Newsletter 11 – 22nd November 2019

Dear Parents

Christmas play tickets Please find the Christmas Play tickets which have been sent home with your child today. We have given every KS1 family two tickets for each performance, and every KS2 family one ticket for each performance. There are a few tickets left over and if you would like another ticket for any of the performances, please send your requests in by Friday 29th November. If you have any tickets that you do not need, please send them back to the office so that we can redistribute them. We have to be very strict about the number of tickets issued because of fire regulations – everyone must be safe in our hall.

Please remember that EVERY person MUST have their own ticket, including babies and small children. All children at our school will have seen the performances in the final dress rehearsals.

Please try to organise lift clubs when dropping off and picking up your children from the performances that you are not attending – the traffic is very difficult at these times. We will send out exact times for dropping off and picking up nearer the events. Our wonderful PFA will be serving refreshments between the KS1 performance and the KS2 performance, in the Art Centre.

Eisteddfod Choir We are so proud of our choristers who were given Commended in both classes they entered, and won one. They were superb, committed, and enthusiastic.  Our thanks to Patrick and Gwynnifer who have worked so hard to achieve this, and to the children whose aspiration, courage and joy has resulted in such a great outcome.

Talk by Gulwali Passarlay We were very fortunate to have a most interesting talk by Gulwali on Thursday. He is a refugee from Afghanistan who travelled as an unaccompanied minor to the UK at age 12. His story is heart-warming, and he comments on how very kind people have been to him at various stages in his life when things were very difficult.

Space Talk Mr Holmes came in to school and gave a fantastic talk on Space to Stonehenge class – thank you so much, the children loved it!

Salisbury Museum Trips Everyone except children in Sarum class went to Salisbury museum this week – Sarum class will go next week. This event continued the story of some of the waves of immigration into our country, with a study of the impact that the Normans had on our society.  The children learnt a lot at the museum – the staff there are very skilled and knowledgeable, engaging the children very effectively. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones who is leading on this “Diversity in our Society” project. There are lots more exciting projects planned for the year. Children will be given the chance to explore the impact of the Windrush wave of immigration, immigration from Asia and the most recent immigrants from the Middle East.

Dishcloth raffle As part of our fund raising effort for our link school/orphanage, the Mathieson Music Trust, in India, our Crochet Club have spent the term crocheting dish clothes from special “Dishcloth” thread. The children will hold a raffle for these dish clothes, and we ask that you will respond generously. The money will all be sent to the Mathieson Music Trust and will help to fund the buildings they so desperately need to house the girls who have had to leave the school because of new regulations regarding the boarding arrangements for girls. The dishcloths are beautifully crocheted by our children, so if you are a winner, we are sure you will be delighted with your prize!

Holiday club We are always glad to offer some weeks of Holiday Club each year. This year, due to very poor uptake of the second week in the summer holidays, Superstars are only offering one week in the summer holidays and one week at Easter. The dates that they will run holiday club here at Holy Trinity are:

Easter Week 1: Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April

Summer Week 4: Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August

PE clothes Please make sure your child has warm PE clothes – the children will continue to have PE lessons outside for as long as possible and it can be bitterly cold. Make sure they have long jogging bottoms or something similar and a long sleeved top. They will also be better to have trainers rather than daps which just tend to fall off and do not keep their feet warm. Even if the PE clothes for winter are not in school colours, we need the children to be warm and safe.

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 the Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. This is a disturbing subject because no one wants to think of any child living in an abusive situation, but it is something we have to face and something we have to combat so that every child can live in a safe and happy environment.  In our school we monitor the welfare of every child and if we are concerned that any child might be in danger of significant harm because of the actions of another person, or through neglect, we will contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or the police and refer the case to them, following all the statutory requirements of the Child Protection protocols. This might involve sharing personal and sensitive information with the other agencies and, whilst we would usually have permission from parents to share this information, the overriding duty is to the care of the child, so the sharing must take place under these circumstances even if there is no parental permission. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mercedes Henning, and the deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Goddard. These adults are trained and have regular updates to ensure that they are able to deal with the issues that arise. Regular training about safeguarding takes place for all staff in school, and all our volunteers are given Safeguarding briefings and annual updates on child protection matters. We work closely with all the relevant agencies to help to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in our care. Every adult in school and, indeed, in the wider community, has a duty to make sure children are safe and that no child is living in an abusive situation or is neglected.

Canvassing on Afterschool Club and Breakfast Club Please complete the paper form that was sent home with your child last week, and return to school by Friday 29th November.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus as the Servant King and what that means for us – we need to look after each other, to reach out with generosity and compassion and to be selfless in our community.

 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

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

PFA News

Thank you Thank you to all those who have contributed a ‘secret jar’ towards the Christmas Fair and to everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer to help with PFA events this term.

Next Week We are able to take donations towards the Christmas Fair (which is on Friday 6th December) from this coming Monday 25th November. We would be grateful for donations towards the chocolate tombola and teddy tombola. We also welcome donations of mulled wine, cakes and mince pies to stock the refreshments table. There will be a box in the entrance foyer all next week for you to place your donations. We ask that you leave a little note if you plan to bring fresh / homemade cakes on the day. Thank you.

Volunteers required We still have several opportunities for people to get involved this term. In particular we need more volunteers to run a stall at the fair and people who are able to stay behind for a short while afterwards to help pack everything away.  If you can help out, please get in touch via your class rep, or our Facebook page.

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

Many thanks, Your PFA

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