Newsletter 37 – 26th June 2020

Dear Parents

Written Reports to Parents  We have uploaded your “Written Reports to Parents” onto the Parent Portal (this is a different site to the Eduspot/SchoolMoney site). Please log in to see your child’s report by going to https://holy-trinity.co.uk/parent-portal/. If you cannot log in, let the admin team know and they will support you – you should have been sent a reminder of your parent portal password today. If you require a hard copy, we can provide that at your request.

If you would like to discuss the report with your child’s teacher, please contact us and we will arrange a telephone meeting between you and your child’s teacher. admin@holytrinity.wilts.sch.uk or 01380 813796 are the contact details.

To help with clarity:

  • Core subjects are reading, writing and maths.
  • Foundation subjects are all the others including history, geography, science, religious education, art, music, physical education, and design technology.
  • Children are judged to be working either “Below the standard expected for their age”, or “At the standard expected for their age”, or “Above the standard expected for their age”.
  • Sometimes the “Above the standard” is recorded as being “Greater Depth” since some of the Government guidance uses this term – it means the same thing.
  • Having first made sure everyone is settled and happy as our first priority when we return in September, we will be assessing children against their own attainment targets and we will put in place support for any child who requires acceleration of their learning because they have fallen behind what we might have expected. This is what good teaching is about and this is what we do so well at this school. Please do not be concerned about the hype in the press about a lost generation or children suffering with significant negative impact on their future. This will not happen in our school.

Parent Governor    As the result of a current parent governor term of office coming to an end in Term 1 of the next academic year, a parent governor vacancy to serve on the governing body of our academy has arisen.  Parents (or people with parental responsibility) of registered pupils are welcome to nominate themselves to fill this place.  Details of what you will need to do to be nominated are available at the office.  If we have more than one candidate, we will go to election at the start of the new academic year. If you wish to find out more, do contact our chair of governors (details on the accompanying documents).

September Opening The Government has, as you will know, eased the social distancing measures. We have not had any detailed direction on what this might mean for schools, but it probably indicates that we will be able to have all children back in school in September without any social distancing requirements within their individual Bubbles. We do not know what it means for drop off and pick up, lunch times, peripatetic music lessons, sharing staff across Bubbles and so on. As soon as the guidance is published, we will start to formalise our plans and we will let parents know the outcome as soon as we are able to. We are very much looking forward to having everyone back in school! Even if we do have to maintain the Bubble system, it will be wonderful to have the whole community back under one roof again.

Please remember that all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 will finish their term on Friday 17th July.

This will give us the chance to have all the children in Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 in for one day each on Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July as part of our transition programme. We will send home more detail about this later in the term.

Moodle We continue to upload work and support children who are still learning from home. The contact with their class teacher has, of necessity, been reduced but we do love hearing about your learning when we have the opportunity to get onto Moodle. Please do keep going with the work – it is through your great efforts that children will be able to come back into school with all their skills and learning rehearsed, honed and ready to go in the new academic year. There are great websites to visit which will enrich your children’s learning such as the natural history museum, https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/virtual-museum.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7qm__bOd6gIVF-vtCh2EMQ27EAAYASAAEgIwPfD_BwE

and there are some good projects and lessons on  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

Thank you to those who have already donated so generously to the Mathieson Music Trust. A report from some students from Strode College who visited the school in February 2020 is available in the office. It gives an insight into the things that are happening in our link school in Kolkata. Please do consider helping this school for the poor which is in such a desperate situation. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holy-Trinity-Primary-Academy-Great-Cheverell

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or get involved with our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” 

Newsletter 36 – 19th June 2020

Dear Parents

Opening the school to more children

We have had a lot more Key Worker children register for places over the past weeks than we had forecast. These children have priority for places and we must make sure that we can continue to offer places to those children whose parents are working in the front line in accordance with the Government direction – and as we would wish to do.

As a result, we are very close to the total capacity our school can absorb under the new regulations and we are now very limited as to the places we can offer to children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6. There will be children in these year groups who might now wish to have a place but we will not be able to accommodate them, as some of our Bubbles are full, and every member of staff is teaching.

We are very sorry if you would have liked your child to attend for the last weeks of the term and cannot now be offered a place, but we may not allow the numbers to increase beyond safe limits. We have to follow the strict guidance given by the Government under the corona virus legislation. However, we will be holding a waiting list for the children who would like to attend and if we have any changes to our numbers, or if the Government reduces the need for social distancing, we will offer places to those on the waiting list. Please let us know if you would like your child to be placed on the waiting list.

Please remember that all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 will finish their term on Friday 17th July.

This will give us the chance to have all the children in Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 in for one day each on Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July as part of our transition programme. We will send home more detail about this later in the term.

We still do not know how our school will be arranged for re-opening in September – as soon as we know what the Government direction is, we will let you know how we will manage this.

No TD Day  You might remember that we had planned a training day for staff on 29th June this year, but we have decided that, in light of the crisis we are living through, it is in the best interests of our children that we abandon this and we will be opening the school as usual on that day. Teachers will continue their training remotely in the evenings and weekends.

Lost Property There is a tremendous amount of lost property in school at the moment. If you think that you might have something left here, please let us know and we can check whether it is in the lost property basket or not. Anything that is still left here at the end of term will be sent to Charity Shops or recycling centres.

Free School Meals We have continued to offer free school meals to those eligible through the benefits system but over summer holidays, the system will change. There has been no direction about how this summer holiday free meal system will work, but it seems possible that it will be operated through the Local Authority. As soon as there is clarity, we will let you know.

Thank you We are very grateful for to our parents for being so prompt with drop off and pick up times – this makes the situation so much safer and more manageable for everyone.  

Valedictory events Usually at this time of year, we are preparing for the Year3/Year 4 summer performances, Sports Day, the School Eucharist, Prize Giving day and Leavers’ Assembly. Sadly, none of these events will now be possible. We are working on plans to mark our Year 6 Leavers in some way. We will hold a little prize giving but it seems unlikely that we will be allowed to welcome parents on site for this. We hope to have some celebration for them in the form of a picnic, held in separate Bubbles since the Year 6 children have two Bubbles. It will be odd, but we will do all we can to ensure that their transition out of our school is marked in some way that is memorable.

Moodle For those children who are at home, please do continue to access the distance learning projects and exercises that are posted by your teachers. It is really important that those core skills of reading, writing and maths are rehearsed and honed so that when all children return to school they are in a good place to tackle the challenges of their new year. Although you may find the BBC bitesize work slightly easy for your child in the core areas, they do have some lovely projects in the other subjects and you might enjoy trawling through some of these as well. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.

Thank you to those who have already donated so generously to the Mathieson Music Trust. They are desperate to continue the amazing work they do in Kolkata with the poorest children and orphans, whose buildings have been destroyed by the cyclone. Please do consider going onto the site and supporting them.  The work that they do is so important.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holy-Trinity-Primary-Academy-Great-Cheverell

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or get involved with our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” 

Newsletter 35 – 12th June 2020

Dear Parents

Opening the school to more children We are very sorry that we cannot open to all our children yet. We had plans ready to go, but the Government direction is clear, and we cannot launch any of those plans at this stage.

We have another plan now, which I shall outline here, but I ask you to be aware that the Government direction comes through daily, often clarifying or changing policies, and it remains a very real possibility that this plan, also, will have to be abandoned right up to the last minute depending on what is published from the Government on that day. 

We are suggesting now that we close the school to Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 on Friday 17th July, giving them a couple of days extra on their summer holiday. We will then use these two days, Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July, to offer children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 the chance to come into school in small groups for transition work before the start of school in September.

They will be able to familiarise themselves with their classrooms, re-establish contact with some of their classmates and meet their teacher. We plan that they will spend this time in the classrooms that they will attend at the start of the new academic year. So the Year 2 children will go into Sarum classroom as Year 3s and meet their new teachers, and so on up the school.

We will let you know which classroom your child will be in, for the class splits, shortly before the transition days. Teachers will be finalising the class splits, making their decisions using teacher assessment from before the lock down and also using evidence from the work that has been submitted to them over the lockdown through Moodle.

I must emphasise that this plan might also have to be abandoned at short notice. But we thought it would be worth presenting it to you so that you can pencil dates into your diary. I am very sorry that there is so little certainty – I know how frustrating this is as you try to arrange child care and prepare your child for their return to school. But we need to work together to win the fight against the corona virus successfully and we need to be patient as the situation unfolds.

What about next academic year? The first time we, as school leaders, know what the future holds is when the Government makes their announcements on the BBC. So the information will come through to you at the exact moment it comes through to us. Again, I am very sorry that we cannot give more clarity on this, but we honestly have absolutely no idea what pattern of return we might be facing in the new school year.

I can promise that whatever they tell us to do, it will have been one of the many options that we have already considered and laid tentative plans to enable to happen, and that we will absolutely make sure that children come into a school that is well prepared, welcoming and fun to attend, whatever it looks like.

Spaces in school Usually at this time, we are inundated with parents asking for places in our school for their children, but because of the lockdown, people have had other things on their minds. As a result, we do have a few precious spaces for new children who will, as you know, be offered an outstanding education here. If you know of anyone who might like to transfer their children here, please let them know that we do, unusually, have a little spare capacity at present. 

Summer Holidays Up until this year, we always have been able to offer a couple of weeks of holiday club through summer holidays at Holy Trinity but, sadly, our provider has closed because of Covid19 and we cannot find another provider. So we will not be able to offer any kind of holiday club this year.

The Government is talking about arranging summer schools – we have no idea what this might mean or how it might be organised but as soon as we know, we shall let you know. I shall not be asking our teachers to work through their summer holidays – they have borne a huge burden through the lockdown, with courage and positivity, managing distance learning, key worker children and the wider opening of school together with their report writing, assessment, leadership duties and professional development. They need to pause for the summer break and then be ready to come back and face whatever the new normal will present to us in September.

We are very sorry for the disruption – we know that childcare over the holidays is going to be complex for many of our families. We hope that the Local Authority may come up with a solution.

Thank you, PFA!  A huge thank you to our amazing PFA who donated the money we needed to buy the beautiful boat for the Stonehenge class playground. It is a superb boat and generations of children will have amazing fun playing on and around it. We are very grateful for generosity of our community who help to enrich our children’s lives so much.

Thank you to those who have already donated so generously to the Mathieson Music Trust. They are desperate to continue the amazing work they do in Kolkata with the poorest children and orphans, whose buildings have been destroyed by the cyclone. Please do consider going onto the site and supporting them.  The work that they do is so important.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holy-Trinity-Primary-Academy-Great-Cheverell

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We are pleased to welcome Alma-Ayre to Stonehenge class this week and we extend a big welcome to all her family into the school community. We hope Alma-Ayre settles in well at our school. 

A big thank you to everyone who has helped with fundraising in any way this year so far. Thank you for your donations, time and for all the support that you have given to PFA events. 

We are very pleased that the boat, paid for using PFA funds, has now been installed in the playground outside Stonehenge classroom and is ready to be enjoyed by the children. 

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or get involved with our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” 

Newsletter 34 – 5th June 2020

Dear Parents

Opening to more children Thank you very much to all the families of children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6, and the Keyworkers’ children, who came into school so beautifully this week. They had clearly been very well prepared for return to school and every child cheerfully came through the gates into the New Normal here at Holy Trinity. It is such a joy to have our classrooms full of children and happy chatter once again. The children are very good at remembering our precautions, the older children (mostly) remembering social distancing and all children washing hands and maintaining good respiratory hygiene.

I have enjoyed watching the children make up games that ensure that the social distancing rules can be obeyed. I have seen football games with no hands touching the ball at all, and no tackling, just one touch and pass, I have seen clapping games that take place soundlessly across a two metre divide and model building that extends over huge areas to ensure that no one is close to anyone else. Lunches are eaten sociably, but with the correct distance between each child. What amazing children we have in this school!

Distance Learning And thank you also to all the families who are still maintaining the excellent home learning through our Moodle platform. It has, of necessity, had to be reduced because every teacher is now teaching a class full time, but our families continue to ensure that their children at home are rehearsing and honing their skills so that when they come back to school, they will be ready to pick up their journey through the National Curriculum effectively. We see and hear about such lovely curriculum enrichment going on at home. And teachers will continue to upload learning materials to their class page each week and will answer queries once a week when they have a chance to do so.

Crisis at our link school / orphanage in India As many of you know, we have, for many years, nurtured links with the Mathieson Music school in Kolkata in India – a music school that takes orphans and the poorest children from the streets of Kolkata and provides them with an education and boarding. The director of the trust visits our school most years to tell us about the school. https://en-gb.facebook.com/mathiesonmusicschoolkolkata

On top of the Covid crisis, their school was recently hit by the cyclone Amphan and the roofs have been blown off several of their little buildings (rudimentary in any event) and many other areas made unusable. They estimate about £25,000 worth of damage has been done. They would be very grateful for any contribution, however small, to help with rebuilding their school. We have set up a Just Giving page for this project and if you feel as though you could offer anything, it would be most gratefully received. Our thanks to Mrs Edwards for spearheading this for us.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holy-Trinity-Primary-Academy-Great-Cheverell

Welcome We welcome our new families into this wonderful school community and hope that you will settle quickly and be very happy here.

Trophies If your child received one of our trophies at prize giving day last year, please would you return it now? It is time to start thinking of this year’s winners. If you know of someone who has left our school and may have been the recipient of a trophy, would you very kindly ask them to return it? We do not know what our end of term prize giving will look like this year but we will mark the event in some way, even if it is very different from our usual celebration.

Sick Children Please do not send your child into school if you have even the slightest doubt about their health. This is one of the primary ways in which we will keep our children, staff and community safe. If you suspect any member of your family may have the virus, you can now go and be tested. Please isolate if you have a suspicion that you may be affected.

Wiltshire has had very low rates of infection and these continue to fall, thankfully –  about 1 to 2 new cases testing positive each day in all of Wiltshire recently (from the Office of National Statistics) and an estimated R of about 3.6 according to information obtained by the Swindon Advertiser. We need to continue to be rigorous in our efforts to drive this down further, of course, by keeping strictly to the Government regulations, but our risk in Wiltshire is quite low.

School Lunches If you wish your child to have a school lunch, please book through Lataca in the usual way. We can only offer packed lunches as children will be eating in their classrooms in their own Bubbles so as to reduce the number of contacts they have in school.

Space related educational resources for home schooling The UK Space Agency has published a collection of space related educational resources that schools, parents and carers can use when teaching their children at home. The resources are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/space-related-educational-resources-for-home-schooling

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are offering a three-week series ‘BSO Young Explorers: Sea, Voyages & Hope’ workshop that introduces children to making music as they learn to make their own works, take part in warm-up exercises, and rehearse two newly-commissioned nautical songs to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage. The project culminates in a group (virtual!) performance of the two songs at the end of the summer term where you can be in a produced video where everyone is singing together! The sessions will be available — and free for all — on their website: https://bsolive.com/. New sessions will be uploaded multiple times a week at 11am Monday 8 June – Friday 26 June (https://bsolive.com/press-releases/orchestra-launches-summer-activities-for-all-ages/).

Design Clean Transport for the Future PhD students at the University of Bath are running a competition for children to design some form of clean transport for the future – have a look at their website if you would like to take part in this. https://www.csct.ac.uk/csctcleantransport/

Stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

It has been lovely for lots of children, and their families, to be welcomed back to school this week. Those who have returned had the most generous and heart-felt welcome by the school staff and have come home with happy tales of their days. Thank you to everyone involved in ensuring the children who have returned have had as easy a transition as possible. 

Of course, lots of children are still learning at home at the moment, and we send our very best wishes to all those families.

We are also very pleased to welcome a new family to our school community. Arthur has joined Reception this week and we hear he is settling in well and enjoying his time at Holy Trinity. We are looking forward to meeting Arthur and his family in due course. 

To contact us you can email:

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”  

Many thanks,

Your PFA

Newsletter 33 – 22nd May 2020

Dear Parents

Arrangements for opening to more children

Thank you very much to all the parents who responded so quickly to let us know whether their children in FS, Year 1 and Year 6 will be joining us when we start to take extra children into school on 2nd June. We are still not certain that this will happen, of course, as the Government might change their minds on 28th May which is the date they have given us for their final decision. But we are working towards having children join us on Tuesday 2nd June if they are in the eligible year groups (FS, Y1 and Y6) or are part of our Key Worker cohort that has been with us throughout the school closures. There is no requirement for parents to send their children in to school at the moment but we are really looking forward to welcoming these year groups back, and have plans for lots of wonderful activities, lots of outdoor learning and lots of fun.

Please note that we are NOT open for any children, including key workers’ children, on Monday 1st June!

In order to comply with the direction for children to be in groups (or Bubbles) of no larger than 15 children, we have had to ask every teacher to teach a group of children once we re-open to the extra year groups on 2nd June.

This means that there is, sadly, no way that staff can engage in their daily real time Moodle activities as they do at the moment. However, we will do our best to keep some distance learning available for children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Teachers will ensure that work and projects are uploaded to Moodle weekly but they will not be able to take submissions or engage with children directly as they will be working with the classes they have in front of them. We are very sorry that our offer on the distance learning has had to be reduced in this way, but you will understand that our teachers cannot be in two places at once. We will be finishing school early every Friday – children leaving school just after lunch – to enable our teachers to try to catch up with some of the Moodle provision and all the assessing, planning and preparation for the week ahead, and to clean everything thoroughly.

Teachers will be working late into the nights to make this system work as best we can under complex and challenging conditions, and I am very grateful to them for their ongoing positivity and commitment to excellence for all our children. We do have the best team in the country!

Sick Children Please do not send your child into school if you have even the slightest doubt about their health. This is one of the primary ways in which we will keep our children, staff and community safe. If you suspect any member of your family may have the virus, you can now go and be tested. Please isolate if you have a suspicion that you may be affected.

Wiltshire has had very low rates of infection and these continue to fall, thankfully.

School Lunches If your child is coming in to school in June, and you wish them to have a school lunch please book through Lataca in the usual way. We can only offer packed lunches as children will be eating in their classrooms in their own Bubbles so as to reduce the number of contacts they have in school.

Drop off and Pick up Each family who has a child coming into school in June will receive a letter today showing the precise times that they need to drop off and pick up their children, and also where this needs to happen. Some groups will be coming in through the big gates on the field, and others through the usual pedestrian gates to reduce contact. Please check where your child needs to be dropped off and picked up. Only one parent can pick up or drop of their child, and they must leave the area quickly as soon as they are finished. Brightly coloured ribbons in the hedge will help you judge the 2m distance you need to keep as you queue to come into school. Please be prompt as you drop off and pick up – there are a lot of children to welcome and we want everyone to be as safe as possible.

Please don’t bring any extra items from home except lunchboxes and water bottles. No reading folders, no books, no PE kit, no toys or equipment. We want to reduce any likelihood of cross contamination. All equipment they will need is here.

Please let your children wear trainers to school and bring sun hats and rain coats since we will be outside for much of every day regardless of the weather.

If this changes Last week, headteachers had over 40 different communications from the Government about opening to more children – things change constantly and it is difficult to forecast what will happen next. We usually hear about significant changes through the BBC before we get official notification, so you will know about any big changes at the same time that we do. If things change dramatically before 2nd June, we shall text everyone and update them on what the new arrangements will be. But for now, we expect to open to the eligible year groups and will enjoy having our school buzzing with children again.

Don’t Forget! Wiltshire Local Authority has set up a Wellbeing Hub. You can make contact with them and they will signpost you to the most appropriate support for your particular needs, whether this is emotional, financial or physical. Their details are:  “Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub”

Email: wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4576

Stay at home as much as possible, stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning