Newsletter 20 – 7th February 2020

Dear Parents

Letter of congratulations from the Government This week, we received a letter from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on being in the top 1% of the country. This was using a different measure to the one we mentioned earlier (used by Ofsted). This time, he identified that we are in the top 1% of primary schools in the whole country for achievement in writing and maths. This is a great tribute to the commitment of everyone in our school to achieving the best possible outcomes in the statutory assessments. A copy of the letter can be found on our website under Newsletters http://holy-trinity.co.uk/newsletter/ if you would like to read the whole text.Or you can pick up a copy from the office.

But, as ever, we emphasise that this is just a snapshot of academic achievement – not every child finds academic subjects easy but every child has their own gifts and talents. With our rich, broad curriculum, every child can thrive here at Holy Trinity, whatever their talents.  We are just as proud of all the other achievements of our wonderful children.

Mrs Jenkins, Recorder Teacher We are sad to have to announce that Mrs Jenkins will be retiring in April. Mrs Jenkins has worked in our school for about 15 years and generations of children have been inspired to play music under her expert tuition. Many have gone on to do music at a high level, having started at age 7 on the recorder here at Holy Trinity. Mrs Jenkins was the inspiration behind our popular summer music concert, and supported the school strongly with all music making. She will be very much missed and we wish her a wonderful and well deserved rest in her retirement.

We are very pleased to be able to welcome Portia Broomfield, wife of our piano tutor, Robert, a great musician in her own right, and a tutor of various wind instruments, who will be taking on the recorder tuition in our school once Mrs Jenkins has left. Mrs Broomfield will be sending out flyers after half term and we ask that you sign your child up with her if you wish them to continue with recorder lessons. Even if you already are part of Mrs Jenkins’s tutor groups, you will need to sign up again with Mrs Broomfield.

Our Parliamentary System On Wednesday, Tomas Williams, an education officer with the UK Parliament, visited our school to talk about how our parliamentary system and democracy in our country works. His presentation was very interesting and the older children took part in debates, in much the same way that debates happen in Parliament. Our children were very polite to each other, respected each other’s views, and made valid and evidence based points.  We all found out a lot more about how the system works and how voting takes place, as well as the way new laws are developed, debated and then perhaps finally passed.

Stonehenge class trip to Pizza Express All the children in Stonehenge class went to Pizza Express on Thursday to make their own pizzas. It was very good morning, and they came back with delicious pizzas to eat for their lunch. Our thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her team who organised and managed this lovely event.

Grandparents Day In Stonehenge class, on Tuesday 11th February, we will have grandparents’ afternoon. One grandparent (or someone to represent them) for each child will be invited to join us in the afternoon, to have some of the delicious treats the children will have baked, and to read a story with them.  You have already received a note about this event.

Dance Festival On Friday 14th February at 2.15pm, last day of term, we shall be having a little dance festival at Sharing Assembly where teams of dancers from each class will share the dances they have been working on in PE this term, and the dance squad that will have taken part in the festival at Dauntsey’s school will perform their dance too. As ever, everyone is welcome to come along to Sharing Assembly to enjoy celebrating the children’s work.

Bollywood Dance Day Continuing with our work on finding out more about the rich and diverse society that makes up our country, we shall be enjoying a day of Bollywood Dance on Wednesday 26th February. At about 2.30pm on that afternoon, we will be sharing some of what each class has done during the workshops. If any parents would like to come along and see this little performance, you are most welcome.

Collective Worship Our theme for this term is “Journeys” and we have been focusing on the Exile to Babylon this week – and considering how we can grow into stronger people through difficult times, building resilience and courage to deal with these challenges. We also reflected on how we do not need lots of material possessions to make us content. Contentment and a sense of joy should be alive within us no matter what our situation.

Recycling Fabric Thank you to everyone who donated clothing to this effort – we have made over £80 from this initiative. Our thanks to Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards who run this project.

Parent/teacher meetings You will be invited to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress and attainment with their class teacher when we return from the half term break. The meetings will take place on Monday 9th March, 5.30pm – 8.00pm and on Wednesday 11th March, 3.10pm – 6.00pm. 

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Tuesday 11th February Grandparent’s tea party – invitation for one grandparent to attend in the afternoon
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term
Monday 24th February Everyone back to school
Monday 24th February Silbury class to go to SeaCity museum in Southampton – Titanic exhibition – packed lunches please 8.30
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
Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April Holiday club runs in school – Superstars booking https://www.super-stars.org.uk 8.45am – 3.30pm
Monday 20th April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 19th May Music concert, performances by children taking lessons in school. 4.30pm – 5.30pm Piano, recorders and choir

6.00pm – 7.00pm Brass, handbells, guitar and ukulele

Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 22nd May Last day of term
Wednesday 3rd June Everyone back to school
Monday 29th June TD day

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 to those who came to the PFA meeting on Tuesday. It was decided the PFA would donate the £3,750 for the purchase of the boat as part of the renovation of the area directly outside Stonehenge classroom. We are pleased to be able to do this and really look forward to seeing the finished result. We are able to donate £3.5k now and need to raise the balance of £250.

Non-Uniform Day, Cake Sale and Tuck Shop

Next Friday, 14th February, we will therefore be hosting a tuck shop and cake sale after school. We’d be hugely grateful for donations of cakes and biscuits, preferably home-made. These can be left in the Arts Centre at drop off, and the sale will be at pick up, so please bring cash. This day will also be a non-uniform day. We ask for a donation of £1 in exchange for children wearing their own clothes to school on this day. We think this will be a lovely way to end the term and will help raise the final funds towards the purchase of the boat, hopefully with some money left over to go towards other school needs for all ages.

Ladies Night

This will take place on Friday 27th March in the Pavilion and tickets will go on sale after half-term for family and friends. The evening will include nibbles and a bar, a talk by a colour consultant, a raffle, and hopefully also the chance to purchase some fashion and lifestyle goodies. With that in mind, we are hoping to have some stall holders at this event, costing just £5 each. If you or anyone you know sells these products, e.g. candles and oils, make-up and skincare, health and fitness, and jewellery and accessories, please get in touch.

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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