Newsletter 9 – 16th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings It was lovely to see almost all our families represented at the parent/teacher meetings. One of the reasons our school is so successful is that we have such engaged and committed families supporting their children. Thank you also to all who completed the parental canvassing form – we aim to improve our provision each year and are grateful for the comments about what we do well and what you would like to see improved.

How do I get more information on my child’s progress? In the parental canvassing, one or two comments were made about wishing to have more regular information on their child’s progress. We do, as ever, urge you to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress with your class teacher if you want to have more information or a longer meeting. Our teachers focus most of their energies and time (and they are working 45 – 50 hour weeks already!) on making sure your child has an excellent learning experience. We cannot ask them to give weekly or monthly formal feedback to every parent as well – this would be unworkable. However, the teachers are very happy to give you any information you require on your child’s progress and attainment if you ask them – simply arrange an appointment for this.

Emotional Literacy in our school Some schools have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) to support children with emotional difficulties. At Holy Trinity, we have Mrs Heath who has completed her qualification in Counselling for Children (a more extensive programme than the ELSA programme) and she has delivered training to all our staff on supporting children with emotional difficulties. We are proud that we have all our teaching and support staff trained to help children who are in need of a little extra emotional support, rather than having just one member of the support staff team trained. We are very grateful to Mrs Heath for making this great contribution to our school.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Although we have extra mural clubs almost every afternoon, and often two clubs on an afternoon, as well as clubs through lunchtimes, if you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas.

Nasal Flu Vaccination – Electronic Consent Children in reception through to year 5 are due to be given the flu vaccination on Thursday 13th December. To consent to your child’s nasal flu vaccination which is due in school please complete this link for each child:

https://schoolimms.virgincare.co.uk/?h=ddec258261daa725fd1b0c64d707413f36b2585ccc541743bdfea9f2873f861f

Eisteddfod Choir My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well. Both our choir and our soloists have done us proud and received some wonderful comments from the adjudicator, even though we did not win this year. It is such a great life skill to stand up and perform in front of an audience and we are very grateful that our children are given this opportunity.

Lice Please note that we have had a report of lice in the school. If every parent checks their child’s head tonight and treats over the weekend, we can eliminate these parasites in one attempt. If you are not sure how to check or treat, please do go and ask your pharmacist. Children work with their heads close together and if we have a single child with lice, they are likely to spread throughout the class and the school – it has nothing whatever to do with how clean the child’s hair is.

Winter Please send your children in with coats as it is cold up on our school field and the children go out to play regardless of the temperature. All coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid. In icy conditions, we will grit the pathway from the pedestrian gate on the High Street to the door that opens onto the playground. We almost never close the school due to poor weather – in the absence of any notification, please assume the school is open. If we have to close the school because roads are impassable or conditions unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the behaviour and anti-bullying policy. Behaviour in our school is usually exceptionally good. We use a very direct positive behaviour strategy – we constantly comment to the children on how beautifully they behave and how proud we are of them. This helps them to understand what the expected behaviour looks like. If we do need to sanction anyone, we might meet their eye (often this is enough to stop any unwanted behaviour), or have a word with them. If this does not work, they may have a few minutes being separated from the rest of the class. If the breach is serious or ongoing, they may have to meet the Headteacher and/or have playtime detention. We have never, in the 13 years of my headship, needed to exclude any child. The ethos of the school encourages good behaviour and children want to do the right thing to make sure the community works effectively for all.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child or group of children continue to bully another child, we would consider a fixed term or permanent exclusion for this offence. We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash. Please pick up promptly at 7pm.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – Friday 30th November – Donations of decorated & filled jars, bars/bags of chocolate or £1 towards upcoming PFA events, please.

Easyfundraising – When Christmas shopping please do remember to take advantage of our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – the name “EASYFUNDRAISING” says it all!

Many thanks,

Your PFA.

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

Newsletter 8 – 9th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings If you have not yet booked a slot to talk to your child’s teacher, please log in and do so. Meetings are being offered on Monday 12th November from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Wednesday 14th November from 3.10pm – 6.00pm. Please note that these meetings are 10 minutes long and we are very strict about the time so that no one is kept waiting. We do strongly recommend that you come along to these meetings as they provide a formal opportunity for you to find out about your child’s attainment and progress.

Please be aware that you can always make an appointment to discuss anything with your child’s teacher at any time in the year. Do not feel that these formal meetings are the only time you can approach the teacher. If you need to have a meeting, just phone or email us and we will make an appointment for you to see your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time.

Hooke Court Residential Trip What a lovely trip our children in Years 3 and 4 had! We are hugely grateful to their teachers, Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, who organised this trip and took responsibility for over 40 children for two days and a night and ensured that they had an amazing experience. Very few schools are prepared to take such young children away and we are very fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity to our children. We are also very grateful to their Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hayward, and to Mr Goddard and Mr Dewar who accompanied the trip – without their support we could not offer this experience.

Crochet Club and the Poppy Appeal We are so proud of our Crochet Club, led by Mrs Twentyman. They decided to crochet 100 poppies this year to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. These crocheted poppies turned out to be so popular that the club has had to crochet relentlessly through every playtime and lunchtime and at home, to keep up with demand. They have now made well over a hundred – probably approaching two hundred poppies, and will have raised close to £200 by the end of the week. All their money will be donated to the Royal British Legion to fund the great work they do to support service men and women and their families. It has been a joy to see everyone wearing their crocheted poppies around the school with pride. What a wonderful project, showing the commitment to our community that makes our school so special.  Thank you, Crochet Club!

Eisteddfod Choir Our Eisteddfod choir is taking part in the Devizes Eisteddfod on Thursday 15th November – if your child is in the choir, please make sure they are neatly dressed for this occasion. The choir will be taken by minibus to Devizes and will be home around lunchtime. Please make sure your child has a packed lunch on this day since they might miss hot dinners. We are taking part in two events – we usually bring back at least one trophy. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear all their pieces on 16th November at Sharing Assembly as they will perform for the whole school. My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well.

Appeal for good toys Miss Nisbeck is making an appeal for any good quality toys that you might have in your loft as your children have outgrown them. We need toys that are suitable for children of 4, 5 and 6 years old and that are in good condition. If you have anything that you would like to donate, please give them directly to Miss Nisbeck in Stonehenge classroom or hand them in at the office. Many thanks.

Sarum Class trip As part of our Emmanuel Collaboration work (the collaboration we have with four local primary schools), the children in Sarum class have been offered the chance to take part in a workshop by author Liz Million. This will support them in their reading and their writing and promises to be a really excellent event. The children will travel by coach to Five Lanes School (Worton) where they will take part in these activities with other children from the Collaboration.

PFA  Our thanks as ever to our wonderful PFA under the expert leadership of Lisa Downing. They are working extremely hard to provide funds and experiences that enrich our children’s education. Over the next half term they are especially busy with a Film Night on Friday 16th November, Bingo on Friday 23rd November, Christmas Decorating of the school, Christmas Fayre, Refreshments for the Christmas Plays and the famous Christmas Party in December! What an amazing effort this is. We are tremendously grateful for all their work.  Please do consider offering to help if you can – even if just for an hour or to provide resources.

School Bus We are trying to get the Local Authority to organise a system that gets our bus children into school on time – for most of this academic year, bus children have arrived late at school due to a change in their route and timetable. If children miss the first ten minutes of school, not only do they miss the exercise routine and morning maths, but they also do not have a chance to catch up with their friends and settle themselves before the day begins. This impacts on the effectiveness of their learning. We are hoping that the Local Authority Transport Scheme will be able to sort this out for us in the near future. The people at the Local Authority have asked whether we would publicise the following which could help them keep to their timetable:

  • Parents should not board the vehicle
  • Children should board the vehicle without fuss and sit down as quickly as possible
  • Parents should ensure that their child is able to do their seat belt up by themselves – the bus driver should not have to do this as it slows down the journey hugely

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 12th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Friday 16th November Workshop with famous author in Worton school for Sarum class 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

Easyfundraising – Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do remember to take a look at our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Then every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – what a bonus!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 7 – 91th October 2018

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Wednesday 24th October. We all return to school on Monday 5th November for our exciting Christmas term!

Art Exhibition Our children have worked very hard to produce the amazing art that was exhibited in the hall today. Drawing, painting, collage, photo imaging, three dimensional art – all sorts of things have been included in the art theme, inspired by David Hockney, which has led learning this term. We have been very grateful to all those in our community who have contributed so much to support our work. Through this topic, children have furthered their art, literacy, maths, science, history and geography skills and have learnt so much in other areas as well – including observation, philosophy and creative thinking.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please note that we have had to change the date of one of the advertised Parent/Teacher meetings. Instead of Thursday 15th November, we will hold that meeting on Monday 12th November from 5.30pm – 8.00pm.  The other date, Wednesday 14th November from 3.10pm – 6.00pm remains unchanged. We shall open the booking site next week – please log in and select the 10 minute appointment that suits you best from the choice of two dates that will be on offer.

Hooke Court Residential Trip On Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October the children in Years 3 and 4 will be going on their residential trip. Please make sure your child has everything they need. They need to be in school by 8.15am and must be picked up at 4.30pm the following day. We shall notify you by text if there is any hold up that might impact on their time of arrival back at school. There is no Netball Club next week as Mrs Goddard is accompanying the Residential Trip.

Forest of Dean Children in Years 5 and 6 are being offered the opportunity to go on a two night residential from 22nd to the 24th May 2019 to the Forest of Dean. The meeting about this trip was held yesterday evening. Please make sure that you have signed up and paid your deposit for this trip if your child is in Year 5 or 6. Letters are available at the office if your child has not brought one home. Children will take part in wonderful adventure activities including caving, climbing and canoeing – and they learn a huge amount about independence, resilience, team work and courage.

Cooking in School The children love their cooking lessons which take place every Tuesday afternoon under the leadership of Mrs Heath. The children learn to bake and cook using fresh ingredients, low in sugar and fat and using recipes that are easy for them to manage. They make really delicious treats – banana muffins and a perfect, fragrant bread were amongst the favourites this term. Children also learn the basics of nutrition and of hygiene as well as learning how to use kitchen tools safely. Our huge thanks to Mrs Heath who spends so many hours preparing for and delivering these cooking classes. We are very fortunate to be able to offer these lessons.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Attendance policy. We are very grateful to our families for supporting our school so effectively – we have outstanding attendance in this school and this contributes to the outstanding outcomes for children. It is a legal

requirement for parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly and are punctual. Any child whose attendance falls below 85% is at serious risk of underachieving.  The school day starts at 8.40am and the overwhelming majority of our children are punctual. Parents are asked to inform the school, in writing, where an absence is planned e.g. hospital appointments, ballet exams etc.  Where a child is absent due to illness, parents are asked to inform school by telephone in the first instance and by letter on the child’s return.  If a child is absent and there is no notification from the parents, the school will contact the parents to ensure that the child is safe and to find out the reason for the absence. Should the child be absent without a reason for 3 days, the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. Persistent lateness will also be reported to the EWO. Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school on holiday. If there is unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more in any 6 month period, the Education Welfare Service will be notified and the Local Authority may issue a penalty notice to each parent for each child.

Recorder Teacher We are delighted that Mrs Jenkins will be able to start recorder lessons after the half term, on Friday afternoons as usual. Please send your child in with their recorder on Friday 9th November if you have signed up for recorder lessons.

Holiday Club Please note that the October Half Term holiday club has been cancelled due to very poor take-up. There will be no holiday club provision offered this half term at our school.

Our school in the news There is a little article on our wheat growing project in this week’s Gazette and Herald, on page 26.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Messy Church (for all ages) – The Story of the Lost Sheep, on Thursday 25th October from 11am till 1pm at Potterne Village Hall, Mill Road, SN10 5ND. Crafts/Games/Worship/Fun and Food. Refreshments when you arrive, then crafts and activities followed by a spot of lunch. Children must be accompanied by a (responsible) adult. No cost but donations welcome.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Monday 12th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

CHRISTMAS CARDS – All designs and completed forms with payment need to be handed in by Monday 5th November at the latest. Please make cheques out to “Holy Trinity PFA”.

TEXTILE RECYCLING – Monday 5th November – Perfect if you’re having a clear out over half term! Please bring your old clothing, shoes, curtains and bedding (no duvets, pillows or towels) and leave them in bags in the covered area between the Art Centre and School Reception.

Next PFA MEETING – apologies for the error in last week’s newsletter. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th November at 7:30pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell. All welcome.

FILM NIGHT – Friday 16th November at 5pm – The film will be chosen by the children from a selection of “U” certificate films currently out on DVD.

BINGO NIGHT – Friday 23rd November – Doors open at 7:00pm, eyes down at 7:30pm. More details to follow after half term.

EASYFUNDRAISING – Have you signed up yet? Just go to easyfundraising.org.uk , search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Then every time you shop through easyfundraising, the retailer will give the PFA a donation, simple as that!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 6 – 12th October 2018

Dear Parents

Visit to Hindu Temple What a lovely day we all had at the Hindu Temple on Wednesday! We were overwhelmed with the warmth of the welcome offered, and with the sights, sounds and flavours of this culture and faith. Our children behaved beautifully, as they always do, showing interest in and respect for all that they encountered. It is very important for our children to find out more about the rich and diverse society that we live in and this is one of the ways in which we support that learning. There are photos of the trip on the school Facebook page and also on the school website. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=32

Recorder Teacher We are delighted that Mrs Jenkins will be able to start recorder lessons after the half term, on Friday afternoons as usual. We thank you all for your patience this term. It has been a very trying time for Mrs Jenkins and we are glad that she is now in a position to pick up her work again. Please send your child in with their recorder on Friday 9th November if you have signed up for recorder lessons.

Lost Items Please make sure that all items that are brought into school are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We do not have the resources to allocate a member of staff to try to find children’s lost clothing/equipment but if things are labelled, they are more likely to be returned to the child. It is best to check with your child when they come out of school that they have everything you expect them to have.

We have a very full lost property basket which you can sift through if something has gone missing. Sometimes children do take each other’s things home – it is worth checking that your child has the correct items as you pick them up in the afternoon. Sometimes things get damaged or broken. It is important that nothing of value is brought into school – it is a busy environment and, whilst we do our best to ensure that everything is treated with the greatest respect, we cannot take responsibility for anything that is brought into school.

Art Exhibition of Children’s Work On Friday 19th October, we invite all parents to come to our Art Exhibition, which will be held in our school hall and will run from 1.45pm – 2.45pm. This will be held instead of our usual Sharing Assembly.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy.

For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support Therapists and Speech and Language therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEND. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND can be accessed at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ . In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has concerns will be raised at an SEN meeting with the SENCO (Special Educational Need Co-ordinators) and monitored closely. If the child is not making progress, they will be assessed and given whatever SEND support is deemed necessary through a school support plan, drawn up with the teacher, parents, child and SENCO, with help from specialists if necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be given an Education, Health and Care Plan which might draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra funding ought to be used for.

Overall in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND Support are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support at some point in their school lives – often just for a half term or so until they have overcome the problem that caused the concern.

Hooke Court Residential Trip Children in Years 3 and 4 who are going to Hooke Court on the residential trip on 23rd and 24th October must have their medical forms returned to the school beforehand. They need smallish bags that they can manage themselves, filled with the items on the kit list, and especially with old warm clothing so that they are not worried about getting dirty. No food or electronic devices or phones should be packed. Bedding is provided by the centre.

Secondary School places Our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2019. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2018.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 1.45pm -2.45pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA Meeting – Thank you to all who came to the meeting this week!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Information & forms have now gone out in book bags as homework over the half term holidays. Last date for submission is MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER.

FILM NIGHT (for the children) & BINGO NIGHT (for parents & friends of the school) – Both are being planned for after half term. Dates to be announced shortly.

EASYFUNDRAISING – Possibly the easiest way to raise funds for your PFA! Simply go to easyfundraising.org.uk , search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Thousands of online retailers are part of the scheme and by shopping with them via the easyfundraising website, the PFA will receive a donation every time you shop, at no extra cost to you!

NEXT PFA MEETING – MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER AT 7:30PM at THE BELL, GREAT CHEVERELL

PFA FACEBOOK PAGE & MAILING LIST: If you would like to receive our updates please either find us on Facebook under “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” or contact us via email at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

Many thanks, Your PFA Team

Newsletter 5 – 5th October 2018

Dear Parents

Visit to Hindu Temple All our children and all our staff will be going in a coach to the Hindu temple in Swindon next week on Wednesday 10th October. Children need to wear school uniform. There will be no hot dinners on this day so please make sure you have sent in a packed lunch or ordered sandwiches from Lataca. We will be back before the end of the school day. Ukulele club will run as normal from 3-4pm.

Harvest Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection for the Devizes Food Bank. The response has been amazing and your contributions will help to care for families suddenly in crisis. Thank you also to the PFA for the wonderful display in sharing assembly.

Reading Workshop Our thanks to all the parents and carers who came along to this workshop. A list of questions that might help with inference and deduction skills is available if you were not able to get to the workshop. We want children to enjoy reading. That is the key. They do not have to read books, if they don’t wish to. They can read instructions on how to build models, or play a computer game, they can read articles and blogs on the internet (with your supervision), they can read comics, road signs, captions, cereal boxes, name tags – absolutely anything. Put notes up in the garden, on mirrors, on their bedroom walls. Have quizzes, family joke books, or lists.  It is all reading!

Please continue to read with your older children. It is always a delight to us to hear of parents who still read to their 11 year olds – often using wonderful classics which are so superb when read out loud and which present such deep and powerful vocabulary and imagery. Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Secret Garden, The Children of the New Forest, Sherlock Homes, and abridged versions of Charles Dickens or Shakespeare works, as well as more modern works such as Gerald Durrell’s animal books, Roald Dahl’s books, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web. Children who listen to good reading and enjoy reading do better at GCSE, at A levels and at work in later life.

Supervision of children after school Please make sure that your child is close to you and under your direct supervision when they have been released into your care after school. We cannot have children running around unsupervised on the school property – this is when accidents can happen.

PFA Our thanks to the outgoing Chair and her team, Mrs Annabel Mackintosh – what a great job they have done over the past year! We welcome our new team and look forward to another great year of fun and fundraising. Our new chair and vice chair are Lisa Downing and Julie Stone. Please do consider offering to help the PFA if you can – even just an hour here and there would be much appreciated.

Art Exhibition of Children’s Work On Friday 19th October, we invite all parents to come to our Art Exhibition, which will be held in our school hall and will run from 1.45pm – 2.45pm. This will be held instead of our usual Sharing Assembly. At this exhibition you will be able to enjoy some wonderful art done by the children and inspired by their work on our topic of David Hockney. We are very grateful to the Salisbury Museum team who have worked so hard with us this term and have helped put this exhibition together and to all our other volunteers who have supported so strongly, especially Mrs Jelf who spent time with each class in the art centre.

Holiday Club Our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through part of the October half term break. The club will run from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website,

https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/ . Children love this club and we always have very positive reports about their activities.

Absence from Afterschool Clubs Once your child has signed up for an afterschool club, it is absolutely essential that you let us know if they are not going to attend. Otherwise we spend a lot of time trying to find them, thinking that they are still on site and ought to be at the club. Please note there will be no Judo next week – October 11th.

Thanks to volunteer parents We have many parents who volunteer in our school and we are so grateful for all they do – those who run or help with Gardening Club, those who hear readers, those who help with art and design projects and so many more. Our very sincere thanks to you all.

Secondary School places Our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2019. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2018. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Epipens Please be aware that there is an international shortage of Epipens and the government has given notification that some Epipens can be used for 4 months after their expiry date to help ensure that no vulnerable child is left in danger. Please check with your pharmacist to find out whether your Epipen is one of those that can be used beyond its expiry date.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA meeting & AGM– Many thanks to all those who made it to the meeting this week. The minutes have been sent out via email. The PFA had a very productive and successful year last school year. Our thanks goes to each and every one of you who helped with the many events and activities. A HUGE THANKS goes out to our outgoing FANTASTIC Chair of PFA Annabel Mackintosh – she has done a tremendous job of keeping the ball rolling since December. Happy retirement from PFA, Annabel!

New appointments were made at the meeting. Our PFA committee for 2018/2019 is as follows:

Chair – Lisa Downing

Vice chair – Julie Stone

Secretary – Kelly Smith

Treasurer – Kevin Cleveley

Communications – Chrissy Salaman

With the help and support of the whole school, the new committee is excited about the coming year filled with fun & fundraising!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – We will be organising Christmas cards using the children’s own designs as usual. Look out for this in the next few weeks!

EASYFUNDRAISING – Possibly the easiest way to raise funds for your PFA! Simply go to easyfundraising.org.uk and search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Thousands of online retailers are part of the scheme and by shopping with them via the easyfundraising website, the PFA will receive a donation every time you shop, at no extra cost to you!

Next PFA Meeting – Tuesday 9th October at 7:30pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell –  to discuss a calendar of events for the coming school year. If you’d like to hear what we’re planning or have some ideas of your own, please do come along, we’d love to see you there!

PFA FACEBOOK PAGE & MAILING LIST:

We’d love everyone to feel a part of the PFA community whether it be just by hearing about what’s going on, attending events or helping out in some way.

If you would like to receive our updates please either find us on Facebook under “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” or contact us via email at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

Many thanks,

your PFA Team.