Junior 14/11/14

14 November 2014

Dear Parents

Twenty five years is a long time in the same job and is becoming very unusual in the current employment situation. This is what Brian Terry has completed at Pewley Down School. He is now finishing at the school as caretaker and moving with Penny, his wife to a house by the sea in Suffolk. It will be a great location for Brian who loves running and the outdoor life. Many of you will be grateful to Brian for his care and for running the football club for so many years. If you would like to join in the gift for him, please bring your contribution to the Pewley office. We are holding a leaving tea for him next Friday afternoon at 3.15pm and you are welcome to that too. I know he would be really pleased to see parents of his footballers over the years. We will not be replacing Brian. Instead, Julie, our Site Manager will take on his responsibilities and we have an excellent company taking over the cleaning. The only small part of the job we have not fixed up is snow clearing; if anyone is able to offer to do this vital but very occasional task please contact the HT office or email Julie direct on julieb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.

Also moving on is Hannah Jezeph, but if we are all very nice to her she may come back after her time in Australia. Hannah is an outstanding teacher and she will be much missed. She is being replaced by Patrick Davies. He was on the Surrey school centered teacher training programme last year and did his second teaching experience in year 3 with Ginnie. He comes to us from Gosden House School in Shalford. He is a musician and will bring many other talents to HTPD.

Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us and two special ‘weeks’ next week will focus our minds on this. The weeks are ‘Anti Bullying’ and ‘Road Safety’. All classes from R to 6 will be focusing on these two particular campaigns. I hope you will be able to reinforce these messages at home too. The revised Anti-bullying and Behaviour policies are available on the website. On the road safety note please would you remind your children to cross with the teachers at the top of the driveway at Addison Road.

Thank you so much for your co-operation in these matters.

With best wishes, Richard

For any parents who have an hour to spare on Saturday morning
The school grounds could do with a tidy up and if you could spare 1 hour between 9 and 10 tomorrow morning we would be so grateful for your help.

Please remember the group for parents or carers who find their children’s behaviour challenging, will begin on Monday morning at 9am at Holy Trinity. Tea and coffee will be available beforehand in the staffroom. All parents/carers are welcome. Best wishes, Lucy Cray, Home School Link Worker.

We are currently re writing the new SEND Policy and the Accessibility plan for both sites. We would be interested in having parental input into this and developing a key stakeholder group to review the plan annually. If you would be interested in being involved in this group please contact Debbie our SENCO on debbiec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Christmas Production
We are now entering the exciting final rehearsal stage of our production. Whilst we don’t have many formal costumes for our named characters, but if any parents/grandparents have any sewing skills and could offer to create some aprons and simple skirts please contact sheilam@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Each year group will have their own outfit; please supply as follows:
Year 3 - black leggings/joggers and black t-shirt with a poppy
Year 4 - black leggings/joggers and black t-shirt with a poppy
Year 5 - black leggings/joggers and black t-shirt with a poppy + flat cap or apron and winter scarf
Year 6 - black leggings/joggers and black t-shirt with a poppy + flat cap or apron and winter scarf

Our cross-country season continues to go from strength to strength. The girls had a lovely run in the sunshine last Sunday morning at Manor House with 5 other schools. The U9's went first and what a pace was set. With some of them having their inaugural race, it was a very creditable performance. The U11's watched and supported the younger ones and then prepared to run themselves.
They all had a wonderful team performance achieving first place overall. Eliza Sutton secured a gold medal, Ayla Darcy, silver, Hebe Poole, 4th place and Meg Miller 7th. This was followed by U9, U10 and U11 cross country at Priorsfield which included 14 schools from across Surrey. Once again the girls performed brilliantly with Ayla and Hebe achieving gold and silver in their age category out of 78 runners and Eliza 5th place out of 78 in her age category. Well done to everyone.

Apologies, there will be no Year 3 and 4 football on Tuesday as we have a home fixture.

Year 6 Cooking Club
If you have any medium size saucepans and frying pans which are spare please would you consider donating them to the cooking club? Thanks Alison.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the Diary
Christmas Fair - Friday 28th November
Year 3 Xmas Drinks – 5th December details tbc
Year 6 Xmas social - Save the Date - Thursday 11th December

Bonfire Night
A HUGE Thank you to everyone who helped either Friday Saturday & Sunday!..... From the bonfire build team who were fantastic, to the many helpers on the night and the all important big clear up on Friday night, Saturday & Sunday. The evening was a great success and raised about £3000 for the school so thanks also to everyone that came along and supported the event .

Christmas Fair Friday 28 November
Everyone should have received their Christmas fair pack today, if not please check book bags. Next Friday 21 November is mufti for the children and donation day for the fair. This year we need:
• Bottles
• Unopened gifts and new toys
• Jolly jars or bags
• Teddies - any unwanted teddy bears in good condition for the teddy tombola
• Chocolate
• Hamper items
Your year reps will be looking for people to help on the stalls, please look out for the emails and volunteer if you can. We also need help on the day of the fair, again if you are able to help please let your year rep know when the email comes out.
We are also looking for volunteers to help out in Santa's grotto this year. We need some Dads who could be Father Christmas during the fair, costume will be provided. If you are able to help please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

HTSC has teamed up with Northbrook Fundraising to bring you a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, stationery and small gifts at great value prices including the popular Wonders of Learning Books (now reduced to £4.99) and the lovely Little Blossom range both of which would make ideal stocking fillers.

When you buy any item from Northbrook, HTSC will receive 22% cash back. Northbrook has some fantastic products, for example they have a pack of 9 sheets of high quality Christmas papers for just £3.50 as well as 3 wine or gift bags also at £3.50. When you buy just one of these we receive 77p! This is a great deal for you and provides extra funds for us. If we all bought just a couple of items we could raise a significant amount of money. When you buy on-line, there is no p & p charge and the goods are sent to your home address within 4 days of ordering. Also each order over £15 placed before 25th December will receive 1 free roll of wrapping paper of your choice. So please click on Northbrook / Holy Trinity School and start shopping!

Thoughts from a Year 6 pupil:
Sunday, 9th November, 2014
Today we went to a Remembrance Sunday Service at church. It was ok, but pretty boring. I get that we need to remember these people, but do we really need to be silent for a whole two minutes?! I was bursting to sneeze, but you can’t when everyone’s looking at the floor being all ‘serious’. In the end I did sneeze, and mum gave me such a look. After the Service she yelled: “Alicia Miriam Harriet Miranda Ross, you astound me!” Then she went into a whole speech about ‘respect’ and other stuff like that. I mean, why do these things even matter?

Tuesday, 14th February, 1915
It’s my 19th birthday today. I’ve told a few people, but we can’t celebrate much here. We’ve got tasks and drills and other things to do. I haven’t written for a while, but since my last entry, my friend Will has died. I can hardly bear to write it. He just popped his head above the trench for a second and then ‘bang’. He was dead. He was one of my only friends here. My brother, John, is in a different regiment. I haven’t heard from him for weeks. I fear for his life. I can hear the sergeant calling my name: ”Private Walter Ross!” I’d better go. Maybe today I will escape from this hellhole.

Tuesday, 11th November, 2014
Today at school we were researching soldiers who had died in the war, and I found out that my great-great uncle, Private Walter Ross, was killed in action on the 14th February, 1915. It was his 19th birthday. It made me think a little more about the people who have died in war, and that they laid down their lives for us. It’s horrifying, finding out that some who died were only a few years older than me. After school I went to see the Charlotteville War Memorial. I had made a poppy at school, and laid it, muttering.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them”. Harriet Twigger-Ross, 6SR

Poem by James Bolus, 6SR
Rotting Like Rats
Left to rot like rats, shivering under empty sacks,
Stumbling on in mud to our thighs,
The shot of a gun and a piercing cry,
Bombs dropping down from the sky,
Deafening bangs, serve and die.

Looking at the memorial deep in thought,
Why was it necessary for these men to be gone?
Greed is the cause of all this sadness.
We’re privileged unlike those who fought for us.
They died for our freedom, they died for our might.

Stumbling on all through the night
Though shot and shell, through mud and hell,
They gave their lives to make Europe right.

Design Santa's House! Curchods Christmas Art Competition - plenty of WH Smiths Prizes! Once again, Curchods Estate Agents in Guildford are delighted to launch again an Art Competition exclusively to pupils at Holy Trinity School. This year, the theme will be to design Santa’s House. All entries will be displayed in the Curchods shop window during the Christmas period and there will be generous prizes awarded to the top 5 entries. Look out for the posters around school and tell your budding artist(s) to collect their paper from the School Office Front Desk! Closing deadline is Wed. 17th December.

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