We welcome speakers into school to take assembly, usually on an area relating to our chosen theme for the term; recent visitors have included: speakers from the RNLI, the Royal Navy, the medical profession, the NSPCC, local churches, the Explorer Dome, the Life Education Bus, Bristol Old Vic and authors to help us celebrate World Book Day.
The children enjoy a wide range of trips and visits; whilst the younger children explore locally, our Year 5 and Year 6 children visit London each year, either for a tour of the Houses of Parliament or to go to the Imperial War Museum, the Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Junior Department arranges residential trips for each year group too.
Our school year includes assemblies or services to remember significant dates and days: Founders' Day (celebrated on the Friday closest to 25th September, which was the date in 1935 when the school opened), Harvest Service, Remembrance Day, St. Andrew's Day, Christingle, Christmas, St. David's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, St. George's Day, Prizegiving etc.
The children also enjoy organising fundraising events for local, national and global charities and take great pride in arranging the programme of activities for these days. Recent fundraising initiatives have included: Action Medical Research, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Sport Relief, Comic Relief, Cancer Research UK, Children's Hospice South West.
Sometimes individual children choose to raise funds for individual charities close to their hearts and our community supports them generously, recognising their effort, maturity and sense of purpose. Our children really do believe they can make a difference through their actions and we all enjoy supporting them.
Our choir and our handbells group have performed with other local choirs in fundraising events for Concern Universal and Penny Brohn Cancer Care and the handbells group plays each Christmas for the Children's Hospice South West and also in the local village for shoppers.
We have a very strong sense of community and enjoy working closely with our Parents' Association and all parents. We celebrated the journey of the Olympic Torch in 2012 when it passed along the A370 at the foot of Fairfield Way; parents and children turned out in force at 5.30am to watch the event and joined us for 'bacon butties' and a cup of tea or hot chocolate afterwards! Parents joined us for afternoon tea to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee too and are enthusiastic spectators at our sporting fixtures and celebratory events.
We hold a welcome event every term for parents: mulled wine and minced pies at the end of the autumn term, hot cross buns and tea at the end of the spring term and Pimms and strawberries in the summer term.
We are hosting a celebration Founders' Day Ball for our community, to celebrate the school's 80th anniversary on 26th September 2015; current and ex parents and alumni, staff (present and retired), governors, relatives and friends have all been invited to celebrate in style 80 years of outstanding education!