Newsletter 11 – 27th November 2015

Dear Parents

Pantomime We are off to see the pantomime at Salisbury Playhouse next week Friday 4th December!! Oh yes we are! Please make sure your child is in their uniform and has a packed lunch since we will be eating there before we come back to school. Lataca will deliver packed lunches for the children entitled to free school meals (including Universal Infant Free School Meals) but all other children must bring their own packed lunches.

We will not need any parent volunteer helpers for this trip since we are taking all our school staff. Many thanks for the overwhelming number of offers we have had to accompany this trip.

No Sharing Assembly  Please note that there will be no sharing assembly on Friday 4th December (because of the Pantomime), no sharing assembly on Friday 11th December (because the PFA need the hall for their Christmas Fair) and no sharing assembly on Friday 18th December (that is the last day of term and we have a children’s entertainer in for the afternoon). Somewhat bewilderingly, today is the last sharing assembly of the term.

Christmas Play tickets Please find the order forms for Christmas play tickets with this newsletter. Arrangements for KS1 tickets are different from KS2 tickets this year because we are limited as to how many people are allowed in the hall in order to comply with fire regulations. There are fewer families in KS1, so more tickets are available for each family. There will be spare tickets for KS2 so make sure you let us know on the order form if you would like to have extra. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to give you the numbers of extra tickets you request but we will do our best to be fair to everyone.

Crèche during the Christmas Plays Ms Sharman has always run a crèche for those children who have a sibling in the other play, so that parents do not have to run up and down to the school twice. However, her children have left our school now, and we will need another team of volunteers to offer this service if it is to be available. The crèche would run from about 4.45pm – 6pm for KS2 children, and from 6.00pm – 7.30pm for KS1 children. The offer could be as simple as putting a DVD on, or there could be crafts offered. If you would like to run/help with the crèche, please let me know.

Noro Virus The local authority has written to headteachers asking us to remind parents about the importance of keeping the Noro virus (responsible for upset tummies with sickness and diarrhoea) under control through winter. Whilst we usually say that children can return to school 24 hours after their last episode of sickness or diarrhoea, the Department of Health advice is that they should stay off for 48 hours, and it is probably worth complying with this over the worst of the Noro season. The virus is not sensitive to alcohol rub, but is killed by soap and water – so we emphasise hand washing at school, making sure that children know when and how to wash their hands properly. We also use antiviral products to clean the toilets, door handles, tables etc so that we can maintain as clean and environment as possible. If you think your child might have the Noro virus, please keep them off school so that we can prevent it spreading.  Give them plenty to drink whilst they are ill, and wait 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped before you return them to school.

Fire Drill We practice evacuating the school regularly – and we had a fire drill this week. We are able to empty the school in just over a minute and complete the whole process, including roll call, in just over two minutes. Children are very good, keeping calm and quiet so that we can assure ourselves that everyone is safely outside.

Holiday Club dates We are always happy to host a holiday club in our school. The dates that Super Stars will be running the sports holiday club for the coming academic year are as follows: Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April, Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July and Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August. There might also be a music club in the first week of August.

Dates for Christmas activities Please check on the table below for the dates of our Christmas activities – please do consider coming along to some or all of these. This is a very special time of year.

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. Copies of the full policies are available on our website. This week we will look at our anti-bullying policy.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child or group of children continue to bully another child, we would consider a fixed term or permanent exclusion for this offence. We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community.

Lavington School (Secondary) hope to open their 6th form in 2017 – whilst it is possible that they may have to delay this by another year, they are consulting on their admissions policy for 2017 in case they do manage to open in that year. If you are interested in commenting on any aspect of their policy, please look on their website.

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, 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


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thanks to everyone that supported the cake sale and the casual clothes day! We can’t be a successful PFA without you!

There are only two weeks until the Christmas Fayre on Friday 11th December and we have planned a Fayre that is going to be huge fun for the children and we intend to get you in the festive spirit. We can’t do this without you and your donations so please have a root through your cupboards for items for the cuddly toy/teddy tombola, chocolate tombola and any other miscellaneous tombola items you may have and more jam jars filled with lovely things for our new exciting stall! We are also asking for cakes on the day. Thanks to all in advance.

The last textile recycling of the year will be on Monday 8th December, please leave bags outside the Art Centre.

If anyone would like to help decorate the school, help at the Fayre or at the children’s Christmas party please let us know.

PFA Christmas drinks on the 11th December from 8pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell. All welcome.

Christmas hamper raffle tickets go on sale on the 1st December. The hampers are awesome this year so don’t miss out on winning some great goodies!

Looking forward to the festive whirlwind of the next few weeks!! Gemma

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