• Early finish Wednesday 20 October - PD at 12 and HT at 12.15

No. 237

15 October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a joyful day today has been - our first proper Fluffy Friday in nearly two years with children enjoying one of over 20 different activities, making new friends and trying out new skills! Across both sites, there were children learning quilling, some doing gymnastics, a group den-making at the Wild Place or on the Downs, a Harry Potter themed day, some children cooking, others playing football, a group from HT visited Pewley, and another group followed the Guildford history trail…so many different themes. It has been just fantastic to see the children’s excitement and “zest for learning and love of life”. They’ve also been really appreciative and grateful to be given this opportunity. It seems that we’ve all learnt to appreciate our freedom and life’s adventures a little more after such a challenging time.

It is incredible that we’re already so close to the half term break – the weeks have whizzed by since the start of term. Remember that we finish early next Wednesday 20th, with PD closing at 12 and HT at 12.15. There will be no PUPS/Clubs+ on that day.

With our new partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust, and with a growing concern about the impact of our actions on the environment, we’ve decided not to hold this year’s bonfire night. I know that so many of us look forward to this celebration each year so it has been a really tough decision. We were struck by how much damage the bonfire causes to local wildlife, as well as being aware of the amount of carbon dioxide both bonfire and fireworks release into the atmosphere. The children remind us regularly how we should prioritise environmental issues and we were keen to do the right thing. I’m so sorry not to be able to gather as a community, but it seemed like an important environmental choice. This will of course mean that HTSC won’t make their usual profit from the event, but, ever-resourceful, they’re already planning a spectacular outdoor winter festival for later in the term! And they’re coming up with eco-alternatives to future November 5ths! They’ve also arranged for a virtual fundraising opportunity – please consider supporting the school in the absence of this year’s firework display; if you’re able, do follow this link and make a contribution:
https://gofund.me/cd083540 Thank you so much for your understanding – and I’m sorry it was such a late decision.

Thank you as well to those families who attended our online safety information evening earlier in the week. We hope you found it helpful. Tom provided an excellent overview of all the important issues and it only involved ½ an hour of parent time on Zoom! In case you missed it, we will be running the event again, but this time during the school day. We’ll be in touch with details after half term.

If I don’t get a chance to see you face to face, I hope you have a lovely half term break when it begins. The children and staff have worked so hard this term already – a little pause will be just what’s needed before the jam-packed excitement of November and December. Enjoy the holiday!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Be friends. Are you inclusive in your friendships

WHOLE SCHOOL

Upcoming Dates
Wednesday 20 October - Early finish 12 at PD, 12.15 at HT
Thursday 21 October - INSET Day
Friday 22 October - Replacement Holiday
Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October - Half Term
Monday 1 November - Back to school
Wednesday 3 November - Winter Festival Planning Meeting @ Rogues

Baby loss awareness week “Wave of Light” - Friday 15 October
After last week’s notice about Baby Loss Awareness Week (which comes to an end today at 7pm with a Wave of Light), here’s a little more information. There are many baby charities who support baby loss awareness week, one of which is “Our Missing Peace”; this is of particular importance to one of our HTPD families. The charity aims to support those who have been affected by the death of a child, at any age, and their campaign is to break the silence and taboo surrounding child loss. If you would like to donate to this charity via the just giving fundraising page set up by one of our HTPD families in memory of their daughter Zara, the link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/OurMissingPeaceForZara and for more information on what this charity does please visit https://www.ourmissingpeace.org or for more details on how you can support any of the charities supporting BLAW 2021, please visit https://babyloss-awareness.org


INFANT

Photograph orders
Please return photograph orders to the school office by Monday 18 October.

Teacher-led club cancellations
Ping Pong + Puzzles and Nature Club are cancelled on Tuesday 19 October.

Design a Cupcake - House Competition
Welcome to the first Pewley Down House Competition for this year! This time it’s a colouring competition. Design a cupcake using the template below (or draw your own on another piece of paper). What flavour will it be? What colour icing? Will you put anything on top of the cupcake? (No Halloween themed cakes please!)

Your child brought a sheet home with them today (Friday). Bring this piece of paper back on Tuesday 2 November. The entries will be judged by House Captains and winners will be announced in Friday’s assembly. Have fun!

Lost
Sebastian S’s (Chestnut) Mandela Fleece is still missing. Last seen at Computer Xplorers on 4 October.
Freddie M (Chestnut) has lost his Shackleton t-shirt, jumper and fleece – it is all named.

Menu for week beginning Monday 18 October
Mon: Sweet & Sticky Chicken Noodles or Sweet & Sticky Quorn Noodles; Carrot Cake & Custard Sauce
Tues: Fish Fingers & Chips or Pizza Margherita; Flapjack
Weds: No lunch - early finish at 12.00
Thurs: Staff inset day
Fri: Replacement bank holiday
Also available daily: Filled Jacket Potato, Homemade Soup, Freshly Baked Bread, Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Salad


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Tuesday 19 October - Nasal Flu Immunisation for Year 3 - 6
Wednesday 20 October - No swimming for 4EL (Early Finish )
Monday 1 November - No swimming for 3A (first day back after Half Term)
Tuesday 2 November - House Bake Off 2021 (see details below)
Thursday 4 November - Yr 4 Roman Day
Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 November - HT Parents Evening Consultations (details to follow next week)

Year 7 Secondary Applications
This is a reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools close on Sunday 31st October 2021, which happens to fall during half term this year and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date. 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.

HTPD House Bake Off 2021 for the Juniors will be on Tuesday 2 November.
The children are invited to bring along one small home baked cake or cupcake to school on Tuesday 2nd November. This year’s theme is ‘All About Autumn’. Designs could feature autumn colours, shapes and patterns or anything Autumn themed. No Halloween themed entries please and no entries containing nuts.

Our Year 6 house captains will be the judges and choose the winners for each house, based on design and taste! Happy baking!

Teacher Led Clubs
Please see attached the updated Clubs list for after half term.

Please note the below changes to the Teacher led Clubs :
Hockey Club on Mondays - is open to Y5 & Y6 for the rest of the Autumn term.
Chess Club on Tuesdays (Starting from 16th November) - is open to Y5 & Y6 after half term
Tag Rugby for Year 3 on Wednesdays will not be running any more

Lunch - Week commencing 18 October
- Week 2
There will be a change to the lunch menu w/commencing Monday 1 November (Week 3) after half term. Please see details below:
Chicken Curry and rice
Macaroni Cheese


FOPS News

Hi all,

The main item today is to announce the Christmas Fair will now be joint with Holy Trinity and together we will be organising a Winter Festival at the Holy Trinity site. It is still on the same date: Saturday 4th December.

Please read more information below in HTSC’s newsletter. We will be having a joint planning meeting for this event on Wednesday 3rd November at Rogues Bar and everyone is welcome.

Other dates for your diary:
Saturday 13th November: Pizza and movie afternoon, 4-6pm, school hall

Friday 19th November:
Y1 drinks, Esmee’s house – BYOB/sharing plate

Sunday 21st November: Action Sunday, 10am-12pm; school ground. For those new to Action Sunday, the school really welcomes everyone’s support with helping to keep the grounds tidy and maintained. A list of jobs is being prepared and these will be distributed by Signup closer to the time. Please save the date for now!

Happy weekend!
Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down….

HTSC meeting
We had our first planning meeting of the year on Monday – thank you to those who came and for being so adaptable with your ideas due to the recent changes in this term’s events programme.

Bonfire Night Virtual Fundraiser
As per Clare’s newsletter, please find a link to our virtual fundraiser in lieu of bonfire night. If you would have come along and can afford to donate a few £ it would be much appreciated to help start us off with our fundraising this year.

Winter Festival – 4 December at Holy Trinity, joint with FOPs (Pewley Down) Time TBC
As bonfire night is now a damp squib, we have an exciting new plan to celebrate the winter season and get our school community all together before the children break up for the holidays.

This will take the form of an outdoor craft market with games, tasty food and drink, mulled wine, draft beer, raffle, some live music and a surprise finale! If you have an idea for a stall, or know someone who would like one, please get touch.

We are also looking for new sponsorship – if you have a business that would like to either donate a prize to the raffle or fund one of the bars or food stalls we would love to hear from you.

Some of our games are getting a little tired too – if anyone has time or expertise in fixing some of them and giving them a lick of paint, please let me or Kate know. If you have an idea for a new game, that would be great too!

We will be having a joint planning meeting for this event on 3 November at Rogues – everyone is welcome. More information will be shared after this meeting.

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.

Have a good weekend!

Helen
HTSC Chair


Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre – launch of Community Garden, Friday 22 October
Parents, children and other family members are invited to visit Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre at Hazel Avenue GU1 1NR on Friday 22 October anytime from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. You will be able to see and have a go at all the activities we offer. All staff from both nursery schools and our family centre will be available. We will also officially open our new community garden at 11.00 am that day. We really hope you can make it.

No. 236

08 October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for your remarkable generosity for our Harvest Festival this week. The display of food at both sites was breath-taking and on Parentpay, we raised nearly £700! We have never before had so much produce given; it was just lovely to be able to sing our thankfulness to God for his provision, and Guildford Foodbank were immensely grateful. They wrote: “Thank you so much for the amazing harvest donations that we collected from you for the Food Bank. It really was a bumper harvest! Please pass on our thanks to the parents & children who gave so generously... it will feed a good number of clients in the weeks ahead. We are still busier than we were pre-covid, & so do really appreciate your support & generosity.”

Yesterday, we were able to meet again face to face as the full governing body of the school. It was such a good meeting – we were able to celebrate the start of the academic year and recognise the contribution that this amazing team of volunteers has made during the pandemic. Individual governors and small committees have continued to work hard to support, challenge and inspire us throughout recent months to make sure that HTPD remained focused on being the best we could be, even through the most challenging of times. Meeting together on Zoom for the last 18 months made sure that we remained connected, but finally being free to meet together in real life was so much better. It was exciting to talk about all that’s going on across the school and to look ahead with hopeful anticipation for what’s next. Do take a look at the governor page of our website to find out a little more about each of these school heroes and feel free to contact them or me if you have any school development suggestions.

Everyone is really excited about next Friday’s FLUFFY (Facilitating learning and understanding on a Friday!). It will be the first time for ages that we’ve been able to run a “proper Fluffy”. For those who don’t know, it’s a day where the children are mixed up across the school and they don’t stay in their classes (apart from in Reception), they don’t wear uniform, and they take part in a whole range of different activities for the whole day. We love seeing new friendships being forged, children meeting different staff and providing them with the opportunity to learn new skills. It does cost more than a usual school day to run so we rely on a donation of £1 from everyone. Please send your child in with the money, or contribute on Parentpay. If you’d like to come and help out, it’s not too late – just email your child’s classteacher. I can’t wait to hear about it all – we all gather together at the end of the day for a special assembly to share the highlights of the day.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Give Peace. Do you help others stay calm?

Whole School Notice

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday 12 October at 7pm - Online safety information evening (see below)
Friday 15 October - Fluffy Friday
Wednesday 20 October - Early finish 12 at PD, 12.15 at HT
Thursday 21 October - INSET Day
Friday 22 October - Replacement Holiday
Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October - Half Term
Monday 1 November - Back to school
Friday 5 November - Bonfire Night

Baby loss awareness week (9th-15th October) https://babyloss-awareness.org/
You may find it helpful to know that next week is an important week for several families in the school community who have experienced bereavement and grief due to a baby being lost during pregnancy, or in early infancy. As a way of standing beside them, you might like to join in with the “wave of light” that takes place on Saturday 15th at 7pm. Lighting a candle in your window, sharing a photograph of its flickering on social media, and commemorating these little lives will be one way that you can show respect and empathy to those who are remembering babies who have died too soon, demonstrating to them that they are not alone. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11, 28.

Online safety information evening
Next Tuesday 12th October at 7pm, Tom Everard (our online safety designated safeguarding lead) will be holding a Zoom meeting to raise awareness of the importance of internet safety for children. The zoom link will be sent out by parentmail. If more than 100 parents attempt to join the call, we’ll hold another session at a later date so please bear with us if you’re unable to log in. It is such an important topic, and we will be happy to run the session again if necessary.

Catering Assistant, Pewley Down site
We are looking for a Catering Assistant to join the team at Pewley Down and assist with the preparation of our fresh food offer and with serving customers. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in a busy catering environment and be able to work as part of a team. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary for working 22.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, term time only.

If you are interested and would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to Mark Coles at pewley.down@harrisoncatering.co.uk. Visit our website to find out more about what we do and to view our Privacy Notice for Candidates for Employment.

INFANT

Flu vaccination e-consent
A reminder to complete the e-consent sent out via ParentMail, if you have not already done so, by 4.00 pm next Wednesday 13 October. Vaccination will take place on Wednesday 20 October.

Fluffy Friday, 15 October - Years 1 & 2
Please complete the choices form sent out via ParentMail by 9.00 am next Monday 11 October. Children should come to school in their own clothes on Friday 15th with a £1 donation - more details in Clare’s letter above. Year R children will be doing their own fluffy activities in their usual classrooms.

Lost
Gwennan in Hazel Class has lost her named, M&S grey school dress – missing since Ballet Club on Thursday and possibly taken home in error.

Sebastian in Chestnut has lost his Mandela Fleece – missing since Computer Xplorers on Monday.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 11 October.


JUNIOR 

Year 7 Secondary Applications
This is a reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools close on Saturday, 31st October 2021, which happens to fall on a Sunday during half term this year and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date. 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

Nasal Flu Immunisation Consent
Final reminder to complete the e-consent form latest Tuesday 12th October 4pm. Even if you do not want your child to have the Flu Immunisation, you will need to complete the E-consent form to register your preference. All the information can be found in the Parentmail that was sent on 16th September.

Dates for the diary
Monday 11 October – Year 4 and 5 Individual Photographs ( HTPD siblings at 8:30am)
Tuesday 12 October – Year 3 and 6 Individual Photographs ( HT siblings at 8:30am)
Tuesday 12 October – Zoom E-Safety Information Meeting for Parents 7pm
Thursday 14 October – Year 5 Tower of London trip
Friday 15 October - Fluffy Friday
Wednesday 20 October – Early Finish - PD 12.00 and HT 12.15

Sports News

On Thursday 14th October Holy Trinity is hosting a cross country race with 9 other primary schools in Guildford. The roads around the school will be very busy from 3.30pm onwards and again at 4.30pm with parents and runners parking and walking up to the Downs. Please be patient with drivers who may not be aware of the 'unofficial' one-way system we have in place around the school. Staff will be helping direct traffic and runners to get to where they need to be.

Holy Trinity fixtures and Clubs next week w/c 11th October
As from next week, Hockey Club on Mondays is open to Y5 & Y6 for the rest of the Autumn term. The school have hockey sticks to borrow and children just need to be wearing their PE kit.

After half term, there will be no more Tag Rugby for Year 3 on Wednesdays.

Wednesday 13th Oct - Y5 & Y6 girls are playing an inter-school football match after school against the Y6 boys. Teams have been sent out via ParentMail.
Y3 Tag rugby will still go ahead as the match will be played on one half of the astro.

Thursday 14th Oct - Y6 Football club is CANCELLED

If your child is involved in a match against another school and has worn school kit, please can you wash the kit and return it to school so that another child can use it. All kit can be returned it to the office. Thank you.
Laura

Menu - Week 1 commencing 11 October 2021
There will be a change to the lunch menu w/commencing Monday 1st Nov (Week 3) after half term. Please see details below:
Chicken Curry and rice
Macaroni Cheese


FOPS 

Hi all, we have a few new dates for the diary so please take a look below!

Christmas Fundraiser
This year we are partnering with IQ cards for a Christmas fundraiser for the school. Children will be coming home with a Christmas design, which IQ cards then print onto high quality stationary, as well as other gift items – I hear chocolate is an option this year!

On the reverse of their design please can you fill in the order form - check your child’s name is spelt correctly and is exactly how you would like it printed onto the products and clearly fill in the quantity of each product that you would like to order. Your payment must be made to the school with the order as per the instructions on the sheet. All order forms with payment must be returned by Friday 5 November. You will find a box for order forms at the main entrance to the school.

The quality and price of these products is fantastic and they are perfect to give to friends and family, please support the school by ordering. All ordered products will be handed out by early December at the latest. Any queries please contact: Debbie (Stanley – Oak Class) – T: 07738 360197

Dates for the diary:
Friday 14th October: Playground Cake sale after school – Y2 supplying baked goods; uniform also available to buy
Friday 14th October: Y1 Coffee Morning, 9am-10.30am; Cozy Club
Saturday 13th November: Pizza and movie afternoon, 4-6pm, school hall
Friday 19th November: Y1 drinks, Esmee’s house – BYOB/sharing plate
Sunday 21st November: Action Sunday, 10am-12pm; school ground. For those new to Action Sunday, the school really welcomes everyone’s support with helping to keep the grounds tidy and maintained. A list of jobs is being prepared and these will be distributed by Signup closer to the time. Please save the date for now!

Saturday 4th December: Christmas Fair Lite – further details to follow, but we are planning to organize something outside/inside where we can come together and raise funds for the school.

That’s all for now!

Happy weekend, Kate – FOPS Chair


HTSC 

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down….

HTSC meeting
Our first HTSC meeting of the year will be Monday 11th October 8pm at Rogues Pub (in the conservatory at the rear). This is open to everyone aside from class reps, but please let me know if you would like to come by emailing helen@thomasday.co.uk if you are not a class rep. We’ll be discussing bonfire night plans, a Christmassy event and looking ahead to next year’s calendar for fundraising.

Class Reps – please, only 2 classes without a rep!
There are still 2 classes without any – 5JJ and 6S. It is great to share this role so please do consider putting your name forward if you can. Class reps are a liaison between the teacher and the parents of their class, to help HTSC with events at school (organising volunteers), attending HTSC committee meetings (3 per year) organising class/year group social events and of course gifts for teachers at Christmas/end of the school year. If you would like to be a class rep, or need more information please email helen@thomasday.co.uk – 2 per class is ideal.

Here are the reps for this year so far….nearly there!
ClassReps.png

Bonfire Night – Friday 5th November
Plans are already under way with this event now that we have exchanged on the field. We’ll be sending out more information next week, including how to order your tickets.

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.

Have a good weekend!

Helen
HTSC Chair

 

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