• Early Finish on Wed 23 Oct: PD at 12, HT at 1215

No 157

18 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Harvest Festival celebrations were just great this week. Thank you so much for your amazingly generous giving – the collection for Guildford Food Bank was so impressive! At both the infants and juniors, we applauded the fabulous kindness that our families have collectively shown. Thank you!

Today is our first Fluffy Friday of the year, and it’s been a good day to put into action some of our ideas from the week’s assembly series. We’ve thought about how we learn by working alongside others, being spurred on to live life to the full. Taking part in activities with children from across the different year groups and beyond existing friendships is a good way of seeing this happen. Thank you to all our parent helpers for being willing to share in the fun!

Another way that you can help out is during our annual Bonfire Night which takes place after half term on Friday 8th November. It’s always a fantastic whole school event – and this year, every penny raised will go towards our new all-weather pitch. We’ve asked the juniors to help design a logo for this fundraising campaign, so do encourage them to get creative this weekend. Entries need to be in by Wednesday – just draw a design onto A4 paper and hand it in to the school office. The HTSC bonfire-organising catering crew would love to hear from you if you can spare some time either before, during or after the event (please do email Michaela on michaelagraichen@hotmail.com). We really do need lots of volunteers – especially if we want to make the evening more environmentally friendly, then there’ll be lots of clearing up and recycling to do. It’s one of my favourite nights of the year, so make sure you keep the evening free!

Before that though, we’re looking forward to our whole staff training. Remember that we finish for half term next Wednesday 23rd (12 o’clock at PD and 12.15 at HT). The teachers are looking forward to spending the INSET days focusing on outdoor learning opportunities as well as other aspects of providing an excellent, creative and innovative curriculum. We’ll be taking part in training for teaching history, DT, art, music, history and geography! And then we’ll be ready for a half term break!

I hope you all enjoy a lovely rest too; the children have done so well to settle into their classes this term, but they’re now very tired and ready for some time off! Let’s hope the rain stops and we can get outside!

With best wishes, Clare


Thought of the week: “People learn from each other, just as iron sharpens iron” Proverbs 27 v17. If you give you will receive!

Early Finish on Wednesday 23rd October
Pewley Down at 12:00noon, Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

Safeguarding Briefing for parent helpers, 5 & 6 November
Thank you to all of you who help the school regularly by volunteering in classrooms, on trips and with reading. It is very much appreciated by the staff and children who benefit from your help. Clare would like to invite you to attend one of the annual Safeguarding Briefings for Parent Volunteers which will be on:

  • Tuesday 5 November - 09h00 at Pewley Down (Staff Room)
  • Wednesday 6 November - 14h30 at Holy Trinity (Staff Room)

Clare will discuss the Child Protection Policy (available on the school website) and our school procedures at this meeting. Both Briefings will be identical so please choose the one that suits you best. It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers - please could you email Helen Heywood on helenhe@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to let her know which session you would like to attend.

HTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.00 am
Due to popular demand the Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity), will be holding another coffee morning at Pewley on 13 November. All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited. This time they will also include a talk on friendships. Therefore, if possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs
There will be no teacher-led clubs next Tuesday 22 October (Choir with Lilja, Football with Georgie and Fitness and Lego with Sarah).

Year R questionnaire
A reminder to return your completed ‘School Entry Questionnaire’ from Children and Family Health Surrey by Monday 21 October, if you have not already done so.

Nasal flu immunisation e-consent
The flu immunisation is taking place at Pewley on Tuesday 5 November. Parents should complete the e-consent form for their child’s flu vaccination at www.surreyimmunisations.co.uk. The school’s unique code/URN number is SR136755 which you will need to access the consent form. The e-consent must be completed by Tuesday 22 October.

Lost: Eddie (Walnut Class) ‘lost’ his brand new (not yet named) Boogie Pumps t-shirt on Monday. Please check that your child did not take it home in error.

Lost and found: Two olive green (Regatta) parka style coats with black fur on the hood were mixed up at PUPS on Thursday evening. One, named Hunaydah, is in the school office, the other belonging to Molly in Oak Class has been taken home in error.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 October
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Chicken & Sweetcorn Pie or Loaded Jacket Potatoes; Rice Crispy Cake
Weds: School closes at 12.00
Thurs: INSET
Fri: INSET
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


JUNIOR 

Dates for your diary
23 October - School closes early at 1215 (No Clubs Plus)
24 October - Inset Day school closed
25 October - Inset Day school closed
28 October - 1 November - Half Term
4 November - School resumes
7 November - Year 4 Roman Day
8 November - HTSC Fireworks Night

Overdue library books
Whilst I am happy for children to have library books over the half term break, I would like to get back any books that are still on loan from last term. I would be grateful if everybody could have a look around and return overdue books. Thank you Geraldine

School Trips Autumn 2019
Please log into www.parentpay.com the following trips, payment due now:
Year 3 Marwell Zoo 8th October 2019 £21.00
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Swimming 3A & 4N £52.00
Year 5 Tower of London 14th October 2019 £22.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
ParentPay is our preferred method of payment.

HT Sport this week from Laura S

We are very lucky to have so many sports clubs and leisure facilities in Guildford offering exciting holiday camps for young people. With the half term just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about trying out a new activity or sport. Below are links to some of the local half term activities on offer over the half term:

Hockey: Guildford Hockey Club at Broadwater School
https://www.guildfordhc.com/Skills_Camps.html

Netball - Surrey Storm Camps at Surrey Sports Park
https://www.surreystormnetball.co.uk/coaching-events/junior-holiday-camps/

Football - Planet Soccer at Boxgrove, Cranleigh Primary and Tillingbourne
http://planet-soccer.info/book-a-holiday-course/

Rugby - Lions Sports Academy at Guildford Rugby Club, Godalming, 29th and 30th October
https://www.lionssports.academy/bookingpage

If none of the above interest your child then Surrey Sports Park are running squash, badminton, basketball, tennis and swimming camps:
https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SurreySportsPark#/selectSessions/2643206
and Spectrum are offering ice-skating, bowling and climbing sessions for the whole family
http://www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk/holidays/

GHS are running a Triathlon Club on Friday 1st November at GHS sports centre. It's open to all girls and boys, from years 3 upwards and costs £20 for 3 1/2 hours of fun on all 3 disciplines with two level 2/3 triathlon coaches. If you are interested please refer to the Parent Mail sent on Wednesday 16th October by the office that has an attached form that you need to fill in and send back to the organizers.

Please don't forget that on Monday 21st October Chloe Butler will be taking a girls only touch rugby session after school. Chloe is an Australian international rugby player and is Head Coach for the Girls Grizzlies team at Guildford Rugby Club.

We have had an overwhelming response from parents since last week's newsletter and have jumped from 97 to 185 Aldi stickers one week! It's great to see the poster filling up but we still have a long way to go and time is running out as the promotion closes on Sunday 3rd November. Please keep sending the stickers, every one helps us towards our goal of winning a new sports kit and be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £20,000.

After school clubs on Monday and Tuesday are running next week.

Found: Did you loose a watch at Cross Country last week, if so please see the office.

Lunch - Menu Week 2
Mondays are now 'Meat free Mondays' by request of the children.


FOPS News

Hi All, I hope you have all had a good week and are gearing up for half term nicely. A few things for this week as follows:

FOR ACTION:
Rugby World Cup Final: Come along and have some breakfast and a social with the rugby world cup final. Like last time, hot food is pre-order only. The food orders can be made online here (with payment to the honesty box at reception), or via a food order slip in the book bags this week. We can accept online food orders until the 30th October but all paper slips will need to be back before the end of half term next Wednesday (midday 23rd October). If you do not have a paper form in your book bag then there will be a couple of spares in the honesty box you can have. And sign up for volunteer slots are here :)

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
Dates for the diary:
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting: 4th November 8pm at the school. Feel free to bring wine … we will be.....

Next two cake sales: 8th November - Chestnut, 15th November - Walnut
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes: ‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Christmas Fair:
we have had to change the date to the 14th December, but we even confirmed timings for you now (3pm-5.30pm) so posters will be printed and put up around the school. The sign-up sheet for volunteers will open the morning after the planning meeting.

School Disco
: 1st February

And last, but by no means least - we have a confirmed list of class reps for you
Year 2 ‘Team effort’: Vicky Murray, Liz Jennis, Catherine Fowler, Stephanie Maynard and Peta Stewart
Year 1 - Beech: Rebecca Sami and Marta Redelbach Gaisford
Year 1 - Oak: Catherine Cox and Jenny Kingcome
Year R - Willow: Ashley Givens and Vicci Massey
Year R - Hazel: Anne McClave and Becky Srivastava

Happy Friday!
Thanks, Sam and Jo


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you:

Class reps
We still need some reps for Year 5! Claire Tellegen has thrown her hat in the ring for 5T, joining Hannah for 5JJ. If you are able to support them in any way they would really appreciate it.

Bingo – thank you
We’ve had our first event (phew!). It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed yourselves. A very big thank you to everyone who came along and for showing a lot of enthusiasm, to our bartenders for keeping us watered, and to everyone for clearing up their tables. Thank you also to those who stayed a little longer to clear up at the end of the night to wash up, sweep up and put Sheena’s classroom back together!

Easyfundraising
If you are unable to give your time to helping fundraise at school but would still like to show your support, you can do so simply through your online shopping. If you shop through this link to support HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford, you will earn us money each time you shop and it can make a huge difference at the end of the year.

Bonfire Night
We had a meeting at the beginning of the week to discuss the next 2 big events – many thanks for your ideas and input for this. Early Bird order forms for Bonfire night will be sent out before we break up for half term via Parentmail as well as the Sign Up for help we will need during the day as well as at the event. If you have any wood that you don’t need and are able to deliver it to school on Friday 8th November, please let me know.

HTSC and the Environment
To support the school’s ethos, we are going to try to do as much as we can this year to reduce the amount of single use plastics and other packaging that cannot be recycled, particularly for drinks, at our events this year. For Bonfire night, we will be selling tea/coffee and hot chocolate, soft drink and juice, but we would like to encourage you to bring your own reusable cups/water bottles to serve them for a saving on your drink price. We already have a few keen parents who are looking at some of our practises for events and are developing alternatives – if you would like to be involved, please email me and I will put you in touch.

External stalls for Xmas Fair
If you or someone you know would like a stall at the fair this year, please email me at helen@thomasday.co.uk for details.

2nd Hand Uniform
If you have any uniform size 7 years and upwards that you no longer need, please contact Simone Chidlow at simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange collection/pick up. Please do not bring to school as we do not have anywhere to store it.

Xmas Jumpers
If you have any Xmas jumpers that you don’t need, the children have outgrown or just fancy a change, we will be having an Xmas Jumper stall at the Xmas fair – donate your old jumpers and perhaps buy a different one from the stall to see you through the season. Mens, womens, kids sizes all welcome. There will be a box out for these on Donation day (22nd November).

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Sat 19th October 7.30pm @ Rogues Bar – YEAR 3 drink
Wednesday 6th November – deadline for Bonfire Night Earlybird tickets
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night 6-8pm
Fri 22nd November – Xmas Fair Donation Day
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair
Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC



Pre-owned & Proud Sale
Looking for good quality nearly new children's clothes, books and toys for all ages up to 12 years old?The Pre-owned and Proud sale will be just right for you. (Run on behalf of the Guildford NCT Charity)
Able to help on the day, That's great, you will invited to the pre-sale before the crowds.
On sale: Clothing 0 to 12 year olds, Toys, Equipment, Baby & Maternity wear and large items (Cots, prams, bikes etc)
Sunday 17th November; 11am -12.30pm
Rydes Hill School, Aldershot Road, GU2 8BP
£1 Entry: Free Goodie bags
10.50am entry for pregnant women & NCT members
Non members Welcome.
Free parking;: On site playground: Refreshments & snacks on sale
Wish to sell: https://nct.intrabiz.co.uk/cgi-bin/sys.cgi?action=NCT-product-client_view&id=40717558
Happy to Volunteer: https://nct.intrabiz.co.uk/cgi-bin/sys.cgi?action=NCT-product-client_view&id=40803655

No 156

11 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week, we’ll be celebrating one of my favourite festivals, Harvest Thanksgiving. On Wednesday at the juniors, and on Thursday at the infants we’ll be remembering to notice and be thankful for the food that we eat and enjoy. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the children to bless others that are less fortunate. This year, we’ll be collecting for Guildford Food Bank. They’ve been especially grateful this year as their services are in demand. They have been in touch already about the sort of items that would most be appreciated.

Please send in with your children any of the following items (preferably in boxes or bags):

Tea bags
Instant coffee in jars
Drinking chocolate
Tinned fish
Noodles
Dried pasta
Shaving foam
Tinned meat

It’s such a super opportunity to teach the children about caring for those that need our compassion and kindness in really practical ways. Do feel free to join us for our Harvest assemblies if you would like to at 8.50am on Wednesday (HT) or 9am on Thursday (PD).

Next Friday, it’s our first Fluffy Friday of the year. The children should already know what activity they’ll be enjoying. Do come along and join in; just let your child’s class teacher know, or email the person organising the specific activity. Talk to your children about making the most of the day, making new friends, trying out new skills, and just doing things differently. The children can wear home clothes for the day. Do remember too to send in £1 – this makes sure that we can keep running Fluffy Fridays, buying all the little extras that make these days so memorable. Talking with teenagers that have moved on to secondary school, it’s Fluffies that stand out as “the best thing about HTPD!”

I’ve enjoyed starting to show prospective parents around the school in the last few days. It’s a lovely sign that the year is well underway and I’ve been so impressed by the quality of work, the zest for learning and the effort being made across all seven year groups. It’s amazing that the children, some of whom have only been part of the school for just over a month, look so settled and as if they’ve been part of HTPD for years! I hope you also feel like you belong. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of you at this weekend’s HTSC Bingo, as well as at FOPS hastily rearranged film morning following the cancellation of the England rugby match. What a shame! Credit to the organisers, that they’ve come up with an alternative plan! Have a great weekend everybody!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Worry will rob you of happiness” Proverbs 12 v23. Don’t worry, pray!

INFANT & JUNIOR

HTPD will close early on Wednesday 23rd October - PD finishes at 12.00 and HT at 12.15. School resumes on Monday 4th November. There will be no Clubs plus or Pups on the Wednesday 23rd.

Safeguarding Briefing, 5 & 6 November
Thank you to all of you who help the school regularly by volunteering in classrooms, on trips and with reading. It is very much appreciated by the staff and children who benefit from your help. Clare would like to invite you to attend one of the annual Safeguarding Briefings for Parent Volunteers which will be on:

5 November - 09h00 at Pewley Down (Staff Room)
6 November - 14h30 at Holy Trinity (Staff Room)

Clare will discuss the Child Protection Policy (available on the school website) and our school procedures at this meeting. Both Briefings will be identical so please choose the one that suits you best. It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers - please could you email Helen Heywood on helenhe@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to let her know which session you would like to attend.

Surrey South Farnham (SSF) SCITT - Outstanding Teacher Training
For more information on Surrey South Farnham SCITT please click on this link to view the Brochure.

INFANT

Surrey Advertiser
Look out for the photo of our Year R children in today’s Surrey Advertiser First Day at School supplement.

Harvest Assembly, Thursday 17 October
Please see Clare’s letter above for more information on our harvest assembly and the items we are collecting for Guildford Food Bank.

Fluffy Friday, 18 October
Children should come to school in their own home clothes (not uniform) for Fluffy next Friday. Teachers will let the children know which activity they will be doing early next week.

As part of our Fluffy activities next Friday some children will be involved with ‘Bake and Sell’. At the end of the day they will be selling the baked goods they have made and proceeds will go to Fisch – a charity supporting street children in Tanzania. Please either come with some change at pick up time or send your children in with some coins so they can support our enterprise. Thank you.

Year R questionnaire
Year R children should today have brought home a ‘School Entry Questionnaire’ from Children and Family Health Surrey. Please return completed forms to the school office by Monday 21 October.

Menu: Week 1 beginning Monday 14 October.
 


JUNIOR

Dates for the diary
Monday 14 October - Visit to Tower of London Year 5
Thursday 17 October - Tempest Photography Individual Photos Years 3–6
Friday 18 October - Fluffy Friday

School Trips Autumn 2019
Please log into www.parentpay.com the following trips, payment due now:
Year 3 Marwell Zoo 8th October 2019 £21.00
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Swimming 3A & 4N £52.00
Year 5 Tower of London 14th October 2019 £22.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
ParentPay is our preferred method of payment.

Clubs
Board games is cancelled on Monday and is now finished until after half term.
After half term there will be a lunchtime Lego/Playmobil club on a Thursday at 12.30 in the library. 

Year 3 Parents Welcome Drinks
Saturday 19th October, 7.30 onwards
‘Rogues’ wine bar, 58 Epsom Road, Guildford GU1 3PB
Hope to see lots of you there!
From the year 3 reps - Alice, Sophie, Victoria (3S), Jenny, Lucy (3A) Gulsen (4N & 3C)

HT Sport this week from Laura S

Did you know that NHS guidelines state that children between the ages of 5 - 18 should be exercising for at least 60 minutes every day. This can include moderate activity, such as cycling or playground activities and vigorous activity such as running or tennis. To help children stay healthy and fit we run lots of clubs before, during and after school. The majority of these clubs are free and your child can join in at any point in the term.

This week children will be filling out a questionnaire in class time about what types of physical activity they get up to outside of school. We would love to know about the different sports children are involved in and where there are gaps where we can help.

On Monday we enjoyed meeting the RGS Young Leaders who will be helping out at the touch rugby club for the next seven weeks. The Young Leaders all play rugby competitively and with a high ratio of Young Leaders to players everyone who joins in will receive lots of good quality coaching so please encourage your child to come along.

On Monday 21st October we will be also welcoming Chloe Butler to our touch rugby club after school. Chloe is an Australian international rugby player and is Head Coach for the Girls Grizzlies team at Guildford Rugby Club. This session is aimed at girls and so we would love to see lots of new faces to find out what girls rugby is all about.

Many thanks to everyone who has sent in Aldi Sports stickers this week. We have now reached 97 and with Pewley Down having collected 51 we are beginning to believe that we can win a new sports kit for the school and be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £20,000!

All sports clubs are running next week

Fixtures
Y5 & Y6 Football v QE
Date: Thursday 17th October
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to QE
Venue: Queen Eleanors Rd, GU2 7SD
Teacher: Nick & Toby

Menu - Week 1 commencing 14 October 2019


FOPS

What an exciting week it has been! We have had our first committee meeting, changed our first event thanks to Typhoon Hagibis and have been coming up with some great ideas - which, have I mentioned before, we need volunteers to help us execute?

Dates for your diary
Next committee meeting 4th November at 8pm – it’s a Christmas (Fair planning) special ….
Christmas Fair - 7th December
School Disco - 1st February

FOR ACTION (OTHERWISE TO BE READ AS US BEGGING)
We need volunteers for pre-Christmas fair organising, 45 min slots on the day in a variety of areas, cleaning up afterwards and also being

We are also going to be collecting the following:

Wool - If, like me, you had a great idea when pregnant with baby number 1 and thought getting a relaxing hobby and knitting booties would be just the tonic for living without wine, only to find four and a bit years later the wool is still pretty much in the original ball and the knitting needles get more use as chopsticks, then please (like I will be) arrange to have this handed over to Emma Blanco.

Foreign currency, from any country, and coins are very welcome. We have a company who will collect the pot when we reach 5kgs and turn it into pounds for us. Ask your friends, neighbours and work colleagues too - if you travel anywhere you are very likely to have leftover metal in your pocket, bag or purse. Collection pot in the reception with the battery box.

Printer cartridges for recycling

Second-hand school uniform (though we need a volunteer to organise sales)

Things for craft items for Christmas such as decent pine cones, loo roll inners, left over felt, odd socks;)

Hopefully see you tomorrow,
Sam and Jo


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you:

Class reps
We still need some reps for Year 5! Hannah (Jasper Cole’s mum in 5JJ) has kindly come forward, but we still need a few more to help her across the year group. Dave (Georgia Williams’ dad) and Lidija (Isabella Dewhirst’s mum) are your reps for 3C – thank you to you all for your help.

Bingo!!
Our first event is Bingo night on 12th October in the school hall from 6pm - 8pm and it is a ‘full house’ (groan!). If you have ordered tickets, you should have had email from me on Thursday evening to confirm your order. If you didn’t and you are sure you put a form in and have paid, please check your Junk folder first, and then email me by 5pm today at helen@thomasday.co.uk. Please remember to bring a small wrapped Bingo prize per person in your group – sweets/chocolate (no nuts) or small toy costing approx. 50p each. Don’t forget your pens! There will be a fully stocked bar and soft drinks available.

Easyfundraising
If you are unable to give your time to helping fundraise at school but would still like to show your support, you can do so simply through your online shopping. If you shop through this link to support HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford, you will earn us money each time you shop and it can make a huge difference at the end of the year.

Bonfire Night/Xmas Fair
These are the next 2 big events for this term and we are having a planning meeting on Monday 14th October at 8pm in Rogues. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible – all offers of help are greatly appreciated.

Dates for your diary:
Sat 12th October from 6pm – 8pm Bingo night! Sales have now closed. Doors will open at 5.45pm in the school hall for you to get settled before calling starts at 6pm. Entry to school from Addison Rd.

Mon 14th October 9am – YEAR 3 coffee at Nero in House of Fraser

Mon 14th October 8pm @ Rogues - Bonfire Night and Christmas Fair planning meeting (everyone welcome to help plan our next 2 events)

Fri 18th October 9am – YEAR 4 coffee at Susie Blume’s house (57 Pewley Hill – plenty of parking in 2 hr bays).
Sat 19th October 7.30pm @ Rogues Bar – YEAR 3 drinks
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair

Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!

Kind regards, HTSC