Newsletter 39 – 14th July 2017

Dear Parents

We wish all our families a wonderful summer holiday, with lots of fun, sun and time to rest and refresh themselves.

Children return to school on Monday 4th September, (except for the new Foundation Stage children who start on Wednesday 6th September). There will be no newsletter next week.

Sports Day Once again, we had a wonderful day on Wednesday, with Mr Amor’s beautifully organised sports programme running exactly according to plan. We were very proud of the children – they showed courage and compassion, aspiration and joy and they gave us all a wonderful example of just how these events should run. We are also very proud of, and grateful to, our Year 6 children who were remarkably well organised, ensuring that the equipment and the support was exactly where it needed to be at each moment. This is a really outstanding group of Year 6 children. Thank you to all our families and governors who came along to support the children as well. And, as ever, a very sincere thank you to our PFA who provided refreshments for the children during the morning.

Year 6 Leavers’ Trip This event takes place on Monday 17th July. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and swimwear.

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.

Leavers’ Assembly On Wednesday 19th July, at 2.00pm Year 6 children will reflect on their time in primary school and school trophies will be awarded. Parents of Year 6 children are invited to come to this event. 2 seats will be allocated to each Year 6 family – there may be a few extra for other people but these will not be reserved and there will not be many extra. We have had a truly exceptional year of Year 6 children this year – we shall all be sad to see them go.

Parents’ Welcome Meetings You are all invited to come along to school on the dates below, meet your child’s class teacher, find out about their school routines and ask any questions you may have. We have also arranged for the meeting about the Year 3/Year 4 residential trip to be amongst these meetings so that hopefully you will be able to coordinate the evening and get to all the meetings.

Avebury Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 6th September 5.00pm
Residential Trip Meeting for Year 3 and Year 4: Wednesday 6th September 5.30pm
Sarum Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 6th September 6.00pm
Stonehenge Class Welcome Meeting: Thursday 7th September 5.00pm
White Horse Welcome Meeting: Thursday 7th September 5.30pm
Silbury Class Welcome Meeting: Wednesday 7th September 6.00pm

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.

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.

School Bags Please remember, as you are buying your child’s school bag, to ensure that you do not get a ruck sack. We have no room for these in school. There are serious health and safety issues with large bags falling off the hooks and blocking circulation areas that lead to fire exits. Children should have a flat, fabric book bag (which goes into a crate) and a draw string PE bag and their lunch boxes. Nothing else ought to come into school.

Music holiday Club If you would like your child to attend this wonderful experience from 31st July – 3rd August at school, please email to book a place – the children will play and make instruments, do music themed baking and other food and lots more. £50 for the week or £14 a day.

Superstars sports holiday club This very popular club will run at school from 24th July – 28th July and again 7th August – 11th August. Website or 08452413682. £68 for the week or £20 a day.

Hit the ground running! Please continue to read with your child through the summer holidays, using the library reading challenge or any other reading they wish to do – books, comics, blogs, emails, instructions, recipes, adverts, menus etc.

You might also, for instance, with younger children, ask them to divide a chocolate between each member of the family, or 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.

They could write 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 learning like this will support your child’s learning and help them understand the point of learning.

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.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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 • Avebury class welcome meeting
• Residential trip meeting for all parents of children in
Y3 and Y4
• Sarum 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

PFA Our thanks go to our wonderful PFA and all our families who support the school so strongly and ensure that our children are given the best possible education.

Sunflower Competition Please take a photo of your sunflower and either send it to or post on the PFA Facebook page by 1st September, noting the height from the soil level to where the stem attaches to the flower.
The top 3 tallest flowers will be visited for verification and there will be a prize giving at sharing assembly on the 15th September.

Cheverells Garden Club Fun Show There will be classes for the children at the CGC show on the 9th September at the village hall. Flyers are in book bags and available on the PFA website. Children living in the Cheverells or attending Holy Trinity are able to enter.
Classes – Gingerbread person
Garden on a plate
Collage of a flower
Animal from vegetables

Pavilion Car Park A reminder to all parents that Cheverell Magna Parish Council very kindly lets our parents use the car park at pick up and drop off times. However, it is a privilege that we need to respect. If the car park has been hired by another user, our parents may not use it. It does not belong to us. I have asked that the Council to consider letting us know when the car park has been hired out so that we can give parents a warning that there will be very limited parking on that day. If there are traffic cones up, please do not park there.

Library Reading Challenge Our libraries are running their very popular reading challenge through the summer. For each book that the child reads, they will be given a small reward and a certificate at the end. The topic this year is “Animal Agents” and is a bit of a detective theme. This is tremendous way of making sure that your child keeps up with their reading over the summer. Please do consider taking part.

Are you a parent of a 3- or 4-year old? Check out the new entitlement for working parents starting this September on
Up to 30 hours of free childcare a week. You can also check what help you could get with your childcare costs by using the government’s new childcare calculator at

“My greatest Adventure” Watch Bear’s Story on Bear Grylls is backing the Alpha Course which will run in September on Wednesday evenings at Easterton Church.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions (for adults) that freely explore the basics of Christian faith. It is free for anyone who is curious and takes place in a friendly, open and informal environment. Alpha is 11 weekly evening sessions and is free of charge. Each session includes food, a short talk/ video and discussion for thought sharing. Try it and leave it if it is not for you; no questions asked.
Come to a taster session at Easterton Church at 7pm on Wednesday 19th July (next week) For more information and or transport from Great Cheverell contact Anna Spear – 07718949559.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

PFA News
This time last week we were advertising the Summer Fayre. Today we’re sending out an ENORMOUS THANK-YOU for your incredible support!! Together we raised: £1090.76!!!
We’ve emailed stall-holders the takings of individual stalls, so check your inbox if you haven’t already. Everybody – Mums, Dad, Grandparents, Siblings, Friends – worked so hard to make the afternoon a success as the sun smiled on the Holy Trinity Community. Thanks again everyone!
And still on the subject of the Fayre, we have a winner of ‘Guess the number of Jelly Beans’. Well done Marie Spencer you were the closest guess with 907. The actual number of Jelly Beans in the jar was 905! A lovely great big colourful jar of jelly beans is waiting for you in School Reception.

Today is a very special Chocolate Strawberry Tuck Shop. We encourage you to make the most of it this afternoon as sadly this is the last of the Tuck Shops with Jane and Barry at the helm. Although it is wonderful that the Gibbons are moving forward as their son leaves Year 6 – it is with a tinge of sadness that we make this announcement.

Jane has contributed so, so much to the PFA Team – Friday Tuck Shops, the posters and flyers you get in book bags, many raffle prizes as well as the annual Chocolate Easter Bunny! Jane came up with the idea of Tuck Shop after hearing parents in the park say how nice it would be to have refreshments – and so she did something about it! So much so that ‘Friday Tuck Shop’ is now a firm favourite with our kids. It would be sad to see what is now a wonderful tradition trail away, so please do let us know if you are interested in perhaps helping to sustain the tradition of ‘Jane’s Friday Tuck Shop’ during the next school year. (We’re thinking it may be suitable for a team who could share the role.)
In the meantime, enjoy the Chocolate Strawberries today!
From the PFA Team

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