BWMAT | Message From CEO – 12 May 2019
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May 13 2019

Message From CEO – 12 May 2019

Dear All,

Over the last few weeks, it has been fantastic to see and hear about so many activities that support, nurture and challenge our pupils’ learning in mind, body and spirit.
I am delighted to share that St Georges Church school who entered the Trust in September 2016 as a sponsored school have now been judged by Ofsted to be a ‘Good’ school.  Congratulations to all staff, governors, pupils and parents on a wonderful achievement.
Ofsted stated that, ‘The quality of teaching and learning across key subjects is good.  Staff nurture a positive, inclusive climate for learning in classrooms.  This enables pupils to be confident learners who are eager to contribute and give their views.
Teachers and teaching assistants work effectively to ensure that the needs of pupils are met.  Positive relationships between adults and pupils are a strength of the school. This is due to high expectations and well-established routines.’
The relaunch event of our Nursery at Churchfield Church School was a real success last week, thanks to the dedicated and hardworking team led by Rebecca Lihou (Nursery Manager) and Sue Lucas (Early Years Advisor).  Parents and children were greatly appreciative of all the new and exciting equipment and play areas.
Four of our pupils from our Kingshill and Court De Wyck Church Schools attended the ‘Spring Games’ at Bristol Grammar School Sports Centre.  They participated in a range of  activities such as Archery and Laser shooting.  Court De Wyck pupils were extremely good at Laser shooting and came second.
The schools also had a visit from ‘Skippy John’ from Skipping 4 Life, who spent the day leading skipping workshops for each class.  The children had a fantastic time and a large number of  parents came to see the final presentation.
Avon and Somerset Police from Bath visited Year 5 pupils at St Michael’s Church School and 20 of them will be the newest Mini Police recruits.
The organisation Rock Opus also visited the school to present and demo their Rock Sport to the pupils.
Forest School activities with St Saviour’s Junior School pupils has involved Spring time fun with fractions, logs and an axe.
A great effort has been made by the tag rugby team at St Stephen’s Church School in coming 4th out of 16 teams in the County Finals.
The school have also just returned from a wonderful activity trip to Sandbanks in Dorset.  Activities ranged from pottery and butter making, fishing, ferry rides, and playing with the animals and on the sands.
Fire class at Horsington Church School have been building upon their teamwork skills this week with the Pringle challenge.  They needed steady hands, lots of patience and good communication skills.  The hardest challenge of all was trying not to eat them all along the way!
At St Mark’s Church School children in foundation stage have been reading tales from long ago and learning about what it would be like to live in a castle.  They had a fun packed day juggling like jesters, jousting like knights and eating at a banquet with music from Henry VIII.
The weather may have been a bit on the damp side, but children and staff at Bathford Church School had a wonderful afternoon acting out and retelling the Easter story in their annual ‘Relive Easter’ celebration.  Children dressed up for the day in shepherds’ mufti, apart from those who were taking on the part of the Romans and a few Year 6 who were the roving reporters for the afternoon.
Parents watched on as Jesus (played by a parent) entered the grounds to cheers and waves of ‘palm leaves’ (made from newspapers), re-enacting the entrance into Jerusalem.  Year 3 children led the singing with their ukulele playing and the entire school followed Jesus on his journey towards the Last Supper.
Year 5 took on the role of Jesus’ disciples as the events of the evening unfolded, included the betrayal by Judas, Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Romans’ arrest of Jesus.
There was a great deal of singing and dancing as Jesus’ tomb was found empty and the wonder of Easter unfolded.

On Thursday, pupils at Oakhill Church School received a visit from Somerset Council to talk to the children about road safety.  As part of the talk pupils went outside to see a tipper truck. The visitors talked about how the drivers are unable to see children when they are in the cab.  Miss Bodinar was able to sit in the cab while children moved around the truck, checking if she could see or hear.  When they stood right in front of the truck, down the side and behind, she could not see anyone and when the engine was on, she could not hear – even when they shouted very loudly!

Thank you to all our teachers, leaders and staff for the quality and variety of experiences and opportunities you are planning for pupils.  There is nothing more important in our Trust than what you do in classrooms, within school settings, churches and local communities with pupils every day.

Kind regards



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