Newsletter 24 – 19th March 2021

Dear Parents

How is my child doing? We want to reassure our parents that the children have come back to school in a very good place, socially, academically and emotionally. This is a great tribute to the work you did at home to help your children manage the lockdown so effectively and the efforts you put into supporting their home learning.

Our very early assessments indicate that the overwhelming majority of children are on the correct learning trajectory for their ability and talents, and those who have slipped slightly are receiving extra support to help them regain their learning path. We are delighted with this outcome – we had braced ourselves for a significant number of children requiring this extra support, but the picture as far as we can assess at present is very positive. It seems very likely that by July, almost all children will achieve the same outcomes we would have expected from them in a usual school year.

If we have significant concerns over your child’s progress and attainment, we will contact you before the end of this term to let you know. If you do not hear from us, you can be reassured that your child is achieving at the level we would have expected for their ability and talents. We thank you sincerely for working so hard with our provision on Moodle – your efforts have been tremendously productive.

We will offer parents a face to face parent/teacher meeting in the summer term, as already announced. You will understand that at present teachers are working flat out to ensure best provision for the children in school and for those isolating at home, and it will be very difficult for them to contact every family this term. Of course, if you do need a quick word with your child’s teacher about a specific matter or concern, please do not hesitate to phone or email to make an appointment, or catch the teacher for a very quick moment at the school gates.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Our very popular residential trip for children in Years 5 and 6 has been booked and paid for – but neither the centre nor we have had final, definite confirmation from the Government that these events will be able to take place by the end of May. However, we are very hopeful that if Covid case numbers continue to fall, and if nothing else untoward happens, we should be able to go. We will, of course, let you know as soon as we know for certain one way or the other.

Once it is confirmed, we will send out documents with more information, kit lists and so on. If they tell us to cancel, all moneys will be repaid in full – we have taken out insurance to ensure that no one suffers any loss. We are sorry that we cannot be more definite at this stage.

Pilgrimage Day Although we are not yet allowed to take children off site, we are determined not to miss out on our annual Pilgrimage day. We cannot take our children across to Edington Church as we usually do, so the local clergy (Anglican and Baptist) have all thrown themselves into the onsite project.

We have a day of wonderful, reflective and engaging activities planned on our school field on Wednesday 31st March. The themes are taken from the Christian feast of Easter. Children, regardless of their faith or non-faith position, will have the opportunity to think about friendship, about dealing with difficulties in life, about joy, about community, about mental health and about taking care of our beautiful world. Everyone is on a spiritual path and these Pilgrimage days give us all a chance to continue along that path, making our decisions about our own philosophy, and having quiet time to find our peaceful centre.

Hindu Festival of Holi On Wednesday 21st April, in the first week back after the Easter holidays, we will have a day of finding out more about the Hindu festival of Holi, with the amazing Kalpesh bringing dance, colour, celebration and joy to our school as he always does.

E-Safety As we all know, the internet is a powerful force for good when used correctly – and for our children it is the place where they will probably be largely based as adults. They are likely to shop online, find a life partner online, work online, play online ….. and it is a tremendous source of enrichment, opportunity, information and leisure.

However, as with everything, it is open to abuse, and we do remind our families to be very careful about keeping children safe online. Just as you would never abandon your child in the middle of Bristol on a Friday night, neither should you leave your child alone online. Children are tech-savvy but very naïve and they do not understand that there are predators and criminals online who can lie to them and hurt them. Children also do not always understand the impact their own thoughtless or unkind messages can have on others. And they may be deeply hurt by such messages from others. Cyber bullying is a very real threat to our children’s wellbeing.

Please ensure that you have filters, time limits and controls on your child’s device. Please keep channels of communication open with your child so that they feel confident to come and tell you about things that might have gone wrong with their online life. Please talk to them regularly and openly about the positives and negatives of their online life. In this way, we can help our children navigate this rich, extraordinary but also dangerous world which is so much theirs.

If you feel that you do not know enough (and most of us would probably feel that way!) we do encourage you to have a look at the NSPCC materials which are easy to read and very useful. They give information and advice about online safety, the issues with online games, parental controls and other matters. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Covid We are very anxious that we should not feed another surge in cases as schools have opened. Please do not gather outside the school when you drop off or pick up children. Please continue to keep all the Covid rules. We have to keep driving down case numbers so that our amazing vaccination programme has time and space to take effect.

Message from the Local Authority: Lateral flow tests for families with school age children 

NHS Test and Trace has announced, that all adults in households with school age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below.

The tests are being made available as undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • an employer if they offer testing to employees;
    • by collecting a home test kit from a Collection Point (RTS / LTS / MTU / CT); In Wiltshire these are at The Greyhound in Trowbridge and The Beehive in Salisbury
    • by ordering a home test kit online

More information on this Government-run programme, including how to get access to the tests, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. Testing is voluntary, but it is strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Please read the accompanying pamphlet on this.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31st March Pilgrimage Day Dress warmly – this is an outdoor activity
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  
Wednesday 21st April Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh  
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day 12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic Parents welcome if restrictions permit
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 2.00pm with the Bishop. All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

A big thank you to the school staff for helping all the children to settle back into school after home learning.

If anyone needs school uniform please email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or put a request on the PFA facebook page.

The PFA is back up and running planning a fundraiser for later in the term, more details soon.

PFA

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