Message from CEO – 10 December 2017
With Christmas and the end of term approaching, this week has seen Nativities, Christmas Celebrations, Advent Fairs, Community Carol Services, Christmas Discos, ‘Let’s Celebrate Christmas’ at Wells Cathedral and even a Christmas Jumper Day in schools across our Trust. Many of the events have sharing, worshiping and celebrating with others: parents and carers, friends, grandparents, other schools, groups from the local community, at their heart. At St Mark’s Church School in North Somerset, for example, the choir sang at a local residential care home and Y5 Cookery Club cooked a three course Christmas dinner for 50 people.
Thank you to every teacher, member of staff and leader who has supported pupils in planning, preparing for, taking part in these Christmas events. Your time, skill, patience and dedication have created moments that capture and spread happiness, joy, a sense of togetherness and wonder.
Thank you also to all at St John and St Francis, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Churchfield Church Schools who have or will be visited by one of the South West Regional Schools’ Commissioner’s Education Advisers. Gary identified both the strengths and some key areas for each school to reflect on as he did for our Trust-wide plans and priorities for 2018.
I would like to pass on congratulations Laura Banks, Phase Leader at Trinity Church School and the 4 Y6 mathematicians she entered for the national competition ‘Explore Learning’. In a first for any school in Bristol, they have reached the final and, along with only 3 other schools across the country, will be travelling to Cambridge University on Wednesday for this. Laura and her pupils will have a tour of the university, meet the university’s mathematics professors and then compete in the competition. Our best wishes go with you and your pupils Laura.
The way leaders, teachers and staff are balancing Christmas celebrations with promoting the highest quality teaching and learning is inspiring. For example, Kingshill’s end of term Progress Reports to parents include comments written by the children. Pupils have been meeting 1-1 with their class teacher so each is clear what their personal targets are. On Wednesday, Court de Wyck staff undertook joint moderation with teachers from another North Somerset school. Together they looked at pupils’ books, discussed children’s progress and agreed their next steps in writing and mathematics. At Oakhill, alongside Christmas performances next week, parents and carers have been invited to a showcase to celebrate and share what pupils have learnt in response to being inspired by the whole school enquiry topic: why is light so important?
Thank you all for continuing to be the guardians of pupils’ learning and for enabling schools and communities across our Trust to share in the joy and sense of togetherness Christmas brings.