Message From CEO – 8 December 2019
With Christmas and the end of term approaching, this week has seen Nativities, Christmas Celebrations, Advent Fairs, Community Carol Services, Christmas Discos and much more. Many of the events have sharing, worshiping and celebrating with others: parents and carers, friends, grandparents, other schools, groups from the local community, at their heart.
St Andrew’s Church School in Bath have had two wonderful Nativity performances this week. On Tuesday, Foundation Stage told the story of the Nativity together through narration and actions. The children sang beautifully and there were also two bell ringing performances of Little Donkey and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
On Thursday Key Stage 1 gave a very confident and creative performance full of joy including an angel dance and a lively rendition of ‘O come all ye Faithful’.
In November St Mark’s Primary School held an evening candlelit walk around their school friendship path to raise money for MacMillan Cancer. Pupils from Year 2 and the School Choir both sang to the family audience at the beginning. Prayers were said for anyone in the community whose lives have been touched by Cancer. The School Council read out some touching reasons as to why this evening was so important. Families enjoyed a candlelit walk followed by a steaming mug of hot chocolate and flapjacks. An impressive £579.25 was raised on the evening.
On Sunday 1st December 20 pupils from St Mark’s attended an exciting trip to Longleat which was generously donated by a local charitable organisation. They had great fun on a Safari Ride, activities in the park, followed by a walk around the Festival of Lights. Everyone then enjoyed a delicious roast Christmas dinner. The pupils had a wonderful day and were keen to write thank you letters to the organisers the following day.
Year 3 pupils at Holy Trinity Church School visited Stonehenge recently. The children found out how Stonehenge was built and how the stones were moved during the Stone Age. The children were able to see artefacts discovered on the site and they even dressed up in Stone Age clothes.
Year 4 pupils visited Ninesprings Country Park as part of their Fantastic Beast topic. The children learnt about the water cycle and used keys to classify mini beasts found in the river. The children also discussed ways that the environment could be improved to create better habitats for wildlife.
This week’s Maths topic for Sheppey Class at St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton was weight. They have been comparing objects that weigh more and less than 1/2 kg.
They have also been participating in lots of fun games at their Wellsprings multi-skills festival.
Year 5 at Bathford Church School had a wonderful day at Sevington Victorian Museum as part of their topic on Victorians. The children dressed up as Victorian children and enjoyed the challenge of sorting out a packed lunch that only contained food the Victorians might have eaten. It definitely made them appreciate the wide and varied diet we all have today.
There was great consternation about the separation of boys and girls throughout the day. Quite a few girls were put out that they weren’t allowed to play with the boys at playtime and they were even more irritated when they were not allowed to join in with the cricket. There were equally a number of boys who thought it unfair that they had to do ‘harder’ school work, whilst the girls did sewing and filled lavender bags.
Staff and children alike had a wonderful time bringing together all their learning about the Victorians over the term.
This week the children in Key Stage 1 from Wembdon St George’s Church School took a journey to Bethlehem in the village of Chilton Trinity. The children arrived at the village hall where they were greeted by a head shepherd and then took part in a census. Next, they went on a journey to find the star and the new King. On route they met and had to pay a tax collector. They met a grumpy innkeeper and various other people who are part of the Christmas story. Eventually they discovered the baby in a stable at Chilton Trinity farm. It was a wonderful experience for the children, enjoyed by everyone that took part.
Also this week at St Andrew’s Church School in Bath, pupils participated in a Times Table Challenge. They took part in lots of different activities aimed at making learning tables fun, interesting and effective. For example: flash cards, snap, card games, art, online games, singing, pattern-spotting and more. This happened all over the school before finishing with an assembly to launch the new challenge. Miss Butter and Miss Johnston even had a go at the challenge in assembly!
The way leaders, teachers and staff are embracing Christmas celebrations alongside promoting the highest quality teaching and learning is inspiring.
Thank you all for continuing to be the guardians of pupils’ learning and for enabling schools and communities across our Trust to share in the joy and sense of togetherness Christmas brings.