Junior 7/6/13

07 June 2013

Dear Parents

As I write the staff are just arriving back from our annual Year 4 camping trip to Bentley Copse. What a great week they have had! The children described it as “the best thing they had ever done” and the teachers as “the most idyllic teaching experience you could possibly have”. For me this has been a week which centred on two evening meetings both very important, but different in many ways.

On Wednesday evening many of you attended the feedback from the Ofsted report at Holy Trinity meeting. Thank you to all of you who came and for your contributions. I think the meeting enabled us to cast light about the Ofsted process and our experience of it as well as pointing us to the future and the changes we will make in order to still further improve our children’s education. Thank you for those who have volunteered for the focus group. If you would like to join that please email me richardr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. The first meeting will be on Thursday 4th July at 7.45pm at Holy Trinity School. The next stage in the inspection process will be a visit from a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate who will spend a day in the school and will give comments on our action plan and how the school is moving forward. This will be an important visit and I will let you know the result of it. It is likely that this will happen in the next 2-3 weeks.

On Thursday evening there was a more joyful and relaxed meeting at Pewley Down when we welcomed the parents of our new entrants. We have an exceptional team who described what life would be like for their children in the reception class. This was followed by a hilarious video of the children giving a child’s view of the same topic. Surprisingly the two gave pretty similar messages. This reminds me that I am so grateful to the commitment of all our staff at both sites who give so much of themselves and just keep on giving.

Another group I would like to thank is our hard working Governors who are often seen as being in the background and according to our latest questionnaire, whose work is not understood by a significant number of parents. Their job is to be a critical friend to work alongside the management of the school giving advice and to hold the school to account for its actions and decisions. This they do willingly, tirelessly and by bring their many talents with them. I heard on Wednesday of a governing body of a school in Surrey who resigned en bloc when the school received a level 3 Ofsted judgement. Our situation could not have been more different. The governors have been there at every step of the road giving advice, time and support.

Summer in a primary school is always a happy time with many outdoor activities and even more opportunities for learning within the environment. The sun has shone this week as have the children at Holy Trinity, Pewley Down and Bentley Copse. A former parent who is about to have a child start at the school again sent me this quote from the great Brazilian pedagogist, Paolo Freire: “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other”. The parent is now director of one of the major schools of study at Surrey University. Both he and I feel this quote sums up what education at HTPD is like.

Along with this Newsletter we are sending the notes from the meeting on Wednesday evening – these are not formal minutes, but an indication of what the meeting was like. Follow this link to view

With very best wishes, Richard

Events happening week commencing Monday 10th June
Thursday 13th June - Film Night for Years 3 - 6. NB. All after school teacher led clubs cancelled.
Friday 14th June - Year 3 Sleepover

Sports Dates for your diary
Friday 5th July - District Sports at the Urnfield 1.30-5pm
Tuesday 16th July - Sports Day 1-3pm
Friday 19th July - House Swimming Gala 2-3pm, St. Catherine’s School

This week we have had our 4-yearly visit from Surrey when they come in to look at how we are assessing the children in Year R and Year 2 and the accuracy of these assessments. We are delighted to say that both of these sessions went extremely well. We are not given a grade but it must be a positive when the moderator leaves saying it is one of the most enjoyable assessments they have undertaken.

What an exciting evening of swimming we had at the Guildford Primary Schools’ swimming gala. Both the atmosphere and the team spirit were fantastic. It was very close in the last few races and Holy Trinity managed to get joint first place with the Raleigh School. Congratulations to all of the children involved and thanks to all of the parents and friends for your support.

A big thank you also to Wey Valley Swimming Club who organised the event.

Holy Trinity swim club runs on Fridays
We are very fortunate to have the use of St. Catherine’s School pool in Bramley who have been very accommodating. There are three sessions depending on ability. We are currently reviewing the groups and the timings and will have a few spaces in September when our current year 6 children move on. If you are interested in joining please email me on gillianr@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk to arrange a trial in order that we can best assess your child’s swimming needs.

Sorry there will be no Year 4 netball on Wednesday as we have a girls’ athletics match. Please could all of the school netball kit be returned to school at the beginning of the week, thanks?

New Club
A History club will be starting on Tuesday lunchtimes 12.30 in the library, open to all year groups. Lego will run as normal.

Dangerous Book Club
There is no club on Monday 10th of June. Next club is Monday 17th of June. Please note that this club is full, if your child is interested email me and I will keep a waiting list. geraldinet@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Sainsbury’s Vouchers
Please note that the vouchers will be collected on Friday 21st June. Please remember to bring them in before this date so that we can place our order! So far, you have collected approximately 22,000 vouchers! Thank you so much for your support.

Fairtrade Snack Sale
The Eco Team are running a Fair Trade snack sale at break time each day. All snacks cost 50p. Profits raised from the sale are used to improve the school grounds. We now have 4 fruit trees which the children will be planting during the following week.

Traffic in Cline Road
Please take extra care when entering Cline Road due to the building works.

Parenting Workshop
Do you think your child has or have they been diagnosed with: ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) or behavioural problems? Would you like support?

A specialist child Psychologist, Psychotherapist has offered to run several workshops for us at Holy Trinity this term (they will be open to all parents at Holy Trinity Pewley Down.) If you think you would be interested or require further information please contact Lucy Cray (Home School Link Worker) by 14 June on: 07525-324070 or lucyc@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Places will be limited.

PTA (HTSC) Reminders

Thank you for all the Phil the Bag donations. A total of £455 was raised. A huge ‘thank you’ to you all.

Summer Fair - Friday 5th July
Here's early notice that we will be asking for donations of jolly jars/bags, bottles for the bottle tombola and unwanted gifts to be brought into school on Monday 24th June. We will be asking for donations of fresh produce and plants on the day of the fair.

We are looking for raffle prizes if you are able or know of a company who is able to donate or sponsor our main prize (Mini iPad) please contact Caroline Swift caroline@swifts.me.uk.

This year we are having an American theme for the fair, so if you have any suggestions or ideas for stalls please email Caroline.

Next HTSC Meeting Wednesday 12th June at 8pm.

Film Night Year 6 Leavers’ Fundraiser
Come along to the HT Summer Film night next Thursday, 13th June. We are screening two films ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ for years 3-5 and ‘Parental Guidance’ for year 6. There will be popcorn and refreshments and a chance to win the film! See posters and ticket form attached for full details.

Tickets will be on sale 3.15-3.45 daily from the office from Thursday, 6th June. Alternatively, completed forms with payment will be collected from your child’s class each morning, and tickets sent home with your child. Tickets issued on a first come, first served basis and is exclusive to HT pupils only.

All teacher-led after school clubs will be cancelled for that day.

Menu - Week 2


If you have ever fancied singing in a choir, come along to join the Choir Belles at St Peter's School main hall on a Tuesday evening (7.30pm until 9pm). A number of HTPD Mums go - it is fun, relaxing and costs £5 per session (pay as you go/when you come). For more information, see www.facebook.com/pages/Choir-Belles/514564611918707 or phone Hayley on 0845 355 0589

As part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie in Yr1 & Georgia in Yr5) will be opening her studio on Thursday 13 Evening 6-9pm, Friday 14, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Thursday 20, & Sunday 23 June 11am – 5pm showing her latest abstract & semi-abstract paintings & some felt pieces at 8 Sells Close, St Luke’s Park, Guildford GU1 3JY. www.becart.co.uk or www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk/event/studios.php studio number 36 for details. Prices from £10 - £300. Cards also available.

There is a Picnic and Pimms Evening at Chilworth on Thursday, 20th June. Proceeds will go to Blackheath Cricket Club and Chilworth CofE School. Please see www.blackheathcc.co.uk for more information.