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Junior 28 June 2012

28 June 2012

Dear Parents

Towards the end of the summer term, many children’s, parents’ and teachers’ minds turn to the next academic year. What will my next class be like? Will I get on with my teacher? How hard will the work be? It’s an even bigger step when moving on to a new school.

Over the past two weeks, and onto next week, many of our children have or will be making visits. These include our new entrants for Year R at Pewley Down and Year 3 at Holy Trinity. Then we have our Year 6 finding out all about their new schools.

It really must all seem so big and confusing for all of them. In all cases the security of the known is replaced by the unknown which is also bigger and populated by much bigger children who all seem to know exactly what to do.

We do all we can to make these transitions as easy as possible. We so enjoy the four-year olds arriving at school for the first time in the morning. Some full of confidence, others more wary. Very soon, however, they have all settled in very happily and start to look part of the place.

For the Year 2’s, there are two distinct groups; those moving up from Pewley Down who feel relaxed at just moving site, whilst staying at the same school with many faces they know. The other group are from a variety of infant schools who need to be looked after carefully for their first experience of the junior school.

Then we also launch our Year 6 children into the big world of secondary education. We have already spoken at length about every single child to the Heads of Year in those schools.

All of this effort is so worthwhile. It all comes down to our value of embracing the future with hope and confidence. We seek to make all our students happy and confident at the infants and the juniors, and ready for the next big step for them.

With best wishes
Richard 

Vacancy
Harrison Catering is one of the UK’s leading independent catering companies, serving high-quality, freshly-cooked food to thousands of people in schools, offices and workplaces every day. Harrisons are seeking to appoint a Catering Assistant to join their friendly catering team at Holy Trinity. The successful candidate will be responsible for general kitchen duties including food preparation, cleaning, washing up etc. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role. Hours of work will be 20 hours per week, 4 hours per day, Monday to Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm, term time only. If you are interested and would like to apply for this role please contact Gill Barraclough on 01483 443884.

Tesco Vouchers
Last call for any Tesco vouchers please! If you have any lurking around the house please bring them in as soon as possible as we need to send them off next week.

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HTSC News

A huge thank you to all of you for your help with the Summer Fair. We had a great night, even with the initial rain and having to move some of fair inside. We raised just over £4000 on the night which is excellent.
 
Thanks to everyone who helped co-ordinate the rotas, make up the hampers and for all the help on the day and evening itself.
 
If anyone has any feedback/suggestions for improvements next time please let us know htsc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk



George Abbot PTA
invite you buy or sell at its Car Boot Sale and Barbeque on Saturday 7th July, 12 - 2pm. All money raised will go towards building a floodlit all-weather training pitch for school and community use. Car spaces are available at £8 paid in advance, or limited spaces on the day £10. Set up from 11am. Buyers can grab a bargain and enjoy a burger, £1 entrance for adults. For bookings or more information please contact Judith on 303914 or email PTA@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk. All are welcome.

For sale: a secondhand Jay Be loft bed with desk and futon for sale £100. Please call Nicola on 07850 954234 for more details. Thank you.

If you would like a copy of the new Guildford Town Centre Community Safety Warden’s update, please use the link: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=12332&p=0







Infant 28 June 2012

28 June 2012

Dear Parents

Towards the end of the summer term, many children’s, parents’ and teachers’ minds turn to the next academic year. What will my next class be like? Will I get on with my teacher? How hard will the work be? It’s an even bigger step when moving on to a new school.

Over the past two weeks, and onto next week, many of our children have or will be making visits. These include our new entrants for Year R at Pewley Down and Year 3 at Holy Trinity. Then we have our Year 6 finding out all about their new schools.

It really must all seem so big and confusing for all of them. In all cases the security of the known is replaced by the unknown which is also bigger and populated by much bigger children who all seem to know exactly what to do.

We do all we can to make these transitions as easy as possible. We so enjoy the four-year olds arriving at school for the first time in the morning. Some full of confidence, others more wary. Very soon, however, they have all settled in very happily and start to look part of the place.

For the Year 2’s, there are two distinct groups; those moving up from Pewley Down who feel relaxed at just moving site, whilst staying at the same school with many faces they know. The other group are from a variety of infant schools who need to be looked after carefully for their first experience of the junior school.

Then we also launch our Year 6 children into the big world of secondary education. We have already spoken at length about every single child to the Heads of Year in those schools.

All of this effort is so worthwhile. It all comes down to our value of embracing the future with hope and confidence. We seek to make all our students happy and confident at the infants and the juniors, and ready for the next big step for them.

With best wishes
Richard

National School Sports Week
The children enjoyed the Olympic Sports taster sessions run by visiting coaches this week.  They had the opportunity to practice throwing the discus and javelin really far!

Year 2
Please look out for the letter coming home on Tuesday regarding Year 2’s trip to the beach on 17 July.

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (2-6 July) will be the last week for teacher-led clubs.  Lego Club will not be running (4 July).

Dad's Day, 3 & 4 July
Don't forget to sign up and bring in your sponsorship money.  We raised £35 with the sweet sale so we've still got a way to go to raise the money for our playground markings!

Catering Assistant vacancy at HT
Harrison Catering is one of the UK’s leading independent catering companies, serving high-quality, freshly-cooked food to thousands of people in schools, offices and workplaces every day. They are seeking to appoint a Catering Assistant to join their friendly catering team at Holy Trinity.  The successful candidate will be responsible for general kitchen duties including food preparation, cleaning, washing up etc.  The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role.  Hours of work will be 20 hours per week, 4 hours per day, Monday to Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm, term time only.  If you are interested and would like to apply for this role please contact Gill Barraclough on 01483 443884.


FOPS News

A big thank you to everyone who helped out at the Midsummer Bash, especially with the bar and clearing up afterwards. It was a good, good night!

Sunday 8 July 12-2pm - Pewley Summer Fair - 4 requests

1. Thank you for all the donations so far - but we need more! Please keep those bottles and jolly jars coming in!

2. Raffle tickets should have come home in bookbags - the raffle is our major fundraiser so please support it well! Please return tickets, counterfoils and any unsold tickets to the office by Friday 6 July.

3. Please continue to sign up for slots to help out at the Fair itself or to help set up on Saturday 7th (2-5pm) or Sunday 8th (from 10am onwards).

4. Cross your fingers for a dry day!

Please be thinking about whether you could be a Class Rep next year (or Year rep, we generally have 4 per year). It would be great to have a new Committee signed up early so that you can hit the ground running in September! We are still in need of a Chair for next year. Please feel free to email/speak to me (louise.keiller@gmx.com) if you are considering this role - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the FOPS files to help!

A big thank you also to the team that has worked so hard on the Year 2 Leavers Book. It has now gone off to print! We know it will be a lovely memento of the children's time at Pewley Thank you!
 


Next week's menu


George Abbot PTA invite you buy or sell at its Car Boot Sale and Barbeque on Saturday 7th July, 12 - 2pm.  All money raised will go towards building a floodlit all-weather training pitch for school and community use.  Car spaces are available at £8 paid in advance, or limited spaces on the day £10. Set up from 11am. Buyers can grab a bargain and enjoy a burger, £1 entrance for adults. For bookings or more information please contact Judith on 303914 or email PTA@georgeabbot.surrey.sch.uk   All are welcome.

Veronika Koch and her family (cousins, Grandma and Mum) are going to be part of the SunWalk on 1st July in London which is a daytime 5K challenge.  More about Walk The Walk: “The charity looks at various projects and campaigns that are involved with breast cancer and grants funds to where we know it will make the most difference. It is our policy to look at projects that perhaps would not easily find funding, and to those that would perhaps take many years to achieve their goals and assist them in reaching them in a shorter time. We support research, which we feel is our future, and certainly over the past 13 years some ground breaking research has been made, not only into the causes of breast cancer but also identifying cancer genes and consequently improving the treatments. We also fund emotional and physical support for those that have cancer now."  How to sponsor our walk: http://www.walkthewalkfundraising.org/koch. Many thanks in advance, Veronika Koch, Hazel Class

French Student
Could you accommodate an 18 year old French girl during the month of August? Dates flexible. She is a friend of a friend, a student, completely trustworthy, but needing to improve her English. She would like to be a part of a family, and would join in/help with activities and children (maybe teach them a little French too?!). Please contact Caroline Rees carolinesrees@yahoo.co.uk.

Infant 22 June 2012

22 June 2012

Dear Parents

A really great part of my job is the variety that each day brings. Today started with an inspection of the long jump pit at Holy Trinity to make sure it was safe for all the Pewley Down children. It was, so I was able to briefly join the staff breakfast before Assembly. Assembly is always a high point of the day in both schools. This week we have been thinking about our talents and why we should use them. Children had written in to us about their own talents and how they can be used. This was all based around our theme of Joseph. This week featured his organisational skill in saving and rationing during the famine in Egypt.

Another change of gear saw me head off to a headteachers’ meeting of five local school heads at George Abbot. We had been called together to discuss the best way to help and support local schools which get into difficulty. There is a really close relationship between local schools and their headteachers’ as we work together to bring the best education to the children of our area.

Back to school for an hour long meeting with our new bursar, Lesley. I enjoy spending money, but not the real nitty gritty of accounting for each penny, which is why we employ experts. We have a budget approaching £2 million and employ about a hundred people, so it is quite a job.

At lunch time I was sorting in-service training for the rest of the term, as well as phoning several parents.

After lunch a high point was working with some year three children, including listening to some excellent readers from 3G and looking at some geography work from 3S. It is just great to see children making real and measurable progress.

And now it’s a really happy Friday afternoon in school. Parents working towards tonight’s fair, children working hard in so many ways always being encouraged and led by our committed staff.

So another great day, no dramas or problems, just solid good quality learning, caring and living together in our sharing community. I feel humbled and proud to be able to work for and lead such a great school.

With Best Wishes
Richard

Events to the end of term:   We are aware that the summer term is a particularly busy time and are therefore listing the dates to the end of term below - we hope that you find this useful.

Mon 25 JUNE: Year R to the Look Out (children to wear uniform and bring a packed lunch and raincoat)

Tues 26: Mufti (children to wear their own clothes and bring in donations for the School Fair)
Year 2 Dinosaur Exhibition and café, just after 9.00 am – Year 2 parents are invited

Weds 27: Year 2 children at Holy Trinity (drop off at lower playground in Cline Road between 8.40 and 9.00am and collect from the lower playground at 2.30pm).  Don’t forget your water bottle and rain coat / sun cream and hat (depending on the weather).

Thurs 28: Year 2 to Holy Trinity again.  We will be welcoming Year 3 to Pewley while Year 2 are at HT and look forward to seeing them all again.

Fri 29 & Mon 2 JULY : SCHOOL CLOSED (Inset Day and mid-summer holiday)

Tues 3 & Weds 4: Dads’ Day (please sign up on the sheets outside the classrooms)

Thurs 5:  Move up day for Year R and Year 1.  Year 2 to bring a packed lunch.

Sun 8: FOPS Summer Fair (12.00-2.00pm)

Mon 9 – Fri 13: Olympic Week (children to wear their PE kit all week).  Don’t forget to bring in any special sporting certificates or medals, and the competition to design an outfit for an ‘olympic’ toy.

Weds 11: Pewley Sports Day, 9.15am – parents are invited

Mon 16: Curriculum Evening, 2.30-3.30pm at Pewley (come along and see what we have been doing in Olympic Week)

Tues 17: Freddie Fit (there will be a charge for this and we will advise the exact amount later)
 Year 2 trip to the beach and barbeque.

Thurs 19: Year 2 Leavers Assembly, 9.15am – Year 2 parents are invited

Fri 20: End of term, 12.00 at Pewley
 


FOPS News

MIDSUMMER BASH - THIS SATURDAY 23RD JUNE - 7.30 PM
We are being environmentally friendly and are not printing tickets for this event. Please arrive at the front door of the school to collect your voucher for a free drink at the bar on arrival. Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun evening!

SUMMER FAIR - SUNDAY 8 JULY - 12-2 PM
You should have received raffle tickets and a letter about the Summer Fair in bookbags this week. Please support the Raffle - it is a major fundraiser for the school. Please also read carefully the accompanying letter outlining how you can help/contribute to the Fair. Thank you! MUFTI DAY for donations for the Fair is next TUESDAY 26TH JUNE.

CLASS REPS
Please be thinking about whether you could be a Class Rep next year (or Year rep, we generally have 4 per year). It would be great to have a new Committee signed up early so that you can hit the ground running in September !! We are still in need of a Chair for next year. Please feel free to email/speak to me (louise.keiller@gmx.com) if you are considering this role - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the FOPS files to help!

New classes:   Following the ‘move up’ morning yesterday we hope your children have told you which class they will be in next year and who their new teacher will be.  

Olympic Pentathlon:   Today we launched our pentathlon with an exciting visit to Holy Trinity to take part in the long jump. We are looking forward to our other pentathlon races on Sports Day.

Sweet Sale:   We had our sweet sale this afternoon and all children were able to choose sweets with their 30p. If your child did forget the 30p we would be grateful if you could drop it into the office next week. The Sweet Sale was organised by the School Council to raise money for new playground markings. 

Class photographs: If you would like to order a class photograph, please return the form to the school office by next Wednesday, 27th. We have examples of the full size photographs in the main office area.

 

School trips (Year 1 and Year R):   Thank you for returning consent forms for the trips to Painshill Park (Y1) and GLive/the Look Out (YR). We did receive a number of forms without payment and would appreciate it if payment could be made as soon as possible. If this is a problem for you please let the office know.

 

Guildford in Bloom:   We have won a prize in the Guildford in Bloom competition again this year; a huge thank-you to all the staff and children who have been busy in the outdoor areas, particularly Pippa and her Gardening club. 

 

Kitchen vacancy:   We require a Kitchen Assistant in the Pewley Down Kitchen for 2 hours (12h00 till 14h00) every day starting asap! Training will be given as required by our friendly team in the Kitchen. Please contact Bev Reed (bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or ring 01483 539033) if you are interested or know someone who is interested.

 

PUPS:   The PUPS Holiday Playscheme will be running for the first three weeks of the summer holidays. Booking forms will be available on the website or from PUPS.

 

Queen’s Jubilee Jewellery competition: As already mentioned, Abi McNair Scott’s design was the winner of the Simon Pure competition. Phoebe Ship and Tabitha Hill-Price were also highly comended.

 

Lost: Mathilde Nusbacher (Chestnut) has lost her pink and white butterfly fleece and a pink hooded ‘Roots’ sweatshirt (it has a beaver on it). Sebastian Bennett (Walnut) has lost a blue Bench jacket.

Junior 22 June 2012

22 June 2012

Dear Parents

A really great part of my job is the variety that each day brings. Today started with an inspection of the long jump pit at Holy Trinity to make sure it was safe for all the Pewley Down children. It was, so I was able to briefly join the staff breakfast before Assembly. Assembly is always a high point of the day in both schools. This week we have been thinking about our talents and why we should use them. Children had written in to us about their own talents and how they can be used. This was all based around our theme of Joseph. This week featured his organisational skill in saving and rationing during the famine in Egypt.

Another change of gear saw me head off to a headteachers’ meeting of five local school heads at George Abbot. We had been called together to discuss the best way to help and support local schools which get into difficulty. There is a really close relationship between local schools and their headteachers’ as we work together to bring the best education to the children of our area.

Back to school for an hour long meeting with our new bursar, Lesley. I enjoy spending money, but not the real nitty gritty of accounting for each penny, which is why we employ experts. We have a budget approaching £2 million and employ about a hundred people, so it is quite a job.

At lunch time I was sorting in-service training for the rest of the term, as well as phoning several parents.

After lunch a high point was working with some year three children, including listening to some excellent readers from 3G and looking at some geography work from 3S. It is just great to see children making real and measurable progress.

And now it’s a really happy Friday afternoon in school. Parents working towards tonight’s fair, children working hard in so many ways always being encouraged and led by our committed staff.

So another great day, no dramas or problems, just solid good quality learning, caring and living together in our sharing community. I feel humbled and proud to be able to work for and lead such a great school.



With best wishes

School is closed on Friday 29th June and Monday 2nd July.

Sports Week
Next week is National School Sports week and we have some great taster activities arranged for the children.  Please ensure your child has their PE kit at school all week.

Mufti Day
There will be a Mufti Day on Tuesday 26th June in aid of the Pewley Summer Fair on Sunday, 8th July.

Year 3
Year 3 will be spending the day at the Infant School on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th, please drop off at Pewley from 0840 (see letter for details).

No Netball on Monday
There will be a tag rugby practice instead.

School cups and trophies
We have reached that time of year again when we need to collect in the cups and trophies that were awarded last year. We hope you have enjoyed looking after them. Please could you hand them in to the school office so that we can get them ready for this year's recipients, thanks?
 
School kit
Please can you make sure that all school sports kit is returned to school?

Tag Rugby
Congratulations to the year 6 team who have progressed to the Regional Tag Rugby Finals in Reigate next week.
 
Cricket
Congratulations to the year 6 cricket team who won the County Kwik Cricket Tournament and progress to the Regional Finals in Regent Park on July 4th.
 
Both teams have shown tremendous teamwork and tenacity.

Vacancy
We require a Kitchen Assistant in the Pewley Down Kitchen for 2 hours (12h00 till 14h00) every day starting asap! Training will be given as required by our friendly team in the Kitchen.  Please contact Bev Reed (bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or ring 01483 539033) if you are interested or know someone who is interested.


HTSC News

Please come and enjoy an evening of fun, games, shopping, food, drink and live music by Sax Accord!! Children will be able to enter the HT Pentathlon with lots of great prizes.
 
Raffle tickets should have come home this week, please make sure you return your ticket stubs so they can be included in the draw this evening.

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



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Wanted: Do you have a bike sitting in your shed unused and you are willing to sell? We are looking for a second hand girls or boys teenage bike (or possibly even small adult), 26" wheels, preferably 21 gears or more. Please contact Dawn on 01483 566013.  Thank you.

 

Junior 15 June 2012

15 June 2012

Dear Parents

It’s been a great week for trips and journeys this week. In fact only Year 2 and Year 5 have not been out!

Our Reception went to see ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ at GLive and have followed it up with lots of great activities.

At the other end of the school Year 6 have been away for the week at Preston Montford in Shropshire. This involved studying the history and geography of this area, which was the cradle of industrialisation.

All of these visits add so much to our children’s education as do all the experiences you do with them. We used to talk about ‘making memories’ when our children were young. We continue to do so even though they are now adults!

There are always two types of benefits to these trips. The first is the actual focus and secondly all the added benefits for the children which are the side effects. These included such things as courage; in taking part in the first place, socialisation with friends and other peers, dealing with difficulties in a safe situation. A good example of this is Year 4 who were faced with a very wet night when they were camping out at Shere. Rising to challenges which seem very hard is another benefit. Years 3 certainly rose to the occasion today and coped with strong winds and wet weather and yet were able to continue with their programme at Newlands Corner.

Year 1 went further a field this week with a great visit to Painshill Park.

All in all the children have been outstanding both in their behaviour and in their ability to cope with new situations. Thank you so much for your continued support of school journeys.

We will be sad to lose Thabo Metcalfe as a teacher at the end of term. Thabo trained with us and has had two excellent years in Year 2. He and his family are off to Cambodia, where Thabo will work in an International School.

With best wishes
Richard

Closure at End of Term
Many parents have requested an earlier finish in order to attend the Olympic Torch event. We will therefore finish at 1200 at the Infant School and 1215 at the Junior School on Friday 20th July. There will not be school dinners.

Mufti on Monday 18th June
Please wear mufti and bring in your contributions for the Summer Fair (see HTSC News below).

Netball
There will be a year 3 Introduction to Netball club running on Tuesdays after school 3.15 - 4.30pm between now and the end of term.  It is open to everyone and we look forward to seeing lots of budding players.

Pentathlon
For our special Olympic celebration of sport we have decided this year to involve all of our children in completing a pentathlon. The five events will be a sprint, a ball throw, a long jump, a vertical jump and a long distance run. Both of the runs will be timed and the throw and the jumps will be measured and awarded points. The idea is to encourage all of our children to have a go at and enjoy a variety of athletic events and do their own personal best. The cumulative score will be calculated for each child and everyone will receive a congratulations certificate with a record of their points. There will be medals for the top three girls and boys in each year group and which will be awarded at our celebration evening. Please could you help the children to make sure they bring their PE kit into school, thank you,

Olympic Torch Celebrations
If you have any spare tickets for this event please let the office know.

Family Softball Event
Tuesday 10th July - pitch off at 6.30pm. Mums & Dads, Boys & Girls, come & join us on Tuesday 10th July for an evening of softball here at Holy Trinity School. We are teaming up with the UKYBA to host this family event -no previous experience needed - just the need to have Fun!  Please register your players via email to: Richard@ukyba.co.uk
 


HTSC News

Summer Fair - Friday 22nd June
Please put the date in your diary and come and enjoy an evening of fun, games, shopping, food, drink and live music by Sax Accord!!  Children will be able to enter the HT Pentathlon with lots of great prizes.
 
Raffle tickets should have come home except for Year 6 where they will be coming home on Monday - please sell as many as you can.   All stubs to be returned by 21st June to the office so they can be included in the draw – or bring along on the night.  

The rotas for the stalls are coming together however all years still need extra help so please volunteer your services to your Class Reps to help on a stall on the night.

Mufti on Monday 18th June - Donation Day for the fair

The boxes for the donations are now in the forum (at the bottom of the ramp) – please fill them up with any of the following:

  • Bottles – Any type of bottles for the bottle tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup! 
  • Jolly Jars or Bags – decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
  • Unopened good quality gifts and toys
  • Farmers Market Goodies – Please bring in on the day plants, cakes, jams, fudge, home grown vegetables, bread etc etc.

Next HTSC Meeting – Tuesday 19th June, 8pm Staff Room – all welcome.
 


Lost and Found:
All Year 5's and their parents please check their clarinet numbers. Joshua Pomeroy had his clarinet at the front of the class and it has been picked up by accident. The number is 130. If everyone could please check their numbers they may find they have 2 at home.

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George Abbot Summer Ball
As you may know, George Abbot PTA is holding its first Summer Ball on Friday 29th June in aid of the astro pitch to be built at the school. Although the pitch will have a 3G artificial grass surface which is ideal for football, the pitch will also be used for hockey and an existing hockey club, Surrey Spartans, who currently use Surrey Sports Park, want to set up a junior section of the club at the school. This pitch would enable hockey to be taught at George Abbot for the first time. This pitch will therefore benefit all future George Abbot pupils and the wider community including those who belong to football teams like Guildford Saints and Burpham Juniors. We would like to encourage some more future parents to come along and enjoy a fantastic evening at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking (Coaches provided). This is also a great opportunity to meet some new parents and have lots of fun! Details of the event are given in the flyer which is available from the reception desk, the deadline has been extended to Friday 22nd June.

Team Keiller (Louise, Emma (Y4) and Katie (Walnut)) will be running the Tesco 5k Race for Life in Stoke Park this Sunday in aid of Cancer Research in memory of Louise's sister and the girls' lovely Auntie Fi. Please sponsor us if you can. Thank you. www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/louisekeiller. Thank you, Louise Keiller.
 
Going for Gold- Olympic-themed Holiday Club for 5-11yr olds at Christ Church, Guildford GU1 2AZ. Get to know God through crazy games, creative crafts, lots of silly fun, drama and a live band. Wed 25-Sun 29 July, 9.30am-1.30pm, £10 per child, booking line opens on Monday 18th June.  Please call Louise on 01483 301927. Becky Ruckert, Children and families' Minister, Christ Church, Guildford.  www.christchurchguildford.com  07403 326948/ 01483 455198

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in YrR & Georgia in Yr4) will be opening her house & studio on Friday 15, Sunday 17, Tuesday 19, Friday 22, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June from 11am – 5pm displaying abstract & semi- abstract paintings from the past year at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. Phone 01483 870127 / 07796 780042 or e-mail becca.clegg@ntlworld.com for more details or just drop in. Prices from £15 - £300, sizes from 30cm square to 80cm square. Cards also available.

RASASC (Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) has been given a voucher for a Family Ticket for Spectrum Leisure Pool (peak or off-peak) to be used by 30 June 2012. Value £19.50. If anyone could use it and would be willing to buy it from us please ring 01483 452900 or email admin@rasasc-guildford.org. The money will go to help rape victims in Surrey.

Don’t be bored this summer
Are you looking for exciting things to do during the summer holidays? The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13. Journey through space with the Astrodome; practise bushcraft; enjoy a trip on the river. Try football, ice-skating, diving, cycling and even go-karting. Crafts, cooking, golf, science – all this and much more in our programme which can be seen on our website http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/ or pick up a paper copy in the school office or in Guildford Library's children’s section. Booking night is Tuesday 26th June - don't miss it!

For Sale:
- Two micro scooters £35 each and teenage boys bike £50 - all in good condition. Please call Sally on 07966 411961.
- Red 'Out n About' Nipper 360 3 wheeler pushchair - nearly new - £100. Please call Katharine on 01483 578760.

Infant 15 June 2012

15 June 2012

Dear Parents

It’s been a great week for trips and journeys this week. In fact only Year 2 and Year 5 have not been out!

Our Reception went to see ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ at GLive and have followed it up with lots of great activities.

At the other end of the school Year 6 have been away for the week at Preston Montford in Shropshire. This involved studying the history and geography of this area, which was the cradle of industrialisation.

All of these visits add so much to our children’s education as do all the experiences you do with them. We used to talk about ‘making memories’ when our children were young. We continue to do so even though they are now adults!

There are always two types of benefits to these trips. The first is the actual focus and secondly all the added benefits for the children which are the side effects. These included such things as courage; in taking part in the first place, socialisation with friends and other peers, dealing with difficulties in a safe situation. A good example of this is Year 4 who were faced with a very wet night when they were camping out at Shere. Rising to challenges which seem very hard is another benefit. Years 3 certainly rose to the occasion today and coped with strong winds and wet weather and yet were able to continue with their programme at Newlands Corner.

Year 1 went further a field this week with a great visit to Painshill Park.

All in all the children have been outstanding both in their behaviour and in their ability to cope with new situations. Thank you so much for your continued support of school journeys.

We will be sad to lose Thabo Metcalfe as a teacher at the end of term. Thabo trained with us and has had two excellent years in Year 2. He and his family are off to Cambodia, where Thabo will work in an International School.

With best wishes
Richard

Closure at End of Term
Many parents have requested an earlier finish in order to attend the Olympic Torch event. We will therefore finish at 1200 at the Infant School and 1215 at the Junior School on Friday 20th July. There will not be school dinners.

Mufti, Monday 18 June:  
In line with Holy Trinity (who have a mufti day on Monday for their summer fair) children at Pewley Down should also come to school on Monday in their own clothes.

Year 2:   Please could all Year 2 children bring in a packed lunch next Thursday 21 June and on Thursday 5 July when we have the new Reception children visiting and staying for lunch.
Also, if you have a child in Year 2 transferring to Holy Trinity in September please ensure you return the Year 3 paperwork to either the HT or PD office by Monday 18 June – if you haven’t already done so.  Thank you. 

School Council Sweet Shop, Friday 22 June:   The School Council are running a sweet shop in the hall next Friday afternoon to raise money for re-doing the playground markings.  We would like to ask each child to bring in 30p so they can buy some sweets in the afternoon – just as they would for a cake sale.

The Big Golden Boot Challenge:   Along with many Surrey schools we are encouraging ‘green travel’ during the summer term.  From today, Friday 15 June, and then on Friday 22,Thursday 28 and Friday 6 July  we will be  asking the children how they came to school. We are encouraging walking, car sharing, park a little way away from school and walk, cycling and using scooters.   We will enter the data together onto the online chart and the children will be able to see how everyone comes to school. We will award the class with the highest number of ‘green’ travellers at the end of the challenge with the ‘Golden Boot’!

Dads’ Day, 3 & 4 July:   Please make sure that dads see the letter coming home in book bags today.

Olympics week 9-13 July:   Letters went out earlier in the week about our Olympics week when children will be working in their houses and learning about different aspects of the Olympics.  We will be creating a ‘Wall of sporting fame’ for children to bring in any special certificates, photos or medals and there will also be a Competition to design and make an outfit for one of the toys representing the Olympic events.

Colourful Plants Please!   Our playground doesn't have many colourful plants in it at the moment. The Eco team are keen to change this and would be very grateful for any donations of bright bedding plants.  Please bring any colourful plants or cuttings you can spare to your child's teacher. Thank you very much.

School Trips (Year 1 and Year R):   Thank you for returning consent forms for the trips to Painshill Park (Y1) and GLive/The Look Out (YR).  We did receive a number of forms without payment and would appreciate it if payment could be made as soon as possible.  If this is a problem for you please let the office know.

A reminder that school is closed on Friday 29 June (Inset) and Monday 2 July (mid-summer holiday). 


FOPS News

Midsummer Bash - 23rd June:   We realise some of you may have missed the deadline for ordering food so we are now offering "disco and bar only" tickets for this event. Come along from 8.30 PM onwards, claim your free drink from the bar on arrival and dance the evening away to live music from great local band "One-Eyed Dog"  - all for just £7 !!  Tickets available until Wed 20th June - please hand in £7 to school office in an envelope clearly marked "DISCO" and with your child’s name and class so we can get tickets to you in time so you dont miss out on the fun!

Last FOPS meeting of the year - Monday 18th June at 8 PM in the Staff Room.

A big thank you to Suzie Turner (Mum of Aidan in Y1) for volunteering to be FOPS Secretary next year. We are still in need of a Chair - this is not a complicated role - largely a coordinating role - but FOPS cannot function without one and the school will lose out on a lot of much needed funding for lots of lovely extras for your children. Please consider if you could take on this role - any questions, please contact Louise (louise.keiller@gmx.com).

Still looking for sponsorship for bouncy castle and Punch and Judy at the Summer Fair (a total of £315 needed but any contribution towards these costs gratefully received). Again, please let Louise know if you can help. Thank you.
 


Ballet Club:   Ballet is cancelled next week (21 June) owing to Olympic rehearsal!  An extra week has been added to make up for this.  The performance and final week of ballet is on 5 July.

Drumming Club:   Jack, who leads the drumming club, has been offered an amazing opportunity to play with the show bands on cruise ships.  It is an opportunity he feels he has to take and, therefore, won’t be able to continue his drumming class.  Jack sends his apologies and would like to thank you for the wonderful time he has had teaching the children.

Lost:  Chloe Atkinson has misplaced her Hello Kitty (named albeit a little faded) wellies

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Going for Gold:   Olympic-themed Holiday club for 5-11yr olds at Christ Church, Guildford GU1 2AZ. Get to know God through crazy games, creative crafts, lots of silly fun, drama and a live band. Wed 25-Sun 29 July, 9.30am-1.30pm, £10 per child, booking line opens on Monday 18 June, call Louise on 01483 301 927.

Don’t be bored this summer:   Are you looking for exciting things to do during the summer holidays? The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13.  Journey through space with the Astrodome; practise bushcraft; enjoy a trip on the river.  Try football,ice-skating, diving, cycling and even go-karting.  Crafts, cooking, golf, science – all this and much more in our programme on our website http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/ or pick up a paper copy in the school office or in Guildford Library's children’s section. Booking night is Tuesday 26 June - don't miss it!

Team Keiller (Louise, Emma (Y4) and Katie (Walnut)) will be running the Tesco 5k Race for Life in Stoke Park this Sunday in aid of Cancer Research in memory of Louise's sister and the girls' lovely Auntie Fi. Please sponsor us if you can. Thank you. www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/louisekeiller

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in YrR & Georgia in Yr4) will be opening her house & studio on Fri 15, Sun 17, Tues 19, Fri 22, Sat 23 & Sun 24 June from 11am – 5pm displaying abstract & semi- abstract paintings from the past year at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. Phone 01483 870127 / 07796 780042 or e-mail becca.clegg@ntlworld.com for more details or just drop in. Prices from £15 - £300, sizes from 30cm square to 80cm square. Cards also available.


Infant 1 June 2012

01 June 2012

Dear Parents

A very happy Jubilee to you all. I do hope you will be joining in the fun and celebration. I was a 1952 baby (which means of course a significant birthday is rapidly approaching). It is amazing to think that Elizabeth has been the Queen for all of that time. There have been huge social changes as well,  the most notable of which, I suppose, is a huge rise in personal income leading to a much higher standard of living. Education standards have also increased dramatically. Learning is now so much broader with children given a wider range of experiences. I suppose the down side of that is that with the very narrow curriculum of the 1950’s (in some subjects) notably numeracy; children became very adept at very difficult sums!

Of course looking back now it all seems idyllic and I think in many ways it was; dawdling to Busbridge School in Godalming along cherry tree lined roads, pausing to call a few insults at the boys in the posh school and arriving to the sound of the bell ringing its welcome. Then lessons which seemed to be mainly nature study, as the yellow hammer sang out in the surrounding hedges or another favourite was gardening – the headmasters garden! We also played a lot of cricket.

I am amazed and saddened that some things which we thought were relics of harsh Victorian times have returned; for example a narrow National Curriculum and schools living in fear of the visit of the inspector. There are elements of our present system which really do remind me of Dickens ‘Hard Times’.

So as we celebrate the Queen and all the changes for good let us be really vigilant and not allow systems which stifle creativity and narrow experience rather than opening our children’s eyes to all the wonders and possibilities that life offers them.

With best wishes
Richard

Infant Classes for Next Year
Year R – Sian, Sarah
Year 1 – Emily & Nicola, Hannah (newly appointed)
Year 2 – Rosie, Sheena
Teachers will be very carefully choosing classes towards the end of the month and we will announce them on the last Monday of term. Please do not ask teachers for preferences for your child’s next teacher. If you do wish to discuss that matter please contact me, Nicola, Helen or Debbie. Thank you, Richard.

Clubs:-
  • Out and About and Field Games will not be running on the Tuesday after half term (12 June) as we have some of the new reception children visiting.
  • There is one Drumming Club session left and this will take place on Tuesday 19 June.
  • Lego, Gardening and Film clubs were very popular and therefore children were split into two groups (A and B).  After half term it is the turn of Group B children.

Year 1 visit to Painshill Park, Tuesday 12 June
Please return your permission slip and payment for the Painshill trip as soon as possible – if you haven’t already done so.

Jewellery Design Competition
Congratulations to Abi McNair Scott who won the Simon Pure jewellery design competition.

Bedding plants
After half term we are planning a mass planting session in the front playground and other outdoor areas, so we would love to have any spare, colourful bedding plants you may have.  Please bring them in to your child’s class teacher after half term.  Many thanks.

Year 2
As part of their Dinosaur topic Year 2 are organising a Dinosaur Café on Tuesday 26 June.  If anyone has a chocolate fountain or some dinosaur cookie cutters which we could borrow, we would be very grateful.  Please contact Year 2 teachers or the office. 


 

FOPS News

Midsummer Bash - 23rd June - tickets for this event will be issued after half term.

Summer Fair - Sunday 8 July - 12-2 PM
We need lots of help to make this event work. In particular, if anyone is willing to organise and run the bar that would be great. Also, please start collecting glass jars for the ever popular Jolly Jar stall. We are still looking for sponsors for the bouncy castle and Punch and Judy. Please let Louise know if you can help (louise.keiller@gmx.com). Thank you.

FOPS needs a new Chair and Secretary
Louise Alfonsi has very kindly agreed to stay on as Treasurer of FOPS next year, but as Year 2 children move up to the HT site in September, the current Chair and Secretary will be standing down at the end of this school year. If you would like to find out more about what these roles entail, please drop me a line (louise.keiller@gmx.com) and I will be very happy to fill you in! FOPS is a Registered Charity and it cannot operate without a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, so it is really vital that we find a new Committee otherwise the PTA cannot continue to fufil its role of supporting the school through fundraising and organising social events. Please do consider if you could help in this way. Thank you.
 


Fluffy Gardening
Just a reminder - as some of the children seem to have forgotten by the time they got home - that  the pots they planted up at the Fluffy gardening activity last Friday contain rocket seeds and when the salad leaves grow they can be eaten!

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Charlotteville Jubilee Streeet Party
Louise Chalmers is looking for outdoor toys to go into the Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party 'young children's play area' - such as plastic slides, push along toys, baby swings - if you feel you have anything please call Louise on 457406 to arrange pick up.

Clarks – kids shoes without the queues!
Clarks offer a handy appointments service to have children’s shoes fitted and this year, from July 2012, parents are also able to book appointments online.  This is designed to help parents plan their shopping and take the guess work out of when to avoid the queues.  There are now 4 ways to arrange your time slot: 

  • visit the Clarks website: www.clarks.co.uk/fitting (available from July 2012).
  • telephone your local store, Guildford, on 0844 499 3135.
  • visit your local store to make an appointment or to be fitted there and then if available.
  • call the Fitting Appointment Hotline on 0844 248 8408.

Junior 1 June 2012

01 June 2012

Dear Parents

A very happy Jubilee to you all. I do hope you will be joining in the fun and celebration. I was a 1952 baby (which means of course a significant birthday is rapidly approaching). It is amazing to think that Elizabeth has been the Queen for all of that time. There have been huge social changes as well,  the most notable of which, I suppose, is a huge rise in personal income leading to a much higher standard of living. Education standards have also increased dramatically. Learning is now so much broader with children given a wider range of experiences. I suppose the down side of that is that with the very narrow curriculum of the 1950’s (in some subjects) notably numeracy; children became very adept at very difficult sums!

Of course looking back now it all seems idyllic and I think in many ways it was; dawdling to Busbridge School in Godalming along cherry tree lined roads, pausing to call a few insults at the boys in the posh school and arriving to the sound of the bell ringing its welcome. Then lessons seemed to be mainly nature study, as the yellow hammer sang out in the surrounding hedges or another favourite was gardening – the headmasters garden! We also played a lot of cricket.

I am amazed and saddened that some things which we thought were relics of harsh Victorian times have returned; for example a narrow National Curriculum and schools living in fear of the visit of the inspector. There are elements of our present system which really do remind me of Dickens ‘Hard Times’.

So as we celebrate the Queen and all the changes for good let us be really vigilant and not allow systems which stifle creativity and narrow experience rather than opening our children’s eyes to all the wonders and possibilities that life offers them.

With best wishes
Richard

Junior Classes for Next Year
Year 3 - Ginnie, Sheila, Maggie/Gillian
Year 4 - Julia, Nick, Mel
Year 5 - Rebecca, Henry, Alison
Year 6 - Mary, Clare, Sarah/Tracey

Teachers will be very carefully choosing classes towards the end of the month and we will announce them on the last Monday of term. Please do not ask teachers for preferences for your child’s next teacher. If you do wish to discuss that matter please contact me, Nicola, Helen or Debbie. Thank you, Richard.

Can you be a volunteer Reading Partner?  Are you interested in joining the team?  We already have volunteer parents who come in to listen to children read first thing in the morning or just before picking up time.    This programme is worth its weight in gold as it takes up very little time and has proven to increase children's reading accuracy and comprehension.  You can come in for fifteen minutes once, twice or three times per week.  For more information please pop in and speak with Lynn or email her on lynne@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Family Softball Event -Tuesday 10th July - pitch off at 6.30pm
Mums & Dads, Boys & Girls, come & join us on Tuesday 10th July for an evening of softball here at Holy Trinity School. We are teaming up with the UKYBA to host this family event -no previous experience needed - just the need to have Fun!  Mixed Teams - Organ Music – BBQ. Please register your players via email to: Richard@ukyba.co.uk
 


 

HTSC News

Zumba Evening at HT
Thanks to everyone who came along on Wednesday and enjoyed a fun dance evening, we raised well over £100. Special thanks to Mandy Bloomfield for organising and giving her time to this event 

Phil the Bag  
A big thank you to everyone who cleared out their cupboards and brought in old clothes and shoes etc, we had a huge number of bags.

Jubilee Cake Sale Friday 1st June
Thanks to everyone who baked cakes and for all the help. We had an amazing selection.

Dates for the diary

Summer Fair - Friday 22nd June
Please put the date in your diary and come and enjoy an evening of fun, games, shopping, food, drink and live music by Sax Accord! Children will be able to enter the HT Pentathlon with lots of great prizes.
 
Raffle tickets will be sent home after half term – please sell as many as you can.   All stubs to be returned by 21st June to the office so they can be included in the draw – or bring along on the night.   Please start making those jolly jars over half term and looking out unopened good quality toys and gifts that you no longer want.  We also need chocolate and bottles for the tombolas.

Easyfundraising
Would you like to raise funds for the school every time you shop online? If so, follow this link for information http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford
 


Lost and Found:
A set of 7 badges from Girl Guiding UK was handed in to the School Office yesterday.  If you know to whom these belong, please come and let us know.  Thank you.

Lunch Menu Week 3 - See website

Holiday Club - St Saviour’s Holiday club 7th – 10th August 2012.  9.30 – 1pm.  Fun, Crazy Games, Craft, Sporting highlights from Olympic games, messy challenges and much more.  Come along with a packed lunch it’s free!  This year it is being held at Holy Trinity School so there is more space for more fun!  To sign up contact Emma@st-saviours.org.uk or pick up a registration form at school or at the church.

The Charlotteville Street Party on the 4th June will be held in Cline Road and we are delighted to learn out that Rory Kennedy and Charlie Robinson, former HT pupils, will be on the stage in the Marquee.  This is a great community event and we hope you will be able to join the party,  Adults £8 and Children £4 to include Tea Party, entertainment for all ages, excellent Conisbee’s Barbecue and Tante Marie Salads, 2pm-11pm.  Ticket Wristbands available now, but not for long, from Gina on 01483 598420 www.charlotteville.co.uk