No. 275 - 7 October
Dear Parents and Carers,
I’ve really enjoyed showing prospective parents around at both sites in the last few days. It’s always a delight to talk about the school’s values and then show visitors the “zest for learning and love of life” that’s evident in all the classrooms. The children in Year 3 were so excited to talk about their trip to Marwell Zoo – what a super day out they’ve had this week! And in Year 6, when asked to reflect on their time at HTPD, the children were great ambassadors, remembering all the different clubs, their fondness for their teachers, celebrating the school’s successes in sport and music, and enjoying explaining the benefit of belonging to a house, and, of course, taking part in Fluffy Fridays!
Next Friday 14th is our first Fluffy of the academic year. On this day, the children get to take part in all sorts of different activities beyond their own classroom, mixing across the year groups and trying something new, working with different adults and focusing on something for longer than just a single lesson. We do ask that you send in £1 to cover the extra costs of putting this day together; you can also pay on ParentPay. If you’d like to come and join in the fun, do let your child’s teacher know. We love to have parent helpers on Fluffy Fridays even more than on normal days! If you enjoy art, sewing, playing football or making fires, let us know – you don’t just have to limit yourself to your child’s activity! Take a look at the list of activities on offer.
It’s been great to meet some of you today as I carried out the important task of ensuring that our parent volunteers feel supported and understand their role in school. This impressive group of individuals worked hard to think about the challenges of being a volunteer – we spoke about the fact that it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep our children safe. I’m running another session next Tuesday afternoon so do get in touch if you’d like to attend. If ever any part of our school community is concerned that a child isn’t safe, we have a duty to pass this concern on. Please know that you can always speak to me about any worry that you might have. Working together, our aim is to ensure that children flourish and thrive.
We’re really keen to make sure that there are no individuals in the school community that feel isolated or left out – the staff have formed a working party to look at equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This week, we were joined by a member of Surrey University’s EDI team and he inspired us to keep up this important work, helping us understand our own prejudices and bias so that we can be fully inclusive and “imagine the journey in another’s footsteps”. Please do let me know if you’d like to join a parent focus group to think about this. With such a brilliantly diverse community, we’re determined to make sure that all voices are heard.
Have a great weekend everyone – I’ll see some of you at Pewley on Saturday morning as part of the ground force crew! The weather is looking just perfect for some gardening and an autumn clear up!
Thought of the week: Overcoming fear – Moses speaks to Pharaoh. How can you conquer your fears?
Whole School Notice
- Early Finish on Wednesday 19 October – PD at 12:00noon; HT at 12:15pm
- Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October – INSET days
- Monday 24 – Friday 28 October – Half Term Holidays
Please download poster below. Please return any entries to Alison.
Safeguarding briefing, Tuesday 11 October, 2.30pm
If you regularly help out in school and would like to attend the briefing at Pewley Down next Tuesday please contact the PD office: e: email@example.com or t: 01483 570038.
Fluffy Friday, 14 October - Years 1 & 2
Teachers will let children know next week which activity they will be doing on Friday. A separate message will be sent via Tapestry to parents of children doing Singing & Survival.
Pewley Down choices:
- Hama Beads with Hayley
- Hockey with Lucy
- Kite Making with Sarah
- Puzzles and Drawing with Dipa and Liane
- Singing and Survival on the Downs with Georgie and Lilja (includes building dens and making wooden jewellery)*
- Trains, Trains, Trains with Jo
*Full morning activity
Week 3 beginning 10 October. On Tuesday Beef Tacos will be replaced by Beef Chilli and Rice.
We have a bag of second hand Nightingale uniform in the office – bought at the ‘Meet the Team’ evening and left behind.
Thanks so much to everyone who baked, donated and bought at the cake sale last week - it was a great turn out and lovely to see so many happy children with a little Friday treat while supporting the school at the same time!
Other events coming up soon are...
Groundforce Day – Saturday 8 October (10-12pm) This is a chance to help tidy up the playground, it’s a really fun morning and makes such a difference, so please come along and help out if you can. Pastries will be provided!
Year 2 parents evening social – Friday 14 October. A table is reserved at KOMO from 8.30pm. Come along for a childfree chat and a drink!
Glow Disco – Saturday 15 October There was such an amazing uptake on tickets for the disco that we sold out in just a few short days! Thank you for bearing with us while we’ve tried to juggle some of the sales so we can include more Pewley children and keep within capacity. A Parentmail with everything you need to know about the disco will be sent out early next week.
Other upcoming dates:
- 19th November: Reception parents social at Rogues bar from 7.30pm
- 3rd December: Christmas Fair
Have a great weekend,
Eleanor and Sally x
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 2022. It is vital that you submit your application on or before this date. Please note that online applications are preferred by SCC, and e-Admissions forms together with further information are available on their website https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/admissions/secondary/apply.
Should you require a hard copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 200 1015. Paper copies should be returned directly to Surrey County Council.
HT - Tempest Portrait Photos
- Monday 10 October – PD siblings, 5K, 5T and Y6
- Tuesday 11 October – HT siblings, 5TH, Y3 and Y4
Remember to wear school uniform (and not PE kit) for your child’s school photo on Monday or Tuesday - if children have PE on the day of their photograph, please send them in with a PE kit to change into after their photographs have been taken. Please make sure children reach school on time on the day of their photos.
Dates for the Diary
- Friday 14 October – Fluffy - Please see list of activities below
- Wednesday 19 October – Early Finish 12:00 at PD and 12:15 at HT
Clubs Cancelled for the next two weeks
- Tuesday 11 October - Y6 Football (Home Match)
- Wednesday 12 October - Girls Football (Home Match)
- Thursday 13 October - Y5 Netball, Y4 Football (HT XC - parents parking in school)
- Friday 14 October - Y6 Netball (Laura & Nick at the Biathlon)
- Tuesday 18 October - Y6 football cancelled due to another Home match (we will try to rotate players so that everyone who goes to club plays in a match).
Please remember that children taking part in any sport club should be wearing PE kit. If they don’t have PE that day, they will need to bring in their PE kit and get changed just before the club. Children forgetting their kit will have to borrow from school – and then return that kit, washed and ready to lend out again. Please help your child to remember this important part of taking part in school sports!
Holy Trinity are taking part in a survey conducted by Sport England, who are keen to find out about the sports and physical activities our pupils take part in, both in and out of school. The information collected will be used to help Sport England invest in opportunities for children and young people to take part in and will also provide a report to help us to further understand what our pupils are doing and we can do to support them. Three classes have been selected at random and children will be asked to complete an online questionnaire during class time. The survey will take about 20 mins to complete.
If you do not want your child to take part in this survey, please let Laura Sutton know by Monday 10 October. The surveys are hosted by Ipsos, a research organisation. Ipsos will store all information securely and keep it confidential.
Holy Trinity Fixtures & Clubs w/c 10/10/22 to half term
Tuesday 11th October - Y5 & Y6 Netball Match v Rydes Hill
The teams have been sent out on Parent Mail. Please collect from Rydes Hill School at 4.15pm
Tuesday 11 October - Y6 Football Match v Worplesdon - HOME
The teams have been sent out via Parent Mail. Please feel free to come and spectate. Collect from school at 4.30pm. Y6 Football club is cancelled
Wednesday 12 October - Y5&6 Girls Football Match v Worplesdon - HOME - Paul & Carla
The teams have been sent out via Parent Mail. Please feel free to come and spectate. Collect from school at 4.30pm. Y5 and Y6 Girls Football club is cancelled.
Thursday 13 October - Y5 & Y6 Guildford Primary School XC Races
The teams have been sent out via Parent Mail. The races start at 4pm on Pewley Downs.
Please collect from School at 4.30pm. Y3 and Y5 netball clubs cancelled
Monday 17 October - Y5&6 are playing a hockey match v St Joseph's after school at Holy Trinity. All Y5's and Y6's who currently come to Mary's club on Mondays are invited to play in these matches. Approximate finish time 4.30pm. Please feel free to come and spectate.
Tuesday 18 October - Y6 Football Match v Burpham - HOME
The teams will be sent out via Parent Mail. Please feel free to come and spectate. Collect from school at 4.30pm. Y6 Football club is cancelled.
A New School Year: A new HTSC team…
We are still evolving and hoping that lots of parents and carers will come forward to offer their ideas, social skills and help with events.
You are all invited to the first of the year...
HTSC Social and Meeting
At: The March Hare, Thursday 13th October, 7.30pm for drinks, meeting will start from 8pm. South Hill GU1 3SY (Top Floor)
A relaxed evening getting to meet new faces, finding out what the HTSC is about, sharing ideas and discussing this term’s core events.
Everyone is very welcome to come for as little or as much time as they can.
Class Reps 2022-2023
Class Reps are a liaison between the teacher and the parents of their class, distributing information, and encouraging parent help for HTSC events & activities (organising volunteers), attending HTSC committee meetings, organising class/year group social events and coordinating gifts for teachers at Christmas/end of the year. 2 Class Reps per class is ideal.
If you would like to be a Class Rep and can fill a gap, or would like more information please contact the HTSC team or email email@example.com
|Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|3A Lizzie Armstrong||4A Charlotte Rode||5K Kornelia King||6D Tulsi Kapadia|
|3A Sarah Small||4A||5K Waiyee Poon Jones||6D Svenja Trettin|
|3AW Kate Ruthven||4EL Samantha Danso||5TH Moriam Bibi||6J Alex Reddy|
|3AW Andy McClave||4EL Vicki Detomaso||5TH Stephanie Maynard||6J|
|3AW Andrew McGregor||4N||5T||6S|
Year 6 Fundraising
Aside from class reps, Year 6 needs additional parents/carers (2 per class minimum) to fundraise for the end of year activities & mementos; a lovely yearbook full of memories of their time at HT, a BBQ & Party!! If you haven’t already please feel free to join the Year 6 Fundraising What’s App group or email the HTSC Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways to raise money for the HTSC:
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.
Enjoy your weekend!
From the HTSC Team
Citizens Advice Guildford and Ash - seeking volunteers! Please see the flyer below for more information.
Free National Trust tickets
The National Trust are offering a free visit for up to 2 adults and 4 children so it could be a great day for half term (or any other day before 30th October). Escape into autumn.
Job Advert: Christchurch Preschool, an early years education setting based at The Spike, are looking to recruit a Learning Support Assistant. We require this person to work Tuesday and Thursdays 9-3:30 term time only to join a small friendly team of dedicated staff. No qualifications necessary, training will be supplied, but a love for children's safeguarding and development essential! If you are interested please email Hannah Hayden: Christchurchpreschoolenquiries@gmail.com