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Junior 16 March

16 March 2012

Dear Parents

You should have received a questionnaire today asking for your views on various aspects of school life. I do hope that you will take a few minutes to fill it in and return it to either of the schools. It is so important we know the views and opinions of the people most involved with school life. We have already asked the children for their opinions about the school.

There are two types of question some are those which Ofsted use during an inspection, others are more specific to our school. Both will help us to understand how you are feeling and will give us some pointers about how we need to develop the school.

This information is only for our use and will not be shared with other authorities. I hope you will write what you really think and be specific about areas and aspects of HTPD that we could improve. It is important that we also know about the areas that you are really happy with. Please feel free to use the free writing section at the end either to develop any answer further or to raise a new subject.

Our Teaching Assistants at both sites had a training day together this week. They had training on different activities that develop the use of fine and gross motor skills. These exercises and techniques help to strengthen children’s muscles so they have the dexterity and coordination to improve their skills in sports, writing and many other activities. We greatly value the important role our committed and professional teaching assistants play in the education of your children.  

Trips and special days are an integral part of your children’s educational experience at HTPD and really add value to their learning.

Year 6 had a fantastic visit to the Natural History Museum on Wednesday, a beautiful building in itself but also so full of incredible exhibits and information – every year, the children are amazed by the size of the Blue Whale!

Year 2 have been to New York this week (after they managed to get through the very rigorous passport control) as part of their Round the World topic – a good old American breakfast of bagels was a highlight.  

Year 3 went back in time to Ancient Greece yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed a truly creative day; they all looked fantastic dressed up in a stunning array of Chitons!  

Make sure you have a look at the web site to see the pictures!

Best wishes
Helen, Nicola and Debbie

Dates for the diary
Thursday 22nd March - Year 4 Bentley Copse Meeting 7pm
Friday 23rd - FLUFFY Friday, please bring £1 and wear Mufti.

Book Week:

A Book Fair will be running in the morning and after school throughout the week.

Monday - Year 5&6 have a speaker coming in – Miles Evans a Sports journalist.

Tuesday - A television Producer is coming in to school for Year 3&4.

Wednesday Lunchtime - As part of Book week, we are having the GREAT BOOK SWAP! 21st of March at lunchtime in the Library. Bring in a book from home that you no longer want exchange yours for another book and get entered into a raffle to win a £10 book voucher.

Thursday - “Where’s Wally” day including book mark making. 

Simon Mayo will be in school on Thursday to talk to Year 5&6, and will be signing his new book for anyone who wishes to purchase one (£8.99).

Music Festival - Please note that there is no restriction on the amount of tickets you can purchase for this event.

Orchestra and Clare's recorder group - There pupils are going on Tuesday 20th March to Northmead for a rehearsal for the Music Festival leaving school at 9am and returning by lunchtime. Thank you to all parents who have offered help with lifts - very much appreciated.

Tag Rugby - We had two lovely matches in yesterday's sunshine at St. Joseph's. The Year 5 match was a very closely contested game ending in a 6- 6 draw and the Year 6 team won 11 - 5 with a great display of teamwork. Well done to everyone involved.

Netball - We also played St. Joseph's this week at netball in some High 5 matches. 

The Year 5 team won 14 - 1 and the Year 6's won 11 - 0. The girls all showed great versatility moving positions every quarter with some great shooting!

Good luck to the two Year 6 teams playing in the Tormead tournament tomorrow morning.

Sport Relief

As I am sure everyone will know it is Sport Relief next week with lots of fantastic things going on all around the UK. We would like to do our special bit so next week during your child’s usual PE lesson all the children in the school (and a few adults!) will be completing their own mile. Please can the children bring in any sports clothes that represent their favourite sport so that they can wear them during their mile on their PE day.  We would also like to ask you if you could kindly make a small donation that we could send to Sport Relief to boost the pot, thanks.

Read-a-thon – Journals are needed all week – 1m per page. Funds are to be divided between school reading projects and Sports Relief!

Sainsburys & Tesco Vouchers

We are collecting these and there are collection boxes in reception. They can be used for new school sports equipment.


Quiz Night - tonight 8pm - tickets available on the door
HTSC Meeting - 20th March 8pm, HT Staff Room

HTPD Kayak Club for Years 4, 5 and 6  - Kayak Club will be starting up again on Thursdays after Easter, for the 6 weeks beginning Thursday the 19th April.  If your child would like to join please could you let me know by email.  There are only 18 places which will be offered to Year 6, 5 then 4 on a first come first serve basis.

Wey Kayak Club and myself willingly put a lot of time and effort into the club and we ask, that once committed, they see the course through (as others are unable to join and fill their place after the 2nd week in) and there is always a waiting list.  It is helpful to do a little background into the sport if your child is not sure about it before they "plunge" in.  And yes- they will actually get wet at some point during the course!  They do not however need to be able to swim as we wear buoyancy aids on the water. Parents are responsible for lifts to and from the club in Riverside Road, Bellfields.  In previous courses parents have arranged lift clubs amongst themselves. We start at 3.45 and pick up is 5.15. The cost of the course is around £40 per child. Tracey Dowse, HTPD Kayak Club traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.schuk

Art Classes – We are resuming the Art Club with Elena Andreva on the 16th April (3.30 – 5.00 p.m.)   The children who attended before, and new ones, are welcome. To book a place please contact Elena on 01483 560385. The cost is £100 for 10 sessions.

Art Classes will also be running at the Spike, Guildford, for 7 -12 year olds on Saturday mornings from 21st  April at 10am.  1 and 2 hour classes available for the whole term from £10 per hour, and 2-Hour Drop-In classes available from £22. Watercolours, Pastels, Chalks & Charcoal & Printing for cards & T-shirts at the end of term.  For an itinerary, booking form or more information please phone Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 4N & Issie in Willow) (01483) 870127, text 07796 780042 or e-mail becca.clegg@ntlworld.com . Class size strictly limited to 12.


Poppy Isaacs (3G) has lost her named, Shackleton (green) sweatshirt. It has been missing since before Half Term. Would you please check your own uniform just in case it has been swapped? Thank you.

Leo Williams lost his unnamed blue Speedo goggles at 3MG swimming on Wednesday. If you have found them please could you send them into 3MG? Thank you.

Isabella Foreman in 4N has mislaid her PE kit (all named). If found, please bring the items to the Office. Thank you.

Wanted: Old trainers – we have a mum who is involved in making an Olympic sculpture out of old trainers that will be bronzed. Please bring them into the office. Thank you.

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