• Due to last minute changes, places available in Year R - get in touch for info.

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