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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 30/06/2017

A Message from Gareth Nation

A message from Gareth Nation I am delighted to be appointed head of Castle Primary School and look forward to getting to know you, the parents/carers, as well as pupils and staff in the near future. It was lovely to meet parents of the new reception children last week and have the opportunity to introduce myself; I look forward to further visits to the school over the forthcoming weeks and meeting more of you. Having visited Castle School a few times already, I’m aware of its strengths and am keen to work collaboratively with parents in the new academic year. My observations of the children so far are that they are courteous, polite and well behaved – a credit to the school and you as parents/carers. Through the leadership of Mr Handscomb, the school has a strong staff team, local advisory board, PTA as well as being part of Redstart Learning Partnership, who are dedicated to ensuring the children of Castle School receive a high standard of education. It is a privilege to join the team. The education of children is a passion that I have had for years. I began my teaching career at a school in Yeovil and soon became interested in the strategic leadership and governance of schools. I completed my Master’s Degree at an early stage of my career and focused on human behaviour – an area of great interest to me. I then became Deputy Head teacher of Ilchester Community Primary School where I lead and manage 5 classes on daily basis as well as teach. Over the years, I have taught a range of year groups, been part of various governing bodies and been a key member of the senior leadership team. My determinations to ensure schools are innovative, inspirational and irresistible places to learn has taken me to schools in London as well as working alongside other local schools and schools in North Somerset. Primary Schools must immerse children in an environment where they can develop a growth mind-set and become determined, independent, resilient and confident learners. They must recognise that we are all individuals and each have unique talents, traits and personalities that should be loved, nurtured and supported to develop and grow. Having been born in Yeovil and living locally for the majority of my life, I know and love the local communities and beautiful countryside in which we live. As a father of two, I know the importance of education as a parent and as a professional. I look forward to meeting you all soon and working collaboratively with you to lead Castle School into the next exciting phase of its development.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Jeremy Handscomb Posted on: 16/06/2017

A Message from Jeremy Handscomb

Welcome back after half-term. We’ve certainly had a full couple of weeks so far. It was wonderful to be able to welcome Mrs Val Stones back to school for an assembly last week. She told us all about her time on The Great British Bake Off and inspired the children to aim for great things, even if they find some things tough at the moment - what a fantastic message. I look forward to seeing all the baked goods coming in for our competition which Mrs Stones will be judging at the Summer Fayre. Lots of our children were commended for their fantastic story writing at the Montacute Carnival Writing Prize competition this week. Although there were no placed prizes for our children this year, we are so proud of all their achievements and a big well done to everyone who received their special mention. Now the weather is (finally) warmer and brighter, it is a delight to be able to open the pool for swimming again. Please see the separate letter about family swimming coming home early next week. Can I also remind parents that we don’t apply suncream to the children so if the children are old enough, they may bring in named suncream and apply it themselves, but an easier solution is to apply ‘once per day’ suncream which can be bought from the chemist. We are just in the process of finalising classes for next September. Class swap day for the children is Wednesday 5th July, when they will spend the morning in their new classes. Letters will be coming home in the next couple of weeks to explain which class your child will be in and who their teacher will be. Don’t forget that you are all invited to meet Mr Nation in the school hall at 2.30pm on Friday 30th June.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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