Each term, the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Mrs Baker, sets out a challenge for all schools to take part in. Previous challenges have included enterprise and learning challenges.
In Roman times, on the first day of May, it was considered to be the sacred day of the goddess Flora (who was responsible for the flowers). Romans would march in flower parades and celebrate the flowers and new life to come.
In days gone by, our forebears would erect maypoles on the village green, children would go to the woods to gather mayflowers (hawthorn blossom) and decorate the maypole. Girls would wear their prettiest dresses because they wanted to be the May Queen. The victorious Queen would then be paraded through the village and lead the dancing and riotous fun.
What were you doing on the first of May last year? We guess it might have been like most other days - busy and nothing special. This global pandemic has reshaped our lives and, for now, we have time to think and be mindful.
This month's TEAM Education Trust CEO Challenge is called 'May Mindfulness'. We have developed a series of activities to 'work through' the month of May - these are designed to help our school community (that's all of us, our children and their families, our governors and their families) the opportunity to take a moment to do something different and to reflect.
The Challenge also chimes closely with the values of the TEAM Education Trust around trying new things, mindfulness, being conscious of the people around us (to name a few).
We really look forward to seeing what everyone does to take part!
We are asking that as many of our pupils and their families, staff and governors read as many books as they can.
The books can be in whatever individual format they can access stories and books; this might be reading a book, listening to a story or songbook, a sensory or tactile story, braille, text in symbols or audiobook.
Once complete, readers are asked to write a short review of up to 280 characters, or again, produce a review in an accessible format, such as writing in symbols, photos, voice dictation, or written on behalf of an individual.
Once completed, these reviews can be sent to Miss Ludlam, our Collaboration Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org who will monitor the uptake of the challenge and tweet these reviews on the TEAM Education Trust Twitter account @TEAMtogether.
The pictures below show some of our staff enjoying reading in a little quiet time for themselves.