Newsletter 17 – 17th January 2020

Dear Parents

Sarum trip to the Living Rainforest  Please make sure your child has a packed lunch on Monday if they are in Sarum class, as they are spending the day near Newbury in the Living Rainforest experience. This is a great trip and they will find out a lot about the topic they are studying this term.

Newspaper article  The Gazette and Herald have run a lovely little article about our school this week on the academic success of our school and the great inspection result from the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

Mental Health  It is becoming increasingly clear that we all need to take care of our mental health in the same way that we maintain our physical health. We talk to the children about “Ten Habits for Good Mental Health” and we encouraging them to make these part of their daily life. These are:

  1. Ask for help if you feel anxious, depressed, angry, or worried about anything.
  2. Talk about your feelings. (Can you control your reaction to them so that they are manageable?)
  3. Spend time in reflection, quiet time or meditation, focusing on the present moment only.
  4. Eat well and sleep well.
  5. Spend time everyday doing things that you enjoy.
  6. Keep in touch with people you like.
  7. Stay active – go for a walk or kick a ball or jump on a trampoline.
  8. Do something you are good at.
  9. Actively reach out and care for others.
  10. Be proud of your being.

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.

Links with Old School Nursery Miss Nisbeck and I have a programme of visits each year to visit Old School Nursery to chat to the teachers and managers there and to meet and work with the children who might be coming to our school in September. We are always made very welcome and we are always very impressed with the great work they do with these very young children – the children are happy, learning and having fun and when they come to our school, they are very ready for the transfer. It is very important to us that these links with Old School Nursery are close and useful so that the children make a seamless transition into our school. We also visit other local nursery schools once we know that there are children in those settings who will be coming to our school.

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Please ask at the office or contact the Local Authority.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Lions Club Sports Coaching for children in years 4, 5 & 6. The deadline for returning these is the morning of Monday 3rd February.

Moving carefully around school Please make sure that you and your children move carefully around the school property. We also ask that you make sure your children are strictly supervised at all times while you are on the school site. Please do not let them go off and play without you and please help them to remember to obey all school rules at all times so that we can be sure everyone is safe.

Clothes Recycling We have signed up to the rags2riches4schools recycling scheme, to raise money and help others around the world benefit from our good quality unwanted clothes and shoes. We get 50p for every kilo we collect of reusable items. We have a collection booked on Thursday 6th February so please keep good clothing to donate to us on this date. A rags2riches4schools bag has been given to every child for you to recycle as a family. Additional bags may also be used if needed.

Clean and reusable items that can be donated:

Good quality clothes and accessories.

Adults, children’s and babies clothing such as Jackets, Jumpers, hoodies, trousers, skirts, scarves, gloves, belts, handbags, paired shoes and other footwear etc.

They cannot reuse the following items:

Worn out shoes or clothes, clothes that are wet or have holes in.

Curtains, pillows or duvets, bric-a-brac or books. Personalised items.

Work uniform, School uniform or school sports kit.

If you are unsure what to put in the bags, then STOP AND THINK – WOULD SOMEONE ELSE BUY & WEAR IT? If it isn’t something you’d wear out and about yourself or pass to a friend, then no-one else will want to buy and wear it so unfortunately, it’s not reusable and can’t go in the bag.

Donated clothes and accessories are sent to Europe, Africa and even further away to be sold at market stalls as affordable items for those in real need of clothing.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. )
Monday 20th January Sarum class trip to the Living Rainforest in Berkshire – packed lunches please Please arrive in school at 8.30am for prompt departure.
Thursday 6th February Stonehenge class to Pizza Express to make pizzas
Friday 14th February Last day of the half term
Monday 24th February Everyone back to school
Monday 9th March and Wednesday 11th March Parent/teacher meetings Mon: 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Wed: 3.10pm – 6.00pm

Friday 3rd April Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


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PFA News

Shed We are still looking for a couple of volunteers to help put up the new PFA shed. It is a basic shed, similar to what you would put in the garden, so we don’t expect it will require more than basic DIY skills. Time and date can be organised around volunteers. Please get in touch if you think you may be able to help.

Save the date reminder The PFA will be hosting a ‘Ladies Night.’ This will take place on Friday 27th March. More details to follow.

To contact us:

Email:               Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

You are also welcome to contact us via your class representative.

Many thanks, Your PFA

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