Newsletter 3 – 19th September 2014

Dear Parents

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) We have been very pleased with the way in which this initiative has been rolled out so successfully in our school. I would like to thank our lunch time team of MDSAs and the catering team for ensuring that we were well prepared and that lunch time continues to be a well ordered, calm and enjoyable part of the school day. In addition to enjoying our food, we work hard on table manners, being polite to each other, engaging in good conversation with others at the table and helping the younger children so that important life skills are learnt at lunch time as they are through the whole school day.

White Horse Class Mrs Mehaffy has asked me to notify you that her class will be inviting all parents to an afternoon in school as part of their theme on “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. You will be able to sample sandwiches made by the children and enjoy sharing some of the work they have done through the year. In case you need to book the date ahead of time, this exciting event will take place on Friday 12th December from 1.30 pm – 2.15 pm.

Links with Great Cheverell Parish Council As part of our work to build good links with the local community, we are running a competition in collaboration with Great Cheverell Parish Council. Children have been asked to create a piece of art work on (broadly) the theme of St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell. Of course, this is art, so the children can take the inspiration from any aspect of the stimulus and present it in any form they like. Judges from the Parish Council will make their decision on the prize winners on Friday 26th September. There will be a winner in each year group (except the Foundation Stage who are not taking part in this event since they have only just started school!).  

Important Dates Please note that important dates have been posted on the Google Calendar on our website – follow this link:

Harvest Assembly:                                                          Friday 3rd October 2.15pm

Forest of Dean Residential meeting (Y5 and 6): Tuesday 14th October 5.00pm

Oxenwood residential meeting (Y3 and 4):           Wednesday 15th October 5.00pm

Last day of term:                                                              Wednesday 22nd October

Back to school:                                                                  Monday 3rd November

Parent- teacher meetings:                                           Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November

TD Day:                                                                                 Friday 28th November

Carol Concert:                                                                   Wednesday 10th December 6.00pm

Christmas Plays:                                                               Monday 15th December KS1 10.00am, KS2 1.30pm

                                                                                                Tuesday 16th December KS1 5.00pm, KS2 6.30pm

                                                                                                Wednesday 17th December KS1 5.00pm, KS2 6.30pm

Carol Service:                                                                     Thursday 18th December 9.30am

Christmas Party:                                                               Thursday 18th December 12.00pm- 3.00pm

Last day of term and Christmas dinner:                  Friday 19th December

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 3rd October at 2.15pm. Donations of non- perishable items can be brought in to school from the week commencing 29th 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. 

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1300 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children and also will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding. 

Please do not hesitate to come and talk to us if you think you might be eligible. All work on this is done in the very strictest confidence.

Census Day We will receive funding from the Government for the Universal Infant Free School Meals based on the number of Infant children who claim their free school meal on Thursday 2nd October. We would therefore be very grateful if you would order a meal for your child on that day, even if it is not something you do regularly or if it is a meal they do not particularly enjoy. If you don’t, the school will get no funding for your child’s free school meals for the entire year! It would help us enormously if as many Infant children as possible ordered a meal on this day.

Secondary School places Application forms have gone home with our year 6 children to apply for their secondary school place – please note that the deadline is 31st October 2014.

Primary School places We have application forms in school for children who will be four years old before September 2015. The deadline for these applications is 15th January 2015.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon – Please come along to the world’s biggest coffee afternoon on Friday 26th September from 2pm-4.30pm at The Pavilion, Great Cheverell. Everyone is welcome to join us for tea, coffee and some delicious cake to raise funds in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support.


AGM Please make a note in your diary that the Annual General Meeting will be held in school at 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd October.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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