Newsletter 25 – 20th April 2018

Sunflower competition As Spring is really here now, it is great fun to plant and grow seeds. We are very grateful to Gardening Clubbers who have put together the little kits for growing and measuring the sunflowers for the competition. We hope for a record breaking year again this year. If you have not yet had your kit, or you have had a disaster with your first attempt, there are a few kits still available in school.

Topics Children learn best when they are engaged in fun and interesting topics – we always teach through themes and encourage children to use their literacy and maths skills across all areas of the curriculum. This term, we have Stonehenge and White Horse classes working together on the topic of “Birds” (which will include a trip to the Slimbridge Nature Reserve), the children in Sarum class will be working on the topic of “Invaders of the British Isles” with special reference to the Normans (and will have a trip to Salisbury Museum to make gargoyles and to find out more about Normans through artefacts), the children in Avebury class will be studying “The Second World War” (with a trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon which does a wonderful theme day on evacuees and other aspects of World War II), and the Silbury class will be working on “Coasts” which will involve map work, coastal erosion, settlements and study of the fauna and flora.

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum Please remember to send a packed lunch for your child in Sarum Class on Tuesday 24th April (next week) in a disposable bag. The trip will take place during the usual school day. School uniform must be worn.

Forest Schools We are very fortunate to have in Mrs Goddard a fully trained exponent of the Forest Schools programme. She will be taking each class for Forest Schools experiences during the course of the coming term. When it is time for your child’s class to take part, they will need to bring old clothing with long trousers into school – they will be doing some very messy activities! You will be warned about this in advance.

Daily Mile Path The work on our new path around the school field is almost complete. Mr Amor has spearheaded this new initiative as part of our commitment to helping children engage in very active lifestyles. If the children run twice around both the old and the new pathways, with a circuit of the playground, they will have run a mile. We hope that many children will challenge themselves to run half a mile or a mile each day during their playtimes. There will be 50m and 100m markings on the new path so that children can also practice sprints. This path has been funded through the PE sports premium, a ring fenced fund that has to be spent on work that helps children to remain as active as possible. We are particularly interested in helping children take responsibility for their own fitness so that it becomes a habit that will last a lifetime.

Summer Music Concert  Time once again to start to prepare for our very popular Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm. This event is for those children who take music lessons through the school’s extracurricular and peripatetic music provision and who have reached a standard of performance that is good enough to be included in the concert. Your child’s music tutor will let them know whether they have been included in the programme or not. If not, they will always have another chance next year.

There seems to be some appetite for a music concert for all those children who take music lessons outside of the school’s provision as well. We would have to host this on a different occasion since our own musicians fill a long programme. If you are interested in having your child take part in such a concert, please let us know.

Thank you We are very grateful to all our parents who keep the layby free for “Stopping and Dropping” – this really eases congestion as parents can drop children, check that they get inside the school grounds, and then immediately drive away. Less congestion means our children are safer.

Hot Weather Please make sure you send your child into school with a sun hat and a water bottle. On the hottest days, children must wear hats outdoors if they want to play in the sun. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come into school as we cannot take responsibility for putting sunscreen on children. Also, please make sure all jumpers and cardigans have names on since, as it warms up during the day, these items are often taken off and dropped wherever the child happens to be.

Emmanuel Collaboration As you know, we are part of the Emmanuel Collaboration, a formal collaboration with Five Lanes Primary, St Barnabas Primary, St Thomas a Becket Primary and Urchfont Primary. We all find the collaboration to be very useful. We share resources, our teachers have the chance to moderate standards across all the schools, to share ideas and good practice and to support each other in a number of ways – for the benefit of all our children.

Online Safety for your children As our children engage more and more with the online world, the adults in their lives can feel left behind. It is really essential that we understand this virtual world that is home to our children. There is a very good website which will give parents some advice about the social networks that children might use and will give you a warning about any potential dangers. You find this website on

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. The NSPCC also has good resources to help parents navigate through this difficult territory and we strongly recommend that parents have a look at the site. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

We also strongly recommend that all parents have something like the Norton Family software on their computers and other devices, so that you have control of what your children are watching, playing on, accessing and who they are chatting to. If this is put in place when children are young, they will accept it – much harder to introduce it to teenagers!

Holiday dates for 2018-19 Attached, please find the holiday dates for the coming academic year with the TD dates included.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

This coming week…

Tuesday 24th April – 7:30pm at The Bell, Great Cheverell – HOLY TRINITY CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE MEETING

Roll up, Role up!! We are looking to make this the BIGGEST & BEST Summer fayre so far with a fabulous Circus theme!

Come along to the meeting to hear what’s being planned & offer your help & support in whatever way you can. Together we can make this the PFA’s major fundraiser of the year!

And it’ll be great fun too!!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE-OFF – Get creative in the kitchen! The variety of entries last year was astounding! We can’t wait to see, and taste, this year’s delicious bakes. Please drop off your entries in the Art Centre at 8:30 am on Friday.

There will also be a Cake Sale after school on Friday to sell off Bake-off entries with the option to buy back your entry before the sale begins.

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

Newsletter 24 – 29th March 2018

Last Day of Term is today, Thursday 29th March. Everyone is back at school on Monday 16th April. We wish you all a very happy Easter and a refreshing and relaxing holiday.

Stonehenge Easter Craft Afternoon It was lovely to see so many of the parents from Stonehenge class come into school to help their children with some craft activities on Monday afternoon. These events give parents the opportunity to see their children in the classroom and to find out a bit more about their school experience. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her helpers who worked so hard to make sure the afternoon went smoothly.

Sarum’s Super Science Evening – another lovely event where parents were invited into school to support their children with carrying out some science experiments. We have never had an event like this before, and we are delighted with how successful it was. Thanks to all the parents who came along and thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, with their team, who organised everything so efficiently.

Easter Service Because of the rainy weather, we stayed in school for our Easter service rather than walking to the church, and we spent time in reflection on the events leading up to the Resurrection, with music, readings and tableaux. We always make sure that children of faith and those of no faith will be able to gain some spiritual enrichment from worship activities. Whether they believe in God or not, all children are on a spiritual journey, finding out who they are, what kind of person they would like to grow into, what their role is in society, what brings them joy and what their answers might be to “Ultimate questions”.  We encourage every child to engage in developing their own philosophy and give them time and space in which to do this.

Tag Rugby Tournament Our Tag Rugby team did extraordinarily well in the tournament, competing against other schools from Devizes and local area, coming second out of twenty four schools! Thanks to Mr Amor for organising this event, to Mrs Edwards for all the admin work and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip.

Assessments in Primary school As we are in the second half of this academic year, and the statutory testing demanded by the government is approaching, we thought you might like to be reminded of what is entailed in these assessment.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – this is an assessment of our youngest children that has to be completed and sent to the government. We use our knowledge of the children and examples of their work and play to evidence our judgements. These judgements are moderated across the Local Authority to make sure that every teacher is assessing children in the same way against the standards. It is usually completed by the end of June.
  • Phonics Screener – this is an assessment carried out in June on our Year 1 children (and any Year 2 children who did not meet the required standard when they were in Year 1). It involves getting the children to read 20 real words and 20 nonsense words using all the phonics strategies that they have learnt since they started school. Usually, they have to get at least 32 of the 40 words correct to have met the standard.  We do not know what the words are until we open the screening test that is sent to us just before we carry out the assessment. Again, these results are sent to the Government.
  • KS1 Statutory Assessments (often called KS1 SATS) – this is a battery of compulsory assessments on reading, writing and maths as well as an optional grammar, punctuation and spelling assessment. The tests can be given to the children any time through May, and can be delivered in a fairly informal manner but need to be completed independently by the children. The raw data from these assessments is not sent to the Government, but the data can be used to inform the teacher’s judgement of the children’s achievement and a Teacher Assessment of each child’s achievement at the end of Year 2 is sent to the Government.
  • KS2 Statutory Assessments (often called KS2 SATS) – this is a formal battery of tests, sent under very strict security to the school, given to the children on exact dates in May specified by the government, sealed immediately they are completed and sent off for external marking. We are given the results usually in the first week in July.

We do not want children or parents to worry about the assessments. There is no need to do any extra work for them, and no need to put any pressure on your child to “do well” in them. All that needs to be done towards these assessments is being done in school. The best thing parents can do is to continue with a calm, steady programme of reading, spelling and times table practice at home, and not to refer to the assessments at all. If we have any concerns about your child’s achievement, we will have alerted you. Your child will be making good progress for their level of ability and that is all we ask of them. The more anxious children are, the worse they perform and we would like them to face these tests calmly, cheerfully and confidently. Our experience shows that most children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them. We will report to parents on the outcomes of these assessments in the written report at the end of June, or if the results are released later than that for KS2 SATS, in a separate report.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you to Gemma Ackerman and everyone who helped with Fabby Friday – it was a fabulously enjoyable evening indeed! £215.52 was raised from this social event.

TALLEST SUNFLOWER COMPETITION – Sunflower seeds went home this week. Last year the school record was set at 3m 23cm….we wonder if this can be beaten!! You have until September so get sowing & good luck all!!

Monday 16th April – FABRIC RECYCLING

Tuesday 24th April – SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING – 7:30pm at the Bell Inn, Great Cheverell – all welcome!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE OFF – this is being kindly organised by Carla Dudman. Last year we had many impressive and delicious entries. Time to get the aprons on again!

Friday 15th June- QUIZ NIGHT – Back again by popular demand.

HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

 

 

 

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

Newsletter 23 – 23rd March 2018

Last Day of Term is Thursday 29th March. Everyone is back at school on Monday 16th April.

Charity Afternoon Our very sincere thanks to those adults who joined with their children’s teams to support them with raising funds for their chosen charities. The afternoon was very successful with a great variety of events and activities to take part in, lots of soft toys to win, cakes to decorate and skilful games to compete in.  Over £330 was raised in total. Amongst the charities supported were the RSPCA, WWF, Air Ambulance, WaterAid, Muscular Dystrophy, Guide Dogs, Heart Foundation, Diabetes, Nestling Trust, Crohns and Colitis UK and Cancer research.   We are very proud of our children for tackling this challenge with such joy and enthusiasm.

Sarum’s Super Science Evening – Tuesday 27th March All parents of children in Sarum class are invited to the first Super Science Evening we have hosted in our school. Children, with their parents, will be given the chance to carry out some very exciting experiments in the hall and in their classroom, with guidance provided by the teachers and TAs. The afternoon of events starts at 3.30pm and will be finished by 5.00pm. If your child is at an afterschool club, you can come after you have picked them up. My thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones who are pioneering this initiative.

Easter Church Service Please feel free to join us for our Easter Service in St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell on Wednesday 28th March at about 9.30am. If you would like to walk down to the church with us, you are most welcome to do so.

Tag Rugby Tournament Mr Amor will be taking a Tag Rugby team to the interschool tournament on Monday 26th March during school time. If your child has been selected to take part in this, please make sure they have a packed lunch and that their permission slips have been returned to school.

School Disco Thank you to our amazing PFA who organised this very popular event. As ever, it was great fun and ran very efficiently. Our children always behave beautifully and enjoy themselves with enthusiasm, understanding how important it is to make sure everyone is having a good time.

PFA We are very fortunate in this school to have such an active and welcoming PFA. My sincere thanks to Annabelle Mackintosh and her team who work so hard to make sure that children’s school experience is enriched in so many ways. We are particularly grateful for the donations that the PFA is making towards the coach fares for off-site trips – the costs of which would otherwise have to be passed on to parents. As our budget is cut each year, we are having to make cuts to our expenditure in many places, and contributions from PFA and other local charities help us to continue to provide the outstanding and creative education that our children deserve.

Snow Day It was wonderful to enjoy an especially long playtime on Monday to revel in the snow. Some amazing models were built by Mr Amor and his team and there was lots of fun on the sledging slope, with children sharing their sledges and helping each other to have a great experience. Almost everyone was able to get into school safely – thank you for your resilience in this!

Parents picking children up from clubs A reminder that NO parent/carer may go into a classroom at any time unless invited by the class teacher or TA, particularly if there are children getting changed after a club. This is entirely inappropriate and is a safeguarding concern. You should pick your children up from the playground. Children might run in to change or pick up their bags, but parents may not follow them into the classroom unless invited to do so and accompanied by a member of staff.

Milk is available each day in school for your children from www.coolmilk.com. Whilst under 5’s are free, you have the option to pay for milk for your child if they are over 5. Go to the website to sign up.

General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) Many of you will be aware of the new legislation which will come into force on 25th May 2018.  This legislation seeks to ensure that everyone’s personal and sensitive data is very carefully protected and that it is transparent for what reason the data is held. Schools are quite good at this already, having always had responsibility for holding so much very sensitive data securely, but you might notice a few changes over the coming months as we tighten up various procedures in order to be compliant with the new regulations.

Super Stars Holiday Club runs from Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 6th April.

Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk or call on 02920 090503.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 27th March Sarum’s Super Science evening 3.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday 28th March Easter Service at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell 9.10am to walk down, 9.30am start
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Many thanks to those who came to the PFA meeting last Thursday – a very productive meeting in which the Summer term’s upcoming projects were discussed.

Here are some events to look forward to next term….

TALLEST SUNFLOWER COMPETITION – Leaflets went out in book bags this week giving tips & guidance on how to grow your sunflower. Last year the school record was set at 3m 23cm….we wonder if this can be beaten!! You have until September so get sowing & good luck all!!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE OFF – this is being kindly organised by Carla Dudman. Last year we had many impressive and delicious entries. Time to get the aprons on again!

Friday 15th June- QUIZ NIGHT – Back again by popular demand.

Saturday 30th June – SUMMER FAIR – Bigger and better than ever before with a CIRCUS THEME! Steph Davies has begun organising this event which will include the wider community. With all your support, this should be great fun & a fantastic fundraiser for our PFA!

P.S. Monday 16th April – FABRIC RECYCLING

HAPPY EASTER!

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

Newsletter 21 – 9th March 2018

Parent- teacher meetings Thank you to all who have booked their appointments – most people already have their slot for these meetings next week. We ask you to respect the 10 minute time limit we put on meetings – we have to make sure that others are not kept waiting. If you feel that you need a longer meeting, feel free to make another appointment with your child’s teacher at some other time.

If you are bringing your child to the meetings but do not want them to come into the classroom with you, please make sure that they are settled with something that will occupy them for those ten minutes. There is no crèche and there are no school staff to look after children at these sessions.

Visit to the Church Children in both White Horse and Stonehenge classes have walked down to our local church, St Peter’s in Great Cheverell, recently to enjoy exploring the area. Children in White Horse class used the site to find out more about various building materials as well as something of the history of the church. They also did some cross stitch sewing whilst they were there. Children in Stonehenge class held their daily act of worship there and then explored the setting. Since the refurbishment, the church has become a lot more accessible for longer visits.

Wheat Sowing On Thursday 8th March, all the children had the opportunity to sow some of the wheat seed which we are going to grow this season up on our field. Liz Read, leader of our Gardening Club, has contacted Devizes museum and they are happy to lend us a quern stone (for hand milling) in September and we hope (and expect) to have grown, harvested, threshed, milled and baked our own bread by the end of the year. We are very grateful to the Pepler family in Edington who farm Ballard’s Farm and who have supported us strongly with this project. The children have been very excited by the project and it was lovely to see how carefully they sowed their seed. One child told us, “This is one of the most exciting days of my life!” (We hope that the birds, the slugs and the weather do not impact too much on our final outcome. This is the reality of farming.)

As well as learning about the science of growing things from seed, children will be given the chance to explore very ancient farming methods and compare them with more modern methods, they will find out about nutrition, strains of wheat, bread making and the impact of weather on growth, amongst many other learning strands. Our school council asked us to have more whole school projects and learning opportunities and this is one of the projects that has come from that request.

Holy Trinity Daily Mile Track Following a discussion with our older children, the decision was made to invest some of the PE grant in increasing the size of our all-weather track around the school field. If children run twice around the entire track (old and new) as well as the playground, they will have run about a mile. The work on building the second track is due to start on 19th March and should take about 9 school days to complete. There will be some restrictions on the children’s access to the field in this time. We look forward to this track encouraging children to run further and faster and more regularly. The 50m – 100m markings should help even the weaker runners to set themselves goals for running and keeping active. There is very little childhood obesity in our school and we are glad to see our children running freely and enjoying our beautiful grounds – this will make such activity even more fun and purposeful. My thanks to Mr Amor who, with the older children, designed and planned this track and who has pushed the project forward.

Charity Afternoon We have over 80 children in 18 teams preparing their stalls for the Charity Afternoon to be held on 20th March. Each team will raise funds for a charity of their choice and will sell some item or game experience to their peers.  If you are one of the responsible adults involved with a team, please make sure that your team is busy preparing for their event so that on the afternoon, everything will run smoothly. The doors will open for setting up at 1.00pm, and the first customers will come in at 1.30pm. The event closes at 2.30pm and the stall holders have about 20 minutes to clear everything before home time. We do not want long, involved raffles to draw at the end since we will be very tight for time – please make sure prizes are awarded as the afternoon progresses. We can announce one or two winners at the end if necessary.

Waste Audit Children in Sarum class carried out a waste audit of every bin in our school to find out how much rubbish we recycle, how much should be recycled that is not, and how much we send to landfill. It was a very interesting survey and has inspired us to waste less and recycle more.

School Dinners Lataca is making an appeal to our parents to make sure they order their children’s dinners the week before they are needed (or even a term before). Of all Lataca’s schools, we have the largest number of children whose parents have not ordered meals in advance! It makes things very difficult for Mrs Hayward as she tries to stretch the food to feed extra children who are not on her list. Whilst Lataca are very good about sending extra food, especially to our school where this is such a problem, sometimes it still is extremely complex to manage. Please remember to order the Friday before, (or on the last day of the previous term) at the very latest. Please make sure that your child is involved in ordering their dinner. We have a few children each day who look with dismay at their meal and say that they do not like it. If we possibly can, we try to offer them something else, but this is not always possible.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

 

Thursday 22nd March – EASTER DISCO! – £1.50 per child to include drink & snack

– 5:00-5:45 KS1 (Foundation to Year 2)

– 6:00-6:45 KS2 (Years 3 to 6)

 

Friday 23rd March – FABBY FIZZY FRIDAY! – 7:30 until midnight, Little Cheverell Village Hall. Tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the door.

An evening for the grown-ups! Drinks, nibbles (please donate a plate) & music! All welcome!

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