• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior 5/12/14

05 December 2014

Dear Parents,

I wonder what your childhood memories are of Christmas? Perhaps it was different each year or maybe you had a pattern which was always followed. My memory is of travelling back from Hascombe to Godalming in my uncle’s old baker’s van along icy roads with all of our family hanging on for dear life. The smell of fresh bread and cold, which takes your breath away, evokes those memories at this time of the year.

Of course the nativity play at Busbridge School, performed in the parish church is another great memory. A script which never changed, hoping to get a main part, finally achieving the second King and feeling like I was on the West End Stage. A recent survey has shown that less than half of primary schools do a traditional nativity play and we are two of these schools not doing one this year. Do not worry I’m pretty sure that normal service will be resumed next year. The infants (where Mary and Joseph do make an appearance) is about how a child can bring peace and in the juniors the horror of World War I is contrastith the peace and harmony of the Christmas Day Truce in 1914. Both performances are very moving and point us directly to the Prince of Peace and the message of the angels to the shepherds.

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to everyone.

With so many conflicts around the world I am reminded of the words from the Carol ‘It came upon a midnight clear’
“And man at war with man hears not
The love song which they bring

O hush your noise, you men of war
And hear the angels sing”

This Christmas time as you watch or remember our Christmas plays, I pray you will know peace in your families, your communities and in your heart.
With best wishes, Richard

Events Coming Soon
Thursday 11 December Year 5 Tudor Fair 1.45pm
Friday 12 December – Christmas Lunch – please return slips by Wednesday 10 December
Monday 15 December – Year 5&6 Disco 5-6.30pm

All school clubs will finish at the end of next week. Please check with outside providers for other clubs.

Please DO NOT park on yellow lines or across residents’ drives in the surrounding roads please? We have recently received several calls from our neighbours complaining about inconsiderate parking and the difficulties it causes. We are lucky to share good relations with our neighbours and we would appreciate your help to keep it that way!

Year 6 Chocolate Exchange for No 5 and Guildford Action (local charities)
In exchange for hot chocolate children in all year groups are asked to bring in something from the list below on the following days: Shoelaces, small folding umbrellas, men’s socks, fresh fruit, rice, pasta, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant. Monday Year 6, Tuesday Year 3, Wednesday Year 4, Thursday Year 5, Friday all year groups. There will be posters up around the school for more information. Thank you Year 6. See the poster here.

Eco News - The school Eco Team are asking for contributions to indoor play boxes for their classrooms. Suggestions for items are: Board games, Top Trump cards, Puzzles, Play Mobile, Sylvanian Families, Puppets. Please have a look in cupboards, toy boxes and under beds for any toys or games that are no longer played with. All items need to be complete and suitable for groups of children to play with.

A heartfelt thank you from Louise & James (Seb’s parents’ year 6) for all your generous donations to Action Duchenne at the Christmas Production. This money will be used for research into treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which their youngest son, Leon, has. There are currently no treatments available for Duchenne MD at the moment. Leon came to the performance on Tuesday evening and really enjoyed it! Over £1000 was raised which is amazing.

Reminder: Exchange Opportunity - There is an excellent opportunity to host a child from a new partner school in France. Host families are also warmly invited to arrange a return visit if they wish to. The school is in Lyon and the children are pretty fluent in English. I have met the organiser and feel confident to support this venture. If you are interested please read the ParentMail entitled French Student. There will also be a meeting with the French organiser on Thursday 11 December at 5pm. The school is the Ecole Bilingual de Savoie (www.ombrosa.com).

Surrey County Council admission arrangements
Surrey County Council is consulting on the proposed changes to admission arrangements for some community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2016. Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at www.surreysays.co.uk.  Please click here for a summary.

A beloved pair of wellies went missing on Wednesday. If you have seen Hailey Anderson's named navy boots with white polka dots and big bright pink ribbons on the front, please return them to 4J.
Ben Gluyas (5H) has lost a sweatshirt, size 7/8 Nightingale - named.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 Xmas Drinks – Tonight - Friday 5th December at Rogues from 7:30 pm
Year 5 Xmas Drinks - Tuesday 9th December at MKB from 8pm
Year 6 Drinks and Nibbles - Tuesday 9th December 2014 at Bar des Arts from 8pm

Christmas Fair
A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the fair including the Christmas fair team, the class reps, and all the people that helped with the preparation, who manned the stalls and cleared up afterwards. The evening was a great success and it looks like we raised just under £4000 for the school. Thanks also to the local businesses that supported the fair, to Cavenders Sales and Lettings for donating the top iPad mini for the raffle, to Mr Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe for sponsoring the sweet stall and to Turtlebay Restaurant, Glive, Surrey Sports Park and Tesco who made donations to the fair.

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising
You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc., making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

HTSC has teamed up with Northbrook Fundraising to bring you a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, stationery and small gifts at great value prices including the popular Wonders of Learning Books (now reduced to £4.99) and the lovely Little Blossom range both of which would make ideal stocking fillers.

When you buy any item from Northbrook, HTSC will receive 22% cash back. Northbrook has some fantastic products, for example they have a pack of 9 sheets of high quality Christmas papers for just £3.50 as well as 3 wine or gift bags also at £3.50. When you buy just one of these we receive 77p! This is a great deal for you and provides extra funds for us. If we all bought just a couple of items we could raise a significant amount of money. When you buy on-line, there is no p & p charge and the goods are sent to your home address within 4 days of ordering. Also each order over £15 placed before 25th December will receive 1 free roll of wrapping paper of your choice. So please click on Northbrook / Holy Trinity School and start shopping!

Christingle Service
The whole family is invited to attend a Christingle Service held at Christ Church Guildford, Waterden Road, on Sunday 14 December, 4pm, in aid of The Children’s Society. This beautiful service is very suitable for families with young children, followed by a bring & share tea. All enquiries to the Parish Office 01483 567072 www.christchurchguildford.com

For sale

  • 3/4 cello, including well padded bag - £100

  • Red and white wooden doll's house including furniture for all rooms and a family - £70

  • 18" girls bicyle from Halfords - £25

Please call Bev on 892712 if you would like to see any of the above.

Poppy and Monty's (yr 5) mums Kelly and Karen run Cabbage White England (handmade silver and gold jewellery) sold through various shops including Silverado on Swan Lane. Would love to offer a special Christmas discount to Holy Trinity parents of 25% visit us at www.cabbagewhiteengland.com use code HTS25 at the checkout. Valid until 24th Dec - Happy Shopping. If you want view the pieces in person please call Kelly on 07968 560672 to visit our studio.

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