Newsletter 12 – 8th December 2017

 Dear Parents

The Christmas Performances

KS1 children should be dropped off at 4.40pm for the evening performances and KS2 children should be dropped off at 6.00pm.

Pick up for the KS1 performance is 6.00pm at the back doors of their classrooms where you usually pick up, and for the KS2 performance pick up is 7.30pm on the playground outside the hall doors.

There are plenty of tickets left for the KS2 matinee performance (Tuesday 12th December) so if you would like extra tickets, please let us know at the office. Any spare tickets, please return to the office for redistribution.

No child may be left in school to wait for their sibling in the other play unless they are in the PFA crèche. There are no adults on duty to look after them. Please be prompt to pick up children at the end of their performances and please consider using lift clubs to minimise the parking problems that can occur on these evenings.

Handbells and community carol concert What talented musicians our children are! Our thanks to the wonderful Handbell Club under the leadership of Mrs Heath who gave such a tremendous performance at the Handbell concert, and our thanks to Mrs Edwards who so beautifully accompanied the community carol singing at this event. We are also very grateful to our PFA who provided refreshments at the end of the event. What a great way to start our Christmas celebrations!

Stonehenge Class bed time story and hot chocolate event Thank you to Miss Nisbeck and Miss Roberts-Phare who organised this exciting evening for our youngest children – it is fun to come back to school in pyjamas for a story and hot chocolate! We want to help children to develop a lifelong love of stories, books and reading and these events help to enhance that love of literature.

PFA Our very sincere thanks to our wonderful PFA who are working very hard to make sure that Christmas at Holy Trinity is a very special time. They will be doing refreshments for many of the events we are holding; they are organising the crèche at the performances; they are organising the Christmas Fayre this afternoon; and they are organising the Christmas party and a special visitor with gifts on the penultimate day of term; and they have decorated our school beautifully. We are very grateful to Patricia Genner and her remarkable team who enrich our children’s experience at school so much.

Recorder Christmas Concert You are all invited to come along to the Recorder Concert that will take place at 11.00am on Friday 15th December. We always enjoy these concerts and it is lovely to see even our youngest recorder players standing up and performing.

Year 3 choir A special Christmas treat as our Year 3 choir will be singing in sharing assembly on Friday 15th December.

Christmas Service and Party On Tuesday 19th December at 9.30 am, we shall be walking to St Peter’s in Great Cheverell for our Christmas service. You are all most welcome to join us for this event. This year, we shall have a donkey in the lead as we walk down to the church!  The children may wear sensible, warm party clothes to this as we shall have our Christmas party in the afternoon.

Piano Lessons We have had lots of children taking up the offer of piano lessons from our new piano tutor, Robert Broomfield. If there is enough interest, we will open up one more afternoon of lessons. If you would like your child to take piano lessons in school, please let us know at the office.  Providing we have five or six new pupils, Mr Broomfield will come in on Monday afternoons as well.

 “Smart” Toys for Christmas Some parents might be considering buying toys for their children which have some connectivity to the internet – toys such as Furby Connect, i-Que Intelligent Robot, Cloud Pets, Toy-Fi Teddy, WowWee Chip. There are warnings being issued that these sorts of toys can be “Hacked” and children can receive messages “from their pets” which have been sent by complete strangers hacking into the toys, some of the toys could be hacked to photograph children or to defraud you. We need to keep our children safe and toys like this can pose a real risk to children and their families.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued some advice on this at https://iconewsblog.org.uk/2017/11/23/the-12-ways-that-christmas-shoppers-can-keep-children-and-data-safe-when-buying-smart-toys-and-devices/#more-3158 and there is more on Which? at https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/smart-toys/article/smart-toys-should-you-buy-them

Lost Property We shall recycle the lost property over the Christmas holidays. So if you are missing anything that belongs to your child, please come in and go through the Lost Property basket before the holidays. The basket is full!

Superstars Holiday Club Our holiday club providers are offering Holiday Clubs in the following weeks: Monday 2nd April – Thursday 5th April, Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June, Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August and Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August. Website: http://www.super-stars.org.uk/ .

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Friday 15th December Recorder Christmas Concert 11.00am – 11.45am
Friday 15th December Year 3 Choir Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3..10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school

Primary School Applications Please remember to apply for a primary school place for your child if they will turn 5 between September 2018 and August 2019. You application must be with the Local Authority by 15th January 2018. We are likely to be oversubscribed so don’t miss this deadline if you want a place here at Holy Trinity. Even if you live locally, if you have not put in an application, you will have be considered under Late Admissions and then would be very unlikely to get a place here.

The Polar Express is being shown in the Pavilion on Saturday 9th December at 2.30pm. Admission is free to all, but please book and collect your tickets by 8th December at Cheverell Stores. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Children’s Workshop – Saturday 16th December, 10am till 12 Noon at Erlestoke Church. Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas. A short Christingle service will be held during this workshop. Items will be put on display ready for the Carol service on Sunday 17th December @ 6.30pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the long-awaited Christmas Fayre! We have been blown away by how much you have all put into the preparation of it, and it promises to be a great one! Please come to the pavilion from 3pm onwards. The hall will be open from 12.30 onwards to prep and to accept cake/raffle donations etc. Thank you so much for all your help, it can’t happen without you.

Similarly, preparations for the children’s Christmas Party rely on your participation. In book bags today will be requests for a food donation for the day. Lists of items will go up outside the classrooms next week so you can put your names down for something. We will be collecting the food in the Arts Centre at drop off on the morning of Tuesday 19th December. If you are free during the morning too, the more help the better.

A big thank you to the big team of volunteers who turned out this week to decorate the school, the job was done in record time and the handmade decorations made it all extra special. Gemma and Paul Ackermann who provided refreshments after the beautiful handbells and carols concert, this is their 4th year volunteering for that particular job.

Refreshments will also be available between the KS1 and KS2 evening plays next week (Mon and Wed 11th/13th Dec) in the Arts Centre. We have a big team of people lined up to provide mulled wine and mince pies, and also to look after the children booked into the crèche. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Your PFA team

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

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