Newsletter 26 – 1st April 2021

Dear Parents

Have a wonderful Easter break! We wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 19th April.

Pilgrimage Day What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday! Our annual Pilgrimage Day took place on our school field, rather than in Edington Church this year, and it was so special to have the whole school out there, carefully separated and keeping to their Bubbles, but visible to each other.

We spent the morning reflecting on many aspects of the story of Easter – a story of courage, suffering, compassion, friendship, forgiveness and joy. Whether our children are people of faith or not, this is an inspirational story and they had time to reflect on these themes and how they impact on their lives.

There was an extraordinary atmosphere of joy and positivity, and a real sense of our community coming together to celebrate the day. We are very grateful to the clergy who supported us so strongly with this event, leading each activity separately for each group of children. And our huge thanks go to Mrs Edwards who is so efficient at organising all the resources that we need for events like these.

Church Visits The children in Stonehenge and White Horse classes walked to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell (separately, to ensure the Bubbles did not mix) this week for a little Easter reflection. They walked around the outside of the church first, enjoying the beautiful weather. Then they went inside for a few moments of quiet time. These quiet and reflective times are valuable for everyone’s spiritual growth and mental health.

Brass instrument and Ukulele lessons If you would like your child to have tuition from our amazingly talented Mr Gundry in brass instrument (cornet and trumpet) or individual ukulele lessons, please contact him on info@maestromania.co.uk. Mr Gundry has instruments for you to hire if you would like to do that. Lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon, either in school time or just after school. Please make contact within the next three weeks so that Mr Gundry can plan his timetable. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Everything will be arranged and delivered in line with strict Covid restrictions and protocols, of course.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip The Government let us know this week that, as long as Covid infections are not increasing too much, and all other aspects for the easing of lockdown are in place, we should be able to plan residential trips to take place from Monday 17th May. This is very good news for us, because our annual Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and Year 6 is booked for the following week, from Wednesday 26th May to Friday 28th May. So, all going according to plan, this trip should be good to go. Further guidance will be issued over the next few weeks which will help us plan the trip in a Covid safe way, and we will send out information for parents as this becomes available to us.

Holi Celebrations and Bollywood Dance Please do complete and send back to school the permission slip for our wonderful celebration day which will centre on the Hindu festival of Holi. We will have Kalpesh back in school on Wednesday 21st April to lead us through some great activities which will help us understand more about a faith and culture different from our own. If you wish your child to take part in the powder paint colour fun, we need the permission slip for the activity which will be messy. Please send your children to school in old clothes on that day! As well as the colour activities, there will be Asian music and more Bollywood dance for children to learn and to enjoy.

No After School Club on Monday 17th May Please remember that there is NO After School Club on Monday 17th May, as we have whole staff First Aid Training on that day. You will need to make alternative arrangements. We apologise for the inconvenience caused but staff first aid training is a statutory and necessary requirement, as you will understand.

Piano lessons start on Monday 19th April If your child has their usual lesson on a Monday, please send them in with their music books on the first day back after the Easter break.

Covid Track and Trace If your child falls ill with Covid, confirmed by a positive test, over the Easter weekend within 48 hours of attending school, please let us know so that we can do the track and trace work for contacts they may have had at school. You don’t need to let us know if they fall ill after Easter Saturday.

A message from St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell: “We thought that your pupils might enjoy making an Easter garden over the holidays so Revd. Marion has made a video showing how to do this and explaining the significance of the things in the garden.”

The video and an instruction leaflet are on the church Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/100010414170906/posts/1357285244628602?sfns

Please encourage your children to take a photograph of their Easter garden and share it with the congregation of St Peter’s so that they can make a display for the church.

The congregation of St Peter’s wish everyone in the school community a very Happy Easter.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Letters from Gavin Williamson:

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  
Wednesday 21st April Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh Come to school in old clothes, brightly coloured if you have them!
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Monday 17th May No After School Club Please make alternative arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
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
Monday 19th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   Silbury class: 5.00pm Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after school) 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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

Different Rules For a Day – Thursday 1st of April

Thank you for joining in with the Different Rules for a Day event today, details of the PFA account have gone out to WhatsApp groups if you would like to donate online. Please use reference “non uniform day” in your transfer so that we can make accounting easier.

Second Hand Uniform

There is a lot of great quality second hand uniform available to buy at low prices – perhaps you need a summer dress or shorts for after Easter? We will be selling the secondhand uniform over the road from school from 2.15pm on the 1st of April. If you need uniform before then please email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or put a post on our Facebook page.

PFA meeting

There will be a PFA meeting on Tuesday 27th of April at 8.00 on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82758452679?pwd=Qk82QmNmZWMzbHRmdnpIMVdIZDZmZz09

Please come along, find out more and maybe get involved. We will be looking at events between now and the end of the year.

Holy Trinity PFA

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Newsletter 25 – 26th March 2021

Dear Parents

Fire Safety Many of our children had a virtual Fire Safety presentation in this past week. Usually we have the education part of the Fire Service come into school to give their presentation but this time, with Covid restrictions, the presentation was done on Zoom. It was very interesting and children learnt a lot about how to keep themselves safe from fire related accidents.

There was a comment about how we should all carry out fire drills in our own homes to ensure that everyone knows how to evacuate safely in the event of a fire. At school, as you know, we carry out regular fire drills and our children can evacuate the school in less than a minute and a half, and complete the whole process, including roll call, in under two minutes. But as the Fire Service remarked, they are called out to far more fires in homes than in schools and it is worth making sure that we can all leave our homes safely in the event of a fire, from any room in the house, at any time of the day or night.  We should be checking our smoke alarms regularly, and making sure that we do not leave phone chargers plugged in overnight, that we do not overload multiplug devices, and that we are very fire safety conscious, especially in the kitchen where so many accidents happen.

Recorder lessons We are delighted that Mrs Broomfield is going to be able to start her recorder lessons after the Easter holidays, in line with our Covid restrictions and risk assessments. If you have signed your child up for recorder lessons, you will already be in communication with Mrs Broomfield and will know that your child needs to bring their recorder and their music books in each Friday for their lesson. When your child takes part in music lessons, it is very important that they spend 10 minutes practising at home at least a few times during the week so that they can make good progress. Just coming to the lesson will never be enough to achieve a good level of mastery of an instrument. Regular practice is required.

Our Catch Up programme! We want our children to catch up on fun, socialising, making great memories, having the opportunity to experience new and different things and to enjoy being part of a supportive and loving school community. We have wonderful themes and topics going on in school at the moment – the tadpoles are really improving our quality of life! There is some beautiful art work and design and technology work being created and some great theme days are being planned for the near future. We are having lots of outdoor lessons and activities – such as trying to measure the height of a tree without actually climbing it, and gardening.

Pilgrimage Day Please make sure your children are dressed warmly especially on Wednesday 31st March, when we will be spending a lot of time outdoors for our Pilgrimage Day activities. This will be a wonderful time for children to reflect on their lives and their own philosophy, their spiritual journey, whatever form that takes, their role in our community and their own mental health. The day will unfold through our exploration of themes around Easter, encouraging children to take time to enjoy peaceful, purposeful reflectiveness.

Holi Celebrations and Bollywood Dance Please do complete and send back to school the permission slip for our wonderful celebration day which will centre on the Hindu festival of Holi. We will have Kalpesh back in school on Wednesday 21st April to lead us through some great activities which will help us understand more about a faith and culture different from our own. If you wish your child to take part in the powder paint colour fun, we need the permission slip for the activity which will be messy. Please send your children to school in old clothes on that day! As well as the colour activities, there will be Asian music and more Bollywood dance for children to learn and to enjoy.

PFA Initiatives Our very sincere thanks go to our amazing PFA, under the leadership of Mrs Knox and her team, who have kept things going over these very difficult times, reaching out to welcome new families and making plans for fundraising so that we can continue to provide enrichment opportunities for our children. Next week, on the last day of term, we have a “Different Rules for a Day” and details are available from the PFA.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31st March Pilgrimage Day Dress warmly – this is an outdoor activity
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  
Wednesday 21st April Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh Come to school in old clothes, brightly coloured if you have them!
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
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
Monday 19th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   Silbury class: 5.00pm Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after school) 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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

If anyone needs school uniform please email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or put a request on the PFA Facebook page.

Please see the poster sent with this newsletter for details of our “Different Rules for a Day!” fundraiser.

Newsletter 24 – 19th March 2021

Dear Parents

How is my child doing? We want to reassure our parents that the children have come back to school in a very good place, socially, academically and emotionally. This is a great tribute to the work you did at home to help your children manage the lockdown so effectively and the efforts you put into supporting their home learning.

Our very early assessments indicate that the overwhelming majority of children are on the correct learning trajectory for their ability and talents, and those who have slipped slightly are receiving extra support to help them regain their learning path. We are delighted with this outcome – we had braced ourselves for a significant number of children requiring this extra support, but the picture as far as we can assess at present is very positive. It seems very likely that by July, almost all children will achieve the same outcomes we would have expected from them in a usual school year.

If we have significant concerns over your child’s progress and attainment, we will contact you before the end of this term to let you know. If you do not hear from us, you can be reassured that your child is achieving at the level we would have expected for their ability and talents. We thank you sincerely for working so hard with our provision on Moodle – your efforts have been tremendously productive.

We will offer parents a face to face parent/teacher meeting in the summer term, as already announced. You will understand that at present teachers are working flat out to ensure best provision for the children in school and for those isolating at home, and it will be very difficult for them to contact every family this term. Of course, if you do need a quick word with your child’s teacher about a specific matter or concern, please do not hesitate to phone or email to make an appointment, or catch the teacher for a very quick moment at the school gates.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Our very popular residential trip for children in Years 5 and 6 has been booked and paid for – but neither the centre nor we have had final, definite confirmation from the Government that these events will be able to take place by the end of May. However, we are very hopeful that if Covid case numbers continue to fall, and if nothing else untoward happens, we should be able to go. We will, of course, let you know as soon as we know for certain one way or the other.

Once it is confirmed, we will send out documents with more information, kit lists and so on. If they tell us to cancel, all moneys will be repaid in full – we have taken out insurance to ensure that no one suffers any loss. We are sorry that we cannot be more definite at this stage.

Pilgrimage Day Although we are not yet allowed to take children off site, we are determined not to miss out on our annual Pilgrimage day. We cannot take our children across to Edington Church as we usually do, so the local clergy (Anglican and Baptist) have all thrown themselves into the onsite project.

We have a day of wonderful, reflective and engaging activities planned on our school field on Wednesday 31st March. The themes are taken from the Christian feast of Easter. Children, regardless of their faith or non-faith position, will have the opportunity to think about friendship, about dealing with difficulties in life, about joy, about community, about mental health and about taking care of our beautiful world. Everyone is on a spiritual path and these Pilgrimage days give us all a chance to continue along that path, making our decisions about our own philosophy, and having quiet time to find our peaceful centre.

Hindu Festival of Holi On Wednesday 21st April, in the first week back after the Easter holidays, we will have a day of finding out more about the Hindu festival of Holi, with the amazing Kalpesh bringing dance, colour, celebration and joy to our school as he always does.

E-Safety As we all know, the internet is a powerful force for good when used correctly – and for our children it is the place where they will probably be largely based as adults. They are likely to shop online, find a life partner online, work online, play online ….. and it is a tremendous source of enrichment, opportunity, information and leisure.

However, as with everything, it is open to abuse, and we do remind our families to be very careful about keeping children safe online. Just as you would never abandon your child in the middle of Bristol on a Friday night, neither should you leave your child alone online. Children are tech-savvy but very naïve and they do not understand that there are predators and criminals online who can lie to them and hurt them. Children also do not always understand the impact their own thoughtless or unkind messages can have on others. And they may be deeply hurt by such messages from others. Cyber bullying is a very real threat to our children’s wellbeing.

Please ensure that you have filters, time limits and controls on your child’s device. Please keep channels of communication open with your child so that they feel confident to come and tell you about things that might have gone wrong with their online life. Please talk to them regularly and openly about the positives and negatives of their online life. In this way, we can help our children navigate this rich, extraordinary but also dangerous world which is so much theirs.

If you feel that you do not know enough (and most of us would probably feel that way!) we do encourage you to have a look at the NSPCC materials which are easy to read and very useful. They give information and advice about online safety, the issues with online games, parental controls and other matters. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Covid We are very anxious that we should not feed another surge in cases as schools have opened. Please do not gather outside the school when you drop off or pick up children. Please continue to keep all the Covid rules. We have to keep driving down case numbers so that our amazing vaccination programme has time and space to take effect.

Message from the Local Authority: Lateral flow tests for families with school age children 

NHS Test and Trace has announced, that all adults in households with school age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below.

The tests are being made available as undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • an employer if they offer testing to employees;
    • by collecting a home test kit from a Collection Point (RTS / LTS / MTU / CT); In Wiltshire these are at The Greyhound in Trowbridge and The Beehive in Salisbury
    • by ordering a home test kit online

More information on this Government-run programme, including how to get access to the tests, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test. Testing is voluntary, but it is strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Please read the accompanying pamphlet on this.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31st March Pilgrimage Day Dress warmly – this is an outdoor activity
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  
Wednesday 21st April Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh  
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

A big thank you to the school staff for helping all the children to settle back into school after home learning.

If anyone needs school uniform please email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or put a request on the PFA facebook page.

The PFA is back up and running planning a fundraiser for later in the term, more details soon.

PFA

Newsletter 23 – 12th March 2021

Dear Parents

Our Amazing Children! What a wonderful week we have had! All our children have returned to school exceptionally well. They are cheerful, positive, courageous and hardworking, as they always are. Because of the tremendous efforts of our families, most children have made steady progress through the curriculum and have returned to school very well prepared to pick up their learning journey here.

We have been amazed at how well children have adjusted to being back in school after such a long break – it is as though they have just come back from a half term holiday. They continue to be good friends, responsible students, joyful people. They continue to throw themselves into their learning with enthusiasm. They continue to behave beautifully. We could not have wished for a better return to school and we offer our sincere thanks to all our families who have ensured that their children are in such a good place to pick up where they left off before Christmas.

Gentle Start We have made sure that children have had lots of time to socialise this week – we know that this is what they have really missed during Lockdown. They have all taken part in projects that involve team work or chatting with each other, they have had longer and more play times than usual, and they have had the opportunity to ease back into school gently.

We will be assessing children’s progress and attainment over the next few weeks, using teacher assessment mostly, through classwork and outcomes in projects. The older children will have slightly more formal assessments but these are nothing for them to worry about – simply a way for us to establish the areas of greatest need for planning the next term’s teaching and learning. If any child is not on the learning trajectory that we think they should be on at this time in the school year, they will be given extra support to accelerate their progress a bit so that they feel comfortable with their own achievement. But, at this stage, we have no serious concerns about children’s outcomes either academically or emotionally.

 Children running up to play on the field

Avebury class built this huge tetrahedron together               

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

We must continue to bear down on this virus so that we do not have any new surges of infection.

Foundation Governor Recruitment We have a vacancy on our Governing Body for a Foundation Governor. This is a person who is a practising Christian and who, along with all the other Governor responsibilities, takes a special interest in the Church character and the Christian ethos of the school and who aims to ensure that this is upheld strongly. As you know, our school has a Church foundation, and the Christian Ethos is at the heart of our success, so this is an important role.

There are 6 Full Governors’ meetings each year, and there may be other panel or committee meetings that form part of your particular responsibilities. If you are interested, please contact the headteacher, the Chair of Governors, Jeremy Shatford, or the Vice Chair, Stephanie Cadwgan. The forms that give a bit more information can be found on our website. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/staff-vacancies/

Library Let’s work together to support our children reading for pleasure! Remember – libraries are a wonderful FREE resource available even through the Lockdown. Have a look at this very short video that explains a bit more about it.       https://youtu.be/fL1A97342EU

And then, how about taking part in the Global 200 Million Minute Challenge throughout March? Children and young people from across Wiltshire are invited to complete a special library log each week and email us the total number of minutes read. All reading counts – paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers and e-books are all great. Each week we will log the minutes read on the national database and at the end of the challenge share our total. For more information visit: wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-childrens-area

Wiltshire libraries have lots of wonderful books and eBooks for children and young people to read, free to borrow and reserve for library members: wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries-ebooks. It’s free to join the library and can be done online: https://libraries.wiltshire.gov.uk/web/arena/join-the-library.

Prizes will be awarded to settings and organisations who achieve the highest average number of reading minutes per child or young person. Certificates will also be available to individuals who reach key reading targets during the challenge. Let’s see if we can win one of these prizes!

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Wednesday 31st March Pilgrimage Day Dress warmly – this is an outdoor activity
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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

A big thank you to the school staff for helping all the children to settle back into school after home learning.

If anyone needs school uniform please email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or put a request on the PFA facebook page.

The PFA is back up and running planning a fundraiser for later in the term, more details soon.

PFA

Newsletter 22 – 5th March 2021

Dear Parents

BACK TO SCHOOL! It will be lovely to have everyone back at school on Monday 8thMarch! We are all very excited about welcoming our children back.

A reminder:

  • We will return to exactly the same routines as we had through the Autumn term from September to December 2020.
  • We will continue to work in our Class Bubbles, with staggered drop off, pick up, break and lunch times so that we can avoid any cross infection between Bubbles.
  • Children may not bring things from home unless absolutely essential.
  • Please dress warmly – windows and doors will be open to improve ventilation.
  • Please wear school uniform with trainers.
  • No adults are allowed on site without an appointment, and any essential meetings will take place outside.
  • Please do not stop and chat when you drop off and pick up your children – go straight home.
  • Please maintain strict distancing from each other and from our staff. We ask that people wear face coverings if at all possible when dropping off and picking up their children, as an added precaution for the safety of our staff.
  • Remind your child about washing their hands properly and regularly.
  • Remind them about catching their coughs and sneezes in a tissue, disposing of that safely and washing hands.
  • Remind them to try to stay 2m away from other people if at all possible. (We know that for our younger children this is not feasible and we don’t really expect it.)
  • If you have forgotten your child’s drop off and pick up time, please consult the table from last week’s newsletter.
  • Please order lunches from Lataca as usual if you want your child to have school dinners from 8th March.
  • The school bus will run as usual from 8th March.
  • Wrap Around Care will continue, so if you require this provision, please book in as soon as possible.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school! This is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

We must continue to bear down on this virus so that we do not have any new surges of infection as children return to school. We don’t want any increase in infection to interfere with the time line back to normality.

Performance Poetry Thank you to all those in White Horse class, to Mrs Twentyman and to Patrick Williams who put together the amazing performance of the Owl and the Pussycat! It cheered us all up to see such a fun and inspiring performance.

A few things to look forward to On 31st March, we will all take part in our Annual Pilgrimage Day, which will have to take place on the school field this year rather than in Edington Priory. But it will be a great day of reflection, interesting activities and outdoor learning. Many of our children will also have Fire Safety training online during this term. In the next half term, we hope to have a “Reading Celebration” day where we will come to school in our pyjamas! And in the last half term we are very much hoping that restrictions will have lifted enough that we can hold our Sports Day, perhaps have a version of the Year 3/ Year 4 plays, perhaps organise the Charity Afternoon and the school Eucharist, and definitely we will have Film and Ice cream day! There will be lots of other amazing things happening of course. So much to look forward to.

Lateral Flow Tests  The Government will be making home testing Lateral Flow Tests available to families with children who may wish to test regularly for Covid even if they have no symptoms. This will help them to pick up asymptomatic cases in the population and reduce transmission. We do commend this to you. All our staff do these twice weekly.  

The following advice has been sent out by the Government: (Schools may not give out test kits to families)

Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of pupils

From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test:

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local test site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.  Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.

Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.  Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.  Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

From the Piano Tutor Piano lessons will be starting up for everyone after the Easter holidays. Mr Broomfield will be contacting everyone over the next few weeks with details and invoices.

Scams We have been asked to remind people to be very careful of falling for scams online. These often appear to come from Royal Mail, HMRC, your bank or some other reputable source. They often have the correct logo. NEVER click into these mails or texts. Never give over your bank details. Never give them your personal information. Never give your password. Sadly, a lot of people are being taken in and are losing money through these scams.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 8th March Everyone back in school! See detail in this newsletter!  
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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors

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