Newsletter 11- 1st December 2017

Dear Parents

The Christmas Performances

Please make sure that you have a ticket for every single person coming to the plays – whether they are babies on laps or children in our school. Fire regulations must be strictly adhered to and we can only have a certain number of people in our hall.

There are plenty of tickets left for the KS2 matinee performance (Tuesday 12th December) so if you would like extra tickets, please let us know at the office. There are no more tickets for the evening performances for KS2. Please return any tickets you do not need for either performance so that we can redistribute them.

The PFA are very kindly running a crèche to help parents who have children in both performances but you MUST have signed up in advance so that they can be sure to have enough helpers to run the crèche.

No child may be left in school to wait for their sibling in the other play unless they are in the PFA crèche. There are no adults on duty to look after them. Please be prompt to pick up children at the end of their performances and please consider using lift clubs so that we minimise the parking problems that can occur on these evenings.

KS1 children should be dropped off at about 4.40pm for the evening performances and KS2 children should be dropped off at about 6.00pm.

Pick up for the KS1 performance is 6.00pm at the back doors of their classrooms where you usually pick up, and for the KS2 performance pick up is 7.30pm on the playground outside the hall doors.

Cathedral Trip The children in White Horse class all went to the Cathedral on Tuesday, and did some activities around Advent and Christmas. They also had a tour of the cathedral and had a special organ recital just for them. It was a lovely trip as these outings to the cathedral always are – the education team there are very efficient. Our thanks to Mrs Twentyman, Mrs Cook and Mrs Edwards who organised the trip, and thanks to our volunteer helpers who accompanied the trip.

Dental Practice Trip The children in Sarum class were very excited about their trip to the dentist on Thursday! They covered many aspects of the KS2 curriculum that have to do with dentition, and also learnt more about dental hygiene and eating in such a way that their teeth are kept healthy. My thanks to Mrs Jones, Mrs Hayward and the admin team who organised the trip, and to the staff at the dental practice who gave our children such a great experience as part of their outreach into the community.

Handbells and community carol concert Do come along to the school hall on Wednesday 6th December at 5.00pm for a wonderful start to Christmas with our amazing handbell club playing carols on bells and everyone joining in community carol singing. Refreshments at the end. This is always enormous fun!

Stonehenge Class Bed time story and hot chocolate event If your child is in Stonehenge class, don’t forget to drop them off for a short while this evening at 5.00pm to have a bed time story and some hot chocolate and biscuits. Please pick them up promptly at the end as they will be tired and excited.

Library Books Please make sure that your child brings back the library books they have borrowed from the school library. We have invested heavily in buying in lots of new and wonderful books but our finances are very tight and we cannot afford to keep replacing them. To help you identify the Holy Trinity books, we shall be putting a bright sticker onto the outer top right hand corner of each cover (and the school stamp is inside each cover as well).

Heart Radio and our children! On Wednesday 6th December, you will be able to hear all our children singing “Sleeps ‘til Santa …” at about 8.30am. We were invited to take part in this project earlier this week, we rehearsed and recorded our contribution and sent it off today. It is a short snippet, so be ready! Our children were completely wonderful! They learnt the song quickly and sang it beautifully. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who accepted the challenge, and Mrs Jones who agreed to announce and lead the singing.

Parental Canvassing Attached to this newsletter, please find the results of our recent parental canvassing. Thank you for taking the time to respond. 86% of our families responded which is a great result. Broadly, the results show high levels of satisfaction with the school across all areas canvassed. We are grateful for the very positive comments that were made on some responses, helping us to see what we do well so that we can continue to further those areas. And thank you for those who gave us some points to consider – we always read and reflect deeply on any comments you make for our continuing development. We are partners in educating your children and the outcomes are always best if we are working together. Governors and the senior leadership team will consider all comments as we plan future strategy for the coming year.



Recorder Christmas Concert You are all invited to come along to the Recorder Concert that will take place at 11.00am on Friday 15th December. We always enjoy these concerts and it is lovely to see even our youngest recorder players standing up and performing.

Year 3 choir A special Christmas treat as our Year 3 choir will be singing in sharing assembly on Friday 15th December.

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

Friday 15th December Recorder Christmas Concert 11.00am – 11.45am
Friday 15th December Year 3 Choir Sharing Assembly
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

Primary School Applications Please remember to apply for a primary school place for your child if they will turn 5 between September 2018 and August 2019. You application must be with the Local Authority by 15th January 2018. We are likely to be oversubscribed so don’t miss this deadline if you want a place here at Holy Trinity. Even if you live locally, if you have not put in an application, you will have be considered under Late Admissions and then would be very unlikely to get a place here.

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.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the closing day of the Christmas Decorations Making Competition – Emma Jelf and I have been overwhelmed by the beautiful, intricate and creative ideas that we’ve seen all this week. The winners are being announced in today’s sharing assembly, and all decorations will be used to make the school look festive for many years. Thank you so much for supporting your children’s efforts.

The 4th is also our last Textile Collection for 2017, please leave any donations by the Arts Centre in the morning for Emma Farebrother to deliver to the depot.

We have had a massive influx of teddies for the tombola at the Christmas Fayre. Thank you so much for bringing those in. In the run up to the big day (Friday 8th Dec, 3pm, Pavilion), we are still looking for any raffle prizes you may have and hoping all the home bakers (or shoppers!) out there will have time to make/buy festive treats for the tuck shop stall to sell on the night. No nuts as always please.

This year’s fayre will include a special festive photo booth for you to take your own photos in, plus there will be hot dogs on offer so you don’t have to rush off home so quickly. Other stalls include pin the nose on the reindeer, where’s the monkey?, chocolate tombola, tattoos and facepainting, second hand uniform, raffle, and the lush Christmas makes!

The booking forms for the Creche running during the school plays have gone into book bags today, for those who have indicated they would like a place. There is still some free capacity if you want to book in now, but we won’t be able to take children on the night. £2 per child and only current Holy Trinity pupils please. Don’t forget we’ll be serving Mulled Wine/Tea/Coffee and mince pies in the Arts Centre during the interval of the plays on Monday and Wednesday.

Lists for food donations to the Children’s Christmas party, will be going up outside your children’s classrooms in a few weeks, please keep an eye out and remember we rely on your participation completely to make it a great event for the children. Thank you very much for all your support.

Your PFA team


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