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It has been a great start to the new term. Lessons have been observed, books have been scrutinised and we are proud of the wonderful progress that the children are making. The children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS have been visited by the RNLI as part of their 'people who help us' topic. They received a talk from some very special visitors, learned how to rescue somebody and also got to dress up in lifeguard equipment!
Christmas at St. Barts has once again been celebrated in style! The children performed amazingly well at each of the 6 nativity performances. They also sang beautifully at the carol concert at St. Bartholomew's Church. On the last day of term, our amazing Friends of the School organised a wonderful party day. This year Father Christmas arrived in a helicopter and he made sure he visited each of the classes with his sack of presents. Nick Wadham from Bugfest was our special visitor and he brought a number of amazing creatures into the classrooms to be handled. Miss Ramwell really enjoyed holding 'Twighlight Sparkle' the tarantula! We finished off with Nick's awesome 'Wild and Deadly' show! Thank you FSA!
We have once again trained our responsible Year 4 pupils as playleaders. Local PE teacher Bob Brunt has spent a number of sessions with the playleaders on how to lead and organise a variety of playtime games. The scheme was relaunched during a collective worship where Bob presented the playleaders with their yellow hooded tops to make them easy to spot at playtimes. Our kind children dressed up for 'Children in Need' and brought in a donation for being out of uniform. In total we raised an amazing £168!!!!! Our school also supported the Royal British Legion this month by selling Poppy themed merchandise. The school council paid their respectto those fallen in the wars by laying a wreath in Falto those fallen in the wars by laying a wreath in Falkland Square on Remembrance Day.
Our brilliant FSA have continued to support the school more reading books in our library and also in our home reading boxes. We also have some new books in different languages! We have also sent two teams to represent our school at the Maiden Beech Football tournament. Both teams showed excellent teamwork and behaviour and managed to put some flowing football for the spectators - well done everybody!
The school has been really busy over the holidays! We have been lucky to have had our playground resurfaced and it looks fantastic! We have also purchased a sensory bus! The bus will give us an amazing additional learning space for nurture groups and therapy. We are also hoping to use the bus with the wider community.
It has been an action packed month!!! 2 of our pupils, Leo and Rosemary represented the school at a poetry recital as part of the Ilminster Literary Festival. Their performances were amazing and Rosemary even won third place in KS2! The whole school dressed up as royalty to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations . Each class held a special teddy bear cream tea and watched a live link to Buckingham Palace to commemorate the event. choir helped Crewkerne celebrate Somerset Day at the Town Hall. They were introduced to the town crier and then sang songs to the community. The month ended with our brilliant FSA summer fete which raised in the region of £2500 for the school!!! Our school also took part in the Crewkerne cricket festival. As well as St Bart's Year 3 team winning the tournament, Imogen and Owen won the accolades for best bowler and best batsman!
Our school choir helped Crewkerne celebrate Somerset Day at the Town Hall. They were introduced to the town crier and then sang songs to the community. It was lovely to see so many family members and friends of our school supporting the choir and even though it rained, the poor weather did not dampen the children's spirits. It even contributed to their rendition of 'Singing in the Rain'! The children lifted the mood with some songs about sunshine and summer and were then presented with a balloon by the town crier. It was another very memorable event!
The children in Year 4 have taken part in an adventurous residential trip to Kilve Court. They had a go at grass sledging, mountain biking, bushcraft, team building, wall climbing as well as manoevering around a low ropes course. They were joined by the year 4 children from Ashlands and Misterton Schools and it was great to see the children mixing well and making new friends. All of the children overcame challenges and their behaviour was superb - well done Year 4 we are proud of you!
Our wonderful FSA have provided each class with £200 as part of the project to improve reading resources in the school!
This £200 is being used creatively on World Book Day to revamp all of the reading areas in each class room. The children have been involved in the redesigning process and all of the areas are diverse, from Woodpecker Class's space theme to Owl Class' woodland theme (pictured right)!
The new year has started well and children have returned refreshed and have continued to give their all to their learning. The SLT have been very pleased with the quality of work found in the children's books. It was a wonderful and well deserved treat to have a visit from M and M Theatrical. They gave a wonderful performance of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', entertaining and 'wowing' the children with their energy and theatrical effects.
The children at St. Bart's have celebrated Christmas in style! After giving six amazing nativity performances the children were treated by the Friends of the School Association, who firstly subsidised a trip to watch Sleeping Beauty at the Octagon Theatre and then followed this up with an amazing Christmas party! Guest of honour was of course Father Christmas and he arrived in a bright red Ariel Atom sports car with his special elf helper, Mr. Carter! The children were given a present, a party lunch and were entertained by Mr. Woodley's magic tricks and by Alice from FizzPop Science!
On November 5th we received our SIAMS inspection. All church schools receive this every 3 to 5 years. Our previous inspection in October 2010 was 'good' overall but had several 'satisfactory' elements. I am delighted to announce that our latest report declares that we are 'good' in all areas as a church school. We are really proud of the improvements that have taken place over the last 5 years and all staff, governors, children, parents and friends who have been involved with the school during this time should be thanked and congratulated! The report is available to download and read on the Key Documents page or by clicking here!
October has started with a wonderful 'WOW' for our children in Years 1 and 2! Historian Toby Stok from Yeovil Library joined the children for a Victorian Day. Toby brought in a variety of victorian artefacts to look at - the children loved hearing about the Victorian tin bath! Children tried their learning in silent rows and started to stand up when grown ups entered the room. Their teachers were also unusually strict for the day! The day really ignited the children's learning and the children have been buzzing! Their costumes look absolutely wonderful too! The children in Reception are also going to have their own Victorian Day later in the week!
It has been a fantastic start to the new school year and children have settled into their new classes well. The school has used some of its Sports Premium Funding to improve playtimes. We have invited children in Year 4 to apply for the role of play leader and we have a team of 18 willing volunteers! They all received training from Bob Brunt, a local former sports co-ordinator and they are all skilled at running a variety of games and activities to make playtimes more enjoyable. We have started with clapping games! The play leaders are easy to spot as they all have their own special yellow play leader hooded tops!