Newsletter 23 – 12th March 2021

Dear Parents

Our Amazing Children! What a wonderful week we have had! All our children have returned to school exceptionally well. They are cheerful, positive, courageous and hardworking, as they always are. Because of the tremendous efforts of our families, most children have made steady progress through the curriculum and have returned to school very well prepared to pick up their learning journey here.

We have been amazed at how well children have adjusted to being back in school after such a long break – it is as though they have just come back from a half term holiday. They continue to be good friends, responsible students, joyful people. They continue to throw themselves into their learning with enthusiasm. They continue to behave beautifully. We could not have wished for a better return to school and we offer our sincere thanks to all our families who have ensured that their children are in such a good place to pick up where they left off before Christmas.

Gentle Start We have made sure that children have had lots of time to socialise this week – we know that this is what they have really missed during Lockdown. They have all taken part in projects that involve team work or chatting with each other, they have had longer and more play times than usual, and they have had the opportunity to ease back into school gently.

We will be assessing children’s progress and attainment over the next few weeks, using teacher assessment mostly, through classwork and outcomes in projects. The older children will have slightly more formal assessments but these are nothing for them to worry about – simply a way for us to establish the areas of greatest need for planning the next term’s teaching and learning. If any child is not on the learning trajectory that we think they should be on at this time in the school year, they will be given extra support to accelerate their progress a bit so that they feel comfortable with their own achievement. But, at this stage, we have no serious concerns about children’s outcomes either academically or emotionally.

 Children running up to play on the field

Avebury class built this huge tetrahedron together               

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

We must continue to bear down on this virus so that we do not have any new surges of infection.

Foundation Governor Recruitment We have a vacancy on our Governing Body for a Foundation Governor. This is a person who is a practising Christian and who, along with all the other Governor responsibilities, takes a special interest in the Church character and the Christian ethos of the school and who aims to ensure that this is upheld strongly. As you know, our school has a Church foundation, and the Christian Ethos is at the heart of our success, so this is an important role.

There are 6 Full Governors’ meetings each year, and there may be other panel or committee meetings that form part of your particular responsibilities. If you are interested, please contact the headteacher, the Chair of Governors, Jeremy Shatford, or the Vice Chair, Stephanie Cadwgan. The forms that give a bit more information can be found on our website.

Library Let’s work together to support our children reading for pleasure! Remember – libraries are a wonderful FREE resource available even through the Lockdown. Have a look at this very short video that explains a bit more about it.

And then, how about taking part in the Global 200 Million Minute Challenge throughout March? Children and young people from across Wiltshire are invited to complete a special library log each week and email us the total number of minutes read. All reading counts – paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers and e-books are all great. Each week we will log the minutes read on the national database and at the end of the challenge share our total. For more information visit:

Wiltshire libraries have lots of wonderful books and eBooks for children and young people to read, free to borrow and reserve for library members: It’s free to join the library and can be done online:

Prizes will be awarded to settings and organisations who achieve the highest average number of reading minutes per child or young person. Certificates will also be available to individuals who reach key reading targets during the challenge. Let’s see if we can win one of these prizes!

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Wednesday 31st March Pilgrimage Day Dress warmly – this is an outdoor activity
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Friday 28th May Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day 12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic Parents welcome if restrictions permit
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 2.00pm with the Bishop. All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day

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

PFA News

A big thank you to the school staff for helping all the children to settle back into school after home learning.

If anyone needs school uniform please email or put a request on the PFA facebook page.

The PFA is back up and running planning a fundraiser for later in the term, more details soon.


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