Newsletter 1 – 5th September 2014

Dear Parents

Welcome back everyone! It is wonderful to have the school filled once again with happy and excited children. A very warm welcome also to the new families who have joined us this academic year. We hope that you will quickly become part of our warm and supportive school community.

Parents’ Class Welcome Meetings The teachers will be holding their annual familiarisation meetings in the coming week. All parents are invited to attend the meeting for their child/ren’s class where the teacher will talk about classroom routines and expectations, homework, reward systems and various other matters and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. We do encourage each family to send a representative to these meetings. Each meeting will be held in your child’s classroom. If you are not sure, ask your child which class they are in. The dates and times for each class meetings are as follows:

Tuesday 9th September 2014        Stonehenge class (FS and Y1)                          5.00pm

White Horse class (Year 1 and Year 2)         5.30pm

Wednesday 10th September 2014  Sarum class (Year 3 and Year 4)                     5.00pm

                                                           Avebury class (Year 4 and year 5)                  6.00pm

                                                         Silbury class (year 5 and 6)                               5.30pm


Portsmouth Trip It was wonderful to have all our children go to Portsmouth and spend the day at the Historic Dockyard, exploring the Victory (the Flag Ship of our navy in the battle of Trafalgar and the Flag Ship of the British Navy to this day). We find that these trips really help the children with their learning – they write more vividly and learn more enthusiastically when they have had first-hand experiences. Thank you to all our staff who worked so hard to organise this trip and to all our volunteers who came along to support the children.

Thank you! All the teachers have asked me to thank everyone who sent gifts in to school for the staff at the end of last term – we were, as ever, overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. We were especially touched by the messages in the cards and notes – it is heart warming to have our work so clearly appreciated.

Communication with the school Please do keep in touch with school if you have any concerns at all or if you would like to tell us something about your child or something about your family that will impact on your child. You can email us, phone us, have a word with the teacher after school, pop into the office, or write in the child’s reading record or homework book. You are our most important partner in educating your child and we value really good relationships with our parents.

New children  Our youngest children start school on Monday – many of their families are new to school and I do ask everyone to help them to feel welcome and part of our community.

Secret codes! Sometimes we use vocabulary or acronyms that you may not be familiar with – please alert us if we do this so that we can make sure we are clear in our communications. We will often use the term KS1 or KS2. These stand for Key Stage 1  (which is Year 1 and Year 2, and usually we include the Foundation Stage children in this group as well), and Key Stage 2 (which includes Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6). 

Sharing Assembly Please remember that sharing assembly takes place on Fridays at 2.15pm where children are able to share their successes and experiences with the whole school. All parents are welcome to attend this assembly.

Swimming at Dauntsey’s School pool will start for Sarum class later in the year than usual since the pool is currently out of operation. We will notify you as soon as we are able to start swimming lessons.

Recorder lessons commence on Friday 12th September, so please remember to bring your recorder to school!

Guitar/ keyboard lessons will start again next Wednesday. Please remember to bring your guitar into school.

Clubs: At Holy Trinity we offer a wide variety of special interest clubs. Some of these are led by our teachers and teaching assistants on a voluntary basis (and there is no/very small charge for these). Others are run by experts or professionals in the field and there will be a fee for these clubs. We offer various short courses through the year as well as the usual permanent clubs.

School-led clubs Permission letters for clubs will be sent out shortly.  Most school-led clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 29th September (except School Choir – see below). The letters will make it clear which age group can be admitted and in which afternoon or lunchtime the club will run.  These clubs will include Handbells (Monday at lunchtimes), Choir (Monday after school), Gardening (Monday after school), Cricket club (Tuesdays after school), Junk Modelling (Tuesday after school), Winter Sports (Wednesdays after school), Chess (Friday at lunchtime), and Art (lunch time to be advised). Most of these clubs are for children in KS2 but the gardening club, art club and junk modelling clubs are open to younger children. Many of our clubs are limited to a certain number of participants and the places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Other Clubs These are the fee paying clubs run after school in the hall or on the playground by private experts, coaches and trainers – those who have signed up for these clubs should already know when the first session is. These clubs are, at the moment, as follows:

Tuesday:                               Street Surfing                                                      (KS2)

Wednesday:                         Ukulele experts                                                   (KS2)

Thursday:                             Judo and Ukulele beginners                             (KS1 and 2)

(We may run Clay Modelling on Mondays if there is sufficient take up – the letters will have gone out today.)     

Choir practice will start after school 3-4pm on Monday 8th September for those children who have responded to invitations to sing in the Eisteddfod/Songs of Praise choir this year. Permission slips and £9 payment (made out to Holy Trinity) need to be returned to the office. Ms Sharman is looking forward to starting preparations for these two exciting events!

Reminder Children are not allowed to have mobile phones in school. We also cannot allow rucksacks in school – there is just no room to hang them and they cause trip hazards. Draw string bags can be used for PE kit.

NutsPlease do not include nuts in your child’s lunch as we have children with severe nut allergies in school.

Vacancy for a Midday Supervisor Assistant (MDSA) – also called Dinner Ladies!

A vacancy has arisen in our school for an MDSA to work Fridays at lunchtime. We require someone who has experience of working with children, understands how to be kind whilst maintaining authority, will help children with any difficulties at lunch time and will organise games and interesting activities through lunch time.  An understanding of child protection is essential. You will join a very strong and supportive team of MDSAs and will receive training and induction for the role. The post is for an hour and ten minutes a week on Grade B, Spine Point 7 (of the Wiltshire Pay scales) and is paid at £6.69 per hour. Pay is divided into 12 equal payments in the year. There are the usual Wiltshire Pension benefits and various other benefits. Application forms available at the office – closing date Friday 12th September.



Tex Recycling  Please bring in your items for recycling (including old curtains & bed linen) on Monday 8th September – sealed bags may be left by the lay-by gate.


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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