Newsletter 15 – 8th January 2021

Dear Parents

Welcome back! Although much of our meeting up and teaching will be virtual for a while, as we enter the Lockdown, we welcome you all back to Holy Trinity. A very big thank you to our wonderful families – what a great response we have had to our online learning platform! Almost every family has logged onto Moodle, and clearly children are engaged with some learning in almost every home. This is the commitment that makes our community so special and so successful.

We re-emphasise that you need to be gentle on yourselves through this difficult time – look after the wellbeing of each person in your household. Do not put undue pressure on yourselves and make sure you spend plenty of time each day doing things that bring you joy. Exercise, helping others, hobbies, eating and sleeping well, enjoying the present moment, keeping in touch with family and friends electronically … all these things will help to ensure good mental health.

Keep Safe As we face this difficult time together, we need to remember to keep our face to face contacts as few as possible. We need to keep our distance from everyone except our own household. We need to keep washing our hands and wearing our face coverings. We need to use good respiratory hygiene – using tissues to catch a cough or sneeze, throw them away and wash hands. Working age people are, at present, making up the majority of seriously ill people in hospital. We must do all we can to stop the spread of infection so that those in our little community, at least, are safe.

For those children of critical workers who are coming in to school, the single biggest thing you can do to keep our community safe is to make sure that no child attends school if they are unwell – if they have a high temperature, a cough or a change to their sense of taste or smell. If they are unwell, isolate immediately, arrange for a Covid test and remain in isolation until either they have a negative test result or until 10 days has passed. Please only bring your child in to school if you have no other option. If you can keep them at home, do so. To keep our community safe, as many people as possible must be at home.

Moodle Passwords We will be asking all our families to change their child’s Moodle password next time they log on. Please make sure you do this before Monday for those children who are going to come into school on Monday morning, otherwise they will not be able to access their learning in school.  If your child is coming into school as one of our critical worker families, please make sure that we have your child’s password so that, if they forget it, we can help them log on. You could email it to the office.

We remind parents that the password must be secure, and must be kept strictly confidential – only your child, you and the school staff may have access to the password. Children MAY NOT log into each other’s accounts. This is a breach of our own policies and is, of course, against the law if it is done without the account owner’s consent. We work very hard in school on e-safety – your children know how important it is to act with integrity, care and kindness online, and how to protect their own online presence with secure passwords and by ensuring that they do not give out private information online. It is worth reminding your children of these things regularly. Please never leave your child online without adult supervision.

Moodle is a learning platform. Children should not be using it for private messaging. Please make sure you monitor their use carefully and ensure that they only use Moodle for learning activities.

A moment of reflection On the Whole School page of Moodle we will aim to have a little reflection posted each day. Do encourage your child to spend five minutes in stillness and quiet, thinking about the reflection or being mindful in the present moment. This is a very good way for everyone to access the peacefulness and joy at the centre of their being. For people of faith, it is a good moment to pray – to sit quietly with God. The reflection is useful for those of any faith or none.

Spare shoes and clothes For the children of critical workers coming into school, we ask that you send in a spare pair of shoes (or even sensible slippers with a good sole) and spare warm clothing, so that if they get wet at playtime they have dry things to change into. If possible, it would be better if these could stay in school in a named, drawstring bag, rather than coming backwards and forwards between home and school, to reduce the risk of cross infection.

We need to keep our children warm but they also will want to go out and have fun no matter what the weather.

How To….. On the “Whole School” page on Moodle, scroll down to the very bottom of the page, “Moodle Help & FAQ”, where there are videos, showing how to upload your child’s work for marking and assessment and also how to download the work once it is marked, to see the teacher’s comments and targets. You will obviously upload to your own child’s class page – the video gives Silbury class page as an example. Please note that if your child has handwritten their work in their books, you can use the Adobe Scan app, which allows you to photograph your child’s work, then the app turns that photo into a PDF, and then that can be uploaded for marking and assessment.  You will only need your smart phone for all these operations.

Art Project Sadly, our planned art project has had to be cancelled, of course. If you were collecting plastic items for this, please re-cycle these. We hope to plan the project for another time, and will alert you to the need for materials when that happens. At the moment, we do not know when that is likely to be.

School Bus Wiltshire Local Authority has notified us that normal school transport network may be reduced as their staff absence is high.

“Looking after yourself, looking after your children” Wiltshire Local Authority have published this little pamphlet which you may find helpful in these difficult times. The suggestions for good mental health mirror almost precisely the Ten Habits for Good Mental Health that our children know and discuss regularly. There are useful links for agencies that can help you with various issues and problems that you may be facing as well as some very good links to enrichment activities for your home learning. Please do click into this link and have a look.

https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/media/4254/COVID19-Looking-after-yourself-looking-after-your-children/pdf/COVID19_looking_after_yourself__looking_after_your_children.pdf?m=637336053278700000

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub If you are struggling with any aspect of lockdown, please do not suffer in silence. The Wiltshire Local Authority has a wellbeing hub which can offer support with emotional and mental health issues, with practical things like deliveries, with financial matters, and with all sorts of other problems people may experience at this time. Please do contact them. wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk  or phone 0300 003 4576

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.

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.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Friday 12th February Last day of half term  
Monday 22nd February Possibly, all children might be allowed back to school.   We will keep you updated.
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  

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