• HTSC Bingo Night - Saturday 7 October - Tickets on sale now!

HTPD 25/9/15

24 September 2015

Dear Parents,

On Monday this week, the teachers were lucky enough to take part in training lead by Geraldine Tame, our wonderful and inspiring librarian. She works with all the children across the school, guiding them into a lifetime love of reading; she is therefore extremely well equipped to pass on superb advice to us as we endeavour to teach those all-important reading skills. We considered how to help children master deep comprehension, rather than just decoding text. We thought about ways to inspire children's curiosity and how to ensure children are given enough support as they learn how to navigate our information-rich world.

One way you can join us in supporting your child's reading is to make sure you hear them read really regularly at home. Even once children are fluent readers, time spent with them talking about their books really does equip them with excellent comprehension skills. Do ask your child's teacher if you need some ideas for how to ask the right questions. "Tell me..." is always a good place to start.

With this week's assembly character being Little Miss Curious, and all of us thinking about how important it is to ask questions, I hope you aren't flummoxed by too many "why...?" questions at home! It is fascinating to see that children are innately curious - at HTPD we want to nurture that characteristic throughout the seven years of primary school and beyond.

With best wishes,
Clare


Parentmail
Thank you for bearing with us whilst we change over to our new Parentmail PMX system. Everyone should have had a registration request by now, if not please let Jane at PD or Sheryl at HT know. The new site address is https://pmx.parentmail.co.uk/. There is a comprehensive help page that should answer most of your questions at http://parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/ At the moment, Parentmail will email you with a notification that there is a message. It may ask you to then login to your account and you will see the message and any attachments. It is recommended that you download the Parentmail App as this will cut out the login stage and you will be taken directly to your message and any attachments. If you are still concerned about your account please do not hesitate to contact Parentmail directly.

PUPS+

Following a review of numbers attending PUPS in the holidays, its now been decided that this provision will no longer run as it's not financially viable for the school.

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Please register before next Wednesday – Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child is eligible to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme and help in making an application. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential. Speak to Lesley or email finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner, or your child is receiving free infant meals, there are nevertheless educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. This needs to be registered immediately as we have to send returns on October 1st.

INFANT

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Monday 28 September
Oak and Beech classes are looking forward to their trip to Wisley on Monday. Please remember to send your child to school with a packed lunch (containing no nuts). Keep an eye on the weather and, if it looks showery, please bring a raincoat as well. We will be leaving school at 9.15 am and returning by about 2.45pm.

Newsletter
For the first few weeks of term we have been sending home paper copies of the newsletter. The newsletter is also available on the school website on Friday afternoons and we will be sending out a ParentMail reminder as well. If you do not have access to the internet please let the school office know and we will continue to provide a paper copy.

Running Club, Tuesdays
We would welcome any parents who would like to join us for Running Club as this would enable us to go out for a run rather than just on the field. Please contact Frances if you are able to help: francesc@pewleydown.surrey.sch.uk. Please ensure that your child has a waterproof jacket (as we will go out in the rain), a snack (no nuts), water bottle and trainers. Children should be collected from the Rainbow Room.

Lost

Jake McLaughlin, Oak Class, has lost his (named) Nightingale sweatshirt.

FOPS News

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the first FOPS meeting of the year and also those that could not make it, but passed on ideas to their class reps. We had many great new ideas for fund raising events for both the children and parents, so please get in contact with your class reps and get involved !

Christmas Fair Raffle Prizes
Ati Dalgaard and Debbie Parker are making great progressing acquiring prizes for the Christmas raffle. If you are able to donate a prize or know of someone they can contact for a donation please let them know (a.dalgaard@yahoo.com and wawadeb@hotmail.com)

IQ Christmas Cards
Our first fundraiser of the year started this week. Your child will have brought home an amazing Christmas card design they have created. On the reverse of this design is the order form showing the different very high quality Christmas cards, thank you postcards, gift wrap, labels and value packs you can buy.

Please can you complete the order form and check the child’s name (which will be printed on the back of the card) is correctly spelt. Cheques (payable to FOPS with your child’s name and ‘IQ cards’ written on the back) /cash must be handed into the school office with the order form as per the details on the sheet.

All order forms and payments must be returned to the school office by Friday 2nd October 2015. All ordered products will be handed out by the first week of December.

Any queries please contact Helen Day (William’s Mum in Hazel) Helen@thomasday.co.uk

Family School Disco – 17th October 2015
Get practicing your dance moves! Ticket order forms for the school disco were sent out last Friday in book bags. If a form did not make its way home, they are available from the school office.

Year 2 Christmas Drinks for Mums and Dads on Thursday 3rd December at The March Hare from 7.30. Everyone welcome

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 28 September
Mon: Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues: Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds: Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs: Yum Yum Chicken with Rice or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta; Pear & Oaty Crumble
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR

For all parents of Year 6 students
May we remind you that the deadline for secondary applications is the 31st October. Parents need to complete and submit the application online or on paper by 31st October 2015. This is in half term so it's suggested that you submit your application by 23rd October 2015. Please refer them to the SCC website – the link is:
www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place?content=3922

Sport
We had our first girls cross country fixture at St Catherine's recently. There were lots of successes, well done to all involved, especially those new to cross county. Full report and photos to follow.

We could not run sports fixtures without the help of parents and we are very grateful for the support we are given. We are aware that many parents are unable to help out or attend sports fixtures and for those of you new to the school or new to sports fixtures, we want to clarify a few procedures which will hopefully enable the fixtures to run smoothly.

If your child has been chosen to represent the school in a sports team, we nearly always meet after school at the bottom of the Atrium.

If the fixture is off site, we ask parents who are helping with lifts to meet there too. We take a register and hand out competition kit. We then ensure everyone knows where they are going, allocate children to lifts and set off to the event. Whilst at the event, the teacher present will do their best to look after the children but they may also be umpiring, coaching and supporting from the side lines or helping with time keeping etc... It is important that we have as many parents around, to both support their children and the rest of the team, and also to help us ensure that all the children are happy and feel looked after.

After the event it is vital that each child along with their parent finds either Laura or the teacher in charge, so we know every child has left with a responsible adult. In every case it is the parent's responsibility to pick up their child after the event. Unless agreed beforehand, we will not be returning to school and so cannot provide lifts back.

It is also the parent's responsibility to return all kit back to school washed and ready to wear. We need as many offers of lifts to external events as possible. At times if may be frustrating that there are more lifts than needed and so if you have offered but would rather not help with lift shares then please add this to an email to Laura or to the permission slip and we can let you know nearer the time whether you will be needed or not. We do not decline offers of lifts in case on the day, parents / children drop out and we are left with a shortage.

If the fixture is at Holy Trinity, then we ask the parents of children in the team to help with light refreshments at the end of the game. This will be no more than making up some squash, getting the cups ready, perhaps making tea and coffee and putting out some biscuits or cakes and clearing up afterwards.

We would also be very grateful if you can take as many photos as possible and send them in to Laura so we can display them in school and also put them on the website.

Many thanks, Laura (Sports Co-ordinator)

Lunch discounts
Deadline for this term is Monday 28th – The basic lunch price at Holy Trinity is £2.40 each, but there are discounts available for bulk credit purchases. If you buy a whole year by 28 September, the meal price is £2.30 or if you buy a full term in advance the meal price is £2.35. Please see the lunch price table on the school website ‘Payments’ page for the amounts you need to pay for each year group (days out are taken into account). After the deadline, your discounted payments will be uprated on ParentPay to the full meal price. For those not taking advantage of the discounts, please buy credit in multiples of £2.40 and keep your child’s lunch account in credit.

Lost

  • Black bag belonging to Mabel Boissiere in 3A. The bag is a rucksack with different coloured lips all over it. Inside is a raincoat (labelled), pencil case and diary.
  • Amira Schell (5G) has lost her raincoat. It is a red colour with a hood and a zip closure. It is also labelled with her name. If you know of its whereabouts, please let the office know.
  • Joseph Williams (6T) has mislaid his named PE kit in a blue ‘Team GB’ drawstring bag. Has anyone taken it home by mistake? Please contact the school office if you know where it might be! Thank you.

Week 2 - Menu

HTSC News

Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered to help with our events for this year. We will contact you by email with further details nearer each event – your help is much appreciated.

Class Reps – PLEASE HELP!
Many thanks also to those of you who have already volunteered to be class reps this year, however we still have NO class reps in the following classes:

4JM
5N
6T

If you have a child in these classes, please consider acting as class rep this year, we can’t do it without you!

We also would welcome another rep for the following classes (they only have one rep each at the moment): 3A, 3J, 4J, 5S, 5N and 6H.

Please email Caroline caroline@swifts.me.uk, Carrie carriewitts@gmail.com or Ros jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk if you are able to help.

Dates for the diary

Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 1 October
All year drinks on Thursday 1 October at Rogues from 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Bingo Night – Saturday 10 October 6-8pm
Please join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night on Saturday 10 October from 6-8pm. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a fish and chip supper and a fully stocked bar will be available on the night. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening.

Tickets are now on sale and an order form is attached. The order form is also available on the school website. Prices are as follows:

Bingo plus fish and chips - £8 per adult and £5 per child.
Bingo plus chips - £4 per person
Bingo only - £3 per person

HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 13 October
This will take place at 8pm at Rogues. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do. We will be discussing our plans for this year and would really welcome new ideas.

Bonfire Night - Friday 6 November
Save the date for what promises to be another fantastic firework extravaganza.

Phil the Bag – week commencing 9 November
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 9 November (final collection day Thursday 12 November). Bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.
 



Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research (Mark Henry Archer Tribute Fund),
Sunday 27 September, 12.00 to 6.00pm, Albany pub, Sydenham Road
Bouncy castle, children’s entertainment (bouncy castle and disco), rugby live indoors and a lovely roast dinner. (Any volunteers of children’s face painters/entertainers etc also welcome to help). Book your tickets now as it will be busy with the rugby on! Adults £15.00, Children £8.00.
Contact: hanasimpson1201@icloud.com or 07961 164277 (Liam’s mum, Y3)

Beauty Therapist
specialising in threading eyebrows and facial hair, tint and eyelash extensions and gel nails. For more information or to book an appointment please contact me Beata on 07775 514265

HTPD 18/9/15

17 September 2015

Dear Parents,

Introducing the children to “Mr Slow” in assembly was a perfect start to a busy week! The story reminded all of us to live each day carefully, noticing our world, making time for the important things and not rushing so much that we aren’t there for each other. Then we marvelled at Abraham’s patience in waiting for God to fulfil His promise. An interesting contrast to our hectic world.

Hearing the reception teachers explain how we teach children the first steps in reading and writing at their annual introduction to phonics, reminded me how fortunate we all are to be surrounded by books and able to enjoy a good story. Whether it’s a film, a good novel or a daily newspaper, stories help us to relax and unwind. And then meeting so many more of you at our junior site this Thursday evening, it was good to hear how supportive you are of all that we hope to do – real partners in the journey towards giving children a love of reading and the skills to communicate with the written word.

I’m hoping the weather settles down this weekend – not least because of our building work at the juniors. Julie Batt, our site manager has been a real HTPD star this week, coping as she has with rain pouring in through the ceiling. Also Claire and her class deserve special mention as they moved without complaint into the Chapel until 3Cs carpets dried out. It brought a whole new meaning to the cardboard Noah’s ark.

So whatever you do this weekend, take time to enjoy it, and even if it does rain, you could always read a story.

With best wishes
Clare


BRING FOOD, SORT FOOD, BUY FOOD for refugees, RefuTEA
Saturday 26th September 10am-Midday Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street.
Holy Trinity and St Mary’s are holding a RefuTEA to collect food for sending out to Calais, to sort food into individual parcels (children can write a tag to go with their parcel) and to sell food (cake, coffee and juice) in aid of refugees. Money raised from the event will go to the Refugee Council and to fund a “Guildford Tent” in the Jungle. Each town is being asked to fund one tent - these are expensive but durable and will make much more comfortable temporary homes especially in the Winter months.
The church team would love the school to be involved – and for parents to bring their children. There will also be a children’s activity corner and a thoughtful meditation area where you can light a candle and say a prayer.

If people would like to bring their own gifts of food to send out we are asking for: rice; tea; coffee; kidney beans; tuna; tinned meat; UHT milk; tinned fruit and vegetables; stock and spices; oil and biscuits. We would also encourage people to bring plastic bags which we can use to make individual food parcels.

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/GuildfordAction/ or on the Holy Trinity Church website.

INFANT

School Photos, Wednesday 23 September
The school photographer will be coming in to take individual photos of the children on Wednesday, so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Year 1 trip to Wisley, Monday 28 September
Beech Class are in need of more parent helpers to accompany the class to Wisley on Monday 28 September. If you are able to help please contact Sheena or let the school office know.

One-way system
A reminder, particularly to parents new to the school, that we try and operate an unofficial one-way system (down Semaphore Road from Pewley Hill to Pewley Way) to try and ease congestion at school start and finish times. We would also urge everyone to park considerately and to avoid blocking our neighbours’ drives.

Lost
Poppy Donkin has lost her navy blue, v-neck, M&S cardigan – the cardigan is named.

FOPS News


Many thanks to Marketa Chester for volunteering to be class rep for Chestnut class. If you would like to join her as class rep, please get in contact:-marketachester@gmail.com.

FOPS Meeting – Wednesday 23rd September 2015
The first FOPS meeting of the year will be held on September at 8pm in the school staff room. All parents, carers and teachers are invited to these informal meetings, where there will also be wine and nibbles to help aid our planning.

There are lots of roles, big and small, all of which contribute to a school community both socially and financially. For example, perhaps you have ideas for a fund raising or social event, help on the school fair committee, find raffle prizes or know of any contacts, organise gardening parties for the Wild Place or make hot chocolate for the Bedtime Story.

Northbrook Gift Wrap fundraiser
Please look out for the Northbrook gift wrap brochure that you should have received via your child’s book bag this week. Every purchase supports the school which receives 22% cash back on every item sold. Orders should be returned to the school office by Friday 9 October. Alternatively, you can order direct from Northbrook all year round at www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk and nominate our school to receive the 22% cashback.

Save the Date :
Family School Disco – 17th October 2015
Back by popular demand, FOPS will be hosting a Family School Disco on Saturday 17th October in the School Hall. A chance for all the family to show off their favourite moves! Ticket application forms will come home in your child's book bag the end of September, as well as the opportunity to request your favourite dance track!

Phil the Bag – 12th November 2015
Start clearing out your cupboards of old clothes and shoes for Phil the Bag on Thursday 12th November! A letter will be sent home in book bags soon, along with a couple of sacks and collection point details. Extra sacks will be in a box in the front playground - please help yourself.

Christmas Fair – 6th December 2015

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 September
Mon: Chicken & Leek Fricassee with Pasta or Mixed Bean & Vegetable Wrap; Blackcurrant Sponge with Custard
Tues: Lamb Casserole or Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables, Rice; Ginger Cake with Vanilla Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes or Chickpea & Vegetable Couscous; Fruit Salad with Frozen Yoghurt
Thurs: Cumberland Sausages or Vegetable & Lentil Casserole, Bread Roll; Apple & Cinnamon Crumble with Custard
Fri: Fish Fingers or Macaroni Cheese, Chips; Banana Cake
Available daily: A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.
 

JUNIOR

Menu - Week 1

HTSC - AGM

Many thanks to all of you who attended the AGM on Thursday evening.

The committee members for this year are:
Co Chairs: Caroline Swift, Carrie Witts and Ros Vickerman
Treasurer: Andrea Dundas
Secretary: Susen Andersen

Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 1 October
As announced last week, our monthly popular all-year drinks are back. We kick off on Thursday 1 October at Rogues from 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Bingo Night – Saturday 10 October 6-8pm
Tickets go on sale on the school website on Monday 21 September!

Please join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night on Saturday 10 October from 6-8pm. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a fish and chip supper and a fully stocked bar will be available on the night. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening.

Tickets go on sale on Monday (21 September) and an order form will be available on the school website. Prices are as follows:

Bingo plus fish and chips - £8 per adult and £5 per child.
Bingo plus chips - £4 per person
Bingo only - £3 per person

We will also need some help on the night. If you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk

HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 13 October
This will take place at 8pm at Rogues. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do. We will be discussing our plans for this year and would really welcome new ideas.

Bonfire Night - Friday 6 November
Save the date for what promises to be another fantastic firework extravaganza.

Phil the Bag – week commencing 9 November
Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them during the week beginning 9 November. Bags will be sent home with your children beforehand however normal bin bags can also be used.

Class Reps

Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to be class reps this year, however we do still need class reps in all years please. There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class and 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 and hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents to the school who were involved in their previous school’s 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 and organising socials for each year group as a whole.

Please email Caroline caroline@swifts.me.uk., Carrie carriewitts@gmail.com or Ros jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in being a rep this year.
 


Yin Yoga Workshop, Red Hot Yoga, Sunday, 20th September at 9.30 am - 12.30 pm - £30,
Norwich House, 14/15 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AF
A mellow session with live meditative music.
Join us for a chill-out Yin Yoga workshop to bring you back to your natural rhythm. The first half of the workshop will weave together Taoist philosophy, Yin Yoga and music meditation. This will be followed by a calming practice accompanied by live music. We will work on cultivating balance, nourishment and vitality across the body’s systems. All welcome including beginners – options and props will be offered. Susan Ganje & Emily Young (T: 01483 564 511, W: http://rhyoga.uk/yin20Sept)
 

HTPD 11/9/15

11 September 2015

Dear Parents,

It was great to meet so many of you at the “Meet the Team” evening for the infant site last night. The partnership between home and school is such a vital one and I am really enjoying talking about your children with you. Next week, it will be the turn of the juniors (Thursday 17th at 7pm). Please do keep us informed about anything that will help us to ensure your children are happy and make good progress in school. All the teachers have individual emails and, while these shouldn’t be used for urgent messages, do drop them a line if you’ve got any concerns.

At both sites, the children have got stuck into their topics this week. How fantastic to have such an inspiring curriculum – in Year 2, the children gathered around a fire on the field, learning about fire safety, the science of burning and then started to imagine the terror of the Great Fire of London. Meanwhile in Year 5, all the teachers took on characters from the British Monarchy and the children researched facts from a ”living” timeline. I’m so thrilled to have a team of such dedicated staff, ready to make learning so inspiring.

Just to make sure everyone stays safe, there is one thing I wanted to mention; we have been concerned to see so many children arriving before 8.30 at the juniors. There are no members of staff on duty at this time and so children need to attend breakfast club. Please ensure your children understand this and the need to keep them safe.

On Monday I read Psalm 139 to the children to launch our assembly series; it speaks of God’s love for each individual and His concern for all of us and it reminds us how as a school, we want to love others in that same way. It was a great way to start the week.

With best wishes
Clare


ParentMail
Please bear with us as we finalise the change over to our new Parentmail system. We hope that we will be fully operational very soon. All parents except Year R and Year 3 will have received a registration request. Please use this to activate your new PMX account but note that this link is only live for 7 days. Parents in Year R and Year 3 will also receive a link shortly and you should follow the instructions on the email. If you have difficulty registering please contact the office at Holy Trinity or Pewley Down directly.

Please note our Parentmail PMX system is how we communicate with our parents and is different from our Parentpay system at Holy Trinity. Any queries regarding Parentpay should be sent through to Lesley or Flora at HT.

HTPD Prayer Group
We are a group of parents who meet 5 times a term to pray about the school and try to care for the Staff in occasional practical ways. We are delighted to be launching this year with Clare Brunet, on Monday 21 st September at 8pm in the Chapel. Come and join us for drinks and nibbles and hear Clare's heartbeat for the schools. Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further details. All welcome.

INFANT

Phonics Evening, Wednesday 16 September, 7.00pm
A reminder about the Phonics Evening next Wednesday. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are very welcome to attend if they would like to.

French Club
French Club will be starting on Wednesday 23 September and not Wednesday 16 September as previously advised. French lessons will run for 10 weeks so the last class of the term will now be on Wednesday 9 December.

Ballet Club
Letters for ballet club came home in book bags last week. This is just to confirm that it is open to boys as well as girls and we would particularly like to encourage lots of boys to join in.

Football Club
Just to confirm that Football Club will start next week: Year 1 on Wednesday, and Year 2 on Thursday.

Infant Menu for week beginning Monday 14 September

FOPS News

Hello and welcome to all new parents joining PD and existing FOPS members.

FOPS AGM - Thank you to all those who were able to stay and attend the formal AGM following the Meet the Team on Thursday evening.

This year’s committee members are as follows:
Co Chair: Nicci Holliday, Jill Morgan & Susanne Walsh
Treasurer: Sarah Bird
Secretary: Simone Chidlow

Many thanks to all those who have volunteered as class reps this year, they are as follows:
Reception Willow Class:
Debbie Parker - wawadeb@hotmail.com; Ati Omar - ati.omar@gmail.com
Jo McGee – joandjoshmcgee@yahoo.co.uk; Emily Young – embles2000@yahoo.co.uk
Hazel Class:
Sally Rolton – srolton@btinternet.com; Lianne Hovington - lianne219@hotmail.com

YEAR 1 Oak Class:
Suzy Delves suzybodycombe@yahoo.com; Carrie Sellwood carriesellwood@gmail.com
Beech Class:
Esmee Jones- ejones@kfh.co.uk; Claire Hassan – Claire-hassan@hotmail.co.uk

YEAR 2 Walnut Class:
Trish Mann - trishandgeoff@yahoo.co.uk; Jayne Woods – jaynelwoods@googlemail.com
Chestnut Class: VACANT
We still need reps for Chestnut and Beech class. Please contact Trish, Jayne, Esmee or Claire if you are able to help out. Thank you also to Tiggy Derham for volunteering to prepare the Year 2 Leavers Book this year and Debbie Parker and Ati Omar who are busy sourcing our Christmas Raffle prizes.

FOPS Meeting 23rd September 2015
The first FOPS meeting of the year will be held on Wed 23rd September at 8pm in the school staff room. All parents, carers and teachers are invited to these informal meetings, where there will also be wine and nibbles to help aid our planning. There are lots of roles, big and small, all of which contribute to a school community both socially and financially. For example, perhaps you have ideas for a fund raising or social event, help on the school fair committee, find raffle prizes or know of any contacts, organise gardening parties for the Wild Place or make hot chocolate for the Bedtime Story.

Save the Date:
Year 2 Coffee Morning – 18th September 2015: after morning drop-off at CaffĂ© Nero on North Street.
Family School Disco – 17th October 2015: Back by popular demand, FOPS will be hosting a Family School Disco on Saturday 17th October in the School Hall. A chance for all the family to show off their favourite moves! Ticket application forms will come home in your child's book bag the end of September, as well as the opportunity to request your favourite dance track!
Christmas Fair – 6th December 2015

JUNIOR

Please see the new Autumn Term Clubs Timetable attached to this Newsletter.

Dangerous Book Club
I will be running DBC this term on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.15 to 4.15. This is a science based club in which we do activities from paper planes to testing bubble mixtures. The activities are simple and are aimed at showing basic scientific concepts. The children use instructions from books along with each other's knowledge. The numbers are limited to 12 and are on a strictly first come first served basis. I am happy to keep a waiting list for anyone who does not get a place this term. I will change the members next term, and anyone who is on the waiting list will be at the top of the list for the following term. If you have any questions, or would like your child to join then please email me as soon as possible. Thanks, Geraldine.

Menu - Week 3

HTSC News

HTSC Annual General Meeting – Thursday 17 September
The Annual General Meeting of HTSC will be held on Thursday 17 September in the Chapel as part of the “Meet the Team” evening. All parents and carers are automatically members of HTSC and are very welcome. We will be electing the committee for the 2015-16 school year as well as outlining the plans for the forthcoming year.

Years 3-6 Parents Coffee Morning – Friday 18 September
After the excitement of the previous evening’s AGM, please do come along for an all-year parents’ coffee or a cuppa straight after drop off on Friday 18 September in the Chapel – siblings welcome.

Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 1 October
Yes, you guessed it, Thirsty Thursday is back! A welcome return to our popular all-year drinks on the first Thursday of the month. We kick off on Thursday 1 October at Rogues from 8pm. Hope to see you there!

Bingo Night – Saturday 10 October
Please come and join us for a rip-roaring family BINGO night on Saturday 10 October from 6-8pm. SEAFARE of Burpham will provide a fish and chip supper and a fully stocked bar will be available on the night. Back by popular demand, Jes Moon will be our caller and host for the evening. This is a great fun family event and tickets will go on sale shortly - details to follow.

We will need some help on the night. If you are able to spare 30 mins to set up, help on the bar or clear up afterwards, please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Other dates for the diary
HTSC Meeting - Tuesday 13 October - 8pm at Rogues. All welcome, please come along and find out more about what we do.
Bonfire Night - Friday 6 November

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

Class Reps
Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to be class reps this year, however we do still need class reps in all years please. There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class and 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 and hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents to the school who were involved in their previous school’s 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 and organising socials for each year group as a whole.

Please email Caroline caroline@swifts.me.uk., Carrie carriewitts@gmail.com or Ros jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in being a rep this year.



If you are keen to know how to support your children in healthy relationships, we would like to recommend the following frank seminar called 'Let's Talk about Sex' to help parents/carers talk to their children about sex and relationships. Date is Wednesday 16th September 2015. Venue is St Saviours church, Woodbridge Road, Guildford. GU1 4QD at 7.30-10pm. Tickets cost £5 (pay on the door). Any more info, contact Annabelle Varley (annabelle@st-saviours.org.uk)

Elena’s "Drawing, Painting, Composition" starts on the 14th of September. The art class runs on Mondays at HT 3.30-5pm (90 min sessions.) The cost is £120 for 10 sessions. The children learn drawing and painting skill, and work from observation and imagination. If you want to book a place for your child, please contact Elena at 01483 560385.

BEC-Art Workshops for 7 -12 year olds
now run once a month on Saturdays in term time from September. 9.30am class (9-12years) & 11.45am (7-10years) now full. 2.30-4.30pm class 2 spaces remaining. 5 one hour workshops cost £50 or 5 two hour workshops cost £80 (this takes us to January 2016). All materials included & one and half hour classes also available. We will be using watercolours (12 Sept), printing (10 Oct), 3D wirework(14 Nov), silk painting (5 Dec) & acrylics(9 Jan). For more information please contact Becca Clegg (mum of Izzy in 4J) at www.becart.co.uk & www.facebook.com/BecArtGroup where you can see the itinerary for the rest of the year & see recent work.

For sale:
3/4 cello with new dominant strings. My daughter used this cello for her Grade 3 exam. Comes with a Tom & Will bag in good condidtion. £100 ono.
Adjustable office chair - £150 ono
Blue and white girl's bicycle - 16" wheels - suitable for 5 - 7 year old (£30)
Blue girl's bicycle and a pink girl's bicycle - 24" wheels - both suitable for 8 - 11 year old (£40 each)
Trampoline with sides (10) foot - £100
Please call Bev on 892712 for more information!

Moon Hall School has an Art, DT, Poetry and Film Exhibition at Brew House, Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ. The Exhibition will run from now until Sunday, 13th September, 2015. All welcome.

HTPD 4/9/15

03 September 2015

Dear Parents,

It is with great excitement and slight trepidation I write today’s letter to you all. After 25 years of wonderful wisdom from Richard every week, I feel honoured at the prospect of picking up the Friday pen! I will endeavour to keep you abreast of all that’s happening at HTPD, as well as giving you a flavour of what your children are experiencing. As well as that, I’d like to regularly communicate how much we value you as part of the school community, sharing with you ways that parents can be part of all that we are.

Early September has always been an exciting time in my family, coming as I do from a long line of teachers, and this year has beaten them all. Becoming head of HTPD is a privilege, a dream and an adventure. I will do my very best to continue to put your children at the heart of the school – helping them to “Learn to Live”. In fact this term, during staff training, assemblies and in classes, we will be revisiting all of our school values, making sure that they are lived out in the daily life of the school.

I’m sure that our new staff in particular share my excitement at the start of a new school year. We welcome lots of new faces – Frances Clixby in Year R, Jo Marsden and James Wyatt in Year 4, Sarah Mistry in Year 5 and Tom Everard and Helen Campbell in Year 6, together with a superb group of teaching assistants that will support your children in so many ways. At the “Meet the Team” evenings coming up over the next fortnight (Thurs 10th September at PD and Thursday 17th at HT) you’ll have the chance to get to know them and put faces to names. I will also be speaking on these two occasions, sharing with you some of my hopes for the future. I do hope you are able to come.

It has been great to see the new children settling in so quickly this week, as well as children moving successfully up into their new year groups. Thank you for getting them into school on time, dressed in HTPD uniform, for encouraging them and for supporting them in their education.

Finally, thank you for your words of encouragement to me. I feel very supported as I embark on this new role. I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to continue to make HTPD a beacon for all that’s best in primary school education.

With best wishes, Clare


The Infant & Junior Newsletters have now been combined on the website, please scroll down to see each individual school news. Combined News will be listed at the beginning.

Term and INSET Dates for 2015/2016 (Click to view/download PDF)

INFANT

Meet the Team evening, Thursday 10 September, 7.00pm
We would really love to see you at Pewley Down next Thursday evening when we will be introducing ourselves to you and explaining everything you need to know about your child’s current year group. Please go straight to your child’s classroom on arrival. This will be followed by the FOPS AGM at 8.00pm in the hall (see below).

Phonics Evening, Wednesday 16 September, 7.00pm
Parents in Year R are invited to the Phonics Evening on 16 September. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are very welcome to attend if they would like to.

Year 2 swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 2 children start next Wednesday 9 September. Please ensure that your child comes to school on Wednesday wearing their PE kit including trainers, and brings their swimming kit – towel, swimming costume (not baggies), hats for girls and goggles (optional).

Thank you
Thank you all so much for the lovely presents and cards received at the end of last term. Your generosity and good wishes were very much appreciated by all the staff.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 September

FOPS News

FOPS AGM, Thursday 10 September, 8.00pm
The Annual General Meeting of the school PTA, called the Friends of Pewley Down School (‘FOPS’), will follow on from the ‘Meet the Team’ session and start with wine and nibbles in the hall. All parents, carers, teachers and staff are automatically members of FOPS and are very welcome. At the AGM you will be able to find out more about FOPS and our plans for the year and how you can get involved.
 


JUNIOR

PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS WILL BEGIN WEEK COMMENCING 14TH SEPTEMBER. A copy of the timetable will be published next week and will be available on our website. There will be Clubs Plus and Breakfast Club as usual.

ParentPay for new HT Parents
Welcome to new Holy Trinity parents. Our preferred method of payment at Holy Trinity is the secure online website ParentPay. We will be sending your ParentPay activation code letters home with your child today so please look out for it. Activating your account is pretty straightforward but we are happy to help if you have a query – speak to Lesley or Flora or email finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

For more information, do also look at the ‘Payments’ page on the school website and in the Parents’ Handbook. We don’t do monthly invoices at Holy Trinity, but ask parents to keep track of their balances on ParentPay. Please keep lunch accounts in credit (see next item) and Clubs Plus / Breakfast Club paid up at least monthly. You can set up free ‘low balance’ email alerts on ParentPay.

Lunch discounts
The basic lunch price at Holy Trinity is £2.40 each, but there are discounts available for bulk credit purchases. If you buy a whole year by 28 September, the meal price is £2.30 or if you buy a full term in advance the meal price is £2.35. Please see the lunch price table on the school website ‘Payments’ page for the amounts you need to pay for each year group (days out are taken into account).

For those not taking advantage of the discounts, please buy credit in multiples of £2.40 and keep your child’s lunch account in credit. Credit is only used when meals are taken and any remaining credit will be refunded to leavers.

Menu - Week 2

HTSC – PTA

Welcome back to everyone and a very warm welcome to all new parents to HT. As always HTSC (HT PTA) has an exciting year planned. The first major HTSC event will be our family Bingo night to be held on Saturday 10th October. This is always a very popular evening for all the family with a fish & chip supper, prizes and a fully stocked bar – Details to follow.

Other major events this term include Bonfire night on Friday November 6th and the Christmas Fair – Date TBC.

Last year the HTSC team raised £20,000 for the school. This year we are hoping to raise a similar amount and are therefore looking for a new team to help make this happen. If you are an existing parent or new to school, this is a fantastic way to meet & get to know other parents, have fun, whilst helping to raise much needed funds for the school.

As part of this team we also need Class Reps for each class.

Class Reps

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.

We are also urgently looking for a new Treasurer:

Treasurer - The role would suit someone with a good financial background possibly an accountant but this is not essential. They do need to be pretty comfortable with accounting, keep records and be well organised. They also need to be able to commit the time required. Main areas:
Managing the cash for the PTA (banking and payments) - they would be the signatory
Directly support the three main events Bonfire, Christmas and Summer Fair
Prepare the year end accounts
Keep a track of the profits and cash flow over the academic year
Support Sainsbury's voucher team

If you would like further information on joining the team, please contact Caroline Swift, caroline@swifts.me.uk, Carrie Witts, carriewitts@gmail.com Ros Vickerman jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk
 


Pewley Down Mini-Tennis Club: Years 1 & 2
We’re delighted that the Mini-Tennis after school club will continue until ½ term. This popular 7 x week course will start on Thursday 10th and is available to book on a 1st come basis through Premier Tennis at www.premiertennis.co.uk/venue/pewley-down-infant-school. For more information please call 0845 475 1147

Amazing Art Club

Come along and have fun making and doing: from printing to mini books, painting, drawing, 3-d 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 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. This popular club has been running since 2013. Maximum 12 spaces so book early: THURSDAY 17th September - 3rd December (no class half term 29th October. £154 for 11 x 2 hour workshops. THURSDAYS 3.15pm - 5.15pm. All materials included in the price. For more details, to express an interest or to book your place please contact Sophie on 07855 622303 or email sophieartemispitt@gmail.com