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

Junior 31/1/14

31 January 2014

Dear parents

Yesterday, Isla my three year old granddaughter went to her first ballet. She was quite nervous about it and suggested that she had changed her mind and didn’t want to go anymore. However, it was a great success and she came out absolutely beaming and couldn’t stop dancing, curtseying and taking up positions for the rest of the day.

I wonder what opportunities we give our children and how much we should do and what we should choose for them. There are so many possibilities and things on offer from beavers to ballet and from vaulting to the violin. There are so many businesses and organisations which are offering great experiences and skills, often at quite hefty fees.

At school we try to give children a no or low cost opportunity to try a variety of sporting, musical, language and drama clubs. Perhaps this is a good way of thinking whether a child will want to take it further. Children who have taken up clubs at Holy Trinity Pewley Down have now reached county or national level in hobbies as diverse as chess and kayaking.

So introducing your child to a club or hobby is a great gift. The best advice we received as rooky parents was to also leave children to have free, unstructured time to just be and hangout. The greatest gift we can give our children is of course our unconditional love, and this is followed closely by a hard gift to give – the gift of our time. Just spending precious moments with our children, either as a group or individually makes all the difference. The concept of making memories is a great idea.

I do hope you all have a good weekend even in the rain! We have Isla(3) and Lois (1) to stay for the weekend so it will all be ballet with Isla, while Lois takes part in her favourite hobby – eating!!

And wish all of you especially our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year.

With best wishes, Richard

Cancelled Club: Please note that Tuesday Football Club for Years 3&4 and Tuesday Netball has had to be cancelled due to fixtures.

Fluffy Friday – 14 February 2014
If you are able to offer an activity for our Fluffy Friday, please email alisont@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Thank you.

All of our Year 5 netballers played matches this week at Queen Eleanor's. The girls all showed real spirit playing in very soggy conditions but it did not dampen their enthusiasm and they got two draws and one narrow loss. Sorry, there will be no netball club on Tuesday due to a fixture. If any of the Year 6 girls not involved in the matches on Tuesday would like to come on Monday they are most welcome.

Well done to the boys were also undeterred by the rain at Boxgrove, where Year 6 won 4-2 and Year 5 lost 4-6 in two great games.

The boys had a friendly match at Cranmore this week with a three way match with Boxgrove. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the Year 6 boys who looked after the younger boys and helped out during the fixture. Good luck to our boys and girls who are taking part in the ESSA relay gala this Saturday.

Holy Trinity is entering 20 children for the first time in the St. Teresa's Aquathlon on Sunday morning. They climb straight out of the swimming pool and into their running gear so it will be an exciting challenge! Good luck to everyone involved.

School Sports Kit
We have four fixtures next week including 90 children so please could we ask that all of the kit is returned to school first thing next week. We really appreciate your help with this, thanks.

After 3 weeks in operation, around 20% of Holy Trinity children have had lunches paid on ParentPay. Just a reminder, you can use your account to check when your child is taking meals and see your lunch account balance at any time. Contact Lesley in the Finance Office with any queries, or if you need another printout of your login details.

Road Works
We have been advised that Southern Gas Networks will be replacing some of the old gas mains in the area during February. This is likely to cause some disruption to traffic and we will let you have more details once we have them.


Mad March Ball
We have already had some fantastic offers from parents but we still need more auction items if we are to meet our target. We know you are a talented lot! Please have a think about any talents or skills you have which you could offer for us to auction. For example, do you play an instrument or speak a foreign language or coach a sport or have a talent for garden / home design? Also, do you know of anyone with a holiday home for use or a local business or employer who might be able to donate an item for auction or provide sponsorship. Do you have any links to professional sport or the world of entertainment? Please put your thinking caps on and, if there's anything you can contribute, contact Ros Vickerman (jrvickerman@yahoo.co.uk). We need to have the final details of all prizes by 06 Feb so please could any offers be made by then.

Thank you for your support which will benefit our school.

Shellac Manicure with PG Nails
Are you going to the Mad March Ball? Why not book in for your Shellac manicure and pedicure at PG Nails. Email Pippa at pipgodsill@hotmail.co.uk to book your appointment for beautiful nails that last and shine with mirror finish for 2 weeks.

Phil the Bag
Save all those unwanted items of Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Belts, Hats & Towels – Phil The Bag is coming to HT on Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February. All the above items are accepted in ANY condition - NO curtains, pillows, duvets, sleeping bags or tent canvas please.

Bags will be sent home with the children over the next few weeks – do please fill these with your unwanted textiles and leave them at the bottom of the atrium. Black bin liners can also be used. The more we collect, the more we raise – HT receives 50 pence for every kilo we manage to collect - so every item of clothing counts! We managed to raise almost £500 from the last collection – can we beat that this time? Phil that bag!

Dates for the Diary
Year 3 Coffee Morning - Wednesday 12th Feb at Cafe Nero at 9:14am
Phil the Bag - Monday 24th - Thursday 27th February
Mad March Ball - Saturday 8th March

Listening for Life
When we listen to someone, we give them value and acknowledge their worth. Listening is not second best to speaking, and the beauty of listening to someone carefully (including our children), is that we give them space to express what is going on within. The Listening for Life course (developed by the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation) is for those who'd like to tune in and listen in life, by giving time and space to further develop listening skills at home, at work or with friends and neighbours. This course will run at St Saviour's Church on 2 Monday evenings (24 Feb and 3 Mar) and all day Saturday (15 Mar). All welcome. Cost £36. For more information contact Natalie Savage (nataliesavage@me.com). Booking forms available from the St Saviour's Church office or email annettesieg@fastmail.fm

St. Peter’s Catholic School
in Guildford is holding a Ladies Pamper and Shopping Evening, “the ultimate Girls Night Out”, on Friday, 28 February between 7.30–11.00pm. For further details please either email Tania Cantoni – tcantoni@st-peters.surrey.sch.uk or telephone the Booking Hotline on 01483 557578 to book your tickets and/or treatments. All proceeds from the evening will go to St. Cecilia’s Theatre.

Vacancies - There are currently 5 vacancies advertised (plus one voluntary role) on the website for Guildford Diocese. www.cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesan-life/recruitment/. If you would like further information, please visit their website or call Jane Baker on 01483 484900.