Newsletter 33 – 26th May 2017

Dear Parents

Today, Friday 26th May, is the last day of this term. Children return to school on Wednesday 7th June.

Forest Schools Mrs Goddard, who is a Forest Schools trained teacher, has been taking various classes for a Forest Schools experience this term and will continue next term and into the new academic year. These activities help to enrich and extend the learning that our children engage in at school. We are very fortunate to have someone who can offer the experience and we are very grateful to Mrs Goddard for offering to do this for us.

Music Concert What a wonderful evening we had on Tuesday! So many children making music so beautifully!  We are very proud of them – they worked hard to get to this point, and showed great confidence and courage to get up in front of an audience and perform to such a high standard. We are also very grateful to Mrs Barbey, Mrs Edwards, Mr Gundry, Mrs Heath, Mrs Jenkins and Ms Sharman who are such outstanding music teachers and who work tirelessly to support the children to excellence. And thanks to Gwynnifer Williams who stepped in to accompany the brass instrument soloists at a moment’s notice.

Transition We have had meetings with representatives of the secondary schools that our Year 6 children will attend next year so that all important information can be passed on and transition can be as effective as possible. Our children in Stonehenge class spent a morning at the Old School Nursery as part of the transition work we do to welcome the new children into our school in September.

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.

Lunches We have had a plea from our MDSAs that you go through the dinner menu with your child when making the selection for their meals. There is a lot of waste and often the children tell us that they have been given a meal that they do not enjoy. Even if they do not like the main or the vegetarian option, they can always have a jacket potato or a sandwich. Please make sure that your orders are placed a week in advance.

Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care and assess the quality of our services. This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit:

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit:

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit our local authority at  or the DfE website at

Around the World in Eight Plays The children in Year 3 and 4 have auditioned for their parts in this year’s production, and early signs are that it is going to be very entertaining with the children really doing their best to ensure an outstanding experience for the audience. My sincere thanks to Mrs Jones and Mrs Goddard who have done a huge amount of work adapting the play for our children and who work so tirelessly to ensure a good outcome. Parents will soon be offered tickets for the performances which will take place on Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July. Both performances will start at 5.00pm.

Sports Day A reminder that our sports day takes place on Wednesday 12th July at 9.15. It will finish at about midday and you are all invited to bring a picnic along and have lunch with your child on the field. The bell will ring at 1.00pm and the children will have afternoon school as usual.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 26th May Last day of half term
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at Salisbury Cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 4th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Performance 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 5th July French Concert 10.45am – 11.30am
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Saturday 10th June From 10.00am – 3.00pm There is a Tank display put on by the Westbury Town Council Great War Group in the area near the library in Westbury – you can also make your own tank as a “junk model”.

And in Edington there is the village Fayre from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Our children will be giving a performance of Handbells and also a little dance routine.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

We’re very excited to announce that the Quizmaster for Quiz Night (June 23) is our very own Claire Goddard! Already, there are lots of fabulous topics brewing (No Clues!) and Julie Stone is working hard with a team of Parents to make this one of our most memorable and fun events to date.

Entry forms are in today’s book bags! (Please return these to Reception by June 16)

Quiz Night is £5 per person for teams of up to 4 people. If you don’t have a team and are keen to join in, let us know and we can help create a team for you. Please approach us, post on the PFA Facebook page or email Debi ( with any further questions you may have.

Similarly, any donations towards Raffle or Quiz Team Prizes are most welcome ahead of the event. (Thank-you)

Casual Clothes Day for the children is also on June 23 when pupils can bring in either a ‘Secret Jar’ or £1 to school, to go towards the Summer Fayre (July 7).

(‘Secret Jars’: Pop an age-appropriate surprise inside the jar and cover it with wrapping paper – Remember, NO NUTS);


:: Monday, June 12, Fabric Recycle Collection

:: Wednesday, June 14, PFA meeting, The Bell, Great Cheverell, from 19:30

The sun promises to be out for Jane’s ‘Ice-lolly Friday Tuck Shop’. Enjoy – and have a wonderful school break!   From the PFA Team

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