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

HTPD 30/9/16

30 September 2016

Dear parents

Thank you so much for your generous harvest gifts – the children were really able to understand how they can bring God’s love into the world when they saw how much food we were giving away! Guildford Action picked up a van full of produce from both sites today and I know it will be much appreciated! At both harvest celebrations, it was so good to be joined by Katie Thomas, the curate from Holy Trinity Church, and she inspired us all with her prayer that helped us reflect on our own individual lives by likening each of us to a harvest field.

I do hope you are able to join us for next Tuesday’s maths day. All the year groups will be enjoying a day full of topic-linked maths activities and then you are very welcome to join us after school to find out what the children have been getting up to. Check the JTLYK pages for details!

Another way to get involved in the life of the school is to volunteer to help out on Fluffy Friday (October 14th). Let JJ know at the juniors, especially if you’d like to run an activity, just tell class teachers at the infants. We always appreciate an extra pair of hands in all the sessions, and if you’d like to run a session, the children love to experience something a bit different. Over the years, we’ve had parents running beauty parlours, a day being nature detectives, teaching us how to write Egyptian hieroglyphics, explaining how to look after horses….the list goes on! Just let JJ know how many children you’d be comfortable working with – it could be as small a group as 6-10 children.

It’s been great to see all our after school and lunch time clubs up and running. I’m so glad the children enjoy such a huge variety of extracurricular activities. One club at the juniors that I’m really keen to rejuvenate is the orchestra. If your child has instrumental music lessons, please do encourage them to come along to Wednesday lunch time’s orchestra – it’s such a lovely opportunity to share their instrument with others and learn how to fit into ensemble playing. There’s also an amazing chance for them to play in next term’s concert at GLive!

With best wishes

Teacher-led clubs, Tuesday 4 October
Owing to the Maths Day, all teacher-led clubs at the infants and juniors will be cancelled on Tuesday.

Parent governor election
We are very pleased by the interest shown in the parent governor vacancies at HTPD. As the number of nominations received exceeds the number of vacancies, a secret ballot will now be held at each site. Ballot papers will be sent home in book bags on Monday 3 October. Please note that parents of current pupils are eligible to vote, but can vote only once regardless of how many children they may have at the school.


Year 2 Farmers’ Market visit, Tuesday 4 October 
Please return the permission slip for your child to attend the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday if you haven’t already done so. Children will also need to bring in £1 to cover the cost of buying ingredients from the market for cooking.

School photos, Friday 7 October
The school photographer will be coming in to take individual pictures of the children on Friday, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

We are advertising for a part-time teaching assistant to be based at Pewley Down. Please see the tab on the website for details.

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 first meeting this term will be on Monday 10 October at 2pm 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 suziespeed@gmail.com.

Run to Athens update: 125 miles.

Menu for week beginning Monday 3 October
Mon: Salmon or Lentil Pasta Bake, Lemon & Orange Cake & Custard
Tues: Devonshire Chicken with Rice or Butternut Squash Paella; Semolina & Fruit Puree
Weds: Roast Gammon or Chickpea & Sweet Potato Bake, Roast Potatoes; Frozen Yoghurt & Fresh Raspberries
Thurs: Pork or Quorn Hot Dog, Jacket Potato; Chocolate Fudge & Date Pudding
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Spinach & Tomato Cannelloni; Tropical Flapjack
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Diary Dates:
Saturday 15th October - Pewley Disco, 5.30-7.30pm in the school hall
Sunday 11th December - Pewley Christmas Fair
Thursday 3rd November - Phil the Bag collection (Pewley and HT)
Wednesday 9th November - FOPS meeting, 8pm in the staff room

Cake Sale dates:

Friday 7th October – Chestnut,
Friday 14th October – Oak, Friday 11th November – Beech,
Friday 18th November – Hazel, Friday 25th November – Willow

Second hand Uniform Sales:
3pm Friday 14th of October, 3pm Friday 25th of November

Year 1:
Friday 7th Oct - YR 1 coffee morning at Sasja's house after drop off, 8 Newlands Crescent, GU1 3JS (15 minute walk from school) or short drive, parking in front of house

Wednesday 12 Oct - YR 1 drinks at Weyside Pub, 8pm

Friday 11 Nov - YR 1 walk and talk for those parents who enjoy more active coffee morning, meet at PD after drop off

Friday 2 December - YR 1 Christmas Party, bring a dish at Marisa's

Don't miss out - order your Disco tickets today. You should have received an order form in your child's book bag this week, for the Pewley Family Disco on Sat 15th Oct 5.30-7.30pm. This is a great family friendly event that raises a huge amount for the school each year and a great excuse to get together. Tickets cost: £10 for a Family, Adults £4, Children £2. Pre-schoolers free. Please return your completed forms to the school office.

Look out for your child's very own Christmas card design coming home in their book bags - please can completed IQ Card order forms and monies (cash or cheque payable to FOPS, child's name on reverse and 'Xmas cards') be returned to the office by Friday 14th October.

Northbrook Fundraising Get organised for Christmas and place your Northbrook order before half term.  If everyone bought one roll of gift wrap this would make a tremendous difference to the school. Hand in your order form to the school office.


Dates for your Diary for October:
Tuesday, 4th October – Maths Day
Thursday, 6th October – Year 3 to Marwell Zoo
Thursday, 6th October – Year 5 to Hampton Court
Thursday, 13th October – Tempest Photographers (individual/siblings)
Friday, 14th October – Fluffy Friday (Years 5 & 6 (selected) to County School Music)
Wednesday, 19th October – SCHOOL CLOSES at 12.15pm NO CLUBS
Thursday, 20th October – INSET 2 (School closed)
Friday, 21st October – INSET 3 (School closed)
Monday 24th – Friday 28th October – school closed for Half Term
Monday, 31st October – school resumes

Break times
It looks like the latest craze is Pokemon cards! Whilst we love seeing the children enjoying their hobbies at break time, it would be sensible for them to look after their collections carefully. We would encourage children to just bring in a few cards and not risk losing their whole set at school. Talk to your children about how to look after valuable things really well.

Thank you for ensuring that your children just bring healthy snacks to school for break time. Fruit and vegetables are the only things they can have at break, and they leave less litter too! This really helps us to reinforce our healthy school message.

Please do remember that we are a nut-free school. It's really important that children don't bring anything containing nuts even when they're on a school trip. Thanks for helping to keep the school safe for everyone!

Admissions Reminder
Current Year 6 – this is a little reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. All of the secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks. Please check the respective schools’ websites for dates and details so that you can attend.

Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/secondary-applications. Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2017 is 31st October 2016 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Menu - Week 1 - coming soon

Vacancy – we are advertising for a part-time teaching assistant to be based at Pewley Down. Please see the tab on the website for details!

Lost: Harry Norris (5L) has mislaid 2 Shackleton fleeces. If found, please bring them to the office. Thank you.

Free Judo Kit - Size 130 Please contact alice.fowler@hotmail.co.uk


BINGO! - Saturday 8 October 6-8pm - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Thank you to everyone who has sent their ticket request forms in. We have had such a great response. There are still a few tickets left so please send in your requests as soon as possible if you are planning on joining us.

Family BINGO night at HT on Saturday 8 October from 6-8pm. This is a great fun event for all the family, so please support it if you can. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a fish & chip supper and a fully stocked bar will also be available. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening.

Ticket prices as follows:
Adults: £8.00 Bingo + fish & chip supper; £4.00 Bingo only
Children: £5.00 Bingo + fish & chip supper; £3.00 Bingo only

Ticket request form attached here, on the HTPD website and also at reception. Please complete your request and return to the office by Wednesday 5 October. Cheques made payable to HTSC. Tickets will be sent home next week.

Class Reps
We are still looking for an additional class rep for both 5L & 6T. If you can help please contact Ros, Carrie or Jane (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk, carriewitts@gmail.com, janerosie@icloud.com).

Phil the Bag – Week commencing 31 October 2016
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 31 October (final collection day Thursday 3 November).

Other dates for the diary:
HTSC meeting – 18 October 9 am – HT Staff Room
Planning meeting for Bonfire and Xmas Fair
Bonfire Night - Friday 4 November 6pm - 8pm
Save the date for what promises to be another fantastic firework extravaganza.

Christmas Fair – Friday 2 December 6pm - 8pm

South West Surrey Concert Band are holding open rehearsals for new members. If you are aged between 8 – 18 and play woodwind, brass or percussion (Grade 1 – 8), then please go along to Queen Eleanor’s Junior School on Saturday, 8th October between 8.45 – 10.15 a.m. For more information, please call Neil Franks, Senior Professional Lead, Surrey Arts on 01483 517104 or mobile: 07791 091314 www.surreycc.gov.uk/arts