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Junior 10/1/14

10 January 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year. I do hope this will be a good year for you and your family. We have had a great start at HTPD. The children have come back refreshed and keen to work and I have already seen them fully engaged in their lessons. Finally the rain and the winds have ceased and the children are thriving in the winter sunshine.

This morning I told the juniors the story of St. Paul’s conversion and early life. We are basing our assemblies at both schools on his writings to the Galatians and Ephesians. Both schools will be thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit, those lovely nine attributes which Paul tells us should be growing in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The juniors will add to the Whole Armour of God, which tells us how we can live life to the very best. I think that it is going to be a great series.

As I often do, I received an email this week from a former student. This particular girl was telling me about her journey from Holy Trinity to Trinity College, Cambridge. I am going to start an Alumni section of the newsletter where we can put this information. If you are a former student of the school or friends or relatives were, please email me with news and we will be able to give HTPD family news and help people to keep in touch.

Laura, one of our mums at Pewley, has asked me to give details of a petition she is organising – see below. She is part of a group attempting to save Gosden House special school in Shalford/Bramley. Gosden House is a unique facility which does outstanding work with young people with learning difficulties. Please read what Laura has written and sign the petition.

With best wishes, Richard

Safety of our children during drop-off and collection times - a message from Governors:
I am sure that you will all agree that many of the stories we see on television and in the newspaper about children banned from playing conkers unless they wear goggles or flying paper aeroplanes because they have been deemed too dangerous by adults are simply funny.

But governors on our Every Child Matters Committee, who monitor the safety and wellbeing of our children and promote children walking to school, believe firmly that school rules about car driving outside of our school gates should be accepted without question. Having witnessed several near-accidents involving cars and children, can we appeal to you to adopt the following rules?

  • To protect children crossing our school entrances, please do not drive into the car parks to drop children off.
  • Please do not park on the road markings outside of the schools that prohibit parking or waiting, in order to drop-off or collect children.
  • Please think carefully about where you stop your car at the beginning and end of the school day; your vehicle could have an impact on our children’s ability to see approaching danger, especially when they are crossing the roads.

Please consider parking a little distance away from the school where you can safely stop your car and more importantly your child can safely alight, and walking the rest of the way. Nobody wants to be told to adopt silly health and safety rules, but we think these are vitally important. Thank you for your support.

Events for week beginning Monday 13 January
Sex Education Week for Year 6
15 January – Swimming starts for 3C and 4S

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Was your child adopted from care?
Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child may be able to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme and help in making an application. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many other ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential.

Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner but choose to send in packed lunches, there are educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. This needs to be registered immediately as we have to send returns off on next Thursday 16 January.

A new category for receipt of pupil premium has been introduced: those children adopted from care. If your child falls into this category, please contact the school office before Thursday 16 January.

Spring Term 2014 After School Clubs Timetable
Our new Spring Term Timetable is now on the website. All ‘paid for’ clubs are marked with an asterisk.

ParentPay – online payments
As announced last term, we're going live with ParentPay - the online school payment service - initially for lunch payments only at Holy Trinity. HT parents will be sent activation letters next week with login details for you to set up as a parent user. There are online user guides on the ParentPay website – with links from the HTPD website Payments page - and, of course, do call Lesley in the finance office with any queries.
We will continue to take offline payments at school in the usual way as well, but the online facility should prove most convenient for both parents and school.

Lunch payments continue to be by advance credit in multiples of £2.30 with lunches taken being deducted from your balance. ParentPay transactions attract a fixed fee, as well as % fees, charged to the school, so the more you pay each time the less the school has to pay in fees. Some examples:

12 weeks (full term approx) £138.00
6 weeks (half term approx) £69.00
20 days £46.00
10 days £23.00
Minimum payment £11.50 - 5 days

Once we have ironed out teething problems with lunch payments, we will extend the facility for all school payments, including trips and clubs. We will also then launch at Pewley Down.

Fairtrade Snacks - Will be available every break time costing 50p per item.

Lost Property - Please ensure that all clothing is named so it can be returned.

Biathlon
Congratulations to Tilly Gough, Agatha Houston, Eliza Sutton, Freya Clift, Joe Fuller, Charlie Kefford, Seb Arnold and Ayla Darcy who all qualified for the National Schools Biathlon Finals which take place in the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Schools’ Biathlon Championships was chosen above many others as the first event to be held at this iconic venue when it opens to the public in April.

Closing date for primary applications: Wednesday 15 January
A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2014 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Wednesday 15 January.

Gosden House
Please could you take a few seconds to help save an incredible special needs school which our daughter has the privilege of attending: Gosden House School in Bramley. The school has been providing an outstanding education to children with learning difficulties and complex special needs for over fifty years, with life-changing results, yet, if the councils' current proposals go ahead, the school in its current form will be lost. Please help save it by visiting the parent's website www.save-gosden-house-kids.info and clicking the link to sign the petition. It takes seconds but means so much. Thank you. Laura (Mum to Rohan, Oak).

Lost:
Frankie Brown’s (5A) entire Mandela PE kit (all named “FB”) has been missing since before Christmas, including a named bag, plus a pair of Clarks’ trainers size 4. Would you please check to see you have the correct kit? Thank you.

HTSC (PTA) News
Happy New Year. We are looking forward to another busy term with our big event being the Mad March Ball.....
Saturday 8th March, Radisson Hotel, Guildford - 8pm-1am, Black Tie + Music and Live band + Auction and lots more
Tickets £45 each, available to purchase Tuesday 21st January. First come first served. More information next week on how to purchase tickets.

We are hoping to have a fabulous auction at the Ball and if it is to be as successful as the last auction in 2011 (which raised £10,500 for the school), we NEED YOUR HELP! We have had some fantastic offers of help from parents so far but if you are able to donate a prize for the auction or are a local business or know of a local business that might be able to help support the Ball please contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 31 January so please could any offers be made by then. Many thanks for your support

Dates for the Diary
PTA (HTSC) Meeting Thursday 16th January - Staff room 8pm
Cake Sale Years 5 & 6 - Friday 24th January
Cake Sale Years 3 & 4 - Friday 31st January
Phil the Bag - after half term
Quiz night date tbc

Do you have a parking space for rent? We have been approached by a parent who wishes to rent a parking space in this area (approximately 15/20 minutes’ walk away from the Odeon), 5 days a week between 9am–5pm. If you are able to help please call 07966 547067 for further information.

The new year is a good time to tune into yourself and get both your body and mind back in shape with some yoga. My classes starts again this week: Mondays 7.45-9.15pm, Fridays 10.00-11.15am and Saturdays 8.00-9.15am. All at central Guildford locations with free parking. Try your first class for free as well as special introductory offer for HTPD parents and staff. See www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk for full details and contact me to book your free class. Hope to see you soon! Gunilla Hartman (mum to Hanna in 3G) gunilla@sunnysideyoga.co.uk, 07732 550 699.

Afterschool Ballet Club for ALL Girls – every Friday starting 17 January from 3.20 – 4.20pm in the Chapel, £60 for 10 weeks with 10th week being a costumed performance. To book a place please contact Kate Webster PDTD RTS on 07825 368 737 or via email kate@tiptoesandtutus.co.uk

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