Newsletter 13 – 11th December 2020

Dear Parents

Last day of school:  School will operate as usual on Friday 18th December, the last day of term. We have our school roast dinner and our Christmas entertainer in school on that day. We can’t miss that! Whilst this means that school staff will still be working on Christmas Eve to manage the Covid situation, it seems a better option than cancelling our lovely last day of Christmas fun for the children. 

Reporting Positive Covid Tests  If your child develops symptoms of COVID- 19 within 48 hours of their last day of school and then tests positive, please email the school (admin@holytrinity.wilts.sch.uk) to let us know, giving the best phone number for us to reach you.  This is so that we can ensure that our part in any contact tracing can be fulfilled through the Christmas holidays. It is possible that close contacts of your child through the school will have to be traced and told to isolate. We will be guided by Public Health Wiltshire for the decisions on how to manage the situation should this happen. These are not decisions that we are allowed to make ourselves.

We will need to gather the following information in the event of a positive test for your child:

  • Date of onset of COVID-19 symptoms (including what symptoms they had)
  • Date of the test
  • Date of the result (and evidence of the result/ID number)
  • Date your child was last in school
  • How do they get to school? e.g. walk, cycle, car, school transport. If by car – do you car share with anyone else? If walking – do they walk in with anyone else? If school transport– do they know who they sat near?
  • Please provide any additional information you may have as to pupils or staff your child may have been in contact with during this period.

If your child develops symptoms more than 48 hours since last being in school (i.e. after Sunday 20th December), the school does not need to be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Keep safe over Christmas Please be very careful over Christmas if you have decided to extend your Bubble to include others. After the last half term break, the numbers of Covid cases increased sharply and we are anxious to avoid anything like that impacting on our community after this Christmas holiday. Please keep using face coverings, washing hands and maintaining your distance from everyone you meet at Christmas. Ventilation is very important – meet outside or keep your windows open, even if it is cold. Limit the number of people you meet. We hope to have Spring term with no positive cases in our school!

Please let us know if you are isolating when we return to school on Tuesday 5th January.

Performances What lovely performances were given by Stonehenge and White Horse classes this week, outside near the Pavilion! Parents bravely attended the events, even though it was very cold! My thanks to the teachers and TAs who worked so hard to make sure we had some celebration to share with parents at the end of this very unusual term.

KS2 Christmas performance Silbury class has recorded their usual Christmas performance as a radio play this year! It will be uploaded to Moodle and we invite you all to tune in and enjoy the performance, presented in four exciting episodes, one each day from Tuesday 15th December. It will be available on the Whole School page, under Sharing, as well as on Silbury page. This is a whole new way of presenting the annual performance and we are very grateful to Mr Amor who has worked so hard to make this possible, and to the children who have learnt so quickly how to deliver a radio play. It is really lovely!

KS2 Choir Our thanks to Patrick Williams who is once again supporting our choral work in school. This time, using the wonders of modern technology, he is preparing a choral piece with Sarum and Avebury classes, recorded in very small, Covid-safe groups and then stitched together digitally. This amazing and celebratory performance also will be available on Moodle and on our webpage from next week Tuesday. Thank you also to Mrs Jones and Mrs Edwards who have supported this work so strongly.

Farm visit to the school The children had a wonderful time this week, meeting, patting, grooming and feeding a variety of fascinating farm animals. The children understood how to be calm, quiet and gentle, and really enjoyed the experience.  We are very grateful for the donations that made this possible.

Church Visits Each class is walking down to the church for their own service this term, instead of the whole school Christmas service that we usually hold at this time of the year. Each class is taking a picture of one of the characters from the nativity and adding it to the display on the board in the church, so that by the end of the term, the whole nativity scene should be complete. Do pop in and have a look.

Lunches next week If you want your child to have the Special Christmas Roast Dinner on Friday 18th December, you will need to have ordered that in advance from Lataca, who will require you to sign up to Parentmail. You are welcome to order this even if your child does not usually have school dinners. Most children do have this Christmas dinner but there are always a few who prefer their packed lunches.

Christmas Party The PFA have organised lovely games and some party treat food for each class on Thursday 17th December. They have also managed to arrange for Santa to drop off a little pre-Christmas gift for each child, which is very special. Children can dress in party clothes on this day but MUST be warm and have sensible shoes on – they will be running around outside a lot as usual.

Collective Worship This week, we continued with our reflections on Christmas, thinking about the Magi, who were not Christians or Jews, and yet came to see this special baby – this helped us to see how we can find wisdom from all sorts of places in our life journey, treating other viewpoints with respect and tolerance. We also reflected on the message of Peace on Earth and how we can be peacemakers.

Art Project As part of our commitment to ensuring that children have the richest possible experience at school, even during these difficult times, we have commissioned an “Artist in Residence” to support us to create a large sculpture. This will be made by recycling items we have in our homes that might otherwise just be thrown away. Every child will take part in a workshop to create part of the sculpture which will be sited, when finished, on the right to the main reception entrance to the school.

In preparation for this, could you start to collect the following: – Coloured plastics – bottle tops, lids, small coloured drinks bottles, coloured shampoo bottles – small plastic toys/figures, margarine containers. All containers need to be thoroughly cleaned and dried please! The project will take place on 13th and 14th of January so if you can make sure the cleaned items have been stored for quarantine in safe boxes or bags for 72 hours before then, and bring them in from Friday 8th January, we would be very grateful.

Wrap Around Care From next term, you will be asked to book and to pay in advance at the time of booking through School Money (www.eduspot.co.uk).  If you wish to register for a place, (most sessions still have capacity) 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/

We have registered the school as a childcare provider for tax-free childcare – please go to www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk to see if you are eligible, it could be very worthwhile. We are also able to accept childcare vouchers from Sodexo – our ID number is 909990. Whilst the scheme has closed to new families if you had previously registered then we can accept your vouchers. Please complete a booking form and return it to the office and pay through the tax-free or Sodexo scheme.

Primary School Applications If your child will be turning 5 years old sometime between 1 September 2021 and 31st August 2022, you will need to apply for a primary school place for them by 15th January 2021. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 01225 713010 and a paper copy will be sent out.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
From Tuesday 15th December Silbury Radio play and Virtual Choir performance on Moodle Tune in to enjoy these amazing performances.
Thursday 17th December Christmas party Warm, sensible party clothes can be worn.
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner & Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)
Friday 12th February Last day of half term  
Monday 22nd February Everyone back at school  
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April Everyone back to school  

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

Guess how many snowmen in the jar

This competition, the first virtual one we have run has now closed. Thanks to all those who took part, the winner was Harry with the first correct guess of 21 and Johnny wins a small chocolatey prize for also guessing correctly. If you missed the collection buckets for the 50p per guess, please transfer it to the PFA bank account – details were sent out on WhatsApp groups. Thank you for all your donations.

The PFA team has been very busy organising and delivering festive fun and games for the Christmas parties, Christmas gifts, non-uniform day and today with Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Julia’s House. All ably lead and co-ordinated by Max Knox – a big thank you to her for all her hard work and to the many people involved in making sure the children have Covid compliant fun in the run up to Christmas.

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:    Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

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