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

HTPD 23/9/16

23 September 2016

Dear parents,

It’s been lovely to see how quickly our Reception children have settled into life at school – they are already keen to learn, they are growing in independence, and are looking far more confident as they find their way around the school. Similarly, the Year 3 children are becoming more relaxed, they’ve enjoyed getting stuck into a whole variety of clubs, and they are building warm, positive relationships with their peers and with staff.

I hope our new parents and carers also feel part of the school now. I enjoyed meeting with our new staff this week, reflecting on their first few days at HTPD and considering whether there were any other ways we could have made their start easier. Please do let me know if you have any ideas about ways to make those early days even more welcoming. Do put Tuesday 4 October in your diary – we’ve planned an exciting “Maths Day” for the children. Look out on the JTLYKs for details of how you can be involved. There will also be an opportunity to come into school up to 4.30pm on that day to find out what sort of maths is going on in your child’s class.

I also enjoyed meeting with both HTSC and FOPS committees this week; it’s exciting to plan together events for the year ahead, with plenty of enthusiasm for fundraising as well as creating even more opportunities for building the school community. Our school development plan for the year is giving us all so many great ideas for improving the school for all the children. If you didn’t get a copy at the “meet the team” evenings, do take a look at the version on our website. Also on our website, we’ve added a link to a parent information site for guidance on protecting your child when they use the internet.

I’d like to draw your attention to next week’s Harvest Celebrations which are part of our normal assembly series. We will again be collecting food parcels for Guildford Action so do send your child in with any dry goods (pasta, tins of soup, packets of biscuits, tea etc..) on Wednesday. It’s a good opportunity to remind the children of the importance of kindness, generosity and caring for others.

With love, Clare

Phonics Evening Year R, Wednesday 28 September, 7.00pm at Pewley Down
Don’t forget the Phonics Evening next Wednesday. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are very welcome to attend if they would like to.


Run to Athens
Run to Rio last term was so popular with children, parents and staff that we are doing it again, but this time we are running to Athens (1,500 miles). We have run 73 miles so far and will keep you updated on progress.

Lego Club cancellation
There will be no Lego Club next Thursday 29 September.

This will be the last week for paper copies of the newsletter. It will now be available on the website along with Just to Let You Know for each year group. We will send out a ParentMail reminder on Friday afternoons. Please let us know if you do not have internet access and need us to provide a paper copy.

Menu for week beginning Monday 26 September
Mon: Chinese Style Chicken or Chickpea & Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles; Oat & Apple Crumble with Custard
Tues: Cumberland or Quorn Sausage with Onion Gravy, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart
Weds: Roast Pork with Apple Sauce or Cauliflower & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Lamb Hash & Savoury Rice or Mexican Wrap; Steamed Pear & Syrup Vanilla Sauce
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana & Date Slice
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


A huge thank you to the Yr 1 reps and everyone who helped on Sunday afternoon to clear up the Wild Place - it has really made a tremendous difference to our much-loved outdoor classroom. .
The working party planned for this Sunday 25th will not now take place as so much was achieved last week.

Does anyone have a good quality vacuum cleaner going spare? if so FOPS would gladly give it a home as it will help for a speedy clear up after school events. Please email Sue or Jill or notify your class rep.

Look out for: the Northbrook Christmas order form coming home in your book bags soon. A percentage of every purchase will go directly to FOPS.

Can you help with construction or landscaping? FOPS are looking to regenerate both the YR 1 garden and pond as well as the Wild Place over the next few months, and would greatly value any expert advice, materials and manpower. If you can advise on relaying decking, resurfacing paths etc please email Sue smw555@hotmail.com or Jill   jillmorg72@gmail.com or notify your class rep.

Dates for your diary:
Friday 30th Sept - Cake sale (Walnut class) and Secondhand uniform sale at 3pm in the front playground
Saturday 15th  October - Pewley Disco  5.30-7.30pm in  the school hall
Sun 11th December - Pewley Christmas Fair

Year 1:
Friday 7 Oct - Yr 1 Coffee morning at Saskia'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

Year 2:
Wednesday 28 September – Yr 2 coffee morning after drop off, House of Fraser, Café Nero (1st floor).

Cake Sale dates:

Friday 30th Sept – Chestnut Friday 7th October – Walnut
Friday 14th October – Oak Friday 11th November – Beech
Friday 18th November – Hazel Friday 25th November – Willow
Northbrook Fundraising: Look out for Northbrook brochures coming home in book bags today. If everyone bought one roll of gift wrap this would make a tremendous difference to the school. Orders should be returned to the school by half term.


Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 27 – Year 6 visit to RHS Wisley

Wednesday 28 at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Pewley Down Infant School - Phonics Evening- Don’t forget the Phonics Evening next Wednesday. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are very welcome to attend if they would like.

Friday 4 October – Maths Day
Important date for your diary. We will be having a whole school Maths Day there will be NO SCHOOL CLUBS on that day. Parents are invited to come along up until 4.30 to see what everyone has been up to! Watch out for more information from your year group.

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.

Admissions 2017: infant and junior
- The date from which parents can apply for a primary school place for Reception and Year 3 has changed to 31st October 2016 (previously 1st September). The deadline for Primary applications is 15th January 2017.

Lunch discounts - Offer ends Friday 30th September – The basic lunch price at Holy Trinity is £2.40 each, however there are discounts available for bulk credit purchases. Buying a whole year’s worth of credit by 30th September, the meal price is adjusted to £2.30 or a full term in advance the meal price is £2.35. Please see the lunch price table on the school website ‘Payments’ page for the amounts you need to pay for each year group (days out are taken into account). After the deadline, your discounted payments will be uprated on ParentPay to the full meal price. For those not taking advantage of the discounts, please keep your child’s lunch account in credit each meal costs £2.40


Tuesday 27 September
Year 6 Netball against St Catherine's School (Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 0DF). Collection is from St. Catherine’s.

Wednesday 28 September
Year 6 Football against St Joseph's School (155 Aldershot Rd, Guildford, GU2 8YH). Collection is from St. Joseph’s.

Friday 30 September
Year 5 Football against St Joseph's School (155 Aldershot Rd, Guildford, GU2 8YH). Collection is from HT.

Saturday 1 October
Years 4, 5 and 6 Girls’ Aquathlon at Guildford High School (London Rd, Guildford GU1 1SJ) Parents to take and collect.

May we remind you that we have new procedures for sport letters and permission slips: We have a new procedure for both children and parents to communicate with the school regarding Sports Fixtures.

We will no longer be handing out letters to children with details of a fixture and a permission slip to hand back to school.

The new procedures are as follows:

Once a team has been selected an announcement will be made in Assembly that the team sheet has been posted on the SPORTS NOTICEBOARD which is located outside the year 4 classrooms for children to view.

An email will then be sent to the parents of the children selected. The email will include a letter which will be identical to previous letter templates, and will include the following:

* Details of the fixture, including venue and timings
* A permission slip for parents to fill out allowing children to participate
* An agreement that kit will be returned to school washed and ready to wear
* An agreement that it is parent's responsibility to collect their child from the fixture
* If the fixture is away, offers of lifts to the venue.

Parents can either respond by filling out the permission slip and replying by email or print the email out, fill in the permission slip and send the slip in to school.

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

Year 4 Coffee morning next Friday 30 September
Nik Badain (one of the class reps for 4R) has offered to host a coffee morning for Year 4 Parents/carers next Friday, 30th September at her home in Chilworth. It will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. If you're free, please come along and meet others in Year 4 and support this great cause, have a cuppa and eat cake. It will run from 9.15am until midday. More details will follow next week.

Lost: Mat Luther (6T) has mislaid his Shackleton sweat top. If found, please bring it to the office. Thank you.

Menu - Week 3 - Coming soon


BINGO! - Saturday 8 October 6-8pm - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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 sent by parentmail yesterday. Please complete your request and return to the office by Wednesday 5 October. Cheques made payable to HTSC.

Class Reps
We are still looking for class reps in 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:
Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 29 September from 8pm
All year drinks at the Albany from 8pm. Please come along to the first Thirsty Thursday of the year. Hope to see you there!

All years’ coffee morning – Friday 30 September - straight from drop off
Please join us for a cuppa and a chat.

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

Vacancy: Catering Assistant, Holy Trinity School, Guildford - immediate start.
Harrison’s Catering are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the catering team at Holy Trinity. The job includes assisting with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers, as well as with washing up and cleaning. The ideal candidate will not need any previous experience working in a busy catering environment, but must be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week (4 hours a day), term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to: Jon Bendle at Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT.

Guildford Spike WI Autumn Fair - this Saturday, 24 September 2-5 pm. at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road, Guildford. There will be WI produce, raffle, tombola, jewellery, crafts, cards refreshments and much more. Entry is 50p for adults children free.

Guildford Games 2016 also this Saturday, 24 September 12.00 – 4.00 p.m. at Bannisters Field, opposite Tesco, Egerton Road GU2 7UN. Lots to entertain the children such as “Have A Go” zone, Health and Well-Being zone, Children’s Activity zone and much more. For more information please contact Guildford Community Wardens on 01483 444150.

Clare Balding Event: Join award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author, Clare Balding, as she gallops around the country to talk about her first Children's book, www.clarebalding.co.uk/news/the-racehorse-who-wouldnt-gallop. The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop, including inspirational stories and family entertainment. Clare will be at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on Saturday 1st October, 3pm.  Pupils from Holy Trinity Pewley Down school can get two for the price of one on tickets. The event is suitable for children 7+. Call the box office, quoting 2-4-1 tickets, on 01483 44 00 00 to book. www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/clare-baldings-family-afternoon

Drawing, Painting, Composition with Elena Andreeva. We do have a place at our art club - the club runs at HT on Mondays 3.30-5pm. it should start on Monday 26th of September, the cost is £120 covering 10 sessions. If you would like your child to enrol, please call Elena on 01483 560385, or email art.elenaandreeva@googlemail.com

Orchestral Workshop Day, Sunday 6 November 9.30 am – 3.30pm, concert at 3.45pm: The full orchestra experience for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Hazelwood School, Wolfs Hill, Limpsfield, Oxted RH8 0QU. A chance to play and experience the sound of a full orchestra. Open to all young Surrey musicians grade 3+. Cost: £12 per person with concert free to parents, friends and family. For further information visit: www.surreymusichub.com.