Newsletter 13 – 6th December 2013

Dear Parents

Christmas Play Tickets Please complete the note that went out on Wednesday, to request tickets for our Christmas performances. Each family will be allocated two tickets in the first instance, for each Key Stage, for the night time performances (17th and 18th December). You can either have both tickets for the same night, or one for the first night and the other for the second night. If there are tickets left over, we will allocate these on a first come-first served basis, so if you want extra tickets, do indicate this on your request form. We will not be giving out tickets for the daytime performance – it is a good idea for grandparents and other family members to come to this performance (Monday 16th December). Every person must have a ticket – even babies and small children – in order to comply with fire regulations.

Children should be dropped off at school for their performances half an hour before the start ie. drop off at 4.30pm for children in the FS and KS1 and at 6.00pm for children in KS2. Please do not come any earlier than this. 

Ms Sharman has very kindly offered to run the crèche again for children who will be waiting for younger or older siblings to finish their performances. However, she does need some extra help with this, so if you are able to come to school and help with the crèche on either night, from 5.00pm – 7.45pm, we would be very grateful. Please let Ms Sharman or me know if you can help. The crèche will only be for children currently attending Holy Trinity and will be held in the Preschool building. Next week, we will ask you to complete a form to sign up for this service. Please note that only children who have signed up in advance will be accepted into the crèche. Please do not expect your children to be supervised if you have not signed them up for the crèche. There will be no adults on duty to look after them in the school.

Preschool Building  Our Governors are in negotiation with the Preschool Trust, the Local Authority and Central Government and have put in an offer to purchase the Preschool building when it becomes vacant. We will keep parents updated on this matter as events unfold. If we are able to take possession of the building, it will be used for art, design technology, drama and music activities and will also be used as an extra space for small group intervention programmes, phonics sessions and other small group activities. Governors have no plans to increase the net capacity or to have an extra class at Holy Trinity.

Hand Bells Carol Concert  What a wonderful evening of hand bells, carols, readings and prayers! We really got into the spirit of Christmas. Thank you very much to our talented bell ringers, to the PFA for refreshments and especially to Mrs Heath who has organised this whole event.

Pantomime My thanks to the PFA, the governors, staff, volunteers and the remarkable children who had such fun and behaved so beautifully at the pantomime. We had a great time! Oh yes, we did!

Winter Sports The last week of winter sports is Tuesday 12th December.

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

  • 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

  • Carol Service at Erlestoke Church at 9.30am on Thursday 19th December – do come along and share this with us.  The whole school will be singing, there will be an LED candle procession, some reflection on the nativity and the school choirs will also be singing.
  • PFA preparing for Christmas party  on Thursday 19th December.
  • PFA clearing Christmas decorations on Friday 20th 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 Dauntsey’s School Stonehenge class had a great time exploring the theatre at Dauntsey’s school – the lights, the props, the costumes –everything was wonderful! We are very grateful to the staff at Dauntsey’s for making this visit possible.

Christmas Lunch orders are being taken for a Christmas Lunch from Lataca on Friday 20th December. A hot turkey or vegetarian meal is served to the children by the staff – very festive! Please return your form to the office asap if you would like your child to have a Christmas lunch.

Severe Weather If we have snow, and the school is open (which it most likely will be), please make sure your children come in with their wellies and warm clothes. We always have a longer playtime on snow days, and the children are encouraged to have fun with sledges and snow modelling. We have permission slips for most children to sledge down the hill – if you have changed your mind about this or have not completed a slip, please let the office know. We do not need 150 sledges in school – if we just have a few, the children will share them under strict supervision.

In the very unlikely event that the school cannot open, you will be notified by text message, there will be a note on the “Newsletter” tab of the school website and the local radio station will make the announcement. Often, this decision is made at the very last minute which can be a problem for parents, but our hope is always to keep the school open unless there is really a serious risk to life for staff and children coming in or because there are too few staff in school to keep the children safe. Please do not drop your child off and drive away without checking that school is open in very bad weather.

Norovirus Season The Local Authority has asked us to highlight the importance of control measure to reduce the spread of Norovirus, which causes tummy upsets. The season for serious outbreaks is approaching and in a community such as a school it can spread quickly. If your child has vomiting or diarrhoea, please keep them off school until they are completely well again. It is vital that hands are washed thoroughly with soap and water, especially after a toilet visit and before eating. Alcohol hand gel does not work – you need to use soap and water. We will keep the school as clean as possible and use disinfectants daily on surfaces used by children. It is a good idea to do the same at home.  Avoid visiting people, especially vulnerable people, whilst infected. Soiled clothing must be washed in the hottest water possible. Drink plenty to replace lost fluids. If your child is ill for longer than 48 hours, do contact your GP or NHS on phone number 111. 

Munchkins Christmas Café  West Lavington Village Hall on Wednesday 11th December 9am -11am. Enjoy Christmas Cookies, Crafts & Coffee. Toys & Activities for Pre-Schoolers & their parents/grandparents/carers. Entry Free.

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.


THANK YOU!  To everyone who donated cakes recently & for a very successful recycling event which raised £50. Don’t stop filling bags though as we will have another collection soon. Thank you.


Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning

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