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Newsletter 9 - 10th November 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

The PTA Christmas Fair is on 25th November 11am – 2pm. Please look out for information on Class List for ways to help by offering your time on the day, leading up to the day or clearing away. Also with donations of various things.

Thank you to the PTA committee and reps for giving your time to make a difference for our school community!


Playground at pick up time

Please ensure that children aren’t using the scooters and bikes on the playground. It is very busy and accidents can happen. Please walk them to the gate.


Please also remember to refrain from using your mobile phones in the playground.


Thank you for all your donations towards our Poppy Appeal – as ever, you have been generous in your donations.


At this time of year we take the time to remember those who have fought to protect us – may I pass on our thanks to those members of our school community who are in these roles currently. Thank you.

Mrs Griffith

Stars of the Week for w/e 10th November 2023

Well done to all of our Stars this week.

Reception – Anayah for her amazing reading and numeracy work.

Class 1 – Darby for great work with his number bonds.

Class 2 – Zoe for fantastic work on her presentation. 

Class 3 – Charlie for super work in reading.  

Class 4 – Corick for super focus in English and completing his work neatly.

Class 5 – Phoebe F for her positive attitude in group work and for encouraging her classmates to share their ideas.

Class 6 – Lexie for her care of others and super effort in her presentation.

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

Ascot Racecourse Photography Competition

Please find details attached about the Ascot Racecourse Photography Competition - entry deadline Friday 17th November.


How to Enter
Entry Requirements:
Submit a digital landscape photograph capturing the theme of either Horses, Hedgerows or Horticulture alongside a short paragraph explaining why you took the photograph.
Age Categories
Junior - Primary Schools (Years 1-6)
Senior - Secondary Schools (Years 7-11)


Entries will be judged by royal photographer, Millie Pilkington. One of the UK’s most respected and accomplished portrait photographers, Millie’s commissions range from informal family portraits to the private wedding photographs of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales, and her work has appeared widely in the UK and international press. Find out more about Millie at


Please send entries to csr@ascot.combalongside your name, age and school.
Please send image in jpeg format.

Winners announced - 1st December
Prize giving – 23rd December at Ascot Racecourse


Autism in Girls Talk – 7pm Tuesday 21st November

Furze Platt Senior School’s Theatre.


We are joined by Cathy Wassell, who runs the charity, Autism in Girls Network, to talk about how girls are often diagnosed much later than boys due to misconceptions about how it presents itself. Cathy is the mother of a child with autism, who was only diagnosed aged 13 after a mental health crisis. 

She can talk both personally and professionally and personally about the challenges of getting a diagnosis and gives practical tips and techniques for those who care for children and teenagers.

Ticket prices are £5 to cover the cost of hosting Cathy at our theatre. Book here:

Berkshire Music Trust

Drama, Movement and Music CPD session for School productions for all ages

The Royal Opera House are visiting Berkshire to reach teachers outside London.  Do take this opportunity to have the top level training, for FREE with minimal travelling costs.  

Thursday 16th November 9am - 3pm at Berkshire Music Trust Reading Music Centre, Stoneham Court, 100 Cockney Hill, Reading RG30 4EZ

Sign up here  


We also have a fantastic opportunity for your pupils, please do pass the information on to students and music teachers. The Deadline has been extended to 26th November.


Berkshire Young Singer of the Year Competition

Pupils often sing their hearts out at home but remain quiet within school.  This opportunity, for a small fee, will enable them to gain feedback from professional singers and tutors and will help celebrate Singing across the county. There is also the competition element for those who are excelling at their age - Professional performance opportunity for the finalists - but this festival of singing is an equally valuable for your pupils at each and every level. 


More information and sign up here


Berkshire Young Musician of the Year Competition

This opportunity, for a small fee, will enable Woodwind or Piano students to gain feedback from professional musicians and tutors and will help celebrate music across the county.  There is also the competition element for those who are excelling at their age - Professional performance opportunity for the finalists - but this festival of music is an equally valuable for your pupils at each and every level.  


More information and sign up here

Autumn Term Key Dates – 2023

Tues 14th Nov – Y5 Trip to Oxford Science Centre

Tues 21st Nov – Y3 Trip to Butser Ancient Form

Tues 21st Nov – Curriculum Information Evening for Parents

Sat 25th Nov – PTA Christmas Fair – 11am – 2pm

Fri 1st Dec – Year 4 Bake Sale

Tues 5th Dec – PTA Film Night

Weds 6th Dec – Y4 and Y5 – Panto at St George’s School

Fri 8th Dec – Reception Class Nativity – 9.15am School Hall

Fri 8th Dec – Y4 Bikeability – Level 1

Mon 11th Dec – 1.30pm - KS1 Nativity – School Hall

Mon 11th Dec – 6pm – KS2 Christmas Service – Holy Trinity Church

Tues 12th Dec – 9.15am - KS1 Nativity – School Hall

Tues 12th Dec – PM - Rec and KS1 Christmas Parties

Weds 13th Dec – Christmas Lunch

Weds 13th Dec – KS2 Christmas Parties

Fri 15th Dec – Christmas Jumper Day

School Term Dates

Please see here for term dates:

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