Newsletter 18 – 24th January 2020

Dear Parents

Sarum trip to the Living Rainforest  What a lovely trip the children in Sarum class had to the Living Rainforest project near Newbury! They saw all sorts of amazing creatures and plants that are found in these conditions and learnt a lot more about the topic that they are studying. Our children, as ever, behaved impeccably and enjoyed the experience. My thanks to Mrs Jones who organised the trip and to Mrs Hayward and our volunteer helpers who accompanied the trip.

African Activity Day Continuing with our “Diversity” project, Mrs Jones has organised for a day of African Activities for the whole school on Tuesday 28th January, starting with a presentation on the Windrush Generation, followed by some art and drumming workshops.  We invite all parents and carers who are free to come along at 2.40pm for a little presentation on the art and drumming that the children will have done through the day. These theme days help children to gain an understanding of the richness and diversity of our amazing multicultural country.

Collective Worship Our theme for this term is “Journeys” and we have been focusing on the journeys of some Old Testament leaders, including Abraham, Moses and Ruth. We have considered the importance of quiet time in our lives and how we should be reaching out to others with compassion. As ever, we have focused strongly on making sure we “Choose Joy” and maintain a positive and optimistic outlook. We are always very grateful for those who come into school to lead worship for us – as well as our teaching staff, we have Anglican clergy, Baptist clergy and a youth worker who all lead worship now and again through the term.

No toys or balls from home please Following an accident to a child as the result of a variable bounce ball being brought in from home, we remind children not to bring any balls or toys into school from home – if we have not risk assessed them, we cannot be sure our children are safe. There are lots of balls and other playground equipment provided by the school which the children can use at playtimes.

Governors We have a tremendous team of governors who volunteer to serve on our governing body. They direct the strategic planning and general, overarching policies of the school, support the headteacher and hold her to account for high standards in all areas of school life – including the Christian ethos, Behaviour, Progress and Attainment, Child Protection, Health and Safety and Financial Management. They have no role in the day to day management of the school, of course – that is the headteacher’s role.

Policies can be found on the school website  Our governors are Jeremy Shatford (Chair), Vincent Albano (Vice Chair), Sam Gaiger (Chair of Finance committee), Dave Graham Wheeler, Ruth Edwards, Rev’d Andrew Sinclair, Stephanie Cadwgan, Kathy Smart, Douglas Downing, Mark Gyllenspetz (staff governor) and Mercedes Henning (ex-officio as Headteacher).

Cooking in School We are very fortunate to have Mrs Heath, who plans and prepares, and, with Mrs Andrew and other teaching assistants, teaches and supports the cooking sequences for each class and each group of children in our school. The meals they prepare are made from fresh ingredients, have as little fat and sugar as possible and are easy for children to make. Children learn a lot about healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene, cooking and reflecting on their work through these cooking lessons. Tuesday afternoons are huge fun and the children are learning life skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Our very sincere thanks to Mrs Heath.

Sick Children Because we stand in loco parentis whilst your children are in school with us, it is really important that we know about any illness or injury or concern you may have about your child. Please let us know about outcomes of visits to the doctor, test results, changes in medication, changes in routines etc so that we can look after your child effectively.

Stop and Drop Zone Our very sincere thanks to all those who continue to use the Stop and Drop zone in the layby effectively – this seems to be helping with the flow of traffic and helps us to keep children safe. Traffic at drop off and pick up times can be difficult and tempers can get frayed. We are grateful that the majority of our parents always show courteous and thoughtful behaviour in the face of these difficulties.

Gritting of paths In the case of icy conditions on the playground, we aim to grit the pathway from the main pedestrian gate (near the layby) to the children’s entrance into the school, and to the reception entrance. No other areas will be treated and we ask you to proceed with great care, keeping to the gritted areas.

 Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. )
Thursday 6th February Stonehenge class to Pizza Express to make pizzas
Tuesday 11th February Grandparent’s tea party – invitation for one grandparent to attend in the afternoon
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
Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April Holiday club runs in school – Superstars booking 8.45am – 3.30pm
Monday 20th April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 19th May Music concert, performances by children taking lessons in school. 4.30pm – 5.30pm Piano, recorders and choir

6.00pm – 7.00pm Brass, handbells, guitar and ukulele

Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 22nd May Last day of term
Wednesday 3rd June Everyone back to school
Monday 29th June TD day
Tuesday 7th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July Years 3 and 4 summer performance
Tuesday 14th July Year 6 restaurant for all year 6 parents 1.30pm
Wednesday 15th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Parents’ welcome meetings for each class after school
Tuesday 21st July Last day of term

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors

PFA News


Thank you to the people volunteered their time to put up our new shed. We can now confirm that a local firm is able to supply and erect the shed for us at a reasonable cost. The date of delivery is yet to be confirmed but we are hopeful this will be quite soon.

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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