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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 23/03/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

What a busy and exciting Spring Term. From Aspiration Day to World Book Day, an Egyptian exhibition to planting a hundred trees, an Easter bonnet parade to snow days, NSPCC Maths fundraising challenges to raising funds for a school in Nepal … the list goes on! Next term, we aim to have the swimming pool in use and further details will follow. I am currently seeking a better, long term option for the children to improve their water confidence and swimming abilities. As wonderful as our school pool is, it is obviously rather small and costly. I am fully aware that many of us use different forms of social media to communicate with friends and family. Unfortunately, I am also aware that some are using this in an inappropriate way. It has been brought to my attention that , in the past, people have written unsuitable messages about staff and children at Castle School. I have seen these messages and dealt with them on an individual basis. Please think before you post anything online and be prepared to discuss what you have written with anyone - everyone can see it! Please also ensure you are keeping your children safe when using different apps and when online. We have heard of a serious incident that occurred via Instagram and I urge you to check the age appropriateness of all apps before allowing your children to use them. We say a final goodbye to Anne Goad who has worked here at Castle for over 20 years— thank you Anne for all you have done. Hayley Robinson who has been with us since 2013, thank you Hayley for your efforts with the children at Castle. And finally, thank you Lesley Whitelock for your hard work at Castle since 2001. You’ll all be missed.  I would like to thank all of the staff for their continued hard work and effort to make Castle the lovely school it is. Thank you to FOCs for all of the wonderful events they have organised this term - what a team! A massive well done to the children for being such superb role models and hard working pupils. Wishing you all a wonderful Easter break with family and friends.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 9/03/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back after all that snow! Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding that various events had to be postponed due to extreme weather last week. As soon as I receive confirmation of a new date for the Cyclo Cross competition, I will let you know. Several parents have been waiting patiently for Yeovil Town Football Club to come to school and promote their football sessions; I’m pleased to say that this took place yesterday. In the past,  I have organised several football competitions and we’ve struggled to get a full team - please help us raise the profile of sport with your children so they can partake in these wonderful opportunities. I know Mrs Oliver would love to see more children wishing to take part in a netball club as well! Year 5 went to Stanchester yesterday and took part in Wow Day. They had a wonderful time and I’ve had some lovely comments about everyone who attended. Well done to Year 5 for representing our school so well. World Book Day was a huge success. The children (and staff) looked smashing in their fancy dress. Thank you parents for making the effort when putting the children’s costumes together! Well done to Mrs Downes for organising and resourcing the day. On another note... Mrs Whitelock, who has worked at Castle School for sometime now, will be retiring at the end of this term. We will be sorry to see her leave and we wish her all the best for the future. She will be missed by staff and children. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Whitelock for all she has done for the children of Castle Primary School. Mrs Goad and Mrs Robinson will also be leaving at the end of this term. Once again I would like to thank them for their time and effort with the children of Castle School. Gareth Nation, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 23/02/2018

A Message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back everyone - I hope you all had a lovely half term. The children have once again returned refreshed and ready to go. It has been a busy and exciting week in school. During Forest School, the children have made Shadufs (in keeping with their topic on Ancient Egyptians), have been showing respect for their environment through some on-site maintenance, have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Great schools Bird Watch as well as the usual den building and tree climbing! Thank you to Stacey Dunn for helping out. Today, Class Drogo have had a ‘Froggy Friday’ looking at life cycles and studying the frogspawn in the pond. In our Values Assembly on Tuesday, I introduced our new value for the term - integrity. Please discuss the importance of ‘integrity’ with the children at home and support their understanding of what it means to behave honestly and have strong moral principles.  Today was ‘Aspiration Day’. A special thank you to all of the visitors who came to school to talk to the children about their career. Miss Fraiser, Sarah House, Julie Holman, Chief Petty Officer Whitehead, Chief Petty Officer Mullett, Sonja Hellier, Rob Loxton and Mr Smith all came and enlightened the children about their profession. We covered veterinary, navy, music, the emergency services and we even had a farrier perform a live demonstration! It was lovely to see the children exploring the skills and attributes that are required to fulfil various different professions and careers. Thank you parents and carers for supporting the children prepare for this day and raise money towards our charity for the year to rebuild a school in Nepal.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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