Newsletter 15 – 9th January 2015

Dear Parents

Icy surfaces Please note that whilst we do try to grit our slippery, icy pathways from the pedestrian gates into the school, the access to school can be treacherous in the coldest weather. Take care when walking on school property and keep to the gritted pathways.

Parent-School Agreement  Our governors have decided that we ought to ask parents and children to review this document (which is statutory) each year, so that the matters contained in the agreement can be observed in light of the increasing maturity of the child. To ensure that everyone has sight of the agreement,  we will be sending it out  shortly and ask you to read it through with your child, sign it and return it to school. Many thanks for your cooperation in this.

Universal Infant Free School Meals The government will pay us the grant for these meals dependant on the number of children taking meals on census day – which is 15th January 2015. Please do consider ordering the meals for your child (FS, Y1 or Y2) on this day, even if they do not usually have them.

Stonehenge Class We are delighted with the great work that is going on in Stonehenge classroom.  The children have transitioned smoothly into the new arrangements and continue to learn extremely well and to enjoy school. The advert for a new teacher has been posted in both the Wiltshire job bulletin and in the TES. We hope to have made an appointment by the end of this half term.

Jesus’s life Children in Stonehenge classroom had a whole day of activities which helped them to understand the life and works of Jesus. The vicar came in to explain about Christenings, and the children made tents on the field to remind them of the Feast of Tabernacles. Amongst other things, they also thought about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the entry into Jerusalem (they made palms and had a great procession) and the last days of Jesus’s life – and they experienced the fun and celebration of the resurrection.  


  • We will be offering a fee-paying multisports club for Years 3 and 4 starting next  Tuesday from 3.00- 4.00pm for  5 weeks.
  • In the second half term before Easter, we will offer a fee-paying clay modelling club on Mondays from 3.00pm – 4.00pm for all age groups.
  • Handbells will continue on Mondays at lunchtimes.
  • Chess will continue on Fridays at lunchtimes.
  • Mr Amor will continue with winter sports club on Tuesdays starting next week and finishing at Easter.
  • Mrs Garraway will continue with netball club on Wednesdays starting next week and finishing at Easter.
  • Mr Gyllenspetz will continue with Cricket club on Wednesdays starting next week and continuing into summer.
  • Judo will continue on Thursdays after school.
  • Ukulele will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school.
  • Gardening club will resume in the summer term.

Themes for this term Stonehenge class – Fairy Tales; White Horse class – Amazing Animals; Sarum class- Rain forests; Avebury class – Planets and Space; Silbury class – Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

Swimming Lessons We have been asked to remind parents that swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum. Unless there is a medical reason, every child in KS2 must have swimming lessons at some point in the year and must be able to swim 25m by the time they leave Year 6. We are usually very well ahead of this target, with most children able to swim several hundred metres by the time they leave our school. We have a qualified life guard and a coach as well as the teacher and TA present at all times and the children enjoy these sessions.

Children’s progress Once again, a reminder that you are most welcome to come into school to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher whenever you wish – simply make an appointment with your child’s teacher. Formal parent-teacher meetings take place again on 11th and 12th of March. If you want to have a very quick word with your child’s teacher, they can usually see you briefly after school or you can write a note in your child’s homework book or reading record. Please let us know of any unusual or upsetting events in your child’s life – this helps us to support them effectively in school.

School website  Please consult the website for latest news, the calendar of dates, photos, information, policies, the statutory documents relating to our Academy and the parent portal log-in.

School Facebook Please do have a look at the Facebook page – we have 103 “followers” and it is good way to gain snippets of news and photos about day to day events in school.

Paying online  We have had very good feedback from parents who have paid recorder fees and residential trip fees using the new online payment system that we are trialing. Do have a look at this – it is easy to use and an email return will show you that the transaction is complete.

Shine This is a programme run through a Wiltshire charity to help parents to support their children in eating healthily and being active. There are several workshops at various places around our county (for free) where parents will be given advice. Please contact the office if you would like more information on this.

Primary School places We have application forms in school for children who will be four years old before September 2015 or you can apply online at  The deadline for receipt of these applications is 15th January 2015.

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News


Many thanks from the PFA for the support which was shown last term – we couldn’t do it without your help!

A reminder that there will be a textile recycling collection on Monday 12th January, please bring your bags of recycling into school in the morning.

There will be a second hand uniform sale on the last Friday of the month (Friday 30th January) – please bring any clean uniform which is in good condition that your child has outgrown into school for the sale.

We shall keep you informed of the exciting projects that we have in mind for 2015 – watch this space!

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