Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Dear Parents

Creative Curriculum in action

Everyone in school enjoyed the Falconry exhibition on Tuesday, with interesting presentations about birds of prey and the chance to see some of these amazing birds in real life.

Sarum class had a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians – another great learning opportunity.

Stonehenge class had a wonderful (rainy) walk to look at the different styles of houses in our village and to explore the church briefly.

And White Horse class had fun with racing pigeons! Our thanks to Mr Howse who brought them in and gave the children a wonderful experience.

Harvest Celebration Hopefully you will have seen the exhibition of Harvest pictures and bunting on our hedge outside the school – a chance for you to see some of the amazing work our children have done on the theme of Harvest.

Adventure Activity Day On Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, we will have the adventure activity days, with a climbing wall, archery, rope swing and other team games. Please make sure your child is wearing long, jogging type trousers, a long sleeved top and trainers, suitable for the activities and in school colours if at all possible. No smart designer clothes please. Sarum and Silbury class will have their turn on Tuesday, and Stonehenge, White Horse and Avebury classes will have their turn on Wednesday.

PFA  Please consider joining the working committee of our amazing Parents and Friends Association – it is a great way to meet other people and make friends, and in addition you will be supporting our school as we enrich the children’s education with donations from the PFA fundraising. We are going to need volunteers to step up to the leadership in the coming year, so please do consider this so that we can keep the charity going. It is such an important part of our school life and school community. Our huge thanks go to Adrienne and her team who have done such a wonderful job over the past year.

Christmas We are determined that we will have some Christmas celebrations in our school no matter how difficult it may be to organise. It will have to be very different from previous years, as we cannot have all parents in the hall, nor can we have all children mixed up together. But we hope to have some kind of a Christmas performance with the older children, perhaps in the form of a radio play; we would like to have a whole school musical event with different elements from each class being stitched together to form a whole school performance; and we hope our youngest children, at least, will be able to dress up and present some kind of short, limited scale, outdoor performance for parents to enjoy. Our PFA are already considering how to do a Christmas party – within classes, perhaps, and with individual party bags. We will continue to update on these ideas as we work out the logistics.

Staff Training Ensuring that our staff always have access to high quality continuing professional development has been more challenging in these times, but we continue to provide the best we can. This week, we offered Speech and Language Therapy training for all staff from all five of the Emmanuel Collaboration schools. The training was streamed out from the Wiltshire Speech and Language Therapy team into our schools via “Teams” so that we could all benefit in safety. The second part of this course will go out in a fortnight. We are grateful to the SLT team who have managed to deliver this training in this way and to our staff for giving the time to their continuing professional development in the midst of the challenges we face.

Sharing on Moodle Each week there will a few items shared on the Whole School part of our Moodle platform so that you can see some of the work our children are doing.

Links with our local church Please read the accompanying letter from St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell – there are some super events coming up and we do encourage you to go along and join in with the community celebrations.

Secondary School Applications  The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations. Sensible PE type clothing to be worn – long trousers.
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.  
Friday 18th December Last day of term  
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a 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

Due to personal circumstances, Adrienne has regretfully decided to no longer continue as PFA Chair. We are therefore on the lookout for someone to Chair the group and we will consequently be holding an AGM in the coming weeks to establish if anyone would like to. Sadly, without someone in this position, the charity cannot legally function, and we would be required to at least temporarily shut the PFA. If you have any interest in taking on this role, please do let the PFA know. We will provide details in the near future for when the AGM will be, with it being held in the open air by The Pavilion.

The PFA would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Adrienne for stepping up to the role of Chair this time last year. She did a marvellous job of steering us through the many fun and busy activities we were running up until lockdown. We are very pleased that she will remain part of the PFA team going forward. 

At the AGM we would also usually provide a summary of activity for the last 12 months, plus what the financial position is of the group. In light of Covid-19 and the restrictions we find ourselves facing, this year we will instead be providing this information by email. This will be available in the coming weeks. Please email us if you wish to be added to the email list.

We are very much hoping to be able to do Christmas cards and personalised Christmas gifts again this year and we are currently looking at the best way to do this, so watch this space over the next week or two. 

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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