No. 234

24 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m sure you’ve spotted on our Twitter feed that sports fixtures have been up and running again this week. We were so excited to see children taking part in competitions across the town – it’s fantastic to give them the opportunity to represent the school. Our netballers played the first match of the season against Queen Eleanor’s, working hard to score eight goals, and narrowly losing out to a very strong opposition. Then our Year 5 and 6 cross country squad enjoyed a challenging course hosted by St Joseph’s over on Rydes Hill common with some amazing successes; Daisy coming in 2nd place overall! And then today, our Year 2 football team are taking part in a football festival at Aldro School. For many children this is the first occasion that they’ve been able to visit other schools wearing the HTPD colours. We’re so glad that these opportunities are back!

Another sign of life is today’s MacMillan coffee morning. Huge thanks to Svenja, Laura and the team for hosting this lovely event. As well as the school community enjoying a chance to come together, we were very glad to invite our local neighbours to enjoy coffee and cake in aid of a good cause.

Our PTAs at both sites are also getting busy – see below for details of the HTSC and FOPS meetings that are coming up. The HTSC AGM will be taking place on Zoom and they need at least thirty people to make it quorate. And we also still need class-reps. This is such a good way to contribute to school life, so please do get in touch with Helen or Kate if you’re keen to get involved.

With house captains, school councillors, eco-team reps and sports leaders now in place, it’s been great to see another side of school life flourishing again. We love providing opportunities for children to inspire one another and work together to make the school the best it can be. And restarting Friday staff breakfast has also been a welcome sign that things are returning to normal. HTPD really is so much more than just what’s happening in lessons!

Next week, we re-start prospective parent tours at both sites for Year R and Year 3 admission in September 2022. Finally, we’ll be able to welcome new families to look around the school during the day, and they’ll be able to make an informed decision about coming here next September. It must have been so much harder last year, and I’m grateful that our current families made sure that HTPD’s reputation was shared so positively. It’s fantastic that the school is full – please do encourage families with younger children to make a visit.

How lovely to see so many families walking to school today; it really made for a pleasant drop-off time with the roads noticeably quieter. Why not try doing the same again on another occasion? Even one day a week walking, scooting or cycling in would have an impact on traffic. Enjoy this Sunday’s car-free day in Guildford town centre.

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Patiently Wait. Are you able to be still and meditate?

INFANT

Parent Volunteer Training, Tuesday 28 September
If you are interested in volunteering in school please book onto the training session next Tuesday 28th at 9.00am at Pewley Down (email info@htpd.surrey.sch.uk).

Flu vaccination, Wednesday 20 October
You should have received a ParentMail earlier this week from Children and Family Health Surrey regarding the flu vaccine which is being offered to children at Pewley Down on 20 October. Please complete the e-consent by 4.00pm on Wednesday 13 October.

Menu for week beginning Monday 27 September
Mon: Sweet & Sticky Chicken Noodles or Sweet & Sticky Quorn Noodles; Carrot Cake with Custard Sauce
Tues: Provencal Chicken & Herb Pasta Bake or Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables with Rice; Shortbread Fingers & Fruit Wedges
Weds: BBQ Roast Pork & Gravy or Vegetable Pinwheel, Roast Potatoes; Chocolate Sponge & Chocolate Custard
Thurs: Chicken Tikka with Rice and Naan Style Bread or Pasta Marinara; Peach & Oat Bar
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Pizza Margherita & Chips; Strawberry Ice Cream & Watermelon
Also available daily: Filled Jacket Potato, Homemade Soup, Freshly Baked Bread, Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Salad


JUNIOR

Dates for the Diary
Monday 27 September – 5J RGS Tudor Visit
Monday 4 October - 5K RGS Tudor Visit
Tuesday 5 October - Year 3 Marwell Zoo Visit

Nasal Flu Immunisation Consent
Please complete the e-consent form latest by Tuesday 12th October 4pm. All the information can be found in the Parentmail that was sent on 16th September.

Lunch - Week 2 commencing Monday 27 September

Information about Fixtures
Before setting off, the children and teacher meet inside the school, at the bottom of the ramp, before the double doors out to the playground. A register is taken, children are given kit and should always have a snack, a drink, appropriate footwear and some warm clothes with them if it's cold. As they are not returning to school, children should also take their school bags with them. If you are helping with lifts, then we ask you to meet us in the same area, at the bottom of the ramp inside the school, so the teacher can organise children into cars.


FOPS

Hello all, a couple of reminders from FOPS today.

Welcome Back Coffee Morning – Tomorrow (Saturday 25th), 10am – 11.30am, School Hall
We’re really looking forward to seeing lots of people at tomorrow’s Welcome Back Coffee Morning. We’ve had a brilliant response and it’s looking to be a great day. Please remember to bring cash for coffee and pastries, etc. – there will be plenty of change!

PTA Meeting – Wednesday 29th September, 8pm, Rogues Bar
We’re holding our first full PTA meeting next Wednesday where we will plan fundraising events and activities for the coming months. All are welcome!

Finally, we held our AGM on Tuesday 21st and I’m delighted to say that Sophie McCall will continue as Treasurer, Debbie Smith as Secretary and myself (Kate Beveridge) as Chair. The Chair’s letter will be circulated via ParentMail.

Happy weekend and see you tomorrow!

Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down….

AGM – Wednesday 29th September 7.30-8pm via Zoom
Joining details will be sent on the day. In order for the meeting to be valid, we need at least 30 people to join the AGM – please check Parentmail sent on 22/9/21 for full details.

Class Reps
Class reps are a liaison between the teacher and the parents of their class, to help HTSC with events at school (organising volunteers), attending HTSC committee meetings (3 per year) organising class/year group social events and of course gifts for teachers at Christmas/end of the school year. If you would like to be a class rep, or need more information please email helen@thomasday.co.uk – 2 per class is ideal.

Here are the reps for this year so far that I know of and the classes that need volunteers:


Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
3A 4A - Emily 5J 6D
3A 4A - Hannah 5J 6D
3C - Alexa 4EL - Jo 5K - Laura 6S
3C - Natasha 4EL - Esme 5K - Elle 6S
3S 4N - Aidee 5T - Tania 6T
3S 4N 5T 6T 
       

Aside from class reps, Year 6 needs additional parents/carers (2 per class minimum) to fundraise for the end of year swag for the children – a lovely yearbook full of memories of their time at HT, and a party! If you would like to get involved, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk for more details. All ideas welcome (historically we have run film nights, cake sales, lolly sales, stalls at the fairs run by the children/homemade Xmas cards).

So far we have the following volunteers:
6T - Lou & Kim
6S - Jenny & Rebecca
6D - 

A heads up that we are planning to come back with a ‘bang’ this year with our annual bonfire night fiesta. This is our first all school event on the grounds since 2019. Please pencil Friday 5th November into your diaries. More details to follow in a few weeks, and how you can help to make it a fun packed evening.

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


Other Notices

Please see attached a poster for Guildford’s car-free day this Sunday 26th September.
If any parents would like to be part of a short film about how we can all be part of various air pollution solutions in Guildford - by working with world experts and designing projects together - then please join “University of Surrey” between 1 and 2pm this Sunday 26th September on the High Street.

Hi All,
So, I am Beau's, in year 4's, Mum, (as well as Ona and Ethan, ex HT pupils'), and I've made the crazy decision to run the London Marathon on 3rd October. I made this decision back in 2019, before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. After 20 months of on-off training, and a lot of aching, it's finally happening.

I am running for The National Autistic Society, a fantastic charity that could really do with the funding.
If you would like to sponsor me, please click on this link below. Anything would be appreciated.

Thank you so much, I really appreciate all your support.
Also, I can 100% guarantee I will NEVER run a marathon again!!
Best wishes, Amy

 


 

No. 233

17 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

How exciting to be back into the swing of the term! All our exciting extracurricular clubs are up and running and there’s a buzz of activity as children settle into their topics. This week, we’ve had three year groups heading out of school for day trips – to begin their history topic, Year 4 spent Monday travelling back through the ages to Iron Age Britain, exploring the round house and Roman villa at Butser Ancient Farm, dressed in costumes typical of the time, and trying out some traditional crafts. The first of the Year 5 classes, 5T, took part in a Tudor workshop at the RGS. Then today, Year 6 visited Wisley RHS Gardens to explore the bio-diversity of various different habitats around the world as part of their geography topic. Next week, Year 2 will be exploring our local partner church, Holy Trinity who have set up a heritage trail. It’s been so long since we’ve been able to take children there, and we’re excited to remind them of this vital link with HTPD. We’re also looking forward to bringing back visits to our school assemblies from Robert Cotton, our chair of governors and rector of HT. The children will be so pleased to see him back in school!

Our assembly series this term takes us on a tour through the life of King David, from the Old Testament; he was the Israelites' most loved king and known as "a man after God's own heart". He shows us so many Christ-like attributes, but he was also fallible and made mistakes. We’re hoping that we’ll understand how God’s destiny and purpose for each one of us is unique and special. The term's theme also uses traditional tales to encourage us all to look at things from different points of view (what if the Big Bad Wolf was actually trying to check the three little pigs' dwellings for strength to withstand a storm, or if the little red hen had a helpful team right from the start of the story?). There’s also a weekly punctuation mark which connects the Bible story with the children's grammar lessons! The theme goes right up to Christmas time, linking in with the Christmas nativity carol "Once in Royal David's city". Do keep a look out for the assembly slides that are published each week on the website if you would like more information about each week’s key questions.

As well as enjoying plenty of creative ways to learn through our topic-based approach, it’s been great to put swimming back on the curriculum. The children in Year 2, 3A and 4EL had their first swimming lesson this week; we’re delighted that the Spectrum has finally had the green light to re-open its doors to school groups! And we’re thrilled that sports fixtures competing against other local schools are back on the timetable too!

Next week, Guildford council are running a car-free day on Sunday 26th September around the town centre. To enable schools and children to join in, they’ve suggested making next Friday a “sustainable travel to school” day. Why not walk or cycle or scooter in? Even car-sharing would make a difference to the roads around school, and it really does improve children’s wellbeing to walk even part of the way. I’m always fascinated to see that the children who walk in across the Downs seem to arrive for their morning lessons fully awake, with super focus and they just seem ready to face the day ahead with a “zest for learning and love of life”.

It looks like the good weather will continue for the next few days so I’m looking forward to a late-summer walk over the weekend. Hopefully, we’ll also be able to give Year 3 and Year 6 the chance to get outside and enjoy meeting their buddies in the Chantries. We were glad that we’d postponed this last Tuesday when the torrential rain came down - our Year 3 Noah’s ark theme was certainly topical! Better luck next week!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: Be yourself – are you happy with who you are?

Whole School Notice

Parent Volunteers
We are so looking forward to being able to welcome parent volunteers back into the classrooms. If you are keen to take on this vital role, we would love to meet you. Please contact your child’s class teacher, and also book onto one of our training sessions via the school offices (hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or info@htpd.surrey.sch.uk): Wednesday 22nd September 9.15 at HT or Tuesday 28th September 9.00 at PD. Both sessions will cover the same information.

HK Families Coffee Morning - 21 September 11am
Our Hong Kong Chinese community in the school has grown substantially over the last two school years. To celebrate this we would like to invite all Hong Kong families for a coffee morning at 11am on 21st September in the Staffroom at Holy Trinity. We will have tea/coffee and biscuits. Lucy and Bridgit our home school link workers will be there, as well as Donna our special educational needs administrator, who is also from Hong Kong. It would be lovely to meet you all and for you to meet each other. Please let Lucy know by emailing lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk if you are able to attend.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
It‘s time for our first HTPD social: the MacMillan Coffee morning on Friday the 24th September in the Thoughtful area of HT Playground! Please come along with your own mug to enjoy the most delicious homemade cakes. We’ll also provide tea and coffee. If you haven’t got time to stop and chat, take your slice of cake home. All collected money will go to MacMillan charity that provides support for people with cancer and will be greatly appreciated however big or small.

As we still try to keep Covid away from our school community, we’ll stay outside and are suggesting the following time slots for each year:
8:45 Y6
9:15 Y5
9:45 Y4
10:15 Y3
9:45 Pewley (reception, Y1 & Y2)
Hope to all see you next Friday! Laura & Svenja (both 5K)


INFANT

School photos, Monday 4 October
The school photographer will be visiting on Monday 4 October to take individual photographs of the children so please remember smart school uniform that day.

Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club runs Monday to Friday in the school hall and no booking is required. The first session starts at 8.00am (£5 including a healthy breakfast). We also offer an early drop-off from 8.20am (£2 not including breakfast.

Menu for week beginning Monday 20 September
Mon: Chicken Korma with Basmati Rice or Macaroni Cheese; Apple & Cinnamon Cake with Custard Sauce
Tues: Pork or Vegetarian Sausages, Mashed Potato & Gravy; Fruity Flapjack & Apple Wedges
Weds: Roast Gammon or Root Vegetable Wellington, Roast Potatoes & Gravy; Red Velvet Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sauce
Thurs: Beef Ragu Pasta Bake or Root Vegetable Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread; Vanilla Ice Cream with Peaches
Fri: Fish Fingers or Vegetarian Nuggets, Chips; Berry & Lemon Cupcake
Also available daily: Filled Jacket Potato, Homemade Soup, Freshly Baked Bread, Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Salad


JUNIOR

Dates For the Diary
Tuesday 21 September – Year 3 and 6 – Buddy Walk to the Chantries
Tuesday 21 September – HongKong families coffee morning 11am
Wednesday 22nd September – Parent Volunteer Training at HT 9:15am
Friday 24 September – Mcmillian Coffee Morning at HT – staggered time slots for each year group please see whole school notice for details.

Lunch - Week 1 menu commencing 20 September

Sports News - School fixtures are back!

School sports fixtures are starting again next week, kicking off with some Y6 netball matches and a cross country race at St Joseph's school. As it's been a while since we have arranged these events, I thought it would be helpful to run through how they are organised.

Laura Sutton sends a consent form on Parent Mail to the parents or carers of those children who have been invited to an event. One of the questions asks for help with transport to the event if it is not being held at Holy Trinity. We are always very grateful for help with transport to events, without it they simply could not go ahead. At the end of the fixture, children are collected by their parents or carers. If families arrange between them that children are going home together then please contact Laura beforehand to let her know.

Before setting off, the children and teacher meet inside the school, at the bottom of the ramp, before the double doors out to the playground. A register is taken, children are given kit and should always have a snack, a drink, appropriate footwear and some warm clothes with them if it's cold. As they are not returning to school, children should also take their school bags with them. If you are helping with lifts, then we ask you to meet us in the same area so the teacher can organise children into cars.

Laura puts the team lists up on the Sports noticeboard in the Y4 area. If your child is unsure if they are going to an event, they should always check the noticeboard or ask Laura.

Y6 Netball match v QE
Date: Wednesday 22nd September
Time: 3.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Queen Eleanor's school, Queen Eleanor's Rd, GU2 7SD
Teacher: JJ

Y5 & Y6 Cross Country race at St Josephs
Date: Thursday 23rd September
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: St. Joseph’s Primary School, Aldershot Rd, Guildford, GU2 8YH
Everyone meets and collects at Rydes Hill Common, which is approximately 400 metres from the school up Rydes Hill Road. There is a bus lay-by at the top of Rydes Hill Road, which marks the entrance to the Common. Parking is available on Rydes Hill Road, Byrefield Road & Belmont Avenue. Look out for marshals who will direct you up the hill. There is no parking at St. Joseph’s.
Teacher: Nick & Laura


FOPS

Hi all, firstly a huge thank you to everyone who has helped sort out all the pre-loved uniform this week. We really appreciate it! We will be having our first uniform sale at the Welcome Back Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th and will also organise a playground sale soon.

AGM – Tuesday 21st September
The FOPS AGM will be held on Tuesday 21st at 8pm on Zoom. Joining details will be sent on Monday. We will be reviewing the past year’s activities, signing off the accounts and voting in this year’s committee. Please join us if you can.

Welcome Back Coffee Morning – Saturday 25th September (10am-11.30am)
This is our first in-person fundraising event for a while and we’re so excited at the amount of interest shown so far. Please bring cash for coffee, pastries and crafts – there will be a float so don’t worry about having change! If you have a reusable coffee cup then please do bring that too. Please register your attendance here (include kids in the numbers): https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/547002537894272026/false#/invitation And if you can help with set up, serving, or tidy up then please sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/374012696038/false#/invitation

PTA meeting – 29th September
Our first PTA meeting will be on Wednesday 29th September, 8pm at Rogues Bar. All are welcome to come along, meet the PTA and talk about any fundraising ideas for the months ahead.

Class reps
There has been an update to the class reps list since last week. Please see reps below: Willow: Joanna and Jenna Hazel: Louise and Jenni Oak: Jo-Jo and Sally Beech: Catherine and Liz Walnut: Moriam and Matt Chestnut: Kelly and Caroline

That’s all for now! Happy weekend, Kate


HTSC News

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for scrolling down….

Class Reps
Some classes have been super organised and already have volunteers for class reps. Class reps act as a liaison between the teacher and the parents of their class, to help HTSC with events at school (organising volunteers), attending HTSC committee meetings (3 per year) organising class/year group social events and of course gifts for teachers at Christmas/end of the school year. If you would like to be a class rep, or need more information please email helen@thomasday.co.uk – 2 per class is ideal.

Here are the reps for this year so far that I know of and the classes that need volunteers:

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
3A 4A - Emily 5K - Laura 6T
3A 4A - Hannah 5K 6T
3C 4N - Aidee 5T 6S
3C 4N 5T 6S
3S 4EL 5J 6D
3S 4EL 5J 6D
       

Year 6 Fundraising team
Aside from class reps, Year 6 needs additional parents/carers (2 per class minimum) to fundraise for the end of year swag for the children – a lovely yearbook full of memories of their time at HT, and a party! If you would like to get involved, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk for more details. All ideas welcome (historically we have run film nights, cake sales, lolly sales, stalls at the fairs run by the children/homemade Xmas cards).

So far we have the following volunteers:
6T - Lou & Kim
6S - Jenny
6D - 

Bonfire Night – Friday 5th November
A heads up that we are planning to come back with a ‘bang’ this year with our annual bonfire night fiesta. This is our first all school event on the grounds since 2019. Please pencil Friday 5th November into your diaries. More details to follow in a few weeks, and how you can help to make it a fun packed evening.

Classlist is coming….
We will be moving to an app for communicating the school community events and news. More details will be sent as a Parentmail.

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.

AGM – date TBC
We have to complete some requirements as a registered charity, the main one is coming up this term which is our AGM. This will probably take place over zoom – more details will follow.

Have a good weekend!

Helen
HTSC Chair


Holy Trinity Boys' Choir • Open Rehearsal
Thursday 30th September • 6:30 - 7:30pm • Holy Trinity Church
We are looking for new members aged between 6 and 13 who have a love of singing. To find out more, see www.htsmguildford.org/music or contact Martin Holford, Director of Music directorofmusic@holytrinityguildford.co.uk.

No. 232

10 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was great last night to welcome the parents and carers from Years 3-6 into school, with many more joining in online for our “Meet the Team” events. I hope you found the information helpful and not too overwhelming. We will endeavour to keep in regular communication as the weeks go by, both through the weekly newsletter and “just to let you know” (JTLYK) pages, and by parentmail. Please do email though if something isn’t clear. And do ask us if you’d welcome further explanation especially if English isn’t your first language. We’ll look forward to seeing the Pewley families on Tuesday at 7pm for our second “Meet the Team.” One important aspect that all year teams spoke about is our online safety message. We ask you to support your child in navigating this tricky area by closely supervising their use of the internet and by not allowing them to bring phones or other devices (including smart watches) into school, unless special permission is sought. Do speak to Tom Everard (tome@htpd.surrey.sch.uk), our online safety lead, if you would welcome further information or advice.

With the hot weather this week, we seemed to collect a large pile of sweatshirts that had been discarded out in the playground. Lots of them weren’t named, so we can’t return them to their owners – please do check that school uniform is named so that things can be returned easily.

With the first full week of term now complete, I wanted to say a huge thank you to our families who are making sure that children are arriving in school each day so promptly. Remember that all the children should be in their classrooms by 8.40am at HT and by 8.50am at PD. It’s been really impressive to see learning getting underway so quickly each day – I’m excited that our “zest for learning and love of life” school value is being so enthusiastically embraced by all the classes!

We are now able to let you know about our remaining INSET days for this academic year. With the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday on 3rd June falling in the summer half term holiday, Surrey schools have decided to put a replacement extra holiday in term time. This replacement holiday is on Friday 22nd October. The other INSET days (when there is no school for children) this year will be as follows: INSET 2: Thursday 21st October (with an early finish on Wednesday 20th October at lunchtime – 12.00 at PD, 12.15 HT)

Replacement Holiday: Friday 22nd October
INSET 3: Tuesday 4th January
INSET 4: Tuesday 19th April
INSET 5: Friday 24th June (with our Midsummer Holiday on Monday 27th June)

Finally, I wanted to share a great idea that has recently been passed on to me by a parent who suggested a better way to celebrate children’s birthdays in school. At HTPD, we don’t hand out sweets or cake on birthdays so instead, if you would like to, you could buy a book for the class library. Your child could then enjoy presenting a gift to the class! This is completely optional, but it might be easier than providing fruit or other healthy snacks. Feel free to wrap up the gift so that it can be joyfully unwrapped in school!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: See both sides – can you see another’s point of view?

Whole School Notice

Parent Volunteers
We are so looking forward to being able to welcome parent volunteers back into the classrooms. If you are keen to take on this vital role, we would love to meet you. Please contact your child’s class teacher, and also book onto one of our training sessions via the school offices (hts@htpd.surrey.sch.uk or info@htpd.surrey.sch.uk): Wednesday 22nd September 9.15 at HT or Tuesday 28th September 9.00 at PD. Both sessions will cover the same information.

Online Safety Information Evening
This will take place on Zoom on Tuesday 12th October. Please put the date in your diary now. We will have places for 100 parents and carers, with Tom Everard sharing top tips and recent developments for internet safety advice. More details to follow.

MacMillan Coffee Morning
There will be a parent coffee morning in the playground at HT on the morning of Friday 24th September. More details to follow, but put the date in your diary.

Regular eye tests:
With routine eye tests no longer taking place in schools, we wanted to remind parents to book a regular free eye test with an optician. Many children have eyesight changes as they grow up, and we’d be sad to find out that they’re struggling to read the board in class!

HK Families Coffee Morning - 21 September 11am
Our Hong Kong Chinese community in the school has grown substantially over the last two school years. To celebrate this we would like to invite all Hong Kong families for a coffee morning at 11am on 21st September in the Staffroom at Holy Trinity. We will have tea/coffee and biscuits. Lucy and Bridgit our home school link workers will be there, as well as Donna our special educational needs administrator, who is also from Hong Kong. It would be lovely to meet you all and for you to meet each other. Please let Lucy know by emailing lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk if you are able to attend.

INFANT

Meet the Team, Tuesday 14 September, 7.00 – 7.40pm
This is an opportunity to meet the staff team and hear about the exciting year ahead. We will be meeting in year groups - please go straight to the following rooms on arrival:
Year 2 – Walnut Class
Year 1 – Oak Class
Year R – in the hall
Although we hope to see you all in person, we recognise that if can be difficult to find childcare and so parents can also join the meeting via Zoom (details will be sent out via ParentMail).

Year 2 swimming starts next Tuesday 14 September – please remember to bring in swimming kit.

Phonics for parents, Thursday 30 September, 7.00pm
Please join us to find out how we will be teaching your children to read and write, and how you can support their learning at home. This session is intended for Year R and Year 1 parents, and Year 2 if they would like to attend. It will be held in the hall at Pewley Down.

ParentMail & Newsletters
We have now added new starters to ParentMail and you should have received a registration email. Please contact the office if you have not received this, or are experiencing any other difficulties with ParentMail.

For these first two weeks we have provided a paper copy of the newsletter for new starters in years 1 and 2, and sent it to Year R via Tapestry. From next week it will be available on the website on Friday afternoons and we will send a ParentMail reminder with the link.

Menu for week beginning Monday 13 September
Mon: Beef or Vegetable & Lentil Bolognese, Pasta, Garlic Bread; Lemon Iced Sponge Cake
Tues: Beef Tacos or Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry, Rice; Chocolate Brownie & Orange Wedges
Weds: Roast Turkey, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Gravy or Cheese & Lentil Slice, Roast Potatoes; Berry Sponge & Custard
Thurs: Piri Piri Style Chicken or Vegetable Burrito, Vegetable Rice; Jelly with Peaches
Fri: Fish Fingers or Homemade Sausage Roll, Chips; Chocolate Shortbread & Fruit Wedges
Also available daily: Filled Jacket Potato, Homemade Soup, Freshly Baked Bread, Selection of Seasonal Vegetables/Salad


JUNIOR

Dates For the Diary
Monday 13 September – 3A Swimming Lessons start
Monday 13 September – Year 4 Butser Farm Trip
Monday 13 September – 5T RGS Tudor Visit
Tuesday 14 September – Year 3 and 6 – Buddy Walk to the Chantries
Wednesday15 September – 4EL Swimming Lessons start
Friday 17 September - Year 6 RHS Wisley Trip

After School Clubs
Update - Year 3 Tag Rugby Club on Wednesday has now been opened to all children in Year 3.

The updated Clubs list (along with contact details of the external providers) can be found on the website under the heading Parents sub-heading Clubs. For easy reference please download a copy here.

Lunch
To help you get started for the new term, please find download the Lunch Pricing for 2021-22 PDF. Individual lunch price remain at £2.55. More information can be found on the Payments Arrangements page of the website.

If, you are thinking about buying bulk lunches, please note that you will see a £2.55 charge, however, we will adjust your account to reflect the discount.

Lunch MenuWeek 3 commencing 13 September (follow link)


FOPS

Hello everyone and welcome back to the new school year and a brand new year of fundraising for FOPS. We’re very excited to be able to have face-to-face events again, see below for details of our first one!

Class Reps
Thank you to the following who will be class reps across the year groups. Chestnut class is still missing a rep or two. Please email katelloyd741@gmail.com for further information or if you would like to join.
Willow: Joanna and Jenna
Hazel: Louise and Jenni
Oak: Jo-Jo and Haeyoung
Beech: Catherine and Liz
Walnut: Moriam and Matt
Chestnut: TBC

Dates for your diary
September 25th, 10am-12pm, School Hall – Welcome Back ‘brunch’ For our first in-person event of the year we would like to invite everyone to a Welcome Back ‘brunch’. More details about how to RSVP to follow next week, but please save the date!

TBC, Online – AGM
Our AGM will be held online this year, date TBC. Here, we will update on our activities for the past year, sign off the accounts, and vote in the FOPS 2021-22 committee. We are still on the look out for a co-chair. Please email katelloyd741@gmail.com if you would like further information.

Happy weekend all, Kate


HTSC

Hello Everyone!

It was so lovely to be able to come into school for the Meet the Team evening last night. It was brilliant to be invited by Year 3 to introduce them to HTSC! Let’s hope we’ll have more opportunity to get together in real life this year.

Class Reps
Some classes have been super organised and already have volunteers for class reps. Class reps act as a liaison between the teacher and the parents of their class, to help HTSC with events at school (organising volunteers) and attending HTSC committee meetings. If you would like to be a class rep, or need more information please email helen@thomasday.co.uk – 2 per class is ideal.

Year 6 Fundraising team
Aside from class reps, Year 6 needs additional parents/carers (2 per class minimum) to fundraise for the end of year swag for the children – a lovely yearbook full of memories of their time at HT, and a party! If you would like to get involved, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk for more details. All ideas welcome (historically we have run film nights, cake sales, lolly sales, stalls at the fairs run by the children/homemade Xmas cards).

Bonfire Night – Friday 5th November
A heads up that we are planning to come back with a ‘bang’ this year with our annual bonfire night fiesta. This is our first all school event on the grounds since 2019. Please pencil Friday 5th November into your diaries. More details to follow in a few weeks, and how you can help to make it a fun packed evening.

Classlist is coming….
We will be moving to an app for communicating the school community events and news. More details will be sent as a Parentmail.

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.

AGM – date TBC
We have to complete some requirements as a registered charity, the main one is coming up this term which is our AGM. This will probably take place over zoom – more details will follow.

Have a good weekend!

Helen
HTSC Chair

No. 231

03 September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful start to the academic year! Your children deserve to feel really satisfied with themselves this weekend and I hope you share with me a sense of pride in how admirably they headed into their new classrooms, met with their new teachers, and joyfully “embraced the future with hope and confidence”. They showed courage, respect, good manners and a positive approach - they were just great to be around! Thank you for the ways you’ve supported and encouraged them; this has enabled them to manage the exciting start to the year so brilliantly!

As a staff, we also started the year together really well – on Wednesday we enjoyed a face to face training day. It was excellent to be able to meet all together and not have to struggle to be a team over Zoom! We worked hard to consider practical ways to safeguard children, making sure that all our staff are fully up to speed with best practice. We also launched our school development plan for the year ahead. I thought you’d like to hear about the priorities that we’re focusing on:

  • Being a connected community – following two years of restrictions when so many of our school activities have been curtailed by covid, we’re determined to make the most of opportunities for children and staff beyond our own school, including school trips, links with other schools both in the UK and overseas, and partnerships with local churches. We’re also determined to strengthen our home-school partnership and want to find effective ways to communicate really well with our wonderfully diverse parent body, nearly a third of whom speak English as an additional language.
  • Being a skilful staff team – we have an exciting focus on ensuring that we teach reading to the very best of our ability. With a new phonics program being introduced at Pewley, we’ll have a super springboard to hone our teaching skills. We’d also like to better equip families with the best strategies for reading activities at home.
  • Being determined to overcome barriers to learning – with our school values right at the heart of all that we do, we recognise that any child that’s struggling to make progress isn’t always flourishing in the way that we’d hope. We aspire to “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps” and aim to help all the children thrive by creatively and relentlessly planning for them to succeed.

I’ll keep you informed as the weeks go by about how we get on in each of these areas.

We’ll be holding “Meet the Team” evenings at both sites in the next fortnight so that you can hear more details about the year ahead. These events are also a good way to put a face to a name and say hello to your child’s teacher. They also provide a lovely opportunity to network with other families – to that end, whilst we will be broadcasting live on Zoom, we will be holding these events “in real life”. Please feel free to either join us in person, or remotely. At Holy Trinity, this is on Thursday 9th September at 7pm (Year 3 in the Chapel, with other year groups meeting in their year group areas). At Pewley, it will be on Tuesday 14th, also at 7pm.

Finally, I need to make a couple of important safety notices:

  • We are a nut-free school. This is to ensure that any children with nut allergies are safe when they’re in school; at the juniors, please remember that children should only bring healthy fruit or vegetable snacks for their morning break (no crisps, chocolate bars or anything with a wrapper to reduce litter and stay healthy) and please check that packed lunches don’t contain nuts of any kind.
  • The roads around school are always a hazard, especially for children. Please do not park on the yellow zigzags or close to the school gate where people are crossing. Do try to park up a little way away and walk in; this really helps to reduce congestion and keeps 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 your understanding in these two areas – let’s live out our school values across the whole community, respecting one another, acting with kindness, and thinking of each other’s wellbeing and safety.

Have a great weekend everyone.

With love,
Clare


WHOLE SCHOOL

HTPD prayer group
The HTPD prayer group is for anyone who would like to join a group of parents in praying for both Pewley Down and Holy Trinity School and the wider community. If you would like to join the HTPD prayer group WhatsApp, please contact Gracie on 07596742984 or Claire on 07716 358246.

The first HTPD prayer group will meet for a coffee morning on:
Weds September 22nd after drop off (from 9) at: 15 Maori Road, Guildford GU1 2EG

Calling all parents
A few years ago, we asked for some volunteers to act as buddies to new parents who start at the school not knowing other families or who have recently arrived from abroad. We had an amazing response with parents offering to befriend a new family. Help might involve being a friendly face in the playground, giving someone a call to say hello and answer questions or meeting for coffee. Our list now needs updating and so I am asking again for your help. If you would be willing to be a part of what makes our school community so special by becoming a welcoming face or voice please email me with your child’s class and any languages you know. Geraldine.

INFANT

Teacher-led clubs Years 1 & 2
We will be sending out emails later this afternoon confirming which teacher-led club your child will be doing this term. Clubs start next week commencing 6 September.

Menu for week beginning Monday 6 September
Mon: Sweet & Sticky Chicken Noodles or Sweet & Sticky Quorn Noodles; Carrot Cake with Custard Sauce
Tues: Provencal Chicken & Herb Pasta Bake or Piri Piri Roasted Vegetables with Rice; Shortbread Fingers & Fruit Wedges
Weds: BBQ Roast Pork & Gravy or Vegetable Pinwheel, Roast Potatoes; Chocolate Sponge & Chocolate Custard
Thurs: Chicken Tikka with Rice and Naan Style Bread or Pasta Marinara; Peach & Oat Bar
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Pizza Margherita & Chips; Strawberry Ice Cream & Watermelon


JUNIOR

Dates for your Diary
Thursday 9 September – Meet the team 7pm (see above for details)
Friday 10 September – Year 4 + 5 Walk to the Chantries
Monday 13 September – 3A Swimming Lessons Start (Information to follow on Monday)
Monday 13 September – Year 4 Trip to Butser Farm (Information to follow )
Tuesday 14 September – Year 3 + 6 Walk to the Chantries
Wednesday 15 September – 4EL Swimming Lessons Start (Information to follow)

Teacher Led Clubs Start from Monday 6 September
Download Clubs Listing PDF here.

HT Before and After School Care (Clubs +)
Information email and Form will be sent out later today.

Lunch – Week commencing 6 September
Menu for Week 2

 

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