Newsletter 21 – 27th February 2019

Dear Parents

Online Safety again We continue to hear reports of children in our school playing Fortnite and other unsuitable online games. There have been children whose feelings have been hurt through the group messaging that occurs within these games, even when the children are known to them through our school. School children do not understand the impact of some of their comments when they are written down and they can both hurt, and be hurt, in this forum. We, as adults who have not grown up in this online world, often do not understand the devices, the games and the very real dangers our children face in the online world. It is one of a parents’ most important tasks to keep our children safe. No parent would allow their primary school child to go into an unsafe place on their own. This is exactly the same. Children’s welfare and indeed their very lives are in danger and parents need to act decisively to keep their children safe in the online world.

  • Make sure you know how to use your child’s device very efficiently so that you can control what is going on. Unless you know exactly what they are doing, they should not be doing it. Ask for help if you are not sure.
  • Set the filters strictly.
  • Limit the time your child can spend online.
  • Limit the people they can meet online to those that you know well.
  • Never let a primary school child have a device in their bedroom – it must be in the family living area so that they are under direct supervision at all times.
  • Check their device regularly, read their messages, check their communications in all areas. This is responsible parenting. Make sure your child is accustomed to this.
  • Keep talking to your child about their online presence.
  • Encourage your child to tell you if they are feeling upset or uncomfortable.
  • Know what to do about online dangers and cyberbullying.
  • Have a look at the main areas for concern by clicking into this link: https://usa.kaspersky.com/resource-center/threats/top-seven-dangers-children-face-online
  • And this link for advice for children. https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/when-you-see-something-scary-online

Bat Day! White Horse class is studying Bats this week and, as part of their work, will be raising funds for the Bat Conservation. On Wednesday 6th March, next week, they will be selling Bat Biscuits to everyone in the school. Please send your child in with 20p on Wednesday if they would like to buy a Bat biscuit.  Children in White Horse class may also come to school on Wednesday 6th March dressed as bats.

Thank you We would like to say a warm thank you to the parents who help us so much by joining in with Wake and Shake in the mornings. The Year 6 children spend many hours of their free time choreographing and learning the routines and the children benefit by having their heart rates lifted first thing in the morning through the dance. The more parents who support this and join in, the more fun for the children and the more they perceive the value of exercise.

Performance Poetry Competition We are very proud of all our children who participated so beautifully in our performance poetry competition. Whether they made it through to the finals or not, they all showed great courage and resilience in having a go. Our finalists and winners did a superb job – well done!

Farming Talks We are very grateful to our local farmers, Bob King and Emily Pepler, who have come into school over the past term to talk to our children about farming. It has been fascinating to hear about modern technology in farming and to find out more about dairy farming. It is really important that our children maintain a connection with food production.

Parent Teacher meetings Please do not forget to go online to book an appointment to chat to your child’s teacher on either Monday 11th March or Wednesday 13th March. The site is now open to book.

Playground over the road Please make sure that you supervise your child carefully when they are in the playground over the road. If your child is small, they will need help as they open and close the metal gate in and out of the playground – it is heavy and springs back.  Small children should not operate the gate on their own.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Monday 18th March KS2 to Danny Champion of the World at Dauntsey’s Sch 2.30pm – 4.15pm
Tuesday 19th March Pilgrimage Day – please bring a packed lunch
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 11.00am
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Friday 5th July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Textile Recycling –  on Monday (4th March) – As usual, please leave any textile recycling in sealed bags under the covered area between the Art Centre and school reception. Many thanks.

PFA Evening Meeting -Wednesday 6th March 7:30pm in The Bell Inn, Great Cheverell. Please do come along if you can make it – all very welcome, to hear of upcoming plans and offer any suggestions for future activities and events.

Quiz Night – Date confirmed: Friday 26th April, in the evening – Sure to be a fun night so please pop the date in your diary and start assembling your teams! (we can also help make up teams nearer the time)

PFA Social Evening – Friday 10th May – We are working on a venue for this and will announce it as soon as it has been booked.

Easyfundraising –  If you haven’t already done so, please do create an account and click through this website when doing your online shopping.

Search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up.

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Many thanks,

Your PFA

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