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Junior 30/1/15

30 January 2015

Dear Parents

Here is a poem which Olive in Year five wrote.

It is January
The leaves have turned brown lifeless almost sleeping
The sun beaming gently, leaving little droplets
Where the ice was melting
The cold trees rustled trembled
Speaking a beautiful language
Unheard of by humanity
The grass gleaming like sunfilled crystals
Walking through the cloudless sky
Drawing me to heaven

It beautifully describes the month with its bright sun and crystal grass. She finishes by writing that all of this grasped our value of “seeing heaven in the moment”. Many people have favourite months and seasons but if we grasp that value we will have our eyes open to see the beauty of nature or our child’s smile, observing or receiving an act of kindness or thrilling to a poem, film or painting.

Our values which are on the opening page of our website, in the chapel and the upstairs corridor of HT were carefully formed about eight years ago. Clare was part of that group so I know that they will be retained for the future too. The government, with its fear of radicalisation is encouraging us to teach what it calls ‘British Values’. Many teachers feel that this is some way, sounds xenophobic and verging on racist.

When we teach this we use the term British Values as this is what our lord and masters, Ofsted, will want to hear; however we always link this to international values. So these values comprise: Fairness
Respect
Empathy
Tolerance

These four sum up the way we treat others. It is really all included within our phrase;'imagining the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing understanding, respecting all.'

I think our tried and tested values plus our new British values makes for a great mix of well-educated, caring and happy individuals.

With best wishes, Richard


2016 Admissions Consultation – Open Meeting, Wednesday 4 February, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Chapel - A reminder that there will be an Open Meeting next Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed changes to the 2016 Admissions Arrangements for Holy Trinity Pewley Down. All are welcome. The full consultation and summary of changes was circulated by ParentMail on 19 December and is also available on the website: www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx

Clubs Plus & Breakfast Club Survey
We value your comments and feedback, please take 2 minutes to complete the following surveys:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/5H7PFQ2 - Clubs Plus Survey
www.surveymonkey.com/s/5P6W2B3 - Breakfast Club Survey

PUPS - For parents who use our after school care (PUPS and Clubs+), we would encourage you to phone the school should you be unable to pick up your children before 6pm. As you know the clubs close at 6pm, and most parents manage to arrive in plenty of time. In the event of an emergency however, it is vital that staff are aware that children will still need care after 6pm.

Football
- We have had some great matches this week for both our boys and girls. The girls played at Boxgrove last Friday in two super matches which were well contested and showcased some lovely skills. We secured two wins; one very tight match with a goal in the dying second produced a 1-0 result and the other 5-0. 

The boys played in three matches away at St. Bede's with some cracking goals and some excellent goalkeeping. The year 6's won 5-1. The year 5's won 5-2 and the year 4's lost 1-4. Well done to all the boys and girls involved.

Netball - The girls have had some terrific matches this week. The year 5's played in the Rydes Hill Tournament last Saturday. The coaches all agreed that the standard of play was exceptional and the girls secured one win, a draw and two losses with a very tight scoreline 2-3 to the eventual winners GHS.

Two matches for year's 5 and 6 this week at St. Bede's also saw two handsome wins.

Apologies, there will be no year 5 netball on Monday due to a swimming fixture.

School PE kit
- Please could we ask for your help in returning kit to school ASAP. We have had many matches of late with plenty more to come so need to ensure we have sufficient school team kits for the children to play in. Thanks for your help with this.

Fixtures - All of the fixtures that have been postponed this week due to the weather will be re-scheduled in the next couple of weeks.

Sainsbury’s Vouchers
- Yes, it’s that time again! Please support HT, as you always do, and send in as many vouchers as you can. Gillian is very grateful and, once collected and counted, the vouchers allow her to exchange them for lots of child-friendly equipment that the children use during break/lunch times. Thank you.

Holiday PUPS - for PUPS+ (at Half Term) to be a viable proposition for the school, we need to have at least 10 children booked in each day. Please let Sam Andrews (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) know on or before the 30th January if you wish to book a place. If we do not reach 10 on a particular day, we will be forced to cancel that day. A decision will be made on Monday the 2nd February and parents will be contacted to advise them that the session has been cancelled and that their cheques will be returned.

HTPD Prayer Group - our next meeting is on Friday 6th February, 9 - 9.25 am at Emma Laporte's house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details, all welcome!

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Quiz Night! Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and will also raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each. To order tickets please send in cash or cheques made payable to HTSC in an envelope to the HT office. On the envelope please specify how many tickets you require and the name and class of your child. Tickets will be sent home with your child.

Teams must be a maximum of 8 but don't worry if you don't have a team do come along and we will make up some new teams. 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.

“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 first one of this year is on Thursday February 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! Next one will be March 5 so mark your diary. It would be great to see you there.

Dates for the Diary
Year 4 Coffee - Wednesday 4 February after drop off at The Continental Cafe in Tunsgate.
“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Feb from 8pm at Rogues
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March

Lost:

Veronika Koch has mislaid her scooter, which was unnamed. The scooter is similar to a JD Bug Pro Scooter and is Black/Red. If by any chance you know of its whereabouts, please let the office know.
Seb Shenton’s Size 3 Nike Orange HyperVenom trainers have been lost, please return if you have picked these up by mistake.

Week 1
 

Infant 30/1/15

30 January 2015

Dear Parents,

Here is a poem which Olive in Year five wrote.

It is January
The leaves have turned brown lifeless almost sleeping
The sun beaming gently, leaving little droplets
Where the ice was melting
The cold trees rustled trembled
Speaking a beautiful language
Unheard of by humanity
The grass gleaming like sunfilled crystals
Walking through the cloudless sky
Drawing me to heaven

It beautifully describes the month with its bright sun and crystal grass. She finishes by writing that all of this grasped our value of “seeing heaven in the moment”. Many people have favourite months and seasons but if we grasp that value we will have our eyes open to see the beauty of nature or our child’s smile, observing or receiving an act of kindness or thrilling to a poem, film or painting.

Our values which are on the opening page of our website, in the chapel and the upstairs corridor of HT were carefully formed about eight years ago. Clare was part of that group so I know that they will be retained for the future too. The government, with its fear of radicalisation is encouraging us to teach what it calls ‘British Values’. Many teachers feel that this is some way, sounds xenophobic and verging on racist.

When we teach this we use the term British Values as this is what our lord and masters, Ofsted, will want to hear; however we always link this to international values. So these values comprise: Fairness
Respect
Empathy
Tolerance

These four sum up the way we treat others. It is really all included within our phrase; 'imagining the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing understanding, respecting all.'

I think our tried and tested values plus our new British values makes for a great mix of well-educated, caring and happy individuals.

With best wishes, Richard



2016 Admissions Consultation – Open Meeting, Wednesday 4 February, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Chapel

A reminder that there will be an Open Meeting next Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed changes to the 2016 Admissions Arrangements for Holy Trinity Pewley Down. All are welcome. The full consultation and summary of changes was circulated by ParentMail on 19 December and is also available on the website: www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Admissions-2016.aspx

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 10 February 5.15-5.00pm
Don’t forget the Bedtime Story when children return to school in their pyjamas with cuddly toys etc to enjoy a story with their teacher. FOPS are providing cocoa and biscuits for the children, and parents are very welcome to wait in the hall where there will be tea and coffee available.

PUPS
For parents who use our after school care (PUPS and Clubs+), we would encourage you to phone the school should you be unable to pick up your children before 6pm. As you know the clubs close at 6pm, and most parents manage to arrive in plenty of time. In the event of an emergency however, it is vital that staff are aware that children will still need care after 6pm.

One-way system
Parents are reminded that in order to keep traffic flowing smoothly in the mornings and at the end of the school day, we operate an informal one way system on Semaphore Road, joining at the top from Pewley Hill and driving down the hill to meet Pewley Way at the bottom. It makes things so much easier for everybody! Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Junk Modelling

If you have anything we could use for junk modelling (eg cardboard boxes) we would be grateful. Please bring it to the school office.

Found

Paperback book, ‘Hero’ by Sarah Lean, found in the front playground. Possibly belongs to an older sibling.
 

FOPS

FOPS have lots of exciting plans for the New Year. Here are a couple of dates to put in your diary:

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 ......

Summer Fair - Sunday 7 June 12pm - 2pm


Half Term Fun for all the family
Stuck for things for the children to do during the holidays? ….Well help is here!
Guildford Borough Council has put together lots of helpful information to keep everyone entertained during the February half term; playschemes, sports academies, arts & crafts, drama clubs, family days out and much more! Just visit our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

Half Term Holiday Club - Creation City, 19th - 22nd of February, 10am - 1.30pm

Only £10 per child for 4 days!! Reception - Year 6. At the Church of the Holy Spirit (New Inn Lane).
Holiday club is back! Join us this February half term for a week of exciting drama, crazy games, creative crafts and most importantly, a lot of fun! This year we are calling all creative sparks to join us in our quest to build the legendary “Creation City” - will you join the adventure?
Booking is now open. Contact the parish office (parishoffice@burphamchurch.org.uk) or phone us on 01483 825533 for more information. We have limited spaces, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Menu for week beginning Monday 2 February
Mon: Cumberland Pork or Quorn Sausage, Warm Bread Roll; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Cottage Pie or Roasted Butternut Squash & Pepper Bake; Creamy Rice Pudding
Weds: Roast Turkey & Gravy or Glamorgan meat-free Sausages, Roast Potatoes; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Two Cheese Pizza or Vegetable Bake; Syrup & Cornflake Tart
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Basmati; Fruit Salad with Cream
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.
 

Infant 23/1/15

23 January 2015

Dear Parents,

Huge congratulations to Ayla who was first in the County Cross Country race. There were almost 280 girls competing in the run and it was a fine achievement. Many other of our years 4, 5 & 6 also did very well with good placings. Ayla is part of a young athletes group and trains hard to be so successful – she also has a great attitude to her success – happy to talk about it and also modest.

I’m reminded of St Paul’s words when he wrote to the Christians in Rome. He said suffering (training) produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I have been thinking about character this week. My Oxford Dictionary defines it as strength and originality, but I guess it goes much deeper than that. The government have made five million pounds available for the promotion of character in schools (I would guess that money is a gift from an anonymous donor). A little of the money is going into a competition where schools and other educational institutions can nominate themselves as centres of character excellence. The bulk of the rest is for training institutions to bid for long grants to develop teaching materials and trial them with children. I am considering writing a joint bid with Guildford Diocese for the training grant and entering the school for the competition. This school shines with individuals and groups who have great character, perseverance and hope.

With best wishes, Richard


Bedtime Story, 10 February, 5.15 – 6.00pm
This is a lovely annual occasion when the children return to school at the end of the day for bedtime stories with their class teachers. They can wear pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and bring a cuddly toy to snuggle down with and enjoy sharing a story with their class mates. FOPS will be providing cocoa and biscuits for the children, as well as tea and coffee in the hall if parents would like to stay.

House Music
We enjoyed fabulous house music activities this week with all the children taking part. Some children made instruments, others conducted their friends and everyone made lots of noise! Some children brought in instruments to play to their friends. Well done to everyone for taking part.

After-school clubs
Just to clarify that the teacher-led clubs (Ukelele, Film, Drama, Lego and Binca) are just for Years 1 and 2 this term, but will be on offer to the Reception children during the summer term.
Year R children can attend clubs provided by outside agencies which currently are: Boogie Pumps (Monday), Football (Tuesday), French (Wednesday) and Ballet (Thursday).

Holiday PUPS
For PUPS+ (at Half Term) to be a viable proposition for the school, we need to have at least 10 children booked in each day. Please let Sam Andrews (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) know on or before 30 January if you wish to book a place. If we do not reach 10 on a particular day, we will be forced to cancel that day. A decision will be made on Monday 2 February and parents will be contacted to advise them that the session has been cancelled and cheques will be returned.

Illness
If your child is unwell please phone the school office (01483 570038) on the first morning of illness and bring in a note on their return to school. In the case of stomach bugs children should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last incidence of sickness or diarrhoea.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2015
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme will be starting on Wednesday 28 January. If you could help us to co-ordinate the scheme (counting the collected vouchers etc) we would love to hear from you. Please contact the school office.

FOPS

Playground Cake Sales
30 January - Chestnut
6 February - Walnut
27 February - Oak (children’s cake sale in the hall during the afternoon)
6 March - Beech
13 March - Hazel (all proceeds to Comic Relief - it's Red Nose Day)
20 March - Willow

Year 2 coffee morning
Wednesday 28 January, straight after drop-off at Katie Larkin’s house.

Lost
Viktor Koch, Walnut Class, has lost the face of his watch which is blue in colour (he still has the strap).

Returning to primary teaching
Are you a qualified teacher looking to return to teaching in the primary classroom? South Farnham Teaching School is delighted to be delivering a two-week Return to Primary Teaching course for qualified teachers looking to update their knowledge of the educational landscape and regain confidence in the classroom. Please contact the Pewley Down office for more details

Guildford Cricket Club – free under 10 training
For the next three Sundays Guildford Cricket Club have set up an hour long session under the guidance of our Junior Head Coach and his assistants to offer a taste of the great game that is Cricket. We are offering these taster sessions to any boy or girl under the age of 10 on 1st September 2014. They are running between 11am and 12pm at the indoor centre at RGS in the centre of Guildford and no kit is required to participate. We look forward to welcoming any existing or new cricketers to the sessions. Please contact Neil Garrett, Junior Chairman of GCC, on 07557 847171 for more information.

Runners - Do you have a place or are you thinking of running the Surrey Half Marathon or Kid’s Race? If so how about running for Harrison’s Fund – fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For more information go to the website or email louisec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thanks for your support.

Menu for week beginning Monday 26 January
Mon: Lamb & Bean Cowboy Hash with Rice, or Jacket Potato with Cheese & Beans; Chocolate & Orange Sponge
Tues: Chicken & Bacon Stroganoff with Pasta Spirals, or Vegetable Risotto; Golden Flake Tart
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy, or Glamorgan meat-free Sausages, Roast Potatoes; Strawberry Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Homemade BBQ Beef Burger or Veggie Burger in a Warm Bread Roll; Apple & Raspberry Crunch with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne, Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

Junior 23/1/15

23 January 2015

Dear Parents,

Huge congratulations to Ayla who was first in the County Cross Country race. There were almost 280 girls competing in the run and it was a fine achievement. Many other of our years 4, 5 & 6 also did very well with good placings. Ayla is part of a young athletes group and trains hard to be so successful – she also has a great attitude to her success – happy to talk about it and also modest.

I’m reminded of St Paul’s words when he wrote to the Christians in Rome. He said suffering (training) produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I have been thinking about character this week. My oxford dictionary defines it as strength and originality, but I guess it goes much deeper than that. The government have made five million pounds available for the promotion of character in schools (I would guess that money is a gift from an anonymous donor). A little of the money is going into a competition where schools and other educational institutions can nominate themselves as centres of character excellence. The bulk of the rest is for training institutions to bid for long grants to develop teaching materials and trial them with children. I am considering writing a joint bid with Guildford Diocese for the training grant and entering the school for the competition. This school shines with individuals and groups who have great character, perseverance and hope.

With best wishes, Richard


Sainsbury’s Vouchers - Yes, it’s that time again! Please support HT, as you always do, and send in as many vouchers as you can. Gillian is very grateful and, once collected and counted, the vouchers allow her to exchange them for lots of child-friendly equipment that the children use during break/lunch times. Thank you.

Holiday PUPS - for PUPS+ (at Half Term) to be a viable proposition for the school, we need to have at least 10 children booked in each day. Please let Sam Andrews (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) know on or before the 30th January if you wish to book a place. If we do not reach 10 on a particular day, we will be forced to cancel that day. A decision will be made on Monday the 2nd February and parents will be contacted to advise them that the session has been cancelled and that their cheques will be returned.

Cross-country - Well done to all of our runners who participated in the Surrey Schools Cross-country last Saturday on a beautiful sunny crisp morning. It was the biggest field ever with 271 runners in the girls 4/5 race and 250 runners in the boys 4/5 race. The girls team managed a very creditable 6th place out of 33 teams and we have a new county champion in Ayla who ran a brilliant race. The boys also had a great performance with Michael achieving 8th place. In the older groups Eliza also managed a top ten place out of the 181 runners participating.

Netball - Good luck to the year 5 girls who are participating in the Rydes Hill Netball Tournament tomorrow. Apologies, there will be no Year 6 netball club on Tuesday as we have a St. Bede’s football/netball fixture.

Sportshall Athletics - Congratulations to the year 4 girls and boys who won the Guildford schools Sportshall Athletics competition yesterday at the Spectrum. It is a lovely event involving 9 local schools and it was a very tight finish with Holy Trinity securing first place by just 4 points. Lots of fun for all involved.

House Football - Next week we will be doing our second house event involving all of our children. Please could we remind everyone that full PE kit including house tops are needed in school next week. As it is very cold at the moment, please could all of the children have their school sweatshirts and tracksuits bottoms or leggings in school for our PE sessions.

Head Lice - Unfortunately we have this pest back in school. For up to date information on how to recognise and treat these insects please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/Head-lice. PLEASE check your child's hair EVERY day, comb through from scalp to the ends of their hair thoroughly using a nit comb or fine-toothed comb if possible. If in doubt, please shampoo the hair and apply conditioner whilst the hair is wet. Leave it on for 10 minutes then comb through again. This should bring the lice away from the strands of hair. Don’t forget to wash the comb before re-using. Several treatments may be necessary, not forgetting to include every member of the family.

Keys - We have had 2 bunches of keys in the office for a very long time now. One set is for a VW Renault car and the other is for a front door. If you think you may have lost them and know who did, please come to Reception. Thank you.
 

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News


Quiz Night! Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity

Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and will also raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each. To order tickets please send in cash or cheques made payable to HTSC in an envelope to the HT office. On the envelope please specify how many tickets you require and the name and class of your child. Tickets will be sent home with your child.

Teams must be a maximum of 8 but don't worry if you don't have a team do come along and we will make up some new teams. 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.

Years 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January

We will be holding a cake sale for Years 5 & 6 on Friday 30 January so please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes in on Friday so that there are enough to go around.

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. If you want your container returned please mark clearly - they will be left at the bottom of the ramp for collection.

We are also looking for helpers on the day, from 1:15 we need a few people to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk

Dates for the Diary

Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January
“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Feb from 8pm at Rogues
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March


Runners - Do you have a place or are you thinking of running the Surrey Half Marathon or Kid’s Race? If so how about running for Harrison’s Fund – fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For more information go to the website or email louisec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thanks for your support.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds run on Saturdays in term time in Guildford. 9.30-11.30am class (9-12years), 11.45-1.45pm (7-9years). As the term has already started the remaining weeks of term of 2 hour classes costs £126, of 1 and half hours costs £105 or 1 hour classes cost £84. All materials included. Single classes also available if space. We will be using acrylics, pastels, paper marbling, collage & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with Clay. For more information please contact Becca Clegg (mum of Issie in 3C) at www.becart.co.uk (where you can also see the itinerary for the term) & www.facebook.com/BecArtGroup for recent work.1 space available in first class, 2 spaces in second.


Menu - Week 1

 

Junior 16/1/15

16 January 2015

Mathletics
The subscription to Mathletics has now expired and, after considerable thought, we have decided not to renew. We are looking at alternatives but in the meantime please encourage your child to compete to progress through the Maths Legends scheme for Year 2 and above. Keep an eye on the Just to Let You Know section of the website for other super suggestions of maths activities that you can do at home to support your children’s learning.

Helping children feel safe at school
This week we have introduced the children to a new phrase ‘Stop it, I don’t like it’ which we would like them to use in all sorts of different situations. It is always useful for children to have strategies readily to hand when things are not going quite right, for example a game they don’t want to play anymore or if somebody has forgotten to share nicely. Six simple words which they can use before coming to ask a teacher for help.

Netball
We had a great range of home matches this week with our year 5 A, B and C teams playing St. Catherines. It was good to see so many girls playing netball resulting in three lovely matches with 1 win and two losses.

Our year 6’s were also playing this week vs. Tormead. Many of our girls had not played in and inter-school competitive match so it was fantastic to see them all playing with such enthusiasm despite the cold! Two tight matches resulted in 1 win and 1 loss. Well done to everyone involved and thanks to all the parents who provided and helped out with the tasty post-match tea.

Weekend Fixtures
Good luck to all of the children involved with the Surrey Schools Cross-country tomorrow morning at the Priory Park, Reigate. Also good luck to all of our swimmers involved in the Guildford and District Swimming Association Gala tomorrow evening at the Spectrum.

Lacrosse

This half term we have a guest coach, introducing our year 5 and 6 children to lacrosse as part of their options. Hannah is a professional coach who works up at Surrey Sports Park and is also providing an after-school club on the following dates:
Wednesday 21st January
Tuesday 27th January
Tuesday 3rd February
Wednesday 11th February
The club will be for Year 5 and 6 children from 3.15-4.15pm, everyone welcome.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Quiz Night! Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and will also raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each. To order tickets please send in cash or cheques made payable to HTSC in an envelope to the HT office. On the envelope please specify how many tickets you require and the name and class of your child. Tickets will be sent home with your child.

Teams must be a maximum of 8 but don't worry if you don't have a team do come along and we will make up some new teams. 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.

Years 3 & 4 Cake Sale – Friday 23 January
We will be holding a cake sale for Years 3 & 4 on Friday 23 January so please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes in on Friday so that there are enough to go around.

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. If you want your container returned please mark clearly - they will be left at the bottom of the ramp for collection.

We are also looking for helpers on the day, from 1:15 we need a few people to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to Becca Clegg at becca.clegg@ntlworld.com

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 & 4 Cake Sale – Friday 23 January
Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January
“Thirsty Thursdays”! - All year group drinks night – Thursday 5 Feb from 8pm at Rogues
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March


Week 3

Infant 16/1/16

16 January 2015

House Music, Wednesday 21 January
We are having a fun music session in our house groups on Wednesday morning. The children have been invited to bring in an instrument if they are able to play it, and if they would like to perform a short piece for their houses. All the children will be joining in a selection of musical activities.

Mathletics
The subscription to Mathletics has now expired and, after considerable thought, we have decided not to renew. We are looking at alternatives but in the meantime please encourage your child to compete to progress through the Maths Legends scheme for Year 2 and above. Keep an eye on the Just to Let You Know section of the website for other super suggestions of maths activities that you can do at home to support your children’s learning.

Helping children feel safe at school
This week we have introduced the children to a new phrase ‘Stop it, I don’t like it’ which we would like them to use in all sorts of different situations. It is always useful for children to have strategies readily to hand when things are not going quite right, for example a game they don’t want to play anymore or if somebody has forgotten to share nicely. Six simple words which they can use before coming to ask a teacher for help.

Teacher-led clubs
If you filled in a form for teacher-led clubs, you should now have received confirmation of which club your child will be doing this term. Please note that Ukelele Club is over-subscribed, but Patrick will run it again next term for those children who do not get an opportunity this time.

Year 2 swimming
Swimming letters for this term have now gone out in book bags. Please return your payment if you have not already done so.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2015
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme will be starting shortly and we are looking for a parent volunteer to help us co-ordinate the scheme. With the vouchers collected in previous years we have been able to buy lots of PE and other equipment for the school. Please contact the school office if you would be able to help.

Football Club
Next week children will be able to get changed for Football Club in the Rainbow Room as usual. Apologies for the confusion this week but the Rainbow Room was out of use because of the scaffolding.

FOPS

FOPS meeting - Wednesday 21 January
The next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 21 January at 8pm in the staff room. Everyone is welcome!

Menu for week beginning Monday 19 January
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Vegetable Pasta Bake; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles; Pear Semolina
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy with Roast Potatoes or Cheese & Onion Flan; Ice Cream & Fruit Puree
Thurs: Italian Meatballs & Rice or Mixed Bean Wrap with Coriander; Lemon Sponge
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Jacket Potato with Cheese; Jam Tart
Available daily: A choice of 2 vegetables, 3 salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

Infant 9/1/15

09 January 2015

Dear Parents,

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I hope they will at least last until the end of the month. How SMART are they (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time Bonded). My resolution is all of these. It is to lose at least fourteen pounds and be comfortably running 10k before I climb Blencathra in the Lake District in the first weekend in July. So watch out for the newsletters on July 3rd and 10th and you will find out whether the targets were met and mountain climbed – the hard way.

We invited children to share their resolutions. Predictably the most common were: being kinder to my younger siblings, helping my mum more and improving my handwriting. We also had some more unusual including: playing the piano each day, not crying so much and being a better person. Perhaps we all strive to be better people, but how to do it? How do we organize our school family so that we are the loving and caring people we want to be? I think the ancient words of the prophet Micah give us a very good starting point.
He asks the question:
“And what does the Lord require of you?”
And the answer is:
“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

These are great words for all of us as we enter 2015.

By the way if you haven’t made your resolution yet here are the top ten for UK for 2014:
1. Exercise more
2. Eat better
3. Cut down on alcohol
4. Stop smoking
5. Spend less time on Social Media
6. Learn a new language
7. Learn a musical instrument
8. Spend less money
9. Secure a dream job
10. Average 8 hours of sleep a night

With best wishes, Richard



Start of term

What a lovely first week back at school. The children are arriving calm and ready to learn, and are enjoying being back together with their friends – thank you all.
Thank you also for all the lovely Christmas presents and good wishes which we received at the end of last term.

Closing date for primary applications: Thursday 15 January 2015

A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2015 or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school the deadline for applications is next Thursday 15 January.

Holy Trinity Church comes to Holy Trinity School

On Sunday 18th January, Holy Trinity Church will come to the chapel at Holy Trinity School for the 1000 morning service. This will be a beautiful moment to use the chapel in a new way and to celebrate the links between the parish and the school. The Girls’ Choir will be singing in the service, under the leadership of Alexandra Stevenson; Richard Rowe will be speaking during the service led by Robert Cotton; refreshments will be served afterwards, during which they will be a chance to walk around the school. Junior Church and a crèche will be in operation, for children up to 10 years. The residents of Addison Court and other members of the local community are encouraged to attend too. You are invited to join in with this special service.

Breakfast Club & PUPS

Many thanks to everyone who paid their November invoices before the end of the term. Just a little reminder that these invoices are payable immediately. Prompt payment makes the administration of our extended school provision very much simpler. Please could you jot your child's name on the back of the cheque too - this is especially important if you have a different surname to your child or if you have the same surname as several other families! We are hoping that we will be able to implement ParentPay at Pewley in April (our new financial year) which should ease the burden slightly and will allow you to pay electronically!

Lost Property
Please have a look in the (very full) lost property box located at the lower entrance, especially if any of your child’s uniform is missing.

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Please register before next Wednesday

Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child is eligible to receive free school meals. Although school meals are now free for all children at infant school, if you do qualify for free school meals there is significant government funding available to the school. This funding can support your child’s education in many ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential. We will be sending off our termly return on 15 January so please contact the office (Ruth or Jane) as soon as possible.

FOPS

FOPS meeting - Wednesday 21 January
The next FOPS meeting will be on Wednesday 21 January at 8pm in the staff room. Everyone is welcome!

Menu for week beginning Monday 12 January

Mon: Turkey & Leek Fricassee & Rainbow Pasta or Mixed Bean & Cheese Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge
Tues: Lamb Casserole & Wholegrain Rice or Macaroni Cheese; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Chicken & Gravy with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous; Warm Fruit Salad
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages in a Warm Bread Roll or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole; Mixed Fruit Crumble & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Jacket Potato with Tuna; Banana Cake
Available daily: A choice of 2 vegetables, 3 salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

Pre-school Assistant Central Guildford (Part-time, Term-time)
We are seeking an enthusiastic and caring practitioner to join our outstanding Early Years Setting, on a part-time, term-time basis. The ideal candidate will have a Level 3 qualification and show thorough understanding and experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively, plan activities, help set up and pack away and fulfil the role of key person for our children and families. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level will be required. For further information about the setting, please visit www.christchurchpre-schoolplaygroup.co.uk For an application pack (including Application Form, Role/Person Specification) please contact christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st January 2015.

Junior 9/1/15

09 January 2015

Dear Parents,

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I hope they will at least last until the end of the month. How SMART are they (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time Bonded). My resolution is all of these. It is to lose at least fourteen pounds and be comfortably running 10k before I climb Blencathra in the Lake District in the first weekend in July. So watch out for the newsletters on July 3rd and 10th and you will find out whether the targets were met and mountain climbed – the hard way.

We invited children to share their resolutions. Predictably the most common were: being kinder to my younger siblings, helping my mum more and improving my handwriting. We also had some more unusual including: playing the piano each day, not crying so much and being a better person. Perhaps we all strive to be better people, but how to do it? How do we organize our school family so that we are the loving and caring people we want to be? I think the ancient words of the prophet Micah give us a very good starting point.
He asks the question:
“And what does the Lord require of you?”
And the answer is:
“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

These are great words for all of us as we enter 2015.

By the way if you haven’t made your resolution yet here are the top ten for UK for 2014:
1. Exercise more
2. Eat better
3. Cut down on alcohol
4. Stop smoking
5. Spend less time on Social Media
6. Learn a new language
7. Learn a musical instrument
8. Spend less money
9. Secure a dream job
10. Average 8 hours of sleep a night

With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week
Monday 12 January – School Clubs commence. Please see below.
Tuesday 13 January - Roman Workshop for Year 4
Wednesday 14 January - Swimming lessons begin for 3C and 4S

Parents of children attending the RGS Maths Mentor Scheme – please note the club re-commences on Monday 19 January.

Dangerous Book Club – There are 4 spaces available preference will be given to those who have not been before contact geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. First session Paper Planes.

Computer Explorers – due to very high demand this club is now full.

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Please register before next Wednesday
Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child is eligible 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 ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential. Speak to Lesley or email finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.
Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner, or your child is receiving free infant meals, there are nevertheless 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 on January 15th.

Lunch discount: Don’t forget to avail yourselves again (or for the first time perhaps) of the termly discounts for school lunches. If you pay for the full spring term by 16 January, the discount price is £2.35 per meal, not the full £2.40. The termly amount payable differs slightly by year group to take account of days out, so consult the lunch price chart on the school website Payment page. After 16 January, we uprate discount payments to the full meal price on ParentPay. Lunch credits are only used when meals are actually taken, so you really can’t lose. Thanks, Lesley

HTPD Prayer Group are meeting on Thursday 15 January at 8pm at Louise Keiller's house. All welcome! Come and be part of asking God to shine His life, love and hope into the School and its people and give thanks for all that we have. For further information or to ask for something to be prayed for, please contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Fairtrade Snacks will be on sale again once the we have restocked in line with the new School Food Standards.


Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Quiz Night! Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and 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. Tickets will go on sale next week. Teams must be a maximum of 8 but don't worry if you don't have a team do come along and we will make up some new teams. 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
HTSC/PTA meeting - Tuesday 13 January - 8:15pm at the Albany
Year 3 & 4 Cake Sale – Friday 23 January
Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March


Pre-school Assistant - Central Guildford (Part-time, Term-time). We are seeking an enthusiastic and caring practitioner to join our outstanding Early Years Setting, on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will have a Level 3 qualification and show thorough understanding and experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively, plan activities, help set up and pack away and fulfil the role of key person for our children and families. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level will be required. For further information about the setting please visit www.christchurchpre-schoolplaygroup.co.uk. For an application pack (including Application Form, Role/Person Specification) please contact christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 January 2015.

Week 2