Newsletter 22 – 28th February 2020

Dear Parents

Performance Poetry Competition Thank you to all our families who helped their children learn their poems. The standard was very high this year and we are very proud of every child – even those who found this difficult were able to stand up in their class and give a little performance with support and encouragement, and many children gave really amazing performances. We are very grateful to Mr Brown from Dauntsey’s English Department, who came to adjudicate the finals for us. And congratulations to those who reached the finals – a great achievement! Gaining confidence to present a solo performance is a key life skill – one day, everyone will have to apply for job, experience an interview, give a report to colleagues and so on. Having the skills to do this will really help children in their future.

Southampton Children in Silbury class had a great field trip to Southampton on Monday to assist them in their studies of “The Titanic”. They enjoyed the museum with all the artefacts and information about the Titanic, and it was interesting for them to stand on the dock and picture what that day felt like to those boarding the ill-fated ship.  My thanks to Mr Amor who organised this trip, and to Mrs Heath and Mrs Andrew who accompanied it, as well as our admin team who always work so hard behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. 

Bollywood Dance Day What a wonderful event this was! Our children had a really amazing day learning some Indian dances and finding out a little more about Indian culture as it impacts on British society. As a finale, the performance for parents in the playground was great fun. Parents were invited to join in right at the end and enjoyed this as well. Kalpesh Zalavadiya led the dances with energy, talent and great humour and within minutes everyone felt confident to dance along. Thanks, as ever, to Mrs Jones who is spearheading this project.

Bollywood classes Kalpesh has offered to come into our school once a month to lead Bollywood/Indian dance classes for grown-ups. These will take place either on Monday or Wednesday evenings from about 7.30pm – 9.00pm and will cost £10. We need about 30 people to sign up for this so if you are interested, do let us know at the office. We can very much recommend it – it is tremendous fun.  

Wheat Growing Once again, we are going to grow our own wheat this year, to harvest, thresh, grind and make into bread. We have started the project by planting our “Skyfall” wheat this week. It has been cold and wet, so not ideal conditions, but we are hoping for a lovely hot summer as we had last time we did this project. Our harvest last time was phenomenal. We are very grateful to Liz Read who once again gave us the benefit of her expertise and time to help with the sowing and netting of our wheat patch, and our very sincere thanks to the Pepler family, farmers in Edington, who have stepped in again to support us with resources and advice as we commence the project.

PFA A huge thank you to our wonderful PFA who have raised the money for a playground boat in the little playground – this will finish off the works to improve that area of our school. We are very grateful to Adrienne Conlon and her team for their commitment to enriching the education we provide for all our children.

Spring Recorder Concert To celebrate the achievements of our recorder players and to mark the last week of Mrs Jenkins’s time in our school, we will be holding an evening recorder concert on Tuesday 31st March at 5.00pm. All children who play recorder in school will be performing in ensemble. If your child takes recorder lessons, please note this date in your diary.  The concert will last a little over half an hour. If you would like to make a donation to a leaving gift for Mrs Jenkins, please do so at the office.

Parent/teacher meetings Please make sure you have booked your appointments – contact the school if you have any difficulties with this.

Another letter of congratulations Wiltshire Local Authority have sent us a letter congratulating us on being one of their best schools. This letter has also been uploaded onto our website if you wish to read it under “Statutory Test Results” along with the letter of congratulations from the Government received last term. We are always happy to share our expertise and good practice with other schools and we are often asked to give advice or welcome teachers from other schools who would like to improve outcomes in their schools.

Lift Clubs We encourage all parents to consider joining lift clubs to drop off and pick up children – this is one of the best ways of reducing traffic on the roads around our school.

Collective Worship Our theme for this term is “Lent” and we will be working on themes around spending time quietly in reflection, finding ways to be more generous and compassionate and focusing on friendship – with all that is involved in being a good and loyal friend.  

Demographic of our school Just for interest we thought you might like to know that 38% of our children come from within our catchment area. So the huge majority, 62%, come from outside our catchment. Without these “Out of Catchment” children, we would not have enough children to keep the school open (we would only have 57 children!) and we would be subject to closure.  We are always grateful to parents for choosing our school – without our committed and engaged families, we would not be able to achieve the great success that we do.

Corona Virus We will continue to monitor the situation and will take advice from the authorities. We will inform you of any changes. At present, the advice is very clear – we are not to close schools.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www. )
Monday 9th March and Wednesday 11th March Parent/teacher meetings Mon: 5.30pm – 8.00pm Wed: 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 31st March Spring Recorder Concert – evening 5.00pm
Friday 3rd April Last day of term  
Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April Holiday club runs in school – Superstars booking 8.45am – 3.30pm
Monday 20th April Everyone back to school  
Tuesday 19th May Music concert, performances by children taking lessons in school. 4.30pm – 5.30pm Piano, recorders and choir 6.00pm – 7.00pm Brass, handbells, guitar and ukulele
Wednesday 20th May – Friday 22nd May Forest of Dean residential trip  
Friday 22nd May Last day of term  
Wednesday 3rd June Everyone back to school  
Monday 29th June TD day  
Tuesday 7th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July Years 3 and 4 summer performance  Weds: 5.30pm Thurs: 2pm
Tuesday 14th July Year 6 restaurant for all year 6 parents 1.30pm
Wednesday 15th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 20th July Parents’ welcome meetings for each class after school  
Tuesday 21st July Last day of term  

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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PFA News

Updates – Based on recent feedback, the PFA will no longer be printing announcements for book bags. All updates will be via the Facebook Page, What’s App groups and school newsletter, plus the occasional poster within the school grounds. Please therefore be sure to check these. 

Help Needed – Would you like to take on a Mother’s Day activity or April’s Junior Bake-Off? Some support from the PFA will be possible but unfortunately we just don’t have the capacity, or the number of volunteers required, to lead these activities this year. Both have previously been great fundraisers, plus experiences that the children really enjoy being part of. Please get in touch if you can help.

Reminder – Raffle tickets and entry tickets for the Ladies Night on Friday 27th March are now available to purchase from the school reception.

Easyfunding – Please do sign up for Easyfunding – It’s FREE and EASY to use!  Thank you if you are on board already. 

If you shop online, you can raise FREE donations for Holy Trinity School PFA. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use #easyfundraising to shop with them! 

So far our parents have raised an amazing £2836 through this online charity.  

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Many thanks, Your PFA

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