Newsletter 10 – 11th November 2016

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher Meetings Thank you very much to all who came along to the Parents’ meetings this week – one of the reasons that our school is so successful is the tremendous engagement, encouragement and support we have from our families and we are very grateful to all of you for this. Please remember that you are free to make an appointment to talk to your child’s teacher about any aspect of their education whenever you like – just phone up or email us and we will find a mutually convenient time for the meeting.

PFA My thanks to our wonderful PFA who have done so much to create the warm and welcoming community that we value so highly. The “Wake and Shake” routine this morning was great fun and much enjoyed by everyone, and the coffee morning that followed was lovely. Please do consider getting involved with PFA activities – this is a great route into making friends and has the added benefit of bringing so much extra value into our children’s lives.

Trowbridge Museum Trip On Wednesday 16th November, all the children in Stonehenge class (FS/Y1) will be going on a trip to Trowbridge museum to find out more about toys from long ago and other interesting matters to do with our local area. Please make sure you send your child in with a packed lunch. They need to be wearing their school uniform and they need a rainproof jacket.

Flu vaccinations Children in Years 1, 2 and 3 will be offered the flu vaccination in school on Monday 21st November.  In Wiltshire, only these children will be offered the vaccine through the school. Other primary school children can be given the vaccine through your GP service.

Bedtime Story Children in Stonehenge class will be invited to come back to school on Friday 25th November from 5.00pm – 6.00pm to have a bedtime story and hot chocolate. This is always a great event, much enjoyed by the children. My thanks to the staff in Stonehenge class who have worked hard and given up their Friday evening to run this event.

BFG Performed Story Telling On Monday 28th November, we have a very talented professional actor coming to our school to create some of Roald Dahl’s magic for our children as he does a performed story telling of the BFG. This is one of Roald Dahl’s particular favourites of all his works. Roald Dahl was born in September of 1916, so this is the centenary of his birth year – it is a good time to remember all that he has done to encourage reading and thinking in our children. We especially love one of his great quotes: “… if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely!”

Pantomime On Monday 5th December we will be taking all the children to St Barnabas CE Primary School, one of our Collaboration Partners, to watch a pantomime with them in their hall. We are sharing the cost so that all our children can enjoy this performance. It is these initiatives that will ensure that the Emmanuel Collaboration provides even better education for all our children.

Packed Lunches We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the quality of the packed lunches that are sent into school – they are always of a very high standard, always with nourishing food and very few sugary snacks.

Coats and scarves A reminder that children must come to school with their coats from now on – they will be outside and it can be bitterly cold on the field. Please do not let your children wear boots to school – if they injure themselves, we must be able to take their footwear off easily. Sensible school shoes ought to be worn throughout the year.

The only exception to this is if we have snow, when we will ask that children bring their wellies or water proof shoes in so that they can enjoy the snow. We are hoping for good snowfall this year! Children love sledging down Sledge hill. If you have not yet completed the permission form for this, please make sure you do so before the snow arrives.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the Health and Safety policy – an enormous and all-encompassing policy which can be read in full on our website. Health and safety has to be the very first consideration at school where we have responsibility for so many children and adults.

We must all take responsibility for being vigilant and be aware of possible risks to health and safety. Children and adults are encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They will share any concerns they may have swiftly and appropriately to a person in authority e.g. headteacher or teacher. We must, however, also be aware of the need to keep a balance between security, safety and the maintenance of a comfortable, welcoming,  working environment. We aim to strike a balance that allows children to learn and have fun whilst keeping them as safe as reasonably possible. We ensure that the building and equipment are in good repair, statutory testing of equipment takes place regularly, people are aware of security in the school, they know procedures to follow in the event of an accident or emergency, and that activities are risk assessed.  Regular fire drills are held. Dispensing of medication and healthcare for our children are governed by clear protocols. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and are taught about taking responsibility for their own health and their own safety through various programmes throughout the year.  Staff wellbeing is a priority for school leaders. Staff and volunteers are given refresher briefings every year. Health and Safety policy, procedures and records are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Stop and Drop Thank you to everyone who is working to ensure that our children can safely be dropped in the layby by not parking there at pick up and drop off times. Please check that your child has got into the school grounds before you drive away.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 25th November Bedtime Story event – Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Monday 12th December Christmas play 10.00 am KS1,  1.00 pm KS2
Tuesday 13th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Wednesday 14th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Thursday 15th December Church Service – all welcome 9.30am – 10.00am
Friday 16th December Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


Thank-you for ‘Waking and Shaking’ and sharing a cuppa with us this morning! Join us again on Wednesday (November 16) at 14:30 in the school hall to learn about the Festive events we’re planning for the children. Your ideas and offers to help at events make all the difference! If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to contribute, please pop Debi an email ( or join the conversation on the PFA Facebook page.

Don’t forget CINEMA NIGHT for the pupils on Friday (18th November) from 5-7pm.

The following Friday (25th November) is CASUAL CLOTHES DAY. Based on the success of last year, choose how you would like to contribute: bring either a ‘secret jar’, chocolate bars or a £1 coin. All contributions go towards the Christmas Fayre on December 9. (More details to follow & remember to check ingredients – NO NUTS)

And a big thank-you to all the Fabric Recyclers for a bumper collection of almost 200kgs on Monday!

From Debi, Louise, Julie, Poppy, Jane and Gemma

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