Newsletter 12 – 7th December 2018

Dear Parents

Christmas Performances Please note that EVERY person must have their own ticket if they are watching the shows, even if they are a pupil here, a younger child or a baby. We have to adhere strictly to fire regulations and we cannot allow young children into the hall if they do not have their own ticket, otherwise we will be in breach of our fire risk assessment.

Please also note that there will be NO crèche this year between the performances, so parents will have to make arrangements to pick up and drop off their children if they have children in both performances. We do encourage you to consider lift sharing since there is so little parking available and these evenings are very busy and crowded.

Times to drop off and pick up for evening Christmas Performances:

KS1 children: Drop off at 4.40pm at the back door of the classrooms. Pick up at 6.00pm at back door of classrooms.

KS2 children: Drop off at 5.50pm, to come in through back doors of their classrooms quietly as the other performance will still be in progress. Pick up at 7.10pm at the double doors in the hall.

Bed time story Children in Stonehenge class are invited to come back to school this evening at 5.00pm in their pyjamas for a bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows. This is always great fun. Please be prompt picking up at the back door at 6.00pm as the children (and the staff!) will be tired.

Pantomime Thank you very much to the PFA who raised the money to take all our children to pantomime in Salisbury. What a good time we had there! It was very professional, glamorous and participative and the children had fun. As ever, our children behaved beautifully and it was a pleasure to take them out.

New Balance Trail And another thank you to the PFA for purchasing the new balance trail that was installed on our field this week. It has been very muddy and boggy up there so the children have not been able to access it as much as we would have liked – but once the ground has recovered from the installation damage and the weather dries out a little, they will be able to enjoy the trail and work on their balancing skills.

Hockey team We are very proud of our hockey teams who won the recent interschool hockey tournament held at Dauntsey’s school last Saturday. It is a great moment for our children to be able to hold up the trophy as the best hockey players in the area! Well done to all. Our thanks to Mr Amor who gives up his Saturday mornings to organise and accompany the children to these tournaments.

School Bus The school transport department at the Local Authority have offered our children the chance to take part in training on getting on and off the bus safely and doing up their seat belts efficiently. We will have this training for bus children on Monday 10th December.

Christmas events As well as the Christmas plays, our children will also have a Christmas service at St Peters in Great Cheverell on Thursday 20th December at about 9.30am – everyone is welcome to join us for this lovely event, with singing, storytelling and quiet time for reflection. After that, we will have our Christmas party, with food provided by the PFA (and our generous families), and noisy party games organised by Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz. Children are allowed to wear their party clothes on this day, providing they are warm and they have sensible shoes, as there is the walk to the church in the morning. On the last day of term, we will have a quiet meditation with candles in the morning and then we will have our Lataca Christmas dinner – most children have this dinner, but if your child prefers a packed lunch, please feel free to send this in. Then after that we have the Science Boffins in for an afternoon of entertainment before the holidays begin. A reminder that also on the last day of term, at 9.00am, we will be holding a special assembly to say good bye to our cleaners who have worked for so many years, so faithfully, and are now retiring. Please come along to this if you are able.

Straps on book bags We are having too many accidents involving children tripping over or getting their feet caught in the straps on book bags. We are therefore asking all parents to remove the straps from the book bags, and let the children carry them by the hand hold instead. We should only have the very thin, portfolio type book bag in school as storage space here is a real issue. No rucksacks or back pack type bags, no larger portfolio type bags should be coming into school.  They present health and safety issues for us.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Film Great Cheverell Pavilion Club are showing Paddington 2 (cert PG) on Saturday December 8th @ 2.30pm. Doors open 2.10pm free admission but please get a ticket from Cheverell stores from 1st December onwards.

Edington Children’s Christmas Party  Saturday 8th December in Edington Parish Hall. Doors open at 3.15pm and Mr Bert’s show begins at 3.30pm. Entry is free, but please bring a food/drink contribution for the buffet.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

CHRISTMAS FAYRE TODAY in The Pavilion!! 3:00 – 4:30 – See you there!!

CHRISTMAS PARTY! – As usual we will be asking for food donations for the children’s Christmas party (20th December). Please keep an eye out for food lists going up outside classrooms at the end of next week.

Easyfundraising – Don’t forget when doing Christmas shopping to do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – a great Christmas gift to the PFA!

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 11 – 30th November 2018

Dear Parents

Christmas Performances Please note that EVERY person must have their own ticket if they are watching the shows, even if they are a pupil here, a younger child or a baby. We have to adhere strictly to fire regulations and we cannot allow young children into the hall if they do not have their own ticket, otherwise we will be in breach of our fire risk assessment.

Please also note that there will be NO crèche this year between the performances, so parents will have to make arrangements to pick up and drop off their children if they have children in both performances. We do encourage you to consider lift sharing since there is so little parking available and these evenings are very busy and crowded.

Pantomime Please remember that all our children are going to the pantomime on Tuesday 4th December (next week) and will need a PACKED LUNCH! We shall be eating at the theatre after the performance which ends at about 12.00. Children need to wear their usual school uniform. We will be back at school well before the end of the school day. We are very grateful to our wonderful PFA who are funding all elements of this outing – they have covered the cost of the tickets and of the coach fare, a total of £3,000!

Sleeps ‘til Santa Our children have been asked to sing for Heart Radio’s “Sleeps ‘til Santa” again this year – we shall be singing at 7.32am on Tuesday 4th December – tune in and be amazed! Thanks to Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Goddard who have coordinated this event.

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

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

Parental canvassing Thank you to all parents who responded to the parental canvassing. We aim to improve our provision every year and all your comments have been noted and will be considered as we plan for the future. Our thanks for the many very warm and positive comments – it helps with our planning when we know what we are doing well! Please find attached the results of the parental canvassing.

Emmanuel Collaboration As many of you already know, our school is part of a formal collaboration, called the Emmanuel Collaboration, with four other local primary schools, Five Lanes CE Primary, St Barnabas CE Primary, St Thomas a Becket CE Primary, and Urchfont CE Primary. The Emmanuel Collaboration allows each school to maintain its independence, to keep control of its own finances, to have its own governing body and to have control over all matters to do with the school (unlike the situation in a Multi Academy Trust).

The Collaboration helps to improve education for all children in these schools by enabling the sharing of opportunities for professional development, sharing of expertise, of costs for certain expenses, and of data.

Headteachers have regular meetings to ensure the best leadership possible for all the Collaboration schools. Governors meet with the Headteachers at least twice a year to monitor progress and attainment across the Collaboration. Teachers meet regularly to moderate each other’s work and to offer and receive support with

aspects of teaching and learning. Admin officers support each other and meet to discuss matters of common interest. We are delighted to be able to report that, since the inception of the Collaboration in 2015, academic standards across the Collaboration (measured through the Government’s Statutory Assessments) have risen steadily each year. Just as importantly, the quality of education in many other areas has been improved through the work of the Collaboration.

Data Protection Policy  We are committed to ensuring that all your data is protected and secured and that it is used only for the purposes intended. We only process your data in line with one of the lawful bases for processing data as set out in Article 6 of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. Please follow this link to view our Data Protection Policy and our Privacy policy. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/. Do not hesitate to come and ask us if you have any queries about your data.

County Lines We need to make all our parents aware of the criminal exploitation called “County Lines” which is when gangs and organised crime networks exploit young children to sell drugs. Often these children are in market towns and villages, and are groomed, threatened or tricked into working for the gangs. They might be made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Once trapped in the gangs, children often feel that they have no other option but to continue to work for the gangs. Please be aware and warn your child about these dangers. There is more information and support for parents on https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-is-county-lines and https://www.fearless.org/en/campaigns/county-lines

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

TEXTILE RECYCLING – Monday 3rd December – Please leave any bags of textile recycling (clothing, shoes, curtains, bed sheets…) under the covered area between School Reception and the Arts Centre ready for our textile recycling fairy (AKA Emma Farebrother) to collect!

CHRISTMAS FAYRE – Friday 7th December 3:00 – 4:30 in The Pavilion – Our lovely Christmas Fayre will be located in the Pavilion this year. Lots of stalls with fun Christmas activities to enjoy. Come along for some festive cheer!

Required for fayre:  a couple of additional volunteers to help in the kitchen and the “Guess the name of the teddy/number of marshmallows in the jar”. If you are able to help, please contact the fayre coordinator, Steph Cadwgan, to let her know (thecadwgans@hotmail.co.uk), thank you.

Request for cakes – whole cakes or cupcakes for the cake stall, please.

Setting up on the day: We would also be grateful to anyone who can lend a hand with setting up between lunchtime and sharing assembly.

Easyfundraising – Don’t forget when doing Christmas shopping to do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – A great Christmas gift to the PFA!

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

Newsletter 10 – 23rd November 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION – OUTCOME

This is to inform you that following the recent Parent Election ballot, Mrs Katherine Smart has been elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor.

Thank you for your support in the election.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Holland

Mr Danny Holland

Clerk to Governors

Dear Parents

Christmas Performances The tickets for the KS1 performance were sent out this week. Please send back any tickets you do not want and we can re-allocate them to other families. The order forms for tickets to the KS2 performance also went out this week. Please make sure all your ticket requests are back in school by Friday 30th November at the latest. We will then be able to administer the extra ticket requests in good time.

Please note that EVERY person must have their own ticket if they are watching the shows, even if they are a pupil here, a younger child or a baby. We have to adhere strictly to fire regulations and we cannot allow young children into the hall if they do not have their own ticket, otherwise we will be in breach of our fire risk assessment.

Please also note that there will be NO crèche this year between the performances, so parents will have to make arrangements to pick up and drop off their children if they have children in both performances. We do encourage you to consider lift sharing since there is so little parking available and these evenings are very busy and crowded.

Long Serving Members of Staff It is with great sadness that I have to announce the retirement at Christmas of our two wonderful cleaners and caretakers. Karen Tayler has worked at this school since it first opened – she watched it being built and started work here on the first day. She has been here for nearly 39 years! Eileen Davies has been working here for 29 years. Over all these years, there has not been a single day when the school was not cleaned – if one of them was away (which happened only on the rarest occasions), the other would work a double shift to get the work done on her own. They have made sure that every day, when staff and children come into school, the school is warm, welcoming and bright. Their cheerfulness, commitment to excellence and hard work, and their contribution to so many aspects of school life, have helped to ensure that we can be “Outstanding”.  They will be sorely missed. If anyone would like to send in a note of thanks or a little gift, we would be glad to make sure it gets to Karen and Eileen. We will have a little assembly for them at 9.00am on the last day of term, Friday 21st December – everyone is welcome to attend.

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

PFA Thank you to the wonderful PFA for a well-organised and successful film night last Friday. It was fun!

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

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

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

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Great Cheverell Pavilion Club are showing Paddington 2 (cert PG) on Saturday December 8th @ 2.30pm. Doors open 2.10pm free admission but please get a ticket from Cheverell stores from 1st December onwards.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – Friday 30th November – Donations of decorated & filled jars, bars/bags of chocolate or £1 towards upcoming PFA events, please.

Easyfundraising – When Christmas shopping please do remember to take advantage of our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – the name “EASYFUNDRAISING” says it all!

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 9 – 16th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings It was lovely to see almost all our families represented at the parent/teacher meetings. One of the reasons our school is so successful is that we have such engaged and committed families supporting their children. Thank you also to all who completed the parental canvassing form – we aim to improve our provision each year and are grateful for the comments about what we do well and what you would like to see improved.

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

Emotional Literacy in our school Some schools have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) to support children with emotional difficulties. At Holy Trinity, we have Mrs Heath who has completed her qualification in Counselling for Children (a more extensive programme than the ELSA programme) and she has delivered training to all our staff on supporting children with emotional difficulties. We are proud that we have all our teaching and support staff trained to help children who are in need of a little extra emotional support, rather than having just one member of the support staff team trained. We are very grateful to Mrs Heath for making this great contribution to our school.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Although we have extra mural clubs almost every afternoon, and often two clubs on an afternoon, as well as clubs through lunchtimes, if you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas.

Nasal Flu Vaccination – Electronic Consent Children in reception through to year 5 are due to be given the flu vaccination on Thursday 13th December. To consent to your child’s nasal flu vaccination which is due in school please complete this link for each child:

https://schoolimms.virgincare.co.uk/?h=ddec258261daa725fd1b0c64d707413f36b2585ccc541743bdfea9f2873f861f

Eisteddfod Choir My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well. Both our choir and our soloists have done us proud and received some wonderful comments from the adjudicator, even though we did not win this year. It is such a great life skill to stand up and perform in front of an audience and we are very grateful that our children are given this opportunity.

Lice Please note that we have had a report of lice in the school. If every parent checks their child’s head tonight and treats over the weekend, we can eliminate these parasites in one attempt. If you are not sure how to check or treat, please do go and ask your pharmacist. Children work with their heads close together and if we have a single child with lice, they are likely to spread throughout the class and the school – it has nothing whatever to do with how clean the child’s hair is.

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

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the behaviour and anti-bullying policy. Behaviour in our school is usually exceptionally good. We use a very direct positive behaviour strategy – we constantly comment to the children on how beautifully they behave and how proud we are of them. This helps them to understand what the expected behaviour looks like. If we do need to sanction anyone, we might meet their eye (often this is enough to stop any unwanted behaviour), or have a word with them. If this does not work, they may have a few minutes being separated from the rest of the class. If the breach is serious or ongoing, they may have to meet the Headteacher and/or have playtime detention. We have never, in the 13 years of my headship, needed to exclude any child. The ethos of the school encourages good behaviour and children want to do the right thing to make sure the community works effectively for all.

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash. Please pick up promptly at 7pm.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – Friday 30th November – Donations of decorated & filled jars, bars/bags of chocolate or £1 towards upcoming PFA events, please.

Easyfundraising – When Christmas shopping please do remember to take advantage of our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – the name “EASYFUNDRAISING” says it all!

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 8 – 9th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings If you have not yet booked a slot to talk to your child’s teacher, please log in and do so. Meetings are being offered on Monday 12th November from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Wednesday 14th November from 3.10pm – 6.00pm. Please note that these meetings are 10 minutes long and we are very strict about the time so that no one is kept waiting. We do strongly recommend that you come along to these meetings as they provide a formal opportunity for you to find out about your child’s attainment and progress.

Please be aware that you can always make an appointment to discuss anything with your child’s teacher at any time in the year. Do not feel that these formal meetings are the only time you can approach the teacher. If you need to have a meeting, just phone or email us and we will make an appointment for you to see your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time.

Hooke Court Residential Trip What a lovely trip our children in Years 3 and 4 had! We are hugely grateful to their teachers, Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, who organised this trip and took responsibility for over 40 children for two days and a night and ensured that they had an amazing experience. Very few schools are prepared to take such young children away and we are very fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity to our children. We are also very grateful to their Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hayward, and to Mr Goddard and Mr Dewar who accompanied the trip – without their support we could not offer this experience.

Crochet Club and the Poppy Appeal We are so proud of our Crochet Club, led by Mrs Twentyman. They decided to crochet 100 poppies this year to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. These crocheted poppies turned out to be so popular that the club has had to crochet relentlessly through every playtime and lunchtime and at home, to keep up with demand. They have now made well over a hundred – probably approaching two hundred poppies, and will have raised close to £200 by the end of the week. All their money will be donated to the Royal British Legion to fund the great work they do to support service men and women and their families. It has been a joy to see everyone wearing their crocheted poppies around the school with pride. What a wonderful project, showing the commitment to our community that makes our school so special.  Thank you, Crochet Club!

Eisteddfod Choir Our Eisteddfod choir is taking part in the Devizes Eisteddfod on Thursday 15th November – if your child is in the choir, please make sure they are neatly dressed for this occasion. The choir will be taken by minibus to Devizes and will be home around lunchtime. Please make sure your child has a packed lunch on this day since they might miss hot dinners. We are taking part in two events – we usually bring back at least one trophy. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear all their pieces on 16th November at Sharing Assembly as they will perform for the whole school. My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well.

Appeal for good toys Miss Nisbeck is making an appeal for any good quality toys that you might have in your loft as your children have outgrown them. We need toys that are suitable for children of 4, 5 and 6 years old and that are in good condition. If you have anything that you would like to donate, please give them directly to Miss Nisbeck in Stonehenge classroom or hand them in at the office. Many thanks.

Sarum Class trip As part of our Emmanuel Collaboration work (the collaboration we have with four local primary schools), the children in Sarum class have been offered the chance to take part in a workshop by author Liz Million. This will support them in their reading and their writing and promises to be a really excellent event. The children will travel by coach to Five Lanes School (Worton) where they will take part in these activities with other children from the Collaboration.

PFA  Our thanks as ever to our wonderful PFA under the expert leadership of Lisa Downing. They are working extremely hard to provide funds and experiences that enrich our children’s education. Over the next half term they are especially busy with a Film Night on Friday 16th November, Bingo on Friday 23rd November, Christmas Decorating of the school, Christmas Fayre, Refreshments for the Christmas Plays and the famous Christmas Party in December! What an amazing effort this is. We are tremendously grateful for all their work.  Please do consider offering to help if you can – even if just for an hour or to provide resources.

School Bus We are trying to get the Local Authority to organise a system that gets our bus children into school on time – for most of this academic year, bus children have arrived late at school due to a change in their route and timetable. If children miss the first ten minutes of school, not only do they miss the exercise routine and morning maths, but they also do not have a chance to catch up with their friends and settle themselves before the day begins. This impacts on the effectiveness of their learning. We are hoping that the Local Authority Transport Scheme will be able to sort this out for us in the near future. The people at the Local Authority have asked whether we would publicise the following which could help them keep to their timetable:

  • Parents should not board the vehicle
  • Children should board the vehicle without fuss and sit down as quickly as possible
  • Parents should ensure that their child is able to do their seat belt up by themselves – the bus driver should not have to do this as it slows down the journey hugely

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 12th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Friday 16th November Workshop with famous author in Worton school for Sarum class 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

Easyfundraising – Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do remember to take a look at our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on easyfindraising.org.uk and sign up. Then every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – what a bonus!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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