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Junior 24/5/13

24 May 2013

Dear parents

I would like to start by thanking all of you who have written expressing your support following the Ofsted report. Your emails mean a tremendous lot to all the staff and go a long way to encouraging and re-energising people who need this following the inspection. Can I reiterate the importance of the parents’ meeting on June 5th at 7.45pm. This will give us a chance to talk all the issues through.

Today was Fluffy Friday with great activities at Pewley including Country Dancing, an adventure run across the downs and making a pop video. I took a group of juniors bird watching. It was just great in the drizzly wet weather. We saw twenty four species with high points being a cormorant drying its wings on a pylon and 60 or so Swifts plus a few House Martins swooping low all around us at Stoke Lock. In the afternoon, Helen had organised Tennis and Crazy Golf for the children and even though it was raining and cold the children played with great enthusiasm and declared it the best fluffy ever! It was so good to be with children and out of the office and difficult meetings for a day.

I do hope you have a really happy half term. I am off to Ireland for Ollie, my twenty seven year old son’s wedding. I have been asked to give the address at the wedding service. I am speaking from Colossians chapter 3 which tells us to put on compassion, kindness, humility and patience, to be tolerant, forgiving and over all of that, to put on love which binds us all together. A great message for young people embarking on married life together and also for us as a family community together. My hope and prayer is that we continue to work together in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

With very best wishes, Richard


Events happening week commencing Monday, 3rd June
Monday 3rd – Back to school
Tuesday 4th – Jeremy Strong event Years 1-4
Wednesday 5th - 7:45 pm - Ofsted report meeting
Wednesday 5th - Year 4 Bentley Copse

Fluffy
This has probably been one of the wettest Fluffy days we have ever had! The children have been resilient and resourceful as usual and still had a great time. We have noticed that children are forgetting to bring their £1 for the day and we would be grateful if you could send any monies owing next half term. We do try to keep Fluffy prices to a minimum but are finding that we are not covering all the costs at present.

Jeremy Strong event on Tuesday 4th June
We are pleased to be able to welcome Jeremy Strong to our School on June the 4th. Jeremy will be talking to Years 1-4 about his life as an author and his new book, ‘My Brother’s Famous Bottom gets Crowned!’ during the afternoon and then signing books afterwards. There is no charge for this event but if you would like your child to purchase a book and have it signed please ensure he/she brings £6.00 into school on the day. Owing to the large numbers of children attending, we are unable to allow the children to phone parents to bring money, or to advance copies without payment. Year 5&6 will also be able to buy a book after the event for £6. The book sales will be handled by Waterstones and if you are sending a cheque please could you make it payable to them. For further information email geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Board Games & Lego Club
There will be no board games or Lego club on Tuesday 4th June. This is because of the Jeremy Strong visit.

Traffic in Cline Road
Please take extra care when entering Cline Road due to the building works.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Thank you for all the Phil the Bag donations.

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July
Here's early notice that we will be asking for donations of jolly jars/bags, bottles for the bottle tombola and unwanted gifts to be brought into school on Monday 24th June. We will be asking for donations of fresh produce and plants on the day of the fair.

We are looking for raffle prizes if you are able or know of a company who is able to donate or sponsor our main prize (Mini iPad) please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

This year we are having an American theme for the fair, so if you have any suggestions or ideas for stalls please email Caroline.

Next HTSC Meeting Wednesday 12th June at 8pm.
 


Save the date - 13th June - Summer Film Night
Come and watch the premiere of Disney's latest animated blockbuster 'Wreck It Ralph' (screening for Years 3 - 5 only from 3.30pm).

And, as voted by Year 6, the hilarious comedy 'Parental Guidance' (screening for Year 6 only from 6.00pm). Join your friends for a fun night with popcorn and ice-cream. Full details and tickets available after Half Term.

Lost
A Year 6 PE kit in a navy bag has been missing for several weeks so please check to see that you have the correct kit. The missing trainers have unusual black and white laces. Thank you.
Hannah Belsey in 4M has lost a black and white Lorus wrist watch, last seen in the 4M classroom on the ground floor.

St. Saviour’s Holiday Club at Holy Trinity School
Taking place between 6-8th August, for ages 5 – 11 years old. Please go to www.outofthisworld2013.org.uk to register. If you have any further queries, please email holidayclub@st-saviours.org.uk

Viking Quest - Holiday Club!
The Vikings are coming to Guildford this summer for the annual Christ Church Holiday Club in Waterden Road! It runs from Wednesday, July 31st to Sunday, August 4th and all children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome to join for 5 days of fun-packed adventures, games, crafts, drama, singing and learning about God. Booking starts on Friday, 17th May, and you can either do this online at www.hclub.christchurchguildford.com or phone Louise on 01483 301927 from 8.30am on Friday. All this for just £10 per child for all five days, so launch your longboats and get on board!

Half Term Jazz Concert for children - Don't worry what the weather is doing, turn off the TV and come to a cool cat jazz concert with the Will Todd Ensemble and vocalist Bethany Halliday. Times are 2.30-3.30 pm on Wednesday 29th May and tickets are £4. Also adults evening jazz at 8.00 - 10.30 pm. Tickets cost £10. Booking essential call 01483 453227 or email info@bardesarts.co.uk

'Architect in the House' is a charitable initiative created by RIBA/ Shelter whereby homeowners can receive an hour consultation with a RIBA Chartered Architect for a suggested donation of £45 to Shelter. For every £45 Shelter receive from a homeowner, their housing advisers will be able to help at least two homeless families. Local Architectural practice, d-10 Architects (run by Andrew Day, father of Ethan 6C) have registered for the scheme and Andrew can be contacted directly at aday@d-10architects.com or please call 07932 621085. More details of the scheme can be found at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk.

Menu Week Commnencing 3rd June

Infant 24/3/13

24 May 2013

Dear parents

I would like to start by thanking all of you who have written expressing your support following the Ofsted report. Your emails mean a tremendous lot to all the staff and go a long way to encouraging and re-energising people who need this following the inspection. Can I reiterate the importance of the parents’ meeting on June 5th at 7.45pm. This will give us a chance to talk all the issues through.

Today was Fluffy Friday with great activities at Pewley including Country Dancing, an adventure run across the downs and making a pop video. I took a group of juniors bird watching. It was just great in the drizzly wet weather. We saw twenty four species with high points being a cormorant drying its wings on a pylon and 60 or so Swifts plus a few House Martins swooping low all around us at Stoke Lock. In the afternoon, Helen had organised Tennis and Crazy Golf for the children and even though it was raining and cold the children played with great enthusiasm and declared it the best fluffy ever! It was so good to be with children and out of the office and difficult meetings for a day.

I do hope you have a really happy half term. I am off to Ireland for Ollie, my twenty seven year old son’s wedding. I have been asked to give the address at the wedding service. I am speaking from Colossians chapter 3 which tells us to put on compassion, kindness, humility and patience, to be tolerant, forgiving and over all of that, to put on love which binds us all together. A great message for young people embarking on married life together and also for us as a family community together. My hope and prayer is that we continue to work together in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

With very best wishes, Richard

Jeremy Strong event, Tuesday 4 June 

We are pleased to be able to welcome Jeremy Strong to our School on June the 4th. Jeremy will be talking to Years 1-4 about his life as an author and his new book, ‘My Brother’s Famous Bottom gets Crowned!’ during the afternoon and then signing books afterwards. There is no charge for this event but if you would like your child to purchase a book and have it signed please ensure he/she brings £6.00 into school on the day. Owing to the large numbers of children attending, we are unable to allow the children to phone parents to bring money, or to advance copies without payment. The book sales will be handled by Waterstones and if you are sending a cheque please could you make it payable to them. For further information email geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.  (If you have already sent a cheque in to the Pewley Down office we will organise payment to Waterstones.)

Golden Boot, Friday 7 June
The Golden Boot challenge will be starting on Friday 7th.  Children are encouraged to travel to school in ‘greener’ ways – walking, cycling, using scooters or park and walk – and the travel information will be recorded on the online chart.  The challenge continues on Friday 14, 21 and 28 June and the class with the highest number of ‘green’ travellers will win the Golden Boot.   

Year 1 pirate dress-up day, 3 July 
A reminder that year 1 classes are dressing up as pirates on Monday 3 July as part of the launch of their new topic.  Come along in full pirate costume or just with an eye patch, hat etc.

Sainsbury’s ActiveKids vouchers
The ActiveKids scheme has now ended; please bring in any vouchers you may still have at home.

Lost
James Gluya, Oak Class, has lost his name Nightingale sweatshirt (named Ben Gluyas).


FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Thank for all the donations of jolly jars and bottles we received on Monday and a big thank you to Jill Morgan (mum of Isla) for making the beautiful summer fair sign outside the school.

Set Up for the Fair:  We are looking for volunteers to help on the weekend of 7-9 June with setting up the Summer Fair.  Many hands make light work and there are lots of jolly jars to be numbered, gazebos to put up and stalls to set up.  If you are able to help, please let your class rep or Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know.  We need helpers on  Friday evening (7pm to 9pm), Saturday afternoon (3pm to 5.30pm) and Sunday morning (10am -12pm).  We would also be very grateful for help clearing up after the fair finishes.

Raffle Tickets:   Please remember to return all money, counterfoils and unwanted raffle tickets to the school office by Friday 7 June.  Additional raffle tickets are available from the School Office if you would like more.  Computer Game Auction:  We also have 9 copies of “Most Wanted” (age rated 7) for the X Box, PC & PS VITA which retail at £22.99.  We will be accepting sealed bids up until the raffle draw on 9 June with the games going to the highest bidders.  If you would like to bid for a game, please write your name, telephone number, format required & bid amount on a piece of paper and leave it in an envelope marked “Most Wanted” at the School Office.

Phil the Bag
Are you having a wardrobe clear out over half term?  If you are, please consider donating all your unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, hats, bedding and towels to the school.  We will be having a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 17 June.  FOPS will receive cash for every kilo donated which will be put towards school projects. The textiles are then sold on and distributed to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries, which at the same time saves our environment from the burden of further resources going to landfill. If you would like to know more about the scheme please see the website:  http://www.philthebag.co.uk/about.html


Menu Week Commencing 3 June

Half term jazz concert for children - Don't worry what the weather is doing, turn off the TV and come to a cool cat jazz concert  with the Will Todd Ensemble and vocalist Bethany Halliday 2.30-3.30pm on Wednesday 29th May. Tickets £4. Also adults evening jazz at 8.00 - 10.30 pm.  Tickets £10. Booking essential call 01483 453227 or email info@bardesarts.co.uk

Junior 17/5/13

17 May 2013

Dear Parents

One of the high points of this week for me was showing a new group of parents around Pewley Down. As always it was brimming with life with happy and engaged children learning in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The group of parents were just blown away by the experience and this was even without our fabulous Year 2’s who were meeting Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Natural History Museum.

There has been a slight delay in publishing the Ofsted report due to the May bank holiday. We now expect to send it out, along with a letter from me, on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. We will follow this up with a parents’ meeting after half term to talk through the findings. I’ll announce the date for that next week too.

In the meantime, we are today publishing the results of the recent questionnaire to parents. I have just looked at the results compared to last year and to be honest they are virtually identical. The only significant change is in the scores for dealing with bullying and children’s behaviour which have both improved this year. The other difference is that we included ‘don’t know’ on the graphs. Please follow this link to view the results. I think next year we may do a more focused questionnaire on a particular subject area or feature of school life.

Speaking of questionnaires I am so grateful to all the parents who logged on to the ‘Parentview’ section of the Ofsted web site before the inspection – a stunning two hundred in twenty four hours (compared to 141 returns for HT and 79 for PD for our questionnaire). You can log in at any time for either school and complete the simple list of questions. It would be great if we now had a large number of Pewley Down parents responding.

As a staff your child’s safety, happiness and progress are three things which are at the heart of what we strive to achieve. I am pleased that so many of you agree that your children are experiencing this during their time here. Nearly all our visitors remark on the happy atmosphere and positive engagement of the children. It really is a great place to work and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

With very best wishes, Richard

Events happening next week
Year 6 Trinity Trek and Preston Montford information evening Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm.
Fluffy Friday, 24th May – please wear mufti and bring £1

NB. It’s NOT Mufti at HT on Monday. Pewley are wearing mufti for their Summer Fair donations.

FLUFFY Friday
Please do get in touch if there is any activity (it doesn’t matter how small—it could be a group of 5 children) you think you may be able to offer.

Congratulations
Aoife (6M) loves any opportunity to write and create stories; she entered two national competitions recently and won! You can find links to her stories here.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Phil the Bag – Monday 20th May - Wednesday 22nd May
Phil the Bag is back soon. Please start collecting your unwanted textiles - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding (no duvets) Textile items are accepted in any type of bag and in any condition, as those items that cannot be reused are recycled. The more textiles we can collect the more money we can raise, we receive 50p for every kilo of textiles, that’s £500 per tonne. Many thanks for your help! Bags will be sent home with your children next week however normal bin bags can also be used.

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July

Lost and Found
Alexandra Luther in 4N has lost her coat. It is blue with a patch of two crossed tennis rackets on it. If found please bring it to the office. Thank you.
Grace Mitchell in 3S has lost her Keller cardigan, which has her name embroidered in it. As usual, if found please bring it to the office. Thank you.
Sam Page in 3MG has lost a pair of boys’ Clark’s shoes, size 1. Could you look through your PE bags please? Thank you.

Viking Quest - Holiday Club!
The Vikings are coming to Guildford this summer for the annual Christ Church Holiday Club in Waterden Road! It runs from Wednesday, July 31st to Sunday, August 4th and all children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome to join for 5 days of fun-packed adventures, games, crafts, drama, singing and learning about God. Booking starts on Friday, 17th May, and you can either do this online at www.hclub.christchurchguildford.com or phone Louise on 01483 301927 from 8.30am on Friday. All this for just £10 per child for all five days, so launch your longboats and get on board!

For Sale: Apollo FS20 boys bike, black with red and silver writing 20 inch wheels, front and rear suspension, 6 gears £30 Ono suitable for approx 7-10 year old. Excellent condition. Contact Dawn on 01483 566 013.

Menu - Week 3



 

Infant 17/5/13

17 May 2013

Dear Parents

One of the high points of this week for me was showing a new group of parents around Pewley Down. As always it was brimming with life with happy and engaged children learning in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The group of parents were just blown away by the experience and this was even without our fabulous Year 2’s who were meeting Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Natural History Museum.

There has been a slight delay in publishing the Ofsted report due to the May bank holiday. We now expect to send it out, along with a letter from me, on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. We will follow this up with a parents’ meeting after half term to talk through the findings. I’ll announce the date for that next week too.

In the meantime, we are today publishing the results of the recent questionnaire to parents. I have just looked at the results compared to last year and to be honest they are virtually identical. The only significant change is in the scores for dealing with bullying and children’s behaviour which have both improved this year. The other difference is that we included ‘don’t know’ on the graphs. Please follow this link to view the results. I think next year we may do a more focused questionnaire on a particular subject area or feature of school life.

Speaking of questionnaires I am so grateful to all the parents who logged on to the ‘Parentview’ section of the Ofsted web site before the inspection – a stunning two hundred in twenty four hours (compared to 141 returns for HT and 79 for PD for our questionnaire). You can log in at any time for either school and complete the simple list of questions. It would be great if we now had a large number of Pewley Down parents responding.

As a staff your child’s safety, happiness and progress are three things which are at the heart of what we strive to achieve. I am pleased that so many of you agree that your children are experiencing this during their time here. Nearly all our visitors remark on the happy atmosphere and positive engagement of the children. It really is a great place to work and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

With very best wishes, Richard


MUFTI: Monday 20 and Friday 24 May
Children can come to school in their own clothes (mufti) on Monday, 20th and bring in donations for the Summer Fair (see FOPs section below).  Fluffy Friday, 24th will also be a mufti day.

Jeremy Strong visit, Tuesday 4 June
Years 1 and 2 will be going to Holy Trinity on Tuesday afternoon (4 June) to listen to author Jeremy Strong.  This is a fantastic opportunity to meet such a well-known author. There is no charge for the actual event but children will be able to buy a signed copy of Jeremy Strong’s new book “My brother’s famous bottom gets crowned”.  If you would like to buy the book please send in £6.00 to the office (in an envelope marked with child’s name and class) by next Friday 24 May and include a post-it note with details of who the book should be signed to.

Golden Boot Challenge
We will be taking part in the Golden Boot Challenge again this year.  The aim is to encourage ‘greener’ travel to school eg walking, car sharing, park a little way from school and walk, cycling and using scooters. Today was ‘baseline day’ when children record their usual mode of travel to school.  We will use the online chart to record the information again on Friday 7, 14, 21 and 28 June and the class with the highest number of ‘green’ travellers at the end of the challenge will be awarded the ‘Golden Boot’.

Congratulations
Good luck and very best wishes to Hannah (Beech Class teacher) who is getting married on Saturday 25 May.

Goodbye 
Thank you to Angela in Willow Class who is leaving us at half-term to return to university; Reception have loved having her.

Sainsbury’s ActiveKids vouchers
The ActiveKids scheme is coming to an end next Wednesday 22 May.  If you shop at Sainsbury’s please bring in any vouchers you may still have at home; the collection box is outside the hall near the office.

FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Jolly Jars & Bottles: We would be very grateful if donations towards the Summer Fair could be brought into school on Monday 20 May.  The children may come to school in mufti on this day.  We would love to receive donations of the following:

lots of Jolly Jars (standard size jam jars filled with sweets & small toys) .  These are always very popular so as many as you can manage please!  Help, what's a Jolly Jar?

bottles for the bottle tombola - anything from champagne to squash, from olive oil to bubble bath!

Raffle Tickets:  You will find raffle tickets in your child's book bag today.  We would be very grateful if you could sell the tickets to family and friends.  However please do not let your children sell tickets door-to-door as children under 16 are not permitted to buy or sell tickets.  There are some fantastic prizes on offer including a Wii console and games, a £50 Boden voucher, tickets for G Live, a £50 Pizza Express voucher, a manicure from PG Nails , a piece of Stella & Dot jewellery and more.  Please return all money, counterfoils and unwanted raffle tickets to the school office by Friday 7 June.  Extra raffle tickets are available from the School Office if you would like more. 

Computer Game Auction:  We also have 9 copies of “Most Wanted” (age rated 7) for the X Box, PC & PS VITA which retail at £22.99.  We will be accepting sealed bids up until the raffle draw on 9 June with the games going to the highest bidders.  If you would like to bid for a game, please write your name, telephone number, format required & bid amount on a piece of paper and leave it in an envelope marked “Most Wanted” at the School Office.

Set Up for the Fair:  We are looking for volunteers to help on the weekend of 7-9 June with setting up the Summer Fair.  Many hands make light work and there are lots of jolly jars to be numbered, gazebos to put up and stalls to set up.  If you are able to help, please let your class rep or Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know.  We need helpers on  Friday evening (7pm to 9pm), Saturday afternoon (3pm to 5.30pm) and Sunday morning (10am -12pm).  We would also be very grateful if helpers could stay around after the fair finishes at 2pm for clearing up. 

Playground Lolly Sale
Next Friday there will be a playground lolly sale organised by Walnut Class.  

Phil the Bag
If you are clearing out your cupboards for the summer, please consider donating all your unwanted clothes and shoes to school.  We will be having a Phil the Bag collection on Monday 17 June.

Lost:   Rohan Sabharwal, Willow Class, has lost his Keller sweatshirt.

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Viking Quest - Holiday Club!
The Vikings are coming to Guildford this summer for the annual Christ Church Holiday Club in Waterden Road! It runs from Wed July 31st to Sunday Aug 4th and all children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome to join for 5 days of fun-packed adventures, games, crafts, drama, singing and learning about God. Booking starts on Friday 17th May, and you can either do this online at www.hclub.christchurchguildford.com or phone Louise on 01483 301927 from 8.30am on Friday. All this for just £10 per child for all five days, so launch your longboats and get on board!

Infant 10/5/13

10 May 2013

Dear parents

I do hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather of last weekend. It was good to have a lovely May Day Bank Holiday I was up in Leicester with my son Ollie moving him into his new flat – he is getting married in 2 weeks! It was a good rest for the staff who had put such efforts into presenting the school at its very best during the 2 day Ofsted inspection. As I write we are just about to receive the first draft of the report and it should be published on 20th May. We will send it to you as soon as we are allowed together with a letter from myself explaining how the school feels about the report.

It is a hard experience having a group of people coming into the school working tightly to a preset script and then leaving again having made a lot of judgements based on tiny amounts of evidence or historic rather than current figures. We were certainly disappointed that unlike at Pewley last July or HT in any of the previous 4 Ofsted visits the team did not “get” the school or have any desire to do so. I will be able to write more about this alongside the report. One thing is for certain your children did exceedingly well during the inspection they were beautifully behaved, confident, polite and spoke with maturity and warmth to the set questions of the inspectors.

Next week sees two big events for the school – the annual SATs are taking place for Year 6 and Year 5 are off to Brenscombe Farm, near Corfe Castle in Dorset. I know which I would rather be doing if I were a 10 year old child! We wish all of those children the very best for these two different experiences.

With very best wishes, Richard

Fluffy Friday, 24 May
Letters with choices for Fluffy Friday will be coming home next Monday (13th) and should be returned to the school office by Friday 17 May.  This time Reception year will also be included. 

If you can help with any of the following resources please bring them to the office before Friday (24th):

Sarah is looking for large cardboard boxes; Sheena needs egg boxes and Mrs Katmeh and Sue need old keys, beads or anything else which could be hung on a wind chime to make a noise.  Many thanks! 

Club cancellations
Outdoor Games with Rosie (Tuesday 14 May) and Story Club with Sheena (Thursday 16 May) will both be cancelled next week. 

Year 2 trip to Natural History Museum, Tuesday 14 May
Please remember to get to school as close to 8.40 am as possible next Tuesday.  We will be meeting in the playground so don’t come upstairs to the classroom.  We plan to return by 4.00 pm but will be in touch with the school if we are delayed. 

Year 2 swimming
Please could girls ensure that they have a swimming cap in their kit on Wednesdays.  Also, if your child has borrowed towels, swimming trunks or costumes please could you return these to school as we are running out of spares.  

Warmer weather
Please don’t send children into school with bottles of sunscreen as staff are unable to apply it and it can get very messy if children use it themselves; apply sunscreen as necessary before school.  Also, if we do get some more warm weather, please remember to send your child to school with a sun hat and water bottle. 

We do use Anthisan (antihistamine) cream for nettle stings and insect bites.  Please let the office know if you do not want us to use this on your child.  

Class Photos
Order forms for the class photos which were taken today will come out shortly.  Proof copies of the photos will be available in the school office.

Summer Fair
Raffle Tickets:  Tickets for the raffle to be drawn at the Summer Fair on 9 June  will be sent home in your child's book bag on Friday 18 May.  We would be very grateful if you could sell the tickets to family and friends.  However please do not let your children sell tickets door-to-door as children under 16 are not permitted to buy or sell tickets.  There are some fantastic prizes on offer including a Wii console and games, a £50 Boden voucher, tickets for G Live, a £50 Pizza Express voucher, a manicure from PG Nails , a piece of Stella & Dot jewellery and more.  Thank you very much to all the parents and businesses who have kindly donated prizes. 

Jolly Jars & Bottles: We would be very grateful if donations towards the Summer Fair could be brought into school on Monday 20 May.  The children may come to school in mufti on this day.  We would love to receive donations of the following:

  • lots of Jolly Jars (standard size jam jars filled with sweets & small toys) .  These are always very popular so as many as you can manage please!  Help, what's a Jolly Jar? Click here
  • bottles for the bottle tombola - anything from champagne to squash, from olive oil to bubble bath!

Stalls:  Your class reps will shortly be asking you to sign up to help out on your class stalls on the day of the fair.  Please offer to help so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the fair. 
 
Phil the Bag
If you are having a wardrobe clear-out for the summer, please hang on to those old clothes and shoes.  On Monday 17 June, we will be having a Phil the Bag collection.  More details to follow.

Lost
Mat Luther, Chestnut Class, has lost his named Shackleton sweatshirt.

Menu

Half term jazz concert for children - with the Will Todd Ensemble and vocalist Bethany Halliday – 2.30-3.30 pm on Wednesday 29th May.  Tickets £4. Also adults evening jazz at 8.00-10.30pm.  Tickets £10 Booking > essential call 01483 453227 or email info@bardesarts.co.uk

Junior 10/5/13

10 May 2013

Dear parents

I do hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather of last weekend. It was good to have a lovely May Day Bank Holiday I was up in Leicester with my son Ollie moving him into his new flat – he is getting married in 2 weeks! It was a good rest for the staff who had put such efforts into presenting the school at its very best during the 2 day Ofsted inspection. As I write we are just about to receive the first draft of the report and it should be published on 20th May. We will send it to you as soon as we are allowed together with a letter from myself explaining how the school feels about the report.

It is a hard experience having a group of people coming into the school working tightly to a preset script and then leaving again having made a lot of judgements based on tiny amounts of evidence or historic rather than current figures. We were certainly disappointed that unlike at Pewley last July or HT in any of the previous 4 Ofsted visits the team did not “get” the school or have any desire to do so. I will be able to write more about this alongside the report. One thing is for certain your children did exceedingly well during the inspection they were beautifully behaved, confident, polite and spoke with maturity and warmth to the set questions of the inspectors.

Next week sees two big events for the school – the annual SATs are taking place for Year 6 and Year 5 are off to Brenscombe Farm, near Corfe Castle in Dorset. I know which I would rather be doing if I were a 10 year old child! We wish all of those children the very best for these two different experiences.

With very best wishes, Richard

Forthcoming events for week commencing Monday, 13th May:
Monday, 13th May : Year 3 Chantries Day, SATs week for Year 6
Tuesday, 14th May : Year 5 leave for Brenscombe Farm residential trip at 7.45am
Wednesday, 15th May : 3MG meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am
Thursday, 16th May : 3S meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am
Friday, 17th May : Year 3G meet at Henley Fort by 9.30am, Year 6 trip to the Lido, Year 5 return from Brenscombe Farm – Time to be confirmed

 

Athletics
Well done to all of the year 4, 5 and 6 girls who participated in their first athletics fixture of the season at Manor House on Tuesday. The sun was shining and the girls all enjoyed some great running, jumping and throwing with the team coming second overall to CLFS.

 

Netball
Congratulations to the Year 6 netballers who won the County High 5 Netball Finals in Chertsey yesterday. There were twelve finalists and the girls worked brilliantly as a team to win all seven of their matches to secure a well-deserved victory.

 

Apologies, there will be no Year 5 netball on Monday.

Wanted! Do you have any small, plastic ‘people’, e.g. Playmobil’, that you no longer use? If so, please could you bring it in for us? We would also be grateful for any small plastic animals too! Thank you very much.

Clubs Plus
Bills are coming home today please look out for them in your child’s bag.



PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Barn Dance & Beer Tasting
Unfortunately this event has had to be CANCELLED due to lack of ticket sales. If you have bought tickets already we will refund your money next week.

Phil the Bag - Monday 20th May to Wednesday 22nd May
Phil the Bag is back soon. Please start collecting your unwanted textiles - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding (no duvets) Textile items are accepted in any type of bag and in any condition, as those items that cannot be reused are recycled. The more textiles we can collect the more money we can raise, we receive 50p for every kilo of textiles, that’s £500 per tonne.  Many thanks for your help! Bags will be sent home with your children next week however normal bin bags can also be used. 

Dates for the Dairy
Year 3 drinks at Jo Clarks 176 High St from 8pm Tuesday 14th May
Year 5 night out on Thursday 16th May at Rogues from 8pm

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July


Rural Life Centre, Farnham – This Centre is currently offering demonstrations and workshops about, amongst other periods in history, what life was like during WWII, including A Village At War which is on this weekend. Please visit their website http://www.rurallife.plus.com/rlc/page9.html or call 07771 526889. 

The Riverside Club, an activity centre for children, will be holding sessions of French Fun Activities on Wednesday, 29th May 2013. Free Taster sessions are available and will be booked in on a first come, first served basis. Your child will be bringing home a flyer.

The Riverside Club are also offering Mandarin tuition and there will be free trial sessions on 30th and 31st May. Their email address is info@riversideclubguildford.co.uk . Please email them BEFORE 17th May 2013.

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Junior 3/5/13

03 May 2013

Dear Parents,

Well at last the sunshine is shining and it’s great to see all the children outside enjoying the lovely weather.

We have been glad to welcome the Ofsted team to Holy Trinity this week. As you probably know, the new Ofsted framework sets a higher bar and judgements for many schools have been tougher than before. Discussions have focused on areas the school has already identified as priorities and despite evident progress, we recognise that there is further to go. The results of the inspection are confidential at this stage but the report will be available in about two weeks.

As you can imagine it has been very busy at the Junior school over the past couple of days so we’d just like to say thank you for all your responses to the Ofsted questionnaires and wishes of support. The children have been fantastic.

Enjoy the long weekend
With best wishes, Richard

Forthcoming events for week commencing Monday, 6th May:
Monday, 6th May – school closed for Bank Holiday
Thursday, 9th May – Tempest Photographers will be in school to take class photos
Children to please wear full winter uniform (white polo shirts/sweatshirts).  Girls may wear their pinafore dresses but not their checked cotton summer dresses. 

Now that the sunshine has finally arrived, would all parents please send their children to school with sun screen, a hat for the younger children and also a water bottle. Thank you.


Sports Equipment
Please would you ensure that sports equipment brought in from home is clearly named. Thanks.

Scholastic Book Fair
Many thanks to all your support, our Scholastic Book Fair raised £460 in free books for the school. 

Year 6 Hoodies
Final deadline for orders is Friday 10th May. Please make sure you hand the order and money to the office. 

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Next Meetings:
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May – Tickets NOW ON SALE
Enjoy a fantastic foot-stomping evening with ‘The Jigalots’. Fantastic guest beers from local Guildford Breweries. Tickets £10 per person – includes 1st drink. Buy yours from the office now! 

Phil the Bag - TBC
Please start clearing out cupboards and collecting old textiles and leather goods as is likely to be before half term. 

Year 3 Night Out has been arranged for Tuesday 14th May at 8pm.
It would be lovely to see lots of people. Venue TBC. 

Year 5 Night Out on Thursday 16th


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

Infant 3/5/13

03 May 2013

Dear Parents,

Well at last the sunshine is shining and it’s great to see all the children outside enjoying the lovely weather. 

We have been glad to welcome the Ofsted team to Holy Trinity this week. As you probably know, the new Ofsted framework sets a higher bar and judgements for many schools have been tougher than before. Discussions have focused on areas the school has already identified as priorities and despite evident progress, we recognise that there is further to go. The results of the inspection are confidential at this stage but the report will be available in about two weeks.

As you can imagine it has been very busy at the Junior school over the past couple of days so we’d just like to say thank you for all your responses to the Ofsted questionnaires and wishes of support. The children have been fantastic.


Enjoy the long weekend
With best wishes, Richard

Class Photos, Friday 10 May
Please try and get to school on time next Friday as the school photographer is coming in to take class photos starting promptly at 9.00 am.

Year R Walk on the Wildside visit
If you haven’t already done so, please bring in your permission slip and contribution (£2) towards the ‘Walk on the Wildside’ visit next Thursday 9 May.

Summer Term dates
The summer term is always busy with trips and events so here is a reminder of dates:
Tuesday 14 May - Year 2 visit to the Natural History Museum
27-31 May - Half Term
Wednesday 19 June - Year R trip to The Look Out & Year 1 Trip to Painshill Park
Friday 28 June - INSET day (school closed)
Monday 1 July - Mid-summer holiday (school closed)
Tuesday 9 July - Sports Day
Wednesday 17 July - Open Afternoon
Monday 22 July - Year 2 trip to West Wittering
Wednesday 24 July - End of Term

Start of school
If you arrive at school before 8.40am please either wait in the playground with your child or, if you need to leave your child, take them to the early drop-off in the hall (£1 per day from 8.25 am). Until doors open at 8.40am staff are preparing for the day and are not available to supervise children in school.

 


FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Don't forget to put Sunday 9 June in your diaries - the Summer Fair.
Here's early notice that we will be asking for donations of jolly jars and bottles for the bottle tombola to be brought into school on Monday 20 May. So please start collecting those empty jars to fill. If you're new to jolly jars, you can find out how to put one together on our website page.
We are still looking for sponsorship for the bouncy castle. Please let Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know if you know of anyone who might be able to help us with this.

Playground Ice Lolly Sales
Next Friday is our first playground ice lolly sale of the term. Please bring a few pennies to buy a lolly if you would like to treat your child after school. Let's hope we have better weather this summer than last year!

In the summer term, we give you a rest from baking and sell ice lollies in the playground rather than cakes. The ice lolly sale dates for this term (and classes running the sale) are below. Your class reps will contact you about your class' sale. Please help them if you can!

Friday 10 May - Chestnut
Friday 24 May - Walnut
Friday 7 June - Oak
Friday 21 June - Beech
Friday 5 July - Hazel
Friday 19 July - Willow

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Funharmonics Tickets
2 adult and 2 children’s tickets available for a Funharmonics concert for children at the Festival Hall in London on 11 May at 12.00pm. Total cost £30. Contact Lucy on 07976 729994. If you get there early you can try out the instruments with members of the orchestra.

For sale - a lovely white and lilac bunk bed suitable for a girl's bedroom. £150 including mattresses. Please call Bev on 892 712.