Newsletter 6 – 9th October 2020

Dear Parents

Wrap Around Care We hope to open our Wrap Around Care provision on 2nd November 2020, when we return from the half term break. If you would like to register your child with the provision, please contact school for the sign up and registration forms.

Because of Covid 19 restrictions, we are unable to accept “Walk in” children or families asking for places at short notice. You will have to book a month in advance for the whole month. We are sorry that this is quite restrictive but there is no other way to keep in line with the direction on this and to keep everyone safe – we have a duty of care to our staff and to the children. Once Covid is behind us, we can offer more flexibility.

We can only accept 15 children in each session and they have to be, as far as possible, the same 15 children to maintain the integrity of the Wrap Around Care Bubble, so the first 15 to sign up with be the members of that Bubble on that day. Places will be allocated on a First Come, First Served basis and once we have reached 15 children in that session there will be no more places available. We are not allowed to exceed this number until Covid restrictions are lifted.

We are offering

  • A “Short Afternoon” from 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Or starting when your child’s Bubble goes home, if that is before 3.00pm) which will cost £5 for the session and will include a light snack.
  • A “Long Afternoon”, from 3.00pm – 5.30pm (again, it might start earlier if your child’s Bubble goes home earlier) which will cost £11 for each session.
  • A Breakfast club from 8.00am – 8.30am (or until your child’s Bubble opens in the morning) which will cost £3 for each session. Cereal and fruit will be available if children would like breakfast.

The provision will be managed and run by our own school staff, with Mrs Roberts-Phare being there every day for all sessions, and with other support staff working on a rota through the week. Mrs Roberts-Phare has planned lots of creative and exciting activities which will be delivered in line with Covid requirements, minimising the close contact children have with each other and ensuring that personal equipment is not shared between children.

We are going to ask parents to drop off for Breakfast club between 8.00am and 8.10am at the pedestrian gate in the layby. Afterschool club collection will have to be through the staff car park– we will monitor this to see how much disruption is caused to our neighbours. We may have to change this in due course.

We would be grateful if you can have the forms back to us by Friday 16th October, so that we can organise the sessions in line with the Covid requirements. We will let you know if you have a place.

Collective Worship Every day, we all have a few minutes of reflection on spiritual themes – to do with our own faith or non-faith philosophy, our moral compass, our responsibility towards everything in creation. Then time is set aside to sit still and quietly find that centre of peace, and to pray if we wish to. The stories are usually taken from the Bible or from Christian stories. (This week, we are thinking about the value of Courage, and have had some input on St Francis and his relationship with creation. We will also hear about Daniel and the Lions’ Den and about David and Goliath.)

We used to sing together, which is such a powerful way of cementing a community, but at the moment we cannot sing indoors, so we listen to the songs and do the actions.  We also cannot all meet in the hall for Collective Worship, so it takes place in each classroom. Once a week I lead worship from my office through Teams, which streams into the classrooms, and once a week we have Sharing Assembly, where each classroom has a turn to stream into the other classrooms to share some of the work they have done over the course of the week. Although not as good as meeting together in the hall, this does help us to maintain the community feel of our school.

Activities coming up

  • In November, we will have Kalpesh back in school. We know how amazing he was last time he came! Every child will have a workshop on Bollywood dance, Diwali and Hindu culture and life. Each class (Bubble) will have their own session and all dance will take place outside. We will encourage everyone to wear their brightest coloured clothes on Wednesday 25th November for this event! Bubbles will be strictly maintained.
  • Together with St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell, we will be running a Christingle event with our children shortly before Christmas.
  • We have also organised our traditional Christmas entertainment to take place in a different way – to keep everyone safe, the very popular “Science Boffin” will deliver class workshops through the whole of the last day (Friday 18th December), rather than the usual whole school event at the end of the day.
  • We will have traditional school turkey Christmas dinner on the last day as well, with all our teachers and support staff being involved in serving so that we can do it quickly before the food spoils. It will be served in classrooms so that children are safely in their Bubbles. You will be invited to order this through Lataca in due course.

Secondary School Applications   The secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call 01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Link for Lavington prospectus:

Link for Matravers open day:

Primary School Applications If your child will be turning 5 years old sometime between 1 September 2021 and 31st August 2022, you will need to apply for a primary school place for them by 15th January 2021. Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through or by calling 01225 713010 and a paper copy will be sent out).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website at www. in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current progress and attainment – written format.  
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

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.

PFA News

We are very pleased to say that Maxine Knox has volunteered to step-up from the role of Secretary to Chair of the PFA this year. Liz Read has kindly volunteered to be Secretary and Kevin Cleveley has agreed to continue as our treasurer. Thank you so much to these people for making it possible for the PFA to continue. 

We are currently organising a date for the AGM where the committee will be officially voted into their roles. Please do come along if you can and see what the PFA is all about. Date and location to be decided shortly. 

Christmas Cards We will soon be sending home information so that children can design their own Christmas cards at home and then have these printed ready to send out to family and friends. Due to Covid restrictions, this will run slightly differently to usual (more details to follow) but we are pleased that we have found a safe way for this to go ahead this year. Thank you to the people who have volunteered to help with this. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

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