Newsletter 3 – 20th September 2019

Dear Parents

The Diversity Project

We aim to give our children as much rich experience of engaging with people from other cultural and religious backgrounds as possible.  Our Diversity Project will run through this year, and will give children the opportunity to experience aspects of other cultures via a programme of visits and workshops. Earlier in the year, we successfully applied for funding from the Wiltshire and Swindon Cultural Education Partnership to help with our work on this area of learning.

Over the academic year we will work with Salisbury Museum, who are already fantastic learning partners of ours, to look at the impact of the Romans and then the Normans on Britain. We will visit a mosque in Swindon to learn more about Islam. We will have a visit from an African education group and a Bollywood dancing expert and we will also hear from Syrian refugees living in this country about their experiences.  All the activities are age appropriate and all the providers are experienced at working with children.  If you have anything in your family or history that you think would be relevant to our project, and that you would like to share, please do get in touch with us.

I am very grateful to Mrs Jones who has spearheaded this project, has successfully bid for the grant and has organised the workshops and visits that will comprise the experience. Both children and adults will be enriched by finding out more about the wonderful, diverse and exciting culture that is Britain.

Reading and Maths afternoon for parents On Tuesday 15th October at 2.00pm we shall be running a little workshop for parents to give some ideas on how to ensure that their children have a good comprehension of text as they read together, and also some ideas for using maths in day-to-day life. Please do come along to this event. Supporting your child at home is a really effective way to help them make good progress. The final part of the workshop will involve sitting in your child’s classroom for ten minutes or so, listening to them read and enjoying the classroom experience.

Suggested books for children If you are interested in providing a range of books for your child to read, there are a number of lists and websites which will help you select good reading material.  has some great ideas for books for children age 3 – 11, and they update the site regularly. Please be aware that children do not have to tackle a weighty book if they are reluctant readers – they can read picture books, magazines and comics, instructions for building lego models, blogs, recipes, the back of cereal boxes! Anything at all! If your child does not enjoy reading books, encourage them to read adverts, captions on pictures, road signs – as long as they are reading, they are getting better at reading. Then, if you read to them regularly, they will gradually come to love reading and will wish to tackle more challenging texts themselves.

We are considering having a book swap in school now and again. Any books your child has finished with could be brought in and put on a table, then your child could take home some books that are new to them from the collection there. If you feel this might be a good idea, please let us know.

Volunteers’ Update Everyone who volunteers to help in our school must have an update on safeguarding children, on health and safety and on data protection. We will run the update for volunteers on Thursday 3rd October at 2.30pm in the Art Centre.

Gardening Club Sadly, we no longer have a gardening club operating at our school since no one came forward to lead it. If you are interested in taking this on, please contact us. Our very sincere thanks to Liz Read who has done such an amazing job of leading the club for so many years.

Secondary School – If your child is transferring to secondary school in September 2020 then apply for a place online at The deadline is midnight on 31 October 2019.

E-Safety Karl Hopwood, who is an online safety expert, will be here at our school on Monday 21st October at 5.00pm to deliver a presentation on what you can do to help your child stay safe online. Please do put this date in your diary and try to have at least one representative from your family attend this event.

Consultation We are consulting on our Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education policy. Please find them on our website under Information for Parents -> Consultations or follow this link: or ask for a hard copy at the office. If you have any comments to make, please send them into the school in writing by Friday 4th October so that Governors can take your views into account as they determine the final policy.

Recorders There are no recorder lessons on the 27th Sept & 4th October as Mrs Jenkins is involved with the Westbury Music Festival.

Old School Nursery To celebrate Old School Nursery, Great Cheverell joining the South Hills group they are participating in Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Please pop in anytime between 9.30-11.30 on Friday 27th September to meet the new and existing members of the team, have a look around and enjoy a coffee and cake. They would love to meet friends, family and community members. This invitation comes from the South Hills team with whom our school works very closely.

World Food Lunch  On Sunday 29th September from 12.30pm at the Corn Exchange, local residents in Devizes who come from different countries will be inviting you to sample food from their culture. It is lovely for children to enjoy the rich and diverse society we live in, so if you are in the area, do go along and have some fun with food tasting.

Harvest Festival Service in Edington Priory Church at 11am on Sunday 22nd September 2019, followed by a bring and share lunch. All are welcome to this lovely celebration – the more the merrier!

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. in the coming week)
Thursday 26th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 27th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Thursday 3rd October Update and briefing for all volunteers in school 2.30pm
Friday 11th October Individual photos will be taken
Tuesday 15th October Workshop for parents on reading and maths 2.00pm in school hall, then classrooms
Monday 21st October Online Safety Expert, Karl Hopwood’s presentation to parents – please come! 5.00pm in school hall
Tuesday 22nd October  Wednesday 23rd October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.15am drop off on 22nd  October

5pm pick up on 23rd October

Wednesday 23rd  October Last day of term
Monday 4th November Children back to school
Monday 11th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm



Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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