Newsletter 3 – 20th September 2019

Dear Parents

The Diversity Project

We aim to give our children as much rich experience of engaging with people from other cultural and religious backgrounds as possible.  Our Diversity Project will run through this year, and will give children the opportunity to experience aspects of other cultures via a programme of visits and workshops. Earlier in the year, we successfully applied for funding from the Wiltshire and Swindon Cultural Education Partnership to help with our work on this area of learning.

Over the academic year we will work with Salisbury Museum, who are already fantastic learning partners of ours, to look at the impact of the Romans and then the Normans on Britain. We will visit a mosque in Swindon to learn more about Islam. We will have a visit from an African education group and a Bollywood dancing expert and we will also hear from Syrian refugees living in this country about their experiences.  All the activities are age appropriate and all the providers are experienced at working with children.  If you have anything in your family or history that you think would be relevant to our project, and that you would like to share, please do get in touch with us.

I am very grateful to Mrs Jones who has spearheaded this project, has successfully bid for the grant and has organised the workshops and visits that will comprise the experience. Both children and adults will be enriched by finding out more about the wonderful, diverse and exciting culture that is Britain.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents On Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm we shall be running a little workshop for parents to give some ideas on how to ensure that their children have a good comprehension of text as they read together, and also some ideas for using maths in day-to-day life. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The final part of the workshop will involve sitting in your child’s classroom for ten minutes or so, listening to them read and enjoying the classroom experience.

Suggested books for children If you are interested in providing a range of books for your child to read, there are a number of lists and websites which will help you select good reading material. https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/  has some great ideas for books for children age 3 – 11, and they update the site regularly. Please be aware that children do not have to tackle a weighty book if they are reluctant readers – they can read picture books, magazines and comics, instructions for building lego models, blogs, recipes, the back of cereal boxes! Anything at all! If your child does not enjoy reading books, encourage them to read adverts, captions on pictures, road signs – as long as they are reading, they are getting better at reading. Then, if you read to them regularly, they will gradually come to love reading and will wish to tackle more challenging texts themselves.

We are considering having a book swap in school now and again. Any books your child has finished with could be brought in and put on a table, then your child could take home some books that are new to them from the collection there. If you feel this might be a good idea, please let us know.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Gardening Club Sadly, we no longer have a gardening club operating at our school since no one came forward to lead it. If you are interested in taking this on, please contact us. Our very sincere thanks to Liz Read who has done such an amazing job of leading the club for so many years.

Secondary School – If your child is transferring to secondary school in September 2020 then apply for a place online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk. The deadline is midnight on 31 October 2019.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Consultation We are consulting on our Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education policy. Please find them on our website under Information for Parents -> Consultations or follow this link: http://holy-trinity.co.uk/consultations/ or ask for a hard copy at the office. If you have any comments to make, please send them into the school in writing by Friday 4th October so that Governors can take your views into account as they determine the final policy.

Recorders There are no recorder lessons on the 27th Sept & 4th October as Mrs Jenkins is involved with the Westbury Music Festival.

Old School Nursery To celebrate Old School Nursery, Great Cheverell joining the South Hills group they are participating in Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Please pop in anytime between 9.30-11.30 on Friday 27th September to meet the new and existing members of the team, have a look around and enjoy a coffee and cake. They would love to meet friends, family and community members. This invitation comes from the South Hills team with whom our school works very closely.

World Food Lunch  On Sunday 29th September from 12.30pm at the Corn Exchange, local residents in Devizes who come from different countries will be inviting you to sample food from their culture. It is lovely for children to enjoy the rich and diverse society we live in, so if you are in the area, do go along and have some fun with food tasting.

Harvest Festival Service in Edington Priory Church at 11am on Sunday 22nd September 2019, followed by a bring and share lunch. All are welcome to this lovely celebration – the more the merrier!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Please come along and show support for the PFA – we are holding the AGM in the school hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday 2nd October.

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates. Please email us to be added on to the list.

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 2 – 13th September 2019

Dear Parents

Aerospace Museum Trip Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 went to the Aerospace Museum this week and had a marvellous time finding out about the history of flight, exploring the Concorde and investigating some engineering challenges that face designers of aircraft.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents On Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm we shall be running a little workshop for parents to give some ideas on how to ensure that their children have a good comprehension of text as they enjoy reading books with their children, and also some ideas for using maths in day-to-day life. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The final part of the workshop will involve sitting in your child’s classroom for ten minutes or so, listening to them read and enjoying the classroom experience.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Harvest We invite all parents to come to our Harvest Service on Thursday 26th September at 9.30am in St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell. We walk to the church, have a short celebration of thanksgiving for all that our beautiful world provides, and then walk back.

Sharing Assembly on Friday 27th September at 2.15pm will be on Harvest themes – do come along.

Parent Portal All parents, including those who are new to our school, should now be able to access our Parent Portal by registering and then using their own log in at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/parent-portal/. If you have any problems with this, please contact the office. If you wish to pay online for school trips or any other school related event, you can do this through School Money – go to https://eduspot.co.uk/ and sign in, then choose the bottom option “Schoolmoney parent login” and supply the details requested. School lunches need to be paid directly to Lataca. All correspondence about school dinners should be directed to Lataca. School milk should be paid directly to CoolMilk, unless your child is under 5 when the milk is free.

Facebook If you have not yet done so, please do “like” our school Facebook page where photographs and other snippets of news are published. It is fun to see some of the things we do in school. We never publish images of children that could be identifiable on Facebook or on our website, and we control strictly the images that are published in the press in order to protect our children’s privacy. So the images tend to be very distant or show just hands or backs of heads, but they give you an idea of what we doing.

E-Safety meeting As part of our commitment to keeping our children safe online, we have decided to commission an evening of support for parents from the highly recommended Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert. He works extensively with parents and schools around the country. Please see more on his website http://www.esafetyltd.co.uk/ . He will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Children are at serious risk of harm if the adults around them are not vigilant when they are online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Head lice We know of a case of head lice in Sarum class – please check your child (even if they are not in Sarum). We have sent home a leaflet and if all families treat their children, we will hopefully eliminate the problem.

Flu Vaccination The school nurse will be in school on Thursday 10th October to give the flu vaccination to every child in school. Please go to https://schoolimms.virgincare.co.uk/flu/2019/wilts to give your consent.

Parking I am receiving reports of parents parking dangerously on corners, at intersections and at points where the road is too narrow. The safety of our children has to be the absolute priority – more children of school-going age are hurt in traffic accidents that any other cause. Please park safely and responsibly. If you cannot find a safe parking space outside the school, please park further down in the village and walk up the beautiful Green Lane with your child. This short walk makes a serene and lovely start and end to the day. The police have been asked to patrol our school during pick up and drop off times and they will fine anyone flouting traffic laws.

Lavington Open Morning Parents and children in year 6 are welcome to visit the school on Friday 20th September. Please book online at https://lavingtonopenmorning2019.eventbrite.co.uk

Harvest Festival Service in Edington Priory Church at 11am on Sunday 22nd September 2019, followed by a bring and share lunch. All are welcome to this lovely celebration – the more the merrier!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 18th September Meeting for Year 5 and year 6 parents about residential trip to Forest of Dean. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

 

A date for this year’s AGM is being arranged and will be announced soon so watch this space!

We are excited for another year ahead of busy and fun activities for the pupils and families of Holy Trinity School.

 

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates. Please email us to be added on to the list.

 

Many thanks,

Your PFA

 

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

Newsletter 1 – 6th September 2019

Dear Parents

Thank you! All the teachers and support staff  have asked me to thank everyone who sent gifts in to school for the staff at the end of last term – we were, as ever, overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. We were especially touched by the messages in the cards and notes – it is heart-warming to have our work so clearly appreciated and we really appreciate your kind words.

New families Thank you to all who have reached out in friendship to our new families – it can be daunting both as a child and as an adult to enter a new school community and it is important that we make sure all our new families feel welcome in this lovely community.

Secret codes! Sometimes we use vocabulary or acronyms that you may not be familiar with – please alert us if we do this so that we can make sure we are clear in our communications. We will often use the term KS1 or KS2. These stand for Key Stage 1  (which is Year 1 and Year 2, and we include the Foundation Stage children in this group as well), and Key Stage 2 (which includes Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6).

Sharing Assembly Please remember that sharing assembly takes place on Fridays at 2.15pm where, each week, a few children from each class share their successes and experiences of learning with the whole school. All parents are welcome to attend this assembly which gives insight into all the work going on here. It is lovely to see progression through the school, and unfolding of topics even if your child is not actually sharing on that day.

Aerospace Museum Trip Children in Years 1 and 2 have already had their first field trip – and had a great time finding out about the Concorde aeroplane and other mechanised transport through the ages. They took part in some scientific experiments on flight and enjoyed the coach journey as always!

Please remember that children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be going to the Aerospace Museum on Tuesday 10th September (next week) and need to have a packed lunch for this event.

Thank you to all our parents for being so efficient and getting the administration done for the trips in such good time. Your amazing support ensures that we can continue to offer our children a rich and engaging experience of learning.

Reminder Children are not allowed to have mobile phones in school. We also cannot allow rucksacks in school – there is just no room to hang them and they cause trip hazards. Draw string bags can be used for PE kit and flat portfolio type bags for reading books. Please make sure your child has good, black school shoes – no boots, no ankle boots, no sandals, no trainers or any other type of footwear should be worn to school except trainers for PE. Please make sure hair is tied back from the face – children struggle to learn if they have to keep shaking hair out of their eyes every time they look up at the board. We are a “Nut-Free” school as we have children with severe allergies on site. Many thanks for your support and cooperation with the management of our children’s safety and wellbeing.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Stop and Drop A reminder that the layby is used as a “Stop and Drop” zone in the mornings – please do not park here and leave your car. We want the children who wish to do so, to be safe to jump out of their parents’ car and make their way to the playground. As your children get older, this is a really good way of dropping them off at school and helps prevent traffic congestion.

Rehearsals for the Holy Trinity choir for children in KS2 will begin after school on Tuesday September 10th. We have a new choir master, Patrick Williams, and we are very grateful to him and his accompanist, Gwynnifer, for volunteering to run the choir. Their first gig will be the Eisteddfod in Devizes.

Coats Please send coats in every day from now on – the weather can change suddenly and it is cold on our field! Please make sure all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name.

Meeting for all parents of Year 5 and 6 children about residential trip to Forest of Dean This meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th September at 5.00pm – Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz will tell you about the trip, the activities, the way the sleeping arrangements are organised and the costs, and you can ask any questions you may have. The trip will take place from Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May. It is always a wonderful experience for the children – they take part in adventure activities such as caving, climbing and canoeing, and have fun building structures in the woods and taking part in orienteering activities.

E-Safety meeting As part of our commitment to keeping our children safe online, we have decided to commission an evening of support for parents from the highly recommended Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert. He works extensively with parents and schools around the country. Please see more on his website http://www.esafetyltd.co.uk/ . He will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Children are at serious risk of harm if the adults around them are not vigilant when they are online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 10th September Year 3,4,5 and 6 go to the Aerospace Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Wednesday 18th September Meeting for Year 5 and year 6 parents about residential trip to Forest of Dean. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

WELCOME BACK ALL! And a big WELCOME to our new families who are joining the Holy Trinity community this year!

We are your friendly PFA – we are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our fold, to take part in and enjoy activities and events throughout the year.

A date for this year’s AGM is being arranged and will be announced soon so watch this space!

We are excited for another year ahead of busy and fun activities for the pupils and families of Holy Trinity School.

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates – please email us to be added on to the list.

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 38 – 19th July 2019

Dear Parents

We wish you all a wonderful and refreshing summer holiday! We will see you back on Tuesday 3rd September.

School Eucharist What a lovely event we had as Bishop Andrew Rumsey led us in our school Eucharist! He was very impressed with our children, their sense of serenity and reflectiveness, with the liturgical dance, with the enjoyment they had in this time of quiet, recollection and song at the end of a busy year. We thank our clergy and other lay workers who support us so strongly as we help children along their spiritual journey whatever their faith or non-faith position.

Silbury class restaurant Another amazingly successful event! How proud we are of our Year 6 children who manage this project so independently and efficiently. We had an external advisor on site during the Year 6 Restaurant experience, and he was completely amazed by how our children simply picked up the project and made it happen. He had never seen anything like it in any other school he works in. My very sincere thanks to Mr Amor and Mrs Heath who work so hard in the terms before this to make sure the children are ready and skilled enough to run a little restaurant, complete with chief chefs, other chefs, waiters and welcomers. Thanks also to our wonderful parents who throw themselves into this with such enjoyment.

Security Review As we reviewed our security, health and safety procedures at the end of this year, we have identified some areas which would benefit from improvement. To this end, we will be trialling a new morning routine. Wake and Shake will now be held after first break, rather than first thing in the morning – this means that children will not have to try to manage their books, bags and lunch boxes whilst taking part in the dance routine, hopefully leading to fewer trips and falls. We shall ask parents to say good bye and leave the playground as soon as the bell rings so that children are able to have a clearer, safer lead into the school building, with fewer people on the playground and in amongst the lines of children. We hope that this might also help ease the congestion in the roads outside the school.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this initiative.

Award Ceremony and Leavers’ Assembly On Monday 22nd July, we will have an assembly presented by the Year 6 leavers, as they review and remember their days at primary school – lots of laughter and tears at this event as we say farewell to our wonderful Year 6 children. At the end, we will have our awards ceremony. First priority for seats go to parents of Year 6 children but if there is space, everyone is welcome.

Uniform As you start buying your “Back to School” equipment, we remind you that we cannot have rucksacks in school – we just do not have enough space to hang them up safely. Children need PE kit in a small draw string bag and their books in a very flat, portfolio type book bag. If you have decided to buy shoes with laces, it is absolutely essential that you make sure that your child can tie them independently. It is really dangerous for children to run around with laces undone. Please buy ordinary black school shoes, no boots or trainer-type shoes for school. Nothing with high heels and no fashion shoes please. We ask that children do not wear extreme hairstyles, jewellery (except small studs if they have pierced ears and small wrist watches), nail polish, temporary tattoos or make up. We want children to be safe and happy running around through the school day without worrying about their appearance or accessories.

Class splits All parents should have received an email about class splits, and those children who are in split year groups, Years 1, 4 and 5, will also have had slip come home with their child telling them which classroom their child is in next academic year. We ask that you are positive about your child’s classroom – they want to be excited and happy about it and you can support them with this. We assure you that your child will be taught at the edge of their learning no matter which classroom they are in, and they will be taught the national curriculum for their year group regardless of the classroom they are in. Friendships are easily maintained through lunchtime play, break times, and playdates.

Parents welcome meetings These meetings will introduce you to your child’s teacher for the coming academic year, give you the chance to find out what the expectations are in that classroom and to ask any questions you may have.  See below for the times. Stonehenge class will have their welcome meeting on Tuesday 10th September at 5.00pm.

Gardening Our school grounds look beautiful because of the amazing work of Gardening Club. They need some volunteers to help with watering and harvesting over summer and are desperate for volunteers to run Gardening Club in the new year. It would be such a pity if this club were to fall into abeyance because there are no volunteers ready to take the lead. Please consider offering either to take the lead entirely or share the lead with someone. If you can help over summer, or help lead the club, please contact Liz Read, or come to us in the office and we will put you in touch with her. Our huge thanks to Liz who has done such amazing work with Gardening Club, moved the project into a different league and transformed the grounds.

Eisteddfod Choir We are very grateful to Patrick Williams (choir master) and Gwynnifer Williams (accompanist) who have offered to take on the school choir as Mrs Sharman is now not able to do it. They will be taking choir practice on Tuesdays after school from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. If your child is interested in this, letters will come out in the new academic year to sign up. Singing together in a choir is always great fun, and Patrick has a degree in music, has run choirs before, gives singing lessons and is a great singer himself – we are fortunate to have someone so qualified to take the lead on the choir for our children. The choir will compete in the Eisteddfod in late Autumn and will sing in other performances as well.

Lice in school We have had a report of lice in school. Although they do not actually cause harm, and are not the result of dirt, they are unpleasant and we would like to be rid of them if possible. The summer holidays are a good opportunity for us to ensure that every single child is free of lice. We ask that all parents and carers check their child for lice regularly and comb through with conditioner or ask your pharmacist for advice if necessary. Thank you for your support with this.

Supervision of children Sadly, across our country, many children are hurt in the summer holidays as they take their bikes or scooters out and forget the basic traffic safety rules. There are also accidents on railways, powerlines and in water courses. Children spending too much time online can result in a spate of cyberbullying over the summer holidays. Please make sure that your child is supervised at all times. Whilst we do not advocate risk aversion, young children make wrong decisions because they do not have enough life experience and they need adult support to stay safe as they run and explore and have adventures.

Hit the ground running!  Please continue to read with your child through the summer holidays, using the library Summer Reading Challenge or any other reading they wish to do – books, comics, blogs, emails, instructions, recipes, adverts, menus etc. Also, get them to work out little maths problems using time, baking, and buying. Get them to write a postcard, a magazine, or an advert. On our webpage there are resources that you can use to help you think of things to do to help your child over summer. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/learning-at-home/ . Keeping up with reading, writing and maths over the summer, means that children can “Hit the ground running” when they return to school in the new academic year. None of this needs to take very long, just a few minutes each day, but it will really help your child when they return.

Edington Flower show There is a lovely category for children in the Edington Flower Show, to be held on Saturday 7th September 2019. This is not just for residents of Edington but for any child in the district.  It is free for children to enter this competition, and the categories include Snowflake Cut Outs, A Gingerbread Person, A Vegetable Person or Monster, A Garden on a Plate, Colour the Picture, A Poem, and Five Decorated Cup Cakes.  www.edingtonwiltshire.org.uk/produce-show

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 22nd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 22nd July Parents’ “Welcome to the new class” meetings 4.30pm  White Horse 5.00pm  Sarum

5.30pm  Avebury

6.00pm  Silbury

Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

The PFA wishes everyone a very happy holiday and a big thank you for all the support you have given throughout the year!                                                                                                                                                                                        We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors

Newsletter 37 – 12th July 2019

Dear Parents

Sports Day Thank you to all our wonderful children who showed such great aspiration and compassion as they strove to do their best and to make sure everyone had a good experience. The Year 6 children were amazing as they cared for the younger children and made sure equipment was ready as it was needed. Yellow team won the Sports Day trophy, but all the teams won various trophies for events at sports day and throughout the year, including the swimming gala, pancake races, intraschool rounders tournaments and so on. Thanks also to our parents and other family members who came along to support the children so strongly. And a huge thank you to Mr Amor, whose outstanding organisation ensures a smooth, exciting and fast-paced event each year, to Mr Gyllenspetz who had overall charge of the events on the day, and to our team of staff who work so hard to ensure that sports day is fun for all. Thanks also to our wonderful PFA who provided the children with refreshments throughout the morning.

We are also delighted to report that our team of athletes, who competed in the area Quad Kids tournament at Bath University and won it comprehensively a few weeks ago, and went to the next round against big schools in Swindon, Salisbury and other centres, came second in the whole county by a single point! What an astounding achievement for a little, rural school! We are so proud of them – so much determination and courage required to achieve such an outcome. My thanks to Mr Amor and all the teachers who ensure that children are challenged to be the best they can be in sporting events as in all areas of their lives.

Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessments (SATS)

Once again, our children have achieved outstandingly well in the KS2 SATS – realising outcomes that will see our school placed, in the top few percent of all primary schools in the country as we have been for many years. We are very proud of our children – their commitment and aspiration shine out of all learning they do in all subjects. My thanks, also, to our whole team of talented and inspirational staff who ensure that every child is supported and encouraged to be the very best they can be. These data are unvalidated as yet, but will be largely unchanged at validation. Further analysis, including progress measures, will be released in the new academic year. In many areas, this will be a record breaking year for us – the number of children working at Greater Depth is hugely impressive.

% achieving the standard expected for their age. % achieving at Greater Depth within the standard.
Measure Our school National Our school National
% Combined Reading, Writing, Maths  

95%

 

65%  

41%

 

10% (TBC)

 

Reading

95% 73%  

59%

 

25% (TBC)

 

GPS

100% 78%  

50%

 

32%(TBC)

 

Maths

 

100%

 

79%  

77%

 

24% (TBC)

 

Writing

 

100%

 

TBC  

50%

 

19%(TBC)

As ever, we emphasise that this is just a snapshot of a narrow area of the curriculum and, whilst we are delighted with the outcomes, it is very important to note that our children achieve so much more than this, in all areas of the curriculum. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural outcomes are also outstanding, they are fine young people and their talents and gifts add richness across a huge variety of areas.

School Eucharist A quiet moment of reflection in this busy term – the school Eucharist will take place on Wednesday 17th July at 2.00pm. There will be singing, dancing, readings and reflections. Everyone is invited to attend. This is always a lovely event.

Silbury class restaurant A reminder that in the afternoon of Tuesday 16th July, Silbury class will be holding their restaurant in the hall for their parents. You will have received your invitation.

Award Ceremony and Leavers’ Assembly On Monday 22nd July, we will have an assembly presented by the Year 6 leavers, as they review and remember their days at primary school – lots of laughter and tears at this event! At the end, we will have our awards ceremony.

SuperStars Holidays course with be running their popular multisport holiday course at the school this summer. SuperStars will be running for 2 weeks from 29th July – 2nd August and also from 12th August – 16th August. To book visit https://www.super-stars.org.uk/summer2019courses/. If you have any questions then please contact SuperStars directly on 0345 2413682.

Dogs Barking We have had some neighbours complaining about dogs barking in Chitham Close at the morning drop off time. We aim to keep on good terms with our neighbours and would be grateful if you could ensure that there is no disturbance caused to them.

Great Cheverell Soapbox Derby Committee are holding a party at the Pavilion on Saturday 13th July which includes a beer and cider festival, tug of war and a children’s disco from 5pm – 7pm. We have 5 bands visiting and the evening ends with “Purple Fish”. This is a charity event and everyone is welcome!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 16th July Year 6 Restaurant 1.30pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Friday 19th July Leavers’ Trip All day
Monday 22nd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 22nd July Parents’ “Welcome to the new class” meetings 4.30pm  White Horse 5.00pm  Sarum

5.30pm  Avebury 6.00pm  Silbury

Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

SPORTS DAY – Wednesday 10th July – 9:15-12:00 – Volunteers needed – We will be providing drinks and biscuits for our busy athletes at this school event. We need a few extra volunteers so if you are able to help please do let us know.

SUMMER FAYRE – A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the fayre such a success! It was a lovely afternoon enjoyed by all. We made around £460 in total which is a fantastic amount which will go towards activities and / or resources for the children.

You can contact us via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Many thanks,

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