Newsletter 10 – 20th November 2020

Dear Parents

Individual Photos We are very grateful to Mr G for taking the beautiful photos of our children this week. We hope that our families will enjoy them as much as we did. They can be found on the Parent Portal. Our thanks also to our admin staff who have worked hard to ensure that these photos were uploaded quickly this week on top of all their other work.

Asian Culture Awareness Day Kalpesh will be in school on Wednesday 25th November (next week) to tell us about Diwali and to teach us some amazing Bollywood Dancing. If your child wishes to, they can wear their brightest clothing to school on that day. They must be dressed warmly and must have sensible shoes because all our usual outdoor activities will continue. The Bollywood dance will take place outside.

Please note that there is another Non- Uniform day on Friday 27th November next week, which is part of the PFA’s fundraising drive to finance the Christmas events for our children. So children can come in non-uniform twice next week. The PFA day involves asking for a small donation, of course. These donations will be collected at the gate and held in quarantine to prevent any cross infection.

Today, I choose joy! As part of our commitment to supporting good childhood mental health, we encourage children to be resilient and joyful – to choose to see what is good, positive and enjoyable in their lives, rather than focusing on the negatives or what went wrong. So, here are some questions that you might like to ask your child when they come home from school, to help them to remember and focus on the good and the positive things: 

What was the best thing you did at school? What was the kindest thing you did for someone else today? What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today? What’s the best thing about your daily schedule? Which is your favourite subject? Who did you enjoy talking with the most? What was the best game at break time? What were you proud of doing today?  What was the funniest thing someone said? Tell me something you learnt about a friend today.  Which is your favourite day of the week at school? What did you reflect on at Worship? If you were the teacher, what would you teach the children about? What made you smile today?  What did you see on the field that was beautiful today? What did you like about the weather today? What are you looking forward to at school?

We have also attached to this letter our “Ten Habits for Good Mental Health” which we encourage children to use regularly as part of their daily lives. Just as they should be taking plenty of exercise, sleeping well and eating lots of fruit and vegetables, they should also be taking care of their mental health. Rather than just dealing with mental health problems once they have arisen, we should be encouraging children to grow into habits that encourage good mental health to prevent issues later.

Stonehenge night time walk On Friday next week, children in Stonehenge class are invited to come back to school at 5.00pm for an hour to enjoy a walk around the field, to look at stars (as part of their topic) and then to have a cup of hot chocolate before going back home. Please be very prompt picking your children up – they and the teachers will be tired by the end. Please make sure they are dressed warmly. They do not need to be in school uniform.

Medication in school It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that we have the correct medication in school for their child and that it is “in date” – please make a note in your diaries to ensure all is correct.

Keep children safe We have had news that there have been some arrests in the local area of drug dealers, who are linked to “County Lines”, the drug network that recruits young children to deliver drugs in rural areas. We know that County Lines are active in towns in Wiltshire and that this is a real threat. Please ensure that your children always have very good supervision and that your channels of communication with your children are kept open and supportive so that your children are able to come and tell you about anything untoward, or any approaches that are made to them.

Punctuality Please can we ask that you arrive at the correct time for your child’s Bubble? If we have children crossing and mixing with children in other Bubbles, either because they arrive too early or too late, we may find ourselves in a position where we have to close two Bubbles in the event of a positive case, which will cause all sorts of problems. We would be very grateful if you could make sure you get here at the correct ten minute time slot, and no earlier or later, to avoid this. We understand how difficult it can be – life is very complicated at the moment – but this is a very important part of our measures to keep everyone safe. Thank you to all who are working so hard to get this right.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on Jesus as the Servant King – and how we should be aiming to help each other generously and to care for our planet.

Wrap Around Care  We still have plenty of capacity in our Wrap Around Care provision. If you wish to register for a place, please contact the office or go onto our website under “Information for Parents” where there is a tab for Wrap Around Care. The forms that need to be completed are on that page. https://holy-trinity.co.uk/information-for-parents/wrap-around-care/

Feedback on your child’s progress and attainment On Wednesday 18th November, a short written report was sent out on the Parent Portal – please let us know if you did not receive this.  Our very sincere thanks, as ever, to our admin team who had a very busy week this week. They always take on these extra tasks with cheerfulness and efficiency and we are very grateful to them. We are always ready to arrange a phone conversation if you have anything else you wish to discuss with your child’s teacher.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them.This week, we will discuss briefly the Complaints Policy and Procedure. We work very hard to try to ensure a good outcome of any complaints made to the school. However, if you feel dissatisfied with the outcome of a complaint, you can invoke our Complaints policy. The first stage is the “Informal” stage, which requires that you write to the Headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if the complaint is about the Headteacher) with details of the complaint. This will be investigated and a response given to you. If you are still not satisfied, then the second stage is the “Formal” stage, which involves writing to the Chair of Governors (or Vice Chair if the Chair has already been involved) and the matter will be investigated again and a response given. If you are still dissatisfied, the third stage, the “Appeals” stage involves a panel of three people being convened, one of whom is independent of the school, to review the matter and respond to you. After this, if you are still dissatisfied, under certain conditions you could write to the Education and Skills Funding Agency or Ofsted, but they would respond only after the rest of the Complaints Procedure has been followed and only if the matter conforms to one of their criteria for treating complaints. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure the best possible outcome.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December Farm animal visit Have your wet weather gear – this will go ahead in the rain if necessary
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca Science Boffin workshop event
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

The PFA AGM was held on Wednesday 18th November, thanks to all those who attended or sent apologies. The new committee has been voted in and we are looking forward to fun events and fundraising as much as we can within restrictions. Minutes will be emailed to those on the mailing list – if you would like to be added to the list please message holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Online donations update

We won’t be able to raise money from our Christmas Fayre this year and fundraising opportunities are more limited for the PFA at the moment. In addition to this, several people have also asked if they are able to make a ‘donation’ for the term towards PFA funds.

Our funds are fairly low at the moment and we would love to be able to continue supporting school events this year as much as we can. We are also hoping to provide lots of fun activities and treats for the children’s Christmas parties in school.

With this in mind we will be sending PFA bank account details out via WhatsApp. If you would like to and are able to, we would be grateful for any online donations parents would like to make. Please use the reference “Christmas Donation.”

We understand that in these difficult times, not everyone will be able to support us in this way, and we fully understand if you aren’t in a place to donate at the moment, but if you have a few pounds to spare, we would be very grateful.

The £1 donation for non-uniform day can also be made directly to the bank account. We will still have containers outside school on non-uniform day (Fri 27th Nov) for anyone who would prefer to make a cash donation.

If you would like the account details and do not have access to your class WhatsApp group, please contact us via holytrinitypfa@gmail.com.

Christmas events

There are two dates for your diary:

  • Non uniform day Friday 27th November (suggested donation £1)
  • Christmas parties in classrooms on Thursday the 17th December (with goodies and games organised by the PFA remotely)

Easy fundraising
With lots of Christmas shopping inevitably going online this year please consider signing up to Easy Fund Raising if you haven’t already, this has been an excellent source of funds in the past, and will be very important this year.

You simply do your shopping via the app and money gets donated to our PFA at no extra cost to you.

Over 4,000 shops and sites are involved, including Amazon, John Lewis, M&S and notonthehighstreet.

It literally takes minutes to sign up and is really easy to use.

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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