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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