Newsletter 5 – 4th October 2013

Dear Parents

Visit from the Archdeacon of Wilts We were delighted to welcome the Revd Ruth Worsley to our school on Thursday to lead worship and to make the acquaintance of the children and staff. She led a thought-provoking session using a lime and a swede! The children sang, as ever, beautifully, and the Year 6 Hall Helpers set up the environment with great sensitivity. Our recorder players played “Autumn Days” with real mastery as we left the hall. Visitors to our school are always very impressed by our children – their behaviour, sense of fun and enjoyment, and their enthusiasm. They are a credit to their families and to the school.

Farleigh Hungerford Trip Please remember that children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be going to Farleigh Hungerford castle next week on Tuesday 8th October and the children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 will be going on Wednesday 9th October. They will all need some kind of waterproof coat since they will be walking around the ruins whatever the weather. They also need a packed lunch on the day that they are going. It is easiest if this is in a disposable bag so that they do not have to keep charge of a lunch box. It is very likely that the younger children will eat their lunch when they return to school, but they will miss hot dinners so it is important that they have a packed lunch. The younger children will have a piece of fruit half way through the morning.

Harvest Celebration Thank you very much to all who donated food items to our Harvest appeal. Thousands of food boxes and meals are provided for destitute families and individuals in Devizes over the course of the year, especially as the tough economic times bite harder. All our donations will go the Trussell Trust and to the Churches of St John and St Mary who support those in need.

A very special thanks to Annabel Mackintosh and her team of PFA helpers who did such a wonderful job of setting up our Harvest display this week. It looked wonderful.

Fire Drill We practice evacuating the school regularly to ensure that we can always keep our children safe in the case of emergency. Our fire drill recently showed that we can entirely empty the school in one minute and ten seconds. A minute later, roll call was completed as well. The children are always calm, quiet and sensible as they leave the school and are very used to the procedures.

Meetings coming up

  • There will be a meeting on  Wednesday  9th Oct 5.00pm for parents of all children in Years 3 and 4 about the Braeside Residential Trip (which will take place on 5th– 6th March for Year 3 and on  6th-7th March for Year 4). Please come to this if your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 as you will be given information about the trip and have a chance to ask any questions you may have.
  • There will be a meeting on Tuesday 15th Oct 5.00pm for parents of all children in Years 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip (which will take place 21st – 23rd May). Please do come along to this.
  • The E-safety meeting requested by parents to support with installing security features on computers and various other e-safety matters will take place on Thursday 7th November 5.30pm.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. This week, we will discuss briefly the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Policy.

For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support therapists and Speech and Language therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEN. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be working on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). If a child does meet the thresholds for an IEP they will usually be put at the level “School Action” in the first instance. If, after two cycles of assessment, they are making no discernible progress, then they may be moved to “School Action +” and again, if no discernible progress is made, we will ask for a statutory assessment which might, under very rare circumstances, result in a Statement of SEN. Overall in our school, our children with SEN make very good progress. Mrs Garraway and Mrs Abbott are our Special Educational Need Coordinators (SENCOs) and both have the SENCO accreditation.

It is worth remarking that children who do not meet the thresholds for an IEP are nevertheless given lots of extra support in this school if they require it. We open what we call a “Concern Sheet”, which is shared with parents and extra provision is put in place for the child to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a concern sheet at some point in their school lives – often just for a half term or so until they have overcome the problem that caused the concern.

 “TODDLER TUESDAY” Autumn Term Stay and Play for parents/carers and under 5s at Great Cheverell Preschool (mobile classroom in grounds of Holy Trinity Primary Academy) from 1.00 – 2.30pm, £1.50 per family (inc. refreshment).  For more information contact: or phone 01380 812121.

School Meals We are fortunate to have an excellent provider who deliver healthy meals,  but we do ask you to check the menus with your child before ordering to ensure they will eat what is provided. Lataca have sent home the menus for the next half of term along with some special offers that they are promoting.


*PFA Film Night*  Back by popular demand the PFA will be holding a film night on Friday 18th October from 5pm – 7pm.  A film suitable for all ages will be shown. Admission £1.50 to be paid on the door on the night.  This will also include refreshments.  All pupils welcome from both KS1 and KS2!!

Beanbags at the ready …..…..

Boden Code – If you have friends or family (or yourself) that orders from the on-line company Boden can you please pass on our current offer code Z807 to use when ordering.  This will give us further sales commission from our recent Boden event and still includes the 20% discount.  Thanks!

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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