HTPD 15/11/19

15 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

The whole school marked Remembrance Day during our assemblies on Monday, silently praying for peace and thinking about the impact of war both on those who serve in the armed forces and those who are made homeless by conflict. At both the juniors and the infants I was so pleased to see how respectful all the children were. We then introduced the week’s theme of being peacemakers, helping to solve arguments, stand up to unkindness and controlling our tempers. In a week that is marked nationally as Anti-Bullying Week, these themes were especially powerful, although I was very keen to tell the children that at HTPD, every week is anti-bullying week!

It was just great to catch up with so many of you at our junior school parents’ evenings. I hope that you enjoyed hearing about all that your child has achieved already this term. I look forward to next week’s conversations at the infants. If you’ve missed out on booking an appointment, do get in touch with either the office staff or your child’s class teacher. These consultations are so important and one of the ways that we make sure our home-school partnership stays strong.

Finally, we were delighted to have been nominated for a new Guildford Borough Council award for the school which has contributed most to sporting success in the town. Nick Walker, our sports leader, attended a celebration evening just last night at the cricket club in town at which we were thrilled to hear that we had won! Along with our sport coordinator, Laura Sutton, he gladly accepted the trophy as the leading Active School in Guildford – and may appear in the Surrey Advertiser shortly! The winner of this local award is now entered into a similar Surrey wide competition. What a great encouragement to our dedicated staff, and to our wonderfully active children! Well done everybody!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “If you are sensible, you will control your temper.” Prov 19, v 10. Be strong inside!


All parents/ carers are reminded that long hair needs to be tied up for school. This is especially so for PE, but as every day involves physical activity, hair should always be tied up. Also, please keep novelty hair decorations (such as large bows, added ears, or dangly bits!) for special occasions and not for school.


Parent Consultation meetings, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November
You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations next week via your child’s book bag. Please try and keep to the 10 minute time slots, but do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library / office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs cancelled
There will be no teacher-led clubs next week owing to the parent consultations.

Multi-sports with Andy is cancelled on Wednesday 27 November (as well as Wednesday 20th).

Transfer to Junior School
Prospective Parents’ Evening, Wednesday 20 November, 7.00pm

We look forward to seeing Year 2 parents at Holy Trinity next Wednesday; this is a really good opportunity to meet the team and get to know the junior school. Although pupils at Pewley Down are guaranteed a place, you do need to complete the Surrey County Council on-line application before 15 January 2020:

As well as a Supplementary Information Form (available on the website or from either school office).

Beep Beep Day, Friday 22 November
This is our Road Safety day when we ask children to come to school wearing brightly coloured clothes. We will be focussing on road safety and how to cross the road safely using the Green Cross Code.

Pewley Christmas Play ‘Children of the World’ - performance dates
Tuesday 10 December, 9:30am - dress rehearsal; Wednesday 11 December at 9:30am and Thursday 12 December at 9:30am. More information on tickets to follow.

Active Surrey Award
Pewley has been awarded an amazing two stars in Active Surrey's KS1 Star Mark Award. This celebrates our commitment to outstanding PE provision, school sport and physical activity during 2018/19. We already have ideas on how we can achieve three stars for this current year - keep up to date with @HTPDSport on Twitter!

Ballet Club Show
Parents are invited to the ballet show on Thursday 5 December at 3:30pm.

We have copies of ‘Family Grapevine’ magazine (local information for babies to teens) available in the school office if you would like to pick up a copy.

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 18 November
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Weds: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Gammon & Vegetable Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Club Updates
There has been a few changes to the Autumn Term Clubs, new list available here.

Cancelled Clubs
Monday - Y4 Netball
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Thursday - Y5&6 Football
Thursday - Dodgeball
No Badminton or Shakespeare Club for the rest of this term

Dates For your Diary
Fri 22nd Nov : Year 5 Tudor Day
Fri 22nd Nov : Year 3 “Splash” performance at 2:00pm
Fri 29th Nov : HT Christmas Fair
Wed 4th Dec : Last Swimming Lesson for Years 3A + 4N

Tempest Photographs
The closing date for submitting the FREE postage and delivery orders to the School was 14th Nov. If you have already placed an order for photographs thank you, if not or you wish to order more photographs, simply enter your image reference number and website access code (found on your original order form) at

Lost & Found
If anyone found a grey and red Alpkit torch near the entrance to the bonfire, last Friday – please let the office know.

Menu - Week 3

HT Sport this week from Laura S

We're in the middle of a busy couple of weeks of school sport. Last Friday the Y6 football team played in the the Guildford Primary School tournament held at King's College against 12 other schools. After a disappointing start the team had some tough games but slowly built momentum and finished the day with an emphatic win against Northmead. On Friday it's the girls chance to shine in the same competition. The Y4 dodgeball team tasted victory on Tuesday at the Guildford Y4 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill school, all returning with gold medals around their necks. After many false starts with bad weather the Y5 netball teams finally got to play their first matches against Rydes Hill and QE last Tuesday. Everyone played really well and are looking to improve their match skills against Tormead and QE next week.

Next week it's the turn of the Y6 Dodgeball team to see what they can do at the Y6 Dodgement competition at Bushy Hill. The Y5 and Y6 football teams have a home match against QE on Thursday and the Y5 & Y6 netball teams have an away match v Send on Monday. Please note the following clubs will be cancelled because of these fixtures:
Monday - Y4 Netball
Tuesday - Y6 Netball
Thursday - Y5&6 Football


Y5 & Y6 Netball v Send
Date: Monday 18th November
Time: 3.20pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Send
Venue: Send Barns Lane, Send, GU23 7BS
Teacher: Laura & Millie

Y5 Netball v QE & Tormead
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts to Tormead
Venue: Cranley Rd, GU1 2JD
Teacher: Laura & JJ

Y6 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill Junior School
Date: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Bushy Hill
Venue: Bushy Hill, Sheeplands Ave, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Boys Football v QE
Date: Thursday 21st November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: HT
Teacher: Nick


It is certainly starting to feel like the Christmas season now, with Christmas events being organised and mince pies now all over the shops. Even with that in mind, this week’s newsletter might feel a bit too festive bearing in mind it is only mid-November…..

Elf and pizza, 1st December 3-5pm. We will be showing Elf to properly kick off the Christmas run up and so parents can socialize whilst children are entertained (or watch the film themselves). We will be organising pre-order pizza (form here), so please do complete the form before the end of the day on Thursday 28th Nov, and come along for the afternoon. There will also be a licensed bar! As usual, we need volunteers, and the sign-up sheet is here.

Christmas Wreath Making, 5th December 7-10pm
Join FOPS for a festive evening of wreath making. Order slips are in the book bags and if you are missing one then there are spares at reception. These replies must be with the team by Thursday 21st Nov.


Dates for the diary:

Next two cake sales:
22nd November – Oak
29th November - Beech

HT Christmas Fair 29th Nov 6-8pm - HTSC would like to invite all Pewley Down families to this year’s Christmas Fair. There will be a raffle, mulled wine, hot food, Santa’s Grotto and games, as well as a variety of external stalls to get some Xmas shopping.

Pewley Christmas Fair
- 14th December, 3-5.30pm - The sign-up sheet for volunteers will be out soon as well as raffle tickets in the book bags and also details of our collection day. In the meantime though, do get this date in the diary.

School Disco - 1st Feb

Yr R Drinks Social - 22nd November, venue tbc

Yr 1 Drinks Social - 5th December 7.45pm, hosted by Cath and Ron Shrimplin’s house (1 Poyle Road). BYO drinks and there will be a form shared on WhatsApp for food.

Year 2 Coffee Mornings at Cafe Nero, North Street: Thursday 21st November, Wednesday 18th December

Have a great weekend all!
Sam and Jo


Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you – it’s a bit longer than usual so please bear with us!

Bonfire night – thank you to everyone who came to the fireworks and for all the volunteers that helped with the event and the clear up afterwards– we really appreciate it. Thank you also for remembering your Keep cups – there was a lot less rubbish left on the field and hope your drinks stayed warmer for longer.

Lost on bonfire night – if you found a grey and red Alpkit torch/lamp near the bonfire please can you contact the school office to return it to Zac Williams.

Christmas Fair
We are busy planning the Christmas Fair. Your child(ren) should receive an envelope with a donation letter and raffle tickets this afternoon with all the details. Class reps will be in touch separately regarding donations for the Year Group hamper prizes. As usual we are taking the theme from the school’s Xmas play (A Christmas Carol). Year 3 – The Past, Year 4 – The Present, Year 5 – The Future and Year 6 – Christmas Day.

2nd Hand Uniform
If you have any uniform age 7 years and upwards that you no longer need, please contact Simone Chidlow at to arrange collection/pick up. Please do not bring to school as we do not have anywhere to store it. We will be selling uniform at the Xmas fair.

Local business fundraising
Present Bunny, a local online gifts company, was started as a family project by two of our Holy Trinity parents and have kindly offered to donate 10% of sales to HTSC and FOPS using discount codes below.
Ordering is simple:
1) Visit
2) Place an order,
3) In the comments field please add your child's class (not your child's name)
· Any colour requests (please note we cannot guarantee colour but will do our best)
· the word Santa if the gifts are Christmas presents for your children, and you don't want your child to bring the delivery home.
3) Add the code PDNov19 or HTNov19 (depending on your child's school) during the checkout.
4) Receive confirmation email.
The code will discount the delivery charge as all orders placed using the code will be delivered to you via your child's class, unless Santa is stated in the comments. It also determines which PTA will receive the donation (10% of your purchase).

Closing date for orders is 22:00 Monday 18th November. Orders will be dropped to the school for delivery via your child's class either Thursday or Friday that week.

Present Bunny was started as a family project to learn about business, and what is involved. After a very memorable family meeting about the name and many discussions about the products that would be popular, the Present Bunny website was born. It has been fun learning and working together and we hope you like Present Bunny's products. Any queries, please contact Katie at

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Fri 22nd November – Xmas Fair Donation Day
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair
Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks
Thurs 12th December 8pm @ The Albany – Year 3 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC


HTPD 8/11/19

08 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, I’ve been really struck by the richness and variety within our curriculum. It was just great to show prospective parents around both schools and to describe to them everything that the children at HTPD experience. It was good to explain again how we encourage a lifelong love of learning in such a vibrant way! Do encourage other parents with younger children to come and look around over the coming weeks before the deadline for choosing their children’s school.

Yesterday, the junior school was alive with the sound of a marching Roman army, with the visit of John Eagle, an expert Roman historian bringing the children’s topic to life. We were also delighted to be able to talk about Diwali in several year groups, thanks to the expertise of both members of staff and a visiting parent. In Year 2 and Year 5 there have been exciting science investigations going on, and today Year 6 are experimenting with an augmented reality sandbox; moving the sand around a sand tray and seeing contours, valleys and mountain peaks was just excellent! We’re so grateful to the River Wey Trust for their expertise and for loaning us this amazing technology! I do hope that your children have told you all about the different activities they’ve enjoyed this week – and even more importantly that you’ve been able to see them making connections in their learning!

Next week, we start our parent consultations, first at HT and then the following week at Pewley. It’s always such a good opportunity to communicate specific details about your child’s progress and to celebrate together their attitude and commitment to the wider life of the school. Do remember that each appointment is only for ten minutes; we really try to keep to time so if you need further discussion, please make another appointment at a later date.

As you probably know, my favourite night of the year is this evening! After celebrating my birthday yesterday, firework night is a great way to end the week. Your children were so kind in wanting me to have a lovely day. We’re working hard to remind them of the importance of kindness and empathy – they showed me plenty of both! Do come along this evening; tickets are available on the gate. Remember to bring an eco-cup so that we don’t have to use disposable ones. And with the temperature dropping, it’ll be time to find the winter layers! I’ll see you on the field!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Can anyone say that their conscience is clear?” Proverbs 20 v9. Choose to be the best you!

lHTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.30 am
All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited to the coffee morning at Pewley Down on Wednesday hosted by our Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity). This time there will also be a talk on friendships. If possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email or


Parent Consultation meetings, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November
Please return your completed parent consultation form by Monday 11 November if you have not already done so.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 11 November.


We have a very busy week ahead at Holy Trinity!

Please take a moment to look at the information below so that you know what is happening… and when! If you have any queries please do contact the office.

Parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 12th November & Thursday 14th November

Nasal Flu Vaccinations
Are taking place on Thursday 14th November & Friday 15th November. If you missed the online booking portal, you will have to contact the vaccination team to arrange a separate appointment – the office will advise you of the contact details.

Book Fair
Will be open after school through the week.

Tempest Photographs

Please ensure that you return your order forms by the end of Thursday 14th November

Cancelled Clubs
With Parent Consultations next week teacher-led clubs will not be running. The following clubs will be cancelled:
Monday – Yr 4 Netball
Monday - Board Games
Tuesday - Morning Running Club
Tuesday – Yr 3 & 4 Football Club
Tuesday – Yr 6 Netball
Tuesday – Yr 6 Making a Meal of it
Tuesday - Chess
Wednesday - Origami
Wednesday - Cartoon Drawing
Wednesday – Knitting
Wednesday - Book Club
Thursday – Yr 5 & 6 Football
Thursday - Creative Writing
Friday – Yr 5 Netball
Shakespeare and Badminton Club cancelled for the rest of this term

HT Sport this week from Laura S

I'm so pleased to announce that we have filled up our Aldi poster and now sent it off! Many thanks to everyone who has supported the school by shopping at Aldi and collecting stickers. We should now receive a new sports kit and also go into a draw for a chance to win £20,000 to spend on our sports legacy.


Y5 netball v QE & Rydes Hill
Date: Tuesday 12th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts to Rydes Hill
Venue: Aldershot Rd, GU2 8BP
Teacher: Laura & Millie

Y4 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill Junior School
Date: Tuesday 12th October
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Bushy Hill
Venue: Bushy Hill, Sheeplands Ave, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Girls Football Tournament
Date: Friday 15th October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Kings
Venue: Kings College, Southway, GU2 8DU
Teacher: JJ

Menu - Week 2 

A 2019 Black Leavers Size XL 12/13 hoodie found in lost property at the end of the summer, belonging to a last years’ Y6 child, please speak to the office if you know whose it is.


We hope everyone is settling back in after half term and you are looking forward to a fun fireworks display at HT tonight. For those of you who haven’t pre-ordered, tickets are available on the night and there will also be food available.

Elf and pizza 1st December 3-5.
We will be showing Elf to kick off the Christmas run up and so parents can socialize whilst children are entertained (or watch the film themselves). There will be pre-order pizza (form here) and a licensed bar. As usual, we need volunteers, and the sign-up sheet is here.

Emma and Naomi are doing such a sterling job with all of the wool that has been donated that they are nearly out. They could do with some more wool and also some help making it into something now and would also value some support with the knitting. If you, your friends or family members knit or crochet and would like to help with this mammoth effort then please get in contact with FOPs (or Emma and Naomi directly). 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
As a registered charity, FOPs are able to take advantage of payments through CAF. Many of you will have employer-matched donation programmes through CAF, so why not put that extra towards facilities for your school? Click here for the link on the CAF website.

Teddies, Christmas Jumpers, Bottles and Chocolates
We will be collecting teddies, Christmas jumpers, bottles and chocolates for the school Christmas Fair - these should be bought to the school the week before the Fair - further details to follow.

Dates for the diary:

Next two cake sales:
15th November - Walnut
22nd November - Oak
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes
‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Thursday 21st November
Yr R Drinks Social - Friday 22nd November, venue tbc
HT Christmas Fair - Friday 29th November 6-8.00 Support the junior school with their Christmas festivities 
Elf and pizza - Sunday 1st December, 3-5
Wreath Making - Thursday 5th December
Yr 1 Drinks Social - Thursday 5th December
Christmas Fair - Saturday 14th December, 3-5.30
Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Wednesday 18th December
School Disco - Saturday 1st Feb

Have a great week, Jo and Sam

Wintershall Nativity 18-22 December - Please download flyer here.

Chantry Wood Campsite
The council are once again consulting on the use of the Chantry Wood Campsite. Parents are encouraged to take part and preserve its use for the school and local community. They are asking for feedback by November 30th. Please see the press release issued by #SaveChantry here: 
Here's the survey 

Emmaus Rd Kids – Club for Years 3 – 5
Club each week to prepare and cook a healthy meal chatting and eating around the dinner table discussing topics like Kindness, Generosity & Courage.

Charlotteville Heritage Trail and Remembrance Service, Saturday 9 November, 3.00pm
All are welcome to a Remembrance Service at the Charlotteville War Memorial in Addison Road on Saturday 9 November. It will be led by Rod Pierce of Holy Trinity and followed by tea in Addison Court Lounge with an exhibition of Charlotteville history. You can also follow a self-guided Heritage Trail in Addison, Cline and Cooper Roads with posters that tell some history of Charlotteville and the contribution by local men and women during both world wars. The posters will be up for a couple of weeks and are also available at