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Infant 25/4/14

25 April 2014

Dear Parents,

It is always exciting to hear about the success of our former pupils and this week we celebrate and congratulate two from the leaving class of 2008. They have been made head girl and head boy at their schools, Faye Rodgers at Tormead and Laurie Mitchell at Guildford County School. This is a great honour and I am sure they will both do the job very well. I will ask them to come and speak to our current year 5 at some point. Coincidentally both have Mums who work at HTPD. Gillian Rodgers is the games teacher at Holy Trinity and Pippa Mitchell is a year two TA at Pewley Down. Congratulations to them too on having such successful children.

The really big news this week is that Nicola’s baby has arrived. Connie Rose was born last Saturday afternoon. She weighed in at 7lbs13oz. We wish Nicola, Matt and of course Connie all the very best.

At the start of term children are always interested to know what will be the new format for assemblies. This term the theme is based around the parables which Jesus told. These stories are so important and special in our understanding of God and life. We do hope that the parables will speak into the lives of all our children. Sometimes Jesus explained what the parables meant but more often left the disciples to work it out for themselves. We will be doing the same. As well as dramatizing the parables from time to time I intend to tell the story in the format of Godly play. I use models and figures to tell the story and then move into a wondering stage where we think together about the meaning and where we fit into the story. I do hope many of you will join in the theme by asking about the parable of the week and what it means to your child. Along side this we will be talking about traditional fables.

With best wishes, Richard 

Nicola: We are delighted to let you know that Nicola gave birth over the Easter holidays to a beautiful baby girl who has been named Connie Rose. Both mother and baby are well and enjoying getting to know each other! We are looking forward to a visit from them both later in the term and have sent our congratulations from the whole school community.

The front playground: Thanks to the extra government funding for PE, we have been able to extend the front playground. We hope you agree it looks great! We have been putting it to good use already for PE lessons and more active playtimes with some newly purchased equipment. Please could you remember that your child will need trainers in school every week as we will go outside whenever possible. We would also really value your support before and after school to help your children remember our new playground rules:

Be careful with our toys so they last a long time and share them so everyone has a turn.

Only use our toys at playtime (not before or after school) and on the new 'square' part of the playground.(The rest of the playground will be a quieter area).

Leave the bark on the bark area.

Look after our trees, shrubs and flowers by not climbing on them or picking their leaves or flowers.

Use the seating area for sitting on - not climbing over the wall.

Tennis Club: You may have noticed that our new tennis club has started on a Thursday after school. It would really help if you could move away from the new 'square' part of the playground as soon as possible when you have collected your child so that tennis can start without too much delay. Many thanks.

Pedometers: We have bought some pedometers with our PE funds. Over the summer term every class will be introduced to them during PE sessions.   Everyone will also have a chance to use them for a week. You will receive a letter with more information when it is your child's turn. Chestnut class have received letters today.

Year R: The Football Association are coming back to teach Year R on Monday afternoons starting next week, 28 April. Please ensure that children have their full PE kit in school including trainers. They will be coming home in their PE kit after the football sessions as there will not be time to change, but please bring their kit back the next day if possible.

School Lunches: A reminder to pay for lunches for this term: £52.90 for the half term, £133.40 for the full term.

Teacher-led clubs: The letter with choices for teacher-led clubs this term will be going home today via book bags.  Completed forms should be returned to the office by Wednesday 30 April.

Admission to Year R and Year 3: A reminder that if you have a child moving to Year 3 in September or a younger sibling joining Reception you will need to accept or decline the place offered by next Wednesday 30 April either online or by returning the reply slip (depending on how you applied originally).  

FOPS NEWS

Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April:   We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday.  Please drop off any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles by the school car park at drop off on Monday morning.  Donated items must be in wearable condition as they are mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices.  The school receives money for every kilo donated.  If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see http://www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html
 
FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April:   The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room.  All welcome!
 
Summer Fair:   We are still looking for a couple more prizes for the raffle for the Summer Fair.  Please contact Ati Dalgaard (ati.omar@gmail.com) if you know of anyone who might donate a prize. 
We have a few stalls left at the Summer Fair.  If you would be interested in taking a stall for your business, please contact Emily Bourke.
 
IQ Christmas Cards & Northbrook Wrapping Paper:   We are looking for some volunteers to take on two fundraising projects in the autumn term.  IQ Christmas cards and Northbrook Wrapping paper raise a significant amount of money and are always popular.  If you could spare a few hours in October /November to help with either of these, please let Emily Bourke know (emilybourke@msn.com)

Parenting Puzzle: Last term our Home School Link Workers Lucy Cray and Paula van der Meulen ran their first Parenting Puzzle 10 week course at Holy Trinity Pewley Down.  The feedback from parents has been fantastically positive and we are really pleased at how helpful they found it. Paula and Lucy were joined for the 10 weeks by Dr Samantha O'Reilly, a psychologist who works with parents on family and parenting issues.  Next term Samantha is running a number of one-day workshops at her private practice in Puttenham.

May 6th   9.30am - 2.30pm   Understanding Your Spirited Child

May 13th 9.30am - 2.30pm   Update Your Parenting

June 3rd  9.30am - 2.30pm   Keep Calm and Carry On .... With Your Kids

More info on her website: www.beyondsupernanny.com or contact her direct: samantha@beyondsupernanny.com  

 

Lost: Joshua Parker-Perryman, Beech, has lost his new Sainsbury’s Tu grey shorts (with pockets) and bright green socks - missing since football on Wednesday. 

Sam Hill-Price, Beech, lost a school shoe after football on Wednesday – possibly taken home in error.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 28 April

Mon:            Cumberland Pork or Quorn Sausage , Bread Roll, Mixed Vegetables, Green Beans; Blackcurrant Sponge & Custard

Tues:            Cottage Pie or Roasted Butternut Squash & Pepper Bake, Peas, Cauliflower; Creamy Rice

Weds:            Roast Turkey & Gravy or Glamorgan Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Broccoli; Fruit Jelly

Thurs:            Two Cheese Pizza or Vegetable Bake, Sweetcorn, Cucumber; Syrup & Cornflake Tart

Fri:             Fish Fingers or Vegetables Basmati, Chips, Baked Beans, Peas; Fruit Salad & Cream

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Holy Trinity Choir - 'Open' choir practice for potential new boys:   Holy Trinity choir will be holding an 'open' choir practice for potential new boys aged 6-12 between 6.30-7.30pm on Thursday 1st May. This is an opportunity for parents to bring along sons who might be interested in joining the choir and finding out more. Contact Martin Holford mholford1966@gmail.com if you need any further information.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:   Carrie Witts (Mum of Ollie in 6SC and Maddie in Walnut) and Fiona Mavani (Mum of Hari in 6M and Dylan in Chestnut) are cycling 280 miles from London to Paris to raise awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This charity is close to their hearts as they both have friends with children who suffer from type 1 diabetes.  If you would like to sponsor them on this gruelling mission then please visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Overthehillandroundthebend. Any donation is very much appreciated.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 26 April  2014 for 9 weeks.  1 space left in each class 9.30 – 11.30am (approx 9 -12 years) and 11.45am-1.45pm, (approx 7-9 years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145. 9 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £95.  All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing on paper & fabric, & doing 3 Dimensional work  - jewellery & “buildings” finishing with silk painting.  For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 6C & Issie in Chestnut)  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .

 

Ladies Night fundraiser for Autism Awareness, Monday 28 April, 7.30-10.30pm, Stoughton Social Club, 172 Worplesdon Road, Guildford GU2 9UY. An evening of gorgeous styling, shopping and indulgence in aid of Guildford Challengers, an independent charity that provides inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people locally. 

Junior 25/4/14

25 April 2014

Dear Parents,

It is always exciting to hear about the success of our former pupils and this week we celebrate and congratulate two from the leaving class of 2008. They have been made head girl and head boy at their schools, Faye Rodgers at Tormead and Laurie Mitchell at Guildford County School. This is a great honour and I am sure they will both do the job very well. I will ask them to come and speak to our current year 5 at some point. Coincidentally both have Mums who work at HTPD. Gillian Rodgers is the games teacher at Holy Trinity and Pippa Mitchell is a year two TA at Pewley Down. Congratulations to them too on having such successful children.

The really big news this week is that Nicola’s baby has arrived. Connie Rose was born last Saturday afternoon. She weighed in at 7lbs13oz. We wish Nicola, Matt and of course Connie all the very best.

At the start of term children are always interested to know what will be the new format for assemblies. This term the theme is based around the parables which Jesus told. These stories are so important and special in our understanding of God and life. We do hope that the parables will speak into the lives of all our children. Sometimes Jesus explained what the parables meant but more often left the disciples to work it out for themselves. We will be doing the same. As well as dramatizing the parables from time to time I intend to tell the story in the format of Godly play. I use models and figures to tell the story and then move into a wondering stage where we think together about the meaning and where we fit into the story. I do hope many of you will join in the theme by asking about the parable of the week and what it means to your child. Along side this we will be talking about traditional fables.

With best wishes, Richard


Forthcoming events for May:
Thursday, 1st May: Year 3’s Evacuee Day. (Meet at London Road Rail Station at 9.30 a.m. in 1940’s clothes + packed lunch)
Monday, 5th May: School closed for May Day
Monday, 12th May: SATs Week
Monday, 12th May: Year 3 visit St. Martha’s Church
Tuesday, 13th May: Year 5 begin residential trip to Brenscombe Farm
Friday, 16th May: Year 6 to meet at Guildford Lido. Details to follow
Tuesday, 20th May: Year group photos at Holy Trinity by Tempest
Friday, 23rd May: Fluffy Friday
Friday, 23rd May: School closes for Half Term
Monday, 2nd June: Summer Term resumes at 8.40 a.m.

Sainsbury's Gift/Shopping Card Scheme
The new contact for this loyalty scheme is Mame French: french60@talktalk.net. This is a fabulous scheme whereby just committing to spend your hard earned cash at any Sainsbury's store (by setting up a Direct Debit with HTPD and getting a Gift Card) Sainsbury's will GIVE the school 4% of the value of each shop! It costs you NOTHING and you still collect all your Nectar points etc. Please send an email if you would like to sign up, increase or decrease your current payments or have lost your card!

Steve Backshall Visit
I hope that everyone enjoyed the visit from Steve Backshall at the end of last term. If you want to buy any of his books you can order through school. Just print off and fill in the attached form, enclosing a cheque made payable to HT and return to Geraldine. All orders will receive 25% discount. I will send off orders next Friday.

Biathlon
Well done to all of our children who participated in the National Schools Biathlon during the Easter break. It was a brilliant experience with a lot of personal bests achieved and a few even managed to catch a glimpse of Tom Daley training in the Olympic Aquatics Centre!

Cross-country
The children got straight back into their stride this week with a cross-country race at St. Bede's. The Easter break had obviously given them renewed energy with the girls securing 5 top 10 places and the boys 3 top 10 places with a great win for Charlie Kefford.
Fantastic effort by everyone involved. We await the results of the final cross-country race of the season to be held on home turf at Holy Trinity as our season finale.

Sports Clubs
There are lots of great clubs on this term including our new badminton and tennis clubs as well as many old favourites. Please do check out the details which you can also find on our website. It is always great to welcome lots of children and encourage them to get involved in a wide range of sporting activities.

Dates for your diaries
District Sports will be held on Thursday 3rd July, Sports day will be held on Tuesday 15th July (reserve date Thursday 17th) and the House swimming Gala will be held on Friday 18th July.

Parenting Puzzle
Last term we ran the first Parenting Puzzle 10 week course at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. The feedback from parents has been fantastically positive and we are really pleased at how helpful they found it. We were joined for the 10 weeks by Dr Samantha O'Reilly, a psychologist who works with parents on family and parenting issues. Next term Samantha is running a number of one-day workshops at her private practice in Puttenham. This term there will be workshops on positive parenting techniques, staying calm under pressure, and raising spirited children.
May 6th 9.30am - 2.30pm Understanding Your Spirited Child
May 13th 9.30am - 2.30pm Update Your Parenting
June 3rd 9.30am - 2.30pm Keep Calm and Carry On .... With Your Kids
Please read about any of the workshops by visiting her website: www.beyondsupernanny.com or contact her directly: samantha@beyondsupernanny.com. Thank you, Paula.

HTSC (PTA) News

Summer Fair
The Summer Fair is our next big fundraiser on Friday 4th July. We are looking to get a team together to help organise the fair. We really need some more people to get involved to spread the workload. If you able to help please email Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Ice Cream Sales - Year 6 fundraising
This term the Year 6 parents will be doing various things to raise funds for the Year 6 leavers activities such as the year book, leavers disco etc. To kick this off there will be after school ice cream/lolly sales on a Friday in the playground starting on May 2nd. Prices will be between 30p and 70p.

Dates for the Diary

Year 3 Drinks - Wednesday April 30th 8pm at Rogues
PTA (HTSC) Meeting - Thursday 1st May
Phil the Bag - 16th - 19th June
Summer Fair Friday 4th July

Menu - Week 2


Holy Trinity Choir - ‘Open’ choir practice for potential new boys
Holy Trinity choir will be holding an 'open' choir practice for potential new boys aged 6-12 between 6.30-7.30pm on Thursday 1st May. This is an opportunity for parents to bring along sons who might be interested in joining the choir and finding out more. Contact Martin Holford mholford1966@gmail.com if you need any further information.

Fundraising
Carrie Witts (Mum of Ollie in 6SC and Maddie in Walnut) and Fiona Mavani (Mum of Hari in 6M and Dylan in Chestnut) are cycling 280 miles from London to Paris to raise awareness and funds for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This charity is close to their hearts as they both have friends with children who suffer from type 1 diabetes. If you would like to sponsor them on this gruelling mission then please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Overthehillandroundthebend. Any donation is very much appreciated. Many thanks.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 26 April 2014 for 9 weeks. 1 space left in each class 9.30 – 11.30am (approx. 9 -12 years) and 11.45am-1.45pm, (approx. 7-9 years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145. 9 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £95. All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing on paper & fabric, & doing 3 Dimensional work - jewellery & “buildings” finishing with silk painting. For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 6C & Issie in Chestnut) becca.clegg@ntlworld.com - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk.

 
 

Infant 4/4/14

04 April 2014

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to let you know that one of our parents, Helen Learoyd, who was the mother of Emma (Year 1), Heather (Year 3), and Daniel (Year 6), died on the 23 March. We do extend our heartfelt sympathy and love to the children, to Kevin her husband, and the wider family. Many parents were present at a celebration and burial at the Clandon Natural Burial site last Monday. I know all of you will want to be supporting this lovely family as is appropriate.

This has been a hardworking and productive term for all of us, the children have continued to make great progress and enjoy learning. Schools never stand still and we continue to move forward, never resting on our laurels or becoming complacent.

This has been a particularly busy and exciting week. We have appointed two new teachers; Jessica Newman (who was previously a maths TA here) and Julia Blackstock (JJ) who joins us from Exeter University with science and sport as her specialisms. They will be replacing Mel Burgess and Henry Vincent who are moving on in July. There will be an opportunity to thank them properly and give more details of their future activities later during the term.

We are excited that our stained glass windows for the Chapel are now nearly finished and they are going to be a wonderful inspiration for all of us. Stained glass fever has broken out at Holy Trinity with the group of outstanding artists giving their designs for the windows and with Year 3 producing special Easter stained glass windows as well. In the penultimate week of next term we hope to have the official opening of the Chapel with the windows installed and some inscriptions on the walls as well as the list of subscribers to build the Chapel. This will be a great school day with Year 2 joining the juniors and parents and friends for the opening service and later that day, Year 1 and Year R having their own special service when they can see exactly what the new building is all about.

The whole school met together yesterday in one of our rare meetings. This was at Holy Trinity Church for our Easter service. It was a great celebration of the Christian hope of sins forgiven and new life in Christ. Each year group from Year 2 – Year 6 contributed in a moving way from what they had been learning about Easter in their RE lessons. Particularly moving to me was Year 2’s interpretation of the burdens of worry, pain, fear and sadness. When they laid these burdens down at the foot of the Cross and turned round, these words changed to say Love. It is the sacrifice and love of Jesus that brings hope to us all at Easter.

Some parents have asked us for resource material to help explain bereavement and loss to their children. We have found that the information on a website called Winston’s Wish to be particularly helpful, a short book called Waterbugs and Dragonflies gives an excellent picture of death, separation and new life (this was read at Helen’s ceremony). I would also encourage you all to talk about the Christian hope that we have and it may be a great time to hear about this by visiting your local church for a family service on Easter Day. Can I wish you a very happy Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, 22nd April.

I am also enclosing in this Newsletter an update on our progress since the Ofsted report last May - download here.

With best wishes, Richard


Year 1

Children in Year 1 should come to school on Tuesday 22 April (the first day back) dressed as a gardener eg wearing jeans, trainers/wellies and an old top and bring in a raincoat. They will be spending the day outside exploring, gardening and using maps.

Year 2
Chestnut and Walnut classes will be going to the Wild Place on Tuesday afternoon (22 April) and will need to bring wellies or trainers. Also a reminder that PE and swimming will revert back to a Wednesday after Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt
The children had a wonderful time searching for Easter Eggs this morning. Thanks to FOPS for organising this as well as the kind Easter Bunny helpers.

Note from Clare Brunet:
I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at Pewley Down getting to know the children and staff. Parents have also been quick to introduce themselves and make me feel very welcome. We are looking forward to hearing news from Nicola soon!

Music Lessons
Leaflets about Surrey Arts music lessons went home earlier in the week. Charlotte, who comes in to teach violin, does have some spaces for the summer term.

Lost:
Archie Collins, Chestnut, has lost his school shoes (named, black Start Rite) after football on Thursday.
Ashley Minoo, Chestnut, has lost his named Nightingale sweatshirt.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 21 April
Mon: School Closed – Easter Monday
Tues: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff with Pasta or Vegetable Risotto, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Golden Flake Tart
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Glamorgan Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Broccoli; Strawberry Fruit Jelly
Thurs: BBQ Beef Burger or Veggie Burger, Bread Roll, Cucumber, Grated Carrot; Apple & Raspberry Crunch & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips, Peas, Baked Beans; Flapjack

FOPS NEWS

Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April
We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 28 April. Why not have a clear out over Easter and donate any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles to Phil the Bag? Donated clothing should be in a wearable condition as the it is mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices. The school receives money for every kilo donated. If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see http://www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html.

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April
The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Year 1 Coffee Morning - Friday 25 April
At Suzanne Walsh's House (Thomas from Oak's Mum) after drop off at: 63 Lancaster Ave, GU1 3JR.
If anyone is able/willing to host on another day in the summer term, please let Debbie, Emily, Jo or Jill know.


Christ Church on Waterden Road are holding a GOOD FRIDAY All-age Interactive Service at 9.30am on Friday 18th April followed by hot cross buns (if you haven’t already had enough by then!)
This is an opportunity for all the family to come and take part as we take time to remember why Jesus died and what it means to us today. All welcome!

Then on Easter Sunday morning (Sunday 20th April), a free breakfast is being served in the church hall from 9am followed by our Family Celebration Service at 10am. Again, all welcome!
For any further information, please contact the Parish Office on 567072 or office@christchurchguildford.com

Free Family Fun Day - Monday 21 April (Easter Monday)
from 10.30am-4.30pm at St Martha's-on-the-Hill, Chilworth, Guildford.
All welcome to join in free crafts, open church and free refreshments served all day, plus lots of activities for kids during the afternoon from 2-4pm, including treasure hunt and face painting. The church is in a unique location on the ancient Pilgrims Way, only accessible by foot.
Parking at Halfpenny Lane, Guildford Lane, Newlands Corner and Chilworth car parks. Enquiries: Christ Church Guildford Parish Office 01483 567072 or at www.christchurchguildford.com

Premier Tennis is offering £30 off its holiday camps for 5-15 year olds over Easter (Mon 14th-Thurs 17th April), May half term and the summer holidays at The Charterhouse Club near Godalming. Led by qualified and engaging coaches, the camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and offer drills, team games, individual challenges and lots of fun! Early drop-off and late pick-up is available, as well as indoor back-up in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up!

Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting paintings along with the Surrey Sculpture Society & loads of other artists at Appart Easter Art Exhibition at Priors Field School Saturday 5th - Friday 18th April daily 10am-4pm. Free entry. www.facebook.com/AppArtSurrey

Junior 4/4/14

04 April 2014

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to let you know that one of our parents, Helen Learoyd, who was the mother of Emma (Year 1), Heather (Year 3), and Daniel (Year 6), died on the 23 March. We do extend our heartfelt sympathy and love to the children, to Kevin her husband, and the wider family. Many parents were present at a celebration and burial at the Clandon Natural Burial site last Monday. I know all of you will want to be supporting this lovely family as is appropriate.

This has been a hardworking and productive term for all of us, the children have continued to make great progress and enjoy learning. Schools never stand still and we continue to move forward, never resting on our laurels or becoming complacent.

This has been a particularly busy and exciting week. We have appointed two new teachers; Jessica Newman (who was previously a maths TA here) and Julia Blackstock (JJ) who joins us from Exeter University with science and sport as her specialisms. They will be replacing Mel Burgess and Henry Vincent who are moving on in July. There will be an opportunity to thank them properly and give more details of their future activities later during the term.

We are excited that our stained glass windows for the Chapel are now nearly finished and they are going to be a wonderful inspiration for all of us. Stained glass fever has broken out at Holy Trinity with the group of outstanding artists giving their designs for the windows and with Year 3 producing special Easter stained glass windows as well. In the penultimate week of next term we hope to have the official opening of the Chapel with the windows installed and some inscriptions on the walls as well as the list of subscribers to build the Chapel. This will be a great school day with Year 2 joining the juniors and parents and friends for the opening service and later that day, Year 1 and Year R havin
g their own special service when they can see exactly what the new building is all about.

The whole school met together yesterday in one of our rare meetings. This was at Holy Trinity Church for our Easter service. It was a great celebration of the Christian hope of sins forgiven and new life in Christ. Each year group from Year 2 – Year 6 contributed in a moving way from what they had been learning about Easter in their RE lessons. Particularly moving to me was Year 2’s interpretation of the burdens of worry, pain, fear and sadness. When they laid these burdens down at the foot of the Cross and turned round, these words changed to say Love. It is the sacrifice and love of Jesus that brings hope to us all at Easter.

Some parents have asked us for resource material to help explain bereavement and loss to their children. We have found that the information on a website called Winston’s Wish to be particularly helpful, a short book called Waterbugs and Dragonflies gives an excellent picture of death, separation and new life (this was read at Helen’s ceremony). I would also encourage you all to talk about the Christian hope that we have and it may be a great time to hear about this by visiting your local church for a family service on Easter Day. Can I wish you a very happy Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, 22nd April.

I am also enclosing in this Newsletter an update on our progress since the Ofsted report last May - download here.

With best wishes, Richard


Forthcoming events for April:
Tuesday 22 April - Summer Term begins at 8.40am
Wednesday 23 April – Year 5 Brenscombe Farm 6.30pm
Thursday 24 April – Year 3 Trips Meeting 7pm
Thursday 24 April – Year 6 SATs and Preston Montford Meeting 7.30pm

Dangerous Book Club - If anyone is interested in joining this club for the Summer term please email me on geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk It is open to all years, we have a go at science activities, origami, magic tricks and design challenges. Priority will be given to those who have not been involved before. I have a limit of 15 children.

Sports News
It was fantastic to see so many children out playing matches at Chandlers and St. Bede’s on Wednesday. Every year group had a team out playing football and Years 5 and 6 playing netball, 62 children in total. Huge thanks to all of the parents who helped out.

Netball
Congratulations to both the year 5 and 6 girls’ netball teams who won the Guildford Primary Schools High 5 Netball Tournament on Saturday. In glorious sunshine at Tormead School, the girls played eight matches each in a round robin format where they all had to show their versatility, rotating positions every half match. The year 5's won all their matches apart from one, which they drew, 0-0 with Queen Eleanor's and as a result both teams shared the trophy. The year 6 team had a storming tournament winning all of their matches, scoring 53 goals and only conceding 2! They now go through to the County Finals at Salesian School on Tuesday 6th May.

We had a cracking Parents vs. Children netball match on Tuesday with a little help from Nick and Henry. Needless to say we all had a lot of giggles and the adult team weren't half bad! It all ended in a very friendly draw 14 all. Thanks to everyone for being such great sports.

British National Schools Biathlon
Good luck to all 7 of our competitors competing in the Biathlon Finals this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Diving
At the beginning of February we had Star Diving Club in to Holy Trinity doing a talent session with all of our Year 3 and 4 children. During our PE sessions for one week all of the children did a variety of gymnastic and athletic moves, which help to identify whether the children might have an aptitude for diving. A number of children were sent follow up letters and we are delighted to report the following feedback from Star Diving:

'We have now completed our phase 2 diving talent testing and I am delighted to inform you that Elias Savage, Hebe Poole and Katie Keiller have been selected onto phase 3. This is a fantastic achievement as over 2000 children were tested in schools with 150 being invited back to phase 2 and just 30 being selected onto phase 3. They will start a 12 week trial, diving once a week in a TID group after Easter and we will keep you updated on their progress.' Well done to all of them.

Sainsbury's Gift/Shopping Card Scheme
The new contact for this loyalty scheme is Mame French: french60@talktalk.net. This is a fabulous scheme whereby just committing to spend your hard earned cash at any Sainsbury's store (by setting up a Direct Debit with HTPD and getting a Gift Card) Sainsbury's will GIVE the school 4% of the value of each shop! It costs you NOTHING and you still collect all your Nectar points etc. Please send an email if you would like to sign up, increase or decrease your current payments or have lost your card!

HTSC (PTA) News

The Summer Fair is our next big fundraiser on Friday 4th July we are looking to get a team together to help organise the fair. If you able to help please email Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Dates for the Diary
HTSC Meeting - Thursday 1st May
Phil the Bag - 16th - 19th June
Summer Fair Friday 4th July

Charity Fundraising Afternoon Louise Crow-Arnold (Seb’s mum 5HH) is holding a fundraising afternoon at the Church Rooms, Send Road GU23 7ET from 1-5pm on Saturday 5 April 2014 to support her fundraising for the London Marathon. There will be jewellery, cake, jolly jars, games and a raffle, please come and support this event if you are able alternatively you can sponsor her and read more about her story at www.justgiving.com/LouiseVLM2014

I thought you would like to know that £123.00 was raised n the Easter Egg Tombola that we held at your school yesterday.All this money is to be used by Dan’s Football Challenge, to give local disadvantaged child ren some free football coaching after school and in the holidays. Thanks once again to everyone for their tremendous support. Tim Ewers, Addison Court

Christ Church on Waterden Road are holding a GOOD FRIDAY All-age Interactive Service at 9.30am on Friday 18th April followed by hot cross buns (if you haven’t already had enough by then!) This is an opportunity for all the family to come and take part as we take time to remember why Jesus died and what it means to us today. All welcome!

Then on Easter Sunday morning (Sunday 20th April), a free breakfast is being served in the church hall from 9am followed by our Family Celebration Service at 10am. Again, all welcome! For any further information, please contact the Parish Office on 567072 or office@christchurchguildford.com

This Easter the resident youth theatre The Man In The Moon are performing The Jungle Book at the Electric Theatre from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th April 2.30 & 7.30pm. Several children from Holy trinity are performing along with ex pupils, so please come along and support them.For any budding actors and actresses it's a good opportunity to see the youth theatre group in action. Suitable for ages 4+ Please see the link below for more info about the show and to book tickets. http://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/11989/The-Jungle-Book

Looking for something fun to do with your children this Easter? Then come along to our Family Drop-in Easter workshop: Make a Lollipop-stick Picture frame on Wednesday 9 April 2014! Drop-in between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. No pre-booking required. Using lollipop sticks and card, create your own picture frame to put a special picture into! £2 per child. All materials supplied. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. Pay at craft shop at Guildford House Gallery first. Venue: Brew House (access via Guildford House Gallery), Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting paintings along with the Surrey Sculpture Society & loads of other artists at Appart Easter Art Exhibition at Priors Field School Saturday 5th - Friday 18th April daily 10am-4pm. Free entry. Please visit www.facebook.com/AppArtSurrey

Premier Tennis
is offering £30 off its holiday camps for 5-15 year olds over Easter (Mon 14th-Thurs 17th April), May half term and the summer holidays at The Charterhouse Club near Godalming. Led by qualified and engaging coaches, the camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and offer drills, team games, individual challenges and lots of fun! Early drop-off and late pick-up is available, as well as indoor back-up in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up!

Amazing Art Club - Come along and have fun making and doing: This term's theme is portraits: Alexander Calder-inspired wire portraits, learning drawing techniques, painting, making puppets and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Maximum 12 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops. Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price. For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com Summer Term dates: Tuesday 29th April - 8th July 2014 (no class half term 27th May)

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