Newsletter 26 – 30th March 2012

Dear Parent

Easter Holiday Today is the last day of term. We all return to school on Monday 16th April.  A very happy and blessed Easter to all our families and to everyone in our community.

Forest of Dean Don’t forget! Year 5 and Year 6 children leave for their residential trip to the Forest of Dean on Monday 16th April,  the first day back. A letter went out yesterday reminding you about medication, kit list and departure times. Oxenwood What a wonderful few days for the children in Year 3 and Year 4! They had a great time on their residential trip to Oxenwood, with fun activities and lots of opportunities to develop skills in independence, team work and resilience. The weather was very kind to us this year as well. My sincere thanks to Mrs Mehaffy, Mrs Garraway and Mrs Twentyman for organising and leading the trip, to Mrs Penny Trusler for accompanying the trip and Mrs Anna Trusler for supervising the bus trips and to Mr Mehaffy and Mr Edwards for volunteering to spend their precious leave accompanying the children on the trip again this year.

World War 2 Museum Children in Avebury class did a wonderful job on preparing and hosting the museum on World War 2 in their classroom on Tuesday. So much work went into this project and they were able to speak with such confidence to their audience. Parents and people in school were invited to come to the museum and we enjoyed our tour through various aspects of the war including rationing, propaganda, bomb shelters and evacuation to the countryside.

Parents in Pudding Lane White Horse class invited all their parents to come to their classroom to have cakes and tea in Pudding Lane following on from their work on the Great Fire of London. It was lovely to see parents sitting out on the bank, sharing their children’s diaries and eating the cakes that the children had made earlier.

Titanic Tea Children in Silbury class have spent a term finding out what it might have been like on the Titanic. Their trip to Southampton last week gave them the chance to have a boat ride around the bay and they also had a tour of the places that had connections to the Titanic. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mrs Heath for organising the trip – it is a lot of work to sort out a trip off site and I am always very grateful for the extra work our teachers put into these events.  On Thursday they made scones and had a wonderful afternoon of cards, quoits and cream teas – just as people did on the Titanic.

Ridgeway Project Our school is in the Gazette and Herald again this week – with reference to the project we are taking part in with Wiltshire College, creating art and soundbites on various aspects of the Ridgeway for publication on the Creative Wiltshire website and possibly on a Location Aware phone app.

Sports stars Our holiday club will run through the second week of the Easter half term break, from Tuesday 10th April to Friday 13th April. You can come for the whole week, a day or even a half day.

Devizes Musical Theatre will be performing the popular family musical “Oliver!” at Dauntsey’s School from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April (with a matinee performance on the Saturday too). This production involves 28 local children, including three from our own Sarum class: Ellie Fredericks, Sam Hart and Alexander Melville. Liz Sharman, who leads the Year 3 choir, has directed the children’s scenes in the show. Tickets (£9/£7) are available from Devizes Books. There are two different casts of children, performing on alternate nights, so make sure you book for the correct night if you want to see a particular child’s performance. Take a look at

Best wishes


Mercedes Henning



Children’s Easter Workshop

Explore the meaning of Easter through fun activities and crafts.

WHEN:         Saturday, 31st March 10:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE:      ErlestokeChurch

WHO:            Children ages 5 and up. Children under 5 are welcome with a parent to accompany them.

RSVP:          C. Hampton 830 204





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