No. 230

20 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a lovely end to a remarkable year! I hope that your children had a good day today. They certainly deserve a restful summer break, as do our amazing teaching team!

I’ve just arrived home after the Year 6 leavers’ barbeque and disco – what a lovely summer’s evening spent wishing our Year 6 children on their way. They are certainly well placed for a move on to secondary school and we all feel confident that they are “embracing the future with hope and confidence”. They have been a superb year group, demonstrating resilience, achieving excellence across the curriculum, and demonstrating to the younger children how to live life to the full! We will miss them all.

Finally, thank you all for your good wishes, kind words and generous gifts to our staff team. We have all been so touched by your generosity and appreciation. Thank you!

For those families that are moving on, we wish you well and hope that your memories of happy times at HTPD live long into the future. For those still with us next year, we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Until then, enjoy a wonderful summer holiday!

With love,
Clare

WHOLE SCHOOL

Arrangements for the new academic year

Wednesday 1 September: Inset Day
Wednesday 1 September: Coffee Morning for new Year 3 families in the school hall at 10.30am
Thursday 2 September: Children back to school (Years 1 – 6). Separate arrangements for Year R.

Start and finish times

Junior:
3A, 3S, 3C and 4N starting at 8.30am and finishing at 3.05pm
4A, 4EL, 5J and 6S starting at 8.35am and finishing at 3.10pm
5K, 5T, 6T and 6D starting at 8.40am and finishing at 3.15pm
Infant:
Drop-off between 8.40am and 8.50am; finishing at 3.00pm
Please see the ParentMails sent yesterday, 19 July for further details including drop-off and collection points at Pewley Down.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs Years 1 & 2
Details of teacher-led clubs for the autumn term will be sent out on ParentMail today. Forms must be submitted by Wednesday 1 September. We will notify you of your child’s allocated activity by Friday 3 September.

No. 229

16 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Despite the disappointment this week of covid cases rising locally and the sadness of having to close a class bubble in Year 3, I’ve been struck by how brilliantly the school community has coped throughout this past year. In this my penultimate newsletter of the year, I want to thank all of you. Talking to the children as they left early, facing another few days of remote learning and having to quickly say a sudden farewell to their friends and to their teacher, made me realise that we have a lot to celebrate. Our motto, “Learn to live” has been put to the test in so many situations this year – and the children have resiliently flourished. As we come to the end of term, I’m feeling reflective and thankful for the journey that we’ve shared.

Thinking of each of our values in turn, I’m sure you would also find things to be thankful for. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed:

“A zest for learning and love of life” – it’s been fantastic watching our activity weeks and fun daytrips bring so much enthusiasm and joy, rewarding children’s excellent progress described in each individual’s report, seeing topic books bursting with super work and hearing children talk about all that they’ve achieved and what they look forward to in the year that lies ahead.

“Everyone knowing that they are treasured and loved as a unique child of God” – I love the diversity and rich variety of our school family, with all the children, staff, and parents too, knowing that they bring something special to the whole.

“Seeing heaven in the moment” – probably the most individual of our values, with everyone’s own perspective on what heaven might be like being so different, but I’ve enjoyed seeing in children’s faces the wonder of belonging, the joy and exuberance of having fun together, and the satisfaction children gain from being inspired to be creative.

“Imagining the journey in another’s footsteps” – the respect and empathy shown throughout the pandemic in our school community has been astonishing; children have followed our instructions about keeping one another safe, families have adhered to the restrictive guidance, staff have courageously adapted to teach in entirely different circumstances, and all has been done with smiles, encouragement and kindness. Thank you so much for your forbearance, patience and understanding. Your kindness has made a significant difference. Headteachers nationally describe the intolerable strain that they have faced – you have made the burden easier to carry.

“Embracing the future with hope and confidence” – as the children contemplate the end of their time in each year group, I’m delighted by their attitude to what lies ahead. With a growing excitement, with the holidays just around the corner, and for some children on the threshold of big changes to come, there has been a steady assurance in school that all will be well. Knowing that God is with us has been an assembly theme throughout the term; whatever challenges we walk through, His constant love will not let us down. With Him carrying us, we can face the most difficult of times.

As I say, our values may well help you to reflect on the past year; I hope you find them as helpful as I do! Your children, in living them out, are certainly living life in all its fullness.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Be hopeful! What does it feel like to arrive home?

Whole School

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 20 July : Last Day of Term
Wednesday 21 July : Inset Day - School Closed

Vacancies
We are looking to appoint 2 part-time 1:1 SEN TA's. Please see the vacancies tab on our website for more details or email Bev on recruiting@htpd.surrey.sch.uk if you are interested.

Infant

Swimming for Year 2 September
In preparation for swimming lessons next term, Year 1 children will be bringing home a Child Information Form this afternoon. Please could you complete and return these by next Tuesday 20 July. Many thanks.

Golden Boot Challenge
The final scores for the Golden Boot Challenge were very close, but the winner with the highest average scores was Oak Class. Beech class were the runners up. Winners and runners up will all receive a Golden Boot badge.

Lost property
Any un-named lost property will be put out in the front playground after school on Monday, 19th. Please have a look through if you have missing items.

Year R request
It's that time of year when lots of families will be clearing out toys and books etc. that are still in great condition and useable! We would love you to look out for the following things and, if you have any that you're planning to re-home, consider donating them to Reception. We're on the lookout for:

  • Wooden toys (e.g. cots, high chairs, chairs, ironing board, smaller wooden games, other wooden items)
  • Wooden train set (and trains!)
  • Toy cars (metal or wooden ones)
  • Baby dolls (the ones that are fully washable and ones that don't have the soft body)
  • Baby clothes
  • China crockery (small pots and pans etc. The crockery can be children's or adult things - no plastic please)
  • Children's gardening tools (e.g. spades, forks, wheelbarrows, brooms, rakes etc.)
  • Reading scheme books that you used whilst your child was learning to read (particularly the 'Songbirds' ones, Usborne, or any Oxford University Press ones)
  • Space-themed toys (e.g. puzzles, solar system, rockets etc.)
  • Small world role play things (e.g. a hospital, vets, police station, school etc.)
  • Construction things

If you have any of these items that you'd like to donate to Reception, please email Catherine (catherinef@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) first. Similarly, if you have got something that you think may be useful but isn't on our list, do email us! Thank you so, so much! Reception Team.

Menu for week beginning 19 July
Mon: Macaroni Cheese or Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Garlic Bread; Homemade Flapjack
Tues: Crispy Fish Fingers & Chips or Cheese & Tomato Pizza; Chocolate Cake
Weds: Inset Day – school closed
Thurs: Summer holidays!
Selection of seasonal vegetables available daily.

JUNIOR

No after School Clubs next week – they are finished for the term.

Lunch Menu - Week 1 (Mon and Tues)


FOPS News

Hello all and welcome to the final FOPS news of the school year.

It has been an odd year for the committee and I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered and supported us during the past months. We have managed to keep going and raise funds and a full report will be announced in September's AGM.

Sophie, Debbie and I held a FOPS meeting last night and have scheduled some fantastic events for next term. Hopefully as restrictions ease we will be able to meet more in person and partake in the wonderful community of Pewley Down School.

Have a wonderful break over the summer and see you next term.

Kate, Sophie and Debbie.

No. 228

09 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been another lovely week of learning outside the classroom. After Year 5’s exciting week just gone, this week was the turn for Year 1, 2, 3 and 4! We feel so fortunate to have been able to provide these opportunities – locally there are several schools still struggling with self-isolation and covid cases. Year 1 had an amazing time, dressed as pirates at Painshill Park. Year 2 enjoyed a new visit – we took them to Nower Wood, a Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve where they experienced a whole range of environmental activities. Year 3 are right now on their way back from an excellent day at Newlands Corner, orienteering, taking part in team challenges and enjoying our beautiful countryside…and of course, Year 4 are just coming home from two days at Bentley Copse Campsite. I loved singing with them around the campfire last night – such a good feeling to be able to share the joy and exuberance of all those children.

We’re excitedly looking ahead to Year 6’s activity week which starts on Monday. And then, following news of the government advice to schools being less restrictive from September, I’ll be in touch before the end of term to explain how the new academic year will unfold – we’ll all be so glad to lose the bubbles! We will return to the usual school day timings, running from 8.40-3.15 at the juniors and 8.40-3 at the infants, but will explain our plans for a slightly staggered drop off and pick up. We’ve found this really reduces congestion at the school gate.

After working hard on creating the new classes for September, we will provide an opportunity for the children to meet their new teacher and classmates before the end of term. At the infants, this will happen on Tuesday morning. At the juniors, it will be the final Monday morning. As you may already know, we ask our junior school children to identify which are their friends across the year. We do ensure that they have one friend at least with them in next year’s class. Please do help them if they are anxious about this, speaking positively about change; making new friends is all part of our school values. We talk often about “embracing the future with hope and confidence” and sometimes a new mix of different characters is exactly what children need to thrive and flourish.

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: Be hopeful! Are you an encourager?

Whole School

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 20 July : Last Day of Term
Wednesday 21 July : Inset Day - School Closed

End of term arrangements

Reports
Next Thursday, you will receive your child’s end of year report. Please feel free to use the response slip if you have any comments. Alternatively, if you need to discuss the report, please arrange to have a conversation with your child’s teacher either by phone, or in the playground after school. All the teachers will be in the playgrounds on Monday 19th July at pick-up.

Celebration Afternoon and end of term assembly

Unfortunately, due to restrictions not permitting large numbers of adults either in school or at Holy Trinity Church, these events will not take place. We will have a final zoom assembly for the children to mark the end of this most unusual of years.

Last day of term

We finish early on Tuesday 20th July. Please pick up your child at the following times:
YR and Y1 at 1.30pm
Y2 at 1.35pm
Y3 & Y5 at 1.35pm
Year 4 1.40pm

As always, if it’s tricky to get the timings right between sites, please pick up from PD first, and then meet your child in the HT playground. There will be staff on duty waiting with them until you arrive.

Y6 at 1.45pm. The Year 6 leavers will process out of the forum doors, down the steps into the playground. Please feel free to be ready to greet them as they leave for the last time.

INFANT

Lost
Alek in Beech Class has lost his named Outdoor Explorer cap (blue with navy peak).

Menu: Week 4 beginning 12 July.


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 12 July : Friday 16th : Year 6 Activity Week
Monday 19 July : Year 6 Leavers’ BBQ

Clubs Cancelled
Due to Year 6 Activity Week – there will be no Year 6 Clubs for the week
Friday 16 July – Year 5 Rounders /Cricket Club cancelled (Staff away on Trinity Trek with Year 6)

Lunch Menu - Week 1


FOPS News

Big PTA Raffle – 1st draw is on Monday! Win £5,000
The first draw of the Big PTA Raffle is on Monday! You could be in with the chance of winning up to £5,000 with 50% from each ticket sold going to FOPS. Buy your tickets here: https://www.bigptaraffle.co.uk/support/pewley-down-infant-school-gu1

FOPS PTA Meeting
We’ll be holding our final FOPS PTA meeting on Thursday 15th July at 8pm in Kate’s garden, near London Road, to plan fundraising events for the next school year – where hopefully we’ll be able to have a more ‘normal’ schedule!

If you would like to come along to find out more about FOPS and help us think of some exciting events for next year then please email katelloyd741@gmail.com.

Have a happy weekend,
Kate, Debbie and Sophie, the FOPS committee


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

We are almost at the end of term, and although not quite as hectic as recent years, there are a few things still to do:

Tea Towels
We have had the proof back and they look amazing! If you would like a commemorative tea towel of your child’s year group for just £4 each, please use the link on Parentmail that was sent today to order and pay for your tea towel. Orders will be distributed at the end of term via your child’s class.

Teaching Staff collections
The Class reps have organised these through PayPal money Pools – links in most cases have been sent out via Parentmail as this reaches every family (please check the App) and also in class/year group WhatsApp groups. These collections are for all the staff that teach and support learning in the classroom. There is no pressure to contribute if you would prefer to do something individually.

Non-Teaching Staff collection
There are lots of staff doing amazing work behind the scenes at HT who keep the school running – from the admin and finance staff to the caretakers. We like to say thank you to them too, even if we have not seen them quite as much as we usually do. There is a link here to contribute to their collection (by 16th July)

Fundraising - Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

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. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee


Other Notices

Please follow this link for Surrey County Council information about children's mental health and an on-line parent/carer course.

No. 227

02 July 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has been “out of this world”!

For the children in Year 5, they’ve had the most amazing time on their Activity Week, culminating today with a trip back in time to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, but also involving high ropes, den-building, wide games, campfire singing, archery and more. After such a challenging year, it’s been fantastic to enjoy such a “learn to live” sort of a week in the outdoors.

Then at Pewley, our sports day was a great occasion. Much quieter than usual without the parent crowds, the children nevertheless loved the chance to run fast, throw far, and balance their egg on its spoon with great care. We missed you being there, but I can assure you that the children had a super time!

This week was literally out of this world for the children in Year 4 and Year 6; we were thrilled to meet Mr Charles Bolden – a former astronaut and head of NASA, who spoke to us on zoom for an hour about travelling beyond our planet! It was an amazing opportunity! He was so inspiring and aspirational. He spoke about the wonder of space, about flight and engineering, about our shared humanity and about life’s purpose. He reminded us that we’re all earthlings, sharing one planet which from space has no borders, and that we’re each responsible for making a difference. He also commended the school on its motto “Learn to Live”, encouraging us to live it out. He answered the children’s questions and generously gave his time to us freely. We are hugely thankful to Michaela, mother of Georgia in Year 4, who, thanks to her work at the BBC, made the initial introduction and to Mr Bolden who offered to speak to us, live from Washington, USA. Hopefully, some of the children listening will have been inspired to be the space scientists, explorers, engineers and inventors of the future.

We were disappointed not to be able to host our usual Year 2/3 transition days. Due to so many staff having to self-isolate, it just wasn’t possible. Thankfully, meeting up with our new families on zoom could still take place and, remarkably. 130 different parents and carers logged in over two evenings to meet the new teacher teams for Reception and Year 3. We know that zoom will be with us even once the pandemic is over - it makes it so much easier to communicate, although we do miss the face to face conversations.

It’s also been great to see our teachers logging into school from home, still leading the learning in their classrooms online; I’m so grateful to them all for their tireless commitment to the children’s education. Lilja even managed to take part via zoom in Pewley Sports Day! Hopefully next week, they’ll all be back. A huge well done too to the children and parents in 3C who’ve been learning at home this week; they’ve been as engaged and determined as ever. We do so hope that we’ll end the year all together, back in school!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Live simply! Are you trapped by materialism?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Dates for the diary
Monday 19 July : End of Term Service at Holy Trinity Church at 9:30am (Years 2- 6 )
Tuesday 20 July : Last Day of Term
Wednesday 21 July : Inset Day - School Closed

INFANT

Parking in Pewley Bank
A reminder that Pewley Bank is a private road and not available for parking, even for just a few minutes. Please find alternative places to park such as the bays at the top end of Pewley Hill. Please also take care to supervise your children, including younger siblings, carefully when arriving at and leaving school.

Menu: Week 3 beginning 5 July.
Mon: Macaroni Cheese; Homemade Flapjack
Tues: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage, Mashed Potato; Cheesecake
Weds: Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Vegetarian Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Beef Chilli or Vegetarian Chilli, Steamed Rice; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Crispy Fish Fingers & Chips or Cheese & Tomato Pizza; Chocolate Crispy Cake
Selection of seasonal vegetables available daily.


JUNIOR

Dates for the diary
Thursday 8th – Friday 9th July : Year 4 Bentley Copse Day Activity Trips
Friday 9th July : Year 3 Activity Day and BBQ
Monday 12th : Friday 16th July – Year 6 Activity Week

Sports News

Summer club
Lions Rugby are hosting a rugby camp at Broadwater School on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th August at Broadwater school in Godalming. Running from 10am - 4pm the sessions include passing, catching, evasion, kicking, rugby related fitness and matches. For more info please email: info@lionssport.academy

Holy Trinity kit
If your child went to District Sports last week and has not yet returned the competition t-shirt, please send it in next week to hand in to the office.

Lunch – Week 3


FOPS

Big PTA Raffle – 10 days to go!
There are 10 days left to buy your tickets for the Big PTA Raffle and be in with the chance of winning up to £5,000* with 50% from each ticket sold going to FOPS. Buy your tickets here: https://www.bigptaraffle.co.uk/support/pewley-down-infant-school-gu1

FOPS PTA Meeting
We’ll be holding our final FOPS PTA meeting on Thursday 15th July at 8pm in Kate’s garden, near London Road, to plan fundraising events for the next school year – where hopefully we’ll be able to have a more ‘normal’ schedule!

If you would like to come along to find out more about FOPS and help us think of some exciting events for next year then please email katelloyd741@gmail.com.

Have a happy weekend,
Kate, Debbie and Sophie, the FOPS committee


HTSC News

Dates for diaries - Socials

CANCELLED
Thursday 8th July Year 5 end of term drink at Rogues from 8pm. Unfortunately this gathering is now cancelled until further notice while we continue to follow the distancing guidance to keep the children in school until the end of term.

Happy School bag collection/clothing sales
Thank you to those who shopped and had a clear out – we will be receiving £150 from Happy School Bag from the donations. Final figure for the sale is not complete while we wait for all the payments to come in. There will be further collections in the next school year.

Fundraising - Pitch 2020 Fund
Thank you to those who have donated and shared the link with other family members. We are using GoFundMe for direct donations to the Pitch 2020 Fund for families and friends of the school who are able, and would like to, contribute in lieu of donating at events which we have not been able to provide this year. The fund will remain open until the end of this school year.

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.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee



Other News
Please see the flyer for The Great Fair of Shalford which takes place on Sunday 5th September on Shalford Common. It is designed as a traditional family-friendly day out for all.

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