Newsletter 27 – 26 April 2019

Dear Parents

Water Bottles, sun hats and lost property Every child should have a water bottle and a sun hat in school every day as the weather warms up. Please mark ALL items with your child’s name. Lost property grows into a huge heap in our school. If you are missing something, do come and hunt through the lost property basket. Everything in the basket will be recycled in the school holidays.

Summer Blues At this time of year, we notice that people are a lot more likely to fall out with each other and argue. We are not sure whether this is because they are tired through sleeping less in the shorter nights, or whether they are hot, or whether they are starting to think about the changes that might come about in the next academic year. However, it is something that happens every year through the summer term. We do ask that you help your child to maintain a sense of proportion, to support them to mend relationships and to find ways to live amicably with those around them. Please help children to defuse situations rather than inflaming them.

Stop and Drop PLEASE remember that the layby outside our school is meant to be kept for “Stop and Drop” in the mornings, not for parking. If you want to stay in the playground with your child for Wake and Shake, please park over the road in the Pavilion car park, or park further down in the village and walk into school. It is very dangerous for parents trying to “Stop and Drop” if cars are parked in the layby. The idea is that parents pull up safely in the layby, let their children out, watch them enter the school grounds and then pull away again, leaving space for the next Stopper and Dropper. Used properly, this eases the congestion very effectively and keeps our children safer.

Gardening Club Gardening Club will meet again after Easter. The sessions will be as follows: 29th April, 13 May and 20 May then after half term sessions will run on 24 June, 1 July, 8 July, 15 July and 22 July. If your child would like to join Gardening Club please ask for an application form from the school office. Places are limited to 12. If you would like to find out more about gardening club or be involved in running it, please call Liz Read on 07967 803420.

Summer Music Concert Those children who take peripatetic music lessons in our school and who have reached a good standard, will be invited to perform in the Summer Music Concert on Tuesday 21st May starting at 5.00pm. If your child is performing, their music tutor will let them know and prepare them. Everyone is welcome to attend – it is a wonderful concert and the standard is remarkably high.

Pupil Premium A reminder that if your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding, we do ask that you sign up for it – it is a significant amount of money and we will use it for many school activities, in addition to helping to pay for music lessons and school trips for your child. If parents do not sign up, the school simply does not get the funding and, with budgets being increasingly tight, it is important that we access every penny possible to ensure the outstanding education we provide here at Holy Trinity can continue.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding – all done in the strictest confidence.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Lavington School Roadshow is Tuesday 11th June after school here in our school hall. This provides an opportunity for all those with children in Year 5 and younger who might be considering Lavington School as one of their choices for their child’s secondary schooling to come along and hear a bit about Lavington and ask any questions they may have.

A reminder: TD Dates for the academic year 2019-2020

Monday 2nd September 2019

Monday 1st June 2020

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Monday 29th June 2020

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Plant Sale There is a very good plant sale taking place in Erlestoke Church on Saturday 11 MAY from 2pm. There will be tea, cake, raffle and a FREE PLANT for every child who comes! (While stocks last.) It is always a great event with very reasonably priced and very good plants to get your garden started for summer. Do come along!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 11.00am
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Tuesday 2nd July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th July Year 6 Restaurant 1.30pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Social Evening – Friday 10th May – The Three Daggers Brewery (underneath the Farm Shop) – Only two weeks to go until our Spring Social Evening! We need a minimum number of 40 for this evening to go ahead so please let us know ASAP if you would like a ticket! Tickets are £15 and will include a buffet and a welcome drink. There will be a minibus service operating on the evening (donation to the driver).

There will be a Silent Auction at the social evening to raise funds for the PFA. We would very much appreciate any donations from local businesses for the Silent Auction. Please do come forward if you know of a business who would like to help us raise PFA funds towards equipment & activities for our children.

Textile Recycling – We are sad to announce that the Textile Recycling centre has closed down and so we will not be taking in any more recycling. A HUGE thank you to our “Recycling Fairy” Emma Farebrother for all her work in collecting and delivering the recycling for us over the years!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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