Newsletter 8 – 9th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings If you have not yet booked a slot to talk to your child’s teacher, please log in and do so. Meetings are being offered on Monday 12th November from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Wednesday 14th November from 3.10pm – 6.00pm. Please note that these meetings are 10 minutes long and we are very strict about the time so that no one is kept waiting. We do strongly recommend that you come along to these meetings as they provide a formal opportunity for you to find out about your child’s attainment and progress.

Please be aware that you can always make an appointment to discuss anything with your child’s teacher at any time in the year. Do not feel that these formal meetings are the only time you can approach the teacher. If you need to have a meeting, just phone or email us and we will make an appointment for you to see your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time.

Hooke Court Residential Trip What a lovely trip our children in Years 3 and 4 had! We are hugely grateful to their teachers, Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, who organised this trip and took responsibility for over 40 children for two days and a night and ensured that they had an amazing experience. Very few schools are prepared to take such young children away and we are very fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity to our children. We are also very grateful to their Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hayward, and to Mr Goddard and Mr Dewar who accompanied the trip – without their support we could not offer this experience.

Crochet Club and the Poppy Appeal We are so proud of our Crochet Club, led by Mrs Twentyman. They decided to crochet 100 poppies this year to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. These crocheted poppies turned out to be so popular that the club has had to crochet relentlessly through every playtime and lunchtime and at home, to keep up with demand. They have now made well over a hundred – probably approaching two hundred poppies, and will have raised close to £200 by the end of the week. All their money will be donated to the Royal British Legion to fund the great work they do to support service men and women and their families. It has been a joy to see everyone wearing their crocheted poppies around the school with pride. What a wonderful project, showing the commitment to our community that makes our school so special.  Thank you, Crochet Club!

Eisteddfod Choir Our Eisteddfod choir is taking part in the Devizes Eisteddfod on Thursday 15th November – if your child is in the choir, please make sure they are neatly dressed for this occasion. The choir will be taken by minibus to Devizes and will be home around lunchtime. Please make sure your child has a packed lunch on this day since they might miss hot dinners. We are taking part in two events – we usually bring back at least one trophy. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear all their pieces on 16th November at Sharing Assembly as they will perform for the whole school. My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well.

Appeal for good toys Miss Nisbeck is making an appeal for any good quality toys that you might have in your loft as your children have outgrown them. We need toys that are suitable for children of 4, 5 and 6 years old and that are in good condition. If you have anything that you would like to donate, please give them directly to Miss Nisbeck in Stonehenge classroom or hand them in at the office. Many thanks.

Sarum Class trip As part of our Emmanuel Collaboration work (the collaboration we have with four local primary schools), the children in Sarum class have been offered the chance to take part in a workshop by author Liz Million. This will support them in their reading and their writing and promises to be a really excellent event. The children will travel by coach to Five Lanes School (Worton) where they will take part in these activities with other children from the Collaboration.

PFA  Our thanks as ever to our wonderful PFA under the expert leadership of Lisa Downing. They are working extremely hard to provide funds and experiences that enrich our children’s education. Over the next half term they are especially busy with a Film Night on Friday 16th November, Bingo on Friday 23rd November, Christmas Decorating of the school, Christmas Fayre, Refreshments for the Christmas Plays and the famous Christmas Party in December! What an amazing effort this is. We are tremendously grateful for all their work.  Please do consider offering to help if you can – even if just for an hour or to provide resources.

School Bus We are trying to get the Local Authority to organise a system that gets our bus children into school on time – for most of this academic year, bus children have arrived late at school due to a change in their route and timetable. If children miss the first ten minutes of school, not only do they miss the exercise routine and morning maths, but they also do not have a chance to catch up with their friends and settle themselves before the day begins. This impacts on the effectiveness of their learning. We are hoping that the Local Authority Transport Scheme will be able to sort this out for us in the near future. The people at the Local Authority have asked whether we would publicise the following which could help them keep to their timetable:

  • Parents should not board the vehicle
  • Children should board the vehicle without fuss and sit down as quickly as possible
  • Parents should ensure that their child is able to do their seat belt up by themselves – the bus driver should not have to do this as it slows down the journey hugely

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 12th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Friday 16th November Workshop with famous author in Worton school for Sarum class 12.00pm – 3.00pm
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

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash.

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. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

Easyfundraising – Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do remember to take a look at our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Then every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – what a bonus!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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