Newsletter 25 – 27th April 2018

Sarum Class trip to Salisbury Museum What a lovely trip the children in Sarum class had this week! They learnt a huge amount about Normans, took part in some craft activities and enjoyed looking around the museum. Their behaviour was outstanding, as it always is. My thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard for organising this trip, to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who so efficiently administered the finance and other paperwork and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip. These trips make learning come alive for the children and we love taking them to places of interest. We are very grateful to all parents and carers who so generously pay the costs for these trips – although the donations are voluntary, we would not be able to take the children without your contributions and almost every family pays the required donation which is a tremendous tribute to the value you place on your children’s education.

Forest Schools Some of our children have had their first sessions of Forest Schools this week – and have made a start on their wonderful plans to build bug houses, to make children’s games out of natural materials and to have fun in our beautiful grounds. My thanks to Mrs Goddard who plans and delivers these courses – what an amazing opportunity for our children!

Silbury Class Restaurant This very popular event will take place this year on Tuesday 17th July at about 1.30pm. Children plan and prepare the menu and serve their clients (Year 6 parents) efficiently and cheerfully. This is the penultimate event in primary school for parents of Year 6 children. The final event is the Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly which takes place on Monday 23rd July this year.

Bake Off Well done to everyone who took part in this great event! Such wonderful cakes and biscuits came into school and it was a difficult job to judge which were the best. Our thanks to Marie Pike and Rev Andrew Sinclair who judged the entries and had to make the final difficult decision about winners. Thanks also to Annabel Mackintosh and her amazing team of PFA members who work so hard to raise funds and give great experiences to our children.

New children to start school in September It is a joy to start preparations for receiving our new children into the Foundation Stage in September this year. We have 21 children starting (with a further 15 on a waiting list) and many of these are siblings of children already in our school. We have sent out invitations to all our new children’s families to join us on Monday 14th May at 5.00pm for the “Parents’ Induction” evening. We will discuss all aspects of starting school and will give parents the chance to ask any questions they may have. The new children will also have the chance to come into school three times during the last summer half term to become familiar with the setting before they start formally in September.

SATS and summative assessments In May, we have to deliver some of the statutory assessments set down by the government. We take the opportunity to carry out little summative assessments of all the children at this time. Children in KS2 (from Year 3 upwards) will have their assessments in the week commencing 14th May. The younger children’s assessments are far less formal. We ask that you do not concern yourself or your child with these assessments. No work needs to be done towards them except your usual reading, spelling and times table practice. Please do not put any pressure on your child as this will cause them to worry and then they will do less well whatever their ability. Your child is very well prepared for the assessments.

Daily Mile Running Track We are very pleased with our new track around the field. Twice around both the old and new tracks and the playground is a mile and lots of children are already challenging themselves to run at least a mile a day. Many can do more than this. We hope that they will establish a lifelong love of exercise as they take up this and other sporting challenges in their childhood years.  My thanks to Mr Amor who has worked hard on this exciting project.

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, ethnicity and the like, these data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

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.

SuperStars Flyers have gone home this week for the holiday club in half term. Book online at or call them on 02920 090503.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) As we approach the date when these regulations come into force, we shall be giving out information to support you in understanding some of the ramifications of the new duties. This week, we want to remind you that some companies associated with the school may hold your data but we have not shared that data with them – they obtained it directly from you. They hold the data because they have entered into a contract with you. Included in this group of companies is Lataca, Cool Milk, School Transport, Super Stars Holiday Club, Peripatetic coaches and tutors, the Library Service and private counselling or parenting courses. This is not an exhaustive list but these are the kinds of organisations who may have your data but there is no school responsibility for keeping those data secure. The companies themselves will be abiding by GDPR and will have their own polices and protocols to keep your data secure which you can access.

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 5th May from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a book swap. It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer.

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
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

THURSDAY 3RD MAY – PFA MEETING – 8:50 am at School – All welcome! Please join us for an update on forthcoming projects and events.

Many thanks to all who came to the SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING on Tuesday – Progress was made with the planning and offers of help, although we still have a long way to go. Watch this space for news of further meetings or if you are able to help in any way, big or small, please do contact Steph or Poppy.

FANTASTIC!! That’s how we would describe the variety and number of entries to the JUNIOR BAKE OFF! Thank you to all our enthusiastic bakers for your kitchen creations.

Your PFA Team

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