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A Message from Jeremy Handscomb: Posted on: 31/03/2017

A Message from Jeremy Handscomb:

Another busy term comes to an end! From space to the sea, the children have had lots of interesting topics to get their teeth into. One of my annual highlights is our Easter Bonnet Parade. It was fantastic to see so many amazing entries being paraded around the village and to see so many well-wishers lining the streets. One lady stopped me to say that seeing the children’s models had ‘made her day!’ Thank you for your support and thank you to our FoCS team for the delicious creme eggs (and the great Bingo evening they put on last week too, which was very well supported indeed!) This week, we hosted a visit from Mr David Edwards, our safeguarding governor and also Mr Simon Kingwell, one of the county’s Local Leaders of Education. They were both very impressed with the children’s focus and behaviour in their lessons and even went as far as to say that they’d visited many schools and it was quite exceptional to see every child in every lesson on task and concentrating as hard as our children were - well done, Castle! Finally, an apology from me to Corfe class, whose assembly I missed again this term! I always try my hardest not to miss these assemblies, but very occasionally it’s out of my hands. It is incredibly bad luck that I’ve managed to miss both of their assemblies this year! I hear it was fantastic though and I know how hard they’ve been working across all their subjects - well done, Year 4!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Jeremy Handscomb Posted on: 20/03/2017

A message from Jeremy Handscomb

Thank you to all the parents who attended our informal parents’ evening this week. It was great to be able to share the children’s fantastic work with you and we hope you feel more informed as to how you can best support their learning at home. If you weren’t able to get in, then please arrange a time to see your child’s teacher with them. Dartmouth’s parents’ evening will be next Wednesday 22nd March between 3.15 and 6.00pm. Please also take time to fill in the OFSTED Parentview questionnaire. There are 10 simple questions and it helps us to know how you feel about the school.  We still have a vacancy on the Local Advisory Board for a parent governor - if you are interested then please get in touch with the school office or Ben Huard, Chair of the LAB.  On Tuesday 28th March at 11am we will be donning our Easter bonnets. If you would like to take part, then please get crafty and help your children make either an Easter bonnet, or an Easter themed model. There are delicious prizes for the winners! Thank you to all the parents who have been helping set up and support the Book Fair this week. Remember that every book you buy helps us to raise more money for the school! A note to parents who pick their children up from Camelot Club between 5pm and 5.30pm: please would you be kind enough to park in the staff car park, to enable local residents to park their cars outside their homes. Many thanks!  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Jeremy Handscomb Posted on: 3/03/2017

A Message from Jeremy Handscomb

Everyone looked so fantastic dressed up as their favourite book characters today! It’s been wonderful to see the elaborate costumes and to try to guess who everyone is - thank you for all the effort you’ve put into your costumes. Sitting in a budget meeting dressed as a pirate is also a new one for me! Two of our Local Advisory Board governors, Rev. Peter Thomas and Mrs Pat Middleton, accompanied me on a learning walk through the children's mathematics lessons from Year R to Year 6 on Thursday and we were all delighted by the enthusiasm for learning, and the engagement and focus that all of our children showed during their lessons. Children working independently knew exactly what they were doing and were striving hard to do their very best - we were all very proud - well done, Castle! I have been astounded by the project homework that has been arriving at school recently, including some very intricately constructed model solar systems! They look amazing on display in classrooms around the school and they are a real testament to your enthusiasm as parents! We will be keeping a few examples in school to show off how wonderful you are - thank you for creating these masterpieces with your children. Wow! Don’t forget our drop-in parents’ evening on Wednesday 15th March from after school until 6.00pm. Please take an opportunity to explore all the classrooms and communal areas to see the fantastic displays showing what the children have been up to.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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