Newsletter 7 – 16th October 2015

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings You are all invited to make appointments to chat to your child’s teacher about their attainment and progress so far this year. The parents’ evenings will be held on Tuesday 10th November (3.15pm – 6.00pm) and Thursday 12th November (5.30pm – 8.00pm). In order to book your appointment, please log in to  and book your slot. We recommend that parents with more than one child in the school book as early as possible so that they can secure slots that are close together in time. If you do not have the internet at home, please come into school and our office staff will help you book a slot.

Boccia Festival We were delighted to have raised over £200 for Jonah Wright, a disabled athlete who recently gave a demonstration of Boccia in school and has now been selected for the English team. It was lovely to see how the Year 6 children organised this whole day, managed the teams, tournaments and cake sale, and helped the younger children so beautifully! My thanks to them for their hard work and commitment, to Mr Amor for organising this, and to all of you for supporting this special, local cause so generously.

Poetry Finals Our children all performed beautifully in this performance poetry competition and it was fun to have the finals on Thursday. Mr and Mrs Grimshaw very kindly came to judge the competition and chatted to the children about the importance of using our beautiful language fully and with delight. Lauren Pocock won the competition – congratulations to her! Poetry allows the children to see the world in a different, richer way, to have the images and vocabulary to grow in appreciation of our world, emotions and viewpoints.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip All children in Years 5 and 6 are invited to come on the two night residential trip to Forest of Dean which will take place from Wednesday 25th May – Friday 27th May.  They will take part in caving, canoeing, climbing and other adventurous and team building activities. This is a great trip and the children grow in independence, courage and resilience, and have a lot of fun! The letter to sign up for the trip went home this week – please complete the form and submit it with your deposit as so as possible so that we can confirm numbers at the centre.

Disabled Parking Bays Please do not park in the “Disabled” parking bays in the parking area across the road from the school unless you have a blue badge. It is essential that we reserve these spaces for those who are disabled so that they are able to get into school safely.

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 – an area that has undergone much change over the past 2 years.

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 by going onto our website, and looking under “The School” – “Creative Curriculum” tabs or click into this link . 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 “My 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 Garraway and Mrs Goddard are our SENCOs. 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”, 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.

PFA Thank you to our wonderful PFA who are arranging a lot of great activities over the coming weeks. Please support them – their work enriches our children’s experience of school and raises funds for the luxuries that enhance education. We are very grateful to all who contribute to their work.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 20th – Wednesday 21st October Braeside residential trip for children in Year 3 & Year 4
Wednesday 21st October Last day of the half term
Monday 2nd November Children back to school
Tuesday 10th November Parent/teacher meetings 3.15pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 12th November Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 13th November Choir at Eisteddfod
Thursday 19th November Sarum class trip to @Bristol
Friday 4th December Whole school to Pantomime in Salisbury
Tuesday 8th December Carol Concert – handbells, choir, community singing 5.00pm
Monday 14th December Christmas plays KS1 10.00am      KS2 1.00pm
Tues 15th & Wed 16th December Christmas plays KS1  5.00pm       KS2 6.30pm
Thursday 17th December Carol Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell 9.30am
Friday 18th December Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Year 1 Sponsored Walk/Cake Sale After watching one of their friends being airlifted by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, some of the children from Year 1 have decided that they would like to raise some funds for this essential local resource. Some of our parents are planning a cake sale and a sponsored walk on the school field, after school on Friday 6th November.

If your child would like to take part, please email . If you would like to make a donation to support the children’s fundraising efforts, please visit:


Film Night – tonight! 5pm – 7pm. This is a lovely event where all the classes are welcome, with a cushion and a teddy, to sit and watch a film in the hall on the large screen with popcorn and a drink provided for £1.50. Parents of Stonehenge children are welcome to stay if necessary but it’s a great opportunity for the little ones to sit with the bigger ones and enjoy their company.

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