At St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary 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.

On Friday 10th November we held our Remembrance Service and was joined by member of the Royal British Legion. 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 all our wonderful school for such a moving, respectful service.

Mrs Samuel and Mrs Coram then took the Poppy Mascots and the Little Troopers to the Severalls War Memorial  to lay the school Wreath. The children were so appreciative of the extra efforts that the RBL had gone to to set the scene for our Remembrance Service. The little crochet poppies that had been planted looked beautiful in the autumn sunshine and the cascade of poppies on the memorial itself were met with sparkling eyes and lots of “WOW’s”. We are so lucky to be affiliated with the RBL and so proud of our children and the way they paid their respects.