At our Governing Board meeting on 23 March, held via Zoom, we discussed the current school value of forgiveness and how this has been celebrated in school as children have returned to their classrooms. We noted that St Francis has recently been recognised for its work with young carers and for its PE activities during lockdown and thanked the staff who have worked hard in these areas. We discussed how children have adapted to being back in school and the provisions in place to support wellbeing and ensure children can learn effectively. We also considered staff wellbeing and approved the term dates for 2021/22.

Staff and Governors who had attended the recent (remote) Diocese of Bristol Education Conference summarised the topics discussed at this conference, which focused on hope and consideration of renewal not restoration. Within St Francis, we discussed the work that has recently been undertaken on the biblical context of the school’s mission statement and objectives. Finally, we also discussed the future training programme for Governors, to ensure we are well-informed and can fulfil our roles effectively and, as usual, we had a number of policies to discuss and ratify.

If you would like to speak to a Governor at any time, our names are listed on the Governors’ page on the school website and we would be happy to speak to you – many of us are also parents, so you can often catch us before or after school. Alternatively, our Clerk, Heather Large, can be contacted at hlarge@stfrancis.swindon.sch.uk  and can arrange for one of us to contact you.

 

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