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

Junior 8/3/13

08 March 2013

Dear Parents,

David Brailsford the visionary coach of the British Cycling Team at the Olympics developed the system of marginal gains. This involved him in breaking down and identifying all the aspects of the team’s performance and seeking to make a one per cent improvement in each aspect. The theory, which proved so successful, went on to say that when all of these one per cents are added together it will make a significant difference.

Alex Quigley who is an English subject leader from York has gone on to apply this theory to teaching and learning at his co-educational comprehensive school and sixth form college. This school is now named in the list of 100 top schools in the country. We are interested in applying this to our school in the primary setting.

Of course, we continue to work hard to teach slowly, deeply, thoroughly and carefully so that children can learn and succeed. We want all our children to be educated holistically as well as meeting the Ofsted standards of sustained and rapid progress. I believe this is possible. I think that marginal gains may help us in this quest. So here’s the next competition – please write in or Tweet us with two or three marginal gains which a primary school can make to improve pupil attainment and progress. There’s a a nice bottle of wine for the winner judged by Helen and me next Friday. Please Tweet @HTPDSchool or email richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

Parents will be sorry to hear that after over twenty years of great service Judy Dickinson will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will be holding a reception for her on Thursday 21st March from 7-9pm. It would be great if some of you can come along and join in the celebration. Please let the office know if you would be able to come.

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing 11th March:
Monday 11th Artisan Day for Year 3
Tuesday 12th  5A visit Surrey University for Space Day
Tuesday 12th  Parent/Teacher Consultation Evening
Thursday, 14th  Parent/Teacher Consultation Evening
Friday, 15th  Comic Relief Day

Owing to the parent consultations next week football, drama and rounders clubs will cancelled. Any further changes will be communicated by ParentMail and the website.

Sorry there will be no year 6 netball club on Tuesday due to a cross-country fixture. However, there will be sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes.

Easter Church Service
Please note that the Easter Service on Wednesday 27th March will now commence at 9.30am at Holy Trinity Church and not at 1.45pm as originally planned.  Children will arrive at school as normal and we will walk down to church.

Year 4 Parents
A meeting for the forthcoming visit to Bentley Copse will be on Tuesday 19th March at 7.00pm.

HTPD on the Radio
A few weeks ago Nicci Holliday (Rocco’s mum, Oak Class) came in to interview some of the children about what makes us happy.  BBC Local Radio 104.6 FM will be broadcasting what makes Pewley Down children happy on Monday 11th. About 15 will be broadcast during the day, including a live interview with Richard at 1045am. They are kindly repeating the broadcast between 3.15 and 4pm so that the children can hear themselves on the radio.

Choir rehearsal at Bushy Hill School
The music festival choir are going to Bushy HIll School next Thursday 14th March leaving Holy Trinity at 1.00pm and returning to Holy Trinity by 3.15pm. Due to the numbers involved we are now having to transport the children there and back by coach and the cost will be £4.00. Unfortunately there were not enough parents in a position to help this time with transportation. The children will have been given a letter today confirming the new arrangements. 

Red Nose Day
Please remember to dress up next Friday (each year group has chosen their own theme) and bring a donation to do so. Year 3 are wearing funny/red, Year 4 are wearing PJs/Onesies, Year 5 will be coming in as film characters and Year 6 are doing their own thing. Please also send your child in with some change, if possible, as there will be lots of other things to do and buy on the day. Last year we were one of the top schools in the country for fundraising and we’d love to do the same this year. 

Thank you very much to Rosa for her lovely cakes for the bake off.

Year 6 Programming Taster Sessions
One of our parents has offered to run 3 or 4 computer programming taster sessions this half term.  There will be spaces for 10 of our Year 6 children.  They would start next Friday and the sessions will run from 3.15 to 4.30, in the Year 6 ICT suite above the office.  If your child would like a place please email me traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. 

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school on Wednesday 27th March, as this is the same day as the church service you are welcome to bring your materials on the Tuesday. Please download a copy of the materials/instructions here (a hard copy is available from the office).

Guildford Grooves
It was fantastic to see 18 of our Year 5 and 6 girls performing their own dance at the Ivy Theatre this week. It takes great courage to get up on stage and perform in front of an audience and they all looked like professionals.  Congratulations to all of them!

All of our netballers have been in action this fortnight.  Our year 6 team represented themselves reaaly well at the Surrey schools last week demonstrating great skills in matches of really high quality. 

They also enjoyed the Holy Trinity tournament this week achieving second place overall.  Some of our girls played in the supersubs team; a mixture of girls from different schools and showed tremendous teamwork and collaboration.

Our year 5's played two matches this week vs. Tormead with one win  6-1 and a cllose loss 0-1 against a year 6 team. Both matches showed the progress all of the players have made and demonstrated their enjoyment of their sport. Well done to everyone!

The netball tournament tomorrow has been postponed due to the weather and has been rescheduled for the 27th April.

The boys played two lovely matches this week vs. Boxgrove and secured two wins. Team A 6:1, Team B 5:2. 

Surrey Schools Cross-country
Five boys and girls ran last Saturday in Reigate where over 200 competitors from across Surrey competed. It was a great accolade for all of the children to be there where they all gave 100% in effort. Aoife Russell Moore came 5th overall in her category and now goes on to represent Surrey on the 23rd March. Thanks to all of the parents for your amazing support.

Hockey Good luck to the U10 and U11 boys who compete in the Surrey Schools championships this Friday and next Monday. 


Quiz Night
Please come along tonight at 7.45pm – tickets available on the door. Licensed bar.

Barn Dance
We will be holding a Barn Dance in the new hall to raise money for the floor on Saturday 18th May.

Summer Fair – Friday 5th July
We are looking for volunteers to help organise the summer fair. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

Calling all Year 6 Parents
We are having a Year 6 Night Out at Rogues next Wednesday, 13th March, at 8.00 p.m.  It would be lovely to see you there.  From Year 6 Reps.

Brook Newell (5R) has lost a named Barbour jacket, please check you’ve not picked up by mistake. Thanks.

Tune in this Sunday... 
Tune in to the BBC Radio 4 appeal on Mother's Day to hear how the Winston's Wish National Helpline provides a lifeline to callers needing help and advice when supporting a bereaved child. Ben Brooks-Dutton talks about the reassurance and support he received from our Helpline following the tragic death of his wife, Desreen. For a sneak audio preview of Ben's story click here. Listen on Sunday 10th March at 7.55am and again at 9.25pm.  It is also repeated on Thursday 14th March at 3.25pm Or you can listen again any time. This is a charity we intend to work with and support at the school. It provides outstanding support. - you may like to have a look at the website.  Richard.

Maisie Dolling (4N) is taking part in a relay Swimathon on Saturday at Dorking, swimming as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes. She is swimming with her club, Dorking Swimming Club, to raise money for first touch - the special care neonatal and baby unit at St George's Hospital (http://www.first-touch.org.uk/. One night in special care costs around £1,200 so this is a very worthy cause. Should you wish to sponsor Maisie, please email lucy_dolling@hotmail.com. Many thanks, Lucy Dolling.

Please come to Mallie's Magnificent Seven Fundraising Stall for Comic Relief - tomorrow - Saturday 9th March, 3 Pewley Hill, 2pm to 5pm. : home-made red nose cookies, specially designed home-made cards, limericks recited on request for a donation, order a fundraising car wash, all donations welcome for Comic Relief!

Art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition" with Elena Andreeva will be starting the new series of sessions from the 18th of March. The class runs on Mondays at the school, 3.30-5pm, the cost is £110 for 10 lessons. To book a place for your child, please contact Elena on 01483 560385

Alice in Wonderland this Easter holidays.  Come and enjoy a brilliant production of Alice in Wonderland at the Electric theatre this Easter holidays from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April, 2pm and 7pm.  Pupils of HTPD performing in both teams. Tickets from the box office or via the Electric Theatre website.

Tormead Glee Club presents Beauty and the Beast on Monday, 18th March (4–6.pm).  To book a free place please call Tracy Wright on 01483 575101.