Newsletter 20 – 3rd February 2017

Dear Parents

Friday 10th February 2017 is the last day of this half term. We all return to school on Monday 20th February for a beautiful spring term, with early spring flowers out in Bluebell wood and in our wonderful planters prepared by the Gardening Club.

No Parking in the Bus Layby Part of the layby is designated for the bus – it is really essential that parents do not park in this area, since the bus children must be dropped off safely. Please be aware of this and ensure that, even if you are just “Stopping and Dropping”, you leave the Bus Layby clear at all times.

Packed Lunches on Friday 24th February – Longleat Trip All school dinners on Friday 24th February will be packed lunches, since most of the children will be off site. A letter went home earlier this week explaining how you will need to order the packed lunch for this day, if you wish to have the school dinners. Please make sure that you have changed your order if you had already organised hot dinners – there will be no hot dinners for any child offered on this day.

If you do not have school dinners for your child, please prepare a packed lunch that is easy for the child to manage and wrappings that can be disposed of easily at the end. No glass bottles please!

Thank you! We are always enormously grateful to all the parents who so generously return the voluntary contributions for these off-site trips. Almost every family contributes – a really outstanding achievement, when we know that many of our families are struggling financially. If we did not have these voluntary contributions, we would have to cancel the trips and our children’s richness of education would suffer. So much amazing learning is done both on the trip itself and in the work that we do before and after the trip. These events bring learning to life!

Learning Skills According to research, as many as 40% of the jobs that our children will be doing when they grow up have not even been invented yet! This means that part of our role is to ensure that all children are equipped to be lifelong learners. In our school, we have the famous “Switch-on” awards, which reward children who Stick at it, Work well as a member of a team, work Independently, Think hard about difficult problems, show great Citizenship, and are Honest – and finally who are ON target for their learning.   These skills will help children as they navigate their way through a future which is going to be very different to our past.

Reading for Pleasure There is a lot of evidence to show that children who read for pleasure do well in all areas of their lives as they go through school and also as adults. Children should be reading for fun every day. This does not mean they have to read a book – they could be reading a magazine or comic, emails, blogs, instructions, a Kindle or Tablet or a game.

We encourage our parents to read to their children as often as possible, even the older children. Reading a Roald Dahl book together, or a Gerald Durrell book, or sharing a magazine article, is fun for the whole family and helps children to learn to enjoy reading. Reading out loud to children also helps to improve their writing – they learn the rhythm and flow of language and are able to use it more effectively.

Outreach into other schools We regularly have teachers from other schools come to our school to watch best practice and to discuss outstanding teaching and learning with our teachers – we are always very happy to share our practice with others and to try to raise standards for all children in the local area. We have also benefited from being part of the Emmanuel Collaboration with four other local primary schools this year – all teachers across the collaboration have met for training events and moderation of children’s work, to ensure that across the collaboration we all assess work in the same way. Governors across the collaboration will be meeting in the coming term to discuss matters of common interest.

No Sharing Assembly Because most of the children will be offsite, there will be no Sharing Assembly on Friday 24th February.

Gardening Club will start again on Monday the 20th of February from 3pm – 4pm.

We have reserved places for those children who are interested from last year, and have a few spaces left for new joiners. Gardening Club grows vegetables in the raised beds, maintains the flower borders and pots, and the willow structures within the school grounds. This year we will be using our greenhouse for the first time so we hope to also grow produce for the cookery lessons.

If your child would like to join Gardening Club, please ask at the office for an application form. Places are limited to 12. We are reliant on parent helpers to run the club, and those children who are able to be regularly accompanied by an adult will have priority in joining over those who do not. The rest of applications will be decided on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any queries please call Liz Read on 07967 803420

SuperStars holiday club. Book online at or via the telephone booking line, 0845 241 3682 for the Easter holiday dates Monday 10th April to Thursday 13th April (4 days). A free gift of a water bottle is available for bookings before 24th March!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 10th February Last day of term
Monday 20th February Children back to school
Friday 24th February Longleat Trip – Stonehenge class, White Horse Class, Sarum Class and Avebury Class – please bring packed lunch.
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


It’s Fabric Recycle Collection on Monday morning (February 6). Bag your old clothes, towels, bedding, curtains, belts, shoes and handbags and leave them outside the Art Centre for collection. (They don’t accept pillows, duvets or stuffed toys) We raise 50p per kilogram – so every bit is worth it! Thank-you!

A reminder that it’s non-uniform day on Friday (February 10).  Please can each child bring in a £1 that day to help raise funds towards Theatre Lighting for the School Hall. Again, thank-you!

Also, thank-you to the Holy Trinity alumni who left a bag of Christmas decorations in reception for us to collect. They will be fully appreciated come December!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are ‘February-April’ dates to diarise:

Tuck Shop after school – Friday, February 24 & Friday, March 24

Fabby Friday, The Sequel! – Friday, March 3 (Planning underway, details soon!)

Easter Disco for the children – Thursday, March 23

Junior Bake Off – Friday, April 7

Have a good weekend! From the PFA Team

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