Newsletter 10 – 23rd November 2012

Dear Parents

Eisteddfod Choir  Our choir did very well in the Eisteddfod, gaining a distinction in one category and a merit in the other, and we were only two marks off the final group winners! What a triumph for our children and for Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards. Thank you all for working so hard and to the parents for their support.

Skipping Rope Workshops We had fun learning new skipping games on Thursday and we look forward to seeing children playing these in the playground.  

Longleat show Our youngest children were lucky enough to be invited to the Preschool to take part in a show given by some staff from Longleat safari park. The children saw a lot of great animals and heard wonderful stories. I think the spider caused the most excitement! My thanks to Preschool for inviting us.

Important dates this term (KS1 includes all Foundation stage children and those in Year 1 and 2)

Thursday 13th December    Carol Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell (All welcome) 1.30pm

Monday 17th December  Christmas Play                   KS1                            10.00am                                                                                                                                                                                KS2                              1.30pm

Tuesday 18th December  Christmas Play                   KS1                              5.00pm                                                                                                                                                                                 KS2                                    6.30pm

Wednesday 19th December   Christmas Play              KS1                              5.00pm                                                                                                                                                                                      KS2                              6.30pm

Tuesday 18th December              Recorder Concert –all welcome                   10.45am

Thursday 20th December                               Christmas Party – fun food, lots of games and a special visitor!

Friday 21st December (Last day)                 Christmas Dinner and Magic show

Christmas play tickets Please complete the request for tickets below – we will issue 2 tickets per family in the first instance for the evening performances. If there are spare tickets, they will be allocated afterwards. EVERY person attending MUST have a ticket, even babies or small children, since we have to comply with fire regulations on numbers in the hall. We recommend that young children come to the matinee rather than the evening performances. No tickets will be issued for the matinee – just come along to this.


Ukulele Club Mr Gundry has some spaces available for new beginners to the ukulele club on a Friday after school. This is a very popular club, ukuleles are provided in the first instance, though you can purchase them quite cheaply if you wish. The cost is £30 for 6 sessions. Please let us know if you are interested.

Drama Club There are also some spaces for anyone who would like to join Drama club on a Tuesday afternoon after school – another wonderful club. Please let us know if you are interested.

Clothing It is getting colder and we do ask that you send your child to school with a coat from now on. We also ask most earnestly that you put your child’s name in the coat, in their scarves, gloves and jumpers and in all other items that they might lose. We have a huge box of lost property – really lovely things and we cannot return these to their owners because they have no name in them. We would also be grateful if you could look inside the items that your child is bringing home and check that they have their own clothing – things get swapped by mistake sometimes and do not always get returned to the correct child.


Primary Places Parents of children who turn 4 years old before 31st August 2013 need to apply for a place at school by 15th January 2013. Applications are made to the County offices and can be done online. The LA administrators try to get as many children into their first preference school as possible. Sometimes that school is full and in that case, parents will be offered their second or third preference, and if all those are full, County administrators will offer a place at the nearest school with a vacancy.  


I like to present a very short summary of some of our policies in this newsletter each year – please note that the full policies can be read on our website, or if they have not yet been published online, then you can request copies at the school office. This week we will look at at 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. Children and adults should be encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They should 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. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and staff are given refresher briefings every year.  Health and Safety procedures are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, on Friday 23rd November from 6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. A light supper and pudding will be provided; donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.

“Stir up” coffee morning at Dairy House Farm, Edington, on Saturday 24th November from 10.30-12.30. Come for a cup of coffee and a homemade biscuit, a wish and if you like some Christmas pudding to take home and cook for Christmas. Children very welcome – crown making and paper craft for them, cakes and jars of Christmas fare for sale. Entry is £1.50 for adults, in aid of Edington Church.


*Autumn Disco* on 30th November is fast approaching!  If you are planning on attending the Autumn Disco then tickets are being sold on the door that evening. KS1 starts at 6.00pm and KS2 at 7.15pm.  Please drop your child/children off at the school reception and if possible could parents have the correct ticket money ready (£2/child).  You will be asked to sign in your child/children and leave a contact number and the name of the person picking them up. Pick up will be from Mr G’s cloakroom doors (KS1 at 7.00pm/KS2 at 8.15pm) and you will need to sign your child/children out. Please be prompt picking up your child so that organisation of the next phase of the evening is not held up.  Look forward to seeing our disco divas on Friday, 30th!!  Thank you for supporting this event.

Best wishes,


Mercedes Henning



 Ticket Requests for Christmas Plays


Please indicate which night you would prefer to attend and the number of tickets you require. We will issue a maximum of two tickets per family for each key stage in the first instance, which will be allocated on a first come- first served basis. EVERYONE attending MUST have a ticket, even babies and small children so that we comply with fire regulations. No tickets are issued for the matinee.

I/we ………………………. parents of ……………………………………………………………………would like to request


KS1 Play tickets: …………..…… for Tuesday 18th December or …………… for Wednesday 19th December


KS2 Play tickets: ……………..…. for Tuesday 18th December or ……….……for Wednesday 19th December


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