Newsletter 7 – 14th October 2016

Dear Parents

Residential Trip for Year 3 and Year 4 children My sincere thanks to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and Mrs Trusler who worked so hard to arrange this wonderful trip, and to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates who managed all the paperwork, risk assessments and money. And we are enormously grateful to Mr Edwards and Mr Goddard who accompanied the trip. Without their support, as unpaid volunteers, we could not have offered this amazing opportunity to our children. What a lot of fun they had! We have already seen some amazing writing as the children reflect on this field trip.

Trip to Salisbury Cathedral On Thursday, the children in Stonehenge class had a trip to Salisbury cathedral to find out about the properties of materials. They had a lovely time there, behaved beautifully and learnt a lot. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her staff for managing this event – it is a real challenge to take such young children off site! And thanks to the volunteers who helped with the trip.

Stop and Drop  Following some very positive comments by parents, we are suggesting that the layby outside the school be kept free from parked cars and used by parents as a Drop Off and Drive area – where you pull in and let your child jump out, check that they get through the school gates, and then drive away. This will not be a suitable strategy for our youngest children of course, but it should be perfectly safe for the older children. In this way, we hope to help with the traffic congestion and dangerous parking that causes such a hazard to our children. If everyone cooperates with this, we think that it might make the area much safer. Please remember – we ask that you do not park in the layby from Monday. Stop there, drop off and drive away once you have seen that your child is safely inside the school gates.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Next week you will be invited to go online and book an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss their progress and attainment. The meetings will take place on Wednesday 9th November and Thursday 10th November. Each meeting will last 10 minutes (we are very strict about the time so that people are not kept waiting). If, after the meeting, you wish to discuss anything further, please feel free to make another appointment with your child’s teacher.

Young Engineers We are delighted to be able to offer a new club for the third half term of this year. This is a Young Engineers’ club, where children will have the opportunity to make a range of items such as catapults, windmills, air rockets, pneumatic monsters and torches. The six sessions are practical, hands-on and involve science, engineering and technology. The club will be for KS2 children only (Years 3 to 6) and will take place on Tuesdays, starting on the 3rd January with the final session on 7th February from 3.00pm – 4.00pm. To reserve a place for your child please register your details and pay online through the website: . If this is successful, we might hold a KS1 club later in the year.

School Values The success of our school is the result of embedding the school values in every aspect of school life. The values, as “unpicked” by the children, are Compassion, Aspiration, Courage and Joy. We are very proud of our children, staff and all stakeholders who live out these values so beautifully each day.

Coin Batteries We have been asked to warn parents once again about the dangers of coin batteries (small round batteries found in many toys) – if children swallow these, the battery can cause caustic soda to be produced and this burns through the internal organs, causing death within hours. Please keep them out of the way of children

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 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) 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  . 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. If the child still does not make progress, 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 if they require it. We open what we call a “Concern Sheet” or a My Passport, 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.

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

The PFA is a great social network – but even more so, an opportunity to add to our children’s school experience and create even more wonderful memories for them.

Help us to stay in touch by emailing Debi at to be added to the PFA mailing list. Our Facebook page – Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA – is another great way to keep up the conversation. We are not suggesting long term commitment – just the odd occasion to pop into a meeting if you can, offer to help one afternoon or put forward some ideas. Coming up next is Jane’s ever-popular hot chocolate and brownies Tuck Shop – after school on Friday, October 21. Chocolate brownies to sell on the day and are most welcome (thank-you)!

And thank-you for your response to the Christmas Cards, arranged by Gemma. Together you have raised just under £190! From Debi, Louise, Julie, Poppy, Gemma and Jane

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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 
Monday 12th December Christmas play 10.00 am KS1,  1.00 pm KS2
Tuesday 13th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2
Wednesday 14th December Christmas play 5.00pm KS1, 6.30pm KS2

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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