Message From CEO – 24 March 2019
It has been a week filled with evidence of the amazing learning experiences teachers, staff, parents and leaders are creating and of the high quality learning our pupils experience as a result.
At St Andrew’s Church School in Bath, a group of parents and children completed the Bath Half and Family Fun Run last Sunday to fundraise for the Foundation Playground in memory of Sue East. Members of the school staff watched to cheer them on and there were some tired legs on Monday morning. Through their commitment in supporting the school they have managed to raise £1250.
St Michael’s Church Junior School have become part of the magic breakfast scheme. Each morning after collective worship they provide everyone with a bagel. They are also starting a partnership with foodshare so that they can offer free breakfast club places, snacks at playtime and helpful hampers.
Year 6 pupils at St Michael’s have been knitting to raise money for a local animal shelter by selling handmade scarves.
This week at St Michael’s children have participated in a special Mathematics afternoon which required pupils to collaborate, work as a team and show great resilience in solving problems.
Elm Class at Batheaston Primary school have been surveying the playground using their maths skills to find perimeter. They also made their own trundle wheels to measure with.
Elm Class have been very busy this week. They have also used the skills they have learnt in English, ICT and science, to teach their parents all about rocks and soils.
The Year 6 boys at St Mark’s Church school put on a fantastic performance at the Playhouse Theatre as part of the North Somerset Dance Festival. They worked hard at early morning rehearsals, learning two detailed routines, which were performed to an audience 600. The theme for this year was ‘Dance through the generations.’ The boys performed one routine from the 1960’s to ‘I Get around’ and ‘Surfing USA’ where they had beach ball and painted surf boards as props.
Their second performance was a hip-hop routine to a compilation of street dance tracks. They enjoyed creating their own costumes and having robotic face art with stage make-up to finish off their look. The boys showed they had good stamina and high energy throughout the dances.
A Year 6 pupil at St Mark’s, William, has a keen interest in Ice Hockey. During a conversation with Mrs Davis at St Mark’s, he mentioned that his ambition in life was to become a Winter Olympic Ice Hockey Player, but there was still lots of things he needed to find out about the sport. Mrs Davis suggested that they could contact a team with a list of questions and ask very kindly if one of the players could answer them.
The Cardiff Devils, who play at the Viola Arena, were contacted, and they replied with an invitation for William and a group of friends to visit their stadium to watch an ice-hockey training session, visit the locker rooms to meet the players for autographs and photographs. To top this exciting day off, William was then able to interview the team Captain and Vice-Captain. This was an inspirational opportunity for the pupils and several would now like to join a youth Ice Hockey team.
Year 6 pupils at St Stephen’s Church school who won the county football finals and are now through to the district championship next month representing Bath and North East Somerset.
Staff from St Saviour’s Junior Church School have recently returned from a trip to a wonderful Turkish school with its own museum.
The School Council at Bathampton Primary have been working hard to create new school rules.
Emerald class at Kingshill Church school finished their topic about World War II with a ‘museum’ presentation of learning. The children prepared well and presented some fantastic examples of their learning: writing, art, drama and even cooking.
Owl and Goldfinch classes at Court De Wyck Church school went into outer space without leaving the Village Hall via the ‘Explorer Dome’. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience, gazing at the solar system and learning lots of fascinating information.
Thank you all for the things you have done this week and do every week to give pupils across our Trust such high quality learning experiences. As you can see, the result includes pupils who problem solve with confidence and resilience; pupils who thrive on challenge and competition; who are learning how to work as part of a team; who understand they are valued members of each school and also of their wider communities. Our pupils’ many achievements, their growth in mind, body and spirit, are a testament to your commitment and hard work, to the way you work together every day to make our pupils’ learning the best it can be.