Newsletter 27 November 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to our latest newsletter covering recent events in school, an update of health and safety measures at Trinity and some Festive news items.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: COVID-19 PANDEMIC
As of today, I am pleased to report that our rigorous health and safety measures are continuing to be effective and we are remaining vigilant to ensure that, wherever possible, this continues to be the case.
The recent national lockdown has not affected school life. However, we appreciate that a second national lockdown will have affected the mental well-being of many of our families and we are here to support your children. Staff are now wearing face coverings in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day in the outdoor areas and also in communal areas around the school.
A huge thank you to all our parents/carers for wearing face masks during drop off and pick up times. Thank you for your overwhelming support in ensuring our school community remains safe. Please can you keep your children with you at all times and ensure they do not use the playground equipment.
We are maintaining a flow of fresh air in all classes, with windows and external doors opened frequently throughout the school day. Although our school heating is on, this will inevitably mean that classrooms are colder than would be the norm. Your child can wear extra clothing, for example, an extra jumper and coat in class to stay warm. Wherever possible, our teachers are ensuring that children spend extra time outside and therefore it is important that your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves, etc. to stay warm.
The Christmas Season is nearly upon us and at Trinity we want to ensure the children and staff have an amazing experience in the run up to the holidays. Therefore, from week beginning 7th December we will be spending the afternoons engaged in Christmas Activities such as making snowflakes, decorating biscuits, watching a Christmas movie, sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows, a visit from Santa – socially distanced – a visit to the Christmas Market and other fun filled activities. We will very much ensure we all embrace the spirit of Christmas and the aim is to provide the children with happy memories.
NATIVITY & PLAYS
EYFS will be performing a Christmas Nativity which we are hoping will be streamed live to the parents/carers. A virtual audience will be a first for Trinity especially with all the challenges around modern technology; however, where there is a will there is a way. More details will be sent out nearer the time.
Y1 and Y2 will also be performing class plays which again we hope to stream live. Details will be sent out closer to the time.
Our festive lunches will be held week beginning Monday 14th December. Please refer to the Dates section for more information. During this week all children can wear their Christmas jumpers.
Complaint from Neighbours We have received several complaints from our neighbours at Victoria Court and in Hamilton Avenue. Please remember, if you have to drive to school, to only park in safe and designated parking areas and not in front of driveways. Victoria Court is private car park for residents only.
Please can I also remind you to avoid crowding the footpaths, before or after school and keep in a line to the side, allowing those using these footpaths, the space to pass by safely. Please don’t forget to wear face masks as much as possible at these busy times and when coming onto the school site.
Children in Need
Earlier this month, Trinity children and staff were invited to dress up in their School House colours for the day and bring in a voluntary donation for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Yet again, I was blown away by the generosity of our School community and everyone's fabulous outfits.
It was so lovely to see all the children dressed in their bright and happy School House colours, and to take Pudsey around the classrooms during the day. I do believe that this year was a record breaking year for donations with a grand total of over £650.00 raised which is just fantastic. Many thanks to everyone who donated. The Pudsey Bear was awarded to Orwell House who raised over £200.
Pudsey pictured here with Anais and Louie.
Duncan's 30 years involvement with Trinity Last month, Reverend Duncan Carter marked 30 years as a Governor at Trinity School. He has been an incredible support to the school over the years and we are very fortunate to have such an experienced, dedicated and caring governor on our governing body. Rev’d Carter has invested a tremendous amount of his time in Trinity school and he is always happy to step up and take on any role that is required. From everyone in the Trinity community, we greatly appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Trinity school. Thank you.
The Safeguarding Officers in School are: Beatriz Melero Designated Safeguarding Lead; David Masters Designated Safeguarding Lead and Emma Bradbury Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
I would strongly encourage all parents/carers to have a look at the link below for advice about staying safe when on a phone, tablet or computer. The email alert sent out to all parents/carers yesterday evening did horrify me and it very much hi-lighted the need for us all to be better informed about our children's online safety and the footprint they leave on different media sites.
Energy Kidz On Friday 18 December, the last day of term, there will be NO Energy Kidz Club before or after school. If you are interested in booking into Energy Kidz, please take a look at our website: www.energy-kidz.co.uk, call our head office at: 03335771533 or email us at: email@example.com
Lost Property There is no longer a lost property box in school. Uniform gets returned to classes/children if named or recognised. If not it is put on the tables by the gates. Please claim your belongings when you leave school at the end/beginning of the day after drop off or pick up. Please make sure all property is clearly named, thank you.
Reverse Advent Calender Donations
This year, like last year we will be collecting donations for the Henley Food Bank which will be coordinated by NOMAD.
We will be collecting food items from Monday 30th November until Friday 11th December. Participation by parents/carers is voluntary. A decorated box will be located in every classroom and each day a child or children will be asked to place a food item in the box.
Missed The Flu Immunisation?
If you submitted a Consent Form for your child to have their Flu immunisation in school but they weren’t able to have it on the day, please follow the link in the email you would have received after the school session and book into a clinic now!
There are lots of new clinics listed and lots of spaces! You don’t need to do another Consent Form.
If you didn’t submit a Consent Form but you would still like your child immunised or you are having problems booking an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoolreaders Summertime Book Competition Harriet M Year 2
Well done to Harriet in Year 2 who won the KS1 category with her entry for the Schoolreaders Summertime Book Competition.
Harriet has won £30 worth of books for herself and £175 worth of books for Trinity as well as a video call for her class with M G Leonard, who is an award winning author https://www.mgleonard.com/.
Virtual Meetings with Prospective Parents
As a school we held several virtual prospective parent meetings which were led by Miss Chaplin and myself. Head Boy Will and Head Girl Florence were also present during these meetings. The children shone throughout the meeting and confidently responded to various questions that were directed to them. They were outstanding and represented Trinity with pride. Miss Chaplin and I were so impressed with them.
I also attempted a virtual tour of the school. This time I was joined by the Deputy Head Boy Josh, the Deputy Head girl Etna and Head Boy Will. Again, the children were excellent ambassadors and their confidence and maturity were impressive. Thank you so much for showing good leadership. You are all a credit to Trinity.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 18 December Last Day of Term. School Finishes at 1.15pm After Lunch
Monday 4 January 2021 Back to School for Term 3