Newsletter 12 – 29th November 2013

Dear Parents

Hand Bells Carol Concert On Thursday 5th December at 6.00pm, our Hand Bells club will be leading a carol concert in the school hall. Come along to enjoy the hand bells playing Christmas music, and sing along with some of our favourite old carols. Refreshments will be served by the PFA – my thanks to them for this. I am most grateful to Mrs Heath who runs Hand Bell club and has organised this event. We are very fortunate to be able to offer this unusual club at our school, and Mrs Heath gives up a lot of her spare time preparing for and running this club.

Pantomime Many thanks to those parents who offered to help with this trip. We have confirmed with those who will be accompanying the trip. Unfortunately we were not able to accept all the offers of help from everyone who volunteered, and a note has gone out to those people explaining that we will not need their support this time. Please check your child’s bag for this note if you did offer and have not yet been contacted by us.

There will be no hot dinners on Friday 6th December – please make sure you send a packed lunch in with your child on that day.

No Sharing Assembly on 6th December Please be aware that, because of the pantomime trip, there will be no Sharing Assembly on Friday 6th December.

Recorder Concert Instead of our usual format for Sharing Assembly on Friday 13th December, we will have our Christmas recorder concert. This will take place at the usual time of 2.15pm – come along and enjoy our young musicians performing their Christmas repertoire.

Visit to Dauntseys We are very fortunate that Dauntsey’s school offers outreach to our school. Amongst other things, their sports coaches support our older children in various sports, we borrow their spotlights for our Christmas productions and our Year 6 children go to their D&T workshops every summer to make clocks. Next week, our youngest children will be taken by the Dauntsey’s minibuses to visit the theatre on their school campus. This will support the theme of “Theatre” that is running in Stonehenge classroom at present. We are very grateful to Dauntsey’s for this opportunity and my thanks also to Mrs Abbott for organising this event.

Dice Games Your child has been given a dice games pack containing two ten-sided dice, a booklet of games and a small blue book. These games have been collected in order to help your child to practice some of the crucial, basic skills of Maths. The blue book is for you to record which games were played, when and if any modifications were made in order to make the game easier or harder. The blue books will act much like a reading record in the younger classes and should be carried in your child’s book bag. Teachers will then be able to see which games are being played and can then assess their impact more accurately. Please feel free to write comments on the games in the book or to let us know of any other dice games that would help with basic Maths skills. We can then issue updates in further booklets or via the school website.
Many thanks to Bailey Conway and Moses Bishop who volunteered to pack the games.

Cooking Club The last session for this club is on Thursday 5th December. My very sincere thanks to Mrs Geoghegan for running this club – it has been tremendous fun!

Bloodhound Club The last session for this Design Technology club is on Friday 6th December. I know the children have really enjoyed this club and have made some great vehicles and structures.

Road Safety Children in Sarum class had their road safety training out on the roads this week, and the person who came to deliver this training told us that our children are remarkably well behaved compared with the many schools she works in. We are very proud of them.

Events coming up this term (please do diarise these dates):

  • Recorder concert             Friday 13th December 2.15pm
  • Christmas plays:    Monday 16th December – KS1 at 10.00am and KS2 at 1.30pm

                                      Tuesday 17th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

                                     Wednesday 18th December – KS1 at 5.00pm and KS2 at 6.30pm

                The PFA will be serving refreshments at these events – my thanks to them for this initiative.

  • Carol Service at Erlestoke Church at 9.30am on Thursday 19th December –do come along and share this with us. The Year 3 choir and the Eisteddfod choir will be singing at this service.
  • PFA preparing for and clearing Christmas party and Christmas decorations  on Thursday 19th December


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 and records are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, on Friday 13th December 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 per person are gratefully accepted.

 Carol Service at Erlestoke Church on Sunday 15th December @ 6.30pm

 Children’s Christmas Workshop… Come and have fun making a Christingle and other festive items on Saturday 21st December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.


HOMEMADE NEEDED!!! – The PFA are getting a homemade hamper together to raffle off for PFA funds over the Christmas week.  If you have anything homemade which you think would complement this hamper, please leave at reception for collection.  So bring out the sloe vodka, homemade truffles, chutneys, jams and even knitted socks!!!  Don’t forget to label the items with contents and maker in case we are launching your best ever produce and people want more!!!  Thank you.

CHILDREN’S HAMPER – We are also hoping to have a children’s hamper, so please bring along any new books, DVD’s, toys, sweets etc.

“Bags of Opportunity” textile recycling on Monday 2nd December – please bring along your bags of recycling to school at drop off time. We shall be running this scheme on the first Monday of every month.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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