Newsletter 3 – 22nd September 2017

Dear Parents

Harvest Donations Please bring in your non-perishable donations for the Devizes Foodbank during next week (in date, please). Their food parcels helped over 1,500 people in crisis last year – people who faced real food poverty for one reason or another. At the moment the Food Bank is especially short of:


Harvest service will be held at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell on Friday 29th September at 9.30am – do come long if you can. And our usual Sharing Assembly will have a Harvest theme on that Friday.

Reading Comprehension Workshop Thank you to all who came along to find out how we help children to “Unpick” and understand the texts that they are reading. It is vital that children read with good comprehension – decoding at speed and reading fluently is pointless if they do not understand what they have read!

  • If your child brings home a book that is too hard for them to read, then enjoy it and read it to them yourself, asking them to read occasional words that are within their ability, to spot letters and sounds that they are familiar with and to answer the deep questions that you will ask of them, using skills of inference and deduction.
  • If your child brings home a book that is too easy for them – that is absolutely fine! Let them read it effortlessly (and what a great feeling that is!) and get them to answer your deep questions. They will probably get a lot more out of this exercise than they will out of struggling to read a book that is at the edge of their learning.
  • In school, we will, of course, be levelling children in their reading and will be keeping them reading at the very edge of their learning, pushing them to more advanced texts as we teach them. But this is not the job of reading homework. Reading homework is all about enjoying reading. Research shows that children who enjoy reading do better in GCSEs (across all subjects, including maths) and go on to do better in later life, showing more empathy and understanding than those who don’t enjoy reading.

Holiday Club In a change from previous years, our holiday club providers, SuperStars, have offered to run holiday club activities at our school through the October half term break in addition to their other weeks. The Club will run through the whole half term, from Thursday 19th October to Friday 27th October.  Forms are available at the office or you can book online through their website,

School Dinners A plea that you will check with your children before ordering their hot dinners through Lataca – too often children are faced with a dinner that they don’t particularly like if it was ordered without their agreement. Occasionally we are able to offer them something else, if there is sufficient extra food available, but this is not always possible. (If you would prefer that we never offer your child an alternative meal, please let the office know.) If your child has chosen their own meal, perhaps they will be more likely to eat it!

PFA Our sincere thanks to the PFA for all their hard work to organise the very exciting outdoor cinema event. 6.00pm tonight! Bring chairs and warm clothes – and enough money to have fun. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not park in Witchcombe Close, or anywhere that might cause problems for our neighbours.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 29th September Harvest Service at church – 9.30am

Harvest Assembly – 2.15pm

Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Today is the day! Tonight is the night of the Family Outdoor Cinema on the school field! Good weather promised too! Entrance is £2.50 per person and under 3s are free.

A reminder about timings: Arrivals start from 6pm for BBQ, refreshments, popcorn, cake and hot chocolate. Best to time your last arrivals by 7pm as the film, Moana, may start anytime between 7 and 7.30pm, depending on dusk conditions.

Car Craft Competition: If your child wants to take part in the ‘Car Craft Competition’, please ensure their cardboard car is set up in front of the cinema screen by 6.30pm to by judged by Kytes Garage. Harriet will be helping to co-ordinate this ahead of the film screening.

Cake and Biscuit donations: Please bring your baking to the Art Centre ahead of the event. Remember to attach your name, telephone number and a note to confirm that your baking is NUT-FREE.  Lisa and Julie are running this stall so feel free to approach them with any questions. Thank-you!!!

Parking: Please be respectful to our Holy Trinity neighbours when it comes to parking for the event. Same discretions apply as to a normal school day. We’ve had concern from one nearby resident who was apparently blocked in by a car parked across their driveway during a previous event.

HAVE FUN!: We can’t wait to see you all there for what is a very unique and wonderful event as the Holy Trinity Community. Bring a warm blankie and cushion!!

From a very excited PFA Team!

(P.S. Don’t forget to diarise the PFA AGM, next Friday, Sept. 29, from 13:30)

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