At St Bartholomew’s C of E First School, we are committed to living out our Christian vision, ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’. Our vison and values are central to our school life and are embedded in all that we do. Curriculum and character development go hand in hand to help children ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). This page shares some examples.

As a school, we believe that charity and partnership is an active way our children can really participate and understand being in service to others whilst developing our values of HOPE, ASPIRATION TRUST, RESPECT, COMPASSION, COURAGE and FORGIVENESS. Each year, our children and staff work together to choose to support charities that are meaningful to our school’s vision. We are extremely proud of our children’s courageous advocacy.

In November 2019, we were deeply honoured to formally affiliate with the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion. This cemented a long, strong partnership of mutual support for one another’s organisations and working together to help the vulnerable in the community we both serve. Our children worked together with artist, Darrell Wakelam, to all contribute to a 3d piece of art to celebrate this important occasion.

Our most recent work has raised money for:

  • School in a Bag – linked to our SDP focus on global diversity
  • The Poppy Appeal – we are proudly affiliated with The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion and fundraise for them every year.
  • We also work with their Admiral Nurses who provide training for our Forget-Me-Not council to work with those with dementia in the community.
  • Toilet Twinning – linked to global diversity
  • Wayford Deer Park – Eco Council
  • Children in Need – yearly developing the value of compassion. This year, the children ‘Acted their Age’ to raise money and held an out of uniform day.
  • Sport Relief UNICEF Shoe Share Appeal
  • This year, we are proud to be working with Compassion UK. Our EYFS children recorded their nativity at Christmas and sold DVDs of their performance to raise money for us to sponsor the newest member of our St Bart’s family, four year old Digong who lives in Bunawan in the Philippines. Our children have just been introduced to Digong through a day’s family learning during lockdown. They have learnt all about Digong’s life, family and country and told him all about theirs by writing him letters.
  • Admiral Nurses – Admiral Nurse, Kate Ronaldson, came in to school to meet the Forget-Me Knots. She talked to them about her role as an Admiral Nurse and how she supports carers of people with dementia. She also listened to how the Forget-Me-Knots are working with Sandie & Sarah from the Crewkerne branch of The Royal British Legion, currently making sensory cushions for when they go to visit members of the Memory Group – the cushions will be a comfort to them. We are very grateful to them both for coming in to school to make these items during lunchtime sessions. We are incredibly proud of the Forget-Me-Not council who have raised over £100 via the cake sales after school. This money was donated to the Admiral Nurses who the Forget-Me-Nots chose to support in 2019-20.
Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance was slightly different this year due to the pandemic and we were unable to have our friends from the Royal British Legion in school with us. However, we are grateful that they enabled Mrs Coward to go to Severalls Memorial to lay a wreath on behalf of St Bartholomew’s C of E First School.

Our wonderful school came together in deep respect for our Remembrance Service yesterday. Mrs Coward shared the life and service of WWI soldier, William Coltman, a Christian who was awarded, amongst other medals, The Victoria Cross, for his actions on the 3rd and 4th October, 1918. William didn’t fire a single bullet in the war but acted as a stretcher bearer and was well-known for carrying wounded off the battle field on his back. Most nights he ventured behind enemy lines to see if any of his regiment were left behind. We reflected on what we can learn from William’s life and be grateful for.

Time was spent discussing Jesus ‘the peacemaker’ and thinking about how our world needs people who are prepared to act in ways to bring peace.

All our children took part in a whole 2 minutes silence and listened to The Last Post.

Thank you to Reuben and Martha for sharing prayers so beautifully.

Thank you to all our wonderful school for such a moving, respectful service.

Eco-Council

This year’s Eco-Council fundraising, chosen by our children, will be ‘Severalls War Memorial Gardens’, which is a committee of volunteers run by Chairman, John Davies (centre).

The gardens have been cared for by the volunteers and been sponsored by various

local businesses to buy plants etc.

There were some logs left over from last year that needed sawing and splitting and it’s thanks to John, Tony Samuel and Nigel Blunn, who gave up their time to do this job and get some logs bagged up ready to sell. The bags of logs are well seasoned and cost just £4 (£1 less than last year and cheaper than other places locally).

Please help us to raise for the gardens, as they are part of Crewkerne’s heritage from the WW1 and this summer, many people have sat there, enjoying the flowers and tranquility.  It’s definitely good for the natural environment, but also a place to be able to walk through safely during these pandemic times.

If you would like to buy a bag, please contact the school office and it can be arranged to be delivered to your door.  Payment please in an envelope and if you pay by cheque make it payable to Somerset County Council.