23 October Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers
As we come to the end of the first half term, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the whole school community for their support over the past 8 weeks. It has a half term like no other and I am so pleased we have remained open. As we progress further into the winter months and we try to live with the virus, I feel as if we are all taking part in a marathon but as all races, there will be an end in sight.
In school, we have been so impressed by how well the children have settled into the new routines and engaged in their learning. The school is a happier and more vibrant place because of them.
When we return after half term, we will start to think about Remembrance Day on 11th November and will mark this occasion accordingly.
Thank you for all your support, patience and good humour. We all certainly feel supported. Thank you.
Have a super half term and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 2nd November
POSITIONS OF LEADERSHIP
One of our school priorities is to increase the leadership capacity across the school. Towards this end, I had the privilege of interviewing some of the Year 6 children for the positions of Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.The standard of candidates seen was very high. All the children prepared high quality letters of application which addressed a very comprehensive job description. They were then short listed and invited to interview. The interview panel consisted of myself and two Governors - Mrs Tomkins and Reverend Carter. We were all so very impressed with the children. They all rose to the challenge and showed such high levels of commitment to the role and to the whole process. They conducted themselves with maturity and dignity and it was very clear to see that they were passionate and proud of their school. I felt deeply humbled by the whole experience.I am very pleased to announce that William B (Y6), Florence H (Y6) were appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl and Joshua N (Y6) and Etna M (Y6) were appointed as Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. I know they will be a tremendous support to our community. Photograph of Head Boy to follow.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In Key Stage One we talked to the children about equality. Our activity involved splitting the class into 2 halves and asking everyone to colour in a picture. For half the class we gave plenty of varied, sharp colouring pencils and for the other half of the class we gave a very limited amount of blunt pencils. The children were given strict instructions not to share. The children’s reactions from both groups were unsurprising (“That’s not fair!”, “Why do they get the best pencils?”) and pleasing (“Why can’t we share?”, “They can’t do their best work if they don’t have nice pencils”).
We talked about Ruby Bridges, a little girl the same age as them who just wanted to go to school, but it wasn’t as easy for her as it is now at Trinity. The discussions about equality, what it means and how we can ensure equality at school were very interesting with all children understanding the importance of fairness and treating everyone equal.
We will be hosting ZOOM Meetings for all parents/carers who would like to apply for an Early Years Place at Trinity to either call or email the school for more information. Please can you help spread the word amongst our community. Thank you.
DON’T MISS SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE APPLICATION DEADLINE
We would like to remind you that the closing date for on line applications with Oxfordshire County Council for secondary school is 31 October 2020.
HALF TERM HOLIDAY TRAVEL
If you are travelling abroad this half term, please adhere to all the Government safety guidelines and make sure you find out what you need to do on your return before you send your child back to school. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus#covid-19-travel-guidance
After the half term break we will no longer be using the Normanstead Gates for entry or exit into school. The ground is now getting far too muddy and we feel it is unsafe to use.
HAVING THE BEST TIME AT ENERGY KIDS
At Energy Kids our motto is to have FUN! And we do this every morning at our Breakfast Club and in the afternoon at After School Club.
Our children learn how to be kind, how to use manners, how to listen and lastly to be able show respect to every person in our clubs by forming positive friendships and lasting memories in fun and creative ways.
Our marble run and sticks sets have been a huge success with our children, we have even seen the biggest marble run creations and even boats and rocket ships being built each week!
What about our Arts and Crafts? Our children have been designing the most beautiful key rings, window charms, bracelets, necklaces and have even painted rocks for the fairies. We love being creative here at Energy Kidz. In the run up to Halloween we will be making Halloween themed Rice Krispie cakes and even Halloween masks for our club parade.
And snack times? At our clubs we provide nutritious and yummy foods for both Breakfast and After School including plenty of VEGETABLES and FRUIT, we also make sure that we tailor our snacks based on allergies and intolerances to make sure our children our happy and satisfied with both the food and the activities we provide at Trinity Primary School.
And the Club Team? Leodina (Leo) is our Club Manager and we also have Emilia and Surinder as our two Play Leaders – we are easy to notice around the school and the playground in our bright red hoodies and if you have any questions or queries about our club sessions please come and talk to us, we don’t bite!
And if you are interested in joining the Energy Kidz family, please take a look at our website: www.energy-kidz.co.uk or call our head office at: 03335771533 or even email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
26-30 October School Holiday
Sat 31 October Deadline to apply online for Secondary School Places
Mon 2 November Back to School for Term 2
Mon 9 November Flu Immunisations for all year groups
Thurs 12 November Tempest Photographers Individual Pupils and Staff
Fri 13 November Children in Need Day – Dress in House Colour and bring charity donation
Fri 18 December Finish at 1pm, after School Lunch for End of Autumn Term
21 December - 1 January 2021 School Holiday
Mon 4 January Back to School for Term 3