No. 277 - 4 November
Dear Parents and Carers,
Coming back after the half term break and discovering a flood in the Year 4 corridor at Holy Trinity wasn’t a great beginning to the week. Two classrooms were underwater, and the corridor looked more like a swimming pool! You’ll be glad to know that the insurance company has agreed to cover the costs of repair and everything is drying out nicely. We’re hoping to have the carpets back in the next week or so. I’m so proud of the children in 4N and 4A for the way they dealt with this difficulty, moving out of their classrooms and keeping on with their learning despite the challenge! It was also a week when I was grateful to work with such amazing colleagues; both Nick and Abigail, the other Year 4 staff and especially our site manager, Julie deserve special mention. What a team!
With our assembly story of Moses this week reaching the episode where God miraculously provides enough daily food in the desert for the Israelites, it was a perfect week to celebrate harvest. We thought about being grateful and counted our blessings; many of the children spoke about how glad they are to have safe homes, enough to eat and loving families. We all realised that many of our moans, worries and concerns aren’t really worth bothering about – and that they fade away when we “see heaven in the moment.” The enthusiasm and joy was so uplifting at both schools as we sang, prayed and generously gave to others at our Harvest Festival. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful example of God’s love; the harvest gift to the foodbank was remarkable – knowing that many of our own community are finding this season such a challenge financially, it was wonderful to see that together we have still been able to be generous. It was truly amazing! The Guildford foodbank have collected the donations already and wanted to pass on their thanks too.
Next week, we start our parent consultation meetings at HT, with Pewley’s parents’ evenings taking place during the following week. It’s so good to be able to meet up and discuss each individual child’s learning journey. If you haven’t yet booked a slot, do get in touch – it’s so important for our teachers to hear about how it’s going from your perspective. And the children love to know that you’re interested and proud of the progress they’re making. It may be that you’ve already met up with your child’s teacher recently in which case you may not need another appointment. Please remember, with a whole class of children to fit in, each appointment is only ten minutes. We’ll do our best to keep to time, but bear with us if we’re running a bit late.
Finally, with autumn now fully upon us, please do make sure that children have a coat with them in school each day. We make the most of the outdoors right through the colder months, and it’s important for the children to stay warm. Another change is the darker afternoons – if your child is staying to a club at HT, we’ll need you to come into school to collect them. It’s too dark at 4.15 for them to meet you outside the gates.
Have a lovely weekend; I’m sure many of you will be attending firework displays! Have a wonderful time and stay safe.
Thought of the week: Supplying our needs – manna in the desert. Are you a grateful person?
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Parent Consultations: Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November.
Please book your appointment via ParentMail, if you have not already done so. If you find there are no suitable appointments available, please contact your child’s teacher direct. More details in Clare’s letter above.
There will be no teacher-led clubs in the week beginning 14 November owing to the parent consultations.
We have poppies and wrist bands available in the school office for a donation to the Royal British Legion.
Firstly we have some great news, thanks to everyone who came to the school disco, we raised over £1000! This money will go towards a new portable speaker system and repairing the Rainbow Room roof. A selection of pictures taken at the photo booth will be displayed on the board next to Ruth in reception so keep an eye out for those if you’re passing by next week!
We are now busy planning the Christmas fair, which will take place at Pewley on 3rd December between 2pm and 4.30pm. We have lots of fun stalls planned and a very exciting ‘Santa Grotto Experience’ for children who attend Pewley. In the coming weeks, you’ll receive a parentmail with all the details, donations we’ll be asking for and ways to help out before and on the day.
On Tuesday, your children will come home with two books of Christmas fair raffle tickets. We have some amazing prizes including hampers, Bocketts Farm tickets, Guildford Flames tickets and so many more! Please return ticket stubs and money to Ruth in the office.
If you would like to help out with the Christmas fair, please get in touch with your class rep.
Finally, please keep an eye out for updates and news on the FOPS noticeboard which is on the outside wall by the Reception class entrance.
Sally and Eleanor x
Dates for your diary:
- 8th November: Raffle tickets will come home in children’s bags
- 10th November: Tea towel order form due to Ruth in the office. You can see the artwork displayed on the FOPS noticeboard.
- 11th November: Cake bake sale in the playground at 2.45 – 3.30pm
- 19th November: Reception parents social at Rogues Bar from 7.30pm onwards
- 21st November: Deadline for submissions to the Christmas Art competition
- 3rd December: Christmas Fair 2-4.30pm
Dates for the Diary
Parent Consultations: Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 November.
The lower playground will be available to park cars on Tuesday 8 November evening only.
The following Teacher led clubs are cancelled next week due to Parents Evening Meetings:
- Monday – Y4 Netball
- Tuesday – Y5 Football, Advanced Chess, Y6 Making a meal of it
- Wednesday - Early morning running club, Y5 and Y6 Debating Club, Y3 Mindfulness, Y4 and Y5 Origami, Y6 Making a meal of it
- Thursday – Y3 Dance Club, Y3 Football, Y5 Netball, Beginners Chess, Y6 Design Club
- Friday – Y5 and Y6 Card Games (lunchtime), Y6 Netball
Tuesday Y5 and Y6 Drama Club is now finished for the term as Sarah is working on the Christmas Production.
Y6 - Friday 11 November – Please complete the E-consent for height and weight measurements (On Wednesday 24 November) for your child in year 6, even if you do not wish your child to take part. Refer to the ParentMail for details.
Y3–Y6 Tuesday 15 November – Please complete Nasal Flu consent if you have not done it already, even if you don’t want your child to receive the Nasal Flu immunisation. Please refer to the Parentmail for details
Winter Wonderland Preparations
Thank you to all those who are behind the scenes ramping up the preparations for our Winter Wonderland Fair:
This year it will be held inside at Holy Trinity, Addison Road site On Friday 25th November 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Please download a poster here.
There will be all sorts of fun and festivities to keep you and your children in the Christmassy mood:
- Games and Christmas Crafts
- Hot Food and Mulled wine
- Homemade Festive Treats
- Chocolate, Teddy & Bottle Tombola’s
- External Stalls full of Christmas ideas & Gifts
With such a quick turnaround the Fair team have already received many great raffle prizes.
The Raffle tickets are now printed.
Your child will bring home the raffle tickets today. Please look in your child’s bag for them.
If you are able to buy the raffle tickets or sell them to your friends and family. Just keep the stubs to send back to school with the money. Any unsold raffle tickets should come back to school.
The instructions on what to do with the raffle tickets will be sent via IRIS, but please do ask Class reps if you are unsure.
We will also give you time to bring in donations for the Fair: Full Bottles, Chocolates (no nuts), Stuffed toys & Sweets for the Tombola’s.
Helping at the Fair:
Your Class Reps will soon be setting up a volunteer list for helping on the evening, before and after set up. Please try to offer some time to help; we cannot run any of our events without your help.
All the money raised is spent on important equipment and improving our child’s education.
Wreath Making event:
An evening of fun festivities to enjoy, with other parents making a seasonal Wreath for your Christmas door or to decorate your table. Drinks and festive treats will be served while you enjoy the evening> Why not bring a group of friends. More the Merrier!
Booking details will follow shortly.
On 30th November At: 7pm-9pm Holy Trinity School
Film Nights: Year 6 Fundraising event
This year again the Year 6 Fundraising Team will be running a 2 Film Nights, before Christmas. These are held at school and the film will start straight after school, so no after school care is required.
Save the Dates:
- Friday 18th November: Film Night for Years 5 & 6
- Friday 18th November: Cake Sales for Years 3 & 4
- Friday 9th December: Film Night for Years 3 & 4
- Friday 9th December: Cake Sales for Years 5 & 6
Cake Sales will be held in parallel to Film Nights
Film Night Year 6 Parent volunteers needed:
We need 5 parents/carers per Film night to help run it on the day from 3pm -5.30pm. The fundraising from this helps with our end of Year 6 activities and Is also a fun Pre-Christmas activity for all the school.
WE STILL NEED CLASS REPS for 6S who have none; and one more for 6J & 5T
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways to raise money for the HTSC:
Easy Fundraising (Last year raised £1,600) 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
Festive Family Fun Day, Sunday 20 November
Guildford Borough Council has organised a free Festive Family Fun Day in Guildford Town Centre on Sunday 20 November. We have a fantastic programme of activities, performers and interactive experiences for people of all ages. With the cost of living increasing, we have ensured as many as possible of these are free, or at a reduced price, in order to offer something for everyone in our communities. Further details below.
Guildford Family Centre newsletter – November edition - see below.
Please see below a Flyer from Surrey Arts about an after school contemporary music group starting and the offer of a free trial class next week.