• Places available in Year 3 & Year 5. Call the office on 539033 or email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

HTPD 24/11/17

24 November 2017

Dear parents

Last night there was a meeting at the junior school for prospective parents. It was a great evening with teachers describing all the different opportunities on offer from years 3-6. Hearing them talk about the curriculum, Nick describe our sporting provision, together with Geraldine, our librarian outlining our philosophy of instilling a love of reading, I was reminded of how our ethos of “learning to live” is fully embedded throughout everything we do. It is an exciting time of year as new families and children begin their journey with us at HTPD. Do encourage families with children in Year 2 or about to start in Reception to come along and visit. There are still opportunities for tours around both sites during the school day.

Year 2 had a wonderful start to the week with a trip to St Paul’s Cathedral – I was especially pleased to hear how excellent the children’s behaviour was whilst out and about, as well as how interested they all were in the history and architecture of the building. Trips like this are so important; they give children a memorable day, widen their horizons and build their independence and confidence. They do however add to a teacher’s workload, requiring thorough planning, careful organisation and every moment having to be watched over to keep the children safe. I am so grateful to our teaching staff for going this extra mile!

Thank you for all the donations for the junior school Christmas fair which takes place next Friday. It marks the start of Advent and is the first of our Christmas events! Thank you as well to the team of parents who worked hard last Sunday to make the infant outdoor areas so tidy. At the juniors do consider purchasing a tea-towel with your child’s self-portrait on it. These make lovely reminders of childhood long into the future! And do take a look at the school calendar and JTLYK pages for all the special Christmas events taking place between now and the end of term.

Have a great weekend.

With best wishes


Transfer to Junior School (Year 3) – September 2018
Please note that even though Pewley Down and Holy Trinity schools are federated, it is still necessary to apply for entry to Year 3.  You will need to complete a Surrey County Council on-line application:  https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions as well as a junior Supplementary Information form (available on the website or from the school office).  The deadline for applications is 15th January 2018.

Admission to Year R – September 2018
If you have a child due to start school in September 2018 (children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014) you will also need to complete The Surrey County Council application (as above) by 15 January 2018 as well as an infant Supplementary Information Form.


Dates for Your Diary (Infants):
Wednesday 6 December Last swimming lesson of Autumn term (Year 2)
Sunday 10 December Pewley Down Christmas Fair
Monday 11 December – Thursday 14 December Play week
Thursday 14 December Christmas lunch
Tuesday 19 December, am Carols Round the Tree
Tuesday 19 December, 10:45am Parent Thank You
Tuesday 19 December, pm Pied Piper Theatre – ‘Hare and Tortoise’
Thursday 21 December, 1:30pm School closes

Christmas Play: “Baubles”
Look out for letters coming home next week about tickets for the Christmas play on Monday 11 (dress rehearsal), Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 Decembers. All performances start at 9:30am and will last approximately 1 hour. All children will be taking part.

Ballet Club
The Ballet Show will take place on Thursday 30 November at 3:30pm. All welcome.

Teacher-Led Clubs
Week commencing Monday 4 December will be last week of teacher-led clubs for the Autumn term.

Thank You 
We would like to thank parents who help out in school by inviting them to join us for mulled wine and mince pies on Thursday 19 December at 10:45am.

Year R
Please return your completed school entry questionnaire to the school office by Friday 1 December.

Run to ‘Rio’ update
Week 9 – we have run 210 miles (1,644 total). We have now run all the way around the UK – a fantastic achievement! Please check book bags for a survey we would love you to complete.

Kezia Blume, Walnut, has lost a black school shoe – last seen at Ballet Club, please check your bags.

Menu: beginning 27 November. This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Forthcoming Diary Dates:
Friday, 1st December - School Christmas Fair
Monday - Thursday, 11th - 14th December - Play Week
Monday, 18th December - Christmas Disco for Years 5 & 6
Wednesday, 20th December - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church
Thursday, 21st December - School closes for the Christmas holidays at 1.45 p.m.

SPRING TERM starts at 8.40 a.m. on Friday, 5th January 2018.


Monday, Year 4 Netball
Tuesday, Year 5 Netball

Year 5 & Year 6 Boys and Girls XC
Date:  Monday 27th November
Time: 12.30am - 3.15pm - Parents to help with lifts 
Venue: Barrow Hills, Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NY
Year 3 & Year 4 Dodgeball Competition
Date: Monday 27th November
Time: 12pm - 2.45pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Bushy Hill Junior School, Sheeplands Avenue, Merrow, Guildford, GU1 2SG
Year 6 Netball match v. Tormead
Date:  Tuesday 28th November
Time: 3.30pm - 5pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Tormead School, Cranley Road, GU1 2JD

Year 6 Young Leaders - Healthy Lifestyle Training
Date: Wednesday 29th November
Time: 1pm - 4pm (Leave school at 12pm) - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Farnham Leisure Centre, Dogflud Way, Farnham, GU9 7UD

Year 6 Indoor Netball Competition
Date: Thursday 30th November
Time: 12pm - 4pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford GU2 7AD

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

Jacob Carr, 6T, has mislaid his Nightingale school jumper which is named and is size 9-10. It has been missing for 3 weeks now so please check you have your correct uniform please.

Christopher Hennessey-Brown, 4S, has mislaid a blue gym kit bag containing uniform and black school shoes. If you know of the whereabouts of any of this lost property please let the office know. Thank you.

A bunch of house keys was found this morning amongst the Christmas Fair Donations in the school, please get in touch if you think they might be yours

Junior Menu - This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab

FOPS News (Infant PTA) 

Thanks to everyone who came along for Action Sunday. Bags and bags of leaves went to the tip and the playground is much smarter and safer for our children to play. Please check the photos on the Face Book page.

Dates for your diary

Christmas Fair - Sunday 10 December (1-3pm). Please look out for raffle tickets in your book bags this weekend and do your best to sell as many as you can. Next week we will be sending out lists of what we would like you to bring for our stalls and class reps will be in touch soon with a sign up sheets for the day. Please come and support our main fundraising event of the year!

If you have not yet managed to ‘decorate a Christmas bauble’ we are extending the competition deadline to Wednesday 29th November. If you can’t find your template please ask at the office.

Can your company or business help?
Some larger companies will match funds made by employees who give their time at community events. This means that if you help out on one of our stalls, the company could match the funds raised by that stall! If you think your organisation might do this please mail Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

Shredded paper
– if you, or your place of work, have any shredded paper we need boxes of it! Please bring it into the school office in a bag and we’ll deal with it!

Shopping online this Christmas?
Did you know that when you shop with big online companies including Amazon, a percentage of the money you spend can come to the school at no extra cost to you!!
Just sign up to Easy Fundraising (it’s free) and choose Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways of raising funds for the school and costs us nothing! http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Year group activities


Wednesday 29 November – coffee morning after drop-off at Suzie’s house (Eleanor’s Mum), 25 Addison Road 

Thursday 7 December - Year 1 Christmas drinks and pizza at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road at 7.30pm

Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road at 7.30pm

and finally…
Hazel will be having their playground sale on Friday 1 December so don’t forget some change!


HT Christmas Fair – Friday 1 December – 6pm-8pm
Many thanks for all your fantastic donations so far for the Christmas Fair. We still do need lots more, so please keep them coming!

We need:
Bottles – bottles for the bottle tombola champagne to tomato ketchup
Unopened gifts - for parents, girls or boys and any new unwanted toys.
Jolly Jars or Bags – decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
Chocolate – anything chocolatey for the chocolate tombola. No NUTS please.
Teddies - good condition for the teddy tombola.

HT Christmas Fair – Friday 1 December - Help still needed!
We still need volunteers for help on the day of the Fair. Please email your class reps if you can help with any of the following next Friday:

• Help set-up on Friday morning from 10am
• Help set-up after school on Friday from 3.15pm
• Help on a stall for 45 minutes at the Fair (5.45-6.30pm, 6.30-7.15pm and 7.15-8pm)
• Help clear up at the end of the fair (8-9pm).

Christmas Decorations competition – Deadline Wednesday 29 November
We are running a Christmas decoration competition for the children to design an A3 mask or a shield - the more colourful and bold the better! Let your imaginations run wild and create a mask or shield fit for a king!

A3 templates are available at the HT office.

Closing date Wednesday 29 November. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

HT Year Group Tea Towels – Available to order now – Deadline Wednesday 29 November
Production of the HT Tea Towels is underway! Each year group has their own tea towel with a self-portrait of each child printed on it. Ideal for Christmas presents!

Prices are £3.50 per tea towel or £10 for 3. Order forms were sent home with the children and by Parentmail earlier this week. Please send your payment and order form (cheques made payable to HTSC) to the HT office by Wednesday 29 November.

Match Funding – Boosting our Fundraising - Can you help?
Do you work for a company? We are looking for parents who are willing to ask their employers about Match Funding schemes to help boost our fundraising at our events. If you can help, or require more information, please contact Ros (rosalindvickeman@yahoo.com) or Carrie (carriewitts@gmail.com).

Easyfundraising for your Christmas Shopping
Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year www.easyfundraising.org.uk - Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

Other dates for the diary:
Year 3 Christmas Drinks – Wednesday 29 Nov from 8pm
Year 5 Christmas Drinks – Thursday 7 December at Ye Olde Ship Inn from 7.30pm
Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Friday 8 December at the Horse & Groom, Merrow from 7.30pm

The annual 11+ Exam Practice Day for 2017
is Saturday, 16th or Monday, 18th December between 8.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Individual feedback sessions are on Wednesday, 20th December. The day is led by experienced 11+ teachers and is open to everybody. Spaces are limited and the all inclusive charge is £160. For early booking discount, or for further information, please call 07889 029563 or email: guildford.11plus@outlook.com

The British Heart Foundation, supported by Guildford Borough Council, has organised a family fun run around Stoke Park. ‘The Guildford Santa Jog’ is on Saturday, 2nd December with a choice of 2.5k or 5k routes. Adults £10 in advance or £15 on the day. Registration is 9 a.m. to start at 10 a.m. All adult entries include a free Santa suit! For all information, please visit bhf.org.uk/guildford-santa-jog.

Festive Fun for all the Family! - Guildford Borough Council has collated some useful information on activities for children and young people taking place in Guildford over the Christmas period. Details of play schemes, arts and crafts, sports activities, family days out and much more can be found on their website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities or call Gill Paddington on
01483 444769