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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: 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 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: 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! 

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: https://www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/



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 (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).


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 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jenny-panman  

HTPD 10/11/17

10 November 2017

Dear parents

Firstly, thank you so much for everyone’s patience and understanding whilst we faced the disruption of a major power cut on Monday. The children were so calm and unflustered, despite there being no water, telephones, lights or heating at the junior school until late into Monday evening. Power did come back more quickly at the infants, but by then we’d decided to close both sites. We have been in touch with Parentmail about the delay in delivery of the email information and they are extremely sorry for the difficulties that some of our parents experienced. We are reviewing our emergency communications and will let you know if we make any changes. Thank you for your flexible and adaptable approach. It was lovely to see so many parents working together! If the email never actually arrived in your inbox, please do get in touch with us.

It’s been really great to catch up with so many of you at the infant school parents’ evenings this week, and wonderful to find out from you how settled and happy your children are in their classes and how much you’ve enjoyed hearing about their progress. I’m sure the juniors will be just as encouraging next week (please do take note that some of the teacher-led clubs will not be on next week –see below for details). It really is amazing to see how much work has been covered already this term! Thank you for your ongoing partnership in your child’s learning journey, and for your interest in the details of how best to support them at home. I hope you found the consultations useful as well.

It was amazing to see how many children took part in the junior school house Bake Off challenge earlier in the week. I was astounded by the creativity and imagination shown in preparing an individual cup cake. The teachers and house captains really enjoyed judging the entries and it was tough to choose finalists for the technical challenge; Alison then had an excellent morning on Thursday, inspiring four house teams of four children from across the school to create amazing Gingerbread Sleighs, complete with reindeer! Fantastic show-stoppers!

I’m looking forward to seeing the Year 3 children tomorrow taking part in their first junior school production. I’m told rehearsals for Wackadoo Zoo have been very successful and lots of fun, so I’m sure the actual performance will be excellent! I’ll miss seeing a whole zoo-full of onesies trouping around the school next week…but then again, as we start to rehearse for the Christmas show, perhaps the fun will continue!

Have a great weekend!

With best wishes


Jesse Tree Day, Tuesday 14 November
We are very much looking forward to an exciting day on Tuesday when we will be joined by a drama company to begin our Christmas celebrations early! The children will be given the opportunity to learn and explore a number of bible stories which relate to the genealogy of Jesus. FOPS are very kindly supporting this event, but we would also ask for a £1 donation to cover costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Year 2 Visit to St Paul’s, Monday 20 November
A reminder to return your permission slip and payment if you have not yet done so.

Christmas Play dates
Our Christmas play this year, entitled ‘Baubles’, will take place on Monday 11th (dress rehearsal), Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December. All performances start at 9.30 and will last approximately 1 hour. More information on tickets to follow.

Pewley Bank
We were very disappointed to hear from the residents of Pewley Bank that some of our parents have not been parking respectfully. We would remind you that this is a private road, and that we value the goodwill of our community. Please find alternative places to park.

Run to ‘Rio’ update:
Week 7 – 295 miles (total 1,209 miles).

Marcus Rolton, Walnut, has lost a named, navy blue Joules coat with sharks on it.
Found: Small teddy/cloth toy found in the bushes to the right of the steps leading down from the front door.

Football Club
Information about football for the new term has been sent out today via ParentMail. Please book on-line for next term.

Ballet Club
The Ballet show this term will be on Thursday 30 November at 3.30pm.

Please see below for FOPS News ………

Infant Menu: (beginning 13 November). This menu is also available on the website under the Weekly News tab.


Gas Works
Please note that gas mains replacement work is due to be started on the 20th November and is estimated to last 5 weeks. The council has given Southern Gas Networks permission to close Chesham Road between Harvey Road and Chesham Mews. There will be a signed diversion via Harvey Road, Warren Road and Cooper Road. Cooper Road, between Baille Road and Chesham Road one-way system will be reverted to two-way so traffic will travel West bound instead of East.

If you have any concerns or would like further information, please call SGN on 0800 912 1700 or send an email to mains@sgn.co.uk

Knitting Club for Years 3 and 4
Football Club for Years 3 and 4
Netball Club for Year 5
Badminton Club for Years 5 and 6
Make a Meal of It Club for Year 6

Shakespeare Club for Years 4, 5 and 6
Football Club for Years 5 and 6
Netball Club for Year 6
Newspaper Club for Year 6

Drama Club for all (although rehearsals will still be on for Year 6)
Hockey Club on Thursday for Years 5 and 6

Dates for your diary: November 2017:
Tuesday, 14th November Parents’ Evening at HT 6.00 - 8.30 p.m.
Thursday, 16th November Parents’ Evening at HT 4.00 - 6.30 p.m.
Thursday, 23rd November New Year 3 Prospective Parents’ Evening at 7.00 p.m.


Year 5 A & B Netball Match v Rydes Hill School
Date:  Tuesday 14th November
Time: 3.30 pm - 5.15pm - Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Rydes Hill School, Rydes Hill House, Aldershot Road, Guildford GU2 8BP
Years 5 & 6 Hockey v St Joseph's School
Date: Thursday 16th November
Time: 3.15 pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Holy Trinity
Year 5 Guildford High School Netball Tournament
Date:  Friday 17th November
Time: 12pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Guildford High School, London Rd, Guildford GU1 1SJ

Years 5 & 6 Football Tournament
Date: Saturday 18th November
Time: 9am - 12pm
Venue: Boxgrove School, Boxgrove Lane, Guildford GU1 2TD

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

Junior Menu - click on the link 
Also available under the 'Weekly News' section of the website

Kiruthik Sanmugam 3T lost his named Keller fleece. Please bring it to school if your child has brought it home by mistake. Many thanks


A huge thank you to everyone who supported Bonfire Night last week and also to those who came along and helped. From the bonfire building, stall manning, hot drinks serving and barbecuing to clearing up on Sunday morning, it was a great team effort! Our initial estimates show that we raised in excess of £2,500 - thank you!

Thank you also to everyone who contributed to our Phil the Bag collection this week. It was brilliant to see so many bags at the bottom of the ramps. Watch this space to see how much we raised!

We are having another Christmas Fair meeting in the staff room on Monday (13 November) straight from drop-off. We will be stuffing envelopes with raffle tickets and other information about the Christmas Fair and would welcome as much help as possible.
There are still several slots free for the external stalls. 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 (bronwynclifford@gmail.com).

A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the fourth year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please do get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Other dates for the diary
Year 5 & 6 Film Night - Friday 17 November – Swallows and Amazons
Christmas Fair - Friday 1 December 6pm-8pm


Phil the Bag
Thanks to everyone who added to the huge stack of bags for Phil the Bag! We will let you know what we’ve raised in due course. We will have another of these next term so please continue to save your unwanted clothes!

Dates for your diary

Pewley Family Disco – THIS SATURDAY 11 November, 5.30-7.30pm, school hall. Thanks to everyone who has pre-booked but don’t worry if you haven’t, you can still pay at the door. So put on your dancing shoes and come and dance the night away!

FOPS meeting: Wednesday 15th November (8pm Staff Room). Please come along to help us plan the Christmas Fair. Everyone welcome.

Action Sunday – Sunday 19 November - grab a spade and your gardening gloves and help us make Pewley look spick and span! Children welcome as we hope to show a film too. Check recent parent mail for more details.

Christmas Fair - Sunday 10 December (1-3pm). Save the date! This is the main event of the term so please don’t miss out. If you have any ideas come along to the FOPS meeting on Wednesday evening, or find one of us in the playground.

Wanted: wreath-maker or florist
! If you know anyone who might want to help us with our festive wreath-making social in the run-up to Christmas please contact Laura: laurasabster@yahoo.co.uk

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! The Ship Inn, Portsmouth Road. Time TBC.

and finally…
Beech class will be having their playground sale on Friday 17th 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: www.facebook.com/FOPSFriendsofPewleyDownSchool/

‘Energy Kidz’ regularly send out leaflets advertising their activity clubs throughout the year, and are now getting into the festive spirit early this year by offering a 10% discount on all bookings for our Winter Wonderland Holiday Club at Boxgrove Primary School in Guildford. You can find all the information you need and even take a look at our fun packed activity schedule at www.energy-kidz.co.uk/holiday-club.
Book using the code – EBCHRISTMAS17 before midnight on Friday 30th November to grab a 10% discount on your Winter Wonderland Holiday Club bookings.

Great British Bake Off
Just in case you were getting withdrawals from the Great British Bake Off, series 8 which has just finished, we have now heard that TGBBO is looking for the UK’s best home bakers to enter the tent for series 9! If you or someone you know thinks they have what it takes to bake in the tent, then please do encourage them to visit applyforbakeoff.co.uk or they can email us for more information at casting@lovewest.co.uk