Message From CEO – 29 April 2018
As we approach May, individuals and teams across our Trust are talking about learning. In classrooms, teachers are reflecting on pupils’ learning strengths and next step needs. Head teachers and senior teams are identifying this year’s successes and priorities for School Development Plans to improve learning further in 2018-19. Across each Hub over the next month, Hub Leaders and Heads will be discussing and making plans for how our hubs can operate most effectively through high quality, hub-wide leadership and development. In response to discussions with schools, Head teachers, Hubs and Trustees, the Central Team will be drawing together our strengths and priorities for the coming academic year, Trust-wide.
In a wonderful example of shared learning, on Thursday Huntspill Class at St Andrew’s hosted an R.E morning. Pupils welcomed visiting classes from two other Taunton Hub schools: St. James’ and Bishops Lydeard. The purpose of the morning was to enable children to share their experience of local churches and deepen their understanding of the Gospel. Over 60 children were shown around St Andrew’s Church by the school’s pupils. All had the opportunity to meet Father Robin then listen to Mrs Jarmain share the ‘Parable of The Sower’. Finally, in the outside space at school, pairs re-created the parable in the form of ‘Gospel Gardens’. In their discussions and ‘Gardens’, pupils showed a meaningful understanding of the story.
It was a fantastic, creative, collaborative morning. Pupils are looking forward to tending their ‘Gardens’ and seeing what grows!
At Batheaston Primary, Cherry Class spent an amazing afternoon this week testing the protective egg cases they’d designed and created. As the pictures below evidence, this learning was interesting and informative, enjoyable and exciting.
On Friday 27th April, Staplegrove Church School’s Science Ambassadors took an exciting trip on the train to Weston-Super-Mare to compete in the Big Bang @ Weston science competition. Their challenge was to design and make a lunchbox using recycled materials considering issues such as food miles, healthy diet and sustainability. They then had to present their designs to a panel of judges. Pupils thought carefully and worked on their imaginative entries at an after-school club. Staplegrove’s Science Ambassadors were delighted to be the chosen winners, bringing home a state-of-the art microscope as their trophy, presented to them by the Mayor.
This week, pupils at St Georges celebrated St George’s Day, taking part in exciting activities including designing their own shields, recreating the story through drama and writing persuasive letters to Theresa May to try to convince her to make St George’s Day a bank holiday. Congratulation also to St Georges football team who took part in the reginal finals in Bristol last weekend, the essence of which is captured in this amazing aerial photograph.
As many of you will be aware, the well-being topic for this term is Mental Health, particularly stress management – something that is part of all of our lives. We all know identifying stress, its causes and ways of coping with it can improve our mental and physical well-being. If you have a moment, do have a look at the resources and information available to everyone via the Well-Being area on ‘Share Point’. It would be great if as many of us as possible could share and talk about something from this with a team or colleague.
Finally this week, thank you all for the many ways each and every one of you supports the development of learning across our Trust. The outcomes we achieve next year will be underpinned by the quality of our analysis of what we have learnt this year about has worked well, not so well yet and how we build on that – at classroom, school, Hub and Trust wide level. Thank you for the personal qualities you draw on: your determination, resilience, persistence and positivity, for your professional skills: your creativity, knowledge, experience and willingness to work collaboratively that ensure striving for successful, high quality learning is at the heart of our Trust.