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

HTPD 7/6/19

07 June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a fantastic start to the second half of term! With healthy week running brilliantly at the infants and a wonderful time being had at Bentley Copse with our Year 4 children enjoying their residential, it’s felt like the school is living out its vision of “Learn to Live!” Huge thanks to our teaching staff who go the extra mile to offer these super opportunities.

Now that we are back after the half term break, our thoughts always start to look ahead to the new academic year. I am very excited to be able to let you know about the new class teacher teams for September.

Sadly, James Wyatt, our wonderful Year 6 teacher and English lead will be moving on in the summer. After 4 years here in Guildford, he and his wife are moving back to her home country of Northern Ireland. We know that James will be so greatly missed at HTPD, but that he’ll enjoy finding some new bike trails in the Mountains of Mourne! We wish him well and are very grateful to him for his contribution to life at HTPD. A new teacher will be joining us in Year 2, Lilja Helgadottir. She has worked at Northmead for the past seven years and comes to us with lots of fresh ideas and enthusiasm. Other teachers are also excited about moving between year groups and across the two sites – it’s such a good way of sharing best practice between us….and models beautifully our school value of “embracing the future with hope and confidence”!

Next year’s teams will be as follows:

Year R Claire Cruddas & Catherine Finniear
Year 1 Georgie Furlonger & Hayley Esselen/ Frances Clixby
Year 2 Sarah McKenzie & Lilja Helgadottir
Year 3 Alison Tester, Clare Giles & Sheena Preston
Year 4 Emily Russell, Nick Walker & Abigail Allen
Year 5 JJ Blackstock, Toby Strutt & Sue Miller
Year 6 Tom Everard, Laura Hanley & Sarah Jackson

We will also continue to have a number of part time staff working across the school. Please allow us to consider the best fit for each child, taking into account the huge number of important factors in ensuring a smooth transition in September. If you do have serious concerns, any comments should be directed to me rather than to your child’s current teacher. Thank you for your understanding in this; asking children who have moved onto secondary school about their memories of HTPD, they often comment on how good it was to have the chance to make new friends as they journeyed through the school. Have a great weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: It’s rubbish…being materialistic! What is important in your life?


Golden Boot challenge 
Over the next four Fridays (7, 14, 21 and 28 June) we will be asking the children how they travel to school. Their usual mode of travel was recorded on the baseline day before half term, and we are hoping they will try out ‘greener’ ways of travelling such as walking, scooting or parking further away and then walking. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will win the Golden Boot trophy.

Friendship forms
Please remember to return your friendship form (Year R and Year 1 only) to the school office by Monday 10 June.

Teacher-led club cancellations
Owing to school trips, Lego Club with Sarah and Ping Pong with Abigail are cancelled next Tuesday 11 June. Fitness and Fun with Sheena is also cancelled on Wednesday 12th.

Cooking Club
Group 2 Cooking with Claire starts next Tuesday 11 June and finished on Tuesday 9 July.

Skipping Ropes
If you would like to order a skipping rope (following the workshop on Monday), please let the office know by next Thursday 13 June with payment (Children's ropes - £4; Double Dutch ropes 4.5m - £10 per pair; Adult ropes 2.7m - £5; Family ropes 4.5m - £6).

Menu: (Week 3 beginning 10 June)
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Flapjack
Tues: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
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.


A shout out to parents whose children attend Judo club - British Judo Association has announced nominations for 2019 British Judo Award. Please vote for Pete in nominations "Talent Coach of the Year" and "Community Coach of the Year". He’s doing a wonderful job in promoting healthy lifestyle, fitness and great values among children. Please vote via the link below: https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/nominations-now-open-for-the-2019-british-judo-awards-evening/

Cancelled Clubs:
Friday: Y5&6 Tennis with JJ - Summer Fair

Sporting Fixtures:

Y5 & Y6 Quadkids
Date: Monday 10th June
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Send Junior School, Send Barns Lane, Send, Woking, GU23 7BS
Teacher: Laura

Y5 & Y6 Girls Football Tournament
Date: Thursday 13th June
Time: 3.30 - 5.15pm
Venue: Kings College, Southway, Guildford
Teacher: JJ

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

Menu Week 3 
This lunch menu is available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab


Welcome back after what we hope was a restful half term. We have reached the final few weeks of the school year and seem to be racing towards the summer holidays! It is a busy half term with lots of school events so please read below to find out what is happening.

New FOPS Committee needed for 2019/20
We are starting to think about the FOPS committee next year. If you are interested in being a committee member or class rep next year please contact your current class rep or Kayleigh (kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and we would be happy to have a chat. This is a perfect time to join us and get a feel for what we do. You could even shadow a current committee member as we organise the upcoming Summer Fair.

The vacant committee positions for 2019/2020 academic year are; Chair (or co-chair), Treasurer, Secretary and Class Reps for each class. We have a short document outlining each of these roles which we can email to you if you would like.

Playground Sales for Next Term – Ice Lollies or Cookies
Friday 14th June – Walnut Class
Friday 21st June – Oak Class
Friday 28th June – Beech Class
Friday 5th July – Hazel Class
Friday 12th July – Willow Class

With the summer fair less than a month away preparations are ramping up. Letters will be going out shortly with raffle tickets so please keep an eye on book bags. The star prize this year is a Nintendo Switch!

Calling All DIY Enthusiasts!
We have had a look at our usual summer fair games, and some are looking a bit tired and well used. For this year we would love to hear from anyone who would be willing to create any new ‘festival’ themed games (coconut shy, Strongman etc) for us. We could reimburse you for materials, though please contact us before spending anything. Please email Kayleigh (Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and Ana (anaxreithsmith@gmail.com) if you think you can help us out, any ideas or suggestions welcome!

Match Funding
Do you or your partner work at a company that offers match funding? This is a scheme where companies will match money raised at a certain event/stall that you volunteer at. Most large companies offer this and if you are planning on volunteering for events like the SUMMER FAIR (6th July) we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com or anaxreithsmith@gmail.com.

Volunteers and Donations
Shortly messages will go out from your Reps with details of volunteering or donations that are needed for the fair so please keep an eye out for those. Without the time and effort donated by the wonderful parents at Pewley these events wouldn't be the success that they are, so we would like to take this chance to thank-you in advance!

Open Air Cinema Equipment Needed
Do you or someone you know have access to projection and sound equipment? FOPS are planning a new event for the Autumn term which will see the back field turned into an open-air cinema. If you are able to or know someone able to lend us some of the equipment needed please contact Kayleigh (Kayleigh.ashraf@gmail.com) and Ana (anaxreithsmith@gmail.com).

EASYFUNDRAISING - Thank-you to those signing up for this! Just remember to click through the website before you make a purchase and continue earning free money for the school. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

FOPS Notice Board
There are items for sale and notices on the board outside Oak class (next to the ramp downstairs) so do remember to have a look. If you would like to advertise something yourself, cards are in the office with Ruth and Jane (cards are £1 for a month or free if the item is free), so if you have something to sell let us know!

Social Dates for your Diaries

Monday 17th June – Coffee Morning after drop off @ Zoe’s house, 5 Sydney Place
Friday 12th July - 8pm - End of School Year Drinks @ TBC

Year 1
Friday 19th July – End of term drinks @TBC

Year 2
Friday 19th July – End of an Era drinks – Tania & Adam are hosting the Year 2 Summer Social bring a bottle and nibbles.


A big thank you to everyone who brought in donations today. It looks like it’s going to be a great fair. There is still plenty of time to bring in donations if you haven’t had a chance - we know Y4 has been away at Bentley Copse this week. We could do with more of everything - plants in particular. Geraldine is after some runner beans!

Any bottles, booze, chocolates, teddies (there are always lots of teddies!), jolly jars and second hand uniform.

Signing up for volunteering on the day – please sign up via the link below. We still need help setting up, running stall and helping clear up. We know you all enjoy seeing your kids have fun at the fair and to have a great time yourself, however if everyone just does one slot we should have everything covered. https://signup.com/login/entry/1187031524745318088

There are still some slots on the year group Hampers - so have a look and see what you can offer.
Year 3 https://signup.com/go/KdixBwC
Year 4 https://signup.com/go/ZjauoQT
Year 5 Coming soon
Year 6 https://signup.com/login/entry/30698720119856804

The Summer Fair is the last event Steph and I will be doing as co-chairs. We’ve both had our workloads increased and unfortunately unable to give the role the dedication it needs. There are lots of ways you can help the HTSC and the school community from Treasurer, Sainsburys Scheme, secretary, class reps - we’d appreciate all the offers we get!

If you think you could help out, i.e: as a group share please let the school know.

Have a great weekend
Sally & Steph


‘Wild West Holiday Club Adventure’
Don’t miss out! Come to Christ Church, Guildford this July for ‘Wild West Holiday Club Adventure’- a fabulous 5 day Holiday Club for children currently in school years Reception to year 6. The week includes great games, quizzes, a fabulous drama every day, craft activities, music, singing, a chance to find out more about the Christian faith and more! £15 for whole 5 days. Go to- https://www.christchurchguildford.com/holidayclub to sign up.

Summer FISH – Bookings open!
We are happy to announce that bookings for our summer FISH scheme are open.

FISH (Fun In the School Holidays) is an affordable and accessible activity scheme for 10 to 16 year olds in Guildford which offers fun activities for all over the summer. The scheme can also provide support for children with additional needs and a transport service for those who need it. For more information or to make a booking, please go to our website.