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Infant 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

Assembly: After half term we will be focussing on the spirit of Self Control and working on our behaviour in the lunch hall.

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
 

FOPS NEWS

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.

FOPS Meeting - Monday 24 February: The next FOPS meeting will be on Monday 24 February at 8pm in the staff room. Richard and Mel will be coming along to talk to us about the IT requirements for the school and we will also be discussing summer term events. Everyone is very welcome.

Yellow Moon: Look out for the Yellow Moon Spring catalogue coming home in your child's book bag. There are some great craft ideas for Mother's Day and Easter. If you quote SPE1101 when you order, the school will receive 20% cash back.

Sportshall Athletics: Well done to all the children who attended the Sportshall athletics at the Spectrum on Monday. They took part in a range of activities such as throwing, jumping, bowling and running which were run by young sports leaders from local sixth forms. It was fun competing against children from other schools and, although we weren't winners this time, we all enjoyed taking part. Look out for news of the next event when we will invite a different group of children to ensure everyone has a chance to do something over time.

Diving talent: Thank you to Star Diving Club who came in to see if any Year 2 children might have the potential to become talented divers. They helped the children do different activities testing their strength, flexibility, gymnastic ability etc. We are pleased that 2 children have been invited to go onto the next level of the programme.

Year 2: We would appreciate a £1 donation from Y2 children for the New York CafĂ© experience after half-term.

Mathletics: You should have received a letter earlier in the week about Mathletics. Please contact your child’s teacher for login details.

Lost:
• Emma Tate (Willow) has lost her Nightingale t-shirt and joggers, both named.
• Catherine Gruenberg’s (Erin, Walnut) friend has lost a gold necklace. Please contact the office.
A couple of scooters have gone missing; please check that you haven’t taken either of these in error:
• Caitlin Durrant’s (Oak) light blue micro-scooter, named, with a light, and torn foam on the handlebar.
• Sammy Lytle (Hazel) has also lost his red scooter.

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

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