• Places available in Year 3 & Year 5. Call the office on 539033 or email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

No. 194

25 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

With the recent national increases in people testing positive for Covid19, I’m firstly keen to reassure you that we are carefully following all the published government guidance and are prioritising our health and safety measures. Hand washing is now firmly established into the daily routine and the staggered start and finish means that children don’t come close to those in other classes – please help us with this by keeping your distance from other parents and arriving on time (but not too early) for your child’s bubble drop off and pick-up and leaving the site promptly. I appreciate how hard it is not to stay and chat, but we must do all that we can to keep the whole community virus free.

Our doors and windows are kept open to improve ventilation. Please make sure children bring coats and wear warm layers to school as we are making the most of the outdoors, even if it rains, and the classrooms are colder than usual with the increased fresh air!

We do have several children self-isolating due to being close contacts of those who are showing symptoms, and while this doesn’t mean any class has yet had to close, as a staff, we’ve been working hard to ensure these children can continue to learn while they’re at home. Several schools locally do have entire classes that are self-isolating.

I’d like to share with you our plans for remote learning so that, in the event of your child being unable to attend school due to self-isolating, their education can continue without interruption. The feedback from parents after lockdown was really positive about the type of learning that the children accessed at home, but several of you requested more regular interaction with staff. We are now in a position to provide this, using Tapestry at Pewley, and Microsoft 365 at HT. Please feel free to read our contingency plan. In essence, if your child has to be at home but isn’t poorly (for example, they are self-isolating due to being a close contact), the following will happen:

  • They will receive a “Get going pack” with activities for the first couple of days.
  • The class teacher will be in touch to organise your child’s learning, as well as to arrange daily contact and feedback on the tasks completed at home.

If the whole class has to stay at home due to a positive case within the class, the teacher will send daily provision via Tapestry or Parentmail, and will also aim to run daily sessions via Zoom. Work completed at home will need to be uploaded either on Tapestry or via Microsoft Forms (we are trialling this as part of your child’s homework already so you should become familiar with how these platforms work). If you have any concerns about these plans for remote learning, please do get in touch with me or your child’s class teacher.

One big disappointment this year is the absence of live parent tours for those hoping to join the school in September 2021. Instead, we’ve put together a virtual tour and I’ll be running live Q and A sessions on Zoom (take a look at the website for details). Huge thanks to both Millie Chadwick and Jonathan Stocks (for more amazing footage, take a look at Jonathan's company, Goshawk FPV and his website www.goshawkfpv.com/) for their film-making skills, and to the children and parents involved too; Jonathan’s drone provided an awesome view of the grounds at the juniors and our parent film-stars made me proud to be part of such a positive and happy community. Do take a look and pass on the link to families with younger children who’ll hopefully join Year 3 or Reception next year.

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: “Dare to care.” Care for others as God cares for you. Who should you be caring for?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Pre-owned and proud day, Friday 2 October
The children have been invited to come into school wearing home clothes which have been previously owned either by someone else in the family (a sibling) or from a charity shop. This is not a fund raiser but will hopefully help the children to value their possessions and think hard about using resources carefully. Some outfits might have great stories behind them!

Surrey County Council
is asking young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), their parent/carers and the practitioners supporting them, to share their views and experiences of the Surrey Local Offer website. All local authorities must have a Local Offer website that provides information and the details of services available for children and young people with SEND and their families. The consultation aims to understand if Surrey’s Local Offer website is helpful, easy to use and gives those using it the information and advice that they need. Visit Surrey says - Local Offer to view the survey and take part.

INFANT

Class Photos (Years 1 and 2)
Class photos taken on 9 March are now available to order! Forms will be going out early next week and should be returned to the office by Monday 5 October. Orders can also be made on-line.

Menu: Week 2 (starting 28 September)


JUNIOR

Christ College Virtual Open Evening
Christ College will be holding a virtual open evening for HTPD on Thursday 1st October at 6pm. For details please see this flyer.

Menu - Week 1
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HTSC News

Class reps
Thank you to Suzy, Jo and Cath for volunteering for 6T – just the remaining 2 year 6 classes left without reps.

Second Hand Uniform
Simone Chidlow is very kindly keeping all our donations at her house. If you have any to donate (age 7-8 upwards), please drop her an email simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange dropping it off at her house. If you need any uniform from her, please email her and she will do her best to sort it out for you. We have heard that M&S have run out of skirts/trousers etc. – if you need these types of items they are only £1 each from Simone. We are using Paypal this year for uniform payments as we cannot handle cash – please pay for your second hand uniform using this link https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf

Date for AGM
Our AGM has been confirmed and will take place via Zoom on Weds 7th October at 7pm – the link will be shared on the day. If would be great to see as many of you as possible. We still need a Secretary (to minute the meetings) and a Treasurer (looks after the accounts/payments – all online) – both of these roles can be shared between 2 people to lighten the load. As we cannot have any physical events this year, there will be less work for these roles to process and less time required, making this a good transition year to come on board and help out the school. It would be great if these roles were filled by the AGM.

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 £1900 has been raised through this so far with only 79 supporters (thank you to the extra 1 that signed up this week!) – it would be great if more signed up as this is a really simple way of supporting the school while shopping online.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop me an email at helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
Helen
HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)


Does your son love to sing?
Is he fed up with Covid 19 restrictions?

Why not consider the boys’ choir at Holy Trinity Church Guildford. Practices 6.30-7.45pm every Thursday during term time. Contact the Director of Music for further details mholford1966@gmail.com

 


 

Christ Church are excited to announce the return of their youth group Xstream! For years 3-6, every Thursday starting on the 1st October from 5:00pm-6:15pm. Come join us for activities such as table tennis, craft, billiards, air hockey, games, bible stories and much more!
To enquire about further details, as well as the safety measures put in place, please email Owen@ChristChurchGuildford.com
 

No. 193

18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

My favourite part of this last week was the short time that I spent in one of the Year 5 classrooms reading the children a story. Seeing their excited faces as the plot took a surprising turn, laughing with them as we acted out the sound effects and facial expressions, and noticing the pin-drop silence as they hung onto my every word, I can fully recommend it to anyone, especially if you find yourself anxious about Covid19; take some time out to enjoy a great book with your children. You’ll soon be swept away with them into a different world! I’ve been so pleased to see reading stories is being prioritised across every year group. Take a look at some of the photos on Twitter – our staff are doing a great job and the children are loving it.

Huge thanks to the children too for their politeness, courtesy, respect and gratitude. It’s been delightful seeing how much they appreciate being back at HTPD with their classmates.

If your child has a cold and is well enough to be in school, they can still attend, just as they would have done before Covid19. Sniffles are part of normal primary school life! Of course, a high temperature, or a persistent cough, and / or a loss of taste or smell would be different; your child would then need to be tested before they can return. Take a look at the helpful guide (What to do if…) that we’ve linked to the website advice page. We are so grateful for your ongoing support to keep the school safe.

We’re working hard to provide home learning for any child that’s having to stay at home due to coronavirus advice or self-isolation. If however, they are ill, all they need to do then is rest and recover – they won’t need to engage in home-learning! I’ll share more details of our contingency plan for remote learning provision next week, but thank you in advance for keeping to the government guidelines regarding school attendance. Please do keep working hard to socially distance at the school gates; gathering in groups larger than six would not be appropriate. As soon as your child is either dropped off or picked up, please move quickly away from the playgrounds and entrances.

I was delighted that Year 4 successfully took part in our first big day-out of the school year. They visited Butser Ancient Farm, bringing their topic on Iron Age Britain to life as they experienced round houses and traditional crafts, as well as enjoying a coach trip and a picnic. The trip obviously involved a lot more planning and risk-assessment than usual, but it has proved to us that it can be done! We were so encouraged that HTPD’s rich diet of exciting learning experiences can continue…and as the first school to visit the farm this term, we were given the gold-star treatment! The success of the day gave us the confidence to plan for other similar events later in the term! Next up, is Year 3’s Marwell Zoo trip, and it’s great to hear that the Wild Place is back on the timetable at Pewley.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “Dare to care.” Care for others as God cares for you. Who should you be caring for?

Whole school

Please remember when bringing dogs to areas outside of school that some children are wary of them and dogs must be kept under control at all times. A reminder that dogs are not allowed on the school premises and please be courteous to residents and ensure any mess is cleared up.

Infant

Hand washing
Some parents have noticed that with all the extra hand washing, their children’s hands are becoming dry. Please do feel free to send in moisturiser if that would help. Do let us know also, if your child has any skin condition like severe eczema; you would of course be able to provide a pharmacy-sourced or medically-prescribed soap substitute. Just email the class teacher.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 September
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tues: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thurs: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.


Junior

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. The secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks, virtually or otherwise. 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 https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/secondary/apply. Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk 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 2021 is Saturday, 31st October 2020, which happens to fall on a Saturday during half term this year and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Menu - Week 3

Socially Distanced Takeaway Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Laura H and Svenja T, with boys in Year 4 and Year 6, are organising a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September as a take away service from 40 Harvey Road with social distancing in place. Delicious home-baked cakes and tea or coffee will be available to collect for a kind donation from 8.30am until 12pm approximately. Nothing stops cancer, so nothing should stop us from having a coffee morning and raising some money for a good cause along the way. As you probably know Macmillan provides care and support for people living with cancer. If you would like to help on the day or get baking, please get in touch with Svenja or Laura in advance of the event as cakes will have to be “quarantined” and packaged up beforehand. Or just come along and visit https://thyg.uk/BUU004690221


FOPS News

Hi All,

It's a shorter newsletter this week with two key items:

1. We are starting preloved uniform sales through the office. Please email Ruth and Jane and Ruth with details of what you would like, and they will endeavour to find it for you. We are looking to try and set up a PayPal pool for this, but currently, it will be cash into an honesty box on collection.

2. FOPs are still looking for FOPs Chair/Chairs and a FOPS Secretary.

Please please do contact us if you have any questions about the outstanding roles or would like to put your name forward. It would be a great shame if we were unable to continue with the PTA this year…...

Also, please don’t forget that Friends of Pewley Down School is registered with easyfundraising. So, although we’ve been unable to get together and hold fundraising events in person since March, we can continue to raise free funds with easyfundraising, at no extra cost to you.

In the coming weeks, if you’re buying new school uniform, PE kits, rucksacks and stationery online, please remember to shop via the easyfundraising website or app. There are thousands of retailers on easyfundraising, including M&S, John Lewis, Clarks, WHSmith and The Works, who will all give free donations to FOPS when you shop with them.

If you’re not already signed up, it only takes a few minutes, then you can begin using the easyfundraising website or app straightaway - simply visit easyfundraising first and then shop online as normal. This will be an enormous help to us, at no extra cost to yourself. Please visit our easyfundraising page to get started: You shop. Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford gets money. For free.

Thanks, Sam and Jo (FOPS Chairs)


HTSC News

Hope you’ve all had some time in the sunshine this week and looking forward the weekend.

Class reps
Thank you to the below for volunteering to be class reps this year – all the classes are filled for years 3,4 and 5; just need Year 6 reps now.

Confirmed reps for 3A – Steph & Mel,
Confirmed reps for 3C – Suzie
Confirmed reps for 3S – Vera & Moriam
Confirmed reps for 4A – Laura & Becky
Confirmed reps for 4EL – Buffy & Claudine
Confirmed reps for 4N – Svenja (if anyone could join Svenja, that would be great).
Confirmed reps for 5JJ – Rebecca & Jenny
Confirmed reps for 5T – Lou & Kim
Confirmed rep for 5S – Marisa & Caren

Second Hand Uniform
Simone Chidlow is very kindly keeping all our donations at her house. If you have any to donate (age 7-8 upwards), please drop her an email simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange dropping it off at her house. If you need any uniform from her, please email her and she will do her best to sort it out for you. We are using Paypal this year for uniform payments as we cannot handle cash – please pay for your second hand uniform using this link https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf

Meetings
We will be holding our termly meetings and our AGM via Zoom in the next couple of weeks – dates/times and links for these will be shared via your class reps once the dates are confirmed. We still need a Secretary (to minute the meetings) and a Treasurer (looks after the accounts/payments – all online) – both of these roles can be shared between 2 people to lighten the load. As we cannot have any physical events this year, there will be less work for these roles to process and less time required, making this a good transition year to come on board.

Once we have had our AGM and the formalities of this process are concluded, we will have our first committee meeting via Zoom. All parents are invited to join with any ideas you may have for fundraising this year. Thank you for the suggestions that have arisen in conversation at the gates for some virtual events. We cannot hold any events at school or gather in groups for the foreseeable, but I’m sure we will be able to continue to support the school community in other ways.

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 £1900 has been raised through this so far with only 78 supporters – it would be great if more signed up as this is a really simple way of supporting the school while shopping online.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop me an email at helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
Helen
HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)
 

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