Junior 24/4/15

24 April 2015

Dear Parents,

Child development is so interesting and I am sure you enjoy watching your children grow and particularly note the difference between each one. I am now enjoying it for the second time around with my grandchildren. My daughter Johanna’s daughters are just so different both physically and mentally; Isla (4) is petite, precise, organised, likes plans and all things pink, Lois (2) is large framed, random, takes life as it comes and copies everything Isla does. Rather surprisingly they both share their father’s love of maths. It’s a great reminder that we are all unique and equally treasured and loved by God.

At HTPD we have 564 children and almost 100 staff and it is our duty and joy to care for and nurture each other. The staff take this responsibility very seriously seeking to really get to know the children in their direct care and meeting their needs. Children must be treated and educated as individuals if they are to succeed and thrive. They learn in different ways, make progress at different rates and have different attitudes to success and failure. It is hard to achieve this at times in a culture which seeks for everyone to achieve the same things and works on a tick box, target driven mentality.

Perhaps when you’re deciding who to vote for at this election you might like to consider the parties attitudes to education. Let’s see if any of them talk about the needs of the individual and have any real understanding of how children learn and develop. In the meantime we will continue to personalise learning wherever we can and continue to remind each individual how precious they are.

With best wishes, Richard


Admissions for Sept '15 - Please could you accept or decline places that have been offered to your children starting in Reception of Year 3 in September 2015. The closing date is Thursday 30 April.

Year 6 Leavers Hoodies – please look out for the letter coming home today.

Lunch discount: The deadline for summer term lunch discount payments is next Thursday, 30 April. See the lunch price chart on the school website Payment page.

Payments for residential trips: The summer trips are just around the corner but quite a lot is still outstanding on payments – check how much you’ve paid on ParentPay. Thank you!
• The Year 5 Brenscombe trip is first up and the full £285 should have been paid by now.
• For the Year 6 Preston trip, of the total £348, £286 should have been paid by now and the final £62 is due by 25 May
• The total for the Year 4 Bentley Copse trip is £65 payable now.

Netball
Congratulations to the year 6 netball team who became High 5 County champions at the tournament in Chertsey this week. The teamwork and the support which they gave each other was outstanding. It was a very enjoyable and well deserved win.
Good luck to both year 5 and 6 teams playing in the Tormead Versatility Tournament tomorrow.

Airhop
Huge thanks to all of our year 6 parents for helping with lifts to Airhop for our Friday afternoon PE session. Each class is doing two weeks, so please do look out for the letters coming home if your child's class has not already participated.

Surrey Youth Games
Each year the Surrey Youth Games provides a fantastic opportunity for free coaching across a wide range of different sports. Most sessions have already started but do check the Active Surrey website for more details or check out Guildford.gov.uk/syg. They are still looking for new players for the girls cricket. Surrey Youth Games training is held at Sutherland Memorial Park on Fridays from 24th April to 19th June, 6-7.30pm (years 4, 5 and 6).

PUPS+ will be running in for May half term from 26 - 29 May, provided we have sufficient interest. If you wish to send your child to PUPS+, please could you download the form from the website and return it to Sam Andrews at Pewley as soon as possible. In order to secure your booking, please note that we do need to have payment included with the booking form (or tick that you will pay by vouchers so that we can watch out for them). Although PUPS+ will officially run to 5 pm, we will be able to arrange a later collection if we are notified in advance so that we can arrange staffing, for an additional payment. Please could you register interest by 1st May as a decision will be made on the 6th May.

HTPD Prayer Group - our next meeting is on Friday 8th May at 9am at Emma Laporte's house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details. All welcome!

Thank you! For collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers! – We have been overwhelmed with your support, as always! The last day for sending the vouchers into school is Friday, 12th June. Please check purses and bags!
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Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News


HTPD Summer Ball – Saturday 6 June 7pm – 1am…..Tickets on sale Tuesday 28th April!

A reminder to all parents keen to join us for the HTPD Summer Glitter Ball on Saturday 6th June, to get your groups together, whether it is 2 or 10 of you, couples, girls or friends - everyone is welcome. Last year tickets sold out by 9.15 last year so ensure your team are organised & your cheques ready for Tuesday 28th April. Please follow this link to the Ticket order form for the HTPD Summer Glitter Ball to be printed off and completed (paper copies available in Reception @ HT @ Pewley).

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis on TUESDAY 28th APRIL from 8.30 am. There will be someone at Pewley & HT Receptions collecting your ticket order forms & cheques.

Please follow instructions and make sure all relevant details & monies are enclosed in an envelope for the tickets you require. Cash or cheques should be made payable to HTSC.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got a full table even if there is just 1,2,3 in your group, we will match you on tables of year group/like-minded people, so don’t let numbers put you off. It will be a fun evening and would be a shame to miss out.

This year the Ball is being held at The Mandolay Hotel in Guildford, recently awarded a Michelin Star. The format for the evening will be, Welcome drinks, 3 Course Meal & Coffee, Auction/Fundraising, Raffle & of course plenty of Dancing! Tickets are priced at £50/head.

HT @ Home - extended
Thank you so much for all your enthusiasm for HT @ Home already! Many of us socialise with people we've met via this school, with the friends we make in the class room and at the school gate. In recognition of this, HTSC are encouraging us to arrange lots of socials (which we do anyway). The difference is that, under the HT @ Home umbrella, we can now turn these into mini HT fundraisers by asking guests to make a donation to school via the new online page.

Some lovely events are bubbling away in support of our efforts to raise £5,000 for an overhaul of student computers at HT. To reach our target, it would be wonderful to see more HT@Home events in the coming weeks and months. Please think about how you might be able to raise a little cash for this important venture - could you host a Pimms evening for your HT friends, or a dinner party, or a girl's pamper night? If you have any queries, or simply wish to chat through an idea, please contact nataliesavage@me.com.

Please keep checking our designated online fundraising page to see how our fundraising efforts are going against target. Our children might be interested to see the page too, for every penny raised will go to improving computers at school. https://mydonate.bt.com/events/htathome/208773

Dates for the Diary
Summer Fair planning meeting – Wednesday 6th May 9am HT staffroom
Thirsty Thursday – All year drinks night - Thursday 7th May at Rogues from 8pm
Summer Ball – Saturday 6th June
Summer Fair – Friday 12th June 6-8pm


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