Children Enjoying Their School


Exiting Lessons includes:

Gymnastics at Baskervilles Gymnastic Club in Bath

Pupped Show

Learning more about babies

Making furniture out of pallets

Study rocks

New Dance Classes

My name is Hannah Stretton and I am currently studying in the first year of Carmel Bible Institute. As a trained dancer in a variety of different genres I am excited to be able to offer your children the chance to join a dance class. The classes will cover the basics of ballet, where they can build strength, balance and flexibility alongside the opportunity to learn contemporary/modern and street dance techniques.

As a Christian dance group I aim to follow the Christian values, use Christian music and give the children an opportunity to use dance as a form of worship. These classes will also work towards various performances within Carmel Christian School and also the Christmas Production held by Carmel City Church. Dance is a great way to stay active as well as have fun and build confidence.

I will be holding the dance class at Carmel City Church in Hall B for ages 7-11. The session will run from 2.55pm until 3.40pm every Monday during term time only. There will be a small fee of £2.50 per session for each child. A reduced rate for siblings will be available at £2 each. Classes need to be pre-paid at the beginning of each term. Payment information and term dates can be found on the following page.

The first class will start on Monday 3th October 2016. First invoice will be given at this session to be paid the following week. Please return the reply slip to your child’s teacher by Friday 30th of September. Dance or sportswear is required, along with appropriate footwear either ballet/dance shoes or P.E plimsolls.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Hannah Stretton

Parents Meeting

Parent Meeting:

We will have a parent meeting on Tuesday 13th at 3:15pm in Hall B


  1. Parking & Collecting children
  2. Finances
  3. Dress Code
  4. Terms/school hours
  5. Sport/PE
  6. School Attendance
  7. Holiday absentees/Absent form
  8. Parent Orientation
  9. Communication methods
  10. Parent’s View Online
  11. Parent Handbook
  12. Safeguarding

For all suggestions or questions about the meeting, please email


Puppeteer will visit our school for show

Puppeteer Chris Brown will visit our school to do a puppet show and workshop.The workshop is just for the ABC’s class but the puppet show is open to everyone!

The show is a lot of fun, with lots of comedy and audience participation. It also gives insight into how the puppets are worked and moved with the scenery.

The show can reach a large audience, so you,your Early years or Junior child, a younger sibling and whoever you feel would benefit from such an art form are welcome to come and see the show!

Further details about the event can be found here or by talking to your teacher.

Students visiting Alton Towers and enjoying their Science and Baking Lessons


End of Year Term Dates

Please note that there has been a change of dates for the End of Year Award Ceremony. This will now be held on Tuesday 19th July in the evening.

The last day of school will now be Thursday 21st July which is now Sports Day and Friday 22nd July will be an INSET Day.

School Uniform

Can we remind all parents that for the End of Year Award Ceremony, the children must be wearing the correct school uniform and come neatly presented to receive their awards. It is a special time for the children in recognition of all their hard work throughout the year.


  • Grey trousers for boys, grey skirts for girls
  • Navy blue jumpers with logo on
  • White polo shirt
  • Black shoes
  • Black or grey socks for boys & white socks for girls


  • Grey trousers for boys, grey skirts for girls
  • Navy blue jumpers with logo on
  • White buttoned shirt with school tie
  • Black shoes
  • Black or grey socks for boys & white socks for girls


  • Black trousers for boys, black skirts for girls
  • Navy blue jumpers with logo on
  • White buttoned shirt with school tie
  • Blazer
  • Black shoes
  • Black or grey socks for boys & white socks or black tights for girls

Finally, we would like to say, that we pray you all have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing everyone in a week’s time for the final term of the year!

Yours sincerely

Mr Jaap van Wyk


PTA Update May 2016


Dear Parents,

Firstly, we’d like to thank all the parents who attended the meeting last week. It was the best attended yet!

Secondly, we apologise to those parents who did not receive a letter giving details of the meeting. We are looking at ways to improve our communication.

Dates for your diaries

Wednesday 1st June 10am – 4pm:               Early Years Clean Up

Sunday 17th July 12.30pm – 3pm:               Summer Fayre


Early Years Clean Up

We would like to take the day to thoroughly clean up the children’s play area. We will weed and spruce up the garden, including painting the woodwork and refreshing the floor games. One family has given us the use their jet wash to speed up the process.

A light lunch will be provided for volunteers and we encourage you to bring your children along. We have the jungle gym and play equipment to keep them happy and occupied or they are welcome to help clear up!!

If you have some exterior paint that we can use, please bring it in before the end of term.

You may not be able to come for the whole time, but please give your availability to your child’s teacher so that we know numbers for lunch.


Summer Fayre

As 2016 is the year of the Olympics, we have decided that this will be our theme for the summer fayre on Sunday 17th July. We would love to hold some competitive stalls and games, including a rowing challenge. With this in mind, if you have or know of someone who has a rowing machine that they would be willing to lend us for the day, please let either Mel Norfolk or Sue Burke know.

Other stalls include a toy stall and a clothes stall. We require donations of good quality toys and clothes. The clothes must be clean and ready to be sold. All donations should be brought in to school during the week commencing Monday 11th July.

As the weather is going to be wonderful, we would love to have an ice cream stall. To do this successfully, we need a small freezer. Please let us know if you can help.

We will need help with setting up the fayre, stall holders and clear up after. If you are able to help, please let us know.


Yours sincerely,

PTA Team

Carmel Christian School

Conquering core skills in the ABC years

Conquering core skills in the ABC yearsAs our students leave nursery and elevate to the next level, our ABC class is designed to further equip them with all the skills necessary to prepare them for the next step on their educational journey. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we believe in enriching every child with a positive learning experience and seek to encourage all students to develop their gifts and abilities.

Stepping into the ABC class, your child will be introduced to our effective individualised learning programme. As we are an independent school, we are pleased to be a subscriber to the International School of Tomorrow Learning Programme, a world leader in individualised learning, enabling children to study and learn at their own ability level and pace. Using PACE booklets to study each core subject, including Maths, English, Science, Social Studies, Word Building (Etymology), as well as the wider curriculum and character building activities, our students are given the opportunity to master each lesson before moving on as they work at their own pace and level. The students set their own goals, and their output is measured and rewarded.

Students work from their PACE booklets in individual booths, known as offices, in order to aid concentration and encourage independent learning, which is a vital skill for further education. As part of our programme, we also encourage all students to read independently so that their skills in fluency, comprehension and vocabulary are always improving. Academic standards are consistently high as the pass mark for each booklet is 80%. According to, ‘students using the A.C.E program go on to higher education and into ministry and professional pursuits with confidence and a superb educational background’.

We focus on developing other core skills, such as team work, creative-thinking, and problem-solving in the afternoons as our ABC class take part in humanities projects, science practicals, Creative Writing, Art, ICT, swimming, and many other activities.

Taking responsibility for your own learning is an effective skill that we believe all students should be equipped with. If you want to discover more about Christian education, get in touch with us today.

Student Convention 2016

This year some of our Senior students participated at the European Student Convention. They entered many events and brought back 25 medals in total.


Enhance grades with parental involvement

Family plays a Enhance grades with parental involvementvital role in the performance of children at school. Whether it’s playing a supportive role within the school or getting involved with your child’s study within the home, every act of participation has a significant impact on your child’s success. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we encourage parents to get behind their child’s learning so we can elevate each student to their fullest potential.

One of the most common ways that parents can get involved with their child’s education is through homework. Allowing your children to complete their homework on their own can be more productive than offering them a helping hand if they don’t require it. According to, ‘A study from the United States has explored the effects of different types of parental involvement in homework and found that different forms of support (e.g. support for children’s autonomy) are associated with higher test scores, whereas others (e.g. direct involvement) are associated with lower test scores.’ This doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Simply providing a quiet and comfortable learning environment for them within the home can greatly improve results. And having you nearby incase they do struggle can give your child peace of mind and it may spur them on to work harder to show you what they can accomplish on their own.

Getting involved in homework will show you what your child is learning, how well they’re doing, and what you might focus on with them more to increase their understanding. It also provides you with the opportunity to discuss what’s going on at school with your child, and to allow teachers to hear from you on how they’re progressing.

We also encourage parents to volunteer time within the school as classroom assistants, PTA members, or teachers of specialist subjects. According to, ‘Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance’.

At Carmel Christian School Bristol, it is our hope that all parents will contribute in some way to the activity of our school, so together we can help our students achieve excellent results. Come and visit us and see how effective parental involvement in Christian education is.