Newsletter

Newsletter 30 - 14th May 2021

Dear
Parents

Pyjamarama Day – Thank you to all who participated in this – and to the
teachers for providing lovely reading activities for children to enjoy. It is
always fun to have a day that is a bit different. We hope that this will continue
to encourage children to read and to enjoy books. All donations will go to the
Book Trust charity to provide books for children who do not have good access to
them. Our thanks to Mrs Jones who led and arranged this day for us!

PFA Thank you to our PFA for organising the very exciting tuck shop after
school today!

Wrap Around Care We are finding that the administration around our Wrap
Around Care provision is becoming huge, as parents book in late, or wish to
change their bookings because their plans have changed. Whilst we would like to
try to accommodate every little request, we are finding that a huge part of our
admin staff’s time is now taken up with trying to manage all these requests.

We
are therefore asking that you book well in advance. We also need to let you
know that if your plans change, we will not be able to refund or change your
booking. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused but at present, our admin
staff are working late (mostly unpaid!) because of the huge outlay of time on
Wrap Around Care. We have to make arrangements to ensure that we can manage the
provision sensibly within the limits of our resources.

We
can also let you know that from 17th May, at the 3rd step
of easing of lockdown, the limit of 15 children in Wrap Around Care Bubbles has
been eased as well. We will be able to admit up to our maximum number of
children of 25 from this date onwards. Other restrictions remain, of course,
with parents having to restrict their access to the school property and use
face coverings where possible, children with symptoms going home to be tested
or isolate with their family for ten days, regular hand washing, social
distancing when possible, and emphasis on good respiratory hygiene.

Residential Trip to Forest of Dean In line with the newly published direction from the
Government on taking children on residential trips from 17th May
onwards, we have drawn up detailed plans and risk assessments with the Dean
Field Studies Centre to ensure that our children and staff are kept as safe as
possible as we emerge from the lockdown. Children have to remain in the Bubble
in which they usually are at school. They have to share dormitories with people
who are in their Bubble and not with people from the other Bubble. Their
activity group also has to be with people in their own Bubble. Dinner will be
served in two sittings to keep the Bubbles separate and the showering and
toilet facilities will be allocated to each Bubble (separate boys and girls
facilities for each Bubble).

We
will have to have two coaches to fetch and carry the children so that they are
do not share a space for the whole journey. The school will bear the added cost
of this so that parents do not have to find the extra money.

All
equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the each Bubble uses it, and the
leaders of the activities will stand at 2m distance unless for a very fleeting
moment to check harnesses etc.

Children
and staff are very used to all these measures now, and will accommodate all the
new protocols without difficulty. This will be a very exciting and wonderful
trip, after so many months of lockdown, and we are tremendously pleased that we
are able to go ahead with it. My thanks to Mr A, Mr G and all the staff who are
accompanying this trip.

No After School Club on Monday 17th
May
Please remember that there is NO
After School Club on Monday 17th May,
as we have whole staff
First Aid Training on that day.

Covid is still a very real danger in our
country and the world!

We
just wanted to remind you of a few important measures to continue to keep in
place, which will help to ensure our COVID-19 rates remain low:

•         The best way to stop the spread of the
virus is social distancing, good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands for at
least 20 seconds, and wearing face coverings where required.

•         A reminder to parents is that the
lateral flow tests should not be used on primary school children and younger.

•         Adults (not primary aged children and
younger) in a household with school children are encouraged to test twice
weekly with lateral flow tests which can be ordered online, collected from a
participating pharmacy or local collection sites.

•         If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19
(high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to their sense of smell
or taste), they should get a PCR test (at a testing site) as soon as possible
and stay at home with their household until they get their test result. Anyone
in their childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if they have been
in close contact since the person’s symptoms started or during the 48 hours
before the symptoms started.

•         If anyone is displaying COVID-19
symptoms they should not use a lateral flow test – book a PCR test at a testing
site.

•         Free testing continues to be available
to everyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, and people who show symptoms must book a
test online or call 119.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come
into school - this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to
sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home
if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a
negative test has been returned.

Message from St Peter’s Church in Great
Cheverell:

Dear
Parents

St
Peter's Church in Great Cheverell has set up a place of quiet and reflection,
weaving and writing of prayers or messages of peace and joy. It is available
for you to visit with family and friends or on your own between now and Sunday 23rd June
(The Christian Day of Pentecost - when the Bible describes how Jesus' followers
were visited by The Holy Spirit and the 'church' was born).

Best
wishes

Mercedes
Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 17th May

No After School Club Please make alternative
arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th
May – Friday 28th May
Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we
hope!
More detail once this has
been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May

Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th
June
Everyone back to school 7th and 8th
of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th
July
Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if
restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th
July and Thursday 8th July
Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid
restrictions permit
Monday 12th
July and Wednesday 14th July
Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will
keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th
July – Saturday 17th July
Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the
consent form
Monday 19th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
White Horse class: 5.00pm
Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
Silbury class: 5.00pm
Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after
school)
2.00pm with the Bishop.
All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st
July
Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents
welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd
July
Last day of summer term 23rd July is a
TD day

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

PFA News

Sweets
for sale!

There
will be a sweet sale in aid of the PFA after school on Friday the 14th of May -
Pyjamarama day! All sweet bags will be £1- please bring correct money to put
into the collection buckets. We will be over the road from school and will
have several tables dotted around to aid social distancing.

Circus
Skills day

As we won’t be having a Summer Fayre this year, it was decided at the last PFA
meeting that we would fund a fun activity to take place during the school day.
We are pleased to confirm that the children will all be taking part in a circus
skills workshop on 22nd June. Further details nearer the time.

School
uniform and Christmas jumpers

Many thanks to those who have donated school uniform, as the PFA were able to
sell great quality items to new parents at the recent visit to school. Please
put your bagged donation into the blue lidded wheelie bins in the staff
carpark. We are also accepting Christmas jumpers for sale later in the year.
All funds from school uniform goes to the PFA and is spent on fun activities
and resources for your children.

Plastics
recycling

Thanks to those who brought pens, bread bags and pill packets for the recycling
collection, and many thanks to the parents who have organised this.

Best
wishes, your PFA

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Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA
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Newsletter 29 - 7th May 2021

Dear
Parents

Dinner Lady Vacancy Sadly, Mrs Hiscock will not be working as our Midday
Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) from June. We thank her for all her amazing work
looking after our children at lunch times and wish her well in her future career.

We
have, therefore, a vacancy for an MDSA at our school to start in June or as
soon as possible after that. The role involves looking after the children each
day at lunchtimes as they eat their lunches, helping them if they need support,
setting up and putting away dining equipment, wiping tables and cleaning the
area, dealing with minor injuries, and supervising playtimes, encouraging
children to be active at lunchtime play, dealing with minor issues that occur
during playtime, and ensuring everyone is safe, cared for and happy at their
lunch break.

Children
will usually have a 50 minute lunch break, half of which is spent eating lunch
and the other half outside playing. The MDSA role will be paid for an hour a
day plus an extra ten minutes a week for staff meetings. There is a good
pension fund and holiday pay.  You will
be part of a very warm and welcoming team, with lots of support and a sense of
joy in our work.

The
pay grade is Grade B, scale point 1 which is paid at £9.25 an hour. You will work
for 38 weeks of the year, which is term time only, but you will be paid for
43.6 weeks of year to include holiday pay. The pay is divided equally over 12
months so you will have a salary every month of the year. Following a
successful probation period, the post will become permanent.

If
you would like to apply for the post, please contact the office, or complete
the application form on our website. The full job description and person
specification is available on our website or from the office. Applications to
be received by Friday 21st May, please, with an interview date to
be set in the following week. Please do contact the school if you would like to
discuss this further – 01380 813796

Pyjamarama Day - Friday 14th May Wear your pyjamas to school! Please see the
poster attached to the newsletter email for more details – this also went home
as a hard copy. Please make sure that your children are warm enough in their
pyjamas (they will need their coats) and also that they have sensible shoes on
– they will still be going out to play! If you would like to send in a small
donation, that will go to help children who have very poor access to books.

If
your child does not want to wear their pyjamas to school, that is completely
fine of course. They should come to school in their uniform as usual. No
pressure.

Reading We encourage all our families to continue to read with
their children, even when they are in Year 6 (and beyond!). Children who are
read to by good readers show higher outcomes not just in literacy areas but
also, interestingly, in maths at GCSE. Hearing the written word read aloud is a
powerful learning tool and it is a lovely family activity, especially as the
children get older and you can start to read “Chapter” books which everyone can
listen to and enjoy. We want our children to love reading and love books,
blogs, magazines – anything at all that encourages them to appreciate reading.

Families
leaving our school
As we prepare for our Admissions Panel at the beginning of June, we ask
that if you are going to remove your child from our school at the end of this
academic year, you let us know by the end of this half term. We have many
families who would like to transfer their children into our school and we need
to know how many places may be available to offer for the coming academic year
2021-22.

Class
Splits
At
this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom
their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best
decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that
we do the very best for each one.

If your child is moving into Year 1, Year 4 or Year
5, they will be in a split group. However, they will continue to follow the
Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5 curriculum, whichever classroom they are in. Our
analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested
on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their
progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all
classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to
achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a
sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about
class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through
the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can
assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of
which classroom they are in.

Policies
and Privacy Notice
Please follow this link to read our school policies and the Privacy
Notice which tells you how we use your data. http://holy-trinity.co.uk/policies-2/

No After School Club on Monday 17th
May
Please remember that there is NO
After School Club on Monday 17th May,
as we have whole staff
First Aid Training on that day.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come
into school - this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to
sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home
if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a
negative test has been returned.

Best
wishes

Mercedes
Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Friday 14th May

Pyjamarama Day – all about books! Wear your pyjamas to
school and bring a donation to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Monday 17th May

No After School Club Please make alternative
arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th
May – Friday 28th May
Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we
hope!
More detail once this has
been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May

Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th
June
Everyone back to school 7th and 8th
of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th
July
Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if
restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th
July and Thursday 8th July
Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid
restrictions permit
Monday 12th
July and Wednesday 14th July
Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will
keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th
July – Saturday 17th July
Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the
consent form
Monday 19th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
White Horse class: 5.00pm
Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
Silbury class: 5.00pm
Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell
after school)
2.00pm with the Bishop.
All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st
July
Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents
welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd
July
Last day of summer term 23rd July is a
TD day

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

PFA News

Sweets
for sale!

There
will be a sweet sale in aid of the PFA after school on Friday the 14th of May -
Pyjamarama day! All sweet bags will be £1- please bring correct money to put
into the collection buckets. We will be over the road from school and will
have several tables dotted around to aid social distancing.

Circus
Skills day

As we won’t be having a Summer Fayre this year, it was decided at the last PFA
meeting that we would fund a fun activity to take place during the school day.
We are pleased to confirm that the children will all be taking part in a circus
skills workshop on 22nd June. Further details nearer the time.

School
uniform and Christmas jumpers

Many thanks to those who have donated school uniform, as the PFA were able to
sell great quality items to new parents at the recent visit to school. Please
put your bagged donation into the blue lidded wheelie bins in the staff
carpark. We are also accepting Christmas jumpers for sale later in the year.
All funds from school uniform goes to the PFA and is spent on fun activities
and resources for your children.

Plastics
recycling

Thanks to those who brought pens, bread bags and pill packets for the recycling
collection, and many thanks to the parents who have organised this.

Best
wishes, your PFA

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Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA
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Newsletter 28 - 30th April 2021

Dear
Parents

                Bank Holiday Please
remember that Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday.

PFA Once
again, we extend our sincere thanks to the amazing work of our Parents and
Friends Association, the charity that raises funds and provides great enrichment
for the benefit of our children. Maxine Knox has led her team through a very
complex year most effectively and we are very grateful to her, Liz Read and
Kevin Cleveley who have driven so much of the work through these turbulent
times. Both Maxine and Kevin are stepping down, and we are looking for a new
Chair of the PFA.  Please do consider
stepping up to this role if you can. We would like to offer special thanks to
Maxine for her leadership this year, and to Kevin who has been treasurer for so
many years.

We
are also grateful to all the other members of the PFA who have actively
organised and run so many amazing activities for our children and who have
raised funds even when it has been very challenging. If you have not yet got
involved, please do! It is a great way to make new friends and support our
children.

And
our very special thanks go to the PFA for their invaluable role in welcoming
new families to our school – their outreach has really helped new members of
our community to feel at home straight away and this is such an important role
in our warm and wonderful school.

School Trophies If someone in your family received one of our floating
trophies for outstanding achievement last year, please would you send the
trophy back into school so that we can get them ready for this year? And if you
know of any other families who may no longer receive our newsletter because
they have moved into Year 7, would you remind them to return the trophies as
well?

We
have about ten trophies which are given out at our annual Leavers’ Assembly at
the end of the summer term. They include one or two for academic achievement
and then lots of awards for music, the arts, sport, friendship, and
helpfulness.

Pyjamarama Day - Friday 14th May Wear your pyjamas to school! Please see the
poster attached to the newsletter email for more details. Please make sure that
your children are warm enough in their pyjamas (they will need their coats) and
also that they have sensible shoes on – they will still be going out to play!

New children We are preparing to welcome the new cohort of
Reception children to their induction events in the coming weeks. It is always
a source of great excitement in our school – these new little ones will become
part of the school family and we love getting to know them a bit over the
summer. We will visit them at their nurseries, and find out a bit more about
them. They will come to our school for a few afternoons to become familiar with
our setting. Invitations to parents to come to our first meeting on 4th
May at 5.00pm have been sent out. Mrs Woodman, our new headteacher elect, will
be at this meeting to welcome parents, and will also visit the Old School
Nursery which is our main feeder nursery, to meet the staff and children there
as part of our transition work.

Bluebell Wood We are very fortunate to have a small area of woodland
on our school property, called Bluebell Wood, and the bluebells are out at the
moment! It is a beautiful sight.

Gardening We are very grateful to Sarum and White Horse classes
who are working hard gardening on our raised beds and other areas of the school
grounds to ensure that we can grow our own fruit and vegetables, and enhance
the appearance of our grounds with beautiful flowers and herbs.

Peripatetic Music At our school we offer peripatetic music lessons (for
a fee) during the school day. We offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, recorder
lessons, brass instrument lessons and ukulele lessons. If your child would like
to take part in a music lesson, do approach the school office who can put you
in touch with the music tutors. Some are running waiting lists but others still
have some capacity. If your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium, the school
will cover the cost of your child’s music lessons.

Your
child will be eligible if your family gets any of the following: (Do let the
office know)

  • Income Support
  • income-based
    Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related
    Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guaranteed
    element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
    (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax
    Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax
    Credit
  • Universal Credit
    - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than
    £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Sunhats and sunscreen Even though the weather is chilly, the sun is as
damaging to young skin as it is in August, at this time of year. Please make
sure your child has a sunhat and that you apply sun cream before they come to
school. (We cannot apply it during the day.) Please write your child’s name on
ALL items of clothing that come into school. At this time of the year, children
throw off their jumpers, hats etc and we struggle to get them back to their
owners if they are not labelled with the child’s name. Just writing the child’s
initials on the manufacturer’s label is better than nothing.

No After School Club on Monday 17th
May
Please remember that there is NO
After School Club on Monday 17th May,
as we have whole staff
First Aid Training on that day.

Bad Language in School We have dealt with several cases of children using bad
language in school since we returned in March. This is not something we are
used to at Holy Trinity and we will not allow it. Please help your children
understand that bad language is entirely unacceptable and inappropriate at
school.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come
into school - this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to
sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home
if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a
negative test has been returned.

Best
wishes

Mercedes
Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available
on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Friday 14th May

Pyjamarama Day – all about books! Wear your pyjamas to
school and bring a donation to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Monday 17th May

No After School Club Please make alternative
arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th
May – Friday 28th May
Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we
hope!
More detail once this has
been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May

Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th
June
Everyone back to school 7th and 8th
of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th
July
Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if
restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th
July and Thursday 8th July
Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid
restrictions permit
Monday 12th
July and Wednesday 14th July
Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will
keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th
July – Saturday 17th July
Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the
consent form
Monday 19th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
White Horse class: 5.00pm
Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
Silbury class: 5.00pm
Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell
after school)
2.00pm with the Bishop.
All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st
July
Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents
welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd
July
Last day of summer term 23rd July is a
TD day

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

PFA News

Sweets sale on 14th of May

The PFA will be selling sweets after school on Friday 14th of May.

Uniform please

We are looking for small sizes of uniform to offer for sale to new
starters at visits next week. Please put bagged donations into the blue lidded
wheelie bins in the staff carpark at school for collection, sorting and resale.
Also, if you have any outgrown Christmas jumpers please donate these in the
same way for resale nearer Christmas.

Thanks to Maxine and Kevin

At the PFA meeting on Tuesday Maxine and Kevin confirmed that they would
not be carrying on in their roles as chair and treasurer of the Holy Trinity
PFA from September. Sincere thanks go to Maxine and Kevin, they have given so
much to the PFA and we are really grateful.

Happily we have had one person come forward to take on the role of
Treasurer, but we have not yet had anyone come forward as Chair.

If you are interested in the role please express your interest to Liz
Read, PFA Secretary on the email below to find out more.

Holy Trinity PFA

email:holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

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Newsletter 27 - 23rd April 2021

Dear
Parents

Holi Celebrations and Bollywood Dance
Day

What
a day of exuberant, joyful, colourful fun we had on Wednesday, when Kalpesh
came to show us a bit more about the Hindu spring festival of colour, Holi! It
was wonderful to watch the children immerse themselves in the moment, laughing
and enjoying the permission to get very messy in the beautiful sunshine! The
dance and music and the weather all conspired to create an atmosphere of real
celebration. Thank you to all our families for supporting the children to
participate so fully and to have such a glorious experience. Quite aside from
the great learning about other cultures and faiths, the children were relaxed,
happy and finding joy in the moment which was lovely to see.

Campout for Years 3 and 4 The children in years 3 and 4 missed out on their
annual residential trip this year, because of Covid restrictions. Their class
teachers were determined to find a way to give them an overnight experience,
and have come up with this amazing plan to have a campout on the school field
on the night of 16th to 17th of July. There will be fun
activities, a barbecue, tents and a night away from home in our safe
surroundings. We are very grateful to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and Mrs Hayward
who have committed so fully to ensuring the best possible experience for our
children. For anyone who missed the Zoom parents’ meeting this week, a
follow-up letter and kit list will be sent out shortly.

It
is a huge undertaking to have responsibility for children overnight and all of our
teachers who take on this responsibility are working above and beyond the call
of duty. We hope to run our two night residential trip for the children in
Years 5 and 6 this May and we are very grateful to all the staff involved in
that trip as well.

Drop Off and Pick Up at School We ask that all our families drop off and pick up at
exactly their allocated times – increasingly families are arriving late and
this means we are crossing Bubbles which is not allowed. As we battle the new
variants of Covid, it is essential that we continue to be rigorous in obeying
every part of the restrictions which will keep our community safe.  We are especially concerned for our staff who
should not be exposed to more people than absolutely necessary.

We
have had a query about when we will change the staggered drop off and pick
times back to something more “usual”. At this stage, as mentioned above, we are
still under the strict Covid restrictions and the Government has not given us
leave to relax those yet. Understandably, they cannot make decisions until it
is clear what is happening with infection rates, new variants and the
vaccination programme so, for the time being and until further notice, we will
continue with our protocols as they are. We really do not know for how much
longer this will be.

Once
we are allowed to lift these strict measures, we will replace the current
arrangements with a less staggered protocol. We will have KS1 children dropped
off ten minutes before KS2 children, (probably 8.30am for KS1 and 8.40am for
KS2) and picked up ten minutes earlier at the end of the day as well (probably
2.50pm for KS1 and 3.00pm for KS2).

This
will be a permanent arrangement for our school from then on, and we will also
continue to have children dropped off and picked up at the gates as they are at
present. We hope to alleviate some of the traffic problems that beset us before
the lockdowns through these measures.

Lateral Flow Tests We encourage everyone to take a lateral flow test
twice a week, and, if positive, to isolate immediately and to take a
confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible. If we can detect all asymptomatic
cases, we can help to keep cases of Covid low in our area. 

Welcome to our new families We welcome our new families into our school community
and wish them very well as they settle into their new homes and new school.
Please do reach out in friendship to those who are new – it makes such a
difference just to have someone stop and chat for a few minutes when you are
new to a community.

Pyjamarama Day - Friday 14th May Wear your pyjamas to school! We are joining in
with the Book Trust's Pyjamarama Day to have a fun day filled with bookish
activities, and to raise some funds for children who have no access to
books at the same time.  More details to follow.

No After School Club on Monday 17th
May
Please remember that there is NO
After School Club on Monday 17th May,
as we have whole staff
First Aid Training on that day.

Bank Holiday Please remember that Monday 3rd May is a
Bank Holiday.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come
into school - this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to
sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home
if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a
negative test has been returned.

Best
wishes

Mercedes
Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Friday 14th May

Pyjamarama Day – all about books! Wear your pyjamas to
school and bring a donation to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Monday 17th May

No After School Club Please make alternative
arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th
May – Friday 28th May
Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we
hope!
More detail once this has
been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May

Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th
June
Everyone back to school 7th and 8th
of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th
July
Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if
restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th
July and Thursday 8th July
Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid
restrictions permit
Monday 12th
July and Wednesday 14th July
Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will
keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th
July – Saturday 17th July
Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the
consent form
Monday 19th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
White Horse class: 5.00pm
Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
Silbury class: 5.00pm
Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell
after school)
2.00pm with the Bishop.
All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st
July
Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents
welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd
July
Last day of summer term 23rd July is a
TD day

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

PFA News

There will be a PFA meeting on Tuesday 27th of April at 8.00
on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82758452679?pwd=Qk82QmNmZWMzbHRmdnpIMVdIZDZmZz09

Please come along, find out more and maybe get involved. We
will be looking at events between now and the end of the year.

Holy Trinity PFA

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Newsletter 26 - 1st April 2021

Dear
Parents

Have a wonderful
Easter break! We wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing
everyone back at school on Monday 19th April.

Pilgrimage Day What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday! Our annual
Pilgrimage Day took place on our school field, rather than in Edington Church
this year, and it was so special to have the whole school out there, carefully
separated and keeping to their Bubbles, but visible to each other.

We
spent the morning reflecting on many aspects of the story of Easter – a story
of courage, suffering, compassion, friendship, forgiveness and joy. Whether our
children are people of faith or not, this is an inspirational story and they
had time to reflect on these themes and how they impact on their lives.

There
was an extraordinary atmosphere of joy and positivity, and a real sense of our
community coming together to celebrate the day. We are very grateful to the
clergy who supported us so strongly with this event, leading each activity
separately for each group of children. And our huge thanks go to Mrs Edwards
who is so efficient at organising all the resources that we need for events
like these.

Church Visits The children in Stonehenge and White Horse classes
walked to St Peter’s church in Great Cheverell (separately, to ensure the
Bubbles did not mix) this week for a little Easter reflection. They walked
around the outside of the church first, enjoying the beautiful weather. Then
they went inside for a few moments of quiet time. These quiet and reflective
times are valuable for everyone’s spiritual growth and mental health.

Brass instrument and Ukulele lessons If you would like your child to have tuition from our
amazingly talented Mr Gundry in brass instrument (cornet and trumpet) or
individual ukulele lessons, please contact him on info@maestromania.co.uk. Mr
Gundry has instruments for you to hire if you would like to do that. Lessons
will be on a Thursday afternoon, either in school time or just after school.
Please make contact within the next three weeks so that Mr Gundry can plan his
timetable. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Everything
will be arranged and delivered in line with strict Covid restrictions and
protocols, of course.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip The Government let us know this week that, as long as
Covid infections are not increasing too much, and all other aspects for the
easing of lockdown are in place, we should be able to plan residential trips to
take place from Monday 17th May. This is very good news for us,
because our annual Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and Year 6 is
booked for the following week, from Wednesday 26th May to Friday 28th
May
. So, all going according to plan, this trip should be good to go.
Further guidance will be issued over the next few weeks which will help us plan
the trip in a Covid safe way, and we will send out information for parents as
this becomes available to us.

Holi Celebrations and Bollywood Dance Please do complete and send back to school the permission
slip for our wonderful celebration day which will centre on the Hindu festival
of Holi. We will have Kalpesh back in school on Wednesday 21st April
to lead us through some great activities which will help us understand more
about a faith and culture different from our own. If you wish your child to
take part in the powder paint colour fun, we need the permission slip for the
activity which will be messy. Please send your children to school in old
clothes on that day! As well as the colour activities, there will be Asian music
and more Bollywood dance for children to learn and to enjoy.

No After School Club on Monday 17th
May
Please remember that there is NO
After School Club on Monday 17th May,
as we have whole staff
First Aid Training on that day. You will need to make alternative arrangements.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused but staff first aid training is a
statutory and necessary requirement, as you will understand.

Piano lessons start on Monday 19th
April
If your child has their usual
lesson on a Monday, please send them in with their music books on the first day
back after the Easter break.

Covid Track and Trace If your child falls ill with Covid, confirmed by a
positive test, over the Easter weekend within 48 hours of attending school, please
let us know so that we can do the track and trace work for contacts they may
have had at school. You don’t need to let us know if they fall ill after Easter
Saturday.

A message from St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell: “We thought
that your pupils might enjoy making an Easter garden over the holidays so Revd.
Marion has made a video showing how to do this and explaining the significance
of the things in the garden.”

The video and an instruction
leaflet are on the church Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/100010414170906/posts/1357285244628602?sfns

Please
encourage your children to take a photograph of their Easter garden and share
it with the congregation of St Peter’s so that they can make a display for the
church.

The
congregation of St Peter’s wish everyone in the school community a very Happy
Easter.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come
into school - this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to
sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home
if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a
negative test has been returned.

Best
wishes

Mercedes
Henning

Letters from Gavin Williamson:

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events
available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk)
Thursday 1st
April
Last day of term  
Monday 19th
April
School re-opens  
Wednesday 21st
April
Holi (Hindu festival) celebrated with Kalpesh Come to school in old clothes,
brightly coloured if you have them!
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday  
Monday 17th May

No After School Club Please make alternative
arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th
May – Friday 28th May
Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we
hope!
More detail once this has
been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May

Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th
June
Everyone back to school 7th and 8th
of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th
July
Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day
12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic
Parents welcome if
restrictions permit
Monday 12th
July and Wednesday 14th July
Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will
keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Monday 19th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
White Horse class: 5.00pm
Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of
next year’s cohort
 
Silbury class: 5.00pm
Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th
July
School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell
after school)
2.00pm with the Bishop.
All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st
July
Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents
welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd
July
Last day of summer term 23rd July is a
TD day

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

PFA News

Different Rules For a Day - Thursday 1st of April

Thank you for joining in with the Different Rules for a Day
event today, details of the PFA account have gone out to WhatsApp groups if you
would like to donate online. Please use reference "non uniform day"
in your transfer so that we can make accounting easier.

Second Hand Uniform

There is a lot of great quality second hand uniform
available to buy at low prices - perhaps you need a summer dress or shorts for
after Easter? We will be selling the secondhand uniform over the road from
school from 2.15pm on the 1st of April. If you need uniform before then please
email holytrinitypfa@gmail.com
or put a post on our Facebook page.

PFA meeting

There will be a PFA meeting on Tuesday 27th of April at 8.00
on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82758452679?pwd=Qk82QmNmZWMzbHRmdnpIMVdIZDZmZz09

Please come along, find out more and maybe get involved. We
will be looking at events between now and the end of the year.

Holy Trinity PFA

holytrinitypfa@gmail.com

Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

Read more...

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