Newsletter 22 – 2nd March 2012

Dear Parents

Church-school links We have once again been invited to join with the congregation of Great Cheverell to celebrate Mothering Sunday on Sunday 18th March at 9.30am at St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell. If you would like your child to take part in this service (there will be the opportunity for them to do some of the readings and prayers, and mothers will be given flowers by the children at the end of the service) please do complete a slip or write us a note. This is always a lovely service, centred on mothers and children. We do encourage anyone who is interested, even if you do not usually go to church, to come along.


Clay Modelling Club  We have arranged for an artist in ceramics, Gary Wood,  to come along on Tuesdays through the summer term to lead a clay modelling club. He will provide the clay, his expertise and all necessary equipment, take the models back to his kiln to glaze and fire them and return them the following week. By the end of the 6 week course, the children will have several items that they will have made themselves. We have offered this club before and it was very popular and resulted in some really lovely pieces of work which the children were delighted with. The club will run after school on eachTuesday from 12th June to 17th July.  It will run from 3.00pm- 4.00pm. The cost for the 6 week course is £36 and is payable in advance. Cheques should be made payable to Gary Wood and must be accompanied by the permission slip at the bottom of this letter.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The club is offered to KS2 children. Please have your responses back at school by Friday 23rd March.


Parent- teacher meetings Please check your child’s bag for the slip giving your precise appointment times for next week’s meetings. If you feel that you need longer than the 10 minute slot allocated, please arrange this with your child’s teacher for another time.

Bus Children  Please note that no child can take the school bus unless they are eligible to travel on it (that is, they live in one of the villages served by the bus and have a bus pass). The bus driver is not allowed to let children on the bus if they do not have a bus pass. We have had a few instances recently of bus children taking friends home on the bus – we will not be able to allow this from now on. If a bus child has a friend coming home, the parents need to make some other arrangement for transporting the friend.  

Collective Worship We have an act of Christian worship each day at school from 10.00am until 10.15am. Usually this takes the form of a whole school assembly, with worship led by one of the staff, a member of the clergy of our surrounding parishes or by the children themselves. Sometimes, we have class worship rather than whole school worship, and to help with this, we have introduced class worship boxes so that each class can set up a quiet space for reflection for that quarter of an hour. Children are encouraged to think about how to make the environment suitable for this time of reflection and to help with creating this environment.  During worship, the children are encouraged to think about how they can help to make the world a better place, reach out to others, develop their own philosophy of life and sharpen their own moral compass.   

SATS Thank you to those who attended  this meeting  to find out more about SATS testing which is statutory for Y2 and Y6 children. People were surprised at the high level that the average child is expected to reach by age 7 and by age 11. It was suggested at this meeting that the pack showing the methods we use for the 4 maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) be sent out to parents. In order that everyone can access them, we will be publishing the pack on our school website under the tab “Learning at home”.  These methods are likely to be different from those we were taught when we were at school.  

Bluebell wood We have snow drops in our little woodland at the far end of the field, and we have also seen squirrels in there, lately.  The first bird box has been put in place and we hope to see a lot more wildlife in this beautiful habitat as we move into Spring.   

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.




We are holding an Easter Hamper Raffle, this was very successful last year and the hamper was fantastic – as it will be this year!


The 1st Prize is a Luxury Hamper from Roses the Butchers, 2nd Prize a £30 Meat voucher from Rose the Butchers and 3rd Prize a Giant Easter Egg.


We have given each family in the school one book of 5 raffle tickets; each ticket is £1 to buy. Please would you all try and sell these raffle tickets and bring the raffle stubs and money into school. If you would like more raffle tickets then please ask at Reception.


We will be holding an Easter Teas in the Pavilion across from School from 3-3.30 pm on Friday 23rd March at which the Raffle will be drawn. We will also be holding an Easter Art competition for the Children (more on this next week). The Art Competition entries will be on display at the Easter Teas and prizes will be awarded then too.


There will not be an Easter Fayre this year, the Raffle is our Easter Term fund raiser ….we hope that you are able to support this!



Best wishes


Mercedes Henning 

Clay Modeling Club


I/we would like to apply for our child/ren to join the clay modeling club that will run from 12th June to 17th July from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. I enclose the payment of £36 made payable to G Wood.


…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. (Name of child/ren)


Signed: ………………………………………………………………..

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