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No 178

24 April 2020

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Firstly, my weekly message to the children,

I am so impressed every time I hear from your teachers about how you’re getting on at home. It’s really sad that we can’t meet together, but it sounds like you are being amazing! I hope that our school values are helping in this difficult time – you’ll need to do a lot of “imagining the journey in another’s footsteps” as you get back into the summer term. With many of your parents and carers also working hard at home, they might not always be able to help you straight away. And “a zest for learning and love of life!” will come in really useful too as you fill your days.

Our first week of Zoom meetings seemed to go well too! I’m so glad so many of you were able to connect and say hello to your friends. It’s great that technology is helping us, but it’s not quite the same, is it? I think this is the hardest part about staying at home. I really miss you all so much.

If we were in school this week, I’d have launched this term’s assembly series, based on some of Jesus’ words. In the Bible, they’re called the “Beatitudes” (which just means blessings) but we have a little play on that word and introduce Mr Bumble to help us learn about bees! It turns out that “Bee-attitudes” are quite helpful for understanding what Jesus was saying! I’ll try and give you something to think about each week at home – this week, just have a read of the passage. It’s amazing how relevant it is for our current situation. We’ll work together to think about the ways to stay hopeful even when times are tough.

Have a look at the slide show and have a ponder about all of this. You’ll see that another focus for the term is the colours of the rainbow - which is your favourite colour and why? One thing that I’m missing is your Friday feedback and prayers, so if you have any thoughts to share, do send them into me for next week’s newsletter. Also, please do write prayers for our school community to pray while we’re not together. I’m praying for all of you every day.

And now to our parents and carers:

Thank you so much for helping your child to connect on Zoom – it’s a steep learning curve for all of us, but we hope that you felt that the first meeting went well. We’ll do the same next week, keeping to similar times so that you can hopefully plan your week. I know it’s really tough for some of us, juggling so many different responsibilities. As I’ve said before, the most important thing for your children is that they stay healthy and happy, so if necessary, do let the academic side of things relax. It’s looking like this will continue for some time yet, so I hope that working together we can support the children and you.

I’m sure some of your children are finding things upsetting. As you know, behaviour can be affected by any sort of stress… and is always a way that children communicate when they don’t have words to express what they’re feeling. There are lots of online materials to help, but Lucy our home school link worker recommends this website which has lots of parenting ideas and a helpline:
https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/online-parenting-courses/parents-together/

From my own experience as a mum, when my children were sad or anxious, I found that talking together, walking in the countryside, digging in the garden, reading stories, and finding things to laugh about sometimes made a big difference. Do email Lucy (
lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or Bridgit (bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) if you’d like some more ideas.

For children, too much world news might be upsetting. I know that it’s important to stay in touch with what’s going on, but I’ve found I have better days when I keep away from the constant stream of information. We’re all learning through this time – and whilst we’re all in the same storm, not all of us are in the same boat. Let’s keep on being kind to one another. Thank you so much for your messages of support. I am so grateful to be part of such a great community.

With love and prayers,
Clare


Thought of the week: “Learn to bee happy!” – are you happy to be you?

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Key worker families
From next week, sadly we are having to close down our kitchen. We are no longer able to provide either lunch or a fruit snack. Please do send the children in with a packed lunch and with a piece of fruit or veg for their morning snack. Any queries about this, do get in touch with the office.

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School dinners
After holding the price of school dinners steady for 2 years despite rising food and labour costs, the price of school dinners at Holy Trinity will increase from £2.45 to £2.55, effective 1st September.

 

No 177

17 April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we approach the end of the Easter holiday, I thought I’d get in touch. I do hope that you and your families have stayed well since school closed.

It’s been strange to be in school over the break, supporting our key worker families with a holiday-club style of school. It’s been fun, although it’s only accentuated how much we miss the buzz of a full school. With only around ten children in each day, it’s been very quiet! We’ve been using the ideas posted online each day to look at the Easter story in the first week and then reflect on our school values over the last four days. I hope that you found the ideas on the website helpful to keep going with some sense of routine at home too. Please don’t worry though – you may have had a complete break from home-school!

Next week we’ll get back to providing daily ideas for remote learning tasks. Each year group will be making a start on their summer term topics, with daily maths and English activities too. And they’ll also be in touch about when they will be available for a chat with the children on Zoom. We’ll be sharing the login details and password by Parentmail and ask that you supervise your children when they’re online please. Do encourage the children to get back into the routine of the school term. We’ve got some exciting activities planned. And do let us know how the children get on; their teachers love seeing photos and being sent work…it keeps all of us motivated if we know that the children are still learning! Remember to use the year group emails rather than individual teachers:
rec@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year1@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year2@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year3@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year4@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year5@htpd.surrey.sch.uk
year6@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

I do understand that for many of our families coping with extra pressures at this time, home-schooling is not easy. Please relax and prioritise keeping your child safe, loved and happy! Reading books together is also a wonderful way to make learning happen without any effort at all. You might also want to make use of other resources that are available (Joe Wicks PE at 9am each has been very popular for many. Also the BBC are beginning their home-school programmes on Monday). Please feel free to do whatever works with your schedule and commitments.

I’ll write again at the end of next week – until then, say hello to the children from me!

With love and prayers,

Clare

No 176

03 April 2020

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Firstly, my weekly message to the children,

If we’d been in school this week, it would have been a week celebrating Easter! It’s always such an optimistic week full of hope. We always look back at the term and celebrate all that’s been achieved. My particular highlight is our Easter service when all of us gather in Holy Trinity Church, across the seven year groups. This year it will be different – we’re not able to be together. The message however is still the same. God loves each one of us so much, and sent Jesus to rescue us and bring us hope! Jesus returning to life reminds us that love overcomes even death! God sees all the things that we’re struggling with at the moment, and promises to keep us safe. What are you finding really difficult about being stuck at home? Have a think about the message of Easter – how does it bring hope, even in these strange times?

Strangely, this is the last day of term! If we were in school, you’d be excited about the holiday ahead and I’d be reminding you to look after each other and yourself until we meet again. I’d be encouraging you to think back over all the weeks in school and to pat yourself on the back for all that you’ve achieved! So even though we’re not together, I still want to say well done! Think of something that you’re especially proud of learning recently, tell your family about it and be proud! Over the next two weeks our home-school ideas will be a bit different. As it’s not term time, we thought we’d suggest some ways to stay busy and enjoy yourselves. The first week has an Easter topic focus. If your family doesn’t celebrate Easter, you can still enjoy learning about Easter traditions. For week two of the holiday, we’re going to focus on our school values with lots of creative ways to think about each one. I wonder which one is your favourite? A zest for learning? Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps? Embracing the future? Everyone knowing they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God? Which one can you put into practice over the coming weeks?

After the Easter holidays, we’ll make a start on the summer term topics and get back to our daily maths and English – even though we’ll still be at home. I’ll write again then. I hope you have a very Happy Easter! Stay safe.


And now to our parents and carers:

Thank you so much for your emails of encouragement to the staff team about the home-school ideas that they are working hard to provide each day! Please do not feel under pressure to do everything that is suggested – all of us are having to adapt to a different way of managing family life, and I would hate for our support to end up causing more anxiety and stress. Feel free to pick and choose what works for you. It is helpful for children to maintain some sense of routine, and I know that many of you are settling into a routine that works. The teachers are so delighted to receive email updates from you and your children! Try not to be overwhelmed by comments from other families about how they’re running their home-school…every family situation is different and you know your children better than anyone!

One of the most challenging aspects of our current school set up is the absence of any live interaction. After Easter, we plan to provide weekly Zoom meetings. Year groups will be in touch about the details for these. I know that some of you would like more teaching, and others want less. Please be patient with us as we adapt. Remember that in some homes, with lots of siblings and parents working from home, internet time is limited. There are plenty of other online resources now available if you would like to provide more home learning – we’ll be signposting these on our Twitter feed and through year group suggestions.

After Easter, rather than teachers using their individual emails, we are moving over to a generic year group email. This means that teachers working in school caring for our key worker families, can share the load of responding to emails from their class. It also means that should any of us become unwell, your child will still feel in touch with staff. The year group email addresses are: For reception rec@htpd.surrey.sch.uk, for Year 1 year1@htpd.surrey.sch.uk, for Year 2 year2@htpd.surrey.sch.uk etc. If you could put the name of your child’s teacher in the subject line of your email (eg For Nick, for Georgie etc.) that will help with managing the account.

With so many of us interacting with each other online, I do want to draw your attention to the importance of helping children stay safe. Whilst chat rooms, Zoom, Whatsapp etc are providing much needed social opportunities for all of us, please do be careful to supervise your child. I’m sure you’ll all have heard about meetings being joined by unwelcome guests who then behave badly and share explicit content or are abusive. Make sure any meetings are password protected and only include people that you trust and be ready and vigilant to close the meeting in case they are hacked.

Here’s some entirely different news, I’m delighted to tell you that our Pitch Crowdfunder appeal is now over and despite the exceptional situation, it proved an amazing success. With the final total coming in at £12 612, we are still planning to go ahead with a pitch refurbishment! Obviously, we’ll get back to fundraising again when times are more settled, and there are different priorities on our minds at the moment, but I do want to pass on my thanks to all those who have contributed.

With love and prayers,
Clare

Thought of the week: “Because of Him, death is defeated. Pain is no more.” Rev 21, v4. How do you cope with pain.

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Financial Support 
If you are finding this time particularly challenging financially, you may want to follow this link to see what help may be available through the benefit system: https://www.swru.org/covid-19-updates/

Feel free to contact either of our home school link workers, Bridgit (bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or Lucy (lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) as they may also be able to help. 

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