Junior 5/9/14

05 September 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! Great excitement this week in both schools as children returned or started for the first time. A real thrill was seeing the new reception children arrive for the first time. It was smiles all the way and one little boy told his teacher, “I enjoyed that so much please can I come tomorrow?” It was just the same at the junior site with children appearing to be ready for anything and quickly settling in.

Today the new year 3 children have a day in the woods (the Chantries) with their year 6 buddies having a picnic, playing outdoor games and building dens. I expect your children are still excited and tired after their first few days. A little girl at Pewley told me first thing in the morning all that she intended to do in school that day. Her parents sent me a photo of the same girl after the first morning – thumb in and falling asleep in her father’s arms. It’s a tiring business – school.

At the beginning of a new school year it may be a good time to re appraise your career and vocation. Have you ever considered being a teacher? It is a really great job! Shaping young people’s lives, great variety each day, opportunities to be creative, and much more. I can honestly say that I have loved my teaching career and am looking forward to continue working in Teacher Training after I finish here next summer. A good few years ago I helped set up the Surrey ITT programme which has now become the Surrey South Farnham SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). Helen and I continue to work for this organization with Bec, Gillian R and Clare B helping with lecturing the students. This programme is for Primary and Special Education. George Abbot also run a programme for Primary which Ginnie and Julia (our two Senior Leaders in Education) are helping to set up, as well as a well established secondary programme.

I would be really pleased to chat to anyone interested in making this career change. Entry requirements are a degree and passes in English, Maths and Science at GCSE. These are one year school based training schemes. There could be a possibility of training at either of our sites.

Ian Hollingsworth, who was my head when I was Deputy at Northmead, runs the SSF course. He will be holding a seminar to give information at Holy Trinity School on Tuesday 7th October 5-6.30 and at the Holiday Inn Saturday 11th October 10 – 11.30 and 12 – 1.30. Have a think and give me a call.

With best wishes, Richard

Diary for Week Commencing 8 September:

Wednesday 10th – Swimming lessons start for Years 3 and 4
Thursday 11th  – Curriculum Evening Meet the Team at 7.00pm in the Chapel Year 3 to 6
Monday 15th – Year 6 visit RHS Wisley

Curriculum Evening – Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 7pm at the Chapel
We will start the evening at the chapel and then you will be able to meet the team at your year group area. If you would like to get in touch with your child’s class teacher via email, please see the list of emails below. We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday.
3C clairec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
3G ginnieg@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
3J j-jb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
4J juliag@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
4S sheilam@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
4JN jessican@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
5H heatherh@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
5N nickw@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
5C cherylb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
6M maryb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
6SR sarahd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk, rebeccap@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
6A alisont@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Clubs
Various outside based clubs begin this week, but there will be no Board Games or Dangerous Book Club in the library.

ParentPay and prices
From now all payable school events will be on ParentPay – lunch credits, Clubs Plus and Breakfast Club and trips and payable activities. We would like to encourage everyone to use this method of payment – the ParentPay website is secure and it is the most efficient method for the school. By the end of last term, the vast majority of parents had activated their accounts and we would like to appeal to the rest of you – and all our new parents – to do likewise. Of course, if you have difficulties doing online card payments, then please contact me (Lesley in the finance office finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk).

The basic lunch price has gone up this term to £2.40 per meal, but we are offering discounts for whole year and whole term purchases. The amounts payable take account of year group days out. See the table of prices on the payments page of the website.

Whichever option you choose, please do keep your lunch account in credit. You can set up free email low balance reminders on the communication tab of your account.

Clubs Plus session costs are as before (see Clubs page of the website), but Breakfast Club has increased to £3.50 (with food). Please set email low balance reminders for these items too if you use them and pay at least monthly. Do contact me with any queries or difficulties. Thanks, Lesley

Position available
We are looking for a Teaching Assistant within the Federation to work with a child on a one-to-one basis. The position is part-time (approx 10hrs per week) and Speech and Language support experience would be preferred. If you are interested and would like further information please contact Debbie Chadwick by email as soon as possible at debbiec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.
 

PTA - HTSC News

Welcome back, we have a busy term ahead, with the two big events this term being Bonfire night and the Christmas Fair.

We are still looking for class reps in all years, if you are interested or want more information please contact Caroline Swift (caroline@swifts.me.uk). Being a class rep is a great way to support the school and if you are new to the school it is an excellent way to meet new people.

Alternatively if you would like to take on a role on the PTA committee please get in touch as there are a number of roles available including co-chair and vice chair. Please 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.

Year 3 - Coffee Morning - Friday 12th September - after drop off in the Chapel

We will be holding a coffee morning for all Year 3 parents/carers in the Chapel on Friday next week. Please do come along it is a great opportunity to meet other parents and find out what events are coming up this year.

Dates for the Diary
HTSC AGM - Thursday 11th September 7pm in the Chapel
Year 3 - Coffee Morning in the school Chapel - Friday 12th September after drop off
Bonfire Night - Friday 7th November
Christmas Fair - Friday 28th November

Art Class with Elena Andreeva We are starting our sessions on the 15th of September.Children learn drawing, painting, composition and work from life and from imagination. The club runs at holy Trinity school on Mondays 3.30-5pm. There are places at the moment, if you want your child to enrol please contact Elena on 01483 560385. The cost of the 10 sessions block is £110.

Looking for something to do on Wednesday evenings? A new term of Interact at Christ Church, Waterden Road, Guildford starts this Wednesday, 10th September and runs till Wednesday 10th December (half term 30th October). Interact is open to school years 3-6 and sessions are on Wednesdays from 6.30-8.00pm. Come along and join in with a church group full of fun, games, craft and cookery activities - brilliant value at 50p per session. This term we also have some fun socials starting with film night, including popcorn and pizza, on Wednesday 17th September: why not come along with a friend? For more information contact Michael Tame (Geraldine’s husband) michael@christchurchguildford.com.

Week 2