Newsletter 39 – 14th July 2017

Dear Parents

We wish all our families a wonderful summer holiday, with lots of fun, sun and time to rest and refresh themselves.

Children return to school on Monday 4th September, (except for the new Foundation Stage children who start on Wednesday 6th September). There will be no newsletter next week.

Sports Day Once again, we had a wonderful day on Wednesday, with Mr Amor’s beautifully organised sports programme running exactly according to plan. We were very proud of the children – they showed courage and compassion, aspiration and joy and they gave us all a wonderful example of just how these events should run. We are also very proud of, and grateful to, our Year 6 children who were remarkably well organised, ensuring that the equipment and the support was exactly where it needed to be at each moment. This is a really outstanding group of Year 6 children. Thank you to all our families and governors who came along to support the children as well. And, as ever, a very sincere thank you to our PFA who provided refreshments for the children during the morning.

Year 6 Leavers’ Trip This event takes place on Monday 17th July. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and swimwear.

School Eucharist We invite you all to come along to the school Eucharist, celebrated by Archdeacon Sue Groom, on Tuesday 18th July at 2.00pm. Always a lovely event with singing, dancing, water and reflection.

Leavers’ Assembly On Wednesday 19th July, at 2.00pm Year 6 children will reflect on their time in primary school and school trophies will be awarded. Parents of Year 6 children are invited to come to this event. 2 seats will be allocated to each Year 6 family – there may be a few extra for other people but these will not be reserved and there will not be many extra. We have had a truly exceptional year of Year 6 children this year – we shall all be sad to see them go.

Parents’ Welcome Meetings You are all invited to come along to school on the dates below, meet your child’s class teacher, find out about their school routines and ask any questions you may have. We have also arranged for the meeting about the Year 3/Year 4 residential trip to be amongst these meetings so that hopefully you will be able to coordinate the evening and get to all the meetings.

Avebury Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 6th September 5.00pm
Residential Trip Meeting for Year 3 and Year 4: Wednesday 6th September 5.30pm
Sarum Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 6th September 6.00pm
Stonehenge Class Welcome Meeting: Thursday 7th September 5.00pm
White Horse Welcome Meeting: Thursday 7th September 5.30pm
Silbury Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 7th September 6.00pm

Supervision of children Sadly, across our country, many children are hurt in the summer holidays as they take their bikes or scooters out and forget the basic traffic safety rules. There are also accidents on railways, powerlines and in water courses. Children spending too much time online can result in a spate of cyberbullying over the summer holidays. Please make sure that your child is supervised at all times. Whilst we do not advocate risk aversion, young children make wrong decisions because they do not have enough life experience and they need adult support to stay safe as they run and explore and have adventures.

Recorder, brass and guitar tuition Please sign up if you would like your child to take part in recorder, brass instrument or guitar tuition with our exceptional music teachers next term.

School Bags Please remember, as you are buying your child’s school bag, to ensure that you do not get a ruck sack. We have no room for these in school. There are serious health and safety issues with large bags falling off the hooks and blocking circulation areas that lead to fire exits. Children should have a flat, fabric book bag (which goes into a crate) and a draw string PE bag and their lunch boxes. Nothing else ought to come into school.

Music holiday Club If you would like your child to attend this wonderful experience from 31st July – 3rd August at school, please email info@maestromania.co.uk to book a place – the children will play and make instruments, do music themed baking and other food and lots more. £50 for the week or £14 a day.

Superstars sports holiday club This very popular club will run at school from 24th July – 28th July and again 7th August – 11th August. Website www.super-stars.org.uk or 08452413682. £68 for the week or £20 a day.

Hit the ground running! Please continue to read with your child through the summer holidays, using the library reading challenge or any other reading they wish to do – books, comics, blogs, emails, instructions, recipes, adverts, menus etc.

You might also, for instance, with younger children, ask them to divide a chocolate between each member of the family, or work out how much cutlery is required for a picnic if each person has 3 items and there are 4 people coming on the picnic. Older children might like to work out how much 20% off the entrance fee to a theme park would be, or what time it will be when you arrive at your destination if it takes 1 hour and 23 minutes to get there. There are online times tables games and other number games which children enjoy.

They could write postcard to grandparents, or an invitation, a menu or an instruction leaflet. They might like to produce a newspaper for the family, asking for contributions and writing articles, jokes, letters etc themselves. A holiday pamphlet persuading people to come to their holiday destination is always fun – with photos taken by the children. A report on a museum or sea life centre is interesting. Any real life learning like this will support your child’s learning and help them understand the point of learning.

On our webpage there are resources that you can use to help you think of things to do to help your child over summer. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/learning-at-home/

Keeping up with reading, writing and maths over the summer, means that children can “Hit the ground running” when they return to school in the new academic year. None of this needs to take very long, just a few minutes each day, but it will really help your child when they return.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school
Wednesday 6th September • Avebury class welcome meeting
• Residential trip meeting for all parents of children in
Y3 and Y4
• Sarum class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 7th September • Stonehenge class welcome meeting
• White Horse class welcome meeting
• Silbury class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm
6.00pm – 6.30pm

PFA Our thanks go to our wonderful PFA and all our families who support the school so strongly and ensure that our children are given the best possible education.

Sunflower Competition Please take a photo of your sunflower and either send it to lizread@mikeread.org or post on the PFA Facebook page by 1st September, noting the height from the soil level to where the stem attaches to the flower.
The top 3 tallest flowers will be visited for verification and there will be a prize giving at sharing assembly on the 15th September.

Cheverells Garden Club Fun Show There will be classes for the children at the CGC show on the 9th September at the village hall. Flyers are in book bags and available on the PFA website. Children living in the Cheverells or attending Holy Trinity are able to enter.
Classes – Gingerbread person
Garden on a plate
Collage of a flower
Animal from vegetables

Pavilion Car Park A reminder to all parents that Cheverell Magna Parish Council very kindly lets our parents use the car park at pick up and drop off times. However, it is a privilege that we need to respect. If the car park has been hired by another user, our parents may not use it. It does not belong to us. I have asked that the Council to consider letting us know when the car park has been hired out so that we can give parents a warning that there will be very limited parking on that day. If there are traffic cones up, please do not park there.

Library Reading Challenge Our libraries are running their very popular reading challenge through the summer. For each book that the child reads, they will be given a small reward and a certificate at the end. The topic this year is “Animal Agents” and is a bit of a detective theme. This is tremendous way of making sure that your child keeps up with their reading over the summer. Please do consider taking part.

Are you a parent of a 3- or 4-year old? Check out the new entitlement for working parents starting this September on http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/child-care
Up to 30 hours of free childcare a week. You can also check what help you could get with your childcare costs by using the government’s new childcare calculator at https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

“My greatest Adventure” Watch Bear’s Story on Alpha.org. Bear Grylls is backing the Alpha Course which will run in September on Wednesday evenings at Easterton Church.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions (for adults) that freely explore the basics of Christian faith. It is free for anyone who is curious and takes place in a friendly, open and informal environment. Alpha is 11 weekly evening sessions and is free of charge. Each session includes food, a short talk/ video and discussion for thought sharing. Try it and leave it if it is not for you; no questions asked.
Come to a taster session at Easterton Church at 7pm on Wednesday 19th July (next week) For more information and or transport from Great Cheverell contact Anna Spear – 07718949559.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

PFA News
This time last week we were advertising the Summer Fayre. Today we’re sending out an ENORMOUS THANK-YOU for your incredible support!! Together we raised: £1090.76!!!
We’ve emailed stall-holders the takings of individual stalls, so check your inbox if you haven’t already. Everybody – Mums, Dad, Grandparents, Siblings, Friends – worked so hard to make the afternoon a success as the sun smiled on the Holy Trinity Community. Thanks again everyone!
And still on the subject of the Fayre, we have a winner of ‘Guess the number of Jelly Beans’. Well done Marie Spencer you were the closest guess with 907. The actual number of Jelly Beans in the jar was 905! A lovely great big colourful jar of jelly beans is waiting for you in School Reception.

Today is a very special Chocolate Strawberry Tuck Shop. We encourage you to make the most of it this afternoon as sadly this is the last of the Tuck Shops with Jane and Barry at the helm. Although it is wonderful that the Gibbons are moving forward as their son leaves Year 6 – it is with a tinge of sadness that we make this announcement.

Jane has contributed so, so much to the PFA Team – Friday Tuck Shops, the posters and flyers you get in book bags, many raffle prizes as well as the annual Chocolate Easter Bunny! Jane came up with the idea of Tuck Shop after hearing parents in the park say how nice it would be to have refreshments – and so she did something about it! So much so that ‘Friday Tuck Shop’ is now a firm favourite with our kids. It would be sad to see what is now a wonderful tradition trail away, so please do let us know if you are interested in perhaps helping to sustain the tradition of ‘Jane’s Friday Tuck Shop’ during the next school year. (We’re thinking it may be suitable for a team who could share the role.)
In the meantime, enjoy the Chocolate Strawberries today!
From the PFA Team

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Newsletter 38 – 7th July 2017

Dear Parents

School Reports Several families have still not downloaded their child’s school report – please log into the Parent Portal and click into “Documents” to find the report. If you have any problems, contact the office for help.

Around the World in 6 Plays What a fantastic experience this was for our children! We all had such fun enjoying the stories from around the world. What talented children we have in our lower juniors! Well done, to all our actors. Our thanks go to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard who worked so hard to edit the play and to direct and produce it. Thanks also to Mrs Trusler and Mrs Hayward who supported rehearsals and perfomances so strongly. We would also like to thank our wonderful families who made sure their children learnt their lines, had their costumes ready and were presented on time and well prepared for their performances! One of the greatest strengths of our school is the outstanding parent commitment to excellence.

Restaurant The Year 6 children this year are a particularly well organised, committed and effective team and as a result, the restaurant this year was probably the best we have ever had! Each person played their part to perfection, calmly managing difficulties and ensuring that their guests had a wonderful and memorable experience. What a great event! We are very proud of you, Year 6 children! Our thanks go to Mr Amor, Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who work hard behind the scenes to support the children to carry out this project.

SATS Our SATS results were returned this week and once again we are delighted to say that our children have achieved significantly better than their peers nationally in all areas. We do not yet have all the comparative data (the data for the “Higher” levels will only be published in September) but the data we have at present shows this outstanding outcome. ARE stands for “Age Related Expectations Met”.

Subject Reading Writing Maths Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Reading, Writing and Maths
Level ARE Higher ARE Higher ARE Higher ARE Higher ARE Higher
 

School 2017

 

 

85%

 

 

48%

 

96%

 

40%

 

96%

 

37%

 

92.5%

 

55.5%

 

85%

 

29.6%

National 2017  

71%

 

 

76%

 

75%

 

77%

 

61%

Average scaled score School 2017  

107.8

 

108.0

 

109.1

Average scaled score National  

104.0

 

104.0

 

106.0

 

As ever, whilst we are delighted with these outcomes, we are just as delighted about all the other learning these children have done this year – they are young people of integrity and courage, of aspiration and joy, and full of compassion for others. They enjoy sport, are good at art, many are great musicians – they are proficient in many areas other than the purely academic and that is just as much cause for celebration.

Sports Day Please do come along to our sports day on Wednesday 12th July next week at 9.15am. We should complete the event at about 12.00pm and you are welcome to have a picnic on the field with your child if you would like to. The bell will ring as usual at 1.00pm and the children will return to class for afternoon school. Children are encouraged to wear something in their “House” colour. They will need sun hats and water bottles. Please make sure you have applied sun screen before school. Our thanks to our PFA who provide refreshments to the children through the morning.

Change to Welcome Meetings Please note that we have had to change the times of the meetings of Avebury and Sarum class welcome meetings on Wednesday 6th September. Avebury class will now run at 5.00pm and Sarum class at 6.00pm with the residential trip meeting in between.

The Life Ed Bus Children will all take part in activities next week to do with keeping safe and healthy, making good decisions and resisting peer pressure. These sessions are run by specialists on the Life Ed bus.

School Eucharist We invite you all to come along to the school Eucharist, celebrated by Archdeacon Sue Groom, on Tuesday 18th July at 2.00pm. Always a lovely event with singing, dancing, water and reflection.

Recorder, brass and guitar tuition Please sign up if you would like your child to take part in recorder, brass instrument or guitar tuition with our exceptional music teachers next term.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school
Wednesday 6th September ·         Avebury class welcome meeting

·         Residential trip meeting for all parents of children in

Y3  and Y4

·         Sarum class welcome meeting

5.00pm – 5.30pm

5.30pm – 6.00pm

 

6.00pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 7th September
  • Stonehenge class welcome meeting
  • White Horse class welcome meeting
  • Silbury class welcome meeting
5.00pm – 5.30pm

5.30pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 6.30pm

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

IT’S THE SUMMER FAYRE  FROM 4PM TODAY!!!! See you there, in the school field, to kick-start a wonderful weekend!

Loads of Summer fun for everyone – Burgers and Hot Dogs, Jumping Castle, Bouncy Slide and plenty of more activities and fun stalls. Even Mr G has an activity up his sleeve! There’ll also be a Pimms stall for the grown-ups on what promises to be a beautiful, sunny afternoon!

Thank-you for all your wonderful Secret Jars, £1 donations, Teddies, Toys and amazing Cakes and Biscuits – we couldn’t do this without YOU!

The support from families – Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, Friends – has been incredible and it’s literally the Holy Trinity community that is hosting what we hope will be a very enjoyable and memorable afternoon. THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Hard to believe that Harriet’s Car Craft afternoon was only last Friday. It was such a heart-warming success. The cardboard car creations that ‘drove’ home that afternoon were a feast of creativity and fun. Harriet had sourced all sorts of colourful and wonderful ‘junk’ to inspire the children. And we suspect the Parents and Grandparents who were there had as much fun! We have super photographs of the event that we’ll upload onto Facebook next week.

And finally, Emma Farebrother’s car was bursting to the seams again on Monday, driving the Fabric Recycle to the plant. We love the way the recycle just keeps piling up. Thank-you and keep it up! Next recycle will be in the new term on Monday, September 4.

See you this afternoon at the Fayre! From the PFA Team

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Newsletter 37 – 30th June 2017

Dear Parents

School Reports Please note that your child’s school report will be available to download from the Parent Portal today. Sign in (your login details will have been sent to you recently) and select “Documents” to access your child’s report. If there is anything you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher to make an appointment.

Around the World in 6 Plays This is a really amazing production by our Year 3 and Year 4 children and we are all agog to see it performed next week! So much hard work has gone into preparing and reheasing for this – every spare moment has been spent on ensuring that the audience will have a truly memorable experience. Tuesday 4th July 5.00pm – 6.00pm and Wednesday 5th July 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Tickets have gone out and there are plenty of spares, so if you need more tickets, just apply at the office.

Cricket Well done to our cricket team who played bravely and well on Saturday, though we did not win this one. Our thanks go to Mr Gyllenspetz who has coached and prepared his team with such dedication.

Pocahontas Week Our thanks to Mr Amor (who led this project in our school), Mrs Adams (deputy head of Lavington school) and all the teachers and TAs who have worked hard to ensure that this theme week ran smoothly. It was great to welcome students from Lavington school – they helped our children with their clay pots, with tasting edible plants and with various other activities. The week culminated in KS2 children having a day of themed sports activities at Lavington school with other local primary schools.

Pupil Premium If you are entitled to certain benefits, you are also entitled to claim £1,320 for the school. This money is used to help children who need extra support, and the policy in our school is also to cover the cost of school trips, music lessons and various other peripatetic activities for your child if you are eligibile for the Pupil Premium. Please do complete a claim form if you think you might be entitled to do so – this is a substantial sum of money and, with the extremely tough funding cuts that we are facing, we need to claim every penny possible to continue to provide the outstanding education that our children deserve. Ask at the office for details of the relevant benefits and for paperwork to complete if you can help us with this.

PFA Our wonderful PFA have been very busy again this term – the Quiz Night last week was a huge success and the Summer Fayre promises to be another great event. The refreshments for Sports Day, the welcome for our new parents and the casual clothes day are all part of the summer work for the PFA. We are very grateful for all that they do for our children and, increasingly, as the budget cuts begin to bite very deeply, we shall rely even more on their work and on the generosity of our community to provide the enrichment for children that makes learning fun.

E Safety It is incredibly important that we teach our children to stay safe online – just as we teach them to be safe when they are near traffic. Children are tech savvy but very naïve and do not understand the dangers of the Internet and of various apps. SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, has launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:
• Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
• My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
• Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat
It is vital that children do not disclose their location, their name or any other personal details online publicly. They could be putting themselves in danger of very serious harm if they do so. Please take the time to make yourselves familiar with the dangers your children face online, and doing all you can to keep them safe. Childnet is a great website to help you with this and to keep you up to date with new apps and risks.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 7th July, Ukulele Orchestra will be performing – come along and enjoy a real treat! Friday 14th July is our last Sharing Assembly for the term. Leavers’ Assembly takes place on Wednesday 19th July and we have our prizegiving at this time as well. Prizes are awared for academic subjects as well as the arts, sports and citizenship. Year 6 children give us some memories of their time here to enjoy.

School Eucharist We invite you all to come along to the school Eucharist, celebrated by Archdeacon Sue Groom, on Tuesday 18th July at 2.00pm. Always a lovely event with singing, dancing, water and reflection.

Recorder, brass and guitar tuition Please sign up if you would like your child to take part in recorder, brass instrument or guitar tuition with our exceptional music teachers next term.

Lice in School Sadly, we have had some reports of lice in our school again. The best way to manage this is for every parent to check their child’s hair every single week and to deal with the problem by taking advice from the pharmacist. If everyone checks and treats their child’s hair this weekend, we can come back to school on Monday knowing that there is no problem in school.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school
Wednesday 6th September • Sarum class welcome meeting
• Residential trip meeting for all parents of children in
Y3 and Y4
• Avebury class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 7th September • Stonehenge class welcome meeting
• White Horse class welcome meeting
• Silbury class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm
6.00pm – 6.30pm

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

PFA News
Next Friday (July 7) is the Summer Fayre!! Fingers crossed we get good weather as we’re planning a lot of fun activities, including one by the Teachers, on the school field from 4pm that day.

There will be a bouncy slide and castle, face painting, tattoos, hook a duck, welly wanging and loads of other stalls. There will also be a BBQ fired up as well as a Pimms tent for the grown-ups. Something for everyone – and hosted by many of the amazing parents at our school.

Ahead of the Fayre, we’re appealing for Teddies for the Teddy Tombola (always a favourite) as well as any second hand toys you many have in good condition for a different stall. Please leave them in Reception early next week, if possible, to allow us to get them ‘show-ready’ in time.

Also, your cakes and biscuits (nut free) would be most appreciated for the cake stall. These you can bring these into Reception on the day. Thank-you!

Quiz Night last Friday was a fabulous success in bringing the PFA community – Parents, Grandparents and Friends – together for a great night out! It was also a successful fundraiser, adding £507 to the pot!!! A huge thank-you to Julie Stone, Claire Goddard aka ‘Quizmaster Extraordinaire’, Poppy Godfrey, Louise Gaiger, Lisa Downing and Sam Lloyd for everything they did to make this come together so well. It was truly a memorable event.

Today is Harriet’s Car Craft Club after school and already we have had a great response!

And the next Fabric Recycle Collection is this Monday (July 3).

As always, thank-you for your support and SEE YOU AT THE SUMMER FAYRE!!! From the PFA Team

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

Newsletter 36 – 23rd June 2017

Dear Parents
Seaside Trip What a good trip our younger children had to the seaside on Thursday! Fortunately, the weather cooled down so that they were comfortable. They flew kites, built sandcastles, paddled in the sea, explored some rock pools and had ice creams. The ferry ride was also a great success! The children behaved beautifully and had a great time. We are very grateful to our teachers and support staff who work so hard to create these wonderful experiences for the children – it is a huge responsibility and a lot of extra work to undertake. Children are able to enjoy their learning so much more when they are rooted in these experiences – already the trip has generated a lot of excellent learning.

Sharing Assembly Our Friday afternoon Sharing Assembly to which all parents are invited will only include our KS1 children next week, Friday 30th June, since all of the KS2 children will be at Lavington Secondary school having a sports day experience on the theme of Pocahontas. This is the last event in the week of activities around this theme.

Lavington Secondary School Sports Day Please make sure that your KS2 child has a packed lunch and their PE kit on Friday 30th June as they will be going to Lavington School to take part in Pocahontas themed sports activities (eg. archery).

Leavers Trip to the Cathedral Our Year 6 children had a trip to Salisbury Cathdral where they took part in a morning of activities and then had a service in the cathedral. As ever, this was a lovely, reflective day.

Guitar lessons next academic year I am delighted to announce that we have been able to recruit Mr Gavin Lazarus to take over the guitar tuition from September 2017 when Mrs Barbey retires. Mr Lazarus is a professional musician (he will be performing at Trowbridge Town Hall on Friday 21st July in his show “Cool Britannia!” if you would like to see him in action). He plays all sorts of music, from jazz to contemporary, and will teach acoustic or electric guitar. The fees are £6 a lesson, payable termly in advance. A notice has been sent out with this newsletter. If you are interested in having your child learn guitar with an inspirational teacher, please complete the form and send it back before the end of term.

New Approach to Homework Reading Books Next year, we are going to pilot a new system for the reading books we send home with children. Instead of having children allocated book band levels according to their reading ability, we shall simply ask every child to choose a book that they like from our wonderful library, and take it home. It is possible that the book will be too tricky for them to read, in which case you can read it to them and discuss the text and the pictures (which will really improve comprehension skills) or the book might be very easy for them to read – how wonderful! To be able to read a book effortlessly and just enjoy the story! We hope that this approach will allow children to immerse themselves in the love of reading without the pressure of having to scramble through the levels as quickly as possible. We will, of course, track their reading progress in school as we always do, and they will be reading at the edge of their learning in their guided reading groups. Happy readers are good readers! And research shows that children who read for pleasure do better in all areas of school life.

Welcome Meetings When your child starts in their new year group next year, you will be invited to a meeting where you can find out a bit more about the expectations, routines and information about the year.There will also be a chance for Year 3 and Year 4 parents to find out more about the residential trip that their children will be taking at the end of October. The dates for these meetings are as follows:
Wednesday 6th September : 5.00pm Sarum class meeting
5.30pm Residential Trip meeting for parents of children in Y3 and Y4
6.00pm Avebury class meeting
Thursday 7th September 5.00pm Stonehenge class meeting
5.30pm White Horse class meeting
6.00pm Silbury class meeting

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, hese data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Parking Once again, is has been brough to our attention that parents are double parking and causing significant visibility issues for pedestrians. This is really putting our children’s lives in danger and we ask you to make sure that you always park sensibly – no double parking, no parking on corners or at intersections. Nothing is more important than our children’s safety. Please leave the layby free in the morning for “Stop and Drop” so that we have fewer cars in that area of the road right outside the school.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)

Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school for KS2 – packed lunch and PE kits please 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Messy church will take place on Sunday 9th July at St Andrew’s Church in Long Street, Devizes. Everyone is most welcome and children (and adults) will have wonderful time.

Worton and Cheverell (Youth) Football Club are looking forward to the 2017/18 season. Contact Vicky Goddard on 07966 247291 or Neil Black on 07769 261750, or check out the website http://pitchero.com/clubs/wortonandcheverellfc/ for more information.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning
PFA News

It’s a busy day Today!
A big thank-you to Julie Stone and Claire Goddard as well as all the parents who have worked so hard towards Quiz Night, tonight! We look forward to reporting back on what ought to be a great night out!
Also, thank-you for all our Secret Jars and £1 coins today that will go a long way towards the Summer Fayre that starts from 4pm on Friday, July 7.
Please may we also appeal for the following to assist with other stalls at the Fayre:
Teddies for the Teddy Tombola, Second Hand Toys in good condition for a different stall and Cakes & Biscuits (nut free).Bring your Teddies and Old Toys to Reception from next week and we’ll gratefully collect them daily. We’ll collect Cakes on the day (July 7). THANK-YOU!
Another exciting event is Harriet’s Car Craft Club – next Friday (June 30) after school in the School Hall! This is in anticipation of the Outdoor Cinema on September 22. We thought we’d give the children a head start on creating their own cardboard car big enough for them to sit in to watch the film, if they want to – almost ‘Drive-In-Cinema-Style’!
Harriet will be on hand next Friday to help the children with their creative ideas. So please collect any cardboard, plastic recycle, colour paper or any other materials you think could go towards making that very special car! Flyers will be early circulated next week to give you some ideas.
In the meantime, have a Summery weekend! From the PFA Team

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Newsletter 35 – 16th June 2017

Dear Parents

Seaside Trip All the children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 will be going to Mudeford Quay for a seaside experience on Thursday 22nd June. Please make sure your child is properly equipped and has a packed lunch. Please note that you will have to provide this yourself since their start time is too early to allow Lataca to bring packed lunches to the school beforehand. Please make sure you are here by 8.15am – we will not hold the coaches up for latecomers. Letters have gone home about the trip and teachers can answer any questions you may have.

Pilgrimage Day We all had a great time at Edington Priory Church on Thursday, taking part in our Pilgrimage Day activities. Activities included singing, crafts, colouring, fire, candles and time to enjoy the beautiful setting. Children learnt about being kind, reaching out to others courageously and challenging prejudice. The weather held up and we enjoyed a picnic at the top of Ralph’s Seat at the end. Our very sincere thanks go to all the people from Edington Benefice, the Revd Andrew Sinclair, Revd Marion Harrison and Steve Dewar who worked so hard to ensure the children had a spiritually rewarding day, whatever their faith or non-faith position.

Bell Ringing and Hoe Down! Thank you so much to Mrs Heath and her able assistant, Mrs Andrew who led the team of our wonderful children in the Edington Fayre event. As well as a beautifully executed performance of hand bell ringing, this year they also did a “Wake and Shake” type dance, and encouraged the members of the public to join in – which they did with gusto! It was great fun and we have received a letter from the Edington Fayre Committee (with a very welcome cheque!) saying that the stars of the show were definitely our pupils!! Well done to all of you.

D&T at Dauntseys Our Year 6 children had a great time, as they always do, at Dauntsey’s School this morning, learning how to plan, design and make items in the technology suite. My thanks to Mr Pickford who organises this exciting outreach each year.

Stomp Workshop If you wonder why your children are beating percussion with their knives and forks, with pencils, on tables and chairs, cups and bowls etc, it is because of a tremendous workshop that each class had on Wednesday, delivered by people from the STOMP production team. STOMP is a junk band whose work can be seen on You Tube and who tour the world giving outstanding musical performances using dustbins, brooms and other everyday items. We were very fortunate to have them come to our school to give our children this great experience. We are enormously grateful to our wonderful PFA who raised the funds and paid most of the cost of this event.

Change of time for Lower KS2 Performance Please note that the KS2 performance (Around the World in 8 Plays) will have the time of the second performance changed to a daytime performance. So on Wednesday 5th July, the performance will take place at 1.30pm. The Tuesday 4th July performance will be at 5.00pm. Tickets will go out for these performances shortly.

Pocahontas week We will be working with Lavington Secondary school and our local cluster of primary schools to have a theme week on Pocahontas in the week commencing 26th June. This will involve children from Lavington coming to our school to lead on clay modelling, edible leaves and other relevant matters, and some of our KS2 children going to Lavington for various events. It promises to be an interesting week.

Year 5 children Lavington School is offering TASTER DAYS for Year 5 children but the three days have now sold out. If you would like to your child to go on a waiting list, please send an email to r.dunn@lavington.wilts.sch.uk.
There is also an Open Evening on Thursday 29th June for parents and year 5 children.The headteacher will give a welcome at 6pm & 7pm, and there are tours and activities from 6.15pm-8pm.

Dauntsey’s Summer Hockey Camp will run from 21-23rd August for children in years 5 – 8, from 9am until 3pm. The cost is £30 per day, please register at:
www.dauntseys.org/parent/summer-hockey-camp-2017

SuperStars have sent home flyers today – they are running two weeks 24th – 28th July and 7th – 11th August.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning
PFA News

Have you handed in your Quiz Night (June 23) entry yet? It is going to be a fantastic evening, spearheaded by Julie Stone and Claire Goddard. Teams are up to 4 people – so it’s not a problem if your team is not an exact 4. However, if you have less in your team and would like to make up a round 4, submit your entry form and request that we find additional team members from similar entries. Whatever suits you best! (New deadline for entries is Monday, June 19)

Casual Clothes Day is also next Friday (June 23). Children can bring a ‘secret jar’ that day to contribute towards the Summer Fayre. (Pop an age-appropriate surprise inside the jar and cover it with wrapping paper – Remember, NO NUTS);
If you prefer, you are most welcome to bring £1 donation instead. (Thank-you for your support!)

Thank-you to all those who have offered to help out at the Summer Fayre (July 7). We’ll be in touch soon to fine-tune details. And what is a Summer Fayre without the Teddy Tombola?! Please start bringing your teddies that are ready to leave the roost, to the School Reception. The more the merrier! We’ll start collecting them daily for a freshen up ahead of the Fayre!

Another one for your diary: Harriet’s Car Craft Club after school on Friday, June 30. This is a one-off event and we’ll circulate a flyer with more information, next week. In the meantime, collect any cardboard, colourful paper, bottle tops, plastic cups or cereal boxes so that the kids can create!

Finally, can you believe that Emma Farebrother drove 200kgs of Fabric Recycle to the plant this Monday? That’s a massive £100 raised from your unwanted clothes. THANK-YOU, awesome result!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
From the PFA Team

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