• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

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.

HTSC News

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.