Junior 19/10/12

19 October 2012

Dear Parents

Well it’s been a great week, everyone seems to have enjoyed the 200th birthday celebrations. We have enjoyed our open afternoon and tea party, our thanksgiving service and our bicentenary concert. It has been great meeting many former pupils and staff. Two ladies who were 92 and started at the school in 1925 were among our visitors. We were pleased to find out that we had two MPs; a shadow Minister and a Minister of State, who were former pupils. They both sent us messages of support.

The concert last night was excellent with two operatic sopranos as our leading performers: both pupils in the nineties. We have had great visitors from the past in our morning assemblies, this morning was Alison’s son, Josh, who is now an Army Captain.

One thing we try to do at Holy Trinity is to open children up to all the possibilities that life could hold for them and certainly not to close any possibilities down. So I hope that seeing what former pupils have done will further expand their horizons.

For me the 200th anniversary marks the great progress we have made in so many ways. No longer do we have ill-fed, dirty and ragged children in schools. Teachers are more professional and children much better behaved. Staying the same is the unrelenting pressure of external forces on the school. In the past this led to a system of payment by results, today a system where the schools considered less than good, in a snapshot inspection, are pressurised still further and headteachers often dismissed!

I feel very privileged to be following after a group of school leaders who gave their very best to make the school a place where children could thrive and develop in a caring environment. The Victorian Motto was the single word ‘duty’ , the early twentieth century was ‘Fear God, Serve the King’ and now of course we have the all-encompassing ‘Learn to Live’. All three pointing the children to see beyond themselves and the mundane to higher and greater horizons – I hope that we will continue to do this in the future.

With best wishes, Richard

Please note that Pewley Down will close on Wednesday at midday.
Holy Trinity will close at 12.10pm

Rosemary Colyer
Some of you will remember Rosemary Colyer who was a teacher at Pewley Down for very many years until her early retirement to become her mother’s carer five years ago. Sadly, Rosemary died peacefully last Friday having battled cancer with cheerful fortitude for the last year.  There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Saviour’s Church in Guildford on Wednesday 31 October at 2pm to which all are welcome.

Next Week
Tuesday, 23rd October – Year 3 presents “Splash”.  Year 3 parents welcome.
Wednesday, 24th October - School closes at 1210 for Half Term.  (There are no after school clubs).
Future Events
School re-opens on Monday, 5th November.
Prospective Parents’ Evening - Thursday, 8th November at 7.45 p.m.
School Photographer in School - Friday, 9th November

BONFIRE & FIREWORKS with BBQ, Friday 9th November, Gates Open 6pm
Tickets now available - download ticket form here

Buy a Brick Appeal
We have launched the HTSC Buy A Brick Appeal, please look out for ParentMail with further details.

Drama Club
There will be no more drama club until the Spring Term due to the Christmas Production.

Christmas Production Rehearsal Schedule
I apologise to those who were expecting the rehearsal schedule to be posted on the board today. This week has been a trifle hectic with our 200th birthday celebrations, but the schedule will be available on Monday 22nd October. There will be a copy posted on the board and cast members may collect a copy either at 10.35am (break time) or at 3.15pm. Please do not come at any other time as it is very disruptive to 3S! Thank you.

Netball
Well done to all of our netballers who have had some great results at the beginning of the season. The year 5's secured a 6-1 win and a draw against Tormead and a 6-3 win at St.Teresa's. The year 6 teams have played in two tournaments; at the GHS tournament they managed three wins and three losses and at the mini SSP tournament this week, two wins and a draw. It's great to see so many enthusiastic netballers!
 
Biathlon
Congratulations to all of our biathletes who managed the early 8am start at Crawley last weekend to deliver some great performances in both their swimming and running. There were 580 competitors over the age groups and the atmosphere was wonderful. Everyone made a huge effort. Top ten results included William Ho who secured 8th out of 58 in his swim and 13th overall, Jessica Bilivodska who got 9th in her swim out of 90 and 17th overall and Tilly Gough who came 3rd in her run out of 90 and 10th overall.  The Year 6 boys’ team of William, George and Lucas also improved on last year's result to get 4th place out of 14 teams.

Thanks to all of the parents for their commitment and support.

Parking
Please remember that car parking is very restricted in the school car park whilst The Chapel is being built. If you are going to stay for more than a short time please park on the lower playground – basketball court.

It is important that the entrance and exit to the lower playground and basketball court are kept clear to allow staff and visitors to arrive and leave in the morning and at the end of the day. Parents are asked to ensure that all children are closely supervised at this time for their own safety.

The Royal British Legion
From Monday poppies will be on sale at the Front Office, for a donation in excess of 20p per poppy. Please try and support this wonderful charity.

Rainbow Trust Big Hour Cake Sale – Lunchtime, Monday 22nd October
Please bring a few pennies to contribute to this good cause.  Thank you.

HTSC News

Bonfire Night
Thanks for all the help offered so far, we still need help on Friday with food and drinks and on Saturday 10th for the clear-up. Please email caroline@swifts.me.uk.

Northbrook Wrapping -
DON'T FORGET! Order your gift wrap before the Half Term Holiday (1200 Midday 24/10/12)
Our school receives 22% cash back for every item sold. If we all ordered just a couple of items we could raise a few hundred pounds for the school. Plus every order form returned has the chance to win an iPad or another item from PC World up to the value of £500. (See brochure for details). Please post all orders in the box at Reception. Any queries or if you have not received a leaflet please contact Lisa Barnard 07936 796165.

Dates for the diary
Bonfire Night - Friday, 9th November
HTSC Meeting - Wednesday, 14th November
Christmas Fair - Friday, 23rd November 6.00 - 8.00pm.
 


Lost:
A full PE kit in a PE bag, all named (Natasha Thompson).  Please bring it to the office if found.  Thank you.
ISABELLA JOURDAN 3MG has lost her whole PE kit and bag, including new trainers. Please could you look out for it and hand it to 3MG if you find it. Thanks.

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Infant 19/10/12

19 October 2012

Dear Parents,

Well it’s been a great week, everyone seems to have enjoyed the 200th birthday celebrations. We have enjoyed our open afternoon and tea party, our thanksgiving service and our bicentenary concert. It has been great meeting many former pupils and staff. Two ladies who were 92 and started at the school in 1925 were among our visitors. We were pleased to find out that we had two MPs; a shadow Minister and a Minister of State, who were former pupils. They both sent us messages of support.

The concert last night was excellent with two operatic sopranos as our leading performers: both pupils in the nineties. We have had great visitors from the past in our morning assemblies, this morning was Alison’s son, Josh, who is now an Army Captain.

One thing we try to do at Holy Trinity is to open children up to all the possibilities that life could hold for them and certainly not to close any possibilities down. So I hope that seeing what former pupils have done will further expand their horizons.

For me the 200th anniversary marks the great progress we have made in so many ways. No longer do we have ill-fed, dirty and ragged children in schools. Teachers are more professional and children much better behaved. Staying the same is the unrelenting pressure of external forces on the school. In the past this led to a system of payment by results, today a system where the schools considered less than good, in a snapshot inspection, are pressurised still further and headteachers often dismissed!

I feel very privileged to be following after a group of school leaders who gave their very best to make the school a place where children could thrive and develop in a caring environment. The Victorian Motto was the single word ‘duty’ , the early twentieth century was ‘Fear God, Serve the King’ and now of course we have the all-encompassing ‘Learn to Live’. All three pointing the children to see beyond themselves and the mundane to higher and greater horizons – I hope that we will continue to do this in the future.

With best wishes, Richard

Parent Consultation Meetings
Parent consultation letters will be coming out on the Monday (5th) after half term and there is a very tight turnaround for them to be returned by Wednesday 7 November. Dates and times are as follows:
Wednesday 14 November:
1.30 - 3.00pm - Oak, Walnut & Chestnut Classes & Hayley Esselen
3.30 - 6.00pm - all classes
Thursday 15 November:
1.30 – 3.00pm - Beech, Hazel & Willow Classes & Hayley Esselen
6.00 – 8.00pm - all classes.

Cooking & Culture Club is cancelled on Tuesday, 23 October.

School Photos, Tuesday 6 November:
Tempest Photography will be in school on the Tuesday after half term to take individual photos of the children, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Great Fire of Pewley: The annual great fire of Pewley will be taking place in the car park at 2.00pm on Tuesday 6 November. Year 2 parents are very welcome to come and join us.

Rosemary Colyer
Some of you will remember Rosemary Colyer who was a teacher at Pewley Down for very many years until her early retirement to become her mother’s carer five years ago. Sadly, Rosemary died peacefully last Friday having battled cancer with cheerful fortitude for the last year. There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Saviour’s Church in Guildford on Wednesday 31 October at 2pm to which all are welcome.

Poppy Appeal:
Poppies will be on sale from the school office again this year: next Wednesday morning (24th) and then again after half term.

Northbrook Wrap Orders - Final Reminder!
Just to remind you all orders for Northbrook need to be handed in before Half Term so the last day is next Wednesday. Don't forget all of those who place an order will be entered for the prize draw worth £500 at PC World (see details on order forms). Contact Becca Clegg if you have any queries or need further order forms - 07796 780042.

FOPS News

School Disco - Last year's family disco proved so popular we're excited to announce we're holding another one in the school hall on Saturday 17 November. Doors open at 5.30pm. We'll be turning the lights back up at 8.30pm. Tickets will go on sale shortly on a first come, first served basis. Look out for the application form coming home in book bags.

School Calendar Competition - As part of the school's 200th birthday celebrations, we will be putting together a 2013 "Birthday" calendar which will go on sale in the run up to Christmas. We are now holding a competition to find a fabulous birthday themed picture for our front cover. All entries should be on landscape, A4 sized white paper and handed in to the school office with your child's name and class on the back by Friday 9 November. As the picture will need to be reproduced, please use felt pens or paints and avoid using pencils, glitter and metallic inks as these don't show up well when reproduced.

FOPS Meeting - The next FOPS meeting will be held at 8pm on Monday 22 October in the staff room. Everyone welcome.

Micro Scooters - We are participating in an initiative offered by Micro Scooter. FOPs will receive 10% commission on all Micro Scooter products sold in the run up to the School Christmas Fair on 2nd December. Brochures and order forms will be available after half term. All purchases are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas.

Phoenix Christmas Cards - A little reminder that any orders for Phoenix Christmas Cards need to be handed in to the School Office by 23 October. FOPS receive 30% commission on all orders.

Phil the Bag - Having a half term wardrobe clear out? Phil the Bag is a scheme which recycles unwanted textiles and raises funds for the school at the same time. Unwanted textiles brought into school are then sold on and distributed to people who can use them in developing countries, which saves them from going to landfill. We are having a Phil the bag collection on Friday 16 November. Please bring any unwanted textiles (including all kinds of clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, curtains, towels, bedding) in the bags coming home next week (or a bin bag) to school on the morning of 16 November. More information about the scheme can be found at www.philthebag.co.uk.


Operation Christmas Child: Leaflets will be coming home next week about the Samaritan’s Purse appeal where shoeboxes filled with small gifts are sent to children in need across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It’s a good way of getting children to think about giving as well as receiving and possibly an activity for half term if you have some spare time. Boxes will be collected in mid-November and we will let you know the exact date.

Head Lice: We have had a case of head lice in Year 1 so please check your child’s hair carefully and treat if necessary. It is worth checking hair regularly (once a week) for eggs or lice. If you do find nits give the hair a thorough comb through with a nit comb (eg Nitty Gritty Nit free Comb). A generous application of conditioner also makes the combing easier. Continue to comb through the hair at least every 3 days for 2 weeks to ensure that all eggs and lice are eradicated otherwise the whole cycle will start again. Nits are a very common problem among primary age children who usually catch them due to close contact with their classmates.

Kitchen Vacancy: We are looking for a kitchen assistant to work 3 hours over the lunchtime period. For more information please contact the kitchen or school office.

Found: Epi-pen found on the floor in the downstairs corridor on Thursday afternoon. All the children’s
epi-pens are accounted for, so it could possibly belong to a parent.
Lost: Sam Hill-Price, Hazel, has lost his complete (named) PE kit and bag

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Josh (Romero, Chestnut Class) ran the 5km Riverside Run on Sunday in 37 minutes, beating 22 adults to the finish line! He was the youngest runner by a long way, and so far has raised over £300 for Disability Challengers. There's still time to sponsor him, all the money goes direct to the charity and benefits disabled children in Guildford. The link is http://www.kellystore.org/guildford-2012/sponsor/josh-romero-s-team.php

Junior - 12/10/12

12 October 2012

Bicentenary Edition 1812-2012

Tuesday 16th 1:30 – 3:00 – Open Afternoon & Tea Party
Thursday 18th 1:45 – Thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Church
Thursday 18th 7.30 – Concert in the School Hall
Friday 19th – 200th Birthday Fluffy Picnic for the children of both schools

Dear Parents,

This week coming we are celebrating our 200th Birthday and I do hope that you will be able to come to some of the events listed above. It is a really special time for the school and we hope that the children will be made well aware of their history and heritage. So many important milestones of British and world history have impacted upon the school and we hope to illustrate some of those each morning in assembly. We also have a group of visitors coming to the school who will talk about what the school was like in their time. Reading the old log books is addictive and fascinating. The headteachers in the 1860-1890’s were constantly bemoaning the poor standards of their pupils, very often describing the children as dull and lazy. This is except for the “bricks” who were a group of favoured children who could do no wrong. The motto at this time, and for many years afterwards, was the single word “duty” which reflects well on the atmosphere of those times. As we have said before, the writers speak with real passion and pour out their hearts. Here is a particularly interesting piece that we found recently:

November 27th 1884
“It may not be out of place here to express an opinion that a clock is the worst possible part of the school furniture. An act of Parliment should be passed for the disestablishment of school clocks. A dial is one long temptation. Children must look at it – will look at it – will forget that it is thus the means of prolonging time instead of passing (sic) it. A good watch in the teachers pocket, if you will; but no great staring clock face to remind the children incessantly of what it should be their duty to forget.

This had been my own opinion for many years. So my school clock having been run down, I determined to try the truth of the above. I did so for three weeks and after the very closest observation and reflection, interestingly say that it has made a great difference in the application of the boys especially toward the end of the morning session and afternoon session. The difference is most marked.”

Well we will not be getting rid of clocks, but it brings me in mind of teaching in the United States when children just got up and walked out as the clock reached 12:00 midday and 3:30.

I do look forward to seeing you at some point next week.

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing Monday 15th October
Monday 15th – Year 6 visit to Wisley
Monday 15th 10:00 – Prospective Parents Tour

Fluffy Friday, 19 October
Don’t forget that children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) next Friday.

Half Term
A reminder that school will close early at 12:00 on Wednesday 24 October for the inset days and half term and re-open on Monday 5 November.

New Building
Along with our 200th celebrations we are also celebrating the future next week with the recommencement of the building of The Chapel. This new hall will be a tremendous benefit to the school and used for worship, dance, drama and a multitude of other uses. Car parking will be very restricted. There will be a few places available for use at the top car park, but if you are going to stay for more than a short time please park on the lower playground – basketball court.

200th concert on Thursday 18th October
Please could the orchestra come to Holy Trinity for a rehearsal in the school hall at 6.30pm before the concert which begins at 7.30pm. If they could bring a music stand that would be fantastic. The concert is scheduled to end around 8.45-9.00pm.

Choir needs to arrive at school assembling in 3MG by 7.15pm. The t-shirts are on order for both the choir and orchestra and the children willl be able to change into them on arrival. They need to be wearing smart shoes (not trainers) and either school trousers or school skirt.

Has anyone a large estate car to help Judy collect the tubular bells on Thursday 18th October in the morning from Surrey Arts, Bonsey Lane, Woking? They will need to be returned on the Friday morning as well. Please contact judyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you are able to help her with this.

Look forward to seeing you at the concert.

Parking
Unfortunately there have been several occasions this week when parents have parked their cars without consideration to either our neighbours or for safety. We now have to take registration plates and if we see them occurring more than once we will publish in the Newsletter. Never park in the turning areas at the top of Cline Road.

Payments
We have a wonderful, creative and active school with lots going on. This means a lot of payments come through the office for different things and these are processed through different streams. It helps a lot if you would write your child’s name and class and what the payment is for on the back of your cheques. We do prefer cheques to cash. Separate cheques for lunches, Clubs Plus and other activities would be appreciated. Activities/trips can be paid together (but confirm the amount for each on the back). We aim to provide prompt and efficient service and your help is much appreciated. Thank you.

Mount Alvernia Building Work
We have been advised by Mount Alvernia that the first big concrete pour on their radiotherapy project is taking place next Thursday 18 October. There will be 20-30 concrete wagons delivering to the site in a continuous process from 8.30 am and the increased traffic may delay the access to and from Pewley Way at varying times throughout the day.
 


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Bingo Night
Thanks to everyone who came along. Once again the night was a great success, many thanks to Amanda and Jez Moon who organised the event.

Northbrook Wrapping - DON'T FORGET!
Order your gift wrap before the Half Term Holiday (1200 Midday 24/10/12)

Our school receives 22% cash back for every item sold. If we all ordered just a couple of items we could raise a few hundred pounds for the school. Plus every order form returned has the chance to win an iPad or another item from PC World up to the value of £500. (See brochure for details). Please post all orders in the box at reception. Any queries or if you have not received a leaflet please contact Lisa Barnard 07936 796165.

Christmas Fair
Planning for the Christmas fair is underway and we are looking for a team to help organise the fair. If you are able to get involved please come along after drop off on Friday 19th October, we will meet in the staff room.

Dates for the diary
Year 5 Drinks in All Bar One – Wednesday 17th October
Year 3 Drinks in The Albany– Thursday 18th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
HTSC Meeting – Wednesday 14th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November


Lost
Xander Wiles is missing his green Shackleton fleece. Can you please check you have not taken it home by mistake? It is named - could be either Xander or Isobel Wiles - but the writing may be a little faded. Thank you.

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AppArt Art & Sculpture Exhibition will be running from 6 – 21 October at Secretts Garden Centre, Godalming from 10am – 5pm daily, displaying a wide variety of art & sculpture, admission free. Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 5R & Issie Oak) will be exhibiting a few of her paintings there. www.appartonline.co.uk or www.becart.co.uk for more details.

Boden Party
You are invited to our Boden Party at Chilworth C of E Infant School, Dorking Road, Chilworth, Guildford, GU4 8ND, on Tuesday 23rd October, 2.30pm – 9pm.
• 20% discount on all items you order (card only), includes free delivery and returns
• Free crèche to leave your kids in from 2.30-6pm with supervised activities whilst you shop
• First 50 orders get a free mini umbrella with Boden print
• Introduce new customers to Boden and earn £25 Boden account credit for each one that places an order.
Feel free to bring your friends. This is a fundraiser for Chilworth C of E Infant School. Any queries please email paulavdm@talktalk.net

 

Infant 12/10/12

12 October 2012

Dear Parents,

This week coming we are celebrating our 200th Birthday and I do hope that you will be able to come to some of the events listed above. It is a really special time for the school and we hope that the children will be made well aware of their history and heritage. So many important milestones of British and world history have impacted upon the school and we hope to illustrate some of those each morning in assembly. We also have a group of visitors coming to the school who will talk about what the school was like in their time. Reading the old log books is addictive and fascinating. The headteachers in the 1860-1890’s were constantly bemoaning the poor standards of their pupils, very often describing the children as dull and lazy. This is except for the “bricks” who were a group of favoured children who could do no wrong. The motto at this time, and for many years afterwards, was the single word “duty” which reflects well on the atmosphere of those times. As we have said before, the writers speak with real passion and pour out their hearts. Here is a particularly interesting piece that we found recently:

November 27th 1884
“It may not be out of place here to express an opinion that a clock is the worst possible part of the school furniture. An act of Parliment should be passed for the disestablishment of school clocks. A dial is one long temptation. Children must look at it – will look at it – will forget that it is thus the means of prolonging time instead of passing (sic) it. A good watch in the teachers pocket, if you will; but no great staring clock face to remind the children incessantly of what it should be their duty to forget.

This had been my own opinion for many years. So my school clock having been run down, I determined to try the truth of the above. I did so for three weeks and after the very closest observation and reflection, interestingly say that it has made a great difference in the application of the boys especially toward the end of the morning session and afternoon session. The difference is most marked.”

Well we will not be getting rid of clocks, but it brings me in mind of teaching in the United States when children just got up and walked out as the clock reached 12:00 midday and 3:30.

I do look forward to seeing you at some point next week.
With best wishes, Richard

Fluffy Friday, 19 October
Don’t forget that children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) next Friday.  If your child needs to wear particular clothes for their activity, the lead adult for that activity will send a note home.  Reception year will be doing their own version of fluffy in their classes.

As the whole school (infants and juniors) is having a picnic on the downs the kitchen will be making packed lunches for the children.  If anyone who usually has a packed lunch from home would like a school packed lunch that day please let the office know by Monday, 15th.

We also need MATERIAL for Fluffy Friday – any scraps, big or small – Julia and Pippa would be very grateful if you could bring them to Year 2 or leave them in the office.  Thank you.
 
Half Term 
A reminder that school will close early at 12.00 on Wednesday 24 October for the inset days and half term and re-open on Monday 5 November.

Nativity
This year we are planning something different for our nativity performances.  We will be splitting the school down the middle so that each group of 3 classes will do 2 performances each.  As a result the performance dates have changed as follows (please disregard the nativity dates on the calendar circulated earlier this term).
Tuesday 11 December, 4.30pm - Hazel, Beech, Walnut
Wednesday 12 December, 9.30am - Hazel, Beech, Walnut
Wednesday 12 December, 4.30pm - Willow, Oak, Chestnut
Thursday 13 December, 9.30am - Willow, Oak, Chestnut
We are aware that some of you have siblings in different classes but we have grouped the classes to limit this as much as possible.  If you feel unable to commit to coming to see two performances please talk to your child’s class teacher. More details will be coming home soon but this is just to let you have the new dates for your diary. We will need some outdoor lighting, so if anyone has any expertise or contacts in this area please let us know.

Maths Booklet
If you were unable to come to the maths evening yesterday please see your child’s class teacher for a copy of the maths booklet which was given out at the meeting.  The maths ‘Pocket Posters’ books mentioned at the meeting are also available from the office (£2 each).

FOPS News

There will be a playground cake sale next Friday (19 October).  Cakes and biscuits (brought in by Beech class) will be on sale in the playground after school and all proceeds will go to the school.  Please can we remind all parents that we are a nut free school.
 
The next FOPS meeting will be on Monday 22 October at 8pm in the staff room.  The main agenda item will be the Christmas Fair.  All very welcome!
 
Northbrook swatches with order forms were given out in book bags last week.  If you have not received one & would like one please contact Becca Clegg on 07796 780042 or email becca.clegg@ntlworld.com.  Buying Northbrook items gives you the opportunity of fundraising for the school as well as buying beautiful wrap & cards. There is also the chance to win an ipad or equivalent (£500 prize draw) open to anyone placing an order. Every item purchased at £3.50 provides 77p for the school.  Please get order forms back to the school office anytime before half term.
 


Mount Alvernia Building Work
We have been advised by Mount Alvernia that the first big concrete pour on their radiotherapy project is taking place next Thursday 18 October. There will be 20-30 concrete wagons delivering to the site in a continuous process from 8.30 am and the increased traffic may delay the access to and from Pewley Way at varying times throughout the day.

PUPS
We now have Matt working at PUPS on Mondays and Angela working Tuesdays to Fridays.  Angela also works in Willow class during the school day and Matt worked in Year 2 last year.

Lost
Savannah Pomeroy has lost her (named) Keller cardigan.
Maddie Witts has lost her M&S navy cardigan (un-named).

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Junior 5/10/12

05 October 2012

Dear Parents,

It was harvest time at the infants today. There was a great display of tinned and driedfood as well as another large table of toiletries. Our collection at Pewley Down this year will all go to Surrey Youth Action. This is an organisation which works with young people who are homeless and seeks to give emergency shelter and then attempt to find them some more permanent housing and a job.

Our giving at Holy Trinity was for Guildford Womens Refuge and No5 which is a hostel for adult homeless who would otherwise be sleeping rough. We have been pleased to support these good causes practically to know that what we give makes a real difference. We to take time to speak with the children about the charities and the people they help.

Last year when we had an assembly about charities the juniors met a young man who had been associated with Holy Trinity for about ten years. It was a surprise and shock to us that he was now homeless.

We were all moved to hear how through a series of circumstances this had occured. We were pleased that he was now being helped into work and good living conditions by the charity.

We were reminded of Jesus’ words about the times we help the sick, the prisoners, the homeless and the refugees, ‘ In the giving to these people you are giving to me.’

We want to teach all our children to be thankful generous and giving. Harvest reminded us of just that.

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing Monday 8th October
Tuesday 9th – Year 5 Hampton Court Visist
Friday 12th – Year 6 Crown Court Service

Orchestra
There will be an extra orchestra practice on Tuesday next week (October 9th) for the 1812 Overture piece - please don't forget your instruments! We need some tubular bells for the performance - if anyone can help Judy with this she would be so very grateful as the 1812 without bells is going to sound very strange! Please email her on judyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Big Birthday Bake off!
As part of the school’s birthday celebrations we are asking everyone to get baking and make a celebration cake for our open afternoon on Tuesday 16th October. Cakes need to be taken to the school hall on Tuesday morning with your name and class clearly labelled. There will be a prize for the best celebration cake in each year group. Prizes will be awarded during assembly on Wednesday 17th October. All cakes will be eaten during the afternoon of the 16th. Please remember, no nuts as we have many children and staff with allergies. Good luck and we look forward to seeing (and tasting) your entries! Alison and Ginnie

Year 6 Science Event
On Monday, October 8th Year 6 will be taking part in a science event in school. Please see ParentMail for specific details. All the Year 6 children will have received an invitation to the Preview of an exhibition of Tony De Saulles work being held at the University. A selection of some of the children's drawings will also be on show. If you do not receive the invite there are a few on the desk at reception. The Preview is both free and optional. If you require any further information please email geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

Vacancies
Holy Trinity is looking for three Teaching Assistants:

  • An experienced TA to work for 5 mornings a week (09h30 to 12h00). An ability to work with small groups and individuals, particularly with maths is essential.
  • An experienced TA to work with children for whom English is an additional language. This post will be for 15 hours a week - 09h30 to 12h00 daily. A TEFL course would be advantageous
  • An experienced SEN TA to work with a child with behavioural needs. This is a full time post - 08h45 to 15h15 daily.

All enquiries to Bev Reed on recruiting@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 October 2012.

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Years 3 & 4 cake sale – Friday 12th October
Please send in cakes/biscuits e.g. fairy cakes/flapjacks. No nuts please. The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. Each cake costs 25p so we suggest you send your child in with 50p - £1.00. We need helpers on the day, from 1:15pm to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. If you are able to help please contact Lesley Wood, lesley@revalia.co.uk

Christmas is coming! – Northbrook Wrapping
If you have not received a form and catalogue and you would like one please contact Lisa Barnard 07936 796165. Buying from Northbrook items gives you the opportunity of fundraising for the school as well as buying beautiful wrap & cards, everyone who orders has a chance to win an iPad or another item from PC World to the value of £500 . Please get order forms and cheques back to the school office anytime before half term.

Bingo Night
This event is now sold out, thanks for all your support and see you Saturday. Please bring a small wrapped gift e.g sweets to use as a gift,

Phil the Bag
A big thank you to everyone who cleared out their cupboards and brought in old clothes and shoes etc, we had a huge number of bags.

Dates for the diary
Year 4 Drinks in The Albany– Wednesday 10th October
HTSC Meeting – Thursday 11th October – Staff room 8pm
Year 3 Coffee Morning Starbucks on Market Street from 10 am – Friday 12th October
Years 3 & 4 CakeSale- Friday 12th October
Year 5 Drinks in All Bar One – Wed 17th October
Year 3 Drinks in The Albany– Thursday 18th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November


Know Your Colours
Calling all ladies to a 'Know Your Colours' evening at St Saviours Church on Monday, 8th October from 7.30pm, cheese, wine & nibbles provided. Tickets £6 - reserve yours today, telephone 455333. A poster is up in Reception for your information.

FREE Boys' second hand uniform available, Mandela House, good used condition. Jumpers, polo shirts and trousers aged 5 - 7. Contact Julie Shaw 07786 736622. First come first served.

Infant 5/10/12

05 October 2012

Dear Parents,

It was harvest time at the infants today. There was a great display of tinned and driedfood as well as another large table of toiletries. Our collection at Pewley Down this year will all go to Surrey Youth Action. This is an organisation which works with young people who are homeless and seeks to give emergency shelter and then attempt to find them some more permanent housing and a job.

Our giving at Holy Trinity was for Guildford Womens Refuge and No5 which is a hostel for adult homeless who would otherwise be sleeping rough. We have been pleased to support these good causes practically to know that what we give makes a real difference. We to take time to speak with the children about the charities and the people they help.

Last year when we had an assembly about charities the juniors met a young man who had been associated with Holy Trinity for about ten years. It was a surprise and shock to us that he was now homeless.

We were all moved to hear how through a series of circumstances this had occured. We were pleased that he was now being helped into work and good living conditions by the charity.

We were reminded of Jesus’ words about the times we help the sick, the prisoners, the homeless and the refugees, ‘ In the giving to these people you are giving to me.’

We want to teach all our children to be thankful generous and giving. Harvest reminded us of just that.

With best wishes, Richard

Maths Curriculum Evening, Thursday 11 October, 7.00 pm in the hall
All parents are invited to our maths evening when we will be talking about how we teach maths in each year group.

Fluffy Friday, 19 October
Letters with details of Fluffy activities will be coming home on Monday for Years 1 and 2 and should be returned by Friday 12 October. Reception year will be doing their own version of Fluffy in their classes. All children should come to school in home clothes (mufti) on the 19th.

Christmas card orders
The children’s Christmas card designs have all gone home in book bags now. If you would like to order cards, the order forms and cheques must be returned by Monday 8 October. Unfortunately, any orders received after this date cannot be processed.

Requests
We are collecting empty jam or sauce jars, so if you have any (that you aren’t saving for jolly jars) please bring them along to the office.
Also, if anyone is planning a trip to Ikea in the near future, please contact Nicola.

Second Hand Uniform
There is plenty of second hand uniform available in excellent condition. If you would like to have a browse please contact clarestone74@gmail.com to arrange a time.

Vacancies
Please see the Vacancies page for details.

Lost
A couple of scooters are missing: Zoe Perry’s (Chestnut) blue micro scooter with orange brake and Martha Fitzwater’s (Walnut) named scooter. Please could you check to make sure that you have taken the right scooter home.

Jonathan Giles (Chestnut) has lost his named, purple lightweight coat.

Naethen Jones (Chestnut) has lost his named, Shackleton sweatshirt.

FOPS News

Christmas is coming ....... Why not make an early start on your Christmas to do list and raise money for our school at the same time? Coming home in book bags this week you'll find brochures for Northbrook Gift Wrap and Phoenix Cards. FOPS earns 22% and 30% commission respectively on orders placed with these companies before half term. All orders will be received in plenty of time to wrap or write before Christmas. A little reminder too that any orders for the children’s own artwork Christmas cards, which came home in book bags over the last week, must be returned to the school office by Monday 8th October. Phew, gift wrap and cards crossed off the list before half term!!

Christmas raffle - Thank you to Nicci Holliday (mum of Rocco) and Suzie Turner (mum of Aidan and Zoe) who have volunteered to coordinate the search for raffle prizes. If you, your employer or anyone you know is able to help by donating prizes, Nicci or Suzie would love to hear from you (nicci.holliday@bbc.co.uk or suziturner@yahoo.co.uk).

School calendar - We are trying to produce a 2013 calendar to celebrate the school's 200th birthday. In order to progress this project, we need a volunteer to help with the technical side of creating the images, which will be a montage of photos. If you have talents in this area and are willing to help, please speak to Emily (emilybourke@msn.com).

And finally, look out for details of the Sainsbury’s fundraising scheme coming home in book bags next week.


Know Your Colours, Monday 8 October, 8-10pm, St Saviour’s, Woodbridge Road, Guildford
Take a fresh look at your wardrobe and your life – an evening of information, inspiration and fun. Gayna Cooper is an image consultant and award-winning speaker. She will share life-changing tips on which styles and colours help make us look stunning and why. Cost £6 (tickets available from reception at St Saviour’s). Cheese & wine served from 7.30pm.

FREE Light Party, Wednesday 31 October, 5-7pm at Christ Church & Hall
Celebrate the Light of Christ! Food, fun, fireworks, Christian magician and more! Aimed at 5-11 yr olds, all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A joint party with St Saviour's. Please book a place by 20 October with Becky on 01483 455198 or becky@christchurchguildford.com

Josh Romero (Chestnut) is taking part in the Kellystore Fun-Raisers 5k run on Sunday 14th October, in support of Disability Challengers, a local charity which provides crucial play and leisure opportunities for many disabled children and young people, including his brother Alex. He is the youngest runner entered! He would be so grateful if you could visit the link below, and sponsor whatever you can, to help support their vital work in our local community and help him around the course! www.kellystore.org/guildford-2012/sponsor/josh-romero-s-team.php Thank you. I’ll be sure to let you know how he gets on! Victoria

AppArt Art & Sculpture Exhibition will be running from 6 – 21 October at Secretts Garden Centre, Godalming from 10am – 5pm daily, displaying a wide variey of art & sculpture, admission free. Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 5R & Issie Oak) will be exhibiting a few of her paintings there. www.appartonline.co.uk or www.becart.co.uk for more details.

FREE Boys' second hand uniform available, Mandela House, good used condition. Jumpers, polo shirts and trousers aged 5 - 7. Contact Julie Shaw 07786 736622. First come first served.

Baby boys’ clothes (from birth) and other baby items available. Please contact Miryam Giles (tel: 856330 or text 07756 035561).