No 151

06 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been fantastic today to visit all the children in their classrooms and to see them so excited to be back in school. For our new children, I’ve enjoyed seeing how quickly they’ve looked at home - those initial feelings of apprehension replaced with smiles and a sense of belonging. Thank you to all our parents and carers for preparing your children so well to take that bold step of independence into their new classes. With all the older children well equipped with pencil cases this year, their attitude to learning seems even more impressive! And they all look really smart in their uniforms too!

As the term gets underway, I’m really excited to be able to share with you all the
final report from the church school inspection that took place just before the summer break at the junior school. The overall judgement was that Holy Trinity is an excellent school! Do take a look – it’s a great summary of the impact of our school values being lived out. I’m so delighted that our ethos made such an impact on the inspector. She states that our vision results in “an inclusive and joyful school where pupils and adults thrive as they together develop their God-given potential”. I love too how much the report celebrates our team philosophy, with governors, parents, staff and children all working together to ensure that we “Learn to Live”.

Over the next fortnight, we’ll be holding our “Meet the Team” evenings (Thursday 12th September at 7pm in the Chapel for those in Year 3 to Year 6, and Wednesday 18th September at 7pm at Pewley for those in Year R to Year 2). Please do try to be there – you’ll hear all about the year ahead, find out how best you can support your child, and meet your child’s class teacher. This strengthens our home-school partnership, helping your child to feel settled and reassured because you’ll know more about how things work.

Finally, can I remind everyone that, as a healthy school, we request that children only bring in snacks of fruit or vegetables. This keeps litter to a minimum, and is also the healthiest option. Remember that we’re a nut-free school…including in packed lunches. This helps keep those children with severe allergies safe. We are working hard this year to consider our impact on the environment, so I’ll also encourage you to use refillable water bottles rather than single-use plastic ones. With the eco-teams being chosen across both sites in the coming days, I’m sure they’ll have other reminders that they’ll want me to include in future weeks. So watch this space!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” What are your plans for the term?


Teacher-led clubs Years 1 and 2
Most of the teacher-led clubs will start next week (commencing 9 September). However, Creative Clay with Claire C and Ball Skills with Catherine (both on Thursday) have been cancelled next week.

Swimming Year 2
Swimming for Year 2 starts next Wednesday 11 September so please remember swimming kits that day. Invoices will come home in book bags today.

Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 18 September, 7.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening. This is a chance to meet your child’s teacher and hear about the exciting year ahead.

Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
Please join us to find out how we will be teaching your children to read and write, and how you can support their phonics learning at home. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also welcome to attend.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 9 September


Dates for your Diary
9th Sept: 5S Visit to RGS ( 5JJ Visit on 16th Sept ; 5T on 23rd Sept)
10th Sept : Years 3 and 6 Visit to the Chantries
12th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years 3 – 6
13th Sept : Years 4 and 5 Visit to the Chatries
16th Sept : Year 4 visit to Butser Farm
18th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years R – 2
18th Sept : 3A and 4N start Swimming lessons
20th Sept : Year 6 Visit to RHS Wisley

FAO of New Parents
We are working on user names and passwords for your ParentPay account. They will come out in the bookbags towards the end of the week. In the meantime, your child’s lunch account will go into credit – please don’t worry about it for the moment as you can make the payment once the accounts are up and running. Any queries regarding ParentPay should be directed to Flora in the Finance Office. Thank you!

Current Year 6 – this is a little reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. All of the secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks. Please check the respective schools’ websites for dates and details so that you can arrange to attend them.

Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2020 is Thursday, 31st October 2019 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.


After School Clubs : will start on Monday 9th Sept. Please download the Autumn term Clubs List here. You can also find the Clubs list on the website.

Aldi's Kit for Schools
Get collecting for the Aldi's kit for school prize of an exclusive sports kit for Holy Trinity plus the chance to win £20,000! Every time you spend £30.00 in any Aldi store, you will receive a Team GB Sticker. We have until the 3rd November to collect 300 stickers.

There is a box at the office for you to deposit all the stickers you collect. Let's get collecting!

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.

Guildfordians Rugby Club
We are a friendly rugby club based in the centre of Guildford at Stoke Park providing rugby for everyone from the age of 3. We have junior, senior, Touch and Walking rugby all of which are great team sports to be involved in. Rugby for the kids (which is mixed) is on Sunday morning (starting back this Sunday 1st September at 10:00am). Please visit our website for further information.

Guildford Symphony Orchestra: Medieval Magic -The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 21 September, 3.30pm, St Catherine’s School, Bramley

Family concert with narrator David Leonard and Michael Copley’s Medieval Woodwind. Exciting music to fire the imagination inspired by the Pied Piper, swords, witches, fairies, fireworks and more ... More information from GSO Box Office: 01483 415847 or

XY Strings - Please see the attached flier (coming soon) about XY Strings which is a community string group - just in case you may be interested.