Message from CEO – 10 June 2018
The amazing things that can be achieved when teams work well together has been demonstrated across our Trust this week.
In Bath, it was a privilege to work with teachers, heads and governors. On Thursday, head teachers shared what high quality teaching, learning and leadership looks like in their schools and across their hub. They also discussed the values and aspirations that underpin this.
On Monday, Trustees visited Churchfield Church School. It was wonderful to see work in pupils’ books that evidence their positive attitude to and enthusiasm for learning. Teachers are clearly planning opportunities to enable pupils to address their next step skills needs as well as build and develop new ones. Pupils’ engagement was also evident in the care they take with their handwriting and presentation. Thank you to the team at Churchfield – staff, teachers and leaders – for the way you are using your skills, knowledge and understanding to support and develop high quality learning for every pupil.
Horsington Church School’s Y5/6 class visited Bruton School for Girls to take part in a Roman learning experience.
In a day packed full of engaging activities, teams designed and made togas. They cooked Roman themed food – creating edible dormice, mosaics and gingerbread men wearing togas. In the afternoon, pupils acted out a play in Latin.
In an inspiring example of team work, Carol Sheehan, teacher at St James Church School, is flying to the States next week to start her Race Across America on 16th June. Carol reported, ‘The team I am part of is hoping to complete the race in 7 days and, if we do so, will achieve a World Record. There will be a live tracker following our progress. One child at St James devised his own triathlon and, with his sister and cousin, has raised funds for the charity. St James staff, governors, parents and pupils are hoping to collectively cycle 3,100 miles during the week of 18th June, the same distance my team will be racing.’ We wish Carol every success in her quest. You can follow her progress at www.cfcraam.bike
Year 6 pupils at St Michael’s have thinking about the theme of ‘service’. They led litter picks, sports sessions at the Infants’ School and visited a local care home, taking cards they had designed and their own delicious biscuits.
Across the whole school, pupils have been talking about digging for diamonds after reading ‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole’ in Worship. They are completing a 30 acts of random kindness challenge.
If you have a moment at some point this week, consider the teams you are part of – site teams, finance, year group, CPD, leadership teams, teams within your school, hub and across our Trust. Think about what each team does, how they do it and how both are vital to our staff and pupils’ learning and development. Reflect on the many things each of you brings to your team and, as a result, the amazing things each team achieves.
I would like to finish with the prayer I wrote for and shared at our team meeting this week.
Thank you for lighting the way ahead,
For showing our teams the ways forward.
Thank you for giving us strength, determination and hope
From working with and learning from each other
- As we listen to the wisdom each of us can offer
- As we share our unique skills, knowledge and understanding
- As we learn from the best of what each of us brings.
Guide us as our teams work together in the coming days and weeks
Drawing on all of these things and the inspiration of your spirit.
Give us resilience, courage and creativity
So that, through our joint and individual ideas, plans and actions,
We may foster, nurture and develop
Our staff, teachers, leaders and pupils’ learning
And make it wonderful
Today and every day across our Trust.