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Newsletter 3 - 21st September 2018

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

4.15pm on 24th October

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

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

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

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

Many thanks,

Your PFA Team

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Newsletter 2 - 14th September 2018

Dear Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

4.15pm on 24th October

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

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

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

Many thanks,

Your PFA Team

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Newsletter 1 - 7th September 2018

Dear Parents

Thank you! All the teachers and support staff  have asked me to thank everyone who sent gifts in to school for the staff at the end of last term – we were, as ever, overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. We were especially touched by the messages in the cards and notes – it is heart-warming to have our work so clearly appreciated.

New families Thank you to all who have reached out in friendship to our new families – it can be daunting both as a child and as an adult to enter a new school community and it is important that we make sure all our new families feel welcome in this lovely community.

Secret codes! Sometimes we use vocabulary or acronyms that you may not be familiar with – please alert us if we do this so that we can make sure we are clear in our communications. We will often use the term KS1 or KS2. These stand for Key Stage 1  (which is Year 1 and Year 2, and usually we include the Foundation Stage children in this group as well), and Key Stage 2 (which includes Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6).

Sharing Assembly Please remember that sharing assembly takes place on Fridays at 2.15pm where a few children from each class share their successes and experiences of learning with the whole school. All parents are welcome to attend this assembly which gives insight into all the work going on here.

Sympathy Our very sincere condolences go to Mrs Wilding’s family on her recent death. She was a wonderful, cheerful, talented part of our school community for many years, inspiring generations of children with a love of music. Her commitment to our community set an example that we aim to follow.

NO Parking in the Pavilion Car Park! Please note that there will  be no parking for any school cars in the Pavilion car park on the afternoon of Monday 10th September (next Monday) as people who attended Mrs Wilding’s funeral (at 2.00pm) will be coming to the Pavilion afterwards. Please remember that no cars may be parked in Witchcombe Close as it is a private road. Please use lift clubs or park further down in the village and walk up to the school on Green Lane.

Salisbury Museum trip Children in Years 1 and 2 have already had their first field trip – and had a great time finding out about Neolithic art and making their own clay pots.

Wheat Project There is no end to the creativity of our wonderful Mrs Liz Read – just as we were wondering how to harvest our amazing wheat, sown by hand in early spring and now ripe and ready to cut, she came up with the perfect solution. Children will use their classroom scissors! And it was hugely successful. In well under an hour, every ear had been harvested and the area completely gleaned. Every child has now had the experience of sowing wheat, watching it grow and harvesting it. We have armfuls of wonderful wheat which we will now thresh, winnow and grind to make our own flour, and we hope to have a harvest loaf ready for our Harvest celebrations. My thanks to Mrs Read and the farmers Pepler who have driven this extraordinary and exciting project forward.

Reminder Children are not allowed to have mobile phones in school. We also cannot allow rucksacks in school – there is just no room to hang them and they cause trip hazards. Draw string bags can be used for PE kit and flat portfolio type bags for reading books. Please make sure your child has good, black school shoes – no boots, no ankle boots, no sandals, no trainers or any other type of footwear should be worn to school except trainers for PE. Please make sure hair is tied back from the face – children struggle to learn if they have to keep shaking hair out of their eyes every time they look up at the board. We are a “Nut-Free” school as we have children with severe allergies on site. Many thanks for your support and cooperation with the management of our children’s safety and wellbeing.

Hooke Court Residential Trip for children in Year 3 and 4 Please let us know if your child is going to come on this amazing trip – we need to finalise numbers with the centre.

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 Wednesday 26th September at 2.30pm.

Parent Governor Elections Paperwork for these elections will be sent out before the end of September. If you are interested in putting yourself forward to be a parent governor, do come and talk to the Headteacher and find out more about the role. It is rewarding, interesting work with a great team.

Rehearsals for the Eisteddfod choir will begin after school on Monday September 10th. There are a few spaces left if your child would like to join.

Recorders Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Mrs Jenkins will not be in to teach recorders for a few weeks. We will let you know when she is able to return.

Coats Please send coats in every day from now on – the weather can change suddenly and it is cold on our field! Please make sure all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name.

PFA Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association has commissioned work on an exciting “Balance Trail” for the field. They are also paying for the pantomime trip in December and have supported us with many other projects. We are very grateful for all they do. Please consider supporting the PFA – they are a very warm, friendly group and it is a lovely way to become a closer part of the school community.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 12th September Year 3 and Year 4 to go to Salisbury Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 13th  September Year 5 and Year 6 to go to Salisbury Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm

 

Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 9.30am drop off on 23rd October

3.30pm pick up on 24th October

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

Children’s Harvest Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Harvest on Saturday 8th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Harvest service on Sunday 30th September at 6pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

WELCOME to the new school year and a special welcome to all the new families who are joining the Holy Trinity community! We are looking forward to another busy and fun term of events & activities.

For the latest updates and parent / carer community please find us on Facebook under "Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA" and if you'd like us to add you to our mailing list, please email us at holytrinitypfa@gmail.com 

Next week:

Monday 10th September - TEXTILE RECYCLING - please bring any clothing, shoes, bedding (not duvets or pillows) & curtains and leave outside the Arts Centre (by the fence under the covered area, outside the school reception)

Many thanks, Your PFA Team

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Newsletter 36 - 20th July 2018

We wish all our families a wonderful summer holiday, with lots of fun, sun and time to rest and refresh themselves.

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September, (except for the new Foundation Stage children who start on Thursday 6th September). There will be no newsletter next week.

 School Eucharist We had a quiet moment of reflection in this busy term – with some lovely readings, singing, liturgical dance and time to focus on our spiritual wellbeing, regardless of whether we are people of faith or not. We are grateful to Rev Marion Harrison, Rev Harold Stephens and Steve Dewar who supported us so strongly with this celebration.

Leavers’ Assembly Year 6 parents are particularly invited to attend the Leavers Assembly on Monday 23rd July at 2.00pm. Year 6 children will recount some memories of their time in primary school and there will be awards for children in various year groups for various achievements.

Parents welcome meetings These meetings will introduce you to your child’s teacher for the coming academic year, give you the chance to find out what the expectations are in that classroom and to ask any questions you may have.  See below for the times. Stonehenge class will have their welcome meeting on Tuesday 11th September at 5.00pm.

 Class splits Your children will know which classroom they will be in next year as they had an afternoon in their classroom with their new classmates on Thursday. Year groups are split on ability – and each time your child reaches one of the year groups that is split, we do the ranking procedure again, so that different children will be in your child’s cohort each time. Children develop at different rates and progress at different rates – this system allows each child to be educated in the best possible place for their development at that particular point in time. We ask that you trust us to do the very best for your child and to help them to celebrate their class and look forward to the new academic year with enthusiasm.

Supervision of children Sadly, across our country, many children are hurt in the summer holidays as they take their bikes or scooters out and forget the basic traffic safety rules. There are also accidents on railways, powerlines and in water courses. Children spending too much time online can result in a spate of cyberbullying over the summer holidays. Please make sure that your child is supervised at all times. Whilst we do not advocate risk aversion, young children make wrong decisions because they do not have enough life experience and they need adult support to stay safe as they run and explore and have adventures.

School Bags Please remember, as you are buying your child’s school bag, to ensure that you do not get a ruck sack. We have no room for these in school. There are serious health and safety issues with large bags falling off the hooks and blocking circulation areas that lead to fire exits.  Children should have a flat, fabric book bag (which goes into a crate) and a draw string PE bag and their lunch boxes. Nothing else ought to come into school.

Restaurant The Year 6 children this year made a tremendous job of running their restaurant for their parents.  Each person played their part to perfection, calmly managing difficulties and ensuring that their guests had a wonderful and memorable experience. What a great event! We are very proud of you, Year 6 children! Our thanks go to Mr Amor, Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who worked hard behind the scenes to support the children to carry out this project.

Hit the ground running!  Please continue to read with your child through the summer holidays, using the library Summer Reading Challenge (this year on the theme of Mischief Makers) or any other reading they wish to do - books, comics, blogs, emails, instructions, recipes, adverts, menus etc.

You might also, for instance, with younger children, ask them to divide a pizza between their family in equal fractions, or work out how much cutlery is required for a picnic if each person has 3 items and there are 4 people coming on the picnic. Older children might like to work out how much 20% off the entrance fee to a theme park would be, or what time it will be when you arrive at your destination if it takes 1 hour and 23 minutes to get there. There are online times tables games and other number games which children enjoy.

They could write a postcard to grandparents, or an invitation, a menu or an instruction leaflet. They might like to produce a newspaper for the family, asking for contributions and writing articles, jokes, letters etc themselves. A holiday pamphlet persuading people to come to their holiday destination is always fun – with photos taken by the children. A report on a museum or sea life centre is interesting. Any real life learning like this will support your child’s learning and help them understand the point of learning.

On our webpage there are resources that you can use to help you think of things to do to help your child over summer. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/learning-at-home/

Keeping up with reading, writing and maths over the summer, means that children can “Hit the ground running” when they return to school in the new academic year. None of this needs to take very long, just a few minutes each day, but it will really help your child when they return.

PFA Our thanks go to our wonderful PFA and all our families who support the school so strongly and ensure that our children are given the best possible education.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.30pm White Horse class

6.00pm Sarum class

6.30pm Silbury class

7.00pm  Avebury class

Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term
Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd July Holiday Club with Superstars
Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August Holiday Club with Superstars
Tuesday 4th September Year 1 – Year 6 come back to school
Wednesday 5th September Year 1 and Year 2 children to Salisbury Museum

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

At the recent PFA meeting the following spending was agreed:

£3000 for the children's pantomime tickets & coach hire

£200 towards the Leavers’ books

£300 towards coach fees for Hooke Court

£450 for Leavers' trips, transportation & the cooking budget

£5500 for the outdoor play equipment

This leaves around £1000 in the account to start the next academic year.

Many thanks to all those who contributed and participated in all the fundraising this year.

Wishing you all an enjoyable Summer break!

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped the PFA over the course of the year, members and volunteers alike – we couldn’t do it without you!

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Newsletter 35 - 13th July 2018

 Dear Parents 

Key stage 2 SATS Once again, we are delighted with the outcomes of all our children in Year 6 who have achieved outstandingly well. These children sat externally set and marked tests for reading, SPAG and maths, and the Local Authority came to our school this year to check our writing judgements were secure. Below is a table showing the outcomes of our school compared with those of children nationally. Further data and analyses will be made available as they are published.

Subject % of pupils achieving the expected standard:

 

School

% of pupils achieving the expected standard:

 

National

Average scaled score:

 

 

 

School

Average scaled score:

 

 

 

National

Greater Depth –

 

 

 

School

Greater Depth –

 

 

 

National

Progress (National levels = 0)

 

 

School 

Reading Writing and Maths  

93%

 

 

64%

     

27%

 

10%

 

n/a

Reading  

93%

 

 

75%

 

109

 

105

 

47%

 

28%

 

+1.0

Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (SPAG)  

93%

 

 

78%

 

111

 

106

 

73%

 

31%  (2017 DATA)

 

n/a

Maths  

93%

 

 

76%

 

108

 

104

 

53%

 

23%

 

+1.6

Writing (Teacher assessed – moderated by Local Authority  this year)  

93%

 

 

78%

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

60%

 

20%

 

+3.3

Science (Teacher assessed)  

93%

 

 

82%

(2017 DATA)

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

n/a

As ever, we emphasise that this is just a snapshot of a narrow area of the curriculum and, whilst we are delighted with it, it is very important to note that our children achieve so much more than this, in all areas of the curriculum. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural outcomes are also outstanding, they are fine young people and their talents and gifts add richness across a huge variety of areas.

 Sports Day  Thank you to all our wonderful children who showed such great aspiration and compassion as they strove to do their best and to make sure everyone had a good experience. The Year 6 children were amazing as they cared for the younger children and made sure equipment was ready as it was needed. Blue team won the Sports Day trophy, but all the teams won various trophies for events at sports day and throughout the year, including the swimming gala, pancake races, intraschool rounders tournaments and so on. Thanks also to our parents and grandparents who came along to support the children so strongly. And a huge thank you to Mr Amor, whose outstanding organisation ensures a smooth, exciting and fast-paced event each year, and to his team of staff who work so hard to ensure that sports day is fun for all.

School Milk If you wish your child to have milk at break time from September, please register at www.coolmilk.com or for telephone enquiries call 0844 8542913.

 Avebury Class Exhibition Parents and carers enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, looking at art and design projects completed by their children and having WW2 themed afternoon tea and cake! Thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Heath who worked so hard to ensure a great outcome.

Piano lessons Mr Broomfield has two available spaces for piano lessons next term. Please collect a form from the office if your child would like to start lessons.

School Eucharist A quiet moment of reflection in this busy term – the school Eucharist will take place on Wednesday 18th July at 2.00pm. There will be singing, dancing, readings and reflections. Everyone is invited to attend. This is always a lovely event.

Year 6 Leavers’ trip Year 6 children will go on their final outing as a class to a mystery destination on Friday 20th July. Please make sure that you have read the notices going home about this and send children to school with a packed lunch and the other items mentioned.

Last day of term Tuesday 24th July is the last day of term. Everyone from Year 1 – Year 6 is back to school on Tuesday 4th September. Foundation Stage children start with their half days on Thursday 6th September.

Parents welcome meetings These meetings will introduce you to your child’s teacher for the coming academic year, give you the chance to find out what the expectations are in that classroom and to ask any questions you may have.  Children in Stonehenge class will have their welcome meeting at the start of the new academic year as usual, so that our new families can take advantage of the meetings. For all other classes the welcome meetings will take place on Monday 23rd July at the following times:

5.30pm White Horse class                                            6.00pm Sarum class

6.30pm Silbury class                                                        7.00pm Avebury class

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year See above for timings
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term
Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd July Holiday Club with Superstars
Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August Holiday Club with Superstars
Tuesday 4th September Year 1 – Year 6 come back to school
Wednesday 5th September Year 1 and Year 2 children to Salisbury Museum

 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you so much to everyone for supporting the PFA throughout the year. As a result of the monies raised, next term we are looking forward to the arrival of the new play equipment for the field and to other activities such as the Pantomime & cookery funded by PFA efforts. We hope to hold a final PFA meeting of the year next week, exact date & time TBC - we will inform everyone via Facebook & email.

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

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

Many thanks, Your PFA Team

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