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HTPD 27/1/17

27 January 2017

Dear parents

I have been so encouraged this week to hear from staff, children and parents about how much the children are enjoying this term. In particular, it has been wonderful to look at children’s work and talk to them about how they are making progress. They have also been keen to tell me about the inspiring learning opportunities they have been given. Whether it’s exciting trips out of school, such as Year 4’s trip to the London Science Museum or really challenging maths problems to solve, whether it’s writing about Ancient Greek myths in Year 3, or creating descriptions of icy Antarctica in their topic on exploration in Year 2, there has been so much enthusiasm! In fact Debbie worked with a group of our school councillors from Year 5 and 6 to look around the classes and see how well “a zest for learning” was on show. Even though this term is a shorter one, the children are certainly making the most of every moment!

We are looking forward to this term’s Fluffy Friday – do take a look at the different activities on offer (Infant Activities, Junior Activities). Perhaps have a conversation with your child and help them to think about doing something new that they haven’t tried before. If you’re free, do get in touch with your child’s class teacher and come in to help out.

Finally, please can I draw your attention again to an important day that we have planned on Tuesday 7th February. This marks a national event, Safer Internet Day and we will be joining in at both the infants and the juniors. With a subject such as this, we will of course be tailoring the content to the age of the children, but I’d like to encourage you all to think about this at home too. Our school policy is not to allow internet access without an adult present and we would like to suggest you support us with the same message at home as well. Please do see the attached flyer about this event. Tom Everard, Year 6 teacher and one of our safeguarding leads, will be presenting information which will be particularly useful for parents with children in Year 5 and 6, but in fact, all parents would be welcome. We are also keen to hear your ideas and concerns about internet safety. Do put it in your diary. As a whole school community working together, we are certain we can make a difference and embrace the positive aspects that the internet brings, whilst also keeping our children safe.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT

Film Club Cancellation, Thursday 2 February 
There will be no Film Club next Thursday – apologies for any inconvenience.
Also, a reminder to parents and carers to collect children from clubs promptly at 4.00pm

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 7 February, 5.15 – 6pm
Children are invited to come back to school in their pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies and bring a cuddly toy if they would like to. They should go straight to their classrooms on arrival where they will be sharing bedtime stories with their class teachers. Parents are very welcome to come to the hall where tea and coffee will be available.

Fluffy Friday, 10 February
You should have received a letter with choices for Fluffy Friday for Years 1 and 2 via your child’s book bag today. They should be returned to the school office by next Friday 3 February. Year R will be doing their own activity separately in their classrooms. We are requesting a £1 donation to cover the cost of activities.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme started on 25 January and will run until 2 May. Please start collecting the vouchers and bringing them into school – there is a collection box upstairs near the office. In the past we have exchanged the vouchers for lots of lovely sports and cooking equipment for the children to enjoy. We are still looking for someone to help co-ordinate the scheme (essentially counting the vouchers) so please contact the office if you could help.

Lost:
Daniel Delves (Beech) has lost a named pair of school trousers, age 5/6 – possibly taken home in error.

Menu for week beginning Monday 30 January

FOPS News

Children’s Cake sale – Friday 3rd Feb 1.30-3.20pm
Friday 3rd Feb sees the return of the mega popular Children’s cake sale. This where we ask each child to bring in £1 so they can visit the hall with their class and choose two cakes – one to eat there and one to bring home. Of course we also need NUT FREE yummy cakes and cookies to sell - homemade or bought. Please can each child donate six goodies – these can be left in the hall in the morning. Any remaining treats will be on sale at 3pm in the playground. If you would like to help on the day please contact Helen Day (mum of Issy in Reception and William in YR1) helen@thomasday.co.uk.



Helpers for Bedtime Story – Tuesday 7th Feb 5.15-6pm
As you will have spotted on the JTLYK pages, the ever popular ‘Bedtime Story’ event is happening once again on Tues 7th Feb. This is where pupils can come back to school to and enjoy a cosy storytime with their class, while parents enjoy tea, coffee and a catch up with friends in the hall. To make this even more special FOPS provide hot chocolate and biscuits for the children to enjoy – but we do need help!! If you can lend a hand making hot chocolate or taking it into to class, please let Nicci, Jill or Sue or your class reps know.
There will also be a secondhand uniform sale in the hall during Bedtime Story!

Friday Cake Sales – are back! 
Our ever-popular Cake Sales return, where yummy goodies can be purchased in the front playground at Friday at 3pm pick up. Each class has been given a date - see list below - where parents are asked to donate NUT FREE cakes or cookies (homemade or bought) to sell. Goodies can be left at the front desk at morning drop off and a small team of volunteers are needed to set up and run the stall in the afternoon. Together these sales raise significant funds and help buy School invaluable extra resources - please support them!

3rd Feb - Chestnut to sell surplus from Children's cake sale in playground after school.
24th Feb – Walnut; 3rd March – Beech; 10th March – Oak; 17th March – Hazel; 24th March – Willow

Reception Coffee Morning
We thought it was high time for a catch up and would love you to join us for coffee next Wednesday, 1 February, at Laura's house: 5 Abbot Road, GU1 3TA after drop -off (or whenever you can make it). Babies and toddlers all very welcome.

Year 2 coffee morning
Year 2 are meeting for a coffee the first week after half term. Thursday 23 February
At Caffè Nero, House of Fraser (1st floor). Hope to see you there!

Save the Date
Wed 1st Feb - Reception Coffee Morning at 5 Abbot Rd (Laura’s House) 9am onwards.
Fri 3rd Feb - Children’s Cake Sale 1.30-3pm with Playground cake sale at 3pm
Tues 7th February - Bedtime Story 5.15-6pm plus Second Hand Uniform Sale
Thurs 23rd February – Year 2 Coffee Morning at Caffé Nero in House of Fraser (1st floor)
Sun 23rd April - Bake ‘n’ Stroll

Wed 10th May - next FOPS meeting
Sun 21st May - HTPD Fun Run at Shalford Meadows
Sun 11th June -  Pewley Summer Fair 1-3pm
 


JUNIOR

Thank You for your Cooperation
As a school community, we work very hard to maintain good relations with local residents. With that in mind, we would ask all parents who drive to school to please respect our neighbours and park considerately; paying particular attention to yellow lines and property access. Our main concern is the safety of pedestrians and particularly our children. We would also like to encourage parents to switch off their engines while stationary to limit the impact of pollution around the school. We would very much appreciate your support in this matter. Thank you.

Forthcoming events in February:
Tuesday 7 February – Internet Safety Day (Parent Information Briefing at 2.45pm)
Thursday 9 February – Year 5 visit Winchester Science Centre
Friday 10 February – Fluffy Friday

Cancelled clubs due to sports fixtures:
Monday – Y4 Netball Club
Tuesday – Y5&6 Football Club
Wednesday – Y3&4 Football Club
Thursday - Y5&6 Hockey

Sport

Year 5 Rydes Hill Netball Tournament
Date: Saturday 28th January
Time: 8.30am - 1pm
Venue: Rydes Hill School (Rydes Hill House, Aldershot Road, A323, Guildford GU2 8BP)

Year 5 & Year 6 Sportshall 
Date: Monday 30th January
Time: 2.40pm – 5.30pm - For parents helping with lifts to Spectrum, we are leaving school at 2.40pm, please meet in the Chapel
Venue: Guildford Spectrum (Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP)
Children to be collected by parents at Spectrum after the event unless an arrangement has been agreed with Laura

Year 6 Football v Burpham Junior School 
Date: Tuesday 31st January
Time: After school - 4.30pm
Venue: Home

Hockey Year 5 & Year 6 v Barrow Hills
Date: Wednesday 1st February
Time: after school - 4.30pm
Venue - Home

Hockey Year 3 & Year 4 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Thursday 2nd February
Time: After school - 4.30pm
Venue: Home

All Year 3 & Year 4 hockey club members are invited to play in these matches. Please come to the Astro as usual after school.

Guildford Primary Schools Cross Country
Date:  Thursday 2nd February
Time:  - After school - 4.30pm
Venue: Boxgrove Primary School (Boxgrove Lane, GU1 2TD)

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport


Menu - Week 1

HTSC News

Save the Date - Quiz and Curry Night – Saturday 25 February
Please save the date for our annual Quiz and Curry Night on Saturday 25 February. Brilliant questions, delicious curry and a great fun evening to be had by all. Tickets will go on sale from next Friday 3 February. Don’t miss out – they will sell fast!

Spring Term Cake Sales
The spring term cake sales are now underway - kicked off by Year 6 today - thank you!
There will be five more sales this term, so please send in cakes/biscuits on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.
Cake sale dates:
Year 5 - Friday 3 February
Year 4 - Friday 24 February
Year 3 - Friday 3 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 10 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 17 March

Sainsburys Gift Card Scheme
We have an immediate vacancy to run the Sainsburys gift card scheme, which is a very satisfying job as it raises around £2,000 for HTSC each year. It takes approximately 1-1.5 hours per month to maintain the scheme with a few extra hours to finalise accounts with the HTSC Treasurer at the end of the year. Please contact Carrie Witts (carriewitts@gmail.com) or Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk) if you are interested in taking this on – thank you in advance!



Sandfield Primary School
wish to appoint a School Caretaker and a KS2 Teaching Assistant. If you would like further details of either post, please call Lindsey Donnithorne on 01483 566586. Applications close on 20th February and 27th February respectively www.sandfield.surrey.sch.uk/current-job-vacancies-at-sandfield---the-gep.html

Cricket for ages 5-8
In conjunction with an initiative from the English Cricket Board that is focused on 5 to 8 year olds called "All Stars Cricket", Guildford Cricket Club want to offer places to youngsters in that age range at our Cricket Club for the 2017 season. They have Winter Nets starting on Sunday 29th January at the Royal Grammar School (RGS) in Guildford and have a dedicated session for the younger players from 1pm to 2pm. They have qualified ECB coaches and assistants, all DBS checked and approved, to offer a fantastic introduction to the game of Cricket. They would welcome all newcomers at the sessions at RGS in the first instance and more information can be found here: guildfordcc.com/junior-cricket/junior-coaching/

HTPD 20/1/17

20 January 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s been lovely to host our Spanish partners at both schools this week – we were visited by two Spanish teachers and 11 children from Colegio San Gregorio, a school in Aguilar de Campoo which is just south of Santander. They have all enjoyed being part of the school community, visiting classes, interviewing children as part of the eTwinning project, playing with new friends and of course being tourists too. Huge thanks to our Year 6 host families who have looked after our visitors so well! I think one of their highlights has been the delicious food cooked by our new chef, Jon. He excelled himself by providing a Spanish themed lunch earlier in the week, and is treating them to genuine British fish ‘n’ chips today!

Next week we will be having a bit of a focus on looking after our possessions. I’m amazed at how much lost property is generated at both schools and would love to encourage the children to appreciate their things a bit more! Can I ask you to check this weekend that your children’s clothes are all named – obviously we can only return items which have names clearly marked in them. I’ll be encouraging all the teachers next week to write the children’s names in on any unnamed items when the children get changed for PE, so please make it easier for us by naming things in advance. Thank you so much!

Our assembly series has moved on to consider the attributes of God’s love with this week focusing on love being patient. Slowing down enough to notice is part of our school value of “seeing heaven in the moment” and we all appreciated some stillness and time to stop. Year 2 reflected on the beauty at the Wild Place and Year 5 were stunned by the craftsmanship and peace at the Neasden Hindu temple while other year groups listened to Pachelbel’s canon and simply stopped. I hope you have time to do the same this weekend.

With best wishes, Clare

INFANT

Languages Coffee Morning, Tuesday 24 January, 9.00-10.00 am, School Hall
Many languages are spoken at HTPD. Are you or your children bilingual, multilingual or do you speak English as an additional language? Come along and join us next Tuesday morning for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat. We will have maths and English teaching resources available for you to look at, and you will be able to learn a bit more about how children learn at Pewley Down. If you don’t speak another language but would like to come along you are very welcome.

Teacher-led club cancellation
Animal Arty Crafty with Nicola is cancelled on Thursday 26 January – apologies for the inconvenience.

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 7 February, 5.15 – 6pm
A date for your diary, this is an annual event when children return to school (in their pyjamas) at the end of the day for bedtime stories with their class teachers. FOPS are very kindly providing refreshments for parents in the hall (see also FOPS section below).

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017 - help needed
The Sainsbury’s voucher scheme will be starting quite soon (25 January) and we are looking for a parent volunteer to help co-ordinate the scheme this year. It’s not a big commitment but would be a great help to us. In previous years we have been able to buy lots of PE, cooking and other equipment with the vouchers collected. Please contact the school office if you might be able to help.

Found
Girls navy tights (Next age 5-6) accidentally taken home from Boogie Pumps on Monday.

FOPS News

Thanks to everyone who came along to our first FOPS Meeting of 2017 on Wed. It was great to hear from Debbie Chadwick and Tim Burgess about the exciting plans school has for rejuvenating the outside areas and encouraging wider play opportunities and we look forward to finding out more details - and exactly how we can ALL help - over the coming weeks.

Children’s Cake sale – Friday 3rd Feb 1.30-3.20pm
Friday 3rd Feb sees the return of the mega popular Children’s cake sale. This where we ask each child to bring in £1 so, after lunch, they can visit the hall with their class and choose two cakes – one to eat there and one to bring home. Of course we also need nut-free yummy cakes and cookies to sell - homemade or bought. Please can each child donate six goodies – these can be left either in the PPA room or the school foyer on the day. Any remaining treats will be on sale at 3pm in the playground. If you would like to help on the day please contact Helen Day (mum of Issy in Reception and William in YR1) helen@thomasday.co.uk.

Helpers for Bedtime Story – Tuesday 7th Feb 5.15-6pm
As you will have spotted on the JTLYK pages, the ever popular ‘Bedtime Story’ event is happening once again on Tues 7th Feb. This is where pupils can come back to school to and enjoy a cosy storytime with their class, while parents enjoy tea, coffee and a catch up with friends in the hall. To make this even more special FOPS provide hot chocolate and biscuits for the children to enjoy – but we do need help!! If you can lend a hand making hot chocolate or taking it into to class, please let Nicci, Jill or Sue or your class reps know.

Save the Date:

Fri 3rd Feb - Children’s Cake Sale 1.30-3pm with Playground cake sale at 3pm

Tues 7th February  - Bedtime Story 5.15-6pm in conjunction with a Second Hand Uniform Sale
Sun 23rd April - Bake ‘n’ Stroll
Wed 10th May - next FOPS meeting

Sun 21st May - HTPD Fun Run at Shalford Meadows

Sun 11th June -  Pewley Summer Fair 1-3pm


Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 23 January
Mon: Chilli Bean Chicken & Rice or Mixed Vegetable & Bean Wrap; Carrot Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Tues: Beef Pasta Bolognese or Lentil Cottage Pie; Rice Pudding with Pear Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Quiche, Roast Potatoes; Orange Jelly with Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Ham & Pineapple or Mixed Pepper Pizza; Fruit Crunch & Custard
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Chickpea Curry & Rice: Apple Tart
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit


JUNIOR 

For your diary:
Tuesday 24 January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum

Clubs
Please note there will be no Board Games Club next week, Tuesday 24 January. From the following week all year groups are welcome to attend this club. Geraldine

Sport

Guildford and Districts Schools Swimming Association Championships
Date: Saturday 21 January
Time: 4.45pm - 8pm
Venue: The Spectrum (Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP)

Sportshall Training for Year 5 & Year 5 team
Date: Wednesday 25 January
Time: after school - 4.30pm

Please note Year 6 netball club is cancelled due to Sportshall training

Year 5 & Year 6 Hockey v Queen Eleanor’s School
Date: Thursday 26 January
Time: After school - 4.30pm
Venue: Home

Please note Year 3 & Year 4 Hockey Club is cancelled due to the Year 5 & 6 QE Hockey match

Year 5 Rydes Hill Netball Tournament
Date: Saturday 28 January
Time: 8.30 - 1pm
Venue: Rydes Hill School (Rydes Hill House, Aldershot Road, A323, Guildford GU2 8BP)

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport


Menu - Week 3 - coming soon


HTSC News

We held the first meeting of 2017 on Monday night and we have lots of fantastic plans for the year ahead including an exciting curry and quiz night after half term – watch this space!

Spring Term Cake Sales
There will be six year group cake sales this term, so please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc on your year group’s day (see below). No nuts please. The children love the cake sales so please do try and send cakes so that there are enough to go around.

The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. We suggest you send your child in with £1 to buy cakes. If there are any cakes left over, we sell them after school. Please look out for emails from your class reps asking for help with your year group’s cake sale.

Cake sale dates:
Year 6 - Friday 27 January
Year 5 - Friday 3 February
Year 4 - Friday 24 February
Year 3 - Friday 3 March
Year 5/6 – Friday 10 March
Year 3/4 – Friday 17 March

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

HTPD 13/1/17

13 January 2017

Dear Parents,

With this week’s assembly theme being the eternal nature of God’s love, some of the children have been captivated by ideas of eternity, time and forever. As well as grappling with this enormous subject, we’ve enjoyed thinking about living life fully every day, in every moment. I hope that, despite the effect on the traffic, the difficulties it brings to getting home and the slipperiness underfoot, you managed to see “heaven in the moment” with our sudden arrival of snow! There is always something magical about the blanketing of the earth in white and for our younger children, it will have been their first experience of snowfall. It reminded me of how exciting the world is for children, with new discoveries around every corner. I hope that if the snow stays around for a while, we can all see it through child-like eyes.

I do need to remind all of you please to be vigilant on the roads around school, both pedestrians and car drivers. We had a couple of near misses this week and I am so concerned to keep the children safe as they arrive and leave both sites. Please keep pavements clear when you park and please treat each other respectfully, driving slowly and carefully so that you have time to react to children in the road. Especially with dark evenings, please be particularly careful when picking up from after school clubs.

This term’s topics are now well underway and, having spent a week making sure I visited all the classrooms, I am delighted to say how enthusiastically the children have settled back into learning. Do keep a close eye on the year group “just to let you know” (JTLYK) pages as they really help you to know what’s happening and support learning at home. Using the information, you can then ask your children to tell you about a particular aspect of their week. Have a great weekend!

With best wishes
Clare

Infant

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that teacher-led clubs start next week, commencing Monday 16 January. You should have received notification of the club your child has been allocated.  We do have one un-named form in the office.

Thank you
We are very grateful to the parents who helped clear the ice and spread salt on the playground this morning.

Lost: 
Myla Hall (Oak Class) has lost her diamante head band which has gone missing from her peg.
Scott Holgate’s (Walnut Class) entire PE kit, including the bag, is missing.

Found:
Child’s red Christmas Jumper with Reindeer motif, Rebel age 5/6.
Large floral acrylic ring found in corridor outside Year R classrooms.

Menu for week beginning Monday 16 January
Mon: Salmon or Lentil Pasta Bake; Lemon & Orange Cake with Custard
Tues: Devonshire Chicken with Rice or Butternut Squash Paella; Semolina & Fruit Puree
Weds: Roast Gammon & Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Sweet Potato Bake; Frozen Yoghurt & Raspberries
Thurs: Pork or Quorn Sausage Grill, Jacket Potato; Chocolate Fudge & Date Pudding
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Spinach & Tomato Cannelloni; Tropical Flapjack
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


FOPS News

Wednesday 18th January 2017
Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room. Please come along and help us decide how best to spend our existing funds and how we can have fun this term generating more! Any ideas welcome! 

Year 2 Leavers Book
Yes it's only just 2017 but before we know it we will be saying goodbye to Year 2. In past years Yr 2 pupils have had their own Leavers Book of memories to treasure but to make this happen we need a group of Year 2 parents to produce it. If you can help please let your class reps know and we can get you started. 


Junior

Healthy snacks
One way we encourage the children to make healthy choices is at break time. Can I remind you that it is our policy only to have healthy snacks - fruit or vegetables. One of the problems with the unhealthy options is the wrappers which inevitably seem to get dropped all around the school grounds. Let’s try to instil healthy eating patterns right through the school.

CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS – SUNDAY 15th January 2017
This is a final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2017 (Year R) or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school, the deadline for applications is Sunday 15th January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website:  www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.

Dates for your diary at Holy Trinity Pewley Down Junior School:
Thursday, 19th January - Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Tuesday, 24th January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum

Sport

NO TAG RUGBY for Year 5 and 6 on Monday 16th January 2017

Year 6 B & C Netball Teams v. Queen Eleanor’s School at home
Date: Tuesday 17th January
Time: after school
Approximate finish time: 4.45pm
Parents to help with tea
Due to this fixture YEAR 5 NETBALL CLUB IS CANCELLED

Years 3 and 4 Sportshall at Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP
Date: Thursday 19th January
Coach leaving school at 9am and returning to school at 12.30pm.
Approximate finish time: 12pm
Children attending this fixture need to come in school in their PE kit and bring a packed lunch and a drink

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport


Year 4 New Year Drinks
Thursday 19 January from 8 pm onwards at The Albany, do come along and join us, all Year 4 Parents welcome!

Week 2 - coming soon


HTSC News

HTSC Meeting
A reminder that the first HTSC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Monday 16 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Cake Sales
We will be holding year group cake sales this term on Fridays. Dates to follow.
Other dates for the diary
Year 4 New Year drinks – Thursday 19 January at the Albany from 8pm

HTSC sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.
 


Family Bingo Night, Holy Trinity Church, Friday 20 January
You and your family and friends are warmly invited to a Family Bingo night on Friday 20 January, 6.30-8pm. We are lucky enough to have the renowned Jes Moon as our Bingo host. We will be gathering in the Trinity Centre (to the left of the church coming up from the High Street). There will be a fish/sausage and chip supper delivered for those who want one, or bring your own supper if you prefer. Bring your own wine/beer; we will provide soft drinks and prizes!
The evening is free, if you want to order supper then fish and chip suppers will cost £6.50 for adults, sausage and chips £3.60 and all children’s meals £2.50. If you have any questions, to RSVP or to order your supper, please contact me at youth@holytrinity.guildford.org.uk. Look forward to seeing you! Pippa Mitchell.


HTPD 6/1/17

06 January 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! We’ve had an excellent first week of 2017 with the children keen to make a very positive start to the term’s learning. They’ve enjoyed matching up members of staff with a list of New Year resolutions and also been inspired themselves to set some goals for both their academic and wider progress. It’s been good too to welcome Sue Miller as class teacher in Year 3 bringing with her plenty of experience and insight into children’s learning from her teaching career in South Africa.

This term’s assembly theme uses the 1 Corinthians 13 passage “Love is…” and each week we will investigate a different phrase, recognising that none of us are perfect examples of how to love others, but that God’s message of love is to encourage each of us to become more loving. Our school motto “Learn to Live” becomes “Learn to Love” just for this term – do keep an
eye on the website for the weekly themes.

Once again as the term gets underway, it’s our hope that each year group will be inspired to learn by an exciting introduction to a new term’s topic. It was great to see Year 1 dressed up as characters from traditional tales today – with both children and staff enjoying the occasion. Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Tinkerbell and Cinderella certainly attracted some interest as they drove home from school! Meanwhile in Year 5 the children learned about life in Ancient Egypt from some time-travelling ancient Egyptians. It’s a lot of fun to be surrounded by so many teachers who are willing to make learning so engaging.

It’s been lovely to see so many children arriving really punctually in the mornings, ready to make the most of every minute. Please can I remind junior school parents however that children arriving before 8.30 should attend breakfast club and not play in the school grounds unsupervised. This is to make sure that children are kept safe.

On another topic regarding safeguarding, we will be marking this year’s “Safer Internet Day” on Tuesday 7th February with an opportunity for children to be reminded of our online safety top tips. In addition on that day, there will be a presentation and discussion just before the end of the school day at 2.45pm. This will be particularly suited to parents with children in Years 5 and 6, but all interested parents would be welcome. More details to follow.

With best wishes
Clare


Toilet Twinning
You may remember that for our Advent charity we were collecting for Toilet Twinning (www.toilettwinning.org) an organisation which builds toilets overseas in places where they are really needed.  Thanks to your amazing generosity we have now raised enough money to be able to fund 18 toilets for children in the developing world. 

CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS - 15 January 2017
A final reminder that if you have a child due to start school in September 2017 (Year R) or a child in Year 2 transferring to junior school, the deadline for applications is next Sunday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.

Brake Charity
The Brake road safety charity have asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone who made donations as part of the Beep Beep! Day at the end of November.  Funds raised will help them to continue to support families bereaved by road crashes and to campaign for safer roads.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs
Letters with choices for this term’s teacher-led clubs (Years 1 & 2) are coming home in book bags today.  Please return completed forms by Wednesday 11 January.  Clubs will start week commencing Monday 16 January.    

Ballet Club
Ballet Club will re-start next Thursday 12 January.

Lost  
Jacob Foster (Hazel) has lost a plain blue jumper (named), blue PE shorts from Asda (age 5-6, named) and a green and white stripy mitten.

Children’s Activity survey – results
Thank you to everyone who responded to our Children’s Activity online survey last term.  We thought you might like to know some of the results.

Overall, our families do undertake reasonable levels of exercise, which is a great way to keep fit and healthy.  Interestingly, 86% of our adult respondents exercise, which is probably why so many of our children are happy to do so.
Lots of families enjoy going to the park, walking, swimming, cycling and running outside of school.  Swimming is the most popular club after school and at weekends, followed by football, dance, gym and rugby.
Over 40% of respondents walk between 15 and 30 minutes a day to school and 10% walk between 30 and 60 minutes, which is great news.
Over 50% say their child exercises for between 30 minutes and 1 hour a day after school, which is encouraging!
Nearly half of our respondents knew about the Government Obesity Strategy which states that every child should have 1 hour of moderate to vigorous exercise every day, 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school.
A wide range of sports clubs were suggested, which we will take into consideration when planning our after school offering.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 January
Mon: Chinese Style Chicken or Chickpea & Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles; Oat & Apple Crumble with Custard
Tues: Cumberland or Quorn Sausage with Onion Gravy, Mashed Potato; Jam Tart
Weds:  Roast Pork with Apple Sauce or Cauliflower & Pasta Bake, Roast Potatoes; Ice Cream & Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Pasta Bolognese or Mexican Wrap; Steamed Pear & Syrup Sponge with Vanilla Sauce
Fri: Fish Finger Fillet & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana & Date Slice
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit. 


FOPS News

Wednesday 18th January 2017
Come and join us for our next FOPS meeting at 8pm in the staff room. Please come along and help us decide how best to spend our existing funds and how we can have fun this term generating more!  Any ideas welcome!

Year 2 Leavers Book
Yes it's only just 2017 but before we know it we will be saying goodbye to Year 2. In past years Yr 2 pupils have had their own Leavers Book of memories to treasure but to make this happen we need a group of Year 2 parents to produce it. If you can help please let your class reps know and we can get you started.


JUNIOR

Dates for your diary:
Wednesday, 11th January at 2.30 p.m. - Sex Education Meeting for Year 6 parents
Thursday, 19th January - Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Tuesday, 24th January - Year 4 visit London Science Museum

Welcome at Junior:
Please welcome Helen Heywood who will be assisting the Finance Office on Wednesdays as well as working on the Front Desk at Holy Trinity. If you have queries relating to ParentPay, Clubs+ or general finance queries, please speak with Flora Bevan or email her on florab@htpd.surrey.sch.uk. Bev Reed is the School Business Manager and can be contacted on either of the school sites or on bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

Sport – fixtures for January booked so far:
Date: Tuesday, 10th January
Time: After school
Venue: Year 5 Netball A & B Teams v. Tormead and Queen Eleanor’s at Tormead School, Cranley Road, GU1 2JD
Approximate finish time: 5.15 p.m.

Date: Friday, 13th January
Time: After school
Venue: Weyfield Girls’ Football Tournament at Weyfield Primary School, School Close, Woking Road, Guildford GU1 1QJ
Approximate finish time: 5.00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, 17th January
Time: After school
Venue: Year 6 Netball v. Queen Eleanor’s School at home
Approximate finish time: 4.45 p.m.

Date: Thursday, 19th January
Time: Leave HT at 9.00 a.m. Children will need a packed lunch
Venue Years 3 and 4 Sportshall Athletics at The Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP
Approximate finish time: 12 p.m. midday

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @HTPDSport

Menu - Week 1

Lost
In December Chanelle Wright (4JM) lost a toy white dog (beanie boo) with blue eyes. If anyone has seen this and could return it to the office that would be VERY much appreciated!  Thank you!


HTSC News

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas.

HTSC meeting
The first HTSC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Monday 16 January at Rogues from 8pm. We will be planning for the Spring Term and beyond. All welcome.

Cake Sales
We will be holding year group cake sales this term on Fridays. Dates to follow.

HTSC sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the third year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk


Parenting course opportunity: Guildford Baptist Church extend a warm welcome to all parents to attend a free parenting course, “The Art and Craft of Parenting - parenting without all the answers” running this term on Wednesday evenings starting on the 11th January at 7.30pm. Contact the church office for more information on 01483 575008 or office@guildfordbaptist.org

New home needed
Our beloved cat 'Beethoven' moggy/Persian black-white 5years old needs a new forever home. Beethoven comes fully insured, micro-chipped, vet checked, food, toys, litter tray. Unfortunately Beethoven does not get on with our dog and after a year and a bit we've sadly come to the decision to re-home him. If you know of anyone or are interested yourself please contact Debbie (mum to Joshua yr4 & Luca yr1) 07984474214.  Many thanks.