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A message from Mr Nation Posted on: 20/11/2020

A message from Mr Nation

What a busy week! My thanks to those of you who joined the teachers for parents evening. I appreciate these were a little different to normal but no doubt you managed to gain a good insight into your child’s education and how you can support at home. I've already received some positive comments which is lovely to hear. As you know, we had to close the Drogo / Corfe ‘bubble’ earlier this week. The admin team were fantastic and communicated quickly and effectively, the teachers ensured that they followed the Home Learning Agreement immediately and Mrs Liddell worked relentlessly to assist with the closure of the ‘bubble’’. My thanks also to those who remained 'on the ground' and supported accordingly. Fortunately, all is well and we were able to safely reopen the 'bubble' on Wednesday 18th November. Since our last newsletter, the children have been working on their new Discovery project which focuses on 'Design and Technology’ through the gateway of Performance. From woodwork theatres in Key Stage 1 with stage lighting provided by Year 6, nutritional Great Bread Bake offs in Totnes, musical instruments in Dunster, and electronic moving Christmas decorations in Tintagel. Based on the successes and impressive outcomes from last term's Discovery project in Art, I’m sure the standard of work will be just as strong if not better. You will see from the picture at the top of this newsletter that we are celebrating the childrens’ work by displaying it as a large installation in the school hall. Thanks to Mrs Staniland and Mrs Morris for ensuring this was displayed so beautifully. Please take time to look at some of the latest developments on our website. Under the ‘About Us/Curriculum’ section, you will find our Curriculum Statement of Intent as well as further detail of how and what we are teaching at school. Some of these sections are still under development but please enjoy learning more about the work we are doing to enhance the full curriculum we offer the children. Finally, my thanks to those parents who've sent messages of support to me and the team. I cannot emphasise how hard every member of staff is working in these exceptionally challenging times. Despite the obviously difficult situation, your child's/children's safety, wellbeing and learning remains at the heart of everything we do. Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 23/10/2020

A Message from Mr Nation

I’d like to thank every member of staff at Castle Primary for their unwavering commitment to the children at our wonderful school. The children’s positive and encouraging start to 2020-2021 is down to the team’s determination to make the return to school a positive experience for each and every child.  Thanks to Mr Heath-Coleman (Estates and Contracts Manager), Castle had a new boiler, pipework and radiators installed throughout the school building during the summer holidays. Despite the expected disruption this caused, the class environments are looking wonderful. They’re clean, tidy and organised with lots of evidence of learning that is taking place across the curriculum. The teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly to ensure we hit the ground running in 2020 and we have certainly accomplished our goal!  Forest School is in full swing as is quality PE provision for all of our children at Castle Primary School. Life in bubbles is certainly different but it has not stopped the children and staff striving to achieve excellence in everything we do.  Our Discovery Project this term has been focusing on art and I have to say there is an impressive array of artwork across the school. Mrs Staniland is Art Lead across the Trust and she has ensured we have all the necessary materials to allow the children to develop their skills and expertise as ‘artists’. The children have once again excelled themselves.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Parents' Evening Information Posted on: 23/10/2020

Parents' Evening Information

Dear parents/carers,    Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we will hold the forthcoming Parents’ Evening via Zoom. We would like to encourage everyone to book an appointment with their child’s/children’s teacher so that we have a chance to discuss how your child is progressing in school and how we can work together to do the very best for them. If it is difficult for you to join via Zoom for any reason, contact the school office for the attention of your child’s class teacher.    These meetings are a vital part of your child’s education and contribute towards their happiness at school and their progress in education. If you would also like to speak with Mr Nation (Executive Head of School), Mrs Liddell (Assistant Head of School) and/or Mrs Sandiford (School SENDCo), please contact the school office.    In keeping with our Risk Assessments and Home School Agreement, all sessions will be recorded and we ask you to ensure that if you choose to have your camera on, that the environment is suitable and non-offensive.    Below is a link to a Google Form. Please follow the corresponding link for your child’s class and complete the form. You must enter your child’s full name and choose 3 preferred time slots. We will do our best to accommodate a time close to your selection. Please complete one form per child, even if your children are in the same class. All Google Forms must be completed by Monday 2nd November 0800. You will then receive a message with the link to the Zoom Meeting and your approximate meeting time by Friday 6th November. For those classes with more than 30 children who are fully subscribed, teachers will contact you to arrange a suitable time.    Parents of Nursery children will receive information about parents evenings after half term.    As always, should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office. (castle@redstartpartnership.co.uk / 01935 822342)    Drogo  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19Sh1lS-4FIYX7HXuZYXTIXhWmxIwqg112pf8M48H02k/edit   Corfe https://docs.google.com/forms/d/107cPeF9nnhbVxKD6HaIngERHXB7T-jI52Uqq1AhHrh8/edit   Totnes https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19zYn9fwuDvMMx7kZZ4z3HyzSnM9KT324Q_A5U5vbpww/edit   Dunster https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LyyR6AXXrA0nSRaBQrpc8uLCU7fWOG2gnpUU0Odmo-4/edit   Tintagel https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14s_-5gbEy_9ucmvR1B2dBk6Ux4u0FQ6hPGaxuZNECUk/edit  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Message From Mr Nation Posted on: 25/09/2020

Message From Mr Nation

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2020 - 2021. A warm welcome to everyone who has joined us this year and also to those familiar faces, families and friends.  I can’t emphasise enough how lovely it is to see the children return to school full of joy and positivity. We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year thanks to the efforts of the team at Castle Primary School and my thanks to you as parents/carers for your understanding with some of our new procedures - which are working fantastically.  As you are aware, Forest School is firmly in place and the children have had a super time working with the Ham Hill Rangers. They have taken part in walks through Jubilee Woods and were ‘nature hunters’ during their session. In addition, Premier Sports are providing quality PE sessions for the children as well as supporting groups at lunchtimes and throughout the school day. Classrooms have a real ‘buzz’ and are hives of activity. The range of tasks the children have taken part in has been fantastic and we’re underway with our Discovery work ‘How are we a Community?’ As a father of two, I fully appreciate the logistics of staggered drop off / collection times, the reduction of After School Clubs and the concerns regarding the current situation. I understand the importance of supporting the children to adapt to these new routines and help them to feel safe and secure when things around them are slightly different than before. As a school, we are here to support you and your family as best we can. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I’ve received some lovely positive comments from parents/carers about all we’re doing in school which has been wonderful to hear. ‘Team Castle’ have been invaluable in ensuring the start to 2020 - 2021 has been so successful.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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