Message From CEO – 16 December 2018
With Christmas and the end of term approaching, this week and next has seen Nativities, Christmas Celebrations, Advent Fairs, Community Carol Services, Christmas Discos and much more. Many of the events have sharing, worshiping and celebrating with others: parents and carers, friends, grandparents, other schools, groups from the local community, at their heart.
Year 6 pupils at St John & St Francis Church School entertained staff and patients at Bridgwater Hospital this week, singing carols and Christmas songs. The funds raised were given by the pupils to The British Heart Foundation in memory of Mrs Kendrick a much loved teacher at the school who recently died.
At St Saviour’s Junior Church School pupils gave a beautiful performance of Christmas music for senior citizens at Hanover Court in Bath.
Year 3 children are looking forward to performing their Nativity next week.
The PTFA at St Andrew’s School in Taunton have kindly funded the Image Theatre Company and the whole school really enjoyed watching and joining in with their performance of The Selfish Giant.
The school also welcomed past and present pupils for afternoon tea and the school choir entertained with Christmas songs. They had great fun sharing stories of school now and then.
Batheaston Church School’s Apple Class performed a wonderful nativity this week.
This term, Year 5 pupils at Holy Trinity Church School have enjoyed learning to play the clarinet with a teacher from Somerset Music Service. They have come a long way in a short space of time, from struggling to put the clarinets together correctly in the first week, to reading music and playing tunes such as ‘Jingle Bells’ in their final weeks.
The festive season is underway at St. Michael’s Junior Church School. Parents were invited into the school to help decorate the trees – a real one for the first time! They also shared an acrostic poem which was written on a recent visit to Rangeworthy School who they are building links with. There was an exciting Talk for Writing book in Dahl class that produced some great cold writes and some of the children have been making Christmas cards for their local community with thoughts about the messages the Angels might send us today.
Christmas Jumper Day also proved to be a highlight of the week.
Staplegrove Church School nativity was a wonderful event enjoyed by all.
Robin, Owl and Goldfinch classes at Court De Wyck school performed their wonderful play ‘The Innspectors’. They all worked so hard to learn lines, sing songs.
Diamond and Opal Class at Kingshill Church School performed their play – ‘A Midwife Crisis’. The children had worked so hard to learn lots of songs and lots of lines.
Years 2 – 6 performed their fantastic production of ‘Stable Manners’ and Diamond class have loved making Christmas decorations.
Other activities across our Trust this week have included children at St Stephen’s Church School in Bath reaching new heights with their new climbing frame.
St Stephen’s gained the OPAL Platinum Award for Outdoor Play and Learning. The children helped to design the climbing frame, the school council working with the designer to bring their ideas to life. The anticipation was really building as the children watched the climbing frame growing day by day until at last it was officially opened by PTA Chair Sarah Brooks. The children have been clambering and swinging on it ever since.
Year 5 pupils from Holy Trinity Church School have the use of 2×2 and 3×3 Rubik’s cubes. These are used to build resilience, perseverance and the ability to follow algorithms. The 2×2 is the simpler of the two and it is possible, but unlikely, for it to be solved through trial and error. In contrast the 3×3 with 43 quintillion combinations is virtually impossible to solve through trial and error. Instead it requires a series of algorithms to be learnt and applied in the correct order. Even following the algorithms, achieving the 3×3 is a major achievement and in the Class, 3 children have memorised the algorithms and can solve the cube. A further six or so can also solve the 3×3 with access to the list of algorithms.
The way leaders, teachers and staff are balancing Christmas celebrations with promoting the highest quality teaching and learning is inspiring.
Thank you all for continuing to be the guardians of pupils’ learning and for enabling schools and communities across our Trust to share in the joy and sense of togetherness Christmas brings.