Newsletter 2 – 14th September 2018

Dear Parents

New Chair of Governors We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Shatford has been elected as our new Chair of Governors following the resignation of our superb Chair of many years, David Graham-Wheeler. Jeremy is a man of great experience in governance, a man of wisdom and reflectiveness and someone who has already, as our Vice-Chair, transformed the way governance is run in our school so that we are far more effective and efficient.  He works tirelessly for the very best education possible for our children. We are very fortunate to have, in Jeremy, another outstanding Chair to replace David whose tremendous service has been so valued and so valuable over the years.  We are grateful that David has agreed to stay on the Board of Governors so that we can continue to benefit from all his experience. Vincent Albano has agreed to be our Vice-Chair – again he is an excellent, experienced and skilful governor and we are very fortunate that he is prepared to step up to this new challenge. Our thanks go to all our governors who work so hard in this voluntary and unpaid role to serve the best interests of our children.

Parent Governor Elections We have a vacancy for a parent governor on our Board of Governors. This governor is elected by the parents of children in our school. Please find attached the documents relating to this position. Do not hesitate to contact the headteacher or any of the governors if you would like to discuss this further.

MDSA post We are offering a temporary post, until the end of December 2018, for a Midday Supervisory Assistant, to help care for our children during lunch times. The hours are 11.55 am – 1.05 pm each day, and an extra 10 mins a week for staff meeting. So the post is paid for 6 hours a week, term time only, on Wiltshire Grade B, scale point 7-9, which starts at £8.55 an hour. Local Government Pension Scheme benefits are part of this package. This job could be a job share. Application forms are available at the office and must be returned by Friday 21st September 2018 for interview on Tuesday 25th September 2018. Safeguarding of children is a priority at our school so all necessary checks will be done and references will be taken up. The team is friendly, positive and welcoming. Training will be given.

Wheat Project What a wonderful day we had on Tuesday, when first we threshed our wheat (by getting all the children to tramp and stamp on it!) and then winnowed it in the breeze which was just perfect. We have over 5 kg of really beautiful wheat grains which we will grind by hand on a quern next week, with the help of Devizes Museum staff and equipment. Once again, my thanks to Mrs Liz Read who has come up with great learning opportunities throughout this whole project. Next year Mrs Read has planned that we shall grow cotton! Watch this space.

Parent Portal All parents, including those who are new to our school, should now be able to access our Parent Portal by registering and then using their own log in at If you have any problems with this, please contact the office. If you wish to pay online for school trips or any other school related event, you can do this through School Money – go to and sign in, then choose the bottom option “Schoolmoney parent login” and supply the details requested. School lunches need to be paid directly to Lataca. All correspondence about school dinners should be directed to Lataca.

If you have not yet done so, do “like” our school Facebook page, where photographs and other snippets of news are published. It is fun to see some of the things we do in school. We never publish images of children that could be identifiable on Facebook or on our website, and we control strictly the images that are published in the press in order to protect our children’s privacy. So the images tend to be very distant or show just hands or backs of heads, but they give you an idea of what we doing.

Stop and Drop Please do not park in the layby in the mornings – this area is only for “Stop and Drop”, allowing you to drop your child off, check that they get through the school gate safely and then drive off.

Salisbury Museum Children in Years 3 – 6 had their field trip to Salisbury Museum this week and enjoyed a wonderful journey of discovery through beautiful things from Neolithic times to the present. As ever, the staff at the museum commented on how beautifully our children behaved, how focused and intent they were in their learning and how much fun they had. This is why we can continue to take our children off site – we know they will be a joy for us to accompany and will gain huge benefit from the trips.

Clubs: At Holy Trinity we offer a wide variety of special interest clubs. Some of these are led by our teachers, teaching assistants or parents on a voluntary basis. Others are run by experts or professionals in the field and there will be a fee for these clubs. Not every club is open to every age group – so please check the permission letters when they come out to check that your child is eligible to sign up for a particular club. Some clubs have already asked for sign up and will commence immediately. Most school-led clubs will start in the week commencing Monday 24th September. Permission letters for clubs will be sent out shortly.

Clubs led by school staff – Teachers/Teaching assistants or Volunteers  (Nominal or no charge) Clubs led by professionals or experts (Fee Paying)
Handbells (Monday lunchtimes) Ukulele
Gardening (Monday after school) Special Sports by Go-Active – short courses
Choir (Mondays after school or as notified) Judo
Sports Club (Tuesday after school)
Crocheting (Wednesday lunchtimes)
Netball Club (Wednesday after school)
Christmas crafts (Various lunchtimes)
Chess (Wednesday or Friday lunchtimes)

Open days for children in years 5 or 6. As you start to consider options for your child’s secondary education, you might like to pop into the open events held at our local secondary schools.

  • Lavington School is having an open day on Friday 21 September 2018 at 9.15am – 11am.
  • Matravers School is having an open day on Thursday 4th October 2018, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.
  • Devizes school is having an open day on Thursday 27th September 2018 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Many of our children also go on to schools such as St Augustine’s in Trowbridge, Dauntsey’s fee paying school in West Lavington (selective) and the grammar schools in Salisbury (selective).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. in the coming week)
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Tuesday 2nd October Reading Workshop for parents 2.20pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm


Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Friday 28th September at 2.15 pm – HARVEST ASSEMBLY: Help in setting-up a display of food donations before the assembly (from 1.15pm) would be much appreciated. Some helpers to quickly pack away the food donations after the assembly would be great too.

Many thanks,

Your PFA Team

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