Newsletter 19 – 23rd February 2018

Dear Parents

World Book Day If you wish, your child can dress up day on World Book Day, Thursday 1st March. We ask that you make sure the character is one that the children have READ about – not one they have seen on a film or heard about. The point of this day is to encourage an even greater love of reading in our children. Your child should be ready to chat about their character in case they are asked about “Who they are”.

Please do not go out and buy an expensive costume. Use things you have readily to hand at home or in the dressing up box. Make sure it is simple for you to manage. Your child will be going out to play as usual so the costume must be easy and safe to play in – no high heels or complex bits and pieces. They must bring (and wear) their coats. If your child does not want to dress up, that is perfectly fine – they can come in their school uniform as usual.

Pancake Races Our very sincere thanks to our PFA who helped us organise this fun event, and to Mr Amor who always manages these events with such effortless efficiency. Red Team won and the points will be added to their overall score for the year (which includes other events such as the swimming gala and other intra school competitions) and the overall winner will be announced at Sports Day. As ever, our children were a delight, looking after each other and taking part enthusiastically.

Air Ambulance It was very interesting to have a presentation from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance on Monday. As well as discussing the lifesaving work they do, they also reminded children of basic precautions they need to take to keep themselves safe – fastening seat belts, reminding parents not to drive whilst on the phone, wearing helmets when cycling and taking care when crossing the road. Our children decided to send a contribution from their Christmas Performance fundraising to the Air Ambulance which relies on donations to keep going. They need more than £3,000,000 a year to keep this service flying, and many people work as volunteers.

Spring Growing We are very grateful to Gardening Clubbers who do such a good job of keeping our grounds looking beautiful and productive. We have a few new projects this year which the whole school will engage with but which will be driven by Gardening Club. Wheat will be planted as soon as the weather permits – Gardening Clubbers will be making interesting scare crows to try to protect the young wheat from bird depredation. Sarum class will be planting a wildflower meadow just outside Bluebell Wood this term as part of their topic on our wonderful world. (They have also been discussing the problem of plastics and microplastics which threaten our oceans).

Charity Afternoon On Tuesday 20th March, teams of children will set up little stalls in the hall to raise funds for charities of their choice. Through the course of this week, children have been “pitching” for a table (we can only have 12 tables in the hall) and they have had to explain which charity they will be supporting and what the impact of their giving will be. They also had to explain what their stall will be offering and how they will prepare in advance, set up the stall, and organise the afternoon’s activity. Every team has to have an adult who will support them through the whole process of preparation, running the stall and who will send off the contributions to the charity. On Monday we will be announcing which teams have pitched well enough to have a table awarded to them. If they are unsuccessful this year, they can always try again next year. All children are encouraged to bring a pound or two into school on that day so that they can take part in the activities on offer. This is just for children in our school – no parents or other people attend the event except for those who are helping the teams of children.

Stranger Danger Although very rare, there are occasional reports of strangers trying to take children into their cars. Please warn your children about this and warn them not to walk alone. It is more important to warn them about the dangers of the internet, however, and we do urge you to keep internet safety as a priority for your child.

A summary of the Behaviour Policy The school has a set of rules for behaviour which are aimed at promoting kindness,  generosity, honesty and good relationships, so that people can work together in a supportive atmosphere with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn, to be creative, to grow emotionally and physically, and to be happy. Behaviour in this school is outstanding, which is why learning and enjoyment of school are rated so highly by children, by parents and by other stakeholders who work with our children. We regularly have wonderful comments from coaches and other visitors to our school, commending the behaviour of our children and comparing it very favourably with other schools and other children.

We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways: teachers and other staff praise children; teachers run reward schemes of their own choosing; special certificates/stickers can be awarded; children might visit the assistant headteachers or the headteacher to celebrate with them; sharing assemblies are held and examples of children’s achievements are shown. Occasionally it may be necessary to sanction a child who has misbehaved or disobeyed the school rules. The sanctions may take the form of a non-verbal reprimand (meeting the child’s eyes) or verbal reprimand, isolating the child for a few minutes within the classroom or on the playground, an interview with an assistant headteacher or the headteacher and/or playtime detention – either by staying inside or remaining near the adult on duty outdoors. Sometimes children will be asked to complete a piece of work in their own time if it was not done satisfactorily in lesson time.  Should behaviour not improve, parents will be called in to discuss ways in which they can support the child and the school in their efforts to improve behaviour. This happens extremely rarely, but, if the parents support the school, the child’s behaviour always does improve remarkably quickly.  The full behaviour policy is available on our website – follow this link: http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ . You will also find copies of all our other relevant policies on this page.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 1st March World Book Day – dress up as a character they have READ about.
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
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
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
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

Many thanks for the jam jars brought in today!

Friday 9th March – MOTHERS DAY TUCK SHOP – We will be selling lovely flowers in decorated jam jars.

Thursday 22nd March – EASTER DISCO

Friday 23rd March – FABBY FRIDAY

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

Newsletter 18 – 9th February 2018

Today is the last day of half term. We all return to school on Monday 19th February.

World Book Day In response to requests from the PFA, we have decided to have a dress up day on World Book Day, Thursday 1st March. We ask that you make sure the character is one that the children have READ about – not one they have seen on a film or heard about. The point of this day is to encourage an even greater love of reading in our children. Your child should be ready to chat about their character in case they are asked about “Who they are”.

Please do not go out and buy an expensive costume. Use things you have readily to hand at home or in the dressing up box. Make sure it is simple for you to manage. Your child will be going out to play as usual so the costume must be easy and safe to play in – no high heels or complex bits and pieces. They must bring (and wear) their coats. If your child does not want to dress up, that is perfectly fine – they can come in their school uniform as usual.

Every child will be given a £1 book token from the World Book Day Charity. These need to be redeemed at your bookseller and must be used by 25th March 2018. It is great fun for children to go a book shop or the local library and choose books for themselves.

Research shows that children who enjoy reading do better at GCSEs not just in English but in Maths and other subjects as well. Please do read to your child, share books, chat about books, magazines, blogs, adverts, recipes and so on, and keep your child interested in reading.

Pancake Races We were not able to hold our Pancake Races on Tuesday because our playground was icy and dangerously slippery. We are very grateful to our PFA who have offered to reschedule the races for Wednesday 21st February. We ask that parents do not come onto the playground whilst we are running these races since the space is so restricted and we must keep the children and visitors safe.

Holiday Club If your child would like to take part in Holiday Club (From Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February, choosing whichever days that you wish), please book online at http://www.super-stars.org.uk/. There has been a very good uptake of this Holiday Club but there are still a few places left so if you want to bring your child along on the day, they may be able to accept you. This is the first time we have offered the club during this half term, and in light of the very good response, we shall very likely offer it again.

Spring term We are very much looking forward to the wildflower meadow that Sarum Class will be sowing in the spring term around our Bluebell Wood. We are also looking forward to the amazing Wheat Project. Following on from a lovely presentation by farmer Emily Greening, we have decided to grow a little plot of good milling wheat on our school field. We hope that children will enjoy sowing the wheat, husbanding it carefully through the next months, and come back in September to harvest it, mill it and bake it into wonderful bread. There is plenty of room for this to go wrong, of course, with birds, slugs, cold weather, wet weather, dry weather and many other factors ready to make our work difficult – but we are optimistic that it will all work out. It is very important for children to know where their food comes from and we are privileged to be able to offer this opportunity to our children. I am very grateful to Emily Greening, her father Philip Pepler and Liz Read (and her Gardening Team) who are all working with us to make this project a success.

Cooking in School We are very fortunate to have Mrs Heath, who plans and prepares, and, with Mrs Andrew or another helper, teaches and supports the cooking sequences for each class and each group of children in our school. The meals they prepare are made from fresh ingredients, have as little fat and sugar as possible and are easy for children to make. Children learn a lot about nutrition, hygiene, safety when cooking and reflecting on their work through these cooking lessons. Tuesday afternoons are huge fun and the children are learning life skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Our very sincere thanks to Mrs Heath for all the work she does on this amazing project.

Stop and Drop Zone Our very sincere thanks to all those who continue to use the Stop and Drop zone in the layby effectively – this helps with the flow of traffic and helps us to keep children safe.

General Data Protection Regulations Our school is working hard to ensure that everything is in place for the new Data Protection legislation that comes into force on 25th May. We have always been rigorous in our approach to data protection so the new legislation will not impact on us unduly. We ask parents not to go into the office or into any classroom unless they are accompanied by a member of staff so that we can be sure that data security is never compromised.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Thursday 1st March World Book Day – dress up as a character they have READ about.
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 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
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
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

Unfortunately the pancake races had to be postponed this week, due to the freezing cold weather. New date below…
Dates for next term!
Wednesday 21st February: PANCAKE RACES – will now be held at the end of the school day.
Thursday 22nd February (evening): SUMMER FAYRE MEETING – This year we are planning an exciting Circus themed event! Roll-up roll-up…Any ideas and offers of help, no matter how small, gratefully received! Please come along! To be held at Steph Davies’ house in Great Cheverell.

Friday 23rd February– We are asking for each pupil to PLEASE BRING IN ONE EMPTY JAM JAR to use for flowers for Mother’s day tuck shop.

Friday 9th March – MOTHER’S DAY TUCK SHOP

Thursday 22nd March – EASTER DISCO

Friday 23rd March – FABBY FRIDAY returns! A fabulous social event for the grown-ups! More details to follow…

Looking forward to a fun-filled term ahead!

Your PFA Team

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Newsletter 17 – 2nd February 2018

Last day of half term is Friday 9th February. We all return to school on Monday 19th February.

Sarum Class Living Rainforest Visit Our children in Sarum class had a wonderful trip to the Living Rainforest near Newbury. It was great to hear how the guides complimented them on their behaviour and on their knowledge. This is the reason we can take our children off site so often – we know they will behave well. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who organised this trip, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates for doing the paperwork and administration, and all the support staff and volunteers who helped make the trip such a success.

Stonehenge Class trip to Salisbury Museum Another lovely trip! And again, our children behaved impeccably and showed an extraordinarily wide knowledge of ancient Romans. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck who never turns a hair about taking 30 children under the age of 6 off site! More daunting than you might think. Thanks also to our support staff, volunteers and our admin team who make these visits possible.

Thanks to our wonderful parents We would like to say a very sincere thanks to all our wonderful families who support our work so effectively. We are especially grateful for your quick and generous responses to our requests for donations towards these off-site trips. Without these donations, we could not take the children to have these wonderful experiences – and how the children love them!

Thanks also for your work at supporting your children with reading, learning their number bonds, times tables and spellings, and for getting them to school ready and eager to learn. Your work is immensely valuable and valued. Without your relentless engagement in your children’s education, we would not be able to achieve the outstanding results that we do in all areas of the children’s education.

Maths for Parents! We would like to invite all parents to come into school for 30 minutes on Tuesday 6th February at 2.30pm to sit in their child’s classroom and enjoy a maths lesson. The teachers and the children will show parents how we carry out the four main maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We do encourage every family to send a representative to this afternoon, since children get very confused when parents try to teach them a method that is different from that used at school. The Government’s National Curriculum is very clear about the methods we must teach and we work precisely with this curriculum for the maths methods. Our maths scores put our school in the top few percent of the country so we know that the methods work well for our children.

Demographic of our school A recent analysis of the addresses of our children showed that only 34% of our children come from one of our four catchment villages (Great and Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston). This is drop of 4% since last year. All the other children come from other villages and towns locally. Without the children from “out of catchment”, our number on roll would be so small that the school would be facing closure. Because our school is full, we can continue to fund our rich and exciting learning programme provided by experienced and talented staff. Funding is dependent on the number of children in the school. Many rural schools are facing far more serious financial difficulties than we are because of low numbers. We are very grateful to all of you for choosing our school for your child and for enabling us to continue to provide outstanding education at Holy Trinity.

Message re Flu Vaccine. In view of the increased cases of Flu this year, NHS England have taken the decision to extend the vaccination programme and make more vaccine available. Therefore there will be unexpected extended opportunities for your child to be vaccinated in community clinics; this is for those who have not already been vaccinated and are in the eligible cohort Year R, 1, 2, 3 or 4.  This is regardless of whether you filled in a negative consent form in the first instance.  If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact the immunisation team on: 0333 234 1125 to book into a community clinic. Please note that this will be offered in first come/first serve basis until vaccine has run out, therefore early contact is advised.

Counselling I have had a few parents ask me about getting counselling for their children recently. There are various services which you can tap into, either on your own or with a referral from your GP or school nurse or the school in some instances. These include

  • Mediationplus – for children whose parents have separated or divorced – phone: 01793 527285
  • Relate Mid-Wiltshire – for children who are emotionally troubled – phone: 0300 0031781
  • Health visitors and children’s centres support children up to the age of 5 and their families
  • School Nurse – the school will refer you to this service if you require their support
  • ASK – a family information service that offers free information to parents on a range of issues – helpline: 08457585072 or 01380 872915
  • Childline – for children themselves who are struggling for any reason – phone: 0800 1111
  • Samaritans – for adults who are struggling – phone: 08457 909090
Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 6th February Parents invited to find out how to carry out the National Curriculum methods for the four basic maths operations  

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Thursday 1st March World Book Day – dress up as a character they have READ about.
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 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
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
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

Tuesday 6th February. We are going to have PANCAKE RACES after school drop off.

Also school disco on Thursday 22nd March. KS1 at 5pm till 5:45 and KS2 starts at 6pm till 6:45.

 

 

 

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Newsletter 16 – 26th January 2018

Sarum Class Living Rainforest Visit Please remember that on Wednesday 31st January, children in Sarum class will be having their trip to the Living Rainforest. Please make sure that they are at school promptly at 8.20am – the coach will not wait for latecomers and they leave at 8.30am – and that they have a packed lunch. Children must wear their uniform.

School Council We have many ways of canvassing our children’s opinion of their experience at school and one of these is via the school council. The children elect councillors from their peers in each class, and I meet with these councillors to discuss matters of importance to the children. We do all we can to action suggestions put forward – we know that happy children are great learners and we want them to enjoy their time at primary school. Whilst we have occasional suggestions that are not within the realms of possibility (a school trip to Disney Land was a recent suggestion!), most ideas are very sensible, well thought out and will benefit children. The recent council meeting included some great suggestions for improving Collective Worship, a suggestion for a much longer path around the school field (to establish a Daily Kilometer circuit), a suggestion for an obstacle course, a comment about refurbishing the Pirate Ship and getting some new equipment for the outdoor classroom. It is always a delight to see how responsible and thoughtful our children are when they work on these projects.

Police visit There was a tremendous amount of excitement about the visit of our local policeman, Sam Burnside, to our school on Tuesday. He chatted to the children and let them explore his police car – including the siren! We are very grateful for this outreach into the community by the police.

Free Time for Children  A recent study has shown that children often work longer hours than their parents, once their school time, homework, clubs and other organised activities and duties are taken into account. There is a recommendation that children have between three and four hours a day of “Down time” with no clubs or organised activities and no television or iPads or other electronic devices – time when they have to entertain themselves and even when they might start out being bored. During this time, they do essential learning and consolidate all that they have absorbed in the day and they develop the creativity and independence that will be of such great help later in life. It might be interesting for parents to calculate how much time in each day their child has to play freely – outdoors, or with friends, with lego, with cardboard boxes and blankets or with other simple resources that they can use imaginatively.

Maths Calculations If you are not able to come to our workshop afternoon on Tuesday 6th February at 2.30pm when teachers will be showing parents how we carry out the four operations in the new curriculum, please have a look at the following links for more information on the maths national curriculum requirements. (We emphasise that we will be teaching your child the formal written methods – the workshop is only for interest and for occasional homework projects. The best thing you can do to help your child’s maths is to ensure that they know their times tables and number bonds and that they can enjoy using maths in their daily lives by baking with them, letting them use money, measuring things, etc.)

http://holy-trinity.co.uk/creative-curriculum/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/238967/Mathematics_Appendix_1.pdf

Icy Paths We aim to put grit down on the path that leads from the pedestrian gate to the school – in very icy conditions, please keep to this gritted walkway since the rest of the playground and the field paths are treacherously slippery in icy weather.

Health and Safety We ask that you do not walk along the grass border on the margin of Silbury and Avebury classroom where there is no path and the slope is steep – accidents can happen! Rather take the steps up onto the hill, walk along the path and then take the steps down the other side.

Parent/Teacher Meetings You will be invited to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss their progress in March. These meetings will take place on Wednesday 14th March from 3.10pm – 6.00pm, and on Thursday 15th March from 5.30pm – 8.00pm. As usual, we shall open the parents’ booking site in the fortnight before the meetings so that you can book a time slot that suits you. Each meeting will last 10 minutes. You are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress at any time but these formal meetings provide a good opportunity to check on attainment, progress and targets that have been set since the last summative assessments.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31 January Sarum class to Living Rainforest 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 6th February Parents invited to find out how to carry out the National Curriculum methods for the four basic maths operations  

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Thursday 1st March World Book Day – dress up as a character they have READ about.
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 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
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
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.

Newsletter 15 – 19th January 2018

Invitation to all parents On Tuesday 6th February, at 2.30 pm, you are invited to come into school to take part in a workshop in your child’s classroom on how to carry out the four main maths operations in the new curriculum – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please do consider coming to this event. If children are taught one method at school and another at home, they are very likely to struggle. If you support your child with maths, please make sure you use the methods we use at school.

Our aim is to ensure that all children are very confident in using the four operations, so that they can use them automatically and effortlessly, and that they have their number bonds and multiplication facts on instant recall. With these building blocks in place, they will find it much easier to tackle mathematical problem solving which is really the heart of maths. If they struggle with the basics, then the problem solving becomes enormously difficult for them.

World Book Day  In response to a plea from the PFA, we have decided to have a “Dress Up Day” on Thursday 1st March which is World Book day. If your child would like to dress up as a book character, we ask that you ensure it is a character that they have read about – not one that they have seen on a film, or that they have heard about. The point of this day is to emphasise the fun and importance of reading. If your child would rather not dress up, that is fine of course – they can come in their usual school uniform.  Please do not go out and spend lots of money on expensive costumes, or wake up at 5.00am to get your child ready! This is just a bit of fun to celebrate reading.

“I will come and fetch you!” If you bring your child into school and they are somewhat under the weather, please don’t say to them, “If you don’t feel well, I shall come and fetch you before the end of the school day.” The child then prepares themselves to notice any tiny sign of being unwell, and to wish to go home immediately. It makes them unsettled at school and it very hard for us to persuade them to enjoy themselves and engage fully. It is more motivating for the child if you say something like, “You look much better today! You are going to have a great day at school. See you at 3.00!” We absolutely undertake to phone you and let you know if your child really does seem too unwell to stay at school – we would never let a child struggle and suffer if they really needed to go home. You can trust us.

Charity donations Following a week reflecting on “The Water of Life” in Collective Worship, the children have decided to send a donation from the money collected at the Christmas Performances to Water Aid. We are always very touched when our children show sensitivity to the needs of others and acknowledge their own very privileged position. In March, we shall have our annual “Charities” afternoon, where teams of children can set up stalls to raise funds for the charity of their choice in the school hall and their peers can take part in the activities, or buy products on offer. The range of charities is wide and interesting – the children have to be able to talk about their reasons for selecting their particular charity – and they usually raise an average of about £20 for each charity.

Some exciting things this term We shall have Sam Burnside from the Wiltshire police come into school later this term to talk to each class, and we shall have the Air Ambulance talking about their work to the whole school. Sarum class are preparing to sow a wildflower meadow around the boundary of Bluebell Wood and the Gardening Club will be taking the lead on sowing a patch of wheat which we hope to grow, harvest, mill and bake this year.

Facebook and our Website If you are interested in seeing photos of some of the things that take place in school, or if you would like more information on policies, staffing, governors, the school calendar, or many other aspects of our school, do visit the webpage at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/ . If you follow Facebook, you might wish to “like” our Facebook page so that you can receive the photos and other notifications which are sent out quite regularly. We never publish photos in which children might be identifiable, but you will be able to see many of the great things that happen here.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31 January Sarum class to Living Rainforest 9.00 – 3.00
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 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
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
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

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form (which is available from the school office) 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”.

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.