Newsletter 29 – 28th April 2017

Dear Parents

Charity Afternoon We regularly have children who ask if they can raise funds for a charity that is special to them. Rather than having little events across the year, we offer everyone the chance to form a team, set up an event and run the event on the same afternoon – called the Charity Afternoon. So the hall will be set up with 12 tables or “pitches” and 12 teams of children will set up and run their activity after lunch. This year, the Charity Afternoon will be held on Wednesday 17th May. Several of you will have been approached by children to be their “Responsible Adult” who will support them with the preparations, be with them on the day, and send the money off on their behalf to the charity. We ask that a copy of the charity’s response is given to the school for our records.

Only children attend this event, so on the 17th May you might like to send your child into school with a pound or two safely in an envelope marked with your child’s name so that they can spend it on the activities on offer. There are lots of great ideas from our teams, including tombola, lucky dip, decorating biscuits, name the teddy, raffle, cup challenges and more.

This event gives children the opportunity to practice being young entrepreneurs, to work as a team, to find out how to deal with customers and to respond to those in need. It is always a lovely afternoon with lots of learning and fun. We are very grateful to all the adults who have so generously offered to support the children with this project. Because space is limited, pitches were given to the first 12 teams who returned their forms, completed and with an adult’s signature. Other opportunities will arise for those who missed out this year.

Summer Blues At this time of year, we notice that people are 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 we notice every year through the summer terms. 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.

Residential trips Children in Years 5 and 6 will be going on their residential trip to the Forest of Dean on 24th May – 26th May. These trips not only provide the children with the opportunity to engage in adventurous activities such as climbing, caving, zip wire and problem solving outdoors, but also help them to develop team work skills, to grow in independence and perseverance and to have fun without any modern entertainment centres. Parents need to make sure that they have the kit list and that all medicines have the correct paper work completed and are handed in to staff. We are very grateful to our staff who are prepared to lead these trips – it is a huge responsibility and is very exhausting for them, and goes well above and beyond the call of duty.

Dauntsey’s School We are very fortunate to be part of the outreach provided by Dauntsey’s School to local primaries. As well as weekly sports coaching sessions for Silbury class, Dauntsey’s also provides our Year 6 children with the opportunity to do some great design work in their design and technology suite in the last half term. We borrow our stage lighting from Dauntsey’s each year for our performances, and they are very generous about allowing us to use their minibuses if we need them. We are very grateful for the extra opportunities for enrichment provided by this outreach.

Applications to our school We have a large number of applications for places in our school for September 2017. In order to make sure that we offer enough places to keep our number on roll at a financially sustainable level, we would be very grateful if you could let us know before the end of May if you are planning to move your child out of our school for the academic year 2017 – 18. Whilst it could be that your plans are not yet far enough advanced for you to be sure whether you will be moving or not, it would also help us if you could suggest that there is a possibility of moving. This will help with our forward planning.

Healthy Me Wiltshire Local Authority runs a fun family programme on how to stay healthy, where children take part in activities and parents take part in sessions on healthy eating and activity levels. If you are interested in this course, please email Sessions are all free.

Last day of half term is Friday 26th May. Do not forget that Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June are TD days and we all come back to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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 morning3.30pm 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
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
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


Hard to believe that Easter has been and gone already. Congratulations again to Bake Off winners Freddie Pickford and Matt Moore for their very creative, skilful and tasty creations! Special mentions also went to Jacob Genner, Lauren Pocock and Liberty and Saffron Le Flem for their Key Stage groups. Well done!

More congratulations to ALL who entered the Bake Off – your hard work most definitely ‘paid off’. Together, you helped raise just over £190 in the Bake Off Cake Sale! Awesome! Many thanks to a great team of Mums and Siblings who manned this very busy event! (Any missing cake containers ought to be in the entrance of the art centre.)

Thank-you too to Jane Gibbons who donated the Chocolate Easter Bunny raffle, raising £84.  Also to our ‘anonymous’ life-size Bunny, who went to work in Trowbridge and raised £120 to be split between the PFA and Dorothy House.

We have a lot more exciting events being planned including a possible Bingo or Quiz Night, perhaps an Outdoor Cinema and of course the Summer Fayre is on July 7!

In the meantime, next Fabric recycle is Monday, May 8 and Jane’s Summer ‘Friday Tuck Shop’ is due to start again on May 5.

Lots of forthcoming changes within the PFA to share with you next week as well as updated fundraising initiatives.

Until then, have a lovely bank holiday Monday, from the PFA Team.

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