Newsletter 31 – 15th June 2018

Pilgrimage Day On Wednesday we had a lovely Pilgrimage day, this year on the school site, with a walk to the local church at the end. Children took part in a carousel of activities which included mindfulness, arts and crafts, reflection on our role as stewards of the planet and other aspects of spiritual growth. Whether the children are people of faith or not, these events are valuable for helping them to consider their role in the community, their own moral compass and their own philosophy. My thanks to everyone who helped run the event.

Phonics screener All Year 1 children took part in the Phonics screener this week – we aim make the process relaxed and fun for the children and they seemed to enjoy it. This is one of the markers that the Government uses to ensure that we can continue to be judged Outstanding.

Year 3 and Year 4 Performances A reminder that children in Year 3 and Year 4 will be presenting their wonderful summer plays – this year using Roald Dahl’s amazing stories – on Wednesday 27th June at 2.00pm and again on Thursday 28th June at 5.00pm. Tickets for these performances have been sent out. If you do not need any of your tickets, please send them back in for re-distribution. If you would like an extra ticket, please write in and let us know.

Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school We had a lovely concert on Tuesday by some of our young musicians who take music lessons outside of school (rather than as part of our peripatetic music offer through the school). We believe that music is a very important part of every child’s education and we provide every opportunity that we can to support music making in school.

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

Avebury Field Trip Children in Avebury class are going to the Steam Museum in Swindon to experience something of what it was like to be an evacuee in the Second World War. Please make sure that they have lunch and, if they wish to, that they are dressed in costume. Otherwise they need to wear their school uniform.

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

Parent Governor There will be a vacancy for a parent governor in the new academic year and we shall be sending out the paperwork in September. Parent governors are elected by the parents of the school. Two of our ten governors are elected as parent governors. This is advance warning so that you can give some thought to the matter. Governors set the overarching policies of the school, appoint the Headteacher and hold them to account for keeping standards high, and manage the budget. If you have skills that you think will be useful, or if you have an interest in governance, please contact the Headteacher or one of the governors who will be glad to talk you through the duties, time commitments and responsibilities of the work.

Forest Schools We are very lucky to have Mrs Goddard who is running our Forest Schools programme – please make sure that your child brings old clothes into school when you are notified that it is their turn. They do very messy and wonderful things in the Forest Schools!

Parking again We ask all our parents to remember that the Close is a private road. The residents of the Close have to pay out of their own pockets for the upkeep and maintenance of the road. It is not a public highway or byway. And we ask that everyone treat the residents of Witchcombe Close with courtesy and respect at all times. This is particularly important when there are children around, of course. I have asked the police to send a patrol out to check on the parking situation outside our school and they have committed to doing so as often as they can.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
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 Meeting for parents of Year 3/Year 4 children about residential trip in October 2.30pm
Tuesday 10th July Avebury exhibition From 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist 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

The SUMMER CIRCUS FETE is fast approaching (how exciting!!) and so next week we have two meetings for all those who are kindly volunteering at the event.

Tuesday 19th June – 3.30pm – Meeting at Aston Cottage, High Street, Great Cheverell (Steph’s house)

Wednesday 20th June – 7.30pm – Meeting at the Bell Inn, Great Cheverell.

Please could volunteers attend one meeting or if that’s not possible then send an update to Steph prior to the meeting.

Many thanks!

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 30 – 8th June 2018

Avebury Exhibition All parents of children in Avebury class are invited to come to school on Tuesday 10th July from about 1.30pm to enjoy an exhibition of work that their children have completed this year. It will be a lovely opportunity for your children to talk to you about their work and to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you.

Pilgrimage Day On Wednesday 13th June (next week) our children will be taking part in a Pilgrimage Day. This involved a morning of workshops followed by a walk to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell for a short service. The theme this year is St Francis and focuses on how we can look after our world, combat climate change and reach out with compassion to those around us. The workshops include art and craft activities on the themes, time for reflection and mindfulness.

NSPCC workshops As part of our campaign to help children to keep themselves safe from bullying, abuse and online problems, we shall be having presentations from NSPCC next week on Tuesday. Please have a look at the NSPCC website as there is a lot of good support on there for parents who would like to find out more about keeping their children safe.

Cycling and Scooting on School Grounds A reminder that ALL children must dismount from their vehicles and push their scooters and bikes once they are on school property. Whether they enter through the car park or the pedestrian gate, no child should be riding their vehicle once they are on school property. It is not safe for other people to have little people riding on bikes and scooters, and it is not safe for the riders either. Please do not let your children go onto the staff car park where they are almost invisible to staff driving into the car park. They must stay on the pedestrian pathway.

Year 6 D&T experience We are always very grateful to Dauntsey’s secondary school for the outreach they offer to our children. Next week, all year 6 children will be taken to their D&T workshops to make a clock using modern and exciting equipment and with expert support.

Year 3 and Year 4 Performances A reminder that children in Year 3 and Year 4 will be presenting their wonderful summer plays – this year using Roald Dahl’s amazing stories – on Wednesday 27th June at 2.00pm and again on Thursday 28th June at 5.00pm. Tickets for these performances will be going out shortly.

French Café Experience All classes except Silbury class (who will be running a different restaurant experience) will be hosting their parents to a French Café event. You should have received the invitations this week and we ask that you will return the slips by Friday 15th June so that we can cater effectively. You will be encouraged to chat to your child in very simple French (some advice will be given to help with this) and you will have the opportunity to work through some maths problems as well – so that you have some insight into the problem solving that your children engage in each day. (You do not have to solve the maths problems in French!)

To try to make things easier for parents, we shall be holding the meeting about Hooke Court for children who will be in Year 3 and Year 4 next academic year after the French Café experience for White Horse class. At this meeting, parents will hear about the one night residential trip that will be offered in October of 2018. You will be encouraged to ask any questions you may have and will have plenty of information about the trip.

 Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school Everyone who has applied for a place at our music event on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am has been given a place in the programme. Please make sure your child has been well prepared for this. Parents/carers are welcome to attend the performance which will probably last no longer than 20 minutes or half an hour.

 

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 12th June Music Concert – lessons outside of school 10.45am – 11.15am
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
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 Meeting for parents of Year 3/Year 4 children about residential trip in October 2.30pm
Tuesday 10th July Avebury exhibition From 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist 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

Monday 11th June: Fabric recycling

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT- Please hand in your forms by Monday 11th at the latest. If you do not have a complete team do not worry, we can combine teams or find additional team members to join your team. Just note on your entry form that you would like additional team members to boost your team’s chances!! £10 per person includes arrival drink and bread & cheese supper!

Saturday 30th June – Summer Circus Fete – Shout out to anyone with a gazebo which can be loaned to us for the day! We will also be asking for donations of shop bought or homemade scones for the cream teas. Many thanks!

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 29 – 25th May 2018

This is the last day of this half term – we wish all our families a relaxing and wonderful half term break. Everyone is back at school on Tuesday 5th June.

Forest of Dean Our very sincere thanks to Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Trusler who organised and accompanied the residential trip to the Forest of Dean. It is an enormous responsibility for our staff to undertake this trip each year and we are very grateful for their commitment to the children.

Music concert We are so proud of our talented young musicians – they provided us with a wonderful evening’s entertainment of rich and beautifully performed music. My especial thanks to Mrs Edwards, Mr Gundry, Mrs Heath, Mrs Jenkins and Mr Lazarus for all the work they do in our school to promote wonderful music.

Leading Collective Worship Forty of our children have volunteered to lead collective worship through the summer term. To do this, they have to have a team which works well together, they have to decide on a theme (usually something to do with one of the school values) and a Bible story that underpins the theme. They have to rehearse the presentation to ensure that it is engaging for their peers. We are very proud of our Y6 Collective Worship leaders who take responsibility for helping the younger children with their preparations for leading worship. Parents are welcome to attend collective worship which takes place at 10.00am every day except Friday (when we have Sharing instead at 2.15pm).

Warm weather Please send your children into school with water bottles and sun hats as the weather warms up. They should have sunscreen applied before they leave home. This is a good opportunity to check that all items of clothing have your child’s name written in them as well – the lost property basket is overflowing!

Secondary Schools As Year 5 parents start to consider which secondary school would best suit their child, there are opportunities being presented to look around our very good local schools. We are in the fortunate position of having all local secondary schools judged “Good” by Ofsted, which gives parents a wide choice of really good provision. The following schools have Year 5 Taster Days coming up in the last half term:

Lavington Secondary School: 26th June 2018   (01380 812352 to book a place)

Matravers Secondary School: 17th July 2018    (01373 82266 to book a place)

Matravers also runs some great “Stretch and Challenge” days for Year 5 children throughout the year which sound very exciting – they take place after school. The new 6th form provision which runs from Lavington School is in fact a satellite of the Matravers 6th form college so there are good links between the two schools.

Parking again We have been asked very politely by residents of Witchcombe Close not to park on their grass verges – theirs is a private road, and damage done by your cars has to be paid for by the residents themselves. We ask you most urgently to park courteously and safely.

Piano Lessons These start again in the week commencing 11th June. Please note that this is a change from what was previously advertised.

Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school Everyone who has applied for a place at our music event on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am has been given a place in the programme. Please make sure your child has been well prepared for this. Parents/carers are welcome to attend the performance which will probably last no longer than 20 minutes or half an hour.

Tuesday Summer Sports Club Please note – there will be no summer sports club after the half term.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Tuesday 12th June Music Concert – lessons outside of school 10.45am – 11.15am
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

Friday 8th June – Non Uniform Day. Please bring either a small raffle prize suitable for the quiz night OR a donation of £1. The money will be donated to the NSPCC.

Monday 11th June: Fabric recycling

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT- Entry forms have gone out in book bags this week. Please sign up by Friday 8th June.

Saturday 30th June – Summer Circus Fete – 2pm-5pm- Many hands make light work! If you are able to help make this our biggest and best fete ever, please do sign-up. Extra sign-up forms available from the school office.

Thank you!

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 28 – 18th May 2018

Wonderful Children We are, as ever, very proud of our children, many of whom have completed their summative assessments this week. They always face these challenges with cheerful courage and optimism, and always aim to do their best. They have enjoyed this week which involves a lot of project work, PE and art in between the assessments. Thank you to our families who have supported their children so beautifully through the year.

Forest of Dean Children in Years 5 and 6 will be leaving for their residential trip next week, Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th May. They will take part in lots of adventurous activities such as caving, climbing, and zip wire so they need old clothes. They need to be at school at the usual time, with a small travel bag that they have packed (and can re-pack) themselves. Kits lists have been sent out. Please make sure all prescription medication and travel tablets have been given to the teacher on duty with the relevant paperwork and directions for dispensing. No other medications may be brought. No mobile phones or other electronic devices may be brought – a book or a pack of cards can be useful in the few minutes of down time that they will have. This is a wonderful trip on which the children learn a lot about team work, courage, initiative, independence and having fun.

Trophies If your child won one of our floating Trophies last year, would you kindly return it? We need to start to prepare for the awards ceremony at the end of the term.

NSPCC workshops Attached to this letter please find some information about workshops that will be delivered in school on 12th June and 19th June by the NSPCC. These workshops help children to develop strategies that will keep them safe from bullying and abuse. The best way to ensure that children are safe is by equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves safe and to ask for help. We ask for a £1 donation towards the workshops and towards the work of the NSPCC.

 Music Concert Next Week If your child takes music lessons in school, their tutor may well have decided that they are playing at a good enough standard to perform in the concert. Check with your child – they will know. Your child should wear something smart to perform – not school uniform. All parents are welcome to come along on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm to enjoy our amazingly talented young musicians’ performances.

 Class Splits  At this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that we do the very best for each one.

If your child is in Year 1, Year 4 or Year 5, they will be in a split group. However, they will continue to follow the Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, whichever classroom they are in. Our analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of which classroom they are in.

Attendance at School If your child’s attendance at school falls below 90%, they are going to be falling behind their peers in all areas of school life. We see a really significant drop in outcomes for children with lower attendance.  Effectively, they are missing half a day a week, or half a term a year. Whilst children should stay home if they are very ill, please try to ensure your child comes to school every day possible – through regular attendance, they gain confidence, joy in school and success.

Piano Lessons There will be piano lessons next week, the last week of term. Then in the new term, they start again in the week commencing 18th June.

Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school Everyone who has applied for a place at our music event on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am has been given a place in the programme. Please make sure your child has been well prepared for this. Parents/carers are welcome to attend the performance which will probably last no longer than 20 minutes or half an hour.

Reading to your children Thank you to all those families where reading to children is a well-established routine in the home. Research shows that children who have books read to them do better at school in all areas, not just reading and writing. It is recommended that parents continue to read to children who are already good readers – right up until early teenage years – since this continues to have positive impact on their outcomes. Chatting together about a book that you are sharing is a very special thing to do.

Communication with School It is really important to us that channels of communication are kept open with our families – we are partners in the education of your children and the more we cooperate with each other, the better your child’s education will be. As well as this weekly newsletter, you can find information, policies and photos on the school website at www.holy-trinity.co.uk, you can see short updates on our Facebook page, you can let us know about anything at all through phone calls, emails, notes in the homework books/reading records or by catching the teacher briefly at the beginning or end of the school day. If you need a longer meeting, you are most welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher whenever you would like to do so.

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

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
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

Fabric recycling: Thank you to all those who brought in recycling – a whopping 220kg of fabric was donated!! Next recycling date will be Monday 11th June.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT- Entry forms will be distributed via book bags next week so please look out for them, to get your teams signed up. 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 27 – 11th May 2018

Mrs Cook It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that we will be saying good bye to Mrs Cook who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Mrs Cook has been an outstanding and much loved TA in our school for over 10 years. Her cheerful, sensible, warm manner have made her a favourite with children and adults alike and her contributions to children’s learning have been extraordinary. She will be very much missed. We wish her a very happy retirement and hope that she will be able to pop back into school regularly so that we can continue to benefit from her wisdom and humour. We thank her for all her years of sterling service to our children and to the whole school community.

SATS Week Our Year 6 children will write the compulsory SATS tests next week, and all the other KS2 children will undertake some little summative assessments. We do not want any child to worry about these and we ask that you do not make any fuss about them either. The children are all well prepared, they will enjoy the week and have fun in the afternoons once the assessments are over for the day. Please do not feel that you need to do anything extra at home and please do not put any pressure on your child. It would be good if they all have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, some fun with jokes and laughter on the way into school, and a very relaxed approach. Your child has been very well taught and will achieve at the limits of whatever their ability is. A cheerful, confident approach is the very best way forward.

Families leaving our school As we prepare for our Admissions Panel at the beginning of June, we ask that if you are going to remove your child from our school at the end of this academic year, you let us know by the end of this half term. We have many families who would like to transfer their children into our school and we need to know how many places may be available to offer for the coming academic year 2018-19.

 Concert for children learning an instrument outside of school If your child learns a musical instrument outside of school, and they play it to a standard good enough for performance, we are offering them the chance to take part in a little concert on Tuesday 12th June at 10.45am. Please complete the slip at the bottom of this letter if you would like your child to take part in the concert. The piece that they play must be short and well prepared for performance. Parents are welcome to attend this concert. The slips must be returned by next week Friday 18th May.

 Releasing children Year 4 and over Please note that children in Year 4 and above are not released into the care of their parents directly by the teacher at the end of the school day. They are allowed to leave the classroom at the end of the day and make their way onto the playground to find you. If you are not happy with this arrangement, and would prefer that we released your child directly into your care, please let us know.

 Ants Many schools in Wiltshire apparently have ants at the moment, according to our pest control company. We are amongst those schools that have ants which occasionally come indoors. We will have the control measures put in place over the weekend and we hope that the problem will be resolved by next week.  Please encourage your child to take their lunch boxes home – the ants are looking for food, and lunchboxes left overnight in the school will certainly be attractive to them. It is worth mentioning that ants present no health hazard – they do not carry diseases harmful to humans.

Low Road in Erlestoke will be closed from 18th May for 12 days. This will have an impact on the children taking the bus with potential lateness.

Piano Lessons No piano lessons next week, but there are the week after. Then in the new term, they start again in the week commencing 18th June.

GDPR and Safeguarding Please remember that all parents must report into reception if they want to come into the school, and that they must be accompanied by a member of staff if they go into the classrooms. This helps us to make sure we are compliant with both safeguarding and data protection requirements.

 Donations to the school We are always very grateful for any grants or donations which help us to manage the ever tightening school budgets. It is getting harder each year to find the funds we need to pay for essentials of schooling – the money we receive each year reduces substantially, and, on top of that, costs rise each year. As well as many very generous donations from charities, we also sometimes receive other donations. This week, our whole staff received the compulsory Emergency First Aid training (which has to be refreshed every three years) from Paul Hosking’s company. The training is always excellent and Paul does not charge us, which saves the school many hundreds of pounds. We are very grateful for this generous outreach from www.aid-training.co.uk

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

 

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
Thursday 7th June Lavington Roadshow for Year 5 parents 3.00pm
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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

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

PFA News

Thursday 17th May – Evening PFA MEETING – 7:30pm in The Bell, Great Cheverell – All very welcome! Please come along to hear about up and coming events & projects.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT

Saturday 30th June – Roll up! Roll up! – CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE!

Your PFA Team

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Music Concert for children taking lessons outside of school

I would like my child …………………………………………………………………………. (name) in ……………………………………class to play their instrument ………………………………………….(type of instrument) at the concert on 12th June at 10.45am. I undertake to ensure that they will play a piece that is short and very well prepared for a performance.

Signed: ………………………………………………………….…. (Parent)