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Pupils Delight at Christmas Tree Arrival for PTA Fayre

Excitement is building for the annual PTA Christmas Fayre on Friday 2nd December following the arrival of the Christmas tree kindly sponsored by local business, Bill White Nurseries in Far Forest.

PTA chair, Mrs Michelle Howles, said: "We are indebted to Bill White for his generosity in once again sponsoring the school’s Christmas tree and for his continued support of the school and the PTA Christmas Fayre.”

Organised by the school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA), this event is popular with local people due to the extensive range of seasonal handicrafts, toys, jewellery and Christmas goods available for purchase, and of course there is always the big PTA fundraiser raffle, with all monies raised ploughed back into the school for the benefit of its pupils.

Mrs Howles added: “It wonderful that our tree has been grown locally in the Far Forest area, and as in previous years, the PTA plans to donate the tree to a care home or charity in the local area.”

The annual PTA Christmas Fayre is open to all and is a must visit event with ‘pocket money presents’ face painting, cake-buying, external traders, tombolas and so much more!

The Christmas Fayre is on Friday 2nd December, 2.30pm - 4pm. More information is available from the PTA by emailing: pta@holytrinity.co.uk

 

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Launch of School Lottery by the Parents Association

Dear Parents,

Launch of School Lottery by the Parents Association

Would you like to support the PTA but don’t have the time or perhaps live too far away? Perhaps you work full time and you find it difficult to attend PTA events?  We have a brand new fundraising initiative to tell you about….

The Holy Trinity School lottery will help raise funds whilst also providing a weekly cash prize draw plus the opportunity of winning £25,000.  To find out more, visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk

Simply register by clicking play and then searching for Holy Trinity School. Create a password and either set up a direct debit or pay in full for a period of your choice. You can of course pull out of the lottery at any time. Our weblink is www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/holy-trinity-school

A £1 per week lottery ticket will raise 40p for Holy Trinity PTA,  37p goes to the weekly prize draw and 23p to the lottery administrators, a non-profit making organisation that administers the ‘your school lottery’ scheme.

If 200 parents buy a £1 lottery ticket each, every week Holy Trinity PTA will raise £80 with a weekly prize of £74. Of course you can buy as many tickets as you like! This scheme will only be successful if enough parents, staff and friends get behind it! The more people that sign up, the more significant the prize fund.

All participants will also receive a 6 digit number.  Each week, an additional draw is made nationally. Should anyone get all 6 numbers in the correct order then they will win the big £25,000 prize!

The weekly prize draw winner will be informed directly, via email, by the lottery administrators. The first draw will be on 10th December so please register now at www.yourschoollottery.co.uk

Family and Friends can join as well so please spread the word. We will be advertising it on Facebook as well, so please share and get as many people to join as possible.

We need your support to create a substantial prize pot. 

Thank you.

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ESSA National Swimming Final Results

On Saturday 19th November HTS students took part in the ESSA National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatic Centre and achieved an amazing 8th Place position in all of England in the 200m Intermediate Medley Relay.

Swimmers:

Back stroke Amber H.
Breast stroke Olivia J.
Fly Georgia L.
Front Crawl Imogen C.
Time achieved: 2.10.82

This is an amazing result for our small school when you consider that they were competing against the best swimmers from across the whole of the Country.

Congratulations and well done everyone!

Mrs Thomas

 

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Wyre Forest U14 Netball Tournament

Holy Trinity students played in the Wyre Forest U14 Netball Tournament against the following schools:

Stourport - HTS won 5-2
King Charles - HTS won 7-0
Heathfield - HTS won 9-4
Baxter - HTS won 7-1
Haybridge - HTS won 6-1
Bewdley - HTS won 9-0

Congratulations to our Year 9 netball team who have now been selected to represent the District on Saturday 3rd December in the County Netball Tournament at Kings School Worcester.

Mrs Thomas

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Wyre Forest Senior Cross Country Report

HT senior students took part in the Wyre Forest Cross Country event at the Wyre Forest Centre in Bewdley on Friday 18th November.

Results:

Year 7 Girls, Annabel P achieved 3rd Place whilst Libby C attained a good 9th Place position.

Year 7 Boys, Ben G took 1st Place position, Charles Kennan.

Year 8 & 9 Girls, Isobelle C attained 5th Place.

Year 8 & 9 Boys, Finlay B G achieved 10th Place.

Year 10 Girls Georgia L took 1st Place position and Rebecca S a well deserved 4th Place position.

Team results will follow later this week.

Mrs Thomas

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Students Production of Joseph A Success

Senior School students performed to packed audiences for all three performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th November.

With a cast of over 40 boys and girls, this year’s senior school production was once again a phenomenal success. Produced and directed by the school’s Deputy Head and Head of Music, Mrs Vikki Vincent, the cast had been learning their lines and well known lyrics for many months, practicing together following initial auditions since early spring.

Mrs Vincent stated: “Every performer involved in this production has worked continually since casting took place. Previous productions have been wonderful, and this year’s production didn’t disappoint!”

Recreating this much loved theatre classic and West End masterpiece, the School’s latest theatrical offering dazzled and beguiled as song after song kept the audience shifting between being spellbound and breaking in to rapturous applause.

Mrs Vincent commented: “Congratulations to a magnificent cast and crew for delivering such strong performances and a stage set worthy of any West End star. This was a very demanding show to produce but our students rose to the challenge magnificently with some very strong performances.

“A fantastic effort by all and a huge vote of thanks must go to all our actors and stage crew behind the scenes and now we move on to decide on our next masterpiece!”

Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “Thank you to everyone who has worked so tirelessly and given so freely of their time in putting together yet another amazing performance. Great enjoyment and entertainment has been had by all - an explosion of colour and song that won't be forgotten easily.”

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Mi-Restaurant Rebrand is Student Dish of the Day

Students and staff at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre are enjoying a totally fresh eating experience thanks to the Miquill catering relaunch of the school’s dining menu with their new 'Mi-Restaurant' and updated cafeteria facilities.

Responsible for creating innovative student menus for over six years at Holy Trinity, Miquill Catering, following business investment, decided to undertake a total re-brand and use the opportunity to update the school’s cafeteria installing new kitchen equipment, cafeteria signage, menus, and repainting and updating the student serving area.

Miquill Catering MD, Simon Quill, commented: “Securing investment was fantastic. A challenge we relished as part of the rebrand was to create new food options that would entice more senior students at lunchtime, particularly those who need to eat and go to sports training or individual tutoring sessions during lunch.

“The new ‘Mi-Choice’ and ‘Mi-Deli’ food options are all served with a free takeaway side salad so that we can ensure we’re offering nutritional balance across our menu range.”

The freshly introduced daily ‘Mi-Choice’ hot trolley incorporates foods from around the world. Throughout the week theme days such as Mexican Mondays, Chinese Tuesdays and Caribbean cuisine Fridays offer foods such as burritos, enchiladas, crispy duck wraps, Italian meatballs, Thai green curry and mutton stew, all served with a selection of vegetables or salad, available to take away in biodegradable cardboard packaging.

Students can also choose from the refreshed ‘Mi-Deli’ range of couscous or pasta pots, baguettes, tortilla wraps, sandwiches and salads all served in take-away biodegradable packaging.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “We are very pleased with the developments made within the catering department, not only do the students have an impressive refurbished dining area to enjoy their meals, but they also have a wider choice of both hot and take away food.”

A local business Miquill Catering is passionate about keeping its small company ethos, committed to using local suppliers to help continually refresh and review menu options that appeal to all student tastes.

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Sixth Form Open Evening at Holy Trinity School

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster will be holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 22nd November, between 5pm and 7pm.

The school’s Open Evening will offer potential sixth form students the opportunity of touring the recently extended sixth form centre, meeting specialist subject teaching staff and asking any questions they may have well in advance of the forthcoming registration deadline for September 2017 entry.

Head of Sixth Form, Dr Melanie Hinton, commented: "In the Sixth Form our small class sizes offer a tutorial teaching style differentiated to meet the educational needs of each student ensuring everyone reaches their full potential.

“Specialist subject staff are on hand to offer extra help and support throughout the day to maximise achievement and accelerate progress.”

Academic excellence continued in this year’s examinations with all A level students gaining first choice University places or chosen work placements.

More information is available on the school’s website: www.holytrinity.co.uk or you can email the head’s PA, Mrs Karen Roth: karen.roth@holytrinity.co.uk or call: 01562 822929.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Congratulations to the 44 Prep School pupils (from Reception, Key Stages 1 and 2) who completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2016, 'The Big Friendly Read', by reading six books over the summer.

Thank you to Hannah and Karen from Kidderminster Library who joined us on Thursday to award the medals to the pupils. It was also revealed that Holy Trinity School had the greatest number of SRC winners this year, compared to other schools in the area, including over a quarter of the number of boys in Kidderminster that completed the challenge. Although this is an amazing achievement, next year we are looking to beat these figures.

Miss Slack

Teacher-Librarian

 

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Holy Trinity Earthworm Watch

Earthworm Watch is a collaboration between Earthwatch Institute (Europe) and the Natural History Museum in London. The project is in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain.

Our Nature Ninjas and Epic Eco Warriors have been completing the Earthworm Survey this week, counting and identifying how many earthworms we can find in a specific area and also carrying out a soil analysis using mustard water and vinegar. Our results will be submitted online and we will also have a chance to complete ongoing investigations by ‘feeding’ an area with compostable items so that we can then study the earthworm activity over a specific period of time.

As well as digging for worms, Holy Trinity's Nature Ninjas have made their own wormery as well as created wriggly conker friends which they can take home.

Mrs Forsyth-Ball

Additional information used, sourced from the Earthworm Society of Britain: 

Earthworms increase soil fertility and offer carbon storage by mixing in dead plant material. Mapping the benefits is not yet possible because we do not know how many and what types of earthworms there are in UK soils. Data from soil in urban areas is particularly lacking, despite gardens and other green spaces making up a large percentage of urban space (e.g. 14% of Greater London). Globally, soils store roughly 80% of terrestrial carbon, meaning it’s vital that we better understand soil carbon stocks - as well as the other the other benefits earthworms provide, and how they are affected by soil management. Holy Trinity's survey will be used to help map these key benefits – productivity, flood mitigation and carbon storage – that are mediated by earthworms in the UK, and to predict how the maps might change under different possible futures.