Newsletter 7 – 18th October 2019

Dear Parents

Last day of this half term is next Wednesday 23rd October. We all come back to school on Monday 4th November. We wish you all a lovely Autumn break.

Homework Following discussion with many parents and monitoring of the impact of the weekly written homework projects which are handed out in each class, it has become apparent that the value of the projects is minimal compared with the disruption they cause in many homes. We have made the decision, therefore, to stop setting formal written tasks for homework. There will be occasional tasks that come home – such as the PFA Christmas Card project next week – but there will be no expectation of regular weekly written homework tasks.

Our hope is that this will free up time to do the homework that really does show high value. This is the regular reading you do with your child, the discussions you have around that reading, the practising of times tables, number bonds and spellings. Our monitoring shows that these activities really do impact very positively on your child’s outcomes in school. Attached to this newsletter is a document that itemises all the regular homework activities we hope you and your child will continue to do at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

Hooke Court Children in Years 3 and 4 will be going on their annual one night residential trip to Hooke Court in Dorset on Tuesday 22nd October and Wednesday 23rd October. Please remember that children 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.

Visit to the Mosque We all had a lovely time finding out a bit more about Islam, and exploring a Muslim place of worship. We were made tremendously welcome and learnt a lot from the day. Because our children behave so beautifully, it is always a joy to take them on field trips such as this.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents – Thank you to the great crowd who attended this event. We are very grateful for the tremendous support you give your child as we work together for the very best education for your child. 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, they can read comics, road signs, captions, cereal boxes – 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.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school next week on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online.

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 on our website. In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has significant concerns because they are failing to make progress will be raised at an SEND meeting with the SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator). They will be assessed and given whatever extra support is deemed necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be registered with the Local Authority as having Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Parents and the child will have input into the process at this stage. In the event that the child continues to make very little progress, they may be assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan which, if successful, 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 SENDCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND provision 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. Many children also have disabilities but if these disabilities do not prevent the child from making steady progress, then these children will not be registered on the SEND Code of Practice since it is clear from their outcomes that the adjustments we make for them in the usual course of their education are sufficient to enable them to make progress.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus the Healer, and how we have a responsibility to care for others in our community. We also found out more about the orphanage in India, the Mathieson Music Trust, with which we have had links for very many years. They are going through a difficult time because new legislation in West Bengal means that girls have to be housed in a completely different building to the boys, with completely different staff. Getting the funds to build and run this new home is a priority so that they can offer their girls the amazing education and life chances once again – at the moment most of the girls have had to be dispersed into the wider community which is very unsatisfactory on many levels.

Speeding In Great Cheverell. Cheverell Magna Parish Council, in conjunction the Great Cheverell Community Speedwatch team, have purchased an Auto Speedwatch device. This device uses ANPR technology to record data of vehicles exceeding the 20mph speed limit outside the school. The data is uploaded to a secure server, which will only be accessible by a Parish Council representative and the leader of the Community Speedwatch team. The results will be used to identify persistent offenders and times when offending may be more prevalent. This information can then be passed on to the police for more targeted action. Vehicle speed and volume is of great concern to the Parish Council, the school and village residents alike. More information on the device along with data / privacy policy can be found at https://store.autospeedwatch.org/privacy

 

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

 

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

PFA News

Our first committee planning meeting took place earlier this week, so watch this space to hear about all the wonderful ideas that were discussed!

We also now have a class representative for the PFA for each year group in the school. This person will act as a ‘point of contact’ and will help the PFA to disseminate information to you all as effectively as possible. Once again, thank you to those who have volunteered to take on this role. The more parents and friends who are involved, the better our PFA will become.

The representatives are as follows:

Reception: Sarah Mallett

Y1: Ellen Wilson

Y2: Ceri Ewen

Y3: Sarah Mallett

Y4: Clare Gordon

Y5: Emma Phipps

Y6: Gemma Ackerman

Christmas Cards:

Information about creating Christmas cards, along with order forms and everything else you need to know will be coming home in book bags very soon, so please keep a look out. This is a fantastic way to get your Christmas cards organised nice and early whilst also supporting the fundraising efforts of the PFA.

To contact us you can email:

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Many thanks,

Your PFA

Newsletter 6 – 11th October 2019

Dear Parents

Keep children safe It has come to our attention that there are children in our school who are accessing their electronic devices without parental supervision, are searching for You Tube videos which are harmless but the algorithm on You Tube will then feed other (apparently similar) videos to the children. We have been told that these videos are often unimaginably horrifying. Children do not wish to let their parents know because they do not want their freedom or devices removed, and so are dealing with the horror on their own.

We cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is that parents consistently supervise their children’s viewing. No child should have an iPad, phone, laptop or any other device that connects to the internet in their bedroom. They should have time limited access to the internet – apps can be used that will ensure that your child’s device switches off after half an hour and cannot be accessed after 7.00pm etc. We are very concerned about children who are being exposed to things that are entirely unsuitable and often horrifying. They are also open to being groomed for later abuse or bullied through apparently innocent games online. These things, of course, are life threatening. Please make sure you are supervising your child carefully when they are online. They do not know enough to keep themselves safe. It is the job of their parents to ensure they are safe.

Visit to the Mosque We are taking everyone in our school to a mosque in Swindon on Thursday 17th October, next week, so that children can continue to find out more about, and respect, the cultural diversity of our country. Please make sure you are at school punctually as we will be leaving at 8.45am. There will be nobody left in school for latecomers as all staff are accompanying the trip. Please ensure your child has a packed lunch without meat products to eat while we are there. They ask that everyone is modestly dressed in trousers (no shorts) or skirts with tights. We will be back before 3.00pm.

Salisbury Museum Visit We had experts from Salisbury museum come into our school this week to work with each class on finding out more about the Romans who came to make their home in our country two thousand years ago. Children got to investigate real Roman artefacts and replicas, and each child also made their own “Sherd” of pottery. We learnt a lot about the improvements that Romans brought to our country when they arrived, with great benefit to all. We also discussed how it might have felt to be coming to a new country and how it might have felt to have different people coming into our country.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents – Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The event comprises a workshop and a short classroom experience with your child.

What is reading? 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, once they have progressed past the very early phonics books. (Please help us by ensuring the books get brought back again.) We want children to love reading, and to enjoy books. We will also order books that the children request for our library.

Fruit in KS2 We give a fruit snack to the children in KS1 at morning playtime. If your KS2 child would like to have a snack at morning playtime, please feel free to send a piece of fruit 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.

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

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on how we are all expected to be aspirational, to identify our talents and to use them effectively to support our community, both locally and further afield.   We discussed finding fulfilment in being generous, compassionate and thoughtful. As ever, this is linked to maintaining good mental health, always a priority in our school.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Pumpkin Day in Edington Parish Hall on Saturday 26th October – see the poster on front door for details of competitions and activities.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Thursday 17th October Visit to a mosque – please bring a packed lunch on this day
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

Wednesday 11th December Handbell and choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances – tickets will be sent out closer to the time KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

This week we have a few words from Adrienne Conlon who is our new PFA Chair.

“Thank you to everyone for warmly welcoming me, not only into the PFA but also into the role of Chair. A number of other new faces have joined the PFA and, with those who have been part of the team before, we’re looking forward to what we hope will be a fun and revenue generating year ahead. Our first committee planning meeting is next week and thereafter we will be sharing our thoughts and plans for the terms ahead.”

As you may be aware, we have been putting plans in place so that each year group in the school has a PFA representative in order to disseminate information more effectively across the whole school. Thank you to Katie Ridd who has taken on the coordination of this and thank you to those who have stepped up to the role.

The PFA welcomes all parents and carers, and it would be great to have your ideas and feedback. We’d also love everyone to be involved with us, whether that be for a one-off or for something more regular.

To contact us you can email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We also have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates. Please email us to be added on to the list.

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 5 – 4th October 2019

Dear Parents

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Our very sincere thanks to Mrs Downing and her team who have provided such great experiences for our children and families in the past year. And we welcome the new Chair of the PFA Mrs Conlon and Secretary, Mrs Knox, as well our Treasurer for another year, Mr Cleveley. Thank you for your courage in taking on these roles, and for your commitment to helping us provide the best possible education for our children. Please do consider taking part in the PFA activities, meetings and events if you can – even just occasionally dipping into their work is a great way to make friends and to support the school.

Volunteer Induction afternoon Thank you to all the volunteers who came along to the annual update on Child Protection, Health and Safety and Data Protection. We are very grateful to those who give up their time to help us with various tasks in school. If you missed the meeting please contact us so that we can arrange another briefing.

Individual Photos Mr Gyllenspetz, a very talented photographer, will be taking individual photos of the children next Friday. You will be offered the chance to purchase these for a very reasonable rate and any profit will go directly to the school as Mr G does not charge us for his work.

Pop-up Gardening Club At lunchtime, here at school, on Monday 14th October, at 12.30pm, we will be running a Pop Up Gardening Club – we will plant out bedding plants and bulbs and do some tidying up of the borders ahead of winter. Gardening is such an amazing skill for children to acquire and we hope that, by doing it at lunchtime, we may have lots of children opting to join us. However, we could do with more adult volunteers to help manage the project. If you are able to help out for half an hour in that lunch time, please let us know. Our aim is to continue with occasional Gardening Projects at lunchtimes to reach as many children as possible.

High Sheriff visit We had a visit from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire this week, and he told the children about his work, especially with charities that care for children. Our thanks to him for making the time to come into school and talk to us.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents – Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The event comprises a workshop and a short classroom experience with your child.

Dangerous parking around school Once again, we are receiving huge numbers of complaints from parents and residents about very poor parking around the school at pick up and drop off times. The single biggest risk to our children comes from traffic. More school children die or are seriously injured in traffic accidents than any other cause in the UK.

If there is not enough space to park safely at this end of the village, please park further down in the village and walk up beautiful Green Lane. It will take a few minutes longer and keep your child safe. Please consider lift clubs to reduce the number of cars coming into our area. Please do NOT park in the staff car park, or at the entrance to staff car park. Children who are walking up Green Lane into school are put at risk with this dangerous driving and parking, and our staff often struggle to have safe access to their workplace because of inconsiderate parking by parents and carers.

Please remember the Stop and Drop in our layby so that children can get out of their cars safely and come into school without parents having to leave their vehicles. This eases congestion if used correctly.

Secondary School – If your child is transferring to secondary school in September 2020 then apply for a place online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk. The deadline is midnight on 31 October 2019.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on how abundantly we are provided for in this amazing world of ours, and how we find our happiness not in lots of possessions but rather in other things – family and friends, sunsets and seasons, running and laughing, water and wood, reaching out to others ….. things that cost little but bring great joy and contentment. Children had a look at some of Andy Goldsworthy’s art and have been making pictures and structures of their own in a similar style on the school field and playground during their playtimes.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA AGM – Many thanks to those who came along to our AGM. It was lovely to meet some of the new parents.

Thank you to our treasurer Kevin, who prepared the financial report. Kevin has offered to kindly stay on as our treasurer for the next year.

We have sent the minutes of the meeting together with the financial report out to our email list.

We are delighted to announce that we have a new committee!

A big welcome to…

Adrienne Conlon – Chair

Maxine Knox – Secretary

Katie Ridd – Communications

We appreciate you stepping forwards to take on these roles and rest assured you will have the support of the PFA in planning and running events throughout the coming year.

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates. Please email us to be added on to the list.

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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

Newsletter 4 – 27th September 2019

Dear Parents

Harvest Thank you to all who contributed towards our Harvest appeal for the Food Bank in Devizes. Last year, the Devizes Foodbank gave out over 1,500 food boxes! And they rely entirely on donations. Thank you also to all who attended the school Harvest service on Thursday at the local church.

Fire Drill We have regular fire drills to ensure that we can keep everyone safe in the event of an emergency. On Wednesday, we had the first drill for this year and we evacuated the school and completed roll call in one minute and forty seven seconds which is very impressive, especially considering that it was the first drill for the youngest children.

Parents and Friends Association (PFA) AGM Please come along to our PFA AGM which will be held in the hall on Wednesday 2nd October, (next week) at about 2.30pm. The PFA do amazing work in our school, providing enriching opportunities for our children by fundraising and by working on projects such as the Christmas Party. Joining the PFA is also a good way to meet other members of our community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Downing for leading the PFA this year – she has done a brilliant job, with her teams providing all sorts of wonderful events for the children. We need a new Chair so please consider this role. We have never had to disband the PFA – someone has always come forward even at the last minute – and we are sure that the same will happen this time.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents – Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The event comprises a workshop and a short classroom experience with your child.

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.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Privacy Notice At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, we collect, hold and share personal information relating to our pupils, staff and volunteers, and may also receive, hold and share information about them from their previous school, Local Authority, police, social services, medical professionals and the Department for Education (DfE). To find out more about what and how we hold, retain, share and process data, please take the time to read our Privacy Notice on our website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ or ask for a hard copy at the office. All data is processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force in May 2018 and with various Education legislation.

Collective Worship It has been suggested that we mention the Collective Worship themes we follow each week so this will become a standing item in the Newsletter. Please remember that you are most welcome to join us for worship each day at 10.00am in the school hall for about 20 minutes except for Fridays, when this is replaced by Sharing Assembly. This week, we were reflecting on Harvest, how beloved each child is, and how much we should be looking after our beautiful world.

Secondary School – If your child is transferring to secondary school in September 2020 then apply for a place online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk. The deadline is midnight on 31 October 2019.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Consultation We are consulting on our Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education policy. Please find them on our website under Information for Parents -> Consultations or follow this link: http://holy-trinity.co.uk/consultations/ or ask for a hard copy at the office. If you have any comments to make, please send them into the school in writing by Friday 4th October so that Governors can take your views into account as they determine the final policy.

Recorders There are no recorder lessons on the 4th October as Mrs Jenkins is involved with the Westbury Music Festival.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA AGM – Our annual AGM will be held next Wednesday 2nd October at 2:30pm in school. We encourage anyone involved with the school – parents, grandparents etc. to come along and hear all about our PFA. If you are new to the school, we would love to meet you and welcome you into our PFA community. There is no pressure whatsoever to participate, just come along to hear about what we get up to.

New Chairperson & Secretary – This month the current chair of the PFA Lisa Downing is stepping down. An opportunity is now available for a Chairperson (perhaps with a Deputy Chair to work side-by-side) and Secretary to take on the mantle.

The PFA provide the school with opportunities to fund activities and put in place support for parents be it social nights, tea and coffee at school events or second hand uniform sales.

LISA “I’ve really enjoyed the role and am looking forward to seeing what ideas people may have to support the work that the PFA do.  The role itself is to really support members of the PFA, link into the school and to co-ordinate events and PFA meetings. I’d be more than happy to meet with anybody interested in the role and you don’t need any previous involvement in the PFA”

Involvement in the PFA is a team effort, with many parents, grandparents etc. helping out in whichever way they can. It is truly rewarding as all the funds raised directly benefit Holy Trinity children by contributing towards new equipment, activities and outings.

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA“. We have an email mailing list which we use to send out updates. Please email us to be added on to the list.

Many thanks, Your PFA

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

Newsletter 3 – 20th September 2019

Dear Parents

The Diversity Project

We aim to give our children as much rich experience of engaging with people from other cultural and religious backgrounds as possible.  Our Diversity Project will run through this year, and will give children the opportunity to experience aspects of other cultures via a programme of visits and workshops. Earlier in the year, we successfully applied for funding from the Wiltshire and Swindon Cultural Education Partnership to help with our work on this area of learning.

Over the academic year we will work with Salisbury Museum, who are already fantastic learning partners of ours, to look at the impact of the Romans and then the Normans on Britain. We will visit a mosque in Swindon to learn more about Islam. We will have a visit from an African education group and a Bollywood dancing expert and we will also hear from Syrian refugees living in this country about their experiences.  All the activities are age appropriate and all the providers are experienced at working with children.  If you have anything in your family or history that you think would be relevant to our project, and that you would like to share, please do get in touch with us.

I am very grateful to Mrs Jones who has spearheaded this project, has successfully bid for the grant and has organised the workshops and visits that will comprise the experience. Both children and adults will be enriched by finding out more about the wonderful, diverse and exciting culture that is Britain.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents On Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm we shall be running a little workshop for parents to give some ideas on how to ensure that their children have a good comprehension of text as they read together, and also some ideas for using maths in day-to-day life. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The final part of the workshop will involve sitting in your child’s classroom for ten minutes or so, listening to them read and enjoying the classroom experience.

Suggested books for children If you are interested in providing a range of books for your child to read, there are a number of lists and websites which will help you select good reading material. https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/  has some great ideas for books for children age 3 – 11, and they update the site regularly. Please be aware that children do not have to tackle a weighty book if they are reluctant readers – they can read picture books, magazines and comics, instructions for building lego models, blogs, recipes, the back of cereal boxes! Anything at all! If your child does not enjoy reading books, encourage them to read adverts, captions on pictures, road signs – as long as they are reading, they are getting better at reading. Then, if you read to them regularly, they will gradually come to love reading and will wish to tackle more challenging texts themselves.

We are considering having a book swap in school now and again. Any books your child has finished with could be brought in and put on a table, then your child could take home some books that are new to them from the collection there. If you feel this might be a good idea, please let us know.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Gardening Club Sadly, we no longer have a gardening club operating at our school since no one came forward to lead it. If you are interested in taking this on, please contact us. Our very sincere thanks to Liz Read who has done such an amazing job of leading the club for so many years.

Secondary School – If your child is transferring to secondary school in September 2020 then apply for a place online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk. The deadline is midnight on 31 October 2019.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Consultation We are consulting on our Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education policy. Please find them on our website under Information for Parents -> Consultations or follow this link: http://holy-trinity.co.uk/consultations/ or ask for a hard copy at the office. If you have any comments to make, please send them into the school in writing by Friday 4th October so that Governors can take your views into account as they determine the final policy.

Recorders There are no recorder lessons on the 27th Sept & 4th October as Mrs Jenkins is involved with the Westbury Music Festival.

Old School Nursery To celebrate Old School Nursery, Great Cheverell joining the South Hills group they are participating in Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Please pop in anytime between 9.30-11.30 on Friday 27th September to meet the new and existing members of the team, have a look around and enjoy a coffee and cake. They would love to meet friends, family and community members. This invitation comes from the South Hills team with whom our school works very closely.

World Food Lunch  On Sunday 29th September from 12.30pm at the Corn Exchange, local residents in Devizes who come from different countries will be inviting you to sample food from their culture. It is lovely for children to enjoy the rich and diverse society we live in, so if you are in the area, do go along and have some fun with food tasting.

Harvest Festival Service in Edington Priory Church at 11am on Sunday 22nd September 2019, followed by a bring and share lunch. All are welcome to this lovely celebration – the more the merrier!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm

 

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Please come along and show support for the PFA – we are holding the AGM in the school hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday 2nd October.

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