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HTPD 6/11/15

06 November 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s been a super week at both sites – the rest over the half term break has meant that all the children have come back refreshed and eager to learn. Thanks to our inspirational teachers, the children are being given some wonderful opportunities to ask questions, learn from exciting experiences and find out how the world around them works. The Great Fire of Pewley in Year 2, a Year 3 carousel of science activities (noisily demonstrating how sound is made by vibrations) and Year 5 being challenged to research a link between kitchen spices and Tudor exploration were all examples of great learning experiences that demonstrated a real zest for learning!

As we move into the period of parent consultations at both the juniors (next Tuesday and Thursday) and the infants (during the following week), we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the term so far. Please do ask your child’s teacher any questions you may have. In the new world of learning without national curriculum levels, the teachers are very well placed to explain your child’s progress so far as well as their next steps to take learning forward. Remember that each appointment is only for 10 minutes, so do make another appointment if necessary at a later date. With lessons as usual the next day, teachers really do need to keep to time so that the evening stays manageable. Thank you for your understanding.

At the time of writing, it’s looking a bit wet for our bonfire celebrations, but I’m sure it will still be a great night! It’s always a big fundraiser for the school, and a wonderful chance to come together as a whole school community. I’ll be on the gate to the field as usual – so do come and say hello!

With best wishes, Clare

Poppy Appeal
Poppies will be on sale at both school offices until next Tuesday 11 November.  Please support this very worthwhile cause.

Operation Christmas Child – shoebox appeal 
This year we are again supporting Operation Christmas Child whose mission is to send filled shoe boxes to children in need overseas.  This year the boxes we collect will be sent to Syrian refugees.  If you have not already received a leaflet in your child’s book bag, you will do shortly.  The deadline for boxes to be received in school is Friday 13 November.  Boxes may be left at the school office at either the HT or PD site.  Thank you in advance for your kindness.


Parent Consultations, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November
You should have received a parent consultation form in your child’s book bag earlier this week.  Completed forms should be returned to the school office by Monday 9 November.

Year 2 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, Monday 9 November
Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and to be at school for 8.40 am to allow us to leave on time for our trip to St Paul’s on Monday.  We expect to arrive back at 4.00pm.
Thank you to all the Year 2 parents who very kindly offered to help with this trip.  We were very lucky to have received lots of offers of help so, unless you have already been contacted by a member of staff, we are afraid it will not be possible for you to join us this time.  Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

A reminder to write your child’s name, class and reason for payment on the back of any cheque when making payments to the school (especially for PUPS or Breakfast Club).  If paying with cash it is helpful for us if you can send the exact amount in an envelope marked with child’s name, class and reason for payment.      

Owen Sellwood has lost his Mandela sweatshirt (named).
Eliana Taylor has lost her large ping-pong style bat – last seen at the Year 2 trip to the beach.


Next FOPS meeting –Wed 11th Nov, 8pm in the Staff Room
Start Christmas early – come and join us in planning the Christmas Fair and other events. We need your festive ideas and canny fund-raising schemes to ensure we make our fair a real success. Wine and nibbles provided to help boost our creativity!

Phil the Bag – Thurs 12th Nov
Have a pre-Christmas clear out and raise money for the school! Phil the Bag are collecting from Pewley the morning of Thurs 12th Nov. Please donate any spare clothes, belts, shoes, bags and household textiles in a black dustbin bag or dedicated ‘Phil the Bag’ sack and add them to the pile outside the corner of the staff room. No torn or stained items please.

All School Cake Sale – Friday 13th Nov
We will be holding a Children’s Cake Sale on Friday. Each child is asked to bring in 50p to spend plus six nut-free cakes or cookies (homemade or bought) in the morning. These can be left in the PPA room or with Ruth and Jane. Each child will then be able to buy two cakes during the afternoon. Any remaining cakes will be sold at pick up either in the hall or playground.

Action Sunday – 15th Nov 2-4pm
Calling all Mums, Dads and Children – come and join in our Autumn clear-up and help spruce up the outside classrooms and playgrounds. Please bring brooms, rakes, leaf grabbers – anything that will help us combat the leaves 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.

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: Emilymurdoch3@icloud.com

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. Look out for a letter in your child’s book bag soon.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 November
Mon:    Salmon Crumble Bake or Lentil & Tomato Stew, Pasta; Iced Orange Sponge
Tues:    Sausage or Quorn Sausage Volcano, Mashed Potatoes; Jam Tart & Custard
Weds:    Steamed Gammon or Cauliflower & Leek Bake, Roast Potatoes; Jelly & Fresh Fruit
Thurs:    Yum Yum Chicken & Rice or Sweet Potato & Bean Pitta; Pear & Oaty Crumble
Fri:     Fish Fingers & Chips or Vegetable Lasagne; Apricot Flapjack
Available daily:      A selection of seasonal vegetables, salads and bread.  Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Consultation Evenings – A reminder that these will take place next Tuesday, 10th November 6-8.30pm and Thursday, 12th November 4-6.30pm.  Please return your completed appointment slips as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Cancelled Clubs – Please note that due to Parent Consultations, there will be no after school clubs on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th. Clubs Plus will run as usual.

Scholastic Book Fair
  – Geraldine will be manning the Book Fair all of next week ; in addition to selling books, she is happy to answer any questions you may have to help your child find appropriate reading material. Due to the Book Fair there will be No Clubs run by Geraldine in the Library next week.
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. 

Afternoon Tea for Parents/Carers of Year 5 and Year 6 Children - Date: Thursday 19th November - Venue: Chapel - Time: 2.30pm – Please rsvp to: hts@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk
This is an opportunity for you to enjoy a chat with other parents and carers in an informal setting. Clare Brunet, Lucy Cray (Home-School Link Worker) and Ginnie Gregory (Parent Link Co-ordinator) will be there and would enjoy chatting to you. There will be tea, cakes and a small selection of some of the art work that the children have worked on during the first half term.

HT House Bake Off Competition
Today we launched our House Bake Off Competition. We have asked the children to bake and bring in one cupcake, We will be judging the texture, colour, overall design and ofcourse taste. Entries need to be brought into school on Thursday 12th November in a named container. Successful entrants will be put forward to the house technical challenge the following week.

There are flute lessons with Surrey Arts available at Holy Trinity School - If your child is interested about signing up, then please contact Surrey Arts for details on 01483 519303 or visit www.surreycc.goc.uk/music. There will be a demo during the assembly of Wednesday 16th December. There is also a discount for lessons during your first term.

Oliver Newell 5S is 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.

Week 1


We are looking forward to a fantastic Bonfire Night tonight!

The gates will open at 6.00pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. The BBQ and refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate - adults £5.00, children £2.50 (under 5s free).
Due to the usual parking constraints, if at all possible, please walk. If you are driving, please park considerately - the lower playground will be open for parking.

Dates for the Diary

Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Monday 9th November
We are holding a Christmas Fair planning meeting on Monday (9th November) in the staff room. All welcome.

Don’t forget the Phil the Bag collection NEXT WEEK! - Collection Thursday 12th November
All unwanted textiles welcome - adult and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, school uniform and bedding. Please leave your bags at HT at the bottom of the ramps from Monday 9th November until 9am on Thursday 12th November.
If you have not received a Phil the Bag bag, please use ordinary bin liners. The more bags we collect, the more money we raise. The school receives 35 pence for every kilo we manage to collect, that’s £350 per tonne - so every item of clothing counts!
Please note that Phil the Bag do not accept blankets, duvets, bric-a-brac, pillows, sleeping bags, rugs, carpet, offcuts of fabric, any WET items, tent canvas, soft toys and no ripped or stained clothing. Please also bear in mind that the clothing is for re-use so should be in a wearable condition.

Thirsty Thursday - Next Thursday November 12th at Rogues from 8pm
Its Thirsty Thursday time again! We are holding the ever popular, all year parent drinks next Thursday (November 12th) at Rogues from 8pm (area inside to the right of the bar).

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 (cherrygluey@yahoo.com).

HTSC Sponsor
A huge thank you to Cavender Sales & Lettings in Guildford who, for the second year running, have agreed to support HTSC. As well as sponsoring our major events, Cavender Sales & Lettings will donate £150 to the school if you decide to rent your property through them or if you sell a property through them, they will donate £500. So if you are thinking about either, please do get in contact with them www.cavenders.co.uk.

Guildfordians RFC are delighted to offer 3 one hour introductory training sessions for girls aged u7 up to u12 lead by England's Leanne Riley. Sessions will be held on Stoke Park and will start at 10am on 22/11, 29/11 and 6/12. Studded boots ideal.  Please email club.treasurer@grfc.co.uk for more information and to book your daughter a space on this free and exciting course.

Guitar Workshops - Surrey Arts are launching a pilot workshop in Woking and Epsom to introduce students (years 6 – 11) interested in knowing more about guitars, with an opportunity to create some music with acoustic, electric and bass guitars. The dates are 14th November – 19th December. If interested please contact surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk