Newsletter 12 – 8th December 2017

 Dear Parents

The Christmas Performances

KS1 children should be dropped off at 4.40pm for the evening performances and KS2 children should be dropped off at 6.00pm.

Pick up for the KS1 performance is 6.00pm at the back doors of their classrooms where you usually pick up, and for the KS2 performance pick up is 7.30pm on the playground outside the hall doors.

There are plenty of tickets left for the KS2 matinee performance (Tuesday 12th December) so if you would like extra tickets, please let us know at the office. Any spare tickets, please return to the office for redistribution.

No child may be left in school to wait for their sibling in the other play unless they are in the PFA crèche. There are no adults on duty to look after them. Please be prompt to pick up children at the end of their performances and please consider using lift clubs to minimise the parking problems that can occur on these evenings.

Handbells and community carol concert What talented musicians our children are! Our thanks to the wonderful Handbell Club under the leadership of Mrs Heath who gave such a tremendous performance at the Handbell concert, and our thanks to Mrs Edwards who so beautifully accompanied the community carol singing at this event. We are also very grateful to our PFA who provided refreshments at the end of the event. What a great way to start our Christmas celebrations!

Stonehenge Class bed time story and hot chocolate event Thank you to Miss Nisbeck and Miss Roberts-Phare who organised this exciting evening for our youngest children – it is fun to come back to school in pyjamas for a story and hot chocolate! We want to help children to develop a lifelong love of stories, books and reading and these events help to enhance that love of literature.

PFA Our very sincere thanks to our wonderful PFA who are working very hard to make sure that Christmas at Holy Trinity is a very special time. They will be doing refreshments for many of the events we are holding; they are organising the crèche at the performances; they are organising the Christmas Fayre this afternoon; and they are organising the Christmas party and a special visitor with gifts on the penultimate day of term; and they have decorated our school beautifully. We are very grateful to Patricia Genner and her remarkable team who enrich our children’s experience at school so much.

Recorder Christmas Concert You are all invited to come along to the Recorder Concert that will take place at 11.00am on Friday 15th December. We always enjoy these concerts and it is lovely to see even our youngest recorder players standing up and performing.

Year 3 choir A special Christmas treat as our Year 3 choir will be singing in sharing assembly on Friday 15th December.

Christmas Service and Party On Tuesday 19th December at 9.30 am, we shall be walking to St Peter’s in Great Cheverell for our Christmas service. You are all most welcome to join us for this event. This year, we shall have a donkey in the lead as we walk down to the church!  The children may wear sensible, warm party clothes to this as we shall have our Christmas party in the afternoon.

Piano Lessons We have had lots of children taking up the offer of piano lessons from our new piano tutor, Robert Broomfield. If there is enough interest, we will open up one more afternoon of lessons. If you would like your child to take piano lessons in school, please let us know at the office.  Providing we have five or six new pupils, Mr Broomfield will come in on Monday afternoons as well.

 “Smart” Toys for Christmas Some parents might be considering buying toys for their children which have some connectivity to the internet – toys such as Furby Connect, i-Que Intelligent Robot, Cloud Pets, Toy-Fi Teddy, WowWee Chip. There are warnings being issued that these sorts of toys can be “Hacked” and children can receive messages “from their pets” which have been sent by complete strangers hacking into the toys, some of the toys could be hacked to photograph children or to defraud you. We need to keep our children safe and toys like this can pose a real risk to children and their families.  The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued some advice on this at https://iconewsblog.org.uk/2017/11/23/the-12-ways-that-christmas-shoppers-can-keep-children-and-data-safe-when-buying-smart-toys-and-devices/#more-3158 and there is more on Which? at https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/smart-toys/article/smart-toys-should-you-buy-them

Lost Property We shall recycle the lost property over the Christmas holidays. So if you are missing anything that belongs to your child, please come in and go through the Lost Property basket before the holidays. The basket is full!

Superstars Holiday Club Our holiday club providers are offering Holiday Clubs in the following weeks: Monday 2nd April – Thursday 5th April, Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June, Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August and Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August. Website: http://www.super-stars.org.uk/ .

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
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

Friday 15th December Recorder Christmas Concert 11.00am – 11.45am
Friday 15th December Year 3 Choir Sharing Assembly
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
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3..10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school

Primary School Applications Please remember to apply for a primary school place for your child if they will turn 5 between September 2018 and August 2019. You application must be with the Local Authority by 15th January 2018. We are likely to be oversubscribed so don’t miss this deadline if you want a place here at Holy Trinity. Even if you live locally, if you have not put in an application, you will have be considered under Late Admissions and then would be very unlikely to get a place here.

The Polar Express is being shown in the Pavilion on Saturday 9th December at 2.30pm. Admission is free to all, but please book and collect your tickets by 8th December at Cheverell Stores. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Children’s Workshop – Saturday 16th December, 10am till 12 Noon at Erlestoke Church. Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas. A short Christingle service will be held during this workshop. Items will be put on display ready for the Carol service on Sunday 17th December @ 6.30pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the long-awaited Christmas Fayre! We have been blown away by how much you have all put into the preparation of it, and it promises to be a great one! Please come to the pavilion from 3pm onwards. The hall will be open from 12.30 onwards to prep and to accept cake/raffle donations etc. Thank you so much for all your help, it can’t happen without you.

Similarly, preparations for the children’s Christmas Party rely on your participation. In book bags today will be requests for a food donation for the day. Lists of items will go up outside the classrooms next week so you can put your names down for something. We will be collecting the food in the Arts Centre at drop off on the morning of Tuesday 19th December. If you are free during the morning too, the more help the better.

A big thank you to the big team of volunteers who turned out this week to decorate the school, the job was done in record time and the handmade decorations made it all extra special. Gemma and Paul Ackermann who provided refreshments after the beautiful handbells and carols concert, this is their 4th year volunteering for that particular job.

Refreshments will also be available between the KS1 and KS2 evening plays next week (Mon and Wed 11th/13th Dec) in the Arts Centre. We have a big team of people lined up to provide mulled wine and mince pies, and also to look after the children booked into the crèche. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Your PFA team

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Newsletter 11- 1st December 2017

Dear Parents

The Christmas Performances

Please make sure that you have a ticket for every single person coming to the plays – whether they are babies on laps or children in our school. Fire regulations must be strictly adhered to and we can only have a certain number of people in our hall.

There are plenty of tickets left for the KS2 matinee performance (Tuesday 12th December) so if you would like extra tickets, please let us know at the office. There are no more tickets for the evening performances for KS2. Please return any tickets you do not need for either performance so that we can redistribute them.

The PFA are very kindly running a crèche to help parents who have children in both performances but you MUST have signed up in advance so that they can be sure to have enough helpers to run the crèche.

No child may be left in school to wait for their sibling in the other play unless they are in the PFA crèche. There are no adults on duty to look after them. Please be prompt to pick up children at the end of their performances and please consider using lift clubs so that we minimise the parking problems that can occur on these evenings.

KS1 children should be dropped off at about 4.40pm for the evening performances and KS2 children should be dropped off at about 6.00pm.

Pick up for the KS1 performance is 6.00pm at the back doors of their classrooms where you usually pick up, and for the KS2 performance pick up is 7.30pm on the playground outside the hall doors.

Cathedral Trip The children in White Horse class all went to the Cathedral on Tuesday, and did some activities around Advent and Christmas. They also had a tour of the cathedral and had a special organ recital just for them. It was a lovely trip as these outings to the cathedral always are – the education team there are very efficient. Our thanks to Mrs Twentyman, Mrs Cook and Mrs Edwards who organised the trip, and thanks to our volunteer helpers who accompanied the trip.

Dental Practice Trip The children in Sarum class were very excited about their trip to the dentist on Thursday! They covered many aspects of the KS2 curriculum that have to do with dentition, and also learnt more about dental hygiene and eating in such a way that their teeth are kept healthy. My thanks to Mrs Jones, Mrs Hayward and the admin team who organised the trip, and to the staff at the dental practice who gave our children such a great experience as part of their outreach into the community.

Handbells and community carol concert Do come along to the school hall on Wednesday 6th December at 5.00pm for a wonderful start to Christmas with our amazing handbell club playing carols on bells and everyone joining in community carol singing. Refreshments at the end. This is always enormous fun!

Stonehenge Class Bed time story and hot chocolate event If your child is in Stonehenge class, don’t forget to drop them off for a short while this evening at 5.00pm to have a bed time story and some hot chocolate and biscuits. Please pick them up promptly at the end as they will be tired and excited.

Library Books Please make sure that your child brings back the library books they have borrowed from the school library. We have invested heavily in buying in lots of new and wonderful books but our finances are very tight and we cannot afford to keep replacing them. To help you identify the Holy Trinity books, we shall be putting a bright sticker onto the outer top right hand corner of each cover (and the school stamp is inside each cover as well).

Heart Radio and our children! On Wednesday 6th December, you will be able to hear all our children singing “Sleeps ‘til Santa …” at about 8.30am. We were invited to take part in this project earlier this week, we rehearsed and recorded our contribution and sent it off today. It is a short snippet, so be ready! Our children were completely wonderful! They learnt the song quickly and sang it beautifully. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who accepted the challenge, and Mrs Jones who agreed to announce and lead the singing.

Parental Canvassing Attached to this newsletter, please find the results of our recent parental canvassing. Thank you for taking the time to respond. 86% of our families responded which is a great result. Broadly, the results show high levels of satisfaction with the school across all areas canvassed. We are grateful for the very positive comments that were made on some responses, helping us to see what we do well so that we can continue to further those areas. And thank you for those who gave us some points to consider – we always read and reflect deeply on any comments you make for our continuing development. We are partners in educating your children and the outcomes are always best if we are working together. Governors and the senior leadership team will consider all comments as we plan future strategy for the coming year.

 

 

Recorder Christmas Concert You are all invited to come along to the Recorder Concert that will take place at 11.00am on Friday 15th December. We always enjoy these concerts and it is lovely to see even our youngest recorder players standing up and performing.

Year 3 choir A special Christmas treat as our Year 3 choir will be singing in sharing assembly on Friday 15th December.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 1st December Stonehenge Class Bedtime Story event 5.00pm
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

Friday 15th December Recorder Christmas Concert 11.00am – 11.45am
Friday 15th December Year 3 Choir Sharing Assembly
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

Primary School Applications Please remember to apply for a primary school place for your child if they will turn 5 between September 2018 and August 2019. You application must be with the Local Authority by 15th January 2018. We are likely to be oversubscribed so don’t miss this deadline if you want a place here at Holy Trinity. Even if you live locally, if you have not put in an application, you will have be considered under Late Admissions and then would be very unlikely to get a place here.

St Peter’s Church Christmas Fair – Come & join us on Saturday 2nd December from 10am – 2pm in the Great Cheverell Pavilion. There will be craft stalls, activities & a light lunch is available. There will be a visit from a special guest too! Entry is free & if you are able to donate any raffle prizes these can be left at the Post Office in the village or at the school for Mrs Roberts-Phare.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the closing day of the Christmas Decorations Making Competition – Emma Jelf and I have been overwhelmed by the beautiful, intricate and creative ideas that we’ve seen all this week. The winners are being announced in today’s sharing assembly, and all decorations will be used to make the school look festive for many years. Thank you so much for supporting your children’s efforts.

The 4th is also our last Textile Collection for 2017, please leave any donations by the Arts Centre in the morning for Emma Farebrother to deliver to the depot.

We have had a massive influx of teddies for the tombola at the Christmas Fayre. Thank you so much for bringing those in. In the run up to the big day (Friday 8th Dec, 3pm, Pavilion), we are still looking for any raffle prizes you may have and hoping all the home bakers (or shoppers!) out there will have time to make/buy festive treats for the tuck shop stall to sell on the night. No nuts as always please.

This year’s fayre will include a special festive photo booth for you to take your own photos in, plus there will be hot dogs on offer so you don’t have to rush off home so quickly. Other stalls include pin the nose on the reindeer, where’s the monkey?, chocolate tombola, tattoos and facepainting, second hand uniform, raffle, and the lush Christmas makes!

The booking forms for the Creche running during the school plays have gone into book bags today, for those who have indicated they would like a place. There is still some free capacity if you want to book in now, but we won’t be able to take children on the night. £2 per child and only current Holy Trinity pupils please. Don’t forget we’ll be serving Mulled Wine/Tea/Coffee and mince pies in the Arts Centre during the interval of the plays on Monday and Wednesday.

Lists for food donations to the Children’s Christmas party, will be going up outside your children’s classrooms in a few weeks, please keep an eye out and remember we rely on your participation completely to make it a great event for the children. Thank you very much for all your support.

Your PFA team

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

 

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

Newsletter 10 – 24th November 2017

Dear Parents

Top 500 schools We have once again been named as one of the top 500 schools in the country by The Times! This puts us in the top 3% again. This is a huge achievement – year after year our staff and children maintain an extraordinarily high standard of attainment in the academic measures used for this league table. My thanks go to our inspirational teachers, our aspirational children, our committed governors and our engaged families who all work together to ensure that our little rural primary can rank with the very best in the country academically.

And as ever, we emphasise the fact that this success is almost a by-product of outstanding, quality-first education across all areas of the curriculum. Children are immersed in the Christian values of compassion, aspiration, courage and joy and this is the foundation of everything that happens here. We are just as proud of those children whose special talent is friendship or sport or creative thinking or teamwork. We are never complacent and are always reaching to provide better opportunities for our children across every aspect of their education.

Hockey tournament We are proud of our hockey teams who did very well at the interschool tournament on Saturday. They did not win overall but won many games and achieved a very good result. As ever, they played with commitment and skill and showed great sportsmanship throughout. My thanks to Mr Amor and the volunteers who helped with this event. And thanks also to Dauntsey’s secondary school who provide sports coaches and other resources to support competitive sport in our schools as part of their outreach.

Netball Competition Well done to our netballers who took part in an interschool netball competition on Monday. They did very well although they did not win, and we are very proud of their courage and resilience as they played with great sportsmanship. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mrs Goddard who organise our netball provision.

Tickets for the Christmas Performances

Key Stage 1 Performance: (Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2): Each family will receive 2 tickets for each performance. If you are not going to use them all, please return them to the office so that we can re-distribute them. If you want extras, let the office know.

Key Stage 2 Performance: (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6): Please complete the request for tickets slip. Please note- only request a MAXIMUM of 4 tickets per family, and NO MORE than 2 tickets for any performance. Please return your requests by Friday 1st December at the very latest. We cannot promise that all requests will be filled since we cannot forecast which performances are going to prove the most popular.

Please ensure that you have a ticket for every single person attending, including babies and other siblings who are in our school but who are not in the play. Fire regulations are very strict and we cannot risk lives by having too many people in the hall at one time.

Headlice We have had a report of headlice in our school again. Please check your child’s head very carefully and take appropriate action if you see any signs of lice. Your local pharmacy can give you advice on the best way to treat the problem. If every child is checked every week, we can make sure that there are no lice in our school.

Sickness We have had a few reports of children with a sickness bug recently. We take this very seriously. All tables and desks are sterilised daily, all handles, taps and toilets are sterilised daily, each child has their own pen/pencil and all are show clearly how to wash their hands properly and encouraged to do this regularly. However, 150 children in a small and confined space can result in the spread of infection. If your child is ill, please do not let them return to school until 24 – 48 hours after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

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 Privacy Notice (available on our website http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ ).  We do not share information about pupils without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. We might share information with: schools that the pupils attend after leaving us, our local authority, the Department for Education (DfE), The NHS, The School Nurse, Agencies involved in supporting our children such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, SENS, Social Services, MASH and other agencies involved in Safeguarding, Peripatetic teachers and coaches working within the school in order to ensure the very best provision for all our children and to keep them safe.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 29th November White Horse to Salisbury Cathedral 8.40am -3.15pm
Thursday 30th November Sarum class trip to Urchfont dental practice 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Friday 1st December Stonehenge Class Bedtime Story event 5.00pm
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

 

St Peter’s Church Christmas Fair – Come & join us on Saturday 2nd December from 10am – 2pm in the Great Cheverell Pavilion. There will be craft stalls, activities & a light lunch is available. There will be a visit from a special guest too! Entry is free & if you are able to donate any raffle prizes these can be left at the Post Office in the village or at the school for Mrs Roberts-Phare.

Christmas Craft and Food Fair on Saturday, 25th November from 3-6pm at the Erlestoke Secret Garden, followed by a Happy Hour from 6-9pm. Walk the woodland way for music, Christmas gifts and ornaments, ceramics, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts amongst other goodies.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you so much to all who brought in jars and pound coins this morning! We’ve had a bumper crop which will all be stored carefully until the fayre (Fri 8th Dec after school, Pavilion). The amazing Claire Hatala-Poole who is organising the stall has already filled 40 herself, and is still asking for any empty jars to fill, as she has lots of goodies at home to use up.

Next week we’ll be collecting Teddies for the Teddy Tombola stall, there’ll be a box in reception, big thank you to Amanda Green and Vanessa Lescott for taking that on.

This weekend is also the perfect time to get your entries ready for the Christmas Decoration Making Competition, there will be another box in reception next to the teddies. Class winners will be announced in sharing Assembly next Fri 1st Dec.

Then on Monday 4th Dec all of the entries will get a chance to be displayed as we decorate the school in the evening (8pm). We could do with a couple more decorators if you’re free?

Wednesday 29th Nov is present wrapping night at Stephanie Davies house (8pm), thank you for those of you who’ve volunteered to tackle the mammoth task!

The crèche during the school plays is going ahead, we have had enough people book in to make that happen. If you’ve missed today’s deadline but do still want to use the facility please get in touch, we have a couple more places, but we won’t be able to accept kids on the night.

Next textile recycling, Mon 4th Dec.

Thanks for all your support at this busy time!

Your PFA team

Holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

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