Dear Parents and Carers,
There's no doubt that winter arrived this term bringing sub-zero temperatures and icy winds along with it. It presented its problems but for your children there was a look of joy across their faces as they took a moment to appreciate how beautiful and magical snowflakes are generating not only a positive feel but great excitement too.
In addition to wintry weather experience we have had another eventful term with moments and achievements to be proud of time and time again. After the successful Art Gallery, our school council organised a fundraising Pyjama Day which was hugely successful. The naming of the new science/technology lab has also added to the fun as children have come up with so many original ideas (voting next week). Children continue to lead our assemblies through sharing their achievements, prayers, celebrating Chinese New Year and sharing the importance of ‘forgiveness’ by telling the bible story of Joseph and his Brothers.
Our Trinity Timestables Challenge
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful effort that has clearly been made by all children in completing the timestable challenge this term. Your support in this has really helped. Children who have mastered multiplication gain a solid foundation in mathematics and confidence in their own ability to tackle more challenging questions. This will help them throughout their primary school years and beyond.
25 Years! Henley Youth Festival Celebrations.
I write in the wake of a wonderful two weeks when Trinity children have participated in a range of activities and experienced some awe inspiring moments at this year’s 2018 Henley Youth Festival. To mark this momentous occasion, the chosen theme was Celebration. Children have been engaging and celebrating their own talents and achievements through writing, posters, dance, gymnastics, singing, recital and performance. We opened our school to other schools too. It was lovely to see so many children enjoying themselves throughout the week. Children from Trinity took part in the Urban Strides Dance Workshop and had a ‘dance-tastic’ time and a number of our children were also competition winners.
Whilst we have been able to increase children’s participation and experience of a wide range of Sports during the school day itself and offer even more Sport as part of our club timetable, I am very conscious that we have not been able to sustain an inter school programme this term. Although we have been represented at Cross Country events, the credit for this is down to the wonderful, enthusiastic family support that exists. The children celebrate in our assemblies and we are proud of them.
I am disappointed that I was unable to find a temporary lead for the other school competitions that we were invited to. Mr Batty’s return is imminent and with this our capacity to organise and participate will also return. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
Parent Survey 2018
Thank you to all of our parents /carers who completed our 2018 survey. This year, we had our highest number of responses with almost 150 families completing the survey. It's wonderful to see so many positive comments and the results give us much to celebrate.
We know that working in partnership with families has many benefits for your children and their education. We value all feedback and as a learning community we are always keen to hear what you believe we are doing well, as well as those areas where we can improve.
Please follow the link below to a summary report which shares the findings and our response:
Interim Reports (December and April)
In response to a previous Parent Survey (2017) we opened the tracking window from classroom monitor to provide you with an Interim Report of your child's progress. Having looked at the responses from our most recent parent survey (2018), we have realised that a significant number of you still do not feel well informed. We have gone back to the drawing board and have decided to make some significant changes to this reporting window which we will trial in April.
Instead of receiving an automated response from Classroom Monitor showing the number of objectives achieved to date, we will now send a 'Report Card' showing scores for 'Attainment', 'Progress' & 'Effort' in English, Maths, Science and IT. We will also include subjects from the wider curriculum and a pastoral comment written by the classroom teacher.
The scoring will be a simplified '1,2,3' showing you child is either Working Towards, Working in Line or Working Above National Expectations.
We are keen to work with our parents and want to provide the information that is important to you. We hope this improved reporting process fits the bill and hope that we will be ready to share with you on our staff inset day, Monday, 16th April 2018. We will appreciate your feedback, either verbally when you see us or by e-mail via the office, should you wish to make further comment or suggestions.
Parents are warmly invited to attend our Church Service which will be held on the last day of this term, Thursday 29th March at 10.30am. It is a lovely service and we hope you can join us in our Easter celebrations.
School will close for the Easter holiday on Thursday 29th March at 1.15pm, and will re-open for the summer term on Tuesday 17th April at 8.45am.
Monday the 16th of April is an INSET day for staff only.
For those of you who wish to plan ahead the school’s Governing Body have agreed the INSET days for 2018-2019. I can now confirm that that the following dates will be INSETs for the next academic year and as such your child will not be required to be in school on these dates:
Monday 3rd September 2018-Bank holiday
Tuesday, 4th September 2018-INSET
Monday, 7th January 2019-INSET
Friday ,15th February 2019-INSET
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019-INSET
Friday, 24th May 2019-INSET
Finally in my reflections I often ponder about the characteristics of outstanding practice in schools. It is a question I am often asked. After all, as teachers, we are all so different; personalities and teaching styles vary as you know. However, the one thing I believe we all have in common is that we all aspire to teach children so that they are excited and happy about their learning. This is the achievement that really matters. At Trinity, we want children to believe in themselves; to be adventurers; to be thinkers ; to not be worried about failing and most of all to keep smiling throughout.
And on that note, the staff and I wish all our families a safe and happy Easter break.