Newsletter 30 – 13th May 2016

Dear Parents

PFA Our heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful PFA who have put enormous efforts into a very challenging fundraising effort, and have raised the funds that they need to commission the outdoor classroom! This is a tremendously exciting project, initiated by the children a year ago. We are delighted that this classroom will be available for playing and learning on our beautiful field and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed so much to the work, especially Mrs Ackerman, Mrs Bell-Hosking, Mrs Pye and Mrs Le Flem who spearheaded the campaign. The work will start at the end of May and we hope that the children will be able to use it through most of the last half term of the summer.

SATS and other tests We are very proud of all our children who wrote assessments this week – as ever, they approached them with a great attitude, being aspirational, calm, focused and cheerful. They showed great courage and resilience when it was difficult, and gave of their very best. We can ask no more of them. My thanks to the governors who came into school to watch our procedures as we administered the compulsory, externally set and marked tests for children in Year 6. They were pleased to ratify that the tests are administered with the highest standard of integrity and that children are not stressed or disturbed by the tests.

Early indications are that our children will once again have done extremely well academically and we await the government thresholds which will allow us to gauge more precisely where children are working. They will be judged to be working at one of three standards:

  • Towards the standard expected for a child of their age (in other words, below the standard expected for a child of their age)
  • At the standard expected for a child of their age (this is where most children will be placed)
  • In greater depth of the standard for their age (in other words, doing better than most children their age)

As ever, we like to mention that these assessments test only a very narrow field of achievement, and our children achieve extremely well in so many other areas as well – spiritually, in sports, arts, friendship, teamwork, design, creativity, humanities, responsibility, and so many more. To become fulfilled and happy adults, they need to be achieving in all these areas, not just the academics, and we are very proud of all that they do in so many different ways.

Sarum class trip A reminder that Sarum class will be going to Devizes for the day on Wednesday 18th May to explore the town and to carry out research. Please remember to bring a packed lunch. Children must be wearing their school uniform.

Joint Event with Old School Nursery A reminder that children in Stonehenge class will be going to Old School Nursery on Wednesday 18th May for a fun morning – they need to bring a packed lunch to school on that day, and will need a waterproof jacket. This is part of our work to help transition of the new children who will start here in September and also to build links with the wider community.

Steam Museum Children in Stonehenge classroom will be visiting the Steam Museum in Swindon on Thursday 19th May – this will be a very special trip!

Music Concert On Tuesday 24th May, at 5.00pm, we will once again hold our annual music concert for all children who take music lessons in school. All recorder players, keyboard, guitar and ukulele players, all brass instrument musicians, handbells, singing choirs and children in year 3 will be invited to perform. This is always a wonderful event, showcasing some remarkable talent and giving everyone a chance to perform in public. Children do not have to wear uniform but must look smart and ready to perform in public in a concert.

Year 5 Taster Day at Lavington School. There are only a few spaces left on Tuesday 12th July. Please contact Lavington School directly to book your child a place.

Residential Trips   Children in Years 5 and 6 will be going to the Forest of Dean for their residential trip from Wednesday 25th May – Friday 27th May. Please make sure that any medication is handed directly to the teacher along with the correct form giving clear dispensing instructions on the Wednesday morning (prescription medication only, unless your child requires medication for travel sickness). The correct permission slip must be signed before we can dispense any medication. Bags must be small enough for children to carry by themselves and easy enough for children to pack at the end of the trip. No huge soft toys please! And no electrical equipment except a watch and a torch. There is plenty of food at the centres – no snacks are necessary.

Setting a good example We ask that parents always ensure that they treat each other with courtesy and respect, especially when children are nearby. It is a very poor example for children to see adults using bad language or arguing angrily with each other, especially in a public place such as a school playground.

Using a trampoline safely We have been asked to remind people that using a trampoline, whilst a great form of exercise, can cause injuries. Please make sure that there is only one person at a time on the trampoline; it must be placed away from hazards like trees; it needs to be on a soft surface like grass; equipment must be in good order; and safety nets and pads must be in place.

Last day of half term is Friday 27th May. Do not forget that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th June are TD days and we all come back to school on Wednesday 8th June.


Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 18th May Sarum class trip to Devizes and Stonehenge to Old School Nursery. All day
Thursday 19th May Stonehenge class to Steam Museum All day
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm
Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th May Forest of Dean residential for Year 5 & 6
Friday 27th May Last day of half term
Wednesday 8th June Everyone returns to school
Wednesday 22nd June Avebury trip to Steam Museum All day
Wednesday 6th July Year 6 Leavers to Cathedral All day
Thursday 7th July Shakespeare play by Years 3 and 4 One performance during the school day, and one at 5.00pm
Wednesday 13th July Sports Day 9.15 – 12.00 then picnic on the field
Thursday 14th July School Eucharist – Bishop Ed (Celebrant) 2.00pm
Monday 18th July Y6 Leavers’ trip All day
Wednesday 20th July Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Thursday 21st July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

There is a recycling collection on Monday 16th May – please leave bags under the canopy in the morning.

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