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

HTPD 28/9/18

28 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, I wanted to let you know the excellent news that Tom, one of our Y6 teachers became a proud father this week – we pass on our congratulations to the family and are looking forward to meeting little Benjamin Thomas Everard very soon!

On Thursday evening the first governor’s meeting of this academic year took place. This group of individuals work together tirelessly as volunteers to develop and strengthen our whole school community. It was so encouraging to see the passion and commitment as well as expertise seated around the circle gathered in Pewley hall. As I introduced the themes of our school improvement plan for the year, I really appreciated the hard work and determination shown by this wonderful group of just under twenty people. I’m sure you’ll agree that they deserve our thanks for their support of the school.

You might also be interested to know the areas that we are keen to focus on this year. They come under 5 main priority areas:

  • Learning to live life to the full (with an emphasis on wellbeing and PSHE, learning behaviours and our values-rich approach to education impacting on us all).
  • The Power of the Word (building vocabulary and a love of story across the curriculum – don’t be surprised to see children’s vocabulary being extended week on week!).
  • Knowledge and reflection for excellent teaching (as we continue to strive to be even better teachers, determined to provide the very best curriculum for your children – for example just this week six teachers took part in a day’s PE training and came back enthusiastic to try out some new ideas!).
  • Be part of the pride (as we continue to work hard to respect each other and our school building, we know we’ll all feel a deeper level of pride and satisfaction in what we are part of at HTPD).
  • Linking up with others (we’re keen to learn from what’s going on at other local, national and international schools, as well as making sure our partnerships with parents and the local community are as strong as ever).

If you’d like a reminder of these themes, you could print out the attached document (PDF link) for the fridge – but hopefully you’ll see the impact of what we are doing in school as the weeks go by.

Another important meeting I attended this week was my first “Drink and Donuts” for Year 6. For a long time now, the children in Year 2 have been invited to “Tea for two” where we chat about how they’re getting on in school. I decided over the summer that I wanted to hear more from our older children so have set up this new initiative. Ten children at a time will be treated to a drink and a doughnut, as we take the opportunity to discuss what’s great about life in Year 6….and what we could do even better! This week’s group were fantastic – they gave me so many good ideas ranging from how to improve playtimes, to suggestions for involving children in running assemblies, and even ideas about how to make the school a more peaceful and prayerful place. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversation and am looking forward to next month’s gathering!

With best wishes, Clare



Reading volunteers
With a whole school focus on reading this year, we’d love to increase our bank of reading volunteers. Year 3 in particular would love to have more adults available to support children reading – maybe even consider it, if your children have moved on from HTPD (parents, please pass the invitation on to your contacts) or are in older or younger year groups! Just get in touch with Alison (alisont@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) if you’d like to help. Or speak to your child’s class teacher.


School Photos, Friday 5 October
The photographer will be in school next Friday to take individual photographs of the children so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Football Festival
Some of our Year 1 and Year 2 children took part in a football tournament at Aldro School last Friday. We were proud of the way they represented the school and stepped up to the challenge playing as a team and showing good sportsmanship throughout. Well done everyone!
If your child was involved, please return the pale blue team t-shirts to school as soon as possible.

Thank you
We are very grateful to Dave Williams who spent an afternoon this week tidying up our pond area.

Heidi Grundy, Beech Class, has lost her (fairly large) monkey key ring.
Darcy Reith-Smith, Beech Class, has lost a named school skirt and Nightingale cardigan (missing since Ballet on Thursday).
The key from our uniform cupboard (downstairs next to Oak Class) is missing – in case anyone has seen it?

Menu: week 1 beginning 1 October


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 arrange to attend them.

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/apply-for-a-school-place   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 2019 is Wednesday, 31st October 2018 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Dates for your diary:
Friday, 5th October -Year 6 Crown Court Service, leaving HT at 10.00 a.m.
Tuesday, 9th October -Year 3 visit Marwell Zoo
-Years 4 and 5 Nasal Immunisation morning
Thursday, 11th October -Tempest Photography in school for individual photos
Friday, 12th October -Fluffy Friday

Cancelled Clubs for next week: 
Tuesday, Year 5 Badminton

After School Clubs:
Rugby on a Monday is now open to Year 3's as well as Year 4's.
Year 6 Netball v Rydes Hill
Date: Tuesday 2nd October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.15pm - (Parents to help with post game tea please)
Venue: HT

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



Thanks to everyone who attended the FOPS meeting on Tuesday, it was great to see so many of you. The planning for the year is under way and we are getting excited to get the season started with our School Disco on Saturday 10th November, so please put the date into your calendar and start shining those dancing shoes! We have also found dates for our other events which you can find in the Save the Date section below.

IQ Christmas Cards
Please look out in the book bag for the beautiful Christmas card designs your children created and place your order by the end of next week if possible! Please remember that for every purchase we will receive money for the school so why not to ask Grandparents if they would like some too? Last year we made £193. Let’s do better!

Save the date:
Tue 30th October - FOPS meeting 

Social dates for your diary
Thursday 11th October - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ The Albany
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Rebecca's house  (42 Pewley Way)  
Friday 23rd November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road) 

Year 1
Thursday 4th October - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Cafe Nero on North Street (opposite Decathlon) 
Thursday 29th November - Christmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)

Year 2

Friday 28th September - 8pm - Drinks & Pizza @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road)

Playground Sales for this term are as follows:
Friday 5th October - Chestnut
Friday 12th October - Walnut
Friday 2nd November - Oak
Friday 9th November - Beech
Friday 16th November - Willow
Friday 23rd November - Hazel


BINGO - you will have had a flyer in your bags this week. We are looking forward to seeing you all next weekend for our first fundraiser of the year. We are not issuing tickets this year, but will have your names on a list on the door - saves paper and envelopes and less chance of them getting lost between us and home! Let us know what you think of that . .

Class Reps - please please please can you consider volunteering for this vital role. Maybe buddy up with someone and share out the work? We really need reps to help us with the organisation of the year’s events

First Meeting of the year
- is at Rogues 10th October 8 pm. We would love to see as many of you as possible, class rep or not. Come along and say hello, share a glass of wine or two, and let us know what you would like us to do for the school this year. Do you have any ideas on what could be done differently? What you don’t like? What you’d like to see more of? What else we can do for the school?

HUGE congratulations to Katie who completed the Surrey Hills Challenge in an amazing 7 hours and 27 minutes with a 1300 metre elevation. There is still time to contribute to her fundraising page - all the funds are going to the HTSC to support the school. Just follow the link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ditastaton1. Every pound counts! Thank you

13th October Bingo
2nd November Bonfire Night
30th November Christmas Fair

Junior parkrun
This Sunday 30th September, come and join in the weekly 2km junior parkrun for children age 4-11. Walk, jog, skip or run your way round (on your own, or mum and dad can run too!). Meet at 9.30 at the playground end of Stoke Park. It's free to register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/. Print off your barcode and bring it with you to receive your result. We'll go to the Daisy Chain cafe (in the Bowls Club) afterwards too. Hope to see you there!