Newsletter 31 – 20th May 2016

Dear Parents

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.

Sarum class trip Sarum class had a great trip to Devizes on Wednesday, carrying out surveys, enjoying the Town Hall and the lock-up, climbing up to the top of the church tower, and looking around some other great landmarks of Devizes. My thanks to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and their support staff who worked so hard to ensure a safe and memorable trip for the children. As ever, everyone was delighted with the exemplary behaviour of our children – it is a joy to take them out. They are a credit to their families, the school and themselves.

Steam Museum Children in Stonehenge classroom visited the Steam Museum in Swindon on Thursday and had a wonderful experience there. We are very grateful to Miss Nisbeck, Mrs Trusler and Mrs Kamei who planned and organised the trip, and thanks also to our parent volunteers, who helped to ensure that the children enjoyed this trip and learnt a lot. Once again, we thank Mrs Yates and Mrs Edwards who work so hard behind the scenes to arrange coaches, timetables, finances, risk assessments and all the other complexities required for these off-site trips.

Transition into Year 7 We work hard with Lavington School, and other receiving secondary schools, to ensure that our children have a smooth transition into their secondary education. On Monday, the deputy Headteacher of Lavington, Daniela De Cet, came to meet Mr Amor and the children to discuss relevant information about each child and to help the children feel confident about their start in secondary school in September. In the last half term, children will be offered the chance to spend a day on the Lavington campus, and will be given information about tutor groups, timetables and other matters.

Children leading worship It is a great joy to us to have children lead worship in the summer term. Teams of children present their ideas and plans for worship and are given support and guidance by the Year 6 designated Collective Worship Leaders. It requires great confidence to stand up in front of the whole school and lead worship. This might involve telling a story, drawing themes from the story, showing pictures or presenting other interesting media, asking for participation, arranging quiet moments of reflection and managing all aspects of the session. We are always amazed at how very efficiently children can organise their team to do this work, and how beautifully they lead worship. Their peers always respond warmly and enthusiastically and every one grows spiritually, whether they are people of faith or no faith. We are also very proud of the Year 6 Collective Worship Leaders who work with the younger children’s teams, guiding them sympathetically and ensuring that worship is led to a high standard. This is a real testament to the leadership of our Year 6 children, and a tremendous task for our young people to tackle.

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.

Summer weather Please make sure you have put sunscreen on your child before they come to school (we cannot apply sunscreen in school) and that they have a sunhat and a water bottle every day. If the weather is extremely hot, we ask children to play in the shade, but even on relatively milder days, the sun can cause damage to delicate skin as they run around outside.

French Concert Our very popular French concert will take place on Monday 27th June at 10.45am. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman who works very hard to ensure the success of this event.

Walk to Little Cheverell Church On Monday 23rd May, at about 1.00pm, the whole school will be walking to Little Cheverell Church for short service, weather permitting. The walk is a wonderful experience, with beautiful views over the countryside, and we always enjoy the service at Little Cheverell, even though the church is small and it is a tight fit to get us all in! We would welcome parents to come along with us and accompany the trip – turn up at the school at about 1.00pm to walk with us, chat to the children about the things they see around them, and enjoy a quiet moment of reflection in the church.

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. You should have had the kit list. Please provide old clothing so that children do not have to worry about getting dirty.

Trophies If you won a trophy at our prize giving last year, or if you know of anyone else who won one, please arrange for them to be returned to the office so that we can have them engraved with this year’s prize winners. These prizes will be awarded in the final Leavers’ Assembly at the end of the summer term. There are academic awards, as well as awards for swimming, art/drama, fellowship and citizenship.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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
Monday 27th June French Concert 10.45am
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

We have had the most AMAZING news this week. Due to the hard work of Debi Bell-Hosking and a rather unexpected (but fabulous) presentation to the council she has managed to gain us a £2,500 grant from the Devizes Area Board to go towards equipping the outdoor classroom, therefore making the space even more awesome! Thank you to Debi and thank you to Devizes Area Board!

The textiles collection raised a fantastic £78 this week – next collection is Monday 13th June.

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