BWMAT | Message From CEO – 13 January 2019
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Jan 14 2019

Message From CEO – 13 January 2019

Dear All,

The spring term 2018 has begun with energy, enthusiasm and commitment from staff, teachers and leaders across our Trust.  It has been fantastic to see both staff and pupils’ motivation and excitement for new topics, skills and learning.
The term began in Bath with a wonderful Inset day for all teachers and teaching assistants at St Saviours Junior and Infant schools.  Staff shared their talents and experience, together with their ambition for the pupils in all the Hub schools.  They managed to squeeze over a 150 staff in to the  junior school hall.

Ed Harker, head teacher at St Saviour’s Infant Church School began the day by paying tribute to St Andrew’s Church School headteacher, Sue East, who died at Dorothy House Hospice on Wednesday 19 December.

Ed talked about a letter Sue wrote to pupils, also dated 19 December, she tells them “never forget there is fairy dust to be found in every situation, no matter how difficult.” She says in her letter : “I have loved my time at St Andrew’s. It’s an amazing school and you are all amazing children.  I never thought that I could find so much joy in my work.”

Sue was an inspirational, creative and highly motivated headteacher and was always driven to provide the very best for all of the pupils in her care.  St Andrew’s school is a school full of joy, love and community.  It is a very special and wonderful place.

Sue was instrumental in setting up the Bath Hub of schools and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with her.

St Saviour’s Junior Church School were officially presented with their Platinum Award for OPAL Outdoor play this week.

Children in Acorn Class at All Saints Church School have been busy learning how to use key skills when riding our new balance bikes.  Once the children are confident in balancing on the bikes, they will be venturing outside to explore travelling skills, which will then be applied to a bigger bike when they are ready.

 

This week the corridors of All Saints were filled with the aroma of freshly baked sledging biscuits; a staple food of many explorers.  Year 5 have been following and writing instructions for sledging biscuits.  When making the biscuits the children learnt that explorers relied upon the biscuits as a source of carbohydrate.

The children also learnt that sledging biscuits in Antarctica are still in use today, eaten by people who are working away from bases in Antarctica as a dietary staple.  Tasting the biscuits was interesting for all the children, many preferring them with an added topping such as butter, cheese or jam.

  

Prior to the Christmas break, Year 6 children at Holy Trinity Church School welcomed parents and carers into their school to share in their learning.  Children in both classes worked with their adults to complete the various tasks.  The parents became the students with the arithmetic work and the grammar sorting activity.  When it came to the cross curricular art and design technology – the parents definitely took the lead.

   

This term Year 1 are learning about the world’s Polar Regions.  The children chose to call their topic “In the land of ice and snow”, and they started by wondering whether or not a penguin can be friends with a polar bear – at the moment the children are firmly in the ‘yes’ camp, so we will see if they change their minds by the end of the topic.  This week they have made collage penguins and thought about what they would need to pack in a suitcase to wear in the Antarctic.

   

A refit of the nursery at Churchfield Church School Nursery has been taking place over the Christmas break.

   

Staff have worked hard and as a team to develop further the learning environment for the children.

It has been with great excitement and anticipation that Staplegrove School have looked forward to the installation of their stained-glass window.

Every child in the school was invited to submit a design and after much deliberation Ellie’s design was chosen.  The window was made by Kate Doig from Firewolf Glass.

Money for the window was raised by the children through book and cake sales and they were also very grateful for the fundraising on their behalf by members of the St John’s Church congregation, particularly through a well-supported coffee morning.

The beautiful window is set at the very heart of the school and with the words ‘Grow and Shine in God’s love’.

Rev Kivett, members of the St John’s congregation and Ellie’s parents, joined staff and pupils for a special service of blessing.

Ellie confidently talked to them all about how she had come up with her design and pupils sang one of their favourite hymns, ‘Shine Jesus Shine’, which resonated with the message in the window.
The Rev Kivett’s Blessing

God of light and colour

Bless and hallow this window.

May it carry rays of your glorious light

Into the lives of your children of all ages,

That they may reflect the light of Christ in their lives.

In the name of God, the Father,

God the Son

And God the Holy Spirit.

Amen

As we stand at the end of the first week of 2019, looking forward to the rest of the spring and summer term,  our shared drive to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum is again strongly evident across our schools this week. 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.

Kind regards
Philip

 

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