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Newsletter 10 - 20th November 2020

Dear Parents

Individual Photos We
are very grateful to Mr G for taking the beautiful photos of our children this
week. We hope that our families will enjoy them as much as we did. They can be
found on the Parent Portal. Our thanks also to our admin staff who have worked
hard to ensure that these photos were uploaded quickly this week on top of all
their other work.

Asian Culture Awareness Day Kalpesh will be in school on Wednesday 25th November
(next week) to tell us about Diwali and to teach us some amazing Bollywood
Dancing. If your child wishes to, they can wear their brightest clothing to
school on that day. They must be dressed warmly and must have sensible shoes
because all our usual outdoor activities will continue. The Bollywood dance
will take place outside.

Please note that there is
another Non- Uniform day on Friday 27th
November
next week, which is part of the PFA’s fundraising drive to finance
the Christmas events for our children. So children can come in non-uniform
twice next week. The PFA day involves asking for a small donation, of course. These
donations will be collected at the gate and held in quarantine to prevent any
cross infection.

Today, I choose joy! As part of our
commitment to supporting good childhood mental health, we encourage children to
be resilient and joyful - to choose to see what is good, positive and enjoyable
in their lives, rather than focusing on the negatives or what went wrong. So,
here are some questions that you might like to ask your child when they come
home from school, to help them to remember and focus on the good and the
positive things: 

What was the best thing
you did at school?
What was the kindest thing you did for
someone else today? What was the most
interesting thing your teacher said today? What’s the best thing about your daily schedule? Which is your
favourite subject? Who did you enjoy
talking with the most? What was
the best game at break time? What were you proud of doing today?  What
was the funniest thing someone said? Tell me something you learnt about a
friend today.  Which is your favourite
day of the week at school? What did you reflect on at Worship? If you were the
teacher, what would you teach the children about? What made you smile
today?  What did you see on the field
that was beautiful today? What did you like about the weather today? What are
you looking forward to at school?

We
have also attached to this letter our “Ten Habits for Good Mental Health” which
we encourage children to use regularly as part of their daily lives. Just as
they should be taking plenty of exercise, sleeping well and eating lots of
fruit and vegetables, they should also be taking care of their mental health.
Rather than just dealing with mental health problems once they have arisen, we
should be encouraging children to grow into habits that encourage good mental
health to prevent issues later.

Stonehenge night time
walk
On Friday next week, children in Stonehenge class are invited to come
back to school at 5.00pm for an hour to enjoy a walk around the field, to look
at stars (as part of their topic) and then to have a cup of hot chocolate
before going back home. Please be very prompt picking your children up – they
and the teachers will be tired by the end. Please make sure they are dressed
warmly. They do not need to be in school uniform.

Medication in school It is the
parents’ responsibility to ensure that we have the correct medication in school
for their child and that it is “in date” – please make a note in your diaries
to ensure all is correct.

Keep children safe We
have had news that there have been some arrests in the local area of drug
dealers, who are linked to “County Lines”, the drug network that recruits young
children to deliver drugs in rural areas. We know that County Lines are active
in towns in Wiltshire and that this is a real threat. Please ensure that your
children always have very good supervision and that your channels of
communication with your children are kept open and supportive so that your
children are able to come and tell you about anything untoward, or any
approaches that are made to them.

Punctuality Please
can we ask that you arrive at the correct time for your child’s Bubble? If we
have children crossing and mixing with children in other Bubbles, either
because they arrive too early or too late, we may find ourselves in a position
where we have to close two Bubbles in the event of a positive case, which will
cause all sorts of problems. We would be very grateful if you could make sure you
get here at the correct ten minute time slot, and no earlier or later, to avoid
this. We understand how difficult it can be – life is very complicated at the
moment – but this is a very important part of our measures to keep everyone
safe. Thank you to all who are working so hard to get this right.

Collective Worship This week, we
reflected on Jesus as the Servant King – and how we should be aiming to help
each other generously and to care for our planet.

Wrap Around Care  We still have plenty of capacity in our
Wrap Around Care provision. If you wish to register for a place, please contact
the office or go onto our website under “Information for Parents” where there
is a tab for Wrap Around Care. The forms that need to be completed are on that
page. https://holy-trinity.co.uk/information-for-parents/wrap-around-care/

Feedback on your child’s progress and attainment On Wednesday 18th November, a
short written report was sent out on the Parent Portal – please let us know if
you did not receive this.  Our very
sincere thanks, as ever, to our admin team who had a very busy week this week.
They always take on these extra tasks with cheerfulness and efficiency and we
are very grateful to them. We are always ready to arrange a phone conversation
if you have anything else you wish to discuss with your child’s teacher.

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 Procedure
. 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 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 and only if the
matter conforms to one of their criteria for treating complaints. We always
hope that our openness and willingness to respond swiftly and appropriately
would ensure the best possible outcome.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website
at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th
December
Farm animal visit Have your wet weather gear – this will go ahead in the rain if
necessary
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca
Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

The PFA AGM was held
on Wednesday 18th November, thanks to all those who attended or sent apologies.
The new committee has been voted in and we are looking forward to fun events
and fundraising as much as we can within restrictions. Minutes will be emailed
to those on the mailing list - if you would like to be added to the list please
message holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Online donations update

We won’t be able to raise money from our Christmas Fayre this year and
fundraising opportunities are more limited for the PFA at the moment. In
addition to this, several people have also asked if they are able to make a
‘donation’ for the term towards PFA funds.

Our funds are fairly low at the
moment and we would love to be able to continue supporting school events this
year as much as we can. We are also hoping to provide lots of fun activities
and treats for the children’s Christmas parties in school.

With this in mind we will be
sending PFA bank account details out via WhatsApp. If you would like to and are
able to, we would be grateful for any online donations parents would like to
make. Please use the reference “Christmas Donation.”

We understand that in these
difficult times, not everyone will be able to support us in this way, and we
fully understand if you aren’t in a place to donate at the moment, but if you
have a few pounds to spare, we would be very grateful.

The £1 donation for non-uniform
day can also be made directly to the bank account. We will still have
containers outside school on non-uniform day (Fri 27th Nov) for anyone who
would prefer to make a cash donation.

If you would like the account
details and do not have access to your class WhatsApp group, please contact us
via holytrinitypfa@gmail.com.

Christmas events

There are two dates
for your diary:

  • Non
    uniform day Friday 27th November (suggested donation £1)
  • Christmas
    parties in classrooms on Thursday the 17th December (with goodies and
    games organised by the PFA remotely)

Easy fundraising
With lots of Christmas shopping inevitably going online this year please
consider signing up to Easy Fund Raising if you haven’t already, this has been
an excellent source of funds in the past, and will be very important this year.

You simply do your shopping via the app and money gets donated to our PFA at no
extra cost to you.

Over 4,000 shops and sites are involved, including Amazon, John Lewis, M&S
and notonthehighstreet.

It literally takes minutes to sign up and is really easy to use.

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htspfa/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=gs

Many thanks

 Your PFA

 To contact
the PFA:

 Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

 Or join our
Facebook page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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Newsletter 9 - 13th November 2020

Dear Parents

Individual Photos Each
year, our resident photographer, Mr Gyllenspetz, takes wonderful individual
portraits of our children and we arrange to sell them to parents through a
website that prints the photos for us. This year, with all the other challenges
facing us, we have decided to approach this differently.

We will have to take the
photos of the children outdoors, to reduce the risk to each Bubble. The
children will be at more of a distance from the photographer than usual for
their photos. And we hope to be able to send these portraits out to parents
electronically and for free. Whilst this will add to the workload of our staff
in school, we feel that it will be a way of helping our families through these
difficult times. You will then be able to print off the photos yourselves if
you wish to. Photos will be taken some time during the week commencing 16th
November
– as soon as there is a day that is dry enough to set up Mr
G’s photographic equipment outside.

Church Visit
Stonehenge class had a beautiful walk to our local village church, St Peter’s,
this week, to see the display that the congregation have put up there, showing
our children’s work on Poppy Day themes. We love to have these close links with
the local church and enjoyed this joint project between school and church very
much even though we were constrained by Covid restrictions about what we could
do and how long we could stay in the church.

Christmas fun We have been
very fortunate that so many of our parents have given generous financial
donations to help us manage the difficult situation we are in at present. As
the result of these, we are able to plan some great events over the coming
term. The most recent event to be added to our calendar is a petting zoo that
will visit our children on the 8th and 9th December.
Children will be discussing the nativity at this time, with the animals being
part of that story, so to have real animals coming to visit us will be a
wonderful treat. The children will see the exhibition in their separate
Bubbles, will have lots of hand washing, and all hygiene and safety precautions
will be taken. My thanks to Mrs Twentyman and our generous benefactors who have
organised this for our children.

We
also hope to have a Panto and Popcorn event in each classroom – we will buy a
license for the virtual panto and then we can show it to each Bubble in the
safety of their own classroom. Oh yes, we can!

Our
wonderful PFA are arranging for Santa to drop off some little gifts on our
Christmas party day, and the PFA will provide each class with a box of party
treats, crackers etc. Please do order your lunch as usual on that day, Thursday 17th December,
as we shall not be providing a full lunch as we usually do for this event.

We
are also looking forward to having a school choir, singing and recording some Christmas
songs in a very careful and Covid safe way, with lots of percussion. Patrick
Williams and Mrs Jones are collaborating to produce something amazing which we
can share with parents, in an electronic format.

As
already mentioned, our Hindu/Diwali day will take place on Wednesday 25th November.
Children can wear their brightest coloured clothes on this day – the brighter
the better! They do need to be warm, as the school is cool at the moment, and
they do need to wear their trainers.

Our
last day of term will include the usual hot Christmas dinner – do order this if
you wish your child to have it, even if you do not usually have school dinners.
There is a charge for children from Year 3 and up. The usual Christmas
entertainer, The Science Boffin, will be in school on that day as well –
performing for the children in their Bubbles rather than having us all together
as we usually do.  

And
each class will be taking part in their own celebrations and events as well –
night time walks, trips to the church, radio plays, Christmas poetry, Christmas
nativity plays to be performed outdoors, and so much more. This will be a
magical and special term for children, in spite of the difficult circumstances.

Parental Canvassing
Thank you to those parents who have already sent back the Canvassing form –
your comments and views are very valuable and we are grateful for the time you
have spent completing the form. We would be grateful if everyone else could
complete this survey and send it back to us by Wednesday 18th
November
. It is very useful for us to hear your views on our provision
– what we do well, and what we could do to improve. Your views are important to
us and will be taken into account as we plan for the future.

Waterproofs Please make sure
your child has a waterproof jacket and a change of shoes/wellies in school as
well as their extra fleece. We continue to have the children outside as much as
possible to ensure we reduce the risk of infection. We ask that you label every
item with your child’s name - even just written in biro on the manufacturer’s
label will help us return lost items.

Hot Dinners Please make sure
you have ordered your child’s hot dinners from Lataca if you wish to have them
from next week.

Wrap Around Care  We still have plenty of capacity in our
Wrap Around Care provision. If you wish to register for a place, please contact
the office or go onto our website under “Information for Parents” where there
is a tab for Wrap Around Care. The forms that need to be completed are on that
page. https://holy-trinity.co.uk/information-for-parents/wrap-around-care/

Collective Worship This week, we
reflected on Remembrance, courage and compassion, and the work of the British
Legion. We thought about how important it is that each of us is a peacemaker.
We had two minutes of silence on Wednesday 11th November at 11.00am, each Bubble
doing this separately rather than as a whole school as we usually do.

Feedback on your child’s progress and attainment On Wednesday 18th November,
we will send out a short written report on your child’s progress and attainment
since they returned to school this year. This takes the place of the face to
face parents’ meetings that usually happen at this time. If you have any
questions about the report, please contact us to arrange a phone appointment
with your child’s teacher.

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 say to
the children 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 or miss a privilege in some way. We have never, in the 15 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 might have a behaviour plan put in place if necessary. If a child
continues 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.

Primary School Applications If your child will be turning 5 years old
sometime between 1 September 2021 and 31st August 2022, you will
need to apply for a primary school place for them by 15th January 2021. Parents can apply using the
online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk
or by calling 01225 713010 and a paper copy will be sent out).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website
at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Week commencing 16th November Individual photos to be taken sometime in
this week, outdoors.
Wear school uniform
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current
progress and attainment – written format.
 
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th
December
Farm animal visit Bring wet weather gear in – this will go ahead in the rain if
necessary
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca
Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

PFA Annual General Meeting

We are looking forward to our virtual
AGM on Wednesday 18th of November at 8.00pm.

The link to join the meeting is: 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75210762298?pwd=b1dlTnZnUUtIRnpOUGxmN3hJdFcwUT09

Meeting ID: 752 1076 2298

Passcode: qE2iT8

We are very pleased to say that the
main committee roles have people ready to fill them, and we have enough
volunteers to run the committee. The PFA activities are great fun to be part of
and we need all your different skills.

As a parent or guardian of a child at
Holy Trinity school you are entitled to attend and will be very much welcomed.

The AGM agenda will be emailed to the
PFA mailing list - if you wish to be removed from or added to the list please
email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Christmas events 
     Here are two dates for your
diary:

  • Non uniform day Friday 27th November (suggested
    donation £1)
  • Christmas parties in classrooms on Thursday the
    17th December (with goodies and games organised by the PFA remotely)

Easy
fundraising
  With lots of Christmas shopping inevitably
going online this year please consider signing up to Easy Fund Raising if you
haven’t already. You simply do your shopping via the app and money gets donated
to our PFA at no extra cost to you. Over 4,000 shops and sites are involved,
including Amazon, John Lewis, M&S and notonthehighstreet.

It literally takes minutes to sign up and is really easy to use.

Please sign up and support us: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/htspfa/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=gs

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy
Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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Newsletter 8 - 6th November 2020

Dear Parents

Lockdown 2.0  Earlier this week, we sent out a letter
itemising some of the new restrictions that are in place to keep us all safe
during the new lockdown which started yesterday and will last until (at least)
2nd December. We want to thank you all for being so rigorous about
what happens before and after school – people are really making sure they are
compliant with the requirements at this time. Whilst children will still be
coming into school, and all school activities, including Wraparound Care, will
continue as usual, no other social interactions should take place outside the
school grounds. If you wish to talk to someone in school, please email or phone
in. We are not allowed to have parents on site at all at this time and want to
reduce face to face contact between staff and parents as much as possible.

If you do not have a school
age child with you, and you are on your own, you can arrange to meet with one other adult in a public place – but
no more than that. We do not want children to be mixing outside their Bubbles
if at all possible. Please do not arrange play dates for your children through
these four weeks, and do not ask other people to pick up your children unless
they are part of your usual childcare arrangements. Please make sure you have
no visitors to your home, either inside or outside.

Hot Dinners We
are working very hard to try to find a way to offer hot dinners again. We
labour under the disadvantage of not having a kitchen here, just a servery. Our
staggered lunch times, to prevent Bubbles crossing, result in children eating
dinners from 11.30am – nearly 1.00pm so hot dinners would be hanging around in
the warming unit for too long. We are trying to find a solution by changing
when and how children eat, so that the dinners are fresh and appetising, can be
served very quickly, without crossing Bubbles, and taken into classrooms safely
(we do not want young children carrying hot meals through the school) and
clearing up quickly and safely at the end, while still giving children enough
time to play.  And in between all of
this, the staff also have a right to a short break and children have the right
to a good education without losing too much time over lunch. It is a bit of a
conundrum.  However, working with Lataca,
we think we have come up with a plan.  

So over the next few weeks
we hope to be able to launch the offer of a hot dinner option. It will take the
form of easy to serve, easy to manage food which can be given to children in environmentally
friendly, disposable containers, eaten with a wooden fork, in their classrooms.
The logistics remain challenging, but we hope it will work out.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Thank you to all who responded so swiftly to our invitation to the
Forest of Dean Residential trip. The overwhelming majority of parents have sent
in their deposits so we were able to book the trip. Those children who are not
going will be supervised here in school by Mrs Heath whilst their peers are
away. 

Feedback on your child’s progress and attainment On Wednesday 18th November,
we will send out a short written report on your child’s progress and attainment
since they returned to school this year. This takes the place of the face to
face parents’ meetings that usually happen at this time. If you have any
questions about the report, please contact us to arrange a phone appointment
with your child’s teacher.

Parental Canvassing
As most of you know, we ask our parents to take part in parental canvassing at
the Parent/Teacher evenings. We would still like to get your views on our
provision and so, accompanying this newsletter, is the parental canvassing
form. We have a few extra questions on there at the end to canvass your opinion
on our response to Covid and all that was entailed in that work. We would be
grateful if you could complete this survey and send it back to us by Wednesday
18th November
. If you wish to remain anonymous, please send
it back to us in a plain envelope. If you don’t wish to remain anonymous, you
are free to email these back to us. It is very useful to us to hear your views
on our provision – what we do well, and what we could do to improve. Your views
are very important to us and will be taken into account as we plan for the
future.

Wrap Around Care We
still have places in our Wraparound care provision. The early feedback has been
hugely positive and children really enjoy their time at the provision. My
thanks to all our school staff who have stepped up to run this for our
families, and especially to Mrs Roberts-Phare who has taken on the lead role,
planning wonderful activities for the children. 

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 and punctuality 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. Some of these protocols have changed slightly because of
Covid, but in more typical times, the following applies:

Any child whose attendance falls below 85%
is at serious risk of underachieving. 
Parents are asked to inform the school, in writing, where an absence is
planned e.g. hospital appointments, music 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.

Covid changes to attendance
protocols:

At the moment, with Covid, we ask parents to
keep their children at home if they have a cough, a high temperature, or a
change to their sense of taste or smell. They should then get a Covid test
done, and isolate for 10 days, or until a negative result comes back. The rest
of the family must isolate for 14 days or until the negative test is returned. We MUST be notified of a positive test so
that we can work with Public Health to isolate all close contacts of that
person.
Attendance is likely to fall in these difficult times but we
are grateful for the huge efforts you are making to keep children in school.

Remembrance Day Although we cannot have money coming into school
and poppies and other items going back home this year, we do commend the Royal
British Legion charity to you at this time – if you can afford it, please
consider going onto their website to offer a little donation to support their
valuable work with the armed forces. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub If you are struggling with any
aspect of the Covid situation -  whether
it is emotional, financial, mental or physical wellbeing or even things like
getting deliveries - please do get in contact with the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub.
They have specialists who will reach out and support you. wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 18th
November
Feedback to parents on
children’s current progress and attainment – written format.
 
Wednesday 25th
November
Hindu culture awareness
day
Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th
December
Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca
Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th
January
Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

We are very pleased to say that Maxine
Knox has volunteered to step-up from the role of Secretary to Chair of the PFA
this year. Liz Read has kindly volunteered to be Secretary and Kevin Cleveley
has agreed to continue as our treasurer. Thank you so much to these people for
making it possible for the PFA to continue. 

PFA Annual General Meeting

The PFA will be having a virtual AGM
in the evening on Wednesday 18th November 2020 at 8.00. The link to join the
meeting is:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75210762298?pwd=b1dlTnZnUUtIRnpOUGxmN3hJdFcwUT09

As a parent or guardian of a child at
Holy Trinity school you are entitled to attend and will be very much welcomed.

The AGM will vote committee members
into their roles, review the accounts, and discuss plans for the year ahead.

Christmas
Cards

Thank you so much for getting your
Christmas card artwork and forms in on the date required.

Many thanks to the volunteers who sent
out reminders, collected, checked and sent off the cards and forms.

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook page: “Holy
Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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Newsletter 7 - 16th October 2020

Dear Parents

Last day of this half term: Please remember that term ends on Wednesday 21st October
and we expect to return to school as usual on Monday 2nd November.
We will update you if this should change.  

Thanks to our PFA We
offer our very sincere thanks to our amazing PFA, with a special mention of
Adrienne Conlon and her team, whose term has just finished. They have done
tremendous work to raise funds for our children - the PFA paid for the new Boat
in the little playground last year, amongst many other things. We particularly
value the PFA role in welcoming new families into our community, and providing
the special treats for our children that make school so special – the Christmas
party, Pancake races and so on. We are very grateful to Mrs Knox and Mrs Read
who have so kindly offered to be the new Chair and Secretary in the coming year,
and to Mr Cleveley who has agreed to stay on as treasurer. Without our PFA and
the huge support of our families, our children would miss out on much of the
enrichment that makes education here so special.

Staying warm this winter As we go forward into the colder weather, we remind parents that
children are encouraged to have a warm fleece to keep in school all the time.
We are also working towards a system in each class where children have a pair
of dry shoes and socks/wellies available. We cannot ask children to keep to the
field path as we used to in the very wet weather, because of the change of use
of the field for Covid restrictions, so they will be on the wet ground more
than they would usually have been. And the school will not be very warm when
they get back inside. Your child’s class teacher will let you know what their
plan is – the older children will probably be allowed to have a spare pair of
shoes in school, and will change into them if necessary. They will then have to
take the wet shoes home to dry them. The younger children have wellies in
school.

We are trying to limit the
traffic of items between home and school, as this is another way to limit the
risk of viral transmission, but there are some situations where we have to be
pragmatic and accept that there will be some things we cannot avoid moving
between home and school.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip We are delighted to be booking this trip for children in Years 5 and 6
with a non-refundable deposit of £50 this year, and travel insurance to cover
in case of cancellation. The total cost, including coach fare and all activities
is £225. Please find a letter attached to this mail giving more information
about the trip and the centre. We have been taking children to this venue for
many years and it is a very successful residential trip – children have an
amazing time and learn lots about team work, independence, courage, physical
fitness and having fun.  Children who
qualify for the Pupil Premium funding will have their trip fees paid for them.
We will set up a payment scheme if you wish to pay it off over several months. We
need to know how many will be coming by Monday 2nd November at
the latest so that we can confirm the booking. Please send in the attached form
and deposit by this date.

Wrap Around Care Do
complete the forms if you wish to take advantage of our Wrap Around care offer
to start on 2nd November. Lots of detail in last week’s newsletter: https://holy-trinity.co.uk/newsletter/

We would be grateful if you
can have the forms back to us by the end of today, so that we can organise the
sessions in line with the Covid requirements. There is still a lot of spare
capacity and we would like to have more children to make it viable.  Please note a slight adjustment – rather than
using School Money to pay, we shall be asking parents to pay by BACS payment.

NSPCC I am
pleased to tell you that children have been or shortly will be participating in
the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme.  This consists of an online assembly and
supporting classroom based activities.  Speak out. Stay safe.  is a safeguarding programme available to all
primary schools.  It aims to help
children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse
in a child friendly, interactive way. Children are taught to speak out if they
are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can
find more information on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout.

Parking Please
do NOT park in the layby and wait for your child’s Bubble to open – it is for
Stop and Drop only. If you need to wait with your child, please park across the
road in the parking area so that other parents can Stop and Drop. We are very
grateful to all our parents for their patience with the new systems – we are
all working together to keep our community safe at this difficult time.

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 Special Educational Needs and Disability
(SEND) Policy.
For children who have a significant learning difficulty or
disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different
from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. We
work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational
Psychologists, Behavioural Support Therapists and Speech and Language
Therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEND. There are clear
indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child
ought to be receiving this extra provision. Our policy and information on SEND
can be accessed on our website. In short, what will happen is that any child
about whom the teacher has significant concerns because they are failing to
make progress will be raised at an SEND meeting with the SENDCO (Special
Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator). They will be assessed and
given whatever extra support is deemed necessary. If the child still does not
make progress even with the extra support, they will be assessed further and
might be registered with the Local Authority as having Special Educational
Needs or Disabilities. Parents and the child will have input into this process.
In the event that the child continues to make very little progress, they may be
assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan which, if successful, might
draw down some extra funding. Parents can help to decide what this extra
funding ought to be used for. 

Overall
in our school, our children with SEND make very good progress even if their
attainment is low. Mrs Goddard is our SENDCO. It is worth remarking that
children who are struggling but do not meet the thresholds for SEND provision
are also given lots of extra support in this school to ensure their best
outcomes. Many children have a short programme of extra support at some point
in their school lives. Many children also have disabilities but if these disabilities
do not prevent the child from making steady progress, then these children will
not be registered on the SEND Code of Practice since it is clear from their
outcomes that the adjustments we make for them in the usual course of their
education are sufficient to enable them to make progress. Our quality-first
teaching helps to ensure that very few children need to be included on the formal
SEND Code of Practice.

Secondary School Applications   The
secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry.
Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk
or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call
01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications
is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Edington Under 5s From 3rd November, the
Edington Under 5s will be running twice a week on Tuesday & Thursday
mornings, please see the Facebook group or contact Louisa on 07538278445 for
more details. (This is because we can only have a limited number of people per
session). 

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October

Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November

Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th
November
Feedback to parents on
children’s current progress and attainment – written format.
 
Wednesday 25th
November
Hindu culture awareness
day
Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th
December
Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca
Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th
January
Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

Letters and order
forms so that children can design their own Christmas Cards should now be with
you. This is usually a very popular fund-raiser and we are hoping to gain
enough commission from this project to fund a small Christmas gift for each
child at school, as we have in previous years. 

This year, after your
child has completed the design, you will need to follow the instructions on the
form to place an on-line order and pay electronically. It is then important
that you return the design to the PFA on Monday 2nd November to the box
outside school.

We hope you have lots
of fun completing your designs! Please get in touch if you have any questions
once the letters have been sent home.

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook
page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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Newsletter 6 - 9th October 2020

Dear Parents

Wrap Around Care We
hope to open our Wrap Around Care provision on 2nd November 2020,
when we return from the half term break. If you would like to register your
child with the provision, please contact school for the sign up and
registration forms.

Because of Covid 19
restrictions, we are unable to accept “Walk in” children or families asking for
places at short notice. You will have to book a month in advance for the whole
month. We are sorry that this is quite restrictive but there is no other way to
keep in line with the direction on this and to keep everyone safe – we have a
duty of care to our staff and to the children. Once Covid is behind us, we can
offer more flexibility.

We can only accept 15 children
in each session and they have to be, as far as possible, the same 15 children
to maintain the integrity of the Wrap Around Care Bubble, so the first 15 to
sign up with be the members of that Bubble on that day. Places will be
allocated on a First Come, First Served basis and once we have reached 15
children in that session there will be no more places available. We are not
allowed to exceed this number until Covid restrictions are lifted.

We are offering

  • A
    “Short Afternoon” from 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Or starting when your child’s
    Bubble goes home, if that is before 3.00pm) which will cost £5 for the
    session and will include a light snack.
  • A
    “Long Afternoon”, from 3.00pm – 5.30pm (again, it might start earlier if
    your child’s Bubble goes home earlier) which will cost £11 for each
    session.
  • A
    Breakfast club from 8.00am – 8.30am (or until your child’s Bubble opens in
    the morning) which will cost £3 for each session. Cereal and fruit will be
    available if children would like breakfast.

The provision will be
managed and run by our own school staff, with Mrs Roberts-Phare being there
every day for all sessions, and with other support staff working on a rota
through the week. Mrs Roberts-Phare has planned lots of creative and exciting
activities which will be delivered in line with Covid requirements, minimising
the close contact children have with each other and ensuring that personal
equipment is not shared between children.

We are going to ask parents
to drop off for Breakfast club between 8.00am and 8.10am at the pedestrian gate
in the layby. Afterschool club collection will have to be through the staff car
park– we will monitor this to see how much disruption is caused to our
neighbours. We may have to change this in due course.

We would be grateful if you
can have the forms back to us by Friday 16th October, so
that we can organise the sessions in line with the Covid requirements. We will
let you know if you have a place.

Collective Worship Every
day, we all have a few minutes of reflection on spiritual themes – to do with
our own faith or non-faith philosophy, our moral compass, our responsibility
towards everything in creation. Then time is set aside to sit still and quietly
find that centre of peace, and to pray if we wish to. The stories are usually
taken from the Bible or from Christian stories. (This week, we are thinking
about the value of Courage, and have had some input on St Francis and his
relationship with creation. We will also hear about Daniel and the Lions’ Den
and about David and Goliath.)

We used to sing together,
which is such a powerful way of cementing a community, but at the moment we
cannot sing indoors, so we listen to the songs and do the actions.  We also cannot all meet in the hall for
Collective Worship, so it takes place in each classroom. Once a week I lead
worship from my office through Teams, which streams into the classrooms, and
once a week we have Sharing Assembly, where each classroom has a turn to stream
into the other classrooms to share some of the work they have done over the
course of the week. Although not as good as meeting together in the hall, this
does help us to maintain the community feel of our school.

Activities coming up

  • In
    November, we will have Kalpesh back in school. We know how amazing he was
    last time he came! Every child will have a workshop on Bollywood dance,
    Diwali and Hindu culture and life. Each class (Bubble) will have their own
    session and all dance will take place outside. We will encourage everyone
    to wear their brightest coloured clothes on Wednesday 25th
    November
    for this event! Bubbles will be strictly maintained.
  • Together
    with St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell, we will be running a
    Christingle event with our children shortly before Christmas.
  • We
    have also organised our traditional Christmas entertainment to take place
    in a different way – to keep everyone safe, the very popular “Science
    Boffin” will deliver class workshops through the whole of the last day (Friday
    18th December
    ), rather than the usual whole school
    event at the end of the day.
  • We
    will have traditional school turkey Christmas dinner on the last day as
    well, with all our teachers and support staff being involved in serving so
    that we can do it quickly before the food spoils. It will be served in
    classrooms so that children are safely in their Bubbles. You will be
    invited to order this through Lataca in due course.

Secondary School Applications   The
secondary school application process is now underway for September 2021 entry.
Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk
or by obtaining a paper application through the customer contact centre (call
01225 713010 and a copy will be sent out).

The deadline for applications
is midnight on the 31st October 2020.

Link for
Lavington prospectus:

https://www.lavington.wilts.sch.uk/about-us/prospectus

Link for
Matravers open day:

https://matravers.wilts.sch.uk/primary-schools/5862-applications-for-september-2021.html

Primary School Applications If your child will be turning 5 years old sometime between 1 September
2021 and 31st August 2022, you will need to apply for a primary
school place for them by 15th January 2021.
Parents can apply using the online system, which is available through www.wiltshire.gov.uk
or by calling 01225 713010 and a paper copy will be sent out).

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will be available on the website
at www. holy-trinity.co.uk in the coming week)
Wednesday 21st October Last day of term.  
Monday 2nd November Children back to school.  
Wednesday 18th November Feedback to parents on children’s current
progress and attainment – written format.
 
Wednesday 25th November Hindu culture awareness day Wear your brightest coloured clothing
Friday 18th December Last day of term School Christmas dinner to be ordered from Lataca
Science Boffin workshop event
Tuesday 5th January Everyone back to school (Monday 4th January is a TD day)

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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

PFA News

We are very pleased
to say that Maxine Knox has volunteered to step-up from the role of Secretary
to Chair of the PFA this year. Liz Read has kindly volunteered to be Secretary
and Kevin Cleveley has agreed to continue as our treasurer. Thank you so much
to these people for making it possible for the PFA to continue. 

We are currently
organising a date for the AGM where the committee will be officially voted into
their roles. Please do come along if you can and see what the PFA is all about.
Date and location to be decided shortly. 

Christmas Cards We will soon be
sending home information so that children can design their own Christmas cards
at home and then have these printed ready to send out to family and friends.
Due to Covid restrictions, this will run slightly differently to usual (more
details to follow) but we are pleased that we have found a safe way for this to
go ahead this year. Thank you to the people who have volunteered to help with
this. 

Many thanks

Your PFA

To contact the PFA:

Email: holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Or join our Facebook
page: “Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA”

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