Newsletter 10 – 23rd November 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION – OUTCOME

This is to inform you that following the recent Parent Election ballot, Mrs Katherine Smart has been elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor.

Thank you for your support in the election.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Holland

Mr Danny Holland

Clerk to Governors

Dear Parents

Christmas Performances The tickets for the KS1 performance were sent out this week. Please send back any tickets you do not want and we can re-allocate them to other families. The order forms for tickets to the KS2 performance also went out this week. Please make sure all your ticket requests are back in school by Friday 30th November at the latest. We will then be able to administer the extra ticket requests in good time.

Please note that EVERY person must have their own ticket if they are watching the shows, even if they are a pupil here, a younger child or a baby. We have to adhere strictly to fire regulations and we cannot allow young children into the hall if they do not have their own ticket, otherwise we will be in breach of our fire risk assessment.

Please also note that there will be NO crèche this year between the performances, so parents will have to make arrangements to pick up and drop off their children if they have children in both performances. We do encourage you to consider lift sharing since there is so little parking available and these evenings are very busy and crowded.

Long Serving Members of Staff It is with great sadness that I have to announce the retirement at Christmas of our two wonderful cleaners and caretakers. Karen Tayler has worked at this school since it first opened – she watched it being built and started work here on the first day. She has been here for nearly 39 years! Eileen Davies has been working here for 29 years. Over all these years, there has not been a single day when the school was not cleaned – if one of them was away (which happened only on the rarest occasions), the other would work a double shift to get the work done on her own. They have made sure that every day, when staff and children come into school, the school is warm, welcoming and bright. Their cheerfulness, commitment to excellence and hard work, and their contribution to so many aspects of school life, have helped to ensure that we can be “Outstanding”.  They will be sorely missed. If anyone would like to send in a note of thanks or a little gift, we would be glad to make sure it gets to Karen and Eileen. We will have a little assembly for them at 9.00am on the last day of term, Friday 21st December – everyone is welcome to attend.

Nut Free School  Please remember not to send any nuts, bars containing nuts, Nutella type spreads or any other product that contains nuts into school. We have children whose lives could be at risk from exposure to nuts.

PFA Thank you to the wonderful PFA for a well-organised and successful film night last Friday. It was fun!

Winter is here Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Complaints Policy and Procedures. We work very hard to try to ensure a good outcome of any complaints made to the school. However, if you feel dissatisfied with the outcome of a complaint, you can invoke our Complaints policy. The first stage is the “Informal” stage, which requires that you write to the Headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if the complaint is about the Headteacher) with details of the complaint. This will be investigated fully and a response given to you. If you are still not satisfied, then the second stage is the “Formal” stage, which involves writing to the Chair of Governors (or Vice Chair if the Chair has already been involved) and the matter will be investigated again and a response given. If you are still dissatisfied, the third stage, the “Appeals” stage involves a panel of three people being convened, one of whom is independent of the school, to review the matter and respond to you. After this, if you are still dissatisfied, under certain conditions, you could write to the Education and Skills Funding Agency or Ofsted, but they would respond only after the rest of the Complaints Procedure has been followed. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure the best possible outcome.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Great Cheverell Pavilion Club are showing Paddington 2 (cert PG) on Saturday December 8th @ 2.30pm. Doors open 2.10pm free admission but please get a ticket from Cheverell stores from 1st December onwards.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – Friday 30th November – Donations of decorated & filled jars, bars/bags of chocolate or £1 towards upcoming PFA events, please.

Easyfundraising – When Christmas shopping please do remember to take advantage of our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – the name “EASYFUNDRAISING” says it all!

Many thanks,

Your PFA.

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

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