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Junior Newsletter 28/9/128

28 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I do hope you will be able to come to some of the events for the 200th birthday of the school. I am really excited about this event which is very unusual for a primary school. Please look at the leaflet your child will be bringing home shortly.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful log books from Victorian times. They are addictive and portray a very human couple, Joseph and Helen Ball, who were heads of the Boys and Girls schools which were separate at that time. Their real humanity comes through all the time, which is unusual in these type of reports. Their concerns and pleasures still ring true, though their description of children can be harsh. Joseph Ball describes William Cooper as ‘a poor soulless boy without the semblance of a spark of honour in his whole body’ and this for missing one day of school.

Mrs Helen Ball felt much as we do at the Juniors about our next Ofsted inspection, she writes ‘I think that the sooner we have the inspection the better, not that we are completely ready as regards proficiency but we have worked at such high pressure that we feel fairly worn out, both teachers and children’. Well it’s not as bad as that but I do have certain sympathies.

The bicentenary gives us all a real sense of our heritage and teaches us to continue to give of our very best during the time that we as staff have stewardship of Holy Trinity Pewley Down.

With best wishes,
Richard

Week commencing Monday 1st October
Wednesday 3rd – Year 6 visit to Holy Trinity Church
Thursday 4th – Year 3 Marwell Zoo School trip
Saturday 6th – HTSC Bingo Night 8pm School Hall

Free School Meals
If your child has been eligible for free school meals in the past you need to complete a new application to continue to receive them. Please ask for a form at the office.

Welcome
We are delighted to welcome Sheryl Casciani-Govan onto the School Admin Team as a permanent member. Many of you will already have met Sheryl as she had kindly offered to temp in the Office this term.

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.

Parent Reading Partners
If you have a spare 15-30 minutes once or twice a week, Tracey & Lynda in Year 3&4 Group Room would really appreciate if you could help listen to individual children reading. Please pop in or email traceyj@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

HTSC News

Please see the HTSC section on the website for information on what we do and to download forms for the Bingo Night, Sainsbury’s scheme and future events. www.htpd.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/PTA/Junior---HTSC.aspx

We are still looking for class reps in years 4 and 6, thanks to everyone who has volunteered already. We are also still in need of a Chair or 2x Co Chairs. Please feel free to email/speak to Caroline Swift (caroline@swifts.me.uk) if you are considering any of these roles - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the HTSC files to help!

Phil the Bag
Please bring in your bags next week for ‘Phil the Bag’. Any textiles, shoes, clothes, handbags in any condition can be brought in from Monday 1st to Thursday 4th October. Thank you.

Not all children have brought home a "Phil the Bag, but please bring in your unwanted textiles - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding - and leave them at the bottom of the ramps in school from Monday 1st to Thursday 4th October. Textile items are accepted in any type of bag and in any condition, as those items that cannot be reused are recycled.

The School is rewarded by weight – the more the better! The more textiles we can collect the more money we can raise for extra resources for the school – we receive 50p for every kilo of textiles, that’s £500 per tonne. Many thanks for your help!

Bingo Night
Come and have some family fun on Saturday 6th October from 6pm – 8pm. A fish and chip supper, and a soft drinks bar will be available on the night. All ages are welcome. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and hosting the evening. Download a ticket request form here.

Dates for the diary
Phil the Bag Monday 1st October to Thursday 4th October
Bingo Night - Saturday 6th October- 6-8pm school hall
Year 4 Drinks in The Albany – Wednesday 10th October
Year 3 Coffee Morning Starbucks on Market Street from 10 am – Friday 12th October
Years 3 & 4 Cake Sale - Friday 12th October
Year 3 Drinks in The Albany – Thursday 18th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November

Please look out for the Northbrook Christmas Gift Wrap Brochure that we will be sending home soon. If everyone bought just one item, not only does it help raise money for the school, but everyone who orders has a chance to win an iPad or another item from PC World to the value of £500. Please return order forms and cheques to reception by half term holiday. Any queries contact Lisa Bernard (Sophie’s mum 5H) 07936 796165.

Lost
Aashal Gurung, 3G is missing a Mandela sports top and sweatshirt.

Menu - Week 3

Chilworth Urban Saints Youth Group
An exciting Christian Youth Group for Boys & Girls aged 8 to 14, based at Tillingbourne School every Tuesday 7.00pm to 8.15pm, which aims to share the Good News about Jesus Christ and inspire a generation! Coming up this term we have: fun and games with a parachute, competitions, food games, and a ‘Big Birthday Party’; also trips to Spectrum Skating, Fireworks and Bowling…...and much more! Come along, join the fun! Everyone welcome, don’t forget to bring your friends. For more info please contact chilworthurbansaints@gmail.com or call Colette 561399 or Emma 450788.


Arts and Crafts
@ The Old Fire Station, Godalming, Saturday 27th October, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Kid's Halloween Sugar Skulls Workshop (£10 per child)
This October Half term why not visit us and celebrate the Mexican Tradition of 'Día de los Muertos'(Day of the Dead) by making some beautiful Sugar Art! Surrey Based confectionery artist Gina McAdam will be back once again to host this popular and diverse workshop aimed at children aged 4-12. Learn how to mould Sugar and then get busy decorating from a range of Piped Icing, Glitters and paints. Help will be on hand for the younger children although parents are welcome by previous arrangement. Book early and Dress for Mess! Suitable for kids aged 4-12, All materials and refreshments are provided. For further details http://www.facebook.com/Oldfirecrafts or gina@whatsinthebox.co.uk

Infant Newsletter 28/9/12

28 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I do hope you will be able to come to some of the events for the 200th birthday of the school.  I am really excited about this event which is very unusual for a primary school.  Please look at the leaflet your child will be bringing home shortly.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful log books from Victorian times.  They are addictive and portray a very human couple, Joseph and Helen Ball, who were heads of the Boys and Girls schools which were separate at that time.  Their real humanity comes through all the time, which is unusual in these type of reports.  Their concerns and pleasures still ring true, though their description of children can be harsh. Joseph Ball describes William Cooper as ‘a poor soulless boy without the semblance of a spark of honour in his whole body’ and this for missing one day of school.

Mrs Helen Ball felt much as we do at the Juniors about our next Ofsted inspection, she writes ‘I think that the sooner we have the inspection the better, not that we are completely ready as regards proficiency but we have worked at such high pressure that we feel fairly worn out, both teachers and children’.  Well it’s not as bad as that but I do have certain sympathies.  

The bicentenary gives us all a real sense of our heritage and teaches us to continue to give of our very best during the time that we as staff have stewardship of Holy Trinity Pewley Down.

With best wishes, 
Richard

Harvest Assembly, Friday 5 October, 9.00am
This year we are collecting for Surrey Youth Support Service who support vulnerable teenagers who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  If you would like to contribute, year groups are collecting the following items:
Year 2: donations of toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, towels). There are more boys than girls using the service so please bear this in mind when buying toiletries.  
Years 1 & R: donations of non-perishable food (tins, packets etc).  

There will be a collection box at the office from Monday (1st).  Parents are very welcome to attend the harvest assembly on Friday.

Pupil Premium
Please look at our website for up to date information about the additional funding we receive annually from the government to ensure our children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) make progress in line with all other pupils. At HTPD this important source of income is used in a variety of ways. If you think your child might be entitled to receive free school meals, please ask at the school office for confidential advice about how to apply.

Year R Home School Agreement 
Please remember to return your signed home/school agreement to the school office if you haven’t already done so.

Playground markings
Thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money for the new playground markings:  the School Council who held a sweet sale, the Dads for their sponsored activities and FOPS for donating the balance.  The playground markings will be done during the October half term holiday.

Bulbs
Thank you very much to all the very kind parents who have brought in bulbs for planting in the school grounds.  We are looking forward to a colourful display in the spring.

FOPS News

Sainsburys scheme
The school is part of a brilliant scheme offered by Sainsburys to raise money just by doing your weekly grocery shop or filling up with petrol.  There is no additional cost to you.  You simply agree to put an amount on a “gift card” each month which you then spend in store.  This can be as little or as much as you like.  For every pound you put on the “gift card”, the school received 4% cash back.  Application forms for the scheme are available on the school website under the PTA FOPS section.  Please speak to Emily (Rufus, Hazel) or Jane (Jessica, Oak) if you would like more information.

Lost
Jessica Callanan has lost a black raincoat (North Face).  If you have seen it, please call 01483 532658

Menu 

Childcare / Nanny wanted for Mondays and Tuesdays.  Three children aged 3, 5 and 7.  Please contact Anna Williams for more details (07880 882416), mother of Rebecca (Year 1) and Joseph (Year 3).

Swimming Lessons at Boxgrove School: Mondays between 4-6pm (during school term).  All abilities taught, non-swimmers or advanced.  Qualified, patient and experienced teachers.  Contact Claire on 07715 324306 or 01276 509640 (evenings).  

Arts and Crafts @ The Old Fire Station, Godalming, Saturday 27th October, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Kid's Halloween Sugar Skulls Workshop (£10 per child)
This October Half term why not visit us and celebrate the Mexican Tradition of 'Día de los Muertos'(Day of the Dead) by making some beautiful Sugar Art! Surrey Based confectionery artist Gina McAdam will be back once again to host this popular and diverse workshop aimed at children aged 4-12. Learn how to mould Sugar and then get busy decorating from a range of Piped Icing, Glitters and paints. Help will be on hand for the younger children although parents are welcome by previous arrangement. Book early and Dress for Mess! Suitable for kids aged 4-12, All materials and refreshments are provided. For further details http://www.facebook.com/Oldfirecrafts or gina@whatsinthebox.co.uk

 

Junior Newsletter 21/9

21 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed our ‘meet the teacher’ evenings. They are an important part of our on-going opportunities to improve our relationship and communication with you. It is a part of our pledge to make the school as open, friendly and helpful as possible to you as parents. We do try and test every new thing we do by saying ‘how will this affect parents’ and also ‘how will this affect single parents’?  Please let us know if there is any part of our systems or communications that isn’t working well for you.
 
It was the juniors’ meeting last night. I took the opportunity of going around all the year groups with Tracey explaining just why we had made the move to whole class teaching of maths. It was important to share this information with you as it is a significant change that some disagree with. It was good to have time to lay out our reasons and to give examples of how some maths might now look. I am grateful for Tracey’s insightful contribution. We had planned a 10 minute talk and five minutes questions and I am sorry that the question time was squeezed out.
 
I am keen to see how all children throughout both sites are progressing by the time of parent meetings in November. We are particularly looking for improved progress in maths at HT and boys’ writing at PD.
 
I would like to thank you for your trust in our great staff at HTPD. They willingly take on new initiatives and all give of their best to keep your children safe and happy and provided with the best possible education.

With best wishes, Richard


Events Next Week
Monday  24th - Year 6 Bikeability 1.15 – 2.45 (all week)
Tuesday 25th - Auditions for the Christmas Production in the hall from 3.15-4.30
Wednesday 26th - Harvest Assembly Years 3 & 4 09h00, Years 5 & 6 10h00 - Parents Welcome
Wednesday 26th - House Netball (All)
Friday 28th - Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale

Future Dates for your Dairy
Wednesday 24th October - Early Close 12h00 for Teachers INSET. No Clubs or Clubs+ available
Thursday 25th October - INSET
Friday 26th October - INSET

Harvest Festival
This year we will be supporting the Guildford Women’s Refuge and No. 5 (www.no5.org.uk). Please bring dried food goods e.g. pasta, cereals and tinned products (soup, veg, fruit etc). We also require large sized track suit bottoms, t-shirts and old trainers for No. 5. Parents are welcome to the Assembly and you please bring fresh produce on the day. Thanks.

Cross Country
What a brilliant start to the year the girls made at the St. Catherine's Cross country fixture last week. Our Year 4 team all made the top 12 with Eliza Sutton achieving 4th place. The Year 5 team came 2nd overall with Tilly Gough placed 2nd and Isla Miller placed 3rd and our Year 6 team came third overall with Aoife Russell Moore placed 2nd. Well done to all of the girls who took part and who displayed such great effort.

Dietary Requirements
Please ensure that the school office is aware of any dietary requirements your child has. Thank you.

Contact Details
If you change any of your contact details, please let the office know ASAP so we can keep all our records up to date.  Many thanks.

JTLYK
Please look at the Year 3 and 4 Group Room pages on the website JTLYK page for spelling and reading updates.

Internet Safety
We will be speaking to the children about internet safety this year and will be using the website http://ceop.police.uk/

Payments
Would all parents please ensure that your child’s name, class and for what activity the payment is for, is all clearly written on either your envelope or cheque?  Thank you.

Clubs
There have been a couple of amendments to this clubs this term, the new list is available to view or download from the website in the Before & After School section or download here.

Pupil Premium
Please look at our website for up to date information about the additional funding we receive annually from the government to ensure our children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) make progress in line with all other pupils. At HTPD this important source of income is used in a variety of ways. If you think your child might be entitled to receive free school meals, please ask at the school office for confidential advice about how to apply.

HTSC News

Please see the HTSC section on the website for information on what we do and to download forms for the Bingo Night,  Sainsbury’s scheme and future events. www.htpd.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/PTA/Junior---HTSC.aspx
 
Years 5 & 6 cake sale - Friday 28th September
Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. 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 1:15 to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to carolinesrees@yahoo.co.uk 
 
Phil the Bag – Monday 1st October to Thursday 4th October
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used. 
 
Bingo Night
Come and have some family fun on Saturday 6st October from 6pm – 8pm. A fish and chip supper, and a soft drinks bar will be available on the night.  All ages are welcome.  Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and hosting the evening. Download a ticket request form here.
 
Night out for Year 4 Parents
Hope you can meet for a drink in The Albany on Wednesday, 10th October from 8 p.m.
 
Dates for the diary
Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale– Friday 28th September **Date change**.
Bingo Night - Saturday 6th October- 6-8pm school hall
Years 3 & 4 CakeSale - Friday 12th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November

Vacancies at HTPD
Please click here to view current vacancies at HTPD.

For Sale
Judo suit, Lonsdale, size 1/140 - suitable for year 3/4.  £10 ono
Guildfordians rugby kit, age 9-10, perfect condition. Includes shirt, shorts, turbo top, waterproof joggers and rugby boots size 4 and 5. Any reasonable offer accepted!
HT baseball kit, hardly worn, size large. Make me an offer!  Thank you.
Please contact Helen Sinclair at sinclair.1@hotmail.com or tel: 569846
 
BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds have started again this term.  Fridays (4 - 5.30pm) & Saturdays (12 – 1.30pm) in Guildford, now 8 weeks of the term left.  These 1 ½ hour classes cost £14 for drop-in classes. £100 for the remaining 8 lessons.  For more information please text Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) 07796 780042 or e-mail becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you are considering the drop-in classes in order to enable us to prepare the lesson for your child.

Menu - Week 2

Infant Newsletter 21/9

21 September 2012

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed our ‘meet the teacher’ evenings. They are an important part of our on-going opportunities to improve our relationship and communication with you. It is a part of our pledge to make the school as open, friendly and helpful as possible to you as parents. We do try and test every new thing we do by saying ‘how will this affect parents’ and also ‘how will this affect single parents’?  Please let us know if there is any part of our systems or communications that isn’t working well for you.
 
It was the juniors’ meeting last night. I took the opportunity of going around all the year groups with Tracey explaining just why we had made the move to whole class teaching of maths. It was important to share this information with you as it is a significant change that some disagree with. It was good to have time to lay out our reasons and to give examples of how some maths might now look. I am grateful for Tracey’s insightful contribution. We had planned a 10 minute talk and five minutes questions and I am sorry that the question time was squeezed out.
 
I am keen to see how all children throughout both sites are progressing by the time of parent meetings in November. We are particularly looking for improved progress in maths at HT and boys’ writing at PD.
 
I would like to thank you for your trust in our great staff at HTPD. They willingly take on new initiatives and all give of their best to keep your children safe and happy and provided with the best possible education.

With best wishes, Richard

Year 1 sculpture walk around town, Monday 24th
If anyone else would like to help with the sculpture walk on Monday please contact your child’s teacher.  They will be leaving at 1.00pm and returning before the end of school.  Year 1 also need some more parent helpers in order to be able to go to the Wild Place on Thursdays.  If you could help with this please contact the Year 1 teachers.

Dates for your diary
New parent helper meeting, 26 September, 2.30 pm
If you haven’t helped in school before and think you might at some point this year,  Richard would like to invite you to a ‘New parent helper’ meeting on 26 September.  Please could you let the office know if you will be coming along.
Maths curriculum information evening for years R – 2, 11 October, 7-8 pm

Teacher-led clubs
Clubs will start next week (from Monday 24th) and letters went home in book bags earlier this week.  Children can be collected from their clubs as follows: 
Cooking from Oak Class side door;   Lego and Binca from the side gate (by the pond);
Film and Karaoke from the main downstairs double doors; Art Club from the upstairs (reception) entrance.

Wild Place
A big ‘thank you’ to Fin Morrish’s dad for strimming the paths at the Wild Place.  Thanks also to Caitlyn Durrant’s dad for his hard work in starting to clear the raised beds.  However, as this is quite a big job we could do with some more help if anyone else is willing and able. Please contact Nicola or the office.

Breakfast Club
Michaela is stepping down from the Breakfast Club from 1st October and Irma will be taking on her role.

Year R
Reception Year classes need to replace their computer screens, so if anyone has any spare (working) flat screens we would be very grateful. 

Bulbs for the school grounds
It would be lovely to have a really colourful spring display of bulbs next year.  Therefore, if you are buying daffodils, tulips etc over the next few weeks please consider buying a second bag for the school.  Please bring any bulbs to the school office or Sarah McKenzie in Hazel Class.   

Newsletter
This is the last week for paper copies of the newsletter.  It will be available on the website on Fridays and we will send a ParentMail reminder.  Please let the office know if you need a paper copy. 
 
Pupil Premium
Please look at our website for up to date information about the additional funding we receive annually from the government to ensure our children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) make progress in line with all other pupils. At HTPD this important source of income is used in a variety of ways. If you think your child might be entitled to receive free school meals, please ask at the school office for confidential advice about how to apply.

FOPS News

Don’t forget the FOPS Meeting on Monday 24 September at 8.00pm in the staffroom.  All are welcome.  We will be planning the events for the year so come along to find out what FOPS does and how you can get involved.

Christmas Cards to raise funds for Pewley Down
Last Autumn, our children designed Christmas cards and our orders (which also included gift wrap and gift labels) raised over £400 for our school, so we are repeating the project for Christmas 2012.  Our children will soon be designing their Christmas cards in class.  These will then come home in book bags for us to place our orders.  Please return the artwork (which will have the order form on the back) immediately together with payment ... cheques payable to FOPS please.  We will let you know exactly when to expect the artwork & order form but the absolute latest deadline for artwork is Monday 8 October.   You’ll be pleased to know that all products ordered will be in school by Monday 3 December latest and they will be despatched via book bags.  Thanks for your support, Natalie Savage (Elias in Walnut).

Vacancies at HTPD:
Please click here to view our vacancies.

Spanish Club
There are still some spaces in Spanish Club, Tuesdays 3-4pm. Further information is available from the office or contact Sonia Maskell (who runs the club) direct at smask_elclubespanol@hotmail.com.

Lost
Halla Alfaiz has lost her (named) navy blue, John Lewis cardigan. 
Oliver Newell has lost a (named) Nightingale sweatshirt.

Menu for week beginning Monday 24 September
Mon: Chicken or Vegetarian Burger with Salad, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Fruit Crumble & Custard
Tues: Cowboy Hotpot or Bean Hotpot, Peas, Cauliflower; Fruit Jelly
Weds: Roast Turkey or Vegetable Plait, Roast Potatoes, Broccoli, Baby Carrots; Fruity Flapjack
Thurs: Sausage or Quorn Sausage & Mash, Baked Beans, Mixed Vegetables; Chocolate Mousse
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Nuggets, Chips, Peas, Sweetcorn; Lemon Curd Tart

Play Kenya Craft Fair, Saturday 22 September, 10am to 3.00pm, Lord Pirbright Hall, Pirbright Village
25 stalls selling a variety of handmade items plus, weather permitting, a BBQ, home made cakes, coffee/tea and also games for  the children and a face painter.  Julia Sears, who used to work in the HT office, volunteers on the Play Kenya committee which raises money for a safe house in Kenya for girls aged 4 to 12 who have been sexually abused.  Contact: therapy@playkenya or www.playkenya.com

BEC-Art
Classes for 7 -12 year olds have started again this term.  Fridays (4 - 5.30pm) & Saturdays (12 – 1.30pm) in Guildford, now 8 weeks of the term left.  These 1 ½ hour classes cost £14 for drop-in classes. £100 for the remaining 8 lessons.   One hour classes also available. (2 hour classes now full). We will be using Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, Sketching & doing 3 Dimensional work.  For more information please text Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) 07796 780042 or e-mail  becca.clegg@ntlworld.com  - or see some of the work done so far at www.becart.co.uk .  Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you are considering the drop-in classes in order to enable us to prepare the lesson for your child.

Infant Newsletter 14/9/12

14 September 2012

We have had a really good start to term at both sites – all the children seem happy and have settled quickly into their new classes. This week we had the second part of the Ofsted at Pewley Down. We were inspected on RE, assemblies, ethos and leadership. Again the result is embargoed for about 2 weeks, but I am able to say that we got exactly the result we had most hoped for! The report will be published on the website as soon as we receive it and then I will write to you about it in more detail.
 
Our two main focus areas for the curriculum this term are maths and writing. We have set targets in these areas and these are included in our School Development Plan; it is my intention to publish this on the website soon. At Holy Trinity the new ways of organising the teaching of maths will be discussed at the Meet the Team meeting that takes place on September 20th.  This will give you an opportunity to listen to and question me about this new initiative.

Following this meeting the HTSC (the HT PTA) AGM will take place at 8pm. We still need people to volunteer for the position of Chair (or 2 x Co-chairs) and also some class reps. Please consider if you could help in this way.
 
At Pewley Down the inspectors highlighted the gap between girls’ and boys’ writing at the end of last year.  This is a national picture and something that we are very mindful of in the way we teach the children.  At our residential In Service Training writing, and especially writing which encourages boys to make progress, will be the main theme.
 
We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do and really hope that this will make a difference to the challenge and enjoyment of our teaching for all children.

With Best Wishes, Richard

School Diary
We are sorry that the school diary which went out in book bags yesterday is incorrect. A revised version will be sent home on Monday.

Reception Year reminders:
Phonics Evening, Monday 17 September, 7.00pm
Picnic, Friday 21 September, 1.15pm

Surrey Advertiser photo, Wednesday 19th
The Surrey Advertiser will be coming in to take their annual photo of the new Reception children on Wednesday. We will let you know when the photo is due to appear.

Teacher-led clubs for Years 1 and 2
If you haven’t already done so, please return your form for teacher-led clubs by Wednesday 19th.

School Council
The new Year 2 school council have now been elected (Heather Learoyd, Lucy Harrison, Johanan McNair Scott and Milo Derham) so watch this space for our next project. The Year 1 reps stay the same ( Ella Randall, Ruben Parnell, Annie Brook, Freddie Kay) as they were only elected in the Summer Term.

Wild Place
Our flower beds at the Wild Place have taken on a life of their own and really need some adult attention before the children can get involved. If anybody is able to spare some time to don some gardening gloves please let Nicola know (nicolab@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk).

Star Awards
Thank you to Caracoli for sponsoring our weekly Star Awards and we know lots of you have enjoyed sharing a coffee/cake with your children to celebrate. Sadly they do not feel able to continue to sponsor the whole school and will now only be providing vouchers for our Reception Year Star Award winners. Caracoli is the upstairs café at Steamer Trading at the top of the High Street. 
 


FOPS News

FOPS Meeting - Monday 24 September at 8pm - The first FOPS meeting of the school year will be on Monday 24 September from 8pm in the staff room. At this meeting we will be planning the events for the forthcoming year. All are welcome. Come along to find out what FOPS does, how you can get involved or let us know your ideas for fantastic fundraising events.

Second Hand Uniform - Many thanks to Claire Stone (mum of Zoe) who has very kindly taken on this task!

Christmas Cards - Many thanks to Natalie Savage (mum of Elias) who has kindly agreed to
co-ordinate this. You will hear more about this in the coming weeks.

Christmas Raffle - We would like to make an early start finding raffle prizes for the Christmas Fair and are looking for a volunteer to take this on. There is no need to come to any meetings and this job is usually done and dusted by mid-November. If you could help with this, please speak to Jane Bell or Emily Bourke.

Chestnut Class - We still only have one class rep for Chestnut class. Poor Ros! Could anyone with a child in Chestnut class help her?!
 


Reminders
• We are a nut-free school. Please ensure that packed lunches don’t include items containing nuts.
• Water bottles should only contain water.
• Please name all school uniform.
• Please let the office know if any of your contact details, especially phone numbers, change.
• Also let the office know if there is any change to your child’s medical or dietary needs.
• Earrings – if children have pierced ears school policy is that they must only wear studs at school. Studs need to be covered with plasters for PE or games lessons. Please could you either send your child in with some tape or without earrings on their PE days.

PUPS vacancies
We are looking for play-workers to work at PUPs, the after-school club. If you are interested, please e-mail Bev Reed for more information (bevr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk).

Piano Lessons - a few slots available for the autumn term. Music reading and basic theory taught. A fun introduction to playing the piano. Beginners very welcome. Contact David Hyde on 01483 237141 or via e-mail on waggydee@btinternet.com.

Lost: Baby Gluyas has lost his hat - white with a blue rim. If anyone finds it, could you please let Cherrie Gluyas (James, Oak Class) or the office know.

Fundraising for Shooting Star Chase
I’m doing the Virgin London triathlon on 22nd September with my brother and his wife. We are doing the sprint triathlon which is 750 metre swim (in the thames!), 20K bike ride and 5K run. We are raising money for Shooting Star Chase who are a local Children’s hospice, based in Artington Guildford. They currently support my daughter Evie (& have done for 6 years) and us as a family. The support we get from them as a family and Evie individually is vital. Therefore my reason to raise funds for Chase. Any contribution to help me/us get to our target would be most gratefully received. Thanks v much. Carrie Witts (Maddie, Beech & Olly, 5A). My fundraising web page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/WilkoTri
 

Junior Newsletter 14/9/12

14 September 2012

Dear Parents

We have had a really good start to term at both sites – all the children seem happy and have settled quickly into their new classes. This week we had the second part of the Ofsted at Pewley Down. We were inspected on RE, assemblies, ethos and leadership. Again the result is embargoed for about 2 weeks, but I am able to say that we got exactly the result we had most hoped for! The report will be published on the website as soon as we receive it and then I will write to you about it in more detail.

Our two main focus areas for the curriculum this term are maths and writing. We have set targets in these areas and these are included in our School Development Plan; it is my intention to publish this on the website soon. At Holy Trinity the new ways of organising the teaching of maths will be discussed at the Meet the Team meeting that takes place on September 20th. This will give you an opportunity to listen to and question me about this new initiative. 

Following this meeting the HTSC (the HT PTA) AGM will take place at 8pm. We still need people to volunteer for the position of Chair (or 2 x Co-chairs) and also some class reps. Please consider if you could help in this way.

At Pewley Down the inspectors highlighted the gap between girls’ and boys’ writing at the end of last year. This is a national picture and something that we are very mindful of in the way we teach the children. At our residential In Service Training writing, and especially writing which encourages boys to make progress, will be the main theme.

We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do and really hope that this will make a difference to the challenge and enjoyment of our teaching for all children.


With best wishes, Richard

School Calendar
The HTPD Dates for your Diary 2012/13 should have come home this week, if you do not have a copy please contact the office. It is possible that dates may change, so please check the Newsletter, JTLYK's and Website calendar regularly.

Lost Property
We are already accumulating lost property. Please ensure that all you name all items.

Parking
Please be considerate when parking near the school. Please do not park on the double lines or block driveways. Thank you for your co-operation.

Orchestra
Meet on Thursday at 12.30pm in the music room. We have a great string section but are lacking woodwind and brass players. Please encourage your children to come along if they play these instruments. All the sessions are great fun and the music varies in difficulty so as long as the child has been playing their instrument for a term they are SO very welcome. If you have any queries please contact Judy on judyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Kayak Club
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances there will be not Kayak Club until the Summer Term. If you wish to pursue independently please contact the Wey Kayak Club direct http:/www.weykayak.co.uk/

Head lice
We have cases of head lice in year 3, for treatment and detailed information please follow the link below
www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Treatment.aspx
 


HTSC News

HTSC stands for Holy Trinity School Community. The name was chosen few years ago to be more inclusive not just of the parents and staff of the school, but also of the community we live in. We are the PTA of the school.
Who are we?
We are parents of children at the school, just like you. By virtue of having a child at the school, you are already a member of the Holy Trinity School Community.
What we do?
We are all volunteers, and give our time to HTSC to organise and run social and fund raising events for the school. These include the Bonfire Night, Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, and Cake Sales during the year and a whole lot more. We are also a registered charity
How can you help?
You can help by giving us some of your time to become involved in our events. To find out how, please come along to a HTSC meeting, find out what we are planning, and decide if you can help and how much you want to do.
Get involved
If you are unable to help in the organising and running of events, you can also help by attending. All the money we raise goes back into the school, for the benefit of your children. The more money we raise, the more the school receives to spend on equipment it would not otherwise be able to afford. Every little helps

New class lists for all years have been issued this week, please check your details are correct, please send any changes to hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk clearly identifying the year and name of your child. If you did not receive the class lists please check that you are registered correctly on Parentmail.

We are still looking for class reps in all years, thanks to everyone who has volunteered already. We are also still in need of a Chair or 2x Co Chairs. Please feel free to email/speak to Caroline Swift (caroline@swifts.me.uk) if you are considering any of these roles - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the HTSC files to help!

Bingo Night
Back by popular demand…..come and have some family fun on Saturday 1st October from 6-8pm. Please come and join us for our start of autumn term social event in the school hall. A fish and chip supper, and a soft drinks bar will be available on the night. All ages are welcome. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and hosting the evening. Tickets on sale shortly details to follow.

Dates for the diary
HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 18th September - 8pm in the staff room. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do.
HTSC AGM - Thursday 20th September, 8pm in the hall
Bingo Night - Saturday 6th October- 6-8pm school hall
Years 3 & 4 Cake Sale - Friday 12th October
Years 5 & 6 Cake Sale - Date to be confirmed
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November

Phil the Bag – date tbc
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.
 



Lost
Lily Warner 5H is missing three cardigans - 1 Mandela cardigan and 2 M&S navy ones. All items are named. Can you please check your child’s bag and at home to make sure you do not have it by mistake. Please return it to the school office.
Missing Cardigan - Laura Cox 3MG, named Shakleton cardigan.

Piano lessons at HT
A few slots available for the Autumn Term. Music reading and theory taught, as well as modern styles. Beginners very welcome. Contact David Hyde on 01483 237141 or via email on waggydee@btinternet.com.

Guitar lessons at HT
A few spaces available for Years 3 and 4. For further information, please email: andy@guitarsteps.com.

Art course with Elena Andreeva
Our Art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition" starts this Monday the 17th of September. Children will learn about drawing from observation, tone, colour, as well as illustrating from imagination. The class will run on Mondays 3.30-5pm at the school. The cost is £100 for ten sessions. If you would like your child to have a place, please contact Elena on 01483 560385.

Zumba Class
There is a Zumba for Kids class running at Shalford Infants School on Mondays from 4.15 – 5.15 p.m. If you would like more information, please call Debbie on 07956 418670 or visit www.zumba4kidz.co.uk

Year 6 Boys/Girls
Burpham Juniors Football Club are setting up an under-11 second team and still have a few spaces left. They play in the new 9-a-side format. Would suit anyone new to match football as well as established players, since there will be opportunities to move up into the 1st team. If you are interested, please email Peter (dad of Billy, 6ST) at lizandpeter241@btinternet.com.

Swimming Lessons
At Boxgrove School, Mondays between 4-6pm (term time). All abilities taught non-swimmers or advanced. Qualified, patient and experienced teachers. Contact Claire 07715 324306 or 01276 509640 (evenings).

Newsletter

07 September 2012

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back to Holy Trinity Pewley Down. I really do hope you have had a happy summer. The children in both schools seem happy, rested and excited about the challenges of the coming year.

The first challenge we face is the next part of the Ofsted inspection at the Infant School. The main inpsection has now been published and is available from our website. We now have the supplementary inspection which is for Voluntary Aided Church Schools, this will take place on Tuesday. It focuses on RE and Assemblies as well as the ethos of the school. The inspector has told us that this time he will be concentrating on the underlying values and the differences they make to the school. Things are not so different; one hundred and fifty years ago the school was regularly inspected by the local rector and was keen to get great results. This term we celebrate our bi-centenary;  the school was founded in 1812 in George Abbot Hospital – the sixth set up by the Church of England.

We will be thinking about the history of the school, as well as the history of God’s People in our assembly series this term. The week beginning October 15th will be a special week of celebration. There will be a programme for that week in our newsletter next week. Please invite any family friends and neighbours especially those with connections to the school.

I do hope you enjoy the lovely weather this weekend is due to bring us.
With best wishes, Richard

Thank you for all the lovely gifts we received at the end of last term.

Events Happening Soon
Please check your year group JTLYK for information regarding year group activities.
School Clubs start next week (please click here to download timetable)
Monday 10th September – Year 3 and 6 Buddy Day at the Chantries
Thursday 20th September, 7pm – Year 3-6 Meet the Team followed by HTSC AGM

Road safety
When dropping or picking your children up please let your child use the pavement and not the road to avoid potential accidents. Please avoid the school gates area, particularly the zigzags, especially in the morning when Addisi0on Road is extremely busy. Please do not obstruct traffic or park dangerously (on a bend). Please do not let your children get out of the car near “roadside” as when cars are whizzing by, your child is very vulnerable in the middle of the road. There are often a few bays available a bit further down the road or on Pewley Way where it is safer for your children to alight and where the road will not be blocked for other users. Finally, please do not drop your child in the staff car park and then reverse back up the road – it’s very busy and we need to consider the unaccompanied, mostly sensible children that are crossing the driveway and keeping it safe for them. We care about our children at Holy Trinity Pewley Down and their safety is important to us. We thank you and very much appreciate your effort to ensure road safety at HTPD.

Illnesses
We have a child with a low immune system. Please do not send your child into school if they have chicken pox/shingles; measles etc or tonsillitis; sore throats; tummy bugs; vomiting; diarrhoea etc or fever and other illnesses including bad chest / respiratory infections. Please make sure that they are clear of all symptoms for 24 hours before they return to school. Please email hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk or telephone in the morning to advise of absences. Thank you.

Lunch at HTPD
This is to let you know that we have had to raise the cost of our lunches minimally to £2.20 from the 1st September. I hope you will agree that even at this price they are very nutritious and well worth the 10p increase.

Payments to the Office
Please would you assist the Office by ensuring that you write your child’s name and class on the back of a cheques sent into School together with what it’s for (lunch, swimming, trip name, etc)

Clubs
Please note that for this week only, there will be no Board Games on Tuesday, 11th September.

Football Club
Both clubs are extremely popular and well attended. It would be really helpful for Henry and Nick if we have any parents, mums or dads or older siblings who enjoy their football and would be able to come along and help. Please contact Henry or Nick directly if you are interested, thanks.

Art
There will be an additional art club after half term on Wednesday after school run by Alison.

Boys Choir
We are looking to re-introduce the boys choir and Judy is currently organising which day it will be on, so watch this space.
 


HTSC News

Welcome back, we have a busy term ahead, please see below for upcoming events for this term.  

We are still looking for class reps in all years, thanks to everyone who has volunteered already. We are also still in need of a Chair or 2x Co Chairs.   Please feel free to email/speak to Caroline Swift (caroline@swifts.me.uk) if you are considering any of these roles - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the HTSC files to help!

New class lists will be distributed in the next few days along with class rep details, please check your details are correct.

Dates for the diary
HTSC Meeting -Tuesday  18th September, 8pm in the staff room
HTSC AGM - Thursday 20th September, 8pm in the hall 
Bingo Night - Saturday 6th October - School hall details to follow  
Years 3 & 4 Cake Sale - Friday 12th October
Years 5 & 6 Cake Sale - Friday 19th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November

Phil the Bag – date tbc
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.


Charity
Gill in the kitchen is collecting (clean) milk bottle tops for equipment for disabled. If you would like to send them to her, there will be a box in the Office at HT where you children can leave them.

Menu - Week 1

Lost
After yesterday’s trip to the Chantries, one of the Countryside Wardens has found a jumper on the Campsite.
If anyone is missing a grey GAP hoodie with a pink heart on the front it is now at the office address below for collection. The office is open 8am-5pm and Fridays 8am-4:30pm.
Alison Boyce
Guildford Borough Council
Stoke Park Nursery
Nightingale Road
Guildford
Surrey GU1 1ER
Telephone: 01483 444715 Fax: 01483 444716
www.guildford.gov.uk

 

Newsletter

07 September 2012

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back to Holy Trinity Pewley Down. I really do hope you have had a happy summer. The children in both schools seem happy, rested and excited about the challenges of the coming year.
 
The first challenge we face is the next part of the Ofsted inspection at the Infant School. The main inspection has now been published and is available from our website. We now have the supplementary inspection which is for Voluntary Aided Church Schools. This will take place on Tuesday. It focuses on RE and Assemblies as well as the ethos of the school. The inspector has told us that this time he will be concentrating on the underlying values and the differences they make to the school. Things are not so different; one hundred and fifty years ago the school was regularly inspected by the local rector!

This term we celebrate our bi-centenary; the school was founded in 1812 in George Abbot Hospital – the sixth set up by the Church of England.  We will be thinking about the history of the school, as well as of God’s People, in our assembly series this term. The week beginning October 15th will be a special week of celebration. There will be a programme for that week in our newsletter next week. Please invite any family, friends and neighbours especially those with connections to the school.
 
I do hope you enjoy the lovely weather this weekend is due to bring us.
 
With best wishes, Richard

Meet the Team Meeting, Tuesday 11 September, 7pm
This is an opportunity to meet your child's class teacher to find out about all the exciting things planned for the year ahead as well as other useful information for the year.  Please go straight to your child’s classroom on arrival.  This will be followed by the FOPS AGM at 8pm in the hall.

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Wednesday 12 September
If you haven't yet returned your permission slips please do so as soon as possible.

Phonics Evening, Monday 17 September, 7pm
All Reception Year parents are invited to this information evening on phonics and reading.

Teacher-led clubs
Clubs letters for Years 1 and 2 are going out today so please check book bags.  Forms should be returned by Wednesday 19 September if your child is interested in taking part.  Reception Year will have an opportunity to join teacher-led clubs in the summer term.

Welcome
We are very pleased to welcome Hannah who has joined our teaching team in Year 1 from Bristow Infant School in Camberley.  We also welcome Lorraine, Jacob, Angela and Emma to our TA team, as well as Anna who is doing her teacher training in Year 2.

School lunches
The price of a school lunch has increased to £2.20 per day with effect from 4 September.
Lunch cards are available as follows: £11 (1 week), £22 (2 weeks), £44 (4 weeks) and £88 (8 weeks).
Please send your payment to the office (either cheque or cash – exact money if possible) in an envelope marked with the child’s class and name. We will put a reminder in the newsletter when the 4 week and 8 week lunch cards need to be renewed.

Newsletter
For the first few weeks of term we will be producing paper copies of the newsletter.  After that we will revert to putting the newsletter on the website on Fridays and sending out a ParentMail reminder with a link to the website.  If anyone is unable to access the internet please let the office know and we will provide a paper copy.
 


FOPS News

The FOPS AGM will be at 8 PM immediately after the Meet the Team Evening next Tuesday, 11th. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there.

FOPS Committee for this year:
Jane Bell (Jessica, Oak) and Emily Bourke (Rufus, Hazel) - Co-Chairs
Louise Alfonsi (Toby, Oak) - Treasurer
Suzie Turner (Aidan Crouch, Oak) - Secretary
Class Reps:
Hazel Class:   Liz van Eykenhof (Jamie)
Willow Class:   Becky Morrish (JJ), Sari Negus (Poppy), Jen Trott (Oliver)
Beech Class: Fiona Mercer (Freddie), Sarah Bird (Hannah)
Oak Class:   Nikki Holliday (Rocco), Helen Burgess (George & Thomas)
Walnut Class:   Cat Allan (Patrick), Lucy Hill (Tabitha)
Chestnut Class:  Ros Vickerman (Emily)
Thank you to all those who have volunteered.  We still need another rep for Chestnut class.  If you are willing and able to help, please speak to either Jane Bell or Emily Bourke.
 
We are also looking for volunteers for two small jobs:
 
Christmas Cards
We are participating in a Christmas Card fundraising project.  The children design Christmas cards which are then available for purchase.  We need a volunteer to co-ordinate this.  It takes very little time and will be completed before the October half term.  If you can help with this, please speak to Jane or Emily.  
 
Second hand uniform
We are also looking for someone to take responsibility for the second hand uniform sale.  A big  ‘thank you’ to Cecily Poole who has done this job brilliantly for many years.  The sales take place approximately once a term and involve very little extra work.  Please speak to Jane or Emily if you could help with this.

Scooters & buggies
To help ease congestion in the corridors, please leave buggies in the playground while dropping off children in the morning.

Please also remind children not to ride scooters in the playground.  They can be parked in the scooter park (by the path between the front door and the car park) during the school day.

Menu

The Surrey Science Circus ……Strikes Back for our Fifth Year!
Light sabres on standby for Saturday 15th September, 10.30 – 16.00 at University of Surrey
A FUN science day for all ages! Build your own rocket, learn how to prepare for a zombie invasion and get messy with custard. This year we bring you NEW talks on Glorious Blood and shocking electricity from the Science Museum along with some old favourites; including a bouncy castle for the little ones and face painting and circus skills. This year we have gone more creative than ever with workshops to create your own Surrey bug, drawing with light and much much more? Why not come along for a truly memorable day of fun and festivities, you may even learn something. And all this is completely FREE! For more information please visitwww.surrey.ac.uk/sciencecircus/ Or visit our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surrey-Science-Circus/181633395227020 Or follow us on Twitter @Science_Circus