Newsletter

Newsletter 21 - 26th February 2021

Dear Parents

BACK TO SCHOOL! We are so looking forward to having all our wonderful children back in school on Monday 8th March! There is great excitement and preparation going on here in school! Teachers have got amazing projects planned that will allow children to spend time making and creating and exploring and investigating while chatting to their friends as much as possible. We know that this is what they have really missed over the lockdown. Teaching and learning sessions will be shorter for the first few days/weeks as well, so that children can rebuild their stamina for the longer learning sessions we would usually expect at this time of the year. We know that they will have an amazing time when they return with so many things to look forward to.

We will return to exactly the same routines as we had through the Autumn term from September to December 2020. It will be very familiar to all of you and to our children. We will continue to work in our Class Bubbles, with staggered drop off, pick up, break and lunch times so that we can avoid any cross infection between Bubbles.

Children may not bring things from home unless absolutely essential. Please dress warmly – windows and doors will be open to improve ventilation. Please wear school uniform with trainers. No adults are allowed on site without an appointment, and any essential meetings will take place outside. Please do not stop and chat when you drop off and pick up your children – go straight home. And please maintain strict distancing from each other and from our staff. We ask that people wear face coverings if at all possible when dropping off and picking up their children, as an added precaution for the safety of our staff.

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.

• Remind your child about washing their hands properly and regularly.
• Remind them about catching their coughs and sneezes in a tissue, disposing of that safely and washing hands.
• Remind them to try to stay 2m away from other people if at all possible. (We know that for our younger children this is not feasible and we don’t really expect it.)

We must continue to bear down on this virus so that we do not have any new surges of infection as children return to school. We don’t want any increase in infection to interfere with the time line back to normality.

If you have forgotten your child’s drop off and pick up time, please consult this table.

Class Arrive at school Leave school Entrance/exit point
Stonehenge 8.20am-8.30am 2.30pm- 2.40pm Pedestrian Gate
White Horse 8.30am- 8.40am 2.40pm- 2.50pm Pedestrian Gate
Sarum 8.40am – 8.50am 2.50pm-3.00pm Pedestrian Gate
Avebury 8.50am – 9.00am 3.00pm-3.10pm Pedestrian gate
Silbury 8.50am – 9.00am 3.00pm-3.10pm Vehicular gate on field

Please order lunches from Lataca as usual if you want your child to have school dinners from 8th March.
The school bus will run as usual from 8th March.
Wrap Around Care will continue, so if you require this provision, please book in as soon as possible.

Spring in Your Step Thank you for all the AMAZING displays we can see, not only in our local villages, but all the way up to Devizes. You have brought cheer to so many people in these dark days. It is lovely to see that most of our families joined in the fun. And lots of people who are not part of our school joined in as well! Do send in photos for the Sharing page on Moodle.

Book tokens It's World Book Day on 4th March so celebrate with a fabulous book. The lovely people at World Book Day would like every child to have a new book to go on an adventure with. This link is for a £1 voucher towards the cost of buying a book from a shop. If you'd like to support a local business, Devizes Books are taking part and you can phone/message them to order a book. However, there are also some great books on World Book Day's website which you can have for free with the voucher so take a look at them too - the link is under the voucher. Happy reading!

https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf

Stonehenge Class Performance Poetry Competition The 2 winners of the Stonehenge poetry competition were Joseph Noad Yr1 & Nell Wilson FS. Well done to you two, and to everyone who submitted an entry – they were all amazing and we are very proud of every one of you! You will all get a certificate to celebrate your great performances.

We look forward to enjoying the virtual performances from White Horse and Sarum classes soon.

Best wishes
Mercedes Henning

Feedback on Equalities Survey
Thank you to all those who responded to the Equalities survey. We received 24 responses, which is around 25% of our families. Each response was worth about 4%.

The overwhelming majority of those who responded (79%) are satisfied that the school promotes successful learning for all pupils to achieve their full potential taking into account the 9 characteristics required under the Equalities legislation. Two respondents did not agree with this assessment and their comments have been noted and will be discussed and fed into our future plans.

92% of respondents agree that children learn effectively about different religions.

Three respondents would like to see more use of social media in school communication - again, these comments will feed into future discussions and plans.

Parking and crossing to the school were highlighted by a small minority of respondents. We note these remarks and will include them in our discussions, though we are severely limited in what we can do about these matters.

The majority of respondents saw no barriers to learning in our school, although a few respondents mentioned the parking and some physical and other aspects of the school as possible barriers. These again will be noted and fed into our future plans.

As you will be aware, as a school we always welcome warmly children with special educational needs and other characteristics highlighted in the Equalities legislation. The outcomes of all our children are very good academically when measured on Government assessments and on outcomes in secondary school and beyond. Also importantly secondary schools often comment on how well prepared our children are socially, as independent learners and courteous, responsible citizens.

We are, of course, always ready to improve our practice, and staff are regularly involved in CPD (we have had recent training on Speech and Language Therapy, Autistic Spectrum Condition, Attachment Disorder and Dyslexia) to ensure that our practice is modern, up to date and as good as possible for all children, especially those who find things more challenging.

If you have any further comments or suggestions, please do email the school office.
Kind regards
Claire Goddard

From Mrs Woodman Please have a look on Moodle (Whole School Page, under Sharing) or on Facebook for a beautiful video made by Mrs Woodman to celebrate our wonderful school. Mrs Woodman has done a superb summary, in images and music, of all the very best things about our school and we think you will enjoy watching this. We are really enjoying working with our new headteacher elect, whose wise, sensitive and intelligent leadership will take our school forward from September.

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

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

Friday 12th February Last day of half term
Monday 22nd February Home schooling starts again
Monday 8th March Everyone back in school! See detail in this newsletter!
Thursday 1st April Last day of term
Monday 19th April School re-opens
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday
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
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 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

PFA News

PFA on hold
The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch at holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk
or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Newsletter 20 - 12th February 2021

Dear Parents

Half Term Break Starts on Monday 15th February! No online learning for the coming week - you’re on holiday!

Please make sure that you stay at home. Do not arrange to go out and visit friends, no matter how tempting this is. We need to hold the line for another few weeks in order to drive down infections enough that we can return to school on 8th March!

We shall see everyone back at their Moodling stations on Monday 22nd February. We hope that this may be the commencement of the last fortnight of home learning in Lockdown before we can return to school. But that will only happen if case numbers are low. Please limit all contact with people outside your household! Covid case numbers are still very high and lockdown may continue if these numbers do not fall enough.

Positive PCR Result If your child was at school as one of our critical worker families, and then tests positive for Covid on a test taken up to and including Sunday 14th February, please email us with your child’s name, the date and number of their positive test, the date their symptoms started, and the last date they were in school. We may have to work with Track and Trace to alert other families to the possibility of infection and subsequent isolation.

Sharing Each week, we have a few images of some wonderful work done by our children at home, on Moodle. Go to the Whole School page and scroll to the bottom to see what has been published this week.

Spring in Your Step We are inviting all our families to take part in this initiative to bring joy into our neighbourhoods. We would love to see your children (or you!) creating a beautiful drawing or painting of a spring scene or spring flowers or something that has especially reminded you that spring is nearly here and then put this art work in your front windows so that passers-by can see it. Or you could put a vase of spring flowers in your front window. Or you could place a container with wonderful flowering spring bulbs outside your front door or near your front gatepost for everyone to enjoy as they walk past. Spring on your doorstep! Add a little poster encouraging people to “Choose Joy”, or to “Enjoy the Spring”, or to “Stay Strong” in these difficult times. This is a great project for the half term.

We look forward to seeing photos of your amazing Spring in your Step displays!

Accessibility Survey Mrs Goddard, our lead on our inclusion and accessibility work, is asking as many of you as possible to complete the little survey on this link. Please do log in and do this survey! Your views are very important to us and will inform future decisions we make. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQV6VFH

Take care of yourselves We know that these times are very difficult for many of our families. Please make sure that you look after the wellbeing of everyone in your family as your first priority. Some days it may not be easy to do much academic work – that’s OK. We will help your child when they get back to school.

Go for a walk, do some painting, get out the play dough, find a cardboard box to play with, plant some seeds, dress up in crazy clothes, dance to your favourite music…..anything that is fun for you and your child, but not too demanding will help on these difficult days. Don’t forget that the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is there if you need more support.

Some online visits you might enjoy with your child! Always supervise your children carefully when they are online.

Google Earth
Google Earth is an excellent geographical learning resource for children.
They can type in questions about capital cities and landmarks to get interactive answers. It also has a 3D feature that can be used to view any location around the world.

You might want to visit the Louvre in France:
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Or how about a quick visit to the Great Wall of China! https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Reminder If at all possible, children (even those of critical workers) must be kept at home. School attendance is available only if there is absolutely no other option. We need to limit contacts as much as we possibly can to hold this virus at bay.

We wish you all a very good half term break at home, with no virtual school! See you back on 22nd February.

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

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

Friday 12th February Last day of half term
Monday 22nd February Home schooling starts again
Monday 8th March Perhaps we will all be back in school! We will keep you updated – please stick to lockdown rules until then!
Thursday 1st April Last day of term
Monday 19th April School re-opens
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday
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
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 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

PFA News

PFA on hold
The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch at holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk
or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Newsletter 19 - 5th February 2021

Dear Parents

Spring in Your Step We are inviting all our families to take part in this initiative to bring joy into our neighbourhoods. We would love to see your children (or you!) creating a beautiful drawing or painting of a spring scene or spring flowers or something that has especially reminded you that spring is nearly here and then put this art work in your front windows so that passers-by can see it. Or you could put a vase of spring flowers in your front window. Or you could place a container with wonderful flowering spring bulbs outside your front door or near your front gatepost for everyone to enjoy as they walk past. Spring on your doorstep!

Perhaps you could add a little poster encouraging people to “Choose Joy”, or to “Enjoy the Spring”, or to “Stay Strong” in these difficult times.

Then you could walk around your village or local area and see how many “Spring in your Step” projects you can spot in your neighbours’ front gardens or windows. If everyone in our school did this, think how much joy we could bring to our local neighbourhoods! It would be great if this project could be on display by Saturday 27th February – or before – so that it is in place when we reach the first day of Spring, 1st March. Perhaps on that day, weather permitting, you might have a picnic in your garden, and put up some bunting for a bit of fun. That would also be a good day to go for a walk and see everyone else’s Spring in Your Step displays. Send us photos to share!

Mental Health Just as we all aim to take enough exercise and to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, so we also ought to be caring for our mental health. It is really good practice to develop habits that will help us to maintain good mental health even through difficult times. Our children know the 10 habits for good mental health that everyone (children and grown-ups) should be practising regularly. We should all be open to talking about our mental health, just as we would about our physical health, and responding with the same compassion to someone in need. Please remind your child of the ten habits for good mental health. You can find these on our website (link below).
https://www.holy-trinity.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Poster-Ten-habits-for-good-mental-health.pdf

Wiltshire Local Authority have a pack of resources that might be on interest to support work on children’s mental health. Please see the link below.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/express-yourself-children-s-mental-health-week-toolkit/

No Lost Generation We would like to challenge the concept that somehow our children are going to endure lifelong disadvantage as the result of the pandemic and lockdown. This will not happen! The human spirit is resilient and strong, and our children are brave, joyful people. The difficulties they have endured through this lockdown will be part of what makes them strong, and they will go on to have fulfilled, useful and happy lives. Every generation has to suffer through some terrible times, and every generation goes on to be successful in the world in which they live. We think of the War years, the Cold War years, the school closures due to polio infections, and other pandemics, the Great Depression and so on. Overcoming challenge is part of the human condition, and we need to present our children with a positive, enabling message so that they can continue to thrive, as they will, in spite of the undisputed and complex difficulties of our age.

Thank you We are very grateful for the positive and encouraging messages that we receive almost daily from our families, letting us know that they are happy with our Distance Learning Provision. This makes such a difference to us, as we work very hard to prepare and record lessons, and put learning resources onto Moodle late into the evening, so that we are ready to launch the learning for the following day and to support our children as they work through the learning. Like you, we are not finding this easy, but your messages help us to keep going joyfully!

Accessibility Survey Mrs Goddard, our lead on our inclusion and accessibility work, is asking as many of you as possible to complete the little survey on this link. Your views are very important to us and will inform future decisions we make. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQV6VFH

Some online visits you might enjoy with your child! Always supervise your children carefully when they are online.

Visit the Smithsonian! https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
You can see the exhibits and read the information about them – some amazing dinosaur skeletons!

A very peaceful walk through the Bluebell woods, in National Trust gardens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT9CHTEeR6I&feature=emb_logo

Or visit San Diego Zoo – some great webcams and videos of their animals. https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

Reminder If at all possible, children (even those of critical workers) must be kept at home. School attendance is available only if there is absolutely no other option. We need to limit contacts as much as we possibly can to hold this virus at bay.

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

For our Catholic Families FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Devizes and St Joseph, Lavington. The First Holy Communion Programme for this year will commence in February. Due to current COVID restrictions, this will be via remote means initially. If you would like your child(ren) to be considered for First Holy Communion this year, please contact the Parish Office on 01380 723572 or devizes.ourlady@cliftondiocese.com . The deadline for applications is Saturday 13th February

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

Friday 12th February Last day of half term
Monday 22nd February Home schooling starts again
Monday 8th March Perhaps we will all be back in school! We will keep you updated
Thursday 1st April Last day of term
Monday 19th April School re-opens
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday
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
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 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

PFA News

PFA on hold
The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch at holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk
or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Newsletter 18 - 29th January 2021

Dear Parents

Message from Anna Woodman Please have a look on the “Whole School” page of Moodle, under Collective Worship, to find a message from our headteacher-elect, Anna Woodman. Following a lovely virtual staff meeting with us this week, Mrs Woodman very kindly offered to put together a little video message for our families. Mrs Woodman would have loved to have met you all in person, but, as that is not possible at present, we invite you to go online and make her acquaintance through this message.

You will see photos from all of your classrooms, taken by Mrs Woodman as she spent time in our school getting to know the site and the staff recently. You will enjoy seeing some of the familiar displays, I am sure. Mrs Woodman and I have lots of great transition work planned, and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will invite everyone to meet her in person.

Possible return to school Whilst we understand that this might have to change, we are completely delighted that there is a chance we may all be back in school on 8th March! Please carry on avoiding contact with everyone except your household and stick to all the Covid protocols so that Wiltshire cases continue to fall. Every one of us has a part to play in helping to drive down these cases so that we can bring our children back. It will be wonderful to have the school filled with children again.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Having had to report to you on your children’s progress and attainment through a written report in the autumn term, we are hoping to be able to offer face to face meetings for all our families with their child’s teacher in the summer term. This will, of course, depend on the restrictions we are operating under at that time, but our plan is to offer these meetings outdoors, under shelter, to be as Covid safe as possible, if we are allowed to do this. In case we can go forward with this plan, we wanted to give you the dates so that you can make arrangements to attend.

We propose to offer the meetings on Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July from 3.20pm – 5.50pm. We will offer you the chance to book a meeting at a time that suits you best within those afternoons, at the beginning of July on our usual Parent Meeting site. You will be given advance warning of the booking site opening up.

Chatting to your teacher this term Your child’s teacher will be contacting you by phone shortly (or may already have done so) to catch up with how you are managing at home and to offer any advice that you request. This will take the place of our usual Parent/Teacher meetings that would have been held at this time of year. Clearly, we cannot report formally on your child’s progress and attainment at this time as we have not been able to run the usual spring term formal assessments and do not have accurate data to report to you.

Coming Back to School Once children are back in school, we will spend some time ensuring that everyone is settled and comfortable, and move on with our programme of informal, teacher- led assessment, some formal assessment where it would be useful, and our usual creative, extensive and exciting teaching and learning programme informed by this assessment. We know that our amazing families have worked hard to keep the home learning going through these most difficult of times. None of us underestimates the complexity of managing your lives with this added burden of home schooling, and we salute your courage and endurance as you face week after week of lockdown. Please continue to prioritise your wellbeing and that of your children.

Deciding on your Secondary School Parents of Year 5 children will probably have started to consider the secondary school they want their child to attend when they finish their primary schooling, since they have to complete the application for secondary schools in Autumn 2021. It is not possible to visit the local secondary schools at the moment, but the schools all have various methods of finding out more about their provision, with prospectuses and virtual tours available for most schools. It is worth looking around and finding out as much as you can about the local secondary schools so that you can be sure you have enough information to make a good decision that suits your child and their talents, needs and aptitudes.
The following links will take you to the state secondary schools in the local area:
www.lavington.wilts.sch.uk

www.matravers.wilts.sch.uk

www.devizesschool.co.uk

There are also good state secondary schools in Trowbridge and Marlborough, and Dauntsey’s is our local fee-paying school. In Salisbury there are two grammar schools, one for girls and one for boys.

Any good ideas? If you have had any good virtual tours, online experiences or fun days “out” in your own home, please let us know so that we can share these with other parents.
Here are a few that we enjoyed. The younger children may need an adult to read the notes for them on some of these tours but all the images are lovely.

History Museum – the Whale! https://www.nhm.ac.uk/bluewhale/hall/

National Gallery https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour

Windsor Castle https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-windsor-castle

Reminder If at all possible, children (even those of critical workers) must be kept at home. School attendance is available only if there is absolutely no other option. We need to limit contacts as much as we possibly can to hold this virus at bay.

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

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

Friday 12th February Last day of half term
Monday 22nd February Home schooling starts again
Monday 8th March Perhaps we will all be back in school! We will keep you updated
Thursday 1st April Last day of term
Monday 19th April School re-opens
Monday 3rd May May Day Holiday
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
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist 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

PFA News

PFA on hold
The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch at holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk
or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Newsletter 17 - 22nd January 2021

Dear Parents

Take care of yourselves We ask you all to prioritise your welfare and that of your family. Go for a walk or a cycle or a run every day. Encourage your children to play outside as much as possible. Engage with other people online to stave off loneliness. Do something you enjoy every day – arts and crafts, woodwork, models and puzzles, gardening, reading, meditation, baking, music, dance, a bit of screen time, chatting to your family, eating together, games.

But please
reduce the number of face to face contacts you have outside of your household
as much as possible! Every contact adds to the risk of getting Covid and
spreading it around the community.

Our hospitals
are desperately stretched at present, and any one of us might be impacted by
the negative effects of that, not just those with Covid. We must aim to reduce
the spread of the virus by reducing the direct contact we have with others
outside of our household.

Learning online Thank you to all of our amazing families! The
learning continues and we know that you are working very hard to ensure that
this happens. Even if you do a little bit of reading, writing and maths each
day, your child will reap the benefit. Try to submit the assignments if you
can, encouraging your child to complete them independently as far as possible.
Encourage your child to be outside a lot, with lots of activity, creativity,
and fun. We do not want children spending hours and hours every day looking at
a screen.

If you are enjoying the online
learning, then there are lots of amazing projects for you to complete in every
class page. But, we emphasise again, aim to keep everyone’s wellbeing at the
heart of what you are doing at home at this difficult time. That is the most
important thing to prioritise.

We are very
sorry that some of our recorded teaching has been disrupted this week in a few
classes, due to computer breakdowns. The problems are being resolved.

Non-Screen Activities from Pobble Attached to this newsletter,
please find a lovely poster of 25 great activities that your child might like
to do, that do not involve a computer screen! Please encourage them to choose a
few of these activities to try. Some great ideas for improving mental health.

Time for reflection On the “Whole School” page of Moodle, there is
a daily reflection published. On Mondays, I shall record a short reflection
from my office to post on this page. Please do encourage your children take
part in this very precious time to reflect, time to be still. It is such an
important part of maintaining good mental health. Next Friday, our new
headteacher-elect, Mrs Woodman, hopes to post a little message to you all on
that page! Look out for this.

A day at the Zoo! How about packing a picnic, and taking a day out
at the zoo in your own home? Chester Zoo has a wonderful free Virtual Zoo offer,
and you could help your children enjoy this by making up a picnic, building a
den, creating some appropriate posters and notices, creating a mini zoo at home
with their toy animals, and enjoying the fun outside in your garden if
possible, or indoors if the weather is poor. Virtual Zoo | Chester Zoo

Star Gazing Or perhaps, as the night falls, you could make up a
flask of hot chocolate, and enjoy a planetarium experience? There is a £5 charge
for this, and you need to book, but it is very good. See planetarium shows in London | Royal Museums Greenwich (rmg.co.uk)

Any good ideas? If you have had any other fun days “out” in your
own home, please let us know so that we can share these with other parents.

Reminder If at all possible, children (even those of critical
workers) must be kept at home. School attendance is available only if there is
absolutely no other option. We need to limit contacts as much as we possibly
can to hold this virus at bay.

“Looking after yourself, looking after your children” Wiltshire
Local Authority have published this little pamphlet which you may find helpful
in these difficult times. The suggestions for good mental health mirror almost
precisely the Ten Habits for Good Mental Health that our children know and
discuss regularly. There are useful links for agencies that can help you with
various issues and problems that you may be facing as well as some very good
links to enrichment activities for your home learning. Please do click into
this link and have a look.

https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/media/4254/COVID19-Looking-after-yourself-looking-after-your- children/pdf/COVID19_looking_after_yourself    looking_after_your_children.pdf?m=637336053278700 000

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub If you are struggling with any aspect of
lockdown, please do not suffer in silence. The Wiltshire Local Authority has a
wellbeing hub which can offer support with emotional and mental health issues,
with practical things like deliveries, with financial matters, and with all
sorts of other problems people may experience at this time. Please do contact
them. wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4576

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

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events will
be available on the website at www. holy-trinity.co.uk
in the coming week)
Friday 12th February Last day of half term  
Monday 22nd February Possibly, all children might be
allowed
back to school.
We will keep you updated.
Thursday 1st April Last day of term  
Monday 19th April School re-opens  

PFA News

Thanks to staff

Sincere thanks go to the school staff who are working so hard
supporting learners at home as well as those in school. We really appreciate
it.

Julia's House

The Christmas jumper day raised £143.50 for Julia's House - the Dorset
and Wiltshire Children’s' Hospice and this money has been sent to them.

PFA on hold

The PFA activities are currently on hold. When school returns we will
continue to make plans for fundraising, and fun events and activities which
benefit your children at Holy Trinity

If you would like to help or have a question please get in touch
at     holytrinitypfa@gmail.co.uk

or on our Facebook page Holy Trinity (Great Cheverell) PFA

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Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07743627.
The registered office is at Townsend, Great Cheverell, Devizes, United Kingdom SN10 5TL

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