Newsletter 32 – 22nd June 2018

Dear Parents

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.

Transition Stonehenge class had a wonderful morning at Old School Nursery on Tuesday, meeting the children who will be joining us in September. My thanks to our staff, volunteers and the staff of Old School Nursery who worked together to make this day so successful.

Avebury Field Trip Children in Avebury class visited the Swindon Steam Museum on Wednesday to re-enact the experience of the evacuees, and to examine some amazing artefacts and displays on the theme of World War 2. What a wonderful day this was! Our thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz and the staff team who organised this trip.

Parasites It is part of the human condition to have parasites but we aim to reduce the frequency of these in our school as much as possible. Please check your child for lice and intestinal worms regularly and ask your pharmacist for advice if you think you may need to treat your child.

Bell ringing Today we had a presentation on the wonderful ancient craft of church bell ringing – if your child is interested in becoming a bell ringer, please see the flyer sent home today with contact details.

Plea from the Nestling Trust We have had a request from the Nestling Trust which supports charity work in Nepal for a special push to raise funds for a family in a desperate situation. The family’s home has recently burnt down. The 11 year old daughter, her mother and her father are in hospital, injured and burnt – hospital care is not free in Nepal. The Nestling Trust is holding a ‘Nearly New Sale’ in West Lavington Village Hall on Saturday 7th July 10a.m. – 12.00 noon, to raise funds. They are asking for “Nearly New” items for the sale and also asking people to come along to this event. If you feel able, please consider supporting this cause.

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


Foundation Governor As well as the Parent Governor vacancy, we have heard that we will also have a Foundation Governor vacancy in the new academic year. This post is does not involve an election, but the person will be appointed by the Trustees and the Diocesan Board of Education. The person must be a practising Christian from one of the “Churches Together” denominations. The Governing Body will be publishing a list of skills that would benefit our Governing Body shortly and if you feel that you would like to be considered for this post, please contact us to find out more.

Newspaper article: The following article (Times, 19th June 2018) raises some interesting questions about the low level of language and content that our children are presented with in popular children’s books nowadays. We fully support the idea that children need to hear rich, advanced and complex vocabulary and sentences. This empowers them to think more deeply and form their philosophy in more detail. Without rich language to draw on, it is not possible to think richly and forensically.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

QUIZ NIGHT – A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had and over £800 raised!! A huge thank you to all who attended and to all who helped make it happen!

CIRCUS SUMMER FETE (Next Saturday, 2pm-5pm) – Now in the final week of preparations, a few final requests…

* Donations for the CAKE STALL would be very gratefully received. Please bring to school on Friday 29th or directly to the Fete on the Saturday. Any contributions large or small, homemade or shop bought would be great.

* Donations for the PLANT STALL – please bring to school & leave by the school greenhouse behind the Art Centre.

* We could do with a couple of extra helpers for the Face Painting & Bouncy Castle -please let us know if you could help with one of these, even if it’s just for a little while on the day to give the volunteers running these a break.

* We would be very grateful for a few more donations of RAFFLE PRIZES or money towards a prize, particularly from any local business owners or families. If you would consider donating a prize or something towards a prize then please contact Stephanie Cadwgan on or catch her at school. Many thanks!


It’s going to be lots of FUN!

Your PFA Team

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