HTPD 13/9/19

13 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for such a good first full week of the term! I’ve loved getting to know our new children – they have really impressed me with their confidence and hopeful attitude to so much that is new! I’m sure they’ll appreciate a rest this weekend; getting into a routine after a long summer break tires all of us out and we’ve commented today that it’ll be good to have time to stop. The junior school “Meet the Team” evening seemed to go very well with such an enthusiastic turn out and plenty of offers of help for the year ahead. Thank you! I look forward to seeing our infant school families next Wednesday 18th – we’ll start in the hall at 7pm before spending time in the classrooms hearing about each year groups plans.

Can I remind you all to make sure that if you drop your children at school before 8.30 in the morning, they need to go to Breakfast Club. No staff are on duty in the playground and we have to ensure that they are supervised so that everyone is safe.

It’s been fun getting started with our assembly series. This term, we’re thinking about Wisdom. The Book of Proverbs in the Bible is a good place to start with its wise and varied sayings – each week, I’ll highlight one in the newsletter. It will have been the backbone to all the discussions, drama and stories in assembly. You might like to chat about the theme at home. The children have amazed me with their insight already. I’ll also put in the link to our assembly slide show. There’s always plenty of laughter included too – at the juniors we were joined today by an opera expert, Sue Prano. And at the infants we took part in an episode of Ready Steady Cook!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: 'The Word of the Lord gives life.' (Proverbs 4 v 22) Where do you get your wisdom from?



The roads around school are always very busy at drop off and pick up times and can be dangerous. In order to make things as safe as possible and to respect our neighbours who live nearby, we ask that you:

  • Only park in marked parking spaces (not on the zig zags, on pavements or blocking driveways).
  • Use our informal one-way system (at the infants, driving down Semaphore Road towards Pewley Way, and at the juniors, driving along Pewley Way and onto Addison Road).
  • Avoid parking in Pewley Bank which is a private road, or in Cline Road which is too narrow for two-way traffic (and definitely keep the turning circle clear).
  • Avoid parking in either staff car park (there aren’t enough spaces for parents and it makes the driveway dangerous for children if people drive in at drop off and pick up).
  • If you can, park a bit further away and walk.


Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 18 September, 7.00pm in the hall
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening on Wednesday.

Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
Although this is intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also welcome to attend especially if they are new to the school.

Nasal Flu vaccination (all year groups)
You should have received a ParentMail earlier this week with information on the nasal flu vaccination and an e-consent form. The deadline for completion is Tuesday 22 October. Please let us know if you did not receive the ParentMail or if, as a new parent, you have not received a registration email for ParentMail. It may be that we don’t have your correct details in our system.

PUPS (after school club) changes
A reminder that there has been a change to the timing of the PUPS tea which is now served in the second session. The charge for the first session (3.00 – 4.30pm) is £7.00 per day, and for the second session (4.30 to 6.00pm) it is £8.00 (including tea).

Aldi’s Kit for Schools
We’re collecting Team GB stickers with Aldi’s Kit for Schools. If you spend £30 in any Aldi store you will receive a Team GB athlete sticker. Help us collect 300 stickers to complete our poster and we’ll receive an exclusive sports kit plus a chance to win £20,000.

Birthday Treats
Many children like to bring in treats for their class mates when it is their birthday. However, we would ask that these treats are limited to fruit rather than sweets or chocolate.

We have printed paper copies of the newsletter for the first two weeks of term, but from next week the newsletter will just be available on the website and we will send out a ParentMail reminder with the link on Friday afternoons. Please let the office know if you do still require a paper copy.

Beau in Chestnut has lost her pink sparkly key ring with iridescent horn and eyes.

Menu: Week 3 starting 16 September - soon


September Dates for your Diary
Monday 16th - Year 4 visit to Butser Farm
Wednesday 18th - Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years R – 2
Wednesday 18th - 3A and 4N start Swimming lessons
Friday 20th - Year 6 Visit to RHS Wisley

School Trips September 2019
Please log into the following trips, payment due now:
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
New Year 3’s activation letters sent home this week, please check school bags.This is our preferred method of payment. Thank you.


All after school sports clubs are running next week. Updated timetable available here.

Changes to the Clubs List: Paul's tag rugby is for both Y5 and Y6 throughout the whole term.
Tom's badminton club on Tuesday will now be Year 6 this half of the Autumn term and Year 5 after half term.

Spaces are full for the Year 4 Dodgeball on Thursday with Paul. Year 3 parents can add their child's name to the list for Dodgeball club after half term by emailing

It has been great to see children come to school with their correct PE kit all ready for PE and clubs. We have reminded the children that spare PE kit is only to be borrowed in exceptional circumstances and if a child is borrowing spare kit more than once then the office will be sending a reminder email home.

St Catherine's XC - Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Girls
Date: Tuesday 17th
Time: 4.00pm - 5.15pm - Parents to help with lifts to St Catherine's
Venue: St Catherine's , Station Road, Bramley, GU5 0DF
Teacher: Laura & Nick

Menu Week 3
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab - soon.


Guildford United Reformed Church has a vacancy for a part-time Community Worker
You will drive forward our programme of work in the local community, including a cafĂ© and a choir for dementia sufferers and carers, a community film club, a support group for new parents and other initiatives. Salary in the region of £26,000 pro rata. About 18 hours per week. For full details see our website Closing date: 11th October 2019. Interviews: 22nd October.

Surrey Arts
would like to invite all young musicians to come along and try out some of the local ensembles at our open evening on Wednesday 18th September.
5.15- 6.30pm
South West Winds - Woodwind, brass and percussion players (beginner to grade 4)
Prima - String players (beginner to grade 2)
Opus - String players (grade 2- 4)
6.45 - 8.45pm
South West Surrey Youth Orchestra - Strings, Wind, brass and percussion (grade 5+)
All rehearsals take place at Tillingbourne School and the open rehearsal and first term is free. Expert tutors will be on hand to help, just bring along your instrument! For more information, please contact Alison Harding -

There is also a wind and brass "Come & Try" session on Saturday 14th September, where pupils who are considering learning a wind or brass instrument can have a go, under the supervision of Surrey Arts tutors. See attached flier.

Guildford Big Draw

We are happy to announce that we are hosting a number of FREE family friendly arts activities in Guildford this October, as part of the national Big Draw festival.

DofE Volunteering to help students with Maths/Science
A student at the Royal Grammar School, Nathan Page, is starting his A levels this year and he is interested in volunteering in the local community offering additional help in Maths/Science. He is available for two 45-minute sessions per week. If you would like him to help your child please email me at


HTPD 6/9/19

06 September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been fantastic today to visit all the children in their classrooms and to see them so excited to be back in school. For our new children, I’ve enjoyed seeing how quickly they’ve looked at home - those initial feelings of apprehension replaced with smiles and a sense of belonging. Thank you to all our parents and carers for preparing your children so well to take that bold step of independence into their new classes. With all the older children well equipped with pencil cases this year, their attitude to learning seems even more impressive! And they all look really smart in their uniforms too!

As the term gets underway, I’m really excited to be able to share with you all the
final report from the church school inspection that took place just before the summer break at the junior school. The overall judgement was that Holy Trinity is an excellent school! Do take a look – it’s a great summary of the impact of our school values being lived out. I’m so delighted that our ethos made such an impact on the inspector. She states that our vision results in “an inclusive and joyful school where pupils and adults thrive as they together develop their God-given potential”. I love too how much the report celebrates our team philosophy, with governors, parents, staff and children all working together to ensure that we “Learn to Live”.

Over the next fortnight, we’ll be holding our “Meet the Team” evenings (Thursday 12th September at 7pm in the Chapel for those in Year 3 to Year 6, and Wednesday 18th September at 7pm at Pewley for those in Year R to Year 2). Please do try to be there – you’ll hear all about the year ahead, find out how best you can support your child, and meet your child’s class teacher. This strengthens our home-school partnership, helping your child to feel settled and reassured because you’ll know more about how things work.

Finally, can I remind everyone that, as a healthy school, we request that children only bring in snacks of fruit or vegetables. This keeps litter to a minimum, and is also the healthiest option. Remember that we’re a nut-free school…including in packed lunches. This helps keep those children with severe allergies safe. We are working hard this year to consider our impact on the environment, so I’ll also encourage you to use refillable water bottles rather than single-use plastic ones. With the eco-teams being chosen across both sites in the coming days, I’m sure they’ll have other reminders that they’ll want me to include in future weeks. So watch this space!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” What are your plans for the term?


Teacher-led clubs Years 1 and 2
Most of the teacher-led clubs will start next week (commencing 9 September). However, Creative Clay with Claire C and Ball Skills with Catherine (both on Thursday) have been cancelled next week.

Swimming Year 2
Swimming for Year 2 starts next Wednesday 11 September so please remember swimming kits that day. Invoices will come home in book bags today.

Meet the Team evening, Wednesday 18 September, 7.00pm
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Team evening. This is a chance to meet your child’s teacher and hear about the exciting year ahead.

Phonics Evening Year R, Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm
Please join us to find out how we will be teaching your children to read and write, and how you can support their phonics learning at home. Although this is particularly intended for parents of Year R children, parents in other year groups are also welcome to attend.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 9 September


Dates for your Diary
9th Sept: 5S Visit to RGS ( 5JJ Visit on 16th Sept ; 5T on 23rd Sept)
10th Sept : Years 3 and 6 Visit to the Chantries
12th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years 3 – 6
13th Sept : Years 4 and 5 Visit to the Chatries
16th Sept : Year 4 visit to Butser Farm
18th Sept : Meet the Team @ 7pm for Years R – 2
18th Sept : 3A and 4N start Swimming lessons
20th Sept : Year 6 Visit to RHS Wisley

FAO of New Parents
We are working on user names and passwords for your ParentPay account. They will come out in the bookbags towards the end of the week. In the meantime, your child’s lunch account will go into credit – please don’t worry about it for the moment as you can make the payment once the accounts are up and running. Any queries regarding ParentPay should be directed to Flora in the Finance Office. Thank you!

Current Year 6 – this is a little reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. All of the secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks. Please check the respective schools’ websites for dates and details so that you can arrange to attend them.

Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2020 is Thursday, 31st October 2019 and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.


After School Clubs : will start on Monday 9th Sept. Please download the Autumn term Clubs List here. You can also find the Clubs list on the website.

Aldi's Kit for Schools
Get collecting for the Aldi's kit for school prize of an exclusive sports kit for Holy Trinity plus the chance to win £20,000! Every time you spend £30.00 in any Aldi store, you will receive a Team GB Sticker. We have until the 3rd November to collect 300 stickers.

There is a box at the office for you to deposit all the stickers you collect. Let's get collecting!

Menu Week 2
This lunch menu is also available on the website under the ‘Weekly News’ tab.

Guildfordians Rugby Club
We are a friendly rugby club based in the centre of Guildford at Stoke Park providing rugby for everyone from the age of 3. We have junior, senior, Touch and Walking rugby all of which are great team sports to be involved in. Rugby for the kids (which is mixed) is on Sunday morning (starting back this Sunday 1st September at 10:00am). Please visit our website for further information.

Guildford Symphony Orchestra: Medieval Magic -The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 21 September, 3.30pm, St Catherine’s School, Bramley

Family concert with narrator David Leonard and Michael Copley’s Medieval Woodwind. Exciting music to fire the imagination inspired by the Pied Piper, swords, witches, fairies, fireworks and more ... More information from GSO Box Office: 01483 415847 or

XY Strings - Please see the attached flier (coming soon) about XY Strings which is a community string group - just in case you may be interested.