Wednesday, 7 December 2016

P4PC Conference

On Tuesday we held our second Pupils 4 Positive Change (P4PC) conference to find out what topics and subjects pupils would like to know more about.

The classes discussed it beforehand and came prepared with ideas to share. Classes wanted to learn more about animals, space and the world wars as well as more practical activities such as bike building and Design and Technology. The pupils were keen to have more Art, foreign languages and science experiments.

All of this feedback will be taken back to the teachers for discussion and moving forward.

Thank you to our governors, Georgie and Ali for joining and supporting us.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Forest School Fun

This year we have started a very exciting venture with Growing2gether and The RENEWAL Project in Newbury to run a Forest School for our young primary pupils. Each week pupils from Cardiff and Pembroke Classes walk down to the woodlands in Shaw to experience the different aspects of forest work including bushcraft along with experiencing nature first hand. Our pupils benefit massively from this, not only in terms of increasing their understanding of the natural environment, but also in terms of working together and developing their social skills.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Exciting Winter Growth

It may be winter, but our wonderful class teams have been planting and nurturing their beans over the past few weeks and we have now got the first shoots of growth! There was a competition for a box of chocolates to the first picture of new growth and that went to Donnington Class.

This may not look like much, but this is a result of the care and attention given by the class. This will grow and turn into a wonderful bean plant, as will other classes. The next competition is for the most number of shoots in a bed.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Castle Children in Need Day

The wonderful pupils and staff of The Castle School dressed up in spots and beards of all shapes, sizes and styles on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. Lots of fund was had by all and lots of money raised. We will let you know our total once it has all been counted. IN the meantime, enjoy these pictures form the day:

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Frankenstein at Newbury College

Students from both Lancaster, Caernarfon and Stirling have been lucky enough to attend a private performance of the highly acclaimed 'Frankenstein' from the Watermill Theatre.  This was performed at Newbury College and formed the climax of our workshops that have been running for the past 6 weeks.

It was a truly amazing experience for all students who, having acted out their own version of the story last week, were able to see it done by professional actors.

Here are some pictures of our students in their workshops:

Friday, 11 November 2016

The Castle remembers

Pupils at the Castle School today, at 11am, remembered all those who have fallen in all wars. We had a 2 minute silence and heard poems from pupils. Very moving indeed


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Fund Raising Quiz a success!

On Tuesday 8th of November, Lancaster Class held a quiz night to raise money for charity.  In particular they were raising money for Special Needs Children in Ghana, who are shunned by society and not given chances to thrive and be educated.

The students cooked a delicious curry to serve to a packed room of 'quizzers'.  Money was also raised through a raffle and donations for drinks on the night.

In total we raised a profit of £631.00 which the students are all very proud of.

Don't forget on the 8th of December in the afternoon, Caenarfon Class will be holding 'A Christmas CafĂ©' with stalls selling gifts.