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Junior 19/7/13

19 July 2013

Dear Parents

One of our parents Charles Wiles runs the company below and has very kindly donated computer equipment to us. I think parents will be interested in the information he has sent me.

Huntzz Ltd. recently gave some Kindles for the children to use in school, and to celebrate the launch of their Guildford treasure hunts, up until Saturday 3rd August, Huntzz Ltd. is donating all profits from £9.99 memberships to the school.

The £9.99 Membership gives you lifetime free access to their growing list of mobile treasure hunts that make if more fun and educational for you and your children to discover historic places and museums in the UK and abroad. You can watch the video of the piece that BBC Click did on Huntzz here and see a full list of their growing hunts hereThe Guildford treasure hunt is an enjoyable two hour activity on the high street learning about Guildford's fascinating history.

To buy a Huntzz membership simply search for "Huntzz" in the Apple App Store or Google Play, install the basic free app on your iPhone or Android device and buy a "£9.99 Gold Membership" through an in-app purchase.  Be sure to purchase your membership before Sat 3 August ... in fact why not do it now!  And feel free to tell your friends and family too, all profit from membership purchased before 3 August will be donated to the school. Huntzz Ltd is run by HTS parent Charles Wiles, so feel free to email him at charles@huntzz.com if you have any questions.

I think it’s great and will be good fun to do in the holidays!

We will be having another Newsletter on Wednesday 24th July when I will be giving a review of this up and down term.

With best wishes, Richard 

Events happening week commencing Monday, 22nd July
Monday 22nd – Church Service – Holy Trinity Church 1.45pm, parents welcome especially for walking to and from church
Year 6 BBQ on Tuesday, 23rd July 6-8pm.
School closes Wednesday, 24th July at 1.45pm.

School re-opens on Wednesday, 4th September at 8.40am.

Teaching Assistant Positions
We are looking for 2 Special Needs TA's to start working within the Holy Trinity Pewley Down Federation in September. One position is for 30 hours and the other will be fewer hours, but at this point we are unable to determine the exact number of hours required for the second position. If you are interested, please contact Bev Reed on bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk for an Application Form. All completed application forms to be received by 24 July!

School Lunches
From September, the price of school lunches at both sites will be £2.30 – a 10p increase, less than 5%. Food and other costs have gone up astronomically and our catering service needs to break even. The lunch offering is of a high standard and most would agree that this is still very good value.

 

 

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

HTPD Business Directory
HTSC (HT PTA) is launching a new initiative to help to raise funds for the school whilst also helping the parent community to promote their business. We will be launching the HTPD Business Directory by the end of term. It will have a dedicated area on the website and be divided into different categories in alphabetical order – e.g. Accounting and Financial Services, Childminding, Cleaning Services, Gardening, IT Services, Legal Services, Marketing, Painting & Decorating, Photography etc.  A company or sole trader can have their organisation’s name, telephone number and website address mentioned – we are not able to include company logos.

Any parent who currently has or previously had a child at HTPD is eligible to include their details in our directory – for an introductory fee of £10 per school year (sign up by end term July 24th).  Please note, this is a business listing - and the school is not endorsing or recommending any of the businesses listed – but hopefully it will generate work for our parent community.

If you would like your business to be included in the directory, please download and fill out the attached form and leave it, with the payment, at the school office. We’d like to get this up and running before the end of term – and anyone who pays before then will be eligible to keep their business listing on the website until July 2014. Any questions, please email Vanessa@wigwampr.com 

Barney Stemp, 6ST, has gained an Orange Belt at Judo (with Pete Sweetenham), the highest anyone has reached since our Judo After School Club started.  Well done Barney!

Lost/Found
Lost – Magnifying glass! Precious family heirloom brought in for the Great Exhibiton – we will be in big trouble if we don’t return it to Grandma – please hand in to reception if found, thank you.

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Free to a good home!
In good condition, a hamster cage and equipment.  Please call 01483 574671.

Out grown school uniform and sleeping bags
If you have any school uniform which does not bear the HT logo (polo shirts, trousers, skirts, shorts, cardigans, jumpers etc.) that your child has out grown, but which still has some wear in it, please consider donating it to Guildford Action for Families, Guildford. Action for Families is part of Guildford Action a local charity, and supports families in our community with a range of issues involving the upbringing of children and aims to maximise the potential of every child. Guildford Action also supports the homeless, and would be grateful to receive any unwanted but useable sleeping bags. 

A box into which you can place any donations will be in reception until the last day of term and thereafter you can donate direct to Charlie McCafferty at Guildford Action, Woodlands Road, Slyfield Green, Guildford, GU1 1RN (office situated above the Furniturelink Project).  Thank you.

Girls Bike for Sale pink ‘Molly’ bike for 3-6 years £10. Please call/text Clare 07748 920407.

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Infant 19/7/13

19 July 2013

Dear Parents

One of our parents Charles Wiles runs the company below and has very kindly donated computer equipment to us. I think parents will be interested in the information he has sent me.

Huntzz Ltd. recently gave some Kindles for the children to use in school, and to celebrate the launch of their Guildford treasure hunts, up until Saturday 3rd August, Huntzz Ltd. is donating all profits from £9.99 memberships to the school.

The £9.99 Membership gives you lifetime free access to their growing list of mobile treasure hunts that make if more fun and educational for you and your children to discover historic places and museums in the UK and abroad. You can watch the video of the piece that BBC Click did on Huntzz here and see a full list of their growing hunts hereThe Guildford treasure hunt is an enjoyable two hour activity on the high street learning about Guildford's fascinating history.

To buy a Huntzz membership simply search for "Huntzz" in the Apple App Store or Google Play, install the basic free app on your iPhone or Android device and buy a "£9.99 Gold Membership" through an in-app purchase.  Be sure to purchase your membership before Sat 3 August ... in fact why not do it now!  And feel free to tell your friends and family too, all profit from membership purchased before 3 August will be donated to the school. Huntzz Ltd is run by HTS parent Charles Wiles, so feel free to email him at charles@huntzz.com if you have any questions.

I think it’s great and will be good fun to do in the holidays!

We will be having another Newsletter on Wednesday 24th July when I will be giving a review of this up and down term.

With best wishes, Richard 

Monday 22 July
Year 1 are having a ‘pyjama day’ on Monday.  Please send your children in cool, comfy pyjamas – nothing too warm and woolly.  If you have no suitable pyjamas just send them in shorts and t-shirt. 

Year R are having a ‘water day’.  They should come to school in their uniform and bring a named plastic bag with their swimming costume, a t-shirt (which they don’t mind getting wet) and a towel. 

 

Dates for September
Tuesday 3rd     -  Inset Day
Wedneday 4th   -  Start of term (Years 1 and 2)
Thursday 5th     -  Start of term (Reception)
Tuesday 10th    -  Meet the Team evening, 7.00pm
Tuesday 17th    -  Year 1 trip to Wisley.  If you might be able to help please let Emily or Hannah know. 

Library Books
We have quite a number of books missing from the library.  PLEASE have a good look round at home over the weekend and return any library books by Monday 22nd. 

Lost Property
Lost property will be on a table in the playground next week.  Please check it even if you don't think you've lost anything as bits appear at the end of term from months ago!

School Lunches

From September, the price of school lunches at both sites will be £2.30 – a 10p increase, less than 5%. Food and other costs have gone up astronomically and our catering service needs to break even. The lunch offering is of a high standard and most would agree that this is still very good value. 

National Trust activities
Look out for the list of ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 ‘ coming home in book bags today.   

Teaching Assistant Positions
We are looking for 2 Special Needs TA's to start working within the Holy Trinity Pewley Down Federation in September. One position is for 30 hours and the other will be fewer hours, but at this point we are unable to determine the exact number of hours required for the second position. If you are interested, please contact Bev Reed on bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk for an Application Form. All completed application forms to be received by 24 July!

FOPS NEWS

Thank you for the Phil the Bag donations.  We collected 189 kilos of textiles raising £94.50 for the school.

Look out for a letter coming home today giving full details of how much FOPS have raised this year and how we are spending it.

Class Reps
Thank you again to all those who have offered to be Class Reps next year. The four Year 2 reps will be working across Walnut and Chestnut classes. 
Hazel:               Lucie Isaacs (Ben) & Sarah Williams (Zac)
Willow:             Sandra May (Oscar) & Alison Fairbank (Rishi Bhardwaj)
Beech:              Jill Morgan (Isla) & Debbie Parker-Perryman (Joshua)
Oak:                 Emily Young (Ivy) & Jo Butler (Lucy Brooke)
Year 2:             Nicci Holliday (Rocco Collinson), Louise Wickham (Jack), Helen Burgess (George & Thomas

                        Fowler), Jessica Callanan (Henry) 

FOPS Committee
Thank you to Sarah Bird (Hannah, Beech Class) who is taking over as Treasurer from Louise Alfonsi.  Thank you to Louise for all she has done in the last 2 years. 

If anyone is interested in taking over as Chair, or sharing the role, please speak to Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com).     

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Lost

  • Rebecca Williams (Beech Class) has misplaced her sunhat – reversible with a floral design in pastel colours (un-named). 
  • Lewis Dean (Willow Class) has lost a pair of M&S shorts, age 6 (un-named) and a pair of Clarks school shoes (with magic compartment inside). 
  • Thomas Fowler (Beech Class) has lost a royal blue baseball cap (named).

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Junior 12/7/13

12 July 2013

Dear Parents,

Well this week we had two important visitors at the junior school. The first was Her Majesty’s Inspector to see how we were making progress following the recent Ofsted report and the other were the 96 new entrants to the juniors including the 60 children from Pewley Down. It was interesting because both visitors came on the same day.

The HMI was tasked with making a judgement on the school leaders and governors regarding their capacity to make progress, as Ofsted defines it, for all the children in the school. He told us that as leaders we were working swiftly to bring about change which can quickly lead to a good or better judgement by a subsequent Ofsted re-inspection. This along with our good SATS scores puts us in a strong position to achieve this judgement well before the usual two years. It is our plan to have a trial inspection from our HMI in March or May followed by the formal Ofsted inspection in July or September after the SATS results are received. In the meantime we will continue to keep you in touch with proposed developments in the school. I am planning to have a short meeting for all parents in HTPD very near the beginning of next term. I will give the date of this next week when we have looked carefully at our diaries.

The other visitors included a large group who weren’t visitors at all, but members of our school already. It was a real pleasure to have our 60 year twos joined by 36 other year twos at the school for Wednesday and Thursday. We then met the parents of all those children yesterday evening. The new year two children did really well and learnt about the school and where everything was. They joined with their Year 5 buddies to finish a project about Dragons. This was a great session with children three years apart in age cooperating, working and enjoying each others company.

We are all looking forward to all next year will bring. We know we will have a wonderful new group of children and hope for well-deserved Ofsted success.

With very best wishes, Richard

Events happening week commencing Monday, 15th July
Monday, 15th July – Maths trip to London
Tuesday, 16th July – Sports Day 1.15pm (NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS)
Wednesday, 17th July – Open Afternoon for PD and HT
Thursday, 18th July – Moving Up Day

Open Afternoon
Another important date for your diaries is Wednesday 17th July, 2:45pm. This is when you will have the opportunity to come and look at the fantastic work your children have been doing, speak to the teacher and see their new class.

District Sports

We had a fantastic afternoon of athletics on Friday in the glorious sunshine. It was so lovely to see so many children from across seven schools in Guildford all competing and doing their best. Well done to all of the children involved; year 4, 5 and 6 came first and year 3 came third. A big thanks to all of our supporters too!

School Clubs Autumn 2013
Please find our list of proposed Autumn 2013 school clubs. We have over 35 clubs on offer so we hope we have something for everyone.

School Sports Kit
Please can you check if you have any school sports kit and return it to school, thanks.

School cups and Awards
A reminder to all parents of last year's Year 6, please could you make sure all of the cups and trophies are returned next week.

Sports Day
On Tuesday 16th July we have our School Sports Day.  The children will all participate and the house captains have been very busy ensuring that everyone is involved.  We really appreciate your support.  The afternoon will start at 1.30pm and is due to finish by normal close of the day at 3.15pm. Please do make sure that your child comes in with their full PE kit including their house top so that we can all cheer loudly for each house.  Whilst we are unable to give exact timings for each race the running order is sprints, middle distance, long distance, hurdles then relays.  The weather is set to stay fair so the children will also need to bring hats, sun cream and plenty of water (no glass bottles please).  We look forward to an exciting afternoon!

House Swimming Gala
Our House Swimming Gala will take place on Friday 19th July.  It will be at St. Catherine’s School in Bramley.  We will leave school at 1pm, warm-up will start at 1.30pm and the gala will start at 2pm.  We aim to finish by 3.15pm.  We will involve as many children as we can and all of the children who are participating will bring a letter home this week. 

Parking 
Please may we remind you to park your car safely and considerately to the local residents and other road users by not parking across driveways making it impossible for residents to access their driveways.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

A big thank you to all of you for your help and support at the summer fair. It was a great evening. Initial figures suggest that we raised almost £4000 which is excellent. If anyone has any feedback/suggestions for improvements next time please let us know.

HTPD Business Directory
HTSC  is launching a new initiative to help to raise funds for the school whilst also helping the parent community to promote their business. We will be launching the HTPD Business Directory by the end of term. It will have a dedicated area on the website and be divided into different categories in alphabetical order – e.g. Accounting and Financial Services, Childminding, Cleaning Services, Gardening, IT Services, Legal Services, Marketing, Painting & Decorating, Photography etc.  A company or sole trader can have their organisation’s name, telephone number and website address mentioned – we are not able to include company logos.

Any parent who currently has or previously had a child at HTPD is eligible to include their details in our directory – for an introductory fee of £10 per school year (sign up by end term July 24th).  Please note, this is a business listing - and the school is not endorsing or recommending any of the businesses listed – but hopefully it will generate work for our parent community.

If you would like your business to be included in the directory, please download and fill out the attached form and leave it, with the payment, at the school office. We’d like to get this up and running before the end of term – and anyone who pays before then will be eligible to keep their business listing on the website until July 2014. Any questions, please email Vanessa@wigwampr.com

Dates for the diary
End of year drinks for Year 4 parents on Tuesday 16 July


Lost/Missing:
Oscar, 4J, has lost a Mandela fleece, named, and PE shorts, also named.  These have been missing for a month so please check your bags.  Thank you.

Lost - Door key, brass coloured and Yale lock style, possibly in the Year 5 area. If found please let the office know.

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BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 7 September 2013 for 9 weeks. 9.30-11.30am class (9-12years), 11.45-1.45pm (7-10years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145, of 1 and half hours costs £120 or 1 hour classes cost £95.  All materials included. Drop-in classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with Gilding.  For more information please contact Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) at www.becart.co.uk   where you can also see some of the work done previously & the itinerary for the term. Please note: only 2 spaces left in each class so please book promptly if you are interested.

Amazing Art Club:  Engaging, Creating, Inspiring!  Come along and have fun making and doing: from mono printing to mini books, painting Pop Art portraits and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. Maximum 10 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops.  Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. 24th September - 3rd December (half term 29th October). All materials included in the price For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com.

Infant 12/7/13

12 July 2013

Dear Parents,

Well this week we had two important visitors at the junior school. The first was Her Majesty’s Inspector to see how we were making progress following the recent Ofsted report and the other were the 96 new entrants to the juniors including the 60 children from Pewley Down. It was interesting because both visitors came on the same day.

The HMI was tasked with making a judgement on the school leaders and governors regarding their capacity to make progress, as Ofsted defines it, for all the children in the school. He told us that as leaders we were working swiftly to bring about change which can quickly lead to a good or better judgement by a subsequent Ofsted re-inspection. This along with our good SATS scores puts us in a strong position to achieve this judgement well before the usual two years. It is our plan to have a trial inspection from our HMI in March or May followed by the formal Ofsted inspection in July or September after the SATS results are received. In the meantime we will continue to keep you in touch with proposed developments in the school. I am planning to have a short meeting for all parents in HTPD very near the beginning of next term. I will give the date of this next week when we have looked carefully at our diaries.

The other visitors included a large group who weren’t visitors at all, but members of our school already. It was a real pleasure to have our 60 year twos joined by 36 other year twos at the school for Wednesday and Thursday. We then met the parents of all those children yesterday evening. The new year two children did really well and learnt about the school and where everything was. They joined with their Year 5 buddies to finish a project about Dragons. This was a great session with children three years apart in age cooperating, working and enjoying each others company.

We are all looking forward to all next year will bring. We know we will have a wonderful new group of children and hope for well-deserved Ofsted success.

With very best wishes, Richard


HT Sports Day, Tuesday 16 July

We realise that pick-up may be difficult next Tuesday afternoon if you also have children taking part in Sports Day at Holy Trinity. If this is a problem for you, please let your child’s class teacher know and we will keep the children in Oak Class until you arrive.

Open Afternoon, Wednesday 17 July, 2.00pm
Parents are invited to come along to our informal open afternoon on Wednesday. Please meet your child in their classroom where they can show you round and you can look at their books together. It is also an opportunity to look at your child’s new classroom and meet their teacher for next year. Reports will come home in book bags on Tuesday afternoon.

Year 2
  • Trip to the beach, Monday 22 July: If you haven’t already done so, please return your permission slip and payment for the beach trip as soon as possible. There are limited spaces on the coach so it is probable that some parents will have to drive down. If you would prefer to drive and can perhaps also car share, please let Year 2 teachers know. 
  • Leavers’ Assembly, Tuesday 23 July: Year 2 parents are invited to the assembly at 9.30am.
  • If you have reading or library books at home please bring them back next week.


Year 1
In preparation for swimming lessons next term, Year 1 children should have received a ‘Child Information Form’. Completed forms should be returned to the school office by Friday 19 July. If you have not received a form, please contact the school office. Thank you.

FOPS NEWS

Class Reps
Thank you to all those who have offered to be Class Reps next year. The class reps are as follows:

Hazel: Lucie Isaacs (Ben) & Sarah Williams (Zac)
Willow: Sandra May (Oscar)
Beech: Jill Morgan (Isla) & Debbie Parker-Perryman (Joshua)
Oak: Emily Young (Ivy) & Jo Butler (Lucy Brooke)
Chestnut: Nicci Holliday (Rocco Collinson)
Walnut: -
Year 2 Leavers' Year Book: Sam Ingham (Lola)

We are still looking for volunteers to be class reps in Walnut class and one more for both Chestnut & Willow class. The class reps perform a really valuable role. Please consider if you might be able to get involved.

FOPS Committee
We are looking for volunteers to take on the roles of Treasurer and Chairperson. If you would like to know what is involved please have a "no strings attached" chat with Louise Alfonsi or Emily Bourke.

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G Live Parent Ambassador Programme
We are looking for a local parent from your school who would be interested in developing the relationship between G Live and the school community by becoming a Parent Ambassador. This is a voluntary role and involves no more than a couple of hours a month at hours to suit. No specific experience is required. Ambassadors simply need to be enthusiastic about the arts and good at coordinating partnerships and developing networks. Ambassadors will receive complimentary tickets for selected family shows at G Live.  Interested parents are invited to come along for coffee and cakes at G Live on Thursday 18 July, 10.30am to hear more about what is involved. To reserve a place please email Lee-Anne Gough, on lgough@GLive.co.uk by Monday 15 July.  Alternatively, if you are not able to attend the event but would like to put your name forward to represent your school please let Lee-Anne know.
 
BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 7 September 2013 for 9 weeks. 9.30-11.30am class (9-12 years),11.45-1.45pm (7-10years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145, of 1 and half hours costs £120 or 1 hour classes cost £95.  All materials included. Drop-in classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with Gilding.  For more information please contact Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) at www.becart.co.uk   where you can also see some of the work done previously & the itinerary for the term. Please note: only 2 spaces left in each class so please book promptly if you are interested.
 



Infant 5/7/13

05 July 2013

Dear Parents

I wonder if you are the kind of person who wants to know everything about yourself and your children or whether you prefer to let life drift on without those facts. All our health records are now open to us to read but few of us choose to read them.

The school has some records and grades about your children and all of these are open for you to read and discuss. These are reading and spelling ages measured in September and February, National Curriculum levels and sub levels in Reading, Writing and Maths. These are calculated in March, June and December. Teachers are also prepared to state which fifth of the class the children are in in general academic ability.

So please feel free to ask for these figures if you would like to and we will give you the most up to date data. On this year’s reports we will be stating whether your child’s ability in Maths, Reading and Writing are above, below or the same as national averages. This will be accompanied by a chart which converts that phrase to National Curriculum levels and sub levels. The chart will also show how an average ability child proceeds through the levels at different ages. Of course children do not necessarily make progress in straight lines and these levels are inevitably a crude measure of what is a highly complex body of interlinked knowledge and skill.

We are also introducing a system of long term targets for children at this time. By the end of next week your child will have been given these – they are in the reports as ‘next steps’ in Maths and English and also stuck into your child’s learning journal. Your child should be able to tell you what they are, but maybe not till next term. These targets will be reviewed in November and new ones set with you. The process will be repeated at the parents evening in March.

We are thus seeking for you to be better informed and involved in your child’s learning journey. I think that together we make a great team!
With best wishes, Richard

Sports Day, Tuesday 9 July, 9.20 am
Parents are invited to our Sports Day next Tuesday morning.  Please meet us on the field after the children have been registered in their classrooms.  Children should come to school on Tuesday in their PE kit (house t-shirts, shorts and trainers) so please remember to take sports kit home on Monday afternoon. As the weather is likely to be very warm they must also bring a sun hat and water bottle.

Year 2, 10 & 11 July
Year 2 children will be visiting Holy Trinity next Wednesday and Thursday.  They should be dropped off in the hall between 8.40 and 9.00 am and collected from the lower playground (adjacent to Cline Road) at 2.40 pm.  The parents’ meeting is on Thursday evening, 7.00pm in the hall.

Year 2 Dinosaur Exhibition
Today’s Dinosaur Exhibition was a brilliant celebration of learning at its best driven by the children’s enthusiasm and excitement.  Thank you to Year 2 parents for coming to support the exhibition and to Year 2 children for all their hard work. 

Leavers’ Year Book 2013
If you would like to purchase a copy of the Year Book, please return your order form to the school office as soon as possible.  Additional order forms are available from the school office.  Thank you.
 
Hot weather
A reminder that children should not bring sun cream into school as we are unable to apply it for them and it can get very messy if they apply it themselves.  Please apply sun cream before they come to school as necessary.  Children do need to have sun hats and water bottles in school every day.
 
Year R
If anyone has any dolls, dolls clothes, plastic tea sets, play food, cots, Duplo, Lego, three wheeler bikes or scooters, small metal cars, trucks, small plastic animals, complete jigsaw puzzles, or small pushchairs …Reception year would be very grateful.  Thank you, Sarah and Sian.
 
PUPs
We are pleased to welcome Mehreen who is joining the PUPs after-school club as our new Deputy Manager.
 
Sainsbury’s vouchers
We have now sent off our Sainsbury’s Activekids vouchers and will be receiving new PE equipment in due course.  Many thanks to Dawn Holloway for counting the 19,175 vouchers!

FOPS NEWS

Volunteers Needed!

All parents, guardians, teachers and non-teaching staff are automatically members of FOPS and we endeavour to provide as many opportunities as possible for the children, parents and teachers at the school to get together and have fun.  FOPS also makes a significant contribution to funding school projects.  Thank you for all the support we have received this year.  Inevitably at the end of the academic year we are looking for willing volunteers for the next year.  Please consider getting involved.  

The class reps have done a fabulous job this year organising class lists, coffee mornings, nights out and keeping us informed about FOPS events.  We really can't manage without them.  We are now looking for volunteers to be class reps next year.  Thank you to Lucie Isaacs and Sarah Williams (Hazel) and Emily Young (Oak) who have already signed up!  We are looking for two reps for each class.  If you would like to know more about what the class reps do or would like to volunteer, please speak to Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com). 
 
We are also looking for volunteers to take over the position of Chair and Treasurer.  If you think this could be for you, please have a chat with Emily. 
 
Finally, thank you to Clare Stone, who has done a fantastic job looking after Second Hand Uniform sales this year.  This is not a very time consuming job and doesn't require attending any meetings!  If you would be interested in taking over this role, please speak to Clare or Emily. 
 
If you would like to buy any second hand uniform before the end of term, please speak to Clare who would be happy to help. 


Piano Lessons
A few slots available for the Autumn term 2013.  Music reading and basic theory taught.  A fun introduction to playing the piano.  Beginners very welcome.  Contact David Hyde on 01483 237141, or via e-mail on waggydee@btinternet.com.

Violin lessons at Pewley Down School
Surrey Arts provides school-based instrumental and vocal tuition for children in the county.  Pupils can be taught in school and receive 10 lessons each term.  Surrey Arts also offers a wide range of ensembles in which your child can play as soon as they are ready.  We have a few new spaces for pupils wishing to start violin lessons from September 2013.  If you are interested in your child taking lessons, we need your application soon. Please apply on-line at the Surrey CC website or
Surrey Arts - Music homepage Charlotte Ford - Surrey Arts Violin teacher.

Junior 5/7/13

05 July 2013

Dear Parents,

I wonder if you are the kind of person who wants to know everything about yourself and your children or whether you prefer to let life drift on without those facts. All our health records are now open to us to read but few of us choose to read them.

The school has some records and grades about your children and all of these are open for you to read and discuss. These are reading and spelling ages measured in September and February, National Curriculum levels and sub levels in Reading, Writing and Maths. These are calculated in March, June and December. Teachers are also prepared to state which fifth of the class the children are in in general academic ability.

So please feel free to ask for these figures if you would like to and we will give you the most up to date data. On this year’s reports we will be stating whether your child’s ability in Maths, Reading and Writing are above, below or the same as national averages. This will be accompanied by a chart which converts that phrase to National Curriculum levels and sub levels. The chart will also show how an average ability child proceeds through the levels at different ages. Of course children do not necessarily make progress in straight lines and these levels are inevitably a crude measure of what is a highly complex body of interlinked knowledge and skill.

We are also introducing a system of long term targets for children at this time. By the end of next week your child will have been given these – they are in the reports as ‘next steps’ in Maths and English and also stuck into your child’s learning journal. Your child should be able to tell you what they are, but maybe not till next term. These targets will be reviewed in November and new ones set with you. The process will be repeated at the parents evening in March.

We are thus seeking for you to be better informed and involved in your child’s learning journey. I think that together we make a great team!

With very best wishes, Richard


Events happening week commencing Monday, 8th July
Monday – Friday - Year 6 on residential trip to Preston Montford depart 7.40am bring hats & sun cream
Wednesday  & Thursday  - New Year 3 Induction Days
Thursday - New Year 3 Parents Meeting School Hall 7.00pm

Reading Partners has proved to be successful in developing children’s reading skills, both accuracy and comprehension. At 8.45am on Tuesday, July 9th, we invite you to have coffee and learn more about this intervention and possibly consider joining the team. We shall finish at 9.30am. Kate, a current reading partner, will be there to share her thoughts and answer questions. Please email Lynn lynne@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you’re coming.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Tonight is our American themed Summer Fair. It’s going to be a lovely warm evening – perfect for an ice cold drink from the bar and something from the BBQ. There’ll be a candy wheel, candy floss, popcorn, jolly jars, beat the goalie and much more. The Fair runs from 6-8pm. Don’t forget your raffle ticket stubs, so they can be included in the draw this evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

There will be NO PARKING at school, so please walk if possible. If you do have to drive please park considerately.

A massive thank you to everyone who has helped so far and will be helping this evening.

Dates for the diary
HTSC Social – Thursday 18th July

Lost/Missing:
Archie Jones 3MG Missing navy sweatshirt with Keller logo, name tag on collar, been missing for 5 weeks now.


Mini Musketeers have spaces in September in their Guildford class for children age 6 - 10 who would like to try fencing. Please see their website www.minimusketeers.co.uk for full details.

For sale: Alto Saxophone with all accessories, in mint condition, only lightly used up to grade 1. We are based in Shamley Green, just ten minutes from central Guildford, so do please feel free to ask any questions. Very happy if you would like to come and see it with no obligation to buy if it isn’t what you are looking for! £250.00 O.N.O email: traceywilliams3@googlemail.com

Vacancy: We are looking for an Administrative Coordinator to join the team at TinyTalk Head Office, helping in the day-to-day running of the national franchise organisation. The role starts in September and is for general administration, For further details, please visit our website, www.tinytalk.co.uk. Katie Mayne Founder and Managing Director. TinyTalk Ltd., The Dairy, Tilehouse Farm Offices, East Shalford Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8AE - 01483 301444

G Live Parent Ambassador Programme
We are looking for a local parent from your school who would be interested in developing the relationship between G Live and the school community by becoming a Parent Ambassador. This is a voluntary role and involves no more than a couple of hours a month at hours to suit. No specific experience is required. Ambassadors simply need to be enthusiastic about the arts and good at coordinating partnerships and developing networks. Ambassadors will receive complimentary tickets for selected family shows at G Live.

Interested parents are invited to come along for coffee and cakes at G Live on Thursday 18 July, 10.30am to hear more about what is involved. To reserve a place please email Lee-Anne Gough, on lgough@GLive.co.uk by Friday 12 July. Alternatively, if you are not able to attend the event but would like to put your name forward to represent your school please let Lee-Anne know.

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