Newsletter 37 – 30th June 2017

Dear Parents

School Reports Please note that your child’s school report will be available to download from the Parent Portal today. Sign in (your login details will have been sent to you recently) and select “Documents” to access your child’s report. If there is anything you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher to make an appointment.

Around the World in 6 Plays This is a really amazing production by our Year 3 and Year 4 children and we are all agog to see it performed next week! So much hard work has gone into preparing and reheasing for this – every spare moment has been spent on ensuring that the audience will have a truly memorable experience. Tuesday 4th July 5.00pm – 6.00pm and Wednesday 5th July 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Tickets have gone out and there are plenty of spares, so if you need more tickets, just apply at the office.

Cricket Well done to our cricket team who played bravely and well on Saturday, though we did not win this one. Our thanks go to Mr Gyllenspetz who has coached and prepared his team with such dedication.

Pocahontas Week Our thanks to Mr Amor (who led this project in our school), Mrs Adams (deputy head of Lavington school) and all the teachers and TAs who have worked hard to ensure that this theme week ran smoothly. It was great to welcome students from Lavington school – they helped our children with their clay pots, with tasting edible plants and with various other activities. The week culminated in KS2 children having a day of themed sports activities at Lavington school with other local primary schools.

Pupil Premium If you are entitled to certain benefits, you are also entitled to claim £1,320 for the school. This money is used to help children who need extra support, and the policy in our school is also to cover the cost of school trips, music lessons and various other peripatetic activities for your child if you are eligibile for the Pupil Premium. Please do complete a claim form if you think you might be entitled to do so – this is a substantial sum of money and, with the extremely tough funding cuts that we are facing, we need to claim every penny possible to continue to provide the outstanding education that our children deserve. Ask at the office for details of the relevant benefits and for paperwork to complete if you can help us with this.

PFA Our wonderful PFA have been very busy again this term – the Quiz Night last week was a huge success and the Summer Fayre promises to be another great event. The refreshments for Sports Day, the welcome for our new parents and the casual clothes day are all part of the summer work for the PFA. We are very grateful for all that they do for our children and, increasingly, as the budget cuts begin to bite very deeply, we shall rely even more on their work and on the generosity of our community to provide the enrichment for children that makes learning fun.

E Safety It is incredibly important that we teach our children to stay safe online – just as we teach them to be safe when they are near traffic. Children are tech savvy but very naïve and do not understand the dangers of the Internet and of various apps. SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, has launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:
• Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
• My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
• Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe.
It is vital that children do not disclose their location, their name or any other personal details online publicly. They could be putting themselves in danger of very serious harm if they do so. Please take the time to make yourselves familiar with the dangers your children face online, and doing all you can to keep them safe. Childnet is a great website to help you with this and to keep you up to date with new apps and risks.

Sharing Assembly On Friday 7th July, Ukulele Orchestra will be performing – come along and enjoy a real treat! Friday 14th July is our last Sharing Assembly for the term. Leavers’ Assembly takes place on Wednesday 19th July and we have our prizegiving at this time as well. Prizes are awared for academic subjects as well as the arts, sports and citizenship. Year 6 children give us some memories of their time here to enjoy.

School Eucharist We invite you all to come along to the school Eucharist, celebrated by Archdeacon Sue Groom, on Tuesday 18th July at 2.00pm. Always a lovely event with singing, dancing, water and reflection.

Recorder, brass and guitar tuition Please sign up if you would like your child to take part in recorder, brass instrument or guitar tuition with our exceptional music teachers next term.

Lice in School Sadly, we have had some reports of lice in our school again. The best way to manage this is for every parent to check their child’s hair every single week and to deal with the problem by taking advice from the pharmacist. If everyone checks and treats their child’s hair this weekend, we can come back to school on Monday knowing that there is no problem in school.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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
Wednesday 6th September • Sarum class welcome meeting
• Residential trip meeting for all parents of children in
Y3 and Y4
• Avebury class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 7th September • Stonehenge class welcome meeting
• White Horse class welcome meeting
• Silbury class welcome meeting 5.00pm – 5.30pm
5.30pm – 6.00pm
6.00pm – 6.30pm

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

PFA News
Next Friday (July 7) is the Summer Fayre!! Fingers crossed we get good weather as we’re planning a lot of fun activities, including one by the Teachers, on the school field from 4pm that day.

There will be a bouncy slide and castle, face painting, tattoos, hook a duck, welly wanging and loads of other stalls. There will also be a BBQ fired up as well as a Pimms tent for the grown-ups. Something for everyone – and hosted by many of the amazing parents at our school.

Ahead of the Fayre, we’re appealing for Teddies for the Teddy Tombola (always a favourite) as well as any second hand toys you many have in good condition for a different stall. Please leave them in Reception early next week, if possible, to allow us to get them ‘show-ready’ in time.

Also, your cakes and biscuits (nut free) would be most appreciated for the cake stall. These you can bring these into Reception on the day. Thank-you!

Quiz Night last Friday was a fabulous success in bringing the PFA community – Parents, Grandparents and Friends – together for a great night out! It was also a successful fundraiser, adding £507 to the pot!!! A huge thank-you to Julie Stone, Claire Goddard aka ‘Quizmaster Extraordinaire’, Poppy Godfrey, Louise Gaiger, Lisa Downing and Sam Lloyd for everything they did to make this come together so well. It was truly a memorable event.

Today is Harriet’s Car Craft Club after school and already we have had a great response!

And the next Fabric Recycle Collection is this Monday (July 3).

As always, thank-you for your support and SEE YOU AT THE SUMMER FAYRE!!! From the PFA Team

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