Newsletter 28 – 7th April 2017

Dear Parents

Today is the last day of term and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

We wish everyone in our community a very happy and blessed Easter!

Sharing Assembly Well done to the winners of our Bake Off and to everyone who took part – what wonderful entries there were this year! Our thanks go to Mrs Wilding and Mrs Pike who judged the Bake Off so efficiently and fairly, and to our PFA for organising this exciting event. Well done, also, to the Year 3 choir who performed so beautifully today at Sharing Assembly.

Easter Service Thank you to Rev Andrew Sinclair and Steve Dewar for leading our service in the local church this morning. It was also good to meet the new vicar for the Lavington Benefice, Rev Marion Harrison, and we look forward to working as closely with her as we do with all our clergy.

Through the strong Christian ethos of our school, and our deep commitment to Christian values, we are able to provide our children with the very best education possible. The values of Compassion, Courage, Aspiration and Joy are at the very heart of all we do here, and ensure that children thrive and do the best they can across all areas.

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

James Townsend Educational Trust Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of this local charity for the very generous donation towards upgrading the stock of books in our library. These donations are going to be increasingly valuable to us as we struggle with the reduced funding from the government and we are tremendously grateful for the generosity of local donors.

Talk on Farming We had a wonderful talk on farming given by local farmer, Emily Pepler, this week. The children found out about the different types of cattle feed and crops and heard about some of the complexities of harvesting. As we watch the farming year unroll in front of us in our beautiful rural school, it is very interesting to learn a bit more about what is actually going on in the different seasons. We hope to be able to invite Emily back again after the harvest to talk to us a bit more about that. We are always very grateful when members of our local community give so generously of their time to help enrich the children’s experience.

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

Road Safety Please make sure that your children are holding your hand as you approach the crossing outside school. Accidents can happen so quickly, drivers often cannot see the smaller children and it is imperative that children are under close adult supervision at all times when they are near a road, especially when visibility is compromised with cars parked near the crossing.

Vouchers We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for schools – please drop them off at the office if you have any.

Lavington Road Show The Headteacher of Lavington will be here at our school on Monday 15th May at 3.00pm to give a short presentation on what Lavington has to offer – this is aimed at children in Year 5 and younger, so that parents have some idea of what is available as they start to make decisions about where their children will go for secondary school.

Pick up after school Recently we have had lots of children being picked up late – please make sure that you are prompt to pick your child up as the staff have other meetings and extensive duties to attend to after school. It is a good idea to check with your child’s after school club providers to ensure that you know which dates the clubs start and finish. Often clubs run for fewer weeks than the full term.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Play Volleyball If your child would like to take part in training sessions for volleyball, please contact Matt Stevens (Head coach) on 07843584696. Training sessions are held in Lavington School sports hall. Sessions are held monthly and the next session is on Sunday 7th May between 1.00pm and 4.30pm. Each session costs £4 and all sessions are led by experienced coaches. Just bring along your water bottle, and wear sports clothes with trainers.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 24th April Children back to school  
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem  
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school  
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school  
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school  
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
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

Congratulations to the “Holy Trinity Bake Off” winners to be announced in today’s Sharing Assembly. At time of writing the two winners of the chef hats and aprons have yet to be decided. Carla Dudman successfully produces this popular event and Mrs Wilding & Marie Pike carve their role as celebrity judges by tasting each and every entry! Centre stage are all the children who enter their wonderful and creative baking – well done to you all!

Congratulations too to the winners of the chocolate Easter Bunnies donated by Jane Gibbons. Your raffle tickets go a long way towards raising funds for the PFA, thank-you!

Our resident Easter Bunny was seen out and about in Trowbridge yesterday as part of her own fundraising initiative for the PFA and Dorothy House. Of course, she made it back in time to hand out Easter treats to the children after Sharing.

With all this Easter excitement there is very little space left to fill you in on Tuesday’s PFA meeting. Lots to report back, including two exciting new events and updated fundraising objectives. We’ll be emailing minutes soon and will keep you updated.

Finally, 146kgs of Fabric Recycle was collected by Emma Farebrother on Monday! Next collection for your Easter clear-out is Monday, May 8.

Have the most wonderful Easter break, 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 27- 31st March 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of this term is Friday 7th April and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 7th April, the Year 3 choir will be performing two African songs. Do come along to enjoy this. We will also be announcing the winners of the Holy Trinity Bake Off at this Sharing Assembly.

Summer Choir There are one or two spaces left in our summer choir if your child would like to join us, and is Year 3 or older. The songs they are going to sing are “Hold back the river” by James Bay and “When children rule the world” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus a hip hop/gospel medley and a traditional Scottish song. They will be performing at our summer music concert on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm.

We hope that most of our children who take music lessons in school will be able to perform at the summer music concert – we always have wonderful performances by our recorder choirs, singing choirs, handbell club, guitarists and keyboard players as well as our very popular ukulele bands and brass instrument players. Put the date in your diary, Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm, and come along to enjoy our wonderful and talented young musicians!

Analysis of responses to the Breakfast Club and After School Club survey Thank you to the 12 respondents who sent in their forms.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Club 4 5 4 3 4
After school Club 7 8 10 7 7

 

Amongst these recorded above were those who said they would only use the facility  “Ad Hoc” or “Occasionally” or “Depending on school clubs” so reflected in the table is the highest possible number, assuming that every child is there on every occasion. It would be very likely that on most days the numbers would be somewhat lower than this.

In order to be sustainable, we need at least 20 children signed up (and paid up) for each session. Since we are nowhere near that number, we will be unable to offer this provision at this time. There are good childminders in the area, and we can signpost to these if required.

Summative assessments In the week commencing Monday 8th May, all children in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) will be writing little assessments in reading, writing and maths, and the spelling, punctuation and grammar topic. Please do not worry about these assessments, and do not allow your child to worry about them either. They will be very similar to the weekly and termly tests that they have regularly, and require no extra revision or pressure from home. It is best not even to mention them to your child unless they choose to discuss them. The best thing parents can do to support their children is to make sure they get to bed at a sensible time and have a good breakfast.

For Years 3, 4 and 5, these assessments are used simply to secure the teachers’ assessment of each child’s progress – the teachers already know what standard your child is working at. For the Year 6 children, these are the end of key stage assessments, the so-called SATS. The test papers are delivered to school securely sealed and must be written on the date prescribed by the government, and then the completed papers are sent off to be marked externally. We make sure that we have some of our governors and teachers from Lavington School helping with invigilating so that it is clear that we run the tests with the highest probity. This rigorous assessment is the main method used by the government to hold us to account, and is the main method used to rank our school as one of the highest performing in the region.

School uniform can be purchased from OHM clothing in Snuff Street, Devizes, or you can purchase their uniform online at http://www.ohmclothing.co.uk/product-category/holy-trinity-primary-school/

Also, you can purchase school uniform from Tesco through their uniform embroidery service.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
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

Thank-you for supporting the Easter Tuck shop and Flower Sale last Friday. The flowers made a profit of just under £115. That, together with Jane Gibbon’s turnover from the last 3 Tuck Shops of around £185, gives us £300 to put towards theatre lighting for the school hall. THANK-YOU!!!

Today Liz Read and The Gardening Club launched the “Tallest Sunflower Competition” and children ought to be coming home with all they need to take part. Good luck!

Looking ahead, lots happening next week:

:: Monday (April 3): Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Tuesday morning (April 4) after drop-off: PFA meeting in the school hall. (If you’d like to take part but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second session.)

:: Friday (April 7): The long awaited Junior Bake Off!! You ought to have received details and entry forms in the book bags. Get in touch if you don’t have these.

The winners of the Junior Bake Off and the chocolate Easter Bunny raffle will be announced in Friday’s Sharing Assembly. Followed by teas and a cake sale of all the entries to usher in the Easter break.

See you next week! 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 26 – 24th March 2017

Dear Parents

Gardening Club Our very sincere thanks go to Liz Read and her team of adult and children volunteers who work so hard to keep our grounds looking beautiful. You will have seen all the borders and containers filled with early spring flowers around the school, the vegetable and fruit gardens up on the field and the greenhouse where much of the preparation is done. Liz has several wonderful and creative ideas to continue to develop the work of the Gardening Club – including helping the children to grow little plant plugs to sell at the summer fayre, offering more food for school cooking and entering for the next stage of the RHS awards. Without Liz and her team, our grounds would be a far less beautiful and inviting environment for our children. If you would like to support Liz in this work, please do put your name forward.

School Finances As you will have seen in the news, school budgets are being hard hit by the austerity programme. In our school, the actual amount of money that has come into the school has dropped quite significantly over the past year, and it will fall again next year and the year after, in spite of the fact that we are able to keep our number on roll high. We are going to have to make some savings over the coming years unless the government can increase our funding – which seems unlikely. Our governors will always ensure that the quality of provision for our children is outstanding and that they are able to achieve at the outstanding levels that we expect across all areas of the curriculum as we face the challenging times ahead.

Please apply for Pupil Premium funding If you think that there is any chance that your child might be eligible for the Pupil Premium funding, we do urge you to contact the school and apply for it. Our funding is being cut in real terms each year and, as with all schools, we are facing challenges as we try to balance our budget for the coming year. Every child who attracts the Pupil Premium brings over £1,300 a year into the school and this can be used to support all sorts of programmes that benefit all children. In addition the child who attracts the Premium will have their school trip fees subsidised, their peripatetic music lessons fees subsidised and various other school activities covered by the Pupil Premium funding.  As we wrestle with the problems of ever diminishing funding given to us by the government, we need to find ways to bring in every possible penny so that we can continue to offer the outstanding provision that our children deserve.

School Disco Thank you to our wonderful PFA for the disco which was such fun last night! Plenty of music, dancing and bright lights! And thank you to the staff who worked late in school to support this event.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays,  3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Collective Worship We gather as a whole school each morning at 10.00am for a quarter of an hour of reflection and quiet time together. Worship takes a number of different forms, sometimes it is high energy with lots of children participating in drama or offering comments to discussion, sometimes it is very still and meditative, with the hall darkened and lots of candles lit, sometimes it is outside, sometimes inside, sometimes teachers or clergy lead worship, and sometimes the children themselves lead worship. We always sing and we always have at least a short time to sit quietly and enjoy the stillness and serenity inside our own heads. We always reflect on some aspect of our lives – our relationships with others, stewardship of the world, beautiful things around us, reaching out to others less fortunate than we are. We use Bible stories as the foundation for our reflections, and consider how these help us develop a sensitive moral compass and a compassionate, joyful courage, regardless of whether we are people of faith or not.

We would like parents (or grandparents!) to know that they are always welcome to come and join us for worship at 10.00am Monday to Thursday (on Friday, of course, we have Sharing Assembly at 2.15pm  which is a celebration worship, and most people are used to attending that!).  The extraordinary spirit of our school is really palpable at worship, and it is a wonderful, energising, creative time – so do consider popping in to join us if you happen to be free at that time.

Breakfast club and after school club canvassing Please return your slips by Monday 27th March if you would be interested in either or both of these clubs.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
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

What a fantastic Easter Disco! Thanks to ‘Face it n Dance’, Mrs Henning, Mrs Jones, Mrs Goddard, Louise Gaiger, Poppy Godfrey and Laurie Farquhar – we couldn’t have done it without you! And thank-you to all the amazing children who really threw themselves into the spirit of the evening!

Thank-you too for supporting our Mother’s Day Tuck Shop today. At time of writing, Jane Gibbons has been preparing all sorts of treats and trinkets, Patricia Genner has been putting her pottery skills towards ‘special hearts’ and we’re planning to visit the Bristol flower market to bring you the best we can find. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

Our next event is the Junior Bake-off on Friday, April 7. The children can enter any cake or biscuit as long as they’ve made it themselves. These can be dropped off at the school Art Centre at around 8.35am before judging takes place. The results will then be announced in Sharing Assembly later that day, followed by a cake sale of all the entries. More information and entry forms to follow.

And please don’t forget to diarise the PFA meeting after morning drop-off on Tuesday, April 4. If you’d like to take part but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second session.

FURTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Fabric Recycle Collection – Monday, April 3

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Happy Mothering Sunday, from the PFA Team

Newsletter 25 – 17th March 2017

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings Many thanks to all of you who came to these meetings – in our school we usually have about 96% – 98% attendance rate which is really superb. This engagement of parents with school is one of the reasons that we can achieve all that we do with our wonderful children.

Homework A startlingly high number of parents have remarked that it is often a struggle to get their children to do their written homework task. Please do not let homework become an area for argument with your child. We recommend that you just offer them the chance to do their homework with your support at a time that is convenient to you. If they say “No”, simply write a note in their homework book telling us that your child did not wish to do their homework when you offered them the opportunity. Then put the homework book away. No arguments. If the child does not hand their homework in by the deadline, we will deal with that at school – they will miss a morning playtime. No one will be cross with them, but that is the consequence of missing the deadline. They will then bring the homework in the following day or miss another playtime. This means that the responsibility for doing the homework lies with the child, as it should, though we are always very grateful for parents reminding their children about it.

Written homework should only take 20 -30 minutes. If they are struggling and it is taking longer please do let the teacher know so that we can adjust the homework they are receiving. Every child should be reading every single night and should be doing spelling and times table practice on alternate days. Other than this, we hope children will be playing outdoors, playing indoors, being creative and being children.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Menu choice Please go through the menu with your child when choosing their school dinners. It is a pity for children to reject their dinners because something has been ordered on their behalf that they do not enjoy. There are always several options to choose from on each day.

Emmanuel Collaboration As you know, we are part of the Emmanuel Collaboration, with Five Lanes Primary, St Barnabas Primary, St Thomas a Becket Primary and Urchfont Primary. We have all found this first year of the collaboration to be very useful. We have shared resources, our teachers have had the chance to moderate standards across all the schools, to share ideas and good practice and to support each other in a number of ways – for the benefit of all our children.

Safeguarding As part of our safeguarding protocols, we have to ask that parents are not in the school building when children are getting changed (for example, at after-school sports clubs). We will have to close the curtains when children are getting changed in the hall so that they cannot be viewed as they change at the end of sports clubs that have taken place in the hall. Please do not feel that you are unwelcome or excluded – but in this day and age, we must be careful and observe the protocols.

Before and After School Care Following three parental requests in our “Comments and Suggestions” box that was left out over Parents’ Evenings this week, we would like to canvas parental interest in signing up for a  Breakfast Club (£2 for the morning) or After School Care (£5 – £6 for the afternoon). In order for such an initiative to be sustainable, we would have to have about 20 children sign up every session to have sufficient money to cover staffing costs, overheads and insurances. Please complete the form below if you would be interested. In order to ensure the sustainability of the provision, if we did offer it, we would have to ask parents to pay in advance for the term. The provision would have to be completely self-sustaining – there is no spare money anywhere in our budget to subsidise extra- curricular care, and the government would not allow us to spend education money on childcare even if we could afford to.

Head lice We have had several cases of head lice reported in school, please use the leaflet sent home today to treat your child and hopefully eradicate the problem.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

Busy week next week with the Easter Disco for the kids on Thursday (March 23) & Mother’s Day Tuck Shop on Friday (March 24).

‘Face it n Dance’ will be running Thursday’s disco in the school hall with KS1 taking place from 5-5:45pm, followed by KS2 from 6-7pm. Entrance at the door is £1.50 and we’ll have squash and biscuits available for what is traditionally a great party for the kids!

Jane’s Friday Tuck Shop will be furnished with lots of treats to ‘surprise Mum’! (Donations of cupcakes that are nut-free are most welcome – thank-you!) The flower stall will be up and running again this year due to popular demand from the children, Dads, Grandparents – and Mums!

Looking further ahead, we have diarised a wider PFA meeting after morning drop-off on Tuesday, April 4. Your participation and ideas are what drives the PFA – and we value your input. If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second session that afternoon or evening.

FURTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Fabric Recycle Collection – Monday, April 3

Junior Bake-off – Friday, April 7 (More information & entry forms to follow)

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Enjoy the weekend! From the PFA Team

 

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After School and Breakfast Club Provision

Name: ……………………………………………………………………….     Number of children: ……………………………………

We would be interested in attending a Breakfast club (8.00am – 8.30am for £2 a morning) on the following mornings:

Monday [   ]   Tuesday [   ]    Wednesday [   ]    Thursday [   ]    Friday [   ]

We would be interested in attending an After School club (3.00pm – 6.00pm for £5-£6)) on the following afternoons:

Monday [   ]   Tuesday [   ]    Wednesday [   ]    Thursday [   ]    Friday [   ]

We understand that the fees would be payable termly in advance and would be non-refundable.

Signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………….

Newsletter 24 – 10th March 2017

Dear Parents

PFA As ever, our most sincere thanks go to Debi Bell Hosking and her amazing team who run our wonderful PFA. They work extremely hard to help to enrich the experience of our children in school. Their creative and exciting projects also help to draw the parent population together and we are very grateful for that. The Fabby Friday event was a huge success and all the other events this term have been similarly successful. If you have not yet had the chance to join with any of their work, do consider offering to help – you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish.

Assessments in Primary school As we are in the second half of this academic year, and the statutory testing demanded by the government is approaching, we thought you might like to be reminded of what is entailed in these assessment.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – this is an assessment of our youngest children that has to be completed and sent to the government. We use our knowledge of the children and examples of their work and play to evidence our judgements. These judgements are moderated across the Local Authority to make sure that every teacher is assessing children in the same way against the standards. It is usually completed by the end of June.
  • Phonics Screener – this is an assessment carried out in June on our Year 1 children (and any Year 2 children who did not meet the required standard when they were in Year 1). It involves getting the children to read 20 real words and 20 nonsense words using all the phonics strategies that they have learnt since they started school. Usually, they have to get at least 32 of the 40 words correct to have met the standard. We do not know what the words are until we open the screening test that is sent to us just before we carry out the assessment. Again, these results are sent to the Government.
  • KS1 Statutory Assessments (often called KS1 SATS) – this is a battery of compulsory assessments on reading, writing and maths as well as an optional grammar, punctuation and spelling assessment. The tests can be given to the children any time through May, and can be delivered in a fairly informal manner but need to be completed independently by the children. The raw data from these assessments is not sent to the Government, but the data can be used to inform the teacher’s judgement of the children’s achievement and a Teacher Assessment of each child’s achievement is sent to the Government.
  • KS2 Statutory Assessments (often called KS2 SATS) – this is a formal battery of tests, sent under very strict security to the school, given to the children on exact dates in May specified by the government, sealed immediately they are completed and sent off for external marking. We are given the results usually in the first week in July.

We do not want children or parents to worry about the assessments. There is no need to do any extra work for them, and no need to put any pressure on your child to “do well” in them. All that needs to be done towards these assessments is being done in school. The best thing parents can do is to continue with a calm, steady programme of reading, spelling and times table practice at home, and not to refer to the assessments at all. If we have any concerns about your child’s achievement, we will have alerted you. Your child will be making good progress for their level of ability and that is all we ask of them. The more anxious children are, the worse they perform and we would like them to face these tests calmly, cheerfully and confidently. Our experience shows that children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Uniform The PFA would be grateful for any larger school uniform in good, clean condition to sell at the second hand uniform sale – please drop it off at the school office.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
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

Fabby Friday was a great success. This is primarily a social event for parents and yet we raised around £550! Thank-you to all of you who got into the party spirit and ‘Fabby-ed’ the night away – Wooooo Wooooo! Also, to all those who helped behind the scenes and those of you who made donations after the event – THANK-YOU! We’re now even closer to our target of helping the school towards the cost of Theatre Lighting.

Even more THANK-YOUs this week:

:: For 100kg of Fabric Recycle on Monday! (Emma delivers it all to the plant!)

:: For your contributions to Jane’s Easter Tuck Shop today. (And to Jane & her team!)

:: To Gill for donating many toys and books after a clear-out ahead of the Fayre

:: To Harriet for her amazing clothes rail for future second hand uniform sales

Looking ahead, please diarise April 4, after morning drop-off, for a wider PFA meeting. Your participation and ideas are what drives the PFA – and we value your input. If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it in the morning, email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second meeting that afternoon or evening.

DIARY OF EVENTS:

Easter Disco for the kids, Thursday, March 23

Mother’s Day Tuck Shop – Friday, March 24

Junior Bake-off – Friday, April 7

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Have a good weekend, from the PFA Team

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