Newsletter 31 – 24th May 2019

Dear Parents

Today is the last day of this half term and we will return to school on Wednesday 5th June. Have a great half term holiday!

Summer Music Concert What a wonderful evening we had on Tuesday, when our remarkable young musicians treated us to a tremendous festival of music! There is such a wealth of talent here and it is a joy to see that talent unfolding. We were also very proud of the children who were waiting their turns to perform – they sat and listened, joined in, supported their peers and made the event even more fun. The performance went on longer than we had planned and we may need to change the format next year to reduce the time spent sitting and waiting by participants. Any ideas are welcome.

We would like to thank our amazing music tutors, Mr Broomfield, Mrs Edwards, Mr Gundry, Mrs Heath, Mrs Jenkins and Mr Lazarus who work so hard, and above and beyond the call of duty, to ensure the very best outcomes for our children. And thank you to our amazing children whose diligence, commitment and enthusiasm made this such a memorable evening.

Forest of Dean residential Trip   Another exciting and memorable trip for the children in Years 5 and 6 who spent two nights in the Forest of Dean, taking part in adventure activities. So much learning goes on during these residential trips, not just around the physical skills that are honed, but also the independence, teamwork, resilience and courage that are developed. And the trips are fun! Our thanks to the staff who take on the onerous responsibility of looking after a large group of excited children, on duty for 24 hours a day whilst they are away, and making sure that everyone is safe and has a good experience. Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Edwards spend months in preparation for the trip, and we are very grateful to Mrs Trusler and Miss Berrington who went with them as helpers this year.

Devizes Trip Children in Sarum class had an excellent trip to Devizes where they learnt more about English civil war (their topic this term) and the famous battle of Roundway hill. They re-enacted some aspects of the battle under the supervision of a local historian. After having ice creams, they travelled into the centre of Devizes and carried out a traffic survey and a survey to find out what local residents knew of the English Civil War. After having lunch and play in the park, they returned with some great data which they will process and analyse, and produce reports.  This was a remarkably successful trip and one which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Our thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones who led the trip, Mrs Hayward and Mr Goddard who accompanied and Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who administered all the paperwork and risk assessments. It takes imagination and flair to turn a trip to Devizes into such an adventure!

Transition for children coming to our school Recently, Miss Nisbeck took her class to visit the children in Old School Nursery who are going to start in our school in September. They had a lovely time at Old School Nursery, playing games together and taking part in a treasure hunt, then having a picnic together. Miss Nisbeck is getting to know all these new children through her visits to the school and they are getting to know her. All parents and children due to start in September are invited to come and wander around the school and get to know the setting and the teaching staff in Stonehenge classroom on Wednesday 5th June from 3.30pm – 4.00pm. Staff from Old School Nursery will also be here.

Disco Our thanks to Mrs Cleveley and the amazing PFA team who organised and managed the Disco last Friday – the children had such fun and the whole event was superbly well run. We are always very grateful for all the wonderful events and fundraisers that our PFA organise.

Performance for musicians taking lessons outside of school We shall be holding a little concert to showcase musicians who take music lessons outside of school on Wednesday 12th June at 10.45am. So far we only have two applicants to take part in this event, and if we don’t have a few more, we shall have to cancel it. Please apply (form on the end of last week’s newsletter or send in a note) if you wish your child to take part.

Cooking The children have cooking lessons with Mrs Heath on Tuesday afternoons, on a rota basis. It is lovely to see how they grow in confidence with their cooking over the years, and by the time they are in Years 5 and 6, they are able to follow recipes, and make improvements to recipes with very little support. They also learn a lot about nutrition, healthy eating, food hygiene and physiology through these lessons – all things that they will need to live healthy lives as adults.

Written Reports Your child’s written report for the year will be published on Friday 28th June. The reports will be uploaded onto the Parent Portal so if you have forgotten your password or are struggling to access that platform, please come to the office where we will help you. You may request a hard copy of the report.

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, ethnicity and the like, these data will include academic, behaviour, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Lavington School Roadshow If you are considering Lavington Secondary school as a possible destination for your child when they move to Year 7, you are welcome to come to a presentation by Lavington staff on Tuesday 11th June at 2.45pm in our school hall. Please note the change of time from previously advertised. Children in Years 4 and 5 will also be able to attend this presentation.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Tuesday 11th June Lavington Roadshow 2.45pm
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 10.45am
Wednesday 26th June Year 3/Year 4 residential trip meeting for parents 2.30pm
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Tuesday 2nd July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th July Year 6 Restaurant 1.30pm
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

A big thank you to Harriet Cleveley for organising the school disco and to all the helpers – the children had a great time!

The date for the Summer Fayre is Friday 28th June straight after school on the playground/ playing field.

We really need your support to help this event run so please do get in touch if you are able to help in any way!

You can contact us via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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