Newsletter 6 – 11th October 2013

Dear Parents

Farleigh Hungerford Trip We had a lovely time at this mediaeval castle ruin on Tuesday and Wednesday – the children were able to see and dress up in replica costumes from the era, touch and investigate real artefacts and enjoy a guided tour of the site. As ever, their behaviour was impeccable and we were very proud of them. My thanks to the volunteers who helped out with this trip, and to the teachers and teaching assistants who worked so hard to make sure the trip was valuable.

Pantomime Trip We are delighted that we will be able to take all our children to the pantomime in Salisbury on Friday 6th December during school time.  More information on this will follow. The PFA have very generously offered to subsidise the trip so that the cost to parents is as small as possible.

Traffic Once again, I have had concerns expressed by parents about the dangers to our children of the traffic outside the school. Please make sure that you travel slowly, that you park sensibly and that you supervise your children carefully. Our children’s lives are at stake and nothing is more important than their safety. Please remember that there is a 20mph limit through the whole village now.

Cold weather Remind your children to bring their coats into school as the weather is turning much colder. It is bitterly cold up on the field sometimes and we get the children out to play if at all possible – they need to be wrapped up warmly. Please make sure that their coats, as well as their scarves, gloves and all other clothing items, have their names marked somewhere – even just in biro on the label.

Meetings coming up

  • 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.
  • Handbell club will be holding a Handbell and Carol service on Thursday 6th December at 6.00pm in the school hall – do come along, enjoy the handbells and sing some carols with us.

Individual photos Mr Gyllenspetz will, once again, take the individual photos of our children in the week commencing 14th October. Stonehenge children will have their photos taken on Monday, White Horse children on Tuesday, Sarum children on Wednesday, Avebury children on Thursday and Silbury children on Friday. Sibling photos will probably be taken the following week. Slips to order these photos will be sent home soon after they have been taken. As well as providing families with a lovely portrait of their child, this project raises money to purchase resources for our children.

Parent/teacher Evenings Slips to book an appointment with your child/ren’s teachers will be sent out next week – please return these by Tuesday 22nd October so that we can finalise your precise appointment time. The dates for the parent/teacher meetings are Wednesday 13th November from 3.00pm – 5.00pm and Thursday 14th November 5.30pm – 8.00pm. Each family will be given a 10 minute slot to discuss their child’s progress and attainment. If you think you need a longer appointment, please arrange this with the teacher separately. We work hard to make sure the meetings are only 10 minutes long at these events so that waiting times are kept to the minimum.

Parental Canvassing We are always interested in our parents’ views of the school and take into account any suggestions and comments you make when we carrying out our strategic planning. You are welcome to contact us at any time, by phone, email, letter or simply by catching us at the door!  At this time of year, we like to carry out a formal parental canvassing, using a form similar to that used by Ofsted inspectors. We will give these forms out at the Parents’ Evening meetings and encourage to you complete them and submit them on that same evening so that we get as high a percentage poll as possible. If you would like to see the canvassing form and consider your responses at leisure over the coming weeks, the form can be found on our website on the front page where the newsletters are published – you will see it labelled Parental Canvassing.

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. Copies of the full policies are available on our website. This week we will look at the anti-bullying policy.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community. 

 “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.

Edington Pumpkin Day  Saturday 26th October from 12-2pm at the Parish Hall. Lots of children’s activities – conker competition. Light lunches of soup and sweet, all with a pumpkin connection. Competition entries to be delivered to the hall by 11am for judging. Largest home grown pumpkin, Smallest home-grown pumpkin, Best carved pumpkin, Best decorated pumpkin, Best cookery using pumpkin ingredients, Best sweet dish, Best savoury dish, Most unusual dish, Pumpkin preserve.


*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

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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