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

Junior 22/3/13

22 March 2013

Dear Parents

One unexpected change in our nation’s pastimes has been the formation of choirs in many different places. From television series to the Military Wives, it seems everyone wants to sing. This is also true at Holy Trinity Pewley Down. In the infants the children are always keen to sing and we are hoping to start up an infant choir soon. At the juniors more than a hundred children are part of the main choir with about forty five boys in both the year 5 and year 6 choirs. There are only a few boys who are in both choirs so that means that about one hundred and eighty children are now in a choir. This is about half of the juniors and a remarkable number.

The combined boys choirs will be singing at our Easter Service and early next term will be visiting Guildford County School to learn more singing from our local music specialist school. Meanwhile, about half of our main choir took part in the Guildford Schools Music Festival at Glive this week. We were also well represented in the orchestra and recorders. We were particularly proud of Oz Cliff who was selected as first violin and led the orchestra with flair.

I am so grateful to our team who make these choirs and music such a central part of life at Holy Trinity. Clare Brunet, Sheila Manson, Sarah Davies, Alison Tester and of course our head of music Judy Dickinson. Judy is retiring after twenty years at Holy Trinity; she has been a great class teacher and music leader. Her expertise, warmth and enthusiasm will be much missed. We do wish Judy all the very best for the future. Laura Cheetham will be joining us after Easter and will be increasing her musical teaching time in the next academic year. I have asked her to take on the orchestra and year 5 music initially.

So the message this week is to keep singing, join those choirs and share the joy!

With best wishes, Richard

Events for week commencing Monday, 25th March:

  • Monday, 25th March - Easter Hop Discos - Years 3 and 4: 5-6.30pm. : Years 5 and 6: 7.00 - 8.30pm. Entrance fee £1.
  • Tuesday, 26th - Year 6 visit Wintershall for Stations of the Cross.  Leave school at 9.00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 27th March - Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church for all.  Service begins at 9.30am, please drop at school at normal times. 
  • Wednesday 27th – Swimming as usual for Year 3 & 4
  • Thursday, 28th March - End of term.  School closes at 1.45 p.m.

Summer Term:

  • Monday, 15th April at 8.40am - Start of Summer Term.
  • Thursday, 18th April - Public Speaking auditions for Years 3 - 6.
  • Wednesday, 24th April - Swimming lessons begin for 3S and 4J.

Easter Garden
We will be making Easter Gardens at school on Wednesday 27th March. Please download instructions here, or ask at the office for a hard copy.

HTSC Barn Dance & Beer Tasting – Saturday 18th May
Come and join us for a fun evening. Details to follow after the holidays.

HTSC – School PTA
Mary on behalf of Richard thanks the PTA for their continued support and hard work. As teachers we realise that the money raised by HTSC initiatives provides us with valuable extras e.g. up to date computers, white boards, extra books for our group room and thus enables us to give your children the best possible opportunities.

Easter Egg Tombola
Our neighbours at Addison Court will be running a Tombola at the playground gates on Monday 25th at school pickup, please bring some money if you wish to support this, all proceeds to Chase. Thanks.

The girls really braved the elements last Tuesday at the St. Catherine's cross-country but it was well worth the effort! Ayla Darcy got a gold medal in the U8, Aoife Russell Moore got a gold medal in the U11 and the U11 team, Aoife, Phoebe, Tasha and Katie got the bronze team medal. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for sticking with it!

Congratulations to all of our runners this year, Holy Trinity won the overall Guildford Schools Primary cross-country shield.

Good luck to our boys who are competing at the National Schools Biathlon Finals this weekend at Crystal Palace.

The girls had a terrific tournament yesterday with lots of close games all valiantly contested. It finished with three wins and one loss to the eventual winners with Holy Trinity as runners up. Well done to all of the girls involved who demonstrated how good sportsmanship at football matches can win through!

We had a lovely friendly match this week vs. Burpham with a win for our Year 5 boys 6-1

Good luck to all of the year 5 and 6 boys who are playing in today's tournament.

The year 5 girls demonstrated some lovely netball skills this week in their winning match vs. Burpham which was played in a lovely friendly spirit. Lots of yummy cake was consumed afterwards!

A big thank you to all of our parents who have helped out with match teas this year.


Easter Hops – 25th March
Helpers required on the entrance to serve drinks. Please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk if you are able to help. Thanks.

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.

Next Meetings:
Tuesday 23rd April
Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 12th June
All in the Staff Room at 8pm, please come along it’s always lovely to see some new faces.

Sainsbury's Vouchers
Please note that the new contact for the Sainsbury'svoucher scheme is Rosalind Moss. If you wish to become a part of this fantastic fund raising scheme for the school, or simply want to amend your existing order, please email her at simbil@btinternet.com or phone 01483 546487. Thanks.

Menu - Week 3

Sam Page (3MG) has lost a light brown coat with hood, it may have Ollie Page's name in it. 

New Club - BoogiePumps will be starting at Holy Trinity after the holidays on a Wednesday afternoon. Flyers and further details will be sent out by ParentMail next week together with an application details.

A one-day cappella singing course for ladies. Learn the skills you need to sing in close harmony with others without instruments or backing. Vocal Harmony Workshop welcomes all female voices at the G Live Studio on Saturday 27th April from 9.30 to 4.00pm. Tickets cost £20 and include light lunch and refreshments. Register by 20th April. Contact us: Tel: 07747 517454 Email: harmonyworkshop2013@gmail.com  Website: www.guildfordharmony.org.uk/workshop

An Easter Gym Camp being run by the Teacher in Charge of Gymnastics, Michelle Graham, is available to girls of all ages and abilities.  The camp will be held in the Tormead Senior School Sports Hall from 10.00am-2.00pm. During the Summer Term Tormead will be hosting 2 more “Tormead Taster Classes”, and is open to all pupils in Yrs. 4 & 5.

Fun French Club – All children are invited to join the after school French Club from the Summer Term onwards.  Le Club , Fran├žais is held on Wednesdays from 3.15 – 4.15 p.m. commencing Wednesday, 24th April.  The Summer Term will run for 10 weeks, and fees are payable termly in advance - £60.00 (or £55.00 each for siblings).  Please ask the secretaries in the school office for a form if you would like to join.

Are there any singers out there interested in joining a fantastic new ladies choir? We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming contemporary music choir for ladies aged 18+. You can join at any time during the year, it's pay-as-you-go and only £5 per session. On top of that, there's always a free cuppa after and optional gossip! The next FREE session is Tuesday 16th April at St. Peters Catholic School, Merrow. See www.choirbelles.co.uk or call 0845 355 0589 for more info.

Easter Holidays Drama Week  2-5 April 2013, 7-11 yr olds  This Easter join us as we stage the magical Brothers Grimm story of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, in just four days!  The workshops will feature drama games and exercises as we rehearse towards the staging of a performance for family and friends at the end of the week. Absolutely no experience of drama is necessary just bring yourself, heaps of energy and a desire to have some fun!  Times: everyday, 10am – 3.15pm  Performance: Friday 5th April at 4.30pm  Fee:£125 (£100 for siblings)  Venue: Sandfield Primary School, Stoke Road, Guildford.  To book call 01483 304384 or email: info@guildford-shakespeare company.co.uk