Newsletter 22 – 6th March 2015

Dear Parents

Online booking for parent/teacher meetings Please make sure that you have booked your appointment for the parent-teacher meetings next week.   Each appointment is 10 minutes long during which time you will find out about your child’s attainment and progress. Using this system, you can ensure that you have precisely the slot you require. Please log on to  to book your appointment. If you do not have the internet at home, please come into school and our office staff will help you book a slot. The Parent/Teacher meetings are on 11th and 12th of March. We also remind you that you are free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress at any time during the school year – you do not have to wait for these formal parent/teacher meetings.

World Book Day What a lot of wonderful costumes were in school yesterday – both children and staff! My thanks to all the parents who supported their children with this event. Clearly, many of our children really do enjoy reading, and read a lot! There was a huge variety of literature in school, showing the array of different reading tastes. Research shows that reading for pleasure will impact positively on the future outcomes of our children – do encourage them to read for fun as widely as possible.

Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA)  We would like to appoint another MDSA to work with our wonderful children during their lunchtimes on a Friday where a vacancy has arisen. We need someone who has experience of working with children, knows how to make lunch times fun whilst at the same time keeping clear boundaries in place and setting high expectations for good behaviour. The rate of pay starts at £7.11 per hour (Wiltshire Pay Grade B, points 7 – 9)  and the contract would be for an hour and a quarter each week. Please ask at the office for an application form if you are interested in this post.  The offer of the post will be conditional on checks, including the DBS checks, being satisfactory. References will be sought. Closing date for applications is Friday 27th March.

Mothering Sunday

Sunday 15th March at 11.00am

Everyone is invited to come to the Art Centre here at our school to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Flowers will be given out to all mothers, there will be activities including playdough, singing and a Thank You game, and there will be tea and coffee at the end. Rev James Campbell will be leading the service. It would be lovely to have lots of children and their mothers at this service.

Super Stars Holiday Club Holiday sports club will run from Tuesday 7th April to Friday 10th April this year and again from Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August and from Monday 17th August to Friday 21st August. If you would like your child to attend, either for the whole week or for specific days or half days, please sign up at .

A summary of the Behaviour Policy The school has a set of rules for behaviour which are aimed at promoting kindness,  generosity, honesty and good relationships, so that people can work together in a supportive atmosphere with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn, to be creative, to grow emotionally and physically, and to be happy. Behaviour is this school is outstanding, which is why learning and enjoyment of school are rated so highly by children, by parents and by other stakeholder who work with our children. We regularly have wonderful comments from coaches and other visitors to our school, commending the behaviour of our children and comparing it very favourably with other schools and other children.

We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways: teachers and other staff praise children; teachers run reward schemes of their own choosing; special certificates/stickers can be awarded; children might visit a leader of learning or the headteacher to celebrate with them; sharing assemblies are held and show examples of children’s achievements.

Occasionally is may be necessary to sanction a child who has misbehaved or disobeyed the school rules. The sanctions may take the form of a non-verbal reprimand (meeting the child’s eyes) or verbal reprimand, isolating the child for a few minutes within the classroom or on the playground, an interview with a leader of learning or the headteacher and/or playtime detention – either by staying inside or remaining near the adult on duty. Sometimes children will be asked to complete a piece of work in their own time if it was not done satisfactorily in lesson time.  Should behaviour not improve, parents will be called in to discuss ways in which they can support the child and the school in their efforts to improve behaviour. This happens extremely rarely, but, if the parents support the school, the child’s behaviour always does improve remarkably quickly.  

The full behaviour policy is available on our website – follow this link:

Easter holiday activity: “Choir in a Day” Ms Sharman, our choir mistress, will be holding a singing activity day for school years 5-9 on Wednesday 8th April at Market Lavington Community Hall. With a pianist, they will be practising and performing some songs from scratch (largely pop and gospel) with an emphasis on harmony and part-singing. No experience or ability to read music necessary! The day will last from 9.45 am to 3.30 pm, including a performance for family and friends. The cost is £12 per child. To reserve a place, or for further information, please contact Ms Sharman on It is always good to join activities such as this that help to bridge the transition between primary and secondary school.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 28th March from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 29th @ 4.30pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Spring Bingo   Come and join us for some games of Bingo, Saturday 11th April in Erlestoke Church. Doors open 1.30pm and eyes down at 2pm. Refreshments and raffle available, all welcome. All proceeds go towards Erlestoke Church.

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

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