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Junior 16/5/14

16 May 2014

Dear Parents,

I think SATS are celebrating their twentieth birthday this week, although I don’t think anyone is celebrating. At Pewley the children are working through the tasks and all is quite relaxed, though most of them have cottoned on to the fact that these are important. There is something special in doing printed tests – a mixture of excitement and concern, which increases to dread when we in later years approach exams for which we are ill-prepared. At HTPD the children are well prepared without being drilled in exam practice. A huge thank you is due to our Year 2 and Year 6 teachers, who have all done so well to create a curriculum and climate where children can succeed and thrive.

I oversaw the Maths tests at HT and it was great to see the application and effort. Every single child gave of his/her best. It is wonderful that they have had great weather at the Lido to celebrate finishing the tests.

Year two are in the middle of their amazing dinosaur topic and we all look forward to seeing their version of the Natural History Museum. Year six will now really get down to some self-guided study of the Victorians. This will culminate in the forum being transformed into the Crystal Palace in order to house the Great Exhibition.

As these children are moving towards their transfer to secondary school it is interesting to see how they have matured and grown into self-confident, independent and caring young people. I hope that school has been part of the partnership which has achieved that. Their resilience and application added to the love of life and empathy for others is just a great mixture and far more worth celebrating than another year of SATS!

With best wishes, Richard


What is the role of a Governor anyway?

It occurred to me at the new Governor induction meeting this week that last May I didn’t have a clue what the Governing Body at HTPD did or who they were. A year later I am now a Governor myself! In a short period of time I have enjoyed gaining insight into how the school plans for the future and deals with current challenges, while remaining a unique and wonderful place to learn.

Apparently I was not alone in my lack of understanding of the role of Governors and so it was decided at our recent meeting that we would take turns, perhaps fortnightly, in sharing our thoughts and progress with the parent body through the school newsletter. If you have any suggestions for topics or questions you’d like answered about the role of a Governor at HTPD please let us know.

Our induction meeting was a time for the new Governors to meet as well as get to know Rev. Robert Cotton (Chair of Governors), Deborah Pepper (Vice Chair of Governors), Helen Murray (Foundation Governor), and of course Richard Rowe, our Headteacher. Deborah chaired the meeting at her lovely home and after introductions we heard about the history of the schools from Richard, which fascinated me and made me so proud to be a part of HTPD! Did you know that Holy Trinity was established as a primary school in 1812? If I recall correctly, Richard told us that it was only the 8th Church of England school to be established (there are now several thousand CofE schools in the country)!

We also learned what our roles would entail, which include:
• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• contributing to the school’s self-evaluation
• challenging and holding the Headteacher and other senior leaders to account for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and quality of leadership

We had the opportunity to share what committees we would be most interested in joining. Each Governor belongs to at least one of the 5 committees: Learning, Staffing, Finance, Every Child Matters and Admissions.

There were also brief but interesting discussions about the ethos of the school and the religious component of the school, future admissions criteria, succession planning, the state of schools in Guildford, Ofsted inspections and more.

Despite the late hour, I left the meeting feeling energised and excited about being part of this team. It is incredible to me that some of the “senior” Governors have been in the role for almost 2 decades and yet they still ooze passion, a positive and inclusive attitude, and a clear vision of the school’s direction.

No doubt many of you parents also have passionate opinions and ideas about what makes Holy Trinity Pewley Down School great and what could be improved upon. Feel free to contact a member of the Governing Body with your thoughts. We value your feedback. Susen Anderson

Forthcoming events for May:
Tuesday, 20th May: Year group photos at Holy Trinity by Tempest Year 3, 4 and 5 only
Friday, 23rd May: Fluffy Friday
Friday, 23rd May: School closes for Half Term
Monday, 2nd June: Summer Term resumes at 8.40am

Club Cancellations - Dangerous Book Club and Board Games will not be on next week as Geraldine is away.

Fluffy Friday is approaching on Friday, 23rd May and we really need some volunteers to help take children off site. We need help walking to and from the Spectrum, Stoke Park and the Lido. There will be teachers leading these groups but we need extra adults for walking to and fro but would love help there if you can stay! We would also appreciate any mums or dads who are keen cyclists to accompany the off-road biking group. If you would like to help with the in-school activities, we would also appreciate your help.

Children will know their activities on Monday and letters will go out to inform all those children who will need a packed lunch.

We rely on your support to run the off-site activities. We can't do this without you!

Cricket Tickets

We have four tickets for the England V Sri Lanka One-Day International cricket match at the Oval on Thursday 22nd May. If anyone is interested in going please contact gillianr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. A donation to the school fund would be much appreciated.

Clubs next week

Apologies, we have to cancel a number of after school clubs next week due to other committments:
Monday Netball
Wednesday Netball and Tennis

Cross-country
Next Wednesday we will be hosting the last cross-country fixture of the season at Holy Trinity up on the Downs. There will be a lot of visitors to the school and the basketball and netball courts will be used for parking. We will need to guide our visitors up to the Downs from the courts via the pathway alongside the adjacent fields. Please be aware that it will be busy. The races start at 4pm and will be finished by 4.30pm.

Date amendment
We have moved our House Swimming Gala to Thursday 17th July due to pool availability.

Could anybody who still owes for a Megan Rix book please bring a cheque/ cash into school as soon as possible please? We need to pay Waterstones for the outstanding amount. Also could the mystery person who sent £6 in a white unnamed envelope reveal themselves so that I can strike a name off the list? Thank you.

Holy Trinity Quiz Night
Clear your diary for the amazing Quiz Evening on Friday June 20th at 7.30! The cost is just £5. Come as a group or join a table on the night. There will be a licensed bar run by HTSC, but bring your own food. This will be an evening to suit everyone with a wide variety of themes and questions. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 4th of June.

HTSC (PTA) News

Summer Fair
The Summer fair planning is underway. As usual we are looking for prizes for the raffle and the 'bag a bargain' stall. If you are able to provide a prize, contribute towards the main prize or know of any businesses that may be able to donate something please do let us know at caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Year 6 Leavers Hoodies

Don't forget to get your child to try on the sample hoodies between Monday 12th May and Tuesday 20th May. Final date for cheques and orders is Wednesday 21st May. See separate Parentmail for more info. If you have any queries re the hoodies please contact Carrie Witts carriewitts@gmail.com

Quiz Night! Friday, 20th June at 7.45pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school. Tickets are £5 each and will go on sale after half term. Teams must be a maximum of 8 and the format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30pm.

Dates for the Diary
PTA (HTSC) Meeting - Thursday 12th June
Phil the Bag - 16th - 19th June
Quiz Night - Friday 20th June at HT
Summer Fair Friday 4th July

Lost PE Kit (Ollie Page, Year 6) contains trainers, jogging bottoms, school sweatshirt and nightingale PE t-shirt. Please can you check it has not come with your child by mistake? Many thanks.

“Adventure Down Under“ Christ Church Guildford Holiday Club 2014
Christ Church Guildford invites all Holy Trinity Pewley Down children to their annual Holiday Club, 30 July – 3 August 2014. This year we will have an Australian theme and expect to welcome over 130 children – but places will go quickly. The cost is only £10 per child for a fun packed 5 mornings of games, drama, music and crafts. Visit the church website www.christchurchguildford.com where you can find more information and where you can register and pay on line – don’t delay, booking is now open! Any enquiries to Louise Kenyon 01483 301927, louise@christchurchguildford.com

Carrie Witts, mum of Olly 6SC & Mads Walnut, and Fiona Mavani, mum of Hari 6SC & Dylan Chestnut, together with our trusty little team are mid-cycle to Paris as you are reading this. We are cycling from Blackheath, London to Paris in aid of Juvenile Diabetes - JDRF. Should you be kind enough to donate, Our donation page is: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Overthehillandroundthebend Thanks everyone who has already sponsored us xxx

Premier Tennis Camps are coming to Charterhouse, Godalming! If you have children aged 5-15 years old who would like to improve their tennis skills this May half term, please go to www.premiertennis.co.uk/holiday-camps then click on venues or call us on 0845 475 1147. Individual day or weekly booking available. Camps take place daily from 9.30am-3.30pm and early drop-off and late pick-up is available, as well as indoor back-up in the event of bad weather. Hope to see you there!

For Sale – An HT family has a large wooden playframe suitable for children up to 10 years old. It has a raised playhouse, climbing ramp and monkey bar with 3 swings. Offers accepted and buyer would need to dismantle. Contact Melanie 07824 777415.

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