Newsletter 38 – 19th July 2019

Dear Parents

We wish you all a wonderful and refreshing summer holiday! We will see you back on Tuesday 3rd September.

School Eucharist What a lovely event we had as Bishop Andrew Rumsey led us in our school Eucharist! He was very impressed with our children, their sense of serenity and reflectiveness, with the liturgical dance, with the enjoyment they had in this time of quiet, recollection and song at the end of a busy year. We thank our clergy and other lay workers who support us so strongly as we help children along their spiritual journey whatever their faith or non-faith position.

Silbury class restaurant Another amazingly successful event! How proud we are of our Year 6 children who manage this project so independently and efficiently. We had an external advisor on site during the Year 6 Restaurant experience, and he was completely amazed by how our children simply picked up the project and made it happen. He had never seen anything like it in any other school he works in. My very sincere thanks to Mr Amor and Mrs Heath who work so hard in the terms before this to make sure the children are ready and skilled enough to run a little restaurant, complete with chief chefs, other chefs, waiters and welcomers. Thanks also to our wonderful parents who throw themselves into this with such enjoyment.

Security Review As we reviewed our security, health and safety procedures at the end of this year, we have identified some areas which would benefit from improvement. To this end, we will be trialling a new morning routine. Wake and Shake will now be held after first break, rather than first thing in the morning – this means that children will not have to try to manage their books, bags and lunch boxes whilst taking part in the dance routine, hopefully leading to fewer trips and falls. We shall ask parents to say good bye and leave the playground as soon as the bell rings so that children are able to have a clearer, safer lead into the school building, with fewer people on the playground and in amongst the lines of children. We hope that this might also help ease the congestion in the roads outside the school.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this initiative.

Award Ceremony and Leavers’ Assembly On Monday 22nd July, we will have an assembly presented by the Year 6 leavers, as they review and remember their days at primary school – lots of laughter and tears at this event as we say farewell to our wonderful Year 6 children. At the end, we will have our awards ceremony. First priority for seats go to parents of Year 6 children but if there is space, everyone is welcome.

Uniform As you start buying your “Back to School” equipment, we remind you that we cannot have rucksacks in school – we just do not have enough space to hang them up safely. Children need PE kit in a small draw string bag and their books in a very flat, portfolio type book bag. If you have decided to buy shoes with laces, it is absolutely essential that you make sure that your child can tie them independently. It is really dangerous for children to run around with laces undone. Please buy ordinary black school shoes, no boots or trainer-type shoes for school. Nothing with high heels and no fashion shoes please. We ask that children do not wear extreme hairstyles, jewellery (except small studs if they have pierced ears and small wrist watches), nail polish, temporary tattoos or make up. We want children to be safe and happy running around through the school day without worrying about their appearance or accessories.

Class splits All parents should have received an email about class splits, and those children who are in split year groups, Years 1, 4 and 5, will also have had slip come home with their child telling them which classroom their child is in next academic year. We ask that you are positive about your child’s classroom – they want to be excited and happy about it and you can support them with this. We assure you that your child will be taught at the edge of their learning no matter which classroom they are in, and they will be taught the national curriculum for their year group regardless of the classroom they are in. Friendships are easily maintained through lunchtime play, break times, and playdates.

Parents welcome meetings These meetings will introduce you to your child’s teacher for the coming academic year, give you the chance to find out what the expectations are in that classroom and to ask any questions you may have.  See below for the times. Stonehenge class will have their welcome meeting on Tuesday 10th September at 5.00pm.

Gardening Our school grounds look beautiful because of the amazing work of Gardening Club. They need some volunteers to help with watering and harvesting over summer and are desperate for volunteers to run Gardening Club in the new year. It would be such a pity if this club were to fall into abeyance because there are no volunteers ready to take the lead. Please consider offering either to take the lead entirely or share the lead with someone. If you can help over summer, or help lead the club, please contact Liz Read, or come to us in the office and we will put you in touch with her. Our huge thanks to Liz who has done such amazing work with Gardening Club, moved the project into a different league and transformed the grounds.

Eisteddfod Choir We are very grateful to Patrick Williams (choir master) and Gwynnifer Williams (accompanist) who have offered to take on the school choir as Mrs Sharman is now not able to do it. They will be taking choir practice on Tuesdays after school from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. If your child is interested in this, letters will come out in the new academic year to sign up. Singing together in a choir is always great fun, and Patrick has a degree in music, has run choirs before, gives singing lessons and is a great singer himself – we are fortunate to have someone so qualified to take the lead on the choir for our children. The choir will compete in the Eisteddfod in late Autumn and will sing in other performances as well.

Lice in school We have had a report of lice in school. Although they do not actually cause harm, and are not the result of dirt, they are unpleasant and we would like to be rid of them if possible. The summer holidays are a good opportunity for us to ensure that every single child is free of lice. We ask that all parents and carers check their child for lice regularly and comb through with conditioner or ask your pharmacist for advice if necessary. Thank you for your support with this.

Supervision of children Sadly, across our country, many children are hurt in the summer holidays as they take their bikes or scooters out and forget the basic traffic safety rules. There are also accidents on railways, powerlines and in water courses. Children spending too much time online can result in a spate of cyberbullying over the summer holidays. Please make sure that your child is supervised at all times. Whilst we do not advocate risk aversion, young children make wrong decisions because they do not have enough life experience and they need adult support to stay safe as they run and explore and have adventures.

Hit the ground running!  Please continue to read with your child through the summer holidays, using the library Summer Reading Challenge or any other reading they wish to do – books, comics, blogs, emails, instructions, recipes, adverts, menus etc. Also, get them to work out little maths problems using time, baking, and buying. Get them to write a postcard, a magazine, or an advert. On our webpage there are resources that you can use to help you think of things to do to help your child over summer. . Keeping up with reading, writing and maths over the summer, means that children can “Hit the ground running” when they return to school in the new academic year. None of this needs to take very long, just a few minutes each day, but it will really help your child when they return.

Edington Flower show There is a lovely category for children in the Edington Flower Show, to be held on Saturday 7th September 2019. This is not just for residents of Edington but for any child in the district.  It is free for children to enter this competition, and the categories include Snowflake Cut Outs, A Gingerbread Person, A Vegetable Person or Monster, A Garden on a Plate, Colour the Picture, A Poem, and Five Decorated Cup Cakes.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Monday 22nd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Monday 22nd July Parents’ “Welcome to the new class” meetings 4.30pm  White Horse 5.00pm  Sarum

5.30pm  Avebury

6.00pm  Silbury

Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

The PFA wishes everyone a very happy holiday and a big thank you for all the support you have given throughout the year!                                                                                                                                                                                        We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors

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