• Place available in Year 3 for Sept - email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior 4/10/13

04 October 2013

Dear Parents,

Often the best way of learning something is by doing it. Just as we learn a rule well if we have discovered it for ourselves. Perhaps you will remember tearing the three corners off a triangle, putting them together and it making a straight edge. You thus learnt that the angles of a triangle added up to 180 degrees, or dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter and finding it always came out as just over 3 and so discovered ‘pi’. We enjoy learning by dong and by discovery, though of course it only works a limited number of situations.

Giving at Harvest time is a great British tradition both in schools and churches. Originally, and taken from Old Testament rule, farmers and peasants alike were required to bring a tenth of their crop to the tithe barn for the churches use. Some Christians continue to give a tenth of their income to Christian or charitable causes.

This year we are giving to two important causes for our Harvest offering. It was great to be at Pewley Down this morning and see the great offering as well as finding out who will benefit. Next week it will be the turn of the juniors to bring their gifts as they learn more of the meaning of Harvest.

The two charities are Guildford Action and the combined Charities appeal for Syria. Giving to Guildford Action teaches our children that within our town and locality there are people who are short of food and everyday needs. We learn that we have a personal responsibility to help these people as well as holding our leaders to account about the way we care for the less fortunate. Our gifts of money will go to Syrian refugees, whose plight and suffering is beyond. The children, in turn, learn that out compassion and responsibility extends to all of our worldwide family.

Harvest reminds us of God’s goodness and provision to us, we seek to teach how we can respond to that love by sharing and caring for others.

With best wishes, Richard

Dates for the diary:

Monday, 7th October at 9.30 a.m. in the staff room  Home School Link Worker Coffee Morning
Wednesday, 9th October  Year 5 visit Hampton Court
Thursday, 10th October  Year 3 visit Marwell Zoo
Thursday, 10th October 7.45 – 8.45 p.m.  HTPD School Prayer Group
Friday, 11th October  Harvest Festival Assembly

In which environment do you learn best?

The School Council has been talking to the classes about the best learning environments. For the full report, please see the website or click here. Please discuss this with your child at home and send your comments and suggestions to schoolcouncil@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

HT Reading Challenge
Geraldine has launched the exciting HT reading challenge it is available on the ‘library page’ on the school website or you can download it here.


Friday 11th October
Year 3/4 Harvest Festival 9am
Year 5/6 Harvest Festival 11am
This year we will be celebrating Harvest Festival in our new chapel. Parents are warmly invited to attend and the children have been asked to bring in gifts of food which will be donated to Guildford Action who work with those in financial difficulty in the town. We are also raising money to send to refugees following the conflict in Syria.


Our netballers had two great matches this week at Tormead.
The year 6 team won 21-5 displaying great passing and movement skills.
The year 5's put up a good fight against a very good opposition side eventually losing 2-7.

We are working hard to provide new opportunities for our Year 3 children.
Just to remind you that Year 3 netball is on Wednesday morning 8-8.30am with Claire on the basketball court.
Also girls football will start this week on Tuesday morning with Nick 8-8-30am on the astroturf.
Unfortunately, the Year 3 volleyball club has only had a couple of attendees so we will no longer be running this club on Wednesdays.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Hi everyone!
Last chance to get your tickets for Bingo night, the deadline is Tuesday 8th October.


We still have some tickets available for the Family Bingo Night on Sat 12th Oct from 6-8pm. If you are new to Holy Trinity School or have never been to the Bingo Night, do please come & join us. It’s always been a very popular & fun school event – Jez Moon is an brilliant Bingo Caller, the children love it, and at approx £25.00 for a family of 4 – it’s a cheap nights family entertainment with supper included.
A bar & soft drinks will be available on the night. All ages are welcome. Tickets on sale now. All tickets to be in by Wed 9th October. Please click on the link download a ticket form.

Phil the Bag

A big thank you to everyone who cleared out their cupboards and brought in old clothes and shoes etc, we had a lot of bags. We will let you know the amount raised once we know.

Dates for the diary

Bingo Night - October - 12th October School Hall
Years 3 & 4 cake sale Thursday 17th October
Bonfire Night - Friday 8th November
Xmas Fair - Friday 29th November

Business Directory

The HTSC Business Directory is now live. You can view it on the HTSC section of the website. This is a new initiative to help to raise funds for the school whilst also helping the parent community to promote their businesses. Any company or sole trader can have their organisation’s name, telephone number, email address and website address mentioned – we are not able to include company logos.

Any parent who currently has or previously had a child at HTPD is eligible to include their details in our directory – for a fee of £15 per school year. Please note, this is a business listing - and the school is not endorsing or recommending any of the businesses listed – but hopefully it will generate work for our parent community.

If you would like your business to be included in the directory, please download and fill out the attached form and leave it, with the payment, at the school office. Any questions, please email Vanessa@wigwampr.com.

Class Reps

We still need class reps in years 3, 4 and 5 please. There are usually two reps per class who provide the vital link between the class & the PTA. The support from this team of volunteers is particularly important when it comes to organising our main events, as the PTA really wouldn’t function without them. We always love to see new faces & hear new ideas, as we know there are new parents coming in, who were involved in their previous school PTA. It is also a great way to find out about the school, how it works and meets other parents. In each Year Group, we aim to have 6 Class Reps - ideally at least 2 per class. The Class Reps in each Year Group work together as a team sharing the Class Rep responsibilities & organising socials for each Year Group as a whole. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information on the role please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Class Lists
Please remember to send any updates to the class lists as soon as possible please - HTSC@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Lost: Joshua Butlin in 3N has lost his Shackleton sweatshirt. Please check you have the correct one. Thank you.

Showtime with the Swingles

Presented by Guildford YMCA at GLive, on Sunday 13th October at 7.30pm. Showtime is being put on to help raise funds for the new youth venue at the Y's town-centre hostel in Bridge Street where some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Guildford are cared for. Hosted by Guildford’s Jonathan Veira and featuring the Sensational Swingle singers, the Marvellous Mark Edwards Jazz Quartet, the Tremendous Tenor Richard Coxon, the Glorious GSA singers and the renowned Rock Choir singers. Tickets are £25.00 from GLive http://www.glive.co.uk/ or St Saviours’ Church. For more information, contact Hilary or Andrew Carvell (07753193162).