• Helen Jones

​ ​​ "Summertime is always the best of what might be..." ​

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now well into the summer term and everyone appears to be enjoying life in school; even more so when the sun is out and we can make the most of our school field.

Children in Year 6 and Year 2 have completed the government national tests which were timetabled for May. As in previous years, the assessment outcomes for Year 6 and Year 2 children will be shared on Friday 13 July as part of your child’s annualreport.

Year 1 will sit their phonics test during the week commencing 11 June and their test result will also be shared as part of their annual report.

For our Year 6 and Year 2 children, the tests are over; they have excelled themselves and we are so proud of them. Whilst the school works hard to raise standards across all year groups we also acknowledge that tests do not assess how special and unique your children are. The recent Year 3/4 production, our celebration assemblies, sporting achievements and the many musical performances which show off a wide range of talent, are very good examples of showing what your children are capable of. Tests do not assess how reflective, respectful and resourceful your children are and that each day they bring something new to school life and smiles across so many faces. Whilst tests can capture some aspects of children’s ability, they don’t capture caring personalities and perseverance which we see in abundance. At Trinity we place huge emphasis on creating a good balance in the belief that this will deliver happy children who are recognised for being skilled, capable and knowledgeable in a lot of different things.

As we move into the final term for this academic year, our value of COURAGE becomes especially important as children may require courage when moving classes or schools; facing new learning, new environments or taking on new responsibilities. We are aware of the significant changes that your children will be preparing to go through and will be working to ensure these transitions are as smooth as possible. There will be opportunities timetabled this term for your children to meet their new teachers or visit their new school.

Transition Timetable for Children at Trinity

Parents and Carers of EYFS will be informed about their child’s class and teacher on Monday 2 July when they will be invited to meet the KS1 team. There will be a short presentation about the expectations for Year 1. After this there will also be two transition mornings for your children who will visit their new class. They will happen on Wednesday 11 July and Wednesday 18 July.

Parents/Carers of Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

There will be one transition morning for children moving into year groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. This will take place on Wednesday 11 July. As in previous years, parents/carers will be invited into

school early on in the new academic year (September). Presentations will give an insight to the year ahead and share expectations as well as answer any questions you may have.

Looking ahead, our Sports Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 26 June; we are hoping that the weather will be kind. Our reserve Sports Day is Thursday 28 June, should all not go to plan. In addition we have the Year 5 and 6 production which is the Wizard of Oz and towards the end of the term we will be saying our farewell to our Year 6 children as they move on to pastures new.

How time flies! It does not seem so long ago that I first taught the present Year 6 ; they were so young (Year 2) and so keen to learn. It was my first year as Headteacher and they made such a positive impression. I can even remember where they sat in class and have many fond, happy

memories of this time. Now they are preparing to move on to the next phase of their education. It is such an exciting time for them. I have no doubt that they will continue to live all the values that we cherish at Trinity and more importantly continue to believe in themselves: success will naturally follow.

Our Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly will be held on Tuesday 24 July at 2pm in Trinity Church.

In the Autumn I shared that we had been given the enviable opportunity to develop our facilities within the school and plans were in place to have a science and technology room that will allow children to explore, experiment, design and engage in domestic science. I am pleased to say that the dream has become a reality.

Trinity Opens the new DISCOVERY HUB thanks to FUNDRAISING CYCLISTS

The fundraising from the Cycle to Paris has enabled us to bring about something very special; our very own science and technology lab. The opening of the science lab just before half-term was a very special day

We opened our doors and enjoyed a wonderful science day; with a visiting scientist.

Our Friends of Trinity School (FOTS)

FOTS continue to work tirelessly to raise further funds for the school; without their support, the development of our Forest School would not have happened so quickly. The recent Summer Ball hosted by FOTS at the Henley Rugby Club will enable us to invest further in Computer Technology. Following on from the Ball, I also understand that we will have a new Headteacher in post for a short period of time. I am already looking forward to a relaxing day when I leave the school in the hands of a very capable Year 5 pupil.

May I also take this opportunity to thank our caretaker Mr McCarthy. He always works hard to improve the environment in which our children learn and play; more recently he has mended the climbing apparatus, developed the Year 1 outdoor play area and now we have a bright and inspiring playground for all to see. A mural and further artificial grass are also in the planning stages.

And so the term begins; there is much to do and much to enjoy. May I leave you with two wonderful comments remembered from an enjoyable discussion with your children from last term.

‘Courage is what I need when I have to be brave, like putting up my hand’

‘Courage is what you need when you hang-glide, or fighting dragons and when you do Maths’

Helen Jones Headteacher