HTPD 18/01/19

18 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

At our staff meeting this week, we started to put plans in place for this year’s curriculum week which happens at the end of February. It’s looking like being a really creative and inspiring week – with a focus on each of our school values. During the mornings of the first week after half term, the children will be working beyond their usual class groups to take part in four different learning activities with children in their house. The focus for each of these sessions will be one of each of the following: Embracing the future with hope and confidence, Being treasured and loved as a unique child of God, Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, and Seeing heaven in the moment. Then in the afternoons, the children will be back with their classmates to focus on “Zest for learning and a love of life”. At the juniors, we’d love to invite in some of our parents who are health professionals to talk to the children about their top tips for healthy living. Do let me know if you’d be happy to take part. Also, note in your diaries that on the Friday afternoon (March 1st) we’ll be inviting parents to come into school for afternoon tea to find out what’s been going on all week. Keep it free if you can.

Congratulations to our Year 3 and Year 4 Sportshall teams this week on their excellent effort at the annual tournament. This event involves over twenty children from each year group working together to gain points across a range of different skills. Huge thanks to our sports teachers for their hard work in preparing and encouraging the children to do so well! And well done to Year 4 on their well-deserved win!

I love writing here about my favourite moment of the week – I hope you enjoy hearing about my varied life as a headteacher! This week, one of my highlights involved dressing up as a character from the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin, to bring it all to life for the children in Year 1! They came across the queen from the story, dressed in fine silk dress and scarf and seated in the drizzly rain on the storyteller’s throne at the Wild Place! They seemed convinced – although did tell me later on that she reminded them of me and that she had the same hair and voice! What a great job I have! Seeing all the children so excited about learning was fantastic! Perhaps you’ll enjoy some weekend storytelling – why not retell a story from your own childhood, or from another part of the world, or from your own imagination. My two children always loved stories made up about them – no matter how ordinary the plot line! Have a great weekend.

With best wishes,

Thought of the week: The Magic of Hope – what is your idea of Heaven?

Whole School Notice
SAVE THE DATE!!  The HTPD Fun Run 2019 will be on 19th May at Sutherland Memorial Park. Please save the date for this important fundraising event for the school. More information will follow in due course.

Prayer Group
The HTPD Prayer Group meet a couple of times a term to pray for all aspects of the life of our schools.
Our next meeting will be after drop off on Monday 21 January in the staff room at the Infants.  Babies and pre-schoolers are welcome.  For more information please contact Suzie Speed 07780 677151 or


Fluffy Friday, 15 February (Years 1 and 2)
Forms with choices for Fluffy Friday will be sent home on Monday. Please return your completed form by Friday 25 January. Year R will be doing their own special activities in their classrooms.

Mindful relaxation
At HTPD we embrace the variety of cultures and consider ourselves very lucky to have such a wide cultural diversity in our school. To bring everyone together, Vera (Sebastião’s mother) and Filipa (Carlota’s mother) are organising an evening of mindful relaxation on Thursday 31 January at 8pm. Vera is a qualified instructor and will guide a range of exercises to help us relax.  This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Come along and help us to build an even stronger school community! Please email Filipa at to let us know that you can join us.

‘Families’ magazine
We have the January/February edition of ‘Families’ magazine available in the office if you would like a copy.

Lottie Thomas, Oak Class, has lost the hood to her coat (blue with white snowflake pattern).
Joshua Okeke, Beech Class, has lost his black padded coat, missing since Football Club yesterday.
Annabelle Piper, Hazel Class, has lost her grey owl ear muffs.

Infant Menu: week 2 beginning 21 January


Monday 21st January 2019
Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room. Please come along and help us decide how we can have fun this year and how we can generate more money for our school! All are welcome, refreshments will be provided.

Easyfundraising - did you know you can raise money just by doing your everyday online shopping? (weekly groceries or using your regular websites like Amazon) Just sign up to Easyfundraising (it's free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause and start shopping.
You just need to remember to go through the Easyfundraising browser to make it count! 

Are you looking to rent, sell or buy your property? Cavender Estate Agents have been supporting our fundraising events for a few years now and they will give our school £500 if you should complete a sale of your property through them. Alternatively, if you let your property through Cavender they will donate £250 when the tenancy commences. Just don't forget to mention your connection to the school!

Social dates for your diary

Friday 1st February - 9am - Coffee morning @ Lou Curl's house (16 Brodie Road)


Cancelled Clubs
Wednesday - Hockey
Thursday - Y6 Football

Sporting Fixtures w/c 21 January 2019

Y6 Girls GHS XC Relays
Date: Monday 21st January
Time: 1.45pm - 3.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Stoke Park
Teacher: Lucy

Y5 Netball v Rydes Hill & QE
Date: Tuesday 22nd January
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Rydes Hill School, Aldershot Rd, GU2 8BP
Teacher:  Laura & Catherine

Y6 Girls Hockey v Guildford County 
Date: Wednesday 23rd January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Mary

Y6 Football v St Joseph's
Date: Thursday 24th January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher:  Nick & James

Y5 & Y6 Boys Sportshall Practice 
Date: Friday 24th January
Time: 3.15- 4.15pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher:  Nick, Laura, Peio and Toby

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Week 2 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab 


Hope you’re all keeping warm!  We’ve had a busy week at HTSC HQ.

We are in process of supplementing the School Council fundraising for the playground with some additional funds - so they can get cracking with adding some additional fun things for break time.  Clare B is busy getting musical instruments and the final whiteboard has been paid for.  So thank you all very much for your hard work in helping, organising and spending over the last term!

So on to this term and more fundraising.  The School Quiz has been confirmed for Saturday 2nd March.  Look out for more details in book bags shortly.  There are cake sales this term - each year has been allocated a date for running the cake sales, so look out for information and calls for help from your reps.  And the really fun, Fun Run has been booked for 21st May - it's at Sutherland Park.  Again more details will follow.  We will send out a ParentMail with all the dates so you can print it out and stick it on the fridge/noticeboard/front door. Whatever works for you.

Y6 Parents have got some exciting plans for raising money to support the Y6 leavers activity.  While the fund-raising supports that specific area, the activity is for the whole school, so look out for events and join in - there’s another Phil The Bag coming up - so save up those old towels and sheets, clothes, shoes, bags (maybe you replaced things in the January Sales?) - the heavier the collection, the more money we make! Plans are a foot for an Easter Hop! There is an HTSC meeting on 6th February 8pm in Rogues - come along and let us know what you think we should be doing.  We are only as good as the suggestions and feedback we receive from you so please take the time to come along and be involved.  No point thinking we are not doing what you want if you don’t tell us!

Just a reminder, if you decided over the Christmas holidays that you’ve had enough of your house and if you want to rent or sell it, choosing Cavenders not only gives you a great chance of selling it but the school gets a commission payment as well.  So maybe give them a call!

 Have a great weekend,


FOPS Coffee Morning
Year 4 coffee morning Friday 1st February at Cafe Nero, 1st Floor, House of Fraser from 9 am. Please put it in your diaries! Class reps hope to see many of you there. 

HTPD 11/1/19

11 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Spring Term is now well underway and you’ll see from Twitter that all the year groups have really made a positive start to their topics. Do keep a close eye on the front page of our website for up to date tweets on both our Twitter accounts. It’s a great way to see what a huge variety of activities the children have been involved in. This week there have been photos taken at the Wild Place, on the sports field, some showing children’s work making up some stunning high quality displays and other photos celebrating individual success. The children have been really focused and making the most of every opportunity.

Thank you so much to everyone who manages to navigate the busy roads to get children into school on time every day. It really does help when they arrive punctually – they are in a good state of mind at the start of the day if they’ve not had a stressful journey or had to rush in quickly when the rest of the class has already begun. Check with your child (especially those in older year groups) to find out how their day begins – do they need to leave home a bit earlier to ensure that they don’t miss a minute of learning time? Five minutes late everyday adds up to an hour every fortnight!

If your child is poorly and needs to take time off school to get well, please email either for the juniors or for the infants, or ring the office before 8.40am. Copying your child’s class teacher in too will be helpful, but shouldn’t be the only contact you make. Teachers are really busy first thing in the morning and may not check emails – we don’t want to miss important absence information. Thank you for your ongoing support in this; our children’s attendance statistics are great! I’m so glad they are keen to be in school every day that they can be!

I was interested to see that the current BBC2 Icon series is featuring three of our house heroes, Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela and Ernest Shackleton (with only Florence Nightingale missing due to her being born in the nineteenth rather than twentieth century). Do take a look at your particular child’s hero on iPlayer if you’d like to be inspired as families watching together. Each character’s biography is told in a short 15 minute film. Their contribution to today’s world is remarkable – I wonder whether any of them will win the overall award. My favourite moment so far has been hearing Nelson Mandela’s quote, “If I chose not to let go of hatred and bitterness, I would still be in prison”. Magnificent!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: The Magic of Love – Who keeps loving you no matter what?


A final reminder that the deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2019 is Tuesday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website:
Parent Workshops

We will be running 4 workshops at Pewley Down Infant School starting on 30th January. All parents/carers/ grandparents from HTPD are welcome. Please see details below:

Wednesday 30 January 9am-10:30am: Helping your child deal with stress

Wednesday 6 February 9am-10:30am: Helping your child improve their self-esteem

Wednesday 27 February 9am-10:30am: Discipline and Rewards

Wednesday 6 March 9am-10:30am: Helping your child name and cope with feelings 

Please feel free to pick and choose which workshop(s) you would like to attend. All the workshops are free and refreshments will be provided. If possible could you please register your interest by emailing and say which workshop(s) you would like to attend; just so we have an idea about numbers. However, please feel free to turn up on the day.
Best wishes, Lucy and Bridgit (Home School Link Workers)


Active Learning!

Pewley Down has just signed up for Active Surrey’s PALSS scheme (Physically Active Learning in Surrey Schools). The scheme comes into effect on Monday 21 January and, as a school, we have pledged to become more active. There are 7 PALSS segments we’ll be working on: Travel, Assembly, Learning, Brain Bursts, Play/Playgrounds, Homework and of course Staff! We aim to implement much more movement into all areas of the school day – it’s good for our brains! So from Breakfast Club to Pups, you can expect an even more active Pewley. There may be active homework sent home too! Look out for the Twitter and newsletter updates that will record our PALSS progress.

Cooking club (Thursdays)
A £5 donation to cover the cost of ingredients for Cooking Club this half term would be much appreciated.

Jennelle Offei, Willow Class, has lost her named navy jogging bottoms (Primark, 3-4 years).

Menu: week 1 beginning 14 January


Happy New Year and thanks for your continued support!
The money you have helped raise last term has already been put to good use. Apart from the new smart boards, children from reception and Year 1 are enjoying nice and colourful new rugs in their classrooms! There is a lovely thank you photograph on the FOPS notice board near the lower entrance, if you have time please have a look! 

FOPS meeting
The first FOPS meeting of 2019 is scheduled for Monday 21st January at 8pm in the staff room. We will be planning for Spring Term and beyond! All are welcome and refreshments are provided. If you would like to have a say and won't be able to come along please email It is always lovely to have new people involved so please don't be shy! 

Playground sales/cake sales are coming soon, please watch this space.


Lunch (and Trip monies) owing 
Please could I appeal to parents/carers to keep Dinner Accounts up-to-date and preferably in a credit position. We currently find ourselves in a difficult position where almost £8'000 is outstanding for lunches and the school is effectively funding this while we wait for payment. Our financial year end comes up at the end of March and we would appreciate it if all outstanding could be settled by then.  Statements were sent out to families owing money at the end of last term - please check your child's bookbag or your ParentPay account to see what your balances are. If necessary, you may request from Flora for a copy of your statement. Many thanks for your support in this regard.

Sporting Fixtures w/c 14 January 2019

Y6 Netball v Tormead & Manor House
Date: Wednesday 16 January
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Tormead, Cranley Rd, Guildford, GU1 2JD
Teacher: JJ & Laura

Y3 & Y4 Sportshall
Date: Thursday 17 January
Time: 9am - 12.00pm
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: Nick, Toby, Laura & Peio

Y5 & Y6 Girls Football County Finals
Date: Thursday 17 January
Time: 12.15pm - 4.00pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Meadow Bank, Mill Lane, Dorking, RH4 1DX
Teacher: JJ

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

Week 1 – This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


Welcome back - hope you’ve all had a lovely break and the kids are happily back at school.

We have some exciting plans this term - the famous Quiz Night that Geraldine and her husband run is back, probably on 2 March (that doesn’t clash with international rugby we are told!)
There is a raffle to help raise funds for our amazing library. 

Cake sales for each year.

We will be focusing on how we can make the school money with very little effort - good news all round!

There is a Sainsburys scheme that is a no brained and the EasyFundraising. We are pulling together final details but hope to be able to run some workshops (that is a very fancy way of saying we will be hanging out at school demonstrating how easy it is to sign up - it will not cost you a thing and earn HT some cash!!)

Did you know that Guildford Borough Council runs a community lottery? You buy tickets each week (by setting up a direct debit - which can be as little as £2 a week) and the school gets a % if that ticket sale and you can win £25,000. So if you were going to donate to school - if you do it this way, you could come out the winner!!

Look out for further details and dates from your reps for coffees and wine/beer.

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