Newsletter 14 – 12th January 2018

Thank you All our teachers, support staff and I would like to thank you all for your very generous gifts and kind words in the Christmas cards. The fact that you take the time to think of us at this very busy season is much appreciated and the thoughtful messages are heart-warming.

PFA Thank you very much to Patricia Genner who so generously took up the Chair of the PFA in the first term – a busy and complex term! Patricia took on the role even though she was in the process of moving house and all the events organised by the PFA were tremendously well run. Our thanks also to her incredible team who always swoop in and do such remarkable work with such joy and energy.

We are delighted to welcome the new Chair of the PFA, Annabel Mackintosh who brings her years of experience to the job. We know that she will continue to ensure that the PFA grows from strength to strength and really contributes hugely to the enrichment of our children’s education. The financial support from the PFA is more important than ever now, as our funding is being cut significantly year on year and we are very grateful for all the PFA team does to help us to provide outstanding education for our children.

Living Rainforest Sarum class will be having a field trip to the Living Rainforest on Wednesday 31st January as part of their “Our Environment” topic. Parents will be asked for a donation to help cover the cost of the entrance tickets. We are hugely grateful to the PFA who have stepped in and undertaken to cover the entire cost of the transport to and from the venue in Newbury.

False News! I have heard from several sources that there is a rumour abroad in the community that I am going to retire soon – this is absolutely not the case! I hope to have many more years of work ahead of me, and I hope to complete them all here at Holy Trinity. Please scotch this rumour if you hear it.

Please supervise your children! I have had more reports of people picking their children up from their classrooms and then letting them just run off and losing sight of them. This results in children playing unsupervised on the school site. We urge everyone to make sure that they are supervising their children closely. It would be a pity if we have to ban children from the school site once the school day is finished because of concerns about their safety.

A reminder that we do not allow dogs onto the school site.

Reading Thank you to all our parents who made sure their children kept up with reading through the holidays – we can see what a difference it makes! A reminder about our new reading system: Your child will be asked to choose any book from the school library – the younger children are guided towards the picture books.

  • If your child brings home a book that is too easy – that’s fine! Let them read it effortlessly and then you can spend time asking them deep and penetrating questions about the text and the pictures to check that comprehension is really secure. Examples of questions can be found on our website under “Information for Parents”.
  • If the book is too hard for the child’s level of reading, then read it to them! There will be occasional words or even letters that they can recognise and you can ask them to read. Take the time to question them about the text that you have read to them.
  • Do not be limited by the books that your child chooses from the school library. Encourage them to read widely of other materials – magazines, newspapers, the back of cereal boxes, blogs, adverts, instructions and books from the Devizes library. There is no end to what your child will enjoy reading. Ten or twenty minutes a day of reading with you will ensure amazingly swift progress for your child.

TD Dates for the academic year 2018-2019

Monday 3rd September 2018

Monday 3rd June 2019

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Thursday 25th July 2019

The whole calendar for the academic year 2018-19 will be sent out with this newsletter. We hope that the early release of these dates will facilitate your plans for next year.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 31 January Sarum class to Living Rainforest 9.00 – 3.00
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 11th July Super choir Afternoon and evening
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Happy new year from all the PFA!

Although it seems a long time ago now thank you all so much for all your marvellous contributions to the Christmas Party. The fun and singing and laughter from the children was a joy to behold and many of them came and said a heartfelt personal thank you.

We would like to ‘introduce’ Annabel Mackintosh as our ‘new’ chair, having been unanimously voted in yesterday. For many of you further up the school she needs no introduction as this is a role she is reprising, and we are extremely lucky to have such an experienced and dynamic person at the helm. We thank her for stepping up once again.

Yesterday we also happily approved a request from Sarum class to help fund a school trip they are planning, with £290 going towards the costs. We hope to support other classes in the same manner going forward.

Our textile recycling reached a respectable 102kg this month, not bad for a first day back! Well done all.

Finally a special mention to Paul Hosking, who has quietly been championing the ongoing easy fundraising initiative begun by Debi Bell-Hosking, and been the major driver of a £253 cheque we have received from them. Thank you Paul!

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 13 – 15th December 2017

We wish all our families and the wider community a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

Last day of term is Wednesday 20th December and everyone comes back to school on Monday 8th January.

Christmas Plays What remarkable performances our children gave! They are so confident, clear and entertaining and we are very proud of them all. We do have the most amazing children in our school! I thank all the staff who worked so hard to ensure a good outcome, keeping the children motivated and having fun to the end, and thanks to our admin team who managed the ticketing so efficiently. Thanks also to Dauntsey’s school who lend us their stage lights every year – these add a wonderful dimension to the experience and we are very grateful to them. And, as ever, thanks to the PFA who provided refreshments and a crèche during the performances and to our wonderful families for their unfailing support of the school.

Donations from families and friends who attended the Christmas performances amounted to £548.65! What an amazing achievement! Thank you all for your generosity. In these days of ever-reducing funding, these contributions help us to sustain the outstanding education that your children deserve.

Recorder Christmas Concert Another lovely event, showcasing our young musicians. It is so good to see the confidence and skill with which they perform in front of an audience. Thank you to all who came to this concert.

Christmas Service and Party On Tuesday 19th December at 9.30 am, we shall be walking to St Peter’s in Great Cheverell for our Christmas service which involves singing, candles and a donkey! You are all most welcome to join us for this event, leaving the school at 9.00am. The children may wear sensible, warm party clothes to this as we shall have our Christmas party in the afternoon. They must be warm and they must have sensible shoes as it will be cold and they will be busy and active outdoors for some of the day.

Your child does not need to bring lunch into school on this day, as we shall be having the party food at lunch time – sandwiches, cocktail sausages and sausage rolls, salad vegetables, crisps and at the end, some cakes and sweet things. Many thanks to our PFA and to everyone in the community for helping to provide our children with this Christmas party. It is always great fun, with the hall set up in “Banqueting” style and lots of Christmas music, crackers and great food. Then in the afternoon, Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz organise party games, before a very special visitor arrives.

The Lataca Christmas dinner is on Wednesday 20th December – most children have the hot dinner on this day. Our PFA have paid for the very popular “Science Boffins” to come into school on Wednesday afternoon for the last wonderful item of our Christmas celebrations in school.

Piano Lessons As a result of more interest in the piano lessons, we shall be opening up another half day in school time when the piano tutor will give lessons to individuals. The lessons cost £7 each, payable termly in advance. If you would like to take up this offer, please complete one of the application forms on the flyers that are available at the office by Monday 18th December. Mr Broomfield will set up a timetable for Monday afternoons in the New Year. He will contact you once he has your completed application form.

Lost Property We shall recycle the lost property over the Christmas holidays. So if you are missing anything that belongs to your child, please come in and go through the Lost Property basket before the holidays. The basket is full!

Coin Batteries Please remember that these are terribly dangerous for children who put them in their mouths or swallow them. Please make sure that no child has access to any coin battery – they can kill a child within hours of being swallowed.

Library Books We have been told by the children that the shelves are empty of their favourite books such as the Alex Rider books and the Bear Grylls books. Please check at home and return all school library books!

Police warning The police have asked us to make parents aware that there are indecent images/videos of children that have gone viral through social media, especially on Instagram and Snapchat. If such an image comes up on your phone or your child’s phone, delete it immediately and contact the police. Storing, forwarding or sharing the images is an offence and could result in imprisonment. Please talk to your children about this if they have access to a phone, tablet or other device that could give them access to the Internet.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s. Children may wear warm, sensible party clothes on this day. Food will be provided at the party at lunch time. 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3..10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school

Primary School Applications Please remember to apply for a primary school place for your child if they will turn 5 between September 2018 and August 2019. You application must be with the Local Authority by 15th January 2018. We are likely to be oversubscribed so don’t miss this deadline if you want a place here at Holy Trinity. Even if you live locally, if you have not put in an application, you will have be considered under Late Admissions and then would be very unlikely to get a place here.

Children’s Workshop – Saturday 16th December, 10am till 12 Noon at Erlestoke Church. Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas. A short Christingle service will be held during this workshop. Items will be put on display ready for the Carol service on Sunday 17th December @ 6.30pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

After the huge success of the Christmas Fayre last week it was straight into the Christmas Plays this week – thank you to all of you who placed your children in the crèche with us, bought mince pies and mulled wine, and huge amounts of raffle tickets! Hopefully you will have seen the winners list (picked out by the crèche children) either on an email or on our Facebook page. The prizes are in reception – please pass by and pick yours out if you’re a winner. We will contact those whose prizes are still left after this Friday.

We have one last event before the end of term: the Christmas Party for the children, which is Tuesday 19th December. You have all be very busy filling in your names on the food contribution lists that went up on Monday, thank you for that. Please bring all food to the Arts Centre on the morning of the day, and as always, no nuts please. And thank you to those of you who have volunteered to man the party – and even taken time off work to do so!

Once the party is over and the (new!) special guest with his (new!) helper has visited the children, there will be a need for the Christmas Decorations to come down again. Please help if you have a few moments to spare after pickup on the Tuesday, many hands make light work.

Sadly, this will be Patricia Genner’s last activity as chair of the PFA, as many of you know her family is moving away at the beginning of 2018. “I’ve loved every minute of it and feel very lucky to have worked with such a great team for such an awesome school. I will treasure the memories always.” Luckily, we do have a very experienced candidate, the former Chair, Annabel Mackintosh is lined up to take over – please keep your eyes peeled for the date of the EGM to do the vote, and do come along to it if you’d like get involved and shape next term’s activities.

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.