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Infant 27 April 2012

27 April 2012

Dear Parents,

Last week I gave out the scores for each of the questions in the recent survey.  If you did not have a chance to see them please click here.  This week we are giving a digest of the comments (available to download here). As a result of your comments there will be focus groups to look at the main areas for development.

The first focus group will be on 2nd May at 7pm at the HT site where we will be looking at how we disseminate information to you about your children.  This will include thinking about written reports and consultation evenings. I do hope some of you can come along and help us find a way of giving you the information you want, in a user-friendly form, when you want it.  I will try to keep the meeting to about an hour and a quarter.  This meeting will be in time to affect reports this summer.

Best wishes, Richard

Parking & Safety
You may be aware that one of children was involved in a road traffic accident on Cline Road, after school, last week. He is fine, but we would like to remind you all about driving and parking around both of the HTPD sites. We have noticed that many parents are ignoring the double yellow and zig zag lines and we have become increasingly concerned for the children’s safety. Please do not park in these areas. Thank you for your co-operation.

Parents’ Focus Group, Wednesday 2 May, 7.00 pm at Holy Trinity

All parents (infant and junior) are very welcome to attend the focus group led by Richard looking at reports and consultation evenings.  More details in Richard’s letter above.

Admissions September 2012

If you have a child starting school in Year R in September or a Year 2 child transferring to junior school, please ensure that you have accepted your place on-line (if you applied on-line) or returned your reply slip to school (paper applications) by next Wednesday, 2 May.   


2012 Olympic Games flag project
Following the draw on Monday morning, Rocco Collinson (infants) and Polly Moon (juniors) will be representing HTPD and holding the flag at Stoke Park on 20 July.

Teacher-led clubs
Club letters have now come out via book bags.  We do have one un-named form, so if you have not received yours please come up to the office.  For children new to after-school clubs, they may bring a small, healthy snack to have before the club starts – please send these in their book bag.  

Eco Team
The eco team had a busy afternoon making a bug hotel near the eco house which we are hoping will be a comfortable place for mini-beasts. The team had great fun making the bug hotel and then they settled all sorts of creatures into the hotel's leafy soil and log piles. Thank you very much to the families who contributed the logs for this project. Please see the website for pictures of the bug hotel in the making.

Parking
Please do not to park across the school gates at the end of the school day – some of our staff need to leave promptly at 3.00pm to pick up their own children from school.  

Lower entrance
If you are leaving school after the lower doors have been shut at 9.00am, please ensure that they are closed securely behind you or alternatively go out through the upper doors. 

Lost
Charlotte Wright, Walnut Class, has lost a small, green (named) Shackleton fleece – please check that your child has not brought it home by mistake. 

Grace Mitchell, Chestnut Class, has lost a (named) Keller cardigan.

Menu
See Lunch Menu.
 



Guildford Spring Craftacular, Saturday 28 April, 10am – 5.00pm
, St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street
This contemporary, hand-made craft fair will have over 25 local designer makers, a DIY children’s craft table and a Glutton & Glee pop-up café. Showcasing local talent (including some parents from HTPD), there will be everything from Accessories, Ceramics, Photography, Collectables, Textiles, Clothing, Arts, Interiors and Jewellery.  Free Entry.  Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GuildfordCraftacular. 
For info call: 07968 560672. 

Cake & Book Sale, Saturday 28 April, 2-4pm at 3 Cranley Road

Do come along to our cake and book sale (with tea and coffee) on Saturday afternoon.  Following Fiona Durrant’s marathon run on Sunday we are raising money for the same charity, AbleChildAfrica, which specializes in advocating for and supporting disabled children and young people in Africa.  Thanks very much indeed, Clare Twigger-Ross (Hattie Y3, Alice Y6), Susanna Hoar (Martha Y4, Elspeth Y2) and Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Y2).  

Table Top sale at The Spike, Warren Road, Sunday 29 April 10am.   Time for a good spring clear out  -  come and sell your unwanted things!  Tables for hire at £6/£8 (£5 for children’s tables) then keep the proceeds of your sale .   To book a table phone Anne on 577247.  Donations also gratefully received and can be dropped at  120 Addison Road  any time or bring on the day.   Sale is fundraising  for Charlotteville Trust Diamond Jubilee Street Party on BH Monday 4 June, a community event to which all local people and friends are welcome.  Tickets for a great day’s celebration £8 available in advance from Gina on 598420.

Holy Trinity Church Choir, directed by Martin Holdford, is in an exciting stage of development and looking for new members – boys between 6 and 13 who can commit to regular services.  They currently practise at the church on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8pm and sing in one service on Sundays.  The boys sing a mixture of traditional and contemporary music, as a group and in collaboration with the Adult Voices.  They receive a fee and there are opportunities for solo and small group singing.  There will be an open rehearsal/bring a buddy session on Thursday 3 May at Holy Trinity church at 6.30, a relaxed session where anyone who is interested can just come along and see what it is all about.  Please contact Martin Holford, Choirmaster on mholford1966@gmail.com or on 01483 576500.

Baby Foot Impression & Mothers’ Coffee Morning @ The Spike, Warren Road, Guildford
15 May & 22 May 2012, 9.30 am – 12.00 pm

Come and capture your baby’s precious tiny little foot.  You will acquire a delightfully unique 3D fine plaster image to hold onto forever, as they all too quickly grow up!  £10.00 per child.  Profits to Tommy’s and GUTS.  Enquiries please call 07592 689059.  Book online:  www.redpathandcrimson.co.uk

Junior 27 April 2012

27 April 2012

Dear Parents,

Last week I gave out the scores for each of the questions in the recent survey.  If you did not have a chance to see them please click here.  This week we are giving a digest of the comments (available to download here). As a result of your comments there will be focus groups to look at the main areas for development.

The first focus group will be on 2nd May at 7pm at the HT site where we will be looking at how we disseminate information to you about your children.  This will include thinking about written reports and consultation evenings. I do hope some of you can come along and help us find a way of giving you the information you want, in a user-friendly form, when you want it.  I will try to keep the meeting to about an hour and a quarter.  This meeting will be in time to affect reports this summer.

Best wishes, Richard


Parking & Safety
You may be aware that one of children was involved in a road traffic accident on Cline Road, after school, last week. He is fine, but we would like to remind you all about driving and parking around both of the HTPD sites. We have noticed that many parents are ignoring the double yellow and zig zag lines and we have become increasingly concerned for the children’s safety. Please do not park in these areas. Thank you for your co-operation.

Admissions September 2012
If you have a child starting school in Year R in September or a Year 2 child transferring to junior school, please ensure that you have accepted your place on-line (if you applied on-line) or returned your reply slip to school (paper applications) by next Wednesday, 2 May.

Tag Rugby
Despite the torrents of rain this week we managed to hold our Tag Rugby festival on Tuesday which was great fun. Well done to everybody who took part with five exciting games for each team. Our Year 6 first team managed to win all five of their games and together with the results of the league games they won second place overall. They all displayed fantastic teamwork.
 
Netball
Congratulations to our year 6 netballers who got runners up silver medals at the County High Five netball Tournament on Thursday with a thrilling 4-5 final. They all showed amazing versatility having to swap positions every half match of their 6 matches and supported each other with superb team spirit. Good luck in the Tormead Versatility tournament tomorrow.

Sainsburys Vouchers
Can we make it 20,000 by next week?  We already have 10,400!  Thank you.

Congratulations to Rocco Collinson and Polly Moon
The children will be representing HTPD holding the flag at Stoke Park. 

Lost:
Finnan Waterfield (3G) has lost his named waterproof jacket.  It is royal blue with black shoulders.  Last seen on the astroturf at lunchtime on Thursday.  He really needs it in this weather!  If found please bring to 3G.
Brooke Newell (4A) Nightingale sweatshirt
Bella Collinson (5M) Purple Trespass coat.

Lunch Menu Week 1
 


HTSC News


Dates for the diary

Phil the Bag - Monday 28th May – Thursday 31st May
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.

Jubilee Cake Sale - Friday 1st June
We will be holding a cake sale to celebrate the jubilee, so start planning those red, white and blue themed cakes, biscuits etc

Summer Fair - Friday 22nd June
Following a very successful raffle last year we are hoping to get a fantastic first prize again this year. Can you donate a raffle prize? Are you able to get tickets for an event that could be used as a raffle prize? If anyone is able to make a contribution towards the main prize or has a suggestion of a local business that might be able to donate something please let us know at htsc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
 


Sunday 6th May - Frimley 10k Road Race 2.5K Fun Run
The Savage family will be running in this event to raise funds for the SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) at Frimley Park. Why?  Because their lovely cousin Clara Hope (a twin born in February this year) spent all the early weeks of her life in the Unit and we want to say a great big thank you to all the staff at the hospital. She was transferred to Southampton where she had a heart operation; she is now back at Frimley Park and preparing to go home in the next few weeks.
If you feel you could sponsor us, please look at the fundraising link below. www.justgiving.com/RunningForClara

Support Guildford Heat on Sunday - Guildford Heat have made the Play Offs (an end of season knockout tournament). They will play league leaders, Newcastle Eagles at 3pm on Sunday 29 April at Surrey Sports Park. Call the Heat Box Office on 01483 689111 to book tickets

French Club – everyone is welcome to join the French Club every Wednesday after school.  If you would like a taster session, please come along next week.

Holy Trinity Art class with Elena Andreeva - We currently have a place in our Art class, which takes place at the school every Monday, 3.30-5.00pm. We focus on drawing, watercolour painting and composition.  The cost is £100 for the course of ten sessions. If you would like your child to enrol, please contact Elena on 01483 560385, or by email art.elenaandreeva@googlemail.com
 

Infant 20 April 2012

20 April 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so grateful to those of you (about  60%) who responded to the questionnaire. If you click here you can see the results. Next week we hope to send out a digest of all the additional comments that were made. The information we have gleaned from the survey is very useful to us in moving the school forward. I will be holding focus groups on the areas which have substantial disagreement. I am so pleased that only two students were not happy, but very concerned about the results for bullying and behaviour. The focus groups plus staff and governor discussion will lead to action in some of these areas.

I am particularly grateful to the group of parents who came to a meeting about self esteem and participation. I am sorry that I have not previously reported on the changes that have been made as a result of this. One big change is that all teachers are now keeping a record of Headteacher awards and times when children are chosen for events. Another change is that when we need a team for a special sporting event, e.g. this week’s Olympics team, a group of children who are not in our first football, netball or hockey squad were chosen to represent our school. We also plan to change the last day of school awards so that children in Year 6 receive a certificate which reflects their virtues and contributions to school life. All children will receive this award. We will continue to cut down on the number of sporting and other awards to individuals. The drama club held a small production at the end of last term; this was only for members who had come to that club. These are just a few of the changes which have occurred. We will continue to seek to improve in this way.

At Holy Trinity Pewley Down we really strive to be constantly listening and acting to make our school better for children and parents. Please continue to give us feedback as we pursue this task.

Best wishes, Richard

Teacher-led clubs
Letters about teacher-led clubs for the summer term came home in book bags earlier this week.  Please return these by Wednesday 25 April, remembering to name your form. 

Flag project
You should also have received a letter about the 2012 Olympic Games flag project this week.  If you would like your child to go into the draw for a chance to hold a flag at the Torch relay event at Stoke Park on 20 July, please come up to the office and put their name in the box by Monday morning, 23rd.

Year R refurbishment
A big ‘thank you’ to FOPS who have funded the refurbishment of the Year R classrooms which took place over the Easter holidays.  Please do pop in and have a look as it has really made a difference to the children’s learning environment. 

Eco Team
This week the eco team met to talk about 'Earth Day 2012' which is on Sunday April 22nd. We thought about ways in which we can help to look after our planet Earth. The eco team's ideas were that it is good to recycle our paper and plastic, we try to remember to turn off the lights when we leave a room and turn off the taps after we have used the water. We thought about how we can continue to look after our school garden and do our best to encourage lots of creatures and insects to live in our school grounds.  We then enjoyed planting potatoes in the eco house vegetable garden and we gave the eco house a good tidy. We decided that our next project would be to build a log and stone home for insects. If anyone would like to contribute any sticks or small logs for this project then please bring them to Beech Class.

Sainsbury’s vouchers
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme has now finished for this year.  Please have a rummage in your bags and pockets and bring any vouchers into school.

Year 2
Just to let you know that we have two student teachers, Holly and Nicky, doing their teaching placements in Year 2 this term.

Rachel Alderman
Congratulations to Rachel Alderman, our music teacher, who had a baby boy in the Easter holidays – mum, dad and baby all doing well. 

Lunch money
Please come up to the office if your child owes lunch money:  £10.50 for one week, £42 for 4 weeks, £71.40 for the half term or £136.50 for the full term.
 


FOPS News

Next FOPS meeting is on Monday 23rd April at 8 PM in the Staff Room.

Phil the Bag will be returning to Pewley on Friday 27th April so please have your bags of unwanted textiles/shoes ready. Thank you.

Dates for the diary for this term:
Saturday 23rd June (evening event without kids!) - Midsummer Bash
Sunday 8th July (12-2 PM) - Summer Fair
 


Lost
Monty Steer-McBain, Chestnut Class, has lost a (named) navy anorak with a hood.
Luke Pomeroy, Beech Class, has lost a named (Keller) sweatshirt.
Hannah Bird, Willow Class, has lost her ballet shoes

Menu - please click here


London Marathon:

Oak Class teacher Sheena says "my daugher Lucy is running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care.  They provide free complementary therapies for cancer patients and counselling services for their families.  She would really appreciate any donation you feel able to give.  Please follow the link http://www.justgiving.com/LucyPrestonVLM to donate.  Many thanks!"

Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr 2) is running the London Marathon on 22nd April for AbleChildAfrica.  AbleChildAfrica specialises exclusively in advocating for and supporting disabled children and disabled young people in Africa and works with partner organisations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.To celebrate Fiona's achievements and to raise money for AbleChildAfrica we are holding a cake and book sale with tea and coffee at 3 Cranley Road, on Saturday 28th April from 2 - 4.  If you have any books you would like to donate then please drop them off in the School Office OR at 3 Cranley Road OR give them to one of us at school.   And, most importantly, please do come and buy some cakes and books all for a great cause.  Thanks very much indeed, Clare Twigger-Ross (Hattie Yr 3, Alice Yr 6), Susanna Hoar (Martha Y4, Elspeth Y2) and Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr2).

Rowan Todd's (formerly Beech Class) amazing Auntie Jess  will be running the London Marathon on 22nd April for The Neuro Foundation, wearing a pair of bunny ears and a t-shirt that says ‘Auntie Jess’. As most of you are aware Rowan has neurofibromatosis (NF1), a neurological condition caused by a ‘spelling mistake’ in the genetic code. She recently finished 18 months of chemotherapy for a tumour on her optic nerve. The excellent news is that, after lots of hospital visits, the tumour is stable. The sight she has lost will not come back, but she is an amazingly confident little girl despite it all. If you are able to sponsor Auntie Jess to help The Neuro Foundation raise awareness to this common, but little known, condition, we would be really, really grateful. Any amount, little or large, will be appreciated to help us reach our target of £2000. The sponsorship page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JessHalliday Thank you!

Table Top sale at The Spike, Warren Road, Sunday 29 April 10am.   Time for a good spring clear out - come and sell your unwanted things! Tables for hire at £6/£8 (£5 for children’s tables) then keep the proceeds of your sale .   To book a table phone Anne on 577247. Donations also gratefully received and can be dropped at 120 Addison Road any time or bring on the day.   Sale is fundraising for Charlotteville Trust Diamond Jubilee Street Party on BH Monday 4 June, a community event to which all local people and friends are welcome. Tickets for a great day’s celebration £8 available in advance from Gina on 598420


Junior 20 April 2012

20 April 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so grateful to those of you (about  60%) who responded to the questionnaire. If you click here you can see the results. Next week we hope to send out a digest of all the additional comments that were made. The information we have gleaned from the survey is very useful to us in moving the school forward. I will be holding focus groups on the areas which have substantial disagreement. I am so pleased that only two students were not happy, but very concerned about the results for bullying and behaviour. The focus groups plus staff and governor discussion will lead to action in some of these areas.

I am particularly grateful to the group of parents who came to a meeting about self esteem and participation. I am sorry that I have not previously reported on the changes that have been made as a result of this. One big change is that all teachers are now keeping a record of Headteacher awards and times when children are chosen for events. Another change is that when we need a team for a special sporting event, e.g. this week’s Olympics team, a group of children who are not in our first football, netball or hockey squad were chosen to represent our school. We also plan to change the last day of school awards so that children in Year 6 receive a certificate which reflects their virtues and contributions to school life. All children will receive this award. We will continue to cut down on the number of sporting and other awards to individuals. The drama club held a small production at the end of last term; this was only for members who had come to that club. These are just a few of the changes which have occurred. We will continue to seek to improve in this way.

At Holy Trinity Pewley Down we really strive to be constantly listening and acting to make our school better for children and parents. Please continue to give us feedback as we pursue this task.

Best wishes, Richard

Events happening next Week
Wednesday 25th April, 7pm – Year 3 Sleepover & topic Information Evening
Thursday 26th April, 6.30pm – Year 5 Brenscombe Farm Information Evening. Please remember your cheque books!

School Clubs
All clubs start next week, please click here for details.  In addition to those outlined at the end of term, Alison is running an additional gardening club for those who can't make it after school on a Wednesday from 12.30 -1pm.
 
Tennis Balls
As we hit our summer sports we seem to manage to get through a lot of tennis balls! If anyone has any tennis balls that may be past their best for use on court but may still be good for practising rounders and cricket drills, please leave them at the office for us. That would be great, thanks.

Payments for Brenscombe/Preston Montford
A reminder that these are due, thank you.

Sainsburys & Tesco Vouchers  (7,800 JS and 2,500 Tesco already received with thanks.)
We are collecting these and there are collection boxes in reception.  Last year we collected over 30,000 and we managed to use these to get a lot of new equipment for the kitchen in Year 4. This year we have only received around 8,000. Sainsburys have stopped handing the vouchers out so if you have any at home, please bring them in to school ASAP.  To give you an idea: cricket bats (a set of 4) = 290 vouchers; Skipping ropes (set of 6) = 160 vouchers and a bat and ball set = 6,000 vouchers. Thank you.

Found
A set of house keys has been found outside the school. Please see the office.

Lost
Piping bag from school kitchen, please return as soon as possible. Thank you.

HTSC News
HTSC Meeting Thursday 26th April, 8pm HT Staff Room, all welcome.

Lunch Menu Week 3



London Marathon
Will Preston's (6SM) sister Lucy is running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care.  They provide free complementary therapies for cancer patients and counselling services for their families.  She would really appreciate any donation you feel able to give.  Please follow the link http://www.justgiving.com/LucyPrestonVLM to donate.  Many thanks!

Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr 2)  is running the London Marathon on 22nd April for AbleChildAfrica.  AbleChildAfrica specialises exclusively in advocating for and supporting disabled children and disabled young people in Africa and works with partner organisations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.To celebrate Fiona's achievements and to raise money for AbleChildAfrica we are holding a cake and book sale with tea and coffee at 3 Cranley Road, on Saturday 28th April from 2 - 4.  If you have any books you would like to donate then please drop them off at 3 Cranley Road OR give them to one of us at school.   And, most importantly, please do come and buy some cakes and books all for a great cause.  Thanks very much indeed, Clare Twigger-Ross (Hattie Yr 3, Alice Yr 6), Susanna Hoar (Martha Y4, Elspeth Y2) and Fiona Durrant (Alastair, Yr2)

Holy Trinity Church Choir
Directed by Martin Holford, is in an exciting stage of development and looking for new members – boys between 6 and 13 who can commit to regular services .  They currently practise at the church on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8pm and sing in one service on Sundays.  There will be an open rehearsal/bring a buddy session on Thursday 3rd May at Holy Trinity church at 6.30, a relaxed session where anyone who is interested can just come along and see what it is all about.  Please contact Martin Holford, Choirmaster on mholford1966@gmail.com or on 01483 576500

The Parenting Puzzle – How to get the best out of family life
A 10 week evening programme this Summer term of discussion and support covering key parenting issues. Wednesday evenings 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. Bede’s School - Starts 2nd May 2012 with a pre-course Taster session. Refreshments provided. Everyone welcome, dads included! Contact: Alenka Miles 07726 148843; Tania Parslow 07790 457482.  E-mails: alenkamiles@btinternet.comt.parslow@virgin.net

Table Top sale at The Spike, Warren Road,  Sunday 29 April 10am
Time for a good spring clear out  -  come and sell your unwanted things!  Tables for hire at £6/£8 (£5 for children’s tables) then keep the proceeds of your sale .   To book a table phone Anne on 577247.  Donations also gratefully received and can be dropped at  120 Addison Road  any time or bring on the day.   Sale is fundraising  for Charlotteville Trust Diamond Jubilee Street Party on BH Monday 4 June, a community event to which all local people and friends are welcome.  Tickets for a great day’s celebration £8 available in advance from Gina on 598420

Guildford SPRING Craftacular – A Contemporary Handmade Fair, Sat 28th April (10am –5pm)
FREE ENTRY- St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1. Over 25 Stalls of Handmade Contemporary Craft - Accessories * Ceramics * Collectables * Textiles * Clothing * Arts * Café * Interiors * Jewellery * Ceramic Painting

Baby foot Impression & mothers coffee morning @ The Spike, Warren Road - 15th May & 22nd May 2012 9.30 am – 12pm. Come and capture your baby’s precious tiny little foot. You will acquire a delightfully unique 3D fine plaster image to hold onto forever, as they all too quickly grow up! £10.00 per child.  To book or enquire please call 07592689059 Book online at: www.redpathandcrimson.co.uk