Newsletter 23 – 11th March 2016

Dear Parents

Somewhat unusually, the last day of this term is Thursday 24th March – and we all come back to school on Monday 11th April. Holiday Club will run for the first week of this holiday – sign up details below.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Thank you to all who came to these meetings – it is because we have such supportive and engaged families that we can provide our children with the outstanding education that they deserve. A reminder – you do not have to wait for the formal invitation to talk to your child’s teacher about their achievements. If you want to discuss your child’s attainment and progress at any time in the school year, please just make an appointment with your child’s teacher. Our doors are always open.

Parents invited to Sarum Class We look forward to welcoming the parents of Sarum class into school on Friday 18th March from 1.15pm, to enjoy sharing with their children some of the work that they have been doing during the course of this term.

Space Seeds We have been chosen to take part in a very exciting scientific experiment with the RHS and some space scientists. They will send us two batches of seeds, one batch of which will have been up in space with Tim Peake, and the other lot will have remained earthbound. Our children will set up the experiment and will measure the seedlings as they grow to see whether there is a difference in those that have been in space and those that have not. My thanks To Liz Read and to Mrs Goddard who have organised this project – we are all very interested to see if there is a difference! The project starts towards the end of April (the seeds are already back on earth!) and we shall report on our findings.

Football tournament Well done to our football teams who took part in the interschool tournament on Saturday – although we did not win, we were, as ever, tremendously proud of our children who showed sportsmanship, courage and resilience throughout the games. My thanks to Mr Amor who gave up his Saturday morning to accompany this event, and to the parents who brought their children along.

Recently at Sharing We have had some wonderful items “Shared” at Sharing Assembly recently, with lots of great music performances, some lovely poetry, RE, writing, maths, art, design, science – and much more. Do come along at 2.15pm on Friday afternoons and enjoy the variety, progression and joy of learning that is evident in the children’s presentations. It is not easy to stand up in front of a large audience and present work and we love to see the confidence and joy with which our children tackle this challenge.

Safety of our children The health and safety of our children is an absolute priority for us and every adult in school is expected to be responsible for the safety of every child. We ensure that risk assessments are carried out regularly on our premises alongside the regular maintenance programme, risk assessments for trips and activities are carried out in line with the Local Authority recommendations, and all equipment and services are checked in line with statutory guidance. We try not to be risk averse, and to allow children a generous and fun filled childhood, whilst taking all reasonable precautions that will enable them to be safe.

We had a fire drill this week, as we do every term, to ensure that we can evacuate the school safely and quickly in the event that we need to. Children understand the importance of leaving the building quickly, calmly and quietly and then lining up carefully in register order so that we can establish that every child is accounted for.

One of the greatest threats to our children’s safety undoubtedly comes from the traffic around school and the poor parking and pedestrian activity as parents drop off and pick up their children. Although we have no jurisdiction over this, we do appeal most earnestly to parents to consider the safety of every child as they park and guide their children into and out of school.

Parking in Chitham Close and the staff car park We appeal to parents not to park in Chitham Close nor to block the staff car park as they drop children off. No child should be dropped off in or near the staff car park. Not only does it mean that our staff struggle to get into work safely, but pedestrians coming to school that way are put in danger and if there were an emergency, we would not be able to ensure emergency vehicles could access the school. The area around Chitham Close should only be used by the residents of Chitham Close and by school staff at drop off and pick up times.

Holiday Club A reminder that our very popular holiday club will run from 29th March – 1st April during the Easter holidays. Go to to book or phone 0845 2413682. Free water bottle for all bookings before 12th March.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 12th March from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 20th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

A Palm Sunday event for all the family – Sunday 20th March at 3.00 pm and will finish 5.00pm.

Starting at Potterne Youth Centre, Silver Street SN10 5NG & finishing at St.Mary’s Church, Potterne.

Crafts – competition – afternoon tea – Easter egg hunt and Eggie the Eagle Competition.


Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 18th March Open Afternoon for Sarum Parents 1.15pm – 2.10pm
Thursday 24th March Charity fund raiser for outdoor classroom – for children and their helpers only. 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 24th March Last day of the term
Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April Holiday club
Monday 11th April Back to school
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm


Best wishes


Mercedes Henning




Friday 18th March: Junior Bake Off and Cake Sale and Easter Disco! This should be a fun packed afternoon with a cake sale and teas and coffees straight after school and then the KS1 disco from 4-5pm and the KS2 disco from 5.15-6.15pm. Entry to the disco will be £1.50 (incl. squash and a homemade biscuit)

Saturday 16th April: Beer & Bid Night at the Three Daggers Edington £15 (incl. welcome drink & canapes). Tickets go on sale NEXT WEEK. Numbers are Strictly Limited and are on a first come first served basis!
Friday 29th April: 10-2pm Parents & Guardians First Aid Training Course £20 per person – More information to follow. Our Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest news and what is happening. So ask to join the group Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA.

KEYS FOUND! We have a car key and two keys which appear to be door keys here in school, if you have lost any please pop by the office.

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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