Newsletter 10 – 18th November 2011

Dear Parents

Sarum Trip to Salisbury Sarum class went toSalisbury on Thursday, where they walked around the town looking at the restaurants and food shops from different cultures, and then did cooking in the Waitrose kitchens.  They brought back delicious spring rolls that they had made themselves.  It was a wonderful experience and the children, as ever, were a credit to their families and the school. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman who has worked so hard to make sure the day was a success and to Mrs Trusler and all the volunteers for their support with this outing. 

Cold weather emergency We try very hard to keep the school open no matter what the weather, but very occasionally we might have to close the school if it is unsafe to ask staff to come in because of really icy and treacherous conditions. In the past 10 years, this has only happened on two days. If we have to close, we will text every family early in the morning of the day of the closure.  Please make sure we have your most recent mobile phone number so that we can be sure the text gets to you. We will also put a notice up on the front page of our website and put a message on the Hotline. To access the Hotline, phone 08447 707576 and use the school ID: 68147. Messages will also go out on local radio stations.  Please do not drop children and leave them alone on the school property if there is a chance that the school might be shut.

Parking and road safety Please do NOT park near the new crossing that has been established for the safety of our children. There are still one or two parents who choose to park on that corner, near the crossing, and this seriously compromises our children’s safety.  There ought to be no cars parked near the crossing or anywhere on the corner and the police have told me that they will fine any offenders who are found parking there since it is a dangerous place to park.

Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA time) It is a statutory duty for every school to provide every teacher with 10% non-contact time to do planning, preparation and assessment. As you can imagine, this 2 ½ hours a week does not come close to covering the time needed for teachers to create personalised, exciting learning opportunities and to assess children’s progress, but it helps to ensure that they get at least a bit of their weekend with their families. Some of our teachers take this time out of the classroom on alternate Friday afternoons or Wednesday afternoons and some time is taken whilst the children have their French lessons.

Policies

I like to present a very short summary of some of our policies in this newsletter each year. This week we will look, very briefly, at the Health and Safety policy – an enormous and all encompassing policy which can be read in full on our website. Health and safety has to be the very first consideration at school where we have responsibility for so many children and adults.

We must all take responsibility for being vigilant and be aware of possible risks. Children and adults should be encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They should share any concerns they may have swiftly and appropriately to a person in authority E.g. Headteacher or Teacher .We must, however, also be aware of the need to keep a balance between security, safety and the maintenance of a comfortable, welcoming working environment. We aim to strike a balance that allows children to learn and have fun whilst keeping them as safe as reasonably possible. We ensure that the building and equipment are in good repair, people are aware of security in the school, they know procedures to follow in the event of an accident or emergency, and that activities are risk assessed.  Regular fire drills are held. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and staff are given refresher briefings every year.  Health and Safety procedures are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Stir Up Coffee Morning on Saturday 19th November at Dairy House Farm, Edington in aid ofEdingtonChurch.  Come along and stir the giant pudding and make a wish, then take some home to cook for Christmas Day. There will also be a bring and buy and cake stand. Admission £1.50, children free, Christmas pudding £4 a lb.  Ring Annabel Brooks for further details (01380 871 797).

Children’s Movie Night Bugtime Adventures – Samson, Goliath and Elijah is being shown on Friday 18th November from 6-8pm inErlestokeChurch. Come along for a light supper, pudding and a movie! Donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted. Children under five must be accompanied by a parent.

Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale Come along to Great Cheverell Pre-school’s Nearly New & Second-Hand Sale. This is a family event with tombola, face painting, children’s games and refreshments to enjoy. Buy, sell or donate toys, clothes and equipment. Come and see us on Saturday 19th November at Holy Trinity School Hall from 10am – 12.30pm. To book a stall/donate call 07941 201998.

Spice Jars If you have any spare empty spice jars at home that you could donate to school, please bring them in.

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Christmas Fayre

This is fast approaching, two weeks to go! Friday 2nd December starting at 1.30 until 3.15 pm in the School Hall. There will be something for every one, gifts to buy, cakes and biscuits, a raffle, lots of games, crafts for the children to make, a wine tombola, a teddy grotto, face painting and of course refreshments! Please do join us to make this a success!

We would like to ask for donations of raffle prizes, clean teddies and bottles of wine – any donations are very gratefully received. Please could we ask that you bring these in from this coming Monday 21st November. THANK YOU! 

Non Uniform Day – this is next Friday, 25th November. The children can come to school in non uniform and we would like to ask for a donation of £1 to go to PFA funds.

Best wishes,

M Henning

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