Friday, 6 January 2017

Dynamo Maths Christmas Challenge

Over the Christmas holidays we set a group of pupils the challenge to go onto the Dynamo Maths programme as many times as they could to complete activities. The runners up, going on 5 times were Ciara and Milly. In first place was Chris, who went on an amazing 8 times.

Well done to all. Here's to the next holiday challenge!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

An Egg-citing Discovery!

KS2 had a very surprising start to the term! On Tuesday afternoon, Allan, our school groundskeeper, rushed to Primary House to tell Corfe, Balmoral and Skipton classes that he had found a strange looking egg on the field. We were just about to begin our first lesson on dinosaurs, but soon realised our plans needed to change…

We spent the afternoon investigating the unusual egg. Some pupils were a little worried at first, others were extremely curious and desperate to become dinosaur detectives! As the pupils became egg-cited, lots of observations were made in the form of drawings and notes. Some pupils thought they saw the egg move slightly, others reported a scratching sound coming from the inside, one pupil even witnessed a mysterious brown creature sprinting across the field!

Watch this space! We hope to find out more soon! 

The KS2 Team

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The School Debates!

Towards the end of last term we put on the third of our school debates. These events give all pupils the opportunity to get involved in debating issues that affect us. This follows two successful debates last year; one on bullfighting and one on the European Union. Not ones to shy away from controversial subjects as you can see!

This time KS4 and Post-16 students debated as part of our English curriculum: Should schools do a Nativity at Christmas?

Pupils researched what a Nativity is and how Christmas started. The arguments were flowing! Points awarded to each team by our impartial Colchester Class audience.

Great collaboration between the classes. Thought provoking responses all round!

Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone

I would like to wish all our pupils, staff, parents, carers, governors and friends a very Happy New Year. I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday.

As with every new year, I am very excited to see all the wonderful learning that is going to take place this term. It gives me great pleasure to see all our pupils already engaged so brilliantly in their learning even on the first day back.

I am very proud to be Headteacher of such a committed and talented group of staff and pupils and look forward to sharing with you all their amazing achievements and continued outstanding progress.

I wish everyone a truly successful term.

Many thanks,

Jon Hewitt

Friday, 16 December 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at The Caste School

We look forward to welcoming all our wonderful pupils back to school on Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Full of Christmas Cheer

We enjoyed our Christmas lunches at both main site and Post-16. We are very thankful to our catering team at main site and for Jan and the pupils for all their hard work at Post-16. The food was glorious. A special thanks to Rob Greenwood, who took the day off from being chef at Mary Hare School to help out.

Christmas Carol Cracker

On Tuesday this week our whole school decamped to the lovely St Mary's Church in Shaw. The church was packed and the service was really wonderful with pupils performing pieces from their Christmas shows and the choir singing a wonderful rendition of Little Drummer Boy. The classes also liked dressing up Jon, James and Atul as the '3 wise men'