Newsletter 6 – 7th October 2016

Dear Parents

Residential Trip for Year 3 and Year 4 children Please remember that all children in Years 3 and 4 must be in school by 8.00am on Monday! The coach will wait for no one! Please make sure that, if your child needs prescription medication, this has been handed in to the office or to one of the class teachers with the correct permission form and clear instructions for dispensing. We will also dispense travel sickness tablets if your child requires them – again with the correct paperwork.

Help your child to pack their own bag so that they know what is in it and how to pack it again at the end of the trip. Please note that the forecast is for cooler (though dry) conditions so please bring a warm coat and other warm clothing. Old clothing is best – the children will be very busy outside and will get dirty.

I believe there are many children who can now put a duvet cover onto a duvet – well done! They will need this skill. Please do not send any food or medication (except asthma inhalers) in your child’s bag and we do not allow any phones or other electronic devices on the trip. They can bring a book along to read in the evening if there is time. There is a lot of excitement about this trip – the children will have a wonderful time and will learn lots about team work, meeting challenges, physical coordination, resilience and independence.

Secondary School places our year 6 children will start secondary school in September 2017. The deadline for applying for a place is the 31 October 2016. Please register at

Trip to Salisbury Cathedral On Thursday 13th October, the children in Stonehenge class will have a trip to Salisbury cathedral to find out about the properties of materials. The Education department at the cathedral is very good and we always find our children learn a tremendous amount on these field trips. And they love the coach trip as well! Please make sure that you have packed a lunch for your child and that they are wearing their warm school uniform and a coat.

Gardening Club Sincere thanks to Lucy Bates at Priory Farm and Three Daggers Farm Shop for hosting our gardening club trip on Monday 26th September. The children enjoyed harvesting, tasting and displaying beetroots, chard, beans and pumpkins, then munched on lovely biscuits at the farm shop. Many thanks to parent helpers and to the children for their good behaviour and enthusiasm.

PFA Our thanks go, as ever, to our wonderful PFA who work so hard to support the school by providing funds and services that enrich the quality of education we can offer our children. Aside from significant financial support that they provide for various projects, they also organise the Christmas party, the film night, the disco evening, the Pancake races, the Harvest display, refreshments at sports day and the various productions and plays – and much more! Please do consider getting involved in their work – you do not have to take on a leading role, but the more people who offer to help, the easier it is to organise ambitious and exciting projects. It is also a friendly, fun group of people and joining their ranks is a great way to become part of the school community.

Wiltshire Life Following a comment by a parent who had bought the “wrong” edition of the Wiltshire Life article, we have had this note from the Wiltshire Life editor: “The article on Holy Trinity is in the NOVEMBER issue, which has a photograph of trees framing a lake view, with yellow tones. The November issue is not sealed.” We are very sorry for any confusion – this is not the message we were given originally!

Parking We ask that parents park in the parking spaces of the pavilion, not on the sides of the road or on the grass. If there is not enough parking, please park down in the village and walk up Green Lane (it is really good to see some parents adopting this strategy – thank you!).

Military Families Please let us know if either parent in the family is in the services – the government give us a little extra money for each of these children and this can be used to support various school initiatives as well as providing some extra support for the children themselves should they need it.

Supervision of children Please make sure that you are supervising your child carefully when they are playing in the park over the road. We were shocked to hear that some children had been trespassing on the premises of one of the residents in Witchcombe Close, because their parents or carers were not paying attention to them or were sitting in the car and could not see them.

Parents picking children up from clubs A reminder that NO parent may go into a classroom at any time unless invited by the class teacher or TA, particularly if there are children getting changed after a club. This is entirely inappropriate and is a safeguarding concern. You should pick your children up from the playground. Children might run in to change or pick up their bags, but parents may not follow them into the classroom unless invited to do so and accompanied by a member of staff.

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!

Indoor Car Boot sale on Saturday 15th October from 10am-12pm in Edington Parish Hall. Book a table for £5 to sell your items. Set up from 9am, call Patricia on 07801 847508 for details.

PFA News

Thanks to all who attended the PFA AGM last night. Huge thanks to Debi Bell-Hosking who is our new chair and Julie Stone and Louise Gaiger who are our new deputies. Poppy Godfrey has agreed to be our new secretary. Jane Gibbons continues to be our poster and tuck shop champion and Gemma Ackerman will keep our Facebook presence going.

Please, please, please – We still need a treasurer! You don’t have to be an accountant to do the role and it doesn’t take a huge amount of time! Please talk to any of us if you think you can help.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Monday 10th October Year 3 and Year 4 go on residential trip 8.00am
Tuesday 11th October Year 3 and Year 4 return from residential 4.00pm
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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