Newsletter 1 – 6th September 2019

Dear Parents

Thank you! All the teachers and support staff  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 and we really appreciate your kind words.

New families Thank you to all who have reached out in friendship to our new families – it can be daunting both as a child and as an adult to enter a new school community and it is important that we make sure all our new families feel welcome in this lovely 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 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, each week, a few children from each class share their successes and experiences of learning with the whole school. All parents are welcome to attend this assembly which gives insight into all the work going on here. It is lovely to see progression through the school, and unfolding of topics even if your child is not actually sharing on that day.

Aerospace Museum Trip Children in Years 1 and 2 have already had their first field trip – and had a great time finding out about the Concorde aeroplane and other mechanised transport through the ages. They took part in some scientific experiments on flight and enjoyed the coach journey as always!

Please remember that children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be going to the Aerospace Museum on Tuesday 10th September (next week) and need to have a packed lunch for this event.

Thank you to all our parents for being so efficient and getting the administration done for the trips in such good time. Your amazing support ensures that we can continue to offer our children a rich and engaging experience of learning.

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 and flat portfolio type bags for reading books. Please make sure your child has good, black school shoes – no boots, no ankle boots, no sandals, no trainers or any other type of footwear should be worn to school except trainers for PE. Please make sure hair is tied back from the face – children struggle to learn if they have to keep shaking hair out of their eyes every time they look up at the board. We are a “Nut-Free” school as we have children with severe allergies on site. Many thanks for your support and cooperation with the management of our children’s safety and wellbeing.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Stop and Drop A reminder that the layby is used as a “Stop and Drop” zone in the mornings – please do not park here and leave your car. We want the children who wish to do so, to be safe to jump out of their parents’ car and make their way to the playground. As your children get older, this is a really good way of dropping them off at school and helps prevent traffic congestion.

Rehearsals for the Holy Trinity choir for children in KS2 will begin after school on Tuesday September 10th. We have a new choir master, Patrick Williams, and we are very grateful to him and his accompanist, Gwynnifer, for volunteering to run the choir. Their first gig will be the Eisteddfod in Devizes.

Coats Please send coats in every day from now on – the weather can change suddenly and it is cold on our field! Please make sure all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name.

Meeting for all parents of Year 5 and 6 children about residential trip to Forest of Dean This meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th September at 5.00pm – Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz will tell you about the trip, the activities, the way the sleeping arrangements are organised and the costs, and you can ask any questions you may have. The trip will take place from Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May. It is always a wonderful experience for the children – they take part in adventure activities such as caving, climbing and canoeing, and have fun building structures in the woods and taking part in orienteering activities.

E-Safety meeting As part of our commitment to keeping our children safe online, we have decided to commission an evening of support for parents from the highly recommended Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert. He works extensively with parents and schools around the country. Please see more on his website . He will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Children are at serious risk of harm if the adults around them are not vigilant when they are online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. in the coming week)
Tuesday 10th September Year 3,4,5 and 6 go to the Aerospace Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Wednesday 18th September Meeting for Year 5 and year 6 parents about residential trip to Forest of Dean. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm



Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

WELCOME BACK ALL! And a big WELCOME to our new families who are joining the Holy Trinity community this year!

We are your friendly PFA – we are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our fold, to take part in and enjoy activities and events throughout the year.

A date for this year’s AGM is being arranged and will be announced soon so watch this space!

We are excited for another year ahead of busy and fun activities for the pupils and families of Holy Trinity School.

Should you need to contact us, you can do so via our email or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Many thanks,

Your PFA

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