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Junior 28/3/14

28 March 2014

Diary date for March:
Monday 31 March – Easter Hop Disco: Years 3 & 4 - 4.30-5.30pm and Years 5 & 6 - 6.00-7.15pm

Forthcoming events for April:
Tuesday 1 April – Easter Garden Making (see below)
Tuesday 1 April - Science Exhibition in the Atrium at 2pm (Year 4)
Wednesday 2 April - Earth Summit 6.30-7.15pm (Year 5)
Thursday 3 April - Easter Service at 9.30am
Friday 4 April - End of Term (1.45pm close). No After school clubs
Tuesday 22 April - Summer Term begins at 8.40am

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school during lunch break on Tuesday 1 April. Please download a copy of the materials/instructions here (a hard copy is available from the office). Please note that the children need to bring their materials to school to assemble the garden, no sweets please!

Sports News

Sport Relief is just a great excuse to do lots of lovely sporty things and raise some money for great causes.

Last week at Holy Trinity all of the children ran, jogged, walked and skipped their way through a mile up on Pewley Downs. As usual, they were all so enthusiastic and I think surprised themselves how manageable a mile truly is! We also took time to reflect on how lucky we are to be able to do these things at our school in such beautiful surroundings. We raised an almost £500!

In a slightly different atmosphere, the children at swim club this week were all quietly determined to clock up their own miles either as individuals or as a team. How impressive it was to watch them plough up and down 2561 lengths they collectively completed a total of 36 miles with 22 children achieving their own personal mile!

Meanwhile the children vs. staff dodgeball lived up to expectations with the staff on the receiving end of a few well-placed dodgeballs!

How lucky we are to have children who are so enthusiastic and energetic. A big thanks to all of them and to parents, relatives and friends for your sponsorship.

We also have had children versus parents’ football and netball this week.

Cross Country
The girls had a brilliant cross-country fixture last week at St. Catherine's. The standard of running was as always very high and it was great to have some new runners in our U8 team who all took it in their stride as well as some strong running from our more experienced if rather depleted U11 team. Ayla Darcy ran a perfect race to gain 1st place and her U9 teammates followed closely to get 2nd place overall. Eliza Sutton also produced her top form to secure 1st place and the U10 team gained 2nd place overall. Well done girls!

Tag Rugby
Well done to all the children yesterday who played through the rain in the tag rugby matches at St. Bede's. The Year 5 team won 13-6 and the Year 6 team lost 3-11.

School Kit
Please could we ask you to double check that all school sports kit is returned to school prior to the Easter holidays, thanks.

Year 5 Parents - Please join us for an end of term year group coffee morning
When: Friday 4th April Where: Cafe Nero in North Street Time: After school drop off. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible, but for those of you who are unable to come there will be another drinks evening at the beginning of next term. Look forward to seeing you there from Year 5 class reps


Charity Fundraising Afternoon Louise Crow-Arnold (Seb’s mum 5HH) is holding a fundraising afternoon at the Church Rooms, Send Road GU23 7ET from 1-5pm on 5 April 2014 to support her fundraising for the London Marathon. There will be jewellery, cake, jolly jars, games and a raffle, please come and support this event if you are able alternatively you can sponsor her and read more about her story at www.justgiving.com/LouiseVLM2014 - I’m going to have a Jolly Jar table there and if anyone is able to make and donate a couple of jars that would be fantastic! Please leave at the HT office. Thanks.

Interior Design Guidance and Made to Measure Soft Furnishings - Anyone needing interior design guidance for their home, help sourcing fabric and/or bespoke curtains, blinds and cushions please contact Jessica Callanan (Mum to Abigail, 5HH and Henry, Chestnut) at jessicacallanan09@gmail.com, 01483 532658, 07780 683600

This Easter the resident youth theatre The Man In The Moon are performing The Jungle Book at the Electric Theatre from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th April 2.30 & 7.30pm. Several children from Holy trinity are performing along with ex pupils, so please come along and support them.For any budding actors and actresses it's a good opportunity to see the youth theatre group in action. Suitable for ages 4+ Please see the link below for more info about the show and to book tickets. http://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/11989/The-Jungle-Book

Looking for something fun to do with your children this Easter? Then come along to our Family Drop-in Easter workshop: Make a Lollipop-stick Picture frame on Wednesday 9 April 2014! Drop-in between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. No pre-booking required. Using lollipop sticks and card, create your own picture frame to put a special picture into! £2 per child. All materials supplied. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. Pay at craft shop at Guildford House Gallery first. Venue: Brew House (access via Guildford House Gallery), Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ

Menu - Week 3

Infant 28/3/14

28 March 2014

Sport Relief
Thank you so much for your donations to Sport Relief; we have raised an amazing £2047! If you still have sponsorship money please bring it in next week.

Year R trip to the Rural Life Museum, Monday 31 March
Reception classes are looking forward to going to the Rural Life Centre on Monday. Please remember to wear school uniform and bring a coat and a packed lunch.

Year 1 visit to Spectrum, Wednesday 2 April
Year 1 are having a fun sports day at Spectrum on Wednesday. Please remember to drop off at Spectrum at 9.20 am and collect at 2.40 pm. Children should wear their PE kits which were sent home this week.

Easter Service, 9.30 am, Thursday 3 April
We will be walking down to the Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday morning and would be grateful for extra parent helpers to accompany the children. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you can help. With the whole school attending the service, there will unfortunately be very limited space to stay and watch.

Easter Egg Hunt, Friday 4 April
FOPS are organising an Easter Egg Hunt for the children on Friday morning. They will provide alternatives for those children not able to have chocolate.

End of term
School finishes at 1.30 pm on Friday 4 April and re-opens on Tuesday 22 April.

Data Collection sheets
We are sending home data collection sheets for Years 1 and 2 today. Please could you make corrections, fill in any gaps and return them to the school office by next Friday 4th. It is particularly important for us to have up-to-date contact details.

FOPS NEWS

Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April
We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 28 April. Why not have a clear out over Easter and donate any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles to Phil the Bag? Donated clothing should be in a wearable condition as the it is mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices. The school receives money for every kilo donated. If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see http://www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html.

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April
The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Menu for week beginning Monday 31 March - coming soon

Junior 21/3/14

21 March 2014

Dear Parents

I wonder how we actually improve in any task or learning situation. This is something which educational thinkers are spending a lot of time puzzling over. John Hattie and others have written books which place much emphasis on how we learn successfully and manage to bridge the gap between where a student is now and where he or she is meant to be. Most of these thinkers believe that feedback is one of the most powerful ways to enable teaching and learning.

A useful saying is: “there is no such thing as criticism only feedback”. If we use our critics comments to sharpen our own performance that will be great. For a teacher, giving feedback is a vital tool in the tool kit of moving children forward and bridging the gap. Thus teachers need to know exactly where a child is – assessment and where a child should be – clear knowledge of curriculum and how they are going to enable each child to move from one point to the other. Feedback should give the children clear knowledge too.

This in turn leads us to think about goals and next steps. The end goal should be able to be articulated in terms of ‘master in the skill in…’ At HTPD we are working hard to use these methods to move learning forward so that children have the joy of achieving new skills, knowledge and ultimately wisdom. This produces a climate where errors are welcome because they lead to exciting possibilities of knowledge. Thomas Edison said he tried many thousands of times to find the right material for the electric light filament, he commented that each failure taught him a great deal. An error indicates an exciting tension between what we know and what we could know. Feedback once again is the tool we have to use that tension to achieve success.

We will continue, therefore, to have classrooms where teachers give useful and purposeful feedback, written or verbal, where no student has a fear of making errors and where gaps in learning are closed and new goals set using next steps.

That is the end of the education for today and your next steps are….

With best wishes, Richard


Forthcoming events for March:
Tuesday 25 March - Year 6 visit to Wintershall for “Stations of the Cross”
Friday 28 March - Fluffy Friday
Monday 31 March – Easter Hop: Year 3&4 4.30-5.30pm and Year 5&6 6.00-7.15pm

Forthcoming events for April:
Tuesday 1 April - Science Exhibition in the Atrium at 2pm (Year 4)
Wednesday 2 April - Earth Summit 6.30-7.15pm (Year 5)
Thursday 3 April - Easter Service at 9.30am.
Friday 4 April - End of Term (1.45pm close). No After school clubs
Tuesday 22 April - Summer Term begins at 8.40am.

Sport Relief
There will be a ‘Sport Relief’ football match on Tuesday 25 March after school between staff and pupils. Therefore, there will be no Year 3&4 Football Club. Everyone is welcome to watch and cheer on – please bring £1 per person ‘entry fee’!

Fluffy Friday
If anyone has any yellow wool they are able to donate please give to Mary in Year 6 who will be making fluffy Easter chicks. Please send in £1 to cover activity costs and do contact Alison if you are able to help.

Author Visit
We hope that the girls enjoyed meeting Lyn Gardner yesterday. If you were unable to buy a book at the event but would still like to get one, we will still have them available on Monday.

International Visitors
Our Spanish Partner School from Aguilar de Campoo will be visiting us next week. There will be ten children and their teachers who are staying with Year 6 families. They arrive on Monday and will spending the week at school with a visit to London on Wednesday. Six of our Year 6 children will be visiting their school in May

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school during lunch break on Tuesday 1 April. Please download a copy of the materials/instructions here (a hard copy is available from the office). Please note that the children need to bring their materials to school to assemble the garden, no sweets please!

Lost:
Rufus Bourke (Oak Class) has lost his black North Face coat with distinctive yellow zip (size XS). It is named. It was probably left in HT playground last week.

HTSC (PTA) News

Years 3&4 and Year 5&6 Easter Hop - Monday 31st March
We need a couple of helpers to sign the children in and then serve drinks and crisps during the discos. If you are able to help please contact Caroline Swift at caroline@swifts.me.uk

Dates for the diary
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 27th March from 8pm in MKB
PTA/HTSC Meeting - Thursday 1st May 8pm in the staff room
Summer Fair - Friday 4th July

Amazing Art Club - Come along and have fun making and doing: This term's theme is portraits: Alexander Calder-inspired wire portraits, learning drawing techniques, painting, making puppets and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now Holy Trinity! Maximum 12 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops. Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price. For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com Summer Term dates: Tuesday 29th April - 8th July 2014 (no class half term 27th May)

Monday 24 March 2014 Will Todd Ensemble at the Electric Theatre at 7.30 p.m. Part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival. Tickets are £15 (£7.50 concessions). Come and enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable evening with jazz pianist and composer Will Todd and his top notch ensemble. “There will be tunes and banter” Will Todd.

Anyone for tennis?
Free tennis coaching this Sunday 23rd March: Merrow Lawn Tennis Club (Epsom Road, GU4 7AA) is hosting a Junior Focus Day between 10.30am-2pm. Move to the beat with Cardio Tennis (at 10.30am), have a go on the Tri-tennis wall or find out who has the fastest serve… this fun-packed day will have something for everyone – of any age! Junior tennis sessions (for 5-16 year olds) are at 11am and 1pm and lunch and games are at 12pm. Email Mayra Spiring (m.spiring@sky.com) to sign up.

Discounted holiday camps at the Charterhouse Club Team games, individual challenges and lots of fun. Indoor back-up is available in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up.

Week 2 Menu

 

Infant 21/3/13

21 March 2014

Dear parents

I wonder how we actually improve in any task or learning situation. This is something which educational thinkers are spending a lot of time puzzling over. John Hattie and others have written books which place much emphasis on how we learn successfully and manage to bridge the gap between where a student is now and where he or she is meant to be. Most of these thinkers believe that feedback is one of the most powerful ways to enable teaching and learning.

A useful saying is: “there is no such thing as criticism only feedback”. If we use our critics comments to sharpen our own performance that will be great. For a teacher, giving feedback is a vital tool in the tool kit of moving children forward and bridging the gap. Thus teachers need to know exactly where a child is – assessment and where a child should be – clear knowledge of curriculum and how they are going to enable each child to move from one point to the other. Feedback should give the children clear knowledge too.

This in turn leads us to think about goals and next steps. The end goal should be able to be articulated in terms of ‘master in the skill in…’ At HTPD we are working hard to use these methods to move learning forward so that children have the joy of achieving new skills, knowledge and ultimately wisdom. This produces a climate where errors are welcome because they lead to exciting possibilities of knowledge. Thomas Edison said he tried many thousands of times to find the right material for the electric light filament, he commented that each failure taught him a great deal. An error indicates an exciting tension between what we know and what we could know. Feedback once again is the tool we have to use that tension to achieve success.

We will continue, therefore, to have classrooms where teachers give useful and purposeful feedback, written or verbal, where no student has a fear of making errors and where gaps in learning are closed and new goals set using next steps.

That is the end of the education for today and your next steps are….
With best wishes, Richard


Sport Relief

Many thanks for your support and sponsorship for Sport Relief today – over £500 raised so far. The children have had an enjoyable time taking part in their cycling or running challenges (ask them how many circuits they managed to complete) as well as thinking about those less fortunate. Thank you to Julia for organising so many different, fun activities for us.

Fluffy Friday, 28 March
Don’t forget that children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) next Friday and bring in £1 towards the cost of resources for the day.

JTLYK and Book Club cancellation
There will be no JTLYK or Book Club next week, Tuesday 25th March.

Easter Service, 9.30 am, Thursday 3 April
The whole school will be attending the Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church. If you can help with walking the children down to the Church please let your class teacher know. We will be setting off promptly after registration.

Lunch money
With the end of the financial year approaching we would like to collect as much outstanding lunch money as possible. If you do owe money for lunches please could this be paid by next Friday 28 March.

Nut Allergy
Please ensure that packed lunches (and snacks brought in for clubs) are nut free as we do have a number of children in school with nut allergies.

FOPS NEWS

Phil the Bag - Monday 28 April
We will be holding a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 28 April. Why not have a clear out over Easter and donate any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and other textiles to Phil the Bag? The donated clothing is mostly shipped to African countries where a wholesaler sorts them and sells them to market traders at affordable prices. The school receives money for every kilo donated. If you would like more information about what can be collected or where the donated clothing goes, please see www.philthebag.co.uk/faq.html.

FOPS Meeting - Wednesday 30 April
The next FOPS meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 8pm in the staff room. All welcome!

Lost:
Rufus Bourke (Oak Class) has lost his black North Face coat with distinctive yellow zip (size XS). It is named. It was probably left in HT playground last week.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 24 March
Mon: Italian Chicken & Savoury Rice or Cheese & Onion Flan, Cauliflower, Peas; Chocolate Chip Sponge
Tues: Pork (or Quorn) Meatballs, Pasta, Sliced Green Beans, Sweetcorn; Baked Rice Pudding & Jam
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Butternut Squash Bake, Roast Potatoes, Cabbage, Baby Carrots; Lime Mousse
Thurs: Vienna Steak or Veggie Burger, French Bread, Mixed Vegetables, Salad Bar; Syrup Sponge & Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Lasagne, Chips, Baked Beans, Peas; Apricot Flapjack
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Monday 24th March 2014 Will Todd Ensemble at the Electric Theatre at 7.30 pm
Part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival. Tickets are £15 (£7.50 concessions). Come and enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable evening with jazz pianist and composer Will Todd and his top notch ensemble. "There will be tunes and banter" WILL TODD.

Anyone for tennis?
Free tennis coaching this Sunday 23rd March: Merrow Lawn Tennis Club (Epsom Road, GU4 7AA) is hosting a Junior Focus Day between 10.30am-2pm. Move to the beat with Cardio Tennis (at 10.30am), have a go on the Tri-tennis wall or find out who has the fastest serve… this fun-packed day will have something for everyone – of any age! Junior tennis sessions (for 5-16 year olds) are at 11am and 1pm and lunch and games are at 12pm. Email Mayra Spiring (m.spiring@sky.com) to sign up.

Discounted holiday camps at The Charterhouse Club: tennis coaching specialist Premier Tennis, is offering £30 off its holiday camps for 5-15 year olds over Easter, May half term and the summer holidays at The Charterhouse Club near Godalming. Led by qualified and engaging coaches, the camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and offer drills, team games, individual challenges and lots of fun. Indoor back-up is available in the event of bad weather. Call the Premier Tennis team on 0845 475 1147 or email info@premiertennis.co.uk to sign up.

Stagecoach Guildford
Fancy joining in the fun with Stagecoach? Stagecoach Guildford is re-launching with an Open Day on the 3rd May. If you want to join in with the fun and make new friends, come down and experience our classes covering singing, dancing and acting! To book your place, call Daniela on 07900 018395 - 01243 585766 or email Guilford@stagecoach.co.uk

Junior 14/3/14

14 March 2014

Dear Parents

We are very pleased that we will soon have three beautiful and interesting stained glass windows in the Chapel. We have recently welcomed Kathy Shaw-Urlich to the school who is creating and making the windows. This is being done thanks to generous donations from Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church as well as a family, long connected with the school. Kathy has done a good deal of local research for the windows which represent the Father, Son and Spirit of the Holy Trinity. Many other motifs including the PD kite and the HT star will be present.

This week Kathy worked with a group of gifted artists from year 3-6. They jointly produced their ideas for the windows and made them together. They have done a wonderful job and these will form part of our exhibition at the official opening of the Chapel towards the end of June. You can see them now in the upper gallery of the Chapel. The windows which the children made are going to be hung in the forum.

Kathy has finished her design for the final windows for the Chapel and is currently getting the glass and lead together to make the windows. She will be doing this in the art room and children will be able to see the project evolving. We are so grateful to Kathy for all her enthusiasm, talent and skill. We will have a lasting piece of art which will hopefully lift the spirits of many children for many years to come.

I am hugely grateful to five parents who have become governors of the school. They are Femke Perry, Vanessa Taylor, Alistair Williams, Susen Anderson and Katie Larkin. They will be in post from April 1st. They bring a wealth of talent and experience to our already great group of governors. It will also be very good to have two new governors who will bring an international dimension.

With best wishes, Richard


Some responses to the question "How do you pray?"
I kneel down and bow my head.
I like to clear my head and be calm and quiet.

Every night when I'm going to sleep, me and my mum pray and say "thank you for the day".
Have you got a favourite prayer? The Lords prayer and the footprints prayer.
from a cool Christian in Nightingale.

I pray wherever I am if it's quiet and I just pray and don't do it any particular way.
I am a Muslim! I have to pray a different way. I sit down and cup my hands.

My type of praying is bowing my head and saying how lovely, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and the angels are.
In my opinion I am sort of good at listening to God's answers.
From a mysterious, magic Mandela

I pray in lots of different ways, sometimes, I kneel and pray but other times I just think in my head. Sometimes I say it out load whilst other times I keep it quieter particularly when I am thanking him for something.
From a weird bookworm in 6C.
PS. Please could Richard and Helen do the Tango in the middle of assembly!

Dear Cheese and Nutella
In various ways; I pray to God (our God not any other one).
No I don't have a favourite prayer, but I really love the Lords prayer and I can make up my own prayers as well.
From a person in Year 6.

I sometimes go on a walk or just walk around the block, if I'm not in a praying mood (if you know what I mean). 
No I don't have a favourite prayer because I make up my own for me, a unique prayer!

I tell God if I am worried or if something is troubling me and listen to his answers, sometimes he replies through other people!

I admit that I'm not really religious and don't really pray - in fact I think I only really pray in assembly, but I guess I do have thoughts. Like when there's a big family argument then I think about what's happened and filter it in my head and then I feel somehow stronger, not physically, mentally (kind of). 
And sometimes when I feel upset or in a bad situation, this might sound silly but I think of a quote (from a book or something) and I think about it and I feel happier and not as sad as I was before. Also when I pray I sometimes ask God if my loved ones that have died are with him.
From a nutty Nightingale in the wonderful class 6C.

Forthcoming events for March:

Tuesday 18March - Bentley Copse Meeting for Parents in the Hall at 7pm

Wednesday 19 March - Schools’ Music Festival at GLive.  Festival begins at 7pm. Further information will follow next week

Tuesday 25 March - Year 6 visit to Wintershall for “Stations of the Cross”

28 March - Fluffy Friday – please contact Alison if you are able to offer an activity or would like to come and help.

 

Forthcoming events for April:

Tuesday 1 April - Science Exhibition in the Atrium at 2pm (Year 4)

Wednesday 2 April - Earth Summit (Year 5)

Thursday 3April - Easter Service at 9.30am.

Friday 4 April - End of Term (1.45pm close).  No After school clubs

Tuesday 22 April - Summer Term begins at 8.40am.

Parking in Cline Road
Please be considerate when pickup and in Cline Road and please do not block our neighbours driveways. Thank you.

Sportshall Athletics

Congratulations to our boys and girls who competed in the County Finals on Wednesday at SSP. It was a fantastic event involving 12 schools in total; lots of activity, lots of fun and lots of noise! The team got very creditable bronze medals.

 

Dodgeball

At the same time, in the arena next door at the SSP we had the County Finals of the Dodgeball competition. Twelve teams from across Surrey ducked and dived with great zest to battle their way through the matches. A great team performance took our year 5 and 6 boys and girls through to the 3rd and 4th playoff where they achieved bronze medals, well done!

 

Netball

The girls had two good matches this week vs. St. Bede's with the year 5's winning 6-1 and the year 6's achieving a 7 all draw with some great shooting.

Sport Relief
The next couple of weeks see some exciting events taking place at Holy Trinity in aid of Sport Relief:

  • Next week we will be completing our very own Sport Relief mile as each child is involved in our afternoon run/skip/walk up on the Downs during our afternoon PE sessions.
  • Please could each child bring in £1 towards the fundraising for this event and bring something red to wear during their PE afternoon
  • On Friday, we will be clocking up miles in the swimming pool at Holy Trinity Swim Club.
  • We will also be clocking up goals scored during three fun matches to be played between children vs. mums/dads/teachers
  • Netball on Monday 17 March after school therefore no Year 5 Netball Club, but all welcome at match.
  • Dodgeball on Wednesday 19 March at breaktime
  • Football on Tuesday 25 March after school therefore no Year 3&4 Football Club, but all welcome at match.

 

All of the children can either download a sponsor form here (only print/use first page), or collect one from Reception. Any sponsorship towards their miles or their goals, either individually or as a team, would be much appreciated as the school would love to send off a generous donation to some very worthy causes through having our own sporting fun!

Charity Cake Sale

Thanks to everyone who came and bought cakes last Friday, the children raised £265 which will be split between Harrison’s Fund and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Cheryl’s Sponsored Accent morning raised an amazing £202 for Harrison’s Fund.

Surrey Half Marathon
Helen, Louise and Emily completed the Surrey Half marathon last weekend, thank you to everyone who sponsored them and came to support on the day. 

HTPD Prayer Group, Thursday 20 March
The date of our next meeting is Thursday 20th, 9-9.30 am at Emma Laporte’s house – contact Emma for details – emmalaporte@hotmail.com. All welcome!

HTSC (PTA) News

March March Ball
A fantastic evening was had last Saturday at the Mad March Ball. We estimate that we have raised about £9,000 to be split between the junior and infant sites. Thank you to all those who supported the event by donating auction and raffle prizes, buying tickets and bidding in the auction. The money raised from the raffle and the heads and tails game will be split between muscular dystrophy and cancer charities.

Dates for the diary
PTA/HTSC Meeting - Thursday 20th March 8pm in the staff room
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 27th March from 8pm in MKB
Summer Fair - Friday 4th July

Lost 
Sebastian Sangale from 4M has lost his PE kit, which is in his PE kit bag. The string broke and it was replaced with garden twine so it is quite distinctive. If found, please bring it to the office. Thank you.
Rufus Bourke (Oak Class) has lost his black North Face coat with distinctive yellow zip (size XS). It is named. It was probably left in HT playground on Tuesday.

For Year 6 Parents, we are holding a pre Easter drinks get together at MKB on Thursday 27th March from 8pm. We hope that as many of you as possible can make it! From your Year 6 class reps.

Clandon Badminton Club has some spaces for Year 5 and 6 boys and girls to join the club. Training is at Tormead School on Sunday's at 5pm, with the opportunity to play in matches from September. Please email Karen Cruickshank (kazmc33@googlemail.com) for more details.

Becca Clegg (mum to Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting her latest paintings at the Prism Spring Exhibition at Harvey Gallery 10 - 22 March. Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat.10am - 12noon (closed Sundays) www.harveygallery.co.uk. Prism brings together local artists & makers across several disciplines www.prismartistsandmakers.wordpress.com/artists will re-direct you to their individual websites.

Art class with Elena Andreeva - We have a place at our Art Class (running at HT on Mondays, 3.30 - 5.000. Children learn drawing, painting and composition. If you would like your child to enrol, please call Elena on 01483 560385 (you can also see Elena's works on her website www.elena-andreeva.com).

Week 1

Infant 14/3/14

14 March 2014

Dear Parents

We are very pleased that we will soon have three beautiful and interesting stained glass windows in the Chapel. We have recently welcomed Kathy Shaw-Urlich to the school who is creating and making the windows. This is being done thanks to generous donations from Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church as well as a family, long connected with the school. Kathy has done a good deal of local research for the windows which represent the Father, Son and Spirit of the Holy Trinity. Many other motifs including the PD kite and the HT star will be present.

This week Kathy worked with a group of gifted artists from year 3-6. They jointly produced their ideas for the windows and made them together. They have done a wonderful job and these will form part of our exhibition at the official opening of the Chapel towards the end of June. You can see them now in the upper gallery of the Chapel. The windows which the children made are going to be hung in the forum.

Kathy has finished her design for the final windows for the Chapel and is currently getting the glass and lead together to make the windows. She will be doing this in the art room and children will be able to see the project evolving. We are so grateful to Kathy for all her enthusiasm, talent and skill. We will have a lasting piece of art which will hopefully lift the spirits of many children for many years to come.

I am hugely grateful to five parents who have become governors of the school. They are Femke Perry, Vanessa Taylor, Alistair Williams, Susen Anderson and Katie Larkin. They will be in post from April 1st. They bring a wealth of talent and experience to our already great group of governors. It will also be very good to have two new governors who will bring an international dimension.

With best wishes
Richard


Sport Relief, Friday 21 March
All children should come to school in their PE kit (trainers, joggers/shorts, PE t-shirt, sweatshirt and a coat) next Friday and bring in their sponsorship forms.  Further details and the forms went out last Friday but extra copies are available from the office.  Year R will be cycling and may bring their own named bike or scooter and helmet if they wish.

Sport Relief wrist bands are still available from the office - £1 each. 

Fluffy Friday, 28 March
Please return your choices for Fluffy Friday by next Tuesday 18th.  

Assembly
Next week we will be practising Gentleness which is the last of the Fruit of the Spirit attributes we have been looking at in assembly 

Teacher-led clubs – changes.

There are two more weeks of teacher-led clubs.  For these two weeks, JTLYK, Book and Drama clubs will  take place on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday.  Newspaper club will take place on a Tuesday rather than a Wednesday.

HTPD Prayer Group, Thursday 20 March
The date of our next meeting is Thursday 20th, 9-9.30 am at Emma Laporte’s house – contact Emma for details – emmalaporte@hotmail.com.  All welcome!

A note from Nicola:
Just a personal ‘thank you’ from me to all the parents who donated towards or bought lovely gifts for the baby. Though I am really looking forward to putting my feet up, I am really going to miss your children as they make each day special and unique. I hope you all have a lovely rest of the term and Easter holidays and I will see you soon. Nicola.

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March March Ball
A fantastic evening was had last Saturday at the Mad March Ball.  We estimate that we have raised about £9,000 to be split between the junior and infant sites.  Thank you to all those who supported the event by donating auction and raffle prizes, buying tickets and bidding in the auction.  The money raised from the raffle and the heads and tails game will be split between muscular dystrophy and cancer charities.

Lost:
Rufus Bourke (Oak Class) has lost his black North Face coat with distinctive yellow zip (size XS). It is named. It was probably left in HT playground on Tuesday.

James Gluyas (Walnut Class) has lost a GAP hat (burgundy with blue on the front).

Found:
DVD boxed set of ‘The Borrowers’ found in Addison Road. Please contact the Pewley Down office.

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Infant 7/4/14

07 March 2014

Dear Parents,

We are now in the middle of the parents’ evenings at the school with those at PD completed and those at HT taking place next week. These meetings are a big commitment for yourselves and the teachers and I was wondering how we can best use the time to make it the most worthwhile for children, parents and the teacher.

I do consider it to be a really important time for dialogue where both parties learn from each other. The teachers certainly want to know how you feel your child is doing at school and how they are coping with home tasks. In the first parents’ evening of the year they will also want to know about your child’s personality and their strengths and challenges.

The school day is a long one for children, though at times it might seem quite short for parents. You will therefore want to know if your child is happy and confident, how they cope socially and whether they have friends. Academically it is good to have a clear understanding of how things are progressing in the main subjects. Teachers will be prepared to give a clear understanding of your child’s progress as measured by national levels and also approximately where they are, in ability, within the class. As important are their attitudes to learning, their resilience and creativity.

We do understand that children do not progress in a straight line, but in many ways have spurts and plateaus. So we would also like to discuss with you what type of learner your child is.


The next steps and longer term targets are also important so that children and parents’ evening will give you a good connection with your child’s teacher so that if an issue does occur you would feel comfortable to phone, email or visit them to discuss these. I enjoyed meeting with many parents from PD this week and hope to do the same at HT in the forthcoming week.

With best wishes, Richard


Sport Relief, Friday 21 March
We are supporting Sport Relief again this year. Please check the information coming home today as we would like everyone to get involved. All the children will be taking part in a sponsored event: Year R – cycling or scooting, Year 1 – running, Year 2 – swimming. Sport Relief wrist bands will be available from the office from Monday (£1 each).

House Music, Wednesday 12 March
On Wednesday the children will be experimenting with different ways of using their voices, instruments and general music making. Please have a look on the house board to find out what they have been up to.

Assembly
Next week we will be focussing on the spirit of Kindness and trying hard to be especially kind to each other.

World Book Day
The World Book Day vouchers were distributed to the children yesterday. These can be exchanged at book shops (Waterstones, WH Smith) for one of the special £1 books or used to get £1 off a full price book.

Parent Governor Election
Next Wednesday 12 March is the deadline for return of nomination forms for the parent governor vacancies. Forms and information are available from the school office or the website.

PUPS
If your child has been booked into PUPS but will not be attending, please let us know either by phone or text (07742 292097), email (pups@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk) or by leaving a note in the PUPS communication book in the office. Many thanks.

FOPS NEWS

Children's Cake Sale - 14 March 2014
Next Friday, we will be holding the Children's Cake Sale. Please, if possible, bring in no more than six cakes or biscuits on Friday morning. Please remember that we are a nut free school. Children may bring in 50p in a named envelope to buy two cakes during the afternoon with their class. (They eat one with their friends and take one home.) Any leftover cakes will be sold at the end of school. The sale will be run by the year 1 classes and these class reps will be in touch requesting help.

Mad March Ball
If you are coming to the Mad March Ball on Saturday evening, here's a few last minute tips for the evening. The evening starts at 7pm. There will be a wine table organised by the hotel for you to order your wine for the meal, payment is by card or cash. The hotel has changed the seating arrangement slightly and we are now seated in tables of 12. We have tried to keep people together in the groups that they requested and have kept changes to a minimum.

The dress code for the event is 'Black Tie' however if you are coming along after dinner smart dress is fine but no jeans please.

And as you've made all that effort, why not have a professional photo taken of you and your partner or group of friends? There will be a photographer available to take photos during the drinks receptions. Photos will be available to buy and take away on the night for £10 each (cash, cheques and card payments accepted).

Finally don't forget your cheque book for the auction.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Reception night out (Hazel and Willow classes), Tuesday 18 March
Meet at The Albany from 8pm. We hope you will join us, all welcome.

Menu for week beginning Monday 10 March


Becca Clegg (mum to Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting her latest paintings at the Prism Spring Exhibition at Harvey Gallery 10 -22 March. Mon -Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 12noon (Closed Sundays) www.harveygallery.co.uk. Prism brings together local artists & makers across several disciplines www.prismartistsandmakers.wordpress.com/artists will re-direct you to their individual websites.

Junior 7/3/14

07 March 2014

Dear Parents,

We are now in the middle of the parents’ evenings at the school with those at PD completed and those at HT taking place next week. These meetings are a big commitment for yourselves and the teachers and I was wondering how we can best use the time to make it the most worthwhile for children, parents and the teacher.

I do consider it to be a really important time for dialogue where both parties learn from each other. The teachers certainly want to know how you feel your child is doing at school and how they are coping with home tasks. In the first parents’ evening of the year they will also want to know about your child’s personality and their strengths and challenges.

The school day is a long one for children, though at times it might seem quite short for parents. You will therefore want to know if your child is happy and confident, how they cope socially and whether they have friends. Academically it is good to have a clear understanding of how things are progressing in the main subjects. Teachers will be prepared to give a clear understanding of your child’s progress as measured by national levels and also approximately where they are, in ability, within the class. As important are their attitudes to learning, their resilience and creativity.

We do understand that children do not progress in a straight line, but in many ways have spurts and plateaus. So we would also like to discuss with you what type of learner your child is.

The next steps and longer term targets are also important so that children and parents’ evening will give you a good connection with your child’s teacher so that if an issue does occur you would feel comfortable to phone, email or visit them to discuss these. I enjoyed meeting with many parents from PD this week and hope to do the same at HT in the forthcoming week.

With best wishes, Richard


Forthcoming events for March:
Tuesday 11 March – Parents’ Consultations (6-8.00pm)
Thursday 13 March – Parents’ Consultations (4-6.30pm)
Friday 14 March – Organ Activity morning for some Years 5 & 6 children at Guildford United Reformed Church (packed lunch required)
Tuesday 18 March – Bentley Copse Meeting for Parents in the Hall at 7 pm
Wednesday 19 March – Schools’ Music Festival at GLive. Festival begins at 7 pm. Further information will follow next week
Tuesday 25 March – Year 6 visit to Wintershall for “Stations of the Cross”
28 March – Fluffy Friday

There will be NO library clubs next week due to Book Fair.

Parent Governor Election
We are looking for 2 governors for Pewley Down and 2 for Holy Trinity. This information is also available on the website (under the Weekly News section) or from the school offices as a hard copy. The deadline for returning nomination forms is 9.00am on Wednesday 12 March.

Book Fair
Next week there will be a Book Fair in School, books will be available to purchase after school and during the Parent Consultations. There will also be reading lists for all year groups. There will be no Library based after school clubs next week.

Thursday is World Book Day and, as usual, the children will receive a £1 book voucher that can be used in any UK bookshop. We will have a limited number of the specially commissioned £1 books for exchange during Break. Children will also be given a form to make a case for their favourite character and most evil villain. There will be a prize of £10.00 of free books from the Book Fair for the best entry in each Year group. In each class room there will be a box of books that we are getting rid of. To support Seb Arnold’s fundraising for Harrison's Fund we are offering children the opportunity to take books from the boxes in exchange for a donation to Seb’s cause. Money should be given to the class teacher.

Charity Cake Sale
Thank you to everyone who brought cakes in and to Sainsbury’s Guildford High Street for their generous contribution.

Sport Relief – 17-21 March
During this week the School Council (with Gillian Rodgers) will lead a cross-country run event during PE curriculum time to raise money for Sport Relief. On Friday 21 March the children are proposing to take part in events against adult teams such as dodgeball and netball. The HT Swim club will also hold an event that evening. Please email school council on schoolcouncil@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you have any further ideas. More details to follow.

Sports News
We have had a bit of a sports bonanza over the last couple of weeks........

Football
Congratulations to the boys who participated in the Guildford Schools Indoor Football Tournaments at Spectrum. They were hotly contested with the Year 6 boys winning overall and the Year 5 boys coming runners up in their competition.

Not to be outdone, the girls had a cracking Outdoor Football Tournament yesterday at Weyfield and came in second place after two goals in the dying minutes of the game. Brilliant teamwork!

Sportshall Athletics
We had a frantic dash from the National History Museum to Charterhouse for the Year 5 and 6 Indoor Sportshall Athletics competition on Tuesday. It is such a great frenetic competition with lots of fun taking part in both track and field events. Holy Trinity were eventual winners and progress to the County Finals next week,well done.

Netball
The year 6 girls played brilliantly in both of their netball tournaments; the Guildford Schools Indoor Netball Tournament at the SSP and our very own Cupcake Tournament held at Holy Trinity with Tormead, Rydes Hill, St. Teresa's and Queen Eleanor's. The girls won both and managed to consume lots of cake!

Good luck to the two teams participating in the Tormead Tournament tomorrow.

Huge thanks as always to all of our parents who have helped with transport, helping to make and serve goodies to all of our visitors and for superb team support.

Please could I ask that all school kit is returned to school as soon as possible, thanks.

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Mad March Ball
If you are coming to the Mad March Ball on Saturday evening, here's a few last minute tips for the evening. The evening starts at 7pm. There will be a wine table organised by the hotel for you to order your wine for the meal, payment is by card or cash. The hotel has changed the seating arrangement slightly and we are now seated in tables of 12. We have tried to keep people together in the groups that they requested and have kept changes to a minimum.

The dress code for the event is 'Black Tie' however if you are coming along after dinner smart dress is fine but no jeans please.

And as you've made all that effort, why not have a professional photo taken of you and your partner or group of friends? There will be a photographer available to take photos during the drinks receptions. Photos will be available to buy and take away on the night for £10 each (cash, cheques and card payments accepted).

Finally don't forget your cheque book for the auction.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Lost - One blue/green Brooks trainer has gone missing from 5H before half term after a Tuesday judo class. It is named Billy Jacobs and is fairly new so the family are keen to get it back! Please check PE bags etc. and if found, please return it to lost property - the family would be very grateful! Thank you.

Becca Clegg
(mum to Georgia 6C & Issie Chestnut) will be exhibiting her latest paintings at the Prism Spring Exhibition at Harvey Gallery 10 - 22 March. Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat.10am - 12noon (Closed Sundays) www.harveygallery.co.uk. Prism brings together local artists & makers across several disciplines www.prismartistsandmakers.wordpress.com/artists will re-direct you to their individual websites.

Art class with Elena Andreeva - We have a place at our Art Class (running at HT on Mondays, 3.30 - 5.000. Children learn drawing, painting and composition. If you would like your child to enrol, please call Elena on 01483 560385 (you can also see Elena's works on her website www.elena-andreeva.com).

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