• Places available in Year 3 & Year 5. Call the office on 539033 or email bevr@htpd.surrey.sch.uk

Junior 21/11/14

24 November 2014

Dear Parents,

As Christmas draws ever nearer some of us start thinking about gifts. Others of you have been doing that since the last week in August if we are to believe the market research! I am feeling pretty pleased with myself as I have already bought a present for my wife, for two of my 3 grandchildren and the cards for all my staff here at HTPD (104!)

I was wondering what is the best gift we can give our children – so far I have only got a set of 100 ‘Beano’ postcards as a little present for my son. However, it is the things which money can’t buy which are the most important gifts they can receive. I think there are three or four things which will make so much more difference than the latest Xbox or ‘Frozen’ DVD.

Number 1 is always ‘being there’ for your children, this includes the wonderful gifts of time and empathy. In the 1950s John Bowlby introduced the concept of ‘attachment theory’. This tells us that humans (as well as other animals) only really thrive if they are nurtured by a main carer or carers who have a ‘deep and enduring emotional bond for them across time and space’ Bowlby 1969. Children who have good attachments can go on to make other good relationships throughout their lives.

The second is the gift of unconditional love. This again embraces time given and words of affirmation as well as touch. Children who are loved are able to feel love for others. If that love is unconditional, children have every chance of being stable, and once again, forming good and lasting relationships themselves.

Thirdly, I would suggest the gift of building our children up, resulting in children who value themselves and have a high level of self-esteem, This in turn leads to children who achieve the cliché ‘to be best that I can be’.

This is all very idealistic I know and we all have times of success and failure. The good news is that you can keep on giving these gifts all through the years of childhood and onwards after that!

Happy Christmas shopping!
With best wishes, Richard

We are currently re writing the new SEND Policy and the Accessibility plan for both sites. We would be interested in having parental input into this and developing a key stakeholder group to review the plan annually. If you would be interested in being involved in this group please contact Debbie our SENCO on debbiec@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk

Christmas Production

Tickets for our Christmas play ‘Over by Christmas’ will be available from Monday in the Library before and after school. Each family will be allocated 3 tickets. Children are allowed to collect tickets but only if they bring a note detailing which performance is required. The afternoon performance will begin at 1.30pm in the evening, the bar will open at 6.30pm and the performance will begin at 7pm. The play should not last any longer than an hour.

Christmas Production Timetable

  Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd Thursday 4th
1.30pm Nightingale   Keller  
  Shackleton   Mandela  
7.00pm Nightingale Nightingale Keller Keller
  Shackleton Shackleton Mandela Mandela


Holy Trinity School Community (HTSC) PTA News

Dates for the Diary
Christmas Fair - Friday 28th November
Year 3 Xmas Drinks – Friday 5th December
Year 6 Xmas Social - save the date - Thursday 11th December

Christmas Fair Friday 28 November

Everyone should have received their Christmas Fair pack by now, if not, please check book bags. All donations gratefully received. This year we need:
• Bottles
• Unopened gifts and new toys
• Jolly jars or bags
• Teddies - any unwanted teddy bears in good condition for the teddy tombola
• Chocolate
• Hamper items

Your year reps will be looking for people to help on the stalls, please look out for the emails and volunteer if you can. We also need help on the day of the fair, again if you are able to help please let your year rep know when the email comes out.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out in Santa's grotto this year. We need some dads who could be Father Christmas during the fair, costume will be provided. If you are able to help please contact caroline@swifts.me.uk


HTSC has teamed up with Northbrook Fundraising to bring you a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, stationery and small gifts at great value prices including the popular Wonders of Learning Books (now reduced to £4.99) and the lovely Little Blossom range both of which would make ideal stocking fillers.

When you buy any item from Northbrook, HTSC will receive 22% cash back. Northbrook has some fantastic products, for example they have a pack of 9 sheets of high quality Christmas papers for just £3.50 as well as 3 wine or gift bags also at £3.50. When you buy just one of these we receive 77p! This is a great deal for you and provides extra funds for us. If we all bought just a couple of items we could raise a significant amount of money. When you buy on-line, there is no p & p charge and the goods are sent to your home address within 4 days of ordering. Also each order over £15 placed before 25th December will receive 1 free roll of wrapping paper of your choice. So please click on Northbrook / Holy Trinity School and start shopping!

Christmas Greenery
– If you are walking through the Chantries or any woods this weekend, please keep your eyes open for fallen branches of fir or other Christmas type greenery. We will be decorating the Chapel for the fair and concert and if you are able to collect some, please leave outside the chapel.

Year 5 Parents - Christmas Drinks will be on Tuesday 9th December at 8pm at MKB. We have reserved an area and look forward to seeing you all there! Thanks, Year 5 Reps.

Just to let those looking for unique Christmas presents know about Guildford Craftacular which is being held next Friday 28 & Saturday 29 November at St Mary’s Church 10am - 5pm daily. Several HTPD mums will be there amongst 25 plus stallholders selling their handmade goods, including photography, textiles, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and glass. www.facebook.com/GuildfordCraftacular

Luke Pomeroy in 4J has mislaid his judo kit, consisting of top and trousers. Both items are named (Morgan/Luke). Please would members of the Judo Club search through their bags in case these items were picked up by mistake? Thank you.

Art class with Elena Andreeva
- We have a place at our Art class "Drawing, Painting, Composition",starting the new series or sessions at our art class start on the 31st of November. The art class runs on Mondays at HT 3.30-5pm (90 min sessions.) The cost is £110 for 10 sessions. If you want your child to attend the course, please contact Elena at 01483 560385 .

Sunnyside YOGA
– Don’t miss the chance to try Yoga at Holy Trinity on Monday evenings 19.45 – 21.45 in the Main Hall. To book your space, please contact Gunilla Hartman (Mum to Hanna in 4JN) on 07732 550 699 or visit www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk to find out more.

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