Newsletter 33 – 26th May 2017

Dear Parents

Today, Friday 26th May, is the last day of this term. Children return to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Forest Schools Mrs Goddard, who is a Forest Schools trained teacher, has been taking various classes for a Forest Schools experience this term and will continue next term and into the new academic year. These activities help to enrich and extend the learning that our children engage in at school. We are very fortunate to have someone who can offer the experience and we are very grateful to Mrs Goddard for offering to do this for us.

Music Concert What a wonderful evening we had on Tuesday! So many children making music so beautifully!  We are very proud of them – they worked hard to get to this point, and showed great confidence and courage to get up in front of an audience and perform to such a high standard. We are also very grateful to Mrs Barbey, Mrs Edwards, Mr Gundry, Mrs Heath, Mrs Jenkins and Ms Sharman who are such outstanding music teachers and who work tirelessly to support the children to excellence. And thanks to Gwynnifer Williams who stepped in to accompany the brass instrument soloists at a moment’s notice.

Transition We have had meetings with representatives of the secondary schools that our Year 6 children will attend next year so that all important information can be passed on and transition can be as effective as possible. Our children in Stonehenge class spent a morning at the Old School Nursery as part of the transition work we do to welcome the new children into our school in September.

Hot weather Please send your child into school with a sunhat and a water bottle – these are essential as they play outside in the warm weather. It is also very important that all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name – jumpers are cast off regularly at this time of year and often we cannot return them to their owners as they have no names written in them.

Lunches We have had a plea from our MDSAs that you go through the dinner menu with your child when making the selection for their meals. There is a lot of waste and often the children tell us that they have been given a meal that they do not enjoy. Even if they do not like the main or the vegetarian option, they can always have a jacket potato or a sandwich. Please make sure that your orders are placed a week in advance.

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care and assess the quality of our services. This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-pupil-database-apply-for-a-data-extract

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit our local authority at www.wiltshire.gov.uk  or the DfE website at https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-how-we-collect-and-share-research-data

Around the World in Eight Plays The children in Year 3 and 4 have auditioned for their parts in this year’s production, and early signs are that it is going to be very entertaining with the children really doing their best to ensure an outstanding experience for the audience. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard who have done a huge amount of work adapting the play for our children and who work so tirelessly to ensure a good outcome. Parents will soon be offered tickets for the performances which will take place on Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July. Both performances will start at 5.00pm.

Sports Day A reminder that our sports day takes place on Wednesday 12th July at 9.15. It will finish at about midday and you are all invited to bring a picnic along and have lunch with your child on the field. The bell will ring at 1.00pm and the children will have afternoon school as usual.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
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 – 1.00pm
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 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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

Saturday 10th June From 10.00am – 3.00pm There is a Tank display put on by the Westbury Town Council Great War Group in the area near the library in Westbury – you can also make your own tank as a “junk model”.

And in Edington there is the village Fayre from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Our children will be giving a performance of Handbells and also a little dance routine.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We’re very excited to announce that the Quizmaster for Quiz Night (June 23) is our very own Claire Goddard! Already, there are lots of fabulous topics brewing (No Clues!) and Julie Stone is working hard with a team of Parents to make this one of our most memorable and fun events to date.

Entry forms are in today’s book bags! (Please return these to Reception by June 16)

Quiz Night is £5 per person for teams of up to 4 people. If you don’t have a team and are keen to join in, let us know and we can help create a team for you. Please approach us, post on the PFA Facebook page or email Debi (dbproductions@btinternet.com) with any further questions you may have.

Similarly, any donations towards Raffle or Quiz Team Prizes are most welcome ahead of the event. (Thank-you)

Casual Clothes Day for the children is also on June 23 when pupils can bring in either a ‘Secret Jar’ or £1 to school, to go towards the Summer Fayre (July 7).

(‘Secret Jars’: Pop an age-appropriate surprise inside the jar and cover it with wrapping paper – Remember, NO NUTS);

MORE UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

:: Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, Great Cheverell, from 19:30

The sun promises to be out for Jane’s ‘Ice-lolly Friday Tuck Shop’. Enjoy – and have a wonderful school 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 32 – 19th May 2017

Friday 26th May is the last day of this term. Children return to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Dear Parents

Charity Afternoon Once again, our wonderful children excelled themselves on Wednesday. It was a joy to see that, even with so many children and so much excitement, behaviour was exemplary, caring and compassionate. Well over £100 was raised for the various charities and a great deal of learning was done by the stall holders. We are tremendously grateful to the adults who so generously volunteered to help the children and spent the afternoon supporting them.

Three of our children from one of the Year 6 teams took part in a live radio broadcast on BBC Wiltshire Radio in the studio in Swindon on Tuesday at 1.30. They chatted cheerfully and articulately about the charity afternoon and, at the end, Graham Seaman (the presenter) said to us that it had been great fun and our children were tremendous.  My thanks to the children, and to Mrs Yates who made sure that we arrived safely and in good time for the show.

Forest Schools on Tuesday both Stonehenge and White Horse class will need packed lunches as they are going to Oxenwood for a day of Forest school activities. They will also need appropriate outdoor clothing, preferably long trousers, and wellies or trainers.

Forest of Dean All children in Years 5 and 6 will be going to the Forest of Dean on Wednesday 24th May at normal school opening time for their residential trip. We expect them back here on Friday 26th May at about 3.00pm. They will be very tired and will need to be picked up promptly. If the bus does run late, we shall text parents to let them know.

Please make sure that your child can carry and pack their own bag and that any prescription medication has the correct paperwork completed and has been handed in to the teacher. Please do not send any food or electronic devices except watches and a torch. Mobile phones do not work in the Forest and would, in any case, provide a distraction and too much responsibility for the children. If children want to bring a camera, please let them use disposable cameras since they are likely to get wet or lost.

This trip is always great fun, and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about independence, teamwork and courage, as well as all the other skills that are taught. We are very grateful to our teachers and teaching assistants who are prepared to take on the responsibility of a residential trip in order that our children can have such a great experience. Our thanks also to Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards who work very hard to ensure that all the administration of the trip is smooth.

Year 3 Choir On Friday 26th May, the Year 3 choir will perform at Sharing Assembly. Do come along to enjoy some Boom Whacker music by our talented young performers!

Class Photos Our thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz who takes such wonderful photos of our children! He took their class photos today and you will be able to see the photos on the doors of the hall shortly. You can then decide whether you would like to order one (or both) of the options.

Music Concert A reminder about our music concert which takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm. Many of our children who do peripatetic music and music clubs will have been invited to play in this concert. Please check with your child whether they are involved. If your child cannot attend for some reason, please let us know as we have a very full programme. Children are asked to wear formal or semi- formal clothing (not school uniform) if they are performing in the concert.

Transition Stonehenge class will have a joint activity morning with the children and staff of the Old School Nursery on Monday so that the children who will be coming here in September can continue to gain familiarity with our teachers and TAs. The children will need a packed lunch as we shall be spending lunchtime at the Old School.

Fairtrade Presentation We were glad to host Jackie Thomas, from the Fairtrade Foundation, who came into school on Tuesday to tell the children a little more about the work of Fairtrade and also to promote an awareness of the need to ensure that everyone in the production and trading chain is treated fairly.

Trophies As we prepare for the final half term of the year, we would be grateful if you could return any trophies your child won at the Leavers’ Assembly last year. We need to have them engraved for this year’s prize giving. If you know of any children who have left our school and have a trophy, please ask them to return it.

Parental Supervision I have been asked to remind parents that children need to be carefully supervised when they are playing across the road in the park after school. It is not fair that residents in the area have to deal with unsupervised children impacting negatively on their lives. Please make sure that you can see your child at all times.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
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 term
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 – 1.00pm
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 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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

We have received a wonderful letter from Mrs Henning and the school Governors, thanking the PFA Committee and Members for the recent donation of £2000 towards ‘food & cookery’ and visitors to the school for the next academic year. (We will be circulating this letter to our members shortly.)

This decision to redirect PFA fundraising from ‘theatre lights for the school hall’ towards fun elements of the curriculum that face being slashed due to budget cuts, was voted on and agreed at our last meeting. (In the long term we can investigate a possible grant towards the theatre lighting.)

Ultimately, It’s YOUR support that has achieved this!

We have an incredibly dedicated Core PFA Team and Treasurers who volunteer so much of their time and ideas – but equally so, we have fabulous Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Friends who lend a helping hand.

Thank-you AMAZING ‘Parent body’ because without your support our fundraising events wouldn’t even get off the ground.

Let’s keep it up, our collective efforts are going towards great gains for the benefit of our children and it feels good to do something worthwhile!

UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, 19:30

Friday, June 23 – Casual Clothes Day (Secret Jars or £1)

Friday, June 23 – Quiz Night (SAVE THE DATE, details next week)

A big thank-you 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 31 – 12th May 2017

Dear Parents

Assessment week  We are, as ever, very proud of the way our children approach this week – with courage, optimism and determination. They do their best and enjoy meeting the challenges presented. My thanks go to our outstanding teachers and TAs who make sure that children are very well prepared for the assessments and that the children do not feel unduly stressed by them. We are also very grateful to our wonderful parents who have supported their children so effectively without putting pressure on them.

In the Year 6 SATS, we had two assistant headteachers of Lavington School come to sit in on some of the assessment sessions to help us prove the integrity with which we deliver the tests. They confirmed that Your systems were rigorous and robust”. We are also very grateful to Mrs Farebrother, a governor, who came along to check that the tests were carried out with the utmost probity. It is very important to us, as such a high achieving school, that we prove that our results are genuine and the outcome of outstanding teaching and learning.

It was lovely to see the children enjoying the great activities that they took part in when they had completed the assessments – the weather was kind to us and, at one point, we had nearly every class in the school outdoors completing various projects and working politely around each other.

Lavington Roadshow  Please remember that on Monday 15th May, the Headteacher of Lavington, Sarah Lowkis, will be here in our hall at 3.10pm to give parents information about Lavington school and to answer any questions you may have. This event is for those with children in Year 5 or below. We encourage you to come along.

Thanks As the budget cuts to schools begin to bite hard, we are very grateful to the James Townsend Charitable Trust in Great Cheverell who have donated a generous sum to support our purchase of library books.

We are also extremely grateful for the donations from the Edington Station Yard Trust – they donated money to support music provision in our school.

We shall be increasingly reliant on donations such as this to help us continue to provide the outstanding, rich education that our children deserve.

Charity Afternoon Next week, on Wednesday 17th May, children will be given the opportunity to take part in a variety of games and activities organised by teams of their peers to raise funds for charity. If you would like your child to have a chance to wander around the school hall and enjoy the events, please send a pound or two in an envelope with their name on so that they can spend it on the various stalls.

Amongst the charities that children have chosen to support are Julia’s House, Cancer Research, RSPCA, WWF, Help for Heroes, Age Concern, Guide Dogs and British Heart Foundation. It is lovely to see the range of issues that our children consider to be worthy of support.

If you tune into Wiltshire Radio, on Tuesday 16th May at about 1.30pm, you will be able to hear some of our Year 6 children taking part in a live radio broadcast on the subject of this Charity afternoon. They will be in the radio studio in Swindon – an exciting opportunity for them experience live radio transmission!

Music Concert A reminder about our music concert which takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm. Many of our children who do peripatetic music and music clubs will have been invited to play in this concert. Please check with your child whether they are involved. If your child cannot attend for some reason, please let us know as we have a very full programme. Children are asked to wear formal or semi- formal clothing (not school uniform) if they are performing in the concert.

Trophies As we prepare for the final half term of the year, we would be grateful if you could return any trophies your child won at the Leavers’ Assembly last year. We need to have them engraved for this year’s prize giving. If you know of any children who have left our school and have a trophy, please ask them to return it.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 15th May Lavington School Roadshow for Year 5 parents – in the hall 3.10pm
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 term
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 – 1.00pm
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 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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

We have a date for Quiz Night – Friday, June 23 – in our own school hall! Should be a fabulous evening for the grown-ups, flavoured with a bit of cheese and wine to get the brain cogs churning. Please save the date and more details will follow.

The Summer Fayre is also just around the corner – Friday, July 7, straight after school. This is usually a fun event for the whole family and we’re looking for your stall ideas. Do get in touch with your suggestions as the Fayre is such a feel-good event to get involved in. Chat to one of the PFA Team or email your thoughts and offers of help to dbproductions@btinternet.com – THANK-YOU!

And thank-you yet again for another bumper load of Fabric Recycle on Monday – weighing in at 120kgs! Emma Farebrother’s car was practically bursting at its seams delivering the bags of recycle to the plant. Your efforts directly translate into a further £60 towards our fundraising – fabulous!

Also, a quick reminder that School reception is collecting Sainsbury’s School Vouchers, if you have any.

Finally, we have a PFA meeting scheduled this morning with lots to discuss. We look forward to keeping you updated in next week’s newsletter. In the meantime, have 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. 

Newsletter 30 – 5th May 2017

Dear Parents

Assessments Most of the children in our school will have a week of little summative assessments next week. We ask that you do not worry about these at all, and do not allow your child to worry about them. The children are all well prepared, they know what their own personal achievements should be and they will enjoy the challenge of the assessments. The afternoons will be filled with creative learning activities and we find that the children enjoy this week. It is good for the children to have sensible early bedtimes through this week (as it should be for every school night!) and to have a good breakfast before they come to school. That is all that needs to be done at home to support them.

The results of the KS2 SATS (for Year 6 children) will only be released to us by the government in early July. Once we have the data, we need to analyse them and separate them out into individual reports and we will then make sure these are sent out to parents. These assessments provide a snapshot of the children’s achievement in Literacy and Maths and, whilst we are always very proud of the outstanding results our children achieve in these tests, we are just as proud of all the other learning and life skills that are gained throughout the year. These skills will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives whatever their academic ability.

The teacher’s assessment of children’s achievement will be reported to parents in the written reports, which will go out on Friday 30th June. Please make sure you are able to log in to the Parent Portal so that you can access the reports when they are published. Staff at the office can help you if you have forgotten your log-in details.

Class Splits At this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that we do the very best for each one.

If your child is in Year 1, Year 4 or Year 5, they will be in a split group. However, they will continue to follow the Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, whichever classroom they are in. Our analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of which classroom they are in.

Music Concert A reminder about our music concert which takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm. Many of our children who do peripatetic music and music clubs will have been invited to play in this concert. Please check with your child whether they are involved. If your child cannot attend for some reason, please let us know as we have a very full programme. Children are asked to wear formal or semi- formal clothing (not school uniform) if they are performing in the concert.

STOMP Workshop We are very grateful to our PFA who have given us most of the money required to commission a STOMP workshop for each class. This outreach comes through the famous junk band STOMP – they make music by using brooms and brushes, dustbins, pots and pans and all sorts of other household items and junk. The music is rhythmic and entails lots of movement and dance as well as percussion. We are delighted to be able to provide this for our children – the workshop will take place on Wednesday 14th June.

After School Care Coral Cove in Devizes operate a scheme whereby they collect your child/ren from school. They do however need several children to be picked up on any one day from the same school to make it worthwhile. Please contact them for further details if you are interested in this service on 01380 739944.

Lataca have asked us to remind parents to send in their orders by the Friday morning of the week before lunch is needed please.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
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 term
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 – 1.00pm
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 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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

Today welcomes the start of Jane’s Summer Friday Tuck Shops. This is something that Jane ran with from the start – she took her idea, turned it into one of our favourite events – and raises a lot of money for the PFA too!

Sadly, like many of our fabulous Year 6 parents, Jane will be moving on the next school year. It would be a shame to lose our wonderful Tuck Shop too. We’re appealing for an individual or a team who may want to take the Tuck Shop on and make it their own. Jane is on hand to share all her tricks of the trade. Please approach Jane or any of the PFA team if this is something that interests you.

Talking about the next school year, Debi, our current Chair, is planning to step away from the role due to work commitments. This is just a short entry to ‘plant the seed’ with any Mum, Dad or Guardian out there who may enjoy this role. There is no reason why you can’t shake things up a bit or stick to traditional expectations. Either way, Debi, the Deputies and Secretary will be on hand to help run individual events and do a comprehensive handover – otherwise I think we’d miss it too much!!!! Again, approach us to find our more…

Before we get too carried away with next year, time to think about the Summer Fayre (July 7), other exciting events and focus on redirecting fundraising in light of school budget cuts. Please join us for a meeting after drop-off next Friday morning (May 12).

In the meantime, Fabric Recycle Collection on Monday (May 8).  Have a great 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. 

Newsletter 29 – 28th April 2017

Dear Parents

Charity Afternoon We regularly have children who ask if they can raise funds for a charity that is special to them. Rather than having little events across the year, we offer everyone the chance to form a team, set up an event and run the event on the same afternoon – called the Charity Afternoon. So the hall will be set up with 12 tables or “pitches” and 12 teams of children will set up and run their activity after lunch. This year, the Charity Afternoon will be held on Wednesday 17th May. Several of you will have been approached by children to be their “Responsible Adult” who will support them with the preparations, be with them on the day, and send the money off on their behalf to the charity. We ask that a copy of the charity’s response is given to the school for our records.

Only children attend this event, so on the 17th May you might like to send your child into school with a pound or two safely in an envelope marked with your child’s name so that they can spend it on the activities on offer. There are lots of great ideas from our teams, including tombola, lucky dip, decorating biscuits, name the teddy, raffle, cup challenges and more.

This event gives children the opportunity to practice being young entrepreneurs, to work as a team, to find out how to deal with customers and to respond to those in need. It is always a lovely afternoon with lots of learning and fun. We are very grateful to all the adults who have so generously offered to support the children with this project. Because space is limited, pitches were given to the first 12 teams who returned their forms, completed and with an adult’s signature. Other opportunities will arise for those who missed out this year.

Summer Blues At this time of year, we notice that people are more likely to fall out with each other and argue. We are not sure whether this is because they are tired through sleeping less in the shorter nights, or whether they are hot, or whether they are starting to think about the changes that might come about in the next academic year. However, it is something we notice every year through the summer terms. We do ask that you help your child to maintain a sense of proportion, to support them to mend relationships and to find ways to live amicably with those around them.

Residential trips Children in Years 5 and 6 will be going on their residential trip to the Forest of Dean on 24th May – 26th May. These trips not only provide the children with the opportunity to engage in adventurous activities such as climbing, caving, zip wire and problem solving outdoors, but also help them to develop team work skills, to grow in independence and perseverance and to have fun without any modern entertainment centres. Parents need to make sure that they have the kit list and that all medicines have the correct paper work completed and are handed in to staff. We are very grateful to our staff who are prepared to lead these trips – it is a huge responsibility and is very exhausting for them, and goes well above and beyond the call of duty.

Dauntsey’s School We are very fortunate to be part of the outreach provided by Dauntsey’s School to local primaries. As well as weekly sports coaching sessions for Silbury class, Dauntsey’s also provides our Year 6 children with the opportunity to do some great design work in their design and technology suite in the last half term. We borrow our stage lighting from Dauntsey’s each year for our performances, and they are very generous about allowing us to use their minibuses if we need them. We are very grateful for the extra opportunities for enrichment provided by this outreach.

Applications to our school We have a large number of applications for places in our school for September 2017. In order to make sure that we offer enough places to keep our number on roll at a financially sustainable level, we would be very grateful if you could let us know before the end of May if you are planning to move your child out of our school for the academic year 2017 – 18. Whilst it could be that your plans are not yet far enough advanced for you to be sure whether you will be moving or not, it would also help us if you could suggest that there is a possibility of moving. This will help with our forward planning.

Healthy Me Wiltshire Local Authority runs a fun family programme on how to stay healthy, where children take part in activities and parents take part in sessions on healthy eating and activity levels. If you are interested in this course, please email healthyme@wiltshire.gov.uk. Sessions are all free.

Last day of half term is Friday 26th May. Do not forget that Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June are TD days and we all come back to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
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
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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

Hard to believe that Easter has been and gone already. Congratulations again to Bake Off winners Freddie Pickford and Matt Moore for their very creative, skilful and tasty creations! Special mentions also went to Jacob Genner, Lauren Pocock and Liberty and Saffron Le Flem for their Key Stage groups. Well done!

More congratulations to ALL who entered the Bake Off – your hard work most definitely ‘paid off’. Together, you helped raise just over £190 in the Bake Off Cake Sale! Awesome! Many thanks to a great team of Mums and Siblings who manned this very busy event! (Any missing cake containers ought to be in the entrance of the art centre.)

Thank-you too to Jane Gibbons who donated the Chocolate Easter Bunny raffle, raising £84.  Also to our ‘anonymous’ life-size Bunny, who went to work in Trowbridge and raised £120 to be split between the PFA and Dorothy House.

We have a lot more exciting events being planned including a possible Bingo or Quiz Night, perhaps an Outdoor Cinema and of course the Summer Fayre is on July 7!

In the meantime, next Fabric recycle is Monday, May 8 and Jane’s Summer ‘Friday Tuck Shop’ is due to start again on May 5.

Lots of forthcoming changes within the PFA to share with you next week as well as updated fundraising initiatives.

Until then, have a lovely bank holiday Monday, from the PFA Team.

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