Newsletter 5 – 30th September 2016

Dear Parents

Harvest Assembly Many thanks for all the generous donations to our Harvest appeal. The Devizes Foodbank helps families who have been left in desperate situations and this emergency aid is invaluable to these people.

Gardening Club Children in Gardening club had a wonderful trip to the Priory market gardens on Monday, to find out more about growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. My thanks to Liz Read and her volunteers who give so generously of their time to run this club – there is no monetary reward for all their time and efforts and it is a lot of hard work. The Gardening Club has recently bought a green house and children will be able to extend the growing season, so we should have even more wonderful displays of flowers, and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Whilst gardening is the primary focus for learning for the greenhouse, the whole school will be able to use it for lessons in biology, adaptations to environments and much more. Thanks once again to Liz Read for organising the purchase of this structure and to Patrick Williams who helped to erect it.

Individual Photos Children will have their school portraits taken on Friday 7th October. Please make sure that they are in their uniform for these pictures. My thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz, our photographer, who works so hard to ensure that every photo is lovely and who, with the office staff, administers the whole process so that parents can have excellent photos at a reasonable cost.

Fire Drill We run regular fire drills at different times of the school day to ensure that we can always evacuate the children safely. Our most recent one, held on Tuesday, showed that we can have every person out of the school in a minute and a half, and then the roll call completed in less than a minute. This is very impressive. The children know how to lead out quietly and calmly and how to line up in alphabetical order to facilitate the whole process.

Child Protection Safeguarding children is a very important part of the life of our school. If anyone has any concerns that a child is being abused, the designated safeguarding lead (Mrs Henning), or the deputy Designated safeguarding leads (Mr Amor and Mr Gyllenspetz) must be contacted. If it is not possible to contact these people, or there is a reason not to let them know, then the matter must be reported directly to Social Services (0300 4560108) or the Police as a matter of urgency. It is the responsibility of every single person to ensure that children are safe and happy.

Wake and Shake We have best parental involvement in Wake and Shake that we have ever seen in our school! Thank you! This really helps the children to have fun with this early morning wake up routine.

Winter As the weather cools down and we enter beautiful Autumn and Winter, we ask that you send your child in to school with a coat – we like the children to get out and run around even if the weather is a bit damp or cold. Please make sure all coats, gloves, hats, scarves and all items that come into school are clearly marked with your child’s name. Simply writing their name onto the label with a ballpoint pen is better than nothing!

Recorder Lessons Please note that there are no recorder lessons for the next fortnight – you will not have been charged for these lessons.

Lataca Menu for next half term will be emailed out to all parents with this newsletter – please look out for it!

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Forms are available in the office. Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”.

Our wonderful school  There will be an article about our school in Wiltshire Life in October. The journalist who came to the school was very impressed with everything she saw! She said that it would be wonderful to clone the school and spread this outstanding education everywhere.

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 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.

Textile Recycling this Monday 3rd October. Please leave bags outside the art centre. You can recycle shoes, clothes, curtains, bed linen. Please NO scraps of material, duvets, pillows & cushions or cuddly toys

Please make all Christmas Card cheques payable to Holy Trinity Parents & Friends association.


Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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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