Newsletter 18 – 29th January 2016

Dear Parents

Trip to @Bristol for Stonehenge Class What a wonderful day the children in Stonehenge class had when they went to @ Bristol for a planetarium experience! Children are always inspired if they have had a trip or a visitor to bring their learning to life – and this “Space” topic has really inspired the children in Stonehenge classroom! Our thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her team who organised and accompanied this trip, and to the admin staff who always make sure that these trips have everything in place to be successful.

Choir – Songs of Praise Although our choir did not get through to the next round in the Songs of Praise competition, we had some lovely comments from the adjudicators: “You communicated your enjoyment in both pieces!” “Good – your final consonants were impressive!” “Long phrases were carried through nicely” “Both songs were sung with commitment.” “Very good interpretation of text in “How Great thou Art”” “Nice bright rhythms in the second song. Lots of positive points”. My very sincere thanks to Ms Sharman for all her work on this, and to our courageous children who took on this challenge.

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. Most policies can be found on our website or, if not, they can be requested at the school office. If you wish to talk to a governor about governance issues, please do so. They are David Graham-Wheeler (Chair), Jeremy Shatford (Vice Chair and Chair of Policy and Curriculum committee), Sam Gaiger (Chair of Premises, Finance and Audit committee), Ruth Edwards, Emma Farebrother, Vincent Albano, Gemma Ackerman, Rachel Dewar, Christopher Johns, Dorian Amor and Mercedes Henning.

Cooking in School We are very fortunate to have Mrs Heath, who plans and prepares, and, with Mrs Andrew, 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, 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.

Arrival at school It has come to our attention that a number of children are being left on their own in the playground before school – earlier than we can have a staff member available to supervise them. This is very dangerous and it is really essential if you arrive at school before 8.30am that you stay with your child until the teacher on duty arrives on the playground. Children must not be left unsupervised on the playground.

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.

Parking in Bus Lay-by The bus has had great difficulty getting in and out safely of the designated coach parking space and we ask that you leave a good distance between your car and the bus bay. The safety of our children is paramount and we would appreciate your co-operation in this matter. It is also distressing to hear that our parents are being rude to the bus driver and this is not an example that we would expect our children to witness.

PFA We are enormously grateful to our wonderful PFA who are working so hard to fulfil a dream of the children for an outdoor classroom/hide/play space. Please support them as they embrace this huge project. The structure will enrich the children’s experience of school and learning, as so many of the PFA projects do, and supporting the project is a lovely way to become a closer part of the school community.

Safety on school grounds Please be aware that the bank that leads up onto the field is very slippery, especially at this time of year. Please use the steps rather than trying to climb the slope. Children are not allowed to play on the bank at any time.

iPad If you have an iPad at home, you might like to download the Tellagami app which allows children to create short video clips using an avatar, import images as backgrounds and present information in a fun way. It is easy to use and many of our older children will already know how to use it.


Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.


Friday 12th February Last day of this half term
Monday 22nd February Back to school
Wednesday 9th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.15pm -6.00pm
Thursday 10th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm-8.00pm
Thursday 24th March Last day of the term
Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April Holiday club
Monday 11th April Back to school
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We are very busy in the PFA beavering away with fundraising for the Outdoor Classroom and organising some fun activities on the run up to half term and then Easter.

Excitingly we have decided to collaborate with school and have some Holy Trinity Bags for Life created, not only are they handy but these would make IDEAL Easter presents, a nice change from chocolate, and will feature a self-portrait of every child in our school, which I know they will have great fun drawing.

Dates for your diary

Monday 1st February Textile Recycling: please leave your bags by the Art Centre at drop off in the morning. If you forget we have two Textiles bins round the back of the art centre which you may leave your bagged recycling in, if they are full please don’t leave your recycling on the ground!.

Friday 5th February:  PFA Tuck Shop Special Winter Warmer! Hot Chocolate & Brownies by the Park after pick up (will operate whatever the weather!)

Friday 12th February: Non- Uniform day £1 donation. Order forms go home for our special Holy Trinity Bags for Life.

Friday 26th February: FABBY FRIDAY!! ALL (grown-ups) WELCOME. A fun night of prosecco (beer and soft drinks), music and friends so put the date in your diary, buy your entry ticket from School Reception and come down to Little Cheverell Village Hall and help us raise funds for the Outdoor Classroom.

Keep your eyes peeled for future fun including Junior Bake off, Easter Disco and Spring Clean Clear out. To name but a few.

Our Facebook page is regularly updated with details for the latest news and what is happening. So ask to join the group Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA.

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