Newsletter 2 – 11th September 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome to our Foundation Stage children and their families! There is always a sense of excitement and delight in the school when the youngest children join us. We will be walking their journey with them for the next 7 years and they are already valued and loved members of our school family.  

Parents’ Class Welcome Meetings Thank you to all who came along to these meetings – it is good for us to continue to build the strong relationships that are so important for the best education of our children by meeting and sharing information regularly.

As a result of the meetings, there is some interest in having a session where parents can be helped to install parental control software onto their devices which will help them to keep their children safe online. We will aim to arrange for this session in the not too distant future. The online world can present very real dangers to children and we need to support them to keep themselves as safe as possible – this software is one way of doing that, and keeping channels of communication open with your child is another. We will be doing work at school on e-safety at a level suitable for each child but it is vital that parents are able to protect their children from all the dangers of the online world whilst still allowing them to reap the benefits of this vast resource.

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1300 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Forms are available in the office.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Wake and Shake – Thank you to all our wonderful parents who join in Wake and Shake! We are very grateful for your participation – the Year 6 children work so hard on the routines and it is lovely for them to see you taking part. We ask all our parents who are standing on the playground during the Wake and Shake routines to join in enthusiastically. It is very important for all the children to see that adults join in, enjoy themselves, get exercise and form an integral part of our community. If you cannot join in for some reason, please stand well to the back of the playground so that you are not visible to the children and so that they can see the older children who lead this activity.  Wake and Shake is not a performance, it is a fun way of starting the day with an energetic dance and it is part of our drive to ensure that our children get enough exercise.

Vaccinations Wiltshire Local Authority is not offering vaccinations through schools this year – if you would like your child to receive the flu vaccination, please contact your GP.

Nuts – Please do not include nuts in your child’s lunch as we have children with severe nut allergies in school.

Dates for new school applications – Parents are being encouraged to apply online for a school place through  The deadline for secondary school applications is 31st October 2015 and if your child is born between 1/9/2011 and 31/08/2012, they will be due to start primary school in September 2016 and the deadline for applications is noon on 15th January 2016. We have a very limited amount of application forms available in school.

Communication with the school Please do keep in touch with school if you have any concerns at all or if you would like to tell us something about your child or something about your family that will impact on your child. You can email us, phone us, have a word with the teacher after school, pop into the office, or write in the child’s reading record or homework book. You are our most important partner in educating your child and we value really good relationships with our parents.

Foundation Stage or Year 1 The year groups in the UK are somewhat confusingly named – your child’s first year in school is not Year 1! It is the Foundation Stage. The second year they are in school is called, rather confusingly, Year 1. And so on up the school. Our classes are set up as follows: Stonehenge classroom has all the Foundation Stage children and some of the Year 1 children. White Horse class has the rest of the Year 1 and all of the Year 2 children. Sarum has all the Year 3 children and some Year 4, Avebury has the rest of the Year 4 and some Year 5 children. And Silbury has the rest of the Year 5 and all the Year 6 children. In the year groups that are split between two classrooms, the decision about which classroom they should be in is taken on academic achievement at the end of the year.

Security If you are coming into school for any purpose at all, please make sure you come in through reception so that we can make sure we know precisely who is in the school. Please do not just slip in through one of the back doors if they are open at the beginning or end of the day.

Secret codes! Sometimes we use vocabulary or acronyms that you may not be familiar with – please alert us if we do this so that we can make sure we are clear in our communications. We will often use the term KS1 or KS2. These stand for Key Stage 1  (which is Year 1 and Year 2, and usually we include the Foundation Stage children in this group as well), and Key Stage 2 (which includes Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6).

Swimming at Dauntsey’s School pool will start for Avebury class this term – not Sarum class as previously announced.

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

Thursday 24th September 2015                   Meeting for all parents of Year 3 and Year 4 children about the residential trip to Braeside     

Friday 2nd October 2015                              Harvest Assembly

Monday 12th October 2015                           Individual photos of each child

Tuesday 13th October                                   Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 about the residential trip to the Forest of Dean 

Children’s Harvest Workshop… Come and have fun making different items to celebrate Harvest on Saturday 12th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Harvest service on Sunday 20th September @ 6pm (after this service there will be a light supper and an auction of produce). All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Sharing Assembly Please remember that sharing assembly takes place on Fridays at 2.15pm where a few children from each class share their successes and experiences of learning with the whole school. All parents are welcome to attend this assembly which gives insight into all the work going on here.

Best wishes


Mercedes Henning

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