No. 204

11 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

With several classes now self-isolating, it was good to join together on Zoom for this morning’s whole school assembly. The children logging in from home reminded us of the strength and positivity across the whole community. Thanks to amazing technology, remote learning is proving to be a really effective strategy with teachers feeding back on tasks immediately and everyone enjoying class chats and story time! The children’s determination to keep up with their curriculum has been such an encouragement. We’re all so proud to be a part of Team HTPD!

Christmas dinner was a lovely time this week, although with no singing or raucous cheering for the chefs, it was a slightly quieter occasion than usual. I was so glad as well to join in with a couple of the remote-learning classes as they also shared a Christmas lunch, albeit at a distance. Telling Christmas jokes together as they tucked into their sausage rolls and mince pies really made me smile!

With the positive news about the vaccine, I’m daring to talk of a time post-Covid. One day, we’ll sing together again. One day, the whole school will be free to eat together, play together and learn together. Until then though, we are continuing to be vigilant, and I need to urge you all to do the same. It is likely that the current arrangements will be in place for a long while yet. For the classes that are working at home, please note my reminder yesterday about self-isolating. It is so important that you follow the advice if you receive notice from the school that your child must stay at home for 14 days.

After last week’s premiere of the fabulous junior school production “Silent Night”, and with today’s much-anticipated release of Pewley’s “Twelve Days of Christmas”, we’re so glad that we were able to share the Christmas story with you in this way. I hope you enjoyed both shows as much as I did. Do remember to log in to Parentpay to donate to our Christmas charity. We’re excited that already we’ll be sending over £500 to the Royal Surrey Hospital children’s ward.

As we look more closely in school over the next few days at the Christmas story, the message of God being with us has particular poignancy. I am praying that we all experience the “peace of God which passes understanding” this Christmas. In the midst of troubled times, knowing that He is with us helps to calm the storm.

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Find the true meaning of Christmas” Jesus – the ultimate hero


End of term arrangements:
On the last day of term, Friday 18th December, we will be finishing early as usual. However, to keep to our staggered pick-ups and reduce crowding in the playgrounds, please carefully note your child’s pick up time:
Pewley Down Finishing Times
1:05pm Walnut Class and Beech Class
1:10pm Chestnut Class and Oak Class
1:15pm Hazel Class and Willow Class
Holy Trinity Finishing Times
1:30pm 3A, 4EL and 5T
1:35pm 3S, 6D and 6T
1:40pm 3C, 4A and 5J
1:45pm 4N, 5S and 6S

Inset day, Monday 4 January
The school will be closed on 4 January for staff training. Spring term starts on Tuesday 5 January.

Roadworks in Harvey Road from 4 January
SGN gas will be replacing the gas mains in Harvey Road (between Addison Road and Chesham Road) starting on Monday 4 January for approximately 5 weeks. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation. Chesham Road will be closed at the junction with Harvey Road on Monday 18 January for approximately 2 weeks and a signed diversion will be in place via Warren Road and Cooper Road.


Spare tights
We are running low on spare pairs of tights in the school office. Please return any your child may have borrowed, and if you have any outgrown tights at home we could make good use of them.

Week 3 beginning Monday 14 December


Week 2 commencing 14 December


Hello everyone,

I’m Kate, the new chair of FOPS. I have Dougie in Willow and am very much looking forward to getting to know more of you and raising money for the school.

I’d also like to introduce Debbie, who is the new FOPS secretary. Debbie has Stanley, also in Willow. Debbie and I ride those funny bikes you might see parked next to the railings so please do say hello next time you see us.

Lastly, for those parents new to the school, I’ll introduce Sophie who is the FOPS treasurer. Sophie has Barnaby in Oak and Eloise in Year 3 at Holy Trinity.

Thank you to Sam and Jo the outgoing Chairs for all their work over probably one of the most challenging years for a PTA.

Tea towels and coasters If you have ordered tea towels or coasters, these will be sent home with the children on Monday.

We have an account with Easyfundraising, which connects with thousands of retailers to give a donation to the school. It’s very easy to install on your web browser and phone and an ‘easy’ way to raise money for the school while shopping. Easyfundraising is running an Advent Calendar this year. You could WIN a £250 donation EVERY day for FOPS until Christmas. For each day you enter, you'll also get a FREE entry to the Christmas Day Grand Prize Draw for £2,000 to spend at John Lewis & Partners and a £2,000 donation for us! Please visit:

Healthy January Challenge
Starting w/c 11th January we will be running a Healthy January Challenge for children and adults. There will be a challenge to complete each day with prizes given throughout the month. A flyer will go out next week so keep an eye out!

Have a good weekend!


Hi Everyone,

As the children break up next Friday, and some classes are no longer at school, this will be the last newsletter from HTSC for 2020. Hoping 2021 brings new hope of some return to normality for everyone and wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Advent Challenge
We hope you’ve had fun with the Christmas Advent challenge. Jingle Bells has been played on a variety of instruments in our house. We’d love to see your photos so please use the school Twitter account to send them in to @HTPDSchool.

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. This fund will be open all school year until we are able to run our ‘in real life’ events.

Bake Sales
A big ‘thank you’ to our superb baking team that was formed this term – there was such a fantastic variety and the children were delighted to be able to have a Friday treat. We’ll be bringing them back next term, a year group at a time. If you have been inspired to join the bakers, please drop an email to

If your child forgot their pound today, you can contribute here:

Reminder - Class collections for Christmas Gifts for Teaching staff deadline is today 11th December.

If you are shopping online over Christmas, 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.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to

Happy Christmas – here’s to 2021!
HTSC Committee

Christmas Encounter Stations - Christ Church Guildford
It is in place of their usual Crib Service which we cannot do. Christ Church will be holding a socially distanced 30 minute walk through the Christmas story through a series of stations – families will need to book online in advance by following this link. Download PDF flyer for further information.

Asda offer
During December Asda are offering children the chance to eat for free in its cafes. Please follow this link. Kids can eat free in Asda cafes throughout December.

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