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Junior 15/2/13

15 February 2013

Dear Parents,

Well half term is here and I have just come in from the playground where it is sunny and starting to feel warmer. Let’s hope that this continues for the holiday.

One interesting change we have seen over the years is the constant requirement for assessment, appraisal and evaluation. This marking of ourselves or by other people has undoubtedly helped our understanding and improved our learning and performance. The processes are very important in the school context from children assessing each other’s work to the important judgements of Ofsted for the school. Quite regularly children will read each other’s work and make comments. Yesterday I saw great lessons in year two where children were being encouraged to use superlatives in their writing. They then swapped papers to look at each other’s ‘est’ words. This enabled everyone to see how successful they had been.

One important tool for the children’s self –evaluation is Learning Journals. These give everybody opportunities to write about their work and focus on what they have learnt. These have the great effect of children helping to move their own learning forward and making progress. Learning Journals become a dialogue between the teacher and the child. It gives an opportunity to reflect on skills they have mastered and to set next steps to even greater success. I am taking home five from each class to be in the loop and add my input to some of the children and all the teachers.

We are continuing to enjoy the chapel. As I write the fluffy group who are learning belly dancing are working in there and Pete Batt (Julie’s husband) is making a beautiful simple wooden cross for the front wall.

Please remember to sign up for Twitter, we have 57 followers so far, but would like to get it far higher so that we can use it as a rapid way of giving information (for no charge) and also to be a useful forum for discussion. Our next exciting competition will be for Twitter followers only!

Have a great half term at home or away.
With best wishes,
Richard

Events Week Commencing 25 March
25th Back to school
26th 5R to Surrey University for Space Day
26th Year 6 SATS Information Evening 7pm for Parents

Guildford Music Festival March 20th 2013
All children who are participating in the Guildford Music Festival have been given a letter with information as to how to buy tickets from GLive. The booking office opens on Monday 18th February and please note that tickets do sell very quickly.

If your child is in orchestra or Clare's recorder group they have also received a letter with forthcoming dates for rehearsals at Queen Eleanor's after half term. If you can help with transport Judy and Clare would be delighted to hear from you.

Netball
We had two fantastically contested matches at Queen Eleanor’s yesterday.  We had one close loss 6-8 and a great win by the B’s 8-1.  Well done to all. 

Football
We also had two great matches at Queen Eleanor’s for the girls again with one close loss 2-3 and a win 7-3.  Great playing!

Year 5 and 6 Football Cancelled – Tuesday 26th February due to fixture.

Headlice
Unfortunately headlice appears to be around again.  Please check your child’s hair every day and treat as appropriate. See NHS website for treatment information.

HTSC News


Quiz Night! Friday, March 8th at 7.45 p.m. 
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school.
 
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the office. Teams must be a maximum of 8 and the format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30pm. So what are you waiting for? If you know your Eastenders from your elbow you will do fine!

Reminder
A family very kindly loaned us a baby car seat just before Christmas.  It now needs to be returned to it’s owner.  If you are that family, please come to Reception so that we can re-unite you with it!

For Sale
Upright piano - Murdoch, London - good condition £380. Please contact Kate Gallagher 01483 532735

Charlotteville Jubilee Trust Community BINGO event at the Spike
All welcome. Saturday 2nd March 7pm until 9pm. Tickets include BINGO tickets for the evening and a hot supper. Caller Jes Moon. Tickets in advance £5 adult £3 under 12yrs. Tickets available from Muriel Quilter 43 Cline Road or Jes Moon (01483) 503835 or Gina Redpath 12 Addison Road.

Lisa Taylor (Lucie 6ST) is helping to promote a gig at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford. Featuring US artists Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer the show is on Thursday 28th February, Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available in advance from People Music in Chapel Street or via Lisa Taylor (07778-020599). Vermont-born Anais Mitchell and Hamer collaborate on a collection of traditional English folk songs from the 18th and 19th Century. They provide a refreshing interpretation on their new album Child Ballads with close harmonies and guitar accompaniment. This is the second time that Anais has been to Guildford, last year making a solo appearance for us at St. Mary's Church. Look forward to seeing you there!

Master Classes at Tormead School for Year 5 girls.  Religious Studies on 27th February and Beauty and the Beast on 18th March.  For more details please call Tracy Wright on 01483 575101.

Valentines themed charity concert on Saturday 9th February at St Mary's Church in aid of Hascombe Children's Ward at the Royal Surrey raised a FANTASTIC £1500.  Thanks to everyone who supported this event and made it such a special and successful evening.

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Infant 15/2/13

15 February 2013

Dear Parents,

Well half term is here and I have just come in from the playground where it is sunny and starting to feel warmer. Let’s hope that this continues for the holiday.

One interesting change we have seen over the years is the constant requirement for assessment, appraisal and evaluation. This marking of ourselves or by other people has undoubtedly helped our understanding and improved our learning and performance. The processes are very important in the school context from children assessing each other’s work to the important judgements of Ofsted for the school. Quite regularly children will read each other’s work and make comments. Yesterday I saw great lessons in year two where children were being encouraged to use superlatives in their writing. They then swapped papers to look at each other’s ‘est’ words. This enabled everyone to see how successful they had been.

One important tool for the children’s self –evaluation is Learning Journals. These give everybody opportunities to write about their work and focus on what they have learnt. These have the great effect of children helping to move their own learning forward and making progress. Learning Journals become a dialogue between the teacher and the child. It gives an opportunity to reflect on skills they have mastered and to set next steps to even greater success. I am taking home five from each class to be in the loop and add my input to some of the children and all the teachers.

We are continuing to enjoy the chapel. As I write the fluffy group who are learning belly dancing are working in there and Pete Batt (Julie’s husband) is making a beautiful simple wooden cross for the front wall.
Please remember to sign up for Twitter, we have 57 followers so far, but would like to get it far higher so that we can use it as a rapid way of giving information (for no charge) and also to be a useful forum for discussion. Our next exciting competition will be for Twitter followers only!

Have a great half term at home or away.

With best wishes,
Richard


What makes us happy?
On Monday 11 March BBC Surrey is devoting a day to finding out what makes us happy and, as part of this, they will be coming in to interview some of our children.  The interviews will be done by Nicci Holliday, Rocco’s mum (Oak Class) on the morning of Tuesday 26 February and will involve a few children in each class.  If you would not like your child to take part in this, please let Ruth know.  Further details are available in the ParentMail which went out on Wednesday. 

Toy Swap, Wednesday 27 February
The School Council are organising a toy swap on Wednesday 27th February.  They would like to ask all children to bring an unwanted toy/toys to school that day to swap at the Toy Swap shop in the afternoon.  Please could all toys be good quality; games and puzzles are fine but no books or DVDs please. Thank you for your support.

Start of the day
A reminder that doors open at 8.40 am every morning.  If you wish to drop your child off earlier we have the ‘early bird’ club in the hall from 8.25 am (£1 per session).  Please could we kindly request that parents and children do not wait in the library before school starts.

Welcome
We welcome Alice Riley who is doing a teacher training placement in Beech class this term.

Junk
Please could parents collect ‘junk’ for us over half-term.  We will be using this to make musical instruments, so please send in lids as well.

Nits - again
Unfortunately nits are still a big problem in Year 1.  Please could we ask all parents to check their children’s hair thoroughly over half term, and treat if necessary, so that we all come back nit-free.

FOPS News

Spring Barn Dance
FOPs will be hosting a Spring Barn Dance in the School Hall on Saturday 23 March from 5.30pm until 8pm for Pewley families and friends.  There will be dancing, fish and chips, drinks, sweeties and guaranteed good fun!  Tickets will go on sale after half term.  Look out for the flyer coming home in book bags. 
 
FOPS Meeting
The next FOPS meeting will take place in the staff room on Wednesday 27 February at 8pm.  Come along to have your say in events for the year and projects around the school needing our support.  All are very welcome!  
 
Children’s Cake Sale
The Children’s Cake Sale will take place on the afternoon of Friday 1 March and will be run by Year 1 classes.  We would be very grateful if children from all years could bring in no more than 6 cakes/biscuits that morning.  The children will then have an opportunity to buy two cakes during the afternoon.  Please remember that we are a nut free school.

Sainsbury’s voucher scheme
We are still hoping to find someone (or a couple of people) to co-ordinate the Sainsbury’s voucher scheme for us this year (basically counting the vouchers and sending them off).  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Girl Guiding Thinking Day, Monday 25 February
We will be supporting Thinking Day again this year and all Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs are invited to wear their uniform to school on the Monday after half term, 25 February.

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Thank you
The valentine themed charity concert on Saturday 9th February at St Mary's Church in aid of Hascombe Children's Ward at the Royal Surrey raised a FANTASTIC £1500.  Thanks to everyone who supported this event and made it such a special and successful evening.

Half Term Activities at Clandon Park
Tues 19th, Weds 20th, Thurs 21st: Upstairs, Downstairs – fun for all the family with re-enactment, activities, dressing up and attic tours.
Sun 24th: Discover Clandon – short talks about Clandon House with dressing up and activities for children. 
More details from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clandon-park

Junior 8/2/13

08 February 2013

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for the entries for the outstanding teacher competition we had some great answers including some who just named their child’s teacher. We are genuinely fortunate to have a team of outstanding teachers who teach in such a way that all children make progress. Eventually the entry from the Le Bon family was chosen.

I’m not always sure of the last part of their sentence! ‘An outstanding teacher is a teacher who combines the caring of Nightingale, the wisdom of Mandela, the courage of Shackleton, the resilience of Keller…and the fun of Richard’.

Watch this space for more opportunities to feedback on specific questions or competitions. So a nice bottle of wine and something for children will be at the office desk from Monday.

It would be really good if we could develop our twitter following. This can be useful means of getting messages out, but also be a forum for discussing school topics and for reading re-tweets on an educational theme. Our address is @htpdschool.

We finally started using the chapel yesterday. It was great to see how much space there was in there when all the juniors were sitting down. We will certainly be able to get all the school together now which is really great. Do come and have a look in when you pick up your children.

We would appreciate some help to run the Sainsbury’s Voucher Scheme for HTSC, they need to be numerically minded and able to spare 1/2 day a month. The scheme raises £5000 for the school a year.

Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese friends – Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財- Year of the Snake (if you are born in 1905*1917*1929*1941*1953*1965*1977*1989*2001)

Let’s hope this good weather continues for the weekend.

With best wishes,
Richard


Don’t forget:
Half Term is from Monday, 18th – Friday, 22nd February.

Cake Sale
Thank you for your donations towards the cake sale. Please remember to collect your tins. Thank you.

Football
Well done to our two Year 6 boys teams who played in a friendly match against Queen Eleanor’s this week. There were lots of great goals with a win of 3-0 and a loss of 7-3.

Hockey
What a great experience our girls had yesterday in the National Schools Hockey tournament at Cranleigh. The progress they made over the six games was tremendous against stiff opposition from 15 other teams.

Cross-country
What a cold day we had for our final fixture of the season however the children all braved the elements and ran fantastically. Congratulations to Aoife Russell Moore on her 4th second place and to Tilly Gough for her 4th top 10 place.

Biathlon
Congratulations to George Stuttard, William Ho and Tilly Gough for progressing to the finals of the National Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace on the 24th March

Netball
Two great matches took place at St. Catherine’s this week for our two year 6 teams with wins for both 6-4 and 8-2. Sorry, no club on Monday for year 5 due to a training course.

Swimming
Good luck to our year 5 and 6 swimmers this weekend in the ESSA National Relays Championships at Spectrum.

HTSC News

Quiz Night! Friday, March 8th at 7.45pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each and will be available from the office on Monday. Teams must be a maximum of 8 and the format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30 p.m. So what are you waiting for? If you know your Eastenders from your elbow you will do fine!

HTSC Meeting Tuesday 12th February, 8pm Staff Room – all welcome.


Found:

  • Girl’s Timex watch, please check with office
Lost:
  • Jessica Lighterness (5A) has mislaid her school shoes. The shoes are black leather, with a Velcro strap, and size 2. Would you please check your school bags just in case! Thank you.
  • Layton Weber (3S) has lost a full PE kit, which is all named, and consists of gold trainers, a Nightingale jumper, black jogging bottoms and grey socks. Please check that you have your own kit. Thank you.
  • Sebastian Shenton (3MG) has lost a Keller Fleece, House Sweatshirt and a navy Keller Sweatshirt. Please check your school bags. Thank you.
  • William Ho (6C) has lost his phone, please contact the office if you have any information. Thank you.


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FISH (Fun In the School Holidays) – Easter 2013 
Dates: Monday 8 to Friday 12 April 2013
Location: Kings College, Southway, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8DUBooking Opens: NOW!
Contact: Gill Paddington or Emma Fox, Parks & Leisure Services, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB - Tel: 01483 444769 
leisureservices@guildford.gov.uk - www.guildford.gov.uk/fish
We are also always eager to hear from anyone interested in working or volunteering on the scheme.

Infant 8/2/13

08 February 2013

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for the entries for the outstanding teacher competition we had some great answers including some who just named their child’s teacher. We are genuinely fortunate to have a team of outstanding teachers who teach in such a way that all children make progress. Eventually the entry from the Le Bon family was chosen.

I’m not always sure of the last part of their sentence! ‘An outstanding teacher is a teacher who combines the caring of Nightingale, the wisdom of Mandela, the courage of Shackleton, the resilience of Keller…and the fun of Richard’.

Watch this space for more opportunities to feedback on specific questions or competitions. So a nice bottle of wine and something for children will be at the office desk from Monday.

It would be really good if we could develop our twitter following. This can be useful means of getting messages out, but also be a forum for discussing school topics and for reading re-tweets on an educational theme. Our address is @htpdschool.

We finally started using the chapel yesterday. It was great to see how much space there was in there when all the juniors were sitting down. We will certainly be able to get all the school together now which is really great. Do come and have a look in when you pick up your children.

We would appreciate some help to run the Sainsbury’s Voucher Scheme for HTSC, they need to be numerically minded and able to spare 1/2 day a month. The scheme raises £5000 for the school a year.

Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese friends – Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財- Year of the Snake (if you are born in 1905*1917*1929*1941*1953*1965*1977*1989*2001)

Let’s hope this good weather continues for the weekend.

With best wishes,
Richard


Fluffy Friday, 15 February

All children should come to school in mufti on Friday. Please also remember your £1 voluntary donation towards resources for the day.

Year 2 Information Evening, Tuesday 12 February, 7.30 pm
Don’t forget the information evening on Tuesday which is an opportunity to find out more about how maths and writing are taught in Year 2. Please let the office know if you are planning to attend.

Lost property
The lost property box is back in the lower playground. Please check here first if your child loses anything. To help us keep lost property to a minimum please ensure that everything your child has in school is named. We always have a lot of lost property left after mufti days, so if you could name these items as well it would be very helpful.

Head Lice
We are starting to see an increased number of cases of head lice (nits) in school. If your child is affected please let the office know so they can send out a class letter to try and prevent nits spreading too widely. If you do receive a letter it is essential that you check your child’s hair thoroughly and treat if necessary. Head lice can be treated either by using a medicated lotion available from your pharmacist or by wet combing the hair. For this method:

  • Wash the hair as normal and apply plenty of conditioner before using a wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Then use a special fine-toothed (nit) comb and work thoroughly through the hair in sections, combing from root to tip.
  • Remove any lice by wiping or rinsing the comb after every stroke.
  • Rinse out conditioner and repeat the combing procedure.
  • Repeat the whole process on days five, nine and 13 so that you clear young lice as they hatch.

If your child has long hair we would also advise that they have it tied up for school. To keep any outbreaks to a minimum please check your child’s hair regularly (once a week) for eggs or lice.

FOPS NEWS

Sainsburys scheme
The school is part of a brilliant scheme offered by Sainsburys to raise money just by doing your weekly grocery shop or filling up with petrol. There is no additional cost to you. You simply agree to put an amount on a “gift card” each month which you then spend in store. This can be as little or as much as you like. For every pound you put on the “gift card”, the school receives 4% cash back. Application forms for the scheme are available on the school website under the PTA FOPS section or from the school office. We are happy to send off the standing order mandate on your behalf. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Grimshaw on 07737 002438 or email: amandaburburry@yahoo.com.

The next playground cake sale is on Friday 15 February and will be run by Walnut class.

Found
Brown leather glove found in the playground.

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Charity Opera Gala concert in aid of Children's Cancer Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital. On Saturday 9th February, English National Opera soprano Bethany Halliday, (Rowan, Petra 4J and Aidan Todd's mum) will be performing a concert of ‘love-inspired’ songs at St. Mary’s Church in Guildford with mezzo soprano Bridget Hardy and pianist Ralph Woodward. Tickets cost just £20 for the evening which also includes wine and canapés. Concessions £10. Children welcome. ALL profits will be going to the Hascombe Oncology Ward (for children and teenagers with cancer) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. To purchase tickets contact Beth at bethany@bethanyhalliday.com or 07932 627862.

Quiz Night! Friday March 8th 7.45pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each and will be available from the office on Monday. Teams must be a maximum of 8 and the format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30pm. So what are you waiting for? If you know your Eastenders from your elbow you will do fine!

Infant 1/2/13

01 February 2013

Thought for the Week – Love is not jealous

Dear parents

A few little problems, including a very small leak in one corner has delayed our use of the Chapel. I am sure however we will be using it by next Friday.

Helen and I spent two days this week working with colleagues from Babcocks (SCC educational provision company) and South Farnham School interviewing and selecting students who want to become teachers and train through the Surrey scheme. There were sixty places available and candidates had to take a maths and English test as well as meeting quite stringent entry qualifications.

This may be a route some of you would like to take into teaching. I believe applications will be welcomed for starting in 2014, this Autumn. As well as a formal interview the candidates had to give a five minute presentation on the theme “I believe an outstanding teacher is……” We had a wide variety of styles and information offered and many did very well. Two of our TAs applied and they will receive the result next week. It is good for us to take part in this work as we are able to find excellent trainees to work with us and maybe get a teaching position eventually.

I thought it might be fun to see what you thought an outstanding teacher is. So we can have a little competition. Please email to richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or tweet to @htpdschool with your ending to the sentence “I believe an outstanding teacher is….” There will be a nice bottle of wine for the one which Helen and I judge to be the one which most reflects the values, ethos and aspirations of HTPD and education at its best. We will make the decision by next Friday February 8th.

Have a good weekend.
Richard

Bedtime Story, Thursday 7 February, 5.15 – 6.00pm
Children are invited back to school at 5.15pm (in their pyjamas with sleeping bags/blankets and teddies in tow) to be read a bedtime story in their year group. FOPS will be providing cocoa and a biscuit for the children, as well as tea and coffee in the hall for those parents who want to stay and wait for their child. Second hand uniform will also be on sale in the hall.

Drama Club
There will be no Drama Club on Thursday 7 February as Rosie will be on a course.

Year 2 Information Evening, Tuesday 12 February, 7.30pm
Please let the office know if you are planning to come to the Year 2 information evening. This will be an opportunity to find out more about how writing and maths are taught in Year 2 – and should last about an hour.

Sainsbury’s vouchers
This year’s Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme has now started so please start collecting the vouchers – the collection box will be located outside the hall near the office. We are then able to redeem the vouchers for sports equipment for the school. We are very grateful to Sharon Ewer who has
co-ordinated the scheme for many years but, as she no longer has children at Pewley Down, we are now looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please contact the office if you could help with this.

Lost:
Mattie Stemp, Chestnut, has lost two coats both labelled ‘Stemp’ – one is black with silver trim, the other is black with a grey fur hood.
 

FOPS NEWS

Second Hand Uniform Sale: We will be holding a second hand uniform sale in the hall during the Bedtime Story on Thursday 7 February. Good condition, second hand uniform will be available at very reasonable prices and all proceeds go to the school. We are running low on stock so any donations of uniform would be gratefully received. Please leave donations with the School Office.

Year 1 Coffee Morning - Monday 4 February: Fiona Mercer (mum to Freddie) is hosting a coffee morning after drop off on Monday 4 February at 106 Addison Road. All year 1 parents are very welcome.

Hazel Class Night Out - Friday 8 February: There will be a night out for Hazel class parents at the Bar des Arts (opposite the Yvonne Arnaud) on Friday 8 February from 8pm.

Easyfundraising Find and Remind Service: Have you registered to raise money for the school with Easyfundraising.org.uk but keep forgetting to use it? We have discovered a great tool - the Find and Remind Service. You can use Find & Remind to search for easyfundraising retailers and it will automatically provide a handy drop-down reminder every time you visit one of the participating retailers' sites to make sure that you never forget to claim a donation. Click here to get the toolbar: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/find-and-remind/

If you are not registered, Easyfundraising is a very simple way to raise money for the school which doesn't cost you a penny. It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for the school instead. You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them! If you haven't already done so, please consider registering and making Friends of Pewley Down Infant School your chosen charity.

Spring Term Cake Sales: After a faltering start due to the weather, the playground cake sales will be starting again. The dates for this term are:
Friday 1 February - Willow class
Friday 15 February - Walnut class
Friday 1 March - Childrens' Cake Sale - all classes to donate cakes - sale run by Year 1
Friday 8 March - Chestnut class
Friday 22 March - Hazel class
Thank you in advance for your contributions. Cake sales raise a significant amount of money and are a lovely Friday afternoon treat.

And finally ..... this year's Summer Fair will take place on 9 June 2013 from 12-2pm. Please put the date in your diaries

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Charity Opera Gala concert in aid of Children's Cancer Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital. On Saturday 9th February, English National Opera soprano Bethany Halliday, (Rowan, Petra 4J and Aidan Todd's mum) will be performing a concert of ‘love-inspired’ songs at St. Mary’s Church in Guildford with mezzo soprano Bridget Hardy and pianist Ralph Woodward. Tickets cost just £20 for the evening which also includes wine and canapés. Concessions £10. Children welcome. ALL profits will be going to the Hascombe Oncology Ward (for children and teenagers with cancer) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. To purchase tickets contact Beth at bethany@bethanyhalliday.com or 07932 627862.

Junior 1/2/13

01 February 2013

Thought for the Week – Love is not jealous

Dear parents

A few little problems, including a very small leak in one corner has delayed our use of the Chapel. I am sure however we will be using it by next Friday.

Helen and I spent two days this week working with colleagues from Babcocks (SCC educational provision company) and South Farnham School interviewing and selecting students who want to become teachers and train through the Surrey scheme. There were sixty places available and candidates had to take a maths and English test as well as meeting quite stringent entry qualifications.

This may be a route some of you would like to take into teaching. I believe applications will be welcomed for starting in 2014, this Autumn. As well as a formal interview the candidates had to give a five minute presentation on the theme “I believe an outstanding teacher is……” We had a wide variety of styles and information offered and many did very well. Two of our TAs applied and they will receive the result next week. It is good for us to take part in this work as we are able to find excellent trainees to work with us and maybe get a teaching position eventually.

I thought it might be fun to see what you thought an outstanding teacher is. So we can have a little competition. Please email to richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or tweet to @htpdschool with your ending to the sentence “I believe an outstanding teacher is….” There will be a nice bottle of wine for the one which Helen and I judge to be the one which most reflects the values, ethos and aspirations of HTPD and education at its best. We will make the decision by next Friday February 8th.

Have a good weekend.
Richard

Events happening Next Week
Music Medley apologies this is a change from the printed Diary Dates.
• Shackleton & Nightingale on Tuesday 5th February
• Keller & Mandela on Wednesday 6th February

Rounders
Rounders club will start on Tuesday 5th February.

Mathletics & MyMaths
We hope you are enjoying using these at home, please check your year group JTLYK to look for specific activities related to what we have been covering this week. Please still send in your £5 for Mathletics to the office. MyMaths is still available at no cost login is Pewley and password is squared, MyMaths is great for timestable practice.

Can you help Year 4 please?
Could you donate any of the following - 2 ltr. plastic water bottles, jam jars and cotton wool for the science experiment and any metal objects, e.g. chocolate sweet tins, old saucepans etc. for our Iron Man. Your help would be much appreciated.

Parking
We have recently received several complaints about inconsiderate parking just beyond the school gates. There are of course, certain times of the day when we try very hard to think of our neighbours and would ask you not to park in the turning circle in Cline Road as this area should be kept clear at all times. Thank you for your support.

Netball
Well done to all 14 year 4 girls who played in their first match this week against Tormead with a narrow win to them 5-4. It was a great experience and the girls who played really savoured it and had fun. Good results were also achieved by the three other teams who played; the two year 5 teams winning 3-1 and 3-0 and the year 6 team winning 6-2. Great effort by everyone!

Cross-country
Fantastic team running in yesterday's cross-country fixture at Tillingbourne. Everyone gave it their best with 4 girls coming in the top ten and four boys in the top 15. Huge thanks to the parents who helped to marshal the race.

Swimming
A great range of swimming talent was on show at the Cranmore fixture on Monday evening across years 4, 5 and 6. The races were all hotly contested and the cheering from both sides deafening! Cranmore ended with a win and our team came away feeling justly proud of themselves.

Cello Lessons
There will be no cello lessons with Amanda on Thursday 7th February.
 

HTSC News

Thank you for the cakes donated for the Year 4&5 Cake sale today and also for all the Phil the Bag donations this week.

Next HTSC Meeting Tuesday 12th February, 8pm Staff Room – all welcome.

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Charity Opera Gala concert in aid of Children's Cancer Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital. On Saturday 9th February, English National Opera soprano Bethany Halliday (Rowan, Petra 4J and Aidan Todd's mum) will be performing a concert of ‘love-inspired’ songs at St. Mary’s Church in Guildford with mezzo soprano Bridget Hardy and pianist Ralph Woodward. Tickets cost just £20 for the evening which also includes wine and canapés. Concessions £10. Children welcome. ALL profits will be going to the Hascombe Oncology Ward (for children and teenagers with cancer) at the Royal Surrey Hospital. To purchase tickets contact Beth at bethany@bethanyhalliday.com or 07932 627862.

CHARITY FAMILY QUIZ SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 5 - 7.30
Please come and have some great family fun and help us raise money for Caring Matters Now. The charity supports children like Elspeth, 3MG, with CMN’s, a rare birthmark condition. Tickets to be bought in advance now available, £2.50 each minimum donation. This will include a hotdog and chips supper, fabulous entertainment and quiz master extraordinare Michael Tame. Suggested age 6 - 106! Christ Church Hall, Waterden Road. Contact Susannahoar@gmail.com 07886 372900 (Martha 5A and Elspeth 3MG) or claretwiggerross@gmail.com 07764 614238 (Hattie 4J).
More info at http://www.justgiving.com/JeremyandSusannaHoar