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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 30/11/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

Our Poppies and Peace exhibition was so popular and so impressive, that FOCS members and parents have very kindly moved it to the URC. I would like to thank all the children and their families for making such fabulous work, the teachers for taking the time and effort to display it so impressively and of course all those who are continuing to ensure it is displayed in the village. Thanks also to the URC for the use of the space. Well done to Dartmouth for a successful cake sale last week. It was lovely to see so many of you supporting. As you are aware, clubs have now stopped until the Spring Term. Can I remind everyone the importance of teaching the children about commitment. If your child/children sign up to a club, it is important they commit to it. Teachers give up their time to ensure the pupils access these extracurricular activities and it’s only worth doing if they have a sufficient number of children attend. Can you also please inform the teachers if your child is unable to attend a session for any reason, otherwise we have to chase to ensure they are home safe and sound. This week, the Ethos and Welfare Committee met at school to discuss the outcomes for pupils and to review the effectiveness and impact of various aspects of school life. We aim to meet three times each academic year (termly). It would be super to have more members on the panel. It is our school and your input is vital and valued. Please contact the office if you are interested in joining the team! On the final page of the newsletter, you’ll find a summary of your responses to the parent survey. It’s pleasing to see you all recognise Castle School continues to grow and improve. Finally, our attendance is also improving and I’m thrilled to say it is currently 96.3%.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 16/11/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back. I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable half term break. Last Tuesday, the majority of children from Castle Primary School went to visit Bovington Tank Museum and it was a hugely successful trip. A big thank you to Mrs Downes for organising and to all staff for their assistance with the trip (especially those who attended voluntarily). The ‘education lead’ at the museum said the children were wonderful and we’re welcome back anytime! Well done children - I expected nothing less. It was a timely trip. Class Drogo had a quiet, peaceful and productive day at the school! On Friday, we gathered in the school hall to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. The children have created some marvellous artwork based on Armistice and it served as an ideal center piece to our mini-service in school. I’d like to thank all those who attended the Remembrance Service at Ham Hill on Sunday. A special thank you to Lola, John, Amiyah and Zac for laying our wreath on behalf of Castle. It was lovely to see so many of you there. This week, most classes have visited the exhibition in the village and we’re proud that some photographs of the homework created by the children is on display. I was thrilled to see so many of you at you parents evening this week, these sessions are crucial to inform you about your child’s progress in school and how hard they are working. Thank you to all of you for your feedback via our survey. The parent feedback shows the school has made improvements in all areas and we’re endeavouring to further improve reporting on your child’s progress and ensuring consistency of homework. Finally, well done for everyone’s kind donations towards Children in Need.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 12/10/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

As ever, a lot has happened since our last newsletter! We have had a languages afternoon, during which the children moved to different classes and learnt either German, Spanish, Italian or French. The children then presented what they’d learnt in assembly at the end of the day. It’s amazing how quickly they pick up new words and phrases! Thank you to all the teachers and staff for assisting with this lovely opportunity for the children. Reverend Peter Thomas came into school this week and gave an assembly about the Lord’s Prayer. Thank you on behalf of Castle School. He is one of several visitors to the school over the past two weeks and I am constantly delighted to hear visitors making such lovely remarks about our school and your children. Words such as ‘calm, focused, polite, well-mannered and resilient’ children seem to be common place here at Castle. We also welcomed the team for Open the Book assembly this week - thanks to you all for your time. Finally, we had a fireman come to the school and gave a safety talk to the children in Year 2 and Year 5. Well done to our Cross Country runners on Wednesday. I hear you represented our school wonderfully. Unfortunately, we only had 4 children take part so not enough for a ‘team’ and therefore we won’t score on the leaderboards. Let’s aim for at least 15 children at the next event. Most of you will have noticed that Mrs Szarmach has been selling pumpkins and vegetable packs at the end of the day. Thank you Mrs Szarmach and the children for your efforts in growing and selling these items. Our winning class this week for attendance is Totnes. They received an extra playtime today. The class with the highest attendance for this half term will be able to wear non school uniform for a day. You will be notified who the winning class is soon.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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