Message From CEO – 30 June 2019
Thank you to everyone in our schools, the Central team and the Trustees, for the commitment you show and the many incredible things you do every day to put what is best for pupils’ learning at the heart of our Trust.
Congratulations and thanks to Nigel Bright from The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, for organising and leading our recent and very successful Community Project Celebration Day at the beautiful Bishop’s Palace in Wells. This was held in collaboration with the Diocese of Bath & Wells and the Church of England.
St James Church School Nursery recently hosted a training day for Bishops Lydeard and Oakhill Pre School staff, as they prepare to move onto their school premises over the Summer – ready to open as school nurseries at the start of the September term. The new staff team at St Saviour’s Infant Church School also joined in.
Being an early year’s event there was great food – a wonderful lunch provided by the school and a June cream tea. Special thanks to all the staff at St James who made everyone so welcome and so generously shared their effective systems and processes.
St Mark’s Church School has launched a campaign to raise awareness of sun safety to show children the need to protect themselves against the sun’s UV rays. The National Sun Safety Campaign has been highlighted on a display board in the main hall and information booklets have been sent home to every family. During sports week, every child will participate in Family Group Sun Safe Workshops, where they will have the message of ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide’ reinforced. St Mark’s would like to raise this issue with all schools in the MAT as well so that everyone in our community is safe and protected. During the months of April through to October, whatever the weather, we all need to remember to;
Slip on some protective clothing
Slop on some Factor 50 sunscreen
Slap on a hat
Seek some shade
Slide on a pair of sunglasses
Year 6 at St Michael’s Church School had a great day at the Life skills Safety Education Centre recently. The volunteer Guides enjoyed taking them around the interactive village, teaching them how to spot hazards and stay safe. During their visit the children practised making emergency 999 calls, discovered and reacted to a house fire, learnt basic first aid and experienced the consequences of trespassing on a railway line – all made realistic with the use of light sound and wind effects. The Centre urgently needs more volunteers.
Batheaston Church School have been involved with a wide range of activities including a mystery trip day out!
Capacity in action here…
Arts and Crafts…
Mystery trip day out to…
This term Reception class at Bathampton Primary School have been enjoying weekly PlayWood. They have been using many skills during the sessions. This week they have been working on shoulder strength by swinging and have been practicing tying knots to make bees, using their fine motor skills. Alongside these activities they have been singing songs and helping each other and having plenty of fun.
Churchfield Church School’s Year 6 have been out and about. They had a wonderful time away at Greatwood Camp. The children tried new things like archery, climbing, rifle shooting and abseiling as well as visiting the beach to hunt for fossils and working together to tackle lots of team challenges. A great time was had by all. This was followed with a visit to Wells Cathedral to celebrate Pilgrim Day. The children took part in drama, art and team-building workshops as well as a service with schools from across the Diocese.
Children from Year 5 at St John the Evangelist Church School have become composers to help create an original opera. The Year 5 children joined composer Mark Lawrence and librettist Claire Williamson to learn about the Time & Tide community opera project which will include composition and performance from community groups and the school children of Clevedon.
The children worked on their own ideas inspired by the Time & Tide theme, building melodies and rhythms which were performed and recorded, ready for possible inclusion in the final score. They will also be thinking of lyrics to extend the verses already written. The activity will be followed up in the autumn with singing workshops in preparation for the final performances of the finished work at Clevedon’s Prince’s Hall.
For further information about the project see https://timeandtideclevedon.wordpress.com/
Children in Hawks class (Years 3/4) at St John the Evangelist Church School have been creating their own music inspired by their current learning theme – Our Wonderful World. The children worked in groups to devise an animal-based storyline then develop it into a musical theme, workshopping their ideas and recording their music on composition sheets. They then rehearsed in groups, giving final performances to their classmates and judge, Miss Neale, who was very impressed with their teamwork. The children also designed and wrote programmes for their performance and then watched back films to write a final review of their concert.
Congratulations to the amazing hockey players at St Stephen’s Church School on coming first in the recent BANES tournament.
Stand Against Racism and Equality (SARI) visited Trinity Church School and spoke to the whole school about diversity and ethnic awareness. They delivered workshops to Years 3 and 5 and discussed topics such as cultural awareness, bullying and racism. This led to some thoughtful and insightful discussions amongst the children and the SARI representatives.
Year 5 have been exploring how materials such as plastic are harmful to the environment. Representatives from Waitrose visited Trinity Primary School to deliver a workshop explaining what the supermarket is doing to reduce and remove the amount of plastic they are using. The children learnt how they can help to reduce the amount of plastic that they use and how it will make a difference to the environment. They were also given the opportunity to look at products that can be used instead of the plastic alternative.
At Holy Trinity Church School, Year 3 have been learning about Pentecost in RE. They worked in groups to create their own Pentecost art.
St Georges Church School Nursery have been continuing their work on inspiring and creating a love of reading by welcoming BookTrust to the school for a special rhyme and story session with children’s families. During the event the children shared their favourite stories, learnt a new rhyme and were surprised by a visit from the Bookstart Bear, who presented each of the school leavers with their treasure pack.
At Bishops Lydeard Church School, Years 5 and 6 took part in a Victorian Childhood workshop. The children experienced a Victorian lesson and wrote on slates with chalk. They also tried sewing and reciting rhymes.
The first ever All Saints Fun Run took place on Sunday 23 June. Members of the Friends of All Saints organised a fantastic morning for runners, both adults and children, from in and around the school community. The atmosphere was abuzz as over 100 runners and walkers limbered up to run the 5K or 2.5K routes. Cakes, teas and coffees were at the ready for when everyone returned to school.
At 10:30 the runners left the school grounds and made their way to Montacute Estate. The temperature was just right for running; if a little humid. All Saints children enthusiastically cheered everyone back over the finish line where FOAS members presented every runner with a medal. To complete the morning the FOAS held a toddler dash on the school field. This was delightful as everyone cheered them over the finish line.
For this year’s Montacute Carnival the Friends of All Saints chose to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the formation of ‘The Commonwealth’ for their carnival float theme. Children were asked to dress either in traditional costume or to represent the colours of a Commonwealth country flag. The dark skies may have threatened for a while but once again the sun managed to shine on us all as the fabulous parade made its way around the streets of Montacute. All Saints Church School was delighted to receive second place in the overall carnival procession and first place in the children’s category.
Oakhill Church School held their annual Sports day this week. Under the direction of their Assistant Head, Mr Bird, they experimented with a new format. At 9:15 sharp the pupils, teachers and parents arrived on the sports field for the first half of the day. Parachute games, beanbag activities and target throws kept all of their pupils energised and enthused, whilst parents took photos and enjoyed their ploughman’s lunches provided by the PTA. After a family lunch on the field where parents and pupils came together and ate, the afternoon event began. During this session they held the field and track events, with their houses competing to win the new trophy. The eventual winners were Red house, who won for the first time in eight years. Thank you to all of the fantastic staff, pupils and parents for making the sports day an amazing event.
As we begin the final month of the academic year, teachers, staff and leaders are working together to provide the highest quality teaching and learning, whilst looking up and out into the future – making plans to build on successes, develop further, and aim even higher in the next academic year.