Newsletter 26 – 17th April 2015

Dear Parents

Collective Worship We gather as a whole school each morning at 10.00am for a quarter of an hour of reflection and quiet time together. Worship takes a number of different forms, sometimes it is high energy with lots of children participating in drama or offering comments to discussion, sometimes it is very still and meditative, with the hall darkened and lots of candles lit, sometimes it is outside, sometimes inside, sometimes teachers or clergy lead worship, and sometimes the children themselves lead worship. We always sing and we always have at least a short time to sit quietly and enjoy the stillness and serenity inside our own heads. We always reflect on some aspect of our lives – our relationships with others, stewardship of the world, beautiful things around us, reaching out to others less fortunate than we are. We use Bible stories as the foundation for our reflections, and consider how these help us develop a sensitive moral compass and a compassionate, joyful courage, regardless of whether we are people of faith or not.

We would like parents (or grandparents!) to know that they are always welcome to come and join us for worship at 10.00am Monday to Thursday (on Friday, of course, we have Sharing Assembly which is a celebration worship, and most people are used to attending that!).  The extraordinary spirit of our school is really palpable at worship, and it is a wonderful, energising, creative time – so do consider popping in to join us if you happen to be free at that time.

School Choir Choir practice will start after school in the hall on Monday 11th May and will continue on Mondays until the summer concert on July 14th, except for bank holidays and half term. This term Choir practice will go on until 4.15 in order to cover the ambitious programme that Ms Sharman has prepared!

There will be two separate choir activities – the Simon May Superchoir, which is already underway, and a separate programme for the school summer concert on Tuesday 14th July.

The sessions on May 11th and July 6th will be for Superchoir members only. The other six Mondays (18th May, all Mondays in June and 13th July) are for anyone in Key Stage 2 who would like to sing at the summer concert. Songs that are being considered for the summer choir are:  Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel), Make You Feel My Love (Adele), Rather Be (Clean Bandit), Feed the Birds (from Mary Poppins), The Cuckoo (Benjamin Britten).

If you are interested in joining the choir for the summer concert, starting on Monday 18th May, please ask the office.

Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA)  We are now able to offer the MDSA post as a 6 hour a week contract – working each day of the week from 11.55 – 1.05. We need someone who knows how to make lunch times fun whilst keeping clear boundaries in place and setting high expectations for good behaviour. The rate of pay starts at £7.11 per hour (Wiltshire Pay Grade B, points 7 – 9). Benefits include a good pension scheme and some holiday pay. Please ask at the office for an application form if you are interested in this post.  The offer of the post will be conditional on checks, including the DBS checks, being satisfactory. References will be sought. Closing date for applications is Friday 24th April.

Book Club – Imagination Kingdom Mrs Evans sadly will not be able to run our weekly lunch time book club any longer. We thank her most sincerely for all that she has done to promote enjoyment of reading in our school. If anyone would like to pick up the responsibility for this club, I would be delighted.

Skipping workshop We are delighted to be able to run the skipping workshop again this year! This very popular activity will take place during school time on Wednesday 29th April. Each class will have a workshop on skipping games suitable for their age. Last time we ran this, parents were disappointed that we had not offered them the chance to purchase skipping ropes on the day, since their children were so inspired by the workshop, and we had to try to purchase them afterwards. So this time we are offering parents the chance to send money in on the day, in an envelope with your child’s name and class and the rope required, and the workshop provider will send your child home with the rope you requested.  The children’s ropes are £4 each or £6 for a ‘solar’ rope, adult £6 and 4m long ‘family ropes’ £7.50each, or two for £14 for ‘Double Dutch’. They are all good quality, professional speed ropes.

Recruitment for new teacher in Sarum class As you know from the note sent home on Monday, Mrs Garraway will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. We will be very sorry to say good bye to her and wish her well in her new and exciting venture. We are in the process of recruiting a new teacher and have been overwhelmed with candidates interested in the post. We hope that we will be able to appoint on Friday 1st May.

Danger of Button Batteries You will be familiar with the little circular, flat batteries found in various devices such as remote controls, car key fobs, musical cards and novelty toys. We have been asked to warn parents to be very careful with these since there have been several awful deaths and life changing injuries caused through young children swallowing them. It seems that the battery sets up an electrical circuit in the throat, forming caustic soda which burns through the tissues and organs, leading to uncontrollable blood loss. Please ensure that batteries and devices containing them are stored up high and that young children cannot access them.  More information can be found on the following website: .

Upcoming events:

Superchoir practice                               Monday 11th May and 6th July after school

Induction for parents of FS 2015           Wednesday 13th May at 5.00pm

Oxenwood (yrs 3&4)                               Thurs 21st May to Fri 22nd May

Forest of Dean (yrs 5&6)                         Weds 20th May to Fri 22nd May

Last day of half term                                  Friday 22nd May

TD Days                                                     Monday 1st June & Tuesday 2nd June

Back to school                                                   Wednesday 3rd June

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning


PFA News

Summer looks like it has arrived! Hurray! Plans for the summer fayre will soon be getting underway and we will start asking for donations for the starts so keep your eyes peeled. We raised £90 at the cake sale at the end of Easter which is a fantastic amount and well done to Max Bollen and Camilla Francis-Jones who won the competition!


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