Newsletter 37 – 4th July 2014

Dear Parents

Cricket Tournament Mr Gyllenspetz and his team have won the cricket tournament played against local schools at Dauntsey’s! We are very proud of them all – they have worked tremendously hard over the whole year to ensure that they were in top form for this event, and they played like champions. My thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz and to the team who have achieved this great triumph.

Silbury Class Entertainment   Parents of Silbury class children attended the Grand Opening of the Graffiti bridge on Tuesday 1st July. We are so proud of these children, who have worked hard to ensure they filled the “Brief” for redecorating the Reflection Area bridge with Graffiti (using our school values for the theme).  The bridge looks really lovely now and we are delighted with it. The children staged the Grand Opening with a performance  of musical entertainment, refreshments of cakes, scones and tea and they hosted the event beautifully, working hard to ensure that parents were well looked after and enjoyed themselves. It has been hard work (for the children, Mr Amor and Mrs Heath) but what a great outcome!

Chess Our chess team won the tournament played against local schools – what a tremendous achievement! We are very proud of you. This is the culmination of a whole year of practising and working hard to learn to play strategically. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman who runs chess club and to Mr Amor who supervised the tournament.

Y6 Leavers’ Trip to the Cathedral On Tuesday 8th July, our Year 6 children will take the coach to the cathedral in Salisbury for the Diocesan end of year celebration. The children take part in workshops in the cloisters and in the cathedral itself, making various items to do with the theme and they have their picnic lunch on the green. After this, they have a short service in the cathedral. Our school has been selected to read the prayers this year. Please send your Year 6 child in with a packed lunch on this day.

Sports day On Wednesday 9th July we have sports day, starting at 9.15am. We finish at lunch time and all parents are invited to bring along a picnic and share this with their children on the field. All those who have ordered lunches from Lataca will be offered a picnic lunch on this day (see flyer sent home) – there will be no hot dinners. Do come along and enjoy what is always a tremendous event.

Avebury Art Event Parents of children in Avebury class are invited to come to the Art Centre on Wednesday 9th July after lunch to enjoy some carefully prepared refreshments and to view the children’s art project, based on Seurat’s painting of “The Bathers”.  The children have done a great job and would love to share their work with you.

Music Concert This exciting event takes place on Thursday 10th July at 5.00pm. Children do not have to wear school uniform but are encouraged to wear smart clothes to perform. There will be performances from children who have tuition in Choir, Handbells, Recorders, Guitars, Ukuleles, Keyboards and Brass. The standard of performance is always surprisingly high, and it is always a lovely evening. Your child will have information from their tutor about the piece that they are to perform.

Trip to the Victory and Mary Rose We are going to take all children from Year 1 – Year 6 to Portsmouth to see the big ships as a start to our topic in the new term, based on Turner’s painting “The Fighting Temeraire”.  Y1 and Y2 will go on Thursday 4th September and Year 3 – Y6 will go on Friday 5th September.  Please complete the attached form so that we can have everything in place for the start of the New Year. Governors have decided to subsidise the cost of the coach, so that we keep the cost to families down as low as possible.

Art centre opening Thank you to everyone who came to this event to have a look around our new art centre! It was lovely to see some “old” faces there and to celebrate this new room for our school – it well used already!

End of year reports  Your child’s end of year report has been posted onto the Parent Portal – please log in to read it. If you have lost your log in, let us know and we will reset it for you. Please note that you are most welcome to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher to discuss this report. Please contact them to arrange a suitable time for this meeting.

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1300 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children and also will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form that was sent out earlier this week so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are: Income support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income related Employment and support Allowance, Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS), the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190), and Working Tax Credit “Run On”. Please do not hesitate to come and talk to us if you think you might be eligible. All work on this is done in the very strictest confidence.

Professional Development As many of you know, one of our High Level Teaching Assistants, Lucy Nisbeck, who works in Stonehenge classroom, is training to be a teacher. We have just heard that she has passed her degree with a 2:1! We tremendously proud of her – what a fantastic achievement!

Summer Sports  Mrs Garraway’s summer sports club, Mr Amor’s running club and Mr Gyllenspetz’s cricket club have finished for the term. Multiskills sports club, Judo club, Ukulele club, Choir, Gardening club and Clay club continue in line with their timetables that have been issued to participating families.

Some Dates for Summer Term

Year 6 to Cathedral:                                        Tuesday 8th July

Sports Day:                                         Wednesday 9th July 9.00am

Music Concert:                                                  Thursday 10th July 5.00pm

Eucharist:                                                            Tuesday 15th July 2.00pm

Leavers’ Assembly:                                         Tuesday 22nd July 2.00pm

Last day of Term:                                             Wednesday 23rd July

Children in Years 1 – 6 return to school on   Tuesday 2nd September

Children in Foundation Stage start school on Monday 8th September

Parking Please do NOT park outside the staff car park – it is a private road for use of residents only and residents are being put to great inconvenience by cars blocking their access and car doors being thrown open and damaging their vehicles. One resident was even sworn at by one of our parents! I have notified the police and they will start to issue penalty notices to people stopping illegally in that area.


PFA News


Textile Recycling – Monday 7th July.   This will be the last collection for this school academic year so, bag up those unwanted wellies, shoes, clothing, etc. and bring to school on Monday.  Your recycled items will be turned into cash for the PFA funds.  Many thanks PFA

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning

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