BWMAT | Message From CEO – 18 February 2018
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Feb 19 2018

Message From CEO – 18 February 2018

Dear all,

On the Thursday before half term, Kingshill Church School hosted a Mathmagical extravaganza, welcoming pupils from across the Trust to take part in a number of interactive challenges. Headteachers reported that pupils and adults returned from the event buzzing, if exhausted. One pupil, after being adamant that he was not going to attend, returned saying he had an ‘amazing time’. Many thanks go to Jan Thomson, Fern Hunt and her team for organising this event.

Pupils in Owls base at St Johns the Evangelist welcomed their parents to a Mathmagical Workshop also in the last week of half term. Parents joined in a range of exciting workshops and received a resources pack, using many ideas taken from the Mathmagical day at Taunton Racecourse last term, to support home learning. Children loved working alongside their parents and carers and were all very proud of their achievements. The pictures sent to me by the school capture the joy of learning together.    The pictures sent to me by the school capture the joy of learning together. 

A wonderful example of learning from others outside our Trust was evident at St John and St Francis where teachers have initiated an exciting Science programme facilitated by Fiveways Teaching School, Yeovil. Kim Shanahan, Year 5 teacher, has taken the lead on this project, attending a two-day subject leadership course led by STEM Science.  She has carried out an audit of science teaching, completed a science policy, organised a science week and workshops for every year group. Congratulations and thanks to Kim for taking on this challenge and for all her hard work, ideas and energy that has made it a success.

During the afternoon of Tuesday 30th January, staff and children attended Sharon Bowditch’s Commissioning service at St Catherine’s Church. Sharon, newly appointed Head teacher and All Saints Church School Montacute was truly moved by the kindness and thought into the planning of the service. Special thanks go to Mrs Bridge for playing her violin so beautifully, Year 6 pupils for singing so wonderfully, Reverend Annie Gurner for making everyone feel so welcome and all those who organised readings, prayers and the giving of gifts.

St Mark’s Church School are delighted to have held the grand opening of their ‘Walk a Mile Friendship Path’. They used sports premium funding to enable the creation of this path. During their recent worship, this prayer was placed underneath the path by the youngest and eldest children in the school.
“Dear God, We thank you that we have the opportunity to have a ‘Walk a Mile Friendship Path’ laid here at St Mark’s School. As we walk together, we pray that new friendships will be made. As we walk together, we pray that our friendships with each other will develop. As we walk together, we pray that if we have any arguments, that the words ‘sorry’ and ‘I forgive you’ will be spoken. Walk far – Walk together. Amen”
As a school community St Mark’s have set themselves the challenge of walking 238,855 miles which is the distance to the moon!

Tomorrow is the start of our new half term, an opportunity to learn, enjoy and share together, to build further on the wonderful events and achievements – including those in this blog – and on the many successes that have happened in every classroom, school, hub and across our Trust.  Tomorrow we have the opportunity to take the next step in to our future – we take this together with ambition for every child in our Trust.
Kind regards
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