Newsletter 3 – 18th September 2015

Dear Parents

 Recruiting New Governors      

We have four vacancies coming up on our governing body. There will be vacancies for two Parent Governors and vacancies for two Foundation Governors.

  • Parent Governors should be parents of children currently in our school, and are elected by the parents themselves. If we only receive two nominations for the posts, both will automatically be elected. If there are more than two, then we will hold elections and go out to parents for voting through a secret ballot.
  • Foundation Governors should be practising Christians and, whilst carrying out all other governors’ duties, have an especially important role in ensuring that the Christian ethos and Christian values of the school are upheld and are at the heart of all we do here. This is because our school has a Church of England foundation.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please come and have a chat with the headteacher or with any other governors – we can discuss what is involved and how to set about applying. You are able to nominate yourself for these vacancies. If you want to nominate someone else, please ensure that they are willing for you to do so. The parents will then elect someone from the nominated candidates (unless there are only two nominations) and the Foundation Governors will be appointed from the nominated candidates by our Board of Trustees.

What does a governor do? Briefly, Governors contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children our school by:

  • Setting the school’s Christian vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Website The newsletter is always posted on our website and photos are posted in the web page gallery regularly. All our policies, the curriculum and many other interesting items to do with the school are available – do click into the website and have a look. We also have a Facebook page – feel free to “Like” us! Photos and messages are posted there as well.

Harvest Assembly takes place on Friday 2nd October at 2.15pm. Donations of non- perishable items can be brought in to school from the week commencing 28th September. Our donations always go to the Devizes Foodbank (run by the Trussell Trust) – see their website at ). Here is a list of items that they particularly need: Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Long life fruit juice, Tins of Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tin), Tinned Tomatoes, Breakfast cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags, Jar of instant coffee, Instant mash potato 500gms , Rice 500gms, Pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jar of Jam, Packets of biscuits, Snacks. Please ensure that all items are still in date. Many families in desperate situations are helped by this foodbank.

Parent Portal Please take a moment to register on the parent portal – there is a link from the school website. Letters home and lunch menus have been recently uploaded to the portal, and in the summer term your child’s report will be uploaded for viewing.

Safety in the car park Children are complaining to us that some of their peers are not behaving sensibly or safely in the car park across the road from the school. They tell us that the scooters in particular are causing problems, being ridden carelessly and dangerously. We ask that you keep your child under your close supervision at all times – we do not want any child to be hurt either by a car which did not see the scooter rider, or by the scooters themselves. Some children do not see the safety issues when they are engaged with a game.


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

  • Thursday 24th September 2015                    Meeting for all parents of children in Year 3 & 4 about residential trip to Braeside                                                          5.00pm
  • Monday 28th September 2015                      Stonehenge visit to Edington Farm Shop
  • Friday 2nd October 2015                                 Harvest Assembly                                                                             2.15pm
  • Monday 12th October 2015                           Individual photos of each child                                                  
  • Tuesday 13th October                                    Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 & 6 about residential trip to Forest of Dean                                                                5.00pm
  • Tuesday 20th – Wednesday 21st October  Braeside residential trip for children in Year 3 & Year 4
  • Wednesday 21st October                               Last day of the half termTuesday
  • Monday 2nd November                                   Children back to school
  • 10th November                                               Parent/teacher meetings                                                                                      3.15pm – 6.00pm
  • Thursday  12th November                              Parent/teacher meetings                                                          5.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Friday 13th November                                     Choir at Eisteddfod  
  • Thursday 19th November                               Sarum class trip to  
  •                                                                      @Bristol                             
  • Friday 4th December                                     Whole school to Pantomime in Salisbury    
  • Tuesday 8th December                                    Carol Concert – handbells, choir, community singing          5.00pm
  • Monday 14th December                                Christmas plays                                                                                                         KS1 10.00am      KS2 1.00pm
  • Tues 15th & Wed 16th December                 Christmas plays                                                                                                        KS1  5.00pm       KS2 6.30pm
  • Thursday 17th December                Carol Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell                                                                      9.30am 
  • Friday 18th December                                     Last day of term  


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


The AGM is on Wednesday 30th September at 6pm in the school hall. All are welcome and needed! Your support is crucial!










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