Newsletter 27 – 11th May 2018

Mrs Cook It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that we will be saying good bye to Mrs Cook who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Mrs Cook has been an outstanding and much loved TA in our school for over 10 years. Her cheerful, sensible, warm manner have made her a favourite with children and adults alike and her contributions to children’s learning have been extraordinary. She will be very much missed. We wish her a very happy retirement and hope that she will be able to pop back into school regularly so that we can continue to benefit from her wisdom and humour. We thank her for all her years of sterling service to our children and to the whole school community.

SATS Week Our Year 6 children will write the compulsory SATS tests next week, and all the other KS2 children will undertake some little summative assessments. We do not want any child to worry about these and we ask that you do not make any fuss about them either. The children are all well prepared, they will enjoy the week and have fun in the afternoons once the assessments are over for the day. Please do not feel that you need to do anything extra at home and please do not put any pressure on your child. It would be good if they all have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, some fun with jokes and laughter on the way into school, and a very relaxed approach. Your child has been very well taught and will achieve at the limits of whatever their ability is. A cheerful, confident approach is the very best way forward.

Families leaving our school As we prepare for our Admissions Panel at the beginning of June, we ask that if you are going to remove your child from our school at the end of this academic year, you let us know by the end of this half term. We have many families who would like to transfer their children into our school and we need to know how many places may be available to offer for the coming academic year 2018-19.

 Concert for children learning an instrument outside of school If your child learns a musical instrument outside of school, and they play it to a standard good enough for performance, we are offering them the chance to take part in a little concert on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am. Please complete the slip at the bottom of this letter if you would like your child to take part in the concert. The piece that they play must be short and well prepared for performance. Parents are welcome to attend this concert. The slips must be returned by next week Friday 18th May.

 Releasing children Year 4 and over Please note that children in Year 4 and above are not released into the care of their parents directly by the teacher at the end of the school day. They are allowed to leave the classroom at the end of the day and make their way onto the playground to find you. If you are not happy with this arrangement, and would prefer that we released your child directly into your care, please let us know.

 Ants Many schools in Wiltshire apparently have ants at the moment, according to our pest control company. We are amongst those schools that have ants which occasionally come indoors. We will have the control measures put in place over the weekend and we hope that the problem will be resolved by next week.  Please encourage your child to take their lunch boxes home – the ants are looking for food, and lunchboxes left overnight in the school will certainly be attractive to them. It is worth mentioning that ants present no health hazard – they do not carry diseases harmful to humans.

Low Road in Erlestoke will be closed from 18th May for 12 days. This will have an impact on the children taking the bus with potential lateness.

Piano Lessons No piano lessons next week, but there are the week after. Then in the new term, they start again in the week commencing 18th June.

GDPR and Safeguarding Please remember that all parents must report into reception if they want to come into the school, and that they must be accompanied by a member of staff if they go into the classrooms. This helps us to make sure we are compliant with both safeguarding and data protection requirements.

 Donations to the school We are always very grateful for any grants or donations which help us to manage the ever tightening school budgets. It is getting harder each year to find the funds we need to pay for essentials of schooling – the money we receive each year reduces substantially, and, on top of that, costs rise each year. As well as many very generous donations from charities, we also sometimes receive other donations. This week, our whole staff received the compulsory Emergency First Aid training (which has to be refreshed every three years) from Paul Hosking’s company. The training is always excellent and Paul does not charge us, which saves the school many hundreds of pounds. We are very grateful for this generous outreach from www.aid-training.co.uk

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.

 

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
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

Thursday 17th May – Evening PFA MEETING – 7:30pm in The Bell, Great Cheverell – All very welcome! Please come along to hear about up and coming events & projects.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT

Saturday 30th June – Roll up! Roll up! – CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE!

Your PFA Team

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Music Concert for children taking lessons outside of school

I would like my child …………………………………………………………………………. (name) in ……………………………………class to play their instrument ………………………………………….(type of instrument) at the concert on 12th June at 10.45am. I undertake to ensure that they will play a piece that is short and very well prepared for a performance.

Signed: ………………………………………………………….…. (Parent)

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