Newsletter 11 – 30th November 2018

Dear Parents

Christmas Performances Please note that EVERY person must have their own ticket if they are watching the shows, even if they are a pupil here, a younger child or a baby. We have to adhere strictly to fire regulations and we cannot allow young children into the hall if they do not have their own ticket, otherwise we will be in breach of our fire risk assessment.

Please also note that there will be NO crèche this year between the performances, so parents will have to make arrangements to pick up and drop off their children if they have children in both performances. We do encourage you to consider lift sharing since there is so little parking available and these evenings are very busy and crowded.

Pantomime Please remember that all our children are going to the pantomime on Tuesday 4th December (next week) and will need a PACKED LUNCH! We shall be eating at the theatre after the performance which ends at about 12.00. Children need to wear their usual school uniform. We will be back at school well before the end of the school day. We are very grateful to our wonderful PFA who are funding all elements of this outing – they have covered the cost of the tickets and of the coach fare, a total of £3,000!

Sleeps ‘til Santa Our children have been asked to sing for Heart Radio’s “Sleeps ‘til Santa” again this year – we shall be singing at 7.32am on Tuesday 4th December – tune in and be amazed! Thanks to Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Goddard who have coordinated this event.

Today, I choose joy! As part of our commitment to supporting good childhood mental health, we are encouraging children to be resilient and joyful – to choose to see what is good, positive and enjoyable in their lives, rather than focussing on the negatives or what went wrong. So, here are some questions that you might like to ask your child when they come home from school, to help them to remember and focus on the good and the positive things:

What was the best thing you did at school? What was the nicest thing you did for someone else today? What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today? What’s the best thing about your daily schedule? Which is your favourite subject? Who did you enjoy talking with the most? What was the best game at break time? What equipment did you use from the Huff and Puff? What were you proud of doing today?  What was the funniest thing someone said at lunch? Tell me something you learnt about a friend today.  Which is your favourite day of the week at school? What did you reflect on at Worship? If you were the teacher, what would you teach the children about? What made you smile today?  What did you see on the field that was beautiful today? What did you like about the weather today? What are you looking forward to at school?

Parental canvassing Thank you to all parents who responded to the parental canvassing. We aim to improve our provision every year and all your comments have been noted and will be considered as we plan for the future. Our thanks for the many very warm and positive comments – it helps with our planning when we know what we are doing well! Please find attached the results of the parental canvassing.

Emmanuel Collaboration As many of you already know, our school is part of a formal collaboration, called the Emmanuel Collaboration, with four other local primary schools, Five Lanes CE Primary, St Barnabas CE Primary, St Thomas a Becket CE Primary, and Urchfont CE Primary. The Emmanuel Collaboration allows each school to maintain its independence, to keep control of its own finances, to have its own governing body and to have control over all matters to do with the school (unlike the situation in a Multi Academy Trust).

The Collaboration helps to improve education for all children in these schools by enabling the sharing of opportunities for professional development, sharing of expertise, of costs for certain expenses, and of data.

Headteachers have regular meetings to ensure the best leadership possible for all the Collaboration schools. Governors meet with the Headteachers at least twice a year to monitor progress and attainment across the Collaboration. Teachers meet regularly to moderate each other’s work and to offer and receive support with

aspects of teaching and learning. Admin officers support each other and meet to discuss matters of common interest. We are delighted to be able to report that, since the inception of the Collaboration in 2015, academic standards across the Collaboration (measured through the Government’s Statutory Assessments) have risen steadily each year. Just as importantly, the quality of education in many other areas has been improved through the work of the Collaboration.

Data Protection Policy  We are committed to ensuring that all your data is protected and secured and that it is used only for the purposes intended. We only process your data in line with one of the lawful bases for processing data as set out in Article 6 of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. Please follow this link to view our Data Protection Policy and our Privacy policy. Do not hesitate to come and ask us if you have any queries about your data.

County Lines We need to make all our parents aware of the criminal exploitation called “County Lines” which is when gangs and organised crime networks exploit young children to sell drugs. Often these children are in market towns and villages, and are groomed, threatened or tricked into working for the gangs. They might be made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Once trapped in the gangs, children often feel that they have no other option but to continue to work for the gangs. Please be aware and warn your child about these dangers. There is more information and support for parents on and

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

TEXTILE RECYCLING – Monday 3rd December – Please leave any bags of textile recycling (clothing, shoes, curtains, bed sheets…) under the covered area between School Reception and the Arts Centre ready for our textile recycling fairy (AKA Emma Farebrother) to collect!

CHRISTMAS FAYRE – Friday 7th December 3:00 – 4:30 in The Pavilion – Our lovely Christmas Fayre will be located in the Pavilion this year. Lots of stalls with fun Christmas activities to enjoy. Come along for some festive cheer!

Required for fayre:  a couple of additional volunteers to help in the kitchen and the “Guess the name of the teddy/number of marshmallows in the jar”. If you are able to help, please contact the fayre coordinator, Steph Cadwgan, to let her know (, thank you.

Request for cakes – whole cakes or cupcakes for the cake stall, please.

Setting up on the day: We would also be grateful to anyone who can lend a hand with setting up between lunchtime and sharing assembly.

Easyfundraising – Don’t forget when doing Christmas shopping to do so via our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – A great Christmas gift to the PFA!

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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