Newsletter 32 – 7th June 2019

Dear Parents

Performance for musicians taking lessons outside of school We shall be holding a little concert to showcase musicians who take music lessons outside of school on Wednesday 12th June at 10.45am. There are a few slots remaining so feel free to apply if your child can play to a good standard and is ready to perform.

Design Technology at Dauntsey’s School We are always grateful for the outreach provided by Dauntsey’s School – amongst other things, we are invited in the summer term to take all our Year 6 children to their beautifully equipped D&T workshop where they can design and make their own clocks. This is great fun for the children and is one of the things that helps them prepare for secondary school. This week, our Year 6 children came back to our school with some very interesting clocks that they had made at Dauntsey’s.

Transition into Secondary School We collaborate closely with the receiving schools of our current Year 6 children to ensure that the transition into secondary school is as easy as possible. During June and July, the children are invited to spend a day at their new schools. We also meet with the head of year, or leader with this responsibility, and share data with them about the children so that they are well prepared to receive our children. Lisa Adams from Lavington school recently met with Mr Amor for the “Handover” meeting and she also took the time to sit and chat with the Year 6 children who will be going on to Lavington school. These interventions help to reassure our children and make the transition as pleasant as possible.

Edington Tapestry Under the guidance of the very talented Mrs Heath, our children prepared one of the panels for great work, the “Edington Tapestry” (which will, we hope, rival the Bayeux tapestry!)  We designed and made the panel showing the story of Alfred the Great and his victory in Edington. This work, with all the other panels, will be having its public unveiling in the Edington Parish Hall on Monday 17th June at 12,30pm. Some of our children who took part in the project will attend this unveiling.

Lavington Road Show Anyone who would like to find out more about Lavington secondary school, please come along to their roadshow here in our hall on Tuesday 11th June at 2.45pm.

Emmanuel Collaboration We continue to work closely with, and build stronger links with, the four other schools that belong to our 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 and are all judged “Good” by Ofsted. The work we do together builds really great practice as we share expertise, resources, training opportunities, moderation opportunities and much more. We are a supportive group, providing challenge and inspiration for each other. Since the inception of the Collaboration in 2015, the aggregated data as measured in the statutory assessments has risen year on year, showing the impact of the work we do to support great learning for all children in our part of Wiltshire. We gain all the benefits of closer working without losing anything of our own independence, finances or character. It is a very successful system of providing the best education for our children.

Calendar Dates Please take time to read the dates of various summer term events in the table below.

Read to your child There is good evidence to show that it is important to read to your child even when they are eleven years old (and beyond!). It is worth having a “Family Book” on the go all the time, reading good, high quality prose aloud, so that children become accustomed to hearing the rhythm of challenging language, and learning more advanced vocabulary. It has been shown that children who love books and reading do better in GCSE, with particularly high outcomes in maths, oddly enough.

Also, it is really good for your child to read out loud to you several times a week, even if they are good readers. Please do not let this habit drop as they move into the older classes in our school. As they read, please check their comprehension, especially the understanding of text that requires inference and deduction. There are questions that might help with this on our website: .

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.  

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 11th June Lavington Roadshow 2.45pm
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 10.45am
Wednesday 26th June Year 3/Year 4 residential trip meeting for parents 2.30pm
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Tuesday 2nd July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th July Year 6 Restaurant 1.30pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

SUMMER FAYRE – Friday 28th June – Volunteers needed – Our annual Summer Fayre will take place immediately after school. Anyone who is able to help in whichever way possible with the fayre please do come forward. We will greatly appreciate your support.

You can contact us via our email or our Facebook page “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Many thanks,

Your PFA                


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