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.