No 156

11 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week, we’ll be celebrating one of my favourite festivals, Harvest Thanksgiving. On Wednesday at the juniors, and on Thursday at the infants we’ll be remembering to notice and be thankful for the food that we eat and enjoy. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the children to bless others that are less fortunate. This year, we’ll be collecting for Guildford Food Bank. They’ve been especially grateful this year as their services are in demand. They have been in touch already about the sort of items that would most be appreciated.

Please send in with your children any of the following items (preferably in boxes or bags):

Tea bags
Instant coffee in jars
Drinking chocolate
Tinned fish
Noodles
Dried pasta
Shaving foam
Tinned meat

It’s such a super opportunity to teach the children about caring for those that need our compassion and kindness in really practical ways. Do feel free to join us for our Harvest assemblies if you would like to at 8.50am on Wednesday (HT) or 9am on Thursday (PD).

Next Friday, it’s our first Fluffy Friday of the year. The children should already know what activity they’ll be enjoying. Do come along and join in; just let your child’s class teacher know, or email the person organising the specific activity. Talk to your children about making the most of the day, making new friends, trying out new skills, and just doing things differently. The children can wear home clothes for the day. Do remember too to send in £1 – this makes sure that we can keep running Fluffy Fridays, buying all the little extras that make these days so memorable. Talking with teenagers that have moved on to secondary school, it’s Fluffies that stand out as “the best thing about HTPD!”

I’ve enjoyed starting to show prospective parents around the school in the last few days. It’s a lovely sign that the year is well underway and I’ve been so impressed by the quality of work, the zest for learning and the effort being made across all seven year groups. It’s amazing that the children, some of whom have only been part of the school for just over a month, look so settled and as if they’ve been part of HTPD for years! I hope you also feel like you belong. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of you at this weekend’s HTSC Bingo, as well as at FOPS hastily rearranged film morning following the cancellation of the England rugby match. What a shame! Credit to the organisers, that they’ve come up with an alternative plan! Have a great weekend everybody!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Worry will rob you of happiness” Proverbs 12 v23. Don’t worry, pray!

INFANT & JUNIOR

HTPD will close early on Wednesday 23rd October - PD finishes at 12.00 and HT at 12.15. School resumes on Monday 4th November. There will be no Clubs plus or Pups on the Wednesday 23rd.

Safeguarding Briefing, 5 & 6 November
Thank you to all of you who help the school regularly by volunteering in classrooms, on trips and with reading. It is very much appreciated by the staff and children who benefit from your help. Clare would like to invite you to attend one of the annual Safeguarding Briefings for Parent Volunteers which will be on:

5 November - 09h00 at Pewley Down (Staff Room)
6 November - 14h30 at Holy Trinity (Staff Room)

Clare will discuss the Child Protection Policy (available on the school website) and our school procedures at this meeting. Both Briefings will be identical so please choose the one that suits you best. It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers - please could you email Helen Heywood on helenhe@htpd.surrey.sch.uk to let her know which session you would like to attend.

Surrey South Farnham (SSF) SCITT - Outstanding Teacher Training
For more information on Surrey South Farnham SCITT please click on this link to view the Brochure.

INFANT

Surrey Advertiser
Look out for the photo of our Year R children in today’s Surrey Advertiser First Day at School supplement.

Harvest Assembly, Thursday 17 October
Please see Clare’s letter above for more information on our harvest assembly and the items we are collecting for Guildford Food Bank.

Fluffy Friday, 18 October
Children should come to school in their own home clothes (not uniform) for Fluffy next Friday. Teachers will let the children know which activity they will be doing early next week.

As part of our Fluffy activities next Friday some children will be involved with ‘Bake and Sell’. At the end of the day they will be selling the baked goods they have made and proceeds will go to Fisch – a charity supporting street children in Tanzania. Please either come with some change at pick up time or send your children in with some coins so they can support our enterprise. Thank you.

Year R questionnaire
Year R children should today have brought home a ‘School Entry Questionnaire’ from Children and Family Health Surrey. Please return completed forms to the school office by Monday 21 October.

Menu: Week 1 beginning Monday 14 October.
 


JUNIOR

Dates for the diary
Monday 14 October - Visit to Tower of London Year 5
Thursday 17 October - Tempest Photography Individual Photos Years 3–6
Friday 18 October - Fluffy Friday

School Trips Autumn 2019
Please log into www.parentpay.com the following trips, payment due now:
Year 3 Marwell Zoo 8th October 2019 £21.00
Year 4 Buster Farm 16th September 2019 £26.50
Swimming 3A & 4N £52.00
Year 5 Tower of London 14th October 2019 £22.50
Year 6 Wisley 20th September 2019
ParentPay is our preferred method of payment.

Clubs
Board games is cancelled on Monday and is now finished until after half term.
After half term there will be a lunchtime Lego/Playmobil club on a Thursday at 12.30 in the library. 

Year 3 Parents Welcome Drinks
Saturday 19th October, 7.30 onwards
‘Rogues’ wine bar, 58 Epsom Road, Guildford GU1 3PB
Hope to see lots of you there!
From the year 3 reps - Alice, Sophie, Victoria (3S), Jenny, Lucy (3A) Gulsen (4N & 3C)

HT Sport this week from Laura S

Did you know that NHS guidelines state that children between the ages of 5 - 18 should be exercising for at least 60 minutes every day. This can include moderate activity, such as cycling or playground activities and vigorous activity such as running or tennis. To help children stay healthy and fit we run lots of clubs before, during and after school. The majority of these clubs are free and your child can join in at any point in the term.

This week children will be filling out a questionnaire in class time about what types of physical activity they get up to outside of school. We would love to know about the different sports children are involved in and where there are gaps where we can help.

On Monday we enjoyed meeting the RGS Young Leaders who will be helping out at the touch rugby club for the next seven weeks. The Young Leaders all play rugby competitively and with a high ratio of Young Leaders to players everyone who joins in will receive lots of good quality coaching so please encourage your child to come along.

On Monday 21st October we will be also welcoming Chloe Butler to our touch rugby club after school. Chloe is an Australian international rugby player and is Head Coach for the Girls Grizzlies team at Guildford Rugby Club. This session is aimed at girls and so we would love to see lots of new faces to find out what girls rugby is all about.

Many thanks to everyone who has sent in Aldi Sports stickers this week. We have now reached 97 and with Pewley Down having collected 51 we are beginning to believe that we can win a new sports kit for the school and be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £20,000!

All sports clubs are running next week

Fixtures
Y5 & Y6 Football v QE
Date: Thursday 17th October
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to QE
Venue: Queen Eleanors Rd, GU2 7SD
Teacher: Nick & Toby

Menu - Week 1 commencing 14 October 2019


FOPS

What an exciting week it has been! We have had our first committee meeting, changed our first event thanks to Typhoon Hagibis and have been coming up with some great ideas - which, have I mentioned before, we need volunteers to help us execute?

Dates for your diary
Next committee meeting 4th November at 8pm – it’s a Christmas (Fair planning) special ….
Christmas Fair - 7th December
School Disco - 1st February

FOR ACTION (OTHERWISE TO BE READ AS US BEGGING)
We need volunteers for pre-Christmas fair organising, 45 min slots on the day in a variety of areas, cleaning up afterwards and also being

We are also going to be collecting the following:

Wool - If, like me, you had a great idea when pregnant with baby number 1 and thought getting a relaxing hobby and knitting booties would be just the tonic for living without wine, only to find four and a bit years later the wool is still pretty much in the original ball and the knitting needles get more use as chopsticks, then please (like I will be) arrange to have this handed over to Emma Blanco.

Foreign currency, from any country, and coins are very welcome. We have a company who will collect the pot when we reach 5kgs and turn it into pounds for us. Ask your friends, neighbours and work colleagues too - if you travel anywhere you are very likely to have leftover metal in your pocket, bag or purse. Collection pot in the reception with the battery box.

Printer cartridges for recycling

Second-hand school uniform (though we need a volunteer to organise sales)

Things for craft items for Christmas such as decent pine cones, loo roll inners, left over felt, odd socks;)

Hopefully see you tomorrow,
Sam and Jo


HTSC News

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you:

Class reps
We still need some reps for Year 5! Hannah (Jasper Cole’s mum in 5JJ) has kindly come forward, but we still need a few more to help her across the year group. Dave (Georgia Williams’ dad) and Lidija (Isabella Dewhirst’s mum) are your reps for 3C – thank you to you all for your help.

Bingo!!
Our first event is Bingo night on 12th October in the school hall from 6pm - 8pm and it is a ‘full house’ (groan!). If you have ordered tickets, you should have had email from me on Thursday evening to confirm your order. If you didn’t and you are sure you put a form in and have paid, please check your Junk folder first, and then email me by 5pm today at helen@thomasday.co.uk. Please remember to bring a small wrapped Bingo prize per person in your group – sweets/chocolate (no nuts) or small toy costing approx. 50p each. Don’t forget your pens! There will be a fully stocked bar and soft drinks available.

Easyfundraising
If you are unable to give your time to helping fundraise at school but would still like to show your support, you can do so simply through your online shopping. If you shop through this link to support HTSC Holy Trinity School Community Guildford, you will earn us money each time you shop and it can make a huge difference at the end of the year.

Bonfire Night/Xmas Fair
These are the next 2 big events for this term and we are having a planning meeting on Monday 14th October at 8pm in Rogues. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible – all offers of help are greatly appreciated.

Dates for your diary:
Sat 12th October from 6pm – 8pm Bingo night! Sales have now closed. Doors will open at 5.45pm in the school hall for you to get settled before calling starts at 6pm. Entry to school from Addison Rd.

Mon 14th October 9am – YEAR 3 coffee at Nero in House of Fraser

Mon 14th October 8pm @ Rogues - Bonfire Night and Christmas Fair planning meeting (everyone welcome to help plan our next 2 events)

Fri 18th October 9am – YEAR 4 coffee at Susie Blume’s house (57 Pewley Hill – plenty of parking in 2 hr bays).
Sat 19th October 7.30pm @ Rogues Bar – YEAR 3 drinks
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair

Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email helen@thomasday.co.uk and I’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you again for all your support - have a happy weekend!

Kind regards, HTSC