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Junior 29/11/13

29 November 2013

Dear Parents,

This is the time of year when many of you and other local parents are thinking about new schools for their children. My daughter Esther works at a 3-18 school so for the parents only one decision has to be made. It is harder in Guildford with very many good schools, both state and independent. I am very busy holding meetings at both schools for prospective parents as well as advising year 6 parents about suitable secondary schools.

Talking about our school to new parents is always a pleasant thing to do. It gives me a chance to concentrate on what really matters and what is the HTPD difference to other good schools. We are all aware of what a serious and well thought out decision this is for parents. To entrust your precious child to the care and teaching of a particular school is a very big deal.

Last night we held an open meeting for new parents about Holy Trinity. It featured many of our teachers speaking about their role or year group. It was a very exciting meeting. Teachers are so enthusiastic about their subject as well as the topic, cross-curricular, child-centred and creative approach. We were able to talk about how children learnt, what wider experiences were open to them and the importance of the basic learning tools. Parents seemed pleased by our approach and strategies for success. Please be ambassadors for our school in your neighbourhood. In my annual appraisal report to governors I wrote that the job of headteacher was a great challenge, but that I was supported by four great teams; the children, the staff, the governors and the parents. Thank you so much for all you do to make our school really good.

With best wishes, Richard

Events for next week
Monday 2 December – Thursday 4 December : Christmas productions week

Friday 6 December

As we have always done there will be an optional late start on Friday morning where the children need to be delivered to the Chapel for the advent celebration. All children need to be in to school by 1030.
It is also our Christmas Lunch on Friday, if you have not done so already please remember to return your completed slip to the office.

Future dates for your diary
Tuesday 10 December : Invaders’ Market
Wednesday 11 December : Year 5 visit Neasden Temple
Thursday 12 December : Tudor Fayre

Christmas Production
All children need to be in school by 6:30 on the evenings that they are performing. Parents are welcome at that time too for pre performance drinks as there will be no interval. It is expected that the children can be collected by 8pm. Please remember your Santa hat!

Reminder for Christmas Production Tickets
There will be performances of our Christmas production as below:
Monday 2 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Tuesday 3 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 7.00pm
Wednesday 4 December – Keller & Mandela at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Thursday 5 December – Keller & Mandela at 7.00pm.
Following additional ticket request fulfillment we still have tickets available for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evening.

Great results for the Year 5 boys football teams with two wins against St. Joseph's last week. We are fortunate to have Vicky Elcome from the FA working alongside us in our football rotation this term with all year groups. Vicky will also be joining Julia at Pewley in the New Year.

We will be having our house football tournament week commencing 9 December when the whole school will be taking part during afternoon PE sessions.

Our year 4 netballers enjoyed their first school netball matches yesterday at Rydes Hill and came away with lots of learning and a great sense of excitement playing against another school.

Pop Lacrosse
We have Jenny Simpson, who is the lacrosse coach at Surrey Sports Park coming into Holy Trinity on Thursday 12 December after school to run a taster pop lacrosse session. The session will run from 3.20 to 4.30pm. Please could you let Gillian know if your child is interested in attending as we do need to manage numbers and let Jenny know how many children she will be coaching. It will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Well done to all of the girls who attended the Manor House cross-country on Sunday. It was a lovely crisp morning for running and a good competition. Congratulations to Ayla Darcy who got a bronze medal and the U9 team who came second overall. Great running also by the U11 team who got three runners in the top 10. Thanks also to all of our parents and supporters for giving up their Sunday morning to come along and cheer on all of our runners.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Christmas Fair – Tonight 6-8pm
We look forward to seeing you all tonight at the fair. Please walk if possible, if you do have to drive, please park in the lower playground. Access is via the playground doors. Thank you to everyone who has helped and who is helping tonight.

We are really excited to be able to offer the following for Auction at the fair tonight.
A trip to Eagle Radio for 4 young people (to be supervised by at least one adult)
The hour long session will include:
• Tour of Eagle Radio including the studios
• Meet the Eagle Radio presenters
• A bespoke radio session where attendees will be able to record radio!
Please bring your cheque book along!

Christmas Puddings – will be on sale tonight.

Christmas Play
We are looking for people to help serve drinks at the Christmas Play. The kids are to be dropped off at 6.30pm and the play starts at 7pm, so it will only be a half an hour slot. There is no interval this year so it will be the only opportunity to serve drinks. If you are able to help with set up a bit earlier that would be great too. Please contact Kirsty Stemp and advise which evening you can help on 07720 271242 or kirsty.stemp@bt.com if you are able to help.

Northbrook Wrapping
Orders have been delivered and should be on their way home, please check with your child.

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc., making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

Dates for the Diary
Year 3&4 Cake Sale Friday 13 December.

Found: We have a pair of Clark’s boys’ black shoes in the office. We also have 1 boys’ black shoe, size 6.
Lost: Archie Jones in 4S is missing a navy sweatshirt (name on collar) and a navy HT cagoule, also named. Please check your uniform just in case.

Mannativity – The Baby with no Bed – St Catherine’s School Theatre, Bramley. December 21st 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets £3.50 available from mannaacademy.moonfruit.com Please support this event all proceeds to HMSA and POTS UK Charities.