Newsletter 9 – 17th November 2017

Dear Parents

Poetry Finals We are so proud of every child who learnt a poem and recited it bravely in front of their classmates in the heats of our Performance Poetry competition. This is a real a tribute to their confidence and resilience – as well as being great fun for all the audience! Sarah Thompson, Head of Drama at Lavington School, will be coming on Monday 20th November at 9.10am to judge the finals. Parents of the finalists (and others, if they wish) are welcome to come along.

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 coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid.

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.

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.

How do I get more information on my child’s progress? In the parental canvassing, one or two comments were made about wishing to have more regular information on their child’s progress. We do, as ever, urge you to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress with your class teacher if you want to have more information or a longer meeting. Our teachers focus most of their energies and time (and they are working 45 – 50 hour weeks already!) on making sure your child has an excellent learning experience. We cannot ask them to give weekly or monthly formal feedback to every parent as well – this would be unworkable. However, the teachers are very happy to give you any information you require on your child’s progress and attainment if you ask them – simply arrange an appointment for this.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Please note that clubs are not always open to every age group in every term. If you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas.

Day of the week Club Time Fee payable?
Monday Handbells (Y5,6) Lunchtimes No
Choir (Y3,4,5,6) After School Nominal
Sports Club (Either KS1 or KS2 children, short courses lasting half a term) After School Yes
Gardening Club (All ages – younger children must be accompanied by adult) After School No
Tuesday Summer or Winter Sports (Y5 and 6) After School No
Art Club (Y1) After school No
Wednesday Crocheting (Y6) Lunchtimes No
Netball (Y5 and 6) After School No
Ukulele (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Thursday Judo  (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Ukulele (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Friday Chess (Y4,5 and 6) Lunchtimes No

 

PFA Thank you, as ever, to our wonderful PFA especially Mrs Genner and her hard working committee, who are preparing for the busy and exciting Christmas season in school. They help to ensure that our children have rich and memorable experiences in school. Please do consider offering to help if you can.

Nut Free School  Please remember not to send any nuts, bars containing nuts, Nutella type spreads or any other product that contains nuts into school. We have children whose lives could be at risk from exposure to nuts.

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 Procedures. 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 fully 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. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure a good outcome before anyone becomes so dissatisfied, but the protocol is in place should it be needed.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 30th November Sarum class trip to dental practice 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school

 

Parking Once again, we have had a letter from a resident of Witchcombe Close complaining of the dangerous driving and parking of our parents. The resident made the very valuable point that no emergency vehicles would be able to access the houses when our parents are parking on intersections and blocking the road. We do plead with you to consider your parking, for the safety of our children and for the safety of our neighbours. I have contacted the police and asked them to patrol the area regularly.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

This week you will hopefully have received your beautiful Cauliflower Cards in book bags this week, a big big thank you to Julie Stone, Claire Goddard, Poppy Godfrey and Lisa Downing for organising everything and to all of you who purchased cards.

This afternoon is the Tuck Shop team’s Children in Need special, with all profits going in support of the cause – lots of spotty things on offer 🙂 and a big thank you in advance to those of you who’ve told us you’re baking for the occasion. We would like to say many thanks to the Parish Council for the table which they have given to us.

This coming Monday morning and afternoon you’ll see us by a table in the playground with a box of empty jars (just in case you need one) and a load of ideas what they can be filled with ready for Casual Clothes Day Fri 24th Nov. 1 filled and wrapped jar or £1 per child on the day please.

Do you need childcare during the Christmas plays? Please tell us by Fri 24th Nov if you’d like to book in for the creche, whether or not it goes ahead will depend on uptake – we have lots of fun games and activities planned for the children if it goes ahead.

Also in the bookbags this week, a flyer to launch our exciting new Christmas Decoration Making Competition – we can’t wait to see your creations! Please hand entries in to reception during the week beginning Monday 27th November, the winners will be announced during Sharing Assembly on Friday 1st Dec. Local artist Emma Jelf will be the judge. N.B. Please remind the children that all entries will be safeguarded by the PFA for future years of school decorating, with thanks.

Finally, have you got your cheat sheet up on the fridge yet?!

Thank you for all your support, as always.

Your PFA Team.                                                                                                                    holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

 

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

Newsletter 8 – 10th November 2017

Dear Parents

Congratulations! Attached to this newsletter is a letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, congratulating us on being in the top 3% of all schools in the country for the Phonics Screening results! It is a great outcome to see that the outstanding results we achieve at Year 6 and Year 2 year after year are replicated in the younger age groups as well. As ever, we always emphasise that the outcomes in statutory government assessments, whilst important, are not the only areas that we focus on. We are just as proud of our children’s spiritual and social achievements, their creative and physical accomplishments and their interest in learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Parent-Teacher meetings Thank you very much to all who came along to these meetings. The outstanding engagement of our families is a huge support to us as we strive to provide the very best education possible for your children. As ever, I do remind you that you are welcome to arrange appointments with your class teacher at any time throughout the year to discuss your child’s achievement or any other matter that concerns you. Please do not feel that the 10 minute slot is your only opportunity to discuss your child.

Photographs we shall be sending off the photograph order on Friday 17th November – please ensure that your orders are in school before then.

Lunch times at Holy Trinity If you are interested in seeing what lunch times are like here at Holy Trinity, please feel free to drop in at 12.15pm any day and spend a few minutes enjoying the fun of dining together. Children are actively encouraged to chat sociably to the people around them, to have fun enjoying the dining experience and are rewarded for using good table manners. If the noise in the dining halls becomes too loud, we will ask for a moment of silence to remind children to use their “Inside voices” rather than shouting at each other (a hundred children using their loudest voices can be very noisy!). Each child has a set table on which they sit, and each table is made up of children from different year groups so that children can make friends across the ages. It is an informal, cheerful, enjoyable time of the day, as children relax after a morning of work. In summer, weather permitting, all except the “Hot Dinner” children will eat outdoors, al fresco style. There is, of course, an expectation that high standards of behaviour and kindness will be maintained, as always in our school. I regularly attend lunchtimes in the hall and in the Art Centre, where the FS and Y1 children have their dinner and I always enjoy the time. We have an amazingly kind and skillful team of Midday Supervisory Staff who make sure children are safe and are having fun at lunch times. My thanks to Mrs Andrew, who leads the team, and all our MDSAs.

Fire Safety Education All children in White Horse class and Silbury class had a workshop from the Fire Service on Tuesday to ensure that they know how to avoid fires and what to do if there is a fire.

Farming in our local area Emily Greening, a local farmer whose family has farmed the same farm in Edington for 500 years, came to talk to the whole school about growing wheat – with the possibility of growing some wheat on our school field being explored! She is a great speaker and the children were completely engaged with her presentation. It is important that our children, being brought up in a rural area, are familiar with the cycle of farming. We are very grateful to Emily for giving so generously of her time for this project.

Dauntsey’s Hockey  This morning, all the children in Silbury class went to Dauntsey’s Secondary school to practice on their astro turf ahead of the tournament next weekend. We are always very grateful to Dauntsey’s for their outreach with sports coaches and making their site available to us. We are also very grateful that we are allowed to borrow their stage lighting every year for our Christmas plays.

Eisteddfod Our Eisteddfod choir and some soloists will be taking part in the Devizes Eisteddfod on Friday 17th November. We are always tremendously proud of them and they usually come back with a trophy. Our very sincere thanks to Ms Sharman who is such an inspirational choir mistress.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Meeting All parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th November at 5.00pm.

Edington Tapestry Mrs Heath, Mrs Andrew and groups of children from each class have completed one panel of a series that is being commissioned by Edington Tapestry Project. Our theme was Alfred the Great and the image is stunning! Well done to all of you!

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 Health and Safety policy – an enormous and all-encompassing policy which can be read in full on our website. Health and safety has to be the very first consideration at school where we have responsibility for so many children and adults. We must all take responsibility for being vigilant and be aware of possible risks to health and safety. Children and adults are encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They will share any concerns they may have swiftly and appropriately to a person in authority e.g. headteacher or teacher. We must, however, also be aware of the need to keep a balance between security, safety and the maintenance of a comfortable, welcoming, working environment. We aim to strike a balance that allows children to learn and have fun whilst keeping them as safe as reasonably possible. We ensure that the building and equipment are in good repair, statutory testing of equipment takes place regularly, people are aware of security in the school, they know procedures to follow in the event of an accident or emergency, and that activities are risk assessed.  Regular fire drills are held. Dispensing of medication and healthcare for our children are governed by clear protocols. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and are taught about taking responsibility for their own health and their own safety through various programmes throughout the year.  Staff wellbeing is a priority for school leaders. Staff and volunteers are given refresher briefings every year. Health and Safety policy, procedures and records are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 16th November Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Thursday 30th November Sarum class trip to dental practice 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Big thank you to all those who brought textiles on Monday, we needed two cars to deliver the 200kg!

Christmas Decoration Making Competition – plans are underway to run this during November, with a view to building up our stock of decorations with which to decorate the school each year. Details will follow soon.

Tuck Shop’s first outing this academic year under the new team was a great success, thank you to all who came along. The next planned appearance will be Fri 17th Nov, this time in support of Children in Need. Cake donations on the day gratefully received (no nuts as always, please).

For the price of a jar filled with goods, or £1, children will be allowed to come in Casual Clothes on Fri 24th Nov. We’ll be in the playground handing out some empty jars on Monday 20th,  in case you don’t have one to hand, and also giving you some ideas for good fillers, thanks for your help.

Do you need childcare during the evening Christmas Plays (Mon 11th and Wed 13th) this year? If you would like the PFA to run a crèche as in previous years, please email us (holytrinitypfa@gmail.com) and book a place for your child(ren), £2.50 a child. We will make the decision on whether to run the crèche based on uptake.

Keep an eye out for a flyers which will be sent out soon – a PFA Christmas Cheat Sheet, with all dates and requests for donations in one place for sticking on your fridge.

Thanks again,

From your 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 7 – 3rd November 2017

Dear Parents

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Meeting All parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th November at 5.00pm to find out about the planned residential trip to the Forest of Dean which will take place from Wednesday 23rd May to Friday 25th May.

Songs for Key Stage 2 Christmas Play If your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, please look on the school website, under “Newsletter”, to find the sound files of the songs that your children need to learn for the Christmas play. You can follow this link:  http://holy-trinity.co.uk/newsletter/ .

Netball Club cancelled Parents’ evenings take place next week, so netball club will be cancelled on Wednesday 8th November.

Supervise your children Please make sure that you supervise your children closely when they are on our school site at the end of the school day. No child should be allowed to run off onto the field or playground to play unless you are with them, watching them carefully and attentively. Unsupervised children can end up getting hurt or hurting other children. It is important that you are close to your child/ren and paying attention to what they are doing at all times. It would be a pity if we had to stop children playing on the school grounds at the end of the school day because they are not being supervised carefully enough.

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 coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid.

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 are very unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website under “Newsletter” and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

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.

Gritting our entrance paths Please note that, in the event of icy conditions, we will only grit the pedestrian pathway from the pedestrian gate on the layby to the door of the school. No other areas will be gritted and you will need to exercise the utmost caution if you walk on any other area, including the car park area.

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 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 will take place under these circumstances even if there is no parental permission. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mercedes Henning, and the three deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Edwards. 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 the duty to make sure children are safe and that no child is living in an abusive situation.

Our Governors You will see photos of our governors up in the school hall – please do not hesitate to approach them with any questions about governance issues. Governors are responsible for setting strategic goals, ensuring that the budget is spent wisely, setting policy and providing challenge and support to the Headteacher to pursue the school vision. All management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher, so please approach the Headteacher or the class teacher with any concerns about day to day management of the school or educational matters. We are very grateful to our highly skilled board of governors who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. Governors are unpaid and do the (often very demanding) governors’ work as a service to the community to ensure that children have the best possible education.

NSPCC schools service On the NSPCC website, there are some very good resources which parents can use to help their children learn how to stay safe. These resources are differentiated for KS1 children and KS2, and we do recommend that parents consider using some of them to ensure that their children have as much information as possible to keep themselves safe, both online and in their daily lives. There is an overview of the safety of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use as well. www.nspcc.org.uk

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please book an appointment to meet your child’s class teacher next week to discuss your child’s attainment and progress in all areas. Please be very prompt to arrive at the meeting because the appointments are only 10 minutes long and we cannot extend them if you are late. Log in on https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 16th November Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Firstly a big thank you to those of you who managed to come along to the recruitment events that took place yesterday, we really appreciate all those who put their hands up to help. These events are such fun to take part in and the kids absolutely love the events.

We are still looking specifically for volunteers to do stalls at the Christmas Fayre (Fri 8th Dec), to help out with the crèche for the Christmas Plays (Mon 11th and Wed 13th) and to help on the day of the Christmas Party (Tue 19th). Please grab me or any of the PFA members to get involved, especially if you see us with a clipboard in the coming weeks!

Our new Tuck Shop team! – This afternoon, Suzanne Pickford, Laurie Farquhar, Kathie Smart, Carla Dudman and Jen Albano are doing their first outing straight after school with a bonfire night themed tuck shop, many thanks to all of them for putting their hands up to take over from the wonderful Jane and Barry.

CASUAL CLOTHES DAY – will be Fri 24th Nov! Please bring in either a secret jar filled with anything a child might like (no nuts though) and wrapped, or £1. Clare Hatala-Poole will be in the playground on the morning to collect your donations!

And finally, don’t forget, TEXTILE RECYCLING on Monday 6th Dec, leave all in bags in front of the arts centre please. Also, any old Christmas Decorations would be gratefully received.

Thank you, Patricia Genner and the PFA team

Contact us on holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or the Facebook Page

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

Newsletter 6 – 13th October 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Wednesday 18th October. We all return to school on Monday 30th October for our exciting Christmas term!

Netball There is no Netball Club next week as Mrs Goddard is at Braeside with the Residential Trip.

We are so proud of our netball team who won a very challenging interschool tournament on Wednesday! Well done, all of you, and thank you to Mrs Goddard who runs netball club. A great achievement!

Braeside If your child is going on the residential trip for children in Year 3 and Year 4, please ensure that all medication is handed in on Friday at the office. Remember to drop your child off at 9.30am at Braeside, but please do not park on the Braeside property as there is no space there. Please pick them up promptly at 3.30pm the following day.

Gardening Club People regularly comment on how beautiful our school grounds are, with flowers in tubs, and our kitchen garden and raised beds filled with vegetables and flowers. Do go and have a look at the wonderful Green House project – around the back of the Art Centre – where the Gardening Club grow seedlings and more tender crops. As well as growing the produce, the children in Gardening Club prepare, cook and eat their harvest and can make a contribution to school cooking and school dinners. This is such a great club and we are all very grateful to Liz Read and her outstanding band of volunteers who support the children so effectively to become skilful young gardeners and to experience the joy of growing plants. We are particularly grateful for Liz’s creative and artistic flair which has brightened up some dark and unwelcoming corners of the school with beautiful planting. Thanks also to Liz and her volunteers who kept coming in over the summer holidays to keep our vulnerable plants watered and nurtured. Stewardship of our world starts by caring for the living things closest to us – our young gardeners are learning this lesson in an exciting and engaging way.

The Tallest Sunflower Competition was arranged by our Gardening club and it was great fun to see this reach completion – and what an astonishing outcome! Some real record breaking sunflowers amongst the finalists. Well done to all of you who took such good care of your sunflowers and made sure that they thrived. And well done to our winners!

School Council We are always very impressed with the seriousness with which our children take their duties as representatives of their peers at the school council meetings. They have been elected by their peers to help us canvass the student voice and their views are always interesting and always taken into account when decisions are being made. In addition, all children are encouraged to tell us about their views or thoughts about school and any improvements they would like to see, at any time and in any format – sometimes we get little notes, sometimes children pop into my office, sometimes views are expressed to their teachers or TAs. We always listen because this school is their school and needs to be as good as possible for them.

Library and Museum Trip What a lovely time Stonehenge class had at Devizes Library and Museum! So many interesting things to see and do, and the experience of being off site is wonderful for children. My thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her team who organised this trip, to the volunteers who supported so generously and to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who administer everything so efficiently. It is a great responsibility to take such young children on field trips and we are very grateful to our staff who are prepared to do this for our children.

After School Play Dates Please make sure that you have written a note or an email into school on the morning of the play date to give us permission to release your child to someone else. We are spending a lot of time running around the school with messages that are coming in verbally and often quite late in the day. We do not mind helping out in an emergency, of course, but if all non- emergency messages can be given to us early in the morning and preferably in writing, then we can manage our time more efficiently rather than responding to lots of separate phone calls late in the day.

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 comment to the children on 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 13 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 will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child or group of children continue 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.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please note that the online booking system for parents to book an appointment for their progress meeting with their child’s teacher is open. Each appointment is ten minutes long – we are very strict about the timings so that other parents do not have to wait too long for their turn. If you do require longer, you can book a second meeting with your child’s teacher at another time. Please log in on https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
     

Pavilion Club Great Cheverell presents a Halloween film for “children” of all ages – “The Addams Family”! This will take place on Saturday 28th October at 2.00pm. Admission is free. Refreshments available. Children under 12 must have an adult with them. Dress up if you want to! Book at Cheverell Stores by 27th October.

Come and help to decorate St Peter’s church, Great Cheverell, for harvest festival at 10am on Saturday 21st October. Children are especially welcome.

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.