Newsletter 39 – 22nd July 2021

Dear Parents

We wish you all a very happy, restful and refreshing summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in September!

Everyone from Year 1 – Year 6 is back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Foundation Stage children start with their half days on Monday 6th September.

Campout! What an amazing event this was! With archery, laser fun, BBQ, campfire singing, water races and, of course, sleeping under canvas with their friends, the children had the most wonderful experience. We are so grateful to all the adults who offered to organise and run this event at the end of a long and exhausting term. They have ensured that the children have memories that will last a lifetime.

Year 6 Leavers We have been blessed with a truly remarkable cohort of Year 6 children this year, and they have faced the difficulties of this unusual time, (as have all our children), with courage, pragmatism and cheerfulness. They had a lovely Leavers’ trip to a woodland area to take part in adventure activities, they led many aspects of our school Eucharist and presented a lovely (albeit truncated) Leavers’ Assembly. We are very proud of them and wish them well as they set off to secondary school. We are grateful to Mr Amor who has made sure that they enjoyed the fullest possible experience of their last weeks in primary school.

School Eucharist  A lovely moment of quiet and reflection for everyone, regardless of their faith or non-faith philosophy, took place on Tuesday. Bishop Andrew led the celebration in his usual engaging and thoughtful way, and we were able to enjoy a surprise performance by our school choir of “You Raise Me Up” – this was especially meaningful for me, as I took part in my last school Eucharist. Thank you to the school choir and to Patrick and Gwynnifer for preparing this.

Film and Ice Cream morning  Today, our children will have their usual end of term treat, with a film in their classrooms and an ice cream at the interval. We will complete the end of term routines and farewells, with our last “Safety Assembly” and our last Collective Worship in the afternoon.

The end of a challenging year We regularly remark on how incredibly well all our children have managed the challenges of this disrupted year, how bravely they have faced the restrictions, with optimism, cheerfulness and courage, and how well they have continued with their education in all its facets. We want to thank our families who have clearly supported their children to achieve this, in collaboration with the school, so that our children do not appear disadvantaged, and in fact have gained strength and wisdom through the difficulties they have experienced. We need to take a moment to reflect on this and to be pleased with a job well done.

PFA Thank you also to our wonderful PFA who have continued with their work, raising funds, welcoming new families and ensuring that our children are given enrichment opportunities. We are all very grateful to you for all your work.

Year 3/Year 4 Performances What wonderful performances the children put on this week! They were tremendous. These were filmed and have been sent out to parents. We are very grateful to Ms Castle and Mr McGuiness for their work on this project and to the staff who made it all happen.  

TD days The Government has announced that there will be an additional bank holiday to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate. Wiltshire Council have confirmed that Monday 25th July 2022 will be added as the additional holiday. The change is highlighted in the term dates attached. As 25th July is already a TD day for us, we have added an additional TD day to the May holiday – 7th June 2022.

To confirm the TD Days for 2021-2022 are 1/9/2021, 28/2/2022, 6/6/2022, 7/6/2022 & 22/7/2022.

Farewell As I retire from this beloved school, which I joined as a teacher in 2001, and led as headteacher from 2005, I would like to thank the community for giving me the great privilege of working with the most outstanding staff team in the world and of educating the most remarkable children.

I delight in all the areas in which our children excel. Quite aside from their remarkable academic outcomes, they are powerful philosophers, artists, and sportspeople; they are great challengers of prejudice, able to pick up responsibility with independence and initiative. They are already outstanding young citizens and will go on to be tremendous leaders of our community in years to come.  In Africa we have a saying, “It takes a whole village to raise a child!” At Holy Trinity, we really have that vision lived out daily, and our children’s outcomes are a tribute to everyone in our local and wider community.

I have found deep fulfilment in my role as headteacher of Holy Trinity and feel grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this community of courage, compassion, aspiration and joy. I have learnt more than I have taught, and I retire with a sense of contentment and of pride in the people I have worked with and for. 

I thank everyone who has helped with farewell celebrations, written thoughtful notes and cards, left messages and given me gifts. In particular, my thanks to all who contributed to the hugely generous gift donated by the whole school community – I feel very humbled by your enormous generosity and I am very moved by affection expressed. Thank you for supporting me over all these years. It has been a great honour to serve this wonderful community.

For the last time, and with thanks and best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day  
Thursday 2nd September Everyone back to school except the new Foundation Stage children Foundation Stage children have their timetable of induction – starting on Monday 6th September

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

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Newsletter 38 – 16th July 2021

Dear Parents

Campout! As you read this, the Year 3 and Year 4 children will be preparing to spend the night under canvas on the school field! We are hugely grateful to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones, Mrs Hayward and Mrs Edwards and their partners who have volunteered to organise and accompany this event. It is an enormous undertaking to organise an event like this, and a huge responsibility, especially in Covid times where we also have to maintain strict Bubbles, but they have accepted the challenge and have planned a wonderful experience for the children, with adventure activities being brought on site, a barbecue and lots of games and fun. Please be prompt picking up your children on Saturday morning at 10.30am – children and staff will be tired and will need to get home!

Silbury Class Restaurant We are very proud of the children in Silbury class who planned, rehearsed and prepared for this restaurant experience, inviting their parents to attend outdoors, at widely spaced tables and presenting delicious Mexican food for their lunch. All the food was prepared by the children themselves, under the watchful eye of Mrs Heath. Children were chefs, waiters and welcomers. Our thanks go to Mr Amor, Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who have so worked hard to ensure that this event could take place in this very unusual year, with the Covid restrictions, and to the parents who attended and embraced the opportunity.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Thank you to all our parents who came to the Parent/Teacher meetings – we had almost 100% take up of this invitation, even though the meetings were outside (and for some, in the pouring rain!).  Your commitment to your children’s education is hugely valued as we strive to provide an outstanding experience for them here at Holy Trinity.

Lataca As of September 1st 2021, all KS2 school meals provided by Lataca will go up slightly in price, and be £2.30. Of course, KS1 meals will still come at no cost to parents. If you want your child to have school meals, please order a week in advance.

New Rules for Covid From Monday 19th July, schools will no longer carry out routine contact tracing. From this point onwards, close contacts will be identified and contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

  • Until 16th August, anyone identified by NHS Test and Trace must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of last contact with the positive case, and not attend school. They should also take a PCR test. They must continue to self-isolate for the full period even if the test is negative.
  • From 16th August, in line with fully vaccinated adults, children identified as close contacts will not need to isolate and instead will be advised to take a PCR test. Individuals identified as close contacts will not need to self-isolate while they are awaiting the results of their test.
  • From 2nd September return to school: At this stage (though this might change over the summer holidays if the situation becomes unstable), we are expecting that we will no longer have to maintain children in their Bubbles and we will be able to resume our usual routines in classrooms and within the school timetable, with Collective Worship including everyone gathered together in the hall, lunch being taken in the dining areas all together, children accessing all parts of the field and playground and mixing freely with each other. Please be aware that this might change before we return in September, and we will email/text parents to let you know in advance if we need to make adjustments to this protocol.
  • Drop off and Pick up in the new term: Stonehenge and White Horse classes will be dropped between 8.30am and 8.40am and picked up at 2.50pm. Stonehenge will use the pedestrian gate and White Horse will use the vehicular gate on the layby. Sarum, Avebury and Silbury classes will be dropped off between 8.40am and 8.50am and will be picked up at 3.00pm promptly. Sarum and Avebury will use the pedestrian gate and Silbury will use the vehicular gate on the layby.
  • We ask that parents leave the area promptly after dropping off or picking up their children so that there is car parking available for the next tranche of parents to pick up or drop off their children. This will help to ensure our children are safe from traffic accidents due to congestion outside the school.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they (and any siblings) must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative PCR test has been returned. No Lateral Flow Tests to be used on primary school children.

Recorder Lessons Mrs Broomfield is able to offer lessons to your child who will be starting year 2 in September. Lessons take place on a Friday during the school day. If you would like your child to have lessons in September please complete the attached form and return it to by the 16th August.

Last day of term Thursday 22nd July is the last day of term. Everyone from Year 1 – Year 6 is back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Foundation Stage children start with their half days on Monday 6th September.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Salisbury Museum  Please have a look at the attached poster from Salisbury Museum on which details are given of their very exciting Discovery Days Summer 2021. These are wonderful, interactive, fun events for children and adults and make brilliant family days out through the summer holidays. Themes include:  Fashion, building, art, cooking and archaeology.

All Discovery day activities 10am – 4pm     No booking required.
Cost: Normal admission charges apply

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at )
Friday 16th July – Saturday 17th July Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Children to be kept in their class bubbles for this event.  
Postponed to September Teachers’ welcome meetings Tuesday 7th Sept 4.30pm – White Horse Class Tuesday 7th Sept 5pm – Stonehenge Class Tuesday 7th Sept 5.30pm – Avebury Class
Postponed to September Teachers’ welcome meetings Wednesday 8th Sept 4.30pm – Sarum Class Wednesday 8th Sept 5pm – Silbury Class
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 2.00pm with the Bishop. Outdoors
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Outdoors, social distancing.
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day  
Thursday 2nd September Everyone back to school except the new Foundation Stage children Foundation Stage children have their timetable of induction – starting on Monday 6th September

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

Message from Maxine Knox (PFA Chair)
As we look to the end of the academic year, it feels like a good time to reflect on the activities we have been involved with. It has been an unusual year where we have had to cancel most of our events and look to do things a bit differently. This year the amount of people involved with the PFA has increased significantly and this has been a fantastic thing for helping more parents and friends of the school feel involved.

We have organised Christmas cards, Christmas parties in “bubbles,” Christmas jumper day, non- uniform day, “follow new rules” day, we have held uniform sales and a sweet sale, our first Facebook based fundraiser. We have had group of parents set up a new recycling scheme, funded a circus skills workshop for all the children and supported events to welcome new parents to the school.

We will be going into next year with a keen and dedicated committee who have lots of great ideas as we plan to be able to get “back to normal” in some way. You are always very welcome to get involved in any way you can.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time this year; it is very much appreciated.

The PFA, on behalf of the parents and carers of the school would also like to send a big “thank you” to all the staff at school who we know have worked extremely hard this year to help our children to learn and thrive.

Finally, we all wish Mrs Henning well and send her our good wishes for retirement. Thank you Mrs Henning for the dedication you have shown to our children and the school.

Holy Trinity Great Cheverell

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