No 157

18 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Harvest Festival celebrations were just great this week. Thank you so much for your amazingly generous giving – the collection for Guildford Food Bank was so impressive! At both the infants and juniors, we applauded the fabulous kindness that our families have collectively shown. Thank you!

Today is our first Fluffy Friday of the year, and it’s been a good day to put into action some of our ideas from the week’s assembly series. We’ve thought about how we learn by working alongside others, being spurred on to live life to the full. Taking part in activities with children from across the different year groups and beyond existing friendships is a good way of seeing this happen. Thank you to all our parent helpers for being willing to share in the fun!

Another way that you can help out is during our annual Bonfire Night which takes place after half term on Friday 8th November. It’s always a fantastic whole school event – and this year, every penny raised will go towards our new all-weather pitch. We’ve asked the juniors to help design a logo for this fundraising campaign, so do encourage them to get creative this weekend. Entries need to be in by Wednesday – just draw a design onto A4 paper and hand it in to the school office. The HTSC bonfire-organising catering crew would love to hear from you if you can spare some time either before, during or after the event (please do email Michaela on We really do need lots of volunteers – especially if we want to make the evening more environmentally friendly, then there’ll be lots of clearing up and recycling to do. It’s one of my favourite nights of the year, so make sure you keep the evening free!

Before that though, we’re looking forward to our whole staff training. Remember that we finish for half term next Wednesday 23rd (12 o’clock at PD and 12.15 at HT). The teachers are looking forward to spending the INSET days focusing on outdoor learning opportunities as well as other aspects of providing an excellent, creative and innovative curriculum. We’ll be taking part in training for teaching history, DT, art, music, history and geography! And then we’ll be ready for a half term break!

I hope you all enjoy a lovely rest too; the children have done so well to settle into their classes this term, but they’re now very tired and ready for some time off! Let’s hope the rain stops and we can get outside!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “People learn from each other, just as iron sharpens iron” Proverbs 27 v17. If you give you will receive!

Early Finish on Wednesday 23rd October
Pewley Down at 12:00noon, Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

Safeguarding Briefing for parent helpers, 5 & 6 November
Thank you to all of you who help the school regularly by volunteering in classrooms, on trips and with reading. It is very much appreciated by the staff and children who benefit from your help. Clare would like to invite you to attend one of the annual Safeguarding Briefings for Parent Volunteers which will be on:

  • Tuesday 5 November - 09h00 at Pewley Down (Staff Room)
  • Wednesday 6 November - 14h30 at Holy Trinity (Staff Room)

Clare will discuss the Child Protection Policy (available on the school website) and our school procedures at this meeting. Both Briefings will be identical so please choose the one that suits you best. It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers - please could you email Helen Heywood on to let her know which session you would like to attend.

HTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.00 am
Due to popular demand the Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity), will be holding another coffee morning at Pewley on 13 November. All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited. This time they will also include a talk on friendships. Therefore, if possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email or


Teacher-led clubs
There will be no teacher-led clubs next Tuesday 22 October (Choir with Lilja, Football with Georgie and Fitness and Lego with Sarah).

Year R questionnaire
A reminder to return your completed ‘School Entry Questionnaire’ from Children and Family Health Surrey by Monday 21 October, if you have not already done so.

Nasal flu immunisation e-consent
The flu immunisation is taking place at Pewley on Tuesday 5 November. Parents should complete the e-consent form for their child’s flu vaccination at The school’s unique code/URN number is SR136755 which you will need to access the consent form. The e-consent must be completed by Tuesday 22 October.

Lost: Eddie (Walnut Class) ‘lost’ his brand new (not yet named) Boogie Pumps t-shirt on Monday. Please check that your child did not take it home in error.

Lost and found: Two olive green (Regatta) parka style coats with black fur on the hood were mixed up at PUPS on Thursday evening. One, named Hunaydah, is in the school office, the other belonging to Molly in Oak Class has been taken home in error.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 October
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Chicken & Sweetcorn Pie or Loaded Jacket Potatoes; Rice Crispy Cake
Weds: School closes at 12.00
Thurs: INSET
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Dates for your diary
23 October - School closes early at 1215 (No Clubs Plus)
24 October - Inset Day school closed
25 October - Inset Day school closed
28 October - 1 November - Half Term
4 November - School resumes
7 November - Year 4 Roman Day
8 November - HTSC Fireworks Night

Overdue library books
Whilst I am happy for children to have library books over the half term break, I would like to get back any books that are still on loan from last term. I would be grateful if everybody could have a look around and return overdue books. Thank you Geraldine

School Trips Autumn 2019
Please log into the following trips, payment due now:
Year 3 Marwell Zoo 8th October 2019 £21.00
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Swimming 3A & 4N £52.00
Year 5 Tower of London 14th October 2019 £22.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
ParentPay is our preferred method of payment.

HT Sport this week from Laura S

We are very lucky to have so many sports clubs and leisure facilities in Guildford offering exciting holiday camps for young people. With the half term just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about trying out a new activity or sport. Below are links to some of the local half term activities on offer over the half term:

Hockey: Guildford Hockey Club at Broadwater School

Netball - Surrey Storm Camps at Surrey Sports Park

Football - Planet Soccer at Boxgrove, Cranleigh Primary and Tillingbourne

Rugby - Lions Sports Academy at Guildford Rugby Club, Godalming, 29th and 30th October

If none of the above interest your child then Surrey Sports Park are running squash, badminton, basketball, tennis and swimming camps:
and Spectrum are offering ice-skating, bowling and climbing sessions for the whole family

GHS are running a Triathlon Club on Friday 1st November at GHS sports centre. It's open to all girls and boys, from years 3 upwards and costs £20 for 3 1/2 hours of fun on all 3 disciplines with two level 2/3 triathlon coaches. If you are interested please refer to the Parent Mail sent on Wednesday 16th October by the office that has an attached form that you need to fill in and send back to the organizers.

Please don't forget that on Monday 21st October Chloe Butler will be taking a girls only touch rugby session after school. Chloe is an Australian international rugby player and is Head Coach for the Girls Grizzlies team at Guildford Rugby Club.

We have had an overwhelming response from parents since last week's newsletter and have jumped from 97 to 185 Aldi stickers one week! It's great to see the poster filling up but we still have a long way to go and time is running out as the promotion closes on Sunday 3rd November. Please keep sending the stickers, every one helps us towards our goal of winning a new sports kit and be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £20,000.

After school clubs on Monday and Tuesday are running next week.

Found: Did you loose a watch at Cross Country last week, if so please see the office.

Lunch - Menu Week 2
Mondays are now 'Meat free Mondays' by request of the children.


Hi All, I hope you have all had a good week and are gearing up for half term nicely. A few things for this week as follows:

Rugby World Cup Final: Come along and have some breakfast and a social with the rugby world cup final. Like last time, hot food is pre-order only. The food orders can be made online here (with payment to the honesty box at reception), or via a food order slip in the book bags this week. We can accept online food orders until the 30th October but all paper slips will need to be back before the end of half term next Wednesday (midday 23rd October). If you do not have a paper form in your book bag then there will be a couple of spares in the honesty box you can have. And sign up for volunteer slots are here :)

Dates for the diary:
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting: 4th November 8pm at the school. Feel free to bring wine … we will be.....

Next two cake sales: 8th November - Chestnut, 15th November - Walnut
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes: ‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Christmas Fair:
we have had to change the date to the 14th December, but we even confirmed timings for you now (3pm-5.30pm) so posters will be printed and put up around the school. The sign-up sheet for volunteers will open the morning after the planning meeting.

School Disco
: 1st February

And last, but by no means least - we have a confirmed list of class reps for you
Year 2 ‘Team effort’: Vicky Murray, Liz Jennis, Catherine Fowler, Stephanie Maynard and Peta Stewart
Year 1 - Beech: Rebecca Sami and Marta Redelbach Gaisford
Year 1 - Oak: Catherine Cox and Jenny Kingcome
Year R - Willow: Ashley Givens and Vicci Massey
Year R - Hazel: Anne McClave and Becky Srivastava

Happy Friday!
Thanks, Sam and Jo


Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you:

Class reps
We still need some reps for Year 5! Claire Tellegen has thrown her hat in the ring for 5T, joining Hannah for 5JJ. If you are able to support them in any way they would really appreciate it.

Bingo – thank you
We’ve had our first event (phew!). It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed yourselves. A very big thank you to everyone who came along and for showing a lot of enthusiasm, to our bartenders for keeping us watered, and to everyone for clearing up their tables. Thank you also to those who stayed a little longer to clear up at the end of the night to wash up, sweep up and put Sheena’s classroom back together!

If you are unable to give your time to helping fundraise at school but would still like to show your support, you can do so simply through your online shopping. If you shop through this link to support HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford, you will earn us money each time you shop and it can make a huge difference at the end of the year.

Bonfire Night
We had a meeting at the beginning of the week to discuss the next 2 big events – many thanks for your ideas and input for this. Early Bird order forms for Bonfire night will be sent out before we break up for half term via Parentmail as well as the Sign Up for help we will need during the day as well as at the event. If you have any wood that you don’t need and are able to deliver it to school on Friday 8th November, please let me know.

HTSC and the Environment
To support the school’s ethos, we are going to try to do as much as we can this year to reduce the amount of single use plastics and other packaging that cannot be recycled, particularly for drinks, at our events this year. For Bonfire night, we will be selling tea/coffee and hot chocolate, soft drink and juice, but we would like to encourage you to bring your own reusable cups/water bottles to serve them for a saving on your drink price. We already have a few keen parents who are looking at some of our practises for events and are developing alternatives – if you would like to be involved, please email me and I will put you in touch.

External stalls for Xmas Fair
If you or someone you know would like a stall at the fair this year, please email me at for details.

2nd Hand Uniform
If you have any uniform size 7 years and upwards that you no longer need, please contact Simone Chidlow at to arrange collection/pick up. Please do not bring to school as we do not have anywhere to store it.

Xmas Jumpers
If you have any Xmas jumpers that you don’t need, the children have outgrown or just fancy a change, we will be having an Xmas Jumper stall at the Xmas fair – donate your old jumpers and perhaps buy a different one from the stall to see you through the season. Mens, womens, kids sizes all welcome. There will be a box out for these on Donation day (22nd November).

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Sat 19th October 7.30pm @ Rogues Bar – YEAR 3 drink
Wednesday 6th November – deadline for Bonfire Night Earlybird tickets
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night 6-8pm
Fri 22nd November – Xmas Fair Donation Day
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair
Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!
Kind regards, HTSC

Pre-owned & Proud Sale
Looking for good quality nearly new children's clothes, books and toys for all ages up to 12 years old?The Pre-owned and Proud sale will be just right for you. (Run on behalf of the Guildford NCT Charity)
Able to help on the day, That's great, you will invited to the pre-sale before the crowds.
On sale: Clothing 0 to 12 year olds, Toys, Equipment, Baby & Maternity wear and large items (Cots, prams, bikes etc)
Sunday 17th November; 11am -12.30pm
Rydes Hill School, Aldershot Road, GU2 8BP
£1 Entry: Free Goodie bags
10.50am entry for pregnant women & NCT members
Non members Welcome.
Free parking;: On site playground: Refreshments & snacks on sale
Wish to sell:
Happy to Volunteer: