• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

Junior 13/9/13

13 September 2013

Dear Parents,

Another term and another assembly series. This time it is based around the great Bible character David. His life is a mixture of highs and lows, successes and failures. We are using him as an example of how we are all unique and uniquely loved. Another theme is looking at a story from both sides; at the infants this is clearly demonstrated by a court case each week where a class of children are asked to choose who is in the right and who is in the wrong within a series of fairy tales. This week, rather surprisingly, they chose the swindler to be in the right and the pompous emperor to be in the wrong in the story of the King’s New Clothes. I think this was down to Nicola’s clever arguments rather than the true rights and wrongs of the story. As always we hope that through all the stories and activities your children will gain a deeper knowledge of what life is all about. Our main message this week was ‘be yourself’.


We continue to teach children with a child centred approach, taking them from where they are to the peak of their potential. This will be a different journey for each child. Some educationalists and politicians seek to use the metaphor of each child being an empty vessel which can simply be filled up with knowledge. We prefer the image of a delicate plant which needs tender care to develop to be the best it can be. Two sides of the story; which side do you come down on? Next week the story is Beauty and the Beast – now I wonder what that could be a metaphor for?

With best wishes, Richard


Early Mornings
Some children are arriving at school too early. Unless you have been asked to attend a club anyone arriving before 8.30am will need to be part of the breakfast club. Our staff come on duty at 8.30am so the children would be unsupervised before this time.

Curriculum & Phonics Evening
Unfortunately there is a clash of times between PD and HT on Tuesday, with the Phonics Eve at the infants coinciding with the Curriculum evening at the juniors. Both meetings start at 7pm. At HT I am giving a short talk about the subject of homework, this is followed by the HTSC AGM. By 7.50pm the year groups should be meeting. This means that parents may well be able to attend the Phonics meeting and then move to HT for the year group talk.

Dates for your diary for September
Monday 16 - Year 5A visit RGS; Year 6 visit to Wisley Gardens
Tuesday 17 - Curriculum Evening 7pm & HTSC AGM
Wednesday 18 - Years 3 and 4 begin swimming lessons at the Spectrum

School Lunches
School lunch cards can be purchased from the serving hatch at Holy Trinity each morning from 8.30–8.45am and from the office at Pewley. From September 2013, lunches cost £2.30 each and payments should be in multiples thereof, with a minimum of 20 days – see examples below:
Twelve weeks (full term approx) £138.00
Six weeks (half term approx) £69.00
20 days £46.00

Cheques
Would you please write on the back of any cheques your child’s name and what the cheque is for. Many thanks.

Scooters
We have received a communication from Guildford Day Nursery that HTPD children have been seen riding their scooters through their car park. There have already been a couple of near misses with cars trying to park, and there is obviously concern that someone is going to get hurt. PLEASE do not let your children do this as it is, of course, private property.

Dangerous Book Club – there is only limited space for this club and unfortunately it is now full.

5A Coffee Morning
Tuesday 17 September 9.15am at Catriona’s house (Cameron’s mum), 9 Waterden Road, GU1 2AN. Call 07817 085366 or email catrionaallan@yahoo.co.uk

Lost
Joe Butler (6M) complete uniform – shorts, white polo shirt, all named lost following Year 3/4 judo.


Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Welcome back everyone! 
With all the forthcoming events - we have a very busy term ahead.
The PTA really needs your help in making these events possible, so do please consider getting involved either as a class rep or helping out at individual events.

Class Reps
We still need class reps in all years please. There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class & the PTA. The support from this team of volunteers is particularly important when it comes to organising our main events, as the HTSC really wouldn’t function without them. We always love to see new faces & hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents coming in, who were involved in their previous school PTA. It is also a great way to find out about the school, how it works and meet other parents. In each Year Group, we aim to have 6 Class Reps - ideally at least 2 per class. The Class Reps in each Year Group work together as a team sharing the Class Rep responsibilities & organising socials for each Year Group as a whole.

Dates for the diary
HTSC AGM - Tuesday 17th September, 8pm in the hall
Phil the Bag - 1st week in October
Bingo Night - October - 12th October School Hall - download a ticket form
Bonfire Night - Friday 8th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 29th November

Phil the Bag is back!
Doing a clear-out now that the children are back at school?
Save all those unwanted items of Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Belts, Hats & Towels – Phil The Bag is coming to HT in the first week of October. All the above items are accepted in ANY condition - NO curtains, pillows, duvets, sleeping bags or tent canvas please.

Bags will be sent home with the children over the next couple of weeks – do please fill these with your unwanted textiles and leave them at the bottom of the atrium. Black bin liners can also be used. The more we collect, the more we raise – HT receives 50 pence for every kilo we manage to collect - so every item of clothing counts! We managed to raise £455 from the last collection – can we beat that this time? Phil that bag!

Class Lists
New class lists will be distributed over the next few days; do please check your details are correct.

Business Directory
The HTSC Business Directory is now live. You can view it on the HTSC section of the website. This is a new initiative to help to raise funds for the school whilst also helping the parent community to promote their businesses. Any company or sole trader can have their organisation’s name, telephone number, email address and website address mentioned – we are not able to include company logos.

Any parent who currently has or previously had a child at HTPD is eligible to include their details in our directory – for a fee of £15 per school year. Please note, this is a business listing - and the school is not endorsing or recommending any of the businesses listed – but hopefully it will generate work for our parent community.

If you would like your business to be included in the directory, please download and fill out the attached form and leave it, with the payment, at the school office. Any questions, please email Vanessa@wigwampr.com



Guitar Lessons
There are still a few spaces left for guitar lessons this term with guitar teacher, Keith Ryder. Beginners are welcome, and any interested parents can contact Keith on 01483 414874 / 07958 534458 or email keithryder@btconnect.com.

Art Class with Elena Andreeva starts again on Monday the 23rd of September. The class runs at HT on Mondays 3.30-5pm. Children learn drawing, painting, composition and create artwork from direct observation, as well as from imagination. The cost is £110 for 10 sessions. If you would like to book a place for your child, please contact Elena on 01483 560385, art.elenaandreeva@googlemail.com

Amazing Art Club: Engaging, Creating, Inspiring! - Come along to this after school club held at Holy Trinity and have fun making and doing: from mono printing to mini books, painting Pop Art portraits and more with inspiring artist Sophie Artemis Pitt www.sophieartemispitt.com. See website for gallery of children's work from Watts Gallery, Painshill, Lightbox Museum and now at Holy Trinity! Sophie has 2 sons and loves making books and painting (work collected by the Tate Gallery and the V&A Museum) in her studio in Guildford. Maximum 10 spaces so book early. £140 for 10 x 2 hour workshops. Tuesdays 3.15pm - 5.15pm. 24th September - 3rd December (half term 29th October). All materials included in the price. For more details or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303/ 01483 577916 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com

Free Trampoline! We are moving house and have a 10ft JumpKing navy trampoline including netting and ladder to give away. You would need to dismantle and collect. Free Girls bike! Pink girls first bike for 4-6 year old. Contact Melanie on 07824 777 415 if interested.

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