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Junior 14/2/14

14 February 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! One of our recent assembly series was entitled ‘Learn to Love’. We looked at St Paul’s amazing treatise on love which he wrote to the Christians in the Roman stronghold of Corinth. His advice and descriptions show a very practical form of loving. What we could call love in action.

So the question is: can we really learn how to love and how do we teach this? I believe strongly that we can by our words and actions with our children at home and at school. Constantly telling our children that we love them is just great and particularly effective with teenage boys who may pretend to be embarrassed and not respond but actually need to hear it as much as anyone. I quite often hear children very naturally and happily finish a phone call or saying goodbye to their mum or dad with the words ‘love you’.

Thank goodness we live in a society where it is acceptable to express love in this way. We, as staff, so enjoy hearing children’s views on a wide variety of subjects in thoughtful times or as feedback on a Friday assembly. Today’s theme was joy – one girl from year five wrote in and said she felt real joy when she had a group hug with her mum, dad and brother – she is certainly learning how to love.

As a school we try to show love in action to our children and families. We try to show empathy and respect for all and put the children’s needs above our convenience. This means in practice being sure to look out for the isolated or disconnected child. To imagine how best we can show love to families under stress, by making somewhere they know their children will be loved and looked after and where parents will not have petty rules and systems to contend with which only add to their stress.

Please let us know how this works out for you in practice. We call it Christian distinctiveness. Jesus said ‘love each other as I have loved you’. We also call it the HTPD way. Sometimes we fall short – we are sorry. Please let us know those times as well so we can do better in the future.

Have a loving weekend and half term holiday.
Love you! Richard


Chair's Note in HTPD Newsletter 14 February 2014
Dear Parents and Carers
Soon after half term, the school will hold parent governor elections, seeking a total of 4, two for each school. In preparation, I wanted to tell you more about the role of school governors, who the current governors are and what we’ve been doing recently.
The Department for Education defines the role of governing bodies as:
• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
We exercise these responsibilities through our main governing body, which meets termly, and sub committees including Learning, Staffing, Finance, Every Child Matters and Admissions. Our federated governing body currently has 22 governors, of different categories, including parents, staff, foundation and local authority. More information about the current governors is available on the school’s website at:
www.htpd.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Our-School/Our-People/Governors.aspx

Our priorities this year are:
• careful monitoring of the OFSTED Action Plan following Holy Trinity’s OFSTED inspection last year to ensure all children across both schools make the progress they should
• achieving a balanced budget and rebuilding the schools’ financial reserves in a more challenging financial climate
• supporting and developing our staff and leadership team to enable them to continue to deliver high quality teaching and an innovative and creative curriculum for our children
• improving the quality of our school buildings with timely building work on both sites.
More information about the process of electing new parent governors will be available after half term. If in the meantime, you’d like to know any more, please get in touch with me at rector@holytrinityguildford.org.uk or with the vice chair, Deborah Pepper, at ukpeppers@msn.com.
With best wishes for a happy and restful half term.
Rev. Robert Cotton, Chair of Governors

Forthcoming events:
Back to school - Monday 24 February
Monday 3 March – Year 4 visit the Science Museum, London
Wednesday 5 March – Year 6 visit the Natural History Museum, London
Friday 7 March – Charity Playground Cake Sale after school for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign & Harrison’s Fund
Tuesday 11 March – Parents’ Consultations (6-8.00pm)
Thursday 13 March – Parents’ Consultations (4-6.30pm)

Charity Cake Sale Sebastian (5HH) is organising a Playground Cake Sale on Friday 7 March, after school at HT, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Harrison's Fund as his younger brother, Leon, has recently been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He needs as many cakes as possible to sell, so if you are able to provide cakes please bring them to school on Friday 7 March that would be fantastic and help him raise lots of money! Thank you so very much for your support. Helen Pronger, Emily Russell and Louise Crow-Arnold will be running the Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 9 March and raising money for Harrison's Fund. Sebastian is also taking part in the Kids 800m race. You can sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/LeonsTeam or www.justgiving.com/SebArnold or use the paper forms at the office.

ParentPay
The ParentPay launch is proving very successful with over a third of Holy Trinity children having had lunch credits bought on ParentPay after the first month. Very few lunch payments are coming into school now. Don’t forget, you can use your account to check when your child is taking meals and see your lunch account balance at any time, regardless of payment method. Contact Lesley in the finance office with any queries, or if you need another printout of your login details.

ParentPay Tip
Please note that for the school, debit card payments generate lower fees than credit cards (except for small payments under £15 - but we would discourage small payments as the fixed fees then add up per transaction). Some schools restrict payments to debit cards for this reason, but we would rather appeal for your voluntary choice! Thanks

Do you know an auditor for the school’s voluntary funds?
All schools need to have their non-governmental fund accounts audited. Do you know anyone who could do this for us next term? It can’t be a parent or anyone else directly connected to the school – but could be another family member / friend / colleague. If you can help, please contact Lesley in the finance office – finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Half Term Netball Camps
There will be several netball camps running during half term. I will be running them alongside a group of Sixth Form netballers from Tormead School who would enjoy sharing their skills. Camps will run as follows:
• Wednesday 19 February 9am – 12pm Years 3 and 4
• Thursday 20 February 9am – 12pm Year 5
• Thursday 20 February 1–4pm for Year 6
There will be a charge of £15 per camp. All money raised will go towards the Wings of Hope children’s charity, which believes in the ‘transformative power of education’. The charity provides free education to poor and underprivileged children through their schools projects in India and Malawi. These projects are funded primarily by the Wings of Hope National Social Enterprise programme for UK school students, in which the girls are taking part. If you are interested in participating, please contact gillianr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk for more details. It would be great to see lots of children there!

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Mad March Ball - not long now ......
The Mad March Ball may be sold out but some "after dinner" tickets (10pm to 1.00pm) are still available. If you would like to come along and enjoy the live music and disco and have a few drinks, the tickets are £10 (including a glass of bubbly). Please fill in an application form and return it to the school office. If you have already bought tickets for the Mad March Ball, they will be coming home in your child's book bag on Monday 24 February. Don't forget to book your babysitter ready for the 7pm start. (Please note the ball starts at 7pm not 8pm as listed in the school diary).

And why not book in for your Shellac manicure and pedicure at PG Nails. Email Pippa at pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk to book your appointment for beautiful nails that last and shine with mirror finish for 2 weeks.

Phil the Bag - Having a clear out over half term
Save all those unwanted items of Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Belts, Hats & Towels – Phil The Bag is coming to HT after half term on Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February. All the above items are accepted in ANY condition - NO curtains, pillows, duvets, sleeping bags or tent canvas please. Bags have been sent home with the children – do please fill these with your unwanted textiles and leave them at the bottom of the atrium. Black bin liners can also be used. The more we collect, the more we raise – HT receives 50 pence for every kilo we manage to collect - so every item of clothing counts! We managed to raise almost £500 from the last collection – can we beat that this time? Phil that bag!

Dates for the Diary
Phil the Bag - Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February
Mad March Ball - Saturday 8th March

Menu - 24 February - Week 1

Your Support is needed please! Kirsty Stemp, Mum of Josh 5H and Mattie 3G, will be running this year’s London Marathon in aid of The British Lung Foundation. If you feel able to make a donation, however small, it would be gratefully received. Please read her story and if you can, donate at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KirstyStemp. Thank you.