Newsletter 36 – 23rd June 2017

Dear Parents
Seaside Trip What a good trip our younger children had to the seaside on Thursday! Fortunately, the weather cooled down so that they were comfortable. They flew kites, built sandcastles, paddled in the sea, explored some rock pools and had ice creams. The ferry ride was also a great success! The children behaved beautifully and had a great time. We are very grateful to our teachers and support staff who work so hard to create these wonderful experiences for the children – it is a huge responsibility and a lot of extra work to undertake. Children are able to enjoy their learning so much more when they are rooted in these experiences – already the trip has generated a lot of excellent learning.

Sharing Assembly Our Friday afternoon Sharing Assembly to which all parents are invited will only include our KS1 children next week, Friday 30th June, since all of the KS2 children will be at Lavington Secondary school having a sports day experience on the theme of Pocahontas. This is the last event in the week of activities around this theme.

Lavington Secondary School Sports Day Please make sure that your KS2 child has a packed lunch and their PE kit on Friday 30th June as they will be going to Lavington School to take part in Pocahontas themed sports activities (eg. archery).

Leavers Trip to the Cathedral Our Year 6 children had a trip to Salisbury Cathdral where they took part in a morning of activities and then had a service in the cathedral. As ever, this was a lovely, reflective day.

Guitar lessons next academic year I am delighted to announce that we have been able to recruit Mr Gavin Lazarus to take over the guitar tuition from September 2017 when Mrs Barbey retires. Mr Lazarus is a professional musician (he will be performing at Trowbridge Town Hall on Friday 21st July in his show “Cool Britannia!” if you would like to see him in action). He plays all sorts of music, from jazz to contemporary, and will teach acoustic or electric guitar. The fees are £6 a lesson, payable termly in advance. A notice has been sent out with this newsletter. If you are interested in having your child learn guitar with an inspirational teacher, please complete the form and send it back before the end of term.

New Approach to Homework Reading Books Next year, we are going to pilot a new system for the reading books we send home with children. Instead of having children allocated book band levels according to their reading ability, we shall simply ask every child to choose a book that they like from our wonderful library, and take it home. It is possible that the book will be too tricky for them to read, in which case you can read it to them and discuss the text and the pictures (which will really improve comprehension skills) or the book might be very easy for them to read – how wonderful! To be able to read a book effortlessly and just enjoy the story! We hope that this approach will allow children to immerse themselves in the love of reading without the pressure of having to scramble through the levels as quickly as possible. We will, of course, track their reading progress in school as we always do, and they will be reading at the edge of their learning in their guided reading groups. Happy readers are good readers! And research shows that children who read for pleasure do better in all areas of school life.

Welcome Meetings When your child starts in their new year group next year, you will be invited to a meeting where you can find out a bit more about the expectations, routines and information about the year.There will also be a chance for Year 3 and Year 4 parents to find out more about the residential trip that their children will be taking at the end of October. The dates for these meetings are as follows:
Wednesday 6th September : 5.00pm Sarum class meeting
5.30pm Residential Trip meeting for parents of children in Y3 and Y4
6.00pm Avebury class meeting
Thursday 7th September 5.00pm Stonehenge class meeting
5.30pm White Horse class meeting
6.00pm Silbury class meeting

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, hese data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Parking Once again, is has been brough to our attention that parents are double parking and causing significant visibility issues for pedestrians. This is really putting our children’s lives in danger and we ask you to make sure that you always park sensibly – no double parking, no parking on corners or at intersections. Nothing is more important than our children’s safety. Please leave the layby free in the morning for “Stop and Drop” so that we have fewer cars in that area of the road right outside the school.

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

Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school for KS2 – packed lunch and PE kits please 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Messy church will take place on Sunday 9th July at St Andrew’s Church in Long Street, Devizes. Everyone is most welcome and children (and adults) will have wonderful time.

Worton and Cheverell (Youth) Football Club are looking forward to the 2017/18 season. Contact Vicky Goddard on 07966 247291 or Neil Black on 07769 261750, or check out the website http://pitchero.com/clubs/wortonandcheverellfc/ for more information.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning
PFA News

It’s a busy day Today!
A big thank-you to Julie Stone and Claire Goddard as well as all the parents who have worked so hard towards Quiz Night, tonight! We look forward to reporting back on what ought to be a great night out!
Also, thank-you for all our Secret Jars and £1 coins today that will go a long way towards the Summer Fayre that starts from 4pm on Friday, July 7.
Please may we also appeal for the following to assist with other stalls at the Fayre:
Teddies for the Teddy Tombola, Second Hand Toys in good condition for a different stall and Cakes & Biscuits (nut free).Bring your Teddies and Old Toys to Reception from next week and we’ll gratefully collect them daily. We’ll collect Cakes on the day (July 7). THANK-YOU!
Another exciting event is Harriet’s Car Craft Club – next Friday (June 30) after school in the School Hall! This is in anticipation of the Outdoor Cinema on September 22. We thought we’d give the children a head start on creating their own cardboard car big enough for them to sit in to watch the film, if they want to – almost ‘Drive-In-Cinema-Style’!
Harriet will be on hand next Friday to help the children with their creative ideas. So please collect any cardboard, plastic recycle, colour paper or any other materials you think could go towards making that very special car! Flyers will be early circulated next week to give you some ideas.
In the meantime, have a Summery weekend! 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 35 – 16th June 2017

Dear Parents

Seaside Trip All the children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 will be going to Mudeford Quay for a seaside experience on Thursday 22nd June. Please make sure your child is properly equipped and has a packed lunch. Please note that you will have to provide this yourself since their start time is too early to allow Lataca to bring packed lunches to the school beforehand. Please make sure you are here by 8.15am – we will not hold the coaches up for latecomers. Letters have gone home about the trip and teachers can answer any questions you may have.

Pilgrimage Day We all had a great time at Edington Priory Church on Thursday, taking part in our Pilgrimage Day activities. Activities included singing, crafts, colouring, fire, candles and time to enjoy the beautiful setting. Children learnt about being kind, reaching out to others courageously and challenging prejudice. The weather held up and we enjoyed a picnic at the top of Ralph’s Seat at the end. Our very sincere thanks go to all the people from Edington Benefice, the Revd Andrew Sinclair, Revd Marion Harrison and Steve Dewar who worked so hard to ensure the children had a spiritually rewarding day, whatever their faith or non-faith position.

Bell Ringing and Hoe Down! Thank you so much to Mrs Heath and her able assistant, Mrs Andrew who led the team of our wonderful children in the Edington Fayre event. As well as a beautifully executed performance of hand bell ringing, this year they also did a “Wake and Shake” type dance, and encouraged the members of the public to join in – which they did with gusto! It was great fun and we have received a letter from the Edington Fayre Committee (with a very welcome cheque!) saying that the stars of the show were definitely our pupils!! Well done to all of you.

D&T at Dauntseys Our Year 6 children had a great time, as they always do, at Dauntsey’s School this morning, learning how to plan, design and make items in the technology suite. My thanks to Mr Pickford who organises this exciting outreach each year.

Stomp Workshop If you wonder why your children are beating percussion with their knives and forks, with pencils, on tables and chairs, cups and bowls etc, it is because of a tremendous workshop that each class had on Wednesday, delivered by people from the STOMP production team. STOMP is a junk band whose work can be seen on You Tube and who tour the world giving outstanding musical performances using dustbins, brooms and other everyday items. We were very fortunate to have them come to our school to give our children this great experience. We are enormously grateful to our wonderful PFA who raised the funds and paid most of the cost of this event.

Change of time for Lower KS2 Performance Please note that the KS2 performance (Around the World in 8 Plays) will have the time of the second performance changed to a daytime performance. So on Wednesday 5th July, the performance will take place at 1.30pm. The Tuesday 4th July performance will be at 5.00pm. Tickets will go out for these performances shortly.

Pocahontas week We will be working with Lavington Secondary school and our local cluster of primary schools to have a theme week on Pocahontas in the week commencing 26th June. This will involve children from Lavington coming to our school to lead on clay modelling, edible leaves and other relevant matters, and some of our KS2 children going to Lavington for various events. It promises to be an interesting week.

Year 5 children Lavington School is offering TASTER DAYS for Year 5 children but the three days have now sold out. If you would like to your child to go on a waiting list, please send an email to r.dunn@lavington.wilts.sch.uk.
There is also an Open Evening on Thursday 29th June for parents and year 5 children.The headteacher will give a welcome at 6pm & 7pm, and there are tours and activities from 6.15pm-8pm.

Dauntsey’s Summer Hockey Camp will run from 21-23rd August for children in years 5 – 8, from 9am until 3pm. The cost is £30 per day, please register at:
www.dauntseys.org/parent/summer-hockey-camp-2017

SuperStars have sent home flyers today – they are running two weeks 24th – 28th July and 7th – 11th August.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning
PFA News

Have you handed in your Quiz Night (June 23) entry yet? It is going to be a fantastic evening, spearheaded by Julie Stone and Claire Goddard. Teams are up to 4 people – so it’s not a problem if your team is not an exact 4. However, if you have less in your team and would like to make up a round 4, submit your entry form and request that we find additional team members from similar entries. Whatever suits you best! (New deadline for entries is Monday, June 19)

Casual Clothes Day is also next Friday (June 23). Children can bring a ‘secret jar’ that day to contribute towards the Summer Fayre. (Pop an age-appropriate surprise inside the jar and cover it with wrapping paper – Remember, NO NUTS);
If you prefer, you are most welcome to bring £1 donation instead. (Thank-you for your support!)

Thank-you to all those who have offered to help out at the Summer Fayre (July 7). We’ll be in touch soon to fine-tune details. And what is a Summer Fayre without the Teddy Tombola?! Please start bringing your teddies that are ready to leave the roost, to the School Reception. The more the merrier! We’ll start collecting them daily for a freshen up ahead of the Fayre!

Another one for your diary: Harriet’s Car Craft Club after school on Friday, June 30. This is a one-off event and we’ll circulate a flyer with more information, next week. In the meantime, collect any cardboard, colourful paper, bottle tops, plastic cups or cereal boxes so that the kids can create!

Finally, can you believe that Emma Farebrother drove 200kgs of Fabric Recycle to the plant this Monday? That’s a massive £100 raised from your unwanted clothes. THANK-YOU, awesome result!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
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 34 – 9th June 2017

Dear Parents

Pilgrimage Day On Thursday 15th June (next week) all children in the school will be taken by coach to Edington Priory Church for a Pilgrimage Day experience. The theme will be based broadly on Pentecost, and children will be given the chance to reflect on their role in the community, reaching out to others and challenging prejudice. They will take part in interesting activities to do with each theme. After a morning of activities, we will have our lunch either on Ralph’s Seat or, if it is raining, in the church.

It would be lovely if the children could wear something red on their school uniform or in their hair– red being the colour of Pentecost.

Please note that Lataca will be providing picnic lunches for all those who would usually have school dinners on that day – please complete the form sent home today to choose which kind of sandwhich your child would like.  If you provide a packed lunch, please make sure it is easy and suitable to eat as a picnic on this day. We will come back to school after lunch.

We always enjoy Pilgrimage Day and are very grateful to Rev’d Andrew Sinclair and the congregation of the Edington Benefice who have joined so enthusiastically with our school to ensure that the children are given a great experience.

School Start Time A reminder to all parents that our school day starts at 8.40am! Thank you to all who make sure their children are here for Wake and Shake which is part of the curriculum.

Residential Trips    Children in Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful time at the Forest of Dean at the end of last half term. They took part in lots of adventure activities and learnt a lot about independence, resilience and courage, as well as friendship and team building. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who, with our wonderful admin team, organised this trip and to Mrs Andrew and Mrs Trusler who so kindly offered to accompany the trip as well. It is a huge responsibility and very exhausting for the staff, and we are very grateful for their commitment to our children.  As ever, our children behaved beautifully, and it was lovely to see how they supported each other through the challenges.

Around the World in Eight Plays The children in Year 3 and 4 are rehearsing for their production of “Around the World in Eight Plays”. It looks great fun and the children are doing a terrific job of learning their lines and developing the drama of the plays. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard who have done a huge amount of work adapting the play for our children and who are working so tirelessly to ensure a good outcome. Parents will soon be offered tickets for the performances which will take place on Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July.

Trophies If you won a trophy at our prize giving last year, or if you know of anyone else who won one, please arrange for them to be returned to the office so that we can have them engraved with this year’s prize winners. These prizes will be awarded in the final Leavers’ Assembly at the end of the summer term. There are academic awards, as well as awards for swimming, art/drama, fellowship and citizenship.

Sports Day A reminder that our sports day takes place on Wednesday 12th July at 9.15. It will finish at about midday and you are all invited to bring a picnic along and have lunch with your child on the field. The bell will ring at 1.00pm and the children will have afternoon school as usual.

French Concert Sadly, we shall have to postpone our French concert this year as the weight of all the other activities has completely filled our diaries.

Year 6 transition visits to Lavington School  On Thursday 22nd June all the children who have places at Lavington School for Year 7 in September are offered the opportunity to spend the day at Lavington School to learn their way about and to meet some of their teachers. You will need to drop them off and pick them up afterwards and the letter you should have received will give you more information about the day.

D&T at Dauntseys Our Year 6 children will go to Dauntseys on Friday 16th June to make clocks in their D&T suite.  We are always grateful for the outreach that provides our children with these opportunities.

Year 5 children Lavington School is offering TASTER DAYS for their school for Year 5 children. If you would like to your child to go to one of these, please book online for one date only.

https://year5tasterdaywed28june2017.eventbrite.co.uk

https://year5tasterdaytuesday4july2017.eventbrite.co.uk

https://year5tasterdaythursday13july2017.eventbrite.co.uk

There is also an Open Evening on Thursday 29th June for parents and year 5 children.The headteacher will give a welcome at 6pm & 7pm, and there are tours and activities from 6.15pm-8pm.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Saturday 10th June From 10.00am – 3.00pm There is a Tank display put on by the Westbury Town Council Great War Group in the area near the library in Westbury – you can also make your own tank as a “junk model”.

And in Edington tomorrow there is the village Fayre from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Our children will be giving a performance of Handbells and also a little dance routine.

Dauntsey’s Summer Hockey Camp for School Years 5 to 8 on 21st  – 23rd  August 2017 9am – 3pm, £30 per day.

To reserve your place please register on line at www.dauntseys.org/parent/summer-hockey-camp-2017

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Welcome back after the school break. The PFA calendar is due to go into full swing this Summer with plenty of great events to look forward to.

Don’t forget to hand your Quiz Night (June 23) entry forms into Reception. Also, it’s not long till it’s the Summer Fayre (July 7) – and every Friday afternoon in-between we can all enjoy Jane’s ‘Summer Friday Tuck Shop’ after school!

Looking to next week, the Fabric Recycle Collection is this Monday (June 12) for any clear-outs you may have done over the holiday. They accept: shoes, clothes, handbags, belts, towels, bedding, curtains, odd socks and gloves. They don’t accept: pillows, duvets, stuffed toys or rags.

In the meantime, please mark these dates in your Summer diary:

Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, 19:30

Friday, June 23 – Casual Clothes Day (Secret Jars or £1)

Friday, June 23 – Quiz Night

Friday, June 30 – Harriet’s ‘car’ craft club (more details to follow)

Monday, July 3, Fabric Recycle Collection

Friday, July 7 – Summer Fayre from 16:00

Further ahead, the PFA AGM is set for Friday, September 29 at 13:30 – ahead of the Harvest Assembly.

As always, thank-you for your support. Here comes Summer! 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 33 – 26th May 2017

Dear Parents

Today, Friday 26th May, is the last day of this term. Children return to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Forest Schools Mrs Goddard, who is a Forest Schools trained teacher, has been taking various classes for a Forest Schools experience this term and will continue next term and into the new academic year. These activities help to enrich and extend the learning that our children engage in at school. We are very fortunate to have someone who can offer the experience and we are very grateful to Mrs Goddard for offering to do this for us.

Music Concert What a wonderful evening we had on Tuesday! So many children making music so beautifully!  We are very proud of them – they worked hard to get to this point, and showed great confidence and courage to get up in front of an audience and perform to such a high standard. We are also very grateful to Mrs Barbey, Mrs Edwards, Mr Gundry, Mrs Heath, Mrs Jenkins and Ms Sharman who are such outstanding music teachers and who work tirelessly to support the children to excellence. And thanks to Gwynnifer Williams who stepped in to accompany the brass instrument soloists at a moment’s notice.

Transition We have had meetings with representatives of the secondary schools that our Year 6 children will attend next year so that all important information can be passed on and transition can be as effective as possible. Our children in Stonehenge class spent a morning at the Old School Nursery as part of the transition work we do to welcome the new children into our school in September.

Hot weather Please send your child into school with a sunhat and a water bottle – these are essential as they play outside in the warm weather. It is also very important that all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name – jumpers are cast off regularly at this time of year and often we cannot return them to their owners as they have no names written in them.

Lunches We have had a plea from our MDSAs that you go through the dinner menu with your child when making the selection for their meals. There is a lot of waste and often the children tell us that they have been given a meal that they do not enjoy. Even if they do not like the main or the vegetarian option, they can always have a jacket potato or a sandwich. Please make sure that your orders are placed a week in advance.

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care and assess the quality of our services. This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-pupil-database-apply-for-a-data-extract

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit our local authority at www.wiltshire.gov.uk  or the DfE website at https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-how-we-collect-and-share-research-data

Around the World in Eight Plays The children in Year 3 and 4 have auditioned for their parts in this year’s production, and early signs are that it is going to be very entertaining with the children really doing their best to ensure an outstanding experience for the audience. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard who have done a huge amount of work adapting the play for our children and who work so tirelessly to ensure a good outcome. Parents will soon be offered tickets for the performances which will take place on Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July. Both performances will start at 5.00pm.

Sports Day A reminder that our sports day takes place on Wednesday 12th July at 9.15. It will finish at about midday and you are all invited to bring a picnic along and have lunch with your child on the field. The bell will ring at 1.00pm and the children will have afternoon school as usual.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Saturday 10th June From 10.00am – 3.00pm There is a Tank display put on by the Westbury Town Council Great War Group in the area near the library in Westbury – you can also make your own tank as a “junk model”.

And in Edington there is the village Fayre from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Our children will be giving a performance of Handbells and also a little dance routine.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We’re very excited to announce that the Quizmaster for Quiz Night (June 23) is our very own Claire Goddard! Already, there are lots of fabulous topics brewing (No Clues!) and Julie Stone is working hard with a team of Parents to make this one of our most memorable and fun events to date.

Entry forms are in today’s book bags! (Please return these to Reception by June 16)

Quiz Night is £5 per person for teams of up to 4 people. If you don’t have a team and are keen to join in, let us know and we can help create a team for you. Please approach us, post on the PFA Facebook page or email Debi (dbproductions@btinternet.com) with any further questions you may have.

Similarly, any donations towards Raffle or Quiz Team Prizes are most welcome ahead of the event. (Thank-you)

Casual Clothes Day for the children is also on June 23 when pupils can bring in either a ‘Secret Jar’ or £1 to school, to go towards the Summer Fayre (July 7).

(‘Secret Jars’: Pop an age-appropriate surprise inside the jar and cover it with wrapping paper – Remember, NO NUTS);

MORE UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

:: Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, Great Cheverell, from 19:30

The sun promises to be out for Jane’s ‘Ice-lolly Friday Tuck Shop’. Enjoy – and have a wonderful school break!   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 32 – 19th May 2017

Friday 26th May is the last day of this term. Children return to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Dear Parents

Charity Afternoon Once again, our wonderful children excelled themselves on Wednesday. It was a joy to see that, even with so many children and so much excitement, behaviour was exemplary, caring and compassionate. Well over £100 was raised for the various charities and a great deal of learning was done by the stall holders. We are tremendously grateful to the adults who so generously volunteered to help the children and spent the afternoon supporting them.

Three of our children from one of the Year 6 teams took part in a live radio broadcast on BBC Wiltshire Radio in the studio in Swindon on Tuesday at 1.30. They chatted cheerfully and articulately about the charity afternoon and, at the end, Graham Seaman (the presenter) said to us that it had been great fun and our children were tremendous.  My thanks to the children, and to Mrs Yates who made sure that we arrived safely and in good time for the show.

Forest Schools on Tuesday both Stonehenge and White Horse class will need packed lunches as they are going to Oxenwood for a day of Forest school activities. They will also need appropriate outdoor clothing, preferably long trousers, and wellies or trainers.

Forest of Dean All children in Years 5 and 6 will be going to the Forest of Dean on Wednesday 24th May at normal school opening time for their residential trip. We expect them back here on Friday 26th May at about 3.00pm. They will be very tired and will need to be picked up promptly. If the bus does run late, we shall text parents to let them know.

Please make sure that your child can carry and pack their own bag and that any prescription medication has the correct paperwork completed and has been handed in to the teacher. Please do not send any food or electronic devices except watches and a torch. Mobile phones do not work in the Forest and would, in any case, provide a distraction and too much responsibility for the children. If children want to bring a camera, please let them use disposable cameras since they are likely to get wet or lost.

This trip is always great fun, and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about independence, teamwork and courage, as well as all the other skills that are taught. We are very grateful to our teachers and teaching assistants who are prepared to take on the responsibility of a residential trip in order that our children can have such a great experience. Our thanks also to Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards who work very hard to ensure that all the administration of the trip is smooth.

Year 3 Choir On Friday 26th May, the Year 3 choir will perform at Sharing Assembly. Do come along to enjoy some Boom Whacker music by our talented young performers!

Class Photos Our thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz who takes such wonderful photos of our children! He took their class photos today and you will be able to see the photos on the doors of the hall shortly. You can then decide whether you would like to order one (or both) of the options.

Music Concert A reminder about our music concert which takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm. Many of our children who do peripatetic music and music clubs will have been invited to play in this concert. Please check with your child whether they are involved. If your child cannot attend for some reason, please let us know as we have a very full programme. Children are asked to wear formal or semi- formal clothing (not school uniform) if they are performing in the concert.

Transition Stonehenge class will have a joint activity morning with the children and staff of the Old School Nursery on Monday so that the children who will be coming here in September can continue to gain familiarity with our teachers and TAs. The children will need a packed lunch as we shall be spending lunchtime at the Old School.

Fairtrade Presentation We were glad to host Jackie Thomas, from the Fairtrade Foundation, who came into school on Tuesday to tell the children a little more about the work of Fairtrade and also to promote an awareness of the need to ensure that everyone in the production and trading chain is treated fairly.

Trophies As we prepare for the final half term of the year, we would be grateful if you could return any trophies your child won at the Leavers’ Assembly last year. We need to have them engraved for this year’s prize giving. If you know of any children who have left our school and have a trophy, please ask them to return it.

Parental Supervision I have been asked to remind parents that children need to be carefully supervised when they are playing across the road in the park after school. It is not fair that residents in the area have to deal with unsupervised children impacting negatively on their lives. Please make sure that you can see your child at all times.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning -3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

We have received a wonderful letter from Mrs Henning and the school Governors, thanking the PFA Committee and Members for the recent donation of £2000 towards ‘food & cookery’ and visitors to the school for the next academic year. (We will be circulating this letter to our members shortly.)

This decision to redirect PFA fundraising from ‘theatre lights for the school hall’ towards fun elements of the curriculum that face being slashed due to budget cuts, was voted on and agreed at our last meeting. (In the long term we can investigate a possible grant towards the theatre lighting.)

Ultimately, It’s YOUR support that has achieved this!

We have an incredibly dedicated Core PFA Team and Treasurers who volunteer so much of their time and ideas – but equally so, we have fabulous Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Friends who lend a helping hand.

Thank-you AMAZING ‘Parent body’ because without your support our fundraising events wouldn’t even get off the ground.

Let’s keep it up, our collective efforts are going towards great gains for the benefit of our children and it feels good to do something worthwhile!

UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, 19:30

Friday, June 23 – Casual Clothes Day (Secret Jars or £1)

Friday, June 23 – Quiz Night (SAVE THE DATE, details next week)

A big thank-you 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.