Newsletter 9 – 17th November 2017

Dear Parents

Poetry Finals We are so proud of every child who learnt a poem and recited it bravely in front of their classmates in the heats of our Performance Poetry competition. This is a real a tribute to their confidence and resilience – as well as being great fun for all the audience! Sarah Thompson, Head of Drama at Lavington School, will be coming on Monday 20th November at 9.10am to judge the finals. Parents of the finalists (and others, if they wish) are welcome to come along.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Extra Mural Activities at Holy Trinity: Please note that clubs are not always open to every age group in every term. If you feel that you would like offer another club, please approach us with your ideas.

Day of the week Club Time Fee payable?
Monday Handbells (Y5,6) Lunchtimes No
Choir (Y3,4,5,6) After School Nominal
Sports Club (Either KS1 or KS2 children, short courses lasting half a term) After School Yes
Gardening Club (All ages – younger children must be accompanied by adult) After School No
Tuesday Summer or Winter Sports (Y5 and 6) After School No
Art Club (Y1) After school No
Wednesday Crocheting (Y6) Lunchtimes No
Netball (Y5 and 6) After School No
Ukulele (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Thursday Judo  (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Ukulele (Y1 – Y6) After School Yes
Friday Chess (Y4,5 and 6) Lunchtimes No


PFA Thank you, as ever, to our wonderful PFA especially Mrs Genner and her hard working committee, who are preparing for the busy and exciting Christmas season in school. They help to ensure that our children have rich and memorable experiences in school. Please do consider offering to help if you can.

Nut Free School  Please remember not to send any nuts, bars containing nuts, Nutella type spreads or any other product that contains nuts into school. We have children whose lives could be at risk from exposure to nuts.

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 Complaints Policy and Procedures. We work very hard to try to ensure a good outcome of any complaints made to the school. However, if you feel dissatisfied with the outcome of a complaint, you can invoke our Complaints policy. The first stage is the “Informal” stage, which requires that you write to the Headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if the complaint is about the Headteacher) with details of the complaint. This will be investigated fully and a response given to you. If you are still not satisfied, then the second stage is the “Formal” stage, which involves writing to the Chair of Governors (or Vice Chair if the Chair has already been involved) and the matter will be investigated again and a response given. If you are still dissatisfied, the third stage, the “Appeals” stage involves a panel of three people being convened, one of whom is independent of the school, to review the matter and respond to you. After this, if you are still dissatisfied, under certain conditions, you could write to the Education and Skills Funding Agency or Ofsted, but they would respond only after the rest of the Complaints Procedure has been followed. We always hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately would ensure a good outcome before anyone becomes so dissatisfied, but the protocol is in place should it be needed.

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


Parking Once again, we have had a letter from a resident of Witchcombe Close complaining of the dangerous driving and parking of our parents. The resident made the very valuable point that no emergency vehicles would be able to access the houses when our parents are parking on intersections and blocking the road. We do plead with you to consider your parking, for the safety of our children and for the safety of our neighbours. I have contacted the police and asked them to patrol the area regularly.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

This week you will hopefully have received your beautiful Cauliflower Cards in book bags this week, a big big thank you to Julie Stone, Claire Goddard, Poppy Godfrey and Lisa Downing for organising everything and to all of you who purchased cards.

This afternoon is the Tuck Shop team’s Children in Need special, with all profits going in support of the cause – lots of spotty things on offer 🙂 and a big thank you in advance to those of you who’ve told us you’re baking for the occasion. We would like to say many thanks to the Parish Council for the table which they have given to us.

This coming Monday morning and afternoon you’ll see us by a table in the playground with a box of empty jars (just in case you need one) and a load of ideas what they can be filled with ready for Casual Clothes Day Fri 24th Nov. 1 filled and wrapped jar or £1 per child on the day please.

Do you need childcare during the Christmas plays? Please tell us by Fri 24th Nov if you’d like to book in for the creche, whether or not it goes ahead will depend on uptake – we have lots of fun games and activities planned for the children if it goes ahead.

Also in the bookbags this week, a flyer to launch our exciting new Christmas Decoration Making Competition – we can’t wait to see your creations! Please hand entries in to reception during the week beginning Monday 27th November, the winners will be announced during Sharing Assembly on Friday 1st Dec. Local artist Emma Jelf will be the judge. N.B. Please remind the children that all entries will be safeguarded by the PFA for future years of school decorating, with thanks.

Finally, have you got your cheat sheet up on the fridge yet?!

Thank you for all your support, as always.

Your PFA Team.                                                                                                          


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