Newsletter 2 – 11th September 2020

Dear Parents

Coughing  If your child has a new, continuous cough, please keep them home and have them tested.

 A continuous cough means that they have coughed 3 or more times in 24 hours. Or have coughed a lot for an hour. It does not matter what kind of cough it is.

We cannot have children in school who are coughing and we will send them home if they cough in school and ask you to have them tested or isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

Similarly, if your child has a high temperature or a change in their sense of taste or smell, they must be tested and isolated with their family until the negative test result comes back.

ONLY the person with symptoms should get tested – not the whole household. If the person with symptoms has a negative test result, EVERYONE in their household can stop isolating and resume normal life immediately unless they develop symptoms (in which case it all starts again).

I know that many (or most) of the coughs your children have will be simple winter colds that we are all used to. But none of us has the ability to sense whether this particular cough is Covid or not. It is essential that we all work hard to keep infection out of our school. Children are not usually badly affected but if your child has Covid and comes into school, they could infect a child in their Bubble who then meets up with a vulnerable family member and that could have disastrous consequences.

I do ask everyone to keep in mind that we are not just trying to keep ourselves safe, but we want to protect the elderly and vulnerable – this is going to be difficult and inconvenient at times, I know, but this is a life threatening situation and must be taken with the utmost seriousness. We have absolutely no flexibility on applying the rules and will apply them with rigour to keep everyone safe.

A poster is attached to this newsletter and will also be sent home in hard copy so that you can stick to your fridge for reference. This gives the precise NHS and Government direction. Please support us in this. We are trying to save the lives of our most vulnerable.

Moodle In the event that a child or a Bubble has to isolate, we will swing into action again with Moodle and teachers will upload work that your child can do online. If the rest of your child’s Bubble is still in school, clearly the teacher will not be able to engage with your child in real time (as they will have a class in front of them!) but the work will be available for your child to complete. As long as they are well enough, we would be very grateful if you would support them with this so that we can continue with the great progress our children have made.

After School We make a plea for parents to go straight home after picking their children up from school. This will really help to prevent children from different Bubbles spending too much time together – and we are trying to do everything we can to limit the possibility of spreading infection. Already, there are schools in Wiltshire where the virus is spreading. We are doing everything in our power within school to keep infection risk as low as we possibly can, and we ask that all families try to support us with this. As you know, no gatherings of more than 6 should take place indoors or outdoors from Monday.

Thank you Teachers have asked me to thank you all for your hugely generous gifts at the end of the summer term – and especially for the kind words and positive messages that you sent at that time. These are the things we treasure most – the comments on how happy your children are, and how well you feel they are achieving. That is what our job is all about and what we love doing. 

Adventure Activity Days We have been fortunate to be able to commission an adventure activity day for our children on the school field – this will include a mobile climbing wall, rope swing, archery and other activities. We hope this will help compensate for the residential trips that have been cancelled and other offsite trips that we cannot make this term. We expect this to take place on Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, with each class having its own session on the equipment which will be properly cleaned down between Bubbles. 

We will ask each family to sign a permission slip for this event since it is a higher risk than our usual school provision. The coaches are very highly skilled, trained and qualified and the equipment is checked between use. All reasonable precautions are taken to keep children safe. The activities are graduated according to the age of the children. The company usually operates from Brokerswood, if you would like to take a trip out there to see them in action. If you do not wish your child to take part, of course we will make sure that they are withdrawn. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who has led on this project and has done all the work towards getting the booking. We have decided to fund this event entirely from school funds as we are aware that many families are probably struggling financially at the moment. If you would like to make a donation to the school, we are always extremely grateful for any extra funding which helps us keep the curriculum exciting and engaging but we are not asking for voluntary donations this time.

Field trips Stonehenge class (Year1) and White Horse class will be going for walks around our village in the coming weeks – they will be finding out about aspects of their topics for this term. Stonehenge class Year 1 will be looking at the houses and homes in the village next week, finding out what the differences are between old and new houses. The whole class of Stonehenge will be walking to the local church in the coming weeks. White Horse class have a project, supported by Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew and other people from the village, to find out more about life here in Great Cheverell in World War 1. You will be notified of these trips by your child’s class teacher in advance. They will all take place during the school day. There will be no cost attached to these trips. I am very grateful to our teachers who are doing their best to keep the curriculum engaging and “real” even in these complex times.

Chicken pox and measles We have a child in our school who is having treatment for cancer at the moment and is very vulnerable especially to chicken pox and measles. Please let us know immediately if your child contracts either of these diseases so that we can act to keep this child safe. Thank you.

Please return books and whiteboards At lockdown we sent home packs with our younger children with whiteboards, atlases and reading books. These items are very expensive to replace so we do ask all our families to return them to us. We will quarantine them and return them to circulation.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles. School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration. In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No request for donations.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Second Hand Uniform Donations and Sales  Please could you place your bagged donations into the blue lidded wheelie bins marked Textiles by the recycling bins in the car park of the school. These will then be washed and sorted for sale in aid of the PFA in a Covid-safe way. If you would like to buy some second hand uniform at low prices, please leave a message on the PFA facebook page or email lizread@mikeread.org to enquire.

Communications – We have several ways of communicating with the school community – including via the newsletter, WhatsApp year groups and also our Facebook page. We occasionally send out emails if there are more detailed documents. 

If you aren’t a member already, please consider looking up the Facebook group (details below). You will be asked a couple of security questions to verify you’re part of the school. This is one of the ways we can disseminate upto date information but it is also a community page where you can ask questions and find out about local events. 

If you’d also like to be added to the email list, please send an email to us and ask to be added. 

Fundraising 

Opportunities for fund raising have been very limited recently, but if you can, there is an easy way to help us raise funds. 

Please do sign up for Easyfunding – Its FREE and EASY to use!  Thank you if you are already. 

If you shop online, you can raise FREE donations for Holy Trinity School PFA. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use #easyfundraising to shop with them! 

So far our parents have raised over  £2800 through this online charity.  

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htspfa/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=gs

Many thanks, Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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