Newsletter 19 – 3rd February 2012

Dear Parents

Half term holiday We break up for the half term break on Friday 10th February and return to school on Monday 20th February.

SATS We like to offer parents the chance to come into school and find out a bit more about the external Government testing of the children in Y2 and Y6 (the so-called SATS).  You will be given the chance to try out some of the papers that they will be completing and to ask any questions you might have. This event is usually very poorly attended but I do ask parents of children in any year group to consider coming along. This meeting will be on Monday 27th February at 5.00pm. Please complete the tear off slip at the bottom of this newsletter if you are able to attend.

Holiday Club We will be offering a holiday club in the school, run as usual by Sports Stars, through the February half term (starting on Monday 13th February) and one week of the Easter half term (Tuesday 10th April until Friday 13th April). Forms are available in the office to sign up for the coming half term break.  There are often a few spare places so if you are interested in coming and have not booked, you can just pop in on the day and see whether there is space for your child.

Victorian Walk Children in Sarum class walked through Great Cheverell village on Wednesday to enrich their learning on their topic of Victorians. Mrs Heath is hugely knowledgeable about the history of the village and accompanied the trip, having arranged some wonderful learning experiences through the village beforehand. Our very sincere thanks to her for all her work on this and also to her parents, Mr and Mrs Hayward who made the children so welcome and provided such a lovely learning environment for them. Thanks also to the teachers and TAs who worked so hard to make sure this opportunity was provided for the children.

Totem Pole Project On Wednesday 14th March after school, we will be offering families the chance to join us in the school hall to make a family “totem pole”. This will involve you and your child/ren engaging in a lovely craft project together with support from Belle Wiles, our PSA.  If you are interested in booking a place for this event, please complete the booking slip on the flyer that accompanies this newsletter. We will offer places on a first come/first served basis.

PFA Our PFA (Parents and Friends Association) does wonderful work in our school, both raising money and enriching the experience of our children’s school lives through organising things like the Christmas Party, Pancake Races, Sports Day refreshments and much more. They are a very welcoming and friendly group, who meet in the pub once a term or so to discuss the events. Please do consider joining them as their work is so valuable to the school and without  parental support, they will struggle to support us as they do at present.

Parent/Teacher meetings A reminder that parents will be invited to meet with their child’s teacher on either Wednesday 7th March between 3.15pm and 6.00pm or on Thursday 8th March between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. We try to give parents an appointment as close to their requested time as possible and to organise that families with more than one child at the school have their appointments fairly close together. The logistics are huge and sometimes parents are not given the appointment close to their requested time – we do apologise for this but it is a complicated business as you can imagine

Road Safety All our children in Stonehenge, White Horse and Sarum classes took part in some road safety instruction this week with a specialist coach. A lot of good learning took place – this is an area which needs to be constantly reinforced in order to keep our children safe.

Free to a good home We are having a little refurbishment of the school – there are some items of furniture that have been in the school since it was built in 1980 and others that were brought up from the old school! Much of this looks shabby and is not really fit for purpose in a modern school. However, there are some items that people might like to use and we will be offering these for parents to take away if they would like them.  Currently, there are two round tables that would be useful for painting or similar projects. If you are interested, would you come and ask at the office?

Brownies  We are very fortunate to have a local Brownie pack operating in the village. They are the 1st Erlestoke Brownies and they meet at the Pavilion in Great Cheverell on Monday evenings between 6.45pm and 7.15pm in term time. They welcome girls who are aged 7 years to 10 years. They would be happy for you to come along for an evening and join in the activities. Please contact Katherine (813823) or Sandra (818816).

Children’s Movie Night Come and enjoy a sizzling supper and a delicious dessert followed by two fantastic films.  Don’t miss it! Bring friends! From 6-8 pm on Friday 24th February in Erlestoke Church.

Marlborough Science Fair at St John’s School on Saturday 17th March, further details are available from the office.

Coaching Days There are two Sports Camps running over half term at Dauntsey’s School run by Wiltshire County coaches. A flyer is available from the office.
Monday 13th February – HOCKEY and Friday 17th February – CRICKET
Only 1 day for each sport, so please book early to avoid disappointment.



Wacky Hair Day on Friday February 10th, you wear your uniforms pay a £1 to wear wacky hair.

We will be holding the Pancake races on Shrove Tuesday, 21st February, with Mr Amor as chief organiser and starter! The children loved this event last year.

If anyone would like to come forward to help the PFA please let me know ( Louise George 816228) the more of us the better! We are looking for a new Treasurer to replace Sophie Woolley who is retiring after many years of service, this is an essential role but not very onerous!

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


SATS Evening 

I/we will be attending the SATS evening on Monday 27th February at 5.00pm.

Name of parent: ……………………………………………………………………….




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