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Infant 30/11/12

30 November 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so pleased with the progress in the building of the Chapel. Lampard’s, our builders and BPG, our architects and project managers are doing a great job and we are hoping to be finished before our due date of mid-March. We can’t wait to start using it.  Some people ask why we need a Chapel, well in reality it is a second hall and that is something we have great need for. Our present hall is out of use for two hours a day, 11.30-1.30, for serving lunches, so we need a hall at those times for curriculum and club purposes. Secondly, there are numerous occasions when more than one class needs to use the hall at the same time. Nearly all Guildford Primary/Junior schools have two halls for these reasons.
 
It is to be known as the Chapel to give it a name. I don’t want it known as the new hall or second hall, but more important than that I want it to be known as the Chapel because part of its use will be assemblies and worship. Also I hope it will be a real centre of artistic excellence with great dance, drama and gymnastics taking place, so I am sure the Chapel will be in use nearly all the school week and maybe used by local organisations and churches as well.  As a Christian school I do hope it will be a place where in very many ways people can bring praise to God through what they do. There will be three beautiful stained glass windows at the front, these have been donated by Guildford Churches and are on the theme of the Holy Spirit. We hope that they will be made by an artist in residence at the school, next summer. The artist is of Maori extraction and comes from New Zealand. She has produced really thoughtful, stunning work. I hope these windows will also be a real inspiration to our children and future generations. A good theme for the Chapel is some verses from Psalm 150.

Praise the Lord, praise God in his sanctuary
Praise him with sounding of the trumpet
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing
Praise him with the violins and flutes
Praise him with the clash of cymbals
Praise him with the loud resounding cymbals
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Praise you the Lord!

With best wishes, Richard

Christmas Play:   Look out for a letter coming home in book bags today with information on the Christmas play.  Also, we need a lightweight wooden doorway which the children can walk through - if anyone could help us with this please contact Rosie or Sheena in Year 2.

Christmas Play tickets:   We have tried to ensure as far as possible that siblings are in the same performance groups but there are a few families where this wasn’t possible.  If your children are in different performance groups you will be able to order four tickets in total.  Tickets will come home in book bags next week. 

Year 2, Monday 3 December:   Children in Year 2 will be the watching the Christmas play at Holy Trinity on Monday afternoon and should be collected from the lower playground at HT at  3:15pm.  Any children who usually go to PUPS will be walked back to Pewley.
 
PUPS 11 and 12 December:   We have listened to the concerns raised by some parents over the proposed cancellation of PUPS during the Christmas production and have therefore decided that PUPS will now run as usual on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December. 

Christmas Post Boxes:   Next week the Christmas post boxes will be appearing in the library and at the lower entrance for children to post Christmas cards to their friends.  Please ensure that the envelopes are addressed with name, surname and class to make things easier for Pewley postmen.

Christmas Lunch:   If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to have a school Christmas lunch on Thursday 13 December please let the office know.  School lunches are £2.20.

Bunting Competition:   The winners of the Christmas Hats and Gloves competition are:   Lewis Dean and Isla Morgan (YR), Eve Mitchell and Freddie Kay (Y1), Phoebe Grimshaw and Emily Vickerman (Y2).  The overall winner was Heather Learoyd.  All the entries will be on display in the hall and look amazing. 

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Christmas Fair:   Thank you for all the donations towards the Christmas Fair and for the offers of help both on the day and with setting up.  We appreciate that this is an expensive and busy time of the year and your support is very much appreciated.  This Christmas Fair is one of the biggest fundraising events in the school year as well as a lovely community event.  We look forward to seeing you on the day from 12pm-2pm.  There will be games, tombolas, hot food, mulled wine & mince pies and Christmas craft as well as an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto.

We will be setting up for the Fair on Friday evening (7pm to 9pm) and Saturday (10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm). If you can spare an hour to help, please just turn up.  Any donations towards our home produce stall, can also be dropped at school on either Saturday or Sunday morning. 

A final reminder that the Fair will be the last opportunity to order Micro Scooter products, if you wish to.  Please also make sure that any raffle ticket counterfoils and money are returned to the raffle stall at the Fair before the draw at 1.45pm.  
   
Pewley Calendar:   A copy of the Pewley Calendar is available for viewing in the School Office.  Any order (together with payment) must be received by Wednesday 5 December.  Unfortunately we are only able to do one print run so, if you would like one, don't miss the deadline.  
 
IQ Christmas Cards:   The children's IQ Christmas card orders are coming home in book bags this week.

Cold Weather:   As the weather is getting colder it is essential that every child has a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves in school every day.  Apart from break and lunchtimes a lot of learning also goes on outside and it is important for children to be warm.  If the weather turns even colder and we get some snow please remember to look at the school website and listen to Eagle Radio for information on school closure.

Spanish Club:   Unfortunately the last session of Spanish Club (Tuesday 4 December) is cancelled as Sonia has had to return to Spain owing to family illness.

Operation Christmas Child:   Thank you to everyone who brought in a filled shoebox for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal.  40 boxes are now on their way to Kyrgyzstan.

Prayer Group:   The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Wednesday 5 December, 9.15 am at Emma Laporte’s house – children welcome!  Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information.

Jolly Jar amnesty:   Please could you bring your jolly jars back into school, once they have been emptied of sweets, as we need them for the Christmas play.

Girls’ tights and socks:   We are running out of girls’ tights and socks in the office so please could you return any that your child may have borrowed.  Also, if you have any which are no longer needed we would love to have them. 

Lost:  Mat Luther, Chestnut, has lost some H&M skinny jeans, size 5-6 (not named) missing since last Friday.

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A free guided run group for all on Friday mornings. This is open to everyone and suited to those who like to run with a group or, anyone tentatively starting to run for the first time, or anyone just getting back into it. We’ll be offering advice and information about running (if you want to know), or just a run guide for like-minded runners.  The objective is to encourage people to take up running and to improve fitness. Whether that’s completing your first 5km run or taking up running again.  It’s free to join us on any of our guided runs and we hope you’ll make it a standard part of your run training. All we ask is that you register your name at www.rungroup.co.uk before joining us on your first run.  When you register we will then send you an email with the location of our run each week

Junior 30/11/12

30 November 2012

Dear Parents,

I am so pleased with the progress in the building of the Chapel. Lampard’s, our builders and BPG, our architects and project managers are doing a great job and we are hoping to be finished before our due date of mid-March. We can’t wait to start using it.

Some people ask why we need a Chapel, well in reality it is a second hall and that is something we have great need for. Our present hall is out of use for two hours a day, 11.30-1.30, for serving lunches, so we need a hall at those times for curriculum and club purposes. Secondly, there are numerous occasions when more than one class needs to use the hall at the same time. Nearly all Guildford Primary/Junior schools have two halls for these reasons.

It is to be known as the Chapel to give it a name. I don’t want it known as the new hall or second hall, but more important than that I want it to be known as the Chapel because part of its use will be assemblies and worship. Also I hope it will be a real centre of artistic excellence with great dance, drama and gymnastics taking place, so I am sure the Chapel will be in use nearly all the school week and maybe used by local organisations and churches as well.

As a Christian school I do hope it will be a place where in very many ways people can bring praise to God through what they do. There will be three beautiful stained glass windows at the front, these have been donated by Guildford Churches and are on the theme of the Holy Spirit. We hope that they will be made by an artist in residence at the school, next summer. The artist is of Maori extraction and comes from New Zealand. She has produced really thoughtful, stunning work. I hope these windows will also be a real inspiration to our children and future generations. A good theme for the Chapel is some verses from Psalm 150.

Praise the Lord, praise God in his sanctuary
Praise him with sounding of the trumpet
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing
Praise him with the violins and flutes
Praise him with the clash of cymbals
Praise him with the loud resounding cymbals
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Praise you the Lord!

With best wishes, Richard

Coats for the children
Now that winter is here, please make sure that your child/ren come to school with a warm coat as morning break/ lunchtimes can be extremely cold!   Thank you.

Parking
Please may we ask parents NOT to drop their children off in the car park and not to park in the car park in the mornings while the building work continues. Please DO NOT allow your children to walk down the car park which is very busy at the moment - they should be entering the school from the path or the lower playground. Thank you!

Please could everybody be particularly courteous to local residents when parking for the Christmas play, there will be spaces in lower playground but please walk if possible.

Christmas Play – Demise & Rise of Ebenezer Scrooge
Monday 3rd December 1.45pm Keller/Mandela, 7.00pm Nightingale/Shackleton
Tuesday 4th December 1.45pm Nightingale/Shackleton, 7.00pm Keller/Mandela
Wednesday 5th December 7.00pm Nightingale/Shackleton
Thursday 6th December 7.00pm Keller/Mandela
Tickets still available on Monday, 3rd December between 8.15-8.40 and 3.15-3.45

Tickets are free, but are limited to 3 per family, although any additional requests will be held on a reserve list.  Please note, we will try our best to accommodate these requests, but we cannot guarantee that any additional tickets will be available. You are welcome to send your child in with a letter from you requesting tickets for the performance that you would like to attend.  If you are unable to attend at any of these times please email Ginnie on ginnieg@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Costumes
Choir:   Black leggings / trousers   T-shirts will be provided
Year 6  Rich people – Black top & trousers plus blin,. Poor people – Jeans and a dark t-shirt
Year 5  Rappers – Baggy trackie bottoms/trousers, baggy t-shirts, baseball caps and bling (necklaces, rings, etc)
Year 4  Shoppers – Winter shopping outfits with hats & scarves (red/green theme if possible)
Year 3  Black or grey leggings/tracksuits bottoms T-shirts will be provided

Timings
Main cast members should arrive at school at 6.30pm – their costumes will be in school.
Please could all other children in the evening performances be dropped at school, wearing their costumes, at 6.30 pm. They should report to their classrooms for registration. The play will start at 7.00 pm.

Children in Years 3 & 4 may be collected from their classrooms at the Interval if you are not watching the performance.  We expect the Interval to start at about 7.45 / 8.00 pm, but we will only be able to give precise timings on Monday at about lunchtime after the dress rehearsal.

Collection for the other children will be about around 9.00 pm, although we hope to give a more precise time after Monday’s dress rehearsal.

Snacks
Children in the production will NOT be able to go out during the interval to buy drinks or snacks and drinks/snacks may not be taken to the classrooms for them either. They may bring water or squash with them in water bottles, but no fizzy drinks (cans, bottles, etc) please!

Clubs+
If your child regularly attends Clubs+ Monday to Thursday and is usually collected at 6.00 pm, they will be able to stay on for the evening performance under supervision. Please could they bring a substantial tea on those evenings, as unfortunately we are not able to cater for them. Please speak with Sarah Jackson if you have any queries about this the next time you collect your child.

Late Start – 7th December 2012
There is an optional late start for the children on Friday. Please can all children be in school by 10.30am. All children dropped after 8.45am need to report to the Office to be registered

Mathletics
Our free trial ends next Thursday, please let your class teacher know if you would like to continue with the subscription, there will be a £5 annual charge for this.

Cello
A cello in a blue case has been in the staff room for some time, please let the office know if this belongs to you.

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Christmas Fair
A huge thank you to everyone for their help and support at the Christmas fair. In particular thanks to everyone who helped on the stalls and with the preparations in the run up to the fair. We had a great evening and raised a lot of money for the school.

Dates for the diary
• HTSC Meeting at the Albany Thursday 13th December 8pm
• Year 3 coffee morning venue tbc - Friday 7th December
• Year 5 drinks 8pm at Bar des Arts – Wednesday 12th December 
• Year 6 Christmas drinks, Rogues – Thursday 13th September from 8pm
• Year 3 drinks venue tbc - Tuesday 18 December
• Year 4 drinks at the Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18 December from 8pm

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising
You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford

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BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds now booking for the Spring term. 
Classes will start again on Saturday 12th January  2013 for 10 weeks  available on Saturdays between 9.30am and 4pm, in Guildford.  10 week term of 2 hour classes costs £160. 10 weeks of 1 hour classes cost £100.  All materials included.    Drop-in and 1 and ½ hour classes also available. For info 07796 780042 or e-mail  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .

Art class with Elena Andreeva  We have a place in our art class “Drawing, Painting, Compostition”. The first session will take place on 10th December. The class runs on Mondays 3.30-5.00pm. The cost is £100 for 10 sessions. If you would like your child to enrol, please contact Elena 01483 560385.

CHRIST CHURCH Guildford Come along to make new friends, play wacky games and let off steam!  If you’re aged 7‒11 years old, Inter:Act is not to be missed!!  Wednesdays 6.30‒8pm.  For more information contact Michael Tame - michael@christchurchguildford.com
Becky and Eve Ruckert - becky@christchurchguildford.com or eve@christchurchguildford.comwww.christchurchguildford.com

Surrey Heat (previously called Guildford Heat) has a kids go free event to see their premier league basketball team in action at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday 23 November at 3pm.  Early booking is Tickets are available on 01483689111 or online at www.surreyheat.com

Design Your Favourite Celebrity’s House – Christmas Art Competition – Plenty of Waterstones Prizes! Closing date 14 December. Download information here.
 

 

Junior 23/11/12

23 November 2012

Dear Parents,

This morning I had the pleasure of taking part in the infant school Fluffy Friday. I took thirty children onto the Downs along the mile path and around the Chantries before returning the same way. We came back to hot chocolate which was needed to revive the aching legs of our 5-7 year olds. It was a great morning, the sun was shining and the puddles inviting. Children enjoyed being outside and actually learnt in so many ways. Teachers and parents were constantly talking about what they were seeing and experiencing. We were all looking for fresh evidence of a recently sighted monster – and a great deal of it was found – from a claw to a piece of wood bearing tooth marks. Children at this young age are still able to suspend disbelief and thoroughly enjoy this creative experience. Fly agaric toadstools, a buzzard and yellow sandstone were all pointed out to the children as they got in touch with their own environment. As well as actual and incidental learning the children were also gaining a great deal by interacting with each other and with adults. It was a real piece of social education.

I have just finished a two week period of precise observation of teachers at the junior school. I am required to give Ofsted style grades to each teacher and they did extremely well. In many cases the children made good progress (they learnt something) and showed enthusiasm and resilience in their leanring. I was able to give grades of good or outstanding. I got to wondering what grade ‘they’ would have given me for my two hours this morning. I guess it didn’t tick many of the Ofsted boxes, but so much subtle and deep learning was achieved. Let’s make sure we continue to offer a genuinely broad and balanced curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week
Mufti Day on Monday, this is in line with Pewley who are wearing mufti for their Christmas Fair contributions.

Christmas Play – Demise & Rise of Ebenezer Scrooge
Monday 3rd December 1.45pm (semi dress) – Keller/Mandela
Monday 3rd December 7.00pm Nightingale/Shackleton
Tuesday 4th December 1.45pm Nightingale/Shackleton
Tuesday 4th December 7.00pm Keller/Mandela
Wednesday 5th December 7.00pm Nightingale/Shackleton
Thursday 6th December 7.00pm Keller/Mandela
Reminder – Friday 7th December – optional late start
Tickets will be availabe from Thursday 29th November – further details to follow.

Football Clubs for Years 3 – 6 next week
Regrettably all Football Clubs next week have been cancelled due to fixture clashes.

Operation Christmas Child
Don’t forget that the deadline for bringing in filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal is Monday 26th November.

Cross-country
The children have experienced some real cross-country this week running in the wind, rain and mud! The Year 5 and 6 girls represented Holy Trinity at the Priorsfield meeting which involved 18 schools from across Surrey and London. The girls gave their all and achieved some great results; Aoife Russell Moore was awarded a medal for second place in the U11 race of 121 girls and Tilly Gough was awarded a medal for her fourth place out of 77 girls in the U10 race.

Both the boys and girls braved the elements at Tillingbourne on Thursday with Aoife and Tilly repeating their positions of 2nd and 4th in the girls’ race and George Stuttard achieving an 8th place for the boys.  Special mention goes to both Ayla Darcy and Michael Naisby, two of our talented Year 3 runners who both achieved places in the top half of the group.  The support from their older team mates was fantastic.  Well done to all.

Swimming
We enjoyed a lovely swimming match his week against St. Catherine’s who made us all very welcome.  It involved lots of swimmers from Years 4, 5 and 6 who were all able to enjoy competing in a friendly fixture. The team came a very creditable second!

HTPD Prayer Meeting
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th December, 9.15am at Emma Laporte’s house. Children welcome! Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information.

Sponsorship Opportunity
Would you or your company like to sponsor a programme for the Christmas Play? In order to maximise our charitable giving this Christmas we have 6 opportunities to raise the profile of your company and contribute to our chosen charity The Halow Project. We are suggesting a donation of £50-£100 for our 4 evening performances and £25-£50 for our 2 afternoon performances. For more details please contact Sheila Manson via the school office 539033. In the words of Charles Dickens ‘Keep Christmas Well’!

Scholastic Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who supported the book fair this week, we sold almost £1200.

Mathletics
We had a representative from Mathletics in assembly on Thursday, please remember to ask your children to show you the website. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Request for old Newspapers for Art Carousel
If you have any old newspapers that are no longer required, we would love to have them.  Thank you.

Head Lice
Are back in Year 6! Please check thoroughly and deal with accordingly. Thank you.
 

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Christmas Fair – TONIGHT 6pm
We look forward to seeing you all tonight at the fair. Please walk if possible, if you do have to drive, please park in the lower playground. Access is via the playground doors.

Thank you to everyone who has helped and who is helping tonight.

Christmas Puddings: It’s not too late to order your Christmas Puddings. Download order form from website.

Christmas Play
We are looking for people to help serve drinks during the interval at the Christmas Play, please email louise.keiller@gmx.com if you are able to help.

Northbrook Wrapping
Orders have been delivered and should be on their way home, please check with your child.

Dates for the diary
• Year 3 coffee morning venue tbc - Friday 7th Dec
• Year 3 drinks venue tbc - Tuesday 18 December
• Year 4 drinks at the Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18 December from 8pm

Lost:
Oscar in 4J has lost a precious monkey hat which is named.  If you find it, please bring it to the Office.  Thank you.

William Hampton, 3G, has lost his named GAP navy blue winter coat with a hood.  If found, please return to the office or call Vicky on 07801 684131.  Thank you.

Found:
We have a camera and case in school which was left behind after the Bonfire and Fireworks last Friday.  If this belongs to you please come to Reception.  Thank you.

Waterstones Event
Oliver Jeffers children’s book illustrator will be at Waterstones on Saturday 24th November.

Design Your Favourite Celebrity’s House – Christmas Art Competition – Plenty of Waterstones Prizes! Following the great success of last year, Curchods Estate Agents in Guildford are delighted to launch again an Art Competition exclusively to pupils at Holy Trinity School.  This year, the theme will be to design a Dream House for a favourite celebrity.  All entries will be displayed in Curchods’ shop window during the Christmas period and there will be generous prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th places.  Look out for the posters around school and a Parentmail, providing all the info on how to enter.

On 8th December the Spike in Warren Road is the venue for an OLD TIME MUSIC HALL AND VARIETY SHOW by Showdown Theatre Arts. Doors open at 7:30. A superb three course Supper will be prepared once again by renowned Chef Jane Thompson and all this for just £15.00, contact Tourist Information 01483 444333 or 01483 598420 or 12 Addison Road for tickets (please state if Vegetarian option preferred). www.charlotteville.co.uk

Drum Lessons
Former ACM pupil available for drum lessons in your home. Contact Will Richards on 07909 970556.

For Sale:
High bed - a Scallywag High Sleeper by Cresta in Lilac, £195. Suit girl aged 7-17. Call 01483 203730 for further information.  Thanks, Helen Murray

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Infant 23/11/12

23 November 2012

Dear Parents,

This morning I had the pleasure of taking part in the infant school Fluffy Friday. I took thirty children onto the Downs along the mile path and around the Chantries before returning the same way. We came back to hot chocolate which was needed to revive the aching legs of our 5-7 year olds. It was a great morning, the sun was shining and the puddles inviting. Children enjoyed being outside and actually learnt in so many ways. Teachers and parents were constantly talking about what they were seeing and experiencing. We were all looking for fresh evidence of a recently sighted monster – and a great deal of it was found – from a claw to a piece of wood bearing tooth marks. Children at this young age are still able to suspend disbelief and thoroughly enjoy this creative experience. Fly agaric toadstools, a buzzard and yellow sandstone were all pointed out to the children as they got in touch with their own environment. As well as actual and incidental learning the children were also gaining a great deal by interacting with each other and with adults. It was a real piece of social education.

I have just finished a two week period of precise observation of teachers at the junior school. I am required to give Ofsted style grades to each teacher and they did extremely well. In many cases the children made good progress (they learnt something) and showed enthusiasm and resilience in their leanring. I was able to give grades of good or outstanding. I got to wondering what grade ‘they’ would have given me for my two hours this morning. I guess it didn’t tick many of the Ofsted boxes, but so much subtle and deep learning was achieved. Let’s make sure we continue to offer a genuinely broad and balanced curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard

Mufti – Monday 26 November
Don’t forget that all children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) on Monday.  There will be lots of arty (and potentially messy) activities going on so it’s probably best not to send them in their best clothes!  Also, don’t forget to bring in your contributions for the Christmas Fair.

Teacher-Led Clubs
Next week (26 November – 1 December) will be the last week for teacher-led clubs (Cooking, Binca, Lego, Film, Gardening and Art) this term.  It is also the last week for Football and Ballet.

Operation Christmas Child
Our shoeboxes are being collected on Monday 26 November so there is just time to fill a box over the weekend and bring it in on Monday morning.

Christmas Play Tickets
A letter about tickets for the Christmas play will be coming out in book bags on Monday.  Owing to space constraints we do have to limit tickets to two per family.  Please return order forms by Friday 30 November.
Performances on Tues 11 Dec, 4.30pm and Weds 12 Dec at 9.30am – Hazel, Beech & Walnut classes
Performances on Weds 12 Dec, 4.30pm and Thurs 13 Dec at 9.30am – Willow, Oak & Chestnut classes.

Christmas Play Costumes and Props
If anyone can help with some very simple sewing for costumes and prop making for the Christmas play we would be very, very grateful.  Please contact either Sheena or Rosie in Year 2.

PUPS
Due to the Christmas production, there will be no PUPS on Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December. 

Prayer Group
The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Wednesday 5 December, 9.15 am at Emma Laporte’s house – children welcome!  Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information.

Yellow Moon Catalogues
The Christmas edition of the catalogue is in book bags today.  It's full of fantastic Christmas gift ideas and seasonal crafts.  All purchases generate commission for FOPS, as long as orders quote our source code, which is SPE1101. This is also shown on the front of the catalogue.  Please place your orders directly with Yellow Moon and all your goodies will be sent to your home address.

FOPS News

School Disco
Saturday's School Disco was a huge success and really well attended.  Not only was it a great night out, but we also raised more than £600 for the school.  Thanks to everyone for supporting the event and special thanks to DJ David who very kindly gave his services for free.
 
Christmas Fair
Our next big event is the Christmas Fair on Sunday 2 December.  We are asking for donations towards the Fair to be brought in on Monday 26 November and the children may come in Mufti.  We are looking for:
• lots of Jolly Jars (standard size jam jars filled with sweets & small toys)
• bottles for the bottle tombola
• chocolate items for the chocolate tombola
• good quality second hand toys and books
• We will also be collecting home made cakes, biscuits, jams etc for the home produce store on Saturday 1 December or the morning of Sunday 2 December, if you have time to do some baking!

You should have received some raffle tickets to sell in your book bags.  Please return all completed counterfoils and money or unsold tickets to the School Office by Friday 30 November.  The draw will be made at the Fair on Sunday. 
 
The last opportunity to order Micro Scooter products from FOPS (the school will receive 10% commission on all orders), is at the Fair.  Brochures and order forms are available from the School Office. 
 
We will be decorating the school hall and setting up for the Fair on Friday night (7pm to 9pm - wine provided!) and Saturday (10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm).  As much as we love the place, your FOPS Committee don't want to spend all weekend at school!!  So, if you able to spare an hour or two to help so we can get it done quickly, we would be very grateful.  Similarly, help at the end of the Fair to pack away would be appreciated.  
 
Pewley Calendar
We are very excited to announce that the Pewley Calendar 2013 is ready to be printed.  Order forms for the calendar will be coming home in book bags.  Unfortunately we are limited to one print run, therefore orders for the calendar must be in by Wednesday 5 December.  Calendars will be received before Christmas.

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Lost:  Veronika Koch has lost her Sainsbury’s navy sweatshirt (named)

Jonathan Hennessey-Brown very kindly read the story of ‘The Fairly Amazing Adventures of Mole’ written by his sister (Katy Baker) to the Year 1 and Year 2 children this week.  Further details about Katy’s book are available from http://www2.xlibris.com/books/webimages/wd/uk/304961/buy.html

Victoria's Market will have a stall at the HT Christmas Fair today - run by Victoria (mum of Joshua in Chestnut) selling new and preloved luxury clothing for kids and adults.

For sale two single beds.  One John Lewis slatted (dark wood) and one Ikea ‘Malm’ oak.  Good condition.  £20 each - half the money will be donated to the school fund.  Please contact Naomi on 07947073524 or naomi.beevers@ntlworld.com

Junior 16/11/12

16 November 2012

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to be a happy learning community at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. For two hundred years we have been a centre for Christian education in Central/South Guildford and now we are firmly established in the Holy Trinity Ward/Charlotteville area. We strive to be good partners in the community; we do this through providing first-class education as well as being part of the local community and church activity. Last Friday’s bonfire night celebration is a great example of school and community having fun together, as well as raising a lot of money for the school through our excellent parent organisations.

We also have various responsibilities to the area and are well aware that there are certain tensions of living near a school. There is the inevitable noise and bustle particularly at the start and end of the school day. Increased traffic and parking difficulties add to the problems. To this end, please consider parking further out and letting your children walk the last mile or so into school. Please be particularly thoughtful about parking at busy times. This is obviously worse during the building works.

Thank you so much for all that you do to make the school the warm and friendly place it is. Parents are universally positive and helpful. Thank you for your part in making this school community such a happy place to learn and work.

With best wishes, Richard

Dates for the diary:
Monday, 19th - Tudor Day at RGS for 5H
Tuesday, 20th - 6.00 - 8.30 p.m. - Parents’ Evening
Thursday, 22nd - 4.00 – 6.30 p.m. - Parents’ Evening
Friday 23rd – Fluffy Friday
 
Book Fair
As Geraldine will be running this Fair, it has been necessary to cancel all Library After School Clubs.  This affects: Dangerous Book Club on Monday, 19th November, Board Games on Tuesday, 20th November and Creative Writing on Thursday, 22nd November.  Lego and Horrible Histories will run as normal.

In addition all Tuesday and Thursday clubs will be cancelled because of the parent consultations.

Fluffy Friday
Next Friday will be an in-house fluffy and the children will be preparing for the Christmas production and decorating their classrooms, please bring £1 for materials and wear mufti.

Operation Christmas Child
Don’t forget that the deadline for bringing in filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal is Monday 26 November.

Sponsorship Opportunity
Would you or your company like to sponsor a programme for the Christmas Play? In order to maximise our charitable giving this Christmas we have 6 opportunities to raise the profile of your company and contribute to our chosen charity The Halow Project. We are suggesting a donation of £50-£100 for our 4 evening performances and £25-£50 for our 2 afternoon performances. For more details please contact Sheila Manson via the school office 539033. In the words of Charles Dickens ‘Keep Christmas Well’!

Netball
What a great couple of weeks of netball we have had with both the year 5 and 6 teams playing. Year 6 secured a win against St. Joseph's with a tight match 6-5. The year 5's played against Queen Eleanor's achieving two wins, 10-0 and 6-4 and Rydes Hill with a win 6-3 and a loss 0-10. Finally the Year 5 team played in the Guildford High School Tournament where they gained an extremely creditable 7th place out of 16 teams, with three wins, a draw and 3 losses. The standard of play was extremely high and the team played fantastically well together.

Cross Country
Congratulations to all involved Cross country. Well done to our cross-country boys and girls teams in our first run of the season. Everyone had a good run and four of our boys came in the top ten and four of our girls in the top 20 with Aoife Russell Moore achieving second place despite a wrong turn!

Football
The boys have enjoyed two football fixtures this week against Queen Eleanor's and St. Thomas's. Great to see so many children out there enjoying their sport! Year 5 at QE won 4-0 and drew 0-0, and on Thursday at HT year 6 lost 6-1 and year 5 lost 3-2 to a very strong St. Thomas’.

Request for Car Seat
Do you have a car seat suitable for a 1 year old that can be used for our Comenius visitors for 1 week from 10 December 2012? If so, please contact the office. Thank you.

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HT Fireworks and Bonfire
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Bonfire night such a success.  We had another great evening and escaped the rain.

Christmas Fair – 23rd November 6-8pm

A Great Opportunity to come and do your Christmas shopping, meet your friends and get into the festive spirit. There will be lots of stalls with the ever popular Raffle, Tombola, Jolly Jars and much more.

Thanks to everyone who has donated already, please keep donations coming all through next week. We need:

• Bottles – for the bottle tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup.
• Unopened gifts for adults, girls or boys and any new, unwanted toys
• Jolly Jars or Jolly Bags– decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
• Crackers – made from the template supplied filled with small toys/sweets.
• Chocolate – Anything chocolaty for the chocolate tombola.
• Christmas Goodies / Cakes: Please donate any cakes, fudge, jams etc on the day

Raffle Tickets: If you want to improve your chances of winning the top prize of an Apple iPad mini, you can obtain further raffle tickets from the school office. All stubs to be returned by 22nd November.

Request for used ice cream tubs to be used for money floats at the Christmas fair, please leave at the office thanks.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help so far, we really do appreciate it. We still need more help, if you are able to help set up on the day of the fair or on the stalls during the fair please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Christmas Puddings: It’s not too late to order your Christmas Puddings. Download order form.

Dazzling Decorations – Make them this Weekend!
We will be decorating the school next week in time for the Christmas Fair using all the wonderful things that the children are bringing in – we already have coins, credit cards, cheques, currency signs (£, $, €)! The theme is ‘glitzy money’ but let your imaginations go wild and remember to think big and bold and colourful. Use any materials that you like - paper, fabric, papier mache etc and have lots of fun making them. Every single decoration will be displayed around the school and there are prizes to be won!  Please bring your decorations in by Thursday, 22 November at the latest.  We can't wait to see your lovely creations!

Dates for the diary
• Year 3 coffee morning venue tbc - Friday 7th Dec
• Year 3 drinks venue tbc - Tuesday 18th Dec
• Year 4 drinks at the Keep, Castle Street - Tuesday 18 December


Lost

Cassia Taylor (5A) is looking for a pair of named navy blue M&S joggers (lost before half term)
Seb Shenton (3MG) – 2 x Navy Keller sweat shirts
Renee La Touche (3S) – Pink O’Neill Ski jacket
Joseph Williams (3G) – Shin pads (blue and white), mouth guard and socks they were all in a small carrier bag, lost on Wednesday 7th Nov.
Neya Pawan (4N) – brand new Shackleton fleece (not named)

Waterstones Event
Oliver Jeffers children’s book illustrator will be at Waterstones on Saturday 24th November.

Design Your Favourite Celebrity’s House – Christmas Art Competition – Plenty of Waterstones Prizes! Following the great success of last year, Curchods Estate Agents in Guildford are delighted to launch again an Art Competition exclusively to pupils at Holy Trinity School.  This year, the theme will be to design a Dream House for a favourite celebrity.  All entries will be displayed in Curchods’ shop window during the Christmas period and there will be generous prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th places.  Look out for the posters around school and a Parentmail next week, providing all the info on how to enter.

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Infant 16/11/12

16 November 2012

 Dear Parents,

We are pleased to be a happy learning community at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. For two hundred years we have been a centre for Christian education in Central/South Guildford and now we are firmly established in the Holy Trinity Ward/Charlotteville area. We strive to be good partners in the community; we do this through providing first-class education as well as being part of the local community and church activity. Last Friday’s bonfire night celebration is a great example of school and community having fun together, as well as raising a lot of money for the school through our excellent parent organisations.

We also have various responsibilities to the area and are well aware that there are certain tensions of living near a school. There is the inevitable noise and bustle particularly at the start and end of the school day. Increased traffic and parking difficulties add to the problems. To this end, please consider parking further out and letting your children walk the last mile or so into school. Please be particularly thoughtful about parking at busy times. This is obviously worse during the building works.

Thank you so much for all that you do to make the school the warm and friendly place it is. Parents are universally positive and helpful. Thank you for your part in making this school community such a happy place to learn and work.

With best wishes, Richard

MUFTI on Friday 23 and Monday 26 November
Just a reminder that children should come to school in mufti (their own clothes) for Fluffy Friday next week and also on the following Monday when FOPS will be collecting donations for the Pewley Christmas Fair (see more details below).

House Football, Monday 26 November
We are looking forward to our next house event on the 26th when all children will be taking part in football in house teams within year groups.  Look out for some photos and results on the board in the hall. 

Book Fair
If you haven’t visited the book fair yet, Monday 19th is the last chance to come along to the hall after school and have a browse.

Christmas Play Costumes
If anyone can help us with some very simple sewing for Christmas play costumes we would be very grateful.  Please contact either Sheena or Rosie in Year 2. 

Northbrook Gift Wrap
If you ordered gift wrap this is now ready for collection from the school office.

Operation Christmas Child
Don’t forget that the deadline for bringing in filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal is Monday 26 November. 

FOPS News

School Disco
We're looking forward to a great evening at the School Disco on Saturday. Doors open at 5.30pm and it will be possible to buy tickets on the door if you haven't already bought yours. (Family: £10, Adults: £4, Children £2, pre schoolers go free). Join us for a drink and a dance!  A few volunteers to stay behind to clear up at the end would be very helpful too!

Pewley Down 2013 Calendar
We had a very exciting photo shoot last Friday for the Pewley Down 2013 Calendar. The calendar will go on sale in a couple of weeks time.  Many thanks to Liz van Eykenhof who has worked so hard to produce such gorgeous pictures.

Another gorgeous picture was produced by Tabitha Hill-Price (Walnut), who is the winner of our front cover competition. Well done, Tabitha!

Christmas Fair
Coming home in book bags this weekend you'll find a letter about the Christmas Fair on Sunday 2 December and two books of raffle tickets for you to sell. We would be very grateful if donations of Jolly Jars, bottles, chocolate and good quality second hand toys and books could be brought into school on Monday 26 November. Children are invited to wear mufti on this day. We appreciate that it is a busy and expensive time of year so we are very grateful for your support.

Micro Scooters
If you are planning to purchase a new Micro Scooter for Christmas or accessories such as lights and bottle holders for an existing scooter, please consider doing so through the school.  FOPS will earn a 10% commission on all sales and the scooters will be delivered free of charge to school in time for Christmas.  Please contact suziturner@yahoo.co.uk for further information or browse the brochure on the link below / pick up an order form from Ruth.  Orders by 2 December.  

Micro-scooter brochure

Phil the Bag
And finally many thanks for your donations of clothes and textiles to our Phil the Bag collection.
 

Kitchen Vacancy:   We are looking for a kitchen assistant to join our friendly kitchen staff, 11.00am – 2.00pm daily.  Please contact Iris in the kitchen or the school office if you are interested.

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Christmas Cards from Art4Asha - bringing you colour, texture and boldness
Bridgit, mother of Bo, a former HT pupil, and a TA at Pewley Down in Year 1, would love you to visit her website at www.art4asha.com to see the recent additions to her handcrafted cards - including her Christmas range.  Individual cards are still on offer for local schools, and are reduced from 2.95 - £2.50, with10% of all sales going to their school. I also have an 'Offers' page on my website for bigger orders i.e. anything over 10 cards.  To be eligible for the discount, and to avoid delivery costs, please make sure that you ONLY place your orders via email or phone, or grab me at Pewley! Please contact Bridgit at:  beynon.bridgit@gmail.com Mob: 0794 118 2588 Home: 01483 576294
 

Junior 9/11/12

09 November 2012

Dear Parents,

Several parents have spoken to me about the letter requesting funds for the school. I am really sorry that some of you were upset by the tone and content of the letter. We had based it on a letter sent out from one of the secondary schools and on reflection I can see that it wasn’t our style. I do understand that education is supposed to be free and that parents are already very generous. Please accept this apology. We have covered the cost of the basic chapel/hall through capital grants and savings. The extras, including links to the school, flooring and seating are highly desirable, but even without these we will be able to use the new building by February.

On a different subject our residential conference was very successful. This is always a time where we work together to ensure that we all share the same vision. This is the key to a united school, where everyone is playing their part. We specifically looked at the writing process and learnt and shared ways to enable our boys to become as successful writers as our girls. Another theme was the need to treat children as individuals who have personal learning styles and multiple intelligences. I am confident that as a result of this in-service children will be inspired to achieve at an even higher level.

With best wishes, Richard

Dates for the diary:
Monday, 12th November - Tudor Day at RGS for 5H
Tuesday 13th – School Photographs – Year 3 and 4
Wednesday 14th Year 6 Night Out – 8.30pm The Albany – hope to see you there!
Friday 16th – Mufti for Christmas Fair Donations

Annual Bonfire & Fireworks – Tonight
We hope you are able to join us tonight. Gates open at 6pm, there will be a BBQ and refreshments available, the bonfire will be lit around 7pm with a fantastic firework display at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the gate – adults £5 and children £2.50. Please note as usual parking is very limited, please use the lower playground only and park considerately particularly on surrounding roads, if possible please walk to reduce congestion. The school will be closed in the evening so no access to classrooms etc. Thank you to those who have volunteered their services tonight.

Home School Link Worker
We are very sorry to be saying ‘goodbye’ to Sam Allan who has done a wonderful job as home school link worker at Holy Trinity Pewley Down for the last three years.  Sam is now leaving to set up her own business and we wish her every success. The home school link worker role will be taken on by Lucy Cray who was previously at Shawfield Primary School in Ash. Lucy will be working at the infant and junior sites and may be contacted by email:  lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or phone: 07525 324070. 

MUFTI, Friday 16 November
As part of next week’s mufti Year 6 has asked that we support Blue Peter Children in Need Go Pyjamas! If your child (Year3-6) wishes to come in Pyjamas the Year 6 will be collecting their donation on Friday morning. This is in addition to bringing in goods for the Christmas Fair.

Board Games
We would love to have a few new games for our successful club. If you have any games that are complete but no longer being used we could give them a good home. Email geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Book Fair
We will be holding a Book Fair during the week beginning Monday 19th November. It will be on before and after school and during the parent consultation evenings. Book fairs form a valuable part of our book funding so please come and have a browse.

Vacancy
We have a vacancy in the kitchen for a Catering Assistant. Catering experience essential, 20 hours a week. Please ring Gill on 443884.

Rainbow Trust Cake Sale
Well done to Petra Todd and her friends in 4J who raised a total of £42 for the Rainbow Trust by organising the Big Hour Cake Sale before half term. Over 240 cakes were baked, decorated and eaten in aid of the charity who support children with life threatening or terminal illnesses. Thank you to all those children who brought in their money and ate the cakes. After doing some sums 4J reckon that more than 70 children haven't yet paid their 25p. If your child had a Rainbow Trust IOU sticker it would be brilliant if they would bring their money in on Monday. Thank you.

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Future Events
Wednesday 14th November - HTSC Meeting - 8pm Staff Room

Christmas Fair 23rd November
Everyone should have received their Christmas fair pack this week, if not please check book bags. Next Friday 16th November is mufti for the children and donation day for the fair. This year we need:

  • Bottles
  • Unopened gifts and new toys
  • Jolly jars or bags
  • Crackers made from the template
  • Chocolate
  • Hamper items

Your year reps will be looking for people to help on the stalls, please look out for the Parentmail and  volunteer if you can. We also need help on the day of the fair, again if you are able to help please let your year rep know when the Parentmail comes out.

 

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising
You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford


Lost

Poppy Isaacs (4J) has lost her grey woolly (named) hat on Wednesday in the hall. If you have picked it up by mistake, please return to the office. Thanks
Yashar Suley (4J) lost a blue Addidas jumper on Fluffy Friday, please return to the office if found.

For Sale:
Sylvanian Families Grand Hotel, complete with furniture for all rooms, loads of accessories, plus 25 figures and car.  All in excellent condition, great Christmas present!  Hotel and furniture £120, figures and car £50 or £150 for everything. Please contact Sara 0783 3732453.

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Infant 9/11/12

09 November 2012

Dear Parents,

Several parents have spoken to me about the letter requesting funds for the school. I am really sorry that some of you were upset by the tone and content of the letter. We had based it on a letter sent out from one of the secondary schools and on reflection I can see that it wasn’t our style. I do understand that education is supposed to be free and that parents are already very generous. Please accept this apology. We have covered the cost of the basic chapel/hall through capital grants and savings. The extras, including links to the school, flooring and seating are highly desirable, but even without these we will be able to use the new building by February.

On a different subject our residential conference was very successful. This is always a time where we work together to ensure that we all share the same vision. This is the key to a united school, where everyone is playing their part. We specifically looked at the writing process and learnt and shared ways to enable our boys to become as successful writers as our girls. Another theme was the need to treat children as individuals who have personal learning styles and multiple intelligences. I am confident that as a result of this in-service children will be inspired to achieve at an even higher level.

With best wishes, Richard

Parent Consultations (Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November)
You should have received your appointment time via book bags today and we look forward to seeing you all next week.  Apologies for the typo on the form, the evening session from 6-8pm is on Thursday and not Wednesday.  If this causes a problem when you receive your appointment please see your child’s teacher. Consultations will be taking place in the following rooms:

Wednesday afternoon (1.30-3.00pm)   
Oak Class - Richard’s office
Walnut Class - PPA room
Chestnut Class - Bursar’s office
Hayley  -  Star Room

Thursday afternoon (1.30-3.00pm)
Beech Class - Richard’s office
Hazel Class - PPA room
Willow Class - Bursar’s office
Hayley  - Star Room

Wednesday afternoon/evening (3.30-6.00pm)   
Oak Class - Richard’s Office   
Beech Class - Year 1 quiet room   
Walnut  - PPA room    
Chestnut - Year 2 quiet room   
Willow Class - Star Room    
Hazel Class - Year R quiet room   

Thursday evening (6.00-8.00pm)
Beech Class - Richard’s office
Oak Class - Year 1 quiet room
Hazel Class - Star Room
Willow Class  - Year R quiet room
Chestnut Class  - PPA room
Walnut Class  - Year 2 quiet room

Teacher-led clubs

Owing to the parent consultations, there will be no Lego, Binca, Karaoke, Film or Art Clubs on Wednesday (14th) and Thursday (15th) next week.  Cooking will still take place on Tuesday (13th).

MUFTI, Friday 16 November
Next Friday will be a mufti day (children come to school in their home clothes) in line with Holy Trinity who will be collecting donations for their Christmas Fair.  There is no need for children at Pewley to bring anything in.

We have had a few requests from children who would like to get involved in Blue Peter’s ‘Go Pyjamas’ appeal for Children in Need.  Although we are not doing this as a school, if children want to raise funds independently we are happy for them to come to school in pyjamas that day as well.
 

FOPS News

School Disco – tickets are selling fast for the School Disco on Saturday 17 November.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet, there are still some available (application on website).  Whether it’s your first school disco or your first for a long time, join us for a fun evening in the school hall.

Phil the Bag – There will be a Phil the Bag collection next Friday 16 November.  Please bring in any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and textiles to school in the morning.  For more details of the scheme please see www.philthebag.co.uk.

Micro Scooter - We are participating in a fundraising scheme offered by Micro Scooter.  The school will receive 10% commission on any Micro Scooter products ordered through FOPS.  All orders will be delivered in time for Christmas.  The brochure is available on the school website.  Please ask at the School Office for an order form.

Christmas Fair - The fair will be held on Sunday 2 December from 12 until 2pm.  Look out for details coming home in book bags next week
 

Book Fair 13-19 November
The Book Fair will be running in the hall after school next week from Tuesday (13th) to Monday (19th) inclusive and will also run during the parents’ evenings on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please come and have a look – there are lots of titles to choose from and every book you buy helps to earn free books for the school.

Home School Link Worker
We are very sorry to be saying ‘goodbye’ to Sam Allan who has done a wonderful job as home school link worker at Holy Trinity Pewley Down for the last three years.  Sam is now leaving to set up her own business and we wish her every success.  The home school link worker role will be taken on by Lucy Cray who was previously at Shawfield Primary School in Ash.  Lucy will be working at the infant and junior sites and may be contacted by email:  lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or phone:  07525 324070. 

Cake Sale
Thanks to FOPS for organising the cake sale this afternoon; all the children enjoyed choosing (and eating) their cakes.  If your child didn’t bring in their 50p please could you drop this in at the office.

Operation Christmas Child
It’s a very busy time of year but please don’t forget the Samaritan’s Purse appeal where shoeboxes filled with small gifts are sent to children in need overseas.  Leaflets with further details went out before half term – ask the office if you need another copy.  The deadline for collection of shoeboxes is Monday 26 November. Last year we sent 70 boxes and are hoping to equal or better that this time.

Tempest Photos:   Please return your photo orders to the school office by Wednesday 14 November.

Phoenix Cards & Northbrook Gift Wrap:   If you ordered Phoenix cards or Northbrook gift wrap, these are now ready for collection from the office.

Kitchen Vacancy:   We are looking for a kitchen assistant to join our friendly kitchen staff, 11.00am – 2.00pm daily.  Please contact Iris in the kitchen or the school office if you are interested. 

Lost:
Eliana Taylor, Hazel Class, has lost her named M&S navy cardigan.
Matthew Jones, Chestnut Class, has lost his named purple fleece.
Found:
Sparkly pink Nintendo DS – found in the hall.

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