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Newsletter 26 - 24th March 2017

Dear Parents

Gardening Club Our very sincere thanks go to Liz Read and her team of adult and children volunteers who work so hard to keep our grounds looking beautiful. You will have seen all the borders and containers filled with early spring flowers around the school, the vegetable and fruit gardens up on the field and the greenhouse where much of the preparation is done. Liz has several wonderful and creative ideas to continue to develop the work of the Gardening Club – including helping the children to grow little plant plugs to sell at the summer fayre, offering more food for school cooking and entering for the next stage of the RHS awards. Without Liz and her team, our grounds would be a far less beautiful and inviting environment for our children. If you would like to support Liz in this work, please do put your name forward.

School Finances As you will have seen in the news, school budgets are being hard hit by the austerity programme. In our school, the actual amount of money that has come into the school has dropped quite significantly over the past year, and it will fall again next year and the year after, in spite of the fact that we are able to keep our number on roll high. We are going to have to make some savings over the coming years unless the government can increase our funding – which seems unlikely. Our governors will always ensure that the quality of provision for our children is outstanding and that they are able to achieve at the outstanding levels that we expect across all areas of the curriculum as we face the challenging times ahead.

Please apply for Pupil Premium funding If you think that there is any chance that your child might be eligible for the Pupil Premium funding, we do urge you to contact the school and apply for it. Our funding is being cut in real terms each year and, as with all schools, we are facing challenges as we try to balance our budget for the coming year. Every child who attracts the Pupil Premium brings over £1,300 a year into the school and this can be used to support all sorts of programmes that benefit all children. In addition the child who attracts the Premium will have their school trip fees subsidised, their peripatetic music lessons fees subsidised and various other school activities covered by the Pupil Premium funding.  As we wrestle with the problems of ever diminishing funding given to us by the government, we need to find ways to bring in every possible penny so that we can continue to offer the outstanding provision that our children deserve.

School Disco Thank you to our wonderful PFA for the disco which was such fun last night! Plenty of music, dancing and bright lights! And thank you to the staff who worked late in school to support this event.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays,  3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Collective Worship We gather as a whole school each morning at 10.00am for a quarter of an hour of reflection and quiet time together. Worship takes a number of different forms, sometimes it is high energy with lots of children participating in drama or offering comments to discussion, sometimes it is very still and meditative, with the hall darkened and lots of candles lit, sometimes it is outside, sometimes inside, sometimes teachers or clergy lead worship, and sometimes the children themselves lead worship. We always sing and we always have at least a short time to sit quietly and enjoy the stillness and serenity inside our own heads. We always reflect on some aspect of our lives – our relationships with others, stewardship of the world, beautiful things around us, reaching out to others less fortunate than we are. We use Bible stories as the foundation for our reflections, and consider how these help us develop a sensitive moral compass and a compassionate, joyful courage, regardless of whether we are people of faith or not.

We would like parents (or grandparents!) to know that they are always welcome to come and join us for worship at 10.00am Monday to Thursday (on Friday, of course, we have Sharing Assembly at 2.15pm  which is a celebration worship, and most people are used to attending that!).  The extraordinary spirit of our school is really palpable at worship, and it is a wonderful, energising, creative time – so do consider popping in to join us if you happen to be free at that time.

Breakfast club and after school club canvassing Please return your slips by Monday 27th March if you would be interested in either or both of these clubs.

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 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

What a fantastic Easter Disco! Thanks to ‘Face it n Dance’, Mrs Henning, Mrs Jones, Mrs Goddard, Louise Gaiger, Poppy Godfrey and Laurie Farquhar - we couldn't have done it without you! And thank-you to all the amazing children who really threw themselves into the spirit of the evening!

Thank-you too for supporting our Mother’s Day Tuck Shop today. At time of writing, Jane Gibbons has been preparing all sorts of treats and trinkets, Patricia Genner has been putting her pottery skills towards ‘special hearts’ and we’re planning to visit the Bristol flower market to bring you the best we can find. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

Our next event is the Junior Bake-off on Friday, April 7. The children can enter any cake or biscuit as long as they’ve made it themselves. These can be dropped off at the school Art Centre at around 8.35am before judging takes place. The results will then be announced in Sharing Assembly later that day, followed by a cake sale of all the entries. More information and entry forms to follow.

And please don’t forget to diarise the PFA meeting after morning drop-off on Tuesday, April 4. 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.

FURTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Fabric Recycle Collection – Monday, April 3

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Happy Mothering Sunday, from the PFA Team

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Newsletter 25 - 17th March 2017

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings Many thanks to all of you who came to these meetings – in our school we usually have about 96% – 98% attendance rate which is really superb. This engagement of parents with school is one of the reasons that we can achieve all that we do with our wonderful children.

Homework A startlingly high number of parents have remarked that it is often a struggle to get their children to do their written homework task. Please do not let homework become an area for argument with your child. We recommend that you just offer them the chance to do their homework with your support at a time that is convenient to you. If they say “No”, simply write a note in their homework book telling us that your child did not wish to do their homework when you offered them the opportunity. Then put the homework book away. No arguments. If the child does not hand their homework in by the deadline, we will deal with that at school – they will miss a morning playtime. No one will be cross with them, but that is the consequence of missing the deadline. They will then bring the homework in the following day or miss another playtime. This means that the responsibility for doing the homework lies with the child, as it should, though we are always very grateful for parents reminding their children about it.

Written homework should only take 20 -30 minutes. If they are struggling and it is taking longer please do let the teacher know so that we can adjust the homework they are receiving. Every child should be reading every single night and should be doing spelling and times table practice on alternate days. Other than this, we hope children will be playing outdoors, playing indoors, being creative and being children.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Menu choice Please go through the menu with your child when choosing their school dinners. It is a pity for children to reject their dinners because something has been ordered on their behalf that they do not enjoy. There are always several options to choose from on each day.

Emmanuel Collaboration As you know, we are part of the Emmanuel Collaboration, with Five Lanes Primary, St Barnabas Primary, St Thomas a Becket Primary and Urchfont Primary. We have all found this first year of the collaboration to be very useful. We have shared resources, our teachers have had 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.

Safeguarding As part of our safeguarding protocols, we have to ask that parents are not in the school building when children are getting changed (for example, at after-school sports clubs). We will have to close the curtains when children are getting changed in the hall so that they cannot be viewed as they change at the end of sports clubs that have taken place in the hall. Please do not feel that you are unwelcome or excluded – but in this day and age, we must be careful and observe the protocols.

Before and After School Care Following three parental requests in our “Comments and Suggestions” box that was left out over Parents’ Evenings this week, we would like to canvas parental interest in signing up for a  Breakfast Club (£2 for the morning) or After School Care (£5 - £6 for the afternoon). In order for such an initiative to be sustainable, we would have to have about 20 children sign up every session to have sufficient money to cover staffing costs, overheads and insurances. Please complete the form below if you would be interested. In order to ensure the sustainability of the provision, if we did offer it, we would have to ask parents to pay in advance for the term. The provision would have to be completely self-sustaining – there is no spare money anywhere in our budget to subsidise extra- curricular care, and the government would not allow us to spend education money on childcare even if we could afford to.

Head lice We have had several cases of head lice reported in school, please use the leaflet sent home today to treat your child and hopefully eradicate the problem.

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.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

Busy week next week with the Easter Disco for the kids on Thursday (March 23) & Mother’s Day Tuck Shop on Friday (March 24).

'Face it n Dance' will be running Thursday’s disco in the school hall with KS1 taking place from 5-5:45pm, followed by KS2 from 6-7pm. Entrance at the door is £1.50 and we’ll have squash and biscuits available for what is traditionally a great party for the kids!

Jane’s Friday Tuck Shop will be furnished with lots of treats to ‘surprise Mum’! (Donations of cupcakes that are nut-free are most welcome – thank-you!) The flower stall will be up and running again this year due to popular demand from the children, Dads, Grandparents - and Mums!

Looking further ahead, we have diarised a wider PFA meeting after morning drop-off on Tuesday, April 4. Your participation and ideas are what drives the PFA – and we value your input. If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second session that afternoon or evening.

FURTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Fabric Recycle Collection – Monday, April 3

Junior Bake-off - Friday, April 7 (More information & entry forms to follow)

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Enjoy the weekend! From the PFA Team

 

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After School and Breakfast Club Provision

Name: ……………………………………………………………………….     Number of children: ……………………………………

We would be interested in attending a Breakfast club (8.00am – 8.30am for £2 a morning) on the following mornings:

Monday [   ]   Tuesday [   ]    Wednesday [   ]    Thursday [   ]    Friday [   ]

We would be interested in attending an After School club (3.00pm – 6.00pm for £5-£6)) on the following afternoons:

Monday [   ]   Tuesday [   ]    Wednesday [   ]    Thursday [   ]    Friday [   ]

We understand that the fees would be payable termly in advance and would be non-refundable.

Signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Newsletter 24 - 10th March 2017

Dear Parents

PFA As ever, our most sincere thanks go to Debi Bell Hosking and her amazing team who run our wonderful PFA. They work extremely hard to help to enrich the experience of our children in school. Their creative and exciting projects also help to draw the parent population together and we are very grateful for that. The Fabby Friday event was a huge success and all the other events this term have been similarly successful. If you have not yet had the chance to join with any of their work, do consider offering to help – you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish.

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 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 children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Uniform The PFA would be grateful for any larger school uniform in good, clean condition to sell at the second hand uniform sale – please drop it off at the school office.

 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
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 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

Fabby Friday was a great success. This is primarily a social event for parents and yet we raised around £550! Thank-you to all of you who got into the party spirit and ‘Fabby-ed’ the night away – Wooooo Wooooo! Also, to all those who helped behind the scenes and those of you who made donations after the event – THANK-YOU! We’re now even closer to our target of helping the school towards the cost of Theatre Lighting.

Even more THANK-YOUs this week:

:: For 100kg of Fabric Recycle on Monday! (Emma delivers it all to the plant!)

:: For your contributions to Jane’s Easter Tuck Shop today. (And to Jane & her team!)

:: To Gill for donating many toys and books after a clear-out ahead of the Fayre

:: To Harriet for her amazing clothes rail for future second hand uniform sales

Looking ahead, please diarise April 4, after morning drop-off, for a wider PFA meeting. Your participation and ideas are what drives the PFA – and we value your input. If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it in the morning, email Debi on dbproductions@btinternet.com to perhaps arrange a second meeting that afternoon or evening.

DIARY OF EVENTS:

Easter Disco for the kids, Thursday, March 23

Mother’s Day Tuck Shop – Friday, March 24

Junior Bake-off – Friday, April 7

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Have a good weekend, from the PFA Team

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Newsletter 23 - 3rd March 2017

Dear Parents

Longleat Trip Our children had a wonderful day at Longleat Safari park last Friday. Because the animals had been kept inside the previous day with bad weather, they were all out and about on the Friday, enjoying the sunshine. The children saw the lions, wolves and tigers, the gorillas, seals and hippos and many of the children also walked around the beautiful Longleat House looking for examples of Lions in art and furniture. My thanks to all the teachers and TAs, and our generous volunteers who made the trip possible, and a special thanks to Mrs Jones who worked so hard to organise this very successful trip. Thanks also to the admin staff who do so much of the unseen work essential to making a trip like this possible.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Ms Sharman will be preparing some choir songs to sing at the school concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this. Songs haven’t been chosen yet, but they will be a mixture of traditional, pop and musical theatre. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall:

3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May

The practices are rather spread out due to holidays and other events at school. Please complete and return the slip at the bottom of this letter to the office if your child(ren) would like to sing in the concert.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 10th March, at Sharing Assembly (2.15pm), all the children in White Horse class, Sarum class and Avebury class will be performing a song from the Lion King.

Mrs Wilding As we say good bye to Mrs Wilding, our thanks go to her for all she has done to support music so faithfully in our school for so many years. Generations of children have taken part in her wonderful, engaging music lessons and have learnt to love to make music. She will be very much missed.

Pilgrimage Day On Thursday 15th June, we shall take all the children to Edington Priory Church for a Pilgrimage Day. If you are interested in helping to run one of the workshops or to support a group of children, please let us know at the office, by email or calling in as soon as possible so that we can allocate groups and group leaders in good time.

Parking in Chitham Close and the staff car park We appeal to parents not to park in Chitham Close nor to block the staff car park as they drop children off. No child should be dropped off in or near the staff car park. Not only does it mean that our staff struggle to get into work safely, but pedestrians coming to school that way are put in danger and if there were an emergency, emergency vehicles might struggle to access the school. The area around Chitham Close should only be used by the residents of Chitham Close and by school staff at drop off and pick up times.

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 guide parents through 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/

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!

Parent-Teacher meetings (Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th March) Please access the website through https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointment if you have not already done so. Each appointment is 10 minutes long and we aim to be very strict about keeping to these timings so that no parent is left waiting for too long.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

FABBY FRIDAY IS TONIGHT! Tickets can be purchased at the door for £6 if you haven’t managed to get yours from Reception yet. Doors open from 7.30pm at the Little Cheverell Village Hall, SN10 4JP. See you there!!!

Tuesday’s Pancake Races were great fun. Many thanks to Poppy Godfrey, Louise Gaiger, Amy Hardman and Sian Turner who joined the staff in keeping the children’s pancake flipping skills on track! Good pancakes too this year – they didn’t fall apart until the final ‘flip & spin’ races!

Don’t forget it is Fabric Recycle Collection on Monday morning (March 6). They accept: shoes, clothes, handbags, belts, towels, bedding, curtains, odd socks and gloves. They don't accept: pillows, duvets, stuffed toys or rags.

Jane Gibbon’s Tuck Shop is back with an Easter theme on Friday (March 10). Donations of chocolate Easter baskets are most welcome. Again, please no nut ingredients. Thank-you! - And have you seen the Chocolate Easter Bunny Raffle in Reception?

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Children’s Easter Disco - Thursday, March 23

Tuck Shop (& Mother’s Day flowers) - Friday, March 24

Junior Bake-Off – Friday, April 7

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Have a FABBY weekend!

From the PFA Team

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Permission Slip for Summer Choir

My child(ren) .............................................................................................. would like to sing in the choir at the school concert at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd May and are able to come to the Monday practices.

Parent/Guardian: ......................................................................................... Date: ............................

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Newsletter 22 - 24th February 2017

Dear Parents

Performances at Sharing Assembly As well as the usual class sharing of work, we will have the following performances at Sharing over the coming weeks:

  • On Friday 3rd March we will be having a little moment to say good bye and thank you to Mrs Wilding who has played the piano so faithfully for our children for so many years. She has taught the Foundation Stage children a little song which they will be performing at Sharing Assembly on this day.
  • On Friday 10th March, at Sharing Assembly (2.15pm), all the children in White Horse class, Sarum class and Avebury class will be performing a song from the Lion King.

Superchoir Sadly, we had too few children sign up to take part in the Superchoir so we shall not be participating this year. However, we hope to run our usual summer choir, with four or five rehearsals, to perform at the school music concert Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm. More information to follow.

Thank you to parents! We thank all our parents to participate in Wake and Shake each morning – it is lovely for the children to see the adults around them taking part, having fun and enjoying the morning dance routine. We have some great parent Wakers and Shakers which really energises the children! If you do not wish to join in, please stand at the back of the playground, so that children can see the Year 6 leaders and the participating adults more easily.

Pilgrimage Day On Thursday 15th June, we shall take all the children to Edington Priory Church for a Pilgrimage Day. At this event, there are several workshops set up at various stations in the church, each one run by a member of the congregation. The children, in their allocated groups, move around the workshops, spending about 15 minutes at each station, reflecting on some aspect of the theme. We end by walking up to Ralph’s Seat and having a picnic. Whether the children are Christians or not, these days provide a wonderful opportunity to explore aspects of their spiritual development and to consider their role in the community. The theme for this year is Pentecost. If you are interested in helping to run one of the workshops or to support a group of children, please let us know at the office, by email or calling in as soon as possible so that we can allocate groups and group leaders in good time.

Parent-Teacher meetings (Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th March) Please note that the website for booking your appointment with your child’s teacher is now open and the appointments are filling up fast. Please access the website through https://holytrinityacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Each appointment is 10 minutes long and we aim to be very strict about keeping to these timings so that no parent is left waiting for too long. If you have more than one child in the school, you might want to book the slots reasonably close to each other. If you would like a longer conversation with your child’s teacher, please feel free to make another appointment at a different time to continue to discuss any issues you have.

Lost Property Once again, the lost property basket is entirely full. If your child has lost any item at school, please come in and check for it. It is really essential that every single item your child brings into school, including clothing, musical instruments, sports equipment etc is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Writing the name on the label with a ball point pen is better than nothing! Unclaimed lost property is recycled.

Holiday Club A reminder that our very popular holiday club will run from 10th April – 13th April during the Easter holidays. Book online at http://www.super-stars.org.uk/make-a-booking/ or via the telephone booking line, 0845 241 3682. Children always have a wonderful time at Holiday Club.

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),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

TD dates for 2017-18

Friday 1st September, Thursday 4th January, Friday 5th January, Monday 4th June, Wednesday 25th July

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA NEWS

 

FABBY FRIDAY is NEXT FRIDAY (March 3)! A totally fabulous night out for the grown-ups! Have you got your ticket from Reception yet? Visit the Facebook event page to vote for your favourite songs and to hitch a lift to and from the venue!

Another date for your diary is the next Fabric Recycle Collection: Monday, March 6.

Thank-you to everyone who joined us today for the Winter Warmer Tuck Shop and Second Hand Uniform sale. We’ll be holding an Easter themed Tuck Shop next on Friday, March 10. Donations of Easter Nests will be very gratefully received - again, thank-you!

And another thank-you to everyone who donated £1 on Casual Clothes Day at the end of last term. Together we raised £130 – a very healthy sum to put towards the school’s overall cost of theatre lighting for the hall.

OTHER DATES FOR THE DIARY:

:: Easter Disco for the children - Thursday, March 23

:: Tuck-Shop (& flowers for Mother’s Day) – Friday, March 24

:: Junior Bake-Off – Friday, April 7

:: Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Looking forward to seeing you at Fabby Friday!

From the PFA Team

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