Newsletter 19 – 8th February 2019

Dear Parents

Next Friday, 15th February, is the last day of this half term.

Science afternoon What a wonderful afternoon we had on Tuesday, when children in Sarum class and their parents were given the opportunity to take part in a carousel of science experiments together! Children could try invisible writing, estimate their lung capacity, make their own compasses that show North, experiment with magnets, and so much more. Thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones who organised the event so efficiently and to Mrs Hayward who stayed on after school to help. And thanks to all the parents and carers who came to enjoy this event. Working in partnership with the school is one of the best ways to ensure your children have an outstanding education.

Fire Safety We were grateful to the fire service who came to our school to remind our children how they must react to keep safe in the unlikely event of a fire. They reminded us that we should all have evacuation plans to leave our homes should the usual exits be blocked by fire. And children were warned about the dangers of playing with fire.

Snow day We do not like to close our school for snow but last Friday the safety of our children and of our staff who have a long or complex commute into school was at risk due to the snow. Thank you all for your understanding.  It was lovely to hear how many children and their families made the most of the day and spent it outdoors enjoying the fun of the snow. So much better than sitting at home watching a screen!

Review of school values It is always good for us to take time every so often to reflect on the foundation of our school, the Christian ethos and the school values. Our governors, staff and children are busy with this at the moment. We welcome parental input into this work and ask you to respond with any comments you would like to make about the school values and how they impact on your child and their education. We welcome positive comments as well as points for improvement. Our values are Aspiration, Courage, Compassion and Joy. These are the foundation on which we build all our work. You can phone in, email in, write a note or pop into the office to give us your views on this.

Paper Free Newsletters We are going to move to a paper free system for newsletters in the new half term. We will make sure that there are few “hard copies” available at the office, but, since nearly everyone receives the newsletter electronically, and it is always available on the school website, it makes sense to reduce our paper and ink consumption through this measure. If you would prefer to continue to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please let us know and we will make sure that your child is given one on Friday afternoons.

Christmas Performance Donations Half of the money raised at the Christmas Performances is always given to charity. This year, the children have decided that they will donate the money to the WWF https://www.wwf.org.uk/ and to the Mathieson Music Trust http://www.mathiesonmusictrust.org.uk/ . These two charities embody the concern our children have for our environment and for children less fortunate than they are. It is heart-warming to see how outward looking they are, and how much they understand their responsibilities as citizens of our world.

Parking Residents of homes across the road from our school and in Witchcombe Close have been advised to take photos of cars that block their driveways or park dangerously and send these photos in to the police. Please make sure that you do nothing to annoy our neighbours or jeopardise the safety of our children. There is parking further down in the village and you can walk along Green Lane, enjoying a chat with your child as you come to and from school along this very pretty lane.

Easter Flower Festival at St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell will take place over the Easter weekend (Sunday 21st April – Monday 22nd April). If you would like to do a flower arrangement for this festival, on the theme “All flowers that on Earth do spring”, please contact Mrs Roberts-Phare on arobertsphare@gmail.com and let her know. Our children will be presenting art work for the festival.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 19th March Pilgrimage Day – please bring a packed lunch
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 11.00am
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Friday 5th July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Upcoming events – We are currently planning a couple of upcoming social events / fundraisers – exact dates and details to be confirmed. We hope to have more news on this very soon.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Easyfundraising – In the past you have raised £2,641.44 for the PFA using easyfundraising, the majority of which has been raised by our number 1 donor (you know who you are, Mr. H! Big thanks to you!).

In the last 30 days the sum raised has been £10.87.

It really is such a simple way to fundraise for the PFA, at no extra cost to yourself, and can go towards funding many valuable activities for the children.

If you haven’t already done so, please do create an account and click through this website when doing your online shopping.

Search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up.

Many thanks!

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 18 – 1st February 2019

Dear Parents

Southern Pro Musica in Southampton On Thursday we all went to Southampton to enjoy a feast of orchestral music – and, as it turned out, some magic as well! It was a wonderful experience and we were delighted that one of our children won the “Programme Cover” competition, one of our children actually conducted the orchestra, and two of our children and a member of staff were invited to stand up and dance the Can Can! I don’t suppose we will ever forget this. Our children were beautifully behaved, as they always are, enjoying everything with enthusiasm. Thank you to all our parents who made sure their children were in school on time with packed lunches – not a single problem.

Links with Old School Nursery Miss Nisbeck and I have visited Old School Nursery in the past few weeks to make contact with the new managers and to meet the children who might be coming to our school in September. We have been made very welcome and we are impressed with what we have seen so far of the new management. It is very important to us that these links are close and useful so that our children make a seamless transition into our school.

Very real dangers We are hearing that many of our children are being allowed to play computer games such as Fortnite – this has an age 12 restriction because it provides opportunities for children to chat to others whom they do not know and could result in grooming and all the abuse and horror that could come from that. It is also clear that children are becoming “addicted” to these games and become unreasonably agitated when they are required to come off the game. Please make sure that, on your Playstation or whatever consul your child is using, you have found out how to set the filters strictly so that your child is limited in the time they spend on the game, limited in the information they can disclose to others and limited in the contact they can make with others. No child should be using age restricted games at any time, of course. The restrictions are there for a reason

Bored children There is a lot of research that shows that children should be allowed to be bored for several hours every day. This means they have no access to TV or other screen based devices, no structured clubs or activities, no formal play interventions. They should be left to their own devices, perhaps outdoors, or with cardboard boxes or construction sets, pieces of fabric, or pencil, paints and paper. They should be left to work through those first uncomfortable minutes of being bored, until their own creativity is triggered and they find how to use their own resources for their play. This builds confidence, resilience and self-reliance.

If your child has very rarely experienced relying on their own resources, it may take a while for them to adjust to this, but it is worth persevering. It will help them hugely in the long run.

Helping Parents with Online Safety  PCSO Georgina Dodd will be holding sessions for parents to find out more about:

  • Apps and games children are using and the dangers they may present.
  • What options these apps have (Live chat, permissions etc).
  • Apps parents can use to keep tabs on what their children are downloading/using.
  • And other pitfalls that children may encounter online.

These sessions are NOT for children.

These sessions will be held at:

  • Rowde Primary School on 5th February at 6pm and will last approximately an hour.
  • Dauntsey’s Academy Primary School on 5th March at 6pm and will last approximately an hour.

New School Uniform Site Tesco uniform has been taken over by a new company, My Clothing, with all products, etc remaining as before. All parents who have ordered from Tesco before will still have the same login details as previously and our school account is the same as before. There will be a £3 postage charge and the ‘click and collect’ service will no longer be possible. Their website is:- www.myclothing.com

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 19th March Pilgrimage Day – please bring a packed lunch
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 11.00am
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Friday 5th July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

How to get involved – The PFA is run purely for the benefit of the children of Holy Trinity School. All our fundraising goes towards providing additional equipment and activities for the children at school. Any involvement from parents, carers and friends of Holy Trinity, however big or small, is very much welcomed.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear the latest updates please email us on

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Easyfundraising –  As always if you are doing any online shopping, you can raise funds for the PFA at no extra cost to yourself.  Do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up.

Many thanks!

Your PFA

 

 

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

Newsletter 17 – 25th January 2019

Dear Parents

 Southern Pro Musica in Southampton On Thursday 31st January, next week, we shall be taking all our children to the Central Hall, Southampton where they will enjoy a wonderful feast of orchestral music designed for children. You can see more about this by clicking on this link: https://childrensconcerts.org.uk/programme/

We ask that all children are sent to school by 8.20am with a packed lunch on this day as we shall not be at school for our usual lunch programme. They will be given biscuits and a drink in the mid-morning. Please ensure that your child has their water bottle at school on that day as well.

Visits this week  Children in Sarum class had a visit to the Urchfont Dental Practice to embed further their understanding of the importance of dental hygiene. Stonehenge class had a visit from a dentist as well and learnt about eating correctly as well as regular brushing. They all received packs with tooth brushing equipment and snacks that will not damage their teeth. Our thanks to the dental team at Urchfont who have provided this outreach so generously.

Stonehenge class also had a medical doctor visit them and were very interested in the equipment and finding out about the work a doctor does. We are very grateful for this outreach as well.

And the whole school had a visit from a police officer and, in their classes, children heard about the work police do, and the older children received information on cyber bullying and substance abuse. The police car caused much excitement! Again, our thanks to the police for their work with our children.

Pilgrimage Day On Tuesday 19th March, we shall take all the children to Edington Priory Church for our annual Pilgrimage Day, this year centred on Easter. Children will be given the chance to reflect on themes such as friendship and loneliness, walking alongside each other through difficult times, celebrating together and hopes and dreams. The morning’s activity is delivered through short workshops. If any of our volunteers would like to accompany this trip, please let us know at the office.

TD Dates for the academic year 2019-2020

Monday 2nd September 2019

Monday 1st June 2020

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Monday 29th June 2020

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Mental Health  It is becoming increasingly clear that we all need to take care of our mental health in the same way that we maintain our physical health. We have introduced the children to “Ten Habits for Good Mental Health” and are encouraging them to make these part of their daily life. These are:

  1. Ask for help if you feel anxious, depressed, angry, or worried about anything.
  2. Talk about your feelings. (Can you control your reaction to them so that they are manageable?)
  3. Spend time in reflection, quiet time or meditation, focusing on the present moment only.
  4. Eat well – plenty of vegetables and fruit.
  5. Spend time everyday doing things that you enjoy.
  6. Keep in touch with people you like.
  7. Stay active – go for a walk or kick a ball or jump on a trampoline.
  8. Do something you are good at.
  9. Actively reach out and care for others.
  10. Be proud of your being

Flu vaccinations There are still some opportunities to attend various clinics to get this vaccination for your child. There is one on 15th February in Devizes. For more information about that date and others in the area please ring 0333 2341125.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 31st January Classical Music Concert in Southampton – please bring a packed lunch In school by 8.20am

Back at school by 2pm

Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 19th March Pilgrimage Day – please bring a packed lunch
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

How to get involved – The PFA is run purely for the benefit of the children of Holy Trinity School. All our fundraising goes towards providing additional equipment and activities for the children at school. Any involvement from parents, carers and friends of Holy Trinity, however big or small, is very much welcomed.

A date for our next meeting is Wednesday 30th January at 9am in school – please do join us if you can – we love to hear new ideas and suggestions!

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear the latest updates please email us on

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Easyfundraising –  As always if you are doing any online shopping, you can raise funds for the PFA at no extra cost to yourself.  Do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up.

Many thanks!

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 16 – 18th January 2019

Dear Parents

Courage and resilience We are pleased to see that Ofsted is going to be inspecting the work schools do to build resilience in their students. This is a result of the increasing concern of schools nationally that children lack resilience and independence and it is feared that this will leave them unable to deal with the inevitable difficulties that everyone will encounter at some point.

Whilst we instinctively want to protect our children from feeling sad, disappointed, angry, anxious, depressed or worried, it is a vital life skill to acquire resilience in the face of difficult events. We work very hard in our school to reward resilience, courage, independence and determination so that the children gain an understanding that this is the correct way to face difficulties which are going to be a normal part of life. Congratulating children on managing a difficult situation with courage builds their ability to cope with such situations in the future. It should be a growth experience for them.

Volunteers We are very lucky to have a team of strong and skilled volunteers who come in regularly to help us in school. Mostly, volunteers listen to children reading on a one to one basis and check comprehension of what they are reading. This is the single biggest help to our work since it is not possible for our teachers to hear every child read every day. They also support us with taking children offsite on trips and help with design and technology projects. We are very grateful for their support.

Hockey Well done to our Year 3/Year 4 hockey team which won three out of their four matches on Thursday! And thank you to Mrs Goddard and the admin staff for organising this, and to the volunteers who accompanied the trip.

Cyberbullying Please make sure that, if your child has an iPad or a phone on which they engage in online chatting, you check their devices regularly to ensure that they are neither sending nor receiving messages that are harmful or hurtful. It is strongly recommended that children do not take their phones to their rooms when they go to sleep, as so many children have very disturbed sleep due to late night messaging. We also remind parents to ensure that they have some form of parental controls on the phones and that they monitor all activity carefully – this could save your child’s life. It is not an invasion of their privacy, it is good and careful parenting. Children are tech-savvy but naïve and are at huge risk in the on-line world.

Dentist Visit Children in Sarum class will all go to visit the Urchfont Dental Practice on Thursday 24th January (next week). They will be given toothbrushes and disclosing tablets in order to learn the best techniques for brushing their teeth. They will also have a talk about good oral hygiene and diet, and will get a chance to do ‘fillings’ in plastic teeth that have been pre-cut and will see and touch (non sharp) dental instruments and familiarise themselves with the dental surgery. They will have a healthy snack while they are there. This is always a great trip for the children and they thoroughly enjoy it.

Southern Pro Musica in Southampton On Thursday 31st January, we shall be taking all our children to the Central Hall, Southampton where they will enjoy a wonderful feast of orchestral music designed for children. You can see more about this by clicking on this link: https://childrensconcerts.org.uk/programme/

We ask that all children are sent to school with a packed lunch on this day as we shall not be at school for our usual lunch programme. They will be given biscuits and a drink in the mid-morning.

Winter Please make sure all scarves, hats, gloves, coats and jumpers are labelled with your child’s name – even just writing it in ball point pen on any of the labels is better than nothing. In the event of very severe weather, where it would be unsafe to open the school, you will receive a text message, there will be a note on the website and the local radio will be broadcasting the information. We almost never close, however, and the children really love snow days at school, with long playtimes and Sledge Hill being great fun.

Junior Cricket at The Walled Garden, Erlestoke   We are pleased to announce that throughout the summer of 2019, Erlestoke & Coulston Cricket Club will be reviving the junior section of the club. We will be offering fun and all-inclusive cricket coaching for boys and girls aged 5-11 and welcome all abilities and experiences on Saturdays from 10.00am – 11.00am, £2 per session. Our coach, Toby Dorgan, has plenty of experience working with young children and coaching cricket, including all relevant qualifications. Dates to be confirmed but please drop us an email if you, or your children, are interested in getting involved. Email:ecccjuniors@outlook.com

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 31st January Classical Music Concert in Southampton – please bring a packed lunch Normal school hours
Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

How to get involved – The PFA is run purely for the benefit of the children of Holy Trinity School. All our fundraising goes towards providing additional equipment and activities for the children at school. Any involvement from parents, carers and friends of Holy Trinity, however big or small, is very much welcomed.

A date for our next meeting is soon to be announced – please do join us if you can- we love to hear new ideas and suggestions!

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear the latest updates please email us on

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Easyfundraising –  As always if you are doing any online shopping, you can raise funds for the PFA at no extra cost to yourself.  Do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up.

Many thanks!

Your PFA

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