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Newsletter 6 - 11th October 2019

Star of the Week for week ending 11th October 2019

Year 1 - All of Year 1 for making us so proud at Windsor Castle.  Your behaviour was excellent.

Year 2 - Jacob for having a great attitude in school and trying hard to follow the golden rules at all times.

Year 3 - Amelia for her excellent attitude to learning and being a true role model.  

Year 4H - Ali for always contributing well in all curriculum areas, demonstrating a real thirst for knowledge.

Year 4W - Adya for outstanding art work and showing more and more confidence in all she does.

Year 5 - Micah for showing an excellent attitude to learning and growth mindset when making his Anglo-Saxon slingshot this week.

Year 6 - Oscar for the effort and hard work he put into his Harvest poetry.

House of the Week
The House with the most house points this week was Fire! Well done Fire – we hope you enjoy your extra playtime today.

Year 1 Trip to Windsor Castle

On Tuesday 8th October Year 1 visited Windsor Castle in the lovely sunshine. The children were all very excited and enjoyed investigating different features of the castle and watching the guards marching up and down. We visited St George’s Chapel where we had to be very quiet and we attended a workshop where we learned that in Queen Victoria’s time, there was an upstairs and a downstairs maid. There were also no bathrooms!

In the State Apartments, we found lots of armour, shields and paintings. We were also on the lookout for hidden doors. Did you know that The Queen has three dining rooms? 

We had the best day ever.

Mrs J Rhodes - Year 1 Teacher


Year 4 Learn the Ukelele

Year 4 are enjoying their ukulele lessons with Berkshire Maestros. They have already learnt a rhyme to remember the notes of the 4 strings - Good , Children, Eat, Apples. In the next couple of weeks, they will be learning to play a song together and then after half term, they will be composing their own pieces.

Year 6 Learn About WW1

On Wednesday, Year 6 had a fascinating trip down the road to the war memorial and to church.  We have been learning about WW1 and collecting evidence from the past.  On Tuesday, whilst considering our enquiry question, ‘How did the war affect our local community?’, we had the idea to get out and about and see what we could find.  Luckily Reverend Jon was on hand to help and was able to point us in the direction of some war graves in the church yard including the grave of Ferdinand West – a VC medal recipient.  It was a fascinating visit and there was so much information and evidence to be found! If you have any questions about Ferdinand (Freddie) West, please just ask Year 6.  They will be happy to tell you what they have learnt!

Success for Hannah at the Newbury Show!

Hannah in Year 4 has been learning all about how to show sheep.  Hannah says:

'I went to Newbury Show as a young handler showing sheep.  I had to put their feet in a rectangular shape and keep my eye on the judge so they knew I was paying attention.  Then when the judge comes over you have to show them your sheep and you have to turn them so that the judge can see your sheep.  I came first and won a rosette and a trophy.  I really enjoyed it but next time I would like to win Champion and get into the qualifier for another show.'  Well done Hannah!  



Wanted: Football Referees
Are you a football referee? Could you help us? Some of the cluster primary schools are trying to restart the football league. For our matches, it would be preferable if we were able to provide a referee. The matches would be after school but with no set day. If you think you would be able to help with this, please contact me via the school office. Many thanks

Miss S. Harding - Year 4 Teacher

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.

Holy Trinity Scholastic Book Club

Our Scholastic Book Club closes today. Just go to to browse the latest books and place any last minute orders.

Every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Parents Evening System

We are trying out a new Parents Evening System which should making booking your slots to see class teachers more straightforward.  Hopefully this will be better for everyone. All invites have now been sent,  so if you don't receive an invite by email to book a slot, please check your spam or junk folder in the first instance.  If you still don't have an email or notice any anomalies, please do call Mrs Lawson in the school office who can make a manual booking for you.  Parents who need separate appointments should also contact the office if both parties haven't received an invite to book.  Many thanks for your patience with this as we move over to a better system for the longer term.    

Dormy House Care Home - Toddler Group

Dormy House runs a Toddler Group in the Conservatory on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 11.30am which some of the residents enjoy.  Numbers are limited but there are a few spaces available.  Please call or email Diane Heyes on  07771 638484 or for more information or to book a space.  

Advent Calendar Project

Mrs Titre will be leading a project to get Advent Calendars to children probably via the Bracknell Foodbank.  The children were consulted about this in assembly today and so may mention it at home.  More details to follow in due course...

Ascot Racecourse School Fundraiser - Fireworks 

The Ascot Fireworks Spectacular Family race day is always popular amongst local families and we can earn a significant amount of cashback both on Raceday tickets (which include the fireworks - always absolutely stunning) and tickets for the Fireworks Display only.  When booking please enter code HTSCHOOL and click 'Apply' to send cashback to the school.  Many thanks.  

PTA News

Don’t forget the Year 5 bake sale on 18th October – please donate any unwanted school uniform and Halloween Costumes to the School Office.


Christmas Fair Poster Competition – we are looking forward to seeing the children’s art work.  If your child has not received a form and would like to enter, please speak to their teacher for a form.    


Year 6 have now been given the movie options for Film night… we will keep you posted!  Payment for Film night will be added to Parentpay on 5 November.


If you have an artificial Christmas Tree, ideally pre-decorated that you would like to donate to the school, please liaise with the School Office.


Unfortunately we won’t be doing Christmas Cards this year - as yet we have not received the packs from the company and we do not want the same issue to arise as last year with the cards arriving too late to post out.


There are a few items currently remaining on the Wish Tree:



2 x wireless microphones - £67.50

Big chess pieces - £60.05

Big draught pieces - £44.99

Foam dice - £7.99 each


Should you wish to make a donation towards any of the above, please liaise with the School Office.


Many thanks,

PTA Committee and Class Reps

Holiday Clubs

As we approach half term, please click here for useful information about Holiday Clubs.  

Our Website

This newsletter and previous editions are all available to see on the school website.  We do maintain a lot of information on our website which you might find useful and the PTA have their own page too.  Please click here for the Parents Zone for example to have a look around.  

School Term Dates

Please see here for term dates:

Autumn Term Dates – 2019

  • 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
  • Mon 21st October – School Photos
  • 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


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