Newsletter 12 – 5th December 2014

Dear Parents

Another great outcome! On Friday of last week, we received a letter from Claire Perry, Devizes MP, congratulating us on being featured in the Sunday Times top 600 primary schools (including both fee- paying and state schools) in England! A little investigation showed that we actually ranked 302nd of all primary schools in England, putting our school in a very elite little group on the measures used by the Sunday Times. Once again we thank our tremendously talented and creative staff, our supportive governors and parents and our aspirational and wonderful children for making our little rural school into something quite extraordinary. As ever, we are proud of everything about our children – not just their academic achievement which is marked in this way.

Christmas Play Tickets Orders for tickets are now closed and your tickets will be sent out today. Next week, we will allocate any “Spares” to those families who have requested them, though it looks as though there will be very few of these.  

Please note that EVERY performance is now ticketed, so if any grandparent/sibling wants to come, they will need a ticket no matter which performance they come to. Please note as well that EVERY person must have a ticket, including siblings who are performing in the other play, other younger children and babies, in order to comply with the fire safety regulations in the hall.

Policies

I like to present a very short summary of some of our policies in this newsletter each year. This week we will look at the Christian Ethos of our school.  Because of our ChurchSchool foundation, Christian values and Christian Ethos are at the very heart of our school life. The Christian ethos of our school is the single most important reason for the outstanding outcomes of our children in all areas, since it is through this ethos that we form the loving, supportive and aspirational team of adults and children which is at the heart of our wonderful school.  The ethos drives the aspiration, compassion, courage and joy that permeate through every aspect of our community.  The ethos ensures that each child is valued as unique and beloved individual, precious to us because they are precious to God.  The Christian teachings and values are embedded in every moment of every day, so that children develop a clear moral compass, a tolerance, respect and acceptance of others no matter what their viewpoint on any issue, a powerful aspiration to be the best that they can be and an understanding of their role in the community – school, family and the wider world. They learn to make reparation for mistakes, to forgive and be forgiven. Through the open and respectful culture in our school, we expect children to consider philosophical issues and to develop their own philosophy, faith position and spirituality whatever form that takes.  And we try to live out the Christian values of our school, at every level and in every part of our school so that children thrive and do well in every way, taking the life and stories of Jesus as the route map for all the work we do and all the fun we have here at Holy Trinity.

Carol Concert On Wednesday 10th December at 6.00pm, our Hand Bells club will be leading a carol concert in the school hall. Come along to enjoy the hand bells playing Christmas music, sing along with some of our favourite old carols and enjoy the choir performing some of their Christmas pieces. Refreshments will be served by the PFA after the event – my thanks to them for this. I am most grateful to Mrs Heath who runs Hand Bell club and has organised this event,  to Ms Sharman who has worked so hard with the choir and to Mrs Wilding who will be accompanying the carols.

Creche at Christmas Plays Ms Sharman has very kindly offered to run a little crèche for Holy Trinity children during the evening performances of the Christmas plays. This service is entirely for children at our school whose siblings are in the other play (that is, for KS2 children whilst KS1 play is being performed and for KS1 children whilst KS2 play is being performed). This is to save parents who come from a long way away from doing the trip twice. However, Ms Sharman will not be able to run this crèche unless she has at least two other helpers on each evening. So if you are able to come in and offer your support, please let me know as soon as possible. If we do not get helpers, then we will not be able to offer this service. At this stage, we do not have enough helpers to run the crèche, so if you are able to help on either  night, please let us know as soon as possible.

Holiday Club – Sports Stars This year we will be offering Holiday Sports Club on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 7th April to  Friday 10th April.
  • Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August
  • Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August

Sign-up notices will go out closer to the time. You can sign your child up for the whole week, or just for occasional days. The club does great sporting activities and the children have a really enjoyable time, ensuring high quality child care is in place for the whole day at a reasonable cost. This club is not run by school, but by outside providers with many years of experience. 

Important Dates this busy term (please diarise these dates):

Wednesday 10th December 6.00pm         Carol Concert with handbells and choir

Thursday 11th December                               Tudor afternoon in Sarum class for parents

Friday 12th December 1.30pm                     White Horse class “Light House Keeper’s Lunch”

Monday 15th December                                Christmas Play Matinee (KS1, 10.00am and KS2, 1.30pm)

Tuesday 16th December                                                Christmas Play Evening (KS1, 5.00pm and KS2, 6.30pm)

Wednesday 17th December                         Christmas Play Evening (KS1, 5.00pm and KS2, 6.30pm)

Wednesday 17th December                         Recorder Concert 10.45am – 11.30am

Thursday 18th December                             Carol Service 9.30am at St Peter’s Church Great Cheverell  (everyone welcome to this), and the Christmas Party!

Friday 19th December                                     Last day of term – Christmas dinner and entertainment

Monday 5th January                                        Back to school

Please remember – NO NUTS in school as we have severe nut allergies amongst our children.

PFA News

A Massive Thank you to all of you who came along to support the Christmas Fair today, donated items, baked cakes and manned stalls. We can’t run our events without help from our lovely parents.
We need some volunteers for our up and coming events in the next couple of weeks. If anyone can help with refreshments before the Christmas Plays please do let us know as we always need extra hands to fill glasses and hand around mince pies.
The children’s Christmas Party is a HUGE event for the children, staff and the PFA and it takes a great deal of organisation and speedy setting up. The more parents we have to help with this the quicker and easier things go. So if you think you can spare some time between drop off and 2pm on Thursday 18th December to help lay out tables, cut sandwiches, keep the children supplied with squash and goodies and help tidy up after then you will be very welcomed. It is also a gorgeous event to be at as a helper and witness the children having such a lovely time and really getting into the Christmas spirit.

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

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