Newsletter 18 – 29th January 2021

Dear Parents

Message from Anna Woodman Please have a look on the “Whole School” page of Moodle, under Collective Worship, to find a message from our headteacher-elect, Anna Woodman. Following a lovely virtual staff meeting with us this week, Mrs Woodman very kindly offered to put together a little video message for our families. Mrs Woodman would have loved to have met you all in person, but, as that is not possible at present, we invite you to go online and make her acquaintance through this message.

You will see photos from all of your classrooms, taken by Mrs Woodman as she spent time in our school getting to know the site and the staff recently. You will enjoy seeing some of the familiar displays, I am sure. Mrs Woodman and I have lots of great transition work planned, and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will invite everyone to meet her in person.

Possible return to school Whilst we understand that this might have to change, we are completely delighted that there is a chance we may all be back in school on 8th March! Please carry on avoiding contact with everyone except your household and stick to all the Covid protocols so that Wiltshire cases continue to fall. Every one of us has a part to play in helping to drive down these cases so that we can bring our children back. It will be wonderful to have the school filled with children again.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Having had to report to you on your children’s progress and attainment through a written report in the autumn term, we are hoping to be able to offer face to face meetings for all our families with their child’s teacher in the summer term. This will, of course, depend on the restrictions we are operating under at that time, but our plan is to offer these meetings outdoors, under shelter, to be as Covid safe as possible, if we are allowed to do this. In case we can go forward with this plan, we wanted to give you the dates so that you can make arrangements to attend.

We propose to offer the meetings on Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July from 3.20pm – 5.50pm. We will offer you the chance to book a meeting at a time that suits you best within those afternoons, at the beginning of July on our usual Parent Meeting site. You will be given advance warning of the booking site opening up.

Chatting to your teacher this term Your child’s teacher will be contacting you by phone shortly (or may already have done so) to catch up with how you are managing at home and to offer any advice that you request. This will take the place of our usual Parent/Teacher meetings that would have been held at this time of year. Clearly, we cannot report formally on your child’s progress and attainment at this time as we have not been able to run the usual spring term formal assessments and do not have accurate data to report to you.

Coming Back to School Once children are back in school, we will spend some time ensuring that everyone is settled and comfortable, and move on with our programme of informal, teacher- led assessment, some formal assessment where it would be useful, and our usual creative, extensive and exciting teaching and learning programme informed by this assessment. We know that our amazing families have worked hard to keep the home learning going through these most difficult of times. None of us underestimates the complexity of managing your lives with this added burden of home schooling, and we salute your courage and endurance as you face week after week of lockdown. Please continue to prioritise your wellbeing and that of your children.

Deciding on your Secondary School Parents of Year 5 children will probably have started to consider the secondary school they want their child to attend when they finish their primary schooling, since they have to complete the application for secondary schools in Autumn 2021. It is not possible to visit the local secondary schools at the moment, but the schools all have various methods of finding out more about their provision, with prospectuses and virtual tours available for most schools. It is worth looking around and finding out as much as you can about the local secondary schools so that you can be sure you have enough information to make a good decision that suits your child and their talents, needs and aptitudes.
The following links will take you to the state secondary schools in the local area:
www.lavington.wilts.sch.uk

www.matravers.wilts.sch.uk

www.devizesschool.co.uk

There are also good state secondary schools in Trowbridge and Marlborough, and Dauntsey’s is our local fee-paying school. In Salisbury there are two grammar schools, one for girls and one for boys.

Any good ideas? If you have had any good virtual tours, online experiences or fun days “out” in your own home, please let us know so that we can share these with other parents.
Here are a few that we enjoyed. The younger children may need an adult to read the notes for them on some of these tours but all the images are lovely.

History Museum – the Whale! https://www.nhm.ac.uk/bluewhale/hall/

National Gallery https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour

Windsor Castle https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-windsor-castle

Reminder If at all possible, children (even those of critical workers) must be kept at home. School attendance is available only if there is absolutely no other option. We need to limit contacts as much as we possibly can to hold this virus at bay.

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 available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)

Friday 12th February Last day of half term
Monday 22nd February Home schooling starts again
Monday 8th March Perhaps we will all be back in school! We will keep you updated
Thursday 1st April Last day of term
Monday 19th April School re-opens
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday
Friday 28th May Last day of half term
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if restrictions permit
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 2.00pm with the Bishop. All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day

PFA News

PFA on hold
The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch at holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk
or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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