Newsletter 27 – 4th April 2014

Dear Parents

Happy Easter! Today is the last day of term. We wish all our families and the wider community a very happy Easter and a wonderful holiday. We return to school on Tuesday 22nd April.

Mothering Day Service Thank you to all our families who came along to the Mothering Sunday service – it was lovely to see so many of you there! We were very proud of our children who did the readings and prayers so beautifully, lit candles and handed out flowers to all the mothers in the church.

Museum Visit The children in Stonehenge class had a wonderful day at Devizes Museum and the library on Monday. They saw lots of fossils and other wonderful things, took part in “hands-on” activities and then walked to the library for some fun with books there. My thanks to Mrs Abbott who organised this and to her helpers who made it all possible. We had a lovely comment from an onlooker saying how beautifully our children behaved and how clearly they enjoyed their learning.

After School Care I have had a request that we canvas parents again about their interest in after school care on site here at Holy Trinity. Previously we have had too few families interested since, to make such an arrangement sustainable and to pay all the costs, we would need at least 20 children every afternoon. Please complete the form at the bottom of this letter if you think you would be interested in this service so that we can gauge how many children we could expect each day if we were to offer it.  

Choosing School Dinner Options Our catering team has asked that you include your child in the decision about which hot dinner to choose from the Lataca menu so that we can be sure it is something they like and will eat. Sometimes children really do not like to eat a particular meal and we cannot arrange for it to be changed if it has been ordered on their behalf by their parents. As well as the hot dinner, there is always the option of a jacket potato with filling or a sandwich if they do not like the hot dinners on offer. 

Gardening Club  This club will start once again on Monday 28th April after school. The children who attended last year will be given first option for places and offers will be made to other interested children when places become available. My thanks to Lucy Bates and her team who have done so well – the grounds are looking beautiful with bulbs coming up and plants starting to grow all over the school grounds. It is a joy to work and play in this lovely environment.

Clay  Modelling Club Flyers went out advertising this club during the week. It will start on Monday 28th April and run through summer. It is always a lovely, calm, serene club and the children learn a lot and make wonderful items. Do sign up if you think your child would enjoy this.

Names on Clothing Please make sure you have put your child’s name on all their clothing so that it does not go missing. We have an enormous amount of lost property in the school which will be re-cycled during the Easter break – please check this afternoon if you are missing anything.

PFA My thanks to the PFA who organised the party and fun in the Pavilion after school today. And well done to all who took part in the Junior Bake Off – there were over 50 entries for the bake off which far exceeded our expectations! 

School Choir The choir practices will take place on Mondays after school from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. There will be 8 practices, from Monday April 28th to Monday 7th July (discounting holidays and TD days). There will be a charge of £1.50 for each session, making a total of £12, payable in advance. The choir will be singing pop songs old and new, blues, swing and traditional songs from England and Ireland. If your child would like to take part, please complete the slip at the bottom of newsletter number 25.                                              

SATS and other tests Our Year 6 children are working towards their end of Key Stage tests which will take place in May. They write three separate maths papers, a reading comprehension paper and a “Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar” test. All of these tests are set by the government and sent off to be marked externally. Writing is teacher assessed now. All these tests are for Year 6 children working between Level 3 and Level 5. Those children who are able to tackle the level 6 papers are given this opportunity as well. The government expects that the average child will be working at Level 4 by the end of KS2 but many of our children achieve well beyond this expectation. We ensure that the children have had enough test preparation so that they do not feel alarmed by the test situation (which is very different from anything they have experienced previously). We find that the children rather enjoy SATS week – they get the chance to show what they can do, and they enjoy the freedom of being “Off Curriculum” during that week.

All the other KS2 children (Years 3 – 5) will be doing little tests during this week as well. These are nothing to be worried about and you do not need to do any preparation for them, other than to continue with the usual homework of reading, tables, spelling and the written assignment each week. These tests serve to support and secure the teachers’ own assessments of the children’s work through the year.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 12th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 13th @ 2.45pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. PLEASE BRING AN OLD HAT YOU CAN DECORATE.

The cricket season is approaching!  Erlestoke and Coulston Cricket club would like to welcome youngsters between the ages of 8 and 11ish (as long as your child was not 11 before 30th August 2013, they can qualify for the under 11’s squad) to join us for some bat and ball skill fun in the lovely setting of The Walled Garden ground in Erlestoke.  We will be meeting on Fridays 5.30 – 6.30pm starting on Friday 25th April until Friday 8th August 2014. We look forward to seeing you.  For information, please contact Stephen Melville on 01380 831457 or stephenmelville@btinternet.com. 

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning 

After School Care 

I …………………………………………………….. (name) would be interested in signing up to After School Care for my

child/ren at the school from 3.00 – 6.00pm. I would expect to use this service on the following days:

                      Mondays  [ ]    Tuesdays  [ ]    Wednesdays  [ ]    Thursdays  [ ]    Fridays  [ ]

I would be prepared to pay £5 per afternoon per child for the service (with a small reduction if the service is used every day), paid in advance and non-refundable.

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