No. 205

18 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In my final letter to you all this Christmastime, I want to say thank you.

Firstly, to the staff across the school. What a team! They have taken on every Covid-adjustment with amazing fortitude and a smile – they continue to go the extra mile at every turn, and they are such a creative, flexible and fearless bunch! We’ve said goodbye this week to two of our longest serving colleagues, both taking retirement and looking forward to spending more time with their families. Gillian Trumble has been a teacher across both sites for nearly 20 years and inspired generations of children with her love of Scottish country dancing, her music making, and her gentle spirit. And Carol Hammond Smith will leave a big hole at Holy Trinity; her support especially in the teaching of maths and her unwavering kindness will be hard to replace! We wish them both well.

Huge thanks also to our HTPD families. We have been overwhelmed by your gratitude. It’s made such a difference to know that you appreciate our efforts this term. We are so grateful for your kind words, your Christmas gifts and your constant encouragement. We also really appreciate how well everyone has cooperated and been so flexible following all our instructions, adjustments and timetables. Like you, we’re sad not to be able to run school as we’d like to, with fewer clubs, less mixing between year groups, and careful timetabling, but we thank you so much for your patient understanding. All of these arrangements will continue next term until things settle down. Thank you for sticking to the staggered start and finish times, for leaving the school sites promptly and for bearing with us!

Then finally, thanks to the children who have continued to impress me with their daily optimism, resilience, cheerfulness and energy. They have been such a wonderful distraction this term and I’m lucky to work with all 551 of them!

Please do keep in touch regarding any positive Covid test results over the next few days. Please email me ( if any child who has been in school becomes unwell in the next 48 hours, and then tests positive. The government has requested that headteachers continue to inform close contacts of any infections; I would send a parentmail to notify any class of either a child or member of staff from that bubble becoming symptomatic in the next 48 hours and then testing positive.

With news that secondary schools are facing a staggered return after the break, we are glad that it looks like we’ll be starting back for the spring term as planned on Tuesday 5th January after a staff training day the day before. Whilst next term is likely to need determination and continued vigilance, with a renewed focus on our adjustments to keep everyone safe, I’m hopeful that soon in 2021 we’ll see a more straightforward time for schools! That’s something to look forward to!

For our Christmas service this week, we were reminded of the angels singing over the hills of Bethlehem on that first Christmas night, bringing news of great joy and goodwill to all people. I’m hopeful that as a school community, we continue to hear that same message, and that the light of God’s love will continue to shine in the darkness. I pray that you all have a happy and healthy Christmas and that you find joy in the light and love of this wonderful story.

Happy Christmas and see you in the New Year!

With love,

Thought of the Week: “Find the true meaning of Christmas” Jesus – the ultimate hero!


Inset day, Monday 4 January
The school will be closed on 4 January for staff training. Spring term starts on Tuesday 5 January.

Admission to Year R and Year 3 – September 2021
A reminder that the closing date for Year R and Year 3 applications for September 2021 entry is 15 January 2021. This applies if you have a child born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, or a child in Year 2 transferring to Junior School. Applications should be made via the Surrey County Council on line system:

If you are unable to apply on line please contact Surrey on 0300 200 1004 to request a paper copy of the application form.


Thank you
A really big ‘thank you’ from the whole Pewley staff for all your cards and Christmas gifts. Your kind thoughts and good wishes have really helped to keep us all going.

Menu: week 1 beginning Monday 4 January


2021 Dates for the Diary
8-11 February - Curriculum Week
2-4 March - Parent Consultations by Zoom
26 March - Fluffy Friday
22 April - Tempest Class Photographs

School Clubs
Please download a list of Spring 2021 Clubs here.

Menu: Week 3 commencing Tuesday 5 January.


Thank you to everyone for their support this year. Merry Christmas from the FOPS team and looking forward to some exciting fundraising activities next year.

No. 204

11 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

With several classes now self-isolating, it was good to join together on Zoom for this morning’s whole school assembly. The children logging in from home reminded us of the strength and positivity across the whole community. Thanks to amazing technology, remote learning is proving to be a really effective strategy with teachers feeding back on tasks immediately and everyone enjoying class chats and story time! The children’s determination to keep up with their curriculum has been such an encouragement. We’re all so proud to be a part of Team HTPD!

Christmas dinner was a lovely time this week, although with no singing or raucous cheering for the chefs, it was a slightly quieter occasion than usual. I was so glad as well to join in with a couple of the remote-learning classes as they also shared a Christmas lunch, albeit at a distance. Telling Christmas jokes together as they tucked into their sausage rolls and mince pies really made me smile!

With the positive news about the vaccine, I’m daring to talk of a time post-Covid. One day, we’ll sing together again. One day, the whole school will be free to eat together, play together and learn together. Until then though, we are continuing to be vigilant, and I need to urge you all to do the same. It is likely that the current arrangements will be in place for a long while yet. For the classes that are working at home, please note my reminder yesterday about self-isolating. It is so important that you follow the advice if you receive notice from the school that your child must stay at home for 14 days.

After last week’s premiere of the fabulous junior school production “Silent Night”, and with today’s much-anticipated release of Pewley’s “Twelve Days of Christmas”, we’re so glad that we were able to share the Christmas story with you in this way. I hope you enjoyed both shows as much as I did. Do remember to log in to Parentpay to donate to our Christmas charity. We’re excited that already we’ll be sending over £500 to the Royal Surrey Hospital children’s ward.

As we look more closely in school over the next few days at the Christmas story, the message of God being with us has particular poignancy. I am praying that we all experience the “peace of God which passes understanding” this Christmas. In the midst of troubled times, knowing that He is with us helps to calm the storm.

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Find the true meaning of Christmas” Jesus – the ultimate hero


End of term arrangements:
On the last day of term, Friday 18th December, we will be finishing early as usual. However, to keep to our staggered pick-ups and reduce crowding in the playgrounds, please carefully note your child’s pick up time:
Pewley Down Finishing Times
1:05pm Walnut Class and Beech Class
1:10pm Chestnut Class and Oak Class
1:15pm Hazel Class and Willow Class
Holy Trinity Finishing Times
1:30pm 3A, 4EL and 5T
1:35pm 3S, 6D and 6T
1:40pm 3C, 4A and 5J
1:45pm 4N, 5S and 6S

Inset day, Monday 4 January
The school will be closed on 4 January for staff training. Spring term starts on Tuesday 5 January.

Roadworks in Harvey Road from 4 January
SGN gas will be replacing the gas mains in Harvey Road (between Addison Road and Chesham Road) starting on Monday 4 January for approximately 5 weeks. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation. Chesham Road will be closed at the junction with Harvey Road on Monday 18 January for approximately 2 weeks and a signed diversion will be in place via Warren Road and Cooper Road.


Spare tights
We are running low on spare pairs of tights in the school office. Please return any your child may have borrowed, and if you have any outgrown tights at home we could make good use of them.

Week 3 beginning Monday 14 December


Week 2 commencing 14 December


Hello everyone,

I’m Kate, the new chair of FOPS. I have Dougie in Willow and am very much looking forward to getting to know more of you and raising money for the school.

I’d also like to introduce Debbie, who is the new FOPS secretary. Debbie has Stanley, also in Willow. Debbie and I ride those funny bikes you might see parked next to the railings so please do say hello next time you see us.

Lastly, for those parents new to the school, I’ll introduce Sophie who is the FOPS treasurer. Sophie has Barnaby in Oak and Eloise in Year 3 at Holy Trinity.

Thank you to Sam and Jo the outgoing Chairs for all their work over probably one of the most challenging years for a PTA.

Tea towels and coasters If you have ordered tea towels or coasters, these will be sent home with the children on Monday.

We have an account with Easyfundraising, which connects with thousands of retailers to give a donation to the school. It’s very easy to install on your web browser and phone and an ‘easy’ way to raise money for the school while shopping. Easyfundraising is running an Advent Calendar this year. You could WIN a £250 donation EVERY day for FOPS until Christmas. For each day you enter, you'll also get a FREE entry to the Christmas Day Grand Prize Draw for £2,000 to spend at John Lewis & Partners and a £2,000 donation for us! Please visit:

Healthy January Challenge
Starting w/c 11th January we will be running a Healthy January Challenge for children and adults. There will be a challenge to complete each day with prizes given throughout the month. A flyer will go out next week so keep an eye out!

Have a good weekend!


Hi Everyone,

As the children break up next Friday, and some classes are no longer at school, this will be the last newsletter from HTSC for 2020. Hoping 2021 brings new hope of some return to normality for everyone and wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Advent Challenge
We hope you’ve had fun with the Christmas Advent challenge. Jingle Bells has been played on a variety of instruments in our house. We’d love to see your photos so please use the school Twitter account to send them in to @HTPDSchool.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. This fund will be open all school year until we are able to run our ‘in real life’ events.

Bake Sales
A big ‘thank you’ to our superb baking team that was formed this term – there was such a fantastic variety and the children were delighted to be able to have a Friday treat. We’ll be bringing them back next term, a year group at a time. If you have been inspired to join the bakers, please drop an email to

If your child forgot their pound today, you can contribute here:

Reminder - Class collections for Christmas Gifts for Teaching staff deadline is today 11th December.

If you are shopping online over Christmas, one way to support the school is through and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated and every purchase makes a difference.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to

Happy Christmas – here’s to 2021!
HTSC Committee

Christmas Encounter Stations - Christ Church Guildford
It is in place of their usual Crib Service which we cannot do. Christ Church will be holding a socially distanced 30 minute walk through the Christmas story through a series of stations – families will need to book online in advance by following this link. Download PDF flyer for further information.

Asda offer
During December Asda are offering children the chance to eat for free in its cafes. Please follow this link. Kids can eat free in Asda cafes throughout December.

No. 203

04 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We were delighted this week to receive news of this year’s national e-Twinning awards. We were one of only a handful of schools to be in the “highly commended” category for our project on climate change and are so grateful that our partnership with the Colegio San Gregorio in Aguilar, Spain has again been celebrated. Despite being unable to visit this year, children in Year 6 have enjoyed keeping in touch with our Spanish friends; in fact, next week they’ll be linking up online.

I’m sure my update about positive cases in school alarmed some of you. It’s certainly a tricky time. Please know that we are carefully following public health advice, assessing each individual situation as it arises and prioritising both child and staff safety and wellbeing. Each individual case, and our response, is discussed with the local health protection team. When a child who tests positive has not been in school for several days because they have already been self-isolating with cases in their household, we don’t then need to close the class. If any child is in school immediately prior to developing symptoms caused by Covid or immediately prior to a positive test result, we would inform you straight away – and that child’s class would have to move to home learning.

As the junior school Christmas production is shared today via Parentmail, I hope that you enjoy a marvellous film premiere at home! We’re looking forward to the infants extravaganza too – it’s nearly finished. Please bear with us a little longer! Once you’ve enjoyed the show, please do consider making a donation to this year’s Christmas charity; this year, after covering the costs, all the money raised will go to the RSCH Children’s Ward. We hope that you agree that this is a very appropriate charity to support this year!

I’m not sure if you saw the recent government announcement that in Tier 2 areas, school nativities could go ahead, as long as social distancing in the audience could be maintained. It did make us smile – we’d only be able to have 4 or 5 people in the audience at a time…and I thought the lack of understanding about how much preparation and rehearsal any school production involves was truly astonishing; with just two weeks to go until the end of term, we won’t be staging a live show this year! We’re glad that by making a film, we’ve been able to celebrate Christmas properly in school as everyone took part in the show, in spite of it being a little different this year!

As we move closer to the end of term, we’re keen to reflect on what’s gone well. Looking back, we have so much to be thankful for – and we’re so grateful to you for your ongoing support. We are also determined to learn from this experience and would be glad to hear your feedback. We’ve compiled a short parent survey that you’ll receive by Parentmail later today. It will be open to receive responses up until the end of term. Thank you in advance for sharing in our determination to make HTPD the best it can be! I look forward to reading your comments…and also passing some of them on to other staff. I know that the whole team has been working so hard and they’ll appreciate your support.

With love,

Thought of the Week: “Search for the hero inside yourself.” Who would you most like to be? – who will win our 2020 Hero of heroes vote? Do ask your child who they voted for and who won.

Whole School

End of term arrangements:
On the last day of term, Friday 18th December, we will be finishing early as usual. However, to keep to our staggered pick-ups and reduce crowding in the playgrounds, please carefully note your child’s pick up time:
Pewley Down Finishing Times
1:05pm Walnut Class and Beech Class
1:10pm Chestnut Class and Oak Class
1:15pm Hazel Class and Willow Class
Holy Trinity Finishing Times
1:30pm 3A, 4E and 5T
1:35pm 3S, 6D and 6T
1:40pm 3C, 4A and 5J
1:45pm 4N, 5S and 6S


Year 1
A reminder to Beech Class to bring in a packed lunch on Monday for their trip to the toy museum. Oak Class are off to the museum on Wednesday so should bring in a packed lunch on that day.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper on Thursday, if they would like to.

Pewley Christmas Post
The last posting date for Christmas cards is Thursday 10 December.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 December
Mon: Beef Bolognese or Lentil Bolognese with Pasta; Lemon Sponge
Tues: Cajun Chicken or Cajun Vegetables, Rice & Peas; Fruit Flapjack
Weds: Lamb Curry or Vegetable Dhal, Steamed Rice; Coconut & Oat Cookies
Thurs: Xmas Lunch: Roast Turkey & all the trimmings or Butternut Squash Risotto; Apple & Mincemeat Pie & Custard
Fri: Crispy Fish Fingers & Chips or Cheese & Tomato Pizza; Rocky Road
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.


Christmas Lunch arrangements:
Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper, some tinsel or a novelty Christmas hat on their Christmas dinner day. Remember to bring a packed lunch from home for the day when the other half of the school is having their Christmas meal.

Christmas Dinner for Y3/ Y4 is Thursday 10th December (Year 5 and 6 bring a packed lunch)
Christmas Dinner for Y5 / Y6 is Friday 11th December (Year 3 and 4 bring a packed lunch)

If your child is not having a Christmas dinner, they should bring a packed lunch with them from home on both days. Please feel free to add some Christmas festivity to their lunch box if you would like to.

Menu - Week 1
Change to Lunch Menu - on Wednesday 9th Dec, the Friday 11th Menu will be served

Christmas Cards
If your child wants to send Christmas cards, they can mail it in the LetterBox in the entrance foyer.

The lovely Year 6 children will be sorting and delivering the Christmas post on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lions Rugby Club
Please find attached a flyer for the Lions Rugby Club Sports Christmas Camp for boys and girls aged 5 - 12 at Broadwater School next month.


It’s newsletter handover day!!!!

Last night we held the FOPS AGM and welcomed the new team:

Kate Beveridge - FOPS Chair
Debbie Smith - FOPS Secretary
Sophie McGill - FOPS Treasurer

The Chairman's statement and accounts for Sept 2019 - Sept 2020 will be published asap, but in short - we feel like we have a lot to celebrate from the last year, and we actually raised a decent amount of money bearing in mind how many events we couldn’t run.

We wanted to sign off today with a word of appreciation to everyone involved in the PTA this year and last year, your commitment and willingness to contribute has been incredible - thank you.

Huge thanks to all staff at the school, who've helped make our events possible, many of whom have given their own time.

And extra special thank you must go to Ruth and Jane in the office for their help with all the extra work we create for them!

Happy Friday All
Sam and Jo


Hi Everyone,

New - Christmas Advent Challenge
We have set some Christmas challenges (sent via Parentmail and on the website) like making a decoration, learning a Christmas song - have some fun and help us raise some money for the school. We’d love to see your photos so please use the school Twitter account to send them in to @HTPDSchool.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. HTSC has pledged two years of fundraising efforts to raise £50K for the new MUGA pitch which was installed in the summer.

Bake Sale – Year 5 & 6 Friday 11th December
Don’t panic, you don’t need to do anything unless you have volunteered to be a baker! Instead of asking for cake donations from everyone, or people to man/sell, we have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer which is here:

If you have a child with an allergy, we would ask you to provide something suitable on the day of your child’s cake sale (we don’t have access to dietary information) but gluten free and dairy free options will be available. More detailed information on the process for the bake sale was sent via Parentmail on Thursday 3rd Dec. We hope Years 3 &4 enjoyed their sale today.

Reminder - Class collections for Christmas Gifts for Teaching staff
Once again, we are approaching Christmas and we like to use this time of year to say ‘thank you’ to the school staff. The class reps are organising collections for collective gifts for the teaching staff for each class via PayPal this year. If you would like to contribute, please select the correct link for your class to make a payment and you can also write a message for the cards. You do not need a PayPal account in order to contribute. The class reps will then purchase gifts and cards with the money collected. Please see the Parentmail sent earlier today for all of the links and the deadlines for contributing.

If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated and every purchase makes a difference.

Second hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at To pay for your items, please use the link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Recycled Clothing Collection
If you are having a clear out in the new year, there will be a clothing collection on 26th January 2021. More details to follow.

HT Quiz
Our annual quiz night, hosted by Michael and Geraldine will be in the New Year.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to

Kind regards
HTSC Committee

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