Newsletter 5 – 2nd October 2020

Dear Parents

Adventure Activity Days What a wonderful experience this was for our children! They were, as ever, beautifully behaved and showed great courage and resilience as they tackled the challenges. They all had a go at the climbing wall and the archery, and the older children enjoyed the team games and rope swing as well. Although we are not able to get children offsite as much as we usually do because of Covid restrictions, we are fortunate to have such amazing activities available on site. My sincere thanks to Mrs Goddard who spearheaded and organised these adventure activity days. There are photos on our webpage at www.holy-trinity.co.uk and on our school Facebook page.

Fleeces in school We are recommending that every child bring a warm fleece into school and keep it in school all winter. If it is very cold, or if they get wet, they can pull the fleece on and stay warm. This is in addition to their warm coats, gloves, scarves and hats. Please put their names on EVERYTHING! Even just writing their names on the manufacturer’s label with a ballpoint pen is helpful as we try to sort through lost property.

Children in Stonehenge and White Horse classes will be invited to keep a pair of wellies in school as well, so that they can pull them on to play outside. We have ordered specially designed wellie trolleys to keep the wellies safe and dry. These younger children, especially, spend most of their days outdoors and we do not want them to have wet feet all day.

Flu immunisation On Thursday 8th October, all children whose parents have given permission will receive the flu vaccine as a nasal spray. If you do wish your child to be vaccinated and have not yet completed the consent, please do so as soon as possible by following the link sent in a recent email.

Privacy Notice At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, we collect, hold and share personal information relating to our pupils, staff and volunteers, and may also receive, hold and share information about them from their previous school, Local Authority, police, social services, medical professionals and the Department for Education (DfE). To find out more about what and how we hold, retain, share and process data, please take the time to read our Privacy Notice within the data protection policy on our website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ . All data is processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force in May 2018 and with various Education legislation.

Suggested books for children If you are interested in providing a range of books for your child to read, there are a number of lists and websites which will help you select good reading material. https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/  has some great ideas for books for children age 3 – 11, and they update the site regularly. Please be aware that children do not have to tackle a huge book if they are reluctant readers – they can read picture books, magazines and comics, instructions for building Lego models, blogs, recipes, the back of cereal boxes! Anything at all! If your child does not enjoy reading books, encourage them to read adverts, captions on pictures, road signs – as long as they are reading, they are getting better at reading. Then, if you read to them regularly, they will gradually come to love reading and will wish to tackle more challenging texts themselves. Research shows that children who are read to by adults all the way through primary school do better at English and significantly better at maths at GCSE than those who do not have someone reading to them regularly. Regardless of how well your child reads, please keep a family book on the go that you read to them every day or several times a week.

PFA  Please consider offering your services in the leadership of our amazing PFA for the coming year – it would be such a pity if it has to go into abeyance because there is no Chair.

The work done by the PFA is so valuable and enriches the education of our children. They also welcome new families, and provide a community of support for everyone.

Warning! We’ve just heard through Parish Council sources that a family and their dog were attacked by a swarm of wasps in the woods next to the green space by the park and Pavilion.  The dog needed treating by the vet and the family have a lot of stings. Please keep your children well away from the woods – the woods are private land and no-one should be going into them anyway, but this presents a significant danger to their welfare, so please be vigilant. Children should not be playing unsupervised in the area across the road at any time – they are young and heedless and things can easily go wrong if their carers do not keep a watchful eye on them. They should always be within your field of vision and should always be able to hear you if you call out to them.

Edington Under 5s is exempt from the rule of six – we meet safely outside every Thursday from 10-12. Look at the Facebook page or contact Louisa on 07538 278445 for more details.

Secondary School Applications   The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Traffic We are very grateful to our parents who are being considerate in their use of the car park, leaving promptly and allowing the next tranche of parents to park. We know that it is not easy to manage the staggered drop off and pick-ups but it is working seamlessly and we thank everyone for their forbearance in these difficult times. We ask that you are careful as you drive and turn around in the road past the school – and please be patient with those who are trying to leave the area. Children are moving about in that area and their safety is the paramount concern.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
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.  
Friday 18th December Last day of term  
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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

This week we haven’t much ‘news’ to report, but the PFA, on behalf of our school community, would really like to send a great big ‘thank you’ out to all the teachers and staff who have worked so hard to welcome all our children back to school. All the lovely activities that have been arranged for them and all the care they have been shown as they settle back into school has been outstanding and is very much appreciated. 

Also a reminder that we are seeking a new ‘Chair’ for the PFA, please do email or get in touch if you are interested in the role. It would be a real shame if the PFA had to stop activity because we don’t have a full committee. 

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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