• HT Christmas Fair Donations Day - Friday 24 Nov - Mufti for HT

Junior - 27 January

27 January 2012

Dear Parents,

There has been a little confusion recently about homework and if I’m honest I think that I may have been responsible for the confusion.  I suppose it all comes down to definitions.  If we define homework as any school task carried out at home then we certainly do have homework.

I believe that it is really important that some tasks happen at home. This is in order to consolidate learning from school; be confident readers and spellers and know how to research and produce a project from their topic using their resources.

To this end all children will be encouraged to read at home. In the earliest year this will be sharing the books with a parent, moving through to our oldest children, who I hope will be reading age appropriate books for their personal pleasure, as well as to continuing to improve their literacy. Of course, we would still hope that they will read aloud with you and be read to.

Initial spellings will be brought home as well as phonics. After the major and minor spelling rules have been addressed, many of the lists may be connected to words from their topics and learning areas for that week.

As the children move through the school multiplication tables and facts are added into the mix.  Complete recall of tables is a really useful aid to maths and they help the children with mental manipulation of numbers.

Finally in the upper years of the juniors we give children the opportunity to prepare part of their topic as a homework task.

With all these homework tasks, we still want children to have a happy and fulfilling childhood and use their leisure time to the full. Most of these tasks will be on the ‘Just to let you know’ pages.  Please look each week.

So there it is - we do have homework; it is well focused, relevant, useful and not onerous.  I would like to thank all parents for their partnership in their child’s learning.

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing Monday, 30th January
Wednesday 1st February - 3MG and 4A swimming
Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm - Parenting Workshop

Please note the change of date for this event:
Surviving Parenting in 2012 On Thursday 2nd February at 7pm in the HT hall there will be a session for any parents who wish to attend. This will be run by Sam Allen, our Home School Link Worker and Mary. We will be looking at a variety of parenting issues: peer pressure, how to say “no” positively, how we can help transition to secondary school etc. Please email maryb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you think you will be able to attend, so we have some idea of numbers.

Cross Country
Congratulations to our team of runners who participated in the Surrey Schools Cross-Country run at Reigate Priory last Saturday. Outstanding individual performances from Thomas Naisby who came 2nd and Freddie Esplen who came 4th and together with Bo Beynon and Sam Hallam the boys team achieved 1st place overall.
 
Swimming Gala
Great to see 29 of our children enjoying a swimming gala at Cranmore this week.
Well done to everyone who took part, there was a great team spirit!
 
Netball
Well done to all 31 of our Year 5 and 6 netballers who played in a mini tournament at Tormead on Wednesday. It was very enjoyable and the girls all valued the experience. Good luck to the Year 5 team who are playing in the Rydes Hill Tournament on Saturday.

Get Set
Holy Trinity Pewley Down have joined the Get Set network in the run up to the Olympic Games.
It promises to offer some exclusive opportunities and resources for our children to keep the excitement going throughout the year. We are already planning our curriculum week commencing 9th July which this year has an Olympic theme. It will incorporate our sports day which will have a different format so watch this space!

Library
The library system has now gone online and can be accessed from home. You can see what books your child has out and what they have borrowed in the past. There are lots of new features, some of which I am still playing with. I am gradually showing everyone how it works.  Children can log on by putting their library number into both the Username and Password boxes. If they want to find out what their number is they can either ask me or look in the yellow file on my desk which is arranged in class order.  The link needed is:  http://u005614.microlibrarian.net.

GroundHog
Parents have raised concerns regarding the amount of time their children are spending on line.  We have recenly been made aware of a program called GroundHog  that may help. It is a free, simple to install application that allows parents to limit the time children can access the internet for.  Children can pause their time allocation to eat dinner, do homework, etc then return to the remaining time.  It doesn't however allow you to select specific time windows for different days at this stage. There are more sofiticated programs that you can buy if you choose to but GroundHog is a great starting point to set a daily time limit. http://mediavention.com/groundhogmain.html

Lost

  • Pair of George Asda shoes with Velcro straps, size 5.  If you have seen these shoes, please let the office know. Thank you.
  • A Keller sweatshirt belonging to Jack Jones. Please return it to the office if you have it.

Valentine's Day Movie Night
Stuck for somewhere to go this year, or perhaps finding it hard to afford a night out in this troubled times - look no further! Christ Church in Waterden Road is hosting a romantic evening out on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th. For just £2 per couple come and watch a movie on the big screen - this includes a glass of wine each and nibbles. Film is "Midnight in Paris" (tbc). Doors open at 7.45 for 8pm film start. Tickets on sale from the Church (Box) Office, G. 567072 - email office@christchurchguildford.com, more details from Michael Tame (Geraldine's husband) on 07795173161, michael@christchurchguildford.com. Numbers are limited so first come first serve.

Surrey Arts Open Rehearsal
A
ll string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to an open rehearsal with the Surrey Arts orchestras and ensembles at Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth on Wednesday February 8th 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. There is no charge - just bring your instrument. If you have any questions please call 01483 518099

Infant - 27 January

27 January 2012

Dear Parents,

There has been a little confusion recently about homework and if I’m honest I think that I may have been responsible for the confusion.  I suppose it all comes down to definitions.  If we define homework as any school task carried out at home then we certainly do have homework.

I believe that it is really important that some tasks happen at home. This is in order to consolidate learning from school; be confident readers and spellers and know how to research and produce a project from their topic using their resources.

To this end all children will be encouraged to read at home. In the earliest year this will be sharing the books with a parent, moving through to our oldest children, who I hope will be reading age appropriate books for their personal pleasure, as well as to continuing to improve their literacy. Of course, we would still hope that they will read aloud with you and be read to.

Initial spellings will be brought home as well as phonics. After the major and minor spelling rules have been addressed, many of the lists may be connected to words from their topics and learning areas for that week.

As the children move through the school multiplication tables and facts are added into the mix.  Complete recall of tables is a really useful aid to maths and they help the children with mental manipulation of numbers.

Finally in the upper years of the juniors we give children the opportunity to prepare part of their topic as a homework task.

With all these homework tasks, we still want children to have a happy and fulfilling childhood and use their leisure time to the full. Most of these tasks will be on the ‘Just to let you know’ pages.  Please look each week.

So there it is - we do have homework; it is well focused, relevant, useful and not onerous.  I would like to thank all parents for their partnership in their child’s learning.

With best wishes, Richard


Cup stacking, Tuesday 31 January
After last year’s cup stacking success we are running another challenge.  Gemma from County School will be coming in with six of her Sports Leaders (pupils from County) to work with all year groups on a grand cup stacking competition.  The following week we will be having a cup stacking house challenge.  We look forward to lots of stacking fun! 

BOOK WEEK, 6-9 February
The School Council are organising a Book Week starting on Monday 6 February.  They have come up with all the ideas for the week and have given them to the teachers.  They have arranged for a local author to come and read to the children and are also leading the week's assemblies.
Things to get involved in:

  • Bedtime story is back on 8 February (5.30-6.15pm) where the children can come back to school in their pyjamas, teddies and blankets in tow to be read a Bedtime story in their Year group.  Parents are invited to wait in the hall and FOPs will be doing tea and coffee.  After last year's success we will also be running a 'Buy a New Bedtime Story' stall.
  • Our 'Extreme Reading' challenge will run from 6-24 February where we would like children (and parents) to bring in photographs of themselves reading in 'unusual' places.  We will put some ideas on the website nearer the time.

Two requests:
Please could we have any donations of good quality children's books for the Bedtime Story sale and children’s magazines for the swap organised by the eco team.

Fluffy Friday, 10 February
You should now have received a letter with details of the fluffy activity choices.  Completed forms should be returned to the office by Thursday 2 February - please ensure that your form is named.
Reception children will not have received the fluffy letter as they will be doing their own activities in the reception classrooms.  All children should come to school in their own clothes (mufti) for Fluffy Friday and we also a request a voluntary £1 contribution to help cover the cost of materials.

Sickness
As you may be aware there is a nasty bug going round at the moment which involves either being or feeling very sick.  If your child has been unwell or is complaining of a tummy ache please keep them at home (and in the case of vomiting or diarrhoea they should not come to school for 48 hours after the last occurrence).   This is to ensure that they are well enough to return and that the infection is not spread to other children.

FOPS News

Next playground cake sale will be on Friday 3 February and will be run by Chestnut class.

Dates for the diary:

  • Saturday 24 March, 5-8 pm – Pig Racing and fish & chip supper.
  • Friday 27 April – Phil the Bag will be calling again at school so keep collecting unwanted textiles, bags and shoes.

Groundhog
Parents have raised concerns regarding the amount of time their children are spending on-line.  We have recently been made aware of a  program called GroundHog  that may help. It is a free, simple to install application that allows parents to limit the time children can access the internet for.  Children can pause their time allocation to eat dinner, do homework etc then return to the remaining time.  It doesn't however allow you to select specific time windows for different days at this stage. There are more sophisticated programs that you can buy if you choose to, but GroundHog is a great starting point to set a daily time limit.
http://mediavention.com/groundhogmain.html
Please let us know if this is helpful or if you have any further concerns.

Research study
A letter has gone out in book bags from Samantha Felthouse, a research assistant at the Institute of Education, University of London.  She is carrying out research looking at younger children’s spatial development and the letter explains this in more detail. If you are happy for your child to take part in this project (which will take place at school)  please return the permission slip at the bottom of the letter.

Computer monitors
Thank you to everyone who brought in a computer monitor in response to our request and especially the Mavani family for their donation.  We have now managed to replace all the monitors that we needed to, so no more are required.  

Lunch Cards
Please come up to the office and pay for a new lunch card if your child needs one.  Some children are starting to have quite large amounts of lunch money outstanding.

DOES YOUR DAUGHTER LOVE TO SING?
Holy Trinity Church Girl's Choir, directed by Mrs Sian Ford, is looking for new members aged 6-16 who have a passion for singing and who can commit to regular rehearsals and services.  Currently we rehearse each Thursday at the Trinity Centre from 6.30-7.30pm and sing two Sunday services a month.  We are having an open rehearsal/bring-a-buddy day on Thursday 9th February at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford.  All are welcome to come along and meet us.  We are a very friendly bunch!  To find out more, please contact Mrs Ford by email on sianings@hotmail.com or telephone 07970 128187.

Surrey Arts Open Rehearsal - all string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to an open rehearsal with the Surrey Arts orchestras and ensembles at Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth on Wednesday February 8th 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. No charge, just bring your instrument. Any questions call 01483 518099

Junior - 20 January

20 January 2012

Dear Parents

Facing your fears is the theme of our assembly and thoughtful times next week. The First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, is our hero and our Bible story Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane that he should not have to suffer death on a cross.

Wilfred Owen had to return to the trenches after being invalided out. He was killed just before the armistice.

I wonder what fears you have, rational or irrational? I have to admit to a fear of Ofsted; the thought that someone just coming in for a day or so has the power to seriously criticise years of dedicated hard work by a great team just because the narrow data they measure us by is not as required for a year.

I also fear retirement in a way (though it is still 3 or 4 years away). What will I do? Will it be ok?

Now there are solutions to both those; cool rational thought, careful preparation and mentally being ready for the fear whenever it comes. In this way the fear is changed into a challenge that we know we have the strength to face.

Irrational fears, spiders, feathers, zips, clowns or cats, can be successfully helped by therapy and gradual exposure. It sometimes falls to us as teachers to talk through some of these matters at school. As a school we tell the children about Jesus, who faced his greatest fear - separation from his Father, God; he finally conquered both fear and death.

So now I need to learn to practise what I preach when I see the men/women in grey suits, armed with clipboards walking down the school drive one Monday morning very soon . . .

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing 23rd January
Tuesday 24th – Year 3 and 4 Football
Wednesday 25th - 3MG and 4A swimming
Friday 27th - Year 5&6 cake sale

Surviving Parenting in 2012 On Thursday 9th February at 7pm in the HT hall there will be a session for any parents who wish to attend. This will be run by Sam Allen, our Home School Link Worker and Mary. We will be looking at a variety of parenting issues: peer pressure, how to say “no” positively, how we can help transition to secondary school etc. Please email maryb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you think you will be able to attend, so we have some idea of numbers.

Road Safety – Thank you to all those parents who park sensibly and safely when dropping and collecting your child.  Unfortunately, we still have some parents who do not always consider the safety of our children.  Our neighbo0urs also need access to their properties and recently we have had some complaints about parking.

Year 3 and 4 football club – is on Tuesday not Wednesday this week due to a fixture on Wednesday.  Many thanks.

Music Medley – well done to all those who performed in the Year group assemblies.  What great and talented children you have!  Thank you.

Alice T-Shirts  We still have a number of these high quality t-shirts available for sale at the knock-down price of £5 each!  Super for summer, in red and purple.  Please contact Sheila via the School Office or at: sheilam@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.  Thank you.

Le Club Francais The French Club started this week and there are a few spare places if you are interested. Everyone is welcome!

Lift Request - Is anyone able to provide a lift to school for a pupil living in Clandon?  The family would be able to reciprocate for some return journeys.  Please could you let someone at the office know if you may be able to help and leave a contact telephone number.  Thank you.

Lost property - The bin is overflowing! Please take a look through as there are some named articles of clothing too. Thanks.

Lost - Navy Sweatshirt named Jack D Jones.  If you have it please return it to the office ASAP. 

HTSC News

Murder Mystery Evening – Friday 3rd Feb – Cancelled. Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event as we have not sold enough tickets.

Years 5 & 6 cake sale - Friday 27th January. Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. Each cake costs 25p so we suggest you send your child in with 50p - £1.00. We need helpers on the day, from 1:45 to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to htsc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Dates for the diary
Phil the Bag - week commencing 20th February. Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children before half term
Quiz Night - Friday 23rd March
Next HTSC Meeting - Thursday 9th Feb

Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party Bingo Night Friday 27th January The legendary Bingo Host Jez Moon will be back on Friday 27th January 18.30 onwards at Holy Trinity School Hall. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.00 children inclusive of a Fish and Chip Supper. Bring your own bottle or two. Tickets available from Pippa Mitchell 01483 578446/07852 235247

The Surrey Songsters is THE Surrey Choir for young people aged 7-11, and we are always keen to welcome new members.  We’d love to see anyone in Years 3-6, and there are no auditions. Organised by Guildford Cathedral and Lanesborough School, with the support of Surrey Arts, we rehearse in central Guildford eight times a term on Fridays from 4.15-5.15pm, and have an end of term concert at Guildford Cathedral.  For more information email singup@guildford-cathedral.org

Surrey Arts Open Rehearsal - all string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to an open rehearsal with the Surrey Arts orchestras and ensembles at Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth on Wednesday February 8th 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. No charge, just bring your instrument. Any questions call 01483 518099.

Infant - 20 January

20 January 2012

Dear Parents

Facing your fears is the theme of our assembly and thoughtful times next week. The First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, is our hero and our Bible story Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane that he should not have to suffer death on a cross.

Wilfred Owen had to return to the trenches after being invalided out. He was killed just before the armistice.

I wonder what fears you have, rational or irrational? I have to admit to a fear of Ofsted; the thought that someone just coming in for a day or so has the power to seriously criticise years of dedicated hard work by a great team just because the narrow data they measure us by is not as required for a year.

I also fear retirement in a way (though it is still 3 or 4 years away). What will I do? Will it be ok?

Now there are solutions to both those; cool rational thought, careful preparation and mentally being ready for the fear whenever it comes. In this way the fear is changed into a challenge that we know we have the strength to face.

Irrational fears, spiders, feathers, zips, clowns or cats, can be successfully helped by therapy and gradual exposure.

It sometimes falls to us as teachers to talk through some of these matters at school. As a school we tell the children about Jesus, who faced his greatest fear - separation from his Father, God; he finally conquered both fear and death.

So now I need to learn to practise what I preach when I see the men/women in grey suits, armed with clipboards walking down the school drive one Monday morning very soon . . .

With best wishes, Richard


Diary dates
An up-dated hard copy version of the one-page 2011/12 diary dates will be coming out next week.  There are a few changes.

Lunch Cards
A reminder to come up to the office and pay for a new lunch card if your child needs one.

RNIB
Last term the Year 1 classes held a second hand book sale (organised by Rowan Todd and her mum) in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.  The sale raised £65 for the charity, so thank you very much for your contributions.

Lost
• Lucy Harrison (Beech Class) has lost her woollen ‘cat’ hat.  The hat is named.
• Isabella Clegg (Willow) has lost a pink hat (named Georgia Clegg). 

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FOPS News

What your money is being spent on ....... !

Thank you for all your support so far this year. We thought it would be good to let you know what FOPS money is being spent on this year. Firstly we donated £500 to each year group to spend on lots of lovely things which have included, for Year R, a wirework igloo (a versatile playhouse for the garden)(role play), a new garage and road track (small world toy), a new dolls house (small world), a bamboo building blocks set for inside (construction), a pre-writing motor skills set (fine motor skills), easi-grip scissors (physical development), colour paddles (science),  pond nets (water play), magnets and magnetic chips (science), a parking sensor!  (ICT and role play) and food colouring catering packs (for making playdough), and for, Year 1, 30 talking points (which are little recording machines for the children to record themselves speaking. They can then play back their recording for others to listen to), 1 big camouflage den set for use outside, a set of 10 headphones to fit the computers , 2 CD players, one for each classroom, with headphones for listening to stories etc.. Year 2 are still currently deciding, but likely spend will include lots more Lego.

A major expense for this year is the re-lining of the school pond, which had sprung a leak. This work is currently underway so that your children will be able to enjoy pond-dipping again in the spring. We have also just approved a large sum of money for a complete overhaul and refurbishment of the Year R area to include the replacement of some very dilapidated ceilings. This will benefit both children and teachers, creating a much more pleasant learning and working environment.

Once again, thank you so much for all your support for FOPS fund-raising and events. The money we raise is being spent to bring lots of lovely extras to your children's learning experience and to support the school's current development plan through refurbishments which benefit everyone.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY .......  Our next Family Event will be on Saturday 24th March, from 5-8 PM for Pig-Racing and a fish and chip supper, amongst other delights ! Please try and keep the date free for a fun early evening family event. More details to follow .....

Tea Towels
There are still a few Pewley Down tea towels available to buy - £4 each or £10 for 3.

 


Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party Bingo Night Friday 27th January
The legendary Bingo Host Jez Moon will be back on Friday 27th January 18.30 onwards at Holy Trinity School Hall.  Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.00 children inclusive of a Fish and Chip Supper.  Bring your own bottle or two. Tickets available from Pippa Mitchell 01483 578446 / 07852 235247.

Guildford Spring Music Festival, 18-24 March 2012
GSMF is offering a whole week of exciting and varied concerts at easily affordable prices and without the need to travel out of Guildford.  Every concert will feature local performers both amateur and professional. Most concerts take place at the Electric Theatre with a few in the Guildhall and the Organ Series at local churches. Ticket prices: Lunchtime £8 (£4 concessions); Evening £14 (£7 concessions).  Multiple booking discount. For further details go to: www.gsmf.org.uk. A number of the performers are either past pupils or parents of pupils at Holy Trinity Pewley Down: Jonathan Hennessey Brown and Emma Blanco of the Santiago String Quartet,  Will Todd and Jonathan Veira.

Infant - 13 January

13 January 2012

Dear Parents

We hope to be launching our brand new website this weekend. We are not quite sure when our hosts will actually make it all happen, so check from time to time. I do hope you like it and feel that it gives you access to information that you need. Please could I remind you of the importance of reading the newsletter and checking ‘Just to let you know’ (JTLYK) every week? News stories will be regularly changing with ultimately about a dozen accessed through the home page and older stories in photo archives. I am particularly pleased that our values are placed firmly on the home page so everyone understands what we stand for.

I would be really pleased to receive feedback and suggestions of how we can improve it. A governor has already suggested an alumni page for news of former students and staff. We may also have a guest book for messages from visitors to the site. We are having a hit counter applied to each page so we can see how our message is getting out to people.

There are three people who have worked really hard on this building project. I would like to thank Louise Crow-Arnold for all her hard work in setting up the site and enabling transfer of material. Liz Pomeroy for great photographs and liaison with our professional builders, and Natalie Savage for help with the initial concept and guidance right through the project. I E Marketing based in Bristol have done a great job in putting it all together and responding to all our requests.

Nowadays, a well built website is a vital piece of running a school; providing a window on all its work and activity.

With best wishes.
Richard
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Closing date for primary applications: 15 January 2012

Don’t forget that Sunday 15th January is the closing date for applications for admission to Reception Year in September 2012 as well as transfer to junior school (Year 3) in September 2012.

Teacher-led clubs
Letters have now come out confirming which teacher-led club your child has been allocated. Clubs start next week:
Tuesday 17th – Drama
Wednesday 18th – Binca, Lego and Science
Thursday 19th - Cartoon Drawing.

Magazine Swap
We are planning to have a magazine swap during the Book Week before half term, so please start collecting children’s magazines and bringing them in to your class teacher. Children will be swapping magazines within their year groups.

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Monday 16January, 1.00 pm at Emma Laporte’s house. Come and enjoy lunch together, children welcome. Contact Emma for details: 07947 712542.

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FOPS News

If you ordered a copy of the Christmas Play DVD this should have come home with your child today. Please check bookbags.

FOPS meeting next Wednesday 18th January at 8 pm in the Staff Room. We will be planning events for this term and next. Please come along with views/ideas – FOPS is open to all, not just class reps!

Cake sale in the playground next Friday 20th January, which will be run by Walnut Class.

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Headlice
We have had a number of cases of headlice recently, especially in Year 1. Please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary:

  • It is worth checking your child’s hair regularly (once a week) for eggs or lice.
  • If you do find nits give the hair a thorough comb through with a nit comb (the Nitty Gritty Nit Free Comb is particularly effective). A generous application of conditioner also makes the combing easier.
  • Continue to comb through the hair at least every three days for two weeks to ensure that all eggs and lice are eradicated. Otherwise any eggs missed in the first comb through will hatch and the whole cycle will start again.

Nits are a very common problem among primary age children who usually catch them due to close contact with their classmates.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 16 January

Mon: Homemade Meatballs or Veggie Nuggets, Pasta, Cauliflower, Peas; Lemon Sponge
Tues: Chicken or Vegetable Paella, Tomato Slices, Cucumber Batons; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds: Gammon & Pineapple Slice or Vegetable Plait, Roast/New Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans; Ice Cream
Thurs: Homemade Pizza Margarita, Coleslaw, Sweetcorn; Flapjack
Fri: Friendly Fish Fingers or Macaroni Cheese, Thick Chips/Jacket Potato, Baked Beans, Broccoli; Banana Cake

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Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party Bingo Night Friday 27th January
The legendary Bingo Host Jez Moon will be back on Friday 27th January 18.30 onwards at Holy Trinity School Hall. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.00 children inclusive of a Fish and Chip Supper. Bring your own bottle or two.
Tickets available from Pippa Mitchell 01483 578446 / 07852 235247.

Junior - 13 January

13 January 2012

Dear Parents

We hope to be launching our brand new website this weekend. We are not quite sure when our hosts will actually make it all happen, so check from time to time. I do hope you like it and feel that it gives you access to information that you need. Please could I remind you of the importance of reading the newsletter and checking ‘Just to let you know’ (JTLYK) every week? News stories will be regularly changing with ultimately about a dozen accessed through the home page and older stories in photo archives. I am particularly pleased that our values are placed firmly on the home page so everyone understands what we stand for.

I would be really pleased to receive feedback and suggestions of how we can improve it. A governor has already suggested an alumni page for news of former students and staff. We may also have a guest book for messages from visitors to the site. We are having a hit counter applied to each page so we can see how our message is getting out to people.


There are three people who have worked really hard on this building project. I would like to thank Louise Crow-Arnold for all her hard work in setting up the site and enabling transfer of material. Liz Pomeroy for great photographs and liaison with our professional builders, and Natalie Savage for help with the initial concept and guidance right through the project. I E Marketing based in Bristol have done a great job in putting it all together and responding to all our requests.


Nowadays, a well built website is a vital piece of running a school; providing a window on all its work and activity.
With best wishes. Richard 

Deadline for Online applications for Year 3 – Sunday 15th January
Don't forget to hand in your Supplementary Form to the Junior office.

Alice T-Shirts

We still have a number of these high quality t-shirts available for sale at the knock-down price of £5 each!  Super for summer, in red and purple.  Please contact Sheila via the School Office or at: sheilam@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.  Thank you.

Pick up of children
Please can children be collected from the playground after school (15h15) and not from the library? Thank you!

Lunch money
The amounts are: £2.10 a day or £10.50 for 5 days, £21.00 for 10 days; £42 for 20 days and £84 for 40 days. Please ensure you send in the correct amounts or the cheque may be returned to you. Please check with your child if they need a new lunch card.

Catering Assistant for HT
There is a vacancy in the kitchen for 20 hours a week. Catering experience a must. Please contact Gill in the Kitchen for further details.

Knitting Club
All children who have school knitting needles, please bring them back to Ginnie in 3G, thanks.

HTPD Prayer Meeting
The next meeting is on Monday 16th January, 1pm at Emma Laporte’s house. Please come and enjoy lunch together, children welcome. Contact Emma for details 07947 712542. 

HTSC News

Murder Mystery Evening
Friday 3rd Feb 7.30 pm “Murder on Main Street” - A Wild West Murder Mystery Night presented by HTPD Staff. During the evening you will watch various scenes from the story played out by the amateur and rather over acting HTP Staff. You will dine on Wild West cuisine and then, with your table or group come to a conclusion about who the murderer really is…Come to this fun event….. Wild West dress optional for audience! Tickets on sale now - £10.00 per head (to include Wild West supper). Licensed Bar. To assist with planning we would be grateful if you could please order your tickets by Friday 20th January. Order form on the website.
Years 5 & 6 cake sale   Friday 27th Jan 

Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party Bingo Night Friday 27th January The legendary Bingo Host Jez Moon will be back on Friday 27th January 18.30 onwards at Holy Trinity School Hall. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.00 children inclusive of a Fish and Chip Supper. Bring your own bottle or two. Tickets available from Pippa Mitchell 01483 578446/07852235247
 
Curchods Dream House Art Competition - Curchods will keep all the pictures from the competition in their office for the month of January for those families who would like to collect their children’s' work.

Half Term Fun For All the Family! www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities.

Le Club Francais The French Club started this week and there are a few spare places if you are interested. Everyone is welcome!

Lost A Purple Microlite scooter. If you have seen it, or taken it by mistake please return it to the office ASAP. Thank you.

Holy Trinity Pewley Down Ski Trip 2012
We regret to inform you that the family ski trip will not be taking place this year as there are simply too few people interested in taking part for it to work.  We hope to reinstate the holiday next year - please look out for details in the newsletter towards the end of 2012.  In the meantime, please direct any enquiries to sarahbirkmyre@gmail.com (mother of William Harris - 6C).

Special Offer to see Guildford Heat on Sunday 29 January at Surrey Sports Park.
Vanessa Green (Biss family) has arranged for HTPD families and friends to have significantly reduced priced tickets for the game on Sunday 29 January at 3pm at Surrey Sports Park. Guildford Heat is Surrey’s only premier league basketball team. If you haven’t been to a game before, it’s full of fast paced action as well as entertainment. If you are interested in taking up the offer of tickets at £5.50 for adults or children, please contact Vanessa on 0771 333 2303 or Vanessa@wigwampr.com. For further information, visit www.guildfordheat.com.

For sale
HT Green backpack (£3 proceeds to HT school) Please call Alice 833574.

Junior - 6 January

06 January 2012

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back for the spring term. I do hope you had a great Christmas, taking time to relax with your families.

Now we are back for the all important middle term. This is when children make most measurable progress during the year. So we do hope there is little time lost during this important term.

We are suffering under the difficulty at the juniors of having almost no internet or server connection. This means we are all thrown back on our own resources and it is quite a challenge. Luckily at the infants we are still connected so we upload this newsletter there.

On Tuesday I was working preparing the in-service training for staff the following day. Then we had a five hour power cut. Of course all my work was lost and I had to start again. It’s amazing how dependent we are on power and computer connection and how we are only aware of that when it’s not working.

It reminds me of the old Joni Mitchell song: “Big yellow Taxi” with the line – You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Maybe if we thought more about this we would cherish friends, family, freedom, health, employment and peace more.

The attitude of being thankful for these things is a great way to enter the New Year. I do hope that it’s a really good one for you and your family.

With Best Wishes
Richard Rowe

Reminder

There is a meeting on Monday 9th January at 7.45pm in the Holy Trinity School Hall to talk about the subject of Self Esteem and Child Participation in the school. Please come along if you would like to air your views on this subject. I have been so pleased to receive a good many emails and it would be great if we can all share together.

Administration

We would like to welcome Sue Telford to the Administration Team at Holy Trinity as the Afternoon Secretary. Charmaine Henry will now be the morning secretary.

Payments

Please would you help us process payments more easily by noting your child’s name on the back of any cheques that you send in together with their class name and what it refers to. Lunch cheques are to go to the kitchen for processing whilst all other cheques are processed in the office.

Clubs List

Please click here for a PDF list of this terms clubs. Please note Your Dance is now on a Monday and Drama is on a Thursday. There is no Art Club on a Monday. Clubs will start again the week beginning 9th January 2012.

YOUR Dance

If you are interested in attending you will need to let Adam know and complete the paperwork (available for download here).

Pick up of children

Please can children be collected from the playground after school (15h15) and not from the library. Thank you!

Music Lessons

Lessons with Kirsty Wtichell begin on 12th January, Piano with Lara Foot start on 9th January, Clarinet with Samantha Hadingham start on 9th, Trumpet with Gill Underwood on 9th, Violin with Leonie Anderson start on 10th, Piano with Lis Hobday-Uzzell on 11th, Cello lessons with Amanda Stratton start on 12th January.

HTPD Prayer Meeting

The next meeting is on Monday 16th January, 1pm at Emma Laporte’s house. Please come and enjoy lunch together, children welcome. Contact Emma for details 07947 712542.

Wey Valley Swimming Club

Is looking for new members. If you want to learn to swim, improve your technique or just get fit, come for a free try out on 14th January at Godalming Leisure Centre at 2.30 or 3pm. All information on their website www.wvsc.co.uk.

Curchods Dream House Art Competition

Curchods will keep all the pictures from the competition in their office for the month of January for those families who would like to collect their children’s' work.

Half Term Fun For All The Family!

Guildford Borough Council has produced some free information for families in Guildford. This includes details of playschemes, sports academies, arts and crafts, dance and drama workshops and countless other activities for children and young people to take part in during the February half term. www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Infant - 6 January

06 January 2012

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back for the spring term. I do hope you had a great Christmas, taking time to relax with your families.

Now we are back for the all important middle term. This is when children make most measurable progress during the year. So we do hope there is little time lost during this important term.

We are suffering under the difficulty at the juniors of having almost no internet or server connection. This means we are all thrown back on our own resources and it is quite a challenge. Luckily at the infants we are still connected so we upload this newsletter there.

On Tuesday I was working preparing the in-service training for staff the following day. Then we had a five hour power cut. Of course all my work was lost and I had to start again. It’s amazing how dependent we are on power and computer connection and how we are only aware of that when it’s not working.

It reminds me of the old Joni Mitchell song: “Big yellow Taxi” with the line – You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Maybe if we thought more about this we would cherish friends, family, freedom, health, employment and peace more.

The attitude of being thankful for these things is a great way to enter the New Year. I do hope that it’s a really good one for you and your family.

With Best Wishes
Richard Rowe

 

Reminder

There is a meeting on Monday 9th January at 7.45pm in the Holy Trinity School Hall to talk about the subject of Self Esteem and Child Participation in the school. Please come along if you would like to air your views on this subject. I have been so pleased to receive a good many emails and it would be great if we can all share together.

Thank you

Very many thanks for all the Christmas cards and gifts received by staff at the end of last term, especially the lovely hampers for the office and kitchen staff. All your kind thoughts and wishes were very much appreciated.

Closing date for primary applications: 15 January 2012

If you have a child due to start school in September 2012 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is 15 January. Although Pewley Down is federated with Holy Trinity it is still necessary to complete an application form for entry to Year 3.
If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the Surrey County Council application form, ideally on-line: www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions. Paper copies are available by ringing 0300 200 1015.
In addition, applicants to Reception should complete the Pewley Down supplementary form and applicants for Year 3 should complete the Holy Trinity supplementary form and return them to the relevant school office.

Teacher-led clubs

You should now have received a letter about teacher-led clubs for this term via your child’s book bag. These should be returned by Wednesday 11 January and the clubs themselves will start the following Monday,16th. Please make sure that you include your child’s name on the form.

HTPD Prayer Group

The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Monday 16 January, 1.00 pm at Emma Laporte’s house. Come and enjoy lunch together, children welcome. Contact Emma for details: 07947 712542.

Drum Workshop

Jack Toy came in for an exciting drumming assembly last term. He will now be offering a drumming club for Year 2 children including drum kit playing, hand percussion, group drumming, world rhythms and popular genres. The club will take place on Tuesdays 3-4pm starting at the end of January at a cost of £60 for 10 weeks. Please contact the office if you are interested.

FOPS News


Thank you for all the orders for the Christmas Play DVD. We will get your copy to you as soon as possible, hopefully towards the end of next week.

Next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 18th January at 8 PM in the Staff Room. We will be planning ahead for events this term and next, so please come along and share your views/ideas. Open to all, not just class reps!