Newsletter 28 – 30th April 2021

Dear Parents

                Bank Holiday Please remember that Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday.

PFA Once again, we extend our sincere thanks to the amazing work of our Parents and Friends Association, the charity that raises funds and provides great enrichment for the benefit of our children. Maxine Knox has led her team through a very complex year most effectively and we are very grateful to her, Liz Read and Kevin Cleveley who have driven so much of the work through these turbulent times. Both Maxine and Kevin are stepping down, and we are looking for a new Chair of the PFA.  Please do consider stepping up to this role if you can. We would like to offer special thanks to Maxine for her leadership this year, and to Kevin who has been treasurer for so many years.

We are also grateful to all the other members of the PFA who have actively organised and run so many amazing activities for our children and who have raised funds even when it has been very challenging. If you have not yet got involved, please do! It is a great way to make new friends and support our children.

And our very special thanks go to the PFA for their invaluable role in welcoming new families to our school – their outreach has really helped new members of our community to feel at home straight away and this is such an important role in our warm and wonderful school.

School Trophies If someone in your family received one of our floating trophies for outstanding achievement last year, please would you send the trophy back into school so that we can get them ready for this year? And if you know of any other families who may no longer receive our newsletter because they have moved into Year 7, would you remind them to return the trophies as well?

We have about ten trophies which are given out at our annual Leavers’ Assembly at the end of the summer term. They include one or two for academic achievement and then lots of awards for music, the arts, sport, friendship, and helpfulness.

Pyjamarama Day – Friday 14th May Wear your pyjamas to school! Please see the poster attached to the newsletter email for more details. Please make sure that your children are warm enough in their pyjamas (they will need their coats) and also that they have sensible shoes on – they will still be going out to play!

New children We are preparing to welcome the new cohort of Reception children to their induction events in the coming weeks. It is always a source of great excitement in our school – these new little ones will become part of the school family and we love getting to know them a bit over the summer. We will visit them at their nurseries, and find out a bit more about them. They will come to our school for a few afternoons to become familiar with our setting. Invitations to parents to come to our first meeting on 4th May at 5.00pm have been sent out. Mrs Woodman, our new headteacher elect, will be at this meeting to welcome parents, and will also visit the Old School Nursery which is our main feeder nursery, to meet the staff and children there as part of our transition work.

Bluebell Wood We are very fortunate to have a small area of woodland on our school property, called Bluebell Wood, and the bluebells are out at the moment! It is a beautiful sight.

Gardening We are very grateful to Sarum and White Horse classes who are working hard gardening on our raised beds and other areas of the school grounds to ensure that we can grow our own fruit and vegetables, and enhance the appearance of our grounds with beautiful flowers and herbs.

Peripatetic Music At our school we offer peripatetic music lessons (for a fee) during the school day. We offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, recorder lessons, brass instrument lessons and ukulele lessons. If your child would like to take part in a music lesson, do approach the school office who can put you in touch with the music tutors. Some are running waiting lists but others still have some capacity. If your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium, the school will cover the cost of your child’s music lessons.

Your child will be eligible if your family gets any of the following: (Do let the office know)

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Sunhats and sunscreen Even though the weather is chilly, the sun is as damaging to young skin as it is in August, at this time of year. Please make sure your child has a sunhat and that you apply sun cream before they come to school. (We cannot apply it during the day.) Please write your child’s name on ALL items of clothing that come into school. At this time of the year, children throw off their jumpers, hats etc and we struggle to get them back to their owners if they are not labelled with the child’s name. Just writing the child’s initials on the manufacturer’s label is better than nothing.

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.

Bad Language in School We have dealt with several cases of children using bad language in school since we returned in March. This is not something we are used to at Holy Trinity and we will not allow it. Please help your children understand that bad language is entirely unacceptable and inappropriate at school.

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Friday 14th May Pyjamarama Day – all about books! Wear your pyjamas to school and bring a donation to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
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
Wednesday 7th July and Thursday 8th July Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid 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
Friday 16th July – Saturday 17th July Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the consent form
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

Sweets sale on 14th of May

The PFA will be selling sweets after school on Friday 14th of May.

Uniform please

We are looking for small sizes of uniform to offer for sale to new starters at visits next week. Please put bagged donations into the blue lidded wheelie bins in the staff carpark at school for collection, sorting and resale. Also, if you have any outgrown Christmas jumpers please donate these in the same way for resale nearer Christmas.

Thanks to Maxine and Kevin

At the PFA meeting on Tuesday Maxine and Kevin confirmed that they would not be carrying on in their roles as chair and treasurer of the Holy Trinity PFA from September. Sincere thanks go to Maxine and Kevin, they have given so much to the PFA and we are really grateful.

Happily we have had one person come forward to take on the role of Treasurer, but we have not yet had anyone come forward as Chair.

If you are interested in the role please express your interest to Liz Read, PFA Secretary on the email below to find out more.

Holy Trinity PFA

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