Newsletter 21 – 14th February 2020

Dear Parents

Stage Lights!

We are delighted to announce that we now have stage lights of our own! We are very grateful to everyone who contributed at the stage door after the Christmas performances – this gave us half the total we needed to buy the lights. And we are enormously grateful to those families who, when they heard about the project, gave us very substantial individual donations to ensure we could afford the rest of the cost of the lights. 

Our huge thanks also to Patrick Williams who offered his expertise in IT and theatre tech, and came into school to set up, programme and add to the lights. Many hours of his life this past fortnight have been spent ensuring that the lights will be exactly as we need them for our children and their performances.

We will have used the lights for the first time on Friday 14th February at Sharing Assembly when we present our Dance Festival.

Grandparents Day  

Thank you to all the grandparents or their representatives who came to Stonehenge class on Tuesday. They were treated to refreshments, including gingerbread men and cakes baked by the children, and had the opportunity to read a story to their children.  This event was part of the topic “Food, Glorious Food” that our little ones have been enjoying this term. It is always a joy to welcome our families into school to find out a bit more of what it is like to be part of this great learning community.

Dauntsey’s Dance Festival

Our dance squad were amazing at the dance festival organised by Dauntsey’s school. Our children had prepared a dance of their own, and then all the participating schools prepared and rehearsed a dance together. They were given refreshments and then performed their dances in the evening at a little concert. We are very grateful to Dauntsey’s school who provide these enrichment opportunities for our children. Our thanks also to Mrs Goddard who organised and coordinated this event, and Mrs Hayward and our volunteers who accompanied the children.

Charity Afternoon

Each year, we offer teams of children the chance to apply to run a little stall in the school hall to raise funds for the charity of their choice. They have to be in teams of 4-6 children and they need to have ONE responsible adult recruited to help them organise their stall and to manage the money raised and send the money off to the charity. Your child might have applied for a stall with their team. Please make sure they have an adult sign up to support them as they plan and organise the day. The adult will also have to be there on the afternoon in case they need help, though the hope is that the children do most of the work independently with only distant supervision. The application forms have to be in school by 9.00am on Friday 6th March, when we will select the best 15 “Pitches for a table”. We will let the children know whether they have been successful in their application on that day. Then the actual charity afternoon will take place at 1.00pm on Tuesday 31st March.

Performance Poetry Competition

Over the half term break, please help your child to learn their poem for the annual performance poetry competition to be held next term. Every child will take part in the heats in the first week back, and then two finalists from each class will take part in the finals to be judged by an external adjudicator, this year the head of English from Dauntsey’s School. The winner of KS1 and KS2 will then perform at Sharing Assembly.

Corona Virus

Governors have set the school policy on this, taking advice from Public Health England. Anyone travelling to any of the named countries (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand),  would need  to stay away from school for 14 days after their return to the UK  to ensure that they are completely well. Our priority is to ensure that everyone in school is as safe as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and will take advice from the authorities. We will inform you of any changes.

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.

Gritter Naming Competition

Our school has won a competition to name one of the new road gritting lorries in Wiltshire! Our suggestion for a name was “True Grit” and we are delighted to report that there is now a gritting lorry in Wiltshire with this name. The Local Authority has offered to bring this lorry to our school so that we can enjoy seeing “our” gritter and finding out more about how these vehicles work.

Collective Worship

Our theme for this term is “Journeys” and we have been focusing on the journey of Jonah (the Moaner!). We have been focusing on how important it is to keep a positive and optimistic outlook in life.  

Headlice

Please use the half term to go through your child’s hair and check for headlice – hopefully we can eliminate the problem if everyone comes back to school clear of them.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
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 8.30am
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  
Tuesday 7th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July Years 3 and 4 summer performance  Weds: 5.30pm Thurs: 2pm
Tuesday 14th July Year 6 restaurant for all year 6 parents 1.30pm
Wednesday 15th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Parents’ welcome meetings for each class after school  
Tuesday 21st July 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

PFA meeting

The next PFA meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th February at 7pm at ‘New Society’ in Devizes Market Place. Everyone is welcome to come along to contribute ideas or to find out more about the PFA. It would be lovely to see some new people if you can make it. 

Ladies Night

This will take place on Friday 27th March at 7:30pm in the Pavilion and tickets are now on sale. You can pay cash for your tickets at the school reception or please ask if you’d like bank details to pay online. We are offering an ‘early bird’ price of £10 per ticket if purchased by 6th March. The evening will include nibbles and a bar, a talk by Lara Lauder- colour analyst and image consultant. There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes 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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