Newsletter 18 – 9th February 2018

Today is the last day of half term. We all return to school on Monday 19th February.

World Book Day In response to requests from the PFA, we have decided to have a dress up day on World Book Day, Thursday 1st March. We ask that you make sure the character is one that the children have READ about – not one they have seen on a film or heard about. The point of this day is to encourage an even greater love of reading in our children. Your child should be ready to chat about their character in case they are asked about “Who they are”.

Please do not go out and buy an expensive costume. Use things you have readily to hand at home or in the dressing up box. Make sure it is simple for you to manage. Your child will be going out to play as usual so the costume must be easy and safe to play in – no high heels or complex bits and pieces. They must bring (and wear) their coats. If your child does not want to dress up, that is perfectly fine – they can come in their school uniform as usual.

Every child will be given a £1 book token from the World Book Day Charity. These need to be redeemed at your bookseller and must be used by 25th March 2018. It is great fun for children to go a book shop or the local library and choose books for themselves.

Research shows that children who enjoy reading do better at GCSEs not just in English but in Maths and other subjects as well. Please do read to your child, share books, chat about books, magazines, blogs, adverts, recipes and so on, and keep your child interested in reading.

Pancake Races We were not able to hold our Pancake Races on Tuesday because our playground was icy and dangerously slippery. We are very grateful to our PFA who have offered to reschedule the races for Wednesday 21st February. We ask that parents do not come onto the playground whilst we are running these races since the space is so restricted and we must keep the children and visitors safe.

Holiday Club If your child would like to take part in Holiday Club (From Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February, choosing whichever days that you wish), please book online at There has been a very good uptake of this Holiday Club but there are still a few places left so if you want to bring your child along on the day, they may be able to accept you. This is the first time we have offered the club during this half term, and in light of the very good response, we shall very likely offer it again.

Spring term We are very much looking forward to the wildflower meadow that Sarum Class will be sowing in the spring term around our Bluebell Wood. We are also looking forward to the amazing Wheat Project. Following on from a lovely presentation by farmer Emily Greening, we have decided to grow a little plot of good milling wheat on our school field. We hope that children will enjoy sowing the wheat, husbanding it carefully through the next months, and come back in September to harvest it, mill it and bake it into wonderful bread. There is plenty of room for this to go wrong, of course, with birds, slugs, cold weather, wet weather, dry weather and many other factors ready to make our work difficult – but we are optimistic that it will all work out. It is very important for children to know where their food comes from and we are privileged to be able to offer this opportunity to our children. I am very grateful to Emily Greening, her father Philip Pepler and Liz Read (and her Gardening Team) who are all working with us to make this project a success.

Cooking in School We are very fortunate to have Mrs Heath, who plans and prepares, and, with Mrs Andrew or another helper, 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 nutrition, hygiene, safety when 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 for all the work she does on this amazing project.

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 helps with the flow of traffic and helps us to keep children safe.

General Data Protection Regulations Our school is working hard to ensure that everything is in place for the new Data Protection legislation that comes into force on 25th May. We have always been rigorous in our approach to data protection so the new legislation will not impact on us unduly. We ask parents not to go into the office or into any classroom unless they are accompanied by a member of staff so that we can be sure that data security is never compromised.

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

Unfortunately the pancake races had to be postponed this week, due to the freezing cold weather. New date below…
Dates for next term!
Wednesday 21st February: PANCAKE RACES – will now be held at the end of the school day.
Thursday 22nd February (evening): SUMMER FAYRE MEETING – This year we are planning an exciting Circus themed event! Roll-up roll-up…Any ideas and offers of help, no matter how small, gratefully received! Please come along! To be held at Steph Davies’ house in Great Cheverell.

Friday 23rd February– We are asking for each pupil to PLEASE BRING IN ONE EMPTY JAM JAR to use for flowers for Mother’s day tuck shop.

Friday 9th March – MOTHER’S DAY TUCK SHOP

Thursday 22nd March – EASTER DISCO

Friday 23rd March – FABBY FRIDAY returns! A fabulous social event for the grown-ups! More details to follow…

Looking forward to a fun-filled term ahead!

Your PFA Team

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