Newsletter 9 – 13th November 2015

Dear Parents

Road Closure A reminder that the road through Great Cheverell will be closed next week. The bus is going to have a particular problem, especially with turning, so we ask all parents to ensure that they leave the road leading to Witchcombe Close free from parked cars so that the bus can turn around in that intersection. It would be ideal if more parents could share lifts, or drop/pick up their children and drive away immediately, in order to keep our children safe and to minimise problems on the short stretch of road outside the school. I know that you will all co-operate to make this difficult week manageable – but it is going to be a challenge! Many thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness.

Recorder Concert On Wednesday 16th December, at 10.45am we will be holding our annual Christmas Recorder Concert in which all our recorders players perform. Everyone is invited to attend – it is always a wonderful event with our talented musicians entertaining us to some great music.  For our youngest recorder players, it will be their first public performance, so a very exciting debut for them. It is lovely to see the progression through the school, ending with music in harmony being performed by the very experienced ensemble in Year 5 and 6.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Our very sincere thanks to all our families for their response to this invitation – 97% of our families attending these meetings! A great achievement. My thanks also for the return of the canvassing forms. They will be analysed and the results reported once they are available. We remind parents that they are most welcome to make appointments to see their child’s teacher whenever they would like to discuss their child’s progress and attainment or any other issue they may have. Children achieve best when school and family are working closely together and we strongly encourage and foster good relationships between home and school. Please do not feel that you have to wait for the formal invitations to come into school to talk about your child’s achievements.

Old School Nursery As our main feeder nursery school, we aim to build strong and fruitful relationships with Old School Nursery and throughout the year we have events which nurture that relationship so that children who are transferring to Holy Trinity are familiar with Miss Nisbeck and myself, and have had a chance to engage with our school through various activities. In summer, we make sure that we have had contact with all settings from which our Foundation Stage children will be coming so that transition can be smooth and enjoyable for all our new children.

No Judo  A reminder that there is no Judo next week, Thursday 19th November.

Winter Please send your children in with coats as it is cold up on our school field and the children go out to play regardless of the temperature. All coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid.

We almost never close the school due to poor weather – in the absence of any notification, please assume the school is open. If we have to close the school because roads are impassable or conditions unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads. Thanks to a great initiative triggered by Mrs Hiscock, we have been able to provide high visibility jackets to those children who walk or cycle into school regularly.  We are very grateful to Mrs Hiscock and the charity “The Finlay Foundation” for organising these jackets for us. We now have enough for every child in school when we go out and enough for those who walk and cycle to school to have their own jacket.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

@Bristol Trip for Sarum Class A reminder that Sarum class will be on a trip to @Bristol on Thursday 19th November – please make sure that children bring a packed lunch, have taken any necessary travel tablets and are at school in good time. They are due to be back at school before the end of the school day.

Parish Council/School Initiative Each year, the Parish Council of Great Cheverell suggests a theme for a project for our children. This year, children were invited to create posters on the theme of “Anti Littering”. These posters will be judged on Friday 20th November by parish councillors and school staff, with three prizes available for the best posters in each class. We are always delighted to work closely with other stakeholders in the community and thank the Parish Council for their contribution to this initiative.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.


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
Friday 11th December Christmas Fayre
Monday 14th December Christmas plays KS1 10.00am      KS2 1.30pm
Tues 15th & Wed 16th December Christmas plays KS1  5.00pm       KS2 6.30pm
Wednesday 16th December Recorder Concert 10.45am
Thursday 17th December Carol Service at St Peter’s Church, Great Cheverell 9.30am
Friday 18th December Last day of term
Tuesday 5th January Children return to school


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

I hope you all enjoyed receiving your children’s Christmas cards back. I am thrilled with the quality of the returns and hope you are too. In light of the £250 that you all raised we have decided to plough some money straight back in to benefit of the children and have made a donation of £100 towards new books for the library.

Casual Clothes Day on Friday 27th November – instead of the usual donation of £1 we would love donations towards the Christmas Fayre of Jam Jars filled with lovely things and then wrapped up in newspaper or Christmas paper (e.g. sweets, small toys, hair bands, make & do or whatever your creative minds can conjure up!). We would also like donations of chocolate in any shape or size (anything from a chocolate bar to a box of chocolates) – these will form the basis of some fun new stalls at the Fayre!

The Christmas Fayre is Friday 11th December and we are still looking for parents who can help run a stall.

Don’t forget you can find us on Facebook by searching for Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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