No. 242

03 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all of you, and to your children, for being so accepting of the current restrictions and adjustments as we lead up to the end of term. Once again, the children’s adaptability and positive spirit has been excellent. We are still being notified of some children receiving positive covid results so we know that we’ve made the right decision to reduce contact across year groups and keep one another safe. Earlier in the week, we had more than twenty cases across the school, and over one hundred children being tested. Thank you so much for being so determined to keep children with symptoms at home, and thank you for following the guidance so carefully. We really appreciate it.

The Year 3 production of “Wackadoo Zoo” took place on Zoom earlier in the week – despite missing the atmosphere of a live audience, the children were magnificent, performing to the camera like film-stars! It was such a privilege to be able to be an audience of one, and I loved the message of how each one of us is treasured and loved for our unique contribution to the world. Huge apologies if you tried to log in and weren’t able to; I hope you enjoyed watching on Tapestry later on!

Rehearsals for the Christmas shows have also been going really well and filming has commenced. Of course, it’s so disappointing for any children unable to take part due to self-isolation at home. We send them our love and prayers for a speedy recovery. This year, as you know, we’ll be sharing a film version with you to enjoy at home. Whereas usually we take up a retiring collection to cover costs, this year we’re hoping you’ll all be just as generous, but online. Please do make a contribution on Parentpay. Once we’ve paid for the props, lighting and stage hire, we’ll be using any money left over to send Christmas hampers to Besom. This Guildford-based charity provides practical support to families in the town throughout the year, and then sends a selection of treats to show a little extra kindness at Christmastime. Please do make your donation promptly if you’d like to contribute (even before you view the show if you can!) – Besom will be collecting from the school in the final week of term.

Next week, the children will be able to enjoy Christmas dinner (Thursday 9th for Years R-4, Friday 10th for Year 5-6). If they’re not eating school dinner, you might want to make their packed lunch have a Christmas-theme, and all the children can wear a Christmas jumper (or any other jumper) or novelty Christmas hat with their school uniform. There will be hundreds of second hand jumpers available at the Winter Fair! Any £1 donations that come in will be used to buy gifts for distribution by the Guildford Salvation Army; this idea came from the Pewley school council!

I’m sure many of you will be excited to visit the winter fair tomorrow afternoon. I’m afraid there won’t be anything taking place inside this year, so wrap up warm and come along to the Holy Trinity playground; you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities anytime between 12 and 2.30. Warm up with some yummy hot food, or buy some extra lucky, last-minute raffle tickets! I’ll look forward to saying hello to you there, and wishing you the first Happy Christmas of the season!

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Let it out.” How do you cope with grief?

Whole School

Term finishes on Friday 17 December (1.30pm at the infants; 1.45pm at the juniors). The spring term starts on Wednesday 5 January.

HTPD Winter Fair - Saturday 4 December 12-2.30pm - Please see details below.

Parent visitors
A reminder that we are unable to welcome parent visitors into school at the moment.

Missed flu vaccination
If your child has missed their flu vaccination at school, please contact the local immunisation team to book an appointment at a catch-up clinic: telephone 01483 794887 or email You will need to provide your child’s full name, date of birth, telephone number and year group.

Vacancy - we are recruiting for a full time SEND Teaching Assistant to start in January. Details are on the school website under the vacancy tab and on ETeach. Please email completed application forms to (Although full time is preferred, part time may be considered for an applicant with a very good fit).


School Christmas Lunch, Thursday 9 December
Children can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper (or any other home jumper) with their school uniform next Thursday. We are requesting a donation of £1 (further details in Clare’s letter above).

Also, if your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to have a school Christmas lunch on Thursday please let the office know as soon as possible.

Teacher-led clubs
will finish on Thursday 16 December.

Pewley Christmas Post
Christmas post boxes will be at the upper and lower entrances from Monday 6 December, if your child would like to post Christmas cards to their friends. Don’t forget to include name, surname initial and class on the envelope.

Menu for week beginning Monday 6 December
Mon: Sweet & Sticky Chicken Noodles or Sweet & Sticky Quorn Noodles; Carrot Cake with Custard Sauce
Tues: Provencal Chicken & Herb Pasta Bake or Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables with Rice; Shortbread Fingers & Fruit Wedges
Weds: Chicken Tikka with Rice and Naan Style Bread or Pasta Marinara; Peach & Oat Bar
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Pizza Margherita & Chips; Strawberry Ice Cream & Watermelon
Also available daily: Filled Jacket Potato, Homemade Soup, Freshly Baked Bread, Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Salad


Dates for the Diary
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 (all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch also HTSC Cake Sale )
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 (all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch; also HTSC Cake Sale)
Children can wear a Christmas Jumper and bring a £1 donation - see above.

Cancelled Clubs
Thursday - Creative Writing for Year 5 will be cancelled on 9/12
Wednesday – Girls Football at 8am for Years 3 & 4

Lunch - Week 2
Please note that next week there will be a slight change due to Christmas dinners:
Wednesday's lunch will be Chicken Tikka with Rice and Pasta Marinara (Thursday moved to Wednesday)


Hi everyone, final preparations are well underway for our Winter Fair tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the brilliant donations and volunteers to look after stalls throughout the event.

The Fair starts at 12pm and will be held in the lower playground at Holy Trinity. Please enter via Cline Road.

We will have some card machines available, but please do bring cash if you can. There will be plenty of change!

At the time of writing (Friday!) the weather is looking okay so it will be great to see as many people as possible who can make it. To keep the school community safe the whole fair is taking place outside and we will be spacing things out as much as possible, so wrap up warm!

Finally, Christmas Cards…will arrive early next week.

Looking forward to tomorrow!



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Winter Fair – 4th December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders, entry via Cline Road. At the moment, the forecasted weather is looking kind for us – dry and sunny! Please wrap up warm and thank you to everyone for their contributions – we couldn’t do this without your support. We are looking forward to seeing everyone who can come. We will be holding the raffle at about 2pm and will close most of the smaller games stalls at this time to allow everyone to avidly listen out for the winners, expertly announced by Clare!

Teaching Staff/Teaching Assistants Christmas Gifts
The class reps have already started to plan collections and cards for the teaching staff and the TAs for each class. Some have decided to collect money for gifts as a year group

Please find the links for each class card and the payment link to the collections set up so far. Please select Friends & Family for PayPal payments otherwise a charge in incurred. As every year, you do not have to contribute and can still sign the card. If you would like to contribute to the collections, please do so by Mon 13th December. Online cards will be open to sign until 15th December.

 Class  Card Link Collection Link
3C PayPal -
 4EL Emily: Laura:
PayPal -
 6D  Paper card  

Non-Teaching/All School Support staff – FYI
HTSC will be getting gifts for the school staff that support or teach the whole school. This includes admin staff (office, finance, SEN admin support), management staff, Paul (Outdoors), Louise (French), Laura (PE), Julie (site manager) and the home link workers. We don’t cover any Clubs+ staff unless they are a TA and are covered by a year group/class collection.

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

Dates for your diary
Winter Fair – Saturday 4th December 12pm – 2.30pm Please dress warmly!!
Teaching staff collections – by Monday 13th December
Teaching staff cards – sign by Wed 15th December

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

Many thanks

HTSC Chair

Other News

On Saturday 11 December from 10:30-12 St Mary's are holding a Pop Up Christingle Café. It is aimed at Primary School children please see /download the flyer

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No. 241

26 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s so disappointing to be having to adjust our arrangements for Christmas in school for the second year running. I’m sure, like me, you were sad to hear that this year’s productions wouldn’t have live audiences. As always though at HTPD, the children have proved so adaptable and resilient; they took the news well. Despite feeling that it won’t be quite the same, they’re looking forward to being on screen and still on the stage. We’ll be making sure that everyone who appears in the films has permission to take part, and it will then be shared for you all to enjoy at home. Watch out for a parentmail with more information about this.

We’re glad to be able to continue with preparations for the Christmas fair which takes place outside at HT next Saturday 4th. Thank you so much for all the donations that are coming in – there’s still plenty of time next week to send things in (see below for more info). I’m really looking forward to being able to be together as a whole community then; I do hope you are able to come along and enjoy the fun!

Our annual focus at the juniors on a super maths strategy (known as Barvember and taking place throughout the month of November) makes use of the Bar Model to visualise a problem. We’re pleased to see the impact it’s had on maths enjoyment across the year groups, as well as giving children such an effective strategy to use when they’re problem solving. We were delighted to hear that thanks to so many children taking part each day, we were awarded a prize. We’re looking forward to taking delivery of some exciting maths resources – well done to all who took part!

We’re ready to return to Zoom assemblies, no longer feeling that we should meet together as a whole school indoors – and we’ll be lighting the first of our Advent candles on Monday, symbolising the hope of Christmas. It will seem particularly relevant once again this year. Hope is what we hold onto when life goes through its more challenging times. And Christmas itself, with God’s promise of being with us, is also so hopeful. I’ll enjoy starting Advent this Sunday, counting down towards the end of term, towards Christmas, and towards a better year ahead!

Please do continue to be really vigilant about keeping children at home when they show any of the symptoms linked to covid. Lateral flow tests are proving effective at finding asymptomatic cases – let’s do our best to keep the numbers infected as low as possible. With some staff and parents testing positive despite being vaccinated, we’re working hard to reduce contact as much as we can so that school can continue to be fully functioning. Thanks for working hard together on this; hopefully with the return to year group bubbles, the numbers will fall again. We’ll keep in touch as the situation unfolds.

With love,

Thought of the Week: “Don’t give in”. Can you resist temptation?


Online Safety Information Workshop Friday 3 December 2pm
Tom Everard (our online safety designated safeguarding lead) will be holding a (repeat) Zoom meeting to raise awareness of the importance of internet safety for children. The Zoom link will be sent out by ParentMail. It is such an important topic, especially at a time when children may be spending more time on their conputers/online.

Winter Fair Saturday 4 December 
The Winter Fair is going ahead as planned – the whole event is outside so please dress appropriately! Please see below for details


School Christmas Lunch, Thursday 9 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch on 9 December. Please let the office know if your child would like a lunch that day.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 29 November


Dates for the Diary
Monday 29 November – Last Swimming Lesson for 3A
Wednesday 1 December – Last Swimming lesson for 4EL
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 (all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch also HTSC Cake Sale )
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 (all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch; also HTSC Cake Sale)

Club Changes Due to Year Group Bubbles
Tuesday Chess Club – Only for Year 6
Wednesday Origami – Only for Year 3
Monday RGS Maths – will not be running anymore this term.
Download updated Clubs list here

External Clubs
If your child attends an External Club – they should have informed you of any change to the arrangements

Geraldine’s Breakfast Book Group
Please download here the information with dates for breakfast book club for each class.
Teachers will inform the children being invited to the club. 

Winter Fair Choir performance Saturday 4 December
For children in the school choirs (year 3/4 choir and year 5/6 choir) who would like to join in performing our songs outside at the fair, please meet at 12noon outside the year 4 classrooms ready to perform at 12.30pm. Dress warmly!

We have quite a few fixtures coming up and sadly no kit to lend to the children involved. If your child borrows school competition kit for fixtures against another school, please can you wash the kit and return it to school asap so that another child can borrow it. All kit can be returned to the office. Thank you.

Lunch week commencing 29 November Menu Week 1


Hi all, firstly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to help out at Ground Force morning on Sunday. We cleared loads of leaves, drains, ivy and the site is looking so much tidier. Special thanks also to Andy Maxwell who jet washed the entire back playground!

It was lovely to meet so many people and spend time helping the school and (Covid regulations pending) we are hoping to do another session in the Spring term.

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December; 12-2.30pm; Holy Trinity School
There is specific detail about the Winter Fair next Saturday 4th in the HTSC section so please do read below.

We need lots of volunteers to look after the various stalls. If you can spare 45 minutes on the day of the fair, please do sign up here:
If you can also spare time to help set up or pack down, please sign up here:

Year group hampers
Thank you to everyone who has offered to donate an item so far. There are a couple more items needed for each year group – please use the below links if you can donate anything that’s remaining.
Year One:
Year Two:

Raffle tickets
Please sell as many as you can (not to under 16s) and drop stubs, money and unsold tickets back to the office by Thursday 2nd December.

Other tombola donations
Donation boxes will be in the lower playground during next week as well if you missed today’s donation day.

Christmas cards
Christmas cards are due to be delivered to the school ‘by 10th December, hopefully earlier’. A ParentMail will go out if they will be delivered earlier.

Happy weekend,
Kate – FOPS Chair


Hello Everyone!

This newsletter is mainly about the up-coming fair - we are living and breathing the prep this week! Please do read carefully as we appreciate there’s a lot of information to take in.

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders, entry via Cline Road. We are aware of the British weather and how changeable it can be. If you have a gazebo we would borrow for the event, please could you email or let your class rep know? We are looking for around 15-20. We have already had some offers, but we need a few more.

Donation Day – Friday 26 November onwards
If you were unable to bring in your donations today, the boxes will still be in the Atrium under the ramps (immediately on the left-hand side just inside the glass doors up the steps leading out to Lower playground) via Cline Road entrance. The children are allowed to drop off here until Thursday 2nd December at drop off and pick up. Due to the new Covid measures, please send the children in with your donations. The boxes are all labelled up and there is a separate box for each year group’s hamper.

Winter Fair Choir performance 12.30pm 4 December
For children in the school choirs (year 3/4 choir and year 5/6 choir) who would like to join in performing our songs outside at the fair, please meet at 12noon outside the year 4 classrooms ready to perform at 12.30pm. Dress warmly!

Raffle tickets
If you haven’t received any, ask your child to check with their teacher as they were given to classes to bring home on 18 November. There are spares at the school office – drop the office an email for your child to bring some home. Raffle ticket stubs/money can be dropped off to the lovely admin staff by your children.

Volunteers for stalls
The Sign Up for volunteering at the Fair was sent out on Weds via Parentmail, along with a separate one for setting up/packing down.

Thank you to all those who are able to come to the fair and have already signed up. All the instructions will be on the stalls on the day.

Year group Hamper donations
The theme is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as per this year’s play. Please sign up here to donate an item to the hamper – you can team up with others for bigger items if you wish.
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Winter Clay Workshop
Thank you to Kate Alger for running a gorgeous evening last night and we hope that everyone who came along had fun and made some great decorations! Kate will be back to run another workshop later in the school year.

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

Dates for your diary
Winter fair donations – up to Thursday 2nd December
Raffle Tickets – please return sold/unsold by Thursday 2nd December
Winter Fair – Saturday 4th December 12pm – 2.30pm Please dress warmly!

Many thanks
HTSC Chair

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