HTPD 8/11/19

08 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, I’ve been really struck by the richness and variety within our curriculum. It was just great to show prospective parents around both schools and to describe to them everything that the children at HTPD experience. It was good to explain again how we encourage a lifelong love of learning in such a vibrant way! Do encourage other parents with younger children to come and look around over the coming weeks before the deadline for choosing their children’s school.

Yesterday, the junior school was alive with the sound of a marching Roman army, with the visit of John Eagle, an expert Roman historian bringing the children’s topic to life. We were also delighted to be able to talk about Diwali in several year groups, thanks to the expertise of both members of staff and a visiting parent. In Year 2 and Year 5 there have been exciting science investigations going on, and today Year 6 are experimenting with an augmented reality sandbox; moving the sand around a sand tray and seeing contours, valleys and mountain peaks was just excellent! We’re so grateful to the River Wey Trust for their expertise and for loaning us this amazing technology! I do hope that your children have told you all about the different activities they’ve enjoyed this week – and even more importantly that you’ve been able to see them making connections in their learning!

Next week, we start our parent consultations, first at HT and then the following week at Pewley. It’s always such a good opportunity to communicate specific details about your child’s progress and to celebrate together their attitude and commitment to the wider life of the school. Do remember that each appointment is only for ten minutes; we really try to keep to time so if you need further discussion, please make another appointment at a later date.

As you probably know, my favourite night of the year is this evening! After celebrating my birthday yesterday, firework night is a great way to end the week. Your children were so kind in wanting me to have a lovely day. We’re working hard to remind them of the importance of kindness and empathy – they showed me plenty of both! Do come along this evening; tickets are available on the gate. Remember to bring an eco-cup so that we don’t have to use disposable ones. And with the temperature dropping, it’ll be time to find the winter layers! I’ll see you on the field!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “Can anyone say that their conscience is clear?” Proverbs 20 v9. Choose to be the best you!

lHTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.30 am
All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited to the coffee morning at Pewley Down on Wednesday hosted by our Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity). This time there will also be a talk on friendships. If possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email or


Parent Consultation meetings, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November
Please return your completed parent consultation form by Monday 11 November if you have not already done so.

Menu: Week 1 beginning 11 November.


We have a very busy week ahead at Holy Trinity!

Please take a moment to look at the information below so that you know what is happening… and when! If you have any queries please do contact the office.

Parent consultations will take place on Tuesday 12th November & Thursday 14th November

Nasal Flu Vaccinations
Are taking place on Thursday 14th November & Friday 15th November. If you missed the online booking portal, you will have to contact the vaccination team to arrange a separate appointment – the office will advise you of the contact details.

Book Fair
Will be open after school through the week.

Tempest Photographs

Please ensure that you return your order forms by the end of Thursday 14th November

Cancelled Clubs
With Parent Consultations next week teacher-led clubs will not be running. The following clubs will be cancelled:
Monday – Yr 4 Netball
Monday - Board Games
Tuesday - Morning Running Club
Tuesday – Yr 3 & 4 Football Club
Tuesday – Yr 6 Netball
Tuesday – Yr 6 Making a Meal of it
Tuesday - Chess
Wednesday - Origami
Wednesday - Cartoon Drawing
Wednesday – Knitting
Wednesday - Book Club
Thursday – Yr 5 & 6 Football
Thursday - Creative Writing
Friday – Yr 5 Netball
Shakespeare and Badminton Club cancelled for the rest of this term

HT Sport this week from Laura S

I'm so pleased to announce that we have filled up our Aldi poster and now sent it off! Many thanks to everyone who has supported the school by shopping at Aldi and collecting stickers. We should now receive a new sports kit and also go into a draw for a chance to win £20,000 to spend on our sports legacy.


Y5 netball v QE & Rydes Hill
Date: Tuesday 12th November
Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm - Parents to help with lifts to Rydes Hill
Venue: Aldershot Rd, GU2 8BP
Teacher: Laura & Millie

Y4 Dodgeball competition at Bushy Hill Junior School
Date: Tuesday 12th October
Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm - Parents to help with lifts to Bushy Hill
Venue: Bushy Hill, Sheeplands Ave, GU1 2SG
Teacher: Paul

Y5 & Y6 Girls Football Tournament
Date: Friday 15th October
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm - Parents to help with lifts to Kings
Venue: Kings College, Southway, GU2 8DU
Teacher: JJ

Menu - Week 2 

A 2019 Black Leavers Size XL 12/13 hoodie found in lost property at the end of the summer, belonging to a last years’ Y6 child, please speak to the office if you know whose it is.


We hope everyone is settling back in after half term and you are looking forward to a fun fireworks display at HT tonight. For those of you who haven’t pre-ordered, tickets are available on the night and there will also be food available.

Elf and pizza 1st December 3-5.
We will be showing Elf to kick off the Christmas run up and so parents can socialize whilst children are entertained (or watch the film themselves). There will be pre-order pizza (form here) and a licensed bar. As usual, we need volunteers, and the sign-up sheet is here.

Emma and Naomi are doing such a sterling job with all of the wool that has been donated that they are nearly out. They could do with some more wool and also some help making it into something now and would also value some support with the knitting. If you, your friends or family members knit or crochet and would like to help with this mammoth effort then please get in contact with FOPs (or Emma and Naomi directly). 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
As a registered charity, FOPs are able to take advantage of payments through CAF. Many of you will have employer-matched donation programmes through CAF, so why not put that extra towards facilities for your school? Click here for the link on the CAF website.

Teddies, Christmas Jumpers, Bottles and Chocolates
We will be collecting teddies, Christmas jumpers, bottles and chocolates for the school Christmas Fair - these should be bought to the school the week before the Fair - further details to follow.

Dates for the diary:

Next two cake sales:
15th November - Walnut
22nd November - Oak
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes
‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Thursday 21st November
Yr R Drinks Social - Friday 22nd November, venue tbc
HT Christmas Fair - Friday 29th November 6-8.00 Support the junior school with their Christmas festivities 
Elf and pizza - Sunday 1st December, 3-5
Wreath Making - Thursday 5th December
Yr 1 Drinks Social - Thursday 5th December
Christmas Fair - Saturday 14th December, 3-5.30
Year 2 Coffee Morning, Cafe Nero, North Street - Wednesday 18th December
School Disco - Saturday 1st Feb

Have a great week, Jo and Sam

Wintershall Nativity 18-22 December - Please download flyer here.

Chantry Wood Campsite
The council are once again consulting on the use of the Chantry Wood Campsite. Parents are encouraged to take part and preserve its use for the school and local community. They are asking for feedback by November 30th. Please see the press release issued by #SaveChantry here: 
Here's the survey 

Emmaus Rd Kids – Club for Years 3 – 5
Club each week to prepare and cook a healthy meal chatting and eating around the dinner table discussing topics like Kindness, Generosity & Courage.

Charlotteville Heritage Trail and Remembrance Service, Saturday 9 November, 3.00pm
All are welcome to a Remembrance Service at the Charlotteville War Memorial in Addison Road on Saturday 9 November. It will be led by Rod Pierce of Holy Trinity and followed by tea in Addison Court Lounge with an exhibition of Charlotteville history. You can also follow a self-guided Heritage Trail in Addison, Cline and Cooper Roads with posters that tell some history of Charlotteville and the contribution by local men and women during both world wars. The posters will be up for a couple of weeks and are also available at


No 157

18 October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Harvest Festival celebrations were just great this week. Thank you so much for your amazingly generous giving – the collection for Guildford Food Bank was so impressive! At both the infants and juniors, we applauded the fabulous kindness that our families have collectively shown. Thank you!

Today is our first Fluffy Friday of the year, and it’s been a good day to put into action some of our ideas from the week’s assembly series. We’ve thought about how we learn by working alongside others, being spurred on to live life to the full. Taking part in activities with children from across the different year groups and beyond existing friendships is a good way of seeing this happen. Thank you to all our parent helpers for being willing to share in the fun!

Another way that you can help out is during our annual Bonfire Night which takes place after half term on Friday 8th November. It’s always a fantastic whole school event – and this year, every penny raised will go towards our new all-weather pitch. We’ve asked the juniors to help design a logo for this fundraising campaign, so do encourage them to get creative this weekend. Entries need to be in by Wednesday – just draw a design onto A4 paper and hand it in to the school office. The HTSC bonfire-organising catering crew would love to hear from you if you can spare some time either before, during or after the event (please do email Michaela on We really do need lots of volunteers – especially if we want to make the evening more environmentally friendly, then there’ll be lots of clearing up and recycling to do. It’s one of my favourite nights of the year, so make sure you keep the evening free!

Before that though, we’re looking forward to our whole staff training. Remember that we finish for half term next Wednesday 23rd (12 o’clock at PD and 12.15 at HT). The teachers are looking forward to spending the INSET days focusing on outdoor learning opportunities as well as other aspects of providing an excellent, creative and innovative curriculum. We’ll be taking part in training for teaching history, DT, art, music, history and geography! And then we’ll be ready for a half term break!

I hope you all enjoy a lovely rest too; the children have done so well to settle into their classes this term, but they’re now very tired and ready for some time off! Let’s hope the rain stops and we can get outside!

With best wishes, Clare

Thought of the week: “People learn from each other, just as iron sharpens iron” Proverbs 27 v17. If you give you will receive!

Early Finish on Wednesday 23rd October
Pewley Down at 12:00noon, Holy Trinity at 12:15pm

Safeguarding Briefing for parent helpers, 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:

  • Tuesday 5 November - 09h00 at Pewley Down (Staff Room)
  • Wednesday 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 to let her know which session you would like to attend.

HTPD Coffee Morning, Wednesday 13 November, 9.00 to 10.00 am
Due to popular demand the Home School Link Workers, Bridgit (Pewley Down) and Lucy (Holy Trinity), will be holding another coffee morning at Pewley on 13 November. All parents (infant and junior) are very warmly invited. This time they will also include a talk on friendships. Therefore, if possible, please try and make childcare arrangements for any younger children to make it easier for everyone to hear the talk. If you are interested in attending, and to give us an idea of numbers, please email or


Teacher-led clubs
There will be no teacher-led clubs next Tuesday 22 October (Choir with Lilja, Football with Georgie and Fitness and Lego with Sarah).

Year R questionnaire
A reminder to return your completed ‘School Entry Questionnaire’ from Children and Family Health Surrey by Monday 21 October, if you have not already done so.

Nasal flu immunisation e-consent
The flu immunisation is taking place at Pewley on Tuesday 5 November. Parents should complete the e-consent form for their child’s flu vaccination at The school’s unique code/URN number is SR136755 which you will need to access the consent form. The e-consent must be completed by Tuesday 22 October.

Lost: Eddie (Walnut Class) ‘lost’ his brand new (not yet named) Boogie Pumps t-shirt on Monday. Please check that your child did not take it home in error.

Lost and found: Two olive green (Regatta) parka style coats with black fur on the hood were mixed up at PUPS on Thursday evening. One, named Hunaydah, is in the school office, the other belonging to Molly in Oak Class has been taken home in error.

Menu for week beginning Monday 21 October
Mon: Chilli con Carne or Vegetable Chilli with Rice; Jam Sponge with Custard
Tues: Chicken & Sweetcorn Pie or Loaded Jacket Potatoes; Rice Crispy Cake
Weds: School closes at 12.00
Thurs: INSET
Available daily: Selection of seasonal vegetables, salads, jacket potato and bread. Yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit.


Dates for your diary
23 October - School closes early at 1215 (No Clubs Plus)
24 October - Inset Day school closed
25 October - Inset Day school closed
28 October - 1 November - Half Term
4 November - School resumes
7 November - Year 4 Roman Day
8 November - HTSC Fireworks Night

Overdue library books
Whilst I am happy for children to have library books over the half term break, I would like to get back any books that are still on loan from last term. I would be grateful if everybody could have a look around and return overdue books. Thank you Geraldine

School Trips Autumn 2019
Please log into 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.

HT Sport this week from Laura S

We are very lucky to have so many sports clubs and leisure facilities in Guildford offering exciting holiday camps for young people. With the half term just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about trying out a new activity or sport. Below are links to some of the local half term activities on offer over the half term:

Hockey: Guildford Hockey Club at Broadwater School

Netball - Surrey Storm Camps at Surrey Sports Park

Football - Planet Soccer at Boxgrove, Cranleigh Primary and Tillingbourne

Rugby - Lions Sports Academy at Guildford Rugby Club, Godalming, 29th and 30th October

If none of the above interest your child then Surrey Sports Park are running squash, badminton, basketball, tennis and swimming camps:
and Spectrum are offering ice-skating, bowling and climbing sessions for the whole family

GHS are running a Triathlon Club on Friday 1st November at GHS sports centre. It's open to all girls and boys, from years 3 upwards and costs £20 for 3 1/2 hours of fun on all 3 disciplines with two level 2/3 triathlon coaches. If you are interested please refer to the Parent Mail sent on Wednesday 16th October by the office that has an attached form that you need to fill in and send back to the organizers.

Please don't forget that on Monday 21st October Chloe Butler will be taking a girls only touch rugby session after school. Chloe is an Australian international rugby player and is Head Coach for the Girls Grizzlies team at Guildford Rugby Club.

We have had an overwhelming response from parents since last week's newsletter and have jumped from 97 to 185 Aldi stickers one week! It's great to see the poster filling up but we still have a long way to go and time is running out as the promotion closes on Sunday 3rd November. Please keep sending the stickers, every one helps us towards our goal of winning a new sports kit and be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win £20,000.

After school clubs on Monday and Tuesday are running next week.

Found: Did you loose a watch at Cross Country last week, if so please see the office.

Lunch - Menu Week 2
Mondays are now 'Meat free Mondays' by request of the children.


Hi All, I hope you have all had a good week and are gearing up for half term nicely. A few things for this week as follows:

Rugby World Cup Final: Come along and have some breakfast and a social with the rugby world cup final. Like last time, hot food is pre-order only. The food orders can be made online here (with payment to the honesty box at reception), or via a food order slip in the book bags this week. We can accept online food orders until the 30th October but all paper slips will need to be back before the end of half term next Wednesday (midday 23rd October). If you do not have a paper form in your book bag then there will be a couple of spares in the honesty box you can have. And sign up for volunteer slots are here :)

Dates for the diary:
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting: 4th November 8pm at the school. Feel free to bring wine … we will be.....

Next two cake sales: 8th November - Chestnut, 15th November - Walnut
To clarify the school position on shop-bought cakes: ‘Shop bought cakes are fine as long as they don't contain nuts (ie no bakewell slices etc.). If it says "may contain" that's no good, but "made in a factory that processes nuts" is fine if it is on a visible label.’

Christmas Fair:
we have had to change the date to the 14th December, but we even confirmed timings for you now (3pm-5.30pm) so posters will be printed and put up around the school. The sign-up sheet for volunteers will open the morning after the planning meeting.

School Disco
: 1st February

And last, but by no means least - we have a confirmed list of class reps for you
Year 2 ‘Team effort’: Vicky Murray, Liz Jennis, Catherine Fowler, Stephanie Maynard and Peta Stewart
Year 1 - Beech: Rebecca Sami and Marta Redelbach Gaisford
Year 1 - Oak: Catherine Cox and Jenny Kingcome
Year R - Willow: Ashley Givens and Vicci Massey
Year R - Hazel: Anne McClave and Becky Srivastava

Happy Friday!
Thanks, Sam and Jo


Hi Everyone,

Here’s our update for this week for you:

Class reps
We still need some reps for Year 5! Claire Tellegen has thrown her hat in the ring for 5T, joining Hannah for 5JJ. If you are able to support them in any way they would really appreciate it.

Bingo – thank you
We’ve had our first event (phew!). It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed yourselves. A very big thank you to everyone who came along and for showing a lot of enthusiasm, to our bartenders for keeping us watered, and to everyone for clearing up their tables. Thank you also to those who stayed a little longer to clear up at the end of the night to wash up, sweep up and put Sheena’s classroom back together!

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
We had a meeting at the beginning of the week to discuss the next 2 big events – many thanks for your ideas and input for this. Early Bird order forms for Bonfire night will be sent out before we break up for half term via Parentmail as well as the Sign Up for help we will need during the day as well as at the event. If you have any wood that you don’t need and are able to deliver it to school on Friday 8th November, please let me know.

HTSC and the Environment
To support the school’s ethos, we are going to try to do as much as we can this year to reduce the amount of single use plastics and other packaging that cannot be recycled, particularly for drinks, at our events this year. For Bonfire night, we will be selling tea/coffee and hot chocolate, soft drink and juice, but we would like to encourage you to bring your own reusable cups/water bottles to serve them for a saving on your drink price. We already have a few keen parents who are looking at some of our practises for events and are developing alternatives – if you would like to be involved, please email me and I will put you in touch.

External stalls for Xmas Fair
If you or someone you know would like a stall at the fair this year, please email me at for details.

2nd Hand Uniform
If you have any uniform size 7 years and upwards that you no longer need, please contact Simone Chidlow at to arrange collection/pick up. Please do not bring to school as we do not have anywhere to store it.

Xmas Jumpers
If you have any Xmas jumpers that you don’t need, the children have outgrown or just fancy a change, we will be having an Xmas Jumper stall at the Xmas fair – donate your old jumpers and perhaps buy a different one from the stall to see you through the season. Mens, womens, kids sizes all welcome. There will be a box out for these on Donation day (22nd November).

Reminder - dates for your diary:
Sat 19th October 7.30pm @ Rogues Bar – YEAR 3 drink
Wednesday 6th November – deadline for Bonfire Night Earlybird tickets
Fri 8th November – Bonfire Night 6-8pm
Fri 22nd November – Xmas Fair Donation Day
Fri 29th November from 6pm – Christmas Fair
Fri 6th December 8pm @ Rogues – YEAR 4 Xmas drinks If you have any questions, please email 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

Pre-owned & Proud Sale
Looking for good quality nearly new children's clothes, books and toys for all ages up to 12 years old?The Pre-owned and Proud sale will be just right for you. (Run on behalf of the Guildford NCT Charity)
Able to help on the day, That's great, you will invited to the pre-sale before the crowds.
On sale: Clothing 0 to 12 year olds, Toys, Equipment, Baby & Maternity wear and large items (Cots, prams, bikes etc)
Sunday 17th November; 11am -12.30pm
Rydes Hill School, Aldershot Road, GU2 8BP
£1 Entry: Free Goodie bags
10.50am entry for pregnant women & NCT members
Non members Welcome.
Free parking;: On site playground: Refreshments & snacks on sale
Wish to sell:
Happy to Volunteer: