No. 198

23 October 2020

Dear Parents & Carers

What a wonderful way to end the first half of our autumn term with a Fluffy Friday! It’s been great to see the children having so much fun together! Once again, as a staff we’ve appreciated their optimism and how much they have gained from being together with other children. With this week’s assembly theme asking us to accentuate the positive, we’ve seen our school community being full of hopefulness. Thank you so much to all our families for enabling us to remain open these past weeks. Following the covid guidelines remains so essential to keep us all safe. The vast majority of people are being so careful – thank you! Can I remind everyone, if you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of covid 19 (high temperature, persistent cough and / or loss of taste or smell) your child should not come to school. As soon as anyone in your household books a covid test, your child should stay off school or be collected from school immediately. Please do not wait for a test result. This is so important and, especially for our staff, it is an essential part of our risk assessment to keep them healthy. With some of us in a more vulnerable category, I really can’t emphasise this enough. Let’s all be determined to keep the school community safe and open.

Thank you also for your patience as we’ve tried out our remote learning procedures this term (both Tapestry (infants) and Microsoft Forms (juniors)). With the vast majority of people now able to upload work from home, we’re confident that in the event of classes closing, the children will be able to access and share work with their classteacher. Well done to all those families who have persevered to overcome any technical hitches! Some of you have asked about how we plan to provide feedback. Obviously up until now, the children have received feedback on these home-learning tasks together with their classmates, in the classroom, just like they would with normal homework. Should their class be closed and the children having to work from home, their teacher would connect with the class via Zoom each day so that feedback is given remotely. We continue to hope that this doesn’t happen too often!

Please do pass on my thanks to the children for an excellent start to the academic year. You’ll hear about our parents’ evening plans after the break, when you can look forward to hearing about their wonderful progress. Until then, I know you’ll want to celebrate with them a very successful first half term! Similarly, I know you’ll want to echo my thanks and admiration to our staff team who have inspired me with their selfless, courageous and adaptable spirit. We’re all looking forward to a week of rest and relaxation! Have a super half term break; stay well.

With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Accentuate the positive!” Hero of the week: Helen Keller. Are you a positive person?

Whole school notice:

With last week’s reminder in the newsletter about children’s safety on the roads around school, some of you might find this document helpful. It was noticed on Twitter and sets out important information for parents about the ages at which children’s traffic awareness develops. It contains some useful road safety tips to pass on at home:


Nasal flu vaccination e-consent
If you have not already done so, please complete the flu vaccination e-consent by 4pm on Monday 9 November: (you will need to insert the school’s unique code SR136755). If you do not wish your child to receive the vaccine then please fill in the ‘NO’ box. Flu vaccination is taking place at Pewley Down on Monday 16 November.

Pewley Bank
We would like to remind parents that Pewley Bank, adjacent to the school, is a private road and we would ask you to find alternative places to park.

Rylan in Hazel Class has lost his Spiderman hat.

Menu for week beginning Monday 2 November
Mon: Sweet & Sour Chicken or Sweet & Sour Char Vegetables, Steamed Rice; Homemade Flapjack
Tues: Pasta Carbonara or Tomato & Courgette Pasta, Garlic Bread; Chocolate Cake
Weds: Roasted Lemon Chicken with Gravy or Roasted Vegetable Frittata; Fresh Fruit Salad
Thurs: Beef Chilli Taco or Lentil Chilli Taco, Steamed Rice; Fruit Jelly
Fri: Crispy Fish Fingers with Chips or Freshly made Cheese & Tomato Pizza, Baked Beans; Homemade Shortbread
Selection of seasonal vegetables also available daily.


Dates for the Diary
Year 4 Roman Day Thursday 5th November
Year 5 Guildford Tudor History Walk: 5S & 5T on Thursday 5th November and 5JJ on Friday 6th November

Year 7 Secondary Applications
This is a reminder to the parents and carers of Year 6 children that applications for secondary schools close on 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. Please note that on-line applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council

School Photos
Wednesday 4th November – Siblings and Years 3 and 4
Thursday 5th November – Years 5 and 6
The school photographer will be visiting on the above dates to take individual photographs of the children so please remember to wear smart school uniform that day.
The HT/PD sibling photograph will be taken on the 4th November at 8:30am.

Parents Evening Zoom Meetings
Please see Parentmail for booking information. 
Year 3 : 9-12th November
Years 4, 5, 6 : 10 & 12th November

Week 2 Menu for 2-6 November
Depending on the deliveries received by the Kitchen on Monday 2nd November, the menu for the first day back may vary slightly.


Hi All,

So, it’s half term week - finally! And we have some things for you to note

Bake and stroll
The annual (delayed and very different this year) bake and stroll will be happening the weekend of Sunday, 22 November 2020. So called 'Stir-up Sunday', this is apparently the weekend when we should all don our aprons, gather family or friends (in groups of no more than 6 obviously) and make a Christmas pudding. If you believe the good housekeeping guide then it is also the day when wishes are said to come true - so when we have further details on the bake and stroll then do keep this in mind.

Tea towels
Caroline and Ruth have been working on a project to have all of our children enshrined in tea towel form this year, so look out for the order forms straight after half term. Prices are £4 each, or 3 for £10, and I would say they make a great Christmas gift - maybe as a mural rather than an invitation to do the washing up!

Half term fun
Those who have entered, don’t forget the autumn trail this half term, launching Monday and running through to Friday (our logo to help you identify houses is below). Please remember there is a chance to win a small prize for the best picture of your trails. There are three age categories (one per year group) and your children should be encouraged to be as creative as they can be. For example, it might be a photo of you on the trail, or a collage (with photos or autumn objects), or a picture/painting. Please feel free to upload these pictures to tapestry.HTPDLogo.jpg

Covid safety
We cannot stress enough to please remember that this is a FOPS event and as such reflects both our charity and the school. We kindly remind you of the following safety point:
Please ensure you adhere to the rule of 6 at all times and do not congregate outside a house in larger groups.
There is a full week to do this trail so there should be plenty of opportunities for your families to take part in this fun event without there being a risk of large groups of people gathering.


Hi Everyone, Just a short update before half term….

HTSC Meeting
We had our first fundraising meeting of this school year on Tuesday evening – thank you to everyone who was able to join the meeting. Thank you also to everyone who either contacted me directly with their ideas, or via the Class reps. There will be an update of our proposed fundraising activity after half term and some dates for your diaries.

A call for out for any bakers….
Do you enjoy baking? Do you have the time to bake during the week? We are looking for a couple of bakers per year group to help Laura and Svenja (Year 4 reps) to resurrect our year group Friday bake sales in a safe way. If you think this could be for you, or would like to know more, please email and we’ll put you in touch.

If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause. Over 4000 retailers are affiliated and every purchase makes a difference.

Second hand uniform
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks and she’s sold over £180 of uniform this term. If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at To pay for your items, please use the link here to pay via PayPal. Due to restrictions we cannot handle any cash at the moment.

Hope you all have a lovely break.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to

Kind regards
HTSC Committee

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No. 197

16 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is astonishing to me that we are already approaching the half term break. Whilst it’s been a long and tiring few weeks, the start of term seems only moments ago! I’m so grateful to everyone for all their efforts in following our adjusted arrangements so carefully. We have been delighted to have been fully open up until now. Long may that continue!

As we approach the holiday, we’re excited to look ahead to next week’s Fluffy Friday. Obviously this will be a little different to our usual Fluffy, with children staying with their class rather than mixing across the school. The children have discussed in their class bubbles what they would like to do for the day; as usual, our staff team have come up with some super, creative ideas and I know that even in these restricted circumstances, the heart of Fluffy Friday hasn’t been lost! The children can wear home clothes next Friday, and we’d be grateful for the usual £1 donation to cover costs. Do take a look on Twitter next week to see what everyone gets up to!

Next Monday during assembly, we’ll be announcing to the children that Lilja Helgadottir, our year 2 teacher and English leader, has been promoted by the governors to the role of assistant head. She has been a remarkable leader at Pewley, particularly so through the recent covid disruption and I am delighted to affirm her role in this way. She will continue to work as a classteacher for part of the week as well as carry out her other responsibilities, including her much loved role in Friday assemblies as Bodge the Builder!

You might have spotted on Twitter that last week the children in Year 6 elected our house captains for the year ahead. Congratulations to these brilliant role models – for Mandela well done to Alex and Nicki; for Keller, Mariyam and Lawang; for Shackleton, Amelia and Dempsey; and for Nightingale, Lamar and Finn. We’re looking forward to a year ahead full of exciting house events (even if at the moment they are taking place within class groups) and already the children across the school are excited to be collecting house points…I wonder which house will win the first week’s top position.

Have a good weekend everyone.
With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Perfect love casts out all fear” Wilfred Owen – what fears do you need to overcome?


Road Safety
We would like to remind everyone to take care on the roads around school especially when crossing. We have got used to quieter roads over the last months and being able to walk in the road to avoid coming too close to others. However, please remind your children of the dangers of running or scooting in the road or rushing out between parked cars. With more children riding their bikes to school at the juniors we would also ask you to remind them of road safety rules.

Photography competition
Seymours estate agents are inviting all photographers to share their favourite views of our beautiful surroundings with a chance to win amazing prizes (£750, £500 or £250 in John Lewis vouchers) plus an equivalent donation to the school PTA. The competition is open to all ages, and might be a nice project for the children during half term. Photos (taken in 2020) should be of a location in Surrey or Hampshire and should be emailed to by 31 October. Further information available at:


School photos
Order forms for the individual school photos are coming home in book bags today. Please return orders by next Friday 23 October.

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: week 2 (commencing 19 October)


Diary Dates
Friday 23 October – Fluffy Friday
Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 November – Tempest Individual Photographs Years 3-6
Tuesday 10 November - Parents Evening 6:00 – 8:30 pm Years 3 - 6
Thursday 12 November – Parents Evening 4:00 – 6:30pm Years 3 – 6

Menu: Junior - Week 1


Hope everyone has had a good week.

HTSC Meeting – Tuesday 20th October 8pm
The first termly meeting for the committee is before half term to plan this term’s fundraising activity. As there will not be a Bonfire night or Christmas Fair this year, we are thinking of other ways to get the school community together as well as raising money for the school. If you have any ideas that you’d like us to consider, please send an email to by 12pm on Tuesday. We are continuing to fundraise for the pitch throughout this year to fulfil our pledge of contributing £50K to the cost.

Easyfundraising If you are shopping online, one way to support the school is through and selecting HTSC Holy Trinity School Community as your cause.

Katie’s Walk for Pitch 2020 – fundraising update.
We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Katie Ealden, formerly of 6T, for her fundraising effort in the summer to raise money for the pitch. Katie walked 100 miles over 3 days along the South Downs way in August (during the heatwave) as a way of marking her time at Holy Trinity. Thanks to sponsorship through GoFundMe, she raised £665. Katie would also like to pass on her thanks to those who sponsored her.

Second hand uniform
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks. If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to

Kind regards
HTSC Committee 

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