Newsletter 10 – 15th November

Dear Parents

Parent Teacher meetings Thank you to all our parents who attended these meetings last week. Your great support of our work helps to ensure that we can provide your child with the very best education possible.

Today, I choose joy! As part of our commitment to supporting good childhood mental health, we encourage children to be resilient and joyful – to choose to see what is good, positive and enjoyable in their lives, rather than focusing on the negatives or what went wrong. So, here are some questions that you might like to ask your child when they come home from school, to help them to remember and focus on the good and the positive things:

What was the best thing you did at school? What was the kindest thing you did for someone else today? What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today? What’s the best thing about your daily schedule? Which is your favourite subject? Who did you enjoy talking with the most? What was the best game at break time? What equipment did you use from the Huff and Puff? What were you proud of doing today?  What was the funniest thing someone said at lunch? Tell me something you learnt about a friend today.  Which is your favourite day of the week at school? What did you reflect on at Worship? If you were the teacher, what would you teach the children about? What made you smile today?  What did you see on the field that was beautiful today? What did you like about the weather today? What are you looking forward to at school?

Canvassing on Afterschool Club and Breakfast Club We are once again going out to parents to establish whether there is enough interest for an Afterschool and Breakfast club to run on our site. In order to pay the staff, the insurances, the contribution to running costs for the school and other resources, we would have to have at least 20 children signed up for each session. The payments would have to be termly in advance, to ensure that the provider can realistically take the risk of starting the provision here. By our estimation, the cost for an hour of Breakfast club might be of the order of £2.70 per hour per child, and the cost for an afternoon at Afterschool Club (3.00pm – 6.00pm) would be about £8 per child per afternoon.

If there is enough interest (i.e. at least 20 children signed up for each session) I shall start to explore providers in the local area to see whether there is anyone prepared to run the clubs. Please complete the paper form that will have been sent home with your child this week, and return to school by Friday 29th November.

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 Procedure. 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 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 and only if the matter conforms to one of their criteria for treating complaints. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure the best possible outcome.

Recyclable clothes will be collected on Tuesday morning (19th November).We are paid 50p a kilo for reusable clothes that people will want to buy and wear as affordable clothing around the world – all clothes need to be something you’d wear out yourself or pass on to friends and family, no uniform.

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) As ever, we thank our wonderful PFA who work tirelessly for the enrichment of our children’s education through their fundraising and other activities. The new committee under Mrs Conlon is off to a flying start and we are most grateful for all they do. Thank you to all who volunteer, whether regularly or just occasionally – you really make a difference!

School Photos – A reminder that the closing date for photo orders is Friday 22nd November.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 will start school in September 2020. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2020. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on the names and titles of Jesus – such as the Good Shepherd and the Water of Life. We thought about the importance of water; what we could do to make sure everyone is well cared for in our communities; and how we can help those who are lonely.  We also had 2 minutes of silence at 11.00am on Monday for Remembrance Day.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Friday 6th December Stonehenge class – Back to school for a bedtime story and hot chocolate! 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA Meeting  Earlier this week, the PFA met to discuss the events that will be taking place this term. Along with running the Christmas Fair and Christmas party for the children, the PFA will also be serving refreshments at the evening Christmas Play productions and the Hand-Bells Concert. Thank you to those who have already volunteered their time to help with any of these events. We will shortly be distributing information (via class reps and our Facebook page) to let you know what volunteers we still require. All help is gratefully received, if you can spare and hour or two of your time to help in any way, it would be most appreciated.

Non- Uniform Day  A reminder that next Friday 22nd November is Non-Uniform Day for the whole school. The PFA ask for a ‘secret jar’ for the school fair in exchange for your child coming to school in their own clothes for the day. Please fill a jar with small prizes such as sweets, stationery, balls, stickers, crafts and jokes and wrap your jar to keep the contents hidden. There will be a table set up in the playground, staffed by a PFA volunteer, for collection of the jars on your way into school.

The ‘secret jars’ will form a stall at the Christmas Fair which will take place from 3pm – 4.30pm on Friday 6th December.

To contact us you can email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) 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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