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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.
 

HTSC News

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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