HTPD 17/11/17

17 November 2017

Dear Parents,

Having seen so many of you over the last two weeks at our parents’ consultations, I’ve been able to say how impressed I’ve been with the children’s learning attitudes this term. In case I missed some of you, I’ll repeat my comments here. So many of the children really have been working hard, taking on challenges, learning to collaborate, showing pride in their finished work and behaving so respectfully. It’s been a great term so far! Thank you for working alongside us in so many ways to make sure that your children’s progress is a priority! If you haven’t yet managed to meet your child’s teacher, do make an appointment. It really is important to discuss how they’re getting on and we want to hear from you – it’s an important part of the whole picture!

Huge congratulations to Year 3 for an amazing performance last week of “Wackadoo Zoo” – it was lovely to see all the children brimming with enthusiasm and confidence, singing and acting so well. The important message that each one of us is special and unique fitted in so perfectly with our school values! It was brilliant to have so many parents able to join us for the show. Similarly, how great to see so many of you at the infants’ family disco last weekend. What a great community! We’ve been talking to the children this week in assembly about belonging to a team and it’s good to have Holy Trinity Pewley Down as an example of a team that works so well!

Years 3-6 will be beginning a new mental maths challenge in the next couple of weeks, “Mathstronauts”. It’s a weekly challenge that they will take part in to practise their number fluency and times table recall. Do ask your child about it and help them to get ready for lift off by practising at home! Tom (our maths leader) will be sending out some more information on this soon.

Have a great weekend everyone!

With best wishes


Transfer to Junior School (Year 3) – September 2018
Prospective Parents’ Evening, Thursday 23 November, 7.00pm, Holy Trinity Chapel

All the teachers will be speaking about the inspiring curriculum and extra-curricular activities as well as our transition programme. Please also feel free to book onto a daytime tour by calling the HT office (01483 539033).

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: as well as a junior Supplementary Information form (available on the website or from the school office). The deadline for applications is 15 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.


FOPS Action Sunday – THIS Sunday 19 November, 12.30-3pm.
(For as little or long as you like!) Please bring your family and your tools and join us to help clear leaves and tidy the playgrounds to ensure they are tidy and safe for our children to enjoy! There will be tea, coffee, cake and a film for the children!

Year R
You should now have received a school entry questionnaire via your child’s book bag. Please return completed questionnaires to the school office by Friday 1 December.

School lunches
Please let us know if your child is changing from school lunch to packed lunch, or vice versa. Unfortunately, it is not possible for children to have a mixture of school lunch and packed lunch during the week.

Run to ‘Rio’ update:
Week 8 – we have run 225 miles (1,434 total).

School Drawing Competition
To celebrate their new store opening in Guildford, Decathlon is running a drawing competition with the chance for schools to win sports equipment and a sports event. Forms will be coming home in book bags today and the deadline is now Monday 20 November. Decathlon would like children to be creative and draw themselves doing different sports. These drawings will be uploaded on the competition website, where you can vote for our school. (All personal details stay confidential, only the page with the drawing will be online.) Please return forms to the school office.

Pollyanna Young, Chestnut, has lost her complete PE kit.
Aria Vrusia, Beech, has lost a named Keller cardigan.
Catalina Elizaga, Chestnut, has also lost a named Keller cardigan.
Pink, un-named ballet shoes (size 13c) left behind after ballet club.
Red corkscrew, navy ‘chypsplus’ umbrella, flowery scarf with coloured tassels – left after the disco.

Menu (beginning 20 November). This menu is available 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.

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


Tuesday – Year 3 & Year 4 Football Club cancelled due to a Year 5 and Year 6 Football Match at HT

Year 3 and Year 4 Multi-skills Competition
Date:  Monday 20th November
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm - Parents to help with lifts 
Venue: Spectrum Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP
Year 5 B and Year 6 B Football v. Burpham
Date: Tuesday 21st November
Time: 3.15 pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Girls’ Football Tournament
Date:  Thursday 23rd November
Time: 3pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Weyfield Primary School, 8 School Close, Guildford, GU1 1QT 

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

Menu (beginning 20 November). This menu is available under the Weekly News tab.

FOPS News (Infant PTA)

Thanks to everyone who supported the disco either by helping on the evening or coming and joining in! A great time was had by all and we raised £1220 after costs! This, together with the amazing £225 raised from cake sales this term and the £193 from the IQ Christmas cards will certainly kick start our spending plans for the year! This includes replacing the out-dated whiteboards with Interactive smartboards!

Dates for your diary:

Action Sunday – THIS Sunday 19 November, 12.30-3pm (see above)

Christmas Fair - Sunday 10 December (1-3pm)
. This is the main event of the year and great fun for everyone. We will need lots of helpers to run the stalls so class reps will be in touch soon asking for volunteers.
We want to make the school look as festive as possible so look out for our ‘decorate a Christmas bauble’ competition coming home in your book bags soon!

Can your company or business help?
Do you work for an organisation that might be able to offer a prize for our raffle or silent auction? This could be anything from a product through to a day out, a meal or tickets to an event - anything that someone might like to buy or receive! 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 can help, please email Laura:

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! 

Year group activities

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

Year 1: Thursday 7 December - Year 1 Christmas drinks and pizza at Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road at 8pm (more details to follow)
Year 2: Thursday 7 December - Christmas party! Ye Olde Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road. Time TBC.
and finally… Willow class will be having their playground sale on Friday 24th November so don’t forget some change! 

You can find out more about what’s happening and what’s happened, by visiting our new FOPS facebook page:



The preparations for this year’s King of Christmas Fair are in full swing!
Please look out for the raffle tickets that came home with the children this week. The top prize this year is an Apple Watch (kindly donated by Cavenders), plus the fabulous King of Christmas themed HT hampers. Please ensure all stubs are returned by Thursday 30 November to the HT office so they can be included in the draw. 

Please also volunteer your services to your Class Reps to help on a stall at the Fair, they will be sending out emails requesting help.


Next Friday 24 November is donations day for the Christmas Fair. It is also a mufti day for the children at HT. 

Please bring in your donations that day and leave them at the bottom of the ramps. 

On 24 November 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.

  • Teddies - good condition for the teddy tombola.

  • Plus your hamper donations for your year group’s raffle hamper. Please look out for emails from your class reps with requests for these donations.


Book your babysitter and dust off your dancing shoes! The date has been announced for the HTPD Spring Ball 2018 – Saturday 3 March. Watch out for ticket release date information in the New Year


We are holding a kick-off Ball meeting on Thursday 23 November at the Albany. Do come along and help join in with the planning of this exciting event.


If you would like a stall at the Christmas Fair or know of anyone who would like to have a stall, please email Bronwyn Clifford as there are still some slots free (


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.

Can you ever have enough TEA TOWELS at Christmas time? Stuck for Christmas present ideas?
Production of the HT Tea-towels has started! Each year group has designed their year group tea-towel complete with individual self-portraits of every child in the year.
They will be available for order from Monday 20 November. More details to follow.

Year 3 Christmas Drinks – Wed 29 November
Year 6 Christmas Drinks – Friday 8 December

Crossroads Care Surrey, a charity based in Leatherhead, help to provide support for families who are hard pressed to look after a sick relative, and helps to provide respite for the carer which is very beneficial and supportive. To help raise funds for this worthwhile cause, this is a special appeal from David Stokes, HTAG, for everyone to come carol singing this year and encourage others to come too! There has been a long tradition of community carol singing around the streets of Holy Trinity. It makes for a lovely evening for all concerned: local children and parents are always made welcome outside homes and the singers are not only uplifted by the carols, but enjoy mulled wine and baked potatoes at the finish too! This year they are starting at the Albany pub in Sydenham Road at 7pm and singing around the streets of Charlotteville from 7.30pm, finishing at Gina's in Addison Road with Yule-tide refreshments. You do not have to be able to sing or know all the carols! Leader, Stephen Wright, provides the words and will lead you in roughly the right key! So put the date in your diary now: Wednesday, 13th December, meet 7pm at The Albany Pub.

To raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
, one of our parents, Jenny Panman, endured a firewalk of 5 metres across hot coals on Bonfire Night! If you would like to donate towards this worthy cause, please