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Dear Parents

Just prior to our Easter break I had unfortunately to listen to a very upset parent wanting to take their child away from our school, not because of anything a child had done ... but because of an adult, a family member, who was known by the child.  This person thought it perfectly acceptable to swear at this child on our school grounds, in front of others and the child’s family. What is most disturbing is this person allowed herself to bring a very petty problem onto the school grounds and caused considerable upset to one of my children and their family.   I did mention several weeks ago about parents voicing their concerns about children aloud outside of school.   Unfortunately this has happened several times recently, culminating in parents coming to blows and involved in a slanging match.  I am very proud of our school and so are my staff; we try very hard to make sure people see our school in the best light possible.  We work extremely hard to make all of you feel welcome and valued.  However some of your behaviour does not help our cause and does cause unnecessary suffering to others.

I know I don’t really need remind you all that your primary job as a parent, carer, grandparent or friend of the family is to set a decent standard of behaviour for children to copy.  Your status as a role-model is unparalleled, nothing Cheryl Cole, Jordan or Beckham, or any other so called celebrity can do or say will set a standard for our behaviour, or moral standpoint better than our parents can, should and do.  Therefore for your child to witness you or anyone else swearing, gesticulating and physically assaulting another human being, does not say to me ‘parent of the year’ material.  Be aware of the old adage, “we reap what we sow”

I have found it deeply disturbing to believe that any of my children’s parents would act in a manner which would cause another family so much suffering.    Can I urge you strongly to remember your status and privilege as a parent; you only get one chance at this job and our children only get one crack at this life too.  Let’s try together to make it the most memorable and exciting time of their life. 

As if you have a problem, my door is always open and I will endeavour to sort out any problem no matter how large or trivial.    

On a lighter note we draw ever closer to our Year 6 children leaving Holy Trinity and making the giant leap to high school.  We celebrate their time with us at church on the 20th July at 11am, you are very welcome to come along and bring a friend or other family members.

We continue the day after on the 21st in school at 10am with a further celebration of their time at Holy Trinity.  Please come along and celebrate your child’s achievements with us. We conclude our celebrations that evening of the 21st at 6pm with our prom night.

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

 

 

Website for Homework

Please see www.iamlearning.co.uk for your child’s homework.  Your child has their own log in details.

 

Bank Holiday Weekend

We have another long weekend break after today.  School is closed on Friday 29th April for the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday and on Monday for the May Day Bank Holiday.  School re-opens on Tuesday 3rd May.  School is closed on Thursday 5th May for the local elections.  We re-open on Friday 6th May.

 

 

Royal Wedding Picnic Lunch

All pupils in school are being offered a picnic lunch on Wednesday 4th May to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  The price is the normal £1.80 per child.  Please see the separate peach coloured letter for full details. 

 

Golf

If you sent in an application form and £20 for the Golf coaching, please remember that the club begins on Tuesday 3rd May.

 

 

Swimming

Swimming lessons begin on Tuesday 3rd May for Calder Class (see separate letter) and some children from Leven and Irwell who have already been informed. 

 

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day (Bank Holiday)

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Monday 9th May-13th May

SATs Week for KS 2

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Wednesday 20th July

Leaver’s Service in Church – details to follow

Thursday 21st  July

Leaver’s Service in School – details to follow

Thursdat 21st July

Prom Night for Year 6 – details to follow

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

School re-opens

Tuesday 6th September to pupils

 

 
Newsletter Week Ending 8th April 2011

Easter Break

We re-open to children on Wednesday 27th April.  School is closed on Friday 29th April for the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday and Monday 2nd May for the May Day Bank Holiday.  School re-opens on Tuesday 3rd May 2011.  School is also closed on Thursday 5th May for Voting Day, re-opening on Friday 6th May.  Phew!

 

Easter Church Service

Our Easter Service takes place at St Peter’s Church on Friday 8th April at 11 am.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend the church service.  The service will last approximately 30 minutes.  Hope to see you there.

 

Easter Praise

The Easter Praise church service will take place on Thursday 28th April at 11 am in St Peter’s Church.  Parents are invited to attend the short service.

Mobile Phones

Can I please request that children do not bring mobile phones to school?  We cannot accept responsibility for such items.  Thank you.

 

 

Lost Coat

A black/grey Trespass coat has been lost in school.  The coat has a hood and the name Fairclough inside.  If you have it, or have seen it, please can you let school know?  Thanks.

 

Cross Country

Well done to all of our Cross Country runners who took part in the races at St Paul’s, Hoddlesden.   The weather was very kind to us and we had some great runners.

 

 

 

 

Pianist

Can any kind person, who is able to play a piano, spare an hour each Wednesday from 3.30 to 4.30 pm to accompany our choir?  Please call at the school office if you can help, or if you know of anyone who can.  Thank you.

 

 

Tri-Golf

There are still some places left on the Tri-Golf Course running for 5 Tuesdays from 3rd May.  The cost of this new course is £20 per child.  Please send your money to school after the Easter break if you wish to book your child a place.  Thank you.

 

 

New Intake for September 2011

Letters will be sent out from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council on Tuesday 26th April with offers of places at Holy Trinity for September 2011.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Newsletter Week Ending 1st April 2011

Pot of Gold Mini Market – Friday 1st April – 3.30 – 4.30 pm – in our school hall.

Please visit our Pot of Gold Mini Market this Friday, 1st April.  There will be delicious Asian Food for sale, along with Cheese or Potato Pie and biscuits, superb handmade Mother’s Day Cards, a jewellery stall, flower shop and cute Easter chicks in various colours including football teams.  Hope to see you there.

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Easter Church Service

Our Easter service will take place on Friday 8th April.  Look out for details next week.

 

Free Fun Days

St Bede’s Sports College, Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, is holding a Free Fun Day on Saturday 2nd April.  The fun begins at 12 noon and will continue until 4 pm.  Boys and girls aged between 5 and 16 years are welcome to attend.    The activities will include football, multi-sport sessions and other fun activities.  Contact Jamie Hopwood at Blackburn Rovers on 296129 for more details.

Shadsworth Leisure Centre, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, is also holding a free activities open day on Saturday 2nd April from 10 – 4 pm.  Activities include Waterwalkerz, Aquarunning, Squash Coaching, Dodge Ball competition, Drumba, Dance and fitness classes, Beauty therapies and Health Checks.  For more details call 268200 or see www.shadsworthleisurecentre.com

 

Easter Competitions

Competition details are as follows –

·        Key Stage 1 pupils (infants) – to decorate Easter bonnets at home

·        Key Stage 2 pupils (juniors) – to decorate Easter eggs at home

 

Easter Competition entries need to be brought to school on 6th April to be judged.  Please see the letter sent home earlier this week for full details.  Parents can view entries between 3.30 – 4 pm on 6th April. 

 

Easter Egg Decorating Group - lunchtime

Mrs Gavin and Mrs Morgan will be running an egg decorating club on Tuesday 5th April for children in Key Stage 2.  Children should provide their own egg – hard boiled, blown or polystyrene ready for decorating.  Please see Mrs Morgan or Mrs Gavin for full details.

 

Easter Holiday

School closes on Friday 8th April at 3.30 pm for the Easter Break.  We re-open to children on Wednesday 27th April.  School is closed on Friday 29th April for the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday and Monday 2nd May for the May Day Bank Holiday.  School re-opens on Tuesday 3rd May 2011.  School is also closed on Thursday 5th May for Voting Day, re-opening on Friday 6th May.  Phew!

 

 

 

 

Lost Coat

A light blue, Helly Hanson coat has been lost in school this week.  It has the name Jade Waddicor inside.  If your child has taken it home by mistake, please return it to school on Monday.  Thank you.

 

Pianist

Can any kind person, who is able to play a piano, spare an hour each Wednesday from 3.30 to 4.30 pm to accompany our choir?  Please call at the school office if you can help, or if you know of anyone who can.  Thank you.

 

 

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Headlice

We have had many cases of headlice reported this week.  Can I please urge ALL parents to check their children’s hair this weekend?  Please treat your child’s hair if necessary before they return to school on Monday.  Thank you.

 

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Netball

Well done to our girls who have made it through to the netball final.  The final will be played at some point next week.  Girls involved will be notified as soon as possible.  Good luck!

 

Swimming

There will be no swimming next week for Years 3 and 4.  Watch out for a letter regarding swimming changes for years 3 and 4.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Newsletter Week Ending 25th March 2011

 

Dear Parents

A wonderful week, with glorious weather and a real sense that winter is behind us and we can look forward to a blazing summer.......we can but hope.

 

I did mention last week about parents voicing their concerns about children aloud outside of school.   Unfortunately this has happened several times this week, with parents coming to blows and involved in a slanging match.  The family in question has been intimidated and subjected to a barrage of rude and insulting comments bandied aloud in and around our school grounds, for all to hear.

 

I know I don’t really need remind you all that your primary job as a parent is to set a decent standard of behaviour for your children to copy.  Your status as a role-model is unparalleled. No Cheryl Cole, Jordan or Beckham, or any other so called celebrity can set a standard for our behaviour or moral standpoint better than our parents can and should do.  Therefore for children to witness swearing, gesticulating and a physical assault another human being does not say to me parent of the year material.  Be aware of the old adage, “we reap what we sow”.

 

I have found it deeply disturbing to believe that any of my children’s parents would act in a manner which would cause another family so much suffering.    Can I urge you to remember your status as a parent; you only get one chance at this job and our children only get one crack at this life too.  Let’s try together to make it the most memorable and exciting time of their life.  

 

As I stated last week if you have a problem, my door is always open and I will endeavour to sort out any problem no matter how large or trivial.    

 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

Easter Competitions

Competition details are as follows –

 

·         Key Stage 1 pupils (infants) – to decorate Easter bonnets at home

·         Key Stage 2 pupils (juniors) – to decorate Easter eggs at home

 

Easter Competition entries need to be brought to school on 6th April to be judged.  Please see the letter sent home earlier this week for full details.

 

Easter Egg Decorating Group

Mrs Gavin and Mrs Morgan will be running an egg decorating club on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April for children in Key Stage 2.  Children should provide their own egg – hard boiled, blown or polystyrene ready for decorating.  Please see Mrs Morgan or Mrs Gavin for full details.

 

Music Lessons

Unfortunately we were misinformed regarding Music Lessons.  These will continue until the end of the summer term in July but will end after this time.

 

Choir

Well done to our superb choir who performed at King George’s Hall in Blackburn last weekend.  Thank you to Mrs Slater for organising the event and for coaching the children.

 

Sainsbury’s/Tesco Vouchers

We are once again collecting vouchers issued by Sainsbury’s and Tesco.  Please send them to the school office.  We have had lots of great sports/computer equipment through collecting these in the past thanks to your generosity. 

 

Mothers day cards

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  Our Entrepreneur’s Group has been busy making Mother’s Day cards.  They are for sale from our school office at a bargain 80p each.

 

 

Mother’s Day Meal

Our school kitchen is offering a meal to every child in school on Friday 1st April, for Mother’s Day.  Parents are also invited to this meal.  Children’s meals are priced at £1.80 each with parents costing £2.20.  Please see the separate pink letter sent out earlier this week.

 

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Mini Market

We are holding a mini market on Friday 1st April from 3.30 to 4.30 pm in our school hall.  We are planning to have many different stalls, including an Asian food stall (samosas etc all 100% Halal).  Other items for sale include handmade cards, sweets, canvas prints, t-shirts, jewellery etc.  Hope to see you there.

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Missing Coat

Black Matalan Coat, age 9-10 years, fur hood with black and pink design inside.

 

Destination Imagination

Good luck to our children who are involved with the Destination Imagination Tournament in Bradford this weekend.
 

Wednesday 30th March

Golf Taster Day – during school time – after school club to follow

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell – 11 am – parents invited

Wednesday 6th April

Easter Competition Entries to be brought to school.

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church – details to follow

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break at 3.30 pm

Tuesday 26th April

Letters sent out from BwD to parents of children who have applied to attend Holy Trinity from September 2011.

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Monday 9th May-13th May

SATs Week for KS 2

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week Ending 18th March 2011

Dear Parents

I know sometimes you feel that your child, whilst at Holy Trinity, has been picked on, bullied, pinched, kicked or generally insulted. Quite rightly you feel aggrieved and cross at the offending child and the school.  Can I remind you that whilst I am aware that these incidents are part of the fabric of school life I do not accept them.   Some parents have been taking these matters into their own hands and have been seen and heard admonishing children for alleged offences against their child.  Can I urge you to refrain from this practise and to approach a member of staff or myself and together we can sort out any differences.    

 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

Football Tournament

Earlier this week some of our children took part in a football tournament organised by DACA and Darwen Rangers.  Our boys played superbly and won the tournament.  Our girls also had a great day, winning one match and drawing others.  Well done to both teams.

Netball

Congratulations to our netball team who once again won their match last week against St Barnabas.

 

Search for a Star – 24th March 2011

Search for a Star finals take place at DACA on Thursday 24th March. Tickets are available from our school office at a cost of £2 per person.

 

Woodland Trust ‘Welly Day’

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser for The Woodland Trust.  We raised a total of £130.

Sing Together

Our choir has been working hard to learn new songs for the Sing Together at Blackburn Cathedral this Sunday, 20th March.  All children involved will have received a letter with full details.  Thank you to Mrs Slater for her hard work with the choir.  Good luck for Sunday.

 

Mother’s Day Meal

Our school kitchen is offering a meal to every child in school on Friday 1st April, for Mother’s Day.  Parents are also invited to this meal.  Children’s meals are priced at £1.80 each with parents costing £2.20.  Please see the separate pink letter sent out earlier this week.

 

 

Plastic Bottle Tops

Please can I ask that you save plastic bottle tops and send them to school?  Thank you.

 

Earth Hour - 26th March – 8.30 pm

Once again this year the World Wildlife Fund is holding their ‘Earth Hour’.  They are asking people to turn off their lights for an hour between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday 26th March.  More details can be found on www.earthhour.orgor www.twitter/earthhour

 

MERSEY CLASS PARENT’S EVENING – Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Mrs Blanchard has re-arranged her Parent’s Evening for Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March.  Appointments will run between 4 pm and 6 pm.  Please ring school to make an appointment as soon as possible.  Thank you.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Family living costs are set to rise by £7.50 per week (according to media sources).  Would you like to save £342 a year? That’s £9 per week?  Do you receive benefits such as:  Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, State Pension Credit?  Ring 0845 070 1066 Give your National Insurance Number to find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

 

Sunday 20th March

Sing Together – local school children show their singing talent!  Full details to those involved. Tickets available from King George’s Hall.

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell – 11 am

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Monday 9th May-13th May

SATs Week for KS 2

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mothers day cards

Our Enterpreneur’s Group has been busy making Mother’s Day cards.  These will be for sale during Friday’s Breakfast Club or from our school office.  They cost a bargain 80p each.

 
 

Newsletter Week Ending 11th March 2011

Dear Parents

 

Can’t you just sense that spring is just peeking around the corner?  Even though as I type, Darwen is huddled under grey skies, with roofs glistening with rain? However.......................

 

The shops have a rainbow of primary coloured eggs and rabbits, chickens and daffodils to lift our spirits and make us aware that the magic of spring is coming.  Last week we had” wear your wellies” and all children spent some time out in the school grounds exploring and learning new skills, it was a great day and one I’d like to see often repeated.  The children had a lovely day, with many going home, streaked with mud, thoroughly tired from a hard days tumbling and playing.   The allotment area at the rear of the school offers up many exciting learning opportunities.  We have a tree house, chicken coop and we will soon have our own bee-hives. 

 

Can I please ask parents not to wander into school?  If you need to speak to a member of staff or search for lost property, please call at the office first. 

 

It is a truly exciting time to be at our school and the advent of spring makes it even more thrilling to be here as we prepare to plant our vegetables and seedlings. 

 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

Ofsted Visit

As you are aware we had a visit from Ofsted Inspectors in February.  A letter accompanies this newsletter, addressed to pupils, detailing the inspectors’ findings.  If you would like to purchase a full report these are available from our school office at the cost of £1.  The report should be available on line at www.ofsted.gov.uk  very soon, if not today.

I Am Learning

A new website is up and running for our children to access homework etc.  All children have been given passwords and should visit the site at www.iamlearning.co.uk

 

Headlice

We still have some children in school with head lice. Can I please ask all parents to check their children’s hair this weekend and treat with head lice solution, if necessary?  Thank you.

 

Netball

The Netball season has resumed thanks to the light nights.  Last week our girls played Ashleigh and won 5-2.  Well done and good luck for the rest of the games.

 

 

Red Nose Day

Red Noses are on sale in school at a cost of £1 each.  We are not taking part in any fundraisers for Red Nose Day (except selling noses).  Children will, however, be allowed to wear their Red Noses on Red Nose Day which is 18th March.

 

 

 

 

Parent’s Evening – Ruby Class (Mr Waddington)

Parent’s of Ruby Class – don’t forget to make an appointment to see Mr Waddington on Tuesday 15th March.  Times are filling up fast!

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Abbeydale Vets

The Reception Classes had a very enjoyable and informative visit this week to the Abbeydale Vets, Station House, Railway Road, Darwen.

 

The Vet, veterinary nurses and support staff made everyone welcome and the children were able to learn about the vet’s job and see some of the animals that are treated there.

 

If any of your pets have problems we can certainly say you will be met by very caring and courtious staff at Abbeydale.

 

 

Holy Trinity Brownies

Holy Trinity Brownies meet in our school on Tuesday evenings between 6.30 pm and 8 pm, during term-time.  They do lots of fun things, including crafts, have themed nights, sports, games, work towards badges, attend church parade at St Peter’s Church and go on trips.  They have spaces for girls aged 7 – 10 years and a waiting list for under 7s.  If you are interested pop along on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm and speak to one of the leaders.

 

11th March

CANCELLED – Social Evening – CANCELLED

Tuesday 15th March

Parent’s Evening for Ruby Class (Mr Waddington)

Thursday 17th March

Netball Tournament – details to girls involved.

Friday 18th March

Red Nose Day – children invited to wear Red Noses, but no fundraising will take place on the day.

Sunday 20th March

Sing Together – local school children show their singing talent!  Full details to those involved. Tickets available from King George’s Hall.

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 
 
 
 
 

Dear Parents

What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had, what with Ofsted and a holiday to boost.  The inspection went brilliantly, I was really proud of our children, they really impressed the inspectors.  When the report is published in about two week’s time, you will see just what a special place our school is, and how it is getting better year on year.

 

Can I thank parent’s who took the time to fill in their questionnaires and to those who came in to speak with the inspection team.  The team were impressed with you too, especially your honesty and support for our school.

 

The inspection team loved our breakfast club and we know a great deal of our children do too.  We have recently secured extra help for the Breakfast Club, from Magic Breakfasts.  This is a charity organisation that donates breakfast goods to help us run the club as cheaply as possible.  We now offer porridge, bagels and Cheerios along with toast and crumpets.  Don’t forget our Friday fry-up! Come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly, which are always fun and entertaining.

 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen  

Headteacher 

 

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Spring Social Evening Friday 11th March – 7.30 pm
 

Unfortunately, this event is cancelled.

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Film Night

On Wednesday 9th March ‘Despicable Me’ will be shown at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.  The cost to see the film is £1 per person.  Entry will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis and seats are limited.  The film begins at 6 pm and will end for 8 pm. 

New Intake – September 2011

Letters will be sent out from Blackburn with Darwen Education Department on Tuesday 26th April notifying people of their places for September  2011

Lost Coat

A black Next coat, with a bright blue lining was lost in school prior to the half-term break.  The coat has the name ‘Daniel Evans’ in.

 

 

Bulbs

Bulbs are ready for collection following the Bulb Show in February.  If you do not want your bulbs returning we will plant them around school.

 

 

Red Nose Day

Red Noses are on sale in school at a cost of £1 each.  We are not taking part in any fundraisers for Red Nose Day (except selling noses).  Children will, however, be allowed to wear their Red Noses on Red Nose Day which is 18th March.

 

Dancing All Over The World

An evening of dance filled with inspiration from far and near!  King George’s Hall will host the Celebration of Dance event on Wednesday 9th March from 7 pm.  Tickets are available from King George’s Hall.   Children involved with the show have been sent a separate letter with arrival times etc.

 

Important Dates

 

Friday 18th March

Red Nose Day – children invited to wear Red Noses, but no fundraising will take place on the day.

Sunday 20th March

Sing Together – local school children show their singing talent!  Tickets available from King George’s Hall.

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

Newsletter Week Ending 18th February 2011

 

Half Term Break

School closes tomorrow (Friday 18th February for the half term break).  We re-open to children on Tuesday 1st March 2011.  Hope you have a safe and enjoyable half term!

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Manchester Museum Trip

A family trip is taking place during half term to Manchester Museum.  The trip will take place on Tuesday 22nd February departing Darwen at 9.30 am and leaving Manchester at 3.30 pm to return to Darwen.   The cost is just £1 per person but places are limited. Please either ring 07904284145 or e-mail summerfun4all@hotmail.co.uk School has no further details on this trip and places must be booked in advance.

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Darwen Cemetery

Friends of Darwen Cemetery are pleased to announce an exciting new project for 2011 and they need your help.  They want to create a Wildlife Nature Garden in the Old Cemetery. This will be a tranquil space for quiet reflection with appropriate planting that will encourage the diverse wildlife that visits the cemetery.

 

If you feel you can help, with activities for all abilities, please go along to one of their working parties.  They will be grateful for any help you can offer.  This is a family event, and children are welcome, as long as they are supervised.

 

Dates: Saturday: 26th Feb, 26th March & 30th April

Time: 10 am - 1pm

Cost :  FREE

 

World Book Day Tokens

 Along with this newsletter you will have received a World Book Day token.  The tokens are valid from 28th February to 27th March 2011.  Happy spending!

 

Daily Mirror – free Ladybird books for schools

The Daily Mirror is printing tokens to collect from Saturday 5th February.  The tokens enable schools to get free Ladybird books.  Please collect these tokens (if you have access to the Daily Mirror) and send them to school.  Thank you.

Red Nose Day

Red Noses are on sale in school at a cost of £1 each.  We are not taking part in any fundraisers for Red Nose Day (except selling noses!).  Children will, however, be allowed to wear their Red Noses on Red Nose Day which is 18th March.

 

Welly Day – Friday 4th March 2011

We are joining the Woodland Trust on Friday 4th March for their ‘Give it some Welly Day’.  Details below are from the Woodland Trust website.

‘Give it some Welly for Woodland’ is an exciting new fundraising event from the Woodland Trust, designed to help realise our vital goal of doubling native tree cover in the UK. On 4 March 2011, people all over the UK will be springing into their wellies or holding a welly event and having some fun alongside their family, friends and colleagues.

 

Important Dates

Friday 18th February

School closes for half term

Tuesday 1st March

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 4th March

Wellies Day – Woodland Trust – look out for more information soon

Friday 18th March

Red Nose Day – children invited to wear Red Noses, but no fundraising will take place on the day.

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 11th February 2011

Dear Parents

It has been brought to my attention that something I wrote in this newsletter several weeks ago caused offence/was misinterpreted.  I wrote regarding how at Holy Trinity we are endeavouring to educate the whole child and equip your child with the skills to face all that this complex and difficult world regularly throws at them.  What we are aiming to do is find the spark that lights the desire to learn in each child.  For each child is unique and not all will aspire to go to university, but all will be able to problem solve, gain leadership skills and communicate with their peers.  In no way was I saying that a degree is pointless, on the contrary it is a useful tool, but in no way does that alone equip you for the stress and rigours of our world.   

 

It has been a great week and your children continue to impress me with the sheer quality of their work. 

 

Don’t forget we have a daily Breakfast Club and that we have a Friday Fry up, strangely enough every Friday morning.  Come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly.  These are always fun and entertaining. We have recently secured extra help for the Breakfast Club, from Magic Breakfast.  This is a charity organisation that donates breakfast goods to help us run the club as cheaply as possible.  We now offer porridge, bagels and Cheerios along with toast and crumpets. 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

PTFG Non Uniform Day – RED

Our PTFG has organised a non uniform day to coincide with Valentine’s Day (Monday 14th February).  The theme is red.  The cost to dress up is £1 per child or £2 per family.

 

 

Valentine’s Day School Meal

The whole school Valentine’s Day meal is on Monday 14th February.  Don’t forget to leave your lunchbox at home if you have paid for a meal.

 

Potato Pie ‘Supper’

On Monday 14th February our kitchen will be cooking Potato Pie to serve to parents at 3.30 pm.  Let’s make it as big a success as our Bonfire Night event.  The cost of a portion of potato pie is £1 per person.  Letter sent home earlier this term.

Search for a Star

Auditions for Search for a Star will take place in school on Friday 19th February.  Sorry, parents are not allowed to watch the auditions! 

 

 

Bulb Show

The Annual Darwen Civic Society Bulb Show takes place on Saturday 12th February at St John Ambulance Hall.  If you did not drop your bulbs off at school, you are able to deliver your own entries personally to St John Ambulance Hall, George Street, Darwen, between 9.30 am and 11.30 am on Saturday 12th February.  The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm on 12th February. 

 

 

Daily Mirror – free Ladybird books for schools

The Daily Mirror is currently printing tokens to collect.  The tokens enable schools to get free Ladybird books.  Please collect these tokens (if you have access to the Daily Mirror) and send them to school.  Thank you.

 

Red Nose Day

Red Noses are on sale in school at a cost of £1 each.  We are not taking part in any fundraisers for Red Nose Day (except selling noses!).  Children will, however, be allowed to wear their Red Noses on Red Nose Day which is 18th March.

 

Wellies Day

We will be fundraising for The Woodland Trust on 4th March.  All children (and staff) are invited to wear their wellies for the day.  The cost is £1 per child and £2 per family. 

 

 

Education Sunday

Education Sunday takes place at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 13th February at 10.30 am.

 

Valentine/Mother’s Day Cards/Heart Biscuits

Cards are on sale from our school office at a cost of 80p each.  Valentine Cards will be on sale on Monday for those of you who have forgotten to buy them!  Thank you to In Bloom Florists of Duckworth Street in Darwen for providing the gorgeous cellophane paper to wrap the biscuits in. 

 

Half Term

School closes on Friday 18th February for the half term break.  We re-open to pupils on Tuesday 1st March 2010. 

 

Important Dates

Sunday 13th February

Education Sunday – 10.30 am – St Peter’s Church

Monday 14th February

PTFG Non-uniform day – theme is RED.

Monday 14th February

Valentine’s Meal for whole school – see separate letter.

Monday 14th February

Potato Pie ‘Supper’ – see separate letter

Friday 18th February

School closes for half term

Tuesday 1st March

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 4th March

Wellies Day – Woodland Trust – look out for more information soon

Friday 18th March

Red Nose Day – children invited to wear Red Noses, but no fundraising will take place on the day.

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 

 
 
 

 

Newsletter Week Ending 4th February 2011

 

Dear Parents

Where has the week gone? The weeks are beginning to fly-by once again, we’ll soon be pulling the Christmas decorations down out of the loft.  Now that’s a frightening thought for you!

 

It has been a great week and your children continue to impress me with the sheer quality of their work.  You will be able to share in your child’s success next week at parent’s evening; make sure you have booked a time.  It is just as important to come to your child’s evening, even if they are in Reception; they are learning even at that age and it is important you know how to support your child’s vital early years.  These are the building block years; it’s not called the Foundation Stage for nothing.  If you have failed to make an appointment, it is not too late to do so.  Just contact the school office and we’ll gladly make you an appointment for you.

 

Don’t forget we have a daily breakfast club from 8 am.  We have recently secured extra help for the Breakfast Club, from Magic breakfasts.  This is a charity organisation that donates breakfast goods to help us run the club as cheaply as possible.  We will be soon able to offer porridge, bagels and Cheerios along with toast and crumpets.  Don’t forget our Friday fry-up. Come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly, which are always fun and entertaining.

 

Best Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

PTFG Non Uniform Day – 14th February 2011

PTFG has organised a non-uniform day to for Monday 14th February to coincide with Valentine’s Day.  The theme is red.

 

Bulb Show

The Annual Darwen Civic Society Bulb Show takes place on Saturday 12th February at St John Ambulance Hall.  Bulbs will be picked up from school prior to the competition.  Please bring your bulbs to school on Wednesday 9th February.  You are able to deliver your own entries personally to St John Ambulance Hall, George Street, Darwen, between 9.30 am and 11.30 am on Saturday 12th February.  Please pick up a label from the school office to stick to the pots of bulbs you bought from school last term.  The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm on 12th February. 

 

Jubilee Tower Credit Union

Don’t forget to return your Credit Union Savings Books each Monday morning.  If you would like to join the scheme, please call at Jubilee Tower Credit Union for more details or call them on 776611.

 

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Parent’s Evenings

Parent’s Evenings take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th February from 4 pm to 6 pm, for all classes, except Calder, Hodder and Leven.   Parent’s Evening for Calder, Hodder and Leven is from 4 to 6.30 pm on Wednesday 9th February and from 4.30 pm to 6 pm on Thursday 10th February.  Please see the separate letter sent out last week with full details.  Time slots are filling up fast so please send your preferred appointment time in asap.

 

Daily Mirror – free Ladybird books for schools

The Daily Mirror is printing tokens to collect from Saturday 5th February.  The tokens enable schools to get free Ladybird books.  Please collect these tokens (if you have access to the Daily Mirror) and send them to school.  Thank you.

 

 

New Year New You Darwen Leisure Centre 5th February 12-4pm

A free event organised by Darwen Leisure Centre and the Healthy Communities Partnership, with lots of free taster sessions and activities for all the family from Pre-school through to grandparents.  Sessions are taking place in the pool, sports hall and studios and include: Mini Movers and family games, Drumba, Salsa, Dodgeball, Pilates, Water Walkers, Splash Aerobics, Junior Mini Polo, Swim-a-Song (action songs in the water for Pre-school children and parents) and family synchronised swimming.  There will also be stands and displays about health and well being.  Ring 222119 for more information or take your swimming kit and trainers and go along on 5th Feb!

 

 

Valentine’s Dinner

Our kitchen is offering a special Valentine’s Dinner on Monday 14th February.  Parents of children from Key Stage 1 are invited to attend at 12 noon.  Please see the separate letter sent out earlier this week with full details. 

Potato Pie ‘Supper’

On Monday 14th February our kitchen will be cooking Potato Pie to serve to parents at 3.30 pm.  Letter sent home earlier this week.

 

Text Messages

We have a facility to text parents with news of club cancellations etc.  This system can only work if we have up to date mobile numbers for parents.  Please let us know when you change your  number.

 

Monday 14th February

PTFG Non-uniform day – theme is RED.

Monday 14th February

Valentine’s Meal for whole school – see separate letter.

Monday 14th February

Potato Pie ‘Supper’ – see separate letter to be sent home soon

Friday 18th February

School closes for half term

Tuesday 1st March

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 4th March

Wellies Day – Woodland Trust – look out for more information

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Spring Bank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Dear Parents

I mentioned last week that I was seeing too many children wearing clothing and footwear that was unsuitable and that didn’t comply with our school uniform.  I have been pleased by your prompt response and children previously looking decidedly like Gok Wan had dressed them now look perfect in our uniform.  However, I realise that times are hard and that finding money for uniform, especially shoes, is hard in these austere times; but there are, however, some parents still sending children in without the correct uniform.  Please can you try and ensure your child has the correct uniform on and footwear.  We continue to have children wearing boots of many flavours, especially UGG style ones, which definitely are not suitable school shoes.  If you need uniform, we have a small mountain of it in school, washed and perfectly serviceable and going to waste.  Don’t hesitate to ask us about it as we will gladly give it to you, anything to diminish our spare sweatshirt pile.

 

Can you please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school with correct footwear and can you ensure all clothing is labelled?

 

Don’t forget we have a daily breakfast club and that we have a Friday Fry up, strangely enough every Friday morning.  We have recently secured extra help for the Breakfast Club, from Magic Breakfast.  This is a charity organisation that donates breakfast goods to help run the club as cheaply as possible.  We will be soon be able to offer porridge, bagels and cheerios along with toast and crumpets.  On Fridays do come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly, which are always fun and entertaining.

 

If you go on to the learning platform, you will find work on there for your child under their class name or year group.  There is a clear link to the site: www.holytrinityce.org.uk    so if your child says they’ve no homework, you can be assured that they certainly have and that it is hanging around in cyber-space for them. 

 

Mark Standen

Headteacher   

 

School Trips

Our school makes every effort to make visits as cheap as possible, but we cannot sustain having to supplement for those families who consistently fail to pay their fair share of the costs.  We are unable financially to continue supplementing these valuable learning experiences.  I know we cannot demand money, as we can only ask for a voluntary contribution towards costs, but school’s finances are already stretched and we have to focus our funding on improving learning within the classroom.  I hope you will understand that the value of these experiences cannot be measured in monetary terms, but in the learning experience your child will have.     

 

South Lakes Animal Park Trip – Hodder/Mersey/Wyre

The trip on 3rd February for Hodder/Mersey and Wyre classes has been booked at a cost of £7 per child.  Please see the separate yellow letter with full details.  Payment needs to be made no later than Monday 31st January 2011 for the trip to go ahead. 

 

Headlice

We have noticed headlice on a few children’s heads this week.  Please check your child’s hair this weekend and treat them if necessary before returning to school on Monday.

 

 

Valentine Cards, Mother’s Day Cards

Mr Standen’s Entrepreneur’s Group has been making Valentine Cards and Mother’s Day Cards.  These cards will be on sale at Breakfast Club or from the school office.  Gift bags containing heart shaped shortbread biscuits are also on sale.  The cards cost 80p each and the gift bags are 50p.

 

Bulb Show

The Annual Darwen Civic Society Bulb Show takes place on Saturday 12th February at St John Ambulance Hall.  Bulbs will be picked up from school prior to the competition - I will let you know which day as soon as I know.  You are able to deliver your own entry personally to St John Ambulance Hall, George Street, Darwen, between 9.30 am and 11.30 am on Saturday 12th February.  Please pick up a label to stick to the pots of bulbs you bought from school last term.  The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm on 12th February. 

 

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Parent’s Evenings

Parent’s Evenings take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th February from 4 pm to 6 pm, for all classes, except Calder, Hodder and  Leven.   Parent’s Evening for Calder, Hodder  and Leven  is from 4 to 6.30 pm on Wednesday 9th February and from 4.30 pm to 6 pm on Thursday 10th February.  Please see the separate letter sent out earlier this week with full details.  Time slots fill up fast, please send your preferred appointment time in asap.

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Trousers

If you have any spare school trousers please send them to school so we can use them for children who have ‘accidents’ during the day.  Thank you.

 

S7 Soccer Academy/Street Dance

S7 hold Street Dance evening classes every Monday & Tuesday at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA). The classes run from 6pm - 7pm and are open to children aged 4 - 12 years.

 

S7 had a fantastic uptake in the classes before Christmas and this has enabled them to continue running the classes. More information can be obtained by either ringing Harriet on 07874 094656 or checking their website

 

BRFC Teen Street Dance Sessions

From 10th February BRFC will be hosting Teen Street Dance Sessions for 10 to 16 year olds, which will take place every Thursday evening from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the Performing Arts Studio, Darwen End Stand, Ewood Park. The cost is £2 per session. For further information, please contact Jennifer Green on jennifer.green@brfctrust.co.uk or 01254 296256.

 

BRFC Dance & Art Club(from Saturday 5th February) 
This Dance and Art club is available for 5 to 10 year olds, and will take place every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon at the Performing Arts Studio, Darwen End Stand, Ewood Park.  The cost is £6 per session.  For further information, please contact Jennifer Green on jennifer.green@brfctrust.co.uk or 01254 296256.

 

Important Dates

Please see last week’s newsletter or our school website for important dates.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 21st January 2011

Dear Parents

I realise that times are hard and that finding money for uniform and especially shoes is hard in these austere times, however, can you try and ensure your child has the correct uniform on and footwear.  We have children wearing boots of many flavours, especially Ugg style ones, which definitely are not suitable school shoes.  If you need uniform, we have a small mountain of it in school, washed and perfectly serviceable and going to waste.  Don’t hesitate to ask us about it as we will gladly give it to you, anything to diminish our spare clothes pile.

 

Can you please make sure your child has their PE kit in school with correct footwear and can you ensure all clothing is labelled . PE kit is – navy shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.

 

Don’t forget we have a daily breakfast club for children and that we have a Friday Fry up, strangely enough every Friday morning. Come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1 at 8 am.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly, which is always fun and entertaining.

 

Last year saw numerous parents volunteering to come into school to work alongside our teachers supporting children’s learning.  If you’d like to join our growing band of parent helpers come in and have a chat with either myself or Mrs Hollows.  You don’t need to be brain of Britain; we just want honest people, who have time on their hands and want to join a dedicated team. 

 

If you go onto the Learning Platform, you will find work on there for your child under their class name or year group.  At one point your child needed a password to access this, however as so many managed to lose or forget theirs it is now an open access site.  There is a clear link to the site: www.holytrinityce.org.uk    so if your child says they’ve no homework, you can be assured that they certainly have and that it is hanging around in cyber-space for them. 

 

Best  Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

Valentine’s Dinner

Our kitchen is offering a special Valentine’s Dinner on Monday 14th February.  Parents of children from Key Stage 1 are invited to attend at 12 noon.  Please see the separate letter sent out earlier this week with full details. 

Potato Pie ‘Supper’

On Monday 14th February our kitchen will be cooking Potato Pie to serve to parents at 3.30 pm.  Look out for more details soon.

 

 

Holiday Pattern

The holiday pattern on last week’s newsletter did not copy very well.  Along with this newsletter you will have received a large version up to August 2011.

 

 

5-a-side Football

Our football team took part in a 5-a-side competition last week and were overall winners.  Well done!

 

Athletics

Earlier this week some of our children took part in an Athletic Competition at DACA.  Well done to all who competed – we finished 2nd overall.

Brass and Flute Lessons

Children who have Brass or Flute lessons each term need to pay this month’s instalment of £30 as soon as possible.  Thank you.

 

Important Dates (including holidays)

 

Monday 14th February

Valentine’s Meal for whole school – see separate letter

Monday 14th February

Potato Pie ‘Supper’ – see separate letter to be sent home soon

Friday 18th February

School closes for half term

Tuesday 1st March

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 4th March

Wellies Day – Woodland Trust – look out for more information

Thursday 31st March

Brass Concert – Leven and Irwell

Friday 8th April

Palm Service – St Peter’s Church

Friday 8th April

School closes for the Easter Break

Wednesday 27th April

School re-opens to pupils

Friday 29th April

School closed for Royal Wedding (Bank Holiday)

Monday 2nd May

School closed for May Day

Thursday 5th May

School closed for Local Elections

Friday 27th May

School closes for Springbank Holiday Week

Monday 6th June

School re-opens for pupils

Friday 22nd July

School closes for Summer Break

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 14th January 2011

 

Dear Parents

It now feels like Christmas never happened, with only a huge overdraft to remind me of its passing.  I wrote last week about hope and that theme continues this week and for several more to come.  It has been a great week where I have once again been inundated with children wanting to show me their work and I have been delighted with the quality of that work.

 

Don’t forget we have a daily breakfast club and that we have a Friday Fry up, strangely enough every Friday morning. Come along and start the day off with your child and enjoy a cracking breakfast for a £1.  Why not then stay on and join us in our celebration assembly, which is always fun and entertaining.

 

Last year saw an enormous amount of parents volunteering to come into school to work alongside our teachers supporting children’s learning.  If you’d like to join our growing band of parent helpers come in and have a chat with either myself or Mrs Hollows.  You don’t need to be brain of Britain; we just want honest people, who have time on their hands, who want to join a dedicated team, who have a sense of humour (you’ll need it) and a sense that they are doing the right thing for our children. 

 

If you go on to the learning platform, you will find work on there for your child under their class name or year group.  At one point you child needed a password to access this, however as so many managed to lose or forget theirs it is now an open access site.  There is a clear link to the site: www.holytrinityce.org.uk    so if your child says they’ve no homework, you can be assured that they certainly have and that it is hanging around in cyber-space for them. 

 

Best  Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

New Intake September 2011

If you have a child whose 5th birthday falls between 1 September 2011 and 31st August 2012 they are eligible to start school in September 2011.  Please call at the office to pick up an application form and booklet to register your child at Holy Trinity.  Closing date for applications is TODAY !(14th January 2011)

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Infant Milk

Milk is now due for infant children.  The cost is £3.50 for the Spring Term.  Please see separate letter for details, or call at the office.  Last date for payment is TODAY Friday 14th January 2011.

 

 

Trousers and Socks

We need school trousers and socks!  If you have any spares please send them to school.  We use them for children who have accidents etc in school.  Thank you.

Chatterbooks

Darwen Chatterbooks will shortly be relaunching at the new time of 11 am on Saturday 5th February 2011.  All Holy Trinity pupils are invited to attend.  For more information call 587941.  Places are limited so book early!

 

Holiday Dates

Please see the updated Holiday List to include the Royal Wedding, when school will be closed, on Friday 29th April 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 7th January 2011

 

Dear Parents

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe we are in 2011, I thought we were all supposed to be in flying cars and living on the moon by now;  I was an avid Dr Who and Tomorrow’s World fan (for  those parents under 30 Google it)  and dreamed of one day living in such a world.

It is once again a year of Hope and an opportunity to make a fresh start, not on the moon, but at school.  I’ve spoken about Hope this week and have encouraged our children to think about the actions they take and the behaviour they exhibit and how it affects and colours our lives and that it is good.......no vital...... to  dream......hope and hold aspirations, with which to shape our lives.   At Holy Trinity we encourage our children to dream, to aspire; for in the current economic climate it will be the thinkers, the creative, the ready communicators, team-player s who will secure that job.  Employers are now looking to employ people who are creative thinkers, who can work in a team, who can communicate at any level, and do not necessarily have that degree or masters.  For the world we live in presently is full of graduates with degrees of varying flavours, without employment.   What is it then that prohibits these graduates from employment?  I’ll tell you.... it is the inability to work collaboratively, to communicate, to think creatively.  Just watch the apprentice; it is designed to observe all of these critical skills and never once does it ask for a degree.

As you can see I’m passionate about our children and their life chances, that is why Holy Trinity has the creative curriculum and the emphasis on outside learning and the showcase event s we do, to enable our children to exercise all those critical skills of communication, critical thinking and team work.  As important as standards in English and Mathematics are to us at Holy Trinity, the subjects do not define who we are in our lives beyond school.  It is the life-skills of communication, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, that define and shape the person we are and the life we wish to live.

Last year saw an enormous amount of parents volunteering to come into school to work alongside our teachers supporting children’s learning.  If you’d like to join our growing band of parent helpers come in and have a chat with either myself or Mrs Hollows.  You don’t need to be brain of Britain; we just want honest people, who have time on their hands, who want to join a dedicated team, who have a sense of humour (you’ll need it) and a sense that they are doing the right thing for our children. 

 

Mark Standen

Headteacher   

 

New Intake September 2011

If you have a child whose 5th birthday falls between 1 September 2011 and 31st August 2012 they are eligible to start school in September 2011.  Please call at the office to pick up an application form and booklet to register your child at Holy Trinity.  Closing date for applications is 14th January 2011.

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Infant Milk

Milk is now due for infant children.  The cost is £3.50 for the Spring Term.  Please see separate letter for details, or call at the office.  Last date for payment is Friday 14th January 2011.

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Thank you

Thank you to Ms Bolton for obtaining and preparing the shop we used prior to the Christmas Break.

 

Free school meals

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if a parent/carer is entitled to receive one or more of the following - Income Support (IS), Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJA), an income related employment and support allowance, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.  Note:  Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.  Please contact the local Benefit’s Office (not school) if you think you are entitled to Free School Meals.

Football

Congratulations to our fantastic football team who have won the Darwen Schools League.  Well done to the children and to Mr Waddington for his fabulous coaching skills!

 

 

SNOW

In the event of future HEAVY snow, please don’t ring school to ask if we are closed/closing.  We will send messages home to keep you informed OR you can just check our school website (address above) which will be updated with news.

 

If the decision to close school is taken during the evening/early morning a message will be posted on our website to inform you. 

 

Bags2School

Thank you to everyone who donated old clothing etc to the Bags2School collection.  The total amount we raised was £108.

 

Nativity Collection

Thank you for your kind donations following our Nativity performance at St Peter’s Church before Christmas.  The total amount raised was £50.63.

 

Missing Items

Before Christmas a dark blue George (Asda) coat went missing in school.  It has the name Tyler Jones inside.  Also some Go-Gos went missing from Opal Class.  If you have these items please can you return them to school on Monday?  Thank you.

 

 

Job Opportunity

There are vacancies for the School Crossing Patrol.  If you are interested, please call 01772 646810.  The rate of pay is £6.29 per hour.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 17th December 2010

 

Dear Parent

I find it hard to believe that it’s time once again to put out the mince pies and carrots; this season comes round so quickly.  Our children are now nearly at the hysterical state, just in time to send them home to you, so you can deal with the Christmas tantrum and watch the Wizard of Oz for the umpteenth time. 

 

Can I thank all those parents who took the time to come to Trinity’s Shop last week, your support was appreciated.     The whole exercise was to show the town what an amazingly creative place Holy Trinity is, to celebrate your children’s work in a different setting and to offer your children a learning experience that they wouldn’t get sat in a classroom.  I watched with pride how our children dealt so confidently with the general public, showing their wonderful manners and powers of persuasion.  They were a credit to the school and to their parents.

 

I would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support of our school, especially the stalwart group of parents who support our Friday Fry-up, coming every week and bringing extended family with them; it has been marvellous to see the hall over-flowing with parents and their children tucking into breakfast together.  A special thank you for the parents who week-on-week come to the celebration assembly to clap and celebrate our children’s many successes.  If in the New Year you’d like to join us at, don’t hesitate to come along. 

 

This year has seen an enormous amount of parents volunteering to come into school to work alongside our teachers supporting children’s learning.  If you’d like to join our growing band of parent helpers come in and have a chat with either myself or Mrs Hollows.  You don’t need to be brain of Britain; we just want honest people, who have time on their hands, and want to join a dedicated team, who have a sense of humour (you’ll need it) and a sense that they are doing the right thing for our children. 

 

If you go on to the learning platform, you will find work on there for your child under their class name or year group.  At one point your child needed a password to access this, however, as so many managed to lose or forget theirs it is now an open access site.  There is a clear link to the site: www.holytrinityce.org.uk    so if your child says they’ve no homework, you can be assured that they certainly have and that it is hanging around in cyber-space for them. 

 

Best Wishes and have a very merry Christmas

Mark Standen   

 

Christmas Break

School closes on Friday 17th December at 3.30 pm for the Christmas Break.  We re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2011.  Have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Clubs

There will be no sports clubs during the first week back after half term.  Breakfast Club will run as normal from Tuesday 4th January 2011.  Please arrive at Breakfast Club between 8 am and 8.15 am.  Thank you.

 

 

 

Raffle

The raffle was drawn earlier this week and the hamper prize was claimed.  Thank you to everyone who bought tickets. 

 

 

 

Jubilee Tower Credit Union

Please note school does not have any part in the updating of Credit Union savings books.  We only pass on the books/money to the Credit Union.  Please ensure any monies you send for the Credit Union is in a SECURE envelope/sealed bag.  Please do not mix other monies (dinner money etc) in with the Credit Union money.  Thank you for your help.

 

 

Mission Vale

Thank you to everyone who supported our Mission Vale fundraisers.  The total amount raised was £246 – including money from the cake sale and the fancy dress day.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime

On Thursday 16th December our Year 2 children will visit Darwen Library Theatre to see Jack and the Beanstalk.  Please be aware that they will probably arrive back to school at 3.45 pm. 

 

 

 

 

Details from letter sent out earlier this month -

 

NATIVITY, St Peter’s Church, Darwen  

Our Infant Nativity takes placetonight, Wednesday 15th December at St Peter’s Church, Darwen.  The performance begins at 6 pm.

 

 

Reception (Ruby, Diamond)

Arrive at St Peter’s Church for 5.30 pm so children have time to get changed into their costumes.

 

Year 1 children from Pearl and Sapphire

Arrive at 5.45 pm

Wear – school uniform along with a hat and scarf

 

Year 2 children from Sapphire and Opal

Arrive at 5.45 pm

Wear – school uniform

 

If you are not attending the performance please make sure you pick your child up from St Peter’s Church at 6.30 pm.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 10th December 2010

 

HOLY TRINITY SHOP

I hope you managed to find time this week to visit the Holy Trinity Shop.  A variety of events were on show and been a great success.  Thank you to all the staff and children who helped out with the organisation.

 

 

PTFG Event – CANCELLED – 10th December 2010

Our PTFG has asked me to let you know that the Potato Pie Supper that was to be held on Friday 10th December has been postponed until next year due to the bad weather.

 

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Nativity

Our annual nativity takes place in St Peter’s Church, Darwen at 6 pm on Wednesday 15th December.  Please come along to see the children – you don’t have to be an infant child’s parent to attend!

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Lost Shoes/Gloves

Has anyone found any shoes and gloves that were left by a child on the astro turf?  If you have, please let us know!  Thank you.

 

 

Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets are for sale for our Christmas Hamper.  See separate letter. 

Money

If you are sending money to school, for any reason, please, please, please put it in a named envelope.  We often get loose money from classes and don’t always know who it is from!

 

Please ensure all monies owing are paid no later than Thursday 16th December.

 

 

School Crossing

There will be no one on the school crossing for the next few weeks.  Please take extra care when crossing the road.

 

 

 

Picking up Children

Can I remind everyone please that children should be picked up promptly each night after school or after a club?  We have quite a few parents who are regularly late.  If there is a genuine reason for children being picked up late then it isn’t a problem so long as you let us know in good time (ie not after 3.30 pm when children have already left their classrooms). 

 

 

Late Arrivals

Many children are still arriving late for school.  Please ensure your children are here no later than 8.55 am each day.  When children arrive after 9.30 am they are marked, in accordance with Blackburn with Darwen guidelines, as an unauthorised absence.

 

 

 

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Before/After School Clubs

·       No Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning due to Christmas Dinner!

·       The only clubs next week will be Breakfast Club (except Tuesday) and Multi-Skills Club.  All other clubs are cancelled.

 

 

 

 

 

Pantomime

Jack and the Beanstalk (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) Pantomime takes place next week (Monday 13th for Reception and Year 1 – Thursday 16th December for Year 2).  Please note the children MAY be late back to school after the performance.

 

 

 

Snow

 If there are heavy snowfalls please check our school website where information regarding any closure will be posted immediately.  Please be assured though, we will do our best to keep school open. Please avoid ringing school.  Please also check the following websites, although there can be a delay in Radio Lancashire posting the information.

Radio Lancashire – frequency - 103.9, 95.5, 104.5          www.blackburn.gov.uk – then click ‘SNOW NEWS’

 

Important Dates

13th December

Year 5/6 Party (pm)

Jack and the Beanstalk - Reception/Year 1 Children

14th December

Christmas Dinner for whole school – see green letter for details.

15th December

Infant Nativity at St Peter’s Church – 6 pm

16th December

Jack and the Beanstalk – Year 2 children

17th December

School closes for the Christmas break at 3.30 pm

Tues 4th Jan 2011

School re-opens – NO SWIMMING FOR YEAR 3/4 – swimming re-commences 11th January 2011

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week 3rd December 2010

Dear Parents

Wow, what an exciting week, what with the sub-zero temperatures and the snow!  We officially start our countdown to Christmas; the tree has gone up in the hall and looks like the bad-taste fairy has decorated it!  The infants are gearing up for the Nativity, which is at St Peter’s church on Wednesday 15th December @ 6pm.  Please make the effort to come; Christmas isn’t Christmas until you’ve watched our Nativity.

 

Next Wednesday-Friday we open our Holy Trinity Shop on Croft Street from 10am till 2pm. Do come along and support your school and drag along anyone you know who might find it of interest.  We have a full menu of activities planned.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

 

Can I ask parents not to post anything on Facebook or Twitter about the school being closed as some fool/idiot did so yesterday.  Please go to our school website or listen to the radio or expect a text from us.  Can you also ensure we have up to date phone numbers, so that we can contact you in plenty of time. 

 

Best  Wishes

Mark Standen    

 

Snow

Earlier this week, during the heavy snow, we text parents to say although school was not closing early, you were welcome to collect your children early.  For this system to work effectively we need up to date telephone numbers.  Please let us have your new numbers asap!  Thank you.

 

In the event of future HEAVY snow, please don’t ring school to ask if we are closed/closing.  We will send messages home to keep you informed OR you can just check our school website (address above) which will be updated with news.

 

If the decision to close school is taken during the evening/early morning a message will be posted on our website to inform you. 

 

Headlice

Please can everyone check their child’s hair this weekend?  If everyone checks their child’s hair and treats, if necessary, we can go some way to getting rid of this problem!  Thank you.

 

 

Free school meals

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if a parent/carer is entitled to receive one or more of the following - Income Support (IS), Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJA), an income related employment and support allowance, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.  Note:  Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.

Please contact the local Benefit’s Office (not school) if you think you are entitled to Free School Meals.

 

Photographs

Earlier this week your child was given their photograph in a brown envelope.  Please fill in the details (following the example in the yellow letter if necessary) of your chosen photograph and return to school no later than 6th December.  You need to check the spelling of your child’s name on the photograph as once it is printed it can’t be changed!

Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets are for sale for our Christmas Hamper.  See separate letter. 

 

 

Chocolate Donations

Our PTFG has asked for donations of chocolate – bars, selection boxes etc.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Christmas Parties

A letter was sent out earlier this week with full details of Christmas parties. 

 

·        7th December                      Year 1/2 (this is a change of date from                                               originally planned.

·        8th December                      Reception     - change of date

·        9th December                      Year 3/4 party

·        13th December                    Year 5/6 party          

School Crossing

There will be no one on the school crossing for the next few weeks.  Please take extra care when crossing the road.

 

 

 

 

Pantomimes

Please send in monies to pay for pantomimes as soon as possible.  Mother Goose is £9 and Jack and the Beanstalk is £6.25 per child.  Please see separate letter for full details.  Dates below in grid –

 

IMPORTANT DATES

7th December

Year 1/2 Party (pm) – please note change of day

8th December

Reception Party (pm) – please note change of day

9th December

Year 3/4 Party (pm)

9th December

Steel Pans Assembly 9 am –details to follow (Irwell/Leven)

10th December

Fancy Dress Day – no theme

Mother Goose – Calder/Irwell/Leven

13th December

Year 5/6 Party (pm)

Jack and the Beanstalk - Reception/Year 1 Children

14th December

Christmas Dinner for whole school – see green letter for details.

15th December

Infant Nativity at St Peter’s Church – 6 pm – details to follow

16th December

Jack and the Beanstalk – Year 2 children

17th December

School closed for the Christmas break at 3.30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 26th November 2010

 

Christmas School Dinner

On Tuesday 14th December we are having our annual Christmas School Dinner. All pupils who normally bring sandwiches to school are invited to join us.  The meal costs £1.80 per child.  Please see the separate letter sent home earlier this week with full details.

 

Mother Goose

The trip for Calder, Irwell and Leven to Thwaites Theatre to see Mother Goose takes place on Friday 10th December.  The cost of this trip, including transport, is £9.  Please can I ask that payment is made as soon as possible so we can confirm the number of seats booked with the theatre?  Thank you.

 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk Trips

Our infant children will be going to see Jack and the Beanstalk in December.  Can I please request that payment of £6.25 is made as soon as possible?  Thank you.

 

 

Fancy Dress Fund Raiser – 10th December 2010

The fancy dress day (no particular theme) is on Friday 10th December.  The event is to raise funds for Missionvale.  This project aims to support a primary school in the township of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Our School Council is raising funds for the school and also establish links through BwD Young People’s Service. 

 

Cake Sale

Thank you to everyone who purchased cakes at last week’s sale.  The total amount raised was a fabulous £100.

 

 

 

Medicines

Can I please remind parents that medicines can only be given in school if they are prescribed by a doctor AND need to be taken 4 times each day.  An adult MUST bring the medicine to the school office – DO NOT send children with it in their bags.  A form must be signed by an adult to authorise school staff to administer the medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

Prospectus Photographs

 Unfortunately the photographer cancelled last week’s appointment to take photographs for our new Prospectus.  He has re-scheduled for Thursday 2nd December.  The company is called ‘The Prospectus People’ and will be taking photographs of our school and its children.  Please see the separate letter sent home last week with full details.  You need to return the slip on the letter ONLY if you DO NOT want your child to be photographed and possibly in our Prospectus/School Brochure.

 

7th December

Reception Party (pm)

8th December

Year 1/2 Party (pm)

9th December

Year 3/4 Party (pm)

9th December

Steel Pans Assembly 9 am –details to follow (Irwell/Leven)

10th December

Fancy Dress Day – no theme

13th December

Year 5/6 Party (pm)

14th December

Christmas Dinner for whole school – see green letter for details.

15th December

Infant Nativity at St Peter’s Church – 6 pm – details to follow

17th December

School closed for the Christmas break at 3.30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Newsletter Week Ending 19th November 2010

 

Dear Parents

This week has been a busy week with children out of class on Monday, being conferenced by their teacher to raise your Child’s standard of attainment.  The process is an interesting one and one your child will derive a great deal of benefit from.  Mrs Knight has the most difficult job in school presently, as she is implementing this system of assertive mentoring across English and Mathematics, and will be testing your child’s writing once a fortnight to ensure that they are making the progress we know they are capable of.   In the not too distant future we intend to hold a parents meeting to discuss the work Mrs Knight is carrying out with your child and how you can understand and contribute to the process.

 

 As I said last week; the children in reception have already started doing something similar to Year 6, and are working to a traffic light system.   So if you hear them say I was red today, ‘Oh dear’ you know it’s not too good, however, yellow or green shows steady and good progress is being made and your child is on target.  These targets will be agreed every half-term and will be discussed with each child in turn and will form part of the dialogue you will have with your child’s class teacher at parent’s evening. 

 

Infant children and upwards, throughout the school are to have a more rigorous approach to their learning applied and this will be through 1-2-1 conferencing with the class teacher.  Your child will be given a challenging target that is intended to extract the very best from your child, with them fully involved in the process.  This will start on Monday and your child will be able to tell you what it is they need to do to make improvement to the standard of their English written work.  There are 2 pilots of this scheme running in school; one in reception and the other in Year 6.  In Year 6, children will be given targets for both English and Maths and have been working to the traffic light system for several weeks.  Year 6 targets will focus on your child gaining 2 levels of progress throughout their school life, with Year 2 and 6 being the key signposts for progress.  We are not setting targets that children will never achieve, but are setting challenging targets we know your child is capable of, with good teaching and assertive mentoring through conferencing.  

 

If you go on to the Learning Platform (link at top of newsletter) you will find work on there for your child under their class name or year group.  At one point your child needed a password to access this, however as so many managed to lose or forget theirs it is now an open access site.

 

Best  Wishes

Mark Standen  

Eid Mubarak

Happy Eid!

 

Trinity Morris Dancers

We have been asked by a parent to include the following paragraph in our newsletter.

Come and join in the fun with Trinity Morris Dancers!  It’s a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise and have some fun all at the same time.  Meet at Franky’s Bar in the centre of Darwen every Thursday evening from 5 pm for dinkies and tinies.  Juniors and seniors join in at 6 pm and the evening ends at 7.30 pm.  So come on mums and daughters!  Come join the fun!  Everyone welcome.  For more information call Nikkie on 07540090971 or Elaine on 07769344734.

 

Lost Coats

We have 2 coats in the office that have been found in school.  One is a quilted navy blue, Cherokee (Tesco I think!) and one a black George (Asda).  No names in either.