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Junior 22/11/13

22 November 2013

Dear Parents,

When I was ten years old I was a very keen pupil at Busbridge School in Godalming. A highlight of our top year was learning gardening with the headmaster. Mr Smith taught us to dig, rake, sow, weed, water and harvest. Of course the clever thing for him was that he lived in the school house and it was his own garden so it was win-win; we learnt gardening skills and he had a year long supply of fresh vegetables and flowers! I often think of John Smith when I’m digging my garden and grateful for what he taught me and also of what an inspiring person he was.

So I learnt by doing – we really like to work in that way too. The old Chinese saying says:
I hear – I forget
I see – I remember
I do – It becomes part of me
Two great examples of this have happened at school this term. In year two at PD the children have been thinking about the great fire of London. The culmination was the great fire of Pewley where the children had made very large cardboard houses, painted them in Stuart style, set out Pudding Lane and the roads around it and then set fire to it in the car park! So much expected and unexpected learning: how quickly the fire took hold, how wind affected the fire and how the houses were utterly destroyed. So much more information than just hearing about it or seeing pictures.

This afternoon year 4 and some year 6 have been up on the Downs re-enacting the Roman Soldiers’ defending Hadrian’s Wall. The year 4 children formed squares of 8 soldiers in the towers with other soldiers marching between the towers. Suddenly out from behind the bushes and to the amazement of the year 4 children, the Picts and the Scots played by year 6, attacked with great whoops, roars and ferocious faces. The surprising thing was the towers and soldiers stayed firm and consequently the attack was not successful. Once again the children have learnt a little more about what it might have meant to have been a Roman soldier longing for warm Italy, bored with marching up and down and with sudden moments of fear of an attack.

So learning by doing is really important to us and will remain so. We learn in many other ways too, but this method is a very important part of our broad creative, child centred and cross curricular curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard

Dates for the diary
Wednesday 27 November – Year 5 Tudor Day
HTSC (PTA) Christmas Fair – Friday 29 November 6-8pm

Christmas Production
Costumes will be simple this year; each child will need their school house PE t-shirt and black or dark grey trousers/leggings and as mentioned before a Santa hat. If you require a new house t-shirt please get your order in asap.
We also urgently need:

  • Help to create a few simple Nativity costumes
  • Fabric suitable for the above
  • Silky, colourful lining material

Please contact Sheila/Gillian Rodgers at school if you can help…. We would be ‘everso’ grateful.

Christmas Production Tickets
There will be performances of our Christmas production as below:
Monday 2 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Tuesday 3 December – Shackleton & Nightingale at 7.00pm
Wednesday 4 December – Keller & Mandela at 1.45pm (dress rehearsal, audience welcome) and 7.00pm
Thursday 5 December – Keller & Mandela at 7.00pm.

Tickets will be available for collection from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 November 8.15–8.35am and 3.15-3.35pm in the library.

Lunch Money
Just to remind you lunches cost £2.30 each and payments should be in multiples thereof e.g:
Twelve weeks (full term approx) £138.00, six weeks (half term approx) £69.00 or 20 days £46.00
Please make your cheques payable to Holy Trinity School and write your child’s name and class on the back. Thanks.

HTPD Prayer Group, Tuesday 26 November, 12 noon
Come along to the next Prayer Group at Elaine’s house for lunch, prayer and social! Contact epfitzwater@gmail.com for details. Future dates are: Monday 9 December @ 9.00am, Thursday 9 January 2014 @ 8.00pm, Thursday 23 January @ 9.00am and Tuesday 11 Febuary @ 12noon. All welcome!

Year 3 Coffee Morning – Thursday 5 December 9.15am Caracoli café upstairs at Steam Trader Cook Shop.

Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the diary
Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 28 November - The Boatman from 8pm
Christmas Fair - Friday 29 November

Christmas Fair – 29 November 6-8pm
A Great Opportunity to come and do your Christmas shopping, meet your friends and get into the festive spirit. There will be lots of stalls with the ever popular Raffle, Tombola, Jolly Jars and much more. Thanks to everyone who has donated already, please keep donations coming all through next week. We need:
• Bottles – for the bottle tombola from champagne to tomato ketchup.
• Unopened gifts for adults, girls or boys and any new, unwanted toys
• Jolly Jars or Jolly Bags– decorated jars or bags filled with small toys/sweets.
• Crackers – made from the template supplied filled with small toys/sweets.
• Chocolate – Anything chocolaty for the chocolate tombola.
• Christmas Goodies / Cakes: Please donate any cakes, fudge, jams etc on the day
Don't forget to check sell by dates before donating.
Father Christmas needed We need some Dads to volunteer to take a turn as Father Christmas in the grotto. We will provide the costume. We need 3 volunteers for a 45 minute slot each. Please volunteer if you can it would be a shame not to have Santa's grotto at the fair this year. Any volunteer please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help on the stalls, we really do appreciate it. We do still need volunteers, if you are able to help please contact the rep for your year. Please let them know what time suits you best.

Year 3 - Jo Burne joburne@yahoo.co.uk
Year 4 - Sharon Craigie sharoncraigie@hotmail.com
Year 5 - Cat Allan catrionaallan@yahoo.co.uk
Year 6 - Carrie Witts carriewitts@gmail.com

Raffle Tickets
: If you want to improve your chances of winning the top prize of an Apple iPod or second prize Kindle, you can obtain further raffle tickets from the school office. All stubs to be returned by 28th November.

Shining Stars Xmas Decorations – Make them this Weekend! We will be decorating the school next week in time for the Christmas Fair using all the wonderful stars that the children are making. You can use any materials that you like - paper, fabric, papier-mâché etc and have lots of fun making them, remember they need to be big A3 size would be great. Every single decoration will be displayed around the school and there are prizes to be won! Please bring your decorations in by Wednesday 27 November at the latest. We can't wait to see your lovely creations!

Finally, does anyone have a White Christmas Tree that we can borrow for the fair? It needs to about 5 or 6 ft tall. If so please contact Caroline@swifts.me.uk

Christmas Shopping with Easyfundraising You can raise money for the school when you shop online (and not just at Christmas!) For full details and to sign up visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford Easy fundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and earn a cash back donation to their school cause once a purchase is made. Donated earnings can be anywhere up to 15%, depending on the retailer and the product that was purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, WH Smith, M&S etc making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

Felix Gover (4M) has mislaid two pairs of blue shorts, one school, one with a slight stripe and one Shackleton PE t-shirt. All named. Would you please check to see if you have the correct kit? Thank you.
Ted Kitcat - 4S, named, missing blue Gap fleece waterproof coat, brand new, only worn twice. Age 9.

Design Your Dream House Art Competition! Curchods Estate Agents in Guildford are launching their fabulous Art Competition exclusively to pupils at Holy Trinity School to design their Dream House again this year.
1st prize = £50 Waterstones Voucher
2nd prize = £30 Waterstones Voucher
3rd prize = £20 Waterstones Voucher (Plus a donation to the school)
Collect your A3 paper from the School Office and design your dream house in a medium of your choice – paint, felt pen, crayon, pencil, collage, etc. Closing date for entries is 16 December, please had into the school office. All entries will be displayed in our shop window during the Christmas week.

Becca Clegg (Mum of Issie Y2 & Georgia Y6) will be at the Lightbox Art & Craft Fair in Woking on Saturday 30 November 10.30am – 5pm, along with 30 other stalls of artists & makers, with smaller abstracts, prints, cards, felted pictures, felt jewellery & Xmas decorations. www.facebook.com/BecArtPaintings Becca will also be at Guildford Craftacular on 7 December in St. Mary’s Church.

George Abbot School's Christmas and Craft Fair, Sunday 24 November 2013 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Entry £1 - children under 16 free. 60 gift and craft stalls, and stalls for children. Delicious food and drink all day! Meet the Guide Dog puppies at 11am and 2pm. Great value, hassle free Christmas shopping. Bring your friends and family!

Cranleigh School will be holding holiday activitiy days on Monday 23 December 2013, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January 2014 - 8.30am – 5.00pm for boys and girls, aged 5 – 12 years. To book or for further details please contact the Cranleigh School Sports Centre on sportsclub@cranleigh.org or phone 01483 542125 www.cranleighenterprises.org/courses