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Infant 27/2/15

28 February 2015

Dear parents

I hope by now that you have all received the Ofsted inspection report either by electronic means or by a paper copy. It is now uploaded to the website and will be published by Ofsted early next week. I hope that you have enjoyed reading it – we certainly did! Although we missed ‘outstanding’ overall by a ‘whisker’, we are well satisfied with the outcome and believe that we are now on a trajectory which should result in ‘outstanding’ in all areas by the next inspection.

It was gratifying to be inspected by an efficient, competent team who were genuinely interested in the school and wanted to engage in reflective discussion with children, governors, parents and staff. As a result of this they grasped what the school was all about and recognised its strengths.

The section about how to become outstanding highlights two areas. The first was that a small proportion of teaching observed was not judged to be outstanding, but was judged to be good. In the second point all children were judged to be making progress but a small proportion of that was judged not to be rapid. This was thought to be due to children not always having enough time to follow up on feedback and marking. We will work really hard on these two areas.

I was so pleased that the inspectors used such positive language and included so many aspects of the school. It was the best report, in terms of description of the school, that we have ever received. From values to respect and from sport to ‘first name’ policy – all these and many more were commended.
I am genuinely humbled to be working with such a fine group of people who have made this great result a reality. Everyone from the children to the governors have played a great part. I would particularly like to acknowledge the staff and the senior governors who from the day after the last inspection worked tirelessly to achieve this result. I would also like to thank colleagues at South Farnham School and Howard of Effingham who we asked to work alongside us on the journey. The local Diocese and Surrey County Council also gave support and encouragement and at no point lost faith and trust in us.

So what happens now? At both Pewley and Holy Trinity we continue to strive for excellence and the provision of a first class educational experience for everyone. We are about to have a ‘blitz’ on handwriting and a full review of our teaching of English from year R – 6. I also hope that we will be able to teach slowly and deeply so that children are thoroughly educated and not just how to pass tests. There are, as always at HTPD, exciting times ahead.

With best wishes, Richard


World Book Day, Thursday 5 March

On Thursday the children will be bringing home a £1 book token which can be used in any of the town book shops.

Red Nose Day, Friday 13 March

Red Noses will be available from the school office from Monday 2 March, £1 each. On the day itself, Friday 13th, the children are invited to make their face ‘funny for money’. If you are stuck for ideas have a look at the website: www.rednoseday.com. More details about Red Nose Day activities will follow in next week’s newsletter.

Fluffy Friday, Friday 20 March

Letters with activity choices for Fluffy Friday went out yesterday. Please return your completed form by Friday 6 March.

Nicola Bridal

You will all be very interested to hear that Nicola Bridal will be returning to the school on Thursday 19 March. She will be working two days a week spending most of her time in Oak Class but also picking up some of her whole school responsibilities. She is especially looking forward to catching up with the children and will be keen to get to know our new Reception families as well.

Parking

You will no doubt have seen the new road surface on Semaphore Road and we would just like to take this opportunity to remind you to park respectfully when you drop off and pick up children from school. There are plenty of parking bays slightly further away on Pewley Hill. Perhaps you could park up and walk especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

FOPS

FOPS meeting, Wednesday 4 March
The next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 4 March at 8.00 pm in the staff room. All welcome.

Year 2 coffee morning, Friday 13 March
There will be a coffee morning at Laura Sabharwal’s (Rohan, Chestnut) house after school drop-off on 13 March (Comic Relief Day). All welcome!

Year 2 drinks, Wednesday 18 March, at Rogues from 8.30 pm onwards


Pedometers
During the next few weeks Year 2 and then Year 1 will be lent a pedometer for a week to measure how many steps they take each day. A letter will come home with all the details about it, but if you'd prefer your child not to take part then please let Julia Brown know. Many thanks.

2016 Admissions Consultation

A final reminder that the consultation on the 2016 admissions arrangements for HTPD closes on 1 March 2015. Further details are available on the website:
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx
Please send any comments to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

Cake Sale
The children really enjoyed choosing and buying their cakes at the cake sale this afternoon. If you forgot to send in 50p, please bring it in to the school office on Monday.

Lost
• Zach Rolton, Beech Class, has lost his (un-named) bright blue fleece – it is not a school fleece.
• Thomas Birkett, Chestnut Class, has lost his yellow ELC binoculars and his blue whistle.
• Owen Price, Hazel Class, has lost his blue PE shorts and joggers – both named.
• Molly Marsden, Beech Class, has lost her named leopard hat.
Found
House key on small black and white fob found in the playground.

Menu for week beginning Monday 2 March
Mon: Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Wholemeal Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues: Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds: Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Yum Yum Chicken or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta, Rice Pilaf; Pear and Oaty Crumble
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.
 

Junior 27/2/15

27 February 2015

Dear Parents

I hope by now that you have all received the Ofsted inspection report either by electronic means or by a paper copy. It is now uploaded to the website and will be published by Ofsted early next week. I hope that you have enjoyed reading it – we certainly did!

Although we missed outstanding overall by a ‘whisker’, we are very satisfied with the outcome and believe that we are now on a trajectory which should result in ‘outstanding’ in all areas by the next inspection.

It was gratifying to be inspected by an efficient, competent team who were genuinely interested in the school and wanted to engage in reflective discussion with children, governors, parents and staff. As a result of this they grasped what the school was all about and recognised its strengths.

The section about how to become outstanding highlights two areas. The first was that a small proportion of teaching observed was not judged to be outstanding, but was judged to be good. In the second point all children were judged to be making progress but a small proportion of that progress was judged not to be rapid. This was thought to be due to children not always having enough time to follow up on feedback and marking. We will work really hard on these two areas.

I was so pleased that the inspectors used such positive language and included so many aspects of school. It was the best report, in terms of description of the school, that we have ever received. From our values to respect and from sport to ‘first name’ policy – all these and many more were commended.

I am genuinely humbled to be working with such a fine group of people who have made this great result a reality. Everyone from the children to the governors have played a great part. I would particularly like to acknowledge the staff and the senior governors who from the day after the last inspection worked tirelessly to achieve this result. I would also like to thank colleagues at South Farnham School and Howard of Effingham who we asked to work alongside us on the journey. The local diocese and Surrey County Council also gave support and encouragement and at no point lost faith and trust in us.

So what happens now? At both Pewley and Holy Trinity we continue to strive for excellence and the provision of a first class educational experience for everyone. We are about to have a ‘blitz’ on handwriting and a full review of our teaching of English from year R – 6. I also hope that we will be able to teach slowly and deeply so that children are thoroughly educated and not just learning how to pass tests. There are, as always at HTPD, exciting times ahead.

With best wishes, Richard


Events Week Commencing 2nd March:
Book Week all week
No Dodgeball this week
Thursday 5 March - Greek Day for Year 3

Book Week 3 March - Science Themed Visitors to HT include Neil Downey on Light and Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Histories books. There will be a book swap and the £1 book tokens for World Book Day. More details to follow.

Fluffy Friday
Fluffy Friday is fast approaching and we are looking for enthusiastic parents to take part! If you have a hobby or skill that you would like to share with a small group of children on Friday 20th of March, please let us know as soon as possible. Feel free to suggest new activities. We would really appreciate your help either by leading an activity or being available to support another teacher or provide transport. Please contact:
Cheryl Brace at cherylb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
Heather Havermans at heatherh@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
or Claire Cruddas at clairec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

HTPD Prayer Group 
We are meeting at Jo Woodhouse's home on Friday 6th March at 1p.m. for coffee, cake and prayer, to which all are welcome! Contact Emma for details - emmalaporte@hotmail.com

Tag Rugby - We had a lovely mini tag rugby tournament on Wednesday with 4 schools involved; Holy Trinity, Boxgrove, St. Bede's and St. Joseph's. Great playing by everybody involved with two wins and a draw for our team.

Netball
- All of our Year 5 netballers were involved in playing matches with Queen Eleanor's on Tuesday with three lovley matches. It was fantastic to see so many talented players and lots of goals being scored. The results were 7-3, 3-1 and 3-3. Good luck to the year 6 team playing in the tournament at Holy Trinity tomorrow.

HTPD Prayer Group - We are meeting at Jo Woodhouse's home on Friday 6th March at 1p.m. for coffee, cake and prayer, to which all are welcome! Contact Emma for details - emmalaporte@hotmail.com

Dog Fouling
- Unfortunately, we have had reports from concerned parents and staff that people have been seen allowing their pets to foul the are outside of the school and not clearing up. Whilst this is not school property, it is an area that children regularly use coming to and from school. In the interests of the health and hygiene of the children (as well as keeping our school clean), can we please ensure that it is not HTPD parents doing this. We appreciate your support as always.

2016 Admissions Consultation
- A final reminder that the consultation on the 2016 admissions arrangements for HTPD closes on 1 March 2015. Further details are available on the website:
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx
Please send any comments to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk.

HTSC - PTA News

Bingo Night – Saturday 7 March – 6-8pm - Please come & join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night, this is a great night which the kids love. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a Fish & Chip supper with a bar and soft drinks available on the night. All ages are welcome & back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller & host for the evening. Please would each person attending kindly bring a small, wrapped bingo prize, costing no more than 50 pence, this could be a sweet, a small toy or something silly! Tickets on sale now. Please return ticket request slip & payment to the school office by Tuesday 3rd March. Cheques to be made out to HTSC. This is a popular school event & tickets sell-out fast. We will need some help on the night if you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

“Thirsty Thursdays”
– All year group drinks night - As a reminder we are having a ‘once a month social’ for ALL HT parents across all years rather than as individual years. We plan to hold them on the first Thursday of the month at Rogues. The next one is on Thursday March 5 at Rogues from 8pm so please come along and bring a friend too! We would really like to get this once monthly event going strong! It would be great to see you there.

HT@Home - Calling all those who are up for arranging an event /social for your friends and turning it into a fundraiser by asking guests to donate contributions to HTPD. The event can be as diverse as the individuals that host and attend … Some ideas already proposed include coffee mornings, a children’s film night and dinner parties. An on-line fundraising page has been set up to accept donations. More details will follow after half term, along with an Event Registration Form. In the meantime, what HT @ Home event might you like to arrange and host? Have fun planning! …. Funds raised @ these events in March and April will go towards improving computers to which our children have access.

Dates for the Diary

“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Mar from 8pm at Rogues
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March
HT@Home – March and April


For the Easter holidays - run by Guildford Borough Council - FISH @ Easter 2015 - paintballing, dj-ing, horse riding, circus skills, quad biking, mechanics and more! FISH will be running at Kings College, Guildford from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 April. Prices start at just £60 per child for 4 days, or £25 per child for families in receipt of certain benefits. Places are available for young people with additional needs. Families who are unable to get to FISH can access our subsidised Transport Scheme.
Come and join the fun. Book now at: www.guildford.gov.uk/fish 01483 444769

The Family Voice Surrey
, part of a national network, NNPCF, is holding a free Parent Engagement event on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford, Road, Leatherhead KT22 9BL. It is a great opportunity for all parents/carers to find out what is new and available to help the needs of their child. To find out exactly what is on offer and all other information about the network, please go to: www.familyvoicesurrey.org

Amazing Art Club: Engaging, Creating, Inspiring! @ Holy Trinity Pewley Down School (juniors) £154 for 11 x 2 hour sessions run Tuesdays 3.15 - 5.15pm ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED IN PRICE Tuesday 21st April -7th July 2015 Come along and have fun making and doing: from printing to mini books, painting, drawing and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt. Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. Maximum of 10 spaces so book early.

Feel You Need A Break After 1/2 Term?
Too much to do and too little time? Come and experience NutriYoga - a fabulous blend of nutrition and yoga helping you live a calmer, happier life. Learn how nutrition can help you de-stress from Nutritional Therapist Jane Barrett (Freddy 6A) and enjoy a deeply relaxing Restorative Yin Yoga practice with Gunilla Hartman (Hanna 4JN) and leave feeling calm, relaxed and ready to take on the world again. You will also get to try fabulous healthy snacks, smoothies and vitality shots and leave with great take home yoga and nutrition advice and ideas. When: Saturday 7 March 14.00-17.00. Where: Yoga Mila in Godalming Price: £35.00 per person
To book contact: jane@nurturingnutrition.co.uk or gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk or visit www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk for online booking.


Menu: Week 1

 

Junior 13/2/15

13 February 2015

Dear Parents,

I expect you are as ready as I am for the half term holiday. The Ofsted inspection is now behind us at Holy Trinity and probably a year or two away at Pewley Down. So this will be a great term and a half to concentrate on the smooth handover to Clare and to start to look at some exciting projects which the school will be able to develop under her leadership. It’s an exciting time for the school and we intend to keep you up to date with all the developments.

As soon as we receive the final Ofsted report I will make sure you have it sent to you. I wonder if you would like a meeting to discuss it as we had last time? Perhaps you could let me know if you would.

I do hope you enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 23 February.

Enjoy Valentine’s day!
With best wishes, Richard


Well done to Matthew Jones and Christopher French, both in 4J, for winning Bronze medals at a Surrey Judo Tournament at the weekend.

Events happening Week Commencing 23 February
Year 4 Viking Day - Tuesday 24 February
Year 5 Parents Brenscombe Farm Meeting - Thursday 26 February 6pm
Year 6 Yearbook Meeting - Thursday 26 February 7pm

Sportshall Athletics
We took 48 year 5 and 6 children to the Spectrum last Friday for the Guildford Schools Sportshall Athletics competition. It is a fantastic event involving lots of running, jumping and throwing. Both teams did really well and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and noisy afternoon! One of our two teams won the competition and has now progressed through to the County Finals in April. Congratulations to all of the children who participated.

Cross-Country
This Thursday saw the 3rd Guildford schools cross-country fixture of the season held up on our own Pewley Downs. It was a lovely event with lots of support and it was fantastic to see so many children running. Our girls team ran a fantastic race with six out of eight runners in the top ten and with Eliza Sutton winning in style. The boys race was equally thrilling with three of our boys getting top ten places. Great running by all involved, well done! Huge thanks to all of the parents who helped out setting up, marshalling and dismantling the course.

PE Kit
Please could we remind everyone that school PE kit is required in school for all of our PE and sport sessions. This includes warm weather gear and most importantly proper sport shoes to ensure that the children are best equipped to make the most of our sessions. Your help with this would be much appreciated. Also, over half term please could you take a moment to dig out any school kit that you may have and return it to school when the children return as we have a very busy six weeks to come!

Book Week 3 March – Science Themed
Visitors to HT include Neil Downey on Light and Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Histories books. There will be a book swap and the £1 book tokens for World Book Day. More details to follow.

2016 Admissions Consultation
Please take a moment to look at the proposals on the HTPD website to significantly alter the admissions arrangements for HTPD: this is particularly relevant if you have a child who is due to start at school from September 2016 onwards. A summary of the changes, together with the full text of the proposed criteria, can be found on the HTPD website at the following link: www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx.
A note was sent out to parents in December 2014 to launch consultation on the proposed criteria, and the governors ran a consultation meeting for parents on Wednesday 4 February 2015 to go through the proposals, and the thinking behind them, as well as looking at what effect the proposals would have had on admissions based on several previous admissions years. A copy of the slides from the consultation meeting can be found at the link above for those who were unable to attend.
The consultation closes on 1 March 2015: we strongly encourage you to send any comments you wish to make on the proposals to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, at janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Written comments do not have to be in a formal letter - please feel free to simply email with any comments you wish to make, whether short or detailed, before the end of the closing date for the consultation, so that your views can be taken into account in reaching a decision about any changes to admissions criteria.
 

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Bingo Night – Saturday 7 March – 6-8pm
Please come & join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night, this is a great night which the kids love. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a Fish & Chip supper with a bar and soft drinks available on the night. All ages are welcome & back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller & host for the evening. Please would each person attending kindly bring a small, wrapped bingo prize,
costing no more than 50 pence, this could be a sweet, a small toy or something silly! Tickets will go on sale immediately after half term so look out for more information on how to order. This is a popular school event & tickets sell-out fast. We will need some help on the night if you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Coming soon: HT@Home
Calling all those who are up for arranging an event /social for your friends and turning it into a fundraiser by asking guests to donate contributions to HTPD. The event can be as diverse as the individuals that host and attend … Some ideas already proposed include coffee mornings, a children’s film night and dinner parties.
An on-line fundraising page will be set up to accept donations. More details will follow after half term, along with an Event Registration Form. In the meantime, what HT @ Home event might you like to arrange and host? Have fun planning! …. Funds raised @ these events in March and April will go towards improving computers to which our children have access.

Dates for the Diary
“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Mar from 8pm at Rogues
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March
HT@Home – March and April


Lost/Missing - Blue PE top, it is named with Archie Jones (5H) on neckline. Please can you check you don’t have it in your PE bag. Red Fleece gloves - missing since last Tuesday (day of the snow). They have Archie Jones’s name label on the top of the gloves. Please can you check in case you have them. Thank you.

NutriYoga workshop - How to manage stress through nutrition and yoga. Let two HT mums, Jane Barrett (Freddy 6A) and Gunilla Hartman (Hanna 4JN), inspire you through a nutrition talk and a restorative yin yoga session on how to manage stress and rebalance. When: Saturday 7 March 14.00-17.00. Where: Yoga Mila in Godalming. Register now: jane@nurturingnutrition.co.uk or gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk or visit www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk. £35.00 pp including healthy snacks and drinks.

TAG ALONG bike for sale. Old but good working order. £20. Please contact Sara 0783 3732453. Thank you.

Week 3

Infant 12/2/15

12 February 2015

Dear Parents,

I expect you are as ready as I am for the half term holiday. The Ofsted inspection is now behind us at Holy Trinity and probably a year or two away at Pewley Down. So this will be a great term and a half to concentrate on the smooth handover to Clare and to start to look at some exciting projects which the school will be able to develop under her leadership. It’s an exciting time for the school and we intend to keep you up to date with all the developments.

As soon as we receive the final Ofsted report I will make sure you have it sent to you. I wonder if you would like a meeting to discuss it as we had last time? Perhaps you could let me know if you would.

I do hope you enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 23 February.

Enjoy Valentine’s day!

With best wishes, Richard



Bedtime Story

We all enjoyed sharing a bedtime story on Tuesday. The children looked even more delightful in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. It was a lovely way to end a busy half term of work, and we wish you and your families a happy and restful half term break. Thanks to FOPS as well for their hard work organising the hot chocolate.

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
Letters about the parent consultation afternoons/evenings on 4 and 5 March will come home in book bags straight after half term (Monday 23 February), and the completed forms will need to be returned by Wednesday 25 February.

2016 Admissions Consultation

A reminder that HTPD is proposing to make significant changes to the admissions arrangements for 2016.  A summary of the changes, together with the full text of the proposed criteria and the slides from last week’s consultation meeting are available on the website:
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx
The consultation closes on 1 March 2015. Please send any comments you wish to make to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, at janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk or by post to Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore Road, Guildford GU1 3PT.

Ukulele Appeal!

Pewley Down's Year 2 Ukulele Club is in need of ukuleles. Currently we are sharing ukuleles with the Junior site - bringing them back and forth each week - but we would love to have 10 of our own at Pewley to allow the children to practise, learn and enjoy as best as possible. If you have a spare ukulele hanging around at home and would be willing to donate it, please send it to us at Pewley - FAO Patrick. Later in the term we will look at fundraising to buy some more ukuleles, so if this is something you could help with, please let me know by email to patrickd@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Many thanks!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
Please bring in any Active Kids vouchers you may have – the collection box is located outside the hall doors.


ASD parent support group, Thursday 26 February, 9.00 am at Boxgrove School
Boxgrove School run an ASD parent support group and are inviting families from other schools to the next meeting on 26 February. There will be a guest speaker, Carole Scott, from Freemantles coming in to give a talk, as well as the chance to meet other parents in the area. If you are interested in attending please would you email Paula van der Meulen (HTPD Home School Link Worker) paulav@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

For sale

TAG ALONG bike for sale. Old but good working order. £20. Contact Sara 0783 3732453.

Menu for week beginning Monday 23 February

Mon: Chicken & Leek Fricassee with Pasta or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Mashed Potato; Apple & Cinnamon Crumble & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit
 

Junior 9/2/15

06 February 2015

Dear Parents,

This is the end of another momentous week in school. There I was sitting in my office with the senior leaders during Monday lunchtime when a knock came at the door and Sue announced, “I think this is the call you have been waiting for.” So it was Ofsted and the school swung quickly into final preparation mode. Children and staff were told, all the teachers from PD joined to help in the preparations and already good lessons for the next two days, were shined up a little more.

Tuesday morning came and so did the snow, but no lead inspector – he was stuck in the snow on the
A3. It was too hazardous for years 3 and 5 to go on their day trips so these had to be postponed. Eventually all the inspectors arrived and started inspecting!

The whole two day experience was a positive one. The inspectors told us they were not looking to catch us out. They approached each observation, interview, meetings with children and staff with humanity and a smile. They were constantly busy; observing and meeting people and all of us were pretty exhausted by the time they left.

The results and report will be sent out to you as soon as we have it. However visitors to the school will probably notice staff with smiles and a palpable sense of relief.

Thank you so much for your contribution – the parent view scores were amazing 96% positive for all categories. Thank you also for lovely cakes, cards, prayers and good wishes. Lastly a big thank you, once again, for having such wonderful children who behave so well, work so hard, play happily and make the heart of the school beat joyfully.

Have a relaxed weekend – we all deserve it!
Richard


Congratulations to Finn (6M) who has been selected to represent Great Britain in an U11 international tennis tournament in France during Half Term. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish him lots of luck.

A reminder that next Friday 13 February is an Inset day. School will close for half-term on Thursday 12 February (3.15pm) and re-open on Monday 23 February. 

2016 Admissions Consultation
Please take a moment to look at the proposals on the HTPD website to significantly alter the admissions arrangements for HTPD: this is particularly relevant if you have a child who is due to start at school from September 2016 onwards. A summary of the changes, together with the full text of the proposed criteria, can be found on the HTPD website at the following link: 
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx
A note was sent out to parents in December 2014 to launch consultation on the proposed criteria, and the governors ran a consultation meeting for parents on Wednesday 4 February 2015 to go through the proposals, and the thinking behind them, as well as looking at what effect the proposals would have had on admissions based on several previous admissions years. A copy of the slides from the consultation meeting can be found at the link above for those who were unable to attend.
The consultation closes on 1 March 2015: we strongly encourage you to send any comments you wish to make on the proposals to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, atjaneb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Written comments do not have to be in a formal letter - please feel free to simply email with any comments you wish to make, whether short or detailed, before the end of the closing date for the consultation, so that your views can be taken into account in reaching a decision about any changes to admissions criteria.

Outstanding amounts payable: For all parents/carers with any amounts outstanding as of yesterday afternoon (Thursday 5th) we will send home yellow invoices with your children today. Please would you settle accounts before the half term – preferably on ParentPay. Thanks very much, Lesley.

Fundraising socials for HT Families and the HT Family
– calling all those who are up for arranging an HT social @ Home and turning it into a fundraiser by asking guests to donate contributions to HTPD? The event can be as diverse as the individuals that host and attend … Some ideas already proposed include coffee mornings, a children’s film night and dinner parties.
An on-line fundraising page will be set up to accept donations. More details will follow next week, along with an Event Registration Form. In the meantime, what HT @ Home event might you like to arrange and host? Have fun planning! …. Funds raised @ these events in March will go towards improving computers to which our children have access.

Charity Cake Sale - there will be a cake sale on the Thursday 12 February after school for Alzheimer's.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Quiz Night! Tonight - Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity
It is not too late to come along, tickets will be available on the door. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) Tickets are £5 each. 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. 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.

Dates for the Diary
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Mar from 8pm at Rogues
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March



Lost/Missing
• Blue PE top, it is named with Archie Jones (5H) on neckline. Please can you check you don’t have it in your PE bag?
• A pair of blue/grey Zoggs fins size 1-2 were left at St Catherine's after the HT swimming club. If anyone has found them could they please return them to Sam (year 2) or Tabitha Hill-Price (year4)?

Flat/House to rent? We have a Holy Trinity family who would like to rent a 2 bedroom flat/house from March onwards, unfurnished, on a short-term lease. If you are able to help this family please call Catherine on 07968 168335. Thank you.

Week 2
 

Infant 9/2/15

06 February 2015

Dear Parents,

This is the end of another momentous week in school. There I was sitting in my office with the senior leaders during Monday lunchtime when a knock came at the door and Sue announced, “I think this is the call you have been waiting for.” So it was Ofsted and the school swung quickly into final preparation mode. Children and staff were told, all the teachers from PD joined to help in the preparations and already good lessons for the next two days, were shined up a little more.

Tuesday morning came and so did the snow, but no lead inspector – he was stuck in the snow on the
A3. It was too hazardous for years 3 and 5 to go on their day trips so these had to be postponed. Eventually all the inspectors arrived and started inspecting!

The whole two day experience was a positive one. The inspectors told us they were not looking to catch us out. They approached each observation, interview, meetings with children and staff with humanity and a smile. They were constantly busy; observing and meeting people and all of us were pretty exhausted by the time they left.

The results and report will be sent out to you as soon as we have it. However visitors to the school will probably notice staff with smiles and a palpable sense of relief.

Thank you so much for your contribution – the parent view scores were amazing 96% positive for all categories. Thank you also for lovely cakes, cards, prayers and good wishes. Lastly a big thank you, once again, for having such wonderful children who behave so well, work so hard, play happily and make the heart of the school beat joyfully.

Have a relaxed weekend – we all deserve it!
Richard


A reminder that next Friday 13 February is an Inset day. School will close for half-term on Thursday 12 February (3.00pm) and re-open on Monday 23 February.

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 10 February, 5.15 - 6.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Bedtime Story on Tuesday. Children (wearing pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and with a cuddly toy) should go to their classrooms for a story with their teacher. Parents are very welcome to wait in the hall where there will be tea and coffee available.

2016 Admissions Consultation
Please take a moment to look at the proposals on the HTPD website to significantly alter the admissions arrangements for HTPD: this is particularly relevant if you have a child who is due to start at school from September 2016 onwards. A summary of the changes, together with the full text of the proposed criteria, can be found on the HTPD website at the following link:
www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx.
A note was sent out to parents in December 2014 to launch consultation on the proposed criteria, and the governors ran a consultation meeting for parents on Wednesday 4 February 2015 to go through the proposals, and the thinking behind them, as well as looking at what effect the proposals would have had on admissions based on several previous admissions years. A copy of the slides from the consultation meeting can be found at the link above for those who were unable to attend.
The consultation closes on 1 March 2015: we strongly encourage you to send any comments you wish to make on the proposals to Jane Bennett, clerk to the governing body, at janeb@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Written comments do not have to be in a formal letter - please feel free to simply email with any comments you wish to make, whether short or detailed, before the end of the closing date for the consultation, so that your views can be taken into account in reaching a decision about any changes to admissions criteria.

Snow: A big ‘thank you’ to the parents who helped clear the snow on Tuesday morning.

Lost property: We have lots of lost property in the boxes outside the lower entrance. If you are missing any items of school uniform please have a look in the boxes next week. Any un-claimed items will go to a charity shop at half-term.

Spare clothes: We are desperately short of spare pairs of boys’ pants as well as girls’ tights for the medical room. Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed, and we would be very grateful for any spare, outgrown pants, socks or tights.

FOPS

Bedtime Story
We need some help making and serving hot chocolate at the Bedtime Story on Tuesday. If you are able to help between 5.00 and 6.00pm, please contact Nicci Holliday: nicciholliday2012@gmail.com

Pewley Bake 'n' Stroll - Sunday 22 March 2015 - 2pm - 4.30pm
A chance to exercise your baking skills and your leg muscles by joining Pewley's answer to the The Great British Bake Off and an Easter Treasure Hunt up on the Downs. More details to follow.

Lost
• A pair of blue/grey Zoggs fins size 1-2 were left at St Catherine's after the HT swimming club. If anyone has found them could they please return them to Sam (year 2) or Tabitha Hill-Price (year4).
• Lucy Brooke, Chestnut, pink Jo Jo Maman mittens (name written on inside label).
• Sam Brooke, Walnut, 1 yellow Sondico football glove - (name written on inside label) blue and green Speedo goggles (not named).

February Half Term & Easter holiday tennis
Dear Parents, Happy New Year to you all!
With February half term just around the corner and the Australian Open trophy on Djokovic’s mantle (shame L), our mornings only camp at the Charterhouse Club might be just the trick to perk us all up. The camp will take place 9:30am-12:30pm each morning between 16-20 February for children from 4-8 years. This is the perfect opportunity to fast track progress on all aspects of the game with loads of fun drills, guaranteed indoor tennis with the best coaching team in town! The camp costs just £30 per morning or £120 for the entire week. Weekly bookings can be made on the Premier Tennis website while individual days can be reserved by calling 0845 475 1147. If you're looking further ahead to the Easter holidays, full week bookings made before 14th February will receive a £20 discount per child. Enter the voucher code ECHART20 and follow the booking process. See you on court soon! The Premier Tennis Team

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 February
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Vegetable Pasta Bake; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles; Pear Semolina
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Flan, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fruit Puree
Thurs: Fish Fingers or Jacket Potato with Cheese; Jam Tart
Fri: School closed – Inset day
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.