No. 241

26 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s so disappointing to be having to adjust our arrangements for Christmas in school for the second year running. I’m sure, like me, you were sad to hear that this year’s productions wouldn’t have live audiences. As always though at HTPD, the children have proved so adaptable and resilient; they took the news well. Despite feeling that it won’t be quite the same, they’re looking forward to being on screen and still on the stage. We’ll be making sure that everyone who appears in the films has permission to take part, and it will then be shared for you all to enjoy at home. Watch out for a parentmail with more information about this.

We’re glad to be able to continue with preparations for the Christmas fair which takes place outside at HT next Saturday 4th. Thank you so much for all the donations that are coming in – there’s still plenty of time next week to send things in (see below for more info). I’m really looking forward to being able to be together as a whole community then; I do hope you are able to come along and enjoy the fun!

Our annual focus at the juniors on a super maths strategy (known as Barvember and taking place throughout the month of November) makes use of the Bar Model to visualise a problem. We’re pleased to see the impact it’s had on maths enjoyment across the year groups, as well as giving children such an effective strategy to use when they’re problem solving. We were delighted to hear that thanks to so many children taking part each day, we were awarded a prize. We’re looking forward to taking delivery of some exciting maths resources – well done to all who took part!

We’re ready to return to Zoom assemblies, no longer feeling that we should meet together as a whole school indoors – and we’ll be lighting the first of our Advent candles on Monday, symbolising the hope of Christmas. It will seem particularly relevant once again this year. Hope is what we hold onto when life goes through its more challenging times. And Christmas itself, with God’s promise of being with us, is also so hopeful. I’ll enjoy starting Advent this Sunday, counting down towards the end of term, towards Christmas, and towards a better year ahead!

Please do continue to be really vigilant about keeping children at home when they show any of the symptoms linked to covid. Lateral flow tests are proving effective at finding asymptomatic cases – let’s do our best to keep the numbers infected as low as possible. With some staff and parents testing positive despite being vaccinated, we’re working hard to reduce contact as much as we can so that school can continue to be fully functioning. Thanks for working hard together on this; hopefully with the return to year group bubbles, the numbers will fall again. We’ll keep in touch as the situation unfolds.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “Don’t give in”. Can you resist temptation?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Online Safety Information Workshop Friday 3 December 2pm
Tom Everard (our online safety designated safeguarding lead) will be holding a (repeat) Zoom meeting to raise awareness of the importance of internet safety for children. The Zoom link will be sent out by ParentMail. It is such an important topic, especially at a time when children may be spending more time on their conputers/online.

Winter Fair Saturday 4 December 
The Winter Fair is going ahead as planned – the whole event is outside so please dress appropriately! Please see below for details


INFANT

School Christmas Lunch, Thursday 9 December
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch on 9 December. Please let the office know if your child would like a lunch that day.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 29 November


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 29 November – Last Swimming Lesson for 3A
Wednesday 1 December – Last Swimming lesson for 4EL
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 (all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch also HTSC Cake Sale )
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 (all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch; also HTSC Cake Sale)

Club Changes Due to Year Group Bubbles
Tuesday Chess Club – Only for Year 6
Wednesday Origami – Only for Year 3
Monday RGS Maths – will not be running anymore this term.
Download updated Clubs list here

External Clubs
If your child attends an External Club – they should have informed you of any change to the arrangements

Geraldine’s Breakfast Book Group
Please download here the information with dates for breakfast book club for each class.
Teachers will inform the children being invited to the club. 

Winter Fair Choir performance Saturday 4 December
For children in the school choirs (year 3/4 choir and year 5/6 choir) who would like to join in performing our songs outside at the fair, please meet at 12noon outside the year 4 classrooms ready to perform at 12.30pm. Dress warmly!

Sports
We have quite a few fixtures coming up and sadly no kit to lend to the children involved. If your child borrows school competition kit for fixtures against another school, please can you wash the kit and return it to school asap so that another child can borrow it. All kit can be returned to the office. Thank you.

Lunch week commencing 29 November Menu Week 1


FOPS

Hi all, firstly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to help out at Ground Force morning on Sunday. We cleared loads of leaves, drains, ivy and the site is looking so much tidier. Special thanks also to Andy Maxwell who jet washed the entire back playground!

It was lovely to meet so many people and spend time helping the school and (Covid regulations pending) we are hoping to do another session in the Spring term.

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December; 12-2.30pm; Holy Trinity School
There is specific detail about the Winter Fair next Saturday 4th in the HTSC section so please do read below.

We need lots of volunteers to look after the various stalls. If you can spare 45 minutes on the day of the fair, please do sign up here: https://signup.com/go/QGtoqzj
If you can also spare time to help set up or pack down, please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/cEsKpoM

Year group hampers
Thank you to everyone who has offered to donate an item so far. There are a couple more items needed for each year group – please use the below links if you can donate anything that’s remaining.
Reception: https://signup.com/go/KJQegRG
Year One: https://signup.com/go/yuvGLab
Year Two: https://signup.com/go/SuimfuL

Raffle tickets
Please sell as many as you can (not to under 16s) and drop stubs, money and unsold tickets back to the office by Thursday 2nd December.

Other tombola donations
Donation boxes will be in the lower playground during next week as well if you missed today’s donation day.

Christmas cards
Christmas cards are due to be delivered to the school ‘by 10th December, hopefully earlier’. A ParentMail will go out if they will be delivered earlier.

Happy weekend,
Kate – FOPS Chair


HTSC

Hello Everyone!

This newsletter is mainly about the up-coming fair - we are living and breathing the prep this week! Please do read carefully as we appreciate there’s a lot of information to take in.

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders, entry via Cline Road. We are aware of the British weather and how changeable it can be. If you have a gazebo we would borrow for the event, please could you email htsc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or let your class rep know? We are looking for around 15-20. We have already had some offers, but we need a few more.

Donation Day – Friday 26 November onwards
If you were unable to bring in your donations today, the boxes will still be in the Atrium under the ramps (immediately on the left-hand side just inside the glass doors up the steps leading out to Lower playground) via Cline Road entrance. The children are allowed to drop off here until Thursday 2nd December at drop off and pick up. Due to the new Covid measures, please send the children in with your donations. The boxes are all labelled up and there is a separate box for each year group’s hamper.

Winter Fair Choir performance 12.30pm 4 December
For children in the school choirs (year 3/4 choir and year 5/6 choir) who would like to join in performing our songs outside at the fair, please meet at 12noon outside the year 4 classrooms ready to perform at 12.30pm. Dress warmly!

Raffle tickets
If you haven’t received any, ask your child to check with their teacher as they were given to classes to bring home on 18 November. There are spares at the school office – drop the office an email for your child to bring some home. Raffle ticket stubs/money can be dropped off to the lovely admin staff by your children.

Volunteers for stalls
The Sign Up for volunteering at the Fair was sent out on Weds via Parentmail, https://signup.com/go/QGtoqzj along with a separate one for setting up/packing down. https://signup.com/go/cEsKpoM

Thank you to all those who are able to come to the fair and have already signed up. All the instructions will be on the stalls on the day.

Year group Hamper donations
The theme is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as per this year’s play. Please sign up here to donate an item to the hamper – you can team up with others for bigger items if you wish.
Year 3 https://signup.com/go/XHPhuog
Year 4 https://signup.com/go/AvurkZe
Year 5 https://signup.com/go/afcbLkK
Year 6 https://signup.com/go/QgrJjrJ

Winter Clay Workshop
Thank you to Kate Alger for running a gorgeous evening last night and we hope that everyone who came along had fun and made some great decorations! Kate will be back to run another workshop later in the 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.

Dates for your diary
Winter fair donations – up to Thursday 2nd December
Raffle Tickets – please return sold/unsold by Thursday 2nd December
Winter Fair – Saturday 4th December 12pm – 2.30pm Please dress warmly!

Many thanks
Helen
HTSC Chair


Other Notices
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No. 240

19 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I had a super day on Thursday; thanks to my incredibly supportive team, I was able to spend a day away from school, taking part in a headteachers’ awayday that’s an annual event run by the Guildford Diocese. All the presentations focused on human flourishing, one of my favourite topics. It was great to reflect on the HTPD community and to ponder again what makes a school one where children, staff, whole families and indeed the wider community can flourish and live well together. We watched part of a TED talk that unpacked the following nine words: “Every person you will ever meet has infinite worth,” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9fHCrP8hZM). I hope that’s reflected in your experience of the school as we aim to ensure that every single child is treasured and loved. I learnt about a Zulu word, “ubuntu” which means humanity – it’s sometimes translated as “I am because you are.” What a lovely definition of our interconnectedness. I came back to school determined to continue to ensure that every member of our community feels that they belong.

I’m sure many of you are excitedly looking ahead to our Christmas shows and other end of term events; certainly the main casts in Year 2 and Year 6 are very busy rehearsing. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to host live audiences, but this obviously depends on the numbers of covid infections across the school at that point in the term. We’ve still got several weeks to go and it’s hard to predict at this stage. We’ll go ahead and send out information about each performance in the next week or so, and we’ll organise ticket details, but we may have to cancel at the last minute. At both schools during the productions, we’d like you to wear masks please as it’ll be quite crowded. We’ll keep doors and windows open for ventilation and will have to limit each family to only two tickets each. We’d also ask you to take a lateral flow test just before attending. Thank you so much for understanding why we’re taking these precautions.

I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to invite so many of you in to school over the last two weeks for parent consultations – and I hope those of you that joined in on Zoom also felt it was a helpful opportunity. If you missed out on arranging a conversation, please do get in touch with your child’s teacher to make a time to chat. It’s such an important aspect of our partnership. I know that so many of you were thrilled to hear about your child’s progress – they’re really benefiting from an uninterrupted term in school. Thank you for your ongoing contribution to their learning.

It was so good in assemblies this week to think about what makes us all really happy. As we learnt about King David celebrating and praising God, we remembered how our individual lives are full of things to be glad about. I’d encourage each of us this weekend to spend some time noticing those things, to literally count our blessings. See how many you can find. “Seeing heaven in the moment” is one of our well-loved school values and, once you’ve mastered it, it really helps make a difference to your mood.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Celebrate! What makes you really happy?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Dates for the Diary
Friday 26 November – Collection for the HTPD Winter Fair
Saturday 4 December – HTPD Winter Fair (HTSC + FOPS) - See below for information

SCITT Information Session
Are you interested in finding out about training to be a teacher at HTPD? Please see flyer for information about an event being held on Monday 22 November 5pm at HTPD.

Admission to Year R and Year 3 – September 2022
The Surrey County Council on-line booking system is now open for September 2022 applications for Year R and Year 3 and closes on 15 January 2022. This applies if you have a child due to start school in September 2022 (children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018) or a child in Year 2 transferring to Junior School. Please note that even though Pewley Down and Holy Trinity schools are federated you must still apply for entry to Year 3. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/primary-junior-and-infant

In addition to the Surrey application there is also a junior and an infant supplementary information form available on the website or from the relevant school office. Supplementary forms should be returned direct to the school.
 


INFANT 

Teacher-led clubs
A ParentMail with choices for the teacher-led clubs in the Spring Term went out yesterday. These clubs are now open to Year R as well as Years 1 and 2.

Second Hand Uniform
Thank you for all the donations of second hand uniform. Unfortunately, we are starting to run out of storage space and would request that, for the time being, you only bring in donations of uniform with the school logo in reasonable condition.

Menu: Week 3 beginning 22 November


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 29 November – Last Swimming Lesson for 3A
Wednesday 1st December – Last Swimming lesson for 4EL
Monday - Thursday 6-9 December - HT Christmas Production - Please see Clare’s letter above for more information
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 (all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch also HTSC Cake Sale )
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 (all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch; also HTSC Cake Sale )
Christmas Dinner : Last call to complete the HT Christmas Dinner Form. If you have not completed/submitted the Form, please do so this weekend. If no response is received, we will understand that your child will be bringing in a packed lunch.

Menu - Week 3


FOPS

Hi all,

Ground Force Day is this Sunday 21 November, 10am-12pm, School Grounds. The weather is set to be fine and it would be great to have as many people as possible help tidy up the outside areas of the school. Jobs range from picking up the leaves, jet washing and planting plants - something for all the family if you are able to come. Do pop in, no requirement to stay all morning. Please either sign up at https://signup.com/go/JbTnyUY or email debbiesmith@post.com or come along with a broom! We really appreciate any help you can offer.

Winter Fair, Saturday 4 December, Holy Trinity
An envelope with Winter Fair information is in book bags today. This contains raffle tickets, a letter about Donation Day (Friday 26 November) and what we require, and a sweetie bag to be filled for one of the games.

We have had some fantastic raffle prizes donated already and there will also be one hamper put together by each year group. Please see year group links below for items to go towards the hamper.
Reception: https://signup.com/go/KJQegRG
Y1: https://signup.com/go/yuvGLab
Y2: https://signup.com/go/SuimfuL

Next week, we will be assigning year groups to gather volunteers to host stalls at the fair, so please keep an eye out in WhatsApp groups, ParentMail and here for further information. If you have any questions please ask your class rep or email katelloyd741@gmail.com.

Happy weekend! Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a good week this week.

Winter Craft Evening – HT school hall, Thursday 25 November 7.45pm arrival for 8pm start.
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HTSC and Kate Alger, esteemed local artist and Hetty & Millie’s mum, would like you to join us for a Winter clay decoration making workshop. Tickets are limited to 20 people (at time of press, we have 8 spaces left). The cost of the evening is £25 – this includes tuition by Kate, all materials and a glass of bubbles (or something soft) and hopefully some fun! Please book by emailing htsc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk. Please see Parentmail sent on Tuesday 16th Nov.

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
All the plans are coming together and thank you for the offers we have had so far for raffle prizes and for new games/stalls. If you would like a stall for a business, please htsc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to book a stall by Wednesday 24 November

Please look out for raffle tickets coming home with your child(ren) which will also include a letter about Donation Day on Friday 26 November.

The letter will also be sent via Parentmail next week. For those who are new to the school, we need some help with getting donations for some of our stalls, and we ask the families to donate a few items. We would like donations of chocolate, bottles (from wine to shampoo), soft toys (clean), 2nd hand-books, preloved Christmas Jumpers (any age/size) and Sweety Sacks (previously known as Jolly Jars/Bags) – decorated paperbags filled with penny sweets & small toys. Paper bags will be available to collect in the lower playground by the noticeboard in the lower playground. These can be brought into school from 26 November. Please note we are not asking you to bring in one of everything per child, just what you have/can donate.

To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held mostly outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders. We are aware of the British weather and how changeable it can be. If you have a gazebo we would borrow for the event, please could you email htsc@thpd.surrey.sch.uk or let your class rep know? We are looking for around 15-20. We have already had some offers, but we need a few more.

Volunteers for stalls
We will be sending out Sign Up sheets w/c 22 November asking for volunteers to run the stalls on a rota basis. If you are planning to come as a family, please consider lending us 30mins of your time to come and help on a stall – it’s great fun and there will be instructions for how each game works/price etc. We will also need help in the morning to set up, and also in the afternoon to close down.

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.

Dates for your diary
18 November – raffle tickets come home
w/c 22 November – Sign Ups for stalls published
Thursday 25 November @8pm – Winter Craft evening (booked tickets only)
Friday 26 November – donation day

Have a great weekend!
Helen
HTSC Chair


Other Notices

Please find attached a copy of the Winter issue of the Guildford, Woking & Spelthorne Family Grapevine magazine, it’s packed full of great ideas for Festive Family Fun. https://thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/gws/see-a-copy/

Children’s grief awareness week
Dear Families, Some of you may find these links helpful. They are for Zoom information evenings. One is on the topic of ‘How to support your bereaved child’ and the other on ‘How to prepare your child for bereavement’.

Best wishes, Lucy Cray, Home School Link Worker

GBCC Community Wellbeing have two exciting events coming up:
The first is our FREE event for Surrey’s unpaid family and friend carers- Saturday 27 November 2021- 10am-2pm The Hive (Park Barn Centre), Park Barn Drive, Guildford GU2 8EN find out about support available to you as an unpaid carer.

The second is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day- Friday 3 December Victoria Hall Ash Hill Rd Ash, Aldershot GU12 5DN Get help with your energy and water bills! 2pm-6pm (Drop in anytime)

No. 239

12 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

How lovely to welcome families back into the junior school this week for our first live parent consultations since before the pandemic began – for some families it was their first chance to step inside the building! I so enjoyed greeting parents and carers face to face, seeing you enjoy your children’s work, and showing you around the places that your children talk to you about, but you hadn’t ever seen. I appreciate that a consultation on Zoom also provides a really worthwhile update; it’s safer from a covid-perspective and it’s a useful practical solution in our busy lives, but there was something wonderful about having the school alive with the glow of proud parents hearing about their children’s achievements. I’m looking forward to next week at the infants – do make sure to book an appointment if you haven’t yet managed to schedule in a time to talk with your child’s teacher.

On Thursday at the juniors, we marked Remembrance Day at 11 o’clock with a minute’s silence. This was so respectfully marked by everyone across all twelve classes. Please do talk to your child about anyone that they might know who currently serves in the armed forces, as well as sharing the stories of members of your family who took part in previous conflicts. We talked about our responsibility to remember their sacrifice. Do make time to ensure that children hear the recollections of the oldest members of our families and communities so that the significance of both World Wars isn’t forgotten.

Meanwhile this week, Year 2 took a trip to visit St Paul’s Cathedral as part of their history topic which investigates the Great Fire of London. It’s astonishing that amidst all the bustle of a modern city, this iconic building remains, having been designed in the aftermath of a tragic fire, yet unscathed by the ravages of WWII. The children loved lying on the floor and gazing up into the dome, marvelling at the architecture, but also mesmerised by the holiness of this place soaked in centuries of prayer.

Our eco-team inspired the junior school to pray this week, creating an imaginative and creative prayer space with an eco-theme. With COP-26 taking place in Glasgow, the children set up prayer stations in the Chapel that encouraged us to reflect on God’s love for the world and also focus on our responsibility to act wisely, thinking about the impact that we have on the environment - we prayed that our world’s leaders would reach consensus and make bold decisions, as well as having the strength to honour their commitments and keep their promises. We’re excited to hear about the outcome of this conference with a visit from one of the delegates planned in for next week.

You might have noticed that the air quality at the school gates at drop-off is really poor on these recent misty mornings, and with more cars on the roads again as the winter approaches, it’s also proving hazardous for pedestrians. Please do remember not to leave your engine running while you wait, and never park on the zigzags or where it’s unsafe. Next Friday, we’re joining other schools in Surrey to encourage green travel as part of the BBC Children In Need appeal. Perhaps you could jog, walk, scoot or cycle in next Friday. Once you’ve done it once, you might find it’s a lovely way to start the day - it might change the way you travel in every Friday…even parking a short way away would make a difference. Thank you on behalf of the children for prioritising keeping them safe!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Be a team! How can you be a better team player?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Dates
Active Travel on Friday 19 November for Children in Need
On Friday 19th November Holy Trinity Pewley Down are joining other schools in Surrey to encourage our families to Active Travel to school to raise money for BBC Children In Need 2021.

We would like you to walk, skip, jog, scoot or cycle to and from school and bring in a £1 donation for Children in Need.

Admissions Consultation 2023/24
Holy Trinity Pewley Down is currently consulting on the Admission Arrangements for 2023/24. Further details of the proposed changes are available on the website: 2023 Admissions Consultation

The consultation will run for 6 weeks until 22 December 2021. Any comments should be sent to Jane Bennett, Clerk to Governors, via email (janeb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk) or post (Pewley Down Infant School, Semaphore road, Guildford GU1 3PT).

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December at Holy Trinity School 12-2.30pm
HTSC and FOPS would like to invite you to an afternoon of games, shopping and entertainment at our first ‘live’ school event in 2 years! We are so excited that we can finally meet lots of new families and for many, this will be their first HTPD Fair experience. See HTSC section below for more information.

INFANT

Parent consultations, Tuesday 16 & Thursday 18 November
If you have a Zoom meeting booked with your child’s teacher, login details will be sent home on Monday.

For in person meetings, please come to the library / office area on arrival; there will be a list showing where the consultations are being held.

Teacher-led club cancellations
All teacher-led clubs are cancelled next week commencing 15 November owing to the parent consultations.

PD Christmas production: Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December at 9.30 am
We are hopeful that we will be able to host a live audience this year, but of course we will continue to be mindful of the current Covid safety advice. More details to follow.

Menu: Week 2 beginning 15 November

Found: Usborne reading book ‘The Queen Makes a Scene’ left on the table at the office entrance.


JUNIOR

Tempest Photos are being sent home with the children today – please check their bags for the photos.

HT Christmas Dinner
Please complete the HT Christmas Lunch 2021 Form by 18 November – the kitchen needs to order supplies based on the numbers. If the Form is not completed by the deadline, we’ll presume your child will bring a packed lunch. Please see the Parentmail for detailed information.

Teacher Led Clubs
Wednesday 17 November - Year 5 Netball cancelled – being moved to Friday 19th November
Friday 19 November - Year 6 Netball cancelled

Dates for your Diary
Friday 19 November - HTSC Film Night for Year 5 and 6
Monday - Thursday 6-9 December - HT Christmas Production
We are hopeful that we will be able to host a live audience this year, but of course we will continue to be mindful of the current Covid safety advice. More details to follow.
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 (all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch)
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 (all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch)

Lunch – Week commencing 15 November Week 2
Please note the vegetarian option on Monday 15th November will be changed to Vegetable Risotto

Holy Trinity fixtures and Clubs next week w/c 15 November

Wednesday 17 Nov - Y6 girls are playing a netball match after school against QE.
This means Y5 netball club is cancelled on Wednesday and will move to Friday 19 Nov for this week only.

Friday 19 Nov - Y6 Netball club on Friday is cancelled.

Thursday 18 Nov - Y5&6 Girls Football Tournament at Kings College, Guildford
Parents taking children over to Kings to be at school at 2.45pm. Kick off at 3.30pm. Players must wear trainer/ astros and shin pads. Pick up from Kings at 5pm.


FOPS

Hi all,

We have a few things going on as we race towards the end of term!

Friday 19 November: Cake and Uniform Sale; front playground; 2.45pm – thanks to Year One for supplying the baked goods!

Friday 19 November: Year One drinks, Esmee and Matt’s house (check Year One WhatsApp group for full address); 8pm. Please bring a bottle.

Sunday 21 November: Ground Force Morning; school grounds; 10am-12pm. There are still a few slots to be filled to help clear up school grounds and plant some new shrubs. Please sign up here and bring any tools you may have. It’s a great opportunity for those not often able to join in school activities during the week to help out: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/84556170075/false#/invitation

Saturday 4 December: Holy Trinity Pewley Down Winter Fair; Holy Trinity School; 12pm – 2.30pm

Everything is coming together and there is more detailed information in the HTSC section below.

Donation Day will start on Friday 26 November. For those new to the school / Winter Fairs(!),we need some help with getting donations for some of our stalls, and we ask the families to donate a few items. We are looking for donations of donations of chocolate, bottles (from wine to shampoo), soft toys (clean), 2nd hand-books, preloved Christmas Jumpers (any age/size) and Sweety Sacks (previously known as Jolly Jars/Bags) – decorated paper bags filled with penny sweets & small toys.

These can be brought into school from 26 November. Please note we are not asking you to bring in one of everything per child, just what you have/can donate.

We are also going to need lots of volunteers to run the stalls and Sign Up sheets will go out w/c 22nd November.

An all school ParentMail will be going out with more information about the Winter Fair, so please do keep an eye out, or ask your class reps too!

Have a happy weekend, Kate


HTSC

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a good week this week.

Bonfire Night Virtual Fundraiser
Thank you to those who donated to the Bonfire night fundraiser last Friday. As per Clare’s newsletter, please find a link to our virtual fundraiser in lieu of bonfire night – it is still open for 1 more week if you would like to donate

Winter Festival – 4 December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
All the plans are coming together and thank you for the offers we have had so far for raffle prizes and for new games/stalls. Please email HTSC@htpd.surrey.sch.uk with any offers of donations for our raffle (by 17 November) or if you have an idea for a school-run stall by 19 November. If you would like a stall for a business, please also contact the above email address for more details before Friday 19 November.

Please look out for raffle tickets coming home with your child(ren) next Friday 19 November which will also include a letter about Donation Day on Friday 26 November.

The letter will also be sent via Parentmail next week. For those who are new to the school, we need some help with getting donations for some of our stalls, and we ask the families to donate a few items. For a heads up, we would like donations of chocolate, bottles (from wine to shampoo), soft toys (clean), second hand-books, preloved Christmas Jumpers (any age/size) and Sweety Sacks (previously known as Jolly Jars/Bags) – decorated paperbags filled with penny sweets & small toys. These can be brought into school from 26 November. Please note we are not asking you to bring in one of everything per child, just what you have/can donate.

To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held mostly outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders. We are aware of the British weather and how changeable it can be. If you have a gazebo we would borrow for the event, please could you email htsc@thpd.surrey.sch.uk or let your class rep know? We are looking for around 15-20.

Volunteers for stalls
We will be sending out Sign Up sheets w/c 22 November asking for volunteers to run the stalls on a rota basis. If you are planning to come as a family, please consider lending us 30mins of your time to come and help on a stall – it’s great fun and there will be instructions for how each game works/price etc. We will also need help in the morning to set up, and also in the afternoon to close down.

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.

Dates for your diary
19 November – raffle tickets come home
w/c 22 November – Sign Ups for stalls published
26 November – donation day

Have a great weekend!

Helen
HTSC Chair


Other Notices

Please see the attached flyer for the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline.

The Great HTPD Bake Off

05 November 2021

Just a few of the amazing entries into our very own Bake Off! Well done to everyone that took part.

No. 238

05 November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a great first week back after the break. The children all seem fully refreshed and ready to make the most out of school. Thank you for giving them time to relax last week; the rest has really done us all a lot of good. I so enjoy walking around the school and talking to the children about what they’ve been finding out. Sharing a quick conversation as they eat lunch is also one of my favourite parts of the day; their enthusiasm and zest for learning is so uplifting. They often talk about the topics that we use to provide connections in their learning, as well as being an exciting context for the primary curriculum - they love becoming experts and finding new nuggets of knowledge to impress me with.

Once or twice this week, I’ve been a bit concerned to hear quite how busy some children are. They sounded weary at the number of after-school activities that they take part in. Do make sure you think about the balance – of course, it’s so exciting to try out new pursuits, or learn something different outside of school, but do check that your child has some time off each week. Just the school day itself is stimulating and can be tiring. So, do make sure that you’re not planning too much in to their weekly schedule. One child said to me, “I just wish I had time just to be by myself and read my book, but I only get time for that on a Thursday evening; I’m busy every other minute.”

In our assemblies this week, we’ve been thinking about the qualities of great leaders. King David showed mercy and kindness, even to his enemies – he provided an inspiring role model for the children to consider. Then, we talked about Jesus himself, renowned for His servant leadership, stooping to wash his disciples’ feet and ultimately laying down His life for His friends. I asked the children to think about what top tips they’d give to me as their headteacher. What sort of headteacher would they most want to follow? Hopefully, they have been inspired too to think of themselves as leaders of the future. Finally, we’ve been praying for our world leaders at COP26 – we all thought about how they need to be wise leaders to work together to plan for the future success of our planet. Next week at the junior school, our eco-team has been putting together a series of prayer spaces which will help us to continue to pray for this important world event. It’s great that both our school councils and our eco-teams lead the rest of the school community to “learn to live”. It’s been a great start to November!

I look forward to seeing many of our HT families in person next week for our junior school parent consultations, and I know that lots of you are booked in on Zoom too. I hope it’s a useful approach that we’re taking, with an option for whatever suits you best. Please do make sure you’ve booked an appointment – and get in touch with us if you need any help in sorting this out.

With love,

Clare


Thought of the Week: Take the lead. What are the qualities of a good leader?

Whole School

Winter Fair – Saturday 4 December at Holy Trinity School 12-2.30pm
HTSC and FOPS would like to invite you to an afternoon of games, shopping and entertainment at our first ‘live’ school event in 2 years! We are so excited that we can finally meet lots of new families and for many, this will be their first HTPD Fair experience.

We will have tasty hot food, mulled wine, hot drinks and cakes, raffle with some great prizes along with crafts and games for everyone.

Please put the date in your diary and there will be more information to follow via Parentmail in the next week or so on how you can help us make this a fun afternoon of fundraising for our school.

If you know anyone who would like a stall, or a business who would like to donate any prizes to the raffle or support/sponsor towards the costs of running this event for please contact HTSC@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to discuss.

SCITT Information Session
Are you interested in finding out about training to be a teacher at HTPD? Take a look at this flyer for information about an event to be held at HTPD later this month.


INFANT

Teacher-led club cancellations
The following clubs are cancelled next Thursday 11 November due to the Year 2 trip to St Paul’s Cathedral:

  • Choir with Lilja, Crafty Crafty with Jo and Football with Georgie.

All teacher-led clubs are cancelled in the week of 15 November owing to the parent consultations.

Parent consultations, Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 November
The booking system for parent appointments will go live on ParentMail this evening at 6.00pm.

Poppy Appeal
We have poppies available in the school office for a donation to the Royal British Legion.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 8 November


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Friday 12 November - HTSC Film Night for Year 3 and 4
Friday 19 November - HTSC Film Night for Year 5 and 6
Monday - Thursday 6-9 December - HT Christmas Production
We are hopeful that we will be able to host a live audience this year, but of course we will continue to be mindful of the current Covid safety advice. More details to follow.
Thursday 9 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 3 and 4 ( all of Year 5 and 6 to bring Packed lunch)
Friday 10 December - Christmas Dinner for Year 5 and 6 ( all of Year 3 and 4 to bring packed lunch)
Please see Parentmail and flyer for details.

Parents Evening
Login for the Zoom meetings will be sent out on Tuesday 9 November in the morning.
Tues 9th, Wed 10th and Thurs 11th – Year 3
Tues 9th and Thurs 11th - Year 4, 5 and 6

No Teacher Led Clubs Week Commencing 8 November
Please note due to Parents Evening Meetings, there will be no after school Teacher Led Clubs next week.

The only Clubs running are:
Monday - Netball for Year 4 ; Hockey for Year 5 and 6
Thursday -  Dance Club for Year 3
The external clubs will be running as usual

Tempest Orders
Last call to return any Tempest Individual Photo orders to school – they will be collecting the orders on Monday 8 November.

Lunch - Week commencing 8 November Week 1


FOPS News

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a good half term break. We are back with lots of preparation for the Winter Fair, as detailed above. As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are running a joint fair with Holy Trinity. We think this is a brilliant chance for the whole school community to be together. There will be lots of fun games and activities for children (and adults!) of all ages so hopefully many of you can make it.

So we can make this a fun afternoon of fundraising for the school, we will be needing donations of many different items. More information about what is needed will follow in the coming days.

In other news, unfortunately due to various reasons we are cancelling the pizza and movie afternoon on Saturday 13th November. We will try and do this again after Christmas.

Finally, our first Ground Force Day in a while is taking place on Sunday 21st November from 10am-12pm. We will help to transform the school grounds. We need volunteers and tools – please use this Sign Up link for information and to volunteer.

Dates for your diary
Friday 19th November: Year One Bake and Uniform Sale; school playground; 2.45pm
Friday 19th November: Year One drinks at Esmee’s house – details to follow
Sunday 21st November: Ground Force Day; school grounds; 10am – 12pm
Saturday 4th December: Winter Fair; Holy Trinity; 12pm – 2.30pm

Have a good weekend, Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down….hope you all had a great half term.

Bonfire Night Virtual Fundraiser
As per Clare’s newsletter before half term, please find a link to our virtual fundraiser in lieu of bonfire night. If you would have come along this evening and can afford to donate a few £ it would be much appreciated to help start us off with our fundraising this year.

Winter Festival – 4th December 12-2.30pm at Holy Trinity Site
We are really looking forward to getting the whole school back together again! We had a great planning meeting with parents from FOPS on Wednesday evening.

To keep our community as safe as possible, the Winter Fair will be held mostly outside in the lower playground for games and stallholders. Please email HTSC@htpd.surrey.sch.uk with any offers of donations from businesses or if you would like a stall.

More information will be coming via Parentmail in the next couple of weeks.

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.

Have a good weekend!
Helen
HTSC Chair


Parenting Smart (Place2Be)
The children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children. Advice can be found on over forty topics including:

  • Understanding sibling rivalry
  • My child is lying, what does it means, what should I do?
  • My child has trouble going to sleep
  • My child says ‘I hate you!’
  • Cultural identity: who am I?

The Parenting Smart website can be found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/

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