Junior 28/3/13

28 March 2013

Dear Parents,

At the end of the term I want to say a big thank you to you all for making my job so pleasant and rewarding, and for all the volunteering which is greatly helping the children to make great strides in progress. You are just such a great group to work with, unfailingly helpful, understanding and co-operative. Children benefit so much from the efforts of parents working directly with them. This is particularly true in the many reading groups and also in encouraging your children to take part in Mathletics. By the way, we are already seeing a real correlation between Mathletics and progress in classroom maths.

We all enjoyed our Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church yesterday. It was the last service when we were led by Judy Dickinson’s excellent and sensitive playing, and the first service where our boys’ choirs performed a medley of love songs to round off our theme for the term, which was “learn to love”. The service focussed on the words of St. Paul to the Romans, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Rosie and I mentioned several things which may try to separate us, and agreed that in all circumstances we can be sure of God’s love for us. This is the true heart of the Easter message, that through Jesus’s dying and rising again, God shows his consistent, unconditional love.

Do have a very happy Easter and enjoy the break. Let’s hope for some warmer weather!

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing Monday, 15th April:
Monday, 15th April at 8.40am - Start of Summer Term.
Thursday, 18th April - Public Speaking auditions for Years 3 – 6.

Reminder:
Wednesday, 24th April - Swimming lessons begin for 3S and 4J.

House Public Speaking will be held in House assembly on the first Thursday back after the holidays. The subject this year is: What is more important - the winning or the taking part? If children would like to enter, they should prepare a short speech discussing the question, to last for 1 - 2 minutes.

Dodgeball - What a brilliant day we had at the inaugural school Dodgeball competition held at Cobham yesterday. Our team of ten boys and girls from years 5 and 6 played 9 matches in total winning 8 of them to get through to the final where they eventually came second and received silver medals. Well done to everyone involved. Click here for pictures.

School Clubs
Please follow this link for the Summer term clubs.

Packed school Lunches: we will be starting packed lunches at school from the 16th of April. We will be offering various filled sandwiches; a drink; a biscuit or cake; a fruit or vegetable sticks. Please let the kitchen know in writing if you prefer your child to have a hot dinner. Thank you.

 


PTA (HTSC) News

Next Meetings:
Tuesday 23rd April
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May
Come and join us for a fun evening. Details to follow after the holidays.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Sainsbury's Voucher scheme
Please note that the new contact for the Sainsbury's Voucher scheme is Rosalind Moss. If you wish to become a part of this fantastic fund raising scheme for the school, or simply want to amend your existing order, please email her at simbil@btinternet.com or phone 01483 546487. Thanks.


Lost
Summer Bown in 4M lost a named, Nightingale sweatshirt 2 weeks ago. Please would you check to see if you have the correct shirt or maybe check your bags? Thank you.

THANKYOU! to everyone who helped make our Charity Quiz Night such a huge success. We raised a total of £1051 which completely exceeded our expectations and our fundraising target with still 3 months to go until the big hike! All the money going to Caring Matters Now will make a real difference and we really appreciate your generosity and support. Susanna and Jeremy Hoar.

New Club - BoogiePumps will be starting at Holy Trinity after the holidays on a Wednesday afternoon. Click here for details.

There is also the new Amazing Art Club which will take place on Tuesday's after school club: Make Magical Maps, Paper Boats, Soaring Kites, stitch Beautiful Books and more with artist and inspiring teacher Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. Please see her website for gallery of children’s work from Watts Gallery, Painshill and the Lightbox. Maximum 12 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 weeks: sessions run Tuesdays 3.30 – 5.15pm at Holy Trinity School. The Club runs from 23rd April – 2nd July (half term 28th May). Year 5 pay for 9 weeks if they are on the Brenscombe Farm trip. For more details or to book your place please contact 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 (evenings) or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com

St Martha's Easter Fun Day - Easter Monday (1st April) 2-4p.m. Christ Church and St Martha's are holding an Easter Fun Day at St Martha's Church on Easter Monday. We will be serving free refreshments and holding an Easter Egg Hunt from 10.30 in the morning until 4.30 in the afternoon. The main children's activities start at 2pm with face painting, Easter crafts and lots, lots more. Everything is free so please join us at the church, whatever the weather! For further information please call Jeremy Hoar (Martha 5A, Elspeth 3MG) 07942 825798.

Year 4 Mums’ Night Out! Come and join us on Thursday, 2nd May at Jo Clarks in the High Street.

Mike Warrington (Father to Sophie 6M, Isabella 4N and Jamie in Hazel) is running the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April. He’s running for 2 amazing local charities, Brain Injury Group -(http://www.braininjurygroup.org.uk/Pages/HowardsStory.aspx) and Shooting Star Chase (http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/) and would be thrilled if you were able to help them by donating using the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mikewarr,

For Sale: bunk bed suitable for a girl’s bedroom – lilac and white wood! £150 including mattresses. Please call Bev on 892 712.

Menu - Week commencing 15th April

Infant 28/3/13

28 March 2013

Dear Parents,

At the end of the term I want to say a big thank you to you all for making my job so pleasant and rewarding, and for all the volunteering which is greatly helping the children to make great strides in progress. You are just such a great group to work with, unfailingly helpful, understanding and co-operative. Children benefit so much from the efforts of parents working directly with them. This is particularly true in the many reading groups and also in encouraging your children to take part in Mathletics. By the way, we are already seeing a real correlation between Mathletics and progress in classroom maths.

We all enjoyed our Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church yesterday. It was the last service when we were led by Judy Dickinson’s excellent and sensitive playing, and the first service where our boys’ choirs performed a medley of love songs to round off our theme for the term, which was “learn to love”. The service focussed on the words of St. Paul to the Romans, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Rosie and I mentioned several things which may try to separate us, and agreed that in all circumstances we can be sure of God’s love for us. This is the true heart of the Easter message, that through Jesus’s dying and rising again, God shows his consistent, unconditional love.

Do have a very happy Easter and enjoy the break. Let’s hope for some warmer weather!

With best wishes, Richard


Mathletics
Don’t forget to play Mathletics over the Easter holiday. This term’s highest scorers were:
Year R: Brice Hoskins, Viktor Koch
Year 1: Veronika Koch, Toby Alfonsi
Year 2: Jenson Hoskins, Martha Fitzwater
Overall class winners were Chestnut class.


FOPS NEWS

Barn Dance
Despite the snow, we had a good turn out for the Spring Barn Dance on Saturday. We soon warmed up and parents and children had great fun dancing together! Thank you to the band, Pat and John from the Wessex Barn Dance Band, for keeping us on our toes. Thank you too to all those who helped set up and clear away at the end. We will let you know how much we raised for the school shortly.

FOPS Meeting
The next FOPS meeting will be taking place on Monday 22 April at 8pm in the staff room. We will be considering projects around the school which require our financial support. All are very welcome!
We will also be planning the Summer Fair so if you would like to be involved, please join us!

We are also considering a Summer Party for parents. We need a team to organise this. If you love party planning or just love a good party, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily (emilybourke@msn.com).

Easy2Name
We have set up a fundraising arrangement with Easy2Name, who sell a wide variety of name tapes, stickers, shoe bags etc. Easy2Name will pay 20% commission on any order to the school. So if you're running out of name tapes, please consider www.easy2name.com and quote "Holy Trinity Pewley Down School GU1".

We wish you all a very Happy Easter holiday and look forward to some exciting events next term.


Menu for week beginning Monday 15 April

St Martha's Easter Fun Day - Easter Monday (1st April) 2-4pm
Christ Church and St Martha's are holding an Easter Fun Day at St Martha's Church on Easter Monday. We will be serving free refreshments and holding an Easter Egg Hunt from 10.30 in the morning until 4.30 in the afternoon. The main children's activities start at 2pm with face painting, Easter crafts and lots lots more. Everything is free so please join us at the church, whatever the weather! For further information please call Jeremy Hoar (Martha 5A, Elspeth 3MG) 07942 825798.

For Sale: bunk bed suitable for a girl’s bedroom – lilac and white wood! £150 including mattresses. Please call Bev on 892 712.

Mike Warrington (Father to Sophie 6M, Isabella 4N and Jamie in Hazel) is running the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April. He’s running for 2 amazing local charities, Brain Injury Group (http://www.braininjurygroup.org.uk/Pages/HowardsStory.aspx) and Shooting Star Chase (http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/) and would be thrilled if you were able to help them by donating using the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mikewarr, every little bit will make a difference. Thank you!

Infant 22/3/13

22 March 2013

Dear Parents,

One unexpected change in our nation’s pastimes has been the formation of choirs in many different places. From television series to the Military Wives, it seems everyone wants to sing. This is also true at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. In the infants the children are always keen to sing and we are hoping to start up an infant choir soon. At the juniors more than a hundred children are part of the main choir with about forty five boys in both the year 5 and year 6 choirs. There are only a few boys who are in both choirs so that means that about one hundred and eighty children are now in a choir. This is about half of the juniors and a remarkable number.

The combined boys choirs will be singing at our Easter Service and early next term will be visiting Guildford County School to learn more singing from our local music specialist school. Meanwhile, about half of our main choir took part in the Guildford Schools Music Festival at Glive this week. We were also well represented in the orchestra and recorders. We were particularly proud of Oz Cliff who was selected as first violin and led the orchestra with flair.

I am so grateful to our team who make these choirs and music such a central part of life at Holy Trinity. Clare Brunet, Sheila Manson, Sarah Davies, Alison Tester and of course our head of music Judy Dickinson. Judy is retiring after twenty years at Holy Trinity; she has been a great class teacher and music leader. Her expertise, warmth and enthusiasm will be much missed. We do wish Judy all the very best for the future. Laura Cheetham will be joining us after Easter and will be increasing her musical teaching time in the next academic year. I have asked her to take on the orchestra and year 5 music initially.

So the message this week is to keep singing, join those choirs and share the joy! 

With best wishes, Richard

Easter Service, Wednesday 27 March

Please try and get to school on time next Wednesday as we are aiming to leave school at 9.00 am to walk down to Holy Trinity for the Easter Service which starts at 9.30 am.   

Comic Relief
The final total for Comic Relief at the infants was £865.  Thank you all so much for your contributions.

Lunch Money
We are keen to collect as much outstanding lunch money as possible before the end of the financial year.  If you owe lunch money, or think you may owe lunch money, please come up to the office before the end of term.  Thank you.  

Conjunctivitis
Please be aware, if your child has red, itchy or sore eyes, that we have had a number of cases of conjunctivitis recently.  

Term ends on Thursday 28 March at 1.30 pm and the summer term starts on Monday 15 April.

FOPS NEWS

Spring Barn Dance
It's not too late to get a ticket for the Spring Barn Dance taking place this Saturday in the School Hall.  Doors open at 5.30pm.  There will be live music and a caller to lead us through the dances as well as the usual bar and tuck shop.  Tickets are available on the door (Adults - £5, Children - £2.50 & Preschoolers go free). We'd love to see you there!

Easter Egg Hunt
The children will be taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt arranged by FOPS at school on Wednesday 27 March. 

Summer Fair - Raffle Prizes Needed
We are reliant on donations for prizes for the raffle for the Summer Fair.  The raffle raises a significant amount of money for the school.  If you know anyone or a business who may be able to donate a prize, we would love to hear about it.  We can offer advertising opportunities in return for donations and sponsorship offers. Please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) with any leads!!

Today’s Reception Year coffee morning in aid of Stepping Stones DS raised over £110 – thank you to everyone who contributed. 

Menu

Are there any singers out there interested in joining a fantastic new ladies choir? We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming contemporary music choir for ladies aged 18+. You can join at any time during the year, it's pay-as-you-go and only £5 per session. On top of that, there's always a free cuppa after and optional gossip! The next FREE session is Tuesday 16th April at St. Peters Catholic School, Merrow. See www.choirbelles.co.uk or call 0845 355 0589 for more info.

Pippa Godsill is starting up her own beauty nail business from home, if you are interested in having beautifully long lasting pretty nails then contact Pippa for more details on 01483 493138 or 07778 961296 or speak to her in the playground.

WANTED: 3-4 bedroom house in central Guildford.  If you are thinking of selling your house some time this year, I would love to hear from you!  Please call Carry Stephenson on 01483 831329.

Junior 22/3/13

22 March 2013

Dear Parents

One unexpected change in our nation’s pastimes has been the formation of choirs in many different places. From television series to the Military Wives, it seems everyone wants to sing. This is also true at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. In the infants the children are always keen to sing and we are hoping to start up an infant choir soon. At the juniors more than a hundred children are part of the main choir with about forty five boys in both the year 5 and year 6 choirs. There are only a few boys who are in both choirs so that means that about one hundred and eighty children are now in a choir. This is about half of the juniors and a remarkable number.

The combined boys choirs will be singing at our Easter Service and early next term will be visiting Guildford County School to learn more singing from our local music specialist school. Meanwhile, about half of our main choir took part in the Guildford Schools Music Festival at Glive this week. We were also well represented in the orchestra and recorders. We were particularly proud of Oz Cliff who was selected as first violin and led the orchestra with flair.

I am so grateful to our team who make these choirs and music such a central part of life at Holy Trinity. Clare Brunet, Sheila Manson, Sarah Davies, Alison Tester and of course our head of music Judy Dickinson. Judy is retiring after twenty years at Holy Trinity; she has been a great class teacher and music leader. Her expertise, warmth and enthusiasm will be much missed. We do wish Judy all the very best for the future. Laura Cheetham will be joining us after Easter and will be increasing her musical teaching time in the next academic year. I have asked her to take on the orchestra and year 5 music initially.

So the message this week is to keep singing, join those choirs and share the joy!

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing Monday, 25th March:

  • Monday, 25th March - Easter Hop Discos - Years 3 and 4: 5-6.30pm. : Years 5 and 6: 7.00 - 8.30pm. Entrance fee £1.
  • Tuesday, 26th - Year 6 visit Wintershall for Stations of the Cross.  Leave school at 9.00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 27th March - Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church for all.  Service begins at 9.30am, please drop at school at normal times. 
  • Wednesday 27th – Swimming as usual for Year 3 & 4
  • Thursday, 28th March - End of term.  School closes at 1.45 p.m.

Summer Term:

  • Monday, 15th April at 8.40am - Start of Summer Term.
  • Thursday, 18th April - Public Speaking auditions for Years 3 - 6.
  • Wednesday, 24th April - Swimming lessons begin for 3S and 4J.

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school on Wednesday 27th March. Please download instructions here, or ask at the office for a hard copy.

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May
Come and join us for a fun evening. Details to follow after the holidays.

HTSC – School PTA
Mary on behalf of Richard thanks the PTA for their continued support and hard work. As teachers we realise that the money raised by HTSC initiatives provides us with valuable extras e.g. up to date computers, white boards, extra books for our group room and thus enables us to give your children the best possible opportunities.

Easter Egg Tombola
Our neighbours at Addison Court will be running a Tombola at the playground gates on Monday 25th at school pickup, please bring some money if you wish to support this, all proceeds to Chase. Thanks.

Cross-country
The girls really braved the elements last Tuesday at the St. Catherine's cross-country but it was well worth the effort! Ayla Darcy got a gold medal in the U8, Aoife Russell Moore got a gold medal in the U11 and the U11 team, Aoife, Phoebe, Tasha and Katie got the bronze team medal. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for sticking with it!

Congratulations to all of our runners this year, Holy Trinity won the overall Guildford Schools Primary cross-country shield.

Good luck to our boys who are competing at the National Schools Biathlon Finals this weekend at Crystal Palace.

Football
The girls had a terrific tournament yesterday with lots of close games all valiantly contested. It finished with three wins and one loss to the eventual winners with Holy Trinity as runners up. Well done to all of the girls involved who demonstrated how good sportsmanship at football matches can win through!

We had a lovely friendly match this week vs. Burpham with a win for our Year 5 boys 6-1

Good luck to all of the year 5 and 6 boys who are playing in today's tournament.

Netball
The year 5 girls demonstrated some lovely netball skills this week in their winning match vs. Burpham which was played in a lovely friendly spirit. Lots of yummy cake was consumed afterwards!

A big thank you to all of our parents who have helped out with match teas this year.
 


PTA (HTSC) News

Easter Hops – 25th March
Helpers required on the entrance to serve drinks. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Next Meetings:
Tuesday 23rd April
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

Sainsbury's Vouchers
Please note that the new contact for the Sainsbury'svoucher scheme is Rosalind Moss. If you wish to become a part of this fantastic fund raising scheme for the school, or simply want to amend your existing order, please email her at simbil@btinternet.com or phone 01483 546487. Thanks.



Menu - Week 3


LOST
Sam Page (3MG) has lost a light brown coat with hood, it may have Ollie Page's name in it. 

New Club - BoogiePumps will be starting at Holy Trinity after the holidays on a Wednesday afternoon. Flyers and further details will be sent out by ParentMail next week together with an application details.

A one-day cappella singing course for ladies. Learn the skills you need to sing in close harmony with others without instruments or backing. Vocal Harmony Workshop welcomes all female voices at the G Live Studio on Saturday 27th April from 9.30 to 4.00pm. Tickets cost £20 and include light lunch and refreshments. Register by 20th April. Contact us: Tel: 07747 517454 Email: harmonyworkshop2013@gmail.com  Website: www.guildfordharmony.org.uk/workshop

An Easter Gym Camp being run by the Teacher in Charge of Gymnastics, Michelle Graham, is available to girls of all ages and abilities.  The camp will be held in the Tormead Senior School Sports Hall from 10.00am-2.00pm. During the Summer Term Tormead will be hosting 2 more “Tormead Taster Classes”, and is open to all pupils in Yrs. 4 & 5.

Fun French Club – All children are invited to join the after school French Club from the Summer Term onwards.  Le Club , Fran├žais is held on Wednesdays from 3.15 – 4.15 p.m. commencing Wednesday, 24th April.  The Summer Term will run for 10 weeks, and fees are payable termly in advance - £60.00 (or £55.00 each for siblings).  Please ask the secretaries in the school office for a form if you would like to join.

Are there any singers out there interested in joining a fantastic new ladies choir? We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming contemporary music choir for ladies aged 18+. You can join at any time during the year, it's pay-as-you-go and only £5 per session. On top of that, there's always a free cuppa after and optional gossip! The next FREE session is Tuesday 16th April at St. Peters Catholic School, Merrow. See www.choirbelles.co.uk or call 0845 355 0589 for more info.

Easter Holidays Drama Week  2-5 April 2013, 7-11 yr olds  This Easter join us as we stage the magical Brothers Grimm story of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, in just four days!  The workshops will feature drama games and exercises as we rehearse towards the staging of a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. Absolutely no experience of drama is necessary just bring yourself, heaps of energy and a desire to have some fun!  Times: everyday, 10am – 3.15pm  Performance: Friday 5th April at 4.30pm  Fee:£125 (£100 for siblings)  Venue: Sandfield Primary School, Stoke Road, Guildford.  To book call 01483 304384 or email: info@guildford-shakespeare company.co.uk


 

Infant 15/3/13

15 March 2013

 

Dear Parents,

Well it’s the end of Comic Relief Day at HTPD and it has been great day for everyone involved. I am so grateful to the staff at both sites for making it such a fun and enjoyable day for all the children. We have also remembered those children in the UK and Africa who will benefit from the large amount of money we have raised it has been a great effort. There are many pictures that remain in my mind and I live of fear that some of them will appear on the website, in fact I hear they are already there!

School should always be seen as a community where we learn together in so many different ways. Today new lessons were learnt, not just in cake decoration or belly dancing, but in being a group of people who can have fun and enjoy working together for a worthwhile cause.

I hope you enjoy watching some of the Comic Relief television this evening and contributing still more to this great cause.

Thank you very indeed.
With best wishes, Richard

Comic Relief:   A very big ‘thank you’ for everything today:   the donations, fancy dress costumes and the cakes.  The children have had a great day taking part in different activities to raise money for Comic Relief; the total so far is £500 and counting … Special thanks for the videos which were brilliant fun and the children obviously enjoyed making them.

Music:   It has been a very musical week with the curriculum trails and house music carousel. ACM (Guildford Academy for Contemporary Music) visited us on Thursday morning for a workshop where the children learnt about the different instruments in a band and played games related to rhythm and working as part of a team.  

Fluffy Friday, 22 March:   Letters with activity choices for next Friday’s fluffy are coming out in book bags today.  Please return them on Monday, 18th. 

Easter Church Service, Wednesday 27 March:   If you can help with walking the children down to Holy Trinity church please let your class teacher know.  We will be setting off after registration.    

Year 1 tree houses:   The Pop Up Tree House Company visited Year 1 on Wednesday and the children enjoyed making miniature tree houses with them.  They also make full size tree houses for schools or gardens, see their website at: www.popuptreehouses.co.uk. 

Teacher-led clubs:   Next week (18-22 March) is the last week of teacher-led clubs this term (Cooking, Binca, Lego, Film, Cartoon, Drama and Art).

Mathletics:   We are really pleased so many children are enjoying the Mathletics website.  If you still haven’t managed to have a go, why not log on this weekend and let Sheena (Walnut Class) know how you are getting on.  

Start of the school day:   It has been very chilly this week and understandably some of you have kept warm in the library in the mornings.  However, please remember that children must not be left alone in the library before school; staff are not available to supervise them until the doors open at 8.40 am.  

FOPS NEWS

Spring Barn Dance, Saturday 23 March, 5.30-8.00pm:   A reminder that tickets are on sale until next Friday 22 March.  Application forms for tickets (£2.50 children, £5.00 adults) are available on the PTA section of the website and from the school office.  It is no longer possible to pre-order fish and chips. 

Reception coffee morning, Friday 22 March:   Reception and Year 2 parents are invited to a coffee morning on Friday 22nd, straight after drop off, at 21 Pewley Bank (second house on the right).  Next week is Downs syndrome awareness week and tea/coffee, cake and biscuits will be available in exchange for donations to Stepping Stones DS (the local support group for children in this area with Downs syndrome and their families).  Please let Jo McGee (Josh, Willow Class) or your class rep know if you would like to come to give an idea of numbers. 

Year 2 swimming:   Next week, Wednesday 20 March, is the last swimming session for this term. Swimming letters came out last week and fees are now due for this half term.  

Lost:
Will Toone (Walnut) has lost his named swimming kit (bag, towel and trunks).  Missing since last week.Max Lewis (Willow) has lost a plain blue M&S jumper (named).

Please click here for next weeks menu.

Spanish Club:   The last Spanish Club session this term is on Tuesday 26 March.  Spanish will start again on Tuesday 23 April.  There will be a couple of places available next term; please contact the office if you are interested.

Pied Piper Parade, Saturday 16 March: As part of Guildford Music Festival, there will be a FREE Pied Piper Parade and craft workshops at G-Live this Saturday. Workshops start at 10.00am and children can make costumes or instruments. They can then join in the parade, led by the mayor, which starts from G-Live at 11.00am and then down the High Street to the Electric Theatre.  Sian’s ukulele group will also be playing!

Violin Recital:  There will be a Charity Violin Recital taking place on 24 March at 3:00 pm in the Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church. It will benefit the Guildford RASASC. £10 voluntary donation, refreshments to follow. For more details contact: suzannekevans79@gmail.com.

World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March:  Local Down Syndrome support group, Stepping Stones DS, is auctioning on ebay a Real Madrid football signed by the La Liga winning squad, including Cristiano Ronaldo.  The auction is being held to promote awareness of World Down Syndrome Day and raise vital funds for the group which supports children with Down syndrome and their families.  http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/steppingstonesds/m.html

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 20 April  2013 for 10 weeks. Classes available Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford.  10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100.  All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with making mosaics.  For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak)  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk 

Hamster babies:   Our lovely Syrian hamster has had 10 babies.  They are now five weeks old and available free to good homes!  Please call/text Carolyn on 07760 262987 if interested. 

Junior 15/3/13

15 March 2013

Dear Parents,

Well it’s the end of Comic Relief Day at HTPD and it has been great day for everyone involved. I am so grateful to the staff at both sites for making it such a fun and enjoyable day for all the children. We have also remembered those children in the UK and Africa who will benefit from the large amount of money we have raised it has been a great effort. There are many pictures that remain in my mind and I live of fear that some of them will appear on the website, in fact I hear they are already there!

School should always be seen as a community where we learn together in so many different ways. Today new lessons were learnt, not just in cake decoration or belly dancing, but in being a group of people who can have fun and enjoy working together for a worthwhile cause.

I hope you enjoy watching some of the Comic Relief television this evening and contributing still more to this great cause.

Thank you very indeed.
With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing 11th March:
• Monday 18th Year 4 visit the Science Museum
• Tuesday 19th March Year 4 Bentley Copse Parents’ Evening 7pm
• Wednesday, 20th March 7pm Guildford Primary Music Festival at GLive
• Thursday, 21st March House Dance Medley for Years 3 - 6
• Friday, 22nd March Fluffy Friday wear mufti and bring £1

Easter Church Service

Please note that the Easter Service on Wednesday 27th March will now commence at 9.30am.

Easter Hop Discos – Monday 25th March
Year 3&4 5-6.30pm
Year 5&6 7-8.30pm
Please bring £1 entrance.

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school on Wednesday 27th March. Please download instructions here, or ask at the office for a hard copy.

HTSC Barn Dance – Save the Date
We will be holding a Barn Dance in the new hall to raise money for the flooring on Saturday 18th May.

Mathletics Update
Matheltics is going really well. All children are still subscribed unless you have requested not to be. Please send in your £5 to the school office for the year. We have started a few termly challenges to keep us motivated. This past half term we awarded "A milkshake of your choice" to the Y3 to Y6 children who had tried the most maths topics on the activity section. This half term we are looking for children who have been active on both live mathletics and the Year group activities. There will be a prize for the most active class and one child from YR to Y6. Good luck! Any comments for questions to traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk and sheenap@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk Have a look at the photos of a few of the investigations we have been trying to do around school! Can you solve any of them?! See the "Nrich" website for solutions.

Judy Dickinson
After over twenty years of great service Judy Dickinson will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will be holding a reception for her on Thursday 21st March from 7-9pm. It would be great if some of you can come along and join in the celebration. Please let the office know if you would be able to come. There is a collection for Judy, please donate to the office if you would like to.

Headlice
Unfortunately there is another outbreak of headlice and is across the whole school. Please check your child’s hair every day and treat as appropriate. See NHS website for treatment information.

HTSC – Raising Money for our School

Easter Hops – 25th March
Helpers required on the entrance to and serve drinks. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

HTSC Meeting – date change
The next meeting will be at 8pm in the staff room on Tuesday 19th March – please come along after the Year 4 Bentley Copse meeting if you can, it would be lovely to see some new faces!

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.


WANTED: 3-4 bedroom house in central Guildford. If you are thinking of selling your house some time this year, I would love to hear from you! Please call Carry Stephenson on 01483 831329.

Charity Family Quiz Sat 23rd March SOLD OUT
Thank you so much to everyone who has responded. All tickets have now been sold. However, if you would still like to make a donation to support Caring Matters Now and our bid to walk 24Peaks in 24Hours we would really appreciate it and be very much encouraged! You can find out more and make a donation at www.justgiving.com/JeremyandSusannaHoar (Elspeth 3MG and Martha 5A) Many thanks.

BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday, 20th April 2013 for 10 weeks. Classes available on Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford. 10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100. All materials included. Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with making mosaics. For more information please e-mail Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) becca.clegg@ntlworld.com - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk

Amazing Art Club: New! Make Magical Maps, Paper Boats, Soaring Kites, stitch Beautiful Books and more with artist and inspiring teacher Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children’s work from Watts Gallery, Painshill & The Lightbox. Maximum 12 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 weeks: sessions run Tuesdays 3.30 – 5.15pm between 23rd April – 2nd July (half term 28th May). Year 5 pay for 9 weeks if they are on the Brenscombe Farm trip. For more details or to book your place please contact 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 (evenings) or email sophieartemispitt@o2.co.uk

There will be a Charity Violin Recital taking place on 24th March at 3:00pm in the Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Church. It will benefit the Guildford RASASC. There is a £10 voluntary donation, and refreshments will follow. For more details please contact: suzannekevans79@gmail.com.

Art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition" with Elena Andreeva will be starting the new series of sessions from the 18th of March. The class runs on Mondays at the school, 3.30-5pm, the cost is £110 for 10 lessons. To book a place for your child, please contact Elena on 01483 560385

Menu - Week 2

Junior 8/3/13

08 March 2013

Dear Parents,

David Brailsford the visionary coach of the British Cycling Team at the Olympics developed the system of marginal gains. This involved him in breaking down and identifying all the aspects of the team’s performance and seeking to make a one per cent improvement in each aspect. The theory, which proved so successful, went on to say that when all of these one per cents are added together it will make a significant difference.

Alex Quigley who is an English subject leader from York has gone on to apply this theory to teaching and learning at his co-educational comprehensive school and sixth form college. This school is now named in the list of 100 top schools in the country. We are interested in applying this to our school in the primary setting.

Of course, we continue to work hard to teach slowly, deeply, thoroughly and carefully so that children can learn and succeed. We want all our children to be educated holistically as well as meeting the Ofsted standards of sustained and rapid progress. I believe this is possible. I think that marginal gains may help us in this quest. So here’s the next competition – please write in or Tweet us with two or three marginal gains which a primary school can make to improve pupil attainment and progress. There’s a a nice bottle of wine for the winner judged by Helen and me next Friday. Please Tweet @HTPDSchool or email richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

Parents will be sorry to hear that after over twenty years of great service Judy Dickinson will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will be holding a reception for her on Thursday 21st March from 7-9pm. It would be great if some of you can come along and join in the celebration. Please let the office know if you would be able to come.

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing 11th March:
Monday 11th Artisan Day for Year 3
Tuesday 12th  5A visit Surrey University for Space Day
Tuesday 12th  Parent/Teacher Consultation Evening
Thursday, 14th  Parent/Teacher Consultation Evening
Friday, 15th  Comic Relief Day

Clubs
Owing to the parent consultations next week football, drama and rounders clubs will cancelled. Any further changes will be communicated by ParentMail and the website.

Sorry there will be no year 6 netball club on Tuesday due to a cross-country fixture. However, there will be sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes.

Easter Church Service
Please note that the Easter Service on Wednesday 27th March will now commence at 9.30am at Holy Trinity Church and not at 1.45pm as originally planned.  Children will arrive at school as normal and we will walk down to church.

Year 4 Parents
A meeting for the forthcoming visit to Bentley Copse will be on Tuesday 19th March at 7.00pm.

HTPD on the Radio
A few weeks ago Nicci Holliday (Rocco’s mum, Oak Class) came in to interview some of the children about what makes us happy.  BBC Local Radio 104.6 FM will be broadcasting what makes Pewley Down children happy on Monday 11th. About 15 will be broadcast during the day, including a live interview with Richard at 1045am. They are kindly repeating the broadcast between 3.15 and 4pm so that the children can hear themselves on the radio.

Choir rehearsal at Bushy Hill School
The music festival choir are going to Bushy HIll School next Thursday 14th March leaving Holy Trinity at 1.00pm and returning to Holy Trinity by 3.15pm. Due to the numbers involved we are now having to transport the children there and back by coach and the cost will be £4.00. Unfortunately there were not enough parents in a position to help this time with transportation. The children will have been given a letter today confirming the new arrangements. 

Red Nose Day
Please remember to dress up next Friday (each year group has chosen their own theme) and bring a donation to do so. Year 3 are wearing funny/red, Year 4 are wearing PJs/Onesies, Year 5 will be coming in as film characters and Year 6 are doing their own thing. Please also send your child in with some change, if possible, as there will be lots of other things to do and buy on the day. Last year we were one of the top schools in the country for fundraising and we’d love to do the same this year. 

Thank you very much to Rosa for her lovely cakes for the bake off.

Year 6 Programming Taster Sessions
One of our parents has offered to run 3 or 4 computer programming taster sessions this half term.  There will be spaces for 10 of our Year 6 children.  They would start next Friday and the sessions will run from 3.15 to 4.30, in the Year 6 ICT suite above the office.  If your child would like a place please email me traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. 

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school on Wednesday 27th March, as this is the same day as the church service you are welcome to bring your materials on the Tuesday. Please download a copy of the materials/instructions here (a hard copy is available from the office).

Guildford Grooves
It was fantastic to see 18 of our Year 5 and 6 girls performing their own dance at the Ivy Theatre this week. It takes great courage to get up on stage and perform in front of an audience and they all looked like professionals.  Congratulations to all of them!

Netball
All of our netballers have been in action this fortnight.  Our year 6 team represented themselves reaaly well at the Surrey schools last week demonstrating great skills in matches of really high quality. 

They also enjoyed the Holy Trinity tournament this week achieving second place overall.  Some of our girls played in the supersubs team; a mixture of girls from different schools and showed tremendous teamwork and collaboration.

Our year 5's played two matches this week vs. Tormead with one win  6-1 and a cllose loss 0-1 against a year 6 team. Both matches showed the progress all of the players have made and demonstrated their enjoyment of their sport. Well done to everyone!

The netball tournament tomorrow has been postponed due to the weather and has been rescheduled for the 27th April.

Football
The boys played two lovely matches this week vs. Boxgrove and secured two wins. Team A 6:1, Team B 5:2. 

Surrey Schools Cross-country
Five boys and girls ran last Saturday in Reigate where over 200 competitors from across Surrey competed. It was a great accolade for all of the children to be there where they all gave 100% in effort. Aoife Russell Moore came 5th overall in her category and now goes on to represent Surrey on the 23rd March. Thanks to all of the parents for your amazing support.

Hockey Good luck to the U10 and U11 boys who compete in the Surrey Schools championships this Friday and next Monday. 

HTSC News

Quiz Night
Please come along tonight at 7.45pm – tickets available on the door. Licensed bar.

Barn Dance
We will be holding a Barn Dance in the new hall to raise money for the floor on Saturday 18th May.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Calling all Year 6 Parents
We are having a Year 6 Night Out at Rogues next Wednesday, 13th March, at 8.00 p.m.  It would be lovely to see you there.  From Year 6 Reps.
 


Lost
Brook Newell (5R) has lost a named Barbour jacket, please check you’ve not picked up by mistake. Thanks.

Tune in this Sunday... 
Tune in to the BBC Radio 4 appeal on Mother's Day to hear how the Winston's Wish National Helpline provides a lifeline to callers needing help and advice when supporting a bereaved child. Ben Brooks-Dutton talks about the reassurance and support he received from our Helpline following the tragic death of his wife, Desreen. For a sneak audio preview of Ben's story click here. Listen on Sunday 10th March at 7.55am and again at 9.25pm.  It is also repeated on Thursday 14th March at 3.25pm Or you can listen again any time. This is a charity we intend to work with and support at the school. It provides outstanding support. - you may like to have a look at the website.  Richard.

Maisie Dolling (4N) is taking part in a relay Swimathon on Saturday at Dorking, swimming as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes. She is swimming with her club, Dorking Swimming Club, to raise money for first touch - the special care neonatal and baby unit at St George's Hospital (http://www.first-touch.org.uk/. One night in special care costs around £1,200 so this is a very worthy cause. Should you wish to sponsor Maisie, please email lucy_dolling@hotmail.com. Many thanks, Lucy Dolling.

Please come to Mallie's Magnificent Seven Fundraising Stall for Comic Relief - tomorrow - Saturday 9th March, 3 Pewley Hill, 2pm to 5pm. : home-made red nose cookies, specially designed home-made cards, limericks recited on request for a donation, order a fundraising car wash, all donations welcome for Comic Relief!

Art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition" with Elena Andreeva will be starting the new series of sessions from the 18th of March. The class runs on Mondays at the school, 3.30-5pm, the cost is £110 for 10 lessons. To book a place for your child, please contact Elena on 01483 560385

Alice in Wonderland this Easter holidays.  Come and enjoy a brilliant production of Alice in Wonderland at the Electric theatre this Easter holidays from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April, 2pm and 7pm.  Pupils of HTPD performing in both teams. Tickets from the box office or via the Electric Theatre website.

Tormead Glee Club presents Beauty and the Beast on Monday, 18th March (4–6.pm).  To book a free place please call Tracy Wright on 01483 575101.

Infant 8/3/12

08 March 2013

Dear Parents

David Brailsford the visionary coach of the British Cycling Team at the Olympics developed the system of marginal gains. This involved him in breaking down and identifying all the aspects of the team’s performance and seeking to make a one per cent improvement in each aspect. The theory, which proved so successful, went on to say that when all of these one per cents are added together it will make a significant difference.

Alex Quigley who is an English subject leader from York has gone on to apply this theory to teaching and learning at his co-educational comprehensive school and sixth form college. This school is now named in the list of 100 top schools in the country. We are interested in applying this to our school in the primary setting.

Of course, we continue to work hard to teach slowly, deeply, thoroughly and carefully so that children can learn and succeed. We want all our children to be educated holistically as well as meeting the Ofsted standards of sustained and rapid progress. I believe this is possible. I think that marginal gains may help us in this quest. So here’s the next competition – please write in or Tweet us with two or three marginal gains which a primary school can make to improve pupil attainment and progress. There’s a a nice bottle of wine for the winner judged by Helen and me next Friday. Please Tweet @HTPDSchool or email richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

Parents will be sorry to hear that after over twenty years of great service Judy Dickinson will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will be holding a reception for her on Thursday 21st March from 7-9pm. It would be great if some of you can come along and join in the celebration. Please let the office know if you would be able to come.

With best wishes, Richard

 

Music Curriculum Trail - 11, 12 &13 March, 9.15am
The curriculum trails are taking place next week: Monday 11th – Year 2, Tuesday 12th – Year 1, Wednesday 13th – Year R. Please drop your child off as normal so we can register them, then come back at 9.15am and collect them to share the curriculum trail together in the hall. There will be lots of activities based around music to show you how we teach the children in school and how it threads through all aspects of the curriculum. If you are unable to make it please let your class teacher know or maybe arrange for another parent to take your child round.

Red Nose Day - Friday 15 March
Please check your child’s book bag today for a letter with all the Red Nose Day information including what to bring and what to wear.

BBC Surrey - Monday 11 March
A few weeks ago Nicci Holliday (Rocco’s mum, Oak Class) came in to interview some of the children about what makes us happy. If you would like to hear some of their ‘happiness’ sound bites these will be broadcast on BBC Surrey on Monday 11th from 3.15pm.

Music Workshops – Thursday 14 March
Guildford Academy for Contemporary Music will be running musical workshops for all the children on Thursday morning.

PE Kit
Now that the weather is improving we try and get outside as much as possible for PE. Please could you therefore ensure that your child has their trainers in school at all times. They will also need to have joggers and shorts (for indoor PE).

Sock plea
Children often need a change of socks/tights because their own are either wet, dirty or missing altogether. As a result the office has almost completely run out of spare socks/tights. Please could you therefore return any that your child might have borrowed and if you have any spare socks (outgrown or no longer needed) we would love to have them.

Dogs
Just a reminder that dogs are not allowed on the school premises (including the playgrounds and outdoor areas) at any time.
 


 

FOPS NEWS

Spring Barn Dance
Tickets are now on sale for the Spring Barn Dance to be held in the School Hall on Saturday 23 March from 5.30pm to 8pm. We hope you will join us for drinks at the bar and a do si do around the hall. We have live music and a "caller" booked to take us through the steps. The dress code of gingham, denim and cowboy hats is optional! You can also pre order fish and chips for supper if you wish. Applications forms for tickets (children £2.50, adults £5.00 and pre-schoolers free) are available on the PTA section of the school website and from the School Office . Ticket applications must be in by Friday 15 March. We hope to see you there!



Lost:
Joshua Parker-Perryman (Willow Class) has lost his plain green wellies, marked JPP inside.
Karina Gonet (Oak Class) has lost a purple beret (named).
Found:
Child’s wire rimmed glasses found in the Rainbow Room.

Please come to Mallie's Magnificent Seven Fundraising Stall for Comic Relief - tomorrow - Saturday 9th March, 3 Pewley Hill, 2pm to 5pm. Home made red nose cookies, specially designed home made cards, limericks recited on request for a donation, order a fundraising car wash, all donations welcome for Comic Relief!

Alice in Wonderland this Easter holidays.  Come and enjoy a brilliant production of Alice in Wonderland at the Electric theatre this Easter holidays from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April, 2pm and 7pm.  Pupils of HTPD performing in both teams. Tickets from the box office or via the Electric theatre website.

 

Junior 1/3/13

01 March 2013

Dear parents

Well on Wednesday we had our first assembly in the Chapel and it was great. Everything worked well and the children certainly enjoyed the extra space so they are not sandwiched in.

I am so grateful to everybody whose giving has supported this project. Last term through the ‘Buy a Brick’ and general appeal over £10,000 was raised. We will be putting up a permanent display of donors around half term next term.

Next week our parent consultation evenings begin. I can assure you that you will receive a clear report on your child’s strengths and areas which they find more difficult and challenging. This clear knowledge of your children should lead to a really useful discussion with you who are, of course, the experts.

At HTPD we reject the idea that children’s attainment can be reduced to a number or a grade. We, like you, are interested in the whole child and base our education on our values rather than a rigid adherence to government targets and frameworks. However, we do find levels of children’s work useful to see how the school as a whole is progressing. We are only too pleased to share these with you. Please ask your child’s teacher if you would like this, or any other information we may have about your child. This will give you another important part of how your child is progressing in school. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next two weeks.

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing 4th March:
Book Week all week (please see below for further details)
Tuesday, 5th March 5H visit Surrey University for Space Day
Wednesday,  6th March Year 6 visit the Natural History Museum
Thursday, 7th March House Dance competition for Years 3 - 6
Friday, 8th March Mufti or Book Character for Years 3 - 6

Football club is cancelled on Tuesday due to a fixture.

Owing to Book Week Creative Writing and Board Games Clubs will be cancelled next week.

Year 4 Parents
A meeting for the forthcoming visit to Bentley Copse will be on Tuesday, 19th March at 7.00 p.m.

Orchestra and Clare's recorder group are going to Queen Eleanor's on Tuesday 5th March leaving Holy Trinity at 9am and returning to school by noon. Please can the children remember their musical instruments, music, a pencil and if possible a named music stand. Thank you.

Book Week starts on Monday at Holy Trinity, and here is an outline of what is happening – all on a historical theme to tie in with the 200 year anniversary of the school. There is something every day!

  • Monday : Bookmark making in the library
  • Tuesday: Book Fair starts, this will run for two weeks
  • Wednesday: A murder mystery to solve in the library!
  • Thursday: World Book Day. All children get a £1 book voucher they can swap at school or in Waterstones. The sponsored read will be launched today as well – proceeds split between Comic Relief and the Library
  • Friday: Dress Up Day! Children can come as any fictional or historical character (chance to reuse old costumes!). Then in the evening is our fantastic quiz night – order your tickets as soon as possible.


There is also a story telling competition - the task is to write a story in 100 words on the theme of “Time”. Details on this and everything else can be found on the school website and in the library.

Comic Relief – 15 March
HTPD are getting ready for our big Comic Relief Bake Off. Please see the flier on the website (download here). Year 6 will be organising stalls as usual and we will have a fun packed day for everyone. We are one of the top primary schools for raising money for Comic Relief and would like to maintain our reputation. Comic relief will be a Mufti day, details to follow.

HTPD School Prayer Group

The date of the next prayer group is Thursday 7th March, 12.30pm at Katie Mardwick’s house. We will enjoy lunch together first, children welcome! Contact Emma Laporte for details emmalaporte@hotmail.com

 

HTSC News

Quiz Night! Friday, March 8th at 7.45 p.m.  Last reminder!
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school.
 
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the office. Teams must be a maximum of 8 and the format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30pm. So what are you waiting for? If you know your Eastenders from your elbow you will do fine!

Easyfundraising
Please try to use the Easyfundraising website for all your internet shopping. It’s such an easy way to make money for the school at no expense to yourself.

If you go on to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/panel/ and type in HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford.

You can then click on the WIDGET on their website, and then every time you go on to any website, it will automatically guide you through to Easyfundraising, so you don't have to keep remembering. From then on, everytime you go onto the Easyfundraising website, you can check how much you have raised for the school, (each company gives a different percentage).  IT’S SO EASY!

Barn Dance
We are planning to hold an event, possibly a barn dance, in the new hall around mid May. We are looking for a team to of volunteers to help organise this event. If you are interested in getting involved please come along to a meeting on Thursday 7th March at 8pm to get things started. If you are unable to make the meeting please contact Caroline Swift, caroline@swifts.me.uk
 


Don’t be bored this Easter
Are you looking for exciting things to do during the Easter holidays? The Guildford Holiday Fun programme is full of activities for children aged 5-13. Visit the animals at Merrist Wood; try computing, motor go-karting, or jewellery design; or go donutting. Crafts, cooking, sports, science – all this and much more in our programme. You can download it 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 section. Booking night is Wednesday 13th March- don't miss it!

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Infant 1/3/13

01 March 2013

Dear parents

Well on Wednesday we had our first assembly in the Chapel and it was great. Everything worked well and the children certainly enjoyed the extra space so they are not sandwiched in.

I am so grateful to everybody whose giving has supported this project. Last term through the ‘Buy a Brick’ and general appeal over £10,000 was raised. We will be putting up a permanent display of donors around half term next term.

Next week our parent consultation evenings begin. I can assure you that you will receive a clear report on your child’s strengths and areas which they find more difficult and challenging. This clear knowledge of your children should lead to a really useful discussion with you who are, of course, the experts.

At HTPD we reject the idea that children’s attainment can be reduced to a number or a grade. We, like you, are interested in the whole child and base our education on our values rather than a rigid adherence to government targets and frameworks. However, we do find levels of children’s work useful to see how the school as a whole is progressing. We are only too pleased to share these with you. Please ask your child’s teacher if you would like this, or any other information we may have about your child. This will give you another important part of how your child is progressing in school. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next two weeks.

With best wishes, Richard

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March

You should now have received your appointment time for the parent consultations via book bags.    Please see your child’s teacher as soon as possible if you have not yet made an appointment.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to staff training and the parent consultations, all teacher-led clubs (Cooking & Cultures, Film, Lego, Binca, Cartoon Club, Art and Drama) will be cancelled next week.

World Book Day
To tie in with HT, next Friday 8 March will be a mufti day.  Children may come to school in their own clothes or dressed as their favourite book character if they would like to.   World Book Day vouchers are coming home in book bags today.  The special £1 books (free with a World Book Day voucher) are available from Waterstones and there are titles for ages 2+ to 11+.  Alternatively, children can use the vouchers to get £1 off a full priced book of their own choice. Vouchers are valid until 24 March.

Toy Swap
A huge ‘thank you’ for all the fantastic donations for the toy swap.  It was a great success and so lovely to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they chose a new toy.

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next HTPD School Prayer Group is Thursday 7 March, 12.30 pm at Katie Hardwick’s house.  We will enjoy lunch together first, children welcome!  Contact Emma Laporte for details: emmalaporte@hotmail.com

One-way system
In order to minimise traffic jams outside school at drop off and pick up, we try and operate an unofficial one-way system with everyone driving down Semaphore Road from Pewley Hill to Pewley Way.  We would also ask everyone to park safely and considerately around the school ie not on the yellow zig zag lines and not blocking our neighbours’ drives. 

FOPS NEWS

Spring Barn Dance
Tickets will go on sale next week for the Spring Barn Dance to be held in the School Hall on Saturday 23 March from 5.30pm to 8pm.  We hope you will join us for drinks at the bar and a do si do around the hall.  We have a "caller" booked to take us through the steps and the evening is guaranteed to be fun.  The dress code of gingham, denim and cowboy hats is optional!  You can also pre order fish and chips for supper if you wish.  Applications forms for tickets (children £2.50, adults £5.00 and pre schoolers free) will be coming home in book bags and available on the PTA section of the school website.  Do don't delay, order your tickets and swing your partner!
 
Cake Sale
There will be a playground cake sale on Friday 8 March organised by Chestnut Class.  Thank you to the Year 1 parents for organising today's children's cake sale.  
 
Raffle Prizes
Your keen FOPS Committee have already started work arranging the School Summer Fair to be held on Sunday 9 June.  We are reliant on prize donations for the raffle, which raises a significant amount of money for the school.  If you know anyone or a company, perhaps through work, who might be able to donate a prize to the raffle, we would be very grateful to hear about it.  Please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com).  
 
Parents' Summer Party
We are starting to think about a parents' event to celebrate the end of the academic year.  If you have party planning skills or just enjoy a party and would like to be involved, we would love a few volunteers.  Please volunteer your services to Emily Bourke. 


Lunch Money
As the end of the financial year is approaching we would like to collect as much outstanding lunch money as possible before the end of March.  Please could you therefore come up to the office if your child owes lunch money for this half term.  Many thanks.

Year R Soccer
Soccer for Reception children starts on Monday 4 March for 4 weeks at a cost of £20.  There are still places available.  If you are interested forms are available from the office.

Year 2 Leavers’ Book
If you haven’t yet completed the permission slip for the leavers’ book, could you please do so as soon as possible.  Completed slips should be returned to the school office. 

Sainsbury’s vouchers
Please keep bringing in your Active Kid vouchers – the collection box is on the small table outside the hall doors.

Lost
Sam Hill-Price, Hazel Class, has lost his grey joggers following Football on Monday.

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