Newsletter 6 – 12th October 2018

Dear Parents

Visit to Hindu Temple What a lovely day we all had at the Hindu Temple on Wednesday! We were overwhelmed with the warmth of the welcome offered, and with the sights, sounds and flavours of this culture and faith. Our children behaved beautifully, as they always do, showing interest in and respect for all that they encountered. It is very important for our children to find out more about the rich and diverse society that we live in and this is one of the ways in which we support that learning. There are photos of the trip on the school Facebook page and also on the school website.

Recorder Teacher We are delighted that Mrs Jenkins will be able to start recorder lessons after the half term, on Friday afternoons as usual. We thank you all for your patience this term. It has been a very trying time for Mrs Jenkins and we are glad that she is now in a position to pick up her work again. Please send your child in with their recorder on Friday 9th November if you have signed up for recorder lessons.

Lost Items Please make sure that all items that are brought into school are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We do not have the resources to allocate a member of staff to try to find children’s lost clothing/equipment but if things are labelled, they are more likely to be returned to the child. It is best to check with your child when they come out of school that they have everything you expect them to have.

We have a very full lost property basket which you can sift through if something has gone missing. Sometimes children do take each other’s things home – it is worth checking that your child has the correct items as you pick them up in the afternoon. Sometimes things get damaged or broken. It is important that nothing of value is brought into school – it is a busy environment and, whilst we do our best to ensure that everything is treated with the greatest respect, we cannot take responsibility for anything that is brought into school.

Art Exhibition of Children’s Work On Friday 19th October, we invite all parents to come to our Art Exhibition, which will be held in our school hall and will run from 1.45pm – 2.45pm. This will be held instead of our usual Sharing Assembly.

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 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 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 SEND. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND can be accessed at . In short, what will happen is that any child about whom the teacher has concerns will be raised at an SEN meeting with the SENCO (Special Educational Need Co-ordinators) and monitored closely. If the child is not making progress, they will be assessed and given whatever SEND support is deemed necessary through a school support plan, drawn up with the teacher, parents, child and SENCO, with help from specialists if necessary. If the child still does not make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and might be given an Education, Health and Care Plan which might draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra funding ought to be used for.

Overall in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENCO. It is worth remarking that children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND Support are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support 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.

Hooke Court Residential Trip Children in Years 3 and 4 who are going to Hooke Court on the residential trip on 23rd and 24th October must have their medical forms returned to the school beforehand. They need smallish bags that they can manage themselves, filled with the items on the kit list, and especially with old warm clothing so that they are not worried about getting dirty. No food or electronic devices or phones should be packed. Bedding is provided by the centre.

Secondary School places Our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2019. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2018.

Primary School places Children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 will start school in September 2019. You need to apply for a place by 15th January 2019. Please register at

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 18th October Meeting for parents of Y5 and 6 for residential trip to Forest of Dean 5.00pm


Friday 19th October Art Exhibition celebrating this term’s work 1.45pm -2.45pm instead of Sharing Assembly
Tuesday 23rd October  Wednesday 24th October Hooke Court residential trip for Year 3 and 4 children 8.30am  on 23rd October

4.15pm on 24th October

Wednesday 24th October Last day of term
Monday 5th November Children back to school
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 15th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Monday 17th December Christmas Plays – daytime performances 10.00am KS1

1.30pm  KS2

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December Christmas Plays – evening performances 5.00pm KS1

6.15pm KS2

Thursday 20th December Christmas service in Gt Cheverell  Church and Christmas party Service: 9.30am
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

PFA Meeting – Thank you to all who came to the meeting this week!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Information & forms have now gone out in book bags as homework over the half term holidays. Last date for submission is MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER.

FILM NIGHT (for the children) & BINGO NIGHT (for parents & friends of the school) – Both are being planned for after half term. Dates to be announced shortly.

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Many thanks, Your PFA Team

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