No. 261

20 May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

It felt like there was a carnival atmosphere in school yesterday – the mood was joyful as we gathered out in the sunshine for the first whole school photograph in five years. Some of the children in Year 5 and Year 6 who started their school life at Pewley could just about remember sitting at the foot of the staging, back when they were in Year R or Year 1 – but this time around they scaled the dizzy heights right up to the top! The juniors were then joined by all the children from the infants, with the smallest children sitting at the feet of the teachers. There was a happy cheer when the Pewley staff took their seats, as many of the older children waved at their previous teachers; I think Active Andy got the biggest applause. The photographer did a fantastic job – spotting any lopsided poses, and noticing any arms in front of faces - the whole event was just great…and I hope that the resulting photo is a good one!

All week the photo gallery in school has been very busy – with people, staff, parents and children alike, looking back at previous whole school photos reminiscing and spotting one another. It was great to have previous students back in this year’s photo, but now as adults on staff. And Robert Cotton, our illustrious chair of governors worked out that this was his seventh appearance! We’ll let you know when you can take a look at the proofs.

Next week, we’re looking forward to our Jubilee Celebrations. On Thursday, the children will be learning about the significance of a Platinum Jubilee and at lunchtime, we’ll be joining together again, this time at Pewley for a special picnic on the school field. Remember that the children will need to bring water bottles as we won’t be providing drinks so that we reduce plastic waste. The children will all receive a lovely book which has been provided by the Department for Education as a souvenir. It tells the remarkable story of Elizabeth II’s seventy years reign as Queen. We’ll also sing together and pray for our country. For parents of children in Years 3-6, do get in touch with your child’s teacher if you can help us walk to and from Pewley. We’ll be leaving at around 12.

Finally next week, just before we breakup for the half term holiday, we have a Fluffy Friday to look forward to. It’s such a highlight for the children and they really enjoy these special days. It’s disappointing when families tag an extra day onto the holiday – the children really miss out if they’re not able to take part, and it’s such a valuable learning opportunity too, meeting new people, mixing younger and older children, trying new things and having such a day of difference. They’re the days that ex-pupils talk about more than any other and teachers that move on, end up introducing Fluffy Fridays at their new schools! Again, if you’re able to join us, we’d love to have you helping out. Just email your child’s teacher or the school office.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the week: Keep going! Parable: The Widow and The Judge - Are you a persistent person?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Thursday 26 May – Platinum Jubilee celebration with whole school picnic.


INFANT

Lost
Sammy in Hazel Class has lost his blue cap with darker navy peak (named in black on the tag inside the sweat band).

Menu: Week 3 beginning 23 May


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 25 May – 6T Junior Citizens
Friday 27 May – Fluffy Friday

Hockey Club
Following England Hockey’s advice, we have decided to insist that all children attending hockey club must wear a gum-shield. Please do ask Mary for details if you aren’t sure, but from Monday, children without gum-shields will not take part in the hockey games so that we reduce the risk of injury and keep the children’s teeth safe. Thank you for your understanding and support.

District Sports trial dates
Y5 & Y6 are invited to try out for our annual District Sports Competition on Thursday 26th after school from 3.20pm - 4.30pm.

District Sports is an athletic competition against other Guildford Primary schools and is held at the Spectrum athletics track in June. The events are made up of running; sprinting and middle distance, throwing; howler and shot put and the long jump and we take our very best athletes in each year group.

Some of the year groups have been doing athletics in their PE lessons and an early morning athletics club is held for all year groups (Y5&6 Tuesdays at 8am). However, we are aware that some children may not be able to get to these sessions which is why we are offering trials after school. Do not worry if your child is unable to attend the trial for their year group, please tell them to come and talk to either Nick and Laura S and we will ensure we get to see what they can do at some point in the next few weeks.

Lunch - Week 3 beginning 23 May


FOPS

Hi all,

Happy Friday and hope you enjoyed some delicious bakes today!

Tonight, there are Year One drinks at Rogues bar from 8pm.

Please continue to save the date for the Summer Fair on Saturday 2nd July. We’re planning a fun game and need any empty screwcap wine bottles with the lids. Please speak to Sally for more info: sallyjc78@gmail.com

FOPS Committee
We need a new Treasurer and Chair from September. Without these roles (especially the Treasurer!) FOPS won’t be able to continue. Please let me know if you would like an informal chat about either role: katelloyd741@gmail.com

Happy weekend!
Kate


HTSC

Hello Everyone! Thank you for scrolling down!

Summer Fair
This will take place on Saturday 9th July from 2pm. Thank you to those who joined the meeting on Wednesday for our initial planning. Your class reps will be in contact in the next couple of weeks for how you can help.

In the meantime, if you, or someone you know, has a business that would like to be represented at the fair, we are looking for sponsors for: our top raffle prize, donations to an auction and stall holders. Your business will be advertised on our raffle tickets, all posters, local residents’ letter and the school website. Please email helen@thomasday.co.uk by 27th May if you can help us with the top raffle prize.

HTSC Committee – positions vacant
Myself (Chair), Claudine Nel (Secretary) and Tom Day (Treasurer) will be stepping down from HTSC at the end of this school year as our children will be moving into their last year at Holy Trinity. It would be great if we could have a team in place to handover to before the end of the school year and to act as support next year. If you are at all interested in one of these roles (they can be shared), please do get in touch by emailing helen@thomasday.co.uk. Without these positions being filled, the criteria for the Charity Commission will not be met and it will be difficult for the school to generate fundraising activity to support our children’s learning. The model for how events could be organised in future can be altered to a rotating year group approach to reduce the level of input currently required by the Chair role.

Dates for your diary
Friday 27th May – Year 3 are meeting on the Downs after school– we’d love to see you there if you can come along. (Bring your own refreshments.)
Friday 17th June – Year 5&6 Cake Sale. Bring £1, cakes provided by the HT Bakers.
Saturday 9th July Summer Fair from 2pm

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second Hand Uniform
If you need any school branded second hand uniform, or have school branded uniform to donate, please contact Simone Chidlow simonechidlow@googlemail.com.

Many thanks
Helen, HTSC Chair


Other

Please find below the link to the Surrey Families May/June magazine -there are lots of ideas of things to do for the Jubilee and in half term. 

No. 260

13 May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m so looking forward to welcoming our Year 5 children and staff back to school later today. They’ve been having the most wonderful of weeks, spending time together down in Dorset with their friends, taking part in exciting activities, and enjoying the most beautiful countryside, as they took part in the first of this year’s residential visits. It’s been one of the most regrettable aspects of the pandemic that these trips haven’t been able to take place since 2019; I’m so glad to see them back up and running again! It’s where it’s so easy to see our school values in action; children learning to live life in all its fulness. Thank you so much to all the adults who made it possible…and to the children for their unquenchable “zest for learning and love of life”! I’m sure they’ll all enjoy catching up on sleep this weekend!

Meanwhile, back in school the children in Year 6 worked really hard and acquitted themselves well as they participated in the annual SATS – these national tests provide a benchmark for the school in how well we’re preparing children for the next stage in their education. As well as that, the children get a huge boost to their confidence when they reach their personal best. Hopefully our high expectations, the support from both home and school, and their determined efforts will translate into some great results. We won’t find out for several weeks, but we were delighted to see that the children seemed to be very calm and well-prepared.

Next week, we are looking forward to another postponed event – a whole school photograph, where children from across all seven year groups gather together for one great shot! Do remember to make sure your child is wearing a white polo shirt or summer dress next Thursday and not PE kit. Looking back over the years is a great way to reminisce; it’s lovely to try and find faces from time gone by. Some of the staff can even find themselves as pupils, and many of the staff appear over a long stretch of time! I wonder what the hairstyles of 2022 will look like in twenty years’ time? And which staff will still be at HTPD twenty years from now? If you get the chance, do take a moment to congratulate our wonderful site manager, Julie Batt on a remarkable thirty years of service to the school. She’s given so much to maintain both sites, keeping our buildings and grounds so well looked after – and she always does it with a smile! We’re so very grateful!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: True wisdom – who do you respect and why? “The Two Brothers” parable - Who do you learn from?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Whole School Photo, Thursday 19 May
Children should come to school in white polo shirts or summer dresses for the school photo next Thursday. More details in Clare’s letter above.

Vacancies: Our after-school care PUPS and Clubs+ are recruiting for Playworkers
PUPS and Clubs+ run Monday - Thursday, 3-6pm (term time). We are flexible on timings and days. This would be perfect for sixth formers/students to gain extra work experience. Some experience with children is preferred. Training will be provided. Good hourly rate. Please email Sam for more details: pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

INFANT

Class Photo orders
A reminder that the deadline for ordering class photographs is next Monday 16 May. If you are ordering online, the deadline is Sunday 22 May to take advantage of free delivery to school.

Fluffy Friday
Please complete the choice form for Fluffy Friday (on ParentMail) by Wednesday 18 May.

Found
Small pink ‘unicorn’ handbag found in the front playground.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 16 May.


JUNIOR 

Dates for the diary
Monday 16 May – 3A to Henley Fort
Tuesday 17 May – 3S to Henley Fort
Thursday 19 May am – 6S and 6D Junior Citizens
Friday 20 May – Year 3 and 4 HTSC Cake sale ; Year 5 and 6 – HTSC Film night

Year 6 – Year book final reminder
Please refer to the ParentMail sent to you with instructions on how to fill out your child’s yearbook profile. Please note that the deadline for this is Monday 16 May.

Class Photo Orders
If you would like to order the class photos via school, please ensure to return the orders to the school office by Monday 16 May morning – they are being collected from the office that afternoon.

Platinum Jubilee celebration Picnic Thursday 26 May
If you would like your child to have a picnic lunch, please complete the Form to choose their sandwich filling. The kitchen needs numbers by Monday 16th to order supplies.

Lunch week 2 beginning 16 May

Sports News

District Sports trial dates
Y3 & Y4 are invited to try out for our annual District Sports Competition on Thursday 19th after school from 3.20pm - 4.30pm, with the Y5 & Y6 trials to be held on Thursday 26th May at the same time.

District Sports is an athletic competition against other Guildford Primary schools and is held at the Spectrum athletics track in June. The events are made up of running; sprinting and middle distance, throwing; howler and shot put and the long jump and we take our very best athletes in each year group.

Some of the year groups have been doing athletics in their PE lessons and an early morning athletics club is held for all year groups (Y5&6 Tuesdays at 8am) and (Y3&Y4 Wednesdays at 8am). However, we are aware that some children may not be able to get to these sessions which is why we are offering trials after school.

Do not worry if your child is unable to attend the trial for their year group, please tell them to come and talk to either Nick and Laura S and we will ensure we get to see what they can do at some point in the next few weeks.

Catch-up swimming for Y5&6
Lessons will start on Monday 16th and then on the following dates; Monday 23rd, 13th June, 20th June, 4th July & 11th July. If your child is swimming please remind them to come to the office at 9.55pm with their swimming bag (costume, towel, hat and goggles), where Lucy and I will meet them, take a register and then we will walk up to the coach. The lessons will be for 30mins and we will get back to school at around 11.30am.
 


FOPS News

Hi all,

We’ll be having another Cake & Uniform Sale on Friday 20th May, after school in the playground. It’s a good time to stock up on summer uniform if you need extras!

Summer Fair, Saturday 2nd July, 3-6pm
Planning for the Summer Fair is well underway and we’re very excited to be hosting this at Pewley again after three years! If you would like to be part of the planning sub-committee, please email sallyjc78@gmail.com for more information.

FOPS Committee
From September, FOPS needs a new Treasurer and a new Chair. Without these roles the committee can’t continue and we won’t be able to raise any money for the school through holding cake sales, or fun community events. Please consider volunteering as it would be a shame for the committee to have to close.

For further information about either role and how much time you need to give (not much) please email katelloyd741@gmail.com.

Other
Year One drinks next Friday 20th, 8pm at Rogues bar.

Have a happy weekend,
Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down!

Film Nights
There will be another film night 20th May (years 5 & 6). Details and forms have been sent via Parentmail. We hope your children enjoying watching the film together

Summer Fair
This will take place on Saturday 9th July - this will most likely be in the afternoon to allow Year 3 to have a nap after their sleepover! There will be a meeting to discuss plans and help needed via Zoom on Tuesday 17th May at 8pm (the link will be sent on Parentmail on the day). Everyone is welcome to join the meeting. The fair will take place outside and is our first proper event without any restrictions!

If you, or someone you know, has a business that would like to be represented at the fair, we are looking for sponsors for: our top raffle prize, donations to an auction and stall holders. Your business will be advertised on our raffle tickets, all posters, local residents letter and the school website. Please email helen@thomasday.co.uk by 27th May if you can help us with the top raffle prize.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second Hand Uniform
If you need any school branded second hand uniform, or have school branded uniform to donate, please contact Simone Childlow simonechidlow@googlemail.com.

HTSC Committee – positions vacant
Myself (Chair), Claudine Nel (Secretary) and Tom Day (Treasurer) will be stepping down from HTSC at the end of this school year as our children will be moving into their last year at Holy Trinity. It would be great if we could have a handover term after Easter to help ease a new team in. If you are at all interested in one of these roles, please do get in touch by emailing helen@thomasday.co.uk or come along to the summer fair meeting on 17th May. Without these positions being filled, the school will not have any fundraising activity to support our children’s learning.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 17th May 8pm – Summer Fair meeting on Zoom
Wednesday 17th May - Film night forms returned Year 5&6
Friday 20th May – Film night years 5 & 6

Many thanks
Helen
HTSC Chair


Other Notices

Vacancy
Our Caterers are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the team at Pewley Down School catering. The position will assist with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving Pupils, as well as set up and clear down.The ideal candidate will be able to work as part of a team. Full training will be provided along with uniform. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 20 hours per week, term time only.If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, Please see the full advert on Harrison Catering website under Vacancies and if you are interested, please email your CV and covering letter to Lisa Dando at holy.trinity@harrisoncatering.co.uk

Bikeability Cycling Instructors
The Cycle Training Team at Surrey County Council are recruiting for Bikeability Cycling Instructors. More information at: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=23517


 

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