Newsletter 19 – 5th February 2021

Dear Parents

Spring in Your Step We are inviting all our families to take part in this initiative to bring joy into our neighbourhoods. We would love to see your children (or you!) creating a beautiful drawing or painting of a spring scene or spring flowers or something that has especially reminded you that spring is nearly here and then put this art work in your front windows so that passers-by can see it. Or you could put a vase of spring flowers in your front window. Or you could place a container with wonderful flowering spring bulbs outside your front door or near your front gatepost for everyone to enjoy as they walk past. Spring on your doorstep!

Perhaps you could add a little poster encouraging people to “Choose Joy”, or to “Enjoy the Spring”, or to “Stay Strong” in these difficult times.

Then you could walk around your village or local area and see how many “Spring in your Step” projects you can spot in your neighbours’ front gardens or windows. If everyone in our school did this, think how much joy we could bring to our local neighbourhoods! It would be great if this project could be on display by Saturday 27th February – or before – so that it is in place when we reach the first day of Spring, 1st March. Perhaps on that day, weather permitting, you might have a picnic in your garden, and put up some bunting for a bit of fun. That would also be a good day to go for a walk and see everyone else’s Spring in Your Step displays. Send us photos to share!

Mental Health Just as we all aim to take enough exercise and to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, so we also ought to be caring for our mental health. It is really good practice to develop habits that will help us to maintain good mental health even through difficult times. Our children know the 10 habits for good mental health that everyone (children and grown-ups) should be practising regularly. We should all be open to talking about our mental health, just as we would about our physical health, and responding with the same compassion to someone in need. Please remind your child of the ten habits for good mental health. You can find these on our website (link below).
https://www.holy-trinity.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Poster-Ten-habits-for-good-mental-health.pdf

Wiltshire Local Authority have a pack of resources that might be on interest to support work on children’s mental health. Please see the link below.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/express-yourself-children-s-mental-health-week-toolkit/

No Lost Generation We would like to challenge the concept that somehow our children are going to endure lifelong disadvantage as the result of the pandemic and lockdown. This will not happen! The human spirit is resilient and strong, and our children are brave, joyful people. The difficulties they have endured through this lockdown will be part of what makes them strong, and they will go on to have fulfilled, useful and happy lives. Every generation has to suffer through some terrible times, and every generation goes on to be successful in the world in which they live. We think of the War years, the Cold War years, the school closures due to polio infections, and other pandemics, the Great Depression and so on. Overcoming challenge is part of the human condition, and we need to present our children with a positive, enabling message so that they can continue to thrive, as they will, in spite of the undisputed and complex difficulties of our age.

Thank you We are very grateful for the positive and encouraging messages that we receive almost daily from our families, letting us know that they are happy with our Distance Learning Provision. This makes such a difference to us, as we work very hard to prepare and record lessons, and put learning resources onto Moodle late into the evening, so that we are ready to launch the learning for the following day and to support our children as they work through the learning. Like you, we are not finding this easy, but your messages help us to keep going joyfully!

Accessibility Survey Mrs Goddard, our lead on our inclusion and accessibility work, is asking as many of you as possible to complete the little survey on this link. Your views are very important to us and will inform future decisions we make. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQV6VFH

Some online visits you might enjoy with your child! Always supervise your children carefully when they are online.

Visit the Smithsonian! https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
You can see the exhibits and read the information about them – some amazing dinosaur skeletons!

A very peaceful walk through the Bluebell woods, in National Trust gardens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9CHTEeR6I&feature=emb_logo

Or visit San Diego Zoo – some great webcams and videos of their animals. https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

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

For our Catholic Families FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Devizes and St Joseph, Lavington. The First Holy Communion Programme for this year will commence in February. Due to current COVID restrictions, this will be via remote means initially. If you would like your child(ren) to be considered for First Holy Communion this year, please contact the Parish Office on 01380 723572 or devizes.ourlady@cliftondiocese.com . The deadline for applications is Saturday 13th February

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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