Newsletter 6 – 12th October 2018

Dear Parents

Visit to Hindu Temple What a lovely day we all had at the Hindu Temple on Wednesday! We were overwhelmed with the warmth of the welcome offered, and with the sights, sounds and flavours of this culture and faith. Our children behaved beautifully, as they always do, showing interest in and respect for all that they encountered. It is very important for our children to find out more about the rich and diverse society that we live in and this is one of the ways in which we support that learning. There are photos of the trip on the school Facebook page and also on the school website. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=32

Recorder Teacher We are delighted that Mrs Jenkins will be able to start recorder lessons after the half term, on Friday afternoons as usual. We thank you all for your patience this term. It has been a very trying time for Mrs Jenkins and we are glad that she is now in a position to pick up her work again. Please send your child in with their recorder on Friday 9th November if you have signed up for recorder lessons.

Lost Items Please make sure that all items that are brought into school are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We do not have the resources to allocate a member of staff to try to find children’s lost clothing/equipment but if things are labelled, they are more likely to be returned to the child. It is best to check with your child when they come out of school that they have everything you expect them to have.

We have a very full lost property basket which you can sift through if something has gone missing. Sometimes children do take each other’s things home – it is worth checking that your child has the correct items as you pick them up in the afternoon. Sometimes things get damaged or broken. It is important that nothing of value is brought into school – it is a busy environment and, whilst we do our best to ensure that everything is treated with the greatest respect, we cannot take responsibility for anything that is brought into school.

Art Exhibition of Children’s Work On Friday 19th October, we invite all parents to come to our Art Exhibition, which will be held in our school hall and will run from 1.45pm – 2.45pm. This will be held instead of our usual Sharing Assembly.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy.

For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support Therapists and Speech and Language therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEND. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND can be accessed at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ . In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has concerns will be raised at an SEN meeting with the SENCO (Special Educational Need Co-ordinators) and monitored closely. If the child is not making progress, they will be assessed and given whatever SEND support is deemed necessary through a school support plan, drawn up with the teacher, parents, child and SENCO, with help from specialists if necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be given an Education, Health and Care Plan which might draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra funding ought to be used for.

Overall in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND Support are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support at some point in their school lives – often just for a half term or so until they have overcome the problem that caused the concern.

Hooke Court Residential Trip Children in Years 3 and 4 who are going to Hooke Court on the residential trip on 23rd and 24th October must have their medical forms returned to the school beforehand. They need smallish bags that they can manage themselves, filled with the items on the kit list, and especially with old warm clothing so that they are not worried about getting dirty. No food or electronic devices or phones should be packed. Bedding is provided by the centre.

Secondary School places Our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2019. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2018.

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 1.45pm -2.45pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

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

6.15pm KS2

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

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA Meeting – Thank you to all who came to the meeting this week!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Information & forms have now gone out in book bags as homework over the half term holidays. Last date for submission is MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER.

FILM NIGHT (for the children) & BINGO NIGHT (for parents & friends of the school) – Both are being planned for after half term. Dates to be announced shortly.

EASYFUNDRAISING – Possibly the easiest way to raise funds for your PFA! Simply go to easyfundraising.org.uk , search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Thousands of online retailers are part of the scheme and by shopping with them via the easyfundraising website, the PFA will receive a donation every time you shop, at no extra cost to you!

NEXT PFA MEETING – MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER AT 7:30PM at THE BELL, GREAT CHEVERELL

PFA FACEBOOK PAGE & MAILING LIST: If you would like to receive our updates please either find us on Facebook under “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” or contact us via email at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

Many thanks, Your PFA Team

Newsletter 5 – 5th October 2018

Dear Parents

Visit to Hindu Temple All our children and all our staff will be going in a coach to the Hindu temple in Swindon next week on Wednesday 10th October. Children need to wear school uniform. There will be no hot dinners on this day so please make sure you have sent in a packed lunch or ordered sandwiches from Lataca. We will be back before the end of the school day. Ukulele club will run as normal from 3-4pm.

Harvest Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection for the Devizes Food Bank. The response has been amazing and your contributions will help to care for families suddenly in crisis. Thank you also to the PFA for the wonderful display in sharing assembly.

Reading Workshop Our thanks to all the parents and carers who came along to this workshop. A list of questions that might help with inference and deduction skills is available if you were not able to get to the workshop. We want children to enjoy reading. That is the key. They do not have to read books, if they don’t wish to. They can read instructions on how to build models, or play a computer game, they can read articles and blogs on the internet (with your supervision), they can read comics, road signs, captions, cereal boxes, name tags – absolutely anything. Put notes up in the garden, on mirrors, on their bedroom walls. Have quizzes, family joke books, or lists.  It is all reading!

Please continue to read with your older children. It is always a delight to us to hear of parents who still read to their 11 year olds – often using wonderful classics which are so superb when read out loud and which present such deep and powerful vocabulary and imagery. Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Secret Garden, The Children of the New Forest, Sherlock Homes, and abridged versions of Charles Dickens or Shakespeare works, as well as more modern works such as Gerald Durrell’s animal books, Roald Dahl’s books, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web. Children who listen to good reading and enjoy reading do better at GCSE, at A levels and at work in later life.

Supervision of children after school Please make sure that your child is close to you and under your direct supervision when they have been released into your care after school. We cannot have children running around unsupervised on the school property – this is when accidents can happen.

PFA Our thanks to the outgoing Chair and her team, Mrs Annabel Mackintosh – what a great job they have done over the past year! We welcome our new team and look forward to another great year of fun and fundraising. Our new chair and vice chair are Lisa Downing and Julie Stone. Please do consider offering to help the PFA if you can – even just an hour here and there would be much appreciated.

Art Exhibition of Children’s Work On Friday 19th October, we invite all parents to come to our Art Exhibition, which will be held in our school hall and will run from 1.45pm – 2.45pm. This will be held instead of our usual Sharing Assembly. At this exhibition you will be able to enjoy some wonderful art done by the children and inspired by their work on our topic of David Hockney. We are very grateful to the Salisbury Museum team who have worked so hard with us this term and have helped put this exhibition together and to all our other volunteers who have supported so strongly, especially Mrs Jelf who spent time with each class in the art centre.

Holiday Club Our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through part of the October half term break. The club will run from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website,

https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/ . Children love this club and we always have very positive reports about their activities.

Absence from Afterschool Clubs Once your child has signed up for an afterschool club, it is absolutely essential that you let us know if they are not going to attend. Otherwise we spend a lot of time trying to find them, thinking that they are still on site and ought to be at the club. Please note there will be no Judo next week – October 11th.

Thanks to volunteer parents We have many parents who volunteer in our school and we are so grateful for all they do – those who run or help with Gardening Club, those who hear readers, those who help with art and design projects and so many more. Our very sincere thanks to you all.

Secondary School places Our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2019. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2018. Please register at https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php

Epipens Please be aware that there is an international shortage of Epipens and the government has given notification that some Epipens can be used for 4 months after their expiry date to help ensure that no vulnerable child is left in danger. Please check with your pharmacist to find out whether your Epipen is one of those that can be used beyond its expiry date.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

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

6.15pm KS2

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA meeting & AGM– Many thanks to all those who made it to the meeting this week. The minutes have been sent out via email. The PFA had a very productive and successful year last school year. Our thanks goes to each and every one of you who helped with the many events and activities. A HUGE THANKS goes out to our outgoing FANTASTIC Chair of PFA Annabel Mackintosh – she has done a tremendous job of keeping the ball rolling since December. Happy retirement from PFA, Annabel!

New appointments were made at the meeting. Our PFA committee for 2018/2019 is as follows:

Chair – Lisa Downing

Vice chair – Julie Stone

Secretary – Kelly Smith

Treasurer – Kevin Cleveley

Communications – Chrissy Salaman

With the help and support of the whole school, the new committee is excited about the coming year filled with fun & fundraising!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – We will be organising Christmas cards using the children’s own designs as usual. Look out for this in the next few weeks!

EASYFUNDRAISING – Possibly the easiest way to raise funds for your PFA! Simply go to easyfundraising.org.uk and search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Thousands of online retailers are part of the scheme and by shopping with them via the easyfundraising website, the PFA will receive a donation every time you shop, at no extra cost to you!

Next PFA Meeting – Tuesday 9th October at 7:30pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell –  to discuss a calendar of events for the coming school year. If you’d like to hear what we’re planning or have some ideas of your own, please do come along, we’d love to see you there!

PFA FACEBOOK PAGE & MAILING LIST:

We’d love everyone to feel a part of the PFA community whether it be just by hearing about what’s going on, attending events or helping out in some way.

If you would like to receive our updates please either find us on Facebook under “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA” or contact us via email at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list.

Many thanks,

your PFA Team.

 

Newsletter 4 – 28th September 2018

Dear Parents

Reading Workshop We encourage all families to send a representative to our reading workshop on Tuesday 2nd October, starting at 2.20pm. At this event we shall help you to find ways of supporting your child’s comprehension of their reading by asking them penetrating questions about what they have read. They will use the skills of inference and deduction to arrive at an answer. After a short workshop in the hall, we will give you the opportunity to take part in shared reading with your child.

Harvest service Thank you to all who attended this with us. We had a lovely service of celebration of our harvest, with some beautiful singing and children participating in readings and prayers.

Donations for Harvest Thank you all for your very generous donations to our Harvest collection for the Devizes food bank. Over 1,500 emergency food boxes were given to people in the Devizes area last year.

Visit to Hindu Temple All our children and all our staff will be going to the Hindu temple in Swindon on Wednesday 10th October. This is one of the ways in which we help our children learn to respect other faith and non-faith traditions, and to enjoy and appreciate the wonderful diversity and multiculturalism of our country. Please make sure your child has a packed lunch or has ordered their packed lunch from Lataca on this day as there will be no hot dinners. We had hoped to include a visit to Avebury on the way back, but sadly their facilities are very much reduced at present and they cannot accommodate us. We should be back at school well before the end of the school day.

Briefing on Safeguarding Thanks to all those volunteers who came to the briefing on safeguarding, health and safety and data protection on Wednesday. If you have not yet had a briefing this year, please let the office know so that we can make arrangements for your update.

Fire Drill The health and safety of our children is an absolute priority. We hold regular evacuation drills to ensure that all our children and staff can leave the building calmly and safely in an emergency. On Tuesday we had our first fire drill of the year. Everyone had left the building within 65 seconds and the entire exercise, including roll call, was completed in under 2 minutes.

Holiday Club Our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through part of the October half term break. The club will run from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website,

https://bookings.super-stars.org.uk/ . Children love this club and we always have very positive reports about their activities.

School Dinners A plea that you will check with your children before ordering their hot dinners through Lataca – too often children refuse to eat their dinner because it is something they don’t enjoy and would never have ordered if given the choice. Occasionally we are able to offer them something else, if there is sufficient extra food available, but this is not always possible. If your child has chosen their own meal, they might be more likely to eat it! (If you would prefer that we never offer your child an alternative meal, please let the office know.)

Sick children Children are usually well enough to come to school even if they have a bit of a sniffly cold or a little cough. Please do not send them in if they are running a temperature or if they have had vomiting or diarrhoea, and keep them home for at least 24 to 48 hours after the last episode of upset tummy.  We encourage children to observe good hygiene in school, and we ensure that all desks and toilet facilities are disinfected daily. It is important to keep infectious illnesses, especially tummy upsets, under control in schools.

Absence If your child is away from school for any reason, please telephone the office first thing in the morning to inform them and follow up with a letter or an email explaining the absence so that it can be noted on the register.

Fruit in KS2 We give a fruit snack to the children in KS1 at morning playtime. If your KS2 child would like to have fruit at morning playtime, please feel free to send something in, and they can eat it whilst standing with the adult on duty before they run off to play. Only fresh fruit please – no other snacks.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 2nd October Reading Workshop for parents 2.20pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you so much for generously donating to the Harvest assembly today. The food will be collected by the Trussell Trust on Monday.

We very much hope to see you at the PFA MEETING on Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell. This will be our first meeting of the school year and also our AGM! We would love to see as many parents and carers there as possible – everyone is very welcome! If you are new to the school we would love to meet you! All we do is for the benefit of the children and any involvement, big or small, is very much welcomed.

TEXTILE RECYCLING There will be a fabric recycling collection on the morning of Monday 1st October, please bring any clothing, shoes, bedding (not duvets or pillows) & curtains and leave outside the Arts Centre (by the fence under the covered area, outside the school reception)

Many thanks,

Your 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 3 – 21st September 2018

Dear Parents

Grinding our wheat Using a real, 2000 year old quern stone provided by Devizes Museum, we have started to mill our wheat by hand. It is proving a longer job than we had first expected! It becomes clear why wind and watermills quickly became commonplace. However, we hope to complete the work by next week. And we hope to have a loaf of bread ready for our harvest display.

Calendar available online We have planned some of the regular significant school events in advance for the whole year – including the Christmas Plays, Summer Music Concert, Year 3/4  plays, Sports Day, Parent/Teacher meetings and so on. The school calendar has been published on our website and can be found at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/calendar/ . There will be many other events as the year progresses so keep an eye on the newsletter and other letters from the school.

Reading Workshop We encourage all families to send a representative to our reading workshop on Tuesday 2nd October, starting at 2.20pm. At this event we shall help you to find ways of supporting your child’s comprehension of their reading by asking them penetrating questions about what they have read. They will use the skills of inference and deduction to arrive at an answer. After a short workshop in the hall, we will give you the opportunity to take part in shared reading with your child.

Children need to learn to “Decode” each word, of course, but more importantly, they need to understand what they have read. If your child brings home a book that is too difficult for them to read, then you can read it to them, asking them to read short passages, or to find words or letters that they are familiar with. Then ask them questions about what you have read. If they bring home a book that is very easy, that is also absolutely fine. Let them read it easily and with enjoyment and then discuss the text and the pictures, making sure that you explore nuance and hidden meanings. Your child is free to bring home any book from the library that takes their fancy. (Please help us by ensuring the books get brought back again.) We want children to love reading, and to enjoy books.

Harvest service and assembly We will be walking down to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell on Thursday 27th September – anyone is welcome to walk down with us and enjoy the little service. We will leave the school at about 9.10am and hope to arrive at the church about 9.30am. Our Harvest Assembly will be held on Friday 28th September at 2.15pm (usual Sharing Assembly, with a Harvest theme).

Donations for Harvest At this time of year, we always hold a collection for the Devizes Foodbank which supports the surprisingly large number of families that find themselves in a suddenly desperate situation.  If you would like to contribute, you can bring your donations into the office from Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September. Please ensure that your food donations are non-perishable and have a minimum of 4 months until the best before date. The following items are particularly needed:

LONG LIFE MILK, TINNED/LONG LIFE SPONGE PUDDINGS, CHOCOLATE BARS, BISCUITS, TINNED COLD MEAT, MULTI-PACK BISCUIT BARS,  TINNED SARDINES, TINNED MACKEREL, TINNED SALMON, TINNED/PACKET CUSTARD, PEANUT BUTTER, MARMITE, TINNED CHICKEN SOUP, TINNED PEAS, TINNED CARROTS, TINNED BROAD BEANS, TOOTHPASTE, SHOWER GEL.

Website: https://devizes.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

E Safety We remind parents once again about supporting their children to stay safe on line. Children should never be left to do research on their own – innocent searches can lead to very dangerous situations or unsuitable material being viewed. Parents need to keep talking to their children about online safety and must monitor and control their children’s access to the internet. Any game or toy that is “Smart” or has access to the internet can pose a danger to your child. Children must know that they must never give away their personal information online – name, address, school etc.

Times for Residential Trip to Hooke Court Please note that the times for drop off and pick up were published incorrectly last week. The correct timings are: Drop off at school 8.30am on Tuesday 23rd October and pick up at school Wednesday 4.15pm on 24th October.

Data Protection and data sharing Please note that school records are transferred to the receiving school when a child moves to a new school. The data shared includes information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), academic progress, attendance, and safeguarding and child protection. The school Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy is available on http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ .

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Forms are available in the office. Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Tuesday 2nd October Reading Workshop for parents 2.20pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Friday 28th September at 2.15 pm – HARVEST ASSEMBLY: Help in setting-up a display of food donations before the assembly (from 1.15pm) would be much appreciated. Some helpers to quickly pack away the food donations after the assembly would be great too.

Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm – PFA MEETING at The Bell in Great Cheverell – This will be our first meeting of the school year and also our AGM! We would love to see as many parents and carers there as possible – everyone is very welcome! If you are new to the school we would love to meet you! All we do is for the benefit of the children and any involvement, big or small, is very much welcomed.

Many thanks,

Your 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 2 – 14th September 2018

Dear Parents

New Chair of Governors We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Shatford has been elected as our new Chair of Governors following the resignation of our superb Chair of many years, David Graham-Wheeler. Jeremy is a man of great experience in governance, a man of wisdom and reflectiveness and someone who has already, as our Vice-Chair, transformed the way governance is run in our school so that we are far more effective and efficient.  He works tirelessly for the very best education possible for our children. We are very fortunate to have, in Jeremy, another outstanding Chair to replace David whose tremendous service has been so valued and so valuable over the years.  We are grateful that David has agreed to stay on the Board of Governors so that we can continue to benefit from all his experience. Vincent Albano has agreed to be our Vice-Chair – again he is an excellent, experienced and skilful governor and we are very fortunate that he is prepared to step up to this new challenge. Our thanks go to all our governors who work so hard in this voluntary and unpaid role to serve the best interests of our children.

Parent Governor Elections We have a vacancy for a parent governor on our Board of Governors. This governor is elected by the parents of children in our school. Please find attached the documents relating to this position. Do not hesitate to contact the headteacher or any of the governors if you would like to discuss this further.

MDSA post We are offering a temporary post, until the end of December 2018, for a Midday Supervisory Assistant, to help care for our children during lunch times. The hours are 11.55 am – 1.05 pm each day, and an extra 10 mins a week for staff meeting. So the post is paid for 6 hours a week, term time only, on Wiltshire Grade B, scale point 7-9, which starts at £8.55 an hour. Local Government Pension Scheme benefits are part of this package. This job could be a job share. Application forms are available at the office and must be returned by Friday 21st September 2018 for interview on Tuesday 25th September 2018. Safeguarding of children is a priority at our school so all necessary checks will be done and references will be taken up. The team is friendly, positive and welcoming. Training will be given.

Wheat Project What a wonderful day we had on Tuesday, when first we threshed our wheat (by getting all the children to tramp and stamp on it!) and then winnowed it in the breeze which was just perfect. We have over 5 kg of really beautiful wheat grains which we will grind by hand on a quern next week, with the help of Devizes Museum staff and equipment. Once again, my thanks to Mrs Liz Read who has come up with great learning opportunities throughout this whole project. Next year Mrs Read has planned that we shall grow cotton! Watch this space.

Parent Portal All parents, including those who are new to our school, should now be able to access our Parent Portal by registering and then using their own log in at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/parent-portal/. If you have any problems with this, please contact the office. If you wish to pay online for school trips or any other school related event, you can do this through School Money – go to https://eduspot.co.uk/ and sign in, then choose the bottom option “Schoolmoney parent login” and supply the details requested. School lunches need to be paid directly to Lataca. All correspondence about school dinners should be directed to Lataca.

If you have not yet done so, do “like” our school Facebook page, where photographs and other snippets of news are published. It is fun to see some of the things we do in school. We never publish images of children that could be identifiable on Facebook or on our website, and we control strictly the images that are published in the press in order to protect our children’s privacy. So the images tend to be very distant or show just hands or backs of heads, but they give you an idea of what we doing.

Stop and Drop Please do not park in the layby in the mornings – this area is only for “Stop and Drop”, allowing you to drop your child off, check that they get through the school gate safely and then drive off.

Salisbury Museum Children in Years 3 – 6 had their field trip to Salisbury Museum this week and enjoyed a wonderful journey of discovery through beautiful things from Neolithic times to the present. As ever, the staff at the museum commented on how beautifully our children behaved, how focused and intent they were in their learning and how much fun they had. This is why we can continue to take our children off site – we know they will be a joy for us to accompany and will gain huge benefit from the trips.

Clubs: At Holy Trinity we offer a wide variety of special interest clubs. Some of these are led by our teachers, teaching assistants or parents on a voluntary basis. Others are run by experts or professionals in the field and there will be a fee for these clubs. Not every club is open to every age group – so please check the permission letters when they come out to check that your child is eligible to sign up for a particular club. Some clubs have already asked for sign up and will commence immediately. Most school-led clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 24th September. Permission letters for clubs will be sent out shortly.

Clubs led by school staff – Teachers/Teaching assistants or Volunteers  (Nominal or no charge) Clubs led by professionals or experts (Fee Paying)
Handbells (Monday lunchtimes) Ukulele
Gardening (Monday after school) Special Sports by Go-Active – short courses
Choir (Mondays after school or as notified) Judo
Sports Club (Tuesday after school)
Crocheting (Wednesday lunchtimes)
Netball Club (Wednesday after school)
Christmas crafts (Various lunchtimes)
Chess (Wednesday or Friday lunchtimes)

Open days for children in years 5 or 6. As you start to consider options for your child’s secondary education, you might like to pop into the open events held at our local secondary schools.

  • Lavington School is having an open day on Friday 21 September 2018 at 9.15am – 11am.
  • Matravers School is having an open day on Thursday 4th October 2018, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.
  • Devizes school is having an open day on Thursday 27th September 2018 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Many of our children also go on to schools such as St Augustine’s in Trowbridge, Dauntsey’s fee paying school in West Lavington (selective) and the grammar schools in Salisbury (selective).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Tuesday 2nd October Reading Workshop for parents 2.20pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Friday 28th September at 2.15 pm – HARVEST ASSEMBLY: Help in setting-up a display of food donations before the assembly (from 1.15pm) would be much appreciated. Some helpers to quickly pack away the food donations after the assembly would be great too.

Many thanks,

Your PFA Team

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