Message From CEO – 17 November 2019
This week, as every week, has evidenced inspiring skill, creativity, teamwork, and commitment from Governors, teachers, support staff and leaders as you engage, motivate and inspire our pupils.
On Friday St Andrew’s Church School in Bath had a wonderful day of Fairy Tale inspired activities to celebrate the opening of the new Foundation Stage outdoor learning space. The learning space was built through fundraising initiated by Sue East’s niece Rosie following Sue’s death in December 2018. The school are so very grateful for all the fundraising that enabled their new playground to become a reality.
The children and staff from Nursery to Year 6 dressed up for the day as their favourite character. There were many creative ideas and interpretations of Fairy Story characters including Tom Thumb and Peter Pan’s shadow. Throughout the day children engaged in different activities including finding clues behind fairy doors outside, creating apples for the St Andrew’s wish tree and there was a chance for each class to visit the new playground for a play session with the Foundation Stage children.
In the afternoon there was a special musical celebration assembly including a Cello trio and recorder group. The school were pleased to welcome Sue’s family as well as the school’s extended community to the opening of the playground. Sue’s niece Rosie and former Chair of governors, Jane Brown, both cut the ribbons to officially open the space. Sue’s daughter Susannah, son John, and mother Mary Allen planted an apple tree to symbolise new growth for the future.
This was followed by a celebration tea party in the hall.
St John and St Francis Church School were the first school in our Trust to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework this week. I was uplifted, inspired and proud to see the school at work. The site staff including Nigel and his team, Yvonne Rouffet and her team of Governors, Jenny Venning, Tamar Warner and the whole Leadership team, teachers, support staff and pupils, together exemplified the core values of our Trust at their very best. Thank you to everyone at St John and St Francis, I am so proud that you are part of our Trust, proud of all you do for your pupils, and all that you continue to achieve together.
On Monday at St John and St Francis they held a dedication service, conducted by the Chair of Governors Major Yvonne Rouffet, in memory of Mrs Kendrick. Mrs Kendrick’s parents attended along with so many of her colleagues, fiends, pupils and OSCAR. OSCAR would like to thank Jason Durant who built the beautiful bench and Simon Tottle for making the lovely plaque.
There were more exciting developments at St John and St Francis as the school library has now been given a Jungle theme. Teachers, parents and pupils from school, took time out of half term to paint murals onto the walls. It is wonderful to see parents, children and staff working together to produce something for the whole school to enjoy.
Children from Year 6 and Nursery at Churchfield Church School attended a Remembrance service at Southwell Garden of Remembrance. Along with members of the Royal British Legion and local councillors, pupils observed a 2-minute silence and read prayers of remembrance which they had written. This one was written by Kaci and Florence:
We thank the people who served our country and the people who put their lives on the line for us. If they had not sacrificed themselves, we would not have the freedom we have now. We will always remember them. Amen.
St Stephen’s Church School are proud of their Year 5/6 girls’ football team who reached the final of the recent Banes tournament. Unfortunately, they lost after extra time. A brilliant effort and great team spirit.
Year 5 and 6 pupils at St Michael’s Church School have been building resilience during their residential visit to Mill on the Brue.
Pupils at St Michael’s also attended the local Remembrance Service and were praised by the Mayor for their impeccable conduct.
Wembdon St George’s Church School took part in ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ which is a campaign that encourages schools to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities.
As part of Holy Trinity’s work on traditional tales, the children in Year 1 visited Carymoor Environmental Centre. The children spent the day exploring the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and used role-play to re-tell the story. They became builders and explored the properties of materials and made their own houses. They also used willow to build their own shelters.
Friday was Children in Need Day and children at Court De Wyck Church School dressed in various outfits. There were lots of fabulous entries for the Court de Wyck Bake Off. Thank you to parents and children who went to so much effort. The cakes were all sold after school.
For Children in Need Day at Kingshill Church School they dressed up their cuddly toys.
As part of their ‘Greek Day’, Class Five at Bathampton Primary School took part in an ancient Greek Olympic Games and had great fun making Greek salad as part of their Greek feast.
Thank you everyone for continuing to be the guardians of the values of our Trust and for enabling individuals, schools and communities to share in the joy and sense of togetherness that our collaboration and mutual support brings.