Newsletter 25 – 20th April 2018

Sunflower competition As Spring is really here now, it is great fun to plant and grow seeds. We are very grateful to Gardening Clubbers who have put together the little kits for growing and measuring the sunflowers for the competition. We hope for a record breaking year again this year. If you have not yet had your kit, or you have had a disaster with your first attempt, there are a few kits still available in school.

Topics Children learn best when they are engaged in fun and interesting topics – we always teach through themes and encourage children to use their literacy and maths skills across all areas of the curriculum. This term, we have Stonehenge and White Horse classes working together on the topic of “Birds” (which will include a trip to the Slimbridge Nature Reserve), the children in Sarum class will be working on the topic of “Invaders of the British Isles” with special reference to the Normans (and will have a trip to Salisbury Museum to make gargoyles and to find out more about Normans through artefacts), the children in Avebury class will be studying “The Second World War” (with a trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon which does a wonderful theme day on evacuees and other aspects of World War II), and the Silbury class will be working on “Coasts” which will involve map work, coastal erosion, settlements and study of the fauna and flora.

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum Please remember to send a packed lunch for your child in Sarum Class on Tuesday 24th April (next week) in a disposable bag. The trip will take place during the usual school day. School uniform must be worn.

Forest Schools We are very fortunate to have in Mrs Goddard a fully trained exponent of the Forest Schools programme. She will be taking each class for Forest Schools experiences during the course of the coming term. When it is time for your child’s class to take part, they will need to bring old clothing with long trousers into school – they will be doing some very messy activities! You will be warned about this in advance.

Daily Mile Path The work on our new path around the school field is almost complete. Mr Amor has spearheaded this new initiative as part of our commitment to helping children engage in very active lifestyles. If the children run twice around both the old and the new pathways, with a circuit of the playground, they will have run a mile. We hope that many children will challenge themselves to run half a mile or a mile each day during their playtimes. There will be 50m and 100m markings on the new path so that children can also practice sprints. This path has been funded through the PE sports premium, a ring fenced fund that has to be spent on work that helps children to remain as active as possible. We are particularly interested in helping children take responsibility for their own fitness so that it becomes a habit that will last a lifetime.

Summer Music Concert  Time once again to start to prepare for our very popular Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 22nd May at 5.00pm. This event is for those children who take music lessons through the school’s extracurricular and peripatetic music provision and who have reached a standard of performance that is good enough to be included in the concert. Your child’s music tutor will let them know whether they have been included in the programme or not. If not, they will always have another chance next year.

There seems to be some appetite for a music concert for all those children who take music lessons outside of the school’s provision as well. We would have to host this on a different occasion since our own musicians fill a long programme. If you are interested in having your child take part in such a concert, please let us know.

Thank you We are very grateful to all our parents who keep the layby free for “Stopping and Dropping” – this really eases congestion as parents can drop children, check that they get inside the school grounds, and then immediately drive away. Less congestion means our children are safer.

Hot Weather Please make sure you send your child into school with a sun hat and a water bottle. On the hottest days, children must wear hats outdoors if they want to play in the sun. Please put sunscreen on your child before they come into school as we cannot take responsibility for putting sunscreen on children. Also, please make sure all jumpers and cardigans have names on since, as it warms up during the day, these items are often taken off and dropped wherever the child happens to be.

Emmanuel Collaboration As you know, we are part of the Emmanuel Collaboration, a formal collaboration with Five Lanes Primary, St Barnabas Primary, St Thomas a Becket Primary and Urchfont Primary. We all find the collaboration to be very useful. We share resources, our teachers have the chance to moderate standards across all the schools, to share ideas and good practice and to support each other in a number of ways – for the benefit of all our children.

Online Safety for your children As our children engage more and more with the online world, the adults in their lives can feel left behind. It is really essential that we understand this virtual world that is home to our children. There is a very good website which will give parents some advice about the social networks that children might use and will give you a warning about any potential dangers. You find this website on The NSPCC also has good resources to help parents navigate through this difficult territory and we strongly recommend that parents have a look at the site.

We also strongly recommend that all parents have something like the Norton Family software on their computers and other devices, so that you have control of what your children are watching, playing on, accessing and who they are chatting to. If this is put in place when children are young, they will accept it – much harder to introduce it to teenagers!

Holiday dates for 2018-19 Attached, please find the holiday dates for the coming academic year with the TD dates included.


Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

This coming week…

Tuesday 24th April – 7:30pm at The Bell, Great Cheverell – HOLY TRINITY CIRCUS SUMMER FAYRE MEETING

Roll up, Role up!! We are looking to make this the BIGGEST & BEST Summer fayre so far with a fabulous Circus theme!

Come along to the meeting to hear what’s being planned & offer your help & support in whatever way you can. Together we can make this the PFA’s major fundraiser of the year!

And it’ll be great fun too!!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE-OFF – Get creative in the kitchen! The variety of entries last year was astounding! We can’t wait to see, and taste, this year’s delicious bakes. Please drop off your entries in the Art Centre at 8:30 am on Friday.

There will also be a Cake Sale after school on Friday to sell off Bake-off entries with the option to buy back your entry before the sale begins.

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

Comments are closed.