Newsletter 14 – 18th December 2020

Dear Parents

Today is the last day of school. We welcome everyone back on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

We wish everyone in our community a safe and blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

And we would like to say a huge thank you to all of those who contributed to the very generous gift vouchers and gift cards which were given to us – what a lot of work went into organising that, and what generosity! And thank you also to all who sent us Christmas gifts, hampers, cards and messages. We are aware that this is a very difficult time of year for everyone, and your thoughtfulness and generosity are very heart-warming and much appreciated. The kind words and sentiments in the cards are very much valued by all staff.  We feel very fortunate to be part of this wonderful community.

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 to the bare minimum. 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.

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. See last week’s newsletter for more details.

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.

KS2 Christmas performance Silbury class has recorded their Christmas performance this year as a radio play! Please go onto Moodle, on the Whole School tab, scrolling down to “Sharing”, where you will find the series of 4 episodes that you can listen to and enjoy. Our thanks to Silbury class and Mr Amor who have worked so hard to produce this excellent and inspiring performance in a Covid safe way.

KS2 Choir Also on Moodle on the Whole School page, scrolling down to “Sharing”, you will be able to enjoy the children singing “It’s Christmas Time at Holy Trinity!” It is also on our webpage https://holy-trinity.co.uk/creative-curriculum/ . Our thanks to Patrick for rehearsing this with small, Covid safe groups of children, recording it and then stitching it together digitally.  Thanks also to Mrs Jones and Mrs Edwards who were part of the team that made this possible. It was a tremendous experience for the children and really amazing outcome.

Christmas Party The PFA organised lovely games and party treat food for each class on Thursday, and arranged for Santa to drop off a little pre-Christmas gift for each child. Each class had their own party safely in their own classroom and it was a tremendous success. We are very grateful to Maxine Knox and her team for all the work on this – the children had a wonderful time. We know a lot of work went into organising this so beautifully and it was very much worth it for the fun the children had.

Panto and Popcorn We all had a wonderful, Covid-safe panto experience on Tuesday, streaming the panto into each classroom. Oh yes, we did! My thanks to Miss Nisbeck who led on this project and to our admin staff who, as always, make sure everything is booked and ready to go.

Science Boffin Today, all the children had our usual amazing Science Boffin entertainment – they made rockets and slime and learnt some interesting things about physics and chemistry on the way. This is always a great experience for the children with lots of hysterical laughter and great audience participation! This year it had to be done in class Bubbles rather than all together as we usually do, but the Science Boffin made sure was fun!

Collective Worship This week, we continued with our reflections on Christmas, thinking about all the journeys that took place over the story of the nativity – Mary’s journey to Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the journey of the shepherds into Bethlehem, the journey of the Magi and then the escape of Mary and Joseph to Egypt. We reflected on our lives being journeys in which we need to be brave, joyful, kind and aspirational and to live our lives to the fullest. As ever, there is time for quiet reflection in our worship, suitable for those of any faith and no faith, a chance to collect ourselves into a quiet and peaceful space, whatever our philosophy. 

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 of 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 or Care-4 where our account number is 81060551. Please complete a booking form and return it to the office when paying through the tax-free, Sodexo or Care-4 scheme.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
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.

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.

PFA News

Thank you to everyone for your help with the Christmas parties, Non uniform day and Christmas competitions. 

The PFA will be collecting Christmas jumpers from January for rehoming nearer next Christmas, so please hang on to any you might have grown out of and put them in the textiles recycling box next term.

We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

Many thanks

Your PFA

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

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