Newsletter 14 – 12th January 2018

Thank you All our teachers, support staff and I would like to thank you all for your very generous gifts and kind words in the Christmas cards. The fact that you take the time to think of us at this very busy season is much appreciated and the thoughtful messages are heart-warming.

PFA Thank you very much to Patricia Genner who so generously took up the Chair of the PFA in the first term – a busy and complex term! Patricia took on the role even though she was in the process of moving house and all the events organised by the PFA were tremendously well run. Our thanks also to her incredible team who always swoop in and do such remarkable work with such joy and energy.

We are delighted to welcome the new Chair of the PFA, Annabel Mackintosh who brings her years of experience to the job. We know that she will continue to ensure that the PFA grows from strength to strength and really contributes hugely to the enrichment of our children’s education. The financial support from the PFA is more important than ever now, as our funding is being cut significantly year on year and we are very grateful for all the PFA team does to help us to provide outstanding education for our children.

Living Rainforest Sarum class will be having a field trip to the Living Rainforest on Wednesday 31st January as part of their “Our Environment” topic. Parents will be asked for a donation to help cover the cost of the entrance tickets. We are hugely grateful to the PFA who have stepped in and undertaken to cover the entire cost of the transport to and from the venue in Newbury.

False News! I have heard from several sources that there is a rumour abroad in the community that I am going to retire soon – this is absolutely not the case! I hope to have many more years of work ahead of me, and I hope to complete them all here at Holy Trinity. Please scotch this rumour if you hear it.

Please supervise your children! I have had more reports of people picking their children up from their classrooms and then letting them just run off and losing sight of them. This results in children playing unsupervised on the school site. We urge everyone to make sure that they are supervising their children closely. It would be a pity if we have to ban children from the school site once the school day is finished because of concerns about their safety.

A reminder that we do not allow dogs onto the school site.

Reading Thank you to all our parents who made sure their children kept up with reading through the holidays – we can see what a difference it makes! A reminder about our new reading system: Your child will be asked to choose any book from the school library – the younger children are guided towards the picture books.

  • If your child brings home a book that is too easy – that’s fine! Let them read it effortlessly and then you can spend time asking them deep and penetrating questions about the text and the pictures to check that comprehension is really secure. Examples of questions can be found on our website under “Information for Parents”.
  • If the book is too hard for the child’s level of reading, then read it to them! There will be occasional words or even letters that they can recognise and you can ask them to read. Take the time to question them about the text that you have read to them.
  • Do not be limited by the books that your child chooses from the school library. Encourage them to read widely of other materials – magazines, newspapers, the back of cereal boxes, blogs, adverts, instructions and books from the Devizes library. There is no end to what your child will enjoy reading. Ten or twenty minutes a day of reading with you will ensure amazingly swift progress for your child.

TD Dates for the academic year 2018-2019

Monday 3rd September 2018

Monday 3rd June 2019

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Thursday 25th July 2019

The whole calendar for the academic year 2018-19 will be sent out with this newsletter. We hope that the early release of these dates will facilitate your plans for next year.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 31 January Sarum class to Living Rainforest 9.00 – 3.00
Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 11th July Super choir Afternoon and evening
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Happy new year from all the PFA!

Although it seems a long time ago now thank you all so much for all your marvellous contributions to the Christmas Party. The fun and singing and laughter from the children was a joy to behold and many of them came and said a heartfelt personal thank you.

We would like to ‘introduce’ Annabel Mackintosh as our ‘new’ chair, having been unanimously voted in yesterday. For many of you further up the school she needs no introduction as this is a role she is reprising, and we are extremely lucky to have such an experienced and dynamic person at the helm. We thank her for stepping up once again.

Yesterday we also happily approved a request from Sarum class to help fund a school trip they are planning, with £290 going towards the costs. We hope to support other classes in the same manner going forward.

Our textile recycling reached a respectable 102kg this month, not bad for a first day back! Well done all.

Finally a special mention to Paul Hosking, who has quietly been championing the ongoing easy fundraising initiative begun by Debi Bell-Hosking, and been the major driver of a £253 cheque we have received from them. Thank you Paul!

The PFA Team

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