Junior 13 July 2012

13 July 2012

Dear Parents

Well there I was on Monday morning signing 4TJs reports when Sue came in and said that I had a phone call from Tribal.  This is a name to bring very high levels of attention to any head.  Tribal is the main provider of Ofsted inspections! I was told that we would have an inspection at Pewley Down.  For various reasons I had been expecting one for the juniors but not the infants.  I immediately rang Nicola and soon we were meeting as a leadership team.

I like short notice inspections, there is time to smarten up a bit, but not enough to become stressed thinking what else can I do?  As soon as the word got out everyone pulled together to help.  The team really swung into action; parents, governors, teachers from Holy Trinity and of course all the staff at Pewley.  There were some late nights and early mornings as everything was made ready. 

So on Wednesday at about 7.45 am they arrived.  It matters so much how the team understand the school and for a positive relationship to be made between them and us!   We were fortunate to have two kind and sensitive inspectors who I could relate to and this really helped the inspection to go well.

So it was two days when everything was looked at from policies to fences and from behaviour to school meals.  Almost every parent had returned the questionnaire – thank you – and a third inspector collated the results.  At the heart were our children who showed themselves as the wonderful, confident and independent people they are.  The children were introduced to the inspectors and were keen to talk to them.  One of our youngsters had a vibrant conversation with an inspector about whether a book was fiction or not and another asked when the inspector thought he would die.  Great lessons were observed, all part of our pre-planned Olympic Week.

At the end of the first day additional documentation was called for and duly produced.  Lesson observations continued right through till 2.00pm yesterday.  Nicola, Helen and I all did joint observations with the inspectors.

Stress levels were sky high and we came together, inspectors and senior team, to hear feedback.  And really that’s as far in the story as I can go!!  The report will be published on Tuesday 4 September, our first day of term.

I am looking forward to you receiving the report; I think it will show a clear picture of our school.  I’m really sorry I can’t share the results with you yet.  Suffice to say the staff are unable to wipe the smile off their faces and I have to get a champagne stain out of my tie.

We are so sorry to be saying goodbye to Thabo Metcalfe at the end of term.  His last day will be Thursday 17 July.  He has made a great contribution to HTPD and we will really miss him.  He is going to the International School in Cambodia.  We wish Thabo and his family all the best on this adventure. 
With best wishes, Richard

Celebration Evening
Celebration Evening at Holy Trinity will be from 4-5.30pm on Monday, 16th July. It is a lovely opportunity to see the children’s work from this term and to meet their new teacher! There will be displays from Curriculum Week in the Forum. Dance and singing performances will take place at 5.00pm, also in the Forum.

Parent Thank You
Wednesday 18th at 1230 on the Year 6 terrace, please RSVP by Tuesday 17th. Thanks.

Year 6 Great Exhibition
Tuesday at 2pm please remember that children need to be wearing a costume.

End of Term Church Service
Parents are welcome at the end of year service at HT church on Thursday 1.45pm.

Leavers Disco
Thursday 19th Year 6 Leavers Disco & BBQ 6-8pm.

End of Term
Please note school closes on Friday 20th at 12.15pm for the summer holidays. There will be no lunch or Clubs Plus.

Sport: Tag Rugby Finals
Well done to all of our team who travelled to Rugby on Wednesday. There were lots of great games and the team put up a really spirited performance in each of them. What a great achievement to get into the top 20 teams in the country! Thanks to all of the parents who took the children and gave great support from the sidelines.

Olympic Football tickets
We have been give two sets of three Olympic Football tickets at Wembley stadium on the 31st July. Each set is accompanied by three one day travelcards. If you are interested in taking two children please can you let Gillian know by Monday 16th July. We will put all requests into a hat and pick out two winners!

School PE Kit

Please could we have all of the school PE kit back next week so that we can do an audit, thank you.

Extra Curricular Clubs
Please note that all school extra curricular clubs finish today. Breakfast and Clubs Plus will continue next week.

We have launched a new maths page on the website today. Please email traceyd@holytrinity.surrey.sch.uk if you have any comments or suggestions for resources you would find helpful at home. Maths pocket guides for KS2 are available for £2 at the Junior School office.

As it very dangerous for children to be walking into school through the driveway, please make sure all children use the alleyway and enter school via the gates in the playground. Thank you.

Year 4 Topic
To conclude the Year 4 topic on growing and changes the children will be watching an age appropriate film on relationships and how their bodies change. If you would like to discuss further, please contact your class teacher.

Year 5 Get Together
Just a little reminder about the Year 5 get together:
Date: Tuesday 17th July, 8pm
Place: Bridget’s house (Jessica 5M) 1 The Ridgeway, Tangier Road, Guildford
It would be lovely to see you all there. If you would like to bring a bottle and a nibbly bit to share that would be great.


HTSC Social – Wednesday 18th, 8pm The Albany.

Sports Day Cake Sale
Many thanks to all Year 6 parents who kindly brought cakes for the Sports Day tea and cake stall. We raised a terrific £200.53 towards the Year 6 leavers book.

Please be thinking about whether you could be a Year rep next year, we generally have 6 per year. It would be great to have a new Committee signed up early so that we can hit the ground running in September! We are also still in need of a Chair or 2 x Co Chairs and a Treasurer, for next year. Please feel free to email/speak to Caroline Swift (caroline@swifts.me.uk) or Sarah Egerton (scegerton@aol.com) if you are considering any of these roles - happy to answer any questions - and there is loads of info available in the HTSC files to help!

If you’re shopping online this summer don’t forget you can raise funds for the school by following this link http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htscguildford


Lunch Menu Week 2

Cards from Art4Asha.com To celebrate Asha's amazing and wonderful being, and to bring colour, texture, boldness... and much joy into the lives of others! Bridgit, mother of Bo in Year 6 and TA in Reception, has just launched her website Art4Asha.com. Hopefully you will receive a postcard in your book bag today, or in the next couple of days, explaining the offer, otherwise please see details below. Handcrafted cards - £2.50 - reduced from £2.95 -10% of all sales to HTPD. This offer is ONLY available via email or phone, or grab me at school! Please contact Bridgit at: beynon.bridgit@gmail.com Mob: 0794 118 2588 Home: 01483 576294. To view the current collection, please visit the website, www.Art4Asha.com and open the ‘Catalogue’ page. Offer valid until November 2012.

BEC-Art Classes will be continuing in the Autumn Term in Guildford, for 7 -12 year olds on Friday afternoons (4-5.30pm) and Saturdays (12-1pm) from September 7 for 10 weeks. 2 hour classes now full, but 1 hour classes available on Saturdays & 1½ hour classes on Fridays. Prices from £90 for the term & from £10 for drop-in classes. We will be using Acrylics, Watercolours, Pastels, Printing, Sketching & doing 3 Dimensional work. For more information please text Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 4N & Issie in Willow) 07796 780042 or email becca.clegg@ntlworld.com.

For sale - the Cooper family are moving overseas and so are selling our 18 month old furniture, everything in very good condition: Pine desk with 3 draws and pale pink top - £20, ELC Deluxe Canyon Road and Train Table - £40, Dreams King Size Spirit Divan Bed - £60, Dreams Single Divan Bed - £20, Pine dining table with 4 chairs (some marks) - £15, Wicker tub chair - £10, Beige/Mink Sofa Bed - £80, Beige/Mink Sofa - £40, Bush 24 inch LCD TV, built in DVD - £50, Bissell Multi Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner - £10, Russell Hobbs Iron and Ironing Board - £15, Sanyo 800Watt Microwave - £15, Spear & Jackson Electric Grass Trimmer - £10, 2 x Pine Bed Side Tables - £5 each, 2 x Pine Wardrobes with or without doors - £10 each. Please contact Nicky on 07934 765 342, cooper.nicolle@gmail.com or Rob on 07907 474 521

Denbies Wine Estatate – Summer Fun! For more information please click here for flyer.