Newsletter 18 – 24th January 2014

Dear Parents

Half Term Break is from 17th February to 21st February. Holiday club will run through this week. Please sign up online if you are interested (we have some letters in the office) – it is a very popular club and the children who attend have a great time.

Charity Afternoon There will be NO sharing assembly on Friday 31st January afternoon as the children will be running a Charity event.  We have 10 teams of children, a total of 44 children from age 6 – 11, who have each chosen a charity for which they will raise funds. They will set up their stalls in the hall and, from 2.00pm, each class will have a turn to look around the stalls and take part in the activities on offer. These include a Tombola, Spin the Wheel, Guess the Name, How Many Sweets in a Jar, Cake Sales, Lucky dip, Treasure map, a raffle and so on.  This event is for children only. Each team has an adult (a parent of one of the team members usually) who will work with the team to ensure that all runs smoothly and that the money is handled correctly. The charities that have been chosen by the children include: The Dog’s Trust, WWF, Water Aid, Children in Need, Dorothy House, Help for Heroes, Cancer Research, Hope Trust, Oxfam, and Nestlings (for orphans in Nepal).   We are hoping that most children will be able to bring a pound or two into school, safely secured in an envelope and marked with their name, so that they can take part in the activities on offer. Please do not send in large sums.

Gazette and Herald Our school appears in the local paper this week in connection with the letter from David Laws and our success in the league tables. The article includes a photo of almost everyone in the school.

Unveiling of our art/history project On Monday 10th February at 2.00pm, the Archdeacon of Wilts, the Ven Ruth Worsley, will come to school to conduct an official “unveiling” of our wonderful art/history project, the timeline around the hall foyer. We welcome parents and friends to come along to this event to celebrate a really tremendous outcome. Recently, our school advisor (a working Ofsted inspector) wrote, “The outstanding display of a timeline providing a pictorial representation of Neolithic through to present-day events provides pupils with an excellent resource for learning.”

School Council Our school council provides one of several routes that children have to make suggestions about school improvement and other issues that affect the children’s experience of school. Each class will have a meeting, issues are discussed and the elected representatives from each class bring these matters to the council meeting. At a recent meeting, children discussed ways to improve their experience of worship and the things that they like particularly (including our quiet, meditation worship, outdoor worship and regular visitors, as well as children, leading worship). They discussed, and came to a conclusion about the charities that are to be supported with the money raised at our Christmas plays, and commented on various school maintenance matters including re-marking the playground. We take these comments very seriously and they are fed into our school improvement programme.

Behaviour in school I have had several visitors to our school lately making very warm and complimentary remarks about our children’s behaviour – their politeness and welcome to the visitors, their kindness to each other and their clear enthusiasm for being at school. We are very proud of our children and they are a real credit to their families who have made sure that these values are a part of their lives.

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.

Absence If your child has been absent from school, please send a letter on the day of their return advising us of the reason for their absence so that we can make a note in the register. Absences remain unauthorised until a written note is received, even if you have telephoned whilst your child has been away.

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

Gardening Club – Although gardening club is hibernating at the moment, we are looking for a team of helpers to help prune/shape the willow structure in the school grounds. If you can help, we are meeting at 9am on Thursday 30th January. Please contact Lucy Bates on 07763 009989 for more details.

Bike Helmets If your child is coming to and from school on a scooter or bike, please ensure that they wear a helmet at all times.

Parent Portal A copy of the newsletter is uploaded each week to the parent portal – please log on to view it. We shall be uploading trip letters etc. in future so it is a good idea to make sure that you are able to access the site. The login is available from the Holy Trinity website. If you are new to the school then you will need to register to obtain your login details.



School Uniform We shall be holding a sale of good quality second-hand uniform on Friday 31st January.  If you have any unwanted uniform to donate, please bring them in to school on the morning of the sale so that it can be sorted.

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning

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