Message From CEO – 29 March 2020
Recent events across the world have brought to the forefront of our attention the importance of vital national infrastructure, including the Health Service and schools, and the critical importance of the social and communal relationships that hold us together.
The values of our Trust – Kindness, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Respect and Love, have been so strongly evident in their full intensity over recent weeks. You have all – school leaders, teachers, support staff, pupils and parents drawn on these in your decision making and in your actions.
Love in particular is so strongly evident in everything that you have done. Love is evident in your relationships and support for each other and in the actions you are taking to support your communities.
I see Love in so many interactions in schools, in emails and communications to parents and each other, and in the quality of care given to the wonderful activities you have created to support home learning. I feel and experience it through all that you have said, and the actions you have taken.
All that you have and continue to do and say to your pupils, parents and communities, through both your words and actions, displays the intensity, power and importance of Love.
Thank you, it is quite wonderful to see, feel and experience. I am certain the pupils, parents and communities you serve feel this as well.
Miss Dyer, Year 6 teacher at St John and St Francis Church School gave a wonderful cooking lesson this week for all her pupils at her own home. This is just one of the many wonderful examples of the way in which teachers and teaching assistants are supporting pupils and parents with home learning. Take a moment to watch the care that Mrs Dyer has put into creating this.
Copy this address into your browser to see Hannah cooking at home. https://youtu.be/BGyzzVgNcYA
Also, at St John & St Francis Church School this week Mr Adlam, the Site Manager collected a range of Personal Protective Equipment to donate to a local care home. The warden there was totally overcome by the generosity of the school and was in tears -they are desperate for these supplies.
Mr Adlam, has also created a special parent/ child drop off and collection zone outside the school to help everyone with social distancing at the busier times of day.
Mrs Simmons, one of the Head teachers at St Saviour’s Church Schools has been inspiring pupils by reading a story in the forest with her dog Holly.
Pupils at Batheaston Church School had planned to take these beautiful tree haiku to create a PopUp display along the river path in Batheaston. It was the last work Elm Class completed before the school closure. The poems have now been given to care home residents to brighten their communal areas.
One pupil from Batheaston Church School enjoyed her home learning in the fresh air and sunshine, like so many pupils adapting well to this new situation.
More glorious examples of creative home learning.
Combining both Mathematics and Food Technology, a pupil from St John the Evangelist Church School is cooking to earn her Brownie Baking Badge. Thank you to all those across the Trust who made and displayed rainbows this week.
Well done to these two for making their own bug hotel. Can you spot the cat?
Bathampton Primary School pupils, like so many across our Trust have been enjoying taking part in one of the daily online Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) PE sessions.
Next week we are delighted to welcome two new schools to our Trust, Shepton Beauchamp Church School and St Mary & St Peter’s Church School, both will be joining our South Somerset Hub. We very much look forward to learning with and from you.
Duncan Gordon, one of our long standing Headteachers, is moving on this week and joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Duncan has undertaken a number of important roles across our Trust and we wish him well for the future.
As you can see you are all doing wonderful things for your pupils, families and communities across the Trust.
Thank you for displaying the very best of collaborative working, the highest standard of leadership and living the core values of our Trust.
Thank you for supporting each other including those who, for a range of reason are not able to be in school.
Thank you particularly to Headteachers for understanding the individual needs and concerns of each member of your team and for being so responsive, supportive and flexible in enabling staff to balance the work/life challenges we are all facing at this time.
Donna Brewer, one of our Regional Financial Advisors, has written a prayer for everyone across our Trust. Take a moment to read this when you have time. Prayer
I hope that every one of you is, and stays, safe and well.
Thank you for all that you have and continue to do in these challenging times.