Newsletter 10 – 20th November 2015

Dear Parents

New governors We welcome Rachel Dewar and Christopher Johns as two new Foundation Governors (who have a special duty, as well as the usual governors’ role, to uphold the Christian ethos of our school). They have been appointed by our Trustees who include the Chair of Governors, a representative of the Diocesan Board of Education and a representative of the Archdeaconate. We are very grateful to all our governors for their generosity in offering to take on the demanding role of school governor – entirely voluntarily!  Please feel free to contact governors about any issues you may have and they can direct you to the correct person if it is not a governance issue (governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school, but operate at the strategic level, setting policy and ensuring high standards are maintained). Policies are all available on our website at

@Bristol Sarum class had a wonderful trip to @Bristol on Thursday – as ever, they behaved beautifully and enjoyed learning in an exciting and unusual environment. My thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Trusler who organised the trip, and their volunteer helpers who supported so ably. We are always delighted with the enthusiasm that these trips generate in the children, and the great learning outcomes we have as result.

Canvassing Parents Please find with this newsletter the analysis of the recent parental canvassing. We are very grateful for the responses – we had a 96% poll! We have put actions in place where appropriate as the result of your constructive comments and feedback, and would like to thank all those who took time to write comments of appreciation for the work our staff do to make learning effective and fun.

Volunteers in school If you would like to offer to help in school as a volunteer, do contact us. We often have vacancies for regular volunteers to hear children read or to support them with various programmes, and we often need extra support for a day or two at various times in the year such as when a class is working on a big sewing or craft project, or a trip is planned. We will require two references from each volunteer, a clear DBS check and you will have an induction meeting in which we will discuss policy on School Ethos, Child Protection, Health and Safety and Confidentiality, amongst other things.  Our volunteer helpers provide a wonderful service and the children’s learning is enriched as a result of their work – we are very grateful to them.

Year 3 Choir We will be having a little performance by our Year 3 choir on Tuesday 15th December at 2.45pm – they have a lovely repertoire and we are very proud of them. Please come along and enjoy their work.

KS2 performance on Monday 14th December Please note that we have picked up an error in our table of events in the time of commencement of the KS2 performance on Monday 14th December – the performance will start at 1.30pm, not 1.00pm!

Reading – inference and deduction It is extremely important that children have a deep understanding of the text that they are reading – rapid and efficient decoding of the words is just not enough to ensure your child is a good reader. In particular, children find the skills of inference and deduction difficult. They need to be able to draw meaning from the text that is not literal or immediately apparent. So, for instance, if the text reads:

“The girl slammed the door, stormed upstairs and threw herself onto her bed,” you might ask your child

“What is the girl feeling?”

Some children will assume that she is tired (she went upstairs and lay on her bed!) without understanding the deeper meaning of the words “slammed”, “stormed” and “threw” which seem obvious to us as adults.

In every text, it is important that you probe your child’s understanding, not just asking the questions at the back of the book, but continually asking probing questions such as, “Why do you think she did that?” “Why does he look like that on the picture?” “What do you think this person feels? Why?” “Which word tells you that?” “What do you think might happen next?” “Why is it written in this way?” “What else could have happened here?” Why is he thinking that?” and so on.

Litter Poster Competition Our thanks to the Parish Council of Great Cheverell who provided prizes and judges for the competition. Our children understand the importance of looking after our world and know that they have a role in this work by doing things like throwing litter carefully in bins. It is good to have links with our wider community and these annual competitions supported by the Parish Council are worthwhile and fun.

Gazette and Herald Following the letter of congratulations from Nick Gibb (Minister for School Reform) on our Phonics screener results which put us in the top 2% of the country, the Gazette and Herald this week have run a lovely article on our school, with a photo of our Year 2 children.


Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.


Friday 4th December Whole school to Pantomime in Salisbury
Tuesday 8th December Carol Concert – handbells, choir, community singing 5.00pm
Friday 11th December Christmas Fayre
Monday 14th December Christmas plays KS1 10.00am      KS2 1.30pm
Tues 15th & Wed 16th December Christmas plays KS1  5.00pm       KS2 6.30pm
Tuesday 15th December Year 3 choir concert 2.45pm
Wednesday 16th December Recorder Concert 10.45am
Thursday 17th December Carol Service at St Peter’s Church, Great Cheverell 9.30am
Friday 18th December Last day of term
Tuesday 5th January Children return to school


Autumn Fair Tomorrow, Saturday 21st November in the village hall from 2.00pm – 4.30pm – lots of things for children and grown ups to enjoy! Do come along and help raise funds for the church.

Rainbows 1st Potterne Rainbows (part of the Brownies and Guides organisation) are having a disco in the Worton and Marston Village hall on Tuesday 8th December from 4.45pm – 6.30pm. This is for girls aged 5 – 7 years. Little girls are all most welcome to come along and possibly consider joining Rainbows.

Auntie Patty’s Pottery Painting workshop – Please come along to Great Cheverell Village Hall on Saturday 5th December from 11am until 4pm.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News


Hi all – don’t forget casual clothes day on Friday 27th November. Rather than money we would love donations of chocolate as well as wrapped jam jars filled with lovely things (toys, sweets anything your creative minds can think up!) all for the Christmas fayre on the 11th December.

We will also be having a cake sale that afternoon so donations of your yummy cakes are needed!

Thanking you all for your donations in advance,


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