Message From CEO – 7 July 2019
As we approach the end of the Summer term, joyful and uplifting learning is thriving across our Trust.
St Michael’s Junior Church School have taken part in the Primary Readers’ Scheme, which was organised by Bath Spa University and its students in January. The purpose of the scheme was to encourage reading among primary school children in Bath.
Bath Spa University donated these brand, new non-fiction books for the school’s library.
At St Andrew’s Church School, Bath, Year 6 performed their version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Friday evening. The performance took place in traditional style – outside, in the round – and the school was turned into a full theatre for the evening with box office, refreshments and interval ice creams! Many guests joined us included the Deputy Mayor of Bath who tweeted her enjoyment of the performance. Complete with song, dance and superb individual performances, the children wowed their audience with their confident interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. They are all rightly very proud of their superb achievement. The school raised over £350 for Dorothy House, in loving memory of our late Headteacher Sue East. She adored Shakespeare and we know she would have been extremely proud of the children.
Parents and carers joined children from Cedar class at Staplegrove Church School for an “Inspire morning” of DT and bridge building. Inspired by their Brunel topic, their challenge was to build a free-standing bridge that would hold the weight of at least one book.
It is wonderful to see adults and children working together, discussing, planning, evaluating and having fun. All the bridges were strong enough to hold not one, but several books.
Parents joined their children in the session centred around their life journey so far and their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. Together they took the opportunity to reflect and discuss these as they made either totem poles to show the stages in their lives, or dream catchers that reflected their dreams for the future.
Last week the whole of Horsington Church School spent a day rehearsing at their local senior school for a very special musical production. King Arthur’s School kindly let them use their main hall and stage to put on two performances for parents, relatives and friends.
The children at St Mark’s Church School held a computing fair this week and pupils were given the chance to try out different types of programming, use a Micro:bit programmable computer, photofit software, and Edison sensor robots. Parents also had the chance to join their children in the activities.
Also St Mark’s Church School have just been awarded the NSHSN logo in recognition of their ongoing commitment to healthier and happier learning.
“It is commendable that during the year the school has worked with parents as well as children, to meet health outcomes. There is a real sense of school and home working in partnership to create happier, healthier children”
Kingshill Church School hosted a wonderful Boules event with some of the other North Somerset Hub schools. The weather was glorious and it’s hoped the event can be repeated next year.
Our Newly Qualified Teachers came together in Wells last week for their final network meeting of the year. They each received a certificate to mark this special occasion. Congratulations to all of them on their drive, commitment and hard work throughout.
Thank you to Jan Thompson and all the teachers who have supported the NQT network.
Congratulations to the Year 6 Boys cricket team at Bathwick St Mary Church School and coach Tom Baker for winning every single match they played at the recent County finals on 25th June. Their captain, Oliver, said, ‘Everyone played really well and I’d like to give a huge thank you to all who supported us especially mums Lucy and Lyndsey. Jakub deserves a special mention for selflessly giving up his place to allow another team member to play in the very final match’. The final was closely fought against last year’s champions, which the team won by just 19 runs. Kevin Purkiss, Headteacher, said, “Our children’s teamwork, sportsmanship, and determination was second to none and we are all very proud of their success. Bathwick St Mary are now in the Southern National finals on 9th July.
Year 5 groups from Bathwick St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Church School in Bath visited the Forest of Imagination pop up event at Holburne Museum and Sydney Gardens in Bath. Kate Mason from The Big Draw found the pupils “inspirational, curious, engaged, inventive and a totally lovely bunch of kids”.
Year 1 at St Georges Church School spent a fantastic day at Goblin Combe. They played games, walked 6km, felt trees whilst blind-folded, hunted for minibeasts, built dens and finished the day by toasting marshmallows around a fire. All the children and the staff agreed it was a great day out.
Sports Day events have been taking place across our Trust this week. At St Saviour’s Junior Church School pupils celebrated their success.
Summer fairs are also happening across our schools. St Saviour’s wonderful event raised an incredible £3,120 – thank you to the PTA and FOSSI.
Following on from Class 7’s recent trip to the Earth Science Centre children have produced some wonderful water colour painting.
Everything you have done and continue to do, is so very much appreciated and valued, and contributes to what makes the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust such a wonderful place to grow and learn for all our pupils.