• HTSC Bingo Night - Saturday 7 October - Tickets on sale now!

Junior 19/12/14

19 December 2014

Spring Term 2015 - School resumes on Tuesday 6 January at 8.40am.

Clubs
Please note that apart from Clubs Plus, THERE WILL BE NO CLUBS THE FIRST WEEK OF TERM.
Click here for proposed clubs list for Spring 2015.

Some events for January 2015:
Tuesday 6 January - Judo begins in the hall
Monday 12 January - Outside Clubs begin
Tuesday 13 January - Viking Day for Year 4
Wednesday 14 January - Swimming lessons begin for 3C and 4S

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Thanks to everyone who has helped make the events this term such a huge success, we have raised a lot of money for the school and had great fun in the process.
Planning for next term is well underway so look out for more info about our popular quiz night and the famous family bingo night which are back by popular demand.

Happy Christmas from Caroline and Carrie

Dates for the Diary
HTSC/PTA meeting - Tuesday 13 January - 8:15pm at the Albany
Year 3 & 4 Cake Sale – Friday 23 January
Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January
Quiz Night - date tbc but likely to be end of Jan or early Feb
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March

Curchods are delighted to announce the winners of this year's "Draw Santa's House" Art Competition! We have been overwhelmed with the amount of entries and the high standard of work. It has been extremely hard to judge the winners but after much deliberation and thought, we wish to award the following:

1st Istvan Hasulyo 3C
2nd Alice McCann 6SR
3rd Tabitha Hill-Price 4S
4th Lydia Dean 4J
5th Anna Milner 3G

Please come and collect your prize anytime from now. We will be closed 24th - 28th December inclusive.

We will be displaying the pictures in our shop window from Monday 22nd December so please come and take a look over the Christmas period. However, if you cannot see your child's picture, do come back and take another look from Monday 29th December onwards as we will be rotating the work to account for the large volume!

Many thanks for all the children's hard work - its been really fun! Happy Christmas from everyone at Curchods

Lost:
  • Alexandra lost her Casio Baby G pink watch (probably last week, she did not realise till today though!). She said she had taken it off for netball and - most likely - left in the classroom.
  • Tobi Daramola in 4S has misplaced her left pink and grey coloured Everlast PE shoe! If you find it amongst your PE things over the holiday please bring it to the office at the beginning of term. Thank you.
  • Hannah Leadbeater also in 4S, has lost her purple Mandela sweatshirt and navy tracksuit bottoms (both named). Please return them to the office if you find them. Thank you.


Free Pilates Matwork
Taster Sessions at Guildford Pilates Place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th January.
Tuesday 6th, 9:30 Cardio Matwork, 10:35 Beginner Matwork
Thursday 8th, 9:20 Mixed Level Matwork, 11:45 Pilates at the Barre
Very limited spaces available, so email now to book your place: pilates@guildfordpilatesplace.co.uk
www.guildfordpilatesplace.co.uk

Menu - Week 1

Infant 19/12/14

19 December 2014

School re-opens for the Spring Term on Tuesday 6 January (Monday 5th is an Inset Day).

Thank you
Very many thanks from all the staff for all the lovely Christmas cards and presents. Your kind wishes really mean a lot to us.

Robin’s Winter Adventure
The children really enjoyed the live theatre performance from the Pied Piper Theatre company yesterday. We are grateful to FOPS for funding this. There are some photos on the website.

Year 2
Swimming for Year 2 starts again Wednesday 7 January.

PUPS & Breakfast Club

Thank you to all those parents who have settled their PUPS and Breakfast Club invoices promptly. Unfortunately there are a number of accounts that are still not paid up. The new invoices will be coming out in early January - please could I ask you to settle them as soon as possible? If you have any difficulties doing so, please speak with me or one of the office ladies in confidence. Please could you write your child's name and class on the back of all cheques or return them with the invoices so that I can process them quickly. Many thanks, Bev.

Admission applications (closing date 15 January 2015)
If you have a child starting school in September 2015 or transferring to junior school, please remember to apply for a place at your chosen school before the 15th January 2015. SCC especially welcome online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey's website at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. Applications received after the closing date without good reason are treated as late applications and will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may jeopardise the chance of parents/carers being offered one of their preferred schools for their child.
If you are applying for a place at either Holy Trinity or Pewley Down, it's most helpful if you complete the relevant Supplementary Information Form which is available on the school website under Admissions. Please return completed forms to the School Office.
 

Junior 12/12/14

12 December 2014

Dear Parents,

It is too easy to be cynical at Christmas and talk about commercialisation and missing the real meaning. At school we have the privilege and responsibility of delivering a really happy school Christmas. This is all about centering on the coming of Jesus and the happiness and joy which that brings us. We have school traditions and different ways of being age appropriate at each part of the school.

One of my favourite events is carols around the tree at Pewley Down. It is a warm and friendly event with a simple retelling of the Christmas story and everyone joining in the singing. This is by no means a performance, just an opportunity to be together sharing a common joy. You would also be welcome at the school carol service at 9.45 a.m. on Thursday 18th for Year 2 - 6. This is a great occasion where we look at what each year group in the juniors have been learning about Christmas. We deliberately don’t pubicise this much as there are only about fifty seats for parents and friends – but we never turn anyone away.

The magic of Christmas is present everywhere from the massed Christmas jumpers to a year three child thrilled with three marbles in his crackers. Next week at the infants we have a group of actors putting on a pantomime and at the juniors Debbie and I are producing a Christmas trail throughout the school grounds, which gives the children an interactive Christmas experience. I am just hoping the gold, frankincense and myrrh arrive before Tuesday (seriously!)

Have a lovely pre-Christmas weekend – I am doing our tree and making presents for my children
With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week:
Monday 15 December – Years 5 & 6 Disco 5.00 - 6.30pm
Tuesday 16 December – Year 4 Materials Exhibition
Wednesday 17 December – Choir visit to Mount Alvernia with Alison Tester
Thursday 18 December – Years 2 – 6 Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church at 9.45 a.m.
Friday 19 December – Term ends at 1.45 p.m.
Spring Term 2015 - School resumes on Tuesday, 6th January at 8.40 a.m.

Christmas Service at Holy Trinity Church at 9.45a.m
. – If you can help walk there and back, please email your child’s teacher, we will be leaving school at 9.15am

Admissions - If you have a child starting school in September 2015 or transferring to junior school, please remember to apply for a place at your chosen school before the 15th January 2015. SCC especially welcome online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey's website at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. Applications received after the closing date without good reason are treated as late applications and will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may jeopardise the chance of parents/carers being offered one of their preferred schools for their child.
If you are applying for a place at either Holy Trinity or Pewley Down, it's most helpful if you complete the relevant Supplementary Information Form which is available on the school website under Admissions. Please return completed forms to the School Office.

Uniform

It’s been a very busy start to this term with uniform requests `I am pleased to be able to inform you that two mums have come forward to help me and to keep the supply going once I leave HT in the summer. They are Nidhi and Katarina Gross both with sons in year 4. Also, if you have any outstanding orders they will now been ready at the beginning of next term when we receive our next delivery. There is loads of lost property in school so if you have lost any item it may well be worth looking though the pile.

Appeal!
Terri, in the Art Department, is asking for any throw-away tin foil plates, pie dishes etc. that you may wish to dispose of. If you have any to spare, could you bring them along to the art room please? Thank you very much.

Curchods Art Competition - Draw Santa's House
A reminder to all budding artists that there is a week to go until the closing deadline for the above on Wednesday 17 December. We have received some truly wonderful work so fart but would happily welcome more! There is still paper held at the School Office or alternatively, it can be collected from our shop on London Road? Remember - Lots of WH Smith vouchers to be won!

Thank You and Next term’s lunch discounts
: Thanks to all who have settled their accounts – grateful if the few who haven’t could please do so before the term end. 94% of parents have activated their ParentPay accounts, which is fantastic. This payment method saves the school a great deal of scarce admin resource in processing cheques and cash that we are far better off putting to other uses. Don’t forget to avail yourselves again (or for the first time perhaps) of the termly discounts for school lunches. If you pay for the full spring term by 16 January, the discount price is £2.35 per meal, not the full £2.40. The termly amount payable differs slightly by year group to take account of days out, so consult the lunch price chart on the school website Payment page. After 16 January, we uprate discount payments to the full meal price on ParentPay. Lunch credits are only used when meals are actually taken, so you really can’t lose. Happy Christmas, Lesley

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

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.

Northbrook

HTSC has teamed up with Northbrook Fundraising to bring you a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, stationery and small gifts at great value prices including the popular Wonders of Learning Books (now reduced to £4.99) and the lovely Little Blossom range both of which would make ideal stocking fillers. When you buy any item from Northbrook, HTSC will receive 22% cash back. Northbrook has some fantastic products, for example they have a pack of 9 sheets of high quality Christmas papers for just £3.50 as well as 3 wine or gift bags also at £3.50. When you buy just one of these we receive 77p! This is a great deal for you and provides extra funds for us. If we all bought just a couple of items we could raise a significant amount of money. When you buy on-line, there is no p & p charge and the goods are sent to your home address within 4 days of ordering. Also each order over £15 placed before 25th December will receive 1 free roll of wrapping paper of your choice. So please click on Northbrook / Holy Trinity School and start shopping!

Lost

Lewis Lee Cardoso in 6SR has mislaid a book ‘Yu-Gi-Oh GX, Volume 1’. If you happen to see it, please bring it to the office. Thank you.
Harry Norris in 3J has lost one (yes one!) green and blue astro shoe from Clarks. Size 1 and named with a bright green sticker inside. They are only 3 weeks old! Thank you.
Sam Rapley (3J), is missing his Nightingale navy school jumper which has been missing since October Half Term. The jumper is named. If you know of its whereabouts please let the office know. Thank you.
Ben Gluyas 5H – Lost his named Blue Nightingale Sweater Age 7 – 8, if you have seen it anywhere in the school, please let the office know. Thank you.

Surrey Artists’ Christmas Exhibition
will be held at Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, until 15 January (weekdays only 10am - 5pm). Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie 3C) will be participating along with 28 other artists & makers http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/visual-arts/surrey-artists-christmas-exhibition-private-view & www.becart.co.uk for details.

Arabian Nights - For an end of term treat come to the Electric Theatre for a new play based on the stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba. Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st December. Thurs and Fri at 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Sat and Sun at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £7.50. Suitable for all age 5+. Cast includes past and present HTPD pupils.

For sale
3/4 cello, including well padded bag - £100
18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25
Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Menu - Week 3

Infant 12/12/14

12 December 2014

Dear Parents,

It is too easy to be cynical at Christmas and talk about commercialisation and missing the real meaning. At school we have the privilege and responsibility of delivering a really happy school Christmas. This is all about centering on the coming of Jesus and the happiness and joy which that brings us. We have school traditions and different ways of being age appropriate at each part of the school.

One of my favourite events is carols around the tree at Pewley Down. It is a warm and friendly event with a simple retelling of the Christmas story and everyone joining in the singing. This is by no means a performance, just an opportunity to be together sharing a common joy. You would also be welcome at the school carol service at 9.45 a.m. on Thursday 18th for Year 2 - 6. This is a great occasion where we look at what each year group in the juniors have been learning about Christmas. We deliberately don’t pubicise this much as there are only about fifty seats for parents and friends – but we never turn anyone away.

The magic of Christmas is present everywhere from the massed Christmas jumpers to a year three child thrilled with three marbles in his crackers. Next week at the infants we have a group of actors putting on a pantomime and at the juniors Debbie and I are producing a Christmas trail throughout the school grounds, which gives the children an interactive Christmas experience. I am just hoping the gold, frankincense and myrrh arrive before Tuesday (seriously!)

Have a lovely pre-Christmas weekend – I am doing our tree and making presents for my children
With best wishes, Richard


Christmas Play

Thank you so much for your support during the play this week and for your help with the costumes. The children really loved performing and singing the songs. Thank you also for your generous donations to Shooting Star Chase; we raised £554.78.

Carols round the Tree, Tuesday 16 December, 2.00pm
Please come and join us for a carol sing-along in the hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Year 2 swimming, Wednesday 17 December
There will be a last swimming session for Year 2 on Wednesday 17th. Swimming resumes again on Wednesday 7 January.

Christmas Service (Year 2), Thursday 18 December, 9.45 am
Year 2 children will be attending the service at Holy Trinity Church next Thursday morning along with Years 3 to 6. Unfortunately there is not enough space in the church for parents to attend the service as well.

Pied Piper Theatre, Thursday 18 December
Thank you to FOPS for funding The Pied Piper Theatre Company’s performance of ‘Robin’s Winter Adventure’ which the children will be watching next Thursday afternoon.

End of term
School closes next Friday 19 December at 1.30 pm and re-opens on Tuesday 6 January (Monday 5 January is an Inset Day).

Cellobabies
The children enjoyed a cello demonstration in assembly on Thursday and should have brought home a letter with details of the Surrey Arts ‘Cellobabies’ programme.

Dental Survey
The Dental Survey originally scheduled for 24 November will now take place on Thursday 19 March.
 

FOPS

A big thank you for your support at the Christmas Fair.
We raised about £2,500, which is a fantastic effort!

Admission applications (closing date 15 January 2015)

If you have a child starting school in September 2015 or transferring to junior school, please remember to apply for a place at your chosen school before the 15th January 2015. SCC especially welcome online applications, however parents can also request a paper application form or seek impartial help in completing an application via the Surrey Schools & Childcare Service (0300 200 1004). Full information is available on Surrey's website at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. Applications received after the closing date without good reason are treated as late applications and will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may jeopardise the chance of parents/carers being offered one of their preferred schools for their child.

If you are applying for a place at either Holy Trinity or Pewley Down, it's most helpful if you complete the relevant Supplementary Information Form which is available on the school website under Admissions. Please return completed forms to the School Office.

Lost
Jasmine Turton Oak Class, has lost her named Shackleton cardigan

Charlotte (Toby’s mum in Hazel) has lost a pair a woolly, purple/pink gloves (with the hoods you fold over the fingers) – probably left at the dress rehearsal last Thursday morning.

Arabian Nights

For an end of term treat come to the Electric Theatre for a new play based on the stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba. Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st December. Thurs and Fri at 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Sat and Sun at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £7.50. Suitable for all age 5+. Cast includes past and present HTPD pupils.

For sale

3/4 cello, including well-padded bag - £100; red and white wooden doll's house including furniture for all rooms and a family - £70; 18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25. Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Menu for week beginning Monday 15 December
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Veggie Pasta Bake, Bread, Peas & Sweetcorn, Carrots; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower; Pear Semolina
Weds: Italian Meatballs & Rice or Mixed Bean Wrap, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Lemon Sponge
Thurs: Fish Fingers & Chips or Jacket Potato with Cheese, Baked Beans, Peas; Jam Tart
Fri: Christmas Party lunch

Infant 5/12/14

05 December 2014

Dear Parents,

I wonder what your childhood memories are of Christmas? Perhaps it was different each year or maybe you had a pattern which was always followed. My memory is of travelling back from Hascombe to Godalming in my uncle’s old baker’s van along icy roads with all of our family hanging on for dear life. The smell of fresh bread and cold, which takes your breath away, evokes those memories at this time of the year.

Of course the nativity play at Busbridge School, performed in the parish church is another great memory. A script which never changed, hoping to get a main part, finally achieving the second King and feeling like I was on the West End Stage. A recent survey has shown that less than half of primary schools do a traditional nativity play and we are two of these schools not doing one this year. Do not worry I’m pretty sure that normal service will be resumed next year. The infants (where Mary and Joseph do make an appearance) is about how a child can bring peace and in the juniors the horror of World War I is contrasted with the peace and harmony of the Christmas Day Truce in 1914. Both performances are very moving and point us directly to the Prince of Peace and the message of the angels to the shepherds.
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to everyone.

With so many conflicts around the world I am reminded of the words from the Carol ‘It came upon a midnight clear’
“And man at war with man hears not
The love song which they bring
O hush your noise, you men of war
And hear the angels sing”
This Christmas time as you watch or remember our Christmas plays, I pray you will know peace in your families, your communities and in your heart.
With best wishes, Richard


Christmas Play

• There are still a few tickets available for the Christmas play next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9.30am). Please contact the school office if you would like one for a grandparent.
• To help you get the best view of your child, as you look at the stage:
Hazel Class will be on the left hand side. Willow Class on the right hand side.
Sotongi Tribe (red) will be on the left. Wannakeekee tribe (green) on the right.
• There will be a collection at the end of each performance in support of Shooting Star Chase, the children’s hospice.

Teacher-led clubs
: A reminder that all after-school teacher-led clubs have now finished for this term.

Christmas post: Next week the Christmas post boxes will be in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends. Please ensure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for the Year 2 Pewley postmen.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 11 December:
If any children who usually have a packed lunch would like to have the school Christmas lunch on Thursday, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Year 2 swimming: A reminder that there is no swimming next week (Wednesday 10 December) as the pool is closed for maintenance. There will be swimming on Wednesday 17 December and it will resume again on Wednesday 7 January.

Surrey County Council admission arrangements:
Surrey County Council is consulting on the proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2016. Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at www.surreysays.co.uk. There is also a summary on the school website.

FOPS

Christmas Decoration Competition: We received lots of fantastic entries to the Christmas decoration competition. All the masks will decorate the School Hall over the festive season. See if you can spot yours! It was very difficult to pick the winners but congratulations go to:
Joshua Parker-Perryman, Walnut – overall winner
Joshie Allan – Willow, Milo Goodchild – Hazel, Felix Derham – Beech, Liliana Chester – Oak,
Abbie Hovington – Walnut, Livi Vickerman - Chestnut

Christmas Fair - 7 December 2014 - 12pm to 2pm:
Our Christmas Fair is this Sunday. It is a lovely start to the festive season (and we've even waited until December!). As well as the best Santa's Grotto in Guildford, there will be Christmas craft and games, hot food, mulled wine and mince pies and stalls selling gifts. Come along and join in the fun!

Raffle - Please make sure you return all monies, completed counterfoils and unwanted raffle tickets in the envelope provided to the School Office by 3pm on Friday 5 December. If you would like to buy tickets, they will also be on sale at the Christmas Fair. The draw will take place at 1.45pm on Sunday. There are some brilliant prizes on offer. Good luck!

Weekend Setting Up & Clearing Away - We will be decorating the School Hall and setting up for the Fair on Friday 5 December (7pm to 9pm) and Saturday 6 December (10am to midday and 2pm until 4pm). There are lots of jobs to do and we need help. Please come along an help for an hour or two if you are able to. Also help to tidy up after the Christmas Fair finishes would be very much appreciated.

Peace Child DVD - order by 10 December 2014: So that you can sit back and enjoy the school Christmas production, Peace Child, and share the experience with family and friends over Christmas, we will be producing a DVD of the play which you can order for £8 a copy. £1.50 from the sale each DVD goes to the school. If you would like to order a copy please complete the order form and return it together with payment no later than Wednesday 10 December. Unfortunately we cannot order DVDs if we don't receive payment in advance. The DVDs will be available to take home on the last day of term.

Easyfundraising.org.uk:
Don't forgot if you are shopping online for Christmas presents, you can raise money for the School at the same time by accessing retailers websites via easyfundraising.org.uk and selecting Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford as your charity to support.


Lost:
Ona Cashmore, Beech, lost her fluffy white cardigan on Friday 21 November which was a mufti day.
Found: Pushchair with a yellow hood left outside 18 Pewley Hill on Tuesday (2 December). Possibly someone has put their child in the car and driven off forgetting the pushchair. If this is yours, please contact Rosie 01483 532393.

Surrey Artists’ Christmas Exhibition
will be held at Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, from Monday 8 December 6-8pm until 15 January (weekdays only 10am - 5pm). Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie 3C) will be participating along with 28 other artists & makers http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/visual-arts/surrey-artists-christmas-exhibition-private-view & www.becart.co.uk for details.

Help please: My children are former pupils of Pewley Down (now 27 & 31). I am going abroad for an extended period and need to re-home a tortoiseshell female cat, she is used to a catflap but does not wander far she will sit on your lap or happily sleep on a pillow. You are welcome to come and meet her or I can bring her to meet you, we live in central Guildford. Please call Linda 07989132795 or email lindajharmes@aol.com

For sale
: 3/4 cello, including well-padded bag - £100; red and white wooden doll's house including furniture for all rooms and a family - £70; 18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25. Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Menu for week beginning Monday 8 December

Mon: Hot Dog (Chicken or Veggie Sausage), Mixed Vegetables, Green Beans; Rice Pudding
Tues: Spaghetti Bolognese or Vegetable Pasta Bake, Peas, Cauliflower; Sponge Cake
Weds: Two Cheese Pizza or Filled Jacket Potato, Sweetcorn, Cucumber; Jam Tart
Thurs: Christmas Lunch
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Basmati, Chips, Baked Beans, Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
 

Junior 5/12/14

05 December 2014

Dear Parents,

I wonder what your childhood memories are of Christmas? Perhaps it was different each year or maybe you had a pattern which was always followed. My memory is of travelling back from Hascombe to Godalming in my uncle’s old baker’s van along icy roads with all of our family hanging on for dear life. The smell of fresh bread and cold, which takes your breath away, evokes those memories at this time of the year.

Of course the nativity play at Busbridge School, performed in the parish church is another great memory. A script which never changed, hoping to get a main part, finally achieving the second King and feeling like I was on the West End Stage. A recent survey has shown that less than half of primary schools do a traditional nativity play and we are two of these schools not doing one this year. Do not worry I’m pretty sure that normal service will be resumed next year. The infants (where Mary and Joseph do make an appearance) is about how a child can bring peace and in the juniors the horror of World War I is contrastith the peace and harmony of the Christmas Day Truce in 1914. Both performances are very moving and point us directly to the Prince of Peace and the message of the angels to the shepherds.

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to everyone.

With so many conflicts around the world I am reminded of the words from the Carol ‘It came upon a midnight clear’
“And man at war with man hears not
The love song which they bring

O hush your noise, you men of war
And hear the angels sing”

This Christmas time as you watch or remember our Christmas plays, I pray you will know peace in your families, your communities and in your heart.
With best wishes, Richard


Events Coming Soon
Thursday 11 December Year 5 Tudor Fair 1.45pm
Friday 12 December – Christmas Lunch – please return slips by Wednesday 10 December
Monday 15 December – Year 5&6 Disco 5-6.30pm

Clubs
All school clubs will finish at the end of next week. Please check with outside providers for other clubs.

Please DO NOT park on yellow lines or across residents’ drives in the surrounding roads please? We have recently received several calls from our neighbours complaining about inconsiderate parking and the difficulties it causes. We are lucky to share good relations with our neighbours and we would appreciate your help to keep it that way!

Year 6 Chocolate Exchange for No 5 and Guildford Action (local charities)
In exchange for hot chocolate children in all year groups are asked to bring in something from the list below on the following days: Shoelaces, small folding umbrellas, men’s socks, fresh fruit, rice, pasta, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant. Monday Year 6, Tuesday Year 3, Wednesday Year 4, Thursday Year 5, Friday all year groups. There will be posters up around the school for more information. Thank you Year 6. See the poster here.

Eco News - The school Eco Team are asking for contributions to indoor play boxes for their classrooms. Suggestions for items are: Board games, Top Trump cards, Puzzles, Play Mobile, Sylvanian Families, Puppets. Please have a look in cupboards, toy boxes and under beds for any toys or games that are no longer played with. All items need to be complete and suitable for groups of children to play with.

A heartfelt thank you from Louise & James (Seb’s parents’ year 6) for all your generous donations to Action Duchenne at the Christmas Production. This money will be used for research into treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which their youngest son, Leon, has. There are currently no treatments available for Duchenne MD at the moment. Leon came to the performance on Tuesday evening and really enjoyed it! Over £1000 was raised which is amazing.

Reminder: Exchange Opportunity - There is an excellent opportunity to host a child from a new partner school in France. Host families are also warmly invited to arrange a return visit if they wish to. The school is in Lyon and the children are pretty fluent in English. I have met the organiser and feel confident to support this venture. If you are interested please read the ParentMail entitled French Student. There will also be a meeting with the French organiser on Thursday 11 December at 5pm. The school is the Ecole Bilingual de Savoie (www.ombrosa.com).

Surrey County Council admission arrangements
Surrey County Council is consulting on the proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2016. Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at www.surreysays.co.uk.  Please click here for a summary.

Lost/Missing
A beloved pair of wellies went missing on Wednesday. If you have seen Hailey Anderson's named navy boots with white polka dots and big bright pink ribbons on the front, please return them to 4J.
Ben Gluyas (5H) has lost a sweatshirt, size 7/8 Nightingale - named.
 

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 Xmas Drinks – Tonight - Friday 5th December at Rogues from 7:30 pm
Year 5 Xmas Drinks - Tuesday 9th December at MKB from 8pm
Year 6 Drinks and Nibbles - Tuesday 9th December 2014 at Bar des Arts from 8pm

Christmas Fair
A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the fair including the Christmas fair team, the class reps, and all the people that helped with the preparation, who manned the stalls and cleared up afterwards. The evening was a great success and it looks like we raised just under £4000 for the school. Thanks also to the local businesses that supported the fair, to Cavenders Sales and Lettings for donating the top iPad mini for the raffle, to Mr Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe for sponsoring the sweet stall and to Turtlebay Restaurant, Glive, Surrey Sports Park and Tesco who made donations to the fair.

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.

Northbrook
HTSC has teamed up with Northbrook Fundraising to bring you a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, stationery and small gifts at great value prices including the popular Wonders of Learning Books (now reduced to £4.99) and the lovely Little Blossom range both of which would make ideal stocking fillers.

When you buy any item from Northbrook, HTSC will receive 22% cash back. Northbrook has some fantastic products, for example they have a pack of 9 sheets of high quality Christmas papers for just £3.50 as well as 3 wine or gift bags also at £3.50. When you buy just one of these we receive 77p! This is a great deal for you and provides extra funds for us. If we all bought just a couple of items we could raise a significant amount of money. When you buy on-line, there is no p & p charge and the goods are sent to your home address within 4 days of ordering. Also each order over £15 placed before 25th December will receive 1 free roll of wrapping paper of your choice. So please click on Northbrook / Holy Trinity School and start shopping!


Christingle Service
The whole family is invited to attend a Christingle Service held at Christ Church Guildford, Waterden Road, on Sunday 14 December, 4pm, in aid of The Children’s Society. This beautiful service is very suitable for families with young children, followed by a bring & share tea. All enquiries to the Parish Office 01483 567072 www.christchurchguildford.com

For sale

  • 3/4 cello, including well padded bag - £100

  • Red and white wooden doll's house including furniture for all rooms and a family - £70

  • 18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25

Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Poppy and Monty's (yr 5) mums Kelly and Karen run Cabbage White England (handmade silver and gold jewellery) sold through various shops including Silverado on Swan Lane. Would love to offer a special Christmas discount to Holy Trinity parents of 25% visit us at www.cabbagewhiteengland.com use code HTS25 at the checkout. Valid until 24th Dec - Happy Shopping. If you want view the pieces in person please call Kelly on 07968 560672 to visit our studio.

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