• Fluffy Friday, 23 October, please bring £1

No. 197

16 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is astonishing to me that we are already approaching the half term break. Whilst it’s been a long and tiring few weeks, the start of term seems only moments ago! I’m so grateful to everyone for all their efforts in following our adjusted arrangements so carefully. We have been delighted to have been fully open up until now. Long may that continue!

As we approach the holiday, we’re excited to look ahead to next week’s Fluffy Friday. Obviously this will be a little different to our usual Fluffy, with children staying with their class rather than mixing across the school. The children have discussed in their class bubbles what they would like to do for the day; as usual, our staff team have come up with some super, creative ideas and I know that even in these restricted circumstances, the heart of Fluffy Friday hasn’t been lost! The children can wear home clothes next Friday, and we’d be grateful for the usual £1 donation to cover costs. Do take a look on Twitter next week to see what everyone gets up to!

Next Monday during assembly, we’ll be announcing to the children that Lilja Helgadottir, our year 2 teacher and English leader, has been promoted by the governors to the role of assistant head. She has been a remarkable leader at Pewley, particularly so through the recent covid disruption and I am delighted to affirm her role in this way. She will continue to work as a classteacher for part of the week as well as carry out her other responsibilities, including her much loved role in Friday assemblies as Bodge the Builder!

You might have spotted on Twitter that last week the children in Year 6 elected our house captains for the year ahead. Congratulations to these brilliant role models – for Mandela well done to Alex and Nicki; for Keller, Mariyam and Lawang; for Shackleton, Amelia and Dempsey; and for Nightingale, Lamar and Finn. We’re looking forward to a year ahead full of exciting house events (even if at the moment they are taking place within class groups) and already the children across the school are excited to be collecting house points…I wonder which house will win the first week’s top position.

Have a good weekend everyone.
With love, Clare

Thought of the Week: “Perfect love casts out all fear” Wilfred Owen – what fears do you need to overcome?

INFANT & JUNIOR

Road Safety
We would like to remind everyone to take care on the roads around school especially when crossing. We have got used to quieter roads over the last months and being able to walk in the road to avoid coming too close to others. However, please remind your children of the dangers of running or scooting in the road or rushing out between parked cars. With more children riding their bikes to school at the juniors we would also ask you to remind them of road safety rules.

Photography competition
Seymours estate agents are inviting all photographers to share their favourite views of our beautiful surroundings with a chance to win amazing prizes (£750, £500 or £250 in John Lewis vouchers) plus an equivalent donation to the school PTA. The competition is open to all ages, and might be a nice project for the children during half term. Photos (taken in 2020) should be of a location in Surrey or Hampshire and should be emailed to competitions@seymours-estates.co.uk by 31 October. Further information available at: https://bit.ly/2ENIYDE

INFANT

School photos
Order forms for the individual school photos are coming home in book bags today. Please return orders by next Friday 23 October.

Chicken Pox, Measles
In order to protect all members of our school community, if you suspect that your child has contracted chicken pox or measles (or an adult has shingles) please contact the school office immediately.

Menu: week 2 (commencing 19 October)


JUNIOR

Diary Dates
Friday 23 October – Fluffy Friday
Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 November – Tempest Individual Photographs Years 3-6
Tuesday 10 November - Parents Evening 6:00 – 8:30 pm Years 3 - 6
Thursday 12 November – Parents Evening 4:00 – 6:30pm Years 3 – 6

Menu: Junior - Week 1
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HTSC News

Hope everyone has had a good week.

HTSC Meeting – Tuesday 20th October 8pm
The first termly meeting for the committee is before half term to plan this term’s fundraising activity. As there will not be a Bonfire night or Christmas Fair this year, we are thinking of other ways to get the school community together as well as raising money for the school. If you have any ideas that you’d like us to consider, please send an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk by 12pm on Tuesday. We are continuing to fundraise for the pitch throughout this year to fulfil our pledge of contributing £50K to the cost.

Easyfundraising 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.

Katie’s Walk for Pitch 2020 – fundraising update.
We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Katie Ealden, formerly of 6T, for her fundraising effort in the summer to raise money for the pitch. Katie walked 100 miles over 3 days along the South Downs way in August (during the heatwave) as a way of marking her time at Holy Trinity. Thanks to sponsorship through GoFundMe, she raised £665. Katie would also like to pass on her thanks to those who sponsored her.

Second hand uniform
Simone has been doing a roaring trade in uniform these past few weeks. If you have any uniform to donate, or need some uniform please contact her at simonechidlow@googlemail.com

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee 

No. 196

08 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a great week in school. There’s been a real buzz of learning across the seven year groups, with children fully immersed in this term’s topics and lots of exciting events going on across the school: there was a fantastic trip to Marwell Zoo for Year 3, Bikeability got underway in Year 6, at Pewley, everyone enjoyed visits to the Wild Place, and in Year 5, the arrival of our long-awaited therapy dog, Kiwi brought much “oohing and ahhing”! Then, of course our annual Harvest Festival lifted everyone’s spirits. Despite this year’s different circumstances, our harvest celebrations were as joyful as ever. It was so good to see that we’ve raised at least £1000 for the Foodbank. Thank you so much for your generosity - the option to donate is still open until this weekend. Our home-school link workers, Lucy and Bridgit are in regular contact with the Foodbank and see first-hand how much our gift will be appreciated by local Guildford families. If you find yourself in need of support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them (lucyc@htpd.surrey.sch.uk, bridgitb@htpd.surrey.sch.uk). As a community, we are determined to look after each other.

I’m delighted to be able to share some lovely news with you; earlier in the week, Tom Everard, our assistant head and Year 6 teacher became a Dad for the second time. Many congratulations to him, and a big welcome to the world to Joseph Peter Everard! We can’t wait to meet him.

Several of you have asked me about the Catch-Up funding, publicised earlier in the year by the government as their response to the pandemic’s impact on lost education. I thought I’d explain a little of our strategy. This small sum of money has been given to schools to ensure that any learning gaps are filled. I suppose our most important response to the challenge to “catch-up” has been to ensure that the school is safe and able to be open. At HTPD, our teachers are used to assessing children’s needs and so their first task this term has been no different to that of more normal times – they’ve worked hard to find out how to tailor the curriculum to their class, finding out exactly what each child can already do and planning lessons that ensure the next steps are achievable as well as challenging. The extra funding has meant that we are able to provide small group support and great adult:child ratios across all the year groups. Every class has at least one other adult working alongside the teachers to ensure that all children are making good progress and that gaps in learning are being addressed. Our SEN team’s hours have been increased and they are well resourced to meet specific SEN needs. We have also given three teachers time to carry out specific intervention work during the week where needs are identified.

We’ve all noticed how glad the children are to be back in the classrooms and our priority is to keep them in school for as much of the time as we can whilst the pandemic unfolds. I’m sure you’ll be delighted to hear about your own child’s progress – we’ll be sending out details of this term’s parent consultations immediately after the half term break. They’ll have to take place on Zoom or by phone, but it’ll be a lovely chance to celebrate all that the children have achieved!

With love,
Clare


Thought of the Week: “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” Where do you find joy? Do you find joy in helping others?

Whole school notice

Baby loss awareness week (9th-15th October) 
This week marks the start of a significant time in our calendar. Several families in the school community have experienced bereavement and grief due to a baby being lost during pregnancy, or in early infancy. As a way of standing beside them, you might like to join in with the “wave of light” that takes place next Thursday evening at 7pm. Lighting a candle in your window, sharing a photograph of its flickering on social media, and commemorating these little lives will be one way that you can show respect and empathy to those who are remembering babies who have died too soon, demonstrating to them that they are not alone. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11, 28. https://babyloss-awareness.org/

Playground Pickup at HT
A reminder that when you are waiting for your year 4 children in the playground at Holy Trinity outside the year 4 area with younger children, please do keep an eye on them to ensure they do not climb on benches or raised flower beds. We would hate to have any accidents.

INFANT News

Individual school photos, Monday 12 October
The school photographer will be visiting on Monday to take individual photographs of the children.

Menu: week 1 (commencing 12 October)


JUNIOR News

St Peter's Virtual Open Evening
A notice to Year 6 parents that a virtual Open Evening will take place next Thursday 15th October at 6pm for St. Peter’s Catholic School. This year, all the presentations will be available via their school website: https://www.st-petersschool.co.uk

Menu - Week 3

 


FOPS News

Hi All,

We have another short one this week with a few reminders:

  • We are selling preloved uniform sales through the office so please do contact Ruth or Jane with details of what you would like, and they will endeavour to find it for you.
  • Please do remember to use the easyfundraising homepage for your online shopping, it is quite literally an easy way for us to raise much-needed funds for the school.
  • We are still looking for new FOPs Chair/Chairs and a FOPS Secretary, no experience required….. Please please do contact us if you have any questions about the outstanding roles or would like to put your name forward.

Dates for the Diary
FOPS AGM via Zoom - date tbc
FOPS meeting via Zoom - date tbc

Happy Friday!


HTSC News

Hope everyone has had a good week.

AGM
Thank you to everyone who joined the AGM on Zoom on Wednesday evening, and we are pleased to confirm the HTSC Committee for 2020/21 as follows:
Chair – Helen Day
Secretary – Claudine Nel
Treasurer – Tom Day

The first termly meeting will be put in the diary before half term to plan this term’s fundraising activity. As there will not be a Bonfire night or Christmas Fair this year, we are thinking of other ways to get the school community together as well as raising a few £ for the school. We are continuing to fundraise for the pitch throughout this year to fulfil our pledge of contributing £50K to the cost. We had raised nearly £19K before lockdown in March.

Easyfundraising 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.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. As always, if you have any questions, please drop an email to helen@thomasday.co.uk

Kind regards
HTSC Committee

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