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Junior - 12/10/12

12 October 2012

Bicentenary Edition 1812-2012

Tuesday 16th 1:30 – 3:00 – Open Afternoon & Tea Party
Thursday 18th 1:45 – Thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Church
Thursday 18th 7.30 – Concert in the School Hall
Friday 19th – 200th Birthday Fluffy Picnic for the children of both schools

Dear Parents,

This week coming we are celebrating our 200th Birthday and I do hope that you will be able to come to some of the events listed above. It is a really special time for the school and we hope that the children will be made well aware of their history and heritage. So many important milestones of British and world history have impacted upon the school and we hope to illustrate some of those each morning in assembly. We also have a group of visitors coming to the school who will talk about what the school was like in their time. Reading the old log books is addictive and fascinating. The headteachers in the 1860-1890’s were constantly bemoaning the poor standards of their pupils, very often describing the children as dull and lazy. This is except for the “bricks” who were a group of favoured children who could do no wrong. The motto at this time, and for many years afterwards, was the single word “duty” which reflects well on the atmosphere of those times. As we have said before, the writers speak with real passion and pour out their hearts. Here is a particularly interesting piece that we found recently:

November 27th 1884
“It may not be out of place here to express an opinion that a clock is the worst possible part of the school furniture. An act of Parliment should be passed for the disestablishment of school clocks. A dial is one long temptation. Children must look at it – will look at it – will forget that it is thus the means of prolonging time instead of passing (sic) it. A good watch in the teachers pocket, if you will; but no great staring clock face to remind the children incessantly of what it should be their duty to forget.

This had been my own opinion for many years. So my school clock having been run down, I determined to try the truth of the above. I did so for three weeks and after the very closest observation and reflection, interestingly say that it has made a great difference in the application of the boys especially toward the end of the morning session and afternoon session. The difference is most marked.”

Well we will not be getting rid of clocks, but it brings me in mind of teaching in the United States when children just got up and walked out as the clock reached 12:00 midday and 3:30.

I do look forward to seeing you at some point next week.

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing Monday 15th October
Monday 15th – Year 6 visit to Wisley
Monday 15th 10:00 – Prospective Parents Tour

Fluffy Friday, 19 October
Don’t forget that children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) next Friday.

Half Term
A reminder that school will close early at 12:00 on Wednesday 24 October for the inset days and half term and re-open on Monday 5 November.

New Building
Along with our 200th celebrations we are also celebrating the future next week with the recommencement of the building of The Chapel. This new hall will be a tremendous benefit to the school and used for worship, dance, drama and a multitude of other uses. Car parking will be very restricted. There will be a few places available for use at the top car park, but if you are going to stay for more than a short time please park on the lower playground – basketball court.

200th concert on Thursday 18th October
Please could the orchestra come to Holy Trinity for a rehearsal in the school hall at 6.30pm before the concert which begins at 7.30pm. If they could bring a music stand that would be fantastic. The concert is scheduled to end around 8.45-9.00pm.

Choir needs to arrive at school assembling in 3MG by 7.15pm. The t-shirts are on order for both the choir and orchestra and the children willl be able to change into them on arrival. They need to be wearing smart shoes (not trainers) and either school trousers or school skirt.

Has anyone a large estate car to help Judy collect the tubular bells on Thursday 18th October in the morning from Surrey Arts, Bonsey Lane, Woking? They will need to be returned on the Friday morning as well. Please contact judyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you are able to help her with this.

Look forward to seeing you at the concert.

Unfortunately there have been several occasions this week when parents have parked their cars without consideration to either our neighbours or for safety. We now have to take registration plates and if we see them occurring more than once we will publish in the Newsletter. Never park in the turning areas at the top of Cline Road.

We have a wonderful, creative and active school with lots going on. This means a lot of payments come through the office for different things and these are processed through different streams. It helps a lot if you would write your child’s name and class and what the payment is for on the back of your cheques. We do prefer cheques to cash. Separate cheques for lunches, Clubs Plus and other activities would be appreciated. Activities/trips can be paid together (but confirm the amount for each on the back). We aim to provide prompt and efficient service and your help is much appreciated. Thank you.

Mount Alvernia Building Work
We have been advised by Mount Alvernia that the first big concrete pour on their radiotherapy project is taking place next Thursday 18 October. There will be 20-30 concrete wagons delivering to the site in a continuous process from 8.30 am and the increased traffic may delay the access to and from Pewley Way at varying times throughout the day.


Bingo Night
Thanks to everyone who came along. Once again the night was a great success, many thanks to Amanda and Jez Moon who organised the event.

Northbrook Wrapping - DON'T FORGET!
Order your gift wrap before the Half Term Holiday (1200 Midday 24/10/12)

Our school receives 22% cash back for every item sold. If we all ordered just a couple of items we could raise a few hundred pounds for the school. Plus every order form returned has the chance to win an iPad or another item from PC World up to the value of £500. (See brochure for details). Please post all orders in the box at reception. Any queries or if you have not received a leaflet please contact Lisa Barnard 07936 796165.

Christmas Fair
Planning for the Christmas fair is underway and we are looking for a team to help organise the fair. If you are able to get involved please come along after drop off on Friday 19th October, we will meet in the staff room.

Dates for the diary
Year 5 Drinks in All Bar One – Wednesday 17th October
Year 3 Drinks in The Albany– Thursday 18th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 9th November
HTSC Meeting – Wednesday 14th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 23rd November

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AppArt Art & Sculpture Exhibition will be running from 6 – 21 October at Secretts Garden Centre, Godalming from 10am – 5pm daily, displaying a wide variety of art & sculpture, admission free. Becca Clegg (mum of Georgia 5R & Issie Oak) will be exhibiting a few of her paintings there. www.appartonline.co.uk or www.becart.co.uk for more details.

Boden Party
You are invited to our Boden Party at Chilworth C of E Infant School, Dorking Road, Chilworth, Guildford, GU4 8ND, on Tuesday 23rd October, 2.30pm – 9pm.
• 20% discount on all items you order (card only), includes free delivery and returns
• Free crèche to leave your kids in from 2.30-6pm with supervised activities whilst you shop
• First 50 orders get a free mini umbrella with Boden print
• Introduce new customers to Boden and earn £25 Boden account credit for each one that places an order.
Feel free to bring your friends. This is a fundraiser for Chilworth C of E Infant School. Any queries please email paulavdm@talktalk.net