Newsletter 14 – 18th December 2015

Dear Parents

We wish all our families and our whole community a very peaceful and blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

TD Day Please remember that we come back to school on Tuesday 5th January as Monday 4th January is a TD day.

Christmas Plays What wonderful performances our children gave this week! It is a joy to have the Christmas message presented with such fun and enjoyment and with such remarkable confidence! We certainly do have the best children in the world here at Holy Trinity. Our thanks to all our teaching and support staff who have worked so hard to produce, direct and manage everything around the Christmas plays, to the PFA for their seasonal refreshments which were so well received, to Dauntsey’s school for the loan of stage lights and to all our parents for their unfailing support of the school and their children’s education.

We thank all of our families and friends who contributed so generously to our end-of-play collection – a total of £602.54 was raised! What a tremendous outcome! Half of this will go towards a charity that the children will select in the spring term, and the other half will support our work on music and drama in school. These are such important aspects of education, and we are very grateful for this contribution which will help to ensure the richest possible experience for our children.

Christmas Carol Service This was a moving and reflective moment amongst the busy-ness of our Christmas preparations. Thanks to Rev James Campbell for leading the service and to the parents who came along to share our carol service at St Peter’s church. Children built up the nativity scene as we remembered the different parts of the Christmas story. There was some lovely singing and each child held a little electric candle as a reminder of the light that they bring into the world.

Christmas Party Once again, our PFA excelled, producing a fantastic array of party food, setting up the hall in a “Banquet” configuration, and ensuring the children had a tremendous feast. Thanks to our families for their contributions to the Christmas party. We are also very grateful to the PFA for arranging the “Pass the Parcels” and inviting Santa to spend an hour here with the children, delivering early Christmas presents. Thanks also to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who worked so hard and gave so much energy to the party games so that the children could have a marvellous time in the afternoon.

Recorder Concert Another tremendous performance, showing what great musicians our children are – from those as young as six years old, performing confidently and with enjoyment, to the oldest children who are learning to play in two and three part harmony. It was delightful to watch the whole school embrace the concert and join in with singing whenever they could!

Christmas Fayre Our thanks as ever to our amazing PFA who arranged the Christmas fayre last Friday – what a great event! The children (and their parents) had a great time taking part in games, buying little gifts and finding plenty to eat. A huge amount of work goes into organising this, and we are very grateful for the huge efforts involved.

Christmas decorations Thank you also to our PFA for decorating the school and taking the decorations down again on the last day. We are so fortunate to have people prepared to step in and help with this, and all the other tasks that improve the experience for our children.

Primary School Applications for 2016-17 academic year must be submitted to the Local Authority by 15th January 2016! If your child will turn 5 during the course of the next academic year, it is important that you apply for a place by this deadline.

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


Tuesday 5th January Children return to school
Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 10th March Parents’ evening meetings


Parking  Please do not park on the grass over the road from the school! No one should ever park on the grass and it is particularly important at this time when the grass is wet and the ground soft. If we destroy that area, the Parish Council might feel that they have no other option but to prevent parents from parking in the Pavilion car park. We need to make sensible decisions that will keep our children safe and protect the area, so that we can hold onto the privilege of being allowed to part there.

Children’s Christmas Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 19th December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church (a short Christingle service will be held at the end of the workshop). Items will be put on display ready for the Carol Service on Sunday 20th December at 6.30pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Family Fun Service – Narnia in Great Cheverell On Sunday 3rd January, from, you are all welcome to meet at the Lamp Post at the bottom of the path to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell. If you like, you can come dressed in a “Narnia” costume. There will be hot chocolate, Turkish delight, snow craft and food for thought. This promises to be a really lovely event – do come along and have some fun.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from the PFA!

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