Newsletter 6 – 7th October 2011

Dear Parents

Trips The children in White Horse and in Avebury classes went to theCotswoldWildlifePark on Tuesday this week. This was to enrich their learning about the Carnival of the Animals which is part of the school theme of “Carnival”. It was a wonderful day, fascinating animals, interesting presentations and, as ever, our children were a joy to take out.  My special thanks to Mrs Mehaffy and Mr Gyllenspetz who organised the whole trip, our admin staff who arranged the coaches, the money and the risk assessments and our volunteer helpers without whose help we would not have been able to take the children off site.

Harvest Assembly Thank you for the Harvest donations. This year, it proved very difficult to find a charity to take the perishable items so instead we asked people to offer a donation and take these items home with them from the Harvest Assembly. My thanks to Jane Gibbons and her team who put together the beautiful Harvest display in the hall – the children really enjoy this each year and it reminds them of how lucky they are and how aware they need to be of those less fortunate.   

Forest of Dean Meeting Thank you to those who came to this meeting. We are very pleased that nearly all our Y5 and Y6 children have taken up the option to come on this trip – it provides tremendous learning opportunities for the children in all sorts of areas, including independence, team work, resilience, environmental awareness and physical skills. And most importantly, having fun! Please note that if you have decided to pay in instalments, the September instalment of £30 is now due.  

Carnival procession As the culmination of our work on Carnival this year, we will hold a mini carnival procession through Great Cheverell village on Tuesday 18th October at about 1.50pm. We shall walk downGreen Lane, throughBartletts and up the High Street to the church for a very short service of thanksgiving for our wonderful country with all its diversity. Do join us for the fun.  The more people lining the route, the more the children will enjoy it.

Individual class photos Mr Gyllenspetz will be taking the individual class photos next week commencing Monday 10th October. Photos will be taken at lunch time, with Stonehenge class on Monday, White Horse class on Tuesday, Sarum class on Wednesday, Avebury class on Thursday and Silbury class on Friday.  Contact prints will be put up on the hall door and if you are not happy with the photo of your child, Mr G will be doing sibling photos and any that need re-taking on Monday 17th October at lunchtime.

Secondary Places  If your child is transferring to secondary school next year, the deadline for an application is noon on 31st October. Either apply online or ensure that your form is at County Hall before this date.

Half Term Last day of this half term is Wednesday 19th October and we return to school on Monday 31st October. The last day of the Christmas term is Friday 16th December and we return to school on Wednesday 4th January since Tuesday 3rd January is a TD day.

Swimming Session Silbury class will be going swimming on Thursday 13th October instead of Sarum class. A catch up session for Sarum will be run later in the school year. 

Policies

I like to present a very short summary of some of our policies in this newsletter each year – please note that the full policies can be read on our website, or if they have not yet been published online, then you can request copies at the school office.

This week, we will discuss briefly the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Policy.

For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. No child will be denied admission because of his or her creed, race, physical ability or academic attainment. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support therapists and Speech and Language therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEN. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be working on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). If a child does meet the thresholds for an IEP they will usually be put at the level “School Action” in the first instance. If, after two cycles of assessment, they are making no discernable progress, then they may be moved to “School Action +” and again, if no discernable progress is made, we will ask for a statutory assessment which might, under very rare circumstances, result in a Statement of SEN. Overall in our school, our children with SEN make outstanding progress. Mrs Garraway is our SENCO and is working towards the SENCO award (part of Master’s course), and Mrs Abbott is working towards a similar qualification with the focus on dyslexia.

It is worth remarking that children who do not meet the thresholds for an IEP are nevertheless given lots of extra support in this school if they require it. We open what we call a “concern sheet”, which is shared with parents and extra provision is put in place for the child to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a concern sheet at some point in their school lives – often just for a half term or so until they have overcome the problem that caused the concern.

Children’s Movie Night on Friday 21st October, 6-8 pm inErlestokeChurch, there will be a  showing of “Josh and the Big Wall” (CCLI 1198824).

Donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.  Children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

PFA News

Film Night – this is taking place next week, on Friday 14th at 5.30 -7.30pm. The children are watching Despicable Me, which has a U rating. Tickets cost £1.50 to cover refreshments, a drink and popcorn or crisps, and entry into the prize draw. You can buy tickets next week from the office. So, bring your bean bags or cushions and get comfortable for an early evening treat. Remember to bring your ticket on the night, write your name on it and hand it in on the night to be entered into the draw!

Thank you to all those who made and bought cakes last Friday at the Cake Sale, we made £88! Fantastic!

Best wishes

M Henning

 

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