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Newsletter 13 - 4th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
You may have heard this week the government’s announcement around SATs testing in primary schools. We will be writing to parents in Year 2 and Year 6 to explain what the changes will be.
It's been very Christmassy around school this week. The sounds of Carols and Christmas songs have been floating through the school and the classrooms are looking very festive. I’m wondering how many breakfasts have included the goodies from behind Advent Calendar doors this week?! We have enjoyed listening to the daily Advent videos that Reverend Jon has created. The link is here if you have missed them.
I wanted to extend my thanks to you all and to the PTA for your donations for the wonderful class hampers. They look truly fantastic! Watch out for the winners being drawn tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
Christmas Activities in School
·        PTA Film Night is on Tuesday 8th December
·        Christmas lunch day is Wednesday 9th December – please pay via ParentPay
·        Reception, Year 1 and 2 Christmas Parties are on Tuesday 15th December. Children are welcome to come to  school in their party clothes all day. The PTA are providing a snack and a drink.
·        Years 3 - 6 Christmas Parties are on Wednesday 16th December. Children are welcome to come to school in their party clothes all day. The PTA are providing a snack and a drink.
·        Christmas Jumper Day (suggested £2 donation to PTA) is Friday 18th December.
·        Last day of term is Friday 18th December – we finish at 1.30pm.
Inset Days
We have two INSET days on the 4th and 5th of January. Magpies are running a holiday club on these days from 8.30am – 3.30pm. Please see below for more details.


Enjoy a Tier 2 weekend!
Mrs Griffith


Stars of the Week for w/e 4th December 2020

Year 1 – Rosie for always being kind and showing that she is a great friend.

Year 2 –  Willow for making fantastic progress with her reading.

Class 3 – Amelie for always being a true role model and a helping friend. 

Class 4 – Theo for his smiling and positive attitude to learning.

Class 5C – Sophie for always being happy and willing to accept and respond to feedback which really helps with our learning.

Class 5W – Hannah for really getting into character when hot seating in English and for her mature attitude to her learning. 

Year 6 – Sophie B for always challenging herself with her learning but particularly in her writing this week. 

House of the Week
The House with the most house points this week is Earth! Well done Earth!

Year 1 Banquet

To celebrate the end of our topic, Kings, Queens and Castles, Year 1 held a very special Royal Banquet on Monday. We wrote an invitation and asked our Year 2 buddies to join us. We dressed up, made decorations and prepared all of the delicious party food ourselves. We chose some healthy food options such as cucumber and carrots sticks, cheese and pineapple kebabs and cheese and jam sandwiches. Of course we needed a sweet treat too so we decorated cup cakes with icing and sprinkles. We learned that Queen Victoria loved jelly so Mrs Rhodes made some at home for us too. What a feast! We all had such a fantastic time.

Ravenous Reader
Miss Harding is proud to announce that Isis has read her way through the first Y4 reading list – congratulations! Isis’ favourite book was ‘The Naming of Tishkin Silk’.

Spare Shoes for the School Field

Just a reminder that children can only use the field if they have a spare pair of shoes or trainers in school. These can be trainers, wellies or ‘snow boot’ type shoes.  They should NOT be football boots or astros.  Many thanks. 

Gorgeous Hampers

Thank you so much to the parents who have produced these stunning hampers for the PTA Christmas Raffle and for all your donations towards their luscious contents!  Good luck in the raffle at the weekend!

Poppy Appeal 2020

Thanks to your enormous generosity, we were able to contribute £639.97 to the Royal British Legion this year which is nearly £200 more than last year and 10% of the district total.  This is great news at a time when charities are struggling.  The overall district total was less than 50% of last years takings from the Poppy Appeal so we are pleased to have been able to make such a significant contribution this year.  Thank you once again!

Year 6 Christmas Jumper Sale

Year 6 have been recycling Christmas Jumpers for sale to raise funds for Year 6 leaving festivities next year.  There are some newly added jumpers and a few still available to buy.  Please click here to see their lovely Catalogue.

Wishing Tree

We would very much like to buy a couple of wireless outdoor microphones.  The microphones cost about £50 each.  Might you be able to help us with this? Please contact Mrs Poulter in the school office in the first instance if so.  

PTA News

Virtual Christmas Stalls  🎄🎁🎅

Week 4 and the last week of our Virtual Christmas Stalls.  This week we have Norfolk & Chapman, Usborne Books and Love from Betty Happy shopping! 🛒👜


Norfolk & Chapman

Steph attended our Christmas Fair last year and her purses, earrings and bobble hats proved popular.  Take a look at her lovely items, which make gorgeous Christmas gifts or just a treat for yourselves!

Please add “Holy Trinity” at checkout for free shipping. 


Usborne Books

Elise has attended numerous Holy Trinity events, and has set up a special code on her website to allow parents to shop and provide Holy Trinity with a % of sales. Please check out in the 'Virtual Party' code box: W001235500

Last order date is Tuesday 8th December. Click here to browse.

Love From Betty

Love From Betty believe dogs are not just pets but treasured family members and our canine companions.

Stocking well known brands along side independent small family run businesses, Love From Betty brings together a pawfect range of gifts, accessories, treats and everything your pooch could wish for, as well as some gifts for their humans.

Health & humour is at the forefront of everything we do. Our food suppliers are proud to use the highest quality ingredients to make delicious doggy delicacies.

So why not treat your Canine Companion to something special? Click here to browse.

Christmas Raffle & Silent Auction

We will draw the Raffle on the morning of Saturday 5th December by video on our Instagram page holytrinitypta 

Winners will be contacted week commencing 7th December.  

Good luck 🤞🤞

Gemma Gill and Inga Kacerauskaite have put a huge amount of time and effort into obtaining donations and putting together the Online Silent Auction Brochure so please take some time to have a look and don’t miss out on our fantastic Lots we have on offer!

The Auction will be live from 10am Saturday 5th December through to 10am Saturday 12th December. To place your bid email with your BEST offer for your Lot of choice!  The auction catalogue will be launching tonight on classlist and will be available on the school website in the News section on the homepage on Monday.  

Winners will be announced week commencing 14th December.

Film Night

Don’t miss the Bubble Film Night on 8th December, straight after school.  Payment to register your child’s attendance and to purchase your child’s Snack Box is still live on ParentPay. 

Dates for your diary:

5 Dec – Raffle Draw & Silent Auction Goes Live!

8 Dec – Bubble Film Night

Many thanks

PTA Committee

Menu Change - Tuesday 8th December

Please note that the menu choices next Tuesday have been changed to Chicken Burger, Veggie Burger or Jacket Potato.

Inset Day Clubs

Magpies will be hosting a Sports Club at school on Monday 4th January and Tuesday 5th January from 8.30am to 3.30pm.  For more details and information about how to book, please see the letter from Magpies below.

Autumn Key Term Dates – 2020

  • Tues 8th Dec – PTA Film Night
  • Weds 9th Dec – Christmas Lunch
  • Tues 15th Dec – KS1 Christmas Parties
  • Weds 16th Dec – KS2 Christmas Parties
  • Fri 18th Dec – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Fri 18th Dec – 1.30pm – End of Term

Spring Key Term Dates – 2021

  • Mon 4th Jan – Inset Day
  • Tues 5th Jan – Inset Day
  • Weds 6th Jan - Pupils Return to School 
  • Mon 11th Jan – PTA Meeting
  • Fri 15th Jan – Deadline for Applying for Reception Class 2021
  • Weds 27th Jan - Life Base for Reception Class
  • Fri 12th Feb – PTA Mufti Day – Optional PJs or Onesies
  • Mon 22nd Feb - Inset Day
  • Mon 8th March – PTA Meeting
  • w/c 22nd March - Sports Week
  • Thurs 1st April - PTA Easter Egg Hunt and Times Tables Rock Star Mufti
  • Thurs 1st April - 1.30pm – End of Term

School Term Dates

Please see here for term dates:


Ofsted noted a marked increase in persistent absence (a holiday will register as persistent absence).  Please do not book holidays or family days during term time.  Thank you.


Holy Trinity CE Primary School take safeguarding very seriously. If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to report to our designated staff;

Mrs J. Griffith, Mrs C Barnes, Miss S. Harding, Mrs F Fargher

Please do not send your child to school if they're unwell or with a high temperature controlled by paracetamol or ibuprofen.  Don't forget that your child must not return to school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of any gastric upset (vomiting or diarrhoea).   

Talking Therapies is a free NHS service here to support the residents of Berkshire aged 17+ who may be struggling with difficulties including: low mood, anxiety and stress at this unprecedented time. 
If you are in need of support you can call the Talking Therapies admin team on 0300 365 2000, alternatively you can sign up via their website referral form.
To find out more about Talking Therapies and the services they offer please visit their website.