Development Plan

Please read our development plan, including an accessibility plan for the next three years is available here http://tcst.org.uk/development-planning/.

This plan is reviewed termly and a report produced which is available on the web site.

Please read the development plan and feel free to comment in writing or attending parent meetings. This is a document that changes frequently during the year within the context of our overall development aims.

Pumpkin Carving

20141017_111912In an assembly earlier this month I spoke about why we did not celebrate Halloween at the school as some amongst us found it a contradiction to their faith. It was an opportunity to highlight the differences there are and how we can respect each other’s traditions and understandings but still have fun. God’s not grumpy.

At the time I had been impressed by the attitude of World Vision who have seen the tradition of pumpkin carving as an opportunity to highlight the plight of children in Syria where real fear punctuates their day.

 

And then today this happened…

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We are very fortunate to have Jenny an Early Years’ teacher brought up in Pennsylvania. This is what she told me.

When I was a child growing up in Pennsylvania, USA, harvest time was eagerly anticipated for the celebration of festivals. Part of the excitement was the annual pumpkin carving. We loved to scoop out the slimy insides and cut faces or stars into them, inserting a candle stub inside and setting them to glow on our table.We would sit around the the pumpkin singing harvest and thanksgiving songs as it smiled happily at us.

I never associated the carved pumpkins with Halloween or with anything scary or sinister but have such happy memoires of their happy grinning faces and the competition to carve the best one.

I think now of the pumpkin as a little beacon of light- it’s a natural lantern fashioned by our Creator to provide us with food… or a fun project to celebrate harvest time with our children. It’s good if we can redeem the pumpkin and its happy face and win it back and associate it with good things.

Take a look at World Vision’s way of redeeming the pumpkin…

Vacancies at TCST

Applications are invited for the following post:

Music teacher across KS2 and KS3 to include GCSE teaching.

On our envisioning day I reported:

Vision for the curriculum

I believe that we need to develop a cutting edge small school model for the teaching of children throughout the school. I believe that we should communicate this to be the case in such a way as to make it a school pupils come to because it is good not because they have problems. I believe that the social and emotional needs we are able to meet in the school are a significant part of what we offer our locality but we should not be known and sought out only for this.

I feel we need to continue with the family focus of the school so that the curriculum and co-curriculum emphasise the all-age character of the school. I think the fact that all-ages are represented in the school and mix is a strength that should be emphasised and we should not be defensive about the mixing of age groups in our teaching. This is especially the case where we can offer an individual focus in our teaching and group by ability across age ranges.

I think we need to develop our curriculum around what we already offer.

I think that a strength of the threshold and lower primary should be that it educates through play; social interaction and cooperation, and individual attention to what makes a good learner, at a pace which suits the individual.

I think the upper primary group should be receiving teaching that meets each of their individual needs and the Year 6 group should be exploiting the natural creativity of this group to capitalise on the individual attention they have been receiving. I think having the year six as a transition group enables focused attention to preparation for the next stage of their education. It also allows for thorough assessment of each child’s needs.

The lower seniors should be characterised by an increasing independence and thoughtfulness in their studies with a developed sense of what is possible. The year9 group should be a group where pupils mature rapidly to understand their potential in the world and be equipped to succeed.

The upper seniors should be a group that capitalises on all the good work that has happened and be prepared to succeed in their external assessments. They should be directed in their choices so they are able to aspire to do well and pursue their hopes in life.

If you are interested please contact me at head@tcst.org.uk before the end of October.

M Emlyn Humphries

Head Teacher

June 2014

Candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and values of the school and subscribe to its curriculum foundations: principles, purposes and standards.

The Christian School (Takeley) is an equal opportunities employer committed to the Safeguarding of children.