Newsletter 4 – 23rd September 2016

Dear Parents

Harvest Assembly takes place on Friday 30th September at 2.15pm. Donations of non- perishable items can be brought in to school next week. Our donations always go to the Devizes Foodbank (run by the Trussell Trust) – see their website at ). Here is a list of items that they particularly need: Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Long life fruit juice, Tins of Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tin), Tinned Tomatoes, Breakfast cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags, Jar of instant coffee, Instant mash potato 500gms, Rice 500gms, Pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jar of Jam, Packets of biscuits, Snack bars. Please ensure that all items are still in date.  Many families in desperate situations are helped by this foodbank.

“Garden in a Tray” competition – Friday 30th September 2016 3.00 – 4.00 Arts Centre This year as part of Harvest Festival the Gardening Club would like to invite all children at Holy Trinity to take part in the “Garden in a Tray” competition.

Create a miniature garden in a standard sized seed tray (no larger than 25cm by 38cm by 6cm high) and let your imagination run wild. Your garden can have any theme you like. You can include action figures, dolls’ house furniture, toy animals or even dinosaurs! And you could make buildings out of card, clay or wood. Your garden must contain some living plant material, and some recycled materials.  Gardens will be judged on the imagination and creativity shown, the quality of the result, and the likelihood that it has been done by the child without assistance! There will be small prizes for everyone who takes part, and a prize for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Please get your entries in to the school by 9am on the Friday morning (30th Sept), with a completed entry form – available from the school office.

Clubs led by school staff or volunteers These clubs are due to start next week – your child should have brought home permission slips for any of the clubs in which they are interested. Not every club is available for every child – but there will be something available for all children through the course of the year. Some clubs will run during lunchtimes and others will run after school.

Times Tables It is essential that all children learn their times tables (up to the 12x table by Year 4) in order to succeed in maths. A rapid recall of multiplication (and related division) facts means that children can solve problems involving fractions, multiple additions and subtractions, factors, multiples, percentages, ratios, algebra and geometry problems, and many more – indeed it is hard to think of a maths problem that does not involve the use of the times table facts. Please help your child to learn these so that they have the tools to use when trying to solve maths problems.  Mr Gyllenspetz can let you have a copy of the random number generating spread sheet which we use to help children to recall the multiplication facts at greater speed.

Illness in school At this time of the year, we often have lots of cases of colds, flu and tummy upsets. Children can come into school if they are slightly unwell with a bit of a runny nose, but no child should come to school with a temperature and if your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they must not come back into school for 24 – 48 hours after their last episode. We rely on parents making that final judgement about precisely when to come back to school, but they should not be rushed back into school within hours. We need to ensure that we keep the infection under control and this is best done by making sure that infectious children are not at school.  We remind children about, and rehearse, hand washing protocols, every child has their own pen and pencil and we are strict in hygiene observance in all areas of school life, aiming to keep contamination to an absolute minimum.

Harvest Festival in St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell takes place on Sunday 9th October at 11.00am. Do come along and enjoy this traditional service of Thanksgiving!

Great Cheverell Autumn Fayre   Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and community on Saturday 29th October from 2 – 4pm in the village hall. Stalls, face painting, teas and much more!

Wool & Fabric We would be grateful for any donations of wool or fabric (large enough to be creative with!) – if you have any spare, please consider dropping them in to school.

PFA News

The PFA (Parents & Friends Association) would like to extend a big welcome to all of our new children and parents and also a big welcome back to our existing parents and children.

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped us to get the Outdoor Classroom built last year. It was an extraordinary year topped off by the grand opening ceremony that was fantastic fun and really community spirited.

I will be standing down as Chair this year, I have had such fun but having been in the role for 2 years it’s time for me to step aside. With this in mind the AGM will be on Thursday 6th October at 6.30pm in School. We need as many people as possible to attend the meeting so please do come along, whether you can help us just simply  by baking a cake or get completely involved in organising events or by becoming the Chair or the Treasurer  we need you! We have worked really hard this year to make the PFA very much about community, working collaboratively and in harmony and I am proud that we are an inclusive, friendly and welcoming bunch of people.

Without the PFA and the amazing group of people who are involved the children would not have the Christmas party, Easter Disco, Film Night, Summer & Christmas Fayre to name but a few.

Christmas Cards are coming! Yes I said Christmas! Due to the success of the Christmas cards last year I have been asked to run the project again. These cards are designed by each of the children and are then available for you to order. The order forms & design will be coming home with your child on Friday 14th October – to be returned by Tuesday 18th October. This will ensure that we get the cards back for the beginning of December.  Gemma

Dates for your Diary:

Second hand uniform sale after school on Friday 30th September – please hand in any clean, unwanted uniform in good condition ahead of the sale, and bring some money to buy some bargains!

Harvest Festival Casual Clothes Day (£1 donation) and Cake Sale on Friday 30th September.

Watch this Space! Due to VERY popular demand, Fabby Friday is returning! Join us for Fizz, Fun & Laughs. This year we will donate half of the profit from Fabby Friday to charity which will be chosen at the AGM.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 30th September Harvest Assembly 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Thursday 13th October Stonehenge class to Salisbury Cathedral – to find out about properties of materials 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 21st October Neolithic day for White Horse class 8.30am – 3.00pm , Parents in at 1.15pm
Friday 21st October Last day of term 3.00pm
Monday 31st October TD day
Tuesday 1st November Children back to school
Wednesday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.15pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 10th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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