Newsletter 15 – 20th December 2013

Dear Parents

Merry Christmas to all our families and to everyone in our community, from all of us at Holy Trinity                      

Last day of term is today, Friday 20th December. We all come back to school on Monday 6th January.

Christmas Plays Thank you to everyone involved in making these plays such a success. Teachers and TAs have worked extremely hard to ensure that the children not only produced wonderful performances, but continued to have fun through the whole process. It is a tremendous task for our staff and we thank them most sincerely for their work on this. Mrs Edwards has spent many hours on the musical accompaniment for the KS2 play; Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz wrote, adapted and directed the KS2 play; costumes and backdrops have been made by Mrs Gyllenspetz and Mrs Gibbons; Dauntsey’s lent us their lights; Ms Sharman organised the crèche with several volunteers; Mrs Mackintosh and the PFA organised refreshments; the admin team organised the tickets – so many people whose contribution has been so valuable and we are grateful to them all. Thanks also to our parents who helped children learn lines, provided costumes and made sure children were in the right place for rehearsals and performances. Most of all, we thank our children for their commitment to excellence and their patience through the rehearsals – they were wonderful and we are very proud of them.

Bed time story at school Children in Stonehenge had a lovely time at this event – everyone in their pyjamas, having stories and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Thank you to Mrs Abbott and Miss Nisbeck who gave up their Friday evening to hold this special experience for the children. 

Christmas Party Our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make sure the children had a fantastic Christmas party! Particular thanks to the PFA members who worked so hard to make sure it was a success and to Mr A and Mr G who organised the party games. Thanks also to Santa who took time out of his schedule to visit our school briefly.

Church Service This was a lovely, reflective moment in our busy week to think about the meaning of Christmas and to commit ourselves once again to the values of our school– compassion, courage, aspiration and joy. My thanks to everyone from Erlestoke parish who worked so hard to make sure our children could celebrate this service beautifully, with singing, candles and other symbols of the nativity. 

Holiday Club Sports Stars will be running the Holiday Club at our school in the February half term, from 17th February to 21st February. Then there will be a week in the Easter holiday, from 7th April to the 11th April, and in the summer holiday from 28th July to 1st August and a second week from 11th August to 15th August. Flyers will go out nearer the time to sign up.

Art Project Children in Avebury class took part in an interactive art project on Tuesday – it was lovely to see how carefully they worked and what a great result they had at the end. The art project was on the theme of Winston Churchill and our country. It was valuable for the children to experience a different form of artistic expression.

Staff achievements Over the course of this year, Mrs Abbott has been awarded a Master’s level qualification in Dyslexia and another for her SENCo accreditation. Mrs Garraway has her SENCo accreditation and Miss Nisbeck has her degree in education.  We are always delighted when our teachers manage to achieve these extra qualifications – the school benefits greatly from their expertise. We are grateful to them for the huge effort that has to be made to do this work while, at the same time, carrying out the difficult and demanding role of teaching to an outstanding level.

“Head Bumping” Letters No matter how minor a bump to your child’s head, we will always send a letter home alerting you to the fact that there was a head bump in the course of the day. We have had a few queries about these letters recently. The notes are not an incident report – they are simply to let you know that your child had a minor bump to the head so that if they show any other symptoms you have this information. If your child has a serious blow to the head we will always phone you immediately – we will not leave it until the end of the day. Our children are very active and busy – they play in an exuberant way, enjoy fast moving games and run everywhere when they are outside. As a result, minor accidents do occasionally happen. If you need more information about any incident, simply ask your child’s teacher and they will put you in touch with the person who was on duty at the time of the incident.

Ukulele Club, Recorder lessons and Judo start the first week back in January.

Avebury Class begin swimming lessons on Thursday 9th January.

PE Funding Our school is using the extra PE funding from central government to buy in sports coaches with the view to encouraging everyone to find a sport that they enjoy. As well as our usual sports coach in the spring term, we will also have a specialist gymnastics coach come into school on Wednesdays and Thursdays until half term.

Children’s Christmas Workshop… Come and have fun making a Christingle and other festive items on Saturday 21st December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Headlice  Please take the opportunity to check your child’s hair over the Christmas holidays as we have recurrent cases of headlice. If everyone makes an effort to clear their child’s hair we will be able to overcome this problem.

Christmas Reading Challenge Following on from the Summer Reading Challenge, the Reading Agency are running a mini Christmas reading challenge that can be done  through the website www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk       All you have to do is read three books and you’ll qualify for a virtual badge – and a secret video reward.

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning

PFA

The PFA would like to thank all the wonderful parents who have supported us over the past weeks by buying raffle tickets and mulled wine! We were overwhelmed by all the delicious food that arrived and helped make the Christmas party such a special day. The Christmas raffle raised £142 and profits from drinks and mince pies came to £85 – thank you!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

 

PS don’t forget to keep all your clothing recycling for a collection on Monday 13th January.

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