Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Dear Parents

Creative Curriculum in action

Everyone in school enjoyed the Falconry exhibition on Tuesday, with interesting presentations about birds of prey and the chance to see some of these amazing birds in real life.

Sarum class had a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians – another great learning opportunity.

Stonehenge class had a wonderful (rainy) walk to look at the different styles of houses in our village and to explore the church briefly.

And White Horse class had fun with racing pigeons! Our thanks to Mr Howse who brought them in and gave the children a wonderful experience.

Harvest Celebration Hopefully you will have seen the exhibition of Harvest pictures and bunting on our hedge outside the school – a chance for you to see some of the amazing work our children have done on the theme of Harvest.

Adventure Activity Day On Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, we will have the adventure activity days, with a climbing wall, archery, rope swing and other team games. Please make sure your child is wearing long, jogging type trousers, a long sleeved top and trainers, suitable for the activities and in school colours if at all possible. No smart designer clothes please. Sarum and Silbury class will have their turn on Tuesday, and Stonehenge, White Horse and Avebury classes will have their turn on Wednesday.

PFA  Please consider joining the working committee of our amazing Parents and Friends Association – it is a great way to meet other people and make friends, and in addition you will be supporting our school as we enrich the children’s education with donations from the PFA fundraising. We are going to need volunteers to step up to the leadership in the coming year, so please do consider this so that we can keep the charity going. It is such an important part of our school life and school community. Our huge thanks go to Adrienne and her team who have done such a wonderful job over the past year.

Christmas We are determined that we will have some Christmas celebrations in our school no matter how difficult it may be to organise. It will have to be very different from previous years, as we cannot have all parents in the hall, nor can we have all children mixed up together. But we hope to have some kind of a Christmas performance with the older children, perhaps in the form of a radio play; we would like to have a whole school musical event with different elements from each class being stitched together to form a whole school performance; and we hope our youngest children, at least, will be able to dress up and present some kind of short, limited scale, outdoor performance for parents to enjoy. Our PFA are already considering how to do a Christmas party – within classes, perhaps, and with individual party bags. We will continue to update on these ideas as we work out the logistics.

Staff Training Ensuring that our staff always have access to high quality continuing professional development has been more challenging in these times, but we continue to provide the best we can. This week, we offered Speech and Language Therapy training for all staff from all five of the Emmanuel Collaboration schools. The training was streamed out from the Wiltshire Speech and Language Therapy team into our schools via “Teams” so that we could all benefit in safety. The second part of this course will go out in a fortnight. We are grateful to the SLT team who have managed to deliver this training in this way and to our staff for giving the time to their continuing professional development in the midst of the challenges we face.

Sharing on Moodle Each week there will a few items shared on the Whole School part of our Moodle platform so that you can see some of the work our children are doing.

Links with our local church Please read the accompanying letter from St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell – there are some super events coming up and we do encourage you to go along and join in with the community celebrations.

Secondary School Applications  The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations. Sensible PE type clothing to be worn – long trousers.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Friday 18th December Last day of term  
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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

Due to personal circumstances, Adrienne has regretfully decided to no longer continue as PFA Chair. We are therefore on the lookout for someone to Chair the group and we will consequently be holding an AGM in the coming weeks to establish if anyone would like to. Sadly, without someone in this position, the charity cannot legally function, and we would be required to at least temporarily shut the PFA. If you have any interest in taking on this role, please do let the PFA know. We will provide details in the near future for when the AGM will be, with it being held in the open air by The Pavilion.

The PFA would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Adrienne for stepping up to the role of Chair this time last year. She did a marvellous job of steering us through the many fun and busy activities we were running up until lockdown. We are very pleased that she will remain part of the PFA team going forward. 

At the AGM we would also usually provide a summary of activity for the last 12 months, plus what the financial position is of the group. In light of Covid-19 and the restrictions we find ourselves facing, this year we will instead be providing this information by email. This will be available in the coming weeks. Please email us if you wish to be added to the email list.

We are very much hoping to be able to do Christmas cards and personalised Christmas gifts again this year and we are currently looking at the best way to do this, so watch this space over the next week or two. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

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

Newsletter 3 – 18th September 2020

Dear Parents

After many happy years of leading Holy Trinity as headteacher, I shall be retiring in August next year, and making way for a new leader who will take our wonderful school forward and who will continue to embed and improve the amazing ethos and achievements that make this school so unique. This will be an extraordinary year, and a memorable year, for me to work as my last, and I shall make sure that our children continue to get the very best education possible under the unusual circumstances. Governors are in the process of recruiting my successor and will keep parents informed so there will be regular updates on this matter.

Parent Governor We welcomeFrancesca Shepherd onto our Governing Body from 15th October as the new parent governor. Our thanks go to Vincent Albano, the previous parent governor in this post, whose skills and experience have been so much appreciated over the past years and whose clear and concise approach has supported school development so effectively.

The role of our Governing Body is to map out the overarching strategy for our school. They appoint the Headteacher, agree the budget with the Headteacher each year, and hold the Headteacher to account for standards and financial management in the school. Governors have no role in the day to day management of the school, deployment of staff or minutiae of classroom management – all of these matters are delegated in their entirety to the Headteacher (who is also, in our school, the CEO of our single academy trust).

Moodle Everyone should now be able to access Moodle, as the site has been set up for the new school year with new classes.  My thanks, as ever, to Patrick Williams who keeps this platform running so efficiently for us on a voluntary basis. If your child is isolating or off sick, please ensure that they carry on with their learning journey. The work you did over lock down with your children was superb and we are very impressed with the standards our children maintained through this time. We hope to be able to keep this up with the partnership between school and home supporting the children’s best outcomes through this difficult time. 

Field trips White Horse class had a field trip around our village this week.  My thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who made the field trip on “Great Cheverell during the First World War” come alive for the children, by dressing up and telling stories. The children learnt a lot and really enjoyed the trip.

Stonehenge class will also have a trip to the local church in the coming weeks. They will become more familiar with the building which is used by Christians for their worship and some of the Christian symbols found there – interesting theological learning, whether they are people of faith or not.

Sarum class are having a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians.

I am very grateful to our amazing teachers who continue to find ways to bring our curriculum to life even in these complicated times. Workload is much heavier for them at present, with the distance learning to manage as well as the daily whole class teaching but they do not let that stand in the way of ensuring that children are given the best possible education under very difficult circumstances.

School Party A little celebration was held, in class Bubbles on the field, on Tuesday, to commend the children for the amazing efforts they made over lockdown to keep their learning, resilience and joy intact through the difficult times. It was lovely to have everyone on the field, in groups very distanced from each other, enjoying their party bags, and playing a very unusual version of Pass the Parcel. Thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew for their cooking and baking and making up the party bags. Busy week for them! There are photos of this, and other learning events from this extraordinary term, on our website: https://holy-trinity.co.uk/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=35&show=slide

Falconry Exhibition We are delighted to have this opportunity to find out more about birds of prey on Tuesday next week. The exhibition and presentation to each class will take place outside on the field, with all Covid precautions in place.

Harvest Celebration The children in Stonehenge class are hoping to present a little Harvest song on Friday 25th September at the end of their school day. Weather permitting, they will stand on the playground/Sledge hill, hopefully visible to parents on the outside of the school, and sing/say their song. There will also be some Harvest pictures from the rest of the children attached to the hedge or on display panels outside the school for parents to enjoy, instead of our usual Harvest assembly.

We will not be collecting for Harvest this year, as we are not allowed to manage contributions from children’s homes, but please be aware of the desperate need of so many families at this time, and please do contribute to the Devizes Foodbank if you can – they have donation points at the front of Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s in Devizes, or you can donate money https://devizesdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/ .

Tennis Holiday Camp will run during half term daily 10am-3pm from Tuesday 27th-Thursday 29th October 2020. They are offering an EARLY BIRD DEAL of £50 per child to anyone who books and pays by 30th September 2020.

Full details, including how to book can be found at https://tinyurl.com/dtc-oct20camp

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles. School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration. In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  

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 to Francesca Shepherd and Liz Read who have done a fine job of collating, washing, organising and selling uniform so far this term. Not only does this help raise funds for the PFA, but more importantly means that good quality school uniforms are being re-used and are available at an affordable cost for parents. Please get in touch with them if you’d like to donate or buy uniform. 

We are still getting the first PFA meeting of the year organised and working out how to do this safely in current times. We will keep everyone updated. 

Many thanks,

Your PFA

To contact the PFA: 

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

Newsletter 2 – 11th September 2020

Dear Parents

Coughing  If your child has a new, continuous cough, please keep them home and have them tested.

 A continuous cough means that they have coughed 3 or more times in 24 hours. Or have coughed a lot for an hour. It does not matter what kind of cough it is.

We cannot have children in school who are coughing and we will send them home if they cough in school and ask you to have them tested or isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

Similarly, if your child has a high temperature or a change in their sense of taste or smell, they must be tested and isolated with their family until the negative test result comes back.

ONLY the person with symptoms should get tested – not the whole household. If the person with symptoms has a negative test result, EVERYONE in their household can stop isolating and resume normal life immediately unless they develop symptoms (in which case it all starts again).

I know that many (or most) of the coughs your children have will be simple winter colds that we are all used to. But none of us has the ability to sense whether this particular cough is Covid or not. It is essential that we all work hard to keep infection out of our school. Children are not usually badly affected but if your child has Covid and comes into school, they could infect a child in their Bubble who then meets up with a vulnerable family member and that could have disastrous consequences.

I do ask everyone to keep in mind that we are not just trying to keep ourselves safe, but we want to protect the elderly and vulnerable – this is going to be difficult and inconvenient at times, I know, but this is a life threatening situation and must be taken with the utmost seriousness. We have absolutely no flexibility on applying the rules and will apply them with rigour to keep everyone safe.

A poster is attached to this newsletter and will also be sent home in hard copy so that you can stick to your fridge for reference. This gives the precise NHS and Government direction. Please support us in this. We are trying to save the lives of our most vulnerable.

Moodle In the event that a child or a Bubble has to isolate, we will swing into action again with Moodle and teachers will upload work that your child can do online. If the rest of your child’s Bubble is still in school, clearly the teacher will not be able to engage with your child in real time (as they will have a class in front of them!) but the work will be available for your child to complete. As long as they are well enough, we would be very grateful if you would support them with this so that we can continue with the great progress our children have made.

After School We make a plea for parents to go straight home after picking their children up from school. This will really help to prevent children from different Bubbles spending too much time together – and we are trying to do everything we can to limit the possibility of spreading infection. Already, there are schools in Wiltshire where the virus is spreading. We are doing everything in our power within school to keep infection risk as low as we possibly can, and we ask that all families try to support us with this. As you know, no gatherings of more than 6 should take place indoors or outdoors from Monday.

Thank you Teachers have asked me to thank you all for your hugely generous gifts at the end of the summer term – and especially for the kind words and positive messages that you sent at that time. These are the things we treasure most – the comments on how happy your children are, and how well you feel they are achieving. That is what our job is all about and what we love doing. 

Adventure Activity Days We have been fortunate to be able to commission an adventure activity day for our children on the school field – this will include a mobile climbing wall, rope swing, archery and other activities. We hope this will help compensate for the residential trips that have been cancelled and other offsite trips that we cannot make this term. We expect this to take place on Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, with each class having its own session on the equipment which will be properly cleaned down between Bubbles. 

We will ask each family to sign a permission slip for this event since it is a higher risk than our usual school provision. The coaches are very highly skilled, trained and qualified and the equipment is checked between use. All reasonable precautions are taken to keep children safe. The activities are graduated according to the age of the children. The company usually operates from Brokerswood, if you would like to take a trip out there to see them in action. If you do not wish your child to take part, of course we will make sure that they are withdrawn. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who has led on this project and has done all the work towards getting the booking. We have decided to fund this event entirely from school funds as we are aware that many families are probably struggling financially at the moment. If you would like to make a donation to the school, we are always extremely grateful for any extra funding which helps us keep the curriculum exciting and engaging but we are not asking for voluntary donations this time.

Field trips Stonehenge class (Year1) and White Horse class will be going for walks around our village in the coming weeks – they will be finding out about aspects of their topics for this term. Stonehenge class Year 1 will be looking at the houses and homes in the village next week, finding out what the differences are between old and new houses. The whole class of Stonehenge will be walking to the local church in the coming weeks. White Horse class have a project, supported by Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew and other people from the village, to find out more about life here in Great Cheverell in World War 1. You will be notified of these trips by your child’s class teacher in advance. They will all take place during the school day. There will be no cost attached to these trips. I am very grateful to our teachers who are doing their best to keep the curriculum engaging and “real” even in these complex times.

Chicken pox and measles We have a child in our school who is having treatment for cancer at the moment and is very vulnerable especially to chicken pox and measles. Please let us know immediately if your child contracts either of these diseases so that we can act to keep this child safe. Thank you.

Please return books and whiteboards At lockdown we sent home packs with our younger children with whiteboards, atlases and reading books. These items are very expensive to replace so we do ask all our families to return them to us. We will quarantine them and return them to circulation.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles. School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration. In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No request for donations.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  

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

Second Hand Uniform Donations and Sales  Please could you place your bagged donations into the blue lidded wheelie bins marked Textiles by the recycling bins in the car park of the school. These will then be washed and sorted for sale in aid of the PFA in a Covid-safe way. If you would like to buy some second hand uniform at low prices, please leave a message on the PFA facebook page or email lizread@mikeread.org to enquire.

Communications – We have several ways of communicating with the school community – including via the newsletter, WhatsApp year groups and also our Facebook page. We occasionally send out emails if there are more detailed documents. 

If you aren’t a member already, please consider looking up the Facebook group (details below). You will be asked a couple of security questions to verify you’re part of the school. This is one of the ways we can disseminate upto date information but it is also a community page where you can ask questions and find out about local events. 

If you’d also like to be added to the email list, please send an email to us and ask to be added. 

Fundraising 

Opportunities for fund raising have been very limited recently, but if you can, there is an easy way to help us raise funds. 

Please do sign up for Easyfunding – Its FREE and EASY to use!  Thank you if you are already. 

If you shop online, you can raise FREE donations for Holy Trinity School PFA. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use #easyfundraising to shop with them! 

So far our parents have raised over  £2800 through this online charity.  

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htspfa/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=gs

Many thanks, Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

Newsletter 1 – 4th September 2020

Dear Parents

Thank you! It is wonderful to have our school full of happy, laughing, chatty children again. Thank you to all parents who prepared their children so well for their return to school after the extraordinary events of the Covid lockdown. Every child came into school positively, and we are very impressed with the way they have settled in school and have been able to pick up the routines of school life. Behaviour continues to be excellent, as it always is in this school, and children are joyful, kind, hardworking and courageous, as they always are. Thank you also for the great work at Drop Off and Pick Up times – it is seamless!

We will spend plenty of time helping children to find their way through learning, reflecting and socialising in the school context again, and will be assessing their stage of learning in the coming weeks. Any child who needs extra support to regain their trajectory of learning will, of course, be given that support. It will take some weeks for us to complete the assessments and to discover the “gaps” in their learning, and we will feed back to parents on or around Wednesday 18th November in a brief written format to let you know how your child is achieving in the core areas of the curriculum and what, if any, extra intervention will be necessary for them.

New families Thank you to all who have reached out in friendship to our new families – it can be daunting both as a child and as an adult to enter a new school community and it is important that we make sure all our new families feel welcome in this lovely community.  

Parent Governor Elections We have two excellent candidates who have agreed to stand for election to the position of Parent Governor on our Board of Governors. One of them will be elected to the position by parents and carers through a secret ballot. Each parent or person with parental responsibility for a child in our school has a vote and the completed ballot papers must reach us by 3.15pm on TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020 for counting. We shall announce the outcome the following day by email. Your child will bring the documents home with them today, including the covering letter from our Clerk to Governors, statements from the candidates, instructions on how to complete the ballot, and the ballot papers themselves with an unmarked envelope for returning the ballot papers.

Keeping in touch Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment for a telephone conversation with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Whilst we cannot have parents on site at present, we do want to make sure channels of communication remain open. You can email us on admin@holytrinity.wilts.sch.uk, or phone us on 01380 813796.

Sharing Assembly We are not allowed to have parents on site for our popular Friday afternoon Sharing Assemblies at present, and, indeed, the children cannot all gather together either. However, we hope to share some examples of children’s work on Moodle each week, so do go onto Moodle, to the “Whole School” tab, and see the work that has been uploaded.  https://vle.holy-trinity.co.uk/ . Children will share some of their work with the rest of the school each week through TEAMS, and we will move through the classrooms electronically so that children can show us what they have been doing.

Falconry Exhibition We would usually take our children on their first field trip of the year in September, but at present this is very complex with Covid restrictions. So we shall have a visitor to our school who will show the children his birds of prey and they can enjoy a Falconry exhibition in their Bubbles. We were very fortunate to have a generous donation towards our work on recovering from the Covid Lockdown from one of our parents and this will enable us to fund the experience entirely.

Thanks We thank all our families for ensuring that children are coming to school with the minimum of baggage from home, so that we can continue to keep everyone safe in school. You might start to receive reading books from school, and as they are returned, we will quarantine them for 72 hours before returning them to circulation. Your child’s teacher will explain the routine for their classroom – please look out for the messages and follow the instructions.  

When do I stay at home? If your child shows signs of Covid (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of taste or smell), please keep them at home and take them for a test. Tests can be booked on the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website or by telephone, NHS 119. Members of your household will also have to isolate at this stage. Please let us know about this. If the test is positive, we will contact Wiltshire Health Protection Team, and it is likely that they will advise us to close the Bubble of that child for 14 days. Your child’s name will not, of course, be publicised. If the test is negative your child, and all members of the household, can return to school and work.

Moodle We shall continue to use Moodle for homework, communications and projects, so that we keep it fresh in everyone’s minds just in case we have to swing back into using the platform for full distance learning for some of our children as we did during lockdown. Your child’s teacher will let you know how they are using Moodle this year. My thanks to Patrick Williams, once again, for his work in updating the platform for the current year and helping us manage the system effectively.

Themes/Topics for this term: Stonehenge Class (FS and Y1) – Houses and Homes; White Horse class (Y1 and Y2) – World War 1 with special reference to animals; Sarum class (Y3 and Y4) – Ancient Egypt; Avebury class (Y4 and Y5) – The Shang Dynasty; Silbury class (Y5 and Y6) – Comparison between Neolithic times in Britain and the Shang Dynasty.

Secret codes! Sometimes we use vocabulary or acronyms that you may not be familiar with – please alert us if we do this so that we can make sure we are clear in our communications. We will often use the term KS1 or KS2. These stand for Key Stage 1  (which is Year 1 and Year 2, and we include the Foundation Stage children in this group as well), and Key Stage 2 (which includes Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6). 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents  on children’s current progress and attainment – written format  

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

Welcome back everyone and a very big welcome and ‘hello’ to our new families at Holy Trinity.

As many of you will be aware, all PFA activity has been suspended since March but we are hopeful that will be getting organised again shortly and looking for ways to raise funds and support our community and school in new and different ways. We will keep everyone informed about how we plan to do this.

Any parent or friend of the school is very welcome and encouraged to get involved with PFA activities- whether that is by being involved with meetings and helping to lead events, or by helping out in other ways. We would love more people to become involved this year, so please do let us know if and when you can help. 

We hope everyone has had a great first week and look forward to meeting our new families before too long. 

Many thanks.

To contact the PFA email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Chevrell) PFA”

Newsletter 40 – 17th July 2020

Dear Parents

Thank you! We wish to thank all our families for their unfailing support of our school through this very difficult time. Your children have clearly been very well educated at home through the Moodle resources and your own creativity, and you have prepared them beautifully for their return to school – which has been seamless so far, with all our children coming back happily and full of enthusiasm. Without your generous and whole hearted support, this would have been so much harder for your children and for the school community. We salute the great work you have all done through these unprecedented times and thank you for your tremendous efforts.

We say good bye to our Year 6 children today – certainly the most unusual Year 6 end of term that I have ever known as a teacher or headteacher. It will be remembered forever. We wish them well as they start on the next phase of their career. They are an exceptional group of young people, friendly, hardworking, kind, brave and joyful … they have all the skills they need to thrive in secondary school, living out our values in their daily lives. They will be very much missed.

We welcome the children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 into school on either Monday or Tuesday for a day of transition with their new class. School uniform and packed lunches please! Please make sure that you all know the precise time slot for arrival and departure in the new academic year – this is a requirement we have to follow to keep children and staff safe.

Pilgrimage Day  We had a lovely day of reflection on Wednesday, where we all had the chance to think about our lives and our responses to things that happen to us, to remember the things we ought to be thankful for, to remember those who need our help, to consider how best to look after our world and our own mental health, and how find a quiet place in our hearts. We were delighted that Bishop Andrew sent us a lovely message to start the day, reminding us of how we should enjoy our life’s journey. My thanks to Mrs Edwards who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running of the day, and to all the teachers, TAs and children for throwing themselves into the activities with such enthusiasm.  It was a complicated business to arrange all of this outside on the school field whilst maintaining strict Bubble isolation but we did it.

Leavers’ Assembly This was an unusual event – no teachers except the staff for those Bubbles, no parents, none of the other children from other classes – but it was beautifully done and the children gave a lovely presentation on their memories of school. A video of the event will be sent to each of the Year 6 families as soon as it has been edited. Our thanks to Patrick Williams who filmed and edited this on our behalf.

Special consideration One of the new children who will be starting at our school in September is immunocompromised as a result of chemotherapy and we must make sure we keep them safe. If your child has chicken pox or measles in particular, please let us know straight away as these are diseases which can be particularly serious for vulnerable children. We also remind you that we are a nut free school as we have children who have very serious nut allergies which could be life threatening.

Sunflowers If you have grown a beautiful sunflower over the lockdown, please send a photo and the height of your sunflower. We shall have a display of these images in the hall when we return to school. All photos and measurements to be sent to Mrs Goddard at mrsgoddard@holytrinity.wilts.sch.uk

Bus arrangements The Local Authority will run our bus service as usual so if you cannot bring your child in and out of school in some other way, the bus service is in place. Please make sure that your children sit on the bus in their class groups and at a distance from children in other classes. Primary school children do not have to wear face masks, and may not wear them in school so please do not send them in with one on.

Welcome Meetings As you know, we usually have welcome meetings for parents at the end of the summer term or start of autumn term but we are not allowed to do that at present. So each teacher will send out a letter telling you about the daily routines, expectations and systems in their classroom. Please do phone in or email in if you have any questions. We are only too delighted to help in any way we can.

40th Anniversary of our school! The Tree of Life looks superb! See the photo at the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you to everyone who participated. We will keep the display up for a while and then leave a mounted photo up – a permanent display of this very unusual anniversary.

Returning to school While most children are likely to make the transition back into school with no particular difficulty (certainly this has been our experience so far with children coming back into school very happily and confidently) there may be those for whom it will be more difficult.

Do feel free to have a look at the photos on our website and on Facebook to help your children remember what school looks like. Ask them what they enjoyed about the different areas of the school – the field, their classroom, PE lessons, lunch etc. Talk to them positively about what they enjoy about school and encourage them to talk positively as well. Encourage them to be independent – they may have lost these skills during this very difficult time. Leave them to complete tasks unaided with a reward at the end for success. Encourage them to try new things without your support. Leave them to play on their own without adult intervention sometimes.

The teachers will be sending out welcome letters in place of our usual face to face welcome meetings –  chat to your child about the routines and expectations outlined in these communications. If you are positive, serene and cheerful about the situation, your child is likely to find it easier. We will offer support to any child who is struggling when they come back.

Please remember to order school lunches through Lataca’s Parentmail as usual – the menu for September will be available over the summer holidays.

Wrap around childcare Just for your information, we have decided to go forward with offering wrap around childcare at Holy Trinity, operating out of the Art Centre for Breakfast club and After school club. We hope, Covid permitting, that we will be able to launch this in January. Whilst we may not be able to break even financially in the short term, we hope that more and more children will join and make it viable to keep running in the long term.

Notification of a change to our admissions policy Because there is the option of applying for admission to this school on faith grounds, with proof of regular church attendance being required in this case, we have had to effect a change in the admissions policy to reflect the fact that there was no church attendance possible during the Covid Lockdown period. If you wish to see the updated Admissions policy, it is available on our website, under “Information for Parents”.

E-safety Please continue to monitor your child’s online activity rigorously – ensure that you have filters and time limits installed on their devices and make sure that you can always see what they are doing online. Children are very much at risk in the online world as they are tech savvy but very naïve. Summer holidays are a time of especially increased risk to children. Please be vigilant and ensure that you are aware of what your child is doing and who they are contacting at all times when they are on their devices.  

Summer holiday safety There are always lots more accidents, some very serious, amongst children during the summer holidays. These can involve water, railways, electricity, falls from height and traffic. Please make sure that your child knows how to keep themselves safe and please maintain close supervision of your child, especially when they are near any area that might be a source of danger. We do not want children to be too risk averse, and as children get older, hypervigilance can be somewhat relaxed but it is very important that you know where your child is at any time and that you know that they are safe and able to risk assess situations sensibly.

BBC Bitesize Please do have a look at the BBC Bitesize resources if you are still educating your child at home – they have great projects and interactive lessons that you might like to do once you have finished the work set by your class teacher. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize They will also have activities for the summer holidays which you might enjoy.

Don’t Forget! Wiltshire Local Authority has set up a Wellbeing Hub. You can make contact with them and they will signpost you to the most appropriate support for your particular needs, whether this is emotional, financial or physical. Their details are:  “Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub”

Email: wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4576

We wish all our families a wonderful, safe summer holiday! Come back refreshed!

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

40th Anniversary of our school – our tree of life!

PFA News

The PFA would like to wish you all a happy Summer holidays. The second half of this academic year has been far from what anyone had planned and all PFA activity has been suspended since March. That said, we remember the successes we have had this year- the wonderful Christmas party and fair, numerous cake sales and uniform sales as well as our special Holy Trinity tea- towels and Christmas cards. The PFA have also subsidised trips, the building of a new boat in the playground and also the year 6 leavers’ books- certainly not a lost year. 

We are hopeful that we will be able to start up with more activity in the new term and will keep you informed of meetings and activities you can get involved with when we have more information. 

Thank you all for your support this year.  Wishing ‘good luck’ to our Year 6s moving on to their new schools and we look forward to seeing everyone else in September.