Newsletter 20 – 10th February 2012


Dear Parents

Half term holiday We break up for the half term break today and return to school on Monday 20th February. We wish you all a restful holiday – perhaps with snow!

Bluebell wood In response to requests from the children, made through their class representatives at School Council meetings, we have opened up the “wild area” on the south west corner of the field so that it is more usable by the children. The clearing brought to light some beautiful clumps of bluebells and lovely animal habitats in amongst the trees and shrubs that make up the environment. We want the children to enjoy visiting this area, quietly and respectfully, as a habitat for wildlife and a place where they can explore and learn about woodland in a very small area. It would be lovely to develop this further through the seasons, and perhaps have some bird boxes, insect houses and hedgehog dwellings installed. We have explained to the children that it is an area that they visit and treat with respect – no running around in there or using it for games. This area belongs to the wildlife whose home it is and the children will be responsible for caring for and preserving it as far as possible.

Museum Visit The children in Avebury class had a wonderful trip to the Steam museum in Swindon on Tuesday. They went dressed up as evacuees, found out what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside, experienced an air raid, were able to see artefacts from the period and learnt a lot about life during the Second World War. Thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz for organising the trip, Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew for accompanying the trip and throwing themselves so whole heartedly into the programme and the admin staff, Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards, who always work so hard to make sure these trips go off without a hitch. Our children, as ever, behaved beautifully on the trip and were commended by the museum guides.

Traffic Safety Walk Our professional road safety coaches were back in school on Tuesday, taking Sarum class out onto the road in small groups and going through traffic safety with them.

Fire Drill  We always have termly school evacuation drills – this term we had the drill in a lunch time so that we could ensure that we could keep everyone safe in these circumstances. Children understand how to leave the school quietly and calmly and how to line up quietly for roll call.

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 There are a few spare places on some of the days in this coming week,  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.

PFA Thank you for organising the Wacky Hair day – everyone looked very wacky!

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 collect a letter from the office.

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.

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.

Parents Carers and SEN Support Group An invaluable social group hosted by Carers Support Wiltshire meeting once a month (usually on the second Tuesday) and as well as providing contact with fellow parents & carers you will meet people with a wealth of advice, information, ideas and top tips. This is an ideal opportunity to simply be amongst people who have shared similar experiences. Our next group is a very special Pampering Session and as well as offering homemade cakes, teas, coffees there will be a chance to sample Reiki, head massage and other soothing therapies and plenty of confidential support and advice.

Date:                     Tuesday 21st February 2011

Time:                    10.00 – 12 noon

Where:                    Nursteed Centre, Nursteed Road, SN10 3AF

Please do come along and join us, don’t be shy, bring a friend and if you know any other parents that you feel may benefit from this supportive network please do invite them along too. If you would like any more information please contact Parent Carer Support Worker Dean Adams at Carer Support Wiltshire 0800 1814118 or Parent Support Advisor Belle Wiles 07891 373400

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


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