Newsletter 29 – 7th May 2021

Dear Parents

Dinner Lady Vacancy Sadly, Mrs Hiscock will not be working as our Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) from June. We thank her for all her amazing work looking after our children at lunch times and wish her well in her future career.

We have, therefore, a vacancy for an MDSA at our school to start in June or as soon as possible after that. The role involves looking after the children each day at lunchtimes as they eat their lunches, helping them if they need support, setting up and putting away dining equipment, wiping tables and cleaning the area, dealing with minor injuries, and supervising playtimes, encouraging children to be active at lunchtime play, dealing with minor issues that occur during playtime, and ensuring everyone is safe, cared for and happy at their lunch break.

Children will usually have a 50 minute lunch break, half of which is spent eating lunch and the other half outside playing. The MDSA role will be paid for an hour a day plus an extra ten minutes a week for staff meetings. There is a good pension fund and holiday pay.  You will be part of a very warm and welcoming team, with lots of support and a sense of joy in our work.

The pay grade is Grade B, scale point 1 which is paid at £9.25 an hour. You will work for 38 weeks of the year, which is term time only, but you will be paid for 43.6 weeks of year to include holiday pay. The pay is divided equally over 12 months so you will have a salary every month of the year. Following a successful probation period, the post will become permanent.

If you would like to apply for the post, please contact the office, or complete the application form on our website. The full job description and person specification is available on our website or from the office. Applications to be received by Friday 21st May, please, with an interview date to be set in the following week. Please do contact the school if you would like to discuss this further – 01380 813796

Pyjamarama Day – Friday 14th May Wear your pyjamas to school! Please see the poster attached to the newsletter email for more details – this also went home as a hard copy. 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! If you would like to send in a small donation, that will go to help children who have very poor access to books.

If your child does not want to wear their pyjamas to school, that is completely fine of course. They should come to school in their uniform as usual. No pressure.

Reading We encourage all our families to continue to read with their children, even when they are in Year 6 (and beyond!). Children who are read to by good readers show higher outcomes not just in literacy areas but also, interestingly, in maths at GCSE. Hearing the written word read aloud is a powerful learning tool and it is a lovely family activity, especially as the children get older and you can start to read “Chapter” books which everyone can listen to and enjoy. We want our children to love reading and love books, blogs, magazines – anything at all that encourages them to appreciate reading.

Families leaving our school As we prepare for our Admissions Panel at the beginning of June, we ask that if you are going to remove your child from our school at the end of this academic year, you let us know by the end of this half term. We have many families who would like to transfer their children into our school and we need to know how many places may be available to offer for the coming academic year 2021-22.

Class Splits At this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that we do the very best for each one.

If your child is moving into Year 1, Year 4 or Year 5, they will be in a split group. However, they will continue to follow the Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, whichever classroom they are in. Our analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of which classroom they are in.

Policies and Privacy Notice Please follow this link to read our school policies and the Privacy Notice which tells you how we use your data.

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.

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.
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 for sale!

There will be a sweet sale in aid of the PFA after school on Friday the 14th of May – Pyjamarama day! All sweet bags will be £1- please bring correct money to put into the collection buckets. We will be over the road from school and will have several tables dotted around to aid social distancing.

Circus Skills day
As we won’t be having a Summer Fayre this year, it was decided at the last PFA meeting that we would fund a fun activity to take place during the school day. We are pleased to confirm that the children will all be taking part in a circus skills workshop on 22nd June. Further details nearer the time.

School uniform and Christmas jumpers
Many thanks to those who have donated school uniform, as the PFA were able to sell great quality items to new parents at the recent visit to school. Please put your bagged donation into the blue lidded wheelie bins in the staff carpark. We are also accepting Christmas jumpers for sale later in the year. All funds from school uniform goes to the PFA and is spent on fun activities and resources for your children.

Plastics recycling
Thanks to those who brought pens, bread bags and pill packets for the recycling collection, and many thanks to the parents who have organised this.

Best wishes, your PFA

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