Newsletter 27- 31st March 2017

Dear Parents

Last day of this term is Friday 7th April and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 7th April, the Year 3 choir will be performing two African songs. Do come along to enjoy this. We will also be announcing the winners of the Holy Trinity Bake Off at this Sharing Assembly.

Summer Choir There are one or two spaces left in our summer choir if your child would like to join us, and is Year 3 or older. The songs they are going to sing are “Hold back the river” by James Bay and “When children rule the world” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus a hip hop/gospel medley and a traditional Scottish song. They will be performing at our summer music concert on Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm.

We hope that most of our children who take music lessons in school will be able to perform at the summer music concert – we always have wonderful performances by our recorder choirs, singing choirs, handbell club, guitarists and keyboard players as well as our very popular ukulele bands and brass instrument players. Put the date in your diary, Tuesday 23rd May at 5.00pm, and come along to enjoy our wonderful and talented young musicians!

Analysis of responses to the Breakfast Club and After School Club survey Thank you to the 12 respondents who sent in their forms.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Club 4 5 4 3 4
After school Club 7 8 10 7 7


Amongst these recorded above were those who said they would only use the facility  “Ad Hoc” or “Occasionally” or “Depending on school clubs” so reflected in the table is the highest possible number, assuming that every child is there on every occasion. It would be very likely that on most days the numbers would be somewhat lower than this.

In order to be sustainable, we need at least 20 children signed up (and paid up) for each session. Since we are nowhere near that number, we will be unable to offer this provision at this time. There are good childminders in the area, and we can signpost to these if required.

Summative assessments In the week commencing Monday 8th May, all children in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) will be writing little assessments in reading, writing and maths, and the spelling, punctuation and grammar topic. Please do not worry about these assessments, and do not allow your child to worry about them either. They will be very similar to the weekly and termly tests that they have regularly, and require no extra revision or pressure from home. It is best not even to mention them to your child unless they choose to discuss them. The best thing parents can do to support their children is to make sure they get to bed at a sensible time and have a good breakfast.

For Years 3, 4 and 5, these assessments are used simply to secure the teachers’ assessment of each child’s progress – the teachers already know what standard your child is working at. For the Year 6 children, these are the end of key stage assessments, the so-called SATS. The test papers are delivered to school securely sealed and must be written on the date prescribed by the government, and then the completed papers are sent off to be marked externally. We make sure that we have some of our governors and teachers from Lavington School helping with invigilating so that it is clear that we run the tests with the highest probity. This rigorous assessment is the main method used by the government to hold us to account, and is the main method used to rank our school as one of the highest performing in the region.

School uniform can be purchased from OHM clothing in Snuff Street, Devizes, or you can purchase their uniform online at

Also, you can purchase school uniform from Tesco through their uniform embroidery service.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning3.30pm Fri afternoon
Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


Thank-you for supporting the Easter Tuck shop and Flower Sale last Friday. The flowers made a profit of just under £115. That, together with Jane Gibbon’s turnover from the last 3 Tuck Shops of around £185, gives us £300 to put towards theatre lighting for the school hall. THANK-YOU!!!

Today Liz Read and The Gardening Club launched the “Tallest Sunflower Competition” and children ought to be coming home with all they need to take part. Good luck!

Looking ahead, lots happening next week:

:: Monday (April 3): Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Tuesday morning (April 4) after drop-off: PFA meeting in the school hall. (If you’d like to take part but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on to perhaps arrange a second session.)

:: Friday (April 7): The long awaited Junior Bake Off!! You ought to have received details and entry forms in the book bags. Get in touch if you don’t have these.

The winners of the Junior Bake Off and the chocolate Easter Bunny raffle will be announced in Friday’s Sharing Assembly. Followed by teas and a cake sale of all the entries to usher in the Easter break.

See you next week! From the PFA Team

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