Newsletter 37 – 9th July 2021

Dear Parents

Holy Trinity Olympics What fun we have had this week! We have run all sorts of competitive sporting events, many for the first time this year, since we had the flexibility of a whole week at our disposal. We have seen once again what aspirational and gracious sportspeople our children are – cheerful, supportive and kind in both victory and defeat. We are so proud of them.

My thanks to Mr Amor for all the hard work on sorting out the complicated timetables of events, and to all the staff and children who worked so hard to make this week a success.

Parents Welcome Meetings Change of Date!  Please note that we have decided to move the Parent Welcome Meetings, where you would have met your child’s new class teacher, to the start of the Autumn term. This means that you will have the opportunity to meet Mrs Woodman, the new headteacher, and will also (we hope) be able to have the meeting in your child’s classroom rather than outside, so that you can see the environment in which they will spend much of their day. We hope that this will make the meeting more useful for you. Please change this date in your diaries from the last week of this term to the following:  

Tuesday 7th September at 4.30pm – White Horse Class

Tuesday 7th September at 5.00pm – Stonehenge Class

Tuesday 7th September at 5.30pm – Avebury Class

Wednesday 8th September at 4.30pm – Sarum Class

Wednesday 8th September at 5.00pm Silbury Class.

You will receive a letter today telling you which classroom your child will be in next academic year. This morning, your child had a session with their new cohort of friends and their teacher for next year so that they feel familiar with that new community.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Don’t forget to come to your appointment! The meetings will be held after school on Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July. Please do NOT bring children with you. All adults on site must maintain social distancing. We will need people to arrive at their exact time, neither earlier nor later. Please do not come at all if you have any Covid symptoms. The meetings will be held outdoors. We ask that you enter through the pedestrian gate on the layby and leave through the vehicular gate so that we do not have too much cross over. 

Covid Although the Government has said that staggered drop off and pick up times and Bubbles are no longer a statutory duty from 19th July, they have suggested that we continue with our routines as they are for the final four days of term – there is no benefit to children having their routines disrupted for these last few days. We will therefore continue to maintain the strict protocols we have followed for the past year in order to keep our community, and particularly our staff, safe and well as they go into their summer holiday. Even vaccinated adults can be quite ill with Covid, as Andrew Marr has testified. We do not want our staff to be ill through the summer holidays. They need to rest and be fresh for the new academic year.

Year 3/Year 4 performances In light of the extremely high case numbers in Wiltshire at present, and in line with our commitment to helping our staff go into their summer holiday without Covid, we have decided to video the performances for parents and send those families a copy, rather than having visitors come into the hall to watch the plays. The children continue to be very excited about the plays, and are making the scenery and having rehearsals with great enjoyment.

Silbury Class Restaurant In order to reduce the number of people on site, we will run the restaurant over two days,  Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th July at 1.30pm, weather permitting. The event will be cancelled if it is raining. Parents will have had the detail on this. Please abide by the restrictions when you come on site – remain seated at your table and maintain 2m distance from other people as you come in and go out. If you have any symptoms of Covid, please do not come on site. You will need to isolate and get a PCR test if you have symptoms of Covid.

Uniform Expectations in the New Academic Year From September, we ask that all children revert to the usual uniform code with ordinary black school shoes – no trainers, no boots (even ankle boots), no open toed shoes etc. We also ask that children keep their PE kit in school in a draw string bag at all times so that they can run out and do a bit of PE at any moment through the week. Please DO NOT send in rucksacks or bags, as we have no space for children to store these and they present serious safety hazards lying on the floor of the cloakrooms. We provide all they need in school, and the most they should be bringing in is their reading book, lunch, and, if required, their musical instrument for their lesson.

The uniform code can be found in full on our website:

Second Hand Uniform We have a lot of second hand uniform that is sold for school funds by our PFA. We strongly encourage you to purchase second hand uniform as it is far better to re-use and recycle these garments than to buy new. New clothing has a high environmental impact and it is a really good idea to do all we can to limit that impact.

The PFA will run a “shop” to be advertised via the Parents’ WhatsApp channel, so do keep a look out for that. Francesca Shepherd and Liz Reid are happy to be contacted for bespoke requests. There will also be an online shop through the PFA Facebook page with photograph and lists of items. 

The Summer Reading Challenge! This year the Summer Reading Challenge (which is absolutely free, run by the Wiltshire Library Service) will run from Saturday 10th July until Saturday 4th September. They will be running it slightly differently from previous years, giving out complete packs of materials to take away (rather than children visiting regularly to collect items).  Children can collect a pack from Devizes Library from Saturday 10 July. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books (including eBooks) during the summer holidays and receive rewards along the way.

If they prefer, children will be able to take part in the challenge online at: Here they will also find games, competitions, book recommendations and much more to inspire them. The theme of the challenge this year is Wild World Heroes – The Reading Agency has teamed up with WWF to encourage children across the country to engage in fun reading activity focused on environmental issues. In addition libraries will also be running a ‘Climate action’ fun activity, with prizes for some lucky participants!

Hit the Ground Running! In order for children to come back to school in September ready to pick up their learning journey quickly, we do ask parents to keep up with some activities through the summer holidays – as well as the reading, a little bit of practical maths and writing will help them to “hit the ground running” when they come back.

You might, for instance, with younger children, ask them to divide a pizza between their family in equal fractions, or to work out how much cutlery is required for a picnic if each person has 3 items and there are 4 people coming on the picnic. Older children might like to work out how much 20% off the entrance fee to a theme park would be, or what time it will be when you arrive at your destination if it takes 1 hour and 23 minutes to get there. There are online times tables games and other number games which children enjoy playing.

They could write a postcard to grandparents, or an invitation, a menu or an instruction leaflet. They might like to produce a newspaper for the family, asking for contributions and writing articles, jokes, letters etc themselves. A holiday pamphlet persuading people to come to their holiday destination is always fun – with photos taken by the children. A report on a museum or sea life centre is interesting. Any real life projects like this will support your child’s learning and help them understand the point of learning.

None of this needs to take very long, just a few minutes each day, but it will really help your child when they return. 

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they (and any siblings) 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.

Last day of term Thursday 22nd July is the last day of term. Everyone from Year 1 – Year 6 is back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Foundation Stage children start with their half days on Monday 6th September.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

A competition for the local parish magazine! ‘The News’ Magazine for Coulston, Erlestoke and

Edington would like our children to create something to go in their magazine. It could be: A photo; A short story (300 words max); A poem (300 words max); A drawing; A manga (story told through cartoons)

THEME: ‘Being thankful

What are you thankful for? Is it your friends, family, school, pets, clubs, food, the sunshine?

PRIZES!!!        1st place – £20; 2nd place – £10, 3rd place – £5

Deadline 10th September – entries to be returned to the school after the summer holidays.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings NO children, please. 3.20pm – 5.50pm To be held outdoors.
Friday 16th July – Saturday 17th July Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Children to be kept in their class bubbles for this event.  
Monday 19th July and Wednesday 21st July.  Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays No parents – a video will be sent to the families
Postponed to September Teachers’ welcome meetings Tuesday 7th Sept 4.30pm – White Horse Class Tuesday 7th Sept 5pm – Stonehenge Class Tuesday 7th Sept 5.30pm – Avebury Class
Postponed to September Teachers’ welcome meetings Wednesday 8th Sept 4.30pm – Sarum Class Wednesday 8th Sept 5pm – Silbury Class
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 2.00pm with the Bishop. Outdoors
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit. Outdoors, social distancing.
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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

Thank you

Thank you to all the parents who have been supporting us this year and helping us to adapt to new circumstances.

Many thanks

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