No. 216

26 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to celebrate a Fluffy Friday together today. The whole school seemed to be full of joy, friendship and fun! As we move into the final week of term, it’s great to see children having such a positive experience at school and I hope that they come home and tell you all about it! With cash being used less often, if you weren’t able to find a pound coin at the start of the day, you can make a payment on Parentpay. Thank you so much for continuing to help us fund this well-loved event each term!

Thank you so much for your positive response to my parentmail earlier in the week about testing and covid symptoms – I’m really grateful that families are prioritising the safety of the whole school community in keeping to the rules around covid. Do remember that the lateral flow tests are only for asymptomatic testing. Children with high temperatures, coughing or a loss of taste or smell must not come to school until they have a negative PCR test result. These can be booked online, taken almost immediately at a test centre, and results generally come back within 24 hours. We can provide work for children that are absent due to self-isolation and while you’re awaiting results. Remember though that children who are ill should be allowed time to recover. We won’t be providing work for children who are poorly.

Next week, we’ll be celebrating Easter as a whole school community. On Tuesday, the children will take part in a “pause day” – this is an opportunity to reflect on the events of Easter week, to think and be creative around the themes of love, sacrifice and compassion, and to have a time of stillness and prayer to ponder God’s love for the world. Also on Tuesday, at the juniors, children who choose to will be making Easter gardens during lunchtime play (take a look at the instructions on the website). This will be in year groups and will be the first occasion that children can mix with children from other classes; being outside the risk of infection is very low, and it seems a perfect occasion to have more freedom as children create gardens together. Teachers are really looking forward to planning different activities for mixing with the whole year group outside – I’m sure your children will tell you when they’ve had the chance to meet up with old friends, and when they’ve made new ones!

Next week, we’ll also have an Easter Zoom assembly on Wednesday, together with Robert Cotton who will be joining us online from Holy Trinity Church. This is always a good opportunity to be thankful for the term that’s passed and to pray for God’s blessing on the rest of our year together.

Remember that next week we finish early on Thursday, just after lunch. See below for the end of day arrangements and please do your best to pick your child up at the time allocated so that our staggered pick-up doesn’t get too over-crowded.

I’m keen to tell you about some of the adjustments that we’re planning to make in the summer term. Thanks to local infection rates being so low, and with the country gradually starting to ease lockdown restrictions, we are planning to provide daily outdoor playtime opportunities for children to mix beyond their class bubble with others in their year group. Indoors we will keep to the existing class bubble arrangements. I’ll be sharing the new start and finish times for the summer term for your child’s class by Parentmail in the coming days. Hopefully, this will benefit those of you with more than one child at HTPD, and reduce the time that siblings have to wait for a class to finish at hometime. Please pick children up from Pewley first; the juniors can wait a few minutes. There will always be someone on duty. With it being busier at the start and end of the day, try to arrive on foot at both sites rather than parking really close to the gates.

We are also excited to be able to run outside clubs for whole year groups rather than just a class at a time. We’ll provide more details on this soon. It will be so lovely to start to return to school life pre-pandemic; it will be a gradual process and depends on government advice at each stage, but I’m looking forward to an exciting summer term! Before then, I hope you have a Happy Easter!

With love,

Clare


Thought of the Week: Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. Where do you want to shine God’s light?

WHOLE SCHOOL

End of term arrangements
On the last day of term, Thursday 1 April, we will be finishing early as usual. However, to keep to our staggered pick-ups and reduce crowding in the playgrounds, please carefully note your child’s pick up time. If you have siblings at both sites, don’t worry, there will be teachers on duty until all the children have been collected.

Pewley Down Finishing Times
1:20pm Walnut Class and Beech Class
1:25pm Chestnut Class and Oak Class
1:30pm Hazel Class and Willow Class

Holy Trinity Finishing Times
1:30pm 3A, 4EL and 5T
1:35pm 3S, 6D and 6T
1:40pm 3C, 4A and 5J
1:45pm 4N, 5S and 6S

Monday 19 April - Inset Day
Tuesday 20 April - Children Back to school

Roadworks on Addison Road
Please note there will be pavement works being carried out on Addison Road on Wednesday 31 March and Thursday 1 April.


INFANT

Teacher led clubs
The choice form for the summer term teacher led clubs will be sent out via ParentMail this afternoon.

Menu for week beginning Monday 29 March
Mon: Beef Stir Fry or Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles; Lemon Biscuits
Tues: Pasta with Cheese and Tomato Sauce; Flapjack
Weds: Roast Turkey Breast with Gravy or Spanish Omelette; Fruit Crumble with Custard
Thurs: Chicken Curry or Sweet Potato & Spinach Curry, Steamed Rice; Fruit Salad
Fri: School closed
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.

JUNIOR

Dates for the Dairy
Wednesday 31 March - Year 6 Summer term Parents Briefing via Zoom at 7pm
Thursday 22 April - Class Photographs
Tuesday 27 April - Year 3 Evacuee Day

Lunch Menu
Please note changes to lunch menu (Week 3) next week:
Wednesday - Roast turkey; Sweet chilli noodles
Thursday - Fish fingers and chips; Cheese quiche


FOPS News

Hello all,

Quiz night is tomorrow!
Last call for registrations before 5pm today please. Please contribute on PayPal Pool https://paypal.me/pools/c/8xNsaweCsB (£5 suggested donation) and leave your email address in the comments to receive details, or email katelloyd741@gmail.com directly, if you’d rather not leave your email address.

Easter Trail
The Easter trail starts next Friday 2nd in Charlotteville, on Pewley Way, Addison Road and Cline Road. Your mission is to find the objects from the trail sheet and note down the house number where you found it. The houses taking part will have school logos in windows / on gates to signpost they're taking part. You can pick up trail sheets from the playground from Monday 29th - we are suggesting a donation of £2.50 per household payable via PayPal Pool: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8y1qS5fQG8. Many thanks to Gini and Caroline for putting this all together!

Happy weekend and looking forward to the quiz tomorrow!

FOPS committee – Kate, Debbie and Sophie
 


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Bake Sales
Our bakers have been busy cooking up a storm for Years 5&6 for Fluffy Friday! Thank you to Svenja Trettin for sorting out the logistics for these cake sales and to all our baking team this term. We hope to continue these sales after the Easter break. So far these sales have raised nearly £650 for the school.

Here’s how it works: We have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, label, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer which is here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8uznMpIiw2

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the link here https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Easter Trail
We are teaming up with FOPs at Pewley to run an Easter trail with help of local residents in the vicinity of the school. More details of how this will be taking place and how you can be involved can be found in the FOPS section of the newsletter. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Other Notices

Albury Cricket Club is looking for new members. Girls & boys from year 2 up are very welcome. To come along for a taster session at the start of the new season contact emily.alburycricket@gmail.com or see our website alburycc.co.uk. New season starts on Friday 23 April 2021.

Raring2Go Magazine
Please find below the link to the Digital copy of the Spring edition of Raring2Go! which is filled with all the fun things to do as a family in and around Guildford over Easter. This edition provides local Mum's and Dad's with some fun ideas for the coming weeks. https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/guildford/spring/

Surrey County Council are recruiting for Bikeability Cycling Instructors
Want to work locally? Like to be outdoors? Interested in enthusing groups of young learners? Then the Cycle Training Team would like to hear from you. Most of the training is delivered by Instructors working in pairs at schools, both playground and on-the-road training. As a new Instructor you would receive training, observe experienced Instructors delivering courses, then be a 'third' Instructor to help build your confidence and skills. Please see link below for more details on this rewarding role. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=12911

Christ Church Pre-school in central Guildford is looking for:
  1. Deputy Pre-school Manager - NVQ level 3 minimum. SENCO experience desirable. Monday and Friday 8:15-12:45, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 -3:45 Term time only. Deadline for application is Friday 2nd April. Interviews to take place week commencing Monday 19th April. For immediate start. If interested we’d love hear from you. Please send your CV to our Preschool manager Jo Smith at: Chrischurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com
  2. Nursery Practitioner - NVQ3 desirable but NVQ2 minimum dependent on applicant. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15 -3:45 Term time only. Deadline for application is Friday 2nd April. Interviews to take place week commencing Monday 19th April. For immediate start. If interested we’d love hear from you. Please send your CV to our Preschool manager Jo Smith at: Chrischurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com

No. 215

19 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a great way to celebrate Comic Relief this year! A sea of red! I’m impressed by how creative children and staff have been, not a red nose in sight, but plenty of red socks, red hair bands, red leggings and red tops. Thank you as well for your generous support of this fundraising effort. It’s been good in assembly to think about others across the world less fortunate than ourselves and I’m delighted to announce that our grand total is going to be close to £400.

We’ve had another excellent week of learning, with children getting back into the swing of the school day. One thing that I wanted to mention is the increase in traffic now that school is fully open. This is probably the greatest risk our children face each day. It’s been sad to have to apologise to some of our local residents when their driveways have been blocked. Please do be considerate when you park. Even more alarming is when cars are parked on pavements making it unsafe for pedestrians, or when I’ve seen children crossing roads unsupervised into the path of oncoming cars and bikes which can sometimes appear out of nowhere. Please, please be careful now that the roads are busier again and try to park up further away and walk in. No cars should park on the zigzag markings at either site, and please don’t park on the opposite side of the Addison Road gate at the HT site where children cross. Do try to be patient with one another as well. It sets a great example to the children to see adults living up to our school values of respect and empathy. Thank you.

Next week is Fluffy Friday which will take place in the children’s class bubbles. Please remember to send in a £1 to cover the additional costs of this exciting day. The children can wear home clothes on this occasion. I’ll try to get plenty of Twitter photos on the day so that you can share in the fun, even though we’re not yet able to ask you into school to help out! Hopefully by next term’s Fluffy (on May 28th) things will have relaxed and we’ll be able to get out and about.

Until then though, we’re still working hard to keep local covid infection rates low. Thank you for your ongoing support with our arrangements. Let’s continue to be determined together to keep one another safe –a year on from our first school closure last March, HTPD’s hopeful and caring community spirit remains as strong as ever!

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: Love keeps no record of wrongs – who do you need to forgive?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Online safety
Please be careful not to share images on social media (Facebook, instagram etc) of children when they are on Zoom with others from school. Remember that sharing images, and particularly names that are sometimes visible on Zoom without consent is not wise. Throughout lockdown we did well to be so careful - please continue to keep everyone in our school community safe. Thank you.

ParentPay
Please could we appeal to all parents/carers to check ParentPay balances as we approach our year end and settle all outstanding balances, particularly lunches and after school club payments. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Flora on finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk for lunch payment queries and Sam Andrews on pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk with any queries on extended schools usage (both breakfast club and Pups or Clubs+)


INFANT

Menu: week 3 beginning 22 March


JUNIOR

Dates for the Dairy
Friday 26 March – Fluffy Friday in Class Bubbles
Wednesday 31 March – Year 6 Parents Meeting via Zoom at 7pm

Menu
Week 2 week commence 22 March 2021
 


FOPS News

Hello all,

Next Saturday 27 March from 7.45pm we are hosting the Speed Quiz. Details went out in ParentMail earlier this week, but in case you missed it: We are suggesting a £5 donation per household to take part. Once you’ve signed up using PayPal Pool, either leave your email address in the comments or email katelloyd741@gmail.com if you’d prefer, then you will receive further joining instructions. The quiz will start at 8pm and there will be six rounds. The quiz will take no longer than an hour including a half-time break. Use this link to sign up and donate https://paypal.me/pools/c/8xNsaweCsB

Easter Trail
The trail will be running from Friday 2nd to Friday 9th April all around Charlotteville. Trail forms will be available from 29th March for a suggested £2.50 donation per family. We’ll set up a PayPal Pool and the link will be shared in this newsletter as well as via WhatsApp groups.

Easyfundraising
Do you buy ANYTHING online? If so, please consider signing up to easyfundraising. Lots of retailers are on there and give small donations to FOPS every time you shop. A few small donations by many can add up to a lot so please consider it. Right now, Argos, Screwfix and Dunelm have increased donations for Spring. Sign up here: http://efraising.org/EGSpHI77D6

Happy weekend!
Kate, Debbie and Sophie – FOPS committee


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who had a good old clear out and donated clothes to the Happy School Bag collection. They weighed it on the day – 1,288kg and we’ll be receiving £386.40! Thank you again to Laura Hinton for organising and loan of garage. If you missed this one, we have another collection date booked in for June 2021.

Bake Sales
We hope the Year 3 & 4 children enjoyed their cakey treat this afternoon.

Our bakers have been busy cooking up a storm for Red Nose Day! Thank you to Svenja Trettin for sorting out the logistics for these cake sales.

Here’s how it works: We have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, label, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer which is here.

If you have a child with an allergy, we would ask you to provide something suitable on the day of your child’s cake sale just in case(we don’t have access to dietary information), but every effort is made to include all the children. The bakers are trying to cater to as many allergies as possible where they are known, and we have parents of children with allergies on the baking team. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a baker, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk

The next Bake Sale is:
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 26th March (also Fluffy Friday in school)

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year. 

Easyfundraising If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use this link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Easter Trail
We are teaming up with FOPs at Pewley to run an Easter trail with help of local residents in the vicinity of the school. More details of how this will be taking place and how you can be involved can be found in the FOPS section of the newsletter.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk.

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Energy Kidz Easter Camp for 4-7 year olds at St Nicolas CE Infant School - please see flyer for more information.

Multisports Guildfordplease attached flyer.
Multisports Guildford are open for their Summer term starting on Saturday 17th April and their Summer Workshop taking place in July. Classes take place at St Peter's School, Horseshoe Lane East, Guildford. Little Sporties classes are ideal for 4-6 year olds and our Main School is for ages 6-16 year olds. Your child will participate in over 18 different sports. Book a TWO WEEK TRIAL. Places are limited. Book online www.multisportsguildford.co.uk or call Ingrid on 08448009096

Surrey County Council’s Safer Travel Team
We have been asked to assist Surrey County Council’s Safer Travel Team to undertake research with parents of primary aged pupils’ types of travel to and from school.

The objective of the research is to develop a better understanding of the different types of travel, how frequently they’re used, why that type is used, and if that preferred type has changed or been influenced by Covid-19 coronavirus.

Once the Safer Travel Team have collected and analysed this information provided by parents, their goal is to obtain a better understanding of journeys to school, so they can continue encouraging safer and more active travel to school for all children in Surrey.

Please could we ask that you complete the survey using this link. The closing date for completing the survey is 11.59pm on 16th April and the survey should be completed for each child that attends our school. If you have another child which attends a separate primary school, please complete an additional survey.

No. 214

12 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has been full of smiles and celebration! We’ve loved being able to fully re-open the school; I hope that it’s worked well for your children to be back. It’s been wonderful hearing the sound of children laughing, having the opportunity to share the great examples of work completed at home, catching up with families and just being able to be together! Both children and staff are exhausted today with the amount of energy used being around so many of our friends again, but I’m glad to say it’s a happy tired.

In all of the classrooms, there have been plenty of lovely conversations as children remember the joy of learning alongside their peers again. We’ve also spent lots of time outside and have made the most of our playgrounds. Thank you again for your support in funding the replacement pitch at Holy Trinity; seeing it well used every day this week, reminded me how grateful I am that we’ve been able to provide this space. The fundraising still has a long way to go, but we’re thankful that the children can enjoy sport together again. Do take a look at the HTSC fundraising website if you’d like to contribute again this term  or just get in touch with the finance team if you’d like to make a donation direct to the school (finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk).

We’re very aware that these few weeks before the Easter break will fly by – there are a couple of exciting things planned. Next Friday 17th is Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day…we won’t be selling noses (with our focus on hand hygiene and not touching faces, it seems somewhat inappropriate in the midst of a pandemic!) but the children are welcome to wear something red and bring in a donation for the national appeal. Don’t get muddled at the juniors, Y3 and Y4 are also having an HTSC fundraiser cake sale on the same day (see details below).

On the following Friday 26th March, it’s Fluffy! Each class will enjoy an activity themed day based in school. Something lovely to look forward to!

With all the celebration, it’s important not to be complacent. Please do remember that the country is still in lockdown – it is still against the law to meet together in large groups even outside. When you have picked up your child at the end of the day, please head home straight away. Please don’t gather in large groups on the Downs. In school, we are working hard to keep children in consistent groups and to reduce contacts. We are keen to not have crowds at the school gates and would encourage you to wear masks in places where it’s hard to keep socially distanced. It would be so sad to undo all the hard work of lockdown, to see covid case numbers increase and to prolong the time when we will be able to unlock properly. Let’s be determined.

We’ll all benefit from a rest this weekend; the children will need to recharge after all the emotional, physical and mental effort of returning to the hubbub of the classroom. With this week’s assembly theme being “love is not irritable”, we enjoyed pondering how best to stay calm. Hopefully there’ll be a chance to find some peace and quiet this weekend. See you all on Monday!

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: Love is not irritable how can you be calm inside?

WHOLE SCHOOL

ParentPay
Please could we appeal to all parents/carers to check ParentPay balances as we approach our year end and settle all outstanding balances, particularly lunches and after school club payments. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Flora on finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk for lunch payment queries and Sam Andrews on pups@htpd.surrey.sch.uk with any queries on extended schools usage (both breakfast club and Pups or Clubs+)


INFANT

Menu: week 2 beginning 15 March


JUNIOR

Dates For The Dairy
Tuesday 16 March – Year 3 Greek Day

Lunch Menu
Week commencing 15 March - Week 1

Sports Clubs
Week Commencing Monday 15 March (follow this link)


FOPS News

Hello everyone,

Reminder that our ‘Speed Quiz’ Night will take place on Saturday 27th March at 8pm.

The ‘Speed’ element comes from needing to answer questions as quickly as possible within the Speed Quizzing Live app. Tickets are a suggested donation of £5 per household. More details with how to purchase a ticket will be sent via ParentMail, so please keep an eye out.

Easter Trail
We are also preparing the Easter trail, which will take place throughout Charlotteville from Good Friday to Friday 9th April. Lots of houses are going to take part so there should be plenty of items to find and provide some holiday entertainment in a socially distant way. Further information will be sent in a couple of weeks.

Happy Weekend!
Kate, Debbie and Sophie - the FOPS committee


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Recycled Clothing Collection – Happy School Bags Monday 15 March
Thank you to all the helpers that manned the garage this week - at least everything has managed to stay dry. If you missed your opportunity to drop off this week, Laura Hinton will open up on Monday morning from 8.30 until 10am for all year groups. Please do not bring anything into school. We are expecting the van to collect at 10am. Please see the newsletter dated 26th Feb for all the details of what will be accepted. Drop off is the garage of 40 Harvey Road which is just beyond the turning for Pewley Way.

Bake Sales – we’re making the most of being back at school before Easter!
Don’t panic, you don’t need to do anything unless you have volunteered to be a baker! Instead of asking for cake donations from everyone, or people to man/sell, we have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer.

If you have a child with an allergy, we would ask you to provide something suitable on the day of your child’s cake sale (we don’t have access to dietary information). If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a baker, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk

The dates for this term are:
Years 3 & 4 – Friday 19 March (Red Nose Day)
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 26 March (Fluffy Friday)

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated, and every purchase makes a difference.

Second-hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com. To pay for your items, please use the PayPal link here. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Easter Trail
We are teaming up with FOPs at Pewley to run an Easter trail with help of the local residents in the vicinity of the school. More details of how this will be taking place and how you can be involved can be found in the FOPS section of the newsletter.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee



Free Psychological First Aid Training Public Health England is releasing a newly developed online training course on Psychological First Aid (PFA) for supporting children and young people in emergency and crisis situations.

The course is available for all frontline workers and anyone who cares for, or is regularly in contact with, children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers.

Approximately 3 hours, split into three sessions, that the learner can complete at their own pace, no previous qualifications are required. On completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit from support and how best to give help across the different age groups and also for those who might need extra support because of different needs.

No. 213

05 March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s so good to be looking forward to Monday morning when the whole school will be able to gather together again! After weeks of remote learning, I hope that the children are as excited as I am to be heading back to their classrooms, reconnecting with their friends and being taught face to face by their teacher “in real life”. In next week’s newsletter, I’m looking forward to being able to describe the first few days. Of course we’ll have lots of opportunity to re-establish routines and remind each other of ways that we’ll stay safe, but it will also be a priority to spend time chatting, playing and laughing as we settle back into being a community. Please do talk to your children this weekend in a positive and encouraging way about coming back. There are bound to be some children with nervous apprehension so give them time to share their concerns, and tell them about how much fun they’ll have once they’re back!

There’s been a lot in the national media about “catch up” and the “lost learning” that’s resulted from the pandemic – firstly, that undermines all the wonderful support that you’ve given your child during this time, and it also implies that learning is like filling up a bucket. Our focus at HTPD will be on ensuring that children continue to have a “zest for learning and a love of life”. Of course, as the days and weeks go by back in school, our staff will be expertly adjusting their planning to teach any missing skills and go over any misconceptions, as well as providing opportunities for children to practise skills that may be a little rusty. We’re really grateful that so many of you made time to speak with your child’s classteacher in the past week or so. These parent-teacher consultations have provided really useful information to us as we start the next stage of your child’s education back in school. Please do get in touch with your child’s teacher if you haven’t yet made time to book this appointment.

You might have also heard in the news that households of primary school children (and their support bubble or child-care bubble) are able to access twice-weekly symptom-free covid tests. Primary school children with no symptoms do not need to be tested. These asymptomatic tests for adults can be picked up from designated collection points or ordered online. You may be able to access tests offered by your employer. They are not given out by schools. These tests (lateral flow tests) are not to be used if you have covid symptoms, but by testing for asymptomatic carriers, it is hoped that transmission in the local community can be even further reduced. You can find out more at surreycc.gov.uk/symptomfreecovidtesting.

I’m sure that you’re all really familiar with the advice about what to do if you suspect that anyone in your household actually has covid, but as we all return to school next week, I’m keen to remind everyone of the essential information. Even with infection levels falling locally, and despite the end of the restrictions being in sight, we must remain vigilant. If your child, or anyone in your household develops any of the following: a new and persistent cough, a high temperature (37.80C and above) or loses their sense of smell or taste, you should arrange for a covid test at a testing centre. No child should be at school if anyone in your household has these symptoms and is awaiting test results - they should only return to school once any test results are found to be negative. Thank you so much for keeping to this guidance – we really do want to stay fully open!

I hope that this weekend is a happy one for everyone with a growing excitement about returning to school on Monday morning; do take another look at the Parentmail that you received from me last Friday with all the details about your child’s bubble arrival and finish times. Try not to arrive too early or too late, and despite the inevitable joy at being a step closer to being able to relax and

socialise again, remember not to gather in the school playground and keep socially distanced from everyone else. Let’s hope that soon enough us adults will also be able to be part of community life again too! For now, having all the children able to return to school is an excellent first step.

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: Love is not selfish – are you someone who finds it easy to share?


INFANT

New Gates
During lockdown, we have had new gates installed at Pewley. This is to comply with safeguarding advice and will help to keep your child safe and secure when they are with us at school. They do take a little getting used to; during busy periods at drop off and pick up, we will make sure that the gates are open. Please continue to flow through the lower playground in a one-way circuit, entering through the lower gate, and leaving through the upper one. The gates will be closed during lesson times and you will need to buzz the office if you need to come onto the school site during the school day.

School lunches
A reminder that the school kitchen will re-open from Monday 8 March and will be serving hot lunches once again. There is no need to confirm your child’s lunch arrangement unless there is a change from the autumn term.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 8 March


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 8 March - School Reopens - see attached for times/locations for each year group
Tuesday16 March – Year 3 Greek Day

Lunch Menu
Week commencing Monday 8 March - Week 3

Sports Clubs for Week Commencing Monday 8 March
Please see the attached for the teacher led clubs after school. All clubs will finish at 4:15pm. Collect from the lower playground from all Sports clubs and from usual collection point for indoor clubs.


FOPS News

Hello everyone,

FOPS is excited to invite you to a virtual ‘Speed Quiz’ Night on Saturday 27th February at 8pm.

The ‘Speed’ element comes from needing to answer questions as quickly as possible within the Speed Quizzing Live app. Tickets are a suggested donation of £5 per household. More details with how to purchase a ticket will be sent via ParentMail, so please keep an eye out. Once you’ve bought your ticket you will receive information about how to join via Zoom and how to download the app. There will be a running leaderboard so it should be a fun and slightly competitive evening 😊

Easter Trail
We are also preparing the Easter trail, which will take place throughout Charlotteville from Good Friday to Friday 9th April. Lots of houses are going to take part so there should be plenty of items to find and provide some holiday entertainment in a socially distant way. Further information will be sent in a couple of weeks.

Reminder – Recycled Clothing Collection
As per last week’s newsletter, you can donate any unwanted, but clean and reusable clothing for the Happy School Bag Fundraising Project. The drop off date for Pewley is Friday 12th March to the garage of 40 Harvey Road, GU1 3SE from 8.00 - 9.30am and 2.15 - 4.00pm. Please note this is a residential address. The garage is at street level. Please do not leave bags outside the garage/house if the garage is not open.

Happy weekend!
The FOPS Committee x


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Well, I’m certainly counting down the days until the children go back to school! There are a few things to update you on for these remaining weeks before the Easter break.

Recycled Clothing Collection – Happy School Bags
We have rearranged the collection date for 15th March – all the details are in the main section of the newsletter last week. Please do not bring anything into school.

Bake Sales – we’re making the most of being back at school before Easter!
Don’t panic, you don’t need to do anything unless you have volunteered to be a baker! Instead of asking for cake donations from everyone, or people to man/sell, we have a few keen bakers per year group who will bake a selection of cakes, individually wrap, quarantine, and then deliver a box of cakes to each class. A suggested donation is £1 which your child can bring in with them and put in the class jar, or there will be an online PayPal payment option if you’d prefer here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8uznMpIiw2

If you have a child with an allergy, we would ask you to provide something suitable on the day of your child’s cake sale (we don’t have access to dietary information). If you would like more information or would like to volunteer as a baker, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk

The dates for this term are:
Years 3 & 4 – Friday 19th March (Red Nose Day)
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 26th March (Fluffy Friday)

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able to, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remail open until the end of this school year. gf.me/u/y9d3g2

Easyfundraising
If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through www.easyfundraising.co.uk and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated and every purchase makes a difference.

Second hand uniform
If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com.

To pay for your items, please use the link here https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Easter Trail
We are teaming up with FOPs at Pewley to run an Easter trail with FOPs in the local area around the school. More details to follow.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee
 


Please see the below request from one our HT families:
Looking for relatively short term family accommodation. We're a professional married couple with 2 children (one at Holy Trinity junior school, the other at Kings College Guildford) looking for temporary housing. We currently rent on Addison Road and have been looking to buy. However our landlord has sold the home we rent before we were able to find a home ourselves. We would appreciate any help from our HT community in finding a temporary home for the remainder of the school year. Please feel free to contact me, Heather, at heatherhusmer@gmail.com.

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