• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

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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