Message From CEO – 22 September 2019
In our schools, across our Hubs and throughout our Central team, there has been a tangible sense of shared purpose, passion and energy. As the term has started, teams and individuals have shown commitment, skill, determination and resilience, working together to move forward and focusing on the thing that unites us – providing the very best education to nurture, support and challenge every pupil in our Trust. I am hugely grateful to you all.
Oakhill Church School recently hosted a wonderful opening event in celebration of their new nursery, with an official cutting of the ribbon by Bishop Ruth Worsley. There was a buzz of excitement in the school from all who attended.
It is wonderful that so many from the school community came together to support the school – parents, PTA, Governors, the Church, local supporters, teachers, pupils, ex pupils and the central team. The school environment has been transformed. We were all uplifted by way in which so many people contributed their skills, energy and support. This is such an exciting development for the school. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
A similar development has recently taken place at Bishops Lydeard Church School and I shall share this with you next week.
It is wonderful to see the way in which children have been welcomed to school across our Trust at the start of the year. Ensuring that children have a joy filled and positive start reminds us all how important your work is.
I was delighted when visiting St James Church School this week to read the feedback from parents about the way in which the school have supported pupils at the start of the year. One parent wrote:
‘This is the first time he has been away from me other than with close family. He has always struggled leaving me but the settling in process at St James Church Nursery has been so accommodating. My son has already made amazing progress. The communication has been excellent. I love St James Nursery and I will always recommend to my family and friends’
Thank you to all staff who have put so much effort and care in to ensure that pupils across our Trust experience a positive start to their time at school.
It has been a busy start at St Michael’s Church School. The new flooring, display boards, and bus have been much appreciated by everyone! Pupils have also voted on class names, their first democratic action of the year. They have started same day intervention in maths and continue their work developing play and being active with the daily mile.
Pupils across St John and St Francis Church School have been excited to take part in ‘Enrichment Friday’ Clubs, where both Teachers and Teaching Assistants have set up over 15 enrichment opportunities across the key stages. These Enrichment opportunities take place each Friday afternoon and pupils and staff alike have had a wonderful time enjoying the club they had chosen, ranging from Forest School, Multi-sports, Just Dance, Singing and Drama, Book club, Sewing, Art, Construction, Computers, Cookery, Yoga and Board Games, to name but a few.
To start the new term off their PTA ran a ‘Bounce Back to School’ fundraiser. What a wonderful way to welcome our new families to our school community, as well as seeing so many current families at these fun events.
St Vigor and St John Church School had a visit from Clever Cogs who set up an Egyptian Tomb Escape Room in the school hall. The children had to work together in teams to escape. The activity focused on figuring out clues and building skills in teamwork.
The Year 4 pupils dressed up as Egyptians and Year 3 pupils as explorers and archaeologists. Year 4 pupils spent their day preparing an Egyptian meal, writing in hieroglyphics and making scarab beetles and a cartouche out of clay. Year 3 pupils spent an exciting day building Stonehenge out of clay.
Children at St John the Evangelist Church School have spent the first two weeks of the academic year engaged in a very creative, cross curricular project. Each base took a key text and a poem and produced their own creative writing and artwork from it. Texts included Owl Babies, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Journey of Varmints by Helen Ward and Mud by Mary Lyn Ray. The children wrote enthusiastically in the styles of the authors, as well as creating collages, sculptures and their own adventure style books. Many of the children performed poems and songs and were able to present their learning confidently.
The project concluded with an Exhibition of Excellence and family and friends were invited in to look around the school and share in the learning experiences with the children. It was a great success and everyone has so much to be proud of at the very start of the new year.
Mrs Dicks visited Kingshill Church School to share more information about the charity they support in Myanmar (formally Burma). Through the charity ‘Stand by Me’, they sponsor children’s homes and Mrs Dicks was able to show some photos of the children and the things they enjoy doing. The school will continue to support them this year and their Spiritual Group will be writing letters to them later this term.
The whole school community at St Mark’s Church School all gathered together to open their new assault course equipment.
St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton started their new term with a Literacy workshop for their new Reception children and families.
Year 6 have been experiencing new and exciting activities including caving at Charterhouse.
Class Exe also recently participated in rock climbing.
At the first Academy Leaders’ Day of the new academic year, Head teachers and members of the Central team explored our curriculum intent, implementation and impact across the Trust and in each individual school. Over the coming term we will be working together to refine further our curriculum intent and to fully describe how each individual school develops and implements a curriculum to meet the needs of their learners.
We all want the best possible outcomes for our pupils. What this week has shown is what it takes to bring this about. Our pupils grow in mind, body and spirit when we set the highest expectations and learning happens in high quality learning spaces. Supporting our pupils’ learning and progress in reading, writing or mathematics, or developing their skills and knowledge across the curriculum, it is hard work, skill, creativity, optimism, determination and commitment that enables our pupils to achieve the most amazing things.