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02 May 2014

Dear Parents,

Just an ordinary Friday at Holy Trinity you might say but when you are working with children everyday, it has its wonderful and extraordinary moments. Today it was our assembly. There were just so many great moments which enriched all of our lives.

The first was when the children arrived in the hall when they saw the new stained glass windows installed for the first time. Most of them just remained goggling at them as Louise Keiller played the introductory music. I then introduced the windows to the children and pointed out one or two of their features.

This was followed by the childrens feedback to the questions of the week. Ginnie leads this part of the assembly and chose some very thoughtful responses. Children were expressing how contented they felt and whether they were satisfied or not with their lot in life. We were really taken by a response by a child who said she sometimes wanted to be someone else, but realised she couldn’t be ‘because everyone else has already been taken’ – and so she was content. It’s a great concept the idea of ‘being taken’ which can lead us to feel comfortable in our own skin.

The next high point was the song, ‘Father, God/wonder…’ which has the line, ‘Now I am your child I am adopted in your family’. I pointed out what an amazing word ‘adopted’ was, and how wonderful it is to know that God has chosen us to be in his family.

The final wow moment was the first visit of Cloudia Cloudman, alias Sarah Jackson who explained to us all her passion for clouds and how beautiful they are. She explained why they are white and the special beauty of the cirro-stratus cloud.

It was left to me to pull all the interweaving threads of the assembly items throughout the week together. The conclusion was that God loves us just as we are, uniquely and we should strive to attain our highest in all the gifts and talents we have.

So just an ordinary Friday transformed to the extraordinary by being ready to see, hear and experience what God is saying to us through art, through drama, through being peaceful and listening to him.
Do have a great Bank Holiday weekend and keep on listening.

With best wishes, Richard

P.S. Do come into the chapel and spend some time looking at and listening to what the stained glass windows are saying to you!


Forthcoming events for May:

Monday, 5th May: School closed for May Day
Monday, 12th May: SATs Week Year 6
Monday, 12th May: Year 3 visit St. Martha’s Church
Tuesday, 13th May: Year 5 begin residential trip to Brenscombe Farm
Friday, 16th May: Year 6 to meet at Guildford Lido at 9.45am
Tuesday, 20th May: Year group photos at Holy Trinity by Tempest
Friday, 23rd May: Fluffy Friday
Friday, 23rd May: School closes for Half Term
Monday, 2nd June: Summer Term resumes at 8.40am.

Forthcoming Dates:
District Sports will be held on Thursday 3rd July, Sports day will be held on Tuesday 15th July (reserve date Thursday 17th) and the House swimming Gala will be held on Friday 18th July.

HTPD Prayer Group
The date of the next meeting is Thursday 8 May, 8pm at Paula Van De Meulen’s house. Contact Emma Laporte for details emmalaporte@hotmail.com – all welcome! Other dates that follow are Tuesday 3 June, from 1pm, and Thursday 3 July at 8pm.

Football
We had a great afternoon in the rain with lots of mud playing football yesterday at Tillingbourne! Every year group had a team playing with the following results: Year 3 won 2-0. Year 4 lost 1-7, Year 5 won 3-1 and Year 6 won 3-1. Well done to all of the boys involved and good luck to the mums and dads who have to wash the kit!

A Visit from the author Megan Rix
On Tuesday the 6th of May we will be having a visit from the author Megan Rix. Most of Megan’s books are set in World War Two, and focus on the role of animals in conflict. If you like Michael Morpurgo you would probably enjoy these books. The latest title is set in World War One and looks at the story of a dog used as a messenger on the Front Line. The event has been organised by Waterstones, who will be providing a bookstall. Waterstones no longer accept cheques, if you would like your child to buy a book please could they bring £6.00 in cash. If you would like to find out more about the books click on the link www.puffin.co.uk/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,1000080010,00.html


HTSC (PTA) News

Summer Fair
The Summer Fair is our next big fundraiser on Friday 4th July. We are looking to get a team together to help organise the fair. We really need some more people to get involved to spread the workload. If you able to help please email Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Dates for the Diary

PTA (HTSC) Meeting - Thursday 12th June
Phil the Bag - 16th - 19th June
Summer Fair Friday 4th July


Benjamin and Sam Rees completed their joint 10k Swimathon with their Dad for Sport Relief, before school recently, (4k and 2.5k respectively). The total raised for Sport Relief was £1372! They're really pleased with this - normally the Swimathon raises money in aid of Marie Curie (Benjamin's god-mother passed away from a brain tumor), but they were pleased to support Sport Relief this year. Well done boys!

Summer Aquathlon Races at the Lido for ages 8 years and upwards. Please see race website for details of distances and times. It's all about having a go!! www.aquathlon.phoenixtri.co.uk

Lost: Silver Micro-Scooter left on the pavement outside school last Monday. If found, please hand into school. Many thanks.

Interested in Property? Part-time Vacancy in Estate Agency Curchods/Burns & Webber are seeking a new Saturday Viewings person to show properties to prospective buyers in and around Guildford. Must be a car owner/driver and have a good geographical knowledge of the area. £Good hourly rate of pay plus petrol. To apply please email Mark Collins at mark-Collins@curchods.com

Week 3