Message From CEO – 4 November 2018
On Friday before half term, teachers and leaders from across our family of schools and the Wells support team took part in a celebration of our values at Tortworth Court. Thank you for making this a wonderful time of sharing ideas, exploring inspiring ways to developing our understanding and of learning together. Thank you particularly to the workshop leaders who prepared thought provoking and often moving workshops. Thank you also to Bishop Peter for opening our conference with such a positive and refreshing message. Thank you also to Jo Walton and Ali Derbidge for all their work in planning the day and the Wells team for their support preparing the venue for your arrival. Thank you also for the wonderful singing of the Teachers Rock Choir who created an inspiring atmosphere as teachers arrived for coffee.
Pupils at St John the Evangelist Church School in Clevedon have been working hard in readiness for the forthcoming 100 years Remembrance anniversary.
Like all other Trust schools, they have been working together to produce a poppy board for display at Wells Cathedral. St John’s board commemorates the World War I nurse, Edith Cavell, who was born in Clevedon, and who helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. She has also been honoured by the school with a school house named after her.
Children have also taken part in making poppies that will form part of a large cross to be used in the town of Clevedon to commemorate Remembrance Day. This has been part of the school’s ongoing community project, which aims to bring the work of the church community and the school closer together. The children in Years 5 and 6 painted poppies and researched each solider from the town who died in World War I. Their names have been written on the memorial by the children that will used in a service that takes place on Sunday 11th November.
Staplegrove Church School held their first sharing assembly for parents on Tuesday and children in Cherry Class became trailblazers in celebrating the wonderful learning across the curriculum, that takes places every day at the school. Many family and friends listened to the children talk about fossils, show observational drawings and models, read poetry and play music that they had composed.
The sharing assemblies are to become a regular feature involving every class throughout the year.
History was brought to life for Year 5 pupils at Holy Trinity Church School who spent the day experiencing life as a Victorian school child. The classroom was transformed into a Victorian schoolroom and the children participated in a range of activities including writing with pen and ink, writing on slates and playing traditional Victorian games.
At Court De Wyck Church School in a ‘Brilliant Blue’ assembly children described what it meant to be ‘Brilliant Blue’. They described things like; being kind, working hard, showing respect, being responsible and being a good role model.
Kingshill Spiritual Group, supported by Rev Tony, helped to lead their final Collective Worship of the term. They shared the story of Jonah and led prayers.
All of your poppy boards are now on display in the Chapter Room at Wells Cathedral. We have received such positive feedback from members of the public about our schools and the impact of the display. Thank you all for your tremendous effort in creating such a wonderfully eye-catching display.
On 18th October Freshford Church School’s Energy Sparks Team were invited to Downing Street to meet with the Rt. Hon Claire Perry, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This was a wonderful and inspirational learning experience for the children, who are set to become national ambassadors for energy management, efficiency and long term sustainability.
Our Trusts shared values, Kindness, Perseverance, Forgiveness, Love and Respect are evidenced every day by the many wonders our teachers, TAs, school staff and leaders perform by drawing on their skills, expertise and commitment. These values are so crucial to every child in our Trust, to how they see themselves as learners, how they develop as human beings and what they achieve now and into the future.