Newsletter 26 – 1st April 2021

Dear Parents

Have a wonderful Easter break! We wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 19th April.

Pilgrimage Day What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday! Our annual Pilgrimage Day took place on our school field, rather than in Edington Church this year, and it was so special to have the whole school out there, carefully separated and keeping to their Bubbles, but visible to each other.

We spent the morning reflecting on many aspects of the story of Easter – a story of courage, suffering, compassion, friendship, forgiveness and joy. Whether our children are people of faith or not, this is an inspirational story and they had time to reflect on these themes and how they impact on their lives.

There was an extraordinary atmosphere of joy and positivity, and a real sense of our community coming together to celebrate the day. We are very grateful to the clergy who supported us so strongly with this event, leading each activity separately for each group of children. And our huge thanks go to Mrs Edwards who is so efficient at organising all the resources that we need for events like these.

Church Visits The children in Stonehenge and White Horse classes walked to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell (separately, to ensure the Bubbles did not mix) this week for a little Easter reflection. They walked around the outside of the church first, enjoying the beautiful weather. Then they went inside for a few moments of quiet time. These quiet and reflective times are valuable for everyone’s spiritual growth and mental health.

Brass instrument and Ukulele lessons If you would like your child to have tuition from our amazingly talented Mr Gundry in brass instrument (cornet and trumpet) or individual ukulele lessons, please contact him on Mr Gundry has instruments for you to hire if you would like to do that. Lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon, either in school time or just after school. Please make contact within the next three weeks so that Mr Gundry can plan his timetable. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Everything will be arranged and delivered in line with strict Covid restrictions and protocols, of course.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip The Government let us know this week that, as long as Covid infections are not increasing too much, and all other aspects for the easing of lockdown are in place, we should be able to plan residential trips to take place from Monday 17th May. This is very good news for us, because our annual Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and Year 6 is booked for the following week, from Wednesday 26th May to Friday 28th May. So, all going according to plan, this trip should be good to go. Further guidance will be issued over the next few weeks which will help us plan the trip in a Covid safe way, and we will send out information for parents as this becomes available to us.

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.

No After School Club on Monday 17th May Please remember that there is NO After School Club on Monday 17th May, as we have whole staff First Aid Training on that day. You will need to make alternative arrangements. We apologise for the inconvenience caused but staff first aid training is a statutory and necessary requirement, as you will understand.

Piano lessons start on Monday 19th April If your child has their usual lesson on a Monday, please send them in with their music books on the first day back after the Easter break.

Covid Track and Trace If your child falls ill with Covid, confirmed by a positive test, over the Easter weekend within 48 hours of attending school, please let us know so that we can do the track and trace work for contacts they may have had at school. You don’t need to let us know if they fall ill after Easter Saturday.

A message from St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell: “We thought that your pupils might enjoy making an Easter garden over the holidays so Revd. Marion has made a video showing how to do this and explaining the significance of the things in the garden.”

The video and an instruction leaflet are on the church Facebook page:

Please encourage your children to take a photograph of their Easter garden and share it with the congregation of St Peter’s so that they can make a display for the church.

The congregation of St Peter’s wish everyone in the school community a very Happy Easter.

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

Letters from Gavin Williamson:

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
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  
Monday 17th May No After School Club Please make alternative arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
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

Different Rules For a Day – Thursday 1st of April

Thank you for joining in with the Different Rules for a Day event today, details of the PFA account have gone out to WhatsApp groups if you would like to donate online. Please use reference “non uniform day” in your transfer so that we can make accounting easier.

Second Hand Uniform

There is a lot of great quality second hand uniform available to buy at low prices – perhaps you need a summer dress or shorts for after Easter? We will be selling the secondhand uniform over the road from school from 2.15pm on the 1st of April. If you need uniform before then please email or put a post on our Facebook page.

PFA meeting

There will be a PFA meeting on Tuesday 27th of April at 8.00 on the following link:

Please come along, find out more and maybe get involved. We will be looking at events between now and the end of the year.

Holy Trinity PFA

Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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