Newsletter 26 – 24th March 2017

Dear Parents

Gardening Club Our very sincere thanks go to Liz Read and her team of adult and children volunteers who work so hard to keep our grounds looking beautiful. You will have seen all the borders and containers filled with early spring flowers around the school, the vegetable and fruit gardens up on the field and the greenhouse where much of the preparation is done. Liz has several wonderful and creative ideas to continue to develop the work of the Gardening Club – including helping the children to grow little plant plugs to sell at the summer fayre, offering more food for school cooking and entering for the next stage of the RHS awards. Without Liz and her team, our grounds would be a far less beautiful and inviting environment for our children. If you would like to support Liz in this work, please do put your name forward.

School Finances As you will have seen in the news, school budgets are being hard hit by the austerity programme. In our school, the actual amount of money that has come into the school has dropped quite significantly over the past year, and it will fall again next year and the year after, in spite of the fact that we are able to keep our number on roll high. We are going to have to make some savings over the coming years unless the government can increase our funding – which seems unlikely. Our governors will always ensure that the quality of provision for our children is outstanding and that they are able to achieve at the outstanding levels that we expect across all areas of the curriculum as we face the challenging times ahead.

Please apply for Pupil Premium funding If you think that there is any chance that your child might be eligible for the Pupil Premium funding, we do urge you to contact the school and apply for it. Our funding is being cut in real terms each year and, as with all schools, we are facing challenges as we try to balance our budget for the coming year. Every child who attracts the Pupil Premium brings over £1,300 a year into the school and this can be used to support all sorts of programmes that benefit all children. In addition the child who attracts the Premium will have their school trip fees subsidised, their peripatetic music lessons fees subsidised and various other school activities covered by the Pupil Premium funding.  As we wrestle with the problems of ever diminishing funding given to us by the government, we need to find ways to bring in every possible penny so that we can continue to offer the outstanding provision that our children deserve.

School Disco Thank you to our wonderful PFA for the disco which was such fun last night! Plenty of music, dancing and bright lights! And thank you to the staff who worked late in school to support this event.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays,  3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

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 at 2.15pm  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.

Breakfast club and after school club canvassing Please return your slips by Monday 27th March if you would be interested in either or both of these clubs.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 8th April from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 9th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under-fives must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


What a fantastic Easter Disco! Thanks to ‘Face it n Dance’, Mrs Henning, Mrs Jones, Mrs Goddard, Louise Gaiger, Poppy Godfrey and Laurie Farquhar – we couldn’t have done it without you! And thank-you to all the amazing children who really threw themselves into the spirit of the evening!

Thank-you too for supporting our Mother’s Day Tuck Shop today. At time of writing, Jane Gibbons has been preparing all sorts of treats and trinkets, Patricia Genner has been putting her pottery skills towards ‘special hearts’ and we’re planning to visit the Bristol flower market to bring you the best we can find. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

Our next event is the Junior Bake-off on Friday, April 7. The children can enter any cake or biscuit as long as they’ve made it themselves. These can be dropped off at the school Art Centre at around 8.35am before judging takes place. The results will then be announced in Sharing Assembly later that day, followed by a cake sale of all the entries. More information and entry forms to follow.

And please don’t forget to diarise the PFA meeting after morning drop-off on Tuesday, April 4. If you’d like to take part but can’t make it that morning, please email Debi on to perhaps arrange a second session.


Fabric Recycle Collection – Monday, April 3

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Happy Mothering Sunday, from the PFA Team

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