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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.

HTSC (PTA) News

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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