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