Newsletter 3 – 21st September 2018

Dear Parents

Grinding our wheat Using a real, 2000 year old quern stone provided by Devizes Museum, we have started to mill our wheat by hand. It is proving a longer job than we had first expected! It becomes clear why wind and watermills quickly became commonplace. However, we hope to complete the work by next week. And we hope to have a loaf of bread ready for our harvest display.

Calendar available online We have planned some of the regular significant school events in advance for the whole year – including the Christmas Plays, Summer Music Concert, Year 3/4  plays, Sports Day, Parent/Teacher meetings and so on. The school calendar has been published on our website and can be found at . There will be many other events as the year progresses so keep an eye on the newsletter and other letters from the school.

Reading Workshop We encourage all families to send a representative to our reading workshop on Tuesday 2nd October, starting at 2.20pm. At this event we shall help you to find ways of supporting your child’s comprehension of their reading by asking them penetrating questions about what they have read. They will use the skills of inference and deduction to arrive at an answer. After a short workshop in the hall, we will give you the opportunity to take part in shared reading with your child.

Children need to learn to “Decode” each word, of course, but more importantly, they need to understand what they have read. If your child brings home a book that is too difficult for them to read, then you can read it to them, asking them to read short passages, or to find words or letters that they are familiar with. Then ask them questions about what you have read. If they bring home a book that is very easy, that is also absolutely fine. Let them read it easily and with enjoyment and then discuss the text and the pictures, making sure that you explore nuance and hidden meanings. Your child is free to bring home any book from the library that takes their fancy. (Please help us by ensuring the books get brought back again.) We want children to love reading, and to enjoy books.

Harvest service and assembly We will be walking down to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell on Thursday 27th September – anyone is welcome to walk down with us and enjoy the little service. We will leave the school at about 9.10am and hope to arrive at the church about 9.30am. Our Harvest Assembly will be held on Friday 28th September at 2.15pm (usual Sharing Assembly, with a Harvest theme).

Donations for Harvest At this time of year, we always hold a collection for the Devizes Foodbank which supports the surprisingly large number of families that find themselves in a suddenly desperate situation.  If you would like to contribute, you can bring your donations into the office from Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September. Please ensure that your food donations are non-perishable and have a minimum of 4 months until the best before date. The following items are particularly needed:



E Safety We remind parents once again about supporting their children to stay safe on line. Children should never be left to do research on their own – innocent searches can lead to very dangerous situations or unsuitable material being viewed. Parents need to keep talking to their children about online safety and must monitor and control their children’s access to the internet. Any game or toy that is “Smart” or has access to the internet can pose a danger to your child. Children must know that they must never give away their personal information online – name, address, school etc.

Times for Residential Trip to Hooke Court Please note that the times for drop off and pick up were published incorrectly last week. The correct timings are: Drop off at school 8.30am on Tuesday 23rd October and pick up at school Wednesday 4.15pm on 24th October.

Data Protection and data sharing Please note that school records are transferred to the receiving school when a child moves to a new school. The data shared includes information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), academic progress, attendance, and safeguarding and child protection. The school Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy is available on .

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Forms are available in the office. Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 27th September Harvest Service at church 9.30am – children to walk down, all welcome
Friday 28th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm
Tuesday 2nd October Reading Workshop for parents 2.20pm
Wednesday 10th October All children to visit Hindu temple School day – please bring packed lunch
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm


Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 2.15 pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Friday 28th September at 2.15 pm – HARVEST ASSEMBLY: Help in setting-up a display of food donations before the assembly (from 1.15pm) would be much appreciated. Some helpers to quickly pack away the food donations after the assembly would be great too.

Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm – PFA MEETING at The Bell in Great Cheverell – This will be our first meeting of the school year and also our AGM! We would love to see as many parents and carers there as possible – everyone is very welcome! If you are new to the school we would love to meet you! All we do is for the benefit of the children and any involvement, big or small, is very much welcomed.

Many thanks,

Your PFA Team

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