Newsletter 7 – 91th October 2018

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Wednesday 24th October. We all return to school on Monday 5th November for our exciting Christmas term!

Art Exhibition Our children have worked very hard to produce the amazing art that was exhibited in the hall today. Drawing, painting, collage, photo imaging, three dimensional art – all sorts of things have been included in the art theme, inspired by David Hockney, which has led learning this term. We have been very grateful to all those in our community who have contributed so much to support our work. Through this topic, children have furthered their art, literacy, maths, science, history and geography skills and have learnt so much in other areas as well – including observation, philosophy and creative thinking.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please note that we have had to change the date of one of the advertised Parent/Teacher meetings. Instead of Thursday 15th November, we will hold that meeting on Monday 12th November from 5.30pm – 8.00pm.  The other date, Wednesday 14th November from 3.10pm – 6.00pm remains unchanged. We shall open the booking site next week – please log in and select the 10 minute appointment that suits you best from the choice of two dates that will be on offer.

Hooke Court Residential Trip On Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October the children in Years 3 and 4 will be going on their residential trip. Please make sure your child has everything they need. They need to be in school by 8.15am and must be picked up at 4.30pm the following day. We shall notify you by text if there is any hold up that might impact on their time of arrival back at school. There is no Netball Club next week as Mrs Goddard is accompanying the Residential Trip.

Forest of Dean Children in Years 5 and 6 are being offered the opportunity to go on a two night residential from 22nd to the 24th May 2019 to the Forest of Dean. The meeting about this trip was held yesterday evening. Please make sure that you have signed up and paid your deposit for this trip if your child is in Year 5 or 6. Letters are available at the office if your child has not brought one home. Children will take part in wonderful adventure activities including caving, climbing and canoeing – and they learn a huge amount about independence, resilience, team work and courage.

Cooking in School The children love their cooking lessons which take place every Tuesday afternoon under the leadership of Mrs Heath. The children learn to bake and cook using fresh ingredients, low in sugar and fat and using recipes that are easy for them to manage. They make really delicious treats – banana muffins and a perfect, fragrant bread were amongst the favourites this term. Children also learn the basics of nutrition and of hygiene as well as learning how to use kitchen tools safely. Our huge thanks to Mrs Heath who spends so many hours preparing for and delivering these cooking classes. We are very fortunate to be able to offer these lessons.

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 Attendance policy. We are very grateful to our families for supporting our school so effectively – we have outstanding attendance in this school and this contributes to the outstanding outcomes for children. It is a legal

requirement for parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly and are punctual. Any child whose attendance falls below 85% is at serious risk of underachieving.  The school day starts at 8.40am and the overwhelming majority of our children are punctual. Parents are asked to inform the school, in writing, where an absence is planned e.g. hospital appointments, ballet exams etc.  Where a child is absent due to illness, parents are asked to inform school by telephone in the first instance and by letter on the child’s return.  If a child is absent and there is no notification from the parents, the school will contact the parents to ensure that the child is safe and to find out the reason for the absence. Should the child be absent without a reason for 3 days, the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. Persistent lateness will also be reported to the EWO. Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school on holiday. If there is unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more in any 6 month period, the Education Welfare Service will be notified and the Local Authority may issue a penalty notice to each parent for each child.

Recorder Teacher We are delighted that Mrs Jenkins will be able to start recorder lessons after the half term, on Friday afternoons as usual. Please send your child in with their recorder on Friday 9th November if you have signed up for recorder lessons.

Holiday Club Please note that the October Half Term holiday club has been cancelled due to very poor take-up. There will be no holiday club provision offered this half term at our school.

Our school in the news There is a little article on our wheat growing project in this week’s Gazette and Herald, on page 26.

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

Messy Church (for all ages) – The Story of the Lost Sheep, on Thursday 25th October from 11am till 1pm at Potterne Village Hall, Mill Road, SN10 5ND. Crafts/Games/Worship/Fun and Food. Refreshments when you arrive, then crafts and activities followed by a spot of lunch. Children must be accompanied by a (responsible) adult. No cost but donations welcome.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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
Monday 12th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
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

CHRISTMAS CARDS – All designs and completed forms with payment need to be handed in by Monday 5th November at the latest. Please make cheques out to “Holy Trinity PFA”.

TEXTILE RECYCLING – Monday 5th November – Perfect if you’re having a clear out over half term! Please bring your old clothing, shoes, curtains and bedding (no duvets, pillows or towels) and leave them in bags in the covered area between the Art Centre and School Reception.

Next PFA MEETING – apologies for the error in last week’s newsletter. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th November at 7:30pm at The Bell in Great Cheverell. All welcome.

FILM NIGHT – Friday 16th November at 5pm – The film will be chosen by the children from a selection of “U” certificate films currently out on DVD.

BINGO NIGHT – Friday 23rd November – Doors open at 7:00pm, eyes down at 7:30pm. More details to follow after half term.

EASYFUNDRAISING – Have you signed up yet? Just go to , search for Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell and create an account. Then every time you shop through easyfundraising, the retailer will give the PFA a donation, simple as that!

Many thanks,

Your PFA

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