Newsletter 1 – 8th September 2017

Dear Parents
Parents’ Class Welcome Meetings and residential trip meeting Thank you to everyone who attended these welcome meetings. Please be aware that we have a very welcoming open door policy. Come and talk to us about anything that is troubling you or that you are very pleased with. Your comments can help to shape policy in our school.
It was interesting to hear so many parents remarking that school is very different now from when they attended – it is worth emphasising this point. Children are encouraged to be very independent in their learning, they are expected to work well as a team and to support each other’s learning, they have the opportunity to grow spiritually and emotionally as well as academically and physically. Children in the modern classroom are expected to be reflective and to try to find answers for themselves – by getting up and looking at “Walls of Help” displays or by consulting an online resource, or by asking a peer, before they ask an adult just to tell them the answer. They take great responsibility for their own learning and meeting their own targets so that they are equipped to deal with a world that will be very different from the one in which we grew up. We are teaching them for their future, not for our past.

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.
Recorder lessons commence on Friday 15th September – If your child already has lessons, could you let the office know whether they will be continuing. Guitar lessons will start on Wednesday 13th September. Brass instrument tuition starts on Thursday 14th September. Please remember to bring in the appropriate instrument.
New Reading System Please read the attached leaflet on the new reading system that we are implementing this year. Every family is invited to come to a workshop in school on Monday 18th September at 2.15pm to find out how to support your child’s reading comprehension even more effectively.
Sarum Class – Roald Dahl Day We are looking forward to seeing children in Sarum class coming to school dressed as a Roald Dahl character on 13th September. Parents are invited to come to school at 2.00pm to share the end of this day of Roald Dahl activities.
Gardening Club There are a few spaces available in Gardening Club – if you would like your child to attend, please meet Mrs Liz Read after school on Monday afternoons and sign up. We always welcome parents to support us with this club and if your child is in KS1, your child must be accompanied by an adult. Great Cheverell Gardening club is holding a competition tomorrow – do consider making a figure out of vegetables or fruit and submitting it! Several of our gardening clubbers will be submitting entries.
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.
Clubs: At Holy Trinity we offer a wide variety of special interest clubs. Some of these are led by our teachers, teaching assistants or parents on a voluntary basis. Others are run by experts or professionals in the field and there will be a fee for these clubs. Not every club is open to every age group – so please check the permission letters when they come out to check that your child is eligible to sign up for a particular club. Some clubs have already asked for sign up and will commence immediately. Most school-led clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 25th September. Permission letters for clubs will be sent out shortly.
Judo Club starts on Thursday 14th September and Ukulele Club on Wednesday 13th September. Fencing club starts on Monday 11th September.

Clubs led by school staff – Teachers/Teaching assistants or Volunteers (Nominal or no charge) Handbells (Monday lunchtimes)
Gardening (Monday after school)
Choir (Mondays after school or as notified)
Sports Club (Tuesday after school)
Crocheting (Wednesday lunchtimes)
Netball Club (Wednesday after school)
Christmas crafts (Various lunchtimes)
Chess (Monday or Friday lunchtimes)
Clubs led by professionals or experts (Fee Paying)
Special Sports by Go-Active (Fencing in first term)

Practices for the Eisteddfod choir will begin after school on Monday September 18th. Please could those children who received an invitation to join this choir – either this week or just before the summer holidays – return the slips and payment to the office if they are interested in performing at the Eisteddfod in November.

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 is holding an outdoor cinema on the school field! This will be huge fun, with a competition for the best car made out of a cardboard box, a food court and, of course, a film shown on the field. Do come along and have a unique and fun-filled evening.
Children’s Harvest Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Harvest on Saturday 9th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Harvest service. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

There is a “Messy Church” session at St Andrews Church in Devizes this Sunday from 3-5pm.
Junior Volleyball for year 3 and above starts back once a month at Lavington School sports hall from 1pm until 4pm this Sunday.
Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We’re kicking off the new school year with the FAMILY OUTDOOR CINEMA –SEPTEMBER 22! Entrance is £2.50 per person. Arrivals are from 6pm for a film start just after dusk, approximately 7.30pm. The film may start a little earlier if conditions are right so time your latest arrivals by 7pm.
This will be such an AMAZING EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY so spread the word to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends of Holy Trinity.
The 8×4 inflatable screen in the school field guarantees a magical evening – and we aim to have a BBQ, Prosecco, beer, soft drinks, juice, hot chocolate, cakes and popcorn! All you need to bring is cushions, camping chairs, blankets to stay warm, a torch and the children’s cardboard cars, ‘drive-in style’, if they’ve chosen to make one. Pack a brolly and ponchos if we expect a little rain – just like ‘The Proms’!
The winners of the cardboard cars will be announced just ahead of the film start. There is a lot of discussion about the film choice to be announced soon – so watch this space!
:: Wednesday, September 20, after school – Harriet’s 2nd Car Craft Club (details to follow)
:: Friday, September 29, 13:30 – PFA AGM
Finally, a big welcome to all the new families at Holy Trinity. From the PFA Team

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