Newsletter 14 – 19th December 2014

Dear Parents

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

Mrs Abbott We say farewell to Mrs Abbott today, as she leaves us to start her new role in January. She has been a tremendous asset to our school and we shall all miss her. We all wish her the very best of luck and thank her for all that she has done to promote outstanding teaching and learning in Stonehenge classroom and across the whole school.

Top school in Wiltshire! We have made it onto another prestigious list this year! According to the Times newspaper, which analyses results on the same criteria as Ofsted, we are the top school in Wiltshire (see the Times newspaper published on 12th December 2014). This is a little target we have been pursuing quietly for some years and we are delighted with it. We will not be able to secure this every year, since it depends on the cohort – some years there are children who do extremely well for them, but their attainment still does not quite meet the expectations set by the Government for the average 11 year old. But it is good to know that we are there, or thereabouts.

This has been a particularly good year for academic achievement at Holy Trinity and we are delighted with our wonderful children, parents, governors and wider community who support us in all our work. Of course, once again, I pay tribute to our outstanding team of teachers and support staff – they are the main reason we are able to secure such outstanding results. And as ever, it is worth remarking that the academic part of our success is only one aspect of our provision – the fact that our children are courageous, compassionate, aspirational and joyful people is just as important as academic success, and indeed more likely to serve them well in adulthood.

Christmas Plays What wonderful performances our children put on this week! We are so proud of them. With confidence, assurance and talent, they entertained us over several performances, keeping the standard high throughout. 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; 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.

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.

PFA We are very grateful to Perdy, Annabel and all our wonderful PFA team who have worked so hard this term to make sure the Christmas celebrations were magical for our children. The refreshments after the performances, the Christmas party, the Christmas fair – so many great events were managed by the PFA, raising funds and helping our children to enjoy every part of Christmas celebration at school.

Recorder Concert Once again, our recorder players presented an excellent performance on Wednesday. It was very interesting to see the huge progress they make as they move through the school. We are always delighted that we have children who are accomplished enough to accompany music for worship each morning.

Carol Service We had a lovely service at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell on Thursday morning. Children sang and took part in a celebration of the Nativity by candlelight, allowing us all a quiet moment of reflection in this busy time.  

Milk provision From next term, we will make milk available to children in school. Those who qualify for free school meals will be able to have milk for free. All others will be able to order milk and pay for it in advance. We will be working with a provider, Cool Milk, to roll out this provision. Parents will register with Cook Milk and will have the choice of paying weekly, monthly, termly or yearly for their child’s milk. More information on this will be available in the new term.

Go Active  the remaining session of the after school club will take place on Tuesday 6th January. This replaces the session that was missed earlier in this term.

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.

Children’s Christmas Workshop Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 20th December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church (a short Christingle service will be held at the end of the workshop). Items will be put on display ready for the Carol Service on Sunday 21st December @ 6.30pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

We all return to school on Monday 5th January 2015.

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

 

What a busy term and what a raving success the Christmas Party was – lots of happy smiling faces! We hope your child/children had as much fun as we did.

A massive thank you needs to go, not only to the PFA team who have worked so hard this term, but to any one that has made donations, provided us with contributions and also for your precious time.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from the PFA.

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