Message from CEO – 14 January 2018
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 pupils’ motivation and excitement for new topics, skills and learning.
Sue Lucas, Early Years Adviser, Derek Smart, Chair of St James’ LGB and John Millard, Senior Lunchtime Supervisor opened a new classroom for Y2’s Maple Class at St James’ Church School in Taunton.
The above photograph shows learning underway in this wonderful new setting supported by Jess Priddle, Maple Class’s teacher and Amanda Deverill, HLTA.
In an exciting start to the New Year, St Mark’s Church School, Worle welcomed Olympic high jumper, Rob Mitchell, who worked with 433 children as part of St Mark’s project to achieve Gold PE mark. This included an inspirational session about believing in yourself and having high aspirations in life. In a subsequent email to the school, Rob said, ‘…the spirit, work ethic, kindness and enthusiasm of all at St Mark’s are second to none. I left the school feeling really blessed to have been there.’
Congratulations to staff, teachers and leaders at Staplegrove Church School on achieving an ‘Outstanding’ SIAMs judgement and on the full report which has just been officially published. This celebrates many examples of outstanding practice including how leaders have developed partnerships with the parish, Taunton Learning Partnership and parent groups. Parents have taken the lead, drawing on their own skills, in a recent science project and parents with other faiths took part in a class project on Islam. The report highlights how, as result of these partnerships, learners have access to a rich, engaging, diverse curriculum.
All Saints Church School, Montacute, have held their first open morning for prospective parents and carers. Year 6 ambassadors organised tours of the school and created a presentation explaining what it means to be a Year 6 ‘buddy’ to reception pupils. Sharon Bowditch, Head teacher, said feedback from visitors was very positive and many commented on how much love children had for their school.
As we stand at the end of the first week of 2018, looking forward to the rest of the spring and summer term, Sue Lucas’ prayer, read at Maple class’s opening, has resonance for each of our schools and for every person in our Trust.
We pray for your blessing on our school – that your peace, your joy and your love will be evident even during difficult or challenging times. We ask that this school will be a place of safety, a place where everyone, children and adults, enjoy learning together, can develop to the very best of their potential and discover “Life in all its fullness”.
We ask these things in Jesus name.