Newsletter 31 – 12th May 2017

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 15th May Lavington School Roadshow for Year 5 parents – in the hall 3.10pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

From the PFA Team

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

Newsletter 30 – 5th May 2017

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 29 – 28th April 2017

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter 28 – 7th April 2017

Dear Parents

Today is the last day of term and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

We wish everyone in our community a very happy and blessed Easter!

Sharing Assembly Well done to the winners of our Bake Off and to everyone who took part – what wonderful entries there were this year! Our thanks go to Mrs Wilding and Mrs Pike who judged the Bake Off so efficiently and fairly, and to our PFA for organising this exciting event. Well done, also, to the Year 3 choir who performed so beautifully today at Sharing Assembly.

Easter Service Thank you to Rev Andrew Sinclair and Steve Dewar for leading our service in the local church this morning. It was also good to meet the new vicar for the Lavington Benefice, Rev Marion Harrison, and we look forward to working as closely with her as we do with all our clergy.

Through the strong Christian ethos of our school, and our deep commitment to Christian values, we are able to provide our children with the very best education possible. The values of Compassion, Courage, Aspiration and Joy are at the very heart of all we do here, and ensure that children thrive and do the best they can across all areas.

Leading Collective Worship Nearly half of the 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 Bible story that 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).

James Townsend Educational Trust Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of this local charity for the very generous donation towards upgrading the stock of books in our library. These donations are going to be increasingly valuable to us as we struggle with the reduced funding from the government and we are tremendously grateful for the generosity of local donors.

Talk on Farming We had a wonderful talk on farming given by local farmer, Emily Pepler, this week. The children found out about the different types of cattle feed and crops and heard about some of the complexities of harvesting. As we watch the farming year unroll in front of us in our beautiful rural school, it is very interesting to learn a bit more about what is actually going on in the different seasons. We hope to be able to invite Emily back again after the harvest to talk to us a bit more about that. We are always very grateful when members of our local community give so generously of their time to help enrich the children’s experience.

Reading to your children Thank you to all those families where reading to children is a well-established routine in the home. Research shows that children who have books read to them do better at school in all areas, not just reading and writing. It is recommended that parents continue to read to children who are already good readers – right up until early teenage years – since this continues to have positive impact on their outcomes. Chatting together about a book that you are sharing is a very special thing to do.

Road Safety Please make sure that your children are holding your hand as you approach the crossing outside school. Accidents can happen so quickly, drivers often cannot see the smaller children and it is imperative that children are under close adult supervision at all times when they are near a road, especially when visibility is compromised with cars parked near the crossing.

Vouchers We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for schools – please drop them off at the office if you have any.

Lavington Road Show The Headteacher of Lavington will be here at our school on Monday 15th May at 3.00pm to give a short presentation on what Lavington has to offer – this is aimed at children in Year 5 and younger, so that parents have some idea of what is available as they start to make decisions about where their children will go for secondary school.

Pick up after school Recently we have had lots of children being picked up late – please make sure that you are prompt to pick your child up as the staff have other meetings and extensive duties to attend to after school. It is a good idea to check with your child’s after school club providers to ensure that you know which dates the clubs start and finish. Often clubs run for fewer weeks than the full term.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Play Volleyball If your child would like to take part in training sessions for volleyball, please contact Matt Stevens (Head coach) on 07843584696. Training sessions are held in Lavington School sports hall. Sessions are held monthly and the next session is on Sunday 7th May between 1.00pm and 4.30pm. Each session costs £4 and all sessions are led by experienced coaches. Just bring along your water bottle, and wear sports clothes with trainers.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 24th April Children back to school  
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem  
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school  
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school  
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school  
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)  
Monday 4th September Children return to school  
     

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

Congratulations to the “Holy Trinity Bake Off” winners to be announced in today’s Sharing Assembly. At time of writing the two winners of the chef hats and aprons have yet to be decided. Carla Dudman successfully produces this popular event and Mrs Wilding & Marie Pike carve their role as celebrity judges by tasting each and every entry! Centre stage are all the children who enter their wonderful and creative baking – well done to you all!

Congratulations too to the winners of the chocolate Easter Bunnies donated by Jane Gibbons. Your raffle tickets go a long way towards raising funds for the PFA, thank-you!

Our resident Easter Bunny was seen out and about in Trowbridge yesterday as part of her own fundraising initiative for the PFA and Dorothy House. Of course, she made it back in time to hand out Easter treats to the children after Sharing.

With all this Easter excitement there is very little space left to fill you in on Tuesday’s PFA meeting. Lots to report back, including two exciting new events and updated fundraising objectives. We’ll be emailing minutes soon and will keep you updated.

Finally, 146kgs of Fabric Recycle was collected by Emma Farebrother on Monday! Next collection for your Easter clear-out is Monday, May 8.

Have the most wonderful Easter break, from the PFA Team

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

Newsletter 27- 31st March 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of this term is Friday 7th April and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 7th April, the Year 3 choir will be performing two African songs. Do come along to enjoy this. We will also be announcing the winners of the Holy Trinity Bake Off at this Sharing Assembly.

Summer Choir There are one or two spaces left in our summer choir if your child would like to join us, and is Year 3 or older. The songs they are going to sing are “Hold back the river” by James Bay and “When children rule the world” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus a hip hop/gospel medley and a traditional Scottish song. They will be performing at our summer music concert on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm.

We hope that most of our children who take music lessons in school will be able to perform at the summer music concert – we always have wonderful performances by our recorder choirs, singing choirs, handbell club, guitarists and keyboard players as well as our very popular ukulele bands and brass instrument players. Put the date in your diary, Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm, and come along to enjoy our wonderful and talented young musicians!

Analysis of responses to the Breakfast Club and After School Club survey Thank you to the 12 respondents who sent in their forms.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Club 4 5 4 3 4
After school Club 7 8 10 7 7

 

Amongst these recorded above were those who said they would only use the facility  “Ad Hoc” or “Occasionally” or “Depending on school clubs” so reflected in the table is the highest possible number, assuming that every child is there on every occasion. It would be very likely that on most days the numbers would be somewhat lower than this.

In order to be sustainable, we need at least 20 children signed up (and paid up) for each session. Since we are nowhere near that number, we will be unable to offer this provision at this time. There are good childminders in the area, and we can signpost to these if required.

Summative assessments In the week commencing Monday 8th May, all children in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) will be writing little assessments in reading, writing and maths, and the spelling, punctuation and grammar topic. Please do not worry about these assessments, and do not allow your child to worry about them either. They will be very similar to the weekly and termly tests that they have regularly, and require no extra revision or pressure from home. It is best not even to mention them to your child unless they choose to discuss them. The best thing parents can do to support their children is to make sure they get to bed at a sensible time and have a good breakfast.

For Years 3, 4 and 5, these assessments are used simply to secure the teachers’ assessment of each child’s progress – the teachers already know what standard your child is working at. For the Year 6 children, these are the end of key stage assessments, the so-called SATS. The test papers are delivered to school securely sealed and must be written on the date prescribed by the government, and then the completed papers are sent off to be marked externally. We make sure that we have some of our governors and teachers from Lavington School helping with invigilating so that it is clear that we run the tests with the highest probity. This rigorous assessment is the main method used by the government to hold us to account, and is the main method used to rank our school as one of the highest performing in the region.

School uniform can be purchased from OHM clothing in Snuff Street, Devizes, or you can purchase their uniform online at http://www.ohmclothing.co.uk/product-category/holy-trinity-primary-school/

Also, you can purchase school uniform from Tesco through their uniform embroidery service.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

Thank-you for supporting the Easter Tuck shop and Flower Sale last Friday. The flowers made a profit of just under £115. That, together with Jane Gibbon’s turnover from the last 3 Tuck Shops of around £185, gives us £300 to put towards theatre lighting for the school hall. THANK-YOU!!!

Today Liz Read and The Gardening Club launched the “Tallest Sunflower Competition” and children ought to be coming home with all they need to take part. Good luck!

Looking ahead, lots happening next week:

:: Monday (April 3): Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Tuesday morning (April 4) after drop-off: PFA meeting in the school hall. (If you’d like to take part but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second session.)

:: Friday (April 7): The long awaited Junior Bake Off!! You ought to have received details and entry forms in the book bags. Get in touch if you don’t have these.

The winners of the Junior Bake Off and the chocolate Easter Bunny raffle will be announced in Friday’s Sharing Assembly. Followed by teas and a cake sale of all the entries to usher in the Easter break.

See you next week! From the PFA Team

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