Newsletter 1 – 7th September 2018

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.

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 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 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.

Sympathy Our very sincere condolences go to Mrs Wilding’s family on her recent death. She was a wonderful, cheerful, talented part of our school community for many years, inspiring generations of children with a love of music. Her commitment to our community set an example that we aim to follow.

NO Parking in the Pavilion Car Park! Please note that there will  be no parking for any school cars in the Pavilion car park on the afternoon of Monday 10th September (next Monday) as people who attended Mrs Wilding’s funeral (at 2.00pm) will be coming to the Pavilion afterwards. Please remember that no cars may be parked in Witchcombe Close as it is a private road. Please use lift clubs or park further down in the village and walk up to the school on Green Lane.

Salisbury Museum trip Children in Years 1 and 2 have already had their first field trip – and had a great time finding out about Neolithic art and making their own clay pots.

Wheat Project There is no end to the creativity of our wonderful Mrs Liz Read – just as we were wondering how to harvest our amazing wheat, sown by hand in early spring and now ripe and ready to cut, she came up with the perfect solution. Children will use their classroom scissors! And it was hugely successful. In well under an hour, every ear had been harvested and the area completely gleaned. Every child has now had the experience of sowing wheat, watching it grow and harvesting it. We have armfuls of wonderful wheat which we will now thresh, winnow and grind to make our own flour, and we hope to have a harvest loaf ready for our Harvest celebrations. My thanks to Mrs Read and the farmers Pepler who have driven this extraordinary and exciting project forward.

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.

Hooke Court Residential Trip for children in Year 3 and 4 Please let us know if your child is going to come on this amazing trip – we need to finalise numbers with the centre.

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 Wednesday 26th September at 2.30pm.

Parent Governor Elections Paperwork for these elections will be sent out before the end of September. If you are interested in putting yourself forward to be a parent governor, do come and talk to the Headteacher and find out more about the role. It is rewarding, interesting work with a great team.

Rehearsals for the Eisteddfod choir will begin after school on Monday September 10th. There are a few spaces left if your child would like to join.

Recorders Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Mrs Jenkins will not be in to teach recorders for a few weeks. We will let you know when she is able to return.

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.

PFA Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association has commissioned work on an exciting “Balance Trail” for the field. They are also paying for the pantomime trip in December and have supported us with many other projects. We are very grateful for all they do. Please consider supporting the PFA – they are a very warm, friendly group and it is a lovely way to become a closer part of the school community.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. in the coming week)
Wednesday 12th September Year 3 and Year 4 to go to Salisbury Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 13th  September Year 5 and Year 6 to go to Salisbury Museum School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm


Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 9.30am drop off on 23rd October

3.30pm pick up on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Children’s Harvest Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Harvest on Saturday 8th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Harvest service on Sunday 30th September at 6pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

WELCOME to the new school year and a special welcome to all the new families who are joining the Holy Trinity community! We are looking forward to another busy and fun term of events & activities.

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Next week:

Monday 10th September – TEXTILE RECYCLING – please bring any clothing, shoes, bedding (not duvets or pillows) & curtains and leave outside the Arts Centre (by the fence under the covered area, outside the school reception)

Many thanks, Your PFA Team

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