No. 223

28 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

At last, it looks like summer is on its way – just in time for a fantastic Fluffy Friday and then we look ahead to a much needed half term holiday! So many of the children enjoyed time outside today, with many year groups going offsite and enjoying our beautiful local environment. It’s given the children the opportunity to spend time with friends in their year groups beyond the confines of their class bubbles. They’ve also enjoyed getting to know other staff and not just working with their classteachers. These are two really important aspects of why Fluffy Fridays are so special. Let’s hope that we’ll be able to return to a fully-fledged Fluffy soon, bringing back children’s choice, a range of activities and parent helpers. We miss having the opportunity to benefit from your diverse range of talents and skills!

Speaking of which, we are about to embark on a project to refresh our school website. Our existing website is over ten years old and it could do with being brought up to date. It would be amazing to work with someone from our own school community so if you have any relevant skills or experience that might be useful, please do get in touch with me. After the half term break, we’ll be sending out a brief survey via parentmail to find out what aspects of the website you feel are most important and what else you’d like to see as part of our online communication.

After the half term break, we hope to be able to enjoy the final weeks of this academic year, gradually relaxing some of the covid restrictions. Soon after the half term break, as long as local infection rates remain low, we feel confident in allowing the children to mix outside beyond their year group over lunchtime. I’m looking forward to seeing siblings catching up with each other, and seeing older children acting as role models for those in younger years. We’ll be keeping the staggered arrangements for drop-off and pick up for the time being and we’re so grateful to you for making these ongoing adjustments to your day.

We have a jam-packed few weeks ahead, so it’ll be important to relax a little over the break. As our pilgrim discovered in this week’s assembly story, sometimes we need to take time out from the adventure of life, and rest in a place of peaceful reflection. Whatever your plans this week, I pray that God gives you time to “lie down in green pastures, to lead you beside quiet waters, and restores your soul”.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Take time to be still. How do you cope with stress?

Whole school notices

Dates for next half term
Thursday 24 June - HT Sports Day Year 3&4 am;  Year 5&6pm
Friday 25 June - Inset Day
Monday 28 June - Mid Summer Holiday
Thursday 1 July - PD Sports
Friday 2  July - Year 6 St Mary's Leaver's Service 9:45am for a 10am start
Monday 19 July - End of Term Service at Holy Trinity Church at 9:30am (Years 2-6)
Tuesday 20 July - Last Day of Term
Wednesday 21 July - Inset Day - School Closed

Thanks from Guildford Food Bank
Thank you so much for the money you collected for Harvest festival back in 2020, and the amazing cheque you sent to us at the Foodbank - £1062.50 is a huge amount! We wanted to give you an update on our year; we've been over 100% busier because of Covid! It's been a great help having money to be able to buy the food we need and we've also been able to help people with their gas & electricity. We have had lovely messages thanking us and telling us how much it has meant.
Your donations will make a real difference to people in Guildford - thank you.

Reminder about parking safely and respectfully
Sadly, once again this week a local resident got in touch with the school to ask that we reminded parents to park respectfully at pick up and drop off. It is so infuriating for our neighbours to find that they are unable to leave their property because someone has parked across their drive. Please do “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps” and park up further away where there are more available parking spaces. You might find that walking in from a slight distance is a lovely way to start and end the day. And it’s healthier for all of us, reducing traffic fumes at the school entrance. 

INFANT

Golden Boot Challenge
We are taking part in the Golden Boot challenge which aims to promote greener ways of travelling to school such as walking, scooting or parking further away from school and then walking. This week we have asked the children how they usually travel to school, and will be asking them again on Friday 11 June, 18 June, 24 June and 2 July. The class with the highest ‘green scores’ will win the Golden Boot Trophy.

Teacher-led clubs
Group 2 teacher-led clubs will begin after half term, week beginning 7 June:
Clay – Group 2; Gardening – Group 2; Football Year 1 and Year 2 – Group 2.

Menu: Week 3 beginning 7 June

JUNIOR 

Dates for the Diary
Friday 11 June - HTSC Film Night for Year 3 and 4 (Please see Parentmail/Form for details)
Friday 18 June - HTSC Film Night for Year 5 and 6

School Clubs
Please remember the outdoor school clubs will change after half term. Download list here.
Y5 hockey with Mary will continue after half term on Thursday 8-8.30 am

Menu: Week 1 beginning 7 June


FOPS News

Firstly, thank you so much to Leigh, Amber, Sally, Caroline, Gracie and Evie for all your help with the pre-loved uniform sale this week. It was greatly appreciated! We will be holding another sale after half term so keep an eye out for dates.

Big PTA Summer Raffle
We are taking part in this year’s Big PTA Summer Raffle. While it is still too tricky with guidelines to organise a ‘normal’ raffle, this version allows us to raise money, while giving everyone the opportunity to win up to £5,000! Tickets cost £3, with 50% of each ticket sold going towards FOPS. The deadline for buying tickets is July 11th but there are only a limited number on sale, so once they’re gone, they’re gone!
To buy tickets, visit https://www.bigptaraffle.co.uk/support/pewley-down-infant-school-gu1
Good luck!

FOPS co-chair(s)
With the possibility of returning to a full activity schedule next school year we are looking for one or two people to join current chair Kate as co-chair(s) of FOPS. If you would like to have a chat (without commitment!) about what it involves please email katelloyd741@gmail.com.

Happy weekend!
Kate, Sophie and Debbie – The FOPS Committee


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Finally, some sunshine to lift everyone’s mood just in time for half term! With a camping trip booked from Monday-Friday next week we’ve been keeping an eagle eye on the weather app!

A few things for you this week:

HT Film nights – supporting Year 6 fundraising for leavers book and ‘end of school’ party

We are screening TOM & JERRY: THE MOVIE (PG) which has just been released on DVD. The classic cartoon characters are unleashed into the real (non-cartoon) world in Manhattan, New York. A hilarious live-action/computer animated slapstick comedy film. See the trailer here 
Year 3/4 FRIDAY 11th JUNE after school until 5.15p.m.
Year 5/6 FRIDAY 18th JUNE after school until 5.15p.m.
For £5 each, this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to watch a fun film with their friends. A bag of popcorn and a drink are included in the price. This will take place in school in the Chapel and the Hall in year groups and sitting in their class bubbles (to remain suitably distanced). Booking form will be on Parentmail and further information coming soon!

Happy School Bag Clothing Collection – Wednesday 30 June
There is another opportunity for you to get rid of any unwanted clothing, bags, shoes (no bedding, textiles or damaged/stained items). We will be opening up the garage at 40 Harvey Road for you to drop off during week commencing 21st June and on 29th June – timings will be confirmed after half term along with a call out for volunteers. We are also planning to run a 2nd hand uniform sale during the garage opening times to give you an opportunity to pick up items for the Winter term.

Dates for diaries - Socials
Friday 18th June Year 5 – coffee morning on the Downs from 8.50am – bring a picnic blanket and a coffee and meet by the monument on Pewley Down. Limited to 30 so please message Rebecca if you are planning to come (invite has been sent in the Year 5 WhatsApp group – if you are not on the group and would like to be, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk with your details to be added).

Thursday 8th July - 
Year 5 end of term drink at Rogues from 8pm. An area has been reserved to celebrate the end of another school year – more details to follow depending on rules changing closer to the time.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact Simone at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


OTHER NEWS

St Nicolas' Infant School are looking for a Care Taker, please download the PDF here for details.

May Half Term Tennis at Charterhouse
If your child is looking for some action-packed sporting activity this half term, Premier Tennis are running tennis camps at Charterhouse school. Please see this link for more details.

Hennessey Brown Music Concert Series
Jonathan Hennessey-Brown, Dad of Megan and Chris who were students at HTPD for 7 years each, is trying to serve the community and bring live music to it.

There is a coupon available for HTPD parents/carers, please select the full price tickets and enter the coupon code at the checkout. The code is SAFL21. We have set a maximum of 6 tickets per booking, so that’s 6 tickets for all ages for £30! To purchase tickets click here.

Hennessey Brown Music have launched a crowd funder for their upcoming concert series, which aims to bring classical music to people of all ages and backgrounds. To read all about the project and the opportunities to get involved go to https://igg.me/at/hbmusic

 

No. 222

21 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

One of my favourite annual events took place this week. Every year, the children in Year 5 use their very best handwriting to write the name of a child in Year 2 onto a book plate for a presentation Bible. They also choose one of our school values. They then walk to Pewley to give these beautiful books to the children in Year 2. This year, the ceremony had to take place outside, but we were blessed by a brief interlude of sunshine, and the children had a wonderful time reading stories together on the school field.

Robert Cotton, the rector at Holy Trinity Church as well as our chair of governors, joined us and spoke to the children about how much wisdom, poetry, consolation and good advice can be found in the Bible and prayed that each individual would “learn to live” as they continue their journey through the school. We’re so grateful to Holy Trinity Church who purchase the Bibles for every child each year – as well as generously supporting our hardship fund. Our partnership with them is much appreciated.

I especially enjoy the Bible presentation because it is the first event in our transition programme as we look ahead to September. The Year 5 children will soon be at the top of the school and we love to see them growing in maturity and stature as they take on this responsibility. And it’s a lovely welcome for the younger children too!

Our assembly series retelling the story “Pilgrim’s Progress” has reached the chapter when Christian, the pilgrim, reaches a wayside cross at the end of a long road. As he wearily gazes at the cross, he realises his burden that he’s been carrying, has suddenly rolled away. He feels an inexplicable deep joy and has renewed energy to travel onwards, feeling free. My hope is that children at HTPD experience this freedom and joyful energy. We talked about what forgiveness feels like and also celebrated what gives each of us joy! Part of Friday’s assembly each week is our “Hats off” moment when children’s achievements beyond the classroom are celebrated. It’s part of how we remind each other that “everyone is treasured and loved as a unique child of God”. Do send Tom (tome@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) examples of any recent achievements, be they sporting, musical, creative or kind!

Remember that next Friday is Fluffy. Most children will be spending time outside so make sure they bring appropriate wet weather gear as there’s no sign of summer just yet, and Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 will need a packed lunch.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Enjoy a fresh start. What makes you joyful?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Half Term
School will be closed for half term from Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June


INFANT

Illness
If your child is unwell and unable to come to school, please inform the school office as soon as possible either by phone: 01483 570038 or email: info@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 24 May
 


JUNIOR

Dates for the Dairy
Friday 28 May - Fluffy Friday (Year 3, 4 and 5 are going off- site and will need a packed lunch )
Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June - Half Term Holidays
Monday 7 June - Back to School

Data Sheets
Thanks you to all the families that have returned the signed Data sheet. If you have not returned them as yet, please could we request that you check/edit, sign and return them to school by Monday 24 May.

Field News Update
Just to say thank you so very much for your enormous and generous contributions towards securing the field next to HT. The grand total raised to date is £31,030. Please, please, please a reminder, if you made a pledge towards the field, could you please pay as soon as possible. If, you’ve thought of making donation, but haven’t done so as yet, we would love to receive any amount.

All pledges and donations remain private and confidential.

Any amount will do, please contact the Finance Team (finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk).

Menu: Week 3 beginning 24 May


FOPS

Pre-loved uniform sale – next week Reminder: the pre-loved uniform sale is taking place next week from 2.30pm. We have to clear up before the first class comes out so make sure you get there early. To maintain social distancing we will be selling to each year group on a specific day as below. We will take cash or IOUs via Paypal. Hand sanitiser will be available so please use this before handling any goods or money.
Reception: Tuesday 25th
Year 1: Wednesday 26th
Year 2: Thursday 27th

Easyfundraising
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to easyfundraising. It’s a very quick way to raise funds for the school when you’re shopping online. If you haven't signed up yet, it's easy and completely FREE. Every donation you raise makes a difference to us so please sign up & share today. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/?invite=1B57Q2%26referral-campaign=c2s%26utm_campaign=admin-trigger%26utm_content=srt

FOPS Co-chair(s) As we start to gear up towards more in-person events, and looking ahead to next school year, FOPS is going to need another person (or two) to help out as co-chair. Please do let Kate know if you would be interested and email katelloyd741@gmail.com

Happy weekend!

The FOPS Committee


HTSC

Hi Everyone,

Here’s this week’s round up for you:

Ice Lolly Sales
Ice lolly sales are replacing cake sales this term (as is traditional for the Summer term – could someone tell the weather!) and the money raised will be going towards the Year 6 Leavers’ Fundraising (this covers the cost of their yearbook and end of term party/bbq at school).

Years 5&6 will be enjoying their sale this afternoon. If you could send your child in with £1 or donate using this link it would be much appreciated. If you can spare more than £1, it could help another family who is unable to contribute at this time.

The lolly sales will be carried out in the afternoon towards the end of the school day in classes by their teacher – a selection will be available along with the packaging and allergies have been taken into account.

Events Update
With the news that certain restrictions are lifting from 17th May and more people can meet up outside, the HTSC reps have been coming up with some fun and safe ideas for some year class/year group social events after half term outside for both the adults and the children to celebrate the end of another school year. We’ll be keeping an ear out for the stage on 21st June. We’ll keep you posted here, and also within your class contact groups. We understand that everyone has had different circumstances throughout the last year and not everyone is ready for bigger groups.

Dates for diaries - Socials
Friday 18th June Year 5 – coffee morning on the Downs from 8.50am – bring a picnic blanket and a coffee and meet by the monument on Pewley Down. Limited to 30 so please message Rebecca if you are planning to come (invite has been sent in the Year 5 WhatsApp group – if you are not on the group and would like to be, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk with your details to be added).

Thursday 8th July Year 5 end of term drink at Rogues from 8pm. An area has been reserved to celebrate the end of another school year – more details to follow depending on rules changing closer to the time.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the link here https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee



Bramley Cricket Club
are looking for girls and boys to join their U9, U10, U11 & U12 teams. Training is on Friday evenings from 6- 7.30pm with matches usually on Sunday mornings. For more information please contact Benjamin.reed@btinternet.com

No. 221

14 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Subject to contract, we have bought the field!

This is such an exciting way to end the week; we can now begin to make plans for how to make the best use of this amazing new resource. “Imagining the future with hope and confidence”, we can picture children enjoying the beauty of creation and learning together how to look after the natural world. It’s also a fabulous way to cement strong links with the local community as, together with Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Rosamund Trust, we work to restore the whole much larger plot as a haven for skylarks, wild orchids and butterflies. It will be a while before it’s opened up, and we’ll need to tie up all the legal loose ends, but I’m so grateful for the way that the whole school pulled together so quickly to make this possible. Thank you!

We do, of course need to gather in the money that has been pledged for the school’s piece of land. We’ll be in touch with all the families that have already emailed with promises of support, so that the money can be easily transferred. In the end, the sale was extremely competitive and the consortium had to bid against 10 rival bidders; we do now need to raise more funds than our initial target. We’re able to take donations of any amount – if we do exceed the total cost, we’ll use any surplus funds for perimeter hedging and fencing, as well as creating a larger woodland area. So please do feel that any sum will be appreciated! If you contact the finance team (finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk), Flora and Bev will be happy to arrange bank transfers.

Hopefully, we’ll find a way to celebrate soon, but I know that this year’s November bonfire party will be a spectacular occasion!

In other news this week, I’m so pleased that local rates of covid are remaining lower than at any time since the start of the academic year. It’s been great to see society relaxing and opening up; from next week, I hope you enjoy visiting friends and family as much as I will! As a school, we are keen to gradually take steps to restore more freedom. The governors have agreed a first step is giving teachers the choice about how to organise their classrooms. Moving away from rows will be a welcome change in many year groups! I’ll let you know as we assess the situation and make other adjustments in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: Don’t give up! Who helps keep you going? 

WHOLE SCHOOL

Wild Place
We would like to remind parents that the Wild Place (adjacent to the allotments on Pewley Down) is private land. Children at the infants visit the Wild Place regularly with their class teachers. Outside of these times please do not allow your children into this area.

Roadworks on A281 between Bramley and Shalford
The A281 will be closed between Bramley and Shalford from Friday 21 May for 4 days, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm for surface dressing works.

INFANT

Lost
Erin Coakley has lost a named green sweatshirt with school logo.
William Jones has lost his book bag, last seen at Forest School club (after-school).

Menu: Week 1 beginning 17 May.


JUNIOR

Dates For the Diary
17-19 May - Year 5 Henley Fort (3A on 17th, 3S on 18th and 3C on 19th)
28 May - Fluffy Friday

Tempest Class Photographs
Final reminder to send in the photo orders by Monday 17th May morning.

Data Sheet (Years 3, 4 and 5)
If you have not returned the signed Data Sheet as yet, please could be request they be returned to the school office by Monday 17th May.

Sports News
For the next two weeks there will be some early morning sessions for children to try out for District Sports which is an annual Guildford primary school's athletics competition held at Spectrum in June. We will take a small team of about 20 children per year group. The sessions will run from 8.00am - 8.30am on the pitch for the following year groups:
Y4 - Tues 18th & 25th May
Y5 - Wed 19th & 26th May
Y6 - Thurs 20th & 27th May
Y3 - Fri 21st & 28th May
Selection will be made on ability but attitude and behaviour in school will also be taken into account, especially in PE.
Please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit, including appropriate trainers to run in.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 17 May 


FOPS News

Pre-loved uniform sale - 25, 26, 27 May
We’re happy to announce we have been given the green light to hold pre-loved uniform sales again.

To keep numbers down we will sell uniform by year group on three consecutive days starting at 2.30pm. We will stop selling once the first class comes out.

Reception will be able to buy on Tuesday 25th May from 2.30pm
Year 1 will be able to buy on Wednesday 26th May from 2.30pm
Year 2 will be able to buy on Thursday 27th May from 2.30pm

We need larger size jumpers and cardigans. If you have any you would like to donate please give to Ruth in the office by Friday 21st May.

Easyfundraising
Double Donation Week is back! By shopping online you could raise TWICE AS MUCH for FOPS through easyfundraising. John Lewis & Partners, Boden, Groupon and more are doubling donations until 16th May. Every donation makes a difference! Shop now: http://efraising.org/po4Csk7R5N

Have a happy weekend,

The FOPS Committee


HTSC News

Hi Everyone, here’s this week’s round up for you:

Ice Lolly Sales
Ice lolly sales are replacing cake sales this term (as is traditional for the Summer term – could someone tell the weather!) and the money raised will be going towards the Year 6 Leavers’ Fundraising (this covers the cost of their yearbook and end of term party/bbq at school).

Years 3&4 will be enjoying their sale this afternoon. If you could send your child in with £1 or donate using this link it would be much appreciated. If you can spare more than £1, it could help another family who is unable to contribute at this time.

The lolly sales will be carried out in the afternoon towards the end of the school day in classes by their teacher – a selection will be available along with the packaging and allergies have been taken into account.

Year 5&6 Lolly sale – Friday 21st May

Events Update
With the news that certain restrictions are lifting from 17th May and more people can meet up outside, the HTSC reps have been coming up with some fun and safe ideas for some year class/year group social events after half term outside for both the adults and the children to celebrate the end of another school year. We’ll be keeping an ear out for the stage on 21st June. We’ll keep you posted here, and also within your class contact groups. We understand that everyone has had different circumstances throughout the last year and not everyone is ready for bigger groups.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Other Notices

Half Term Activities
With lockdown easing and sports clubs restarting clubs and holiday camps, we wanted to bring to your attention some half term activities local to Guildford.

  • Guildford Hockey Club are running half-term hockey camps on the 31st of May and the 1st of June from 10 - 3pm. Book here
  • Pulse Netball have a junior community netball camps running at Charterhouse school in Godalming on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th June. There are two sessions each day. Age groups are school years 3 – 6 & 7 - 10. Book here
  • Lions Sports Academy are running rugby camps from 10am - 4pm on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of June at Guildford Rugby Club, Godalming. Book here
  • Surrey Storm Netball are running junior holiday camps on the 1st & 2nd June from 10am - 4pm at Surrey Sports Park, Book here

Wintershall
Please see the attached flier from Wintereshall about their outdoor Biblical Drams Walking the Parables of Jesus

Family Essential Skills Workshop

No. 220

07 May 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s hard to believe that only ten days ago, I hadn’t really thought anything much about the field next to the school, other than occasionally dreaming of what we could do with that space, and of course celebrating our annual bonfire night as a whole school community. Since then it’s been amazing, understanding the importance of the land as part of an area of outstanding natural beauty, meeting with members of the local community and sharing their hopes and dreams for the place, working with governors to flesh out a vision for how we as a school could use it, and then finally on Tuesday sharing those ideas with all of you.

Thank you so much for your encouragement since then – many of you have already been in touch making pledges, and I’ve had so many conversations about how wonderful it would be to be free to play and learn there. For some reason, the song of the skylarks singing high above the field, has been especially loud and hopeful in the last couple of days! I don’t yet have any definitive news to pass on; we’re well on our way towards our target, and we’re looking at making it possible to contribute smaller amounts too. Please do get in touch with Steve Britain, our finance governor (sbritain@htpd.surrey.sch.uk), if you are able to support our bid. Steve is working so hard behind the scenes on behalf of the school and I’m so grateful. Our governing body is a remarkable team!

As soon as I hear any news from the estate agents, I’ll be in touch.

We’re starting to make plans for September, putting together the jigsaw puzzle of staff year teams. I do want to share three important items of news – Clare Giles, one of our Year 3 teachers is expecting her first baby later this year; huge congratulations to her! And Sue Miller, one of the teachers in Year 5 will be leaving us at the end of term. Sue moved to the UK from South Africa four years ago. She has made a big contribution to HTPD since then with her calm, compassionate and kind approach. I know that the children love her and we have all benefited from her being part of the team. She’ll be moving north to be closer to family in Yorkshire.

Another big news story is that Mary Booth, our inspirational teacher, amazing hockey coach, and friend, is also leaving in July. When I first arrived at HTPD back in 2006, Mary was my mentor, and I’ve personally learnt so much from her. She also taught both my children and I hold her responsible for their lifelong love of learning. I’m glad that she only lives a stone’s throw from the school – so I can still call on her for advice….and hopefully the occasional day of supply cover!

In school, the staff team is fully immersed in the summer term. The children have been proving yet again how keen they are to learn; I’ve seen plenty of excellent work and their appreciative, respectful attitude has been just great. Each year at around this time, we ask staff to reflect on how things have been going. This year’s responses are fascinating, with plenty of imaginative ideas coming out of the challenges that we’ve faced. We’ll be bringing these ideas into our own roadmap out of lockdown, and we’ll also be asking the children for their thoughts through the school council. I’d love to hear from you as well – please email if you have any great suggestions about next steps for the school post-covid. Let’s be determined to maintain the wonderful community spirit that has been so evident in the last months as we look to the future.

With love, Clare


Thought of the Week: Believe in yourself! Who or what do you hold on to?

INFANT

Data Collection sheets
Data collection sheets for Years R and 1 went home in book bags earlier this week. Please check the details (especially the contact details), make any changes and return them to the school office by next Wednesday 12 May. If there are no changes, just sign and return. Thank you to everyone who has already returned their form.

Spare clothes
We are running very short of girls pants in smaller sizes. If you have any which are outgrown or no longer needed please drop them into the school office.

Lost
Harry Shilton has lost his named Mandela jumper. He last had it on Friday at football club.

Menu: Week 4 beginning 10 May


JUNIOR 

Dates for the Diary
17-19 May - Year 5 Henley Fort (3A on 17th, 3S on 18th and 3C on 19th)
28 May - Fluffy Firday

Year 6 Fundraising
It is tradition at HT to run various events to raise funds for the year 6 leavers activities and year books. We have previously organised ice lolly sales in the playground in the summer. To keep things safe this year, the Year 6 fundraising team will be running classroom-based ice lolly sales (£1 voluntary donations just like the cake sales). More details to follow by ParentMail next week but the dates will be:
Years 3/4 Friday 14 May
Years 5/6 Friday 21 May

Class Photographs
Proofs and Order forms are being sent home with your child. Please complete and return your orders to school by next Friday 14th May.

Data Sheet (Years 3, 4 and 5)
Further to the Parentmail sent out yesterday, please look out for the Data Sheet in your child’s bookbag. Please check all details therein and edit to update any changes in the information and return to the school office by Friday 14 May.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 10 May


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Only 10 days until more restrictions are lifted (fingers crossed)...the ‘big coat’ might be finally put away for this year!

The HTSC Committee are having a meeting on Tuesday 11th May at 8pm on Zoom to chat through some plans for some safe social events in real life for later this term.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year. gf.me/u/y9d3g2

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the link here https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Other Notices

Boogie pumps are excited to be running new children's weekly dance classes at County School in Guildford, on Saturdays. Please download the flyer here. Parents/Guardians can sign up for a free space by email, telephone, or via the link here: https://www.boogiepumps.co.uk/shop/free-trial/

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