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Posted on: June 16th 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.


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A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 4/05/2018

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

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 9/03/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 23/02/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 2/02/2018

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A massive well done to all those who took part in Cyclo Cross, what a lovely opportunity for the children. Forest School will return to normal next week as there is no Cyclo Cross. Next Monday, it will be Tintagel South and next Wednesday will be Dartmouth class. On Wednesday of this week, Mrs Szarmach and her Forest School team took Tintagel North to Ham Hill for the day and planted trees with the Ham Hill rangers. What a fabulous job they did too! Well done to everyone involved and thank you to Mrs Szarmach for organising it all. A special thank you to Mrs Paget who dedicated her morning to supporting the children in their adventure. In total, they planted 100 trees!    I’d also like to thank all of the staff who have worked with Tintagel South in Mrs Legg’s absence. Mr Penn has done a wonderful job over the past few weeks and, along with Mrs Seaby, Mrs Downes, Mrs Staniland, Mrs Chant, Mrs Morris and Miss Fallon (one of our students) they’ve all ensured consistency for the children. Well done team! We welcome Mrs Legg with open arms next week. It has been lovely to see parents at Tiny Turrets Stay and Play sessions this week, don’t forget there is another session on Monday at 9am. Next Thursday we have our Star Gazing Evening, it was a huge success last year and we welcome back a familiar face this year (Mr Handscomb!). Please see our Facebook page for further details. It will be a wonderful evening so please come along - Mr Penn has been in touch with the Met Office for up-to-date knowledge of cloud coverage!   Next Friday, we will be having a ‘drop everything and read’ day so please ensure your child/children bring a book of their choice to school. There will be a drum every so often throughout the day where everyone (including staff) will stop what they’re doing and read. Also, don’t forget to send in your photos of ‘extreme reading’ for the class displays - thanks to those of you who’ve sent them in already. Finally, thank you to all children, parents and staff at Castle for making the first half of Spring Term such a successful one. Gareth Nation, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
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