Message From CEO – 25 November 2018
In our schools, across our hubs and throughout our central support team, there has been a sense of purpose, passion and energy. It has been wonderful to hear about and see the buzz of enthusiasm for and excitement about learning being generated in classrooms and schools across our Trust.
Despite the cold weather, NQTs and NQT+1s had a wonderful opportunity on Tuesday to discuss the value of outdoor learning. As part of the day they visited Montacute House and All Saints’ forest school area. They also visited St Catherine’s Church in Montacute where local Clergy discussed Spirituality and Community links. Thank you to all who supported the day which was led by James Ross.
Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School’s ‘Good’ inspection outcome was ratified earlier this term. Congratulations to all at the school. Your report acknowledges and celebrates how you all – governors, leaders, teachers, staff and pupils – are working together to build on the school’s strengths to achieve increasingly aspirational outcomes.
Last week at Court De Wyck School, Heron and Owl Class joined together for some outdoor learning. They had a wonderful time out in the school’s woodland area and they wrote songs, prayers and poems.
For Children in Need Day the children came to school dressed in their pyjamas and brought their favourite tiny teddy. They sold wrist bands throughout the week, had a ‘guess the name of the teddy’ competition and sold cakes after school.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy’
Proverbs Chapter 31 v 8
These were the words that inspired Staplegrove’s visitor, Evan Mawarire from Zimbabwe who visited last week and talked with children from Cedar and Willow class to tell his amazing story.
His gentle words were truly thought provoking and the children were inspired to ask so many deep and challenging questions about his life in Zimbabwe.
It has been a busy week at Holy Trinity Church School. Children in Year 1 have been exploring a new topic area called ‘Fire! Fire! They have been learning what London is like today and created maps of London, before comparing it to London in 1666.
They created their own 2D house pictures. The children all worked together to make wreaths for Remembrance Day. A special service for the whole school was held and children shared poems, readings and laid their wreaths. They have also been busy raising money for Children in Need by bringing in their own teddies.
This week in year 2 the children explored how mathematics is in everything around us. They went on a learning walk around the school grounds and spotted lines of symmetry, multiples of numbers and patterns. The children also worked alongside the year 3 children which was a great success.
At Bishops Lydeard Church School the whole school took part in tree planting in their nature area. A parent kindly donated the trees and parents and children enjoyed working together to plant the trees.
The recently published inspection Report at Bishops Lydeard Church School praised the Head teacher’s strong leadership in bringing about improvements at the school. The hardworking and committed staff are driving improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, improving attendance and the outside space for the early years. The Ofsted team found that senior and middle leaders are benefiting from the professional development opportunities and support being provided by the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust. The report adds that, “the school’s core values of respect, endurance and friendship permeate the school”. Mrs Trood said: “We are all determined to deliver the highest standard of education for the children of Bishops Lydeard Church School.”
St Georges Church School have been celebrating their Y5/6 boys’ football team being crowned North Somerset champions this week. Having won all their matches at the qualifying event in October, they took part in the NSSPEA Large Schools Football Final at Bristol Grammar School and won! The team have not conceded one goal in any match they have played and have shown fantastic enthusiasm, attitude and teamwork throughout. They will now take part in the Somerset County Finals at the end of January.
It was a joy to visit the children and staff at St Michael’s Junior Church School this week. Lots of exciting learning opportunities are underway; visiting the cinema, making models of an Aardman film character and taking part in the Youth Speaks Competition. Their Rock Steady group are continuing to practise for their concert and the school also welcomed prospective parents for the Y3 cohort in September. The pupils were so welcoming and enthusiastic about their learning. The hard work and commitment of the Headteacher supported by the team at St Michael’s is inspiring.
Apple and Cherry classes at Batheaston school have been out walking in their village, practising safe crossing for Road Safety week.
The children have also been busy fundraising for Children in Need.
Thank you to all the children and staff at Batheaston for their warm welcome when I visited the school this week. It was wonderful to see children enjoying the high quality of lessons underway.
As part of their STEM work, Class 2 at All Saints Church School were set a challenge to design and make a 3D bee using resources they found in the STEM box. They had to try to make the wings move as well as be the correct colours. Bees were the topic this week alongside considering the value of Kindness. The work was linked to the quote from Proverbs 16.24 “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
The children have also been thoroughly enjoying making the most of their lovely library this term. As well as Ms. McCormack starting a very popular KS2 book club, where children are invited to come along and enjoy listening to stories, the Year 6 children have also enjoyed reading to children in KS1.
Teams and individuals across our Trust consistently show creativity, commitment and the highest aspirations. Together you are providing high quality learning of mind, body and spirit for all of our pupils.
I am hugely grateful to you all.