Newsletter 12 – 29th November 2019

Dear Parents

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) As a church school, we have to be inspected through the SIAMS framework every five years. Our turn has come and we will be inspected in this framework next week. They will inspect, amongst other things, the academic outcomes of our children, their spiritual development (whether they are people of faith or not) which includes how well children reach out to those in need, how we help them hone their moral compass, children’s vision of their place in the community, their courageous advocacy, and so on, and they also look at their Religious Education – are they theologically literate and are they forming their own philosophy, whatever that might be?

Follow this link to find out more:  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/church-schools-and-academies/siams-school-inspections

The inspector, Lizzie McWhirter, would like to talk to as many parents as possible when she comes to our school on Thursday 5th December. She will be in our hall from 3.00pm and you are all most welcome to come along and chat to her. We encourage as many people as possible to contribute to this inspection.

Results of canvassing for Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club – Number of forms returned: 17

(Some parents would only want one or two hours for Afterschool Club and would only pay accordingly on each afternoon requested. We have counted these as needing the full afternoon even though it would not be.  One family is interested but did not give any idea of days or times they may be interested in – we counted this family as needing full cover, even though it probably would not be. So this analysis gives a slightly inflated view of the probable take up.)

Breakfast Club

Number of children interested

Afterschool Club

Number of children interested

Monday

 

12 9
Tuesday

 

10 8
Wednesday

 

9 9
Thursday

 

8 8
Friday

 

7 5

Because we need about 20 children in each session to cover the costs of staff, insurances, share of services, resources, licences, food, training and so on, we cannot feasibly offer this service at this time. The school does not have the funding to subsidise the service – it must be self-sustaining. We will continue to canvas parents regularly to see whether we get to the point where we can offer wrap around childcare which will be sustainable.

Christmas Play Rehearsal will NOT take place after school on Wednesday 4th December as some of the children are taking part in a hockey tournament.

Dishcloth raffle As part of our fund raising efforts for our link school/orphanage, the Mathieson Music Trust, in India, our Crochet Club have spent the term crocheting dish clothes from special “Dishcloth” thread. The children will hold a raffle for these dish clothes, starting at Sharing Assembly today. The raffle tickets will be on sale each morning in the playground before school for a fortnight, and the box will be at the office at all other times. Each ticket costs £1. The draw will be held in Sharing Assembly in a fortnight. There should be about 20 lucky winners of a handmade dishcloth!

Anup Biswas, the director of the Mathieson Music Trust, visited us this week, giving the children a taste of both classical western music and of music from the Indian subcontinent. (Anup is a world famous cellist and earns money for his work at the Trust.) He also told us about the work they do for these very disadvantaged children and the success that they have. We always enjoy his regular visits to our school and he always invites us to visit them in India – any parents thinking of a trip to India would be welcome to visit the school and spend a few days there.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on the start of Advent and how we spend this time preparing for Christmas – with a generous spirit, helping others and making the world a better place through our peaceful and positive actions.

Winter is here Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

Super Stars Our holiday club providers are offering a 15% discount for parents who book early for the holiday club events. Their flyer has been posted on the Parent Portal. We know that our children always enjoy these holiday clubs which include lots of sports and fun. If your child will be attending, please have look on their website and book in early. www.super-stars.org.uk/holiday-courses/

Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th – Thursday 9th April

Summer Holidays:   Monday 10th – Friday 14th August

Christmas stories and festive craft session Saturday 14 December at Devizes Library 10.30-11.30am

For children age 4-8 years. Book your place now as places are limited. Tickets £1.50 for library members, £2.00 for non-members. Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Friday 6th December Stonehenge class – Back to school for a bedtime story and hot chocolate! 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 11th December Handbell and Choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Thank you Thank you to everyone who has brought contributions towards the Christmas Fair this week. It is really appreciated. The box will remain in the entrance hall next week, so there is still time to donate teddies, chocolate, mince pies or mulled wine if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so.

Christmas Fair Lots of people have come forward to help with the running of the Christmas Fair. We are still looking for helpers to run stalls and /or help with the packing away at the end.  If you are able to help out with this, then please get in touch via your class representative or our Facebook page.

PFA Shed It has been agreed that the PFA shed is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. Plans are being coordinated to get this done. In the near future we will require a small shed building team. If anyone is willing and able to be involved in this task, please let us know.

To contact us you can email:

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

 

Many thanks,

Your PFA

Newsletter 11 – 22nd November 2019

Dear Parents

Christmas play tickets Please find the Christmas Play tickets which have been sent home with your child today. We have given every KS1 family two tickets for each performance, and every KS2 family one ticket for each performance. There are a few tickets left over and if you would like another ticket for any of the performances, please send your requests in by Friday 29th November. If you have any tickets that you do not need, please send them back to the office so that we can redistribute them. We have to be very strict about the number of tickets issued because of fire regulations – everyone must be safe in our hall.

Please remember that EVERY person MUST have their own ticket, including babies and small children. All children at our school will have seen the performances in the final dress rehearsals.

Please try to organise lift clubs when dropping off and picking up your children from the performances that you are not attending – the traffic is very difficult at these times. We will send out exact times for dropping off and picking up nearer the events. Our wonderful PFA will be serving refreshments between the KS1 performance and the KS2 performance, in the Art Centre.

Eisteddfod Choir We are so proud of our choristers who were given Commended in both classes they entered, and won one. They were superb, committed, and enthusiastic.  Our thanks to Patrick and Gwynnifer who have worked so hard to achieve this, and to the children whose aspiration, courage and joy has resulted in such a great outcome.

Talk by Gulwali Passarlay We were very fortunate to have a most interesting talk by Gulwali on Thursday. He is a refugee from Afghanistan who travelled as an unaccompanied minor to the UK at age 12. His story is heart-warming, and he comments on how very kind people have been to him at various stages in his life when things were very difficult.

Space Talk Mr Holmes came in to school and gave a fantastic talk on Space to Stonehenge class – thank you so much, the children loved it!

Salisbury Museum Trips Everyone except children in Sarum class went to Salisbury museum this week – Sarum class will go next week. This event continued the story of some of the waves of immigration into our country, with a study of the impact that the Normans had on our society.  The children learnt a lot at the museum – the staff there are very skilled and knowledgeable, engaging the children very effectively. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones who is leading on this “Diversity in our Society” project. There are lots more exciting projects planned for the year. Children will be given the chance to explore the impact of the Windrush wave of immigration, immigration from Asia and the most recent immigrants from the Middle East.

Dishcloth raffle As part of our fund raising effort for our link school/orphanage, the Mathieson Music Trust, in India, our Crochet Club have spent the term crocheting dish clothes from special “Dishcloth” thread. The children will hold a raffle for these dish clothes, and we ask that you will respond generously. The money will all be sent to the Mathieson Music Trust and will help to fund the buildings they so desperately need to house the girls who have had to leave the school because of new regulations regarding the boarding arrangements for girls. The dishcloths are beautifully crocheted by our children, so if you are a winner, we are sure you will be delighted with your prize!

Holiday club We are always glad to offer some weeks of Holiday Club each year. This year, due to very poor uptake of the second week in the summer holidays, Superstars are only offering one week in the summer holidays and one week at Easter. The dates that they will run holiday club here at Holy Trinity are:

Easter Week 1: Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April

Summer Week 4: Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August

PE clothes Please make sure your child has warm PE clothes – the children will continue to have PE lessons outside for as long as possible and it can be bitterly cold. Make sure they have long jogging bottoms or something similar and a long sleeved top. They will also be better to have trainers rather than daps which just tend to fall off and do not keep their feet warm. Even if the PE clothes for winter are not in school colours, we need the children to be warm and safe.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss the Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. This is a disturbing subject because no one wants to think of any child living in an abusive situation, but it is something we have to face and something we have to combat so that every child can live in a safe and happy environment.  In our school we monitor the welfare of every child and if we are concerned that any child might be in danger of significant harm because of the actions of another person, or through neglect, we will contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or the police and refer the case to them, following all the statutory requirements of the Child Protection protocols. This might involve sharing personal and sensitive information with the other agencies and, whilst we would usually have permission from parents to share this information, the overriding duty is to the care of the child, so the sharing must take place under these circumstances even if there is no parental permission. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mercedes Henning, and the deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Goddard. These adults are trained and have regular updates to ensure that they are able to deal with the issues that arise. Regular training about safeguarding takes place for all staff in school, and all our volunteers are given Safeguarding briefings and annual updates on child protection matters. We work closely with all the relevant agencies to help to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in our care. Every adult in school and, indeed, in the wider community, has a duty to make sure children are safe and that no child is living in an abusive situation or is neglected.

Canvassing on Afterschool Club and Breakfast Club Please complete the paper form that was sent home with your child last week, and return to school by Friday 29th November.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus as the Servant King and what that means for us – we need to look after each other, to reach out with generosity and compassion and to be selfless in our community.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Friday 6th December Stonehenge class – Back to school for a bedtime story and hot chocolate! 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 11th December Handbell and Choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Thank you Thank you to all those who have contributed a ‘secret jar’ towards the Christmas Fair and to everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer to help with PFA events this term.

Next Week We are able to take donations towards the Christmas Fair (which is on Friday 6th December) from this coming Monday 25th November. We would be grateful for donations towards the chocolate tombola and teddy tombola. We also welcome donations of mulled wine, cakes and mince pies to stock the refreshments table. There will be a box in the entrance foyer all next week for you to place your donations. We ask that you leave a little note if you plan to bring fresh / homemade cakes on the day. Thank you.

Volunteers required We still have several opportunities for people to get involved this term. In particular we need more volunteers to run a stall at the fair and people who are able to stay behind for a short while afterwards to help pack everything away.  If you can help out, please get in touch via your class rep, or our Facebook page.

To contact us you can email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Many thanks, Your PFA

Newsletter 10 – 15th November

Dear Parents

Parent Teacher meetings Thank you to all our parents who attended these meetings last week. Your great support of our work helps to ensure that we can provide your child with the very best education possible.

Today, I choose joy! As part of our commitment to supporting good childhood mental health, we encourage children to be resilient and joyful – to choose to see what is good, positive and enjoyable in their lives, rather than focusing on the negatives or what went wrong. So, here are some questions that you might like to ask your child when they come home from school, to help them to remember and focus on the good and the positive things:

What was the best thing you did at school? What was the kindest thing you did for someone else today? What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today? What’s the best thing about your daily schedule? Which is your favourite subject? Who did you enjoy talking with the most? What was the best game at break time? What equipment did you use from the Huff and Puff? What were you proud of doing today?  What was the funniest thing someone said at lunch? Tell me something you learnt about a friend today.  Which is your favourite day of the week at school? What did you reflect on at Worship? If you were the teacher, what would you teach the children about? What made you smile today?  What did you see on the field that was beautiful today? What did you like about the weather today? What are you looking forward to at school?

Canvassing on Afterschool Club and Breakfast Club We are once again going out to parents to establish whether there is enough interest for an Afterschool and Breakfast club to run on our site. In order to pay the staff, the insurances, the contribution to running costs for the school and other resources, we would have to have at least 20 children signed up for each session. The payments would have to be termly in advance, to ensure that the provider can realistically take the risk of starting the provision here. By our estimation, the cost for an hour of Breakfast club might be of the order of £2.70 per hour per child, and the cost for an afternoon at Afterschool Club (3.00pm – 6.00pm) would be about £8 per child per afternoon.

If there is enough interest (i.e. at least 20 children signed up for each session) I shall start to explore providers in the local area to see whether there is anyone prepared to run the clubs. Please complete the paper form that will have been sent home with your child this week, and return to school by Friday 29th November.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Complaints Policy and Procedure. We work very hard to try to ensure a good outcome of any complaints made to the school. However, if you feel dissatisfied with the outcome of a complaint, you can invoke our Complaints policy. The first stage is the “Informal” stage, which requires that you write to the Headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if the complaint is about the Headteacher) with details of the complaint. This will be investigated and a response given to you. If you are still not satisfied, then the second stage is the “Formal” stage, which involves writing to the Chair of Governors (or Vice Chair if the Chair has already been involved) and the matter will be investigated again and a response given. If you are still dissatisfied, the third stage, the “Appeals” stage involves a panel of three people being convened, one of whom is independent of the school, to review the matter and respond to you. After this, if you are still dissatisfied, under certain conditions you could write to the Education and Skills Funding Agency or Ofsted, but they would respond only after the rest of the Complaints Procedure has been followed and only if the matter conforms to one of their criteria for treating complaints. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure the best possible outcome.

Recyclable clothes will be collected on Tuesday morning (19th November).We are paid 50p a kilo for reusable clothes that people will want to buy and wear as affordable clothing around the world – all clothes need to be something you’d wear out yourself or pass on to friends and family, no uniform.

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) As ever, we thank our wonderful PFA who work tirelessly for the enrichment of our children’s education through their fundraising and other activities. The new committee under Mrs Conlon is off to a flying start and we are most grateful for all they do. Thank you to all who volunteer, whether regularly or just occasionally – you really make a difference!

School Photos – A reminder that the closing date for photo orders is Friday 22nd November.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 will start school in September 2020. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2020. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on the names and titles of Jesus – such as the Good Shepherd and the Water of Life. We thought about the importance of water; what we could do to make sure everyone is well cared for in our communities; and how we can help those who are lonely.  We also had 2 minutes of silence at 11.00am on Monday for Remembrance Day.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Friday 6th December Stonehenge class – Back to school for a bedtime story and hot chocolate! 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA Meeting  Earlier this week, the PFA met to discuss the events that will be taking place this term. Along with running the Christmas Fair and Christmas party for the children, the PFA will also be serving refreshments at the evening Christmas Play productions and the Hand-Bells Concert. Thank you to those who have already volunteered their time to help with any of these events. We will shortly be distributing information (via class reps and our Facebook page) to let you know what volunteers we still require. All help is gratefully received, if you can spare and hour or two of your time to help in any way, it would be most appreciated.

Non- Uniform Day  A reminder that next Friday 22nd November is Non-Uniform Day for the whole school. The PFA ask for a ‘secret jar’ for the school fair in exchange for your child coming to school in their own clothes for the day. Please fill a jar with small prizes such as sweets, stationery, balls, stickers, crafts and jokes and wrap your jar to keep the contents hidden. There will be a table set up in the playground, staffed by a PFA volunteer, for collection of the jars on your way into school.

The ‘secret jars’ will form a stall at the Christmas Fair which will take place from 3pm – 4.30pm on Friday 6th December.

To contact us you can email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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

Newsletter 9 – 8th November

Dear Parents

Parent Teacher meetings We hope that you have booked an appointment to see your child’s teacher on either 11th or 13th November. Please remember that each appointment is only 10 minutes long and we aim to keep strictly to time. If you require a longer appointment, please feel free to ask the teacher for this extra meeting when you see them. Of course, you are most welcome to contact your child’s teacher at any time to ask for a meeting to discuss any aspect of your child’s education during the course of the year – you do not need to wait for the next formal meeting invitation.

Lantern making Mrs Jelf has very kindly agreed to organise a Lantern Making Workshop for parents and their children. If you and your child would like to make a lantern and then take part in the Devizes Lantern Parade, please do come along. The workshop will take place in the Art Centre from 3.00pm – 4.30pm on Tuesday 26th November. Parents must accompany their children to this workshop. The cost is £2 per person. Please complete the slip or let us know at the office if you would like to take part – final date for sign up is Friday 22nd November. Payment in advance please.  We can only accommodate 20 children with one parent each, so please sign up quickly if you want a place in this workshop.

Visit by an author On Wednesday we had author Adrian Townsend come and talk to our children about his writing career. (He has written the Gran’s Gang books.) We are always keen for our children to read as much as possible and we hope that this visit will stimulate more children to read for fun.

Winter Please send your children in with coats as it is cold up on our school field and the children go out to play regardless of the temperature. All clothing MUST be marked with your child’s name – even if you just write on the label in pen. In icy conditions, we will grit the pathway from the pedestrian gate on the High Street to the door that opens onto the playground. We almost never close the school due to poor weather – in the absence of any notification, please assume the school is open. If we have to close the school because roads are impassable or conditions unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the behaviour and anti-bullying policy. Behaviour in our school is usually exceptionally good. We use a very direct positive behaviour strategy – we constantly say to the children how beautifully they behave and how proud we are of them. This helps them to understand what the expected behaviour looks like. If we do need to sanction anyone, we might meet their eye (often this is enough to stop any unwanted behaviour), or have a word with them. If this does not work, they may have a few minutes being separated from the rest of the class. If the breach is serious or ongoing, they may have to meet the Headteacher and/or have playtime detention. We have never, in the 14 years of my headship, needed to exclude any child. The ethos of the school encourages good behaviour and children want to do the right thing to make sure the community works effectively for all.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and might have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child continues to bully another child, we would consider a fixed term or permanent exclusion for this offence. We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Remembrance, courage and compassion, and the work of the British Legion. We shall have two minutes of silence on Monday 11th November at 11.00am.

Collection of reusable clothes – These will be collected on Tuesday 19th November. A bag has been sent home already – the company pay 50p a kilo for reusable clothes that people will want to buy and wear as affordable clothing around the world – all clothes need to be something you’d wear out yourself or pass on to friends and family. Please do not send in poor quality items which are dirty, ripped or soiled. They do accept paired shoes, belts, handbags & jewellery but no pillows, duvets, curtains or any uniform.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Although we have extra mural clubs most afternoons, as well as through some lunchtimes, if you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas. Special interest clubs are always popular. At present, we offer several sports clubs, crochet and other handcrafts, chess, choir, handbells, ukulele, pop-up gardening, drama and art.

It is worth pointing out that research shows that children should be allowed to be “Bored” for several hours every day – this means no organised activities, no screens or devices. Just let them have access to cardboard boxes, paper, pens, construction sets, outdoor space, etc. They can then let their own creativity flow, and embed their learning. Some research shows that many children work much longer hours than their parents once all the hours of organised activities and clubs have been added together. Just being allowed to play freely and on their own in their safe, rich environment at home is a very valuable and precious thing.

Witchcombe Close  Some of our parents have been parking in Witchcombe Close (which is a private road and NO ONE should be parking there except residents) and we are horrified to learn that some people are then being aggressive and using bad language in front of children when the residents challenge them. One of our parents apparently almost rode over one of the residents who was challenging her. The police are being informed of these incidents, photos will be taken of the licence plates and these details will be sent to the police. No one should be parking in Witchcombe Close or in Chitham Close.  These areas belong to the residents. Please respect their private property and please treat everyone with courtesy and respect.

Erlestoke Medieval Fireworks postponed due to very windy and wet conditions, will be held on 9th November starting at 5.00pm in the Walled Garden at Erlestoke. Come along and enjoy the event.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk )
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

This Term This term is set to be a fun and busy one for the PFA and your ongoing support by attending events, volunteering your time or purchasing items that create funds is much appreciated. As it is a rather full term, if you are available to help out in any way with any events or fundraisers, please get in touch with your class rep or by emailing us directly.

Christmas Cards and Tea-Towels Thank you to all who have taken the time to design and order Christmas cards. Thank you also if you have submitted a self-portrait design for the Holy Trinity tea-towel. The deadline for tea-towel designs has now been extended until MONDAY (11th November) so if you have not yet had a chance to do yours, there is still an opportunity. Extra pieces of the correct size of paper are available at Reception.

Non- Uniform Day and Christmas Fair Friday 22nd November is Non-Uniform Day for the whole school. The PFA ask for a ‘secret jar’ for the school fair in exchange for your child coming to school in their own clothes for the day. Please fill a jar with small prizes such as sweets, stationery, balls, stickers, crafts and jokes and wrap your jar to keep the contents hidden! The jars are hugely popular with the children at the Christmas Fair. If you have any questions about this then please get in touch.

The Christmas Fair this year will take place on Friday 6th December 3-4:30pm.

Newsletter 8 – 23rd October 2019

Dear Parents

Last day of this half term is today 23rd October. We all come back to school on Monday 4th November. We wish you all a lovely Autumn break.

Hooke Court Children in Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful trip to Hooke Court this week, spending a night in the residential centre and taking part in amazing adventure activities. Our thanks go especially to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones whose inexhaustible energy brings this trip to life, and to those staff and volunteers who accompanied the trip – Mrs Hayward, Miss Berrington and Mr Goddard. We are very fortunate to have staff and volunteers who are prepared to take children on these residential trips – it is a great responsibility and a big commitment for them.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, gave a very informative and interesting presentation on Monday. His emphasis is on “Apply your good parenting skills in the online world as you would in the real world.” If you would not drop your child off in a city on their own, then don’t drop them into the online world on their own. There are wonderful things in cities, but also dangers. Similarly for the online world.

We strongly recommend that all parents have a look at www.internetmatters.org which gives advice and, very importantly, step by step instructions for setting up parental controls on your devices. You can find easy instructions for your particular phone/tablet/laptop and your own service provider. With these, you can limit the amount of time your child spends online (it will switch off when the time limit is reached), you can list the websites or games you are going to allow your child to play (and only those will be made available to your child) and you can check what is going on in your child’s online life. As your child gets older, you can gradually reduce the restrictions, in discussion with them, and give them more freedoms.

Other good websites include: www.commonsensemedia.org  which will give you advice on the apps and games that are available – whether they are suitable for a child of a certain age, and what the problems might be; and www.bbc.co.uk/ownit  which is good for parents and their children to look at together – it will stimulate discussion about how to stay safe online.

Once you have taken all reasonable precautions yourself, the key to keeping your child safe is to make sure that they know the dangers and to keep the channels of communication open so that they will tell you if something is disturbing or worrying them in their online life.  This is their world. It is better to guide them to use it safely than to simply block them from it entirely.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Attendance policy. We are very grateful to our families for supporting our school so effectively – we have outstanding attendance in this school and this contributes to the outstanding outcomes for children. It is a legal requirement for parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly and are punctual. Any child whose attendance falls below 85% is at serious risk of underachieving.  The school day starts at 8.40am and the overwhelming majority of our children are punctual. Parents are asked to inform the school, in writing, where an absence is planned e.g. hospital appointments, ballet exams etc.  Where a child is absent due to illness, parents are asked to inform school by telephone in the first instance and by letter on the child’s return.  If a child is absent and there is no notification from the parents, the school will contact the parents to ensure that the child is safe and to find out the reason for the absence. Should the child be absent without a reason for 3 days, the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. Persistent lateness will also be reported to the EWO. Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school on holiday. If there is unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more in any 6 month period, the Education Welfare Service will be notified and the Local Authority may issue a penalty notice to each parent for each child.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus the Challenger, and how we have a responsibility to challenge prejudice and stereotyping wherever we see it. Our children understand this and we are always very impressed with how bravely they will tackle injustice and prejudice when they see it.

Photos of our activities Do look on our Facebook page and the school website for photos of recent events.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 will start school in September 2020. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2020. Please find the applications forms at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Erlestoke Medieval Fireworks on 2nd November starting at 5.00pm in the Walled Garden. Adults £6, children £3 and family £15. Medieval knight re-enactment, mead, food, glow stuff and, of course, amazing fireworks and a Bonfire! This event is being run by the Erlestoke and Coulston Cricket Club. Do come and support them.

Recycle Clothing We are having a clothes recycling collection on Tuesday 19th November so please look out clean, good quality, dry reusable clothing over the half term. The company accepts clothing for adults, babies and children – also paired shoes and footwear, jewellery & accessories, belts & handbags. They do not accept dirty, ripped or soiled clothes or pillows, duvets, curtains, and no school uniform. Bags will be sent home after half term.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
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

 

Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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