Newsletter 16 – 18th January 2019

Dear Parents

Courage and resilience We are pleased to see that Ofsted is going to be inspecting the work schools do to build resilience in their students. This is a result of the increasing concern of schools nationally that children lack resilience and independence and it is feared that this will leave them unable to deal with the inevitable difficulties that everyone will encounter at some point.

Whilst we instinctively want to protect our children from feeling sad, disappointed, angry, anxious, depressed or worried, it is a vital life skill to acquire resilience in the face of difficult events. We work very hard in our school to reward resilience, courage, independence and determination so that the children gain an understanding that this is the correct way to face difficulties which are going to be a normal part of life. Congratulating children on managing a difficult situation with courage builds their ability to cope with such situations in the future. It should be a growth experience for them.

Volunteers We are very lucky to have a team of strong and skilled volunteers who come in regularly to help us in school. Mostly, volunteers listen to children reading on a one to one basis and check comprehension of what they are reading. This is the single biggest help to our work since it is not possible for our teachers to hear every child read every day. They also support us with taking children offsite on trips and help with design and technology projects. We are very grateful for their support.

Hockey Well done to our Year 3/Year 4 hockey team which won three out of their four matches on Thursday! And thank you to Mrs Goddard and the admin staff for organising this, and to the volunteers who accompanied the trip.

Cyberbullying Please make sure that, if your child has an iPad or a phone on which they engage in online chatting, you check their devices regularly to ensure that they are neither sending nor receiving messages that are harmful or hurtful. It is strongly recommended that children do not take their phones to their rooms when they go to sleep, as so many children have very disturbed sleep due to late night messaging. We also remind parents to ensure that they have some form of parental controls on the phones and that they monitor all activity carefully – this could save your child’s life. It is not an invasion of their privacy, it is good and careful parenting. Children are tech-savvy but naïve and are at huge risk in the on-line world.

Dentist Visit Children in Sarum class will all go to visit the Urchfont Dental Practice on Thursday 24th January (next week). They will be given toothbrushes and disclosing tablets in order to learn the best techniques for brushing their teeth. They will also have a talk about good oral hygiene and diet, and will get a chance to do ‘fillings’ in plastic teeth that have been pre-cut and will see and touch (non sharp) dental instruments and familiarise themselves with the dental surgery. They will have a healthy snack while they are there. This is always a great trip for the children and they thoroughly enjoy it.

Southern Pro Musica in Southampton On Thursday 31st January, we shall be taking all our children to the Central Hall, Southampton where they will enjoy a wonderful feast of orchestral music designed for children. You can see more about this by clicking on this link:

We ask that all children are sent to school with a packed lunch on this day as we shall not be at school for our usual lunch programme. They will be given biscuits and a drink in the mid-morning.

Winter Please make sure all scarves, hats, gloves, coats and jumpers are labelled with your child’s name – even just writing it in ball point pen on any of the labels is better than nothing. In the event of very severe weather, where it would be unsafe to open the school, you will receive a text message, there will be a note on the website and the local radio will be broadcasting the information. We almost never close, however, and the children really love snow days at school, with long playtimes and Sledge Hill being great fun.

Junior Cricket at The Walled Garden, Erlestoke   We are pleased to announce that throughout the summer of 2019, Erlestoke & Coulston Cricket Club will be reviving the junior section of the club. We will be offering fun and all-inclusive cricket coaching for boys and girls aged 5-11 and welcome all abilities and experiences on Saturdays from 10.00am – 11.00am, £2 per session. Our coach, Toby Dorgan, has plenty of experience working with young children and coaching cricket, including all relevant qualifications. Dates to be confirmed but please drop us an email if you, or your children, are interested in getting involved.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 31st January Classical Music Concert in Southampton – please bring a packed lunch Normal school hours
Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

How to get involved – The PFA is run purely for the benefit of the children of Holy Trinity School. All our fundraising goes towards providing additional equipment and activities for the children at school. Any involvement from parents, carers and friends of Holy Trinity, however big or small, is very much welcomed.

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