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

HTPD 21/9/18

21 September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Now that all the “Meet the Team” meetings have taken place, the school year seems to be well underway. It was excellent to welcome our new Reception families into school on Wednesday evening and I was delighted to see how many conversations were taking place between parents from different year groups. It’s so helpful when families with younger children are encouraged and supported by those with children who are a little further along. I think that the African proverb that “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is being lived out in our school community – wise words, shared stories, and a feeling of others having done it before can really help, especially when you’re facing something tricky. Also though, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher for support and ideas if you would value their input. Or book a time to speak with me. We might not always have all the answers, but sometimes a listening ear can help.

I’ve really enjoyed handing out the first of this year’s headteacher awards. These are given to children when they’ve done something exceptional. Sometimes the work itself is outstanding, sometimes teachers recognise the effort that’s been put in, and sometimes the award is given because your child has demonstrated our school values in their attitude or behaviour around school. If your child comes home with one of these awards, please do take the opportunity to find out why it was awarded! This year, as a staff we are working hard to instil a “zest for learning”. We’re making sure that children have opportunities to reflect on how they’ve completed tasks. We’d like them to be proud of particular pieces of work, as well as to spot when and how they could have done even better. We’re keen to help children think about being even more effective students. At home, you could help by talking about which lessons they were most focused in, what they found most interesting and what they’re feeling they’ve achieved or learnt as the days and weeks go by. Hopefully when you take a look at their books, you’ll be able to see the progress they’re making!

It’s also been wonderful to see how much support you are giving in helping the children learn to read. The reading records at the juniors, and “just to let you know books” at the infants really are impressive! Thank you for sharing our passion for books; making sure that children have regular opportunities for reading at home is so important.

With the weather forecast for lots of rain this weekend, it’ll be a perfect time to get everyone enjoying a book!

With best wishes, 


Free School Meal Eligibility
If you believe you may be eligible for free school meals and have not yet registered please contact the school office as soon as possible. All enquiries will of course be treated in complete confidence. If you do meet the eligibility criteria the school may then be able to claim some additional funding called Pupil Premium. At the infants, where all children receive a free meal at lunchtime, it is still really helpful if you can let us know if you are eligible so that we can claim the funding.


Year R Phonics evening, Tuesday 25 September, 7.00 pm
Don’t forget the Phonics Evening on Tuesday. Although mainly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also very welcome to attend.

Teacher-led clubs
Ping Pong and Puzzles starts on Tuesday 25 September.
Group 1 Cooking starts on Thursday 27 September – if you are able, a donation of £5 to cover the cost of ingredients would be very much appreciated.

Year R Picnic, Friday 28 September, 1.30 – 2.15pm
Reception parents are invited to celebrate their children’s first two weeks in school with a picnic on the school field (or in the hall if it rains). More details in Year R Just to Let You Know.

Flu vaccination
Thank you to everyone who has returned the ‘nasal flu’ letter.  If you haven’t already done so, please return the letter by Friday 28 September. 

Changes to school and packed lunches
A reminder that we do need a week’s notice if your child is changing from a packed lunch to a school lunch or vice versa. Unfortunately, it is not possible for children to swap between packed lunch and school lunch throughout the week.

This will be the last week for paper copies of the newsletter. It will now be available on the website and we will send a ParentMail reminder on a Friday. However, please let the office know if it is difficult for you to access the newsletter on-line and we will provide you with a paper copy.

Tom Hughes’ (Chestnut Class) entire school uniform (grey shorts, white polo shirt and Shackleton sweatshirt) has gone missing following football on Thursday. Please check football kit bags in case it has been taken home in error.
Pandora bracelet (small size) found on the steps outside the upper entrance.

Menu: (week 3 beginning 24 September)
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Tue: Gammon & Vegetable Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Wed: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thu: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potatoes and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Current Year 6
This is a 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.

Harvest Festival
At Holy Trinity Church this Sunday, 23rd September, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with an All Age service, starting at 10am.  Don’t forget, if you’re a regular, and do come and visit us if you haven’t come before!  You will be very warmly welcome.  There will be crafts for the children and we will be decorating a tent!  We have a dedicated corner in church in St Luke’s Chapel especially for families with very little ones.  Coffee and refreshments after the service. 

Dates for your diary:
Monday, 24th September – Year 5S visit The Royal Grammar School
Friday, 28th September – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

Cancelled Clubs: 
Tuesday – Year 6 Basketball (Netball fixture)
Wednesday – Year 5 Netball
Thursday – Years 5 & Y6 Football
Please see the updated HT Autumn Clubs list here.

Year 6 Netball v St Cat's
Date: Tuesday 25th September
Time: 3.30pm - 5.15pm - (Parents to help with post game tea please)
Venue: Home
Guildford Primary Schools Cross-Country
Date: Thursday 27th September
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm (Parents to help with marshalling)
Venue: Pewley Downs

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

 Menu - Week 3

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Thank you to everyone that attended the FOPS AGM meeting on Wednesday. We were delighted to have such a positive reception and look forward to another great year!

We are pleased to welcome two new co-chairs to the committee! Thank you!
Chair/CoChairs: Marketa Chester, Ana Reith-Smith, Kayleigh Ashraf
Treasurer: Helen Day
Secretary: Simone Chidlow

Thank you as well to our new volunteers for class reps, updated list is as follows:
Willow Class:  Carrie Masson & Louisa Curl
Hazel Class:  Tania Piper & Zoe Jeffries
Year 1:
Oak Class:  Claire Hassan & Amy Cashmore
Beech Class:  Emily Walker & Lucy Radcliffe 
Year 2:
Chestnut Class:  Eloise Campion & Claudine Nel & Lydia Foster
Walnut Class:  Samantha Gaskell & Becky Chuter & Rachel Okesola

The first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 25th September at 8pm in the school staff room (for reception parents that will be after the Phonics Evening). All parents, carers and teachers are invited to these informal meetings. They are always a great opportunity to find out how and where FOPS can support the school. There will be wine and nibbles to aid our planning! 

The dates for the 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 

Social dates for your diary
Thursday 11th October - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ The Albany 
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ TBC
Friday 30th November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House 
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)

HTSC News (Junior PTA)

Hello to everyone

And welcome back to a new term, and a new year of fundraising for the HTSC. Steph (Harry 5S) and I (Charlie 5C and Ruby 3C) have foolishly agreed to fill the enormous shoes of Ros and Carrie who are retiring from their monumental fundraising efforts and HTSC chairing of the past few years.

We are excited about the year ahead, if a little (well quite a lot) nervous about the roles we are taking on. But we hope you will join us and have some fun along the way. Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce ourselves so you can get to know us a bit better.

We may as well start as we mean to go on, by asking for your help! We need Class Reps in quite a lot of the classes. It is brilliant role, not to arduous and great way to get to know your fellow parents and the school. It is the vital connection between the class, the school and the HTSC to pass information up about what parents want us to do, and for us to send information (and requests for help!) to the parents.

The key things are
Organising social events for your year (usually one or two a term)
Helping ‘recruit’ parents/carers/grandparents/anyone to run stalls and other fundraising events – the Fairs, Christmas Plays, Bonfire Night, Quiz nights to name a few
Cajoling your year group to contribute prizes and donations to the Christmas and Summer Fairs
Coming to the committee meetings when you can

We need reps (preferably two) in the following classes
Year 4 4N and 4S
Year 5 5S and 5C (we have one in each) and 5L
Year6 We have one in 6S, totally appreciate you probably have all done your bit in the preceding years, but we will need your input for fundraising for Y6 events and Year Book

Please, please, please volunteer – we will do our best to make it fun, and as easy as possible. You can let us know on HTSC@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

We also need to collect your contact details so we can ‘talk’ to you. Please look out for a form next week.

In other news, fund raising has been kicked off by Katie in Year 5.
Walking 26 miles to raise money for HT – Surrey Hills Challenge
Katie going to walk the full marathon (26 miles/42.2 km) organised by the Surrey Hills Challenge on Sunday 23rd September. It will be a long and hilly trek with 1272.8 metres of climb and Katie has to finish within ten hours. You can show your support for Katie on the following link. And we’d personally like to say thank you for your huge effort. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ditastaton1
Every pound counts! Thank you

Bingo is on 13th October – forms for tickets with fish & chips coming very soon

SAVE THE DATE – Christmas Fair is Friday 30th November

Guitar/Ukulele Tuition
Professional musician and songwriter, Keith Ryder, offers lessons in contemporary guitar and ukulele at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School and has spaces available for new pupils in September. Beginners are very welcome. Keith may be contacted on 01483 414874 / 07958 534458 or email keithryder@btconnect.com