Newsletter 9 – 8th November 2013

Dear Parents

Welcome back to all our parents.

This is a busy and exciting term with lots of events to which parents are invited. Please do come along to as many as you can – we love to welcome parents into our school to share the great things that their children are doing.  Remember, Sharing Assembly takes place every Friday at 2.15pm – all are welcome.

Parents Meetings Parent- Teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday 13th November and Thursday 14th November – your precise appointment times have been sent home. Please note that each meeting is 10 minutes long. If you need a longer meeting, please arrange this separately with your class teacher. At the parents’ evenings, we must keep to the 10 minute limit, otherwise other parents are kept waiting. We do remind you that you are always welcome to make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any point in the school year to discuss your child’s progress.

E Safety My thanks to Gwyn Russell who led a very interesting meeting on e -safety on Thursday evening – parents were shown how to install software onto their appliances so that they could monitor and set rules for their children’s internet use, both on computers and on phones.  This kind of precaution will be part of parents’ work to keep their children safe in this exciting but dangerous virtual world. There are handouts which will be useful to all parents – please ensure that you have received these. Our children live in the modern world, and rather than ban them from experiencing everything about this world, we need to teach them to be safe and competent when they are online.  If you did miss the meeting, you can access various family protection software packages, such as the Norton product which is available for free or for a very nominal cost at https://onlinefamily.norton.com/familysafety/loginStart.fs

Knight in school It was lovely to have a “Real knight”, Dave Fawcett, come into school to share with the children aspects of mediaeval life, to show them some weapons and clothing and answer questions about the era. My thanks to Mr Amor who organised this for us. It was a great experience for all of us.

Salisbury Trip Children will be going to Salisbury on Monday 11th November (for KS2 children) and Monday 18th November (for FS/ KS1 children) for a guided tour around the mediaeval parts of the town, they will be given the chance to do some mediaeval crafts and to explore parts of the mediaeval Cathedral. Children need to have a packed lunch when they go on their trip. They need to wear school uniform and must have warm, weather proof coats since they will be walking around the streets no matter what the weather.  They will be back at school in time for their usual pick up. All children with asthma MUST have their inhaler with them. Please ensure that your child has been given a travel sickness tablet before they come to school if they are prone to travel sickness. 

Events coming up this term (Do diarise these dates):

  • Eisteddfod – our choir will be singing in two categories on Friday 15th November, the first category starting at 9.30am and the second category at 11.00am.
  • Handbell club will be holding a Handbell and Carol service on Thursday 5th December at 6.00pm in the school hall – do come along, enjoy the handbells and sing some carols with us.
  • PFA to decorate the school and wrap gifts whilst children are at the pantomime on Friday 6th December.
  • Christmas plays: Monday 16th December – KS1 at 10.00am and KS2 at 1.30pm

                                    Tuesday 17th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

                                    Wednesday 18th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

  • Carol Service at Erlestoke Church at 9.30am on Thursday 19th December
  • PFA preparing for and clearing Christmas party and Christmas decorations  on Thursday 19th December

New School Uniform You will now be able to purchase school uniform from the Tesco Uniform Embroidery Service. The uniform is a lot cheaper than that from the old supplier. We have had an expert check the quality of the garments and he has confirmed that the quality, both of the fabric and of the embroidery, is better than that of the old supplier.  To order you need to

  • Go to www.tesco.com/ues
  • Select our school from the list (under Wiltshire)
  • Click “Shop now”
  • Choose the items in the correct size and quantity
  • Pay with credit or debit card (and collect tesco points if you have a loyalty card)
  • Your items will be delivered free within 14 days

If you want to try on garments to check the size, we will have examples of each size in school. If you have no access to Internet shopping, let the office know.  The school will get 5% donation on each order placed. There are more details on the brochure sent out with this letter. Please do not be concerned that the picture on the webpage shows a different badge from our school – it is just the sample. The logo for our school is presented at the top of the page.

Forest of Dean  A reminder that the second instalment of £35 towards the Forest of Dean trip is due to be paid in November, if you have chosen to pay by instalments.

Parking and traffic I have once again had complaints from our neighbours about irresponsible parking and child supervision, especially in the area across the road from the school.  Children’s lives are being put at risk. Please note that you need to supervise your children at all times when they are near the road. Do not let them run across the road unsupervised at the dropped kerb area – it is not a pedestrian crossing and children who suddenly run out in front of cars are at serious risk. Neighbours have a right to get in and out of their property safely, and emergency vehicles must have access. Please try to arrange for lift clubs so that we reduce the number of cars arriving at school and park further down the village and walk up Green Lane. It is pleasant walk and gives you time to chat to your child before and after school – even in cold or wet weather, dressed appropriately, it is not difficult to manage.

We have contacted the police to alert them to the traffic infringements taking place outside the school and they will be patrolling regularly and fining parents who are parked irresponsibly.

Children’s Activity Mornings We are holding the second in our series activity mornings from 11am-12.30pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church, West Lavington this Saturday morning, 9th  November, please come along and have some fun! A donation of 50p is required. Further details are available from Kate Andrews on 01225 767229.

Soapbox Derby  The committee are holding a charity ball at Dauntsey’s School on Saturday 23rd November. The evening consists of live entertainment, a comedian, a mystery guest and the band, Soul Solution. There is a three course meal, an auction and raffle for £35 per ticket. We have just a few tickets left, for details ring 01380 812439.

 

PFA 

Children in Need, Friday 15th November.   We are having a dress down day but with a spotty theme please! Once again Holy Trinity School will be helping to support this charity event; a donation of £1 is asked for and will be forwarded to the Children in Need charity.  Thank you.

Our next meeting is on Monday 11th November at 8pm in The Bell Inn, Great Cheverell. All parents are welcome at this meeting, please come along for a glass of wine and help us plan our Christmas treats for the school.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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