Junior 21/12/12

21 December 2012

Dear Parents,

I am pretty sure that this is the latest finish that we have ever had in the Autumn term.  Staff and children are tired but numbers and morale have stayed very high on both sites. The big advantage of the late finish is that we have been able to spread out the Christmas events and spend more time absorbing the wonder that is Christmas.

Two events have been real highlights this week; Carols ‘round the Tree at the infants and our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church for years Two to Six, Both were moving and meaningful events which in child’s language put across the great truth:

‘The Maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on Earth for me’

In fact, John Betjeman’s Christmas poem was quoted on both occasions.  Year Two children wrote our prayers which concentrated on our duty of love and care for others and Class 6C put together their joint ideas on Jesus’ birth to form the culmination of the Carol Service.

This morning at the juniors as well as the staff spoof on Scrooge and the final part of the Royal History series, we shared Michael Morpurgo’s Christmas Story of the shepherds who was left behind.  At the infants, we had an impromptu nativity with our Reception children acting out the main parts.  The simplicity was beautiful and we hope will continue to make good memories of happy school Christmases.

I do wish you all a very happy Christmas.  Thank you so much for all your cards and presents.  Have a great time and we look forward to meeting you again on Tuesday 8th January.

With best wishes, Richard

Events Early Next Term:
Term begins on Tuesday, 8th January at 8.40 a.m.
Judo Club after school begins on Tuesday, 8th January
Parents’ Information Meeting (sex ed.) on Thursday, 10th January at 2.30 p.m.
Sex Ed. Week for Year 6 beginning on Monday, 14th January
House Chess Challenge for Years 3 - 6 on Monday, 14th January
Deadline for applications for primary schools (to SCC) on Tuesday, 15th January (HTPD forms to Holy Trinity for Year 3 and Pewley Down for Reception class)
Swimming sessions for 3MG and 4N begin on Wednesday, 16th January

Christmas Art Competition - Winners
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Art competition:
1ST prize    ISABELLA DE FERRARS & JESS BILOVODSKA 6C (joint entry)  
2ND prize   CAMERON ALLAN 4M  
3RD prize   ALEXANDRA LUTHER 4N
4TH prize   AOIFE RUSSELL-MOORE 6M 
‘There were an excellent number of entries, and we were impressed by the effort and thought that had gone into the children’s work.  We had some interesting celebrities with very colourful and creatively designed houses!  All of the entries are now displayed in our shop window opposite the G-Live.  Please come and take a look over the Christmas period.  Well done to all the winners.’  Curchods Prizes are Waterstones’ Gift Vouchers to the tune of £75, £50, £25 and £25 respectively, and can be collected from Curchods, 4 London Road, Guildford (01483 458800) from Thursday, 20th December.

Lost Property
When you are emptying bags or organising your children for coming back to school, can you please check that they do not have another child’s uniform items by mistake.  This is an excellent time to help all those items of lost property find their way back to their owners.

Spring Term
Please remember that we have a staff inset day on the 7th January, so first day back for children will be Tuesday 8th |January 2013 at 8.40am.  All term dates for the rest of the year can be found on the website.

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Infant 21/12/12

21 December 2012

Dear Parents,

I am pretty sure that this is the latest finish that we have ever had in the Autumn term.  Staff and children are tired but numbers and morale have stayed very high on both sites. The big advantage of the late finish is that we have been able to spread out the Christmas events and spend more time absorbing the wonder that is Christmas.

Two events have been real highlights this week; Carols ‘round the Tree at the infants and our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church for years Two to Six, Both were moving and meaningful events which in child’s language put across the great truth:

‘The Maker of the stars and sea
Became a Child on Earth for me’

 

In fact, John Betjeman’s Christmas poem was quoted on both occasions.  Year Two children wrote our prayers which concentrated on our duty of love and care for others and Class 6C put together their joint ideas on Jesus’ birth to form the culmination of the Carol Service.

This morning at the juniors as well as the staff spoof on Scrooge and the final part of the Royal History series, we shared Michael Morpurgo’s Christmas Story of the shepherds who was left behind.  At the infants, we had an impromptu nativity with our Reception children acting out the main parts.  The simplicity was beautiful and we hope will continue to make good memories of happy school Christmases.

I do wish you all a very happy Christmas.  Thank you so much for all your cards and presents.  Have a great time and we look forward to meeting you again on Tuesday 8th January.

With best wishes, Richard


Thank you!
A huge ‘thank you’ to parents and children from the whole staff team for all your Christmas cards and presents (especially the lovely hampers for support staff).  We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and really appreciate your kind wishes.

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Infant 14/12/12

14 December 2012

Dear Parents,

The Infant Nativity was a huge success. The weather was very cold, crisp and dry. Turquoise travellers, green shepherds and shiny angels shone out from the hillside behind the school. ‘Away in a Manger’ was sung at the crib and parents and grandparents smiled with real joy at the wonder and beauty of the scene. But why is this experience being shared right across the country and in most schools and churches? It is even at the heart of the film ‘Nativity’ - which our children watched as part of their Christmas treat. Well it is a tradition of course and we all remember back to our faltering or confident performances when we were the third king or a humble shepherd or even a dancing sheep! I hope and believe that it is also because it celebrates and reminds us of the greatest event in history when God became a person and lived amongst us so that we could restore a right relationship with God.
 
So we look forward to more Nativities and Christmas celebrations, which are always one of the most important things we do in our annual calendar.
 
This week we also welcomed Comenius guests from Iceland, Turkey, Spain and Italy. All, except Italy, also brought students with them. They joined in our Christmas celebrations and joined our families for accommodation. This continues to be a great way of bringing different cultures together. All our children now realise much more that we are part of a global family. I hope that this co-operation and programme will long continue.

With best wishes, Richard

Thank you
A very big ‘thank you’ to parents for your support with the Christmas play this year whether it was helping with the costumes, music and lighting, ferrying children to and from school or attending several performances if your children were in different groups.  We wanted to do something different this year and hope you all enjoyed it.  We raised £386 at the collections taken after each performance in aid of Chase, the local children’s hospice.

Thanks are also due to Iris and her team in the kitchen for the delicious Christmas lunch yesterday.

Last but not least, many thanks to FOPS for funding the Pied Piper Theatre production of “My Big Little Sister“ which the children will be watching on Thursday afternoon.

Reception
On Tuesday Reception classes will be having a yoga taster session with Beth Peak who is aiming to start a yoga club for all years in January (after school on Thursdays).

Year 2
Walnut and Chestnut classes will be joining the juniors at the Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday morning. 

Reminders
Please have a look round at home and return all library books before the end of term.  Also, please could all PE bags be taken home for the holiday.

Teacher-led clubs
Next term we will be running the following teacher-led clubs:
Tuesday: Cooking & Cultures
Wednesday: Film, Lego, Binca, Cartoon Club
Thursday: Art, Drama.
A letter will come out at the start of next term with more details.

School closes at 1.30pm on Friday 21 December and re-opens on Tuesday 8 January.

FOPS News

Thank you for supporting the FOPS fundraising projects and events this term.  We are pleased to announce that the Christmas fair raised £2,300 which is a fantastic effort.  This means that this term we have raised more than £3,500 for the school from events (the disco and Christmas Fair) and other projects such as the IQ Christmas cards, the Northbrook Wrapping Paper and the Pewley Calendar.  Next term we will give you details of how some of this money will be spent. 
 
Lost  
Ashley Minoo, Oak Class, has lost his named navy PE shorts. 
Eliana Taylor, Hazel Class, has lost her navy M&S cardigan (named).
Max Lewis, Willow, has lost a colourful, stripy knitted scarf.

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As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios “Art For Christmas” Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie -Oak & Georgia -5R) will be opening her studio on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December from 11am – 4pm displaying abstract & semi-abstract paintings at 8 Sells Close, Guildford GU1 3JY. See www.becart.co.uk for more details or to contact. Prices from £45 - £300.  (size approx 30cm to 80cm square). Cards and small textile items also available.

Junior 14/12/12

14 December 2012

Dear Parents,

The Infant Nativity was a huge success. The weather was very cold, crisp and dry. Turquoise travellers, green shepherds and shiny angels shone out from the hillside behind the school. ‘Away in a Manger’ was sung at the crib and parents and grandparents smiled with real joy at the wonder and beauty of the scene. But why is this experience being shared right across the country and in most schools and churches? It is even at the heart of the film ‘Nativity’ - which our children watched as part of their Christmas treat. Well it is a tradition of course and we all remember back to our faltering or confident performances when we were the third king or a humble shepherd or even a dancing sheep! I hope and believe that it is also because it celebrates and reminds us of the greatest event in history when God became a person and lived amongst us so that we could restore a right relationship with God.

So we look forward to more Nativities and Christmas celebrations, which are always one of the most important things we do in our annual calendar.

This week we also welcomed Comenius guests from Iceland, Turkey, Spain and Italy. All, except Italy, also bought students with them. They joined in our Christmas celebrations and joined our families for accommodation. This continues to be a great way of bringing different cultures together. All our children now realise much more that we are part of a global family. I hope that this co-operation and programme will long continue.

With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week
• Monday 17th – Year 6 Choir singing at Mount Alvernia at 1pm
• Monday 17th - Christmas Disco – Year 5 & 6 only – 5.30-7pm
• Tuesday 18th Winter Walk – please wear suitable footwear and a coat and bring a bag for muddy shoes
• Wednesday 19th, Carol Singing at Tunsgate – HT Choir, leaving school at 9.30am
• Thursday 20th - Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church. Drop-off at Church from 9.00am (children at breakfast club will be walked to church), Thursday 20th
• Thursday 20th - Year 5 Tudor Fair 2.15pm on Thursday 20th December – Games, Christmas gifts and presents, please bring £2-3 to buy gifts
• Friday 21st, School ends at 1.45pm. No Clubs Plus.

Clubs
There will be no clubs next week, unless your child has been specifically told that their club is running. Clubs Plus will run as usual, but not on Friday.

Winter Sickness Bug
Please remind your children of the importance of handwashing after using the toilet and before eating.

Year 4 Walk
On Monday afternoon Year 4 will be going out on a walk to The Chantries (this was cancelled Friday due to weather). They should wear school uniform on their top half and suitable home clothes on the bottom half with sturdy shoes. Please bring a carrier bag for them to collect items for their Christmas project.

Mathletics
It’s great to see so many using Mathletics, please would you send in your £5 donation as soon as possible.

Polite Reminder
Please do not drop your children off in the school driveway. Many thanks for your cooperation.

HTSC News

Please remember to register for Easyfundraising if you are shopping online. This is a really easy way to raise funds for the school. Visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford
     
Dates for the diary
• Year 3 drinks at Starbucks, Market Street - Tuesday 18th  December
• Year 4 drinks at The Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18th  December from 8pm

Lost
• One of our girls has lost a shoe!  Would you please be kind enough and search your bags to see if you have picked it up in error.  The shoe is black with a strap over the foot, size 2½ and made by Start-rite.  Thank you.
• Natasha Hemsley Thompson’s pink brace, last seen in the brace box on her chair in 4M.  No longer in the box.  Please look through your bags.
• Sophie Jones (6ST) has lost a black sleeveless Hollister gilet, lost during the school play.

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As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios “Art For Christmas”, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie-Oak & Georgia -5R) will be opening her studio on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th  December from 11am – 4pm displaying abstract & semi-abstract paintings at 8 Sells Close, Guildford GU1 3JY. See www.becart.co.uk for more details or to contact. Prices from £45 - £300.  (size approx 30cm to 80cm square). Cards and small textile items also available.

Junior 7/12/12

07 December 2012

Dear parents

We are right in the middle of our two Christmas productions at our two sites. The ‘Demise & Rise of Ebenezer Scrooge’ is finished and ‘Doorways to Christmas’ is about to begin. They both tell great stories; Dickens’ Christmas Carol gives us the message that we are all able to be redeemed and change is possible. The Christmas Story shows us how, through God becoming a person, we are able to have the power to make that change.

We are pleased that our children are getting these life messages across to all of us. I really loved the Junior’s play with its reworking of A Christmas Carol as a reality television show. I am so looking forward to the exciting new concept of the Infant’s where we move with the action to experience the Nativity. I hope that we will all experience the wonder and joy of Christmas this Advent time.

With best wishes
Richard

Events Next Week
• Comenius visitors arrive Monday 10th December for 1 week
• Year 4 Invaders’ Market in the Hall - Tuesday, 11th December at 2.00pm
• Christmas Lunch – Thursday 13th December
• Year 3 – Carols & Kindling Thursday 13th 5-6.30pm in the hall

Important
To avoid confusion, can we please confirm that it is NOT Mufti for Holy Trinity on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  This is for Pewley Down only and is an event relating to their Christmas play.  HT children should wear school uniform as usual.

Rounders Club
There will be no more Rounders Club until after Christmas.  Look out for dates in the New Year!

Year 3 Carols & Kindling
Please can the children remember to bring their wellingtons and large carrier bags as they will be needed when the children collect kindling on Tuesday 11th. We look forward to seeing all Year 3 parents on Thursday 13th between 5-6.30 for carols, mulled wine, mince pies and kindling sales in the school hall.

Comenius Visitors
We are part of a Comenius Project in which we have 5 partner schools in Europe. Teachers and children from these 5 schools are coming to visit us next week. 15 children from Spain, Iceland and Turkey will be staying with some of our Year 6 families and teachers from all those countries plus teachers from Italy will also be staying for the week.

Splash and Dash
We had some festive fun in the GHS Splash and Dash yesterday with 27 girls from across Years 3 and 4 competing in a mini biathlon. The girls had to go dressed as Christmas decorations so inspiration came from amongst our parents and girls and they went as a set of Christmas lights, they looked fantastic and very novel! There was some lovely running and swimming and medals were awarded to Ayla Darcy for a spectacular run edged on the line for second place, Tilly Gough, Freya Clift and Olivia Charles. Lots of fun was had by all, well done.

Pick-up from fixtures and events
We are extremely fortunate to have fantastic parental support which allows our children to participate in such a varied range of activities. May we please politely remind parents that children should not leave fixtures until the adult in charge has been notified and that other parents do not helpfully take home other children without prior permission. Thank you for your continued support.

School sports kit
Whilst you are doing that Christmas sort out... it would be great to get back any school kit prior to the end of term in order that we can audit it, thanks.

Headlice
Unfortunately we have heard from families across the school that headlice have been found in their child’s hair. Please check your child every day and treat as appropriate. See NHS website for treatment information.

School Uniform
We have seen lots of children over the last few weeks wearing ‘heelie’ shoes. These are not suitable for school and can be very dangerous. Can you please ensure that your child wears the correct footwear for their own comfort and safety.

Sainsburys Donation

Representatives of the school council visited Sainsburys on Tuesday to collect a cheque for £500 for new playground equipment. They are now excitedly planning what to buy! Thank you to Sainsburys. See website for photos.

Mount Alvernia, Tuesday 11 December
We have been advised that there will be another big concrete pour at Mount Alvernia next Tuesday starting at 8.00 am and continuing throughout the day. This may mean that there is increased traffic on Harvey Road that day although Mount Alvernia will have workmen on the road for traffic management. There will also be a smaller pour on Thursday 13 December.

Thank you!
Thank you very much to everyone who supported our recent Poppy Appeal.  We raised a total of £44.43!

Go Pyjamas for Children in Need!
Well done to Mallie, Lucie, Issy and Bella from 6ST for organising the Go Pyjamas event for Children in Need - the final total raised was £350 - thank you to everyone who supported us and wore their pyjamas! Please see the website for pictures.

HTSC News

Thank you to everyone who helped with the interval refreshments this week.
     
Dates for the diary
• Year 5 drinks 8pm at Bar des Arts - Wednesday 12th December 
• Year 6 Christmas drinks, Rogues - Thursday 13th December from 8pm
• HTSC Meeting at The Albany – Thursday 13th December from 8pm
• Year 3 drinks venue tbc - Tuesday 18th  December
• Year 4 drinks at the Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18th  December from 8pm

Found:
Has anyone lost a blue cycle helmet as we have one in the office!

Art class with Elena Andreeva  We have a place in our art class “Drawing, Painting, Compostition”. The first session will take place on 10th December. The class runs on Mondays 3.30-5.00pm. The cost is £100 for 10 sessions. If you would like your child to enrol, please contact Elena 01483 560385.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds. Classes will start again on Saturday 12th January  2013 for 10 weeks  available on Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford.  10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100. For info 07796 780042 or e-mail  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see www.becart.co.uk
 

Infant 7/12/12

07 December 2012

Dear parents

We are right in the middle of our two Christmas productions at our two sites. The ‘Demise & Rise of Ebenezer Scrooge’ is finished and ‘Doorways to Christmas’ is about to begin. They both tell great stories; Dickens’ Christmas Carol gives us the message that we are all able to be redeemed and change is possible. The Christmas Story shows us how, through God becoming a person, we are able to have the power to make that change.

We are pleased that our children are getting these life messages across to all of us. I really loved the Junior’s play with its reworking of A Christmas Carol as a reality television show. I am so looking forward to the exciting new concept of the Infant’s where we move with the action to experience the Nativity. I hope that we will all experience the wonder and joy of Christmas this Advent time

With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Play

Some reminders for the Christmas play next week:

  • All children should come to school in mufti on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • It is very important that children (and the audience) are dressed warmly for all performances, day and afternoon, with thermal layers under their costumes as well as two pairs of socks, gloves etc.
  • Pushchairs must be left in the lower playground so you will have to carry any little ones around the different outside areas.
  • Parents should go to the hall at the start of all performances.
  • Tickets went home in book bags yesterday.  If you have not ordered your tickets please contact the school office as soon as possible.
  • A collection will be taken after each performance and this year we are supporting CHASE, the children’s hospice service which cares for local families with a child or teenager with a life limiting condition.

Carols around the tree, Wednesday 19 December, 2.00pm
This is an informal carol service in the hall and parents are very welcome to come along and join in.

Comenius Visitors
We are part of a Comenius Project in which we have 5 partner schools in Europe. Teachers and children from these 5 schools are coming to visit us next week. 15 children from Spain, Iceland and Turkey will be staying with some of our Year 6 families and teachers from all those countries plus teachers from Italy will also be staying for the week.

Christmas Lunch
If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to have a school Christmas lunch next Thursday 13th  please let the office know by Monday 10th.  School lunches are £2.20.

Mount Alvernia, Tuesday 11 December
We have been advised that there will be another big concrete pour at Mount Alvernia next Tuesday starting at 8.00 am and continuing throughout the day.  This may mean that there is increased traffic on Harvey Road that day although Mount Alvernia will have workmen on the road for traffic management.  There will also be a smaller pour on Thursday 13 December.

FOPS News

A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair on Sunday.  We hope you enjoyed the event and will have news of how much money was raised for the school by the end of term. 
 
Our thanks go to all parents who gave up their spare time to set up and clear away.  We did it in record time!  Special thanks go to the class reps, who did an amazing job of making sure all the stalls were manned, and to the "Grotto Team" of Cherrie Gluyas (creative director), Ian Durrant and Nick Mercer (those jolly chaps in red) and our helpful elves, Maddison Bell (Yr 3) and Tilly Mercer (Yr4).  We would also like to thank Nicci Holliday and Suzie Turner for the effort they put in to get such lovely raffle prizes.
 

Football Club
Letters for football club for Years 1 and 2 went out in book bags earlier this week.  Please return your form and payment before the end of term if your child would like to take part next term.

French Club
Just a reminder that French Club has now finished for the term.

Can you help?
We are looking for various items for different projects around the school.  If you could help with any of the following we would be very grateful (please bring them along to the office):  small shopping trolley, toy buggy (with doll), dust mop, children's rake, theraband - as used in physiotherapy/pilates, blanket (fleecy or wool), skate board, large cushions, 1 person trampet, large beanbags, therapy ball (used in pilates) , chalkboard, small world toys and characters, beads, cars or  digger, child sleeping bags, mirror balls.
 
Lost:
Freddie Kay, Beech Class, has lost his Leeds United football hat.
Dylan Mavani, Beech Class , has lost a brown, white and blue striped bobble hat.

Menu for week beginning Monday 10 December
Mon: Savoury Mince & Rice or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Seasonal Vegetables; Ginger Cake
Tues: Sausage or Quorn Volcanoes, Seasonal Vegetables; Apple & Pear Crumble
Weds: Pasta with Cheese Sauce & Ham or Veggie Pasta, Seasonal Vegetables; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: CHRISTMAS LUNCH 
Fri:  Fish Fingers or Vegetable Nuggets, Thick Chips, Seasonal Vegetables; Choice of Cold Puddings

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds now booking for the Spring term.  Classes will start again on Saturday 12 January 2013 for 10 weeks  available on Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford.  10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100.  All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing at Easter with a themed Felting week.  For more information please text Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) 07796 780042 or e-mail  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .