Newsletter 14 – 9th December 2016

Dear Parents

Christmas Plays Please make sure that your child is dropped off and picked up in good time for their performances on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. If possible, do arrange lift clubs to avoid congestion in the car park. We ask you to park and drive responsibly around the school as you drop off and pick up, so that our children are safe and our neighbours are not inconvenienced.

  • KS1 children should be dropped off in their classroom at 4.30pm (please do not come earlier than this – we will be setting up the school). They need to be picked up no later than 6.00pm.
  • KS2 children should be dropped off at about 6.10pm. They need to be picked up at 7.30pm. Children singing in the choir need to be in school uniform.             The Muppet Christmas Carol come along to the Pavilion on Saturday 10th December at 2.30pm to watch this festive film for all ages. Admission FREE to all. Book at Cheverell Stores

Dress Rehearsal We welcomed the children of Old School Nursery to come and watch the dress rehearsal for the KS1 Christmas play on Thursday – as ever, we were very impressed with how well these very young children behaved, and enjoyed the event. We like to build the closest links with Old School Nursery since this is where the majority of our early years children have their nursery school experience.

Pantomime It was fun to join with the children of St Barnabas school in Market Lavington to have a little pantomime show.

Choir Our Eisteddfod choir has been invited by BBC Wiltshire Radio to sing for a broadcast! We are so proud of them and our thanks go to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard with the children to ensure that their performances are of such a good quality that they are chosen for these events. Well done, children! We expect the broadcast to go out on Thursday or Friday morning – do tune in and hear our wonderful children singing for Wiltshire!

Planting trees and bulbs Our ground maintenance company, “id verde”, have very kindly helped the children to plant 30 new little trees to enhance Bluebell Wood further, and they have donated hundreds of bulbs and winter bedding plants for all the children to plant out in the same area. This work has been done without charge to the school and we are very grateful for their contribution to ensuring that our school grounds continue to be developed and improved – particular thanks to Kevin Bowler and Angela Lundy for their work with our children. The tiny trees have been planted by our youngest children and we hope that, by the time they leave our school in Year 6, the trees will have grown substantially and there will be sense of a much enlarged woodland area.

Hockey Tournament Our hockey team won the tournament against local schools on Saturday, at Dauntsey’s school! They played brilliantly and showed great sportsmanship. Our thanks to Mr Amor who organised and accompanied this trip. His teams did him great credit.

Last day of term – Friday 16th December is the last day of term and we finish at the usual time. We have a “Science Boffin” in to entertain the children in the afternoon so there will be NO Sharing Assembly on this day.

Clubs Gymnastics on Monday is the only club running next week – no other club is on after school.

My thanks also to all of our wonderful families who will have provided the food for this party! You do not need to send your child in with school lunch on this day because it will be provided.

Christmas Party Thursday 15th December is also the date for our school Christmas party Children are allowed to wear party clothes to school on this day, but please make sure that they can dress up warmly because they will still have to go outside for playtimes, and will be walking down to the church. They need to wear sensible shoes in which they can run and dance safely. My thanks to the PFA who work very hard to organise this party, with food, Pass the Parcel and prizes, and ensuring that the hall is set up in “Banqueting” style. They also arrange for a special visitor to take a short time away from the North Pole to visit our children with an early gift. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who lead the party games in the afternoon – a noisy and exciting time for everyone.

Christmas Church Service Everyone is welcome to join us at St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell on Thursday 15th December at about 9.30am for a short Christmas service, led largely by the children, with singing and candles. I am grateful the Rev’d Andrew Sinclair is able to be our celebrant for this service. Children will start to walk to the church at about 9.00am – feel free to join us for the walk down there.

Photography is permitted but please ensure that NO photos are posted online if there are any other children visible in the photo. Please be aware of those around you when taking photos – do not disturb anyone else.

A reminder that every person, including babies and siblings, must have a ticket for these performances. We have to abide by the fire safety regulations for the size of our hall.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Monday 12th December Christmas play 10.00 am KS1,  1.30 pm KS2
Tuesday 13th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Tuesday 13th December Sarum Class: Sewing with parents and Year 3 choir performance at 2.30pm 1.30pm – 3pm
Wednesday 14th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Thursday 15th December Church Service – all welcome 9.30am – 10.00am
Friday 16th December Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd January Children back to school

Children’s Christmas Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 17th December from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church, a short Christingle service will be held during this workshop. Items will be put on display ready for the Carol service on Sunday 18th December @ 6.30pm. Children from all parishes are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


It’s the Christmas Fayre today!!! Thank-you to all of you for getting us to this point – from donating jars, chocolates, teddies, cakes and coins – to helping out at stalls – to wrapping and fixing – to bringing your children to enjoy the Festive Fun – THANK-YOU!

Thank-you too to the super team of Mums and Grandparents who helped decorate the school with trees and tinsel while the children were at the Panto this week. A lovely surprise when they returned back to school!

And almost 80kg of Fabric Recycle this week – Fabulous!

Don’t forget to fill out the form for the Crèche if you are hoping to make use of it during Christmas Plays. And please remember to also fill out the forms outside the classrooms to donate food for the children’s Christmas Party on December 15. We need to feed 150 very excited and hungry young people!

See you at the Christmas Fayre this afternoon, from THE PFA TEAM

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