Newsletter 2 – 12th September 2014

Dear Parents

Vacancy for a Midday Supervisor Assistant (MDSA) – also called Dinner Ladies! A vacancy has arisen in our school for an MDSA to work Fridays at lunchtime. We require someone who has experience of working with children, understands how to be kind whilst maintaining authority, will help children with any difficulties at lunch time and will organise games and interesting activities through lunch time.  An understanding of child protection is essential. You will join a very strong and supportive team of MDSAs and will receive training and induction for the role. The post is for an hour and ten minutes a week on Grade B, Spine Point 7 (of the Wiltshire Pay scales) and is paid at £6.69 per hour. Pay is divided into 12 equal payments in the year. There are the usual Wiltshire Pension benefits and various other benefits. Application forms available at the office – closing date Friday 12th September.

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 and also will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form attached 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 guaranteed 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”.


Please do not hesitate to come and talk to us if you think you might be eligible. All work on this is done in the very strictest confidence.

Census Day We will receive funding from the Government for the Universal Infant Free School Meals based on the number of Infant children who claim their free school meal on Thursday 2nd October. We would therefore be very grateful if you would order a meal for your child on that day, even if it is not something you do regularly or if it is a meal they do not particularly enjoy. If you don’t, the school will get no funding for your child’s free school meals for the entire year! It would help us enormously if as many Infant children as possible ordered a meal on this day.

Wake and Shake – Thank you to all our wonderful parents who join in Wake and Shake! We are very grateful for your participation – especially the Year 6 children who work so hard on the routines. We ask all our parents who are standing on the playground during the early morning 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.


New children  Our youngest children started school on Monday, coming in for half days. On Wednesday and Thursday next week, they will stay for lunch and go home at 1.15, and then on Friday they will come in for the whole day and from then on, they are full time students! They have done tremendously well and we are delighted with their great attitude to learning and really excellent behaviour already.

Themes As you all probably know, this term we are dealing with themes around Turner’s painting of the Fighting Temeraire, her sister ship the Victory and the battle of Trafalgar, the Tudors and the Mary Rose. Next term, the themes will centre around Christmas, light and dark and other related topics. Most classes will have a Geography theme in the following term. The last term will be based broadly around the book “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” which will allow us to explore people from other cultures.

Secondary School places Application forms have gone home with our year 6 children to apply for their secondary school place – please note that the deadline is 31st October 2014.

Primary School places We have application forms in school for children who will be four years old before September 2015. The deadline for these applications is 15th January 2015.

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.

Children’s Harvest Workshop   Come and have fun making different items to celebrate the harvest on Saturday 13th September from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Harvest service on Sunday 21st 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.

Year 4 Book Club has begun on Tuesday lunchtimes run by Mrs Emma Evans. If your child is involved in the club, please send them with a packed lunch on Tuesdays if at all possible. Also if there is anyone who would like to help with the club, please contact the school office or Mrs Evans.

Messy Church  Crafts, games, worship, food & fun at Potterne Village Hall on Friday 19th September from 3.30pm. Adults must be accompanied by a child!

Worton & Cheverell Football Club “The Badgers” – please see our noticeboard on the playground for the various training sessions.


We are having a quick get together on Tuesday morning at school straight after drop off time to discuss events for this term. Please come and join us if you can, however if you are unable to attend and would like to put forward any ideas, please find Perdy Bishop or Annabel Mackintosh.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


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