Message from CEO 16 July 2017
Congratulations to all at Bishops Lydeard Church School. On Tuesday, RSC School Improvement Adviser, Richard Sloan, gave very positive feedback on the progress the school is making. Thank you to Charity Hunt and Lisa Parks for taking time to share some of the high quality descriptions and pictures of castles recently created by Bishop Lydeard’s EYFS pupils.
On Wednesday, I was honoured to take part in a tree planting ceremony at St John and St Francis Church School. The tree – a flowering cherry – was planted by the Year 6 children who demonstrated bravery and courage during the Westminster attack. It will stand as a reminder of the strength and resilience of those Y6 pupils, of the care and support they were given by staff and the way they all lifted people’s spirits with their singing. A time capsule was buried alongside the tree.
Thursday brought ‘Rainbow Day’ – celebrating 7 rainbow values – to Holy Trinity Church School in Yeovil. Head teacher, Adam Beauford, reported, ‘We starting with whole school worship and every minute of the day was packed with creative activities linked to our values.
Parents joined us in the afternoon: pupils performed songs, displayed art work and read poetry. The atmosphere was very special and unique.’
Over the last few weeks there have been so many wonderful events and performances, joy-filled ceremonies and celebrations across our Trust. Thank you to all who have been involved in making these such memorable occasions for pupils, staff, parents, carers and each school’s community.
St Marks’ Church School has just received news it has been awarded the 360 Degree E Safety Mark by Plymouth University. Helen Bath would like to pass on particular thanks to Rob Shephard and Rachel Rooke for preparing the school so well for its assessment.
Congratulations to pupils at Churchfield Church School who found out this week they were the top six prize winners in a competition run by Sedgemoor Homes to portray what home meant to them. Mel Waters, Y3 teacher and Art Co-ordinator got in touch to say that not only had every child who entered been given a prize but that all will be attending an afternoon tea with Mel and Head teacher, Jenny Venning, to open the exhibition – showing pupils’ work – that will then tour Somerset. What a fantastic achievement.
As we take a breath before stepping into the final week of this academic year, I would like to say some thank-you’s.
- Rosemary Bailey is stepping down from her role as Chair of Directors for the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust from September although she will continue to be a Director. Rosemary’s warmth, her many skills and talents, her understanding and protection of what is at our heart – the learning of pupils in every one of our schools – have made her an invaluable leader for our Trust. Rosemary’s absolute commitment to our Christian values and the BWMAT’s aims has shone through every decision she has made and every action she had taken in her years as Chair. A heart-felt thank-you Rosemary.
- Thank-you to those who are leaving to take up another role within our Trust, to join another organisation or to begin a new challenge. Within our Support Team, Wendy Scott is going to work in the brewing industry. Like Rosemary, Wendy has worked for our Trust since its launch. Thank you for everything you have done Wendy: we will miss you.
- Thank you to those who have led and inspired others – within schools, between schools and across our hubs: our Hub and network leaders, guest presenters and best practice sharers. Your hard work, experience and the generous way you are prepared to give time to and share your expertise with others is so vital to the on-going development of creative, innovative, high quality teaching, learning and leadership across our Trust.
You all: Head teachers; leaders, teachers; Teaching Assistants; school staff; members of Local Governing Boards; our Support Team and Directors have shown that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Please take a moment this week to remember the many amazing things you have done this term and over this academic year to help us reach, now and into the future, to give children within our Trust an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit.
Finally, I would like to share a prayer written by Year 6 children during the recent Pilgrim days in Wells.
Thank you for making our time at St John and St Francis Church School enjoyable, special and thrilling.
Thank you for the times spent in forest school exploring nature’s beauty. For the times spent deep in the learning pit struggling to come out but eventually succeeding having enjoyed the challenge.
For the times spent immersing ourselves in the diverse English language creating untold stories.
We hope and ask that we take our growth mind-set with us to Secondary School – knowing that it is OK to make mistakes as it will help us learn.
We thank you for the friendships which we have made over our Primary School experience and, although we hope to keep these friendships, hopefully we will also make some new ones at Secondary School.
We thank you for all the adventurous trips we have had the opportunity to go on and we have enjoyed every single one.
We thank you for all of the teachers who have helped us through difficult times and learning experiences. Thank you to the teachers who have helped us make so much progress over the years and for always making us smile. Our lessons have been fun yet beneficial in which our learning has thrived.
Please help us to continue to make the right choices as we move onto Secondary School whether it be in lessons or friendships. Please help us to bond with our teachers and create new friendships as we go. We hope we feel as happy at our new schools as we have at St John and St Francis.
I hope you have a well-earned rest and joy-filled holiday. I look forward to seeing you all in September.