Newsletter 9 – 16th November 2018

Dear Parents

Parent/Teacher meetings It was lovely to see almost all our families represented at the parent/teacher meetings. One of the reasons our school is so successful is that we have such engaged and committed families supporting their children. Thank you also to all who completed the parental canvassing form – we aim to improve our provision each year and are grateful for the comments about what we do well and what you would like to see improved.

How do I get more information on my child’s progress? In the parental canvassing, one or two comments were made about wishing to have more regular information on their child’s progress. We do, as ever, urge you to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress with your class teacher if you want to have more information or a longer meeting. Our teachers focus most of their energies and time (and they are working 45 – 50 hour weeks already!) on making sure your child has an excellent learning experience. We cannot ask them to give weekly or monthly formal feedback to every parent as well – this would be unworkable. However, the teachers are very happy to give you any information you require on your child’s progress and attainment if you ask them – simply arrange an appointment for this.

Emotional Literacy in our school Some schools have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) to support children with emotional difficulties. At Holy Trinity, we have Mrs Heath who has completed her qualification in Counselling for Children (a more extensive programme than the ELSA programme) and she has delivered training to all our staff on supporting children with emotional difficulties. We are proud that we have all our teaching and support staff trained to help children who are in need of a little extra emotional support, rather than having just one member of the support staff team trained. We are very grateful to Mrs Heath for making this great contribution to our school.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Although we have extra mural clubs almost every afternoon, and often two clubs on an afternoon, as well as clubs through lunchtimes, if you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas.

Nasal Flu Vaccination – Electronic Consent Children in reception through to year 5 are due to be given the flu vaccination on Thursday 13th December. To consent to your child’s nasal flu vaccination which is due in school please complete this link for each child:

Eisteddfod Choir My thanks to Ms Sharman and Mrs Edwards who work so hard to ensure that our children enjoy this experience and do very well. Both our choir and our soloists have done us proud and received some wonderful comments from the adjudicator, even though we did not win this year. It is such a great life skill to stand up and perform in front of an audience and we are very grateful that our children are given this opportunity.

Lice Please note that we have had a report of lice in the school. If every parent checks their child’s head tonight and treats over the weekend, we can eliminate these parasites in one attempt. If you are not sure how to check or treat, please do go and ask your pharmacist. Children work with their heads close together and if we have a single child with lice, they are likely to spread throughout the class and the school – it has nothing whatever to do with how clean the child’s hair is.

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. In icy conditions, we will grit the pathway from the pedestrian gate on the High Street to the door that opens onto the playground. 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.

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 behaviour and anti-bullying policy. Behaviour in our school is usually exceptionally good. We use a very direct positive behaviour strategy – we constantly comment to the children on how beautifully they behave and how proud we are of them. This helps them to understand what the expected behaviour looks like. If we do need to sanction anyone, we might meet their eye (often this is enough to stop any unwanted behaviour), or have a word with them. If this does not work, they may have a few minutes being separated from the rest of the class. If the breach is serious or ongoing, they may have to meet the Headteacher and/or have playtime detention. We have never, in the 13 years of my headship, needed to exclude any child. The ethos of the school encourages good behaviour and children want to do the right thing to make sure the community works effectively for all.

We have zero tolerance of bullying in this school. Any allegation of bullying will be investigated as a matter of urgency and, if upheld, will be dealt with in line with our anti-bullying policy. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. This could be physical or emotional bullying, cyber bullying or discrimination. Sometimes children will accuse each other of bullying when in fact they mean that they have fallen out with a friend. In these cases, they are given support to cope with social situations. If there is evidence of bullying, a file of bullying will be opened. All parents involved will be informed, the victim will be given support, and the perpetrator will be given sanctions and will also have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary.  If a child or group of children continue to bully another child, we would consider a fixed term or permanent exclusion for this offence. We are fortunate that we have very few bullying incidents in this school and children tell us that they feel safe in school. Children understand that they have to report to an adult if they know of any bullying taking place in our school community.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Tuesday 4th December Pantomime trip to Salisbury School Day – please bring packed lunch
Friday 7th December Bedtime story, hot chocolate and marshmallows for children in Stonehenge class 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 13th December Flu Vaccine offered to all from FS to Year 5 12.30pm onwards
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 – all welcome
Friday 21st December Last day of term – Christmas dinner day
Monday 7th January Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

FILM NIGHT: Friday 16th November at 5pm – The Emoji Movie which is rated “U” and suitable for all ages – £2 entry per child to include a bag of toffee popcorn and a cup of squash. Please pick up promptly at 7pm.

BINGO NIGHT: Friday 23rd November – 7pm for 7:30 start – entrance will be £7 in advance or £8 on the night to include a cheese & bread supper and a glass of wine, and then £3 for each book of numbers. There will be a raffle as well. Donations of raffle prizes would be most welcome.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – Friday 30th November – Donations of decorated & filled jars, bars/bags of chocolate or £1 towards upcoming PFA events, please.

Easyfundraising – When Christmas shopping please do remember to take advantage of our easyfundraising page – search “Holy Trinity School PFA Great Cheverell” on and sign up. Every time you click through our easyfundraising page to shop, the retailer will give the PFA a donation (at no extra cost to you!) – the name “EASYFUNDRAISING” says it all!

Many thanks,

Your PFA.

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