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.

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