Newsletter 1 – 6th September 2013

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 you child which class they are in. The dates and times for each class meetings are as follows:

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Silbury class (year 5 and 6)                          5.00pm

Stonehenge class (FS and Y1)                     5.30pm

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Sarum class (Year 3 and Year 4)                   5.00pm

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

Avebury class (Year 4 and year 5)                6.00pm

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 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 at this assembly.

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 charge for these). Others are run by experts or professionals in the field and there will be a charge for these clubs.

School-led clubs Permission letters for clubs will be sent out shortly.  Most school-led clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 23rd September. 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), Winter Sports (on Tuesdays after school), Cricket club (on Tuesdays after school),  Choir (lunch time Friday), Gardening (Monday after school), Chess (Thursday or Friday at lunchtime) and Art (lunch time to be advised). Most of these clubs are for children in KS2. Many 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 as follows:

Tuesday:                                Drama                                                                (KS2)

Wednesday:                         Multiskills sports                                                  (KS1)

Ukulele experts                                                (KS2)

Thursday:                            Judo                                                                   (KS1 and 2)

Healthy Cooking                                    (Years 1, 2 and 3)

Friday:                                    Ukulele  beginners                                   (KS1 and 2)

Bloodhound club (Design &Tech) (KS2, Years 4, 5 and 6)

Eisteddfod Choir Ms Sharman has once again very kindly offered to lead a KS2 choir to compete in the Devizes Eisteddfod on 15th November. If your child was in the Eisteddfod choir last year, they will gain automatic entry this year, and others who would like to join will be offered an audition – see choir newsletter sent with this newsletter.


Gardening Club For all the children who already attend gardening club, the first meeting this term will be on this Monday 9th September. The club will stop through winter and then in spring, new people will be invited to join.

Sunflowers The organisers of the great sunflower challenge would like the sunflowers to be brought back to school on Monday 16th September for the measuring. I believe we have some unbelievably tall sunflowers out there!

Swimming at Dauntsey’s School pool will start for Sarum class on Thursday 12th September. Whilst this activity is heavily subsidised by the school, a voluntary donation of £3 is requested for each swimming session since it is expensive – we have to hire the bus, the pool, a swimming coach and a lifeguard for each session.

Recorder lessons commence on Friday 13th September, so please remember to bring your recorder to school!

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

Lavington Secondary School Open Day for children in Year 7 next year will be on Friday 20th September 9am – 12pm. You can pop in for a half an hour tour around the school at any point in this. Parents usually take their children to have a look at the school at about 9.00am and bring them back to Holy Trinity at about 10.00am.

Secondary School places Application forms have gone home with our year 6 children to apply for their secondary school place – please note that the deadline is Noon on 31st October 2013.

Primary School places We have application forms in school for children who will be four years old before September 2014. The deadline for these applications is Noon on 15th January 2014.

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.

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

Children’s Harvest Workshop… Come and have fun making items to celebrate the harvest on Saturday 14th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. These items will be displayed at the Harvest service .

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, Friday 20th September from 6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult as with the Harvest event


The PFA AGM will be held on Monday 16th September in school at 2pm, at this meeting members will be elected and roles filled. If you are able to help out on the PFA, then please think about joining and come along to the AGM in September.


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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