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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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