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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