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HTPD 27/11/15

27 November 2015

Dear Parents,

We are about to begin one of my favourite parts of the Christian calendar as we celebrate the start of Advent next week. It is a time of waiting, preparation and anticipation – and as we get busier, I like to pause each day and reflect on what the Christmas season is really about. I hope that in the midst of all the excitement, parties, Christmas plays, decorations and fun, all of us hear and understand the message of love.

In both schools as we start to light the candles on our Advent crown, we will be reaching the finale of our assembly series by thinking about the events of the Christmas story. After a term of finding wisdom in so many different places, we’ll be pondering the wisdom of a baby born in a stable, God welcoming the shepherds, a king coming in poverty and a family fleeing persecution. Every year, these ideas prompt superb questions and wonderment!

Of course, we also anticipate the excitement of our Christmas shows; do read details below of how to order tickets for both productions. “Mary Poppins” promises to be a colourful, joyful spectacle at the juniors, and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” will bring a new dimension to the traditional nativity at the infants.

Please do support our school Christmas fairs if you can. Tonight from 6pm, we’ll be joining HTSC for the fair at the juniors, and next Sunday 6th, it’ll be the FOPS fair at the infants. Both are excellent fun and such a good way to raise funds for the school. I’m delighted that so many parents play such an active part in the work of the school and know how much the children benefit. Thank you to all involved!

With best wishes,
Clare


Optional late start, Friday 11 December
Following the week of Christmas productions children at both sites have the option of coming in later (up until 10.30 am) on Friday 11th.

INFANT

MUFTI Day, Monday 30 November
Children may come to school in mufti (home clothes rather than school uniform) on Monday as it is donation day for the Pewley Christmas Fair.  Please see FOPS section below for details of what you can bring in.

Teacher-led clubs
Next week (30 November – 4 December) will be the final week of this term’s teacher-led clubs (Ukulele, Running, Gardening, Lego, Drawing, Dance Fit, Story Club and Board Games).

Pewley Christmas Play, “The Greatest Story ever Told”, 7-10 December
If you have not yet ordered your tickets for the Christmas Play (letters went home earlier this week) please contact the office as soon as possible.  Tickets will come home in book bags at the end of next week.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
If any children who usually have a packed lunch would like to have the school Christmas lunch on Thursday 10 December, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Carols round the Tree, Wednesday 16 December, 9.15am
Please come and join us for Carols round the Tree in the school hall on Wednesday 16 December.  Following the carols we would like to thank our parents who help out in school, by inviting them to join us for mulled wine and mince pies.

House Poetry
Our house poetry event was a huge success on Tuesday.  Nearly every child joined in and many children read or recited their own poems from home.  The children were so enthusiastic and obviously enjoyed a chance to share some lovely poems.

House Football
Our house football competition took place last week.  Year R and Year 1 had great fun playing football games in their house groups and all played fairly and with great enjoyment.  The competition in Year 2 was very exciting and quite tense with good sportsmanship from all four houses.  The eventual winners were Nightingale.
Ballet Club Show, Thursday 3 December, 3.30pm:   Parents are invited to the Ballet Club end-of-term show, Cinderella, next Thursday at 3.30pm. 
 
Teddy's Christmas Jumper Colouring Competition - Lots of Waterstone's prizes to be won!
Templates for the Curchod’s Christmas Art Competition came home in book bags earlier this week.  The deadline for entries is Tuesday 15 December; please either hand into the School Office or drop into the Curchod’s shop ensuring that child’s name and a contact number are written clearly on the back of the design.   Curchods will display all the entries in their shop from Thursday 17 December and the winners will be announced on Friday 18 December.  This competition is exclusive to HTPD School.

FOPS News

It has been a busy creative week at Pewley. Thank you to everyone who took part creating handprints in preparation for Santa’s Grotto at the Christmas Fair and submitted artwork for the advent calendar.

Christmas Fair
Preparations for the Christmas fair are underway and many hands make light work. If you can help in anyway please contact either your class rep or Susanne smw555@hotmail.co.uk. Next week from Tuesday onwards we will be needing help
Numbering up booty bags,
Numbering up chocolate and bottles for the tombola’s.
Bagging up teddies
Folding raffle tickets
Wrapping lucky dip gifts and Santa books.
Creating Christmas bunting from the crown artwork.

We will be decorating the school hall in preparation for the festive period and setting up the Christmas Fair on Friday 4 December (7pm until 9pm) and Saturday 5 December (10am until midday and 2pm until 4pm). There is a lot to do, so please volunteer to help set up or clear away at the end of the Fair.
Class reps have now prepared stall rotas for the fair that can be found near your child’s classroom. Please support the reps and the school by signing up to help fill slots. Each year groups is looking for about 24 people, so we need your help.

Donation Day is MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER – MUFTI
Please bring in any donations for stalls and leave them in the labelled boxes in the playground on Monday morning. We are collecting the following:
1. Booty Bags – These are very popular, so please make as many as possible. Boot Bags are small sized sandwich or freezer bags, 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 booty bags and want to know more please see booty bag instructions on the FOPS PTA section of the school web site.
2. Bottles for the Bottle Tombola – Any bottle from ketchup to bubble bath to champagne. The more the merrier!
3. Chocolate - Absolutely anything chocolatey for the chocolate tombola.
4. Good quality second hand books, toys, and DVDs
5. Good quality soft toys.

Children are invited to come to school in MUFTI on this day.

Raffle Tickets
You should have received 2 books of raffle tickets in book bags last week with amazing prizes on offer. Please try to sell as many as possible to family and friends. Please re-use the envelope the raffle tickets came in to return all money, completed counterfoils and unsold tickets to the school office by Friday 4th December. If possible please fold each counter foil in quarters.

Christmas Decoration Competition.
This year, continuing with the school’s Christmas performance theme, we would like to decorate the school hall with crowns. You should have received in book bags a template for one of the Three King’s Crowns Competition. Children simply decorate the crown using any medium they wish on either one or both sides, add the child’s name and class, cut it out and return it to the school office by Monday the 30th November. If you didn’t receive a template additional copies can be collected from the school office.

Christmas Movie Sunday.
Sunday 13th December 2 – 4 pm free admission. Popcorn and squash £2. Advance bookings can be made with Sally Rolton, Leanna Donkin and Ali Fairbank in the school playground. Parental supervision for children at all times is required during this event.

FOPS DIARY DATES
Friday 27th November        Oak Cake Sales
Monday 30th November    Christmas Fair Donation Day and MUFTI.
Tuesday 1st December        Year 1 Christmas Drinks at The March Hare
Thursday 3rd December    Wreath Making Workshop.
Year 2 Christmas Drinks, The March Hare in the Snug, 7:30 pm onwards
Friday 4th December        Raffle ticket money, counterfoils and unsold tickets returned.
                Christmas Fair preparations and setup.
Sunday 6th December        Pewley Down Christmas Fair.
Sunday 13th December    Christmas movie afternoon.
Please note that the Reception Year cake sales have been postponed until the New Year.

Call for First Aiders – We are putting together a list of trained first aiders that we can call upon if they are attending any of the FOPS fund raiser. If you are willing please could you contact Susanne Walsh: smw555@hotmail.com

Childminder
Does anyone know of a childminder or babysitter who could pick up two Year 2 boys after school for the next few weeks?  Please contact Najat if you can help:  07530 708480 or nankouri@hotmail.com.

For sale
ELC Snow Queen Palace and Tumble Rock Tower need a good home. Very good condition. Any offers welcome. Please call Lucy 07976 729994 if interested.

Menu for week beginning Monday 30 November
Mon:    Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues:    Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart with Custard
Weds:    Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly with Fresh Fruit
Thurs:    Yum Yum Chicken with Rice Pilaf or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta; Pear & Oaty Crumble
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit. 

JUNIOR

Christmas Play Tickets - Tickets for Mary Poppins will be available from Ginnie in the library at the following times:
Monday 30th November - Friday 4th December between 8.20am - 8.40am and 3.15 - 3.30pm.

There is no charge for these tickets but we can only allocate 3 tickets per family.  If you need more, please tell Ginnie and we will try to see if there are any extras that we can share with you.

If you cannot make the times above please send an email to hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk detailing your child’s name, class, house and the performance for which you would like tickets.  These will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis and sent home with your child.

Performance times are as follows:
Monday 7/12        
1.30    Keller & Mandela (Dress Rehearsal)
7.00    Keller & Mandela
Tuesday 8/12        
1.30    Nightingale & Shackleton (Dress Rehearsal)
7.00    Nightingale & Shackleton    
Wednesday 9/12        
7.00    Keller & Mandela
Thursday 10/12        
7.00    Nightingale & Shackleton

Children will need to arrive at school at 6.30 p.m. for the evening performances.
All information regarding your year group will be in this week’s JTLYK.

Please bring costumes in to school by Wednesday, 2nd December, as we will have technical and dress rehearsals next week.

Please pay outstanding balances
– We are coming up to the end of term and would like to see accounts settled before then. Please check your balances on ParentPay and pay any outstanding amounts, including topping up your lunch credit if necessary. We will invoice anyone with amounts outstanding next week, but it would be good to keep that to a minimum. Thank you, Lesley.

Clubs Plus needs your help!!! A request for old socks, corks, toilet roll tubes and old knitting wool please!  If you have any of these items spare, please hand in to the office marked for Clubs Plus or Stef and Issy  Thank you!!

HTSC News

HT CHRISTMAS FAIR - TONIGHT! - 6-8PM
Looking forward to seeing you at the HT Christmas Fair tonight. Doors open at 6pm.
There will be all the usual festive stalls and tombolas, Santa in his Grotto, mince pies and mulled wine plus lots and lots of the ever popular jolly jars.
A special thanks to Cherrie Gluyas and team for all the hard work decorating the school. It all looks wonderfully festive!
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

CHRISTMAS DECORATION COMPETITION - Many thanks for all the fantastic entries for the Christmas Kite competition which are now displayed all around the school. The standard has been really high and the winners will be announced on Monday.

EASYFUNDRAISING FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
- Please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising for your Christmas Shopping this year www.easyfundraising.org.uk - Choose either Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford or HTSC Holy Trinity School Community, Guildford as your chosen causes.

Other dates for the diary:
THIRSTY THURSDAY - THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER - CANCELLED!
Due to all the other Christmas events happening next week, it has been decided that next Thursday’s Thirsty Thursday will be cancelled but we look forward to its return in 2016!

YEAR GROUP CHRISTMAS DRINKS

Year 4 - Thursday 10 December from 8pm at the Albany
Year 5 - Thursday 10 December 10 from 8pm at Amor Amora
Year 6 - Thursday 3 December from 8pm at the March Hare

HTSC SPONSOR - A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Lost:
Lewis Dean in 3C has mislaid his Clarks’ Velcro black school shoes.  
Matthew Stemp in 5N has mislaid 2 Mandela school jumpers, both are named.  
Please check your bags – just in case!

Menu - Week 1

Guildford Craftacular is this Saturday 28 November at St Mary’s Church
10am- 5pm. Several HTPD mums, including Becca Clegg (Mum of Izzy 4J), will be there amongst 25 plus stallholders selling their handmade goods, including textiles, paintings, ceramics and glass. There will be kids’ art activities, a delicious pop-up café by Glutton & Glee & there will be festive carols in the afternoon – a great opportunity to get unique Christmas presents https://www.facebook.com/GuildfordCraftacular

Art class with Elena Andreeva
- We have a place in our art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition. The art class runs on Mondays at HT 3.30-5pm (90 min sessions.) The cost is £120 for 10 sessions, the new block of sessions starting on the 30th of November. The children learn drawing and painting skill, and work from observation and imagination.  If you want to your child to join , please contact Elena at 01483 560385.

HTPD Prayer Group - you are invited to come and pray for the school on Monday 30th  November at 8.15pm at Emma Laporte's house. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for details. All welcome!

HTPD 20/11/15

20 November 2015

Dear Parents,

With the tragic events taking place in France last weekend, it was very moving to see how the children at both sites responded so sensitively. In both assemblies on Monday, we prayed for peace, for kindness and for anyone who was sad.  We reminded each other of our school values – imagining the journey in another’s footsteps, nurturing understanding and respecting all. I feel so fortunate to be part of such a loving community, where every individual is treasured and loved.

Meeting with you as parents helps that community to be even further strengthened. Thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher over the last two weeks, and please do keep in touch so that we can support your child’s learning. If, for any reason, you missed out on a parent consultation, please do get in touch and we can make arrangements.

It was just great to enjoy a cup of tea and some delicious cake with some of our Year 5 and Year 6 parents on Thursday afternoon, served admirably by some of the children. Thanks to Ginnie for arranging this lovely event and for providing such a wonderful way for us to be community together.

Another part of our community is Holy Trinity Church, with Robert Cotton as their rector also serving as our chair of governors. I met with HT church’s parish council earlier this week, and was thrilled to receive a generous donation from the congregation towards the work of the school. Ensuring that we build links with the wider community is so vital – it reminds the children of how they fit in and belong.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT

Pewley Down Christmas Fair, Sunday 6 December, 1-3pm.
Come and visit Santa's Grotto and enjoy festive favourites; mince pies and mulled wine or try and win a prize on the booty bag, tombola and many other fun stalls.

House Poetry, Tuesday 24 November
Our house poetry event is taking place on Tuesday next week.  This is a lovely, low key event which gives all the children at Pewley a chance to read, perform and share with their house mates.  If your child would like to choose a poem to read or recite to their house they will all have the chance to do so.  We would love lots of children to join in so, even if it is just a short rhyme, all poems will be very much appreciated.  The poems don't need to be learned - they can be read.

Prospective Y3 parents evening, Wednesday 25 November
Parents of children in Year 2 are welcome to attend an evening meeting at the junior site, in the Chapel at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers from the juniors, hear about the exciting KS2 topic-based curriculum and find out about the various extra-curricular activities on offer. There will also be the chance to have a look around the school. Please phone 539033, or book in by email on hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Christmas Play: “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, 7-10 December
There will be three performances of the Christmas Play, all at 9.30 am, on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December.  The dress rehearsal will take place on Monday 7 December at 9.30.
Please look out for letters coming home next week about tickets for the play. 

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
If any children who usually have a packed lunch would like to have the school Christmas lunch on Thursday10 December, please let the office know as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child
We have collected well over 100 boxes over both sites for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.  Many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill a box to be sent to Syrian refugees.

Nits
We have had a number of cases of head lice (nits) in school recently, particularly in Year 2.  Please could we ask you to check your children’s hair thoroughly and to treat if necessary.

FOPS News

Thank you to everyone who came to Action Sunday and joined in our autumn clear-up and filled over forty bags of leaves!

Following on from the FOPS meeting, the following requests for expenditure by the school have been approved. The children’s downstairs toilet are planned for refurbishment with an application for funding from the Diocese, To qualify for this grant, 10% needs to be raised by the school, so FOPS has pledged to raise the £2500 required. In the meantime, to improve the boys toilets FOPS has agreed to pay for the repair of the extractor fan controller which is £400.00. The decking on the front playground amphitheatre needs to be replaced, so £500 has been allocated for resurfacing of this seating area. In the New Year staff have requested teaching resources for both maths and music, so £1000 has been allocated to each subject.

In addition to the above the school, with financial support from FOPS, is pursuing the possibility of rejuvenating the year 2 garden into a science and music area for the children to explore.

Key to all these plans is school fundraising and your support. The Christmas Fair is one of our main fundraisers and money generated from this event will go some way to achieving the above plans. So any help or support you can give in the preparations and on the day of the fair are greatly appreciated at this busy time of year.

Christmas Fair
Grotto Plea
Emily Murdoch (Mum of Ethel in Hazel class) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair. She desperately needs the loan of as many fake green (minimum 4ft tall) Christmas Trees as possible. The trees will not be permanently altered in any way and returned straight after the fair! Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on: emilymurdoch3@icloud.com

Reception Year Coffee Morning at Harris & Hoole, North Street, Thursday 3 December after drop-off.

Blackheath Christmas Vintage & Craft Fair
, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November 2015, 10am – 3pm. Venue: Blackheath Village Hall.  Tea, coffee, bacon rolls, cakes and mulled wine.  Further information / book a table: contact Kathy 07825 769409, klawsonccc@gmail.com

For Sale:
Phil and Ted's "Explorer", 3 wheel, double buggy (2012 version).  Complete with:  "double kit" for carrying two toddlers, Double storm cover, Double sun cover and Spare inner tubes.  Around £500 new.
Folding ‘commuter’ bike (Pinnacle, “Journey 2” model). Well loved. Open to offers with proceeds to be donated to the school.  Please contact the school office.

Infant Menu

JUNIOR

There is still time to telephone the Holy Trinity office (01483 539033) if you would like to attend the prospective parents’ meeting  on Wednesday, 25th November at 7.00pm, when you will have the opportunity to meet the junior team and find out what happens in each year as well as more about our sport and other extra-curricular activities. 

Table Tennis
By popular demand! From next week, we have been able to arrange a daily lunchtime Table Tennis Club.   The rota for this will be as follows:
Mondays Year 6 run by Helen Pronger
Tuesdays Year 4 run by Helen Campbell
Wednesdays Year 3 run by Toby Strutt
Fridays Year 5 run by Sarah Mistry

Year 3 Coffee Morning on Tuesday 24 November - All Year 3 parents / carers are invited to our first coffee morning on Tuesday 24 November at Giraffe, Guildford.  The Class Reps will be there and look forward to seeing anyone who can make it. Come along any time after drop off till 11. We would also like to hold coffee mornings for each class, so if anyone would like to host one then please let your Class Rep know.  Thanks!  Alice, Eve, Jeanette, Jo, Farah and Miranda.

Girls Rugby - Free Coaching with England International Player
Guildfordians RFC are delighted to offer 3 one hour introductory training sessions for girls aged u7 up to u12 led by England's Leanne Riley. Sessions will be held on Stoke Park and will start at 10am on 22/11, 29/11 and 6/12. Studded boots ideal.  Please email club.treasurer@grfc.co.uk for more information and to book your daughter a space on this free and exciting course. 

Lost
Can you check your child’s name in any Shackleton sweatshirts that you might have at home please?  The Gover family (Felix, Milo and Orlando) have lots missing!  Thank you.
Leo Claydon has lost a bright blue rain jacket , make is “Name It” .Please check if it’s been taken home by mistake. Thank you.

Week 3

HTSC News

HT Christmas Fair - Friday 27 November 6-8PM
Many thanks for your donations for the HT Christmas Fair next Friday. We have had a great response but would still welcome additional donations next week - so please keep them coming!

We still need volunteers for help on the day of the Fair. Please email your class reps (list available here) if you can help with any of the following next Friday:
    •    Help set-up on Friday morning from 10am
    •    Help set-up after school on Friday
    •    Help on a stall for 45 minutes at the Fair (time slots are: 5.45-6.30pm, 6.30-7.15pm and 7.15-8pm)
    •    Help clear up at the end of the fair (8-9pm).

Christmas Decoration Competition - Deadline 24 November
Don’t forget the Christmas decoration competition deadline is next Tuesday (24 November). Children are invited to design a kite or umbrella – the bigger and bolder the better! All designs and creations will be hung up around the school. Prizes for the best, most creative design. Good luck everyone!

Northbrook Wrapping - orders through school now finished
Orders through school have now closed but it is still possible to order directly from Northbrook at www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk and nominate HTPD.

Other dates for the diary:

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 23 November
The final Christmas Fair planning meeting will take place on Monday (23 November) in the staff room straight after drop off. All welcome.

Thirsty Thursday - Thursday 3 December at Rogues from 8pm
The final Thirsty Thursday of 2015. Let’s make it a good one! All-year parent drinks at Rogues from 8pm on Thursday 3 December. You could combine it with making a Christmas wreath at Pewley which is also taking place that night (see below).

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Pewley - Thursday 3 December 7.30-9.30pm
Relax and get in the festive mood and make your very own Christmas Wreath. Under the expert tuition of florist and Pewley mum Marie Trignon you can enjoy mellow tunes, nibbles and even a glass of mulled wine or two along with the chance to make a substantial fresh foliage wreath.

There is a limited number of tickets still available (£30 per ticket - includes all materials). Forms are available from HT reception or alternatively email: jillmorgan@f2s.com (Co-Chair FOPS) directly. FINAL DEADLINE FOR RESERVING YOUR PLACE IS MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER.

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.
 

HTPD 13/11/15

13 November 2015

Dear Parents,

I’m so thrilled to share some exciting news with you – Heather Havermans gave birth to a lovely baby girl, Poppy Mae on Tuesday. Both mum and baby are really well! We’re really looking forward to meeting her. More baby news, Julia Grocott, our wonderful Year 4 teacher is also expecting! Of course it’ll be a while, but a summer baby is on the way!

As well as Heather’s news on Tuesday, Remembrance Day was marked at both infants and juniors by a two minutes’ silence. The children respectfully considered how the world is changed by war; they reflected on the role of peacemakers, and remembered those who have suffered. The boom of the cannon was heard all the way up the hill which, in itself, was memorable!

On Thursday next week (2.30pm in the Chapel), we are holding an afternoon tea – on this occasion we’ve invited all the parents of children in Y5 and Y6. We’re hoping it will give you another opportunity to feedback to us how the term has been so far for your family. Ginnie, Lucy and I will be there to chat. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully, it will be the first of several similar events.

Finally, can I thank you for your patience as we have resolved the difficulties with our new Parentmail system. We think that we’re now properly up and running, but do get in touch with either office if you are still experiencing problems.

Have a good weekend.

With best wishes
Clare

INFANT

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November
The parent consultations next week are an important chance for you to talk to your child’s class teacher about how well they have settled in.  We would encourage you please to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library/office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week (Tuesday: Ukulele, Running and Gardening; Wednesday: Lego and Drawing; Thursday: Dance Fit, Story Club and Board Games).

Prospective Y3 parents evening, Wednesday 25 November
Parents of children in Year 2 are welcome to attend an evening meeting at the junior site, in the Chapel at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers from the juniors, hear about the exciting KS2 topic-based curriculum and find out about the various extra-curricular activities on offer. There will also be the chance to have a look around the school. Please phone 539033, or book in by email on hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Year 2 swimming
Swimming has been extended by two weeks this term, which means that the last swimming session will be on Wednesday 2 December. 

Parking
A polite request to please park carefully and considerately around the school ensuring that your car is not on the pavement as this is dangerous for children and parents walking to school.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
Thank you so much for all the Sainsbury’s vouchers you collected earlier in the year.  The order has just arrived and we are delighted with all the gardening equipment, maths resources and playground toys we have received.

Year R photo
The Surrey Advertiser will be publishing the ‘Class of 2015’ photographs of Year R children in this week’s edition (Friday 13 November).

Lost:
Daisy Gatehouse, Hazel Class, has lost two coats – one green, one blue, both named.

FOPS News

It has been a busy week. Thank you for all your donations to both Phil the Bag and the whole school cake sale.

Action Sunday – 15th Nov 2-4pm

 Calling all Mums, Dads and Children – Many hands make light work, come and join in our Autumn clear-up. Let's capitalise on the playground leaves being cleared and help spruce up the outside classrooms and playgrounds. Please bring brooms, rakes, leaf grabbers – anything that will help us clean and dustbin bags too. Hot coffee, teas and biccies will be provided. Please note that you will be responsible for your children during this time.


Save the date – Christmas Wreath Making workshop - Thurs 3rd Dec
Relax and get in the Festive mood and make your very own Christmas Wreath. Under the expert tuition of florist Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Norah in Yr R) you can enjoy mellow tunes, nibbles and even a glass of mulled wine or two along with the chance to make a substantial fresh foliage wreath. Limited number of tickets available. You should have received a form in book bags. If not please ask at the office. DEADLINE FOR RESERVING YOUR PLACE IS FRIDAY 20TH NOV.

Grotto Plea
 - Emily Murdoch (Mum of Ethel in Hazel class) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair. She desperately needs the loan of as many fake green (minimum 4ft tall) Christmas Trees as possible. The trees will not be permanently altered in any way and returned straight after the fair! Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on: emilymurdoch3@icloud.com

Call for First Aiders

We are putting together a list of trained first aiders that we can call upon if they are attending any of the FOPS fund raiser. If you are willing please could you contact Susanne Walsh:  smw555@hotmail.com

Lost

A clear yellow sunflower bucket was lost from Chestnut Class after the school disco. If you have seen it, please contact Susanne Walsh: smw555@hotmail.com

Infant Menu:
Mon:    Spaghetti with Bolognese or Margarita sauce; Date Sponge with Custard
Tues:    Chicken or Vegetable Paella; Semolina with Peach Sauce
Weds:    Roast Pork or Leek & Pasta Bake; Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Fruit
Thurs:    Homemade Vegetable Pizza; Apple Crumble with Custard
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Curry & Rice; Carrot Cake
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

Don’t forget to telephone the Holy Trinity office (01483 539033) if you would like to attend the prospective parents’ meeting  on Wednesday 25 November, 7.00pm, when you will have the opportunity to meet the junior team and find out what happens in each year as well as more about our sport and other extra-curricular activities. 

Tempest Photography
Thank you to all those parents for returning your Tempest Photography orders so promptly.  The deadline for returning your order form is Friday, 20th November.  Please bring them to Reception.

Christmas Child
Thank you to all those parents for your Christmas Child shoe boxes.  Your donations are amazing.  For those parents who are thinking of doing it, there is still time for you to put together a box, all for a worthwhile cause, and bring it along to Holy Trinity Reception.  We have another week or so before they are being collected.

Northbrook Wrapping
There is still time to put in an order!
The cut-off date has been extended until Friday 27th November, so there is still plenty of time to get your orders in either via the school or online. Any questions, please contact Cherrie Gluyas (cherrygluey@yahoo.com).

Healthy Snacks

If you give your child a snack for break, may we ask you please to give your child something healthy, maybe fruit or vegetables, a cereal bar perhaps, but not something that contains nuts?  Also, no chocolate bars, crisps or snacks with a high sugar content. Thank you.

Sport

We have had a fantastic couple of weeks of HTPD sport. The year 5 boys have enjoyed some competitive friendlies against local schools, whilst the year 6 boys are battling it out for a place in the County finals.

On Monday the Year 6 girls won the Guildford schools indoor netball tournament involving eight other local primary schools.

On Wednesday the Year 5 and Year 6 girls joined 15 other schools in the Prior’s Field annual cross country.  A special mention to Ayla Darcy for coming 1st and Hebe Poole for coming 3rd and in the U11 team event,  which included Meg Miller, Renee La-Touche, Katie Keiller and Imogen Ewer for coming 3rd.

Well done to Ayla Darcy, Hebe Poole, Lana Darcy, Mikey Naisby, Toby Grimshaw, Alex Dolling, Jonah Bircher and Mat Luther who all qualified for the British Biathlon Championship in Solihull on the 28th November and good luck to those athletes taking part.

We are very lucky at Holy Trinity to have so many sports clubs where the children can learn a new sport or practice and train in a sport they love.  We do have quite a few external sporting fixtures, especially for the year 5 and year 6’s.  Selection for fixtures is dependent on commitment as well as ability so please do encourage your child to keep coming to all our sports clubs to benefit from the opportunities they provide. 

Finally, we have a new Twitter account @HTPDSport where we post all HTPD sports news as well as following lots of Guildford based sports clubs and secondary schools sports twitter feeds. Please follow us and keep up to date with all our news.

Lost: Dan Godsill (4J) is missing his full PE kit named in a named Star Wars rucksack.  Also a named dark blue rain coat.  If you know of their whereabouts he would be very grateful!

Still Lost
: Oliver Newell 5S is still missing his new, and named, Nightingale sweatshirt (aged 11-12 years).  Last  seen in the final week before Half Term.  Please check your own sweatshirt or PE bags etc.  If  you know where it might be, please come to the office.  Thank you.

Menu - Week 2

HTSC News

Bonfire Night
A fantastic night was had by everyone who came along last Friday, only mildly affected by the weather. A huge £3,000 was raised for the school, which will benefit all of our children at some point. Thank you so much to everyone who helped organise, gave their time on the night, at the clear up or at the clear up operation on Sunday on the field - we had a great team and it would not be the success it is without the help of everyone - THANK YOU.

Christmas Fair - Friday 27th November 6-8pm
External Stalls:  We still have space for external stalls at the Christmas Fair. If you have a business or know of anyone who would be interested in having a stall, please contact Jo Burne, joburne@yahoo.co.uk

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 16th November 9am in HT Staff Room - all welcome.

Donation Day - Friday 20th November
- children come to school in mufti in return for donations for the school fair. See parent mail re donations required.

Kite Competition
Don't forget to print your template out and get the children to design their Kite or umbrella for the Christmas decoration competition - All designs and creations will be hung up around the school as part of the Mary Poppins themed decorations this festive season. Prizes for the best, most creative design. Good luck.

Northbrook Wrapping
Don't forget to get your orders in via school or online. Any questions please contact: Cherrie Gluyas, cherrygluey@yahoo.com.

HTPD 6/11/15

06 November 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s been a super week at both sites – the rest over the half term break has meant that all the children have come back refreshed and eager to learn. Thanks to our inspirational teachers, the children are being given some wonderful opportunities to ask questions, learn from exciting experiences and find out how the world around them works. The Great Fire of Pewley in Year 2, a Year 3 carousel of science activities (noisily demonstrating how sound is made by vibrations) and Year 5 being challenged to research a link between kitchen spices and Tudor exploration were all examples of great learning experiences that demonstrated a real zest for learning!

As we move into the period of parent consultations at both the juniors (next Tuesday and Thursday) and the infants (during the following week), we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the term so far. Please do ask your child’s teacher any questions you may have. In the new world of learning without national curriculum levels, the teachers are very well placed to explain your child’s progress so far as well as their next steps to take learning forward. Remember that each appointment is only for 10 minutes, so do make another appointment if necessary at a later date. With lessons as usual the next day, teachers really do need to keep to time so that the evening stays manageable. Thank you for your understanding.

At the time of writing, it’s looking a bit wet for our bonfire celebrations, but I’m sure it will still be a great night! It’s always a big fundraiser for the school, and a wonderful chance to come together as a whole school community. I’ll be on the gate to the field as usual – so do come and say hello!

With best wishes, Clare


Poppy Appeal
Poppies will be on sale at both school offices until next Tuesday 11 November.  Please support this very worthwhile cause.

Operation Christmas Child – shoebox appeal 
This year we are again supporting Operation Christmas Child whose mission is to send filled shoe boxes to children in need overseas.  This year the boxes we collect will be sent to Syrian refugees.  If you have not already received a leaflet in your child’s book bag, you will do shortly.  The deadline for boxes to be received in school is Friday 13 November.  Boxes may be left at the school office at either the HT or PD site.  Thank you in advance for your kindness.

INFANT

Parent Consultations, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November
You should have received a parent consultation form in your child’s book bag earlier this week.  Completed forms should be returned to the school office by Monday 9 November.

Year 2 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, Monday 9 November
Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and to be at school for 8.40 am to allow us to leave on time for our trip to St Paul’s on Monday.  We expect to arrive back at 4.00pm.
Thank you to all the Year 2 parents who very kindly offered to help with this trip.  We were very lucky to have received lots of offers of help so, unless you have already been contacted by a member of staff, we are afraid it will not be possible for you to join us this time.  Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

Payments
A reminder to write your child’s name, class and reason for payment on the back of any cheque when making payments to the school (especially for PUPS or Breakfast Club).  If paying with cash it is helpful for us if you can send the exact amount in an envelope marked with child’s name, class and reason for payment.      

Lost:
Owen Sellwood has lost his Mandela sweatshirt (named).
Eliana Taylor has lost her large ping-pong style bat – last seen at the Year 2 trip to the beach.

FOPS News

Next FOPS meeting –Wed 11th Nov, 8pm in the Staff Room
Start Christmas early – come and join us in planning the Christmas Fair and other events. We need your festive ideas and canny fund-raising schemes to ensure we make our fair a real success. Wine and nibbles provided to help boost our creativity!

Phil the Bag – Thurs 12th Nov
Have a pre-Christmas clear out and raise money for the school! Phil the Bag are collecting from Pewley the morning of Thurs 12th Nov. Please donate any spare clothes, belts, shoes, bags and household textiles in a black dustbin bag or dedicated ‘Phil the Bag’ sack and add them to the pile outside the corner of the staff room. No torn or stained items please.

All School Cake Sale – Friday 13th Nov
We will be holding a Children’s Cake Sale on Friday. Each child is asked to bring in 50p to spend plus six nut-free cakes or cookies (homemade or bought) in the morning. These can be left in the PPA room or with Ruth and Jane. Each child will then be able to buy two cakes during the afternoon. Any remaining cakes will be sold at pick up either in the hall or playground.

Action Sunday – 15th Nov 2-4pm
Calling all Mums, Dads and Children – come and join in our Autumn clear-up and help spruce up the outside classrooms and playgrounds. Please bring brooms, rakes, leaf grabbers – anything that will help us combat the leaves and dustbin bags too. Hot coffee, teas and biccies will be provided. Please note that you will be responsible for your children during this time.

Grotto Plea
Emily Murdoch (Mum of Ethel in Hazel class) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair. She desperately needs the loan of as many fake green (minimum 4ft tall) Christmas Trees as possible. The trees will not be permanently altered in any way and returned straight after the fair! Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on: Emilymurdoch3@icloud.com

Save the date – Christmas Wreath Making workshop Thurs 3rd Dec
Relax and get in the Festive mood and make your very own Christmas Wreath. Under the expert tuition of florist Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Norah in Yr R) you can enjoy mellow tunes, nibbles and even a glass of mulled wine or two along with the chance to make a substantial fresh foliage wreath. Limited number of tickets available. Look out for a letter in your child’s book bag soon.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 November
Mon:    Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues:    Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds:    Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs:    Yum Yum Chicken & Rice or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta; Pear & Oaty Crumble
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.

JUNIOR

Consultation Evenings – A reminder that these will take place next Tuesday, 10th November 6-8.30pm and Thursday, 12th November 4-6.30pm.  Please return your completed appointment slips as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Cancelled Clubs – Please note that due to Parent Consultations, there will be no after school clubs on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th. Clubs Plus will run as usual.

Scholastic Book Fair
  – Geraldine will be manning the Book Fair all of next week ; in addition to selling books, she is happy to answer any questions you may have to help your child find appropriate reading material. Due to the Book Fair there will be No Clubs run by Geraldine in the Library next week.
 
Don’t forget to telephone the Holy Trinity office (01483 539033) if you would like to attend the prospective parents’ meeting  on Wednesday 25 November, 7.00pm, when you will have the opportunity to meet the junior team and find out what happens in each year as well as more about our sport and other extra-curricular activities. 

Afternoon Tea for Parents/Carers of Year 5 and Year 6 Children - Date: Thursday 19th November - Venue: Chapel - Time: 2.30pm – Please rsvp to: hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
This is an opportunity for you to enjoy a chat with other parents and carers in an informal setting. Clare Brunet, Lucy Cray (Home-School Link Worker) and Ginnie Gregory (Parent Link Co-ordinator) will be there and would enjoy chatting to you. There will be tea, cakes and a small selection of some of the art work that the children have worked on during the first half term.

HT House Bake Off Competition
Today we launched our House Bake Off Competition. We have asked the children to bake and bring in one cupcake, We will be judging the texture, colour, overall design and ofcourse taste. Entries need to be brought into school on Thursday 12th November in a named container. Successful entrants will be put forward to the house technical challenge the following week.

There are flute lessons with Surrey Arts available at Holy Trinity School - If your child is interested about signing up, then please contact Surrey Arts for details on 01483 519303 or visit www.surreycc.goc.uk/music. There will be a demo during the assembly of Wednesday 16th December. There is also a discount for lessons during your first term.

Lost:
Oliver Newell 5S is missing his new, and named, Nightingale sweatshirt (aged 11-12 years).  Last  seen in the final week before Half Term.  Please check your own sweatshirt or PE bags etc.  If  you know where it might be, please come to the office.  Thank you.

Week 1

HTSC News

BONFIRE NIGHT TONIGHT – 6-8PM!
We are looking forward to a fantastic Bonfire Night tonight!

The gates will open at 6.00pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. The BBQ and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate - adults £5.00, children £2.50 (under 5s free).
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

Dates for the Diary

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 9th November
We are holding a Christmas Fair planning meeting on Monday (9th November) in the staff room. All welcome.

Don’t forget the Phil the Bag collection NEXT WEEK! - Collection Thursday 12th November
All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding. Please leave your bags at HT at the bottom of the ramps from Monday 9th November until 9am on Thursday 12th November.
If you have not received a Phil the Bag bag, please use ordinary bin liners. The more bags we collect, the more money we raise. The school receives 35 pence for every kilo we manage to collect, that’s £350 per tonne - so every item of clothing counts!
Please note that Phil the Bag do not accept blankets, duvets, bric-a-brac, pillows, sleeping bags, rugs, carpet, offcuts of fabric, any WET items, tent canvas, soft toys and no ripped or stained clothing. Please also bear in mind that the clothing is for re-use so should be in a wearable condition.

Thirsty Thursday - Next Thursday November 12th at Rogues from 8pm
Its Thirsty Thursday time again! We are holding the ever popular, all year parent drinks next Thursday (November 12th) at Rogues from 8pm (area inside to the right of the bar).

Northbrook Wrapping - there is still time to put in an order!
The cut-off date has been extended until Friday 27th November, so there is still plenty of time to get your orders in either via the school or online. Any questions, please contact Cherrie Gluyas (cherrygluey@yahoo.com).

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please do get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.



GIRLS RUGBY - FREE COACHING WITH ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL PLAYER
Guildfordians RFC are delighted to offer 3 one hour introductory training sessions for girls aged u7 up to u12 lead by England's Leanne Riley. Sessions will be held on Stoke Park and will start at 10am on 22/11, 29/11 and 6/12. Studded boots ideal.  Please email club.treasurer@grfc.co.uk for more information and to book your daughter a space on this free and exciting course.

Guitar Workshops - Surrey Arts are launching a pilot workshop in Woking and Epsom to introduce students (years 6 – 11) interested in knowing more about guitars, with an opportunity to create some music with acoustic, electric and bass guitars. The dates are 14th November – 19th December. If interested please contact surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk