Newsletter 10 – 24th November 2017

Dear Parents

Top 500 schools We have once again been named as one of the top 500 schools in the country by The Times! This puts us in the top 3% again. This is a huge achievement – year after year our staff and children maintain an extraordinarily high standard of attainment in the academic measures used for this league table. My thanks go to our inspirational teachers, our aspirational children, our committed governors and our engaged families who all work together to ensure that our little rural primary can rank with the very best in the country academically.

And as ever, we emphasise the fact that this success is almost a by-product of outstanding, quality-first education across all areas of the curriculum. Children are immersed in the Christian values of compassion, aspiration, courage and joy and this is the foundation of everything that happens here. We are just as proud of those children whose special talent is friendship or sport or creative thinking or teamwork. We are never complacent and are always reaching to provide better opportunities for our children across every aspect of their education.

Hockey tournament We are proud of our hockey teams who did very well at the interschool tournament on Saturday. They did not win overall but won many games and achieved a very good result. As ever, they played with commitment and skill and showed great sportsmanship throughout. My thanks to Mr Amor and the volunteers who helped with this event. And thanks also to Dauntsey’s secondary school who provide sports coaches and other resources to support competitive sport in our schools as part of their outreach.

Netball Competition Well done to our netballers who took part in an interschool netball competition on Monday. They did very well although they did not win, and we are very proud of their courage and resilience as they played with great sportsmanship. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mrs Goddard who organise our netball provision.

Tickets for the Christmas Performances

Key Stage 1 Performance: (Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2): Each family will receive 2 tickets for each performance. If you are not going to use them all, please return them to the office so that we can re-distribute them. If you want extras, let the office know.

Key Stage 2 Performance: (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6): Please complete the request for tickets slip. Please note- only request a MAXIMUM of 4 tickets per family, and NO MORE than 2 tickets for any performance. Please return your requests by Friday 1st December at the very latest. We cannot promise that all requests will be filled since we cannot forecast which performances are going to prove the most popular.

Please ensure that you have a ticket for every single person attending, including babies and other siblings who are in our school but who are not in the play. Fire regulations are very strict and we cannot risk lives by having too many people in the hall at one time.

Headlice We have had a report of headlice in our school again. Please check your child’s head very carefully and take appropriate action if you see any signs of lice. Your local pharmacy can give you advice on the best way to treat the problem. If every child is checked every week, we can make sure that there are no lice in our school.

Sickness We have had a few reports of children with a sickness bug recently. We take this very seriously. All tables and desks are sterilised daily, all handles, taps and toilets are sterilised daily, each child has their own pen/pencil and all are show clearly how to wash their hands properly and encouraged to do this regularly. However, 150 children in a small and confined space can result in the spread of infection. If your child is ill, please do not let them return to school until 24 – 48 hours after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

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 Privacy Notice (available on our website ).  We do not share information about pupils without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. We might share information with: schools that the pupils attend after leaving us, our local authority, the Department for Education (DfE), The NHS, The School Nurse, Agencies involved in supporting our children such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, SENS, Social Services, MASH and other agencies involved in Safeguarding, Peripatetic teachers and coaches working within the school in order to ensure the very best provision for all our children and to keep them safe.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 29th November White Horse to Salisbury Cathedral 8.40am -3.15pm
Thursday 30th November Sarum class trip to Urchfont dental practice 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Friday 1st December Stonehenge Class Bedtime Story event 5.00pm
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school


St Peter’s Church Christmas Fair – Come & join us on Saturday 2nd December from 10am – 2pm in the Great Cheverell Pavilion. There will be craft stalls, activities & a light lunch is available. There will be a visit from a special guest too! Entry is free & if you are able to donate any raffle prizes these can be left at the Post Office in the village or at the school for Mrs Roberts-Phare.

Christmas Craft and Food Fair on Saturday, 25th November from 3-6pm at the Erlestoke Secret Garden, followed by a Happy Hour from 6-9pm. Walk the woodland way for music, Christmas gifts and ornaments, ceramics, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts amongst other goodies.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you so much to all who brought in jars and pound coins this morning! We’ve had a bumper crop which will all be stored carefully until the fayre (Fri 8th Dec after school, Pavilion). The amazing Claire Hatala-Poole who is organising the stall has already filled 40 herself, and is still asking for any empty jars to fill, as she has lots of goodies at home to use up.

Next week we’ll be collecting Teddies for the Teddy Tombola stall, there’ll be a box in reception, big thank you to Amanda Green and Vanessa Lescott for taking that on.

This weekend is also the perfect time to get your entries ready for the Christmas Decoration Making Competition, there will be another box in reception next to the teddies. Class winners will be announced in sharing Assembly next Fri 1st Dec.

Then on Monday 4th Dec all of the entries will get a chance to be displayed as we decorate the school in the evening (8pm). We could do with a couple more decorators if you’re free?

Wednesday 29th Nov is present wrapping night at Stephanie Davies house (8pm), thank you for those of you who’ve volunteered to tackle the mammoth task!

The crèche during the school plays is going ahead, we have had enough people book in to make that happen. If you’ve missed today’s deadline but do still want to use the facility please get in touch, we have a couple more places, but we won’t be able to accept kids on the night.

Next textile recycling, Mon 4th Dec.

Thanks for all your support at this busy time!

Your PFA team

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