Newsletter 28 – 7th April 2017

Dear Parents

Today is the last day of term and we all return to school on Monday 24th April.

We wish everyone in our community a very happy and blessed Easter!

Sharing Assembly Well done to the winners of our Bake Off and to everyone who took part – what wonderful entries there were this year! Our thanks go to Mrs Wilding and Mrs Pike who judged the Bake Off so efficiently and fairly, and to our PFA for organising this exciting event. Well done, also, to the Year 3 choir who performed so beautifully today at Sharing Assembly.

Easter Service Thank you to Rev Andrew Sinclair and Steve Dewar for leading our service in the local church this morning. It was also good to meet the new vicar for the Lavington Benefice, Rev Marion Harrison, and we look forward to working as closely with her as we do with all our clergy.

Through the strong Christian ethos of our school, and our deep commitment to Christian values, we are able to provide our children with the very best education possible. The values of Compassion, Courage, Aspiration and Joy are at the very heart of all we do here, and ensure that children thrive and do the best they can across all areas.

Leading Collective Worship Nearly half of the children in the school have volunteered to lead collective worship through the summer term. To do this, they have to have a team which works well together, they have to decide on a theme (usually something to do with one of the school values) and a Bible story that underpins the theme. They have to rehearse the presentation to ensure that it is engaging for their peers. We are very proud of our Y6 Collective Worship leaders who take responsibility for helping the younger children with their preparations for leading worship. Parents are welcome to attend collective worship which takes place at 10.00am every day except Friday (when we have Sharing instead at 2.15pm).

James Townsend Educational Trust Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of this local charity for the very generous donation towards upgrading the stock of books in our library. These donations are going to be increasingly valuable to us as we struggle with the reduced funding from the government and we are tremendously grateful for the generosity of local donors.

Talk on Farming We had a wonderful talk on farming given by local farmer, Emily Pepler, this week. The children found out about the different types of cattle feed and crops and heard about some of the complexities of harvesting. As we watch the farming year unroll in front of us in our beautiful rural school, it is very interesting to learn a bit more about what is actually going on in the different seasons. We hope to be able to invite Emily back again after the harvest to talk to us a bit more about that. We are always very grateful when members of our local community give so generously of their time to help enrich the children’s experience.

Reading to your children Thank you to all those families where reading to children is a well-established routine in the home. Research shows that children who have books read to them do better at school in all areas, not just reading and writing. It is recommended that parents continue to read to children who are already good readers – right up until early teenage years – since this continues to have positive impact on their outcomes. Chatting together about a book that you are sharing is a very special thing to do.

Road Safety Please make sure that your children are holding your hand as you approach the crossing outside school. Accidents can happen so quickly, drivers often cannot see the smaller children and it is imperative that children are under close adult supervision at all times when they are near a road, especially when visibility is compromised with cars parked near the crossing.

Vouchers We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for schools – please drop them off at the office if you have any.

Lavington Road Show The Headteacher of Lavington will be here at our school on Monday 15th May at 3.00pm to give a short presentation on what Lavington has to offer – this is aimed at children in Year 5 and younger, so that parents have some idea of what is available as they start to make decisions about where their children will go for secondary school.

Pick up after school Recently we have had lots of children being picked up late – please make sure that you are prompt to pick your child up as the staff have other meetings and extensive duties to attend to after school. It is a good idea to check with your child’s after school club providers to ensure that you know which dates the clubs start and finish. Often clubs run for fewer weeks than the full term.

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.

Play Volleyball If your child would like to take part in training sessions for volleyball, please contact Matt Stevens (Head coach) on 07843584696. Training sessions are held in Lavington School sports hall. Sessions are held monthly and the next session is on Sunday 7th May between 1.00pm and 4.30pm. Each session costs £4 and all sessions are led by experienced coaches. Just bring along your water bottle, and wear sports clothes with trainers.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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


Congratulations to the “Holy Trinity Bake Off” winners to be announced in today’s Sharing Assembly. At time of writing the two winners of the chef hats and aprons have yet to be decided. Carla Dudman successfully produces this popular event and Mrs Wilding & Marie Pike carve their role as celebrity judges by tasting each and every entry! Centre stage are all the children who enter their wonderful and creative baking – well done to you all!

Congratulations too to the winners of the chocolate Easter Bunnies donated by Jane Gibbons. Your raffle tickets go a long way towards raising funds for the PFA, thank-you!

Our resident Easter Bunny was seen out and about in Trowbridge yesterday as part of her own fundraising initiative for the PFA and Dorothy House. Of course, she made it back in time to hand out Easter treats to the children after Sharing.

With all this Easter excitement there is very little space left to fill you in on Tuesday’s PFA meeting. Lots to report back, including two exciting new events and updated fundraising objectives. We’ll be emailing minutes soon and will keep you updated.

Finally, 146kgs of Fabric Recycle was collected by Emma Farebrother on Monday! Next collection for your Easter clear-out is Monday, May 8.

Have the most wonderful Easter break, from the PFA Team

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