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

Junior 9/1/15

09 January 2015

Dear Parents,

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I hope they will at least last until the end of the month. How SMART are they (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time Bonded). My resolution is all of these. It is to lose at least fourteen pounds and be comfortably running 10k before I climb Blencathra in the Lake District in the first weekend in July. So watch out for the newsletters on July 3rd and 10th and you will find out whether the targets were met and mountain climbed – the hard way.

We invited children to share their resolutions. Predictably the most common were: being kinder to my younger siblings, helping my mum more and improving my handwriting. We also had some more unusual including: playing the piano each day, not crying so much and being a better person. Perhaps we all strive to be better people, but how to do it? How do we organize our school family so that we are the loving and caring people we want to be? I think the ancient words of the prophet Micah give us a very good starting point.
He asks the question:
“And what does the Lord require of you?”
And the answer is:
“To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

These are great words for all of us as we enter 2015.

By the way if you haven’t made your resolution yet here are the top ten for UK for 2014:
1. Exercise more
2. Eat better
3. Cut down on alcohol
4. Stop smoking
5. Spend less time on Social Media
6. Learn a new language
7. Learn a musical instrument
8. Spend less money
9. Secure a dream job
10. Average 8 hours of sleep a night

With best wishes, Richard

Events Next Week
Monday 12 January – School Clubs commence. Please see below.
Tuesday 13 January - Roman Workshop for Year 4
Wednesday 14 January - Swimming lessons begin for 3C and 4S

Parents of children attending the RGS Maths Mentor Scheme – please note the club re-commences on Monday 19 January.

Dangerous Book Club – There are 4 spaces available preference will be given to those who have not been before contact geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. First session Paper Planes.

Computer Explorers – due to very high demand this club is now full.

Is your child eligible for free school meals? Please register before next Wednesday
Please contact the school office if there is any possibility that your child is eligible to receive free school meals or if you would like advice about this scheme and help in making an application. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school from the government to support your child’s education in many ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. Registering for free school meals is of course entirely confidential. Speak to Lesley or email finance@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.
Even if you do not wish to take up the free school dinner, or your child is receiving free infant meals, there are nevertheless educational benefits for your child if you are registered for free school meals. This needs to be registered immediately as we have to send returns on January 15th.

Lunch discount: Don’t forget to avail yourselves again (or for the first time perhaps) of the termly discounts for school lunches. If you pay for the full spring term by 16 January, the discount price is £2.35 per meal, not the full £2.40. The termly amount payable differs slightly by year group to take account of days out, so consult the lunch price chart on the school website Payment page. After 16 January, we uprate discount payments to the full meal price on ParentPay. Lunch credits are only used when meals are actually taken, so you really can’t lose. Thanks, Lesley

HTPD Prayer Group are meeting on Thursday 15 January at 8pm at Louise Keiller's house. All welcome! Come and be part of asking God to shine His life, love and hope into the School and its people and give thanks for all that we have. For further information or to ask for something to be prayed for, please contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com.

Fairtrade Snacks will be on sale again once the we have restocked in line with the new School Food Standards.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Quiz Night! Friday 6 February 7.30pm at Holy Trinity
Come along and pit your wits against the brightest and best brains of Guildford in our Quiz Night. Once again the questions have been set by that master of all things quizzical Michael Tame (Geraldine's other half) and if you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school. Tickets will go on sale next week. Teams must be a maximum of 8 but don't worry if you don't have a team do come along and we will make up some new teams. The format is that you bring and share food for your own table, drinks will be on sale from the bar. We aim to finish at 10.30pm.

If you have been to one of these before then you know it promises to be a really fun night out, and also will raise money for the school.

Dates for the Diary
HTSC/PTA meeting - Tuesday 13 January - 8:15pm at the Albany
Year 3 & 4 Cake Sale – Friday 23 January
Year 5 & 6 Cake Sale – Friday 30 January
Quiz Night - Friday 6 February - 7:30pm
Family Bingo Night - Saturday 7 March

Pre-school Assistant - Central Guildford (Part-time, Term-time). We are seeking an enthusiastic and caring practitioner to join our outstanding Early Years Setting, on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will have a Level 3 qualification and show thorough understanding and experience of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively, plan activities, help set up and pack away and fulfil the role of key person for our children and families. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level will be required. For further information about the setting please visit www.christchurchpre-schoolplaygroup.co.uk. For an application pack (including Application Form, Role/Person Specification) please contact christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 January 2015.

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