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Infant 19/6/15

19 June 2015

Dear Parents

Too much stress is the curse of many people’s lives. Too many things which have to be at an unreachable level, especially when such things others seem to be achieving with ease. We looked at these issues at our regular staff in-service training this week.

I think that all of us would agree that children should be allowed to have a childhood, free from the pressure which can be almost an inevitable part of adult life. We are committed, through our oft-stated values that children should have a love of life and a zest for learning and also that they and indeed everyone in our school should be treasured and loved as a unique child of God. Not a lot of room here for being driven and forced into harder, faster and better results at all costs. This type of teaching particularly at primary age is in fact counterproductive and can give rise to disenchantment and disengagement at a later point in their educational journey.


I work hard not to have staff over-stressed as well, trying not to pass the pressure, which regularly comes to me via local and national initiatives, on to the teachers and other staff. We looked at the causes of stress in schools, at its effects and how it can be moderated and reduced.

I believe that the main cause of burn out is when we are working and living at full capacity and then a major negative life event strikes and pushes us over the top.

John Greenleaf Whittier the Victorian poet and missionary wrote a long poem berating South Sea Islanders for using the drug Soma, and then in the last few verses compared the lives of westerners whose ‘drug’ was stress. It’s amazing that he recognised the same problem well over a hundred years ago. These verses were set to music and became the popular hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. One of the verses says:
Drop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease
Take from our lives the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace,
The beauty of thy peace.

Wishing you a happy and relaxed weekend.
With best wishes, Richard


Monday 29 June – a reminder that school will be closed for the mid-summer holiday.

Healthy Week:
The children have had a wonderful week enjoying skipping workshops, Boogie Pumps, rounders, Change for Life and flying kites – what a magnificent set of activities. Thank you so much to Julia Brown for co-ordinating the week and inspiring us all to live healthier lives.

Job Opportunities: We are looking to appoint a range of part time Teaching Assistants to work across the school, supporting children with English as an additional language, working with particular individuals with special educational needs and being part of the everyday life of a classroom. The posts will be suitable for people who have excellent communication skills in English, are numerate and who have the ability to work flexibly and effectively on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicants will love children, live out our values and be keen to join in enthusiastically with our school community. Please see the Vacancies tab on our school website to see a job description and find the Application Form that you will need to complete and send to Bev Reed either by hand or email to recruiting@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Please note that the HTPD Federation is committed to safeguarding and all appointments are subject to enhanced clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Start Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Calling for an accounts examiner:
The school needs to appoint an ‘independent examiner’ to review the voluntary funds accounts annually. This could be a parent as long as the person is not operationally involved with managing those funds and activities. It should be someone qualified to review accounts who has approximately two or three days available annually in the summer term to complete this work. Please speak to Lesley in the finance office or to Richard or Clare. Thanks.

Mufti, Friday 26 June:
A reminder that children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) on Friday 26 June which is the donation day for the Summer Fair. This is a mufti day for the infants only.

Teacher-led clubs: The week commencing Monday 29 June will be the last week for teacher-led clubs.

Year 2 packed lunches 30 June & 14 July
: owing to the move-up mornings and new entrants visiting, children in Walnut Class will need to bring a packed lunch on Tuesday 30 June and Chestnut Class will need a packed lunch on Tuesday 14 July.

FOPS

Summer Fair - Donation day Friday 26 June
Our Summer Fair will be held on 5 July 2015. This is always a lovely afternoon of fun, games and food on the school field, which has previously raised a significant amount of money for the school. We hope you will join us. To make it a success, we need your help please and we are asking you to donate items for the stalls:
• Booty Bags– Please fill a small size sandwich bag with sweets, chocolates and small toys (left-overs from party bags are great) and tie it with a ribbon. Please make sure that the Booty Bags are unisex and do not contain nuts or anything which could be dangerous for small children such as boiled sweets or marbles. These are very popular, so please make as many as possible. For more details check out “Help! What’s A Booty Bag?” on the PTA page of the school website.
• Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any bottle from olive oil to bubble bath, from squash to champagne. The more the merrier!
• Good quality second hand books and toys.
Please bring all donations and leave them in the boxes in the playground on Friday 26 June, which will also be a Mufti Day for the children. Raffle tickets will be coming home in book bags next week. Thank you for your support.

Action Sunday! Pewley Down Tidy-up, Sunday 28 June, 10am
We are looking for all you wonderful parents to come and donate some of your time (1-2 hours) to tidy up the outside areas at Pewley Down ready for the Summer Fair. Tasks required include cutting back, sweeping the playgrounds and other areas, general tidying up of flower beds etc. Could you please bring along brooms, dustpan & brushes, secateurs, green recycle bags/bin liners etc. It would be fantastic to have a tidier outside space that our children can all benefit from and enjoy throughout the summer at school. You could bring the children along to help or just play together in the playground and have some fun (obviously you will need to keep a close eye on them and they will need to be under your supervision)! I really hope you are up for the challenge - many hands make light work!! Jayne (Austin, Charlie & Oliver's Mummy)

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Recycle Challenge: This week Recycle Man has challenged Hazel Class to use old clothes to create something fun or useful. Please bring your creations into school on Thursday or Friday.

Class Photographs: Order forms for class photographs are coming home in book bags today. Orders should be returned to the school office by Friday 26 June.

Guildford Montessori Nursery School are holding a summer fair on Saturday the 4th of July 2pm-4pm at The Spike Centre, Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH. Please feel free to come along. 30% of all profit will go to a local Charity called Challengers who provide specialist play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people.

Blackheath Vintage & Craft Fair:
Sunday 12 July, 10am – 3.00pm, Blackheath Village Hall
Further information / book a table: contact Kathy: 07825 769409, klawsonccc@gmail.com

Tennis Summer Camps:
Premier Tennis are offering week long Summer Tennis camps for your child, held at the nearby Charterhouse School at a discounted rate for the week of £139. All our coaches are Ofsted registered and DBS checked, and are sure to provide an excellent experience for your child.
July Camps: 20th-24th and 27th-31st
To book or for more information please give us a call on 0845 475 1147 and quote: GUILDSCH1
Alternatively visit us online at www.premiertennis.co.uk

Menu for week beginning Monday 22 June
Mon: Chicken & Leek Fricassee with Pasta or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous, Roast Potatoes; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Freshly Baked Roll; Apple Crumble with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Macaroni Cheese; Banana Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.