HTPD 5/10/18

05 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Eco-teams have been busy at both sites already this term. It’s really inspiring to see the children thinking so carefully about being environmentally friendly, as well as challenging us all to look after the school resources and grounds. Can I on their behalf remind you all to avoid sending in snacks which have wrappers – healthy fruit and vegetable snacks work best. We really don’t like to see our beautiful school grounds spoiled with discarded plastic and cellophane. The junior school Eco-Squad have launched a poster competition and one of the entries really impressed me. Leo in Year 5 designed a poster to ask people not to litter, and he included the following text:

I care about animals.
I care about nature, but litter-bugs destroy the beautiful wonders of this planet.
If you stop littering, the school, country or even the planet could be a better place.

What an impressively global vision! Great stuff!

As the evenings get darker, can I remind parents who allow their children to walk home independently or who arrange to meet up off site, to talk to your children about what to do if the plan goes wrong. Please tell them to come back to school if they haven’t found you, and we can help them get in touch. Also remind them not to change their plans of their own accord and to stick with the morning arrangements! Remember also that after school clubs finish promptly and children not collected on time will be asked to go to Clubs+ to make sure they’re safe (see below for details). Similarly in the morning children arriving before 8.30 at the juniors will be asked to go to Breakfast Club. Thank you for your support with this.

Next Friday is our first Fluffy Friday of the year. For those new to the school, it’s a brilliant way for children to work with others outside of their usual class group (the children in Reception will do activities in their own year group for this first Fluffy!). Children have the opportunity to try out something new and experience learning in a different context. It’s one of the things that children remember most fondly about the school when they move on to secondary. We would love help next Friday if you’re available – just speak to your child’s class teacher or email Helen Pronger (, especially if you’re happy to go off site.

Have a great weekend everyone – and if you missed National Poetry Day on Thursday this week, do enjoy reading some poems together as a family over the weekend. I shared several poems across the school, reading The Owl and the Pussy Cat to Year 3, On the Ning Nang Nong to Year R, The Land of the Bumbley Boo to Years 1 and 2, James James Morrison Morrison to Year 4 and Ode to Autumn to Year 5. I’m hoping to fit in Year 6 at some point before the end of school today!

With best wishes, Clare


Half term and Inset days
Please remember that school finishes for the half term break on Wednesday 17th October at 12 o’clock at the infants, and 12.15 at the juniors. We start back on Monday 29th October.

Free School Meal Eligibility
If you believe you may be eligible for free school meals and have not yet registered please contact the school office as soon as possible. All enquiries will of course be treated in complete confidence. If you do meet the eligibility criteria the school may then be able to claim some additional funding called Pupil Premium. At the infants, where all children receive a free meal at lunchtime, it is still really helpful if you can let us know if you are eligible so that we can claim the funding.


Fluffy Friday, 12 October
Children should come to school in their own clothes (not uniform) next Friday and bring in £1 to help cover the cost of materials. Class teachers will let the children know which activity they will be doing and whether any special clothing is needed. More details in Clare’s letter above.
We do have one un-named fluffy form in the office (choices are: cooking - 1, pottery - 2, pond dipping - 3)?

Teacher-led club cancellations, 16 October
Unfortunately we have had to cancel Lego Club and Ping Pong and Puzzles on Tuesday 16 October.

Year 2 transfer to junior School (Year 3) – September 2019
We have had a few enquiries about transfer to junior school. The Surrey County Council on-line system opens on 29 October 2018 and closes on 15 January 2019. If you have a child in Year 2 you will need to complete the on-line application form: as well as the junior Supplementary Information form (available from either school office).
If you would like to have a look round at the juniors, tours start next Wednesday 10 October – please ring the HT office (01483 539033) to book a place.

Faith Welch, Hazel Class, has lost her new (un-named) Nightingale cardigan.

Spare clothes
We keep a supply of spare clothes in the school office but unfortunately our supplies are dwindling. Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed. Also, if you have any boys’ or girls’ pants or socks which are outgrown or no longer needed we would love to have them.

Menu: week 2 beginning 8 October


Current Year 6
This is a reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. Please check the websites of local secondaries for dates and details of open days/evening so that you can arrange to attend them. On-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website If you require a hard copy, please e-mail or telephone 0300 200 1015.  Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2019 is Wednesday, 31st October 2018 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday, 9th October - Year 3 visit Marwell Zoo
Years 4 and 5 Nasal Immunisation morning
Thursday, 11th October - Tempest Photography in school for individual photos.
Friday, 12th October - Fluffy Friday

After School
Please remind your child that if you are not at your pre-arranged meeting place for some reason that they must come back to the school office so that we can contact you to double check going home arrangements.

After school clubs
Just a little reminder that most of the after school clubs finish at 4.15 pm. Children who are still waiting in the library will be taken to Clubs+ at 4.25 pm where we have playworkers to keep them safe. You will be charged for this via ParentPay.

Individual Photographs – Thursday 11th October
Can you please send your child to school wearing their navy blue jumper or cardigan for their photograph. We will not be wearing house colour sweatshirts or fleeces on this occasion.


A word about school sports kit: 
If your child has borrowed school sports kit for a match please can it be returned, washed and ready to wear as soon as possible.
Do not hold on to it because you think your child might wear it again. We do not have an endless supply of kit and other children need to borrow kit for other fixtures. It is very sad for children who are looking forward to playing for a HT team only to find that there is no kit to wear because it has not been returned.
Many thanks for your support.

British Schools' Biathlon Qualifier
Date: Saturday 6th October
Time: 12.45pm - 5.15pm 
Venue: Down Grange Sports Ground, Pack Lane, Basingstoke, RG22 5SN

Years 5 and 6 Girls Football Tournament
Date: Tuesday 9th October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.15pm - Parents to help with lifts please
Venue: Send, Send Barns Lane, GU23 7BS

Years 5 and 6 Football v Worplesdon
Date: Wednesday 10th October
Time: 3.45pm - 4.45pm (Parents to help with lifts please - leave school straight after school, KO 3.45pm)
Venue:  Worplesdon Primary School, Envis Way, Guildford, GU3 3NL

Years 5 and 6 Girls XC
Date: Wednesday 10th October
Time: 12.00pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts please
Venue: Priors Field, Priors Field Lane, Godalming, GU7 2RH

Years 5 and 6 Football v Guildford Grove
Date: Thursday 11th October
Time: 3.45pm - 4.45pm (Parents to help with lifts please - leave school straight after school, KO 3.45pm)
Venue:  Guildford Grove Primary School, Southway, Guildford, GU2 8YD

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator

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Week 2 - This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.


IQ Christmas Cards. Thank you to all who ordered their Christmas cards, if you haven't managed to do so yet please bring your forms on Monday.

School Disco will be on Saturday 10th November! Please put this date into your diaries and come to our fabulous groovy and fun event. Booking forms will be coming in your children's book bags soon.

Save the date:
Tue 30th October - FOPS meeting @ 8pm staff room
Sat 10th November - SCHOOL DISCO (5.30 - 7.30 pm)
Sat  8th December - CHRISTMAS FAIR 
Sun 20th January 19 - Action Sunday
Sat 23rd March 19 - Bake & Stroll
Sat 11th May - new social event - more info to follow 

Social dates for your diary
Thursday 11th October - 8pm - Parents Drinks @ The Albany
Monday 12th November - 9am - Coffee Morning @ Rebecca's house  (42 Pewley Way)  
Friday 23rd November - 8pm - Christmas Drinks @ Piper's House (5 Jenner Road) 
Year 1
Thursday 29th November - Christmas Night Out @ Long Bar (Harbour Hotel)
Year 2

Playground Sales for this term are as follows:
Friday 12th October - Walnut
Friday 2nd November - Oak
Friday 9th November - Beech
Friday 16th November - Willow
Friday 23rd November - Hazel


First Meeting – Wednesday 10th October 8pm at Rogues
Come and say hello, have a glass of wine and let us know what you want to see happen this year – another ball? More year group activity? Different stalls at the school fairs? Do exactly what we did last year? We are here to raise money for the school any way we can – so throw us your ideas! You don’t need to be a class rep!

Talking of which, thank you for EVERYONE who has volunteered to be a Class Rep. We are still short in 4N and 6JW – we really need your input for the special activities that happen for the Y6 child in their last year. Please let us know if you can help. Please also keep sending back your contact forms so we can let you know what is going on.

Bingo - Saturday 13th October – still time to sign up and come along to the first HTSC event of the year. Bring your legs eleven and your two fat ladies – open the garden gate, buckle your shoe and come have some fun! Don’t forget your names will be on the door – no fiddly tickets to lose.

Bonfire Night - 2nd November - details will be out next week. If you don’t have the time to be a class rep, could you give one-off help on this project? It is such a great night in the school calendar and we could do with help to keep it on track. If you would be happy to be involved please let us know, or pop along to Rogues (we promise to buy anyone who volunteers a drink – we are resorting to bribery already!)

You can find us at, often in the playground and we hope to get the HTSC Facebook page up and running again soon!

Half term 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 October half term. Details of playschemes, arts and crafts, sports activities, family days out and much more can be found on our website: