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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