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Newsletter 4 - 27th September 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you so much to everyone who came and donated to the coffee morning today and also to those who provided lovely cakes! This is a cause special to the hearts of so many and we thank you for your support.  Remaining cakes will be sold at 3.15pm today by the PTA for a donation to Macmillan.  Thank you to our PTA reps for helping with this and for helping with the coffee morning too!

Reception Class Visited by a Physiotherapist!

This week in Reception we had a visit from Rosie’s Mum who is a physiotherapist. She talked to us about how she works in a hospital to help people. She then explained that by doing exercises it helps to keep us fit and healthy, so we went outside and had some fun exercising together. Thank you so much to Rosie's Mum for visiting us!

Year 2 Visit to Hampton Court

On Wednesday Year 2 went on a trip to Hampton Court Palace as part of our Tudors topic. We took part in two workshops led by ‘Lady Beth’ and ‘Lady Alice’.

Hampton Court Palace has patterns and symmetry all around it and we were tasked with designing and costing a new brick wall for the palace. We then got to build some of our designs with lego.

In the afternoon, we learned about Tudor fashion, how to do a Tudor bow, we got to hold some Tudor objects and then learned a Tudor dance. It was a great day and we all decided that it would be a really difficult house to keep clean!

Papplewick School Football Tournament - Year 2

On Monday this week, representatives from Year 2 formed two teams and took part in the Papplewick School Football Tournament.  There were twelve teams overall split into two groups and the Holy Trinity Teams won both groups and thereby the Tournament overall!  Well done to Aidan, Fin, Luke, Samuel and Xander of Holy Trinity Team A and Ayden, Cathy, Jacob, Jude, Kaleb and Keiron of Holy Trinity Team B.  What a fantastic result!  Thank you to Mrs Hunter for taking the children in the church minibus and to Mrs Free for managing and supporting the teams throughout the afternoon.  


Mrs Free to Run half Marathon for Muscular Dystrophy UK

On Sunday 13th October, Mrs Free will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London (her first half marathon!) in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity which is important to us in school.  Muscular Dystrophy UK  brings individuals, families and professionals together to fight muscle-wasting conditions. Founded in 1959, they have been leading the fight against muscle-wasting conditions since then. They bring together more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 70,000 children and adults in the UK.

If you'd like to sponsor Mrs Free please speak to her directly or do so via the school office.  Many thanks and good luck to Mrs Free!  

Congratulations on Making the Berkshire Tennis Training Squad!

Congratulations are due to Ellis in Year 5 who has been invited to join the Berkshire Tennis Boys U10 Training Squad.  Well done for all your hard work Ellis and we hope you continue to enjoy your tennis!

Harvest Festivals - Check the Dates

Please note that Mrs Lawson had managed to post both our Harvest Festivals on the website calendar on the same day and at the same time!  Thank you to the eagle-eyed parent who highlighted this.  The dates have been corrected but please make sure you have the correct one in your diary for your class.  These are:

Monday 14th October - 9.30am - Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity Church - Reception, Y2, Y5 and Y6

Tuesday 15th October - 9.30am - Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity Church - Y1, Y3 and Y4


Harvest Festival Collection

Holy Trinity Church will be collecting items for the Bracknell Foodbank at the Harvest Festivals again this year.  These are the items needed and any contributions will be gratefully received and passed on.  Items can be brought to school and carried down to the church by the children:


  • Custard (tinned or powdered)
  • Rice Pudding (tinned)
  • Sponge Pudding (tinned or twin pack)
  • Fruit (tinned)
  • Fruit Juice (long-life 1 litre)
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Meat (tinned)
  • Fish (tinned)
  • Pasta Sauce (jar or tinned)
  • Long Grain Rice (500g or 1 kilo)
  • Vegetables (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Potatoes (tinned)
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Toilet Rolls
  • Toiletries- shampoo, shower gel etc.

Next Thursday - Change to School Menu

Thursday - Fish and Chips, Cheese and Onion Puff or Jacket Potato

Friday - Beef Lasagne, Roasted Vegetable Bake or Jacket Potato

Food Waste in School

We are encouraging children to separate food waste and use special recycling bins in school at lunch time.  We will soon be charged for our mixed landfill waste by weight and are taking various measures to reduce this.  Please encourage your children to bring home any packets and wrappings from packed lunch items if they can.  Reducing packaging or introducing reusable wraps for sandwiches might help with this too.  Many thanks for your co-operation in helping us in our commitment to recycle as much whilst reducing the burden on our finances at the same time.  

Plastic Bottle Recycling

Whilst on the subject of recycling, we would like to introduce our bottle recycling project to our new parents.  We have been working in conjunction with GreenRedeem to collect plastic bottles to create a clean, and therefore, valuable recycling resource.  Please bring us your plastic drinks bottles (drinks bottles only, no milk bottles, tops on if poss) and GreenRedeem will pay us 5p for each one we scan in to their 'reverse vending' machine here in school.  So far you have raised over £700 for school and directed over 14,000 bottles for high quality recycling.  This is a pilot project due to run until Christmas so please keep your bottles coming until then.  Click here for more information and a local league table of how many bottles have been recycled and how much money has been raised for schools.

A Wish Granted!
Last week Miss Wallbanks published a wish for a donation of £500 to buy glockenspiels for school to enhance our music provision.  We are very grateful indeed to the parent who has come forward to grant this wish and will be paying for the glockenspiels!  Thank you so much and we hope to have the glockenspiels soon!


Scholastic Book Club

Our Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.  We do not take order forms/monies at school. 

Please place your order online by October 11th, 2019.

Do you have any Old White Bed Sheets?

If you have any old white bed sheets that you no longer want or need, Miss Cullen our Year 5 teacher would love to have them!

PTA News

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and for all parents volunteering their time to help fundraise for the school.


Year 6 Bake sale —we’re still waiting for the amount raised but thanks to all who baked and bought!


PTA Christmas Fair 23rd November – your Class Reps agreed the stalls at the PTA Meeting and will now be busy organising these. Please do put the date in your diary to help support your Class Reps for 30mins -1 hour!


Auction items – We are in need of auction items for the Christmas Fair, if you know of a local company/work for a company please ask if they would be willing to provide a donation for the silent auction.  Please contact Alison Shukla with any donation queries.


Film Night 11th December – This will now be run by the School and will commence straight after school.  Teachers will be on site during the film but your Class Reps will arrange for 2 parents to help return the children to their classrooms at the end of the evening.  Year 6 will shortly be deciding on the KS2 film!  KS1 will be watching a different film. More details to follow.


Please note going forward we will be requesting the children to bring their drinks bottle to the Film Night and will be providing water/squash for them to top up their bottles.  Parentpay will now be used to pay for events as well as lunches and school trips.


2nd Hand Uniform – if you have any unwanted school uniform, please do donate to the School Office.  Charlotte Holden and Genna Clark have agreed to hold a second hand uniform stall at the Bake Sales.  In addition to this stall, at the Year 5 bake sale on 18th October there will be a second hand Halloween Costume Stall so please donate any unwanted Halloween outfits.   Please can you give any donations for this to the school office by Wednesday 16th October.  Many thanks. 


Mrs Hill has made a request for donations of artificial Christmas Trees, ideally pre-decorated.  Please liaise with the School Office.


If you have any suggestions regarding the PTA, please do come along to the next meeting on 11th November; alternatively you can voice your ideas through your Class Reps who will be attending these meetings or post your suggestions in the PTA box located in the School Office. 


Finally we would like to thank Andi for all her hard work over the last 2 years as PTA Chair.  She has done an absolutely incredible job!


Many thanks, PTA Committee and Class Reps

Vacancies at Charters School

Charters School have the following Associate Staff job vacancies and welcome applications.  Training will be provided as required.  Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.
·        Science Technician
·        Invigilator
·        Cover Supervisor 
 Please click here for our vacancies page to see full details of all current vacancies.

Autumn Term Dates – 2019

  • Mon 30th Sept – School Photos (Portraits)
  • Tues 8th October – Year 1 Trip to Windsor Castle
  • Weds 9th October – 6pm – Phonics Evening for Reception Parents
  • Mon 14th October – 9.30am - Harvest Festival 1 at Holy Trinity Church – Years Rec, 2, 5 and 6
  • Tues 15th October – 9.30am - Harvest Festival 2 at Holy Trinity Church – Years 1, 3 and 4
  • Fri 18th October – Year 5 Bake Sale
  • Tues 22nd October – Parent Consultation Evening
  • Thurs 24th October – Parent Consultation Evening
  • Fri 25th October – 3.15 – End of Term 1
  • Mon 4th November – Inset Day
  • Tues 5th November – Pupils Return to School
  • Fri 8th November – 4W Bake Sale
  • Mon 11th November – PTA Meeting 8pm
  • Fri 22nd November – Bring a Bottle Mufti Day
  • Sat 23rd September – PTA Christmas Fair
  • Fri 6th December – Year 2 Bake Sale
  • 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 – 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 – KS2 Parties in the afternoon
  • Fri 20th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Fri 20th December – 2pm – End of Term 2

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

Magpies October Half Term Holiday Club

Please find details in the attachment below - prices currently on Early Bird Offer.