Newsletter 15 – 20th December 2019

Dear Parents

We wish all our families and the wider community a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

We shall see you all back at school on Monday 6th January, refreshed and ready for an exciting Spring term.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools We are delighted to announce that our school was awarded the highest level of “Excellent” in all areas at our recent inspection! It is lovely to see how much of the evidence for excellence comes from the inspector’s conversations and meetings with children. Amongst the comments by the inspector were the following: “Eloquent pupils show great maturity of thought…” and “The exemplary Christian ethos of inclusion ensures that all groups of pupils achieve and succeed academically and personally.” Please find a copy of the inspection report with your usual Newsletter email, on our website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/information-for-parents/ofsted-and-siams/ and hard copies of the report are available from the office as well. My thanks go to our inspirational and highly skilled staff team, to our committed governors, to our engaged parents, and most of all, to our outstanding children. This is a tribute to our whole school community and we can be very pleased with the outcome.

Christmas Plays  What wonderful performances our children gave in their Christmas plays this year, showing huge talent and enthusiasm! We are so proud of them all for their commitment to excellence. We also thank Mrs Edwards who gives so generously of her time to rehearse with and accompany the KS2 children, Mrs Heath who prepares the Handbell players, and all our teaching and support staff, and all the volunteers, who put so much into these events, ensuring that children continue to enjoy themselves right up to the end.

The collection on the door raised a huge £622.83 this year, half of which will go to the Mathieson Trust for their work with the poorest children in Kolkata and the other half will go towards buying our own stage lights.  Thank you very much for your generosity. We have also had another very generous donation towards the stage lights, so we are now over half way towards our £800 target for the lights.

Christmas Party Thank you to our amazing PFA for organising the Christmas celebration on Thursday – and to all the parents who donated food for this event. Our thanks also to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who supply energy and great organisation for the very noisy party games that follow. The Christmas party is a highlight of the children’s year.

Christmas Service All of us walked down to the church on Thursday to have a few moments of reflection in the midst of the busy Christmas celebrations. Our thanks to Rev’d Marion Harrison, Rev’d Harold Stephens, Rev’d Andrew Sinclair and Steve Dewar who supported us with this worship, to our school choir with Patrick and Gwynnifer Williams and to all our parents, carers and wider community who joined us for this event.

Homework A reminder that your child should be reading to you every day, if possible, or at least five times a week. They also should be learning their spellings and their times tables. We hope that every child is completing at least twenty minutes of homework a day. To help with reading comprehension, we are sending out general comprehension questions which can be applied to different types of text. These are presented as a laminated “Bookmark” and we hope that you will use this to support your child’s understanding of their reading. Decoding the written word is only half of reading – children must understand what they are reading. Please keep up with reading over the holidays. There are lots of activities on our website to support you if you wish to do a bit more with your child at home – maths, reading and writing activities are suggested on http://holy-trinity.co.uk/learning-at-home/.

Please keep the layby outside the school for “Stop and Drop” in the mornings! It is really important that we can offer this for parents who are not coming into the school grounds with their children.

Thanks to PFA Our thanks to our amazing PFA for the refreshments provided through the Christmas performances, for the Christmas party, the Christmas Fair, the decorations, the raffles, Christmas cards, tea towels and all the other great events they have managed this term. We are very grateful to Adrienne Conlon and her team for their outstanding contribution to our school – their work really enriches our children’s experience.

Thanks to Dauntsey’s We thank Dauntsey’s school for all their outreach, which helps to add to our children’s experience. They always lend us stage lighting for our Christmas plays, their sports coaches support our PE provision and provide opportunities for interschool tournaments, and many other events are provided through their programmes.

Library Books We make a plea that you check your child’s book shelf over the holiday and return any books that belong in school (they will have a school stamp inside the front cover).

Complying with Safeguarding and General Data Protection Regulations A reminder that NO parent may go into a classroom at any time unless invited by the class teacher or TA, particularly if there are children getting changed after a club. You should pick your children up from the playground. Children might run in to change or pick up their bags, but parents may not follow them into the classroom unless invited to do so and accompanied by a member of staff.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca Finish usual time: 3.00pm
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term
Monday 24th February Everyone back to school
Monday 9th March and Wednesday 11th March Parent/teacher meetings Mon: 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Wed: 3.10pm – 6.00pm

Friday 3rd April Last day of 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

The PFA have had a very busy and successful term. There have been Christmas cards and tea-towels made and sold, the Christmas Fair and school party and presents for all the children arranged. We have also made head-way with sorting out a new PFA shed as well as organising the making of Christmas crackers, decorating the school for Christmas and providing refreshments at the choir concert and plays.

Thank you to everyone who has helped out in any way, large or small, this term. It has helped us to raise funds for the children of our school and has also meant that we have been able to contribute to fun activities for the school community.

Our particular thanks to all the volunteers who have given their time in what is a busy month for everyone. We would like to give a special shout out to John Ferneley, James Gaiger and Kevin Cleveley who have removed the old PFA shed and are sorting out a new one for us.

PFA Communications

Our main ways of communicating with parents are via the newsletter, our Facebook page and via Class Reps on WhatsApp. We also occasionally send emails or put leaflets into book bags. If you would like to be added to the email list, please send an email with your details to us holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

The Facebook group “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”   is also open to any parent or member of the school community who would like to join, please look us up!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas

Many thanks, Your PFA

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