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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.