Message From CEO – 19 April 2020
What an amazing team of people we have in schools across the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust. I am overwhelmed by your commitment, creativity and support for your communities, families, children and each other. This shines through. I am immensely proud to be part of this wonderful Trust of schools.
The Reception year at St Andrew’s Church School Bath have had a productive, inspiring and colourful few weeks of home learning. The children drew beautiful rainbows and completed their ‘rainbow writing’, bringing smiles to everyone.
There were some wonderful entries for the Easter Garden Exhibition. The Exhibition was organised by a teaching assistant and parent, Rebecca. Rebecca kindly put together a ‘virtual exhibition’ of all the entries. She wrote on the parent Facebook page ‘Thank you for all your entries we have been so thrilled to receive them. It has really made all the amazing key workers at school so happy to see them’.
The garden at St Andrew’s Church school in Bath continues to be cherished. They were so pleased to see the first blossom on the special apple tree which was planted in memory of former Headteacher Sue East.
The Easter Bonnet Parade is one of the most important parent events at Churchfield Church School and Nursery. This year was no exception, and although a little different, staff organised an online ‘parade’.
Mr Godfrey from Cheddon Fitzpaine School is regularly setting the children fun and inspiring challenges through the school’s FaceBook page.
RJ is still able to have his guitar lessons with Mr Ayres over the internet.
Teachers at Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School, as in schools across the Trust, are setting amazing project work for their classes to complete remotely. Here is Jessica’s class project on The Great Fire of London.
At Bathford Church School Miss Fairclough (and Magic) are missing the Reception Class. However, the children have all enjoyed the clips that she has created for them.
Dr Emmett has also been getting some advice from Monty the Monkey to help Year 2 with their maths.
The Headteacher at Bathampton Primary School, Tom Brewer, has been helping entertain the key worker children during their play sessions this Easter.
The Deputy Head at St Michael’s Church School would like to praise the team running provision at their school.
‘All of these amazing people have been working tirelessly to provide childcare (including ‘home’ learning, sports and games, art and outdoor play) as well as making and delivering packed lunches, food parcels and paper learning packs for those without internet.
Rachel, Sue, Jo , Lisa and Nicky have been organising deliveries and Charlotte has been the Packed Lunch and Cleaning Angel.
Katie and Naomi have been on site, supervising the children and keeping them safe, as well as overseeing food parcels and sandwiches.
Ms Greene has gone above and beyond to care for our children and their families, ensuring they can access food and support, being a listening ear and advocate, even working with St Michael’s Church in Twerton to deliver a new vacuum cleaner to a family.’
Last week at St James’ Church School children made a giant rainbow for the front of school. The children wanted to thank key workers this week so made this additional banner.
As TK Maxx in Taunton closed due to Coronavirus a few weeks ago, they donated chocolate and other items to the school. They have used these for Easter Egg hunts in school as well as donating chocolate and other food items to some of the families at the school as part of their food parcels.
The excellent links with St James’ Church include a mentoring programme and support in delivering food parcels to families at home. Every food parcel this week also had a craft bag made up by the Church to keep the children busy.
School Business Manager, Gavin Duenas, has helped tremendously with organising lunches for children at St James’ and nearby Norton Fitzwarren Church School – including the extra Easter goodies!
The children had a renewed focus on social distancing but did it in a fun way. The children helped to invent the rules so that they understood how they can keep themselves and others safe.
Forest School have been making the most of the sunshine. They worked together to create a wooden pendant. As a team they took turns using a hand saw, a hand drill and supported each other by holding the wood in place; all whilst remembering their safety rules to stay safe and have fun! Some children even made pendants for the key workers in their family.
A short video was made by the staff highlighting how much they are missing their pupils.
Mrs Thompson, Headteacher at Kingshill and Court de Wyck Church Schools, praised her staff this week:
‘A small team of teachers and support staff are in each week on a rota basis and they are extremely organised and enthusiastic. I have been so overwhelmingly impressed with them and as their headteacher so proud. Activities planned in school are fun and creative and so much learning is taking place! Staff were more than willing to work over the Easter Holidays, including Bank Holidays and even weekends if needed.
Staff are really showing just what an amazing team they are. Messages are being sent to the children and individual phone calls are being made to most of our families, to check in on them and to make sure they are OK. Staff are sorting the food boxes for our vulnerable pupils and even delivering some to parents’ doors. They are collecting food from local Supermarkets and delivering it to school. They are sorting out reading books for collection and any learning resources required from those parents who don’t have internet access or printing capability at home. They could not be more dedicated; every day they amaze me with how they sort out any problem that may arise. Our school values shine through in all that they do!’
Just some of the activities going on at school…tidying, planting, art and craft, forest school, outdoor art.
Teachers at St Mark’s Church School have been creating home learning videos with their messages to pupils. Feedback from the parents highlights the positive impact that these videos are having on their children. The school are also giving out activity bags for their vulnerable children with toys, books, art and sport resources as well as practical things like suncream.
A ‘Rainbow of Hope’ photo, proudly created and shared by the staff and children at St John and St Francis Church School during the Easter holidays this week. The rainbow is the first thing that the parents and children see as they come into school each day. It really brightens up the room and Mr Adlam says that it looks beautiful in the sunshine and makes him smile as he opens and closes the school each day.
Children at Norton Fitzwarren Church School created a collage of ‘words’ and together shared a wonderful message.
A small group of Trust staff; Caryl Plewes, Sue Lucas, Donna Brewer and Jane Exell, are leading two virtual prayer meetings on Wednesdays at 08:30 and 14:30.
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As the official Easter ‘break’ comes to an end I would like to thank everyone for all you have done and continue to do for pupils, families, communities and each other.