Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2015

Dear Parent

Memorial for Emma Evans

On Saturday 3rd October, at 1.30pm, there will be a memorial service for Emma Evans at Edington Priory church to which everyone is invited. Her life will be celebrated at this service. Our thoughts are with Aled, Eleanor and Abigail at this terribly difficult time. We all remember Emma with great love. She worked with love and gentleness in our community, offering a wealth of talent and experience to everything she undertook, and her death leaves a great sadness and emptiness in all our lives.

Governor Recruitment:

Last date for nominations is Monday 5th October.

We have four vacancies coming up on our governing body. There will be vacancies for two Parent Governors and vacancies for two Foundation Governors. See last week’s newsletter for more detail. Please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher or any of the governors to discuss this further and pick up nomination forms.

Times Tables It is essential that all children learn their times tables (up to the 12x table by Year 4) in order to succeed in maths. A rapid recall of multiplication (and related division) facts means that children can solve problems involving fractions, multiple additions and subtractions, factors, multiples, percentages, ratios, algebra and geometry problems, and many more – indeed it is hard to think of a maths problem that does not involve the use of the times table facts. Please help your child to learn these so that they have the tools to use when trying to solve maths problems. Mr Gyllenspetz can let you have a copy of the random number generating spread sheet which we use to help children to recall the multiplication facts at greater speed.

Parental Control Software – support for installation We are offering you the chance to bring your laptop, tablet, phone or other device into school on Thursday 8th October at 6.00pm to be led through the process of installing parental control software onto your devices. This software allows you to monitor and to control what apps your children upload, what contacts they have on their phones or tablets, who is contacting them and how much time they spend online. There are varying degrees of control and as your child gets older, you can hand more and more control over to them. But while they are young, you need to be ensuring that you know exactly what they are doing.

It is essential that parents have an understanding of the dangers of the internet and the tools to help their children stay safe. Keeping channels of communication open with your children (chatting about the dangers and being interested in what your child is doing) is one part of this and monitoring their online activity is another. If you take steps to support your child’s safety at this stage, whilst they are in primary school, they will accept that you have a right to know what they are doing and a duty to keep them safe even when they move to secondary school. This is their world – we cannot prevent their access to it – but we can do all in our power to make sure they never come to harm or cause anyone else harm online.

Harvest Assembly takes place on Friday 2nd October at 2.15pm. Donations of non- perishable items can be brought in to school next week from 28th September. Our donations always go to the Devizes Foodbank (run by the Trussell Trust) – see their website at ). Here is a list of items that they particularly need: Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Long life fruit juice, Tins of Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tin), Tinned Tomatoes, Breakfast cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags, Jar of instant coffee, Instant mash potato 500gms , Rice 500gms, Pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jar of Jam, Packets of biscuits, Snacks. Please ensure that all items are still in date. Many families in desperate situations are helped by this foodbank.

Online payments to school Our attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a “School Shop” option on the online payment site that you can use to pay for school trips etc. Please do not add any money onto this tab – we do not have anything that requires a submission to this.

Illness in school At this time of the year, we often have lots of cases of colds, flu and tummy upsets. Children can come into school if they are slightly unwell with a bit of a runny nose, but no child should come to school with a temperature and if your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they must not come back into school for 24 – 48 hours after their last episode. We rely on parents making that final judgement about precisely when to come back to school, but they should not be rushed back into school within hours. We need to ensure that we keep the infection under control and this is best done by making sure that infectious children are not at school. We remind children about and rehearse hand washing protocols, every child has their own pen and pencil and we are strict in hygiene observance in all areas of school life, aiming to keep contamination to an absolute minimum.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.

Monday 28th September 2015 Stonehenge visit to Edington Farm Shop
Friday 2nd October 2015 Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Monday 12th October 2015 Individual photos of each child All day
Tuesday 13th October Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 & 6 aboutresidential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm
Tuesday 20th – Wednesday 21st October Braeside residential trip for children in Year 3 & Year 4
Wednesday 21st October Last day of the half term
Monday 2nd November Children back to school
Tuesday 10th November Parent/teacher meetings 3.15pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 12th November Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 13th November Choir at Eisteddfod
Thursday 19th November Sarum class trip to @Bristol
Friday 4th December Whole school to Pantomime in Salisbury
Tuesday 8th December Carol Concert – handbells, choir, community singing 5.00pm
Monday 14th December Christmas plays KS1 10.00am      KS2 1.00pm
Tues 15th & Wed 16th December Christmas plays KS1  5.00pm       KS2 6.30pm
Thursday 17th December Carol Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell 9.30am
Friday 18th December Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


The AGM is on Wednesday 30th September at 6pm in the school hall. All are welcome and needed! Your support is crucial!

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

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