Newsletter 27 – 3rd April 2020

Dear Parents

THANK YOU! A shout of thanks to all our wonderful families who have worked so hard and so effectively to keep learning on track at home! We are all amazed at the wonderful work that is being done in each home with people keeping positive, creative and having fun. Please look on the “Whole School” page on Moodle for a few items of Sharing that we can celebrate at the end of this week.

You will also find, on the Whole School page, a very short reflection/quiet time/mindfulness topic which is updated daily. Please encourage your child to spend a few precious moments in quiet and reflection each day. This is part of maintaining their good mental health and spiritual growth, whatever their faith or non-faith philosophy.

The link to Amazon Audible (free at present) is also on this Whole School page, as is the First News, a children’s newspaper that is much enjoyed by the children when they are at school. Scrolling down through the Whole School page, you will see some other websites published that might be of interest.

What happens over Easter? Teachers will not set work over the Easter holidays – as you would expect. However, please do continue with reading as usual. Then we will pick up the distance learning through Moodle again on 20th April! Be ready for lots more fun and learning. Over the holidays, help your child to keep up with their active lifestyle, their creative play and reading every single day!

Where can I get support to keep my child safe online?

Careful supervision of primary school children is the very best way of ensuring they are safe. There is a lot of support available to help you keep your child safe online. Below are some relevant links that you may find useful:

Keep talking about internet safety and cyber bullying with your child. Make sure your child is comfortable to report to you anything that they are worried about or feel is inappropriate – that they know you will not be angry with them but will be pleased that they came and asked for support.

Your own wellbeing Whilst some families have managed this novel situation without too many problems, for some of you there may be a point where you feel that you cannot manage anymore. 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

Please do not suffer in silence. Ask for help if you need it.

Children’s wellbeing If you think your child is feeing stressed, you might like to access

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

This builds on the work our children already know so much about, finding peace and strength through quiet reflection and has lots of mindfulness activities offered by Childline.

And there are beautiful chants and Christian reflections from Taize in France for everyone – again, our children know how to use Taize chants to gain calmness and balance, and to find that place of peace in their hearts.

www.Taize.fr/en

Bags for A&E When our staff heard that staff in a local A&E would benefit from having drawstring bags to put dirty clothing in after a shift, to prevent contamination of their homes, they set out to make as many bags as possible – in between their day jobs of managing the distance learning and caring for the children of key workers. Within a few days, heaps of bags had arrived at school made by our staff and their families and friends, and have been sent on to our precious and valued front line workers. Working together as a community of love and support is the best way to win this battle.

Fraud alert  Do not give your bank details out! There are lots of Corona frauds going on at present – even one claiming to come from your child’s school. We will never ask for your bank details or any passwords etc. Please be very careful.

Parents and Carers Pupil Privacy Notice This document has been updated by our Data Protection Officer and accompanies this newsletter. It can also be viewed on our website. . https://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/. On this tab, you will also find the appendix to our Safeguarding policy as it relates to the Covid19 arrangements if you are interested.

Government WhatsApp service A new GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has now been launched. The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation propagated through WhatsApp.

To use the service, members of the public simply add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.

Things to have fun with this week!            

National Trust have some lovely ideas, images and videos – including some things children can do before they are 11 ¾ – whilst in isolation! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/blossom-watch

Many zoos and aquariums are offering webcam experiences and virtual tours:

And some great experiences at the Houston Space centre:

Stay at home, stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

Newsletter 26 – 27th March 2020

Dear Parents

Corona Virus   We urge everyone to abide by the very strict measures that our Government has put in place to help us fight the pandemic, and to stay at home. This is the best way to ensure that fewer lives are lost.

Whilst we are open to children of key workers, we have been very grateful that our parents have heeded the advice to keep children at home unless there is no other option. School provision is used as an absolute last resort even for these key workers, in line with Government direction, since every child who comes into school increases the risk to the child, to their families, to our staff and our community.

We are very grateful to our staff who have responded to this challenge with their usual courage, optimism and generosity and are working hard to care for children on site whilst make sure that learning at home continues as effectively as possible.  We now have staff isolating with symptoms of the virus and we will be risk assessing the situation daily but hope to be able to continue to open, with other staff picking up more of the load. This is our contribution to the greatest challenge we have had to face for several generations and we are proud to be able to play our part in providing this emergency child care where necessary to keep our key workers on the front line.

Easter Holidays Our staff will be offering holiday care for the children of key workers through the Easter break for those who have no other option for child care – we will not be open on the bank holidays. It seems that many of our families with key workers have made arrangements to be home with their children for the second week of the holiday. In the event of just one or two children requiring care in this week, we might signpost those parents to the Local Authority Hub provision where children can be cared for at a different school. Whilst we are open, we will continue to offer school meals (packed lunch) through the holidays. Please order online as usual.

Social distancing – means no play dates! Children cannot really keep the 2m rule when they play, and their hygiene is erratic. Whilst they are probably less likely to be seriously affected by the virus, they can spread it to others who might be made very ill. Please stay at home.

The Learning Continues

Please note: as mentioned last week, children should be doing no more than about 2 hours school work a day, rising to 3 hours for the older children perhaps if they are inspired. If they are unable to complete all the tasks in that time, please do not worry about this, as long as they have had a good go at their reading, writing and maths so that they do not lose their precious learning. They do not have to complete everything set. We do not expect parents to take their children through the national curriculum, just to keep their skills honed and ready for when we return to school. We have seen some wonderful examples of creative and outstanding learning going on in homes.

Please keep an eye on the messages your children send online. Sometimes children can forget to be kind because they cannot see the person they are addressing. If we do have children being unkind we will have to turn off the messaging part of our virtual learning platform – but it is very useful so we hope that children will continue to discuss only their work on the Moodle app, and nothing else.

  • Please ensure that your children are safe online – never let them use a device unsupervised.
  • Please make sure your children spend at least two hours every day in active pursuits – outside in the garden if possible, or clear the sitting room and have a dance/circuit training hour, or use an exercise programme online for children.
  • Please encourage your children to engage in creative activities each day – building dens, junk modelling, Lego, painting, playdough, etc.
  • Please limit the time your children spend in front of a screen or device.
  • Children must follow the same rules as adults when it comes to staying away from gatherings. Please supervise them carefully. Children must not attend places of mass gathering – play parks, parties etc must all be off limits while we fight this threat in our country.

Looking After Yourself   Wiltshire Local Authority has published a little document discussing aspects of looking after yourself as adults and also looking after your children through these dark days. Please find it attached to the email we sent to you – you may find some of their advice and resources useful.

COVID Symptom App  The COVID Symptom App has been launched with researchers at Guy’s & St Thomas’ & King’s College to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at-risk cases sooner by self-reporting symptoms daily, even if people feel well.  You can download the app https://covid.joinzoe.com/ here if you wish to take part in this.

You are also encouraged to share the app and share your “well/ill” status to help provide data for the policy makers to work with.

Admissions to our school for Foundation Stage, September 2020 Primary national offer day is the 16th April. At the present time the Local Authority are on schedule to still make offers on this day. However they will be unable to send out offer letters in the post. Parents and carers who have applied online will be able to log back into the online system and view their place offer. People who have submitted a paper application form will be able to call the Local Authority for their decision on or after the 16th April. They will update their webpage with this information and contact numbers in due course.

Other ideas for home learning There are lots of things to do online – we will suggest a few each week and ask you to feel free to send in to us any sites that are very interesting or worthwhile.

On Moodle, under the Whole School topic, you will find a daily reflection for children (it is very valuable for good mental health to spend a few minutes in meditation or quiet time), and also you will find the First News – a children’s newspaper. Children can browse through and read the captions of pictures if they are younger, or any article that interests them if they are older. Encourage your children to keep reading.

A site which helps children to do some easy yoga exercises – we use it in school with our little ones and they enjoy it. Look at cosmickids.com

https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

Explore the Roald Dahl museum

Virtual Roald Dahl Museum tour

Some ideas for art outdoors – let’s get our children outside!

https://www.tts-group.co.uk/blog/2018/08/22/top-12-outdoor-art-ideas.html

For the older children, some lovely images of artefacts with information about them on every period of history.

https://www.britishmuseum.org/learn/schools/ages-7-11/ancient-britain/virtual-visit-peek-prehistory

When you need a break! Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down and enjoy 20ish minutes of peace! 

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

Newsletter 25 – 20th March 2020

Dear Parents

Corona Virus   The Government has announced that schools will be closed to most children from Monday 23rd March. Our school will be kept open with a skeleton staff to provide support for the children of key workers. These families are already in touch with us and plans are being made for their children to attend.

 The Government helpline is 0800 046 8687   Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.

The Learning Continues Our virtual learning platform is up and running and children have been introduced to it. Children will need an adult to log in for them, to ensure that they are being supervised whilst they are online. Your log in details for Moodle will have been sent to your email address. Follow this link, set your own password and then have a look at the pages and topics for your child/children.

  • Each school day, during this extended closure, please make sure you get into a routine of settling down to do a bit of school work – perhaps an hour in the morning and an hour in afternoon. Do not try to run a full school timetable – this is not appropriate for home learning and one to one tuition – allow a degree of flexibility but aim to get a couple of hours work done each day.
  • Tasks will be set daily and/or weekly and you will be able to log in each day to see the work your children need to do that day.
  • Sometimes teachers may ask to see some of the work the children are doing. This can be uploaded either as a photo from your phone or a pdf document.
  • If you do not have a laptop or computer at home, just use your phone. You or your child can copy the tasks/problems into the books we have provided and work them out. Solutions will be provided for maths problems so that you can check whether they are correct.
  • Please supervise your child’s learning each school day – it is essential that they do not fall too far behind and lose the precious learning they have done.
  • Please ensure that your children are safe online – never let them use a device unsupervised.
  • Please make sure your children spend at least two hours every day in active pursuits – outside in the garden if possible, or clear the sitting room and have a dance/circuit training hour, or use an exercise programme online for children.
  • Please encourage your children to engage in creative activities each day – building dens, junk modelling, lego, painting, playdough, etc.
  • Please limit the time your children spend in front of a screen or device.
  • Children must follow the same rules as adults when it comes to staying away from gatherings. Please supervise them carefully. Children must not attend places of mass gathering – play parks, parties etc must all be off limits while we fight this threat in our country.
  • There is no holiday club and no Lions club activities. Money can be picked up from the office.
  • A weekly newsletter will continue to be published – probably much shorter!
  • If you are entitled to Free School Meals because you are on certain qualifying benefits, please order through Lataca if you wish to, and come to the school at 12.00pm each day to pick up the lunch. It will be a packed lunch to minimise the number of staff we need to have in school.

These are extraordinary times – we need to do all we can to minimise the threat to our society whilst keeping our children safe, calm, happy and learning.

Thank you all for your support and understanding. We have had wonderfully positive messages from so many of you, encouraging us as we work towards helping to keep our community safe, supporting those key workers who will be in the front line, and ensuring all our children continue with their learning.

40th Anniversary We have given every child a copy of a whole school photo to celebrate the opening of our school in June 1980 – our 40th anniversary which we had planned to celebrate in the summer term.

Prayers and blessings on all of our children, their families and the wider community as we stand together to win this fight.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

As per earlier communication, and further enforced by the latest news to close schools as of Friday 20th March, all PFA activity has of course gone on hold. We are hugely disappointed to have to postpone this Friday’s flowers and tuck shop, plus the following Friday’s Ladies Night. Needless to say though, these events will be rescheduled as soon as we can, and let’s hope it’s not as far away as some reports are predicting. Once again, a massive thank you to Olivia Pottinger and her team, who amazingly answered our call for help with the Mother’s Day activity, plus Olivia and Debi Bell-Hosking who will be taking on the Bake Off. We’ll share all new dates and plans when we’re in more steady and calmer times. 

We thought that during this time away from school if anyone has any good ideas and suggestions for activities and entertainment for our children please feel free to post them on our Facebook page. Keeping in touch will be helpful for us all.

Finally, the PFA, on behalf of all parents, would like to thank all the school staff for the lovely way they have cared for our children these last few weeks and the extra time, effort and thought that has gone into the continuation of their learning. We have all appreciated your smiling faces around the school and know you have gone above and beyond for our children. 

We hope everyone and all their loved ones stay safe and well during these difficult and challenging times ahead.

To contact us you can email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”  

Many thanks,

Your PFA

Newsletter 24 – 13th March 2020

Dear Parents

Corona Virus   The Government has announced that schools will stay open for now.

However, anyone with a new and persistent cough or a temperature, must stay home for seven days. Please take note of this advice so that we can help to slow down the spread of the illness and reduce the impact on our community.

We also need to keep washing our hands regularly and thoroughly – the virus cannot survive soap and water. This is the very best defence against infection. Encourage your children to wash their hands, and to keep their hands away from their faces.

In school, we have instituted very rigorous hand washing protocols.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will take advice from the authorities. In the meantime, school and all our activities planned will go ahead as usual until the Government directs us differently. We will keep you updated as soon as we have any further information. Thank you all for your support and understanding as we deal with this very unusual situation.

The Government helpline is 0800 046 8687   Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.

Emollient Cream Because we are asking children to wash their hands so regularly, we are concerned about dry skin on their hands. We will therefore be supplying an emollient cream for them to apply should their hands be sore. If you don’t want your child to use this, please let us know at the office. Kindly do not send in your own cream – we have children with life threatening allergies and we cannot have creams in school that might trigger a reaction.

Parent/teacher meetings Thank you to everyone who attended these meetings. Please remember that you are welcome to make an appointment to talk to your child’s teacher at any point in the year about any issue or to discuss their progress and attainment.

Bollywood dance class  Adults Bolly-Fitness & Bhangra-Fusion Dance Class will be held here in the hall on Monday 16th March 2020 from 7.30pm to 9pm (Please arrive at 7.20pm for the registration); £10 per person – Pay at the door after registration.

PFA Thank you to our PFA for helping us organise and run the Pancake races – always a great favourite with the children and adults in school.

Spring Recorder Concert To celebrate the achievements of our recorder players and to mark the last week of Mrs Jenkins’s time in our school, we will be holding an evening recorder concert on Tuesday 31st March at 5.00pm. All children who play recorder in school will be performing in ensemble. If your child takes recorder lessons, please note this date in your diary.  The concert will last a little over half an hour. If you would like to make a donation to a leaving gift for Mrs Jenkins, please do so at the office.

Collective Worship Our theme for this week was “Treasure on earth, Treasure in Heaven” and we reflected on how important it is not to place too much value on material possessions but to value family, friends, our beautiful world and having fun.

Superstars Holiday Club Our very popular holiday club will be running in the first week of the Easter holidays Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April. Do sign up if you wish your child to attend this week of sports fun. 

Village Clean-up Meet at the Pavilion on Saturday 28th March from 11am-1pm for a village clean-up session – there is a free bacon sandwich on offer! Please come along and help us to keep your village clean & tidy J

Spring Hymns – Come & sing on Fri 3rd April from 7pm-8.30pm at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell. Tickets from Freddie Coupe 07711 028352 or Cheverell Stores. £10 to include a glass of wine & nibbles.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Tuesday 31st March Spring Recorder Concert – evening 5.00pm
Friday 3rd April Last day of term  
Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April Holiday club runs in school – Superstars booking https://www.super-stars.org.uk 8.45am – 3.30pm
Monday 20th April Everyone back to school  
Tuesday 19th May Music concert, performances by children taking lessons in school. 5.00pm Piano, choir, Brass, handbells, guitar and ukulele
Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May Forest of Dean residential trip  
Friday 22nd May Last day of term  
Wednesday 3rd June Everyone back to school  
Monday 29th June TD day  
Tuesday 7th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July Years 3 and 4 summer performance  Weds: 5.30pm Thurs: 2pm
Tuesday 14th July Year 6 restaurant for all year 6 parents 1.30pm
Wednesday 15th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Parents’ welcome meetings for each class after school  
Tuesday 21st July Last day of term  

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Mother’s Day

The PFA will be selling flowers at the school gate at 3pm on Friday 20th March. There will also be a tuck shop, so please remember to bring along some money next week. 

Shed

You may have noticed the lovely new PFA shed has now been erected. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen. 

Ladies Night- Friday 27th March 

Thank you to those who have purchased entry tickets and raffle tickets for this event. If you haven’t yet had a chance to buy, tickets are still available at school reception. This promises to be a fabulous evening with some great stalls, generous raffle prizes and of course our guest speaker. Friends and family are also welcome to purchase tickets and come along on the night. 

Have you signed up for EasyFunding yet? 

If you shop online, you can raise FREE donations for Holy Trinity School PFA. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use #easyfundraising to shop with them! So far our parents have raised an amazing £2836 through this online charity.  

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htspfa/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=gs

To contact us you can email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”  

Many thanks,

Your PFA

Latest advice on Covid – 19

Dear parent / carer,  

We wanted to write to you following the national update to COVID-19 advice yesterday (12 March 2020).

The Chief Medical Officer provided new advice around self-isolation and Public Health England have updated their web pages so we would encourage you to review the updated information online: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The advice is that you should self-isolate at home for seven days if you have a recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature

If staff or pupils have these symptoms then they should now take steps to stay at home and not leave their house for seven days from when their symptoms started.

This will help to protect others in the community while they are infectious. Anyone displaying mild symptoms should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you decide you need to keep your child at home and self-isolate you do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them they are staying at home and Public Health England will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

If your child is displaying the above symptoms and you decide they need to self-isolate please report their absence in the normal way to the office 01380 813 796 or email admin@holytrinity.wilts.sch.uk .

You can view the guidance around self-isolation online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

We will continue to provide regular updates regarding this situation and concerned parents should visit the NHS coronavirus webpage https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ in the first instance  or phone NHS 111 and seek professional health advice if you are concerned.  

We thank you for your support in this matter.

Yours sincerely  

Mercedes Henning