Newsletter 17 – 2nd February 2018

Last day of half term is Friday 9th February. We all return to school on Monday 19th February.

Sarum Class Living Rainforest Visit Our children in Sarum class had a wonderful trip to the Living Rainforest near Newbury. It was great to hear how the guides complimented them on their behaviour and on their knowledge. This is the reason we can take our children off site so often – we know they will behave well. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who organised this trip, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates for doing the paperwork and administration, and all the support staff and volunteers who helped make the trip such a success.

Stonehenge Class trip to Salisbury Museum Another lovely trip! And again, our children behaved impeccably and showed an extraordinarily wide knowledge of ancient Romans. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck who never turns a hair about taking 30 children under the age of 6 off site! More daunting than you might think. Thanks also to our support staff, volunteers and our admin team who make these visits possible.

Thanks to our wonderful parents We would like to say a very sincere thanks to all our wonderful families who support our work so effectively. We are especially grateful for your quick and generous responses to our requests for donations towards these off-site trips. Without these donations, we could not take the children to have these wonderful experiences – and how the children love them!

Thanks also for your work at supporting your children with reading, learning their number bonds, times tables and spellings, and for getting them to school ready and eager to learn. Your work is immensely valuable and valued. Without your relentless engagement in your children’s education, we would not be able to achieve the outstanding results that we do in all areas of the children’s education.

Maths for Parents! We would like to invite all parents to come into school for 30 minutes on Tuesday 6th February at 2.30pm to sit in their child’s classroom and enjoy a maths lesson. The teachers and the children will show parents how we carry out the four main maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We do encourage every family to send a representative to this afternoon, since children get very confused when parents try to teach them a method that is different from that used at school. The Government’s National Curriculum is very clear about the methods we must teach and we work precisely with this curriculum for the maths methods. Our maths scores put our school in the top few percent of the country so we know that the methods work well for our children.

Demographic of our school A recent analysis of the addresses of our children showed that only 34% of our children come from one of our four catchment villages (Great and Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston). This is drop of 4% since last year. All the other children come from other villages and towns locally. Without the children from “out of catchment”, our number on roll would be so small that the school would be facing closure. Because our school is full, we can continue to fund our rich and exciting learning programme provided by experienced and talented staff. Funding is dependent on the number of children in the school. Many rural schools are facing far more serious financial difficulties than we are because of low numbers. We are very grateful to all of you for choosing our school for your child and for enabling us to continue to provide outstanding education at Holy Trinity.

Message re Flu Vaccine. In view of the increased cases of Flu this year, NHS England have taken the decision to extend the vaccination programme and make more vaccine available. Therefore there will be unexpected extended opportunities for your child to be vaccinated in community clinics; this is for those who have not already been vaccinated and are in the eligible cohort Year R, 1, 2, 3 or 4.  This is regardless of whether you filled in a negative consent form in the first instance.  If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact the immunisation team on: 0333 234 1125 to book into a community clinic. Please note that this will be offered in first come/first serve basis until vaccine has run out, therefore early contact is advised.

Counselling I have had a few parents ask me about getting counselling for their children recently. There are various services which you can tap into, either on your own or with a referral from your GP or school nurse or the school in some instances. These include

  • Mediationplus – for children whose parents have separated or divorced – phone: 01793 527285
  • Relate Mid-Wiltshire – for children who are emotionally troubled – phone: 0300 0031781
  • Health visitors and children’s centres support children up to the age of 5 and their families
  • School Nurse – the school will refer you to this service if you require their support
  • ASK – a family information service that offers free information to parents on a range of issues – helpline: 08457585072 or 01380 872915
  • Childline – for children themselves who are struggling for any reason – phone: 0800 1111
  • Samaritans – for adults who are struggling – phone: 08457 909090
Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 6th February Parents invited to find out how to carry out the National Curriculum methods for the four basic maths operations  

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Friday 9th February Last day of half term
Monday 19th February Children back in school
Thursday 1st March World Book Day – dress up as a character they have READ about.
Wednesday 14th March Parent – Teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th March Parent-Teacher meetings 5.30 pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22 May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Tuesday 6th February. We are going to have PANCAKE RACES after school drop off.

Also school disco on Thursday 22nd March. KS1 at 5pm till 5:45 and KS2 starts at 6pm till 6:45.




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