Newsletter 3 – 18th September 2020

Dear Parents

After many happy years of leading Holy Trinity as headteacher, I shall be retiring in August next year, and making way for a new leader who will take our wonderful school forward and who will continue to embed and improve the amazing ethos and achievements that make this school so unique. This will be an extraordinary year, and a memorable year, for me to work as my last, and I shall make sure that our children continue to get the very best education possible under the unusual circumstances. Governors are in the process of recruiting my successor and will keep parents informed so there will be regular updates on this matter.

Parent Governor We welcomeFrancesca Shepherd onto our Governing Body from 15th October as the new parent governor. Our thanks go to Vincent Albano, the previous parent governor in this post, whose skills and experience have been so much appreciated over the past years and whose clear and concise approach has supported school development so effectively.

The role of our Governing Body is to map out the overarching strategy for our school. They appoint the Headteacher, agree the budget with the Headteacher each year, and hold the Headteacher to account for standards and financial management in the school. Governors have no role in the day to day management of the school, deployment of staff or minutiae of classroom management – all of these matters are delegated in their entirety to the Headteacher (who is also, in our school, the CEO of our single academy trust).

Moodle Everyone should now be able to access Moodle, as the site has been set up for the new school year with new classes.  My thanks, as ever, to Patrick Williams who keeps this platform running so efficiently for us on a voluntary basis. If your child is isolating or off sick, please ensure that they carry on with their learning journey. The work you did over lock down with your children was superb and we are very impressed with the standards our children maintained through this time. We hope to be able to keep this up with the partnership between school and home supporting the children’s best outcomes through this difficult time. 

Field trips White Horse class had a field trip around our village this week.  My thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who made the field trip on “Great Cheverell during the First World War” come alive for the children, by dressing up and telling stories. The children learnt a lot and really enjoyed the trip.

Stonehenge class will also have a trip to the local church in the coming weeks. They will become more familiar with the building which is used by Christians for their worship and some of the Christian symbols found there – interesting theological learning, whether they are people of faith or not.

Sarum class are having a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians.

I am very grateful to our amazing teachers who continue to find ways to bring our curriculum to life even in these complicated times. Workload is much heavier for them at present, with the distance learning to manage as well as the daily whole class teaching but they do not let that stand in the way of ensuring that children are given the best possible education under very difficult circumstances.

School Party A little celebration was held, in class Bubbles on the field, on Tuesday, to commend the children for the amazing efforts they made over lockdown to keep their learning, resilience and joy intact through the difficult times. It was lovely to have everyone on the field, in groups very distanced from each other, enjoying their party bags, and playing a very unusual version of Pass the Parcel. Thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew for their cooking and baking and making up the party bags. Busy week for them! There are photos of this, and other learning events from this extraordinary term, on our website: https://holy-trinity.co.uk/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=35&show=slide

Falconry Exhibition We are delighted to have this opportunity to find out more about birds of prey on Tuesday next week. The exhibition and presentation to each class will take place outside on the field, with all Covid precautions in place.

Harvest Celebration The children in Stonehenge class are hoping to present a little Harvest song on Friday 25th September at the end of their school day. Weather permitting, they will stand on the playground/Sledge hill, hopefully visible to parents on the outside of the school, and sing/say their song. There will also be some Harvest pictures from the rest of the children attached to the hedge or on display panels outside the school for parents to enjoy, instead of our usual Harvest assembly.

We will not be collecting for Harvest this year, as we are not allowed to manage contributions from children’s homes, but please be aware of the desperate need of so many families at this time, and please do contribute to the Devizes Foodbank if you can – they have donation points at the front of Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s in Devizes, or you can donate money https://devizesdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/ .

Tennis Holiday Camp will run during half term daily 10am-3pm from Tuesday 27th-Thursday 29th October 2020. They are offering an EARLY BIRD DEAL of £50 per child to anyone who books and pays by 30th September 2020.

Full details, including how to book can be found at https://tinyurl.com/dtc-oct20camp

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles. School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration. In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  

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 Francesca Shepherd and Liz Read who have done a fine job of collating, washing, organising and selling uniform so far this term. Not only does this help raise funds for the PFA, but more importantly means that good quality school uniforms are being re-used and are available at an affordable cost for parents. Please get in touch with them if you’d like to donate or buy uniform. 

We are still getting the first PFA meeting of the year organised and working out how to do this safely in current times. We will keep everyone updated. 

Many thanks,

Your PFA

To contact the PFA: 

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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