Message From CEO – 17 March 2019
This week, as every week, the importance of and value to our Trust of every person: your unique personal and professional skills and qualities have been demonstrated so clearly. We are a community. Every person has an essential role to play as we reach to achieve our shared aims. I am very grateful for all that you do every day, every week – how you work together to turn our aim into a reality for pupils across our Trust.
Spring is strongly evident across our Trust this week. At Oakhill Church School children were fortunate to watch their first clutch of chicks arrive. They now have 3 very healthy (and loud) chicks that will one day join their collection of rare breed chickens. They currently have five Silver Campines in their enclosure and their new additions are Cream Crested Legbars which apparently lay blue eggs.
Elsewhere on site, the wood has arrived for the Year 5 and 6 children to begin building the raised beds for their new allotment development. This area was previously an overgrown garden that has been cleared and will hopefully be a fully productive kitchen garden by the summer. The Year 6 children are aiming to show some of the vegetables at the Somerset show held in August.
Batheaston Church School have been preparing their garden, ready to plant seeds and bulbs, and making special cakes for the birds.
Bathwick St Mary Church School SIAMS inspection report was published this week. The inspector was highly praising of the school throughout the report.
The distinctive Christian vision has been fundamental in creating an inspirational culture of aspiration which has enabled pupils to flourish. Pupils’ attainment is impressive, with the vast majority of pupils achieving consistently above national averages. Able pupils excel. This rich affirming culture raises pupils’ self-confidence enabling them to overcome barriers. Skilled staff make a transformational difference to pupils’ attitudes and self-confidence.
Congratulation to all at Bathwick St Mary Church School on achieving an Excellent grading.
The talented Zakhele choir, who are funded by the Za Foundation, visited Trinity Church School this week. The South African Christian charity delivered important messages about wellbeing, compassion and tolerance through singing, dancing and storytelling. The children enthusiastically joined in with all the activities and the teachers couldn’t wait to try the welly boot dancing!
The Friends of School kindly funded the visit of the Science Dome at St Mark’s this week. Every child was given the opportunity to experience the awe and wonder of being in space!
Sasha aged 7 and a half, said, ‘The dome was absolutely amazing because I got a really close up look at the moon which I have always wanted to do. Sometimes I dream about going to the moon. It was amazing!
Charlie aged 7 – I thought the dome was epic! I saw inside the International Space Station and there was food flying around which they could eat whilst it was floating. It really made me want to be an astronaut when I grow up.
Children at St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton also enjoyed the Spring weather this week and took their Maths and English lessons off site. They made a tally charts of the most popular car colour and looked carefully at the trees and wrote ideas for a poetry competition.
Children have also enthusiastically taken part in the Big Book Swap.
Last Monday, 8 children along with 2 staff members from All Saints Church School attended the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in the presence of The Queen. The service was attended by other members of the royal family, senior dignitaries and performing musicians.
The theme for 2019 was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse family of nations to connect and work together at many levels through networks of friendship and goodwill.
The inspirational service and the content of this year’s theme will provide the basis for the work on Global Diversity and British values that All Saints Church School will undertake in the coming months. This will be led by the children in Year 5 who experienced, first hand, the importance of the Commonwealth’s collective vision.
Lewis Pugh’s inspirational speech has inspired the children to focus on raising awareness of plastic in our oceans, and how the children can help to make a difference.
Sixty-seven children from Freshford Church School competed in this year’s Verse Speaking competition of the Mid-Somerset Festival.
Of the twelve categories in which they competed, the children of Freshford Church School came first in nine of these, with many more achieving second and third places.
Classes 7 and 8 at Holy Trinity Church School in Yeovil really enjoyed the recent World Book Day. Throughout the day, the children took part in a range of reading and writing activities. A particular highlight was planning, writing and illustrating their own story book along with researching their favourite author.
At Staplegrove Church School Mrs Withers brought in three of her bantam chickens to help the children think about how they might celebrate differences. They met the cockerel first… he had a beautiful, long tail and a red comb and wattle. Then they met the hen. She didn’t have long tail feathers or a wattle, and her feathers were brown. The third chicken had been born and started to grow up looking like a hen but then something amazing began to happen… she started to grow long tail feathers, thick, brightly coloured feathers on her body and a red wattle. Children discovered that some amazing things happen in nature.
At the beginning of March, Kelsey, our HR Administrator, organised a cake sale at our offices in Wells in support of the fundraising project in memory of Sue East, Head teacher at St Andrew’s Church School in Bath. Sue’s niece has set up a fundraising page, raising money for one of Sue’s key projects – the Foundation Stage Playground. So far, over £6076 has been raised. So many people are contributing towards the target of £20,000 which will provide a fitting tribute to Sue. Kelsey managed to raise £105 which has now been donated to this worthy cause.
Ben Ford and Ali Derbidge from the Central Team have recently created the Trust’s Twitter and Facebook social media accounts. We are hopeful that these new communication links will help promote the wonderful opportunities you create for the pupils across our Trust to a much wider audience.
Finally, this week, I am delighted to announce that St Saviour’s Junior School were the winners of the BANES Young Stars Award. Congratulations!
If you have a moment at some point this week, consider the teams you are part of – Central team, Hub teams, Finance, year groups, leadership teams. Look at what you achieve together each and every week for the children across our Trust. It is quite amazing.