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Newsletter 16 - 11th Jan 2019

Newsletter 16 - 11th January 2019

Don't forget - it's the 3G Bake Sale today!

Yesterday we took delivery of our new 'Reverse Vending Machine' for recycling plastic bottles. The machine will accept drinks bottles only (with tops on!) to a maximum of 2 litres.  It does not accept milk bottles.  For each bottle recycled into the machine the school will receive 5p.

The machine comes from Green Redeem and we are part of a pilot project in RBWM.  This means that we will be able to recycle bottles to a maximum value of £2k over a 6 to 12 month period.  Then the project outcomes will be reviewed and we will know whether we will be able to use the machine on an ongoing basis.

Thank you to everyone who has brought in their bottles so far.  Bottles can be brought to the office or taken to classrooms.  Abi and Emily brought in the first bottles of the year and can be seen here scanning some in.

Change to Menu Next Thursday

Next Thursday 17th January, the lunch menu will be Fish and Chips, Vegetable Korma or Jacket Potato.  Friday's menu will be BBQ Chicken Pasta Bake, BBQ Beans and Veggie Pasta or Jacket Potato.  This is because Thursday is School Census Day when the Government collects lots of data from schools - some of which affects our funding.  This includes the amount of money we are given to cover universal free school meals in Key Stage 1.  So the more children who have a school meal next Thursday the more funding we receive.  Hence the switch to the most popular meal of the week! 

Year 2 Work with Reading Football Club

This term we are excited to welcome Reading Football Club into school to work with Year 2 as part of their Premier League Primary Stars school programme. Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and Reading Football Club to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

They will be based in the classroom every Thursday morning assisting with group work, reading and acting as role models. Our designated coach will be Mr Dickinson, who will also deliver an optional Lego club to year 2 during lunchtime. In the afternoon, Mr Dickinson will lead a PE session with the aim of linking the skills we use in the classroom to sports. This will also provide some good development opportunities for our own staff.

If you have any questions about this exciting programme please email Miss Prince or visit

KS1 Mini Tennis Competition

On Tuesday Evie, Zach (Y3), Amelie, Alexander and Samuel (Y1) attended a Mini Tennis competition at Charters School with Miss Cullen. They played mini games which taught them important tennis skills such as running, catching and throwing. They represented our school fantastically and came 2nd out of the 4 teams. Well done!

Year 3 Receive a Visit from Ascot Firefighters

At the end of last term, Year 3 wrote thank you letters to one of our emergency services to say thank you for working over Christmas. The children showed great empathy and understanding and worked extremely hard on their letters. So it was a fantastic surprise when members of Ascot Fire Station turned up at school this week to say thank you for their letters. They said the letters had really cheered them up and made them all smile!  They were very touched.  Well done Year 3!

PTA News

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! After a very successful Xmas Fair we'd like to thank every family who helped towards the event and attended!


Easter term events

The first Bake Sale will be from 3G this Friday - please bring your pennies after school!


School Disco - 1st February. We hope that payment will be via ParentPay (to avoid Paypal fees) and be opened in the next couple of weeks.  Timings will be:


5.15-6.15 KS1 Disco including snack & a drink


6.45-7.45 - KS2 Disco including snack & a drink


Please help your Class reps by volunteering to help - we need 2 adults per class.  Without this help the event cannot go ahead.


Easter Egg Hunt - 3rd April - more details to follow.


World Book Day 7th March - based on the School Council's feedback we will be running this again this year. We'd be grateful if you could save any good quality children's books suitable for the children to purchase on the day for 50p. Collection of books will take place from 4th March


Monday 11th March - PTA meeting: 8-8.30pm in Staff Room


Easyfundraising - please continue to support the school by going via this site to do all your online shopping!


Committee Positions for Sept 2019 Onwards

We are looking for someone or a group of people to take on the roles of Secretary and Chair of the PTA.


With two Vice-Chairs and a Treasurer, all the Class Reps and lots of helpful parents you will be well supported!  Please do contact any one of us for more information if you'd be interested in helping out!  

Thank you from your PTA

Spring Term Dates 2019

Fri 11th January—Class 3G Bake Sale

Thurs 17th January—Reception Class – Pencil Grip Workshop – 3.20pm

Fri 25th January—Y5 Class Assembly—9.15am

Fri 1st February—Y4 Class Assembly—9.15am

Fri 1st February—PTA Disco

Thurs 7th February—Y5 & Y6 Netball Match at the Marist—3.30pm

Fri 8th February—3C Class Assembly—9.15am

Fri 15th February—3G Class Assembly—9.15am

Mon 25th February—INSET DAY

Thurs 28th February— Y5 & Y6 Netball Match at the Marist—3.30pm

Fri 1st March—Y1 Bake Sale

Thurs 7th March—Reception Class Assembly—9.15am

Thurs 7th March—PTA Book Sale

Thurs 7th March— Y5 & Y6 Netball Match at the Marist—3.30pm

Thurs 7th March— Y5 & Y6 Netball at Charters—3.30—5pm

Mon 11th March—Y5 Bikeability Starts

Mon 11th March—PTA Meeting 8pm

Thurs 14th March—Y1 Trip to the Theatre

Thurs 14th March—Y3 and Y6 Shakespeare Workshops

Fri 15th March—Y2 Class Assembly—9.15am

Fri 15th March—Reception Class Bake Sale

Tues 19th March—Parents’ Consultation Evening

Thurs 21st March—Y1 Class Assembly 9.15am

Thurs 21st March—Parents’ Consultation Evening

Mon 25th March—Class Photos

Thurs 28th March—Y3 and Y4 Netball at Charters—3.30—5pm

Mon 1st April—Easter Service—Y1, 3C, 3G & Y5—9.30am Holy Trinity Church

Tues 2nd April— Easter Service—Rec, Y2, Y4 & Y6 —9.30am Holy Trinity Church

Weds 3rd April—PTA Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 5th April—End of Term 2pm

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.