HTPD 13/11/15

13 November 2015

Dear Parents,

I’m so thrilled to share some exciting news with you – Heather Havermans gave birth to a lovely baby girl, Poppy Mae on Tuesday. Both mum and baby are really well! We’re really looking forward to meeting her. More baby news, Julia Grocott, our wonderful Year 4 teacher is also expecting! Of course it’ll be a while, but a summer baby is on the way!

As well as Heather’s news on Tuesday, Remembrance Day was marked at both infants and juniors by a two minutes’ silence. The children respectfully considered how the world is changed by war; they reflected on the role of peacemakers, and remembered those who have suffered. The boom of the cannon was heard all the way up the hill which, in itself, was memorable!

On Thursday next week (2.30pm in the Chapel), we are holding an afternoon tea – on this occasion we’ve invited all the parents of children in Y5 and Y6. We’re hoping it will give you another opportunity to feedback to us how the term has been so far for your family. Ginnie, Lucy and I will be there to chat. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully, it will be the first of several similar events.

Finally, can I thank you for your patience as we have resolved the difficulties with our new Parentmail system. We think that we’re now properly up and running, but do get in touch with either office if you are still experiencing problems.

Have a good weekend.

With best wishes


Parent Consultations, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November
The parent consultations next week are an important chance for you to talk to your child’s class teacher about how well they have settled in.  We would encourage you please to keep to the 10 minute time slot, but do ask if you feel you need a longer appointment on another occasion. Please come to the library/office area on arrival where there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led clubs
Owing to the parent consultations there will be no teacher-led clubs next week (Tuesday: Ukulele, Running and Gardening; Wednesday: Lego and Drawing; Thursday: Dance Fit, Story Club and Board Games).

Prospective Y3 parents evening, Wednesday 25 November
Parents of children in Year 2 are welcome to attend an evening meeting at the junior site, in the Chapel at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers from the juniors, hear about the exciting KS2 topic-based curriculum and find out about the various extra-curricular activities on offer. There will also be the chance to have a look around the school. Please phone 539033, or book in by email on

Year 2 swimming
Swimming has been extended by two weeks this term, which means that the last swimming session will be on Wednesday 2 December. 

A polite request to please park carefully and considerately around the school ensuring that your car is not on the pavement as this is dangerous for children and parents walking to school.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
Thank you so much for all the Sainsbury’s vouchers you collected earlier in the year.  The order has just arrived and we are delighted with all the gardening equipment, maths resources and playground toys we have received.

Year R photo
The Surrey Advertiser will be publishing the ‘Class of 2015’ photographs of Year R children in this week’s edition (Friday 13 November).

Daisy Gatehouse, Hazel Class, has lost two coats – one green, one blue, both named.


It has been a busy week. Thank you for all your donations to both Phil the Bag and the whole school cake sale.

Action Sunday – 15th Nov 2-4pm

 Calling all Mums, Dads and Children – Many hands make light work, come and join in our Autumn clear-up. Let's capitalise on the playground leaves being cleared and help spruce up the outside classrooms and playgrounds. Please bring brooms, rakes, leaf grabbers – anything that will help us clean and dustbin bags too. Hot coffee, teas and biccies will be provided. Please note that you will be responsible for your children during this time.

Save the date – Christmas Wreath Making workshop - Thurs 3rd Dec
Relax and get in the Festive mood and make your very own Christmas Wreath. Under the expert tuition of florist Marie Trignon (mum of Eva and Norah in Yr R) you can enjoy mellow tunes, nibbles and even a glass of mulled wine or two along with the chance to make a substantial fresh foliage wreath. Limited number of tickets available. You should have received a form in book bags. If not please ask at the office. DEADLINE FOR RESERVING YOUR PLACE IS FRIDAY 20TH NOV.

Grotto Plea
 - Emily Murdoch (Mum of Ethel in Hazel class) is kindly putting together our Santa’s grotto for the Christmas fair. She desperately needs the loan of as many fake green (minimum 4ft tall) Christmas Trees as possible. The trees will not be permanently altered in any way and returned straight after the fair! Please let her know if you can help. Contact her on:

Call for First Aiders

We are putting together a list of trained first aiders that we can call upon if they are attending any of the FOPS fund raiser. If you are willing please could you contact Susanne Walsh:


A clear yellow sunflower bucket was lost from Chestnut Class after the school disco. If you have seen it, please contact Susanne Walsh:

Infant Menu:
Mon:    Spaghetti with Bolognese or Margarita sauce; Date Sponge with Custard
Tues:    Chicken or Vegetable Paella; Semolina with Peach Sauce
Weds:    Roast Pork or Leek & Pasta Bake; Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Fruit
Thurs:    Homemade Vegetable Pizza; Apple Crumble with Custard
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Curry & Rice; Carrot Cake
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Don’t forget to telephone the Holy Trinity office (01483 539033) if you would like to attend the prospective parents’ meeting  on Wednesday 25 November, 7.00pm, when you will have the opportunity to meet the junior team and find out what happens in each year as well as more about our sport and other extra-curricular activities. 

Tempest Photography
Thank you to all those parents for returning your Tempest Photography orders so promptly.  The deadline for returning your order form is Friday, 20th November.  Please bring them to Reception.

Christmas Child
Thank you to all those parents for your Christmas Child shoe boxes.  Your donations are amazing.  For those parents who are thinking of doing it, there is still time for you to put together a box, all for a worthwhile cause, and bring it along to Holy Trinity Reception.  We have another week or so before they are being collected.

Northbrook Wrapping
There is still time to put in an order!
The cut-off date has been extended until Friday 27th November, so there is still plenty of time to get your orders in either via the school or online. Any questions, please contact Cherrie Gluyas (

Healthy Snacks

If you give your child a snack for break, may we ask you please to give your child something healthy, maybe fruit or vegetables, a cereal bar perhaps, but not something that contains nuts?  Also, no chocolate bars, crisps or snacks with a high sugar content. Thank you.


We have had a fantastic couple of weeks of HTPD sport. The year 5 boys have enjoyed some competitive friendlies against local schools, whilst the year 6 boys are battling it out for a place in the County finals.

On Monday the Year 6 girls won the Guildford schools indoor netball tournament involving eight other local primary schools.

On Wednesday the Year 5 and Year 6 girls joined 15 other schools in the Prior’s Field annual cross country.  A special mention to Ayla Darcy for coming 1st and Hebe Poole for coming 3rd and in the U11 team event,  which included Meg Miller, Renee La-Touche, Katie Keiller and Imogen Ewer for coming 3rd.

Well done to Ayla Darcy, Hebe Poole, Lana Darcy, Mikey Naisby, Toby Grimshaw, Alex Dolling, Jonah Bircher and Mat Luther who all qualified for the British Biathlon Championship in Solihull on the 28th November and good luck to those athletes taking part.

We are very lucky at Holy Trinity to have so many sports clubs where the children can learn a new sport or practice and train in a sport they love.  We do have quite a few external sporting fixtures, especially for the year 5 and year 6’s.  Selection for fixtures is dependent on commitment as well as ability so please do encourage your child to keep coming to all our sports clubs to benefit from the opportunities they provide. 

Finally, we have a new Twitter account @HTPDSport where we post all HTPD sports news as well as following lots of Guildford based sports clubs and secondary schools sports twitter feeds. Please follow us and keep up to date with all our news.

Lost: Dan Godsill (4J) is missing his full PE kit named in a named Star Wars rucksack.  Also a named dark blue rain coat.  If you know of their whereabouts he would be very grateful!

Still Lost
: Oliver Newell 5S is still missing his new, and named, Nightingale sweatshirt (aged 11-12 years).  Last  seen in the final week before Half Term.  Please check your own sweatshirt or PE bags etc.  If  you know where it might be, please come to the office.  Thank you.

Menu - Week 2


Bonfire Night
A fantastic night was had by everyone who came along last Friday, only mildly affected by the weather. A huge £3,000 was raised for the school, which will benefit all of our children at some point. Thank you so much to everyone who helped organise, gave their time on the night, at the clear up or at the clear up operation on Sunday on the field - we had a great team and it would not be the success it is without the help of everyone - THANK YOU.

Christmas Fair - Friday 27th November 6-8pm
External Stalls:  We still have space for external stalls at the Christmas Fair. If you have a business or know of anyone who would be interested in having a stall, please contact Jo Burne,

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 16th November 9am in HT Staff Room - all welcome.

Donation Day - Friday 20th November
- children come to school in mufti in return for donations for the school fair. See parent mail re donations required.

Kite Competition
Don't forget to print your template out and get the children to design their Kite or umbrella for the Christmas decoration competition - All designs and creations will be hung up around the school as part of the Mary Poppins themed decorations this festive season. Prizes for the best, most creative design. Good luck.

Northbrook Wrapping
Don't forget to get your orders in via school or online. Any questions please contact: Cherrie Gluyas,