Junior 20/9/13

20 September 2013

Dear Parents,

I do hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some late summer sun; a great chance to get outside. My big event is moving a double bed including mattress from my daughter’s house in Enfield to my other daughter’s in West Horsley (on top of my wife’s car!) So if you see bits of bed littering the M25 you’ll know it was not too successful!

We have had a very good week in school. We’ve now had both of the meet the teacher/curriculum evenings. I would like to thank you for your great support for your children’s learning by coming to these meetings. It makes a great and measurable difference to a child’s progress if their parents get involved. Thank you to all who offered to help in school, this provides us with an array of people who work with children who in turn make rapid progress.

At both evenings we had the AGMs of the Parent Teacher Associations. As the two schools have worked closer and closer together we keep these separate so that parents can really see the difference they are making at their part of the school. I would like to thank both groups for stunning work and a real commitment to the school. FOPS have enabled the roof work to be completed by providing the extra 10% on top of the grant from the diocese. HTSC provided the floor for the chapel which has finished the main part of the building. These big donations were in addition to many other smaller donations which have made such a difference for children. A special word of thanks to Emily Bourke and the triumvirate of Karen, Stephanie and Caroline who led the two groups with great verve, imagination and enthusiasm. FOPS are still in need of a Chairperson for this coming year – please consider this carefully and give Ruth a ring if you can help out. Emily has said she is willing to ‘show you the ropes’ and help you settle into the task.

The ‘Every Child Matters’ committee of the governors will shortly be writing to you all about the problems of cars dropping off and picking up. There have been several near miss accidents recently. Please be extra careful at this time. As an experiment we are now allowing drop-off at Holy Trinity from 8.20 instead of 8.30 to produce a more staggered number of cars arriving.
With best wishes, Richard


Early Mornings
If your child arrives before 8.20am they will be sent to Breakfast Club.

School Council
The school council have been elected and will be discussing a variety of topics throughout the year. They are currently working on promoting healthy snacks at school. Please email them schoolcouncil@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk with any comments or suggestions.

Fairtrade Snacks
The Eco Team have now been elected and will be selling Fairtrade snacks for 50p at break time from Monday.

Netball
The Year 5 and 6 girls kicked off the netball season really well with two resounding wins vs. Tormead last week. Well done to everyone who played in the matches. Thanks to all of the parents who helped out with match teas. Apologies, there will be no year 5 netball club this week as we have a fixture on Monday at school vs. Queen Eleanor's.

Volleyball
Due to popular demand, there will be a new volleyball club for Year 3 and 4's on Wednesday which Heather has very kindly offered to run. The club will run from afterschool until 4pm, please could the children be picked up promptly. Volleyball club on Thursdays will be for Year 5 and 6's only.

Clubs
Please could we ask for your help when we are setting up and running clubs on the outside courts? Clubs kick off at 3.20pm and we need to ensure that the courts are kept clear in order that we can use them properly and avoid any accidents. Thanks for your help with this.

HTPD School Prayer Group, Thursday 26 September, 7.45 – 8.45pm: We are a friendly group of parents who meet to support the school prayerfully and practically! We celebrate the start of the new school year on Thursday 26th in the Holy Trinity staff room with Richard Rowe. All welcome! If you are unable to come but are interested in learning more about the group, please email emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Home School Link Worker Coffee Morning, Monday 7 October: Our next coffee morning will be on 7 October at 9.30am. Debbie Bell from Surrey Young Carers is coming to give a chat and give out information. This will be about how they can help support children who have members of their family that have a mental or physical illness, including syndromes such as ADD, ADHD or ASD. Any parents or carers from Pewley Down or Holy Trinity are welcome, and it will be held in the staffroom at Holy Trinity. Best wishes, Lucy and Paula.

Sainsbury’s Gift Card Scheme
Raise money for the school simply by paying for groceries! Do you shop at Sainsbury's stores? If so, did you know that 4% of the amount you spend there could go to HTPD? All you need to do is sign up for the gift card scheme, and pay for your shopping with that rather than your usual card (unfortunately it can't be used online or for petrol). You can put any amount you wish onto the card. Current participants put anything from £10 to £600 per month on their cards, raising £300 per month total for the school. Please call or email me to find out more- Rosalind Moss 01483 546487 at simbil@btinternet.com

Hit & Run
Did you see a large truck hit several parked cars on Addison Road at 0830 on Friday 13th September? Please help James and Sarah 07730 676295, 67 Addison Road.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Hi everyone! Firstly thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM and offered their help and support, we will be in touch. We still need more people to get involved so do please consider getting involved either as a class rep or helping out at individual events. Please come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 24th September at 8.30pm in the staff room. 

Class Reps
We still need class reps in years 3, 4 and 5 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 PTA 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. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information on the role please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Dates for the diary
PTA meeting - Tuesday 24th September, 8.30pm in the staff room
Phil the Bag - First week in October
Bingo Night - October - 12th October School Hall
Bonfire Night - Friday 8th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 29th November

Bingo Night
Back by popular demand…..come and have some family fun on Saturday 12th 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 now, please click on the link.

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
Please remember to send any updates to the class lists to HTSC@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk by the end of September. NB. These class lists are prepared by HTSC and we will not pick up any changes that you have given to the school office unless advised.

Easy Fundraising - HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford
Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc. making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

It's very simple - once you've registered, simply shop with retailers, and the system then makes a note of your purchase, you generate cashback from the retailer, and EasyFundraising then pass this donation on your behalf to HT. That's it! No hassle for you, they do all the hard work while you shop as you normally would.

The 'Find & Remind' toolbar helps you get more donations! It's easy to raise more with the Find & Remind toolbar. It tells you when a donation is available when you're shopping online. People who have downloaded it raise 5 times more as they never miss out on valuable donations! There are also no annoying ads to deal with!
1. Sign up - It only takes 2 minutes to fill in the registration form and you're good to go.
2. Start shopping with partner retailers - When you make an online purchase, they'll make a donation to your chosen good cause.
3. See your donations add up - It's easy to check how much you've raised and compare it to other supporters.

You can find our cause here: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford/?u=3OW83W


Family Fun Trail Sunday, 22nd September 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. £5 per family – A chance to follow the treasure map and clues around Charlotteville and Guildford High Street to find the hidden letters. Plenty of treats and fun along the way! Once the puzzle is solved, head back to the Holy Trinity School tennis courts for kid’s prizes, tea and biscuits (all included!). All funds from this event will go to One Big Step for Daniel, raising funds to help Daniel to walk.

Surrey Songsters - is the Surrey Choir for young people aged 7-11. We are always keen to welcome new members, and there are no auditions, so if you love to sing, why not get in touch? Organised by Guildford Cathedral and Lanesborough School, with the support of Surrey Arts, we rehearse in central Guildford eight times a term on Fridays from 4.15-5.15pm, and have an end of term concert, often in Guildford Cathedral. For more information email singup@guildford-cathedral.org

Hosted by Guildford Spike WI, Spike Community Centre, Friday, 27th September 4.00 – 8.00 p.m. Please come along and support this charity event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Guildford Spike WI will be providing tea, coffee, cakes and nibbles for you to enjoy while raising money for this well deserved charity. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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