Newsletter 13 – 6th December 2019

Dear Parents

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Thank you to all the parents who came along on Thursday to talk to the inspector. And thank you to the wonderful team of our staff and children who work with such joy to achieve their very best at all times and in all areas. Although we are not yet allowed to release the details of the judgement, the inspection was very successful and we are delighted with the outcome. The final report will probably be published after the Christmas holidays and we shall send it out to parents as soon as we receive it.

Hockey team We are very proud of our hockey teams who won the recent interschool hockey tournament held at Dauntsey’s school last Saturday. Both the A team and the B team won every game and did not concede a single goal! This is the first time in the 15 years of the tournament’s history that such a feat has been achieved. It is a great moment for our children to be able to hold up the trophy as the best hockey players in the area! We were proud of the dignified and courteous way in which they won, a tribute to their good sportsmanship. Well done to all. Our thanks to Mr Amor who gives up his Saturday mornings to organise and accompany the children to these tournaments.

Following this victory, our team then went on to win the Devizes area tournament on Wednesday, also without conceding a goal, against the bigger schools in Devizes and surrounding area! What a tremendous achievement! We are so proud of them all, and of the coaches.

Bedtime Story for Stonehenge Class Children in Stonehenge class are invited back to school tonight at 5.00pm for an hour to have hot chocolate and a bedtime story. They can come in their pyjamas so that they are ready for bed when they get home. Please be prompt picking your children up at the back door at 6.00pm as they will be tired – and so will the teachers! My thanks to Miss Nisbeck and Mrs Trusler who have organised this event on their Friday evening.

Christmas Fair Thank you to our wonderful PFA for organising the Christmas fair in the Pavilion this afternoon. They have been very busy this term with all the Christmas events, including decorating the school, preparing for the Christmas Party on 19th December, organising the Christmas cards, the tea towels, the refreshments for the performances and concerts, and much more. Please do offer your support to the PFA – their work enriches our children’s education and provides a lovely opportunity for socialising as well.

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.

Please remember that EVERY person must have a ticket to attend – even babies and young children. This is to comply with our Fire Safety protocols. Children from Old School Nursery and all children at our school will have seen the KS1 production at the dress rehearsal and all in our school will have seen the KS2 dress rehearsal.

Christmas events Our children will have a Christmas service at St Peters in Great Cheverell on Thursday 19th 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. Please order the Lataca dinner if your child wants one. Then, after that, we have the Science Boffins in for an afternoon of education and entertainment before the holidays begin. NO SHARING ASSEMBLY on the last day of term.

Christmas Crackers As part of our work towards reducing pollution and waste, the PFA have spearheaded a project for children to make Christmas crackers for the Christmas Party this year, rather than importing them from China, involving huge travelling distances, and then throwing them away after a few moments of fun. A pack was sent home with each child on Tuesday, with the instructions and some bits and pieces for the crackers. We do ask that you help your child with this project and send them as soon as possible so that we can ensure that we have enough for every child to have a handmade cracker at the party. Our thanks to the PFA for this great initiative and to all those families who have already made their crackers and sent them in!

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!

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


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PFA News

Thank you

For all the donations for the Christmas Fair and for the people who have generously offered their time in organising, setting up, manning a stall or tidying up after this event. We hope everyone has a great time!

Hand Bells and Choir Concert

The PFA are providing refreshments for this concert on Wednesday 11th December. Please remember to bring along some money in exchange for a hot drink or mulled wine and a mince pie.

Christmas Party

The children’s Christmas party will take place during the school day on Thursday 19th December. Food contribution lists will be put on classroom doors towards the end of next week. Please add your name next to the food you will be bringing for the party. Thank you.

Urgent Call for Volunteers

The PFA would like to serve refreshments between the KS1 and KS2 evening Christmas plays which take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December. In order for this to happen, we still need volunteers to step forward to help with this please. If you are able to donate an hour of your time (possibly less!) on either of these evenings then please get in touch with us.

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

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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