Newsletter 22 – 4th March 2016

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher Meetings You are formally invited to meet with your child’s class teacher again on Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 10th March. You will need to go online to book an appointment slot for this meeting using the website: https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk Each appointment is 10 minutes long and we are strict about adhering to that time. If you wish for a longer appointment after that meeting, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher to arrange this.

Reminder of Assessment As you know, we are in the first year of teaching the new curriculum to the whole school. There is very little clarity about what the assessment will look like at the end of this academic year and no steer at all on what the thresholds are likely to be for attainment or progress.

However, we are very happy that our children continue to make the same good progress and reach the same high standards that they always do. We are not sure how this will be reported to parents at the end of the year and our reporting to parents at the moment does involve an element of intuition about where the government is going to place thresholds. Whilst it is easy enough to be certain that some children are definitely working below the standard expected for their age, and others working well above it, those children working on the boundaries of these standards are more tricky to assess, and the precise outcome for these children will not be clear until after we have had the results back from the SATS this year and we can see where the government has set the thresholds. You can be reassured that your child is being very well taught and is making good progress, whatever the final label given to their outcome.

Reading challenge Some of the most able readers in Year 2 were part of a reading project with similar children from Woodford Valley primary and Holy Trinity in Calne. The children were asked to read the same five Roald Dahl books and make up some questions about them. Then we arranged for a Skype conference between the three schools in which the children could discuss their views. The standard of the questions and answers was very high – one question our children asked was “Roald Dahl was not very good at Literacy at school – did this affect the way he wrote his books? Why?” My thanks to Mrs Mehaffy who has worked very hard to ensure that everything went smoothly – especially the technology! It was a very interesting afternoon.

Clean for the Queen with Claire Perry This was an interesting event in which the children learnt something about the democracy of our country and then, with Claire Perry, went out into the school grounds to pick up litter. We are very fortunate that there is very litter in our school grounds! But children are aware of the need to keep their environment clean and are highly motivated to do what they can to ensure that the world is well cared for.

Links with other schools We always enjoy visiting the children at Old School Nursery and having them come here. These visits help with the transition of our youngest children into “Big School” and help us to ensure that we have everything ready to meet the needs of those children who are coming to us. We also work hard to ensure that transition for our Year 6 children into Lavington or other secondary school is smooth and as stress free as possible.

Holiday Club A reminder that our very popular holiday club will run from 29th March – 1st April during the Easter holidays. Go to https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk to book or phone 0845 2413682. Free water bottle for all bookings before 12th March.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 12th March from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 20th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 9th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.15pm -6.00pm
Thursday 10th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm-8.00pm
Thursday 24th March Charity fund raiser for outdoor classroom – for children and their helpers only. 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 24th March Last day of the term
Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April Holiday club
Monday 11th April Back to school
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

 

Fabby Friday was indeed fabby! Raising over £500 towards the outdoor classroom. This is phenomenal and I can’t thank those who supported the event enough! On that note I thought I would let you know that we are currently at 37% of our £5000 target (£1843.37). So still a way to go but edging ever closer to the 50% mark!

Have a look at the dates below and help support future events that will bring us that bit closer to our target.

Thank you also to Jane Gibbons and Louise Pye for today’s special Mother’s Day Tuck Shop, Jane for her dedication and Louise for the BEAUTIFUL flowers and not forgetting all those that made the Easter Nests.  All proceeds will go towards our outdoor classroom fund.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 7th March: Textiles Recycling – you can recycle clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, bed linen, towels, curtains (NO duvets/ cushions / pillows / rags / offcuts of material or toys)

Friday 18th March: Junior Bakeoff and Cake Sale and Easter Disco! This should be a fun packed afternoon with cake sale and teas and coffees straight after school and then the KS1 disco from 4-5 and the KS2 disco from 5.15-6.15. Entry to the disco will be £1.50 (incl. squash and a homemade biscuit)

Saturday 16th April: Beer & Bid Night at the Three Daggers Edington £15 (incl. welcome drink & canapes). Tickets go on sale NEXT WEEK. Numbers are Strictly Limited and are on a first come first served basis! Friday 29th April: 10-2 Parents & Guardians First Aid Training Course £20 per person – More information to follow. Our Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest news and what is happening. So ask to join the group Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA.

 

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