• Preston Montford expected at 5.30 but will tweet nearer the time

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.

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