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Posted on: November 3rd 2017

A message from Gareth Nation

The children have returned to school looking well rested and ready for a busy and exciting half term. The weather is definitely getting colder so please ensure your child/children have the necessary attire for the weather - including their Forest School day!

As you are all aware, Ofsted visited our wonderful school last half term. Thank you to those of you who spoke to the inspector on the playground and left your feedback on Parent View. Your voice is vital to ensuring Castle School continues to adapt, improve and develop. As soon as the report has been published, you will all be notified. Thank you to those of you who are actively asking your children not to play with the equipment and on the trim trail at the start and end of each day. I understand it is enticing for the little ones but for their safety, and as the sign states, children must only be using it when supervised by a member of staff. Thank you for your co-operation with this. Last half term I organised for some visitors to come to school and talk to the children about raising money to help rebuild a school in Nepal. On Monday, Mr Luke Simon (Founder and CEO of School in a Bag) and Dr Michael Fernando  (Yeovil Rotary Club President and a Consultant Paediatrician at Yeovil District Hospital) came to visit us. They spoke to the children about an International Service Project that aims to rebuild a school in an area that was devastated by an earthquake in 2015. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to organise and run events at school that will raise money to benefit others who are less fortunate than us. Further details to follow.  Our sporting opportunities are growing steadily, we have coaches from Yeovil Town football club coming to run a club on a weekly basis, a Football festival in which we’ll be entering a team and also, a cyclocross opportunity for some of the older children in the Spring Term (details to follow) as well as all our usual after school clubs. I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening next week. As ever, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to come in and see me.

 

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 14/09/2018

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Welcome back everyone - I hope you all had a wonderful Summer Holiday.   What a fantastic start to 2018 - 2019 we’ve had. Several members of staff, children and parents have commented on our wonderful school hall which was decorated over the Summer Holidays and has a new floor! In addition, we have a bright ‘new’ classroom - Totnes. Welcome to Mr Allington who has settled in wonderfully at Castle School and all the children who have joined us this year. We’re fortunate to have you all. It has been lovely to see the children return to school looking well presented and arriving punctually. We’ve set the standard for the year and others are noticing what a smashing group of children we have... Last week, we had a visit from the Campaigns Manager of the communications team for the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Office. I was thrilled that he commented on what  smart, polite, friendly and welcoming children we have at Castle School. I couldn’t agree more! I have to say, the staff and I have noticed an improved attitude and maturity in the school.  It shows the children are increasingly resilient, determined and willing to embrace every opportunity we give them. There has been a noticeable increase in parents requesting term-time leave. May I remind everyone that these will likely be unauthorised, and you may well incur a penalty fine. Finally, we have a revised governance structure across The Trust and we welcome enquiries from anyone who is interested in joining. Please come in to the school office for more details and/or an application form.    Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 13/07/2018

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As ever, it has been a busy couple of weeks. Sports Day was absolutely fantastic - thank you to those who came along in support of  the event and for cheering your little ones along in their races! Thank you to Charlie for giving up your time to set everything up (and all the other ‘bits and bobs’ you’ve done this term). Transition Day was also a huge success. It was lovely to see the children working in their new classes and I have heard that our current Year 6 children represented Castle School (and themselves) wonderfully well at Stanchester.  Rev. Peter Thomas came to school this week and gave an assembly about change and the courage we need to embrace changes in our lives - it was a timely message indeed! Well done and thank you to FoCS for organising a super Summer Fayre and for all you’ve done for the children of Castle this year! As I was showing a prospective parent and her child around the school on Tuesday, we were delighted to see the swim gala in full swing. Music, splashing, swimming and cheering at poolside - what a wonderful experience for all the children involved. Well done staff for organising such a fabulous event. I’d like to say farewell and well done to all our Year 6 children. One more week and your primary education will come to an end! We wish you all the very best of luck in everything you do. I would like to thank all the parents, carers, family members and children of Castle School for making my first year here such a wonderful experience. To the staff at Castle, you have been a pleasure to work with this year and I look forward to embracing the changes, challenges and success in the years to come.  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 29/06/2018

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 15/06/2018

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A message from Gareth Nation Welcome back! It’s great to see the swimming pool up and running. The children have been having such fun; are already talking about how confident they are in the water and how much they’re enjoying the opportunity to cool off in this glorious weather! Thank you to everyone for ensuring the children come prepared for their swimming sessions - it certainly makes the day run smoothly.   At the end of last half term, the children produced some wonderful ‘maths-in-art’ work. They created patterns from times tables, used angles in art based on Kandinsky and we even had an aerial photograph of some large artwork on the playground.  This week, the current year 5 children have visited Tiny Turrets Nursery and Hamdon Playgroup so that our new reception children can meet their buddies. Well done Year 5s, you’ve done your school proud and thank you to everyone for making us so welcome. Stay and Play sessions have been very popular - it’s lovely to see so many of you accessing this wonderful opportunity to join your little ones at Nursery.   Castle School has achieved ‘Dyslexia Friendly Status’. Thank you to Mrs Sandiford for all her hard work. Our wonderful teachers know the importance of creating an inclusive culture and it’s lovely to be recognised for this. Well deserved all round.  Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please do complete the questionnaire using the email link or QR code on the back page of the newsletter. It is really important to get your opinion, thoughts and wishes about our School so we continue to improve.    Gareth Nation, Head of School  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
A message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 4/05/2018

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