Junior 29/11/13

29 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This is the time of year when many of you and other local parents are thinking about new schools for their children. My daughter Esther works at a 3-18 school so for the parents only one decision has to be made. It is harder in Guildford with very many good schools, both state and independent. I am very busy holding meetings at both schools for prospective parents as well as advising year 6 parents about suitable secondary schools.

Talking about our school to new parents is always a pleasant thing to do. It gives me a chance to concentrate on what really matters and what is the HTPD difference to other good schools. We are all aware of what a serious and well thought out decision this is for parents. To entrust your precious child to the care and teaching of a particular school is a very big deal.

Last night we held an open meeting for new parents about Holy Trinity. It featured many of our teachers speaking about their role or year group. It was a very exciting meeting. Teachers are so enthusiastic about their subject as well as the topic, cross-curricular, child-centred and creative approach. We were able to talk about how children learnt, what wider experiences were open to them and the importance of the basic learning tools. Parents seemed pleased by our approach and strategies for success. Please be ambassadors for our school in your neighbourhood. In my annual appraisal report to governors I wrote that the job of headteacher was a great challenge, but that I was supported by four great teams; the children, the staff, the governors and the parents. Thank you so much for all you do to make our school really good.

With best wishes, Richard

Events for next week
Monday 2 December – Thursday 4 December : Christmas productions week

Friday 6 December

As we have always done there will be an optional late start on Friday morning where the children need to be delivered to the Chapel for the advent celebration. All children need to be in to school by 1030.
It is also our Christmas Lunch on Friday, if you have not done so already please remember to return your completed slip to the office.

Future dates for your diary
Tuesday 10 December : Invaders’ Market
Wednesday 11 December : Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Thursday 12 December : Tudor Fayre

Christmas Production
All children need to be in school by 6:30 on the evenings that they are performing. Parents are welcome at that time too for pre performance drinks as there will be no interval. It is expected that the children can be collected by 8pm. Please remember your Santa hat!

Reminder for Christmas Production Tickets
There will be performances of our Christmas production as below:
Monday 2 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Tuesday 3 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 7.00pm
Wednesday 4 December – Keller & Mandela at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Thursday 5 December – Keller & Mandela at 7.00pm.
Following additional ticket request fulfillment we still have tickets available for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evening.

Football
Great results for the Year 5 boys football teams with two wins against St. Joseph's last week. We are fortunate to have Vicky Elcome from the FA working alongside us in our football rotation this term with all year groups. Vicky will also be joining Julia at Pewley in the New Year.

We will be having our house football tournament week commencing 9 December when the whole school will be taking part during afternoon PE sessions.

Netball
Our year 4 netballers enjoyed their first school netball matches yesterday at Rydes Hill and came away with lots of learning and a great sense of excitement playing against another school.

Pop Lacrosse
We have Jenny Simpson, who is the lacrosse coach at Surrey Sports Park coming into Holy Trinity on Thursday 12 December after school to run a taster pop lacrosse session. The session will run from 3.20 to 4.30pm. Please could you let Gillian know if your child is interested in attending as we do need to manage numbers and let Jenny know how many children she will be coaching. It will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Cross-country
Well done to all of the girls who attended the Manor House cross-country on Sunday. It was a lovely crisp morning for running and a good competition. Congratulations to Ayla Darcy who got a bronze medal and the U9 team who came second overall. Great running also by the U11 team who got three runners in the top 10. Thanks also to all of our parents and supporters for giving up their Sunday morning to come along and cheer on all of our runners.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Christmas Fair – Tonight 6-8pm
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.

We are really excited to be able to offer the following for Auction at the fair tonight.
A trip to Eagle Radio for 4 young people (to be supervised by at least one adult)
The hour long session will include:
• Tour of Eagle Radio including the studios
• Meet the Eagle Radio presenters
• A bespoke radio session where attendees will be able to record radio!
Please bring your cheque book along!

Christmas Puddings – will be on sale tonight.

Christmas Play
We are looking for people to help serve drinks at the Christmas Play. The kids are to be dropped off at 6.30pm and the play starts at 7pm, so it will only be a half an hour slot. There is no interval this year so it will be the only opportunity to serve drinks. If you are able to help with set up a bit earlier that would be great too. Please contact Kirsty Stemp and advise which evening you can help on 07720 271242 or kirsty.stemp@bt.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.

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 www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc., making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

Dates for the Diary
Year 3&4 Cake Sale Friday 13 December.



Found: We have a pair of Clark’s boys’ black shoes in the office. We also have 1 boys’ black shoe, size 6.
Lost: Archie Jones in 4S is missing a navy sweatshirt (name on collar) and a navy HT cagoule, also named. Please check your uniform just in case.

Mannativity – The Baby with no Bed – St Catherine’s School Theatre, Bramley. December 21st 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets £3.50 available from mannaacademy.moonfruit.com Please support this event all proceeds to HMSA and POTS UK Charities.

 

Infant 29/11/13

29 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This is the time of year when many of you and other local parents are thinking about new schools for their children. My daughter Esther works at a 3-18 school so for the parents only one decision has to be made. It is harder in Guildford with very many good schools, both state and independent. I am very busy holding meetings at both schools for prospective parents as well as advising year 6 parents about suitable secondary schools.

Talking about our school to new parents is always a pleasant thing to do. It gives me a chance to concentrate on what really matters and what is the HTPD difference to other good schools. We are all aware of what a serious and well thought out decision this is for parents. To entrust your precious child to the care and teaching of a particular school is a very big deal.

Last night we held an open meeting for new parents about Holy Trinity. It featured many of our teachers speaking about their role or year group. It was a very exciting meeting. Teachers are so enthusiastic about their subject as well as the topic, cross-curricular, child-centred and creative approach. We were able to talk about how children learnt, what wider experiences were open to them and the importance of the basic learning tools. Parents seemed pleased by our approach and strategies for success. Please be ambassadors for our school in your neighbourhood. In my annual appraisal report to governors I wrote that the job of headteacher was a great challenge, but that I was supported by four great teams; the children, the staff, the governors and the parents. Thank you so much for all you do to make our school really good.

With best wishes, Richard


Year 2
Chestnut and Walnut classes are going to see Holy Trinity’s Christmas play on Monday afternoon.  They will walk back to Pewley Down afterwards and should return in time for normal afternoon pick-up. 

Christmas Lunch, 12 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch on Thursday 12th.  Please let the office know by Friday 6 December.   The cost of a school lunch is £2.30.

Christmas Play tickets
Look out for tickets for the Christmas play coming home in book bags next week.  If you haven’t ordered tickets yet please contact the office as soon as possible.

PE Kit
We will still be doing PE in the coming weeks. Please can you therefore make sure your child has a complete PE kit in school all week.  They need:
• a (house) t-shirt and shorts for gym and indoor PE,
• joggers, trainers (in a plastic bag in case they get muddy) and a jumper/cardigan for outdoor PE which we try to do if the weather is not freezing or the pitch too wet.

Cold weather
As we head into the colder weather, please ensure that your child has a coat in school as well as gloves, hat etc.  Please can these be NAMED (and gloves possibly attached with string) so that we can re-unite clothes with their owners.

Library Books
This will be the last week for class library sessions.  Please have a look round at home and make sure all library books are returned to school. 

FOPS NEWS

Northbrook gift wrap
Northbrook orders are now ready for collection from the school office.  Thanks to Becca Clegg for co-ordinating this fundraising activity.

Hazel and Willow reception parents Coffee Morning, Wednesday 4 December
Join us at Caffe Nero (opposite French Connection in North Street) on Wednesday after drop off. 
Look forward to seeing you.  Sarah, Lucie, Sandra and Ali

Playground Cake Sale
Many thanks for your support of last week's cake sale which raised £80 for the Philippines appeal.

Christmas Fair - 8 December 2013 (12pm - 2pm)
Only a week to go until our Christmas Fair.  Thank you for all the donations.  We now need just a little of your time to make it all happen.  Could you spare some time this week?  We need volunteers for the following:
• Fold raffle ticket counterfoils on Friday 6 December (9am -10am) in the Staff Room (coffee provided)
• Decorate the School Hall & set up the Fair on Friday 6 December from 7pm until 9pm (wine provided)
• Prepare the stalls on Saturday 7 December (10am to 12pm) and (2pm to 4pm)
• Tidy away after the Fair on Sunday 8 December (2pm to 3pm)
Please let Emily Bourke or your Class Reps know if you can help.  Your Class Reps will also be asking you to volunteer to help on the stalls that your class are running.  There are lots of slots to fill so please offer to help.
 
Raffle - Please return all raffle ticket counterfoils, money and unused tickets to the School Office by Friday 6 December.  Extra tickets are available if you need them. 
 
Tree of Promises - Thanks to the generosity of local businesses in Guildford, we have lots of lovely gifts and vouchers for meals, sports activities, kids' activities and pamper sessions to give away to the highest bidder.  The list of items will be coming home in book bags next week.  This is a great opportunity to get yourself a bargain.  If you would like to bid you can do so in advance by emailing emilybourke@msn.com or at the Tree of Promises stall at the Fair. 
 
Manicure - Pippa Godsill of PG Nails (and mum of Dan & Daisy) will be hosting a stall at this year’s Christmas Fair. Pippa needs two new clients to be able to demonstrate two Shellac manicures during the Fair at a discounted cost of £15 each. If you would like to have one of the above appointments then please call Pippa direct on tel: 07778 961296 or e-mail her on pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk.
 
Christmas Decoration Competition
A reminder that entries for the Christmas "Baby Grow" Decoration Competition must be in by Monday 2 December.  There are already some fabulous creations arriving in the School Office.  We will announce the winners next week and all entries will be on display in the School Hall. 

 
"Call the Midwife" on DVD
If you would like to order a copy of the DVD of the school Christmas production, "Call the Midwife", please complete and return the form to the School Office by 9 December 2013. The DVD is priced at £8 and £1.50 goes towards the school.

Lost:  
James Price, Willow Class, has lost his green (named) fleece.
Mabel Boissiere, Beech Class, has misplaced her Mandela jumper and cardigan – both are named

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Junior 22/11/13

22 November 2013

Dear Parents,

When I was ten years old I was a very keen pupil at Busbridge School in Godalming. A highlight of our top year was learning gardening with the headmaster. Mr Smith taught us to dig, rake, sow, weed, water and harvest. Of course the clever thing for him was that he lived in the school house and it was his own garden so it was win-win; we learnt gardening skills and he had a year long supply of fresh vegetables and flowers! I often think of John Smith when I’m digging my garden and grateful for what he taught me and also of what an inspiring person he was.

So I learnt by doing – we really like to work in that way too. The old Chinese saying says:
I hear – I forget
I see – I remember
I do – It becomes part of me
Two great examples of this have happened at school this term. In year two at PD the children have been thinking about the great fire of London. The culmination was the great fire of Pewley where the children had made very large cardboard houses, painted them in Stuart style, set out Pudding Lane and the roads around it and then set fire to it in the car park! So much expected and unexpected learning: how quickly the fire took hold, how wind affected the fire and how the houses were utterly destroyed. So much more information than just hearing about it or seeing pictures.

This afternoon year 4 and some year 6 have been up on the Downs re-enacting the Roman Soldiers’ defending Hadrian’s Wall. The year 4 children formed squares of 8 soldiers in the towers with other soldiers marching between the towers. Suddenly out from behind the bushes and to the amazement of the year 4 children, the Picts and the Scots played by year 6, attacked with great whoops, roars and ferocious faces. The surprising thing was the towers and soldiers stayed firm and consequently the attack was not successful. Once again the children have learnt a little more about what it might have meant to have been a Roman soldier longing for warm Italy, bored with marching up and down and with sudden moments of fear of an attack.

So learning by doing is really important to us and will remain so. We learn in many other ways too, but this method is a very important part of our broad creative, child centred and cross curricular curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard


Dates for the diary
:
Wednesday 27 November – Year 5 Tudor Day
HTSC (PTA) Christmas Fair – Friday 29 November 6-8pm

Christmas Production
Costumes will be simple this year; each child will need their school house PE t-shirt and black or dark grey trousers/leggings and as mentioned before a Santa hat. If you require a new house t-shirt please get your order in asap.
We also urgently need:

  • Help to create a few simple Nativity costumes
  • Fabric suitable for the above
  • Silky, colourful lining material

Please contact Sheila/Gillian Rodgers at school if you can help…. We would be ‘everso’ grateful.

Christmas Production Tickets
There will be performances of our Christmas production as below:
Monday 2 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Tuesday 3 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 7.00pm
Wednesday 4 December – Keller & Mandela at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Thursday 5 December – Keller & Mandela at 7.00pm.

Tickets will be available for collection from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 November 8.15–8.35am and 3.15-3.35pm in the library.

Lunch Money
Just to remind you lunches cost £2.30 each and payments should be in multiples thereof e.g:
Twelve weeks (full term approx) £138.00, six weeks (half term approx) £69.00 or 20 days £46.00
Please make your cheques payable to Holy Trinity School and write your child’s name and class on the back. Thanks.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 26 November, 12 noon
Come along to the next Prayer Group at Elaine’s house for lunch, prayer and social! Contact epfitzwater@gmail.com for details. Future dates are: Monday 9 December @ 9.00am, Thursday 9 January 2014 @ 8.00pm, Thursday 23 January @ 9.00am and Tuesday 11 Febuary @ 12noon. All welcome!

Year 3 Coffee Morning – Thursday 5 December 9.15am Caracoli café upstairs at Steam Trader Cook Shop.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the diary
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 28 November - The Boatman from 8pm
Christmas Fair - Friday 29 November

Christmas Fair – 29 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
Don't forget to check sell by dates before donating.
Father Christmas needed We need some Dads to volunteer to take a turn as Father Christmas in the grotto. We will provide the costume. We need 3 volunteers for a 45 minute slot each. Please volunteer if you can it would be a shame not to have Santa's grotto at the fair this year. Any volunteer please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help on the stalls, we really do appreciate it. We do still need volunteers, if you are able to help please contact the rep for your year. Please let them know what time suits you best.

Year 3 - Jo Burne joburne@yahoo.co.uk
Year 4 - Sharon Craigie sharoncraigie@hotmail.com
Year 5 - Cat Allan catrionaallan@yahoo.co.uk
Year 6 - Carrie Witts carriewitts@gmail.com

Raffle Tickets
: If you want to improve your chances of winning the top prize of an Apple iPod or second prize Kindle, you can obtain further raffle tickets from the school office. All stubs to be returned by 28th November.

Shining Stars Xmas Decorations – Make them this Weekend! We will be decorating the school next week in time for the Christmas Fair using all the wonderful stars that the children are making. You can use any materials that you like - paper, fabric, papier-mâché etc and have lots of fun making them, remember they need to be big A3 size would be great. Every single decoration will be displayed around the school and there are prizes to be won! Please bring your decorations in by Wednesday 27 November at the latest. We can't wait to see your lovely creations!

Finally, does anyone have a White Christmas Tree that we can borrow for the fair? It needs to about 5 or 6 ft tall. If so please contact Caroline@swifts.me.uk

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 www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.


Lost:
Felix Gover (4M) has mislaid two pairs of blue shorts, one school, one with a slight stripe and one Shackleton PE t-shirt. All named. Would you please check to see if you have the correct kit? Thank you.
Ted Kitcat - 4S, named, missing blue Gap fleece waterproof coat, brand new, only worn twice. Age 9.

Design Your Dream House Art Competition! Curchods Estate Agents in Guildford are launching their fabulous Art Competition exclusively to pupils at Holy Trinity School to design their Dream House again this year.
1st prize = £50 Waterstones Voucher
2nd prize = £30 Waterstones Voucher
3rd prize = £20 Waterstones Voucher (Plus a donation to the school)
Collect your A3 paper from the School Office and design your dream house in a medium of your choice – paint, felt pen, crayon, pencil, collage, etc. Closing date for entries is 16 December, please had into the school office. All entries will be displayed in our shop window during the Christmas week.

Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie Y2 & Georgia Y6) will be at the Lightbox Art & Craft Fair in Woking on Saturday 30 November 10.30am – 5pm, along with 30 other stalls of artists & makers, with smaller abstracts, prints, cards, felted pictures, felt jewellery & Xmas decorations. www.facebook.com/BecArtPaintings Becca will also be at Guildford Craftacular on 7 December in St. Mary’s Church.

George Abbot School's Christmas and Craft Fair, Sunday 24 November 2013 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Entry £1 - children under 16 free. 60 gift and craft stalls, and stalls for children. Delicious food and drink all day! Meet the Guide Dog puppies at 11am and 2pm. Great value, hassle free Christmas shopping. Bring your friends and family!

Cranleigh School will be holding holiday activitiy days on Monday 23 December 2013, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January 2014 - 8.30am – 5.00pm for boys and girls, aged 5 – 12 years. To book or for further details please contact the Cranleigh School Sports Centre on sportsclub@cranleigh.org or phone 01483 542125 www.cranleighenterprises.org/courses

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Infant 22/11/13

22 November 2013

Dear Parents,

When I was ten years old I was a very keen pupil at Busbridge School in Godalming. A highlight of our top year was learning gardening with the headmaster. Mr Smith taught us to dig, rake, sow, weed, water and harvest. Of course the clever thing for him was that he lived in the school house and it was his own garden so it was win-win; we learnt gardening skills and he had a year long supply of fresh vegetables and flowers! I often think of John Smith when I’m digging my garden and grateful for what he taught me and also of what an inspiring person he was.

So I learnt by doing – we really like to work in that way too. The old Chinese saying says:
I hear – I forget
I see – I remember
I do – It becomes part of me
Two great examples of this have happened at school this term. In year two at PD the children have been thinking about the great fire of London. The culmination was the great fire of Pewley where the children had made very large cardboard houses, painted them in Stuart style, set out Pudding Lane and the roads around it and then set fire to it in the car park! So much expected and unexpected learning: how quickly the fire took hold, how wind affected the fire and how the houses were utterly destroyed. So much more information than just hearing about it or seeing pictures.

This afternoon year 4 and some year 6 have been up on the Downs re-enacting the Roman Soldiers’ defending Hadrian’s Wall. The year 4 children formed squares of 8 soldiers in the towers with other soldiers marching between the towers. Suddenly out from behind the bushes and to the amazement of the year 4 children, the Picts and the Scots played by year 6, attacked with great whoops, roars and ferocious faces. The surprising thing was the towers and soldiers stayed firm and consequently the attack was not successful. Once again the children have learnt a little more about what it might have meant to have been a Roman soldier longing for warm Italy, bored with marching up and down and with sudden moments of fear of an attack.

So learning by doing is really important to us and will remain so. We learn in many other ways too, but this method is a very important part of our broad creative, child centred and cross curricular curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard


Mufti, Monday 25 November

Monday is Donation Day for the Christmas Fair. Children can come to school in their own clothes (mufti) and bring in a donation for the fair – further details in the FOPS section below.

Home time
As the fencing has now come down, Year R will finish school at the normal time (3.00pm) from Monday 25 November. Please note that Willow Class will come out from the left hand gate in the playground and Beech Class will continue to come out of the lower double doors.

Teacher-led clubs
A reminder that next week (25-29 November) is the last week for teacher-led clubs: Drama, Just to Let You Know, Binca, Construction, Film, Newspaper and Recorder clubs.

Christmas Play tickets and DVD
A letter about tickets for the Christmas play is coming out in books today. Owing to space constraints we do have to limit tickets to two per family. Please return order forms by Friday 29 November. An order form for the Christmas Play DVD is also coming home today and must be returned by Monday 9 December.

Gardening
We are very grateful to the students from Surrey University who came in and helped Year R with the bulb planting in the playground last week.

Operation Christmas Child
Many thanks for all the filled shoeboxes which were collected last week and will now go off to children in Eastern Europe.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 26 November, 12 noon
Come along to the next Prayer Group at Elaine’s house for lunch, prayer and social! Contact epfitzwater@gmail.com for details. Future dates are: Monday 9 December @ 9.00am, Thursday 9 January 2014 @ 8.00pm, Thursday 23 January @ 9.00am and Tuesday 11 Febuary @ 12noon. All welcome!

Lost: Annie Brook has misplaced her pink & white striped trainers – last seen at Boogie Pumps on Monday.
Jude Clifford-Breen (Hazel Class) has lost his named school trousers. They were last seen at soccer training two weeks ago.


FOPS NEWS

PLAYGROUND CAKE SALE: All proceeds from today's playground cake sale will be donated to the DEC Philippines Appeal.

YEAR R CHRISTMAS DRINKS (Tuesday 10 December, Bar des Arts) REMINDER : If you would like to come to the Christmas Drinks, please bring your money on Monday 25 November. We need confirmed numbers by Monday in order to reserve a good seating area at Bar des Arts. Really hope you can come!

CHRISTMAS FAIR
Donation Day is MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER - MUFTI

Please bring in any donations for stalls and leave them in the boxes in the playground on Monday morning. We are collecting the following:
1. Jolly Jars – These are very popular so please make as many as possible. Jolly Jars are standard sized jam jars, filled with sweets, chocolates and small toys. Please make sure that they are unisex and do not contain nuts or anything which could be dangerous for small children such as boiled sweets or marbles. If you are new to Jolly Jars and want to know more please see Jolly Jar instructions
2. Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any bottle from ketchup to bubble bath to champagne. The more the merrier!
3. Chocolate - Absolutely anything chocolately for the chocolate tombola.
4. Good quality second hand books and toys.
Children are invited to come to school in MUFTI on this day.

Raffle Tickets: Raffle tickets will be coming home in your child's book bag shortly. Please sell as many as you can to family and friends. There are some great prizes on offer. Thank you to all the parents and local businesses who have donated so generously.

FAMILY DISCO: Oh, what a night! Thank you for coming along and making it so much fun. We raised £900 and went home with some nicely tired children. Special thanks go to our DJs, Katie Larkin, Charlie Larkin and Milo Derham. Thanks also to the parents who staffed the bar, Fiona Durrant for crowd control at the Tuck Shop and to all the parents who helped set up and clear away at the end of the night.

IQ CHRISTMAS CARDS: The IQ Christmas cards will be coming home in your child's book bag this week.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. If lego is on your child's Christmas list, Lego are offering to donate 2.5%. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 67 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can!

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George Abbot School's Christmas and Craft Fair, Sunday 24 November 2013 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Entry £1 - children under 16 free. 60 gift and craft stalls, and stalls for children. Delicious food and drink all day! Meet the Guide Dog puppies at 11am and 2pm. Great value, hassle free Christmas shopping. Bring your friends and family!

Lightbox Art & Craft Fair, Woking, Saturday 30 November 10.30-5pm: Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie Y2 & Georgia Y6) will be at the Lightbox Art & Craft Fair, along with 30 other stalls of artists & makers -  with smaller abstracts, prints, cards, felted pictures, felt jewellery & Xmas decorations. https://www.facebook.com/BecArtPaintings She will also be at Guildford Craftacular on 7 December in St Mary’s Church.

 

Junior 15/11/13

15 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This afternoon I had an extended phone call with Matthew Haynes who is our attached HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector). His call was to monitor our progress against the Ofsted judgement at Holy Trinity. He has taken into account our full results for last year. He was generally very pleased with our overall progress as well as the progress made by special groups. We continue to hope Ofsted will return again next autumn and reverse their previous decision.

Pewley Down have their parents’ evenings next week. I do hope that this is a really useful exchange of views. In this first term we hope to have the opportunity to find out more about what makes your child tick! A child’s progress is so dependent on a strong parental partnership and we hope that these meeting will help to cement these relationships. Today our year two are having their visit to St Paul’s cathedral as part of their topic on the Fire of London. What a great day for those views of London from the top of the dome!

We had a good Maths evening at Pewley before half term even though it was England’s qualifier for the world cup! In the event both were successful and I managed to see the recording without finding out the result of the match!

This Thursday it is the Junior’s turn for the Maths evening. We are aware it is the switching on of the Christmas lights in Guildford at 7pm so we do hope parents will be able to join us at 7.45pm. The meeting is scheduled to just over an hour. It should be a great opportunity to find out the what, why and how of your child’s maths journey.

With best wishes, Richard


Monday 18 November – 5H to RGS
Thursday 21 November - Maths Evening 7.45pm at HT. Due to the Christmas Lights being turned on in town, we will be starting our Maths Evening later than the previously published time, now beginning at 7.45pm. Please do come along.

Friday 22 November - Christmas Fluffy & Christmas Fair Donations (see below) We do not do lots of different activities off site for our Christmas Fluffy. Children work in year groups and will spend some time doing Christmas activities and practising for the play.

DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Instead of the usual £1 donation towards the Fluffy costs, we have decided to donate the £1 to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Please bring your £1 on Friday.

Lunch Today
Unfortunately due to a problem in the kitchen we were unable to provide hot food, the children had sandwiches.

Christmas Production
We need:
• Help to create a few simple Nativity costumes
• Fabric suitable for the above
• Silky, colourful lining material
Please contact Sheila at school if you can help…. We would be ‘everso’ grateful! Further details will follow regarding costumes which will be very simple this year, but every child will need a Santa Hat for the school production! Thank you for your support.

Donation Forms
Please return your forms, duly completed, as soon as possible please. Thank you.

Tempest Photography
Completed orders should be returned in the envelope provided with cheques made payable to Tempest Photography by the 20 November for delivery by Christmas.

Christmas Puddings
There is still time to order You can still order Christmas Puddings, please download and complete an order form. The winner of competition was Lateisha Wright in Year 4.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal
Extended until Tuesday 19 November What a great cause, giving children in Kyrgyzstan and the Ukraine, a gift of love they will never forget. If you would like to fill a shoebox there is still time as the collection date has been extended until Tuesday 19 November. Thank you so much for your much-valued support.

A plea from Henry If you have a bookcase spare please would you donate to 5H?

The next HSLW Coffee and Cake Morning will be on Monday 18 November at 9.30am We are pleased to invite Mark Matthews, founder of the Sunflower Trust in Guildford. Mark will talk about the wonderful work that they do at the trust. The Sunflower Trust provides therapy for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and many other challenges. If you would like to know more about the work of the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link www.sunflowertrust.com. We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you! Paula and Lucy.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the diary
PTA (HTSC) Meeting - Tuesday 19 November 8pm
Mufti & Donation Day for the fair – Friday 22 November
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 28 November - The Boatman from 8pm
Christmas Fair - Friday 29 November

Christmas Fair Friday 29 November
Everyone should have received their Christmas fair pack this week, if not please check book bags. Next Friday 22 November (please note change from paperwork sent home this week) 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.
We are also looking for volunteers to help out in Santa's grotto this year. We need some Dads who could be Father Christmas during the fair, costume will be provided. If you are able to help please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Christmas Decoration Competition
As in previous years we would like the children to help make decorations for the school for the forthcoming festive season and, in particular, for the school play and Christmas Fair. Please would you ask your child(ren) to design and make Stars, think glitz and glitter - the more creative, the better! The stars need to be big, bold and colourful as they will be displayed around the school - ideally A3 size or larger. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries so make sure they are clearly labeled. Please bring all your decorations into school by Monday 25 November at the latest.

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 www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

It's very simple - once you've registered, simply shop with retailers, and the system then makes a note of your purchase, you generate cashback from the retailer, and EasyFundraising then pass this donation on your behalf to HT. That's it! No hassle for you, they do all the hard work while you shop as you normally would.

The 'Find & Remind' toolbar helps you get more donations! It's easy to raise more with the Find & Remind toolbar. It tells you when a donation is available when you're shopping online. People who have downloaded it raise 5 times more as they never miss out on valuable donations! There are also no annoying ads to deal with!
1. Sign up - It only takes 2 minutes to fill in the registration form and you're good to go.
2. Start shopping with partner retailers - When you make an online purchase, they'll make a donation to your chosen good cause.
3. See your donations add up - It's easy to check how much you've raised and compare it to other supporters.


Lost: 
Angelina Hay in 3C has mislaid her blue PE bag. If you find it please bring it to the office. Thank you.
Archie Jones in 4S is missing a navy sweatshirt (name on collar) and a navy Holy Trinity cagoule, also named. Please check your uniform just in case. Thank you.

The Parish of Wonersh and Blackheath Women’s Group is holding a Christmas Evening on Thursday 21 November, 7.30 - 10.00pm at Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. The Fair is not for profit, but to help local businesses, mainly mums, in the area to sell their products. Mulled wine, a mince pie and stalls galore, as well as the chance to book in for some pampering in the Beauty Room! Free entry. For queries please visit wonershwomen@gmail.com

There is a Craft Afternoon being organised in aid of Daniel Pretty, a 5 year old local boy who has cerebral palsy. He has the opportunity to get a pioneering operation in America which will enable him to walk. However his parents, friends and family need to raise the £55,000 as the operation is not available on the NHS. The craft afternoon will be a fun, interactive, afternoon for all ages. We will be teaching crafts such as embroidery, card making and Christmas decoration making, so it is an opportunity to learn a new hobby and meet some new people from the local area. The entry is free but there will be a small fee for the crafts and refreshments will be on sale. All of the money raised will go straight towards the fund for Daniel’s operation. It will be held at the Spike Community Centre, Warren Road, Guildford, GU1 3JH, on Sunday 1 December from 1-5pm.

Week 2 -coming soon


 

Infant 15/11/13

15 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This afternoon I had an extended phone call with Matthew Haynes who is our attached HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector). His call was to monitor our progress against the Ofsted judgement at Holy Trinity. He has taken into account our full results for last year. He was generally very pleased with our overall progress as well as the progress made by special groups. We continue to hope Ofsted will return again next autumn and reverse their previous decision.

Pewley Down have their parents’ evenings next week. I do hope that this is a really useful exchange of views. In this first term we hope to have the opportunity to find out more about what makes your child tick! A child’s progress is so dependent on a strong parental partnership and we hope that these meeting will help to cement these relationships. Today our year two are having their visit to St Paul’s cathedral as part of their topic on the Fire of London. What a great day for those views of London from the top of the dome!

We had a good Maths evening at Pewley before half term even though it was England’s qualifier for the world cup! In the event both were successful and I managed to see the recording without finding out the result of the match!

This Thursday it is the Junior’s turn for the Maths evening. We are aware it is the switching on of the Christmas lights in Guildford at 7pm so we do hope parents will be able to join us at 7.45pm. The meeting is scheduled to just over an hour. It should be a great opportunity to find out the what, why and how of your child’s maths journey.

With best wishes, Richard


Christmas Fluffy, Friday 22 December
Fluffy Friday will be slightly different this time with all children (YR – Y2) working in their house groups on various Christmas activities during the morning. Children can come to school in their own clothes (mufti) as usual, but should wear a top in their house colour (which could be their PE T-shirt).

DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Instead of the usual £1 donation towards the Fluffy costs, we have decided to donate the £1 to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal. Please bring your £1 on Friday.

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November
You should now have received your appointment time via your child’s book bag and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week,18-22 November (Drama, Just to Let You Know, Binca, Construction, Film, Newspaper and Recorder clubs.) The last week for teacher-led clubs will be the following week, commencing 25 November.


FOPS NEWS

Family Disco – Saturday 16 November: Tickets will be available on the door for the Family Disco tomorrow. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Come and join in the fun. Tickets: Family - £10, Adults - £4, Children £2.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Toys R Us, Currys and many more. The website also has a handy price comparison tool to help you get the best deal. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 68 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can! We are currently ranked 230th of the PTAs registered in terms of funds raised. Let's see if our Christmas shopping can push us up the list!

Nurturing Programme: A ParentMail went out last week about the Nurturing Programme which aims to help parents towards having a happy and calm home life. Building on existing parenting skills, it looks at things such as why children behave as they do and different approaches to discipline. It will run at Holy Trinity from January on Mondays, 9.30-11.30am (term time only) for ten weeks and is open to parents and carers from Holy Trinity and Pewley Down. Please contact Lucy, the Home School Link Worker (07525 324070), lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk) or Paula (07525 324067), paulav@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk) to register or if you have any questions. 

Home School Link Worker coffee morning, Monday 18 November, 9.30 am: Mark Matthews, from the Sunflower Trust in Guildford, will be talking about their work providing therapy for children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and other challenges. To find out more about the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link
www.sunflowertrust.com. We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you!

Lost: Thomas Birkett (Oak) came back from football last Wednesday with a pair of M&S Age 6 trousers, identical to his own, but without his name label. If anyone has a pair with Thomas' name, happy to do a swap.

Menu

Parish of Wonersh & Blackheath Women’s Group Christmas Evening, Thursday 21 November,
7.30-10.00pm, Lawnsmead Hall, Wonersh. Free entry. Come along for an evening of shopping, while enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. There’ll be stalls galore, as well as the chance to book in for pampering in our beauty room. Any queries please contact:
wonershwomen@gmail.com.

RASASC Winter Fair, Sat 7 December, 10.00am-4.30pm, Guildhall (under the clock in the High Street)
Tea/coffee and cakes will be provided for the weary shopper, also fantastic GIFT STALLS AND GAMES. The ideal place for those last minute stocking fillers! In support of RASASC (Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre). Further info on the website:
www.rasasc-guildford.org or email vivien@rasasc-guildford.org.

Anyone for Tots Tennis? This new and exciting programme for 3-5 years olds is getting under way on Fridays at 2pm and 3.30pm in Christ Church Hall, Waterden Road. Please do contact us if you are interested in other days/times as this can be arranged according to demand. The Premier Tennis Tots programme has been designed by former professional players (including Pewley Dad, James Auckland) to develop physical skills, teach the foundation for correct tennis technique and build confidence in a fun environment. Find out more at
www.premiertennis.co.uk/tots or call 0845 475 1147.

Pre-Christmas Treats from G Live: Zoe Kay (Hugh’s mum in Chestnut) has become a parent ambassador at GLive and would like to pass on details of their latest special offers:
2-4-1 Tickets to see Buddy – The buddy Holly Story, Thurs 28-Sat 30 November. Simply enter the promo code buddycompany when booking tickets at
GLive.co.uk, or via the Ticket Desk on 0844 7701 797.
 

Infant 8/11/13

08 November 2013

Dear Parents,

At both schools we are all enjoying the lessons to be learnt from the story of King David in the Bible. His life was certainly up and down with huge successes and dark times of disappointment and failure. The important fact was that he was God’s person for that time. 

The infants and the juniors are a week out of sync with stories so this week the infants thought about David’s kindness to his enemy’s grandson and the juniors looked at the story of his outrageous celebrations as he returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

David’s kindness reminds me of our school value which highlights our attitude to others “Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding, respecting all”.

We continue to live as a family community both in our individual respectful relationships and in the way we impact as an organisation with others. This is an important partnership as you give the same messages. Children are genuinely caring and respectful and we see this in practice everyday. We also, through the means of our Parent Focus Group, seek to develop the interface between home and school.

Secondly the whole idea of celebration is important to us as a community and perhaps at times we have been too reticent at celebrating individuals or whole school achievements. For example this week we were presented with a magnificent trophy for being the best sports school in Surrey for the juniors. There were four main sporting events and we achieved the gold medal in hockey, netball and cricket and the silver for dodge ball. This made us the overall winners. So we were able to celebrate our success and congratulate the children who did so well and thank Gillian our games teacher and the teachers who did the coaching.

There are four other points I would like to bring to your attention:

  1. Shoeboxes – Please can I remind you to take part in this great appeal which can make such a great difference to a deprived child.

  2. Alumni – If you are a former pupil of Holy Trinity or a parent, friend or relation of one and you and they would be willing to share a little of their life now, please email me. I am hoping to set up a section of our website to give this information.

  3. School Journeys – Now is the time of year when we start to tell you about our summer journeys. The year 5 letter has already gone out. These are great trips and add a great deal to the holistic education of our children. We are pleased we have been able to hold the year five trip at last year’s price. The price of this year’s year six trip needs to rise as not enough was charged last year to cover costs. These trips can only go ahead of course if enough parents pay for their children to go.

  4. Money – I am hoping to see many of you at the parents’ evenings over the next two weeks. At those meetings we will be giving you forms for giving regularly to the school fund. Please read this appeal letter carefully and help if at all possible.

With best regards, Richard

The leaves drop slowly, falling from the old oak tree. It was Autumn time. Josie Price, 3N

 

Playground Rules
The School Council have been re-writing the playground rules which are displayed on the lower entrance door. We would particularly ask for your support with a couple of the rules that say ‘we don’t climb on trees or over walls’ and make sure that your children stick to the rules before and after school as well.

Year 1 and Year 2 school trips
Please return your permission slip and payment, if you have not already done so, for the school trips next week:
• Year 1 visit to Guildford Museum on Thursday 14 (Oak) or Friday 15 November (Beech) - Year 1 children should wear school uniform and a waterproof coat; they will return to school in time for lunch.
• Year 2 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, Friday 15th - children should wear school uniform and bring a coat as well as a packed lunch, a couple of snacks and a water bottle in a small rucksack.

Parent Consultations - 20 and 21 November
If you haven’t already done so, please return your appointment form for the parent consultations as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child
Many thanks for the filled shoeboxes received so far. However we are hoping to receive a few more to send to children who have very little in countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. There is still time to fill a shoebox for this very worthwhile cause and bring it in to school by next Tuesday 12 November. Leaflets with further details went home before half term but we have more copies in the office if you need one.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 12 November: 9.00-9.30am at Emma Laporte’s house. All welcome – contact Emma for details emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Spring Bulbs 
We will be having a major bulb planting session next Wednesday with volunteer students from Surrey University. We would be very grateful for any bulbs or small plants you might be able to donate to perk up the playground. We are looking forward to a host of golden daffodils next spring!

Wild Place
A really big ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have been helping to clear up the Wild Place this week so that the children can continue to enjoy their weekly visits.

Second Hand Uniform sale, Friday 15 November
FOPS will be organising a sale of second hand uniform after school next Friday in conjunction with the weekly cake sale in the playground (or in the hall if wet).

FOPS NEWS

Thank you for your donations to the Phil the Bag collection. We will let you know how much we raised shortly.

Family School Disco - 16 November 2013
Tickets for the Family School disco which will take place on Saturday 16 November from 5.30pm until 8pm in the School Hall are selling fast. The ticket application form is available on the school website or from the School Office. (Family ticket - £10, adults - £4, children - £2, pre schoolers - free). It's a guaranteed good night out for everyone (and still home in time for the X Factor!). We hope you will join us for a drink and a boogie. If you are able to help on the day with setting up, the bar or clearing up afterwards, we would love some help. Please let your class reps or Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) know.

Easyfundraising.org.uk:
If you are doing your Christmas shopping on line, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk to access your favourite shopping websites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Toys R Us, Currys and many more. The website also has a handy price comparison tool to help you get the best deal. If you select Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your chosen cause the school will receive commission on everything you buy. To help you remember, you can install the "Find and Remind" toolbar. The school currently has only 68 registered supporters. With 180 children in the school, could we manage a few more? Yes we can! We are currently ranked 230th of the PTAs registered in terms of funds raised. Let's see if our Christmas shopping can push us up the list!

Christmas Fair - 8 December 2013
Our School Christmas Fair will be on Sunday 8 December from 12pm to 2pm. This is a traditional event to kick off the Christmas season. We will have a Santa's Grotto, Christmas craft, hot food, coffee and mince pies, games, shopping and lots, lots, lots more so please put the date in your diaries. An early warning that the date for donations to the fair will be Monday 25 November. You will receive information about the items we are collecting shortly however you may want to start collecting your used jars for jolly jars.

Christmas Play - Film maker required!
In previous years we have produced a DVD of the School Christmas Play for parents to buy so that you can sit back and enjoy the show on the day (and also raise money for the school). We are looking for somebody to film the play and produce the DVD this year. If you have the time and the expertise to help us with this project, please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com). (The School Christmas Play will be on 10, 11 and 12 December).
_______________________________________________________________________________

Home School Link Worker coffee morning, Monday 18 November, 9.30 am 
This time we are pleased to invite Mark Matthews, founder of the Sunflower Trust in Guildford, who will be talking about the work they do providing therapy for children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and many other challenges. If you would like to know more about the work of the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link www.sunflowertrust.com We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you! Paula and Lucy.

Parking
Please take care when parking either side of the Pewley Heights exit (the flats next to the school). Residents are having difficulty getting out when parents’ cars are parked too close to the exit. We would also ask that parents park safely and with consideration for all our neighbours. If necessary please park round the corner on Pewley Hill where there is usually more space.

Year R 
Just a reminder that this year’s Reception Class Picture Supplement will be in this week’s Surrey Advertiser out on Friday 8th November.

Menu for week beginning Monday 11 November

NCT Nearly New Sale, tomorrow Saturday 9th November 11am - 12.30pm, St.Joseph's Church Hall, York Road. Toys, books, clothes and equipment for babies to 7 year olds all in excellent condition.
 

 

Junior 8/11/13

08 November 2013

Dear Parents,

At both schools we are all enjoying the lessons to be learnt from the story of King David in the Bible. His life was certainly up and down with huge successes and dark times of disappointment and failure. The important fact was that he was God’s person for that time.

The infants and the juniors are a week out of sync with stories so this week the infants thought about David’s kindness to his enemy’s grandson and the juniors looked at the story of his outrageous celebrations as he returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

David’s kindness reminds me of our school value which highlights our attitude to others “Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding, respecting all”.

We continue to live as a family community both in our individual respectful relationships and in the way we impact as an organisation with others. This is an important partnership as you give the same messages. Children are genuinely caring and respectful and we see this in practice everyday. We also, through the means of our Parent Focus Group, seek to develop the interface between home and school.

Secondly the whole idea of celebration is important to us as a community and perhaps at times we have been too reticent at celebrating individuals or whole school achievements. For example this week we were presented with a magnificent trophy for being the best sports school in Surrey for the juniors. There were four main sporting events and we achieved the gold medal in hockey, netball and cricket and the silver for dodge ball. This made us the overall winners. So we were able to celebrate our success and congratulate the children who did so well and thank Gillian our games teacher and the teachers who did the coaching.

There are four other points I would like to bring to your attention:

  1. Shoeboxes – Please can I remind you to take part in this great appeal which can make such a great difference to a deprived child.

  2. Alumni – If you are a former pupil of Holy Trinity or a parent, friend or relation of one and you and they would be willing to share a little of their life now, please email me. I am hoping to set up a section of our website to give this information.

  3. School Journeys – Now is the time of year when we start to tell you about our summer journeys. The year 5 letter has already gone out. These are great trips and add a great deal to the holistic education of our children. We are pleased we have been able to hold the year five trip at last year’s price. The price of this year’s year six trip needs to rise as not enough was charged last year to cover costs. These trips can only go ahead of course if enough parents pay for their children to go.

  4. Money – I am hoping to see many of you at the parents’ evenings over the next two weeks. At those meetings we will be giving you forms for giving regularly to the school fund. Please read this appeal letter carefully and help if at all possible.

With best regards, Richard

The leaves drop slowly, falling from the old oak tree. It was Autumn time. Josie Price, 3N

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 12 November - Parents’ Consultations 4-6.30pm
Thursday 14 November - Parents’ Consultations 6-8.30pm

Book Fair
The Book Fair will be in school all next week and will be open during the Parents’ Consultations. Please support this as the school will receive 100% commission on all sales! We will have lots of the new Wimpy Kid books.

All Library Clubs cancelled for 1 week beginning Monday 11 November
Apologies, but all clubs based in the library are cancelled next week because of the Book Fair.

Drama Club
There is no drama club this half term due to the Christmas production rehearsals.

Christmas Production
We need:
• Help to create a few simple Nativity costumes
• Fabric suitable for the above
• Silky, colourful lining material
Please contact Sheila at school if you can help…. We would be ‘everso’ grateful!
Further details will follow regarding costumes which will be very simple this year, but every child will need a Santa Hat for the school production! Thank you for your support.

Tempest Photography
Please look out for the proofs that will be coming home with your child today. Completed orders should be returned in the envelope provided with cheques made payable to Tempest Photography by 20 November for delivery by Christmas.

Christmas Puddings – Still time to order
You can still order Christmas Puddings, please download and complete an order form.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal
What a great cause, giving children in Kyrgyzstan and the Ukraine, a gift of love they will never forget. If you would like to fill a shoebox, please do so this weekend as there is a collection planned for Tuesday 12 November. Thank you so much for your much-valued support.

Poppy Appeal – Armistice Day Monday 11 November
If you are yet to buy your poppy we have lots still for sale! Please bring in your spare change and buy a poppy to wear with pride.

Netball
Well done to the Year 5 and Year 6 teams who played at St.Thomas' this week securing two wins 8-0 and 10-0.

Cross-country
Our children displayed amazing energy and determination this week in their challenging cross-country runs. The girls ran in a great fixture at Priorsfield on Wednesday which included 15 schools across four age groups Then again on Thursday at St. Joseph’s where all 6 of our runners came in the top 10. Congratulations to Tilly Gough who achieved 5th and 1st place in both fixtures and Isla Miller who achieved a 3rd place. Not to be outdone, the boys also ran a cracking race with Charlie Kefford in 4th and Jamie Higgins in 6th place. Super running by everyone involved.

Thanks as always to all of the parents/carers for your support and help with transport. Please could I ask you to return the competition T-shirts next week (the cupboard is empty!)

The next HSLW Coffee and Cake Morning will be on Monday 18 November at 9.30am
We are pleased to invite Mark Matthews, founder of the Sunflower Trust in Guildford. Mark will talk about the wonderful work that they do at the trust. The Sunflower Trust provides therapy for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, developmental delays and many other challenges. If you would like to know more about the work of the Sunflower Trust, please follow the link www.sunflowertrust.com We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you! Paula and Lucy.

French Club
Please note that because of the INSET held at the end of last Half Term, there will be an extra lesson for the group on Wednesday, 11 December 3.15–4.15pm.

HTPD Prayer Group – Tuesday 12 November, 9–9.30am
You are all welcome at Emma Laporte’s house for a prayer meeting. Please contact Emma if you would like further details (emmalaporte@hotmail.com)

 

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Bonfire Night – Tonight
Looking forward to seeing you tonight for a fun filled firework fiesta! Tickets will be available at the gate - adults £5.00, children £2.50. Gates open at 6.00, bonfire will be lit at 7.00 and the fireworks will start at 7.30. BBQ and refreshments available from 6.00. Please walk if at all possible, limited parking available in lower playground - please park considerately.

Dates for the diary
PTA (HTSC) Meeting - Tuesday 19 November 8pm
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 28 November - The Boatman from 8pm
Christmas Fair - Friday 29 November

Christmas Fair – We need your help
Planning for the Christmas fair is underway. The raffle at the fair raises a significant amount for the school, we are looking for someone to sponsor/donate the top prize, do you know of any local businesses that may be able to? If so please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Northbrook Wrapping
The deadline has been extended until 15 November. There are now 2 options for ordering:
• If you still have your Northbrook wrapping brochure you can complete the order form and send into the HT school office along with your cheque.
• Alternatively, if you no longer have the Northbrook brochure you can order online at www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk. There are many more items available to order on the website so it's worth a look. When ordering you need to remember to select Holy Trinity School (and make sure you choose the Guildford one). When you buy products from this website your chosen school will receive 22% of everything you spend (excluding P & P). P & P is £3.50 but you receive a complimentary gift worth £3.50 with every order so P & P feels like it's free. The goods will be sent to your home address and will arrive within 4 working days of your order being placed. Any queries or questions please contact Cherrie Gluyas at cherrygluey@yahoo.com or Melanie Baxter at melaniebaxter@ntlworld.com

Lost:
Girl’s turquoise rubber wristband. Please bring it to the office if you find it. Thank you.
Jack Francis in 3G has mislaid his Shackleton sweatshirt (size 9-10). Please bring it to the office if found. Thank you.
Lily Birkmyre-Harris’s PE kit is missing (Mandela t-shirt, shorts and grey/pink trainers), and has been since before Half Term. The items were labelled and kept in an HT PE bag. Please check your own bags. Thank you.

Are you able to support?
RASASC Winter Fair Saturday 7 December 10-4.30 - Please come to our Winter Fair at the historic Guildhall (under the clock in Guildford High Street), supporting RASASC (Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre). Tea/coffee and cakes will be provided for the weary shopper, also fantastic gift stalls and games. It is the ideal place to get those last minute stocking fillers!
We are currently collecting “as new” (perfect) items to sell – please deliver to CARGO in White Lion Walk, Guildford, who have offered to store them for us. We would welcome volunteers on the day. Please get in touch: either telephone us on 01483 452900 or email vivien@rasasc-guildford.org if you might be able to help, or for further information. Website: www.rasasc-guildford.org

Craft Afternoon in aid of Daniel Pretty, a 5 year old local boy who has cerebral palsy. He has the opportunity to get a pioneering operation in America which will enable him to walk. However his parents, friends and family need to raise the £55,000 as the operation is not available on the NHS. The craft afternoon will be a fun, interactive, afternoon for all ages. We will be teaching crafts such as embroidery, card making and Christmas decoration making, so it is an opportunity to learn a new hobby and meet some new people from the local area. The entry is free but there will be a small fee for the crafts and refreshments will be on sale. All of the money raised will go straight towards the fund for Daniel’s operation. It will be held at the Spike Community Centre, Warren Road, Guildford, GU1 3JH, on Sunday 1 December from 1-5pm.

Week 1