Message From CEO – 10 May 2020
It is striking this week how talented and creative you are, and how all that you have done for pupils, families and your communities is full of love and humility.
Staff at St Georges Church school have sent a wonderful message of love to all their pupils and community. The choice of music is particularly relevant to the moment and VE Day celebrations.
Well done to key worker pupil Oscar from St Vigor and St John’s Church School, who last week ran 2.6 miles every day at school to thank NHS workers. On the Friday, he even brought along his Mum to run with him.
Children at St Vigor and St John’s Church School also sent birthday cards to Captain Tom, published the 11th edition of their Y6 newspaper and held a VE street party made out of recycled plastic bottles.
This uplifting message from all the staff at Horsington Church School to children and their families can be viewed on the home page of their school website https://horsingtonbwmat.org/
Clergy across our Trust have been sending messages of support and encouragement to our schools this week. Rev Tracey Hallett is the first of these.
The Earth Day 2020 initiative at St Mark’s Church School has been led by Jess French, an NQT, who has inspired the whole school community to make pledges to improve the world for the better, ‘a pledge at a time’.
What a great team they have at St Michael’s Church School. The team have been making calls to pupils, listening to music being played at home and hearing about how some children have been learning to use the washing machine. The staff even organised an amazing socially distant tea party for VE Day 2020.
Ash and Holly classes at Norton Fitzwarren Church School have had a busy week preparing for their VE day celebrations. They have made hats, bunting, placemats and lots of delicious food, some healthy and some not so healthy. They made lists to make sure they were very ready for their ‘stay at home’ picnic parties.
The children of All Saints Church School have been very busy both at school and at home. Teachers have been very impressed with the amount and standard of learning that has been shared with them.
In Class 5 children have had fortnightly projects to complete. The children have researched and learnt about deserts around the world and discovered lots of interesting information about the country of Brazil.
The children in Class 4 have looked at the work of Kandinsky and created some beautiful pictures based on his famous ‘Circles’ painting. The pieces of art produced have been very impressive.
Meanwhile, children from Class 2 have looked at the story of Beegu. They were given a STEAM activity to complete and had to make catapults to try to propel Beegu up to her spaceship. Mrs Smith was very pleased to receive several videos from children describing how their catapult worked. The children found out about the way a projectile would travel as well as how hard they had to press the catapult to make Beegu travel the furthest distance.
One Year 6 pupil and her family ordered caterpillars to watch metamorphosis occur. Three butterflies were released in the family garden last week.
Despite not being in school the All Saints community have all contributed to a banner to celebrate VE Day. All the children were asked to think of words to describe how people felt on VE Day 75 years ago and the bravery of the people involved. The children in school helped to create the banner placing their own words alongside those sent in by their fellow pupils onto silhouettes of tanks and submarines. The banner is now displayed outside the school for all the community to see.
St John and St Francis Church School, like so many of our schools this week, enjoyed a VE Day Celebration picnic.
Jo Young, the ELSA TA has recorded this beautiful song for pupils. This unassuming performance is very moving.
Staff and pupils at St Mark’s Church School organised a special banner for Reg Charles, the grandfather of Mrs Watters Y1 teacher at the school. Reg was in Germany on VE day and at 97 years old is still going strong! He attends the school remembrance service each year and also talks with the Year 6 children during their project on WW2. The picture below shows the joyful generations in this family ranging from Year 1 to Year 5 and Year 7. During the day he was also interviewed on Radio Bristol live and took part in a live interview with ‘The Rifles’ on Facebook.
Helen Bath, Headteacher, also sent these poignant pictures to me this week. They were drawn by Helen’s 84 years old mother in law who is self-isolating at the moment. The wonderful images were completed for children to colour and display in their homes on VE day. On VE day Mr Bath’s mother, Jan, would have been just 9 years old.
Whatever has been asked of you through this period, you have delivered it – together, with love and humility.
We are to hear this evening from our Prime Minister, Boris, about the next set of challenges for our schools.
Whatever is asked of you, I am confident that you will continue to serve your pupils, families, and communities – together, with love and humility.