No 168

31 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who have made adjustments to your school drop off and pick up in response to the road closure in Addison Road. It’s actually been amazing to notice the impact! No-one has been late to get into school, the children have been much calmer on arrival, the access into the junior school has been safer and the traffic noise has been so much quieter! One parent emailed me with the following encouraging words:

“The children have loved it, the parents have stopped and chatted to people they wouldn’t otherwise necessarily see, one commented they’d found pathways they never knew existed, the children have enjoyed the independence of running on ahead to do the last bit on their own, some have enthused that Cline Rd is empty and I’ve been encouraged to drop children a short distance away so they can get some fresh air. Why didn’t we think of walking to school before?!”

Perhaps some of our families will consider making this a permanent change – what an interesting bonus to come out of an electrical fault! It certainly would fit in with our eco-focus to think about greener ways of getting to and from school. It would have been fascinating to see if the air quality in the playground was cleaner with so few cars nearby. Thank you so much for responding to our request to park up further away.

With our theme this week focused on being passionate, I’ve been delighted to share in some of the children’s learning. I’ve seen teachers and support staff give their all to ensure that the children’s experience of school is memorable and full of curiosity! In Year 5, the level of understanding about deep space is phenomenal – the children and the teachers are pushing each other to find out more. They’re sure to enjoy their trip to Winchester Planetarium on Monday! Year 3 are all desperate to tell me what they’re discovering about how our food is digested! Elsewhere, Year 4 have joined in with practical science experiments and you might have seen on Twitter the superb, anatomically-correct flowers made out of Plasticine by our talented Year 6. Meanwhile, the children in Reception are taking charge of everything, dressed as police officers and fire crews! For me, the best part of my job is when I get to join in, and this week I’ve been lucky enough to pilot a plane to Rio de Janeiro with all of Year 2 on board, and greet Year 1 children in the Wild Place, dressed as a character from the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin! What a joy to be part of a primary school!

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “My power is greatest when you are weakest,” 2 Corinthians 12 v9. What are you passionate about?

WHOLE SCHOOL

#MeToo coffee morning
With the aim of breaking down stigma, and to provide a supportive safe place for survivors, a couple of HTPD parents (past and present) warmly invite anyone who has experienced abuse to a #MeToo coffee morning. This is not a counselling group, but an informal gathering of women with similar experiences who may like the opportunity to meet others over a cup of tea. Whilst this group has the full backing of the school, it won’t be held on site, to respect anonymity. If you’re interested in coming along, please contact sophiecazalet@hotmail.co.uk for further details about time and venue. Any correspondence will be kept confidential. The group is open to (female only) parents and carers. If this feels relevant to you but doesn’t appeal, the charity RASASC based in Guildford provide free, specialist support services and can be contacted at: admin@rasasc-guildford.org

YA Youth Theatre Act Two production of “Arabian Nights” in March
You and your child might be interested in going along to the upcoming performances of “Arabian Nights” at the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, especially if your child is in Y6, as this book is used later in the year as a stimulus for writing. Some of our past pupils are taking part too!

The performances take place on:
Thursday 12th March 5pm and 8pm Friday 13th March 5pm and 8pm Sat 14th March 1pm 4pm 7pm.
Do call the box office if you’re interested.

INFANT

Fluffy Friday, 14 February
Please return your completed Fluffy form by next Monday 3 February if you haven’t already done so.

Lost property
Our lost property boxes (located at the lower entrance and outside the year 2 classrooms) are very full at the moment. Please have a look through if your child has uniform missing.

Lost
Maks Stranc (Walnut) has lost his named red school fleece. Please check that your child has not taken the wrong fleece home in error.

Found
Large bag of baby clothes (age 3 – 12 months) found in Year 2 upstairs cloakroom area.
Mamas and Papas buggy left outside the front of the school near the scooter park – has been there for a while.

Menu: week 2 beginning 3 February


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 3rd February - Y5 Winchester Science Museum (INTECH)
Monday 10th February - ECO Week & Year 6 Bikeability Group I (Mon - Fri)
Wednesday 12th February - Sam Copeland Author visit (Y3,4&5)
Friday 14th February - Fluffy Friday - Please bring £1
Monday 17th February - Half Term (Mon - Fri)

HT Sport

Get ready for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games!
The Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth festival in Surrey giving young people aged 6 - 16 the opportunity to try a new sporting activity in a beginner's environment.

We highly recommend The Surrey Youth Games and encourage everyone to register and find a sport they are new to. It is an excellent way to learn a new skill and make new friends.

The Guildford Borough provides 6-8 weeks for the following activities:
Badminton - Y5&6
Netball - Y5&6
Boccia - Y3-6
Hockey - Y3-6
Judo - Y3-6
Girls Football - Y2&3
Mini Tennis - Y3
Squash - Y3-6
Table Tennis - Y4-6
Registration opens on February 17th . To register your child go to www.guildford.gov.uk/syg
From March -to April you will receive a confirmation email with taster sessions, venues, dates and times.
From April to June children can attend 6 free sessions in their chosen activities.
In June children find out if they have been selected to attend the Surrey Youth Games festival weekend
The festival is held in June.

We will be holding a special school assembly where two of our Holy Trinity Ambassadors will talk all about about the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and how much they enjoyed taking part.

Fixtures

Y5&6 Sportshall County Finals
Date: Tuesday 4th Feb
Time: 12.10pm - 3.30pm (Parents to help with lifts, pick up from Spectrum
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: Laura & Nick

Y5&6 Girls Football and Y6 Boys Football v QE
Date: Thursday 6th February
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (parents to help with lifts)
Venue: QE, Queen Eleanor's Rd, Guildford, GU2 7SD
Teacher: Nick & JJ

Y5&6 Girls Chelsea Football Tournament
Date: Friday 7th February
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm (leave school at 9.00am, Registration at 10am, play starts at 10.30am, finishes at 12.30pm)
Venue: Frogmore Junior School, Green Lane, Blackwater, GU17 0NY
Teacher: JJ

Menu - Week 3 commencing 3 February 2020


FOPS

Disco tomorrow and we are sold out - fantastic news!!!!! Doors at 5pm with Boogie Pumps doing a warm-up soon after.

Please remember to bring your ticket with you as there are now no spares, and wear bright clothes if you can. We will have a bar, some light snacks and UV face and body painting so please bring cash and change.

There will be a lot of people at this event so please do keep an eye on your children as we don’t want anyone getting lost or hurt.

If you can remember to bring your kids drinking bottles (and your own) then it will help reduce spills and washing up and there will be water available.

Other dates for the diary:

7th Feb - Pewley Knit will be holding a valentines craft stall after school in the playground so please bring change for buying gifts and crafts.

12th Feb – Bedtime stories 5.15-6. This is a PTA and teacher joint event; children are invited to come in for their bedtime stories in their PJs and will be provided with hot chocolate by their class reps. Parents are welcome to stay in the hall and have a tea or coffee (and if you are lucky a biscuit), and we will have a second-hand uniform sale.

6th March - Phil the Bag
29th March - Bake and stroll

Next cake sales:
25th Feb - Chestnut pancake sale
28th Feb - Walnut cake sale

Next coffee mornings/drinks:
Yr 2 Drinks: TONIGHT, 8pm at the Long Bar
Yr 2 Coffee: Monday 24th Feb at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)

Thanks, Jo and Sam


HTSC

Hi Everyone,

Cake Sales
Cake sales are back for this term. Please donate cakes for your year group on the dates below (no nuts please). Your class/year reps will be in contact on your Whatsapp groups for volunteers for helping on the day.

Quiz Night
Our infamous quiz night hosted and compiled by the brilliant partnership of Geraldine (school librarian) and her husband, Michael, will be on Saturday 29th February. This event is for grown-ups only, so start gathering your teams together and brush up on your general knowledge. That thing your saw on Reddit might score you a point! There will be a fully stocked bar and food will be included in the ticket price – more information will follow via Parentmail.

Auction Prizes – March Ball
We are planning a ball for the end of March and we are looking for people to help source auction prizes. If you would like to get involved, please contact helen@thomasday.co.uk. Also, if you have a company or business that could offer a prize or if you could offer your time as a prize (ie. an evening of babysitting), please get in touch.

Outdoor Cinema Equipment
Does anyone have access to equipment that could be used as an outdoor cinema in the Summer term?

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Cake Sale (Year 5) – Friday 7th February
HTSC Quiz Night – Saturday 29th February (school hall) from 7pm
Cake sale (Year 4) – Friday 6th March
Cake Sale (Year 3) – Friday 13th March
March Ball – Saturday 28th March (TBC)
Fun Run – 2nd or 3rd May (TBC)

Summer Fair
– Friday 12th June 6-8pm If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC


NOTICES

KOOSA Kids February Half Term Holiday Club at St. Joseph's Primary School in Guildford

Holiday Club for 4-13 year-olds at St. Joseph's Primary School in Guildford. We will be open again during February Half Term (17th to 21st February). www.koosakids.co.uk; telephone 01276 21884

No 167

24 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

The term is now well underway and there is a buzz of activity in every year group – the children and staff are living out our school value of “a zest for learning and love of life” as the term’s curriculum is in full swing. Do remember to take a look at this term’s topic maps on the website to keep up with the themes that each year group are covering.

One of my favourite parts of each day is meeting with children sent to show me excellent work. It’s great to reflect with the children on the progress that they’re making, as well as to celebrate really high quality work. I love how much the children glow with pride when they’re awarded a headteacher’s award! These special stickers are highly prized across the school and recognise children demonstrating our school values. It’s always so interesting that some love to wear them proudly, ready to be asked about how the sticker was earned and to tell everyone what it represents. Others carefully fix it to their work as a long-lasting memory of a job really well done, inwardly happy that the effort was worth it. However, the group that really fascinate me are those that choose to take their sticker home, still on its backing paper, ready to place it carefully in a special, safe place. I hope that whatever the case, you manage to find a way to celebrate with your child their successes…I suppose some of us like praise that’s given very publicly, whereas others are more private. It’s part of being unique!

Can I quickly remind everyone that snacks in school should be healthy choices. We try to keep litter to a minimum and by choosing just fruit or vegetables for a breaktime or after-school boost, the children get one of their 5-a-day and their teeth stay clean too! It’s also encouraging to see how many of the children’s packed lunches are really healthy. If you’re short of ideas, and school dinners just don’t work for your child, just follow this link for advice on packed lunch ideas. Remember though that we’re a nut-free school.

Today’s the last day to vote for our school to win the Active Surrey sports award). Do quickly vote for us before the competition closes. We’re so determined to continue to prioritise being healthy – just this week we hosted a massive hockey fixture against Barrow Hills School with 48 players from HTPD playing with such skill, determination and great attitude. It was excellent to see the pitch being so well used. I’m excited to soon tell you about how we plan to refurbish the pitch this summer, if we can raise the funds! Watch this space for details of how to support us through a crowd-funding website that’ll be coming soon!

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “Remain like a child and you will see God,” Mark 10 v15. Are you a pensive person?

WHOLE SCHOOL

2020 Active Surrey Awards
Guildford Borough Council
"They won 'Active School Innovation of the Year' at the 2019 Sport Guildford Awards – and now Holy Trinity Pewley Down School are one of three shortlisted for the Active School Innovation Award at the 2020 Active Surrey​ Awards!

You have until 24 January to register your vote, so click here to get involved and vote http://ow.ly/LGr150xTZE2

INFANT

Bedtime Story, Wednesday 12 February, 5.15 to 6.00pm
Children are invited to come back to school in their pyjamas for a bedtime story with their class teacher. (Apologies for the confusion in last week’s newsletter which gave the date as Tuesday 12 February.)

Fluffy Friday, 14 February
Letters with choices for Fluffy Friday activities will be coming home in book bags early next week. This time all year groups will be taking part including Year R.

Year 2 swimming
Thank you to those who have already paid their swimming invoice. Please could outstanding payments be made to the school office as soon as possible.

Found
Has anyone forgotten their Mamas and Papas buggy outside the front of the school near the scooter park? It has been there for several days.

Menu: week 1 beginning Monday 27 January


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 3rd February - Y5 Winchester Science Museum (INTECH)
Monday 10th February - ECO Week & Year 6 Bikeability Group I (Mon - Fri)
Friday 14th February -  Fluffy Friday - Please bring £1
Monday 17th February -  Half Term (Mon - Fri)

Cancelled Clubs
Wednesday 29th January: No hockey for all boys and Y6 girls
Thursday 30th January - No Y5&Y6 football due to a football fixture.

We will do our best not to cancel clubs at the last minute. However, when there is no alternative we will make sure that children's end of day arrangements are clear. Unless we hear from you, the children will be looked after in school.

If your child regularly attends after school clubs it is very important that you read the weekly newsletter and also check your Parent Mail account as we also send out a second message reminding parents that a club is not running.

Menu - Week 2 

HT Sport

All of the children who go to Mary's hockey club after school on a Wednesday have enjoyed playing some matches against Barrow Hills this week. We are arranging a similar fixture this Wednesday 29th Jan v Tormead in which all Y3, Y4 and Y5 girls are invited to play. Invitations will not be emailed out and anyone who wants to play can do so. The matches will finish between 4.15pm and 4.30pm.

To be able to give the children these fantastic opportunities there will be times where regular clubs are cancelled. 

If your children is involved in the Y5 and Y6 Sportshall competition please don't forget that there is a practice after school today, Friday 24th Jan and next Friday 31st January. Please pick up your children from the pitch at 4.15pm.

Cancelled Clubs
Wednesday 29th January: No hockey for all boys and Y6 girls due to Y3, Y4 & Y5 Girls hockey match
Thursday 30th January - No Y5&Y6 football due to a football fixture.

Y5 Netball Tournament at Rydes Hill
Date: Saturday 25th January
Time: 8.30am - 12.45pm
Venue: Rydes Hill, Aldershot Rd, GU2 8BP
Teacher: Laura & Nick

Y3, Y4 & Y5 Girls Hockey v Tormead
Date: Wednesday 29th January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (All girls who go club are invited to play, please remember shin pads and mouth guards!)
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Mary

Y5 & Y6 Football v Worplesdon
Date: Thursday 30th January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Nick

Y5 High 5 Netball v GHS
Date: Friday 31st January
Time: 3.20pm - 4.30pm
Venue: GHS, London Rd, GU1 1ST
Teacher: JJ


FOPS

One week until the disco!! Feb 1st, doors at 5pm and Boogie Pumps will be doing a warm-up shortly after. Tickets are on sale at reception
£10 for a family,
£4 for an adult,
£2 for a child
Please see Ruth or Jane at reception to purchase these tickets and request your favourite song - there is a limit of 200 tickets for safety reasons. Please also don’t forget to bring your ticket on the day, you will be issued with paper tickets for ease on the night, and we aren’t going to be keeping a list of ticket holders - so you may be asked to pay again.

Bring change as we will have a bar, some light snacks and UV face and body painting! Please feel free to wear bright clothes, and if you can remember to bring your kids drinking bottle then it will help reduce spills and washing up.

We are still short a couple of volunteers, and we really can’t run these events without help. A huge thank you to those already offering time. Please do sign up here if you haven’t already: https://signup.com/login/entry/144578060115

Other dates for the diary:

7th Feb - Pewley Knit will be holding a valentines craft stall after school in the playground, please bring change for buying gifts and crafts.

12th Feb – Bedtime stories 5pm. This is a teacher run event where children can come in for their bedtime stories in their PJs. Parents are welcome to stay in the hall and have a tea or coffee, and we hope to have a second-hand uniform sale there too.

29th Mar - Bake and stroll

Next cake sales:
25th Feb - Chestnut pancake sale
28th Feb - Walnut cake sale
Next coffee mornings:
Yr 1 Friday 31st Jan, hosted by Gini at 30 Pewley Way time tbc
Yr 2 Tuesday 21st Jan at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)

Thanks, Sam and Jo


HTSC

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting on Monday evening. We have a few things planned for the term (see Reminders below) so please put these dates in your diary. We’ll need some help with these events – we’ll give more detail closer to the time.

Cake Sales
Cake sales are back for this term. Please donate cakes for your year group on the dates below (no nuts please). Your class/year reps will be in contact on your Whatsapp groups for volunteers for helping on the day.

Quiz Night
Our infamous quiz night hosted and compiled by the brilliant partnership of Geraldine (school librarian) and her husband, Michael, will be on Saturday 29th February. This event is for grown-ups only, so start gathering your teams together and brush up on your general knowledge. That thing your saw on Reddit might score you a point! There will be a fully stocked bar and food will be included in the ticket price – more information will follow via Parentmail.

Auction Prizes – March Ball
We are planning a ball for the end of March and we are looking for people to help source auction prizes. If you would like to get involved, please contact helen@thomasday.co.uk. Also, if you have a company or business that could offer a prize or if you could offer your time as a prize (ie. an evening of babysitting), please get in touch.

Outdoor Cinema Equipment
Does anyone have access to equipment that could be used as an outdoor cinema in the Summer term?

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Cake Sale (Year 6) - Friday 31st January
Cake Sale (Year 5) – Friday 7th February
HTSC Quiz Night – Saturday 29th February (school hall) from 7pm
Cake sale (Year 4) – Friday 6th March
Cake Sale (Year 3) – Friday 13th March
March Ball – Saturday 28th March (TBC)
Fun Run – 2nd or 3rd May (TBC)

Summer Fair – Friday 12th June 6-8pm
If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
 

No 166

17 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m sure your children have been telling you about this term’s assembly series; it’s been a lot of fun introducing all the different facets of our weekly programme. At the juniors, the week starts with a hilarious episode of the One Show, and a highlight at the infants is a Friday puppet show which recaps what we’ve been learning. At both sites, there’s a house challenge involving peas – all linked into the theme, each week beginning with a P! Amongst the laughter, there are really poignant moments of reflection, opportunities for prayer and joyful singing. It’s a great way to bring the school together as a community. The term’s series is called “Face to Face” and it revolves around a weekly encounter with a character from the New Testament who met Jesus; each person’s life was transformed. We will be reflecting on how compassionately Jesus treated people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, as well as looking at Bible promises of God’s love. Do take a look at the slide shows linked into the website for more details.

As well as beginning a new assembly series, all the year groups have been excitedly finding out about their term’s new topic. This is always a fascinating time in school – I’ve loved seeing displays appearing with new knowledge being acquired, and it’s great when children come and chat to me about what they’re most looking forward to finding out. The topic webs that year teams have put on the website might come in handy so that you can prompt some good conversations at home and remember to check the JTLYK pages each week for important information.

Before I sign off, can I just remind everyone of the benefits of reading at home. As well as hearing your child read and talking to them about their books, do make sure you carry on reading to your child at bedtime for as long as you can. Even our oldest pupils in Year 6 love to hear a story – we try and fit it in every day at school. At home, as well as being a really relaxing way to end the day and unwind before sleep, bedtime story-reading will help boost vocabulary and inspire creative, imaginative thinking. Have a chat with Geraldine, our librarian, if you’d like some ideas about what to read.

With all this rainy weather, what better way to spend a weekend than being curled up together with a book! Happy reading!

I might see some of you at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday morning (10am) where I’m speaking about the school’s ethos and living life to the full.

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “Wait on the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire,” Psalm 37, v4. How can you be more patient?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Vacancy
Harrison Catering is looking for a Catering Assistant to work on the HT site. This is a 20 hour per week role, term time only. Please email Lisa on holy.trinity@harrisoncatering.co.uk if you are interested or see the school website for more information.

Part-time Vacancy
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated After Schools Club Deputy to assist with leading our thriving extended school provision on 2 afternoons (Thursdays and Fridays) between 3.00 and 6.00 pm (6 hours per week) at our Junior Site reporting to the Manager After Schools Club. Ideally we would like a teacher who is looking for a change or new challenge or an experienced Playworker (Level 3 qualified with at least a year’s experience) to plan interesting activities, provide a range of activities daily including outdoor play and opportunities to relax or do homework.

INFANT

Bedtime Story, Tuesday 12 February, 5.15 to 6.00pm
On 12 February children are invited to come back to school in their pyjamas for a bedtime story with their class teacher. While children are listening to their story parents are invited to come to the hall where refreshments will be provided.

Lost
Esme (Chestnut) has lost her entire named PE kit – missing since the end of last term.
Kayla (Oak) has lost her pink, sparkly, unicorn PE bag and all the contents.

Menu: week 3 beginning 20 January

JUNIOR

January Dates for the Diary
Monday 20th - Year 5 Visit to Neasden Temple
Wednesday 22nd - Y3&4 Hockey cancelled

Cancelled/ Clubs
Wednesday 22nd January: No Hockey for all Y3 & Y4 Children
Thursday 23rd January - No Y5&Y6 football due to hockey fixtures at HT

Time changed for Lunchtime
Table Tennis Club on Tuesday for Years 3 & 4 – it will now run from 12:00 – 12:30

House Baking Competition – Wed 22nd Jan Assembly
Calling all bakers! This terms first house competition has been launched. We have challenged the children to come up with a marvelous cup cake ! The children must bring in one cupcake only and points will be awarded for style and taste! No nuts please!

The finest bakers will have their photo put up on our house notice board along with images of their creation!

Payments
This is a general reminder to log in to your child’s www.parentpay.com account and settle any monies owing to the school. To help us with our ‘eco-school’ initiative, it would be great to have your support in reducing paper billing.

These payments are due:
Pupil lunches – All Years
Clubs – All Years
Swimming – Classes 3A & 4N – autumn 2019
Swimming – Classes 3C &4E – spring 2020
Marwell Zoo – Year 3 – autumn 2019
Butser Farm – Year 4 – autumn 2019
Tower of London – Year 5 – autumn 2019
Hindu Temple & Winchester – Year 5 – spring 2020
Wisley – Year 6 – autumn 2019
Bikeability – Year 6 – spring 2020
Brenscombe Farm – Year 5 - Residential
Preston Montford – Year 6 - Residential

We appreciate your assistance in managing your school accounts.

Menu - Week 1 Commencing 20/1/20

HT Sports

We have had a wild and windy start to year, with the weather yet again managing to spoil some of our plans for after school fixtures and clubs.

All year groups have been involved in indoor Sportshall competitions this week and have jumped, thrown and sprinted in this exciting competition. We have taken over 80 children out and although we have more than enough competition t-shirts for everyone, we find that our kit is simply not being returned and some children are having to take part wearing their own PE kit. Please do not hold on to any kit after your child has borrowed it. If in doubt hand it in to the office, or leave it in the large white box labelled 'SCHOOL KIT' by the staff pigeon holes in the staff room.

Y6 Badminton 'Rackets' Festival
Date: Tuesday 21st January
Time: 12.45pm - 2.30pm (we will leave school at 12.20pm) Parents to help with lifts
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Wednesday 22nd January
Time: 3.00pm - 4.15pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Mary

Y3 & Y4 Hockey v Barrow Hills
Date: Thursday 23rd January
Time: 3.00pm - 4.15pm
Venue: Holy Trinity
Teacher: Mary

On the 22nd and 23rd Jan all children who regularly go to Mary's Wednesday hockey after school club are invited to play in the matches against Barrow Hills at HT. Invitations will not be sent out, Mary has spoken to the children about the matches and they just need to get changed and be ready to play as usual. The matches will finish between 4.15pm and 4.30pm. Please make sure your child brings in with them their mouth guard and shin pads.


 

FOPS News

It’s only two weeks till the disco (Feb 1st) and tickets will be available from the reception from Monday. When you purchase your ticket you get a chance to request your favourite song. Please don’t forget to bring your ticket on the day.

We will have a bar, some light snacks (crisps, sausage rolls and doughnuts) and UV face and body painting! Please feel free to wear bright clothes, and if you can remember to bring your kids drinking bottle then it will help reduce spills and washing up.

We can’t put on these events without volunteers and your class reps have details of the help we need in order to actually hold this event. If you get match funding from work and volunteer for a bar slot then you may even be able to double the proceeds!

Please note we need at least 8 people to help clear up afterwards.

Also, a quick reminder to use easyfundraising every time you shop online! Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can raise FREE donations for us no matter what you’re buying. These donations really help us out, so please sign up if you haven’t yet. It’s easy and FREE! You can get started at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=email&utm_content=en-n2

Dates for the diary:
1st Feb – School Glow Disco 5-7pm
12th Feb – Bedtime stories 5-7pm
29th Mar - Bake and stroll

Next cake sales:
25th Feb - Chestnut pancake sale
28th Feb - Walnut cake sale

Next coffee morning:
Yr 1 Friday 31st Jan, hosted by Gini at 30 Pewley Way time tbc
Yr 2 Tuesday 21st Jan at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)

No 165

10 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your families had a relaxing Christmas break. The children have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for the term ahead, keen to make the most of every opportunity that they’re given. With a whole range of new clubs on offer, we’ve been excited to see lots of children fully embracing school life. Do encourage your child to try something new this term. Take a look at the updated clubs list. Remember though, with such dark evenings, to come into school to pick children up if they’re finishing late.

We’ve had a really good start to 2020. With a focus this week on being purposeful, it’s been lovely to see how ready for learning the children have been. Thank you so much for making sure the children are in school on time, dressed in appropriate uniform and well-equipped with PE kits and stationery. As the term goes on we often see the juniors struggling to remember their PE kits and whilst we do have some spare kits in school, we are keen to improve this situation so that less time is wasted finding the right sized trainers or T-shirts. This term, we’ll let you know with a letter if your child has had to borrow kit. We’d really appreciate your support in making sure they don’t forget again. It is important that PE kit is in school every day.

We had great news earlier this week when we heard that we’ve been shortlisted for a Surrey award recognising our healthy school emphasis and our excellent sporting provision. The winning school, to be determined by a public vote, will win a prize of £500 for further PE training. This was the information from Active Surrey:

We are delighted to inform you that Holy Trinity Pewley Down School has been shortlisted in the Create Development ‘Active School Innovation of the Year’ category in the Active Surrey Awards, which recognise organisations or individuals who inspire others to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through sport or physical activity.

The Create Development’s ‘Active School Innovation of the Year’ award will recognise a school (Key Stage 1-2) that has shown exceptional commitment, creativity and innovation to PE, school sport and/or physical activity over the past academic year, enabling pupils, particularly those who need it most, to be more active, more often.

The winners will receive £500 worth of Real Play resources and training from Create Development.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE! and please click FINISH before closing.

Do share the link and let’s get voting!

One last piece of good news is to let you know that Tom Everard, our Year 6 teacher and maths lead has been promoted by the school governors to be assistant headteacher. He will be working across both schools, supporting both me, and our deputy headteachers, Debbie and Helen. We’re all really looking forward to 2020!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Seek and you will find!” Matthew 7 v7: What is your purpose in life?

WHOLE SCHOOL

CLOSING DATE FOR PRIMARY APPLICATIONS - 15 January 2020
A final reminder that the deadline for applications to Year R and Year 3 for September 2020 is Wednesday 15 January. Online applications can be made via Surrey County Council’s website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions

Nasal flu catch up clinics until the end of March 2020
If your child missed the flu immunisation session held in school last term, West Surrey Immunisation Team are offering catch up clinics at Goldsworth Park Health Centre, Woking until the end of March 2020. Please contact 01483 728201 ext. 273 to book an appointment.

INFANT

Lost
Louis (Chestnut) has lost his entire PE kit, including the bag.
Maks (Walnut) has lost his fleece which is named in black ink.
Heidi (Walnut) has lost her grey, yellow and pink trainers contained in a Sainsbury’s bag, missing since the last Kickstart football session in December.
Surabhi (Hazel) has lost her Keller cardigan (probably named).

Menu:
week 2 commencing Monday 13 January

JUNIOR

January Dates for the Diary
Wednsday 15th - 3C & 4E Swimming starts
Monday 20th - Year 5 Visit to Neasden Temple
Wednesday 22nd - Y3&4 Hockey cancelled

Change of Date
27 February - Y4 Visit to Science Museum, was previously planned for January. 

Library Clubs
Wednesday afternoon book club for Y3&4 still has spaces, if you took part last term and would like to come again please let Geraldine know as she may be able to accommodate you.

All breakfast groups meet next week, except for the new Y4 group whose first meeting is 4/2/20.
Dad's group is on hold until there is more interest.

House Baking Competition
Calling all bakers! This terms first house competition has been launched. We have challenged the children to come up with a marvelous cup cake! The children must bring in one cupcake only and points will be awarded for style and taste! No nuts please!

The finest bakers will have their photo put up on our house notice board along with images of their creation!

HT Sport

It's great to see the children back after the Christmas break refreshed and full of energy. I was particularly impressed with Y3 this week as so many of the children were wearing their full PE kit and had removed watches, fitbits and all jewellery before coming out on to the pitch. Let's keep it up! We look forward to an exciting term of sport and keep our fingers crossed that the weather doesn't spoil our plans for our after school clubs and fixtures.

Y5 & Y6 Sportshall
Date: Monday 13 January
Time: Coach leaving school at 8.45am and returning at 11.45am.
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: Nick & Laura

Y5 Netball v QE
Date: Tuesday 14 January
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Queen Eleanor's, Queen Eleanors rd, GU2 7SD
Teacher: JJ

Y3 & Y4 Sportshall
Date: Thursday 16 January
Time: Coach leaving school at 12.00pm and returning at 3.00pm.
Venue: Spectrum
Teacher: Nick, Toby & Laura

On 22/23 January all children who regularly go to Mary's Wednesday hockey after school club are invited to play matches against Barrow Hills at HT. Invitations will not be sent out, Mary has spoken to the children about the matches and they just need to get changed and be ready to play as usual. The matches will finish between 4.15-4.30pm. Please make sure your child brings their mouth guard and shin pads.

On Wednesday 22 January Y5&6 will be playing their matches, therefore hockey club will not be running for Y3&4 on 22/1/20. Year 3 and Year 4 will be playing their matches on 23 January.

Menu - Week 3


FOPS

Hopefully you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and are settling back into the new term well.

The first thing we have for this week is a congratulations to the winner of the bauble decorating competition. Bauble.pngA huge well done to Jonah from Oak Class for this entry. A prize will be available at reception from next week.

Secondly a very big thank you again to everyone who helped out at the Christmas Fair - before, during and after. We raised a record-breaking £3,400, bringing the total for the first term to around £5,500!

Dates for the diary:
All school events
School Disco - 1st Feb, 5-7pm
Swap and shop - date tbc
Walk and stroll - Sunday 29th March, time tbc.

Coffee Mornings
Yr 1: Friday 31st Jan, hosted by Gini at 30 Pewley Way
Yr 2: Tuesday 21st Jan at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)
Monday 24th Feb at Cafe Nero on North Street (after drop off)
Friday 27th March - venue tbc

Thanks, Jo and Sam


HTSC

Hope everyone is well and enjoyed your time off over the Christmas period. It is now officially 2020 so we are ‘all in’ for Pitch 2020!

Thank you for all the support you showed last term – it was very much appreciated.

There are still a few payments outstanding for the Tree of Wishes – if you know you pledged, please drop in your payment in cash or cheque (payable HTSC).

Our first meeting of the year will be on Monday 20th January at Rogues and we look forward to as many of you coming along to the meeting as possible to share your ideas with us for fundraising this term.

Easy Fundraising
Christmas may be over, please consider clicking through to your favourite retailers through the Easyfundraising site and select Holy Trinity School Community Guildford as your charity. We get a small amount per transaction, but it all adds up at the end of the year.

Sponsor
Thank you to Hill Clements for their support with our events last term.

Reminder - dates for your diary:
HTSC Meeting – Monday 20th January 8pm at Rogues Bar If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!


Surrey Arts ensembles open rehearsals
Surrey Arts would like to invite all young musicians to come along and try out some of the local ensembles at our open evening on Wednesday 15 January.

5.15- 6.30pm
South West Winds - Woodwind, brass and percussion players (beginner to grade 4)
Prima - String players (beginner to grade 2)
Opus - String players (grade 2- 4)

6.45 - 8.45pm
South West Surrey Youth Orchestra - Strings, Wind, brass and percussion (grade 5+)

All rehearsals take place at Tillingbourne school and the open rehearsal and first term is free. Expert tutors will be on hand to help, just bring along your instrument! For more information, please contact Alison Harding - Alison.harding@surreycc.gov.ukDownload flyer here.

Messy Church, Saturday 1 February, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Our Messy Church runs on the 1st Saturday of every month and is in partnership with St Nicolas Church and Guildford United Reformed Church. Come and join us on Saturday 1st February at Guildford United Reformed Church for lots of crafts, a time to listen to the story of the Wise and Foolish builder and enjoy a yummy hot meal. Messy Church is totally free to attend (donations are welcome); no need to book, just turn up. It's great for the whole family. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please e-mail childrenfamworker@gmail.com or visit the Guildford URC website.

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