Great Big School Clean

For the second year running, students and staff from across Castle School took part in the Great Big School Clean in association with Wilko, Daily Mail and Keep Britian Tidy.

   

Kerry from Northumberland County Council generously provided hi-vis jackets, gloves, litter pickers and bags to support our efforts.

    Throughout the day students from Primary and Secondary collected rubbish from areas within and close to the school grounds.  Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be outdoors, making a positive contribution to improving our school environment.

      

Easter Bunny Visits Primary

A lovely surprise for our primary children on the last day of term, as the Easter Bunny hopped into assembly with a basket full of Easter treats. Thank you very much to Liam and everyone at Vision for Education – the chocolate eggs went down a treat!

 

La Tomatina

Jen’s class had lots of fun learning about La Tomatina in their Spanish lesson.
La Tomatina is a Spanish tomato throwing festival celebrated once a year on the last Wednesday of August in Bunol – Valencia.
 
There was so much laughter, they attracted the attention of Jack’s class.
Jen explained all about the spanish festival and they couldn’t wait to join in!
Everyone had a great time together

Stunning Candle Holders by Norham Class

Having already made glass bottle vase holders, Year 10/11 students from Norham Class refined their drilling skills using an extra large drill bit to make tea light holders.
 
Using carbon paper, they traced their patterns onto the wood before using a pyrography pen to burn their patterns into the wood. Students were very brave, holding the pen that heats to 250 degrees, but we think the results are stunning and could see these on the shelves selling in shops!

Joe’s Dream Job

A huge congratulations to Joe who has landed his dream job!

Joe turned 18 this month and was offered a job working in a bar for a few hours each week. For as long as we can remember Joe has talked about wanting to work behind a bar, when he was given the opportunity by Kathie at The Three Horse Shoes he was absolutely thrilled. Joe’s story was shared on social media and quickly went viral, capturing the attention of the local media. Joe gave a fabulous radio interview and then his story was filmed and shared on the BBC Newcastle Facebook page.

Click here to see the original post from The Three Horse Shoes that went viral! 

Click here to hear Joe’s interview on BBC Newcastle (Scroll to 18 minutes)

Click here to see Joe’s story – filmed by BBC Newcastle

It has been heartwarming seeing all the positive comments and the message of hope Joe’s story has given to so many parents

This photograph was created by Joe as part of his ICT work back in 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the staff in Castle School  have had the pleasure of watching Joe grow into the kind, confident and sociable young man that he is today and we are all bursting with pride for him!

Well Done Joe!!!

 

People Who Help Us Topic

Wow! What an exciting half term we’ve had!

Key stage 1 have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ this term.  Storm, Louise and Vicky’s class have all enjoyed visits from our school nurse, Northumbria Police and Postman Sean as part of their topic.

Sue Macfarlane, our school nurse visited each class to talk about the different ways she helps everyone in our school. The children enjoyed role-playing and pretending to carry out first aid on the staff and large dolls.

  

The children loved meeting PCSO Lisa and Sam, from Nortumbria Police and trying on their uniform

           
A lovely visit from Royal Mail Postman Sean. The children had a fantastic time trying on a post workers uniform and scanning the post.
    

Ryan loved scanning the post                                               Postman Adam all ready to deliver your letters

Vicky’s class had a fantastic visit to Pegswood Fire Station

A Visit to the Firestation for Vicky’s Class

The lovely team from Northumbria Fire and Rescue Service also made a visit to school to see Storm and Louise’s class

  

A huge thank you to all our visitors ‘the people who help us’, for giving the children such a memorable experience – Thank You!

 

 

Castle Makaton Choir

Our Makaton choir get together each week to practice with Castle School Local Makaton Tutors, Lucy and Stef.

     

The choir were delighted to be invited to perform at the Josephine Butler Easter Music Showcase on 27th March.

    We were very proud of our pupils and It was a great opportunity to practice in front of an audience ahead of our upcoming Whole Trust singing and signing event – which we are very excited about.

Our Makaton choir has certainly grown in popularity over the years! This is our choir back when they first started to practise and perform as a group – and we still have all our fabulous founding members in our ever growing choir today!

    

A Visit to the Firestation for Vicky’s Class

Vicky’s class went to Pegswood Fire station recently as part of the topic this half term ‘People who help us’.Graham led the visit and he was brilliant, the children got to learn all about what firefighters do and of course there were willing volunteers to try on the uniform.

     

      The children loved having the chance to sit in the fire engine and then going out into the yard to use the hose  They had a blast!

          

      All of the children got involved throughout the whole visit and Vicky was very proud of everyone in her class.

 

 

Lots of Socks

On the 21st March we were wearing ‘Lots Of Socks’ to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Red Nose Day 2019

 

A had a fun filled day for everyone while supporting Comic Relief!

      Secondary students also enjoyed a lively disco with Jen.

Our 6th form students, who run a weekly ‘Light Cafe’ catered for the occasion and sold lots of tasty treats with a red nose day theme                                                                                       A big thank you for all of your support – we raised a fantastic £303.52