Newsletter 3 – 16th Sept 2011

Dear Parents

Parents’ Class Meetings Thank you to all who came to these meetings – part of what makes our school outstanding is the huge parental support we have here. Please do not hesitate to make contact with the school if you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s learning or welfare, or if you have suggestions to offer. You are the first teachers and the best teachers of your children – and your child’s outcomes are best when school and parents collaborate.

Website All the important school dates have been published on our website on the Google Calendar. We also publish photos of interesting events in school regularly, we update the class pages (to be found under The School tab), policies and lists of staff and governors are available, resources to do learning at home are on the site, newsletters are posted every week and many other interesting facts and features of our school can be found on the site. Do make use of this resource – it has been updated and can be accessed successfully through your mobile or iPad.

TD Days  I have been asked to give out the TD days again for the coming year. They are as follows:

Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Friday 4th May 2012

Monday 11th June 2012

Monday 23rd July 2012

If you need to find out about school holidays for the coming year and the year after that, they can be accessed at

TD dates for 2012-2013 will be set in June/July 2012 when we know what our development needs for the coming year will be.

Guitar Lessons Unfortunately Peter Assirati is not able to continue to offer guitar lessons in school but I am glad to say that he has found a replacement, Mrs Marilyn Barbey, who will start to teach guitar lessons in our school on Wednesdays, starting this coming Wednesday 21st September. If you have put your child’s name down for guitar lessons, please ensure that their guitar comes into school on that day. I also ask that you ensure it goes home again the same day – sometimes we have up to 12 guitars left in school and it is unmanageable because space is so limited! Children do need to practice their instrument regularly if they are to make progress – so the guitar needs to be at home.

School led clubs Permission letters for clubs will be sent out with this newsletter. Most clubs are for children in KS2 because the younger children are usually very tired by the end of the school day and when we have tried to set up KS1 clubs, they have failed due to lack of support. Please sign the permission slip for the club/s that your child is interested in. We do appeal to parents to be prompt in picking children up after clubs since teachers have a lot to do before the following day’s teaching.  

Children in our school  Governors have asked me to publish the following data about the areas that we draw children from. These data show clearly that without our “Out of Catchment” children, our school would be facing closure. We are not allowed to hold or reserve places for children in the designated area.

Village Number of children Rough Percentage of children
Great Cheverell 41 29%
Little Cheverell 5 4%
Erlestoke 19 13%
Coulston 2 1%
Potterne 18 13%
West Lavington 11 8%
Edington 10 7%
Bratton 6 4%
Market Lavington 5 4%
Steeple Ashton 5 4%
Tilshead 5 4%
Worton and Marston 5 4%
Devizes 4 3%
Melksham 2 1%
Westbury 1 1%
Poulshot 1 1%
In designated area 67 47%


Bike & Buggy bring & buy sale will be held on Saturday 24th September in West Lavington Village Hall. Sellers are welcome from 9am to 10.30am and the sale will start at 10.30 until 12pm. 25% of the proceeds go to All Saints Church,West Lavington. For further details, please ring 01380 816133.

Panto auditions will take place at 11am in Great Cheverell  Pavilion on Saturday 17th September. This year the production is called The Snobbit!

Electronic Mail Please contact the school office with your e-mail address if you would like to receive the newsletter and/or lunch menus electronically.

Recycling ink cartridges and mobile phones There is now a collection box for toner and ink cartridges and mobile phones near the office. No toner bottles, ribbons or Epson ink jet cartridges. Empty ink cartridges will need to be packaged in a protective bag and mobiles similarly along with their battery. We will receive funds for the school as a result of our recycling so would encourage you to take part if you can.

Best wishes

M Henning


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