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Junior - 20 January

20 January 2012

Dear Parents

Facing your fears is the theme of our assembly and thoughtful times next week. The First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, is our hero and our Bible story Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane that he should not have to suffer death on a cross.

Wilfred Owen had to return to the trenches after being invalided out. He was killed just before the armistice.

I wonder what fears you have, rational or irrational? I have to admit to a fear of Ofsted; the thought that someone just coming in for a day or so has the power to seriously criticise years of dedicated hard work by a great team just because the narrow data they measure us by is not as required for a year.

I also fear retirement in a way (though it is still 3 or 4 years away). What will I do? Will it be ok?

Now there are solutions to both those; cool rational thought, careful preparation and mentally being ready for the fear whenever it comes. In this way the fear is changed into a challenge that we know we have the strength to face.

Irrational fears, spiders, feathers, zips, clowns or cats, can be successfully helped by therapy and gradual exposure. It sometimes falls to us as teachers to talk through some of these matters at school. As a school we tell the children about Jesus, who faced his greatest fear - separation from his Father, God; he finally conquered both fear and death.

So now I need to learn to practise what I preach when I see the men/women in grey suits, armed with clipboards walking down the school drive one Monday morning very soon . . .

With best wishes, Richard

Week commencing 23rd January
Tuesday 24th – Year 3 and 4 Football
Wednesday 25th - 3MG and 4A swimming
Friday 27th - Year 5&6 cake sale

Surviving Parenting in 2012 On Thursday 9th February at 7pm in the HT hall there will be a session for any parents who wish to attend. This will be run by Sam Allen, our Home School Link Worker and Mary. We will be looking at a variety of parenting issues: peer pressure, how to say “no” positively, how we can help transition to secondary school etc. Please email maryb@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you think you will be able to attend, so we have some idea of numbers.

Road Safety – Thank you to all those parents who park sensibly and safely when dropping and collecting your child.  Unfortunately, we still have some parents who do not always consider the safety of our children.  Our neighbo0urs also need access to their properties and recently we have had some complaints about parking.

Year 3 and 4 football club – is on Tuesday not Wednesday this week due to a fixture on Wednesday.  Many thanks.

Music Medley – well done to all those who performed in the Year group assemblies.  What great and talented children you have!  Thank you.

Alice T-Shirts  We still have a number of these high quality t-shirts available for sale at the knock-down price of £5 each!  Super for summer, in red and purple.  Please contact Sheila via the School Office or at: sheilam@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk.  Thank you.

Le Club Francais The French Club started this week and there are a few spare places if you are interested. Everyone is welcome!

Lift Request - Is anyone able to provide a lift to school for a pupil living in Clandon?  The family would be able to reciprocate for some return journeys.  Please could you let someone at the office know if you may be able to help and leave a contact telephone number.  Thank you.

Lost property - The bin is overflowing! Please take a look through as there are some named articles of clothing too. Thanks.

Lost - Navy Sweatshirt named Jack D Jones.  If you have it please return it to the office ASAP. 

HTSC News

Murder Mystery Evening – Friday 3rd Feb – Cancelled. Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event as we have not sold enough tickets.

Years 5 & 6 cake sale - Friday 27th January. Please send in cakes/biscuits, things like fairy cakes/flapjacks etc. No nuts please. The cakes are sold to the children during school time in the afternoon. Each cake costs 25p so we suggest you send your child in with 50p - £1.00. We need helpers on the day, from 1:45 to set up and then sell the cakes, if there are any cakes left over we sell them after school. Offers of help to htsc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Dates for the diary
Phil the Bag - week commencing 20th February. Please keep all your old clothes and shoes as we will be collecting them again, bags will be sent home with your children before half term
Quiz Night - Friday 23rd March
Next HTSC Meeting - Thursday 9th Feb

Charlotteville Jubilee Street Party Bingo Night Friday 27th January The legendary Bingo Host Jez Moon will be back on Friday 27th January 18.30 onwards at Holy Trinity School Hall. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.00 children inclusive of a Fish and Chip Supper. Bring your own bottle or two. Tickets available from Pippa Mitchell 01483 578446/07852 235247

The Surrey Songsters is THE Surrey Choir for young people aged 7-11, and we are always keen to welcome new members.  We’d love to see anyone in Years 3-6, and there are no auditions. Organised by Guildford Cathedral and Lanesborough School, with the support of Surrey Arts, we rehearse in central Guildford eight times a term on Fridays from 4.15-5.15pm, and have an end of term concert at Guildford Cathedral.  For more information email singup@guildford-cathedral.org

Surrey Arts Open Rehearsal - all string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and levels of experience are invited to an open rehearsal with the Surrey Arts orchestras and ensembles at Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth on Wednesday February 8th 2012 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. No charge, just bring your instrument. Any questions call 01483 518099.