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

No 171

28 February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Isn’t it exciting to see the funds coming in for the new MUGA, an all-weather pitch that we hope to install in the summer holidays! We’ve got such a long way to go, but it’s been wonderful to see people’s generosity since the crowd-funding campaign was launched earlier in the week. My favourite contributions have come from some of our old pupils now at university and still playing sport; as students, they might only be able to afford a few pounds, but the fact that they remember HTPD so fondly means a lot! Such long-lasting gratitude is really inspiring! And the amazing generosity coming in from across the school is wonderful. Do share the link as widely as you can amongst family and friends (https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/htpitch2020)...and perhaps add up how many free clubs your child will attend over their primary school years. With nearly £3000 already raised, surely we can reach our target. Without enough money coming in, we won’t be able to make the booking for the summer holiday, but together, we can secure the sporting legacy for HTPD’s future generations!

We’ve enjoyed this week’s assembly theme. On Monday, the children were told the story of the Ten Lepers. Jesus had compassion on these ten individuals, all suffering with the same horrible disease, leprosy, which still causes such suffering even today in some parts of the world. He took pity on them and healed them…but only one remembered to come back to thank him. It made all of us think about gratitude, and politeness. I’ve been really pleased to see how polite it’s reminded all of us to be. I’ve enjoyed even more greetings, courtesy and smiles than usual!

Hopefully, you’ll have heard from your children about our safer internet lessons this week. While it’s a subject that comes up all the way through the year, it’s useful to focus on it specifically. We do notice the impact of technology and screens in both positive and negative ways, and would really encourage you as parents and carers to closely monitor your child’s time online. Any app or game with an online component, as well as any social media makes your child vulnerable. Please do keep them safe – and be determined enough to just tell them they aren’t old enough yet! A growing number of parents are deciding to ban all internet games – or at least lock them away a long time before bed-time!

I’m looking forward to our parent consultations which start next week at the juniors, and the week after at the infants. It’s always a good opportunity to find out about your child’s progress so far at this half way point through the year. It gives the teachers a chance to point out specific reasons for you to be proud of your children – and also gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your children’s books. Do congratulate them on their hard work and show them how interested you are in their learning journey. We all benefit from praise!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “I will heal your wounds and make you well,” Jeremiah 30, v17 Are you a polite person?


Parent Consultations, Tuesday 10 & Thursday 12 March
We will be trialling an on-line booking system for this term’s parent consultation meetings. Further instructions will be sent out next week, but you will need to be registered on ParentMail to be able to book appointments. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your account, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

Book Swap, Wednesday 4 March
Instead of buying a new book, why not swap one? Next Wednesday each year group is holding a book swap. Please wrap a book in paper or newspaper and write a sentence about why you think someone would love to read it. Year R children could draw a picture if they prefer. Please bring it to your class on Wednesday 4th (or before) ready to swap it for another book. We hope everyone will enjoy taking part!

Steliana (Beech Class) has lost her black school shoes with strap fastening.

Menu: week 2 beginning 2 March


Dates for the Diary
Monday 2 March - Year 5&6 Film Night after school
Tuesday 3 March - Parents Consultation Evening 6-8:30pm
Wednesday 4 March - Book Swap Surprise!
Thursday 5 March - Parents Consultation Evening 4-6:30pm
Friday 6 March - Cake sale (Year 4), Y6 Natural History Museum

Due to Parents Consulation the only clubs running next week are:
Y3&4 Tag Rugby - Monday
Hockey - Wednesday
Y4 Dodgeball (limited to 24 and full) - Thursday
Drama - Thursday

Don't forget that there are a couple of changes to the clubs this half term.
Board Games on a Monday is for Y3 & Y6
Tag rugby on a Monday is for Y3&Y4.
Badminton on a Tuesday is for Y6
Dodgeball on a Thursday is for Y4 - now full

Toby is missing his Ukele in a grey hard case, item is named. Please return to the office. Thank you

Menu - Week commencing 2 March 2020.


Next week (Friday 6th March) - it’s Phil the Bag which is great for recycling and protecting the environment. Did you know that textiles make up 12% of landfill sites?

Phil the Bag allows us to raise funds – the more clothing we collect (adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and household linen) the more money we will receive in exchange for these products. Please support this fundraising programme by donating your unwanted textiles in any bag type (black sacks, bin liners, carrier bags) and bringing them into school next Friday. We have a collection area for the bags (on the grass verge outside the staffroom). So if you normally throw out your unwanted clothes or have bits and pieces gathering dust in the wardrobe, please use them to ‘Phil’ the bag! Don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a good clear out too!

Other dates for the diary:

29th March - Bake and stroll

Sunday 3rd May - The HTPD Fun Run 2020 at Sutherland Memorial Park. Please save the date for this important fundraising event for the school. More information will follow in due course.

Year 2 Only: Year 2 are planning an afternoon picnic and overnight camp for your families at the Chantry Wood campsite. The Council will not be able to confirm until April, but we have asked for the 27th June and we are first on the list so watch this space

Next cake sales:
6th March - Oak cake sale
13th March Beech cake sale
20th March - Willow cake sale
27th March - Hazel cake sale

Next coffee mornings/drinks:
Yr 1 Coffee: Friday 20th March at Catherine’s house (after drop off)

Year 1 would also like to organise a summer term coffee morning and a summer drinks evening. If anyone is willing to host these events then please let Jenny Kingcome (Finn in Oak class’s mum) know.


Hi Everyone. Hope you had a lovely half term. Just a few things to remind you of now that we are back in the new term.

Year 5&6 (only) Film Night Monday 2 March (Last Call)
If your child would like to come to film night after school on Monday, please pick up a form from the School Office and return by drop off on Monday 2nd March. Thank you – Year 6 Fundraising Team

Crowdfunding for Pitch 2020
Thank you for the huge amount of support you have shown for our Crowdfunding campaign (special thanks to Sue Williams (Abby’s mum 6S) for putting it together for us). So far this week we have raised £2425 which is just fantastic! If you would like to read more about the pitch and donate you can do so here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/htpitch2020

Quiz Night – date changed from Sat 29 Feb to Sat 28 March
We apologise for the late notice, but due to low ticket sales we are postponing our infamous quiz night (hosted and compiled by the brilliant partnership of Geraldine and her husband, Michael) due to take place this Saturday, until Saturday 28th March. If you have bought tickets for this Saturday, we hope that you are available on the new date and have automatically moved you onto the new list, however if you have paid and are unable to make the new date, you can pick up your payment from the school office anytime from today. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

There will be a fully stocked bar and a delicious curry will be provided by Raj Doot in Burpham. Tickets are £12.50 per person – please drop in exact cash or cheque payable to HTSC to the school office in an envelope with your email address/number of tickets by Friday 20th March. We hope the new date is more popular and we can give the teacher team some serious competition!

Phil the bag – 6 March
If you had time to have a bit of a clear out, please bag up your unwanted clothing, shoes, curtains for a Phil the Bag collection (no bedding, duvets or fabric off cuts). We get paid by weight, although items must be in good condition (not stained) as they will eventually be re-sold. You can drop your filled bags in the Atrium at the bottom of the ramps at HT from Monday 2nd March.

HTPD Fun Run – Save the Date Sunday 3 May
This fabulous family fun event is back at Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham – please pop 3rd May in your diaries. More details to follow later in the term.

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Phil the Bag Collection – Friday 6 March
Cake sale (Year 4) – Friday 6 March
Cake Sale (Year 3) – Friday 13 March
HTSC Quiz night – Saturday 28 March
Fun Run – Sunday 3 May @ Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham.
Summer Fair – Friday 12 June 6-8pm If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!

Kind regards, HTSC

Car Free Day - Petition Open
You might consider signing this petition that has been brought to our attention by a parent. David Stokes, HTAG Chairman has started a petition to ask Surrey County Council to consider a Car Free Day in Guildford which likely to be aligned to World Car Free Day (on a weekend in September). 

The relevant link is here: https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/Car-Free-Day/ (open until 8 May)