HTPD 6/1/17

06 January 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! We’ve had an excellent first week of 2017 with the children keen to make a very positive start to the term’s learning. They’ve enjoyed matching up members of staff with a list of New Year resolutions and also been inspired themselves to set some goals for both their academic and wider progress. It’s been good too to welcome Sue Miller as class teacher in Year 3 bringing with her plenty of experience and insight into children’s learning from her teaching career in South Africa.

This term’s assembly theme uses the 1 Corinthians 13 passage “Love is…” and each week we will investigate a different phrase, recognising that none of us are perfect examples of how to love others, but that God’s message of love is to encourage each of us to become more loving. Our school motto “Learn to Live” becomes “Learn to Love” just for this term – do keep an
eye on the website for the weekly themes.

Once again as the term gets underway, it’s our hope that each year group will be inspired to learn by an exciting introduction to a new term’s topic. It was great to see Year 1 dressed up as characters from traditional tales today – with both children and staff enjoying the occasion. Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Tinkerbell and Cinderella certainly attracted some interest as they drove home from school! Meanwhile in Year 5 the children learned about life in Ancient Egypt from some time-travelling ancient Egyptians. It’s a lot of fun to be surrounded by so many teachers who are willing to make learning so engaging.

It’s been lovely to see so many children arriving really punctually in the mornings, ready to make the most of every minute. Please can I remind junior school parents however that children arriving before 8.30 should attend breakfast club and not play in the school grounds unsupervised. This is to make sure that children are kept safe.

On another topic regarding safeguarding, we will be marking this year’s “Safer Internet Day” on Tuesday 7th February with an opportunity for children to be reminded of our online safety top tips. In addition on that day, there will be a presentation and discussion just before the end of the school day at 2.45pm. This will be particularly suited to parents with children in Years 5 and 6, but all interested parents would be welcome. More details to follow.

With best wishes

Toilet Twinning
You may remember that for our Advent charity we were collecting for Toilet Twinning ( an organisation which builds toilets overseas in places where they are really needed.  Thanks to your amazing generosity we have now raised enough money to be able to fund 18 toilets for children in the developing world. 

A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2017 (Year R) or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school, the deadline for applications is next Sunday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website

Brake Charity
The Brake road safety charity have asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone who made donations as part of the Beep Beep! Day at the end of November.  Funds raised will help them to continue to support families bereaved by road crashes and to campaign for safer roads.


Teacher-led clubs
Letters with choices for this term’s teacher-led clubs (Years 1 & 2) are coming home in book bags today.  Please return completed forms by Wednesday 11 January.  Clubs will start week commencing Monday 16 January.    

Ballet Club
Ballet Club will re-start next Thursday 12 January.

Jacob Foster (Hazel) has lost a plain blue jumper (named), blue PE shorts from Asda (age 5-6, named) and a green and white stripy mitten.

Children’s Activity survey – results
Thank you to everyone who responded to our Children’s Activity online survey last term.  We thought you might like to know some of the results.

Overall, our families do undertake reasonable levels of exercise, which is a great way to keep fit and healthy.  Interestingly, 86% of our adult respondents exercise, which is probably why so many of our children are happy to do so.
Lots of families enjoy going to the park, walking, swimming, cycling and running outside of school.  Swimming is the most popular club after school and at weekends, followed by football, dance, gym and rugby.
Over 40% of respondents walk between 15 and 30 minutes a day to school and 10% walk between 30 and 60 minutes, which is great news.
Over 50% say their child exercises for between 30 minutes and 1 hour a day after school, which is encouraging!
Nearly half of our respondents knew about the Government Obesity Strategy which states that every child should have 1 hour of moderate to vigorous exercise every day, 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school.
A wide range of sports clubs were suggested, which we will take into consideration when planning our after school offering.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 January
Mon: Chinese Style Chicken or Chickpea & Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles; Oat & Apple Crumble with Custard
Tues: Cumberland or Quorn Sausage with Onion Gravy, Mashed Potato; Jam Tart
Weds:  Roast Pork with Apple Sauce or Cauliflower & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Pasta Bolognese or Mexican Wrap; Steamed Pear & Syrup Sponge with Vanilla Sauce
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana & Date Slice
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit. 


Wednesday 18th January 2017
Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room. Please come along and help us decide how best to spend our existing funds and how we can have fun this term generating more!  Any ideas welcome!

Year 2 Leavers Book
Yes it's only just 2017 but before we know it we will be saying goodbye to Year 2. In past years Yr 2 pupils have had their own Leavers Book of memories to treasure but to make this happen we need a group of Year 2 parents to produce it. If you can help please let your class reps know and we can get you started.


Dates for your diary:
Wednesday, 11th January at 2.30 p.m. - Sex Education Meeting for Year 6 parents
Thursday, 19th January - Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Tuesday, 24th January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum

Welcome at Junior:
Please welcome Helen Heywood who will be assisting the Finance Office on Wednesdays as well as working on the Front Desk at Holy Trinity. If you have queries relating to ParentPay, Clubs+ or general finance queries, please speak with Flora Bevan or email her on Bev Reed is the School Business Manager and can be contacted on either of the school sites or on

Sport – fixtures for January booked so far:
Date: Tuesday, 10th January
Time: After school
Venue: Year 5 Netball A & B Teams v. Tormead and Queen Eleanor’s at Tormead School, Cranley Road, GU1 2JD
Approximate finish time: 5.15 p.m.

Date: Friday, 13th January
Time: After school
Venue: Weyfield Girls’ Football Tournament at Weyfield Primary School, School Close, Woking Road, Guildford GU1 1QJ
Approximate finish time: 5.00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, 17th January
Time: After school
Venue: Year 6 Netball v. Queen Eleanor’s School at home
Approximate finish time: 4.45 p.m.

Date: Thursday, 19th January
Time: Leave HT at 9.00 a.m. Children will need a packed lunch
Venue Years 3 and 4 Sportshall Athletics at The Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP
Approximate finish time: 12 p.m. midday

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

Menu - Week 1

In December Chanelle Wright (4JM) lost a toy white dog (beanie boo) with blue eyes. If anyone has seen this and could return it to the office that would be VERY much appreciated!  Thank you!


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas.

HTSC meeting
The first HTSC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Monday 16 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Cake Sales
We will be holding year group cake sales this term on Fridays. Dates to follow.

HTSC sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them

Parenting course opportunity: Guildford Baptist Church extend a warm welcome to all parents to attend a free parenting course, “The Art and Craft of Parenting - parenting without all the answers” running this term on Wednesday evenings starting on the 11th January at 7.30pm. Contact the church office for more information on 01483 575008 or

New home needed
Our beloved cat 'Beethoven' moggy/Persian black-white 5years old needs a new forever home. Beethoven comes fully insured, micro-chipped, vet checked, food, toys, litter tray. Unfortunately Beethoven does not get on with our dog and after a year and a bit we've sadly come to the decision to re-home him. If you know of anyone or are interested yourself please contact Debbie (mum to Joshua yr4 & Luca yr1) 07984474214.  Many thanks.