Newsletter 34 – 5th June 2020

Dear Parents

Opening to more children Thank you very much to all the families of children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6, and the Keyworkers’ children, who came into school so beautifully this week. They had clearly been very well prepared for return to school and every child cheerfully came through the gates into the New Normal here at Holy Trinity. It is such a joy to have our classrooms full of children and happy chatter once again. The children are very good at remembering our precautions, the older children (mostly) remembering social distancing and all children washing hands and maintaining good respiratory hygiene.

I have enjoyed watching the children make up games that ensure that the social distancing rules can be obeyed. I have seen football games with no hands touching the ball at all, and no tackling, just one touch and pass, I have seen clapping games that take place soundlessly across a two metre divide and model building that extends over huge areas to ensure that no one is close to anyone else. Lunches are eaten sociably, but with the correct distance between each child. What amazing children we have in this school!

Distance Learning And thank you also to all the families who are still maintaining the excellent home learning through our Moodle platform. It has, of necessity, had to be reduced because every teacher is now teaching a class full time, but our families continue to ensure that their children at home are rehearsing and honing their skills so that when they come back to school, they will be ready to pick up their journey through the National Curriculum effectively. We see and hear about such lovely curriculum enrichment going on at home. And teachers will continue to upload learning materials to their class page each week and will answer queries once a week when they have a chance to do so.

Crisis at our link school / orphanage in India As many of you know, we have, for many years, nurtured links with the Mathieson Music school in Kolkata in India – a music school that takes orphans and the poorest children from the streets of Kolkata and provides them with an education and boarding. The director of the trust visits our school most years to tell us about the school. https://en-gb.facebook.com/mathiesonmusicschoolkolkata

On top of the Covid crisis, their school was recently hit by the cyclone Amphan and the roofs have been blown off several of their little buildings (rudimentary in any event) and many other areas made unusable. They estimate about £25,000 worth of damage has been done. They would be very grateful for any contribution, however small, to help with rebuilding their school. We have set up a Just Giving page for this project and if you feel as though you could offer anything, it would be most gratefully received. Our thanks to Mrs Edwards for spearheading this for us.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holy-Trinity-Primary-Academy-Great-Cheverell

Welcome We welcome our new families into this wonderful school community and hope that you will settle quickly and be very happy here.

Trophies If your child received one of our trophies at prize giving day last year, please would you return it now? It is time to start thinking of this year’s winners. If you know of someone who has left our school and may have been the recipient of a trophy, would you very kindly ask them to return it? We do not know what our end of term prize giving will look like this year but we will mark the event in some way, even if it is very different from our usual celebration.

Sick Children Please do not send your child into school if you have even the slightest doubt about their health. This is one of the primary ways in which we will keep our children, staff and community safe. If you suspect any member of your family may have the virus, you can now go and be tested. Please isolate if you have a suspicion that you may be affected.

Wiltshire has had very low rates of infection and these continue to fall, thankfully –  about 1 to 2 new cases testing positive each day in all of Wiltshire recently (from the Office of National Statistics) and an estimated R of about 3.6 according to information obtained by the Swindon Advertiser. We need to continue to be rigorous in our efforts to drive this down further, of course, by keeping strictly to the Government regulations, but our risk in Wiltshire is quite low.

School Lunches If you wish your child to have a school lunch, please book through Lataca in the usual way. We can only offer packed lunches as children will be eating in their classrooms in their own Bubbles so as to reduce the number of contacts they have in school.

Space related educational resources for home schooling The UK Space Agency has published a collection of space related educational resources that schools, parents and carers can use when teaching their children at home. The resources are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/space-related-educational-resources-for-home-schooling

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are offering a three-week series ‘BSO Young Explorers: Sea, Voyages & Hope’ workshop that introduces children to making music as they learn to make their own works, take part in warm-up exercises, and rehearse two newly-commissioned nautical songs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage. The project culminates in a group (virtual!) performance of the two songs at the end of the summer term where you can be in a produced video where everyone is singing together! The sessions will be available — and free for all — on their website: https://bsolive.com/. New sessions will be uploaded multiple times a week at 11am Monday 8 June – Friday 26 June (https://bsolive.com/press-releases/orchestra-launches-summer-activities-for-all-ages/).

Design Clean Transport for the Future PhD students at the University of Bath are running a competition for children to design some form of clean transport for the future – have a look at their website if you would like to take part in this. https://www.csct.ac.uk/csctcleantransport/

Stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

It has been lovely for lots of children, and their families, to be welcomed back to school this week. Those who have returned had the most generous and heart-felt welcome by the school staff and have come home with happy tales of their days. Thank you to everyone involved in ensuring the children who have returned have had as easy a transition as possible. 

Of course, lots of children are still learning at home at the moment, and we send our very best wishes to all those families.

We are also very pleased to welcome a new family to our school community. Arthur has joined Reception this week and we hear he is settling in well and enjoying his time at Holy Trinity. We are looking forward to meeting Arthur and his family in due course. 

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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