Newsletter 26 – 4th May 2018

We wish you all a very good long weekend!

Slimbridge Trip What a wonderful trip our children in FS, Y1 and Y2 had on Thursday as they explored the wetland bird park of Slimbridge! The children were fascinated by the many different species of birds, by the habitats and by the sightings of wild water birds. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman and Miss Nisbeck who organised this trip together, and to all our support staff and volunteers who made sure that the children were safe on their trip and that they learnt a lot about their topic of “Birds”. We are always very proud of our children and how well they behave when we take them out – this is why we can organise these lovely off site trips. We know we can trust the children to behave beautifully so we can keep them safe.

Summer Blues At this time of year, we notice that people are a lot more likely to fall out with each other and argue. We are not sure whether this is because they are tired through sleeping less in the shorter nights, or whether they are hot, or whether they are starting to think about the changes that might come about in the next academic year. However, it is something we notice every year through the summer terms. We do ask that you help your child to maintain a sense of proportion, to support them to mend relationships and to find ways to live amicably with those around them. Please help children to defuse situations rather than inflaming them.

Pupil Premium A reminder that if your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding, we do ask that you sign up for it – it is a significant amount of money and we will use it for many school activities, in addition to helping to pay for music lessons and school trips for your child. If parents do not sign up, the school simply does not get the funding and, with budgets being increasingly tight, it is important that we access every penny possible to ensure the outstanding education we provide here at Holy Trinity can continue.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Performance for musicians taking lessons outside of school We have had two or three families indicating that they might like their children to take part in a little concert for children who take music lessons outside of school. If you would like your child to be part of this, and your child plays to an acceptable standard, please contact the office and let them know. If there is enough interest, we will hold this event, probably after school in the last half term.

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force (25th May 2018), we shall be keeping you up to date with the protocols. Schools already have strict data protection policies and data is always kept secure and is used appropriately. Under the new regulations, much will stay the same, but with GDPR it will bring even better security and greater transparency. In many areas of school life, consent from parents is not required as schools have a duty to keep children safe and deliver a high standard of education as a public duty. Where consent is needed, you will be asked for it in a clear manner and allowed to remove it if you wish. Attached to this newsletter, please find the Government’s information pamphlet for parents.

Lavington School Roadshow is Thursday 7th June after school here in our school hall. This provides an opportunity for all those with children in Year 5 and younger who might be considering Lavington School as one of their choices for their child’s secondary schooling to come along and hear a bit about Lavington and ask any questions they may have.

SATS We have posted some information from the Government to parents about SATS on our website under the Newsletter tab.  Do have a look at this if you are interested. Please do not worry about these assessments with your child – this makes them anxious and they cannot perform to their very best. Everything that needs to be done to prepare them, has been done at school. A good night’s sleep is the best preparation!

Leading Collective Worship Forty children in the school have volunteered to lead collective worship through the summer term. To do this, they have to have a team which works well together, they have to decide on a theme (usually something to do with one of the school values) and a story, often a Bible story, which underpins the theme. They have to rehearse the presentation to ensure that it is engaging for their peers. We are very proud of our Y6 Collective Worship leaders who take responsibility for helping the younger children with their preparations for leading worship. Parents are welcome to attend collective worship which takes place at 10.00am every day except Friday (when we have Sharing instead at 2.15pm).

Thanks As the budget cuts to schools are made ever deeper, we are very grateful to the James Townsend Charitable Trust in Great Cheverell who have donated a generous sum to support our purchase of library books. We are also very grateful to the Soap Box Derby Committee which provided the funds for a whole class set of good dictionaries for the school. We are also extremely grateful for the donations from the Edington Station Yard Trust – they donate money to support music provision in our school. We shall be increasingly reliant on donations such as this to help us continue to provide the outstanding, rich education that our children deserve.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer. Do come along.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Next FABRIC RECYCLING will be on Monday 14th May.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT.

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