• HT Christmas Fair Donations Day - Friday 24 Nov - Mufti for HT

Infant 27/6/13

27 June 2013

Dear Parents

Someone said that children learn seven times faster outside than inside. I have no idea who came up with this rather spurious finding, but it is interesting and surprising that children need space and time to really succeed in learning. The other statistic I heard on the ‘One Show’ was about children playing outdoors. Apparently one third of under 10s have never climbed a tree, only 2% of primary children cycle to school and almost no children play in the road. (They do in my road all the time so that beats the statistics!).

I’m sure that you agree with me that outside learning and adventure are great things and are a blessed antithesis to the constant absorption and interaction with screens! How often have you found yourself fiddling with your phone while watching television?

As a school we do seek to encourage life in the great outdoors. Building camps and making toys from twigs is a very popular part of Fluffy Fridays and the Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse is an opportunity to realise that it is possible to live completely outside for three days.

Years R, 1 and 2 enjoy their weekly trips to the Wild Place. Such a wide variety of activities happen there and it is often a place to suspend disbelief and enter a world of imagination.


At the other end of the school, in Year 6, Trinity Trek is a great opportunity for children to spend 24 hours stretching, in a safe environment, their abilities to walk, set up camp, cook their own food and sleep (?!!?) through the night. It is a great experience; optional – but all the Year 6 children took part.

I do hope this weekend the weather will enable us to get outside and get stuck into our own adventure!

With very best wishes,
Richard


Golden Boot Challenge
We had a very exciting finish to the Golden Boot Challenge today. Walnut class won the Golden Boot for making the biggest green change to their travel to school and Chestnut class were the runners up. Both Year 2 classes were given Golden Boot badges and all children received a sticker. We hope that, by taking part in the challenge, children will continue to come to school using greener modes of travel.

Guildford in Bloom
We were very surprised and happy to hear that the Guildford in Bloom judges liked our school garden very much and we were awarded two gold prizes. Thank you again to the fantastic children who showed our visitors round the school.

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (1-5 July) is the last week for teacher-led clubs (Tuesday: Out and About, Games; Wednesday: Binca, Construction, Choir; Thursday: Story Club, Recorders).

Move-up day, Thursday 4 July
The second move-up morning for Years R and 1 is next Thursday. Chestnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch that day.

Year 2 Dinosaur Exhibition, Friday 5 July, 9.00 am
Parents of Year 2 children are invited to come along to the dinosaur exhibition and café next Friday. Walnut class parents should go to the exhibition in the classrooms at 9.00am followed by the café in the hall at 9.30am. Chestnut class parents will visit the café first at 9.00am and the exhibition at 9.30am.

Other dates for the remainder of term
Wednesday 3 July last swimming for Year 2
Tuesday 9 July, 9.20am Sports day
Weds & Thurs 10 & 11 July Year 2 transition days at HT
Wednesday 17 July, 2.00pm Open afternoon
Monday 22 July Year 2 BBQ and beach
Tuesday 23 July, 9.30am Year 2 Leavers’ assembly 9.30
Wednesday 24 July, 1.30pm End of term.

No Nuts
A reminder that we are a nut-free school. Please ensure that your child’s lunch box does not include any products containing nuts.

FOPS NEWS

Phoenix Cards
A reminder that any Phoenix Cards orders need to be returned to the School Office by 4 July. All orders will be delivered before the summer holidays. The school will receive 30% commission on orders placed.

Class Reps & FOPS Committee 2013-4
If you are interested in getting involved with FOPS or becoming a class rep next year, please let Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know. We will need two class reps for each class. We are also looking for someone to take on the role of Treasurer and of Chairperson.

Creepy House’ Summer Reading Challenge 2013
During the summer holidays Surrey Libraries are inviting children aged 4-11 to take part in this year’s summer reading challenge, Creepy House. Children can join at any Surrey Library from Saturday 13 July onwards. They will be given their own Creepy House poster and can collect stickers, a bookmark and other incentives as they read. Children who complete their challenge by reading 6 books will receive a special medal and certificate. Many libraries will also be organising special Creepy House events. To find out more go to: www.surreycc.gov.uk/kidstuff or telephone 0300 200 1001.

Menu for week beginning Monday 1 July

Guildford Holiday Fun
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.
Baking, bushcraft and bowling; diving, donutting; golf and go-karting and many more activities, such as archery and a trip on the river. The full programme can be downloaded from our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/. Or pick up a paper copy from Pewley or Holy Trinity office or in Guildford Library children's section. Booking night is Tuesday 2nd July - don't miss it!

Cranleigh School Summer Holiday Activities, 29 July – 30 August, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
At Cranleigh our aim is to provide safe, affordable child care for boys and girls aged 5-15 years throughout the holidays, in the form of day camps offering traditional sports, arts and crafts and a range of specialist activities including bush craft, pony morning, climbing, kayaking, archery and a host of other exciting pursuits. Also, Summer Swim School, Tuesday 27 – 30 August 2013. All abilities from 4+ years. Childcare vouchers accepted. For more information please email sportsclub@cranleigh.org or phone 01483 542125

Junior 27/6/13

27 June 2013

Dear Parents

Someone said that children learn seven times faster outside than inside. I have no idea who came up with this rather spurious finding, but it is interesting and surprising that children need space and time to really succeed in learning. The other statistic I heard on the ‘One Show’ was about children playing outdoors. Apparently one third of under 10s have never climbed a tree, only 2% of primary children cycle to school and almost no children play in the road. (They do in my road all the time so that beats the statistics!).

I’m sure that you agree with me that outside learning and adventure are great things and are a blessed antithesis to the constant absorption and interaction with screens! How often have you found yourself fiddling with your phone while watching television?

As a school we do seek to encourage life in the great outdoors. Building camps and making toys from twigs is a very popular part of Fluffy Fridays and the Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse is an opportunity to realise that it is possible to live completely outside for three days.

Years R, 1 and 2 enjoy their weekly trips to the Wild Place. Such a wide variety of activities happen there and it is often a place to suspend disbelief and enter a world of imagination.

At the other end of the school, in Year 6, Trinity Trek is a great opportunity for children to spend 24 hours stretching, in a safe environment, their abilities to walk, set up camp, cook their own food and sleep (?!!?) through the night. It is a great experience; optional – but all the Year 6 children took part.

I do hope this weekend the weather will enable us to get outside and get stuck into our own adventure!

With very best wishes,
Richard

Events happening week commencing Monday, 1st July
Monday, 1st July - school closed
Wednesday, 3rd July – Year 6 children visit St. Peter’s for Moving Up Day
Friday, 5th July – Summer Fair (6–8pm)

Focus Group
If you are interested in giving input to our Ofsted Action Plan and School Development Plan, may I remind parents that the Focus Group will have its initial meeting on Thursday, 4th July at 7.45 p.m. at Holy Trinity. It is not too late to join the group – just turn up or better still, drop me an email and then I will add your name to the list of parents who have already been in touch, and you will be sent some papers before the meeting.

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

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July
 
Raffle tickets should have come home.  All stubs to be returned by 4th July to the office so they can be included in the draw – or bring along on the night.  
 
Parentmails will be coming from your year group rep for help with the stalls, please volunteer your services.
 
Summer Fair - We need the following items :

BOTTLES - Any type of bottles for the Bottle Tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup!           
 
JOLLY JARS OR BAGS  - decorated jars/bags filled with small toys/sweets.              
  
GIFTS - Please bring in any new unwanted gifts that may be suitable for the hampers.

AMERICAN MARKET GOODIES – On the day of the fair please bring in plants, cakes, jams, home grown vegetables, bread and any American food goodies 
 
PLEASE NOTE: this year we will not be doing a Toy Tombola so no toys please

BBQ – We are looking for helpers to set up the BBQ straight after school on the day of the fair.

We are looking for sponsorship for a bouncy castle.  Any donation gratefully received.   If you or your company are able to help, please let Caroline know caroline@swifts.me.uk.



Lost/Missing
Jamie Atkinson (Year 5) has lost his green fleece. Please could you check your bags? Thank you.

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Junior 21/6/13

21 June 2013

Dear Parents

I have just been reading an article about Jack Andraka, you may have heard the name. He is a fifteen and has discovered a near 100 per cent accurate test for pancreatic cancer that diagnoses early enough to ensure an almost 100 per cent chance of survival. Currently this form of cancer has only a five per cent chance of survival. Apparently the test is 400 times more sensitive, 168 times faster and 26,000 times cheaper costing only 2 or 3p a time!

It is a great story and he describes himself as an ‘ordinary kid’ from Crownsville, Maryland. After a chequered primary school career based around soaking his teacher with a water bomb, he became a ‘straight A’ student at secondary school – a ‘bad’ state school on the city borders. He had a passion for science and something else: “I guess it’s how you use information. It’s about creativity rather than facts. I’m a creative thinker. My parents never told me answers. They told me now to think not what to think. I disagree with our bulimic education system: learning by rote and then puking up all the facts in an exam”.

It reminds me of a letter from a former parent I received urging us not to be deflected from our creative curriculum. He has just been awarded an MBE for services to further education. His daughter received History and Gladstone prize from Cambridge University. She now has an MSc from the LSE and is working for the radical think-tank Demos. His son is in the middle of a Cambridge degree but took time out to work for the Obama campaign and is now heading to Geneva as an intern for the WHO.

He told me that they considered Holy Trinity School to be one of the most profound influences on the education of both children.

I’m hoping that in future years we will hear of more great young people doing great things like Jake Andraka. I also hope that like Josephine and Phelim some of them will be from Holy Trinity Pewley Down where we aim to teach how to think and not what to think.

At the end of this school year we will be saying goodbye to two of our teachers. Rosie Welch and Tracey Dowse are both leaving us to take up promotions in other schools. Rosie is going to be Deputy Head in a church school in Norfolk and Tracey is going to be second in charge in an infant school in the Dorking area. We will write much more about their great contribution later in the term.

I thought you would like to know the class teachers for 2013/14:
Reception – Sian Stanley & Sarah McKenzie
Year 1 – Hannah Blakemore & Emily Russell
Year 2 – Sheena Preston & Maggie Burgess/Gillian Trumble
Year 3 – Ginnie Gregory, Nick Walker & Claire Cruddas
Year 4 – Sheila Manson, Julia Morrison & Mel Cassidy
Year 5 – Alison Tester, Henry Vincent & Heather Havermans
Year 6 – Mary Booth, Sarah Davies/Clare Brunet & Cheryl Brace (maternity cover for Rebecca Plaistowe)

With very best wishes, Richard


Events happening week commencing Monday 24 June
Monday 24th – Mufti and HT Summer fair donations
Wednesday 26th – Year 6 Lido visit
Thursday 27th – Year 3 World War II Tea Party 1:45-2:45pm school hall
Friday 28th – INSET Day, school closed.

Monday 1st July – Midsummer holiday – school closed

There will be no Dodgeball club on Wednesday 26th.

Dangerous Book Club
There will be no Dangerous Book Club on Monday 24 June. We will meet again on July the 8th.

Schools Sports Kit
Please would you return any kit you have at home, we really need everything for district sports.

Year 6 Lido Visit
We will meet at the Lido at 9.45, please bring a packed lunch and sun cream, hat and warm layer. Thanks.

Cricket
Congratulations to both the boys and girls cricket teams who played at the County finals this week at Epsom College. The girls team managed to win the plate, great team work!

Tag Rugby
It was fantastic to see 30 of our Year 5 and 6 boys and girls playing in the festival this week at St Peters. Well done to the Year 5 team who came in 2nd place.

Year 6 Final Night Out!
Don’t miss our final Year 6 Night Out. Friday 19th July 8.00pm at Bridget Parker’s house (Jessica 6C) 1 The Ridgeway, Guildford, GU1 4DG. Please bring a bottle and nibbles to share. Thank you, Year 6 Reps.


PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Whole School Cake Sale
Thanks for all your cakes! Please remember to collect your cake tins.

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July

Raffle tickets should have come home. All stubs to be returned by 4th July to the office so they can be included in the draw – or bring along on the night.

Parentmails will be coming from your year group rep for help with the stalls, please volunteer your services.

DONATION DAY IS MONDAY 24TH JUNE, children can wear Mufti that day. Please bring in your donations & leave them at the bottom of the ramp. We need the following items :

BOTTLES - Any type of bottles for the Bottle Tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup!

JOLLY JARS OR BAGS - decorated jars/bags filled with small toys/sweets.

GIFTS - Please bring in any new unwanted gifts that may be suitable for the hampers

AMERICAN MARKET GOODIES – On the day of the fair please bring in plants, cakes, jams, home grown vegetables, bread and any American food goodies

PLEASE NOTE: this year we will not be doing a Toy Tombola so no toys please

BBQ – We are looking for helpers to set up the BBQ straight after school on the day of the fair.

We are looking for sponsorship for a bouncy castle. Any donation gratefully received. If you or your company are able to help, please let Caroline know caroline@swifts.me.uk.


Lost/Missing
• Navy blue Keller sweat shirt – Archie Jones (3MG)
• Navy blue Keller sweat shirt and navy blue PJ shorts (t-shirt material) – Seb Shenton (3MG)

St Saviour’s Holiday Club is going to be ‘Out of This World’ this year. It takes place on 6-8th August between 9.15 and 12.30 for a fun packed space adventure including astronauts, aliens, science experiments, games, noise, songs and space goo! For more information and to register online www.outofthisworld2013.org.uk

Limited Edition Vans Online exclusive, purple glittery, adult size, only worn once, paid £45. Comes with box and receipt. Sensible offers call Jo 07775 940884.

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Infant 21/6/13

21 June 2013

Dear Parents

I have just been reading an article about Jack Andraka, you may have heard the name. He is a fifteen and has discovered a near 100 per cent accurate test for pancreatic cancer that diagnoses early enough to ensure an almost 100 per cent chance of survival. Currently this form of cancer has only a five per cent chance of survival. Apparently the test is 400 times more sensitive, 168 times faster and 26,000 times cheaper costing only 2 or 3p a time!

It is a great story and he describes himself as an ‘ordinary kid’ from Crownsville, Maryland. After a chequered primary school career based around soaking his teacher with a water bomb, he became a ‘straight A’ student at secondary school – a ‘bad’ state school on the city borders. He had a passion for science and something else: “I guess it’s how you use information. It’s about creativity rather than facts. I’m a creative thinker. My parents never told me answers. They told me now to think not what to think. I disagree with our bulimic education system: learning by rote and then puking up all the facts in an exam”.

It reminds me of a letter from a former parent I received urging us not to be deflected from our creative curriculum. He has just been awarded an MBE for services to further education. His daughter received History and Gladstone prize from Cambridge University. She now has an MSc from the LSE and is working for the radical think-tank Demos. His son is in the middle of a Cambridge degree but took time out to work for the Obama campaign and is now heading to Geneva as an intern for the WHO.

He told me that they considered Holy Trinity School to be one of the most profound influences on the education of both children.

I’m hoping that in future years we will hear of more great young people doing great things like Jake Andraka. I also hope that like Josephine and Phelim some of them will be from Holy Trinity Pewley Down where we aim to teach how to think and not what to think.

At the end of this school year we will be saying goodbye to two of our teachers. Rosie Welch and Tracey Dowse are both leaving us to take up promotions in other schools. Rosie is going to be Deputy Head in a church school in Norfolk and Tracey is going to be second in charge in an infant school in the Dorking area. We will write much more about their great contribution later in the term.

I thought you would like to know the class teachers for 2013/14:
Reception – Sian Stanley & Sarah McKenzie
Year 1 – Hannah Blakemore & Emily Russell
Year 2 – Sheena Preston & Maggie Burgess/Gillian Trumble
Year 3 – Ginnie Gregory, Nick Walker & Claire Cruddas
Year 4 – Sheila Manson, Julia Morrison & Mel Cassidy
Year 5 – Alison Tester, Henry Vincent & Heather Havermans
Year 6 – Mary Booth, Sarah Davies/Clare Brunet & Cheryl Brace (maternity cover for Rebecca Plaistowe)

With very best wishes, Richard


MUFTI, Monday 24 June
The juniors are having a mufti day on Monday for their summer fair. It will therefore also be mufti for children at Pewley Down although obviously no donations are required.

Move-up days
Next Wednesday 26 June is move-up day for Year R and Year 1 when children find out which class they will be in next year. Year 2 will go swimming as usual. Walnut class should bring a packed lunch on the 26th.
The second move-up day is Thursday 4 July when Chestnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch.

Perform Workshops
The children enjoyed some taster sessions with Perform Workshops today. They had a fantastic time following Phileas Fogg off on an adventure to Australia and I am sure they will tell you all about the crocodile.

Year R trip to the Look Out Discovery Centre
The children had a very happy day at the Look Out Centre on Wednesday. They were particularly excited to be going on their first coach trip and had great fun exploring all the learning zones. Particular highlights were the water zone and the giant Lego building site where they worked together as a team and tiled a whole roof! Look out for photos on the website.

Year 1 trip to Painshill Park
Year 1 had a very busy but exciting day at Painshill Park on Wednesday. The children were thrilled to meet a real pirate called Captain Adam who played games with them. They also went on a hunt for buried treasure. Thank you to everyone who helped on both our trips this week.

Long weekend
School will be closed on Friday 28 June (Inset day) and on Monday 1 July (midsummer holiday).

Golden Boot
Thursday 27 June is the last day for the Golden Boot challenge. Please make an extra special effort that day to travel to school in greener ways.

Year 2 Dinosaur Museum
If anyone has any dinosaur cookie cutters we could borrow for the Dinosaur Café we would be very grateful. Please contact the Year 2 teachers or the office.

FOPS NEWS

Phoenix Cards
Phoenix Cards are offering 30% cash back to the school on any orders placed before 4 July. You should have received a flyer in your child’s book bag.

Second Hand Uniform
If you have any school uniform in good condition which your child has outgrown, we would be very grateful for donations for use at school and to sell at the second hand uniform sale for new entrants on 4 July.



Found:
We have found some money in the trays in Hazel Class. Please contact the office if you think this may belong to you.

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Guildford Holiday Fun
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.
Baking, bushcraft and bowling; diving, donutting; golf and go-karting and many more activities, such as archery and a trip on the river. The full programme can be downloaded from our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/guildfordholidayfun/. Or pick up a paper copy from Pewley or Holy Trinity office or in Guildford Library children's section. Booking night is Tuesday 2nd July - don't miss it!

For sale
• Aquarium - Fluval Vicenza 260 (248L) complete with cabinet, filtering pump (305), strip canopy lights, heater and accessories £150 o.n.o. Call Julia 01483 449866. Please note this item is large and heavy and will need 2 people and transport to remove it.

• TP double giant swing frame with 1 swing seat and 1 skyride seat £30. Call Julia 01483 449866.

• 2-seater solid oak double futon sofa bed. £400 o.n.o. Bought less than 1 year ago from Futon Company. Almost identical to their Oke model on www. futoncompany.co.uk. A few minor scratches, in need of a quick sale. £700 when bought new. Contact Gemma on 01483 856285.

Infant 14/6/13

14 June 2013

 Dear Parents

I was thinking of that great part of the film ‘Life of Brian’, when Brian is trying to dissuade the crowd from following him. “You’re all individuals” he tells them and they chant it back to him. “You’re all different” he says and again they repeat his words except` for one little man who says “I’m not”, “shush” say the crowd all together.

The fact is that we are all different and we are all individuals. Even our wonderful pairs of identical twins are different. We have one of our values that ‘everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God’. This has a great bearing on how we work at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We aim to treat children with real respect and see them as wonderful, unique and valued. This means that the approach for one child may be different from another child. We do not seek to see a year group of children as an amorphous mass that need to be fed precisely the same diet of learning at the same time.

The educational jargon word for this is differentiation (not the rather tricky mathematical memory from school days). We were criticised for not matching the level of work to a child’s ability in the Ofsted snapshot. The reality is that we are pretty good at this from year R onwards. We appreciate and celebrate difference and diversity be it in learning style, nationality, race or religion. I’m sure that sometimes we get it wrong, but this doesn’t stop our commitment to each child.

Thank you for your continued support of the school and the real buy-in to parent/school partnership. It is one of the great strengths of the school.

With very best wishes, Richard


Friendship letters
Prior to allocating children to their classes for next year we ask you and your child to provide us with the names of four friends from their year group. A letter about this is being sent home today (14 June) for children in Year R and Year 1. Please return the completed letter to the school office by Wednesday 19 June.

School trips, Wednesday 19 June
Year 1 will be visiting Painshill Park on Wednesday. Children need to wear school uniform with comfortable shoes or trainers (depending on the weather you can choose to wear joggers instead of a skirt or school shorts). They will also need a waterproof coat or sunhat and cream (depending on the weather) and a picnic and drink in small backpack. Pirate hats, patches or face paint are optional.
Year R will also be out visiting the Look Out Discovery Centre and need to wear school uniform with comfortable shoes and bring a waterproof coat/sunhat and their lunch with a drink in a small backpack.

Long weekend
A reminder that school will be closed on Friday 28 June (Inset day) and on Monday 1 July (midsummer holiday).

Golden Boot
The Golden Boot challenge (travelling to school in greener ways) will continue on Friday 21 and Thursday 27 June (and not Friday 28th as previously stated).

Year 2 Pewley Dinosaur Museum, Friday 5 July
There is a change to the date of the Dinosaur Museum which will now be open on 5 July – further details to follow.

Guildford in Bloom
The judges for Guildford in Bloom visited us this week to look round the school grounds. They liked everything very much and some of the Eco Team showed them round with great enthusiasm and even gave them a strawberry to eat!

FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Thank you for supporting the school so generously with your time and money last weekend. We hope you and your families enjoyed the Summer Fair. We have raised approximately £2,300 for the school which is a fabulous effort. Thank you to all those who ran stalls, donated prizes, jolly jars and bottles and those who gave up their time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to set up and clear away. A particular thanks go to the Class Reps who put in a lot of hard work to ensure we had lots to do and eat at the Fair.

Phil the Bag
This is the perfect weekend for a clear out to make way for all those summer clothes we will hopefully be needing. And, conveniently, there will be a Phil the Bag textiles collection on Monday 17 June. Please consider donating all your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, hats, bedding and towels to the school. Donations can be brought in on Monday morning in any plastic bag or bin bag and left on the grass in front of the staff room for collection. FOPS will receive cash for every kilo donated which will be put towards school projects. The textiles are then sold on and distributed to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries, which at the same time saves our environment from the burden of further resources going to landfill. If you would like to know more about the scheme, please see the website: http://www.philthebag.co.uk/about.html

Piano Lessons
Our piano teacher Lis (Surrey Arts) has spaces at both Holy Trinity and Pewley Down for September. Please phone her on 01276 20095 to arrange lessons.

Lost
Savannah Pomeroy has lost her Keller house t-shirt. The t-shirt is named.

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Junior 14/6/13

14 June 2013

Dear Parents

I was thinking of that great part of the film ‘Life of Brian’, when Brian is trying to dissuade the crowd from following him. “You’re all individuals” he tells them and they chant it back to him. “You’re all different” he says and again they repeat his words except` for one little man who says “I’m not”, “shush” say the crowd all together.

The fact is that we are all different and we are all individuals. Even our wonderful pairs of identical twins are different. We have one of our values that ‘everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God’. This has a great bearing on how we work at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. We aim to treat children with real respect and see them as wonderful, unique and valued. This means that the approach for one child may be different from another child. We do not seek to see a year group of children as an amorphous mass that need to be fed precisely the same diet of learning at the same time.

The educational jargon word for this is differentiation (not the rather tricky mathematical memory from school days). We were criticised for not matching the level of work to a child’s ability in the Ofsted snapshot. The reality is that we are pretty good at this from year R onwards. We appreciate and celebrate difference and diversity be it in learning style, nationality, race or religion. I’m sure that sometimes we get it wrong, but this doesn’t stop our commitment to each child.

Thank you for your continued support of the school and the real buy-in to parent/school partnership. It is one of the great strengths of the school.

With very best wishes, Richard


Events happening week commencing Monday 17th June

Friday 21st June – Year 6 Trinity Trek

School Clubs - A new list is now available on the website.

Clubs Plus
Clubs bills are coming home today with your children – Monday for Year 3s – please look for them in bags.

Trinity Trek
Please drop food and camping gear in 6C on the morning of the Trek, all food and equipment must be clearly marked.

Bentley Copse
A big thank you to everyone who took tents home, they are now needed for the Trinity Trek so please return them to school.

Holidays during school time
Although we have not had the final details yet, we have been advised that head teachers will not be able to approve school holidays at all from September 2013 and that we will be obliged to pass on absences for holidays to the Education Welfare Officer. Fixed penalty notices of £60 per child per parent (i.e. £120) will be issued by SCC. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution.

Sainsbury’s Vouchers
Please note that the vouchers will be collected on Friday 21st June. Please remember to bring them in before this date so that we can place our order! So far, you have collected approximately 22,000 vouchers! Thank you so much for your support.

Year 6 Final Night Out!
Don’t miss our final Year 6 Night Out. Friday 19th July 8.00pm at Bridget Parker’s house (Jessica 6C) 1 The Ridgeway, Guildford, GU1 4DG. Please bring a bottle and nibbles to share. Thank you, Year 6 Reps.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Whole School Cake Sale – Thursday 20th June
Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. At recent cake sales we have been short on cakes so please do try and send cakes in on the day so that there are enough to go around. The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. Each cake costs 25p so we suggest you send your child in with 50p - £1.00.

If you want your container returned please mark clearly - they will be left at the bottom of the ramp for collection.

We are also looking for helpers on the day, from 1:15 we need a few people to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to Lesley Wood uniform@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July
We will be asking for donations of jolly jars/bags, bottles for the bottle tombola and unwanted gifts to be brought into school on Monday 24th June. We will be asking for donations of fresh produce and plants on the day of the fair.

We are looking for sponsorship for a bouncy castle. Any donation gratefully received. If you or your company are able to help, please let Caroline know caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Call Out for Handy/DIYers
We need a Wheel of Fortune game for the upcoming school fair (& all future school events) and ideally would like one made for us, as they are very costly to buy.

We have found a very easy tutorial on how to make one, so we are looking for a handy volunteer who is happy and skilled enough to take the task on. The PTA are happy to re-imburse any costs to make the wheel. www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Prize-Wheel

There is also the option of making a cheap & cheerful version, using a lazy susan but we would prefer the large version above. See here: http://doodlecraft.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/new-and-improved-cuter-super-spinner.html

If you can help us with this task, please get in touch with Stephanie Henley to discuss further on 01483 827453 or email: stephanie.henley@ntlworld.com

Lost/Missing

  • Holly Rozier in Year 4 has lost a named Green Hollister Hoodie with Yellow writing. She last had it at Bentley Copse but it is not amongst the lost property that was brought back from the site. If you find it, please return to Holly in 4M. Thank you.
  • Navy blue sweatshirt name tag Archie Jones, last seen in 3MG 2 weeks ago.

Piano Lessons
Our piano teacher Lis (Surrey Arts) has spaces at both Holy Trinity and Pewley Down for September. Please phone her on 01276 20095 to arrange lessons.

Menu - Week 3

Infant 7/6/13

07 June 2013

Dear Parents

As I write the staff are just arriving back from our annual Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse. What a great week they have had! The children described it as “the best thing they had ever done” and the teachers as “the most idyllic teaching experience you could possibly have”. For me this has been a week which centred on two evening meetings both very important, but different in many ways.

On Wednesday evening many of you attended the feedback from the Ofsted report at Holy Trinity meeting. Thank you to all of you who came and for your contributions. I think the meeting enabled us to cast light about the Ofsted process and our experience of it as well as pointing us to the future and the changes we will make in order to still further improve our children’s education. Thank you for those who have volunteered for the focus group. If you would like to join that please email me richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. The first meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.45pm at Holy Trinity School. The next stage in the inspection process will be a visit from a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate who will spend a day in the school and will give comments on our action plan and how the school is moving forward. This will be an important visit and I will let you know the result of it. It is likely that this will happen in the next 2-3 weeks.

On Thursday evening there was a more joyful and relaxed meeting at Pewley Down when we welcomed the parents of our new entrants. We have an exceptional team who described what life would be like for their children in the reception class. This was followed by a hilarious video of the children giving a child’s view of the same topic. Surprisingly the two gave pretty similar messages. This reminds me that I am so grateful to the commitment of all our staff at both sites who give so much of themselves and just keep on giving.

Another group I would like to thank is our hard working Governors who are often seen as being in the background and according to our latest questionnaire, whose work is not understood by a significant number of parents. Their job is to be a critical friend to work alongside the management of the school giving advice and to hold the school to account for its actions and decisions. This they do willingly, tirelessly and by bring their many talents with them. I heard on Wednesday of a governing body of a school in Surrey who resigned en bloc when the school received a level 3 Ofsted judgement. Our situation could not have been more different. The governors have been there at every step of the road giving advice, time and support.

Summer in a primary school is always a happy time with many outdoor activities and even more opportunities for learning within the environment. The sun has shone this week as have the children at Holy Trinity, Pewley Down and Bentley Copse. A former parent who is about to have a child start at the school again sent me this quote from the great Brazilian pedagogist, Paolo Freire: “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other”. The parent is now director of one of the major schools of study at Surrey University. Both he and I feel this quote sums up what education at HTPD is like.

Along with this Newsletter we are sending the notes from the meeting on Wednesday evening – these are not formal minutes, but an indication of what the meeting was like. Follow this link to view.

With best wishes, Richard


Moderation

This week we have had our 4-yearly visit from Surrey when they come in to look at how we are assessing the children in Year R and Year 2 and the accuracy of these assessments. We are delighted to say that both of these sessions went extremely well. We are not given a grade but it must be a positive when the moderator leaves saying it is one of the most enjoyable assessments they have undertaken.

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that Construction, Out and About and Outdoor Games clubs were each split into two groups as they were very oversubscribed. Children in the second group will now be taking part for the rest of this half term.

Class photographs
Order forms for class photos were sent home earlier this week. Please return orders to the school office by Friday 14 June. Larger copies of the photographs are available to view in the office area.

Year 2
Please could Year 2 children wear their house t-shirts to school on Wednesday 12 June as Liz Pomeroy will be taking photographs of the children for the Year Book.

Parenting Workshop
Do you think your child has or have they been diagnosed with: ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) or behavioural problems.
Would you like support?

A specialist child Psychologist and Psychotherapist has offered to run several workshops for us at Holy Trinity this term (they will be open to all parents at Holy Trinity Pewley Down).
If you think you would be interested or require further information please contact Lucy Cray (Home School Link Worker) by Friday 14 June on:07525 324070 or lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Places will be limited.

Last call for Sainsbury’s ActiveKids vouchers
Please bring in any remaining ActiveKids vouchers by Friday 14 June. They will then be counted and sent off to Sainsbury’s.

FOPS NEWS

SUMMER FAIR - SUNDAY 9 JUNE 12-2PM
We hope to see many of you at the School Summer Fair on Sunday. There will be a Bouncy Run, Punch & Judy, Ice Cream Factory, traditional & not-so traditional games and lots, lots more. There will also be hot food and a bar so why not have lunch at the fair? Please join in the fun and support the school.
Thank you for all your donations and offers of help on the stalls.

Things we need some help with please!
There are still a few things we need help with in order to be ready for the fair on Sunday.
• Do you have a gazebo that we could borrow? It looks like the weather will be good on Sunday (fingers crossed!) so a couple more gazebos to provide shade would be very welcome. If you have one we could borrow, please contact Emily (07956 664028 / emilybourke@msn.com).
• Do you have a swingball set we could borrow? Again, please let Emily know if you could help us with this.
• Home Produce Stall - please bring any donations of cakes, jams, plants or other home produce on Sunday morning.
• We will be setting up at the following times over the weekend. If you have a spare hour, all help is welcome (and will be rewarded with a glass of wine/beer!).
o Friday - 7pm to 9pm
o Saturday - 3pm to 5pm
o Sunday - 10.30am to 12pm & 2pm to 3pm
A final reminder that if you haven't returned any raffle ticket counterfoils & money, please make sure that they are handed into the raffle stall before 1.30pm on the afternoon of the fair. There are some great prizes on offer.

PHIL THE BAG: There will be a Phil the Bag textiles collection on Monday 17 June. Your child will have brought home a "Phil Bag" in their book bags. If you are clearing out old clothes and shoes, please pop them in the bag and bring them to school on Monday 17 June. The school receives cash for every kilo we collect. (You can use any bin bag or plastic bag to donate items).

Lost
• Mabel Boissiere, Hazel Class, has lost her straw sun hat with a yellow band and her pink sunglasses.
• George Fowler, Oak, has lost his named Mandela sweatshirt.
• Tobi Daramola, Chestnut, has misplaced her school jumper (Tu, 11-12 years, un-named).
• Lewis Dean, Willow, has lost his Clarks school shoes (black, velcro). They have been missing since before half term.


Menu for week beginning Monday 10 June
Mon: Beef Bolognese or Vegetable Pasta, Peas & Sweetcorn, Courgettes; Carrot Cake
Tues: Harvest Chicken & Rice or Mexican Vegetable Fajitas, Green Beans, Carrots; Apricot Shortbread
Weds: Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding or Quorn Roast, Roast Potatoes, Creamed Swede, Broccoli; Jelly & Fruit
Thurs: Margherita Pizza, Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Cauliflower; Chocolate Cake & Sauce
Fri: Fish Fingers or Basil & Tomato Pasta, Chips, Peas, Carrots; Fruit Mousse


Choir Belles: If you have ever fancied singing in a choir, come along to join the Choir Belles at St Peter's School main hall on a Tuesday evening (7.30pm until 9pm). A number of HTPD Mums go - it is fun, relaxing and costs £5 per session (pay as you go/when you come). For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Choir-Belles/514564611918707 or phone Hayley on 0845 355 0589.

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios: As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in Yr1 & Georgia in Yr5) will be opening her studio on Thursday 13 Evening 6-9pm, Friday 14, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, & Sunday 23 June 11am – 5pm showing her latest abstract & semi-abstract paintings & some felt pieces at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. www.becart.co.uk or www.facebook.com/BecArtPaintings for details. Prices from £10 - £300. Cards also available.

Junior 7/6/13

07 June 2013

Dear Parents

As I write the staff are just arriving back from our annual Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse. What a great week they have had! The children described it as “the best thing they had ever done” and the teachers as “the most idyllic teaching experience you could possibly have”. For me this has been a week which centred on two evening meetings both very important, but different in many ways.

On Wednesday evening many of you attended the feedback from the Ofsted report at Holy Trinity meeting. Thank you to all of you who came and for your contributions. I think the meeting enabled us to cast light about the Ofsted process and our experience of it as well as pointing us to the future and the changes we will make in order to still further improve our children’s education. Thank you for those who have volunteered for the focus group. If you would like to join that please email me richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. The first meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.45pm at Holy Trinity School. The next stage in the inspection process will be a visit from a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate who will spend a day in the school and will give comments on our action plan and how the school is moving forward. This will be an important visit and I will let you know the result of it. It is likely that this will happen in the next 2-3 weeks.

On Thursday evening there was a more joyful and relaxed meeting at Pewley Down when we welcomed the parents of our new entrants. We have an exceptional team who described what life would be like for their children in the reception class. This was followed by a hilarious video of the children giving a child’s view of the same topic. Surprisingly the two gave pretty similar messages. This reminds me that I am so grateful to the commitment of all our staff at both sites who give so much of themselves and just keep on giving.

Another group I would like to thank is our hard working Governors who are often seen as being in the background and according to our latest questionnaire, whose work is not understood by a significant number of parents. Their job is to be a critical friend to work alongside the management of the school giving advice and to hold the school to account for its actions and decisions. This they do willingly, tirelessly and by bring their many talents with them. I heard on Wednesday of a governing body of a school in Surrey who resigned en bloc when the school received a level 3 Ofsted judgement. Our situation could not have been more different. The governors have been there at every step of the road giving advice, time and support.

Summer in a primary school is always a happy time with many outdoor activities and even more opportunities for learning within the environment. The sun has shone this week as have the children at Holy Trinity, Pewley Down and Bentley Copse. A former parent who is about to have a child start at the school again sent me this quote from the great Brazilian pedagogist, Paolo Freire: “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other”. The parent is now director of one of the major schools of study at Surrey University. Both he and I feel this quote sums up what education at HTPD is like.

Along with this Newsletter we are sending the notes from the meeting on Wednesday evening – these are not formal minutes, but an indication of what the meeting was like. Follow this link to view

With very best wishes, Richard

Events happening week commencing Monday 10th June
Thursday 13th June - Film Night for Years 3 - 6. NB. All after school teacher led clubs cancelled.
Friday 14th June - Year 3 Sleepover

Sports Dates for your diary
Friday 5th July - District Sports at the Urnfield 1.30-5pm
Tuesday 16th July - Sports Day 1-3pm
Friday 19th July - House Swimming Gala 2-3pm, St. Catherine’s School

Moderation
This week we have had our 4-yearly visit from Surrey when they come in to look at how we are assessing the children in Year R and Year 2 and the accuracy of these assessments. We are delighted to say that both of these sessions went extremely well. We are not given a grade but it must be a positive when the moderator leaves saying it is one of the most enjoyable assessments they have undertaken.

Swimming
What an exciting evening of swimming we had at the Guildford Primary Schools’ swimming gala. Both the atmosphere and the team spirit were fantastic. It was very close in the last few races and Holy Trinity managed to get joint first place with the Raleigh School. Congratulations to all of the children involved and thanks to all of the parents and friends for your support.

A big thank you also to Wey Valley Swimming Club who organised the event.

Holy Trinity swim club runs on Fridays
We are very fortunate to have the use of St. Catherine’s School pool in Bramley who have been very accommodating. There are three sessions depending on ability. We are currently reviewing the groups and the timings and will have a few spaces in September when our current year 6 children move on. If you are interested in joining please email me on gillianr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk to arrange a trial in order that we can best assess your child’s swimming needs.

Netball
Sorry there will be no Year 4 netball on Wednesday as we have a girls’ athletics match. Please could all of the school netball kit be returned to school at the beginning of the week, thanks?

New Club
A History club will be starting on Tuesday lunchtimes 12.30 in the library, open to all year groups. Lego will run as normal.

Dangerous Book Club
There is no club on Monday 10th of June. Next club is Monday 17th of June. Please note that this club is full, if your child is interested email me and I will keep a waiting list. geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Sainsbury’s Vouchers
Please note that the vouchers will be collected on Friday 21st June. Please remember to bring them in before this date so that we can place our order! So far, you have collected approximately 22,000 vouchers! Thank you so much for your support.

Fairtrade Snack Sale
The Eco Team are running a Fair Trade snack sale at break time each day. All snacks cost 50p. Profits raised from the sale are used to improve the school grounds. We now have 4 fruit trees which the children will be planting during the following week.

Traffic in Cline Road
Please take extra care when entering Cline Road due to the building works.

Parenting Workshop
Do you think your child has or have they been diagnosed with: ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) or behavioural problems? Would you like support?

A specialist child Psychologist, Psychotherapist has offered to run several workshops for us at Holy Trinity this term (they will be open to all parents at Holy Trinity Pewley Down.) If you think you would be interested or require further information please contact Lucy Cray (Home School Link Worker) by 14 June on: 07525-324070 or lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Places will be limited.


PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Thank you for all the Phil the Bag donations. A total of £455 was raised. A huge ‘thank you’ to you all.

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July
Here's early notice that we will be asking for donations of jolly jars/bags, bottles for the bottle tombola and unwanted gifts to be brought into school on Monday 24th June. We will be asking for donations of fresh produce and plants on the day of the fair.

We are looking for raffle prizes if you are able or know of a company who is able to donate or sponsor our main prize (Mini iPad) please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

This year we are having an American theme for the fair, so if you have any suggestions or ideas for stalls please email Caroline.

Next HTSC Meeting Wednesday 12th June at 8pm.



Film Night Year 6 Leavers’ Fundraiser
Come along to the HT Summer Film night next Thursday, 13th June. We are screening two films ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ for years 3-5 and ‘Parental Guidance’ for year 6. There will be popcorn and refreshments and a chance to win the film! See posters and ticket form attached for full details.

Tickets will be on sale 3.15-3.45 daily from the office from Thursday, 6th June. Alternatively, completed forms with payment will be collected from your child’s class each morning, and tickets sent home with your child. Tickets issued on a first come, first served basis and is exclusive to HT pupils only.

All teacher-led after school clubs will be cancelled for that day.

Menu - Week 2

 



If you have ever fancied singing in a choir, come along to join the Choir Belles at St Peter's School main hall on a Tuesday evening (7.30pm until 9pm). A number of HTPD Mums go - it is fun, relaxing and costs £5 per session (pay as you go/when you come). For more information, see www.facebook.com/pages/Choir-Belles/514564611918707 or phone Hayley on 0845 355 0589

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in Yr1 & Georgia in Yr5) will be opening her studio on Thursday 13 Evening 6-9pm, Friday 14, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, & Sunday 23 June 11am – 5pm showing her latest abstract & semi-abstract paintings & some felt pieces at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. www.becart.co.uk or www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk/event/studios.php studio number 36 for details. Prices from £10 - £300. Cards also available.

There is a Picnic and Pimms Evening at Chilworth on Thursday, 20th June. Proceeds will go to Blackheath Cricket Club and Chilworth CofE School. Please see www.blackheathcc.co.uk for more information.