Newsletter 7 – 16th October 2020

Dear Parents

Last day of this half term: Please remember that term ends on Wednesday 21st October and we expect to return to school as usual on Monday 2nd November. We will update you if this should change.  

Thanks to our PFA We offer our very sincere thanks to our amazing PFA, with a special mention of Adrienne Conlon and her team, whose term has just finished. They have done tremendous work to raise funds for our children – the PFA paid for the new Boat in the little playground last year, amongst many other things. We particularly value the PFA role in welcoming new families into our community, and providing the special treats for our children that make school so special – the Christmas party, Pancake races and so on. We are very grateful to Mrs Knox and Mrs Read who have so kindly offered to be the new Chair and Secretary in the coming year, and to Mr Cleveley who has agreed to stay on as treasurer. Without our PFA and the huge support of our families, our children would miss out on much of the enrichment that makes education here so special.

Staying warm this winter As we go forward into the colder weather, we remind parents that children are encouraged to have a warm fleece to keep in school all the time. We are also working towards a system in each class where children have a pair of dry shoes and socks/wellies available. We cannot ask children to keep to the field path as we used to in the very wet weather, because of the change of use of the field for Covid restrictions, so they will be on the wet ground more than they would usually have been. And the school will not be very warm when they get back inside. Your child’s class teacher will let you know what their plan is – the older children will probably be allowed to have a spare pair of shoes in school, and will change into them if necessary. They will then have to take the wet shoes home to dry them. The younger children have wellies in school.

We are trying to limit the traffic of items between home and school, as this is another way to limit the risk of viral transmission, but there are some situations where we have to be pragmatic and accept that there will be some things we cannot avoid moving between home and school.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip We are delighted to be booking this trip for children in Years 5 and 6 with a non-refundable deposit of £50 this year, and travel insurance to cover in case of cancellation. The total cost, including coach fare and all activities is £225. Please find a letter attached to this mail giving more information about the trip and the centre. We have been taking children to this venue for many years and it is a very successful residential trip – children have an amazing time and learn lots about team work, independence, courage, physical fitness and having fun.  Children who qualify for the Pupil Premium funding will have their trip fees paid for them. We will set up a payment scheme if you wish to pay it off over several months. We need to know how many will be coming by Monday 2nd November at the latest so that we can confirm the booking. Please send in the attached form and deposit by this date.

Wrap Around Care Do complete the forms if you wish to take advantage of our Wrap Around care offer to start on 2nd November. Lots of detail in last week’s newsletter: https://holy-trinity.co.uk/newsletter/

We would be grateful if you can have the forms back to us by the end of today, so that we can organise the sessions in line with the Covid requirements. There is still a lot of spare capacity and we would like to have more children to make it viable.  Please note a slight adjustment – rather than using School Money to pay, we shall be asking parents to pay by BACS payment.

NSPCC I am pleased to tell you that children have been or shortly will be participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme.  This consists of an online assembly and supporting classroom based activities.  Speak out. Stay safe.  is a safeguarding programme available to all primary schools.  It aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly, interactive way. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can find more information on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout.

Parking Please do NOT park in the layby and wait for your child’s Bubble to open – it is for Stop and Drop only. If you need to wait with your child, please park across the road in the parking area so that other parents can Stop and Drop. We are very grateful to all our parents for their patience with the new systems – we are all working together to keep our community safe at this difficult time.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them.This week, we will discuss briefly the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy. For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEND. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND can be accessed on our website. In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has significant concerns because they are failing to make progress will be raised at an SEND meeting with the SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator). They will be assessed and given whatever extra support is deemed necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be registered with the Local Authority as having Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Parents and the child will have input into this process. In the event that the child continues to make very little progress, they may be assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan which, if successful, might draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra funding ought to be used for. 

Overall in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENDCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND provision are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support at some point in their school lives. Many children also have disabilities but if these disabilities do not prevent the child from making steady progress, then these children will not be registered on the SEND Code of Practice since it is clear from their outcomes that the adjustments we make for them in the usual course of their education are sufficient to enable them to make progress. Our quality-first teaching helps to ensure that very few children need to be included on the formal SEND Code of Practice.

Secondary School Applications   The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Edington Under 5s From 3rd November, the Edington Under 5s will be running twice a week on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, please see the Facebook group or contact Louisa on 07538278445 for more details. (This is because we can only have a limited number of people per session). 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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.

PFA News

Letters and order forms so that children can design their own Christmas Cards should now be with you. This is usually a very popular fund-raiser and we are hoping to gain enough commission from this project to fund a small Christmas gift for each child at school, as we have in previous years. 

This year, after your child has completed the design, you will need to follow the instructions on the form to place an on-line order and pay electronically. It is then important that you return the design to the PFA on Monday 2nd November to the box outside school.

We hope you have lots of fun completing your designs! Please get in touch if you have any questions once the letters have been sent home.

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

Newsletter 6 – 9th October 2020

Dear Parents

Wrap Around Care We hope to open our Wrap Around Care provision on 2nd November 2020, when we return from the half term break. If you would like to register your child with the provision, please contact school for the sign up and registration forms.

Because of Covid 19 restrictions, we are unable to accept “Walk in” children or families asking for places at short notice. You will have to book a month in advance for the whole month. We are sorry that this is quite restrictive but there is no other way to keep in line with the direction on this and to keep everyone safe – we have a duty of care to our staff and to the children. Once Covid is behind us, we can offer more flexibility.

We can only accept 15 children in each session and they have to be, as far as possible, the same 15 children to maintain the integrity of the Wrap Around Care Bubble, so the first 15 to sign up with be the members of that Bubble on that day. Places will be allocated on a First Come, First Served basis and once we have reached 15 children in that session there will be no more places available. We are not allowed to exceed this number until Covid restrictions are lifted.

We are offering

  • A “Short Afternoon” from 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Or starting when your child’s Bubble goes home, if that is before 3.00pm) which will cost £5 for the session and will include a light snack.
  • A “Long Afternoon”, from 3.00pm – 5.30pm (again, it might start earlier if your child’s Bubble goes home earlier) which will cost £11 for each session.
  • A Breakfast club from 8.00am – 8.30am (or until your child’s Bubble opens in the morning) which will cost £3 for each session. Cereal and fruit will be available if children would like breakfast.

The provision will be managed and run by our own school staff, with Mrs Roberts-Phare being there every day for all sessions, and with other support staff working on a rota through the week. Mrs Roberts-Phare has planned lots of creative and exciting activities which will be delivered in line with Covid requirements, minimising the close contact children have with each other and ensuring that personal equipment is not shared between children.

We are going to ask parents to drop off for Breakfast club between 8.00am and 8.10am at the pedestrian gate in the layby. Afterschool club collection will have to be through the staff car park– we will monitor this to see how much disruption is caused to our neighbours. We may have to change this in due course.

We would be grateful if you can have the forms back to us by Friday 16th October, so that we can organise the sessions in line with the Covid requirements. We will let you know if you have a place.

Collective Worship Every day, we all have a few minutes of reflection on spiritual themes – to do with our own faith or non-faith philosophy, our moral compass, our responsibility towards everything in creation. Then time is set aside to sit still and quietly find that centre of peace, and to pray if we wish to. The stories are usually taken from the Bible or from Christian stories. (This week, we are thinking about the value of Courage, and have had some input on St Francis and his relationship with creation. We will also hear about Daniel and the Lions’ Den and about David and Goliath.)

We used to sing together, which is such a powerful way of cementing a community, but at the moment we cannot sing indoors, so we listen to the songs and do the actions.  We also cannot all meet in the hall for Collective Worship, so it takes place in each classroom. Once a week I lead worship from my office through Teams, which streams into the classrooms, and once a week we have Sharing Assembly, where each classroom has a turn to stream into the other classrooms to share some of the work they have done over the course of the week. Although not as good as meeting together in the hall, this does help us to maintain the community feel of our school.

Activities coming up

  • In November, we will have Kalpesh back in school. We know how amazing he was last time he came! Every child will have a workshop on Bollywood dance, Diwali and Hindu culture and life. Each class (Bubble) will have their own session and all dance will take place outside. We will encourage everyone to wear their brightest coloured clothes on Wednesday 25th November for this event! Bubbles will be strictly maintained.
  • Together with St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell, we will be running a Christingle event with our children shortly before Christmas.
  • We have also organised our traditional Christmas entertainment to take place in a different way – to keep everyone safe, the very popular “Science Boffin” will deliver class workshops through the whole of the last day (Friday 18th December), rather than the usual whole school event at the end of the day.
  • We will have traditional school turkey Christmas dinner on the last day as well, with all our teachers and support staff being involved in serving so that we can do it quickly before the food spoils. It will be served in classrooms so that children are safely in their Bubbles. You will be invited to order this through Lataca in due course.

Secondary School Applications   The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Link for Lavington prospectus:

https://www.lavington.wilts.sch.uk/about-us/prospectus

Link for Matravers open day:

https://matravers.wilts.sch.uk/primary-schools/5862-applications-for-september-2021.html

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).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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.

PFA News

We are very pleased to say that Maxine Knox has volunteered to step-up from the role of Secretary to Chair of the PFA this year. Liz Read has kindly volunteered to be Secretary and Kevin Cleveley has agreed to continue as our treasurer. Thank you so much to these people for making it possible for the PFA to continue. 

We are currently organising a date for the AGM where the committee will be officially voted into their roles. Please do come along if you can and see what the PFA is all about. Date and location to be decided shortly. 

Christmas Cards We will soon be sending home information so that children can design their own Christmas cards at home and then have these printed ready to send out to family and friends. Due to Covid restrictions, this will run slightly differently to usual (more details to follow) but we are pleased that we have found a safe way for this to go ahead this year. Thank you to the people who have volunteered to help with this. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

Newsletter 5 – 2nd October 2020

Dear Parents

Adventure Activity Days What a wonderful experience this was for our children! They were, as ever, beautifully behaved and showed great courage and resilience as they tackled the challenges. They all had a go at the climbing wall and the archery, and the older children enjoyed the team games and rope swing as well. Although we are not able to get children offsite as much as we usually do because of Covid restrictions, we are fortunate to have such amazing activities available on site. My sincere thanks to Mrs Goddard who spearheaded and organised these adventure activity days. There are photos on our webpage at www.holy-trinity.co.uk and on our school Facebook page.

Fleeces in school We are recommending that every child bring a warm fleece into school and keep it in school all winter. If it is very cold, or if they get wet, they can pull the fleece on and stay warm. This is in addition to their warm coats, gloves, scarves and hats. Please put their names on EVERYTHING! Even just writing their names on the manufacturer’s label with a ballpoint pen is helpful as we try to sort through lost property.

Children in Stonehenge and White Horse classes will be invited to keep a pair of wellies in school as well, so that they can pull them on to play outside. We have ordered specially designed wellie trolleys to keep the wellies safe and dry. These younger children, especially, spend most of their days outdoors and we do not want them to have wet feet all day.

Flu immunisation On Thursday 8th October, all children whose parents have given permission will receive the flu vaccine as a nasal spray. If you do wish your child to be vaccinated and have not yet completed the consent, please do so as soon as possible by following the link sent in a recent email.

Privacy Notice At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, we collect, hold and share personal information relating to our pupils, staff and volunteers, and may also receive, hold and share information about them from their previous school, Local Authority, police, social services, medical professionals and the Department for Education (DfE). To find out more about what and how we hold, retain, share and process data, please take the time to read our Privacy Notice within the data protection policy on our website at http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/ . All data is processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force in May 2018 and with various Education legislation.

Suggested books for children If you are interested in providing a range of books for your child to read, there are a number of lists and websites which will help you select good reading material. https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-primary-school-pupils/  has some great ideas for books for children age 3 – 11, and they update the site regularly. Please be aware that children do not have to tackle a huge book if they are reluctant readers – they can read picture books, magazines and comics, instructions for building Lego models, blogs, recipes, the back of cereal boxes! Anything at all! If your child does not enjoy reading books, encourage them to read adverts, captions on pictures, road signs – as long as they are reading, they are getting better at reading. Then, if you read to them regularly, they will gradually come to love reading and will wish to tackle more challenging texts themselves. Research shows that children who are read to by adults all the way through primary school do better at English and significantly better at maths at GCSE than those who do not have someone reading to them regularly. Regardless of how well your child reads, please keep a family book on the go that you read to them every day or several times a week.

PFA  Please consider offering your services in the leadership of our amazing PFA for the coming year – it would be such a pity if it has to go into abeyance because there is no Chair.

The work done by the PFA is so valuable and enriches the education of our children. They also welcome new families, and provide a community of support for everyone.

Warning! We’ve just heard through Parish Council sources that a family and their dog were attacked by a swarm of wasps in the woods next to the green space by the park and Pavilion.  The dog needed treating by the vet and the family have a lot of stings. Please keep your children well away from the woods – the woods are private land and no-one should be going into them anyway, but this presents a significant danger to their welfare, so please be vigilant. Children should not be playing unsupervised in the area across the road at any time – they are young and heedless and things can easily go wrong if their carers do not keep a watchful eye on them. They should always be within your field of vision and should always be able to hear you if you call out to them.

Edington Under 5s is exempt from the rule of six – we meet safely outside every Thursday from 10-12. Look at the Facebook page or contact Louisa on 07538 278445 for more details.

Secondary School Applications   The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Traffic We are very grateful to our parents who are being considerate in their use of the car park, leaving promptly and allowing the next tranche of parents to park. We know that it is not easy to manage the staggered drop off and pick-ups but it is working seamlessly and we thank everyone for their forbearance in these difficult times. We ask that you are careful as you drive and turn around in the road past the school – and please be patient with those who are trying to leave the area. Children are moving about in that area and their safety is the paramount concern.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Friday 18th December Last day of term  
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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.

PFA News

This week we haven’t much ‘news’ to report, but the PFA, on behalf of our school community, would really like to send a great big ‘thank you’ out to all the teachers and staff who have worked so hard to welcome all our children back to school. All the lovely activities that have been arranged for them and all the care they have been shown as they settle back into school has been outstanding and is very much appreciated. 

Also a reminder that we are seeking a new ‘Chair’ for the PFA, please do email or get in touch if you are interested in the role. It would be a real shame if the PFA had to stop activity because we don’t have a full committee. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020

Dear Parents

Creative Curriculum in action

Everyone in school enjoyed the Falconry exhibition on Tuesday, with interesting presentations about birds of prey and the chance to see some of these amazing birds in real life.

Sarum class had a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians – another great learning opportunity.

Stonehenge class had a wonderful (rainy) walk to look at the different styles of houses in our village and to explore the church briefly.

And White Horse class had fun with racing pigeons! Our thanks to Mr Howse who brought them in and gave the children a wonderful experience.

Harvest Celebration Hopefully you will have seen the exhibition of Harvest pictures and bunting on our hedge outside the school – a chance for you to see some of the amazing work our children have done on the theme of Harvest.

Adventure Activity Day On Tuesday 29th September and Wednesday 30th September, we will have the adventure activity days, with a climbing wall, archery, rope swing and other team games. Please make sure your child is wearing long, jogging type trousers, a long sleeved top and trainers, suitable for the activities and in school colours if at all possible. No smart designer clothes please. Sarum and Silbury class will have their turn on Tuesday, and Stonehenge, White Horse and Avebury classes will have their turn on Wednesday.

PFA  Please consider joining the working committee of our amazing Parents and Friends Association – it is a great way to meet other people and make friends, and in addition you will be supporting our school as we enrich the children’s education with donations from the PFA fundraising. We are going to need volunteers to step up to the leadership in the coming year, so please do consider this so that we can keep the charity going. It is such an important part of our school life and school community. Our huge thanks go to Adrienne and her team who have done such a wonderful job over the past year.

Christmas We are determined that we will have some Christmas celebrations in our school no matter how difficult it may be to organise. It will have to be very different from previous years, as we cannot have all parents in the hall, nor can we have all children mixed up together. But we hope to have some kind of a Christmas performance with the older children, perhaps in the form of a radio play; we would like to have a whole school musical event with different elements from each class being stitched together to form a whole school performance; and we hope our youngest children, at least, will be able to dress up and present some kind of short, limited scale, outdoor performance for parents to enjoy. Our PFA are already considering how to do a Christmas party – within classes, perhaps, and with individual party bags. We will continue to update on these ideas as we work out the logistics.

Staff Training Ensuring that our staff always have access to high quality continuing professional development has been more challenging in these times, but we continue to provide the best we can. This week, we offered Speech and Language Therapy training for all staff from all five of the Emmanuel Collaboration schools. The training was streamed out from the Wiltshire Speech and Language Therapy team into our schools via “Teams” so that we could all benefit in safety. The second part of this course will go out in a fortnight. We are grateful to the SLT team who have managed to deliver this training in this way and to our staff for giving the time to their continuing professional development in the midst of the challenges we face.

Sharing on Moodle Each week there will a few items shared on the Whole School part of our Moodle platform so that you can see some of the work our children are doing.

Links with our local church Please read the accompanying letter from St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell – there are some super events coming up and we do encourage you to go along and join in with the community celebrations.

Secondary School Applications  The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations. Sensible PE type clothing to be worn – long trousers.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Friday 18th December Last day of term  
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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.

PFA News

Due to personal circumstances, Adrienne has regretfully decided to no longer continue as PFA Chair. We are therefore on the lookout for someone to Chair the group and we will consequently be holding an AGM in the coming weeks to establish if anyone would like to. Sadly, without someone in this position, the charity cannot legally function, and we would be required to at least temporarily shut the PFA. If you have any interest in taking on this role, please do let the PFA know. We will provide details in the near future for when the AGM will be, with it being held in the open air by The Pavilion.

The PFA would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Adrienne for stepping up to the role of Chair this time last year. She did a marvellous job of steering us through the many fun and busy activities we were running up until lockdown. We are very pleased that she will remain part of the PFA team going forward. 

At the AGM we would also usually provide a summary of activity for the last 12 months, plus what the financial position is of the group. In light of Covid-19 and the restrictions we find ourselves facing, this year we will instead be providing this information by email. This will be available in the coming weeks. Please email us if you wish to be added to the email list.

We are very much hoping to be able to do Christmas cards and personalised Christmas gifts again this year and we are currently looking at the best way to do this, so watch this space over the next week or two. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

Newsletter 3 – 18th September 2020

Dear Parents

After many happy years of leading Holy Trinity as headteacher, I shall be retiring in August next year, and making way for a new leader who will take our wonderful school forward and who will continue to embed and improve the amazing ethos and achievements that make this school so unique. This will be an extraordinary year, and a memorable year, for me to work as my last, and I shall make sure that our children continue to get the very best education possible under the unusual circumstances. Governors are in the process of recruiting my successor and will keep parents informed so there will be regular updates on this matter.

Parent Governor We welcomeFrancesca Shepherd onto our Governing Body from 15th October as the new parent governor. Our thanks go to Vincent Albano, the previous parent governor in this post, whose skills and experience have been so much appreciated over the past years and whose clear and concise approach has supported school development so effectively.

The role of our Governing Body is to map out the overarching strategy for our school. They appoint the Headteacher, agree the budget with the Headteacher each year, and hold the Headteacher to account for standards and financial management in the school. Governors have no role in the day to day management of the school, deployment of staff or minutiae of classroom management – all of these matters are delegated in their entirety to the Headteacher (who is also, in our school, the CEO of our single academy trust).

Moodle Everyone should now be able to access Moodle, as the site has been set up for the new school year with new classes.  My thanks, as ever, to Patrick Williams who keeps this platform running so efficiently for us on a voluntary basis. If your child is isolating or off sick, please ensure that they carry on with their learning journey. The work you did over lock down with your children was superb and we are very impressed with the standards our children maintained through this time. We hope to be able to keep this up with the partnership between school and home supporting the children’s best outcomes through this difficult time. 

Field trips White Horse class had a field trip around our village this week.  My thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who made the field trip on “Great Cheverell during the First World War” come alive for the children, by dressing up and telling stories. The children learnt a lot and really enjoyed the trip.

Stonehenge class will also have a trip to the local church in the coming weeks. They will become more familiar with the building which is used by Christians for their worship and some of the Christian symbols found there – interesting theological learning, whether they are people of faith or not.

Sarum class are having a virtual museum experience of Bristol Museum to find out more about hieroglyphics, on Monday afternoon, as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians.

I am very grateful to our amazing teachers who continue to find ways to bring our curriculum to life even in these complicated times. Workload is much heavier for them at present, with the distance learning to manage as well as the daily whole class teaching but they do not let that stand in the way of ensuring that children are given the best possible education under very difficult circumstances.

School Party A little celebration was held, in class Bubbles on the field, on Tuesday, to commend the children for the amazing efforts they made over lockdown to keep their learning, resilience and joy intact through the difficult times. It was lovely to have everyone on the field, in groups very distanced from each other, enjoying their party bags, and playing a very unusual version of Pass the Parcel. Thanks to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew for their cooking and baking and making up the party bags. Busy week for them! There are photos of this, and other learning events from this extraordinary term, on our website: https://holy-trinity.co.uk/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=35&show=slide

Falconry Exhibition We are delighted to have this opportunity to find out more about birds of prey on Tuesday next week. The exhibition and presentation to each class will take place outside on the field, with all Covid precautions in place.

Harvest Celebration The children in Stonehenge class are hoping to present a little Harvest song on Friday 25th September at the end of their school day. Weather permitting, they will stand on the playground/Sledge hill, hopefully visible to parents on the outside of the school, and sing/say their song. There will also be some Harvest pictures from the rest of the children attached to the hedge or on display panels outside the school for parents to enjoy, instead of our usual Harvest assembly.

We will not be collecting for Harvest this year, as we are not allowed to manage contributions from children’s homes, but please be aware of the desperate need of so many families at this time, and please do contribute to the Devizes Foodbank if you can – they have donation points at the front of Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s in Devizes, or you can donate money https://devizesdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/ .

Tennis Holiday Camp will run during half term daily 10am-3pm from Tuesday 27th-Thursday 29th October 2020. They are offering an EARLY BIRD DEAL of £50 per child to anyone who books and pays by 30th September 2020.

Full details, including how to book can be found at https://tinyurl.com/dtc-oct20camp

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Tuesday 22nd September Falconry exhibition for all children, in Bubbles. School day
Friday 25th September Harvest celebration. In classes, with some art work exhibited for parents outside the school.
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September Adventure activity days on our school field. School day. No payment, but request for donations.
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  

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.

PFA News

Thank you to Francesca Shepherd and Liz Read who have done a fine job of collating, washing, organising and selling uniform so far this term. Not only does this help raise funds for the PFA, but more importantly means that good quality school uniforms are being re-used and are available at an affordable cost for parents. Please get in touch with them if you’d like to donate or buy uniform. 

We are still getting the first PFA meeting of the year organised and working out how to do this safely in current times. We will keep everyone updated. 

Many thanks,

Your PFA

To contact the PFA: 

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com or join our Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”