Junior 19/6/15

19 June 2015

Dear Parents

Too much stress is the curse of many people’s lives. Too many things which have to be at an unreachable level, especially when such things others seem to be achieving with ease. We looked at these issues at our regular staff in-service training this week.

I think that all of us would agree that children should be allowed to have a childhood, free from the pressure which can be almost an inevitable part of adult life. We are committed, through our oft-stated values that children should have a love of life and a zest for learning and also that they and indeed everyone in our school should be treasured and loved as a unique child of God. Not a lot of room here for being driven and forced into harder, faster and better results at all costs. This type of teaching particularly at primary age is in fact counterproductive and can give rise to disenchantment and disengagement at a later point in their educational journey.

I work hard not to have staff over-stressed as well, trying not to pass the pressure, which regularly comes to me via local and national initiatives, on to the teachers and other staff. We looked at the causes of stress in schools, at its effects and how it can be moderated and reduced.

I believe that the main cause of burn out is when we are working and living at full capacity and then a major negative life event strikes and pushes us over the top.

John Greenleaf Whittier the Victorian poet and missionary wrote a long poem berating South Sea Islanders for using the drug Soma, and then in the last few verses compared the lives of westerners whose ‘drug’ was stress. It’s amazing that he recognised the same problem well over a hundred years ago. These verses were set to music and became the popular hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. One of the verses says:
Drop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease
Take from our lives the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace,
The beauty of thy peace.

Wishing you a happy and relaxed weekend.
With best wishes, Richard

Job Opportunities
We are looking to appoint a range of part time Teaching Assistants to work across the school, supporting children with English as an additional language, working with particular individuals with special educational needs and being part of the everyday life of a classroom. The posts will be suitable for people who have excellent communication skills in English, are numerate and who have the ability to work flexibly and effectively on their own and as part of a team. The successful applicants will love children, live out our values and be keen to join in enthusiastically with our school community. Please see the Vacancies tab on our school website to see a job description and find the Application Form that you will need to complete and send to Bev Reed either by hand or email to recruiting@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk. Please note that the HTPD Federation is committed to safeguarding and all appointments are subject to enhanced clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Start Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2015.

Calling for an accounts examiner: The school needs to appoint an ‘independent examiner’ to review the voluntary funds accounts annually. This could be a parent as long as the person is not operationally involved with managing those funds and activities. It should be someone qualified to review accounts who has approximately two or three days available annually in the summer term to complete this work. Please speak to Lesley in the finance office or to Richard or Clare. Thanks.

Year 6 End of Term socials
Coffee morning next Friday, 26th June, 8.45 onwards, at Viv's: 54 Pewley Way
Party Saturday 11th July - save the date - more details to follow!

Thank You! For baking/donating cakes for the Year 6 Cake Sale yesterday, they raised over £270 – fantastic. Money will be going to Harrison’s Fund and towards Year 6 Leavers activities. Well done everyone!

Headlice – We have had several cases reported today that this little pest has returned. PLEASE check your child's hair EVERY day, Please comb through from scalp to the ends of their hair thoroughly. If in doubt, please shampoo the hair and use conditioner whilst the hair is wet. Leave it on for 10 minutes then comb through again. This should bring the lice away from the strands of hair. Thank you for your support.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Summer Fair last week, initial estimates suggest that we raised £3,600 which is great.

The Summer Ball was also a great success raising about £6000 to be shared between Pewley and HT.

At the PTA meeting last night it was agreed that we will make an immediate donation to pay for maths resources in all classes and additional reading books particularly in Years 3 and 4.

Thanks to everyone who has helped to raise this money for the school.

Dates for the Diary
Thirsty Thursday – Thursday 2 July – from 8pm at Rogues

Mums, lace up your football boots...dads, get your pompoms out...it's the first ever HT at Home Mums' Football Match! When: Sunday 28 June, 2pm Where: Holy Trinity School football pitch - Teams are open to all HT mums and will be organised according to house. Dads, please come along and cheerlead! There will be refreshments available to purchase, sold by the children. Please email Suzanne Evans (Megan in 4S), if you're able to take part.

Guildford Montessori Nursery School is holding a summer fair on Saturday the 4th of July 2pm-4pm at The Spike Centre, Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH. Please feel free to come along. 30% of all profit will go to a local Charity called Challengers who provide specialist play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people.

The Guildford Spike WI are a fun-loving group who meet on the first Thursday of every month at the Spike Community Centre at 7:30pm. Recent meetings have included visits from Majestic Wine, Hydestile Wildlife Sanctuary and Dominique Frazer of the Boileroom - all of whom have been very entertaining and enlightening.

In addition there is a book group, a gardening group, a craft and chatter group and a pudding-eating group which meet regularly along with visits to the theatre, cinema and spa evenings too. Please have a look at our website www.guildfordspikewi.co.uk to find out more. We are currently recruiting for new members and would love to meet some local mums who would enjoy a night off once a month for fun, chatter and cake!

Amended entry from last week
: Holy Trinity Amenity Group Open Garden Party at 18, 28 and 44 Warren Road, and 6 Austen Road. Young and old all welcome! Tea, cakes, plant sale and activities for children at 18 Warren Road. £3 for adults, £1 for children, to include tea and cakes and admission to all four gardens and plant sale. Come and meet your neighbours in a relaxing environment. Queries and offers of suitable games equipment to June Collis 567753.

Week 2