We would like to wish Ann Kain a very happy and well deserved retirement!
We couldn’t let Ann leave without marking the occasion with a surprise after school celebration to thank Ann for everything she has done over the years
A message from Ann
Those of you who were at the Secondary Celebration on Tuesday would realise that my emotions got the better of me!
I just wanted to say that it has been a privilege to work with and support your wonderful children over the years, and to thank you all for your kind wishes, cards and gifts.
I wish you all the very best for the future.
The Castle School Prom 2019 was a huge success – A big thank you to Alyson and the team for all their hard work to make sure it was a night to remember!
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A red carpet entrance – only the best for our students!
Next stop, there was an opportunity to have special glitter make-up. A huge thank you to our glitter queen, the multi-talented Jill Johnston, who joined us from AkzoNobel – it was lovely to have you with us and you made our prom really sparkle!
Our students, families and staff all had an amazing time together.
Dancing the night away!!
Photo Booth Fun – Thank you to Kayleigh for the fantastic photographs
Let’s Circus brought all the fun of the circus to Castle School for our Activity Days
We had a fun filled morning of circus workshops with the Let’s Circus, the whole team were absolutely brilliant and really engaged with our children to make sure they were having the best time. A very special experience having the opportunity to go in the arial cocoon.
A HUGE thank you to Let’s Circus for giving us a truly memorable experience and superb finale to our Activity Days 2019. The atmosphere in the room was electric and we were completely blown away by the whole show!
Our Annual Tradition!
Each year we hold our Activity Days towards the end of Summer Term to reward our pupils for all their hard work and achievements over the year. Our Activity Days give our pupils the opportunity to enjoy a range of specially chosen activities within the safe environment of school. We had a fantastic 2 days enjoying a wide range of different activities and most importantly – 2 days of non stop fun and laughter!
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Thursday 11th July and Friday 12th July 2019
Animals About Town – We loved getting up close and meeting all the animals. They were all super friendly and loved all the attention! We even had our trees pruned for free by the worlds best behaved goats – bonus!
We had a lovely time with SensorySpaces who are a brilliant travelling multi-sensory resource. Jam packed with sensory storytelling, music and dressing up – all with a circus team that had the children thoroughly engaged!
Our secondary pupils had a blast on the BattleBus – a double decker bus kitted out with gaming consoles. A really unique experience and we had amazing feedback from our young people and they are all ready asking if we can do it again next year!
Kim’s class enjoyed a stadium tour of St. James Park, before heading to visit Aydon Castle (their class castle) in the afternoon. They had a great day together
A fabulous show from the hilarious Tony Junior, it was a perfect way to end our first day! Tony created a real buzz with his comedy magic show and had everyone hooked from start to finish and there was non-stop laughter from the whole audience
Lots of fun together on the bouncy castle
Louise and Vicky’s class had a super morning of messy and sensory play with ARTVenturers – lots of messy fun all with a circus theme
Trish and Dillon from Ashington Shotokan Karate club delivered some fantastic karate taster sessions for us. Our pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience
We got to meet some stunning and very clever birds of prey from North East Falconry Our pupils loved having the opportunity to handle and feed the birds.
It was lovely to see our families and friends at our open afternoon and opening of the sensory garden. Thank you to our sixth form for catering for the event – fabulous cakes as always!
The sensory garden is now complete and looking fabulous! A big thank you to Vicky for all her hard work in creating our new outdoor sensory space. Thank you to Alan Hardie, CEO for officially opening our sensory garden. We had a lovely afternoon and it was great to see the children exploring and enjoying our sensory garden.
The sensory garden has been a huge hit and the children love spending time in there and exploring. The garden is a perfect space to stimulate the senses with lots to see, hear, touch and smell.
We are delighted that AkzoNobel has chosen us as their community partner of the year for 2019.
“Everyone at the school, staff and pupils, are all very excited about the partnership project with AkzoNobel. The development work for our outdoor areas in particular is going to be absolutely fantastic. Our children love to be outside and it’s a great place to really make learning fun, so we’re looking forward to injecting a bit of colour to develop what is currently quite a grey area into a space where the children can engage in some lovely activities when they’re outdoors.” (Sara Wild, Principal)
Click here to link to the recent press release to read about the fantastic support we’ve received from AkzoNobel
A HUGE thank you to everyone at AkzoNobel
Over the past 2 years Joe, Joe and Ryan have been working hard with Alyson, learning the skills and developing the confidence to travel safely and independently on public transport.
They have been practising road safety, stranger danger and recognising landmarks that they can use as a safe meeting point. They have also practised using the telephone and carry laminated cards with a contact number for Alyson.
For the past few weeks the group have independently walked from school to the bus stop and then travelled to Ashington on the bus to the specified meeting point. They have then moved around Ashington to different shops to buy items from their shopping list from home.
We are so proud of what they have achieved and are confident that they have the skills needed to continue to travel safely and independently when they leave us at the end of the summer term for the next exciting part of their journey!