Newsletter 6 – 13th October 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Wednesday 18th October. We all return to school on Monday 30th October for our exciting Christmas term!

Netball There is no Netball Club next week as Mrs Goddard is at Braeside with the Residential Trip.

We are so proud of our netball team who won a very challenging interschool tournament on Wednesday! Well done, all of you, and thank you to Mrs Goddard who runs netball club. A great achievement!

Braeside If your child is going on the residential trip for children in Year 3 and Year 4, please ensure that all medication is handed in on Friday at the office. Remember to drop your child off at 9.30am at Braeside, but please do not park on the Braeside property as there is no space there. Please pick them up promptly at 3.30pm the following day.

Gardening Club People regularly comment on how beautiful our school grounds are, with flowers in tubs, and our kitchen garden and raised beds filled with vegetables and flowers. Do go and have a look at the wonderful Green House project – around the back of the Art Centre – where the Gardening Club grow seedlings and more tender crops. As well as growing the produce, the children in Gardening Club prepare, cook and eat their harvest and can make a contribution to school cooking and school dinners. This is such a great club and we are all very grateful to Liz Read and her outstanding band of volunteers who support the children so effectively to become skilful young gardeners and to experience the joy of growing plants. We are particularly grateful for Liz’s creative and artistic flair which has brightened up some dark and unwelcoming corners of the school with beautiful planting. Thanks also to Liz and her volunteers who kept coming in over the summer holidays to keep our vulnerable plants watered and nurtured. Stewardship of our world starts by caring for the living things closest to us – our young gardeners are learning this lesson in an exciting and engaging way.

The Tallest Sunflower Competition was arranged by our Gardening club and it was great fun to see this reach completion – and what an astonishing outcome! Some real record breaking sunflowers amongst the finalists. Well done to all of you who took such good care of your sunflowers and made sure that they thrived. And well done to our winners!

School Council We are always very impressed with the seriousness with which our children take their duties as representatives of their peers at the school council meetings. They have been elected by their peers to help us canvass the student voice and their views are always interesting and always taken into account when decisions are being made. In addition, all children are encouraged to tell us about their views or thoughts about school and any improvements they would like to see, at any time and in any format – sometimes we get little notes, sometimes children pop into my office, sometimes views are expressed to their teachers or TAs. We always listen because this school is their school and needs to be as good as possible for them.

Library and Museum Trip What a lovely time Stonehenge class had at Devizes Library and Museum! So many interesting things to see and do, and the experience of being off site is wonderful for children. My thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her team who organised this trip, to the volunteers who supported so generously and to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who administer everything so efficiently. It is a great responsibility to take such young children on field trips and we are very grateful to our staff who are prepared to do this for our children.

After School Play Dates Please make sure that you have written a note or an email into school on the morning of the play date to give us permission to release your child to someone else. We are spending a lot of time running around the school with messages that are coming in verbally and often quite late in the day. We do not mind helping out in an emergency, of course, but if all non- emergency messages can be given to us early in the morning and preferably in writing, then we can manage our time more efficiently rather than responding to lots of separate phone calls late in the day.

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.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please note that the online booking system for parents to book an appointment for their progress meeting with their child’s teacher is open. Each appointment is ten minutes long – we are very strict about the timings so that other parents do not have to wait too long for their turn. If you do require longer, you can book a second meeting with your child’s teacher at another time. Please log in on https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
     

Pavilion Club Great Cheverell presents a Halloween film for “children” of all ages – “The Addams Family”! This will take place on Saturday 28th October at 2.00pm. Admission is free. Refreshments available. Children under 12 must have an adult with them. Dress up if you want to! Book at Cheverell Stores by 27th October.

Come and help to decorate St Peter’s church, Great Cheverell, for harvest festival at 10am on Saturday 21st October. Children are especially welcome.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

Newsletter 5 – 6th October 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Wednesday 18th October. We all return to school on Monday 30th October for our exciting Christmas term!

Braeside If your child is going on the residential trip for children in Year 3 and Year 4, please ensure that you have completed a medical form for any medication they need. Remember to drop your child off at 9.30am at Braeside, but please do not park on the Braeside property as there is no space there. Please pick them up promptly at 3.30pm the following day. Year 4 children will be there on Monday 16th October and Tuesday 17th October, and then Year 3 children will be there on Tuesday 17th October and Wednesday 18th October. Please follow the guidance on the kit list when helping your child prepare and pack for the trip.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please note that on Wednesday 11th October we will open the online booking system for parents to book an appointment for their progress meeting with their child’s teacher. The meetings will take place on Wednesday 8th November between 3.10pm and 6.00pm, and again on Thursday 9th November between 5.30pm and 8.00pm. Each appointment is ten minutes long – we are very strict about the timings so that other parents do not have to wait too long for their turn. If you do require longer, you can book a second meeting with your child’s teacher at another time. The earlier you book your slot, the more likely you are to be able to get the time and date that suit you. Please log in on https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

PFA As always, we are tremendously grateful to our wonderful PFA for all the work they do to support outstanding education in our school. Our thanks go especially to the outgoing committee who have done such a great job this year, and have really drawn the families in our school community together. And our very sincere thanks to the new committee who have so generously agreed to step up and lead the work for the coming term. Christmas term is usually very busy for the PFA!

Celebrations! The children in Stonehenge class have been using Celebrations as a theme and it was great fun to share their class party recently – with cakes they had baked themselves, paperchains they had made and plates that they had decorated. Such a lot of great learning has already been done through this theme!

Themes and Topics We are all enjoying the lovely art work that has come from the themes this term – including some beautiful paint mixing in the apple pictures and the landscape pictures, the fascinating Roman Mosaic fruit and vegetables, the carefully observed pencil drawings of Harvest gifts showing perspective and shading.

Cooking in School The children love their cooking lessons which take place every Tuesday afternoon under the leadership of Mrs Heath and her able assistant, Mrs Andrew. After several years of learning how to cook and bake from detailed recipes, this year the children are being encouraged to try to be a bit more creative – given a choice of wonderful, seasonal ingredients, what could they make? What a wonderful selection of amazing food we have tasted this term – apple and plum flapjacks, fruit scones, quiches and pies to name just a few. 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.

Harvest Donations We were delighted to hear that our school sent 110kg of food to the Foodbank in Devizes – the largest amount they have had donated from any primary school!! The Food Bank staff were particularly grateful that our school sent the items that they actually desperately needed. Thank you all very much for this tremendous effort. And thank you to our PFA who put up the lovely display in the hall and to Ruth Edwards who took charge of getting the donations to the Food Bank.

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 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. 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 with additional unauthorised absence being recorded within the previous 12 months, the Education Welfare Service will be notified and the Local Authority may issue a penalty notice to each parent for each child.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Greetings from your new chair, Patricia Genner – mummy to Jacob in Sarum and Maia in Stonehenge. I’m delighted to take on the role, as I love the spirit of the school and the way that the PFA helps all of us express it. I’m also extremely pleased we have Harriet and Kevin Cleveley as Secretary and Treasurer respectively, I know they’ll do an awesome job.

Firstly, an enormous thank you to our out-going team, chaired by Debi Bell-Hosking. The outpouring of emotion from the kids and parents alike in last week’s sharing assembly is testament to the fantastic job they have done.

We’d love you to come along to the next PFA meeting, Tuesday 17th October at 1.30pm, in the school staff room, (with tea and cake!) to get the ball rolling for the Christmas events. Your PFA needs you! We need idea-havers, organisers, bakers, makers, decorators, setter-uppers, stall holders and clearer-uppers plus many more to make it the best it can be.

If you can’t make a daytime meeting but want to get involved, there will be evening meetings too. Please email me at patricia_bass@hotmail.com or write on the PFA Facebook page to tell us what you need.

Changeover or not, PFA business carries on regardless, with Emma Farebrother delivering another whopping 92kg for textile recycling this week. Your Cauliflower Christmas card designs are hopefully with Julie Stone already (deadline Monday 9th), and will be sent off soon. Thank you all for your continued support to both fundraising efforts.

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

Newsletter 4 – 29th September 2017

Dear Parents

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.

Braeside If your child is going on the residential trip for children in Year 3 and Year 4, please ensure that you have completed a medical form for any medication they need to take (prescription medication only) and notify us of any allergies or food intolerances they may have.

Piano Lessons We are delighted to be able to offer piano lessons for children in our school with peripatetic teacher, Robert Broomfield BA First Class, MISM. Robert is a friendly and patient young man with years of experience as a teacher, accompanist and performer. 20 minute lesson: £7 payable termly in advance.  Telephone: 07594076824 Email: rgbroomfield@googlemail.com     Website: www.rgbroomfield.wixsite.com/devizespianoteacher

If your child is interested in piano lessons, please complete the form available at the office.

Holiday Club In a change from previous years, our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through the October half term break in addition to their other weeks. The Club will run through the whole half term, from Thursday 19th October to Friday 27th October.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website, https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/

Illness in school At this time of the year, we often have lots of cases of colds, flu and tummy upsets. Children can come into school if they are slightly unwell with a bit of a runny nose, but no child should come to school with a temperature and if your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they must not come back into school for 24 – 48 hours after their last episode. We rely on parents making that final judgement about precisely when to come back to school, but they should not be rushed back into school within hours. We need to ensure that we keep the infection under control and this is best done by making sure that infectious children are not at school.  We remind children about, and rehearse, hand washing protocols, every child has their own pen and pencil and we are strict in hygiene observance in all areas of school life, aiming to keep contamination to an absolute minimum.

Stop and Drop Please remember that, at drop off times, the layby outside the school is kept free from parked cars and used by parents as a Drop Off and Drive area – where you pull in and let your child jump out, check that they get through the school gates, and then drive away. This is not be a suitable strategy for our youngest children of course, but is perfectly safe for the older children. It is one way to minimise the traffic congestion and dangerous parking that causes such a hazard to our children. Please remember – we ask that you do not park in the layby. Stop there, drop off and drive away once you have seen that your child is safely inside the school gates.

Secondary School places our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2018. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2017. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

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 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) 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 support plan, drawn up with the teacher, parents, child and SENCO. If the child still does not make progress, 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 if they require it. We open what we call a “Concern Sheet” which is shared with parents and extra provision is put in place for the child to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a concern sheet 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.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Hard to believe the Outdoor Cinema was only last Friday! We’ve done a big shout-out on the PFA Facebook page to individuals who helped make the evening so magical – including all of you who came to the event, the children who presented their incredible cardboard car creations and those of you who baked cakes and treats for us to sell on the night. Again, a big thank-you for all your support!

On a more nostalgic note, this is our last newsletter post as the current PFA core team. At today’s AGM, myself, Debi Bell-Hosking (Chair), Louise Gaiger (Vice-Chair), Julie Stone (Vice-Chair) and Poppy Godfrey (Secretary) will be stepping down from our named roles after what has been a truly fun and super year working together – and we genuinely look forward to supporting the new team and lending a helping hand.

We’re proud to have presented the school with £2000 towards the children’s ‘food & cookery’ classes in the face of budget cuts, to have paid £500 towards the Stomp performance earlier this year and we’ve just given the school £200 to update the children’s play time dressing up box – maybe with some space suits!

We’ve also discussed that the school approach the PFA on an ad hoc basis to fund more special events, performances and visitors to the school as this is something that is likely to suffer under the strain of recent budget cuts.

The ‘look-ahead’ for the next team is really positive, There is a healthy amount in the  pot and many people have already expressed interest in running individual events throughout the year. Similarly, some Mums have come forward to say they’d like to form a team of pairs to keep ‘Jane’s Tuck Shop’ going. So it’s full steam ahead….!

At time of writing we do not know who the new team is, apart from Kevin Cleveley who will be taking on the role as Treasurer, but we wish them every success and a lot of fun and laughter in the process!

Thank-you everybody for the most wonderful year – from the PFA Team

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

Newsletter 3 – 22nd September 2017

Dear Parents

Harvest Donations Please bring in your non-perishable donations for the Devizes Foodbank during next week (in date, please). Their food parcels helped over 1,500 people in crisis last year – people who faced real food poverty for one reason or another. At the moment the Food Bank is especially short of:

  • BAKED BEANS
  • FRUIT JUICE (LONG LIFE)
  • TINNED POTATOES
  • INSTANT MASH POTATO
  • TINNED RICE PUDDING
  • PACKET RICE
  • TINNED COLD MEAT (E.G. HAM, CORNED BEEF, SPAM ETC)

Harvest service will be held at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell on Friday 29th September at 9.30am – do come long if you can. And our usual Sharing Assembly will have a Harvest theme on that Friday.

Reading Comprehension Workshop Thank you to all who came along to find out how we help children to “Unpick” and understand the texts that they are reading. It is vital that children read with good comprehension – decoding at speed and reading fluently is pointless if they do not understand what they have read!

  • If your child brings home a book that is too hard for them to read, then enjoy it and read it to them yourself, asking them to read occasional words that are within their ability, to spot letters and sounds that they are familiar with and to answer the deep questions that you will ask of them, using skills of inference and deduction.
  • If your child brings home a book that is too easy for them – that is absolutely fine! Let them read it effortlessly (and what a great feeling that is!) and get them to answer your deep questions. They will probably get a lot more out of this exercise than they will out of struggling to read a book that is at the edge of their learning.
  • In school, we will, of course, be levelling children in their reading and will be keeping them reading at the very edge of their learning, pushing them to more advanced texts as we teach them. But this is not the job of reading homework. Reading homework is all about enjoying reading. Research shows that children who enjoy reading do better in GCSEs (across all subjects, including maths) and go on to do better in later life, showing more empathy and understanding than those who don’t enjoy reading.

Holiday Club In a change from previous years, our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through the October half term break in addition to their other weeks. The Club will run through the whole half term, from Thursday 19th October to Friday 27th October.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website,

https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/

School Dinners A plea that you will check with your children before ordering their hot dinners through Lataca – too often children are faced with a dinner that they don’t particularly like if it was ordered without their agreement. Occasionally we are able to offer them something else, if there is sufficient extra food available, but this is not always possible. (If you would prefer that we never offer your child an alternative meal, please let the office know.) If your child has chosen their own meal, perhaps they will be more likely to eat it!

PFA Our sincere thanks to the PFA for all their hard work to organise the very exciting outdoor cinema event. 6.00pm tonight! Bring chairs and warm clothes – and enough money to have fun. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not park in Witchcombe Close, or anywhere that might cause problems for our neighbours.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 29th September Harvest Service at church – 9.30am

Harvest Assembly – 2.15pm

Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the day! Tonight is the night of the Family Outdoor Cinema on the school field! Good weather promised too! Entrance is £2.50 per person and under 3s are free.

A reminder about timings: Arrivals start from 6pm for BBQ, refreshments, popcorn, cake and hot chocolate. Best to time your last arrivals by 7pm as the film, Moana, may start anytime between 7 and 7.30pm, depending on dusk conditions.

Car Craft Competition: If your child wants to take part in the ‘Car Craft Competition’, please ensure their cardboard car is set up in front of the cinema screen by 6.30pm to by judged by Kytes Garage. Harriet will be helping to co-ordinate this ahead of the film screening.

Cake and Biscuit donations: Please bring your baking to the Art Centre ahead of the event. Remember to attach your name, telephone number and a note to confirm that your baking is NUT-FREE.  Lisa and Julie are running this stall so feel free to approach them with any questions. Thank-you!!!

Parking: Please be respectful to our Holy Trinity neighbours when it comes to parking for the event. Same discretions apply as to a normal school day. We’ve had concern from one nearby resident who was apparently blocked in by a car parked across their driveway during a previous event.

HAVE FUN!: We can’t wait to see you all there for what is a very unique and wonderful event as the Holy Trinity Community. Bring a warm blankie and cushion!!

From a very excited PFA Team!

(P.S. Don’t forget to diarise the PFA AGM, next Friday, Sept. 29, from 13:30)

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

Newsletter 2 – 15th September 2017

Dear Parents

New Reading System Every family is invited to come to a workshop in school on Monday 18th September at 2.15pm to find out how to support your child’s reading comprehension even more effectively.

Sarum Class – Roald Dahl Day.  What fun the children (and parents) in Sarum class had on Wednesday! Lots of disgusting food was shared, some great science experiments on explosions were conducted and the costumes were excellent. Our thanks to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and Mrs Trusler who worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly, and thanks to the children and the parents for participating so fully and making the day so successful. The work on this theme continued with some great writing taking place the following day. We are all waiting to see the results of the decomposing fruit experiment, drawn from Dahl’s horrible descriptions of the contents of Mr Twit’s beard.

PFA Our sincere thanks to the PFA for all their hard work to enhance the learning opportunities and the provision for our children. Do consider offering your support to the PFA – it is a great way to make friends and become a part of the school community. You can do as much or as little as you wish so you do not need to feel that you will be overwhelmed if you volunteer!

Calendar for the year The calendar on our website has now been updated to include some of the important dates and fixtures for the whole year – if you need to find out when Sports day is or the Christmas plays etc, please look on the website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/calendar/ .  There will be a lot more dates as the year progresses, including trips off-site and invitations for parents to come to events at school – so please keep an eye on the newsletter for details each week.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 18th September Reading Workshop for all parents and carers 2.15pm – 3.00pm
Friday 29th September Harvest Service at church – 9.30am

Harvest Assembly – 2.15pm

Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
     

Transferring Data As children transfer from one school to another, their data will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as names and birthdates, these data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data. The police will also send schools information about relevant domestic violence incidents or other matters that might impact a child in the school.

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

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

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

Parking Can we once again make the plea that our parents are considerate in their parking when dropping off and picking up? We need to keep our children safe and we have a duty to our neighbours as well. The road into Witchcombe Close is a private road and any repairs and maintenance have to be paid for by the residents themselves – no one should be parking there. Parking on the intersection and double parking puts children’s lives as risk. Please consider parking further down in the village and walking up Green Lane if there is no parking outside the school or in the Pavilion car park. Our thanks go to the Parish Council which very kindly allows us to use the car park at busy times if it is not in use for an event. The police have said that they will be carrying out regular patrols at pick up and drop off times with a view to checking for infringements. We do need to abide by the law.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Only a week away until we screen ‘Moana’ at the Family Outdoor Cinema Evening, Friday, September 22! Flyers in book bags today. A reminder about timings: The school gate opens at 6pm. It would be best to time last arrivals by 7pm as the film may start anytime between 7pm and 7.30pm based on dusk conditions. All children are to be accompanied by an adult.

If your child wants to enter the ‘car craft competition’, please ensure their car designs are placed near the front of the large cinema screen on the field by 6.30pm. Kytes Garage will be doing the judging!

There is still time for your child to create a cardboard car if they want to. Join your child at Harriet’s 2nd Car Craft afternoon, on Wednesday afternoon (September 20).

We’re appealing for your donations of cakes and home-baked treats to sell at the Outdoor Cinema. This time, please could you sticky tape your name (so we know who to thank!) and confirmation your baking is nut-free to your cake or biscuit packaging. These can be dropped off at Reception either at school drop-off or pick-up on Friday (September 22). THANK-YOU!

Also, please don’t forget to diarise the PFA AGM, the following Friday, September 29 at 13:30, ahead of Harvest Assembly – especially if the role of PFA Chair appeals to you.

Looking forward to the Outdoor Cinema!!!! From the PFA Team

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