Message From CEO – 5 April 2020
This week teachers, pupils and parents have been buzzing with fantastic learning both at home and school. It is quite wonderful to see.
The children in Chestnut Class at Oakhill Church School have been creating rainbows for the community. Children made their own rainbows and displayed them at home for the local community when they walk around the village. The staff at Oakhill Church School Nursery also created a rainbow out of recycled materials on the perimeter of the school which overlooks the main road in the village.
Oakhill’s nursery children playing and learning at home.
At St James Church School they have been encouraging the children and community to stay positive by celebrating their rainbow displays. The children from Nursery to Year 6, created this big rainbow to brighten up people’s days.
Children of key workers at St James have been painting, carrying out experiments, joining in with Joe Wicks and cooking up some delicious treats.
Clare Greene, Head of St Michael’s Church School, has been very proud of her team for ensuring their school families are well fed and safe. Every day staff deliver learning packs, sandwiches as well as food parcels to children at home. Staff call families across the week to check in too.
St Saviour’s Church Schools have been receiving and distributing food parcels to the families in their schools.
The children and families of Bishops Lydeard Church School have been doing some fantastic home learning. The children in Nursery and Reception have been building bug hotels, gardening, creating obstacle courses, grouping and organising coins and mark making on tin foil to name but a few examples.
The children in breakfast club worked together to make an Easter garden.
A poem by Izzy from St Mark’s Church School.
During home learning this week Elm Class at Batheaston Church School have continued their science investigation of shadows by setting up sundials in their gardens – what a lot of different designs. The challenge set for Apple Class was to ‘Find objects that weigh the same as your favourite teddy?’ The response has been amazing.
As well as plenty of home learning taking place, pupils of key workers who are attending Batheaston Church School have been very busy; PE with Joe Wicks, English and Maths, planting potatoes and a Lego challenge.
Court De Wyck Church School have been receiving lovely photos and messages of home schooling from their parents and pupils. After Easter their school website will have many more links and ideas to keep the children busy.
Daisey is loving the school work tasks that have been set for her.
What an amazing rainbow by two of St Stephen’s Church School pupils. Gardening and painting in the garden – both with a smile!
All Saints Church School have created a beautiful rainbow display, made of hearts in the window of Class 5 to spread joy and hope in difficult times. Their message is “Stay safe everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all”.
The following poem was written by Jasmin from Class 6. This not only was poignant to staff at All Saints but also deeply thoughtful for the whole community.
Every year at All Saints they spend the weeks leading up to Easter focusing on different elements of the Easter story and thinking about the importance of Easter to Christians. Each child is invited to bring in one flower to school and we carefully place them on the cross. The final piece is beautiful and has previously inspired not only deep reflection and thought but also amazing artwork. This year, they have replicated this act digitally. Each child has taken a photograph of a single flower from their garden or one that they have seen on a walk. These images have been arranged to create a ‘dressed’ cross that has still been formed collaboratively by the All Saints family.
Donna Brewer currently organises a virtual time for reflection on each Wednesday at 10.30 am via Teams. It provides an opportunity to listen, share and reflect. If you would like to be part of this, please let Donna know – firstname.lastname@example.org and she will ensure you have the access to this.
Last week the group shared this virtual reflection together.
As we conclude the ‘official’ Easter term, there are some staffing updates to share. Justin Philcox, Headteacher at Churchfield Church School is leaving to set up a social enterprise to support adults with severe learning difficulties. We also say goodbye to Fiona Lightwood one of our Safeguarding and Child Protection advisers who will be joining Cabot Learning as an Attendance Officer. David Norton, currently interim Headteacher at Wembdon St George Church School will be stepping down from this role. I thank them all for their significant contribution to our Trust.
In these truly unusual times, teachers, pupils and parent/carers have been tested to the limit and all have risen to the challenge. I could not be more proud of the positive spirit and professionalism from all of our team.
Pupils have been eager to rise to the challenge of the work set by their teachers and have been keen to complete project work with great pride and enthusiasm. Their intellectual curiosity has been inspired by imaginative tasks set by teachers ensuring that learning has taken on a new meaning.
Teachers and support staff are keeping in regular contact with students and families who need extra support, as well as delivering essential food.
Your commitment and professionalism is quite outstanding. You are going above and beyond to support pupils, families and the communities you serve. Teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, cleaning, catering and premises staff are all pulling together to ensure everyone is kept safe and learning as well as they can.
Headteachers across our Trust have told of their pride in their staff for all they have and continue to do.
Your team spirit, dedication, and commitment is inspiring for us all.
The staff of Staplegrove Church School contributed their ‘dancing’ to a video for the students compiled by PE Lead, Rachael Lewis. This short video captures the positive team spirit evident across our Trust
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Thank you everyone for all you have done and continue to do for pupils, families and communities across our Trust. Please take some time to relax as well as you can over the Easter period.