Message From CEO – 15 April 2018
As the spring term ended and our summer term began, we welcomed 11 new schools from Bath into our Trust. Schools, leaders, staff, members of our Central Team and Trustees from across our Trust are looking forward to working with and learning from you all: from your creativity, your innovative research, the way you embrace new ideas and opportunities and the high aspirations you have for pupils and the quality of teaching, learning and leadership in your schools. Welcome to the BWMAT family.
Over the last few weeks, it has been fantastic to hear about so many activities that support, nurture and challenge our pupils’ learning in mind, body and spirit.
On Thursday 22nd March, All Saints held their Palm Sunday dramatization service in the school grounds. They were joined by donkeys, Barbara and Jasmine, both of whom behaved well. With the guidance of Rev Annie, children, staff and parents listened and watched as Year 6 pupils re-enacted the events that took place on Palm Sunday.
Three Easter services were held in St. John’s Church on Tuesday 10th April attended by pupils and staff from Churchfield Church School. The services, led by Steve Mason and Rev. Sharon Crossman, told the story of the resurrection. Children from Years 2-6 were presented with a bible kindly donated by Churches Together in Burnham and Highbridge. Pupils actively took part in each service – telling the Easter story and reading from their bibles. Many have since chosen to read their bible in school and as part of their independent reading at home.
It has been a busy week at Kingshill Church School. As the lovely images below evidence, pupils took part in their first ‘Family Forest School’ session.
Pupils from Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School were delighted by a presentation and PE lesson from the England and Great Britain Football Captain, Jack Rutter. Jack talked about his journey from seeing football on the television aged 4 to leading out his country in front of a stadium of 15,000 as part of the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He spoke about how dedication, hard work and keeping a positive, growth mindset can help everybody achieve their goals.
At Staplegrove Church School, Oak and Cherry launched their topic on the Romans by welcoming a Roman soldier into school. Pupils were fascinated by the soldier’s stories about his daily life. He, in turn, was very impressed by children’s existing knowledge.
Pupils at Freshford Church School have been embracing the spirit, language and magic of Shakespeare. The project, which spanned two terms, culminated in 3 final performances by Years 4, 5 and 6 at The Edge at the University of Bath. The pictures below capture pupils’ joy, motivation, engagement and the knowledge, skills and understanding they gained through working and learning about Shakespeare together.
Thank you to all our teachers, leaders and staff for the quality and variety of experiences and opportunities you are planning for pupils. There is nothing more important in our Trust than what you do in classrooms, within school settings, churches and local communities with pupils every day. These things nurture and support our pupils’ growth and confidence, as learners and as human beings. As our Trust continues to develop in new, exciting and creative ways, our shared values; love, kindness, forgiveness, perseverance and respect provide fuel and help us to work together to reach to provide an outstanding education for every pupil across our family of schools.