Newsletter 12 – 29th November 2019

Dear Parents

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) As a church school, we have to be inspected through the SIAMS framework every five years. Our turn has come and we will be inspected in this framework next week. They will inspect, amongst other things, the academic outcomes of our children, their spiritual development (whether they are people of faith or not) which includes how well children reach out to those in need, how we help them hone their moral compass, children’s vision of their place in the community, their courageous advocacy, and so on, and they also look at their Religious Education – are they theologically literate and are they forming their own philosophy, whatever that might be?

Follow this link to find out more:

The inspector, Lizzie McWhirter, would like to talk to as many parents as possible when she comes to our school on Thursday 5th December. She will be in our hall from 3.00pm and you are all most welcome to come along and chat to her. We encourage as many people as possible to contribute to this inspection.

Results of canvassing for Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club – Number of forms returned: 17

(Some parents would only want one or two hours for Afterschool Club and would only pay accordingly on each afternoon requested. We have counted these as needing the full afternoon even though it would not be.  One family is interested but did not give any idea of days or times they may be interested in – we counted this family as needing full cover, even though it probably would not be. So this analysis gives a slightly inflated view of the probable take up.)

Breakfast Club

Number of children interested

Afterschool Club

Number of children interested



12 9


10 8


9 9


8 8


7 5

Because we need about 20 children in each session to cover the costs of staff, insurances, share of services, resources, licences, food, training and so on, we cannot feasibly offer this service at this time. The school does not have the funding to subsidise the service – it must be self-sustaining. We will continue to canvas parents regularly to see whether we get to the point where we can offer wrap around childcare which will be sustainable.

Christmas Play Rehearsal will NOT take place after school on Wednesday 4th December as some of the children are taking part in a hockey tournament.

Dishcloth raffle As part of our fund raising efforts for our link school/orphanage, the Mathieson Music Trust, in India, our Crochet Club have spent the term crocheting dish clothes from special “Dishcloth” thread. The children will hold a raffle for these dish clothes, starting at Sharing Assembly today. The raffle tickets will be on sale each morning in the playground before school for a fortnight, and the box will be at the office at all other times. Each ticket costs £1. The draw will be held in Sharing Assembly in a fortnight. There should be about 20 lucky winners of a handmade dishcloth!

Anup Biswas, the director of the Mathieson Music Trust, visited us this week, giving the children a taste of both classical western music and of music from the Indian subcontinent. (Anup is a world famous cellist and earns money for his work at the Trust.) He also told us about the work they do for these very disadvantaged children and the success that they have. We always enjoy his regular visits to our school and he always invites us to visit them in India – any parents thinking of a trip to India would be welcome to visit the school and spend a few days there.

Collective Worship This week, we reflected on the start of Advent and how we spend this time preparing for Christmas – with a generous spirit, helping others and making the world a better place through our peaceful and positive actions.

Winter is here Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

Super Stars Our holiday club providers are offering a 15% discount for parents who book early for the holiday club events. Their flyer has been posted on the Parent Portal. We know that our children always enjoy these holiday clubs which include lots of sports and fun. If your child will be attending, please have look on their website and book in early.

Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th – Thursday 9th April

Summer Holidays:   Monday 10th – Friday 14th August

Christmas stories and festive craft session Saturday 14 December at Devizes Library 10.30-11.30am

For children age 4-8 years. Book your place now as places are limited. Tickets £1.50 for library members, £2.00 for non-members. Children remain the responsibility of their parent/carer and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. )
Friday 6th December Stonehenge class – Back to school for a bedtime story and hot chocolate! 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 11th December Handbell and Choir Christmas concert in school hall 5.00pm – all welcome
Monday 16th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 10.00am

KS2 – 1.30pm

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December Christmas Performances KS1 – 5.00pm

KS2 – 6.15pm

Thursday 19th December Christmas Service at the church and Christmas Party at school 9.30am for service

12.00pm start of party

Friday 20th December Last day of term & Christmas dinner by Lataca
Monday 6th January Everyone back to school
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Thank you Thank you to everyone who has brought contributions towards the Christmas Fair this week. It is really appreciated. The box will remain in the entrance hall next week, so there is still time to donate teddies, chocolate, mince pies or mulled wine if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so.

Christmas Fair Lots of people have come forward to help with the running of the Christmas Fair. We are still looking for helpers to run stalls and /or help with the packing away at the end.  If you are able to help out with this, then please get in touch via your class representative or our Facebook page.

PFA Shed It has been agreed that the PFA shed is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. Plans are being coordinated to get this done. In the near future we will require a small shed building team. If anyone is willing and able to be involved in this task, please let us know.

To contact us you can email: or join our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA


Many thanks,

Your PFA

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