No. 212

26 February 2021

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

I’ve so enjoyed seeing the reaction of the children (and sometimes their parents too!) on Zoom as we’ve celebrated the news about school reopening for everyone. Their joy and exuberance has been priceless! I’m glad that so many of us are really looking forward to coming back to a full school and learning alongside friends. Obviously there will be some children feeling a little unsure, just as they would at the start of a new academic year. We will be carefully planning the first couple of weeks to make sure that they all settle back in and make a positive return to school. If you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing, or would like to update us on any family changes in circumstances, please do let me, our homeschool link workers, or your child’s classteacher know.

I hope that you’ve all managed to book a time for a parent consultation with your child’s teacher. Do call the office if you’ve had difficulty with this. These important meetings will be such a vital communication tool as the children return to school. Please do tell us about your experience of home-learning and together we can make plans for the second half of this academic year. Thank you so much for all that you’ve been doing to support the children – you’ve all done such a great job! And for those of you that have had to juggle many other responsibilities too, the end is in sight!

Next Thursday is World Book Day; normally in school we would be marking this event with lots of book-themed celebrations. Many of the year teams are planning interesting home-learning activities and one of these is a great idea that we can all join in with. If you’d like to put a copy of your favourite children’s book in the window of your house, or encourage your child to draw a poster of their favourite title to display there, we can enjoy a walk around our local community spotting all the different books on show. It’ll be a bit like all the joyful rainbows that children drew for the last lockdown and will be a great way to end our time apart.

Please take a careful note of the letter that you’ll receive on Parentmail about our return to school arrangements. I would like to emphasise again how vital it is to remain vigilant and socially distant – the country is still in lockdown and schools have only been allowed to open because of the importance that we all place on children’s education. We mustn’t use it as an excuse to socialise or drop our guard – let’s keep being determined to keep the local infection risk low. Hopefully, we will be able to review all our restrictions as the summer approaches, but for now we return to school as it was in the autumn term.

Have a great weekend in the spring sunshine; with March just around the corner, the long winter months will soon be a distant memory!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Love is not ill-mannered – are you a polite person?


Whole School

Clubs+/ PUPs / Breakfast Club
From Monday 8th March, our extended hours provision will return to the previous arrangements that were in place in the autumn term. If your circumstances have changed, you need extra sessions, or you no longer need childcare on the days that you’d booked, please contact Sam Andrews (pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk). Please see the Before & After School page of the website for further information.

Recycle Reduce Resuse - 8-12 March

We are delighted to announce that HTSC & FOP’s will be holding a clothing collection with Happy School Bag Fundraising Project.

This scheme is designed to help schools raise needed funds as well as helping the environment by keeping textiles away from landfills. By taking part in this scheme you help reduce the amount and give the clothing a new lease of life.

To take part you simply need to fill and tie up any plastic bags with unwanted but clean and reusable clothing.

We accept:

  • Adult’s and children’s clothing
  • Paired Shoes
  • Fashion accessories
  • Handbags, Belts, Hats

We don’t accept:

  • Uniforms, Underclothing
  • Toys, Books, DVD’s
  • Duvets, Pillows, Household linen
  • Carpets, Blankets, Curtains
  • Bric-a-Brack
  • Dirty, Damaged, Wet Clothing

Remember the more you fill up the bag the more the school can rise. Happy School Bag will pay 50p per Kg of clothing. The Happy School Bag van will be collecting on Monday 15th March.

  • Bags must NOT be dropped off at school.
  • Please bring all your tied bags to the garage of 40 Harvey Road, GU1 3SE.

Due to Covid restrictions we cannot accept bags into school. To keep everyone as safe as possible we have allocated different days for each year group. These are as follows:

Clothing for recycling can be dropped between 8.00 - 9.30am and 2.15 - 4.00pm
Monday - Year 3
Tuesday - Year 4
Wednesday - Year 5
Thursday - Year 6
Friday - Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

Please make sure all bags are tied up, and nothing is loose. Only bags will be taken.

Opposite the garage are on-street parking bays and in front of the garage is a wide pavement. Please be aware of children and pedestrians if mounting the pavement.

This is a residential address. The garage is at street level. Please do not leave bags outside the garage/house if the garage is not open.

If any parents are able to help with opening up the garage during these times please get in touch with Laura Hinton (parent of 4A).
 


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 Greek Day – Tuesday 16th March

Clubs Update
We are pleased to announce that after school activities will start up again from Monday 8th March until Friday 26th March, to ensure the children have the opportunity for some additional exercise, a chance to try something new and to meet up socially with friends in their class bubble, as well as allowing parents to work longer hours. Please download/view the schedule here.

All clubs finish at 4.15pm and children are asked by the club leaders to wash their hands before meeting their parents and returning home. For sports clubs, pick up will always be in the bottom playground. For clubs running indoors, at 4.15pm the club leader will take the children to where their class bubble is usually collected from; Y3 from the car park, Y4 from the playground and Y5 and Y6 from their usual collection points.

A gentle reminder that as we have two or three class bubble clubs going on at the same time, please ensure that you are socially distanced from other parents whilst waiting for your child in the playground.

Laura Sutton
HTPD Sports Co-ordinator
 


FOPS News

Hello all,

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Sponsored Read and to your generosity. We’ve raised an incredible £807.40 which will buy “a LOT of books”!

Dates for your diary
Friday 12th March: Clothing collection
Saturday 27th March, 8pm: FOPS quiz, more details in due course
Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) – Friday 9th April: Easter Trail in conjunction with Holy Trinity, more details in due course

Happy weekend all!
Kate
 


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Well, I’m certainly counting down the days until the children go back to school! There are a few things to update you on for these remaining weeks before the Easter break.

Recycled Clothing Collection – Happy School Bags
We have rearranged the collection date for 15th March – all the details are above in the main section of the newsletter. Please do not bring anything into school.

Bake Sales – we’re making the most of being back at school before Easter!
Don’t panic, you don’t need to do anything unless you have volunteered to be a baker! Instead of asking for cake donations from everyone, or people to man/sell, we have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer here.

If you have a child with an allergy, we would ask you to provide something suitable on the day of your child’s cake sale (we don’t have access to dietary information). If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a baker, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk

The dates for this term are:
Years 3 & 4 – Friday 19th March (Red Nose Day)
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 26th March (Fluffy Friday)

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year - click here.

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 have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com.

To pay for your items, please use the link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Easter Trail
We are teaming up with FOPs at Pewley to run an Easter trail with FOPs in the local area around the school. More details to follow.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee

No. 211

12 February 2021

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

This week has been a great way to finish this first half of term! Thank you once again for your ongoing support of your child’s learning; despite the challenges of home-schooling, you’ve been amazing - juggling all of your other responsibilities and keeping in good spirits. Well done to all! As we reach the half term break, I’m so proud of the whole school community - children, staff and parents. I know that the teachers are looking forward to a break as much as the children! I’ve been so impressed by their adaptability, their speedy acquisition of new skills, and their determination to be undaunted by learning a whole new approach to education; like so many of you, the staff have had to completely adjust the way they live and work. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank them for their hard work and tireless enthusiasm! I’m so glad to hear that so many of you have been in touch to thank them – those encouraging messages make a real difference.

The week has been full of exciting learning opportunities, and the children, both in school and at home have demonstrated excellent “zest for learning and love of life”. In Year 1, they rounded off their traditional tales topic with an imaginative and creative dress-up day. Year 4 provided an interested audience for a science lesson with Dr Clare, and Year 6 continued their topic on living healthy lives, with some having the opportunity for an early morning e-twinning lesson with our partner school in Aguilar, Spain where they shared the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Year 3 were delighted to welcome Bishop Jo, the Bishop of Dorking to our weekly assembly – she found it really encouraging to see that the sense of school community was still so apparent and that the children were still flourishing and hopeful.

Promoting a screen-free afternoon to end the week came from our staff who’d noticed that not all children are keen on Zoom lessons. Some of them talk about how tired it makes them feel. We’ve also realised how much time children use screens, online games, social media and television to help pass the time. Great technology has been an amazing tool to help us through the pandemic, allowing us to interact with others and to have fun, but being encouraged to take a break away from electronic gadgets has been shown to improve wellbeing. As we head into the half term holiday, it would be great to give the children as much time off screens as possible. As always, we’d love to hear that the children have had the chance to get lost in a book, have time to explore the outdoors and even had to solve the problem of what to do when bored!

Wishing you a restful and hopeful half term break.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Love is not proud – do you blow your own trumpet too much?

Whole school notice:

Roadworks in Harvey Road
Work on the gas main replacement in Harvey Road (between Addison Road and Chesham Road) will now start on Monday 22 February, and take approximately five weeks to complete. During this time temporary multi-way traffic lights will be in operation. On Monday 8 March for approximately two weeks Chesham Road will be closed at its junction with Harvey Road. A signed diversion will be in place via Warren Road and Cooper Road.

House Photography Competition
Half term opportunity – we’ve decided to hold a house photography competition to refresh the art work that’s on show in the junior school staff room. Take a look at the flyer and encourage your child to take part. We’d love to showcase some of the most creative and eye-catching photos, as well as celebrate how our school values are lived out at HTPD.

National Children's Competition - Good Morning Britain
We have been made aware of a national drawing competition which will be judged by Ben Shephard (Good Morning Britain). It would make a fabulous half term activity for children to complete.

The competition is called ‘Bottle Moments’ and asks children to draw their bottle moment – the one thing that they would most like to do again once everything is back to normal. It is really easy to enter a parent just needs to upload the picture to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #bottlemoments adding a short description of the picture (if social media is not an option to enter parents can emailhello@bottlemoments.com).

The winning entries in each of the age groups (Under 5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-16) will have their picture drawn by Bottle Moments cartoonist Rob Murray, printed on a special mug presented to them by Ben Shephard.

Please see the Bottle Moments website for further information. It would be fantastic if a child in one of the partnership schools were to win!

Research Project
We have been contacted by a research team working at University of Surrey looking into the effect of lockdown on maths learning. If you’re interested, do take a look at the flyer.

“Our project aims to obtain a better understanding of the impact of distance learning through technology, and parent-supported home schooling for mathematics learning for children aged 5-14 years. We would therefore appreciate it, if you would be able to complete a survey (advert attached). The survey also includes optional online computer-based mathematics questions for children to answer, which have been matched to age related and curriculum level expectations. Overall, we anticipate the survey and online task to take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

The study has faculty level Ethical approval from Liverpool Hope University (S 29-04-2020 NJ 001: granted 15th May 2020). And can be accessed using the link below, where further information about the study can be found alongside consent information.
https://uclioe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Q13EgTNcQOhjoN

Upon completion we will share our results on our websites see https://www.hope.ac.uk/childlab/ and https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/cdld.


FOPS News

Hello everyone,

In case you missed the ParentMail, FOPS is running a sponsored read during half term to help raise money for the school to refresh its supply of books across all year groups. Starting Monday 15 February, ending Sunday 21 February, children are invited to read anything with words or spend time being read to. Sponsorship is based on the number of minutes read during the week - it's amazing how quickly £1/£2 raised by each family can accumulate into something meaningful for the school so do take part if you can. Please see ParentMail for further details, including how to transfer the total sponsorship by PayPal Pool.

Thanks a lot for your support and Happy Reading!

Kate, Debbie and Sophie - the FOPS Committee

No. 210

05 February 2021

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

I’m really enjoying seeing so many children each week joining in together in year group assemblies. How lovely that in some homes, parents and carers are taking a moment to pause and reflect along with their children; some are even lighting a candle and making it a lovely family occasion. Obviously not everyone can fit this in during a busy working day, but for those that do, I hope it brings a chance to slow down for a while and find some peace. If your child does light a candle, please do make sure that they’re supervised!

It was lovely to speak to some of you this week at the drop-in coffee morning. I was so glad to hear about all the success stories of home learning; please do let us know if you need any support in the coming weeks. We do understand that this is a really tricky time for some children and we can’t wait for them to be back in school; as I’ve said before, please don’t feel that you have to keep up with all the different tasks that are set. Every child is different and we all learn differently. If it becomes stressful, for either you or your child, take a break and adjust the expectations. Once the children are back in school, we’ll be able to fill in the gaps. Children showed us after the previous lockdown that they are far more resilient, adaptable and able to catch up than we’d ever imagine. So please don’t worry about them falling behind.

After the half term break, we’re planning to hold our usual parent / teacher consultations. Following the success of last term’s online meetings, we’ll be giving you the opportunity to book another Zoom appointment. Obviously, things will be a little different this term with so many of the children working at home. We are really keen to hear your thoughts about your child’s approach to the curriculum during this period of home-learning – what have you discovered about their strengths and where do you feel they need more support? As usual, your child is welcome to join you for some of the meeting, if you’d like them to. Look out for a parentmail about booking arrangements and if you’d rather take a phone call instead please email your classteacher.

Here’s an exciting opportunity for the half term break – we’ve decided to hold a house photography competition to refresh the art work that’s on show in the junior school staff room. Take a look at the flyer and encourage your child to take part. We’d love to showcase some of the most creative and eye-catching photos, as well as celebrate how our school values are lived out at HTPD. I’ve been amazed at the imagination, ingenuity and talent that has been demonstrated by the children in some of the tasks that they’ve had more time and freedom to complete due to the current restrictions. With less busy timetabling, fewer distractions and more flexibility, some of the children have produced work that is just beautiful. It’s great to see children flourishing in spite of the challenges of this time and I’m hopeful that a photography competition will perhaps capture this spirit!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Love is not jealous – are you content to be yourself?

Whole school notice:

The Great Big Art Exhibition
Antony Gormley launched The Great Big Art Exhibition in January to encourage people to make art/sculpture whilst in lockdown. It is a similar idea to the rainbow pictures which became popular during the first lockdown. Please click on the image below for details.
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Free printing
If any families are unable to print school work from home, Burns and Webber have very kindly offered to help do this free of charge from their Guildford office. Please contact them on either 01483 440800 or email guildford-bandw@curchods.com. The address for pick up is: Burns and Webber Estate Agency, The Clock House, 2 London Road, Guildford GU1 2AF.

Active Surrey Parent & Child Opportunity
To mark Child Mental Health Week (1-7 Feb), Active Surrey are pleased to launch our new Child Wellbeing Offer, which includes 3 training options (for staff, pupils, and parents) developed with Surrey CC Educational Psychologists and endorsed by Surrey School Nurses.
Parent Workshop: ‘Helping your child be their best: a focus on wellbeing’
Ideal for schools or organisations wishing to engage with parents and involve them in the physical and mental wellbeing of children. This virtual 75 minute workshop, developed with Surrey’s Clinical Lead Nurse for Childhood Obesity, includes the importance of physical activity, sleep and nutrition, as well as the 6 branches of mental wellbeing.
Pupil Training: ‘Wellbeing Warriors’
Developed in consultation with Surrey Educational Psychologists, this 2 hour classroom-based interactive training programme is for year 4 pupils to learn how mental health and wellbeing can be influenced positively through Physical Activity. Training will include understanding emotions & how physical activity can positively influence them.

Virtual Board Games in lockdown
This week we were contacted by a young student who asked if I would pass on her idea to the school community; I was really impressed and so here it is: My name is Alisha Pulham and I'm currently
studying at the University of Warwick. Back during the first wave of Covid-19, I adapted some traditional board games (such as Snakes & Ladders, Connect Four, Battleships, etc.) to play with my grandma, who lives alone in Wales and was struggling with the isolation during lockdown. She really enjoyed playing them and said they gave her something to look forward to in the week.

This inspired me to find a way to make these games accessible to other people in a similar situation, by designing a website called Quick Quarantine Games (www.quickquarantinegames.com). The games are ideal for children to play with each other during lockdown, or with other relatives who they aren't able to see in person because of the Covid restrictions. All the games are completely free to download and print out, can be played over the phone (with or without a video camera), and come with instructions provided on how to play without being able to see each other.

I've also just uploaded some new games that children can design and decorate themselves. My hope is that these games can help children reconnect and have fun with their friends and family during this difficult time, even if they can't be with them in person. I was therefore wondering if these games might be useful in schools, with children designing their own boards and then playing with each other over the phone or video call, thereby strengthening their communication skills by having to describe to each other where they are positioned on the board.

Take a look and see what you think! 


FOPS News

Hello everyone,

Two items from FOPS this week:

Half term sponsored read
Following Geraldine’s timely email about access to books ahead of World Book Day, and considering one of the school’s priorities for fundraising this year is to refresh the books across all year groups, we are organising a sponsored read taking place during half term.

Details of how to participate will be sent out next week by ParentMail so please do keep an eye out.

Easyfundraising
FOPS is signed up to the easyfundraising scheme, which is a very quick way of raising free donations for the school while everyone is at home and doing more shopping online.

It is simple to use – register for an account and then install a ‘donation reminder’ button on your web browser on a desktop, smart phone, or other device and that’s it.

Thousands of common retail outlets participate and will donate a percentage of the sale to your chosen cause. The ‘donation reminder’ will let you know if it’s a participating outlet when you’re browsing online and you simply click ‘activate’ and it’s all done.

While it may seem like a small amount, collectively it can add up to a lot so please do click the link below to sign up. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=en-e1

Happy weekend all, Kate

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