Newsletter 39 – 22nd July 2021

Dear Parents

We wish you all a very happy, restful and refreshing summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in September!

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.

Campout! What an amazing event this was! With archery, laser fun, BBQ, campfire singing, water races and, of course, sleeping under canvas with their friends, the children had the most wonderful experience. We are so grateful to all the adults who offered to organise and run this event at the end of a long and exhausting term. They have ensured that the children have memories that will last a lifetime.

Year 6 Leavers We have been blessed with a truly remarkable cohort of Year 6 children this year, and they have faced the difficulties of this unusual time, (as have all our children), with courage, pragmatism and cheerfulness. They had a lovely Leavers’ trip to a woodland area to take part in adventure activities, they led many aspects of our school Eucharist and presented a lovely (albeit truncated) Leavers’ Assembly. We are very proud of them and wish them well as they set off to secondary school. We are grateful to Mr Amor who has made sure that they enjoyed the fullest possible experience of their last weeks in primary school.

School Eucharist  A lovely moment of quiet and reflection for everyone, regardless of their faith or non-faith philosophy, took place on Tuesday. Bishop Andrew led the celebration in his usual engaging and thoughtful way, and we were able to enjoy a surprise performance by our school choir of “You Raise Me Up” – this was especially meaningful for me, as I took part in my last school Eucharist. Thank you to the school choir and to Patrick and Gwynnifer for preparing this.

Film and Ice Cream morning  Today, our children will have their usual end of term treat, with a film in their classrooms and an ice cream at the interval. We will complete the end of term routines and farewells, with our last “Safety Assembly” and our last Collective Worship in the afternoon.

The end of a challenging year We regularly remark on how incredibly well all our children have managed the challenges of this disrupted year, how bravely they have faced the restrictions, with optimism, cheerfulness and courage, and how well they have continued with their education in all its facets. We want to thank our families who have clearly supported their children to achieve this, in collaboration with the school, so that our children do not appear disadvantaged, and in fact have gained strength and wisdom through the difficulties they have experienced. We need to take a moment to reflect on this and to be pleased with a job well done.

PFA Thank you also to our wonderful PFA who have continued with their work, raising funds, welcoming new families and ensuring that our children are given enrichment opportunities. We are all very grateful to you for all your work.

Year 3/Year 4 Performances What wonderful performances the children put on this week! They were tremendous. These were filmed and have been sent out to parents. We are very grateful to Ms Castle and Mr McGuiness for their work on this project and to the staff who made it all happen.  

TD days The Government has announced that there will be an additional bank holiday to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate. Wiltshire Council have confirmed that Monday 25th July 2022 will be added as the additional holiday. The change is highlighted in the term dates attached. As 25th July is already a TD day for us, we have added an additional TD day to the May holiday – 7th June 2022.

To confirm the TD Days for 2021-2022 are 1/9/2021, 28/2/2022, 6/6/2022, 7/6/2022 & 22/7/2022.

Farewell As I retire from this beloved school, which I joined as a teacher in 2001, and led as headteacher from 2005, I would like to thank the community for giving me the great privilege of working with the most outstanding staff team in the world and of educating the most remarkable children.

I delight in all the areas in which our children excel. Quite aside from their remarkable academic outcomes, they are powerful philosophers, artists, and sportspeople; they are great challengers of prejudice, able to pick up responsibility with independence and initiative. They are already outstanding young citizens and will go on to be tremendous leaders of our community in years to come.  In Africa we have a saying, “It takes a whole village to raise a child!” At Holy Trinity, we really have that vision lived out daily, and our children’s outcomes are a tribute to everyone in our local and wider community.

I have found deep fulfilment in my role as headteacher of Holy Trinity and feel grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this community of courage, compassion, aspiration and joy. I have learnt more than I have taught, and I retire with a sense of contentment and of pride in the people I have worked with and for. 

I thank everyone who has helped with farewell celebrations, written thoughtful notes and cards, left messages and given me gifts. In particular, my thanks to all who contributed to the hugely generous gift donated by the whole school community – I feel very humbled by your enormous generosity and I am very moved by affection expressed. Thank you for supporting me over all these years. It has been a great honour to serve this wonderful community.

For the last time, and with thanks and best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
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

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