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A message from Mr Nation Posted on: 16/07/2021

A message from Mr Nation

As we near the final days of this school year, I’ve been reflecting on the relentless efforts from the staff that ensured we provided the children with opportunities and experiences beyond the ‘expected’ for a Primary School. The list of enrichment activities for the children over the past weeks and months is endless. It has been so wonderful to see and hear about visits to Dillington Woods for Forest School, the amazing day the children had with ‘Fizz Pop’ and the mini ‘Schools Against Waste’ project we did with Carymoor Environmental Trust to name a few. A huge thank you to the children for representing the school and themselves so wonderfully. A huge thank you to the team for ensuring these events could happen in such a successful way.  After four years at Castle Primary School, I would like to thank all the parents and carers for their support and their recognition of how the school has grown in strength over the years. Mr Handscomb did an excellent job at ensuring the school was in a strong place 4 years ago and I feel honoured to have been able to build on these key strengths of the school. Mr Morton will be an asset to Castle Primary School and Mrs Liddell will continue to have such a positive impact on the children and staff thanks to her amazing skill set.  I hope you and the children have a well deserved rest over the summer holidays and cherish the memories that you build together whatever you choose to do.   Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Castle - Bringing learning to life through arts and culture. Posted on: 17/06/2021

Castle - Bringing learning to life through arts and culture.

Castle Primary School – Are delighted to be bringing learning to life through arts and culture. Castle Primary School’s staff and pupils are delighted to have been successful in securing £1500 funding from Artsmark SPARK for developing their arts and cultural learning at the school. Castle will be using the funds to support their arts and culture curriculum to boost teaching, learning and creativity and to increase the wellbeing of staff and pupils, especially during these challenging times. Artsmark SPARK is an opportunity for Somerset schools to access additional funding, CPD and support. Other schools that are part of The Redstart Learning Partnership will also be applying and hopefully benefitting from the scheme. Ethne Staniland, the Trust Lead for Art isn’t stopping there, she has also submitted a bid for £360K from the Arts Council National Lottery Development Fund. This is for a Creative Collaboration pilot project: Teaching for creativity. Ethne has submitted the eligibility questionnaire and an expression of interest application. If this is successful the school will progress to the full application stage and she will have 4 weeks to submit a full application for the Trust.  Ethne Staniland from Castle said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to Artsmark spark to secure the match funding of £1500. We will be using this to help organise and enhance our current approach to our teaching and learning of the arts. The Artsmark award and the match funding will play an important part in enhancing Castle Primary School's exciting journey.” A spokesperson from The Redstart Learning Partnership said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for Castle Primary school. We are delighted that they have secured £1500 for the school to develop their arts and culture provision at the school. We will be fully supporting their application to the Arts Council and will be keeping everything crossed that their application is a success. We can’t wait to see the impact this will have on the school, the pupils and the staff.”  Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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