Message From CEO – 20 January 2019
This week, as every week, has evidenced the skill, creativity and commitment of teachers, TAs and leaders as you engage, motivate and inspire our pupils.
Year 4 pupils at Churchfield Church School visited Carymoor Education Centre for a ‘Crafty Celts Day’. The day began with the pupils dressing up in Celtic woollen tunics and traditional Celtic designs being painted on faces and hands. The children took part in a range of exciting activities: bread making and cooking, wattle weaving using willow to weave large pieces of a round house wall and making a traditional roundhouse. After lunch, the children flexed their muscles grinding wheat into flour using traditional quern stones – exhausting work that would have taken the Celts 90 minutes for enough flour to make just one loaf of bread.
Jessica in Year 3 at Bathwick St. Mary Church School won the school competition to design a logo for their OWL Adventures (Outdoor Woodland Learning Adventures). She and her class worked with artist Joanna Dewfall to create this mosaic.
Children at St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton presented each class with a gift they had made for their Reflection Area to remind them of the Trinity.
Class 6 at St Saviour’s Junior School had fun when taking part in the Epiphany Walk along Charlcombe Valley with Swainswick Explorers this week.
The school also had a great turn out for their maths event for parents and families.
Plenty of fun activities have been happening at Batheaston Church School, including enrichment classes with Paulo, indoor cricket and building a museum!
The NSPCC visited Bathampton Church School this week and shared in their assemblies.
Year 5 and 6 from Horsington Church School visited Bovington Tank Museum linked to their topic work on World War I and Warhorse.
Court De Wyck and Kingshill Church School held a wonderful Christingle Service – a very special event which all the children love – and generous donations were made to The Children’s Society. The children met in their ‘Crew’ groups to make their Christingles and learn a little bit about what they mean.
At the beginning of the week an intrepid team of year 4 and 5 pupils went to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to enjoy a Dodecathlon Event.
Diamond Class at Kingshill revisited the Nature Reserve to discover changes that have happened since their last visit in November.
The school were also visited by an African snail, a baby tortoise and a snake – accompanied by the staff from Noah’s Ark Farm who told the children all about the animals.
Over 700 people attended the funeral of Sue East at Bath Abbey, to pay respects to an inspirational Head teacher. St Andrew’s Church school set up a reflection area to allow children and adults to capture their special thoughts and memories of Mrs East. This has grown over the last two weeks into a sea of hearts and messages of love. The children’s comments formed an important part of the tribute at Sue’s Funeral.
A book of condolence was also placed in the entrance hall to enable parents to record their thoughts and memories of Mrs East.
As part of the service the children (including ex-teachers, parents and pupils) sang the school song “The Living Tree”. The song was composed by children in 2013 alongside Will Gregory as part of a huge creative project that culminated in a performance at the Abbey. They also made 1000 paper flowers for all the congregation to hold at the end of the service.
The service was a beautiful celebration of the Love that Sue East gave to all that knew her and worked with her.
It is what happens in every classroom and every school, every day that has the capacity to turn our vision into reality. The many wonders our teachers, TAs, school staff and leaders perform by drawing on their skills, expertise and commitments – supported and complemented by our Central Team – are so crucial to every child in our Trust, to how children see themselves as learners and as human beings, and what they achieve now and into the future.