Newsletter 27 – 20th April 2012

Dear Parents

Forest of Dean The Year 5 and Year 6 children had a wonderful time on their residential trip to the Forest of Dean, where they took part in adventure activities such as canoeing, caving, climbing, problem solving and the “Leap of Faith”! The weather was far better than we had dared hope and the children were, as ever, remarkably well behaved, kind, funny and great to be with. The teachers and helpers enjoyed seeing how their confidence, independence and courage developed through the activities. My thanks to Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz who organised and led the trip, Mrs Andrew and Mrs Edwards who accompanied it, and our admin staff, Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards (again) who made sure that everything was in place so that the trip went smoothly. There are some photos on our website – the direct link is

Canvassing about Trips All our children have been on day trips and many have been on residential trips over the past terms. We find that they learn so much from them that we regard them as extremely valuable. However, we would like to find out what our families feel about these trips. Please complete and return the canvassing slip at the bottom of this newsletter so that we can be sure to arrange things in a way that suits the majority of our families. Do add any comments you feel would be useful.

Bluebell Wood  The children and I were delighted to find, along with lots of bluebells, a beautiful patch of cowslips in our Bluebell Wood. There is a squirrel who lives there as well and we see him quite often. There are few photos on this link:

Academy Status Because we have a little extra money available to our school as a result of converting to Academy Status, we have been able to fund the refurbishment of the school, buy in extra books both for guided and independent reading, and are planning to have an artificial grass surface laid through the Reflection Area (at the request of the children).  Next year, Governors have decided to subsidise with this extra money bus and coach fares for the regular trips we take off site to help parents with the costs of these trips.

Sports stars Once again, this was great fun and I enjoyed seeing so many of our children taking part in this popular holiday club.

Links with the Community We are very fortunate to be part of a network that supports our school very effectively. As well as our many volunteer helpers, we also have input from Dauntsey’s school (their sports coaches work with our older children every week) and we have links with our local cluster schools – at present we are working on a Cluster Olympic Event for the KS2 children. The work we are doing with Wiltshire College has already been publicised and the local churches and clergy are also great supporters of our school.  We also are delighted to support other organisations in our area, such as the Brownies, the local Preschool and the local football club.

Dance Club will run next term once again. The dance will be contemporary and modern, energetic and fun for boys and girls. The club runs on Wednesday afternoons from 3.15pm – 4.15pm, starting on 25th April for 10 weeks and costs £39.  Letters have been sent home – if you wish your child to take part, please return the slip or contact the school office.

Devizes Musical Theatre are 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

Maypole Dance Lessons are being run by Great Cheverell Parish Council on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in The Pavilion. The aim is to present a fun display as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 4th June. For more information, please contact Jane Andrew on 01380 812439.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Canvassing families on Trips off-site 

Please tick as appropriate:                                                                                                                          

                                                                                     Agree                   Disagree

Our child enjoys the day trips                                         [   ]                             [   ]

Our child enjoys the residential trips                               [   ]                             [   ]

We find the trips too expensive                                       [   ]                             [   ]

We would like to see more trips                                      [   ]                             [   ]

The trips are about right for price and frequency             [   ]                             [   ]


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