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.