BWMAT | Message from CEO – 7 October 2018
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Bath and Wells MAT
Oct 08 2018

Message from CEO – 7 October 2018

Dear All,

Energy, enthusiasm and commitment from staff, teachers and leaders are strongly evident across our Trust.  It has been fantastic to see pupils’ motivation and excitement for the wide range of curriculum opportunities that support their development and their learning.

As part of the topic ‘Food Glorious Food’, Year 2 children at Holy Trinity Church School in Yeovil visited Gore Farm. During the trip, pupils discovered information about many of the farm yard animals and gained a deeper understanding of Harvest.  Children explored the local woodland, created fire and toasted marshmallows!

 

Pupils from All Saints Church School also learnt about Harvest at St Catherine’s Church where they visited 5 stations run by community volunteers. The stations focused on aspects of Harvest:  sea (peace), earth (giving and joy), gardens (patience), grain (generosity) and animals (humility).  Children discussed the Christian values associated with each station and created some wonderful art individually and in small groups.

  

As the pictures below show, Class 2 pupils undertook a STEM challenge:  to design a boat to carry the Gingerbread Man across a river safely. Children gave considered thought and careful planning to make sure the boat would float and the Gingerbread Man did not get wet. There was much hope and excitement as each Gingerbread Man set off.

 

St Michael’s Church School in Bath have been demonstrating tremendous fundraising skills. In only one week their 131 pupils have raised an amazing £247 for the NSPCC and £353.95 from their Macmillan Coffee morning.

Churchfield Church School has been voted school of the week in the Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News.  Congratulations to all at Churchfield on achieving this well- deserved award.  If you have a moment, do read the full report. https://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/16955817.school-of-the-week-churchfield-church-school-in-highbridge/

Wembdon St George’s had the pleasure of welcoming Rich Parker, a vert skater and GB athlete, to the school. During his visit, children took part in a fun fitness circuit alongside Rich to help raise money for new sports equipment. To date they have raised over £1,000.

The beginning of October has been very special for the whole community at Staplegrove. This week, the Bishop of Bath and Wells visited the church for a service of dedication celebrating the completion of the beautiful redecoration of the interior.  The school held its Harvest Services in the church. Pupils brought gifts of food to give to the ‘Open Door’ charity for the homeless in Taunton. The children’s Worship Team led the service and supported pupils in reflecting on some of the many ways we can help others.

  

What a week of exciting and engaging opportunities for pupils across our Trust.  Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff for the way you work together to create a curriculum which generates enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils, that nurtures and supports their growth in mind, body and spirit and encourages each child to have the confidence to reach further, aim higher and to achieve more that they thought possible.

Kind regards

Philip

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