BWMAT | Message From CEO – 24 February 2019
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Feb 25 2019

Message From CEO – 24 February 2019

Dear All,

Tomorrow is the start of a new half term for pupils, teachers and staff across our Trust.  Looking back at the end of the last half term, you should be proud and celebrate all that has been already achieved and draw on this to further fuel your ambitious plans and next steps for all our pupils.


Year 4 pupils at Bathwick St. Mary Church School had a fantastic trip to London this week as part of their learning about our capital city and ‘sacred places’ in Religious Education.  The children travelled to Trafalgar Square and took a walk past many famous landmarks including Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street, the Cenotaph, Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament, the Elizabeth Tower, and then crossed Westminster Bridge for a trip on the London Eye.  The weather meant all the children, many of whom had not travelled to London before, had a wonderful time.

After a picnic lunch in Jubilee Gardens, children journeyed to St. Paul’s Cathedral.  In August 2018, Freddie had entered a competition to design a new banner for St. Paul’s Cathedral, which represented him and where he was from.  Freddie, a pupil at Bathwick St Mary, won the competition, which meant his class could enjoy a free trip to the Cathedral.  Freddie stated, “My favourite part of the whole day was climbing the 420 steps to the three levels of the dome.  I was amazed at the inside of the dome from the Whispering Gallery and also the views over London right from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the Golden Gallery.”
The school’s reception class at Bathwick St Mary have been busy celebrating Chinese New Year.  They decided to set up a Chinese restaurant in the classroom and enjoyed role playing, being the chef, waiters and customers to the restaurant.  Children discovered that during the celebrations many families enjoy lots of food and use chopsticks to eat it with, so they had a chopstick challenge trying to eat rice.  At the end of the week, two children who speak Mandarin came to teach the class to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Mandarin.
Year 6 pupils at St Michael’s Junior Church School participated in a wonderful Forest school session including pancake making.
Their school hall has also been awash with pink for achievement worship.  Everyone wore Pink for Mrs East and to raise money towards the new playground at St. Andrew’s Church School.
Year 5 pupils at St Saviour’s Junior Church School had a wonderful time recently being creative with clay and pastels, while others explored ways to make shelters or use flint and steel.
Scarecrow Day in Year 4 looked like great fun.
There has also been a focus on the well being of staff, with all enjoying time together sharing afternoon tea followed by Pilates!
Apple Class at Batheaston Church School have been using their scientific and creative skills in learning all about volcanos, including making their own volcanic slime!
They have also been experimenting with cave art in Mike’s Meadow.
And a very knowledgeable pupil in Apple Class, as part of their homework, created all the planets for their lesson on the solar system.
Brue class at St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton were fortunate to spend the whole morning with ‘Pete the Poet’.  They learned about equality, diversity and the importance of inclusion and acceptance.
Lizzie Cox, a skipping coach, from ‘Skipping Workshops’ visited Trinity Church School to help bring traditional games with a modern twist back into the playground.  She ran skipping workshops for the Healthy School Community Group.  They were taught various skipping techniques such as cross overs, backward skipping and Double Dutch.
Year 3 enjoyed their Egyptian Wow Day.  The children had a visit from an Egyptologist who taught them all about the Egyptian number system and the process of mummification.
The Portishead Rotary Club presented Trinity School’s Rota Kids President with a cheque for £150 because the Rota Kids had taken part in bag packing at Waitrose to raise money for the Rotary Club.  The school was given a donation from the funds raised and the proceeds will be used to buy books for the whole school.
Bathford Church School’s Year 6 pupils had a lovely spring week for their residential visit to Mill on the Brue. Children participated in a range of activities over the week, such as orienteering, climbing, high wires and canoeing, often in glorious sunshine.  The week was a huge success especially for those children who had never been away from home before.
Children from class 6 at All Saints Church School have experienced life as an evacuee.  Several members of their community shared stories about WW2, school life during the war, Anderson Shelters and the role the Royal Voluntary Service.
Class 6 children also shared their SPaG knowledge at a grammar evening for parents.  It was an informative evening and the feedback from all of those who attended was that they developed their understanding of a range of crucial Upper Key Stage 2 Grammar: including the use of apostrophes, active and passive voice, parenthesis and clauses.
At Holy Trinity Church School, Year 6 pupils enjoyed a fantastic day trip to London.  Starting with a stop at the science museum, the children were able to explore the Wonderlab experience; this was followed by the amazing theatre production, Wicked.  The children had a wonderful time.
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 evident each week across our Trust.  There are wonderful  successes happening in every classroom, school, hub every day and it is wonderful to share these with you.
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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