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Junior 26/4/13

26 April 2013

Dear Parents,

I often write about what is really important in school and life. Sometimes we feel at odds with the authorities, though nearly always in line with your hopes and aspirations (I hope). Each year we write a School Development Plan which formally puts into place some targets which we will strive to achieve during the coming year. Incidentally that last sentence puts me in mind of my school motto. Sequor ut attingham (Godalming Grammar School – now Sixth form college). I’m not sure my Latin or translation is quite right but I think it means “I follow in order to attain”.

So back to the SDP… the senior leadership team of the school along with Robert Cotton met together this week to air our first thoughts about next year’s targets. It was a good four hour meeting, I am not sure what will finally emerge as our final list but I thought you might like to see our initial work. So here we are with the top ten:

1. Progress – ensuring all children make the very best progress possible in learning
2. Parents supporting learning – covering all apsects of parents being involved in the childrens learning
3. Teachers’ continuing professional development – making staff more responsible for their CPD.
4. Networking – joining up with other schools to learn and exchange ideas and expertise.
5. Academy debate – is now the right time? Perhaps working with the Diocese.
6. Leadership – working towards sustainable middle and senior leaders.
7. Transition – maths and writing – a major project looking at how children progress from one year to another. To make sure this is smoother and enables children to make consistent progress.
8. Fulfilling our vocation as a church school.
9. Financial security – in times of austerity ensuring money is used wisely.
10. Capitalising on the new Chapel and making a programme for the next major building projects.

Well that’s it, I expect it will end up as fewer targets, but I hope the content of all that will be there. The full SDP should be available for parents to see by the middle of June.

With best wishes, Richard


School questionnaire
A reminder that school questionnaires are due back next Wednesday 1 May. Thank you for your responses so far, but please do complete one if you haven't already and return it to the office.

Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May – Tickets NOW ON SALE
Enjoy a fantastic foot-stomping evening with ‘The Jigalots’. Fantastic guest beers from local Guildford Breweries. Please see Lesley in the office for your tickets. Stephanie will also be selling tickets on Monday from 3-3.30pm. Tickets £10 per person – includes 1st drink.

School Packed Lunches
We have noticed that both school and home packed lunches are being thrown away - please would you speak to your child about this. Many thanks.

Hockey
Hockey Club for the next few weeks will be on Wednesday for Year 5&6 and Thursday for Year 3&4.

Reminder to Year 4 mums
Drinks at Jo Clarks 176 High St on Thursday 2nd May at 8.00pm

Year 5 Night Out
Thursday 16th May, venue to follow.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Next Meetings:
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along - it’s always lovely to see some new faces.


Lost
Laura Cox (3MG) - named cardigan lost on Tuesday.....most likely at board games.

After school Ballet Club – starts on Friday 3rd May and every Friday from 3.20-4.20pm for 10 weeks at £60, Please contact Kate Webster PDTD RTS via kate@tiptoesandtutus.co.uk or 07825 368 737 if you would like more details.

Wednesday Evening Kids Club
Want something different, fun and exciting for the kids to do on a Wednesday evening? Christ Church in Waterden Road, runs a kids club called "Interact" for anyone over 7 up to Year 6 - games, craft, fun, trips, camping etc. from 6.30 to 8pm for just 50p per session. For further information please contact Michael Tame on 07795173161 or email him on michael@christchurchguildford.com or just turn up at the church hall next week (Wednesday, 1st May for the first meeting of the term.

George Abbot Uniform
2nd hand Year 7 uniform for a boy including blazer, tie, shirts, complete PE kit and Phoenix house top. Hardly ever worn. Free to collect but contributions to the National Autistic Society much appreciated. Please contact Beth on 07932 627862 or bethany@bethanyhalliday.com.

Menu - Week 3

Infant 26/4/13

26 April 2013

Dear Parents,

I often write about what is really important in school and life. Sometimes we feel at odds with the authorities, though nearly always in line with your hopes and aspirations (I hope). Each year we write a School Development Plan which formally puts into place some targets which we will strive to achieve during the coming year. Incidentally that last sentence puts me in mind of my school motto. Sequor ut attingham (Godalming Grammar School – now Sixth form college). I’m not sure my Latin or translation is quite right but I think it means “I follow in order to attain”.

So back to the SDP… the senior leadership team of the school along with Robert Cotton met together this week to air our first thoughts about next year’s targets. It was a good four hour meeting, I am not sure what will finally emerge as our final list but I thought you might like to see our initial work. So here we are with the top ten:

1. Progress – ensuring all children make the very best progress possible in learning
2. Parents supporting learning – covering all apsects of parents being involved in the childrens learning
3. Teachers’ continuing professional development – making staff more responsible for their CPD.
4. Networking – joining up with other schools to learn and exchange ideas and expertise.
5. Academy debate – is now the right time? Perhaps working with the Diocese.
6. Leadership – working towards sustainable middle and senior leaders.
7. Transition – maths and writing – a major project looking at how children progress from one year to another. To make sure this is smoother and enables children to make consistent progress.
8. Fulfilling our vocation as a church school.
9. Financial security – in times of austerity ensuring money is used wisely.
10. Capitalising on the new Chapel and making a programme for the next major building projects.

Well that’s it, I expect it will end up as fewer targets, but I hope the content of all that will be there. The full SDP should be available for parents to see by the middle of June.

With best wishes, Richard


Teacher-led clubs
All teacher-led clubs start next week (commencing 29 March). Owing to demand, Construction, Out and About and Outdoor Games clubs have been split into two groups. Please check your returned form to see whether you are in the group before or after half term. There are still some places in Choir on Wednesdays and Sian is happy for children to join this in the alternate half-term to the clubs above if they would like to - the more voices the better. Please let the office know if your child would like to join in with Choir (Years 1 and 2 only).

School questionnaire
A reminder that school questionnaires are due back next Wednesday 1 May. Thank you for your responses so far, but please do complete one if you haven't already and return it to the office.

Admissions 2013
If you have applied for a place in Year R or Year 3 for September 2013 please remember that the deadline for accepting or declining places is next Wednesday 1 May.

Eco Team
Reception year children have now joined the Eco Team: Eliana Taylor and Jacob Ship, Hazel Class and Scarlett Leroy and JJ Morrish for Willow. The Eco Team are running a competition over the next 6 weeks to help everyone to remember how important recycling is. Every week Brian, our caretaker, is checking which classes are recycling most carefully. There will be a prize for the winning class.

Lunch money
As we are at the start of a new term don’t forget to come up to the office to pay for school lunches.

Trainers
We are now going outside as often as possible for PE so please ensure that your child has their trainers in school all week.

FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair is only a few weeks away (Sunday 9 June). We are looking for someone to sponsor the bouncy castle. This is always very popular with the children but without sponsorship has to be run at a loss. Please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) if you know of anyone who might provide sponsorship. 

If you are planting seeds over the next few weeks, why not do a few extra for the plants & home produce stall at the fair?
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Found
Small board book found in the road outside school (“Elmo’s World – Balls!”)

Menu for week beginning Monday 29 April

Parent-Time (one-to-one counselling for parents)
Feeling low? Confused? Bewildered? Angry? Don’t know where to turn next?
Talking things through with someone who will listen, without telling you what to do, can be an enormous relief and may help you to find your way through. Parent-Time is a low cost, professional counselling service offering you the opportunity to come and talk in confidence to one of our counsellors. It is intended for parents and carers of children attending schools throughout Guildford and offers counselling under the auspices of a small charity constitution. Contact Parent-Time in confidence on 01483 232029 or 0787 521 3673, admin@parenttime-counselling.co.uk. www.parenttime-counselling.co.uk

Pilates at Zilla’s studio
Come straight after drop-off for the new 8 week block of Pilates at Zilla's studio (Zeb's mum - Oak class), Guildford Pilates Place, starts 9.15am Tuesday 30th April. Email pilates@guildfordpilatesplace.co.uk to sign up!

Wednesday Evening Kids Club
Want something different, fun and exciting for the kids to do on a Wednesday evening? Christ Church in Waterden Road, runs a kids club called "Interact" for anyone over 7 up to year 6 - games, craft, fun, trips, camping etc from 6.30pm to 8pm, for just 50p per session. For more information call Michael Tame on 07795173161 or email michael@christchurchguildford.com. or just turn up at the church hall next week Wed 1st May for the first meeting of the term.

Junior 19/4/13

19 April 2013

Dear Parents,

A new term, the first signs of some warmer weather and a real feeling of expectation at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We are looking forward to an exciting summer with many trips, visits and summer experiences planned.

On a school level we are excited that both Rebecca and Henry’s wife, Juliette are expecting babies and Hannah, Nick and Mel are all going to be married to their respective partners. 2013 is also proving to be a momentous year for me with a lovely new granddaughter, Lois, in January and Ollie and Esther are both getting married in May and August.

School should be a real mix of social community where everyone works for the good of each other along with precise and solid hard work and clear lessons which enable children to make rapid and sustained progress. These two functions could be seen to be in tension in some schools or out of balance. At HTPD we work very hard to give our very best to our family feeling as well as working as true professionals in our teaching.

It has been good to observe happenings in our Spanish partner school this week. Wonderful families warmly welcoming our children and innovative ways of delivering an exciting curriculum. Our children were outstanding ambassadors for our school, right down to being willing to learn to use some Spanish phrases to communicate.

So the message is that we will strive to continue to run a well-balanced school. Where we happily celebrate each other’s joys and share in their sorrows, where we enjoy each other’s company and fun together all of this alongside rigorous and meaningful learning firmly based in creativity and child centred. Some political leaders whose knowledge and direction of thinking is based on their own experience of highly privileged schools in the 1960s would have us believe that we cannot do both – we know better!

Enjoy the summer term.
With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing Monday, 22nd April:
• Monday 22nd – Year 3 Evacuation – drop off 9.30am at London Road Station in 1940’s clothes
• Wednesday 24th - Swimming lessons begin for 3S and 4J

Parent Questionnaire
Please look out for the parent questionnaire going out in book bags today. We do welcome your comments, so please take the time to complete this.

School Clubs
In addition to the clubs that we sent out at the end of last term, we are adding Girls Cricket on Thursdays after school 3.15-4.15pm.

There is also a great opportunity for Girls Cricket in the Surrey Youth Games on Friday evenings at Sutherland Memorial Park. The coaches have coached girls at all levels of cricket. The sessions start today (19th April) from 6-7.30pm at Sutherland Memorial Park, Clay Lane, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7JU.


Year 5 Netball
Apologies but netball will be cancelled on Monday due to another fixture.

Please could we enlist your support to ensure that when we are running clubs on the courts that all of the young children are well supervised as we want to take care that everyone is kept safe, thanks.

HT Swimming club starts again next Friday 26th April.

School Sports Kit
We have a busy term of fixtures so please could we ask everyone to check that all school kit has been returned to school, thanks

Surrey Youth Games
Don't forget to look out for all of the fantastic opportunities associated with the Surrey Youth Games. The final weekend of competition will be held at the Surrey Sports Park on the 15th and 16th of June across a wide range of sports. Free coaching for all of them is currently available so if you are interested please enroll online at www.guildfordgov.uk/syg

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next meeting is Thursday, 25th April, 12.30pm at Cecilia McNair-Scott’s house. We will enjoy lunch together and children are welcome! Contact Emma Laporte for details on 07947 712542.

PTA (HTSC) News

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May
This should be a great evening, music for those who want to dance and plenty of beer to taste for those who don’t want to dance! Please put the date in your diary.

Year 5 Night Out
Thursday 16th May, venue to follow.

Next Meetings:
Tuesday 23rd April
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Sainsbury's Vouchers
Please note that the new contact for the Sainsbury's Voucher scheme is Rosalind Moss. If you wish to become a part of this fantastic fund raising scheme for the school, or simply want to amend your existing order, please call her on 01483 546487 or email her at simbil@btinternet.com. Thank you.


Lost
• Missing - since week of last term, Blue Mandela PE shirt clearly named Archie Jones
• Missing - Navy Blue coat clearly named Archie Jones missing since Tuesday
Both items last seen in Year 3 cloakroom

London Marathon 
I'm running (or attempting!) the Virgin London Marathon this weekend and raising funds for Shooting Star Chase, a local children's hospice that supports my daughter Evie. All contributions gratefully received. Carrie Witts. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/aliandcarriemarathonattempt

Mike Warrington (Father to Sophie 6C, Isabella 4N and Jamie in Hazel) is running the London Marathon this Sunday. He’s running for 2 amazing local charities, Brain Injury Group (http://www.braininjurygroup.org.uk/Pages/HowardsStory.aspx) and Shooting Star Chase (http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/) and would be thrilled if you were able to help them by donating using the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mikewarr, every little bit will make a difference. Thank you!

Measles
If you would like to read Surrey’s current guidelines on measles, please log onto this link: parentspages@surreycc.gov.uk

Notice for dog walkers
We have received a report that a dog was taken very poorly after being exercised around the Chantries area. It appears the dog ate something that may have been contaminated. Please take care.

Menu - Week 2


Infant 17/4/13

19 April 2013

Dear Parents,

A new term, the first signs of some warmer weather and a real feeling of expectation at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We are looking forward to an exciting summer with many trips, visits and summer experiences planned.

On a school level we are excited that both Rebecca and Henry’s wife, Juliette are expecting babies and Hannah, Nick and Mel are all going to be married to their respective partners. 2013 is also proving to be a momentous year for me with a lovely new granddaughter, Lois, in January and Ollie and Esther are both getting married in May and August.

School should be a real mix of social community where everyone works for the good of each other along with precise and solid hard work and clear lessons which enable children to make rapid and sustained progress. These two functions could be seen to be in tension in some schools or out of balance. At HTPD we work very hard to give our very best to our family feeling as well as working as true professionals in our teaching.

It has been good to observe happenings in our Spanish partner school this week. Wonderful families warmly welcoming our children and innovative ways of delivering an exciting curriculum. Our children were outstanding ambassadors for our school, right down to being willing to learn to use some Spanish phrases to communicate.

So the message is that we will strive to continue to run a well-balanced school. Where we happily celebrate each other’s joys and share in their sorrows, where we enjoy each other’s company and fun together all of this alongside rigorous and meaningful learning firmly based in creativity and child centred. Some political leaders whose knowledge and direction of thinking is based on their own experience of highly privileged schools in the 1960s would have us believe that we cannot do both – we know better!

Enjoy the summer term.

With best wishes, Richard

Parent Questionnaire

Please look out for the parent questionnaire going out in book bags today. We do welcome your comments, so please take the time to complete this. PDF download available here.

 

Teacher-led clubs
Letters about the teacher-led clubs came out this week and are due back on Monday 22nd. Please note that these clubs are now also open to Reception year children.

Assembly
This term in assembly we are celebrating the creation story. As part of this, on Thursday mornings we are looking at some of the weird and wonderful creatures that live on earth. Rosie would love to hear from anyone who knows of any fascinating and extraordinary animals, for example today in assembly we heard about a spider with claws which is the first new spider to be discovered in hundreds of years. (We aren’t really looking for animals that do funny things.) 

School Council
It is an exciting time for the School Council which has been asked by Rosie to write a prayer for assembly each week. The new Reception councillors (Isla, Rohan, Mabel and Stanley) have also now joined us.

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next meeting is Thursday 25 April, 12.30pm at Cecilia McNair-Scott’s house. We will enjoy lunch together and children are welcome! Contact Emma Laporte for details: 07947 712542.

Parking
A reminder not to park or turn in Pewley Bank. The Residents Association are concerned about the safety of children walking to school along Pewley Bank (where there are no pavements) if there is a constant flow of vehicles in and out of the road. We would also ask that parents do not park in front of the school car park gates especially at pick up time when some staff need to leave on time to collect their own children from school.

FOPS NEWS

The next FOPS meeting will be taking place on Monday 22 April at 8.00pm in the staff room. We will be considering projects around the school which require our financial support. All are very welcome! We will also be planning the Summer Fair so if you would like to be involved, please join us!

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Lost:
Savannah Pomeroy, Beech Class, has lost her named pink and white coat.

Spanish Club
There are still places available at Spanish Club which runs on a Tuesday from 3pm-4pm. Please contact the office if you are interested