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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