Newsletter 15 – 16th December 2017

Dear Parents

We wish everyone in our school community and in the wider community a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of term and we shall welcome everyone back to school on Tuesday 3rd January.

Christmas Plays What wonderful performances our children gave this week! It is a joy to have the Christmas message presented with such fun and enjoyment and with such remarkable confidence! We certainly do have the best children in the world here at Holy Trinity. Our thanks to all our teaching and support staff who have worked so hard to produce, direct and manage everything around the Christmas plays, to the PFA for their seasonal refreshments which were so well received and for the crèche, to Dauntsey’s school for the loan of stage lights and to all our parents for their unfailing support of the school and their children’s education.

We thank all of our families and friends who contributed so generously to our end-of-play collection – a total of £674.45 was raised! What a tremendous outcome! Half of this will go towards a charity that the children will select in the spring term, and the other half will support our work on music and drama in school. These are such important aspects of education, and we are very grateful for this contribution which will help to ensure the richest possible experience for our children. The donations from last year helped to pay for the wonderful backdrops that we now have for our performances.

Christmas Carol Service It was lovely to step away from the busy-ness of our Christmas preparations for a quiet moment of reflection at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell. Thanks to Rev’d Andrew Sinclair for leading the service and to the parents who came along to share our carol service at St Peter’s church. Children built up the nativity scene as we remembered the different parts of the Christmas story. There was some lovely singing and each child held a little electric candle as a reminder of the light that they bring into the world. The message of Christmas is universal, regardless of the faith or non-faith position of our children – we aim to make the world a better, more peaceful place by our actions.

Thank you! Our teachers and support staff have asked me to thank you all most sincerely for the wonderful gifts and very kind messages that were received this end of term.

Christmas Party Once again, our PFA excelled, producing a fantastic array of party food, setting up the hall in a “Banquet” configuration, and ensuring the children had a tremendous feast. We are very grateful to our families for their generous contributions to the Christmas party. We are also very grateful to the PFA for arranging the “Pass the Parcels” and inviting Santa to spend an hour here with the children, delivering early Christmas presents. Thanks also to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who worked so hard and gave so much energy to the party games so that the children could have a marvellous time in the afternoon.

Christmas Fayre Our thanks as ever to our amazing PFA who arranged the Christmas Fayre last Friday – what a great event! The children (and their parents) had a great time taking part in games, buying little gifts, playing games and finding plenty to eat. A huge amount of work goes into organising this, and we are very grateful to everyone who supported the event.

Radio Broadcasts Our school has been on BBC Radio Wiltshire twice today! If you are interested in hearing the broadcasts on iPlayer, we had one broadcast this morning, Friday 16th December, at about 7.55am and again with the children at about 8.10am. This one was about the Government letter of congratulations to our school on the great academic outcomes. The other broadcast was just after 10.10am, on Marie Lennon’s show, and this was the choir, with singing and interviews of the children.

Christmas decorations Thank you also to our PFA for decorating the school and taking the decorations down again on the last day. We are so fortunate to have people prepared to step in and help with this, and all the other tasks that improve the experience for our children.

Young Engineers Please remember that this club starts from 3-4pm on the first day back! If your child has signed up, they have a place.

All clubs led by school staff and volunteers will start in the week commencing 16th January 2017. All fee paying clubs run by specialists should have sent you their start dates.

Head Lice We have had a report of headlice in our school – please would all parents check their children’s heads carefully this holiday and see whether we can eliminate all headlice over the fortnight’s break. Your pharmacist can give you advice on the best way to treat your child’s head if they have lice.

Children’s Christmas Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 17th December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church, a short Christingle service will be held during this workshop. Items will be put on display ready for the Carol service on Sunday 18th December @ 6.30pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Primary School applications   If your child will be four years old before September 2017 you must apply for a primary place at www.wiltshire.gov.uk or you can request a paper copy of the form by ringing 01225 713010. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 16th December Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd January Children back to school
Friday 10th February Last day of term
Monday 20th February Children back to school
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

Wow! What a term this has been! What a week this has been!

Friday’s Christmas Fayre, including donations from Casual Clothes Day, raised just over £630! (Thank-you!)

This week’s Christmas Plays Crèche looked after about 13 children per night and theatre goers enjoyed warmed ‘mulled wine & mince pies’ in-between performances.

On Thursday the school hall transformed into a lively Christmas Banquet for all the children thanks to our amazing caterers – YOU!  Santa and his Elf later visited and presented each child with a small gift!

A special thank-you to the Mums, Dads, Siblings, Grandparents and Guardians who volunteered in one way or another to make this all happen. You are amazing!

Finally, please don’t throw away any unwanted Christmas decorations or lights. They’ll be gratefully received and stored to decorate the school in even more splendour next year!

Next Fabric Recycle Collection is Monday 9thJanuary.

Merry Christmas to you all! From the PFA TEAM

 

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