Newsletter 26 – 15th April 2016

Dear Parents

Message from our Governors:

From June 1st the school is making some changes to the structure of school leadership at Holy Trinity. The new structure will embed further the delivery of high quality teaching and learning across the whole school, keeping the child at the centre, while building better resilience into our senior leadership team.

The new structure integrates two assistant headteacher positions to support the headteacher and I am pleased to congratulate Mr D. Amor and Mr M. Gyllenspetz on their appointment to these roles. They will continue to teach the classes they do at present but will carry additional responsibilities and will be able to make decisions and implement strategy quickly and efficiently across all teaching and non-teaching staff throughout the school.

Jeremy Shatford

Vice Chair of Governors

A vacancy has arisen on our staff for a Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA).

You would be working as part of a very friendly and welcoming team, with lots of support and training if required. You would need to enjoy working with children, have a friendly but firm manner and know how to make lunch times safe and fun for our wonderful children.

The successful candidate would work 6.00 hours a week on the pay scale B (hourly rate, £7.20-£7.30). The post is paid for just over 43 weeks each year, though the candidate will only have to work for 38 weeks in the year (term time).

Pay is divided into 12 equal payments. Local Government Pension Scheme benefits and other benefits are part of this package.

Applications (forms available at the office) must be received by Friday 22nd April for interviews on Wednesday 27th April at about 10.30am, or other date to suit candidates. Good references and successful DBS checks will be a condition of appointment since this school takes safeguarding very seriously.

Please do come and pick up an application form, or chat to us about the post if you are interested. Phone 01380 813 796 or email .


After school clubs There is NO netball with Mrs Goddard on Tuesday 19th April, but the club will run again the following week up until half term, when it finishes. Summer sports with Mr Amor will start in due course – information to follow.

Charity Afternoon Our wonderful children raised nearly £150 from the charity fundraising event held at the end of last term! All the proceeds from this event will go towards our outdoor classroom.

Policies Each year I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. Copies of the full policies are available on our website. This week we will look at the Health and Safety policy – an enormous and all-encompassing policy which can be read in full on our website. Health and safety has to be the very first consideration at school where we have responsibility for so many children and adults.

We must all take responsibility for being vigilant and be aware of possible risks. Children and adults are encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They will share any concerns they may have swiftly and appropriately to a person in authority e.g. headteacher or teacher. We must, however, also be aware of the need to keep a balance between security, safety and the maintenance of a comfortable, welcoming, working environment. We aim to strike a balance that allows children to learn and have fun whilst keeping them as safe as reasonably possible. We ensure that the building and equipment are in good repair, statutory testing of equipment takes place regularly, people are aware of security in the school, they know procedures to follow in the event of an accident or emergency, and that activities are risk assessed. Regular fire drills are held. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and staff are given refresher briefings and any applicable training every year. Health and Safety policy, procedures and records are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Beer and Bid evening at Edington As the PFA fundraising reaches its zenith, they invite you to this fundraiser in Edington at the Three Daggers on Saturday 16th April: £15 (incl. welcome drink & canapés) 7-11pm. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW from the School Reception.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 26th April Choir Competition 10.00 am  – 2.00 pm
Thursday 28th April White Horse trip to Devizes Wharf All day
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm


Best wishes       Mercedes Henning

PFA News

The summer term is here (unbelievably!) and with have started off by recycling just over half a ton of textiles!! Contributing another £263 towards the outdoor classroom. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and a huge thank you to Louise Pye for masterminding the whole recycling drive.

We are so close to our target now.

Beer and Bid is tomorrow night and there are some tickets available on the door for any of you who would like to join us last minute, we’d love to see you and there is no pressure to bid.

We also have some spaces still on our paediatric first aid course on Friday 29th April 10-2 in the Pavilion. All are welcome (friends & family) and is a great opportunity to learn some essential lifesaving skills from a qualified trainer for the fantastic price of £20.

We will see the return of Tuck Shop every Friday, by the park, from next week (22nd), run completely voluntarily by Jane Gibbons. If you can offer your help or put yourself on the cake rota we would be very grateful.

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