Newsletter 14 – 16th December 2011

Dear Parents

We wish all our children, families and wider community a very happy and blessed Christmas and a peaceful new year.

We return to school on Wednesday 4th January 2012. If conditions are very poor or snow is predicted, check the website, your mobile phone and the radio where we will notify you of closures. However, we rarely close the school. Please send wellies and warm clothing with your child if snow is forecast.

Christmas Plays The children were as wonderful as ever in their plays this year – their confident acting and beautiful singing were a joy, delivering the message of Christmas very movingly. We are so proud of them. I would also like to thank all those involved in making sure that these performances were great fun for children and their audience. I particularly want to thank all the teachers and TAs who worked so hard through this term on the plays,Ruth Edwards and Mrs Wilding who accompanied the performances, Mrs Gibbons who organised the backdrops and props and Mr A and Mr G who did such a great job of writing the KS2 play.

Dance Club The new dance will be contemporary and modern, energetic and fun for boys and girls. It will run on Wednesday afternoons, 3.00pm – 4.00pm. If you wish your child to take part, please return the slip. Payments are meant to be made online, but if you need to pay by cheque, please make it payable to Holy Trinity and we will settle up with the company. Slips need to be in by 11th January 2012.  The club starts on 18th January 2012, for 6 weeks in the first instance and then on a rolling programme.

PFA My thanks, as ever, to our wonderful PFA, who have organised the Christmas party, gifts, decorations, refreshments at the plays, and many other things that made this Christmas term even more exciting for the children.

Coffee Morning Belle Wiles (our Parent Support Advisor) and I shall be hosting a little coffee morning on the first day back, Wednesday 4th January between 8.45 and 9.15 – if you would like to come along, please do so. You can tell us about any issues you have, things you might like to see changed, or indeed, anything that you are particularly pleased about. You can also just have a chat.

Recorder Concert  Our talented young musicians entertained us to a lovely concert of recorder music on Wednesday – thank you for a great event.

Free School Meals A reminder to parents that if you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be eligible for Free School Meals. Forms are available from the office to complete and send off and you will be informed by the authorities whether you are eligible or not. The information is treated in the strictest confidence. 

KS2 test results and progress Once again, our academic achievements are judged (against Ofsted criteria) to be outstanding. The following tables are taken from the Government website. (Supp means we had too few children to give sensible results).  As ever, although we are delighted with these results, we are just as proud of all the other achievements of our wonderful children in this school. Our thanks to the teachers and TAs who continue to drive up standards with outstanding teaching and learning.

 

All pupils

low attainers

middle attainers

high attainers

Percentage achieving Level 4 or above in both English and mathematics

92%

SUPP

100%

100%

Percentage achieving Level 5 or above in both English and mathematics

38%

SUPP

15%

88%

Percentage of pupils making expected progress in English

92%

SUPP

92%

88%

Percentage of pupils making expected progress in maths

100%

SUPP

100%

100%

Average point score

29.8

     

 

New Music Club A reminder that the club starts on Friday 6th January for those attending the Friday class and Tuesday 10th January for those attending the Tuesday classes.

Judo sessions will begin again on Thursday 5th January.

Christmas Party This was fun as ever and, as well as the PFA, I must thank Mr A and Mr G for all the hard work they put into making sure that the party games are fun, exciting (and a little bit wild!).

Wrap around childcare There is a setting at Coral Cove in Devizes, calledFantasyIslandAfterschool and Holiday Club which is advertising transport to and from school for children who are in their club for before and after school care. If you need childcare, you might like to visit their setting and see whether it would be appropriate for your child. Their phone number is 01380 739944 and they operate at Coral Cove inHoptonPark,London Road, Devizes.

Christmas Movie Night – “The Fourth King” will be shown in Erlestoke Church on Friday 23rd December from 6-8pm. A light supper will be provided and children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.   

Best wishes

M Henning

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