Newsletter 33 – 11th June 2021

Dear Parents

Archdeacon of Wilts It was lovely to have Sue Groom, the Archdeacon of Wilts, in school on Thursday to lead worship with the children. As we reflect, this term, on themes of endings and beginnings, she led us through some thoughts on change in our lives – we thought about things we can choose to change, and change that just happens to us. She reflected on how change often makes us stronger and better people. Sue always enjoys coming to our school where the children are so thoughtful, reflective and engaged.

We only come together as a whole school if the weather allows us to meet outdoors so that we can protect the integrity of the Class Bubbles and reduce any risk of infection. Children are spread out across the playground, maintaining strict social distancing.

Our New Headteacher We always enjoy Mrs Woodman’s regular visits to school to spend time with the children and staff. On Wednesday, it was fun to have her serving dinners to the children with our admin staff who have taken on this duty at present because of Covid restrictions. And it was lovely to welcome her into the classrooms in a Covid safe way to chat to the children and to become even more familiar with our school and our very special ethos. We are extremely fortunate to have such a tremendous leader ready to take the reins in September, with wisdom, compassion and skill. We thank her for all the work she is doing at this time to ensure a smooth and flawless transition of leadership.

Fun this term! Because it is very difficult to have trips off-site at present, whilst ensuring everyone’s safety, we are continuing with our programme of having great visitors onsite. Next week we are having an “Iron Age” day, where children will get to sample typical Iron Age food and see artefacts from the Iron Age, and will also have the amazing experience of watching an Iron Age style forge in action! The school is funding this in full as we know that these are difficult times for many families.

And the week after that, our wonderful PFA has paid for a day of Circus Skills for all our children – this will be tremendous fun for everyone and will help develop gross motor and fine motor skills. We are very grateful for the work of our PFA to organise this and other great events in our school.

Covid Restrictions As the Government narrative increasingly points to a delay in the full re-opening of our society in the face of very quickly rising infections across the whole country, including Wiltshire, we are preparing for various scenarios for the final few weeks of term.

We have no idea whether we will be fully open, partially open, or still in the same situation we are at present. And we have no idea for how long this will continue. We understand the frustration of this, but we urge everyone in our community to hold the line, so that we can ensure that as few people as possible are infected and become seriously ill, or are left with long Covid.

It is possible that we will have to change our approach to Sports Day when the picture becomes clearer – Mr Amor has various plans to launch once we know what we are facing. And other events are also likely to have to face some changes to accommodate the requirements. As soon as we are able, we shall let you know how we will proceed. In the meantime, we thank you all for your ongoing patience and endurance as we live through these difficult times.

Covid 19 – a Reminder! Please do not use Lateral Flow Tests on primary school children! If your child has symptoms of Covid, they must isolate and have a PCR test at a test centre, and must remain in isolation until a negative result has been registered. If the result is positive, of course, they must isolate for at least 10 days or until they are well enough to come back to school. If any member of your family has Covid symptoms, every person in your household must isolate while you await the PCR test result for the symptomatic person.

Hot weather Please send your child into school with a sunhat and a water bottle – these are essential as they play outside in the summer term. 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.  

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 PCR test has been returned. No Lateral Flow Tests to be used on primary school children.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
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 Teachers’ welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teachers’ 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  
Thursday 2nd September Everyone back to school except the new Foundation Stage children Foundation Stage children have their timetable of induction – starting on Monday 6th September

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