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Newsletter 13 - 6th December 2019

Advent is Here...

So Advent is finally here and you may be tucking in to a daily Advent chocolate from your calendar.  Did you know that the world's largest advent calendar was made in 2007 at the St Pancras Train Station here in the UK? It was 71m tall and 23m wide and celebrated the refurbishment of the station.   

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin and refers to the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

The first day of Advent can in fact be from the 27th November (which it was in 2016) to the 3rd December (which it was in 2017). Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday, which happened this year!

No one is really sure when Advent was first celebrated but it dates back to at least 567 when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas.   Nowadays it can end up being a busy time of partying, shopping and preparations.  If you get chance take a few minutes to remember and think about the true meaning of Advent - perhaps you could chat about it over the dinner table?

Stars of the Week for w/e 6th December 2019

Reception – Sophie for a great week back at school after being so poorly.

Year 1 – Barnaby for his confident and positive attitude to school.

Year 2 – Orla for always being a brilliant role model and giving 110% in all she does.

Class 3 – Amba for always being kind and helpful.  A true role model in everything she does.

Class 4H – Theo for the excellent effort that he puts in to all that he does.

Year 4W – Grace for being a conscientious and helpful member of the class.

Year 5 – Lucas P for a fantastically terrifying description of Uncle Montague’s house!

Year 6 – Thomas for being a true example of Year 6 behaviour. 

House of the Week
The House with the most house points this week is Fire! Well done Fire – we hope you enjoyed your extra playtime!

Holy Trinity Choir Perform at Sunningdale Lights

As usual our terrific choir did us proud at the switch on of the Sunningdale Lights last Friday evening.  We had a great turn out with a huge crowd watching us and lots of compliments!  Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Miss Wallbanks for preparing and leading the choir.

Year 5 Visit from White Watch Fire Fighters

Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from Bracknell Fire and Rescue team this week. The team talked to the children about their role in the community and a lot of fun was had looking at the vehicle and their equipment. They also spoke to the children about fire evacuations at home so please don't be alarmed if they come home asking you to make a plan for your family. It is also worth noting that the fire fighters gave us an interesting fact! Did you know that most children under the age of 10 will not be woken by a house fire alarm, so this is worth bearing in mind. Thank you to the fire fighters for taking the time to come and talk to us! 

Miss Cullen - Year 5 Class Teacher 

Food Bank Treats

Thank you to everyone who brought in Christmas treats to be distributed in food parcels given out by the Bracknell Food Bank over the next couple of weeks.  Thank you also to Mrs Titre and her team of organisers who collected and put everything together ready to go the Food Bank.  You were very generous with your time and effort.  

Year 5 and 6 Football Match

'We played St Michael's on the 4th December.  It was a close encounter with Micah scoring a hat trick in a 3 - 2 for the boys in green'.

Well done to the football team representing Holy Trinity on Wednesday - Eddy, Freddie F, Freddie J, George, Harry, Maahir, Micah, Monty, Thomas and Will.  Thanks to Mrs Hunter, Mrs Rhodes and Miss Harding for organising and supporting the team and to all the parents who came along too.  

Nature Club

We had a great turn out at Nature Club this week. We found lots of mini beasts, including a centipede - great find Alfie!

Next week we will be making Christmas Cards using our great nature finds. 

Christmas Lunch

We are looking forward to our Christmas Lunch which will be on Wednesday 11th December.  The menu is as follows:


Roast Turkey or Vegetable Puff Parcel

Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Glazed Parsnips, Carrots, Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Stuffing and Gravy

Ice Cream


For children in Years 3 - 6 please make sure your ParentPay account is in credit - many thanks!

PTA News

We are still awaiting some last minute expenses and hope to confirm the final amount raised at the Christmas Fair next week.

Pottery Items

The pottery items from the Christmas Fair are now available for collection from the School Office at your convenience.  If you are unable to collect, please let Mrs Whittaker or Mrs Brown know and they will make alternative arrangements.


Your School Lottery – for just £1 a week you get entered into 2 weekly draws, 1 with the chance to win up to £25,000 and the school are guaranteed a return of 40% of all the ticket funding raised.  If you haven’t already, please do sign up and support the school.  Last week we had a £20 winner who kindly donated the proceeds back to the school.  It’s quick and easy to sign up at :



As an alternative for the parents who have mentioned rather than joining Your School Lottery, they would prefer to donate directly to the PTA, you can now set up a direct debit for a one off or monthly payment to donate an amount of your choice which will be used towards next years funding.

If you do decide you would like to donate in this way, please check with your employer, as many employers will match donations to charities.

Our PTA bank details to set up a direct debit are as follows, please also email to confirm your donation:


Name: Holy Trinity CE School PTA

Sort Code: 20-02-53

Account Number: 30493449



A couple of extra dates have been added to the PTA diary:

14th February – PJ/Onesie Mufti Day

22nd May – Break the Rules Day

More information on these will follow nearer the time


Upcoming dates for your diary:

11th December – Film night, this is on Parentpay, cost is £5.  The film chosen for KS1 is Secret Life of Pets 2 and will be shown in Reception Class.  Year 6 have chosen Detective Pikachu and will be shown in the Main Hall.  A packet of crisps and squash is included in the price.

13th January – PTA Meeting


Autumn Term Dates – 2019

  • Fri 6th December – Year 2 Bake Sale
  • Mon 9th December – Y5 & 6 Basketball at Charters School 3.30 – 5pm
  • Tues 10th December – Nasal Flu Vaccination (All Years)
  • Weds 11th December – Christmas Lunch
  • Weds 11th December – PTA Film Night
  • Fri 13th December – Reception Class Nativity Play – 9.30am - School Hall
  • Mon 16th December – 1.30pm KS1 Nativity – School Hall
  • Mon 16th December – 6.30pm – KS2 Christmas Service – Holy Trinity Church
  • Tues 17th December – 9.30am KS1 Nativity – School Hall
  • Tues 17th December –  Rec and KS1 Parties in the afternoon
  • Weds 18th December – Year 4 Ukulele Concert – 10am – 10.30am
  • Weds 18th December – KS2 Parties in the afternoon
  • Fri 20th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Fri 20th December – 2pm – End of Term 2

Spring Term Dates – 2020

  • Mon 6th January – Inset Day
  • Tues 7th January – Term 3 Starts
  • Mon 13th January – All Clubs Start
  • Mon 13th January – PTA Meeting 8pm
  • Weds 22nd January – Internet Safety Day in School
  • Weds 22nd January – Internet Safety Workshop for Parents – Paul Hay 6pm
  • Fri 24th January – Y6 Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 24th January – 4H Bake Sale
  • Fri 31st January – Y5 Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 7th February – 4W Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 14th February - PJ/Onesie Mufti Day
  • Fri 14th February – 4H Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 14th February – 3.15pm End of Term 3
  • Mon 24th February – Term 4 Starts
  • Fri 28th February – Y3 Class Assembly 9.15am - School Hall
  • Fri 6th March – Reception Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 6th March – Y3 Bake Sale
  • Mon 9th March – Y5 Bikeability Week
  • Mon 9th March - PTA Meeting 8pm
  • Fri 13th March – Y2 Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Tues 17th March – Parents’ Consultation Evening
  • Thurs 19th March - Parents’ Consultation Evening
  • Fri 27th March – Y1 Class Assembly 9.15am – School Hall
  • Fri 27th March – Reception Bake Sale
  • Mon 30th March – Easter Service Rec, Y2, Y5 and Y6 – Holy Trinity Church – 9.30am
  • Tues 31st March – Easter Service Y1, Y3 and Y4 – Holy Trinity Church – 9.30am
  • Fri 3rd April – Easter Egg Hunt
  • Fri 3rd April – 2pm – End of Term 4

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 P. O’Brien, Mrs J. Griffith, Miss S. Harding, Mrs F Fargher