Newsletter 31 – 15th June 2018

Pilgrimage Day On Wednesday we had a lovely Pilgrimage day, this year on the school site, with a walk to the local church at the end. Children took part in a carousel of activities which included mindfulness, arts and crafts, reflection on our role as stewards of the planet and other aspects of spiritual growth. Whether the children are people of faith or not, these events are valuable for helping them to consider their role in the community, their own moral compass and their own philosophy. My thanks to everyone who helped run the event.

Phonics screener All Year 1 children took part in the Phonics screener this week – we aim make the process relaxed and fun for the children and they seemed to enjoy it. This is one of the markers that the Government uses to ensure that we can continue to be judged Outstanding.

Year 3 and Year 4 Performances A reminder that children in Year 3 and Year 4 will be presenting their wonderful summer plays – this year using Roald Dahl’s amazing stories – on Wednesday 27th June at 2.00pm and again on Thursday 28th June at 5.00pm. Tickets for these performances have been sent out. If you do not need any of your tickets, please send them back in for re-distribution. If you would like an extra ticket, please write in and let us know.

Performances by children taking music lessons outside of school We had a lovely concert on Tuesday by some of our young musicians who take music lessons outside of school (rather than as part of our peripatetic music offer through the school). We believe that music is a very important part of every child’s education and we provide every opportunity that we can to support music making in school.

Transition Stonehenge class will have a joint activity morning with the children and staff of the Old School Nursery on Tuesday so that the children who will be coming here in September can continue to gain familiarity with our teachers and TAs. The children will need a packed lunch as we shall be spending lunchtime at the Old School Nursery.

Avebury Field Trip Children in Avebury class are going to the Steam Museum in Swindon to experience something of what it was like to be an evacuee in the Second World War. Please make sure that they have lunch and, if they wish to, that they are dressed in costume. Otherwise they need to wear their school uniform.

Hot weather Please send your child into school with a sunhat and a water bottle – these are essential as they play outside in the warm weather. It is also very important that all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name – jumpers are cast off regularly at this time of year and often we cannot return them to their owners as they have no names written in them.

Parent Governor There will be a vacancy for a parent governor in the new academic year and we shall be sending out the paperwork in September. Parent governors are elected by the parents of the school. Two of our ten governors are elected as parent governors. This is advance warning so that you can give some thought to the matter. Governors set the overarching policies of the school, appoint the Headteacher and hold them to account for keeping standards high, and manage the budget. If you have skills that you think will be useful, or if you have an interest in governance, please contact the Headteacher or one of the governors who will be glad to talk you through the duties, time commitments and responsibilities of the work.

Forest Schools We are very lucky to have Mrs Goddard who is running our Forest Schools programme – please make sure that your child brings old clothes into school when you are notified that it is their turn. They do very messy and wonderful things in the Forest Schools!

Parking again We ask all our parents to remember that the Close is a private road. The residents of the Close have to pay out of their own pockets for the upkeep and maintenance of the road. It is not a public highway or byway. And we ask that everyone treat the residents of Witchcombe Close with courtesy and respect at all times. This is particularly important when there are children around, of course. I have asked the police to send a patrol out to check on the parking situation outside our school and they have committed to doing so as often as they can.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th June Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July Meeting for parents of Year 3/Year 4 children about residential trip in October 2.30pm
Tuesday 10th July Avebury exhibition From 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Tuesday 17th July Silbury class Restaurant for parents 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

The SUMMER CIRCUS FETE is fast approaching (how exciting!!) and so next week we have two meetings for all those who are kindly volunteering at the event.

Tuesday 19th June – 3.30pm – Meeting at Aston Cottage, High Street, Great Cheverell (Steph’s house)

Wednesday 20th June – 7.30pm – Meeting at the Bell Inn, Great Cheverell.

Please could volunteers attend one meeting or if that’s not possible then send an update to Steph prior to the meeting.

Many thanks!

Your PFA Team

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