Newsletter 19 – 8th February 2013

Dear Parents

Half term break is this coming week – Monday 11th February and we return to school on Monday 18th February.

There are a few places available in the Sports Stars Holiday Club if you wish to come along on the day.

PFA Film Night  My thanks to the PFA for organising this great event, much enjoyed by our children.

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.

Pick up time We have been made aware that some of our older children are being picked up by child minders that we do not know. This does cause problems if there is some complication at pick up time and we ask that you let us know the name and contact details of anyone picking up your child even if the child is in Year 5 or Year 6.

Grounds maintenance During the half term break, we are going to make a start on getting the slippery paths fixed up so that they are not dangerous – so there will be some earth digging machinery on site as well as workmen. Holiday club will use the playground and hall so there should not be a problem with the works, but do warn your children to be careful around the works equipment. Both Sports Stars and the Ground Development company are aware of the situation and have risk assessments in place.

Counselling I have had a few parents ask me about getting counselling for their children recently. Some schools have a counsellor attached to their school, but we do not. 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

Walksafe  Sarum class practised their skills at staying safe as a pedestrian this week. “Keeping Safe” is an important part of our curriculum.

Netball tournament Children in Year 6 took part in a netball tournament and won “Third place group”. We are very proud of their efforts.

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.

Lice and Worms Unfortunately, it is easy for children to pick up parasites such as lice and intestinal worms. If you suspect that your child might have either of these parasites, please contact your pharmacy and ask for advice. The following link gives some more information about lice:  and this link about worms:

Pancake supper…. The Annual Pancake Supper will be held at Brounckers House, Erlestoke, on Tuesday 12th February from 6.30pm. An event not to be missed and as many pancakes as you can eat! Bring and buy and raffle. There will be an entrance fee to cover pancakes. All welcome.

 Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, Friday 22nd February from 6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. A light supper and pudding will be provided; donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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