No. 263 - 10 June
Dear Parents and Carers,
I’ve had such a great week; I feel very lucky to have the privilege of being a headteacher in a week like the one that’s just gone by! Not many jobs would involve such a variety of different days!
On Monday, I followed our Year 6 children as they headed off to Preston Montford in Shropshire by coach for a week at a beautiful field study centre close to Shrewsbury. The excitement was palpable as the children, having missed out on residentials due to the pandemic, looked ahead to a week in the outdoors with their friends! They very soon settled in to community life and showed no sign of any homesickness, loving every minute of the adventure. We started off with a trip to Ironbridge, home of the industrial revolution. They experienced life in a Victorian town, taking part in a strict Victorian schoolroom and learning about life for the poor miners as well as the rich landowners. We also walked across Stiperstones, a magnificent ridge on the border of England and Wales. The weather was perfect and the children were a joy to be with!
Back in the centre, they listened with rapt attention to storytelling involving local legends, they ate everything that was on the menu and they kept their rooms immaculate, thanks to a particularly competitive room inspection!
On Wednesday evening, I was sorry to have to return to Guildford, missing out on what was apparently an amazing talent show, but I was also really keen to join in with the fun that Year 4 have been having over at Bentley Copse campsite in Shere. Again, this school journey hasn’t taken place since 2019, and it was great to be back singing around the campfire again!
As always, I’m so grateful to our teachers and parent helpers who go the extra mile to run these excellent events – like the children, they’ll be glad to be back in their own beds this weekend, but we wouldn’t miss it for anything! It’s what makes life in primary school such a joy!
Also this week, the children at Pewley took part in an amazing “Healthy Week”, packed full with a whole range of different sporty and healthy learning! Next week, the excitement continues with Year 1 looking forward to a day out to Wisley Gardens and our new September-intake of Reception children coming to explore the classrooms and the Rainbow room after school.
Also next week, we’re marking national Clean Air Day which is on Thursday 16th June; a group of parents have really got behind this initiative and are encouraging everyone to try green travel on that day. They’re keen to find ways to promote walking, reduce pollution around school gates and are also setting up “walking buses” so do try and join in if you can. It’ll be just great to see the impact on the air quality, and the reduced traffic at the school gates will be wonderful! After a week where I’ve spent more time than usual in the open air, I can thoroughly recommend walking as a way to relax! Have a great weekend, and if you’ve missed your children while they were away, I hope they’ve come back appreciative of home comforts!
Thought of the Week: True worth! Parable: The Rich Fool – How can we be less materialistic.
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Creative club with Sarah is cancelled next Tuesday 14 June.
The friendship forms sent home earlier this week via ParentMail should be completed by Monday 20 June.
Year 2 Induction Day at Holy Trinity, Wednesday 29 June
Just to confirm that Year 2 children should be dropped off at 9.30am and collected at 2.30pm in the lower playground at HT (Cline Road entrance). Any children who usually attend Breakfast Club or Early Morning Football will be walked to Holy Trinity. Children who attend PUPS will also be walked back to Pewley.
Primrose in Hazel Class has lost her long sleeved, dark yellow cardigan – missing since Fluffy Friday.
Dates for the Diary
Tuesday 14 June - Author Visit (see details below)
There will be an author event on Tuesday with Alex Bellos, author of the Football School books. This promises to be a great event from an inspiring speaker. Please look at the ParentMail sent this week about pre-ordering books via ParentPay. Please make it clear which books you want.
The Barnes Children's Literature Festival runs from 21-26 June. Many authors are attending, including Liz Pinchon, Michelle Paver, Lauren Child, David Baddiel and Adam Kay.
Holy Trinity fixtures and Clubs w/c 13/06/22
Wednesday 15 June - Y4 Tennis Festival - The team has been sent out on Parent Mail. Please collect from Shalford Tennis Club at 3.30pm
Thursday 16 June - Y4 Tennis 'Red Ball' Competition - The Team has been sent out on Parent Mail. Please collect from Shalford Tennis Club at 6pm
Thursday 16 June - District Sports Practice after school - The teams have been sent out on Parent Mail. If your child has been selected it is very important they attend this practice. Pick up at 4.30pm.
I hope everyone had a nice half term break. The main news is about the Summer Fair, Saturday 2 July, 3-6pm, at Pewley.
Summer Fair - Help needed
We need volunteers to help run some of the stalls at this year’s event, particularly the late afternoon slots. It’s only for 45 minutes, and we’re pausing all games at 4.30pm for the entertainment by the children so you won’t miss out. Please sign up here.
We also need your empty screw cap wine bottles for a game for the adults. Please let Sally know if you have any to spare.
Poster border competition
Thank you so much to all the children for their wonderful poster borders to outline the Summer Fair poster! The winner is Sasha from Willow class and runners up are Zoe (Walnut), Oscar (Beech) and Wilfred W (Chestnut). Many congratulations and the winning poster will be on display next week.
Wild Place Ground Force Morning, Sunday 19 June, 10am-12pm
We're looking for helpers to clear up the Wild Place. More information to follow.
We still need a new Treasurer and Chair from September. Without these roles (especially the Treasurer!) FOPS won’t be able to continue. Please let me know if you would like an informal chat about either role: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a lovely weekend and please do volunteer for the Summer Fair if you can.
This will take place on Saturday 9 July from 2pm. Each year group is taking a section of the fair to organise and support. Your class reps will be in contact in the next couple of weeks for how you can help.
In the meantime, if you, or someone you know, has a business that would like a stall at the fair, please get in touch email@example.com for more details.
Summer Fair – call for entertainers!
We would love to have some live musicians playing small sets throughout the fair. We are keen to hear from anybody that feels they could perform, solo instrumentalists, singers, bands or DJ’s all would be fantastically received! It is so lovely for the children to hear live music!
If you are interested please get in contact with Hannah Hayden (Year 4,2&1 mum).
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.
Second Hand Uniform
If you need any school branded second hand uniform, or have school branded uniform to donate, please contact Simone Chidlow.
HTSC Committee – positions vacant
Myself (Chair), Claudine Nel (Secretary) and Tom Day (Treasurer) will be stepping down from HTSC at the end of this school year as our children will be moving into their last year at Holy Trinity. It would be great if we could have a team in place to handover to before the end of the school year and to act as support next year. If you are at all interested in one of these roles (they can be shared), please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Without these positions being filled, the criteria for the Charity Commission will not be met and it will be difficult for the school to generate fundraising activity to support our children’s learning. The model for how events could be organised in future can be altered to a rotating year group approach to reduce the level of input currently required by the Chair role.
Dates for your diary
- Friday 17 June – Year 5&6 Cake Sale. Bring £1, cakes provided by the HT Bakers
- Friday 1 July – Summer Fair donation day
- Saturday 9 July Summer Fair from 2pm
Pewley Down were delighted to welcome Premier Tennis on Tuesday as part of Healthy Week. Ex-Davis Cup player and former GB Doubles No.1 James Auckland led all classes in some tennis skills and drills. Premier Tennis run all day summer camps throughout the summer at Charterhouse but are now running weekly pay & play sessions at Stoke Park for all ages from 5yrs to 15yrs. For more details about coaching and camps and to book online visit https://tennissurrey.com
Boogie Pumps Theatre Camps, Summer 2022 - Tillingbourne School, New Road, Chilworth GU4 8NB
Join us this school holiday for our fun filled days of activities. Our camps offer children a chance to build their confidence in a friendly environment. More details here.