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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 29/09/2017

A message from Gareth Nation

What a fantastic two weeks. Castle School has hosted visits for staff from surrounding schools to come and see the teachers and children hard at work during their maths lessons. In addition, one of our governors has toured the school with me. Forest School has been to visit the Ham Hill Rangers; assisting them with planting seeds surrounding an archaeological dig. Corfe Class have been busy making Iron Age Bannocks and the whole School have started learning their songs ready for the Harvest Festival. Feedback from all who have visited over the past couple of weeks has been very positive. It has been a pleasure to see the children so engaged in their lessons, the teachers ensuring that the children are supported and challenged in their learning as well as our teaching assistants working so effectively in class. Thank you to all the staff for making our school a welcoming and friendly place to learn. In assemblies, we have been learning about ‘respect’. Every Monday, we explore the different meanings of respect and its importance. Please discuss this with your child/children at home and see if they can tell you all about ‘respect’. Communication between home and school is vital and we are keen to share the children’s wonderful work on a more regular basis. Mr Penn has been working hard to set up Seesaw for children in Years 1 -6. It’s great to see this in use already. If you’re not yet familiar with Seesaw don't worry - parent invitations will be coming home soon. Mrs Knobbs will be emailing pictures of the children at the end of the half term as well. Gareth Nation, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Message from our local Brownies and Guides Posted on: 20/09/2017

Message from our local Brownies and Guides

As your local Brownie and Guide units, we wanted to do something for our community and tie it into Remembrance day.   We have therefore invited locally based Petty Officer Sean Gaffney to come to one of our meetings on Tuesday 7th November at the Memorial Hall, Stoke sub Hamdon. 6.30 - 7.30pm. The talk will be gauged appropriate for the girls ages of between 7 & 14 years old and Sean will talk of his in service amputation injury, and his return to fitness where he has returned to the Navy, and even back to Afghanistan.  He has competed in lots of sporting events such as the Invictus Games and has won many medals. His talk is titled "OVERCOMING ADVERSITY" and should be pretty inspiring!  Sean has said that we can raise money for any charity, but we have decided we would like it to go for the charity "HELP FOR HEROES" . We would like to extend the invitation to everyone in our community to come along, of whatever age and have refreshments that the girls will provide and ask for donations to the H4H wristbands and pins to be on offer and listen to this awesome gent!   http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/see-the-difference/stories/si-tempy/ This is a video to realise how little things can make a difference!   Look forward to seeing a few of you and your families there.     If you have any opportunities to put this into a newsletter or your website for the parents information we would be very grateful.   Any questions to contact myself - Brown Owl! - Jackie Poole 01935 823606 Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 15/09/2017

A message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful summer with friends and family. It’s been lovely to see the children returning to school looking refreshed, smart and ready to learn. What an exciting year we have ahead of us. The staff have been busy planning some super  topics and as always, we have a host of events taking place throughout the year. So far, I have managed to teach Drogo Class, Tintagel South and on Monday, I took part in Forest School with Tintagel North. It has been a real delight to work with your wonderful children and I’m looking forward to teaching Dartmouth and Corfe in the near future. Please continue to ensure your child/children have all the necessary clothing suitable for Forest School. Mrs Szarmach takes great care when planning and resourcing these important sessions and the children's safety and wellbeing is our primary concern. We aim to be outside ‘come rain come shine’. However, if the weather is too cold, wet or windy, Forest School will take place inside.    Mrs Knobbs will be hosting a phonics session for parents/carers on Monday 18th September at 12:30 in Drogo Class so you can come to school and learn how your child/children are taught to read. Also on this day, at 9:10am - 9:30am in Corfe Class, Mrs Downes will be leading a Bug Club workshop for you to come and learn how to access the children’s account and use it to support reading at home. It will then be launched to the children the following week. Thank you to those of you who’ve returned the Parent/Carer surveys, if you haven’t yet returned yours, please hand it into the office at the earliest convenience. I will continue to be present at the start and end of each day whenever possible; for those parents/carers who I haven’t yet met, I will be available in the school hall on Friday 22nd September 9am to 9:30 am.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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