Newsletter 13 – 14th December 2018

Dear Parents

No Sharing Assembly Please note that there is NO Sharing Assembly on Friday 21st December as the children will be having fun watching the Science Boffin’s experiments as part of their Christmas entertainment and education in the afternoon. School finishes at the usual time.

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. We have a few tickets for the KS1 performance on Wednesday evening available. If you would like one or two, please contact the office. There are no other tickets for any other performance available.

Times to drop off and pick up for evening Christmas Performances:

KS1 children: Drop off at 4.40pm at the back door of the classrooms. Pick up at 6.00pm at back door of classrooms.

KS2 children: Drop off at 5.50pm, to come in through back doors of their classrooms quietly as the other performance will still be in progress. Pick up at 7.10pm at the double doors from the hall into the playground.

Our Wonderful School Our school has come top in Wiltshire for the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in all of reading, writing and maths – this is one of the most important measures used by Ofsted to judge school effectiveness. This outcome also puts our school in the top 2% of the country (one of the top 300 out of over 20,000 primary schools). The percentage of children achieving at the higher standard puts us in the top 4% of the country and we are in the top percentiles for most of the other measures as well.

We always emphasise that, whilst we are delighted with these great academic outcomes, we are just as proud of all other aspects of our children’s success. We are proud of how kind they are to each other, how sensitively they respond to those in need; we are proud of their outcomes in sport, art, music, philosophy, social skills and the humanities; and we are proud of their spiritual development. Our children are outstanding young people in all aspects of their development.

Bed time story and hot chocolate  Thank you to Miss Nisbeck and Mrs Trusler who hosted this lovely evening last Friday. It was great fun. The children were as wonderful as ever.

Christmas events Our children will have a Christmas service at St Peters in Great Cheverell on Thursday 20th December at about 9.30am – everyone is welcome to join us for this lovely event, with singing, storytelling and quiet time for reflection. After that, we will have our Christmas party, with food provided by the PFA (and our generous families), and noisy party games organised by Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz. Children are allowed to wear their party clothes on this day, providing they are warm and they have sensible shoes, as there is the walk to the church in the morning. Children will not need a lunch on this day as it will be provided for them.

On the last day of term, we will have a quiet meditation with candles in the morning and then we will have our Lataca Christmas dinner – most children have this dinner, but if your child prefers a packed lunch, please feel free to send this in. Then after that we have the Science Boffins in for an afternoon of education and entertainment before the holidays begin. A reminder that also on the last day of term, at 9.00am, we will be holding a special assembly to say good bye to our cleaners who have worked for so many years, so faithfully, and are now retiring. Please come along to this if you are able.

Gardening Club Our amazing Gardening Club has been awarded the Level 2 School Gardening Awards from the Royal Horticultural Society! This is a huge tribute to Liz Read and her team of volunteers, and to the children who work so hard in Gardening club. Congratulations to all of you!

Liz Read will be retiring from Gardening Club in the new academic year and we are desperate to keep the club running. It is a tremendous asset to the school and so much outstanding learning is done, not just by the Gardening Clubbers but by the whole school through their work. If you are interested in gardening and would like to be part of a team helping to run this club, please come and let us know. Liz will help with handover. There is a small budget and lots of support for Gardening Club activities.

“Smart” Toys for Christmas Some parents might be considering buying toys for their children which have some connectivity to the internet – toys such as Furby Connect, I-Que Intelligent Robot, Cloud Pets, Toy-Fi Teddy, WowWee Chip. There are warnings being issued that these sorts of toys can be “Hacked” and children can receive messages “from their pets” which have been sent by complete strangers hacking into the toys, some of the toys could be hacked to photograph children or to defraud you. We need to keep our children safe and toys like this can pose a real risk to children and their families.  You can read more on Which? at

Superstars Holiday Club Our holiday club providers are offering Holiday Clubs in the following weeks: Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April, Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August and Monday 12th August – Friday 16th August. Website: .

Lost Property We shall recycle the lost property over the Christmas holidays. So if you are missing anything that belongs to your child, please come in and go through the Lost Property basket before the holidays. The basket is full!

Saturday 15th December – Children’s Workshop at Erlestoke Church, 10am till noon. Come and make take part in some festive activities, a short Christingle service will be held at the end of the workshop. Items made will go on display for the Carol Service on Sunday 16th December at 6.30. All ages welcome but under 5’s must be accompanied by an adult. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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

CHRISTMAS PARTY- Thursday 20th December – Please keep an eye out for food lists going up outside classrooms and sign up to make food contributions. Plates have been sent home with your child today.

The PFA will be preparing the hall in the morning ready for when the children return from church, and there will be a visit from Father Christmas in the afternoon with a gift for every child!

Easyfundraising –  Please remember 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!). This is potentially a very valuable source of fundraising for the PFA.

Many thanks,

Your PFA.

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