Message from CEO 20 May 2018
Firstly, thank you to all our year 6 teams for the support you gave Y6 pupils across our Trust during KS2 SATs week. These images from St Mark’s Church School, of children enjoying a pre SATs breakfast of pancakes, cereal and bacon rolls, evidence one of the many ways teachers and staff gave thought, care and time to ensuring pupils felt calm, positive and ready to show their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Congratulations to St Stephen’s Church School on being awarded the OPAL (outdoor play and learning) Platinum award for the second time. OPAL is an organisation led by Michael Follet who works with schools around the world to develop creative, risk-embracing play opportunities.
The above photographs show some wonderful examples of play and learning in action at St Stephen’s. Head teacher, Mr Bowman, said, ‘We’re delighted because this places us in amongst the top schools in the country for play provision and more importantly confirms that our children are getting a good deal at playtimes (the equivalent of a day a week!)’
It has been a week full of exciting learning opportunities at St. Michael’s. All pupils have enrolled as Times Tables Rock Stars. They are enthusiastic and motivated to learn more multiplication facts, keen to improve the speed and accuracy of their answers. Four classes have begun weekly mindfulness sessions led by Miss Blanchard from St. Stephen’s.
Year 5 pupils, including ‘Punctual Paddington Bear’ were captivated as Cressida Cowell read from ‘The Wizards of Once’ and talked about what inspired her to write it.
Children, parents and carers at All Saints Primary School prepared for the Royal Wedding by attending a wedding ceremony enactment at the village church. Class 1 dressed up in their best attire and each child had a special role to play in the ceremony – there was a large wedding party including the bride, bridegroom, best man, bridesmaids, mother and father of the bride and, of course, lots of guests. Rev Annie Gurner led the ‘service’ at St Catherine’s Church in Montacute on Thursday which complimented learning in school about Christian festivals.
Head teacher, Sharon Bowditch, said, “It was a wonderful occasion which gave all our children the chance to share in the excitement Harry and Meghan must be feeling about their big day.”
It was fantastic to welcome so many of our Head teachers to Dillington House on Friday for an Academy Leaders’ Day, exploring where we are now, where we are going next and ways we can work together to get there. Head teachers discussed our Trust’s strategic priorities for the coming academic year: how we can consolidate after a year of amazing growth across our Trust. Our talented leaders were clearly committed to and shared exciting ideas about ways we can build peer-to-peer work; celebrate, nurture and further develop the skills and talents of all staff across our Trust so together we can provide the very best learning for every pupil, in every hub, every school and every classroom.