Message from CEO – 17 June 2018
It has been a week filled with evidence of the amazing learning experiences teachers, staff and leaders are creating and of the high quality outcomes our pupils achieve as a result.
At the beginning of the week I received an email from Helen Bath, Head teacher at St Mark’s. Attached was a piece of creative writing a Year 6 pupil had submitted to the national ‘500 Words Story Competition’. It had been selected as one of only 5,000 from 13,000 entries to go through to the Reading Agency for judging. If you have a moment, do read her amazing story.
On Monday, Opal Class at Kingshill took a trip to a 500 year old Tithe Barn. As Head teacher, Jan Thomson said, it was a very, very long walk in the sunshine but pupils showed great resilience and their behaviour was excellent. Children learnt about Hannah Moore who opened Nailsea’s first school there.
Pupils also discovered what it was like to wear Victorian clothes to school, to play with Victorian toys and games: coits, chess, old reading cards, tug of war, skipping and yoyos, and used the same equipment as Victorian school children: writing slates and an abacus.
This week, All Saints School hosted Montacute Carnival’s literary awards night. Children from five surrounding primary schools and Stanchester Academy secondary school entered a story writing competition. The judges read over 400 stories and were very impressed with the standard from children from all ages. The evening was a great success. Prize winners from each category read out their stories to a captivated audience of parents and children from all schools.
In Sports news, the Athletics A team at St Stephen’s Church School competed in the BANES tournament this week. They took part in four events: 600m, 75m, standing long jump and the vortex throw. As a result of some fantastic performances, individual pupils achieved a gold and silver medal. St Stephen’s won the competition overall.
Pupils from Year 3 and 4 at Bathford took part in an inter-school competition at Bath University on Tuesday. Children were split into the ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team and then played against 16 teams from 12 other schools. The ‘A’ team reached the semi-finals: Bathford came 3rd in the competition.
On Wednesday, Year 1 at Churchfield visited Asda as part of learning about the local community. Pupils had a guided tour of the offices, warehouse, home delivery department and the store itself. Kelly, the community champion, explained about recycling which links in with the school’s Eco project; health and safety, which links to pupils’ learning about staying safe; and working as part of a team, which links into the school’s PRAISE values.
Kelly also brought lots of different fruit and vegetables for everyone in school to try.
On Wednesday Year 6 pupils from partner schools, Court de Wyck and Kingshill Church Schools, took part in the Church Schools’ ‘Pilgrim Days’. They met year 6 pupils from across the Diocese and experienced the awe and wonder of taking part in a service in Wells Cathedral.
Thank you all for the things you have done this week and do every week to give pupils across our Trust such high quality learning experiences. As you can see, the result includes pupils who write with creativity, imagination, confidence and control; who enjoy worshiping together; pupils who see the present differently having learnt about the past; who thrive on challenge and competition; who are learning how to work as part of a team; who understand they are valued members of each school and also of their wider communities. Our pupils many achievements, their growth in mind, body and spirit, are a testament to your commitment and hard work, to the way you work together every day to make our pupils’ learning the best it can be.