Junior 23/5/14

23 May 2014

Dear parents

The importance for children to know about the international dimension to life has been wonderfully shown on our latest visit to Spain. I am writing this from a very damp Santander waiting for our return flight. The children's names were drawn by lot.

They have been outstanding ambassadors for the school and will feed back to others about their experiences. All the children and staff stayed with delightful Spanish families who warmly welcomed us to their homes. The children participated in lessons as did the teachers. I walked into my first class and was told that I was required to teach a lesson on storytelling and writing. It is a bilingual school and by the time the children are in year six they all speak English well, although their parents do not.

There was a visit to local caves and to some of the stunning mountain scenery. By the way, the weather was so cold with maximum temperatures of 7 degrees one day. We were caught out climbing down from a hilltop in a rainstorm - the heaviest I have ever experienced with gale force winds. There was snow just 35 km away.

The school is in many ways similar to HTPD with a warm family approach - it is a church school. Teachers are called by their first names and there is a happy air of friendship and cooperation. Two of their teachers, Peio and Lydia are joining us in July and we look forward to the partnership going from strength to strength.

Trips like this teach us how precious and vital European relationships are. We are not just a little isolated island but part of a much wider entity. What I learn from a visit like this is that it would be tragic to sever links with Europe and to become ' little Englanders'. Close links with people of different languages, creeds and ethnic roots provide us all with a rich and diverse diet.
With best wishes, Richard


School finishes for half term today and resumes on Monday 2 June at 0840

Forthcoming events for June
Wednesday 4th – Year 4 to Bentley Copse
Monday 9th – Year 6 to Preston Montford
Wednesday 18th – Whole School Photo
Thursday 19th – Year 6 Parents’ Trinity Trek Meeting
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th – INSET Days – school closed
Monday 30th – Midsummer holiday – school closed

Fluffy Friday:
We have had a fantastic time today. The children have been really busy doing lots of different activities ranging from outdoor activities (painting murals, den building on the downs, pond dipping, ball games in the front playground and cricket on the field) to indoor activities such as cup-stacking competitions, indoor hockey, making windmills, hama beads, construction and iPads!
Some of the HT children have been at Surrey Sports Park today enjoying badminton, squash and climbing,

Cross-country

We had a lovely finish to the cross-country season this year with our very own Holy Trinity event
held up on the Downs. Seven teams from across the Guildford schools participated and we had two cracking races. In the girls race, we had five girls in the top ten to complete a fantastic win overall with a 2nd place for Eliza Sutton. In the boys race, which was also fiercely contested Charlie Kefford got a 3rd place, the boys came second overall in the season, and we retained the overall trophy. Congratulations to everyone involved and huge thanks to everyone who helped out.

Clubs
After half term there will be a new belly dancing club which has been a popular fluffy activity.
Rula will be running it on Tuesdays after school 3.15-4pm in 4S. There are a maximum of 12 places, first come first served. Please contact rulaa@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if your child is interested.

Swimming

Good luck to all the children participating in the Guildford Schools Swimming Gala on Saturday.

Quiz Night!
Friday, 20th June at 7.30pm 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.


HTSC (PTA) News

Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair planning is well under way and we are going with a WORLD CUP theme this year!

Two of our major fundraisers at the fair are the Raffle and Bag A Bargain and we usually have many wonderful prizes donated by local companies. However, having just asked for donations for the March Ball and the Christmas Fair we do not want to approach the same businesses again.

So we are asking if you would help us.
If you are out and about over half term please consider picking up a voucher to donate to the Fair. Some examples: any local restaurants, clothing stores, garden centres, coffee shops, Curry's PC World, B&Q, Sports Direct, Spectrum passes, Wildwood Adventure, Air Hop, Craggy Island, Legoland, Thorpe Park, just to list a few ideas! Any amount would be greatly appreciated - smaller ones could be packaged together if needed, so please don't feel any donation is too small. Alternatively, if you are able to give a monetary donation we could then purchase prizes. Again, all donations would be gratefully accepted and can be handed in at the office.

Quiz Night! Friday, 20th June at 7.30pm 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.

Phil the Bag
The next Phil the Bag is going to be 16th - 19th June

All the proceeds from this go towards the various celebrations for all of the Year 6 children who will be leaving Holy Trinity at the end of the Summer term.

Just to jog your memories, Phil the Bag accepts all your unwanted textiles, all kinds of adult and children's clothing, hats, shoes, belts, handbags, and household textiles including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains and towels. They also accept school uniform.
They do not accept:
Blankets,Bric-a-Brac, Duvets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, Rugs, Carpet, Offcuts of fabric, Any WET items, Tent Canvas
No ripped or stained clothing

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



Serbia needs your help
We have been asked by the Mashanovich family (Militsa, Year 6 and Stefan, Year 3) to highlight the state of emergency in Serbia and Bosnia after the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began. Three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in just a couple of days, causing rivers to burst their banks and sweep into people’s homes. Whole cities have been cut off while landslides have buried houses. The town where Militsa and Stefan spend their summer holidays with family has been seriously affected. Please help by donating via PayPal at http://floodrelief.gov.rs/.

Family Fund Day this Sunday -
petting zoo, live band, bar and BBQ, face painting, tombola, raffle - prizes include holiday in Nice! Great fun for a great cause. This Sunday 25th May at the Parrot Inn, Shalford from 3pm. Free entry and parking, All proceeds to Pancreatic cancer charity.

The Backpack Project
- Mary's Meals is a charity which provides rucksacks filled with basic stationery items (e.g. pens, pencils, notepads) for children in Africa (usually Malawi and Liberia), who would otherwise have no possessions to call their own. The charity hopes to provide serviceable rucksacks which will then be filled with these essentials. If you have an unwanted child's rucksack and would like to donate to the charity, please leave at the school office. Further details from the website www.marysmeals.org.uk

Half Term Fun For All The Family!
Guildford Borough Council has produced some free information for families in Guildford. This includes details of playschemes, sports academies, arts and crafts, dance and drama workshops and countless other activities for children and young people to take part in during the May Half Term. I would be very grateful if you could let as many families as possible know about the below website link, so that they can access the information and benefit from activities in the area. www.guildford.gov.uk/holidayactivities

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