Newsletter 36 – 23rd June 2017

Dear Parents
Seaside Trip What a good trip our younger children had to the seaside on Thursday! Fortunately, the weather cooled down so that they were comfortable. They flew kites, built sandcastles, paddled in the sea, explored some rock pools and had ice creams. The ferry ride was also a great success! The children behaved beautifully and had a great time. We are very grateful to our teachers and support staff who work so hard to create these wonderful experiences for the children – it is a huge responsibility and a lot of extra work to undertake. Children are able to enjoy their learning so much more when they are rooted in these experiences – already the trip has generated a lot of excellent learning.

Sharing Assembly Our Friday afternoon Sharing Assembly to which all parents are invited will only include our KS1 children next week, Friday 30th June, since all of the KS2 children will be at Lavington Secondary school having a sports day experience on the theme of Pocahontas. This is the last event in the week of activities around this theme.

Lavington Secondary School Sports Day Please make sure that your KS2 child has a packed lunch and their PE kit on Friday 30th June as they will be going to Lavington School to take part in Pocahontas themed sports activities (eg. archery).

Leavers Trip to the Cathedral Our Year 6 children had a trip to Salisbury Cathdral where they took part in a morning of activities and then had a service in the cathedral. As ever, this was a lovely, reflective day.

Guitar lessons next academic year I am delighted to announce that we have been able to recruit Mr Gavin Lazarus to take over the guitar tuition from September 2017 when Mrs Barbey retires. Mr Lazarus is a professional musician (he will be performing at Trowbridge Town Hall on Friday 21st July in his show “Cool Britannia!” if you would like to see him in action). He plays all sorts of music, from jazz to contemporary, and will teach acoustic or electric guitar. The fees are £6 a lesson, payable termly in advance. A notice has been sent out with this newsletter. If you are interested in having your child learn guitar with an inspirational teacher, please complete the form and send it back before the end of term.

New Approach to Homework Reading Books Next year, we are going to pilot a new system for the reading books we send home with children. Instead of having children allocated book band levels according to their reading ability, we shall simply ask every child to choose a book that they like from our wonderful library, and take it home. It is possible that the book will be too tricky for them to read, in which case you can read it to them and discuss the text and the pictures (which will really improve comprehension skills) or the book might be very easy for them to read – how wonderful! To be able to read a book effortlessly and just enjoy the story! We hope that this approach will allow children to immerse themselves in the love of reading without the pressure of having to scramble through the levels as quickly as possible. We will, of course, track their reading progress in school as we always do, and they will be reading at the edge of their learning in their guided reading groups. Happy readers are good readers! And research shows that children who read for pleasure do better in all areas of school life.

Welcome Meetings When your child starts in their new year group next year, you will be invited to a meeting where you can find out a bit more about the expectations, routines and information about the year.There will also be a chance for Year 3 and Year 4 parents to find out more about the residential trip that their children will be taking at the end of October. The dates for these meetings are as follows:
Wednesday 6th September : 5.00pm Sarum class meeting
5.30pm Residential Trip meeting for parents of children in Y3 and Y4
6.00pm Avebury class meeting
Thursday 7th September 5.00pm Stonehenge class meeting
5.30pm White Horse class meeting
6.00pm Silbury class meeting

Transition data As children transfer to their new secondary school (or 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, hese data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data.

Parking Once again, is has been brough to our attention that parents are double parking and causing significant visibility issues for pedestrians. This is really putting our children’s lives in danger and we ask you to make sure that you always park sensibly – no double parking, no parking on corners or at intersections. Nothing is more important than our children’s safety. Please leave the layby free in the morning for “Stop and Drop” so that we have fewer cars in that area of the road right outside the school.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.

Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school for KS2 – packed lunch and PE kits please 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 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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

Messy church will take place on Sunday 9th July at St Andrew’s Church in Long Street, Devizes. Everyone is most welcome and children (and adults) will have wonderful time.

Worton and Cheverell (Youth) Football Club are looking forward to the 2017/18 season. Contact Vicky Goddard on 07966 247291 or Neil Black on 07769 261750, or check out the website for more information.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning
PFA News

It’s a busy day Today!
A big thank-you to Julie Stone and Claire Goddard as well as all the parents who have worked so hard towards Quiz Night, tonight! We look forward to reporting back on what ought to be a great night out!
Also, thank-you for all our Secret Jars and £1 coins today that will go a long way towards the Summer Fayre that starts from 4pm on Friday, July 7.
Please may we also appeal for the following to assist with other stalls at the Fayre:
Teddies for the Teddy Tombola, Second Hand Toys in good condition for a different stall and Cakes & Biscuits (nut free).Bring your Teddies and Old Toys to Reception from next week and we’ll gratefully collect them daily. We’ll collect Cakes on the day (July 7). THANK-YOU!
Another exciting event is Harriet’s Car Craft Club – next Friday (June 30) after school in the School Hall! This is in anticipation of the Outdoor Cinema on September 22. We thought we’d give the children a head start on creating their own cardboard car big enough for them to sit in to watch the film, if they want to – almost ‘Drive-In-Cinema-Style’!
Harriet will be on hand next Friday to help the children with their creative ideas. So please collect any cardboard, plastic recycle, colour paper or any other materials you think could go towards making that very special car! Flyers will be early circulated next week to give you some ideas.
In the meantime, have a Summery weekend! From the PFA Team

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