Newsletter 25 – 26th March 2021

Dear Parents

Fire Safety Many of our children had a virtual Fire Safety presentation in this past week. Usually we have the education part of the Fire Service come into school to give their presentation but this time, with Covid restrictions, the presentation was done on Zoom. It was very interesting and children learnt a lot about how to keep themselves safe from fire related accidents.

There was a comment about how we should all carry out fire drills in our own homes to ensure that everyone knows how to evacuate safely in the event of a fire. At school, as you know, we carry out regular fire drills and our children can evacuate the school in less than a minute and a half, and complete the whole process, including roll call, in under two minutes. But as the Fire Service remarked, they are called out to far more fires in homes than in schools and it is worth making sure that we can all leave our homes safely in the event of a fire, from any room in the house, at any time of the day or night.  We should be checking our smoke alarms regularly, and making sure that we do not leave phone chargers plugged in overnight, that we do not overload multiplug devices, and that we are very fire safety conscious, especially in the kitchen where so many accidents happen.

Recorder lessons We are delighted that Mrs Broomfield is going to be able to start her recorder lessons after the Easter holidays, in line with our Covid restrictions and risk assessments. If you have signed your child up for recorder lessons, you will already be in communication with Mrs Broomfield and will know that your child needs to bring their recorder and their music books in each Friday for their lesson. When your child takes part in music lessons, it is very important that they spend 10 minutes practising at home at least a few times during the week so that they can make good progress. Just coming to the lesson will never be enough to achieve a good level of mastery of an instrument. Regular practice is required.

Our Catch Up programme! We want our children to catch up on fun, socialising, making great memories, having the opportunity to experience new and different things and to enjoy being part of a supportive and loving school community. We have wonderful themes and topics going on in school at the moment – the tadpoles are really improving our quality of life! There is some beautiful art work and design and technology work being created and some great theme days are being planned for the near future. We are having lots of outdoor lessons and activities – such as trying to measure the height of a tree without actually climbing it, and gardening.

Pilgrimage Day Please make sure your children are dressed warmly especially on Wednesday 31st March, when we will be spending a lot of time outdoors for our Pilgrimage Day activities. This will be a wonderful time for children to reflect on their lives and their own philosophy, their spiritual journey, whatever form that takes, their role in our community and their own mental health. The day will unfold through our exploration of themes around Easter, encouraging children to take time to enjoy peaceful, purposeful reflectiveness.

Holi Celebrations and Bollywood Dance Please do complete and send back to school the permission slip for our wonderful celebration day which will centre on the Hindu festival of Holi. We will have Kalpesh back in school on Wednesday 21st April to lead us through some great activities which will help us understand more about a faith and culture different from our own. If you wish your child to take part in the powder paint colour fun, we need the permission slip for the activity which will be messy. Please send your children to school in old clothes on that day! As well as the colour activities, there will be Asian music and more Bollywood dance for children to learn and to enjoy.

PFA Initiatives Our very sincere thanks go to our amazing PFA, under the leadership of Mrs Knox and her team, who have kept things going over these very difficult times, reaching out to welcome new families and making plans for fundraising so that we can continue to provide enrichment opportunities for our children. Next week, on the last day of term, we have a “Different Rules for a Day” and details are available from the PFA.

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.

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  
Wednesday 21st April Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh Come to school in old clothes, brightly coloured if you have them!
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
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
Monday 19th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   Silbury class: 5.00pm Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after school) 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

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

Please see the poster sent with this newsletter for details of our “Different Rules for a Day!” fundraiser.

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