Newsletter 8 – 10th November 2017

Dear Parents

Congratulations! Attached to this newsletter is a letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, congratulating us on being in the top 3% of all schools in the country for the Phonics Screening results! It is a great outcome to see that the outstanding results we achieve at Year 6 and Year 2 year after year are replicated in the younger age groups as well. As ever, we always emphasise that the outcomes in statutory government assessments, whilst important, are not the only areas that we focus on. We are just as proud of our children’s spiritual and social achievements, their creative and physical accomplishments and their interest in learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Parent-Teacher meetings Thank you very much to all who came along to these meetings. The outstanding engagement of our families is a huge support to us as we strive to provide the very best education possible for your children. As ever, I do remind you that you are welcome to arrange appointments with your class teacher at any time throughout the year to discuss your child’s achievement or any other matter that concerns you. Please do not feel that the 10 minute slot is your only opportunity to discuss your child.

Photographs we shall be sending off the photograph order on Friday 17th November – please ensure that your orders are in school before then.

Lunch times at Holy Trinity If you are interested in seeing what lunch times are like here at Holy Trinity, please feel free to drop in at 12.15pm any day and spend a few minutes enjoying the fun of dining together. Children are actively encouraged to chat sociably to the people around them, to have fun enjoying the dining experience and are rewarded for using good table manners. If the noise in the dining halls becomes too loud, we will ask for a moment of silence to remind children to use their “Inside voices” rather than shouting at each other (a hundred children using their loudest voices can be very noisy!). Each child has a set table on which they sit, and each table is made up of children from different year groups so that children can make friends across the ages. It is an informal, cheerful, enjoyable time of the day, as children relax after a morning of work. In summer, weather permitting, all except the “Hot Dinner” children will eat outdoors, al fresco style. There is, of course, an expectation that high standards of behaviour and kindness will be maintained, as always in our school. I regularly attend lunchtimes in the hall and in the Art Centre, where the FS and Y1 children have their dinner and I always enjoy the time. We have an amazingly kind and skillful team of Midday Supervisory Staff who make sure children are safe and are having fun at lunch times. My thanks to Mrs Andrew, who leads the team, and all our MDSAs.

Fire Safety Education All children in White Horse class and Silbury class had a workshop from the Fire Service on Tuesday to ensure that they know how to avoid fires and what to do if there is a fire.

Farming in our local area Emily Greening, a local farmer whose family has farmed the same farm in Edington for 500 years, came to talk to the whole school about growing wheat – with the possibility of growing some wheat on our school field being explored! She is a great speaker and the children were completely engaged with her presentation. It is important that our children, being brought up in a rural area, are familiar with the cycle of farming. We are very grateful to Emily for giving so generously of her time for this project.

Dauntsey’s Hockey  This morning, all the children in Silbury class went to Dauntsey’s Secondary school to practice on their astro turf ahead of the tournament next weekend. We are always very grateful to Dauntsey’s for their outreach with sports coaches and making their site available to us. We are also very grateful that we are allowed to borrow their stage lighting every year for our Christmas plays.

Eisteddfod Our Eisteddfod choir and some soloists will be taking part in the Devizes Eisteddfod on Friday 17th November. We are always tremendously proud of them and they usually come back with a trophy. Our very sincere thanks to Ms Sharman who is such an inspirational choir mistress.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Meeting All parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th November at 5.00pm.

Edington Tapestry Mrs Heath, Mrs Andrew and groups of children from each class have completed one panel of a series that is being commissioned by Edington Tapestry Project. Our theme was Alfred the Great and the image is stunning! Well done to all of you!

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 Health and Safety policy – an enormous and all-encompassing policy which can be read in full on our website. Health and safety has to be the very first consideration at school where we have responsibility for so many children and adults. We must all take responsibility for being vigilant and be aware of possible risks to health and safety. Children and adults are encouraged to look out for themselves and for one another. They will share any concerns they may have swiftly and appropriately to a person in authority e.g. headteacher or teacher. We must, however, also be aware of the need to keep a balance between security, safety and the maintenance of a comfortable, welcoming, working environment. We aim to strike a balance that allows children to learn and have fun whilst keeping them as safe as reasonably possible. We ensure that the building and equipment are in good repair, statutory testing of equipment takes place regularly, people are aware of security in the school, they know procedures to follow in the event of an accident or emergency, and that activities are risk assessed.  Regular fire drills are held. Dispensing of medication and healthcare for our children are governed by clear protocols. Children are reminded about health and safety issues regularly and are taught about taking responsibility for their own health and their own safety through various programmes throughout the year.  Staff wellbeing is a priority for school leaders. Staff and volunteers are given refresher briefings every year. Health and Safety policy, procedures and records are reviewed regularly by staff and governors.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 16th November Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Thursday 30th November Sarum class trip to dental practice 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Big thank you to all those who brought textiles on Monday, we needed two cars to deliver the 200kg!

Christmas Decoration Making Competition – plans are underway to run this during November, with a view to building up our stock of decorations with which to decorate the school each year. Details will follow soon.

Tuck Shop’s first outing this academic year under the new team was a great success, thank you to all who came along. The next planned appearance will be Fri 17th Nov, this time in support of Children in Need. Cake donations on the day gratefully received (no nuts as always, please).

For the price of a jar filled with goods, or £1, children will be allowed to come in Casual Clothes on Fri 24th Nov. We’ll be in the playground handing out some empty jars on Monday 20th,  in case you don’t have one to hand, and also giving you some ideas for good fillers, thanks for your help.

Do you need childcare during the evening Christmas Plays (Mon 11th and Wed 13th) this year? If you would like the PFA to run a crèche as in previous years, please email us ( and book a place for your child(ren), £2.50 a child. We will make the decision on whether to run the crèche based on uptake.

Keep an eye out for a flyers which will be sent out soon – a PFA Christmas Cheat Sheet, with all dates and requests for donations in one place for sticking on your fridge.

Thanks again,

From your PFA Team

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