Newsletter 31 – 21st May 2021

Dear Parents

Remember! Last day of this term is Friday 28th May. We return to school on Wednesday 9th June.

Our wonderful children It is worth remarking again on how proud we are of our amazing children, who have ridden this Covid storm so effectively. They have chosen to be joyful and brave and have set an amazing example of how to live life to the full, no matter what is going on around them. They continue to behave beautifully, learn effectively and enjoy their social lives, in spite of all the restrictions. We are very grateful to our staff who have managed the situation so pragmatically and with such creativity, ensuring that children feel safe and happy, and that the curriculum continues to be exciting, engaging and fun. And we are very grateful to our families who continue to support their children with such love and dedication, ensuring these astonishingly good outcomes.

Covid 19 Although we had hoped that we might be able to invite parents to some of our end of term events, such as the Y3 and Y4 plays and sports day, it begins to seem less likely that we will be able to open up fully if we are to protect our community from Covid 19. We hope that we will be able to make some safe arrangements for smaller numbers of parents to come on site even if things are looking more concerning at that time. We will keep you informed as we go forward and the picture becomes clearer.  We have to operate under the strict Government guidance on these matters, and we will always take the most cautious approach.

Parents welcome meetings These meetings will introduce you to your child’s teacher for the coming academic year, give you the chance to find out what the expectations are in that classroom and to ask any questions you may have.  You and your child will by then have been told which classroom they will be in next year. Children in Stonehenge class will have their welcome meeting at the start of the new academic year as usual, so that our new families can take advantage of the meetings.

 For all other classes, the welcome meetings will take place, outside, and only if Covid restrictions permit, on:

Monday 19th July at the following times:

5.00pm White Horse class (Years 1 and 2)                5.30pm Sarum class (Years 3 and 4)

Tuesday 20th July at the following times:

5.00pm Silbury class (Years 5 and 6)                         5.30pm Avebury (Years 4 and 5)

Forest of Dean Residential Trip  Children in years 5 and 6 will be going away on their two night residential trip next week, at the end of this half term. Please make sure you have read the kit list carefully so that your child has everything they need. They will get very muddy so please send old clothes. We don’t want children worrying about their clothing/watches/possessions as they scramble through caves or across adventure trails.  Please do not send extra food – the centre provides very good food and plenty of it and we must always be very careful about food allergies within the community. No child may have a phone/device with them – there is no signal in the Forest anyway, and this is a great opportunity to live without electronic devices for a few precious days. Children are welcome to bring a book to read or a pack of cards to play if they have a few minutes spare, but for the most part they will be extremely busy. They must be able to carry and manage their own luggage. The teachers will not pack bags or carry luggage for the children. All medication must be handed to the teacher, with written directions for dispensing, on the day of departure. We have sent an email outlining the procedures we will need to follow should a child fall ill with symptoms of Covid 19 whilst on the trip, and, if they test positive, how parents of children in that Bubble will ALL have to come and pick their children up from the centre since they cannot come back by bus.

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or to their next primary school), the data that we hold on them will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as birthdates, ethnicity and the like, these data will include academic, behaviour, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Collaborations We continue to work closely with the four other schools that belong to our Emmanuel Collaboration. These schools are Five Lanes Primary, St Barnabas Primary, St Thomas a Becket Primary and Urchfont Primary. These are all Church of England schools with a similar focus on the Christian ethos. The work we do together builds good practice as we share expertise, resources, training opportunities, moderation opportunities and much more. Even through the lockdowns, we have had joint Professional Development (through Zoom) and we have shared documents, risk assessments and good practice.

In addition, we are part of an informal collaboration of Single Academy Trusts, all judged to be “Good” or better by Ofsted. These are schools like our own that are fortunate enough to have their own independence, full control of their own finances, their admissions, recruitment and curriculum. Again, this collaboration allows us to improve our practice through shared work and supportive networks. The administration work of Single Academy Trusts is different from Local Authority schools or Multi Academy Trusts, so we find this network to be very useful in supporting best practice in all areas of the Single Academy Trust requirements.

Electric Scooters The police have asked us to remind parents that it is illegal to use electric scooters on public roads, on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas. They may only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Message from St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell:

Dear Parents

St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell has set up a place of quiet and reflection, weaving and writing of prayers or messages of peace and joy. It is available for you to visit with family and friends or on your own between now and Sunday 23rd June (The Christian Day of Pentecost – when the Bible describes how Jesus’ followers were visited by The Holy Spirit and the ‘church’ was born).

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 See correspondence sent out to all parents of Y5 and Y6 children
Friday 28th May Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day Parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th July and Thursday 8th July Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid restrictions permit
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th July – Saturday 17th July Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field   Please complete the consent form
Monday 19th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   Silbury class: 5.00pm Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after school) 2.00pm with the Bishop. All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

            Sweet success

A big thank you to those who organised and ran the fundraising sweet stall last week for the children, it was a lovely end to the week. The total raised will be published in the next newsletter.


Many thanks to Lisa Downing who arranged for new PFA aprons to be made. These will be so wonderful to show who is helping at events.

Circus Skills

Instead of a summer fayre the PFA have organised for a fun circus skills session for each class after half term.


Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA facebook page

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