No. 202

27 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We were delighted this week to hear that the school has been nominated by Surrey Arts for a music mark. This is such a boost for us – it recognises the school’s commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum, with importance given to ensuring children can access a musical education. Also, in spite of the current restrictions, it reminds us of the importance of creativity and the expressive arts. We miss hearing the children sing in whole school assemblies, but I’m so pleased that music within the curriculum is thriving and that 1:1 instrumental lessons have been able to continue this term. Do get in touch with the school offices for more information on the private music lessons that run throughout the week.

The Christmas shows are coming together well – at the juniors this week, the woods were transformed into a magical winter wonderland! It was so good to see the children in costume excitedly acting their scenes. We’ll be in touch soon with details about how we’ll share the finished performance online. As usual, we won’t charge for tickets, but this year we’ll be collecting for the Royal Surrey Children’s Ward, once we’ve covered costs. So please do keep an eye on ParentPay where you’ll be able to donate. I was amazed to see that
HTSC’s crowdfunder got off to an excellent start last week. With no Christmas fair or bonfire night this term, the committee weren’t sure how fundraising would go; once again, however, the generosity of our parent-body has been astonishing. Thank you so much, especially so given this year’s difficult circumstances. This opportunity to support the work of the school will continue at least until the end of term.

With the news this week identifying Surrey as remaining within Tier 2 after the lockdown ends, I need to reiterate some of our safety measures. Please ensure that your child arrives as close as possible to their staggered arrival time. This is to minimise mixing across the classes. Similarly, once you have collected your child at the end of the day, please leave promptly and don’t wait around to chat with other families. We’re working really hard in school to keep apart from one another – please do the same at drop off and pick up. If your child shows any of the Covid symptoms (high temperature, cough, loss of taste or smell), please make sure that they are tested, and keep them at home if you or any of your household is awaiting a test result. Many of the schools in Guildford have been struggling to stay open due to the numbers of positive cases. Please let’s remain vigilant and do our very best to keep each other safe. Thank you so much!

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Forgive as you have been forgiven.” Nelson Mandela: Who do you need to forgive? 

WHOLE SCHOOL

HTPD Great Christmas Bake Off
Your challenge is to bake a Christmas themed cake. Not a traditional Christmas cake, but a cake designed or decorated to look super Christmassy!

Points will be awarded for appearance, creativity and for just how Christmassy it is!

The deadline for entries is Friday 11th December.
To enter, at HT, please submit by email a photo of your cake to your class teacher
To enter, at PD, please upload a photo onto Tapestry.

You must include in your email your name, your class and your house. You can also write a very short description of your cake and why you chose this design.

Parent Governor Election
The deadline for receipt of nominations is 12.00 noon next Monday 30 November.


INFANT

Year R health questionnaire
A reminder to return the school health questionnaires by next Friday 4 December.

Pewley Christmas Post
The Christmas post boxes will be ready for children to post their cards from Tuesday 1 December to Thursday 10 December. Don’t forget to include name, surname initial and class on the envelope.

Lost
Chiara H (Beech Class) has lost her named Mandela cardigan. Please could everyone check they have the right cardigan.

Menu: week 1 commencing 30 November


JUNIOR 

Sports Clubs
3A Fitness Fun on Tuesday 1 December and Tuesday 8 December.
4A Netball on Wednesday 2 December and Wednsday 9 December.

Flu Immunisations
Monday 30 November for Years 3 and 4; Tuesday 1 December for years 5 and 6.
Immunisations will start promptly at 9am, so please ensure children reach school on time.

Christmas Book Orders
If you want to place an order for books listed on the parent mail sent earlier this week please let Geraldine have your order by Monday 30 November. The library will be able to get 30% of order value in new books.

Christmas Lunch
Years 3 and 4 on Thursday 10 December (all of Years 5 and 6 to bring packed lunch)
Years 5 and 6 on Friday 11 December (all of Years 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch)

Lunch - Week 3 
Next week on Wednesday 2 December, there will be roast pork instead of roast turkey (since there’ll be Turkey the following week)


FOPS

Hi All,

We have one volunteer for a new co-Chair so please do consider putting your name forward if you can support by undertaking a second (or third) co-Chair role. We also have a vacancy for a secretary to support the team. In order to make this all official, and to ensure we can show off how much money we made last year even with such a difficult set of circumstances, we are holding our annual general meeting next Thursday at 8 pm, the zoom details will be shared via ParentMail next week.

And for the fun bit:

Bake and Stroll
This weekend we have the long-awaited Bake and Stroll, details have been shared via ParentMail, but as a reminder, here are the baking categories:
1 - Pewley Pupils’ Scrumptious Snacks - cakes
2 - Pewley Pupils’ Scrumptious Snacks - biscuits
3 - HT Kids’ Tasty Treats - cakes
4 - HT Kids’ Tasty Treats - biscuits
5 – Adults’ Amazing Masterpieces

The deadline for entries (directly to Suzie Speed) is 8 pm Monday 30 November.

Please remember this event is a fundraiser for FOPS so we suggest a £3 donation into the tub or to the PayPal money pool 

Autumn Trail winners
We are pleased to announce that the winners of the autumn trail competition were Alice M in Year R, and Sebastian in Year 2 who each received a small prize for their autumn pictures.

Upcoming events
We will be hosting a healthy January event in the new year which will have challenges for all of the family, and for those parents who want a more ‘involved’ and somewhat harder challenge, there is an option to donate a little more and see if you can complete the adult version. A huge thank you to Gini for all of the hard work she has done to prepare for this already!

Finally, we have raised over £130 with Stikins since July so please do continue to use them. For each order placed ordering Pewley Down Infant School’s unique code 35713, we receive 30% commission for the school. You can order online (www.stikins.co.uk), over the phone (01270 668076). If you use the link on the http://www.holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Uniform/Infant.aspx page of our school’s website, the school’s code is automatically filled in for you.

Happy baking and strolling!
FOPS


HTSC

Hi Everyone,

Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. The total raised this week stands at £1,100. 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. HTSC has pledged two years of fundraising efforts to raise £50K for the new MUGA pitch which was installed in the summer.

Bake Sale – Year 3 & 4 Friday 4th December
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 4 December
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 11 December

Class collections for Christmas Gifts for Teaching staff
Once again, we are approaching Christmas and we like to use this time of year to say ‘thank you’ to the school staff. The class reps are organising collections for collective gifts for the teaching staff for each class via PayPal this year. If you would like to contribute, please select the correct link for your class to make a payment and you can also write a message for the cards. You do not need a PayPal account in order to contribute. The class reps will then purchase gifts and cards with the money collected. Please see the Parentmail sent today for all of the links.

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 to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Recycled Clothing Collection
If you are having a clear out in the new year, there will be a clothing collection on 26 January 2021. More details to follow.

HT Quiz
Our annual quiz night, hosted by Michael and Geraldine will be in the New Year.

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

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Lions Sports Academy
Alton RFC February Half Term Rugby Camp - Minis (U7s-U11s). Please see the flyer from Lions Sports Academy for their Sports Christmas Camp at Broadwater School next month https://www.lionssports.academy/bookingpage

 

No. 201

20 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our hero this week reminded us all that being a peacemaker is something to strive for; Gandhi achieved so much by refusing to be an aggressor and refraining from anger. His peaceful protests changed the lives of so many in India, but also changed attitudes around the world. We also spoke about Jesus’ words to love one another even when it’s hard, to “turn the other cheek”. At HTPD, we aim to live out our school value that we are each “treasured and loved as a unique child of God”; fully embracing this statement results in a Gandhi-like spirit across the community – and that attitude produces forgiveness, tolerance, empathy, celebration of one another’s differences and successes, forbearance and compassion to understand one another’s struggles.

I’m so glad that you were able to meet your child’s teacher for Parents’ Evenings over the last fortnight and I hope that you found it as helpful and encouraging as the teachers did. We always value the home-school partnership and love hearing your perspective on your child’s experience at HTPD. Whilst the Zoom technology took some getting used to, I hope you enjoyed hearing about your child’s successes over the term so far and that you’ve now got a clearer picture of how your child is getting on. Do get in touch if you didn’t manage to make an appointment or if the technology didn’t suit you. We’d be happy to make time to talk.

I hope you were excited to hear all the details about the curriculum that your child is experiencing, whether it’s big events like Year 5’s Tudor Day or Year 2’s Fire Demonstration, or specific writing tasks that capture the imagination like Year 4’s letter home from Hadrian’s Wall. I’m so delighted that our teaching team has been able to find ways to keep the HTPD creative spirit alive in our class bubbles this term!

As the term marches on, can I thank everyone again for doing so well with all the Covid arrangements. I just wanted to clarify that if you have older children sent home from secondary school because they have come into contact at their school with someone who now has Covid, their younger siblings can still attend HTPD unless they or anyone in the household starts to show symptoms. Also, a quick reminder that self-isolation means staying at home. Older siblings should not be collecting children from HTPD if they are meant to be self-isolating for 14 days. Please keep up the good work that’s ensuring that we can stay open. Abiding by the lockdown regulations is resulting in Guildford’s infection rate coming down – let’s keep going everyone!

With love, Clare


Thought of the Week: “Turn the other cheek.” Mahatma Gandhi– can you control your anger?


WHOLE SCHOOL

Parent Governor Election
A ParentMail about the parent governor election went out earlier this week. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 12.00 noon on Monday 30 November. Nomination forms for HT and PD are available on the website along with further information on becoming a governor: http://www.htpd.surrey.sch.uk/The-School/Parents/Governor-Vacancies.aspx

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the forms or information.


INFANT

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
If your child usually has a packed lunch but would like to have a school Christmas lunch on 10 December please let the office know by next Friday 27 November.

Year R health questionnaire
Health questionnaires were sent out yesterday and should be returned no later than Friday 4 December.

Pewley Christmas Post
Children are welcome to send Christmas cards to their friends, but they must be posted by Thursday 10 December at the very latest to allow for quarantining before delivery. The post boxes will be available at the upper and lower entrances from Tuesday 1 December. Please make sure envelopes are addressed with name, surname initial and class.

Shoes for Nicaragua and The Philippines
Please bring in any used children’s shoes from next Monday, 23rd. Collection boxes will be available at the drop off points. Black school shoes are particularly needed but any children's shoes will be accepted. Your shoes can help children in these countries who often can't access education if they don't have or can't afford school shoes. For more info visit: www.peaceandhope.org.uk.

Menu: week 4 commencing 23 November


JUNIOR

Dates

HT Christmas Dinner
If your child would like a Christmas Dinner, please complete the parentmail form (if you have not done it already). The Kitchen needs to know final numbers ASAP. Please call the office if you need any help.


Lost Property
Last Call before the below lost items are given to Charity. We have a few unnamed items in lost property which we would like to return to families. Please claim your items as soon as possible:
Walking boots, Quechua, size 13
Trainers, Skechers, pink, size 4
Trainers, Kalenji, blue, size 13
Trainers, Karrimor, blue, size 3
Black coat, Zara, age 8.
Children can identify and collect other items of lost property from the bottom of the ramp in school. Unnamed items will be held for a week and then given to charity if unclaimed.

Nasal flu vaccination e-consent – last Call
The deadline for completing the flu vaccination e-consent is 4pm Monday 23 November 2020: www.surreyimmunisations.co.uk (you will need to insert the school’s unique code SR125288).
If you do not wish your child to receive the vaccine then please fill in the ‘NO’ box. Flu vaccination is taking place at Holy trinity on Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Clubs Update
Fitness Fun
3A Tuesday 24 November, 1 & 8 December
Netball
5J Tuesday 24 November
4A Wednesday 25 November, 2 & 9 December

Can anyone help with Child Psychology Research ?
I am a Masters Student from Guildford, studying to become an Educational Psychologist. I am currently recruiting child participants ages between 10-14 years old for my MSc Dissertation at the University of Surrey.

My study is exploring Vicarious learning in children. Specifically how they learn attitudes from adult facial expressions. The study should only take 10 minutes and can be completed on any computer or laptop (but unfortunately not tablet, sorry!)

The study would be a nice opportunity for kids to experience an official psychological study and I'm happy to connect with anyone interested in studying psychology to a graduate level.

If anyone is interested in having their young one's participate in the study before next Monday it would be much appreciated. We don't yet have enough data!

Thank you! Please contact James Finnian jg01228@surrey.ac.uk

Menu - Week 2 w/c Monday 23 November 2020


FOPS NEWS

Hi All,

You should by now all have seen the tea towel design and imagined your little ones on a coaster too. We have a tight turnaround on these so we can have them printed in time for Christmas so please do not delay in getting your form back. The absolute deadline for this is next Thursday 26 November.

We also have some fabulous news that someone has offered to play a role of co-Chair for FOPs from Christmas so are looking for someone/ some people to join her. We are also still looking for a new Secretary to support the FOPs team.

And finally, with only 35 days until Christmas (M&S told me) and Black Friday next week, a quick reminder to use easyfundraising every time you shop online!

Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can raise FREE donations for us no matter what you’re buying. These donations really help us out, so please sign up if you haven’t yet. It’s easy and FREE! You can get started at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fopd/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=email&utm_content=en-n2


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

New - Pitch 2020 Fund
Please find a link to 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. HTSC has pledged two years of fundraising efforts to raise £50K for the new MUGA pitch which was installed in the summer. gf.me/u/y9d3g2

Bake Sales will be back soon
Thank you to those who responded to our call out for happy bakers. We have devised a safe way to bring a treat back for the children in their class bubbles during school hours on a Friday afternoon. The cake sales will take place in December after lockdown has (hopefully) lifted. 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). Thank you to Laura and Svenja for sorting out the logistics and safety requirements, and to those who have volunteered to bake. 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 4th December
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 11th December

The return of the HT Quiz
Our amazing Librarian Geraldine and her husband, Michael, are currently putting together a Family Quiz night for us online. More details coming soon.

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
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks and she’s sold over £180 of uniform this term. 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.

Recycled Clothing Collection
This is a very early ‘heads up’ that there will be a clothing collection on 26 January 2021 if you are planning to have a bit of a clear out. Details of the collection point will be confirmed before Christmas.

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

Kind regards
HTSC Committe

No. 200

13 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was great to hear about the success of Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide support during the school holidays for those families across the country in receipt of means-tested free school meals. The government have now arranged for local authorities to take on this important role rather than individual schools. You will remember that we had already raised a substantial amount of money for our own children. This fund will now be used to ensure that our support is more widely focused, providing funds for clothing, school trips and Christmas goodies. However, please do get in touch with the finance team if you would like to arrange a refund, given the altered arrangements.

Another successful week in school started with an excellent assembly, led by the children in Emily and Laura’s class. They introduced us to the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and encouraged the whole school community to continue to stand up for justice and live out our values with “everyone treasured and loved as a unique child of God.” We are so glad that our school community is so diverse and that we have children speaking over 30 different languages!

We’re hoping that as the term’s topics unfold, next week proves to be a highlight for many. In Year 5 the children will be taking part in a Tudor Banquet, meeting Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh, and preparing to entertain the year group via Zoom! Meanwhile in Year 2, the Great Fire of London topic is hotting up, with plenty of key fire safety messages being taught. I’m so proud of the staff team for making learning so engaging, especially so within our current restricted situation.

With parent consultations taking place this week and next, I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating with your child’s teacher all the different areas in which they’ve made progress since the start of term. Do get in touch if you haven’t managed to book an appointment; it’s so important to share in the learning journey together and we really appreciate the partnership between home and school.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “Everyone is equal.” Martin Luther King Jr – do you make the world fairer?

Whole School Notice

Polite parking around school
Please do take care when parking near to either sites at drop off and pick up. Please do not block driveways or access for our neighbours. It’s also dangerous to park on the pavement – especially as so many children walk home unaccompanied and need to be able to do this safely without having to step out into the road. Remember not to park on the zigzags and think about where children cross the road. Parking up a short distance away is so much safer than trying to hover just outside the gates. Thank you for keeping the children safe.

HTPD Prayer Group
The HTPD prayer group is made up of parents who pray for the children, families, staff and the wider life of the school across both sites. As we currently can't meet in person updates for prayer are shared on a WhatsApp group. We'd love to have more of our community praying and anyone who would like to join can email HTPDprayergroup@hotmail.com with their mobile number, or speak to Lydia Foster or Gracie Southcombe.

Parent Governor Election
We currently have two parent governor vacancies on the HTPD governing body. Further information on the governor role and the nomination process will be sent out early next week via ParentMail.

Admission to Year R and Year 3 – September 2021
The Surrey County Council on-line booking system is now open for September 2021 applications for Year R and Year 3 and closes on 15 January 2021. This applies if you have a child due to start school in September 2021 (children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017), or a child in Year 2 transferring to Junior School. Please note that even though Pewley Down and Holy Trinity schools are federated you must still apply for entry to Year 3. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/primary-junior-and-infant

In addition to the Surrey application there is also a junior and an infant supplementary information form available on the website or from the relevant school office. Supplementary forms should be returned direct to the school.

INFANT

Surrey Advertiser - Year R photo
The group photo of our Year R children will be in today’s edition of the Surrey Advertiser (available from supermarkets and newsagents).

Nasal flu vaccination
A reminder that flu vaccinations are taking place on Monday 16 November.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 10 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch on 10 December. Please let the office know by Friday 27 November if you would like your child to join in with the lunch and confirm whether they have any allergies.

Shoes for Nicaragua and The Philippines
Please save any used children's shoes to help children who urgently need them. Children in these countries often can't access education if they don't have or can't afford school shoes and your cast offs can help! Black school shoes are particularly needed but any children's shoes will be accepted. Shoes will be collected from Monday 23 November; please leave them in the boxes provided at the school drop off points. Many thanks. For more info visit: www.peaceandhope.org.uk

Menu: week 3 commencing 16 November


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 30 November - Nasal Flu Vaccine Years 3-6

Tempest Photographs
Tempest Individual and sibling photo samples, along with the order forms are being sent home today. Please check your child’s bookbags for these.

Please return the order forms to school by Friday 20 November.

Nasal flu vaccination e-consent – reminder
The deadline for completing the flu vaccination e-consent is 4pm Monday 23 November 2020: www.surreyimmunisations.co.uk (you will need to insert the school’s unique code SR125288).

If you do not wish your child to receive the vaccine then please fill in the ‘NO’ box. Flu vaccination is taking place at Holy trinity on Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Lost Property
Following last week’s notice about labelling your child’s uniform we have a few unnamed items in lost property which we would like to return to families:
Walking boots, Quechua, size 13
Trainers, Skechers, pink, size 4
Trainers, Kalenji, blue, size 13
Trainers, Karrimor, blue, size 3
Black coat, Zara, age 8
Please claim your items of lost property as soon as possible. Children can identify and collect items of lost property from the bottom of the ramp in school.

Unnamed items will be held for a week and then given to charity if unclaimed.

Menu - Week 1


FOPS NEWS

Hi All,

Firstly, thank you to all who supported the autumn trail, we raised nearly £200 and our toy hedgehog had a lovely holiday in someone's window :)

Now upcoming stuff, and news

Bake and stroll
The annual (delayed and very different this year) bake and stroll will still be happening the weekend of Sunday, 22 November 2020 (assuming that the guidelines do not change again). We reserve the right to cancel at short notice! More details are to follow via Parent mail but this is going to be a similar format to the autumn trail and should be undertaken at your leisure at some point over the weekend. There will also be the baking competition, to be judged at face value, which we look forward to seeing the entries for.

Covid Guidance
Please ensure you adhere to the current restrictions and only undertake the stroll in your family group or support/childcare bubble. Please do not congregate outside a ‘checkpoint’, and if another family is already there please wait safely or head back later.

Tea towels
Ready to brighten your kitchen decor, we are hoping that children’s faces on tea towels will be ready to order from Monday. Look out for order details coming via Parent mail.

Prices are £4 each, or 3 for £10.

And finally but very importantly……. ‘HELP!!!!!!!’
As we head towards Christmas we are acutely aware that the current FOPs team do not have the capacity to continue and we are fast approaching a moment where we will have to step down regardless of whether others are able to take the baton. Please do contact us or Clare B if you have an interest in undertaking FOPS roles as a Chair, co-Chair or Secretary.


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Just a couple of notes for you for this week.

Bake Sales will be back soon
Thank you to those who responded to our call out for happy bakers. We have devised a safe way to bring a treat back for the children in their class bubbles during school hours on a Friday afternoon. The cake sales will take place in December after lockdown has (hopefully) lifted. 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). Thank you to Laura and Svenja for sorting out the logistics and safety requirements, and to those who have volunteered to bake. 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 4th December
Years 5 & 6 – Friday 11th December

The return of the HT Quiz
Our amazing Librarian, Geraldine and her husband, Michael, are currently putting together a Family Quiz night for us online. More details coming soon.

Pitch Fund
There will be a fund launched next week for direct donations to the Pitch Fund which will be open for the remainder of the 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
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks and she’s sold over £180 of uniform this term. 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.

Recycled Clothing Collection
This is a very early ‘heads up’ that there will be a clothing collection on 26th January 2021 if you are planning to have a bit of a clear out. Details of the collection point will be confirmed before Christmas.

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

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Interested in teaching?




 

No. 199

06 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

With the second lockdown underway, I’m relieved that on this occasion, unlike earlier in the year, we are able to remain open to all the children. Despite all the restrictions, we’re so glad to be able to continue to provide a full curriculum across the school. Thank you so much for continuing to support us by reinforcing all the health and safety messages at home. I’m also so pleased to see that, while the children are aware of the impact of coronavirus, they seem to remain cheerful and not unduly anxious. It’s such an important balance.

This week has been great – the different year groups have been immersed in exciting learning opportunities. The children in Year 4 were visited by a Roman historian, John Eagle of the XIVth Legion, who drilled them in Roman Army marching techniques and century formation. In Year 5, rather than taking a trip into town to learn about Tudor Guildford, the children listened to some of our own staff experts talk about local places of interest at different photo stations around the school grounds. See if they can tell you about what they found out. Year 3 carried out some amazing sound science investigations, Year 2 built fabulous houses from the time of the Great Fire of London and Reception made autumn crowns at the Wild Place.

For me, it will be really sad not to be celebrating at our usual annual bonfire night this weekend. I’ve stood on the gate every November 5th, welcoming the school community to one of our most loved events for over 15 years! Instead, we made up for it by celebrating with an online firework display…not quite the same, but better than nothing. We reflected on how important it is for our souls to shine like fireworks in a dark sky especially through these troubled times.

In a similar way, we’re determined to provide lasting memories in the run up to Christmas. We’re planning to film our Christmas shows this year so that the children still have the excitement of a performance. At the juniors, Year 6 have already started rehearsals for this year’s production, “Silent Night”. Children in the other junior classes will also be involved, if you consent for them to take part so look out for a letter coming out on Parentmail. Similarly at Pewley, Year 2 are getting ready for a “Twelve Days of Christmas Nativity” which will also include the whole school so, again, look out for a Parentmail. These films will then be available to download, but we will ask you not to share them on social media.

Please do remember to keep us informed if anyone in your household shows symptoms of coronavirus; it’s so important for us to be aware of any likely infections in the school community so that we can take the right action. The office teams are working hard to answer questions from families, but do look on the Covid19 tab of our website, and also the government advice pages (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) if you are not sure what to do.

Finally, huge thanks again for your generous outpouring of support for our hardship fund. We have raised over £1800, which means that we will be able to provide food vouchers to all those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals for the Christmas holiday period as well as for over the half term break. Please do get in touch with Lucy or Bridgit, our home-school link workers if you find yourself in financial difficulty and would like some practical support (HT lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or PD bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) – in addition if your circumstances have changed because of Covid19 and you feel that you may now be eligible for free school meals, do speak to the office team as they will be able to help with your application.

Let’s make sure that no-one in our school community goes hungry at this difficult time.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “Let your soul shine.” Mother Teresa – Do you do the right thing?

Whole School Notice:

Tiktok
We are keen to support you in keeping your child safe online. It’s so vital that children at primary school are supervised at all times when using the internet. Most of the social media platforms have an over-13 age restriction and we think this is a good thing. You may be interested to watch an informative BBC documentary about Tiktok (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000p3p9/panorama-is-tiktok-safe); we know that some of our older children do have access to this app and this programme highlights some of the reasons why this is so unsafe.

Celebration Spot
Today in assembly we launched a new feature, a Celebration Spot. We want to share with the whole school any good news from individual children. Today, we celebrated Jasper’s (6S) recent success in being selected for the Woking football main squad. A fantastic achievement! Do email Tom Everard (tome@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) with other news – musical, dramatic, sporting achievements as well as any reasons to be proud of our super girls and boys!
 


Infant

Nasal flu vaccination e-consent – final reminder
The deadline for completing the flu vaccination e-consent is 4pm next Monday 9 November: www.surreyimmunisations.co.uk (you will need to insert the school’s unique code SR136755). If you do not wish your child to receive the vaccine then please fill in the ‘NO’ box. Flu vaccination is taking place at Pewley Down on Monday 16 November.

Christmas Production – video consent
A ParentMail went out earlier today regarding video consent for this year’s Christmas Production of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. Consent is required by 12.00 mid-day next Wednesday 11 November via ParentMail Forms.

Parent consultations Tuesday 17 & Thursday 19 November
We will again be using the ParentMail on-line booking system for this term’s parent consultation meetings. Bookings will open next Monday evening 9 November and close at mid-day on 14 November. You will be alerted via ParentMail once you can book appointments.

Breakfast Club
A reminder that children should be dropped off at Breakfast Club between 8.00 and 8.10am. Thank you for your co-operation in sticking to this arrival time.

Spare pants and socks
Our supply of spare pants and socks is running low. If you have any outgrown or no longer needed pants socks or tights please drop them off at the school office.

Menu for week beginning Monday 9 November
Mon: Beef Bolognese or Lentil Bolognese with Pasta; Lemon Sponge
Tues: Cajun Chicken or Cajun Vegetables, Rice & Peas; Fruit Flapjack
Weds: Roast Turkey Breast with Gravy or Loaded Jacket Skins; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Lamb Curry or Vegetable Dhal, Steamed Rice; Coconut & Oat Cookies
Fri: Crispy Fish Fingers with Chips or Cheese & Tomato Pizza; Rocky Road
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.
 


Junior

Parents Evening Zoom Meetings
Please see Parentmail for booking information.
Year 3 : 9-12th November
Years 4, 5, 6 : 10 & 12th November

Clubs Update
We are pleased to announce that after school activities have started up again for the next three-week rotation for class bubbles, allowing parents to work longer hours and to ensure the children have opportunity for daily exercise.

All clubs finish at 4.15pm and children are asked by the club leaders, Laura and Paul to wash their hands before meeting their parents and returning home. A gentle reminder that as we have two or three class bubble clubs going on at the same time please ensure that you are socially distanced from other parents whilst waiting for your child in the playground. Pick up will always be in the bottom playground.
Netball - 4N Wed 4th Nov, 11th Nov & 18th Nov
Football - 4EL Wed 4th Nov, 11th Nov & 18th Nov
Football - 5S Thurs 5th Nov, 12th Nov & 19th Nov
Netball - 5J Tues 3rd Nov, 10th Nov & 17th Nov
Netball - 6T Thurs 5th Nov, 12th Nov & 19th Nov
Hockey - 6S Wed 4th Nov, 11th Nov & 18th Nov
Football - 6D Fri 6th Nov, 13th Nov & 20th Nov

School Christmas Production
Does anyone have access to 2 bales of straw which we would like to use as props in the Christmas Production? If anyone can help please contact Paul Horsefield on: 07886 397524.

Lost Property
Please ensure all uniform, from coats and jackets to trousers and skirts, are all clearly labelled with your child's name. Due to COVID19 restrictions we are unable to allow children to rummage through lost property so having items named will make it easier for lost items to be returned to their rightful owner.

Menu - Week 3
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HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone has managed to get out and about before yesterday’s lockdown. This half term is usually a very busy time for HTSC and although we’ll be missing bonfire night tonight and the Christmas fair later in the month, we will be putting on some virtual activities and launching another Crowdfunder for the pitch. Details will be sent via parentmail over the next week.

A call for out for any bakers….
Do you enjoy baking? Do you have the time to bake during the week? We are looking for a couple of bakers per year group to help Laura and Svenja (Year 4 reps) to resurrect our year group Friday bake sales in a safe way. If you think this could be for you, or would like to know more, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and we’ll put you in touch.

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
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks and she’s sold over £180 of uniform this term. 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.

Recycled Clothing Collection
This is a very early ‘heads up’ that there will be a clothing collection on 26th January 2021 if you are planning to have a bit of a clear out. Details of the collection point will be confirmed before Christmas.

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

Kind regards
HTSC Committee



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