IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

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.

ABC

  • 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

Juniors

  • 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

Seniors

  • 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

Two Former Students Qualify For World Irish Dancing Championships 2018

Two of our former students competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships 2017, and have qualified to  compete in the same championships next year, 2018, in the Netherlands.

Senior Sudents Attended a Leadership Seminar

Seneior students attended a well organised leadership camp in Swindon.

The agenda includes:

Pricipals of leadership

World Views

Buidling blocks to be successful

Self Image – You are not a failure

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

Students visiting Alton Towers and enjoying their Science and Baking Lessons

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 aceministries.com, ‘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 education.gov.uk, ‘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 childtrends.org, ‘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.

Equipping students with a global awareness

Equipping students with a global awarenessEducating our students about global issues and teaching them to see the larger world through different eyes is significantly important to a child’s development as a well rounded individual. At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we seek to encourage our students to discover more about the world around them and to understand various cultures and traditions.

In our ABC class, we integrate social studies into the curriculum as part of instructing our students about the wider world in which they live in, and we get the children involved in humanities projects as well to strengthen their knowledge of culture. As well as teaching our Juniors and Seniors Social Studies, Seniors will also take citizenship. This encourages them to become thoughtful and active citizens who are keen to engage and get involved in public life, learning about topical issues politically, culturally and socially, and taking part in community-based events. Recently, our Senior students participated in a practical lesson on the Hanukkah feast, gaining an insight into a different culture and tradition.

Developing a global awareness is also important to life beyond school where students will be looking for employment. According to The Guardian, ‘twice as many business leaders rate knowledge and awareness of the wider world as an important skill as ability to speak a foreign language. While they still regard language skills as important it is the ‘soft’ skills of cultural awareness and understanding global issues that are particularly valued.’ Tom Franklin, Think Global chief executive added, ‘Because we live in such a globalised world today our mission should be to ensure every young person in school feels more confident and able to live in that world’.

Our recent Ofsted report mentioned, ‘Older pupils study global issues and learn of the cultural differences in the world. This promotes their understanding of and respect for people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.’ We love, accommodate, embrace and encourage children from all nationalities and communities. See what Christian education has to offer for your child, and speak to us today.

Recognise student achievement with an effective reward system

Recognise student achievementAt Carmel Christian School Bristol, we strive to cultivate children success, and one of the ways in which we achieve this is through our effective reward system. Our recent Ofsted report stated that ‘pupils’ behaviour is outstanding’, and we aim to recognise this to inspire our students to continue their good work.

Often, schools will place emphasis on reacting to the bad behaviour from students, and showing no sign of recognition toward their good behaviour. At Carmel Christian School, we place a high emphasis on celebrating our student’s achievements and recognising their effort as well as disciplining them for poor behaviour. The Guardian argues, ‘The key to transformational change in schools starts not by attempting to squash the behaviour of the few, but by celebrating the excellent conduct of the many. Those children who do the right thing deserve your first attention and recognition every time.’ In order to acknowledge the good behaviour and excellent effort of our students, we have an extensive reward system, including verbal and written praise, merits and merit shop, privileges, honour roll, certificates, presentations, and our End of year Awards Ceremony.

A reward system will also motivate students. When goals are completed in the individualised learning programme, merits are awarded. These merits are saved for the termly merit shop where they can be used as currency to buy games, toys and books, all of which are educationally beneficial. This not only recognises their achievement and success, but inspires them to work harder.

Teachingmattersamy.weebly.com highlights, ‘Rewards systems are an effective way in which you can celebrate student achievement and positive student behaviour. The use of rewards within the classroom is a form of extrinsic motivation for students, encouraging them to participate cooperatively in academic and social learning experiences’ (Hoffman, Huff, Patterson & Nietfield, 2009).

At Carmel Christian School Bristol, we believe in preparing our students for successful living, and choose to celebrate their success on their educational journey. To find out more about our reward system, give us a call today.