No. 194

25 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

With the recent national increases in people testing positive for Covid19, I’m firstly keen to reassure you that we are carefully following all the published government guidance and are prioritising our health and safety measures. Hand washing is now firmly established into the daily routine and the staggered start and finish means that children don’t come close to those in other classes – please help us with this by keeping your distance from other parents and arriving on time (but not too early) for your child’s bubble drop off and pick-up and leaving the site promptly. I appreciate how hard it is not to stay and chat, but we must do all that we can to keep the whole community virus free.

Our doors and windows are kept open to improve ventilation. Please make sure children bring coats and wear warm layers to school as we are making the most of the outdoors, even if it rains, and the classrooms are colder than usual with the increased fresh air!

We do have several children self-isolating due to being close contacts of those who are showing symptoms, and while this doesn’t mean any class has yet had to close, as a staff, we’ve been working hard to ensure these children can continue to learn while they’re at home. Several schools locally do have entire classes that are self-isolating.

I’d like to share with you our plans for remote learning so that, in the event of your child being unable to attend school due to self-isolating, their education can continue without interruption. The feedback from parents after lockdown was really positive about the type of learning that the children accessed at home, but several of you requested more regular interaction with staff. We are now in a position to provide this, using Tapestry at Pewley, and Microsoft 365 at HT. Please feel free to read our contingency plan. In essence, if your child has to be at home but isn’t poorly (for example, they are self-isolating due to being a close contact), the following will happen:

  • They will receive a “Get going pack” with activities for the first couple of days.
  • The class teacher will be in touch to organise your child’s learning, as well as to arrange daily contact and feedback on the tasks completed at home.

If the whole class has to stay at home due to a positive case within the class, the teacher will send daily provision via Tapestry or Parentmail, and will also aim to run daily sessions via Zoom. Work completed at home will need to be uploaded either on Tapestry or via Microsoft Forms (we are trialling this as part of your child’s homework already so you should become familiar with how these platforms work). If you have any concerns about these plans for remote learning, please do get in touch with me or your child’s class teacher.

One big disappointment this year is the absence of live parent tours for those hoping to join the school in September 2021. Instead, we’ve put together a virtual tour and I’ll be running live Q and A sessions on Zoom (take a look at the website for details). Huge thanks to both Millie Chadwick and Jonathan Stocks (for more amazing footage, take a look at Jonathan's company, Goshawk FPV and his website www.goshawkfpv.com/) for their film-making skills, and to the children and parents involved too; Jonathan’s drone provided an awesome view of the grounds at the juniors and our parent film-stars made me proud to be part of such a positive and happy community. Do take a look and pass on the link to families with younger children who’ll hopefully join Year 3 or Reception next year.

With love,
Clare

Thought of the Week: “Dare to care.” Care for others as God cares for you. Who should you be caring for?

WHOLE SCHOOL

Pre-owned and proud day, Friday 2 October
The children have been invited to come into school wearing home clothes which have been previously owned either by someone else in the family (a sibling) or from a charity shop. This is not a fund raiser but will hopefully help the children to value their possessions and think hard about using resources carefully. Some outfits might have great stories behind them!

Surrey County Council
is asking young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), their parent/carers and the practitioners supporting them, to share their views and experiences of the Surrey Local Offer website. All local authorities must have a Local Offer website that provides information and the details of services available for children and young people with SEND and their families. The consultation aims to understand if Surrey’s Local Offer website is helpful, easy to use and gives those using it the information and advice that they need. Visit Surrey says - Local Offer to view the survey and take part.

INFANT

Class Photos (Years 1 and 2)
Class photos taken on 9 March are now available to order! Forms will be going out early next week and should be returned to the office by Monday 5 October. Orders can also be made on-line.

Menu: Week 2 (starting 28 September)


JUNIOR

Christ College Virtual Open Evening
Christ College will be holding a virtual open evening for HTPD on Thursday 1st October at 6pm. For details please see this flyer.

Menu - Week 1
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HTSC News

Class reps
Thank you to Suzy, Jo and Cath for volunteering for 6T – just the remaining 2 year 6 classes left without reps.

Second Hand Uniform
Simone Chidlow is very kindly keeping all our donations at her house. If you have any to donate (age 7-8 upwards), please drop her an email simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange dropping it off at her house. If you need any uniform from her, please email her and she will do her best to sort it out for you. We have heard that M&S have run out of skirts/trousers etc. – if you need these types of items they are only £1 each from Simone. We are using Paypal this year for uniform payments as we cannot handle cash – please pay for your second hand uniform using this link https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf

Date for AGM
Our AGM has been confirmed and will take place via Zoom on Weds 7th October at 7pm – the link will be shared on the day. If would be great to see as many of you as possible. We still need a Secretary (to minute the meetings) and a Treasurer (looks after the accounts/payments – all online) – both of these roles can be shared between 2 people to lighten the load. As we cannot have any physical events this year, there will be less work for these roles to process and less time required, making this a good transition year to come on board and help out the school. It would be great if these roles were filled by the AGM.

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 £1900 has been raised through this so far with only 79 supporters (thank you to the extra 1 that signed up this week!) – it would be great if more signed up as this is a really simple way of supporting the school while shopping online.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop me an email at helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
Helen
HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)


Does your son love to sing?
Is he fed up with Covid 19 restrictions?

Why not consider the boys’ choir at Holy Trinity Church Guildford. Practices 6.30-7.45pm every Thursday during term time. Contact the Director of Music for further details mholford1966@gmail.com

 


 

Christ Church are excited to announce the return of their youth group Xstream! For years 3-6, every Thursday starting on the 1st October from 5:00pm-6:15pm. Come join us for activities such as table tennis, craft, billiards, air hockey, games, bible stories and much more!
To enquire about further details, as well as the safety measures put in place, please email Owen@ChristChurchGuildford.com
 

No. 193

18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

My favourite part of this last week was the short time that I spent in one of the Year 5 classrooms reading the children a story. Seeing their excited faces as the plot took a surprising turn, laughing with them as we acted out the sound effects and facial expressions, and noticing the pin-drop silence as they hung onto my every word, I can fully recommend it to anyone, especially if you find yourself anxious about Covid19; take some time out to enjoy a great book with your children. You’ll soon be swept away with them into a different world! I’ve been so pleased to see reading stories is being prioritised across every year group. Take a look at some of the photos on Twitter – our staff are doing a great job and the children are loving it.

Huge thanks to the children too for their politeness, courtesy, respect and gratitude. It’s been delightful seeing how much they appreciate being back at HTPD with their classmates.

If your child has a cold and is well enough to be in school, they can still attend, just as they would have done before Covid19. Sniffles are part of normal primary school life! Of course, a high temperature, or a persistent cough, and / or a loss of taste or smell would be different; your child would then need to be tested before they can return. Take a look at the helpful guide (What to do if…) that we’ve linked to the website advice page. We are so grateful for your ongoing support to keep the school safe.

We’re working hard to provide home learning for any child that’s having to stay at home due to coronavirus advice or self-isolation. If however, they are ill, all they need to do then is rest and recover – they won’t need to engage in home-learning! I’ll share more details of our contingency plan for remote learning provision next week, but thank you in advance for keeping to the government guidelines regarding school attendance. Please do keep working hard to socially distance at the school gates; gathering in groups larger than six would not be appropriate. As soon as your child is either dropped off or picked up, please move quickly away from the playgrounds and entrances.

I was delighted that Year 4 successfully took part in our first big day-out of the school year. They visited Butser Ancient Farm, bringing their topic on Iron Age Britain to life as they experienced round houses and traditional crafts, as well as enjoying a coach trip and a picnic. The trip obviously involved a lot more planning and risk-assessment than usual, but it has proved to us that it can be done! We were so encouraged that HTPD’s rich diet of exciting learning experiences can continue…and as the first school to visit the farm this term, we were given the gold-star treatment! The success of the day gave us the confidence to plan for other similar events later in the term! Next up, is Year 3’s Marwell Zoo trip, and it’s great to hear that the Wild Place is back on the timetable at Pewley.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “Dare to care.” Care for others as God cares for you. Who should you be caring for?

Whole school

Please remember when bringing dogs to areas outside of school that some children are wary of them and dogs must be kept under control at all times. A reminder that dogs are not allowed on the school premises and please be courteous to residents and ensure any mess is cleared up.

Infant

Hand washing
Some parents have noticed that with all the extra hand washing, their children’s hands are becoming dry. Please do feel free to send in moisturiser if that would help. Do let us know also, if your child has any skin condition like severe eczema; you would of course be able to provide a pharmacy-sourced or medically-prescribed soap substitute. Just email the class teacher.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 September
Mon: Spaghetti with Bolognese or Vegetable Sauce; Flapjack
Tues: Thai Chicken or Mild Vegetable Curry with Saffron Rice; Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Weds: Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Tart; Jelly
Thurs: Sausage or Vegetarian Sausage with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Rice Pudding
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.


Junior

Current Year 6
This is a little reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools are now open. The secondary schools in Guildford are running Open Evenings over the next few weeks, virtually or otherwise. Please check the respective schools’ websites for dates and details so that you can arrange to attend them.

Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/secondary/apply. Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council. The closing date for all applications for entry in September 2021 is Saturday, 31st October 2020, which happens to fall on a Saturday during half term this year and it is vital that you submit your application on or before this date.

Menu - Week 3

Socially Distanced Takeaway Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Laura H and Svenja T, with boys in Year 4 and Year 6, are organising a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September as a take away service from 40 Harvey Road with social distancing in place. Delicious home-baked cakes and tea or coffee will be available to collect for a kind donation from 8.30am until 12pm approximately. Nothing stops cancer, so nothing should stop us from having a coffee morning and raising some money for a good cause along the way. As you probably know Macmillan provides care and support for people living with cancer. If you would like to help on the day or get baking, please get in touch with Svenja or Laura in advance of the event as cakes will have to be “quarantined” and packaged up beforehand. Or just come along and visit https://thyg.uk/BUU004690221


FOPS News

Hi All,

It's a shorter newsletter this week with two key items:

1. We are starting preloved uniform sales through the office. Please email Ruth and Jane and Ruth with details of what you would like, and they will endeavour to find it for you. We are looking to try and set up a PayPal pool for this, but currently, it will be cash into an honesty box on collection.

2. FOPs are still looking for FOPs Chair/Chairs and a FOPS Secretary.

Please please do contact us if you have any questions about the outstanding roles or would like to put your name forward. It would be a great shame if we were unable to continue with the PTA this year…...

Also, please don’t forget that Friends of Pewley Down School is registered with easyfundraising. So, although we’ve been unable to get together and hold fundraising events in person since March, we can continue to raise free funds with easyfundraising, at no extra cost to you.

In the coming weeks, if you’re buying new school uniform, PE kits, rucksacks and stationery online, please remember to shop via the easyfundraising website or app. There are thousands of retailers on easyfundraising, including M&S, John Lewis, Clarks, WHSmith and The Works, who will all give free donations to FOPS when you shop with them.

If you’re not already signed up, it only takes a few minutes, then you can begin using the easyfundraising website or app straightaway - simply visit easyfundraising first and then shop online as normal. This will be an enormous help to us, at no extra cost to yourself. Please visit our easyfundraising page to get started: You shop. Friends of Pewley Down Infant School, Guildford gets money. For free.

Thanks, Sam and Jo (FOPS Chairs)


HTSC News

Hope you’ve all had some time in the sunshine this week and looking forward the weekend.

Class reps
Thank you to the below for volunteering to be class reps this year – all the classes are filled for years 3,4 and 5; just need Year 6 reps now.

Confirmed reps for 3A – Steph & Mel,
Confirmed reps for 3C – Suzie
Confirmed reps for 3S – Vera & Moriam
Confirmed reps for 4A – Laura & Becky
Confirmed reps for 4EL – Buffy & Claudine
Confirmed reps for 4N – Svenja (if anyone could join Svenja, that would be great).
Confirmed reps for 5JJ – Rebecca & Jenny
Confirmed reps for 5T – Lou & Kim
Confirmed rep for 5S – Marisa & Caren

Second Hand Uniform
Simone Chidlow is very kindly keeping all our donations at her house. If you have any to donate (age 7-8 upwards), please drop her an email simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange dropping it off at her house. If you need any uniform from her, please email her and she will do her best to sort it out for you. We are using Paypal this year for uniform payments as we cannot handle cash – please pay for your second hand uniform using this link https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf

Meetings
We will be holding our termly meetings and our AGM via Zoom in the next couple of weeks – dates/times and links for these will be shared via your class reps once the dates are confirmed. We still need a Secretary (to minute the meetings) and a Treasurer (looks after the accounts/payments – all online) – both of these roles can be shared between 2 people to lighten the load. As we cannot have any physical events this year, there will be less work for these roles to process and less time required, making this a good transition year to come on board.

Once we have had our AGM and the formalities of this process are concluded, we will have our first committee meeting via Zoom. All parents are invited to join with any ideas you may have for fundraising this year. Thank you for the suggestions that have arisen in conversation at the gates for some virtual events. We cannot hold any events at school or gather in groups for the foreseeable, but I’m sure we will be able to continue to support the school community in other ways.

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 £1900 has been raised through this so far with only 78 supporters – it would be great if more signed up as this is a really simple way of supporting the school while shopping online.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop me an email at helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
Helen
HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)
 

No. 192

10 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been amazing to see how many families have been able to join in with our “Meet the Team” evenings. With only Year 3 and Reception left to meet, I’ve been glad to connect with over 80% of our parent-body! Thank you so much for your partnership. If you didn’t manage to log on, do take a good look at this week’s JTLYK pages as much of the information is repeated there.

One aspect that hasn’t been covered in these meetings is our annual request for financial support. As a church school, we are able to access generous funds from the Diocese of Guildford to complete building works. In recent years, this has included the new gates at the juniors and toilet refurbishment at the infants. Moving forward we have secured funds for resurfacing the carpark at HT and installing a new fence and electronic gates at Pewley. The only drawback is that the school has to find 10% of these costs – for that we rely on regular parental contribution.

In addition, several of our families are supported through our hardship fund to engage with the full experience of living life to the full at HTPD. This includes residential visits and day trips, swimming lessons and Fluffy Fridays. This fund is only able to operate thanks to the generosity of both parents and staff within the school community. Please do take a look at these two forms: one for regular contributions, and one for stand-alone gifts. Any amount makes such a difference; just get in touch with the finance team if you would like help in managing your donation and also for advice about match funding if your employer takes part in this initiative (finance@htpd.surrey.sch.uk).

With all the important information that’s been shared recently, it’s easy to forget to pass things on to you all – the most important of which is to tell you about our wonderful new all-weather pitch at the juniors. Thanks to our huge team effort in fund raising, we were able to get the work done over the summer break and the children are loving being able to use this resource. It’ll be a fabulous sports arena for many years to come and, even though we’ll still need to continue fundraising for a while yet to complete the project, I’m so glad that your children are already able to enjoy this space. It’s been great to see PE lessons getting underway at both schools – and the children seem so happy to be able to enjoy the whole breadth of our curriculum, as well as to play with their friends.

At the end of our first full week, I’d like to thank you so much for keeping to our staggered arrival and pick up times. We’ve been so pleased that the start and end of the day isn’t too crowded around both sites. It’s also safer with fewer cars arriving and leaving all at once. Please do try to keep to your allotted times moving forward. Only those with siblings, or specific circumstances should be in classrooms before or after the time that they’ve been given.

Finally, I can introduce you to our assembly series for the term ahead. Each week we’ll be introducing one of a collection of HTPD heroes. These famous people each demonstrate a particular characteristic and will hopefully inspire us all to make a difference in the world. We’ll also be looking at Bible heroes from the Old Testament and learning that God has always used people to build his kingdom on Earth. We’re sure to spend a lot of time thinking about one of our school values, “To imagine the journey in another’s footsteps; nurturing understanding, respecting all.” As an introduction this week, we’ve considered how each of us is unique and treasured – we’ve challenged ourselves to be the very best that we can be. As the weeks go by we’ll encourage the children to choose their favourite HTPD hero…I wonder who will come out on top in the vote at the end of term?

Have a great weekend.
With love, Clare


Thought of the Week: “You are unique.” What plans have you got for your life? What plans does God have?

INFANT & JUNIOR

Swimming
Swimming lessons for Years 2, 3 and 4 have now been postponed until after October half term.

Use of WhatsApp
Several parents have requested that we mention this. Please be careful when using WhatsApp when you communicate information. Try to leave opinions and concerns to more private groups. With over 90 families in each group sharing anxieties can be alarming. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions you may have.

INFANT

Nasal Flu vaccination, Monday 16 November (years R, 1 and 2)
We will be sending out a ParentMail next week with information on the nasal flu vaccination and an e-consent form. The deadline for completion is Monday 9 November.

Menu for week beginning Monday 14 September
Mon: BBQ Chicken or Quorn with Rice; Flapjack
Tues: Pasta Carbonara or Mac & Cheese; Marble Cake with Custard
Weds: Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Stuffed Roasted Peppers; Jelly
Thurs: Beef or Vegetable Taco with Rice & Peas; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.


JUNIOR

We have been made aware of a disturbing video that has been widely shared on social media by young people. This video has appeared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok. If you would like more information, do read this BBC news article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54069650.

We would advise parents to monitor their child’s usage of social media and remind parents of the recommended age restrictions associated with the different Social Media apps.

Dates for the diary
Monday 14 September -Year 4 trip to Butser Farm

Second Hand Uniform
If you would like to make use of our second-hand uniform stocks please email Simone Chidlow (email: simonechidlow@googlemail.com) and she will be happy to advise you. We are really grateful for any donations that come in through this scheme.

After School Clubs
We are delighted to be able to tell you that we are expanding our weekly clubs in Years 4, 5 and 6. Please see timetable  for your childs clubs. Once Year 3 have settled in we will include them.

Menu - Week 2


FOPS News

We hope you have all been settling in this week and getting into the new routine. We are collating new members of the FOPs team and are looking forward to thinking about how we can undertake covid-safe activities.

FOPs is a great opportunity for you to be involved in school life and the community spirit - you will raise money for supporting your child’s education with additional materials, equipment and even facilities, such as the new sports pitch at HT and at the same time you will get to meet new parents and have more involvement with the school.

We are currently looking for:

FOPS Chair/Chairs - this role sees you heading up FOPS and leading fundraising activities for the school. There is a weekly commitment to writing a newsletter, and then events planning and running. With covid still around though, the events this year are likely to be a little different.

FOPS Secretary - this important role supports all of the FOPS activities, including at FOPS meetings and ensuring we have the all-important licenses in place for the fundraisers.

We do however have a full set of class reps – thank you to:
Year R: Tania, Hester and Hannah (Willow) and Sally and Gini (Hazel)
Year 1: Ilona and Amber (Beech) and Becky and Caroline (Oak)
Year 2: Emma and Sabrina (Chestnut) and Catherine and Vicki (Walnut)

Again, please do contact us if you have any questions about the outstanding roles or would like to put your name forward:

Thanks, Sam and Jo (FOPS Chairs)



HTSC News

It’s Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and not too tired!

HTSC Committee
We have 2 vacancies for this year – Secretary and Treasurer. Tillie Williams and Kirsty Terracotta’s children have moved on to Secondary school and are hanging up their hats – they have both done an amazing job while in post. If you would like to put yourself forward, or would like more information, please contact helen@thomasday.co.uk. These roles can be shared, if that helps encourage you to volunteer and handovers will be arranged. We cannot operate as a charity without these positions being filled.

Class reps
Although things are a little different this year, we still need class reps for each class. Class reps are a point of contact between the class teacher and the parents, a contact for the Committee with each class for fundraising events and also as a social organiser. If you would like to be a class rep for your class (max 2 per class) please email helen@thomasday.co.uk.
3A – Steph & Mel,
3C – Suzie (needs one more volunteer).
3S – Vera & Moriam
4A – Laura & Becky
4EL – Buffy (needs one more volunteer)
4N – no one has come forward yet.
5JJ – Rebecca & Jenny
5T - Lou & Kim
5S - Marisa & Caren
Year 6 – no reps have come forward yet.

It would be fantastic if we could have these last 5 classes filled by next week.

Second Hand Uniform
Simone Chidlow is very kindly keeping all our donations at her house. If you have any to donate (age 7-8 upwards), please drop her an email simonechidlow@googlemail.com to arrange dropping it off at her house. Year 3 have already had a sale at their coffee morning and there are still some outstanding payments for the uniform sold that day. We are using Paypal this year for payments as we cannot handle cash at the moment. If you have not had the link, it is here https://paypal.me/pools/c/8scngiBObf

Meetings
We will be holding our termly meetings and our AGM via Zoom – dates and links for these will be shared via parentmail.

Have a lovely weekend
Many thanks
Helen, HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)
 



Football Trials & Late Birthday Project 
Football trials, being held at a brand new Guildford centre in September. 'Late Birthday Project' offer
professional academy football coaching and games programmes on Friday evenings at Kings College Guildford. We would like to invite the pupils of Holy Trinity School, to our football trials. The age groups are U6 - U14 (for boys only at the moment, girls teams coming soon). For more information see LBP Letter & LBP Flyer.

ComputerXplorers has run after school computer clubs at Holy Trinity for several years however the current situation means that we can’t come into school at the moment. In lieu of this we are offering online clubs which students will access from home. The clubs will be taught live on Zoom from 4.15 each day and cover a range of activities. Please see our website for details https://westsurrey.computerxplorers.co.uk/classes. Most clubs start next week! 

SharpShots photography club - the after school photography club will be taught via live zoom workshop every Monday from 16:30 to 17:30 for ages 7-11. The class (costs £4) is limited to 15 students and any camera or mobile phone with a camera may be used. It will run from 14.09.20 and ends on 07.12.20. Please sign up at https://sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/live-online-after-school-photography-club/

 

No. 191

04 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much to the whole school community - children, parents and carers, and staff – for making this week possible. With all the careful hygiene adjustments and the different arrangements to get used to, I wondered how this September would feel. I needn’t have worried; I’ve loved seeing a joyful, exuberant celebration in all eighteen classrooms. It’s reminded us all how much we thrive when we can live in relationship with others, sharing stories, solving problems together, laughing and learning in a relaxed and happy place. We’re so glad to be back! Unusually, we have some places available in Year 3 and Year 5 this year, so please do spread the word locally. Because of international travel restrictions, some families have moved away or not taken up their places…we’d love to be full as it does impact on how much funding we receive to run the school.

Over the next few weeks, the teaching teams will be inviting you to join in with an online Zoom “Meet the Team” session. They’ll be presenting information about your child’s year so that you can support them as the weeks go by. Please do get in touch with your child’s teacher if you have any questions that you’d like answered so that the teachers can prepare. There will also be opportunity for live questions, but it’s sometimes easier to think ahead. See below for details about when each year group is meeting – and keep a look out for the Zoom login details which we’ll send out privately. Keep an eye on the website JTLYK pages too as they’ll be packed with important information specific to your child’s class.

At both sites, it’s been lovely to speak with so many of our families at drop off and pick up and I’ve noticed that lots of you have also relished this opportunity to catch up with each other. It’s a great sign of a happy school. Please do remember, however, to keep 2m apart and to leave swiftly when you have collected your child, since another class “bubble” will be leaving just 5 minutes later. We’re trying very hard not to mix bubbles during the day in school - please help us to carry this on at pick up as well. It would be such a shame if we were to experience a local upsurge in Covid19 infection because the school has reopened…and it would be so disappointing to have to close down class groups for 14 days because of positive cases. We’re all being really careful and have gone to huge lengths to reopen. The children are responding brilliantly to the new expectations – please set them a great example outside of school too.

Reopening the school has led to an increase in traffic flow around both sites. Do try to park up a little way away and walk in. Instead of Park and Ride, we could call it “Park and Stride”! It would really help to reduce congestion and keep pedestrians safer too. There are two hour parking bays all around the area; some people even love to walk in across the Downs.

Also, we operate an informal one-way system at both sites. At Pewley, please just drive down Semaphore Road from Pewley Hill towards Pewley Way. At Holy Trinity please drive along Pewley Way and into Addison Road and then complete the loop rather than attempting to turn around.

Do remember to park respectfully too. Keep the pavements clear and avoid parking across people’s driveways.

Thank you for confirming whether your child would have a school dinner or a packed lunch. Because of the Covid arrangements, I’m afraid we have to hold you to your decision and not allow children to

switch between the two options for this half term. I understand that’s disappointing and that you’re used to a lot more flexibility from us – hopefully it won’t be for long.

I think all the children will be ready for a weekend! And so will the staff after working so hard to help settle the children in. It’s been a fantastic start back, but with so many changes to adjust to, spending a couple of days back at home will be much appreciated I’m sure. We’ll see you on Monday ready for another great week!

With love,
Clare


IMPORTANT NOTICE RE OCTOBER INSET DAYS DATE CHANGES:

Since we had such a long period of school closure for so many children last term, we have decided to prioritise their school attendance now. This is one of our responses to the government requirement for schools to ensure that children catch up. We have decided to postpone this term’s INSET days to later in the year. Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October will now be normal school days. If you have already made plans to be away from Guildford on those days, please do let us know as this absence can be authorised due to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in.

Instead the staff will take part in training on the following days: Friday 12th February, Friday 25th June when the school will be closed for the children.

“Meet the Team” Zoom Meetings:

Year 1 Thursday 10th September 6.30pm
Year 2 Thursday 10th September 7.30pm
Year 3 Tuesday 15th September at 6.30pm
Year 4 Wednesday 9th September 7pm
Year 5 Tuesday 8th September 6.30pm
Year 6 Tuesday 8th September 7.30pm

Year R will meet later in the term, once the children have completed the first couple of weeks.

INFANT

Message Books
We need to know if there is a change to a child’s pick up arrangements. Please either phone or email the office to let us know, or note it in the class message books which are now on the table just outside the upper entrance.

Chicken Pox, Measles
In order to protect all members of our school community, if you suspect that your child has contracted chicken pox or measles (or an adult has shingles) please contact the school office immediately.

Menu for week beginning Monday 7 September
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Fresh Fruit
Tues: Turkey Meatballs or Vegetarian Balls with Pasta; Cheesecake
Weds: Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy or Cajun Vegetable Wraps; Fruit Jelly
Thurs: Chicken Pie or Vegetable Pie with New Potatoes; Fresh Fruit Salad
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Homemade Pizza; Ice Cream
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.

FOPS News

Welcome to a new school year, and hopefully a bit more of a normal one than last year! To new parents, we appreciate that this hasn't been the start of the school year that you might have expected, and we are sorry we couldn't do any meet-ups before or during the summer - but guidelines and in some cases the law means that we couldn't.

As it is the start of a year, it is also time for the current FOPS team to offer up the opportunity of running the school PTA to some new faces. We have had a great time on the team, but with changing work commitments and personal circumstances then it is becoming more challenging to keep going with this too. FOPs is a great opportunity for you to be involved in school life and really push for the community spirit - you will raise money for supporting your child’s education with additional materials, equipment and even facilities, such as the new sports pitch at HT and, at the same time, you will get to meet new parents and have more involvement with the school. Speaking for myself, my son has loved me being on FOPS as he feels like I have been really involved in his life at school.

We are currently looking for:

FOPS Chair/Chairs - this role sees you heading up FOPS and leading fundraising activities for the school. There is a weekly commitment to writing a newsletter, and then events planning and running. With covid still around though, the events this year are likely to be a little different.

FOPS Secretary - this important role supports all of the FOPS activities, including at FOPS meetings and ensuring we have the all-important licenses in place for the fundraisers.

Class Reps - we need two per class at least, though the more the merrier!

For year R, we have one class rep in place already - huge thank you for that!!

For year 1, we are doing very well so far and have two reps for Beech and one for Oak. More are very very welcome though (for both classes). Thank you to our fab three so far, and a special thanks to Becky for staying on another year!

For year 2, we could do with a class rep or four…..

We also wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all class reps for their support last year and to Sophie who has confirmed she will stay on as FOPS treasurer for another year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Please do contact us if you have any questions about these roles or would like to put your name forward.

Sam and Jo (FOPS Chairs)


JUNIOR

Dates for the diary
Friday 11th Sept - Year 5 trip to The Chantries
Monday 14th Sept - Year 4 visit to Butser Farm 

Junior school clubs
We are excited to announce that from next week we will be running a class football club for Years 4-6. Paul will be running this club for one class at a time, keeping each bubble apart, starting for the next three weeks with 4N on Wednesdays, 5T on Thursdays and 6T on Fridays. The club will run until 4.15pm. The other classes will follow later in the term.

Menu
Week 1 Week commencing 7 September

HTSC News

Hope everyone is well and getting to grips with being back in the school routine, even if it isn’t quite normal yet.

A big ‘welcome’ too to our new Year 3 children and parents – hope you are all settling in.

We haven’t got any dates set yet for meetings for this term, but as soon as we have, they will be shared via Parentmail. There are restrictions to what we can do, but hopefully with a bit of creativity and planning, we can help restore our community and welcome our new families.

HTSC Committee
We have 2 vacancies for this year – Secretary and Treasurer. Tillie Williams and Kirsty Terracotta’s children have moved on to Secondary school and are hanging up their hats – they have both done an amazing job while in post. If you would like to put yourself forward, or would like more information, please contact helen@thomasday.co.uk. These roles can be shared, if that helps encourage you to volunteer.

Class reps
Although things are a little different this year, we still need class reps for each class. Class reps are a point of contact between the class teacher and the parents, a contact for the Committee with each class for fundraising events and also as a social organiser. If you would like to be a class rep for your class (max 2 per class) please email helen@thomasday.co.uk.

Confirmed reps for 3A – Steph & Mel,
Confirmed reps for 3C – Suzie (needs one more volunteer).
Confirmed reps for 3S – Vera & Moriam
Posts in Year 4, 5 and 6 are all vacant.

It would be fantastic if we could have at least 1 volunteer per class by Thursday 10th September to publish in next Friday’s newsletter.

Have a good weekend ready for the 1st full week of term!

Many thanks
Helen Day
HTSC Chair (Issy 4EL, William 5S)
 


SharpShots Photography Club - the after school photography club will be taught via live Zoom workshop every Monday from 16:30 to 17:30 for ages 7-11. The class (costs £4) is limited to 15 students and any camera or mobile phone with a camera may be used. It will run from 14.09.20 and ends on 07.12.20. Please sign up at https://sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/live-online-after-school-photography-club/ 
Flyer availabe here.

Join The Queen's Six on Saturday 12 September for 'Journeys to the New World', a concert of Hispanic and Anglo-American music, featuring many different periods and styles. There will be a live Q and A with the members of the choir and introductions from two of the composers; Bob Chilcott and Philip Moore. The concert will be professionally recorded at Holy Trinity Church Guildford and the format really does feel like an event; as close to a live performance as we can create but from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The concert will be via Zoom and presented by Hennessey Brown Music. The Zoom Room will be open from 7pm and it will represent a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues from around the world before and after the event in the chat room. For all details, including how to book https://bit.ly/2EpMAeZ

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