Our schools will close at the end of this month for the summer holidays. Bampton Church of England Primary School has been busy and I am pleased to say that our transition from being a Federation School to a MAT – multi academy trust, has been quite smooth. The Alumnis Trust includes the two other schools from the federation, Woolacombe and Combe Martin, plus three others, St. Helen’s, Dolton and Clinton Schools in north Devon.
A quick look at our webpage shows the children involved in sports, trips and music events. There are links to activities in church and community and lists of news and comments from staff, children and parents.
Also on the front page is the ethos vision: Believe, Belong, Become and the values: Respect, Aiming High, Kindness, Friendship, Forgiveness and Compassion, Trust and Honesty, Joy. Alongside a great education, the young students are being taught how to conduct themselves, how to treat other people and how they relate to the community, to other people and to the environment.
Of course the strongest influence on young people is our example to them. If we want them to listen to us, then we should be people who listen well. If we want people to respect us then we must treat them and others with respect. If we hope that they will take responsibility for things in life, then we must show them how we take our responsibilities seriously.
It is not easy to model a perfect life but then we all make mistakes and even here there are lessons to be learnt. We should be ready to say sorry and ready to forgive – good Christian principles of course. We should be patient, even when others are being impatient, just like a heavenly Father perhaps.
As we bring the school year to a close, it does not mean that children will stop learning. How we treat them over the summer, how we behave in the holidays will also learning experiences!
Have a good holiday, Revd Kevin Chandra