Newsletter 26 – 4th May 2018

We wish you all a very good long weekend!

Slimbridge Trip What a wonderful trip our children in FS, Y1 and Y2 had on Thursday as they explored the wetland bird park of Slimbridge! The children were fascinated by the many different species of birds, by the habitats and by the sightings of wild water birds. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman and Miss Nisbeck who organised this trip together, and to all our support staff and volunteers who made sure that the children were safe on their trip and that they learnt a lot about their topic of “Birds”. We are always very proud of our children and how well they behave when we take them out – this is why we can organise these lovely off site trips. We know we can trust the children to behave beautifully so we can keep them safe.

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

Pupil Premium A reminder that if your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding, we do ask that you sign up for it – it is a significant amount of money and we will use it for many school activities, in addition to helping to pay for music lessons and school trips for your child. If parents do not sign up, the school simply does not get the funding and, with budgets being increasingly tight, it is important that we access every penny possible to ensure the outstanding education we provide here at Holy Trinity can continue.

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),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Performance for musicians taking lessons outside of school We have had two or three families indicating that they might like their children to take part in a little concert for children who take music lessons outside of school. If you would like your child to be part of this, and your child plays to an acceptable standard, please contact the office and let them know. If there is enough interest, we will hold this event, probably after school in the last half term.

SuperStars are running a holiday club in the half term. Book online at www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force (25th May 2018), we shall be keeping you up to date with the protocols. Schools already have strict data protection policies and data is always kept secure and is used appropriately. Under the new regulations, much will stay the same, but with GDPR it will bring even better security and greater transparency. In many areas of school life, consent from parents is not required as schools have a duty to keep children safe and deliver a high standard of education as a public duty. Where consent is needed, you will be asked for it in a clear manner and allowed to remove it if you wish. Attached to this newsletter, please find the Government’s information pamphlet for parents.

Lavington School Roadshow is Thursday 7th June after school here in our school hall. This provides an opportunity for all those with children in Year 5 and younger who might be considering Lavington School as one of their choices for their child’s secondary schooling to come along and hear a bit about Lavington and ask any questions they may have.

SATS We have posted some information from the Government to parents about SATS on our website under the Newsletter tab.  Do have a look at this if you are interested. Please do not worry about these assessments with your child – this makes them anxious and they cannot perform to their very best. Everything that needs to be done to prepare them, has been done at school. A good night’s sleep is the best preparation!

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

Thanks As the budget cuts to schools are made ever deeper, we are very grateful to the James Townsend Charitable Trust in Great Cheverell who have donated a generous sum to support our purchase of library books. We are also very grateful to the Soap Box Derby Committee which provided the funds for a whole class set of good dictionaries for the school. We are also extremely grateful for the donations from the Edington Station Yard Trust – they donate money to support music provision in our school. We shall be increasingly reliant on donations such as this to help us continue to provide the outstanding, rich education that our children deserve.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer. Do come along.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

Next FABRIC RECYCLING will be on Monday 14th May.

Friday 15th June – PFA QUIZ NIGHT.

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 25 – 27th April 2018

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum What a lovely trip the children in Sarum class had this week! They learnt a huge amount about Normans, took part in some craft activities and enjoyed looking around the museum. Their behaviour was outstanding, as it always is. My thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard for organising this trip, to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who so efficiently administered the finance and other paperwork and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip. These trips make learning come alive for the children and we love taking them to places of interest. We are very grateful to all parents and carers who so generously pay the costs for these trips – although the donations are voluntary, we would not be able to take the children without your contributions and almost every family pays the required donation which is a tremendous tribute to the value you place on your children’s education.

Forest Schools Some of our children have had their first sessions of Forest Schools this week – and have made a start on their wonderful plans to build bug houses, to make children’s games out of natural materials and to have fun in our beautiful grounds. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who plans and delivers these courses – what an amazing opportunity for our children!

Silbury Class Restaurant This very popular event will take place this year on Tuesday 17th July at about 1.30pm. Children plan and prepare the menu and serve their clients (Year 6 parents) efficiently and cheerfully. This is the penultimate event in primary school for parents of Year 6 children. The final event is the Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly which takes place on Monday 23rd July this year.

Bake Off Well done to everyone who took part in this great event! Such wonderful cakes and biscuits came into school and it was a difficult job to judge which were the best. Our thanks to Marie Pike and Rev Andrew Sinclair who judged the entries and had to make the final difficult decision about winners. Thanks also to Annabel Mackintosh and her amazing team of PFA members who work so hard to raise funds and give great experiences to our children.

New children to start school in September It is a joy to start preparations for receiving our new children into the Foundation Stage in September this year. We have 21 children starting (with a further 15 on a waiting list) and many of these are siblings of children already in our school. We have sent out invitations to all our new children’s families to join us on Monday 14th May at 5.00pm for the “Parents’ Induction” evening. We will discuss all aspects of starting school and will give parents the chance to ask any questions they may have. The new children will also have the chance to come into school three times during the last summer half term to become familiar with the setting before they start formally in September.

SATS and summative assessments In May, we have to deliver some of the statutory assessments set down by the government. We take the opportunity to carry out little summative assessments of all the children at this time. Children in KS2 (from Year 3 upwards) will have their assessments in the week commencing 14th May. The younger children’s assessments are far less formal. We ask that you do not concern yourself or your child with these assessments. No work needs to be done towards them except your usual reading, spelling and times table practice. Please do not put any pressure on your child as this will cause them to worry and then they will do less well whatever their ability. Your child is very well prepared for the assessments.

Daily Mile Running Track We are very pleased with our new track around the field. Twice around both the old and new tracks and the playground is a mile and lots of children are already challenging themselves to run at least a mile a day. Many can do more than this. We hope that they will establish a lifelong love of exercise as they take up this and other sporting challenges in their childhood years.  My thanks to Mr Amor who has worked hard on this exciting project.

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, ethnicity and the like, these data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Summer Music Concert  Time once again to start to prepare for our very popular Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm. This event is for those children who take music lessons through the school’s extracurricular and peripatetic music provision and who have reached a standard of performance that is good enough to be included in the concert. Your child’s music tutor will let them know whether they have been included in the programme or not. If not, they will always have another chance next year.

SuperStars Flyers have gone home this week for the holiday club in half term. Book online at

www.super-stars.org.uk/2018courses or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force, we shall be giving out information to support you in understanding some of the ramifications of the new duties. This week, we want to remind you that some companies associated with the school may hold your data but we have not shared that data with them – they obtained it directly from you. They hold the data because they have entered into a contract with you. Included in this group of companies is Lataca, Cool Milk, School Transport, Super Stars Holiday Club, Peripatetic coaches and tutors, the Library Service and private counselling or parenting courses. This is not an exhaustive list but these are the kinds of organisations who may have your data but there is no school responsibility for keeping those data secure. The companies themselves will be abiding by GDPR and will have their own polices and protocols to keep your data secure which you can access.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

THURSDAY 3RD MAY – PFA MEETING – 8:50 am at School – All welcome! Please join us for an update on forthcoming projects and events.

Many thanks to all who came to the SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING on Tuesday – Progress was made with the planning and offers of help, although we still have a long way to go. Watch this space for news of further meetings or if you are able to help in any way, big or small, please do contact Steph or Poppy.

FANTASTIC!! That’s how we would describe the variety and number of entries to the JUNIOR BAKE OFF! Thank you to all our enthusiastic bakers for your kitchen creations.

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 25 – 20th April 2018

Sunflower competition As Spring is really here now, it is great fun to plant and grow seeds. We are very grateful to Gardening Clubbers who have put together the little kits for growing and measuring the sunflowers for the competition. We hope for a record breaking year again this year. If you have not yet had your kit, or you have had a disaster with your first attempt, there are a few kits still available in school.

Topics Children learn best when they are engaged in fun and interesting topics – we always teach through themes and encourage children to use their literacy and maths skills across all areas of the curriculum. This term, we have Stonehenge and White Horse classes working together on the topic of “Birds” (which will include a trip to the Slimbridge Nature Reserve), the children in Sarum class will be working on the topic of “Invaders of the British Isles” with special reference to the Normans (and will have a trip to Salisbury Museum to make gargoyles and to find out more about Normans through artefacts), the children in Avebury class will be studying “The Second World War” (with a trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon which does a wonderful theme day on evacuees and other aspects of World War II), and the Silbury class will be working on “Coasts” which will involve map work, coastal erosion, settlements and study of the fauna and flora.

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum Please remember to send a packed lunch for your child in Sarum Class on Tuesday 24th April (next week) in a disposable bag. The trip will take place during the usual school day. School uniform must be worn.

Forest Schools We are very fortunate to have in Mrs Goddard a fully trained exponent of the Forest Schools programme. She will be taking each class for Forest Schools experiences during the course of the coming term. When it is time for your child’s class to take part, they will need to bring old clothing with long trousers into school – they will be doing some very messy activities! You will be warned about this in advance.

Daily Mile Path The work on our new path around the school field is almost complete. Mr Amor has spearheaded this new initiative as part of our commitment to helping children engage in very active lifestyles. If the children run twice around both the old and the new pathways, with a circuit of the playground, they will have run a mile. We hope that many children will challenge themselves to run half a mile or a mile each day during their playtimes. There will be 50m and 100m markings on the new path so that children can also practice sprints. This path has been funded through the PE sports premium, a ring fenced fund that has to be spent on work that helps children to remain as active as possible. We are particularly interested in helping children take responsibility for their own fitness so that it becomes a habit that will last a lifetime.

Summer Music Concert  Time once again to start to prepare for our very popular Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm. This event is for those children who take music lessons through the school’s extracurricular and peripatetic music provision and who have reached a standard of performance that is good enough to be included in the concert. Your child’s music tutor will let them know whether they have been included in the programme or not. If not, they will always have another chance next year.

There seems to be some appetite for a music concert for all those children who take music lessons outside of the school’s provision as well. We would have to host this on a different occasion since our own musicians fill a long programme. If you are interested in having your child take part in such a concert, please let us know.

Thank you We are very grateful to all our parents who keep the layby free for “Stopping and Dropping” – this really eases congestion as parents can drop children, check that they get inside the school grounds, and then immediately drive away. Less congestion means our children are safer.

Hot Weather Please make sure you send your child into school with a sun hat and a water bottle. On the hottest days, children must wear hats outdoors if they want to play in the sun. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come into school as we cannot take responsibility for putting sunscreen on children. Also, please make sure all jumpers and cardigans have names on since, as it warms up during the day, these items are often taken off and dropped wherever the child happens to be.

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

Online Safety for your children As our children engage more and more with the online world, the adults in their lives can feel left behind. It is really essential that we understand this virtual world that is home to our children. There is a very good website which will give parents some advice about the social networks that children might use and will give you a warning about any potential dangers. You find this website on

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. The NSPCC also has good resources to help parents navigate through this difficult territory and we strongly recommend that parents have a look at the site. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

We also strongly recommend that all parents have something like the Norton Family software on their computers and other devices, so that you have control of what your children are watching, playing on, accessing and who they are chatting to. If this is put in place when children are young, they will accept it – much harder to introduce it to teenagers!

Holiday dates for 2018-19 Attached, please find the holiday dates for the coming academic year with the TD dates included.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 22nd  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 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

This coming week…

Tuesday 24th April – 7:30pm at The Bell, Great Cheverell – HOLY TRINITY CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE MEETING

Roll up, Role up!! We are looking to make this the BIGGEST & BEST Summer fayre so far with a fabulous Circus theme!

Come along to the meeting to hear what’s being planned & offer your help & support in whatever way you can. Together we can make this the PFA’s major fundraiser of the year!

And it’ll be great fun too!!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE-OFF – Get creative in the kitchen! The variety of entries last year was astounding! We can’t wait to see, and taste, this year’s delicious bakes. Please drop off your entries in the Art Centre at 8:30 am on Friday.

There will also be a Cake Sale after school on Friday to sell off Bake-off entries with the option to buy back your entry before the sale begins.

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

Newsletter 24 – 29th March 2018

Last Day of Term is today, Thursday 29th March. Everyone is back at school on Monday 16th April. We wish you all a very happy Easter and a refreshing and relaxing holiday.

Stonehenge Easter Craft Afternoon It was lovely to see so many of the parents from Stonehenge class come into school to help their children with some craft activities on Monday afternoon. These events give parents the opportunity to see their children in the classroom and to find out a bit more about their school experience. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her helpers who worked so hard to make sure the afternoon went smoothly.

Sarum’s Super Science Evening – another lovely event where parents were invited into school to support their children with carrying out some science experiments. We have never had an event like this before, and we are delighted with how successful it was. Thanks to all the parents who came along and thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, with their team, who organised everything so efficiently.

Easter Service Because of the rainy weather, we stayed in school for our Easter service rather than walking to the church, and we spent time in reflection on the events leading up to the Resurrection, with music, readings and tableaux. We always make sure that children of faith and those of no faith will be able to gain some spiritual enrichment from worship activities. Whether they believe in God or not, all children are on a spiritual journey, finding out who they are, what kind of person they would like to grow into, what their role is in society, what brings them joy and what their answers might be to “Ultimate questions”.  We encourage every child to engage in developing their own philosophy and give them time and space in which to do this.

Tag Rugby Tournament Our Tag Rugby team did extraordinarily well in the tournament, competing against other schools from Devizes and local area, coming second out of twenty four schools! Thanks to Mr Amor for organising this event, to Mrs Edwards for all the admin work and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip.

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

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

We do not want children or parents to worry about the assessments. There is no need to do any extra work for them, and no need to put any pressure on your child to “do well” in them. All that needs to be done towards these assessments is being done in school. The best thing parents can do is to continue with a calm, steady programme of reading, spelling and times table practice at home, and not to refer to the assessments at all. If we have any concerns about your child’s achievement, we will have alerted you. Your child will be making good progress for their level of ability and that is all we ask of them. The more anxious children are, the worse they perform and we would like them to face these tests calmly, cheerfully and confidently. Our experience shows that most children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them. We will report to parents on the outcomes of these assessments in the written report at the end of June, or if the results are released later than that for KS2 SATS, in a separate report.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22nd  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 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

Thank you to Gemma Ackerman and everyone who helped with Fabby Friday – it was a fabulously enjoyable evening indeed! £215.52 was raised from this social event.

TALLEST SUNFLOWER COMPETITION – Sunflower seeds went home this week. Last year the school record was set at 3m 23cm….we wonder if this can be beaten!! You have until September so get sowing & good luck all!!

Monday 16th April – FABRIC RECYCLING

Tuesday 24th April – SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING – 7:30pm at the Bell Inn, Great Cheverell – all welcome!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE OFF – this is being kindly organised by Carla Dudman. Last year we had many impressive and delicious entries. Time to get the aprons on again!

Friday 15th June- QUIZ NIGHT – Back again by popular demand.

HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

 

 

 

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