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Junior 6/12/13

06 December 2013

Dear Parents,

Today is a sad day for all of us at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. Nelson Mandela is one of our HTPD Heroes and of course a name for one of our school houses. At the juniors we have already talked through his life with the school at our big assembly this morning. I will be talking about him with the infants on Monday. We will then have a full assembly celebrating his life next week. This is a key moment in all our lives and the children will remember the death of Nelson Mandela at Christmas time throughout their lives.

Why is he so important to us as a school? The two main reasons are forgiveness and goodness. He showed both these attributes so clearly in his life and that is why I personally see him as a role model and offer that to our children. In a world which is so often marked with a blame culture, it is wonderful to see that transformed into the beauty of forgiveness. In a world which often, even at government level, seeks to belittle and insult those of different opinions, his goodness raises us to a different plane of interaction with others. I work hard to promote these virtues in the school, sometimes against an attitude to fight back which is prevalent in our national culture.

So his life is relevant to all of us and we will continue to remember him and all he has taught us.

I do hope you have enjoyed the Christmas play at HT and are geared up to see the infant’s play next week. It is such a special time for all the children. These next two weeks are going to be a great time of learning along with all the fun of a proper primary school Christmas.

I hope you all enjoy your preparations.
With best wishes, Richard


Events for next week
Tuesday 10 December – Year 4 Invaders’ Market
Wednesday 11 December - Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Thursday 12 December – Year 5 Tudor Fayre

Future dates for your diary
Monday 16 December - Years 3 & 4 Christmas Parties and Years 5 & 6 Disco
Thursday 19 December - End of Term Service at Holy Trinity Church at 1.45pm
Friday 20 December - School closes for the holidays at 1.45pm

HTPD Prayer Group meets 9-9.30am on Monday 9 December at Emma Laporte’s house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details. All Welcome!

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Christmas Fair
Thank you to everyone who helped and donated we had a great evening and raised lots of money for the school.

Dates for the Diary
Cake Sale next Friday 13 December – Year 3&4, please contact Caroline Swift if you are able to help.

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc., making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

Lost:
Honor Butler (5H) ‘Grays’ Hockey Stick is missing. New, named, it is coloured blue with orange writing. If found, please bring it to the office. Thank you.

Art class with Elena Andreeva. We have a place in our Monday art club. The 1.5hr sessions run on Mondays 3.30-5pm. We learn to draw and paint from life and imagination. If you wish your child to attend, please contact Elena on 01483 560385.

Amazing Art Club - Next term's theme is 'Circus' - please see today’s Parentmail for more details. If you would like to book a space (limited to 12), please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com.

Get a free taste of Yoga and sample some Swedish St Lucia treats - Come along for a free yoga class on Friday 13 December 10.00-11.15 at Guildford United Reformed Church and experience a bit of St Lucia - the Swedish festival of light celebrated on 13 December each year. If you can't make the St Lucia class - you can still come along for a free class (and treats) on Saturday 14 December 08.00-09.15 or Monday 16 December 19.45-21.15 at Fitzsimmons Place Nursery's Hall. All welcome including beginners. For full details see: www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk or contact Gunilla Hartman on 07732 550699.

Mannativity – The Baby with no Bed – St Catherine’s School Theatre, Bramley. December 21st 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets £3.50 available from mannaacademy.moonfruit.com Please support this event all proceeds to HMSA and POTS UK Charities.

Anybody requiring made to measure curtains, blinds, cushions and other soft furnishings and/or interior design guidance, please contact Jessica Callanan at jessicacallanan09@gmail.com or on 01483 532658 / 07780 683600 to arrange a consultation. Availability from mid-January. Jessica has quite a few HTPD parent customers already who would be happy to provide a good reference.

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