Newsletter 28 – 18th May 2018

Wonderful Children We are, as ever, very proud of our children, many of whom have completed their summative assessments this week. They always face these challenges with cheerful courage and optimism, and always aim to do their best. They have enjoyed this week which involves a lot of project work, PE and art in between the assessments. Thank you to our families who have supported their children so beautifully through the year.

Forest of Dean Children in Years 5 and 6 will be leaving for their residential trip next week, Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th May. They will take part in lots of adventurous activities such as caving, climbing, and zip wire so they need old clothes. They need to be at school at the usual time, with a small travel bag that they have packed (and can re-pack) themselves. Kits lists have been sent out. Please make sure all prescription medication and travel tablets have been given to the teacher on duty with the relevant paperwork and directions for dispensing. No other medications may be brought. No mobile phones or other electronic devices may be brought – a book or a pack of cards can be useful in the few minutes of down time that they will have. This is a wonderful trip on which the children learn a lot about team work, courage, initiative, independence and having fun.

Trophies If your child won one of our floating Trophies last year, would you kindly return it? We need to start to prepare for the awards ceremony at the end of the term.

NSPCC workshops Attached to this letter please find some information about workshops that will be delivered in school on 12th June and 19th June by the NSPCC. These workshops help children to develop strategies that will keep them safe from bullying and abuse. The best way to ensure that children are safe is by equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves safe and to ask for help. We ask for a £1 donation towards the workshops and towards the work of the NSPCC.

 Music Concert Next Week If your child takes music lessons in school, their tutor may well have decided that they are playing at a good enough standard to perform in the concert. Check with your child – they will know. Your child should wear something smart to perform – not school uniform. All parents are welcome to come along on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm to enjoy our amazingly talented young musicians’ performances.

 Class Splits  At this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that we do the very best for each one.

If your child is in Year 1, Year 4 or Year 5, they will be in a split group. However, they will continue to follow the Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, whichever classroom they are in. Our analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of which classroom they are in.

Attendance at School If your child’s attendance at school falls below 90%, they are going to be falling behind their peers in all areas of school life. We see a really significant drop in outcomes for children with lower attendance.  Effectively, they are missing half a day a week, or half a term a year. Whilst children should stay home if they are very ill, please try to ensure your child comes to school every day possible – through regular attendance, they gain confidence, joy in school and success.

Piano Lessons There will be piano lessons next week, the last week of term. Then in the new term, they start again in the week commencing 18th June.

Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school Everyone who has applied for a place at our music event on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am has been given a place in the programme. Please make sure your child has been well prepared for this. Parents/carers are welcome to attend the performance which will probably last no longer than 20 minutes or half an hour.

Reading to your children Thank you to all those families where reading to children is a well-established routine in the home. Research shows that children who have books read to them do better at school in all areas, not just reading and writing. It is recommended that parents continue to read to children who are already good readers – right up until early teenage years – since this continues to have positive impact on their outcomes. Chatting together about a book that you are sharing is a very special thing to do.

Communication with School It is really important to us that channels of communication are kept open with our families – we are partners in the education of your children and the more we cooperate with each other, the better your child’s education will be. As well as this weekly newsletter, you can find information, policies and photos on the school website at www.holy-trinity.co.uk, you can see short updates on our Facebook page, you can let us know about anything at all through phone calls, emails, notes in the homework books/reading records or by catching the teacher briefly at the beginning or end of the school day. If you need a longer meeting, you are most welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher whenever you would like to do so.

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Fabric recycling: Thank you to all those who brought in recycling – a whopping 220kg of fabric was donated!! Next recycling date will be Monday 11th June.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT- Entry forms will be distributed via book bags next week so please look out for them, to get your teams signed up. Your PFA Team

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

Newsletter 27 – 11th May 2018

Mrs Cook It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that we will be saying good bye to Mrs Cook who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Mrs Cook has been an outstanding and much loved TA in our school for over 10 years. Her cheerful, sensible, warm manner have made her a favourite with children and adults alike and her contributions to children’s learning have been extraordinary. She will be very much missed. We wish her a very happy retirement and hope that she will be able to pop back into school regularly so that we can continue to benefit from her wisdom and humour. We thank her for all her years of sterling service to our children and to the whole school community.

SATS Week Our Year 6 children will write the compulsory SATS tests next week, and all the other KS2 children will undertake some little summative assessments. We do not want any child to worry about these and we ask that you do not make any fuss about them either. The children are all well prepared, they will enjoy the week and have fun in the afternoons once the assessments are over for the day. Please do not feel that you need to do anything extra at home and please do not put any pressure on your child. It would be good if they all have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, some fun with jokes and laughter on the way into school, and a very relaxed approach. Your child has been very well taught and will achieve at the limits of whatever their ability is. A cheerful, confident approach is the very best way forward.

Families leaving our school As we prepare for our Admissions Panel at the beginning of June, we ask that if you are going to remove your child from our school at the end of this academic year, you let us know by the end of this half term. We have many families who would like to transfer their children into our school and we need to know how many places may be available to offer for the coming academic year 2018-19.

 Concert for children learning an instrument outside of school If your child learns a musical instrument outside of school, and they play it to a standard good enough for performance, we are offering them the chance to take part in a little concert on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am. Please complete the slip at the bottom of this letter if you would like your child to take part in the concert. The piece that they play must be short and well prepared for performance. Parents are welcome to attend this concert. The slips must be returned by next week Friday 18th May.

 Releasing children Year 4 and over Please note that children in Year 4 and above are not released into the care of their parents directly by the teacher at the end of the school day. They are allowed to leave the classroom at the end of the day and make their way onto the playground to find you. If you are not happy with this arrangement, and would prefer that we released your child directly into your care, please let us know.

 Ants Many schools in Wiltshire apparently have ants at the moment, according to our pest control company. We are amongst those schools that have ants which occasionally come indoors. We will have the control measures put in place over the weekend and we hope that the problem will be resolved by next week.  Please encourage your child to take their lunch boxes home – the ants are looking for food, and lunchboxes left overnight in the school will certainly be attractive to them. It is worth mentioning that ants present no health hazard – they do not carry diseases harmful to humans.

Low Road in Erlestoke will be closed from 18th May for 12 days. This will have an impact on the children taking the bus with potential lateness.

Piano Lessons No piano lessons next week, but there are the week after. Then in the new term, they start again in the week commencing 18th June.

GDPR and Safeguarding Please remember that all parents must report into reception if they want to come into the school, and that they must be accompanied by a member of staff if they go into the classrooms. This helps us to make sure we are compliant with both safeguarding and data protection requirements.

 Donations to the school We are always very grateful for any grants or donations which help us to manage the ever tightening school budgets. It is getting harder each year to find the funds we need to pay for essentials of schooling – the money we receive each year reduces substantially, and, on top of that, costs rise each year. As well as many very generous donations from charities, we also sometimes receive other donations. This week, our whole staff received the compulsory Emergency First Aid training (which has to be refreshed every three years) from Paul Hosking’s company. The training is always excellent and Paul does not charge us, which saves the school many hundreds of pounds. We are very grateful for this generous outreach from www.aid-training.co.uk

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th 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

Thursday 17th May – Evening PFA MEETING – 7:30pm in The Bell, Great Cheverell – All very welcome! Please come along to hear about up and coming events & projects.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT

Saturday 30th June – Roll up! Roll up! – CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE!

Your PFA Team

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Music Concert for children taking lessons outside of school

I would like my child …………………………………………………………………………. (name) in ……………………………………class to play their instrument ………………………………………….(type of instrument) at the concert on 12th June at 10.45am. I undertake to ensure that they will play a piece that is short and very well prepared for a performance.

Signed: ………………………………………………………….…. (Parent)

Newsletter 26 – 4th May 2018

We wish you all a very good long weekend!

Slimbridge Trip What a wonderful trip our children in FS, Y1 and Y2 had on Thursday as they explored the wetland bird park of Slimbridge! The children were fascinated by the many different species of birds, by the habitats and by the sightings of wild water birds. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman and Miss Nisbeck who organised this trip together, and to all our support staff and volunteers who made sure that the children were safe on their trip and that they learnt a lot about their topic of “Birds”. We are always very proud of our children and how well they behave when we take them out – this is why we can organise these lovely off site trips. We know we can trust the children to behave beautifully so we can keep them safe.

Summer Blues At this time of year, we notice that people are a lot more likely to fall out with each other and argue. We are not sure whether this is because they are tired through sleeping less in the shorter nights, or whether they are hot, or whether they are starting to think about the changes that might come about in the next academic year. However, it is something we notice every year through the summer terms. We do ask that you help your child to maintain a sense of proportion, to support them to mend relationships and to find ways to live amicably with those around them. Please help children to defuse situations rather than inflaming them.

Pupil Premium A reminder that if your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding, we do ask that you sign up for it – it is a significant amount of money and we will use it for many school activities, in addition to helping to pay for music lessons and school trips for your child. If parents do not sign up, the school simply does not get the funding and, with budgets being increasingly tight, it is important that we access every penny possible to ensure the outstanding education we provide here at Holy Trinity can continue.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Performance for musicians taking lessons outside of school We have had two or three families indicating that they might like their children to take part in a little concert for children who take music lessons outside of school. If you would like your child to be part of this, and your child plays to an acceptable standard, please contact the office and let them know. If there is enough interest, we will hold this event, probably after school in the last half term.

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force (25th May 2018), we shall be keeping you up to date with the protocols. Schools already have strict data protection policies and data is always kept secure and is used appropriately. Under the new regulations, much will stay the same, but with GDPR it will bring even better security and greater transparency. In many areas of school life, consent from parents is not required as schools have a duty to keep children safe and deliver a high standard of education as a public duty. Where consent is needed, you will be asked for it in a clear manner and allowed to remove it if you wish. Attached to this newsletter, please find the Government’s information pamphlet for parents.

Lavington School Roadshow is Thursday 7th June after school here in our school hall. This provides an opportunity for all those with children in Year 5 and younger who might be considering Lavington School as one of their choices for their child’s secondary schooling to come along and hear a bit about Lavington and ask any questions they may have.

SATS We have posted some information from the Government to parents about SATS on our website under the Newsletter tab.  Do have a look at this if you are interested. Please do not worry about these assessments with your child – this makes them anxious and they cannot perform to their very best. Everything that needs to be done to prepare them, has been done at school. A good night’s sleep is the best preparation!

Leading Collective Worship Forty children in the school have volunteered to lead collective worship through the summer term. To do this, they have to have a team which works well together, they have to decide on a theme (usually something to do with one of the school values) and a story, often a Bible story, which underpins the theme. They have to rehearse the presentation to ensure that it is engaging for their peers. We are very proud of our Y6 Collective Worship leaders who take responsibility for helping the younger children with their preparations for leading worship. Parents are welcome to attend collective worship which takes place at 10.00am every day except Friday (when we have Sharing instead at 2.15pm).

Thanks As the budget cuts to schools are made ever deeper, we are very grateful to the James Townsend Charitable Trust in Great Cheverell who have donated a generous sum to support our purchase of library books. We are also very grateful to the Soap Box Derby Committee which provided the funds for a whole class set of good dictionaries for the school. We are also extremely grateful for the donations from the Edington Station Yard Trust – they donate money to support music provision in our school. We shall be increasingly reliant on donations such as this to help us continue to provide the outstanding, rich education that our children deserve.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer. Do come along.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Next FABRIC RECYCLING will be on Monday 14th May.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT.

Your PFA Team

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

Newsletter 25 – 27th April 2018

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum What a lovely trip the children in Sarum class had this week! They learnt a huge amount about Normans, took part in some craft activities and enjoyed looking around the museum. Their behaviour was outstanding, as it always is. My thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard for organising this trip, to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who so efficiently administered the finance and other paperwork and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip. These trips make learning come alive for the children and we love taking them to places of interest. We are very grateful to all parents and carers who so generously pay the costs for these trips – although the donations are voluntary, we would not be able to take the children without your contributions and almost every family pays the required donation which is a tremendous tribute to the value you place on your children’s education.

Forest Schools Some of our children have had their first sessions of Forest Schools this week – and have made a start on their wonderful plans to build bug houses, to make children’s games out of natural materials and to have fun in our beautiful grounds. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who plans and delivers these courses – what an amazing opportunity for our children!

Silbury Class Restaurant This very popular event will take place this year on Tuesday 17th July at about 1.30pm. Children plan and prepare the menu and serve their clients (Year 6 parents) efficiently and cheerfully. This is the penultimate event in primary school for parents of Year 6 children. The final event is the Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly which takes place on Monday 23rd July this year.

Bake Off Well done to everyone who took part in this great event! Such wonderful cakes and biscuits came into school and it was a difficult job to judge which were the best. Our thanks to Marie Pike and Rev Andrew Sinclair who judged the entries and had to make the final difficult decision about winners. Thanks also to Annabel Mackintosh and her amazing team of PFA members who work so hard to raise funds and give great experiences to our children.

New children to start school in September It is a joy to start preparations for receiving our new children into the Foundation Stage in September this year. We have 21 children starting (with a further 15 on a waiting list) and many of these are siblings of children already in our school. We have sent out invitations to all our new children’s families to join us on Monday 14th May at 5.00pm for the “Parents’ Induction” evening. We will discuss all aspects of starting school and will give parents the chance to ask any questions they may have. The new children will also have the chance to come into school three times during the last summer half term to become familiar with the setting before they start formally in September.

SATS and summative assessments In May, we have to deliver some of the statutory assessments set down by the government. We take the opportunity to carry out little summative assessments of all the children at this time. Children in KS2 (from Year 3 upwards) will have their assessments in the week commencing 14th May. The younger children’s assessments are far less formal. We ask that you do not concern yourself or your child with these assessments. No work needs to be done towards them except your usual reading, spelling and times table practice. Please do not put any pressure on your child as this will cause them to worry and then they will do less well whatever their ability. Your child is very well prepared for the assessments.

Daily Mile Running Track We are very pleased with our new track around the field. Twice around both the old and new tracks and the playground is a mile and lots of children are already challenging themselves to run at least a mile a day. Many can do more than this. We hope that they will establish a lifelong love of exercise as they take up this and other sporting challenges in their childhood years.  My thanks to Mr Amor who has worked hard on this exciting project.

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, ethnicity and the like, these data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Summer Music Concert  Time once again to start to prepare for our very popular Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm. This event is for those children who take music lessons through the school’s extracurricular and peripatetic music provision and who have reached a standard of performance that is good enough to be included in the concert. Your child’s music tutor will let them know whether they have been included in the programme or not. If not, they will always have another chance next year.

SuperStars Flyers have gone home this week for the holiday club in half term. Book online at

www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force, we shall be giving out information to support you in understanding some of the ramifications of the new duties. This week, we want to remind you that some companies associated with the school may hold your data but we have not shared that data with them – they obtained it directly from you. They hold the data because they have entered into a contract with you. Included in this group of companies is Lataca, Cool Milk, School Transport, Super Stars Holiday Club, Peripatetic coaches and tutors, the Library Service and private counselling or parenting courses. This is not an exhaustive list but these are the kinds of organisations who may have your data but there is no school responsibility for keeping those data secure. The companies themselves will be abiding by GDPR and will have their own polices and protocols to keep your data secure which you can access.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

THURSDAY 3RD MAY – PFA MEETING – 8:50 am at School – All welcome! Please join us for an update on forthcoming projects and events.

Many thanks to all who came to the SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING on Tuesday – Progress was made with the planning and offers of help, although we still have a long way to go. Watch this space for news of further meetings or if you are able to help in any way, big or small, please do contact Steph or Poppy.

FANTASTIC!! That’s how we would describe the variety and number of entries to the JUNIOR BAKE OFF! Thank you to all our enthusiastic bakers for your kitchen creations.

Your PFA Team

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