Message From CEO – 15 December 2019
Many of the Christmas events across our Trust this week have created wonderful and memorable moments of sharing worship and celebration for children, parents and carers, friends, grandparents, and groups from local communities.
Children from St Mark’s Church School have raised enough money from the collections at their Reception Class Christmas production to sponsor Hope, a guide dog for the blind. They chose this puppy to sponsor because Hope is one of their core Christian values.
Year 5 at Holy Trinity Church School in Yeovil have enjoyed 10 weeks of learning the clarinet with a specialist music teacher. The culmination of their work was a video of the children playing Jingle Bells. As part pf the video production, they used the school’s green screen wall to simulate a snowy night background, as the children played in their warm coats. This will be shown to parents at the school’s Carols and Mince Pies open afternoon on Monday 16 December.
St Saviour’s Church Schools started their Christmas Carol Choir Tour 2019 singing at Oriel Lodge and Larkhall Springs nursing homes.
It may be cold outside but it’s nothing a fire and some outside cooking at Forest School can’t fix.
Year 6 pupils from St John and St Francis Church School presented a Climate Change Conference to parents this week as an end point to their topic. Each child worked with a partner to create a project, with a focus on Climate Change. The children took it in turns to share their projects. They presented persuasive speeches with confidence and passion. Their teachers were proud to see how articulate all the Year 6’s were about their recent learning in front of a hall full of people.
The pupils were also treated with a visit from Rocktopus. They are a dynamic duo who specialise in creating wake and shake songs. They created a whole school chant and worked with individual year groups to write other songs based on all areas of health and fitness. The children had an amazing time and they all left at the end of the day singing all of their songs, as well as using their actions.
This week, St James’ Church School Nursery held a Christmas open morning for parents. Lots of parents joined their children to decorate biscuits together, share Christmas stories and singing and Mrs Nowak played the guitar. They even had a very special visitor who brought a gift for each child. It was a lovely opportunity for parents to spend the time with their children in the Nursery.
On Monday, the choir of Norton Fitzwarren Church school were lucky enough to perform at Wells Cathedral as part of the ‘Countdown to Christmas’ concert hosted by Somerset Music. The choir of KS2 children sang one item alone and three as part of the mass choir.
It was an incredible experience for the children and really got them in the mood for Advent.
They cannot wait for their next visit when they are going back for the ‘Together in Voice’ concert in the Summer.
We are also thrilled to learn that Norton Fitzwarren Church School have won a competition in Parent Talk, the free magazine, that is circulated to all Primary schools.
The school have been working on reading as part of their school development plan, with a specific focus on reading for pleasure. The competition asked parents to write a review of reading at their child’s school.
One of their parents wrote the wining review, which is below.
‘Our school is special, as its values are reflected in every day’s work of great teachers and committed, hardworking pupils. Everyone is looked after, encouraged to strive for the best, feels accepted no matter what their religion, nationality or ability is. And we LOVE reading and creating our own stories.’
St Michael’s Church School have been continuing their work on hooks, engagement and the curriculum. They have tried immersive experiences including a mission to Mars and a silent disco. They also experienced some whole class Thrive.
Mrs Greene had a great time making Christmas cards with year 6. The ‘mini police’ groups from the school also visited the custody suite.
St Michael’s are also taking part in an Advent ‘Follow the star’ challenge.
Thank you all for enabling schools and communities across our Trust to share in the joy and sense of togetherness Christmas brings. Thank you particularly to the many volunteers and parent support groups, for all you do to support your children’s school with Christmas Celebrations, Advent Fairs, Community Carol Services, Christmas Discos and many other wonderful events.
A Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to you all.