Sheena or let the school office know.

One-way system
A reminder, particularly to parents new to the school, that we try and operate an unofficial one-way system (down Semaphore Road from Pewley Hill to Pewley Way) to try and ease congestion at school start and finish times. We would also urge everyone to park considerately and to avoid blocking our neighbours’ drives.

Poppy Donkin has lost her navy blue, v-neck, M&S cardigan – the cardigan is named.


Many thanks to Marketa Chester for volunteering to be class rep for Chestnut class. If you would like to join her as class rep, please get in contact:-marketachester@gmail.com.

FOPS Meeting – Wednesday 23rd September 2015
The first FOPS meeting of the year will be held on September at 8pm in the school staff room. All parents, carers and teachers are invited to these informal meetings, where there will also be wine and nibbles to help aid our planning.

There are lots of roles, big and small, all of which contribute to a school community both socially and financially. For example, perhaps you have ideas for a fund raising or social event, help on the school fair committee, find raffle prizes or know of any contacts, organise gardening parties for the Wild Place or make hot chocolate for the Bedtime Story.

Northbrook Gift Wrap fundraiser
Please look out for the Northbrook gift wrap brochure that you should have received via your child’s book bag this week. Every purchase supports the school which receives 22% cash back on every item sold. Orders should be returned to the school office by Friday 9 October. Alternatively, you can order direct from Northbrook all year round at www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk and nominate our school to receive the 22% cashback.

Save the Date :
Family School Disco – 17th October 2015
Back by popular demand, FOPS will be hosting a Family School Disco on Saturday 17th October in the School Hall. A chance for all the family to show off their favourite moves! Ticket application forms will come home in your child's book bag the end of September, as well as the opportunity to request your favourite dance track!

Phil the Bag – 12th November 2015
Start clearing out your cupboards of old clothes and shoes for Phil the Bag on Thursday 12th November! A letter will be sent home in book bags soon, along with a couple of sacks and collection point details. Extra sacks will be in a box in the front playground - please help yourself.

Christmas Fair – 6th December 2015

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 September
Mon: Chicken & Leek Fricassee with Pasta or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Bread Roll; Apple & Cinnamon Crumble with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Macaroni Cheese, Chips; Banana Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Menu - Week 1


Many thanks to all of you who attended the AGM on Thursday evening.

The committee members for this year are:
Co Chairs: Caroline Swift, Carrie Witts and Ros Vickerman
Treasurer: Andrea Dundas
Secretary: Susen Andersen

Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 1 October
As announced last week, our monthly popular all-year drinks are back. We kick off on Thursday 1 October at Rogues from 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Bingo Night – Saturday 10 October 6-8pm
Tickets go on sale on the school website on Monday 21 September!

Please join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night on Saturday 10 October from 6-8pm. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a fish and chip supper and a fully stocked bar will be available on the night. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening.

Tickets go on sale on Monday (21 September) and an order form will be available on the school website. Prices are as follows:

Bingo plus fish and chips - £8 per adult and £5 per child.
Bingo plus chips - £4 per person
Bingo only - £3 per person

We will also need some help on the night. If you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk

HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 13 October
This will take place at 8pm at Rogues. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do. We will be discussing our plans for this year and would really welcome new ideas.

Bonfire Night - Friday 6 November
Save the date for what promises to be another fantastic firework extravaganza.

Phil the Bag – week commencing 9 November
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 9 November. Bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.

Class Reps

Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to be class reps this year, however we do still need class reps in all years please. There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class and the PTA. The support from this team of volunteers is particularly important when it comes to organising our main events, as the HTSC really wouldn’t function without them. We always love to see new faces and hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents to the school who were involved in their previous school’s PTA. It is also a great way to find out about the school, how it works and meet other parents. In each year group, we aim to have 6 class reps - ideally at least 2 per class. The class reps in each year group work together as a team sharing the class rep responsibilities and organising socials for each year group as a whole.

Please email Caroline caroline@swifts.me.uk., Carrie carriewitts@gmail.com or Ros jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in being a rep this year.

Yin Yoga Workshop, Red Hot Yoga, Sunday, 20th September at 9.30 am - 12.30 pm - £30,
Norwich House, 14/15 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AF
A mellow session with live meditative music.
Join us for a chill-out Yin Yoga workshop to bring you back to your natural rhythm. The first half of the workshop will weave together Taoist philosophy, Yin Yoga and music meditation. This will be followed by a calming practice accompanied by live music. We will work on cultivating balance, nourishment and vitality across the body’s systems. All welcome including beginners – options and props will be offered. Susan Ganje & Emily Young (T: 01483 564 511, W: http://rhyoga.uk/yin20Sept)